Friday, June 29, 2012

It's all fun and games until it stops being fun and games.

I'm going through a blog identity crisis of sorts.

Three years ago, I decided to split my blog in two - this one would be for general topics, and a new one, dubbed sitstaycook, would be for cooking and health-related topics. For a while, it worked. But after a bit, it stopped working.

After a while, maintaining two sites becomes more of a chore than anything else. Which one should content go on? Do I have enough material to update each on a regular basis? Eventually, I cut back posting much altogether because it kind of became stressful to think about. When it stops being fun, it's time to reassess the situation.

I realized that as I cook more, and exercise more, that those things can't be split away from the parts of me that love reading and knitting and music and absurd humor and all the rest. I am not two separate people. I can't manage two separate blogs.

So I'm going back to my roots. I'll still retain ownership of sitstaycook.com, but that address will eventually redirect here, to my original love, sitstaygoodblog.

This is a work in progress, as am I. So forgive the dust for a bit while I settle back in.

I'm looking forward to continuing on this journey, wherever it takes us.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Feel the burn!

I came across this picture the other day:



Looking at this, I finally understand what it means when people say that muscle weighs more than fat. I get it now, how one can gain weight while losing mass. Do you see? Do you get it?

Does it click for you, too?

This clicked so hard for me, that I joined a gym - the North Kansas City Community Center - in order to build more muscle, which in turn will help me burn more fat.

Because, you see, I have decided to try something new. I've been fat - had a high body fat percentage - for as long as I can remember. Since childhood. I've never not been fat. So I've decided to try not being fat for a while and see how that goes. In order to give it a run, I've got to do some work in the form of weight training, cardio and all the rest.

Speaking of cardio - I started Week 4 Day 1 of the Couch to 5K program yesterday. After a 5-minute warm-up walk, I ran for 3 minutes, walked for 90 seconds, ran for 5 minutes, walked for 3 minutes, ran for 3 minutes, walked for 90 seconds and ran for 5 more minutes before walking a cool down. For those keeping score, I ran a total of 16 minutes yesterday, a personal record! Sure, I'm not a speed demon at this point in my running career, but I'm not working on speed. I'm going for endurance. Once I can run for 30 minutes in a row, then I'll work on how far I run in that 30 minutes.

All of this running and walking and weight training means we've been trying to put together quicker dinners lately. Luckily, it's summer so there's all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies out there to throw in the mix. Also, salmon sears up fast!

Tonight we're having baked fish fillet sandwiches with leftover tabbouleh - I'm on a tabbouleh kick lately - before heading out to the gym for an upper-body workout. My arms are going to smart tomorrow, but I'll earn that pain.

Remember - sweat is just fat crying. I love to watch it cry.