Archive - Aug 2010 - Blog entry
Until the last two minutes of the season finale, I've been enjoying the first season of Huge, the ABC Family show about a group of teenagers at a summer weightloss camp. Now I want all ten hours of my life back....More...
Knowledge is different from wisdom. Knowledge is acquired information, facts, or technique, like how to speak another language or do a handstand or bake a cake. There is external proof of your knowledge in the form of visible accomplishment. Knowledge enables you to make an educated decision, to get things done, and is the foundation for wisdom. Wisdom is what you do with knowledge, how you apply acquired information to the rest of your life. Wisdom is far more subtle and elusive than knowledge and is not measurable. It is a refinement or an expansion of knowledge. Wisdom is how poetically you speak that language, the radiance of your handstand, the transcendent, “oh!” of the cake.More...
Not that we think you're sneaking out to grab a happy meal right now, but just in case, here's a fun little fast food experiment that might change your mind. A McDonald's hamburger and fries photographed fresh from the joint, and then photographed 137 days later. Yum. (via MindBodyGreen via Refinery29)
Because they're too proud to stop and ask for directions, British men waste $3100 on needless fuel consumption while driving around lost, according to a new study by a British insurance company. It's tempting to say ha ha, those silly men! And believe me, I would, except that I'm exactly like them. With driving yes, but with everything else too. Like, everytime I go to a new gym or yoga studio, I refuse to let on that I don't know what's up and instead furtively wander around casing the joint for like ten minutes, finding the location of the hidden cardio machines and extra towels all on my own. If you're like me, here's the lesson from the study: All those silly prideful minutes add up. Not that that means I'm going to start asking for help or anything...
Used to be that PETA's "We'd rather go NAKED than wear fur" ads only gave you glimpses of actor or reality star flesh (past ads featured Pamela Anderson and Bethenny Frankel), but thanks to yoga's rising star, now PETA is giving you flashes of yogi skin. The latest ad features not one, not two, but fourteen naked Jivamukti yoga teachers. Get your hands on one of the cards, and it doubles as a free class pass for first-time students. (via Well + Good NYC)
So what makes a nice girl turn to Roller Derby? There are the potential fitness benefits (recall our interview with Derby Doll "Janis Choplin" who lost 30 pounds after taking up Roller Derby). But then there's the other appeal. "I have never been athletically inclined," NPR reporter and Alex Cohen, also known as "Axles of Evil" told Morning Edition today. "I was always the theater and speech and debate geek. When I started doing derby, I was amazed to see I really liked beating people up." So there you have it. But apparently, there's actually more to derby than just beating people up. And a new book, Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby, gives you the scoop, from the derby's depression era origins to what it takes to become a rollergirl. If you don't want to buy the book to find out if you have potential, good news: The Are You A Rollergirl? quiz on NPR's website is quick and surprisingly entertaining. (FYI, I have a shot! I'm thinking "Surely Tempest"...)
“What we were finding was that the soldiers we’re getting in today’s Army are not in as good shape as they used to be. This is not just an Army issue. This is a national issue.”
— Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, overseer of basic training for the Army.
“Between 1995 and 2008, the proportion of potential recruits who failed their physicals each year because they were overweight rose nearly 70 percent.”
— from "Too Fat to Fight," a report by a group of retired generals and admirals published earlier this year.
Both quotations published in a New York Times report today on the army's new boot camp training, which involves a lot more yoga and Pilates and a lot fewer long runs and other drills that are likely to injure new-to-fitness soldiers-in-training.
In a world where Heidi Montag can get sick of her ballooned G cup while worrying the rumored sex tape of her might feature her pre-under-the-knife body, or where Jennifer Anniston isn’t the cover girl you think she is (or is she?) it comes as no surprise that the New York Times can report that cosmetic surgery boosts your self esteem. I guess the surprise comes when you realize the article is about an eighteen-year-old girl Kristen who got boobs for a graduation gift.More...