Betting or the Quantified Self? Pictures Worth 1,000 Words & Some Fun Deals

September 25, 2012 at 5:46 am

I read about two interesting (and somewhat opposing) ideas this week for accountability for managing weight or meeting fitness goals: social dieting/exercise with a financial incentive or “self-tracking and the Quantified Self Movement.” 1. Apps like DietBet and Gym-Pact enable you to enter weight loss contests with your friends (or strangers) or create financial incentives for meeting fitness goals (and getting payouts from people who…

Hey Marathoning Gals – Want to Enter to Win a Running Divas T?

September 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

I am so excited! I received my first set of products to give away from Running Divas. Who is Running Divas? Running Divas is a clothing line that inspires women to live fun, active, outdoor lifestyles. It is a hip line of casual wear for “mile minded” women that’s cute and playful, with slogans and styles that celebrate running. Originators Aeron Alrlin and Marc Genet…

Friday Finds: Crowdfunding, Spa Week(!!) & more!

September 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

I first learned about “crowdfunding” when my friend Steve T from high school was looking for support for his movie project, Riot on the Dance Floor on Kickstarter. I thought it was really cool to be able to be a small investor to support a friend’s dream project. I learned about the competitor site, Indie Go Go, when Michelle was looking to fund her What-If…

Turning the Frown(ing Thoughts) Upside Down

September 20, 2012 at 5:44 am

I did my first 20 mile run for my New York Marathon training last Sunday and around mile 15 I was beset with doubts and negative thoughts. It was far… and harder than I expected.. and maybe I was not in such great shape after all… This week, I came across a(nother) great post from Kristen Armstrong’s Mile Markers on Runners World that talked about…

Eat Like a Celebrity, See How the Other Half Lived & a Few Deals

September 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

I always read about celebrities who have personal chefs or high-end gourmet meal delivery of healthy, fresh, delicious food and personal trainers and think to myself, that is what I would do if I were famous/won the lottery. Of course, I do have a (shared) personal trainer, a great gym and lots of friends to run & bike with, so it is more the nutritious,…

Friday Finds: Calorie Counts & Gilt-y Deals (Among Others)

September 14, 2012 at 5:42 am

I saw in the WSJ today that McDonald’s is voluntarily posting calorie counts before it is legally required to do so. The article starts off with the (scary) fact that the Big Mac is not the highest calorie item at 550 calories. McDonald’s highest-calorie item isn’t a burger at all, but the 1,150-calorie “Big Breakfast” with hotcakes and large biscuit. This got me thinking about…