365 Fresh Starts

A Blog About Life

We've been conditioned to expect things to be all or nothing. We make dramatic resolutions on December 31st that we break by January 2, and then feel terrible about ourselves. We think that we can't change at all because our annual, dramatic attempts at change just don't work.

We get 365 fresh starts each year.

shouldersNothing Fits

Nothing Fits When You’re Taller Than Average There are many good things about my current workout plan of Muay Thai and Pilates. There are also drawbacks. Namely that nothing fits me anymore. Houston, we have a problem. See, I’m taller than average. And not just taller than the average woman. At 6’1″ (185 cm), I’m also […] Read More

blackberry-port-jamBlackberry Port Jam

Market Berries I feel like all I need to do here is post the photo of the jam. Say it with me: blackberry port jam. Mmm. I went to the market today, and instead of buying my usual three-pack of berries (raspberry/strawberry/blackberry), I decided that I would just buy a single pack of raspberries. But […] Read More

the-ringEven More Muay Thai

I Did It Well, guys: I did it. I signed up for a monthly membership to continue doing the Muay Thai/MMA classes. Last week, my hair stylist said that this seemed like the first thing in a long time (fitness-wise) that’s really inspired me. I’m not sure that “inspired” is the right word. “Terrified” is […] Read More

water-cupJello Arms

Sweat and Hard Work I missed the Monday session at the gym because I wasn’t feeling well, but came back on Wednesday with enough oomph to give myself Jello arms. This time, I was paired with someone extremely skilled, who also happened to be a good teacher. If I wasn’t getting the rhythm face-to-face, she’d […] Read More

muay-thai-glovesThe Fitness Budget

Making the Numbers Work I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my fitness budget, both in terms of time and money. There are lots of things that I want to do, but there are only so many hours in the week or dollars I’m willing to spend. And with new options appearing on […] Read More

muay-thai-posterMuay Thai Comedy

Yes, I’m Having Fun I’m now four sessions into my month of Muay Thai — I’ll be going to #5 today — and here are a few things I’ve learned. I have a surprisingly hard time reconciling “this is a good, full-body workout” with “oh, this is actual fighting.” There’s a poster in the locker room […] Read More

heavy-bagsAn Introduction to Muay Thai

UFC, Here I Come (hahahaha, no.) So I’ve started Muay Thai training. What? What’s Muay Thai? Honestly, I had no idea either. And this is far, far outside my comfort zone. Let’s take a step back. For the past year, The Assistant has been taking Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes at Crispim BJJ. He loves it, and […] Read More

Not looking back. 

Image courtesy Shutterstock.So I’ve Abandoned Facebook

Enjoying My Unplanned Absence I’ve been on Facebook since the early days, and I’ve always sort of sneered at people who make the big proclamation that they’ve abandoned Facebook, only to see them return a few weeks later. I’ve read the articles about how it puts unrealistic expectations on people to show only their perfect […] Read More

soft-pretzelsBest Travel Foods

My Personal Guide to Deliciousness Let’s talk about the best travel foods. I went into our epic road trip with a few select meals in mind. I knew that I wanted to celebrate my birthday with cannelloni at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, DC, and again in the Philadelphia area with the amazing chicken parmesan […] Read More

Sometimes, this is your view of beautiful Acadia National Park. Let it go.Lessons Learned Through Travel

The Home Stretch I’ve always said that the lessons learned through travel are different from the ones you learn at home. As we enter the home stretch on our epic East Coast tour, I thought I’d share a few. Let it go. When you travel, you’re at the mercy of others. Flight delayed? Let it […] Read More