Did you know that you burn 50 more calories an hour standing than sitting? It’s no surprise that a sedentary lifestyle is an unhealthy one. According to a study published last year, sitting for more than 3 hours a day can decrease your life expectancy by two years. Two years! I don’t even want to do the math for myself considering that I spend the majority of my days sitting at work.
Happy belated New Year, friends! I don’t know about you, but every time a new year rolls around, my resolutions always revolve around weight loss. And every year, that motivation dwindles in a matter of weeks and then I kick myself at year-end for being right where I started (and in this year’s case, a few l-b’s heavier).
I often make mashed sweet potatoes as a side dish for dinner. I always use the pale root veggie that is labeled “Sweet Potatoes” at the grocery store (duh!). I never understood why sweet potato fries at restaurants were always orange. Aren’t those yam fries? After all, the orange-fleshed tubers are labeled as yams in the store.
Leave it to me to “celebrate” turning 30 by running a half marathon. On Oct. 14 I ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. I was actually super stoked about this race for obvious reasons: I got selected in the random lottery the very first time I entered, the race was in my all-time favorite city, and I had a Tiffany & Co. finisher’s necklace waiting for me at the end.
I’m 30 today. THIRTY.
I’ve had mixed emotions about this milestone, mainly because I just don’t feel I am where I should be at 30. My thirties always seemed so far away and I was relieved in knowing that I had plenty of time to groom myself into an appropriate, well-rounded 30-something adult.
Many years ago, I arrived at my very first yoga session thinking I had it in the bag. I mean, how hard could a bunch of stretching and chanting really be? An hour later, I was sweaty, exhausted and felt defeated. I had totally underestimated yoga — it’s actually a killer workout! I left the studio with my tail between my legs and vowed never to come back.