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Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Round-Up - Close Call

This picture has nothing to do with this post. I just love these shoes and wish that I was wearing them
while watching the CrossFit Games in person. That's all.

This is the Friday Round-Up that almost didn't happen. Dramatic, I know but I have been without consistent Internet access since Tuesday. Tuesday people!! Almost three full days with no connection. I know what some of you might be thinking, "What's the big deal Christine? So you can't read some blogs or order stuff online. Disconnect. Unplug. It's good for you." 

In theory, yes. But the thing is is that when you are a self-employed consultant whose work largely revolves around researching, communicating and collaborating on documents online, it IS a big deal. No work = no billable hours = no pay. My husband an I have been running around to different cafes and restaurants to use their free wifi, calling the cable company, and waiting for the cable guy. My poor phone has been worked overtime trying to make up for my computer. Finally, on Thursday afternoon, our modem's lights twinkled and our router beamed a glorious green "all-clear" light.

I did manage to read some great blog posts this week and, of course, wanted to share them with you.

Negative Thoughts Are Wasted Space
I really loved this post by Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean. I often fall into the same trap as Lindsay when I see pictures of myself which is why I don't like being in pictures much. But I love her approach to dispelling the negative thoughts. It's definitely worth a read.

Throw Out the F*cking Scale
I think that the title says it all. I don't weigh myself very often because I can easily become obsessed with the number on the scale. I love Bex's honesty in the this post and her message - that scales can't measure passion, ability, strength, compassion or potential.

Genetics Loaded In the Gun
This post by Carla over at MizFitOnline has generated some interesting discussion, the premise being that genetics loads the gun but environment pulls the trigger. I agree with this statement - that while we may be predisposed to certain attributes, diseases/ailments, behaviors, etc., we can create an environment that either stops or encourages its development. I've seen so many examples of people and communities coming together to change the negative systems around them and create a new reality / environment for themselves and their families. Where do you stand?

Are You a Risk Taker?
Missy at Literal Mom shares her story about running with the bulls in Spain. In her words, "Taking a risk like that brings on an almost unimaginable rush if you've never experienced it." But Missy's a responsible risk taker. For example, she uses a drunk Spaniard to shield her from a charging bull. Smart woman.

New York Introduces Its First Adult Playground
Did you read about this? New York City is testing the first adult playground in the Bronx and has plans to bring as many as 2 dozen more across 5 boroughs in next 18 months. Adult playgrounds are essentially outdoor gyms and are the City's latest effort to get people moving and to combat the rising rates of obesity in the city. I'd imagine that Jess aka Blonde Ponytail would have a ball coming up with playground workouts. Would you use it?

Lastly, Women's Running has a contest going on right now to choose a Cover Model for an upcoming issue. Dorothy from Mile-Posts is one of the women nominated and she is simply amazing. She is a marathoner, coach and mom of three adorable kids. She pushes all three in a stroller when she runs. It would be incredible to see her on the cover. Could you hop on over here and vote for her? It will only take two seconds. 

Tell me, what else did I miss this week? What would you have done without the Internet for 3 days. Share with me please! 

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At July 13, 2012 at 1:11 AM , Blogger Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl said...

Adult playgrounds? awesome! NYC is the same ones that came out with Gym meets Nightclub.

They're onto something wonderful!

Okay, checking out the risk taker post! Gr8 round up.

ps - sometimes i cherish non working computers. but when computer work relates to billable hours... i'd be upset too.

At July 13, 2012 at 5:12 AM , Blogger Angela @ Happy Fit Mama said...

All awesome posts this week!

Adult playgrounds? That's awesome! I've been hanging at children's playgrounds a lot lately and have realized that you can get a serious workout from the monkey bars. Sounds like fun!

At July 13, 2012 at 6:03 AM , Anonymous MizFit said...

ahhh no work = no billable hours = no pay is how we are here, too.
And thank you for including ME in yer round up!!

At July 13, 2012 at 7:06 AM , Blogger AmyC @ running escapades said...

I need my internet too!

Great roundup!

At July 13, 2012 at 8:06 AM , Anonymous Kierston said...

This is a great list! Thanks for sharing :)

At July 13, 2012 at 9:44 AM , Anonymous Cat @ Breakfast to Bed said...

I can't wait for the adult playground. When I first heard about it, I was worried what "adult playground" meant.

At July 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I go crazy without it and end up using the internet at the library!

At July 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Dominique xoxo said...

These were all such great articles! :) So glad your internet is back... I was camping for Sunday-Tuesday this week, and while it was nice to un-plug, I definitely was a little anxious at times ;)

At July 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM , Anonymous Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

thanks for the love! have a great weekend!

At July 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM , Blogger whippedmoos said...

That stinks about the cable! But I love to get out and go places, even if it's just for their internet! I will gladly vote for Dorothy as I am also a runner. I definitely am humbled to see other moms go out there and achieve their dreams with their kids in toe. I would love an adult playground, we're seriously lacking gyms here in South Dakota!

At July 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

It was me last week and now you this week. Ugh! It is all so frustrating. Glad you had that twinkle of lights from your router. Hope you have a great weekend!

At July 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM , Blogger Krysten said...

GREAT Round-Up and Great Post. Booourns to no internet though?! What's that about!?

At July 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally relate to your internet situation, given I am the girl that almost cracked over not having a laptop for HALF A DAY when I killed both of our machines within the same hour a few weeks ago - oh, and I am NOT a self employed losing billable hours over it - I am just crazy!

Not to put more pressure should you ever have an internet crash again, but I love your Friday roundup. You have never once led me in the wrong direction with a post or a site or someone new to follow!

At July 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM , Blogger Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

Oh, I think it's a huge deal not to have the internet especially for you, where it's your work.

I like your Friday round-ups. I've got a cocktail party tonight and need to get ready, but I plan to come back and check out the posts, especially the scale one. I love those shoes, too.

It made me realize that my shoes are very outdated.

At July 15, 2012 at 6:42 AM , Anonymous Jess said...

I would love an adult playground! So much fun! My Dad admitted to me he always took us to the park as kids because he liked going down the slide. Hehe.

At July 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM , Blogger Stasha said...

See outdoor playground would make me want to exercise. And pretty pink shoes!

At July 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Lots of people in NYC seem to be using group classes and workouts like Barry's Bootcamp for meetings and networking with clients. Personally, I can't imagine getting all sweaty with a client, mainly because I turn beet red and look like a mess, but it's an interesting blend. Yes, I too cherish nonworking computer hours when it doesn't relate to work!!

At July 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks! Monkey bars are so hard!! I remember loving them when I was a kid but don't remember them being as hard as they are now. Seriously tough workout.

At July 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM , Blogger Christine said...

My pleasure! It was a thought provoking post as always.

At July 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Haha! Me too!

At July 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I thought about the library but I guess I kept hoping that our Internet would magically reappear. That and I was being lazy. :-)

At July 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It's funny isn't it? How dependent we've become? Thank God for my iPhone but seriously, what did I do before I had a smartphone?

At July 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It's true - one of the downsides of working from home is that I can literally go for long stretches without leaving the house and this forced me to get dressed and go out. It's always good to have a change of scenery too. Dorothy is a pretty amazing lady and thanks for voting for her! I'm super curious to check out one of the adult playgrounds.

At July 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM , Blogger Christine said...

haha! That's awesome! I kind of love the slide and swings too.

At July 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Aww, thanks. I was actually just wondering what people thought of these round-ups, if they were useful or if most people have already read these posts. I try hard to vary the people that I highlight and the content so that it's not all fitness related (which is most of what I read lately) or parenting stuff. But it also makes me realize that those are the biggest chunks of blogs that I do read. I'd love to find a few new blogs!

At July 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Leigh! I'm glad that you like these round-ups. I hope to keep doing these every week but that also depends on my ability to read through a bunch of blogs!! It's funny about the shoes. I just got them in May and until then, I had been squarely a white sneaker kind of girl and didn't really go for the flashier colors that are all the rage. Now, I am obsessed with my hot pink shoes!!

At July 17, 2012 at 2:11 AM , Blogger PavementRunner said...

Another great round up. I also don't weigh myself that often, maybe every couple months. It can become too much.

I missed Misfit's post... off to read it now.


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