the over-crowded gym - new year's resolutions in action

New Year's Resolutions. Lots of people make 'em. Few people keep 'em. And most of the time they're the same resolutions over and over - lose weight, exercise more, quit a vice (smoking, drinking, whatever), be a better person, etc. (I'll talk more about how to be successful another time; today I'll hit a different point of view...)

To all of you who have shiny new resolutions about going to the gym this year - come on, who are we kidding?

This morning I went to the gym - I had to park further away and then deal with extra crowded facilities.

Yesterday my wife woke up and decided to sign up for a fitness class at her gym, but they were all booked out - no openings for the whole day.

It's annoying.

To each of you, individually: I really, truly wish you success. I hope you are able to make the lifestyle changes you're after - losing weight, getting fit, and being healthy.

To all of you new gym-goers as a group: can we please hurry up and get to February, so I can have my sparsely populated gym back?


Chris Butterworth


links I like - 08-14-12

links I like - 08-14-12

Three articles with messages that sound pretty similar to what you'd normally find here (seems like a lot of people have been writing about portion sizes lately), and the funniest article on baby names I've ever read. Read on, and enjoy..

The World's Largest Cover Up of Our Deadliest Addiction, by Cade at Know My Body. This is one in a series of articles about sugar, and it's ever-increasing reach in the SAD (Standard American Diet.) I tend to limit sugar because it's empty calories - the calories still count, but they don't make you feel full, so you're likely to overeat when you eat too much sugar. Turns out they're empty calories which also inhibit some good stuff from happening within your body - another reason to at least moderate your sugar intake.

Training And Diet That Works: The Real Answer, by Vic Magary. Vic's answer: "Eat real food in appropriate quantity and train in a manner that is continually challenging." Hmmmm, sounds familiar. I've never met Vic, but so far he sounds like my brother from another mother.

The Best Non-Diet Diet, by Bonnie Taub-Dix via Eat+Run at Bonnie gets this one right - not so much because she's a big fan of the Mediterranean diet, but because of how she outlines the diet's principles. Eat in moderation (which means smaller portion sizes). Get away from junk and into regular foods (this will happen naturally when you lower portion sizes, because a bag of Cheetos does nothing to satisfy your hunger). The best diet is one you can live with. (yep.)

American Baby Names are Somehow Getting Even Worse, by Drew Magary at I'm not sure where I came across this article, but I haven't laughed so hard while reading in a long, long time. I was sitting at my desk, laughing out loud, with tears in my eyes, and the people next to me looking at me like I was crazy! That being said, the article should be rated R for language and general offensiveness - don't click through if you'll be offended by what somebody says about what you named your child..

That's all for today. I hope you're having a great week, and I'll be back with more health and fitness tomorrow.

-Chris Butterworth


running around the world

running around the world

I thought this was funny, and sad.

originally posted at FailBlog.

It's cute - stereotypes can be funny, if taken tongue in cheek and not meaning to insult. The fact that they're stereotypes at all indicates either A) there's some truth involved, and/or B) the perception of the masses out there is that there's some truth involved.

So what does this say about Americans? We're depicted as chasing a gigantic cheeseburger, and our stick-figures are fatter than everybody else's.

Come on, guys.  Moderate. Cut portion sizes. Slow down the excesses.

I'm tired of the fat country stereotype.

-Chris Butterworth