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Cool running

The weather widget in my computer’s system tray rearranged my monitor’s pixels like this Saturday:

While I haven’t had time to shop for all the cold-weather running goodies you guys recommended, I decided that 43 degrees was warm enough for me to attempt my first outdoor run of the winter. I put on my yoga pants, a long-sleeved t-shirt, and a light-weight jacket and headed for the trail. Then I turned around and headed back to my apartment.

No, I didn’t quit before I started. I had to grab a knit cap because my ears were already cold. Then I went for a run and it rocked! I ran 3 miles at a 10:09 pace, much faster than my Irish Festival 5K pace of 10:31 back in September. So even though I’m about the same weight as I was then, and perhaps a pound or two heavier, I can outrun potential thieves and villains much faster now. Cool! My fingers were cool too, freezing for a mile and a half before they warmed up, so gloves [...]

Welcome! Can I steal your sweat-wicking outer garments?

Well, hello there! I can see there are a lot of new people hanging around these parts. Let me dig out some folding chairs and make room for you. Will everyone please scoot down a little so we can fit more people on the couch? Thank you.

I am PastaQueen a.k.a. Jennette Fulda and I’ve lost almost 200 pounds in the past three years, blogging about it along the way because typing burns calories. You can learn more about me here, read some of my best entries here, and check out my rotating progress photos here (no comments about my poor posture please). If you like what you read and have a credit card, you can pre-order my book, Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir which will be in fine bookstores in May (and also some not so fine ones). If you are just starting out on a weight-loss journey, you might want to browse the products that I’ve found helpful. If you have any questions, shoot me a line. I am a real live girl, [...]

Ask a loser: How do I start running?

I am not a Magic 8 ball, but sometimes people ask me questions (though thankfully they don’t shake me afterwards). EVA asks, “i noticed you started out walking and are now running. how did you do it?” I’ve been asked this before and my advice is: Don’t do what I did! I did no research and I had no plan. I was just walking on the treadmill one day, all 200-something pounds of me, and I decided to kick it up to a run. I started out doing short distances and eventually got up to a mile. A mile! It was awesome. Then I injured myself. This was because I was not stretching properly and I did not have good running shoes and didn’t know what the hell I was doing.

So, avoid the idiot’s method of running and do some reading before pounding the pavement. Before I dispense any advice, I should remind you I am not a doctor and I don’t even play one on TV. It’s always best to consult a physician before [...]

Come run with me

If anyone out there has been thinking, “I’d really love to pay an organization $50.00 so I can run 13.1 miles in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2008,” (and I know you have) you’d better hurry up and register for the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon because I hear it’s at 80% capacity. The Mini-Marathon is the largest half-marathon in the US with 35,000 participants and this year one of them is me! And no, I don’t know why they call it a mini-marathon instead of a half-marathon. Somebody must really love alliteration. I’d love to meet any of y’all who are coming and I’m sure we can arrange a meet-up. There is even a pasta dinner the night before which you know I will have to attend since I’m the PastaQueen. There is a 5K run on the same day as the half-marathon if you feel like sleeping in later and keeping the mileage down on your shoes. Sadly, the 5K doesn’t include a lap around the Indianapolis 500 Motorway, which I am looking forward to [...]

Weighing in on October

It’s that time of the month again. No, not that time of the month. It’s the time when I review how this whole exercising and eating healthy thing has been going for the last 31 days.

Weight

I thought my scale might be stuck this month because I kept weighing in at exactly 176.6 for seven days. Usually the scale messes with me by modulating up and down erratically. Obviously it knows I’m on to it and has decided to mess with me by being eerily consistent. I was at around 177 this morning, which is down about three pounds since last month. Geez, this calorie counting thing seems to be working. Who’d have thought? Besides anyone who’s ever dieted. Ever. Except for me.

Exercise

I took it easy on my Achilles tendon for three weeks after I injured it by running five miles on Sundays like a crazy person. I used the elliptical machine in my apartment’s hot, sweaty, fitness room instead and felt really weird spending 22 minutes operating a machine that essentially does nothing. They should [...]

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Jennette Fulda tells stories to the Internet about her life as a smartass, writer, weight-loss inspiration, chronic headache sufferer, and overall nice person (who is silently judging you). She does this at JenFul now, but you can still have fun perusing her past here.

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I know not everyone will agree with me, but I think Kaci Hickox is pretty badass. I admire her for standing up to policies that are based on fear, not science.

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