By Crabby McSlacker
So the last week or two I was in a bit of a funk. And I'm still struggling with minor transitory stuff like injuries, and the resultant lack of exercise, and a potential new restrictive diet. (FODMAPS anyone? Copious whining about that to follow, if it indeed happens). Plus of course there's the usual dreaded Crapload of Stuff That Really Freakin' Needs to Get Done But Where The Hell to Find Time?
And yet? Funk gone for now! Perspective returned. Back to feeling mostly good about life. (At least for a congenital pissypants grouchbucket).
I know that research says gratitude is one of the best tools for getting out of a crappy mood, but for me it's no magic pill or anything. Efforts can seem kinda hollow and forced, and even if the "thinky" part of my brain gets it, the "feely" part just feels worse for being so lame that it doesn't recognize how lucky it is.
But sure enough, just pluggin' away and noticing good stuff where I can really does help! (A good go-to source on how is pretty much anything by my fave geek/guru Rick Hanson). And then, voila, once I start feeling more myself again, the gratitude all comes rushing back for reals and everywhere I look there is all kinda stuff to feel grateful for. Cranky Fitness readers in particular!
So please allow me share some appreciation and some fun links.
Margo Made My Day...
So I met a couple of cool Margos at Fitbloggin', and they both rock and make totally adorable videos in addition to their blogging, something I have never attempted myself. (But perhaps someday I might...if I can just figure out how to steal their charismatic personalities!) Apparently, Margo at Nacho Mama's blog and Margo at Brooklyn Fit Chick are conspiring to do something together. It will no doubt be awesome, but they're not announcing it 'til next week, darn it, but be sure to check back with them.
But anyway, the appreciation part? Besides bestowing upon me an incredible Terry bike saddle giveaway prize at Figbloggin' (which is taunting me because my back prevents me from biking at the moment), Brooklyn Fit Chick featured Cranky Fitness on her blog and video! Plus, I discovered she has a cool postcard thing going, where she will send you an encouraging postcard (as long as you are not some creapazoid weirdo) just to perk you up!
The very kind shout-out from Margo was unexpected and totally made my day--this is the good side of the whole "lumpy" business of good things and bad things happening in a nonlinear way. Margo has a kick-ass fun personality and has personal trainer certifications from every organization known to man, so you can bet she knows her stuff!
Who Knew? Music Videos Don't Have to F--ck With Your Self-Image
I will try to restrain myself from composing a 17 volume Rant Encyclopedia about the infuriating way women are represented in media. Music videos are a particularly horrendous offender.
Instead I'll just mention that a post over at Diets in Review has a quick roundup of positive imagery that's a great antidote to all the offensive and objectifying crap out there. And two of 'em I'm swiping and re-posting here.
And silly me, until I met the awesome and scary-smart managing editor Brandi Koskie, I kinda thought Diets in Review was about, well, diets! But it's a great site with all kinds of health and fitness info.
Anyway, whether or not you dig the tunes (so subjective) the visuals are worth a look. Images can sneak into your unconscious and deliver a positive message much more effectively than any esoteric tirade about the relentless enforcement of unrealistic and plasticky beauty standards. (And about halfway through the second one it's hard not to get a bit weepy!)
More Awesome Fitbloggers
I kinda spaced out that I was going to go back and let you know about some of the gals I met at Fitbloggin' who all were genuinely sweet and smart and funny and unpretentious--which is probably why their blogs are all so great! They also go out and Make Good Things to Eat and Run Races and Take on Challenges and have actual achievements to blog about, unlike some slackier health bloggers we might mention.
So check out Jennifer at A Hungry Runner, Jessica at rUnladylike, Lean Lena, and Allie at Vita Train for Life! (There were many more too, perhaps in a future post).
Cranky Fitness Readers and Health Challenges
Two much-beloved "Cranketeers" who regularly entertain and inform us in the comments section have been dealing with some health stuff. Have I mentioned the HUGE gratitude and fondness I feel for the "regulars" who are always so supportive?
Anyway, Leah, who blogs at The Goat's Lunch Pail, is off having bowel cancer surgery, if you'd like to drop by her place and offer good wishes.
(Note: you might want to bring Leah over some flowers from Hilary's 7th anniversary post at The Smitten Image! Hilary always has stunning photos if you ever want to take a break from your various webligations and just luxuriate. And bonus, she writes really well too! Apparently Leah and I were a couple of her first commenters when she started, which seems like yesterday--which is of course what all geezers like me say but just wait, young'uns, til you find yourself saying the same damn thing).
And reader Heather Lee has a blog post on her recent surgery and very sad loss, managing to be brave and still amusing and inspirational despite all she went through. Stop by the Spotted Cat if you haven't already!
Shopping for one on of those Folks Who Has Everything?
(Because I can't end a random link post without some weird-ass stuff, right?)
Buy An Enormous PreHistoric Poop Fossil!
Fossilized poop photo: © I. M. Chait Gallery via Live Science
The ancient droppings measure about 40 inches long and could be up to 33 million years old according to auctioneers, though no word on what sort of creature it came from. Can't think of a better way to spend $10,000!
Or, Perhaps an Arty Vagina-Boat?
I'm not sure what it says about me that I couldn't resist clicking on the link "Tokyo Artist Arrested for 3d Printing her Vagina," but I did, and I actually think it's kind of a cool concept.
Or, a "Just Leave Me The F--ck Alone I'm Napping" Hood?
Photo: The Grommet
And you can buy one there! For real!
Perfect for libraries, airports, or overly long staff meetings. I do think it should have horns or antennae or something though, just to emphasize the "Seriously, I clearly don't give a shit what you think so do NOT mess with me" vibe.
So, what's on your minds this fine Friday? Anyone feeling grateful or pissy about anything or have comments about any of the links or any interesting weekend plans?