Exercise Is Not Penance

Workouts don’t buy food. The idea that working out every day lets me eat whatever I want with no consequence was never true. Not for me. I can be pretty fit even when carrying thirty more pounds on my body than is strictly necessary. I can charge up a mountain and feel great doing it. But if I want my clothes to fit properly without having to buy all new clothes, I can’t expect even a rigorous exercise program to make up for a diet that has sugar in it. Also, the value of a good workout is not negated when I eat…

Avoid Sugar

News flash, I’m addicted to sugar. If you follow this blog you’ve heard me say it. If sugar were drugs, I would not have a life. I would be dead in a gutter. The most days I’ve stayed sober in a row is thirty. Sugar awakens in me a toxic hunger dragon that requires five times the calories my body needs to function. Sugar ravages my skin. It steals my energy. Sugar makes me feel so bad. I’m not that crazy about food. I’m not a foodie. But enter sugar into my diet, and I can’t stop eating. I’ve done…

Go Big on New Year’s Resolutions

It’s been hip lately to say “I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I’m cool with the way I am.” I was going to do the same thing. I was on Twitter ready to Tweet “My 2016 resolution: Breathe.” The next thing I knew, this happened:   I'm starting my New Year's Resolutions right now. 1: Write three novels. — Maureen O'Leary Wank (@Maureenow) December 29, 2015 Then I just went crazy: 2: Write 12 short stories. All of them scary. — Maureen O'Leary Wank (@Maureenow) December 29, 2015 3: Lose fifty pounds. Then gain it back. As muscle. — Maureen O'Leary…

Coming Soon: 31 Days of Advice

Buy a notebook. They have college ruled composition notebooks on sale right now at Office Depot for 25 cents.  I’m talking twenty-five pennies for the best possible composition notebook experience money can buy. You’ll need that notebook for the month of January when I will be embarking on a journey of 31 Days of Advice.  I’m going to be giving myself one life-improving, self-helping, health-bettering, inner peace-enhancing piece of advice a day every day in January. Along with these mini-bites of advice, I will be offering journal prompts in case anyone feels like listening in as I talk to myself…