Does This City Make Me Look Fat?

It's cold out there...so run inside

A friend of mine was bemoaning the weather change today, talking about how much harder it is to run in colder weather. I can relate - I'm not a runner, but with asthma, any outside exercise in winter is extra-challenging. So I came back from lunch determined to find her some indoor running track options...and I wasn't disappointed.
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Head to Lucy for Fitness Friday

I'm a big fan of Lucy, purveyor of deliciously cute yoga wear and other workout gear for us ladies. Today, they're hosting Fitness Friday. Join me there?
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And speaking of unconventional ways to get your workout on...

Have you considered go-go dancing?
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Burlesque: An unconventional workout

I'm a little obsessed with finding unique workouts lately, so when I read about Beginning Burlesque, hosted by Ms. Bea Haven at Galaxie Chicago, I was bowled over. 
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Did you do your office yoga today?

Chicago has a rich freelancing community, and I'm so glad to be part of it. We have thousands of creatives, and many of us work in little shared workspaces where (almost) anything goes. Including office yoga. I just did some.
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Does this city make Oprah look fat?

Nope, no way. Oprah still looks great, even if she gained some weight. She's all over the news today because of her big show taping tomorrow, so all weekend I've heard people Oprah-bashing. Maybe you disagree with her whole philosophy, or the content of some of her shows, or maybe you're just pissed off that Michigan Avenue will be closed tomorrow...but don't get lazy and hate on her weight.
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Crip the Mass!

Maybe you know about Critical Mass, a monthly gathering of bicyclists at Daley Plaza aimed to unite the community and remind folks in cars that folks on bikes also need room on the road. But did you know there will be another community of people on wheels joining the next Critical Mass? That's right: wheelchairs!
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Tomorrow: Talking health care reform on WTTW Channel 11 @ 7pm

Catch me and a handful of other concerned Chicagoans tomorrow night on Channel 11 WTTW's Chicago Tonight at 7pm, as we discuss health care reform.
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Quick blogging break

Hi folks, a little hand injury is taking me away from the keyboard for a few days, but I'll be back next week. Be well, and cheers! 

Talkin' food with WGN's Greg Jarrett this morning

In case you weren't awake at 6:30 this morning (I'm usually NOT) I spent a few minutes talking with WGN Radio's Greg Jarrett about this blog and - you guessed it - Hot Doug's. I promise that after today, we'll take a little break from talking about encased meats. Here's our quick chat. Greg's a sweetie. If you're near the Tribune Tower today, be sure to swing by the ChicagoNow booth!

Hot Doug's: We came, we saw, we pigged out

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the menu at Hot Doug's makes us drool

Faithful readers know I had a little debate with my pal Natalie this morning about whether or not we should break for Hot Doug's at lunchtime. The debate ended upon her tweet mocking the fact that we were even debating the decision. She was right. We just had to go. We brought our pal Cinnamon with us and had an interesting chat while we waited in line for our dogs.
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Morning debate: Should we go to Hot Doug's?

The debate this morning: Should we go to Hot Doug's? The "we" is me, my pal Natalie (a CPS teacher who starts back to class in a couple weeks). We're chatting, and waiting for another pal, Cinnamon, who's writing a cookbook and who we think needs to eat lots of different things to get ideas. While we wait, we debate. Ahem.
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So, um, yea...Weight Watchers

I stepped on the scale this morning and FREAKED OUT. Maybe it's because I ate fried food and lots of meat all last weekend in New Orleans, or maybe it was all those specialty cocktails my bro-in-law concocted, or maybe it's because I worked at a desk for 5 days straight after I got back from vacation. Whatever caused it, I, well, I'm a little fatter than usual.
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A friend reminded me to listen to my body

I'm usually pretty good at listening to my body and taking care of myself (like enjoying some delicious air conditioning yesterday), but sometimes I need a little assist. Good thing my pal Leah Jones had some mind-opening advice to offer today about listening to my body.
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I'm on a teeny tiny vacation...

...but I'll be back in a day or two. Promise! 

The last things I'll say about BlogHer (for a while, at least)

Last weekend, about 1,500 women (and a bunch of their kids) took over the Sheraton Chicago for BlogHer 2009. Here's a quick recap of my BlogHer 2009 experience, sprinkled over this cupcake of a blog post in no particular order... 
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And for those attending BlogHer '09...

...I'll be joining two other terrific health bloggers - Kerri Morrone and Loolwa Khazzoom - for a panel: You Are Not Your Disease, You Just Blog About It Every Day. Casey from Moosh in Indy will be our moderator, and I expect a spirited conversation on writing about health. If you're attending BlogHer, please come join our conversation (on Friday at 2:45pm), or just find me and say hi! PLUS: fellow ChicagoNow bloggers Trish from The L-Blog and Amy from Chicago Subtext are speaking too (among many othe fabulous gals).

Pondering: How to stay healthy during Blogher 2009?

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Staying healthy during big conferences isn't easy, what with all the dining out, drinking up, partying down, walking, walking, sitting in awful chairs, walking, and more walking. You're shaking all those hands, hugging people, and otherwise sharing lots of germs. It's not exactly the most healthy environment, even for the fittest folks. This is my first year to attend BlogHer (and I'm speaking!) so I've reached out to see how other people prepare. The best strategies can be summed up in a few categories.
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Photos of Hot Doug made me hungry, so I'm taking a walk

Local photographer Ian D. Merritt posted some lovely portraits of Hot Doug today (I blame Gapers Block for alerting me), and now I'm hungry. This seems impossible since I just had a couple slices from Apart Pizza Company. And therein lies the rub: What's a girl to do when so many delicious eateries are within a quick walk or car ride? (Or Grub Hub delivery?) She eats, that's what...and then she sits at a desk all day in front of a computer, feeling her thighs expand to fill the chair width.
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Don't forget to breathe: a playlist

This is in no way Chicago-specific (well, OK, I did include a Chicago band), but just for fun I created a playlist of songs about breathing. Good breathing techniques are essential to meditation, relaxation exercises and working out. But when we're stressed (as SO MANY of us are lately) it's hard to remain mindful about our breathing. So: the Breathe playlist.
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A little retail therapy goes a long way...in the pool

Last week, I threw my back out. It's been years since the last time I pulled that stunt, but luckily I still remembered the old care regimen and I'm almost good as new after about 10 days. In the meantime, one of my docs suggested I was past due for getting back in the swim of things.
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Last night was berry tasty

Did you know you can pick berries in Chicago? Like, just walk up to a bush and pick berries and eat them? I didn't know that...until last night. I was eating the last delicious dish at a big 'ol backyard dinner party when I learned about Juneberries, which grow wild in neighborhoods like Rogers Park.
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Hidden gem: Chicago Women's Health Center

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I'm always shopping around for unique workshops or classes, so I was happily surprised when I discovered the Chicago Women's Health Center, a collection of health experts working to ensure Chicago's women and trans folks can get the health care they need at a price they can afford. And BONUS: They offer a wide array of classes.
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Chicago: the do-it-yourself healthy living city

But first: Trepidation! Writing my first post here at Does this city make me look fat? is a tad nerve-wracking. As any writer (or artist, or mother) will tell you, growing an idea and creating something new isn't easy and no matter how confident you feel, if you aren't at least a little nervous right at the start, you might not be thinking enough about the task at hand. I'll try to shake it off, step up to the plate and see if I can at least score a base hit with my first at-bat. Thanks for being here, new friends!
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