fitness · season transitions

Changing seasons, changing clothes

It’s the time of year when the weather can’t decide what to do with itself. The headlines aren’t even consistent. There’s Warmer than normal fall and Unusually warm autumn that will feel more like summer, followed by Ontario to be got by earlier and more brutal winner. Whatever. And then there’s this week’s forecast. It’s… Continue reading Changing seasons, changing clothes

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Finding clothes to fit athletic women’s bodies

I wrote this post in 2013–8 years ago!–and I’m still struggling. Then I wrote, ” I haven’t worn a button up shirt in many years. If they’re fitted, they just don’t fit. And I’m not a fan of tents.” AND I’M STILL LOOKING! what I want: a fitted women’s dress shirt without teeny tiny arms.… Continue reading Finding clothes to fit athletic women’s bodies

challenge · clothing · fashion · fitness

A year without buying clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry…Can Sam do it?

I’m going to take the plunge and quit shopping for clothes (also shoes, purses, jewelry) for one year, July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023. Why? Well, I’ve been inspired by Mina Samuels’ account of her one year no shopping challenge. See Making Room in My Mind: A Year of No Shopping. Not having much stuff with… Continue reading A year without buying clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry…Can Sam do it?

camping · cycling · fitness

Tomorrow is Packing Day and Sam is Frantically Searching for All of the Things, #f4lbr

Yikes. Chargers, Kindle, mini shampoo bottles, Ibuprofen, knee gel, bike tubes etc etc I’m at the stage of packing for the bike rally and arranging transportation home where all of that seems like lots more work than just biking to Montreal. What’s so hard? Partly it’s packing tomorrow and not seeing stuff again until we… Continue reading Tomorrow is Packing Day and Sam is Frantically Searching for All of the Things, #f4lbr

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Sam is checking in for July WITH SOME GOOD KNEE NEWS

First, the good news. Readers, friends, family, fit feminist community, I have a date for knee replacement surgery. OMG. It’s been so long. It’s more than 3 years since my sports doctor decided that we’d done all that could be done with knee shots, physio, braces and so on and that the time had come… Continue reading Sam is checking in for July WITH SOME GOOD KNEE NEWS

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When to work out? Sam is back to lunch hour workouts

Oh early winter, dark days. It’s a struggle. And while in theory I like the idea of winter as a quiet restful at home low key season, nestled on the sofa with a stack of books, thanks to the pandemic I’ve spent quite enough time at home. Thanks to recovery from surgery I’ve also spent… Continue reading When to work out? Sam is back to lunch hour workouts

clothing · fashion · fitness · shoes

Sam checks in after four months without shopping

Four months ago I announced on the blog that I was taking a year long hiatus from shopping for shoes, clothes, purses, and jewelry. You can read that post for the full back story of why, and you can also see some of my pandemic purchases! Online shopping was a stress reliever during the pandemic… Continue reading Sam checks in after four months without shopping

aging · body image · cycling · fitness · Zwift

The MAMILs have met their match, the OWLs!

I’ve written a lot here on the blog about men and body image. See here and here and here. There’s more too, if you search around. I hate all the teasing men in lycra get, so many MAMIL jokes. What’s MAMIL stand for? Middle aged men in lycra. And lots of the jokes are about… Continue reading The MAMILs have met their match, the OWLs!

bras · fashion · fitness

Will we go back to wearing ‘real’ bras in a post-pandemic world? Sam isn’t sure

It’s spring and I’m swapping clothes around, from winter to summer. The fall and spring stuff stays out year round. But I store out of season clothes in the basement in plastic storage tubs, as one does if you only have one closet and a chest of drawers. I have friends who don’t swap clothes… Continue reading Will we go back to wearing ‘real’ bras in a post-pandemic world? Sam isn’t sure

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Work from Office: Changes and Challenges!

Mostly these days I’m back on campus, working in the Dean’s office. On the bright side, I’m back to compartmentalized living, which I like. When I am at work, I’m at work, and when I am home, I am not at work. I’ve never been a big fan of working at home. I like my… Continue reading Work from Office: Changes and Challenges!