Posts Categorized: fitness

Sal on Wheels: The Bike Commute

A lot has changed since I first posted about my bike commute back in July of 2009, and since biking season is upon us I figured it was time for an update! For starters …

… I got a new bike. Yes, I traded in my 65-pound one-speed cruiser for a 40-pound three-speed cruiser. My new ride is a Specialized Globe with an internal gear box, and although we got off to a bit of a bumpy start this year with some flat tires and gear tension issues, I’m still thrilled to have made the change. (Especially now that I’ve upgraded to Kevlar-lined tires. How badass is THAT?!?) This bike has seat and front wheel shocks – cheap ones, but still – and they make my ride sooooo much more pleasant. read more

Strong and Tough


I like working out WAY MORE now that I belong to a gym with a lovely, clean locker room and lots of stretching space … but I can’t say I love working out. Not indoors, not four times a week for two-plus hours at a time. I’d rather be writing, or sleeping, or watching “Finding Nemo” for the 89th time, or pretty much anything else. But I do it, and I do it consistently.


Well, I do feel better about myself when the clothes I already own fit me, so part of it is body shape maintenance. And I do want to live to a ripe old age, so part of it is for my health. But I also like to feel strong and tough. read more

Dance. It Does a Body Good: A Guest Post from Lisa

I’ve been reading the blog Solo Lisa for a good long time now, and it never fails to impress me. Lisa strikes me as an incredibly smart, savvy, chic, modern woman who knows what she wants and doesn’t wait for an invitation to run out and grab it. She is colossally busy, yet manages to cook up insightful and entertaining posts on a daily basis. Essentially, we’re talking about a powerhouse here.

One of the things I’ve learned from Lisa’s comments on MY body image posts, is that she is an avid salsa dancer, and never feels more fabulous about her bod than when she’s moving to the music. So I asked her to write a little about the connection between salsa and self-love, and boy did she ever deliver! read more