Saturday afternoon, I met my friend Leah for brunch at The Fat Radish on the Lower East Side. She was coming from Bikram yoga, I was coming from five episodes of Homeland. I had a cold and had self-prescribed binge watching Showtime Anytime as the remedy. Speaking of, if anyone needs the help of a lay counter-terrorism expert leave a note in the comments. (Good guys only, please!) I pretty much know everything Saul and Carrie do.

After brunch, we faced the cold to walk toward an old school candy store Leah remembered (The Sweet Life). They were closed but on the way we passed Stanley’s Pharmacy. The front window advertises common cold-curing “drugs and drinks” and we were intrigued. It looked bright, welcoming and cool.

Inside Stanley’s Pharmacy is Stanley. Born to what sound like pretty strict parents, they restricted him to three career options: engineer, doctor, or pharmacist. He chose pharmacist. He really wanted to be a rock star. This is why multiple choice career options are hard. (Meet Stanley in this video, he’s something.)

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This weekend, on a rare lazy Saturday morning, I re-watched the movie One Day.  

It’s the worst kept secret that the book is a guilty pleasure for me. The movie, if assessed with any sort of critical eye, is terrible. It’s hard to follow, Anne Hathaway’s British accent is weird at best, and it’s just too sad without having earned it. (The book EARNS it.) But if you loved the book, just dipping in to the story in any form can be stirring. I think it’s just an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia or sentimentalism for the novel itself. Which if you haven’t gotten yet, I was pretty taken with.

This is all a long winded way of saying: I spent Saturday morning crying with noise on my couch watching a movie that got a 36% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Hello from freezing DC. I’m here for nearly a week due to a confluence of a wedding and a work trip. Before moving to New York in 2012, I lived here for 5 and a half years and remember exclusively moderate winters. Since I’ve left your nation’s capital has become an arctic tundra. Brr.  But that’s no excuse to hibernate. Remember?

freezing outside the West Wing

freezing outside the West Wing

I wanted to share some of the fitness blogs that I love reading. There are others I love but for today, I wanted to highlight this six. They are worth checking out for inspirational stories, humble laughs and relatable tips. Let me know what you think. Any to add?

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Oh hello!

Last week I shared a record of every time I worked out. I got more views on that post than most posts – by a heap – so I think it’s something you (or someone!) is interested in reading.

Me too.

I love day-in-the-life posts, and other deep dives into the habits of others when it comes to fitness. I’d love to learn yours! Let me know in the comments how this compares to what you’re doing!

February 1-7: Every Workout

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