“It’s the end of the world as we know it. It’s the end of the world as we know it. It’s the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fiiiiiiiine”
That’s a little throwback humor to the days where we used to start almost all our blog posts with song lyrics. For the three of you who’ve been here since that fateful time (in like 2019), you’re welcome.
Look, there’s no easy way to say this, so we’ll just rip the Band-Aid right off.
We, AJ and Hillary, are quitting the podcast.
*takes moment for the collective gasp from our current 10 followers*
We know, we know. We had some good times, some laughs. Maybe even learned a thing or two along the way.
It was a blast, truly. You, the Feed Me Fam, are some of the best damn people around, and the support and feedback was awesome. Hey, we even made the local TV, not once, but twice!
But, as AJ already knew and Hillary did not really fully appreciate, this whole running a regular podcast thing is a lot of work and takes a lot of time. And seeing as how we already have full-time jobs and the other annoying responsibilities that come with being an adult, it just got to be too much, ya know?
While we still believe that there should be more regular women talking about their health and fitness experiences, well, that’s not going to be us anymore. Hopefully, there’s someone out there who will take up the mantle and run with it.
So, on a sappy, emotional note, which makes both of us real uncomfortable, we truly do want to thank everyone who listened in or left a review or gave us a word of encouragement.
Y’all are our tribe of weirdos, and we were lucky to have you.
Now, go eat a piece of cake and then go for a walk.
Remember: It’s all about balance. Or some shit like that.
Yeah, we’re gonna go ahead right now and apologize for this particular Throat-Punch Thursday episode, which all about what sets us off when it comes to taking care of your skin. Sure, it was fun for AJ and Hillary to record. But it’s a little off the chain, even for us. And the swearing. Yes, that’s part of the point of Throat-Punch Thursday. Buuuuuut … Yeah, it’s a bit much.
So, rather than subject you to more of that, we thought we’d put together some videos with actual useful skincare tips. It’s our way of saying “we’re sorry. We probably won’t do any better in the future, but we’ll try. Maybe.”
What about you? What’s your favorite skin hack or something about skincare that really gets your smooth, wrinkle-free goat? Smooth it all over in the comments!
Did you know that AJ and Hillary golf? Well, if you’ve ever seen us play, you still wouldn’t know it. We didn’t say we played with any kind of skill.
Mostly, we’re just out there, hitting the links, so we can make jokes about “long shafts” and “losing our balls.” Oh, also, AJ likes to eat brisket out of a plastic baggie. Don’t ask.
Anyhoo, you can listen in to the golf podcast episode to hear all about our adventures with the sport of kings.
There’s already been a lot done on the topic of a “good walk spoiled,” which apparently Mark Twain did not say. So, rather than AJ and Hillary blathering on about a topic they’re not experts on (that’s what the podcast is for. Duh.), we figured we’d just use this space as the Lord intended and link you to some interesting/useful/funny info about the sport of golf.
What’s your experience been like when hitting the links? Have you experienced your own religious experience, aka a Jesus Ball? Albatross? Straight eagles? Do you have a good explanation for why all the bird-related nomenclature? Perhaps you have a petition for us to sign to get baggies of brisket sanctioned as legit golf snacks?
Normally, a terrible pun like the one that appears as the title of this episode and related blog post/show notes would be all Hillary’s idea. But alas, it appears her bad influence brilliant ideas have rubbed off on AJ. (Read: Hillary is not to blame for that groanfest.)
Puns aside, it’s not a “stretch” (shut up, we’re on a roll now) to say that yoga is pretty damn good for you, as far as low-impact workouts go.
“But AJ and Hillary,” you may say, “what’s the difference between yoga and stretching? Or yoga and Pilates? Or yoga and barre? Also, what is barre, anyway?”
Well, damn, grasshopper, aren’t you just full of lots of interesting questions, like a tired toddler coming down off a sugar high?!
OK, OK, so those are all good questions.
Stretching is usually where you try to lengthen or release one muscle or part of your body at a time. Yoga definitely has stretching elements, but it’s made up of multiple poses and generally more of a full-body exercise. Yoga can be stretching or strength training or even cardio, depending on the workout.
Yoga vs. Pilates is more nuanced. There tend to be fewer Pilates movement variations, whereas yoga has a ton of different options. And some would say yoga has more of a spiritual side to it, though that’s not always the case. Both workouts do have similar movements though.
If you’re just getting started on your “yoga journey” (no, you have to call it that. Yoga police will come for you and take away your mat if you don’t.) take it slow. You probably don’t wanna hit your mat running, so to speak, with a 90-minute hot yoga class where you’ll spend 89 minutes doing headstands. So we’ve heard. From a friend.
But the nice thing is that entry to yoga is cheap and fairly simple. A decent mat is nice but not required. And there are a ton of free resources on the interwebs, one of our favs we’ve linked to in the “More Info and Deets” section below.
What about you? Have you tried yoga? Love it? Hate it? Get Downward Dog with us in the comments!
If you have made it to 2021, survived a global pandemic with its various forms of isolation, consumed any kind of online content, and yet still don’t know if you’re an introvert or an extrovert …. dude, what the fuck?
While taking care of an extrovert can seem relatively simple (just add people, expect a lot of talking, and brace for — ew — physical contact), making sure an introvert is healthy can be a little more nuanced. (Yes, we know we totally stereotyped extroverts and left no room for subtlety. We’re tired and just wanna go re-watch “Ted Lasso,” so we need to keep this short, OK? And if you come at us about not mentioning ambiverts, we will cut you.)
A lot of us are starting to emerge on the other side of the pandemic. For those of us who are introverts, returning to whatever the hell “normal” is going to look like will take some more adapting.
So, whether you are an introvert or know and love one, here are some helpful tips:
Take It Slow: With many restrictions easing, it may be tempting — even as an introvert — to want to see alllllll the people and do allllll the things. But it’s OK to say no to events and activities that deplete your energy reserves. Set your boundaries and stick to them.
Prioritize Your Mental Health: It’s not going to do you any good to have just survived a global pandemic, only to make yourself sick with social, work, or relationship pressures. Have frank discussions with people in your life — whether that’s your boss, your kids, your significant other, your family members, or your friends — about how you want to handle social situations and gatherings after COVID. Again, boundaries are cool.
Schedule Alone Time for Yourself:Mark it on your calendar or do whatever is necessary for you to carve out time for yourself, especially once you start to go out and do things with people. Your social stamina is likely pretty diminished at this point, so you’re gonna need some extra time to charge those batteries.
Take It Easy on Yourself … And Others: We’re all just navigating some of the craziest shit most of us have seen in our lifetime. Things are gonna go sideways. People (that means you, too) are going to behave erratically. Be more understanding and forgiving that you maybe normally would, with yourself and with those around you. … Whew, that just got deep. Quick! Someone make a dick joke!
What about you? Are you an introvert who’s just making your way through? Or do you know an introvert who’s got this all figured out? Drop us a comment or two!
First of all, this is somehow our 30th episode. So, to all of you who have listened, read, given us some praise or feedback, or kept us in the cheddar: Our humblest of humble thank yous. This has all been a blast, and that’s all because of you.
Ahem, what we meant to calmly and professionally say is that the incredibly insightful, honest, and real Dr. Maggie Landes was gracious enough to agree to be our first-ever guest.
Maggie came on the show to talk about intuitive eating, which we discussed a few weeks back. Her insights and takes were refreshing and honest, and we came away as even bigger fan gurls than we were previously.
“We track our kids, our bike rides, our investments, our macros, our screen time, our mileage, our fertility, our grades, our steps, our Amazon orders… It is exhausting to even consider all of it, but we have partitioned the experience of being a human into fragments of inconsequential measurements.”
You didn’t really think you were gonna get away with just one episode about bikes, one of Hillary’s favorite topics, did you?
No, no, friendly listening reader. Face it, if AJ and Hillary are essentially gonna provide you this high-quality, hilarious content for free, well, you’re just going to have to tolerate us talking about whatever floats our goat.
Now, if you clicked that last link, you might notice it takes you to Liv, Giant’s e-bikes for women. And if that seems like it was done on purpose, that’s because duh. Yes, this is our blatant attempt to get Giant to sponsor this podcast (please see the previous statement about free content).
However, AJ and Hillary are unwilling to shill for just any bike provider. No, no. It just so happens that we both own Giant e-bikes, and we love them sososo much. So, yes, this is self-serving, but it’s also a love letter to e-bikes.
We go into more details in the podcast about why we opted for e-bikes (Hillary sold three of her previous bikes to get one e-bike, a Giant Rove E+, which brings us to price, and we’ll talk about that in a moment.) AJ upgraded to an e-bike, a Giant LaFree, after hearing their praises sung by a friend.)
But they couldn’t be happier with their purchases. (Hillary’s already logged more miles in the few short months she’s owned her e-bike than she did all last year.)
Speaking of purchases, back to the price. Yeesh. It’s steep. On the low end, you can conceivably get an e-bike for under a grand. But it’s still going to be several hundred dollars. On the high end … well, the sky’s the limit depending on if you want a mountain, road, or even fat e-bike.
Taking Care of Your E-Bike
Just like you would with a regular bike, you want to take care of your e-bike so it lasts you for hundreds and hundreds of miles.
To that point:
Store your bike — and especially your battery — inside. It’s a good idea to take your battery off when you’re not using it.
Keep your bike clean. You should wipe it down after every ride, especially if you were riding through wet, dirty, sandy, or salty conditions. Talk to your local bike shop about the best product to protect and clean your bike chain too.
If you’re transporting your bike on a vehicle, pick a rack that’s rated for the weight of your bike. E-bikes tend to weigh a lot more than traditional bikes, and not all bike racks are meant to carry that much weight. Hillary’s a fan of her Kuat Transfer v2. It’s not technically rated for e-bikes, but it generally works as long as she’s not toting bikes with their batteries on.
It’s not a bad idea to find a cover for part of your bike where the battery connects. Some bike makers (like Giant!) sell them. Sometimes you can find generic ones on Amazon. If nothing else, depending on how your battery connects to the frame, you might be able to get away with just a plastic bag to protect the components.
Get the best lock you can afford. You just spent the earth on a bike. Don’t let some yahoo walk away with it.
What about you? Any experiences with an e-bike? Hate them? Love them? Cuddle up with yours each night, stroking it and telling it it’s a pretty, pretty princess. … No? Maybe that’s just AJ. Ride into our hearts with a comment here or on our Facebook page.
Further Info and Deets
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According to Tribole and Resch’s website, intuitive eating is defined as “a weight-inclusive, evidence-based model with a validated assessment scale and over 100 studies to date.”
There are 10 principles to intuitive eating, which include:
Reject the Diet Mentality
Honor Your Hunger
Make Peace with Food
Challenge the Food Police
Respect Your Fullness
Discover the Satisfaction Factor
Honor Your Feelings without Using Food
Respect Your Body
Exercise—Feel the Difference
Honor Your Health with Gentle Nutrition
It might be easier to explain what intuitive eating is not. It’s not a diet. But on the flip side, it’s not carte blanche to go ape-shit and motorboat pan after pan of brownies until you make yourself ill.
In a lot of ways, it’s the anti-diet. You don’t count calories or macros or exercise to “earn” food. You eat what you want, when you want it. And as much as you want. The goal isn’t to binge but rather to eat until you’re satisfied.
But How Do You Lose Weight?
See the thing is …
At least that’s not the goal.
According to this article, “[t]hus far, studies have linked intuitive eating to healthier psychological attitudes, lower body mass index (BMI), and weight maintenance — though not weight loss.” (Emphasis ours.)
But Y Tho?
Yes, we can already hear your objections and complaints. “If you don’t lose weight, what’s the point? I’ve already ‘intuitively ate’ myself into being unable to wear pants that button. And now you’re telling me to ‘trust my hunger’? You clearly have not met me or my hunger.”
And all of those — plus more because we’re over achievers — are the same objections that both AJ and Hillary had.
In fact, Hillary had tried intuitive eating on one or two other occasions, only to watch her weight climb and her feelings of anxiety and shame around food only increase.
AJ was of the “this sounds like some next-level bullshit because I cannot be trusted to eat whatever I want whenever I want unless I want a crane to move me in and out of my house” mindset.
So Why Try Again or Now?
We, like many others, are tired. Tired of counting carbs or fat or calories or whatever macro de jour is. Tried of exercising just to be able to eat more. Tired of working hard to lose weight and doing everything right, only to give in to a small temptation that inevitably became a huge binge. Tired of trying to figure out what we could or should eat at a restaurant or at someone’s home.
And the Results?
Since neither AJ nor Hillary decided to try intuitive eating for weight loss, it’s probably not surprising they haven’t lost anything. On the flip side, they haven’t gain weight either.
When Hillary started, she decided to weigh herself every day to 1) overcome her fear of damn number and 2) just to see what happened. And what happened was … well, not much. The scale fluctuates on the regular but only one or two pounds in either direction. Some days it’s up, some days it’s down, but it all averages out to about the same number.
It’s still pretty early in the process for both of us, but we are starting to see some benefits. We do both feel a little less cray-cray around food, though not every moment of every day.
Hillary’s been focusing more on the “gentle nutrition” aspect because she felt like her consumption of fruits and vegetables had gone way down. AJ’s been tackling the book and workbook and has found that to be helpful.
It’s early days, but so far, intuitive eating has been a useful tool for both of them.
So, What Now?
Honestly, who knows? As implied above, we both felt like we needed to heal our relationship with food and get off the crazy train.
Will we ever get back on? Maybe. If our weights become more of a health concern or we just feel like we want to lose some weight. AJ still likes low-carb eating and keto, so she might go back. Hillary has no plans beyond continuing with intuitive eating until she doesn’t want to anymore.
Obviously, this is an ongoing thing, so we’ll let you know how it goes and if anything changes.
Is Intuitive Eating Right for You?
Maybe! Here’s a completely unscientific questionnaire* we put together for you:
Are you a chronic dieter? Or do you prefer the term “professional dieter”?
You can do an instant macro or calorie breakdown of your meal and every plate in your immediate vicinity like a heat-seeking missile, and you are not a licensed nutritionist or medical professional
You compulsively track everything you put in your mouth like you’re trying to win a prize.
Words and phrases like macro, carb, fat grams, reset, cleanse, on plan, and cheat meal are part of your everyday vocabulary.
Your fitness tracker sends you messages like “chill the fuck out” instead of “good job!”
You have developed a nervous tic that is triggered by others eating or mentioning things like a Snickers bar, potato salad, baked beans, etc.
Or have you already tried intuitive eating? Did you love it? Hate it? Something in the middle? Tell us in the comments or on our Facebook page!
*Additional Disclaimer In Case You Missed the Link to Our First One
This list is meant humorously, not to diagnose or denigrate actual medical issues or eating disorders. By design, we’ve omitted the following: severely restricting calories, intentional starvation, skipping meals, binge eating and purging because those are signs of an eating disorder. PLEASE: Seek help from a medical professional or mental health advocate if any of the precursors or symptoms listed here characterize your eating or if you feel triggered in any way.