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Three Things Thursday 6 — Self, Health & Laugh Lines


Today I’m sharing three things you can do for yourself to improve your health and fitness for your mind, body and spirit in less than 800 words.

Mind: Self

Determine to include yourself in your life. I saw this card (below) by an artist named “Leigh” (http://www.curlygirldesign.com/) at a fancy boutique in Connecticut in 2006 right after my husband was laid-off from his job.

We went on a weeklong vacation and stayed with family at their home. It was a very scary time for us and although I knew my husband had the chops to find another awesome job, the specter of only eight weeks’ salary to cover our mortgage and health insurance for a family of five was terrifying. The card was a piece of art and it cost $6; its sentiment is empowering. I bought it. I enlarged it and hangs in my office.

We came home from that trip determined to make it through the layoff with optimism, not obsession, and to come out better than we went going in and we did. He started his new job on my 39th birthday with not one day to spare.


“Spirit.” Rekindle yours.

What has already happened to you in life is done and over. Decide to do something now for yourself today that is good. Do it again tomorrow and the day after that and own it like a boss.

Body: Get Up, Get Down, Repeat.

I started working out again Sunday and my mood instantly elevated and has stayed there. I have an extensive personal background and interest in fitness, health and nutrition. Yes, you can love Cap’n Crunch and be healthy. I have a lot of gear, but that’s because I love exercise gear. Do you have a question? Throw it at me in comments.

Here’s an awesome FREE! app for keeping track of your diet and exercise. “MyFitnessPal” <– click there for link. My SIL lost all her baby weight using that app in three months. I’ve been using it and I adore it. The sense of awareness and accountability it instills is amazing. It confirmed for me this: I don’t eat enough. More on that later.

The best thing we can do for ourselves is get up right now. Stand up, inhale, lift your hands over your head, exhale and lower your hands back to your sides and sit back down.

Do it again.


One more time.

Feel that thumpa-thumpa? That’s you. You just burned probably 3 calories.

I do all sorts of things: aerobics, strength (mostly floor work and for many of us our own body weight and gravity pose enough resistance) and yoga.

Sunday I worked on the elliptical trainer. I did High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). To keep this description high level, it goes from a “0” being sitting to a “10” being an all-out sprint from a rhino or chasing after a baby-napper every two minutes (two slow, one high).

I have a heart-rate monitor (HRM), I use it. Is an HRM essential? No, but it keeps me honest. Just starting is essential. I will write about the benefits of exercise soon.

Start small, finish BIG.

I’m a weirdo: sometimes I do squats when I unload the dishwasher. I double up the stairs, I stand on one leg when brushing my teeth. I’m not normal, but I’m also not at all overweight.

Keep a journal, write this stuff down; you don’t have to step on the scale now. Numbers don’t matter, how you feel is what matters. When you write it down, you commit.

Cravings last 14 minutes. Beat the 14 minutes and you beat the craving.

Be sure you’re eating enough. Sounds like a nice problem to have unless your body does what it’s supposed to do: goes for the muscle (lean body mass / LBM) first for fuel because LBM burns calories the best. You definitely don’t want that, because you will lose your tone. I know this personally.

Drink lots of water. Your skin will love you for it.

Spirit: Gratitude. Express it Often.

Thank your body for what it always does: functions even if you think it’s dysfunctional. And especially if you stood up and raised your arms. Thank your awesome legs, your amazing hips, your kick-ass shoulders and your freakin’ lungs for getting you through every day. Do you stop, ever, to contemplate what a MIRACLE it is to simply be alive? The genius that goes into all our cellular functioning? It’s mind-boggling.

Thank your laugh lines for keeping you sane. Go ahead: look in the mirror and say, “I LOVE YOU LAUGH LINES” and mean it.

they are. they show you don't take yourself too seriously.

they are. they show you don’t take yourself too seriously.

As I always say, “the quickest facelift is a smile.”

Thank you.

Fresh Spam: Strange and Assholic Comments From Bots + Free Lunch (Smile)


So, I’ve been deep and introspective and poignant and meaningful lately. I am clearly working through some stuff, but the thing is, I have a limit.

I was afraid I’d solved all my existential problems and that I’d have nothing to write about. I feared that I’d run the well dry.

Then I went to my blog’s comments section and noticed there were 42 messages marked “Spam” and I had to wonder… what constitutes Spam on a blog? I’m so glad you wondered too… here’s a look-see at some of the finest comments marked “Spam”:

Submitted on 2012/08/01 at 1:43 am

Online cialis kopendoe je natuurlijk bij ons…

I don’t even know where to start. I thought I had my “je natuurlijk bij ons…” all figured out. Is that comment good? Bad? Did the bot like or hate what I had to say? What’s your gut telling you?

This next one is about a post that was near and dear to my heart “Re-ject-shun” and something we all go through every once in a while.  A good friend who is also a writer thought that it referred to my book getting the hammer from a publisher. Fret not! I’ve not the guts to send that out to anyone yet! But hey, I am scared, actually, about zombies reading my blog because several people who work for American Airlines Letter are asking about “brain dead individuals” making comments:

I create a leave a response whenever I appreciate a post on a website or if I have something to contribute to the conversation. Usually it is caused by the fire communicated in the article I read. And on this article Re – ject – shun Grass Oil by Molly Field. I was moved enough to drop a comment ;-) I do have 2 questions for you if it’s okay. Could it be just me or do some of these comments look like coming from brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are posting on additional places, I’d like to keep up with everything fresh you have to post. Could you list the complete urls of all your public sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

Right, I definitely want that bot showing up on my Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn feeds… because I love “I create a leave a response”  and then there’s this one… :

Some times its hard to be a woman.

I say: Some times its not.

This comment is in reply to the most recent post about False F(r)iendships (talk about feeling unheard):

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Dog food?! That dude wasn’t even LISTENING. Good God, I’m glad I don’t know him personally. Wait a minute… Maybe that bot was listening… I did write about dry dog food!  Maybe I do know that bot…

I love this one. It is clearly written by somebot who knows grammar and knows “vanilla” (and I thought the referred post’s headline was actually pretty freakin’ clever and awesome):

I think that everything said made a bunch of sense. However, think about this, suppose you added a little information? I ain’t suggesting your content is not good, but what if you added a title that makes people desire more? I mean Re – ject – shun Grass Oil by Molly Field is kinda vanilla. You ought to glance at Yahoo’s home page and watch how they create news headlines to grab viewers to click. You might add a video or a picture or two to grab readers excited about what you’ve got to say. Just my opinion, it might make your blog a little livelier.

I like making “a bunch of sense.” I do love the bot’s insistence that I … wait for it … “However, think about this,” And I’m OK with ain’tto grab readers excited” … really (did I use “ain’t” right back there? I never know…) and “desire more.” Somethin’ tells me, bot, that “people desire more” all over the place. I mean, the U.S. has 24% of the world’s prison population; there’s plenty of desiring going on to land those folks in prison, sadly.

This comment refers to a post which had no picture in it. I am hurt. I thought bots actually read what I write.

Thanks for your publication on this blog site. From my own personal experience, there are times when softening upward a photograph could provide the photography with an amount of an inventive flare. Many times however, this soft cloud isn’t just what you had in your mind and can usually spoil a normally good picture, especially if you intend on enlarging this.

“Softening upward a photograph”? That sound erotic.  Did this bot write 50 Shades of Grey? and “inventive flare” is that like an IED? “Soft cloud”? Gosh, some Spam bots are stoopid assholes.

This one is about the guest blog post about my book’s first page… what the what?:

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I’m all about “combine a few unrelated data,”

What is SEO? An H tag? Panda? Backlinks? LSI? on my post about rowing (ROWING!, people) and I didn’t know I was a web admin (so now I’m a SAHM and a web admin):

Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. WordPress Seo Plugin

And this final one … some bot bought another bot lunch on what I wrote (smile):

Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.” by George Bernard Shaw.

I wonder if they had Spam sandwiches on whole wheat with plenty of SEOs on the side, because you KNOW, that’s what George Bernard Shaw wanted to be known for.  I think they’re on to something by calling it “artificial intelligence.”

Thank you WordPress spam detector!

Thank you.

<140 Characters — Superfast: What I Already Like About Twitter


For any of you on the fence about about getting a Twitter account, I can heartily say this: jump off and do it.

In this age of “media is the message” and the fact that any aspiring writer / artist / creative type is going to need to do their own self promoting, I can attest to the ease and facility of Twitter.

let yourself get off the fence – about everything. life is much easier when we let decide. because then: we can act.

I honestly don’t know what my problem was.

Here’s what I like about it:

Speed: it’s amazingly fast and it links to everything — if you have a Facebook fan page, it will go there.

Ease: it takes about three minutes at the most to set up.

Quick: the 140-characters-or-less edict was first an insult to my vast intellect and wittiness. Now I find I’m all about it.  My new philosophy in life: “You’ve got <140.”

Quick #2: you’re on, you’re off. There’s no dickering around online… it’s an app. Of course you can overdo it, but it’s not likely.

Silence: There are no stats to check or “likes” to hope for. It’s great for the ego because it all just goes >foosh!< away. It’s very liberating.  (And if there is a way to find out if someone likes what you post — DO NOT TELL ME.)

My cousin and I were tweeting this morning about how it reminds us of Facebook’s “early” (for those of us not at Harvard when Zuck first rolled it out – I graduated way earlier than he did … and not from Harvard) days of simplicity, speed and elegance. I’m embarrassed to say (well, not really, but sometimes I am) that I’ve been on Facebook since 2008 and I do miss the cleaner interface. (Remember those buttons?  I can’t remember the Facebook term…  we could share with friends or put on our virtual cork boards of what we liked?)

I also have a Facebook fan page and lately my outreach stats have been zzzzzngnng.  It’s summer so I know that’s a factor.  They hovering around the 1,300 people reached mark on my best days.  I opened a Twitter account and linked it up to my fan page and WOOOOAH… it’s up to 8,300+ people reached. (I’m no boob: that’s less than 1/1000th of the people on Facebook, so I get that.)

Look, I’m working pretty hard (with success) on not giving a crap about these popularity numbers anyway because who knows how many fans of GM were 13 year olds (or younger) who loved Camaros and Corvettes…? What about the 11,000+ fans of the clay head from Lionel Richie’s head from the Hello video?? I am simply not going to sweat those numbers anymore. Numbers don’t matter, substance does.  I have always believed this, but I was swept into a weird and needy corner into believing it mattered and so, I’m … done.  For a great post on this “like” situation: http://douglaskleeman.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/the-limitations-of-like/

But I am a realist: when I market the book I’ve written and all the rest, publicity will matter and that’s the hard truth: publishers won’t sell a book that doesn’t have a market, so I might wanna get cracking and sorta get over being shy about it.

I believe now that my book does have a market and as one awesome commenter wrote on my “Fear: Eff It” post, the wonderful Toni Morrison said (paraphrasing) that she wrote her book because she hadn’t read it yet.

As always in life: our futures and our success and failures lie in our own hands.  I am looking back now at my previous hand-wringing experience as “so last year” already. It’s nice to have that perspective.

Ok, that was slightly more than 140 characters.  You can follow me on Twitter @mollyfieldtweet …

Thank you.