Books!

I love books. No, that’s not quite right. I LOVE books. I’ve been an addict since childhood, and I don’t see it ever stopping. I died a little inside when e-readers were introduced, and I still haven’t bought one, despite the fact that I think I’d secretly love it. There’s just something about the feel and the SMELL of a real book. My husband calls me the Book Sniffer. It’s a little embarrassing, but accurate.

As an avid book lover, I was saddened to hear about Border’s bankruptcy and closing. I am mostly a library reader, but there’s something fun about browsing the shelves on a weekend and sipping tea or hot chocolate in the bookstore cafe that just can’t be replaced. I decided to make one last visit there this week, and this is some of my haul:

I got seven books in total, including five health-/weight-related books:

I’m not crazy. I know how to lose weight and get healthy: calories in must be less than calories out, and “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” But I love finding little gems and nuggets of wisdom to help renew my spirits and my focus, and I look forward to finding some in these pages!

I definitely found some in the most recent book I read: Run, by Dean Karnazes. Karnazes is an ultra-marathoner. He has run 200 miles at a time and raced hundreds of miles in four deserts in a single year–and he plans to run a marathon in all 204 registered countries in 2012. In other words, he is crazy. But so passionate! I think we could all use a little bit of that insanity to truly do something great with our lives.

In his book, Karnazes writes, “Everything about us was designed for locomotion, engineered for movement. Our modern world, however, invites just the opposite: idleness.”

So true. As I run, I often find myself thinking, “My body was NOT meant to do this.” Au contraire. It WAS meant to do it, but my mind and my lifestyle have been holding it back. It is time to let it do what it was designed to do.

Karnazes continues, “Modern rationale equates comfort and convenience–the total absence of pain and struggle–with happiness. I, along with a growing number of like-minded individuals, think that just the opposite may be true. We’ve grown so comfortable, we’re miserable.”

Think about it. When you’re sitting in your air-conditioned office and haven’t moved in hours, how do you feel? I feel sluggish and restless. Yet, when I finished my 5K, despite being completely exhausted, I felt euphoric. While doing Insanity, I’m completely wiped out physically, but I feel absolutely incredible. Maybe a little more pain is good for all of us.

What books have you read recently that inspired you–whether nonfiction or fiction? I am always looking for great recommendations.

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About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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2 Responses to Books!

  1. Rachel says:

    Seriousl Kristen, how were we not bff in highschool! We share so many of the same interests! I loved reading this post (which shows up in my inbox- thank you!). I am also a book sniffer (along with laundry detergent!). I feel like the smell of books tells a little history. I also like discovering little smudges on the pages of books, makes me think someone is enjoying a bar of chocolate while reading. I’m such a dork, I just can’t help myself! 🙂

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