Did you know that carrying a boy in your uterus means that you burn 10% more calories than if you had a girl?
Men. From the very beginnin’ they just suck the life right outta you.
Today my mantra is “They can’t say yes if you don’t ask”.
Here’s to success and joy in all your endeavours too, lovely twitter friends! Here’s to a creative, productive, satisfying February for all of us.
Sarah, on Twitter
I love your mantra, Sarah. Please remind me every day.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
— Haruki Murakami
“Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.”
— Jean Racine
Natural water has always held the magical power to cure. Somehow or other, it transmits its own self-regenerating powers to swimmers. I can dive in with a long face and what feels like a terminal case of depression, and come out a whistling idiot.
-Roger Deakin, in “Swimming”
I routinely tell most people to take fitness/diet advice from non-specialist doctors with a large dose of circumspection. This quote puts one of my reasons perfectly:
Surprisingly, medical doctors are often seen as poor sources of dietary advice because medical schools are slow to adapt to and teach new developments in nutrition.
The other reason is that most doctors don’t stay up-to-date on developments in medicine (including those impacting fitness/diet) outside of their areas of specialisation.
So a generic doctor’s understanding of principles of fitness/diet may be way outdated – probably dating to when the syllabus was set for their time in med school.
It’s hard to ignore the doctor’s advice,
even if we strongly doubt it’s reasoning,
even if it’s on an area that’s not the doctor’s specialisation,
even if the doctor themself insists that they’re not up-to-date on the domain.
Better, do your research, go to a specialist for advice, and challenge their advice (even if to understand the reasoning) if it doesn’t match your research.
It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.
— J.R.R. Tolkien
“It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones.”
— George Washington
“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”
— Anthony Burgess (from today’s Economist Espresso newsletter)
Burn old wood, read old books, drink old wines, have old friends.
— Alfonso X of Castile (in today’s Economist Espresso)