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What exactly is a binge? Is it like obscenity or pornography, different for different people?
Monday, January 21, 2013      18 comments

During a case regarding hard-core pornography Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said that he couldn’t specifically define it, but he knew it when he saw it. How to define a binge: By quantity of food eaten? I’ve had some pret... Read more
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.
Sunday, January 20, 2013      12 comments

Anyone old enough to get my literary reference? I don’t think “A Tale of Two Cities” is required HS reading anymore. Actually, I was referring to my week – both real life and through TV. I began the week in a very sad mood (Tuesday’s... Read more
What does your shirt say about you? “Do you box?”...
Saturday, January 19, 2013      14 comments

... he asked me as we stood at the grocery check out counter. It happened last summer. I haven’t been ‘hit on’ in decades and this would have been one weird pick-up line anyway. I was old enough to be this guy’s mother, maybe grandmother.... Read more
The Junk Food King & I – One day in 1963 changed the course of my life
Friday, January 18, 2013      32 comments

When I was 15, I attended a party and met a COLLEGE GUY. I never knew anyone who had gone to college. In my working class neighborhood it just wasn’t the norm. This guy was studying to be an aerospace engineer. I wasn’t even sure what engine... Read more
Strength training: Past, Present & Future – My visual reminder
Thursday, January 17, 2013      21 comments

My living room would make a decorator cringe. Displayed prominently are these. The past: The 2 sets on the right (1 & 2 pounds) are the ones I bought for my mother. H... Read more
Can money buy happiness? At least it will buy me a new heat pump
Wednesday, January 16, 2013      17 comments

While sitting in my cold house yesterday, I read the SP article “Can Money Buy Happiness”? www.sparkpeople.com/reso
?id=1776 It’s strange how SP often emails me a link to something I real... Read more
It was a dark and stormy night as she drove the twisting country road toward home
Tuesday, January 15, 2013      18 comments

That’s how mystery novels used to begin and they rarely ended well. Fortunately, nothing dire occurred, only very disappointing. After a day of healthy eating and excellent workout, including navigating several potential hazards, I ate 1200 ca... Read more
100+ years of Clairol – self image isn’t only about weight
Monday, January 14, 2013      16 comments

My blog entry on Saturday included the admission that I didn’t diet in the past because I didn’t feel I had to. In spite of my weight gain, my body image was fine. Case in point: When at a family gathering my aunt remarked to my mother th... Read more
Seeking a distance run – the twists and turns and ups and down of my day
Sunday, January 13, 2013      15 comments

As my status says, I have new motivation to increase my distance running. As I wrote last Sunday, I discovered a beautiful running trail 25 miles away from me. I haven’t run a race longer than a 5K since my retirement 5 years ago since my... Read more
The ultimate oddball admission – I never dieted during 25 years of carrying the extra weight
Saturday, January 12, 2013      11 comments

Not once from age 35 to 61 was I ever tempted by diet plans or programs or pills. I just accepted it as normal. I was getting older, my metabolism was slowing down and hormones were to blame. I didn’t need to diet. This is what I would b... Read more
The admission of an oddball – part 2 – I like to exercise
Friday, January 11, 2013      13 comments

I don’t see it as a chore. Fitness never was my problem, eating was. So much for all those ads – just walk and lose weight. When I decided to get serious about my weight, I was already RUNNING 20 miles a week and hauling around a bunch o... Read more
The admission of an oddball – I love tracking my food
Thursday, January 10, 2013      28 comments

It’s not a chore. I know I can manage without it calorie-wise at least short term. I’ve done this during the entire month of December with a cruise and the holidays and no Internet. Yet I look forward to online tracking. So many weight... Read more
Hybrid crops vs GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
Wednesday, January 09, 2013      7 comments

Last week when I wrote about my supersized potatoes, I was mainly interested in calories and portion control. SuzyMobile mentioned the possibility that they were genetically modified. That’s something I wanted to investigate. According to ... Read more
All living things can thrive given the right environment
Tuesday, January 08, 2013      7 comments

Even in winter I still want to have fresh herbs. Here’s my happy little basil plants. There’s oregano and parsley too on another shelf. After much trial and error and experimentation, I finally found the right location as well as amount and f... Read more
The power of community and resources to increase motivation
Monday, January 07, 2013      14 comments

I’ve written once that change has to come from within and that’s still true. However, a community of like-minded people provided with resources can fuel that change and keep it recharged. Since retirement 5 years ago I’ve lived in a rural ... Read more

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