Why do my mind and body lie to me?
If I feel good, eat healthy and exercise, isn’t that enough? No, not for me and looking around at the general population, not for a lot of other people either. Without some objective measure, it’s way too easy to deceive myself.
The voi... Read more
Really people? Do I have to run through a cloud of smoke?
There is a “loop” in my town, a 2.75 mile route with paved sidewalks and no streets to cross. There’s also a short “notch” along the way which adds just enough distance to make it a 5K for those so inclined. It’s a favorite of runners, walkers... Read more
The soundtrack of my life echoes through my workout
Many SP articles, blogs and threads involve workout music. At age 65 I have to admit that I’m not familiar with much of it. The last I remember being surrounded with popular music, my 3 kids were in high school (1983-1993). Soon afterwards te... Read more
I know where all the men are – at least the old ones
No, this isn’t like one of those spam emails “meet sexy singles in your area.” But as I get older I’m coming face to face with the statistics of life expectancy. Sadly, I’m attending more funerals lately and have even begun to read the obituar... Read more
Who are these people who get 100% in Trivia?
Not just for 1 day, but for a whole month! After 3 years of lurking on SP, reading and learning, and 150 weeks of maintenance, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about food, fitness and health. After 1 month being active here, it turns out t... Read more
The absolute best exercise ever.
We’re constantly bombarded with advertisements for the magic pill or gadget or activity that will allow us to “melt away the pounds.” I remember this even way back in the 50s when Lucy Ricardo tried to shake away and steam away the extra weight... Read more
Did you RUN the whole way?
That’s my favorite example of what NOT to say to someone at the finish line, no matter what the length of the race. I suppose it’s a matter of perspective, but I count every step moving forward as distance traveled whether or not it involved hau... Read more
Women, Pre Title 9 (1972) - Were we really that active?
One of the reasons often stated as a cause of the sudden increase in obesity over the last 20 years is a reduction in activity levels. I want to take an honest look back.
While my friends and I actively played outside during childhood, f... Read more
How I eat when on vacation
When in Rome, I’ll eat the gelato.
When in Germany, I’ll eat the strudel.
When in Athens, I’ll eat the baklava.
There’s a pattern here. Obviously, I have a sweet tooth and part of the fun of visiting new places is eating the specialtie... Read more
I will not drink another calorie
I made that decision over 20 years ago. At the time it was a reflection of my frugality, not aimed at weight reduction. I was annoyed that restaurants charged so much for a drink. I began to order water since the soda was half water (ice) any... Read more
Pride + Impatience + Frustration = A Fall
I was very self satisfied over the weekend. I’ve been in maintenance a long time and feeling confident that I’ve got this thing down. I’ve developed immunity to DH’s stash of junk food. I attended grandkids’ activities on Saturday and ignored ... Read more
Mommy, I hope God is nicer than him
That was the comment of my 4 year old son when he was lying on the couch sick one Sunday morning. I hadn’t noticed that his cartoon program had ended and he was watching a local preacher known for his fire and brimstone delivery.
Thirty-... Read more
Who you hang out with makes a difference
I remember reading that the amount we eat is influenced by those around us.
That makes sense, but I’ve also realized that our image of ourselves is influenced in the same way.
In some yoga classes I feel like an old oak tree surrounded ... Read more
It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish
That’s was the song in my head while running the other day.
Coming back from rehab sometimes it’s discouraging not to be going as far or as fast as I want. Many on SP get discouraged when the weight loss is not progressing faster. Sometime... Read more
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Society in Denial
Although I’ve only been active on SP for a few weeks, I have been quietly lurking for over 3 years. Lately I’ve been aware of the differences between the insulated environment of SP and the larger society we live in.
On SP there are differ... Read more