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Mom, you’re not exactly Donna Reed – An apology to my children
Friday, October 26, 2012      10 comments

The Donna Reed observation was my teenage son reacting to my news that I had agreed to host a German exchange student. Her host family had backed out at the last minute. From “Nick at Night,” he knew Donna Reed – the 60s sitcom icon of per... Read more
Running on Empty – My Car vs. My Body
Thursday, October 25, 2012      10 comments

My car’s gas tank is always in the red zone according to my husband. He wonders how I can go so far on “fumes.” It’s just laziness on my part. I hate to spend the time at the pump so I do it as infrequently as possible. This is not the c... Read more
Daddy, how old is a Geezer?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012      15 comments

That was the question I asked my father when he complained about the driver he was following on the highway. The man stopped suddenly and Dad had to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision. Of course, I understand that Dad would have been at ... Read more
Runners add an average of 3 years to their lifespan, but they will have spent them running.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012      7 comments

That was a rather cynical reaction of a critic to a longevity study a few years ago. Other research has documented the longevity bonus of running and of other exercise as well. One concluded a 7 year differential. So why the cynicism? Is i... Read more
I wish I lived in Kansas
Monday, October 22, 2012      8 comments

One thing I remember about driving across Kansas was that it was flat – very flat. I thought about that trip on Saturday during my “long” run. Long is a relative term for me lately. My recovery and comeback had been going so well that I... Read more
Mommy, it happened again!
Sunday, October 21, 2012      9 comments

That was the screech from the nursery that sent me running to my toddler’s room 37 years ago. I found her holding back the curtain and excitingly shouting “The sun came back!” Such is the wonder of an almost 3 year old who suddenly realize... Read more
3 new additions and no junk food in sight – My new improved table
Saturday, October 20, 2012      16 comments

Last month I wrote about the daily challenge of living with the junk food king, including a picture of my kitchen table. This is how it looks now. The peanut bu... Read more
My non-exercise (actually food related) injuries - Confessions of a Klutz.
Friday, October 19, 2012      9 comments

We are often warned by well intentioned people about a specific activity because of potential injury. Don’t do X, Y or Z. It will hurt your (insert body part here). Looking back at my history of injuries serious enough to require rest a... Read more
Why do my mind and body lie to me?
Thursday, October 18, 2012      13 comments

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?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012      14 comments

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
Tuesday, October 16, 2012      4 comments

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
Monday, October 15, 2012      8 comments

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?
Sunday, October 14, 2012      12 comments

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.
Saturday, October 13, 2012      4 comments

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?
Friday, October 12, 2012      14 comments

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

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