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Where I will/will not economize

Friday, November 23, 2012      10 comments

I used to tell my children not to spend their money on things that weren’t really important to them and then they would have enough to buy the stuff they really cared about. I’ve been called “Frugal Fannie” (Frugal Fannie’s was a discount... Read more

There’s room for all of us at this Thanksgiving table

Thursday, November 22, 2012      15 comments

I have much for which to be grateful on this Thanksgiving Day. The health of my family and seeing my grandchildren regularly top the list. I should clarify that this year I can see only 5 of the 6 grandkids easily. The oldest is spending a year... Read more

What will your kids remember about you? Mine still talk about the day I ate the whole pie.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012      11 comments

Well, not the whole pie. As they remember, I left one little sliver for someone else. I taught high school math and computer science and was also technology coordinator for grades 6-12. I took my job very seriously and I came home each da... Read more

800 calories of ice cream? - Looks like I’m not infallible.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012      25 comments

The “bottomless pit” is alive and well. I’ve been writing regularly about my upcoming 3 year maintenance anniversary and how my healthy habits are finally becoming automatic. So it’s only right that I record and report one colossal failure... Read more

Surprise! Dr Oz agrees with my Grandma!

Monday, November 19, 2012      13 comments

Not about everything obviously. She would cringe at some of his advice. I don’t usually watch TV during the day, but on Friday the 16th I found myself watching yet another easy fix for weight loss. I was about to switch channels when the ... Read more

An old lady’s advice – the view from the far side

Sunday, November 18, 2012      22 comments

My grandmother was 65 when I was born. She seemed old to me from my earliest memory. Now I’m 65 and I have 6 grandchildren ages 11-18. I wonder if I look old to them. She arrived in the USA in 1900 alone at age 17 on a ship that still ... Read more

Waiting for that outside push – in health, weight and a clean house

Saturday, November 17, 2012      13 comments

“No one knows our house is messy ‘cause when somebody’s coming we clean it up.” That was my son’s observation many years ago as I mobilized the “troops” for a marathon effort to get our house “ship-shape.” Company was coming and not just a... Read more

I used to be a hermit

Friday, November 16, 2012      18 comments

Retirement can do that to you, although what I really mean is that I was an online hermit. I was online everyday and until recently very few people knew about it. I would read and learn in all areas of life including SparkPeople. After nearly... Read more

Diet as a “part of speech"

Thursday, November 15, 2012      14 comments

I dislike the word diet when it’s used as a verb. “I’m dieting” brings to my mind images of deprivation. I imagine myself sitting at a banquet with everyone enjoying wonderful food while I turn down all the options with “No thank you, I’m diet... Read more

Maybe I should rename my snacks as meals?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012      14 comments

Just a case in point: Checking on one random day, I see that I consumed 1782 calories, near the very top of my maintenance range It was also a BIG day for exercise - running, walking, canoeing and even 2 short SP strength training videos. Acc... Read more

Did you win?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012      8 comments

That was my Dad’s question 25 years ago when I returned from a “Turkey Trot” charity run. It was Northern Virginia. There were about 1000 participants and I was 40 years old. It was also my very first 5K. Dad was blinded by love, but he ... Read more

Sizing creep in pictures – how I stayed in denial

Monday, November 12, 2012      26 comments

Many Sparkers have commented on the sizing creep of the fashion industry. Since I have “vintage” clothing all the way back to 1959, I just did some in-house research. Here I am with my 2nd child. I’m very happy to be wearing my SIZE 10 sh... Read more

“Thank you for your service” is not enough.

Sunday, November 11, 2012      12 comments

Today is Veterans Day which originally was called “Armistice Day,” the day that ended WWI which at that time was “The Great War” or “The War to End All Wars.” Sadly, that didn’t happen. On Sundays my blog entries tend to be more introspe... Read more

Water, water everywhere? How about salt, salt, everywhere!

Saturday, November 10, 2012      11 comments

We used to have to memorize poetry in school back in the stone age. Do they even do that anymore? “Water, water everywhere and nary a drop to drink.” As I remember, that was the lament of the Ancient Mariner as he was surrounded by undrinkabl... Read more

The middle of the road is a lonely place and dangerous too

Friday, November 09, 2012      16 comments

This is absolutely not political, but with a hard fought election just 3 days behind us, I’m struck by the similarities between our weight loss journey and our political landscape. I don’t have to describe the political situation. We’ve ju... Read more


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