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The admission of an oddball Ė I love tracking my food

Thursday, January 10, 2013      28 comments

Itís not a chore. I know I can manage without it calorie-wise at least short term. Iíve 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. Thatís 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. Hereís my happy little basil plants. Thereís 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

Iíve written once that change has to come from within and thatís 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 Iíve lived in a rural ... Read more

A 100 mile challenge?

Sunday, January 06, 2013      16 comments

Yesterday when I visited my local running store, I saw a notice for a ď100 Miler.Ē At first I dismissed it as another of those ďultraĒ events for elite endurance athletes. Then I saw that the store has a ďteam.Ē Huh? There arenít enough endu... Read more

A visual reminder of miles traveled

Saturday, January 05, 2013      13 comments

My local running store collects our old shoes to donate to the cityís rescue mission. Yesterday while tripping over stuff in my closet, I realized that I had forgotten about this for quite awhile. I replace my running shoes every 500 miles (ab... Read more

Yet another sensational headline ĖďIs Fat Good for You?Ē

Friday, January 04, 2013      17 comments

This popped up on my screen this morning.
people_less_likely_to_die.html Iíve always believed that a... Read more

The super-sized potatoes vs the info on the bag

Thursday, January 03, 2013      19 comments

Last week I bought a 10 lb bag of Russet baking potatoes. They were on sale; we were expecting family during holidays, and we are descended from sturdy, potato eating, peasant stock. I was surprised to see nutritional information printed on th... Read more

Even our alcohol has become supersized.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013      15 comments

I did not know this. Iíve compared life today with my childhood in the 50s in many different areas. This article describes the sizing creep of our mixed drinks.
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Days of cupcakes, cookies, ice cream and TV

Tuesday, January 01, 2013      14 comments

And the question is: What did you do when you didnít have Internet, Eileen? Actually, I had SOME Internet access. It was just enough for frustration to set in. For me frustration = grab some carbs and vegetate. It didnít help that the w... Read more

Natureís Decorations of the Season

Tuesday, December 25, 2012      13 comments

Itís a dreary Christmas morning in Virginia, but it was beautiful last week in the Black Forest in Germany. Even indoors, nature provided the decorations. This ... Read more

A symbol of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation

Monday, December 24, 2012      8 comments

On December 14th we were visiting St Stephenís Church in Maintz, Germany. This is the site of the Chagall stained glass windows where visitors sit in rather austere surroundings bathed in ethereal light from the all blue windows throughout the ... Read more

No way to track this stuff!

Sunday, December 23, 2012      11 comments

DH began the journey by sampling everything. The Christmas Markets have wonderful crafts and cultural items but also LOTS of FOOD Ė everywhere! Both in the shops ... Read more

Desserts Ė My biggest challenge when cruising

Saturday, December 22, 2012      13 comments

Although youíre never hungry, river cruising is more about the sights and touring than the 24/7 food of ocean cruises. Lunch and dinner is ordered from the menu with an occasional lunch buffet exception to accommodate tour schedules. So ... Read more

Never hungry on the River Concerto

Friday, December 21, 2012      12 comments

Back in the USA! A wonderful trip exploring the Christmas Markets along the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam, marred only by the horrible news from Connecticut. After sleeping for 12 hours, I had my regular breakfast of peanut butter on ww to... Read more

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