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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

A 100 mile challenge?

Sunday, January 06, 2013      16 comments

Yesterday when I visited my local running store, I saw a notice for a “100 Miler.” At first I dismissed it as another of those “ultra” events for elite endurance athletes. Then I saw that the store has a “team.” Huh? There aren’t 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 city’s 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 –“Is Fat Good for You?”

Friday, January 04, 2013      17 comments

This popped up on my screen this morning. www.slate.com/articles/h
ealth_and_science/human_na
ture/2013/01/if_fat_is_unh
ealthy_why_are_overweight_
people_less_likely_to_die.html I’ve 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. I’ve compared life today with my childhood in the 50s in many different areas. This article describes the sizing creep of our mixed drinks. online.wsj.com/article/S
B1000142412788732383040457
814323199... Read more

Days of cupcakes, cookies, ice cream and TV

Tuesday, January 01, 2013      14 comments

And the question is: What did you do when you didn’t 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 didn’t help that the w... Read more

Nature’s Decorations of the Season

Tuesday, December 25, 2012      13 comments

It’s 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 Stephen’s 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 – everywhere! Both in the shops ... Read more

Desserts – My biggest challenge when cruising

Saturday, December 22, 2012      13 comments

Although you’re 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

Off to Europe

Saturday, December 08, 2012      17 comments

Today we leave for our cruise - Christmas Markets on the Rhine. I’m at the bottom of my goal weight range. I won’t overstuff myself and I won’t drink any alcoholic mixed drinks. However, I will Enjoy the local culture – sights, f... Read more

Change has to come from within

Friday, December 07, 2012      13 comments

I began writing this awhile ago as yet another whine about living with someone who doesn’t share our healthy lifestyle goals. I’m referring of course to my 45 year marriage to the junk food king. Then he had a physical, his first in 3 years. ... Read more

“Anti-Mugger” speed and distance

Thursday, December 06, 2012      10 comments

Yesterday I wrote about my innate sense of “good enough.” I should also add that I try to train so that I CAN hit another level when I need or want to. I refer to this pace as “escape the mugger” speed. There’s another gear in reserve. I kno... Read more


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