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Seeking a distance run Ė the twists and turns and ups and down of my day

Sunday, January 13, 2013      15 comments

As my status says, I have new motivation to increase my distance running. As I wrote last Sunday, I discovered a beautiful running trail 25 miles away from me. I havenít run a race longer than a 5K since my retirement 5 years ago since my... Read more

The ultimate oddball admission Ė I never dieted during 25 years of carrying the extra weight

Saturday, January 12, 2013      11 comments

Not once from age 35 to 61 was I ever tempted by diet plans or programs or pills. I just accepted it as normal. I was getting older, my metabolism was slowing down and hormones were to blame. I didnít need to diet. This is what I would b... Read more

The admission of an oddball Ė part 2 Ė I like to exercise

Friday, January 11, 2013      13 comments

I donít see it as a chore. Fitness never was my problem, eating was. So much for all those ads Ė just walk and lose weight. When I decided to get serious about my weight, I was already RUNNING 20 miles a week and hauling around a bunch o... Read more

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. 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 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. 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 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


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