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The admission of an oddball – part 2 – I like to exercise
Friday, January 11, 2013      13 comments

I don’t see it as a chore. Fitness never was my problem, eating was. So much for all those ads – 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 – I love tracking my food
Thursday, January 10, 2013      28 comments

It’s not a chore. I know I can manage without it calorie-wise at least short term. I’ve 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. That’s 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. Here’s my happy little basil plants. There’s 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

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.
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.
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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 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

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