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First "tour" completed
Wednesday, September 21, 2016      7 comments

I completed two of four hiking events. LOTS of rain this week. The next nine days will have lots of walks. I'm looking forward to it. Tomorrow, I will ... Read more
Day 7 - Greve in Chianti
Saturday, September 17, 2016      2 comments

After yesterday's rain soaked day, I was discouraged. Today was absolutely magical. The day started with a sudden rain shower just after I woke up. I loo... Read more
Florence, Day 4
Friday, September 16, 2016      1 comments

Took the bus up to Fiesole (fee-YAY-soh-lay) to see the Roman ruins of an amphitheater, heated baths, and a temple. Go to my blog for photos. I treated m... Read more
Florence, Day 3
Wednesday, September 14, 2016      0 comments

If I can get the breakfast buffet under control, then I will have a net loss after this trip. Lunch and dinner are doing great. But the breakfast offerings are over the top. It doesn't help that their pantry is not stocked with low fat or fat fr... Read more
Florence, Day 2
Tuesday, September 13, 2016      5 comments

Lots and lots of walking today. Mostly because of a misunderstanding with Google maps, I could not find my way back to the Arno River. So I ended up missing lunch. (Italy closes shop after lunch for a couple of hours, like other Latin countries.... Read more
Florence, Day 1
Monday, September 12, 2016      4 comments

I landed in Florence about 3:30 PM, and in my hotel unpacking by 4:30. I'm about a mile away from the city center, up on a hill of course. My first task was to find a safe walking route to the city. I figure I walked about 7 miles last night exp... Read more
Tuscany Blog Info
Tuesday, August 30, 2016      3 comments

I have set up a blog specifically for the Tuscany trip. You can read it at I hope to update it regularly, when I have WiFi access. I will leave Sacramento on Sept 11, and return on the 30th. The blog format wil... Read more
14 lbs to goal!
Wednesday, August 24, 2016      7 comments

My doc is already talking to me about maintenance. He is thrilled with my progress. What I'm finding interesting is my new internal voices. What are going to be your next goals? What is my body image now? Gee, I feel like a normal human being! ... Read more
Getting in Shape for Tuscany
Thursday, July 14, 2016      11 comments

I have 20 more lbs to lose to reach goal. That may not be until next year, given the slow rate at which the lbs drop now. But, that doesn't prevent me from getting myself in shape for hiking up and down the trails among the hilltop towns in Tu... Read more
Metabolism Continued Part 3
Saturday, June 18, 2016      3 comments

After two weeks of calories between 1300 and 1400, I have gone down to 174 lbs! This is a major break through. I'm continuing at this level, to let my body get used to it. Now that the 10K race is over, I need to continue my walking and exerc... Read more
Metabolism Continued Part 2
Friday, June 03, 2016      1 comments

Well, I averaged 1250 calories a day for two weeks with 2-3 hours of activity a day. I weighed 178.2 at the end of the two weeks. Virtually no change. So I am upping the calories to 1350 average. This Sunday is my big 10K walk/run. I've been tr... Read more
Metabolism Continued
Saturday, May 21, 2016      2 comments

Well, the great experiment was interrupted by a trip to Maine to visit my 92 yo mother. She is doing well. While I had a great time, my calories bounced from 1100 to 1750. Since I was walking 3-5 miles a day, I didn't gain weight. But I can'... Read more
Metabolism Revisited
Friday, April 22, 2016      1 comments

It has been almost a year since I had my metabolism measured. Since my weight loss rate has slowed way down, I went in today to check what my resting energy expenditure level is. Now it's at 1426, which for me is about 7.9 calories per lb of b... Read more
Celebrating Birthdays in Healthy Style
Saturday, April 09, 2016      2 comments

One thing our society loves to do is celebrate with food! Birthdays are happy events, and immediately are associated with food like birthday cake, going out for a meal, a celebratory drink, etc. Having just passed my annual milestone, I starte... Read more
Gum Surgery and Staying "On Target"
Sunday, February 21, 2016      0 comments

I recently had gum surgery with bone implants on both sides of my upper chompers. While the tissues heal, I have been ordered to not chew using the affected areas. Chewing with one's front teeth is not real effective! So I have become fairly ... Read more

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