Intentional Passion, Unintentional Inspiration
My brother John and I after Twin Cities Marathon, 2008. He did the marathon, I did the 10-Miler. It was his first marathon.
My brother would kill me if he kne... Read more
"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching."
My broth... Read more
Want to Write Good? Then pick up a pen and get started.
"The desire to write grows with writing."
I had been struggling with depression for months earlier in the year because of financial struggles, loss of identity, and who knows what else. I was in a deep hole ... Read more
Getting Ready to Stay the Same: Considering Maintenance While Losing
"The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."
Why the heck would I be blogging about weight maintenance? I am not anywhere near my goal weight, so I shouldn'... Read more
Huh, so there are things to do other than stuffing my piehole?
Who knew? Why didn't someone tell me this sooner?
All right, so I was well aware of the fact that there were hobbies other than eating, but for most of my life, eating has been my favorite one. Well, maybe not my favorite,... Read more
Dog Park Fun...and drama...
Today was a very active day--I walked a total of more than 2 hours, and overall it was a fun day. One of my co-workers came over and we went to the dog park near my house. I have an American Bulldog/Pit Bull mix named Dugan, and she has a Lab/??... Read more
Hey can you come here for a quick second?
Uhhhhhh...yeah...look, we need to talk.
No no no, it's not bad! It's not anything bad. We just need to have a quick talk.
Look, Same 5 Pounds, we've been doing this dance for 3 months now. You leave, you come back, you lea... Read more
The Universe According to Thin Erin
June 20th was the anniversary of the car accident that had killed my older brother, and I had blogged a bit about that event a few times earlier this week. The ensuing aftermath of the accident ultimately shaped who I am today, for better or wor... Read more
I don't regret being fat.
"When we lose twenty pounds, we may be losing the best twenty pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty."
- Woody Allen
Weight loss journeys seem to be riddled with so much... Read more
Tea Time in the Garden
Green tea with fresh rose-aromatherapy heaven!
One of my favorite places is right in my back--and front--yard. Every year people flock to far away places to "get aw... Read more
Breathing Life Into the Notes: Picking Up the Sax Again
My trusty saxophone
I played the alto saxophone from the time I was 8 years old until I was 20 years old, when I decided I didn't have time for frivolous activit... Read more
What Kind of Man Would My Brother Have Been?...A Letter to My Brother Brian
Today is the 27th anniversary of the car accident that killed my older brother Brian. He was 8 years old, and I was 5 years old. I have spent a lot of my life remembering his death and the aftermath of the accident, but today I want to remember ... Read more
My Brother's Death Anniversary--a Father's Day Reflection
I just got off the phone with my dad wishing him a happy Father's Day. We chatted, and both said "I love you" before hanging up. He was not able to get together today, but we are meeting later this week. I meet with my dad for coffee or dinner e... Read more
My Brother's Death Anniversary (and the day the binging started)
Many people have been overweight for as long as they remember, and some of us may not know what started this battle with our bodies, while some of us do. I remember the day my battle started. June 20th, 1984, started as a normal summer day. My m... Read more
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Put chocolate on your face--chocolate skin facial! (w/ pics)
Nom nom nom!
I started making homemade skin care products a few months ago, after years of battling my sensitive/dry/oily, acne-prone skin with conventional product... Read more