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Wearing Down Willpower

Thursday, October 13, 2011      12 comments

The blog post by CANNIE50 a couple of weeks ago about willingness versus willpower got me thinking how I approach the use of willpower in trying to lose weight. I have tried to focus more on "wantpower" than "willpower" throughout this journey, ... Read more

Kaia the cat: Sadness, relief

Tuesday, October 11, 2011      27 comments

Kaia My 19-year-old cat Kaia had a 2+ minute seizure the other night. It seemed that her seizures were getting more frequent and lasting longer. She was getting wea... Read more

I felt so fit--until yesterday...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011      19 comments

Yesterday I went to Muay Thai and boxing, and was having a great time until my boxing coach Ty popped a fitness assessment on us. He had us do 1 minute tests where we had to do as many line touches (running back and forth and counting the laps),... Read more

The Week in Review: Punched in the Face By a Supermodel

Sunday, October 09, 2011      17 comments

People seemed to enjoy seeing pictures of my new coaches in my last "Week in Review" blog. I guess they are both pretty attractive. I never really thought of my Muay Thai coach, Eric, as hot before...he's just Eric, a guy who I trained with on a... Read more

JILLBYBEAN25 on the disconnect in SparkLand

Wednesday, October 05, 2011      15 comments

SparkPeople is such a vast virtual land, it's easy to get overwhelmed with trying to connect to people. JILLYBEAN25 wrote a blog entry talking about feeling disconnected on Spark. Her blog got me thinking about ways that I could be a better frie... Read more

The Week (and Month) in Review: 75% Me

Tuesday, October 04, 2011      20 comments

"If you feel you are down on your luck, check the level of your effort." -Robert Brault September was a very "Eh" month all around. It wasn't awful, but definitely not a month that I look back on and harbor super fond memories... Read more

Awesome blog from MUSICALLYMINDED about facing our fears

Tuesday, October 04, 2011      8 comments

My good SparkPal MUSICALLYMINDED wrote a great blog about facing our fears. Tracy has really stood in the face of challenges and plunged in head on. I really admire how she can acknowledge a challenge or fear, yet is able to forge ahead. I have ... Read more

The Last Marathon

Sunday, October 02, 2011      13 comments

"The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work." -Harry Golden My brother John running Twin Cities Marathon, October 2nd, 2011--he is in the green t... Read more

Weight Loss is a Sport

Friday, September 30, 2011      11 comments

"For each individual, sport is a possible source for inner improvement." -Pierre de Coubertin Most sports have a pre-season during which athletes prepare their bodies for the tough task of their sport. Then there is "peak" training... Read more

Reality Check: Oh, the absurdity of dumb excuses...

Thursday, September 29, 2011      22 comments

***WARNING: A couple o' swear words used in satirical fashion in this blog.*** "The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer." -John Madden ... Read more

Must-Read Blog from CANNIE50: Willpower vs. Willingness

Wednesday, September 28, 2011      7 comments

CANNIE50 wrote a must-read blog about the difference between willpower and willingness. Her wisdom has been invaluable throughout my journey, and this blog shows one of the many reasons why she is an awesome SparkPeep. A couple of snippets:... Read more

The Week in Review: Rambling Randomness

Sunday, September 25, 2011      19 comments

I had all sorts of ideas for blogs this week, but I didn't finish them. I had all sorts of ideas for my weekly review, but I didn't feel like expanding on them. So, I bring you a generic blog post reminiscent of my week: aimless and apathetic. T... Read more

New evidence that the old "3,500 calorie rule" may not always work

Thursday, September 22, 2011      17 comments

In studying exercise physiology, I have suspected that the old formula of 3,500 calorie deficit=1 pound weight loss formula may not always work. A study done recently shows evidence that there are so many factors, including current body weight, ... Read more

The Week In Review: Me Me Me Me Me!

Saturday, September 17, 2011      19 comments

"It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit." -NoŽl Coward There are very few friends who we know we can truly depend on during the best and worst of times. I have a friend who I met at a... Read more

Bittersweet Birthday: A life celebrated, a hero remembered

Sunday, September 11, 2011      35 comments

My second cousin Bobby, in his younger years. My mother, brother, and I used to take frequent trips to New York City to visit our family there. Robert Mattson was m... Read more


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