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I'm going to be a Cosmo Girl this weekend
Monday, November 20, 2017      3 comments

Way back in the dark ages of my singlehood days, I was an avid reader of Cosmopolitan Magazine. I was also an avid reader of Ms Magazine, but Cosmo gave me practical advice on which movies to see, how to throw a small dinner party, etiquette on... Read more
Navy Veteran here
Saturday, November 11, 2017      7 comments

To be completely forthright with those who read this ... I joined the Navy for economic reasons. It was 1976 and the Pittsburgh area was experiencing... Read more
When you're in that final age group -- meanderings about the choose your age drop-down
Friday, November 03, 2017      5 comments

I just realized the other day that a lot of drop-downs asking your age stop with "65+". As though everyone 65 and older are identical. Or listen to the exact same music. Or in the same generation. Some things that I think about m... Read more
My local Senior Center Rocks
Thursday, November 02, 2017      4 comments

The county in which I live is huge and provides a number of senior centers scattered throughout the county. When I retired, I joined the one closest to me ($45 annually) and am impressed with its focus on keeping us healthy as we age. ... Read more
Why taking a cheat day doesn't work for me
Tuesday, October 31, 2017      3 comments

The guilt of a cheat day makes it far more likely that cheat day 1 will turn into cheat day 2 and so on until I'm eating a Cheat Day Lifestyle. I can handle a cheat occasionally -- it's usually expensive ice cream -- bought outside the home... Read more
Mindfulness in our lives
Sunday, October 29, 2017      4 comments

I guess I was fortunate to have attended high school during an era when a lot was changing and fortunate enough to have a principal who tried to adapt. Rather than routine religious rites, she introduced us to Yoga, Meditation, Silva Mind Contr... Read more
Optimizing my workout: Plateau Challenge
Monday, September 18, 2017      2 comments

I'm partaking in a 30 day challenge to break a plateau. It's a good challenge, forcing me to think about more than a scale victory. Today's challenge task is to reflect on my current workout schedule and think about optimizing it. I tried ... Read more
My least favorite Labor Day was in 1977
Monday, September 04, 2017      3 comments

In 1977, I was in the Navy, stationed in Washington DC at the Navy Annex. Although I worked in an office for database administrators, all Navy personnel also had to pull duty outside their 'regular' 9 to 5 jobs. These jobs could be as diverse ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts How pervasively wrong our idea of 'healthy eating' is.
Sunday, September 03, 2017      41 comments

I'm doing a lot towards raising a child and one of those things was accompanying her to orientation day at the new school. A lunch was provided -- the school said it was an example of the meals provided to the kids. Lunch was a hot dog o... Read more
Long time friend says she thought I was faking it for years
Friday, August 18, 2017      9 comments

I've been friends with someone for close to 30 years. We met when both of us were dating the same person (now that's a story). Sometimes we've lived geographically close and other times in different states. We are now both retired. Last ... Read more
My old panic returned yesterday during a very minor crisis
Wednesday, August 16, 2017      5 comments

It was raining yesterday -- pouring actually. The irony being that I had to walk through it to a physical therapy session whose purpose was to strengthen my feet so that I could avoid dangerous walking situations such as a crowded parking lot i... Read more
There is no one single tool for success
Saturday, August 12, 2017      9 comments

I always stop and read when others post blogs that headline their single reason for reaching a goal. "Portion control", "paleo diet" "all natural" "8 cups water daily" "cardio exercise" "swimming for seniors". I've always been what one o... Read more
For a great many years, I used food to control stress sugar drops
Saturday, August 05, 2017      5 comments

My mother's family had a lot of 'sugar' (old word for diabetes) and so she recognized by sudden drops in energy and rise in anger for what it was. It seemed to me that I would suddenly feel angry (hangry commercials have it right). She c... Read more
Looking forward to Friday's workout
Thursday, July 27, 2017      1 comments

My gym just got a new 360 device and are offering free classes in its use. I have to give up weightlifting for a bit until another medical condition is under control, so I've been looking forward to something very different. I think it's... Read more
I am competitive enough to make unwise decisions
Tuesday, July 25, 2017      6 comments

I joined a 30 day challenge and today's challenge is 30 minutes of cardio. But that is not what my body needs today. I've got low back pain and need to stretch for the 30 minutes, not do cardio. I have a hard time giving myself permissi... Read more

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