Out with the Old, In with the Old
It's New Years eve and I'm not out ringing in the new year with friends. I've done that many times in many years before. In fact, this year I'm home with a rotten cold. Still, at -10 below temperature here in Iowa, not including windchill, It'... Read more
Yikes - my summer clothes seem to have shrunk!!
You've got to love April - Spring is officially here along with the gorgeous sunshine and flowering trees. Even the rains are gentle and leave everything so lushly green and full of hope! Income tax is behind us for another whole year. Whoo Hoo... Read more
So why don't you deserve to be thin?
I have a patient that I just love. She is the type that comes in on valentine's day wearing big a big cloth diaper pinned over her jeans and carrying a red bow with a heart shaped arrow. On St Patrick's day she came in dressed as a leprechaun.... Read more
My Ten Commandments
First a word about my daughter. The youngest of my three, she was always the competitive one. The anxious one. The one who moves through life at a quick pace - starting with birth. She jumped the starting gun and came two weeks early announc... Read more
Choose Health, Moms and Dads!
Yesterday, the entire nation of college basketball fans, and especially the state of Iowa fans, watched in stunned silence as the Iowa State Cyclones lost to University of Alabama at Birmingham in the NCAA tournament by ONE point! One point. T... Read more
Choice, not chance determines your destiny
Have you ever had one of THOSE days? You know the kind I'm talking about -- the kind where it seems like everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
I started my day by forgetting that I had a 7:30 patient. I'm a urology nurse associate ... Read more
A new year's resolution that I've truly stuck with
I never used to be one who put much stock in new years resolutions. After all, don't most people make them and then by February 1st - at the latest - abandon them? Not me. I wasn't going to set myself up for more failure at anything. Especia... Read more
A Picture is Worth...
Let me state for the record:
I HATE photographs of myself.
Both of my two childhood photos (I was the fourth of four kids) show a skinny girl with frizzy red hair, freckles, and buck teeth. UGH!
I could tolerate my wedding phot... Read more
Exercise is another word for being good to yourself
It's been a long time since I've blogged on SparkPeople, but trust me, it hasn't been a long time since I've Sparked. Some days I feel like keeping my weight off is a second job. Watching every bite that I put in my mouth, tracking my food on SP... Read more
Want a real eye opener?
Try cleaning up your favorites list in your nutrition tracker!
The other day I did a long overdue chore – I went through my nutrition tracker and weeded out all those foods that I am no longer eating or plan to eat. Many of them came from r... Read more
No More Cravings...
Stardate: Week II
Well folks it’s been two full weeks since I started my own eight weeks to optimum health. It’s mostly patterned after the Andrew Weil, MD’s book entitled “8 Weeks to Optimum Health”. I say mostly because he doesn’t necessaril... Read more
Letter to self
In my last blog I mentioned that I had gotten two books by Andrew Weil, MD:
“Natural Health, Natural Medicine” and “8 Weeks to Optimum Health”
They are both excellent books and I highly recommend them. His approach to good health is based o... Read more
The Seeds of Change...
I've had such trouble starting and restarting this blog. You know me -- I like to be eloquent with the words. Yet these days words are failing me. Not only can I not seem to write them, but I really can't speak them. I'm having ... Read more
The Big Easy
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of New Orleans while I attended a conference for the Society of Urological Nurses and Associates. Our hotel was right down in the heart of the French Quarter. Never havi... Read more
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I dedicate this blog to my husband, Jim, to whom I will be forever yours…
March 12th we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary which some would consider remarkable in this day and age with a divorce rate of over 50%. I think that it is remar... Read more