I am coming off an extremely difficult year and a half, yet my weight has remained the one thing completely controlled. I have rules in my life for many things: I don't do debt, which relieves me of a huge amount of stress that others bear. I... Read more
Life without electric power.....
The big storm blew through Friday night, leaving devastation in its wake. We (and over a million homes just in the DC area) lost power. Of course, it's nearly 100 degrees.
Fortunately, or so I smugly thought, we had had a standby generato... Read more
The Disease of "More"
Something has happened to the world over the 6+ decades I have been alive. People all want More rather than Enough.
If one pair of shoes is good, are 20 pairs better? If 10 rooms is good, are 15 rooms better? If 1 cup of pasta is good, a... Read more
What they have in their carts!!
I guess this is a followup from my last blog, but I have to share my amazement at what I saw at Costco yesterday. There was a woman pushing a cart full of Costco sized snack foods......and Sensa. This poor woman evidently believes the ads, tha... Read more
They eat more than I do!
Yesterday I read in the paper about another study that found yet another gene that may cause an overweight person's difficulty in losing weight. I see overweight people walking through the grocery store piling their carts with snacks and frozen... Read more
So That or Because?
I was at Costco today, and had to maneuver around the crowds at the sample purveyors. One was for a frozen eclair. I actually wanted to get to the shelf behind the crowd, and one woman in the line asked me if I was waiting for a sample. I tol... Read more
I hear a lot about some people being genetically programmed to overeat, that it is their destiny. They just sigh and eat everything in sight because that is their biological fate. But if your husband slept with every available woman because me... Read more
Put it off until Tomorrow
I have been reading a book called "The End Of Overeating" by David Kessler. He discusses the propensity of overweight people to eat large amounts of food that have a combination of fat, carb and salt. He is trying to figure out why some people... Read more
Children, parents, meals and discipline
There is a wonderful article today in the Wall Street Journal's Review section about "Why French Parents are Superior". We can all debate that, of course, but one of the points that struck me is that children are taught from birth the concept o... Read more
Stress in Retirement
I know, it sounds impossible. When I first stopped working I was terrified: What would I do with my time? What would get me out of bed in the morning? What would shape my life, give me purpose? Well, like most retirees, it wasn't long before ... Read more
One of the things I learned riding my motorcycle is to make sure to always look long. If you stare at the pothole thinking it will make it easier to avoid it, you WILL hit it. You and your bike will always head toward where your eyes are point... Read more
I LOVE TO EAT!! Is that so bad?
Today I am frantically preparing a feast for 17 people, and all the food will be fabulous! And I intend to enjoy every bite!! Of course, it won't be as many bites as it might have been at one time, and it won't include as many foods as it did ... Read more
Overly Optimistic Thinking
I have been reading a couple of books about people's tendency to be overly optimistic about their abilities to do something, and about the world in general. No one ever thinks the house will burn, or the hurricane will hit THEIR home, and tend... Read more
Dealing with temptation
I just finished a great book by Stuart Vyse called "Going Broke". It is an economic and sociological discussion about why we spend, but also discusses why we succumb to any temptation. He talks about what we want in the immediate future vs wha... Read more
I notice that Spark's Recipe of the Day each day so far in December has been cookies. The serving sizes are one or at most two cookies.
ONE OR TWO COOKIES??? What world are they living in??? If I could eat one cookie, I'd never have gain... Read more
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