When the Daily-ness sets in
Starting any journey is new and exciting, whether it's going off to college, moving to a new town to start a new job, heading off for a vacation, having a baby, or starting a weight loss journey. Everything is new and dramatic. Colors are brig... Read more
Happiness is the Most Important Design Element in my Home
I see people spending fortunes trying to come up with the perfect living room or kitchen, that "expresses their style". But really it's the owner's comfort within the room or the home that makes it perfect. A happy owner makes a happy home, no... Read more
Changing Focus Changes Everything
You know how when focusing on something far away, the things closer up are fuzzy and you don't really notice them, until something near you catches your attention and you focus on the thing close up to be able to see it? Then the things in the ... Read more
Mom and Dementia
My mother has been diagnosed with two syndromes, both causes of dementia.
One is called cerebral amyloid angiopathy. I'd never heard of it. Thank God for the internet. It is progressive, caused by the same amyloid proteins that cause alz... Read more
I read about people who say they hate planning, hate tracking. I LOVE it! I didn't at first. It was like starting out with Quicken. Who wants to type in every freaking penny? But I did it and over the years I have an amazing record of where... Read more
Scratching That Itch
I hear discussions of "hunger" vs "appetite" as if one were legitimate and the other bad. Actually both are good. Hunger means it's time to eat, appetite means you will really enjoy it. I think we are talking about something else.
There a... Read more
Discipline and the Karate Kid
I remember when I knew I needed to lose weight, had tried everything. I wanted to wake up one day when it would be easy. I thought that if I just heard the magic words to understand the secret, or had sufficient knowledge it would be easy. It... Read more
What is Indulgence?
Ever notice how those of us with weight issues always think of "indulgence" in terms of food? My intuitively normal sister doesn't. For her, indulgence is sleeping in, or having an hour to read a book. For some it's enough hot water to take a... Read more
Financial Planning vs Weight Loss
Controlling your spending and the discipline to lose weight have a lot in common. They both require denying yourself something today in order to have something tomorrow. They are both about controlling and redefining gratification. But there ... Read more
I reached goal weight 42 years ago!
I am not quite sure of the exact date, it was really a long time ago, but it was about Christmastime 1970. My goal has dropped since then; as I've gotten older I can't carry the same amount of weight. I weigh about 10 pounds less now than my or... Read more
Making Christmas Cookies
It's that time of year. I only make 3 sweets for Christmas, the favorites of decades in my family. I can pass up the pecan snowballs and have just a small piece of Chip N Cherry cake. But oh the sugar cookies! My kids and grandkids, nieces an... Read more
Overeating today may not kill me but.....
When a recovering gambling addict has a slip, he could wake up the next morning $100,000 in debt to the wrong people. When a recovering alcohol or drug addict has a slip, he could wake up the next day fired, divorced or in jail. Or dead and no... Read more
"Judgement" is a bad word for a necessary process
While the judgement of others is often distressing, judging ourselves is essential to progress. We have all heard the old saw about insanity being defined as doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Yet how do we change ... Read more
My body or my face?
I think it's Catherine Deneuve who is credited with the comment that at a certain age a woman has to choose between her body and her face.
I am thin now, and at my age (over 60) thin means a gaunt face. I have just had a facelift to try to... Read more
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"Healthy" is a result rather than a goal
I live to eat. Who on earth would want to eat just to live? 4 cans of Ensure a day will do that. Ugh!! Anyone remember the 1964 World's Fair, when displays touted the day when we could just get our nutrition from pills and wouldn't need to e... Read more