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ABC's of Maintenance - A is for ambition!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011      15 comments

Ambition is a great word to start off my maintenance alphabet for year two. Ambition encompassses both the drive to achieve a goal, and the goal one is driving to achieve. "Does he (or she) have ambition?" is asked of anyone seeking office... Read more
Last year's alphabet
Tuesday, October 18, 2011      7 comments

Last year I did the alphabet blogs, with the following words: A - Assimilate, Adapt, Accept B - Budget C - Consistency, crazy, compassion, compulsions D - Diligence E - Experience F - Fellowship G - Genuine H - Honesty I - I... Read more
Reflections on training and racing
Monday, October 17, 2011      10 comments

In the past year I have "done" several road race events, some of which I was in good training for, some not so much. This morning I was reflecting on the fact that my training has really fallen off in the past couple of months, and yet, I put i... Read more
The Governor's Cup... and why I should not try to race in the Autumn...
Sunday, October 16, 2011      15 comments

Ah-choo! Ah-choo! Ah-choo! I went running drugged with Zyrtec, which I took this morning. I got through the race, and in good time, too. 5K in 30:53, for a sub-ten minute mile pace. I am thrilled with my performance... I did not run th... Read more
A good day
Saturday, October 15, 2011      7 comments

The body was ready to be up at the usual time, despite my having turned the alarm off. My Saturday early morning tradition has become watching the streaming video of the most recent "Biggest Loser" show, and usually working out while they work ... Read more
Leaders and followers
Friday, October 14, 2011      13 comments

I'm in the midst of reading one of those great big books: a historical novel, set in the days before Henry II took the throne of England. The author, Sharon Kay Penman, is a historian in her own right, so her books are full of fact and flavor ... Read more
On days like this, routine truly *is* my friend
Thursday, October 13, 2011      12 comments

Woke up with the sinus headache miseries. I'd been feeling it coming on last night when the sneezies hit. I took my Zyrtek this morning. I will likely resort to Advil throughout the day, as needed. Despite all that, I just don't feel at the ... Read more
Routine is my friend... maybe
Wednesday, October 12, 2011      9 comments

As I contemplate the habits of the workday... get up, shower, dress, pack lunch, put the oats on to simmer... Spark... go to work, take those vital walking breaks, come home, Spark some more, maybe exercise, fit in my "one thing" related to home... Read more
Prepping for Winter ahead
Monday, October 10, 2011      12 comments

It sure hasn't felt much like Winter is coming the past week. We've had 80's several afternoons. This morning, though, because the calendar says so, I had the guy out to clean the furnace, change the filter on the humidifier, and all that jazz... Read more
Grandpa would have loved this race
Sunday, October 09, 2011      13 comments

Indulge me, I'm going to write about my mom's father. As a kid, I used to call him "mean", because I was a kid, and he was tough and gruff, and of a military kind of bearing. In fact, he had been to war, in WWII, and when he came home, he spen... Read more
Saturday's pep talk
Saturday, October 08, 2011      8 comments

We are facing the beginning of a three day weekend off work. I am determined that *this* weekend is not going to be like *last* weekend. I have taken steps to adjust my attitude and examine my feelings, my priorities and motivation. This morn... Read more
Let's see if we can reinforce positives without stirring up the negatives
Friday, October 07, 2011      9 comments

First off, Thursday was a decent day with the food. I didn't write it down, but I know the drill, and know what I ate, and it was all pretty routine stuff, so I know I'm in range. No "extras" or slipped ins... and I can do that when I am *not*... Read more
Demons, dark places, and the big cycle
Thursday, October 06, 2011      15 comments

One of the major reasons I am not comfortable with compliments that surround weight loss success is "the big cycle". I've written about it before. It is the cycle of many things, I could give it a dozen names. "The myth of continuous improvem... Read more
Next steps
Tuesday, October 04, 2011      12 comments

Monday was a good recovery day. No "extra" exercise, stayed on the food plan, treated myself "gently" from a self-talk point of view, and began trotting out my bag of mental tools related to binge recovery: 1. As best I can, figure out th... Read more
Practicing what I preach
Monday, October 03, 2011      11 comments

Treat yourself gently. Imagine your best friend came to you and told you what you just wrote. What would you advise him/her? Would you tell them they are a terrible person? Or would you comfort them? That's the advice I preach to others... Read more

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