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Self-talk & lying
Tuesday, April 08, 2008      2 comments

On Sunday I was listening to Radio Lab, a public radio program. The topic was deceit in various forms. My attention was particularly caught by the segment about lying to ourselves. Researchers have developed a test to gauge how much a given indi... Read more
Willpower, blood sugar, & the brain
Friday, April 04, 2008      2 comments

I just read a fascinating article in the online New York Times. Apparently willpower (our capacity for delayed gratification & self-discipline in working toward goals) is governed by a particular part of the brain, & we can increase it through p... Read more
A thank-you to my body (& to its Creator)
Wednesday, April 02, 2008      2 comments

Yesterday I had a wisdom tooth out. Though impacted, it had not caused problems till very recently: in early March one corner of it erupted from the gum! (Exclamation mark because at my age I had not expected my teeth to continue migrating.) ... Read more
Vacation/retreat update
Monday, March 31, 2008      2 comments

There just isn’t time for a personal retreat this spring. Here are the trips I have coming up, all in different places: 1. weekend church retreat end of April 2. weekend family gathering to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday end of Ma... Read more
My body is changing
Monday, March 31, 2008      3 comments

But not because I'm losing weight or exercising more than before (in those ways I'm pretty stable at the moment). I'm still struggling with insomnia at least every other night. I wake up in the early morning & notice that my heart is beating qui... Read more
Practicing resurrection
Tuesday, March 25, 2008      3 comments

In one of his best-known poems, Wendell Berry calls us to "practice resurrection." I'd like to heed that call during this Easter season. (Did you know that Easter is actually 50 days long--from Easter Sunday to Pentecost?!) I got that massi... Read more
Good Friday
Friday, March 21, 2008      2 comments

Outside my window it is snowing busily this afternoon. Spring is getting off to a wintry start--I am wearing wool pants & snow boots today. I'll be leaving work an hour early so that I can get to church on time for the "Man Born to Be King"... Read more
Good news, & working to stay positive
Wednesday, March 19, 2008      3 comments

Last night I took TWO of my 10-mg Amitriptyline pills--& I slept through the night with only a very short time of early-morning wakefulness! I did wake up groggy & didn't get up earlier than usual as I had hoped. Probably my body will need ... Read more
From "Eat This, Not That"
Wednesday, March 19, 2008      3 comments

* Worst Fast Food Meal: McDonald’s Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips with creamy ranch sauce. Chicken sounds healthy, but not at 870 calories. * Worst Drink: Jamba Juice Chocolate Moo’d Power Smoothie. With 166 grams of sugar, you coul... Read more
Doctor visit, & being Mary
Tuesday, March 18, 2008      2 comments

I was able to get in to see my doctor this afternoon, & she sat & talked to me quite a while. We decided to increase my current medication for now (my dosage has been VERY low) & see whether that makes a difference. My recent insomnia is definit... Read more
+s & -s
Monday, March 17, 2008      3 comments

I went running on Saturday! It was the first time in more than two months. (There was an unseasonably balmy weekend back in January . . . that feels like ages ago.) I was wearing three layers on top (T-shirt, sweatshirt, & sweat jacket) & still ... Read more
Still hunkered!
Friday, March 14, 2008      2 comments

But spring is STARTING to approach. :-) Chicago weather is a bit warmer, & I no longer have to wear my hiking boots for traction every day. The big freelance project is still going; it needs to be finished by March 24, & that will be tight,... Read more
Hunkered down
Monday, March 10, 2008      3 comments

I've been having to keep my nose VERY closely stuck to the grindstone in the last couple of weeks. I accepted a freelance project that is really long, which means that I have to devote all my Saturdays & numerous evenings after work to extra wor... Read more
Heritage
Tuesday, March 04, 2008      2 comments

An article I read today about determining one's ideal weight (linked from today's SP e-mail) ties in well with what I've been thinking about my physical heritage. I am tall & reasonably slim (now--yay!), but I have an "endomorph" pear shape, whi... Read more
Progress & gratitudes
Friday, February 29, 2008      3 comments

Yesterday morning I awoke before the alarm & had energy to get up & do some strength training! Yay! Generally I have so much more energy than I did last fall when I was struggling with bronchitis. I take the stairs (just two full flights) e... Read more

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