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Friday, October 03, 2008      3 comments

I haven't posted for a while because I've been back to fighting insomnia. It must be hormonal & related to menopause. A week ago I saw my doctor to get some vaccines in preparation for our Cartagena trip in mid-October, so I told her about the i... Read more

Something has to change

Sunday, September 21, 2008      3 comments

It was very discouraging to get on the scale yesterday morning & have it show a big JUMP--4 lbs up from the previous day! I haven't changed my ticker yet; I want to see whether that's real or a fluke. Friday night we'd had a rare treat: a f... Read more

Hydrated & soon to be monitored

Thursday, September 18, 2008      1 comments

My Camelbak is a Slip Stream--here's a link for anyone who isn't familiar with these "hydration packs":
73 I went running this morning & very much appreciated being able to gulp water when I slow... Read more


Tuesday, September 16, 2008      2 comments

"Estrenar" es a Spanish verb that means to wear/use something for the first time. Today I broke in my Camelbak! It's trim & doesn't bounce when I run--really a great design. Unfortunately I was spacy--I forgot to drink water before leaving the h... Read more

Learning the ropes

Thursday, September 11, 2008      1 comments

My new scale & heart monitor arrived today! After supper my husband & I played with the scale & figured out how it works. Once you've created your personal profile (age, height, gender), besides weight it calculates BMI & also sends a pulse that... Read more

New fitness toys!

Monday, September 08, 2008      2 comments

I'm wearing a belated birthday present from my husband: a hydrating Camelbak backpack to wear while running! It's the smallest size, quite sleek & light, with a flexible liter container for water & a connecting tube that I can drink from. Isn't ... Read more

Our Second Annual Music & Poetry Garden Party

Saturday, August 30, 2008      3 comments

The party last night was fabulous. The folks who arrived (50-60, I think) were so lively & attentive & fun; the music was fantastic; & my readings came off well. It was wonderful to share the celebration with my husband this year (last year he w... Read more

Back at it

Thursday, August 28, 2008      3 comments

With houseguests & the music & poetry garden party coming up (TOMORROW! & more than 60 people have confirmed that they'll come!), it's a funny time to launch back into an SP challenge . . . but I'm doing so with a couple of my Chispa Chicks frie... Read more

NOT my best day ever

Friday, August 22, 2008      3 comments

Thanks, everyone, for your encouraging words & ideas about my obsessing. It's not that I'm actually hungry; I'm going higher than my calorie range pretty much every day (where it looks as if I have not gone over, usually it's just that I quit tr... Read more


Tuesday, August 19, 2008      6 comments

I find myself kind of obsessing about food these days. I don't like it. Before lunch I'm thinking "oh good, it's almost time to eat!" After lunch I start thinking about my upcoming snack. Then I start yearning for supper. I'm trying to... Read more

August 18-23 reward plan

Monday, August 18, 2008      1 comments

MONDAY Get up in time to go running. Track food & stay within my range. Bed by 10:45. Reward: Write a couple of notes to Boston friends (I keep forgetting to do this!). TUESDAY Get up in time to go running. Track food. Bed by ... Read more

The sweetest August indeed

Monday, August 18, 2008      1 comments

Really, the weather this month has been more delicious than in any Chicago August I can remember. It has made me very happy . . . * I'm enjoying running (because I don't get overheated) & I've even been incorporating intervals! For most lo... Read more


Thursday, August 14, 2008      2 comments

One of my poems, published in April in an online journal, is being nominated for the 2008 Best of the Net Anthology! I'm a bit giddy. emoticonRead more

I confess

Wednesday, August 13, 2008      2 comments

I have a hard time restraining my sweet tooth. And it is jeopardizing my ability to lose weight. When I go over my calorie range (which I've done way too often lately), it's ALWAYS with carbs--never proteins or fats. Here's an article I rea... Read more

Forgetfulness + good shoes = unscheduled cardio

Tuesday, August 12, 2008      2 comments

Yesterday afternoon my husband suggested that we meet for dinner at a new little Thai restaurant about a mile from our home. It's right next door to a train stop, & I got off just as he rode up on his bike. We had a GREAT dinner! It's a rather e... Read more

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