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My new four-legged motivator

Wednesday, May 13, 2015      8 comments

It's been a busy couple of weeks. The beginning of this month, I flew to upstate New York to sort through our mother's belongings with my brother after her estate was finally settled. Allen joined me last Wednesday, and we loaded up a fifteen fo... Read more

Letting go and moving on

Friday, May 01, 2015      2 comments

Today's thank you is for being able to let go. The process began in my early forties, when I finally revealed my deepest secret, a night of utter horror that had been inflicted upon me when I was only six years old. The egregiousness of it ... Read more

My vision board and related thoughts

Tuesday, April 28, 2015      1 comments

I've got a vision board hanging on the wall, right next to the computer. On it is a picture I cut out of a magazine, of a slender old woman with long, glorious, silver hair. She's laughing. I look at her every day, along with other things I want... Read more

Inside my head at the gym

Sunday, April 26, 2015      0 comments

Oh no that steroid-sucking cretin did NOT just take my parking spot! The nerve of these people; they're twelve years old, for God's sake, and they can't walk across a parking lot to go to the gym? I can't believe I have to walk across the ... Read more

Buh-bye, Dunlap

Friday, April 24, 2015      1 comments

I need to confess to something. You know those people who name their body parts? I'm one of them. It's true. Mind you, the body part I've named has nothing to do with excretory or reproductive function. I may be weird, but I'm not guy-level... Read more

I am normal! My doctor says so!

Thursday, April 23, 2015      7 comments

I went to see my doctor this morning for a re-check, and he just about had kittens when he saw me and reviewed my most recent lab work. Last time I was in, I weighed over twenty pounds more. Last time I was in, my blood pressure was still not qu... Read more

Cruises, food, and me

Wednesday, April 22, 2015      4 comments

Allen and I are planning for another cruise in the fall. Once again, a group of us will be going, including as many of our closest friends who can scrape up the fare. (Reminder: apply for your passports NOW!) I wouldn't be surprised if my Aunt K... Read more

Am I the only one this happens to? No, really, I wanna know.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015      3 comments

Word to the wise: do not hang onto the foundation garments you outgrow. I knew when I gained weight that I'd lose it again someday. And so, I kept all the frilly little nothings that fit me once upon a time. This is your cue, gentle ... Read more

Walking in the woods

Tuesday, April 21, 2015      4 comments

I was reminiscing this morning about "spazieren gehen." It was a national pasttime when I was growing up in Germany. Everybody did it, from the old folks doddering on their canes to the youngest members of the families. And we looked forward to ... Read more


Sunday, April 19, 2015      0 comments

We all have at least one thing in common. We want to get healthier. Our reasons may vary. Some of are in this because we don't feel so good anymore. Our endurance is shot, our blood pressure is too high, and our doctors are giving us grief.... Read more

Figuring out that endorphin rush thing

Saturday, April 18, 2015      0 comments

It doesn't just drop into a person's lap. It's not a reward that materializes out of a beneficient alternate universe when we've been "good" for a specified period of time. We were born good. We will die good. What we are, intrinsically, i... Read more

Whoa! I didn't know I had muscles there!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015      2 comments

It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I way prefer cardio to strength training. The sad truth is, pretty much the only time I'll do strength training is in the winter, when the weather forces me to do my workouts in the gym. When the machin... Read more

Why I am worth it

Monday, April 13, 2015      2 comments

Why am I worth it? How could I not be? Life has seemingly conspired to beat me down, but you know what? I wobbled, but I never fell. My childhood was horrible, from the unspeakable visited upon me at age six, to a father who couldn't handle... Read more

Tortoise or hare?

Sunday, April 12, 2015      1 comments

I know that I want to be the hare, but the safe money is on the tortoise. If I lose two pounds a week, it will take me the better part of a year to reach my goal. I want to be Esther Williams in a bathing suit by summer. But wait. Summ... Read more

You say OCD, I say ritual. I win.

Saturday, April 11, 2015      0 comments

Humans share a love of ritual that goes back to our very beginnings, when the ancients drummed out their synchronized rhythms on animal skins. Ritual is an intrinsic part of our oldest religions, our holiday traditions, and how we conduct our wo... Read more

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