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Day 40, the tale of the Tape

Thursday, July 21, 2011      3 comments

Time to measure myself. I've lost 15 pounds in the first 40 days and gone down two notches on my belt. My wife says I look trimmer and more muscular and that my biceps look larger. So I got out the tape measure today to see what it said. ... Read more

How I lost weight while on vacation

Wednesday, July 20, 2011      9 comments

I just returned from two weeks of vacation that had all the elements for a possible disaster: - away from my home, my gym, my routine - limited internet access and even five days of no internet and hence no SparkPeople - jet lag, fatig... Read more

Basketball and knees

Tuesday, July 19, 2011      1 comments

I'm now back in New Hampshire. After dinner my wife and I went over to the local school and played a little one-on-one basketball. Had there been a ref, I'm sure I would have been called for illegal use of the hands, but hey!, her backfield wa... Read more

Why was I in the gym at 5:30 AM?

Monday, July 18, 2011      7 comments

Today is the last day of our vacation. We have to be out of the hotel by noon and then we take a "red-eye" from Seattle to Washington, DC and then a short trip to Hartford, arriving home Tuesday morning. So I found myself at the gym at 5:3... Read more

The importance of short-term goals for me.

Sunday, July 17, 2011      3 comments

Since joining SparkPeople I have completely focused on living a healthy lifestyle and not my weight. I know that as long as I'm exercising regularly and eating well and in moderation, the weight will take care of itself. In fact, I don't even ... Read more

If I had three wishes ...

Saturday, July 16, 2011      5 comments

Well I'd wish for 1) world peace, 2) an end to hunger, and 3) an end to poverty, of course. But if I were going to be selfish... I used to think I'd wish for: 1) The ability to fluently speak every language on the planet. 2) The abi... Read more

Tour de France

Friday, July 15, 2011      3 comments

Watching the Tour de France riders in the Pyrenees today inspired me to dig deeper and push harder. It's a long race, but I know we can do this.... Read more

This made my blood boil.

Thursday, July 14, 2011      5 comments

A recent editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. David Ludwig suggested that extremely obese children be taken away from their parents and put in temporary foster care. Now I grant that this story hasn't been rep... Read more

Some photos from Mount Rainier in July

Wednesday, July 13, 2011      11 comments

This is a photo follow-up to yesterday's blog: "Search and Rescue on Mount Rainier." My wife shivering outside the climbing center at 5,420 feet. Read more

Search and Rescue on Mount Rainier

Tuesday, July 12, 2011      6 comments

My wife and I are in the second half of our two-week vacation in Washington State. We just returned from spending four nights (and the associated days, of course) at the Paradise Inn, located 5,420 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mount Ra... Read more


Friday, July 08, 2011      5 comments

For the next five days, I'll be up on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. I don't know if I'll have internet access until I return on the 12th. So this will be my test: No access to my fitness & nutrition trackers. No access to the other SparkPe... Read more

My tummy hurts!

Thursday, July 07, 2011      4 comments

I am visiting my son and his family in the greater Seattle area. My four-year-old granddaughter is so sweet and loving. I love her to death. But if she's awake, two things are in motion: her mouth and her feet. She puts out a constant stream... Read more

Walk, don't run

Wednesday, July 06, 2011      6 comments

My disclaimer: Today's column is about why I have promised myself that I will not run a single step until I am at my goal weight. It's based on my experiences as both a former runner and as a current fat person. It is emphatically NOT advice ... Read more

Don't tell your mommy that!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011      5 comments

Hello from the road. I held my grandson for the first time yesterday. And the automatic "parent rock" came right back. I'm not surprised by that ... I sometimes find myself rocking a bag of flour in the checkout line at the supermarket. ... Read more

On vacation for the next two weeks

Monday, July 04, 2011      0 comments

Be good while I'm away!!... Read more

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