A Winter Hike with Ghosts
A Winter Hike with Ghosts (a prose poem)
I climbed a long green tunnel.
The walls pillars of white birch;
The ceiling hemlock boughs;
The floor a tessellation of oak leaves.
Hours before: preparation.
Check the weather.
Clear... Read more
Only one resolution ...
... but I intend to keep it:
Average 10,000 steps/day for the entire year.
(Look for weekly updates)
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I woke up this morning to two things, one good and one bad. My cell phone was blinking, indicating that I had missed a call. I listened to the message:
"Dad, I just got home an hour ago. I'll call you later when you're up. I hope you ha... Read more
End of the semester reflections
Exams are this coming week and the plan for today is to write my finals and exercise. But it is also a time for me to reflect on the just concluded semester.
In the past, BSP (before SparkPeople), my previous weight-loss attempts have alwa... Read more
Weekly Goal Check-in: Second time's the charm
The goal for this past week was 11,500 steps / day. This was my second attempt as I tried to do it during the week of Thanksgiving and, between the weather and the holiday, I only averaged 7,645 steps / day.
So, somewhat chastened, I tried... Read more
Try, try again
The goal for this past week was 11,500 steps per day. Between snow, rain and Thanksgiving travel, it was an epic FAIL.
Sun, 11/20: 11,710 ... Read more
Weekly Goal Check-in
The goal for this past week was 11,000 steps/day
Sun, 11/13: 11,280
Mon, 11/14: 12,193
Tue, 11/15: 14,658
Wed, 11/16: 14,899
Thu, 11/17: 8,453
Fri, 11/18: 6,222
Sat, 11/19: 11,549
Average: 11,322 steps / day
Goal for t... Read more
Two steps forward and one step back is still a step forward
I started SparkPeople in June, and over the next three months dropped 25 pounds. Then about mid-September things got crazy at school and some pounds started to creep back on. Not the whole 25 pounds, but about six. The good news is that in th... Read more
"It's telling me I have to detain you."
My wife is home. My wife is home. Oh it is so good to have her home. She was away for most of October, back in her native Russia for her grandmother's birthday. Grandma turned 90 and she's starting to show her years but still lives on her ow... Read more
Saw my doctor for a 6-month check-up today. This was my first since joining SP. He was generally pleased with the results, especially the weight loss. Some numbers were great. My cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL levels were fantastic. But... Read more
Day 120, the Tale of the Tape
Measured myself again. The results were gratifying, especially as the scale hasn't been moving all that fast lately:
Waist: down 0.57" since day 80, down 2.82" from the start.
Hips: down 0.38": since day 80, down 0.88" from the start.... Read more
New Month Resolutions
1. Lose 5 pounds by the end of the month. I don't usually do timed challenges. I figure if I'm living ... Read more
Photo of Taichidancer dancing with Mrs. Taichidancer
Dancing at 25 pounds down. Isn't she lovely? Do you understand why I want to get healthy to live a long life with her?... Read more
What do Bangalore, India, Mexico City, Charlotte, NC and my weight all have in common?
Answer: they're all on plateaus.
Plateau: noun - an area of fairly level high ground.
Nope, don't think so.
Plateau: verb - reach a state of little or no change after a time of activity or progress.
BINGO! We have a winner. ... Read more