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Two steps forward and one step back is still a step forward
Tuesday, November 01, 2011      15 comments

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."
Saturday, October 29, 2011      14 comments

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
Monday, October 17, 2011      19 comments

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
Saturday, October 08, 2011      18 comments

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
Saturday, October 01, 2011      15 comments

emoticon 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
Monday, September 26, 2011      25 comments

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?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011      17 comments

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
I reach the hated 250 lb. mark & celebrate by taking my first Zumba class. Can I get a Woo Hoo?
Friday, September 09, 2011      58 comments

emoticon This morning the scale read 250.0 pounds. ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Riding home, in the dark, on my bike, with my wife ...
Tuesday, August 30, 2011      39 comments

Riding home, in the dark, on my bike, with my wife, I thought about how happy I am right now. It was the first day of classes and my reaction all day had been "Nooooo! I'm not ready for this." But classes went well and my students seem gre... Read more
Day 80, the tale of the tape
Sunday, August 28, 2011      13 comments

Actually, TOMORROW is day 80, but it is also the first day of classes, the tail-end of Hurricane Irene, and altogether too busy a day to be taking measurements. So here it is: Most recent blood pressure: 108/74 (This is with medication b... Read more
To Come Home To Yourself
Friday, August 19, 2011      12 comments

To Come Home to Yourself May all that is unforgiven in you Be released. May your fears yield Their deepest tranquillities. May all that is unlived in you Blossom into a future Graced with love. ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Skinny dipping (PG-13 rating)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011      54 comments

(The Swimming Hole. Painted by Thomas Eakins, 1885) I'm teaching my wife to swim. When she was a child she had two near drowning episodes. As a consequence she got tra... Read more
I eat too fast.
Monday, August 15, 2011      13 comments

I eat too fast. It is one of the many bad food habits I learned in my house growing up. We'd sit down to the dinner table and it was like someone turned on four industria... Read more
I don't have a death wish!
Sunday, August 14, 2011      7 comments

Let me begin by thanking my SparkFriends for all the comments I received from you on yesterday's blog about bike commuting in the winter. I appreciated your concern and felt you were also giving me some pretty sage advice. You are absolu... Read more
How serious am I?
Saturday, August 13, 2011      16 comments

I've been bike commuting for about two and a half months now. It has been great. I've saved on gas, helped the environment, and picked up 50 additional fitness minutes each day. But now there is a sound in the air. It is the pitter-pat... Read more

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