To my darling wife
Thank you dear for being my wife,
My comrade, my confidant,
My lover, my friend.
You make me laugh,
You make me think,
You keep my secrets,
And you have my back.
Thank you for loving me at my heaviest,
For seeing the man a... Read more
One Million Steps
Four months in on my New Year's Resolution to average 10,000 steps / day in 2012, and I just passed one million steps (1,087,120).
Average steps / day by month
Woo hoo!... Read more
Time to check on my New Year's Resolutions
Regular readers of this space know that I made the resolution to average 10,000 steps a day for the entire year. And then I proceeded to get sick not once but three times during the first three months of the year. That reminded me of the impor... Read more
Scientists discover miracle weight loss food.
Three Silos, South Dakota. April 1, 2012. (Associated Press)
A startling discovery was announced today by scientists working in the Food Science Department of the University of Northwest South Dakota.
"Previously off-limit foods for di... Read more
Not black or white
Any positive change we make in our lives is ... well, positive.
I write that to remind myself not to adopt false binaries. You may know what I'm talking about: I set a goal - a lofty goal - and then my thinking becomes that I either achiev... Read more
My wife and I were just playing Scrabble and I was keeping score on the back of a scrap of paper. After the game I turned the paper over and realized it was a piece of Daniel Ellsberg's stationary. Do you guys remember Daniel Ellsberg (much le... Read more
The Algebra of New Year's Resolutions
Instructions: Do not open the test until instructed to do so, then break the seal on the examination booklet with the tip of your pencil. Once the exam has begun, leaving the room for any reason will conclude your exam, so it is suggested that ... Read more
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)
... Read more
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