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Streaks are Made to be Broken
Sunday, June 03, 2012      12 comments

On Saturday, the combination of an all-day meeting and rain did in the streak. By 8:30 at night I only had 2,000 steps, it was raining, and I had a headache. So I took a break. I ended the day with only 3,001 steps. Then this morning I... Read more
The Things I'll Do To Keep a Streak Alive
Wednesday, May 30, 2012      20 comments

If you've been following my page, you'll know I made the New Year's Resolution to average 10,000 steps a day. It is turning out to be harder than I thought, but I'm still working to make my goal. May has been surprisingly tough, but I'm fin... Read more
To my darling wife
Sunday, May 27, 2012      15 comments

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
Tuesday, May 01, 2012      19 comments

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 January: 6,391 February: 7,931 March: 10,515 April: 11,101 Woo hoo!... Read more
Time to check on my New Year's Resolutions
Tuesday, April 10, 2012      13 comments

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.
Sunday, April 01, 2012      18 comments

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
Monday, March 19, 2012      12 comments

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
Pentagon Papers
Sunday, February 26, 2012      11 comments

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
Sunday, January 29, 2012      18 comments

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
Tuesday, January 03, 2012      9 comments

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 ...
Sunday, January 01, 2012      17 comments

... but I intend to keep it: Average 10,000 steps/day for the entire year. (Look for weekly updates) ... Read more
Saturday, December 17, 2011      16 comments

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
Saturday, December 10, 2011      14 comments

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
Sunday, December 04, 2011      11 comments

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
Sunday, November 27, 2011      12 comments

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

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