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Bird Story

Friday, January 15, 2010      19 comments

I've been thinking recently about how much I enjoy birds -- probably because of all the birds we have had at our feeders over the past couple of weeks. It's been great to see the gold finches in winter plumage at the window finch feeder; the w... Read more

Podrunner Week One All Done

Friday, January 08, 2010      10 comments

Completed my three sessions for week one this morning -- and realized that I've got a bit of twinge developing in my right knee. Not at all alarming -- but noticed it. And so I focused during my weights session on lower body -- keeping the... Read more

I can resist anything but temptation

Tuesday, January 05, 2010      8 comments

It's my belief that because I know I have no will power, all I can do is structure my life in such a way as to avoid temptation. Me and Oscar Wilde. If I buy potato chips or bake a lemon pie (yup, that was a big mistake: but delicious!!) then ... Read more

Podrunner Week One Day One

Monday, January 04, 2010      4 comments

Thanks to Rookie Running Group for providing the link to the Podrunner intervals programme to get me started on my return to running. And: to JOPAPGH for recommending that I check out POSE and Chi running techniques! Day one of week... Read more

7 Things about Fat People Everyone Knows This!

Sunday, January 03, 2010      3 comments

This is an outstanding blog by Xenamy
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MMX: Fill in the Blanks

Friday, January 01, 2010      7 comments

MMX -- people of my vintage who had to learn cursive writing in school -- and how to tell time on clocks that actually used hands -- will remember that MMX is the Roman numeral notation for 2010. And in 2010 I'm planning to fill in a few... Read more

Fifty Thousand Dollar Body

Thursday, December 31, 2009      10 comments

I love to joke about my $50,000 body. Because, of course, it's a 58 year old body. And although it's as good as I can make it at the moment . . . . that's a pretty big number. Snickering? Eye rolls? OK, I get it. Haven't had any... Read more

The contentment continues . . .

Monday, December 28, 2009      6 comments

I weighed myself today for the first time since Christmas dinner -- and I'm doing fine, actually at the low end of my maintenance range. Middle number still 5 and I'd prefer a 4 of course, as I'd temporarily achieved earlier this month. But in... Read more

In Contentment

Wednesday, December 23, 2009      7 comments

Work is winding down a bit, which gave me time to work thoughtfully and carefully on a very interesting problem today. The fridge is full (last grocery run on my way home tonight) and nothing urgent left to do. There is snow on the ground and... Read more

Mary organized the first Christmas . . .

Friday, December 18, 2009      9 comments

and of course that First Christmas involved labour and delivery in a stable. After a long journey. Those of us who've ever done labour and delivery, even without the preliminary donkey ride, are prepared to concede: that's an element... Read more

Downward to Darkness

Sunday, December 13, 2009      9 comments

"Downward to darkness/On extended wing" This phrase, from a poem by Wallace Stevens called "Sunday Morning", is one I often think of on Sundays at this time of the year as the days get shorter. It describes a couple who seem to be on that ... Read more


Saturday, December 05, 2009      8 comments

Is it worth it to take a holiday? Hmmmm. Scramble to clear the desk before you go. Avalance upon return. Some good times, some good memories, a week of non-stop parties. Beautiful family wedding. Plus a bit of a peek at that curious... Read more


Saturday, November 21, 2009      9 comments

That's the title of the very best diet book I've ever read. Over this past week -- just to refresh my motivation and my weight loss maintenance techniques -- I 've been rereading it once again. And I still think it's a great read for p... Read more

AKRASIA -- a crazy, uh?

Saturday, November 14, 2009      11 comments

A recent blog by LADYBUG7157 about how hard it is to make herself do what she wants to do really hit a nerve with me. And it made me think about AKRASIA again -- that is, it made me think about AKRASIA again consciously, because akrasia has a... Read more


Sunday, November 08, 2009      15 comments

Every weekend (or oftener if I run out) I make a big pot of fresh soup and keep it in the fridge for midweek suppers. When I walk in the door from work, my self-discipline is generally at its lowest ebb for the day. I'm always insanely ... Read more

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