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  • For Someone Who Needs It...........

    4/27/2015 8:06:52 AM, by JOHNTJ1

    I was searching my computer for an errant file this morning when I ran accross a blog posting I'd written a few summers ago. A tiny voice inside of me said "Someone needs to read this today!" I know I did "Friday afternoon Joan informed me I was getting out of the house on Saturday.... Read more

  • Our Daily Bread

    4/24/2015 8:04:22 AM, by JOHNTJ1

    My brother and I spent 8 years of our lives as alter boys, serving Mass each morning. I surmise we prayed the Our Father over 3,000 times during that period. Since then it's something I simply say by rote each morning and evening. Sometimes I don't even listen to what I'm saying. In modern parl... Read more

  • Grow Where You Are Planted

    4/20/2015 9:14:12 AM, by JOHNTJ1

    Our weather has been mercurial at best. Warm on day, cold the next. Not warm enough to turn on the AC and some mornings just cold enough to kick in the furnace. The trees and flowers don't mind. They just keep on a blooming. Somewhere in that thought there's a blog posting. I hadn't slept... Read more

  • Little trees, little leaves

    4/16/2015 11:54:03 AM, by HORSEBOOKS

    I drive by a pecan orchard on my way to and from work every day. Some of the trees have been there years or even decades, and I'm sure produce lots of fruit for the farmer. Others are mid-sized, on their way to being big trees. But some are little bitty, just starting out as trees. To me, they repre... Read more

  • Shoes + Activity Tracker + Good Weather + Park = Exercise

    4/14/2015 3:24:07 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    A long title to this blog, but I'm happy to report the results of buying an AT plus good walking shoes, having time at lunch and an incredibly beautiful day to walk from my office to the park across the street. I put in a mile in 20 minutes (okay, I'm old and out of shape), but I don't feel sleepy a... Read more

  • Genuine Wham-O

    4/13/2015 5:01:59 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    The other day I went to a local sporting goods store and bought good walking shoes. They're wonderful, comfortable, and springy. That's important to an old, fat woman. On the way to the register, I, the queen of the impulse purchase, saw what I had been seeking for the last year or so--a genuine, of... Read more

  • The idea of weight loss is a complex idea

    4/13/2015 11:00:07 AM, by SENSORYFOODIE

    This morning I had the thought that as I get thinner I am daring myself to crouch on the brink of extinction. What am I talking about? Well, our species--and we are a species--really exists to reproduce. And if you consider the theory of survivalism (Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest), al... Read more

  • 4/12/2015

    4/12/2015 1:27:48 PM, by GRACEPHOENIX

    The wedding is just over a week off, and I have lost a total of 3 lbs ish. I'm trying not to beat myself up over this, but I had plenty of time (over a year) to lose the weight and I kept making excuses or giving up on my weight loss plan. "oh there's time to do it tomorrow" "i'd rather start on sun... Read more

  • I broke my back but I did not break my spirit

    4/10/2015 3:07:51 PM, by SENSORYFOODIE

    Hi. Its been 10 weeks since my car accident and broken back. Tracking my calories now is essential because 1) it keeps me honest and focused and 2) I can only exercise minimally. In some ways in my weight loss efforts I am really limited to trackiing calories to have any effect. I can walk up t... Read more

  • Another week of success

    4/10/2015 12:09:54 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    Success is a relative term, but I have another week done of not going over my calorie range, keeping my carbs low, exercising to a certain degree (any exercise is more than I was doing before), seeing progress on my activity tracker, and generally being in good spirits. Wednesday was a bust on exerc... Read more

  • I'm buying walking shoes.

    4/7/2015 11:23:21 AM, by HORSEBOOKS

    I don't play tennis, I don't jog, I certainly don't run, and I don't do much else. That's why I'm here. I do walk, though, and I like it. All my adult life, I've bought all-purpose shoes, athletic shoes, that sort of thing. Today, I'm splurging on real walking shoes from people who actually sell wal... Read more