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Who am I? Currently, I am a graduate student in Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota and am self-employed. As I sit down to write this introduction, I am taking a break from working on dissertation (and other research projects), consulting on a workplace training project, and writing a report for a policy think tank. I am sitting in my study, which is situated in my house in northern Minnesota. Working in my house has its good points and not so good points, which I'll discuss later in this post.
I live in Duluth, Minnesota - which we occasionally describe as the Norwegian Riviera or the San Francisco of the Midwest. I am quite sure that either of those two places would be insulted by the comparison, but I think our particular and peculiar place in the world has its own charm. We have an extravagant climate - very lush in the summer, very cold in the winter, and beautiful year-round. Well, maybe April is truly the cruelest month, even here, but most of the time, I think it is quite lovely. Being a Minnesotan, I probably should not say that - it might hurt the feelings of other states. ;-)
I am actually returning to Spark People after taking several months off. A group of friends at work decided to try Weight Watchers and convinced me to at least try the online version of the program. While I do think that their system is excellent, I did not find many differences between what they offered - for a fee - and what I do here for free. So, I am back.
I have actually gone back and forth with my weight for much of my life. I was a chubby kid who became an anorexic teenager who regained all the weight after doctors decided I must have had a drug problem and then who slimmed down in college. I didn't gain the freshman 15 - I lost it through eating at the unlimited salad bar and enjoying near-constant access to fitness equipment! And snacking was almost impossible since I was at a residential college .... and food service did not let us take food out at the end of meals.
After that, I continued to cycle back up to higher and higher maximums, losing weight whenever I focused on exercise and regaining it whenever I let other things (work, child, grad school) made me focus on taking care of the emergencies in front of me rather than taking care of myself.
I've lost 9 pounds in the past year - yea!!! And I have many more to go, slowly.
One of my goals this time is to exercise AND learn to enjoy really good food in moderation. My only child (a daughter) is away at college; so we no longer need to rush meals in order to make it to the next event ... or cater to a picky eater. So, I am looking for good meals for 2 - things that taste GREAT, served in small sizes, and that are also healthy. I've been interested lately in the French paradox, so if anyone has been trying to eat around those principals, let me know!
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