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Why I Run Now
Friday, September 02, 2016      4 comments

On August 31st, I ran seven 1-minute intervals--the first time I've run in nearly a year. It would have been my mom's 86th birthday, so I'd been thinking of her--lots of good memories, but also all her health struggles, which were many and varie... Read more
Market Forces - Get the Big Picture!
Wednesday, August 31, 2016      4 comments

This is a weight-loss and health analogy. Look at a graph of today's stock market--Dow, NASDAQ or S&P 500 or all three, doesn't matter. It's volatile, right? The spikes show it has gone down a lot. Or up. Now click on the Week view. ... Read more
And the winner is...Winter
Friday, January 24, 2014      4 comments

Winter is kicking my butt, and until it gets warmer, I cry Uncle. Those crazy long holiday work hours at FedEx that I wrote about before were quickly replaced by long and far more stressful days battling the snow and ice that the Polar Vort... Read more
Change is good!
Sunday, December 15, 2013      5 comments

Hello! You haven't seen much of me recently because last month I started a new temp job, delivering packages for FedEx. It's six days a week, sometimes 12+ hour days. I get up at 4:45AM in order to be at work by 6AM. It's surprisingly fun; I'm h... Read more
Help with Cool Weather Workout Challenge?
Saturday, October 19, 2013      5 comments

I'm looking for advice, and to see if anyone else shares this issue. When I run or even go for a long walk in chilly weather (wearing layers, of course), I cool down very rapidly afterwards. I put on dry, warm clothes and eat something sub... Read more
Vacation Revelations
Monday, September 23, 2013      5 comments

I just returned from a rejuvenating five-day visit with my family in central Ohio, including one sister, her grown daughters and their families. It was gratifying to get reacquainted with my great-nieces, ages 12 and 14, and the twin boys, nearl... Read more
Monday, August 19, 2013      7 comments

The rotten, no-good one pound that stands between me and a 30-lbs-for-the-year weight loss had better pack its sorry bags and buy a one-way ticket outta SPARKVILLE! ... Read more
You Might Be Slightly Overscheduled When...
Friday, August 09, 2013      8 comments

For dinner, you find yourself at a gas station convenience store, eating an all-beef hotdog, a bowl of chili and bottled orange juice, using the hood of your truck as a table! Yep, that was me this evening--and truth be told, I was relieved... Read more
Nice to be back!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013      3 comments

I'm back! A month-of-July hiatus was just what I needed. Rather than gaining weight while I was away, somehow I actually lost one pound--go figure. My mind and body feel much more in sync now; I feel ready to shed these last 16 lbs. All thr... Read more
Summertime, sweet summertime
Sunday, July 14, 2013      5 comments

I wouldn't call it harmony, but maybe I have achieved a weird sort of balance this summer. On the downside, work has been sooo stressful; it's just now starting to turn the corner and be productive. I've been having awful pain in my n... Read more
Here's what I'm thinking
Thursday, June 27, 2013      7 comments

I gained a pound this week, and now I am back to exactly where I was one month ago, before Memorial Day Weekend. No, it is not the end of the world by any means. I have a wider perspective than that. Still, it sucks. It sucks because I hav... Read more
27 Dresses, and What the Bride Said
Thursday, June 20, 2013      9 comments

A friend is getting married this Saturday, and I'm looking forward to the wedding. It's going to be fun. In fact, the ability to party was one of her criterion for the guest list. I'm happy to be included! I knew I'd have to shop for a dres... Read more
Letting Go to Grow
Monday, June 10, 2013      4 comments

I decided ahead of time that I would not be the umpteenthousanth person to blog about how excited I was to take part in a 5-K run, how good and fun and powerful it felt, etc. I saved that for some comment fields, such as the “I Did It!” thread o... Read more
Clothes: Letting Go What Doesn't Fit
Thursday, June 06, 2013      7 comments

Do you feel a mix of pride and trepidation when letting go of clothes that are now too big to wear? I do. Hooray that I can wear a smaller size! But…are those pounds gone for good? Should I keep some of this stuff “just in case”? Or by holding o... Read more
Stress and the Really New, Really Real Habit
Sunday, May 19, 2013      4 comments

I’ve never thought of myself as an “emotional eater” or drinker. Ice-cream binges aren’t my thing. If anything, anxiety tends to kill my appetite. Instead, prolonged stress and unhappiness take all the wind out of my sails, leaving me so d... Read more

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