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What is my proper weight, why isn't it on the weight table, and the "lost and found" department
Tuesday, October 15, 2013      1 comments

Two things guided me to write this entry: my profile goals and this recent SparkPeople article: "Tom Hanks has Type 2 diabetes www.sparkpeople.com/reso
p?health_day=680920 ". My profile goal in... Read more
Work concerns affect diet and exercise
Thursday, August 15, 2013      1 comments

Or should I say lack of work. As of this moment I am waiting to hear about four different positions I've applied to. As Tom Petty sang, "The waiting is the hardest part." This has actually had a positive effect on my exercise program. Be... Read more
Going vegan... not as hard as I thought.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013      2 comments

I want to clarify that. My son Sean has gone vegan; I have not (see below). However, I'm not going to cook two meals every evening, so I'm having him cook at least two meals per week. This has worked out very well. Sean bought a few vega... Read more
Carbs, fats, and proteins... finding the right balance
Thursday, July 04, 2013      1 comments

Over time, we receive lots of information on what's good for your diet. You need fiber, people say, and fiber adds carbs... but we're not supposed to eat too many carbs, so we cut back on other carbs, like sugars and white flower. We're su... Read more
Rebooting... new goals, new outlook, taking charge.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013      2 comments

While I did not actually leave SparkPeople (it is, after all, my Internet home page), I drifted away from it for a while. Sure, some days I'd read articles, emails, check in with my groups, sometimes enter exercise, maybe a meal or two... but I... Read more
Mindful meal planning... not (sigh).
Sunday, April 22, 2012      1 comments

If you've ever played a fantasy role-playing game (like Dungeons and Dragons or World of Warcraft) you know these games make a distinction between intelligence / intellect and wisdom / experience. That's no accident; real life has this distinct... Read more
My one complaint about tracking food, and a plea to improve the reporting of nutritional information
Tuesday, March 13, 2012      3 comments

The SparkPeople food tracker helps me understand what I'm eating in many ways, and I like almost everything about it. Unfortunately it has what I consider a major weakness: it fails to adequately track certain minerals necessary for good health... Read more
Observations on power outages
Monday, November 07, 2011      0 comments

Here in CT most people, except those along the shore (or towns with independent electric companies) lost power for a week or so. My family lost power Saturday afternoon, gaining it back Thursday night. This outage could have been worse; at lea... Read more
Saturday... an interesting reason for a walk.
Monday, August 01, 2011      0 comments

Something I used to blog about at IBM was "what I pulled from my pool skimmer today." i used it as a nature lesson, listing the various animal species and explaining the "ecosystem" living in my pool water and its near environs. I would ha... Read more
Correction to previous blog (awww, I knew it was too good to be true).
Tuesday, June 07, 2011      1 comments

Well, I didn't lose 20 pounds in a weekend... the scale wasn't balanced correctly. I did lose two pounds, not 20. Bummer. Gotta correct that bar... but at least I didn't GAIN 20 pounds in a week, either. Besides, losing that much that fa... Read more
Holy weight loss, Batman!
Thursday, June 02, 2011      1 comments

For several weeks now, since I started re-tracking my weight, I've been between 228 and 225. Today I got on the scale and it read 201. I was so surprised I weighed myself three times (198.9, 200.6, 200.6). Where did all that weight go? The a... Read more
You're kidding, right?
Thursday, June 02, 2011      5 comments

I'm talking about pizza and the SparkDiet. I have this problem with pizza: I love it, but it isn't that good for me (too many carbs (crust) and fat and cholesterol (cheese). Of course I can limit that to having pizza as a treat, say once a mo... Read more
Running... not!
Monday, May 30, 2011      1 comments

I took the "Are You Ready to Run?" quiz and got "Almost ready". The thing is, I cannot run... I get exercise asthma and have to stop within half a mile because I start coughing wetly. I can walk or hike for miles on end with no issues; it's th... Read more
For your laugh today....
Wednesday, May 18, 2011      1 comments

I got the idea to post this from a fellow SparkPerson who posted a joke with a similar opening line. This one is a bit longer.... A man goes into a doctor's office for a checkup. Everything comes out fine, and when the doctor asks if ther... Read more
Interesting article about losing weight, June Discover magazine.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011      1 comments

The article's title was "The Hungry Brain". Essentially the article said there are too many mechanisms in the brain and body for any weight-loss method which doesn't remove processed foods from the diet to work for an extended period of time. ... Read more

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