Monday, June 20, 2011      4 comments

I tend to do things to extremes. In college I took up scuba diving and became an instructor. I like to hike, so I planned to climb all the mountains in the Northeast over four thousand feet. If I started jogging again tomorrow (no... Read more
Treating Myself
Sunday, June 19, 2011      5 comments

I decided to give myself a little treat to acknowledge the hard work I did during week one. I thought I might buy myself something. So what did I get? An banana split? A flat screen TV? A trip to Tahiti? No to all three. I got mys... Read more
One week down, a lifetime to go
Saturday, June 18, 2011      6 comments

It's been a great first week: moved from stage 1 to stage 2, lost 5.25 pounds, and seemingly received a gazillion Spark Points and trophies. I'm sure this next week, that things will slow down. It's a good time to remind myself that I'm ... Read more
This sentence is six words long.
Friday, June 17, 2011      10 comments

Which is my way of saying that as I move into week two, I resolve to be very good about measuring everything. Well, okay, not everything, but all the food I eat. In the past I've "eyeballed" portion size. And I plan to do so again in the futu... Read more
The World is Getting Bigger As I Get Smaller
Thursday, June 16, 2011      4 comments

Most people, I think, have heard the adage about putting a frog into water: if you put a frog into hot water it will jump out, but if you put a frog into room temperature water and slowly heat it, you can boil it. Before going any further, let ... Read more
To sleep, perchance to lose
Wednesday, June 15, 2011      4 comments

I am probably one of only a few people who use an alarm clock, not to wake up, but to make sure I get enough sleep every night. I am aware of the growing body of research that shows that getting adequate sleep is crucial for effective weight lo... Read more
Another page on the stack
Tuesday, June 14, 2011      1 comments

Cheng Man-Ching, the man who brought Tai Chi to the U.S., wrote that daily practice was like placing a piece of paper on a stack. By itself, each page seems like nothing, but if you stack enough of them you get a tremendous pile of paper. ... Read more
The scale moved!
Monday, June 13, 2011      7 comments

I joined SparkPeople last week and weighed myself today. I'm down three pounds. Even better, when I calculated my BMI, I realized I dropped below 40. It's great to go from "morbidly obese" to simply "obese." I'm excited but when I look at my ... Read more
Fear and Love
Sunday, June 12, 2011      1 comments

When I was a young man - a fat young man - my doctor told me that I had high blood pressure and put me on medication. I took my pills and made a half-hearted attempt to loose weight, but nothing really changed. When I was a middle-aged man... Read more
Cause and effect
Saturday, June 11, 2011      1 comments

Animal trainers know that neither reward nor punishment is very effective if there is a delay between a behavior and its consequence. If people developed cancer five minutes after they smoked a cigarette, no one would do it. I can't even make ... Read more

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