Day 80, the tale of the tape
Sunday, August 28, 2011      13 comments

Actually, TOMORROW is day 80, but it is also the first day of classes, the tail-end of Hurricane Irene, and altogether too busy a day to be taking measurements. So here it is: Most recent blood pressure: 108/74 (This is with medication b... Read more
To Come Home To Yourself
Friday, August 19, 2011      12 comments

To Come Home to Yourself May all that is unforgiven in you Be released. May your fears yield Their deepest tranquillities. May all that is unlived in you Blossom into a future Graced with love. ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Skinny dipping (PG-13 rating)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011      54 comments

(The Swimming Hole. Painted by Thomas Eakins, 1885) I'm teaching my wife to swim. When she was a child she had two near drowning episodes. As a consequence she got tr... Read more
I eat too fast.
Monday, August 15, 2011      13 comments

I eat too fast. It is one of the many bad food habits I learned in my house growing up. We'd sit down to the dinner table and it was like someone turned on four industri... Read more
I don't have a death wish!
Sunday, August 14, 2011      7 comments

Let me begin by thanking my SparkFriends for all the comments I received from you on yesterday's blog about bike commuting in the winter. I appreciated your concern and felt you were also giving me some pretty sage advice. You are absolu... Read more
How serious am I?
Saturday, August 13, 2011      16 comments

I've been bike commuting for about two and a half months now. It has been great. I've saved on gas, helped the environment, and picked up 50 additional fitness minutes each day. But now there is a sound in the air. It is the pitter-pat... Read more
Snapshot of life at 20 pounds lost
Wednesday, August 10, 2011      21 comments

Previous entries in this series: Snapshot of life at 10 pounds lost (June 29, 2011) I was really excited by this. I came home from vacation, not having weighed myself in over a week. I knew I had worked really hard, even though I didn't a... Read more
My brush with death
Friday, August 05, 2011      17 comments

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a re-post from a hiking blog of something that happened to me in 2008. It is NOT current. I am NOT in the hospital. I am FINE. But I wanted to share this with you because it was one more motivator that got me to Spark... Read more
Nothing can stop me now.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011      11 comments

I feel like I already have the tools for my success in my hands and all I have to do now is keep on doing it. I'm at the in-laws' house. Yuri, the grandfather, has announced that he is only going to speak Russian to me (not that he has tha... Read more
Making lemonade
Tuesday, August 02, 2011      9 comments

Vacations are challenging, so to up the ante, I'm taking a second one. Today my wife and I are leaving to go to D.C. to visit the Russian in-laws. Another week away from my gym and my routine. But on my previous vacation, where I actually... Read more
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!
Monday, August 01, 2011      8 comments

Tomorrow Olya and I are going to Washington, DC to visit her cousin Nadia and her son Misha. Nadia's parents, Yuri & Tatiana, are also visiting as well as a few more relatives, bringing the total to 8 Russians, 1 American. About half the Russi... Read more
My personal measures of fitness
Saturday, July 30, 2011      4 comments

I'm here on SP mostly to get fit. But my definition of fitness is a little broader than most that I've seen. Here are all the things I take into account when evaluating my fitness: * Cardio-vascular fitness * Muscular strength ... Read more
#1 in the July fitness rankings: How did this happen?
Friday, July 29, 2011      13 comments

Well, this is silly I know. First of all, about a 100 people have the same July fitness minutes as I do, so why is my name first? Also, SP caps daily fitness minutes... Read more
Do NOT give up!
Thursday, July 28, 2011      12 comments

You know that scene in the movies? The one where the teacher or drill instructor is addressing the students/recruits and he says: "Look at the person on your left. Now look at the person on your right. By the end of this, one of you will ... Read more
Weight loss is like marriage.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011      17 comments

I'll pause now while you make up your own punch line. Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated our 6th month anniversary with dinner at a nice restaurant and I have three words for you: Caramel nut cheesecake. Of course, that was follo... Read more

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