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  • That old inner voice

    6/16/2018 1:37:20 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    Some people here in Sparkpeople and out in the rest of the world too have made comments along the lines of, "You sobered up and you quit smoking. Just do the same thing about losing weight." There's a variety of reasons why it's not that simple. You may be tempted to think, "He's just rationa... Read more

  • A few thoughts about eating and 12-step programs.

    6/14/2018 3:09:12 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    A few blog entries back I made reference to sobering up in AA and a few of you responded positively to that. Some even suggested that I write about how to apply the techniques of AA to weight-loss and the control of eating. I have a few thoughts and observations. There are several prin... Read more

  • Bamboo, part two.

    6/12/2018 11:10:57 AM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    Some of you had asked about my bamboo adventure, specifically to see some pictures. Above, two planter boxes, each 4' x 2.5'. Below, is the first planter box we did, the big one. The big planter box, 5' x 3' ========================== This is the old bamboo in th... Read more

  • Planning and planting.

    6/10/2018 6:00:12 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    Today was a work-horse of a day. I accomplished a lot of various tasks, mostly unrelated. Very little of it was a kind where I took a picture and can show you. Mundane, but highly necessary stuff like doing the laundry, vacuuming the floors, emptying the dishwasher, and watering the potted plants... Read more

  • A pleasant humdrum day

    6/8/2018 11:37:57 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    Today was good. The insurance adjuster came to look at the damage caused by hail and the roofing contractor was here at the same time. It's good when those two talk and understand things the same way rather than my being the emissary between them. The heat wasn't too bad. I believe it wa... Read more

  • Summer reverie

    6/7/2018 11:57:12 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    I love summer. It rained a bit today, which is unusual. It cooled the temperatures about 10 degrees. In Texas summers, that's a huge benefit. I think summer still brings out the inner child in me. Even though I don't do summery things, I very much imagine and remember doing them. It's a l... Read more

  • . . . And the agony of defeat.

    6/4/2018 4:15:03 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    I toyed with the title of this blog. My other contender was, "Pride goeth before the fall." You may remember that yesterday's blog was self-congratulatory in that I observed that I routinely ate more sensibly and did so with little effort or sense of deprivation. Well today when I returne... Read more

  • Let the record show . . .

    6/4/2018 12:06:06 AM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    Eating better has really taken hold of me. Or is it I that have embraced eating well? No matter. I try very hard to be diligent about tracking my consumption. I know I'm not perfect at it, but I do get pretty close. This has been very helpful. One thing that's clearly emerged is that ... Read more

  • It's hot enough to . . .

    6/2/2018 5:46:40 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    For no good reason other than the fact that it's really hot, I am reminded of a time around 1979 when I was in a summer class. It was a literature class. It lasted 11 weeks and we had 11 novels to read. Besides, I was working full-time too, so I really had to hustle to stay up with the pace o... Read more

  • Summer time is fun time

    5/31/2018 5:19:22 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    May is ending and summer looms ahead. As a child, summer was always my very favorite time of year. The obvious reason that school was out for about 12 weeks was high on the list of causes. But it was also the longer days that meant more time to play outdoors. I wasn't into sports, but I su... Read more

  • Simple pleasure of food preparation.

    5/29/2018 3:20:46 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    Preparing dinner. Today I am roasting a chicken. It's in the oven now. I stuffed it with lemon and orange, slathered it with olive oil, sprinkled salt, pepper, and chopped fresh rosemary, thyme and oregano. I surrounded it with potatoes and carrots. Currently, it is creating the most l... Read more

  • "Sumer Is Icumen In"

    5/26/2018 4:47:33 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    Since 21st December 2017, I've lost well over 50 pounds. Naturally, there are many aspects of my life that have changed because of that loss. I'm down 2 sizes in shirts and down many inches in pants. That's pretty expected. But there are other things that had explicitly anticipated. ... Read more

  • A night out

    5/24/2018 3:20:05 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    Last night we went to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's rehearsal of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Being a rehearsal, we expected that it would not be played without stops or even played in order. We were correct. As a former music major, I was accustomed to how rehearsals go. Jeff was slightly pu... Read more

  • Tuesday afternoon

    5/22/2018 6:03:33 PM, by ALEXTHEHUN

    It's been a good day thus far. I had lunch with a guy I used to work with and it was nice to catch up on old times. He's such a great person. Other than the several years of details, it really felt like we hadn't been apart for more than a couple of days. He's one of these fortunate pe... Read more