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Buh-bye, Dunlap
Friday, April 24, 2015      1 comments

I need to confess to something. You know those people who name their body parts? I'm one of them. It's true. Mind you, the body part I've named has nothing to do with excretory or reproductive function. I may be weird, but I'm not guy-level... Read more
I am normal! My doctor says so!
Thursday, April 23, 2015      7 comments

I went to see my doctor this morning for a re-check, and he just about had kittens when he saw me and reviewed my most recent lab work. Last time I was in, I weighed over twenty pounds more. Last time I was in, my blood pressure was still not qu... Read more
Cruises, food, and me
Wednesday, April 22, 2015      4 comments

Allen and I are planning for another cruise in the fall. Once again, a group of us will be going, including as many of our closest friends who can scrape up the fare. (Reminder: apply for your passports NOW!) I wouldn't be surprised if my Aunt K... Read more
Am I the only one this happens to? No, really, I wanna know.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015      3 comments

Word to the wise: do not hang onto the foundation garments you outgrow. I knew when I gained weight that I'd lose it again someday. And so, I kept all the frilly little nothings that fit me once upon a time. This is your cue, gentle ... Read more
Walking in the woods
Tuesday, April 21, 2015      4 comments

I was reminiscing this morning about "spazieren gehen." It was a national pasttime when I was growing up in Germany. Everybody did it, from the old folks doddering on their canes to the youngest members of the families. And we looked forward to ... Read more
Sunday, April 19, 2015      0 comments

We all have at least one thing in common. We want to get healthier. Our reasons may vary. Some of are in this because we don't feel so good anymore. Our endurance is shot, our blood pressure is too high, and our doctors are giving us grief.... Read more
Figuring out that endorphin rush thing
Saturday, April 18, 2015      0 comments

It doesn't just drop into a person's lap. It's not a reward that materializes out of a beneficient alternate universe when we've been "good" for a specified period of time. We were born good. We will die good. What we are, intrinsically, i... Read more
Whoa! I didn't know I had muscles there!
Tuesday, April 14, 2015      2 comments

It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I way prefer cardio to strength training. The sad truth is, pretty much the only time I'll do strength training is in the winter, when the weather forces me to do my workouts in the gym. When the machin... Read more
Why I am worth it
Monday, April 13, 2015      2 comments

Why am I worth it? How could I not be? Life has seemingly conspired to beat me down, but you know what? I wobbled, but I never fell. My childhood was horrible, from the unspeakable visited upon me at age six, to a father who couldn't handle... Read more
Tortoise or hare?
Sunday, April 12, 2015      1 comments

I know that I want to be the hare, but the safe money is on the tortoise. If I lose two pounds a week, it will take me the better part of a year to reach my goal. I want to be Esther Williams in a bathing suit by summer. But wait. Summ... Read more
You say OCD, I say ritual. I win.
Saturday, April 11, 2015      0 comments

Humans share a love of ritual that goes back to our very beginnings, when the ancients drummed out their synchronized rhythms on animal skins. Ritual is an intrinsic part of our oldest religions, our holiday traditions, and how we conduct our wo... Read more
Going into purge mode
Friday, April 10, 2015      4 comments

It's hard to let go, whether it's of a bad relationship, a worn out pair of jeans, or a lifestyle that does us more harm than good. We cling to the familiar, because it's comfortable. Breaking free pushes us out of our comfort zones into complet... Read more
How we see ourselves
Thursday, April 09, 2015      5 comments

No psychobabble tonight about Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I neither minimalize my weight problem, nor do I exaggerate it in my mind. My mirror works, and the image it presents to me is neither distorted nor ambiguous. I do, however, still occ... Read more
Castles in the Clouds
Tuesday, April 07, 2015      2 comments

I daresay we all have the best of intentions. We intend to lose weight, we intend to get in shape, we intend to get our homes and our finances in order, we intend to make time for ourselves... and none of our intentions are worth a thing, they'r... Read more
I value kindness more when those showing it are also kind to themselves.
Monday, April 06, 2015      2 comments

That's one hell of an opening line, isn't it? But it's true. Respect and affirmations from my peers mean everything to me. The same coming from those who view themselves as inferior just serve to make me sad. I'm no guru sitting on a mountaintop... Read more

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