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Almost back to where I started
Sunday, March 26, 2017      5 comments

Well, if this is a journey, this is the part where I got lost and had to go back to the beginning. I never got under 200 (but I was almost there), then I started reacting to one stress after another. I'm back up to 246, which is almost where I... Read more
Try Again Without Judging
Monday, April 11, 2016      3 comments

I was in the car, driving in circles, trying to find a store before it closed when I passed by McDonald's. I was frustrated about not finding my destination, a bit bored with my plans for the evening and feeling a bit yucky about the cold, rain... Read more
Before You Quit, Do Your HOMEWORK
Sunday, March 27, 2016      4 comments

I love running, and I now weigh 230 pounds. I got stressed out over the last few months, and at some point I gave up on everything. Getting my eating under control is really hard for me, but I have a better attitude about exercise. I've been ... Read more
Walk, Don't Run
Sunday, March 20, 2016      3 comments

My left hamstring is screaming out for me to learn a life lesson. I recently gained some weight, most likely because I stopped running and continued to engage in the bad eating habits that running erases. This means that I have put on some wei... Read more
Annoying Aches and Pains
Sunday, March 13, 2016      2 comments

I started running again, and I am now re-examining my belief that one can run at any weight. I did small amounts of running last week, and I really felt it in my hamstrings and hips. Yesterday, I ran about 3 miles, and came home achey in a goo... Read more
Scale Moving in the Wrong Direction (but I feel OK)
Sunday, March 06, 2016      5 comments

I'm not going to be sad about gaining a few pounds this week. I'm learning that it takes time to reconnect with my body when I get depressed and give up. Stress often leads to chaotic eating, missed workouts and a sense of entitlement (bad day... Read more
Half Way Back in the Game
Sunday, February 28, 2016      2 comments

It was an OK week. I avoided sugar, which took a lot of energy and attitude adjustment. I really am a true addict when it comes to sweets. One or two deserts quickly becomes a binging habit, and my body cannot handle it. Setting goals seemed... Read more
February Blah
Sunday, February 21, 2016      3 comments

I feel restless and unmotivated lately. The weather hasn't been great, work has been stressful, and good January habits have fizzled. The result is the scale moving in the wrong direction; I am up three pounds this week, eating bad food, and h... Read more
Setting the RESET BUTTON this weekend
Saturday, February 13, 2016      4 comments

A little over a year ago, I went through my closet and trashed about 5 garbage bags full of clothes that were too big for me. Now, my weight is starting to creep back up, and I am running out of things to wear. It seems to me there are two cho... Read more
2016: My Year of Running 500 Miles (One of which will be under 10 minutes)
Wednesday, December 30, 2015      4 comments

I know this sounds like one of those New Year's Resolutions that dissolves by Valentine's Day, but I have been putting a lot of thought into it all month and have been seriously "training" for it for the last week and a half. This resolution re... Read more
Is "fat" really the opposite of "healthy"?
Saturday, December 26, 2015      2 comments

I have an old colleague who promotes himself as a "health coach" and attempts to drum up business by posting before and after pictures of his clients on his facebook page. Today, I decided to respond to one of them, but rather than engaging in ... Read more
It's OK to be bored, tired and unmotivated
Tuesday, December 22, 2015      2 comments

I really hate this time of year. If it was summer, I would have felt great about today. I woke up and swam a mile, had a nice lunch at a local cafe, read a bit of a book, went to the gym and lifted weights, ate a healthy dinner and messed arou... Read more
New Strides
Saturday, July 11, 2015      2 comments

People do things when they are ready to do things, and not a moment before. That's the only explanation I have for becoming a runner at age 40. I am working with a trainer on lifting weights and getting my miles down to under 10 minutes. It i... Read more
New Love: The OTHER side of the gym
Monday, July 06, 2015      3 comments

I got annoyed with myself a few weeks ago, and almost without thinking about it, walked to the gym and stated that I wanted to get a personal trainer and learn how to lift weights. I have no idea how these words came out of my mouth, but I am g... Read more
Experimenting with Alcohol, Running and the Occasional Bag of Chips
Saturday, May 30, 2015      2 comments

Sometimes, I really wonder how thin people eat. I suspect they do not see things in terms of bags, boxes and bottles. I suspect they do not obsess over food until it is gone. I bet they can go to the store, buy a bag of chips, eat a serving o... Read more

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