Monthly Archives: February 2011

On spinning

It’s 5:15 a.m., and the lights are dimmed in the “spinning room” at Body Solutions, a fitness center in Bluffton, Ind.,  where my sister the fitness freak has instructed me to meet her for a class. I’d heard of spinning … Continue reading

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The Dairy Queen alien intervention

Colleen, Rowan and I stopped at a Dairy Queen this week for their Tuesday afternoon half-price sale. There was a time when Colleen would’ve asked for a giant sundae and Rowan would’ve ordered grilled cheese and fries, but this time … Continue reading

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The diet donut

A tablespoon of peanut butter tucked inside a “slimwich,” fat-free whipped topping and a 1/2 tablespoon drizzle of chocolate syrup on top. If we’re to believe the folks at Krispy Kreme, this donut is actually a bit higher in calories* … Continue reading

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Team Caylor takes stock

The mood in the dining room was somber. Team Caylor had just learned that after one month on the Wells Weighs In program, they were not in the top 10. If our calculations were correct, they were tied for 32nd. … Continue reading

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Beware of ‘particle power’

Q. What do grapes have in common with french fries? A. They both belong to a food group I call “particles.” Foods so small you‘d never eat just one. Peas, peanuts and M&Ms are other examples from the particle food … Continue reading

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Retooling the 1-point game

The good news: Hershey’s Sugar-Free chocolate-flavored syrup is only 15 calories and zero fat for 2 tablespoons. The bad news: It’s so awful you can barely choke it down. I was really bummed about this, because I was visualizing the … Continue reading

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How ‘Normal People’ Eat 2: The “Captain Chicken” interview

In my family, grownups hang nicknames on kids and my cousin Heather bestows nicknames on everyone else. Thus Grandpa Isch became “Ervin Lee Bumble Bee” in his last decade of life, and my dad was dubbed “Captain Chicken” for the … Continue reading

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The jogging conundrum

Why do so many people hate to run? I think it’s because you need to run at least a couple of miles to experience the endorphin release known as a “runner’s high.” But you can’t go that far without training … Continue reading

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The “body boss”

In one of my favorite Stephen King stories, an overweight artist is driven to paint the same scene over and over: A construction crew laboring over a  big job that turns out to be processing his junk-food diet. In the … Continue reading

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In pursuit of a better chip

Ok, I admit that the raw rutabaga slices and hummus we took to Brent and Darcy’s Super Bowl party weren’t nearly as popular as the low-cal brownies. But in my quest to find a “chip” to dip in my black … Continue reading

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