Monthly Archives: June 2011

Train your brain for holiday cookouts

Yesterday I talked about building up mental toughness to control your eating. Here’s a mini workout you can do at a holiday get-together without anyone even noticing. Some athletes strap on parachutes to increase wind resistance as they run. It … Continue reading

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On getting past Day Two

I ran into a new reader at last night’s swim meet who said that today is Day Two of her “fresh start.” Day Two is always the hardest, I think. That’s true of running as well as dieting, and probably … Continue reading

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How ‘Normal People’ Eat: Gina Binole, Adventure Mom

Skier. Backpacker. Mountain climber. Mom. Gina Binole has done a lot of living since we left IU. It doesn’t hurt that she lives in Portland, Oregon, the center of the hip green universe. But though it’s easy to envy her … Continue reading

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Waterfall 5K Trail Run a lot of fun

The attention-grabbing statistic: I finished 38th at Sunday’s Waterfall 5K Trail Run through Kokiwanee Nature Preserve on the Huntington-Wabash county line. (That’s me in the tie-dyed shirt.) The reality check: There were only 65 runners in the whole dang race. No … Continue reading

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Breakfast salad

Yeah, I thought it sounded weird, too, when I first read about this concept in “Born to Run,” Christopher McDougall’s awesome look at gringos who infiltrate a mystical running culture south of the border. McDougall got the idea from Dr. … Continue reading

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‘Normal People’ Notebook: The conquest

We had a lot of down time at Traci’s garage sale last week. Enough so that I cornered three  members of my emerging “Normal People” panel to test a new survey question: How do you feel about conquests? Not the … Continue reading

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The zero-point trip to Pizza Hut

Lately I’ve been on this kick where I see what I can get away with for zero Weight Watchers points. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about an enormous dinner that didn’t cost me a single point because it … Continue reading

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How to strengthen your abs at a garage sale

During a slow moment at a garage sale last week, my daughter Rowan was telling us about the “most grueling abs workout ever” — leg throws. As you can see in this extremely amateur video we took of this impromptu … Continue reading

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How ‘Normal People’ Eat: How Elaine’s habits help

After 14 interviews, I’ve finally found a thin person who really does eat whatever she wants, whenever she feels like it, without ever bothering to step on a scale or worry about her jeans getting too tight. My friend Elaine … Continue reading

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Blazing a trail amid rubble

For as long as I can remember, my family’s burned off tension and calories by walking laps around my parents’ driveway. Eleven laps per mile has been the standard for the last 43 years. Now that oval-shaped driveway is gone, obliterated by … Continue reading

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