Monthly Archives: August 2011

Dieting strategies from the ‘Normal People’ Panel

Yesterday we learned that Jerry Olinger lost 20 pounds he’d gained during a period of feasting by going back to his usual healthy eating routine. Earlier this summer, another member of my “Normal People” Panel noticed his weight creeping up … Continue reading

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How ‘Normal People’ eat when they retire to Florida

So we’re down in Venice, Fla., a few weeks ago, sitting out on “the cage” — that’s Gulf Coast speak for screened-in patio — when Bob’s cousin Jerry Olinger starts enthusing about his sister-in-law’s cooking. The only child of a … Continue reading

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The 13-mile road beater connundrum

It’s amazing how much difference a few degrees and a greater shade-to-sun ratio can make. Last week’s 10-mile run was an ordeal. Whereas this week’s was … just a run. Which freed my brain cells to consider the biggest question going into … Continue reading

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Loss and inspiration

It was great to see my friend Tim yesterday, looking fit and taller than I remembered in a sharp new suit, though I’m sick about the reason: the graveside service for my stillborn nephew, Karter Allen Isch*. Late last night … Continue reading

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My new favorite salad

So we’re getting something to eat after Rowan’s soccer game last week and I’m banking on McDonald’s because I’ve got just enough Weight Watchers points left for one of those grilled chicken salads. But no. The consensus is that we … Continue reading

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The ‘Fit Family Commandments’

So I’m getting ready for work early Saturday morning when I hear a crash in the next room. Turns out somebody left a coffee mug sitting beside the couch during last night’s movie, and Colleen, who nodded off there, knocked … Continue reading

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The Farmhand Dinner Theatre workout

It’s funny how things evolve over time. Take the farmhand dinner theatre workout. In a way, this concept has its roots in our bedroom closet, where late one winter morning I discovered an unopened eight-pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups … Continue reading

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A stress-eating visualization technique

Pastor Bud is a stress eater. His wife says that when he’s feeling tense or upset — like on Monday, when they made not one but two trips to the hospital to check in on Brent and Darcy’s doomed childbirth … Continue reading

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Too sad to write

We’ve been spending way too much time in hospitals lately. Last night, in the room directly underneath Uncle Dan’s at Lutheran Hospital, we simultaneously met — and said goodbye to — my baby nephew, Karter Allen Isch, who seemed perfect … Continue reading

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Chasing ambulances on a 10-mile run

My sister and I are running along Bluffton’s River Greenway Friday, reflecting on a drowning the night before, when we hear sirens. An ambulance goes by. A sheriff’s squad car. Then another ambulance. Just ahead is the spot where it … Continue reading

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