Monthly Archives: August 2012

The training diet (on training wheels): Take 1

I’ve been eating like crap lately. Not just too much, though that’s part of it. But too much crap as well. On the one hand, my post-Weight Watchers mindset is an anchor that keeps me from getting in too far … Continue reading

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Sneaking up on single digits

I’m calling it a PR. It’s been so long since Traci and I timed ourselves on the River Greenway, I can’t really say what our previous best might’ve been. These days a plain vanilla out-and-back 4.2 miler is the “just … Continue reading

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The real thing (in disguise)

Apparently the key to my drinking more water is … a 2-liter Diet Coke bottle. Notice I said Diet Coke bottle, rather than bottle of Diet Coke. Because this vessel is filled with nothing but tap water. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Interview with Misty, a 100-pound ‘loser’

Former co-worker and fellow weight-loser Debbie Meyers introduced me to Misty, a Michigan-based journalist and blogger who’s dropped 100 pounds this year. Since then I’ve returned to Misty’s Facebook blog  several times to get a dose of her energy and enthusiasm. … Continue reading

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The fine print on a son-run

So I’m hunkered down in a comfy chair with a chest cold and a page-turner  after a draining day of moving Rowan into her dorm at Manchester when Ben comes in from mowing and says, “Hey Mom, wanna go for … Continue reading

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Toffee apple ‘salad’ belongs on dessert cart

So Rowan and her friend Courtney were hanging out here Wednesday night, swatting witticisms back and forth like tennis balls, knowing it was their last chance to hang out before Rowan heads to college this weekend.  (Courtney’s commuting to Ivy … Continue reading

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Rowan raids candy locker as she packs for college

Rowan and I paid a visit to the candy locker the other day so she could clean out her treats before she heads off to college. We don’t get to the gym much in the summer time, so everything in … Continue reading

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3rd wheel adds appeal to fire tower ride

It was a hoot riding 13 miles with my dad and sister yesterday, at least in part because Traci eased up and wasn’t barking orders about sprints. (We took a quick trip up the fire tower at Ouabache State Park … Continue reading

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Interview: The liberating act of throwing away food

Like a kid who spits peas into a napkin or feeds them to a convenient under-the-table dog, my brother Brent has a system for getting rid of food he doesn’t want to deal with. Except in his case, the undesirable … Continue reading

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Cinderella’s running shoes

After my Adidas road beaters passed the 1,000-mile mark last year, I’d started thinking they might just be immortal. These were the first real running shoes I bought back in 2010, when I still had 30 pounds left to lose. … Continue reading

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