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Skiing for frugal flatlanders

My sister has now gone on two ski trips since Christmas. Technically, so have I – at a fraction of the cost. While Traci’s getaways to Colorado and Michigan were undoubtedly much more exciting and glamorous, Colleen and I had … Continue reading

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My first subzero run

Back during the Polar Vortex of 2014 I canceled out on a run with a friend because I simply couldn’t fathom running in subzero temperatures. I always regretted it afterward, particularly when my friend – a native northerner who’d grown … Continue reading

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A change in perspective for 2018

This has been a strange year in all kinds of ways, without even getting into the political weirdness. Due to persistent injury and time constraints, I’ve had to reevaluate what role running plays in my life. At times I’ve had … Continue reading

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When good things happen to good people

We were still caught up in homeschooling when I lost 90 pounds in 2010, and as the weight melted off and our kids began hanging out more, I started running periodically with one of the other moms from “Live and … Continue reading

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Maple bourbon pumpkin walnut pie

This delightful addition to our holiday pie lineup was inspired by the Country Potter, aka John Platt III, the only one of the original historic demonstrators from Fort Wayne’s first Johnny Appleseed Festival in 1975 who still participates. I wrote … Continue reading

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A simple example of how running therapy opens your mind

Saturday morning I was sitting in my little economy car, heater on, trying to maneuver one leg at a time against the dash so I could start stretching without freezing while I waited on my sister for a run. Eyeing … Continue reading

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Holiday eating tips from people who lost weight during Thanksgiving week

Looking for some holiday eating tips for an upcoming newspaper column, I stopped by Debbie Powers’ Weight Watchers class Sunday afternoon – where over half the members managed to register a loss for the week in spite of Thanksgiving. “In … Continue reading

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‘Death cleaning’ turns up lost ‘How Normal People Eat’ interviews

Dostadning is the Swedish term for “death cleaning,” decluttering your stuff as you get older so that you don’t burden your relatives with piles of junk they have no idea what to do with. I hope I’ve got a few … Continue reading

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6 people lost 1,000 pounds – but who will become a Weight Loss Master?

Several years ago I began collecting weight loss stories, hoping to glean additional insights to add to my own diet/fitness toolbox. Not surprisingly, some of the people I interviewed eventually regained the weight they’d lost. In one unfortunate case, the … Continue reading

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The physics of overeating

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an external force. – Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion (as … Continue reading

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