Monthly Archives: September 2008

Just 4 Today?

Just today, I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds. And I’ll weigh myself and use Nutribase and the tools of The Hacker’s Diet to help me reach (and keep) my goals.


And Just 4 Today, I’ll drink my fiber twice, drink 2 liters of water , walk 5 miles (3 miles yesterday), NOT eat between meals & NOT take seconds.!!Walking — that’s the plan!

Meanwhile?

What are you going to do today?

Tools of the trade

I didn’t sleep well last night. Maybe it was the nightmares about collapsing banks.  Or (more likely) it was the fact that I only walked a little over 2 miles yesterday. Here’s the thing:  The rules I’ve set for myself aren’t arbitrary ideas grabbed from the headlines.  Each one is on the list because they have an overwhelmingly positive impact on my life.

My tools are Walking & Fiber & Water & NOT eating between meals & NOT taking seconds.  And I weigh myself everyday and log what I eat & walk & weigh.

What are your tools?  And …. What are you going to do today?

Begin the Beguine

I’ve been noticing how often I walk into the kitchen and open the refrigerator. Like once an hour. (shaking my head) I’ve been home since the first of July, so that’s a lot of time looking in the fridge. Too much — and it probably explains a lot about my inflatable body.

There are a lot of elements involved in achieving successful weight loss. Of course, the traditional (and still true) “eat fewer calories than you burn” & “exercise, exercise, exercise” are at the top of the list. But, motivation is wound around each of those elements. And getting started trumps them all.

To get started, I used to immerse myself in a stack of diet books – especially the first couple of chapters – building enthusiasm by reading the inspirational messages. And that (if you’re feeling discouraged and helpless) is a useful thing to do. Continue reading »

Waiting for tomorrow: Counting down the pounds to Election Day

It’s amazing how fast time flies when I’m waiting for tomorrow. For weeks now, I’ve thought: OK: Tomorrow, I’m going to start my health care blogging again. And I will get back in shape. (snort) I don’t know if anyone else has noticed it or not but, it hasn’t happened.

If I don’t do something now — the whole election could be over and I’d have precious little to show for it. But, if I snap into focus? I could lose 15 pounds by election day. And considering how easy it would be to gain 15 pounds by then if I don’t? The incentive is overwhelming.

I have found that making a quick plan each morning keeps the day in focus. Without a plan my days drift by in a pleasant haze. (trembling a little) Can I stick to it this time? Maybe Just Today?


Just 4 Today, I’ll drink my fiber supplement twice, drink 2 liters of water , walk 2 miles, NOT eat between meals & NOT take seconds.

Meanwhile?

What are you going to do today?

In The Dust of The World Trade Center

We can’t help remembering:

On September 9, 2001 I made reservations for an October trip to New York City. If I’d waited a couple of days I would have undoubtedly cancelled my trip. As it was my stepson and I spent the first 2 weeks of October 2001 in NYC.

While my other visits sort of blend together my memories of that visit stand alone. For one thing cars and other vehicles didn’t casually honk. When people saw me taking pictures, they talked to me. Asked me where I was from, “Did the rest of the country care.” And often (as when we took the Staten Island Ferry) cried with us as many of us saw the city’s new skyline for the first time: Continue reading »