Monthly Archives: January 2011

Earning The Croix De Moonlight C25K

Today was Day #1 of Week #5 of the Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan for me. Or, I should say, tonight was Day #1. Here’s some background on what led into my running session this evening: After another night of bad … Continue reading

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The Two Faces Of Pizza

The other day, I saw the episode of Freaky Eaters where it focused on the young man who ate 469 pizzas a year.  And, it made me think some more about this popular food choice.  Growing up, I often heard … Continue reading

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Running So Strange When My Destination Is Unknown

File this one under: Maybe Dale Bozzio was right. Yesterday, I completed Week #4 of the Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan. I must confess that I’m rather proud to get this done considering all the snow and cold temperatures that we’ve … Continue reading

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The Bad Mood Enema: Wag More, Bark Less, Eat Healthy!

My family and I decided to have lunch at Whole Foods today after we did some shopping there. Heading into the store, I noticed a car with one of those “Wag More, Bark Less” magnets on the back of it. … Continue reading

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No Need To Excuse Yourself After These

The “Burpee” or “Prison Cell Push-Up” is one of my favorite exercises. Tony Horton calls these “Carlito Push-Ups”…I suppose because Al Pacino, in the movie Carlito’s Way, said he did a lot of push-ups. (I’m not totally sure on that … Continue reading

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Spare The Iditarod, Spoil The Runner

Snow be damned, I went running this evening at 5:30 pm. It wasn’t that bad out. Just past the gloaming. The onset of nightfall. The temp was around 35 °F and the roads were slushy but passable. It was very … Continue reading

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It’s Snow Picnic, That’s For Sure

On December 26th, we had a blizzard. Got 20 inches of snow in that one. Since then, we’ve had five more snow storms – including one last night that dumped another 19 inches on us. It’s really not supposed to … Continue reading

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Reasonable Weekly Weight Loss Expectations

True confession: I do watch TV shows like The Biggest Loser and Heavy. Why? I suppose it’s because I like to see people overcome their obesity problem – having fought that fight myself. But, I’ve always been concerned about the … Continue reading

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Working Out The Work-Out Schedule Around Work

File this one under: “Bad News leads to Good News; and, then, Good News leads to Bad News.” Near the start of last November, I found out that my job was going to be eliminated at year-end (2010). That was … Continue reading

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My Weight Watchers Success Story

Many thanks to Danica for now including me among the Success Stories at Friends for Weight Loss.  To see my story, click here. It was very kind of her to ask me to share my tale – and appreciated! I hope … Continue reading

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Sleep Dreams

I’ve read, more than once, about the importance of getting a proper night’s sleep – because it rejuvenates both your body and mind. And, many stress that getting adequate sleep is necessary for healthy functioning. Sadly, I do not sleep … Continue reading

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C25K – Day #1 Of Week #4

I was concerned about this one. Going into it, I thought those shuttles of 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 3 minutes and 5 minutes seemed ambitious – considering my limited “running” accomplishments to date. But, I got it done. Was I … Continue reading

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Jack LaLanne’s Passing

The news this evening via the AP – Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron for decades before exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96. LaLanne died of respiratory … Continue reading

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Gym Etiquette

Personally, when it comes to “Gym Etiquette,” to this day, I’ve never understood how someone could be strong enough to bench press 315 pounds or to leg press over 500 pounds, and, yet, not be strong enough to remove the … Continue reading

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Beating Mr. Freeze On The Run

It was Day #3 of Week #3 of C25K for me today. And, it came with a challenge. What was it? The weather. When I was running, today, it was 18 °F out there with the RealFeel® temp of 8°F. … Continue reading

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World Health Org Goes After Junk Food Ads Aimed At Kids

I saw this good news in the Huffington Post this morning – The U.N. health agency says world leaders will discuss efforts to clamp down on junk food marketing to children when they meet in New York on Sept 19-20. … Continue reading

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Salmon Over Quinoa With Roasted Fennel

For dinner tonight, my wife surprised me with a tasty 6 oz. serving of salmon – poached in the microwave using just a brush of olive oil and a sprinke of thyme and pepper – served over a half-cup of … Continue reading

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Meet The Devil

That’s devil…as in Entenmann’s Marshmallow Iced Devil’s Food Cake. Back when I was fat, and making terrible food choices, this bad boy was the devil for me. Seriously, I would pick one up at the convenience store on the way … Continue reading

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Let Passion Fuel Your Drive For Good Health

At a recent Weight Watchers meeting, there was an 18-year old girl who just reached her “lifetime” status – meaning she hit her goal weight and had maintained it for six weeks. Noting this, she shared that she had lost … Continue reading

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What To Eat Before & After Exercise – And When

When it comes to proper pre- and post-exercise/workout nutrition, I’ve found that food choices and timing are the deal makers/breakers. And, the best way to share the details on this – or, perhaps, it’s better to say the easiest/fastest way … Continue reading

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Possible Food & Nutrition Myths

Joyce Hendley of Eating Well offers her 13 biggest nutrition and food myths that she thinks should be busted. Here they are: 1. “Eggs are bad for your heart.” 2. “High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is worse for you than sugar.” … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

I recently saw this about McDonald’s new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal on CBS/BNET – State officials in Vermont have taken notice that McDonald’s (MCD) is not actually using real maple in its new oatmeal, a violation of state laws designed … Continue reading

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Turning Two To Avoid The Sleet

I was supposed to hit the gym yesterday (biceps and triceps) but couldn’t get there before closing time. So, I went today, before lunch, to make that up. The only issue there is that today (Monday) is a scheduled C25K … Continue reading

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National Weight Control Registry

Today, I submitted my application to become a participant in the National Weight Control Registry. Who are they? Well, Greta Christina recently mentioned them while sharing her weight loss journey. And, it’s a great summary as to what they do … Continue reading

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Beware Breaking Bad Bread

I saw Joy Bauer on the TODAY Show this morning talking about the health benefits of whole grains and how to ensure that you’re eating the bread that’s best for you. In summary, she said to look at the ingredients and … Continue reading

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