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I am 53, healthy, but (or and) deeply interested in the art and science of healthy eating. I'm convinced that getting a fix on diet and nutrition will make me not only a healthier, but also a happier, and life-giving, creative, contributing person. I also am working on making medium distance running a fixture in my life.

I have been following a gluten-free diet since Jan. 1 of 2012. Increasingly my family and I are going in a primal diet direction. I'm trying to fold this into a larger perspective where healthy eating (organic, whole, and if possible locally produced foods) is not only for my personal benefit, but also a small way to help build a better society by supporting health and an ethos of sustainability on a large scale. Over time I've become more aware of and concerned/passionate about the politics of food and nutrition as well.

I truly enjoy running and have done four half-marathons between 9/11/11 (yes, really) and March 2013, as well as a sprinkling of 10ks, 5ks, and an 8-mile trail run. I run in a minimalist fashion and have been influenced by the "Chi running" approach. I hope to continue this for the rest of my life. I do enjoy trail running when I have the chance and have had some beautiful times in the hills of N. Idaho as well as along the bank of the Snake River. Mostly, though, I train on the backroads of wheat country here in E. Washington.

I have been a follower of Jesus since college, way back in the day, and am on an ever-evolving path to understand and practice my faith in real life.

Member Since: 8/17/2011

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My Goals:
I am becoming a relatively proficient medium-distance runner (up to half-marathon) using minimalist running technique and am now exploring trail running. I want to learn more about strength training. Always educating myself more on diet, nutrition, and running. Get into the habit of stopping to center during the day.

My Program:
Mixing running and strength training throughout the week. Always have a nutrition or food culture book to work on. Get enough sleep!

Personal Information:
History teacher in Eastern WA state. Especially likes the history of popular religion, modern war, and collective memory and commemorations.

Homeschooling Dad, house-churching Jesus follower.

Going gluten-free and exploring low-carb and paleo diets.

Trying to become a decent distance runner. Greatly enjoying the increased fitness and vitality.

Next goal is regular meditation.

Other Information:
"On a flat road runs the well-train'd runner,//He is lean and sinewy with muscular legs,//He is thinly clothed, he leans forward as he runs,//With lightly closed fists and arms partially rais'd."
-- Walt Whitman, "The Runner"

"Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In Englands green & pleasant Land."
- From the hymn "Jerusalem" based on a poem by William Blake and the inspiration for the title of the film "Chariots of Fire"

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    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Your comments are very encouraging.
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    3151 days ago
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    Doing well, having some sleep issues but still sticking to the primal diet. Did buy some no flour bread I liked this weekend which should have helped increase my glycogen levels but I still could not sleep. Stayed up 23 hrs. on Saturday and still not getting enough.

    So frustrating but hopefully my body will get back in balance.

    3172 days ago
    The best way I can describe the overcompensation I mentioned is to have you picture two big dogs meeting. One puts his head over the body of the other (dominance), one submits to that or even rolls on its back (submission). Whether true or not, I felt I had to take a submissive role in my relationships with other women in order for them to not feel threatened by me, in order for them to consider me as someone likeable. People, when they got to know me, would often tell me what their first impression of me was and, invariably, it was that I was aloof, haughty, snobbish, etc. when, in actuality, I was so shy that I could barely speak. But I was beautiful so that colored their perception. Looking back I can see that that overcompensation evolved into part of my personality, a part I cherish, the part that is kind and generous and giving. My desire to be liked and accepted created a more likable person, perhaps.
    3195 days ago
    My radio listening is confined, usually, to times when I am driving in my car so I often will miss the introduction to a program. From what I remembered, the one I mentioned featured a woman named Patricia Tigham. I did a search on the CBC.ca/bc site for her name and found the story I remembered hearing on a show called 'The Late Show'. Her story is on the second page. Looking through the contents I realize there are several others I want to listen to as well. I somehow think there was another show that was devoted entirely to acts of grace under fire. This one is more about celebrating the lives of deceased Canadians. http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Radio/More_Shows
    3195 days ago
    Go to bed!!! lol

    I am trying to catch up on my blog reading on this rainy day because I've been working and playing outdoors every day from early morning until I drop around 7 PM. It's spring! It's garden time! I love it!

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    3209 days ago
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