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Got to get out ... [I'm going nuts in here]
Wednesday, November 20, 2019      1 comments

Not that I'm not out. Yesterday I spent 6 hours (including travel time) volunteering for the local VA hospital. Today I'll be out shopping for some stuff needed for projects around the house. And the weather is reasonable - temps in the 40's, ma... Read more
Goal Setting
Wednesday, August 07, 2019      7 comments

I read again and again that I need goals. Some advocate measurable goals, things that can be done, and can be measured, and you can chart progress toward, or, at least, attainment of such goals. Others advocate finding a goal you are passionate ... Read more
There is so much to do
Friday, August 02, 2019      1 comments

I feel like, compared to forty years ago, that I have more stuff to manage, now that I'm retired, not less. And, because I travel between the East and West Coasts a couple times a year, those things seem frequently to happen at the place where I... Read more
Still Maintaining
Sunday, July 21, 2019      3 comments

This maintaining is new to me. Except that if I let my weight move to 160-165 I seem to maintain pretty much automatically. But my desire is to weight under 160, and maybe even get to my high school weight (first driver's license) of 155. Even a... Read more
Volunteer landmark - weight maintenance at a conferenc
Saturday, July 20, 2019      2 comments

I teach the AARP Safe Driver course in San Francisco. I do four classes a year at a particular Senior Center and very much enjoy meeting folks and talking with them about how to feel safer and more confident behind the wheel. Another instructor ... Read more
On the plate - an elephant
Wednesday, July 17, 2019      1 comments

When I think at all about what I've got ahead of me, I'm awed by the number of important things. For example, we'll be leaving this home in a couple of months and, before we go, we've got a decorative garden to plan and install. Most of the inte... Read more
So That's What It's Like...
Tuesday, July 16, 2019      1 comments

A few days ago I was nearby when a tire on a hand truck exploded - loudly. Now I understand what it's like to hear poorly, particularly on one side. The ringing in my ears is getting less intense, and my hearing is returning, slowly. Dr's visit ... Read more
Maintenance takes an edge
Monday, July 15, 2019      1 comments

A couple days ago I was pleased to find myself below 160#. Marginally below. But below. Fine.Then, my weekly weigh-in is Sunday morning, and I was still below 160#. That's good, and I intend to still be below 160 next Sunday. Sundays are m... Read more
Flea Market Splurge
Sunday, July 14, 2019      3 comments

Walking home from church, a splurge indeed,. Not so much in dollars - but in potential calories. I've seen a few recipes for ice cream or gelato, but they required one of those small freezer-based ice cream machines. Which I no longer have, havi... Read more
Volunteer Instructor
Sunday, July 14, 2019      3 comments

I do volunteer work as an instructor for the AARP safe driving program. This course does not involve driving time on the road, but does give participants a greater feeling of confidence driving. I enjoy doing these courses and just finished teac... Read more
The Bigger World
Thursday, July 11, 2019      4 comments

Periodically I realize that I am home too much, in the house too much, not getting out enough.My views, even my attitudes, become limited to what's immediately around me. Today was not one of those days. I spent the morning teaching a... Read more
Sleeping poorly - pointless worrying
Thursday, July 11, 2019      3 comments

Today I was scheduled to teach a class. Volunteer teaching. Stuff I've done before. Yet I was worried that I had not prepared well, that things would go poorly. Woke up a few times during the night, then back to sleep, but arose early, reviewed ... Read more
Being Breakable
Tuesday, July 09, 2019      0 comments

It's peculiar, but I've become aware, not of inevitable mortality, something I still generally regard as far off in the indefinite future. Instead I'm becoming aware that the life I enjoy could crumble, suddenly, tomorrow. Or later this afternoo... Read more
Am I at Maintenance
Monday, July 08, 2019      6 comments

Today my weight is 160.2 (just a bit down from yesterday, and maybe a couple pounds down for the week). I'd like to be at 155, or even lower. With weight this close to the goal, I think I'm behaving like maintenance - simply good food choices an... Read more
Volunteering - inertia
Saturday, July 06, 2019      2 comments

I do volunteer work for the AARP (teach in the Safe Driving Program) and with my church (Food Bank and Affordable Housing assistance), as well as my local VA hospital. But I move coast to coast twice a year, taking some advantage of weather bein... Read more

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