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Busy, busy lady!
Wednesday, October 03, 2012      2 comments

So here is what is up with me. I have been... *Doing Pilates three mornings a week for three weeks *Lifting free weights two or three days a week for a month *Running three or four times a week for three months *Cycling once a week ... Read more
What should health care plans pay for?
Monday, July 23, 2012      1 comments

What should health care plans pay for? There has to be some parity in health care plan expenditures among people who maintain general health and those need medical care. Those of us lucky enough to maintain general health pay more with les... Read more
CALL FOR COMMENTS: Employer-sponsored wellness programs and benefits
Thursday, July 19, 2012      4 comments

What are your favorite employer-sponsored wellness programs and benefits? How do they work? What costs do you pay? How did you learn about them? What benefits are on your wish list? I was selected to participate on the 12-member AlaskaC... Read more
Let's take control of diabetes. Now.
Monday, November 14, 2011      0 comments

Let’s take control of diabetes. Now. November 14 is World Diabetes Day. This date marks the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, a Canadian medical scientist and doctor and Nobel laureate who isolated insulin with Dr. Charles Best. Tod... Read more
It's been a week - with some emotional eating, and some non-eating
Friday, October 21, 2011      0 comments

This week hasn't been easy. My senior cat Bandit was suffering from kidney failure and I had him put down Sunday afternoon. I miss my handsome cat. Many of us have lost loved pets and humans, and can relate to those feelings of grief. We all... Read more
Having fun!
Monday, September 19, 2011      4 comments

Hi all! I haven't posted a blog in a long, long time. I'm just checking in with a little bit of a longer status update. February - I bought snowshoes and had a blast. March - I went snowshoeing in Denali National Park. I was in ... Read more
A Few Ghosts in My Machine
Tuesday, January 25, 2011      1 comments

I don’t deserve too many wishes for better health. I need wishes for better moderation. I was playing too hard. I felt the crash coming and didn’t change direction early enough. I had a day of rest before I left for Fairbanks, I needed four ... Read more
Act III is Maintenance Mode
Friday, January 07, 2011      3 comments

Today I hit a wall in terms of motivation to burn more calories than I consume. I am switching to maintenance mode. I am going to hang out between 170 and 175 pounds for approximately six months while I increase my running endurance and sp... Read more
2011 To-Do
Monday, January 03, 2011      5 comments

This year isn't about burning off pounds. This year is about living outside of my head. My resolutions fall into a to-do list: Ride Rollie Awesome on the ice roads on Big Lake Learn how to ride Felt Awesome with clip-in pedals Run... Read more
I burned off 60 pounds in 2010
Friday, December 31, 2010      10 comments

I started 2010 at 234 pounds. Today I am at 174 pounds. I've been consistent with good diet and moderate-to-high-intensity exercise. To recap: My home elliptical trainer broke in January and I started going to Planet Fitness regu... Read more
I’ve got SAD – but it isn’t what you think!
Friday, December 10, 2010      6 comments

I posted an image of myself in the Matanuska Valley Moose Range where my family goes every year to harvest a white spruce for the household Christmas tree. I had to color-correct the picture. The snow looked blue in the original image. This w... Read more
If a picture is worth 1K words, a graph is worth 100K!
Monday, December 06, 2010      2 comments

I like graphs. I particularly like time series and the graph generated with SparkPeople's "Calorie Differential Over Time" report. Here's mine for the time period between 12/1/2009 and 11/30/2010. ... Read more
There ain’t no rest for the wicked in the 70 pounds-down-crowd.
Friday, December 03, 2010      2 comments

There shouldn’t be 70 pounds down for the wicked, but there it is! I’ve been busy, too busy to post to my SparkPeople blog for well over a month. What have I been up to? I learned how to put my head in the water and blow bubbles. “Aw, cu... Read more
Warm Blooded, and Not a Marine Mammal
Friday, October 08, 2010      7 comments

I started swimming lessons at Alaska Pacific University on September 28. I am not immediately getting the hang of swimming. First, I am having difficulty breathing properly. I don't breathe through my mouth and the sideways, gasping breat... Read more
Felt Awesome
Saturday, September 25, 2010      4 comments

I bought a new all-carbon road bike Tuesday evening. The new ride is a 2011 Felt ZW5. When I ride it feels like I am floating. I'm having Chain Reaction Cycles replace the Shimano 105 levers with R700s so I have a shorter reach from the hoods... Read more

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