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  • Sugar . . . Crash

    Now that I'm all settled in here at our winter home in Arizona I am truly putting my best foot forward in the realm of weight loss.  We have been here for a week and a half and I am keeping my step count up between 12,000 - 17,000 steps every day and...

    Posted on 1/14/2017 by SnagTop | 5 Comments

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  • Time to Live Life

    Here it is, 2017. Each year I look forward to the new year and usually wish the old one a swift farewell. I divide my life up into compartments and try to see where I can improve – ummm, what will make me happier than I am already. Weight loss, wor...

    Posted on 1/17/2017 by dsjohndrow | 5 Comments

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  • Stuff I said, and stuff I wrote.

    So yeah this is a little self-promotey (is that a word?) but I thought I'd put together a set of links that would allow people to read some of my viewpoints as well as ask any questions. Here's the first podcast I did with Shredded by Science Radi...

    Posted on 1/12/2017 by SideSteel | 5 Comments

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  • I should be crying

    My history says I should be collapsed right now. Weeping in a pile on the floor. I should give up.  My life is on the edge in so many ways I can't even comprehend it at times. I've never been truly on my own. I don't have a back up plan. I don't know...

    Posted on 1/11/2017 by downsizinghoss | 44 Comments

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  • Gymtimidation

    Dear Everyone Who Is Intimidated by Walking Into a Gym, I was once you.  I’m the poster child for “before” photo for gym membership and walking into the gym three years ago may have been the most difficult thing that I’d done to that point in my...

    Posted on 1/10/2017 by forrl | 36 Comments

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  • Out with the Old, but not All of It

      I miss my mom. I miss some of my old friends from here. I miss my little girls who believed in magic. I miss my unbridled optimism that I could be anything. I miss feeling part of something bigger/grander, something substantial.  I am finally begin...

    Posted on 12/30/2016 by forrl | 5 Comments

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  • Today

    Today is a struggle.  Today I struggle.  I struggle with intense feelings of inadequacy, low self worth.  I know I shouldn't let other's actions affect me, but it's difficult to not take years of messaging that I'm not good enough to heart. I know I ...

    Posted on 1/02/2017 by cuteandcurvy1 | 22 Comments

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  • ICU to 26.2

    On April 4, 2011, David lay in the Intensive Care Unit speaking with his cardiologist about the events of the preceding day. "How are you feeling?" Dr. Gange asked. "A little better.  I am hoping for a pair of clean underwear today too," I said. He...

    Posted on 12/30/2016 by dsjohndrow | 20 Comments

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  • 20 Questions to See Where you Stand

    Have you ever wondered what the hell you were thinking when you decided to change your pathetic lifestyle? When I read the message boards and look back over my own journey, I sort of cringe.I settled for less for years. I could have been taking bette...

    Posted on 12/27/2016 by dsjohndrow | 16 Comments

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  • The Cacophony of Silence

    The noise of nothing clashes hard inside my head. Christmas carols collide with chaos. The season of giving and joy meets with loneliness and memories. To say it is bad would be a lie. It is difficult. But it is grand. I have lost most of what I know...

    Posted on 12/21/2016 by downsizinghoss | 17 Comments

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  • What I Don't Want for Christmas!

    I don't know about you, but some of the folks in my life are pretty aware of who I am, and what I like. They know my long time interests include: ice hockey, music, shooting, photography and Christianity. They find it easy to get me something at Guit...

    Posted on 12/20/2016 by dsjohndrow | 10 Comments

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  • How the Hell Would I Know?!

    Why do avocados have large pits? I don't know? Why do drive-up ATMs have Braille? Why do women like to talk about feelings and men like talk about sex? Dunno.The real question is how do we complete this journey?Are we supposed to die fit? If were not...

    Posted on 12/13/2016 by dsjohndrow | 13 Comments

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  • Just PLAY!

    I started taking piano lessons when I was in the 3rd grade and continued until about the time I graduated from high school.  I was blessed with a fabulous teacher (who was a totally gifted musician) for most of those years who had a special interest ...

    Posted on 12/12/2016 by SnagTop | 12 Comments

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  • re-working of an old blog

    testThe news bothers me a lot. It bothers me enough that some nights I lie there awake and just seethe. I originally wrote this blog elsewhere. And the world around me and brave actions of others have made me think that perhaps it’s time to speak. In...

    Posted on 9/14/2016 by Dear_Angela | 6 Comments

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  • PTSD? And me?

    I’ve talked before about what happened 20 years ago. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/Dear_Angela/view/re-working-of-an-old-blog-895189   My parents immediately tried to send me to a counselor. I refused to go. At one point shortly after I was pr...

    Posted on 12/07/2016 by Dear_Angela | 25 Comments

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  • December

     "December,    The diamond-frosted clasp linking twelve jeweled months to yet another year."            ~ Phyllis NicholsonFor a long time, December had become the month to frantically race, trying to be all things to all people, to find, purchase, w...

    Posted on 12/05/2016 by forrl | 7 Comments

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  • Cancer Still Sucks, But Guess What

    Some of you know that I have been around here for a few years. 2005 days to be exact. It's not that important. I stuck with the plan and lost a lot of weight, not to mention I can run a marathon, and fit in some much smaller clothes.I also made some ...

    Posted on 12/06/2016 by dsjohndrow | 25 Comments

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  • Lessons Learned from A Year of Logging

    I logged in for a whole year consecutively last week.  I started just after thanksgiving. Hmmm, I wonder what the impetus was for that?  This past year I have learned so much about myself and nutrition habits and developing a  system that works for m...

    Posted on 12/01/2016 by ryry_ | 28 Comments

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  • Santa Paws (A Holiday Pet-Giving Guide)

     Hi friends! With the gift giving holidays just around the corner, this guinea pig mom and animal lover is just here to remind you that pets are not toys or throwaway gifts. I see a lot of posts about dogs and cats, but not many about pocket pets, in...

    Posted on 11/29/2016 by srslybritt | 3 Comments

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  • The Skinny on Weight Loss Excuses

    It doesn't matter where you go, overweight and obese people have a million excuses for not losing and maintaining their weight. You can call it grasa, fett, gordura or just plain old fat, but it is a health hazard and you know it. I had a heart traum...

    Posted on 11/29/2016 by dsjohndrow | 30 Comments

    117 votes + -