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  • Confessions Of A Former Bombshell

      I grew up in a small, USA midwest town in a middle class family.  My mom was quasi-famous with her own TV show, and my father was a junior accountant who was mild-mannered by day and demonically abusive by night.  Thus, I grew up with mixed messag...

    Posted on 9/21/2016 by UpcyclerGirl | 19 Comments

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  • When an old timer is the newb

    I have been here a bit. About 5 years to be exact. Not as long as many, but longer than some. I've ragequit, met some friends, ragequit again, went through a divorce, lost 80lbs using IIFYM and lifting, found myself and all that good stuff, and rageq...

    Posted on 8/29/2016 by HereandQueer | 28 Comments

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  • Beating mind games

    I looked at the video twice. Shook my head. Watched it again... Nervously I scanned the gym. "Where am I supposed to do that?" "Who is going to see me?" "What if they laugh" "I hate this workout I hate this workout" ."I am not going to do this"...

    Posted on 9/08/2016 by KaleNBcaonCleanse | 17 Comments

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  • How It Really Is

    I have been writing this blog for a long time - like 5 years or something like that. I have filled the inter-webs with a lot of crap and a few pathetic stories. Possibly I have encouraged one or two folks to eat celery instead of a donut with their m...

    Posted on 8/30/2016 by dsjohndrow | 18 Comments

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  • The good and the bad

    The good and the bad are all jumbled up.  For decades it was varying degrees of bad with only moments of good. And some of those moments were glorious, but they always were dragged back down.  Now the two seem at war. I face things daily that want to...

    Posted on 8/31/2016 by downsizinghoss | 8 Comments

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  • Stop the Food Pushers!

    Don't you just hate it when "no thank you" doesn't work? What do you do if those inconsiderate family members, friends and Type-A soccer moms continue to offer you food, suggest the worst restaurants, drinks and other deadly treats?Well, here is an a...

    Posted on 8/24/2016 by dsjohndrow | 41 Comments

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  • The 5 Stages of Food Grief

    Terminally ill patients often go through fairly predictable stages as they begin to accept their life is coming to an end (hopefully, they have an eternal home). I have watched it happen with both my parents. It's sad, but thank God we get some time ...

    Posted on 9/21/2016 by dsjohndrow | 15 Comments

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  • Famous Quotes

    I read a lot. I have a pretty good education for a guy who smoked enough pot in high school to get all of Chicago high for a day. On the Internet, most people don't want to spend more that a few minutes reading. Did you know 47% of all music videos d...

    Posted on 9/06/2016 by dsjohndrow | 7 Comments

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  • Stuff Weight Losers Do and Say

    No matter what industry, business or hobby you are into, there is always a vernacular that goes with it. For instance, if you work in retail and you have customer with a chip card, you tell them to "put it all the way in." You might hear this in a lo...

    Posted on 9/13/2016 by dsjohndrow | 8 Comments

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  • One Good Day . . .

    As I struggle to get back on track I am so grateful for the friends I have made along my journey. People who understand the struggle and strive to do better with me, people who take the time to encourage and check up on me.  One such person sent me a...

    Posted on 9/08/2016 by SnagTop | 18 Comments

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  • I am Summer

    The old wooden slat rocking chair protests as I settle down into it. It creaks as I lean back to enjoy the surprisingly cool breeze washing over the front porch. Thunder rolls overhead through the thick clouds as the occasional flash bulb of lightnin...

    Posted on 8/18/2016 by downsizinghoss | 13 Comments

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  • Falling in Summer

    Watching the clouds and seeing the approaching stormthe clouds moving closer, I can feel the sky's moodAnd it echoes what I'm feelingPensive, reflective. I shared with you my laughter, my hopes, my thoughts and you held them and told me of some of yo...

    Posted on 9/06/2016 by forrl | 0 Comments

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  • Vacation always brings me home . . .

    My husband and I have been in Pigeon Forge this week.  I love the Smokey Mountains.  Heck . . . I just love MOUNTAINS!  They are so majestic and beautiful, so awe-inspiring.  It seems, however, whenever I vacation it brings me back to my roots:  It r...

    Posted on 9/20/2016 by SnagTop | 5 Comments

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  • Race Report: Emerald City Half Marathon

    Race Report: The weather is warm: Red Flag conditions.  We’ll be starting with the temps in the low-mid 70’s and humidity percentage in the high 90’s (Garmin actually says it was 100%).  The skies are partly cloudy, and the sun rises to reveal a h...

    Posted on 8/28/2016 by bennettinfinity | 11 Comments

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  • Pardon my absence . . .

    Wow!  It has been a while since I last blogged -- July 31st to be exact so almost four weeks (feels like longer).  The reason for that is multi-faceted and of course there is a story . . .August has been a very busy month!  My mother-in-law finally a...

    Posted on 8/25/2016 by SnagTop | 17 Comments

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  • You are never really there

    For about as long as I have been trying to keep in decent shape- I have been dealing off and on with Sciatica. It's a sneaky sleeping giant of a thing for me.It seems that I will get into a sweet groove with the gym and feel wonderful about it. I wil...

    Posted on 8/31/2016 by KaleNBcaonCleanse | 8 Comments

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  • Goals- I have some!

    I have been happily maintaining on a placid sea of mandating for a pretty long time. And as I get started on a new program it occurs to me that I had no goals.  This caused me much frustration because I really had no idea what I was shooting for. Wha...

    Posted on 8/17/2016 by KaleNBcaonCleanse | 7 Comments

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  • Compass

     A while back, I began asking questions musicians have asked:  "Have you come here to play Jesus / To the lepers in your head?",  "Am I  part of the cure, or am I part of the disease?", "Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy?"  I've been th...

    Posted on 8/28/2016 by forrl | 7 Comments

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  • Breaking out of starvation mode

    I was surfing the internet today and ran across this article by Tom Venuto, who has been in the weight loss and fitness industry since 1989.  He's a personal trainer, nutrition consultant, motivation coach, fitness model, health club manager and best...

    Posted on 3/08/2012 by alliover | 3 Comments

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  • One Year Down--Thoughts and Plans

    I tried to write this post more than a week ago and in the time since then I've changed my thoughts somewhat, and so this has gone from a discussion of old and new goals to something much more unfocused.In general, I'm someone who loves anniversaries...

    Posted on 2/16/2015 by lemurcat12 | 3 Comments

    9 votes + -