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  • Mid-day snacks

    I respond to lots of requests on what to eat for a portable snack. From my long association with type 2 diabetes, I have a long list of portable snacks I keep on hand. I portion out my hummus and my cheese individually and keep them in the freezer. I...

    Posted on 1/14/2015 by jgnatca | 1 Comment

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  • 2015 Houston Marathon

    I read somewhere last week: “There is no getting lucky in a marathon”. My first reaction to reading this was of course its possible… but really depends on if the race is in an urban or a rural area, how well you applied body glide, and whether or not...

    Posted on 1/22/2015 by gmcjing | 4 Comments

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  • Around the Corner

    One of my favorite beaches for a long walk is popular with other walkers and joggers, children building sandcastles, wetsuit clad surfers, and those brave souls who venture into the cold waves wearing only a swimsuit. Even though it can be a little c...

    Posted on 1/25/2015 by sun_fish | 4 Comments

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  • Sneaky NSVs?

    So, if you're anything like me, you may have had that weird moment of realization, where you know something is different, and it takes you some time to figure out exactly what it is, and then when you finally do figure it out, you aren't sure whether...

    Posted on 1/28/2015 by KnitOrMiss | 6 Comments

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  • It's Just Water

    A few months back I posted a blog called "One Good Day".  Someone had shared with me that often when we are off-track and not doing well, if we can concentrate on having just one good day it often turns things around.  Along the same idea is the fact...

    Posted on 12/15/2016 by SnagTop | 6 Comments

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  • The Throbbing Constant Reminder

    It has been a pretty good couple of weeks since we got back to Arizona.  I'm getting lots of exercise and, at least in the last week or so, have been logging my food and putting my best foot forward.  Even still, my jeans are a bit snug and I'm worki...

    Posted on 1/17/2017 by SnagTop | 8 Comments

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  • Cirque du soleil Toenail painting

    I looked at my toes today in the morning and noticed it was time. I cannot do it; I need help; I need to pay to get my toenails painted.I am too big, my belly is in the way, my arms are not long enough. By now I am used to it. I am not the only woman...

    Posted on 1/17/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 24 Comments

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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 | 11 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 | 9 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 | 7 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 CompressedCarbon | 38 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 CompressedCarbon | 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 | 23 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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  • 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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  • 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 CompressedCarbon | 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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