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  • The Chipmunk in my Office!

    Not by choice I work from home again, just like last year, when my husband recovered first from shoulder surgery and then from open-heart surgery. By now I am used to it, but this time all is different.I have to share my office with the love of my li...

    Posted on 3/25/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 6 Comments

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  • Be careful what you wish for!

    Just a couple of weeks ago I felt overwhelmed by work and life in general. I wished for a few days off, dreamed of doing absolutely nothing. I hoped for a break and joked I would once again appreciate a loan from my imaginary time-bank.Now, just a co...

    Posted on 4/03/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 14 Comments

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  • Dear Neighbor!

    Yesterday you filled your shopping carts to the rim. You went overboard, paniced a bit and now you are sitting at home, your pantry is overflowing with foods you bought for you and your family. The freezer is filled up to the rim, and the refrigerato...

    Posted on 3/14/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 12 Comments

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  • The Fat Lady running?

    My husband just had another follow up with the cardiologist and we have broken all the records. He called him a "Rock star," and I couldn't agree with him more. We have been working hard, had been walking a lot during his recovery. We have met new ne...

    Posted on 3/12/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 9 Comments

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  • Self Talk

    Do you remember when you used to have to ask a parent or teacher (or the prison guard) for permission to do something? We asked hoping that our request would be granted. Then when we were responsible adults, we pretty much only had to ask ourselves p...

    Posted on 1/07/2020 by dsjohndrow | 61 Comments

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  • You Can!

    Today marks a year since I finished the World Major Marathons. It was my way of flipping off cancer. You know, you can't take my life, cancer!Fighting back is a healthy outlet.That last marathon I was so incredibly miserable. My head was pounding, my...

    Posted on 3/03/2020 by dsjohndrow | 21 Comments

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  • Dear Under Armour!

    Almost every night I go online and I log into MyFitnessPal. It's a routine that belongs to my life, like brushing my teeth. It is a necessity I don't even question anymore. I have tried to get around logging, have tried to master the art of eyeballin...

    Posted on 2/29/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 19 Comments

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  • WTF Ever

    Today I was up at 4:00 am with a scorching headache. I am waiting to call the doctor to see what my options are. I am not scheduled to see the neurologist for 2 more weeks.In my pain fog, I realized it is World Cancer Day.If I were to make a list of ...

    Posted on 2/04/2020 by dsjohndrow | 24 Comments

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  • It has been my Privilege!

    While I live with the illusion to know him very well, he will never know me -or others like me. Yet, he comes by from time to time, most in the form of articles, and sometimes I even take the time and watch him -and others like him- for an hour or tw...

    Posted on 2/24/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 6 Comments

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  • Why Is Enough Food Not Enough Food?

    I denied that I was an emotional eater. I remember one day there was the 6-pack of mini-cupcakes sitting on the kitchen table. The good news is that my daughter ate 4 of them. It wasn't a really big calorie hit. What bothered me is that I know I woul...

    Posted on 2/11/2020 by dsjohndrow | 9 Comments

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  • Til Death will Take the Scale away!

    "Hold the weight for five years," my MFP friend wrote, and once again I came close to unfriend him. What was he thinking? He is lucky I like him!Holding my new weight for five years. Good grief! So far I have gone from one extreme to the next. I gain...

    Posted on 2/12/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 11 Comments

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  • Hey Darling, let me tell you!

    "She is a big girl, I mean huge," I heard my husband say, and I saw something like disapproval in his eyes when he talked about the new engineer his company had hired at the beginning of the year. Ouch! Somehow it stung. He had just met the lady and ...

    Posted on 2/06/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 20 Comments

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  • Today I am

    In "New Amsterdam" a rather new TV series meant to show us how health care could work, the character Max, the medical director of the hospital, sits in the waiting room of the pediatric department, waiting to have his six months old daughter looked a...

    Posted on 1/30/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 23 Comments

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  • I am glad I am not a Chicken!

    Many years back -not sure how many and I don't want to think about it right now because it makes me feel old(er)- I attended a weekend seminar. I had been saving my money and time for this adventure, and I wasn't the only one. Everybody seemed excite...

    Posted on 1/21/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 15 Comments

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  • How Does is Feel?

    I wasn't sure what to expect, but I wanted to go on this trip and so I did. All bundled up, heavy coat, warm mittens, scarf, winter boots, and soon I was on my way.And so it began. I closed the door behind me, held my head up high and took one step a...

    Posted on 1/08/2020 by The_Movie_Chair | 26 Comments

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  • Life is not a Dress Rehearsal

    The old year will soon say Good-bye and a new year will begin. Resolutions will be made and many people will restart here at MFP, accompanied by new members, who just found this Magical Fitness Place, how I like to call it.Some will find me and my li...

    Posted on 12/31/2019 by The_Movie_Chair | 15 Comments

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  • The Smiley-Diet!

    This time it was different. I was more alert and more observant. I took in my surroundings and was willing to enjoy everything to the fullest -even though I knew it wouldn't fill me up. I have developed an appetite that doesn't have to be satisfied w...

    Posted on 12/24/2019 by The_Movie_Chair | 10 Comments

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  • Christmas Cheer

    Sunday I ran 5 miles with my wife. It was her first time running that far without walking. I mean, she has a good coach! :) It was a joy to see her succeed. I love when others succeed. It is the same with all of you.If you are from the south like I a...

    Posted on 12/10/2019 by dsjohndrow | 15 Comments

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  • Weigh-in 156 lbs - 156 lbs lost - GOAL !!!

    If you go to the beach, lay down beside the biggest person you can find, it will make you look small. For a long time, I was the biggest person and I did a good job making others around me look good.Looking good, what does that even mean? According t...

    Posted on 12/12/2019 by The_Movie_Chair | 36 Comments

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  • Now I know!

    Nurses, just like firemen and similar professions, are underpaid if you ask me. Caring for us when we are in need, risking their lives to save ours. It's so much more than just a job, it's a calling, a calling I do not have received.An in-house nurse...

    Posted on 12/04/2019 by The_Movie_Chair | 17 Comments

    76 votes + -

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