No Strings Attached

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left. AUTHOR UNKNOWN I absolutely love that quote. If I had to live by it—on the other hand—I’d be in big trouble. Ha! A part of me is joking, laughing at my own […]

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Recalibrating

Would you believe that tomorrow marks the beginning of WEEK TWELVE of my New Lifestyle, New Me project? Wow! It feels as though I’ve lost part of my life somehow—like my wall calendar has this huge red “X” scratched across the month of April or something. And half of May too! Not to worry. As […]

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Our Beautiful Mind

It’s been a long time since I shared an update on my New Lifestyle, New Me project. I’ve been quiet about my progress. Why? Well… let’s just say that I’m beginning to understand why Adam and Eve hid from God after they tasted the forbidden fruit. They failed to stick to the plan. They broke […]

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Where am I going?

Is anyone else asking this question lately? The featured image here is pretty significant, as it struck me in several ways. First, I took the photograph several years ago and—until yesterday—never even knew that the Santa Monica Pier is literally the end of the famous (or maybe not so famous) Route 66. The historic route […]

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Buckle Up!

Pier Ride

This image depicts a good chunk of my life: One Wild Ride. Full of ups and downs, spins and twists, hairpin turns— and (far too many) “hold onto your hat!” moments. Of course, the ride in the photograph is actually pretty tame—hence the bold colors and wild effects that I’ve added. I thought it was […]

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A Good Harvest

Strawberries

Today was a beautiful day. It felt like summer this morning so I took my walk early. I wanted my energy level to be high. Exercise seems to be the “in” thing right now because there were people everywhere. Walking, jogging, cycling… I was constantly zigzagging across streets, making sure to stay 6 feet away. […]

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Dieter’s Journal #2

Beach Walkers

Dear Diary, I was going to write about my New Lifestyle, New Me project, but I think the Quarantine is taking the lead. I was convinced that it wasn’t affecting me, but now I’m starting to think I’ve been in denial. I took my walk just before the sun went down, because I wanted to […]

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Who’s Got my Pickle?

Bird with Pickle

I thought I’d wrap up the night with another Food Fun Fact. One thing I’ve noticed about “healthy” food is that… sometimes… it’s just plain awful. It tastes so BLAND. Would you like some seasoning with your cardboard? Every time I go out for groceries it feels like I’m on a scavenger hunt. Of course, […]

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A Dieter’s Journal

typewriter

Dear Diary, It’s the 6th of April, the month that I vowed NOT to step on the scale. Why is it so damn hard? When I brought up eternity the other day, there was another definition that I skipped right over and it’s pretty applicable right now: a long period of time that seems endless. […]

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Fit Fun Facts

It’s Official. I’m obsessed with my New Lifestyle, New Me project. I’ve been taking walks every single day now and I’ve had no problem hitting my mark of 6,500 steps per day. In spite of the fact that it’s a little eerie out there (due to the lack of traffic and the masked men on […]

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Thoughts, Thoughts . . .

And more thoughts! This morning I woke up tired of thinking. That doesn’t happen very often. In the short time I’ve been awake, I felt droopy, slightly discouraged, and have been questioning some of my own ideas. And then I stumbled on this image and thought that maybe I just need to change the way […]

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When Life . . .

Gives you Lemons. Life has definitely thrown a curve ball. A part of me wonders if it’s the perfect opportunity to postpone my New Lifestyle, New Me adventure, but the other part of me—the pushy and persistent side—will just not let that happen. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this crazy, twisted, and often […]

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In its Infancy

Plum Blossom

Stars and blossoming fruit trees: Utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity. —Simone Weil What a beautiful quote. I thought it paired well with the plum tree blossoms. I saw them all over our baby tree this afternoon, when the sun was shining bright, and I just knew that I had […]

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The Skinny on the Mini

It’s time for another Food Fun Fact! First of all, I am no nutritionist. I say this because 1) there really ARE experts in the field who can tell you what foods are good for you, and what foods you should avoid, and 2) everybody has an opinion. Part of my lifestyle change involves investigative […]

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Land of Make Believe

I wanted to stay up and do something before bed. I am NOT adjusting to the time change at all, and I am not a fan of staring at the ceiling until God knows what time. So, I thought I’d try something more constructive. Earlier this evening I had dinner with a couple of friends. […]

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Step, Step…

Step to my Lou Today is the first day of my week two addition: The 10,000 Steps a Day Challenge. Maybe it’s just that I’m an optimist, but after receiving my step tracker I can see how this device will become a motivational tool for me. It’s like a little cheerleader, clinging to my body, […]

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Phase II

Week one has come to an end and I’m happy to report that I’m down 4 pounds. What’s even better? It’s the beginning of week TWO! Now it’s time to shake things up. I’ve been reading the book I mentioned before, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, and it has inspired […]

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