I just keep on trying

never-quit I am excited.

In less than a week, I’ll be boarding a plane to fly out to Arizona to visit with my daughters. While I’m there, I’ll make an opportunity to take a run over to Las Vegas to visit with Gina’s godmother, who has been a friend for 40 years (wow! @__@) and is one of my favorite people on the planet.

I will also get to meet the significant others of both my daughters. I gather they are both a tiny bit nervous but I know it will be fine. Truth to tell, I’m a tiny bit nervous, too.

It’ll be good.

I’m also excited because I’ll get to register for fall classes a couple of weeks after I get back from Arizona.

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If you look way down in your heart and soul

xmas-weight-gain When we last left our intrepid #fitgirl wannabe, she was celebrating both scalar and non-scalar victories and feeling like a million dollars.

And then … dun, dun, dunnnn … it happened. [screaming sound effect] The year-end holidays arrived.

Yes, it’s all very well for you to make fun, Dawn, but …

I know. And I’m not really making fun. It’s just that I have read so many blog posts lately about how the year-end holidays just destroyed everything we were doing to get fit and take off those extra pounds, that it’s been kind of disconcerting.
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Everybody does all they can do to enhance

balance My daughter Gina, who was trained as a sports medicine professional, has told me on many occasions that the real key to weight loss is not to be found in any gym.

Now, what was that saying? “Eighty percent of weight loss happens in the kitchen.”

After all, it is possible to lose weight without any exercise at all. All you have to do is reduce your calories so that you are taking in fewer calories than you burn on a day to day basis. The sedentary lifestyle is a problem for weight loss because it burns so few calories but it can be done.

Getting into a workout routine does a lot more for you than helping you to lose weight:

  1. If you have any gastrointestinal difficulties at all (constipation, for example), working out will help get rid of it.
  2. I used to get boils fairly regularly but they stopped when I started working out.
  3. Toned muscle looks a lot better than flabby muscle, which you can have even if you are at your target weight of svelteness.
  4. Working out gets you more energy to work with as you go through your day.
  5. Working out gets you those endorphins, which are cheaper than heroin and won’t land you in jail or in the hospital.
  6. Working out is fun (once you have been doing it long enough not to have to worry about form or just being able to execute the moves — it’s important to find a type of working out that you enjoy. Otherwise, you won’t do it).

This is an incomplete list of things I get out of working out and you will note that losing weight is nowhere on the list. So, if we want to talk about losing weight, then let’s talk about food.
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.. And watching what I eat

homemade-bread I’m not really into dieting. As much as I can, I am inclined to keep my carb intake to a minimum because of the diabetes. At the same time, I like to eat clean because I find that the things I make, including the carbs, tend to be a lot more filling, so I eat less of it.

Like bread, for example.

Have you ever taken a look at the list of ingredients on bread? All that stuff they put in it and it is still flimsy stuff. Since I’ve been here in North Carolina, one of the things I have done has been to revive my breadmaking. I make bread two loaves at a time and that much bread lasts me a lot longer than two loaves of store bought bread. That just because it’s so much more filling that the boys don’t wolf it down in a day and a half. And there’s only seven things in it:

milk (2 cups)
butter (2 tablespoons)
sugar (3 tablespoons)
salt (1 tablespoon)
water (1/2 cup)
yeast (1 envelop or 2-1/4 teaspoons)
flour (about 6 cups)

No unpronounceable chemicals or preservatives. Nothing, to riff off Michael Pollan, that my grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
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