Healthy Habit #3: Breakfast is for Champions

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A traditional Nicaraguan breakfast. Trust me…they know what they’re doing.

In case it’s been awhile since you’ve reviewed the data on the importance of breakfast, here are some interesting studies done recently about the meal more Americans skip than any other: Continue reading

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Healthy Habit #2: Nutritional Budgeting

my-fitness-palI resisted nutritional budgeting for years, but now that I’m on board, I’d say it made the biggest difference in my weight management success. Simply put, it takes the guess work out of losing weight. Continue reading

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Healthy Habit #1: Form Good Habits

habits“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

When I was riding the trains in Europe last year I went through a number of audiobooks, one being The Power of Habit, an interesting look at why we do what we do.

I’m not going to give you a book report here, but if you’re interested, you can listen to the author’s 38-minute interview on NPR. Fascinating stuff, and an important touchstone for many of the other tips I’ll share over the next few weeks. Continue reading

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The 8 Best Habits I adopted for Healthy Living

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The big fella on the left is me in 2007 before I finally got my act together. The picture on the right is me today.

Author’s Note: This is the first of a series of stories I want to write about healthy living. It’s a theme that’s especially important to me as I prepare for my first 150-mile fundraising bike ride in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To learn more about the ride or support my fundraising effort with a donation, click here

I seem to have piqued the curiosity of my facebook friends this week when I posted a blurb about my impending drop through the 200-lb. barrier. The fact that I haven’t been at 199 or lower since I was 15 years old prompted a number of my friends to ask me how I’ve done it.  Continue reading

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Finding My Religion

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My namesake from the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

Happy Easter to you, whether it’s a day that has great spiritual meaning in your life or you just enjoy the American festivities of eggs, candy and bunnies. It’s been an interesting month for Christians with the announcement of a new pope, the Supreme Court’s deliberation over gay marriage and to a lesser degree the success of Mark Burnett’s The Bible on The History Channel.

Personally, I consider myself a Christian though I don’t belong to a church. I pray, but not with any regularity or routine. I enjoy discussing religion with people, but in this news-filled month I’ve been discouraged to learn about how many people feel disenfranchised by it. More than disenfranchised…actual disgust and hate.

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Sunday silliness

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

My job now involves a lot of writing so my blog may become a bit more sporadic, but as I wait for my roommate to wake up so we can go grab dinner, thought I’d share this week’s stream of consciousness…. Continue reading

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Lessons from a midlife retirement

My visit to the top of Vulcan Concepcion on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua.

My visit to the top of Vulcan Concepcion on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua.

Tomorrow I begin my second adult life. It’s been 17 months, one week and two days since I  woke up on a Monday morning having a 40-hour work week ahead of me. I need to remember how my alarm clock works, find an ironing board somewhere and try not to get killed during a rush hour I haven’t experienced in a long while.  Continue reading

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