Dietary Update

October 4, I stepped on the scale and knew that I needed to take action to deal with my weight, which had been going up and was now higher than it had been in more than a decade. In fact, I don’t have records that go back far enough with a higher weight than my…

Tea, Art, and Writing

A quick update on what is going on in my life and what I’m drinking. Lately I’ve discovered August Uncommon Teas and they are quite good. My current favorite is Passage, which combines black tea, hazelnut and chocolate. Its overpowering flavor is chocolate. The hazelnut adds a creamy richness to the tea that is very…

Update Into the Pause

It feels like it has been forever since I last posted, but when I look it has been less than a week: a very packed week. As the whole world seems to hold its breath waiting on the results of the US election, I may as well step into the intake of breath and give…

Self-Acceptance

It’s been a longer delay than I intended, but a very good period for me. I’ve dropped weight and lowered my blood pressure in the two weeks since I’ve been working on this. Plus I have a lot more energy. I still have another five days before I’m no longer in classes every day. But…

Just Show Up

The dietary program has been intense, taking up about 12-14 hours a day, but I’ve still found time to write. Yesterday I wrote another chapter in the Chef Station Murder, which I’m quite pleased with. This brought a realization this morning. In the past, if I were pleased with something i’d written, I worried that…

Health Update

It’s been a few days since I’ve written anything and this is largely due to experiencing overwhelming fatigue. Since being so sick in February/March there have been times when I’m too fatigued to stay vertical and couldn’t think well enough to write. Fortunately the severe fatigue is rare and I’m lucky that I can afford…

Set Up For Health

I am in the pre-program start up phase of the dietary program I’m in. It includes bloodwork, preparing the kitchen, and other prep work. I received my lab tests this morning. Each year I fear that this will be the year they find diabetes or pre-diabetes. Each year when the bloodwork comes back with my…

The Un-Bacchanal

Today begins my journey to better health. I go for my blood tests this afternoon. On Friday morning I have my first meeting with the doctor who will guide me on this journey. Then October 16, I start twelve days of intensive learning and meetings with doctors via Telehealth, daily check-ins, and the beginning of…

Leveling Up

I checked in with my scale this morning to learn that 7 months of self-isolation have helped my weight balloon to its highest score in years. Since this is not a form of leveling up I want, I’m going to have to take some action to bring the weight down. In this part of my…

Garmin Data Hack

Big wet kisses to the sweaty runners in my life. You amaze me with your diligence in running in this summer’s heat. Same to the walkers, yogis, cyclists, and all others working up a sweat and tracking it on your watch. I know that Garmin is under attack and we all fervently hope that they…