Speaking of losing weight…

pea on fork Editor’s Note: On Monday I shared with you the fork in the road of my ongoing health/exercise/weight loss/fitness battles. Sadly, I’m no stranger to fad and starvation diets. But today I’m sharing a great post from Esther Kane on a better path to weight loss. As a social worker, counselor and “ardent anti-dieter” Esther’s take on dealing with unwanted weight gain in our 40s is enlightening, and she offers a softer, gentler way to achieving weight loss.

Balanced Weight Loss by Esther Kane

Normally, I try to avoid talking about weight loss, being an eating disorders therapist- it can be a touchy subject indeed. But lately, I’ve come to realize that there is what I believe to be, a balanced approach to losing a bit of extra weight if you really need to for health reasons. How did I come to this realization, you ask? Personal experience of course!

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On the road again

00387446 After weeks of laying off the knee I injured in the embarrassing incident now known as The Matrix Paper Retrieval Incident (TMPRI), I finally took the old knee for a test drive. It was a short one. A one and a half mile walk, with Kingston along for support. I even prepared for it by getting myself a pair of those butt/calf toning sneakers (not the Reebok version shown in their soft-core porn ad, but a cheaper, less salacious brand), and donning a knee brace. The verdict – the walk was great – until the day after. My knee, sadly, is not back to its pre-Matrix-move state, and my walks, which had gotten up to five times per week, will probably only be two to three times weekly for the next few months. It’s a fork in the road to fitness I hadn’t expected.

It’s ironic that just before the TMPRI, I’d decided that since so much of what happens to us in life seem out of our control – jobs, lay-offs, the economy – we should take ownership of the things we actually can control. Eating and exercising was at the top of my “Things I can control” list. Or so I thought. The next day I broke the record for the most embarrassing knee injury story ever. Coincidence? I’m not sure.

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WAF’s Five for Friday – The “See Jane work, do it herself, buy ecofriendly pink ribbon stuff and more” Edition

deskofthemonthaugust This week’s Five for Friday – a hodgepodge of stuff I like. I think you’ll like them too…

1. See Jane Work – Even if you hate your job, or especially if you do, your office work space should be your own little oasis. See Jane Work offers cute, stylish office supplies that are bound to brighten up even the worst Mondays. They’ve got calendars, desk accessories and even an eco-friendly section. Speaking of Jane…   (Photo: See Jane Work Desk of The Month)

2. Be Jane – A community for all women, beginners to industry professionals, who are interested in doing their own home-improvement stuff. Be Jane focuses on home improvement from a woman’s perspective, showing them the “how-to” that gets the project done and the “how-it-will” enhance your life.

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Kalin’s Chronicles: Eat, pray, love and other spiritual adventures

The Ave Maria Grotto With all the talk (both positive and negative) about the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” I figured I’d share with you a spiritual experience I had years ago. Before I tell you about that, I must say that, as usual, I liked the book better than the movie. It seems that people either love it or hate it – there’s no in between. But when it comes to spirituality, there’s lots of “in between.” There are people who are avid church-goers, there are those who don’t believe in God or a Higher Power, and then there are those in between who don’t participate in organized religion, but are still spiritual beings. That said, I find that just being surrounded by nature can be a very moving and spiritual experience. I can’t begin to tell you how spiritually emotional it was for me to sit at the edge of the Grand Canyon and feel the enormity of a Higher Power. That’s also how I felt when I visited the Ave Maria Grotto at St. Bernard Abbey; near Cullman, Alabama. (Photo: The Ave Maria Grotto Miniatures)

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Not Just About Cancer: A survivor’s story

Editor’s Note: I first posted Laurie’s story last year during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I thought her courageous story was one that should be shared with as many women as possible. I’m re-posting it this year as encouragement for anyone diagnosed with, or being treated for, breast cancer. In her blog, Not Just About Cancer Laurie talks candidly about “what happens when you are 38 years old, write for a living and are diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.”  She wrote this post on August 3, 2007, an hour before she turned forty… Continue reading Not Just About Cancer: A survivor’s story