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Posts from the “Weight Loss” Category

Running With the Devil

Posted on July 30, 2014

Two years ago, I was in a dismal state. Somehow, I’d come in contact with poison ivy or something that caused an extensive rash all over my body. My doctor suggested steroids to help combat the itchiness, but I hated the way I felt on them and resisted using them until I couldn’t take it any longer. Add to that several pounds that shouldn’t have been there, and there you go: a recipe for a vicious cycle of gloom, doom, and feeling pretty damn miserable about yourself. After seeing a few photos that my sister had taken when we were all together in Ohio, I realized that things had gotten out of control and knew I needed to do something for myself. When we…

Chasing Shadows

Posted on July 9, 2014

I used to be a very monogamous knitter. Key phrase there is used to be. When you first start to knit, it’s a labor of love. You drop stitches. You revel in the grotesque thing appearing on your needles because, well, you’re making it. My first few projects were beyond hideous, but they were mine. And since as a new knitter you concentrate on making one simple movement after another, you don’t have time to get distracted by multiple projects. Knit, purl, knit, purl, repeat. But after a while, it tends to get boring because after you’ve mastered the knit and purl stitches, you start realizing that there is a world of new skills to be learned. So your eye starts to wander a bit. Ooooh, look…

One, Two Step

Posted on July 25, 2012

At some point in my life, about 11 years ago, I reached a point with my weight where I wasn’t happy. It came about during a conversation with a colleague when he stated what he weighed, and it was drastically less than I did. And he was about eight inches taller than me. Plus fifteen years older (give or take). Quite a blow to your ego when you realize that you are in such shitty shape, and you’re first thought is, “Did XYZ leave more than three Oreos in the pack after our lunch yesterday?” But that was a tipping point for me. I joined Weight Watchers and was incredibly committed to it, going so far as to lose about 65 pounds and telling…