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Strength from the morning

“Take the breath of the new dawn and make it part of you. It will give you strength.” That’s a quote from the Hopi. I always fill better—stronger—after my early morning walk—especially in the summer when the morning air is still fresh and cool—and I know the heavy heat will blanket the air later in […]

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Fire for the mind

I miss Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but her wisdom continues to inspire me. (And, my friend Susie recently gave me an RBG mask. It has a lace “collar” across the top!) Here’s another RBG quote I found recently. “A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for […]

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Keep walking!

I’ve been traveling a bunch—which has interfered with my daily walks. But, I’m walking again—every morning. I recently read an article about Kenneth Cooper, age 87, the Father of Aerobics, in The Dallas Morning News. “You don’t stop exercising when you get old,” Cooper says. “You get old when you stop exercising.” –Joy

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How to succeed in dieting

Researchers at the National Weight Control Registry conclude that “it’s unlikely that the people they study are somehow genetically endowed or blessed with a personality that makes weight loss easy for them.” The registry includes 10,000 people who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year. What’s fascinating […]

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A diet that works for some people

Rena Wing, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, has run the National Weight Control Registry for 23 years. The registry includes more than 10,000 people from across the country. All of them have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained that weight loss for at least a year. What’s interesting is […]

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It’s biology, not willpower

More than 70 percent of American adults are overweight. That’s 155 million Americans. And, about 40 percent of them are clinically obese. Worldwide, 2.2 billion people are overweight. Depressing? Yes, but studies by Kevin Hall, a scientist at the National Institute of Health, and other researchers are showing that it is “biology, not simply a […]

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Keep walking!

Gaynelle, my friend and neighbor, her dog, Cara, my dog, Ginger, and I have been walking two miles every morning for more than a year now. We talk and walk, and it’s a fun way to start the day. This morning we congratulated ourselves. According to an article in the January 10, 2017, issue of […]

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Carbohydrates, proteins and calories?

I’m now counting calories, grams of carbohydrates and grams of protein. Yikes! Because I keep falling into the pre-diabetic category, I have been trying to reduce the number of carbohydrates I eat. And, during my last visit to my dietician, she suggested that I need to eat more protein—75 grams a day, in fact, and […]

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One hour a day?

How much exercise do you need? Sports medicine researchers have some answers. If you sit four hours a day, you need to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you work at your desk eight hours a day, you should get one hour of exercise a day. Those suggestions come from Ulf […]

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The second spring

Now, when I take an early morning walk with my neighbor Gaynelle and our two dogs, the air is crisper, cooler, perfect for walking. By the time we return, the sun is up and it’s warm, but not hot. It’s autumn again, and the leaves are starting to turn. It’s an amazing time of the […]

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