How Harry Potter Helped Me Lose Weight

Oh sure, go ahead and laugh. But while you're laughing, please note that in the middle picture below, the one where I'm dressed for a midnight screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," I'm wearing Slytherin colors. So you might want to reconsider that whole mocking me thing....more
 @FatCat When the relationship comparison came to me I knew it was the perfect way to really ... more

How Harry Potter Helped Me Lose Weight

Oh sure, go ahead and laugh. But while you're laughing, please note that in the middle picture below, the one where I'm dressed for a midnight screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," I'm wearing Slytherin colors. So you might want to reconsider that whole mocking me thing....more
 @Lori Randall Stradtman Thank you! more

the weighting game: almost halfway to goal

Them: So do you have an end goal in mind?Me: I'd like to lose another 70 lbs.Them: Another 70 lbs?Me: Uh, yeah?Last week I had this conversation twice....more
@victorias_view I do smile while running! That's the weirdest thing about it :) more

Susan G. Komen Releases Statement, Changes Criteria For Grants To Fight Breast Cancer

Just after 10am ET this morning, the Susan G. Komen For The Cure released an announcement changing their funding criteria for grants to fight breast cancer. The announcement came after strong response by women online and off, for and against the news that Susan G. Komen was ending funding to Planned Parenthood. BlogHer has reached out to the Komen foundation for an interview, and understands that their offices have been flooded with calls for comment. We will keep reaching out to Susan G. ...more
At 18, I sent Planned Parenthood a donation. I wish I had made it an annual thing, as it makes ... more

Where Ron Paul Makes Me Question My Political Affiliation

Don't worry: I haven't gone rogue and turned Republican. I mean, I haven't gone crazy. But I was listening to NPR this morning and they were talking about how when Ron Paul attended his post-primary-party last night, he walked on stage with the Imperial March from Star Wars playing. You know. The Darth Vader one. Dun dun dun dundundun dundundun... Now, look. I don't care who you are or what your party affiliation is. That is fucking awesome. And for about a split second it made Ron Paul seem almost cool. ...more
@KarenLynnn I might not agree with him, but I definitely support his right to be pro-life. ... more

Where Ron Paul Makes Me Question My Political Affiliation

Don't worry: I haven't gone rogue and turned Republican. I mean, I haven't gone crazy. But I was listening to NPR this morning and they were talking about how when Ron Paul attended his post-primary-party last night, he walked on stage with the Imperial March from Star Wars playing. You know. The Darth Vader one. Dun dun dun dundundun dundundun... Now, look. I don't care who you are or what your party affiliation is. That is fucking awesome. And for about a split second it made Ron Paul seem almost cool. ...more
I might not agree with him, but I definitely support his right to be pro-life. That's a personal ... more

Are Georgia's Shocking Anti-Obesity Ads Going to Work?

Georgia is trying to address the childhood obesity epidemic plaguing the state with an ad campaign that features obese children and lines such as, "Obesity takes the fun out of being a kid," "It's hard to be a little girl when you're not" and "Big bones didn't make me this way, big meals did." These billboards and television spots, created as part of Strong4Life, an awareness initiative by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, have generated a great deal of controversy. Will they work? ...more
The focus on the childhood obesity epidemic should be on health and fitness, not what the number ... more

Know Your Employer: HIPAA in Case of Emergencies

A word of caution: call your insurance company and employer's Human Resources department as well as that of your spouse and see what is required for you to access each other's information in the event they are incapacitated or there is a health care emergency. ...more
It's actually HIPAA :) more

Ten To Dos in January 2012

It's a new year and it's time to get serious about my monthly to do lists. I've let them slide for far too long. So here we go... 1) Fix my blog template. 2) Organize the stockpile room. 3) Finish cleaning up the folders on my desk top. 4) Transfer old files to the external drive. 5) Finish cleaning up the iPad and iPhone. 6) Call my father, darn it. 7) Figure out what to get Michelle for her birthday. 8) Straighten up the bookshelves.

On Stephen King

My goal most of last year was to read a writing craft book, and Stephen King's On Writing came up time and time again. I had never read anything by King, but figured an author who had written over 50 books and sold millions must have something important to say. Because I’m easily terrified, King's books were never at the top of my to be read list. He is now, for many reasons. ...more
"On Writing" is one of my favorite books and Stephen King has always been one of my favorite ... more