Ideal Protein, Week Three

Ideal Protein, Week Three

It took me four full months of hard work to get below 190 lbs, the last time I battled my middle age proclivity to rotundness.  I ran, walked, did crunches and lifted weights.  I drank lots of water, avoided as much sugar as I could, and carefully watched what I ate.  This morning, I have
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Drunk with Sound…again

Drunk with Sound…again

At some point last fall I had a terrible cold and during a particularly powerful sneeze, the tube that had been planted in my ear in March 2010 went flying out.  Over the next couple of weeks, my middle ear flooded with fluid pushing up against my eardrum rendering it immovable.  As the fluid built
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9/11 Remembered

9/11 Remembered

It was 10 years ago today that the twin towers came tumbling down in lower Manhattan.  Attacked, brutalized, terrified, America and the world was turned upside down by a small band of Al Qaeda terrorists. That morning is still crystal clear in my mind, the refusal to believe what I was being told coming into
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Ideal Protein, Week Two

Ideal Protein, Week Two

When I started the Middle Age Bulge blog in late December of 2009, I concurrently began a self-created program to lose weight.  I had stepped on a scale on Boxing Day and almost lost my mind when I saw 210 lbs on the display.   It took me almost 4-months, based on my notes from
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MacDonald Island expands again

MacDonald Island expands again

“Tim, when will we know when we are finished adding things to the Island?” “When it sinks,” replies Tim. It’s an inside joke within the miTeam (MacDonald Island Team), as maintaining the status quo, or standing still, has no meaning nor value. Chief Operating Officer Tim Reid clearly outlined the possibilities of what lies ahead
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Ideal Protein, Week One

Ideal Protein, Week One

I still shake my head when I think that just a couple of days ago I had never heard of Ideal Protein.  Now it seems that everywhere I turn there is someone with a connection to the program.  Perhaps it is a result of the theory that the energy you give is the energy you
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Fishing with Dierks

Fishing with Dierks

Performing on the Tonight Show (Cassady on bass, Steve on drums) “Dierks wants to go fishing,” they said.  “You’re the first person who came to mind.” It’s good to be known for something.  That request came in the day before yesterday as the Events Wood Buffalo crew were doing last minute advancing for Dierks Bentley
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Battle of the Bulge, Part 2

Battle of the Bulge, Part 2

I had no intention to reignite my battle with my middle age bulge, but the universe had other intentions as I wake up on the first full day of a new attempt to strip off the pounds.  How I got here is a blur, but it started just over a week ago in Saskatchewan. My
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Season of Construction

Season of Construction

I thought the amount of construction in Fort McMurray before we left on our summer holidays was insane.  But since we’ve been back, the volume of activity is perfectly bananas, the progress of physical changes unparalleled in my entire time of living in one of the most dynamic communities in Canada. Yesterday, we had the
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D-Day

D-Day

I always thought that the D in D-Day stood for Deliverance, but I was wrong.  In fact, the D represents Day, or the Day.  Sadly, in the case of Operation Overlord, otherwise known as the Battle of Normandy, the D could also represent death, as there were thousands on both sides of conflagration. I’d been
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