Archive for August, 2010

walkingwoundedI’m hurt.  Sidelined by sciatic pain that is aggravating (at best) and excruciating (at worst), I’m one of millions of people that have intermittent back pain.  Mostly, it’s fine and I never have to give it a thought.  I’ve strengthened my back over the years and I know that lifting while twisting,  without proper thought, is a big no-no.

This back pain originated when I was 22 with an injury — actually a series of them in the span of a week.  Injury one: walking on an icy sidewalk, arms loaded with files and — boom —  feet in the air, flat of my back, resulting in bruises (to body and pride) and low back pain.  Injury two: icy, snowy boots hit concrete staircase and away I went, except I caught the Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes, in our obsession with journaling every bite that goes in our face and planning meals and scheduling cardio sessions between weight training workouts and generally being focused on our fatty cakes, we lose the big picture.

Tonight, the Perseid Meteor Shower will peak and, for some, it will be a natural light show that lifts the spirits and brings a little bit of gee whiz Read the rest of this entry »

Beans & RiceI was raised by a great Southern cook who never met a carb she didn’t like.  One of the Texas style meals that Mother would prepare for us was red beans and rice.  This Southern staple is elevated to an art form by our neighbors to the east in Louisiana, where bits of andouille sausage and ham hocks make it a real Cajun meal.  Naturally, this comfort food is too carb-y and fatty for a fitness program, so I’ve revamped it and I think you’ll find that it hits the spot when you need a tasty reminder of NOLA. Read the rest of this entry »