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Hedonism through Abstinence?

My decision to give up drinking had a strange point of origin. I finally committed to the decision after reading an article on the subject by Roger Ebert, but I first started thinking about it after an embarrassing episode on Facebook. Someone I know had posted a link to a video of a large-breasted woman […]

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New Tagline

When I first started my blog, the tagline was “Writer, Editor, Publishing Consultant”. It was a reflection of the things I do professionally, in approximately the order I wanted to prioritize them. Over the years, my actual duties for Gumboot Books and Live Your Dream Workshops meant writing was, in fact, a far distant third […]

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Low Carb Final Check-In

Well, the two-week trial is over and I lost a total of 2 kilograms (about 4.5 pounds). The crazy hunger-pangs haven’t been bothering me since about day eight. I’m hoping that means my body is adapting to use stored fat as energy instead of just soaking up the easy calories I was consuming. Several people have […]

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Low Carb Day Ten

Things are still going well with the new diet. I’ve dropped just over two kilograms so far and my energy level is great. I don’t know if it should be attributed to low-carbs, no alcohol or something else entirely, but my productivity over the last few weeks has been exponentially greater. Back in January it […]

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Low Carb Day Five

Still on track with the diet and feeling great. I’ve lost just over one kilogram so far. That’s not a whole lot, but the decrease seems consistent enough that I’m comfortable attributing it to the diet change. Energy levels are still very good. Not missing the afternoon crashes at all. I find that I’m hungry […]

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Low Carb Check-In

Coming to the end of day three of my low-carb diet experiment. Not a ton of changes so far, but a few items of note: Slept really poorly for the last two nights. Impossible to say for sure if that has anything to do with carb intake, but it does seem noteworthy. As of this […]

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An Experiment With My Health

One of the realities of every diet and fitness regimen is that your body adapts to the activity you’re performing. In fact, that’s why exercise (and diets) work. The problem is that once your body has adapted to the program you’re on, your return on energy invested starts to drop. In order to keep making […]

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As anyone who has taken my workshops will tell you, I’m a fiend for outlining. I think it’s a combination of my personality and the fact that Robert McKee is one of the strongest influences on me as a writer and editor. Whatever the reason, the fact is that I seldom start any kind of […]

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Baby Steps

After more than 4 years away, I didn’t really plan my return to the gym. One morning I just got up and decided to go and see how the one in my building looked. At the time I didn’t have any expectations beyond a single workout. I was already feeling pretty good thanks to a […]

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New Habits

Had a request for my workout routine so I thought I’d devote a couple of posts to it. I actually started “working out” almost two years ago. At that point, I didn’t feel like it was realistic to fit the gym into my schedule. Instead, I decided to try and build fitness into my daily […]

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