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May 2013

A Personal Education in Parkinson’s

    My father, who’s now 73, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a few years ago. As is their wont, my parents have embraced the challenge with outward cheerfulness and optimism. Since I didn’t know much about Parkinson’s at the time, but I do know my parents fairly well, their sudden, pronounced optimism was one […]

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May 2012

Fit Crew

Circuit training. Interval training. Crossfit. Mixing it up. Whatever you want to call it, folks, it’s not new. There are a lot of gyms these days trying to distinguish between workouts that are pretty similar (if not exactly the same as far as your average after-work exerciser goes): Someone leads you through a series of […]

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April 2012

Moving and Morphing

Oy, sorry about the scant postings, all. As we prep for the launch of a new website, this blog is to transform into something healthy—which, let’s face it, means ignoring the beer and goofing off while emphasizing new fitness opportunities and health news and, like, quinoa and stuff.   I think, for starters, we’re going […]

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March 2012

Health Deviant

Wednesday evening: Judi Gallagher and Web Editor Megan looked at me over a pepperoni-and-bacon pizza and a basket of garlic knots as I stuffed yet another Chicago-style hot dog bite in my mouth, the last in six hours of hot dog tastings. “Isn’t your blog supposed to start focusing on health now?” they asked.   […]

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February 2012

Apneic

  I’ve always been a snorer, though I never felt as though it affected my quality of sleep. Or, at least, not directly. But so potent are my snores that, even at an early age, I’d often find myself in bed, in the dark, staring face-to-face with a quietly irate sibling or a camp bunkmate […]

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February 2012

Green Thumbs and Dirty Hands

We’re planting a garden again. It’s the third year in a row. Year one: complete disaster. Our lot is a sand dune and, according to our landlord, the highest point in Bradenton. The first time around, we didn’t border the garden properly, so all the sand (and, presumably, most of the seeds) washed away during […]

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February 2012

Healthy Hearts

  OK, to be honest, I’m not planning on a health-centered Valentine’s celebration. When, for various past romantic occasions, CCB has treated me to truffle butter filet mignon, cheese fondue and my mother’s spaghetti carbonara, I’m not about to suggest that we go for a run instead.   But in case you’re as dedicated to […]

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January 2012

The Big Pigskin Day

The Super Bowl to me is something like Halloween—seems like it should be a huge event with themed food and costumes and decorations, but for a long while I never felt like I could get anyone to play along.   Partying with the Lombardi.    As a kid, I wanted the Super Bowl to be […]

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January 2012

Krav Maga

It still feels like I’m struggling to get back into an exercise routine after the sloth of the holidays. So even though I felt a post-hockey-tournament cold coming on, I dragged myself out to a Saturday morning soccer practice a couple of weekends ago. (Well, the practice started at 12:30 p.m., but I still keep […]

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January 2012

Alternative Workouts

My hyper-competitive self gets down when other people talk about their dedication to the gym—so many sets of so many reps with this much weight targeting that part of the body, then a set amount of time on cardio machine of your choice. Sure, I like to think I’m in decent shape, but I’m not […]

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