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How Elsie Achieved What I Could Not

[“Can you guess why I’m so happy?”]

Last week, we took Elsie for her annual checkup at the vet (a place she absolutely loves–go figure). At the end of the appointment, the vet pronounced her an ideal specimen of canine health. Not only that; Elsie had lost nine pounds since […]

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The Habit of Exercise

I hate winter. For someone who was born and grew up in Montreal, that is a heretical statement. But I’ve never been athletic, I get cold easily, I don’t have the greatest sense of balance (not exactly a plus when you’re navigating ice-laden sidewalks while holding the leash of a frisky, determined dog in each […]

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TV and the Treadmill

I’ve never been much interested in team sports (but even if I were, being perennially chosen as the “anchor” in tug of war, being last–always–to be picked for any team in grade school, and having to wear those navy blue bloomers in gym class, beat every last trace of desire out of me). Instead, when […]

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Lifting Weights

People are usually surprised (okay, flabbergasted) to find out that I go to the gym and press weights at least 3 times a week. Their wide-eyed stares and gaping maws would suggest their silent response to this piece of information is something like, “But how can a fat pig like YOU actually do any exercise, […]

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The Diet: NAG

Today’s post will outline the diet plan I intend to follow for the next year and the rest of my life.

1) NAG Diet. As I mentioned, at school they called it “NAG”: natural, alive, good quality. So what does this mean?

Natural: foods that are not processed or are minimally processed. So nothing […]

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