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Intermittent fasting and reprogramming how I think about food

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It's Wednesday, which mean this is a good time to talk about my fitness goals.  I'm now down about 36 pounds, which means I'm no longer carrying around the equivalent of a cinder block.  I have more energy and all of those clothes which were too tight before now fit just fine. 
The biggest change for me has been to adopt a strategy of eating called intermittent fasting. It's not necessarily a diet, it's just scheduling the times when I eat so that I have at least a 12 hour window where I'm actually fasting. My husband got me started on it, and he's been a great motivator to keep going.
For the most part, I try to have my daily eating schedule set at having 8 hours of time when I can eat, and then 16 hours of fasting (which includes sleeping time, so it isn't really that hard). When I'm fasting I drink water, black coffee, unsweetened tea and sometimes diet soda. I've been doing the fasting for about a month and a half now and what I've notic…

September 11 - Seventeen years later

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My freshman year at Gonzaga University was just beginning on September 11, 2001.  I was awoken with the news from my roommate that planes had collided with the World Trade Center, and I remember confusing it with the riots in Seattle surrounding the WTO the previous year in my groggy 18-year-old mind.  Very quickly, like the rest of the world, I was glued to the television to learn more about what was going on and I tried to wrap my head around this catastrophe and I very quickly became alarmed at the immediate scapegoating of Muslims for the attack.
Being a budding orator and political wonk, the next day I wrote the following and posted it on my ancient AngelFire website for no one to read.  I came across it a few months ago, and was struck by how optimistic I was about our future, and how things have turned out:

This is the second Pearl Harbor. I don't think that I overstate it,"
-Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska
December 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy. Memories that …