Category Archives: Fitness

Local Adventures Way Down South

I’m known as Opie here in Austin. Opie is known for slinging a fishing pole over his shoulder, hopping on his bike, waving bye-bye to Aunt Bea, and heading off into the Mayberry’s countryside for local adventures. Ever since I … Continue reading

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Hiker tip #2- Set a hiking goal

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” ― Bruce Lee Goals are there to assist us when motivation fades. Last year, I organized my hiking and backpacking in order … Continue reading

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Pleased but pissed about my cholestersol blood test results

I’m pleased and also pissed with my cholesterol (lipid profile) results that came in just yesterday. I have a family history of cardiac disease. My father, Chester, died at age 72 from heart failure after several cardiac attacks severely compromised … Continue reading

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Go pho it! Will Vietnamese soup keep me lean and avoid statins ?

Pho. I’m still unsure about how to pronounce this Vietnamese soup, but I am getting pretty good at whipping up a big bowl at lunchtime. My cholesterol numbers from blood work done last October are a concern, specifically my LDL … Continue reading

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Resolution for 2015: Visit Maine State Parks and Public Lands

Start 2015 off by doing the right thing and purchasing your very own Maine State Parks Pass (day use).  Veterans and those that are 65 (and over) get in for free! I just sent in my $35 , primarily for  … Continue reading

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1,000 mile Maine challenge completed !

Back in February, Carey Kish laid down a challenge that I decided to embrace- walking 1,000 miles in Maine in a calendar year. Here’s Carey’s original article about that idea. As Kish notes, ” Consider the enormous health and fitness … Continue reading

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Why I am renewing my Outside magazine subscription

I just renewed my subscription to Outside magazine.   The days are long past when I have had close to a dozen magazines in my mailbox every month.  I am now down to just three:  Outside, Backpacker,  and Dirt Rag, an … Continue reading

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