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Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 03:54 pm
Part four, the finale, of Tauna and Jim's saga: Even after all the changes and efforts to live a more healthy life, Jim still went in the summer of ’08 and received three more stints in his heart. He had been feeling sluggish and was showing many of the signs he did not recognize the first time. Luckily, he got help before things worsened. Jim has had his ups and downs when it co...
Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 03:51 pm
Part three of Tauna and Jim's saga: The next 24 hours were the most dangerous for Jim and the most stressful for all of us concerned. I spent the time rubbing his feet and legs to keep the blood flowing to avoid blood clots and also he was complaining of them cramping. It was the only thing I could do for him at that time. The next hurdle came about 4:00 am that next morning. I had w...
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 03:49 pm
Part two of Tauna and Jim's saga:            While sitting in the garage, Jim realized just how bad he was feeling and even mentioned it to his friend whom he was on the phone with. He couldn’t seem to put his finger on what the problem was, since he had never felt this way before. He went in the house and watched a little TV thinking h...
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 03:45 pm
Here's a story from Tauna King in our advertising department. Tauna is going to share the story of her boyfriend Jim Burke's experiences with congestive heart failure and his subsequent recovery. We'll break it up into a couple of posts, so be sure and come back each day. Most people are capable of going through life with the mentality of “that couldn’t happen to me”. But now a...
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 03:31 pm
As a young graduate student, I didn’t see a problem with heading to Steak ‘n Shake after a late night out with friends or grabbing McDonald’s in between classes. And even though I had been active in college — rowing competitively with the school’s team and jogging frequently with roommates — I stopped exercising, too. It definitely showed — I gained 15 pounds that year....
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 03:23 pm
Continued from yesterday...
My epiphany finally came when I tried being a vegetarian for a week. I lost 5 pounds in the first three days, and I continued to drop weight at an almost alarming pace. I quickly embraced the meat-free lifestyle, and eventually went vegan, eating no animal products at all. (I must admit I cheat from time to time and have some dairy, but I’m working ...
Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 03:18 pm
It happened so subtly that I hardly noticed. From junior high through my college years, I got fat. Honestly, I was in denial. I knew I ate too much, and I knew I ate the wrong foods, but I didn’t care. I had decided to enjoy whatever morsels I wanted, and I would deal with the consequences later. I grew to a portly 275 pounds before I finally got fed up enough to admit I needed a chan...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 03:37 pm
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This past year has been a fairly grief-filled one for myself and my family. Heart attacks, cancer, loss, and a horrific incident that led to my 16-year-old cousin staying in the hospital for over five months and currently re-learning to walk and talk. Needless to say, I’ve needed comfort and that comfort has come in the form of various pastries, pizzas and pies. Like that whole p...
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 03:28 pm
This dispatch comes from our editor-in-chief and fearless leader, Fletcher Bud Farrar: 
I’ve been a casual runner for years, but early this year when it dawned on me that I was going to turn 60 in the spring, I decided to step it up a notch.
During the winter months I went on several long training runs, then ran the Lincoln Memorial Hal...
Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 03:34 pm
Here's a post from Tia Schoen in our advertising department: I got lucky 30 years ago (I’m really dating myself here!) when a wonderful woman hired me to run her health clubs. I had no experience and had never exercised a day in my life. I took to it like a duck to water. Over the years and through the aches & pains, I have managed to keep the fervor for fitness alive with 3-4 work...

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