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Go for the gold
posted by Kathy from 8/13/2008 | 0 Comments | Permalink

Planning a wedding can sometimes feel like an Olympic feat (the bride gets gold in the end!) but every four years, we're reminded of the true endurance of the real Olympians. And while most people go through their lives without seeing an Olympic athlete in person, I was lucky to attend the same wedding as beach volleyball gold-medalist, Misty May-Treanor (far left), last fall.

My husband's cousin, Lauren Lahmeyer (middle, with sister Jenna Lahmeyer Brannon, right) married Taylor Tankersley in Florida. Taylor and Misty's husband, Matt Treanor, both play pro baseball for the Florida Marlins.

Since spotting her at the wedding, it's even more thrilling to see the coverage of Misty and her volleyball partner, Kerri Walsh, in Beijing. These gals are the women to beat: they came into the 2008 Olympics as the reigning world champions.

During all of the reporting on these two sports stars, I read that Misty doesn't wear her wedding band in matches but Kerri does, and she accidentally lost her gold wedding ring in the sand in a match on Sunday. Thankfully, it was found after volunteers searched the sand with metal detectors. Now, if the ladies just had a good bridesmaid nearby who could've held that ring until after the ceremony... the medal presentation ceremony!

(p.s. Thanks so much for the photo, Uncle Wayne! I spotted myself in the background, too...)

Dear Diary... I want to lose weight
posted by Kathy from 8/01/2008 | 2 Comments | Permalink

You could choose a "Hello Kitty" diary with a little lock and a pen with feathers on the end... or you could be fancy, and pick up a formal, leather-bound tome with an elegant Pelikan pen. Or you could just download and print out several copies of the food journal from Either way, that food diary just might help you double your weight loss!

"The more food records they kept, the more they lost," said Dr. Victor J. Stevens, a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. "Those who kept no food records lost about 9 pounds, and those who kept six or more per week lost about 18 pounds. That's a whopping difference."

In a HealthDay News article, Dr. Stevens says it's all about accountability... to yourself. If you're honest about what you've eaten and diligent about recording it, you can clearly see where you're taking in those extra calories. It's also suggested that you update your food journal after each meal, so you're more accurate.

Knowing that you have to document all your food choices throughout the day just might make you think twice: the thought of writing out "1 bag of peanut M&Ms, 1 Twinkie, 1 Diet Coke" in black and white just isn't so tasty after all.

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