My body changes: strength +weight gain

So in November 2019, I decided it’s high time to move my exercise game to the next level. Because I am a type-A stressed take no nonsense from myself kind of person, it had to be executed right away, preferably before 31/12/19 because, well, just because. I have an exhausting need to be different. that’s […]

The race to being “the perfect retiree”.

If you had this romantic notion, that once retired, you will automatically cease to be an up-tight type-A achiever ( that is, of course, assuming you already are, no need to become one deliberately, mind you!), Well then. Reality check: You don’t. The mere fact that you are no longer commuting to your cubicle and […]

“Oh Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste healthy!”

There you go: You can’t have it both ways, can you? If it’s tasty, it ain’t healthy, and vice versa. This reminds me of a quote attributed to Catherine Deneuve, who said that after a certain age, a woman has to choose between her fanny and her face.(yes, apparently she said “fanny”. I didn’t even […]

I started checking my macros-fact based information on my diet!

So….for the last 51 years, I’ve been guessing my macros and calories, based on, well, nothing actually (??). maybe a hunch. I kept thinking: “oh, who needs to count calories or track macros anyway, I ‘m no elite athlete, ( frankly, not even close), I stopped participating in races ( introvert, told you, why are […]

Nap chat

Today I want to discuss something truly magnificent, that is definitely one of the holy grails of early retirement: The nap. You know, that short up to 50 minutes sleep in the middle of the day (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????!!!!!!????????!!-etc) Yes. So immoral and unproductive. Doesn’t get you closer to your goals . Doesn’t check anything off your […]

5 tips on Double duty – the only way to go!!

A long long time ago I realized the only way to get things done is to make absolutely sure I use my time effectively. This means using every minute twice. The method is simple, frugal, healthy and very very effective. Here are my 5 tips on how to double duty in a simple and effective […]

5 tips on how to “simplify” your vipassana course

I know this may sound counter-intuitive: simplify-vipassana course. Vipassana is a well known meditating technique, and the basic course- the entrance gate to the world of vipassana so to speak- is the 10-day course, which is many things, but simple -isn’t one of them. Having said that- I am a huge believer in planning ahead, […]

Protein packed wonder: soy beans!!

The excitement. Then again, why be cynical.I would have thought I left that awful trait behind me when I retired. “cynicism is the weapon of the weak”. I’ve been told that so many times I lost count. Weak or strong, soybeans are a true wonder, nutritionally speaking of course. You already heard, at least 100 […]

Rise up- it’s fall!

Even (former) cynics like me can’t avoid that sense of joy creeping when its fall time. Fall here is very short, a month at best, so I try to enjoy every second of it. Being me, enjoying most definitely means food. My daughter texted me the other day asking for a recipe for acorn squash. […]

Early retirement cleaning projects, naturally….

I knew this was coming. It was inevitable. Major cleaning assignments, that up until my early retirement were classified as : “when I have the time”. Well, I never really had the time. I mean I had the time to clean, but not to tackle those nasty hidden spots nobody sees unless you make a […]