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One Physician’s Jogging Diary

Another year is done and my running log for 2009 is complete.  For two years now I’ve kept track of my jogging/running/walking that I perform in my leisure time. In 2008 I completed just over 600 miles of leisure time exercise.   The great thing about running is that it’s free.  Minus the cost of shoes and socks and a few pairs of shorts, anyone can do it.  You don’t need a GPS watch to get the job done. You don’t need a gym.  All you need are your two front feet and a little inspiration and motivation.

The Biggest Loser lost over 55% of his weight, or 239 pounds and how did he do it?  He kept moving.  There is no secret to weight loss and fitness.  Watch how much you eat.  Make smart choices about how you choose to live your life and make it happen. If you have no expectations, you’ll meet them every time.  This show is proof positive that even the super obese can lose remarkable amounts of weight with diet and exercise.

Running has become a part of my life.  Without exercise, I often feel like my day is not complete.   Seeking exercise is a state of mind that happens once you experience the benefits of feeling fit.  Here is my running log for 2009: Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist Blog*

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The Spirit Of The Place: Samuel Shem’s New Book May Depress You

When I was in medical school I read Samuel Shem s House Of God as a right of passage. At the time I found it to be a cynical yet eerily accurate portrayal of the underbelly of academic medicine. I gained comfort from its gallows humor and it made me…

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