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The Marie/Maria Project

May 17, 2013

Marie/Maria Project Update #8

I haven’t reported on my Marie/Maria Project for quite a while. I am happy to report that I am pretty much maintaining my weight loss of 20 pounds–give or take two pounds up or down–but, more importantly, I think my schizophrenia might be going away. Then again, in the picture below, I look like I’m […]

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March 15, 2013

Sugar Sponsor Story #2

“Hi, my name is Marie de Haan and I have fallen off the bandwagon.” This is what I would be forced to say if I actually made it to a Sugar-a-holics Anonymous meeting. Thirty-four days; that was how long I managed to refrain from eating sugar. Neither one of my sugar sponsors know yet. I […]

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March 11, 2013

Sugar Sponsor Story #1

My sugar sponsor #1–her name is Bobby–and I went out to lunch at Mexico Cafe today and not a moment too soon. For the past week or so, I’ve been very close to throwing in the towel and eating sugar. Lots of it. There are several reasons for this: 1). I just plain old feel […]

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March 4, 2013

Simple Joys of Life #6

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my time over here in Richland at Adriana’s NWAACC basketball tournament, even though the Haagen-Dazs ice cream is tempting me big time. I’ve been taking the side entrance to the Hampton Inn just to bypass the gift store where the Vanilla Swiss Almond is calling to me at all hours: “Maria, chocolate-covered almonds swimming in vanilla […]

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March 3, 2013

I Should Be Careful What I Wish For

I advertised for a sugar sponsor on February 26 to help me with my little addiction. What was I thinking? Not only did my old sugar sponsor snap back to attention and start doing her job, a new one also volunteered. Now, I’m getting emails, texts, and comments on my blog at all hours of the day: “Good for […]

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February 27, 2013

Marie/Maria Project Update #7

Now that I’ve managed to stop eating sugar for more than two or three days at a time, I’ve been losing weight at about double the rate I was before to bring me to: 20 pounds lost, 30 to go. I hate it when doctors are right. Erg. It’s not like I can celebrate my small victory with […]

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February 26, 2013

Wanted: New Sugar Sponsor

  “Hello, my name is Marie de Haan and it has been 18 days since I last ate sugar.” This is what I would say at a Sugaraholic Anonymous meeting if I were to attend one. The last time I advertised for a sugar sponsor was back on November 5, 2010. Cathy volunteered for the […]

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February 12, 2013

Marie/Maria Project Update #6

I don’t know what I was talking about when I said I wasn’t working very hard on losing weight. Adriana and I went hiking this morning. She meandered along, young whipper-snapper that she is, while I panted and paused and almost passed out on the way up. To make matters worse, now that she’s taking […]

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February 9, 2013

Marie/Maria Project Update #5

Well, I haven’t blogged about my Marie/Maria Project for a very long time. Probably because I’m not working very hard on it. Sure, I’ve had my moments of eating less sugar, trying to be a vegetarian, walking along the beaches of Hawaii and California, hiking the woods here in Washington, and playing volleyball—all to try to […]

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