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August Interviews

8/5 Lucy Burdette, The Key Lime Crime

8/12 Maggie Toussaint, All Done With It

8/19 Julie Mulhern, Killer Queen

8/26 Debra Goldstein, Three Treats Too Many


August Guest Bloggers


8/8 Leslie Wheeler

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August Interviews

8/22 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


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Monday, August 8, 2011

Middle Age Spread

This is an image off Bing, not of the author!
As a beach bum and writer, I go to the beach as much as possible during the summer. This means that I’m in a bathing suit a lot. I have six suits because I wear them every day when I’m at the beach. And I’ve noticed one thing that I hate.

At fifty-six, I’m the exact weight that I was at thirty-five. There’s a difference, though. My pounds now show up on my front. Clothing fits tighter on the front of my body and looser on the back. I’ve had the same level of exercise for over twenty years, lifting weights and running on various machines. So, how has this weight shifted from all over to just the front of my body?

I’ve theorized and found only one answer to this problem.

Bending and gravitational forces.









Since our knees bend in only one direction, after years of bending toward the front, fat and skin shift to the front of our bodies. If our knees bent backward, like the back legs of dogs or horses, our weight would shift toward our backsides. I’m not sure that that’s any prettier of a picture.


If my answer is correct, would backbends help reverse the process?



What’s your theory and solution?

10 comments:

Warren Bull said...

Maybe if we could sleep all night on our backs, which I cannot do, the gravity would reverse.

E. B. Davis said...

Yeah, and then snoring becomes an issue.

Kara Cerise said...

Good theory! If I were only flexible enough to do a backbend...

Pauline Alldred said...

There's a lining that covers the abdominal organs like an apron and fat accumulates in this apron. There's nothing comparable across our backs or backsides. The body stores fat in the lining when we are stressed so we have stores ready. Our genes have prepared us to survive in very hostile environments and these genes still work the same even if the only stress we experience is a pain in the neck workmate. Blame human genes.

Also, if you lose weight, 30 lbs say, fat disappears from the abdominal lining.

E. B. Davis said...

Good scientific explanation, Pauline, but I haven't gained any weight! I'm still the same weight I've always been. Has it moved to this apron? Why, other than gravity! PS-We're glad you are back, Pauline and on the mend.

Kara-Don't try a standing backbend. Lie flat on the floor, position your hands aside your head, palms down-fingers pointing toward the body and lift. I see so many older people who are slumped over. Try backbends to reverse and help the spine. Keeping flexible helps everyone stay ambulatory--No one thinks about that in their 50s, by the 70s though, it becomes an issue.

Pauline Alldred said...

Whatever fat you have goes to the lining and not to arms, legs, or bustline. If you lose weight, as in you're sick for some time and use up stores, your stomach flattens and shows stretch marks.

E. B. Davis said...

Lovely, Pauline--so glad you told us that! Of course, some will offer that as a great reason not to lose weight--and they may be right as long as it's only 10 pounds.

Ricky Bush said...

I just keep on keeping on and hope that the spread doesn't keep spreading.

E. B. Davis said...

That's the plan, Ricky. I even had my metabolism checked. No, I'm not burning as many calories as I used to, so I have to eat less and move more!

Polly Iyer said...

Elaine, same thing for me. I'm still the same weight. In fact, at a recent doctor's appt. I couldn't believe I was exactly the same weight as the year before, yet some slacks are tight across the middle, some won't zip. I don't exercise. Oh, a long walk every now and then, but that's it. I hate exercising and I think when I did, it caused more harm than good. Everything's sinking. There's no way to stop it. That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it.