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Don't Wanna . . . .

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Don't wanna do anything "healthy" today.

Don't wanna track my food (just did, for breakfast: Greek omelette with salsa).

Don't wanna make my soup (soup pot is in the dishwasher getting pristine, thinking curried lentil).

Don't wanna go to the gym (just called a friend, arranged to pick him up in 30 minutes: so I'm going.)

Don't wanna. Don't wanna. Don't wanna.


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_LINDA 11/18/2012 12:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
You don't wanna, but you ended up being emoticon anyway!

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SWAZY33 11/13/2012 9:22AM

    You proved that you are WAY stronger than those "don't wanna's"
Yay you!! emoticon

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FROSTIERACES 11/11/2012 1:05PM

    Refer back to your August 31st blog for motivation!! emoticon emoticon

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PAMPEEKEMD 11/11/2012 10:28AM

  The perfect post by an imperfect -- but trying -- person!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/10/2012 8:13PM

    Yep. You do it anyway and pretty soon you want to again!! Definitely like the results, if not always the process. Take care! Reward yourself for doing all those good things with a little splurge that won't undo your day!! A manicure? A new novel?? An afternoon nap???

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TINAJANE76 11/10/2012 7:58PM

    The little devil perched on one of my shoulders whispers these kind of things to me all the time. Thankfully the angel on the other one almost always wins!

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PHEBESS 11/10/2012 5:27PM

    Id,ego, superego.

Superego wins over id.

It's called tough love.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/10/2012 3:31PM

    It looks like your inner Toddler emoticon was speaking, but you let your inner Goddess rule the day! WTG

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CRYSTALJEM 11/10/2012 2:22PM

    Great blog, some days are like that. Thank goodness most of them aren't! Good for you for getting it out there but not letting those feelings own you. You rock and are setting a great example for all of us. I was thinking curried lentil soup too... just haven't figured out how to disguise it for everyone else. Oh well, it'll eventually grow on them. Hope your workout inspires you!

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NANCY- 11/10/2012 1:08PM

    WTG Must be a don't wanna day.
Today I didn't wanna do my walk... took it slow and did it anyway. The rewards for doing it far out way the immediate gratification of the don't wanna.... and did I mention the ever present nagging guilt?
You are one Awesome lady!

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SYNCHRODAD 11/10/2012 10:44AM

    This is called "Eat that Frog!" You had several lined up.. congrats on consumption.

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STARDUSTD 11/10/2012 10:30AM

  Way to lead by example.

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DALID414 11/10/2012 10:29AM

    Don't think, just do!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/10/2012 9:39AM

    Just do it! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/10/2012 9:32AM

    Mama said there'd be days like this. (smiling) Keep pushing.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/10/2012 9:26AM

    Way to talk back to the don't wannas! emoticon emoticon

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CLIP53 11/10/2012 9:23AM

    emoticon emoticon My sentiments, exactly!, Don't wanna, but I'm gonna too.

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BOOKAPHILE 11/10/2012 9:22AM

    Hurray for you! You didn't let the "don't wannas" derail you. I want to be like you when I get back to maintenance. emoticon

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KANOE10 11/10/2012 9:21AM

    That is a great blog. I have those days also. Good for you doing things anyway!!!


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Eliminating 200 + Daily Food Decisions: Key to Maintenance

Wednesday, November 07, 2012


Ian Brown has published a terrific article today in the Toronto Globe and Mail, highlighting the reality that most of us make over 200 food decisions a day.

And explaining (see 3:45 p.m.) the brain science which makes it so hard to sustain good food choices all day long.

And reminding us that 200 extra calories a day means 20 extra pounds a year.

It doesn't take many poor food decisions to generate that extra 200 calories! Thank goodness the Spark Nutrition tracker makes it possible to track today what we're going to eat tomorrow . . . which helps eliminate a whole lot of "on-the-fly" decision making.

Gonna have that brownie? No choice. It's already been decided what I'm going to eat today. And entered into my food tracker.

Engineering "no choice" is the best choice to sustain weight loss.

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PHOENIX1949 11/18/2012 3:54PM

    Enjoyed the article. Thanks for sharing.

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DBCLARINET 11/17/2012 9:41AM

    Cool article! A little bit ago, I decided to do 30 days of a super-strict Paleo diet. It was actually the easiest thing to stick to because basically anything I didn't make for myself was just not an option. There was no decision to make. In fact, I think that's part of the reason why I stick to that diet as a template; fewer decisions.

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SYNCHRODAD 11/10/2012 11:11AM

    Thank you! That writer is funny, and full of insight. The battle of (not) eating is far more complex than I thought.

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NANCY- 11/8/2012 6:18AM

    This average North American got hungry reading the article. :)
Already deciding what is on the menu for the day, does help with directing our actions.
WTG on engineering success.

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_LINDA 11/8/2012 12:43AM

    Hey!! How did you know I went 200 calories over my limit today??? I am afraid it might not get any better in the next few days. Playing in a bridge sectional this weekend starting tomorrow. Its one long food fest of everything you should never be eating. Great hsopitality in a bridge tourney means trotting all the home baked goodies at every seesion. Offering meals and snacks after the games like pizza, pie and ice cream, you get the picture. Being manager of the club, I have to hang around to the bitter end to make sure everything is locked up and the alarm set properly. Yep, my food descisions will be like, ginger cookie, nanaimo square or date sqaure??
Timbit or fudge square. Oh boy. Just a feasting bonanza for someone who never cooks or buys this stuff :PP Self control? Moi? Stressed with lack of sleep, pressing health issues and looning deadlines knida does lower one's resistance to the good old comfort foods..
Thanks for sharing this great article!!

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PHEBESS 11/7/2012 9:47PM

    I find I do best when I have certain meals set (like bkfst and lunch) and then know approximately how many cals I can have for dinner - I tend to rebel against too strict an outline........

But that writer is hysterically funny!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/7/2012 8:23PM

    absolutely true.

I do track ahead and it helps immensely.

And some days I just know I'm going to have issues so I'm extra careful. Like today - so I stayed extra low on the sugar (27g) and didn't even eat any fruit.

So not only do i apply this to overall calories but macronutrients, too...

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TRAVELGRRL 11/7/2012 7:33PM

    It was hilarious! This is a guy I would love to know.

At first I was skeptical about the number of decisions but it could be possible. I'm going to try to check it out tomorrow. However, I eat at home 99% of the time so it's only a matter of choosing between an apple or a pear, an egg salad sandwich with lowfat mayo or turkey. Either way they are NOT between a good choice and a bad one!

Thanks for sharing the link.

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ROOSTER72 11/7/2012 5:04PM

    Great article. Thanks!

It also reminds me that successful maintainers have 'menus' - go to meals that they eat most of the time, know the nutritional value of.

95% of the time I have the same breakfast. I have about 5 lunch choices. Dinner time is probably about 10 different meals. I might change it up with different spices, different fruits/vegetables etc, but the main ingredients are the same.

The idea of taking the decision making out of the equation is good.

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DDOORN 11/7/2012 1:30PM

    Great article, thx for the share!


ps...sorry too long in catching up...sounds like your flus have flown? :-)

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DALID414 11/7/2012 12:25PM

    Since I started working (since Friday actually) I've been packing left overs for lunch AND inputting it in my food tracker for the next day, to avoid any lunch catastrophes!!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/7/2012 12:20PM

    Brilliant blog! I'll go check out that article, too. Sounds relevant to my life and my struggles from time to time. It is frustrating that I can make good decisions 23 hours and 50 minutes per day and blow it in 10 minutes or less!!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/7/2012 11:23AM

    You know, I just may have to fork over for the G&M - I've used up my 10 free articles already (or more accurately, my DH did!) :)

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REDSMIRK 11/7/2012 11:09AM

    Thanks for the link, a good read!

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LADYJ6942 11/7/2012 10:57AM

    Great article, thanks for sharing. I don't track ahead but I track current. If I want the brownie I ask myself how hard I want to work in the gym and decide from there.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/7/2012 10:36AM

    Great info. Thanks!

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Learn About Maintenance Before Losing Weight

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


That's the headline on a terrific blog by CATS_MEOW which further links to recent research in a CNN article and a previous blog from a year ago.

Maintenance first indeed: otherwise weight loss will be a continuing cycle with success and failure and starting over again . . . and defeat in so many instances.

And of course the At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance Team is a wonderful resource open to everyone from the very first day of the weight loss journey. You don't have to be At Goal or close to benefit from the community of wisdom available: AGAM:TTMT!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/7/2012 5:07AM

    Maintenance is what we all want to achieve ultimately and definitely knowing before starting weight loss about maintenance helps to prepare the brain for what is required. Thanks Ellen.

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DALID414 11/6/2012 10:29PM

    Thanks for the info

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SLENDERMAMA1 11/6/2012 5:12PM

    Good advice. emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 11/6/2012 1:14PM

    Thanks for that link. Good information and right in tune with the current book I'm reading!

Been down that path of losing and then gaining it all back! I need to get it right and you're a big help with these blogs and you're own success!!

Keep up the good work!



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TRAVELGRRL 11/6/2012 1:09PM

    I love that you keep sharing maintenance resources; they are so helpful for me. I always think of weight loss in two parts: losing (very restrictive) and maintaining (start the party!). I am slowly learning to change this perspective.

I'm beginning to TRULY understand and accept that it's just one long journey--the exercise, food restrictions, water intake, sleep, etc. will be basically the same at maintenance with an occasional treat thrown in. I'm learning from At Goal team that it's going to be OK! What everyone's gained is worth so much more than eating endless fast food or munching mindlessly in front of the TV.

I especially appreciated Cat Meow's assertion that a few months at the same weight isn't a plateau to be whined about, it's an exercise in maintaining the weight she's lost so far! That's how I'm thinking about May-October, but I'm definitely ready to start the downward move again.

Thank you again for the thoughtful articles and blogs you share!

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SWAZY33 11/6/2012 10:52AM

    A few years back when my husband and I started on the weight loss journey. He dropped 40 pounds in about a month. It took me almost a year to lose my 60 and guess what...he gained it all back and I've been basically the same for three years. I would love to lose more but am happy that for once I didn't lose and gain it all back...so yes understating maintenance...even when we are NOT at goal yet is so important

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PAMPEEKEMD 11/6/2012 9:54AM

  Great article on some really interesting new science.

I think people approaching weight loss, especially when they have tried and re-gained before, are frightened not only of the deprivations but of the outcome. Going into the experience with the whole package in place is akin to a hiker going into the wilderness with an extra pair of shoes. Advance knowledge of maintenance can also help those skid times in a diet when, whether it's because of holidays, a vacation or ongoing celebration, a the weight loser falls off her eating plan. S/he might crash -- but s/he doesn't have to burn!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/6/2012 9:15AM

    The article and blogs were excellent reading. It just makes sense. I especially thought there was value in the idea of forming the right habits before you even focus on the actual weight loss. Great food for thought here. Thanks.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/6/2012 8:09AM

    Such good advice!

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NANCY- 11/6/2012 8:02AM

    Maintenance is key. As time goes on our needs do change, so we need to make sustainable adjustments.

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ISHIIGIRL 11/6/2012 7:59AM

    Good thoughts!

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WELLNESSME09 11/6/2012 7:57AM

    Great blog!

Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/6/2012 7:54AM

    You can maintain your way to a good weight, but you can't really "lose" your way to maintenance! So yes, the skills to maintain are vital! Learn as we go!


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SERENE_ME 11/6/2012 7:51AM

    You start maintenance the week you first lose a couple of pounds. Good advice - join a maintenance team first!

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MIRAGE727 11/6/2012 7:47AM

    I've always been an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle while on the journey to reaching goals. That is major in maintaining. Patience and focus on the way leads to the changing of an unhealthy paradigm. Great blog! Thanks for sharing. Stay strong, focused, and be well.

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Food Addiction: F.L.A.B. to FLAB

Saturday, November 03, 2012


I liked this You Docs article in the Toronto Star today about battling food addiction. Five signals of food addiction; tips on combating food addiction.

Probably nothing "new" here for most of us: but useful summary and refresher.

Most helpful tip to me: Is F.L.A.B triggering a craving? Am I eating because I'm Frustrated, Lonely, Anxious or Bored? All right then, I need to find another way of dealing with those emotions . . . something more effective than food that turns to flab!!

Am I food addicted? Not so much any more: but eternal vigilance is required. And diligent resistance, too!!

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PHOENIX1949 11/18/2012 4:11PM

    Enjoyed this article. Mindless emotional eating a BIG issue for me.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/5/2012 8:42PM

    Good article. Love the "pamper yourself with sleep and exercise" -- that's great advice. The FLAB stuff is good, too, as you rightly point out. Thanks for posting. Another significant blog!!

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PAMPEEKEMD 11/5/2012 11:21AM

  A very important article -- thank you for sharing it.

I love the FLAB reminder. It's like the 12-step HALT: hungry, angry, lonely tired.

One thing addicts might find useful is that it is anticipation more than consumption that gets those dopamine receptors active. And while highly palatable foods damage the brain, foods high in B6 and other activities can mend the same pleasure/impulse control areas that are decimated by pizza. The bad news on food addiction is very bad indeed, but the good news is that, with daily maintenance of the right food plan and plan of action, it is an addiction that can be lived with in a certain amount of peace.

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LILISUPERHERO 11/5/2012 9:35AM

    Nice article! Thanks for sharing!

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NUOVAELLE 11/5/2012 2:11AM

    A great article, thank you for sharing! F.L.A.B. has always been a big cravings' trigger for me in the past - it's now more manageable - and I like the way they put it together. The strategies mentioned were good, too, but the keywords of vigilance and diligence you gave are equally important.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/4/2012 6:55PM

    Great reminder blog. Thank you!

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NANCY- 11/4/2012 4:16PM

    Great article. I am still working on ridding myself of my addictions so this was very helpful.

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ISHIIGIRL 11/4/2012 4:07PM

    I hear what you are saying. So very true! Diligence is always the key!

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DALID414 11/4/2012 1:57AM

    Thanks for the refresher.

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PHEBESS 11/4/2012 1:44AM

    Ah, interesting take on emotional eating! I'll have to remember that!

Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in Canada? We're gearing up for major fireworks tomorrow - though I was hoping for bonfires and burning effigies!!!!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/3/2012 11:13PM

    Very interesting article. FLAB is definitely a great way to think about before eating. Salty and cheese along with pop are my main triggers but I am learning to manage them much better. It's about being willing to learn new ways to get that long term satisfaction.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/3/2012 8:44PM

    Good article. I can always use the reminder, and I like the catchy "FLAB!"

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CARRAND 11/3/2012 8:40PM

    Great article! I like the F.L.A.B. thought. I think I do eat when i get anxious.

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_LINDA 11/3/2012 8:03PM

    That was a good article. Yes, much of that is on Spark's advice too, but its nice to get that catching summary phrase of flab! Very well put. I can see why Dr. Oz is so popular. I too, don't struggle with it nearly so much as I used to, but it can easily creep back in if I am not careful.
Here is enjoying healthy alternatives to junk! Mini Babybels low fat with applesauce is proving to be a delicious snack!!! Who would have thought? I get my cheese fix and its only 50 calories!! My days of eating old cheddar in the large package once a week are long over. Its a toss up what gained my weight -the salty snacks or the cheese.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 11/3/2012 6:46PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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American Election Time: MMOB

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I'm just a Canadian.

Often I'm very conscious that as a Canadian I'm essentially a "guest" in our SparkPeople community -- which was founded in America and in many ways (despite the worldwide membership) remains overwhelmingly American. (Not that that's a bad thing . . . not at all).

Canada shares a long border with the USA. And lots more: intertwined economies, popular culture including TV shows and magazines and music and sports, and many similar attitudes. But not all. Sometimes I can't help but be conscious of the differences between American and Canadian culture.

Of course I follow American news, politically and otherwise. And one of the notable differences between Canada and the US is our media. Canadian reporting of news events has quite a different slant than the majority of American media outlets seem to provide. That's never been more apparent than in the last few days with the coverage of Sandy in the context of the upcoming American election.

Canadians don't get a vote in the upcoming American election. Of course they don't! But believe me, we can't help but care about the outcome.

So: I take seriously the duty of Canadians to mind our own business. I AM MMOB, really. Not expressing an opinion.

Just hoping that lots and lots of Americans who do have a vote which inevitably will affect so many of us will get out and vote. Wisely. Well.


P.S. In response to TRAVELGIRL (and I'm pretty sure she was being ironic):

"But freedom means you can vote however you wish, no matter how ignorant you are!"; thanks for your comments on my MMOB blog . . .

May I gently (while still MMOB!!) suggest that perhaps this isn't so? Freedom comes with responsibility, just as every right has reciprocal responsibilities . . . and rights without reciprocal responsibilities are morally vacuous. We need a concept of "citizenship" rather than a concept of "customers of political services" . . . and democracy will founder north and south of our border if we fail to exercise freedom with responsibility. Which means with information . . . digging for something beyond the paid advertisements.

(Or at least that's what I think . . . . ).

PS #2 In response to TIFFN108's inquiry about differences between American and Canadian media . . . .

Thanks for commenting on my MMOB blog: really appreciate it.

It's my perception that Canadian media are more "neutral news reporters" rather than advocates for one position over the other -- and perhaps take a less local, more international/global perspective on more issues. There are going to be exceptions north and south of our border, of course . . . but in the Canadian constitution there are no "absolute rights" and always a requirement that rights be balanced in the context of a "free and democratic society", plus no "right to property": and these differences do colour our political discourse.

I'm thinking about our CBC, for example, or the Globe and Mail . . . readily available on line if you feel like taking a look! Today's Globe editorial looks at the Obama/Romney option and does come to an opinion as to which candidate it endorses: but it's pretty balanced and thoughtful too.



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HFAYE81 11/6/2012 1:01PM

    I regularly read a Canadian woman's knitting blog...I absolutely love seeing her POV on this kind of stuff. You're right though, we have a responsibility when it comes to voting, and how we vote!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/6/2012 12:04PM

    You are a wise woman.

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ISHIIGIRL 11/4/2012 4:15PM

    Wow, you really stirred up some opinions, as this topic should. I totally agree with you. If we fail to exercise our right to vote, we won't have one. So, as is always, I will exercise my right to vote( I have not missed one election since I became old enough to vote). After all, my sisters of ages past suffered greatly with Woman's Sufferage to give me that right and I will not disappoint. I hope all US citizens use that right and do some research and vote accordingly.

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/4/2012 3:13PM

    Fascinating, well-crafted and impartial blog.

If American media did half the job you have in this blog, we might have "real" news on the news every now and then - and I might actually watch. As it stands now, I abhor the "news," the propaganda, the constant advertising of one side over another, which all amounts to a whole lot of nothing.

As you can see I am not impartial and will be voting, as you so astutely suggested.

You are quite fabulous. That is off-topic, but still true.

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_LINDA 11/3/2012 8:26PM

    I don't generally watch news or read papers or listen to the radio. Gave all that up with TV watching. So it would make me one of the ignorant ones if I was an American. But I did vote in my recent civic election as I liked how the mayor was getting our city moving forward, and getting long stagnant projects finally worked on and finished off. The long, long sought new south bridge is finally nearing completion and should help greatly with traffic flow in this congested city of cars. The old dangerous traffic bridge is finally being torn down piece by piece. I wanted to do my part to make sure the guy in there was thinking of our future and where we would be. A person only need pay attention to their surroundings to get a good view of whether a government's policies are really working or not. The downtown core area was stagnant and now its getting improved year by year.
It was good to read those articles to see whats important to us as Canadians and hope whoever is elected in America will work favorably with us on them. I did know about the controversy over the pipeline though so that wasn't news to me. The detractors do have the point it can be a danger to the enviroment whatever land it goes over, and the ever present terrorist threat can't be ignored.
That is really conscientous of you to be on top of what is happening south of the border Ellen. I do love that Spark is really apolitical, with everyone here for only one purpose and that is to improve their lives. Makes it such a pleasant place to hang out when everyone checks their biasis at the door :)

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DREMARGRL 11/3/2012 1:12PM

    Thanks for your input. I will vote according to my knowledge of information gathered over a long span of time....not just on recent news coverage. Stay interested, stay plugged in. Too many are resorting to the "I'm sick of" syndrome.......instead of trying to, unfortunately, sift through the mess and do your best to stay true to your own opinions instead of those of others. Enjoyed your viewpoint. Thanks and have a great day!

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NANCY- 11/3/2012 8:54AM

    What you think is excellent.
What happens in one's home does impact others. I have truly become disappointed by the amount of nonsense instead of focusing on the issues, And we in the US do have issues to be addressed and it does impact other countries in the Americas and globally.
During US History classes this should be stressed ... that we have that civic responsibility.
Many here are apathetic, and think that their vote doesn't matter.
I see a correlation with our health and our political system. It seems that many are not taking responsibility and addressing what needs to be addressed. With a "what's in it for me" opposed to what is good for us. the focus seems to be on the almighty dollar. (Which I think is a bit looney.) We are a global village.

Oops I'll get off my soapbox now... and I've got to say we do have lovely neighbors to our North.

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VALERIEMAHA 11/2/2012 3:14PM

    Well stated, counsel.

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TIFFANIE150 11/2/2012 10:33AM

    I was hoping you would explain how your media is different than ours and what you've been seeing. Totally got my curiosity up.

Yep, I'll be voting.

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PHEBESS 11/1/2012 9:35PM

    Thank you for that. And I've already cast my vote, prior to leaving the country. Cast it wisely. And well. And for the first time in 25 years, since I am now re-registered to vote in the US, rather than it's protectorates.

I can't get over the news of the US election here in NZ - I mean, I have zero idea who is the current president or PM or whatever they have here - and that's how myopic US citizens are, we don't even know what kind of governmental structure or positions they have in NZ. Sad, isn't it?

But my vote is cast, and from what I've seen regarding the storm damage and aftermath, I believe it is well cast.

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CARRAND 11/1/2012 9:06PM

    I am working on a get-out-the-vote drive at a local community college. I go there almost every day and encourage the students, first to register to vote, then to actually vote. Many of them qualify for early voting, others need to be reminded to vote on election day.

I am concerned by the students who are just indifferent to the upcoming election - have no opinion - don't plan to vote. Others have no idea of the election date. Don't these young people care about their own future? Others are very thoughtful and well informed, and that encourages me even when they are not supporting the same candidate I am. At least they are thinking.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/1/2012 8:54PM

    Every American, no matter which candidate they vote for, believes they are the only ones voting "wisely" and "well."

It's always disheartening to see how many Americans actually get their political viewpoints from political commercials or talk radio. But freedom means you can vote however you wish, no matter how ignorant you are!

I have not really picked up on the media politicizing the storm...I guess I missed that!?

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/1/2012 8:24PM

    I get so totally tired of the election / politicizing of EVERY news story. It's like they are covering a sporting event. For that matter, the entire STORM coverage was like a sporting event in the Media.

I, too, am MMOB. I'm not a Canadian. I am a US Citizen who has voted in every single election since I turned 18. Do you know how hard it is to find what candidates really stand for in the midst of the HORRIBLE advertising? I'm as tired of "Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney" as the 4 year old who went viral on FaceBook. I'm sick of marketing and polling and news coverage.

At this point? My message to the media and the robo-callers: "Leave me alone. Let me cast my vote. And stop trying to second guess what I will do. It's MY vote and it's supposed to be private and confidential. You'll find out the results when they count 'em up. OK?"

Vent ended. We now return you to safe and sane Sparking!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/1/2012 8:09PM

    Well said. Agree completely.

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