HIPPICHICK1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIPPICHICK1 HIPPICHICK1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Winter Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319885 I've managed to try more than a few new recipes lately. We have turned to the crock pot in order to cook many meals over the past 2 months, and meals that are hypotoxic as well as less fussy. Cooking meats so they are hypotoxic means cooking them at no more than 230 degrees F and that makes the slow cooker an ideal cooking tool since it technically isn't supposed to get above 209 F, although mine does seem to boil around the edges. <BR> <BR> In addition, I've found that you can put dried b... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:45:19 EST Happy V-Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316239 JF and I had a lovely Valentine's Day and I hope you did too. Did you catch the menu in my feed? It was delish! And no room for dessert, but I see what some of you assumed would actually *be* dessert! *wink wink* Ha ha!! No such chance. My sweetie had an allergy attack at around 9 pm, which is about the same time I get my nightly hot flash. So he went to bed and I stayed up fanning myself to cool down and then when I got to be my ususal cold self again, I did the dishes to warm up! <BR... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:55:10 EST That's Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313158 I was determined to get my fitness minutes up and I did it! I've been meeting my fitness goals and that has made me happy. Today I did a long yoga session and added strength training to my routine. I couldn't get out to walk. The freezing rain overnight made it hazardous to walk today. We're expecting some snow so once that ice gets covered it will probably improve the walking conditions. <BR> <BR> I'm determined to make contact with more friends right now. Yesterday I went for a long wa... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:34:38 EST Five Days into February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311484 We are five days into Feb. Time seems to have sped up whereas January dragged on forever. <BR> <BR> The weather is better for walking, that's for sure and that makes me happy. It's colder, there is some good snow cover on the roads and we got some more snow today. It should be lovely tomorrow and hopefully we'll see some sun. It's going to be a tough walk that will burn many calories while I slog through the deep snow. The weather on Tuesday looks a bit more rough - more snow and possib... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 23:44:22 EST On Inflammation, Slow Cookery and The Gig http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307855 In keeping with JF's hypotoxic diet, which I am following too by default, (and since I do most of the cooking), I am using the crock pot often these days. He didn't expect me to get on board so fast, but he read the science, told me all about it and we are slowly adopting this new way of eating, which isn't too difficult since I am more than halfway there with the Candida diet. The two main things to avoid when one is following a hypotoxic diet are dairy and gluten. <BR> <BR> Following a h... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:56:53 EST Like an Orwellian Novel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305037 I was glued to my laptop from the 20th thru the weekend and even a bit on Monday, but I had to stop reading all the scary news and bring myself back to my world, where not much has changed. <BR> <BR> I feel a bit shell shocked, really. It's surreal and I see black skies from coal burning, and the destruction of lands for the sake of the construction of pipelines. It isn't for the good of all. It is for the good of a few and it's a bandage on the wound, not the cure. <BR> <BR> After coming... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:15:53 EST On the Mend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301409 I haven't had a stomach bug for ages! I recall the last time. It was 2007 and it was July. Both JF and I got "something" after we attended Sheryl Crow's performance at Bluesfest in Ottawa. We were on white rice for 10 days. Both of us had little appetite yet we didn't feel so gross that we couldn't eat anything at all. <BR> <BR> Interesting thing about me - I don't usually vomit. The last time I threw up was after my breast reduction surgery in 1997 and it was from the anesthetic upon wa... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:26:57 EST Not Escaped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300574 I thought I had escaped the stomach bug that JF had last week, but I did not. <BR> :-( <BR> At least I wasn't sick on my birthday! <BR> Yesterday was a very uncomfortable day. I had zero appetite and just laid around all day in a state of pain. My whole body ached. <BR> I had to cancel rehearsal with Chris and my appointment to get the truck serviced today. It's 10 a.m. now and I have yet to eat anything but at least I am getting hungry and am on the mend. JF was down for two whole days ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:12:29 EST Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299378 I was born on Friday the 13th in 1961. This past Friday felt like a really special birthday for me. It started out with a kiss from JF and a very special gift of a "Death Records" tee shirt - it's one of my "things." On my birthday I watch the cult classic Phantom of the Paradise. Have you seen it yet? DO!! Well a few years ago I spotted a guy at a craft sale wearing a tee shirt with the Death Records logo (a dead bird) and asked him like a fan girl, "SQUEEEEEEEE! OMG!! Where did you get... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:11:59 EST My Unsolicited Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293225 I give it often! Ha ha!! But it's true, especially when I see someone struggling. It pains me when people struggle with dis-ease or discomfort and sometimes the answer for pain relief or better health lies in the food we eat. <BR> <BR> The other day I was giving my unsolicited advice to a friend who has a lengthy history with depression. The thing is, when you are depressed you know more about depression than anyone else around you. You'd think, right? From a clinical standpoint, most ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:52:24 EST Goals for the Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291268 I have many goals for 2017. One you know about already - my commitment to working towards gallery and exhibition pieces, a.k.a. go big, or go home. <BR> <BR> I have health goals too, mainly related to my diet. I have found the Donna Gates book "Body Ecology" very interesting so far, and engaging. It is really making me rethink how I am eating. <BR> <BR> My goals are to improve my gut microbiome and rid myself of candidiasis. I also want to continue my efforts to live with less and les... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 15:01:39 EST Liking this Article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289075 My birthday is fast approaching, so when I read this Spark article it really resonated with me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=2119 </link> <BR> <BR> Since all the holiday parties are now over I'm very happy to get back into my regularly scheduled programming which includes doing as much cardio and yoga as I can before the cold germs (given as a parting gift!) manifest, if they ever do. Let's hope they do NOT. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <B... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 22:26:57 EST Feeling a Bit Ragged? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285354 Here are some lovely tips for rejuvenating yourself after the holiday excesses and general wear and tear of winter in a cold climate. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-27910/5-holi<BR>stic-self-care-tips-for-winter.html?ut<BR>m_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_cont<BR>ent=weekly&utm_campaign=161225 </link> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a lovely holiday celebration. Now on to New Years! What are you hoping for 2017? Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:49:22 EST Go Big or Go Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279923 I've heard "go big or go home" being said many times over the past 20 years, and in reference to many different things. I'm referring to the big things I learned this weekend when I was away at the B&B selling pottery, the big ideas I came away with, and the big feeling of excitement with my decisions! <BR> <BR> I love my job - making a gorgeous coffee/tea mug and making a perfectly engineered teapot really tickles my fancy. Now, you know I'm about to take some time to re-evaluate how I do... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 12:16:04 EST One More to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277139 The craft fair on Dec 3 was a success! It was a great day for me, but clearly I could see that it wasn't the case for many vendors around me. I felt slightly guilty. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I bumped into the knitter, Allison. She'd made a wool headband for JF. I traded some pottery for it at the 1st sale - the one that was really terrible for me. At that sale Allison did very well, but on Saturday she heard crickets chirping the entire day and just made back her table fee when I saw her... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:31:07 EST A Bit Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273961 Last week, during a very busy work cycle, I caught a cold. I most likely picked up something from someone at the first art and craft fair I attended. So not only did I make a whole lot less money at that sale, I caught a cold from someone there too! I literally see no one else but JF for weeks on end during the fall because of my work. Oh, I lied. I see the cashier at the grocery store once a week. I'm sticking by my theory that I got my cold from a craft sale attendee. <BR> <BR> I thin... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:03:07 EST Oh Poo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270036 I'm so disappointed. You can lead a person to nice pottery but you can't make them buy it. <BR> <BR> My sales were down this year (at this particular craft sale) by more than 60%. I don't know why and I will probably never know why. Everyone around me seemed to be doing great but there were crickets chirping at my table. There are probably a zillion reasons including ones I haven't even thought of yet....and maybe I will try, right now, not to think of "why" anymore, because it doesn't h... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:14:02 EST Totally Boss Green Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267909 I've very much been enjoying the Beauty, Skin and Gut Summit. It's name is sort of misleading because the beauty of which they are speaking is the larger kind of beauty that ones attains when all the really important parts of your life are balanced. They should have called it "The Basic Care and Survival of Humans with Respect Towards Animals and the Earth Summit." Anyhoo! It's been fantastic and I've been taking notes. I'm not sure I'll buy the series, which of course was the entire rea... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:08:42 EST I Really Mean It This Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266172 Super Duper Quickie! I really mean it. <BR> <BR> I am about to view Day 4 of The Beauty, Skin and Gut Summit. Yesterday's talk was filled with amazing info that one could look into if you are into taking care of yourself from the inside out. Gut health is everything, IMO. I think you can still get in on it and watch Day 4 and forward, but you'll have to poke around. This is the kind of info that we need to really look at the root of the myriad of health issues we all deal with daily, es... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:46:30 EST Super Duper Quickie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265252 Well, that is my intention, but really, is writing a blog ever quick? <BR> <BR> Soooooo! Sticks and Stones plays a house concert tomorrow afternoon. Listen closely and you might be able to hear us. <BR> <BR> The set list is a work of art in itself. If you've ever made a mix tape, that is what it's kind of like to make a set list. You have to consider the key of the songs that follow each other as well as mood, tempo, style...and it must have continuity and make sonic sense. You have to... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:32:25 EST San Diego http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263914 We arrived home last night and were really beat from the day of travel. We managed to cobble together some dinner, eat, unpack and go to bed. <BR> <BR> This morning I spent most of my time catching up on email and doing the laundry. My friend just contacted me and we are going to go for a hike soon, so this'll be short! <BR> <BR> Ti-min is still with us, being feisty as ever and hanging outside today because it's really nice. <BR> <BR> It was good to have Val here when we were gone. S... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 14:50:18 EST A Busy Time of Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259537 Happy Samhain! Happy Halloween! <BR> <BR> For those of the Pagan persuasion Samhain (pronounced SOW-en) is our "New Year's Eve" and Nov. 1 is like New Year's Day. Dressing up in a costume was a way of greeting the turning of the wheel of the year with a bit of a "resolution" so to speak. If one desired riches for example, you could dress as royalty. If one desired more strength, then perhaps a bear. <BR> <BR> This is a very busy time of year for me. In about 20 days I will be in my fir... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 23:54:00 EST I Hate Shopping for a Bra! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258148 I truly hate it. Shopping for a bra is quite challenging because I am hard to fit. My shoulders are small and my boobs are big. The bra I put on this morning is now in the trash, so you now know that the shopping trip was successful! <BR> <em>236</em> <BR> The other challenge in shopping is the long drive to the city, but I have this Sears gift card for $50 - the same gift card that wouldn't work when I bought sheets about a month ago - so I went to Sears, and Sears is in the city. <BR>... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:37:13 EST Give 'er, Give 'er, til your Liver Quivers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256894 In my 20's this chant was popular at parties, "Give 'er, give 'er, til your liver quivers!" Definitely a drinking reference there! Well, making your liver quiver probably isn't the best of ideas. But that chant still makes me howl because it's so typically "hoser-Canadian." <BR> <BR> I wasn't ever much of a drinker back then, and gave it up entirely after joining spark because I would rather eat my calories than drink them. Having liver issues isn't necessarily due to over drinking tho... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:44:19 EST Roasted Dandelion Root Tea and Why I'm Drinking It. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254473 Well, well, well... <BR> My digestive system was quite upset for an entire week last week, and again yesterday, but it hasn't been great for a fairly long time. <BR> <BR> I'm 5 years post op from my gallbladder surgery. It hasn't been horrid living without a gallbladder, but I haven't really felt well for quite some time...probably since the spring. I thought it was this, I thought it was that, but not once did I think that living without a gallbladder was something I had to treat as speci... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:58:12 EST What I Did Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249465 Washed the dishes. <BR> <BR> Ate leftovers. <BR> <BR> Watched Netflix! <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of myself for doing almost nothing. <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:02:13 EST More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246723 So while my sis and her man were here I managed to gain some weight! Ha ha!!! No big surprise there. Oh well. I have decided the following: I do know how to lose weight. I am capable of losing weight. I want to have a bit of fun now and again. <BR> <BR> Often times celebrating with food is a real thing and if you think about it, historically, this has always been so. Just because some of us choose bad foods with which to celebrate doesn't make celebrating life with food bad. <BR> <... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 10:28:40 EST October Already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246521 Woweeeee!!! Well the month of September flew by! I was busy for sure. I started experimenting with sourdough bread and I love it! Not only is it tasty and feels very nourishing to eat, but I really love this fermentation process. It's fascinating to me. <BR> <BR> We finished one coat of paint on the house and we have no plans to finish it before the snow flies. I personally have too much to do in the pottery. I have 4 shows this fall/winter and am forgoing having my home pottery sal... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 23:05:27 EST What is This Thing Called Rest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236263 I have to hand it to me! If anyone could take life and want to make it less busy, but somehow manages to make it more so, it's me. Go me!! <BR> <BR> Besides painting the house, (which is going well, but slowly because there are so many other things to do in a day) I decided to make sourdough bread from scratch including making my own starter. I also have orders in the pottery that are due Oct. 1. Chris was here last night to practise and we have a gig on Nov 12. (!!!) I also have potte... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:50:10 EST I Love This Article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232965 It's everything I have come to believe and more! I hope you enjoy it too. <BR> <BR> <link>www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/yoga-ph<BR>ilosophy-can-revolutionize-approach-se<BR>lf-care/ </link> <BR> <BR> I started painting the house today! It's going to look fab. The colour isn't going to change (red/brown) except instead of white trim it'll be dark green. <BR> <BR> It's hot today so I'm going to get my yoga on then go read a bit out on the grass and take in some sun. The wind has die... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 15:56:01 EST Everything All At Once! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232226 Do you ever feel as if your life has exploded? Good, bad, indifferent, what-have-you...KA-BLAM! I feel like that this morning. So much to do, so much coming down the pike, and so much from the past still left undone. <BR> <BR> This is my day so far: <BR> Weighed in. Lost that weekend pound and am once again at 173. I reviewed my goals, and committed to tracking every day once again. <BR> I threw in the last load of laundry, 3 of 3, started yesterday. <BR> We went over calendars for the r... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:33:21 EST September 7 and Still Swimming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231676 This amazing hot weather really makes up for the 3 weeks in July that I was not at home, but rather, on vacation. The lake is getting colder every day but it's still going up to 29 today. Tomorrow looks like thunderstorms are coming in and swimming will be on hold, but Friday looks like a real possibility for another swim day. <BR> <BR> Last weekend was not great for me food wise. I didn't track food and ended up gaining a pound back. I forgot to weigh in today. I was cold this morning ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:26:39 EST Reading - a hobby I enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226414 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e47c5e0b-ef1f-429a-ad21-cbbdc2a4f12c.jpg"> <BR> I have a stack of books to read. They come from all sorts of places - the community library, friends, and the bookstore. <BR> <BR> I cracked opened a new one yesterday called "Marrying the Mistress" by Joanna Trollope. I thought her last name was quite hilarious considering the title of the book. <BR> <BR> Amongst the stack on my desk there is: <BR> The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy C... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:52:28 EST Five minute blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224570 I'm challenging myself to write a blog n 5 mintes, not counting time for proofreading before posting. LOL. <BR> <BR> Things have been going well. I've cut back on my calories and slowly the weight is coming off. I lost a pound, gained it back, lost it again then lost another. Yay! <BR> <BR> I have increased my workouts to a 60 minute walk instead of 45. I have added some strength training moves to my yoga sessions and I'm still swimming. <BR> <BR> We got some rain; buckets of rain! ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:25:51 EST Weekend Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222592 The Art and Yard Sale on Saturday was okay. In terms of $$ I sold 3 things at $28 each and donated $20 to the church for my space. BUT I brought my very orange sign: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c891bc5-38e3-45f1-8eb2-2d3e90d42b2a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> that JF improved by adding a leg to it so I can use it at events just like this one. I just remove the sign from the house, add the leg and I have a sandwich board-like sign. I gave away a ton of business cards and... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:38:41 EST What...Me Worry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219675 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7956c8a4-404c-4f9e-b820-61fae83e3485.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's funny. I used to feel supported here on Spark and now I feel...misunderstood. <BR> <BR> My blogs really are for me, just as your blogs are for you. I'm mostly trying to figure things out when I write a blog, except when it's a vacation blog. Maybe my weight journey experience will help you. Maybe you don't give a rat's a$$ and you're here to see some nice garden photos. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:03:07 EST Making Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218903 Have you seen this Spark article? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=2154&utm_source=spar<BR>kpeople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=<BR>weekly-spark </link> <BR> <BR> I eat a lot of protein but WOW!! Was I ever surprised to see that I am eating possibly twice as much as I need! <BR> <BR> I'm getting a little bit annoyed by Spark. Firstly I have come to realize that my BMR is very, very likely not as high as Spark says. At 175 lbs, my BMR is su... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:11:31 EST A Brief Explanation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217946 On vacation I wasn't eating much and I wasn't doing too much either. We went on the occasional hike and I swam a teensy bit, but not a full-on cardio kind of swim. We walked at folk fest to the tune of well over 10,000 steps a day, but that wasn't a cardio workout either. Snacking was rare. In a couple of cases meals were skipped in favor if snacks. I came back weighing in at 170, the same as when I left, but 5 lbs more than I have been carrying over the past 5 years. <BR> <BR> So, we... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:51:12 EST The Last Leg - Part 2 (finale!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215509 Wowee it's hot out there. Since we've been home the weather has been very hot which is wonderful for me because I live 50 paces from a lake. A big lake! And I swim almost every day. What keeps me from swimming? High winds that create waves that crash into my face making it kind of tough to catch a breath without risk of inhaling water, dark clouds accompanied by thunder and lighting, and temps below 25 C. It needs to be hotter than that for me to swim. I find 25 C (77 F) to be a most co... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:53:42 EST The Last Leg - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212118 Here are a few photos from the last leg of our vacation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63ed3962-89d2-4b8a-a898-ff53765dcdf8.jpg"> <BR> My friends' (Summer and Blue) son. I left Wpg. when he was 5 months old. Now he is 14 and climbing trees like a monkey. <BR> <BR> From Winnipeg we drove further west on the Yellowhead Route to an area near Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba. Manitoba is definitely prairie in the south, but in the middle it's hilly and e... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:21:05 EST The Middle Part - Part two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208797 After folk fest (we lasted only until about 6 pm on Sunday night), we went back to Jacqui and Phil's place and made them dinner. Jacqui bought a capon - it must have been a 10 pound bird! And we marinated it and BBQ'd it and it was delicious! It was a very late supper, but yummy nonetheless. <BR> <BR> On Monday we slept in then went into Winnipeg to set up for the pottery sale that I held at Kevin's clay studio. You met Kevin in the last blog. I worked as his apprentice at his other cla... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:19:57 EST Vacation - the middle part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207778 After leaving Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, it was a 9 hour drive to our next destination - to my friends' farm. Jacqui and Phil are amazingly warm and inviting people. They have 2 kids, 2 horses, a pony, dog and many feral farm cats. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64ec4fbc-4a8e-4e39-9b21-92f31672c213.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I asked Jacqui if we could camp in her yard because there was no more camping available at Birdshill Park - the provincial park in which the Wi... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:24:28 EST What I DIDN'T Do on My Summer Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206554 I didn't weigh myself. <BR> I didn't weigh or measure my food. <BR> I didn't exercise regularly. <BR> I didn't track any exercise at all. <BR> I didn't track any food. <BR> I didn't always take all of my vitamins. <BR> I didn't do much yoga at all for probably more than 3 weeks now. I had this romantic notion of doing yoga in the campground really early in the mornings but the mosquitoes would simply have drawn all of my blood if I'd attempted it. I am so lucky to live in a place where nary... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:58:09 EST Home is Where the Heart Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206119 My heart has two homes now. I've been away from my hometown and province for 14 years and whenever I go back to Manitoba I feel right at home. When I return to Quebec I also feel at home. There is a particular stretch of road that I travel between town and home and every time I am on it I feel I'm in the right place. I dreamed about it and traveling east often long before I ever met JF. <BR> <BR> We are home now and the laundry is two loads away from being done. Everything from the camp... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:05:49 EST Progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191758 I've been wanting to write a blog for a long time to address the responses to the blog "Les Sigh" in which I discuss my frustration with a small weight gain after maintaining for 5 years, and the feeling that I am still not done losing weight. I haven't reached my goal weight yet and I don't know if I ever will. <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> All of the comments got me thinking. The one that inspired me the most and snapped me out of the loop of thinking that I was somehow a failure was this one... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:27:06 EST Working Up To It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190563 I'm working up to writing a blog on my fitness progress, but first I feel I need to go read all of YOUR blogs, so that is what I will do with some of my time today. <BR> <BR> I have a few work tasks that I must complete before I can declare myself on vacation, but after that I will be busy getting the camper ready for our trip out west. <BR> <BR> My annual summer sale was very good and our annual BBQ was also good and lots of fun and because we don't have huge parties anymore I actually g... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:38:34 EST Les Sigh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174332 Good golly, I am fed up! With what? Trying to be smaller and smaller. Trying to lose those last 25, now 30 lbs. I'm tired of looking at 170 on the scale and tired of freaking out about it. I need a break from thinking about these pesky 5 lbs and I need a break from the fear associated with weight regain. <BR> <BR> I retooled my weight goals here on Spark. The day I did that I got on the scale and was back at 170 after enjoying seeing 167 for a day or two. <BR> <BR> The numbers I am s... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:57:58 EST Busy As Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170062 With gardening season and a craft show to do this weekend I have been very busy lately. I was going to write a "May Goals" blog, but May is nearly over! Ha ha! One of my goals this month is to make 2000 fitness minutes and I am so close that all it will take is 37 minutes of fitness every day until the end of the month to achieve. Totally do-able! <BR> <BR> The garden is looking good, but I know the bits that I have neglected. It's because I decide to apply for, and was accepted into, a... Wed, 25 May 2016 10:23:11 EST Cruising New Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165932 I love miso soup, but I have never purchased miso. I ought to try it though. It's a fermented soy bean (or other bean) paste, Japanese in origin. Fermented stuff is super good for your gut flora. <BR> I was cruising recipes and like this one because it has a ton of veg and looks DELISH! It also has miso in it. Check it out. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24961/15-min<BR>ute-healing-meal-roasted-broccoli-tofu<BR>-bowls-with-miso-dressing.html?utm_con<BR>tent=daily&utm_medium=ema... Wed, 18 May 2016 23:17:43 EST Eat More, Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164809 Well, I did it. 5 days ago I wrote a blog on slowing metabolism and my fairly recent weight gain that put me at 170 lbs. I was at 165 lbs for 3 solid years and started noticing at the end of last year how easily I could gain weight just by eating carbs - good healthy carbs, always in whole grain form, but nonetheless carbs. I tried taking carbs out of my diet, but when I do there is little left to eat that helps me remain in balance between fats, carbs and protein. Right now I eat about 4... Tue, 17 May 2016 11:22:02 EST