MARITIMER3's SparkPeople Blog MARITIMER3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fall Foods Today I made a spinach lasagna with low fat cottage cheese and skim milk mozzarella. It was really good, but unfortunately it boiled over in the oven, causing the smoke detector to go off twice. <BR> <BR> I seldom bake, because I love to eat my baking, but I had left-over crushed pineapple that had to be used, so I made a dozen coconut-pineapple muffins. We each had one for dessert, and I'll freeze the rest, 2 to a bag, for later. <BR> <BR> Cleaning out the fridge and freezer before p... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 19:17:10 EST September, 2017 This month I will lose a minimum of 3 lbs. Note the "I will"... not "I will try", or "my goal is to", but I WILL! <BR> <BR> I've been losing and gaining the same 7 lbs. for almost a year now, and it's time to,get real,and get working harder. <BR> <BR> I've made lots of excuses... our daughter's stressful divorce, traveling and/or having company... but I know these were just excuses for not committing and working hard enough. <BR> <BR> I've joined a new team, OMAT (One Month at a Tim... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 14:13:45 EST A 3 Generation Road Trip 7 days, 1965 km (1221 miles), 3 adults, 2 amusement parks, 1 two-year-old, and we're still speaking! <BR> <BR> Was it perfect? No. Was it great? Heck yes! <BR> <BR> If you've ever done a road trip with three generations ranging from 2-77, you know there are unforeseen challenges. Like the hotel with the non-existent pool. Why can't the hotel chains keep their websites up-to-date? Like leaving the maps on the hall table. Or forgetting the 2-year-old's bathing suit... no problem, rompe... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 21:45:50 EST Getting Ready for Company from Australia Five or so years go my friend Bev and I visited England for probably the 4th time. After spending a few days on our own in London, we did back-to-back Back Roads Touring Company trips; the first from London to Edinburgh via Wales and the Lake District, and the second from Edinburgh to London via Yorkshire, Lincoln and Cambridge. <BR> <BR> There were 6 Australians on the first part of the trip, and I've corresponded with two of them regularly since our trip. One of them, Elizabeth, is com... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 23:23:09 EST A question about robins I hope someone can answer this... <BR> <BR> Early in the spring, a robin returned to a nest where the downspout joins the gutter from the roof above our back deck. After doing some renovations and making it all homey, she settled down to raise a family. Soon there were 4 heads peeking above the nest, and mother bird was kept very busy feeding them. We never did see them fly away, but have seen little robins around the yard. <BR> <BR> The nest was empty for a couple of weeks... but then w... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 12:49:12 EST Getting a Room Ready for Aria Aria turned 2 on May 5, and has almost outgrown the playpen she's been sleeping in at our house. I spent this evening reorganizing my exercise/sewing/ironing/tv-watching/readin<BR>g room to remove all things that might hurt a little girl when she moves into the bed (and the room) that was her mother's a few years ago. <BR> <BR> The ironing board, iron, and extension cord went into a holder on the inside of the linen closet door, instead of on the back of the other door. <BR> <BR> The s... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:16:45 EST So Fed Up with All the Rain! May and June have been the wettest months I can remember since moving here in 2002. We had three times the normal rainfall in May, and more than twice the regular amount for June by the 24th of the month. There are floods in many parts of Ontario, roads closed, cottages flooded. <BR> <BR> In our garden, the grass and weeds are growing like mad, while the flowers are very leggy, looking for the sunny days, which are few and far between. I've managed to spread 10 bags of triple mix and 30... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:29:22 EST Canada 150 - Uxbridge Proclamation Canada turns 150 this year, and there are thousands of events, large and small, taking place across the country. <BR> <BR> The Ministerial Association, which includes all the church in Uxbridge Township, decided to do a proclamation of God's word. Ten churches each took a day, and committed to having the bible read aloud from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Today it was our turn at St. Paul's Anglican. By the end of the day on Saturday the entire bible will have been read, although not in sequence. <B... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:48:56 EST Vintage Week-End at Mosport... Following Their Passion I spent the last 2 days at the Vintage Racing week-end at Canadian Tire Motorsport Speedway (Mosport), about 30 miles from where we live. This is an annual event, and we usually attend with one of our cars, either the '59 Austen-Healy Sprite (Peter's very first car, bought new for $1750) or the replica '32 Alfa Romeo which Peter spent 2 years building in the early 80's. This year, however, the Sprite is having some work done and the Alfa stayed in the garage because it has no roof, and rain... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:02:31 EST No Foods Are Off-Limits I read a SP article this week about why people fail to lose weight and keep it off. One of the points they made was that there are no forbidden foods. <BR> <BR> In principle I agree. I've said it many times. I've told other people they shouldn't eliminate any foods... SP is all about learning to eat all foods in controlled portions. I have to admit, though, that.there are still some foods I can't control. If I eat a little bit, I want more, and most of the time I eat it... all of it. ... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:41:18 EST Clutter Recently I attended a workshop on downsizing... what to keep, what to sell, what to donate. <BR> <BR> At 76 and 73, Peter and I are in the age group which is looking seriously at getting rid of lots of the stuff we've accumulated over the years. Many people our age sell the family home and move to a condo. Others move to a retirement community or decide to live at the cottage six months of the year and spend the other six "somewhere warm" or travelling. <BR> <BR> Whatever lifestyle yo... Wed, 31 May 2017 21:57:13 EST Another unpleasant day We left home at 9:15 this morning, and were at Siobhan's by 10. Aria was all dressed up in a sparkly silver party dress with a black crinoline, and her moccasins. She didn't want to wear her dress-up shoes, so moccasins it was. <BR> <BR> We helped get things ready, and the rest of the company all arrived by 11, when the party started. It was very uncomfortable, because none of the in-laws (MIL, FIL and SIL) spoke to Siobhan unless she asked them a specific question. It rained all day s... Sat, 6 May 2017 21:06:57 EST Tomorrow may be very interesting... Peter and I came home from Port Hope today, running errands and taking side roads along the way, and picked up an ice cream cake for Aria's 2nd birthday. We arrived at Siobhan's expecting to go out for dinner with Siobhan, Will and Aria. The original plan was that his parents would come down today, (they live 3 hours north of us) and go out for dinner too. <BR> <BR> With the separation looming, his parents aren't coming down until tomorrow, for the "friends" party. When we got to Siobh... Fri, 5 May 2017 22:06:45 EST April Review and Plans for May I wanted to skip this blog. I gained 3 lbs. this month, and didn't meet my fitness goals. Our youngest daughter is going through a stressful separation, and the strain is getting to all of us. Our SIL is alternating between weeping and being belligerent. His parents aren't speaking to our daughter (who wants the divorce after 4 months of counselling... the counsellor basically told her that her husband wouldn't change and there was almost no hope of an equal relationship), and we have our... Thu, 4 May 2017 09:40:22 EST Getting Rid of "Too-Big" Clothes Let me start by saying that I'm not a shopper. I don't shop for fun, and I don't like to shop for clothes for myself. That being said, except for very casual clothes, I usually choose good quality classic styles and expect them to last for years. <BR> <BR> So here I am, down 30 lbs., with a closet full of clothes that are way too big. Some of them are left over from work (I retired in 2004!), but I still like them. Like, not love. The ones I love have already been altered once and are... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:43:22 EST Stress or Self-sabotage? One of our daughters is having marital problems. They're going for counselling, but at,this point it could go either way. We've cancelled our vacation to be here if she needs us. At the same time, DH has been losing weight and having digestive problems, but doesn't feel he needs to go to the doctor. I'm sleeping badly, and when I get up at 2 or 3 a.m., I eat. I've gained 3 or 4 lbs., and know it could be the beginning of a slippery slope. <BR> <BR> I've lost 20-30 lbs. several times b... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:58:54 EST Report for March and Plan for April April 1 - As I write this, the windows in all the upstairs,bedrooms and bathrooms are open... just a bit... to get some fresh air. The temperature is only 4, and I will leave them open only a few minutes, but I need fresh air! <BR> <BR> I just re-read my March 1 blog, and could be discouraged because I lost no weight this month, but instead, I'm going to shed some fresh air on that plan too. <BR> <BR> I'm doing really well 90% of the time. I shop carefully, cook healthy meals with lots ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:48:10 EST Tribute Artists Concert Last night we drove about 50 miles to attend a concert with tribute artists performing songs by Roy Orbison, Connie Francis, Tom Jones and Elvis. Snow and freezing rain was predicted, but we still have our winter tires on, so we put extra boots, etc. in the car and headed off. <BR> <BR> The roads were clear all the way to Lindsay, where the concert was held. We found a parking spot in front of our favourite fish & chips shop, only one block from the theatre. I know fish & chips aren't a h... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:52:41 EST Toronto Old Paper Show As many of you know, Peter, my DH, has been collecting many things for years, probably starting in the 60's when he had his first house. (He still grieves the things his mother threw out when he lived at home). <BR> <BR> His will designates how some of his collections are to be divided... specifically to his daughter and granddaughter... but there are many smaller collections including magazines, post cards, old unidentifiable photographs, advertising and travel brochures and thousands of... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:40:58 EST Camino de Santiago Stage 6 Stage 6 runs 20 km from Estella to Los Arcos. I completed this stage in 4 days. There's a nice surprise for walkers just past Estella... a free fountain dispensing the local wine. <BR> <BR> Near Mount Montejurra, a monastery has records of pilgrims back to the year 958. The nearby Castle of St. Stephen was taken by Charlemagne, uniting the Kingdoms of Navarre and Castille. <BR> <BR> Los Arcos was built at a crossroads, on the site of a Roman town. The Church of Santa Maria was built... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:30:32 EST Exercise routine, and how can I improve it? A couple of weeks ago I joined the 30-day Plateau Breaking Challenge. I'm half-way through, and today's challenge is to blog about my exercise routine, and identify ways of improving it. <BR> <BR> Exercising regularly is the biggest change I've made since joining SP six years ago. Presently, I go to seniors swimming 2 days/week for 1 hour each time, aquafit once or twice/week for 45 minutes each time, and walk 3 miles/day on the treadmill 5 days/week. I also take our granddaughter (22 m... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:49:20 EST Stage 5 I just spent 25 minutes describing Stage 5 of the Camino, from Puente La Reina to Estella, and it disappeared. <BR> <BR> Suffice it to say, I finished Stage 5 and am pushing on to Los Arcos, 20.4 km. away. <BR> <BR> I hope Stage 5 somehow reappears! <BR> <BR> Frustrated Gail <BR> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:42:17 EST Camino de Santiago - Stage 4 completed The 4th stage of the Camino goes from Pamplona to Puente La Reina. 19 km. or 12.5 miles. I'm walking 4 to 4 1/2 miles each day, with a goal of 5 miles/day within the next 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> We've left the Pyrenees behind, but this stage also has its ups and downs. Outside Guendulain we begin to climb the foothills of the Sierra del Perdon, which has been on the horizon since Pamplona. Guendulain is now virtually abandoned, but in the 16th century there was a pilgrims' hospital run by a ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:23:52 EST Camino de Santiago, Spain. Stage 3 completed This week I walked 12 miles and completed Stage 3 of the pilgrimage, from Larrasoana to Pamplona. We are still in the mountains, with some very steep sections and many rivers. In fact this week's stage crossed the Arga River 3 times, as well as several smaller rivers. <BR> <BR> Mid-way through the week we crossed a medieval 6-arch bridge to visit the Basilica de la Trinidad de Arra, which was a pilgrims' hostelry in the middle ages. <BR> <BR> Pamplona is best known now for the Running of ... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:18:08 EST Camino de Santiago - stage 2 completed Stage 2 is 26.9 km long, and goes from Roncesvalles to Larrasoana, roughly parallel to Highway 135N most of the way. About 3/4 of the way to Larrasoana, the trail crosses the Arga river. Some parts of the trail are steep, passing through plantations of conifers. <BR> <BR> The Basque people who live in this area are believed to be direct descendants of the first farmers who settled in this area more than 35,000 years ago. They are perhaps the oldest ethnic community in Europe. The Basqu... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 21:08:30 EST March 1 - February Results and Plan for March Hi all... <BR> <BR> I had a good February. My goals, and results are as follows: <BR> <BR> - lose minimum 4 lbs... done! <BR> - swim lengths twice weekly, 60 minutes... done! <BR> - aqua wellness class, once weekly... Completed 3 out of 4 weeks <BR> - take Aria swimming once weekly... Completed 3 out of 4 weeks <BR> - get back on treadmill... Started new virtual walk, walked 38 km in February <BR> - strength training 3 times/week... did ST 10 out of 12 times in 4 weeks <BR> - try a new rec... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:08:44 EST Camino de Santiago, Stage 1 completed. The first stage of the Camino, from St.Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles, is 22.7 km. I completed this stage on Monday, and am now part way through stage 2, from Roncesvalles to Larrasoana, is 26.9 km, and runs roughly parallel to highway 135. To this point, I've walked 29 km or 18 miles. <BR> <BR> The area the first part of this route goes through is Basque territory, an autonomous section of Spain. The term "Basque" was first used in the 1660's-1670's. It is a mountainous area, borde... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:16:32 EST Do you have a lot of houseplants? When I was growing up, my mother had plants everywhere. We lived in an old house which had windowsills wide enough to hold a plant, and most of the tables had rings from where she over-watered the plants. <BR> <BR> We didn't have a lot of money, so she kept her geraniums over the winter instead of buying new ones each year. She started plants from slips she got from other people, or took off her own plants. When she got older and couldn't garden, she switched to mostly african violets, ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:30:03 EST Lunch & Learn on Elder Abuse We're into our 3rd year of monthly Lunch & Learn workshops at our church, aimed mainly at seniors, but also of interest to anyone who is helping look after their parents. <BR> <BR> We start each session with a light pay-what-you-want lunch catered by North House, a local social service agency which helps people (especially single parents and older women) find affordable housing. <BR> <BR> The programme is intended to be a learning experience, not a social outing, and we've had speakers ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:09:10 EST Camino de Santiago... A New Virtual Walk I've started a new virtual walk, with 2 Spark Friends, from St. Jean-Pied-De-Port, France, just east of the Spanish border, to Santiago de Compostela where the remains of St. James were supposed to have been buried after his beheading in Jerusalem in 44 A.D. Pilgrims have been following this trail ever since, and in 2015 more than 250,000 people reached the cathedral from all parts of the world. This route, one of many, is called the "French Route", and is just over 500 miles long. <BR> <B... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:37:16 EST Canada 150 - Town's Fitness Challenge Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1, 2017, and there are celebrations, big and small, going on all across the country. <BR> <BR> One of the things that our small town is doing is a fitness challenge. Participants register with the recreation department and can choose between biking 1500 km, running 500 km, walking or hiking 150 km, swimming 50 km (it takes 40 laps in the town pool to swim 1 km, so one would have to swim 2000 laps!), complete a mobility challenge of 50 km, or... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:53:19 EST Tuscan Bean and Haddock Braise - my new recipe for this week One my goals is to try one new recipe each week. I have lots recipe books, and envelopes of recipes I've cut from magazines or copied from friends... it's time to use some of them. <BR> <BR> Peter and I have fish for dinner on Tuesdays and Fridays, and usually at least once for lunch, so I decided to try a new fish recipe this week. This one came from an ad for High Liner individually frozen haddock fillets. <BR> <BR> 1 tbsp. olive oil <BR> 1 each onion, celery stalk and carrot, finely... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 15:42:11 EST Plans for February, 2017 I gained 4 lbs over the holidays and have lost 2 of them. I'm within 11 lbs of my goal. I've been here before... but I've never reached goal. I'm doing a lot of reading, and planning, and hope that this time will be different. <BR> <BR> My plans for February include: <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> - lose 4 lbs. minimum <BR> - swim lengths twice weekly for 1 hour <BR> - aqua wellness once weekly for 45 minutes (wish it was offered more often) <BR> - take Aria to family swim once weekly <BR> - ... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 16:40:06 EST Was it worth it? Over the holidays I gained 4 lbs., and put myself back to where I was on November 30/16. Not a huge gain, but still... was it worth it? <BR> <BR> The biggest single food item that caused the gain was ice cream. Special holiday ice cream, to be exact. One kind had chocolate bits and crushed candy canes; the other had pieces of shortbread. They were both delicious. Could I have eaten less? Yes, definitely, especially the times that I got up at night and ate it right out of the carton. ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:04:40 EST One new recipe each week - challenging myself! One of my British Spark Friends posts regularly about this challenge, and I decided to try it too. I'm a good basic cook, but tend to use the same recipes over and over again, even though I have many cookbooks and regularly clip new ideas from magazines or find them on-line. <BR> <BR> We eat quite healthy meals, with one vegetarian entree each week, fish 2 or 3 times, chicken usually twice, and beef or pork once. I try to use vegetables that are in season, and visit local farmers' markets ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:02:11 EST Do you ever blame someone else when you overeat? Yesterday I was absolutely furious with DH. We were doing some major cleaning around the house, and every time I started to do something one way, he'd want to do it a different way. And vice versa... I didn't like the way he was doing things. <BR> <BR> It got worse and worse, until I stomped off upstairs, muttering (and believe me, a short, plump 73-year-old stomping off isn't a pretty sight), determined to eat away my frustrations. <BR> <BR> There was a certain family-size bag of low... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:27:10 EST Do you get rid of your "fat clothes" as you lose weight? I must admit I haven't in the past, and I usually needed them again. <BR> <BR> I'm frugal. When I was working, I bought good quality clothes, and wore them for a long time. They would go from work clothes to around-the-house clothes, and sometimes ended up as working-in-the-garden clothes. <BR> <BR> If you come to my door unexpectedly, you'll probably catch me in old jeans and a t-shirt. Remember the "housewife" from ads from the 60's, wearing a dress with a little apron? Definitely n... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:48:44 EST Yesterday I wrote about tracking food... let's talk about exercise today I find it harder to exercise regularly than to track my food. <BR> <BR> I have no excuses. I have a good treadmill, 2- and 5- lb. weights, a resistance band and a stability ball. There are also 16 steps between our main floor and the upstairs. I live within walking distance of the downtown, with the library, small stores and church. Oh yes... and I bought an adult 3-wheel bike, since my parents would never allow me to have a bike. <BR> <BR> But as one of my old friends said years ago... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:24:06 EST How closely do you track your carbs, fats and protein? What about fibre and salt? I've lost 34 lbs. since starting SP, and have 8 lbs. to go to meet my goal,of 150 lbs. I've belonged to SP for 6 years, and went up and down for the first 5 years. Last May I "got serious", mainly because I'm 73 and want to be around, and able to play with our 20-month-old granddaughter. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've lost 30 lbs., and I think the main reason is because I carefully track my calories, carbs, fats, proteins, fibre and salt just about every day, even when we're on holiday. I e... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:27:20 EST Started using my 6-month swim pass today Peter gave me a 6-month swim pass, and today I went to the seniors swim from 10:30-11:30. <BR> We had 3 lanes of the pool, and there were only 8 of us, so lots of space. I mainly swam lengths, although I did do a few of the exercises I remembered from aquafit. In comparison, the lifeguard told me there were 47 people in the aquafit class this morning. Way too many for me! <BR> <BR> I was the only person who swam hard for most of the time. Some people definitely use it as a social time,... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:37:29 EST Ukrainian Christmas As some of you know, my husband belongs to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which celebrates Christ's Birth on January 6, known to most of us as Epiphany. <BR> <BR> The special meal is served on Christmas Eve, traditionally beginning when the first star appears in the sky. Since our daughter's family can't come until they get home from work, we'll probably eat between 6:30 and 7. <BR> <BR> There are 12 dishes in the traditional Christmas meal, which cannot include any meat or dairy. The mea... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:40:42 EST Choices Day by day, sometimes hour by hour, we make choices which affect our lives in big and small ways. When Peter and I met, 16 years ago, we each had a mortgage-free house. When we decided to get married, we sold both of our homes and had a new one built, in the town where he lived, so that Siobhan could continue in the same school and not have to move away from her friends. Peter was already retired, but I was still working. The move doubled my travel time, from 2 hours/day to 4, and was one... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:09:29 EST Clutter One of the days I was sick, I had tv on but wasn't really paying attention until I realized they were talking about 4 different kinds of clutter that we have to deal with. They were: <BR> - indecisive clutter <BR> - emotional clutter <BR> - guilty clutter <BR> - over-shopping clutter <BR> <BR> As those who've been reading my blogs for a while know, I'm relatively well-organized, but my DH is a collector... BIG TIME... bordering on hoarding. Before we married 14 years ago, he'd lived in the... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:52:34 EST The "Different" Christmas Since my oldest daughter's family moved to Calgary three years ago, Christmas has been smaller, but still great. In the morning we open our gifts to each other and things that have been mailed to us, talk to my son & his wife in Nova Scotia and my daughter's family from out west, and have a brunch of tourtiere, a baked egg/tomato/spinach and cheese dish and of course cookies. <BR> <BR> Since Aria's birth, we've gone to Siobhan & Will's mid-afternoon to exchange gifts and enjoy dinner with... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:49:18 EST Christmas in a Small Town Uxbridge Township has a population of just over 20,000 people... but this includes many square miles of farms and little villages, so the "town" itself is probably between 10 and 12 thousand. <BR> <BR> For the tree lighting ceremony at the hospital last night, I think at least 2,000 people came out. It was a clear, cold evening; perfect for the event. The hospital cafeteria provided hot chocolate, warm spiced cider and sugar cookies. The Roxy Kids, a group from our small movie theatre... ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:43:40 EST Bit of a meltdown yesterday I love Christmas. I love the shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking... but mostly, I love being with the people who matter most to me. <BR> <BR> And there's the problem. Of our 4 children, only one lives close enough to visit regularly. The others are widely scattered... one on the east coast, one in Alberta, one in Europe. I'm so proud of all of them. They're bright, ambitious, hard-working people who have all done well in their chosen careers... but we seldom see them. Even going to... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:52:23 EST December Plan Since I finished working in the garden, my exercising has been spotty, to say the least. For December my commitment is to exercise a minimum of 10 minutes each day. Last night I was in bed when I realized I hadn't done anything... after a long moment, I got up and used the free weights and did some leg exercises. <BR> <BR> My first goal is to weigh 160 lbs. by December 31/16. At the moment, that means losing another 1.5 lbs., which isn't much, except for the season and all the extra eat... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:55:25 EST Christmas Baking I always look forward to baking at Christmas time. I bake for our family, but also for gifts for some neighbours and friends. I usually make a combination of traditional family recipes (shortbreads and my mother's sultana cake), cherry loaf, rum balls and fruit/nut/marshmallow treats that Peter loves, and many batches of nuts and bolts. <BR> <BR> If I'm going to reach my goal of 160 lbs. by December 31, I have to cut back, because I usually end up eating most of the baking myself. So.... ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:43:41 EST Vimy Ridge and The Ontario Regiment Last night Peter and I went to a meeting at the high school about Vimy Ridge, where the Memorial to Canadians who served in the First World War is located. Some of the Canadian soldiers were from the Ontario Regiment, formed by Colonel Sam Sharpe who grew up near where we live, and who went from village village, farm to,farm, recruiting young men to join him in France. In total, 1106 young men answered his call. <BR> <BR> Vimy Ridge had been held by the Germans for a long time, and they w... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:36:32 EST It's a slippery slope... The holiday season is upon us, and one of the hardest things for me is not being in control of what is served, especially at pot lucks or dinners out. <BR> <BR> I've worked very hard and am down 25 lbs. since May. I don't want to gain over the holidays, so here are some of my plans for coping... <BR> <BR> ... eat at home as much as possible. Get the slow cooker out and make some vegetarian chilli to have on hand when we're in a rush. <BR> <BR> ... Roast a chicken, surrounded with veget... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:28:47 EST