PIXIEWIXIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PIXIEWIXIE PIXIEWIXIE'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/ Supersize Vs Superskinny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632302 Last night, I happened upon the British series "Supersize Vs Superskinny" while looking about on youtube. If you haven't seen this before, the series pits a super-obese client against a super-thin client and for 48-hours they have to eat each others typical menu. Interspersed with this are various reports, depending on the season, about fad diets or about novel fitness programs, etc. The point of this was that the superthin and superfat would learn something about eating, each registering the... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:09:25 EST Whole 30, Day 30: Beets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348410 It's Whole 30, Day 30 and today the spotlight is on: Beets! <BR> <BR> These little gems really tend to divide food lovers into beet-lovers and beet-haters. I want to be a lover but try as I might I just can't seem to fall for these guys. They call out to me in their deep purple voices at the market, urging me to put them in my basket, and inevitably I do. I feel good picking them up, paying and stashing them away in the fridge but fast forward a day or two, the plump little beauties are begi... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:36:49 EST Whole 30, Day 29: Parsnips AND Kohlrabi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347144 It's Whole 30, Day 29 and today the spotlight is on: Parsnips AND Kohlrabi <BR> <BR> Ah, it's getting hard to choose, parsnips, radishes, kohlrabi, watercress, garlic, swede (rutabaga), cucumbers, okra, avocado... There are so so many to choose from!! I want to feature lots of roots because I really don't see Grok passing up some tubers in favour of a green salad and I know I personally prefer their natural sweetness to the bitter kick of leaves. Would it be wrong to go out on a root double ... Mon, 6 May 2013 09:00:53 EST Whole 30, Day 28: Chard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347105 It's Whole 30, Day 28 and today the spotlight is on: Chard! <BR> <BR> Coming close to the end of the series it's hard to settle on what veggie to include. There are so many good ones left. Well, it's been a while since I did a green leafy one, so today I'm sharing a recipe for Swiss chard. This one looks a bit like the rhubarb I featured last week and it is somewhat related, being in the same taxonomic order but of a different family. Chard is a closer relative of the beet (fantastic beet re... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:21:47 EST Whole 30, Day 27: Jerusalem Artichoke/Sunchoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345321 It's Whole 30, Day 27 and today the spotlight is on: Jerusalem Artichoke/Sunchoke <BR> <BR> We're getting near the end of the series, just three more posts left! That flew! Earlier in the week I did a post on globe artichoke. Although today's featured vegetable goes by the same name it has nothing whatsoever to do with the globe. The term sunchoke, although not common in Europe, is more fitting, since the Jerusalem artichoke is actually a member of the sunflower family, and specifically, is ... Sat, 4 May 2013 12:36:27 EST Whole 30, Day 26: Rhubarb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344043 It's Whole 30, Day 26 and the veg of the day is: Rhubarb <BR> <BR> I wasn't planning on featuring rhubarb today but when I saw it listed in the article, "What to eat this spring" on the SP welcome page, I thought, why not? Rhubarb is in season right now and many gardens are overflowing with these purple, celery-like stalks. Interestingly, rhubarb is classified as a fruit in the USA, not for any botanical reason but because it is most commonly eaten in sweet dishes. Rhubarb's history, however... Fri, 3 May 2013 07:48:51 EST Whole 30, Day 25: Brussels Sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342889 It's Whole 30, Day 25 and today we're eating: Brussels Sprouts <BR> <BR> It's Day 25 already and we're still not onto any weird or unusual veggies. I think everything that's been featured so far is pretty standard fare. Brussels sprouts are no exception. This diminutive member of the cabbage family is a treasure trove of nutrition, boasting high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E and folate. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204877786.jpg"> <BR> (c) DeSandies, ManYe... Thu, 2 May 2013 07:49:10 EST Whole 30, Day 24: Green Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342861 It's Whole 30, Day 24 and today's veggie of the day is: Green Beans <BR> <BR> Are green beans Whole 30 approved? Absolutely! While they are legumes, normally avoided by paleoesque programs, they are quite plantiferous (is that a word? it should be) and are totally acceptable, along with the likes of mangetout and snow peas. Yeah, these guys have been selectively bred to be eaten, by humans. Sure, you can pick them right off the plant and eat them raw, no special processing, soaking or long c... Thu, 2 May 2013 07:15:53 EST Whole 30, Day 23: Globe artichoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340356 It's Whole 30, Day 23 and today's favourite veg is: Globe artichoke <BR> <BR> These are funny little things, aren't they? Globe artichokes (not to be confused with Jerusalem artichokes) are members of the thistle family, which I think is glaringly obvious from their bud-like appearance. Well, it's not just bud-like, globe artichokes are actually flower buds! You can eat the fleshy little lobes or split the globe in two in search of the heart. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:27:06 EST Whole 30, Day 22: Onions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339092 It's Whole 30, Day 22 and the veg of the day is: Onions <BR> <BR> I'd like to see a kitchen that doesn't have onions in the larder! Well, actually, they are often avoided by Hare Krishnas and people with an allium intolerance. I don't think I could cope if that was me. So many recipes begin with slicing, chopping or mincing onions. Personally, I start to feel panic setting in if I run out of them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1502379677.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thes... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:54:12 EST Whole 30, Day 21: Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339054 It's Whole 30, Day 21 and today the spotlight is on: Tomatoes <BR> <BR> Ah, tomatoes. I tried to give them up years ago, thinking I was intolerant of them, and it was HARD! These guys turn up everywhere! I eventually decided that a life without tomato wasn't much worth living for me and so I started eating them again. I can't see any particular ill-effects from them now or maybe I just don't want to! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l289078998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:18:02 EST Whole 30, Day 20: Bok Choy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337671 It's Whole 30, Day 20 and today the spotlight is on: Bok Choy! <BR> <BR> Don't be deceived. Today's veggie looks a lot like yesterday's celery but they are worlds apart: bok choy is a kind of Chinese cabbage. This little international vegetable of mystery is called by many names, including Pak Choy, Pak choi and Bok choi. This is a very common ingredient in Asian cuisine, showing up in broth-like soups and stir fries. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114203696.... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 20:53:06 EST Whole 30, Day 19: Celery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336085 It's Whole 30, Day 19 and today's veggie is: Celery <BR> <BR> So, I've already featured celeriac but the stalk that grows from that spherical root is so very distinct and unmissable that it deserved a blog all of its own. To me, celery is irreplaceable. Have you ever made a stew, for example, and either forgot or omitted the celery? It's just not the same! Leeks come close to filling the gap, celeriac comes a little closer, but there is just nothing else quite like celery. <BR> <BR> <img s... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:28:03 EST Whole 30, Day 18: Butternut Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335616 It's Whole 30, Day 18 and today the spotlight is on: Butternut Squash <BR> <BR> It's butternut squash time! This pale orange, pear-shaped fruit is the darling of paleo lifestyle afficionados. It's a very convenient alternative to potatoes and has a much milder flavour than other pumpkins. It's also a lot easier to peel, which is a big plus in my book. Although it's a winter squash, it often makes an appearance at farmers' markets and green grocers in the autumn and it's often still available... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:16:13 EST Whole 30, Day 17: Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333932 It's Whole 30, Day 17 and the spotlight is on: Kale <BR> <BR> It was only a matter of time before kale made an appearance in this blog series. It's one of the most talked-about veggies on the interweb, from what I can see. Love it or hate it (most people seem to love it), there is no denying that this little leafy brassica is a nutritional heavy weight. If you're interested in Paleo-ish philosophy, it's worth noting that kale is one of the more ancient green vegetables around and has been a ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:48:55 EST Whole 30, Day 16: Courgette/Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332683 It's Whole 30, Day 16 and today's veggie is: Courgette... or maybe Zucchini <BR> <BR> Day 15 passed me right by, I guess I was busy. I promised myself a Kombucha starter kit for making it halfway. Do I deserve it? Hmm, not really. I haven't managed 100% compliance. I'm still going, though. *Crying*... I really wanted a baby scoby... *sniff* <BR> <BR> Anyway, on with the veg of the day... <BR> <BR> You call it zucchini, I call it courgette, either way, it is a staple in my fridge. It's chea... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:17:19 EST Whole 30, Day 15: Cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331766 It's Whole 30, Day 15 and today's veggie is: Cauliflower <BR> <BR> The humble cauliflower is a central ingredient in a lot of primal/paleo fare. Its name has become synonymous with "rice" and "mashed potato". This white, nobly crucifer lends itself well to spicy dishes with Indian flavours... aloo gobi anyone? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1303740071.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love to use cauli in Upside-down Curry (see my blog of the same name). It also roasts well... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:51:02 EST Whole 30, Day 14: Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330926 It's Whole 30, Day 14 and today the spotlight is on: Asparagus <BR> <BR> Am I the only one who couldn't wait for Asparagus Day to roll around? I just love this stuff. I'm talking about green asparagus here folks, not the white stuff. I love colourful food! White asparagus just doesn't have the same visual appeal for me as the green but it tastes good all the same, I'll admit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1064153010.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The most difficult decisio... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:55:02 EST Whole 30, Day 13: Chicory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330904 It's Whole 30, Day 13 and today's veggie of the day is: Chicory <BR> <BR> Chicory, this stuff pops up everywhere! It's commonly added to herbal teas, some coffee substitutes are made from it and it's also found splayed out on the salad counter at the supermarket. The roots and mature leaves are usually used in the preparation of instant drinks and infusiona. The little white leaf buds that are most usual to find at the store are grown below ground and deprived of sunlight, much like white as... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:22:50 EST Whole 30, Day 12: Sweet potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328578 It's Whole 30, Day 12 and today the spotlight is on: Sweet Potatoes <BR> <BR> I don't have a lot of time for blogging today but I couldn't miss the next installment in the series. I am posting a recipe for a veggie that speaks for itself, the humble sweet potato. Unlike some people, I think both white and sweet potatoes are completely paleo-compatible in moderation, and being Irish I certainly claim that if anyone is adapted to eating shpuds, I am! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:30:36 EST Whole 30, Day 11: Fennel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327312 It's Whole 30, Day 11 and today the spotlight is on: Fennel <BR> <BR> Day 11 already folks! We're really chugging along now! On the menu today is Fennel. This little fragrant delight is both a veggie and flavour maker. It's delicious crunchy and raw but the taste is definitely more intense. Once cooked, it mellows a lot and melts in the mouth. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1822320782.jpg"> <BR> This veggie looks like bagpipes to me, hehe. <BR> <BR> Anyway, ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:31:46 EST Whole 30, Day 10: Carrots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326110 It's Whole 30, Day 10 and today the spotlight is on: Carrots <BR> <BR> It's Day 10 already, can you believe it? The days are flying by. In the hot seat today is the humble carrot. I have yet to meet a person who dislikes carrots. Even little kids who reject other vegetables will happily chow down on some of these familiar, sweet roots. As well as the common orange carrot, many other colour varieties are becoming available too, thanks in part to Jamie Oliver and other celebrity cooks. Why not... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:37:25 EST Whole 30, Day 9: Cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324795 It's Whole 30, Day 9 and today the spotlight is on: Cabbage <BR> <BR> Today the spotlight is on cabbage. Cabbage isn't unique in being best friends with butter and garlic. Isn't it interesting how everything combines well with those two? I like making Indian-style cabbage too, sauteed with mustard seed and ginger in a generous amount of ghee. Well, since we had Indian-themed eggplant at the weekend, I thought I'd take a different direction on Cabbage Day... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 06:35:09 EST Whole 30, Day 8: Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323552 It's Whole 30, Day 8 and today the spotlight is on: Mushrooms! <BR> <BR> I could probably do an entire 30-day series on mushroom varieties alone. I know it's a bit simplistic to reduce this entire group of "veggies" to a single entry but, you know, some people don't even categorise mushrooms as vegetables because they are not part of the Plant Kingdom, but are part of the Fungi Kingdom... yup, they get an entire kingdom all to themselves! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:36:10 EST Whole 30, Day 7: Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323521 It's Whole 30, Day 7 and today the spotlight is on: Broccoli! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1613555224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Who doesn't love broccoli? Those delicate little green tufts of deliciousness are quick and easy to prepare and combine so well with other flavours. I am a big fan of this veggie. I puree steamed florets with pesto or toss it in stir fries. It's easy to overcook when steamed or boiled and dries out quickly when roasted but when it's prepared ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 05:21:30 EST Whole 30, Day 6: Aubergine/Eggplant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321161 It's Whole 30, Day 6 and today the spotlight is on: Aubergine... otherwise known as Eggplant! <BR> <BR> Creamy delicious aubergine is the pick of the day today. It starts out as a bland little spongy entity, that's quite unremarkable raw. I've had it in salads and that is definitely not the way to go with this fruity globe. Cook it, however, and a splendid transformation occurs, what was once a white spongy block metamorphoses into a gorgeous creamy substance that is a delight to the senses.... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:05:00 EST Whole 30, Day 5: Spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320390 It's Whole 30, Day 5 and today the spotlight is on: Spinach! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1381412771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I am highlighting one of my favourite veggies! Mmm, spinach! This leafy lovely goes well with just about everything. I always have it on hand, in fresh and frozen form. It gets added to bolognese and meatballs, omolettes and scrambled eggs, stir fries, salads, you name it! I regularly eat spinach for breakfast, wilted in the pan after I'... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 06:18:59 EST Whole 30, Day 4: Turnips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319229 It's Whole 30, Day 4 and today the spotlight is on: Turnips <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591179720.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Turnips, they're funny little things with a very distinctive mustardy flavour. As with all roots, they lend themselves to stews, mashes and roasting. This idea pairs them with a punchy pesto sauce that would dress up any side dish. <BR> <BR> This recipe was originally posted on www.herbielikesspaghetti.com <BR> <BR> <BR> Turnips with Olive P... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 06:05:25 EST Whole 30, Day 3: Celeriac http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317956 It's Whole 30, Day 3 and today the spotlight is on: Celeriac! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184201179.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yum! Celeriac is a weird-looking vegetable, with the texture of a turnip and the mild aromatic flavour of celery. Celeriac, also known as celery root, is marvelous in stews, combines well in vegetable and chicken-based soups, and is the easiest thing in the world to mash, either together with other roots or on its own. However, since the purpo... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 06:43:51 EST Whole 30, Day 2: Peppers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316711 So, it's Day 2 of the Whole 30 and it's time to focus on another marvelous veggie. Today's winner is: Peppers! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246572632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I always have peppers in my fridge. They come in so many shapes, forms and colours it's hard to imagine a life without peppers. For some, though, peppers and their nightshade cousins (tomatoes, aubergines, white potatoes) are not primal/paleo. I think, unless you have a particular intolerance to... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 06:27:36 EST Whole 30, Day 1: Leeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315915 I'm embarking on my second Whole 30 and in honour of this special event I've decided to do a series of spotlight blogs on vegetables. When you take dense carbs out of the equation, side dishes become all the more important. So, for the next 30 days I'll be posting recipes and cooking ideas for a Veg of the Day and today's lucky winner is: Leeks! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l509077068.jpg"> <BR> (c) MLON <BR> <BR> What do you do with the humble leek? It is e... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:24:58 EST Playing the part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108860 Sometimes life repeats itself. There is a lesson here I should have learned before... <BR> <BR> I found myself at a party this evening, unexpectedly, and I also found myself in a role I didn't know I played. I was the one on a "diet". Now, I have been losing weight this year, I've lost a fair bit, but I've never told anyone I'm on a diet. As far as I'm concerned I'm not. I'm on the rest of my life. So, I ended up at this neighbour's birthday party by accident, shortly after my just-got-home ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:46:24 EST Getting it Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096062 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l320991286.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There should be a manual for life, shouldn't there? Some big volume with the solutions to everything and "Don't panic" inscribed in large, neon letters on the cover. People have been living lives for so long, we ought to have it down to a fine art by now. <BR> <BR> I suppose I always had the idea that there was a right way to do this life thing. A "best" way that we all aspire to. If everyone was just kind to eac... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 06:47:19 EST Upside-down curry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070730 So, I've been going mostly grain-free lately and it's been great! Besides being food obsessed, I've found that the "munchies" have pretty much disappeared and don't have any problem staring down food that would have previously been a major threat to my regime. <BR> <BR> One of my favourite new discoveries is cauliflower rice. I loved it so much I wanted to share my recipe with you. What goes better with cauliflower than curry? Eh? Probably nothing. So, my strategy was to turn my curry on its... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 19:29:56 EST The Parasite Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062041 So, here's a short little almost funny story: <BR> <BR> I had my son at our health centre for his annual developmental check-up and our doctor recommended that I give him an anti-parasitic treatment for worms. She said, <BR> <BR> "I usually prescribe it for the parents too but in your case I'm not going to because at least the parasites are assimilating half of what you eat." <BR> <BR> How many years did she spend at medical school to come up with that? <BR> I've lost 48 lbs so far this... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:20:29 EST Falling down the primal rabbit hole. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004974 Remember in the Matrix, when Morpheus offers Neo two pills? <BR> <BR> "You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l671956215.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some things, once you know them you can't continue living as if you don't. You can't keep living like you did before. I tripped and fel... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:56:34 EST GAINING Inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953023 I like to wear skirts and dresses, at-, above-, or below the knee. As my stomach protruded, the hemlines gradually retreated higher and higher up my leg. Skirts that used to sit on my hips obediently migrated to my waist. The overall effect was that some of my clothes got too short for my liking. <BR> <BR> Lately, though, I have been gaining inches, not in my physique but in my hemlines! I don't recognise my own clothes. A denim skirt of mine resettled so low on my hips that it was practica... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 06:02:14 EST The Can-Haves. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932589 Since my weight loss has become more obvious, people comment from time to time and occasionally transform into the food police. "I'm watching you," if they see me eating a cookie or, "But of course, you can't have that." <BR> I can have everything and anything I want, although I do avoid dangerous foods that I can't control myself around. I DO still have most things that I truly love and many more that I used to deny myself. <BR> <BR> The whole point of my plan is to be real and sustainabl... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:24:14 EST See what you want to see. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884626 Opportunities... <BR> Today I got that call every mother dreams of, "Can your son come for a play date and dinner?" Hurrah! I'm a single mother and, while I love my child to infinity and beyond, I also relish those rare times when I have a couple of hours completely to myself. Hurrah, I thought, time for some exercise! I was expressing my joy to a work colleague and he said to me, "Great, you should go home and have a big glass of wine and some cheese!" Cheese? What the hell? I don't think so... Wed, 16 May 2012 18:58:22 EST ... with butter or without? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854931 I had lunch out today, in an effort to get my grocery shopping done efficiently, I grabbed a sandwich and soup at the supermarket café. When I ordered my sambo the girl asked me... <BR> <BR> well, you know what she asked me... it's the title of this blog, <BR> "Do you want that with butter or without?"... <BR> <BR> A little part of me crumbled, <BR> "You've asked me now so I have to say... Without!" <BR> <BR> Ha, I suppose a part of me didn't expect to have a choice: oh well, this thing is... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:07:02 EST The Exercist - The Power of Fit Compels You. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849431 <BR> "Psychiatrist: Is there someone inside you? <BR> Regan: Sometimes. <BR> Psychiatrist: Who is it? <BR> Regan: I don't know. <BR> Psychiatrist: Is it Captain Howdy? <BR> Regan: I don't know. <BR> Psychiatrist: If I ask him to tell me, will you let him answer? <BR> Regan: No. <BR> Psychiatrist: Why not? <BR> Regan: I'm afraid." <BR> <BR> For anyone on this path there is a duality, the Before and the Now. We think about the "old me", the person I used to be. I think, in many ways, I was li... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 08:23:13 EST