WATERMELLEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WATERMELLEN WATERMELLEN'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/ Will Power Fatigue and the Power of Yes Yes Yes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782140 That blog yesterday was percolating in the back of my brain all day . . . and as I was busily "reframing" the nos into yeses, it occurred to me at the end of the day that my will power felt less exhausted than usual. <BR> <BR> The end of the work day, when I walk in the door, is always the toughest moment for me. If I've been saying "no" all day ("No, you can't have one of those doughnuts somebody left in the office kitchen." "No, you can't just sit there at your desk, gotta get up and get... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:50:54 EST Turning Those No No No Nos INTO Yes Yes Yeses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781406 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781391 </link> <BR> <BR> The Fat Self Never Fights Fair, says FEEDTHEHUNGER -- and that's so true. But of course the "fat self" is NOT my "myself": not the self that I aspire to be and the self I truly am at my most authentic. <BR> <BR> The Fat Self focuses on the "nos" -- the things I "can't have". Triggering food-indulgent rebellion that sabotages weight loss and weight maintenance. I find it helpful to r... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:52:00 EST Passion: the Theory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780127 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/anorexia-a-new-pass<BR>ion-may-help-people-recover/article20584523/ </link> <BR> <BR> What an interesting article about the connections between anorexia, eating disorders more generally and neuroscience: based upon explorations of passion theory. <BR> <BR> Passions are a good thing, right? Beyond a longing for passionate romance, perennially celebrated in movies and novels and poetry and music, we've extended our quest for... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:14:35 EST Boyhood (the Movie) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779013 <link>boyhoodmovie.tumblr.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> That article and my blog yesterday about the sacrosanct family dinner hour hit a nerve: sorry. I did family dinners when my kids were small and I was home full time, yes I did. And DH did family dinners when I was back to school. And family dinners continued to happen with less frequency with kids in high school (but still happened) as we accommodated their schedules. And family dinners happened less frequently once the kids were off to... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:50:54 EST Debunking the Myth of the Family Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778400 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenti<BR>ng/debunking-the-myth-of-the-family-di<BR>nner/article20557600/ </link> <BR> <BR> Cooking for the whole family and sitting down together for dinner every night (or at least several nights a week) is the hallmark of good mothering. Right? <BR> <BR> Of course the family dinner is essential to sustaining close family relationships. But that's not all. It improves your kids' grades at school. It improves your kids' mental health. It reduces ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:42:29 EST The days get cooler . . . the carb cravings get stronger!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777784 Yup, I recognize this pattern. Bring on the "comfort food". <BR> <BR> Just thinking about baked macaroni and cheese with a crunchy gooey cheesy topping . . . or a robust beef stew with dumplings . . . or a full cream rice and raisin pudding with cinnamon: enough to make me drool. <BR> <BR> And they're not on the menu!! <BR> <BR> And: that's OK. Really. Because even though I "know" I could make any of the above in a reduced fat version, or I could make any of the above in a full fat... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:39:04 EST Weight Loss and Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776839 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/weight-loss-may-be-<BR>linked-to-depression/article20475456/ </link> <BR> <BR> There is a positive correlation between increased weight loss and increased depression, says some recent research. It's a four year study with 1,979 participants and 80% of those who lost weight felt more depressed. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, that's counter-intuitive: losing weight is supposed to make us feel better! <BR> <BR> Now the research doesn't s... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:32:44 EST Enoughness: Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775654 This morning I found an email on my iPhone from a client whose file wrapped up about six weeks ago. It was a difficult matter which had taken over two years, and repeated bitter court appearances. It involved a small child. <BR> <BR> The client wanted to let me know that the bureaucratic red tape was finished. He wanted to thank me again for my hard work. And he attached a picture of himself with his child -- the child whom he'd told me jumped up and down with joy when he was told abou... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:49:47 EST I Wish You Enough: Shout out to _RAMONA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775073 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774952 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a read of _RAMONA"S great blog with the riff from Bob Parks on wishing a person enough. <BR> <BR> <BR> What a great concept -- wishing a person "enough" -- and not too much -- "just enough" in fact, to make us appreciate more all we have. <BR> <BR> Knowing when I've had just enough to eat? BEFORE I feel full -- given it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to catch up with... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:00:51 EST Another Anything? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774535 Do I really need another anything? That's FEEDTHEHUNGER'S question, and mine too, really. <BR> <BR> Of course at my "age and stage" that's a question that's grounded in having had "enough" for quite a long time. <BR> <BR> Enough food (too much actually). <BR> <BR> Enough shelter (big house, could downsize actually). <BR> <BR> Enough clothing (oh yeah, more than I can wear actually. But no, don't need "high tech wardrobe storage" just yet . . . thankfully. What a horrifying concept s... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:16:41 EST Autumn Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773794 Such interesting responses on "more" yesterday -- what a remarkably thoughtful community we have here! <BR> <BR> And of course I want more summer -- and more flowers -- but really we are just about at the end of our growing season here. <BR> <BR> Walking around my garden this morning, the phlox and zinnias and nasturtiums I've enjoyed this summer are still going strong -- gorgeous actually! But I'm also seeing the debut of the autumn flowers -- some early pale mauve wild asters, so del... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:42:19 EST More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773117 Such interesting insights about bariatric surgery yesterday -- thanks to all who commented. <BR> <BR> The article gave me new sympathy and understanding for those who've had the surgery, and the consensus here seems to be that the real dangers were downplayed and diminished. For myself, I've had a few surgeries, non-elective every time, and would be reluctant to have another. Don't have any tattoos; don't have any piercings (not even single-pierced ears); not interested in plastic surger... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:09:13 EST Bariatric Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772407 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health-advisor/weight-loss<BR>-surgery-is-anything-but-an-easy-way-o<BR>ut/article20306480/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't know much about "weight loss" or bariatric surgery. I know only one person personally who's said he had the surgery -- as a last ditch attempt, after years of struggles with diet and diabetes -- and yup, the transformation has been remarkable and permanent. <BR> <BR> So I found this article interesting for a cou... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 07:10:59 EST Helps Keep Me Keeping On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771624 Met a friend for lunch Saturday whom I've known since Brownies and all through high school. She now lives in Vancouver, was in town homeward bound from Newfoundland, having spent most of her summer travelling across Canada in her super luxe RV. <BR> <BR> It's been at least five years and absolutely great to see her again. And the first thing she said to me?? "You look terrific, you've kept yourself so slim!" <BR> <BR> Great words to hear!! <BR> <BR> And: she looks terrific too, have t... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 06:15:21 EST Labour Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771103 And I'm not doing any. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Very lazy indeed. <BR> <BR> KANOE10 suggested pizza soup and gave me a link to an interesting recipe -- which I've tweaked a little. Used the Italian turkey sausage and canned tomatoes -- could not find any pizza seasoning so used some pizza sauce -- replaced the broccoli with my patented green pepper "noodles" and red onion and mushrooms. Stirred in a bit of Parmesan cheese after I took it off the heat. It's great!! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:38:03 EST Intellectual Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769818 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/news/nationa<BR>l/education/how-physical-exercise-help<BR>s-to-get-students-intellectually-fit/a<BR>rticle20284157/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is a really long article and no need to read any of it (or more than interests you). It's about an orientation program for students starting high school which encourages kids to swim on the floor, dance in the aisles, get active. <BR> <BR> For those who have kids returning to school, it's kinda interesting to see how s... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:00:51 EST Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769210 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relatio<BR>nships/happiness-by-design-how-to-cont<BR>rol-the-joy-in-your-life/article20245154/ </link> <BR> <BR> What we all want, right? <BR> <BR> If we could figure out what happiness is, and how to achieve it, and how to maintain it . . . we'd be happy!! <BR> <BR> And it turns out (big surprise here) that just like I have to engineer my life to avoid food temptations, I also need to plan my life to maximize opportunities for happiness. <BR> <BR> Ha... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:52:59 EST Normal Redux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768582 Oh my goodness normal life is a wonderful wonderful thing. Normal is highly underrated. Maybe we only appreciate normal fully after a period of non-normal Disruption. Invasion. And such like. <BR> <BR> A glorious sunny morning on the verandah, cool and fresh, with my pink and purple asters and my bright yellow and orange nasturtiums and my zinnias all looking very fine. <BR> <BR> Coffee. Charlie. Peace and tranquility. <BR> <BR> Son is home! <BR> <BR> Life is good again. <B... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:53:26 EST Sticking to the Plan: Size Counts in Refrigerators!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767843 So difficult when a person is growling and wanting to snap and bite not to self-medicate by biting into . . . . just about everything that will sit still long enough to be eaten!! <BR> <BR> Read an interesting article yesterday which said that the larger the fridge, the more we buy, and the more we buy, the more choices we have, and the more choices we have, the more we eat. Smaller (or standard 17.5 cubic foot) fridges are definitely associated with lower body weight. <BR> <BR> Also th... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:38:18 EST Healthy Fat and the Fat Self! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767143 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/how-much-healthy-fa<BR>t-can-i-include-in-my-diet-without-gai<BR>ning-weight/article20195361/ </link> <BR> <BR> Useful short article by Leslie Beck reviewing sources of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fat sources, why they're healthy, and how to compensate for their extra calories. <BR> <BR> And: thanks everyone for your support with the grrrrrrrrs. Still growling here, but as quietly as possible! <BR> <BR> <link>www... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:03:24 EST Grrrrr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766498 Grrrrrr. Grrrrrrrrrrrr. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. <BR> <BR> Just sayin'. <BR> <BR> Growling only. Trying mightily not to snap. Or bite. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:06:42 EST Potato Chips -- Sin Free (thanks PHEBESS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766206 PHEBESS suggested this simple, fast, nifty trick: <BR> <BR> Slice a potato as thinly as possible. <BR> <BR> Arrange on a piece of parchment paper in the microwave, 1 layer thick. That's it: no oil, no salt. <BR> <BR> Microwave on high for 8-10 minutes until brown and crispy. <BR> <BR> A little variation that doesn't add many calories -- during the last minute, a light sprinkling of grated Parmesan or grated old cheddar. <BR> <BR> And of course it's easy to imagine other variations --... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:31:54 EST Sister Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765296 Up early and will soon be hitting the road to visit with my sister for the day. <BR> <BR> There will be coffee. <BR> <BR> I've got her birthday presents all wrapped up (a week early). <BR> <BR> We'll catch up and giggle and maybe do a little shopping: window shopping anyhow! <BR> <BR> Hard to beat, right? <BR> <BR> I am so looking forward to it!! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:01:34 EST Self-Medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764731 Self-medicate with food? Empty carbs, fat, salt sugar. Sitting on the couch. Mmmmmmm. The siren call of potato chips: manufactured and engineered to ignite all the pleasure centres in the brain simultaneously. Instant comfort. Ice cream's pretty good too. <BR> <BR> Or self-medicate with endorphins? Yup, those good ol' endorphins which are spontaneously generated by exercise. Those mood-elevating endorphins that make me feel so terrific afterwards. <BR> <BR> And which would proba... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:32:48 EST Fat Neighbourhood/Fit Neighbourhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764086 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/the-road-to-a-healt<BR>hy-lifestyle/article20140107/ </link> <BR> <BR> Where we live can make us fat. <BR> <BR> And the choice of where we live can be counter-intuitive. <BR> <BR> We choose a suburban bungalow on a quiet cul-de-sac believing our kids will be safe playing outside in the street. (Did that, briefly.) <BR> <BR> But -- if we have to drive our kids everywhere they'll get fat. And so will we. <BR> <BR> A c... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:12:51 EST That Fabulous Day Feeling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763392 One of my SparkFriends messaged me about having a fabulous day. <BR> <BR> Too often, life can feel like a bit of a slog -- keeping on keeping on. So, where does the "fabulous day" feeling come from? She had been kayaking yesterday and is feeling confident about sticking to her program and reaching her weight loss goals -- that would feel fabulous, for sure! <BR> <BR> I had a good night's sleep. Charlie greeted me with wheeks of pleasure, his tail wagging. Greek yogourt and raspberrie... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:03:32 EST Feeling Fuller Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762689 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/eight-foods-that-ca<BR>n-take-the-edge-off-hunger-pangs/artic<BR>le20093784/ </link> <BR> <BR> Satiety value. <BR> <BR> This article by Leslie Beck lists 8 foods that offer longer-lasting fullness plus solid nutritional benefits. Probably pretty familiar to those of us who persist with seeking out optimal nutrition. But she suggests some different ways of eating 'em. <BR> <BR> My go-tos (salads for lunch, soups for supp... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:46:51 EST I Like A Meal that Takes Its Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761944 FEEDTHEHUNGER's blog on using a fork and not a shovel really reminded me of how important it is to eat slowly enough to permit myself to enjoy what I'm eating. <BR> <BR> I don't have to eat in a huge hurry because I'm embarrassed to be eating at all, or so much, or food that someone might think is self-indulgent . . . <BR> <BR> I'm allowed to enjoy what I eat. I am not going to eat anything that I don't consider to be delicious. Why would I waste my calories on anything less? <BR> <... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:19:03 EST Where's My Body Data Going? To Whom? For What Purpose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761319 I don't have a FitBit. Or any other kind of wearable syncing fitness tracker. Including the one that's sold right here as Spark People. <BR> <BR> Have thought about it. But been vaguely uneasy about the syncing of my personal bodily data and the potential for tracking of that data by the vendor of the tracker . . . without my informed consent. These wearables are essentially GPS systems for the individual, right down to the heartbeat and sleep patterns, which seem to open up the potent... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:28:45 EST Blogging to Focus: SUSANNAH31 is right!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760745 What a great blog -- SUSANNAH31 is blogging while babysitting to remind herself to track the nutrition while away from home . . . vacations are tough. (Although babysitting a grandbaby is probably not a complete vacation either!!) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760581 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I also blog to keep my focus sharp and figure things out for myself. How do I know what I think (let allow feel) till I see what I say? Just m... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:47:27 EST Hey Thank You for the Five Years Congrats! PlusShout Out to ALIDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760108 Really appreciate all the kind comments on that "Five Years Maintaining" blog -- which have also made me think again about "goal weight"! <BR> <BR> Take a look at this interesting recent blog by ALIDA who felt a little bit criticized for participating in a "maintenance challenge" when she wasn't at goal weight. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759164 </link> <BR> <BR> As 4A-HEALTHY-BMI commented, she's running that maintenance chal... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:55:11 EST FEEDTHEHUNGER: Escape from Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759424 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758750 </link> <BR> <BR> Welcome back FEEDTHEHUNGER, one of the most interesting and thoughtful bloggers here at Spark People! Like so many, she's had various Spark "handles" from time to time -- but her inimitable prose remains a constant source of pleasure! <BR> <BR> Loved her recent "Escape from Freedom" blog. It chimes with my own recurrent conviction of the tyranny of choice. When we're faced with over 20... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:50:29 EST MAINtenance is the MAIN thing! From Day One at Spark People . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758711 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758529#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> Check out this amazing blog, posted by 4A-HEALTHY-BMI yesterday: "Weight Management Superstars, 14 Thousand Pounds Kept Off for Almost 800 Years!" <BR> <BR> Out Queen of Stats, co-team leader of At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance, has done it again! She lists all the "Superstars" (*blush* yup I'm one) by Spark name and number of pounds lost and number of ye... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:42:05 EST Healthiest Life Enjoyable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757359 We know that to sustain weight loss maintenance, we need to be content with the lowest sustainable weight -- not the lowest achievable weight. Dr. Judith S Beck introduced me to that concept in her great book, The Beck Diet Solution, train your brain to think like a thin person. <BR> <BR> And today's Globe and Mail had a terrific article along the same lines: we should aim for the healthiest life which is still enjoyable. Not merely tolerable. An exercise and nutrition regime which is st... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:09:36 EST #2 Weight and Addiction to the Approval of Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756837 Looking at comments on yesterday's blog, it was striking to me how many women said that their own addiction to the approval of others diminished very significantly as they got older, and that only with age have they been able to focus on weight loss and weight loss maintenance! <BR> <BR> Here's my comment in response to JANEWATKINS: <BR> <BR> "Totally agree that most of us women only shed addiction to the approval of others with age . . . but why is that, when guys seem so much less afflict... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:06:34 EST Weight and Addiction to the Approval of Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756130 A Spark Friend messaged me today to say that she's really enjoying the application of mental toughness to her food tracking and her exercise program, but she wishes she could apply some of this mental toughness in her relationships with friends and family. She says she gets too "mushy" and her feelings get too hurt and . . . . she's wondering how mental toughness works with people! <BR> <BR> This is what I responded: <BR> <BR> "Siebold says addiction to the approval of others is the most i... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 05:56:49 EST Vanity motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755544 OK, I admit it: I'm frivolous and superficial and girly. <BR> <BR> So you can imagine how totally flattered I felt when I stopped in at my convenience store the other morning to pick up my newspapers . . . greeted by the woman behind the counter with the words, "I look forward to seeing you every morning, just to see what you're wearing!" <BR> <BR> She's probably 40 years younger than I am. And she's "hip and happening" herself . . . great scarves, great hair, great makeup. (That morning... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 06:32:17 EST Rethinking Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754899 <link>www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_ho<BR>w_to_make_stress_your_friend </link> <BR> <BR> What an amazing TED talk by Kelly McGonigal on dealing with stress. <BR> <BR> We've been brainwashed to believe that we should avoid stress at all costs. That stress is bad for our health. That living with stress can actually kill us. <BR> <BR> Not so, says neuroscientist Kely McGonigal. It all depends on how we think about stress. If we welcome that pounding heart as an indicator our body i... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:59:23 EST Genetic Destiny? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754162 I've got a difficult metabolism to manage. My body grabs on and holds tight to every calorie I eat. I've gotta eat less (quite a bit less) and move more than "most people" to maintain a weight that I consider acceptable. But 80% of weight maintenance for me has been about nutrition tracking. <BR> <BR> And I've blamed all of that on my genetic destiny. A given. Something I can't change. Something I can only accept and deal with. <BR> <BR> So this new research in my morning Globe and... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:57:20 EST Rainy holiday Monday . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753424 . . . made for a very lazy day. <BR> <BR> I've been to the gym during a first torrential downpour. The sun came out, it got sticky and humid and by mid-afternoon the beach was beckoning. <BR> <BR> But: a second really torrential downpour, with lots of lightning and thunder. <BR> <BR> And so sitting on the verandah with a cup of coffee and Charlie and a book, enjoying the sound of rain on the roof and rain splashing off the puddles and rain on the leaves was the default option. <BR> <BR... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 07:33:38 EST Locavore? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752671 Fresh local peach. Fresh local blueberries. And: a few imported raspberries and blackberries. Mixed with Greek no fat no sugar mandarin orange yogourt. <BR> <BR> Great breakfast! <BR> <BR> But -- not all locavore even in the height of the summer fresh fruit and vegetable season. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's soup: a chilled cucumber and Greek yogourt/chicken broth base with some sliced cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh local garden peas, onion and chunks of chicken breast. It's good. Bu... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 06:43:33 EST Knowledge isn't enough . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752144 We can find out everything we need to know on the internet. And we can access the internet everywhere we go, from our smartphones. <BR> <BR> <link>news.nationalpost.com/2014/08/01/did<BR>-the-internet-kill-curiosity-why-so-ma<BR>ny-would-rather-play-online-games-than<BR>-search-for-knowledge/ </link> <BR> <BR> Can't quite remember that quotation from the poem memorized in grade six? Or who wrote it? Enter a few words in Google ("and miles to go before I sleep", say) and up it comes. ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:39:39 EST Never gonna eat again . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751562 That's how I always feel after I've been to the dental hygienist. Sure, I brush. Floss. And use a Sulcabrush too. [A Canadian invention . . . amazing!! My dentist hands these out free in a "loot bag" after the party!! But you can buy 'em on Amazon . . .] <BR> <BR> <link>www.sulcabrush.com/cons_instructions<BR>_ca.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> And nope, the euphoria of the never-eating-again hygienist experience doesn't last for long. After a morning appointment (last Wednesday) I was ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:45:57 EST Physio Genius!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750889 Wow!! How is it possible to get so much relief from pain in 30 minutes? Clever young physio using the "Graston technique" managed to release those tense and tight muscles in my left leg so quickly and so competently. And: made me feel great by telling me how fit and healthy I am (and nope, she didn't say "for 63" either, which made me feel even better!!). And she complimented me for having already done "all the right things" that I could have done for myself: the gentle exercise, stretchi... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:10:07 EST Rainy, cool . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750143 . . . makes it a good day for working! <BR> <BR> And I've got some interesting but relatively low-pressure work to do! <BR> <BR> Drafting a lengthy document that will (when executed) bring an emotionally-charged and difficult matter to a conclusion. Terms have been agreed upon. That always feels good: resolution by negotiation rather than fully adversarial court warfare. <BR> <BR> A late afternoon meeting on a law reform topic which is dear to my heart. <BR> <BR> And in between, yup... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:41:48 EST Trivia trivia!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749465 I am always trying to achieve monthly Trivia A student status!! But seldom succeeding. I look enviously at those names that come up day after day as having 100% "correct scores": and you know who you are!! My personality is not particularly competitive (I tell myself) but this inability to be a consistent A student at Spark People is . . . disheartening. Discouraging. After a lifetime of striving for As in other academic arenas . . . (OK then, I probably AM academically a competitive ki... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:10:32 EST Fresh Raspberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748714 The local raspberries are available -- about half the size of the mammoth berries I can buy pretty much year round, and tangier tasting somehow. And the fresh local blueberries are ready too. Mmmm: half a cup of each for breakfast, with a mandarin orange fat free/sugar free Greek yogourt. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the helpful suggestions re leg issues -- and yes, I've made a physio appointment for Thursday. Of course now that I've done that, it's feeling quite a bit better this morning!! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:14:07 EST Golf in a Cart . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748013 OK then, I'm going to contact a sport physio clinic. <BR> <BR> It's been almost 2 months that my left leg/knee have been giving me grief and I've exhausted all the management techniques I know: gentle exercise on the elliptical, modified strength training routines, lots of stretching afterwards, lots of roller massage, changing up my heel heights during the day etc. etc. Doesn't seem to be a joint issue, more a muscle/tendon thingy but what do I know. <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I realize... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:55:36 EST Summer Borscht! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747411 I love hot cabbage and beet borscht in the winter time . . . with lots of garlic and red chili flakes, carrots and celery, maybe even a potato or two. Great stuff. <BR> <BR> But: decided yesterday to make a quick quick chilled summer borscht version with the food processor and canned (yup, canned) veggies!! No fuss no muss. And I believe that often canned or frozen veggies have nutritional scores bettering fresh veggies that aren't "local": our farm tomatoes and beets won't be ready for a... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:42:23 EST Whew!! Cultivating our own gardens . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746804 Thanks so much for all the instant support facing yesterday's tough day. What a wonderful group of people we have here!! <BR> <BR> It started out tough (gnarly patch on the domestic patch: NOT Charlie and NOT DH) and then I was facing a tough work thingy. <BR> <BR> All good. Settled after two plus years intense litigation. Got a great great result in a matter that matters (small person involved). Without escalating warfare between the parties. Optimistic about their future . . . did... 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