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/ Capable of Being Pleasant Yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222947 When our kids were little and misbehaved, I'd often tell them to go sit on the stairs until they were "capable of being pleasant". <BR> <BR> The back stairs in our old house are very narrow and cosy. The kids often sat on them to have their mid-afternoon snacks, side by side. And there's a door at the bottom of these stairs. <BR> <BR> So the offending little person would settle down on the stairs, generally with the door closed, about two feet away from where I'd be working in the kitchen.... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:08:52 EST Choosing Thinner Friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221794 <link>ca.news.yahoo.com/thinner-friends-he<BR>lp-lose-weight-151020168.html </link> <BR> <BR> How do we choose our friends? Well, probably not consciously based upon their weight. That sounds pretty discriminatory and judgmental, actually. <BR> <BR> But still, one of the Spark Trivia questions zeros in on the research-supported "fact" that we're something like 57% more likely to be overweight or obese if our friends are also overweight or obese. The linked article above suggests that... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:00:43 EST Insane Frugality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220792 Oh my: my frugality can (and does) get ridiculous. <BR> <BR> Took me way too long to agree to buy a new bed. Because I didn't want to pay for it -- (and yup, that old bed turned out to be 40 years old!!!). <BR> <BR> And now we have a big eavestrough bill. Last time eavestroughs were installed ?? Yes, 30 years ago. It's time. But the quote to do all the work that needs to be done? Gulp. <BR> <BR> (They're starting on Monday). <BR> <BR> Even new glasses: last time I bought any was ap... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:49:35 EST Food Ads and Brain Science http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220160 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/food-advertisements<BR>-have-impact-on-childrens-eating-habit<BR>s-study/article31446284/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm always interested in articles on brain science -- and this one, describing how kids' brains respond to food ads, is particularly helpful. Because I'm pretty sure that it applies to my brain too, not just to a kid's brain. <BR> <BR> Will power? Highly over rated! It runs out early. And as this article illustra... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:56:17 EST Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219519 I've experienced insomnia for a long time: and when I can't sleep, I have comforted myself with Jessa Gamble's research on polyphasic sleeping which tells me this is normal. (There's a TED talk and lots of other info out there if you're curious.) <BR> <BR> When I can't sleep I read awhile, I go back to sleep, i wake up again. At least I haven't worried too much about insomnia. <BR> <BR> However: we recently acquired a new bed! And I discovered to my horror that the bed we were actual... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:25:47 EST From Coping to Thriving: Shout Out to DESIREE671 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218171 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218145 </link> <BR> <BR> Desiree671 has written a great book review of Hannah Braine's "From Coping to Thriving" which is about "caregiving" and surviving the burdens of providing care. A lot of people burn out. But DESIREE671 also points out that for many of us here at Spark People struggling with food addiction, it may be helpful to recognize that excessive reliance on "coping" signals lack of self-care. Failu... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:02:34 EST Comparisons? Competition? Shout out to VALERIEMAHA!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217651 VALERIEMAHA is a great favourite of so many of us here: me most definitely included. And she left a note recently on my Spark Page saying she had almost not posted her recent "accountability" blogs because she was comparing herself to me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211755 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's what I replied: <BR> <BR> "I so much appreciated your candid "confession" about comparing . . . because much as I try to resist, ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:15:01 EST 24/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217390 What do I wear 24/7? <BR> <BR> Two things. <BR> <BR> My hair. <BR> <BR> And my body. <BR> <BR> Anything else I "add" -- clothes, makeup, shoes, hats etc. -- is superimposed upon the "base": the hair and the body. <BR> <BR> I'm really frugal. But not when it comes to haircuts. And not when it comes to paying for optimal food/fuel OR when it comes to paying for my gym; both of which are pretty key for "the body". <BR> <BR> I was chatting with my hairdresser (of over 30 years!) tod... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 17:33:36 EST Blush http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216612 Another daily treat is, of course, deciding what to wear . . . from a closet where everything fits!! I hate to admit it *blush* at my advanced age and wrinklitude: but vanity is a huge component of day to day motivation in the MAINtenance battle (and yup, it's a battle no kidding.) <BR> <BR> Today: veeeeeerrrry casual outfit for the office. But: it's a Friday. It's really hot out. I'm having a no-clients day (unless somebody drops in). <BR> <BR> So: it's blush cotton ankle pants. A ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:45:40 EST A Treat Each Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215810 DH makes a point of giving himself a treat every day. No matter how busy he is. No matter what else he has to do. He plans it. <BR> <BR> It might be 15 minutes just hitting balls at the golf course. <BR> <BR> Or listening to a funny video blog on his computer. <BR> <BR> Or an extended conversation with Charlie! <BR> <BR> Very seldom is it a high calorie treat -- although with his metabolism, he can afford to be more indulgent with food than I can. <BR> <BR> A treat a day is a good g... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:24:36 EST Foxes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214745 Right in our front garden! <BR> <BR> Charlie, DH and I were sitting on the verandah reading the paper and drinking coffee (except for Charlie) when a large red fox went running diagonally right across the yard! <BR> <BR> And then, about 10 minutes later, two smaller and blonder foxes (teenagers?) just playing and gamboling about. <BR> <BR> We do back into a forested park area: and I've seen skunks, raccoons and even on two occasions a lynx . . . but foxes are new. About a month ago, I... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:25:46 EST Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214153 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/fitness/long-distance-runn<BR>ers-dont-underestimate-the-power-of-pr<BR>otein/article31259508/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not a long distance runner (sob sob: used to run 10 km a day . . . and loved it). But: I do need to focus on eating more protein. And this article told me something new: that it's also important to spread out protein intake over the day. <BR> <BR> OK then: generous bowl of Greek yogourt for breakfast (with banana ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:06:58 EST POTATO CHIP STORY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213630 Yesterday I'd gone to the gym (after an egg white omelette breakfast) and then decided to head directly to the local outlet mall. Looking for dark leopard print ankle boots preferably OR in the alternative shoes . . . with my size 10 feet I know I always need to check for shoes early because the 1 pair in my size will be gone gone gone if I wait too long -- and I want 'em for fall to go with an amazing dark subtle leopard print leather moto jacket I picked up on ebay a few weeks ago . . . ... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:29:28 EST Shout out to RAMONA: Almost 100 pounds lost!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213359 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213341 </link> <BR> <BR> Please check out this amazing blog, video and stills, and the wise words of a terrific Sparkie showing the transformation of losing almost 100 pounds. <BR> <BR> She. Looks. Terrific. Healthy and happy!!! Sat, 6 Aug 2016 17:27:37 EST Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213107 My (somewhat edited) comment today on a Sparkie friend's page (she's trying to make a business decision): <BR> <BR> The awful daring of a moment's surrender which an age of prudence can never retract. By this and only this we have existed. (yup, TSE in Burnt Norton part of Four Quartets I think) <BR> <BR> I can recall DH and I debating endlessly over a 10 year period about a big business decision: and finally being more or less forced into it. And wondering why oh why we hadn't done it ... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 08:15:51 EST Watering! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212593 Front porch planters have been rehydrated . . . no kidding, this is one of the driest summers I can remember. <BR> <BR> And I've gotta remember to rehydrate me too (yup, coffee counts . . . ). <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Aug 2016 08:07:22 EST Early Soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211983 Had left over soup from Wednesday's batch last week but used up the last bowlful yesterday: and so I got up early and made more . . . . yes, even in hot hot hot weather I still enjoy hot soup (although sometimes I do make a chilled gazpacho etc. ). <BR> <BR> Today it's a spicy turkey sausage with brown rice, corn, tomatoes, lots and lots of red and green peppers, some onion, a little carrot, celery . . . smells great. <BR> <BR> All came together simmering while I had breakfast (Greek yogour... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 07:43:01 EST The Elusive Trivia A Student Award http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211735 Nope, not in July either. <BR> <BR> I was teetering on the brink, maintaining 90% correct, right up until the end of the month and then whap whap whap whap: a whole series of questions wrong wrong wrong. <BR> <BR> This month is NOT looking good either -- as of August 2, only 75% right. <BR> <BR> Gahhhhhhh. If I was working on slimming my head size, this could be desirable. <BR> <BR> But for some reason I don't mind having a huge head (and I do). <BR> <BR> Plus: not being a Trivia... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 18:59:02 EST At the Beach . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210830 Yesterday I got to the gym AND to the beach (wearing my new bathing suit! checking out tattoos of course in both places) AND to the golf course: nine holes at the very best time of the day, lots of beautiful slanting rays of sunshine illuminating all the leaves and blades of grass, many many birds out enjoying it too including the second crop of speckly-breasted robin babies. <BR> <BR> What a gorgeous day (long weekend in Canada: our annual "Civic Holiday" and I absolutely made the most of ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 08:02:47 EST Correction: I DO Have Tattoos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210247 How could I have "forgotten" about them? In 2009, four pinpoint markers for radiation therapy for breast cancer. And I hated them so much when I got them (NO CHOICE, obviously). One of them shows when I'm wearing even a very moderately low cut top. Ironically, it looks a bit like a possible melanoma: my dermatologist has asked about it more than once. The other three are not placed symmetrically: even that might have been easier to bear. <BR> <BR> I know, I know, I know: nothing to wh... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:30:19 EST Did You Tattoo?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209691 I don't have any. (And I don't have any piercings. And I don't colour my hair, which is beginning to silver: but after all, I'm 65 years old -- so it's to be expected). <BR> <BR> However, even though I'm too prissy and too cheap and too vain to have any tattoos myself (full disclosure coming), the tattoo thing has become pretty much universal. Not only almost everybody under 45 or so seems to be adorned with tattoos, but a whole lot of older people in my own snack bracket. <BR> <BR> I s... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:30:20 EST "Everyone is Entitled to Their Opinion" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209210 We hear that expression pretty often. And (ignoring the grammar for a moment), what do you think? Is it true? Not (and yup, I'm fully aware of the irony) in my opinion!! <BR> <BR> What's an opinion? One definition says an opinion is "a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty". <BR> <BR> So what would it mean to say we are "entitled" to an opinion? <BR> <BR> To be "entitled" means "to give (a person or thing) a title, right, or claim to so... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:54:53 EST After Hillary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208579 My comment on NUMD97's status post, "Hillary!": "OK, if I am allowed to make a political comment from north of the border -- was thrilled by Michelle's speech. If Hillary can succeed Bill, can Michelle succeed Barack please????" <BR> <BR> And if you didn't see the speech: here's the link! <BR> <BR> <link>youtube.medjed.org/video/michelle-ob<BR>ama-full-speech-at-democratic-national<BR>-convention-2016-7-25-2016--zcPk9QG14DE.html </link> <BR> <BR> Supposing Spark People is only about... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:43:35 EST FQI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208044 My DH is a maniac golfer: truly it is his primary prism through which he views every aspect of life. There's no situation arising in his life which would not benefit from a golf analogy: Tam Ludo Quam Vita (in play as in life). It's those miraculous shots to the green from behind a tree under a low-lying branch which spin up to the cup and stop that please him most on the course, and comparable situations in life where victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat. He's also the proud invent... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:14:40 EST Advance Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207860 I've been having an interesting exchange of messages with a Spark Friend about the value of "advance rewards": in this case, gold stars for sticking with the nutrition tracking. <BR> <BR> My piano teacher used to put stars in my music book when I'd "completed" a piece: a blue star, a red one, a silver one and very occasionally a gold star if Id really excelled at it!! (I completed grade 8 piano and grade 2 theory when I was in grade 8 at school: and that was then a high school equivalency ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:51:01 EST What Motivation IS, Really? Shout out to STRONGDAWG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206825 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206710 </link> <BR> <BR> What a great blog from STRONGDAWG. After challenging profound pain with a disciplined exercise program, incremental step by step, she's feeling miraculous improvement in strength and flexibility. <BR> <BR> And with that has come renewed motivation to track nutrition -- so she can lose that last 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> So what's a miracle? The big reveal? When everything's all better, ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:42:35 EST Anticipation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206516 Yay, have finally got around to planning some vacation time later this summer and also during the winter. <BR> <BR> It's always terrific to have something to look forward to: and additional motivation to keep fitting into the shorts and bathing suits of course! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a glorious day including golf and supper with friends. Charlie was most unhappy about a violent thunder storm so I was up a good part of the night keeping him company. <BR> <BR> This morning when I came d... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:24:10 EST All Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205670 OK then: found some replacement geraniums, very low price too: and a couple dracaena spikes: pots all sheared back, replanted. Looking quite nice again: I won't feel guilty pangs sitting on the verandah! <BR> <BR> Also found a new bathing suit, on sale of course. Tankini style, royal blue with irregular navy-rimmed white polka dots, tiny skirt frill: quite cute!! <BR> <BR> Laundry, groceries, gym. And feeling somewhat recovered from my work week . . . with another day of relaxation today ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:41:37 EST Replacement Plants . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205250 It's hot here . . . and yesterday turned out I'd been scheduled for an 8:30 am appointment without prior notice to me and also received a "prep memo" dense 3 page email at 7 am that I needed to review for that appointment and yup, headed in to work in a bit of a panic without watering my flower boxes or planters on the front verandah.. <BR> <BR> Disaster: it just takes one day in these temps to render 'em crispy. <BR> <BR> When I got home from work after a very long day, that's the first ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:53:51 EST Sing it Ella!! Too Darn Hot . . . Yeah!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205066 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhs3Qklz5a0 </link> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:05:40 EST Not My Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204192 OK, I can't fix some problems. <BR> <BR> You knew that already. And I knew it too. Of course I did. <BR> <BR> They're just too complicated. They run too deep. <BR> <BR> And I'm not all-powerful. Or remotely close to that. <BR> <BR> What I can do is pretty limited. And what remains to be done, what other people need to do and could do and won't do: not my problem. <BR> <BR> Not that I don't care: I do. But still, not my problem. <BR> <BR> OK then: eating food that's not my f... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:05:18 EST Hilarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203581 I cultivate a stance of mild hilarity. Mild only, but generally that's enough. <BR> <BR> So often in the work I do, I'm confronted with adversarial stuff. Chest thumping. Knuckle dragging. Raised voices, verging on yelling. Confrontation. Attempts at intimidation. Including the good ol' "You're not cool" stuff which is advanced class intimidation, really. <BR> <BR> It's amazing how many people want to appear cool. Having forgotten, apparently, the ageless wisdom of "Hey Jude". Yup,... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:12:49 EST "I Just Don't Futurize": Shout Out to MARINGAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203011 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202747 </link> <BR> <BR> What a fun blog: written by a person who's living in the present. Enjoying life's happenstances. Because: you just never know. <BR> <BR> Remember that ol' 60s mantra "Be here now?" Well maybe not, if you weren't there then!! But I was . . . and awhile back, my daughter made me a felt board which sits on a table in sight of my bed. Reminding me to "Be here now". Because, she says, t... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:38:07 EST Old dog . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202386 Charlie, my golden retriever, is getting very old. And it's hard for him to jump on and off the back deck. My DH tried to build him a deck (as a Mother's Day gift for me, out of metal closet shelving covered with carpet, based upon a YouTube link) but, uh, it wasn't successful. Although he made a hilarious video of himself trying . . . . <BR> <BR> And so with the help of a lovely Sparker pointing to the listing on Amazon, we bought a folding ramp. At huge cost (it was the shipping). <... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:38:23 EST Weight Loss Motivational Blogs Only? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201880 I do blog regularly. And I certainly blog about my struggles (ongoing, never ending) with weight maintenance. I'm actually embarrassed by how tough it is, and how it seldom seems to get easier, and how when it DOES seem to get easier that's very often a preliminary to smugness or complacency and easing up and regaining and having to lose again and . . . yeah, all of that. <BR> <BR> I often blog on health topics too: research, recent information which has come my way. Sometimes because it ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:58:51 EST MAINtenance: Seven Spark Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201315 How nice to receive congrats and goodies yesterday on seven years of Spark maintenance! I joined Spark in 2009. I'd taken most of the weight off in 2000-2001 down from 240ish to 150ish, but in 2009 blipped up about 20 pounds: pity party pounds after a breast cancer diagnosis. <BR> <BR> Spark helped me take it off again in short order, while I was undergoing breast cancer treatment: and the wonderful community at Spark has helped me keep it off. My breast cancer was estrogen positive type,... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:11:06 EST Square Watermelon in a Round Hole? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200779 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/square-watermelons-<BR>and-other-popular-misconceptions-about<BR>-gmos/article30913726/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't fuss much about "GMO" foods. But gotta say, in an article about GMO foods, this picture of a square watermelon caught my eye this morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07746b44-22ad-4840-b71d-56a8f53053a1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No panic, no panic: nothing GMO about it, just grown in a ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:34:06 EST Memory and Motion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199660 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/a-walk-a-day-keeps-<BR>your-memory-from-going-away/article30885729/ </link> <BR> <BR> Just a simple walk a day helps keep memory loss at bay. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my sister emailed me: she'd met up with a mutual friend from our childhood who's "losing it": apparently not recognizing that she's losing it either. Asking the same questions over and over, making the same comments, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Added inspiration to s... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:57:10 EST Butter's Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199054 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/study-claims-butter<BR>-not-linked-to-increased-risk-of-heart<BR>-disease/article30791374/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don't you just love research articles which confirm your own (sneaky) preferences? <BR> <BR> I love butter. So I'm happy to read in this morning's paper: butter's saturated fat is not a big problem. <BR> <BR> My butter carton says butter has two ingredients: cream and salt. <BR> <BR> And my daughter's vegan marga... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:55:06 EST AspireAssist: What if it Works? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198487 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/why-a-draconian-wei<BR>ght-loss-device-may-help-solve-a-compl<BR>ex-issue/article30824615/ </link> <BR> <BR> We've read about this before: a portal into the stomach which permits the expulsion of food after eating. <BR> <BR> You get to eat what you want. And then you get to rid yourself of it before it turns to fat. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, the AspireAssist may not be "the end of civilization as we know it": but it doesn't exactl... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:31:33 EST Refillable: Shout Out to BRIGHTSPARK7!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198031 Here's BRIGHTSPARK7's comment on yesterday's blog about learned optimism. <BR> <BR> "I am familiar with Seligman's research and a believer that we can change our ways for the good. I view myself as a realist. In terms of the glass being half empty or half full, I see it as refillable. Now for some water!" <BR> <BR> I do love this concept of the "refillable glass": I suppose that some of us who are innately less optimistic can use some help (such as Seligman's coaching) on how to go about ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:22:48 EST Learned Optimism: SHOUT OUT to PATRICIA-CR!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197515 Of course I believe that many (most?) elements of personality are inherited: and that we only learn how to manage (or not) our "difficult personalities": in fact I blogged on that topic not long ago in the context of learning how to manage my "difficult metabolism"!! (And: lots of good Sparkies disagreed with me . . . which is grand). <BR> <BR> However, when PATRICIA-CR commented on yesterday's blog by expressing the view that optimism is largely inherited, I (naturally, I've never been an... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:16:23 EST I Look Where it is Good": CRYSTALJEM profiles Alice Herz-Sommer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197205 <link>//riselikeair.wordpress.com/2016/07/<BR>07/you-know-its-a-good-day-when/ </link> <BR> <BR> Really enjoyed CRYSTALJEM's "Rise Like Air" blog on Wordpress with the link to a video clip of 108 year old Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer. <BR> <BR> How did she survive? <BR> <BR> She says she was "born optimistic" and that although she was certainly aware of the evil surrounding her, she chose to "look where it is good". <BR> <BR> Not enough food? She was a skilled pianist perfor... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 21:51:37 EST You Say Watermelon!! I say Watermellen!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196307 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/watermelons-a-refre<BR>shing-summer-snack-but-is-it-healthy/a<BR>rticle30765432/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> OK, it's official: even healthier than we thought! High lypocene (especially the seedless type) AND low glycemic load. Not to mention delish. And just so pretty: the very essence of summertime. <BR> <B... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 07:48:53 EST High Deck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195690 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c98918d-89e4-4297-9e35-e7b2780cf1dc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The ivy geranium baskets on my third floor deck are giving me a lot of pleasure! The light pink and deep pink and scarlet are even more vivid that the picture captures. DH and I assembled the Muskoka chairs a year or so ago: quite a hot and sweaty project with some 60 screws each: but well worth it when we lounge out there on warm and breezy summer days reading and sipping frosty drinks! ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 07:38:38 EST Hungry All The Time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195057 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/fitness/hungry-all-the-tim<BR>e-these-eight-blunders-could-be-to-bla<BR>me/article30729001/ </link> <BR> <BR> This Leslie Beck article from my morning Globe and Mail lists 8 reasons why I'm "hungry all the time": leading with lack of protein. And healthy fat. <BR> <BR> I've really been focusing on increasing my protein intake within calorie goals; and yup, it makes a difference. Although I'm still absorbing most of my water in th... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 07:55:57 EST Golf and Pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194466 What a perfect day on the course yesterday! We went out about 4 pm: lovely temperature, light breeze and not a cloud in the blue blue blue sky. There were seven small turklings (about robin size) out with their proud mama for a first outing. And a huge glossy brown beaver at the edge of a water hazard munching green green grass. Made me think of Obama's deadpan comment in his speech to the Canadian Parliament about eating a beaver tail on his last trip to Canada: "It tasted better than it ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 07:54:37 EST Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! Shout out to JANTHEBLONDE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194079 Happy 4th of July. I'm riffing on JANTHEBLONDE's status post today! <BR> <BR> We Canadians are all about "peace, order and good government": doesn't sound nearly as exciting, does it? <BR> <BR> But: very peaceful on the verandaaaahhhhhhhh this morning, with Charlie and coffee in my red mug and the maple leaf flag blowing in the breeze! I've got my soup and salads in order for the coming week. And I'm governing my calories accordingly (not very happy with the scales at the gym yesterda... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:51:41 EST Rainy Canada Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193489 Which meant I could be lazy -- although I did get the "Saturday" laundry chore done yesterday . . . meaning I can be a bit lazier today! <BR> <BR> We generally participate in the Canada Day golf at our club: everyone wearing red and white, taking a Canadian flag and planting it where the player's individual handicap runs out -- or at the 18th green if it doesn't! <BR> <BR> The rain didn't stop yesterday until about 6 pm and we headed out then in our red and white: it was chilly and so long ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 09:51:47 EST Happy Canada Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192802 <link>ca.news.yahoo.com/fat-store-receipt-<BR>angers-edmonton-140000041.html </link> <BR> <BR> We in Canada like to think we're a kinder gentler nation. Not just tolerant but accepting of diversity. Respectful of difference. <BR> <BR> Is it OK to discriminate against fat people? Because if she's fat it's her fault? <BR> <BR> Uh, no. We can never know what's going on in that person's life; how hard she is struggling, the circumstances she's dealing with. <BR> <BR> We are Canadian. ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 06:26:08 EST