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/ Laundry Done . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153323 . . . off to the gym. And the library. And the grocery store. Then soup making!! I may be inspired by something in the freggies offerings . . . nothing urgently requires "using up" this week!! (Last week's curried pumpkin, made fast with canned pumpkin puree, was delish: one bowl left for after the gym!) <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you who extended bday greetings to DH: he really appreciated it and so did I! <BR> <BR> The sun is shining, the goldfinches have found my birdfeeder at wor... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:37:41 EST DH Bday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152660 DH (that's TUFFMUFFIN) is celebrating his bday today . . . and I'm so grateful for all the terrific years we've had together. And that he keeps on taking care of his own health so I can hope for many more to come . . . <BR> <BR> Life is good. I am happy right now (the place where happiness happens . . . the only place). <BR> <BR> And oh yeah: he's now 2 full years older than me again . . . which makes a mere 65 feel so youthful!!! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:43:43 EST Repeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151970 Yesterday's recess walk was such a pleasure -- longer distance and a different route -- that I'm looking forward to a repeat today. <BR> <BR> Repeat: re-treat!! <BR> <BR> And yup, it's a bit of a retreat from the workday too, no kidding. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a good deal about the structure and stability of routines. Not boring. Just managing in a predictable way those aspects of life that can in fact be managed a bit! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:54:55 EST Warm and Sunny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151247 Looks like a great day for a "recess" walk! And quite possibly the daffodils I planted outside my window at work will be in bloom . . . I've been watching the buds get fatter day after day. <BR> <BR> (Now fatter buds are a good thing . . .). Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:26:51 EST Sleet Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150570 I can hear the ice pellets stinging against the skylight. It's dark and cold and gloomy. <BR> <BR> On my kitchen table: a bouquet of white freesia in full bloom . . . what an amazing fragrance. I've tried but can't grow these in my garden: every once in a while I pick some up with the weekly groceries. (A treat that's much less damaging than potato chips . . . ) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0adf3821-628d-414a-8026-c6df9bfefd9f.jpg"> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:36:38 EST A Walk in the Woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149763 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e627549b-bc21-4153-9083-c632d2648a50.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f088e77-5a31-4750-b7fa-5e9b0778921a.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3de0003d-2201-492f-a7c9-1567ebd87129.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While I'm NOT thinking about sodium weight (did I mention that DH who ate the same chicken ravioli and pesto meal with me actually LOST three pounds on his Sunday morning weigh-in?) I enjoyed a lovely stroll in t... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:49:36 EST Salty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149133 Sodium 3759 yesterday. Pounds up 2. <BR> <BR> Oh dear oh dear. <BR> <BR> It was the (modest portion) dinner of chicken ravioli with pesto. Within calorie range but unusual for me: I seldom eat anything simple carb, and seldom eat anything "manufactured". And this morning I'm reminded why, absolutely. <BR> <BR> Salt tears? Well I could weep if I thought it would help the salt pass faster!! <BR> <BR> But no. No no no. I'll drink lots of water, with and without caffeine. And stick w... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:19:12 EST Instant Gratification http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148529 OK then, I have eaten immaculately on plan for 6 whole days. <BR> <BR> And: the scale isn't budging. <BR> <BR> Wah wah wah wah. <BR> <BR> I want what I want when I want it. That would be NOW of course. Right now. No further delays. <BR> <BR> This being the very same attitude which has me tempted to stuff my face in front of the microwave while waiting for my supper soup to heat up. <BR> <BR> Yup, I do recognize the irony (and I do appreciate the suggestions from Sparkie friends on ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:47:51 EST Pinpointing 5Ws http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147723 Looking at who what when where why; and how much <BR> <BR> Who? It's me. <BR> <BR> What? Eating peanuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, cheddar cheese. <BR> <BR> When? After work. <BR> <BR> Where? Arriving home. <BR> <BR> Why? Hungry. Not waiting until I've heated my soup in the microwave (which takes four minutes). <BR> <BR> How much? I was tracking it but underestimating it. My body tracks what I actually eat. <BR> Accurately. Every time. <BR> <BR> In four minutes it's eas... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:42:47 EST More Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147027 Yesterday I was telling myself: <BR> <BR> "I do NOT need more food." <BR> <BR> "I do NOT need more food." <BR> <BR> "I do NOT need more food." <BR> <BR> And: <BR> <BR> "Hunger is not an emergency. It just means that I will enjoy my next meal more." <BR> <BR> Reminded myself: I haven't been telling myself these things consistently enough for some time. But: they do work!! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:03:46 EST Beck Beckons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146241 I'm keeping my Advantage Response Cards right by my computer and rereading them more regularly to reinforce what Beck teaches. <BR> <BR> Eating sitting down. Key for me, and one of the first Beck lessons to fade. <BR> <BR> My recommitment to eating "on plan" has me realizing that peanuts and sunflower seeds are not my friends. Are they healthy? Sure they are. But only if I've preplanned eating them as part of my meals: and only if they're tracked. Each and every time. <BR> <BR> NO CHO... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:12:47 EST Yank 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145533 OK: yesterday was good. Ate in accordance with pre-tracked meals, got a recess walk in to supplement the morning gym workout. <BR> <BR> Today I've been to the gym: rowing machine and treadmill to change up the cardio, plus lower body ST. <BR> <BR> Meals are all tracked again for the day. <BR> <BR> And I'm taking walking shoes for another recess venture!! <BR> <BR> Pink leather jacket? And a flowery gauze scarf . . . that would feel good too!! Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:18:00 EST Yank! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144758 That would be on MY leash: never Charlie's, of course not. <BR> <BR> Pants feeling a bit tight. <BR> <BR> Weight up a few pounds. <BR> <BR> Yesterday went well: eating exactly on plan, plenty of exercise. <BR> <BR> This morning, went to the gym: elliptical and upper body ST and some stretching. Checked my weight: one pound down from Saturday. And: egg white omelette with cherry tomatoes, sriracha goat cheese, spinach and mushrooms: lunch salads; supper soup all tracked in advance. <BR> ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:41:59 EST First Garden Bouquet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144361 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5039d7c1-ad0d-45b8-b409-dfbb0ab258d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We went out for a hike at a conservation area: such a warm afternoon. Lots of birds, lots of buds on the trees: we're exploring with a view to future kayaking adventures, would like to kayak into a local wetlands where there's a great blue heron colony not reachable by road. <BR> <BR> And when we got home, the bright blue scylla had come into bloom in the garden: plus one tiny daffodil. I... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:29:13 EST Mumsy Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143444 It has been SOOOO long since I bought myself new jeans. Probably 8 years. By which I mean blue jeans for everyday wear. (I have bought black jeans. I have bought corduroy jeans for winter: multiple pairs of the terrific Joe Fresh line which I can acquire "free", using my President's Choice points from grocery purchases. And I have bought dark denim "trouser jeans": not riveted, not five-pocketed, but cut like dress pants. But those aren't good for every day: too formal). <BR> <BR> To be... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:55:11 EST Loafing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142743 Bought myself some new camel-coloured loafers last weekend (in sale, natch). <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/290894b6-d72f-42a2-843f-7d445c35fc90.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And today I'm going to be taking them for a spin around a block or two at "recess". Not loafing, actually: I intend to be moving briskly!! <BR> <BR> Because the sun is shining and the robins are singing and it will give me something to look forward to all morning. <BR> <BR> (And: full disclosure, no deception... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:10:54 EST Peregrine: I'm Baaaaaack!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141983 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b9fb70a-8c83-4281-b9bf-c10a33e306b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I could hear him this morning, early. <BR> <BR> I took the binoculars out on the back deck and there he was, in the very top of our maple tree, with his stripy breast feathers actually rose-infused by the dawn light. Looking around, alertly. <BR> <BR> But he was NOT singing sunny songs (and thanks for all your great suggestions of additional sunny songs yesterday!) <BR> <BR> He was lett... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:39:26 EST Sunny Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141247 We've got a weather forecast of sunny days and climbing temperatures coming up: by the weekend, we're expected to hit 19C! Amazing!! <BR> <BR> And I love sunshine. <BR> <BR> When I was a little girl, my Mum was always singing, songs like: <BR> <BR> "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine . . ." and <BR> <BR> "Let the sun shine in, face it with a grin (My momma always told me, what little girls should know . . .)" <BR> <BR> And I sang along. Once of my earliest nicknames (along with ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:17:35 EST What Do Rich People Do Every Day??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140509 <link>www.businessinsider.com/rich-people-<BR>exercise-every-day-2016-4 </link> <BR> <BR> According to Business Insider, they exercise. Every day. Cardio, to get the heart pumping and oxygenate the brain! Staying sharp so they can keep on working. Because the most lucrative earning years tend to be towards the end of a person's career. And: exercise is free and it's effective. <BR> <BR> What else? Rich people seek out only positive and upbeat people: no pessimists!! <BR> <BR> I'm... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:10:16 EST Activity-Equivalent Food Labelling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139680 <link>ca.news.yahoo.com/food-labels-exerci<BR>se-needed-burn-183000192.html </link> <BR> <BR> How many minutes do I need to run to burn off this bag of potato chips? <BR> <BR> If the label told me, would that help discourage me from buying it and eating it? <BR> <BR> I'm already pretty well persuaded that I can't outrun my fork. <BR> <BR> But: this activity-equivalent labelling seems to have some merit. <BR> <BR> However, it does miss a key component of making good food choices: t... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:14:15 EST Amoris Laetitia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139067 The joy of love. <BR> <BR> On Thursday April 8 Pope Francis issued a thoughtful and compassionate 256 page proclamation on this topic. <BR> <BR> How amazing that it's available for downloading: I've got a copy on my iPhone right now and have been reading it slowly and attentively. As Francis himself recommends. <BR> <BR> He's supporting the development of individual conscience in considering moral issues relating to love: which would be I suppose most moral issues. Not simply the appli... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:09:09 EST WATERMELLEN Pizza! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138426 Check it out, new wallpaper on my Spark page: so delicious and so simple and so pretty (that's unsweetened coconut on top). <BR> <BR> And in my photo gallery you can check out the pizza box label and me enjoying a slice if you like . . . <BR> <BR> I'm bouncing back, no kidding. Blooming like these gorgeous birthday flowers! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/140e045e-7d38-45a2-811a-9f155334b7c7.jpg"> Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:55:50 EST Shared Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137693 What a deluge of shared wisdom and comfort was triggered by my blog yesterday. <BR> <BR> Thank you all -- and I hope to thank you more individually over the weekend. Is aging saging as one dear Sparkie suggests? Well maybe, sometimes anyhow: and I like that concept so I'll work on it!! <BR> <BR> To those of you have "gone before" to 65 and passed beyond: I'm so particularly grateful for your perspective. One of my fave gym friends is 98 and still working hard to retain functional fitness... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 08:29:39 EST Old Age Pensioner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136942 Twenty-five years ago when I turned 40 was a totally traumatic event. Forty!! I was out of the workforce, having had to give up my tenured college teaching job to care for a very ill baby. Although mothering two young children was the most important work I've ever done, nevertheless I did wonder quite miserably whether I'd ever work outside the home again. My DH actually organized a week in Bermuda AND a catered party at the house on our return . . . . that's how low low low I felt. One ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 08:42:26 EST Not My Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136101 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee998583-24e6-40f8-aea5-c4fcdb795009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness. How many times do I have to relearn this one? <BR> <BR> Multi-person meeting at our office Monday. Lots of goodies brought in. Lots of goodies left over, in our kitchen at work. <BR> <BR> Cookies. Several types. <BR> <BR> Muffins. <BR> <BR> Donuts. <BR> <BR> And: all day Monday and all day Tuesday they were calling my name. Constantly. <BR> <BR> This morning on th... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 07:21:48 EST Goldfinch!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135350 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d07743a5-794c-4358-a244-7fb4c13cc5bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How amazing, to see a goldfinch in bright buttery yellow summer plumage, against a snowy backdrop! <BR> <BR> Goldfinches don't migrate: they spend their winter here, but in drab olive feathers -- males scarcely distinguishable from females. <BR> <BR> But now it's spring, even though persistent snow storms say otherwise. And the goldfinch is sure about that, zipping from birdfeeder to heml... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:03:05 EST O Magazine: Your Best Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133931 The April issue of O magazine features Oprah and nine other ladies each of whom wants to lose weight. It's related, no doubt, to her Weight Watchers venture. And I most sincerely wish her and the other nine all the best. <BR> <BR> But: the indicators aren't great. <BR> <BR> For those of you who are O mag fans (and I am) and Oprah fans (and I am): you may recall that the theme of the February 2016 issue was mental health. "You Are Not Alone". It was powerful. It was touching. Check ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 12:07:32 EST Gratitude for Heimlich Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133210 Thanks, Sparkies, for your well wishes and your own Heimlich reminiscences. <BR> <BR> I HAVE Heimliched (if that's a verb) my own son successfully on two memorable childhood occasions: hard lollipops while running, both times. DH has schooled himself for "next time" which we hope is no time, ever. DD herself has all that sort of training from her various first aid/fitness instructor certifications and would have known exactly what to do had she been there. And although I "knew" about s... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 11:45:21 EST Those AGMs Can Be Dangerous: A Heimlich Emergency! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132243 Last year when I attended the AGM for our local professional group, one of the members fell off a stage: there was unfortunate stripy carpeting on stage and floor which was quite disorienting. She was badly cut, an ambulance needed to be called, I was standing next to her and actively involved in getting her medical help . . . quite an incident. LOTS of blood mopped up with big linen table napkins. Subsequent stitches and bruises which took weeks to heal. <BR> <BR> And this year, same eve... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 06:24:41 EST Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131491 I love the sound of rain on the roof. One of the great pleasures of having my bedroom on the third floor! <BR> <BR> Those robins will be out in full force today: and I took a small pair of binoculars to the office just for the pleasure of some occasional birdwatching out my window (sure I'm too busy most of the time -- but nice to know they're there, right?) <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> "Though April showers may come my way <BR> There'll soon be flowers that bloom in May . . . " <BR> <BR>... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:28:52 EST Always Believe that Something Wonderful is About to Happen: LEANJEAN6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130707 That's LEANJEAN6's status post today (with a picture). <BR> <BR> And: don't you love it? <BR> <BR> There's a miracle just over the horizon. <BR> <BR> And: maybe I can nudge it along!! <BR> <BR> But: at the very least I'm looking for it!! <BR> <BR> A self-fulfilling prophecy! <BR> <BR> My whole mood lifts and rejoices when I choose to believe that something wonderful is about to happen! Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:09:29 EST Routine blood work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130433 What a great system: online booking! <BR> <BR> I needed a bunch of blood tests including a fasting blood sugar -- and so of course wanted an early morning appointment before work. <BR> <BR> Booked on line: arrived right on time; waited in a very crowded waiting room for less than 3 minutes; in and out within 10 minutes total. Both the receptionist and the technician entirely pleasant and cheerful. <BR> <BR> Can't be beat!! <BR> <BR> (And: no fees either . . . for which I'm truly gratef... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:50:27 EST My Plate for Older Adults http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129192 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/an-age-appropriate-<BR>healthy-food-guide-for-adults-over-age<BR>-51/article29393264/ </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, we need to change the way we eat as we get older. <BR> <BR> And that (sob sob) means eating fewer calories. I know perfectly well through sad experience that the calorie range suggested by Spark for me results in weight gain: can't eat that much. Lots of veggies and fruits -- and frozen bags of them are my friend. ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:57:00 EST Soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128590 OK then -- it's still pretty wintery here and my pot o' soup for this week's suppers is hearty chicken barley mushroom: with extra protein from a can of rinsed chickpeas, lots of celery/carrots/onions/green beans/peas for colour and vitamins -- and finely chopped dill for last miniute freshness and flavour. <BR> <BR> Smells good! <BR> <BR> Next up: preparing lunch salads for a couple of days (spinach and bright peppers and carrots and radishes with some chopped beets: shrimp and avocado wi... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:07:32 EST SPARKLE PLENTY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127947 The sun is out and everything is amazingly sparkly!! <BR> <BR> The tree guys have come early this morning and done their thing: emergency removal of the big chunks of maple from our roof. And on to the next customer! There are lots of people with trees down . . . waiting in line. Tree guys will be back in due course to trim the tree itself and take away the debris and remove branches from a birch and another maple also significantly damaged and present their account which is going to be ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 10:21:03 EST So You Want to Move to Canada, Eh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127216 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxgpMLSK_I8 </link> <BR> <BR> This is pretty funny!! <BR> <BR> (And really, we ARE that nice . . . no kidding. But the weather's not that nice. Last night's incredible ice storm has deposited a great big chunk of maple tree on the top of my house . . . gahh. Good luck getting an arborist over the long weekend . . . gotta hope there won't be any further damage.) Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:23:15 EST The Willpower Gap: Debunked? SPT Thinks Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126242 <link>susanpeircethompson.com/2016/03/the-<BR>willpower-gap-debunked-or-not/?inf_con<BR>tact_key=a9c7932551c54188459ad30df5a30<BR>359a8f069384841a5c6c5002296ebacf373 </link> <BR> <BR> Well how timely is that? Susan Peirce Thompson this week vlogs on the new research which tends to undercut 20 years of experimentation on the "willpower gap": essentially, that phenomenon I experienced yesterday of worn-out will power, and collapse into some overeating after a day of prolonged stress. <BR> ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:26:45 EST Looooooooooong Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125731 Clocked 8:30 am through 6:30 pm dealing with difficult matter yesterday. <BR> <BR> Exhausted and cranky and hungry when I got home: and yup, reverted to old pattern of eating too much which I established once again is NOT an effective method of dealing with stress. <BR> <BR> No real damage done: about 250 calories excess. <BR> <BR> But sobering reminder: I'm only in remission. Not cured!! Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:23:17 EST Chia Pudding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124616 Chia seeds are full of Omega 3s and fibre, protein and manganese and calcium. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/03/chi<BR>a-seed-benefits-_n_3379831.html </link> <BR> <BR> And everybody in the world but me probably already knew that. <BR> <BR> But: bought some low fat coconut milk on the weekend (30 calories a cup) and stirred in 4 tbsp chia seeds, a bit of vanilla and (yup) some Splenda. <BR> <BR> Put it in the fridge overnight -- and it's a simple pudding, a bit like ta... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:12:25 EST Shout out to _LINDA: Body Apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123500 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123143 </link> <BR> <BR> OK then: if you read only ONE blog today, this one would be a terrific choice!! <BR> <BR> _LINDA is giving herself a PhD in nutrition and fitness with all kinds of great webinars while she prepares for surgery. <BR> <BR> But: the wisdom in her blog, Body Apology, is all hers --and I always learn so much from her! Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:49:45 EST Take a Chowder!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123479 I often add fish to my lunch salads: salmon, tuna, but most frequently shrimp. <BR> <BR> But for some reason seldom make a fish supper soup. <BR> <BR> Did this morning and the taster bowl tells me it's quite delish! <BR> <BR> Some broth, a pound of frozen cod, one of those bags of "seafood medley" (frozen: octopus and squid and mussels and shrimp . . . ) and another bag of tiny frozen scallops. Celery and carrots. Most of a fresh cauliflower. Lots of sliced brown mushrooms. Diced can... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:27:43 EST Lunch Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122827 Yesterday was a blur at work. Lots of stuff, lots of stress. <BR> <BR> BUT: after my lunch salad, I took a half hour for recess. <BR> <BR> A brisk walk around the block. <BR> <BR> There were robins! I heard redwing blackbirds! The trees are beginning to bud. Snowdrops in bloom in my office garden (planted last fall) and daffodils poking up their snouts greenly!! <BR> <BR> Oh yeah. <BR> <BR> Need to do this more often. I'm pretty sure that the cardio benefits are minimal: but the m... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:07:29 EST Roll Yer Own! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122019 Loved all the comments on yesterday's blog: and (as is so often the case) especially ONEKIDSMOM's comment. <BR> <BR> When it comes to developing her program for fitness and nutrition: she rolls her own. <BR> <BR> So do I. <BR> <BR> Roll yer own. Such a great expression: and nope, I've never rolled my own smokable (anything)!! <BR> <BR> But that rebel in me? It's satisfied best by rolling my own. And wearing the occasional leather moto jacket. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:35:21 EST Three Keys to Life-Long Weight-Loss Success: SPT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121226 <link>app.webinarjam.net/r/3/0/replay/1276<BR>7/295e4cdd33/0/25580460 </link> <BR> <BR> OK, I watched Susan Peirce Thompson's weekly vlog yesterday (on her website): in which she spoke about the first of the three "keys" to life-long weight-loss success. And offered a link for a 2 hour live-streamed presentation last evening between 8 and 10 pm to describe the other two. Which I couldn't resist watching since MAINtenance is the main thing, right? <BR> <BR> And there's the replay link a... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:44:27 EST Taking Offence: MARINGAL's "Shush"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119593 Although I often post links to newspaper articles, truly some of the best reading out there is presented here at Spark. <BR> <BR> Take a look at MARINGAL's great blog, "Shush". She writes about that horrible phenomenon familiar to so many of us when a random comment from a friend (or frenemy) has us writhing in anguish and ruminating all day long. Or maybe for several days. <BR> <BR> And she's decided: when this happens, she will simply quiet herself. Say "Shush" to herself. And stop it... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:58:23 EST Stress and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118779 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/fitness/new-study-supports<BR>-theory-that-exercise-lowers-stress/ar<BR>ticle29184436/ </link> <BR> <BR> OK then: there's research supporting what we knew anyhow. Namely, that exercise helps us reduce stress. <BR> <BR> Why? Something to do with heart rate variability. <BR> <BR> The heart is happiest when it dances. <BR> <BR> Does relaxation help stress? Uh, no. Not so much. Exercise: that does it! Mon, 14 Mar 2016 07:37:21 EST Winter of our discontent?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118070 Silver white winters part II: it never EVER takes as long as I think it will, and it's never as unpleasant as I think it's going to be, and it's done. <BR> <BR> While Charlie watched me lovingly and appreciatively. With a most comical expression on his face when the lady next door began bellowing at HER dog: "Lola, LOLA!! Get over here right now. RIGHT NOW!! LOLA I TOLD YOU, GET HERE" . . .etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Who speaks to their dog like that??? Nobody at our house, So what the heck... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:08:46 EST So Heartening!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117637 The ECG completed in December at the local hospital after my bikram yoga debacle, upon review, indicated an enlarged left auricle and scarring on the left ventricle and septum. <BR> <BR> My GP called me in to express her concern: and booked the earliest possible referral to a cardiologist. <BR> <BR> Yesterday the cardiologist performed an ultrasound -- says this is a MUCH more accurate picture of the heart -- and assured me: healthy healthy healthy. <BR> <BR> He says that the ECG image i... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:18:11 EST Robin in the Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116624 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly1jh0I1wXs </link> <BR> <BR> My mum used to sing this song to me when I was tiny. <BR> <BR> And yesterday I first heard a robin and then later saw a small flock flying across the road. <BR> <BR> Haven't actually "seen" one yet . . . but soon soon soon! <BR> <BR> Yes it was a rainy day: and I was actually wearing my "robin in the rain" bright red rubber ballet flats . . . which I bought on a shopping trip some years ago with my sister. Who of course when ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:53:50 EST Mr. Trudeau Goes to Washington http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115815 Some of you will remember that when Justin Trudeau was elected our new Canadian Prime Minister in October 2015 I blogged that I felt proud to be a Canadian once again. And wore my bright red leather jacket (Canadian flag red) that day to celebrate! <BR> <BR> OK then -- feeling proud again today! Don't he and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and American President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama set a new standard for "fit and personable" in the politician department? <BR> <BR> We're a... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:03:16 EST