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/ Sick Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380254 Upset tummy. <BR> <BR> Not taking my germs to work. <BR> <BR> When I don't feel like drinking coffee or eating anything . . . yup: that's sick! <BR> <BR> Had some herbal tea for breakfast . . . will keep the water and herbal teas coming, I know that flushing it out (so to speak) is the best approach. <BR> <BR> And some sunshine! Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:16:43 EST Calorie Burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379798 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/fitness/you-dont-need-fitb<BR>its-or-gizmos-to-turn-into-a-chiselled<BR>-dynamo/article35435573/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking for some time about buying a Fitbit or other fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> In fact, I even thought about buying DH and myself matching wearables to celebrate our recent 38th wedding anniversary. On the grounds that anything which encourages us to be healthy could mean more years together! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:33:27 EST White Shorts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379473 Is it reasonable to expect a 66 year old should be wearing shorts? Uh, maybe not. My Mum decided about age 40 that she was "too old" for shorts . . <BR> <BR> But when it's hot on the golf course, my choices would be golf skirt, capris or shorts. <BR> <BR> I do have a few little golf skirts but always feel so "country club lady" (not in a good way) wearing those "around town" on my way to or from . . . (I know, just me.) <BR> <BR> And capris at my height/body type aren't my best look (al... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:20:18 EST North South East West http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378651 So much of what I learn here on Spark people really sticks. <BR> <BR> Such as the posture tip shared many months ago which comes into my mind multiple times a day. . thank you GOCALGAL!!! <BR> <BR> Stretch my spine north south. And my shoulders east west. <BR> <BR> Simple simple simple. <BR> <BR> Effective! <BR> <BR> And of course I *believe* good posture makes me look at least 10 pounds thinner! Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:58:18 EST Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378225 <link>www.thestar.com/life/relationships/2<BR>017/06/19/thinking-highly-of-yourself-<BR>and-others-is-the-key-to-confidence-pa<BR>sricha.html </link> <BR> <BR> Neil Pasricha is the "get happy" guru and has a regular column in the Toronto Star. <BR> <BR> One of the things that makes us happy is feeling confident -- and I particularly liked Pasricha's take on what confidence really is. <BR> <BR> Now the newspaper version of this article had a nifty diagram and for some reason, although... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:07:00 EST Warm Hearted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377759 That's the Spark community I know and love -- and it was great to see the response to C8TSON which really made a difference to her. <BR> <BR> Dear friends of ours are moving far far west in Canada and we went out for a farewell dinner with them last evening. Selling their marvellous home, packing up everything, leaving behind a large social circle, relocating to a community where they know no one. We will miss them and I'm sure we will visit them . . . and pick up instantly where we have... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:37:12 EST C8TSON: Leaving Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377564 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375646 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to see that C8TSON is leaving Spark People. <BR> <BR> Above is the link to her blog in which she explains why. <BR> <BR> Of course anyone is free to join or to leave Spark People at any time. But it seems to me that C8TSON's reasons for leaving might evoke more response from Sparkies. And more support . . . . Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:48:17 EST Heavy-Duty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377381 “Two percent of the people think; three percent of the people think they think; and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.” <BR> <BR> "Few people think more than two or three times a year. I've made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week." <BR> <BR> Both of those quotations come from George Bernard Shaw -- Irish author and playwright, 1856-1950. Ontario has a "Shaw Festival" showcasing his plays at Niagara-on-the-Lake. He wanted pe... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:08:57 EST Comments on Judgement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376923 Wow, what an amazing batch of comments on yesterday's blog about judgement! <BR> <BR> This is a remarkable community of people . . . and reading the comments can provide a fascinating window into that community! <BR> <BR> When I was studying theories of judgement at law school twenty years ago (and "theory of mind" in philosophy twenty years before that!) the brain science just wasn't there. <BR> <BR> Where has it come from? In 2005 Malcolm Gladwell published "Blink: The Power of Thi... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:05:33 EST Judging the Judgemental http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376560 Oh yeah. There's lots and lots out there about how we should not be judgemental. Just google it, you'll get an earful. And even more about how to will ourselves NOT to be judgemental. Should should should. Often delivered (ironically enough) in a pretty preachy tone. <BR> <BR> But: we ARE judgemental. And it's reasonable to expect that we ARE inevitably and inescapably judgemental when we understand that as human animals we evolved to be that way for very good reasons. <BR> <BR> Fi... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:13:45 EST Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376265 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-a<BR>nd-media/book-reviews/review-roxane-ga<BR>ys-hunger-is-a-profoundly-honest-accou<BR>nt-of-what-its-like-to-be-a-woman-of-s<BR>ize/article35325873/ </link> <BR> <BR> The Globe and Mail this morning reviews Roxane Gay's new book, "Hunger". It's a "memoir" of her body -- what it's like to be a woman of size. Significant size -- maybe 300 pounds or more -- overweight. <BR> <BR> She's a professor of English and creative writing at Purdue Unive... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:32:50 EST Dad I'm Fat and It's YOUR Fault???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375830 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenti<BR>ng/fathers-day/leah-mclaren-glad-youre<BR>-around-dad-but-well-try-to-ignore-you<BR>r-bad-eating-habits/article35308744/ </link> <BR> <BR> What an interesting article, just before Father's Day too! <BR> <BR> And no, I certainly don't think it applies to MY generation. Dads in the fifties didn't generally cook much at all. My own Dad occasionally prepared scrambled eggs on a Sunday morning: chopping up and frying the bacon first, and cooking c... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:21:25 EST Preachy Tone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375416 I'm hoping I don't have a preachy tone. <BR> <BR> I sure don't feel like I've got it all figured out . . . not remotely close. <BR> <BR> Having gardened since I was a very little girl: how come it took me to age 65 to "discover" ivy geraniums? And how come it took me to age 51 to figure out how to manage my weight? Even so, that would be non-static Lang/Prochaska style Stages of Change MAINtenance with all the need for changing it up and refocusing and . . . Nope, although some commen... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:23:05 EST Ivy Geraniums: Performance Plants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374979 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e1b25f2-8631-4407-ba20-b059cd7eba4f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Response to yesterday's blog about the watermellen poppies (and yes, some of them DID survive a pretty fierce rainstorm!!!) indicated that a number of people would like to have these in their gardens. <BR> <BR> Wish I could send you each a root! <BR> <BR> And those dark purple-black spots: aren't they a bit like watermelon seeds? <BR> <BR> But truthfully, and as much as I love them, I wou... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:02:26 EST Watermellen Poppies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374505 I'm no Georgia O'Keeffe. <BR> <BR> But I really do love my watermelon Oriental poppies. <BR> <BR> It's thundering out there. And I know that means they could be pounded down by a rainstorm before I get home from work. <BR> <BR> And we've also had some hot hot hot weather yesterday with more to come. <BR> <BR> Oriental poppies are evanescent, ephemeral, fragile. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd262e26-6f70-40cf-bb16-4937562140f2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:19:04 EST Stages of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374035 <link>www.prochange.com/transtheoretical-m<BR>odel-of-behavior-change </link> <BR> <BR> Amanda Lang refers to the Stages of Change theory developed by James Prochaska in an off-hand kinda way, with the information actually buried in an end note. Along the lines of "everybody would know about that"!! <BR> <BR> Well, I did not -- but I shoulda! It's been around for a long time, since the 1970s! And it's a "transtheoretical" model: meaning that it combines aspects of cognitive behaviour ... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:29:18 EST Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373601 I've just finished reading Amanda Lang's book, "The Beauty of Discomfort". It's very interesting: it coheres with my "hunger is not an emergency" approach very closely. And it also reinforces my general annoyance with that currently popular phrase, "I'm just not comfortable with that." Because I've believed for a long time that comfort is highly over-rated. So does Amanda Lang! <BR> <BR> Lang says that some discomfort is good for me. <BR> <BR> That the experience of being uncomfortable i... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 06:43:11 EST Motivation: Keeping On Keeping On!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373266 OK, I really really wasn't so keen to go to the gym this morning. <BR> <BR> But: I decided that I wouldn't permit myself to wear my new watermellen shoes unless I went to the gym first. <BR> <BR> Putting them in my bag to wear AFTER my shower (with some very cute cropped bright green jeans . . . and a white Tshirt. <BR> <BR> (It's amazing how little it takes to create some "get to the gym" motivation -- sometimes just a fresh bar of soap to look forward to can do it. <BR> <BR> Yesterd... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:23:19 EST See My New Shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372815 When I was a tiny child, getting a new pair of shoes was pretty rare!! And I can remember running up to total strangers inviting their admiration. "See my new shoes?" <BR> <BR> Well, I have to admit I may have overcompensated as a grown up. I DO have rather a lot of shoes. <BR> <BR> But still, "See my new shoes?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b31b629-3ca1-4c9e-8629-391a5a300d92.png"> Fri, 9 Jun 2017 06:29:45 EST Great Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372455 It was as beautiful a June evening as I've every experienced. <BR> <BR> Warm enough for a sleeveless golf shirt. (And: no bugs!!) <BR> <BR> The birdsong was continuous. <BR> <BR> Very best company. (Yes: DH!!) <BR> <BR> The golf itself? Not so great . . . but a few great shots and one miraculously brilliant long putt. <BR> <BR> And then dinner on the balcony patio overlooking the course with a dazzling sunset in stripes of fuschia and hot pink. Mussels and rose and yes, a slice of f... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:36:51 EST Social Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371514 I'm still reading Michael Harris on Solitude. <BR> <BR> He points out that although only 8% of American adults used social media in 2005, that exploded to 73% by 2013: and that usage spikes among those with anxiety. It's like the "social grooming" for proverbial lice of our monkey relatives . . . The larger the neocortex, the larger the "social group" of the simian and the larger the social group, the more social grooming occurs! Human beings have the largest neocortex of all AND the larges... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 06:33:39 EST Loneliness . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371083 says Michael Harris in this morning's Globe and Mail . . . <BR> <BR> is "failed solitude". <BR> <BR> And solitude is essential Why? <BR> <BR> 1. Solitude is our only opportunity to have a "fresh idea". <BR> <BR> 2. Without "fresh ideas", I won't be able to discover who I am and what I believe. <BR> <BR> 3. And, if I don't know who I am or what I believe, I won't be able to forge genuine connections with anyone else. <BR> <BR> Then . . . yes . . . I will be most genuinely "lonely... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 08:43:46 EST Dark and Rainy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370636 I know, I know: the weather forecast SAID cloudy and rainy today but sometimes the forecast is wrong -- and yesterday was all blue skies and sunshine. <BR> <BR> And I did enjoy every minute of it. <BR> <BR> And: I'm going to enjoy every minute of today too. <BR> <BR> Possibly a trip into the big city to listen to some jazz at the Rex??? Possibly a drop in at the Art Gallery of Ontario? <BR> <BR> I love the sound of the rain on my roof and the distant whoosh of passing cars! <BR> <BR>... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 09:16:54 EST Sensual Depravity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370239 Or really, should I say, sensual deprivation? <BR> <BR> Increasingly we human beings can find ourselves living lives of extreme sensual deprivation. From our air conditioned homes to our air conditioned cars to our air conditioned offices: we no longer experience weather. <BR> <BR> And we don't experience "human weather" so much either. We interact on our screens: we don't necessarily hear people speak in their unique voices or see them and pick up on their body language (about 90% of h... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 09:08:16 EST Flowers for YOUR Kitchen Table! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369816 A Spark friend commented on yesterday's blog that she intended to buy herself some flowers for her kitchen table. <BR> <BR> When I die, it's my hope that my obituary will not read, "In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to a charity of your choice . . . ". <BR> <BR> And it's also my hope that my obituary won't (by omission) encourage people to send flowers to the funeral or "celebration of life" or whatever . . . because they know how much I do love flowers. Since I won't be the... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 08:02:19 EST June!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369361 What a glorious month, stretching out ahead of us! <BR> <BR> George Herbert's poem "Virtue" celebrates the "Sweet day, so calm, so cool, so bright . . . " and that's what's outside my window today. <BR> <BR> With a forecast for several more days of bright sunshine. <BR> <BR> Finally finally finally we found someone to come and cut our lawn -- and it was such a pleasure arriving home last night to flower beds released from the surrounding "hay", purple irises and allium in bloom, Orient... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 07:20:15 EST Chicken Burger for Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368906 No, not me. <BR> <BR> Charlie. <BR> <BR> When I went downstairs this morning, Charlie was pretty clearly not feeling great. <BR> <BR> Oh yes: he thumped his tail. <BR> <BR> But without lifting his chin off the floor. Or even opening his eyes. <BR> <BR> So I got right down beside him and sang the good morning song to him (with lots of "Charlies" and "good dogs" of course. And pats). <BR> <BR> I filled his water dish with fresh cold water. And noticed he hadn't finished his supper from... Wed, 31 May 2017 07:09:01 EST Verandaaaaaaaahhhhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368439 Yes, it's verandah season again. <BR> <BR> And from our verandah, the world smells of flowers this morning: lilac and lily-of-the-valley. <BR> <BR> Sipping coffee, reading the newspaper, Charlie snoozing with his chin resting on the railing, listening to the cardinal chorus. <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 May 2017 07:49:55 EST They're Everywhere! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367986 Baby cardinals. <BR> <BR> Well, maybe not everywhere. <BR> <BR> But now that I know what to listen for and what to look for, I've seen and heard baby cardinals in multiple locations in my front and back yards. <BR> <BR> So adorable! Their little piping voices and their tiny crested heads. While the mum and dad birds continue flashing around, carrying on: I think maybe they're into a new "dating" phase preparatory for babies round two and enjoying a bit of freedom!! <BR> <BR> It's amazin... Mon, 29 May 2017 07:38:06 EST Fledgling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367589 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbd1e1b3-2279-4730-a5e6-0d703ef0a94d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday out picking lilac for the kitchen table I heard a small cardinal voice and there it was! What looked like a miniature cardinal, with khaki feathers and crest, on the ground, but only about the size of a sparrow! <BR> <BR> Oh my. I was quite worried it could fall victim to the neighbour's cat. What to do? Had it fallen out of a nest? I looked up into the trees but could no... Sun, 28 May 2017 08:02:40 EST CHAINge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367243 You see that status post button? It says "CHANGE". That's the button we need to hit to change our status. <BR> <BR> MAINtenance (the MAIN thing) is pretty much about staying in the same place, give or take within a range. Even though it seems to require (for me at least) refreshing my techniques pretty constantly -- looking at the HOW over and over again and not focusing too much on the WHY. Or the SHOULDA. Since it's "reasonable to expect that" I won't always be able to sustain the SHO... Sat, 27 May 2017 09:58:50 EST REZOOMING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366795 REZOOMING encompasses a "how to recover when I fall off the track" technique from Susan Peirce Thompson which I find useful. <BR> <BR> The four Ss: speed, self-compassion, support, seeking the lesson. <BR> <BR> Speed: resume fast, REZOOOM!! <BR> <BR> Self-compassion: since I'm not held to a standard of perfection I know that flagellation isn't necessary. And won't be effective. I've got permission to be human. I don't have to be embarrassed by my human failings. <BR> <BR> Support: f... Fri, 26 May 2017 08:15:29 EST Raining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366344 So good for all that grass seed I planted! <BR> <BR> Supposed to rain all day and tomorrow too. <BR> <BR> I love the flowers this time of the year -- a big vase of lilacs on my kitchen table and a small vase with lily-of-the-valley, ajuga, forget-me-nots, and some purple violets. Getting those marvellous perfumes up close and personal!! <BR> <BR> We enjoyed a lovely evening on the golf course -- not even buggy!! A wild turkey was making hilarious noises and fanning his tail for the ben... Thu, 25 May 2017 06:47:38 EST The Gluten Debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365957 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-an<BR>d-wine/healthy-bread-exists-and-its-th<BR>e-greatest-thing-since-well-you-know/a<BR>rticle35080030/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't eat much bread. Love it, but it just doesn't seem to agree with me. <BR> <BR> We buy only whole wheat but "grocery store" whole wheat -- and I'm seeing from this article in today's Globe that it's not the most healthy option. I had no idea that in Canada "whole wheat" bread could still be made from flour from which... Wed, 24 May 2017 08:19:09 EST SPT Do-Over on Plastic Surgery and Self Loathing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365502 <link>//brightlineeating.com/2017/05/first<BR>-ever-vlog-do-over/?inf_contact_key=f5<BR>e554c41acf691ed3b6c0a6922f2a26e245b366<BR>da6c4d10fff8c6ba02550a33 </link> <BR> <BR> On my, such an interesting (and kinda lengthy) do-over vlog by Susan Peirce Thompson from last week's posting -- in which she told us that plastic surgery won't work to cure self-loathing. <BR> <BR> And this do-over? <BR> <BR> She hadn't received the "whole question" on which last week's vlog was based. <BR> <BR> S... Tue, 23 May 2017 08:00:49 EST Rainy Forecast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365064 A good day for planting some grass seed! <BR> <BR> We'd accommodated our neighbours when they asked last winter about rebuilding their retaining wall -- which required taking out our fence and encroaching on our back yard, they told us, by about 3 feet or so for a maximum of 3 days starting May 1. For the heavy machinery required to sling around big blocks of stone. And then our yard was to be completely restored . . . <BR> <BR> Oh yeah. <BR> <BR> And which actually resulted in their la... Mon, 22 May 2017 08:58:57 EST Learning to Live With It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364643 When somebody dies from cancer, so often the obituary beings, "After a long battle bravely fought . . . " <BR> <BR> And when somebody is diagnosed with cancer, so often they're told, "If you have the right attitude you'll fight it and defeat it." <BR> <BR> So (the unspoken message) if you DON'T defeat it that's because you don't have the right attitude: which would be all YOUR fault. And: while you're "battling", don't tell me about your fears or your worries. You've gotta be my hero and... Sun, 21 May 2017 08:58:27 EST What A Difference A Year Makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364438 When we're going through a tough patch, it can seem permanent. <BR> <BR> Today I spent visiting with my very dear sister and her new house. <BR> <BR> She and I both had cancer in 2009. We both recovered: but her cancer was followed by a divorce -- and it took until last September for her to settle out the financial consequences of that divorce. Yes, seven years. <BR> <BR> Seven years during which she lived in rented apartments. <BR> <BR> Seven years in which she did not have her own g... Sat, 20 May 2017 18:03:07 EST Self-Compassion, Self-Loathing and Plastic Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363389 <link>brightlineeating.com/2017/05/plastic<BR>-surgery-and-self-esteem/?inf_contact_<BR>key=5184d64007f14f1872f0f24165bfa518ab<BR>08feef812b050f86de26f3c58d15c6 </link> <BR> <BR> Susan Peirce Thompson of Bright Line Eating posted a vlog yesterday about self-loathing and plastic surgery which I thought was quite interesting. <BR> <BR> We hear plenty about self-esteem, of course: but less about self-compassion, which is apparently a new area of research. <BR> <BR> Says SPT, plastic surger... Thu, 18 May 2017 05:19:42 EST HOT Day Coming Up!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363012 Really the first hot day this spring -- and high humidity -- and I've gotta head into the Big Smoke (aka Tranna) for a work thingy. <BR> <BR> Which will involve a lot of walking from public transit to the venue . . . at a rapid pace to be on time. Cardio workout, pretty much!! <BR> <BR> Which means figuring out what to wear to keep cool AND look semi-professional. No no no: one of my cool already-rumpled seersucker suits is apparently NOT appropriate pre Victoria Day (which is Canada's ... Wed, 17 May 2017 08:22:32 EST Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362580 Yesterday I treated myself to a lunch recess walk AND an after-work 9 hole golf game! <BR> <BR> It feels good to move. <BR> <BR> And this is one of the best times of the year to be outside. <BR> <BR> Hot weather on the horizon: so our extended spring conditions (bright green fuzzies on the trees, lengthy spring bulb blossoming) will soon give way to full leaf-out and forget-me-nots and lily-of-the-valley. <BR> <BR> And: then the sparrows in the bushes outside my office window will be a ... Tue, 16 May 2017 08:07:31 EST Post Mother's Day . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362130 Thanks for your comments on that brief Mother's Day blog! <BR> <BR> Now, is it easy to be the "matrix" and not the "fixer"????? <BR> <BR> No no no: it is not! <BR> <BR> Giving birth to the non-interventionist, supportive mother? Yup, it's a labour of love. <BR> <BR> Remember giving birth? The LABOUR part? Which ended with the birth of the baby? The severing of the umbilical cord?? <BR> <BR> Yeah, I remember it too. <BR> <BR> Now giving birth to the mother seems to be a life-long p... Mon, 15 May 2017 08:11:46 EST Happy Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361736 The world needs more mothering. <BR> <BR> And: whether you are a (biological) mother or not -- if you're a woman, chances are pretty good you're providing some mothering. To your stepkids. To your grandkids and step-grandkids. To your nieces and nephews. To your work colleagues. To your friends. Including your Spark friends! <BR> <BR> What's mothering? Offering unconditional support. We are not responsible for our kids' problems. We can't fix all our kids' problems. And we can't a... Sun, 14 May 2017 09:32:39 EST MY Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361355 Thanks for all your MINDLESS munching support. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was much more challenging (full day workshop) but I did a much better job negotiating it. <BR> <BR> The room was dark: windowless on a glorious May day. Not remotely large enough for all the participants (it was MANDATORY) and not sufficient washrooms either (which were also grotty and far down the stairs). NO provision of coffee (so necessary to survive these things). <BR> <BR> But: fresh from Thursday's challenges I ... Sat, 13 May 2017 10:35:23 EST MINDLESS Munching!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360928 Oh dear oh dear. <BR> <BR> One of those work cocktail hour thingies last night -- and I was hungry and I wasn't prepared and I didn't have a high protein snack before leaving the office and: yup. Succumbed to way too many cocktail snackie things: mini spring rolls (probably not too bad); and one mini Beef Wellington thing (didn't know what it was, no excuse) and some mushroom goat cheese tartlets (probably the worst calorie bomb and not even delish and actually cool and . . . gahhhhhh!!) ... Fri, 12 May 2017 07:51:09 EST Canada 150 Celebration Tulips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360488 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a681043-b3b3-4cfd-9336-cf19b81eafb4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been waiting all winter -- but those red and white tulips which I planted to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary are just beginning to bloom. <BR> <BR> And: I'm getting used to my haircut . . . <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9a01b94-57a4-42b7-9b44-25207e19359e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f761e92e-0469-4396-80e2-06e60519b876.jp... Thu, 11 May 2017 07:16:24 EST Eat More Salt? Shout Out to QUEENOTHEFOREST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360052 <link>www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/health/sa<BR>lt-health-effects.html?hp&action=click<BR>&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-hea<BR>ding&module=mini-moth&region=top-stori<BR>es-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> QUEENOTHEFOREST sent me this article from the New York Times: a study on the effect of eating MORE salt. <BR> <BR> I know what eating more salt seems to do to me: even one salty restaurant meal can result in a 3-5 pound weight gain from fluid retention which can ... Wed, 10 May 2017 07:33:03 EST So You Wanna Live to be 100 . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359634 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/why-the-centenarian<BR>-gender-gap-exists-and-whether-men-wil<BR>l-catch-up/article34893574/ </link> <BR> <BR> Hmmmm. <BR> <BR> Not at all sure that quantity of life matters as much as quality of life! <BR> <BR> But: no reason I can't try for both!! <BR> <BR> Keeping in mind: there's authority for the proposition that too much exercise makes you die young . . . <BR> <BR> <link>//ca.yahoo.com/style/donald-trump-th... Tue, 9 May 2017 08:02:52 EST Reflecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359158 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d48ceeac-e683-4251-b0b3-15c0f430fc5f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Your comments on the over-treatment article were most interesting! <BR> <BR> And: I know that the article really struck home with me because a very long-term friend, just slightly older than I am, both of us pregnant with our daughters at the same time, died of cancer May 5. <BR> <BR> Very sad that her life was cut short; for herself, for her family including her two children and her thr... Mon, 8 May 2017 06:29:54 EST Over-Treatment? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358769 <link>news.nationalpost.com/features/why-w<BR>e-need-a-new-war-on-cancer </link> <BR> <BR> The National Post is presenting newer research on cancer treatment. <BR> <BR> And, as a cancer survivor myself, I found it pretty interesting. <BR> <BR> People are scared when they hear the "C" work and press for the most aggressive treatment available. In the case of breast cancer (what I had) complete mastectomy of BOTH breasts and chemo and radiation . . . often when such treatment won't (sta... Sun, 7 May 2017 08:53:59 EST