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/ Taking a Spark break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090235 May not be present much over the next little while. But will be back! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:32:00 EST Nancy Lamott: We Can Be Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089203 Just discovered Nancy Lamott -- and her iconic delivery of a great song, "We Can Be Kind". <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxR92LfcOMo </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The older I get, the more I value kindness. Way more important than intelligence or professional competence or wealth or a whole lotta other things! And it seems to me that one of the great strengths of Spark People is the kindness people show one another here. People do indeed walk the walk here. <BR> <B... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:39:21 EST Rebel relaxes a bit??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088253 OK then -- didn't mean to imply by yesterday's rebellious blog about mandatory professional education updates that I don't enjoy learning. <BR> <BR> I do. <BR> <BR> Read constantly. Engage in professional boards. Prepare stuff for others in relation to those boards . . . Attend meetings, provide presentations etc. etc. All helps keep me up to date. <BR> <BR> Every year spend many many more hours on self-study than the minimum required by my regulator. Cheerfully, willingly. I am in fa... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 05:46:06 EST Mandatory Professional Education http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087446 OK then -- many of us have workplace and professional requirements for ongoing updates --so many hours a year of education/retraining. <BR> <BR> And I get why it's important. <BR> <BR> And I'm grateful that mostly I can do this "on line" rather than having to attend in person. <BR> <BR> And I'm well aware that if I don't log my required annual hours, I'll lose my licence etc. Plus my mandatory professional negligence insurance will not protect me . . . <BR> <BR> But: how come it all has... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:03:12 EST Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086544 I'm so glad that some at least of the new research indicates that coffee has health benefits. <BR> <BR> Because -- and even though many Sparkies here have left coffee behind -- I'm still very smitten. <BR> <BR> Keurig coffee (flavoured or plain); Columbian fresh ground in my Bodum French press; latte made in my espressso machine; even good ol' instant: love it all. <BR> <BR> Rarely if ever buy coffee at a Starbucks or a Tim Hortons (practically a Canadian institution): but that's only b... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:50:45 EST Groundhog Day . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085586 It's mild and drizzly here, lots of puddles. Snow banks have receded, squirrels and birds are pretty active, and Charlie muddy when he comes in from the back yard. <BR> <BR> The forecast calls for some sun later. Potential, then, for the groundhog to see his shadow and six more weeks of winter . . . and in fact I do see snowflurries predicted for later this afternoon too. <BR> <BR> Oh well, that's OK with me. More XC skiing! The days are getting longer for sure, and it's still light g... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 07:34:57 EST Good Germs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084626 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/the-health-benefits<BR>-of-germs-make-it-clear-its-time-to-em<BR>bracethem/article28459226/ </link> <BR> <BR> OK, most of us have got the message: every illness doesn't require an antibiotic. <BR> <BR> And adding 'good microbes" to our diets might help. <BR> <BR> But this article specifically links good germs to reduction of obesity and elevation of mood. <BR> <BR> What kind of microbes? Well, apparently the best come... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:29:00 EST Balance??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083966 Quite a number of us here -- ONEKIDSMOM, SLENDERELLA and others -- have been writing about balance. And feeling "off balance". <BR> <BR> To which I can only say, "Me too." <BR> <BR> Having a hard time staying on track. And feeling motivated. Despite using all my usual strategies and techniques. Reading my Beck cards. Exploring new resources like Susan Peirce Thompson. Reducing sugar and flour. Reading stuff about "genetic behaviorism". <BR> <BR> Even after long periods of successf... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:59:34 EST Genetic Behaviourism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082982 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-<BR>explosive-science-of-genetics/article2<BR>8462603/ </link> <BR> <BR> For a very long time I've believed that personality and behaviour is highly influenced by genetics. That we inherit our height or our eye colour or our general body build (physical stuff) AND that we also, by and large, inherit our personalities such that much of our behaviour is genetic. <BR> <BR> My father told me that I was so like my paternal grandmother -- for whom I'm... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:02:16 EST Regrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082106 I'm with Edith Piaf: "Je ne regrette rien". Or try, like her, not to regret anything. Regrets, I've had a few, but far too few to mention . . . . <BR> <BR> Still, yesterday's Yahoo article of five regrets people experience on their deathbeds -- compiled by a palliative care nurse -- is pretty interesting. <BR> <BR> It pointed out that we make on average 70 decisions a day (and I think it's higher than that actually if food decisions are taken into consideration -- other sources have sai... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:18:22 EST What Happens When You Get Near Goal Weight? SPT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081291 <link>susanpeircethompson.com/blog/ </link> <BR> <BR> OK, I think this is one of Susan Peirce Thompson's most interesting vlogs yet: a topic dear to the heart of all MAINtainers, namely, "What Happens When You Get Near Goal Weight?" <BR> <BR> SPT's "goal weights" seem to me to be lower than likely sustainable for most people. Although she adopts the "100 pounds for 5 feet, 5 pounds per inch above 5 feet" estimate, she also suggests that many people can sustain lower weights . . . and w... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:36:54 EST Fascinating Responses: LCHF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080335 No question, lots of people here are experimenting successfully with intermittent fasting and eliminating flour/sugar approaches to dealing with insulin -- all related to the leptin issue. <BR> <BR> And there's clearly no "one right way" but a whole variety of individual approaches people have discovered through trial and error. <BR> <BR> One commenter yesterday mentioned the Diet Doctor resource, which also includes quite a bit of Dr. Jason Fung's materials: <link>www.dietdoctor.com <... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:23:12 EST Insulin and Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079439 <link>www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness<BR>/2016/01/25/scarborough-doctors-book-s<BR>ays-insulin-makes-you-fat-fasting-make<BR>s-you-thin.html </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting article in yesterday's Toronto Star focusing on the "intensive dietary management" techniques of nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung. <BR> <BR> In working with his kidney patients, he noticed that those with high blood insulin were fat: and that counting calories and exercise didn't help nearly as much as fasting. Fasting... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:31:32 EST Mild grey day . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078484 That was yesterday's XC ski. Temperatures had risen to -3C, meaning we swapped in blue wax for green: and it was perfect grip and glide. <BR> <BR> Although I love skiing under dazzling sparkly sunshine through deep blue shadows, a gentle grey day has its appeals as well. More chickadees! And we were both soaking wet after our vigorous ski: amazing workout. <BR> <BR> Same kinda weather today; soothing and low key. OK then: salads are packed (romaine, radish, cucumber, shredded carrot and... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:25:00 EST Sparkle Ski http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077592 Yesterday's XC ski was awesome! <BR> <BR> it was -19C when we got up: sunny but pretty cold. But the weather forecast (how did we live without smart phones?) was for -8 at 2 pm and still full sunshine. Worth waiting for. <BR> <BR> So: we got everything else done: laundry, soup making, some work for DH, the gym for me. <BR> <BR> And rendezvoused at 2 -- still full sunshine, no clouds under a clear blue sky. <BR> <BR> Wax grip was great: glide not 100% optimal but still very good. And ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:07:10 EST Studies in Long-Term Weight Loss: Susan Peirce Thompson, Kelly Brownell, Yoni Freedhoff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076919 <link>susanpeircethompson.com/blog/ </link> <BR> <BR> There's a string on the At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance team page on how hard it is to maintain weight loss. <BR> <BR> And coincidentally, that's the topic of Susan Peirce Thompson's January 20, 2016 vlog too. <BR> <BR> National Weight Loss Registry (which says only 5% of people who take weight off keep it off -- and includes those who maintain weight loss for 2 years but without reaching a healthy BMI) says it ta... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:30:47 EST Presence 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076023 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLslB13b7GM </link> <BR> <BR> So: continuing to riff on Amy Cuddy's "Presence: Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenge" -- I'm bringing it to MY biggest challenge, which is weight maintenance . . . <BR> <BR> In a business context, what's the very biggest predictor of success in making a "pitch" for start-up funds? It's presence: if we define presence as enthusiasm, confidence, passion and freedom from awkwardness or anxiety. The successful p... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:50:56 EST Presence 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075199 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLslB13b7GM </link> <BR> <BR> Continuing with my exploration of the Amy Cuddy 90 minute presentation on Presence, Bringing your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenge -- and potential applications to OUR biggest challenge, weight loss maintenance . . . <BR> <BR> I was struck by her analysis of the famous "l'esprit d'escalier" concept articulated by French philosopher Denis Diderot in 1725: but so familiar to all of us in any language. The spirit of the sta... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:23:45 EST Presence 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074247 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-<BR>detail.asp?video=166 </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks to Linda for pointing out that Spark trainer Melinda has a short video on the Cuddy "power poses" -- which she suggests are useful for building confidence. Two minutes? Cuddy thinks shorter is actually better -- maybe even 30 seconds. <BR> <BR> And the recommendation is to try this before a job interview etc. <BR> <BR> But, how about 30 seconds of "power posing" in the face of temptation to e... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:12:58 EST Amy Cuddy: Presence! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073420 Lots of us here are familiar with Amy Cuddy's astonishing 2012 TED talk on power posing: it's been viewed 25 million times and is the second-most watched TED talk (so if you haven't seen it . . . it's terrific!!) <BR> <BR> Amy Cuddy is a young Harvard psychologist at the business school who was worried that her bright women students weren't as effective as they needed to be in the class participation which was required as part of their marks. They failed to participate, or when they did came... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:03:05 EST First XC ski: glorious!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072429 Yesterday, finally, there was enough snow for our first XC ski of the winter. <BR> <BR> It was -8 C: not too cold. Gentle wind, gently falling snow from gentle grey sky. <BR> <BR> The green wax was perfect for grip and glide. It felt like flying. <BR> <BR> Silence, silence, silence except for the whoosh whoosh whoosh. And a few chickadees. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 07:39:54 EST Bright Line Eating, the "Happy" Part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071578 Susan Peirce Thompson promotes Bright Line Eating as a way of getting "happy, thin and free". <BR> <BR> Her most recent vlog (easy to find on a google search, tough to link) speaks to the "happy" part. And I've always been intensely interested in the connection between mental health and weight management, so I think this vlog might be one of her most important contributions yet. <BR> <BR> Eliminating sugar and flour in accordance with Bright Line Eating Rules not only makes us thinner and... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 07:09:45 EST Soggy out there . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070878 Wah!! <BR> <BR> The "real winter" has retreated again and it's soggy and rainy and not XC ski-worthy at all today. <BR> <BR> So: heading to the gym instead. <BR> <BR> Maybe tomorrow? Sure hope so. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:32:57 EST Real Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069105 All of a sudden, it's so cold and snowy and wintry here. <BR> <BR> Which means: I should be able to cross-country ski for the first time this coming weekend! <BR> <BR> In the meantime, my red and white amaryllis has four blossoms on one stem, and more to come on a second stem. I've moved the white hyacinths to our third-floor bedroom window sill (they still smell gorgeous) and now have deep mauve hyacinths coming into bloom on the kitchen table. <BR> <BR> And: I think maybe I need a da... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:48:30 EST Emotional Labour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068300 Traditionally, we thought of labour first as physical: cutting down trees, pounding laundry on a rock -- that kind of thing. <BR> <BR> And next, we saw labour generally shift towards intellectual labour: in a knowledge-based economy, particularly, many of us do work that requires thinking. (Although lugging heavy legal cases to court also requires brawn!) <BR> <BR> Emotional labour has been something required of workers in service industries, and there's plenty of info out there defining... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:34:50 EST Those annoying Canadians! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067438 Canadians apologize. We say we're sorry. <BR> <BR> And yup, I am sorry I annoyed a significant number of Sparkies yesterday. (You note I'm not saying I'm sorry IF I annoyed a significant number of Sparkies -- I clearly DID. And I'm sorry.) <BR> <BR> But then, I am a subscriber to the wisdom of T.S. Eliot, who wrote (in "The Waste Land", line 404, often wrongly or only partly quoted . . . ): <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The awful daring of a moment's surrender <BR> Which an age of prudence c... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:42:39 EST Gun control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066484 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate<BR>/how-us-gun-ownership-became-a-right-a<BR>nd-why-it-isnt/article28078752/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've got quite a bit of interest in Canadian constitutional law but know very little about American constitutional law. <BR> <BR> This article interested me, and perhaps some of you too. <BR> <BR> Another article in Canada's National Post over the weekend pointed out that some 30,000 Americans die annually from gun shots -- more per month annually t... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:15:45 EST Peak Work Performance Summit: Time Limited Offer!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065775 Those of us on Susan Peirce Thompson's email list will have received her email concerning a limited time free broadcast of her contribution to Peak Work Performance Summit (hosted by Dr. Ron Friedman). <BR> <BR> Twenty-four hours only. <BR> <BR> And: don't you love the "artificial scarcity" marketing? Kinda similar to the fast food triple patty bacon burger with chipotle blue cheese ranch dressing . . . get it now!! <BR> <BR> But still: this is very much worth watching if you've got 40 mi... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:47:41 EST Self-Mediation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065480 Attempts at self-improvement can be harsh. <BR> <BR> It can feel like the same kind of all-or-nothing "judgement" that litigants are exposed to in court. You're guilty. You're wrong. You deserve punishment. Like that. <BR> <BR> An alternative to court is mediation. The mediator isn't judging. The mediator is a neutral. The mediator can help the parties craft a solution that they both like, and can live with, rather than the "winner take all" world of judgment. <BR> <BR> I was chatting... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 06:54:54 EST Self-Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064793 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate<BR>/lessons-from-a-lifetime-of-self-impro<BR>vement/article28079345/ </link> <BR> <BR> Margaret Wente's one of my fave writers in the Globe and Mail: and I thought her article today on self-improvement was pretty interesting. <BR> <BR> Mostly, the drive for self-improvement is about vanity she speculates. (And of course that's kinda ironic since very few of us think that the more vain we get the better we are . . . ). <BR> <BR> Genuine self-i... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 10:57:08 EST BOPs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063347 Did you know, Birds of Paradise are known to florists as BOPs??? <BR> <BR> Me neither. <BR> <BR> But before Christmas I was calling around to local florists, looking for some to give a friend as a thank you (he'd invited us to that super glam party . . . ). None available. <BR> <BR> And now . . . there's another party for the same friend . . . birthday. BOPs available -- they are glorious!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/385fdbfb-0f27-4e72-901f-ec2b54484a9a.j... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 17:48:32 EST Winter Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061905 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72b13f4e-85cd-4535-91bc-6007a8f2db76.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55cbf21d-70d5-4097-879f-36392d45cba9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The amaryllis is spectacular on a dark winter morning. <BR> <BR> And the white hyacinths (blooming ahead of schedule) smell incredible. <BR> <BR> And I have no idea why the pictures are sideways/upside down: don't strain your necks, Sparkies!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:01:29 EST Trivia F Student http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060799 Nope, didn't make Trivia A student for December -- on track with 92% until December 28 or so and then crashed and burned. <BR> <BR> Doing TERRIBLE so far in 2016: five wrongs before I got three rights this morning. <BR> <BR> Duh! <BR> <BR> How many times have I seen these questions? And why can't I recall the answers accurately? Regardless of how irrelevant they might be (don't go to movies, don't buy candy when I do, American movie treats not generally available here anyhow, etc. etc... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 07:03:11 EST Tears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059706 DH is driving our son to the airport: his holiday at home is over, and he's back to work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And Charlie is in mourning. He knows. <BR> <BR> Best present ? Having him home. <BR> <BR> The price of love is grief. No question. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:59:57 EST Out with the Old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058763 One of the things we did over the holiday period was a massive communal decluttering -- with DH ordering the biggest dumpster I've ever seen, parked on our driveway outside the garage. <BR> <BR> I would NEVER have thought we could fill it. <BR> <BR> But: we have!! Junk from the garage. Junk from the basement. Junk from cupboards (and lots of bags and boxes of stuff also went to our local thrift store). <BR> <BR> I cleaned out the bathroom vanity drawers and under the sink. <BR> <BR> DH... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:55:51 EST Best of the SPT Vlogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057780 Wow, any mild snarkiness I may have communicated concerning the price of the Susan Peirce Thompson boot camp ($997) and monthly Bright Lifer ($20) fees really has to be further moderated by my continuing astonishment (and gratitude) for the truly excellent and abundant free materials on her website. (Haven't yet dug deep into the "regular" blogs which predate the vlogs . . . but pretty sure there's more terrific stuff there too.) <BR> <BR> In no particular order, here are four you might co... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:29:52 EST Bonus Blog: Don't Drift Away, Invitation to MAINSTAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056932 My Spark Page lists 173 friends currently (I've edited from time to time since 2011, but remove people only when they are clearly gone permanently. Often not even then). And yup, I'm quick to add friends, of my own initiative or if anyone asks, trying hard to be responsive to friends once added. <BR> <BR> But: friends come and go. <BR> <BR> And January 1st is the kind of day we look backwards and forwards (remember Janus?) <BR> <BR> So today I took a look at my Spark Friends still list... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:18:39 EST Happy New Year Hyacinths! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056607 I bought groceries yesterday : the store will be closed today of course. And we were out of everything! <BR> <BR> How pleased I was to see potted spring bulbs available already: tulips, daffodils, and my favourite hyacinths. <BR> <BR> I chose white ones. They smell the best. <BR> <BR> And I can expect they'll probably be in bloom on my kitchen table by next Friday or so. <BR> <BR> Beginning my sequence of winter kitchen hyacinths that see me through until spring. <BR> <BR> (Under the s... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:44:19 EST SPT Webinar, The Badly Behaving Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056000 Oh my oh my oh my. (And yes this is long: feel free to skip it: it's just me thinking aloud as usual!! Figuring out what I think by seeing what I say . . . ) <BR> <BR> I watched last night's Webinar: SPT on the topic of "The badly behaving brain". <BR> <BR> It was brilliant: started at 8 pm, ran (with Power Point) until 10 pm, with a most generous Q&A live afterwards which was still going strong at about 11:20 pm? Well past my bedtime. <BR> <BR> Such a generous sharing of further infor... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:10:25 EST SPT Video # 4: Boot Camp Hard Sell? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055223 OK then, I think Susan Peirce Thompson is very generous with respect to the free info in her first three videos. And all of the free info on her website too. <BR> <BR> But Video #4 is I think new: it references current time with bootcamp launching January 1, 2016 and I don't recall hearing it before. <BR> <BR> And . . . it's very hard sell frankly. In my opinion. <BR> <BR> The price for an 8 week boot camp is $997 if paid in one shot. There's a "no risk full refund" guarantee. There a... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:00:32 EST Bright Line Eating Video 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054492 <BR> Tried to post the link, without success -- but the third video in the Bright Line Eating series was offered yesterday, free: and it's on Susan Peirce Thompson's website together (with the first two and the susceptibility quizz) if you give up your email addresss! <BR> <BR> What are the four "Bright Lines" (aka hard and fast rules)?? <BR> <BR> 1. No sugar <BR> 2. No flour <BR> 3. Three meals a day, no snacks: preplanned <BR> 4. Measured quantities: SPT uses her digital scale to ma... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:25:07 EST Just Fuel . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053807 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/i-hate-food-for-som<BR>e-of-us-eating-is-just-aboutsustenance<BR>/article27936872/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'd never say that I hate food -- not at all. <BR> <BR> And I'm not so disinterested in food that I'd want to subsist on capsules or powders or meal replacements. I'm pretty sure that my own body is happier getting its micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, all the rest of it) from a huge variety of real foods: real veggies a... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:38:53 EST Resume Fast: RE-ZOOM!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053239 KRISZTA11's blog today points out that the Susan Peirce Thompson videos are free again for a short period of time. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053200 </link> <BR> <BR> SPT applies the science of leptin and recommends Bright Line Eating: essentially, no flour or sugar + 3 preplanned meals a day and no snacks with portion control at those three meals in order to eliminate reliance on will power. It's her theory that high levels of... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:11:08 EST New Wallpaper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052747 That's a watermellen lapel pin -- on the pocket of a red quilted jacket. <BR> <BR> Most of my sparkly stuff disappeared with the break-in last July: but they missed this one! (Still on the jacket . . . ). <BR> <BR> Hope everyone who celebrates had an excellent Christmas yesterday. <BR> <BR> And today: back to eternal vigilance!! <BR> <BR> PS <BR> <BR> Dawg asks, "Why WATERMELLEN"? <BR> <BR> And here's my respnose: <BR> <BR> "Watermellen" was simply a childhood nickname, "Ellen, El... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 06:11:01 EST NEW WATERMELLEN PROFILE PIC!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052512 I've got a new profile picture -- a terrific image made especially for me by my talented DD. <BR> <BR> Who found a blue Tshirt on the street for the background (yes, she's MY daughter: and remembers very well when I found a pink flannel plaid shirt in a mud puddle at the gym, mended it and washed it and wore it for years . . . ). And recycled a deep pink tank top for the "slice". And cut out the seeds . . . <BR> <BR> Hung it in the maple tree off the third floor deck to photograph it: an... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 13:21:06 EST Christmas Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052153 So lovely to be home on this sparkling sunny day! Work set aside. Last run to the grocery store done and unpacked. Everything we need or could want right here, in our home. <BR> <BR> Dear son appeared at 6 pm last night: and everyone is delighted to see him but most especially Charlie!! <BR> <BR> Delivered to my office this morning: a special Christmas gift ordered for my DH!! I was hoping it would get here and it has . . . <BR> <BR> Wishing all Sparkies the happiest possible holid... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:21:33 EST Slouching Towards Bethlehem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051036 Nope, although she borrowed the title, it's not the collection of essays by Joan Didion which is on my mind. In the run-up to Christmas, it's the original 1919 poem by Yeats I'm thinking about. <BR> <BR> Year after year, no matter what our circumstances, we trudge through the preparations superimposed upon our regular tasks, longing without robust expectations to experience the hope and the optimism which (regardless of our religious beliefs or the absence of them) human beings need to su... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:38:54 EST A little Christmas prep . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050553 Yesterday we finally got a few strings of outside lights up -- and our Christmas tree: a balsam fir, smaller than usual but still very pretty and smells lovely of course. <BR> <BR> The Christmas ceramic village is on the mantel too. And most of the Christmas dinner groceries are in the fridge and freezer. <BR> <BR> Plus: did a big whack of wrapping yesterday. <BR> <BR> So . . . I'll be able to focus on work this morning and that's a good thing: a bunch of docs that must get out the door!... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 07:10:32 EST All My Yesterdays: Will I Respect Myself in the Morning??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050155 Or instead face that "walk of shame" . . . to the scale! <BR> <BR> Weighed in yesterday at the gym (on the proper balance beam scale) and I'm doing OK. Not brilliant but within my acceptable "range". <BR> <BR> And I ate better yesterday: not at the top end of my calorie range (which I cannot do day after day if I want to MAINtain. And I do want to maintain because that's my MAIN thing!) <BR> <BR> So yes: I am respecting myself this morning. <BR> <BR> And I am reminding myself, respec... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 09:48:34 EST TO-MORE-O! Shout out to NELLJONES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049738 NELLJONES is one of the longest and most successful maintainers here at Spark People: and a wise and wonderful person. Some 40 years ++, and she looks just fabulous. <BR> <BR> Haven't met her yet? Here's a link to her Spark Page. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=NE<BR>LLJONES </link> <BR> <BR> And NELLJONES's recent status posts indicate she's clearly dealing with some difficult "stuff" right now. So after you've met her by browsing her page, you might want to... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 10:18:33 EST