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/ Beck Pink Reboot: Day 2, Pick Two Reasonable Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986531 OK, this is easy for me. <BR> <BR> Beck says there are two types of diets: the set eating plan and the counting system. <BR> <BR> But in fact I have a pretty set eating plan (I eat the same stuff day after day)AND I count too. So I combine the two approaches. <BR> <BR> What do I eat? <BR> <BR> Greek yogourt and berries or egg white veggie omelettes or occasionally oatmeal for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Green salads with a lean protein (fish, shrimp, chicken) and lots of bright veggies ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:44:56 EST Beck Pink Reboot: Chapter 5 Get Ready with the ARC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985940 Preparation , preparation, preparation. <BR> <BR> Beck tells us that most people start a diet by plunging right into it, losing some weight, encountering challenges, and giving up. <BR> <BR> But if I prepare for the inevitable challenges before I actually start the diet, then Ill be able to stick to it, lose weight and keep the weight off. <BR> <BR> OK, then. First step? <BR> <BR> To think hard about why I want to lose weight (or maintain weight loss). <BR> <BR> And to prepare an Ad... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:48:54 EST Beck Pink Reboot: Chapter 4, How to Use the Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985378 OK, not time to start the diet yet. We don't start the actual diet, in fact, until Day 15. <BR> <BR> We're still working on building our diet skills. Two weeks of prep time. <BR> <BR> Because: any (reasonable) diet will work. Anybody can lose weight on a diet. We've all lost weight before, a whole lotta times. <BR> <BR> But what we want to do is change how we think about food -- so that we can not only lose weight, we can keep it off. The diet industry depends upon "diet recidivis... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:57:18 EST Beck Pink Reboot: Chapter 3, How Thin People Think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984681 Thin people can distinguish between hunger and the desire to eat for other non-fuel related reasons. <BR> <BR> Thin people can tolerate hunger and cravings. Hunger is not an emergency!! Next meal is coming soon!! <BR> <BR> Thin people don't enjoy the feeling of being stuffed. <BR> <BR> Thin people don't fool themselves about how much they are really eating (all those little tastes and cleaning up and free samples at the grocery store count: my body is tracking them whether "I" do or no... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:14:17 EST Bonus Beck Blog: Chapter 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984310 (Typically given my work schedule I'm going to be reading and posting "the night before" as we work through SLENDERELLA's assignment list: particularly busy time at the moment.) <BR> <BR> So: SLENDERELLA suggests that I've probably already learned to manage sabotaging thoughts pretty much. <BR> <BR> And how I wish that were true. <BR> <BR> But in fact: not. <BR> <BR> It's like anything else I suppose: the bicep curls I did last February were good for toning the biceps back then. <BR> <B... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:01:57 EST Beck Pink Reboot: Chapter 2, What Really Makes You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984027 What I think is what makes me eat. <BR> <BR> Not hunger. <BR> <BR> Not automatic shoveling food into my mouth. <BR> <BR> There's always a thought that comes first -- and too often it's a sabotaging thought. <BR> <BR> I deserve that piece of cake. Every body else can eat cake whenever they want. It's a special occasion. It's just this once. Nobody is watching me eat it so it doesn't count. <BR> <BR> In the context of Beck, it might be a sabotaging thought that tells me I don't re... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:47:25 EST OK let's go!! Beck Pink Reboot!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983656 Took a quick minute to read some of the "introduce yourself" posts at the Beck Team message board -- what a great group, with such interesting individual histories. <BR> <BR> And yup, this WILL work for each one of us. despite those diverse individual histories, because: it's congruent with what we all know about that "experiment of one". <BR> <BR> Beck is NOT a one-size-fits-all diet. <BR> <BR> But it IS a one-size-fits all individual exercise for each of us in learning how to think like... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:17:22 EST Off the Blocks Before the Starter's Pistol! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983079 Apologies that I inadvertently jumped out of the gates with yesterday's blog on Chapter 1, thinking that we (and our numbers are swelling!!!) were planning to start Day One on Monday August 24. <BR> <BR> So I'll be getting in sync with the sequence and sitting back for a bit! Can I just suggest (and we are each an experiment of one, and what works for me might not work for anyone else so I'm only suggesting and absolutely not remotely "prescribing") that actually participating in the Beck e... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:44:53 EST Beck Pink Reboot: Chapter 1, Key to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982702 What's the key? Learning HOW to think like a thin person. <BR> <BR> Learning HOW to follow a diet. <BR> <BR> Learning HOW to motivate myself. <BR> <BR> Because: any (reasonably healthy) diet work works. If I work it. <BR> <BR> And I'll work it IF I have the right "mindset". <BR> <BR> The right mindset means I manage my thinking. <BR> <BR> I identify sabotaging thoughts (it won't matter if I overeat just this one time, I deserve a treat). <BR> <BR> And I respond to them (it doe... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:10:18 EST Are you going to join us? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981738 Ask SLENDERELLA and GABY. Join them on a pink Beck reboot. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981677 </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, I am. Yes I'm in!! Not going to blog at length day by day -- but always benefit from a Beck refresher. <BR> <BR> That's Dr. Judith S. Beck, The Beck Diet Solution, train your brain to think like a thin person. (We call this pink Beck because -- that's the colour of this particular book. She's written others, b... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:28:21 EST Disrespect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981301 Have you noticed people noticing disrespect? Seems to be a new meme: maybe even a new industry. My goodness, what fragile flowers we're becoming. <BR> <BR> (Possibly replacing, "I'm just not comfortable with that": as an excuse for not doing whatever -- whatever clearly needs to be done, discomfort or otherwise!! Comfort being highly overrated . . . . Meaningful life frequently being quite uncomfortable actually!!) <BR> <BR> And as for hyper vigilance over being disrespected? Fact is, ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:43:37 EST Wonder Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980388 OK then, here's a kind of syllogism in hypotheticals: <BR> <BR> If happiness doubled by wonder is radical gratitude; <BR> <BR> And if radical gratitude can help us experience consciously that feeling of satiety and enoughness; <BR> <BR> And if conscious experiencing of satiety helps us not eat too much -- meaning it helps us maintain; <BR> <BR> Then: if we want to maintain, beyond tracking calories in (nutrition) and calories out (fitness), we need some kind of a wonder tracker, don't ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:24:34 EST Gratitude: Happiness Doubled by Wonder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979825 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17efc8a1-6e92-47c7-8b44-b951fbd01474.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2<BR>015/08/17/the-path-of-gratitude-and-co<BR>mmitment-marmur.html </link> <BR> <BR> This evening sitting on my verandah I watched goldfinches in the ginkgo illuminated by the last rays of sun. The very flight pattern of goldfinches (a series of scalloping arches which intersect as they carve the air) expresses their lighthearted exuberance. Th... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:39:23 EST Hot Pink Soup!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978801 It's hot hot hot here. Gonna be 90F ++ today (33C in "Canajun, " but gotta say I still think in Fahrenheit too). <BR> <BR> And that's why cold soup requiring NO cooking is on the menu. <BR> <BR> My go-to is gazpacho: but (frankly) it's way too popular with other family members and disappears too fast. (I know, I know: I should share. But when I come home to an empty soup pot at the end of a long day at work, the likelihood I'll overeat is just too high). <BR> <BR> So yesterday I made a... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:52:38 EST Addiction: Disease or Choice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978364 My Toronto Globe and Mail has this morning an excellent review of Marc Lewis's new book on this topic, "The Biology of Desire". Lewis, a neuroscientist, University of Toronto prof and former addict (20 years) defies this conventional dichotomy (disease or choice) by saying "both". <BR> <BR> And he points out: if we say addiction is "disease" then it's "society's fault" (all those evil manufacturers of addictive foods). <BR> <BR> But: if we say addiction is "choice", then it's our own... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 11:14:14 EST Sparkly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977710 Lost a lot of jewellery (as well as all the electronics) with the July break in at our house. Nothing so very precious, except to me I suppose: but pearls and lapel pins (some rhinestones and some semi-precious) and all DH's cufflinks including his 35th anniversary ruby ones and . . . <BR> <BR> Not replaceable. None of it recovered despite best efforts of our local police. <BR> <BR> Gotta move on. <BR> <BR> And today I'm wearing for the first time a right hand shocking pink topaz, spa... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:14:37 EST Clean Teeth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977399 Don't you just love a trip to the dental hygienist? <BR> <BR> Sure I floss and brush regularly -- and use the totally neat Sulcabrush thingy too. <BR> <BR> But: the professional cleaning and polishing does an incredible job and I feel like I'm starting over with a brand new mouth. <BR> <BR> Never gonna eat again? Well, that's not so likely. <BR> <BR> But it sure looks good right now. Better go grin at myself in the mirror while it lasts!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:29:29 EST Love my work . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976853 Yup, it's stressful a lot of the time. <BR> <BR> And adversarial. High conflict, no kidding. <BR> <BR> And people do experience such grief and loss. From which they cannot be protected. <BR> <BR> But having said all that: it's worth doing. And even though every matter has a moment or two when I don't think I'll ever get to the end of it: I find it very satisfying! Interesting! Requiring all the brains and all the heart I can bring to bear . . . never enough of either, but stretchi... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:39:38 EST Nasturtiums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976192 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82227ab5-8a0d-47dd-843f-fc369279bb60.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my faves. And (although this is not my picture) I can't remember a summer when I haven't had them growing in my garden. <BR> <BR> My grandfather had them in his garden in Haliburton. <BR> <BR> I can remember planting the seeds when I was probably only 2 or 3 years old. Big, fat seeds easy for small fingers! And: my kids planted nasturtiums when they were small. <BR> <BR> This s... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:24:37 EST Fresh Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975129 It's August 10! And a brand new fresh week stretches out in front of me. <BR> <BR> In some ways by fall 2014 I'd felt I missed most of the summer: just working too hard and not drinking it in. <BR> <BR> And so I vowed that this summer I'd deal with differently. And: I am. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was gorgeous on the beach. Perfect temp, marvelous sunshine, sound of waves, not too crowded. (Did not, however, make it to the golf course; maybe beach perfection was why!) <BR> <BR> At home, ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:18:18 EST Much Better Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974622 Really appreciated all the comforting comments and helpful suggestions on yesterday's "food hangover" blog: and yes, it really is a hangover, just as if I'd drunk too much or (and I have never used drugs, not even one time, but I can imagine . . . ): yeah!! <BR> <BR> And yesterday I did stick well within my nutrition calorie range and ate healthy foods. <BR> <BR> Plus: exercised vigorously. <BR> <BR> And: got a lot of tasks done: laundry; soup-making (it was "no soup" in the fridge when I ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 10:35:27 EST Ate Too Much Yesterday . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974016 About 500 calories more than my "upper range": just under 2,000 for the day. <BR> <BR> I don't do that very often. <BR> <BR> But when I do, I wake up the next morning (today) feeling yucky. <BR> <BR> Especially because most of those excess calories came in the form of highly salted peanuts. So I'm dealing with sodium bloat too. <BR> <BR> OK then. <BR> <BR> Today I'll be drinking LOTS. Eating lightly. And going to the gym. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure that I'll be feeling much much better... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 06:21:53 EST Gaaaaaah!!! Another Bat!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973589 Swooooooooooooooping around the kitchen this morning -- there I was , placidly sipping coffee and reading the newspaper, when I just caught it out of the corner of my eye. <BR> <BR> Rapid departure to the laundry room, with the door closed. Leaving Charlie to fend for himself! <BR> <BR> DH tried to persuade me he he'd ushered it outside through the opened patio door but . . . I did not believe him. I did not. <BR> <BR> And sure enough, there it was in the dining room, perched on the wi... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 09:20:24 EST Pink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972982 "In the pink": does anyone still use that phrase, to mean "feeling absolutely healthy"? <BR> <BR> I do feel "in the pink" today!! Lots of rest, enough exercise (although wish I had headed out to the golf course after work last night) and optimum nutrition. <BR> <BR> And I'm thinking I'll wear pink too!! Nothing too aggressively girly Barbie pink: more along the "blush pink" lines possibly? Monochrome crop ankle pants, little jacket, Tshirt, sandals? Selecting the "costume" is a fun ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 07:28:08 EST Fifth Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972413 Some years ago, Canadian Robertson Davies wrote a novel (one of the Deptford Trilogy) called Fifth Business. He's a great writer and i's a terrific novel. The title derives from a theatrical term referring to the character in a play who acts as a background catalyst triggering the main plot . Because typically the main plot focuses on the relationship evolving between the two leads, contrasted with the relationship evolving between the two "foils" for the leads (who quite often may be sli... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 07:16:55 EST PHEBESS chips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971827 What a lovely long weekend, despite the big storm. <BR> Yesterday's gym trip showed weight back down: and was followed by a late afternoon 9 holes of golf. <BR> <BR> We decided not to have supper at the club but to come home and spend the time with Charlie who's still recovering from PTSD (s for "storm"). <BR> <BR> So: lovely hamburger on the BBQ (low fat Angus burger, thin whole grain roll, lots of spinach and Dijon and a thick slice of beefsteak tomato: it's rare I eat beef at all!!) plus... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 07:29:41 EST Big Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971259 We spent quite a bit of time on the beach yesterday (blissful) but in the late afternoon Ontario was swept by fierce storms. Solid sheets of rain, greenish sky. Mini-tornadoes, really, with power interruptions (very brief at our place) and tree-snapping twisters: huge chunk of towering hemlock deposited on the roof of our garage. No damage to the garage, but we'll need to get the tree guy in to take it away and trim the tree. <BR> <BR> Charlie hates storms and of course is no longer able... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:56:19 EST No Laptop, Less Tracking = Upward Blip!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970715 Gahhhhh!! I've not been tracking my nutrition with the dedication required to maintain within a tight range: iPhone tracking is just too cumbersome/slow/annoying. <BR> <BR> Thought I was still "in compliance" with my daily calorie range anyhow. <BR> <BR> But when I hopped on the scales at the gym yesterday, yup: I'd been deluding myself. Nothing serious, just a few pounds outside my range, still middle-number 4: but time to yank on the leash!! And I am. <BR> <BR> Want to keep my cloth... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 10:26:21 EST Temporary Laptop!! Yay Yay Yay!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970227 I've really been hampered here at Spark since our break-in with no laptop at home: and really no time at work to check in. Using my iPhone and the mobile app is really really slow. <BR> <BR> But: DH has brought home a "work" laptop (used mostly for trips to court) and set it up with an actual mouse and an actual keyboard in my home office. <BR> <BR> What a huge treat!! <BR> <BR> Not "my" laptop with my stuff on it of course but I'm beginning to recognize we're not going to get that back; ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:44:12 EST Amy Cuddy Writes Back: Power Posing and Obesity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964986 Way back March 27 when I was finishing up a series of blogs about mental health and obesity, I referenced Amy Cuddy's terrific TED talk about power posing and about the effect on the mind that adopting a powerful pose. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900490 </link> <BR> <BR> And: I wondered whether it might help with obesity/overweight issues, so I wrote to Amy Cuddy (from her website) and asked if there was any research happening ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:15:24 EST UK groceries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963613 Years ago my mum got her British magazines (Women, Woman Home if I recall the names correctly) which had quite a number of grocery item "adverts" that weren't routinely available in small town Ontario. Ribena, a black currant cordial with lots of Vitamin C. Rose brand lime marmalade: we found this occasionally and I loved it. And Marmite, a salty savoury yeast spread for toast. Tried this a few times, not so keen. Preferred peanut butter. <BR> <BR> But: Ryevita crispbread was regular... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:07:09 EST Weekend upcoming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962355 And I'm very much looking forward to it . . . <BR> <BR> Will tackle the laundry. <BR> <BR> Will sit on the verandah with Charlie and drink coffee and read the newspaper. <BR> <BR> Will make another pot of soup! <BR> <BR> Will get to the gym for a good workout, no rush. And play some golf. <BR> <BR> None of it sounds particularly exciting, right? <BR> <BR> But normal is good! <BR> <BR> Steamed through a whack o' work today. <BR> <BR> And I'm very much recovering my usual equa... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:47:44 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961843 Thanks so all for your kind and supportive "break in" comments: so many of you have had the same experience. <BR> <BR> I appreciate the great suggestions. <BR> <BR> And up, we keep on noticing more stuff missing: the ruby cufflinks I gave my husband for our 35th anniversary (and all the rest of his cufflinks too: but those were the ones that hurt a bit!!) <BR> <BR> But: in comparison to lots of other life events we've sailed through: none of the items matters. <BR> <BR> We're OK. <BR> ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:39:52 EST Break In . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961183 Got home last night just as a break in was in process at my house. <BR> <BR> Thankfully nobody was at home but Charlie, and Charlie was not hurt. I saw two of the persons and spoke to them (without fully realizing what was going on) while sadly a third person was escaping out the back with my gym bag full of things . . . <BR> <BR> We did lose quite a bit of stuff including jewellery and home laptops. <BR> <BR> The police were terrific. Got some great finger prints and were able to... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:03:45 EST Low Key Continues . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960536 Yesterday I used my weekend-rejuvenated energy surge to get through some urgent stuff. But today I can sit back a bit, do a little research and some interesting continuing education on line. Basically take it fairly easy. <BR> <BR> And: I have a slightly extended weekend break booked for the end of the month: theatre and beach in pretty equal portions. . <BR> <BR> A little gardening last evening, coffee on the verandah this morning. <BR> <BR> Ahhhhhhh, summer! Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:03:40 EST Benefits of Doing Nothing!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959939 Had a VERY low key weekend: just the usual chores, but no work at all. And spent a good chunk of Sunday in a beach chair at the lake just reading the August O mag and listening to parents and kids and ducks and all that good stuff. Same beach I've been going to every summer since I was about 25 years old . . . long before I had kids of my own. <BR> <BR> The water's still pretty cool despite the 30+ temps we've had the last few days: but refreshing for sure! And the beach is so clean, so... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:03:25 EST Blackberries! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959502 Our jungly side "flower" bed has been colonized by blackberry bushes, and with all the rain we've had there's a bumper crop. <BR> <BR> So delicious picked in the warm sunshine: much sweeter than the ones I can buy at the grocery store. <BR> <BR> And: I left quite a few for the birds . . . fair is fair!! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:29:32 EST Mani Pedi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959146 My DS arranged for me to have a luxury mani pedi at a local spa in a beautiful heritage building for my birthday: back in early April!! <BR> <BR> And: I've been so ridiculously busy with my "big project" (plus a lot of gardening) that I postponed booking it until today. <BR> <BR> Ahhhhhhh!! I could get used to this! Chose a subtle frosty silver for both fingers and toes as feeling cool for summer plus neutral no matter what I'm wearing. <BR> <BR> But (as is the case with any paint job)... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:25:38 EST How Many Calories in a Bowl of New England Clam Chowder from Panera? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958459 Grrrr. <BR> <BR> Trivia question today. <BR> <BR> And there are 720 calories. <BR> <BR> And I guessed correctly. <BR> <BR> But: I don't go to Panera. Panera is an American food chain, I'm guessing. And I don't eat at restaurants very often. And when I do go to a restaurant, I try to avoid prefab chain-type places. In favour of local, healthy type foods with minimal processing. (The kind of food I make at home or take to work with me about 99% of the time.) <BR> <BR> I don't eat Am... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:33:18 EST Other Peoples' Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957382 My main activities here at Spark are tracking nutrition and reading other people's blogs. <BR> <BR> I do track fitness minutes too, but not so reliably. <BR> <BR> I do occasionally (very occasionally) check in with Spark teams. Of which At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance is superb with a wealth of resources on the MAIN thing (or what should be the MAIN thing) here: MAINTENANCE. Because we all know how to lose it. Keeping it off is waaaaaaaay tougher. <BR> <BR> But for ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 08:05:06 EST Diet Pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956787 Diet pop? What American Sparkies seem to call "soda"? <BR> <BR> OK, I knew it wasn't good for me. And I don't drink much of it: probably not even one Diet Coke a week . . . <BR> <BR> But I like it. And I do use Splenda in my flavoured Keurig coffee . . . . <BR> <BR> And this article from today's Globe and Mail explains why that REALLY isn't a good idea . . . <BR> <BR> <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/what-are-the-health<BR>-costs-of-drinking-diet-po... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 07:34:21 EST If You're Happy and You Know It . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956200 Remember the old song? <BR> <BR> I'm clapping my hands, stamping my feet. <BR> <BR> There are moments of grace in live. They are temporary. <BR> <BR> But: we gotta notice them. We do. <BR> <BR> They are what sustain us through the other moments. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:00:32 EST Happy Fourth of July to All American Sparkies!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955559 Hope you've had a day of celebrating your great country with BBQ and marching bands and fireworks and patriotic pride! <BR> <BR> President Obama's speech at Charlotte has to have been the strongest and most moving of his entire presidential career. What a courageous and candid human being. <BR> <BR> And the SCOTUS decision honouring marriage for all loving couples: another huge watershed achievement for the United States! <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>437</em> <em>283</em> <... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:04:13 EST All Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954614 And what a relief: year long business project brought to a satisfactory conclusion. <BR> <BR> It was a lot of work: more than I could ever have contemplated. But worth it. Now: onward and upward. <BR> <BR> Have to say, I was so exhausted for July 1st that I did not even play in our club's traditional Canada Day golf tournament: for which members dress in red and white, and each member plants a Canadian flag up the fairway at the point he or she runs out of shots in accordance with record... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 20:36:49 EST I Am Canadian: Happy Canada Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953797 Canada, where hopes and dreams can thrive <BR> Both immigrants and native born <BR> Make our land come alive <BR> Canada, one nationality <BR> We form our unity unique <BR> From our diversity <BR> <BR> I am Canadian <BR> Join hands with me <BR> I am Canadian <BR> Feel proud and free <BR> <BR> Canada, the mountains and the plains <BR> The cities and the forests <BR> Highways and country lanes <BR> Canada as varied as our land <BR> We people forge our strongest links <BR> When we join hand to... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:14:09 EST Peregrine Falcons and Baseball Fans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953175 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseb<BR>all/blue-jays-share-rogers-centre-with<BR>-family-of-falcons/article25192972/ </link> <BR> <BR> Loved this story in the Globe and Mail this morning about rescue of three fledgling peregrine falcons which had nested at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. <BR> <BR> And: it says there are only 86 known families of peregrines in the entire province of Ontario!! <BR> <BR> I'm wondering, of course, if the falcon family which has nested for the past t... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:21:40 EST Aga Khan Museum in Toronto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952563 Since it was raining so hard (and we’re so beat anyhow) we decided to go to the special exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: A Thirst for Riches. It’s about Dutch Baroque paintings with Persian carpets as indicators of wealth; and the paintings are interspersed with examples of actual Persian carpets of similar motifs and sizes. Just a few paintings, just a few carpets but a beautiful exhibit. <BR> <BR> The Aga Khan Museum building itself is ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:02:18 EST Ate A Whole Lot Yesterday . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952178 . . . but not over my maximum calorie intake. Although including two (two!) beef (beef!!) meat pies. And: a plain cake doughnut (!!!) <BR> <BR> I don't eat beef, I don't eat pastry and I don't do doughnuts. It has to have been years since I had even a bite of a doughnut. <BR> <BR> But when I clocked in the calories I'd burned (conservatively estimated too) it was clear to me why I'd been just so hungry. Burned waaaaaaaay more calories than I ate, no kidding. <BR> <BR> And did ha... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:59:12 EST A Few More Days . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951485 . . . and the business project I've been working on for well over a year, but most especially over the past 6 weeks, will come to a conclusion. <BR> <BR> Ready or not. Done at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> The pace has picked up this last week. Yesterday and today in particular. <BR> <BR> We have hit multiple snags. <BR> <BR> We have been disappointed by lack of support in some quarters where we would have expected it. And astonished by amazing support from other persons who have no ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:09:09 EST You Gear Up For a Challenging Day and then . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950677 . . . it gets cancelled. Or adjourned. Or settles. Or whatever. <BR> <BR> All that time and energy getting the facts and figures back to top of mind. <BR> <BR> All that mental and emotional preparation too. For self, for client. <BR> <BR> Wasted. <BR> <BR> Oh dear oh dear. <BR> <BR> But it happens. For all kinds of reasons which are out of my control. <BR> <BR> And the preparation is still absolutely necessary. <BR> <BR> But the "mental anguish"??? <BR> <BR> Belongs in t... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:55:20 EST