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/ Local Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243584 This is the time of year when the local foods are at their most plentiful. <BR> <BR> Went to the supermarket -- most everything imported. OK, I can accept that for oranges and bananas: they don't grow here any time of year. <BR> <BR> But: imported apples in September? Imported peppers? Imported lettuces? Imported strawberries? Yup, it's quite possible to get local strawberries in Ontario in September, and they taste so good: small and red all the way through. <BR> <BR> OK then. I g... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:44:17 EST Stitch in Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243201 A button came off my short olive green rain coat: a distinctive button. If I lost it, I'd need to replace a whole buncha buttons. Buttons down the front AND buttons on the sleeves and pocket flaps. Maybe 12 buttons?? <BR> <BR> And so I went into a drug store and found one of those mini sewing kits packed into a 2" by 3" plastic case -- many different colours of thread, 2 needles, a miniature pair of scissors. A thimble (never figured out how to use one of those) and a needle threader (di... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:52:54 EST Gorgeous Fall Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242510 And I'm sneaking off to play golf. Yay!! <BR> <BR> Going to take my binoculars too, for a little covert bird watching. The blue jays are flocking (mine stay all winter but plenty are less hardy and depart). I'm also seeing lots of hawks gathering for the flight south And the Canada geese are tightening up their Vs!! <BR> <BR> This is one of the very best times of the year . . . and that's so even though we know what's coming. <BR> <BR> Well, actually I'll be ready for some XC skiing sur... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:57:11 EST Funny Guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242266 I am wearing my maple leaf pants again (feeling pretty patriotic, actually: Kate, who's visiting BC, was wearing a red and white dress today which the fashion press described as a tribute to Canada . . . ). <BR> <BR> DH just poured me a glass of wine. Carefully. And added, "Not sure if Gewurztraminer goes with those or not . . . " <BR> <BR> So far so good, And yes, they washed up with no problems. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:07:28 EST Wet pants!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241495 Last night DH and I went to a memorial supper for a deceased colleague held in a large tent at a golf club. An informal and convivial "celebration" type event/fund raiser for the local hospital. <BR> <BR> DH bought me a glass of wine . . . and then sat down beside me, yanking the tablecloth so that the entire glass of wine landed down my tummy and soaked the front of my pants. (He felt truly terrible about it -- offered to switch pants with me, which would have been rather hilarious!!) <B... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:22:47 EST Will Power? Shout Out to VALERIEMAHA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241019 The incomparable VALERIEMAHA's status post today showcases a "crucial text" she's had on her Spark page "like forever". A quotation from Mahatma Gandhi: <BR> <BR> "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will." <BR> <BR> Well, who am I to argue with Mahatma Gandhi? Or, for that matter, with VALERIEMAHA. And I don't quarrel with them, not exactly. But about this quotation, I did respond: <BR> <BR> "it's a good one. And yet I also believe will power i... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:27:29 EST On Simmer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240793 I'm a soup maker. <BR> <BR> And soups need to simmer, right? <BR> <BR> I'm also a big believer in the "simmer" approach to problem solving. <BR> <BR> Frequently when I'm troubled by something, or trying to figure something out, if I head to the gym -- heck, even just take a brisk walk-- by the time I hit the shower I've got an answer. <BR> <BR> Way better than direct "worrying" and "pondering" and "what if this?" or "what if that?" <BR> <BR> Yup, simmering. (And not simmering with an... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:44:32 EST Osteoarthritis: Don't Take it Lying Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240045 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/dont-take-osteoarth<BR>ritis-lying-down/article31987958/ </link> <BR> <BR> Yup, I have some osteoarthritis. My heel-pound 10 km a day running back in the late 1980s and early 1990s didn't do good things for my hip and knee joints: that's why (sob, sob) I've had to switch up my cardio to indoor gym sessions on the elliptical and outdoor XC skiing in the winter. And I've had very painful hand surgery for thumb joint osteoart... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:57:11 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239498 Grateful for a good doctor. Quick appointment. Her kind concern. (And: at no charge.) <BR> <BR> Grateful I can afford the prescribed meds. Without second thought. (They are NOT free.) <BR> <BR> Grateful that the meds are working well. <BR> <BR> Grateful that my staff has picked up the slack at work while I recover . . . gracefully and compassionately. <BR> <BR> Grateful that I'm now confident of complete recovery of vision. Which is so important to me for reading and for seeing the... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:56:02 EST Much better thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238934 The new eye drops are doing the trick! In Canada (but I gather maybe not elsewhere?) it's possible to buy OTC eye drops with "mild" antibiotic and that's what I'd done on Sunday, rather than going to an emergency clinic. Plus special eyelid cleanser which had been recommended before by my eye doctor. But the prescription that I obtained yesterday is much stronger, and after two doses only I can feel improvement happening! <BR> <BR> I will, of course, take every single drop for the solid ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:58:36 EST A sight for sore eyes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238667 Remember that expression? <BR> <BR> Gotta say, I'm fighting an eye infection in both eyes. And these sore eyes aren't seeing much very clearly. The OTC antibiotic eye drops didn't help, so got to the doctor today for a stronger prescription. <BR> <BR> Really hoping it will make a difference because it's hard to read with sore eyes! <BR> <BR> Stress related? Yup, I think that's a strong possibility. So: I'm working on the stress also! <BR> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:01:52 EST A sight for sore eyes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238666 Remember that expression? <BR> <BR> Gotta say, I'm fighting an eye infection in both eyes. And these sore eyes aren't seeing much very clearly. The OTC antibiotic eye drops didn't help, so got to the doctor today for a stronger prescription. <BR> <BR> Really hoping it will make a difference because it's hard to read with sore eyes! <BR> <BR> Stress related? Yup, I think that's a strong possibility. So: I'm working on the stress also! <BR> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:01:43 EST Yup, it helps with the tough patch . . . (the gym) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237992 and so does all the kind support from Sparkies. Thank you. <BR> <BR> Planning to head to the golf course for a little sunshine, maybe a few birds too! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:23:27 EST Tough Patch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237353 Having a tough time, professionally. <BR> <BR> Having a tough time, personally. <BR> <BR> The details? Don't matter so much. I'm doing all I can. These situations will work themselves out. Eventually. And I'm choosing not to worry about them, as best I can. <BR> <BR> And I'm blogging about this why? <BR> <BR> Because: we see everyone else's life from the outside. And only our own from the inside. And we think enviously, "Her life is perfect. Mine should be too. And why isn't it?... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:08:41 EST Best Day Ever? Shout Out to BRIGHTSPARK7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237035 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236980 </link> <BR> <BR> Just loved BRIGHTSPARK7's blog today: about opening up to the possibility that any day -- every day -- could be the best day ever. <BR> <BR> It's a stance which invites the miraculous to enter into the ordinary. The expectation of meaning and pleasure. Which will be noticed. Which will be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thank you BRIGHTSPARK7! <BR> <BR> Your blog certainly made this Septemb... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:45:31 EST What Happened to Me: SHOUT OUT to ONEKIDSMOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236169 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236163 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm really enjoying the "serial bloggers" who are writing daily on a set list of topics (best friend, favourite holiday, etc.) <BR> <BR> And today's blog by ONEKIDSMOM on "what happened to me this week" is really interesting -- because she riffs on the distinction between what happened to her (passive recipient) and what she did herself. <BR> <BR> What interests me in particular is th... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:44:11 EST Golfing in the Gloaming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235630 Hey, it's alliterative -- maybe not Dancing in the Dark, but you can see if from there. <BR> <BR> Last night DH and I managed to get away and on the golf course by 6:15. It was glorious: still just the right temperature for shorts with a golf shirt and (me) a light sweater. <BR> <BR> Wild turkey families were out in full force: the youngsters now in their late teens, still feeding in the flock and watched over by an adult turkey -- sometimes mum, sometimes dad. <BR> <BR> The Canada gee... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:28:11 EST Eat Dinner for Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235008 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/leslie-beck-trying-<BR>to-lose-weight-eat-dinner-for-lunch/ar<BR>ticle31833012/ </link> <BR> <BR> That's what Leslie Beck advises us to do, based upon recent research which indicates that weight loss/MAINtenance is easier if we consume more of our calorie allocation earlier rather than later in the day. <BR> <BR> I do. <BR> <BR> My biggest meal of the day -- in volume and in calories -- is lunch. <BR> <BR> A large leafy ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:52:58 EST Feel and Look 10 lbs Lighter? Shout out to GOCALGAL!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234440 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=<BR>48197_have_more_confidence_look_and_fe<BR>el_10_lbs_lighter </link> <BR> <BR> I read this great "Secrets of Success" a few days ago and I've been consciously practising the tips to improve my posture. <BR> <BR> And gotta say: love them. <BR> <BR> I've always "understood" about standing tall (I AM tall, and as a teen didn't feel so good about that). But the notion of pressing my "sitting bones" into the chair and pushing my head up against a... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:55:52 EST Happy People Rituals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233800 <link>ca.style.yahoo.com/7-rituals-happy-p<BR>eople-do-every-1509422996111414.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Really liked this article: seven rituals of happy people. <BR> <BR> 1. One hour a day of exercise as a "reward" (not an obligation or duty). I don't always get an hour, but I do something -- and it's hugely helpful. <BR> <BR> 2. A new healthy eating habit each month, implemented daily. This month? The increased protein and I'm doing it daily for sure. <BR> <BR> 3. Commitmen... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:20:13 EST Never a Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233311 Eating too much is never a treat. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ate too much: total 1781 calories. <BR> <BR> OK then: it was high protein. But also obviously too high in carbs and too high in fat. <BR> <BR> And more than I need of healthy stuff (salmon, veggies PLUS white wine and strawberry ice cream, not so healthy) is still too much. <BR> <BR> Too much. <BR> <BR> Gahhhhh, it feels horrible to eat too much. How many times do I need to learn this? I've most definitely exceeded 70 x 7 i... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:14:18 EST Sexism in the Workplace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232702 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relatio<BR>nships/leah-mclaren-why-its-hard-to-ce<BR>lebrate-gretchen-carlsons-20-million-s<BR>ettlement/article31768975/ </link> <BR> <BR> Yup, it's hard to feel happy about the "progress" of women in the work place despite the Carlson settlement . . . because the insidious sexism still runs deep. Maybe a bit more subtle, but still as corrosive and pervasive. <BR> <BR> Not in MY workplace of course -- because I'm not an employee and our work colle... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 07:42:42 EST Home Ec Prize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232167 i sure enjoyed TUFFMUFFIN's comment on yesterday's blog -- that's aka DH -- and of course everyone else's comments too. There are a lot of Sparkies who've been subjected to the "not as good as mum's" critique and responded rebelliously!! <BR> <BR> And TUFFMUFFIN reminded me that I'd won the grade 9 Home Ec prize. Remember the dear old days of mandatory "home economics" classes for girls only and "shop" classes for boys only?? I'd done home ec in grades 6, 7 and 8: beginning with such ta... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:30:33 EST Absence . . . But No Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231562 Well, I'm not so sure that this heart COULD grow fonder (but of course I thought that 37 years ago, and it has. It has). <BR> <BR> DH is away golfing with his twin brothers in Prince Edward Island. <BR> <BR> My offer to make them puff-sleeve golf shirts and red braid attachments for their golf caps was declined . . . . (Anne of Green Gables fans will pick up this reference!!) Don't you think that the PEI tourism marketing board should be promoting this idea??? Getting a manufacturer on ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:19:59 EST Ahh, Much Better!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231247 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea7a4485-0a2b-452f-b422-88aa20862ff1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Geranium is most appreciative of the rescue!! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 18:17:12 EST What We Wear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230382 It's that time of the year when I think a bit more about what I wear. (Yes, yes, I know: I think about what I wear quite a bit any time, since for me vanity is key motivation for MAINtenance . . . but still.) <BR> <BR> The light pastel and white cottons that I have worn all summer, and which I'll greet enthusiastically again next May, look tired now -- and I've moved most of them plus the white shoes and strappiest pastel sandals downstairs into a spare closet to "rest". Some items will b... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:15:32 EST LOLA!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229942 OK, then: the geranium on my kitchen window sill looks terrific this morning -- totally revived. <BR> <BR> And: so am I. <BR> <BR> Slept solidly last night. Enjoyed my egg white omelette and coffee on the verandah this morning with Charlie. I was sitting on the steps and singing to him: he loves songs with the words "Charlie" and "good dog" repeated as often as possible. He leans against me and wags as I put my arm around him and sing softly into his ear . . . "I love you Charlie/Oh yes... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:38:38 EST Geranium Rescue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229439 Oh my, I am feeling bedraggled and beat. <BR> <BR> Got home last evening and the eaves trough guys were engaged in a final frantic buzz of activity to get the job done (the bill had already been emailed to me BEFORE completion). They finished at close to 7 pm and I am sure it was exhausting for them. <BR> <BR> The work itself looks pretty stellar -- tough tough job, requiring lots of ingenuity and a head for heights on our 3 storey Victorian. Excellent customization to replicate some... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:48:23 EST New Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228787 OK then: the high protein diet tweak is the new normal and gives me much higher comfort and confidence in MAINtaining . . . and my grocery shop tomorrow most definitely will reflect the additional high protein foods required to keep on with this. I've got all the enthusiasm of the newly converted. Feeling a bit like I've found "the secret": for me, that is -- it's all an experiment of one, always!! <BR> <BR> Feeling slinky enough to consider my turquoise jersey wrap dress (size 6) today!! ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 07:14:43 EST High Protein 4EVER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228157 Yup, I'm persuaded: this high protein experiment is a new key for me. Really working very very well -- even yesterday, which was a high stress day (and with limited food opportunities) my high protein breakfast and high high protein supper really "saved the day" for me. Lunch was a pretty inadequate salad with some turkey . . . best choice available . . . but got me through the day. Although I clocked just over 100 grams protein (not my 130 grams goal) I was still experiencing less hunger, ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 05:59:08 EST Day Three: Higher Protein!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227577 OK, the no-fat cottage cheese for breakfast didn't cut it. (And yes, I'm going to try low fat next week: thanks Laura!). So: supplemented my supper soup with a dessert omelette: strawberry and rhubarb, with a delicious "sauce" of no fat Greek yogourt with a bit of Splenda and vanilla and cardamom . . . MMMMMMM!!). Came in at my targets for calories, protein, fats (avocado in my lunch salad) and carbs for the day. <BR> <BR> This morning, back to the savoury feta/tomato/spinach/mushroom e... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:58:57 EST Day Two: Higher Protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226988 Yesterday went well: hit my calorie target (under 1300) and hit my protein target (over 130 gm) and didn't feel hungry all day. <BR> <BR> Today I've started with fat free cottage cheese instead of egg white omelette. My regular lunch salad has the full can of water pack tuna mixed with fat free Greek yogourt and a bit of salsa. I've got a serving of chick pea and chicken soup left for supper and plan Greek yogourt with strawberries for dessert. <BR> <BR> OK then: busy day ahead, optimal... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:23:02 EST Day One: Higher Protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226295 Wow!! thanks for the great suggestions!! <BR> <BR> I did manage to hit the protein target 130 gm within the calorie target 1300 by reining in the carbs. <BR> <BR> And it was interesting to see how "not hungry" I felt as a result. <BR> <BR> I'm going to continue this experiment!! <BR> <BR> (Yes, it DID mean sacrificing my Sunday summer ice cream cone after an afternoon at the beach: but that's OK. Waking up this morning feeling quite a bit less "bloated". Worth it!) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:20:59 EST Bonus Blog: I'm Comfortable Shouting Out to 1CRAZYDOG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225844 I so much appreciate 1CRAZYDOG's daily postings: she finds the most apposite quotes!! <BR> <BR> And here's today's: <BR> <BR> "Growth is becoming comfortable with discomfort. John Dowd Jr." <BR> <BR> So true. <BR> <BR> Comfort is highly over-rated. "I'm just not comfortable with that . . . " has entered the lexicon but frankly not much of an excuse for not doing whatever it is that needs to be done and makes me uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Gotta do it anyhow. In my professional life ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:00:14 EST Tweaking Protein: Any Suggestions?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225839 OK then: in my constant experiment of one I'm thinking it's time to up my protein more conscientiously: for satiety reasons. <BR> <BR> STRONGDAWG's health advisers have recommended 1300 calories/130 grams protein/90 grams carbs/40 grams fat daily. (Hope I got that right!!) <BR> <BR> And yup, I'm too often tap dancing at the end of the day to clock 60 grams of proteins. <BR> <BR> So how to achieve? <BR> <BR> I'm going to become more committed to my breakfast egg-white omelettes with l... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:53:58 EST Married the Wrong Person? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225390 Well, then: you're not alone. At least not according to Swiss-born UK-based philosopher Alain de Botton (who is currently married to one Charlotte: and her response to this theory is not recorded!) <BR> <BR> It's an idea I tripped across in a book review this morning and which intrigues me: both personally and professionally. Having admired much of de Botton's writing (on religion, on architecture), of course I Googled to find a recent article in which de Botton explains why he thinks all ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:21:40 EST An Excellent Imitation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224720 I'm enjoying ONEKIDSMOM's struggles with the (pretty often, given how long she's been maintaining) superfluous Spark Coach exhortations which are now part of her upgrade package. She gets that she has a sugar problem for example. Yup. Me too. And a salt problem. And a fat problem. <BR> <BR> But mostly: an attitude problem. <BR> <BR> ONEKIDSMOM and I have known for a long time that accompanying our "Polly Perfectionism" is the polar opposite, an inner brat which automatically rebel... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:05:02 EST Lynx? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224170 <link>www.nrri.umn.edu/lynx/audio/ </link> <BR> <BR> On two occasions during the 30 years we've lived in our house I've seen a Canadian lynx in our back yard -- they are marvellous animals, like a very large cat on long legs and with a characteristic ear shape ending in twisted points. Once the lynx swarmed up the side of the children's tree house, ignoring the steps, to perch regally on the roof!! <BR> <BR> Haven't seen the lynx for at least a decade. They are quite rare even in wi... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:57:05 EST Just Gathering Information! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223580 Yes, I WAS capable of being pleasant yesterday: and when I got back to work, one of my first phone calls was from the garage lady thanking me for the flowers. She and I have discussed when it's necessary to fire clients (about 1% cause us 100% of our grief, not worth it), and so her manner of thanking me was very cute: an assurance that I will NEVER be one of the clients they fire! <BR> <BR> Some of you wondered if our kids remember the "capable of being pleasant" story and of course they d... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:20:01 EST Capable of Being Pleasant Yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222947 When our kids were little and misbehaved, I'd often tell them to go sit on the stairs until they were "capable of being pleasant". <BR> <BR> The back stairs in our old house are very narrow and cosy. The kids often sat on them to have their mid-afternoon snacks, side by side. And there's a door at the bottom of these stairs. <BR> <BR> So the offending little person would settle down on the stairs, generally with the door closed, about two feet away from where I'd be working in the kitchen.... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:08:52 EST Choosing Thinner Friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221794 <link>ca.news.yahoo.com/thinner-friends-he<BR>lp-lose-weight-151020168.html </link> <BR> <BR> How do we choose our friends? Well, probably not consciously based upon their weight. That sounds pretty discriminatory and judgmental, actually. <BR> <BR> But still, one of the Spark Trivia questions zeros in on the research-supported "fact" that we're something like 57% more likely to be overweight or obese if our friends are also overweight or obese. The linked article above suggests that... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:00:43 EST Insane Frugality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220792 Oh my: my frugality can (and does) get ridiculous. <BR> <BR> Took me way too long to agree to buy a new bed. Because I didn't want to pay for it -- (and yup, that old bed turned out to be 40 years old!!!). <BR> <BR> And now we have a big eavestrough bill. Last time eavestroughs were installed ?? Yes, 30 years ago. It's time. But the quote to do all the work that needs to be done? Gulp. <BR> <BR> (They're starting on Monday). <BR> <BR> Even new glasses: last time I bought any was ap... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:49:35 EST Food Ads and Brain Science http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220160 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/food-advertisements<BR>-have-impact-on-childrens-eating-habit<BR>s-study/article31446284/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm always interested in articles on brain science -- and this one, describing how kids' brains respond to food ads, is particularly helpful. Because I'm pretty sure that it applies to my brain too, not just to a kid's brain. <BR> <BR> Will power? Highly over rated! It runs out early. And as this article illustra... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:56:17 EST Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219519 I've experienced insomnia for a long time: and when I can't sleep, I have comforted myself with Jessa Gamble's research on polyphasic sleeping which tells me this is normal. (There's a TED talk and lots of other info out there if you're curious.) <BR> <BR> When I can't sleep I read awhile, I go back to sleep, i wake up again. At least I haven't worried too much about insomnia. <BR> <BR> However: we recently acquired a new bed! And I discovered to my horror that the bed we were actual... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:25:47 EST From Coping to Thriving: Shout Out to DESIREE671 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218171 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218145 </link> <BR> <BR> Desiree671 has written a great book review of Hannah Braine's "From Coping to Thriving" which is about "caregiving" and surviving the burdens of providing care. A lot of people burn out. But DESIREE671 also points out that for many of us here at Spark People struggling with food addiction, it may be helpful to recognize that excessive reliance on "coping" signals lack of self-care. Failu... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:02:34 EST Comparisons? Competition? Shout out to VALERIEMAHA!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217651 VALERIEMAHA is a great favourite of so many of us here: me most definitely included. And she left a note recently on my Spark Page saying she had almost not posted her recent "accountability" blogs because she was comparing herself to me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211755 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's what I replied: <BR> <BR> "I so much appreciated your candid "confession" about comparing . . . because much as I try to resist, ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:15:01 EST 24/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217390 What do I wear 24/7? <BR> <BR> Two things. <BR> <BR> My hair. <BR> <BR> And my body. <BR> <BR> Anything else I "add" -- clothes, makeup, shoes, hats etc. -- is superimposed upon the "base": the hair and the body. <BR> <BR> I'm really frugal. But not when it comes to haircuts. And not when it comes to paying for optimal food/fuel OR when it comes to paying for my gym; both of which are pretty key for "the body". <BR> <BR> I was chatting with my hairdresser (of over 30 years!) tod... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 17:33:36 EST Blush http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216612 Another daily treat is, of course, deciding what to wear . . . from a closet where everything fits!! I hate to admit it *blush* at my advanced age and wrinklitude: but vanity is a huge component of day to day motivation in the MAINtenance battle (and yup, it's a battle no kidding.) <BR> <BR> Today: veeeeeerrrry casual outfit for the office. But: it's a Friday. It's really hot out. I'm having a no-clients day (unless somebody drops in). <BR> <BR> So: it's blush cotton ankle pants. A ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:45:40 EST A Treat Each Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215810 DH makes a point of giving himself a treat every day. No matter how busy he is. No matter what else he has to do. He plans it. <BR> <BR> It might be 15 minutes just hitting balls at the golf course. <BR> <BR> Or listening to a funny video blog on his computer. <BR> <BR> Or an extended conversation with Charlie! <BR> <BR> Very seldom is it a high calorie treat -- although with his metabolism, he can afford to be more indulgent with food than I can. <BR> <BR> A treat a day is a good g... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:24:36 EST Foxes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214745 Right in our front garden! <BR> <BR> Charlie, DH and I were sitting on the verandah reading the paper and drinking coffee (except for Charlie) when a large red fox went running diagonally right across the yard! <BR> <BR> And then, about 10 minutes later, two smaller and blonder foxes (teenagers?) just playing and gamboling about. <BR> <BR> We do back into a forested park area: and I've seen skunks, raccoons and even on two occasions a lynx . . . but foxes are new. About a month ago, I... 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