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/ Playing Hookey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401252 Yes, I did not go into work yesterday morning -- and instead snuck out for an early morning kayak in the swamp. Paddling up stream to start (quite a current) and then drifting lazily back downstream to the starting dock. <BR> <BR> It was a real workout!! Huge upper body and also core muscles engaged: and yes, I can feel 'em this morning, which is fine. <BR> <BR> Loads of birds -- including a great blue heron, and barn swallows nesting under a bridge -- their round mud globular nests ar... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:32:44 EST Exercise, Appetite, Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400848 <link>www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/well/eat/<BR>exercise-as-a-weight-loss-strategy.html </link> <BR> <BR> I don't know how much weight (pun intended) I'd attach to this research -- no women were included in the study, as is too often the case. <BR> <BR> However, it's an interesting look at the effect of various types of exercise (duration, intensity) on appetite. And suggests that milder, shorter exercise periods can elevate ghrelin in the blood stream which triggers appetite. Longer, ... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:19:44 EST Charlie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400462 Our dear old golden retriever -- 13 in May -- is not doing well. <BR> <BR> His new pain meds prescribed about 10 days ago seemed to help. But yesterday before I got home from work he had what appears to have been a small seizure. Our vet has told us, watchful waiting. <BR> <BR> We are worried of course. But Charlie does seem pretty much back to normal this morning. Still enjoying life. <BR> <BR> And: we can have no regrets. Charlie's life has been as idyllic as possible always. And... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:01:35 EST Gorgeous evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400031 The forecast for today had been thunder storms and so we figured it would be a good idea to sneak off to the golf course after work last evening. <BR> <BR> And it was a truly gorgeous couple of hours: perfect temperature, that fresh cut grass smell, continuous birdsong, and stunning sunset. The kind of evening that makes you feel ridiculously lucky to be alive. Although gotta say, the actual golf did not approach the perfection of the setting!! <BR> <BR> No question, I approach the next ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:11:12 EST From Pear to Apple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399664 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/researchers-link-ho<BR>rmone-to-weight-gain-bone-loss-during-<BR>menopause/article35900013/ </link> <BR> <BR> No, it's not just our imagination. <BR> <BR> Weight really does migrate after menopause, from the hips to the waist line. From pear to apple. We burn fewer calories per day. And bone density decreases too. <BR> <BR> Let's hope this interesting research ends up helping women IRL too!! <BR> <BR> But in the meanti... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:54:36 EST Water Lily Swamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399439 We tried the water lily swamp north of our golf course and it was lovely lovely lovely. Yes, we were clever enough this time to set out up stream: but truly there was not much current at all. Very shallow. This has been a summer of torrential rains and I can't help but thinking that in a drier season the swamp would most likely be impassable. <BR> <BR> Bright green leopard frogs exploding in all directions. Painted turtles basking in the sun on logs that plopped into the water as we g... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:19:32 EST What if nothing is wrong? there is nothing to feel bad about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399021 This question, "What if nothing is wrong?" (from Molly Larkin) seems to be my own take-away from the Bright Line Healing webinar -- I've been thinking about it a lot. <BR> <BR> Back in 1982 I was an art history teacher. I attended at a gallery showing by one of my students, and hanging on the wall was this poem. <BR> <BR> there is nothing to feel bad about <BR> <BR> the impudent young sky <BR> sings at the window <BR> in a funny blue voice <BR> <BR> the colossal insistence <B... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:45:46 EST Bright Line Healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398566 <link>app.webinarjam.net/r/3/0/replay/1276<BR>7/d86b92b2a4/0/146457777 </link> <BR> <BR> Susan Peirce Thompson is promoting an add-on to her Bright Line Eating venture: Bright Line Healing. Essentially the premise is: if you give up the food you used as a self-soothing and coping mechanism for all the other unresolved stuff in your life, you may very well "bring up" all that other unresolved stuff in your life -- and find it so overwhelming that you revert to eating all that food again. ... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:57:08 EST Chronic Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398168 <link>www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/well/live<BR>/the-secret-life-of-pain.html </link> <BR> <BR> So many Sparkies suffer from chronic pain. And the inclination to self-medicate with food can be immense and irresistible: even though packing on the pounds more often than not exacerbates the pain. <BR> <BR> I have, frankly, experienced lots of pain in my life although I seldom mention it. <BR> <BR> And I do have chronic hand pain. Which is pretty severe. And not treatable (that surgery I ... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:59:16 EST Managing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397797 Stressful day (highly stressful day). And the antidote? Golf. <BR> <BR> There is nothing like that lush green smell, the big sky and evening bird song. <BR> <BR> Ahhhh. <BR> <BR> Slept well. And woke up to a brand new day. Dear Charlie cleverly concealed in his goober jowls and then covertly spit out his pain meds capsule. Twice. Third time I was successful. Then he boofed loudly at me, demanding his reward liver treat. Did he deserve it? No no no. But did he get it? Yes, of... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 08:32:28 EST Lovely Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397365 It was Civic Holiday weekend in Canada and that extra day off was certainly a treat! All the aches and pains from the first kayaking venture Sunday got worked out on the golf course yesterday -- and I'm thinking we may golf again tonight after work. <BR> <BR> We are also eying another kayaking venue just north of the golf course too, however -- checked it out last evening and (heading upstream!!!) there are enticing white water lilies in bloom. <BR> <BR> Dear Charlie gave us a terrible f... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 07:18:28 EST DOMS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396953 Love the new kayaks. <BR> <BR> What I had NOT anticipated -- how strong the current in a stream meandering through a swamp. I really did not recognize that we were being carried "downstream" pretty much effortlessly. So: 30 minutes out, 1.5 hours really digging with the paddle to return to the place of origin!! <BR> <BR> Next time? Upstream first??? <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Aug 2017 08:18:27 EST Falling out of a kayak . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396607 <link>ca.news.yahoo.com/trudeau-paddles-ka<BR>yak-vancouver-island-080004925.html </link> <BR> <BR> Well, there you go!! It seems to be a national sport! ( I do vaguely recall that "other national sport" carried on in a canoe . . . but presumably the national media would exercise a little discretion and refrain from recording!!) Sun, 6 Aug 2017 09:39:11 EST Perfecting Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396282 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/fashion<BR>-and-beauty/fashion/made-to-measure-ne<BR>w-technology-could-help-online-shopper<BR>s-find-rightfit/article35842192/ </link> <BR> <BR> Such an interesting article about new technologies and their application to on-line shopping. I'm quite a fan of buying online but of course also wary of getting clothes that fit properly -- and often exasperated by the huge range of sizes that "fit" me (anything from a 6 to a 12 . . . mostly an 8). <BR> <B... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 11:17:43 EST How to Boost Resilience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395987 <link>www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/well/mind<BR>/how-to-boost-resilience-in-midlife.html </link> <BR> <BR> What a great article!! <BR> <BR> Parents are encouraged to build resilience in their kids. <BR> <BR> But, says recent research, we can continue to BOOST our own resilience in midlife and later. <BR> <BR> How to do that? Six techniques: <BR> <BR> 1. Practice optimism. Sure it's tough, but I can recover. <BR> 2. Rewrite my story. That wasn't a defeat but a growth opportunity. <... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 14:33:53 EST NOT Today after all . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395577 Maybe Saturday. <BR> <BR> My long-awaited kayaks just did not get on the delivery truck for this morning. <BR> <BR> Wah wah wah wah. <BR> <BR> And oh well. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 13:32:04 EST Today's the Day???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395408 Phone call yesterday saying that the new kayaks will be delivered TODAY!!! The roof racks are waiting. <BR> <BR> So: I sure hope so!! <BR> <BR> Long weekend coming up and it would be lovely to have them for mooching around in the marsh . . . birdwatching!! Thu, 3 Aug 2017 06:22:06 EST Why Cutting Carbs is So Tough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394994 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/are-you-a-carboholi<BR>c-why-cutting-carbs-is-so-tough/articl<BR>e35827604/ </link> <BR> <BR> I know that cutting carbs is tough for me. Still. That carbs within calorie range trigger weight gain that's not explained by the calories in/calories out equation. <BR> <BR> And that eating even a small amount of simple carbs -- a piece of bread, some pasta, or even (shudder) a few potato chips -- triggers carb cravings that ca... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 06:49:07 EST Trivia A Student http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394520 Yes yes yes: Spark Trivia is the bane of my life. For too many reasons to mention . . . of course my fallback rationalization whenever I get something wrong would be, well that's an American question and how could I, a mere Canajun, possibly be expected to know that? Or, in the alternative (and self-righteously), that's a question about calorie values in foods I never eat at all, NEVER!! American Girl Scout cookies??? Exotic American going-to-the-movies snacks????? <BR> <BR> I think . . .... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 06:18:11 EST If Music Be the Food of Love Play On . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394123 I love music. <BR> <BR> As a little girl, like so many other little girls in the 50s, I learned to play the piano -- completing my grade 8 and grade 2 theory exams (then a grade 13 credit) before starting high school. <BR> <BR> That was mostly classical music of course -- but my real love was (and is) jazz. <BR> <BR> We had a piano when our own kids were small and I played for them: Christmas carols, birthday party musical chair music. Both of them grew up loving music and our daughter ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:53:42 EST Waisted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393764 A couple of Sparkies are ReBecking Pink and today is Day 17: the exercise that teaches us to stop eating when we're full. <BR> <BR> We are to over fill our plates -- more than the planned portion -- and then stop eating when we've eaten the planned portion. <BR> <BR> And throw out -- YES throw out!!! -- the excess. Because too much food -- even too much "healthy" food -- is still too much food. <BR> <BR> It's all about strengthening the resistance muscle. <BR> <BR> It's all abo... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:15:12 EST SPARK Community Support: ONEKIDSMOM Shows Us How!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393409 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393016#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> What a generous and supportive Sparker we have in ONEKIDSMOM!! Consistently reaching out and offering help to people who are feeling discouraged wondering how and where to get started. This time to PANDAJOY. <BR> <BR> And: just look at all the OTHER Sparkies piling on, following OKM's lead. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:00:18 EST Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara: A Long Life Well-Lived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393012 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/d<BR>octor-shigeaki-hinohara-helped-boost-l<BR>ongevity-in-japan/article35823254/ </link> <BR> <BR> What an interesting guy!! And what a long long life well-lived! He graduated from med school in 1937 when the average Japanese life span was 40. He successfully focused his practice on increasing that life span for his fellow citizens (now 87 for women, 80 for men respectively) and himself reached 105. <BR> <BR> His 3 "rules"? Take the stairs, c... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:56:21 EST Sparkly Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392634 On the verandah with DH and Charlie: grey and overcast after a night of soaking rains. <BR> <BR> And then: the sun came through. Illuminating every blade of grass, every leaf on the ginkgo and lilac hedge and hemlocks. And a perfect spider web between the verandah railing and post. <BR> <BR> All the cardinals started singing! Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:14:25 EST Lighter Stuff!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392415 Thanks for sticking with me as I slogged through a fairly heavy-duty series of blogs. I am insatiably curious about new ideas for sure and love to "think out loud". <BR> <BR> But: have also been having quite a lot of fun! <BR> <BR> Dear son was home for a few days -- he lives in far north Ontario. a LONG way away, where he flies into even FARTHER north Ontario, right up to polar bear country on Hudson's Bay. It's work he loves and we're glad he enjoys it but of course It was great to have... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:33:25 EST Applying the VIA Character Strengths Survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392055 It's really been interesting to me to get the survey results -- and I can see quite interesting for other people who tried it out too. <BR> <BR> <link>www.viacharacter.org/www/ </link> <BR> <BR> (Free, took me about 10 minutes . . . and I did "buy" the more detailed VIAPro and VIAMe data too but absolutely not necessary I'm sure). <BR> <BR> So: if we're going to work with what's strong (and not try to "fix" what's wrong) how can this info be helpful? There have been quite a number o... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:10:05 EST VIA Character Strengths Survey: ONEKIDSMOM Take Two! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391316 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391106 </link> <BR> <BR> ONEKIDSMOM had taken the VIA character strengths survey 5 years ago . . . and yesterday she took it again, for the purposes of comparison. <BR> <BR> <link>www.viacharacter.org/www/ </link> <BR> <BR> So fascinating. I'm pretty sure that my own "character" has both stayed the same, since earliest childhood, AND shifted in focus over the years . . . and I'm pretty sure that age, life ... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:05:52 EST Happiness Hack #7, Work With What's Strong (Not What's Wrong!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390889 VIA stands for "values in action inventory" and it's a resource developed by Martin Seligman (yes, the "founder" of positive psychology) together with Chris Peterson and available at the VIA website: <BR> <BR> <link>www.viacharacter.org/www/ </link> <BR> <BR> On the website, there's a free survey which takes about 10 minutes to complete. <BR> <BR> The survey focuses on 24 character strengths which are related to six core virtues: virtues which have been universally admired across cultu... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:20 EST Happiness Hack #6: Create Events Worth Remembering AND Experience Life As It Happens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390485 This hack comes out of the Daniel Kahneman research on happiness. He tells us that happiness as a concept has a complexity of meanings attached to it. And that because we tend to confuse two types of happiness we short change ourselves of both. (The Susan Peirce Thompson webinar focuses only on the "create events worth remembering" part of this duality . . . she omits mention of the "experience life as it happens" part. <BR> <BR> The experiencing self in the present is living life con... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:22:30 EST Happiness Hack # 5, Addressing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390152 Stress is a big thing these days. <BR> <BR> We know that stress can trigger depression and anxiety. A weakened immune system. A dramatic decline in productivity at work. <BR> <BR> And so we might think that optimum happiness would result from eliminating as much stress as possible from our lives. <BR> <BR> But: that's not so. <BR> <BR> It's not possible to eliminate all stress. And it's not desirable to eliminate all stress. <BR> <BR> Remember the WOOP? If we were to focus entir... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:31:58 EST Happiness Hack #4, Power of the Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389695 OK then: we KNOW that we can use our minds to make us happy. <BR> <BR> Absolutely. But there's been so much written about the power of the mind for a very long time (and a lot of it focused on cheezy $$$$$ as if that's what makes us happy) that it's hard to sort out the hype from the more useful stuff. <BR> <BR> Just about everybody's heard of Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich": 60 million copies of his book sold (and nope, I haven't read it . . . but I've gotta imagine it made HIM ri... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:06:19 EST Happiness Hack #3: Inattentional Blindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389246 There's certainly lots available to expand our understanding of this topic on the Internet: scholarly articles, YouTube stuff . . . but not clearly applicable to the point Susan Peirce Thompson is really attempting to make. <BR> <BR> She is considering the work of Daniel Simons (Rochester, Harvard) and Christopher Chabris (Harvard) and a host of add-on studies that illuminate what happens when we focus our attention. <BR> <BR> Essentially the opposite of the Richard Wiseman work, who advi... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:42:13 EST Happiness Hack #2: Get Lucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388829 Remember George Jones, "I Always Get Lucky With You"? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dJz8xY0gvI </link> <BR> <BR> Happier people are people who feel lucky. <BR> <BR> And the research of UK psychology professor Richard Wiseman actually demonstrates that we can get lucky. <BR> <BR> He studied luck for about 10 years, advertising for and then working with 400 different people who thought of themselves as being either particularly lucky or sadly unlucky. <BR> <BR> And in the... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:07:13 EST Happiness Hack #1: Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388398 SPT tells us that relationships with other people are key to happiness. <BR> <BR> Even meeting one time a month with a social group counts as fostering relationships with other people. And having that social group meeting has a bigger impact on happiness than doubling our income. <BR> <BR> If relationships are that important, then what makes for good relationships? <BR> <BR> We've been told to communicate, communicate, communicate. "Just talk to me". But as it turns out communication --... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:26:45 EST Susan Peirce Thompson Webinar 7 Life Hacks Preamble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388089 <link>//app.webinarjam.net/r/3/0/replay/12<BR>767/ff287de67d/1/138860198 </link> <BR> <BR> OK, caught up with this free webinar (missed Thursday) in the second broadcast yesterday: and received the follow up replay link. <BR> <BR> There is absolutely a generous amount of free info in this webinar!! And . . . there was a lengthy Q&A afterwards which I did NOT listen to -- and a pitch to sign up for SPT's new course (which I will not be registering for: or for her fee-paying Bright Line E... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:21:40 EST Love My Saturdays . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387663 I'd received the SPT email link with the Thursday replay PTG (post traumatic growth) webinar but . . . no picture. So will have to hope that I can click in this afternoon to the second round (that's Susan Peirce Thompson and her webinar, Top 7 Life Hacks from the New Science of Happiness which some of you here did get to see and clearly found pretty interesting!! It starts at 3 pm and you can probably still google and register if you think it might appeal!) <BR> <BR> In the meantime -- I'... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:52:50 EST Strengths http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387241 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenti<BR>ng/to-help-kids-with-their-weaknesses-<BR>make-sure-to-love-them-for-their-stren<BR>gths/article35667953/ </link> <BR> <BR> Loved this short article in my Globe and Mail this morning suggesting that we focus on our kids' strengths. <BR> <BR> And, I would suggest, our own strengths? <BR> <BR> I certainly come from a background that focused on the notion that improvement is fixing a "weakness". Whereas we could focus instead (or equally) on v... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:50:36 EST PTG and SPT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386809 <link>//brightlineeating.com/2017/07/post-<BR>traumatic-growth/?inf_contact_key=0181<BR>cc07cf146742edcfd2acc8dd0a7b9a98a79eb4<BR>320eca57f1646f4b5fbb70 </link> <BR> <BR> We all know about PTSD: post traumatic stress disorder. And it's a serious problem for sure -- soldiers returning from battle, people surviving traumatic childhoods. <BR> <BR> But positivist psychology (the "happiness" movement) has for the past several years been focusing on the "other option": PTG. Post traumatic G... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:14:07 EST Time to Say Goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386365 Turned out that the brake job was going to be pretty comprehensive -- calliper pins, pads, disks -- and then right front axle, struts, and a timing belt in the near future. <BR> <BR> (Hilarious to recite these details, of course, with very little actual knowledge of what they mean -- other than big time $$$$$). <BR> <BR> I had pretty much doubled the value of my 20 year old car July 1st by filling the tank and buying it two new Canada Day flags! <BR> <BR> So: time to say goodbye. <BR> ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:44:20 EST Brakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385931 Elderly car in for a brake job. <BR> <BR> And yup: I need a brake job too. Tracking reminds me: put on the brakes!! Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:20:09 EST Track Like a . . . Woman!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385741 Remember that old "Walk like a man . . . " song? Four Seasons, 1963!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlHsOmTPqaI </link> <BR> <BR> And I'm tracking like a . . . woman. Because it still seems to me mostly women who track track track. <BR> <BR> Read recently that the two periods in a woman's life when she's most likely to focus on weight control are . . . teens and post-menopause!! <BR> <BR> Today's salad: lots and lots of green and crunchy veggies, water pack tuna mix... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:25:30 EST In Love with Anybody Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385082 I enjoyed the comments on yesterday's blog, can you fall in love with anybody . . . and the 36 questions. So many of you were (like me) rather horrified about the average cost of current weddings at $80K, which may very well be higher in the US than in Ontario . . . I've also learned recently that at a typical 150 guest wedding, only 2 or 3 actual wedding "gifts" are likely to be received, with most guests writing hefty cheques/providing cash to cover at least their meal cost and generally a... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 06:29:06 EST Can You Fall in Love with Anybody? Mandy Len Catron http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384811 We (in post-Victorian Western societies at least) place such a premium on THE ONE and on romantic love . . . <BR> <BR> And: dealing with divorce files I see a tremendous amount of fall-out from that focus on romance. Almost always, no pre marriage contracts or cohabitation agreements: even though about 50% of first long-term relationships break down: and over 70% of seconds; and over 80% of thirds. <BR> <BR> Sobering statistics. With too often tremendous consequences of pain and angu... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:28:45 EST No Tracking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384578 I just realized: I did not track my nutrition at all July 2, 4, 5 or 6. <BR> <BR> And I was only "sorta/kinda" tracking for the week preceding that. Sticking to my typical salads/soups/yogourt/berries routine, though. So: I believe I've been eating healthy. <BR> <BR> Today I did track everything -- and was slightly under the low end of my calorie range. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'll weigh in at the gym on the "real" accurate balance beam scale and see how I did. <BR> <BR> I am pretty su... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 19:50:53 EST Bok Choy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383102 <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> This week's soup was a response to irresistibly fresh bok choy available at the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Onion, carrots, celery, broth and a few chunks of chicken breast. Lots of fresh chopped ginger. Thai curry paste. <BR> <BR> Then the bok choy, fresh bean sprouts, mushrooms, yellow bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and some unsweetened dessicated coconut. And a bag of frozen edamame to stop the cooking . . . <BR> <BR> And finally, a few tablespoons of peanut but... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 07:22:10 EST Sparkly Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382716 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7a3fd06-94c3-4888-940b-507b3ca6dd92.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been rain-soaked here -- we just made it off the golf course last evening before it started again, and enjoyed our Sunday ice cream cones in the car with the rain pounding on the roof! <BR> <BR> And this morning, the light sparkled on everything -- every blade of grass in the front yard, each needle on the black spruce branches, and every fan-shaped leaf on the ginkgo tree. <BR> <BR... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 08:26:00 EST I Am Canadian/Je suis Canadienne! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381958 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94124bb2-db2e-49d5-8049-04c7f770ef8e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's Canada Day -- and a special celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. <BR> <BR> Am I proud to be Canadian? Well, that would be a fairly unCanadian attitude, eh? But I do feel happy and lucky to be a Canadian. <BR> <BR> And when I listen to the I am Canadian/Je suis Canadienne song written 25 years ago, I can't help but feel that we are just getting more and more and... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 09:31:23 EST Took A Walk Around the Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381732 . . . at lunch time. Not "late last night" . . . remember that song? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrBYFFDTwio </link> <BR> <BR> Herman's Hermits!! No "silhouettes on the shade" but quite a few happy birds out and about! <BR> <BR> And: it felt good to move!! <BR> <BR> First "solid" meal I've eaten since Sunday: half my usual salad and fruit. <BR> <BR> Nice to change up the Greek yogourt and the herbal teas that I've been pretty much subsisting on all week. <BR> <BR> L... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:01:14 EST Movement for Mood Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381115 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/fitness/how-to-walk-squat-<BR>or-simply-move-your-way-to-a-better-st<BR>ate-of-mind/article35477910/ </link> <BR> <BR> I liked this article in my morning Globe and Mail about movement to manage mood. <BR> <BR> It can be hard to motivate ourselves to exercise for weight management. And we can fool ourselves about how many calories we *really* burned working out and overeat and . . . I've long thought that exercise doesn't help me... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:11:27 EST Much Better Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380728 I appreciated all the well-wishers and took their advice: slept a lot, drank lots of fluids, mostly Bengal Spice and ginger peach herbal teas, and puttered a bit in the garden to get some Vitamin D! <BR> <BR> Much better today. (No details, but "dire rear" would be one elegant descriptor!!) <BR> <BR> I'd made a large pot of asparagus soup on Sunday and that was one of my fluid sources -- green green green. <BR> <BR> And I used a new technique: first of all simmering the butt ends of the a... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:30:36 EST