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/ What Motivation IS, Really? Shout out to STRONGDAWG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206825 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206710 </link> <BR> <BR> What a great blog from STRONGDAWG. After challenging profound pain with a disciplined exercise program, incremental step by step, she's feeling miraculous improvement in strength and flexibility. <BR> <BR> And with that has come renewed motivation to track nutrition -- so she can lose that last 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> So what's a miracle? The big reveal? When everything's all better, ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:42:35 EST Anticipation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206516 Yay, have finally got around to planning some vacation time later this summer and also during the winter. <BR> <BR> It's always terrific to have something to look forward to: and additional motivation to keep fitting into the shorts and bathing suits of course! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a glorious day including golf and supper with friends. Charlie was most unhappy about a violent thunder storm so I was up a good part of the night keeping him company. <BR> <BR> This morning when I came d... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:24:10 EST All Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205670 OK then: found some replacement geraniums, very low price too: and a couple dracaena spikes: pots all sheared back, replanted. Looking quite nice again: I won't feel guilty pangs sitting on the verandah! <BR> <BR> Also found a new bathing suit, on sale of course. Tankini style, royal blue with irregular navy-rimmed white polka dots, tiny skirt frill: quite cute!! <BR> <BR> Laundry, groceries, gym. And feeling somewhat recovered from my work week . . . with another day of relaxation today ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:41:37 EST Replacement Plants . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205250 It's hot here . . . and yesterday turned out I'd been scheduled for an 8:30 am appointment without prior notice to me and also received a "prep memo" dense 3 page email at 7 am that I needed to review for that appointment and yup, headed in to work in a bit of a panic without watering my flower boxes or planters on the front verandah.. <BR> <BR> Disaster: it just takes one day in these temps to render 'em crispy. <BR> <BR> When I got home from work after a very long day, that's the first ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:53:51 EST Sing it Ella!! Too Darn Hot . . . Yeah!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205066 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhs3Qklz5a0 </link> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:05:40 EST Not My Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204192 OK, I can't fix some problems. <BR> <BR> You knew that already. And I knew it too. Of course I did. <BR> <BR> They're just too complicated. They run too deep. <BR> <BR> And I'm not all-powerful. Or remotely close to that. <BR> <BR> What I can do is pretty limited. And what remains to be done, what other people need to do and could do and won't do: not my problem. <BR> <BR> Not that I don't care: I do. But still, not my problem. <BR> <BR> OK then: eating food that's not my f... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:05:18 EST Hilarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203581 I cultivate a stance of mild hilarity. Mild only, but generally that's enough. <BR> <BR> So often in the work I do, I'm confronted with adversarial stuff. Chest thumping. Knuckle dragging. Raised voices, verging on yelling. Confrontation. Attempts at intimidation. Including the good ol' "You're not cool" stuff which is advanced class intimidation, really. <BR> <BR> It's amazing how many people want to appear cool. Having forgotten, apparently, the ageless wisdom of "Hey Jude". Yup,... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:12:49 EST "I Just Don't Futurize": Shout Out to MARINGAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203011 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202747 </link> <BR> <BR> What a fun blog: written by a person who's living in the present. Enjoying life's happenstances. Because: you just never know. <BR> <BR> Remember that ol' 60s mantra "Be here now?" Well maybe not, if you weren't there then!! But I was . . . and awhile back, my daughter made me a felt board which sits on a table in sight of my bed. Reminding me to "Be here now". Because, she says, t... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:38:07 EST Old dog . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202386 Charlie, my golden retriever, is getting very old. And it's hard for him to jump on and off the back deck. My DH tried to build him a deck (as a Mother's Day gift for me, out of metal closet shelving covered with carpet, based upon a YouTube link) but, uh, it wasn't successful. Although he made a hilarious video of himself trying . . . . <BR> <BR> And so with the help of a lovely Sparker pointing to the listing on Amazon, we bought a folding ramp. At huge cost (it was the shipping). <... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:38:23 EST Weight Loss Motivational Blogs Only? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201880 I do blog regularly. And I certainly blog about my struggles (ongoing, never ending) with weight maintenance. I'm actually embarrassed by how tough it is, and how it seldom seems to get easier, and how when it DOES seem to get easier that's very often a preliminary to smugness or complacency and easing up and regaining and having to lose again and . . . yeah, all of that. <BR> <BR> I often blog on health topics too: research, recent information which has come my way. Sometimes because it ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:58:51 EST MAINtenance: Seven Spark Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201315 How nice to receive congrats and goodies yesterday on seven years of Spark maintenance! I joined Spark in 2009. I'd taken most of the weight off in 2000-2001 down from 240ish to 150ish, but in 2009 blipped up about 20 pounds: pity party pounds after a breast cancer diagnosis. <BR> <BR> Spark helped me take it off again in short order, while I was undergoing breast cancer treatment: and the wonderful community at Spark has helped me keep it off. My breast cancer was estrogen positive type,... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:11:06 EST Square Watermelon in a Round Hole? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200779 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/square-watermelons-<BR>and-other-popular-misconceptions-about<BR>-gmos/article30913726/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't fuss much about "GMO" foods. But gotta say, in an article about GMO foods, this picture of a square watermelon caught my eye this morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07746b44-22ad-4840-b71d-56a8f53053a1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No panic, no panic: nothing GMO about it, just grown in a ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:34:06 EST Memory and Motion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199660 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/a-walk-a-day-keeps-<BR>your-memory-from-going-away/article30885729/ </link> <BR> <BR> Just a simple walk a day helps keep memory loss at bay. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my sister emailed me: she'd met up with a mutual friend from our childhood who's "losing it": apparently not recognizing that she's losing it either. Asking the same questions over and over, making the same comments, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Added inspiration to s... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:57:10 EST Butter's Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199054 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/study-claims-butter<BR>-not-linked-to-increased-risk-of-heart<BR>-disease/article30791374/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don't you just love research articles which confirm your own (sneaky) preferences? <BR> <BR> I love butter. So I'm happy to read in this morning's paper: butter's saturated fat is not a big problem. <BR> <BR> My butter carton says butter has two ingredients: cream and salt. <BR> <BR> And my daughter's vegan marga... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:55:06 EST AspireAssist: What if it Works? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198487 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/why-a-draconian-wei<BR>ght-loss-device-may-help-solve-a-compl<BR>ex-issue/article30824615/ </link> <BR> <BR> We've read about this before: a portal into the stomach which permits the expulsion of food after eating. <BR> <BR> You get to eat what you want. And then you get to rid yourself of it before it turns to fat. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, the AspireAssist may not be "the end of civilization as we know it": but it doesn't exactl... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:31:33 EST Refillable: Shout Out to BRIGHTSPARK7!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198031 Here's BRIGHTSPARK7's comment on yesterday's blog about learned optimism. <BR> <BR> "I am familiar with Seligman's research and a believer that we can change our ways for the good. I view myself as a realist. In terms of the glass being half empty or half full, I see it as refillable. Now for some water!" <BR> <BR> I do love this concept of the "refillable glass": I suppose that some of us who are innately less optimistic can use some help (such as Seligman's coaching) on how to go about ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:22:48 EST Learned Optimism: SHOUT OUT to PATRICIA-CR!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197515 Of course I believe that many (most?) elements of personality are inherited: and that we only learn how to manage (or not) our "difficult personalities": in fact I blogged on that topic not long ago in the context of learning how to manage my "difficult metabolism"!! (And: lots of good Sparkies disagreed with me . . . which is grand). <BR> <BR> However, when PATRICIA-CR commented on yesterday's blog by expressing the view that optimism is largely inherited, I (naturally, I've never been an... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:16:23 EST I Look Where it is Good": CRYSTALJEM profiles Alice Herz-Sommer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197205 <link>//riselikeair.wordpress.com/2016/07/<BR>07/you-know-its-a-good-day-when/ </link> <BR> <BR> Really enjoyed CRYSTALJEM's "Rise Like Air" blog on Wordpress with the link to a video clip of 108 year old Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer. <BR> <BR> How did she survive? <BR> <BR> She says she was "born optimistic" and that although she was certainly aware of the evil surrounding her, she chose to "look where it is good". <BR> <BR> Not enough food? She was a skilled pianist perfor... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 21:51:37 EST You Say Watermelon!! I say Watermellen!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196307 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/watermelons-a-refre<BR>shing-summer-snack-but-is-it-healthy/a<BR>rticle30765432/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> OK, it's official: even healthier than we thought! High lypocene (especially the seedless type) AND low glycemic load. Not to mention delish. And just so pretty: the very essence of summertime. <BR> <B... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 07:48:53 EST High Deck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195690 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c98918d-89e4-4297-9e35-e7b2780cf1dc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The ivy geranium baskets on my third floor deck are giving me a lot of pleasure! The light pink and deep pink and scarlet are even more vivid that the picture captures. DH and I assembled the Muskoka chairs a year or so ago: quite a hot and sweaty project with some 60 screws each: but well worth it when we lounge out there on warm and breezy summer days reading and sipping frosty drinks! ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 07:38:38 EST Hungry All The Time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195057 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/fitness/hungry-all-the-tim<BR>e-these-eight-blunders-could-be-to-bla<BR>me/article30729001/ </link> <BR> <BR> This Leslie Beck article from my morning Globe and Mail lists 8 reasons why I'm "hungry all the time": leading with lack of protein. And healthy fat. <BR> <BR> I've really been focusing on increasing my protein intake within calorie goals; and yup, it makes a difference. Although I'm still absorbing most of my water in th... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 07:55:57 EST Golf and Pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194466 What a perfect day on the course yesterday! We went out about 4 pm: lovely temperature, light breeze and not a cloud in the blue blue blue sky. There were seven small turklings (about robin size) out with their proud mama for a first outing. And a huge glossy brown beaver at the edge of a water hazard munching green green grass. Made me think of Obama's deadpan comment in his speech to the Canadian Parliament about eating a beaver tail on his last trip to Canada: "It tasted better than it ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 07:54:37 EST Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! Shout out to JANTHEBLONDE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194079 Happy 4th of July. I'm riffing on JANTHEBLONDE's status post today! <BR> <BR> We Canadians are all about "peace, order and good government": doesn't sound nearly as exciting, does it? <BR> <BR> But: very peaceful on the verandaaaahhhhhhhh this morning, with Charlie and coffee in my red mug and the maple leaf flag blowing in the breeze! I've got my soup and salads in order for the coming week. And I'm governing my calories accordingly (not very happy with the scales at the gym yesterda... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:51:41 EST Rainy Canada Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193489 Which meant I could be lazy -- although I did get the "Saturday" laundry chore done yesterday . . . meaning I can be a bit lazier today! <BR> <BR> We generally participate in the Canada Day golf at our club: everyone wearing red and white, taking a Canadian flag and planting it where the player's individual handicap runs out -- or at the 18th green if it doesn't! <BR> <BR> The rain didn't stop yesterday until about 6 pm and we headed out then in our red and white: it was chilly and so long ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 09:51:47 EST Happy Canada Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192802 <link>ca.news.yahoo.com/fat-store-receipt-<BR>angers-edmonton-140000041.html </link> <BR> <BR> We in Canada like to think we're a kinder gentler nation. Not just tolerant but accepting of diversity. Respectful of difference. <BR> <BR> Is it OK to discriminate against fat people? Because if she's fat it's her fault? <BR> <BR> Uh, no. We can never know what's going on in that person's life; how hard she is struggling, the circumstances she's dealing with. <BR> <BR> We are Canadian. ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 06:26:08 EST This is Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192233 President Obama was greeted with thunderous applause, responding to his speech in our Canadian Parliament yesterday. <BR> <BR> And this is how our Prime Minister Trudeau had introduced him: <BR> <BR> “The North American idea that diversity is strength is our greatest gift to the world,” Mr. Trudeau said. “No matter where you are from, nor the faith you profess, nor the colour of your skin, nor whom you love, you belong here. This is home.” <BR> <BR> <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/news/pol... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:27:40 EST Glorious Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191645 After a day of drama and stress at work -- and a brief but intense downpour -- yesterday evening was clear and cool and wonderful. <BR> <BR> We made it out to the golf course! The birds were spectacular!! The company was the very best possible -- DH is so funny and companionable. Supper there: and I virtuously ordered the Greek salad with dressing on the side, plus grilled salmon: but with flourless chocolate cake for dessert (all tracked, all within range, and hitting my protein target). ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:33:31 EST Protein and Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191021 OK, I whine about my "difficult to manage" lousy metabolism -- no kidding, it is: grabs hold of every calorie and won't let go. <BR> <BR> And within a couple days, see an article summarizing new research about the necessity of protein in building muscle: and the necessity of building muscle to boost metabolism. <BR> <BR> Absolutely complies with my own "experiment of one". Trying to hit even the Spark-recommended minimum 60 grams of protein a day with less than 1500 calories is tough, but... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:10:41 EST Francis and Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190352 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/p<BR>ope-urges-christians-roman-catholic-ch<BR>urch-to-seek-forgiveness-from-gays/art<BR>icle30622344/ </link> <BR> <BR> What a remarkable Pope. I am so grateful for his courage and his humility. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:46:08 EST Beach Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189847 It's going to be hot hot hot here today. <BR> <BR> We moved morning coffee from the front verandah to the back deck: just toooooo hot, even for those of us not wearing golden furry suits. <BR> <BR> And I 'm thinking this would be a great first day for the beach!! <BR> <BR> Maybe late golf, when it's a bit cooler??? Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:51:56 EST Difficult to Manage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189314 One of my great heroes used to speak (forgivingly, more in sorrow than in anger) about people who had been born with "difficult personalities". Personalities which were difficult to manage. <BR> <BR> It's interesting to think that we are born with our personalities more or less intact: one of those fundamentally immutable characteristics. Which can nevertheless be managed. <BR> <BR> Some inherent personality characteristics aren't very objectionable to others -- such as being rather pl... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:15:20 EST Splitopia: A Good Divorce? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188660 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relatio<BR>nships/splitting-with-dignity-how-some<BR>-former-couples-are-treating-divorce-a<BR>s-an-awakening/article30573608/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's an article I may offer to some of my clients. It's long but for those who've experienced their parents' divorce or whose siblings are divorcing or whose kids have experienced divorce or whose grandkids have been affected by divorce (and that would be just about everybody???) it may offer some fresh persp... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:47:10 EST Anniversary: 37th!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188101 My goodness, if we had known 37 years ago everything we'd have to deal with, would we ever have had the courage? <BR> <BR> And if we had known 37 years ago what joy and companionship and growth and change we'd experience (as well as the stuff we'd have to deal with!): well then, how could we have not?? <BR> <BR> I'm so grateful. Every day. <BR> <BR> Or at least, most of 'em: when not dealing with some of the aforementioned . . . and nope, doesn't get better than that, I'm pretty sure!! Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:18:53 EST An Excellent Imitation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186707 Just riffing back and forth with a Sparkie friend about how difficult it is for young people to grow up today . . . <BR> <BR> And I was reminded: quite often I feel about my own self that I've never really grown up. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, I do an excellent imitation of a grown up a lot of the time. <BR> <BR> Fool a lot of people, I'm pretty sure! <BR> <BR> But "inside": the same ol' same ol'. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Keeps me humble, keeps me young, keeps me learning. When ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:52:00 EST Flamingo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186121 OK, the new top is pretty, uh, flamboyant for work . . . so I'll tone it down today with very low key "other pieces". <BR> <BR> Beige cotton pencil skirt (plain, but with a pretty flutter of pleaty detail at the back). <BR> <BR> And beige linen jacket (I almost always take a jacket -- although I'm not always wearing it). <BR> <BR> And then coral leather wedge sandals? And a truly gorgeous coral leather belt with a leafy gold clasp? <BR> <BR> Or maybe when I get dressed I'll opt for low... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:06:12 EST At My Bird Feeder . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185628 The bird feeder outside my window at work is a source of pleasure and distraction, for me and sometimes my clients too. <BR> <BR> There is quite an aggressive group of blue-necked, yellow-eyed blackbirds: the squirrel baffler springs are set just tightly enough to make it difficult for them to alight without blocking the seed distributors, but they can generally kick seed out and feed beneath (and the mourning doves like that too). <BR> <BR> I've been getting lots of smaller birds: finches,... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:11:34 EST Truth in Visuals? Shout Out to 2BDYMANIC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185108 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185098 </link> <BR> <BR> Isn't 2BDYNAMIC one of our very best bloggers? And I really like the visuals in her blog today, "This or That": powerful. <BR> <BR> Made me think: supposing that soft drink or hamburger commercials could ONLY feature actors who consumed these products in quantity: a kind of "truth in visuals" advertising credo. <BR> <BR> And supposing that was also true for alcohol or for cigarettes? ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:10:55 EST Rules to Lose 10 pounds: Shout Out to DDOORN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183861 <link>www.eatthis.com/rules-to-lose-10-pou<BR>nds </link> <BR> <BR> What a terrific article in DDOORN's status post yesterday. And although I do follow most of these rules, I'm not so hot about the water bottle thingy which is Rule 1: although I'm terrific about the coffee thingy, which is my very own (subversive) version of Rule 1 (I know, I know: but it's my only remaining sin and I'm sticking with it because it works for me . . . ). <BR> <BR> My fave quote from the article? <BR> <BR... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:01:52 EST Weight Loss and Better Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183217 Weight loss isn't always equivalent to better health. And adopting a "war on the body" stance isn't conducive to long-term weight maintenance OR health. <BR> <BR> Yeah. We know that. But it never hurts to remind ourselves! <BR> <BR> <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health-advisor/weight-loss<BR>-is-not-always-the-answer-to-better-he<BR>alth/article30453328/ </link> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:20:27 EST Stress Recedes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182996 Oh yeah. <BR> <BR> And you can bet: that feels so good. Nobody wants a receding hairline. Or receding gums! But receding stress is terrific. <BR> <BR> I've been waiting for it, patiently. Doing everything I could to hasten the process. Ahhhhhhhh!!! <BR> <BR> Charlie's new ramp has arrived and I've set it up for on and off the back deck -- introduced him to it with the help of some liver treats. Here's hoping it helps! <BR> <BR> He enjoyed rolling in the grass on the front yard whi... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:56:50 EST LGBTQ2S http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181858 Some of us are gay. <BR> <BR> But none of us can be feeling gay (jubilant) today. In June: Pride Month. <BR> <BR> Let there be an end to this hatred. <BR> <BR> Gratitude to those political leaders both north and south of our border -- Obama, Clinton, Trudeau, Wynne -- who've spoken up in measured and respectful tones to express our sorrow and our regret. <BR> <BR> And: our determination to effect change. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:24:00 EST Fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181259 The world this morning feels fresh and new and flower-scented. It's a marvellous not-too- hot temperature, and sunny, with the sound of wind in the maple leaves. Life brims over with possibilities: no chores today, no urgencies, a peaceful interlude before work resumes tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And what is so rare as a day in June? <BR> The, if ever, come perfect days; <BR> Then Heaven tries earh if it be in tune, <BR> And over it softly her warm ear lays; <BR> Whether we look, or whether we... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:07:40 EST Heavy Duty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180710 Late home last night: early start this morning back to the conference. <BR> <BR> And yup, I'm tired. And still absorbing; intellectually and emotionally. <BR> <BR> It's so fascinating and also so profoundly disturbing to learn more about how high conflict actually affects the brain structure -- particularly for growing children immersed in high conflict divorce situations. <BR> <BR> Certainly a huge impetus to try and do things differently: not just for the clients but for the next gener... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:49:34 EST Interesting Day(s) Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180086 Today and tomorrow, I've got a conference lined up that promises to be pretty fascinating: that whole "high conflict personality" stuff that teaches us how to think flexibly, so we can manage our emotions, so we can moderate our behaviours (and why we need to keep checking that we ARE doing that . . . even though it's much more fun to accuse OTHER people of being all black and white and not thinking flexibly, and raging because they're not managing their emotions, and behaving terribly and un... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:08:20 EST My Hobby: Shout Out to BESSHAILE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179485 Tripped over a comment by BESSHAILE in which she says that making weight loss her "hobby" was a route to success for her. <BR> <BR> A hobby is an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation. <BR> <BR> Yup. Weight maintenance has become my hobby too; because weight maintenance works best for me when I'm not all grim and determined about it, but somewhat relaxed and playful! And when weight maintenance encompasses pleasurable physical activities (so... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:38:47 EST Heartening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178836 Cardiologist (who is 10 years younger than me) says he wishes he'd be able to do as well on a stress test . . . final definitive test and I'm A-OK! Now that's heartening . . . absolutely. Particularly given I'm still not 100% post-cold! <BR> <BR> And I got some of those nasturtium seeds planted last night after work! <BR> <BR> All right then: a few more stressful days including work and a flurry of work-related activities -- professional AGM and 3 day conference -- and by Sunday life shou... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 07:57:49 EST Premature Full Moon??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178103 It's not full moon until June 20, according to my check of a "moon phases" calendar. <BR> <BR> But my goodness: yesterday was quite challenging at work! <BR> <BR> Oh well oh well. We do what we can. <BR> <BR> And this morning I've had a luscious asparagus egg white omelette. Heading out for another cardiology appointment (excessively conscientious GP: I'm sure there are no issues). Tue, 7 Jun 2016 07:11:25 EST New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177400 It's dark and rainy out there: and I wish I'd managed to get my nasturtium seeds planted over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Maybe tonight after work. A couple days delay doesn't make much difference: they'll be off and running in the warm moist soil. <BR> <BR> Managed to play 9 holes of golf yesterday before it got dark and stormy . . . so I've gotta be about 95% recovered from that cold. <BR> <BR> Conference will take up time for the last days of this week and into next weekend: so I'll be ... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:14:23 EST Is 100 the New 60? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176890 <link>business.financialpost.com/diane-fra<BR>ncis/body-sensors-uber-care-and-prescr<BR>iption-apps-this-is-how-medical-techno<BR>logy-is-going-to-make-100-the-new-60 </link> <BR> <BR> And if you knew that 100 were the new 60, how would you live your life differently? <BR> <BR> Diane Francis, one of Canada's best economists, looks at the new medical technology which she says is going to extend all of our lives: and make 100 feel like 60. <BR> <BR> Lots and lots of Sparkies (not me) are a... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 11:19:33 EST Feeling Better, Feeling Content http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176260 I'm not 100% yet but feeling so much better. <BR> <BR> And feeling better makes me realize how very much good health contributes to contentment. <BR> <BR> Nothing euphoric, nothing dazzling, nothing super-exciting going on: just the quiet pleasure and serenity of being able to carry out my usual day. <BR> <BR> Watered the garden. Did the laundry. Picking up from the shoemaker. Heading to the gym soon for a mild workout. Then the library. And the grocery store. <BR> <BR> But: not achi... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:08:01 EST