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/ It's Not THAT Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277456 I'm older: 65. My metabolism is definitely slower. In my activities of daily living, I naturally burn fewer calories. <BR> <BR> I'm lighter, too, than I once was. About 90 pounds lighter. And that also means I burn fewer calories. It takes fewer calories to move this body now than it did when I weighed 240 pounds. <BR> <BR> So if I want to MAINtain, I have to eat fewer calories. <BR> <BR> Yeah, sure. I can eat more and gain weight and then when I exercise I'll burn more calori... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 06:20:01 EST Most Important Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277040 I've found myself thinking over and over again about my gym workout Saturday on the elliptical cross trainer. <BR> <BR> I decided to really "pour it on". And the result? Yup, I burned five calories more over 30 minutes than my usual calorie burn. Just FIVE!!! <BR> <BR> OK then: no question that a workout like that increases my heart rate. Lightens my mood. Warms me up for the ST routine that follows. Workouts are worth it. <BR> <BR> But: it's also my takeaway that refraining from pu... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:04:35 EST Christmas Lights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276718 Sunday we managed to get our outdoor Christmas lights up-- strung across the verandaaaaah and around the garage too which requires standing pretty close to the top of a wobbly ladder : a ladder we bought for $5 at a garage sale shortly before we got married in 1979. I held the ladder: and daughter actually did the very highest points. It's a pretty minimal effort and droopy in places, but I suppose that's part of our tradition. <BR> <BR> We bought these lights, more modern LED type but mu... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:19:43 EST Red Lentil Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276077 Sparkie friend's description of HER red lentil soup -- with Thai red curry paste, fresh ginger, garlic, coconut milk -- inspired me yesterday. <BR> <BR> I've got a big pot in the fridge: added some chopped chicken breast to my own version, and cooked in most of a bunch of chopped cilantro too which was still "good" but not crispy enough for salads any more. Cilantro does tend to go slimy fast in the fridge: I've found I can extend its life a bit by wrapping in a paper towel inside a plasti... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 08:01:04 EST Gingerbread Exiled! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275716 Those gingerbread men left the building early yesterday: I found them a new home with a client who has an 8 year old son. <BR> <BR> Yay!! <BR> <BR> My office colleagues all agreed: get 'em outta here!! <BR> <BR> So they've gone to a better place . . . better for me, that is. <BR> <BR> My dear adult children have agreed: festive funds would be entirely acceptable to them, direct deposited. And so I need not gift shop. We'll focus instead on 'time together": way better. And a tree an... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:17:30 EST Tempting Charlie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275220 I can resist anything but temptation: and so I avoid temptation as carefully as possible. <BR> <BR> That's not Charlie's situation, poor ol' dog. White muzzled, arthritic, well past 12 years old -- 84 I suppose in people years. <BR> <BR> Charlie sometimes needs to be exposed to temptation so that he will eat his (hideously expensive, but he's worth it) organic grain free duck chow: yes, duck because golden retrievers are quintessentially duck retrievers, right? <BR> <BR> For the past cou... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:29:15 EST What a Spectacle!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274209 Love my eyeglasses: I do. Two pairs currently: both the very light Silhouette type -- one pair frameless with delicate mauve metal legs, the other framed in a bright blue. <BR> <BR> But: I do get best vision with my multifocal contact lenses. And I really prefer them to my glasses. <BR> <BR> However, since mid-September, I've been experiencing recurrent eye infections treated by my GP with antibiotic drops: and not wearing my contacts much. But: I did have them in for the Lightfoot c... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:12:42 EST Food Swaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273691 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/these-six-easy-food-swaps-<BR>can-make-a-big-difference-for-your-hea<BR>lth/article33052387/ </link> <BR> <BR> Although in the aggregate kinda "eggy", I liked some of these suggested healthy food swaps. <BR> <BR> it's too easy for me to stick a granola bar in my bag, maybe with an apple, when I'm heading say out on the golf course or some other place where I might need healthy refuelling -- but even though I select the healthiest... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:17:00 EST Yo-yo Weight Regain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273185 <link>www.cbc.ca/news/technology/yo-yo-die<BR>ting-research-1.3868131 </link> <BR> <BR> New research indicates that weight regain after yo-yo dieting (too often in excess of the poundage originally lost) may be related to changes in the gut microbiome. <BR> <BR> And that the microbiome may be restorable by eating a diet high in flavonoids post weight-loss: that is, high in the phytonutrients typically founds in brightly coloured plant foods. <BR> <BR> My lunch salads (lots of raw vivid ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:30:26 EST Gordie Lightfoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272614 Another great Canadian icon -- and we thoroughly enjoyed his concert this evening at Massey Hall in Toronto. <BR> <BR> He was in great voice, seems to have completely recovered from the illness and weakness we'd noted in recent years -- and he generously sang almost all of his best known songs including Ribbon of Darkness, Did She Mention My Name, Edmund Fitzgerald, Sundown, plus a lot of his newer material -- sadly not Canadian Railroad Trilogy however. <BR> <BR> I've been listening to ... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:20:46 EST Leonard Cohen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272268 "Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act." <BR> <BR> OK then -- I'm acting. <BR> <BR> Acting like a thin person . . . for one thing! <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:21:09 EST The Science of Gratitude: SPT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271440 <link>//brightlineeating.com/2016/11/the-s<BR>cience-of-gratitude/?inf_contact_key=f<BR>f8a2619783e73eb9fbcb0fc40451394c1cb49f<BR>4b8b626a21715839e49bd70a8 </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to American Sparkies. <BR> <BR> And: here's Susan Peirce Thompson vlogging on a very timely topic: the science of gratitude and the benefits of practising and improving our gratitude skills. <BR> <BR> It's not the case that we need to be satisfied with our "dispositional" gratitude -- some of us m... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:34:21 EST Leaky Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270568 Yesterday's workshop on emotional intelligence was useful and gave me a lot to consider. <BR> <BR> Some key insights: <BR> <BR> 1. We tend to think of regular "smarts" intelligence as something that people have, innately, to various degrees (which may or may not be true). However, what is clear: emotional intelligence is a skill, which can be learned and improved upon. <BR> <BR> 2. It's helpful not to try to decide what I feel, but to notice what I actually feel: including the experien... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:08:49 EST Portion control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270446 Saturday night I was eating dinner with DH, oven roast potato and carrots, broccoli and baked chicken -- and realized about a third of the way through my serving that I was full. I'd had enough. <BR> <BR> And: stopped eating. STOPPED!!!!! Put the remaining food on a smaller plate, covered with Press n' Seal and stuck it in the fridge. <BR> <BR> Sunday afternoon at the jazz club after the art gallery we had a drink -- glass of white wine for me, beer for DH -- and shared some fresh hot... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:53:10 EST Bonus Blog: Getting Through the Holidays Without Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269730 <link>www.standard.net/National/2016/11/15<BR>/Strategies-for-getting-through-the-ho<BR>lidays-without-weight-gain </link> <BR> <BR> Thought this was "one of the best" I've seen on this timely topic for American Sparkies, gearing up for Thanksgiving this week (Canadian Sparkies have been there done that in October . . . ). <BR> <BR> And here's the final tip, which I liked the best: <BR> <BR> "Know that everyone is on your side. <BR> <BR> Everyone wants to lose weight, get healthy and... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:41:54 EST Weather Shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269683 Darkish still at almost 8 am -- and I've got my light box on over my computer for the first time this fall. <BR> <BR> The maple tree outside my third floor window is traced in snow. Not remotely enough for XC skiing yet but: it's coming. <BR> <BR> I can hear the wind whistling around the corners of the house. <BR> <BR> It's -3 C out there. <BR> <BR> Brrrrrrrrrr! Good day for "inside stuff" and I'm (finally) heading to Toronto for a couple days of art galleries and jazz and a confere... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:53:57 EST Simple Aspirations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269376 I read a short interview with Prince William about his transition into fatherhood. He speaks of the "huge aspirations" which so many people seem to have -- both for acquiring stuff and for notching up accomplishments -- and expresses the hope that his own two children can be raised to be content with simple aspirations. <BR> <BR> These comments struck a chord with me for sure. <BR> <BR> More and more I have been setting big goals behind me and looking to simple aspirations. In the weig... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:27:51 EST Interesting Lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267751 It's so interesting to catch up with someone after 35 years and see the points of divergence and the points of convergence our lives have taken. <BR> <BR> Former "student" has had a most varied and fantastic life -- art history and teaching and Adler training in psychotherapy; yoga and much fitness including biking, swimming, running, marathons, triathlons, much travel, elder care for her parents (no kids, no long-term partner): a truly itinerant, enriched and enriching life engaged in her ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:30:43 EST Blast from the Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267171 A student whom I taught college art history between 1977 and 1979 -- yes, that long ago!! -- has contacted me out of the blue. <BR> <BR> She apparently went off to McGill and pursued a degree in art history there. <BR> <BR> And: we're meeting for lunch today. <BR> <BR> Won't that be fun?? <BR> <BR> Of course I'm imagining her as she looked then -- but it's not just me who's aged, she will have too. She will be (I estimate) about 56 or 58 years old now. My goodness!! We've got 35 year... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:40:38 EST Flu Shot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266598 I know, I know. <BR> <BR> Getting a flu shot is a personal decision. It's your right to refuse. <BR> <BR> Lots of people believe that the stats tracking flu deaths (and flu-related deaths, when flu evolves into pneumonia or CPD or congestive heart mortalities) are exaggerated. And: if they're not particularly vulnerable to flu themselves, decide that they don't need to get a flu shot. Eating and exercising healthy, washing hands diligently: that's enough. For themselves. <BR> <BR> Wha... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:26:00 EST The Fear Cure: Lissa Rankin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266247 <link>thechalkboardmag.com/lissa-rankins-p<BR>recription-for-courage </link> <BR> <BR> That 1CRAZYDOG quote about possibility was my intro to Lissa Rankin, and since then I've listened to three of her TED talks. She's terrific. <BR> <BR> Not one of the TEDs I've discovered so far, the link above outlines her 6 Step prescription for courage. <BR> <BR> And I am finding it useful! I'm just sketching it out and then suggesting how I can apply it to our perennial topic here (weight loss... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:36:26 EST You Want it Darker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265694 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0nmHymgM7Y </link> <BR> <BR> I've been listening to Leonard Cohen -- a Canadian-- since my early teens. Suzanne. Famous Blue Raincoat. (Of course I bought a blue raincoat . . . who would not?) <BR> <BR> And of course, on news of his death, I listened again to Hallelujah. And to Anthem -- which let the light in, just a little. <BR> <BR> But I hadn't heard You Want it Darker -- released (and co-produced with his son Adam) only weeks ago. <BR> <BR> M... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:53:47 EST Vicarious Trauma: Remembrance Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265157 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenti<BR>ng/vicarious-trauma-from-ptsd-can-be-p<BR>assed-from-parent-to-child/article32798545/ </link> <BR> <BR> Today is Remembrance Day in Canada -- and Americans too remember their war dead. <BR> <BR> I'll be wearing my poppy -- and I've been wearing it since November 1st. <BR> <BR> My father served in World War II in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was stationed in the Azores. He was not a pilot but a radio communications and navigations offic... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:02:59 EST Make Room for Possibility: 1CRAZYDOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264210 "Surrender your fears to make room for possibility." Lissa Rankin <BR> <BR> That's 1CRAZYDOG's quote for today. <BR> <BR> Maybe she was saving it up for when we really needed it? Wed, 9 Nov 2016 06:57:06 EST DNA and Quitting Smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263682 <link>www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness<BR>/2016/11/07/doctors-notes-finding-it-h<BR>ard-to-quit-smoking-blame-your-genes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Yup, it's true. Some people find it much harder to quit smoking than others. Apparently it depends upon the CYP2A6 gene which determines whether you process nicotine quickly or more slowly. Slow nicotine processors tend to smoke less and inhale less and find it easier to quit. Fast nicotine processors find it much harder to quit. <BR> <B... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 06:48:13 EST Blissful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263170 We're having such a beautiful extended autumn here. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the last day our golf club was open -- and although my golf wasn't great, the experience absolutely was. Brilliant golden leaves, slanting autumn light, and when we got home a bright magenta sunset through the woods in the park behind our house. <BR> <BR> I've got a red cyclamen on the kitchen table. <BR> <BR> Life is good and it's good to notice the good times. Mon, 7 Nov 2016 07:47:29 EST Wow, What a Great Convo!! No Pie in the Face!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262726 Really truly enjoyed all of the wise and rich comments on my (risky) blog yesterday . . . it took trust to put it out there, and I'm grateful that the responses refrained from "blog shaming" -- which is not as painful as body shaming (because truly I do blog for myself) but still the chill potential is there. <BR> <BR> On a much more light-hearted topic: yesterday before the grocery store run I was reading the flyer and my eye landed on the "Cakes of the World" promo. Chocolate Pecan Pie Ca... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 09:57:51 EST Two Live Sparkies and a Candid Conversation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262288 I've known for a long time that my long-time hairdresser (he's absolutely THE BEST) is a persistent lurker (no Spark Page) on Spark. He's totally committed to health and fitness, tracks nutrition, looks (at 58) utterly fabulous and is one of my very favourite people in town. <BR> <BR> But: I didn't know until Thursday that one of his young apprentices -- the one who shampooed my hair before my trim) has also recently joined Spark People: and has so far lost 17 pounds. We got chatting and ... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 11:24:43 EST Shout out to BARB5454: staying on the trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261296 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261243 </link> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a lot about keeping on keeping on -- and the role (for me) of the Spark community in doing just that. <BR> <BR> And then I got a notification that an ol' Sparkie who'd given up is back -- in a new incarnation, as BARB5454-- because she too realized the value of this community. She's a hiker, and so she uses a hiking metaphor, staying on the trail. <BR> <BR> Yeah. <BR... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 08:26:23 EST Late to the Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259648 There was a terrific discussion of "Tell Me I'm Fat" on the At Goal and Maintaining Message Board mid-July. <BR> <BR> JEANKNEE gave me the link <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x6372<BR>7933 </link> <BR> <BR> What a thoughtful group of people we have here in the Spark Community. <BR> <BR> I found particularly interesting the comments about how "unfair" it is when others don't find us physically desirable if we're overweight or obese -- a hug... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:41:09 EST Tell Me I'm Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259197 <link>www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archi<BR>ves/episode/589/tell-me-im-fat </link> <BR> <BR> A Sparkie friend put me onto this radio archive collection which explores the "fat acceptance" movement from a number of different angles. <BR> <BR> It's so interesting to me and I spent a considerable amount of time yesterday, over the course of the day, listening to each segment. I've bookmarked it and may return to it. I have checked out related websites for the various people interviewed t... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:53:48 EST Low-Key Weekend: Current Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258806 Not planning on doing a whole lot this weekend!! <BR> <BR> I'm at that "yes, gonna survive" stage of recovery from the flu, but still not feeling optimal. <BR> <BR> So: got the laundry done. <BR> <BR> Will get to the library. I'm just finishing up the new Alexander McCall Smith from the Scotland Street series, "The Revolving Door of Life". Quite marvellous -- young Bertie got some blue jeans and a kilt through the kind interventions of his paternal grandmother, Nicola, plus a break from ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:07:34 EST Flu-ish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258417 Achy. Sore throat. Running nose. <BR> <BR> Left work yesterday at noon and slept. <BR> <BR> Still feeling punk -- and not wanting to spread my germs at work. <BR> <BR> So: I'm taking it easy, snoozing and hydrating and just generally hoping by Monday I'm back on top of my game! Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:08:31 EST Eight Healthy Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257796 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/eight-healthy-habit<BR>s-to-develop-while-in-your-20s/article<BR>32533142/ </link> <BR> <BR> OK: these are healthy habits researchers believe that 20 year olds should develop -- so that they stay healthy into their elderly babe years. <BR> <BR> But: late-onset adoption couldn't hurt those of us who are already EB, right? And here they are: <BR> <BR> 1. Weigh yourself often. <BR> 2. Learn to cook. <BR> 3, Cut back on su... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:49:50 EST Sabotaging Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257325 I'm really enjoying the Beck Trek blogs ongoing and of course they're effectively "rebooting" for me and reminding me of fundamental Beck principles (thank you!!). <BR> <BR> What's my most persistent sabotaging thought? Yup, it's that MAINtenance (the main thing) takes too much effort which is somehow unseemly and undignified. Ya know, narcissistic and vain and frivolous and . . . all that good stuff like the BLPS test which I KNOW is fundamental for me to "daily motivation" and about whi... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:28:30 EST BLPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256953 Yes., passing the BLPS test once again (size six black leather pencil skirt). <BR> <BR> I'm not sayin' it's loose. <BR> <BR> But: it's wearable. And it's inspiring me to keep on keeping on eating within my range. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:43:04 EST Much Better, Thank You!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256251 I'm so grateful for the instant sympathy and support on yesterday's hangover blog. <BR> <BR> I ate lightly and healthily yesterday, maxing out the protein for satiety -- which really helps with cravings (for me). Reminded myself (thank you, Beck Trek Rebooters): hunger is NOT an emergency. NO CHOICE. I'll just enjoy my next (planned and scheduled) meal more <BR> <BR> And yes: I feel so much better this morning. And so much more optimistic. Susan Peirce Thompson (Bright Line Eating) poi... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:23:21 EST Food Hangover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255786 NOT happy with my weight yesterday at the gym: my "official" scales. <BR> <BR> And, having eaten a substantial dinner with DH (we don't share a lot of meals during the week) I then stuffed myself with additional nuts and chocolate AFTER dinner. <BR> <BR> Total calories charted only about 250 over my max. But still. <BR> <BR> This morning I'm still feeling stuffed. Food hangover. <BR> <BR> This is a battle which I never win once and for all. <BR> <BR> MAINtaining will require eternal... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:11:56 EST Tell America It's Great: Calling All Canadians!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255090 <link>news.nationalpost.com/news/world/dea<BR>r-america-youre-already-great-love-can<BR>ada-social-media-campaign-to-boost-u-s<BR>-spirits-takes-off </link> <BR> <BR> OK, then Canada -- all together now! There's a creative agency in Toronto called The Garden Collective which is urging all Canadians to let our neighbours know all the things we like about the United States. There's a Twitter account, a hashtag and YouTube videos. <BR> <BR> I know one of the things I like most about t... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:18:09 EST Having Fun: Shout out to 1CRAZYDOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255045 1CRAZYDOG regularly shares marvelous quotations. <BR> <BR> Today's quote? "The journey should be as much fun as the destination." Barbara Edie <BR> <BR> In the weight loss and weight MAINtenance journey, that's one that I particularly need to keep in mind. <BR> <BR> If it's not fun, then I'm simply not going to stick with it. <BR> <BR> And since FOOD can't be "entertainment" (it's gotta be fuel, primarily -- I don't have enough surplus calories to entertain myself with food) then I... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:43:05 EST BLE and Ketogenic Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254141 <link>brightlineeating.com/2016/10/bright-<BR>line-eating-vs-the-ketogenic-diet/?inf<BR>_contact_key=26fc02d9815d72472245dc5d1<BR>bead1bbe410c40fffe228c67b81a93c66267d38 </link> <BR> <BR> Another useful vlog from Susan Peirce Thompson, the bright line eating guru (no flour, no sugar, primarily plant-based, 3 measured pre-planned meals a day without snacks . . . ). <BR> <BR> And predictably, although she doesn't entirely discount the ketogenic diet (high protein, higher fats, very reduc... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:50:31 EST Hydration and Brain Function http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253352 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/how-drinking-more-w<BR>ater-may-boost-your-short-term-memory/<BR>article32395020/?cmpid=rss1&click=sf_globe </link> <BR> <BR> OK then: this might be persuasive. I've never drunk enough water. Most of my liquid intake comes from coffee (yup, it counts!!) and from raw veggies/fruits . . . which I do eat in big quantities (they count too). But I've never drunk anything close to 9 cups of water a day. I never "feel" thirsty ... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:11:48 EST Eat the Same Thing Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252314 <link>www.thestar.com/life/2016/10/15/what<BR>-its-like-to-eat-the-same-thing-every-<BR>day.html </link> <BR> <BR> Many of us here who are MAINtaining do just that. <BR> <BR> National Weight Loss Registry research says a lot of MAINtainers eat more or less the same thing every day. <BR> <BR> And: here's another little article on the same topic . . . although this particular writer doesn't appear to be too smitten with the concept. <BR> <BR> Oh well oh well. Works for me!! Although ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:05:13 EST October! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252063 The leaves are at their peak here. <BR> <BR> The days have been bright blue skies and sunshine. Literally thousands of white sea gulls flew past my office window for several hours on Friday . . . and I've had up to 15 finches and sparrows on my office bird feeders at any given moment. <BR> <BR> The temperatures have been just crisp enough to make fall clothes feel cozy. <BR> <BR> I've got all my kitchen table hyacinths from last winter up from the basement and watered in, ready to plant... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 19:07:48 EST Mice and Myelin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251504 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/canadian-researcher<BR>s-reaffirm-the-benefits-of-exercise-fo<BR>r-a-healthy-brain/article32348842/?cmp<BR>id=rss1&click=sf_globe </link> <BR> <BR> Exercise repairs the brain -- at least it does if you're a mouse. <BR> <BR> And so: maybe for people too? Worth a try, anyhow! <BR> <BR> The myelin sheath of nerve fibres (like insulation on an electrical wire) can be repaired by a "VGF" protein produced by exercise. And if ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:53:03 EST Food Porn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251094 <link>//brightlineeating.com/2016/10/visua<BR>l-cues-and-food-addiction/?inf_contact<BR>_key=6112cc4e2a6ba0c9898e34b11bdd71b82<BR>c43a45db51468f9f5f5d01968e26c9c </link> <BR> <BR> One of the most interesting vlogs yet from Susan Peirce Thompson (Bright Line Eating founder). She is pretty sure that for most of us, getting caught up in elaborate meal preparation/instagramming meals etc. etc. is counter productive to eating healthily. <BR> <BR> And: she calls these behaviours, which can ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:21:36 EST Turkey Soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250308 Making turkey soup IS a bit of a production. On Monday I simmered the turkey bones from Thanksgiving with onion, carrots and celery plus poultry seasoning for quite a few hours. <BR> <BR> Strained the resulting broth, let the bones cool and then salvaged all the bits of meat and set them aside separately. <BR> <BR> Chilled the broth overnight in the fridge. After work Tuesday, skimmed off the fat. <BR> <BR> Boiled it up with fresh chopped celery and carrots, added a cup of barley and two... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:20:11 EST Weighing Passengers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249767 <link>ca.style.yahoo.com/airport-weighing-<BR>overweight-passengers-thats-171000720.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> One airport (in American Samoa) is eyeballing (and weighing) passengers if necessary with a view to balancing the plane for safety. Then telling the passenger where to sit on the plane. Which means that the passenger cannot choose a pre-assigned seat. And passengers are objecting about this offence to their choice and their dignity. <BR> <BR> Seems reasonable to me. <BR> <B... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:38:08 EST Overheard at the Gym . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249240 Two guys on cardio machines next to the lat pull down where I'm just finishing up are chatting. <BR> <BR> Guy one, "There's hardly anybody here today. Place is just about empty. Just a few guys over there." <BR> <BR> I look around, he's right . . . bunch of guys down in the free weights section, these two guys, a guy on the leg extension machine, and me. That's it. <BR> <BR> Guy two, "We're having Thanksgiving dinner at my house. I just needed to burn off a few calories pre-emptivel... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:11:25 EST Hygge: Pronounce "Hue-geh" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248777 <link>www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34345791 </link> <BR> <BR> As the days get shorter, I've been reading more and more about "hygge". There's lots of info out there on the internet. <BR> <BR> It's a Danish concept which translates as "well-being" of a particularly cozy variety suited to long-winter climates like Canada's. A focus on the pleasure to be had in the every day and the ordinary, if we simply stop to take notice and if we deliberately create that coziness. And: it's not surpris... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 10:47:07 EST