_VALEO_'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%5FVALEO%5F _VALEO_'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/ Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804846 It would take too long to explain what has happened to me during these last months. Here is a summary in bullet points in no particular order (for more details on one specific point, please ask me directly) <BR> • Had a bout of depression after being fired just before Christmas. It took me more than 5 months to get over it and stopped having nightmares. <BR> • I have been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer. <BR> • My prolaspe has not been taken in charge because of malfunction between two clinica... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:53:02 EST Healthy Streak – Day 152 – Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607412 <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I am not a patient patient. I’d have to learn to do less. <BR> <BR> Sunday, I got an invitation and I went back to my skis. Cross-country skiing it was. About 12 long and painful kilometers. My heart rate was flirting with the high 150-160 Target Heart Rate (upper level for my age is 148, and lower level 105) <BR> One Olympic x-c skier reported that he has recorded his resting heart rate at 29 beats per minute! I didn’t know ther... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:24:20 EST Healthy Streak – Day 151 - Last Two Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605446 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1766760721.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you for stopping by and for your concern. It has been a rough couple of weeks. I was so tired that I slept most of the day. Doctor's orders. <BR> That said, I have stayed on track, and continued my reading: 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle. <BR> <BR> I went to Lyon for Depeche Mode's gig Thursday evening. <BR> The first time I went to a ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:19:43 EST Healthy Streak – Day 150 – Support / The Lunchbox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589480 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I found a second wind today, and went to to an (h)indi(e) festival today at my arthouse to watch "The Lunchbox" by Ritesh Batra (with the two main characters Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan—you might have seen the latter in the TV series, In Treatment) <BR> <BR> I couldn’t recommend more heartily this movie… A word of caution : do NOT watch it on an empty stomach. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l311530965.jpg... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:19:28 EST Healthy Streak – Day 149 – 8/9 days of my book review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588371 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I still have downs, and by downs I mean it. Literally. I faint like a freshman in med school. <BR> My blood pressure is low, and my heart wild. I grin and bear, and I work from my bed with Mr. Cat. <BR> I’m still on track on my program though it is not as strict I wanted it (vegan but had gluten today.) The good news is that I’ve been losing a hundred of grams every day. <BR> <BR> I have to get back to my feet as I have a busy month ahe... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:42:32 EST Healthy Streak – Day 148 – I Can Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586437 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I felt a bit better yesterday, but I decided to give my body some rest. My only exercise time was to park my car far from the classroom where I go for Italian. <BR> <BR> I also protected my program but ignoring the chocolate box circulating around the class. The box even stopped for a while in front of me. Very tempting. I literally talked me out of it by telling me it was made with palm oil and other hydrogenated oils, then I gave the... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 04:09:41 EST Healthy Streak – Day 147 – Protect Your Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584734 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I didn’t blog yesterday because I was so tired that I went to bed very early, and even slept almost all day long today. <BR> <BR> Today, I went to see the doctor and started the Mental Weight® Program. I am not sure how it will work. I felt a lot of tension, and judgement on my diet. It might come from me, mind you. I have been very sensitive lately, and I think I sort of project my bad mood and frustration on my perception of others. ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:04:08 EST Healthy Streak – Day 146 – Boundaries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582148 <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> My weight can’t stop going up even though I have reduced my food intake. It was quite a shock to read 69,4 kg on my scale this morning. On the 9th of December, I was losing this pair of pants, and even if I can still wear it, it is no longer loose. <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=55<BR>60339 </link> <BR> <BR> I don’t feel well, I suffer from brain fog, I am exhausted though... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:05:51 EST Healthy Streak – Day 145 – Do It Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581134 <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> It might be the aftermaths of the holidays and all the family gatherings, but I was completely exhausted today. I had no energy at all. I was as tired as a worn-out shoe. <BR> Everyone left, and arrived safely; my home is not back to normal yet. <BR> <BR> I'm participating in a Book Review and Challenge around the book « 100 Days of Weight Loss » by Linda Spangle. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the thread: <BR> <link>www.sparkpe... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 19:16:16 EST Healthy Streak – Day 144 – Interested or Committed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579766 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I'm participating in a Book Review and Challenge around the book « 100 Days of Weight Loss » by Linda Spangle. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the thread: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t <BR> eam_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2754 <BR> 3x439x55969190 </link> <BR> <BR> Day 2 of 100 deals with « Interested or Committed » <BR> <BR> I had never thought of my weight loss in terms of Interest vs Commitement, and I must say it was an... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:12:20 EST Healthy Streak – Day 143 – The Countdown Has Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578128 <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For 2014, my wish for you is a proactive spirit – a spirit that does not wait for the right time thinking when an opportunity would come and fall on the lap, but goes out to grab an opportunity, or if needed simply make one for yourself, and prove your worth to the world. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511289420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started my 100 Days of Weight ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:20:13 EST Healthy Streak – Day 142 – Power Outages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574703 <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> With the wind and the snow, we have been having so many power outages that I decided to switch off my computer before damaging it. <BR> <BR> During the last couple of days, I have spent my time between my family and relaxing. Re-reading Tom Sharpe, author of Wilt, who died this year in my bed with a flashlight. <BR> <BR> We usually don’t celebrate New Year. Generally speaking, Jeff and I don’t really like celebrations at fixed an... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:49:56 EST Healthy Streak – Day 141 – Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572747 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> While working on my New Year’s resolutions, I stumbled upon Marilyn Monroe’s list. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233373401.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She was 29 in 1955. <BR> <BR> On her page, it can be read: <BR> "Try to enjoy myself when I can — I’ll be miserable enough as it is." <BR> <BR> I don’t know what the future holds for me this upcoming year, but I should certainly try to enjoy mysel... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 04:43:18 EST Healthy Streak – Day 140 – Chocolate Overdose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571739 <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I know what pushed me to eat way too many chocolates today. They will be my last ones. I celebrated my last day of chocoholic with an orgy of chocolate. I am having a severe indigestion of it, and won’t be able to stand the view of it anymore. <BR> <BR> I have already warned my father and brother who will come for New Year’s Eve not to bring me chocolate. At least the ones I had today were made from the finest chocolate, and... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 17:19:02 EST Healthy Streak – Day 139 – Joyeux Noël http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571256 <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> We’ve experienced fierce guts of wind since this afternoon, and between 2 power outages, I’d like to share with you our traditional cake: “bûche de Noël” (literally, Chritsmas Log) with a glass of champagne. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l342402388.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wish you a very relaxing, peaceful and joyful time with friends, family or alone in the comfort of your home. <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 18:33:04 EST Healthy Streak – Day 138 – 100 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570906 <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Monday was not a good day, but I made it. With difficulty, but I made it. That’s why I didn’t post this blog yesterday night (my time) <BR> <BR> On the positive side, I cooked a delicious light casserole of beans, and made some hummus. <BR> <BR> I received my book: 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l7087460.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am shared between reading it ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:15:08 EST Healthy Streak – Day 137 –One Week At A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570004 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I am counting down the days before 2014. Not because of some superstitions, but because I signed up for two challenges (5% Winter Challenge, and 100 Days To Weight Loss) <BR> <BR> This week, I’ll focus on my House area. <BR> • Moving my books and stuff in my new office. <BR> • Ironing my sheets. <BR> • Following the FlyLady program. <BR> • Deep cleaning of the whole house to track down our cat’s hair as my brother is coming for the 31st... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 18:02:22 EST Healthy Streak – Day 136 – Shrink or Shine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569418 <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> It has been a very quiet Saturday for once, and I’d like to share an email I received. I must say it hit a cord. <BR> <BR> “There are endless reasons why someone or some situation might be “bad for you.” <BR> <BR> Subtle-but-perpetual criticism, toxic complaining, disconnection, narcissistic energy suckers, sheer boredom… <BR> <BR> Take your pick of vibes that you’d rather not be around. <BR> <BR> But a key reason that... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 17:30:52 EST Healthy Streak – Day 135 – Fibers & Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568842 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> As a “guinea pig” of a National Research studying the possible links between Nutrition and Health, I can access some of their articles. <BR> <BR> The importance of fiber is already well-known and we know fibers can reduce diabetes, overweight and obesity, colorectal cancer, and heart diseases. <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>reference_fiber.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a fact I learnt from their Study on Fibers, they ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:32:07 EST Healthy Streak – Day 134 – Mental Weight® Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568480 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> To complement the challenge 100 Days of Weight Loss (Letha's blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu <BR> blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=55 <BR> 64899 </link> ), I took an appointment with a Behavioral & Homeopathy doctor for the first week of January. This doctor follows a French-Canadian program named Mental Weight® Program. <BR> <BR> I was sent several questionnaires to get started and to define what my Mental Weight is and w... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 06:33:41 EST Healthy Streak – Day 133 – Fruitcake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567501 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening was our last course of Italian for 2013. We had a little potluck. <BR> I knew that we could have rich Italian cakes, so I brought a tray of a selection of dried fruits, “fruits confits” (preserved fruits) and fruit pastes. Against all odds, only two persons (out of twenty) had a large slice of “panettone” (not homemade), it can be a delicious cake, but high in calories. <BR> <BR> However, all o... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:27:56 EST Healthy Streak – Day 132 – Health & Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566747 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> My appointment with my endocrinologist cost me 139 swiss francs to write me a prescription. <em>40</em> <BR> I am doing better, admittedly. My thyroid levels are more stable, and I feel way better, though I have other side effects I have to treat. <BR> <BR> I was a bit disappointed by his check-up, and by his questions. He talked “diet” with me, and he dared to ask me “From where could I get my animal protein as a vegan?” Geez… Hea... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:16:01 EST Healthy Streak – Day 131 – The would, could, and should http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565820 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I thought I was done with one of my hysterical, fickle, bossy clients, but it seems I didn’t make myself clear enough; or maybe I did, but she wanted to keep on the humiliation to be able to have the last word until I couldn’t take it anymore. <BR> <BR> It ended up badly. I wanted to end this work relation with grace, and I really thought I did it a couple of weeks, but it failed, seemingly. <BR> I was so shocked by her last emails she... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:00:39 EST Healthy Streak – Day 130 – Randomness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565037 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Here are my random thoughts on the ramdon events that happened druing my day. <BR> <BR> Today, we had a family get-together; I ate before as I knew I won’t be able to eat at all as they had oysters and white buttered bread. I didn’t drink either, but water. Yet, it was fun, and we had great talks. <BR> <BR> I also went to see a friend who lost dramatically her ex-husband and her son-in-law within 4 months, and will try to see her this... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:53:00 EST Healthy Streak – Day 129 – Next 15 Days and Beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564669 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Only 15 days to go before 2014. Though this end of year has quite bumpy, all in all it was a better year than in 2012. I’ve been slowly reclaiming my health and sanity. <BR> <BR> All things considered, my health has improved during this year as I have been able to actually stand up and walk again, to even go cross-country skiing, not to mention running! <BR> <BR> However, my personal relations have declined and suffered, as well as my... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 07:13:29 EST Healthy Streak – Day 128 – The Scale is Moving Once Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563799 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I don’t have much to share today, except a big <em>244</em> that I had expected for months. My scale has been moving in the right direction eventually. <BR> <BR> Every day, every week and every month since September, my scale was unrelentingly displaying 67 point something. Resigned, I was not sure when/if I would make it change. <BR> And it happened this morning after flirting with the 67.2, 67.1; 67.3 all the week, putting my limi... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:18:00 EST Healthy Streak – Day 127 - 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563088 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I am not sure my Christmas tree will survive the holidays, Mister Cat has been attacking it. Actually, he is not really interested in the pine tree, but in the tinsels. He has already ripped up one tinsel, and right now, though he wants me to believe he’s sleeping, I know that he is plotting and fomenting his next attacks. <BR> <BR> So here is the Tree of contention, minus 1 tinsel. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:56:00 EST Healthy Streak – Day 126 – Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562284 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Every day is pretty much the same, and I have been having my share of ups and downs since mid-October. Things doesn't seem to fall into place. <BR> <BR> On the Ups side: Tuesday, I went to the Italian class, and enjoyed it. <BR> I was in good spirits. Though I haven't been much active, I stayed within my calorie range. <BR> I was able to submit my paper for my online course---the one I could not submit because I made a mistake in the ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:07:06 EST Healthy Streak – Day 125 – Followed my Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561465 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I’ve start to prepare my own confection for Xmas. Monday, I tried to make Chocolate Orange Confit, but they were not as good as my friend’s ones. I need to ask for her recipe. <BR> My attempt with clementine didn't come out right as I peeled it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1656247062.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1800839439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My next attempt wi... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:53:36 EST Healthy Streak – Day 124 - Losing my Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560339 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> My scale is like our weather: frozen. It seems like I haven't lost weight for ages. <BR> Indeed, I have not, although I am still hanging there. <BR> Notwithstanding, the pair of pants I couldn't wear one year ago, and in which I managed to fit in 6 months ago, is now too loose. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> "The scale is a lie." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1981310471.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:01:54 EST Healthy Streak – Day 123 – Food Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559761 <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> We decorated a tree for the holidays. I haven’t done it for more than 20-25 years. <BR> If you want to make me unhappy, buy me cut flowers or cut tree. As he couldn’t find anything else, DH came back with a cut pine tree which smells absolutely nothing, nada, zip. What a strange and asepticized pine tree! We live in area surrounded with pine trees, and it makes us wonder whether this pine tree comes from (another country? DH forgo... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:44:58 EST Healthy Streak – Day 122 – TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558841 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was not a great day in terms of sanity. I am still on an emotional roller coaster, and I want to turn the tide. <BR> <BR> Today I woke up very early (for me 5:30 is very early!) to review and submit a paper I wrote for an online course on Behavioral Economics… when I realized that I got confused by the time in UTC and the 12am format. I thought I had until Saturday 6pm my time. I am still unsure whether December 7, 12AM is Sat... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 06:07:40 EST Healthy Streak – Day 121 – Focusing on one area http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558097 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I’ve have not been as active as I would like since October for reasons I’ve already talked about. <BR> My level of activity has been inconsistent. That’s why I have decided to focus on ONE area instead of trying to be on every front, and therefore ending up nowhere. <BR> I’m focusing on food and won’t “force” myself to be more active nor blaming myself for not being the hyperactive chick on steroids. <BR> If I improve over the weeks in... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 04:22:07 EST Healthy Streak – Day 120 – Survived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557327 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I did my good deed for the month. I helped a friend of mine who was giving a birthday’s party for her 6-year old boy, as the 2 mothers who should have come to help her cancelled at the last minute. I didn’t have children for many good reasons, and this party, as if it was needed, validated my decision. <BR> <BR> There were 9 loud monsters yelling, playing, jumping, crying and running everywhere. I was first surprised by the ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 06:11:41 EST Healthy Streak – Day 119 – Falling from Grace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556181 <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> It has been a long time since I got 10,000 steps displayed on the little screen of my Fitbit! <BR> <BR> I walked downtown to the pedicurist, then to my Italian class. Today was not the best day to walk outside as it was freezing and frozen. <BR> As a result, I ended up gracefully on each knee. Twice. As if I was doing freestyle telemark skiing in the middle of the street. My knees and myself are fine, only my own self-esteem took... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 19:04:24 EST Healthy Streak – Day 118 – Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555292 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> A picture’s worth a thousand words. Good. Here are four thousand words. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l323643861.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l118456030.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l667555269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053576067.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Today’s Song <em>335<... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:11:03 EST Healthy Streak – Day 117 – Nudging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553901 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I was about to do “almost” nothing on Saturday when I got a goodie from Karen, wishing me a good day on my skis, then a phone call from a friend urging me to come on the spot with my skis to enjoy a nice scenery near her house, and to see the lights on the mountains. <BR> <BR> I am glad I went there. The landscape was incredibly beautiful. And the pink skies were breathtaking—I wish I had my camera. <BR> <BR> There were no trails, and ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 06:24:36 EST Healthy Streak – Day 116 – Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552985 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> It was nice to have my family-in-law for a few days. They left today, and I’ve started to clean the house and to do a few loads of laundry. <BR> <BR> Their coming is of course not related to Thanksgiving (this holiday being rooted in English traditions and English reformation, and mainly celebrated in Canada and in the US, but not at the same moment.). I have no holiday that could jeopardize my healthy journey: no Halloween, no Thanksgi... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:57:49 EST Healthy Streak – Day 115 – News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551960 <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> With the family being home and the renovation work, I haven’t had much time to blog. <BR> I went to the hospital for nothing last Tuesday. My medical file seems to be “temporary” lost between the departments, and they should call me back for another appointment once they have it. I lost 5.5 hours (roundtrip) on the road, but as I had to take local roads instead of the highways, I discovered many beautiful villages and places that I... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 04:06:50 EST Healthy Streak – Day 114 – Kitchen Hell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550112 <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> This morning, I was not really at what I was doing and my chili ended up being a disaster. First, I forget to peel the pumpkin, and I overcooked it; then was the turn of my beans to be overcooked. Admittedly, the whole meal isn’t very mouth-watering and looks like a very weird purée. Yet, it doesn’t taste that bad, but it feels like baby food. <BR> I still have all my teeth, and I would love something with more thickness and... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:46:15 EST Healthy Streak – Day 113 – First Day On Skis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549214 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday was the kick-off of the Ski season! Even if only a few tracks were ready for the first skiers, the joy and effervescence in the air were palpable on the parking lot. I was meeting two friends of mine there; the one who wants to learn how to cross-country skiing and another friend. <BR> <BR> We went cross-country skiing with the Team of France. Let me rephrase it. <BR> We were on the same tracks as them, but not able to keep up... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:17:34 EST Healthy Streak – Day 112 – Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548217 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I went downtown to buy my organic CSA basket and I should resume my weekly meals. <BR> I was tired Friday, and was not very active, but managed to take care of all my urgent errands. <BR> Saturday will be my first day on skis! <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1781803024.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Smoothie: Goji Bay, Black Chia Seeds, Rice Milk, Spleat-Oat Bran, Raw Lucuma Powder, Raw Hemp Protein ... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 07:14:26 EST Healthy Streak – Day 111 – Meals Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547191 <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> This evening, I went to see a documentary on Food and Agriculture with some friends, after the screening there was a debate. the movie was about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and how it has damaged the Mexican agriculture, and backfired on the US. <BR> <BR> The debate was extended to the Transaltantic Free Trade Agreement that might be signed anytime soon. That deal is a setback on democracy, and another st... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:51:37 EST Healthy Streak – Day 110 – Meals: Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546271 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Ok, I might copy Letha’s blog. After all, when an idea is good and can help, why not make it ours? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I’ve been taking a picture of everything that goes in my mouth, and I'll continue t till weekend to keep me accountable and back on track. <BR> <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449571279.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Smoothie: Goji Bay, Black Chia Seeds, Rice Milk, Oat Bran,... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:15:47 EST Healthy Streak – Day 109 – Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544974 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I failed to plan my weekly meals last weekend, and it is no surprise that I’ve been struggling with my meals. <BR> <BR> Before leaving for my Ski Conditioning Class Monday evening, I defrosted the soup I made two weeks ago, and asked my partner to reheat and blend it. I also soaked my beans so I could cook them this morning. <BR> <BR> After wavering for a couple of days, I am back on track. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Today’s Song... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:37:43 EST Healthy Streak – Day 108 – Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543641 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday was all about planning December with a friend while having lunch at her place (she made me a great vegetarian lunch with hummus as a starter.) <BR> <BR> We bought her a Ski Pass for the season as she wants me to teach her how to cross-country ski (I already got my pass for the season in October). <BR> We’ll also snowshoe every other day. <BR> From now on, all we have to do is to wait for the snow. The couple of snowflakes th... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:21:22 EST Healthy Streak – Day 107 – Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543312 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> There are movies you wish you hadn’t gone to the theater and wish you had spent the price for the ticket on something else. Gravity is the perfect exemple. <BR> At least, what gives me comfort is that we paid less as we went to the 2D showing instead of the 3D. In short: Poorly written, almost ad-libbed, poorly researched, with a thin story line that has no connection whatsoever to reality and it is embarrassing to know that they had so... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:41:00 EST Healthy Streak – Day 106 – Piece of Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541650 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I arrived early for my MRI… and when I say early, it couldn't be earlier than that! I was one week ahead! <BR> I could have sworn it was this Thursday, though it was written in plain English (plain French, actually) next week on the papers they sent me. They were very nice and fit me in between two patients. <BR> After checking my desk calendar, I don’t see the specialist next week, but the week after. He should tell me what we should d... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:50:48 EST Healthy Streak – Day 105 – I'm Saving Myself For Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540708 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> All in all, I had a good Wednesday. My level of activity has slowly increased, and I walked 8,000 steps. <BR> I am done with my 2 first MOOCs (and earned respectively 90% for Food, Nutrition & Health, and 100% for Principles of Management), and I am working on my essays and exams for the others. <BR> <BR> After debating over with my partner on having a pizza or not for yesterday’s dinner, I talked me out of it and had my usual soup plu... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:03:40 EST Healthy Streak – Day 104 – Unexpected Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540002 <em>38</em> Today’s thoughts <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> When I go downtown, I usually park just outside the town—it saves me money (parking lot and fines), and in the meantime it makes me walk, even if it is a small city, and I can walk around in no time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was not expected to walk more than my usual Tuesday's walk (not much actually!), and certainly not to walk to go back home after my Italian class. Yet, I had no other choice with my flat battery. <BR> <BR> I live in... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:02:20 EST