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Camino de Santiago, Stage 1 completed.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017      3 comments

The first stage of the Camino, from St.Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles, is 22.7 km. I completed this stage on Monday, and am now part way through stage 2, from Roncesvalles to Larrasoana, is 26.9 km, and runs roughly parallel to highway 135. ... Read more
Do you have a lot of houseplants?
Saturday, February 18, 2017      10 comments

When I was growing up, my mother had plants everywhere. We lived in an old house which had windowsills wide enough to hold a plant, and most of the tables had rings from where she over-watered the plants. We didn't have a lot of money, s... Read more
Lunch & Learn on Elder Abuse
Thursday, February 16, 2017      6 comments

We're into our 3rd year of monthly Lunch & Learn workshops at our church, aimed mainly at seniors, but also of interest to anyone who is helping look after their parents. We start each session with a light pay-what-you-want lunch catered ... Read more
Camino de Santiago... A New Virtual Walk
Wednesday, February 15, 2017      9 comments

I've started a new virtual walk, with 2 Spark Friends, from St. Jean-Pied-De-Port, France, just east of the Spanish border, to Santiago de Compostela where the remains of St. James were supposed to have been buried after his beheading in Jerusal... Read more
Canada 150 - Town's Fitness Challenge
Thursday, February 09, 2017      8 comments

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1, 2017, and there are celebrations, big and small, going on all across the country. One of the things that our small town is doing is a fitness challenge. Participants register with the re... Read more
Tuscan Bean and Haddock Braise - my new recipe for this week
Friday, February 03, 2017      6 comments

One my goals is to try one new recipe each week. I have lots recipe books, and envelopes of recipes I've cut from magazines or copied from friends... it's time to use some of them. Peter and I have fish for dinner on Tuesdays and Fridays,... Read more
Plans for February, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017      6 comments

I gained 4 lbs over the holidays and have lost 2 of them. I'm within 11 lbs of my goal. I've been here before... but I've never reached goal. I'm doing a lot of reading, and planning, and hope that this time will be different. My plans... Read more
Was it worth it?
Monday, January 30, 2017      9 comments

Over the holidays I gained 4 lbs., and put myself back to where I was on November 30/16. Not a huge gain, but still... was it worth it? The biggest single food item that caused the gain was ice cream. Special holiday ice cream, to be exac... Read more
One new recipe each week - challenging myself!
Sunday, January 29, 2017      10 comments

One of my British Spark Friends posts regularly about this challenge, and I decided to try it too. I'm a good basic cook, but tend to use the same recipes over and over again, even though I have many cookbooks and regularly clip new ideas from ... Read more
Do you ever blame someone else when you overeat?
Saturday, January 28, 2017      13 comments

Yesterday I was absolutely furious with DH. We were doing some major cleaning around the house, and every time I started to do something one way, he'd want to do it a different way. And vice versa... I didn't like the way he was doing things. ... Read more
Do you get rid of your "fat clothes" as you lose weight?
Friday, January 20, 2017      14 comments

I must admit I haven't in the past, and I usually needed them again. I'm frugal. When I was working, I bought good quality clothes, and wore them for a long time. They would go from work clothes to around-the-house clothes, and sometimes ... Read more
Yesterday I wrote about tracking food... let's talk about exercise today
Wednesday, January 18, 2017      12 comments

I find it harder to exercise regularly than to track my food. I have no excuses. I have a good treadmill, 2- and 5- lb. weights, a resistance band and a stability ball. There are also 16 steps between our main floor and the upstairs. I... Read more
How closely do you track your carbs, fats and protein? What about fibre and salt?
Tuesday, January 17, 2017      11 comments

I've lost 34 lbs. since starting SP, and have 8 lbs. to go to meet my goal,of 150 lbs. I've belonged to SP for 6 years, and went up and down for the first 5 years. Last May I "got serious", mainly because I'm 73 and want to be around, and able... Read more
Started using my 6-month swim pass today
Monday, January 16, 2017      9 comments

Peter gave me a 6-month swim pass, and today I went to the seniors swim from 10:30-11:30. We had 3 lanes of the pool, and there were only 8 of us, so lots of space. I mainly swam lengths, although I did do a few of the exercises I remembered ... Read more
Ukrainian Christmas
Friday, January 06, 2017      10 comments

As some of you know, my husband belongs to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which celebrates Christ's Birth on January 6, known to most of us as Epiphany. The special meal is served on Christmas Eve, traditionally beginning when the first sta... Read more

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