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Revisiting Commuting
Wednesday, November 22, 2017      23 comments

I commuted for many years. Lived in one city, worked in another. Lived in one city, went (back) to school in another. And much of that commuting was by car, me driving. Or (as a student) by bus. Now commuting into Toronto is easie... Read more
Winter POV
Monday, November 20, 2017      20 comments

I need to adopt my winter point of view. It's going to last for 6 months. We won't see leaves again until early May: typically on or about May 4. Remember that myth of Persephone with her mother Demeter in mourning for the six months of t... Read more
Soup's On
Sunday, November 19, 2017      17 comments

Chicken minestrone this week with LOTS of canned mixed beans for protein and lots of veggies too -- both diced and crushed tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, mushrooms, bell peppers, green beans and a little corn plus some whole grain spaghetti n... Read more
MAINtaining!
Saturday, November 18, 2017      21 comments

Had a great gym workout this morning -- cardio, upper and lower body ST, stretching. And my weight remains at goal. Laundry's done. Time to stock up the fridge for soup making and lunches!! That's a big part of MAINtaining too!... Read more
Raining . . . verging on solid stuff
Thursday, November 16, 2017      26 comments

BUT I still got out for a lunch time recess walk. Didn't wanna. But told myself I hafta. And I'm glad I did! Listened to blue jays. Tramped through sodden yellow maple leaves. Love the fall smell. And the cool ch... Read more
Recess Walk
Wednesday, November 15, 2017      24 comments

One of the lessons I get to learn over and over again: how much better I work in the afternoon if I take a recess walk. At this late fall season, with the leaves down on the trees and most songbirds long gone, it's time to enjoy the subtle... Read more
Beck Chapter 12: How To Stay at My Maintenance Weight
Monday, November 13, 2017      32 comments

At the gym yesterday? I AM at maintenance weight. On the balance beam scales. Now that made me feel quite a bit better (and yes, I think it's absolutely past time that I replace my "home" scales). How to stay at maintenance? 1... Read more
Bonus Blog: Ginkgo Gold on Snow
Sunday, November 12, 2017      28 comments

Ginkgo leaves famously fall all at once! And this is the very first time that they've fallen on snow. ... Read more
Beck Chapter 11: When To Stop Losing and Start Maintaining
Sunday, November 12, 2017      18 comments

This is one of the most useful chapters in Beck pink. She distinguishes between lowest achievable weight (the very least I've been able to weigh with vigorous dieting and exercise) and lowest sustainable weight (the weight I can MAINtain... Read more
Beck Day 42: Practice, Practice, Practice
Saturday, November 11, 2017      14 comments

Does practice make perfect? No, not in my case. I have been MAINtaining weight loss for over 15 years: down from 240 pounds. And I've taken the Beck trek (one of my main resources in MAINtaining weight) at least four times, ma... Read more
Beck Day 41: Make a New To Do List
Friday, November 10, 2017      18 comments

Eat sitting down. NO CHOICE. Not my food. Remember: hunger is not an emergency. Oh well. "It's realistic to expect that . . . ". Track all food for calories and fat/protein/carbs plus "micronutrients". Keep up the e... Read more
Beck Day 40, Enrich My Life
Thursday, November 09, 2017      19 comments

Beck is so right about this. Since really the Beck diet is "for life", and MAINtenance is something I'm going to have to attend to always, it's absolutely necessary not to wait until I'm at some ideal weight before I begin to enjoy my life. ... Read more
Beck Day 39: Keep Up With Exercise
Wednesday, November 08, 2017      19 comments

I have a life-long exercise habit. Haven't exercised as much as optimal in the last while -- dealing with a broken foot and pneumonia (still hacking) plus golf and kayak season over and awaiting start of cross country ski season. But: get... Read more
Beck Day 38: Deal With a Plateau
Tuesday, November 07, 2017      19 comments

Yup. I'll call that stubborn scale a plateau. And I "should expect occasional weight gains or plateaus, even if I've been doing everything right". Says Beck. Is she a mind reader? Psychic? it's not so terrible. ... Read more
Beck Day 37: Reduce Stress
Monday, November 06, 2017      21 comments

Why is it important to reduce stress? Well, stress triggers overeating for many of us -- and isn't so great in and of itself anyhow. Beck offers some excellent techniques for reducing stress. I can solve the problem giving rise to th... Read more

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