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"You look so tiny . . ."

Saturday, June 04, 2011      29 comments

Ran into two old friends in two different locations while I was carrying out my Saturday routines (at the gym, then picking up some geraniums and nasturtiums at the nursery) neither of whom I'd seen for a very long time . . . And each of t... Read more

June! Perfection!!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011      11 comments

"What is so Rare as a Day in June?" And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays: Whether we look, or whether we listen... Read more

Squirrel Wars

Tuesday, May 31, 2011      12 comments

The red and grey and black squirrels in our back yard are irresistibly cute. We have a veritable squirrel paradise: walnut and chestnut trees, pine and spruce cones, wild grape and raspberry . . . and plenty of "leftunders" courtesy of the bird... Read more

Domestic Diva?? So Out of Character!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011      14 comments

I'm not sure what came over me, but today I spent quite a bit more time in "housewifey" tasks than usual -- I'm generally quite non-domestic! Did laundry (carefully hanging up my husband's favourite golf shirts after 5 minutes in the dryer,... Read more

Former Smoker? Stronger Will Power!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011      10 comments

A recent article in the Toronto Globe and Mail offers some encouragement to those of us who used to smoke: current brain imaging research demonstrates that quitting smoking apparently strengthens your will power for application in other areas... Read more

Victoria Day

Sunday, May 22, 2011      14 comments

In Canada it's Victoria Day long weekend . . . an historic celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday set for the Monday closest to May 24th (and often referred to beerily as "the May 2-4": Queen Victoria is unlikely to have been amused about that... Read more

"Want the Change" (Rilke)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011      15 comments

Many of us are at SparkPeople because we want the change or we think we do -- changes of better health through weight loss and increased fitness. And other kinds of changes too: a greater sense of community, a greater engagement with people a... Read more

She Swallowed a Fly!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011      13 comments

It was on the golf course. A pretty big juicy one. And my first thought? Don't suppose that's in the nutrition tracker!! But if it were: what's the calorie count? And could be protein-rich? But probably fat free!! And low carb!... Read more

Mirror Image

Sunday, May 15, 2011      9 comments

While out shopping, I ran into a friend who I hadn't seen for a long, long time. She is about my height. Both of us were looking at the size eight rack of pants. She squealed with pleasure, "Hi!! You look terrific!! You're so thin... Read more

Trillium Woods

Saturday, May 14, 2011      11 comments

The sugar bush canopy is almost completely sketched in with bright acid green. This morning it was raining a warm misty rain, releasing a gloriously green and earthy fragrance. The birds' songs were constant, interwoven: robins, song sparrows,... Read more

Virtual pals, real value

Thursday, May 12, 2011      16 comments

That was the headline on a tiny article in the Toronto Globe and Mail earlier this week. It outlined UK research indicating that the typical user of a "social networking site" (such as Facebook, or I presume SparkPeople) has 121 online friends,... Read more

Second Sparkiversary!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011      25 comments

It's been two years! I weigh a solid 30 pounds less than when I found Spark People May 10 2009, down from 172 to 142 (or 141, with occasionally a glimmer of a "middle 3"!!). Still working on determining lowest sustainable weight . . . ... Read more

Counting Every Calorie: Obsessive? Future Eating Disorder?

Thursday, May 05, 2011      19 comments

I've been counting calories -- using the nutrition tracker, pre-planning my meals, following the Beck cognitive strategies to "learn to think like a thin person". I've got Beck cards to review which remind me to arrange my environment to elimin... Read more

Liposuction: The Fat Comes Back!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011      10 comments

An article in the Toronto Globe and Mail says that liposuction isn't permanent. The fat comes back -- just not necessarily in the same place. So if you have fat liposuctioned off your tummy, it's back within a year but maybe in your upper abd... Read more

MAINtaining! And anticipating the leaping greenly spirits . . . any day!!

Saturday, April 30, 2011      13 comments

I'm feeling very lucky that my slight indulgence over a birthday dinner for DH yesterday did not push the scale up -- or at least not yet! I'm holding at 142 for now, got to the gym today for cardio and upper body weights plus abs and stretchin... Read more


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