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Brain Battle: The Process of Motivation
Thursday, June 23, 2011      13 comments
otivate-you/article2071255/ Today's Toronto Globe and Mail has a great article on how motivation works... Read more
Back End of a Caterpillar
Sunday, June 19, 2011      14 comments

Love those tubes of fresh herbs. Nobody else in my household is really keen on fresh herbs. For me, they add flavour and vitamins and colour to my soups and salad dressings and omelettes without much in the way of additional calories. ... Read more
To Waste and Not To Waist: That is the Question!!
Saturday, June 18, 2011      9 comments
al.asp?blog_id=4304834 CMRAND54 has a wonderful blog -- link above -- about learning how to waste food. Not eating everything on your plate. Discarding part of the... Read more
Friday Evening
Friday, June 17, 2011      8 comments

Work all done: and it was a fairly tough slog. Isn't Friday evening one of the best times of the week? Saturday and Sunday stretch ahead. Twenty-four hours in each one! Chores, sure, they need to get done: and I wanna go to the gym... Read more
Kindergarten Marshmallow Test, Self-Regulation and Obesity
Tuesday, June 14, 2011      16 comments

The Toronto Globe and Mail is running an interesting series on all-day kindergarten, and the impact full-day kindergarten may have on early childhood development. In Ontario this past year, there has been a controversial experiment with ta... Read more
Feet or Fork? Metabolic Inflexibility
Monday, June 13, 2011      16 comments

I've known for a long time that weight loss and maintenance for me are primarily about "diet": controlling calories IN is more effective for me than boosting calories OUT. Exercise is very very important, of course: both physically (strengt... Read more
Maintenance Math
Saturday, June 11, 2011      12 comments

I'm struck by how much harder I have to work at the gym to burn 400 calories on the cross trainer now that my weight is 140 (or, today, 138). It took me just over 43 minutes at level 8, really sweating it, to burn 400 calories on the ellipt... Read more
And Let There Be No (More) Moaning . . .
Wednesday, June 08, 2011      13 comments

Yup, feeling good again: muscles have stopped shrieking. And: is there anything better than that? Plus my Oriental poppies will be in bloom any moment!! They do actually pop, with those sepals springing away from the silky folded b... Read more
Monday Moaning
Monday, June 06, 2011      7 comments

Love that expression, borrowed from TRAVELGGRL. And I'm moaning because I may have overdone it a little yesterday -- gardening in the morning, golf in the afternoon, all this after a rigorous free weight upper body workout and cardio on Sa... Read more
"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

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