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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

"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


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