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Green Giant? Giant Pain

Monday, January 28, 2013      20 comments

Every once in a while, SparkPeople puts advertising on the site which is actively intrusive, which slows me down in navigating and which interferes with my ability to use the trackers quickly and conveniently. The current Green Giant Side ... Read more

XC Skiing: Never Better!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013      17 comments

Loving the skiing . . . a solid hour yesterday, again today. Perfect snow and wax conditions for that marvellous flying sensation. Yesterday was sparkling, today was soft grey. Chickadees both days! I'd worked my way back up to 30 minute... Read more

Missing Out: Frites with Truffle Oil and Fresh Parmesan!

Saturday, January 26, 2013      14 comments

Yesterday I took a colleague visiting my office out for an impromptu lunch at a bistro close by. I first offered to share my mammoth salad waiting in the fridge: mesclun with carrot and radish and snow peas and beet and grape tomatoes and ... Read more

Montessori and Dementia

Friday, January 25, 2013      13 comments

Just following up on my "defending against dementia" blog -- so many of us here at SP seem to be dealing with this issue for elders . . . and this article in today's Globe and Mail sets out current research on applying the Montessori principles ... Read more

Defending Against Dementia

Wednesday, January 23, 2013      18 comments

Loved this article in yesterday's Toronto Globe and Mail about warding off dementia. Reducing calorie intake by 33% helps discourage abnormal protein deposit in the brain. The same abnormal protein deposit that's associated with dementi... Read more

The right to bare arms?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013      30 comments

Oh, yeah: when they look like Michelle Obama's in that glorious ruby red velvet and chiffon gown. Love the new haircut too!! What a gorgeous First Lady! An... Read more

Discrimination Against Extra Pounds in Business

Sunday, January 20, 2013      16 comments

What a great blog by BOSS61: "Extra Pounds Undermine Perception of Business Acumen?"
al.asp?blog_id=5215179#comments He's riffing on a recent Wall Street Journa... Read more

Life Without Recipes . . .

Saturday, January 19, 2013      15 comments

The terrific At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance Team is encouraging a recipe exchange. And of course I'd like to support my team! Have to say, however, that I "don't do recipes"much anymore . . . so I've been thinking about... Read more

Stomach pump? Ewwwwwwww!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013      22 comments

Short short in the Toronto Globe and Mail this morning about a patent application for an alternative to stomach stapling with fewer side effects . . . a valve installed in the stomach wall connected to an external pump. The concept basically i... Read more

Peace, Order and Good Government

Wednesday, January 16, 2013      17 comments

The Canadian Constitution Act 1867 speaks to "peace, order and good government": that's the intended scope of Parliamentary powers. A long way from the way more familiar American concept of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"! ... Read more

Return to Work Out

Saturday, January 12, 2013      18 comments

I haven't been able to exercise since January 1, my last XC ski. I've been battling a pretty serious flu/cold which left me short of breath and at times nauseated, feverish, weak. . I'm not completely recovered but today finally I'm rea... Read more

Crave Fade? Not Working for me . . . .

Sunday, January 06, 2013      28 comments

Loved the comments on my "craves and faves" blog: thank you! Gotta say, however, that I'm with LINDA. Doesn't matter how long I "don't eat" kettle potato chips or "don't eat" french fries or "don't eat" cheesecake: I know perfectly well th... Read more

Craves (Foods) and Faves (Activities)

Saturday, January 05, 2013      17 comments

What are my five top craves in the food category? Not talking about fresh raspberries. Not even talking about best quality dark chocolate. Because those are foods I *can* have without triggering binges, in moderation. Talking abo... Read more

Self-Discipline Exhaustion: A Charlie Story!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013      17 comments

We had Charlie out cross-country skiing yesterday. Off leash, of course. Here, DH has just called him. Have you ever seen a dog who looks more eager to please than Charl... Read more

Calling Stephen Lorne: Take a Bow!!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013      10 comments

Stephen Lorne lost 90 pounds, and he did it with Spark People!! Stephen, take a bow!!
s-success-stories ... Read more

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