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Ten Minutes: Food Prep or Exercise?
Thursday, April 18, 2013      20 comments

Read a short article in the Globe and Mail yesterday which summarized a pretty large study correlating time spent on food preparation with time spent on exercise. Conclusion: people who spend more time on food prep spend less time exercisin... Read more
Good Stuff! . . . After a Tough Start to My Day
Saturday, April 13, 2013      23 comments

I was heading to the grocery store with DH, chewing away on a piece of cinnamon gum and . . . . yikes!! broke a tooth, upper left molar. It was a sharp fracture, sensitive, and felt pretty wobbly as if more was going to fracture. I'm of the er... Read more
Weight Loss Competing for Money?
Friday, April 12, 2013      21 comments

An article in today's Globe and Mail indicates that competition for money is an optimum motivation to lose weight. Particularly when my individual loss (weight wise) is your loss (financially). That's apparently even more effective than shari... Read more
Sixty-Two?? Really?? How Did That Happen So Fast???
Sunday, April 07, 2013      27 comments

OK, it's a bit of a shock. But sixty-two is the new forty-two, right? Or maybe thirty-two? I'm at least as healthy as I was 30 years ago. And although I definitely don't look thirty-two, I pretty often feel thirty-two. My dad at... Read more
Body language to reduce cortisol
Saturday, April 06, 2013      16 comments

/new_to_ted.html Have you seen this brilliant TED talk with Amy Cuddy, on how we can change our minds by changing our posture? She talks about increasing testosterone and reducing cortisol b... Read more
How Far Would I Have To Walk To Burn It Off?
Tuesday, April 02, 2013      30 comments

I've known for a long time that I can never exercise enough to eat whatever I want. Not remotely possible. But an article in today's Toronto Star really brings that home. And it says that the most effective food labelling indicates not j... Read more
Maintaining My Off Leash Life!
Monday, April 01, 2013      24 comments

I've been thinking about FREELADY's inquiry as to whether Charlie gets to run off leash when we take him for a walk in the woods. He does. And that's because (despite the very unfortunate muskrat massacre on New Year's Day cross countr... Read more
Bonus Blog: Layered Seasoning, More Flavour!!
Sunday, March 31, 2013      13 comments

I was sceptical about this article from last week's Globe and Mail which advises that we should use MORE salt when cooking. MORE SALT? Heresy, really. We're supposed to be reducing sodium, Harrumph!! Blood pressure, doncha know?? ... Read more
Hungry Bald Cardinal!
Sunday, March 31, 2013      12 comments

This morning as I was listening (and looking hopefully) for robins, I noticed a cardinal perched on top of my bird feeder. He was cold. He had his chest feathers puffed out over his feet. And (I grabbed the binoculars) he had no head fea... Read more
Hearing Robins!
Saturday, March 30, 2013      12 comments

Last evening as the sun was going down, I could hear robins in my back yard. And early this motning too. Not the cheerful "chirrup chirrup chirrup" of happy robins sitting on a tree branch! The irritable "ch ch ch ch ch ch" sound... Read more
Long Lazy Weekend
Friday, March 29, 2013      16 comments

Good Friday is a stat holiday: we've closed our office for Easter Monday too . . . and neither of us is planning to go into work OR to work from home. We've been working hard. Flat out. A loooooooong weekend. A lazy weekend. And ... Read more
Soup of the Week: Minestrone!
Sunday, March 24, 2013      18 comments

In the fridge: celery, carrots, onion, red and yellow and orange bell peppers, parmesan cheese. In the freezer: three skinless boneless chicken breasts, corn and peas. In the cupboard: canned diced tomatoes, whole wheat spaghetti nood... Read more
Early early spring ski!
Saturday, March 23, 2013      14 comments

What a gorgeous late afternoon ski! Fresh snow, the sun amazingly high in the sky at 5:30. Still cold: about 0C and with a very brisk east wind moving a few clouds across a brilliant blue sky and gusting across the polished damask-patte... Read more
Not a whole lotta taste?
Friday, March 22, 2013      25 comments

My Globe and Mail had an interesting article this morning (not on-line, apparently) on new research with respect to supertasters, regular tasters and nontasters. There's a method of testing to determine which of these you might be: a dye to... Read more
What I Like About Maintaining #5 (Last in the Series!)
Saturday, March 16, 2013      77 comments

The longer I maintain, the fewer people presently in my life remember that I was ever overweight. Pretty much nobody notices or comments on my present shape and size. Everybody just takes it for granted: this is me. I lost the big whack... Read more

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