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Goodlife

Tuesday, May 07, 2013      19 comments

Goodlife is Canada's largest gym chain. Not my gym: I'm a Y member. But a recent Globe interview with Goodlife founder David Patchell-Evans offers some interesting observations about how to lead --what else? -- a good life: www.th... Read more

Extreme Gardening!

Sunday, May 05, 2013      18 comments

I've been digging. I've been weeding. Rooting out twitch grass from my flower beds. I've been cutting back last year's perennials. I've been pruning out errant raspberry canes. And: my back is sore. My arms are scratched. ... Read more

Leaping Greenly!

Thursday, May 02, 2013      18 comments

There's that bright fresh green fuzz on the trees which are once again "leaping greenly" -- and of course e.e. cummings' great poem about spring always comes to mind when I see new leaves unfolding: i thank You God for most this amazin... Read more

Stiff Muscles!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013      13 comments

Never fails to surprise me how stiff my arms and shoulders (and butt) feel after the first few rounds of golf each spring. I work 'em all at the gym. I did more XC skiing than ever this past winter. Great upper AND lower body workout.... Read more

Audobon Birds and Butterflies App! Get It Now!!

Sunday, April 28, 2013      15 comments

. . . . is on sale, regularly $16.99, for just $1.99 ending April 29. And yup, that's tomorrow!! It's terrific!! The bird part may even be better in some ways than birdjam (which cost me a whack more) and waaaaaay easier to download. No... Read more

Tech Bliss!

Saturday, April 27, 2013      16 comments

At home: a new laptop. So much faster, so much more reliable. And: I've finally replaced my old flip cell phone (kept turned off, for emergency out-calls only) with an iPhone5. Truly amazing. A camera! My work emails! My work calendar... Read more

"The First Bite is the Banquet"

Sunday, April 21, 2013      17 comments

That's a quotation from Michael Pollan (of "Eat plants" fame) in Saturday's National Post. Full quote: "The first bite is the banquet. That's a Chinese rule. Every subsequent bite will be less good. It's never going to get better... Read more

Presentism, Focalism, Decision Fatigue

Saturday, April 20, 2013      18 comments

Is there an app for making decisions? Yes there is and more than one. Quite a number of them, in fact, as a recent article in the Globe and Mail pointed out to me: www.theglobeandmail.com/
life/relationships/choices
-got-you... Read more

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

www.ted.com/playlists/77
/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


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