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Counting my blessings
Wednesday, September 11, 2013      3 comments

Yesterday I posted "counting my blessings" on my activity feed. Today I want to expand. I am grateful for: - a husband who loves me,quirks and all - 4 children, 3 daughters/sons-in-law, 4 grandsons - retired from a satisfying career, wit... Read more
More thoughts about intermittent fasting
Tuesday, September 10, 2013      8 comments

Today is my 2nd day of eating no more than 600 calories. I read about this theory when I was reading articles about Alzheimer's Disease. The theory, based on several studies, is that fasting for 18 hours on two consecutive days, then eating a ... Read more
First day on the 5 and 2 program
Monday, September 09, 2013      9 comments

In case you didn't read my earlier blogs, I'm combining my regular SP program with a partial fast I read about in some articles on Alzheimer's which recommended 2 consecutive fasting days when you eat only 600 calories. Today was my first f... Read more
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Saturday, September 07, 2013      5 comments

This afternoon DH and I went to the Stouffville Flea Market to return a duplicate Polish flag which we bought by accident. We replaced it with a Spanish flag, which will be flown on October 12, their National Day. I took our grocery list with ... Read more
September 7-15 Goals
Friday, September 06, 2013      9 comments

I've coasted for way too long. It's time to get back on track. I hope that putting these goals in writing will keep me accountable. 1 - plan meals and shop to have healthy snacks and lots of fresh fruit & vegetables on hand 2 - follow t... Read more
Did you see Overactive Elbow's blog today?
Thursday, September 05, 2013      7 comments

OE is challenging us not to be average, but to work hard at the job we have set for ourselves... becoming lighter, healthier people for the rest of our lives. This blog really made me think. I was never content to be average. I was often ... Read more
Thoughts about being a mother, step-mother and mother-in-law
Monday, September 02, 2013      8 comments

Yestwrday I posted a blog about looking forward to going home to see Peter, but being sorry that my children didn't live closer so that I could see them more often. Thank you to those who answered so understandingly. It got me thinking. I ... Read more
Bitter-Sweet thoughts about Going Home
Sunday, September 01, 2013      8 comments

I've had such a lovely holiday, and it will be great to see Peter again... but I wish Dorothy wasn't so far away. My 3 oldest children are scattered... one in Calgary, one in Nova Scotia and one in Amsterdam. I'm very proud of them, but I wis... Read more
Sunday, September 01, 2013      9 comments

The district in the Netherlands which we will be visiting today is called Waterland. It is 115 sq. km. in area, and 67 sq. km. of that is water. This shouldn't be surprising as the whole area was reclaimed from the sea in the middle ages. Ma... Read more
Mindful eating day 2
Friday, August 30, 2013      9 comments

Since being in Amsterdam, I've noticed several things about my eating habits. 1. At home I eat more by the clock than by when I'm hungry 2. At home I have larger portions, and sometimes second helpings 3. At home I have more food on hand, ... Read more
Mindful Eating, Day 1
Thursday, August 29, 2013      8 comments

I eat a lot of my meals alone. I get up before DH, and we sometimes eat lunch at different times. Dinner is usually eaten in front of the television, watching the news. When I eat by my self, there is usually a book, iPad or the tv for compa... Read more
Thursday, August 29, 2013      8 comments

DD#2 lives on the top 2 floors of a 100+ year old house, not too far from the Rijksmuseum. In Canada we would say she lives on the 3rd and 4th floors, but here the floors are counted as ground, first, second, third, not first, second, third, f... Read more
In case there was ever any doubt,
Wednesday, August 28, 2013      7 comments

I can still get completely turned around in Amsterdam, even with a map. After breakfast I found the map I left here last time, and set off toward the Amstel. While I love wandering along the canals, I'm especially fond of the Amstel because it... Read more
Tuesday, August 27, 2013      7 comments

This week away is so different from my normal life. At home, when I go out in the garden, it's to work. Today I sat in the Vondelpark between walks and just enjoyed doing nothing. People watching is so much fun. One of my observations to Dor... Read more
Amsterdam and aching hips
Tuesday, August 27, 2013      9 comments

It's a good thing that Amsterdam is flat. I don't think my hips could have taken climbing hills today. All summer I've been getting 90% of my exercise in the garden, and today was the first time I walked for hours in quite a while. This... Read more

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