Edible Ornamentals - Article
Monday, April 18, 2011      2 comments

I posted a query on SP a little while ago, asking about everyone's favourite edible ornamental plants, as I was writing an article on the subject for a newspaper gardening segment. In the spirit of spring, and in the spirit of eating locally an... Read more
Baby Steps
Thursday, April 14, 2011      3 comments

Nothing gets done in one fell swoop. Rather, things get done in many inter-related "semi-swoops" (a term I found particularly amusing and discovered while I was researching the history of the peculiar expression "fell swoop"... I assume th... Read more
Falling Off the Rails
Wednesday, April 13, 2011      2 comments

I'm in a state of body and mind right now that is not conducive to health, or to weight loss. It's an "oh whatever" state of mind. An "oh, what's an extra handful of peanuts? It's only another handful of calories!" state of mind. An "oh, who... Read more
Calling All Gardeners...
Friday, April 01, 2011      3 comments

I posted this message on the "Gardening" SparkTeam site just now, but I thought I'd increase my exposure a bit, and post it here, too. ----------------------------
-------- Help! Edible Ornamentals! Hi everyone! I'm posti... Read more
That Darn Apple
Friday, April 01, 2011      6 comments

Last week, I bought myself a bag of apples. This bag of apples represents something huge: my desire to replace unhealthy snack food (cookies, popcorn, chocolate bars, ice cream, etc., etc.) with healthy snack food. I am not so naive as to bel... Read more
33 Goals for 33
Thursday, March 31, 2011      4 comments

The other day I turned thirty-three. (YIKES... how did that happen?!) In honour of the occasion, I ate too much and ordered myself the first diet/lifestyle books I've ever ordered: "The Spark" (ratings on Chapters were only three out of f... Read more
Managing (over) indulgence...
Saturday, March 26, 2011      3 comments

I don't like to think of this "journey to health" as a diet, but rather, as SP suggests, a "lifestyle change." That said, my "diet" is an important part of this change, and I've been trying to figure out the best way to approach its improvement... Read more
That elusive morning...
Friday, March 25, 2011      1 comments

I'm searching for that elusive morning when I will wake up feeling refreshed. I would even settle for feeling sort of rested. I'm searching for that elusive morning when the first words out of my mouth won't be "oh no..." ...or "o... Read more
Steps to success!
Thursday, March 24, 2011      1 comments

I have to admit, my first reaction to "sparkpoints" was "well geez, what a silly idea" -- I didn't see how intangible rewards that have no "real" worth would work as motivators. I'm happy to report, however, that I was wrong -- they are an ... Read more
Sleep deficits and calorie surpluses
Wednesday, March 23, 2011      0 comments

I was reading a short SP "health news" article today about sleep and its effect on calorie intake. The long and the short of the article was that those who sleep less, eat more. Sadly, I'm a living testament to the truth of this article. ... Read more
Tuesday, March 22, 2011      1 comments

I've written all sorts of blogs and had all sorts of replies (although not in this incarnation of my online self, obviously -- I've been a little lax about blogging here on SP recently, and that's a situation I'm hoping to rectify). I've writte... Read more
Yearning for change...
Sunday, March 20, 2011      1 comments

I find myself stagnating these days. I yearn for change, but find it difficult to get out of the rut I'm in. I just finished reading Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, which is a largely self-indulgent, trite work, but which contains some ideas ... Read more
SP Workout One: Yoga
Wednesday, January 05, 2011      1 comments

Well, it's my first workout in several weeks, and the first yoga I've done in several months. It feels good. Forty minutes of low impact yoga (I suppose all yoga is supposed to be low impact, but in my experience there are several variations t... Read more
Wednesday, January 05, 2011      2 comments

"Ungh" describes perfectly how I feel right now -- physically, mentally, and emotionally. Ungh. Physically, I'm just coming off a cold. Ungh. I've been feeling sorry for myself, and being the emotional eater I am, have been eating solidly fo... Read more