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10/25/19 5:12 A

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Some new things and friends in my everyday. Great ideas to think about and to include in upcoming projects.

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10/18/19 4:50 A

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Thanks to friends, I was saved much time because missing item was found and held for me. Thank you, thank you friends.

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10/16/19 3:54 A

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Yesterday was a busy day of errands and face-to-face meetings. Satisfying, with purpose.

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7/10/19 7:19 A

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Off on appointed tasks for the day. Always remembering that with the weather, comes a change. Some like it hot, some like some clouds. Whether or not, it's just weather! emoticon

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6/12/19 4:07 A

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Text entry from a small device is not my strength; so sometimes these posts are extra tough. The community experience is supportive, so here we all are.

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5/18/19 6:42 A

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Beautiful day for an early evening drive; feels good to visit places only seen months ago.

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5/17/19 5:30 A

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Very busy week - How are everyone's gardens? Tulips are happy, daffodils are a bit droopy under the influence of the rain.

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5/8/19 5:08 A

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Way to go, ECMA [East Coast Music Awards] winners from Nova Scotia . Great job in Charlottetown PEI - glad for everyone who enjoyed the “great, big party” - (cf the band: Great Big Sea)
What a great road trip to South West Nova Scotia! Visiting friends and otherwise having a good time. Two days of rehearsals and three performances on the next day - busy, but fun and exhilarating.


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4/26/19 10:39 A

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More awards for the executive director of the BBI, a grass roots business incubator of best practices for entrepreneurial development. The BBI's services are available to all, even though the name implies that its primary outreach is to African Nova Scotians.

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4/4/19 2:37 A

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We have lost a respected leader in the human rights field... Joan Jones, spouse of “Rocky” Jones, RIP. You are well remembered for opening your home and heart to the young, aspiring change makers who are today’s leaders to achieve basic human freedoms for all.

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4/1/19 5:15 A

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Busy weekend, a sign of things to come in the next twelve weeks. Rehearsals with a respected conductor and colleague; sincere thoughts shared; gestures of kindness exchanged.

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3/29/19 5:02 A

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Just love going to work; saw a televised program about my field. Disturbing, but great for context / best practices.
additional: heard a complementary podcast - not as disturbing, but still "ear" opening commentary and cause for awareness in the field.

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3/28/19 5:26 P

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Bad fall; limiting, but not putting me in a bad mood. I am still doing most of the activities I would do without that incident.
Sunshine has been great to enjoy.

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3/24/19 12:39 P

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Really happy for how end of week is proceeding – good friends, great company.

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3/21/19 6:02 A

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I’m changing my reminder app; so I turned off the repeating function of the app I’m dropping, and transferring the to-dos, but not the calendar functions to the new app. I wasn’t especially happy with the response of the on-line version of the app. I plan to install the mobile and desktop versions, and see how that improves the GUI. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I got the news that I wasn’t looking for from the reno planning meeting. I wasn’t able to stick with my initial plan, but I did state that I need hard figures to know what is possible and to understand what is the most costly part of the proposed work. I don’t get that for another ten days. So in the meantime, it is a lot of consideration, and positive thoughts to see how this is possible (or not!).

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3/20/19 8:34 A

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Me and writing are a very private activity. When I get dissed for what I say, how I say it, I don’t take it very well. But this kind of writing is more like a conversation. When someone doesn’t agree with me, I just tell myself - we just don’t see the situation(s) the same way. And I keep writing. Just as in face-to-face conversations, I’ll probably talk to other people, just not to the individual with whom I can’t seem to connect at that moment.

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3/19/19 6:45 A

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Sometimes I think that I am looking for activity outside of myself when I have enough to do by sustaining what is already ongoing. Funny how these realizations come - but that’s OK. It is part of everyday living, getting used to being in your own skin.
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Not certain how some of the Team members I met years ago are doing now... I see some in real life, from time to time, usually at infrequent gym workouts, shopping, community events. Others I have never met face to face. Just hoping that all is well with them, and that their community of friends is a support and help.

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3/18/19 5:19 A

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Thank goodness for sound counsel and friends. I have a strategy to put this project into more perspective, and get some control on the costs. It came with the question: What did I come into this project to accomplish? What can I remove from the suggested options to reduce costs and stay more on budget? I will get results from this meeting that give me the flexibility to only do what I think is absolutely essential.

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3/15/19 4:54 A

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The contractor issue is more than I expected. Will have to re-consider everything about the enhanced project... Things are just not adding up the way it was first visioned.

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3/14/19 4:44 A

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There was a bit of a mix-up for some renovations where I live. I wasn’t really able to describe to the lead contractor what I meant; but when a site visit was made, a correction was put in place. It’s not yet installed, but because of that extra “point person”, I was spared frustration and extra communication calls to get that correction initiated, if not yet completed.
Work issues are simmering down; a volunteer organization personnel issue(s) - getting more intense. Income and food security are very real issues that are hidden barriers to full community involvement. I was there, only to a small degree, at one point of my career. But most importantly, I came out of a previous relationship alive, and that is more than I can say for some of my acquaintances. I try to balance what I think is a problem with other person’s daily reality - but there are no easy comparisons, no easy approaches to reconciling health, resources, energy.

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3/10/19 6:25 A

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Sunshine and 4 degree Celsius - a signal to get at some of the snow / concrete ice left over from the snow / ice event of Mar 2 / 3 / 4 . It's not all gone, but significantly improved.
First strength workout after a few mis - steps. Training says that things went better than expected. Special testing in 10 days time: I'll be ready, more than ready.
A few extra projects from work to complete. And I was able to polish off some personal tasks, too.

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3/5/19 5:00 A

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Sorry that you feel all alone... Being a trailblazer feels like that from time to time.
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After moving out the early Sunday morning snow, I held back on the Monday fluff, mush, and bricks. But I have to get out, much like I had to get out on Sunday. So I am highly motivated to do what it takes to make it happen.
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Lifestyle goals have taken a back seat to dealing with a few other life events, but some of the long-built, faithful habits will get us through even these challenging times. Some people have a steady, upward path of success; I look at the long term curve - I’ll get there!

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2/15/19 3:32 A

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Looks like I'm the only one here

"You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending."- Unknown

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12/5/18 5:26 A

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New trainer put me through the paces... Lots of compound movements... I had to work!

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12/1/18 6:48 A

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You made it! December 2018 has arrived. I like the idea of a print log book. So much more direct: hand to what you mean - no predictive text - pictures, doodles, your own emphasis on size / prominence of text readily in view. Great job, @GINGYCAT40 !

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11/30/18 11:16 A

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Congrats on the baby news..... bet you are excited.

Been Sparkin along..logging in a book I have in my purse..so some days I don't get to
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Hope every one is dong well.. tomorrow is Dec 1st wow lol

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11/19/18 5:13 A

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For the province, the craft season is in full swing; many gatherings of commerce for preferred gifts, presents. Just the act of selection and viewing items has become a social event of connection for adults and family groups sharing "the art of the bargain, the craft of gift selection within your budget".

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11/12/18 1:40 P

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That is amazing news!
Other active members who are enjoying the joys of extended family are Naté. Glad that you are buoyant about the new possibilities.

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11/2/18 7:24 P

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Been awhile but I am back on the computer using sparkpeople not just my iPhone app. Have a wonderful weekend and incase you haven't heard- I am going to be a Nanny, my baby is having a baby! they are due 1 May 18. My son although only 19 will be a great Dad.

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10/5/18 10:26 P

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL !!!!

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9/15/18 8:59 A

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Happy Weekend Team !!!

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9/13/18 8:20 A

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Oh my you will LOVE having a washer & dryer at home... I knew when I moved 3 yrs ago that that was a must.

Week is zooming by.

Hope everyone is having a great week !!

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9/12/18 6:25 A

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I now have a washer / dryer at home for the 1st time.... The install of the washer needs an adjustment; they forgot to take out the transportation bolts, so the washer doesn't spin properly. Other than that the water moves, clothes get washed. The dryer is ventless (like most European models), and you will need to count in some air dry time... but I've been doing that most of the previous time, anyway. I am more than tickled pink with the convenience of doing most all of the laundry (including workout clothing) at home! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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9/11/18 8:38 A

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Hi team... another day... kind of dark.. showers on the way !!! That is good we certainly need the rain.

Hope everyone is SPARKING on.....



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9/10/18 9:07 A

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Happy Monday Team...


Another day a new wk.. wow it is already Sept. 10th.

Thanks my "home" routine is just part of the equation... I sit all day at work..and add cardio at home and get to gym etc.... it is what has to be done LOL

I am out of the loop INSH8P - what are the "renos" ???

Have a great day everyone !!!!

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9/10/18 3:15 A

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Can't seem to get ahead on this reno; just took measurements - part of the job wasn't done consistently. Hope that a message to the contractor will get the situation back on track...

@GINGYCAT40 Nice to know that your "home" routine is working out for you

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9/8/18 11:11 A

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Happy Weekend all.. working on food prep for my mom, getting chores done..then gym and in to dartmouth to check on my momma... have a Sparky Weekend all !!!

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9/5/18 2:43 A

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Another part of the reno got slowed down; looks like it’s more on track. Contractor didn’t call - so “no news is good news”.

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8/31/18 4:53 A

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Setback with home reno - substitute vendor found. The phone call came when I least expected it.... then another vendor called and changed an appointment time... that, in the end, wasn't what we wanted, but, in fact, it works perfectly!
Always, always something new, another opportunity to be nimble and part of the bigger picture.

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8/29/18 10:10 P

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CBC Massey Lectures come to Nova Scotia, October 2018 (Halifax NS). Last year's topic was global human rights. The 2019 topic includes aboriginal issues.

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8/24/18 12:09 P

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Car servicing first thing this morning. Can you imagine that I asked for a quote on winter tires and rims? But it is the time to start the price comparison shopping.

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8/22/18 8:17 A

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End of the month routines are in full swing.... Just the usuals that make for happier every day life.

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8/20/18 6:50 A

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Sessions complete. Also was a helper at a cultural event. Now on to some extra effort on personal projects.

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8/16/18 12:24 A

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Very happy with the results of today's partner presentations. I used to celebrate with eating out, but no time / inclination for that. I am putting all effort into completing this very intense set of sessions.

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8/11/18 12:01 A

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Another day of hard work. After all of the work to do a group presentation, none of the groups received recognition for the creativity that went into their work. I was glad that among one another, we could appreciate how are efforts would impact the classroom setting. it is regrettable that there was no way to include that in the scoring schema.
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Great opportunity to network, good conversations.

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8/8/18 5:12 A

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Very intense at the course. Out of town expert presenter has very particular, demanding standards. We'll try to be on point to meet them.

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8/6/18 11:48 P

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On course for the next eleven days. I've done the format before; this is just a continuation with new content. Should be enjoyable, and meeting new participants - the best part of being on course is the participants.

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8/4/18 5:56 A

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Am I ready for this? Teaching, being coached, loving, living, performing. Let's do it.

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8/2/18 3:38 A

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Gave support to a friend having a special procedure. Non invasive, but outcome could mean tough decisions. So I wanted to be there, making it easier to know that, when you need it, you can feel free to reach out, and expect help.

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8/1/18 7:43 A

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I stopped by a friend who has one of those air conditioner units with the hose that sticks out the window. How comfortable and fresh first thing in the morning! They have had the unit for some time, and they have it serviced annually. So no maintenance problems.

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7/30/18 11:22 A

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Well, I did try the de-humidifier. It is a small difference, I should have tried it sooner.

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7/28/18 2:14 A

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Time to try a different approach to deal with the humidity. I was told that a de-humidifier may make a space feel warmer; I'm willing to try anything different to be rid of the "clammy all over" feeling.

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Bulk cooking / food prep is something I know how to do: but the clean up (I just get fed up with the process) often leaves me behind with other home-based tasks. I've recently decided that access to home prepared meals (aka less processed than frozen dinners, more control over cost and portions) has to be higher on the priority scale. I only have so much time for exercise; and most athletes (which I am not) will tell you that you can't exercise away poor eating choices. So I had to make the switch. Will advise when I notice a difference.
Another element of this cooking makeover was a thorough search of the pantry (shelf stable items that I purchase in bulk). I have no working inventory of those items. I went to make chili, and realized I had no red kidney beans. Please don't ask me to pressure cook some dried lentils... too inconsistent a result. So I used garbanzo beans, and added canned beans to my list. That was another cost-saver.... I am choosing to add items to the list, and make do with what is on the shelf. When times change, I change, too. Maybe not as quickly as some of my acquaintances, but I do make the effort. No question that hanging around the information and motivation of the SparkPeople community helps.

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7/24/18 4:14 A

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The best thing about this continued humidity is how it has made me pack water and a freezer pack every day for work and errands. I make having that snack pack (even without "food") a top priority. Usually I forego ice; but I've made it at least every two days in the freezer. Having that available has really helped to keep a small refrigerator more accessible (instead of multiple water pitchers). The tap water is good; just not cold enough without the ice.

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7/24/18 4:10 A

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Color (colour) is in the air. Very moving events around the Africville inspired portraits, as well as the province - wide events celebrating diversity. And I just heard about the number of swimming families who have made Truro their destination for an international swim meet. Nothing like a little determination and a world class facility to make things happen.

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I am not one to be in the "establishments" - On this St. Patrick's Day, do be safe while you enjoy the company of those in the green. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It may be cold outside, but some lively music and dancing can take the chill off, anywhere in our lovely province. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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'Tis the season of renewing family ties. Same is true in the virtual community. Some pages of new SparkTeam Nova Scotians! I would love to access, but they are set to private. That is your choice... but I can't offer you some of the perks of SparkTeam membership, such as SparkGoodies. Maybe we can get to know you better through a blog post. Enjoy the rest of the pre-New Year's season. It can be a tough one, with social functions and the Canadian New Year's Levees - keep your resolve, and know "why" you want to succeed in keeping your lifestyle commitments: in mind, mouth, and muscle.

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I just experienced a test of one's commitment to lifestyle change. Invitation to seasonal meal, at a friend's house, with people I hadn't previously met, socially. My choices, not pre-planned, surprised me. A plate 75% full of veggies. There is no way I would have naturally been interested in that 10 years ago. And yet, that is my natural inclination today. I surprised myself.

On a different tact, I prepare meals at home differently, too. I put more effort into systems of storing and prepping so that I have the convenience of grab and go with the control of home preparation. Being able to use reduced salt / salt-free items, enhanced seasonings, and veggie purees in slow-cooker / one-pot meals has increased my confidence to include home-based re-heatables for away-from-home food.

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No one says that it is easy to be a lifestyle maintainer, but that is what I aspire to. So many different ways to choose to be yourself; in the end the choice(s) really belongs to you, no matter how many tugs and pulls from others' experience.

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10/4/17 1:38 P

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Frosty mornings, chilly climes. Leaves a' fallin', harvest time.
That's what it feels like now that October 2017 has arrived. It's hard to imagine that another month has come and gone.

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More professional development... I brought material to distract me, but things turned out better than I anticipated.
Help from the Nova Scotia Health Authority
Community Health Teams (CHT)
Community Health Teams facilitate wellness programs and provide access to community health promotion programs. The majority of the programs are free to those with a Nova Scotia Health Card. The non-Health Authority programs do not require the NS Health Card. Program topics include Nutrition, Planning, Self-Management, over-all wellness, Physical Activity, Parenting, treatment / management of chronic health conditions, Active Aging. The local version of the CHT exists province wide.


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8/3/17 7:28 A

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Off to work - on professional development course! Great presenters makes the time fly!

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Healthy weight loss psychologist from NSHA (Nova Scotia Health Authority) shared recent findings on radio broadcast and public meeting, Monday July 31 / 2017.
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I've decided to get an extra boost from one of SP's motivational SparkTeams. How about any of the rest of us? What other SparkTeams do you participate in?

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5/27/17 5:26 A

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Workplace weigh-in continues! I had the first "loss" in scale weight in about 10 weeks. Doesn't bother me -- I've seen that before. Most important: I plan to really face the "cravings". I find that I go in cycles of getting close to a sustainable goal weight -- and this is another phase of the experience.

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3/19/17 3:53 A

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For my workplace weight loss challenge I donated books and magazines on shakes / smoothies. Our group goal was helping each other to stay injury-free and continue nutrition focus. In that way, I found success; but no weight loss.

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What am I doing to be a maintainer? Quite a few ideas - trying them out, one at a time. And discarding the ones that don't click, one at a time. I think that is what is different: I am deliberately allowing myself to say: preparing this kind of meal, doing this exercise routine, doesn't work for me right now, so I am NOT going to dwell on it, or allow myself to get discouraged because it works for others.
By continuing to do the things that have a positive impact on your wellbeing, you will see small, but sustainable results, IMHO.

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12/28/16 8:49 A

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Thanks, Kaz1300, for the update. There are days when I wonder what to do in order to see results. The fact that you are making a stand about doing "something" is so much better than expecting that things will change just because you want it to happen.
All the best with "StepBet".

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Been away for a while... not sure what happened. Started doing StepBet... but haven't seen significant changes..... need to track food as well.

On a positive note, it's easier to walk when it's cooler in the evening! :)

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I am so ready for some "together" time. How are things going with you?

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Where has the time gone? To the end of the month, and next week's start of NS public schools.

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Last weekend of August; where has the time gone?
Well, it has been on the road for people getting ready for the fall road running (walking) (cycling) season. The usual events: Cancer Society; Terry Fox; Scotia Bank Run for the Cure, Harvest Run (qualifier for Boston Marathon). emoticon

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8/17/16 5:51 A

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Felicitations, mes amis / mes amies de l'Acadie! With best wishes for your August 15 celebrations!


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8/15/16 7:49 A

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We are in a better place, as a province, after the rain / showers of Saturday / Sunday August 13, 14. Be safe, be alert. Enjoy the outdoors.

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7/31/16 6:05 P

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I usually don't perform music in sleeveless clothing. But this humidex is something else, so I did what was needed for comfort. emoticon

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7/28/16 1:35 A

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A trend to warmth is an understatement.... I was working in a collaborative group this afternoon, and didn't think that I would last, with the value of the humidex. A few sips of water later, and all was improved. emoticon emoticon

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7/22/16 5:37 A

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A trend to warmth for most of the province. Stay cool, be sun / heat safe! emoticon emoticon

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