Saturday, August 23, 2014
Up early and will soon be hitting the road to visit with my sister for the day.
There will be coffee.
I've got her birthday presents all wrapped up (a week early).
We'll catch up and giggle and maybe do a little shopping: window shopping anyhow!
Hard to beat, right?
I am so looking forward to it!!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Where we live can make us fat.
And the choice of where we live can be counter-intuitive.
We choose a suburban bungalow on a quiet cul-de-sac believing our kids will be safe playing outside in the street. (Did that, briefly.)
But -- if we have to drive our kids everywhere they'll get fat. And so will we.
A conventional dense city grid neighbourhood where kids can walk and bike to school? Better for them, better for us.
When our kids were small I felt a bit guilty about our downtown Victorian in a somewhat sketchy neighbourhood. Thought more than once we "should" have opted for one of the up-and-coming developments where people more"like us" lived with lots and lots of kids their ages.
Now our kids are adults, I'm feeling much less guilty about my selfish choice!
As younger people they could and did get themselves everywhere. Beginning with walking to and from kindergarten. When they wanted to go places they couldn't walk or bike, they learned early how to negotiate the city bus system (and yup, I was criticized for showing them how . . . but it helped them be ready for transit to university.)
At their "inner city" schools they mixed with kids from all backgrounds, encountering their fair share of playground bullying and poverty. And it was often tough at the time, causing me considerable anxiety. But again worked out, I think, in the long run.
Daughter, having inherited my tough-to-manage metabolism, has now dealt decisively with weight issues. Not "thin thin" (and neither am I) she looks and feels terrific, carrying herself with grace and power, exercises daily, walks or buses everywhere and is working in the fitness business teaching yoga. She has a profoundly compassionate heart, always quick to participate in social justice concerns. Son is also fit and healthy, working this summer as a bush pilot which has involved a fair bit of manual labour and dealing with people from many walks of life.
Did our choice of neighbourhood have an impact for our kids growing up to be the adults they are? Yup, I think it did and in more ways than one.
And I'm not complacent about this . . . not at all . . . but at least I have stopped blaming myself for falling in love with our elderly inner-city house, and sticking with it right through those growing-up years for our children!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
One of my SparkFriends messaged me about having a fabulous day.
Too often, life can feel like a bit of a slog -- keeping on keeping on. So, where does the "fabulous day" feeling come from? She had been kayaking yesterday and is feeling confident about sticking to her program and reaching her weight loss goals -- that would feel fabulous, for sure!
I had a good night's sleep. Charlie greeted me with wheeks of pleasure, his tail wagging. Greek yogourt and raspberries and blueberries for breakfast. Then wandered around my rain-sodden garden for a few minutes, clipping off spent blossom and picking a fresh bouquet for the kitchen table. A huge single shocking pink zinnia, golden rod, golden glow, daisies, cosmos, mallow, phlox (smells so good!), nasturtiums: ahhhh. The first vase wasn't quite tall enough -- second vase perfect indeed!
I've got some interesting appointments scheduled.
I'm thinking (frivolous as always) about what to wear . . .
Yup, that fabulous day feeling is on the horizon!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
This article by Leslie Beck lists 8 foods that offer longer-lasting fullness plus solid nutritional benefits. Probably pretty familiar to those of us who persist with seeking out optimal nutrition. But she suggests some different ways of eating 'em.
My go-tos (salads for lunch, soups for supper, often with beans/lentils and whole-wheat pasta)) are in the list. I had steel-cut oats for breakfast. Oranges (I had part of an orange, too) are among the highest-fibre, highest-satiety fruits.
The food with the highest satiety value? Surprised me: boiled potatoes. And no, I'm not likely to be eating a whole lotta peeled boiled potatoes: but a baked potato? With salsa? Worth a try.
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