organic food

Starting Over, Again

It’ll be just like starting over – starting over

John Lennon Starting over

After a year of stress and eating my way through it, once again I stand on the scale and am not happy with the number on it.  It’s time to start over.  Once more, into the healthy eating and exercise fray, my friends.  Once more!

Starting Over, Step One

In my usual fashion, I begin by scouring the net, looking at diet plans, reading advice, checking out possible magazines that could provide inspiration. Continue reading

Maxine on Fat

Fit and Healthy 12 week Experiment

If you’re wise exercise all the fat off,
Take it off – off of here, off of there!
Annie Lennox, Keep young and Beautiful

The Fit and Healthy Experiment Begins

My Fit and Healthy experiment all started with my finding a very cool tracking book called The Fit Book.  It was just lying around the mail room and Agent K said I could have it.  It was the ultimate food and fitness tracking book, all in a moderately small and neat package.

The Log Book

Every weight loss book or program always insists that you have to log your food intake and exercise if you want to be successful at losing weight.  Over the years I’ve just logged my progress in a boring old notebook.  This notebook was sexy.  It had colour, it had columns and tick boxes, it had food and exercise tracking all in one spread.  I got excited just looking at it.

So I decided that this little book showing up at this time was a sign that I needed to get on with my health regime. Continue reading

I don't iron. If I'm not wrinkle-free, why should my clothes be?

The Skin Deep Project

Better watch out for the skin deeps
The Stranglers

The Skin Deep Project

I was reading a book Beautiful Skin Begins Within by Dr. Martin Braun about how to keep skin beautiful and elastic before, during and after menopause.

While Dr. Martin Braun wrote the book, it is sponsored by Lorna Vanderhaeghe, who just happens to have a full line of vitamin supplements that will help with what the doctor suggests.

According to the plan, there are a number of things you need to do, besides adjusting your diet and exercise levels.  One is adding a number of supplements to your diet which are supposed to help your skin turn back time and appear dewy fresh and plump. Continue reading

Photo by Tara Hardy

50 Lessons – #36 Growing Old

Growing Old – Gratefully

Growing Old Ain’t for Sissies
Bette Davis

After I posted Regina Brett’s 50 list, I saw an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail that related to #36.

Heather Sanders published a piece in August 2014 about women and our penchant for denigrating ourselves, no matter what stage of life we’re in.  Her hypothesis is that we should age gratefully, and stop being so hard on ourselves.  As Regina puts it:  Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

Here’s the link to the Globe and Mail website, Ladies, it’s time to age gratefully.  I’ve also included it below in case the link doesn’t work one day.  PS Thank you, Heather. Continue reading

Love is not having to hold in your farts

Unmentionable Body Functions

Ya gotta talk about them!

It is a social convention that you don’t talk about body functions in polite society.  Unfortunately that means a lot of important information doesn’t get passed on.

With all the medical issues I’ve had, there have been some uncomfortable side effects that affect one bodily function or another.  These side effects can be frustrating to deal with.  But every now and then someone will drop an informational tidbit about unmentionable body functions to me that actually helps.  Continue reading


Ditching the Diet Books

Ditching the Books

If you’re wise, exercise all the fat off – take it off , off of here off of there.

 Annie Lennox – Keep young and beautiful

I’m ditching all my diet books.  Why?  Because they depress me.  They mock me from my bookshelf, throwing my lack of success with the bulge in my face. Also, they don’t tell me anything I don’t already know.   Continue reading

Kermit the Frog Lego

She Ain’t Heavy, She’s my Mother

A Child’s Perspective

“You’re not heavy, you’re my mom.”

With these simple words, my son put everything into perspective for me.

As I approached my half century mark, I guess I was lamenting, more than usual, about my weight.  Not that I was doing anything about it, mind you, but lament I did none-the-less. Continue reading