Jan 20


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 Lily Escobar* starting gaining weight in high school. For years, the 65-year-old St. Charles, Mo. resident let her weight creep up without paying much attention to it. Her first home didn’t have any full-length mirrors, and she avoided looking at her body. 

“When I moved into our condo and had a full-length mirror in the dining room, I screamed when I saw myself,” she said. “Who was I kidding? It wasn’t out of sight. It was definitely in-sight.”

Over 30 years later, she now starts every day the same way: with one and a half cups of Cheerios cereal and milk. For dinner, she eats 6 ounces of protein, usually chicken or fish, a sweet potato and a large serving of vegetables, often a salad without dressing. She has been eating this way for more than 15 years as a strategy to fight a food addiction and maintain an 120-pound weight loss. For Escobar, consistency is the key to weight maintenance over the long-term.

“I feel like it’s the Battle of the Bulge every day of my life,” she said. “I used to say if I’m breathing, I’m gaining weight.”

Escobar is one of thousands of participants in the National Weight Control Registry, one of the largest studies of people who have achieved both weight loss and weight maintenance at their lower weights. The registry tracks people who have lost at least 30 pounds and have maintained the loss for at least one year. NWCR participants seem to have achieved the impossible: successful weight maintenance over a long period of time.

The odds are against them. More than 80 percent of people who lose weight gain it back within two years. With so many different strategies, it can be difficult to discern which is the most effective. Popular diets promise weight loss by restricting carbohydrates, upping animal proteins or swearing off sugar. Plant-based diets recommend cutting out as many animal products as possible while Paleo diet followers consume large quantities of meat, get better results with resurge.

The diet industry is oversaturated and conflicting information comes at every turn. Diets prescribed by popular fitness magazines suggest low-calorie amounts for weight loss and weight maintenance. In fact, eating too-few calories can actually cause weight loss to stagnate. As the metabolism adapts to low calorie totals, damage can occur that makes weight loss and weight maintenance difficult. Finding the secret to weight loss, and later, weight maintenance, is a difficult balance to strike.

Finding success in weight loss and weight maintenance

The NWCR is one of the largest studies of people who have achieved both weight loss and weight maintenance at their lower weights. The registry tracks more than 10,000 people.Participants fill out a detailed questionnaire detailing their weight loss techniques and the study follows up with them each you to monitor their weight maintenance progress, check the latest meticore real reviews.

The registry looks at the weight loss and weight maintenance strategies of these “success stories,” painting a picture of what a successful weight loss story looks like. J. Graham Thomas, co-investigator at the NWCR and professor at the Weight Control and Diabetes Center at Brown University, said the goal of the registry was to see if people were successful at maintaining a large weight loss and what strategies they used to achieve that maintenance.

“There is diversity, but we do find commonalities among (participants),” Thomas said. “They’re a very active group. Many of them keep track of what they eat. Many of them keep track of their body weight. They eat breakfast.”

For registered dietitian Jennifer McDaniel, the NWCR is the gold standard guide to effective weight loss and weight maintenance habits.

“The National Weight Control Registry group is very conscious of small changes,” she said. “They were aware of smaller increments of change. I encourage my clients to weigh themselves daily. People who are successful won’t let themselves get out of that comfortable range.”

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Jan 14

Nicolle discusses divorce on the radio in South Africa

Talking about Collaborative Law never stops…….even when on vacation!


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Nov 28

NKP Law on the radio

Ending a relationship is difficult, in fact one of the most difficult experiences one may ever have to face. Nicolle Kopping-Pavars was recently interviewed on Ask the Expert – Talk Radio CFRB where she discussed an alternative, more cost effective holistic approach to separation and divorce.

Listen here to find out more.


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Jun 16

Lesson learnt!

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One of the things that makes poker such an interesting game is that it’s a gambling game, but the players who succeed most gamble the least.

You will, of course, see no shortage of people say that poker is NOT gambling, but they’re just playing semantics. If you’re wagering money, you’re gambling.

Having an edge against the other players or the casino doesn’t mean you’re engaged in some activity that isn’t gambling.

That’s my personal view, anyway.

Once you start reading poker strategy articles for beginners, you’ll start seeing a lot of talk about tight play and discipline. What many of these poker strategy articles neglect to mention is how boring this approach might be.

At an average Texas holdem table in a live casino like Yakin Pkv Games, you might see 30 hands per hour on average. In an online poker room, you might see more like 80 hands per hour.

You’ll see people mention that “tight is right.”

A tight poker approach is one in which you don’t play a lot of hands. You only play a few hands. If you’re also an aggressive player, you’ll be betting and raising with those hands instead of checking and calling.

I’ll save the concept of aggression for another post, because I want to focus on tight, disciplined poker in this post.

If you restrict your play to just the top 20% of hands preflop, you’ll only play six hands per hour at a live poker table, and you’ll only play 16 hands per hour online.

And those are just the hands you’ll see a flop with. At least 50% of the time — maybe more — you’ll fold your hand when the flop rolls around.

Most players want more action than that.

Those players tend to lose more money than the tighter players who are willing to take it easy and deal with a little bit of boredom.

How Hard Is It to Be a Tight Poker Player?

I think playing tight poker is hard. Most of my friends do, too. In fact, many of my friends KNOW that tight poker is the right way to play, but they play loose anyway.

What does it mean, practically speaking, to play tight?

Sometimes it means sitting there at the table for an hour (or more) while folding every hand you get before the flop.

The thing to remember is that every hand you fold saves you money, which is money you can use to bet when you get cards you like.

If you HAD to play every hand, there’s no way you could become a winning poker player. You wouldn’t have the bankroll to get an edge.

Every time you fold is like putting more money into your bankroll for when the odds favor you. The more chips you have in front of you when you finally get pocket aces or kings, the better off you are, mathematically.

Compare this to what some people must do to earn money, though. Have you ever worked in a fast food restaurant for $7.50/hour? Is folding a lot of hands of poker per hour really that hard compared to that kind of work?

Think about what it’s like to work in any kind of factory — monotonous, repetitive work with little in the way of financial compensation.

Playing a game where the worst thing about it is a little bit of monotony or boredom when you’re waiting for a hand sure seems like an easier task to me.

After all, most of the cardrooms I’ve played in were comfortable and climate-controlled. The company was pleasant. I could even get free soft drinks while I played, although I had to tip the cocktail waitress. Playing profitable (tight) poker seems easy when you think about it from the right perspective.

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Nov 24

The Instinct Gurus

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Join us for a light hearted and inspirational evening empowering you to recognize and successfully trust your instincts.


Julian Liknaitzky B.A. (Psych) LL.B.   H.dip(Tax) Wits

Divorce & Life coach


Nicolle Kopping –Pavars BA LL.B

 Collaborative Lawyer and Family Law Mediator


Opening by Isolina Varano, BSW, MSW, RSW, (ADR)

 Conflict Resolution Manager, TCDSB, Mediator, Parenting Coordinator


 Date:                   Thursday December 4th 2008        


Time:                   6:30 p.m


Venue:                  HSBC Building

                              3601 Highway 7, (Hwy 7 and Warden)

                              Suite 400, Markham, On

                              L3R OM3


Cost:                    $10.00 per person


RSVP by 2 December to: crystalball2008@hotmail.com




Julian majored in Psychology in South Africa, specializing in Family Therapy and Individual counseling. He also completed his Law degree and Higher Diploma in Tax. Julian works as a divorce and life coach reviewing the options available to clients before, during and after relationship breakups and divorce. www.divorcecoaching.ca


Nicolle is a Family Law mediator and lawyer in good standing in both South Africa and Canada. Nicolle is committed to assisting separating couples find options that maintain their self respect, self esteem and dignity while resolving issues arising from a separation without going to court. www.nkplaw.ca

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Nov 24

October Surrogacy Network Evening

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WOW!! WHAT A SUCCESS -That is all I can say about our first network evening. laugh.gif
We had couples from Newmarket to Mississauga and in between. It was truly an emotional experience for me to meet with such strong and special people. Everyone clicked so quickly, sharing their stories and where they were on their fertility journey. Some participants were even going to the same doctors and shared contacts and information.
This is what sharing and networking is all about, but most important, sharing with PEOPLE who COMPLETELY understand where you are, they have walked and are still walking a mile in your shoes. A date has been set for our next meeting on Tuesday November 25, 2008. We will have a guest speaker come in to speak to us and then we will have our usual mingle and chat. I will keep you updated as to the topic and guest speaker SO mark your calendars and I look forward to seeing you there.
Incoming Surrogacy Cases. Incoming surrogacy cases are fairly unregulated, and some of the practices that have developed abroad within this “industry” are quite scary.
Many issues have arisen for children born of these arrangements. There are news stories of children being left stateless, parentless, or both in the destination countries. There are stories of intended parents being stranded in a foreign country because the local courts will not recognize their parentage of the child they created, this happens in the USA and in countries like the UK, read the uk points based system for immigration purposes. There are also grave concerns about the exploitation of impoverished women in destination countries being used as surrogates and egg donors.

Often U.S. citizens travel abroad for surrogates and fertility treatments because they think it will cost less. This is not always true, when you factor in the attorney fees the intended parents may have to pay to address the U.S. immigration status and citizenship of their child. The Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) strongly warns any individual considering an international surrogacy or ART arrangement to consult with a U.S. attorney first, one who is experienced in these matters and practices immigration law. There are several attorneys in AAAA who focus on this unique area of law.

Anyone who has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

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