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ghosting away

Monday, August 18, 2014

Still think the mfp interface for tracking foods is much better (less ads, less scrolling), and their database certainly has more stuff in it, but SP has better people, or more familiar people, anyway. There’s something about hanging around a site for close to three years that might be worth hanging on to, I guess? So I'm sticking around, even if I'm doing more of the 'useful' stuff on a different site.

I tried tracking in this site’s clunky, ad laden interface again, and got annoyed within three days, like it has every time I’ve tried to do so before. I actually made it three weeks in a row of faithful tracking over on mfp (until i toally spaced on it yesterday) where they have nice, orderly tables showing all the info at a glance as opposed to the “look here and look there, and look somewhere else to get the whole picture!” view we have here (and as a former software QAer, I kinda get the design concepts behind that, but I’m still not a fan.

I've decided to step away from the blc concept on here, just to see how I do without it. Going to miss the interaction with the people on there, certainly. But not the challenges, which had lost whatever motivation oomph they might have once had by this past 12 week round. Maybe I'll wander back in that direction eventually. Although, I must admit, I did send an inquiry to one of the organizers wondering what a returning member who missed the returning member deadline had to do to get back in, after having noticed a new team whose stated goals were to, essentially, do your own thing, and see how that works out.

I never did get a response, which seems like a good sign that yes, I am indeed supposed to take a step back and see how that works out. In a way, I suppose it's the same thing, I'll be doing my own thing, and seeing how that works out for me.

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GARDENCHRIS 8/19/2014 7:10AM

    you know if you put adblock on whatever browser you are using those annoying ads are GONE!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/18/2014 10:00PM

    Well, glad you're still involved in SP anyhow. Yes, it might be a good est to see how you do w/o BLC.

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one last bit of first class service

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Now really, it doesn't matter to me whether I work Tuesday thru Friday, or Monday thru Thursday. Oh sure, maybe there was a concert or two I might have made it to had I had the M-T sked, but I didn't miss anything earthshaking there. So when asked to switch for the last few weeks of the current contract, I said, sure, why, not, anything to be useful for the rest of this stint. It wasn't until tonight, as I sipping my free water in the first class cabin of the plane home that I realized that it was the last time I was taking the late Friday night flight from Chicago to Detroit, which is never full, and which always almost allows me to catch an upgrade. Usually I fall asleep, and don't take advantage, but tonight, I grabbed a drink when it was offered (Blue Moon beer, first time I've ever taken them up on the booze offer), grabbed a snack (since it was still within the calorie range I'd aiming from). To be best of my recollection, it was only one time in the past three months that I didn't get the upgrade when I took that late Friday flight home.

Oh well, small loss, as I'm only planning on one more flight, before driving to Chicago (and Madison!) over the last two weeks of this gig. But I might give a rueful little grin as I board the plane and go back to the economy class seat I've been paying for all along, and have to do without that little bottle of water, let alone the possibility of a free drink. And then I'll fall asleep as I usually do and forget all about it.

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PRIZM96 8/11/2014 10:47AM

    I've never been to that front of the plane. LOL I've heard tale about it, and seen it in the movies though! :-)

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1CRAZYDOG 8/9/2014 10:30AM

    Good luck!

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MEADSBAY 8/9/2014 9:50AM

    It is very easy to get used to the front of the plane, isn't it?

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GARDENCHRIS 8/9/2014 8:00AM

    nice to do now and then.

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WEARINGTHIN 8/9/2014 12:42AM

    You sound like the kind of passenger the airlines would relish. Glenn

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Logging with the enemy

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Finished the most recent BLC round up 5 pounds (more or less, I can't remember what number I put down on Wednesday. At least I know it wasn't more, as more would have meant twoterville, and that's a barrier I haven't crossed, no matter how close I've skated to the line. Well, at least that isn't a barrier I've seen on the scale. I know that I've been over and back during the bulk of the day, but that's why we stick to trying to weigh at a consistent time, right?)

Anyway, in those three days since that last weigh in, on the scale at the hotel gym, which is always a little meaner than my own scale at home, I've either lost a couple of pounds, or the nice scale is being nice. There might be something to the losing, because I ate well on Tuesday night, while hanging out and playing bar trivia. A couple of beers, and maybe the weigh in was artificially inflated. Had I been close to even for the 12 week challenge, maybe I would have passed on the drink, held back on food, looked for a sauna. But since that wasn't a realistic concern, I did the Tuesday night thing normally.

(just looked it up, 199.2, as of 7/23)

Anyway, trying something again, tracking food, which I've done very sporadically on this site, because the food tracker on here is very annoying to use. So I'm using the one on MyFitnessPal. I really don't know if it really is easier, or if it's the fact that I started using it during the week, and I'm putting items from fast food or casual dining establishments rather than stuff made/eaten at home. But it seems easier. And it's a bit of an eye opener as far as seeing how stupidly easily you can blow past 2000 calories. I've had a bit of a headache every day since Wednesday, and I don't really know if it's related to trying to stay below that figure or if it's just being a little sick-ish (or, as i suspect, I might have hurt my neck a bit playing my first round of golf in over two years back on Sunday). But, 5 days in a row of faithful logging, corresponding with a 2.5 lb decrease? Coincidence? Yeah, probably, but I think I'll keep on trying to keep track and see if that sort of coincidence continues.

In other news, I've been officially told that my contract won't be extended past August, so I'll be free (aka unemployed, or to put it more accurately and more kindly, between contracts) come September, just in time to go to Atlanta for a metal festival. That works out decently, I'd say. Also, depending on how long the break is, I might get a chance to get back into some semblance of a fitness routine. After all, I declared a re-beginning a couple of months ago, might as well start moving on that concept, right?

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PRIZM96 8/11/2014 10:44AM

    Speaking of which..... I should probably get moving on that concept as well! :-)

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STILLWATERSSB 8/11/2014 8:48AM

    Tracking helps hold me accountable too; however, it is difficult to track on Spark. Especially, from a phone!

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MEADSBAY 8/2/2014 10:09PM

    omg. you quack me up.
I needed that.
I am in a wt loss study using weight watchers and I hate their food tracker but I think its just because I am used to the SP tracker, which, once you populate your favorites list is easy-peasy, imho.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/27/2014 9:00AM

    Hey.... It's been awhile.... good on trying to track your food, and hoping everything works out on the work thing, can't someone just hire you permanent?

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1CRAZYDOG 7/26/2014 9:48PM

    Good luck on the job search!

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late night grubbing

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Had a late lunch, and then wasn't hungry during the traditional dinner hours, and then was utterly starving right when I was thinking I could survive on some snack (granola bar or something) and just skip dinner. That late, holy crap I'm hungry feeling drove me out of my hotel room in search of sustenance, and I'll give myself a half point back for not going to the McDonald's across the street, even as subtracting a point for the lateness of the meal.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/26/2014 9:01AM

    TIMOTHY has wise advice! But kudos to you for skipping McD's. That's good.

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DTERESA 6/26/2014 1:15AM

    Bravo on skipping McDonald's - that would have been an easy thing to do! emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 6/26/2014 12:56AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIMOTHY53 6/26/2014 12:46AM

    Here's a trick I use when I travel ... find the supermarket. There are small single serving dinner that are low calorie, low sodium etc. Healthy Choice, Weight Watchers, what ever. If they have a salad bar do that too. And don't forget the produce aisle for fruit. I have no need to even think about McDonald's et al.

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USA...USA...US...oh shi...

Monday, June 23, 2014

The reaction from millions of your fellow Americans at the last kick of today's world cup game, as it lofted right to an open Portuguese player's head and into the American net, for a last gasp tie. It felt like we'd lost though, the way they pulled their fat out of the fire at the last possible moment, and made Thursday's games meaningful, when the US had a golden ticket to the next round already in hand.

Jumping on the scale is like that sometimes, when you find that you have stayed even, or lost just a tiny but, even though you had eaten decently and exercised, but made that one late error, grabbed that one last bit of salty goodness, I mean badness, that WILL reflect on the scale. Knowing the number you see should be better than it is, feels like a gain, even if it really is equal or better by a tad than the previous number.

I say that because I just realized I'm engaged in that very, silly, last minute behaviour at the moment. I've been relatively good the past week, and though I haven't done all that much exercise due to injury, I did go to the gym today. But given what I just put away, I kind of suspect that the scale won't be as kind as it should be. And it will feel like a negative, though any movement in the downward direction deserves happy thought.

Self inflicted wound, this one. I'll try to have to keep it in mimd for the next such occasion/opportunity.

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SUSANELAINE1956 6/23/2014 5:48PM

    That game was a heart-breaker. I like your comparison to last minute mistakes. I'll try to keep that in mind when something seems irresistible.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/23/2014 2:56PM

    You said a mouthful!

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CATTUTT 6/23/2014 12:45PM

    You make a very good point. Sometimes a small loss feels as bad as a gain when you know you could have done better. Never really thought about it that way before, but it is true.

Hope your Monday is going well!

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BILL60 6/23/2014 7:47AM

    Just get on down and do "10" for being a bad boy.

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STR8SHOOTERGIRL 6/23/2014 12:33AM

    Really enjoyed this considering about 3 or so hours ago my hubby was watching this very game and was telling me it was tied....then he came in to the kitchen and said, "Let's watch a movie..." lol. BUT, I said... after 2 good episodes..."I gotta work out after this...so we have to stop watching in 10 minutes." Did I really want to stop? No. But...I owe it to myself to try...much like you. Thanks! emoticon

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