Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I have not been getting my regular spark emails, and it has really thrown me off. I went to the place where you check them off, and it said, "never email me" well, I never checked that box, and I do not know why it happened.
Without the emails, I sort of forget about spark!!! I need them.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Don't be afraid of the iPhone!!
The iPhone is not like other more complicated smart phones. It is amazingly simple to learn to use. I admit I also took a class to get started with it. I have it coordinated with my desktop computer, so I can keep track of my appointments on both devices. Now that I have gotten over 60, I am so much more forgetful than I used to be. So, it is a godsend for me in that respect also.
I think the issue with people not using new technology is simply that they are not interested. And that is fine. After all, I am not interested in carpentry, and I would be flummoxed by all the various types of nails and screwdrivers. I have several friends who refuse to even carry a cell phone.
The problem with this is that the world is really changing fast, and pretty soon basic functions, like ordering medicines and making appointments, will be very hard without knowing a bit of the technology.
For example, in caring for my mom, I am constantly getting medicines for her. The pharmacy texts me when they are ready, and wow, does that make it easier. I was someone who resisted the "texting" bit, and only discovered how it can make things simple a few months ago.
Monday, October 24, 2011
I can't help raving about the iPhone and how it has enriched my life!!! I discovered this "app"
called "Fooducate". You can put your iPhone in front of a bar code on a food item, and it reads it and then tells you about the item!!! I gives it a grade, like B, or B- and then offers suggestions of other things that might be better!!! It is amazing. To top it off, they have a website, and now I get really interesting emails from them about various programs going on around the country relating to eating more wisely.
For example, I did not know the food manufacturers are fighting a new proposed law. You know how the label says, "100 calories a serving" and then the candy bar is actually 3 servings, but you don't read that part, of course!!! So, they want to change the labels so the calories will be more clear to the consumer.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Well, I am on Day 4 of using the Spark Meal Plan.
Well, I was saying, gee, I was so full and got so much to eat!!!
Well, on further, detailed reading, I saw various errors I was making. For example today it says 2 pieces whole wheat toast -91 calories - and I thought it meant you got to eat two pieces,at 91 calories each. No, no, no, Carol, it was whole wheat toast, reduced calorie, at 45 calories each, with a total of 91. (The math of this is driving me crazy.)
Then I saw almond butter (for the toast) so I conveniently thought it was 1 T, but no, it was 0.5 T. Well 0.5 T only covers about one fourth of the toast!!! How could they even have suggested that???
Still, I ate much more healthily, than if I had had a regular English muffin with butter and jam. Put under the broiler so that the top of the muffin is crisp and the butter is dripping off.(which is one of my favorite breakfasts)
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Well, this was my calorie count for yesterday. But on the positive side, at least I KNOW.
Am going to plan my meals again, today. Spark's meal plans are heavy on fruits and vegetables, which is good. If I can do just breakfast and lunch with Spark, and then modify a regular dinner, I think I can get under 2000 calories. Eating out really is a challenge. Last night, I absolutely did not have to eat all the bread and butter. I did not. But i was so hungry by the time we were served, and even though I just kept breaking off little pieces of it, still, it amounted to a lot.
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