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Not getting spark emails

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.

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 10/28/2011 8:10AM

    This happens at times. Just go back to the Start page. Uncheck all your email preferences and check Never email me again. Then go bakc and check the emails that you want and check send my emails. It should start working soon.

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CHARLOTTE1947 10/26/2011 7:40PM

    Hmmm. I check on you all the time. I hope you get this straightened out. We need you too!

Charlotte

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iPhone phobia

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.

  
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MRE1956 10/25/2011 3:15PM

    My fear is not of the technology itself, but the carriers' pricing plan.....

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CHRIMSONFYRE 10/25/2011 12:46PM

    I love my iphone, I've been addicted since the release in 2007 :)

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Fooducate

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.

  
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TWNOMWE 10/25/2011 8:44AM

    I should get one!
We learn new things every day.
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MTPOETNH 10/25/2011 8:00AM

    Technology is amazing- what a great tool to help people eat healthier. I personally am intimated by the new phones and all they can do - I am sometimes a little challenged by the technology .. there are still features on my "old" cell phone that I don't know how to use. emoticon Peggy

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JEANNE229 10/25/2011 12:20AM

    To think in OUR era there weren't even cordless phones!

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ANNIE1114 10/24/2011 6:13PM

  sounds interesting

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NELLJONES 10/24/2011 4:35PM

    The iPhone has changed everything!

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Laughing At Myself

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)

  
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TWNOMWE 10/25/2011 8:48AM

    Those calorie reduced breads are like paper, I opted to use the regular bread and eat one slice ( 110-120 calories). You are on track though just keep it up emoticon


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KAYYVAUGHN 10/24/2011 6:33AM

    Carol,

You are on track. It will all come together.
Kay

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JKURJACK1944 10/22/2011 1:06PM

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Watch those portions and you will be able to keep doing healthy. Your on the right path.

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2200 calories

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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MTPOETNH 10/22/2011 2:52PM

    Eating out is a big challenge - it is hard to estimate how many calories are in some of the things you are served. When we go out now , I usually research the menu on line and see if they give the calorie count of foods on the menu. I find myself avoiding restaurants that don't have calories listed on at least a few meals. emoticon Peggy

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TWNOMWE 10/22/2011 11:58AM

    The smell of bread when you are hungry is such a call for over eating and that is my weakness when we go out. As Linda said above eat something before you go out and get water as soon you are seated. Good luck with spark menu.
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JEANNE229 10/22/2011 11:32AM

    I am stuck away from home...no kitchen. Now THAT is also a big challenge! Good luck with your goals, my friend.

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GEMINISUE 10/22/2011 11:09AM

    try a few nuts, on the way to the restaurant, has the protein and fat you need to substain

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PURPLELVR7 10/22/2011 10:32AM

    I agree eating out is hard, I love bread and it hard to avoid it. I know you can do this

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NO_SNOW_BODY 10/22/2011 10:32AM

    I understand the bread thing, I had to tell the waitress lat night to make sure there wasn't any bread around me. I also gave up the baked potato, the creammy cucumber salad and had just the fish and cottage cheese. I had eaten some fruit before I left home to stave off my hunger pains. I hoep I can keep it up

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