Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Oh, my, I was so proud of myself yesterday. I needed computer paper (after printing out all those spark recipes), and instead of mindlessly getting in the car and going to Office Max, where it is cheaper, I decided to walk to Walgreens, where it is more expensive. After all, saving money is not worth my health, right?
Now, as I was waiting to check out, you know how all these stores entice you with rows and rows of candies right at eye level. I spied "Ritter Sport". This is a rather expensive candy made by an old company in Germany and they have about 30 incarnations--- dark chocolate with whole almonds, milk chocolate with rum soaked raisins and hazelnuts, milk chocolate with flakes of coconut in the center. My favorite happens to be chocolate with peppermint filling.
What was such a gourmet candy doing in Walgreens? It is actually a little bit hard to find, and thus, is my downfall. I had to buy one, I mean, they are rare, imported from Germany, right?
Okay, now these come in a bar that is divided into darling little squares. I now have the package in front of me. It says: serving size 6 pieces/ servings about 3/ calories 210.
So first I broke off 6 pieces for the 210 calories. Then about an hour later the next 6, and in the evening the last 6. So, you see I actually had a 630 calorie candy bar and I just blew half my spark calories for the day.
So, my healthful trek to Walgreens ended up with unhealthful eating. Why, oh why, could I not stop at the first 6 squares?
Monday, November 28, 2011
Woke up at 4:45 am!!! Am going to join the 5% winter challenge. And being holiday season, it truly will be a challenge!!! Since I retired, though, I have to admit, my life is really easy. I have plenty of time to do spark, look up calories, go for walks. Do not have to be trying to "fit in" exercise. Now I do it when I get bored with all my free time!!I
I do get annoyed with the new age mantra of it is not what happens to you but how you respond to it. My life is definitely better now that I do not have the stress of working. What happens in your life is real and it really does affect you and you are not bad if you cannot "respond" to it in a calm, meditative way!!!
I admit that it is true that two people can have the exact same horrible experience happen to them,and one responds in a way that leads to good things, and the other responds in a way that is negative. But do any of us really have this much free will to choose how we respond? Some people are lucky that they are born with good coping skills and others simply do not have them. I feel so badly for my daughter who does not have the personality to handle life's slings and arrows. She is so wonderful, and has to suffer so much.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Thanksgiving seems to be a four day weekend in America. I was happy to see all the people out and about, in restaurants, and in coffee shops, in the park, and at the ocean ---with their families who were visiting. I feel very sad because my daughter and husband, who usually come, and really enjoy it, did not. My daughter suffers from depression, and actually when i think back to when she was little, even then, she had signs of it. She has coped with it, but now at 38, it seems to be overwhelming her. There is nothing I can do. It is awful to see your child in pain.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Got a good start; walked 2 miles; just did more strength exercises than have done all month; now I need to set my challenge goals.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
It is 6 am; I woke up at 5 am. I think I should take a day off of tracking, but I am still going to read all my spark mail.
I must say I truly appreciate and give thanks to all the people here on spark who have been so giving with their words. It sure helps, and not just with weight.
So, to everyone, thanks for giving!!!
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