Monday, December 19, 2011
Checking up on myself. Checking what I wrote yesterday about limiting my computer time by setting an alarm.
Okay, I set two alarms. One was a kitchen type timer that went off about half an hour ago. Then I set an alarm on my computer. It went off about another half hour ago. It goes to itunes on my computer and now is playing a lovely Chopin piano piece. Why would I stop using the computer, when I can listen to this beautiful music as well??
What type of an alarm is that?
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I just set up a new morning program for myself.
#1 Set timer for Spark. Allow only 30 minutes.
#2 Set timer for email. Allow only 30 minutes.
#3 Do strength exercises for a minimum of 30 minutes. Set timer to check yourself.
Plan day's errands around a walk. ie. walk to bank/ walk to store with backpack
Of course, there is still the thing about using the food tracker. I skipped it yesterday, but I have been doing 6 out of 7 days. I feel it is now part of my routine and I do not need to change it. (except eat less calories)
And, then, of course, I will check in with Spark all through the day, to record calories and do quick email responses.
Unfortunately, I have been spending up to 2 hours on the computer in the morning and then not getting anything done.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I can limit my breakfast calories.
I can limit my lunch calories.
But I go hog wild at dinner.
And if I have wine with dinner, then all bets are off.
I am feeling sorry for myself because I have developed some sort of hand arthritis or tendonitis. My hands are very important to me, well, to all of us, but I use my hands in so many ways, making jewelry, cooking, gardening, sewing I do not just sit around watching tv, where you don't have to use your hands. Even turning the page of a book has become difficult at times. Now, I am afraid to continue with my weight lifting Spark strength program. I think this has contributed to my going hog wild at dinner time. There is nothing better than feeling sorry for yourself to get you to eat!!!
Friday, December 16, 2011
I love the magazine, Fine Cooking. It is expensive, because it has no ads except for cooking related ads. I hate reading Gourmet and finding ads for deodorant and cars! Every recipe has the nutritional information included. I just made something new from the latest issue and I am very excited about it. It is a chicken soup. Soups are the absolute best thing for people wanting to control calories. And of course, now in winter, it tastes just great.
Here is a conundrum. I have to cook in the morning when I have energy. Otherwise, we go out to dinner. Last night was to a Chinese restaurant supposedly to save calories. Ha!! The sesame beef was delicious, but little chunks of beef were ---horrors----deep fried!!! Then the eggplant with basil, shrimp and chicken was also delicious, but I am sure the tasty sauce was loaded with oil.
The dinner I am making now I originally had planned to have last night, and not go out to eat. But I was too tired to cook.
However, if I do this in the morning, then how do I fit my walking in?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I moved my measuring cups and measuring spoons to an area in the kitchen very close to where I eat. (I have my regular baking ones in a separate place to use.) My Spark ones are special, just for my Spark measurings and I have 3 of each size. This way there is no excuse not to measure because the cup is dirty. I almost have it to a habit, where it feels funny not to measure.
I was very excited when I saw myself measuring without having to think about it, sort of like brushing my teeth.
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