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Alarming Alarms

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?

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SCOTMAMA 12/20/2011 7:57PM

    If the shoe fits, wear it!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/19/2011 9:10PM

    It's hard to leave Spark People when your having fun. LOL emoticon

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MEME102 12/19/2011 6:18PM

    I guess that means if you can't fight 'em -- join 'em!!! :))
Are you smiling???

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GEMINISUE 12/19/2011 2:36PM

    your where you really want to be! Enjoy it.

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VINGRAM 12/19/2011 11:14AM

    One that encourages you to stay right where you are! emoticon

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New Program

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.

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LADYBUG1107 12/19/2011 5:14AM

    Great ideas! I will try to incorporate the timer idea too.

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NOMIS1 12/18/2011 9:54PM

    The computer does take up a lot of time. for a while I wasn't checking in with teams at all. Now I'm back but really trying to limit it.

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JEANNE229 12/18/2011 7:25PM

    Sometimes I feel anxious at the amount of time on a computer (I have a SLOW one), but then I say at least I'm not EATING while I'm surfing...some good.

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ARLENE_MOVES 12/18/2011 5:01PM

    Amazing how much time goes by when on the computer. I'm retired and I really need to watch the time as the day will go by and I'll get nothing done! But I'm retired!!!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/18/2011 4:44PM

    Good plan Carolee. I have had to cut back on my Sparking also. Too much time used that I could be moving my body.

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SOUPY18 12/18/2011 4:09PM

    I understand. My computer is usually on, but I am doing other things. I have been spending too much time on it -- made even worse by the slow loading on the SP site. Went back to my old ways of writing things down, not recording them on the computer.

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BARBIECAT 12/18/2011 3:47PM

    spending less time at the computer and more time being active has been great for my overall sense of well- being and fitness.

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VINGRAM 12/18/2011 3:37PM

    I'm retired and I love the time I spend on the computer! So far - I have not had to curtail.....but I may in the future! Good plan......stick to it!

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MARGOMCP 12/18/2011 11:27AM

    I quit fighting myself so much about the computer time, just make sure I get up from sitting every now and then for health reasons. I figure I am doing what I want to do or I would not be doing it. Having to force myself to do task B when I'd rather be doing task A doesn't seem productive; as the saying goes, no one ever dies wishing they'd done more housework? I observe myself and I always get things done that I want or feel should be done. So I let myself "go" and do thing at the last minute or not at all or whatever. I need to get out of my head more, quit bossing the rest of me around. I'm a whole, not just what I think I am or should be doing.

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MEME102 12/18/2011 11:18AM

    LOL, welcome to my world Carol!!! Yes it is easy to get too involved with SP and stay much too long - finding a happy medium is the best -- good luck!!

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Overate Again

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!!!

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VINGRAM 12/17/2011 6:12PM

    I'm with you..........late afternoon and evening are my pitfalls, too! Maybe it will help some to know you are NOT ALONE!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/17/2011 10:02AM

    Don't give up. Do lower body workouts or just walking in place. Get in some exercise everyday. Good Luck.

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Cooking Soup

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?

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HINCTYBEAT 12/16/2011 10:48PM

    Slow cooker, for sure... and I like to put something in the oven (which you can do with soup at 300 or so) or simmering and then know I have 40 or 50 minutes and when I get back, it's back to work. ( and if you're worried about your soup, you'll walk faster!)

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SCOTMAMA 12/16/2011 9:19PM

    Soup is always a great idea for this time of year. Once you get your soup on simmering, turn it low so that it just barely bubbles then go ahead and go walking! The soup will never miss you and you'll have both tasks done - cooking/walking!

Sounds like a plan! I'll have to look into that magazine -- nothing is less motivating than looking through a magazine and seeing nothing but ads.

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QUANYIN1 12/16/2011 1:41PM

    Two words slow cooker,i love them.

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ZEEDRA 12/16/2011 1:34PM

    Walk around the refrigerator? (my salute to Jeanne's humour)

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JEANNE229 12/16/2011 1:16PM

    Walk around the stove?

(Sorry...not much help).

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Measuring Devices

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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FISHINGLADY66 12/14/2011 4:17PM

    emoticon Good for you. I have my special measuring cups and spoons also. Isn't it great to have mastered a good habit?

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CHARLOTTE1947 12/14/2011 3:10PM

    Me too! Two sets! One is always clean. Two sets of measuring spoons too. I also bought a scale that measures ounces and grams. I just now ate a square of 2% mild cheddar that weighed 19 grams (.67 of an ounce). Very handy! Keeps us honest!

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CAROLEE1945 12/14/2011 1:42PM

    Forgot to say also got colorful fish shaped measuring cups and spoons which do double duty. They entertain my grandson as well!

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QUANYIN1 12/14/2011 1:28PM

    Yaayyy,measuring is the next step i need to take,my grand is moving in Jan so i will have more time and no excuses,following you is soooooooo helping me right now i am struggling,thank you

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TWNOMWE 12/14/2011 1:17PM

    emoticon emoticon It is a great habit to have.
It has become second nature for me too.
have a great day.

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JEANNE229 12/14/2011 12:20PM

    I do that, too. I got a special set of measuring devices that are shaped like different fruits and veggies, and it is fun to get the food from the food containers.

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GYMRAT_AT44 12/14/2011 11:59AM

    Good idea. Will have to share on my other groups!

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ACOVELLO2 12/14/2011 11:56AM

    I just bought a new set of measuring cups for the exact same reason! I love how Spark has such good motivations for us all!

Keep up the great work! It will pay off!

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VINGRAM 12/14/2011 11:55AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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