Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Goal for today:
1. Learn exercise tracker. I find this very confusing, but the food tracker was hard to get a handle on, too, and now I feel fairly comfortable with it. I really like my exercise ball and I want to put those exercises on it, but it takes forever to find something that corresponds in the Spark list. They are not done in alphabetical order, which would make it easier. I just listened to Coach Nicole's introduction and will just plod away at it every day until I "get" it.
I realize this is not a goal just for today, but if I try every day, maybe in a month I will have figured it out.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
I found a few people willing to check my tracker and I am checking theirs. It makes a huge difference for me. Just like the banks, I need to be accountable!!!
Everyone is different. I cannot plan my food ahead of time. Every time I do, it just does not work for me. Either it is too much or I don't like it or something is wrong. I tried using Spark's pre-made diet plan, wow, that really did not work for me. I even bought all the special ingredients for it.
A person has to get back to the tracker slowly. For example, first just track your breakfast for a few days, then do breakfast and lunch for a few more days, and then do the whole enchilada. I think it is crucial to track every calorie even if it comes to 3000, which it can. I also think it good to even track every lemon drop or cough drop you put in your mouth, even though they may be only 6 calories each.
Also, I think it entirely normal to stop tracking for a few days, a week, or even more. But if a person has really established the habit in themselves, they will come back to it.
Also, measuring is crucial. When you go out, you cannot measure, so just eat half of whatever they give you and then go to the list and choose what seems closest in ingredients, but do not stop just because you ate at a party and cannot figure it out accurately. A guess is okay.
The purpose is you are trying to establish the tracking habit. The habit. That is what is most important.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Usually, I blog every day day. I see the last one was March 14, and now it is March 22. I have never had such a long lapse. This is very similar to what happens with the calories. Somehow, life starts happening, and time passes, and your intentions are blown into the winds.
Good news: I finally started walking again. Well with more daylight and with spring, it is easier. But I have lapsed on the strength training, and have to get back into that. And I have lapsed on the nutrition tracking. I found a partner, and we would check each other's tracker, but she got busy and is not doing it, and I just can't seem to do it by myself consistently. I wonder how I could find a nutrition tracking partner on spark? The idea would be to check each others food tracker and make comments every single day. Sure we could miss a day or two, but it would work wonders if I knew someone else was reading my tracker.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Last night I went to a restaurant with my fiancee. He had been given a gift card to use. I hate those gift cards. They are just a lazy way to give a person a gift, and half the time, the person does not use them. I have read that 50% of them go unused, so that is why they are so prominently displayed in the stores!!! They are a big money maker.
At any rate, it is a restaurant that I know is a calorie pit. There is almost nothing there that is healthy, and it does not even taste that good. Yet, the place is always packed.
I had veal parmigiana and ravioli, you could see the fat oozing out of the sauce. Globules of it. I am so mad I did not order a salad, but I always like to go along with whatever my eating companion is having. I do this with friends, relatives, everyone. He was having a dinner, so I thought I should have a dinner. The soup was a tasteless minestrone that gave me gas.
Am I going to learn something from this??? He still has $150 left on this gift card!!! I cannot believe the stupidity of putting $200 on a cheapo restaurant gift card, but his daughter likes to act like she is rich. She is the one who gave it to him. In all fairness to her, she knows it is a place he frequents with his buddies. It is that type of place. I will leave it to him and his buddies in the future.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Why, oh, why are they still doing this Daylight "Saving" T.???? Why? I am still goofed up by the change. The fellow at the grocery store was too, and he is about 30 years younger than me. So, it is not age-related!!!
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