Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I really like the new Spark format!!! The scrolling list of people on my team is really neat. What I like about Spark is what I hated about it at first. This website is so complex!!! I was so frustrated by how complicated it seemed that I dropped it for awhile. But now, I love it because every time I turn around a corner, I discover something new.
I decided to just focus on one team, the over 60's. The older I get, the simpler I have to make things. There is always a push-pull. Too simple is boring; too complex is frustrating-- have to have a happy medium.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
1. Tracked food 5 days out of 7.
2. Walked 8000 steps 4 days out of 7.
3. Did exercise ball 5 days out of 7.
Goals for today:
1. Stay under 1800 calories.
2. Walk 10,000 steps.
3. Do exercise ball for 20 minutes.
4. Do yoga for 20 minutes.
How to accomplish these goals- be specific
1. Eat 300 for breakfast, 300 for lunch. That will leave enough for dinner.
2. A beautiful day; walk to beach
3. Do exercise ball while hair is drying from shower.
4. Get out yoga mat before going to bed.
Report: (to be checked tomorrow morning)
Monday, January 24, 2011
It is good to make changes to my Spark routine to keep things fresh, while at the same time keeping to my new good Routine.
Okay, this is what I mean. I have established the habit of recording my foods, now, most of the time. I was using measuring cups and spoons. My new idea is to use a food scale and measure in grams. ( It is easiest to keep to the same unit. ) I am discovering that this new behavior is really helping me to stay on track. Will I do it this way forever? I am sure not. But hopefully I will continue to food journal for a long, long time. Will I stop when I get to my ideal weight? Hmmmm...... Isn't that how people gain weight back?
Another example: Walking 10,000 steps. It got boring to walk around Stow Lake. Yesterday, I walked to the market and back instead. I discovered some new delightful shops in my neighborhood that I did not know existed.
So, keep the basic plan: record foods honestly and record steps walked. But change how I do it as the mood fits. I went to Amazon.com where I saw a delightful video review of food scales. This guy did not use the scale for dieting but for cooking. His video got me more interested in weighing foods instead of measuring. (And especially instead of guessing. ) It seems like a hassle, but once you do it for a week or so, it seems easy. Most important though, is that watching this simple 3 minute humorous video was a tipping point to get me using the scale!!!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Did weigh in; same as ever. Have a habit of eating yoplait pina colada yogurt in the middle of the night when I wake up.............I just tracked the calories and was shocked: 170---so now I am already down 170 calories for today!!!
This is going to be a long haul, but that is okay, at least I am not gaining. Will have to substitute a no sugar mint for the yogurt tonight. Also, this proves how important tracking is. Writing down every single thing you eat.
Today is going to be stressful. My mother has 3 doctor appointments. I am going to try to do two of them without the caregiver, but I am so worried that I won't be able to find a place to park, could not sleep (hence the yogurt in the middle of the night)
I just cannot leave my mother while I park, because I cannot trust that she won't try to stand up and then fall. At least, the appointment is close and if I cannot park, I can go back home and get the caregiver. Of course, then my mom will be furious that I do not trust her. But I can't. Four falls in one year is just too much.
Proud of myself: did the 10,000 steps yesterday, and it felt really good. Only problem is hills hurt my hip and knees. But not real bad.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Yesterday I was craving potato chips, so bought what I thought was a one ounce bag. After eating them, noticing it was 1 7/8 ounces!!! Now, you know they did that on purpose, because if I had seen two ounces, I would have been more careful. I did notice the calories seemed to be a lot for just one ounce, but when you are craving potato chips, you lie to yourself.
Okay, so this was a learning experience and time to move on. The food manufacturers know people are concerned about weight and will do everything possible to distort our perceptions of the food, like labeling certain things healthy and low fat when really they are not. Well, I need to get off this bandwagon.
All I can say is every time Spark has one of those cute food challenges, "which one has less calories", I realize I never eat any of that stuff, I do not go to fast food places, so I am one step ahead of the game. I have never even tasted some of those processed foods they put up in the challenge. Luckily I do not have those habits, but I have other bad habits, like lots of butter on bread.
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