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Friday, 1/28/11 Help

Friday, January 28, 2011

Help. I finally have come to the point where I feel like I need help. I feel sad this morning, not my usual feeling. I want to limit myself to 300 calories for breakfast and 300 for lunch. Then if dinner is 1000, at least I will be within my range. It is impossible for dinner to be 300 or 400 or even 500. You cannot even get enough nutrition with so few calories. I cannot go to bed hungry. Cannot sleep. I will be going away this weekend, so the calorie thing will probably be out the window, yet my goal for Monday was to weigh at least one pound less. At least. At least I am aware. I can look back at my nutrition tracker and see where the extra calories come from. Usually sweets and wine. Goal for today:
1. 300 for breakfast
2. 300 for lunch
3. dinner will be out, do not put butter on bread, order broiled items

To do
1. pack for trip
2. charge ipad, plan to do calories on trip?
3. take mom to doctor 1pm
4. do walk???
5. do one garden task on list

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LADYJ6942 1/28/2011 10:20AM

    I find when planning for the 300 cal breakfast/lunch that as long as it is high in protein and carbs it holds me very well. On the high cal dinner that works well too keeping in my portion size, method of cooking and such that can add extra calories not planned for.

Good luck

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1/27/11 Positives/Negatives

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Positives: I have finally established the Spark Habit. I am recording everything in my nutrition tracker, even when I have to guess.

Negatives: Last night I had 1500 calories just for dinner, or was it 2000? I just had to guess because we ate out, exotic things like shrimp wrapped in prosciutto with a creamy dipping sauce. Lots of wine, butter on delicious bread.

Positive: I seem to be able to control my calories for breakfast and lunch. I am not even hungry, especially if I have a protein like an egg in the morning.

Negative: I could not find anything nice to wear last night to the special dinner, except a black outfit that was complimentary. I want to lose weight so I do not have to be restricted to needing black clothing to look decent!!!

Positive: I could have easily enjoyed the dinner last night by skipping the butter and the dipping sauce and the dessert. That would have shaved 500 calories right there. (maybe even more)


New Spark Format

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.

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NOMIS1 1/26/2011 11:21AM

    Over 60's team is great. Glad you are making it a priority.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 1/26/2011 9:32AM

    That is right and that is why it is SO important to not compare oneself to others. I love your attitude

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Tuesday 1/25/11

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)


Nutrition Tracker Thoughts

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 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!!!


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