Thursday, November 29, 2012
Yesterday, as I'm sure many of you out there did, I filled out the survey offered by SparkPeople via the Insider link on the front page. I always click the Insider link on the front page to earn 1 Spark point and to keep up on the latest Spark info. Sometimes it's about something new to me, and sometimes it's not. The survey was new, so I went ahead and filled it out.
There were a couple of sections that resulted in unexpected actions. One was related to diabetes. It asked if I or anyone in my household had been diagnosed with any form of diabetes and I checked the box for pre-diabetic. Bill had been diagnosed as pre-diabetic several years before I found Spark People and we cleaned up our act and diet, so that check was truthful.
Another section asked a similar question regarding emotional/hormonal conditions, and I checked the box for depression, for myself. It is what it is, and I'm dealing.
Anyway, this morning, I logged onto SP as I usually do to enter my nutritional information for the day and noticed there's now Blood Glucose Tracker situated just under my Water tracker et.al. Odd, I'd never seen that before. The more I looked at my nutrition page, the more I realized it was vastly different.
New meal ideas (yes, I use the SparkPeople meal planner and suggested meals).
Not only a row for Meal Totals: but now there's a row for Meal Goals. Nice.
Not only a Snack category, but now there's a Snack 2. WooHoo!
Apparently, I've been set up as a Spark-D user, with a diabetic meal plan. I'm not diabetic, that I know of, but I'm going to go with the flow. Why?
The new meal suggestions are a very nice, welcome change from the same ole, same ole. The Meal Goals is great, because before, whenever I would sub my own meal for the suggested one, I had no idea if I was hitting near enough to what I should be consuming.
And really, who's going to argue with a suggested second snack?
I added my own categories of Morning Snack, Afternoon Snack, and Evening Snack, as one simple 'Snack' was not sufficient to cover my whole day. Now with two suggested categories, I can plan better and eliminate my user-added fields.
So, all in all, my Nutrition tracker looks like it received an upgrade, even though I'm sure this isn't new to the site, just to me. I received two extra emails from Spark today - one for diabetes and one for depression. I'll peruse them to see what information I can glean from them and decide whether or not I'd like to keep receiving the emails.
Did any of you take the survey? Did it change or effect any of your tools?
Monday, November 26, 2012
It looks like, by reading various blogs, everyone had a good holiday weekend, and no one is wigging out too much about eating too much. Let's classify this a WIN!
We had a good holiday, quiet really. I didn't get out of my jammies at all on Thursday LOL I can cook just as well in my jammies as I can in fancy dress, so might as well be comfy.
Friday, we took the Lovebirds for their first vet check-up and were proud birdy parents. The vet likes them very much, said they're in great shape and are neat little birds - none of which has anything to do with us other than we've kept them alive for a week.
Saturday I took a class at OHS learning how to use various walking tools on different dogs, then picked up my packet for the Hot Buttered Run on Sunday.
It was the drive home that poked a sharp bony finger into my well-padded ribs.
"Look. Look down there," the quiet voice said as I drove along I-205 from Vancouver to Portland.
"There it is," the quiet voice pointed out.
I looked. I longed. I yearned even.
Do you have any idea how long it's been since I've y~e~a~r~n~e~d? Like, for reals?
The picture, not my own, does not do it justice. It's a paved trail that winds along, the Columbia on one side, the Portland Airport on the other. Bill and I walked it one Saturday when I was getting ready for the Portland Half. I've walked and run along it before.
There's something thrilling, to me, to be moving along the trail, walking or running, and hear a plane come in to land. It roars up, loud and reverberating within your chest, as it nears its destination. You can turn, twist, watch as it soars overhead, seemingly floating, going far too slow to actually remain in the air, and yet there it is, sailing over your head and disappearing behind the curve of the next rise.
I miss that. The quiet voice reminded me that that simple pleasure is there, waiting for me.
"You know you want to," it murmured to me, softly.
It's true, it's right. I do want to. I want to be the person who goes for a run along the Columbia, in the cold pale light of morning. I want to be that person again. I want to feel better, I want to look better for myself, for my own peace of mind.
I can sit and complain that I'm too tired.
I can get up and move, so I'm not as tired anymore.
I can sit and consume far too much X, Y, or Z.
I can get up and fuel my body appropriately for what I want to do.
Sunday, I participated in the Hot Buttered Run. I enjoyed it. I interval'd the first mile, walked the second, and interval'd the last mile to finish. I need more hill work, and this race reminded me of that. My finish time wasn't the best, nor the worst. I finished upright and I had fun doing the race. That's what matters.
After that, Bill and I zipped home, got on our 'farmer brown' duds and headed back to OHS to work on the walking path maintenance. There were far too many soggy spots during the last rainy spell, so we filled them in with mulch and hopefully it won't be quite so swampy for the two-leggers and four-leggers who use the path.
All in all, a good weekend. A desire was re-ignited within me to be the kind of person who finds joy in running along a river. There's no way I can complain about that.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Seems like an apt blog title, no?
We're ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I think Bill is picking up a cooking bag (which is, thankfully, the only thing we forgot on our grocery trip over the weekend (I hope!)) this afternoon, and then we'll be walking OHS kids after work.
I shared with Mustang Sally that we'll be having a quiet day, just me and Bill, and the ani-babies. We have our three dogs, who will all get to share in the feast with their own portion of turkey and gravy and veggies and stuffing. We have four new additions which I haven't mentioned here before.
Bobby and Squit are ring-neck doves. These are NOT them, but they look like this.
They came home from OHS the day of my oral surgery, so we had plenty of time to bond while I was recovering LOL Bill built them an aviary on half of our front porch, and they get to go out there when it's not too cold and not raining. They love it, and will perch in bowls of timothy hay and coo like lil madbirds.
Sweet and Tart are peach faced lovebirds. These are NOT them, but they look like this:
They came home from OHS with Bill last Friday morning, and my wasn't I surprised! LOL Not really, I knew he wanted them, we were just waiting for the ok after Tart (the female) passed a misshaped egg. We call the female Tart and the male Sweet, because she is a saucy sassy thing, and initially was all about biting our fingers (or puppy noses) any time we got too close. Now, she's learned that those fingers provide millet spray, and she's our bestest buddy evah!
The birds will all get some veggies and stuffing, a very small portion. They can eat meat, but it's bad enough feeding them boiled eggs, somehow grinding up turkey and feeding it to them seems a bit.. odd.
So there, there are our plans for Thanksgiving. I'll probably (hopefully... maybe??) go out to trot my own turkey around the neighborhood a bit that morning, maybe even taking Bubbie with me for a bit.
I wish you and yours a happy safe Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 12, 2012
And by 4400, I actually mean 4440. And it was calories BURNED, not consumed.
All in all, my long weekend (I took Friday off as a vacation day) was splendid. Friday morning, we walked kennel kids for 3 1/2 hours, then went shopping for a bit. We managed to get new smartphones (see previous blog post) as well and they're turning out to be great!
Saturday we spent at home, doing weekend chores and little else. I'm a firm believer in 'little else' now and again.
Sunday, I took Bubbie out for a run to celebrate World Run Day.
Once he was settled back home, I headed back out. See, I registered for World Run Day, saying that I would run 4 miles. I considered only doing 2 more, but then it hit me.
I've been doing a lot of saying/planning on doing X, but instead doing Y.
I gave myself a talking to, trying to puzzle out when it became ok to not follow through on what I said.
Enough of that noise.
I ran the additional 3 miles, and felt great when I was done.
After a quick morning snack, Bill and I got decked out in Farmer Brown threads and headed over to OHS again. We spent the next 3 1/2 hours spreading mulch along the dog walking path where it was getting a bit bare and muddy.
3 1/2 hours of wheeling a wheelbarrow from the path, out the back gate, over to the other access gate, and over to the mulch pile. We shoveled the barrows full (maybe 150 lbs or so?) then trudged back to the path again. You're familiar with the process of mulching I'd bet!
Bill figures we did around 20 trips each. Back and forth. All I know is.. I managed 24,447 steps (8,000 were for my 4 miles running) and burned 4,440 calories total. (For perspective, my Saturday calorie burn of not doing much of anything was 2,3473)
I'm tired today.
I'm tired, but it's a good tired, from worthwhile work. The kind that feeds the spirit.
On the schedule for this week:
Monday - puppy wraslin'
Tuesday - volunteer with SparkPortland at the Oregon Food bank.
Wednesday - walk kennel kids at OHS after work
Thursday - 3 mi run
Friday - walk kennel kids in the a.m., open afternoon
Saturday - 4 mi run
Sunday - more OHS mulching
Have a Sparktacular week, gang!
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