Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Was feeling funny this morning, postponing eating my breakfast. At around 10, I started to have stomach cramps, correction - gut cramps, big ones. Then I started to have chills. Oh Oh! Something's up. Stopped blogging and went to bed for a two hours sleep. Ccccoooold, I was so cold.
In the p.m., starting to feel a bit better. Got my breakfast down. At the same time, I'm reading about how skipping meals could lead to overeating at night. Well my biggest meal of the day is dinner time (stricke one) and I always have a small snack during the evening (strike two,) 'should' be something with fiber and protein, definitely fiber; as a pre-diabetic, it helps control sugar levels til morning. Anyways, got to watch it tonight - no bingeing. At any rate, I won't meet my calorie requirement for the day so I have to plan smartly!
Was reading about fellow sparkers having some serious family situations. My heart goes out to them and I'll be praying for them all tonight.
Still having some cramps but they are further apart. I'm planning on exercising today but my house chores will have to come first - remember DH's coming home Friday. Finish sparking and get moving!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Yep! It's come up again. OK, OK! I'm a Procrastinator! There, I said it. My name is Diane and I am a procrastinator. I've told you before that when I retired two years ago, a project on my agenda was to put my photos in order; it's still not done! I started sewing a blazer a year and a half ago and it's still not finished. I always was a bit inclined to put things off but since I joined SP, it's even more of a problem. DH has been away for three weeks and, you guessed it, I let my daily chores accumulate. But I haven't stood still. I was sparking and blogging and trying new SP recipes, more sparking, doing my ST and cardios, journalling, more blogging.....
DH is coming back on Friday and now I have to catch up with the housework. The good thing is that there was only one person here to make messes... ME and ME is 7 lbs lighter than when he left. Coincidence??? Now, if I could only get that ...blazer done!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Responding to you comment on the Secret to Success - Weight Loss Secrets: Log your calories using the Spark Nutrition Tracker
Although it is time-consuming, you can record your own recipes without having to submit any if you donít want to.
Take the list of all ingredients needed for your particular recipe, including spices etc. and the fat needed to grease a pan. Go to
Add A Food,
Access Recipe Calculator (bottom right).
At 1, Enter My Recipe, click on ADD AN INGREDIENT and enter the ingredients on your list one at a time with the right portion (use the Conversion Calculator if needed). If you cannot find the exact ingredient in the food list, you will have to use the closest find in the food list or use the Enter a Food Not Listed. By the way, there is an excellent calorie counter site which also provides a listing for East Indian food. Check it out at http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_food.
Before going to the next step, ensure you havenít missed an ingredient or entered the wrong amount. Close that window.
At 2, Calculate Nutritional Info, enter the number of servings your recipe normally yields then click on Calculate Info. Youíll have to write down all the nutrition facts on a sheet of paper. Sorry, I donít know of an easier way to do it. Now go back to my Nutrition, Add A Food and select Enter a Food Not Listed. Give a name to your recipe with the amount of one serving in brackets, for example, My Buttered Chicken (1 cup serving), and proceed to enter the nutrition facts you have previously written down. Click on Save Food. Tada! From now on you will find your recipe listed in my Favorite. Hope this helps.
Friday, November 12, 2010
As DH is still away for another week, I took advantage of this to try a few SP recipes. Tonight, I made ANDREWMOM's recipe, Carrot Pumpkin Bars. They turned great... so great that I had 3 bars while cutting them to size and three more when I was putting them into freezer bags for later use. I said 'later use'! Those SIX, repeat SIX, bars added 508 calories to my food log (I always enter the ingredients into the recipe calculator because the nutritional value always differs from the posted one. In this case, the calorie count given was 67.2/bar while I obtained 84.6/bar.) I had planned for 'only' three but the three additional bars almost put me to top of my calorie range for today. I should have cut them out while the kettle was boiling then sat down and enjoyed three bars with a cup of tea. Better yet, I should have waited until I had a houseful of people to do those. Although I am very disappointed in myself for not being able to stay in control, this is another case for the "Lessons Learned" file.
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