Monday, January 25, 2010
What I have realized about the SparkPeople website and Sparkpoints is that they are completely set up to reward actions rather than results. It does not require achieving the result of losing weight, it requires doing the actions necessary to lose weight. So you get points for tracking food, water, making blog entries, and relating with other people on the same journey rather than for actually losing weight.
It is appropriate to reward actions rather than results. Weight loss may not happen for lots of reasons (at least on the immediate basis) due to no fault of the dieter. If the actions continue, the eventual result will be weight loss. So it is the actions, not the results that are rewarded.
Its a great motivation to do the right actions.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
It sounds funny, but Ian and I had decided to NOT grow a garden this year. Last year, we figured we spent over $400 for the bushels of tomatoes, 3 eggplants and one green pepper that we were able to harvest. It was a bad return on our investment, not only the money, but the time and labor spent. But today, I decided that I would plant a garden again anyway. I really enjoy the sensory experiance of planting the seeds, watering the plants, looking for bugs. And then there is the reward of a warm juicy tomato fresh from the garden, sweet eggplant, and the basil. Ahh the basil. we had so much basil I made home-made dressing using olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a handful of basil once or twice per week. All I had to do is step into the backyard to harvest it.
So back to the garden I went today to start cleaning up the plot. It was great. The sky was blue, the air was fresh, the sun warm. What a lovely day. And I enjoyed it. I may have enjoyed it $400 worth.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Today, Ian and I went to the Farmers Market in Dallas. I don't live in Dallas any longer, but I grew up there and the Farmers Market was one of my favorite places to go as a child. My sister and I would go with our grandmother who took care of us during the day while my mother was working and in school. Grandmother had grown up on a farm in Louisiana and really knew her produce. She took the time to teach us what to look for in vegetables and fruit. And what was the right scent for ripe fruit and vegetables. The right sound for watermelons. It was always a sensory extravaganza. One of those things that I always looked forward to doing.
Since becoming an adult, I have occasionally, but not recently until today, made the trip to the Farmers Market. I was disappointed. It has "improved" - some of the sheds are now enclosed and they sell merchandise rather than produce. The stands are no longer filled with farmers, but with produce vendors. Even the ONE farmer that was there was mainly selling produce that was not grown on her farm, but was grown in West Texas or New Mexico. It was a disappointment that it was no longer the same.
At the same time, Ian and I tracked our walk through the stands. The produce was fresh and plentiful. Many of the vendors had really taken the time to make pleasing visual displays. Each vendor was ready with a slice of fruit that they were proud of. I had bites of grapefruit and orange from the valley (the Rio Grande Valley), Gala apples, red Bartlett pears. A slice of cantaloupe. Everything was delicious!
I came with cash in small bills so that I could buy from many different stands. It was still a sensory experience, just not the sensory experience I was expecting.
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