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SparkCoach - Meal Ideas

Sunday, February 03, 2013

SparkCoach has asked me to put together a list of meal ideas using the plate method of designing meals. For me, this looks like 1 quarter protein, 1 quarter starch, half fruits and vegetables, using a 8 or 9 inch plate, with a small source of dairy or non-dairy calcium on the side.

First I'd do a plate of sandwich fixings.. One slice of Italian bread (starch), 3 oz deli turkey (protein), 1 oz pepper jack cheese (dairy), 3 large leaves romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onion (vegetables) and 1c blueberries (fruit).

Second, a plate with corn (starch), tuna (protien), green beans (vegetable), pineapple (fruit), nonfat milk (dairy)

Third, around a crockpot meal (Wild Rice Hot Pot), wild rice (starch), chicken (protein), celery (vegetable), strawberries (fruit), ovaltine (dairy)

This is harder than it looks. I'll have to come back to it.

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/3/2013 10:30PM

    Sounds yummy! I adore blueberries!

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SparkCoach - Bucket List

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

So when SparkCoach asked me to elaborate on 3 things I'd do off my bucket list if anything was possible, I had to stop short and think hard... Bucket List? Do I have a bucket list? No, I guess I don't. If I did have one, what would be on it? I think I've gotten in the habit of just slogging through days without much in the way of overall dreams. My goals are all mini and microgoals, other than losing weight. So what would be on it?

1. I want to take Roger to Disneyland or WaltDisneyWorld. He's never been.
2. I want to visit Japan
3. I'd like to visit the Vatican
4. I want to go to an anime convention in cosplay as something other than Kirby
5. I want to go on fairs and fit on the amusement rides again, ie the monster
6. I'd like to go to a concert for a christian band or singer again-last one was Carolyn Arends and I really enjoyed it
7. I want to go to Yellowstone again.
8. I'd like to go camping again.

So the SparkCoach Visualization asked what 3 things you would do if anything was possible? If anything was possible, I would take Roger to see WaltDisneyWorld in Florida, take him to Japan, and both go to see the Vatican. It also asks, what can you do to feel like that in your life today. I'm confused, does it mean what you can do to bring those into your life, or what you can do to feel like you can do anything today? If it is bringing those things into your life, I can bring various programs and effects (like pictures) into our lives to represent the goal and I can explore various foods from Japan. If it is feeling like you can do anything, I can work on some of my goals that I am having a hard time fulfilling. The more satisfaction I feel from accomplishing something I set out to do ahead of time, the more I will feel like I can accomplish in general.

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HEALTHY156 1/30/2013 3:36PM

    I think the question is what can you do to help you feel those joyful feelings of altready doing your trip. This looks like a great list. I've also always wanted to see the Vatican.

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Feast or Famine.. Binge Sleeping or Insomnia?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

So far all I know is there has to be a better way. I sabotage myself with excuses why I can go back to sleep and then I sleep an entire day away instead of the 30 min to an hour nap I was planning. I go back to bed in the evening and repeat for three days straight (canceling going to church and having a 3 day weekend) and then have a night or two that I can't sleep at all.

There has to be some balance here. So I'm cutting back caffeine to before 1pm except eve tea, even that may go eventually (right now I'm worried about withdrawl from it). I am also discontinuing naps because I never know how long my body is going to decide to be out for. So I'm "saving all my sleepy tokens" for the night, when I should be a little more fatigued if I don't give into my fatigue before then.

At least the time awake has been productive. I've washed and dried three loads of laundry, gotten snacks and a breakfast, went to an appointment, and gone out grocery shopping with my father today. And I started SparkCoach, which I thought would be a waste of time since I'm such a beginner. I thought it would be for someone doing all the right things but plateauing, but I was wrong. It can be for someone like me too. My fast break goals are to eat fruits and vegetables, exercise to an active video game each day, and to get up without hitting the snooze (or napping) each day. I really liked it so I signed up permanently (or I hope it to be permanent anyway)

Balance, balance, always need to come back to the idea of balance and moderation.

And if you all have other ideas what I can do to get to sleep at the right times, for the right length of time, don't hesitate to comment!

Signing off!

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HEALTHY156 1/30/2013 3:33PM

    Girl I know the sleep feast/famine well. I'm having a hard time with it myself. I may need to watch my caffeine as well. I don't have much advice but lots of support and good luck to you!

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What I Learned Watching the Falcon vs Seahawks Game

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I learned that I give up way too easily.

It was the second half and I thought the game was over because the Falcons were up by 20.

It was the fourth quarter and I thought the game was over because the Seahawks still needed at least another touchdown to win.

Within the last two minutes of the game I thought the game was over, the Seahawks scored the touchdown and made the extra point, which left them up by 1.

The Seahawks were up by 1, with only 31 seconds on the clock and I thought the game was over, because there was no way the Falcons would have any time to get it back downfield.

The Falcons scored their field goal and I thought the game was over because there were only 8 seconds left on the clock.

In the last 8 seconds, the Seahawks ran a hail mary play that *could* have won the game and was caught on the inzone by the falcons. But if it had been a Hawk that had caught it, it would have won them the game with another touchdown.

And then the game was truely over.

I need to learn to fight as hard as I can for things and adopt the adage "It Ain't Over Till the Fat Lady Sings" as they say, rather than buckling at the beginning at the littlest obstacles. From now on I'll remember that Hail Mary play and keep playing, because anything could happen, the game isn't over until its over.

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DOLLFACEDX 1/13/2013 11:18PM

    so true - and good to be reminded of the fact 8-)

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PURPLESPEDCOW 1/13/2013 7:50PM

    You are so right...nothing is over until the time clock runs out....and we aren't given that privilege of knowledge for ourselves. So go us! (and play like the Falcons did this week)

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WVROSE1 1/13/2013 7:29PM

    I watched the game too! It was a great game! I love all the play off games. They usually are more exciting than the super bowl.
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GOOZLEBEAR 1/13/2013 7:23PM

    I watched the game too, we are Falcon fans living so close to Atlanta. It was a good game and you are so right, anything can happen so we need to hang in there!!!!

Go Falcons! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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USMAWIFE 1/13/2013 5:20PM

    I agree with you on that. Watched the game also and friends on facebook were saying it was all over with 11 minutes to the end. One guy did not even stay to finish the game and was shocked at the final score.

Go Falcons

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Writer's Block

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Today has been uneventful. I'm on a volunteer's lunch break at a small private school where I volunteer. My iPod has been a distraction. At least it was yesterday, so I left it home today. It emits a noise each time I get an e-mail notification that someone has responded to one of my posts. I get caught up in listening for it and being absent minded. At the moment, I'm unsure what to do about it, since I really do need the added support.

Roger's donations are being accessioned (given library numbers) today! I'd phone him to let him know, but I decided to leave my cell phone with my iPod today and handle all calls after I get home.

Well, back to work.
Bye, everyone!



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