Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Head's up this has nothing to do with diet or exercise just strictly venting.
My printer stopped working yesterday which screwed up my entire day. I have something called IYOGI which is basically a service that I can click when something goes wrong with my printer or any of my computers. I have the service on all 4 computers. I was going to go out and get a new computer, but then it dawned on me that this started after I ran the PC Optimizer that they put on my computer. So, before spending more money on a new printer-not that this one is great since the wireless card no longer works, but it was a very expensive all in one- I decided to call IYOGI.
I've learned to do WIO while they are fixing things because it generally takes them 45 - 60 minutes so it keeps me moving. Lately, I have not been thrilled with IYOGI-not because they can't fix the stuff-they always do. They couldn't fix the wireless issue with the printer, but they have fixed all the other problems I have had. But, now they start with the hard sell of upgrading all of my computers now and that way I'll save $$ by not waiting because they will only give me a special deal today!
While the tech was working on my computer. Ironically, IYOGI support called to get my opinion of their service. I told the person who called that I was seriously sick to death of this if you upgrade now we'll give you this deal otherwise it will cost you so much more if you wait. I said you know what, I have 4 computers I have paid for. I have recommended you to a lot of people and if you want to keep playing this game with me, not only will I not renew any of my computers, but I will stop recommending you!
With that, he said thank you very much for your feedback and hung up. So, this guy who is working on my computer fixes the problem. The Printer is working again . I say thank you very much have a good one etc. He says wait let me tell you one thing. Then proceeds to give me the once in a lifetime offer I've gotten 4 times already. I clicked him off. He then tried to call. I didn't answer the phone. I tried to call them to tell them I would not deal with the hard sell. I couldn't get through. I don't usually call. When I need help, I just click a button on my computer. I know they will still give me the same deal when the next one to expire expires as they don't want to lose 4 payments.
They actually are a much better price than anything out there because they cover everything. Software, hardware, antivirus, printers, digital cameras, etc. I just wish they hadn't turned into used car salesmen.
Done Venting. Thanks for listening
Monday, August 09, 2010
Without even knowing it. We bought our house 17 years ago before my son was born. We have an ok sized kitchen. It is big enough to put a small round table in. When my kids were small, the table was plenty big to put everything on it. Now, my son is 5'8 and is about 180 lbs and my daughter is 5'5 and 102 lbs. Obviously, Brian and I are not small either.
We have gotten to the point that we can't fit everything on the table. So, each night, Brian sets dinner up sort of buffet style. Each person grabs a plate and goes to the counter and the stove and gets what they want. The only extra thing we put on the table are condiments. If my daughter can sneak chips on there she will lol. Also, if my husband makes a sauce or warm bread we will put that on the table, but everything else, each person has to get up and serve themselves.
We talked about getting a bigger table until I read an article here on SP that said that people having to get up to get more food will actually leave them eating less. I started thinking about it and realized it was true. Very seldom do I see anyone go back for seconds. They will, however, finish whatever is on the table like the bread or, lately, I've been putting carrot puds on the table and those get finished because reaching and grabbing is easier and less work than getting up from the table to get more food.
I find it interesting that some times you can do something good and not even realize it. Now, if I could get the kids to take their plates off the table and put them into the dishwasher, I would be doing really good.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
A few days ago, I wrote about how I used Allen's Carr's words to quit smoking. I quit January 1, 2010 . He kept reiterating the same words that rang in my head- "Will that cigarette make the problems go away?" Of course the smoking didn't make the problems go away. Then I used that same motto to get myself to keep exercising, "Will not exercising solve my problems?" The answer, of course, is no.
Then I got to thinking that this exact motto should be applied to emotional eating. In my mind, emotional eating is not much different from smoking. It is something we do because we are stressed about something which is the reason most people give for smoking. "I was upset and had to have a cigarette." Of course, the cigarette didn't make the stress go away; it just gave an excuse to smoke...
But, I digress, as I think about emotional eating, which I have never been a huge one to do, I grabbed the smokes instead, I have the same thought. People reach for the ice cream or the chocolate or whatever you flavor of choice may be because they are stressed. Then the question should enter your head, "Will eating the Peanut M&M's make the stress go away? Do you really feel better after you have eaten it?" Your answer is probably no. You probably feel worse because now you have the "guilt" of what you ate to lay on top of the original problem. Then follows the, "I blew it so I might as well just keep eating." It becomes a vicious circle.
So the next time you are upset and reach for the refrigerator door, ask yourself, "Is eating this really going to solve my problem or is the problem still going to be there when I am done?" I bet you can close that refrigerator.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
I am finally starting to feel like myself again. The bloating seems to be subsiding and I don't feel tired.
I have been sticking to my goals and my motto. "How is not exercising going to solve my problems" and it has been working. I lost .5lb this week. It may not be coming off in lots of lbs, but my dr told me .5 lb a week is the way to go. I have been exercising everyday and drinking all my water.
I am amazed considering we have eaten out every day since last Friday. Got to cut that one out. Awfully hard on the wallet, but I have learned to make good choices when we eat out and I also have started walking when we get back.
Now, I am just aiming for another .5lb loss next week. I don't have to have any more than that. Just slow and steady.
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