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Have You Seen the My SparkSummary Calendar?

Monday, September 03, 2012

First I have to make an admission: I am a total nerd! I love things, like SparkPeople, that help me to keep focused on my goals. I've been struggling a little because I wanted to see calories eaten and calories burned in the same place.

Then today I stumbled on the My SparkSummary Calendar! It is amazing. You can track:

Calories Eaten
Fitness Minutes
Calories Burned

All in a calendar format! I love that I can see exactly how I did each day in this format. Check it out!

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MISSMARCYB 9/3/2012 6:11PM

  Go to your start page and scroll down on the left side. In the myGoals & Progress box, at the bottom is a button to click on the mySparkSummary Calendar.


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AZULVIOLETA6 9/3/2012 3:57PM

    Where is this located? I can't seem to find it! Thanks for the heads-up.

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THOMS1 9/3/2012 1:07PM

    emoticonThanks, I will check it out.

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I Ate Asparagus

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Went to the beach yesterday and ended up at a lovely, slightly swanky, seafood restaurant for a late dinner. I had the most amazing grilled salmon and a beautiful salad with baby greens. Lovely.

The only problem, the salmon came with asparagus. Now I know that many people adore asparagus, but not me. I find that there is slightly funky bitter taste to it that I just don't love.

However, I really needed one more serving of vegetables and this was my last chance for the day. So I squeezed some lemon on them and ate them.

They weren't bad.

I still don't love asparagus, but I ate asparagus.

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KICK-SS 9/2/2012 1:07AM

    Good for you!! I love asparagus and eat it whenever I can get it. Fresh, I won't eat canned at all, that tastes like mush.

Some things just take awhile to acquire a taste for..

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Eating from the Garden (or the Farmer's Market)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I don't have a garden this year and I miss it. But, I have been fortunate enough to have friends with large gardens bless me with a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, blackberries, strawberries, Swiss chard, beets and of course, zucchini.

Because of this bounty, I have been focusing my meals around the vegetables that I have received. This week was the bounty of Swiss chard. So, I have sauteed it in olive oil with onions and garlic, added it to stir fry, made a chicken vegetable soup and used it as a wrap.

Some vegetables, like beets, are not my favorites. But tonight I will be roasting them with carrots and onions to serve alongside my grilled chicken.

My diet is more colorful, I'm getting more servings of vegetables in each day and I'm having fun. Could there be any better reason to eat from the garden?


Poor Planning Promotes Lack of Willpower; Proper Planning Promotes Health

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Like everyone, I lead a busy life. If I don't plan ahead, I get lazy and eat whatever food is easy and quick. This generally means things that don't support my health goals like chips, cookies, etc. I will also tend to skip exercise "because I have so much else to do" and I feel as though I have no willpower.

But if I take just a few minutes to look at my calendar the night before and plan my food and snacks accordingly, suddenly I have all the willpower in the world.

Yesterday was a great example. I had a busy day with meetings starting at 9 am and running until 6 pm with a couple of short breaks in between. But, I had planned ahead. In addition to packing my salad (lettuce, tomatoes from the garden, cucumbers and carrots) and tuna, I filled my lunch bag with a pluot, a protein bar, a Laughing Cow cheese with rice crackers and a bowl with greek yogurt and berries.

It was a lot of food and I brought home the yogurt. Because I was on the road a lot between meeting, the other snacks were more travel friendly.

And the exercise? I convinced a client to go for a walk while we met. As a result, I squeezed in an extra 45 minute walk.

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POSITIVEPAULA8 10/12/2012 8:30AM

    emoticon Awesome!

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QUALITYONE09 8/30/2012 3:57AM

    You go girl....definitely plan ahead what a difference it makes! I am exactly the same way. If I take the time to plan all is well. We have to give ourselves the time to get organized so that we can take the best care of ourselves. We deserve it!

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ALISHAB3 8/29/2012 10:43AM

    emoticonI need to remember to follow your example!

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FARIS71 8/29/2012 9:31AM

    That is awesome. Planning that food makes a huge difference. Way to take a busy day and make it a healthy one!

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Scaling the Number

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Yesterday was awesome! I rode my bicycle for the first time in years! I felt so much joy. I ate well exercised and since I had a day off from work, I took care of a number of little projects around the house.

And then this morning came. It is weigh in day for me and I was looking forward to it. I fully expected a large jump in the scale in a downward direction. After all, I have eaten healthier this week than I have in months and I have exercised more than I have in over a year.

But when I stepped on the scale, the number was the same. Exactly the same. To the ounce. I considered stepping off and back on or using an old TOPS trick and peeling off clothes and weighing again, but I chose to accept the number as it was. After all, its just a number. It is a number that reflects where I am today; where I am this moment. It is not a prediction of where I will be in the future.

I also found myself jumping back on the old "diet" mentality and started castigating myself for any deviation from the strictest form of my eating plan. Then the old "diet" mentality started in with justifications: "I could be retaining water." "It's just muscle weight."


It is a number. The important thing is that I am exercising everyday and feeling better. I am eating 5-7 servings of vegetables every day. I am moving and fueling my body. I am becoming healthier and doing it in a way which will be sustainable. This is a way of life, not a "diet".

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JACKIE542 8/28/2012 11:04AM

    You are doing well. I know the great feeling of riding a bike again, Good for you. emoticon

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 8/28/2012 11:04AM

    Don't look at the scale as the absolute on how you're doing, it sounds like you've done some pretty wonderful things that you haven't done in a long time! That is what you should be happy about. The scale will catch up.

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TIZSLIM 8/28/2012 10:47AM

  Thank you. I didn't lose this week either [or last week], and your blog reminds me that the number on the scale isn't the important thing. Looking after ourselves is what matters.

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