Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I read an article today, oh boy! Seems not only is writing down everything we wrote helpful for weight loss, but also remembering everything we ate!? There may be a point to that, as I'm really bad about reading the paper (!! urk !! like just now?! Quick - what was I eating for lunch just now when I was reading the newspaper? Hmmmm....)
So the article is "Studies: Food memory may aid weight loss" by Mary MacVean from the LA Times, just in case these links below don't work and you end up having to do your google search. It was published today in the Wichita Eagle (www.kansas.com a McClasky paper), but in looking up the links, I think the original story was published back a week ago? So this might be "old news" but oh well, it's new news to me today.
and in case The Wichita Eagle gives you the shut-down because you're not a "subscribed member", here's another link, complete with a jillion adverts that make it almost impossible to read the article. I would just paste the article in here, but the lawyers on SP take a dim view of that....
Okay.... so this morning, errr I mean for "lunch" which was really kind of my breakfast because I only had a bowl of red grapes for breakfast.):
homemade vegetable soup - carrots potatos tomatos water, leftover of the roast that we'd fixed for Saturday's potluck... and um two slices, well one slice and the other was the heel of the loaf, really like a half a slice, of Ezekial Bread, with dark chocolate peanut butter and Amish-ly made Cherry Jam. (Made by Amish, so that's like "healthy" right? Those gals that walk 14,000 steps a day and they eat some cherry jam, so it's gotta be healthy, right? And yes, I'm fairly certain that "Amishly" is not really a word. It just kinda rhymes better with "healthy", if you follow my wandering drift...). On and some Chobani Greek Yogurt, plain. That's so yum! And I was sure it was on my list of Favorite foods, but evidently not, so I'm going to have to look for it again and save it to Favorites.
Okay.... so that's enough yick-yack for now, need to vacuum and my toes are cold, so I guess I should do the FlyLady thing and put some lace up shoes on my feet!
Monday, March 11, 2013
Heads up, plz!! In today's "Insider" tab (Start Page), there is a link to a servey which is asking for input as what kind of dvd we want in the next one - and I personally don't care exactly what kinds of workouts they are - I just would like to see them captioned or subtitles for the deaf & hard of hearing, as well as for our international Sparkers who many not be native English speakers...
They give a couple of "write in your own comments" areas - one was asking for "name of DVD" and I wrote something like "Open Captioned and ACCESSIBLE DVD for EVERYONE" - whatever the title is, I'd like it to be clear and upfront that it's accessible to all. I don't want to be squinting and hunting all over in the back for some tiny CC or subtitle symbol.
Later, there is another fill in the blank area and if I copied it right, I said:
"There are many of us on SparkPeople who benefit from captioning, music at a volume that is lower and doesn't overpower speaker's voice (or has toggle option to turn muzack off, like some workout dvd's I own.). There is even entire team of Dead/Hard of Hearing Sparkers who would really love open caption or subtitles (caption better, it includes environmental indicators like "background music" etc.). I know of many in Deaf group who have their status "hidden" so that when you look at the teams on their SparkPage, it's not shown. But captioning benefits more than just deaf or hard of hearing - also our international members who are not native speakers. Yes, it is not "required" by the letter of the Law - but it would be a blessing in the Spirit of the Law, good Karma, whatever it is you people subscribe to in the interest of good and positive and uplifting. I end up donating SparkPeople videos elsewhere because the woman's voice is just too soft and high pitched. It's not her fault she's that way. But it is extremely difficult to understand and even to lipread. Thanks for your consideration of this issue."
So whatever input you can share in response to the survey would be appreciated!! The more, the merrier!!! (I also clicked off features, in the other segment of the survey, like seated exercise etc.)
Thanks so much!!!!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Re-read Beth Donovan's blog (
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279296 ) about how she controls a binge. And a lot of parallels to a "user" of illegal ways of managing pain. I read an interesting article a couple of mornings ago...
While I am not particularly a fan of Mr. Brand's "public persona" as an actor and entertainer, I had to admit he was every bit as human as we are. I know I have foods and habits that are hard to avoid as a " go to " for managing pain. Beth's tips in her blog are essentially the same kinds of strategies he mentions in his article above - in his terms: "don't pick up."
In another part of his article, he says "Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution." I could turn that around for me - "Chocolate Chip Cookies and Ice Cream and excessive inactivity are not my problem, reality is my problem."
He also mentions... "Don't pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple. It actually is simple but it isn't easy: it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring. Not to mention that the whole infrastructure of abstinence based recovery is shrouded in necessary secrecy. " and for me, just substitute "cookies" or "ice cream" or "any tasty fattening food will do" and I still need to just "don't pick it up, one day at a time..."
(I started this a couple days ago, so now I can't remember some of the other thoughts I was thinking of... may have to edit later... and it's not only cookies, or ice cream, but can be anything really.).
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
After reading James S Fell (Body For Wife)'s email, I got lost looking at various articles of his written in various online blogs...and learned an additional arguement for why everyone (men and women) should leave the toilet seat DOWN.
Not much here about how to exercise, or why, or other motivational information like I usually gain from Mr. Fell's blogs and articles. But sometimes laughter is a good motivator. Or just good for you.
(PS - I've fallen in before too... not gotten stuck in there but who knows how it will be in the future. Not funny when it happens but still, this guy's memories evidently made a big impression and he doesn't leave the lid up any more! Yaaay!)
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Gave up "Bejeweled Blitz 2" off my iPhone for the run-up to Passover (not quite Lent but 40 days is 40 days whatever you believe!)... but then played a MahJong game, and discovered that it was spitting off funny, snarky, irreverent, or sometimes just strange "Fortune Cookie" type sayings after each game was completed. Here are a few of them that I was able to save, for your enjoyment:
"Clear, specific fortunes are better than vagueness, we suppose. Whatever."
"The future isn't what it used to be."
"Time flies when you don't know what you're doing." (that one is scarily true!!)
"A problem will present itself to your solution."
"If you can't convince them, confuse them."
"A closed mouth gathers no feet." (very true!!!)
"The fortune you seek is in another cookie."
"Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow"
"Never take advice from a fortune cookie."
"Everything in moderation, including moderation."
"An empty stomach is a poor adviser."
That's all for now, folks.
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