Friday, December 14, 2007
Yeah, I was a bit slow figuring out how to track other nutrients. Now it's more complicated to try to balance my eating properly--but at least I can try. Coach Nicole is one of the SP experts; she writes articles, puts together exercise routines, & answers questions. A very helpful person!
I'm going to hurry off & check in on the message board because we have all this busyness this weekend: I need to get some food chopping done tonight so that tomorrow afternoon I can just toss it in the pot 45 mins. before our guests arrive. I'm going to make Colombian-style arroz con pollo (chicken with rice). Lots of veggies included.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Maybe other Chispa Chicks already knew this, but I didn't know how to track other nutrients besides calories, carbs, fat, & protein on the SP system. I left a comment on an article that mentions that all sorts of nutrients can be tracked here, & Coach Nicole posted the very simple instructions on my Sparkpage.
All I had to do was go to the nutrition tracker page, click on "Change Nutrition Goals" near the top, then click on "Add Another Nutrient To Track." I added calcium, fiber, iron, sodium, & selenium because those are my biggest challenges.
There is some kind of small glitch in the system: when I tried to save & add all the nutrients in one go (which you're supposed to be able to do), I got error messages. What worked was to close the little window after each individual nutrient was added, then click on "add another nutrient" again.
I take a few supplements because otherwise I'm chronically low on several nutrients. Now I can look at the combinations of what I get through food & what I get through these supplements, to make sure I'm getting what I need.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I'm still feeling the effects of the Belgian beer my husband & I had with dinner. It's 9% alcohol, so it's a lot stronger (& more calorie laden) than regular beer. Unfortunately, today it means that I went over my calorie range, though my food was VERY nutritious.
For supper I concocted a truly yummy stir-fry with onion, a couple of jalapeņos, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, & slices of turkey Polish sausage--my husband helped with the chopping, so it wasn't much work at all. I seasoned it with low-sodium soy sauce, a bit of ginger, & sesame seeds, & we ate it over brown rice.
I was going to describe what the dermatologist did to me today--which I can't see because it's on my back--but it doesn't go well with talk of food. :-) I ended up with one inner stitch & two outer ones; will have to go back one more time, the day after Christmas, so that she can remove the surface stitches.
Had a nice time with my friends last night, & I missed my train (which runs only once an hour at that time of night), so one of my friends drove me all the way home! So nice of her--it was quite out of her way.
EDIT to add: The mole had been biopsied, & the results showed not malignant but it was abnormal (growing down a hair follicle) & could eventually turn malignant. That's why the whole thing was removed with deeper incisions. My husband gets to continue playing nurse, cleaning the wound & replacing the Band-Aid every day for two more weeks!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I will get home late enough that I SHOULDN'T go online--I can always report my points tomorrow. Will have lots of extra walking, so I can count cardio.
I'm feeling a bit restless & tired, though I got good sleep last night. Am already tired of winter--must work to keep my spirits up. I'm hoping that the time with friends tonight will be positive & encouraging; occasionally it isn't, & then I wonder whether I should stop making the monthly trek.
Tomorrow I have yet another doctor's appt. (to remove the remainder of an "abnormal" mole from my back), so at least I don't have to get up early for the commute. I'll probably work at home the rest of the day so as to preserve sick days & use up my personal holidays around Christmas.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I was out & about extra-long today. Tomorrow night I'll be having dinner with some friends, & I needed to get something to contribute--bread because it's portable. Plus we always give each other small gifts; it's a group of women who have been meeting nearly every month for many years now. I think we started in 1993 or so! I caught a different train so as to go to a Ten Thousand Villages store--beautiful handcrafts from around the world, & the artisans were paid fair prices; it's sponsored by Mennonites. I chose Christmas tree ornaments for my friends & also for all my local family members (husband, kids, sisters & their families). Then I walked to Wild Oats, a few blocks away, & got the bread plus a couple of other things I needed. Fortunately everything fit in one not-very-heavy bag.
I was definitely watching my step as I walked. Where possible, I step in slush instead of on shiny ice--better traction. It worked. I got home around 8:30. Tomorrow will be an even longer day, since the dinner host lives pretty far out in the burbs & I go to & from on trains.
Oh, & I'm going to bed early tonight. As it turned out, my bill paying last night was NOT restful; it brought up lots of anxieties & concerns about finances, so I didn't sleep well. Praying helps.
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