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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.

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PJBOKC 12/16/2007 4:43PM

    How do you contact Coach Nicole? It takes a while to make changes based on the nutrients, but I've learned a lot - one thing I notice is the green leafy and raw vegies have a lot of some nutrients . I know we're supposed to eat them, but seeing the difference they make just drives it home for me.

That sounds like another good recipe. Hope you'll share it sometime.

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Coach Nicole's useful tip

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.

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PJBOKC 12/13/2007 9:46PM

    I wish I'd known you wanted that information. I've been tracking a lot of nutrients from the beginning. I track magnesium, folate, fiber, sodium - a lot of them. I don't track selenium, but I think I'll start now that you mention it. It's helped me a lot to review my tracker info and see not only where I'm low, but to identify food sources of the nutrients. Who is Coach Nicole?

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slightly buzzed

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!

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PJBOKC 12/13/2007 9:43PM

    I see you are as creative with your food preparation as you are with your thoughts and words. Your dish sounds very good. Feel free to talk about your surgical procedure along with food as far as I'm concerned - I have a "nurses stomach".

I'm glad your time with friends was enjoyable.

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Quick greetings

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.

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PJBOKC 12/13/2007 9:39PM

    I know what you mean about positive time with people. Life is so busy and our leisure time should be just that - positive and leisurely. However, I do have at least one friend that I try to "invest" in even though I know nothing comes back my way - but with her history I know she needs the contact and support. Hope your mole is ok - have they biopsied it and if so what were the results?

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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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PJBOKC 12/13/2007 9:34PM

    Ornaments are always a good choice. I enjoy putting ornaments on the tree and remembering who gave them to me and sometimes the circumstances - good memory makers and memory joggers.

Hope you got more sleep the next night. I read ahead on your blogs and sounds like you could have used the 9% beer a couple of night earlier.

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