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The Power of Advertising

Friday, October 12, 2012

OK, this one is totally shallow, but ...

We have occasion to attend 1-2 formal balls each year. I have a couple nice dresses that I wear to them. I keep changing the shawl or the top that I wear, but I've been wearing them for over ten years. (I definitely get my $100 out of a new dress.)

The last ball was two years ago and I ended up having to pick which one I looked least bad in. So I'm thrilled this year that I can fit into both of them much better than I did a couple years ago.

But, did I mention they were ten years old? So here's where it gets shallow. I've been spending some time on the Nordstom's website looking at gorgeous gowns. I discovered that this was enough to put cookies on my computer such that a lot of my sidebar advertising is the dresses I've been looking at. When I put several onto a wishlist, that made the ads cycle through the dresses I most had my eye on. So instead of getting ads for teeth whitening or work at home scams, I'm getting this little reminder of a goal that I have.

FWIW, this is one of my favorites.
I'm currently several sizes away from even trying it on and a few more away from really looking good in it. But it sure beats an ad from Burger King.


The Power of Habit

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Reading a great book, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It is full of case studies of people who made major changes by shifting the habits that they had.

The thing that he keeps coming back to is that it's easier to modify a habit than to break it altogether. He lays out a cycle of cue, routine and response (like being in a club, having a cigarette, being content). The key to changing, then is changing either the cues (don't keep going to clubs or other situations where smoking is common) or the routine (instead of smoking, order a glass of club soda or go out for a dance, then get a similar response - feel good from the dancing or have something to occupy the hand and mouth like the water).

There is also an interesting chapter on how planning allowed people recovering from hip surgery to heal better. The people who laid out in detail what they would do for rehabilitation each day were more likely to stick to it. They didn't have less pain, but they planned for the pain and how to move through and past it.

I'm thinking through how I might be able to use some of these techniques both in building better fitness and eating habits and in school.


Nutrition Goals

Friday, September 14, 2012

One little feature of SP is making me a little crazy. Evidently, anytime you change your weight goals, it resets your nutritional goals. But that means that I have to go in and reenter my calories, fat, protein and carb guidelines.

Since this is something like the third time this has happened, I'm posting my goal numbers here. At least then I won't have to recalculate them every time.

Calories 1200-1600
Carbs 135 - 260
Protein 60-140
Fat 27-62


On Not Buying Frozen Pizza

Friday, August 24, 2012

I had the realization the other day that it had been a month or so since I'd eaten a frozen pizza. I simply stopped buying them. And when they weren't available to grab and cook, then they weren't available to eat.

As long as I think ahead and thaw something, I'm able to keep ahead of dinner, without resorting to bad for us meals.


Adding Vegetables

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I've been working hard to add a lot more vegetables and fruit to my daily routine. I'd been doing ok with fruit. I usually had apples, grapes, peaches or something else that I could grab.

But often several days would go by with few vegetables. I did a little better by adding in bags of frozen vegetable mix. But the real game changer was when I started buying boxes of washed and cut lettuce. There is something about being able to just open the box, grab a handful and make a salad. We've started having a big salad at most dinners and I often eat one for lunch too.

The boxes do cost a little bit more. But the difference is that they get used, instead of rotting in the crisper, as was the case with far too many heads of lettuce.

Last night I couldn't find broccoli in the supermarket. So I ended up buying a big bag of cut broccoli florets designed for stir fry. I ended up using the whole two pounds of broccoli in the meal I was making. And everyone loved it. It really shifted the meal from a meat entree with veggie to a vegetable centered dish with meat.

I'm really pleased where where this has been going. An unexpected side benefit is that I've reduced my calorie goals by 400 calories, yet I still feel like I'm getting enough to eat.


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