Sunday, February 13, 2011
* Egg, fresh, 5 large
* Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, .5 cup, shredded
* Green Peppers (bell peppers), 1 medium, cut into strips
* Onions, raw, .1/2 medium, cut into strips
* Mushrooms, fresh, 3/4 cup, sliced
* Olive Oil, 1 tbsp
Saute vegetables in olive oil, remove from pan.
Whisk Eggs with a splash of water, cook on both sides.
Top with prepared vegetables and shredded cheese.
Fold & serve warm.
I made two omelets this morning from the ingredients, a 3-egg omelet for Larry and a 2-egg omelet for myself. Wonderful!
Calculated nutrition servings on the number of eggs.
* Calories: 132.0
* Total Fat: 8.6 g
* Cholesterol: 214.9 mg
* Sodium: 133.4 mg
* Total Carbs: 3.9 g
* Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
* Protein: 9.7 g
* WW Points (old system): 3 points
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
On today's Start Page there's a link to an article in CNN's Fortune Magazine that declares SP "The Facebook of Dieting." I'll pop a link in here, but if you click on it from the Spark Insider on your start page, you'll get a Spark Point
Yeah, it's old news (April 2010), but it's an interesting read.
SP has passed WW.com with 2.7 MILLION unique visitors per month.
SP added 6,000 new members PER DAY in 2009.
CNN calls the Spark community loyal and obsessive. Are we? Probably. lol
Spark members spend twice as much time on SP as our counterparts on WW.com.
As of the time the article was published, SP was still not profitable. Pretty eye opening to see the next sentence mention that its SEVEN FIGURE revenue is coming from ads -- and there is only one investor.
I've worked the backend of online communities. Bringing us together and providing us with all of these wonderful tools is not cheap. It made me think of a couple things we can do to give back ...
Check the Spark Store for fitness products. If we're buying anyway, why not support the community?
When making online purchases, check out the Spark People advertisers. Even if we don't purchase from the sponsors, our click-thru's help bump SP's numbers, bringing more ad revenue to the table.
Plug aside, I was pretty impressed by the numbers in the article, and it made me think about how I use the site and the community ...
* When I am on my game, I am here about 30-60 minutes a day, every weekday
* I use the nutrition & fitness trackers to stay on track
* I read the articles for motivation & information
* I try out new, healthy recipes
* I use the recipe calculator to makeover old favorites.
* I am connecting with like-minded people, forming relationships, and building my support system.
What about you? How often do you visit SP? How much time do you spend here a day? What features are you using?
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Greetings, dear Spark Friends!
The Holidays are over -- ours were wonderful, and I hope yours were all you wished for!
You may remember me speaking of my friend, Connie, this past summer. It was Connie who I rushed to the ER exhibiting signs of stroke, only to find that she was in Stage 4 cancer which had metastasized to her brain.
She lost her brave battle on December 22nd. While I mourn the loss, I am honored to have had such a long and strong friendship, and comforted by knowing that her suffering is over.
It reminds me that while life may not always be fair, it is precious and we must take care of ourselves and live life to fullest.
On that happy note ... life also goes on.
I have been in maintenance mode since Thanksgiving, and am holding my own. I am gearing up to drop the next 17 pounds which will take me into a "healthy" BMI range.
As I have mentioned before, Winter is a tough time for me. I do not exercise. I eat comfort foods. I want coffee, not water. I move into a weight-loss mindset in the Spring.
So in gearing up, I am looking at habits that have fallen to the wayside and the small changes that need to start happening again to get back on track.
And I have a plan!
1. Increase water intake 1 20-oz bottle a week until I am back up to 4 a day.
2. Eat breakfast every day.
3. Add fresh fruits and vegetable snacks back into my meal plan.
4. Track my food intake daily.
5. Catch up with each of you - you are all such an inspiration!
I would be remiss not to do a little bragging ... Miss Lilly is growing like a weed, and is such a happy baby! She continues to be the light of my life, and I am enjoying having a grandbaby to spoil!
Here's to a Healthy & Happy 2011!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
You've likely already received notice, or heard, that the Gawker servers were compromised over the weekend. Leaked data includes registration emails and encrypted password data for accounts on Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot.
If you have an account on any of these sites, the email account (and username/password) you used to register has been compromised. If you are unsure, you can use the gadgets at the following sites. If your username and/or email shows up as being in the Gawker dump, you need to change passwords immediately.
* www.didigetgawkered.com (Duo Security)
* www.slate.com/id/2277768 (Slate)
MORE IMPORTANTLY: if you use that email, username, and/or password ANYWHERE ELSE on the internet, you need to change those too -- regardless of how strong that password combination was. Armed with the Gawker bump, hackers have the beginning of what they need to wreak havoc.
IF YOU ARE IN THE DUMP, YOU ARE AT RISK.
Yes, it's frustrating. No, we don't have time for this. Yes, we knew better, but it bears repeating ..
Don't use weak passwords. Don't use the same passwords across the internet. Don't let your friends and family do it either.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
I'm trying to "budget" my online time, so I'm not posting as often, but it's time for an update.
Spark goal-wise, I am doing well. I am still in maintenance mode and am holding steady. Better - I am not freaking out over the 1-2 pound weight fluctuations. SP has taught me that these are normal and nothing to stress over. Best - I held steady over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Speaking of which, we drove over into West Virginia to spend the Holiday with my husband's daughter and her family. A rare treat, and one that I truly enjoy!
Exercise is proving problematic. I am well and firmly entrenched in my Winter Hibernation. I haven't attended a single Water Aerobics class this 6-week session, and it is nearly half over. As much as I like it, I am coming to the conclusion that I am somewhat bored with it. So, after reading some of the Motivational articles, I've decided it's time for a switch up -- we are looking for a local Yoga class.
I have been walking, so all's not lost. We switched trails to one that is closer. It's only two miles, so we make two laps. I missed Thanksgiving Saturday while I was away, but I made sure to wear the pedometer and get out and move.
On the Holiday-front, I am making progress in the Christmas prep. I don't go whole hog on the decor, but the tree is ready to put up. My beloved nephews will be here Saturday for our Holiday celebration, and I've decided that trimming the tree will be a fun activity for them. String a few lights outside, add a table runner in the kitchen, and switch the fall-themed candles to more festive ones - and that's done! Gift lists are done, as is about half of the shopping. My card list is done, and I've made almost half of those ... yes, I make my own :-)
On the Home-front, the house is in order, and I'm entrenched in my winter-routines.
I started a new job last Monday! Well, sort of. It's the same job, but I've converted from contractor to employee! I am over the moon! I've been contracting for the last 10 years, and while I enjoy the variety, it can be stressful - especially with the economy where it is. I now have now landed in a place that is as secure as possible until retirement. WOO HOO!
Funny, because I just read the Sparkpeople article, "Finding Meaning in a Job Well Done." www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_articles.asp?id=807 - Really made me think.
"Over 77 percent of women say that, even if they had enough money to get by without working, they would continue to work because of the satisfaction it provides. But when these same people were asked if they would rather be doing something else at that moment, by far the largest number of “yes” answers came from those who were at work at the time."
I fall right in there. I do enjoy working. And, I am lucky (and grateful) to have work that I truly enjoy and find satisfying. I'm an IT Project Manager, and that is right up my alley. I'm a geek. I'm organized and analytical. I love working with people, and helping them to do their best. I'm creative, and find that problem solving is a good outlet for that.
Would I rather be playing, doing my artsy-craftsy stuff, or designing blogs? Absolutely. But it doesn't pay the bills. And honestly, with the exception of blog design, it doesn't challenge my analytical side.
So in this Season of Gratitude, I am well and truly blessed!
So. What about you? Would you work if you didn't have to? Do you really like your job? Would you rather be doing something else?
And, now, what I know you've been waiting for ...
A smiling, chubby-cheeked, Miss Lilly at 7-1/2 weeks!
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