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Cleaning House!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I finally did it. I've been putting it off for at least two weeks, but I finally buckled down and cleaned house. At least the main rooms. The backroom, which has my hundreds of unorganized books and computer games in a huge pile, has not been touched. And there are still a couple of bags that needs to be put somewhere sitting by my front door. And I need to vacuum again.

But progress has been made! My kitchen counter is finally clear, and cleaned. My dishes are either in the dishwasher, or put away. My bathroom is cleaned. My living room has been picked up and my dining room table has ceased being a catch-all. My comforter is drying and my sheets are washing. My trash is gathered up and ready to be dealt with. Things are good.

Unfortunately/fortunately, I drank caffeine at my mother's house at about 7:00 pm, which, while tasty, has driven me to be awake. Which I rather expected I have to admit. I'm just glad that I put the time to good use. I've been cleaning for about 2.5 hours, and things are definitely better. Life always seems more appetizing when you don't have to come home to a messy house. My poor pup though, ha. I keep walking through my bedroom where he's trying to sleep and he keeps feeling obligated to get up and follow me around to see what I'm doing. For his sake, I'm just going to wait for my sheets to go into the dryer, and then I'm going to bed I think. My house stays warm so well that I've been kicking off the comfortor for the past couple of nights, and I imagine that even if I just lay on top of the bedcovers I'll be fine and won't need the sheets to be on the bed before I use it.

Well pleased am I :)

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MOREISLESS 3/2/2010 3:59AM

  good for you! well pleased and all is well with my world is how i feel after cleaning. ; )

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Eating for nutrition

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I think I'm going to have to focus more on nutritious eating than calorie counting. Which is obvious, and I have tried to do it, but I'm thinking that if the Spark people nutritionists have any idea what they're talking about, which they probably do, then I really can't afford to eat pretty much any sweets and still be able to get the nutrition I need.

I'm short by about 32 g of protein today. That's a lot. However, I gave something like 600 Cals over to absolutely unecessary things, like soda and brownies. I'm good on my calorie range, but I'm lacking in most of the nutrients I've looked at.

Blech. I really like soda, and I really like brownies. Not cool. I guess the soda isn't TOO hard to give up. I mostly drink it because a.)I'm addicted to caffeine (which I've kicked before) and b.) the bubbles make me feel like my throat is more quenched. The trick is to just actually drink more water to hydrate myself.

Funny how the stuff they've been pounding into my head since I was a kid is so spot on. Wonder why I never listened. Eat your veggies, don't eat too many sweets, drink enough water.

But I want BROWNIES!

I better go wrap them up so they are not there to tempt me anymore.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/24/2010 8:18AM

    Brownies are my weakness too. I bake a pan, keep two out of it, and give the rest away (family, neighbors, co-workers). Don't deprive yourself, just in moderation. I used to be a diet-cokeaholic, but I have given them up, and I am totally amazed at how much better I feel. I usually treat myself to a soda when we dine out (once a month). Counting calories and logging food is a must, committ yourself to sticking to it, it's worked for me. Use the 600 calories on other things, like fruit, cheese, veggies - chocolate cheerios makes a really good snack and they satisfy the sweet tooth for me. Keep at it, you will find what foods work for you. Just don't give up.

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Iron supplements

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

So, in an unofficial poll, it sounds like iron supplements really suck. I know for my health I need to focus on getting enough protein and fiber, but I guess I'll throw iron into the mix as well and put some effort into getting what I need nutritionally. I'm already a definite meat eater, but maybe I need to be focusing on other vitamins, like A and C, that are supposed to help with iron absorption.

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DENI47 2/24/2010 1:33PM

    Yep, iron supplements suck - but trust me, anemia is worse! Learned that from personal experience.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Actually not so much. Bit of a pun, but my iron levels are low so I'm not as ironic as I should be, lol. (For any biochemists out there, yes I know that I should probably say ferric).

Got blood tested last Friday because I'm always tired. And like I said, my iron is low. Now, I knew this would be likely because about 50% of the time I can't give blood because my hemacrit levels are too low, but still, I was kinda hoping it wouldn't be the case. My doctor wants me to start on 325 mg of ferrous sulphate.

In addition, my vitamin D levels are low. She says that this is not uncommon around here, I presume because coastal NorCal doesn't get a lot of sun. She wants me to start on 50,000 units of vitamin D, taken once weekly. An impressive sounding number. After that, I drop down to 2,000 daily. New guidelines say that 2000 is about what we should be taking in, even though most multi-vitamins only give 400, which was previously considered to be enough for the day. Also, chatting with my boss about this, he pointed out that skim milk, which is all I ever have in the house, doesn't ever seem to come with Vitamin D added, as whole milk seems to sometimes.

Alas, I'm really bad at taking pills. Part of this deficiency is probably due to the fact that I can never remember to take my vitamins, despite the fact that my mom is raggin' on me to take them all the time. If I miss, it's not like I'm at death's door, but my doctor did say that if my levels remain as they are, I'm on my way to actually becoming anemic. I guess I'll blame my huffing and puffing when I run on my low iron, instead of the copious amounts of flab I surround myself with, haha.

Anyway, it's good to know. I've never been a huge fan of taking supplements, because I'd like to get all my nutrition from food. I don't have anything against them, and when I do succeed in limiting my caloric intake, I'm also limiting my nutrients so it's probably a good idea to take them. We'll see how it goes.

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ZZYYGGY 2/23/2010 6:43PM

    It's not so bad to remember once you get in the habit of taking them.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

I have decided I need to start gardening vegetables. I've decided that several times, but my new house comes with a garden plot already set up. So now I really have to do it. I'm excited about it, but I really have no idea what I'm doing. As a start to growing my own food, my mom bought me an apple tree, and we planted it (which I may very well count as my exercise because I tell you, that shoveling was WORK!). It makes me super happy emoticon.

However, planting a tree is not exactly gardening, and in the long run they take a lot less work. As to actual vegetables, I'm not sure what I should grow, or what will grow here in Nor Cal. And by Nor Cal I mean NOR Cal. Almost to the Oregon border and on the coast. It's very moist here, and we have temperate weather pretty much all year round. It rarely hits freezing even in the depths of winter, and 75 is a HOT day in the summer. It seems to me that most things grow well here, but not really anything that requires cold snaps or high heats. Do vegetables ever require these thing? So ignorant. I think the first step is to get myself a book. But, if I get a book, I might wait so long to read it that I miss the growing season. Hmm. Maybe some online research.

But, the fact is, I don't eat enough vegetables. This will be an inexpensive way to make sure I have them available, and hopefully if I grow it myself I'll have enough pride in it to actually do something with them, instead of letting them languish in my refidgerator until they turn into a soupy mess. Spring's on the way though, so I better get a move on.

Any suggestions of things that aren't too hard to grow and which lend themselves to culinary diversity, would be greatly appreciated. Catch you all latuh.

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NAYPOOIE 2/26/2010 2:25PM

    Go to Start - Community - Spark Teams, and then search on gardening. There are a number teams. You might particularly be interested in the Webfoot Gardeners, they're people who live in the Great NorthWet.

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