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Plugging along

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Someone at church commented about my looking slimmer. That was a great feeling!

It's a little tedious entering all my foods individually using the metric measurements, but it only needs doing once. My favorites list in the nutrition tracker is getting longer by the day. Tomorrow's weigh in and measurement day. Ich bin gespannt! (I'm curious to see the numbers!)


Out to lunch

Friday, May 04, 2007

...yesterday and did pretty well! Went with one of my English groups to Block House, an American style steakhouse where you can ask for the menu in English (good practice for the students). I learned that the restaurant lists the nutrition info for their menu on their website - cool. I don't think many places in Germany do this. It still took some work to figure out my calorie count because I ate the whole piece of grilled turkey and the cole slaw, but just half of the potato and skipped the piece of garlic bread altogether: total was around 500 cal.

I think what helped was that I knew this restaurant and had pretty much decided what and how much I was going to eat beforehand. No earth-shattering news there, but good to remember.


Fast Fueler

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I finally got around to taking the profile quiz and it really nailed it. I continue to be impressed by all the tools and info on the Spark site. I'm curious how many others fit into the Fast Fueler type. Somehow, I have a feeling we may be in the majority!?

The strategies they suggested are what's been working for me. Only exception is number 5 because I don't drink coffee and rarely caffeinated tea.

1. Pack your lunch or have someone pack for you so it's there when you need it.
2. Have and use plenty of disposable resealable containers of different sizes.
3. Batch-cook food on Sunday (I try to do this on Saturday or Monday morning) for the rest of the week.
4. Make a point to have more fresh fruit and vegetables within arm's reach.
5. Try cutting the intake of coffee and soda in half or substituting with green tea


Balcony Blooms

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

I got the 4 big flowerboxes planted and the trees transplanted before I ran out of dirt! All that bending and turning sure felt like exercise. My strength training per SP was a breeze after that. I probably could have counted it as cardio too :) I visited Elizabeth in the home where she's been for 3 weeks. I got there at dinner time and she was in the dining room with the other 10 or so people on her floor. Many of them suffer from dementia and it was very sad. No wonder her sister told me that she would be grateful for visitors! Came back, had dinner and did my walk. Off to bed soon, after I take my measurements for the May challenge.


May Day!

Monday, April 30, 2007

Tomorrow is a holiday in Germany. A free day at home can be dangerous because I may be tempted to snack! In the morning, I plan to work out on the balcony planting the flowers I bought at the garden store today. In the afternoon, I'll be visiting one of the seniors from church.

I'm also starting two new challenges on the forums. One is a measurement check-in; for the other, I need to stay withing my calorie range for the whole month. I tend to guesstimate on calories and still have managed to lose. But judging by my tracking the last two days, I may find I need to be more conscientious. I can do this!


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