I learned that I was too dependent on the SP Nutrition Tracker.
I learned that it is too easy to slip and slide.
I learned I cannot do Intuitive Eating - tracking is essential and necessary for me.
I remembered that I had downloaded a program from the USDA for portions and am now using it to track my calories. You can find it by googling USDA SR24 PC -
it is a small download, 27mb, it unzips to 190 mb so it has a decent database. It comes with a small manual that I recommend reading as it helps to refine your searches. Not as good as the SP tracker - but better than nothing!
Over the month I averaged 125 lbs but climbed up to 128 one day and that was just totally inexcusable and a great wake-up call for me to get back to tracking even if I am unable to track at SP. I really need to get back to 120ish. One pound a week could put me back where I started and then my risk factor for heart attack and stroke would be back as well.
I want to thank all the people that have not forgotten me - I just have not had the freedom that the internet brings to get back to anyone right now. (I am typing this at home and will put it onto a jump-drive to blog ) My ISP has plans to get me back up and running again but it is a really big "maybe" right now.
While I can get my mail with dialup, 26.4Kbsp is not fast, I am totally unable to do anything at SP largely due to all the ads which are very necessary to keep SP running for free. I tried last night and it took 30 minutes to be able to bring up one page in one team and get a reply in for a weekly challenge.
The wireless internet was awesome! Unfortunately it was not 100% dependable and I finally lost it completely. I just cannot afford to go back to Satellite after the hefty cost of switching to wireless. Because I was made to return the WildBlue hardware, I would again have a $500 up-front charge to set me up and I just can't do that again - wireless wound up costing me more than that last year and I must "eat the loss" and suffer the consequences. This means the Library and/or dialup again. Need I mention the cost of gasoline? Thankfully we do have an electric golfcart and we live along a Rails to Trails walking path that runs into town so when the weather is good, I can use it to go to the library, however your time is limited to be fair to everyone. Our library is not open on weekends and in fact was even closed on Friday last week.
I am ever hopeful that something will be done eventually to help us people in rural areas with unavailable broadband. We beg for DSL on a daily basis but have been promised "2 more years" for about 10 years now. We don't even have 56K capacity out here - but the living is great with fresh air and gardening.
If you got this far, thank you for caring and reading my reason for disappearing from SparkLand. I hope to return as soon as possible.
Love you all,