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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Can you see mama robin up in her nest? She is nesting on the path through the woods where I walk Stella.

It is great to have the warmer weather! Our walks have been so much more pleasant, not having to bundle up and deal with a bitter chill. The spring is at such a lovely juncture right now. The flowering trees are budding out, some are blooming. The forsythia, tulips, and daffodils are looking so bright and cheerful, and new wildflowers are in abundance in the woods. The fields are green instead of brown. The birds are singing love songs. One of my favorite times of year.

I figured out why my fitbit nutrition tracker was posting everything double. Apparently, it automatically synchs with my SP nutrition tracker without my doing anything other than recording what I ate on my SP nutrition page. I had been using the Synch With Fitbit button on the nutrition page, thinking I had to do that. The end result was that my foods were counted twice and I had to erase all of the duplicates. It's great to know that all I have to do is record my food on SP and it is automatically in both locations! I love the way SP and FB interface now.

It has been really good to get back to tracking. I see that I have not been getting enough magnesium, calcium, and potassium, so I have been making adjustments in my diet to make certain I have included enough foods rich in those ingredients. I am also trying to better balance my carb/protein/fat ratio. As I mentioned in my last blog, I eat quite a bit of healthy fat in the form of nuts, avocados, olive oil, etc. While I try not to overdo on them, I will likely eat more fat than is recommended on the tracker.

This is my 5th day with no sugar, honey, syrup.... you know, those added sweeteners. Any sugars I am getting are from fruit and veggies. Decreasing inflammatory foods, and increasing anti-inflammatory foods has already made a difference in how my hands are feeling. The swelling is down and they are a lot less painful. That was a main goal. In addition, I have lost one pound in those five days ~ a nice side benefit.

So far, very pleased with my progress!

Aren't those robin's eggs beautiful?

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