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What One Thing Could You Do To Improve Your Program?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I read a blog a week or so ago, and I'd give the author credit but unfortunately I don't remember her name, and it just kind of sat on my mind, challenging me. She asked what one thing could you do to improve your program? What would really make a difference? I thought and thought about it.

I'm not sure this is the one thing that will make the most difference for me, but I know it will be an improvement. I have been pretty sloppy about measuring nonfat instant dry milk powder. I started buying it because my hubby went from whole milk (4% milk fat) to 2% and then to 1%, but he absolutely won't drink nonfat milk. He complained that my "unnecessary" nonfat milk takes up too much space in the refrigerator. So I started buying nonfat powder to use when the refrig is too full or we are out of skim milk. I often use the powder to make tea lattes and coffee lattes. One thing I like about it is that it doesn't cool off the hot drink like milk out of the refrigerator does. I buy it in pouches that make one quart. Supposedly one-third cup powder will make one 8 oz cup. I became more and more suspicious. Seemed like I was not getting four servings when I measured by the 1/3 cup and one day when I measured a pouch it was just over one cup, not 1 1/3.. And when I was drinking hot tea with milk all day long, I knew I sometimes forgot how many cups with 1/6 cup of powdered milk. So, I'm going to commit to make the powder into the quart of milk and find a container that will fit in the refrigerator. For one thing, with my history of kidney stones, I need enough calcium, but I truly need to avoid too much calcium.

What one thing can you commit to do that will improve your nutrition or exercise program??
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    I need to do two things. One, I need to use moderation when working out or completing tasks. This is a hard one for me. I start out full of energy and start working on my "to do" list. For some reason I get it in my head that I have to finish everything on the list today. Second, I need to pre-track my meals for better food management. When I do this, my success rate goes way up. It is just a matter of slowing down long enough to get it done!
    1130 days ago
    my hubby went from whole milk (4% milk fat) to 2% and then to 1%

    Interesting. I am a dairy farmer, our cows give milk between 3.8 and 4.2 % depending on the season and a few other things. I thought store bought whole milk was already partially skimmed and 3.5% at the most.
    I take the cream off the top of the milk and drink the lower fat milk. When I was younger I used to drink whole milk, but now I just don't like to have so much fat from milk in my diet, prefer to have other fats as well like nuts, salmon and olive oil and if I drank whole milk I either would not be able to drink much milk or I would be eating way too much fat.
    1130 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/20/2013 10:33:01 AM
    This is a good post! For me, it would be eating cleaner...more veggies, cooking more. Thanks for posting!
    1130 days ago
    My one thing would be to get enough sleep
    So simple yet so hard for me
    I would be more alert, proactive, have more energy, get more done, enjoy everything more.
    1130 days ago
    Increase my miles per week! Make an attempt to get up in the am prior to work and get out there - UGH! I know once I make it a habit I will be fine - but getting there....... UGH WITH A CAPITAL U!
    1131 days ago
  • _LINDA
    It is a great question. For me I seriously need to declutter my huge paper mess. I have little bits and pieces of jotted down phone numbers all over, a stack of unread free papers (that I get because I like doing the Sudoku in them) and just general stuff I collected, wanted to read, etc. Some of the phone numbers have no name and no way to find out who they belong to as most of them are cells :( Its frustrating trying to find paper to write down appointments and not lose them before transferring them to my calendar.
    Getting organized personally would really help me focus on getting organized in all areas of my life, rather then leaving things to the last minute then frantically rushing around to get them done.
    Thanks for the challenge!
    1131 days ago
    Those powders are hard to portion out correctly unless done by weight, alas. As SparklingMe pointed out, they settle. emoticon

    For me (squirm, squirm), it is definitely exercise that I need to Spark up. I do it daily but I need to push for more at a little more intense level. There, I said it in public and now I'm accountable. emoticon

    I mean emoticon Accountability is a GOOD thing. Why does my lizard brain insist on fighting with my prefrontal cortex?
    1131 days ago
    Your blog has made me stop and think. I have to admit I could push myself a bit more in my exercise and exert myself more than I do. I'll work on that!
    1131 days ago
    Now that is a challenge... I'm thinking I need a two-pronged approach. On the nutrition front, start counting how many sticks of "less than 5 calories" sugar free gum I "eat" over the course of a day, and also the coffee creamer! On the exercise program, that's low hanging fruit... get back to basic strength training on a REGULAR basis! emoticon
    1131 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    My big change needs to be picking off of other's plates, I don't do it often but you know, those 3 French fries off of someone elses plate don't count, right? I also need to stop picking and snacking when preparing meals. Never much, just a bite or two there, but those add up! Great plan!
    1131 days ago
    Good plan Marsha; I want to keep my ST going despite being bogged down with the concerns of moving house- I feel it's essential to my well being- so I'm upping the weights emoticon emoticon
    1132 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Marsha, this is an EXCELLENT question! I gave up sugar, sweetners, and my exercise is GREAT...perhaps like SPARKLINGME176 I need to slow down I tend to be hyper and try to do too many things also!

    I love the thoughts of this! Thanks!
    1132 days ago
    Giving up sugar substitutes might be a good idea.
    1132 days ago
    This is such a good idea.
    Of course, that's how everything gets done, isn't it? One small piece at a time.
    I will have to think about this one - and see if I can't make one change that will make things better.

    1132 days ago
    SLENDERELLA61: about your blog dated 9-18-13
    Funny how DH's are about space, right? I think the reason why you are not getting the amount you think you are is that the powder breaks down, becomes finer as it is transported! Just a thought!

    1 thing I can do, today to improve my health? Let's see..... SLOW DOWN. Do 1 thing at a time. I am SUCH a multi tasker, that is why I tripped & am now having to heal my right arm. I was walking LUCY, thinking of all I had to do that day, then I saw a little girl on the swing set with a DARLING dress on, I looked over to comment & tripped on the playground foam. Luckily Lucy didn't leave, I didn't break anything & there were 2 women trying to help me get up, the girls grandma. I was VERY dazed. It took me about 15 minutes to figure out I was OK enough to go home. We had just started our walk, about 1 mile into it. Lucy was not happy it was over. I tried to just continue on, but I was getting dizzy. So home we went. This was 9-8-13. I am STILL healing! Hopefully I will be better SOON! I miss ZUMBA terribly. BUT I AM figuring out what I can do for exercise, and am doing it! So I am HAVING to learn to do 1 thing at a time!

    I need to get back to work, 1 handed or not! Great blog, wonderful idea! Maybe we could think of 1 thing EVERYDAY, to improve our health. I know it is allot... but we ARE all so worth it, right? A new team titled 1 thing at a time? HAHA!

    *~Light emoticon
    1132 days ago
    Interesting challenge - to find one thing to improve. Now I'm thinking about *my* program and little changes. Thanks! :)
    And good for you!
    1132 days ago
    Good plan. If fridge space is an issue and you want to just make 1 cup, you could weigh the would be more accurate.
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