Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I get a daily email from Bookbub.com that informs me of free or cheap e-books I can get from Amazon or Apple (I think--I always get mine from Amazon). ANYWAY, I recieved a free book today from them called The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss. If you are interested in getting it, for a limited time, it is free to download from Amazon. You can read it on a Smart Phone, iPod, iPad, or Kindle device--even from a desktop computer! I really enjoy getting so many free or cheap books this way.
I subscribed to the daily email from BookBub. As part of this service, I used a survey to let them know the kinds of books I like. Now they send me a daily email with several books described that cost 0-4 dollars to buy. The deals don't last long, so I have to decide fairly quickly whether I want to have the books. I usually say no to books that cost money and consider the free ones. Just like in real life though, one can clutter one's devices with too many books. I try to be diserning!
Nevertheless, if it's a good book with a fresh take on a topic I'm passionate about, I usually get the book. If you get this book, maybe we should have a little book club and read it together!
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Since I have a new job, I indulged in a bit of shopping today. I decided to get some capri-length jeans and a top. I tried on the size I believed I needed, but they were too baggy. I had to take a smaller size! I haven't worn that size in oh-so-long! I haven't been doing well with any aspect of my Spark Plan, but it was truly a nice feeling to require a smaller size pants! These pants are pull-on with a stretchy waist and no fly. Who needs it when my tops are always covering my waist anyway. So comfy!
I've finished my first week of work. It was hard to get in the groove. I was pretty tired each day when I came home. It was hard to get rallied to cook a home-cooked meal, but I did it a few times. I cannot brag about great control when it has come to eating lately. I have dined at Taco Bell a few times and such, but I did make a pot of black beans from scratch that I've enjoyed eating with homemade salsa. I need to get back in the groove of drinking water.
Hope everyone is doing well with their eating programs and fitness routines. My SparkTeam has a challenge that just began in which we all attempt to lose a pound a week until July 4. Hope everyone will give it their all. If you are interested in joining this challenge, we'd love to have you over at the 50+ team page. Even if you are not quite 50 yet, you can still do the challenge with us--we are not that exclusive!
Spark the best you can, y'all!
Friday, March 22, 2013
I have been babystepping back to the sweet sparking spot. Still not there yet though. Drinking water, eating freggies, need to move more and curb junk food.
My new job still hasn't begun. I hoped to be working this week. I will be getting some training late in the week NEXT week. Argh! I guess I just have to roll with it. I continue to draw unemployment and I really wish I could quit. Part of being on unemployment is having to report job search activities so I have to continue to DO job search activities even though I feel I already HAVE a job. But until I am actually working, I am going to keep doing all of this. I really don't enjoy making all these applications, but it is what it is. I have taken the attitude that I don't have to be a perfect fit for the jobs I'm applying for; if I believe I could do it, I apply. I only have a low expectation of hearing back from them but occasionally they do contact me! I have an interview with a school in China on Sunday night at 9:00 (they are in Beijing). Again, I don't really think this will materialize, but I am keeping my options open. My husband really wants to get work abroad so we keep making applications. It will be such a relief to be working again. Not just for my pocketbook but for my mind as well.
We are still planning to vacation this summer to Seattle. Not sure how extensive this vacation will be, but it's still planned. I hope to be able to bank a lot of money when my job starts and take the kids to Europe next year. My daughter will be 16 then, and the time of family vacations will be drawing to a close. My daughter really likes to go to foreign lands and meet people from other places. I think vacations ought to be good motivation for weightloss. What is wrong with me?
Monday, March 18, 2013
Lately I have fallen by the health and fitness wayside. How does it happen? Gradually I started eating more and more inappropriate foods. Gradually I stopped paying attention to my water. I haven't done serious fitness in quite a few days. I need to get my mojo working for sure! I made a healthy salad for dinner with a load of leafy greens as well as tomatoes and strawberries. Have you ever had strawberries sliced in your salad? It's surprisingly good with any kind of salad dressing. I also had a turkey burger on whole wheat. Babysteps back to the track, I guess!
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