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Daily Weigh-In

Monday, January 06, 2014

There are a ton of good ideas available here at SparkPeople. However, I have found that not all of them work for me. Recently, I have read a couple of articles recommending that you not weigh yourself every day. There are good reasons for this--you can become discouraged if you don't see any progress. So I tried it. I find that I need to have that daily weigh-in, even if I don't see constant and regular progress, because when I don't weigh every morning I am more likely to let my weight creep back up. So I will continue to weigh in every morning, after visiting the toilet and before getting dressed

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SMAILEH 1/7/2014 10:46PM

  Thanks for the encouragement. Another benefit of weighing first thing in the morning is that when I have a doctor's appointment (like I did today) and they weigh me, I am not discouraged by what their scale says. After all, by the time I have the doctor's appointment, I have eaten breakfast (and sometimes lunch), drunk a couple of glasses of water, and put on clothes. Surely that accounts for the 4 pounds difference! emoticon

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OPPORTUNITIES 1/6/2014 11:13PM

    I'm the same way. I need to know that I am not consistently climbing. I need to know that in general I am headed in the right direction. Just don't let the scale control you or make you anxious.

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144AUTUMN 1/6/2014 11:08PM

  You can do it!!

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Employee Benefit

Monday, August 19, 2013

Today I took advantage of a great employee benefit--I met with our Wellness Coordinator and had her lead me through an exercise routine.

Let me back up a bit here. I work for a city government--in the public library. Our city has been incorporating a lot of things to encourage us to be more proactive with our health, and one of the newer benefits has been hiring a Wellness Coordinator. I met with Liz last week to talk over what I was wanting to do and what my goals were.

SparkPeople is really great resource and I am learning a lot about nutrition and motivation, but when it comes to exercise, I find it easier to work with someone in person instead of following a video. So today, Liz and I went to one of the city's Recreation Centers (another benefit--city employees can get a free rec card to use the fitness room) and went through how to use the machines and do the exercises properly. I'll also start taking a yoga class at the rec center two nights a week.

It was a good workout and I was wiped out when I was through. (Liz suggested an epsom salt bath--she suggested it multiple times--to avoid too much pain tomorrow.)

Up until now, my main exercise has been walking--I've got some walking paths of various distances near me--but it's hard to go out to walk when it's so very hot in the summer, and I have not done anywhere near as much as I should lately. But going to the rec center to use the treadmill gets rid of that excuse. And I certainly can't say that the gym membership is too expensive. Okay, the rec center doesn't have all the amenities that a gym would, but it has what I need.

Now let's just hope that the epsom salt work and I can still move in the morning! emoticon


Food prep

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tonight I spent some time prepping food for later - a habit I really need to get into. I cooked 6 chicken breasts which ate now cooling. Tomorrow I will shed the meat and then pack into servings for fridge and freezer. I also made some brown rice pudding for breakfast for the next few mornings. Start with 3 cups cooked brown rice. Put in a saucepan with 1 cup almond milk and cook over medium heat until the rice has completely absorbed the milk and is thick and creamy. Add 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. In the morning I'll hear up 1/2 cup and then sprinkle on dried cranberries and slivered almonds. It smelled really good so I'm looking forward to tasting it.

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SMAILEH 8/14/2013 11:42PM

  @AHAPPYLIFE, I don't use the spark recipe page to enter recipes--I had an existing account with Pepperplate and didn't want to duplicate entries. Well, that and when I gave the spark recipe calculator a try I found it very difficult to use. Besides, the brown rice recipe is not my own--it's one that I found at Vegetarian Times. That link is
it-and-almonds/. You may notice that I replaced the apple with almonds since I'm allergic to apples.

The brown rice was very good with the cranberries and almonds this morning, but I did notice that since I had stored it overnight in a container in the fridge and then heated in the microwave, it dried out just a tad and lost the creaminess that it would have had if I had eaten it directly after making it. Still, it makes a nice hot breakfast cereal and a good substitute for oatmeal (yup, allergic to oats, too.)

In the meantime, I got all my chicken shredded and packed into 3 oz. servings in baggies in the fridge or doubled bagged in the freezer. The 2 ounces left over I heated with Mexican seasoning and then stuffed into a half pita pocket with a squirt of olive oil mayonnaise.

Tomorrow I won't be getting home from work until late, so stuffing chicken into a pita sounds perfect next to a garden salad.

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AHAPPYLIFE 8/13/2013 11:30PM

    The brown rice pudding sounds really good. Have you created a spark recipe for it?? I'd love the link if you did.

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DELIA38961 8/13/2013 11:23PM

    emoticon I really should start prepping my food too it would probably help me to stay focused

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3 compliments

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Give myself three compliments, eh? I'm smart. I'm tenacious when trying to solve a problem or a puzzle. Um, I've got a good sense of humor?

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SMAILEH 8/12/2013 12:53AM

  It's hard to accept compliments from people - how many times have you said "oh, no, not really" after being complimented? And it is even harder to compliment yourself. (I wonder if some of that comes from being taught not to boast or sound conceited?)

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YMWONG22 8/10/2013 10:45PM

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GYPSYROVER 8/10/2013 2:26PM

    emoticon Great exercise in self awareness & affirmation! And also, sometimes harder than people think! emoticon

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Nope, still can't eat eggs

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A number of years ago, my doctor suggested a blood test to identify food allergies and there were a lot of foods I was told I shouldn't eat anymore. Some were easier to give up than others--I've never been fond of avocados or grapefruit. It's been more difficult to give up eggs. Along with eggs, I've also had to give up oats, corn, and oranges--it's made breakfast problematic.

When I gave the Spark Solution challenge a try a few weeks ago, I made the decision to follow the meal plans even though that would mean eating eggs for breakfast every other morning. My doctor had told me that I could try re-introducing them and see how it went. I have to say that I have to give up eggs again. I have been sneezing, feeling congested, and having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. Well, that answers that question. *Sigh*

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SAINTBERNARD6 8/10/2013 3:04PM

    good job on finding this out

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