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Jan 3. Creating a better self

Thursday, January 03, 2013



Aren't we all here at SP trying to create a better version of ourselves? I know I am. I'm determined this year to make myself healthier and stronger and smaller.

Did good today on eating but really need to get into more exercise. I'm thinking of buying a walking DVD and maybe a Bollywood dance DVD and think they will keep me more focused when the weather won't allow me outside. I did finally figure out how to add apps to the new computer so have added a couple of yoga ones..now to make myself use them. And really SP has so many good videos I could use instead of spending the money on one.

Had a good day..went to our small town and found a few things for my SIL for her Christmas. I had planned on going right after Christmas but the snow kept me from going anywhere and today has been the first sunny warmer day. Also got a little something for her husband. So think we may have trip down to visit them this Saturday.

Don't know if I mentioned it but the other cold night it got down into the teens and hubby forgot to turn the thermostat up on the heater in our plant house where we keep all our house plants..and think we lost all our begonias...but they were the ones that were a pain to grow anyway...Our lemons and oranges did ok as well as our palms and ivies and ferns so am glad about that...the only reason we had the begonias as his mother who had a green thumb had given me cuttings of them years ago..and how knows they may come out from the root later on.

I think I'm starting out this year on the right foot if I can just get off my duff and get walking or exercising more.

  
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MAZACK 1/4/2013 9:08PM

    I am also determined to get serious in 2013.


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MORRIGHAN 1/4/2013 1:44PM

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A friend of mine had her begonias freeze over winter, and at least one came back in the spring. I guess it depends on the type, maybe? I definitely do not have a green thumb (I even manage to make the leaves fall off silk plants - no joke!)....

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MISSY455 1/4/2013 12:01AM

    The videos on Spark people really are good, if your computer can run them, since you have the new one it should be fine. Also, UTube has some great ones that are also free. You may find some Bollywood ones on there.

I am also determined to make 2013 a success. I am tired of the up and down, and just need to get to goal once and for all.

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TEALHAWK 1/3/2013 11:19PM

  You can do this! Sorry about your plants though

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CINDYSDAY 1/3/2013 9:49PM

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DOINITRIGHT2012 1/3/2013 8:46PM

    Put one foot in front of the other.....and you'll get there! emoticon

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READYBETTY 1/3/2013 8:27PM

    Find something you enjoy and then you'll be looking forward to do it and will get moving like you want. You can do it!

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Jan2 Portion size

Wednesday, January 02, 2013



Are we really careful with our portion size?
Do you still measure your portions or eyeball it?

I find myself sometimes eyeballing my portion size and most of the time I can get it just about right but then other times I really need to take the time to truly measure it.

Note on today.
I did get 15min. of walking in place today. Going to have to get one of those walking videos. It is on my list of things to buy this month.

I also got my computer completely fixed..Tech lady called me and walked me through with changing the email account and also showed me some things on how to move about in apps..it made is so much more enjoyable..also found out that the windows 8 program that I first used must not have been working properly as things run so much better now..

I also fudged a little today and ate one piece of fudge but counted it on my tracker and still came out ok. I still can eat 2 cutie tangerines later. I made a terrific deep dish kind of pizza but used low fat crescent rolls on the bottom and low fat cheese on top..then when I ate it, I took the crust off my portion on my plate..the meat I used was ground venison so meat was low fat as well..very very yummy with added onions, peppers, garlic and mushrooms..It is a good alternative to plain pizza or spaghetti.

Also working on some embroidered pillow cases for a change.

  
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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 1/5/2013 6:12PM

    Glad your computer is up and running. I feel completely lost without it.

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CINDYSDAY 1/3/2013 7:13PM

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MORRIGHAN 1/3/2013 12:51PM

    Congrats on getting the computer running smoothly! emoticon

Oh, how I miss venison! My grandfather used to hunt every year, and we'd have venison at least once a week over the winter.

Our kitchen scale disappeared the last time we moved, so I've been eyeballing and using measuring cups since. emoticon It's definitely time to pick up another scale.. lol

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/3/2013 11:20AM

    Yup - I got out the food scale last night and revisited the portion size practice. I did pretty well. I was guessing on a 3 oz portion of steak and it was 2.7 oz, so my eyeballing is still on target...but I will keep checking anyway!

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MISSY455 1/3/2013 12:51AM

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I probably measure 50% of my food, and eyeball the rest. I try to measure all the high calorie stuff, because if I underestimate that it could be disastrous.

Your pizza sounded really good (other than the venison) I know the meat is so much healthier for us but I have never been able to eat wild meat.

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RHEYNKLAW 1/2/2013 7:45PM

    lol, you literally fudged.
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I measure grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds (I don't use oil, meat, dairy, or eggs), or ingredients when I'm assembling a recipe I think I will want to record to make again in the future. Fruits and veggies, I don't bother, because that's never what's going to put me over the top.

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MAZACK 1/2/2013 7:35PM

    Glad you got computer fixed. usually don't weigh portions but would be a good idea with some things.

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DIBANANA 1/2/2013 6:27PM

  Sounds like you are doing well. I am overseas and worry about how I have to eyeball my food. Plus I don't know what they put in it sometimes. It is tough. Can't wait to get home to my own kitchen.



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Jan1 New Beginnings

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Well this is a day of new beginnings in more ways than one..

First it is the start of a New Year. Did you make resolutions? Only thing I resolved to do is to get back on track with dieting and exercise. I did watch what I ate today but didn't take time to exercise. Too cold outside to walk and have been fixing major issues with this new computer.

It is a new beginning with this computer. I totally quit on me yesterday and just bought it on December 19th and had it crash..so at first I was so frustrated that I couldn't find a telephone number to call HP for help so had boxed it back up to take back to Sam's...but this morning had clear mind and found the number to call and got a nice tech who walked me through completely restoring windows 8. It would not let me back up any of my files so I lost everything. I am thinking now it all started when I set up my emails through incredimail so afraid to set that up again so going to my main server site and doing emails from there..it is a pain but at least it works properly..I had a couple of games downloaded from Microsoft and lost them and when I reinstalled the computer I accidentally put in the wrong email addy so now cannot access the store to get the apps..but really guess it is best as I need to be more focused on the computer stuff I need to do and then have more time for SP and for working more at my crafts. so no need to download them and found I can play solitaire online instead..majohng as well..so really probably a bother but then I cannot get any other apps either so tomorrow the techie is to call me back and maybe I can get her to walk me through changing this to access it...we will see.

But think I have made a good start to the new year.

  
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MORRIGHAN 1/2/2013 10:00AM

    A great start!

If you've got one, you can use a flash drive (sometimes called a thumb drive) to back up some things. I have my writing and some of my patterns backed up. My oldest uses an external hard drive to keep her stuff on, she says it was pretty cheap and it's easy to use. :)

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DOROTHYBERO 1/2/2013 8:08AM

    Best of luck to you on getting everything restored.

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CINDYSDAY 1/2/2013 7:00AM

    Sounds like you are off to a great start!

I just made goals for the month of January.

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MAZACK 1/2/2013 5:20AM

    I think you have made a good start on the new year. I didn't exactly make new years resolutions but set some realistic goals for things I need to do.

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MISSY455 1/1/2013 11:26PM

    I didn't make any resolutions, but I did reassess my goals. I always find this time of year is good to get focused again.

I am also still fighting with my desktop. I need to take it in this week. I have tried downloading new drivers. etc. and nothing is working. I have my laptop, but don't have any of my favorites on it, nor my music. Luckily, I was able to get a back-up done last week before it went completely wacky. I hope HP techs are able to get yours back working perfectly for you.



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READYBETTY 1/1/2013 11:01PM

    I hope you get your computer issues worked out.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 1/1/2013 6:49PM

    It sounds like you are off to a good start! It was too cold out for me too, so I used a Walk Away the Pounds DVD. My grandkids all came in there and walked with me, we had a regular "class" and by the end of it, 2 of the 4 of them had dropped out!!

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Early Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2012

Well I have been so blest this year..I really was not expecting anything for Christmas as hubby and I usually buy when we need things and we live comfortably so usually rare we buy things..But hubby has been making furniture since retirement and so he finally finished my washbowl and pitcher cabinet..He has worked on it off and on for about 6 months in between other projects the kids have asked for..so got home from my volunteer day at the gallery yesterday to find the cabinet set up in my bedroom..I'm so so pleased with it..The washbowl and pitcher I made a couple of years ago when I first asked hubby to make the cabinet..so you can say a little of both of us is in this project.

Also on Wednesday we drove over to Sam's for a few mid-month supplies and while there looked at computers. I was so needing one as mine is about 5 years old and was really acting up and things were beginning to NOT work on it like my CD tray and some plug ins on the back..so we were just looking but I fell in love with a new HP "all-in-one" computer...the monitor has the computer itself inside and the monitor is a 23inch screen..but still a flat screen..the CD tray is in the side of the monitor and it has wifi so can connect to the internet without wires..the mouse and key board are also wireless..I will be setting it up today..may take me some time to learn the new window's 8 but I'm willing to learn..and just love how big the screen is and how much room it frees up ...kind of sad to lose my old tower computer as it has been a really good friend these few years.

  
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DOROTHYBERO 12/16/2012 7:49AM

    You have indded been lessed and you deserve it!

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MISSY455 12/16/2012 2:58AM

    The cabinet is gorgeous :-) Your hubby is as talented as you are ...my gosh.

The new computer sounds fabulous...hope you enjoy :-)

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MAZACK 12/15/2012 6:02AM

    The cabinet looks really nice.

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READYBETTY 12/14/2012 9:03PM

    Someone must have been really good! The cabinet is beautiful. My dad was a craftsman and built me a dresser to sit at and do my hair and makeup. I use it everyday and have a reminder of my dad even though he's been gone for over 23 years.
The computer is an added bonus. I'm sure you'll be putting it to good use. Merry Christmas!!


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LECATES 12/14/2012 8:30PM

    YOur dh is a craftsman---very nice---and love your new computer!

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Slacking???

Tuesday, December 11, 2012



What me slacking???? Yes I have been slacking the last week...since the 5% challenge ended for fall, I've been slacking..one problem I've had is I've had a hard time posting to SP the last few days and another thing is I'm lazy....there I've said it!!! I'm lazy....twice...yes when winter gets here, I get really lazy..think my body thinks it is in bear mode and wants to hibernate. I've fought it all during the autumn and it just won't let go of the idea that I need to rest this time of year..well sorry body but I can't do that anymore..I slacked now for about 5 days and now it is time to get back on that pony and ride again..I have weighed everyday to try to keep it in my mind that I can't just eat what I want and after a 2 lb gain, it finally sunk in..if I let go, then I gain..I have to keep riding forever...and yes I want a nicer but but can't get it by sitting on this one..now off to walk...

  
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DOROTHYBERO 12/14/2012 7:46AM

    Barbara - I agree - it is so hard this time of year but having figured it out you are half way there.

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MAZACK 12/12/2012 9:59PM

    I have learned to make myself accountable I have to weigh daily or at least every other day. I don't like it when I gain but it helps me get back on track and know what I did wrong..

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    emoticon emoticon Remember you are emoticon !

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XNANNY 12/12/2012 2:57PM

    Keep up the good attitude. emoticon emoticon

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MISSY455 12/12/2012 2:08AM

    emoticon emoticon Love that saying BTW!

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