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Gardening, ie Blackberry hunting!

Aug 28, 2010 - 0 comments
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We went blackberry hunting for two and a half hours today. They don't have an entry for that. :)

Exercise Tracker

so, yesterday was a piggy day...

Aug 23, 2010 - 0 comments

Yeah, it was my m-in-l's b-day yesterday, and I decided I'd just blow the tracker up. Barbequed spare ribs, chocolate cake... oh so yummy. But as Jeff says, it's not like we eat like that every day. Ugh! I'm hungry. Waiting on dinner *****.

hmm...

Aug 20, 2010 - 1 comments

Well, so far I have noticed a few things about my eating habits. 1) Eating lunch at work messes me up, because if I am at home all day I seem to not snack as much and generally I eat better. 2) I eat a vast majority of my calories at dinner, especially on work days. 3) There are specific items that are just terrible, like blueberry muffins and cole slaw. Cole slaw, for pete's sake! I have a had a couple of pieces of candy this week, but that hasn't had so much of an impact on my calories or anything else. This week I ate less than my daily allowance of carbs every day. However, fat was way too high, mainly because I depended on what they had available at work to eat, and one day that was fried taquitos and fried burritos things and then the next day it was pizza. So I'm interested to see what the weekend looks like and also next weekend. Today I had a tough moment at about 6:30pm because the hubby only had time for a snack and we're planning to eat when he gets back from his blues jam, so I had to choose a snack, and I was *so hungry.* Stared at two different boxes of mac'n'cheese, one of which, if I'd eaten the whole box, would have amounted to over 1200 calories. And I'm not even contemplating the sodium. The other was in the neighborhood of 900 calories. So then I picked up a can of baked beans, but eating the whole thing meant something close to 400 calories. Jeez, people. So then I settled for a bag of light popcorn: 220 calories. A good choice, but one of these days I'm going to have a box of mac'n'cheese, you know.

With the multivitamin I take I'm maxed out on everything micronutrient-wise except for chromium, chloride, and molybdenum. Which I'd never heard of. Oh, and vitamin K. But I kinda suspect I'm getting at least some chloride and chromium (no idea on the molybdenum) because I looked them up and I eat stuff they are supposed to turn up in. The report shows me at 0% for them (and around 60% for the K) but I don't think that's accurate. I don't know how to remedy that. Since several of these seem to affect metabolism, it seems like a good idea to try to up my intake. Maybe I need a new multivitamin. I just really like Flintstones. :)

Keeping Track

Aug 17, 2010 - 0 comments
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I've decided to use some of these trackers to get a sense for how healthily I'm living these days. I just moved to Mount Shasta, which means I will be doing a lot more hiking, and even, while the weather permits, a bit of swimming. I am also interested in learning more about my eating habits. My mother insists that I eat too much, and lots of sweets, and I don't think that's true. I think she wants to believe that because I'm overweight and in her world, that can only happen if a person eats way too much and eats a lot of sweets. So I'm going to be brutally honest and record every little thing I eat. And then we'll see. So far, I have only had one day out of four where I exceeded my daily allowance of calories. All the other days I ate fewer than the daily allowance. And I'm also pleased to have a way to see how my nutrition breaks down. It's important to me not to eat too much fat and cholesterol, and also to eat a lot of fiber. And so far that's bearing out well. I also haven't been maxing out my carbs, which is good. I tend to eat more than the daily allotment of protein and of fiber. Seems good to me.
I programmed a weight goal tracker, but I'm not sure whether I'll keep that, for two reasons. 1) I don't own a scale, so unless I start going to the gym (which I may) I don't really have a way to accurately update it. And 2) I have little success with weight loss and don't want to stare at something that reminds me of that. So we'll see. Like I said, if I start going to the gym and can record my weigh-ins, maybe I'll keep using it and see if all the walking makes a difference. The last time I went to the doctor I weighed 210, and so I'm using that as my base weight. My goal is to weigh 195 by November 11.