Tuesday, March 21, 2006

For your inner geek

Thanks to DietGirl for the link to SparkPeople, which is a completely free and quite comprehensive weight-loss and fitness website. For those of you not on dial-up, this looks like a great resource. They walk you through a few goal-setting and assessment pages and then provide meal plans, shopping lists, exercise tips and message boards. And more!

For those of you [like me] on dial-up, and depending on your connection speed, navigating the site can be kind of a chore. [This is not a SparkPeople problem, of course … it's a dial-up problem.] I'm going to try it for a week or so, but use my eDiet food plan instead of the SparkPeople meal recommendations.

eDiets also provides nutrition and exercise logs and communities, as does Weight Watchers Online, but for a price. So if you feel like getting something for nothing, give SparkPeople a try.

I'm happy using my combination of eDiet menus and Don's Calorie Tracker, which is a standalone program for Mac OSX, for tracking duties. I love clicking one button in the Dock and having my daily log come up.

I did my 6.5-mile walk yesterday, and only had four dogs come out to greet me. Usually when I do that loop there are six, which is why I don't do that loop very often. I think today's intentional activity will be indoor rowing and treadmilling, as it has just started precipitating and the temperature is slightly above freezing.

I did no knitting yesterday. I made my granddaughter's birthday card, and wrapped and boxed up her gift to take to the post office today. And I taught my drawing class last night at the prison.
I've found when I do a long walk, I get very little else done. I was in bed by 9 p.m., and my leg muscles were aching. Whine, whine, whine.

I should have taken a Tylenol or a Tylenol PM, because I was awake and feeling some pain at 3:30. I gave up trying to go back to sleep an hour later, and I've been up now for-freaking-ever, it seems. If our predicted 'wintry mix' includes any sleet or ice, I'll be staying home tonight.

I thought this was the first day of spring?


Annie said...

Debbi - Thank you so much for mentioning SparkPeople. I read your blog for the first time today, with just a little envy, because "I want to be the Shrinking Knitter!". I used to walk 4-6 miles at a clip, but no more. The more I read, and the more I thought about it, I decided that now's the time to really "do something". So this evening I sat down with Sparkpeople, and I love it! It's so simple. I plugged in everything I ate today and they did all the work - wonderful! Thank you for giving me the inspiration and motivation to get going. I even restarted my blog thanks to you. Keep up the good work!

Debbi said...

You go, girl! Your kitties are beautiful. Keep writing, keep knitting, keep going. We'll all get to goal eventually. Thanks for writing.