Wednesday, March 6th, Day 183, The Cronometer Game

Wednesday, March 6th, Day 183, The Cronometer Game

 

Morning

 
It has been six months since the start of this journey.  What a ride it has been!  I am happier with my marriage than I was on my wedding day.  My husband is happier and more mobile than he was that day also.
 
I did not get a weight reading this morning before I ate a couple of oranges.  However, I stayed within my calorie budget yesterday.  My goals are to get complete nutrition, staying within my calorie budget and eating 50% fat, 30% carbs, and 20% protein.  Though it would be good to eschew dairy and gluten, I have not been strict about that.  Instead, I value balance, flexibility, and variety.  
 
 

Preparing For My Day

 
5-10 things i am grateful for:
  • my husband’s happy face when I first saw him this morning
  • a nice, warm temperature in this condo
  • working computers and cell phones
  • a jeep that runs
  • Instacart.com
 
morning comments, feelings, ideas, moods, and empowering questions:
I am happy with the way that I am! Cronometer is a game.
 
mood and energy:
 
0-100
comments
mood:
80
I am feeling reasonably good.
energy:
80
I am feeling reasonably energetic.
 
accomplishments:
 
accomplishment
reason it is important
next action(s)
1
I drove my husband to the doctor yesterday, the first time we have been to that clinic.
Health
Get him a dermatology appointment.  Go back in six months.
2
I got 100% Targets on my Nutrition Report for Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 5, 2019.
 
Health, Vitality, Function of the Body
Continue on!
3
For that time frame, I am eating approximately 50% fat, 30% carb, and 20% protein.
Gets me in “The Zone”
Continue on with a bit more fat and a bit less carb.  An avocado a day could make the difference.
4
I ordered some more vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 yesterday.
Essential for healthy arteries, heart valves, bones, and teeth.
Get your husband to take them too.
 

Errands

 
I finally went over to Target today and got my medications.  Target is very close to here.  Thankfully, I never ran out of my medication.
 
Now, I have a few minutes to relax.  My husband says he does not want me to stress.
 
As usual, I had to lie down for a while after driving, but now I feel okay.  This morning we ordered a large batch of groceries via Instacart.  I am so glad I did not have to get them myself.
 
I talked to my husband for a while and watched TV with him.  The day has been fairly uneventful.  Tomorrow, I will take the jeep in for maintenance.
 

Games

 
I have been dreaming of making some kind of Joyful Vibrance or diet game, either a computer, card, or board game.  I do not have a precise plan for one yet, but I think it would be cool to dream something up.  You can set up JV Life Tracker as a game.  Just select the behaviors you want to do regularly, and add them to the Master Activity List.  Then expand the behaviors that are of greater importance to up to 99 points each.  Score the behaviors each day, export them to your date, and run an analysis report between any two dates to see how you do.  You can play the game with someone else, and see how your scores compare to theirs.  However, in dieting, it is only realistic to compare yourself to yourself.
 
To me Cronometer is a game.  It seems like a waste of time to spend as much time with it as I do, unless it is intrinsically fun, which it has become.
 
On January 23rd, I wrote:
 
 
So now, Cronometer is the game I play.  Minding the calorie budget is probably the most important object of the game for weight loss.  However, macro-nutrient composition matters too, even though I do not have to be exactly on the projected numbers.  Balancing the four balance indicators can help my overall health, so I always watch them.  Yesterday, I got enough fiber, and I think that helped me eliminate comfortably.  Getting all the nutrients in the appropriate ranges is an object of the game too, though I missed a couple.  I ate too much sodium, even for my relaxed requirements.  I aim to get even better at Cronometer and play to win.
 
This may be the first time I have considered Cronometer to be a game, rather than just a tool.  Games are what people get passionate about.  Logging food and exercise and checking the numbers is actually playing a game.  Selecting food choices and amounts that improve the numbers is key.  Balancing competing goals is also a strategy.  There is not just one score; there are many scores in Cronometer.  Learning how much attention to give each score is part of getting successful at the game.
 
I have actually gotten better at the Cronometer game since January 23rd.  I have started to lose weight.  I started reducing my sodium intake, but that made me sick, so I adjusted my target values in Cronometer to reflect what would most likely keep me well, drinking over six liters a day and taking lithium.  Most importantly, I have just kept playing the game and enjoying it.
 
Cronometer makes it very easy to create recipes, lots of them.  That is one strategy I want to start doing more and more.  Cronometer allows you to explode a recipe on your meal planning form and make adjustments to the amounts and units.  You can even save the changes into a new recipe with or without adding or subtracting ingredients.  You can include recipes in recipes, explode the recipe and then explode the recipes inside the recipe as well.  Have fun with it.
 

Walking and Talking

 
I walked the hallway again this afternoon and visited with a woman who lives in the next door building.  I returned and visited with my husband.  I am planning dinner, so that I can stay within my calorie budget.  I had a lot of food this afternoon, so I do not have a lot of calories to work with.
 
It will be ready soon.  My appetite is kicking up.
 

Evening

 
The featured graphic shows my Cronometer scores for tonight.  I barely squeezed into my calorie budget.  I had to take two ounces of food out of my serving to make it fit.  My husband wanted me to eat part of his serving, but I did not.
 
I read more the The Dental Diet tonight.  The fat soluble vitamins, vitamins A, D, and K2, are crucial for forming and maintaining healthy teeth, not to mention bones in general.  Vitamin K2 is important for cardiovascular health also because it helps take calcium out of the arteries and put it in the bones, where it belongs.  It can also help prevent kidney stones and gall stones.  Right now, I have some vitamin K2 on order, but I am out.  I may get some from the grocery store to tide me over.  Not every grocery store carries it, but some do.
 

Prayer

 
 
 
 
Evening Prayer
 
Dear Lord,
 
Another day is drawing to a close.  I have enjoyed my closeness with my husband.  In addition, I am enjoying The Dental Diet.
 
Lord, I am getting better at the game of Cronometer.  I got good scores today.  I invite my readers and anyone they influence to play it with me.  It will help improve their diets.
 
Lord, I love my blog, yet something is missing in my life.  I am not sure what it is.  I asked myself today, “What would I want to do if only I could get myself to do it?”  I hope it is not something like skydiving, but perhaps it is something challenging like that.  I value consistency, but sometimes consistency can get me in a rut.  Help me to balance my choices of old and new activities.  I mention the need to do this in my ebook, Joyful Vibrance:  Transform Your Body Image, Energy, and Mood!
I am still aspiring to transformation in my life.  I have not overcome all fear, but I am utilizing the Success Mechanism steps to move toward my goals, even when I do not know exactly how I will reach the targets.  I move along, correcting my course as I go, being unafraid of making mistakes.  I was finally able to cut my husband’s hair for the first time, using these principles.
 
My goal of 110 pounds is below my safe weight range according to Cronometer.  However, I have been there before and liked it.  If the goal is unrealistic I will modify it, but so far, I have a way to go before I even get close.
 
Lord, bless my readers for their willingness to be here with me.  Bless them with health and happiness.  They may enjoy this presentation on the steps to health and happiness.
 
Be with my readers and give them vibrant joy.
 
Amen.
 
If you would like to join me in this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KaeLyn Morrill 

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