Tag Archives: tracking

State of the Union, THE WORKSHEET

11 Feb

I think it’s pretty well documented that around here, we love a good worksheet.  Debates, Super Bowl Bingo, Lunch Log – we’re not picky.  Give us a crisp worksheet, a clipboard, and a sharp #2 Dixon Ticonderoga, and we’re happy.  At least 66% of our household is happy.

So, tomorrow night, Sophie and I will be sitting in front of the laptop with clipboards in hand while Martin moans with the unfairness of it all, as we watch the State of the Union.

To keep everybody’s attention, we’ve created the Unofficial State of the Union Worksheet.  Using this sheet, we’re going to track the usage of the terms we think are likely to be included in the speech.  We’re going to keep it very simple, leaving tally marks each time we hear a phrase used.  We’re not going to worry about total accuracy and there’s no way to win.  Unless of course, you count a night with clipboards and your children as a win.  WHICH I DO.

State of the Union Worksheet

 

Want to join us?  Print your own!

Print it: State of the Union Worksheet

SlimKicker GIVEAWAY: Win a Kitchen Scale!

27 Jul

For many years, I’ve known that the easiest way for me to stay at my healthiest is by tracking what I eat.  For a long time it was in a journal, then a spreadsheet, and in the past year or so I’ve relied on sites and apps to do the tracking.  By far, using phone apps has been the easiest way to track since I always have it on hand.

I’ve recently tried a new app by SlimKicker that I really like.  SlimKicker is a diet tracker and game that turns diet and fitness goals into a level-up game with points, rewards and challenges. You level up by tracking healthy calories and exercises, and completing challenges such as quitting soda for a week.  The thing I like the best about it is the way in which it provides nutritional information.  I have not found an easier way to determine whether I’m eating the right amounts of protein, calroies, carbs, fat, and fiber.  If you have an iPhone, I’d highly recommend this free app (or by their site if you do not use an iPhone).

And now that we’re on the topic of FREE, SlimKicker has generously offered to give away an Ozeri Touch Digital Kitchen Scale to one lucky Calamity Jennie reader who comes up with the best new challenge idea.

Here’s how it works:

1. Leave a comment on this entry with your challenge idea.
2. Each challenge duration should be at least a week long and no longer than a month.
3. Challenges can be geared toward fitness, food, or overall wellness.
4. Try to keep your challenges simple to understand and capture the idea in 1-2 sentences.
5. You may add up two entries.  Enter each as its own comment.

Rules: SlimKicker will select their favorite idea and use it on their site.  A winner will be selected on Friday, August 3, 2012.  This contest is open to U.S. Residents only.

Need some examples?  Here are a few from SlimKicker’s Recommended list:
– No snacks after dinner for a week
– Replace soda with water for the next 7 days
– Move during commercials when you’re watching TV this week

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WINNER!  SlimKicker likes your suggestion, Carrie!  So much so, they are excited to give you a kitchen scale. Enjoy using it to weigh your vegetables.

“My challenge idea is to eat 5 servings of vegetables a day. When I do this, I don’t have room left over for un-healthy stuff!”

Great idea, Carrie!