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Winter Masquerade February 2012

My Three Boys (Tanis the Redhead, Osiris the Brunette (d), and Icarus the 'Blonde')


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I am a geek. I like my role playing games, I love my history, I knit, I read, I spend way too much time on the computer. :) But I also love the outdoors, and I realized that my lifestyle has become increasingly sedentary (and indoor) as I've gotten older. I'd like to be able to go camping again. I want to hike properly and not get winded before I get halfway down the trail. I want to play with my niece and keep up with her! (or at least try). I do have diabetes - well, pre-diabetes, and my doctor has said I can control it with diet and exercise, and that I'm doing all the right things with Sparkpeople!

Its going to be tough, working against so many years of apathy and sedentary behaviour, but if others can do it, so can I.

Member Since: 6/6/2007

My Goals:
1/ Eat more veggies and fewer chips
2/ Walk daily
3/ Cook on a regular basis and bring lunch to work
4/ Maintain 150 lbs "goal" weight come 2013 / 14th Baktun
5/ Sleep 7 hours a night
6/ Blog regularly

My Program:
Walk every day
10 minute minimum exercise a day
Increase dumbell weights to 8 lb from 5 lb
Curves 3 times/week

Weight Watchers plus food tracking. Nothing faddish or that deprives me of anything, just portion control and healthy choices. Treats AS treats. Seven + servings of veggies and fruit a day.

1/ Get to 7 hrs sleep/night
2/ Learn a new hobby

Personal Information:
My name is Sandra.
I live in Kitchener next to a big park to walk in.
Owner/mother to two cats: Tanis and Icarus
Single but not solitary.
I'm a role-playing, knitting, reading, writing sf geek and I'm proud of it.

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Inspirational Quote of the month:

Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive.- Elbert Hubbard

"Diet" Advice:
Strong trumps skinny

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  • v SELINA2512
    Hi! I'm stopping by to wish you a great active day! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1610 days ago
    Hi Sandra...thanks for that link on the Sweden Study.
    I believe you have to watch fats...I still try to eat healthy fats and keep them limited...because I don't trust any concept that says do things without restriction.
    But I believe in replacing my starches with non-starchy veggies.
    The carb numbers and the calories are lower but the nutrition is eons greater. So I am actually eating more for less.

    When you look at all this info on the growing started in the late 70's...
    that's when High Fructose Corn Syrup started being introduced to everything.
    more and more processed foods used hydrogenated oils which are basically a form of transfats.
    the medical authorities pushed low-fat and sugar was increased across the board.
    and these are things which affect more carbs...more insulin...greater insulin resistance... more obesity...more diabetes.
    and to add insult to injury ....starchs and sugars are addictive.
    1624 days ago
    have tried going to
    the 4 part series is available there. hope it works for you
    1625 days ago
    Dr Lustig is one of the experts interviewed on THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION and he did a lecture that is available on called 'SUGAR: THE BITTER TRUTH'. According to Dr. Lustig...HFCS becomes toxic in our YES is BAD stuff.

    As for carbs...not all carbs are created equal and STARCHES AND SUGARS increase insulin levels in our bodies. The higher the Gylcemic Index, the more the body pumps insulin, the more fat gets stored from the calories we eat (and it isn't necessarily calories from 'FAT', it is from any calories)...eventually leading to insulin resistance and then diabetes. So instead of promoting whole grain starches as the foundation of a healthy diet...the medical community should be pushing non-starchy vegetables.
    1626 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/15/2012 3:43:20 PM
    Hi Sandra
    thanks for your encouragement...and you are absolutely right.."Every body is slightly different ". Studies show that people can eat a lot of calories (which are loaded with carbs) and still be malnourished. I'm trying to log my experience, for my own head . I'm trying to be extremely careful about making good food choices. My food tracker is available for viewing.
    1630 days ago
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