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"My body is not a garbage can for empty calories anymore." - Me

"Your body is not a bank account, it is a chemistry lab." - nutritionist JJVirgin

"Our body are not a simple balancing scale. Rather, our body is a thermostat." - Dr. Jason Fung

"Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food." - Hippocrates

"People inspire you, or they drain you. Pick them wisely." -Hans F Hansen

"Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don't give up."

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Member Since: 7/3/2007

Fitness Minutes: 16,487

My Goals:
You have to eat to live, but I don't believe that food should be mere sustenance. Food should be a pleasure to eat as well as healthful. I love to travel, and I don't buy designer bags or clothes - I enjoy regional cuisine and adventure! I want to be able to enjoy food, explore the countryside and be healthy doing it.

My Program:
Low grain/starch and exercise.

- Home cooked meals. One dining out option per week.
- 90g protein minimum
- 80g carbs maximum
- Clean eating - high quality vegetables, protein and fruits
- Minimal processed foods
- Low to no sugars
- Low glycemic fruits
- Occasional breads or starches, if desired.
- Sweet treat rarely.
- One glass of wine, if desired
- 30mins light to moderate exercise 4x per week
- 2 hours extended exercise on weekend (hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, etc)

Personal Information:
From Colorado originally. I lived 6 wonderful years in Seattle. I am currently located in Savannah, GA.

Other Information:
I'm a software engineer.

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  • v PACEKA1
    Just thought I'd say hello. Hope you are getting everything done that needs to be done without going crazy! I miss seeing your blogs but I can just imagine you are spinning with so much to do! Good luck!!
    161 days ago
    lol, yes! 'that's it!!?!?!'
    I added the monthly chart recently, so I could excuse myself for getting bogged down in the details.
    An weight across the month is a bit different is a little easier to swallow than only being down 4lbs from the last day of the prior month.

    I've been calorie restricting since April, with only about 4 respites. I guess it's time for another one. I know I've got a long way to go, so I shouldn't get impatient and try to push it too much.
    Physically, I'm still feeling great, and that should be enough to keep me happy for now.
    180 days ago
    Good point on weight loss being a stressor. A very good reason to maintain.
    180 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    I agree - the characters were a bit kooky but totally believable. I never missed an episode!
    181 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    Thank you for the Spark Goodie. Yes, life has been a bit too challenging even for me, and I've got pretty broad shoulders. We were suppose to leave tomorrow morning for Wyoming - but we canceled our trip yesterday. My husband has received unfavorable results from one of his blood tests - and you might say that was the straw that broke the camel's back. He's retaking the test in a moth - hopefully some "clean" living and a bit of exercise will bring that test back into normal range. But we both just looked at each other and were thinking the same thing - just not time to be so far away from home right now. Way too much stress to manage - and then to be in a small cabin together with all this hanging over us. At least at home we can go about our regular routines and things feel sort of normal! It is fall colors here in Minnesota - we'll probably take a day and drive up north to enjoy them.

    Thanks again. I surely appreciate the support. Where are you going for your vacation?
    183 days ago
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