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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Here I am tracking my food out of curiosity...I have not tracked in so long.
I have had children! And my body is a totally different animal than it was a mere year ago. We had an extraordinary adventure together.
I'd love to lose weight, yes yes I would. I understand the timeline, of course, and also understand how available an hour a night is going to be to me. But tracking food seems like a good place to start...

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CARLANNIE 3/17/2014 11:16AM

    Congratulations! Did you have twins? I'm way behind. What a blessing for you.

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TATTER3 3/16/2014 11:05PM

    Yea on hanging in there and just keep Sparkin'!!!

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KA_JUN 3/16/2014 8:55PM

    Congrats, on both the children and the tracking, and good luck!

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LJOYCE55 3/16/2014 8:06PM

  Welcome back and good luck.

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DMEYER4 3/16/2014 7:48PM

  tracking is a great place to start .good luck on your journey

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Happy to be gaining weight!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dear SparkEverybody,

I am officially 14 weeks pregnant! I am very happy to be gaining weight, exercising with less gusto (weights are ok...crazy cardio not so much), and tracking food for the primary reason of protein and not calorie counting. It's like I changed my mind mid-sentence about what I was saying...but it's better than just okay, it's ideal.

In a nutshell, I have been doing a TON of reading on healthy weight gain, because I have twins. I have read, in general, that I should gain 20 lbs. in the first 20 weeks, roughly. My dr. is on board with this. Everyone has a different opinion, but I'm going to be very conservative and follow the rules there. The worst that could happen is that i get some chub. The best that could happen is that I could not be one of those crazy stories that I keep coming across on the internet...

Well, I would have changed to BabyFit by now, but I am a slave to the ol' iPhone and there is no BabyFit food ap for entering daily meals. This site is funny, because when I tried to change my goal to gain weight I get a ticker with a range of 0, 0 pounds gained, etc. I blew some poor little fuse somewhere. It's not a good place to track weight gain.

I'm still working with the trainer (only one month to go...what an amazing year it has been), but now it is a lot of arm work. I am so big that I can't lay on my stomach already, and some abs work makes me sad now. I've switched running for walks, and am considering swimming, which will mean getting a suit at some turned into the worst thing ever, which I didn't expect. But I had some borderline bad experiences the last few times I went, even with my very favorite instructor, so for now I have quit and I'm not looking back (until I find a good pre-natal class.)

Anyway, what are other experiences with intentional weight gain, I wonder? I am so mystified...

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CARLANNIE 8/26/2013 11:28PM

    Oh, wow - CONGRATULATIONS! Double congratulations! I love that you are taking such good care of yourself. Big (((HUGS))) for you.
I used to use eDiets before finding SP, and I do believe they had a program for gaining weight. Might be worth investigating, but there is a monthly/yearly charge. Hope you find a program that works well for you. Some way or another, you need to 'fool' that ticker. You could count backwards, i.e. you pre-pregnancy starting weight is 150, and as you gain weight, you could post it as a loss instead of a gain. So after that first 20 weeks you'd look like you weighed 130 instead of 170. I know that's weird, but alas, that's the way my mind works.
Again - this is awesome! You'll make a great mom. emoticon

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Two weeks with no sugar--clarification

Friday, June 07, 2013

So, I was thinking that it wasn't really fair to post that I lost weight when not eating sugar and make it sound that straightforward. What really happened is that I am trying to work with a dr. on some things, and I had a two week period of very simple rules:
No caffeine
No artificial sweetener
Low sodium
No sugar
Carbs less than 40% of daily diet
Protein 25-30% of daily diet, as much non-animal based as possible
Increase of caloric intake--unlimited

So, I did this. Well, the refined sugar was only a part of what I was doing, but the thing I felt the most. Then, to keep carbs low and non-animal intake high, that cut out items like agave because beans, lentils, nuts, broccoli, etc all have great protein but also carbohydrates, and that was kind of the majority of my carbohydrate dedication. So, I could almost choose, like do I want to put orange juice in my smoothie, or would I rather eat a tortilla with dinner tonight? The caloric intake was kind of self-limitinig because...well, food was kind of uninteresting with no sugar and salt!

So interesting. I have never been on such a specific and niche diet before. But, in a way the dr. diet had some elements of the Atkins diet....which has always floored me and struck me as unhealthy...and I was able to eat more and actually not feel bloated, big, full of the gross 'meaty' feeling that I thought I would have when I first thought about what I was going to eat.

The good news is, is that it was a great experience, helped me achieve what I wanted to with flying colors, and I am very pleased and happy. And, though I would never picture going on the Atkins diet....I kind of did!

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TATTER3 6/7/2013 2:37PM

    No judgement here! Just keep Sparkin'!!

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Thwarted! The bike and the ankle

Friday, May 10, 2013

So...I have injured myself, I need to refrain from a bike ride, and it is supposed to be 80 degrees today. :(

I strained my ankle riding my bike on Monday. 16 miles to work, 16 miles home. Despite the discomfort I felt like a stud anyway because I thought "I have just ridden my bike 32 miles and the only thing sore is my little ol' ankle."

Then like a silly person I went to bootcamp class the next day, and totally wrecked myself. I'm talking "(Bleep) that hurts! What viper did I just get bit by?"

Well, as it turns out, the Achilles tendon is a common place to injure on a bike. Has to do with poor pedaling technique, they say, and I think that applies to me. I have a short bike rack and a long pannier, so I tend to hold my ankle just-so in order to avoid kicking the bag per every rotation.

Also has to do with stiff muscles and improper stretching, they say. Embarrassing but true, that totally applies to me. I go to yoga, but for some reason I start cold, even running, and don't really stretch post-workout unless it's in a class and the instructor says do it.

Here is what Livestrong has to say about it:

Oh well. In a way, good for me. I made a promise to myself not to ride today if my ankle still hurt. Even though it is supposed to be a dazzling day. So I got up this morning did my morning things, got dressed in bike gear, and hopped on my bike. I rode one mile, turned around, and changed into office clothes and drove to work.

Lame, lame, lame. But smart, smart, smart.

There will be other hot days.

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CARLANNIE 5/12/2013 7:49PM

    Owie! Now you are wiser and smarter. Hope you heal soon, and have more warm sunny days ahead!

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TATTER3 5/10/2013 4:04PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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KA_JUN 5/10/2013 3:42PM

    Better to be smart, rather than to exacerbate an injury. That heel strike on panniers can be a real pain (pardon the pun). Heal up fast.

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PENNSTATEGIRLY 5/10/2013 11:56AM

    Hope you're feeling better soon!!!

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Nothing is better than outside

Saturday, May 04, 2013

I won't even question why, but we are in the high 70's this weekend, expected temp of 83 on Monday (hmmm, is that a virus I feel coming on? hate to spread that around the ol' office...). I LOVE heat and sun. I'm eating this week up, and it is so far delicious.

Yesterday was 16 miles to work, 16 miles home. Here is the only scenic bike route picture I took:

It is alongside a slough for the first 7 miles, on a trail along the backside of everything, with nothing to see but pretty and nothing to smell but fresh.

Here is the running trail by my house--I walked past it on the way to the gym this morning, and looking forward to running there tomorrow:

Again, nothing to see but pretty. Nothing to do but go to the end of the trail, de-stress, let all of life's worries drop away at the approximate rate of 11minutes/ mile.

Hope you enjoy your weekend! I'm done at the gym, ate my fabulous banana smoothie (with mint this's like summer, I tell you!) and I'm off to contemplate how it could possibly be that the sun makes everything feel *this* good.

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TATTER3 5/5/2013 9:14PM

    We have rain...but it will be pretty later in the week. Keep Sparkin'!!

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CARLANNIE 5/5/2013 9:10AM

    I was planning on a nice weekend, but it hasn't quite gotten up to 70 in my neck of the woods. And the wind doesn't want to stop blowing. But that's Spring for ya!

Have fun breathing in that fresh and soaking in that sunshine. Relish the moment!

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GAILRUU 5/5/2013 7:50AM

    We could use some sunshine to melt the remaining snow.

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    Great pictures. Winter seemed to last forever here, so the warmer temperatures seem especially sweet.

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VONBLACKBIRD 5/4/2013 6:28PM

    Love your pictures and love being outside as well. We had a cold front to come through so our 70's and 80's turned to 30's and 40's..boohoo...but warming up again next week.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/4/2013 3:12PM

    Beautiful pictures! Reminds me that I have a ton of hiking pictures I keep planning to put into a blog.


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