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No Limitations

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I've done something I was told was "unrealistic" and "would never happen".

I am very near my college weight.

I fit into a pair of jeans I wore when I was 24.

Take a look.

Me at 24:

Today, at 36:

Exact same pair of jeans.

Don't let anyone tell you what you can or can't do, folks. Don't let anyone tell you what is or is not possible. When you live life without borders, there are no limitations. If you can't find your way on your current path, find a different route.

Learn. Adapt. Survive. Thrive.

I'm not done, yet. No. I'm going to exceed. I am going to be better than I was at 24. I'm going to do all the things I should have done, with youth on my side. But I'm going to do it better, because now I have age, wisdom, and experience on my side.

I'm taking this ball, running with it, and seeing how far I can go. I'm off road.

Why? Because I can.

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THINRONNA 6/16/2011 5:05PM

    You are just so cute! Both then and now. I LOVE that you are fitting into those jeans! How awesome!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/15/2011 4:55PM

    How awesome is that, fitting into those jeans?! And the idea of exceeding? You go--you can do it!

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DDOORN 6/15/2011 1:27PM

    How VERY cool is THAT?! :-)


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PZF144 6/15/2011 1:18PM

    Like I said on your swimsuit pic, what a rockin' bod!!

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JUST_SIMONE 6/15/2011 11:35AM

    Woohoo! I'm smaller than I was at 24, but I wasn't so healthy then. Way to go exceeding!

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BEARCLAW6 6/15/2011 10:49AM

    Very nice.

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MSDESERTRODENT 6/15/2011 10:48AM

    That is so awesome!!!! Congrats on the progress!

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VHALKYRIE 6/15/2011 10:35AM

    Karen: That's a GREAT point about college weight versus college size!

Muscles, ladies! You'll love it!


Thank you, everybody! emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/15/2011 10:30AM

    You go, GURL !!! Actually, while you may not be at your college weight, strength training has helped you get to your college size !

And you're just at cute at 36 as you were at 24.



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KELPIE57 6/15/2011 10:17AM

    Youth and experience..good combo

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ANDREA409 6/15/2011 9:58AM

    Love it!

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TERP_TERP 6/15/2011 9:33AM

    You still have youth on your side emoticon And I know it will happen for you! emoticon

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PRANA_DANCER 6/15/2011 9:29AM

    Its nobody else business what you can and cannot achieve in life. Way to prove them wrong!

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Off the Grid

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Two-fer blog day.

I'm 36. I do not have detectable levels of insulin resistance. At my last physical, my doctor said I was very healthy - she called me an "athlete". But I still carry more bodyfat than I should. I may be an athlete on the inside, but not on the outside. My LDL, HDL, triglycerides, kidney and liver function, blood sugar are all in the excellent range.

So if I am healthy, why am I suddenly so scared about diabetes?

I am seeing the results in the people around me.

My dad has been taking Avandia for several years for his Type II diabetes. Avandia has been shown to cause increased risk of heart attack and liver failure. It has been pulled from the European markets, but it is still available in the US. The FDA has put restrictions on it, but won't ban it. My dad continues to take it even with these risks because he says it is the only thing that works. When I visited my parents house, I was horrified. It was filled with fat-free cookies, crackers, Cheetos and candy. No, dad. Avandia is not the only thing that works.

My team lead is currently in the hospital. He has Type II diabetes, and has been on dialysis for several years due to kidney failure. He has been bound to a wheelchair for several years. He recently had a procedure done for peritoneal dialysis, which is where they insert a bag with fluid in his stomach that would filter his blood in place of his kidney. He hoped that he would be able to do his own dialysis, rather than going to a dialysis center. Unfortunately, he has developed a complication. Peritonitis. It is a bacterial infection, and it is potentially life threatening.

I can't help but wonder. What if there is a way to prevent this disease? Losing weight is just part of the equation. Most people end up overweight, then can't figure out why they can't lose the weight. Then they get diabetes, and think it is an inevitable part of growing old.

What if we are wrong? Type II diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes. Now teenagers are getting it. Even Type I diabetes rates are rising. That is frightening.

It's not "if" we are wrong. We "are" wrong. Teenagers should not be getting Type II. When I was growing up in the 80/90s it was unheard of. I only knew kids with Type I. These kids with Type II are shortening their lifespan by half. This generation of kids with Type II are increasing their risk of cardiac deaths in their 30s and 40s.

We were told if we avoided saturated fat, we would avoid diabetes and cardiac death. This has not happened.

If things stay the way they are, that means by 2050 one in three Americans will have Type I or Type II. Current rate is one in ten. Diabetes isn't just linked to increased risk of cardiac death and cancer. It is also linked to Alzheimers. It is now believed that Alzheimers is a Type III diabetes.

People can stay the course if they want. Me? I'm going off the grid.

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MYLADY4 6/14/2011 9:35PM

    I so agree. My insides are as healthy as a horse, I just have a good layer of insulation on me.

I also have a FIL with Alzheimer's and a MIL with II diabetes. I cringe every tie I go to her place and she has cookies and cakes and candy. She just does not get it. When is America going to wake up!!

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LILACEOUS 6/14/2011 6:40PM

    Vhalkyrie - I've been thinking about things too! I recently wrote a blog... the .03% Conundrum. I also found a lecture about sugar. Both are in the following link and will give your brain something to chew on -


We have so radically changed our food intake that it only makes sense that a lot of what we are seeing can only be the result. Be well.

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VHALKYRIE 6/14/2011 1:12PM

    DDOORN: You are SO right about the sustainability! We've got a very scary scenario coming up. We are running out of fossil fuels. Modern agriculture is reliant on fossil fuels. All that grain comes from tractors and harvesters. Even the fertilizers come from fossil fuels. They have been trying to switch us over to grain diet for decades. When the oil is gone, then what? I'm trying not to be too apocalyptic about it, but the end of oil will happen in our lifetime.

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DDOORN 6/14/2011 1:05PM

    Of course we are "wrong" in SO many ways with our lifestyles here in the United States. Not only for health reasons, but in so many OTHER ways too! I'm thinking sustainability. Our planet could not sustain human beings if everyone lived as we do in the USA. Water use, energy use, resources of every type...just outrageous! And other countries look to the USA as a model to emulate...! UGH! Look at the skyrocketing rates of diabetes, heart disease and other preventable illnesses in countries where it had previously been unheard of!


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VHALKYRIE 6/14/2011 12:52PM

    Here is a Slate article discussing the possibility of Alzheimer's as a Type III diabetes.


How they create lab rats for Alzheimer's testing is by causing them to have insulin resistance. Then they develop Alzheimer's.

Avandia increases insulin sensitivity, which also seems to help with Alzheimer's development (but may have some pretty serious side effects). Exercise naturally improves insulin sensitivity.

I want to avoid the drugs, so I am trying to do preventative medicine on myself. Low grain diet, and plenty of exercise.

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ANDREA409 6/14/2011 10:24AM

    We ARE wrong, absolutely. The fact that so many diseases of western civilization, including both mental and physical, are exponentially on the rise, causes me to believe most, if not all, of them are linked to diet.

Where was autism a century ago? It's not the vaccines; it's the toxic diet. I'm convinced of it. We are what we eat. It doesn't take a phD to realize that. If we put junk in, we get junk out.

In light of all the crap we're imbibing, I think it's incredible actually that our bodies put up with as much as they do.

I'm so sorry to hear about your lead. That sounds devastating. And your dad - is he receptive to "new" ideas of food? I know once I got sick and did the research, permission to eat saturated fat and cholesterol was a god-send. I was able to rid myself of the guilt I had been feeling by eating what my body craved.

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VHALKYRIE 6/14/2011 10:12AM

    I used to think that it was genetics. But now I am not so sure. I believe a propensity towards insulin resistance may be genetic. However, I am more certain it is driven by diet. The reason family members tend to have generational diabetes is because they tend to eat the same diet.

Diabetes and heart disease did not run in my family, but Alzheimer's does. My dad has diabetes, but my grandfather did not. My dad's diet has deviated quite significantly. He changed his diet to match the low-fat/fat-free recommendations. When I was a teenager, we switched butter for margarine. It turns out that was a bad idea.

Teenagers getting Type II at younger ages doesn't make sense, if from a purely genetic standpoint. If it is genetic, there is something driving it to come out faster these days.

I don't think it is inevitable. Diabetes is caused by out of control insulin levels. Insulin levels can be controlled with diet. But we'll have to wait and see 30 years if I am right.

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/14/2011 10:06AM

    Like you, I have and had many relatives with Type II diabetes. Even though I was over weight for many years, I never had any problems with my blood sugar. I'm older now and in significantly better shape than I was, but I still get my blood sugar checked. You just never know when genetics may or may not kick in.

Obviously, we decrease our risk for many diseases if we can take better care of ourselves. That decreases the risk, it doesn't eliminate the risk especially if that person does have type II diabetes on both sides of their family, like me.

I hadn't read that Alzheimer's was being linked to diabetes. In my family, even though we had more than our fair share of medical issues, all the aunts and uncles who survived past their 70s have minds as sharp as tacks. And for that, I am grateful.


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My New Meals

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My approach to diet has completely changed since I made the revelation that fat doesn't make you fat. Insulin makes you fat. I thought insulin and blood sugar was only important to diabetics. Years of abuse with cola have damaged my insulin receptors, even though I am not diabetic. However, it means that I have increased my risk of diabetes. It will take a while. I'm 36 now. Odds show that if I continue to eat a high carbohydrate diet, I would probably develop later stage insulin resistance by my 50s. I have no intention of taking drugs like Avandia. Not if there is another way. Not if there is way for me to turn it back right now. If all I have to do is reduce my grain consumption, then it's a no brainer.

Since I've altered my diet, I've only had to alter my menu slightly. All I did was reduce the amount of starchy carbohydrates. That's it. I started off with some pretty good eating habits. I have been eating clean for several years, so this was not a big stretch to me. If you have been eating frozen dinners or fast food, then the adjustment will probably be a bit more radical.

I have a few rules:

1) Whole, unprocessed foods. I shop only on the outer perimeter of the grocery store. I shop in this order: produce, meat counter, dairy, then checkout counter. I do not shop in the middle aisles where the processed food is. I do not buy Atkins bars, Zone bars, or low carb bread. Low carb bread? Whatever that is.
2) No reduce fat anything. Whole milk. Full fat cottage cheese. Regular cheese. Whole milk yogurt (that I make myself - no sugar added.) Whole cream butter.
3) Meat and vegetables. A vegetable serving comes with all meals.
4) If I eat bread, potatoes, rice, fruit, or dessert then it is one meal a day. This is the sugar group. It is a very small portion, and is eaten with a medium to large serving of protein.

Here is a sample of the menus I've been eating.

One egg omelet with cheddar cheese, genoa salami, and strawberries.

Coq au Vin with vegetables

Steak and roast vegetables (my honey made this!)

Baked chicken quarter, cauliflower gratin, and an Amstel Light.

There's about 2 tablespoons of panko bread crumbs that I used for the baked chicken crust. While low carb says deep frying is ok if you use a non trans fat, I don't like to deep fry. I still prefer to bake.

Ham and vegetable soup, and yogurt and blueberries

For desserts.

Yogurt, coconut milk, strawberries and dark chocolate powder.

Fresh strawberries and creme fraiche

Obviously I have a lot of strawberries in the house this week!

Do I feel deprived? Are you kidding me? This is the easiest diet I've ever been on. I am never hungry. I am always satisfied. I'm losing fat and building muscle almost purely with the food I eat.

My weight loss is taking some tweaking because I have added some exercise back into my routine, and I'm trying to figure out how to adjust the balance. Too much cardio definitely halts progress. I do think resistance exercises are more beneficial. Since it is summer time, I am switching my main form of exercise to swimming. I get a full body resistance training routine, it is fun, and I think it will have great results in toning and trimming.

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THINRONNA 6/16/2011 5:06PM

    You are an inspiration. You food looks wonderful! Well done my friend!

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MYLADY4 6/15/2011 8:59PM

    Yummmmmmm, looks great. Looks alot like what I eat but no beer.

Glad it is working for you.

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VHALKYRIE 6/14/2011 1:00PM

    Referring to frequent high intensity cardio. It is a stressor on the body. For me, low-to moderate is working fine. But getting stalls if I do a hard workout to the point of fatigue.

Pretty much the same as we've always seen. Work out too hard for too long, and weight loss stalls with fatigue.

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DDOORN 6/14/2011 12:56PM

    Sounding & looking GREAT!

Curious by what you mean when you say: "Too much cardio definitely halts progress"...?


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LIGHTENINGLIFE 6/14/2011 11:30AM

    The Yogurt, coconut milk, strawberries and dark chocolate powder looks absolutely delish. Might have to make that myself. Thank you for giving us an insight into your diet and the reasoning behind it. Wishing you every success with your spark journey.


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PETUNIAPIG 6/14/2011 9:53AM

    You and I are on the same idea of thought regarding diet. I, unfortunately, already developed insulin resistance and now need to follow this methodology even more urgently. I agree with all those rules, but still tend to get 1% milk instead of whole milk (I drink a lot of milk!).

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KELPIE57 6/14/2011 9:17AM

    Have you looked at the Dukan diet? I personally found it too restrictive, but you might find some interesting things in it...and all the food looks great!

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BEANBYDESIGN 6/14/2011 8:49AM

    Swimming is an amazing exercise. I was a varsity swimmer in high school, so I had an hour or two of practice everyday, and I managed to maintain my weight at 130 (low for me) while packing away around 2500 calories a day of garbage food (I grew up with two completely sugar-addicted parents, one of whom owned a candy store - guess what our pantry looked like!). Granted, I was much younger, so I had a faster metabolism, but my point is, eating the way you're eating, you are going to be RIPPED if your workout of choice is swimming!

Honestly, if getting to a pool wasn't such a pain (and so expensive! Even my local Y costs like $60/month!), it would still be my exercise of choice.

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I Am Not an Anomaly

Monday, June 13, 2011

I cannot participate on the message boards anymore. They make me angry.

This era is going to go down as the dark ages of nutrition.

I assure you I am not a genetic anomaly. I'm not some miracle because I quit the low-fat diet and am miraculously losing weight, and my health is improving.

I have to stop visiting the message boards because I'm not good at keeping my mouth shut. I just want to scream to the top of the world. The thing is, I'm not a crusader. It is not my place. I can't change anyone's mind who isn't ready to listen. So I just have to disengage. But I really hope people will come to the realization faster than me. Maybe they can save themselves a lot more trouble.

A long time ago, rickets and scurvy were determined to have been caused by lack of exercise. Exercise more, and you'll lower your risk of rickets and scurvy.

Sound familiar?

When that didn't work, they blamed witchcraft.

I want to show you something. This is the obesity map of America in 2007. It shows that the leanest state in the US is my home state of Colorado.

I hear a lot of speculation on why that is. Oh, it must be all the bike trails, hiking and skiing.

No. There's tons of wonderful outdoor activities in Colorado you can do. But my friends and I never did them because we were poor and didn't have much money. Skiing costs money. I never learned to ski until I got a middle class job and moved to Washington. My friends and I played soccer after school. We spent a lot of time loafing around at malls on the weekends. We were moderately active, but not super-athlete. We played plenty of video games. I am the Nintendo generation.

No. It's because Coloradans love their protein. Meat. We didn't let no government tell us we need to eat sprouts and arugula. They'll take our beef from our cold, dead hands.

Seriously. Drive I-25 from the New Mexico border up to Wyoming. You will see wide open spaces with free roaming cattle, munching grass, drinking from ponds and napping under trees. There's few other places in the country where you can walk into a butcher shop and take home buffalo, elk or venison steaks without special ordering. Either you are a hunter, or have a friend who is a hunter, who goes elk hunting. An elk is a huge animal. You get it carved up by a butcher, then you call all your friends over for a BBQ to help you eat it.

Up until my mid 20s, I was never fat. I never counted a single calorie. What changed when I got in my mid 20s? I gained weight eating fast food with lots of french fries and fully leaded coke, then I went on the low fat diet. I suddenly became concerned that all that protein I was eating was going to make me get heart disease.

I didn't lose any weight until I moved to Washington, then my diet changed again. My world was suddenly opened up to pacific wild salmon. I used to hate salmon. Being in landlocked Colorado, we could only get it shipped, and it was poor quality. I am very sensitive to fish that isn't super fresh. In WA, I could get salmon as fresh I could catch myself, if I wanted. In a similar way that backyard BBQ elk was common in CO, BBQ'd salmon was common in WA. I was eating a lot of salmon. I lost a lot of weight.

You might live in CO or WA and think, "Hey, I've never heard of this." You need new friends. Find a neighbor that goes elk hunting in CO, or salmon fishing in WA, and make friends.

But I couldn't finish losing all the weight I gained. So I went back to the low fat diet. My weight didn't budge. I kept trimming my protein and fat back further, and further hoping to see a change. Recently, I have been the closest to vegetarian I've ever been in my life. I didn't lose a pound. But my hair started breaking and falling out. I looked suddenly years older. I started getting some weird infections on my skin. I developed an unsightly cyst under my eye. My gingivitis was getting hard to control again. Thrush was showing up.

So as we know, I've recently gone back to my roots. Protein. All of those conditions I listed above cleared up, to my surprise. I was just trying to lose weight. I had no idea those problems were all related.

I am coming to the realization that we are a mostly protein eating species. If we stop eating carbohydrates, our liver is capable of producing all the glucose we need. If we stop eating protein and fat, we get sick and die. An all carbohydrate diet is impossible - we cannot synthesize cellulose from plants into protein. Even a minimal protein/fat diet is just skirting the edge.

I am not an anomaly. I promise.

For more evidence to make up your own mind, here is an interesting video I found of an neurologist who became an expert on heart disease because his triglycerides were off the charts. It is titled: "How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic."


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MYLADY4 6/13/2011 9:10PM

    So agree. Back on the low carb which worked for me to lose 75 pounds years ago then I bought into the idea that you need carbs. I have celiac so my body DOES NOT need processed carbs, it actually revolted against them. Each person needs to find what works for them but the information on the different ways of feeding your body need to be out there.

Try to keep up on informing the masses. Someone may listen and it might change their life.


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LHIEBEL 6/13/2011 5:20PM

  AMEN!!! Nothing has worked for me in my life except consuming good protein (and fat), exercising and limiting carbs. I will be 50 next February and nobody I meet thinks I look my age--they think I look younger--(not that I try--I just always shoot for good health)---and this is the ONLY combination that has kept my weight where it should be and helped to keep me trim....and feeling GOOD!!! I have been doing this for 10-15 years and it WORKS!!!! All my blood tests come back with great/healthy results--I have no plaque in my arteries and my arterial age is 43...every time I go to the doctor for something minor or checkups--I tell her I am the healthiest patient she has!

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VHALKYRIE 6/13/2011 5:18PM

    NAYPOOIE: I thought I did! But maybe I was more subtle about it.

I'm not really a confrontational type personality. But despite saying I was going to stay away, I haven't. ;) I'm taking a slightly different tact. You are right, we do have to get the message out somehow. I just find it REALLY hard to hold my tongue whenever skim milk is mentioned. I mean, there's a reason why our tongue's say YUCK.

Also, I tend to explain things scientific-y, and some people glaze over. Trying to work on that.

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NAYPOOIE 6/13/2011 5:07PM

    If we don't go out on the main message boards, then all they will ever hear is more about how low fat is the way and low carb will hurt you. I don't want to proselytize, but it has to be said. Everyone who used to do low fat and now does low carb changed because they heard tales of success with low carb. But to hear the tale, the tale must be told. That's why we go out there.

And some of us just like to argue.

I would also like to see this response from becky.

You should have slapped Colbyrs down when he said "You are rediculous". That was just plain rude.

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JUSTBIRDY 6/13/2011 4:48PM

    Colorado is thinner because that is where Drs Eades and Rosedale had their practice. They eat all that grass-fed stuff.
Oh, I hear ya about the message boards!!!! It used to be that people were just trashed for being "faddish", but now that the low carb diet has been declared to be more successful, they are changing their tune. Now low carb is for the "metabolically deranged" only.

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TWO_SPARROWS 6/13/2011 4:07PM

    Protein helps us feel fuller, longer. Nice lean protein, as you will find on a lot of the so-called "wild" meats you mentioned is absolutely ideal. Salmon is so full of good things such as Omega Fatty Acids, it would make your head spin. Fish in general is a great, high-protein food.

What will get to you and make you "fatter" is the carbohydrates that are hidden in the fast-food choices, like the fries, and the additives they put in the meat to MAKE it taste the way it does, the sugars in the condiments, all the chemical preservatives used to make it what it is...a chemically unhealthy soup.

Don't give up on the SparkPeople resources. Yes, some of it it can make you "huh?", and some of it will make you say "nope, not goin' there!" but some of it will really hit home and make sense.

As another poster here stated, you ARE an anomaly in that you are an intelligent, thinking individual who is perfectly capable of thinking things through and making the best decisions for your health. Don't be a follower but blaze your own path! You've got a good start!

Yay YOU!

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ANDREA409 6/13/2011 12:57PM

    Oh, and as far as the "knowledge" we are supposed to be learning from these nutrition articles they offer, pfft. I don't even look at them anymore. I glean so much more information from the books I read elsewhere.

What exactly did you say to elicit such a terse response from the dietician? That's lame.

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ANDREA409 6/13/2011 12:55PM

    You know I'm with you 100%. I don't even bother with the message boards (in the nutrition forum). I love that you're passionate about what you have learned. I feel the same way. But a very wise friend of mine recently taught me what she herself had just learned - that most people don't want to hear it. Sure, there are a few that do, but I find that if someone wants to learn something badly enough, they'll seek it on their own. Just like you and I, and so many other people have. Unfortunately, they will probably have to go through what the rest of us did: the illnesses, the fatigue, the resilient body fat, before they decide to try a new approach.

Endlessly frustrating to be sure. It's great to push the envelope, but I've found it to be extremely frustrating, futile, and exhausting.

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DDOORN 6/13/2011 12:42PM

    Always great to read your blogs to keep myself on the path of what works for me!


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LUCYSUNFLOWER 6/13/2011 12:08PM

    Um, I have to agree with PZF144 - you are an anomaly because you're thinking analytically and without applying traditional boundaries and limitations!

I love Spark and I think that the assistance provided in tracking nutrition and fitness is broadly helpful. But we each need to select the support and information we need for our own individual health. One thing that I think people do not mentally process when faced with the idea of eating full-fat dairy and meat protein is that hunger and nutritional needs are satisfied (once the body learns to recognize satisfaction) with smaller volumes of food.

Hang in there with Spark - some of us need you! Just ignore the nutritional boards...


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VHALKYRIE 6/13/2011 11:32AM

    BEARCLAW6: No joke. I got a VERY terse response from Becky.

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BEARCLAW6 6/13/2011 11:30AM

    Amen, sister!

Please don't give up entirely on the main message boards, however. There are really so very many people out there who are grumpy, hungry, lost and need help finding the way. You don't have to say that the SP diet plan is wrong. You can still say that what you do works and why it works. Gary Taubes, The Eades doctors, Atkins and others wrote books that have probably saved thousands of lives. I am no Gary Taubes, but I can spread the message in small ways here!

We should have a competition on the low-carb teams to see who gets the most warning letters from the SP staff!

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PRANA_DANCER 6/13/2011 9:30AM

    I was there at one point. I had started drinking whole milk and eating bacon again after an almost vegetarian diet. All the sudden I wasn't so tired any more and I wanted to let everybody know how I felt. But even the articles on this site tell you to eat low fat, low sodium foods. I'd be fighting against the tide. Now I still go onto the message boards, but I don't typically talk about my diet unless there's a thread about it.

My numbers don't lie though. My weight has gone down, but so has my cholesterol (though my HDL has gone up) and my blood pressure went from 120/80 to 110/65. I'm looking forward to seeing any further improvements this November.

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PZF144 6/13/2011 9:18AM

    Um yes, you are an anomaly. You are a thinking, intelligent person who actually reads and digests new information and uses it to gain a health advantage. That, my friend, is a true anomaly!

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Seeing is Believing (with Pictures!)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Warning: Contains pictures of swim suits. If you are offended by such things, click the button to take you away from here.

Ok, I'm getting over my embarrassment to show you my pictures. Please be kind!

A month ago, I showed you "The Motivator". It's a swimsuit that I bought for my upcoming vacation to Mexico. Only problem is, it doesn't fit. A risky move, but I bought it because I thought it would help motivate me. I didn't want to be a blob in it, so I had to lose the weight.

Here it is:

Well, I took some before pictures that were pretty darn unflattering. I knew I didn't look great in it, but until I looked at the pictures, I didn't know how awful I looked in it. Pictures tell the truth.


I kept trying it on every week and snapping pictures, hoping I would see a change. For a while, I didn't see any visible change.

Well, now I do have a little progress that I'd like to share with you. This is -7.2lbs down from 135.0 - 127.8. 38% bodyfat - 32% bodyfat.

Here is the front view. I've got bat wings, a double chin, and a poochy belly. No hourglass at all.

Here is after:

Bat wings are shrinking, some muscle tone is starting to show up! My waist is cinching. My double chin and face are shrinking. And my hair looks better! That is not just a coincidence. Really. It's a totally unexpected change, but my hair has suddenly become manageable, less frizzy, and it shines! And it doesn't break and fall out!

Side view, before. Ugh...you can really see the pudge in my arms and stomach.

Side view, today:

I have a jawline! My stomach is flattening! The girth on my arm is shrinking!!

What do you think? Is it just my imagination?

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APMAC_D 6/13/2011 4:42PM

    There is definitely change! You are doing amazing!

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JUSTBIRDY 6/13/2011 4:33PM


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DETERMINED56 6/13/2011 5:44AM

    Yahoo...it is NOT your imagination at all. I really see the changes and you look good. Keep it up cause you are on a roll. Love the suit btw.

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RKJ1969 6/12/2011 4:19PM

    Congratulations, you look amazing!

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ANDREA409 6/12/2011 3:37PM

    Definitely see a difference! It's not in your head.

Great bathing suit, btw. emoticon

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PRANA_DANCER 6/12/2011 3:12PM


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ARCHIMEDESII 6/12/2011 2:56PM

    WOO HOO !!! Check you out ! I can definitely see a change ! Data and Spot must be thrilled !!!

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THINRONNA 6/12/2011 2:29PM

    Wow! I can definitely see a difference! I love your suit! You are lookin' good lady! Love it!

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 6/12/2011 1:27PM

    Woohoo!! There is a very noticable difference - you are really changing your body and your health in tangible ways!! I am so happy for you!

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PZF144 6/12/2011 1:00PM

    What a rockin' bod!!

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BTVMADS 6/12/2011 12:38PM

    There is such a huge difference in your tummy in the "after" shots. AMAZING job!!! You're gonna look hot on the beach!

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KELPIE57 6/12/2011 12:33PM

    Definitely not imagination emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYOTIC 6/12/2011 12:02PM

    I can definitely see the shrinkage, which for a woman is a good thing!(Seinfeld "shrinkage" episode notwithstanding....)

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CAROLJEAN64 6/12/2011 11:52AM

    Wow, thanks so much for posting the pictures. I rarely believe before and after pics because I know how easy it is to adjust things..., but yours are so real and the change so obvious.

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TERP_TERP 6/12/2011 11:52AM

    emoticon You are doing great!

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MYTURN11 6/12/2011 11:51AM

    Not your imagination - you have made great progress and have great definition. The suit looks great on you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUEEN-EYDIE 6/12/2011 11:47AM

    Wow! What a difference! You look great and i love the suit!

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