ADVENTURAT's SparkPeople Blog ADVENTURAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Food Pyramid diet makes me fatter In 2011, I decided to get serious about losing weight, getting fit, and working toward long-term health and longevity. <BR> <BR> I have been fat my entire adult life. Considering that, it might be considered remarkable that I have, thus far, avoided developing obesity-related disease or any weight-related problems worse than lack of stamina. I have had short-term success with Weight Watchers (once) and Atkins (once), but I always gained the weight back. So I thought about why that should be... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:00:34 EST I'm Baaaaaack Bless me, Sparkers, for it has been nearly two years since my last activity on this site, and in that time I have let all the good habits slip, cancelled my membership to Curves, stopped taking care of myself, and slid into a pretty unhappy groove. When it started to affect how I felt about my husband, our life together, and even being married, I knew I had to change something. And that something was ME. Because I love my husband, and we have a good life together. We are a team. We're just pr... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 16:46:32 EST Reality Check I think six weeks is about my limit for unchanging routine. It was about six weeks into SparkPeople that I stopped tracking everything I ate, ensuring that we had the right groceries, and staying away from French fries and the like. <BR> <BR> I was still working out at Curves, though, so I was still losing. And feeling better. And bought clothes a size smaller than the last time I bought clothes. <BR> <BR> And then we went to England on holiday - my BiL got married - and it was two weeks ... Thu, 15 Nov 2007 13:24:56 EST I have new muscles! Okay, I suppose they're the same muscles I've always had, but it's been a while since they made their presence known. But after just a couple of weeks of going to Curves (and watching what I eat), I can feel - and flex - my abs! I can feel the difference controlling my abs makes to other exercises on the machines at Curves. It's awesome to get on a machine and suddenly find it a LOT easier to do the movement than it was last time. And I'm pretty strong of arm anyway, but I can feel a differen... Wed, 8 Aug 2007 22:33:57 EST I can feel the differences already I am down 7.5 pounds and I can feel it, in all these different ways: <BR> <BR> - my bras fit better <BR> - all my trousers are looser, in both waist and hip <BR> - my belt is officially too big; I need two more holes punched in it <BR> - I don't get winded going up two flights of stairs at work <BR> - I don't have to slow down or stop partway up on those two flights <BR> - I have more energy <BR> <BR> I told my boss (who is also losing weight), and she gave me a stack of books to heft. "Tha... Sat, 28 Jul 2007 19:38:25 EST Goals Today's email quote: "I have always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I have to be more specific." (Lily Tomlin) <BR> <BR> *-*-* <BR> <BR> I have never been good at setting goals, and thus have never been good at follow-through. I do well when things are easy, when I don't have to devote a lot of time and mental energy to keeping myself on track. Where I fall down is when things become challenging, especially if the challenge is something I'm completely unprepared for and/or beyond m... Sat, 14 Jul 2007 16:33:58 EST Weigh in! Down 3 pounds at second weigh-in! Hurrah! That makes up for the complete lack of movement last week. Thu, 12 Jul 2007 16:09:54 EST Sporting Arena Food = Dangerous! I am married to a sports nut, and we have season tickets for both the football and baseball teams in Vancouver. We NEVER eat dinner before we head to the game, usually because there's no time between work and game time. And if it's a weekend, eating downtown is part of the fun of the game, at least for my hubby. <BR> <BR> Stadium food? Borders on the murderous in terms of fat and calories, as well as being an enormous ripoff. <BR> <BR> However, there are strategies. Our baseball stadium n... Sun, 8 Jul 2007 18:03:08 EST Full Day 1 Well, that went well. 1246 calories, more or less. I'm allowed more, and I think I had a bit more than that - if I factor in the glaze on my salmon and my 2 squares of dark chocolate, it'll be more like 1300 - but that's still within my target range. Yay for me. <BR> <BR> Still finding my way around the site, and boy is there a lot to find! So far so good. <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Jun 2007 00:27:47 EST