ARCSPARKS's SparkPeople Blog ARCSPARKS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Resisting the backslide Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I've posted. Been a hectic few months. I've been training, working on getting my Commercial Driver's License (CDL), Class A, so I can drive the big rigs. <BR> <BR> During training I observed practically everyone eating the SAD (Standard American Diet). Mostly all the truckers and trainers I've met have been overweight and many of them obese. I think it's more challenging in the trucking industry because it takes even more discipline to sti... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:59:00 EST My best tips for weight loss/maintenance I'm no expert on dieting and I'm not a certified nutritionist. But I can promise you that I've **extensively researched** dieting and a healthy eating lifestyle for a year, and I've found what really works, and not just for me. It's true that I dropped 40+ pounds in six months, and I've been maintaining a healthy BMI since December 2011. <BR> <BR> What else is true is this: If you follow my suggestions below you'll see the results you desire and you'll be glad you did. <BR> <BR> This in... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 13:42:20 EST More than "halfway there" into maintaining... and feeling ENERGIZED! I picked a date this last December as the declared start date for weight maintenance. I achieved a goal weight which wound up *much lower* than my original target weight, set in July 2011. December was a good place to draw the line, a little over 40 pounds lost and a good spot to declare "official weight maintenance has begun". Originally I had hoped to lose 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> I've never really focused on maintenance before and to say I've been apprehensive is an understatement. But it... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:00:33 EST How to make great tasting Iced Tea! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you enjoy making your own, healthy iced tea, you'll want to read this. I'm going to share my secrets to making the best brewed iced tea you've ever had. <BR> <BR> Here are the necessary things that go into great iced tea: <BR> <BR> --------- <BR> Water: <BR> --------- <BR> <BR> Use filtered water, not tap. If you don't have a home filtration unit, store bought spring water will do just fine. Reason: ... Thu, 24 May 2012 15:35:37 EST How To: Determine Your Daily % of Saturated Fat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Why is it important to track your daily percentage of saturated fat calories? The American Heart Association's Nutrition Committee strongly advises the following guideline for saturated fat: <BR> <BR> ***Limit saturated fat intake to less than 7 percent of total daily calories*** <BR> <BR> <link><BR>olesterol/PreventionTreatmentofHighCho<BR>lesterol/Know-Your-Fats_UCM_305628_... Mon, 21 May 2012 12:38:55 EST I Brainwashed My Taste Buds! I used to be addicted to pizza. Other vices included Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, and ice cream. <BR> <BR> My weight loss journey has led me to an epiphany; the one thing that recently stuck into my forehead like a dart. I've been eating clean for almost a year and I not only don't crave sweets anymore, but my trigger foods no longer have a choke hold over my life. How did this happen? <BR> <BR> It was a process, that's how. At first I transitioned into eating clean, bit by bite, and k... Fri, 11 May 2012 11:52:13 EST Are you a member too many SparkTeams? I'm new here and still learning about the culture of SparkPeople, but one thing I've noticed that needs commenting on are the numerous SparkTeams that have lots of members and hardly any activity. It seems to be the rule, not the exception. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've looked at a lot of home pages. People belong to numerous SparkTeams. Is there a connection between belonging too many teams and too little activity? It appears that way. <BR> <BR> When I first joined SP, I joined a bunch ... Thu, 10 May 2012 14:23:50 EST 41! 86! Hut! Hut! Eating clean, along with exercise, has allowed me to lose over 40 pounds. I'll call the loss 41# here for the sake of argument (especially since I can easily drop a few pounds of water weight overnight). This explains the '41' in the title. <BR> <BR> According to Wikipedia, "86","86'd", "86ed", or eighty-sixed when used as a verb in American English, is a slang term for refusing service or getting rid of something. This explains the '86' in the title; I've **gotten rid** of 41 pounds. <BR... Tue, 8 May 2012 09:34:04 EST So I ordered a couple of SparkPeople T-shirts today... ... and I was lucky enough to get a FREE Tote bag included! And to think I was going to order *yesterday* but dragged my feet until today. I guess procrastinating paid off with today's special! <BR> <BR> So besides their 40% off deal on their Dri Mesh Performance Shirt <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?uid=612173&context=category&showInact<BR>ive=N </link> <BR> <BR> I got the free tote bag. It was a good day for shopping. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> For those o... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:51:23 EST "Best of Series" is a plethora of weight loss tips Hi SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> When I was a moderator at another tracking site I found that the same questions kept coming up time and again. But the questions had already been answered numerous times. So I assembled all of the advice into threads, and the result is quite remarkable. Below are the links to the threads which discuss tips for weight loss, breaking a weight loss plateau, questions about how much protein one should be eating, what macronutrient (Carbs/Protein/Fats) ratios work bes... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:10:45 EST High Potassium - Low Calories Food List (avail. for download) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi SparkPeople! I've migrated here from another calorie tracking site, and since I put a lot of work into this potassium list I thought I'd share it with y'all. <BR> <BR> We all know how difficult it is to get adequate amounts of potassium every day. It's even more difficult when you're trying to lose weight because you have to watch your calories. That's why I created this list in late 2011; the original inten... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 15:36:08 EST