BILBY4's SparkPeople Blog BILBY4's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Rice paper rolls I've become a fan of rice paper rolls. Easier to make than you might think, they look great and are very versatile. The rolls provide a thin wrap for the filling of your choice; the rice paper has a slightly chewy texture; opaque, you get a pretty good idea of what's inside; think pita pocket with less calories! Rice paper has little taste of its own. <BR> <BR> Firstly, ROLLING. There are 3 basic shapes. <BR> - the 'cigar' shape is made like this: <BR> <link> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 04:08:28 EST Fruitylicious <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <BR> Thanks to the phenomenal record that is the Food Tracker I was able to do something as nerdy and self-indulgent as adding up my fruit consumption for the past week: <BR> Mangoes - topped the list with 2.39kg. Wow! I can hardly wait till mango season again next year :-) <BR> Bananas - silver medal with 1.14kg. Can't go wrong with our little yellow friends, can we? <BR> Jackfruit - 865g. That's fresh. Prolly another kilo... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 10:20:51 EST First H-M On 7 November I ran my first ever half-marathon, a year after first 'getting off the couch'. I crossed the finish line in 1:43:39, apparently in 24th place of the 230 who started. But the important thing was just the being there, the sheer joy of running, the finishing, the knowing that I had set a goal and achieved it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I had a wonderful time running along the scenic tracks and roads around Marysville although the ... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:54:36 EST Eggs are Egg-cellent article ... yukz Earlier this week the Sparkmail contained the introduction and link to an article shilling the wonderful benefits of eggs. And, predictably, none of the negatives were dealt with in a meaningful way. <BR> Four days after this unbalanced article appeared, guess what I noticed at the top of one of the pages: "An Eggland's Best egg is an amazing, nutritious food and an ideal ingredient for all sorts of healthy recipes and eating occasions. Share your best healthy egg recipes for a chance to Win ... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 22:50:46 EST Goal Weighty Matters Last Monday, on my 'official' weigh in day - if this was Biggest Loser would I have to vote myself out? - the scales saluted me with a 69 (kilograms...that's 151.8 for you poor pounds people). No, I wasn't reading the numbers upside down. Or maybe I was! The fact is that I have got here from 96. In 50 weeks. <BR> Hmmmm. Okay, I am happy. I am feeling great and all my numbers are within healthy ranges, e.g. BMI, bodyfat, etc. Which set me thinking about goal weight. 69 was a number I picked a ... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 04:52:44 EST Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before I was going to title this 'Long Time No Blog' but that was what I did for the last one, also a kind of mea culpa for being a 3-month blogsentee. Ah well, there's nothing like routine. <BR> Speaking of which, everything is going well. I'm eating within range (well, nibbling at the bottom limit, dangit) and have been getting better calcium intake largely thanks to chia seeds. If you don't know how good this stuff is for you, how about a nice hot cup of findoutallaboutit: <link>www.chiaseeds.n... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:35:20 EST Long Time No Blog Three months in fact. Simply put, I have been away from home for two months of that time and it's difficult to keep right up to date with Spark stuff when you're on the road. <BR> So, an update. My weight is now down to the low 74s. This is not yet my goal weight but very close now. Joyfully, my pedometer software now reports "Your weight range is within Healthy Weight". My BMI is way down to 24.5. I'm eating well, running 30km a week and I feel great. What's not to like? <BR> I'm going away... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 22:01:16 EST Bilby's How-To Guide to Corgi-Huffing Not really, but now I have your attention <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Actually this is just a dull compilation of necessary - I didn't blog last week - stats and progress reports. <BR> So, in the last 2 weeks I lost another 1.3 kilograms. That takes me well back into the swingin' Seventies at 79kg. Looking back to starting weight of 96 I've come a fair way. Looking down to goal weight of 69 there's still some road to hoe. That's with an 'e' on the end by the way. Someone pointed out to me... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 01:00:38 EST Not the best For a reason I am entirely unable to fathom, last week was, how to put it, not the best of weeks. Rather than take you on a guided tour of the smoking ruins of my soul, let's just do the numbers for now. I feel almost up to that. <BR> <BR> Lost 0.7kg for the week. Happy with that. I'm now at 80.3 which puts me within reach of the mythical 70's...I'll have a weight that's not going to kill me and a pair of clodhoppers, please. <BR> <BR> I am still losing centimetres off my measurements. I am... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 22:50:31 EST Sing The throes of Valentine's Day is as good a time as any to post a poem about longing. I wrote this about _____ ? <BR> <BR> ------------------------ <BR> <BR> I will come for you in your city of towers <BR> of howling expressways <BR> of banyan trees made islands <BR> of hope searching reclaimed earth. <BR> <BR> I will leave a hint of fingerprints on double-glazed windows <BR> tight against dust and tempest, <BR> heat and loss. <BR> <BR> I will come inside the bubbles of your laughter ... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 21:12:58 EST Skinny as a starved rake Okay, not quite. But I have lost 4cm off my waist in the last 4 weeks. Which brings us to a total of 12cm in the 18 weeks since I started this wholesale retooling of the apparatus. Forget the troosers, even my socks are falling off :-) <BR> I lost another 0.7kg this week, same as the previous. I had trouble meeting my calorie goals again ... only hit the range 2 days of 7, and both of those I was right at the bottom end anyway. Aarggh. I made some pumpkin and chocolate biscuits (that's cookie... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 21:44:35 EST Dragged screaming to more calories Weight loss this week was 0.7 kilograms. I am now at 82.2, down 13.8 from my start weight of 96. And, for those of us ticking off milestones, I have just passed the half-way mark toward my goal weight of 69. <BR> All in all not a bad week. I ran my 11km run on Friday in a decent time and at the end of it felt as if I could go around again! The difference was probably carrying a (home-made) sports drink with me. Honestly I didn't like carrying a 500mL bottle in my hand as I felt it upset my ba... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:03:14 EST First Organised Run Today I ran the Australia Day 5km fun run in my home town, Darwin. It's the first time I have taken part in an organised running event since high school. <BR> I haven't been obsessed with running times since I 'got off the couch' in October. Really my focus has been on running often and far enough to lose the weight I need to lose. I am wanting to do a half-marathon in the second half of the year but I will only map out a training regime once I am at my goal weight. Anyway, before the event I... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:27:22 EST Feeling oh so stoopid Only half a kilogram loss this week and I feel really stupid. I think I starved myself. Here's the way it worked out. <BR> - Start of week, tinkered with fitness goals, actually in terms of number of minutes of cardio. I left the 'estimate how many calories' unchanged at 5600, i.e. 800 per day. <BR> - Then, checked nutrition tracker. Spark recommended 2000-2300 calories per day, so 'naturally' I decided I knew better and edited it to 1800-2100. D'oh! <BR> - I exercised my blue shoes off all w... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 19:52:58 EST What's that funny bump on my side? Why, it's a rib! <BR> Yes, I've lost enough weight to have rediscovered my ribs. This was a joyous occasion :-) <BR> At Monday's weigh-in I was down a full kilogram over the past week, which is exactly what I wanted. I can hardly wait to knock off at least another 0.4 kilograms as that will put me over the half-way mark from target to goal weight. <BR> I'm still feeling good, still exercising well, in fact starting to wonder if there is much else to life. Last night I cycled through three dif... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:57:56 EST Vacation - the inside story I'm back from Singapore. The 'morning after' I stepped on the scales and I was half a kilogram lighter than my previous weigh-in 3 weeks ago. The conclusion is probably that two weeks in Singapore didn't blow me out of the water. <BR> Funnily enough, I'm not that happy about it. I exercised a LOT while I was away. I thought I ate well - i.e. in a calorie range that would keep my weight loss curve where I wanted it - but obviously I didn't do as well as I believed. As I was losing a kilogram a... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 22:33:31 EST Happy with my eating I did some averages on my food intake last week, which came out as follows: <BR> * Calories: 1,791. My range is 1650-2050 so I'm in the zone. I actually wanted it to be higher and did eat in high 1800s and 1900s later in the week. <BR> * Carbohydrates: not calculated. I do go over my range frequently. I don't believe this makes a whit of difference to anything so I'm not following it. <BR> * Fat: 44.1. My range is 40-70 so I ought to be reasonably happy, BUT I was under on quite a few days an... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 00:36:12 EST First victim! First blog entry here ... please be gentle :-) <BR> I've been on Spark a month, and on my weight loss kick for 8 weeks. Progress to date: <BR> - 8kg lost; <BR> - exercise up from less than 100 mins per week to about 600; <BR> - daily calorie intake down from about 3,500 (estimated) to an average of 1850 (tracked); <BR> - body looks noticeably more 'in shape'; <BR> - energy levels are much better, despite this being the hottest and most strength-sapping time of year; <BR> - sleeping better. <... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:22:34 EST