BRIARANDROSE's SparkPeople Blog BRIARANDROSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Kinds of Progress In my dieting days, I used to measure progress by how many calories I ate, measurements, weight, and various other numbers. I measured all food down to the last tenth of a gram, and obsessed over whether to add onion slices to my evening salad. Those details would end up being the focus of my life, dominating my thoughts at all hours of the day and night. <BR> <BR> Despite all the time and effort I put into dieting, I never really lost weight or got any healthier. The opposite, in fact, sinc... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 02:35:36 EST Finding my Set Point In my first post, I talked a bit about HAES, which stands for Health at Every Size. This is basically my philosophy when it comes to my physical health, and by extension my mental health as it relates to my body. <BR> <BR> HAES means that no matter what weight you are, there are things you can do to improve your health. It also means that if you do improve your health, but don't lose any weight, it's OK. Improving your blood sugar, or cholesterol, or blood pressure, is still meaningful even ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 09:33:21 EST Exercise & Mental Health Thanks to a severe leg injury that took a very long time to fully heal (and still gives me a lot of pain), my physical fitness is not only in the toilet, it's down the drain, past the treatment plant, and out to sea. It's been nearly three years since I was last exercising consistently. I have no muscle tone, especially in my core and lower half, because the nature of my injury meant that I was stuck lying down most of the time. <BR> <BR> I have a great deal of work to do to regain the fitne... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:38:05 EST The Rules of the Game I'm still in the process of figuring out how this is going to work for me. Here's what I've decided so far. <BR> <BR> * The nutrition tracker is counting calories, but I am not. It doesn't matter if I'm over or under my calories for the day, as long as I feel good and satisfied, and provide my body with the core nutrients it needs. Also, if I don't meet all my nutritional goals every day, it's OK. As long as I'm eating a good variety of foods, I'll make any deficits up on other days. <BR> <... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:11:35 EST HAES, Calories, and Me I discovered SparkPeople several years ago, when I was in a dieting phase. I spent several months exercising and calorie-counting ferociously, and lost some weight. I'm not one of the very few (less than 5%) for whom dieting is a permanent solution, so I ended up gaining back the weight, and a bit more besides. <BR> <BR> That's how dieting works (or doesn't). Each time you lapse, you gain more than you lost. There's a reason the diet industry is worth damn near 50 billion dollars annually. I... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 06:07:52 EST Why I'm Here I am a fat woman, and a fat acceptance activist. I don't believe I need to be thin to be healthy or happy. I am here to improve my health by focusing on nutrition and physical fitness, and as far as I'm concerned, if I lose weight that's a side-effect and nothing more. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I injured my leg in a pretty bad accident, and I ended up spending several months in hospital. Once I got home, it was a further two years with daily home nurse visits until my leg was close to being ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 05:31:44 EST