CEDARBARK1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CEDARBARK1 CEDARBARK1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Good News on the Health Screen Front http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017386 I had my health screen last week, and the blood work was done up all nice and all. <BR> <BR> My fasting glucose is at 89. *(I don't have the units to hand, but I suspect they are standard.) No real change from last April. <BR> <BR> My cholesterol went down from 215 to 192 since April this year. <BR> <BR> My HDL, LDL and triglycerides went down, too. Triglycerides are something like 54 I think, or maybe that was the old number. At any rate, my cholesterol/HDL level ratio is now 2.3... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:27:44 EST Back on the Food Plan as of this Past Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888291 I've been pretty good about my food plan, actually. It's been great for mainenance ever since the holidays, but I still need to drop about 12 or so more pounds. <BR> <BR> Okay, she sez... Starting this past Monday I'm back to really thinking about my food and not just filling in a few dietary crevices. <BR> <BR> I've dropped 2 pounds since Monday's weighing. Now, if I can just keep this up, two pounds a week until I get to my goal -- this would be nice. I've been having somewhat smal... Sat, 19 May 2012 08:36:49 EST A sensible & research-oriented response to concerns over the Paleo diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683783 A great resource on the Paleo Diet (from a Registered Dietitian, no less!) <BR> <BR> <link>robbwolf.com/2012/01/11/rdelusion-nu<BR>trition-pro-questioning-paleo/ </link> <BR> <BR> Definitely something to show anyone who thinks you are doing down the wrong path eating this way. While I still consume dairy, the author makes great points. Also, the discussion includes info concerning if you do do dairy, don't go low fat. <BR> <BR> I figure, a good reference article. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:20:18 EST A year plus and counting: Lessons I've learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608399 In no particular order: <BR> <BR> 1) Don't think of it as a diet. Think of it as a nutritional plan to last the foreseeable lifetime (I say foreseeable, as as we age, our needs may change). A diet is something that has in most minds a time limit. We want to live how we eat, or at least that's my aspiration. <BR> <BR> 2) Look at the big picture, and don't sweat the small stuff. (I'm not just talking about food, here.) Life can throw us plenty of big stuff without worrying about the ... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 19:54:30 EST Days July 4-6 foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346407 Note: FM = Farmer's Market. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakfast theory: I've known for years that I cannot start my day (break my fast) on "continental breakfast", or on a high carb meal, or worse yet, pastries and donuts. Without a start of protein, I am just dizzy an hour or two later. Dizzy almost in a slightly inebriated way. If I'm going to be inebriated, it's not going to happen at breakfast time. The only higher carb breakfast my body will tolerate without including out and out prot... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 07:06:53 EST July Nutrition - Going to push (gently) back to direction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340023 I spent a good portion of June out of town, eating mostly nutritious and whole foods (which the family largely appreciates) but they did contain more carbs than I'd prefer. But.. um, homemade? I at least need to be sociable and try a little here and there, and besides they were gooood (it's so easy to say NO to Lil Debbies and Dunkin Donuts...). <BR> <BR> I was a bit lax upon return, sometimes buying marginal items in the work cafeteria to supplement my foods brought from home. Time esp... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 08:04:05 EST Feeling Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4100563 I am getting towards my goal, a process which is more than just an end in itself. At the moment, I'm having a serious problem with "duties" and "obligations", and so fortunately my weight thing isn't really about the "duty" of tracking weight or calories, or the "duty" of losing pounds. <BR> <BR> The "diet" has fortunately evolved into a Food Plan. I knew from the get-go I wasn't going to be seriously counting calories or points; I have enough other hoops in my daily life like that to ju... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:02:28 EST Kicking off the Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3852413 Actually, the season has been kicking around a bit, ever since the early December Holiday Lunch Potluck at work, at which I did eat more than I should but since there are so many co workers from places like China and India, I allowed myself to indulge in good ethnic home cookery. And ate maybe one slice of cheese for dinner that night. <BR> <BR> It's about balance, balance taken over a period of two or three days. Tonight I am going out to dinner to a place that serves large portions. ... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 15:29:49 EST Past, Present, and Future: Looking at 11/25; Looking at weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3792711 A couple days ago I got down to 205 lbs, I'm now back to 205.5 today, but that can be vagaries. I prefer to weigh myself about every third day which sort of avoids fluctuations. Once all this stops being new to me, I'll try to weigh once a week. Or maybe I need to note if my weight fluctuations are weekend-based or weekday (work time) based. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'm really looking forward to NOT seing that numero two as the first digit of my weight. At least ten or twelve years ago, it wa... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 18:30:24 EST Made my Wedding Attendence Goal (sort of...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3749677 My niece's wedding was October 23rd. We flew down to St. Petersburg, Florida on the 21st, the morning of which I weighed 210! That was the goal for the wedding. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately restaurants in St. Petersburg have good food, things I don't get at home, and they believe in LARGE servings. The idea of only eating half and throwing away the other half seems rude and wasteful to me. And, well, I was a willing sucker for the appetizers served at the wedding itself, so there it is my ... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 06:43:17 EST Getting used to the Nutrition Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3680316 I see I'll be adding my own food in, in part because I seem to require protein for breakfast, and during the summer I patronize farmer's markets a lot, which aren't going to follow any sort of pre-plan. Besides I like to cook. It's a hobby; I know I am totally depressed (or sometimes overworked) when I don't cook. And when I cook it *usually* tends to be healthier... <BR> <BR> I searched for Lentil Soup (a dinner item tonight) -- all the lentil soups listed in the Nutrition Tracker were ... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 18:21:59 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3670916 I just joined this site based on a recommendation from a friend last night, who also has an account here (although I didn't ask her her username). My goal is 28 pounds based on my weight this morning. I'm trying to eat less of certain foods, more of others, and avoiding highly processed garbage all together. (Sigh, I MISS you, potato chip!) I'm something of a foodie: and I really like to keep going when I see a food I like. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'm still trying to figure out site navigat... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 07:24:53 EST