CONALD22's SparkPeople Blog CONALD22's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sugar So Toxic, Should Be Regulated Like Alcohol Elevated risks for heart disease, liver failure and obesity are among the claims researchers are making a bid for stricter government regulation of sugar. <BR> <BR> The toxicity of sugar to the human body and its detriment on society compares to alcohol and tobacco, according to a commentary in the current issue of the journal Nature by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, Yahoo News reports. <BR> <BR> The worldwide obese population now greatly outnumbers the undernou... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 12:00:50 EST It Doesn't Matter What She's Doing!! (And other lessons...) Today, there were many good choices that I consciously made. I got up early and prepared my post-workout shake, breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner, so I would be prepared to eat healthy all day. I did TurboFire HIIT 15 in the living room because I knew I wouldn't have much time to exercise later in the day. I made sure to take my multivitamin and other supplements (flaxseed oil, Super B Complex, Vitamin D). I brought a big bottle of water to chug all day. <BR> <BR> There were also some acc... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 11:42:36 EST What To Do Instead of Eating I have been in a funk lately (due to gaining 20 pounds, living with my inlaws, and stress due to finances and wedding planning). I've been struggling since January 1, 2012 to get back into a program and start losing weight. However, I have just NOT been able to make it stick like I have in the past, and I keep reverting back to my bad eating and (non-)exercising habits. The other day, I was doing GREAT with my food all day long, and then I got home from a long day and ate EVERYTHING in sight... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:02:52 EST Want to Burn Fat and Maximize Your Metabolism? Do THIS! I was doing ChaLEAN Extreme for about a week, in combination with TurboJam, and I was seeing amazing results. Even though the weight wasn't flying off (though it was coming off) my body just felt tighter and smaller. It was wonderful. When I got TurboFire in the mail I was PUMPED. This was sure to get these stubborn ten pounds off my body. However, after the first few days of doing the program, my weight hadn't budged and I felt chunkier than ever. What had changed? Well, I had stopped doing ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:03:15 EST How I Conquered the Weekend! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Eating healthy during the week is cinch- all of my meals are pre-planned and there is no peer pressure to eat other, unhealthy foods. However, when the weekend comes it's harder to control what I'm eating: especially with my boyfriend. He doesn't eat healthy, to say the very least. This weekend I asked him if he would consider taking a multivitamin and he said, "What, do I look like I'm 50 years old?" This coming ... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 14:33:29 EST 12 supplements you should avoid What you don't know about these 12 ingredients could hurt you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We Americans do love our dietary supplements. More than half of the adult population have taken them to stay healthy, lose weight, gain an edge in sports or in the bedroom, and avoid using prescription drugs. In 2009, we spent $26.7 billion on them, according to the Nutrition ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 09:29:25 EST Daily Quote- July 29, 2010 Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt <BR> <BR> So remember: it's mind over matter. As Chalene says, getting fit isn't about having good genes. It's about staying committed and doing what you need to do. So re-wire your mind to think FIT! and work hard! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:01:23 EST Live Your Life Out Loud: 30 Ways to Get Started<BR>out-loud-30-ways-to-get-started/ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> by Sonya Derian <BR> <BR> “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will tell you, I came to live out LOUD.” ~Émile Zola <BR> <BR> 1. Live your life on purpose. Not on “default.” Be Proactive. Make conscious and deliberate choices. When you don’t choose, circumstances choose for you and you are never leading: y... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:18:39 EST Eating to Live or Living to Eat? Stomach vs. Brain: Discovering Why Some People Can Resist Dessert While Others Can't <BR> <BR><BR>052748704288204575363072381955744.html<BR>?mod=ITP_personaljournal_0#articleTabs<BR>=article <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Imagine the typical office birthday party. <BR> <BR> It's after lunch, so everybody is full. Then, in comes a luscious chocolate confection. The sight, the smell—even t... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:51:41 EST The Perfect Refrigerator <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>show/perfect-refrigerator?cm_mmc=ETNTN<BR>L-_-2010_07_01-_-HTML-_-dek <BR> <BR> Eat This, Not That provides a GREAT article about what to stock your fridge with in order to be healthy and lose weight. <BR> <BR> I know that I've started drinking milk after my workouts, and I feel GREAT and my muscles aren't sore the next day! I mix the milk with a scoop of protein powde... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 08:40:17 EST 30 "Healthy" Foods That Aren't <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be wary of hot-button words on food labels. “Reduced-fat” products usually have less fat and “all-natural” foods often do come from ingredients actually found in nature. But not all health-related words on food packaging are defined by the Food and Drug Administration, leaving certain gray areas for manufacturers to exploit. So while those phrases, and others like them, would seem to indicate that the products insi... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 16:50:05 EST Health and Fitness on Facebook! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know that a lot of people (including me!) spend a lot of time on Facebook. Mostly it's a waste of time browsing people's vacation pictures and reading desperate attempts at witty status messages. However, it's an addiction that most people can't quit. So I got to thinking, what if I could have a Facebook feed that's all about fitness? That way, my health and fitness goals are never far from my mind. So I started ... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:23:35 EST Brain 'distorts own body image' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The brain naturally distorts body image - a finding which could explain eating disorders like anorexia, say experts. <BR> <BR> Scientists at University College London discovered people tend to think that their hands are wider and their fingers are shorter than they truly are. <BR> <BR> They say the confusion may lie in the way the brain receives information from different parts of the body. <BR> <BR> Disto... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:59:16 EST Banana Saver I was sitting here thinking today: I love bringing a banana to work, but it always gets beaten up and bruised in my bag. I wish someone out there made tupperware for bananas. <BR> <BR> And this is what I found! <BR> <BR><BR>02A8HSXW/ref=pd_bxgy_k_img_b <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not sure yet if I'll buy it, but it is a great idea! <BR> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:14:19 EST Totally Frustrated! <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> I'm really sick of sticking to my eating plan, getting lots of protein and good foods, exercising with as much vigor as I can, and then seeing the scale go up every morning. I know that you're not supposed to go by the scale, but by how your body feels, but my body just feels FAT and OVERWEIGHT. If I'm just going to keep gaining weight, what's... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 09:32:37 EST National Flags Never Tasted This Good <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>flags-never-tasted-this-good/ Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:34:27 EST Study Shows Women Lose More Fat When Drinking Milk After Weight Lifting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Drinking Milk May Boost Benefits of a Workout <BR> Study Shows Women Lose More Fat When Drinking Milk After Weight Lifting <BR> By Bill Hendrick <BR> WebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD <BR> May 28, 2010 -- Women who do weight-lifting exercise routines may be better off drinking two large glasses of milk than sugar-based energy drinks after workout regimens, a new study shows. <BR> <BR> McMaster Univ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:04:03 EST Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston Strange Diet <img src="">,,20392488,00.html <BR> <BR> "Those seeking a body like Jennifer Aniston's should perhaps take a nutrition lesson from Courteney Cox. The Cougar Town star says that for an entire decade she took meal cues from her Friends bestie. <BR> <BR> "Jennifer and Lisa [Kudrow] and I ate lunch together every single day for 10 years," Cox, 45, tells the Los Angeles Times. "We always had the same th... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:53:11 EST To Burn More Fat, Don't Eat Before A Workout<BR>alth-fitness/ <BR> <BR> To burn more fat, don’t eat before workout <BR> High adrenaline and low insulin are good fat-burning combo, studies show <BR> By Maria Cheng <BR> The Associated Press <BR> updated 1:51 p.m. ET, Thurs., June 3, 2010 <BR> LONDON - Running on empty may not be such a bad idea after all. <BR> <BR> Though many athletes eat before training, some scientists say that if you really want to get rid of more fat, you should skip the p... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:50:50 EST Woo Hoo! I know it's silly, because it's only water weight and I've lost more than this before, but the scale was down 1.2 pounds this morning!! Forgot how good that feels. It feels DAMN GOOD. <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 5 Aug 2009 10:43:59 EST Day 1 of Self-Improvement!! Today is the day I really start my self-improvement. Not just healthwise, though of course that I extremely important, but in everything. I'm going to take it one step at a time and really focus on what needs to be done. Hopefully this blog will help me to get everything in order. <BR> <BR> Things to do today: <BR> <BR> 1. Mail out books I sold on Way to earn money for all of those books I have lying around! Finding small ways to earn money will definitely help me financial... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 10:30:52 EST Going Through the Emotions I enjoyed reading this SparkArticle today. I hope you will too!!!! It really got me motivated! <BR> <BR> The world can be a beautiful place, full of possibilities and life. You can feel invincible and in control. But it’s not always like that, is it? The world can also be a stressful, upsetting, confidence-crushing place. At times, it seems like even something as clear-cut as weight loss is harder than it really needs to be. Is it worth the trouble, you ask. Why am I banging my head agains... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 09:20:09 EST Starting Over After losing so much weight and allowing food and exercise to basically run my life, I never thought I would go back to the way I was before. But the stress of law school really caught up with me, and soon there was no time to go running or to plan out my meals. I rarely exercised and grabbed food as I went, usually very unhealthy and full of caffeine. Now, a year later, I am back to point 1. The clothes I bought for my new body no longer fit, and I more fatigued and stressed than ever. ... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 10:31:15 EST Size 3 Pants! Okay so I was in K-Mart today and they have this brand of clothing I really love, Piper & Blue (I know, K-Mart has cute clothes????? But it's true........). I was trying on these really cute pair of gray khakis. At first I picked up a size 7 but they looked a little big so I picked up a pair of 5s, thinking they probably wouldn't fit but I would give it a go. I went into the dressing room and they fit but they were a little big in the waist. I went over to the rack and picked up a pair of... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 19:30:01 EST How to Kick the Bad Food Habit The following post was put up on "Why does bad food make me feel so good? Please help" by CAROLYNN007. I absolutely love her response and wanted to post it here so that I can go back and look at it when I am tempted to eat bad food. She is so right on about eating to cover up bigger problems; boredom and depression are definitely big "bad food" triggers for me. I'm going to do as she suggested and make a list of things to do instead of eating. I hope this helps anyone that reads it. <BR> ... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:50:07 EST Celebrating the Small Stuff Today sucked. It was awful. Every person I spoke with on the phone was completely rude to me, as was one of my bosses, and my work pile kept getting higher and higher with no end in sight. To top it, got a call that one of the dearest, most treasured people in my life, my Bobby (grandfather), has to have surgery on his lungs to remove some lumps. I wanted to crawl into a hole and stay there forever and forever. Mostly, I wanted to eat a lot of crap to "make me feel better." However, I k... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 21:35:08 EST I Just Couldn't Wait. I just couldn't wait to weigh myself. When I want to start something over, I need to do it like RIGHT NOW, at whatever moment I have decided. I must say that it's not as bad as I thought it might be. 145.4. Okay. I can work with that. <BR> <BR> Sooooo, goals for June are: <BR> <BR> (1) 1,500 fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> (2) 15 Minute Ab Workout or Crunches 3x a week. <BR> <BR> (3) Stay within my calorie range EVERY DAY. However, allow some of those calories to come from things I crave... Sat, 31 May 2008 08:45:42 EST Take Your Multivitamin! FYI: <BR> <BR> From Clean Eating Magazine, Summer 2008 Issue, Page 17: <BR> <BR> "A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who take vitamins have a lower BMI, body fat and body weight than those who don't. Women who took vitamins also had fewer pangs of hunger. So be sure to pop your multi!" <BR> <BR> Good to know that I really SHOULD be taking that multi! Fri, 30 May 2008 13:30:44 EST Stupidest Idea Ever! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, so in theory my whole idea/plan of not weighing myself until June 1 is brilliant. It's a plan to get more in touch with my body, to weigh progress using other measurements such as the fit of my clothes, etc. However, this plan SUCKS. I have not weighed myself in over a week and I also have stayed in my calorie range perhaps two of those days. I don't remember the last time I exercised, or what I did. And though I have been feeling great, up until today and... Thu, 29 May 2008 10:19:50 EST Throwing the scale out the window. <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> So, yesterday I was 141.4 and this morning the scale said 144.6. What the hell. I ate right, exercised, everything. This sucks. Today, all day long, I was just in a funk. And even though I knew it wasn't possible, that the weight was probably just water, I felt fat, lazy, sluggish. I wanted chocolate, cake, chips, the things people who are unhappy and overweight want. And then, I read a blog on Coach Nicole's page in which she said that she doesn't know how mu... Wed, 21 May 2008 22:55:25 EST Join my new SparkTeam! Yes, YOU!!! Hey there good-lookin'. I've started a new SparkTeam called Really, Really Ridiculously Good-Looking People, and I want you to join! If you love the movie Zoolander, or having fun and doing challenges, or you're just stunningly, amazingly, out-of-this world good-looking, then please join my group. I promise you'll have fun, and lose weight too! Plus, I'll give you a cookie. For serious. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople. It's so hot right now! <BR> <BR> ~Connie <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 7 May 2008 14:56:06 EST SparkPeople Swimsuit Challenge- Starting Blog Sunday, May 4, 2008. <BR> Current Weight: Approximately 141 pounds <BR> Goal Weight by June 1: 135 <BR> <BR> So this is a photo of what I would like to work on. I want more definition in my arms, less flab on my stomach and (gasp!) some abs. In a month I want to post a picture here of me smiling with my new toned body! <BR> <BR> Here's the plan: <BR> <BR> * Sunday: "Day 1 Workout Video" (cardio) <BR> * Monday: "Day 2 Workout Video" (lower body) + 30 minutes cardio <BR> * Tuesday: "Day ... Sun, 4 May 2008 10:35:33 EST I love SparkPeople! So I was just reading a forum that asked everyone to list the bad habits they've given up since joining Sparks. When I paused to think of all of the bad habits that I have foregone, I realized that the list was incredibly long. I wanted to share them here so that I could come back and look at this if I ever feel down or need an injection of motivation. I'd also love to hear what bad habits you've broken, as well. <BR> <BR> (1) I used to never, ever exercise. My favorite activity was sit... Thu, 1 May 2008 13:19:00 EST Law School- Aaaaaaahhhhh!!!! So I just handed over $200 to hold my seat at New England School of Law. I am excited but extremely nervous! I bought a bunch of books with titles like "Succeeding in Law School" and "The Law School Companion". The second chapter in one of the books talks about law students getting very stressed out and depressed during school. I think that all of the lifestyle lessons that I am learning at SP will really help me cope with this sort of thing. The book mentions that you should exercise (wh... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 09:06:55 EST Good job, me! So I've gained 2 pounds this past weekend, and I was hoping I would lose some this week. But I got on the scale and it was still there: 146.8. Instead of getting down, however, I would like to celebrate the good work I did this week, namely: <BR> 1. I didn't eat the cupcakes or girl scout cookies in the work room, I ate my fruit or Kashi instead. <BR> 2. I drank TONS of water, everyday. <BR> 3. I had vegetarian dinners every day this week AND I tried tofu! It wasn't that bad, I'm thinkin... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 09:08:36 EST Happy Birthday Melissa! Today is my littlest sister's birthday. She died from SIDS when she was a baby. I wrote this poem in homage to her and wanted to share it with you today, on what would be the day that you celebrate her brief but beautiful life in this world. <BR> <BR> Departure <BR> <BR> For months the wind moved uneasy steady <BR> through the evergreens, their tossed heads <BR> reminding me of sea weed, ocean stink, <BR> and her toddling new through sticky sand. <BR> Acorns would make me cry, <BR> they'r... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 08:33:32 EST Worst Week Ever So I am not really the kind of person who writes blogs about myself, but I've been having a really hard time this past week/weekend and I just need to get everything out. I've been severely depressed (due to the antics of a certain male, not to mention home sickness) and I've found it hard to maintain my diet and exercise. Basically I just want to crawl into bed and never leave. No. Actually, I want to crawl into bed with chocolate and cookies and chips and never leave. I haven't been sl... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 14:13:28 EST Speed Bump! Soooo, apparently I am still lacking in the self control department! For some reason tonight I was HUNGRY, I wanted to eat everything in sight. Luckily my fridge is stocked with only healthy foods, but I couldn't resist eating four pieces of toast slathered with butter! (and a bag of popcorn, after eating dinner!!) I feel AWFUL about it, night time is the worst time for me and I thought I had it somewhat under control. I'm worried that this might begin to be a trend, but I am determined t... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 22:20:26 EST