DOWNEASTB's SparkPeople Blog DOWNEASTB's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sandbag love (my fitness program) Even though I firmly believe that weight loss is 80% what you eat and 20% everything else, exercise has been a crucial part of my overall program. I don't know if it burns fat, but in my case it does help with water retention and of course, building muscle. When I first started out last year I only walked, but did it for at least 30 minutes a day, usually broken into 15-20 min segments, one in the morning, one in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> About two months into my low-carb quest I discovered H... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:41:19 EST Groan. Woke up this morning with a rager of a sinus headache. Have a weird sort of minty taste in my mouth. There's a huge slab of leftover cake in the break room. It's going to be that kind of day. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:34:59 EST Low carb pride! I was (and still am) going to write an entry about how I'm doing on low carb/no wheat today. Instead, I want to brag on some acquaintances of mine, "Roy" and "Becki". When I met them in 2010 they each had a good 50 pounds to lose and generally looked...well, not the picture of health. Roy in particular had the classic distended "wheat belly" and I was genuinely concerned about the state of his heart. When they saw how much success I was having last year with my way of eating, they decided to ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:43:09 EST Details/FAQ for my low-carb plan Here is the text of a facebook note I wrote last September. Feel free to use/repost as you wish. <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> I got some compliments last weekend on my new physique and thought that maybe some of you might be interested to know how I did it. The question I get the most is "What is your workout plan?" It really should be "What do you eat?" because weight loss is at least 80% diet. Exercise is good for your overall strength and well-being, but it should never be the foundation for a fa... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:14:21 EST How I'm Doing All This Pt. 2 So when we left off last time, I had been steadily but incrementally cutting down carbs sources until all of them came from vegetables (mostly green and a few starchy because most leafy greens taste muddy to me no matter how they're prepared). I had also lost about 25 pounds largely through my diet, or as I prefer to call it, way of eating. When I saw how easily the fat was burning off and realized how good and energetic I felt, I realized that this was the way I needed to stay. <BR> <BR> Ju... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:40:15 EST How I'm Doing All This It occurred to me after yesterday's blog entry that maybe I should go into more detail about my way of eating and how I got where I am today (such as it is). So here goes: <BR> <BR> Height: 5'6" <BR> Early Feb 2011 - Weight=199*. I go to a relative's baby shower and eat the usual amount of party food (four cupcakes, handfuls of potato chips, lots of candy, and other things that I'd rather forget about). The following week I was tagged in pictures of the event. The way I look horrifies me. My... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:43:02 EST I am a BIG DUMMY Something happened to me today that's going to be slightly embarrassing to relate, being a LOW CARB PRINCESS and all, but it's worth telling as a cautionary tale. Even experienced low carbers like myself can have forehead-smacking worthy moments like this. <BR> <BR> OK, so. Since July 5th (easy date to remember as I had one last dessert blowout on lunch for the 4th) I have been riding the no-grain train like a BOSS. Very little sugar and practically no starches other than two tiny servings o... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:36:27 EST I see what you did there First off, an update on my progress in changing up my body composition. After getting kinda slack for a few months everything is back on track now. It all started when we went on vacation last October (although I didn't gain nearly as much weight at the all-inclusive resort as I did in the past - hmm, the benefits of having a properly working metabolism?). After we got home I half-a$$ed the low carb thing and quit working out completely. It's only in the past two weeks that I got back on the ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:27:22 EST 831. EIGHT HUNDERED THIRTY ONE. That is the number of people, my friend D included, who went to yesterday's Biggest Loser open casting call in Raleigh NC. According to the BL casting schedule, that was one of three open calls held just that day. Nearly a thousand people who needed to lose at least 85 pounds or more came to the NC location itself. Who knows how many turned up to the other two in Philadelphia and Salt Lake City? While he was waiting to be interviewed, D's sister snapped a pic of him from behind, sitting with ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:23:43 EST Bad news, Pollyanna. Breaking the long silence with - what else? - another rant. As before, this is not aimed at any one person in particular. It's a global sort of thing. Now that I got that out of the way, let's continue, shall we? <BR> <BR> Ahem. To the people who love to airily declare that "there are no bad foods!": <BR> <BR> Could you BE more sanctimonious? Seriously, listen to yourselves. You sound like shills for Big Foods Inc., and in a nutshell, you are. Yes, Virginia, there ARE bad foods out there. F... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:51:39 EST Good Company for Bad Choices I am endlessly amused and yet slightly annoyed at all the posts on the SP Diet & Nutrition board where people basically ask for permission to ingest all kinds of garbage. "Ooh! Ooh! Can I eat popcorn? It's a whole grain, after all!" "It's OK to have pizza and soft drinks, right?" "What about frozen yogurt? All those live cultures, yay!" <BR> <BR> Look, with all the rampant misinformation that abounds on the boards, you can probably find someone who would give the thumbs up for drinking toxic... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 20:22:55 EST Against the Grain? I've been seeing some debates in the SP forums on the pros and cons of grain consumption, especially wheat. Many of the pro-wheat people talk down about grain-shunning plans like Paleo/Primal etc. They call them "fad diets" and claim that they're unhealthy and only work because the people on them are restricting calories. <BR> <BR> Look, grain cheerleaders. I tried your way for a looong time. As recently as last year I was following the SP guidelines (based on US gov guidelines) for macronut... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 08:33:33 EST Don't Poke the Monster A very simplified explanation of my success: <BR> I picture insulin as a monster sleeping inside me. Eating too many carbs (more than 15-20g) in one sitting wakes it up and causes it to get busy storing fat. Don't wake up the monster! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:13:27 EST Taking the Crossfit plunge I'm signing up for introductory Crossfit classes this week. The nearest XF box is very close to work and not too busy. Class sizes are small. Ready to take my fitness to the next level! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:53:26 EST 35lb I did it Since February 2011 I have slowly but steadily lost 36 pounds and gone from a size 12/14 to 8/10. I didn't follow any named diets like Atkins or South Beach, Jenny Craig did not become my best friend and I didn't join a gym. The "secret" to my success is really simple. Ready? Here it is: <BR> <BR> Limit carbs to 25-60 grams per day. <BR> <BR> That's it. Really. All I needed was to read labels and use an online food tracker. And, of course, tap into my willpower on a daily basis. I've been a... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:17:52 EST Low carb is working for me! I began a low-carb eating plan earlier this year and the weight is slowly but steadily coming off. 36 pounds down now. And because it didn't come off that fast, I'm not having issues with loose skin or cravings. At least, I never had a craving that I couldn't squash. <BR> <BR> I'll share more details about how I did it very soon. Today, I just want to WHOO-HOOO! Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:16:43 EST Out of the fog Today my energy level is the highest it's been in a very long time. I think it's a result of less sugar in my bloodstream. Not only does sugar make me bloated, it also makes me drag arse. =) <BR> <BR> Also able to fit back into my size 10 work trousers for the first time since before Xmas. I'm going to keep this in mind the next time I'm at a party where there's cupcakes and cookies. Actually, someone left a package of Oreos in the break room but I'm resisting temptation so far. If the urge ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:44:36 EST One thing at a time Another January, another attempt to lose weight AND keep it off. It's the latter goal that causes me so much trouble. There's a definite pattern here...every Jan-March I lose 8-10 pounds through diet and exercise, then lose motivation, then gain the weight back. This year I'm going to try a slightly different tactic and get my eating habits together first, THEN add in workouts. Since Jan 10th I reduced my daily sugar intake by a good 80-90% and also decreased my dinnertime portion sizes. Befo... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:41:22 EST I'm stuck on fat, it seems So I took my 30 day progress pics and saw absolutely no change at all. Maybe a little less flab on my back and arms. Maybe. After initially losing 8+ pounds since June 4th, I gained 3 back when Aunt Flo came to visit last weekend and my scale has been pinned right on 180.5 EVERY SINGLE DAY since then. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know I'm not the first person to have this issue, but it just burns me up that I was doing so well and now I seem to have hit a wall ALREADY despite my efforts to eat right and... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 19:22:05 EST Did all of Yoga X today! Very pleased with myself...finally got through all 90 minutes of Yoga X! Every pose! Even though I wavered and fell over a time or two, I got back in there and finished it up. Tony Horton makes a good point near the end - when you feel yourself wavering, ramp it up and work even harder. It worked! <BR> <BR> I have a feeling that Week 4 is going to be very interesting. <BR> <em>48</em> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 18:32:30 EST Still pushing 'Play' every day! the P90X program is going great! I'm a bit amazed that I haven't skipped a day yet, or made up for the extra physical effort by overloading on sugar and carbs. But I also have extra motivation to stick with it - we booked a trip to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for October! If I can lose 10lb a month between now and then, I'll be very happy. It'll be the thinnest I've been in over five years. I'll also have a lot more energy for snorkeling, swimming etc. <BR> <BR> And best of all, my husband su... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:16:19 EST P90X going better than expected Not that I had a lot of expectations at the start. When you jump into the unknown like this, it's usually best to have an open mind and let your physical and emotional reactions be your guide as you go along. <BR> <BR> Got through day 3 despite traveling this weekend and doing a lot of yardwork in high temps and humidity. That's no excuse for not pushing play! And yes, I'm pretty sore. Even doing the fitness test made my hamstrings hurt. But it's a good kind of sore. I never thought that any... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 21:16:28 EST Noli nothis permittere te terere After a major setback (getting laid off) I decided that the best thing I could do for myself was to get active here again and to start going to my old personal trainer. He was instrumental in taking me out of a bad rut in 2008 and he's going to help me get over this hump, too. My husband fully backs the idea - in fact, he suggested it! And it sure beats spending my savings on junk food. So I'm happy now; happier than I've been since the layoff two weeks ago. Tonight I hope to sleep well again... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:31:25 EST An exercise routine that's really working for me! As I promised LTTLDOVE, here's the new routine I've developed for myself to keep from getting bored. I call it the "Dance Break" workout. Here's how it I do it step by step (obviously your home and PC setup might not be identical to mine): <BR> <BR> 1. Grab some water, go upstairs and boot up the PC (I work out in the evenings after a smallish, healthy dinner) <BR> 2. Warm up while the 'puter boots up (it takes 3-5 minutes) by walking in place or doing stairs <BR> 3. After the PC is started,... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:29:13 EST Allrighty then. Five pounds down so far. I've been doing very well with food, not so well with working out, although I try to get in at least 10 mins of activity each day. That's not going to cut it for the long term as my metabolism adjusts to the lower calorie intake, unfortunately. So I'm going to aim for longer and longer workouts until I hit the 45 minute mark. <BR> <BR> It still feels like my goal weight is a million miles away, but my progress so far is encouraging. Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:04:52 EST Eye-opener First of all, thank you so much to everyone who commented on my first blog. I really appreciate your taking the time to do that! You're helping me keep up the motivation! <BR> <BR> Speaking of motivation, I worked up the nerve to take a picture of myself from behind. Chose this view because I concentrate my excess weight in my back, upper arms, hips and rear. Well, if I had any doubts about how flabby I was, that sure took care of them in a hurry. I'm not even that upset. It's just a confirm... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 18:08:55 EST Tired of starting over Every December, I'm in the same place...within 5 pounds of my highest ever weight. I always do so well in the first part of the year but something always comes along that makes me lose focus. Now that I know this is a pattern, I'm going to take serious steps to break the chain. In 2010 some friends have joined up too. I'm glad we don't have to do this alone! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 4 Jan 2010 09:06:24 EST