DRTWITCHY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DRTWITCHY DRTWITCHY'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/ I'm back! Did you miss me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2923662 So, I haven't blogged in a little while, and there's a very happy reason for this: I got to see my husband! That's right, folks, Dr. Twitchy got to spend four glorious days with her hunky husband, the Most Reverend Dr. Twitchy. How lovely. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, being with His Eminence was not lovely for the whole fitting-into-my-pants plan. No sirree, Bob. It was not good at all. By my (completely unrecorded) estimate, I probably consumed 12,000 calories over the time we were toge... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 18:56:30 EST It was all fun and games until someone started taking pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2887032 If you read my blogs you will know that I am just coming off of Dance Weekend. Despite the fact that the only part of my body that does not ache right now is my elbows, I had a great time...right up until the time that my dance buddies started posting pictures on Facebook. <BR> <BR> The first set of pictures was OK. For some reason, one of the photographers took a lot of pictures of my backside, but I don't really blame him, because my bottom is so alluring. <BR> <BR> That's my backsi... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 01:32:18 EST Men in Skirts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2885046 This weekend I attended Knoxville dance weekend. If you had been there, you might have seen something you typically don't see: men in skirts. Now, I do not mean men in kilts (although there was some of that, too). I also do not mean men in drag (although if they were particularly skillful at it, perhaps there were some of those, too). I mean men in skirts. Not all of the men were in skirts; not even MOST of the men were in skirts, but there were many men in skirts. <BR> <BR> As I tri... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:03:05 EST Cabin Fever: Catch It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2874444 I have noticed that many Sparkers have a goal of running a 5K. I applaud that goal, but you won't be seeing me at any of those starting lines. I hate to run. I think running should only be done when you're being chased...by a bear...with rabies. And only then if you really, really, really don't want to be eaten (which may still be better than running, in my humble opinion). <BR> <BR> Having said that, I am counting the hours (5 more to go) until the beginning of Cabin Fever, Knoxville'... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 14:24:25 EST What They're Really Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2870255 My husband had a secretary who was always sure that people are plotting against her. If you said, "I love your shoes!" she would be sure that what you really meant was, "What a hideous skirt!" She interpreted the actions of others (regardless of those actions) as a threat. If I picked up my husband for lunch, it was because we wanted to go off to talk about her behind her back. If I told my husband that I loved him within her earshot, she assumed I was just trying to rub her single status... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:22:08 EST Hopefully there were no hidden cameras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2866447 I suffer from psoriasis on my arms and legs, but I've resisted the most conventional (and perhaps) effective treatment: exposing the skin to UV rays. I've resisted for many of the reasons you suspect: tanning is bad for your skin, it makes you wrinkle, and it gives you cancer. I also think that people who have tans in the middle of winter look strange. Most importantly, I've resisted because tanning beds force me to do the one thing I hate most: sit still for extended periods of time wi... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:35:21 EST The Breast of the Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2862371 DISCLAIMER: The following is just a rant. You will not be inspired, motivated or intellectually stimulated by reading this particular blog. <BR> <BR> Although I was an athlete in high school, I never heard the term "sports bra" until I was in college. I remember all the lesser endowed girls running around campus in their cute little colorful bras. Not me. Even when I was "skinny" (an absolutely relative term), I was full figured (isn't that a great euphemism?). At my adult thinnest (... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 17:44:21 EST Swimming Downstream? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2839456 I LOVE looking at people's weight loss ticker. Not only do I always do a little mental "good for you!" when I see how much weight people have lost, I also get a kick out of seeing what items they picked to track their progress. <BR> <BR> I no longer remember what prompted me to pick a fish and ocean waves, but I do remember being a little bummed that the fish was swimming downstream. Losing all this weight definitely seems like an upstream kind of endeavor. Some days I feel like those p... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 09:58:57 EST Confessions of a "Health" Food Junkie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2812270 I'll admit that since I moved to the South eleven years ago I've been really resentful of my skinny friends who live on a typical Southern diet: real Coke, sweet tea, pimento cheese on white bread, vegetables cooked to death in fat back, barbecued ribs. The list goes on and on. If I ate what they ate, I would be 100 pounds over weight (instead of thirty) and my digestive system would leave my body in search of some fiber. <BR> <BR> So I've been resentful and also a little smug, because ... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:01:55 EST Drat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2807135 I was determined to log 100 spark points today before I went to bed. I got to 99 points and was just clicking for a last article to read when the clock struck midnight. I had no idea it was this late. Very disappointing! But on an optimistic note, maybe this is the worst thing that will happen to me today. <BR> <BR> ...and now I'm going to bed. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:04:02 EST Oh, It's Bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2804640 Even though I am at least thirty pounds overweight, my weight problem is almost entirely attributable to eating way too much. Exercise is not and has never been my problem. (Look at my exercise minutes if you don't believe me.) <BR> <BR> However, four years ago when I moved to TN to start a new job, I quit lifting weights. My reason was simple: in TN I can dance four nights a week for at least two hours a night, and I walk back and forth to work every day (2 miles each way), AND I walk ... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:34:52 EST The New (Grouchy) Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2780918 I think we all know that we've gotten fat by not making diet and exercise a priority in our lives. Now that I'm getting serious about weight loss, I find that I am much more willing to protect my time than I have been in the past. And it has not made people happy. <BR> <BR> For example, I have a colleague who wants to have a meeting about everything. I needed to get information from her and a few other people for a committee that I chair and guess what? Yes, she thought we should meet ... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 09:31:20 EST Why My Dog Hates the Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2777448 Those of you who read my blogs know that I have a beagle who is more ficus tree than dog. She is lazy, lazy, lazy. She doesn't even get up to see who's at the door. However, I decided this year that if I have to get into shape, she does too, so we are now up to 20 miles of fast walking a week (well, MOSTLY fast with a few stops for sniffies and to "answer to" the dogs who've gone before). <BR> <BR> This morning we got up to go for a walk, and it was raining. Mildred hates the rain. Sh... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:39:38 EST The Princess and the Personal Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2763089 Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who was awakened every day by a handmaid bearing a glass of fresh spring water. The maid would help the princess into her workout clothes, and then the princess would go to the gym where she would be met by the very handsome personal trainer, Sven. Sven was always sweet and encouraging, and the princess wanted to please Sven, so she worked out very hard, indeed, and she always looked forward to seeing Sven the next morning. During the rest of... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 16:34:07 EST I'm a weight loss geek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2757904 When I was in graduate school, I volunteered for an exercise experiment. Among the many excruciating activities we were required to complete, one was to run two miles with a 75 pound metal box strapped to our back. (Remember, it's all for science.) Sixty other women and I completed this activity once every three months for a year, and it was every bit as unpleasant as you can imagine. <BR> <BR> BUT, one of the things that all of the participants commented on when we would complete this ... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 15:35:10 EST Freud says, "Seek help." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2754874 Maybe it's because I come from a long line of tough pioneer women or maybe it's because I've always accomplished those things that I've worked hard to achieve, but whatever it is, I'm always one to do things on my own. Thus, when I first joined SP last August, I used the nutrition tracker and the fitness tracker, but I never used much else on the website. <BR> <BR> Thus, after four months on SP, I had lost some (not much) weight, but I had no friends, and I really didn't feel motivated by... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 20:03:39 EST I've worn out my dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2748526 It's January and I'm Spark bootcamping. This has been bad news for my 10-year-old beagle, because my cardio exercise of choice has been walking the dog. And walking. And walking. Twice a day for at least 30 minutes each walk. Yesterday morning I asked Mildred (that's the beagle), "Do you want to go for walkies?" Instead of bouncing up and quivering with excitement as she usually does, I got an eyeball. That is, she opened one eye without moving any other part of her body, and I swear s... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:08:36 EST Five pounds in 42 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2745709 After two weeks of meticulous calorie counting and so much exercise my activity tracker is actually sending me scolding messages, I've lost five pounds. I can't tell you how happy I am to be five pounds lighter. I also can't tell you how astonished I am at how happy I am that I'm five pounds lighter. <BR> <BR> Ten years ago five pounds would have been nothing. When I was young I gained and lost five pounds on a weekly basis. Eating fewer french fries resulted in a five pound weight los... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:06:36 EST I'm getting smarter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2350351 When the low-carb craze swept the nation, my husband and I jumped on board and each lost about 20 pounds. We kept it off for about a year, and then it came right back. Interestingly, going back on a low carb diet seemed to have little impact. <BR> <BR> I thought. <BR> <BR> One of the impacts that following a low carb diet had was that even when I quit dieting, I still cut back pretty significantly on the carbs, unfortunately replacing them with fat. When I started Sparkpeople and beg... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:28:38 EST Too busy to cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2348108 Three years ago I took a very high stress job that requires me to commute across three states and back every weekend. In the craziness of working 30 hour days, I was convinced that there was no time to cook--in fact, there was not even time to buy groceries. Three years of eating out and heating up processed food added 25 pounds and pushed my weight to its highest ever. <BR> <BR> I determined that I had to find the time to cook--real food--not heating up overly salted, poorly nourishing ... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:21:02 EST