FIT_ARTIST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FIT%5FARTIST FIT_ARTIST'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/ Keratosis Pilaris Home Remedy. Works Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258790 <BR> Keratosis Pilaris Definition: <BR> Keratosis pilaris (KP, also follicular keratosis, lichen pilaris or chicken skin) is a common, autosomal dominant, genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough, slightly red, bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the arm (though the forearm can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs, hands, and tops of legs, sides, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palm... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:15:55 EST My Grain Free Pasta eBook! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257621 I have to repost.... my last blog was deleted. Because I linked to my website (which was NOT a direct link to any ebook selling page). However, it really bugged me, so I am reposting and leaving out all links. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'm very excited about my new eBook! It really is ground breaking. I believe that I'm the first one to write any kind of cook book that contains grain free pasta recipes. <BR> <BR> I dedicated the book to my Grampa Rocky (short for Rocco). He was a chef and owner of... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:19:45 EST Grain Free Pasta Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252739 Gosh! I’ve been so busy working on my new ebook cook book. It is short but it contains some great grain free pasta and pizza recipes (as well as few other gems). This stuff is so good! I’ve been eating it daily for about 3 months now…. not that I recommend that, but I had to make each recipe umpteen million times to make sure I got it just right. So needless to say, my family and I are ready to eat something besides Italian food for a while. lol <BR> <BR> Anyhow, although I’ve been eating pi... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:55:48 EST Grain Free Chocolate Almond Biscotti http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243052 <BR> <BR> I just about have my Grain Free Pasta Cook Book ready for publishing. I hope to have it completed this month. <BR> <BR> Here's a great recipe from my book. <BR> <BR> <link>fitchickskitchen.wordpress.com/2013/<BR>02/08/grain-free-chocolate-almond-bisc<BR>otti/ </link> <BR> <BR> If you wish to keep updated as to when it will be released, then just follow me on my Blog. <BR> <BR> Buon appetito! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1937872265.jpg"> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 16:00:33 EST Paleo Pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167460 I just made the most unbelievable Paleo Pasta ever! <BR> <BR> I got the idea from a pasta maker in America. But they wouldn't ship it to Canada, so I developed my own recipe. The ingredients are a little different from theirs. All paleo, wheat free, gluten free, grain free, dairy free. Fairly low carb, although not completely starch free. I would consider this a Paleo-friendly treat for perhaps a Sunday dinner or something. <BR> <BR> I made some, and EVEN I couldn't have told you it wasn't ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 15:59:54 EST 5 Year Spark Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108536 Wow! I've been Sparking for almost 5 years now. My Clean Eating team has grown to over $17,000 members. I started that team on my own several years ago, and it's my "baby". <BR> Anyhow, I wanted to write a brief blog on how using the Spark trackers, tools and community have helped me. <BR> I started Sparking and I lost about 50 pounds. Things were great until... I was almost at my goal weight, when... I started having some trouble. A plateau, I guess. It was at that time that I really start... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:45:00 EST Intermittent Fasting. It's actually working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070444 I've been doing this for 6 days. I'm already down approximately 6 pounds. The scale hadn't moved in over a year. My calories are in the same range and so are my macros. When I look back to when the "trouble" began, I wonder now if it wasn't the "clean eating" as outlined by Tosca Reno. Eating 5-6 small meals per day maybe made my metabolism a little bit lazy??? <BR> In fact, I have dropped weight so quickly this week that I may even have to add some calories back in. <BR> I'm really glad I've... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 14:03:58 EST Insulin Resistant??? Intermittent Fasting?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061727 I am always Blogging about my "current plan" in an attempt to find something that works for me. So, I guess that's what I'm doing here also... <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople oh.... almost five years ago now, I think. Wow! Time flies! Anyhow, I joined Spark and lost about 50 pounds. Yay! <BR> However, this past year I have gained back around 35 pounds. I honestly haven't been sure why. (Well, maybe I have some ideas...) I still workout. I still track my food. Even after all this time. <BR> I ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:08:08 EST Steviva Blend Sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4555713 25% off of Steviva Blend <BR> I use a LOT of STEVIVA blend in my recipes here on Spark, so if anyone wants to try this stuff out, now is the time. I didn't want to promote stuff on this site; it's not my intention. It's just that so many Spark members ask me where they can get this stuff. It's a stevia blend that's perfect for baking and cooking. And now there is a one time use coupon for 25% off your entire order. <BR> Feel free to pass the coupon code onto friends and family (or anyone else... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:54:37 EST Fair Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4422856 Wow! I went to the Fall fair and what an improvement in FOOD! Of course, there was the usual "deep fried waffle dogs", (gag), chill cheese bites and other crap. But yesterday I was able to have FRESH squeezed lemonade, sweetened with stevia and a FRESHLY made Greek salad with nothing more than fresh veggies, feta and olive oil, balsamic and some spice (I think it was just parsley). <BR> Of course, before leaving I couldn't resist a Caramel Apple. lol <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:14:27 EST Against the Grain. And Low fat Dairy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311114 If I can't talk everyone into getting rid of grain from their diets, then maybe I can at least talk some of you into eating a LOT LESS grain. The current food guide recomends 6-11 servings of grain per day. This is a lot of PIG food! Especially when you combine it with skim milk and low fat dairy products. (What do you think pig farmers feed their pigs to make them really FAT?) <BR> As far as I'm concerned, grain (as well as HFCS) is the big part of the current obesity problem. When grain wa... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:09:18 EST Wow! Coconut Oil Cure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4166479 OK. So for those who know me, you already know that I am hypothyroid, and have started using coconut oil almost exclusively as my healthy fat. <BR> It is true that coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid and when it hits your liver it is turned immediately into energy. It is not stored as fat (like many other fats and carbs). BUT!!! When I was researching coconut oil I had ALSO found that many thyroid patients were able to reduce their thyroid meds and some were even able to go off of meds ... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 21:36:23 EST The MERCURY in me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148248 I had another appointment with my naturopath today. The tests confirm that I have a high degree of mercury toxicity in my body. This may not be good, but it is GREAT to finally know what is wrong with me. My doc feels that this is the cause of my hypothyroidism and also why my body is being resistant to the thyroid medication. <BR> My thyroid is still functioning but my body has become resistant to the thyroid hormone that it produces. This makes me Type 2 hypothyroid. <BR> Anyhow, the outcom... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 23:27:12 EST New Coconut Oil team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4119740 For anyone interested I have started a new team that focuses around the premise of Bruce Fife's Coconut Oil Miracle book and on getting your daily dose of coconut oil. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l597574632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=50157 </link> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 14:10:23 EST Coconut Oil Miracle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117912 You guys have GOT to read this book. <BR> <BR> The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife. <BR> <link>www.piccadillybooks.com/coconut-oil-<BR>miracle.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l706138820.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A minimum of 2-4 tablespoons per day. <BR> I urge everyone on this team to read the Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife.. It dispells the myths about eating fat... Also coconut oil has less than 7 calories per gram. Unlike ANY other fat that contain... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:52:02 EST Eat Local. Eat Wild. Gotta Read this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113976 I just watched a great lecture by Daniel Vitalis. I am not gonna cite any studies... but I am gonna cite him and this conference. The guest speakers there are people that are world re-nowned; scientists, doctors, herbalists.... and I trust what they say to be absolute truth. David Wolfe, Dr. Mercola et al. <BR> <link>www.thelongevitynowconference.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> He talked about our species.... humans have been here on this earth for about 200,000 years. We were hunter-gatherers up ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:38:10 EST I`ve entered the CorelDraw International Design Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4101384 I`ve been using CorelDraw since version 2 (1993). This is the first time I have entered their contest. <BR> Here`s my entry. Wish me luck! <BR> PS. It`s my youngest daughter. Bailey. Bailey Bee (hee hee) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l281105591.jpg"> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:00:13 EST Cocktail Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4086190 My Doc thinks I have adrenal fatigue. So, that in itself is nothing major, but the fact that it makes my thyroid meds ineffective IS something major. She is treating me with IV Nutrient Therapy. Meyer's Cocktails. Mostly comprised of mega doses of vitamins C & B complex, given intraveneously for 5 days. I've had two; three more to go. <BR> I t was scary to see my heart rate, blood pressure and body temp go back down to the levels that they were prior to taking my thyroid meds. <BR> After two ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 11:57:02 EST My Letter will appear in CE Magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4024974 My letter to the CEM editor will appear in a future article of CEM. <BR> Here is my letter in response to their article on SOY: <BR> <BR> Message: What kind of an article on soy was that? He say, she says.... anyone can Google up some "studies" on soy. FYI, Brendan Brazier does NOT advocate eating soy because of the GMO and phytoestrogen properties... Also, Asian cultures eat soy as a condiment not chunks of TOFU in stir frys. They eat soy in fermented form. Foods like Tempeh and Miso. Also,... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:50:35 EST Woo Hoo! YES!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4006968 Had my follow up appointment with my naturopath today, as well as a Bioimpedence test. <BR> The Bioimpedence test is way to measure body fat, lean mass, body water percentage, skeletal mass, etc. as well as basal metabolic rate. <BR> So..... drum roll please.... since my first test, Dec 15th, until today, Feb, 10th, I have lost almost 4% body fat!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> My... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:31:14 EST Extra RUMBLE workout DVD to giveaway, FREE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3995770 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l983631256.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got another extra dvd! Geesh! I have so many I don't even realize when I order duplicates. It's SICK! lol <BR> Check out the workout: <BR> <link>www.collagevideo.com/workout-video/a<BR>my-bentos-rumble-5558 </link> <BR> <BR> Anyways... same as before. You gotta go to my BLOG to enter. <BR> <link>fitchickshealthylifestyleblog.blogsp<BR>ot.com/2011/02/are-you-ready-to-rumble<BR>-dvd-contest.html </link> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 18:05:22 EST I'm on a Roll! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992492 Wow! I'm down 3 pounds this week. My meds were upped a week and a half ago. I'm up to 125 mgs of thryroid. I've guestimated that I will need in the area of 180-200 mg of thyroid meds. This must be helping my metabolism get back on track. Couldn't be happier. <BR> <BR> I have a 25 year high school reunion to go to in July. I'm sure everyone would agree that they would want to look their finest for this! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I haven't changed my diet, or my exercise, or my sleep patterns. I gue... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 12:20:19 EST Jack Lalanne, 1914 - 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3965813 Jack will be sadly missed. He was true motivator and a pioneer in the fitness and health industry. <BR> <link>rkpubs.com/NewsDetails.aspx?n=46 </link> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:52:45 EST HCG or Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3957208 Well, I have seriously been considering the HCG diet... BUT, the 500 calories a day really scares me. My naturopath says if you are getting the proper hormone shots you shouldn't feel hungry. I guess the diet is supposed to "fix" a broken metabolism. Maybe it's true. But, what if it's NOT?!!! <BR> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I saw the FDA report; unfortunatley, I do not trust the FDA. <BR> <BR> I have hea... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 19:08:50 EST Some Progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3945097 No weight loss progress (not really) but making progress with my thyroid situation. My thyroid medication is up to 125. The naturopath says the average dose is 185mg, so it looks like I'm approaching somewhere near to that according to my body temps. <BR> Anyhow, to get a jumpstart on some weight loss she asked if I wanted to try a week long diet. It's only a week and can be extended to two if desired, but no longer. At that time I will start adding in some healthy fats and fruits, etc. <BR> ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:31:17 EST The Results Are In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3847783 OK. So, Ive been diagnosed with hypothyroid type 2. That means that my blood tests are all normal. Good thing I went to a naturopath instead of a medical doctor. A medical doc would have said I'm fine and sent me home. The naturopath has gone a step further. We have taken careful study of my basal body temp. It is 95.7 degree F. Normal temp is 98.6. So, my body temp is three degrees cooler than it should be. This translates into a much slower metabolism. Gesh! And I was starting to think that... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:13:10 EST Homemade Implants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3771585 LMAO!!! <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wFhSbJWWZM </link> Mon, 8 Nov 2010 22:36:58 EST My EXCITING news! And a Progress Update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3768091 Haven't been blogging much lately on Spark, but today I am really excited so I thought I'd share... <BR> Today I enrolled in the Nutrtional Consulting Program through Alive Academy (affiliated with Alive Magazine). When completed I will be a Nutrtional Consultant. If I so desire I can take a Provincial exam to become "Board Certified", which I may or may not do. Not sure about that yet. But, I am really STOKED about the course. <BR> <BR> Alive Academy <BR> <link>www.aliveacademy.com/index.... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 15:39:09 EST My Current Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3719323 Well, I was having a real tough time last month. Gained 10 pounds over the summer and lost all motivation. Eating badly, not working out. etc. <BR> So, I'm back on track. I'm trying to follow Dr. Mercola's eating plan for a "protein type" which is what he has typed me as. And in retrospect, this just makes sense. <BR> So, this week I have gone down 7 pounds. Of course I'm sure most of it is water weight, but just the same I do feel better and have more energy. My macros are 40% protein, 30% c... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 15:40:45 EST Glycemic Load http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622001 OK. I tried to set this Blog to private, since I haven't actually finished writing it yet... HMPH! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have just started doing NOT the GI diet, but trying to eat foods that have a low glycemic LOAD. It is one step beyond the GI diet. And really... it is just whole foods, portion control. Nothing too freaky at all. It means that I may simply choose blueberries over a ripe banana (at least until I reach my goal), and add extra fibre when possible. SMALLER portions of whole grains... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 12:44:57 EST Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3385655 Hey! I thought I would wait for some REAL progress before writing yet another Blog titled "Progress" Report! lol! <BR> <BR> OK. My stats for this month are: <BR> <BR> Down 7 pounds <BR> Lost 1 inch on waist <BR> Lost 1 inch on hips <BR> lost 1/2 in around neck <BR> Lost 3/4 inch around thigh <BR> Lost 3/4 inch around calf <BR> Lost 1% body fat <BR> Bicep remained the same <BR> Lost 1 inch thigh (midway) <BR> Lost 1 inch bust <BR> resting heart rate 48 bpm, remained the same <BR> <BR> My d... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:10:10 EST Great Minds Think Alike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3374316 I went to a fabulous potluck lunch at the farm where I buy my raw milk from. It was "herd share" day. Most of the other people there are like minded in that we all believe GREATLY in consuming whole, minimally processed, and preferrably organic foods. Most of the people there are also members of the Weston A. Price Foundation. (WAPF). <link>www.westonaprice.org/ </link> <BR> It was really cool to sit down and have conversation about our common ground; same as a lot of spark members, except... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 23:20:10 EST Enjoying My Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3274007 It's funny. All the experts say NOT to watch TV or do other things while eating. For me, I enjoy checking emails, or reading a magazine and casually eating my lumch. If I sit at the table, just me and my food, I can't help but to scarf it down. All my focus is on the food! And then I need more food! <BR> I think for me the distraction of other things makes me slow down and actually enjoy my food more. Funny... Thu, 27 May 2010 13:45:04 EST Weekly Progress Report; May 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3259669 OK. Nothing to report this week, unless you count losing the four pounds I had gained the week before as progress! lol! <BR> Anyhow, my weight has caught back up to my ticker, and I have finished Phase 1 of P90X. (My arms, and shoulders, by the way, look absolutely GORGEOUS!) I am at the beginning of recovery week so that means no strength training this week. That is good; I worked so hard at lifting, I feel my muscles could really use the break. I am up to curling 20's and 25's, so I guess t... Sun, 23 May 2010 14:22:05 EST Another New Tabata workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3236138 I'm gonna do this Tabata workout everyday this week as a second workout for the day. <BR> This one is cardio as well as it has some upper and lower body strength. <BR> <BR> <BR> Start with a 5-10 minutes warm-up. Use treadmill, elliptical or do some aerobic floorwork. Anything you like to get your heart rate up and your muscles warm. <BR> <BR> Each exercise is done for 4 minutes. You go ALL OUT for 20 seconds then rest for ten seconds. Do this 8 times. Make sure you are working at at least... Sun, 16 May 2010 19:31:59 EST Weekly Progress Report; May 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3214549 Not to much to report this week. I'm also too scared to weigh-in! lol! I did great with my workouts (easy part) and I can see my arms are looking pretty buff. But, it is one day before TOM and I spent all week eating things I shouldn't have (hard part). My DH was in town for the entire week, and we spent a lot of time eating out and having company over for dinners. <BR> So, I figure there is no point in depressing myself. I will just weigh in next week. <BR> <BR> ANyhow, I'm back on track to... Mon, 10 May 2010 13:28:31 EST Weekly Progress Report; May 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3214548 Not to much to report this week. I'm also too scared to weigh-in! lol! I did great with my workouts (easy part) and I can see my arms are looking pretty buff. But, it is one day before TOM and I spent all week eating things I shouldn't have (hard part). My DH was in town for the entire week, and we spent a lot of time eating out and having company over for dinners. <BR> So, I figure there is no point in depressing myself. I will just weigh in next week. <BR> <BR> ANyhow, I'm back on track to... Mon, 10 May 2010 13:28:30 EST A Tabata Workout is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3185348 I LOVE this workout. I just had to share! <BR> The workout can be cardio, strength, kettlebells, calisthenics, whatever you like. But whatever you do, this workout has been found to be the most effective for fat burning. Latest research shows that shorter, more intense workouts are better for fat burning and better for muscle retention. <BR> If you are a beginner, I suggest starting out with TWO tabata intervals and taking 2 minutes rest before moving on to the next exercise. If you are inter... Sun, 2 May 2010 12:48:00 EST Weekly Progress Report- Down 5 lbs and 1.5% BF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3185096 Well. You know what they say... The definition on INSANITY is to keep doing the same action and keep expecting a different outcome. <BR> I did that ALL LAST year! lol! <BR> Of course, I wasn't happy with my weight last year. Then came Halloween and the Holidays followed and I quickly gained ten pounds. In about 2 months. I was skipping my workouts all over the place, but more importantly I was neglecting WHAT and HOW MUCH food I was vacuuming up. <BR> My pics of me in my gallery are me at abo... Sun, 2 May 2010 11:27:27 EST Weekly Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3158342 OK. I lost a pound earlier this week, but today the scale remains unchanged. Again, I`m not really unhappy about that since I have been eating like crazy! All, clean, healthy foods, but I haven`t eaten less than 1800 calories a day in weeks! lol! <BR> <BR> This week is another week of circuits and then next week I will start the P90X Plus program. I complete P90X Doubles option over a year ago now. The biggest changes I had ever seen were after completeing the program, so I am hoping this wi... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 11:21:49 EST Weekly Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3137318 OK. I have completed five weeks of heavy weight training. I was looking for a bigger change, but I am not totally unhappy with my results either. <BR> <BR> I have been eating about 1900-2100 calories per day. And I had cut my cardio WAY back to a bare minumum. <BR> I have lost 2 pounds in 5 weeks and 1.1% bodyfat. <BR> <BR> This week, I am gonna kick the cardio into high gear. I'm gonna start with 2 weeks of circuits, intervals, Hiit and Tabata workouts. (google tabata) <BR> <BR> I'm gonna... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:48:20 EST Weekly Progrees Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3106017 OK. My weight has shot UP by three pounds this morning... bodyfat is down SLIGHTLY. <BR> TOM is expected any day now... I also look kinda PUFFY. Like I've retained water. <BR> This week I really have to tighten up my eating. DH was here all week and we did a lot of eating out. I'm surprised I don't weigh more! lol! Salty food probably didn't help with my PUFFINESS. <BR> <BR> Last week I did a three day split for strength training and only one 1/2 hour cardio session. Although, I did do som... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 13:35:40 EST Sparkmember made me CRY... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3102766 I woke up today. Great day, sunny and warm. <BR> I have my protein bar, and check my INBOX. I got this SPARKMAIL from another member. They said I should quit SHARING my story about my dad beating cancer... <BR> <BR> This is what they said: <BR> That I should quit ADVERTISING" a "CURE" <BR> "As a cancer patient myself, I find it unethical and disturbing . There is NO KNOWN cure for cancer at this point-I pray one day there will be. I am glad that your Father has been 'cured' through these met... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 12:14:37 EST Weekly Progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3084151 Not much to say today. I'm too scared to weigh-in. Had a lot of high cal food this weekend. No chocolate though (thank God). <BR> Today I feel as though I was drinking all weekend... I think it is from the fatty, high sodium food. Tomorrow I'm gonna have to DETOX myself with some fruit & veggie juices. I didn't even workout today. My head is achy! YUCK! <BR> Anyhow... not gonna dwell on it. Gonna watch a movie. My kid is back in school tomorrow and DH goes back to camp. So, I will just enjoy ... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 20:21:56 EST Weekly Weigh-In and Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3053374 OK. I weighed in today, and no changes, but my body fat is down .3%. Not a lot, but I have only started my latest program 2 weeks ago. So in TOTAL, I am down 3 pounds and .3% bodyfat. <BR> I'm OK with that. <BR> My workout schedule this week will be: <BR> <BR> MON: Lower body strength <BR> Tues: Upper Body strength circuit <BR> Wed: Cardio & Abs <BR> Thurs: Plyometrics <BR> Friday: Upper Body weights <BR> Sat: Cardio & ABs <BR> Sun: yoga <BR> <BR> Food intake will be 1500 cals per day, exce... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 18:06:37 EST Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3026078 OK, so I am one week into my new program. I am down 3 pounds (my weight is almost caught up to my tracker. he he) and I am feeling psyched about next week. <BR> I just read Tome Venuto's Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle and it sort of coincides with my plan, although I did make a couple of tweeks. (Thanks, LOVEBEAM!) <BR> <BR> My food plan will basically remain the same, but I am gonna AIM for: <BR> <BR> 1500 cals per day at a 40/40/20 macronutrient ratio <BR> 2000 cals twice per week to preve... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 16:26:39 EST Bikini Ready in 4-8 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3002635 I just LOVE Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine. This month, not only do they have a GREAT Travel Workout, but they also have a wonderful 4 week, Bikini-Ready plan. I will do the plan but I am not trying to lose 15 pounds in 4 weeks. If it takes 2, even 3 months then that is just fine too. <BR> <BR> My Workout Plan: <BR> <BR> Weekly Split <BR> <BR> Monday: Upper Body free weights (Insanity Upper Body Weights) <BR> Tuesday: Lower Body strength (Cathe's Buts & Guts) <BR> Wednesday: 60 minutes ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:55:15 EST Take the REAL AGE test! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2954081 I took the REAL AGE test. I am -7.2 years. My age is 42.1, but my REAL age is 34.9. Not bad for an OLD chick! LOL! <BR> <BR> <link>www.realage.com/ </link> Wed, 3 Mar 2010 15:59:31 EST The "ladies" loved my RAW goods... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2916196 The WITW, Saddlebags Chapter monthly meeting was at my place tonight. I really went out of my way to make some HEALTHY treats. <BR> I made: <BR> <BR> RAW Date Squares <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=952735 </link> <BR> <BR> RAW Banana Almond Cookies <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=952734 </link> <BR> <BR> Bean Cookies <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=602939 </link> <BR> <BR> Carrot ... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 02:28:02 EST New Years' Resolve. An Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2833226 This BLOG is just an update of what I am up to. <BR> This morning I was THRILLED to see my team as a FEATURED sparkteam this month. There was over 100 new member today. <em>244</em> This team is my PET. The members there are the greatest. They also deserve this honor so much! <BR> Also, I have been doing very well eating clean, and also quite well with my RAW food eating. I have been juicing like crazy, and trying to eat raw. I will be happy eating 80% raw. I don't think I can do vegetarian... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:40:40 EST