GINAV2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GINAV2 GINAV2'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/ Fat day - blergh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662878 No but seriously, I'm having THE WORST fat day today! And it's not just that I feel fat. I mean, yes, I have been indulging in some ice cream and I may be a bit hormonal, so some of it is surely psychological. But mostly I'm just bloated as hell, with a touch of an unsettled stomach. My rings are tight, my pants won't close, I'm bulging out of my shirts... What the heck did I eat to bring this on? Me no like-y! <BR> <BR> Off to buy some yogurt and a boatload of veggies. Sheesh! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:12:40 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648718 Howdy, Sparkfriends! Just wanted to let y'all know what I've been up to the past week or so. <BR> <BR> I went off to New Orleans with a friend last weekend for a touch of spring break fun. We spent three and a half days exploring the city, pretending that I wasn't gluten intolerant (and oh, did I pay for that! Totally worth it though. ZOMG crawfish étouffée is amazing, and mmm, beignets!). We did make up for the food by walking 8+ miles each day. Lovely city, lot of fun, and I hope to make ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:53:45 EST Weight, size, and health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639300 Argh! I had a whole long, super-awesome, well thought out and exciting blog written….and then the dreaded "no html allowed" bug ate it and now it's lost forever. Sniff. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's the main point. This is what my weight has looked like over the past four years: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738768065.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My main point: don't let some numbers on a scale make you feel bad about yourself! Shockingly enough, I'm smaller, fitter, healthie... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:56:56 EST Weird weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636784 I had a really stressful day yesterday - woke up feeling completely hung over, despite having had no alcohol or wheat and despite eating clean and drinking plenty of fluids the day before. I either picked up a stomach bug or gave myself food poisoning. Either way, my body turned on me and I had a miserable morning. And then, when I was finally ready to try to eat something, the power went out so I had to get dressed and drag myself to campus just to make a cup of coffee! <BR> <BR> I was fee... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 10:10:33 EST …And refreshed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634596 I totally played hookie today after my haircut. I spent the rest of the morning having a girly time shopping for clothes and makeup. :) I went in to the office for a couple of hours, realized I wasn't getting any work done, drank a cup of coffee, still wasn't getting work done - so I went home and watched a little tv. I guess grad school does have its perks! I'm all refreshed now and ready to go shoot some arrows, and maybe work a little more on my research project. <BR> <BR> Archery is tu... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:06:19 EST Need a rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633877 Phew, y'all, the exercising and socializing and busy-keeping is finally catching up to me. I enjoy being out and about but I am an introvert at heart, and my social batteries need serious recharging. Tomorrow I'm going for a haircut, and then another long day of work followed by another few hours of archery, but what I'm most looking forward to is Thursday night when I can bum around at home in my pjs and curl up with a cup of tea and a Neil Gaiman book! Is that weird? It sounds weird. I like... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:18:52 EST Spreading the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632887 You guys want to hear about a great moment? A friend of mine posted something sad on Facebook about being overweight and having to give up all the foods that she loves to eat. I countered with a link to Nerd Fitness, and today she told me that she and her husband LOVED the whole idea of leveling up their life! They already started game-i-fying things like carrying firewood and cooking dinner, and they are supposed to come out to try archery later this week, too, so I'll get to see more of my ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:15:02 EST Still staying awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628790 Went back to archery today and continued to have a blast. My arms were a bit tired from yesterday but my aim was getting better anyway. I think this could be a beautiful hobby! <BR> <BR> In other news, I seem to have a proper date lined up for this weekend, which means my first week of being 30 was officially oodles more awesome than most of my twenties were. Guys, seriously, I should have turned 30 years ago - between planning vacations and picking up hobbies and apparently having a social ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:25:47 EST May have found a new hobby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627782 Man, archery is SO FUN! Even just using a semi-broken school bow and embedding my arrows in the wall above the target many, many times, I had an absolute blast giving it a go tonight! It's probably been about 15 years since I last had the opportunity to shoot an arrow. The bug is back! We'll see if I can move my arms tomorrow. :) But I'll be going back for sure! <BR> <BR> Things are actually going well in general. Well, maybe less so on the school/research front, but I'm gearing up for my ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:21:43 EST Turning 30 with style (and health!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621645 Turning 30 is kind of weird, especially since I'm in grad school and people keep reacting with disbelief about my age. I was a little moody about leaving my 20s behind yesterday, but I woke up in a GREAT mood today and I think my 30s are going to be my best decade since I was in the single digits! <BR> <BR> First, my sister gave me this styling tiara to wear: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l841851196.jpg"> <BR> Awwww yeah, lol. <BR> <BR> Then, I finally got off my p... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:56:42 EST Holding the line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615387 Y'all, I am approaching 30 (one more week!) with aplomb! I'm eating really well, being social, getting things done at work, and I've even managed to stave off the cold that's been going around by getting plenty of sleep and taking vitamin D religiously (knock on wood). I don't recall if I said it earlier, but THANK YOU to everyone who commented when I posted about freaking out about my impending birthday a week or two ago. There was some great advice in there, and it got my head back on strai... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:32:08 EST Fun and healthy-ish Super Bowl party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613755 Being gluten free at a Super Bowl party turns out to be really handy for staying on target with health goals. I went to a party with a bunch of the grad students in my department yesterday and I mostly just ate a few chips and guacamole and a couple of (unbreaded) chicken wings. And a fair bit of box wine, but it was good box wine, and one gluten free brownie because someone went through the trouble of making them just for me! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty introverted so I often find parties to be m... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:03:56 EST What if... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608969 What if men and women switched roles at the gym? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMSiXbso8GU </link> <BR> <BR> I posted this last night, because I think it's HILARIOUS, but then I started thinking that some people might be offended about gender stereotypes, and it was kind of late so I took it back down. But really, it's flipping funny, people. I just had to share! <BR> <BR> Time to get my gym on. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:55:14 EST Impending birthday freak-out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606916 It hit me hard this morning that I'm turning 30 in two weeks. Oh my! <BR> <BR> I've never really cared all that much about birthdays but there's something really horrid about such a milestone birthday happening while being in grad school in a college town. I'm actually enjoying my work right now, but it does feel like I'm stuck in a weird social purgatory. The other grad students are all much younger than I am, and yet I feel socially excluded from my own age group because most people my ag... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:43:22 EST Cook ALL the things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605483 Oh my - I may have gone a bit overboard at the grocery store this morning! My poor fridge is bursting at the seams. Looks like I'm spending tonight/tomorrow hanging out in my kitchen, lol. <BR> <BR> Foods to cook: <BR> Chuck roast (currently in the slow cooker and making my whole house smell AMAZING!) <BR> Salmon filet <BR> Brussels sprouts (to be roasted in olive oil with salt and pepper, nom nom nom) <BR> Root veggie hash (carrots, turnips, parsnips, onion, diced and sautéed with cumin and... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:20:36 EST Cameron Diaz is not a rebel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604648 Ok, that may not be true in general, but she certainly is not a *food* rebel! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Cameron Diaz wrote a book about loving your body, feeding it well, and moving around to keep it fit. I loved the preview pages on Amazon so I went ahead and spent my hard earned money on said book. The intro was great and the parts about fitness and the mind look promising, but the lady is a total carb-a-holic! The nutrition section is all whole grain t... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:32:34 EST Balancing healthy with social is HARD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602756 On Monday nights, a certain restaurant just off campus offers $5 giant margaritas and $5 all you can eat burritos. I went there with some friends this past Monday and I had a good time, but two cheap margaritas and a naked burrito were waaaaay more than this ol' body can handle! I couldn't sleep Monday night, I spent Tuesday feeling exhausted, and I was still craving empty carbs this morning. The sugar from the giant cheap margaritas might have been the real culprit, or maybe the food got to ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:20:27 EST Cameron Diaz wrote a Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602100 So I'm watching Rachel Ray while eating my breakfast (don't judge, I love her energy, and I lust for her cookware!) and Cameron Diaz is on promoting a new book. I have loved Cameron Diaz ever since I saw her in A Life Less Ordinary, and the woman is well fit, so I thought I'd check out the preview on Amazon. <BR> <BR> Guys, she mentions Antoni van Leeuwenhoek on the second page of her book. And uses the word "osteoblasts" in the next paragraph. Osteoblasts! And it's written in a very fun, ac... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:18:52 EST Begin phase 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599130 Now that I've got my eating habits more or less back to healthy, the next step (i.e. Phase 2) is to get back into the habit of working out every day! My plan is to get in at least 10 minutes of some sort of exercise each day, in that danger zone of binge-time right after I get home from work. I used to do that all the time, back BGS [before grad school :)]. <BR> <BR> I kicked off phase 2 by braving the elements and venturing out for a run this afternoon. It felt soooo good! I don't think I'... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:08:47 EST So far so good! (and a healthy "ice cream" recipe) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597859 I have to say, my new strategy of devoting all my willpower to eating well, going to bed at a reasonable hour, and exercising a bit each day (and NOT stressing out about grad school) seems to be paying off big time! I got more research work done this past week than I did all of last semester! I met with my advisor and he was thrilled with the amount of data that I had generated. We made plans for how to move my research forward, and if I can keep on top of things we're hoping to have at least... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:35:15 EST Solving my ice cream problem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595147 I'm feeling like a champ, you guys. I'm on a healthy streak, the kind that just sneaks up on you and suddenly you realize you've been eating well and exercising without even thinking about it. I'm getting lots of work done at school, my muscles are getting stronger, and I'm *not* flipping out about turning 30 next month. And it's all (at least partly) because I got an ice cream maker for Christmas! <BR> <BR> It's amazing, y'all. I asked for an ice cream maker while I was feeling completely ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:15:28 EST Spaghetti squash "pizza" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592860 You know, sometimes you just want a gooey pile of cheesy saucy yum. Actual pizza is so heavy and carb-laden, and the gluten free stuff is just as unhealthy. I think I finally found a good substitute though - all the saucy cheesy goodness, fewer calories, none of the heavy bread, and a little extra fiber and nutrition to boot! <BR> <BR> It might work even better with delicata squash - you can eat the skin on those, so you really could just pick it up and eat it like a pizza. Yum! <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:49:17 EST 2014 is for reclaiming lost ground! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584897 Hi folks! Happy new year (1 week late)! I started off the year visiting family and friends, dodged a snowstorm, made it back to my apartment, and am now waiting out abnormally low temperatures that are cold enough for school to be cancelled. But all of that is irrelevant, because what I wanted to mention today is my goal for 2014 - to reclaim all the ground I lost in 2013, and get back on the path to awesomeness! <BR> <BR> I spent last year in and out of the doctor's office fighting a horrif... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:05:59 EST Falalala (lost track of days… but there are only six days until Christmas!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567882 In the spirit of Christmas I am trying to be more forgiving…of myself. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I'm harder on myself than I am on any of my friends, family, and acquaintances. I'll forgive other people without reservation about most anything, but if I make one little insignificant mistake myself I'll beat myself up about it for days. Perfectionism leads to unhappiness, so this is me trying to embrace the holiday season and let myself indulge a little bit (the odd cup of hot chocolate or mul... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:42:26 EST Falalala…binge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567640 Today was not a good day, food or exercise wise. I took the bus in to work this morning, spent a allllll day sitting at my desk twiddling around with data analysis, and ended up eating a dinner of a massive mound of takeout Thai food, of all things. Takeout! Sheesh! <BR> <BR> The good news is, I haven't had Thai food in like two years, so it's not like this was an everyday occurrence (and I did include a side of steamed veggies!). The bad news, of course, is that I'm pretty sure I consumed >... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:35:32 EST Falalala primal day 9: a case of The Blahs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566536 Sunday's ice cream indulgence meant that Monday saw me right back in that funk that I had finally broken through the first week of this little streak of mine. I ate more than I would have liked, and couldn't muster the motivation to do anything after work besides lie on the couch watching Christmas movies. I woke still feeling gloomy this morning, too, but the fog finally seems to be lifting now. Phew! <BR> <BR> Clearly I need to avoid massive sugar-binges if I want to keep myself happy, hea... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:50:17 EST Falalala primal day 8: Back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565455 Ok, there, I have renamed my primal "streak," dusted myself off after yielding to temptation last night, and climbed back onto ye olde healthy wagon. The sun is shining, the grass is…well, it's covered in snow, actually, but the birds are chirping and I am feeling good about being healthy! <BR> <BR> It's going to be a good week, I can tell. Spark on, friends! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:30:33 EST Update: In which my math paper totally kicked my butt :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565049 So I had a pint of Haagen Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream in my freezer from the day before I started my "holiday primal streak." Apparently multivariate analysis is worse for my self control than is a migraine, because the ice cream….she is a'no more. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I was somewhere on my second page of trying to describe the algorithm behind nonmetric multidimensional scaling (and yes, it is just as confusing for me as it probably sounds to you!) when I found my... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:16:06 EST Holiday primal streak day 7: brain food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564733 I have one more final paper to finish writing by tomorrow, and then I will be done with this semester! (Woohoo, backflips, fireworks, et cetera). I have this problem, though, whenever I sit down to do something long and brain-intensive, where thinking hard makes me want to snack. Thinking must use energy, right, so it's not totally crazy, but I'm trying to stay on track here so: <BR> <BR> Brain food. Yep, I started off my day with a great breakfast of spinach, coconut milk, eggs, pastured be... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:14:05 EST Holiday primal streak day six: some self reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564280 Six days in and still rocking this streak. I guess I should own up to eating few meals of baby carrots with hummus, which is not really paleo/primal because of the chick peas, but I'm doing this for health rather than dogma so <em>20</em> . Lots of fiber, lots of protein, not too many calories or carbs for the amount of nutrition you get…I like hummus. <BR> <BR> In other news, it's slowly dawning on me that I may have spent the past year in a bit of a depressed funk, made worse by my crum... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:27:54 EST Holiday primal streak day 5: In which I turn down free ice cream!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563818 Oh yes, I'd say this streak is going well! Like, I turned down free ice cream today. Did you all hear that? YOU GUYS I TURNED DOWN FREE ICE CREAM!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Yup, that's right. As I was heading back to my office today I ran into a friend heading down the stairs who informed me that there was a free ice cream social in the lobby. I thought about it for a second, said "nah, think I'll pass," and kept on going. <BR> <BR> Kept. On. Going. Wa-BAM! In my head I w... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:54:27 EST Holiday primal streak day 4: primal hot chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563141 Hi y'all! <em>213</em> Four days in and I'm still obnoxiously cheerful. Still craving sugar (I swear I really am addicted!) but not caving, and it's got me feeling great! Turns out finals week really is the best time to focus on eating well and exercising. :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday was technically a rest day for me, but I got caught up playing Wii games and I think I'm more sore today than I was yesterday! I got REALLy into Wii boxing (undefeated!) and then I was playing around with archery... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:48:52 EST Holiday primal streak day 3: Holy headache (but still going strong) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562036 So, last night I got slammed by a full-blown migraine, complete with preceding visual aura (which has never happened before and really freaked me out. Are visual auras what taking hallucinogens is like? Do people really want to do that for fun?! It was really trippy and I hope I never experience it again!). The upside to the light show was that I got pain meds in me quickly enough that the headache didn't get totally out of hand, and I was pain-free enough to get to sleep within an hour and a... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:26:20 EST Holiday primal streak day 2: part 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561647 The success continues! According to my trusty Wii Fit, I am down 3.5 pounds since yesterday. That is a lot of lost bloating! But if I can lose 1 or 2 real pounds on top of that by the end of the week I'll be back out of "obese" and into plain old "overweight" again. And then straight on to "normal weight"! <BR> <BR> I may have overdone it a tad today, though. Got in 15,000 steps and did another EA Sports Active workout. My arms and thighs are already jelly like, so I'm going to feel it tomor... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:30:46 EST Holiday primal streak day 2: brilliant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561137 I woke up this morning with just a tiny touch of DOMS, in a fantastic mood, and excited for breakfast. It's like some internal switch has flipped after just one day and I am in a headspace where I'm craving whole foods instead of wanting to stuff myself with junk. I didn't think that would happen so quickly! <BR> <BR> It's also funny that after yesterday's hearty lowish carb breakfast and lunch, and a workout, I pretty much had to force myself to eat dinner because I just wasn't hungry. An... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:01:17 EST Holiday primal streak Day 1: Hello, endorphins! I've missed you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560797 All righty, I'm kicking off a new hard-core Primal streak beginning today. So far, so good! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: nice and hearty. Three eggs, two chicken sausage links, big handful of spinach, some fresh mango salsa, and a bit of cheddar with a nice strong cup of coffee and a splash of cream. Hitting the ground running, here! <BR> <BR> Lunch: Tasty cup of homemade white chili, made with chicken, white beans, and kale. <BR> <BR> Snack: Much-needed cup of coffee with a splash of cream <BR> ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 20:41:19 EST And now for something more positive... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560030 I was just reading through some of my old blog entries and I found a very uplifting set of "holiday primal streak" entries from December 2011. I was eating well, losing weight rapidly, and just generally loving on life. I want to get that back, and there's no reason I can't, grad school be damned! <BR> <BR> Today was a food-mess from the moment I woke up (sweetened latte for breakfast, GF pizza for lunch, GF pad thai for a snack, most of a pint of ice cream for dinner). But! But but but: to... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 20:59:49 EST Cold hard reality check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560016 I finally dusted off my Wii and hooked up the ol' Wii Fit for the first time in (apparently) 270 days. I think I really hate that chipper Wii Fit voice right now. It cheerfully informed me that I have gained 14 pounds in the past 9-ish months and that I am now technically obese. Lovely. <BR> <BR> Guys, I'm literally right back at square one with my body. I weigh exactly what I did when I first discovered SparkPeople. I'm healthier than I was then - my blood pressure is good, and staying glu... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 20:33:44 EST Closet clean-out motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542818 I noticed that my long-sleeve shirt drawer was becoming really overstuffed so I sorted through it to pull out clothes that I don't currently wear, because I have inflated like a balloon over the past twelve months and my clothes are not letting me forget. Approximately half the long-sleeve shirts that I own came out of the drawer. On the one hand - yay, I can close my drawer again! But at the same time 24 shirts (yes, I counted) at $15-20 a pop means I have a pile of useless cloth sitting aro... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:45:18 EST It is on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542553 Holy cow you guys, my doctor cut out my seton stitch on Tuesday and - fingers crossed - the wound actually seems to have closed over without getting re-infected! It hasn't quite sunk in yet, but there is a chance that this year-long health ordeal may finally be winding down. Yeeeeeeeha! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> (But seriously, keep your fingers crossed because this thing has reoccurred too many times this year!) <BR> <BR> But right now it is sunny and (relatively) warm outside,... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 09:45:05 EST Central PA Gluten Free Expo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537391 MPHERGHGHGHG!!! I had such high hopes going into this expo! Five hours of gluten free talks, venders, give-aways, samples...I was STOKED! A little concerned that it was all going to be junk food, but generally optimistic. <BR> <BR> Well, the expo was a smashing success, with on the order of a thousand people showing up - more than the organizers were expecting! And I did get a goodie bag of free stuff, and I listened to some talks, and I checked out the venders and their samples. But I am so... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:34:05 EST My kitchens: a retrospective (with pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531732 I finally got around to taking some pictures of my latest apartment. There's something about resetting the clocks at the end of Daylight Savings Time that makes me nostalgic each year, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to have a little walk down memory lane. So here is My Life and Weight Loss Journey, Kitchen Edition. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> I'll skip over my parents kitchen or the gross kitchens in the dorms in college, because my love affair with food really began when I moved to Connecticut... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 09:35:12 EST Grain-free rye bread! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530771 I made this rye-bread recipe from the "Wheat Belly Cookbook" last night - a delicious loaf of bread made from almond flour, garbanzo bean flour, flax seeds, and a whole bunch of eggs: <BR> <BR> <link>www.food.com/recipe/rye-bread-wheat-<BR>free-494265 </link> <BR> <BR> I have been absolutely craving rye bread for a couple of months now, and this totally hit the spot but with very few carbs and lots of protein, fat, and fiber! The texture seemed off at first but when it cooled completely... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:25:39 EST Quick health update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529528 Hey y'all. For anyone keeping track, I am STILL incapacitated over here. My stupid fistula drama continues. We're coming up on a full year now. I just saw my doctor to have my "cutting seton" tightened on Tuesday, so I am back in excruciating pain as a rubber band slowwwwwwly cuts through my body to pull the wound tract to the surface. My doc seemed to think that the seton might cut through completely and fall out in the next week, so fingers crossed! Because right now I am popping pain pills... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 19:39:35 EST Homemade deliciousness! Orange chicken with cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526735 D'ya ever have a day where you just toss aside the cookbooks and wing it in the kitchen? I do, occasionally, and it's often a risky endeavor! But every now and then I come up with something tasty, and today - oh today! - I hit the jackpot! Completely from-scratch orange chicken served over a bed of cabbage that somehow tasted exactly like the inside of an egg roll. I used to LOVE orange chicken before I went gluten free, and this actually tasted better and was much healthier to boot! <BR> <B... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:27:27 EST GREAT run this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511582 I finally found a fun place to run! <BR> <BR> Those of you who have known me on here for a while know that I had an awesome bike path to run on back when I lived in Massachusetts, an old tree-lined converted rail trail that wound behind people's houses and past a big ol' pond/lake full of ducks and swans and bunnies and awesomeness. A major contribution to getting in shape back then was from wanting to be on the bike path, running along and just soaking in the great outdoors. <BR> <BR> When... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:58:33 EST Body not cooperating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508984 I'm all, "I'm 'a eat clean and exercise! Go me!" And my body is all, "Woohoo, congrats! I will reward you with migraines and debilitating stomach pain! <BR> <BR> Silly body is being a bit slow on the uptake. Wed, 9 Oct 2013 13:04:07 EST Curious food day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506210 I was woken up by a blinding headache this morning and I've been feeling a bit off all day (darn migraines...talk about incentive to be more careful about food choices!). Anywho, I haven't been terribly interested in food today so I've been abnormally good about only eating when I am for-real hungry. <BR> <BR> The result? A reasonably substantial breakfast (2 eggs scrambled with spinach, three kalamata olives, and a bit of feta cheese, with two cups of coffee); a moderate lunch (two ladle-f... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:01:57 EST Sweet foods are as addictive as cocaine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505911 For serious! <link>www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/11/03/<BR>fatty-and-sugary-food-as-addictive-as-<BR>cocaine-and-nicotine_n_1073513.html </link> <BR> <BR> I totally lost my battle to avoid ice cream yesterday. I got all stressed out after having a bad time at a big party and found myself on autopilot, walking to the grocery store to buy a pint of Ben and Jerry's. It really was like a drug addict needing a fix! (Or a person experiencing the prodrome of an oncoming migraine. Equally unplea... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:21:19 EST Ouch, my feet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504693 So, I totally mangled my feet earlier this week. I went a little too hard in my Vibram's over the weekend, and then wore an old pair of shoes the next day that left me with HUGE blisters on the balls of both feet. The blisters were bad enough but they popped on their own and started getting caught on things so I trimmed off the dead skin, and now I have two gaping holes on the bottoms of my feet! Which makes every step pretty much excruciating, so I was wearing squishy shoes to compensate...w... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:10:50 EST