HACK_HACKER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HACK%5FHACKER HACK_HACKER'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/ Questions I still have about fitness and diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321936 I read a lot about body health and fitness. It's almost obsessive, but human physiology has always intrigued me and the more I read about kinesthesiology the more interesting it gets. SP's blog posts and articles are fantastic, especially compared to most "fitness" websites--they incorporate peer-reviewed studies, examine health claims, and deliver the full story behind new health fads. Thanks to SP, I no longer want to try coconut oil or agave nectar, because I understand why they don't repr... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:31:08 EST More lessons learned and little victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320104 Four months in, and I'm still enjoying this experience. I haven't really been paying attention to whether I'm losing weight, but it's happened as a consequence of watching my diet and exercising regularly. As I mentioned before, I don't own or have access to a scale. But I'm starting to see muscles that I didn't know about before, particularly the ones in my arms. <BR> <BR> Spring is a particularly revealing time for people trying to get in shape. I've started wearing shorts again, but unlik... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:00:22 EST Measuring progress without a scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274947 I've been using SparkPeople regularly for a few months now, and I'm feeling the results. But I still haven't recorded a weigh-in on the site. <BR> <BR> That's because I don't own a scale. The only scale to which I have access is in my apartment building's workout room, but the last time I stepped on, it told me that I weighed 170 pounds. Not likely, even at my heaviest. <BR> <BR> I know there are experts who recommend avoiding the scale in favor of other indicators. Of those, I'm definitely... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 21:08:38 EST Road Trip Retrospective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271903 I'm finally back! It took a little while longer than I expected, but I'm done with driving and hotel rooms and being away from my own pantry. <BR> <BR> In some ways, I surprised myself during my trip. I worked out at my hotel's fitness room often and found ways to work out at my parents' house. I also found state parks along my route that helped me incorporate walking breaks in between hours of driving. <BR> <BR> In fact, eating on the road didn't pose much of a challenge to me, until it ca... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:55:47 EST Travel--This Week's Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253090 Yesterday, I began a week-long road trip. When I considered my game plan in advance, I thought this would be easy. Now, the challenge has begun to dawn on me. <BR> <BR> It started with leaving my apartment, a carefully cultivated environment without meat or processed foods where I felt comfortable working out and had a healthy daily routine. <BR> <BR> Now I'm staying with my parents for a couple days. That means far fewer whole grains available, and my diet suddenly includes chicken and fi... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:37:00 EST Things I've learned since starting: Half-portions, running shoes, leftovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248991 I've been on SparkPeople for a couple months now, and I'm seeing a difference--not necessarily in the fit of my clothes, but in my energy levels, satisfaction after meals, and confidence. And I'm already seeing muscle tone in my arms and chest! This is more improvement than I ever achieved by just thinking I was eating healthfully without ever doing the math. <BR> <BR> I'm running every other day again, about 3 miles each time. I can thank my new running shoes for the fact that I haven't bee... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:27:56 EST Vegan Cookie Makeovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165937 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l441131343.jpg"> <BR> I remade a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie recipe into a ( <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2317094 </link> ) vegan dark chocolate-raisin-oatmeal recipe. All it required were a few simple substitutions, and the result is a batch of cholesterol-free, low sugar, low fat, high fiber cookies that satisfy my sweet tooth and chocolate cravings. <BR> <BR> It's easy to make these substitutions to any... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:34:59 EST