JONESINATOR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JONESINATOR JONESINATOR'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/ Been almost a year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488809 Been almost a year since I've posted a blog. Quick life recap: <BR> <BR> -Working out 5-6 times a week. Upper/Lower split for weights, with rowing or running for cardio. With fall here, I'll be running even more and hopefully can get back up to half-marathon distance with ease (last 'long' run was 10 miles and I cramped at the end, but it was 80 degrees and about 7pm...) <BR> <BR> -80-90% vegetarian since March 2013. That's been interesting, and it's not full-time though I do consciously tr... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:39:58 EST Today's Photo-blog Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074154 And it's not me: <BR> <BR> <link>www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2012/0<BR>9/24/161420557/losing-160-pounds-one-p<BR>hoto-at-a-time?utm_source=NPR&utm_medi<BR>um=facebook&utm_campaign=20120903 </link> <BR> <BR> Love it. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:28:52 EST First Vibram Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044485 So, after my full-body lifting routine (which I haven't done in months), I did a mile on the treadmill in my Vibrams. It took 14 minutes, as I walked a minute, ran two, walked one, ran three, walked one, ran three, walked one, ran two, ended. I want the breaks so I wouldn't be putting odd stresses on my feet for the first time. <BR> <BR> The run felt okay; I noticed my right calf was taking a lot of extra strain on the first two minutes and was swelling with water and getting tight, so I adj... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 19:47:41 EST The Objectification of Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829158 <link>www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/<BR>04/09/ashley-judd-slaps-media-in-the-f<BR>ace-for-speculation-over-her-puffy-app<BR>earance.html </link> <BR> <BR> Offered without comment for your reading and edification Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:36:11 EST Solitude and Leadership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827122 <link>theamericanscholar.org/solitude-and-<BR>leadership/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think every person should read this essay, regardless your station in life. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 13:27:44 EST 10 Exercise Myths - Debunked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798986 <link>gawker.com/5895140/10-stubborn-exerc<BR>ise-myths-that-wont-die-debunked-by-sc<BR>ience?tag=workouts </link> <BR> <BR> I'm half-way through. I'll update when I'm done with it and leave my thoughts. <BR> <BR> EDIT: All of these are spot-on and I knew all of them beforehand. The most important, I feel, are the HIIT, the ones relating to muscle, and the at home vs. at the gym. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 23:35:01 EST INCREDIBLE NEW WEIGHT LOSS DRUG DETAILS INSIDE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743230 I would say shame on you if you clicked this blog only due to the title, but I did entice you with lies! Read the article, CAREFULLY, please, then read my comments below. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/business/<BR>diet-treatment-already-in-use-to-get-f<BR>da-review.html?_r=1&hp </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the problem with this wonder drug, as is the problem with all weight loss gimicks. <BR> <BR> This drug treats the SYMPTOMS of obesity: the fat we retain on our bodies. It do... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:01:35 EST Some Street Protest Poetry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734987 <link>www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertain<BR>ment/art/features/the-artist-vandalisi<BR>ng-advertising-with-poetry-6353303.html </link> <BR> <BR> I think everyone should take some time out of every day to read poetry. And this poetry is wonderful. <BR> <BR> I'd especially like to call number 9 out of 16 to your attention. <BR> <BR> Please, enjoy. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 11:02:30 EST Fat and Anti-Fat Campaigns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731063 <link>www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16939718 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's an article from the Beeb about a recent Georgia campaign meant to introduce some tough love and shock therapy to youngsters (and ostensibly their parents) about the dangers and societal ramifications of obesity. It seems that now a concerted online and print campaign is returning fire, seeking to demonstrate that fat isn't so bad, and that fat people can be happy. <BR> <BR> Where I'm split on this, though, is whether the... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 17:41:58 EST Lost Speech by Martin Luther King Jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684355 <link>blog.cleveland.com/metro/2012/01/mar<BR>tin_luther_king_jrs_speech.html </link> <BR> <BR> Well worth 21 minutes of your time on this nation's great day of remembrance, one of the most important days we must remember. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:38:35 EST Models, Fat, and the Fashion Industry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678356 <link>www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/0<BR>1/11/new-magazine-editorial-highlights<BR>-shocking-differences-between-plus-siz<BR>e-and/#ixzz1jLiaiWwd </link> <BR> <BR> Give that link a gander, and if at home, I do recommend you look at the "NSFW" pictures - they're honestly not that bad revealing-wise. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on what the articles discusses? <BR> <BR> Personally, I much prefer the larger woman - she's healthy looking, not sickly. The other girl, whether simply ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:04:16 EST Why you should NOT believe your scale (awesome picture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627536 Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to present exhibit A to you, as to why you should not believe your scale. Please view the following picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l354329174.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, beyond this being an obvious evidence to throw that darn scale away, let's do some quick analysis of this person. Disclaimer: I do not know who this person is. <BR> <BR> 1. Look at the shoulders and back between the two pictures. Besides the larger deltoid on t... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 23:45:31 EST I am runner! First half-marathon: COMPLETE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4549149 Two years ago, I could not run more than a mile without feeling winded, or needing to stop during my run. One year ago, I could not run more than two miles without feeling winded, or needing to stop during my run. Six months ago, I could not run more than four miles straight-through. <BR> <BR> In under three months, since I returned from Arabic Gulag, I have progressed up to, today, 13.2 miles. That's a half-marathon, that I just run this morning. And I did not stop, once, except for red-lig... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:14:10 EST Exercise and Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4458654 I'd like to call your attention, Sparkers, to this quick article on the NYT's health, wellness, and fitness blog. <BR> <BR> <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/pr<BR>escribing-exercise-to-treat-depression/ </link> <BR> <BR> Now, this is not a well-done study by any stretch of the imagination. I only post it due to its timeliness and the fact that there are dozens of other studies with similarly inconclusive results, in addition to major books published on the subject. <BR> <BR> Dep... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:42:27 EST An Amusing Quip from 'The Economist' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4446285 In the August 13th, 2011 edition of The Economist (I'm catching up on my missed reading, except my mom threw away seven Economists before I got to read them), there's a small little dig thrown in at Kraft foods. I found it hilarious for its (intentional) irony: <BR> <BR> "Kraft Foods became the second big company recently to announce that it was splitting its business. Kraft is to trade as two independent public companies; one concentrated on its global snakcs brands, such as Oreo and Cadbur... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:45:05 EST Post-Program Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4432947 Well, I took a run and decided to weigh after, so the number is going to be skewed lower even though I was pretty saltified today. I'm at 171, so I'm extremely displeased with myself, but I figured that would happen if I re-entered an environment of all you can eat and such things during the program. I already recounted that stuff prior so no need to re-hash it here. <BR> <BR> My run was 3.8 miles in 37.5 minutes, but for a while I was on pace to break my personal best of 36 minutes but I sl... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:40:59 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419417 Hello everyone! I have returned to a more active SP lifestyle following my two months in California. You may have noticed I updated my fitness logs but that was all; there were even a few days I forgot to update my fitness minutes and workouts due to the stress of the program in which I studied. <BR> <BR> I won't dwell too much on the program, but it was a 2-month long, no English, full immersion program in Arabic. From the day of my birth to August 4th, we were not allowed to speak, read, o... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 19:01:06 EST California or Bust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4287241 Well, this will be my last entry for about two months or more. I will be attending a summer program for immersion in Arabic language, and I will have access to a computer, but I will not be posting on my SparkPage, in the forums, or on other people's pages. As it is an immersion session, I'll be trying to reduce my exposure to English as much as possible, so all I'll be doing is logging on and clicking the SparkWheel before exiting; I might update my fitness minutes as they happen but that's ... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 08:38:56 EST Record MPH Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273388 So I've been out and about a lot recently, getting lots of salty restaurant food. I've still been working out mind you, so I'm sure the damage isn't earth-shattering. But today I was really feeling pretty fat/bloated/salty so I decided to take a good run. I mapped out my route and it was 3.6 miles. It was about 80 degrees during, humid, and I was 75% of the time in shade, 25% in the sun. <BR> <BR> 34 minutes and 12 seconds! That's a sub 10-minute mile, which doesn't sound like much for the g... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 20:08:43 EST Declining Workplace Activity - Rebuttal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4268393 Here is a post from Yoni Freedhoff as a riposte to the declining workplace activity idea as a cause or factor in obesity. I thought it was very interesting, so have a look! <BR> <BR> <link>www.weightymatters.ca/2011/05/are-we<BR>-obese-cause-we-sit-all-day-long.html </link> Tue, 31 May 2011 21:00:23 EST Declining Workplace Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256256 <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/le<BR>ss-active-at-work-americans-have-packe<BR>d-on-pounds/?hp </link> <BR> <BR> DUH. I'm flatly amazed that people, researchers even, are saying that "oh this is a light bulb moment." <BR> <BR> No wonder we're getting fatter if our own researchers didn't notice that sedentary jobs were becoming the norm over the past 40 years. Wed, 25 May 2011 19:09:19 EST Analysis of the Paleo Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239707 I've never run across this post until I saw GETSTRONGRRR comment on someone's post and they linked to it. But this is fascinating and well-researched and argued work. I've heard about Paleo from people, but this is a neutral, balanced look at it on its merits without getting into the whole "OMG THIS THING SUCKS" kind of analysis. <BR> <BR> <link>www.jonbarron.org/weight-loss/paleo-<BR>diet-review-good-bad </link> <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, it's a really long post. Tue, 17 May 2011 21:24:59 EST Does muscle burn more calories at rest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239190 <link>www.latimes.com/health/la-he-fitness<BR>-muscle-myth-20110516,0,7417131.story </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting - only 6 more calories per hour for a pound of muscle, compared to 2 for a pound of fat. <BR> <BR> What I think the author missed, however, is comparing RMR pre-muscle to RMR post-muscle. If muscle accounts for only 20-25% of RMR, then it makes sense that putting on more muscle and losing more fat doesn't make much of a difference to your RMR, which does not take into accoun... Tue, 17 May 2011 16:27:35 EST An interesting post on Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236483 I've never seen this blog before, but I was linked to it by Yoni Freedhoff, a Canadian who writes the blog "Weighty Matters". This is a post by WeightMaven: <BR> <BR> <link>weightmaven.org/2011/05/15/about-emo<BR>tional-eating/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think it's pretty interesting, and as someone who doesn't struggle much with emotional eating anymore, a lot of it, for me, did come down to not having triggering foods in my house and also just eating more satiating meals, so that I don't fee... Mon, 16 May 2011 14:00:01 EST Another article for the ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4225434 <link>www.crossfitsouthbay.com/2011/05/ski<BR>nny-fat/ </link> <BR> <BR> The principal does apply to men, though there is some weird thought out there that if you can see abs, you are "cut" or "muscular". Uh, no. I've seen plenty of skinny little guys running around that have abs and definition... but there's no muscle there. Same with girls, as that model picture versus the elite CrossFitter shows. Personally, all of those ladies look fabulous - muscles and being strong is sexy! <BR> <B... Wed, 11 May 2011 12:00:55 EST An article for the ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223306 <link>www.salon.com/life/body_wars/index.h<BR>tml?story=/mwt/feature/2011/05/10/wome<BR>n_health_obesity </link> <BR> <BR> What do you all think? Do the societal pressures hurt you? Do they make you do harmful things to try and be thin? What kind of 'body shape' should we be promoting, if at all? <BR> <BR> I'd also say that this issue equally applies to men, but generally more in my age range where health and fitness are almost prerequisites to be seen as "desirable." I don't think it is... Tue, 10 May 2011 14:22:02 EST An article you absolutely MUST READ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4220751 <link>www.truthaboutabs.com/7-worst-exerci<BR>ses.html </link> <BR> <BR> This article is absolutely fantastic and I've already determined to remove two exercises from my routines when my hand is fully healed (which is going well actually, I think). I hope you all learn something from this article, because I sure did! Mon, 9 May 2011 14:23:32 EST Great, another injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4200066 This time it's my hand. Walked into the gym, loaded up the bench press and couldn't get two warm up reps before my right hand was in screaming pain. <BR> <BR> For the past few months, I've felt that hand be a bit weak, but only on the first two sets of my first two exercises - then the weakness goes away and I can do whatever. For the past few days, since my last upper body day, it hurts when I clutch things hard or press down on it, like easing myself into a chair with arm rests. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 09:49:39 EST Terrible workout advice from SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198724 <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=ton<BR>e_your_trouble_zones_with_this_tiny_tweak </link> <BR> <BR> Just read that; I posted my thoughts as comment number 10. I'll reiterate why this is such bad advice here. <BR> <BR> 1. We can't "change" specific areas of our body solely through exercise. The premise of the post is centered on the idea that strength training, alone, will "tone" your body. First, stop using that word. Second, no, it won't. Your muscles will get bigger or tighter, b... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:44:06 EST KFC NUTRITION ALERT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4190772 Guys and gals, I'm very sad to post this news, but I will anyway for your sake and mine. <BR> <BR> KFC includes trans fat on a number of items, including (I'm DEAD serious) their grilled chicken. <BR> <BR> Here is the ingredients list as of October 2010: <link>www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kfc_ingred<BR>ients_oct10.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Searching (usually CRTL + F) for the word "partially" brings up 35 hits. Partially hydrogenated oil (soybean, cottonseed, palm oil, etc) is the keyword for... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:02:10 EST More pants fitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4186604 Well, if anyone remembers, I found a bunch of old jeans and tried them on and they all fit. They were size 32s, and you might say I still didn't believe that I'm a true size 32. <BR> <BR> The real test, I knew in my head, would be my old dress pants. Pants I haven't worn since my internship in the summer of 2007. Pants I remember, even then, still being a bit "poochy" at the pockets because I was a 33 fitting into 32s. <BR> <BR> In preparation for Easter lunch, I decided to finally try them... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 00:57:31 EST Figured out an element of my body image http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178262 Remember that boring, whiny blog I wrote before? Well, I've been doing some thinking and some looking in the mirror, and I've figured an element out about why I'm unhappy with my self image. <BR> <BR> Now, it is no secret that for men, a strong, healthy looking chest is often the number one body part we desire. I am not immune to this, at all. I'd be okay with not awesomely defined abs if I could get a great set of pectorals. <BR> <BR> What had been bothering me was that in my t shirts, bot... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:36:33 EST Non-scale victory of sorts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4169659 I work out. A lot. I go to my gym about 6 days of every week, and I'm a fixture in the weight area for at least 3-4 of those days. I've struck up a couple of acquaintance-ships with a few members and a couple of the trainers, which is nice to not feel alienated or alone while working out. <BR> <BR> So today, as I'm finishing my leg routine (you can see what I do in my fitness tracker), one of the trainers, a short, very muscular blonde woman, out of the blue, comes up to me and says "I saw y... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:11:49 EST What's the most dangerous thing we do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4160502 Sit. <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/menshealth/<BR>most-dangerous-thing-youll-do-all-day </link> <BR> <BR> Now, I'm personally skeptical of the "independent risk factor" part - the quasi-scientist in me says that a fitter, healthier person will suffer fewer cardic episodes, even if they are just as sedentary during the rest of the day as other people. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, I've determined that my next major furniture purchase will be a standing desk. BUT, in lieu of that, I'... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:37:46 EST Struggling with my body image http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4156927 This is a whiny blog, so read it or click the little X. <BR> <BR> For the past few days, I've felt kind of uneasy about how I look in clothes and out of them. I'm not sure where the feeling is coming from, but it's definitely there and whereas just a few days ago I was brimming with confidence and enjoyed how I appeared, now I can't stand the sight. And seeing an artificially salt-high scale number really did not help this morning. <BR> <BR> I feel as though I'm not making progress fast eno... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:12:53 EST I got a vest a week ago... (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4153004 So I went to a mall with a friend and we were in the JC Penney Outlet. He was looking for pants for work and belts, and I was just there to hang out. I'm not much of a window shopper or casual shopper. I tend to know exactly what I want (either beforehand or the idea of the item) and then I go in, get it, and get out. Slow people in malls bother me and frustrate me to no end. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was poking around the suits/sports jackets and found a sweet vest. I looked desperately around fo... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 01:25:16 EST March Progress/April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4140154 Here were my measurements at the beginning of March: <BR> <BR> March 1st, 2011: <BR> <BR> Weight: 168.2 <BR> Chest: 40.5 inches <BR> Waist: 34 inches <BR> Hips: 34.5 inches <BR> Right Thigh: 24 inches <BR> <BR> Here are my measurements as of April 2nd. <BR> <BR> April 2nd, 2011: <BR> <BR> Weight: 167.0 (-1.2) <BR> Chest: 40 inches (-0.5) <BR> Waist: 33.5 inches (-0.5) <BR> Hips: 34 inches (-0.5) <BR> Right Thigh: 23.75 inches (-0.25) <BR> <BR> I've decided to not do the body fat ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 23:50:06 EST Non-scale victories! (updated with PROGRESS PICS!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4135835 Huge non-scale victories guys! <BR> <BR> My mom and I were talking about clothes and her recent progress on Weight Watchers (she's down 5.4? yay mom!). She noticed I was wearing one of my old favorite shirts, a green Legend of Zelda shirt (I'm a nerdy gamer, leave me alone) that happens to be a medium. So I was like "well, I've got some old jeans I haven't tried on in a while. Let's see what happens!" <BR> <BR> So I pulled out a pair of Eddie Bauer jeans that I had bought when I worked ther... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 00:53:23 EST Why I'll be weighing/measuring tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4133874 It'll probably sound like cheating, but I've got two reasons for it. <BR> <BR> 1. I did an upper body strength workout yesterday and that inflates my numbers a bit. I'll be doing lower body today, so I'm expecting my leg measurement to be off when I measure that tomorrow. <BR> <BR> 2. I ate out twice yesterday and tried to watch my portions but I can't help the salt. I know I weigh at least 2-3 pounds more and I'm displeased enough with the preview number that I want to desaltify today. My ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 09:43:03 EST Sweet potato fries recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4132260 OMG IM DOING THIS TONIGHT. <BR> <BR> <link>www.fooducate.com/blog/2011/03/31/ne<BR>ver-eat-fast-food-french-fries-again/ </link> <BR> <BR> YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:38:32 EST Religious Young Adults 50% More Likely to Become Obese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4128111 Here's a fascinating press release from Northwestern University, author of a longitudinal study on weight gain in religious and non-religious folk. Take a look: <BR> <BR> <link>www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stor<BR>ies/2011/03/religious-young-adults-obe<BR>se.html </link> <BR> <BR> I am not sure what to think about this. From my own experience, the only reason I went to church as a child was for donuts after Sunday school. My mom has informed me that the last time she went, it was bag... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:22:49 EST Why even the experts focus on the wrong things UPDATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126404 I'm linking to an article by the "Nutrition Diva" - a licensed nutritionist and someone with a graduate degree. Take careful note of how the article is framed and then dealt with, and don't forget to look in the comments for a special surprise! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <link>nutritionovereasy.com/2011/03/ask-mo<BR>nica-should-i-eat-more-to-burn-more/ </link> <BR> <BR> I love the Diva, and she gives great advice and helps clear up a lot of dieting and food myths through her various blogs ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:34:33 EST "Natural" Sweeteners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4116337 Here's a blog post on natural sweeteners I found very interesting; I hope you enjoy it! <BR> <BR> <link>www.salon.com/food/faddy_foods/index<BR>.html?story=/food/feature/2011/03/24/n<BR>atural_sweeteners </link> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 21:49:58 EST Project Self-Esteem Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113720 What I love on my body: <BR> <BR> 1) I have a very nice set of grey eyes <BR> 2) I have a jacked back and it lets me do pull ups <BR> 3) I have the ball-deltoids at my shoulders that help set my frame <BR> 4) I have a nice smile <BR> 5) My calves are defined and give me lots of power in cardio <BR> <BR> Non-physical things <BR> <BR> 1) I'm more curious than Curious George <BR> 2) I'm intelligent <BR> 3) I'm a decent cook and learning more <BR> 4) I work hard on my school work <BR> 5) I'm w... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:58:28 EST A 132 pound Three Year-Old; Some Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4111305 <link>www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-136<BR>8790/Boy-big-baby-Lu-Hao-year-old-weig<BR>hs-staggering-132lbs--hes-growing.html </link> <BR> <BR> Let's let that sink in for a moment. 132 pounds, at three years old. 132 is the low-end of a healthy weight for a person 5 foot, 6 inches. It is a reasonable and normal weight for a male who is 5 foot, 3 inches. It is even a reasonable weight for a female at 5 foot, 6 inches. This kid is three years old. I'm 22 and I weigh 167, give or take. I on... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:30:32 EST Restarting Creatine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4104754 Well, you can officially kiss my March resolution of 165 goodbye. I don't think I'm going to hit it, especially now that I'm going to go back on creatine. If you'd like to read about it, the wikipedia page is pretty good: <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creatine_suppl<BR>ements </link> <BR> <BR> Since the addition of creatine will boost my water retention, I'm not going to drop below 165 by April 1st. That's okay - I'll be looking ahead to May 1st to see what effect a full loading and mainte... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:14:54 EST Fooducate Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4097539 Just wanted to share a fun blog I've been reading for the past few weeks. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.fooducate.com/blog/ </link> <BR> <BR> They even have a free ipod/iphone app that allows you to scan the barcode of a food item in the store and view its "rating" and other alternatives. Give it a shot, here: <link>itunes.apple.com/us/app/fooducate/id<BR>398436747?mt=8 </link> <BR> <BR> If I had my own ipod touch I'd use it, but my mom has it. I'll make her download it and use it the n... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:22:29 EST Brief Gym Rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4091246 Okay folks who work out in a gym, listen up. There are things called manners in a gym, and they are just like in real life. You ask before you grab something, just like we learned in kindergarten. You don't willy nilly grab whatever you want unless you're alone and no one is working out near you. <BR> <BR> Don't take my 10 pound plates off my calf raise machine literally ten seconds after I've racked those and 45 pound plates on. You saw me unloading the leg press, and you can't have been th... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:32:47 EST Half Moon Kinda Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4087341 Good and bad night - an apt metaphor to the half moon I saw while on a walk tonight. <BR> <BR> The bad: None of my friends showed up to dinner that I invited them to. I'm not sure what they says about me, or what it says about them. I was frustrated, hurt, and very angry. So I took a walk. <BR> <BR> The good: I put on a size small (small!) GAP jacket I hadn't worn since I was at 155. It's now looser on me at 167 than it was at 155 - yay muscle! Here you go: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 22:48:41 EST Lower Body Workout: Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4082720 So I was feeling a wee bit stiff in the lower back today. Yesterday, I had done my first upper body weight lifting session in two weeks, and I stupidly included an exercise that requires picking up heavy dumbbells from the ground at a bad angle, getting on a decline bench, and pressing them. I'll be switching to inclince dumbbell presses until I know for certain the back is healed. I think picking those 55lbers off the ground made me a bit more sore than I should've been. <BR> <BR> Today I r... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 21:21:40 EST