KABMPH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KABMPH KABMPH'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/ The Gadget that Changed My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768071 OK, while that title might be a bit of an exaggeration, I sure do love my new tofu press. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l516670412.jpg"> <BR> <link>tofuxpress.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've never known why I can't buy as firm a tofu as that sold in restaurants. Now I know it's because I wasn't pressing out enough water! This gadget does the trick and makes a very firm final product. <BR> <BR> I made this balsamic tofu for my salads this week at lunch. <lin... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:27:26 EST All Core, All the Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767587 Today's session with the trainer consisted of a lot of core exercises. She told me that core is considered between shoulders to hips... It's more than just abs. She had me do planks while lifting a 10-pound weight with one arm, a bunch of lunges that included oblique twists, and then... <BR> <BR> She had me put my feet on a stability ball and then bend my knees toward my chest, like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l731985090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But don't you... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:44:23 EST TRX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763128 In my second meeting with the trainer, she "showed me the ropes" of TRX. <em>246</em> If you aren't familiar, this is what it is like: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1386394787.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thankfully we didn't do too much with the legs -- last week's kettle bell squats made me sore for 4 days! -- and focused more on arms. I am almost surprised by this, but I'm finding this to be F-U-N! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now that I have 2 sessions under my bel... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:00:18 EST Challenging and Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758502 I FINALLY had my first appointment with a personal trainer at my gym. She had good energy and told me that she lost over 150 pounds! I liked how "real" she was. <BR> <BR> I told her that I was not interested in being the strongest and fittest, and that I was interested in skill-building so that I could do weight-bearing exercises on my own. She seemed to understand my position. <BR> <BR> I expressed interest in learning how to use the free weights, the weight machines, and the kettle bell... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:38:18 EST 5 A Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749919 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1239738794.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I came across this article today and am so happy to report that I am in the minority of the world -- I get at least 5 fruits or veggies a day (all due to the morning green smoothie!). According to this article, an analysis of many published studies show that eating 5 fruits or veggies per day is an "optimal dose." Eating more doesn't help your health significantly more. <BR> <BR> Pretty interesting, huh? <BR> <B... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:46:59 EST Building Muscle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747123 I've been thinking about weightlifting for a long time. <em>23</em> Last year I read a book that said research says that lifting weights is the best thing for us as we age. But I can't bring myself to do it. Mostly it's because I don't know what I'm doing and don't want to embarrass myself. I have a strong aversion to looking stupid in large groups! <BR> <BR> I decided that I will pay a trainer at the gym for a couple of sessions so that I can learn how to lift weights properly. <em>32... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:02:23 EST Vitamin B12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743267 A couple of months ago I had been feeling pretty tired, so I went to the doctor. I learned I was deficient in both Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. My doctor put me on a 3-month prescription Vitamin D regimen and told me to take over the counter B12 supplements. <BR> <BR> I had my follow-up test done over a week ago and both vitamins came back in the normal range. The doctor didn't seem to care that much about WHY I had a B12 deficiency (she also didn't know what foods contain B12), so I decided t... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:01:03 EST Podcast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742873 I'm listening to this podcast interview with fitness expert Krista Scott-Dixon and loving the conversation. They talk a lot about body image, which is of particular interest to me these days. <BR> <BR> <link>summerinnanen.com/frr-5 </link> <BR> <BR> I've never heard of Krista Scott-Dixon or the interviewer, Summer Innanen, before. I don't even know how I stumbled across this podcast, but I'm glad I did! <BR> <BR> Note: They swear a little in this interview. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:47:18 EST Swimming and Weightlifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738441 I lead a healthy lifestyle. So when I went on a 1900-mile drive from Albuquerque to Washington, DC, eating barbecue for lunch and dinner most of the way, I wanted to include something healthy to counteract all that <em>53</em> meat. Enter: exercise. <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> Those of you who know me know that I really enjoy working out. I made sure to use the hotel gym and/or the hotel pool nearly every day of the trip. Sometimes I did both! I have access to a pool at home, and since I g... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:03:01 EST Busy and Active Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728931 On Friday, I met my friend, her son, and their dog on the Mall. We passed by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, walking about 4 miles total. It was so good to see my friends again (they were here from Buffalo for a weekend getaway). Here's a photo of me with the doggie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1683681941.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The next day I went to Zumba, per the usual, except that my gym was having an open house and did a couple of classes ou... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:36:58 EST Vacation Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722260 Hi everyone! I hope you all are well. I was only gone for a week but boy was it a busy week! <BR> <BR> I did not end up taking my workout clothes. I figured that with all the walking I would do, I wouldn't want to go to the gym, and I think that was the right choice. I slept quite well each night from all of my daily activities! Although the only sweating I did was when it got too warm outside. I didn't really get my heart rate to rise. <BR> <BR> I spent two nights in England. I stayed with... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:30:22 EST Zip Up Those Abs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715221 Tonight I did the Denise Austin DVD called Body Makeover Mix. It's not a hard workout but I like it on occasion. I bought it on the recommendation of Fit Bottomed Girls. Afterwards, I realized I didn't really mesh with the FBGs. <link>fitbottomedgirls.com/2010/05/denise-<BR>has-really-outdone-herself-here/ </link> <BR> <BR> But I digress. I'm here to tell a funny story! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> In the video, Denise says over and over again, "Zip up those abs!" But just once, she says to ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:44:32 EST Light Exercise Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711656 I've been busy this week with my boyfriend out of town. While I'm a regular gym-goer, he and I influence each other's laziness around the apartment. When he's gone, I get a lot more accomplished here and around town. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> On Monday I got home from work and I cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed, both of which were overdue. I don't count housework as exercise. <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> On Tuesday I stopped by my old apartment to pick up a piece of personal mail. (It's been ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:31:12 EST Hike Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708206 Today I went for a 5-mile hike on Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland, about an hour's drive from where I live. <link>www.sugarloafmd.com/index.html </link> It amazes me that only one hour away there is so much beauty and countryside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1688257557.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I always enjoy hiking when I'm doing it, but it's not the first thing that comes to mind for a weekend activity; I tend to go only when others suggest it. This particular hi... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:11:30 EST A Gluten-Free Q&A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706885 Tomorrow is the last day of Celiac Disease Awareness Month so I thought I'd write one more blog. <BR> <BR> Question: What makes something "gluten free"? <BR> <BR> Answer: Food that does not include wheat, barley or rye. If you're splitting hairs, the legal definition (which goes into effect in August 2014) is a food that does not contain those three ingredients and which tests to less than 20 parts per million. <BR> <BR> Question: Why would something that contains wheat, barley or rye nee... Fri, 30 May 2014 15:07:34 EST It Never Hurts to Ask! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705085 I started my gym membership 2 years ago right around Memorial Day when they were having a special. Last year when I renewed, they had the same deal. I thought how fortuitous it was that I would be renewing at the time of year they had a low price. <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> This year there was no such special at Memorial Day. <em>39</em> Yesterday I got an email saying my membership had expired. I wrote the guy back and said that last year I paid $400 for the yearlong membership and asked i... Wed, 28 May 2014 09:59:57 EST Focusing on the Good Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704244 Whenever I think bad thoughts about myself, this is the picture I see in my head. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1961673736.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I *hate* this picture. It was taken last fall when I was in Tampa. We had just gotten on this boat and I was feeling really sick. I'm pretty sure that what I ate for lunch did not agree with me. Plus, my hair was cut too short. And of course, the worst part of the picture, those fatty arms. Ugh. <BR> <BR> But there will a... Tue, 27 May 2014 09:53:21 EST Sizes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703309 I used to think that if I could get something on, it fit. Too many times I bought pants one size too small! Then I would only rarely wear the pants because they would be uncomfortable to wear all day long. <BR> <BR> It might have been 2 summers ago that I realized my mistake with pants and shirts and started to wear more appropriate sizes for my body. Sometimes I went in the other direction -- I have a pair of shorts that are one size too big. Why do I find this so difficult?! <em>40</em> ... Mon, 26 May 2014 07:47:25 EST Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701461 Yesterday I had to have a colonoscopy. <em>39</em> The entire day before I wasn't allowed to eat any solid foods -- only clear liquids. It made me realize how much hunger can be mental. There were times I would feel hungry, so I would have some jello or broth, or even water. <em>91</em> I didn't have any jarring hunger pains the entire day, though. I guess I had plenty of calories -- mostly junk calories -- from the jello and Gatorade, so maybe it wasn't exactly hunger that I was feeli... Fri, 23 May 2014 12:06:07 EST Needed a Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699072 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I needed a break from SP recently. I needed to stop thinking and reading so much about food and health and just do my thing. I was obsessing over food and nutrients in an unhealthy way. <BR> <BR> I also wanted to re-assess what was important to me about being here. And I realized: people stay, SparkPoints go. I don't need to spin any wheels or get points for teams I don't care about. But I do want to read about your trials and successes and cheer you on. I never stop... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:17:19 EST May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696503 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1466705183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For those who don't know, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the small intestine when gluten is ingested. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Those attacks "blunt" the villi in your intestine, which inhibits proper absorption of nutrients in food. <BR> <BR> There are many symptoms of celiac disease. I always had minor/maybe slightly-less-than-minor GI distress whic... Fri, 16 May 2014 15:38:11 EST The Diet Fix (Book Review) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682276 Over the weekend I skimmed a book called The Diet Fix by Yoni Freedhoff. <link>www.amazon.com/Diet-Fix-Diets-Fail-Y<BR>ours/dp/0804137579/ </link> <BR> <BR> The book wasn't geared toward me. It's written for "traumatic dieters" -- people who have yo-yo dieted. But I follow Dr. Freedhoff on Twitter -- we've even interacted -- and I like his style and approach and wanted to check out his book. So I did, at the library. <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> While I didn't read it word-for-word, I rea... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:30:05 EST Tofu Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679470 Yummmm <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375669842.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/tofu<BR>-and-black-bean-tacos </link> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:16:53 EST It's Always Something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675617 I recently went to the doctor because I have been feeling tired and fuzzy headed. I'm happy to report that my thyroid is functioning normally. What came back abnormal were 2 vitamin levels: B12 and D. I had a follow-up appointment with a GI doc who wants to do another upper endoscopy to ensure that my gut has healed properly after being on the gluten-free diet these past 4.5 years. Let's hope so! <BR> <BR> My overall cholesterol has also gone up since it was last checked in 2012. I just don'... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:36:56 EST What Do You Choose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674878 "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." <BR> --Annie Dillard Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:59:46 EST Unintentional HIIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674127 Occasionally I might run on a treadmill, but that's not my preferred way to exercise. Yesterday I was leaving work early in order to go to a meeting downtown. A co-worker stopped by to talk about work stuff just as I was putting on my coat. Because she was talking to me, I forgot my phone! I realized my mistake only after I was outside. Since I wasn't coming back to the office, I needed to retrieve it. <BR> <BR> I ran back into my office building, bounded up 3 flights of stairs, grabbed my ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:17:40 EST Lucky Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672100 I am Facebook friends with a few SparkFriends. One SparkFriend posted a neat activity about doing something random and kind for five people who opted in -- the catch being, of course, that you have to offer the same to your FB friends. I opted in to her offer and this weekend I received this beautiful, elegant water bottle in the mail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1250235817.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You see the pretty design, the glass bottle and the wooden top? Bea... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:32:35 EST NSV: Posture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670662 My journey with SparkPeople is more about focusing on my health than it is about losing weight. I joined because my pants were tight. To be honest, a year and a half later, they still are. Despite the fact that I haven't lost any weight, I'm much fitter than I was when I started. My biggest victory to date is my improved posture. <BR> <BR> I've had terrible posture since I was a child. I remember being in the school lunchroom when I was in the 4th grade when one of my friends commented on h... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:00:24 EST Food Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668856 Anyone who knows me through SparkPeople knows that I don't have issues with exercise. I enjoy it and I have time for it, so it gets done. I'm not obsessive about it -- I get just over 1000 minutes in per month and a variety of activities make up those minutes, from yoga to walking to step aerobics to DVDs that have me using free weights. <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> But food, oh food. I tend to be very anxious about my next meal and so I try to eat to fullness at every meal, just in case. I hav... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:33:13 EST Making the American Body (Book Review) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664129 I just finished reading a book about the history of the fitness industry. Last year I read a similar book about the history of the rise of fitness culture in the US. While the latter was about how Americans exercised, this book was more about the personalities who got Americans to exercise. It begins in the mid-1800s. <BR> <BR> One thing I appreciated in this book is that it seemed like the people the author profiles really believed in what they were professing. It wasn't snake oil to them,... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:20:55 EST Decisions, Decisions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663321 Last night after dinner I wanted some vanilla ice cream with blueberries. I ate it. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> When I woke up this morning, I was thinking about how it was my co-worker's last day. <em>46</em> We always have a little gathering for our departing friends and colleagues, and they always involve cake. I was planning on getting a gluten-free cupcake from a nearby cupcakery so I had something to eat too. <BR> <BR> Then I remembered my ice cream from last night. No cupcake for me... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:36:13 EST My Favorite App http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662942 Today I had to work late and I didn't make it to the 5:30pm PiYo class at the gym. Instead, and probably for the better, I took a walk in the nice weather. Whenever I go for a walk I use the Every Body Walk! app. It uses your phone's GPS to accurately track distance. It also calculates time and calories; the one thing I think it's missing is pace. Here is the walk I took today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l997913269.jpg"> <BR> *I changed the picture -- it wa... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:43:29 EST Buns of Steel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660954 I mentioned in a previous blog that I had a lot of workout videos when I was younger. I am currently reading a book on the history of physical fitness culture in the United States, and was remembering some of my old favorites. Very little Googling later... <BR> <BR> Did you know you can buy the original Buns of Steel as digital downloads? I had Buns of Steel 7, which was a step aerobics video. I recognized those animal print leotards immediately. <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.tami... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:40:07 EST Bad Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659882 Yesterday evening my friend entered a cupcake contest. They had to make 100 mini-cupcakes, and the public could attend and try 3 cupcakes. My BF and I went to support our friends (her husband made a display, a smaller version of what they do on Cupcake Wars). There was only one gluten-free cupcake baker in the entire place! I tried that woman's 2 cupcakes, but had one more ticket to use. I made the decision to try my friend's cupcake, even though it wasn't gluten free. <BR> <BR> I very rare... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:23:58 EST Crazy Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654788 Tonight I went to the gym for 2 back-to-back classes, and I wasn't the only one with that agenda. There were at least 3 of us who stayed for both BodyPump and BodyStep. <BR> <BR> At BodyStep, though, I was in a corner full of crazy people. Birds of a feather? <em>145</em> <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> The lady in front of me wasn't really doing the routine, she was doing more ballet-type moves. It was distracting and annoying. <BR> <em>549</em> The woman behind me wouldn't take a break. B... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:47:04 EST Baking Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653051 Last night I decided on a whim to make banana muffins -- gluten free of course. I had some ripe bananas laying around and had the energy to make something. It didn't turn out so well: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1720674707.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, I'm not a baker, but this was a mess even for me! <BR> <BR> I was thinking about how Michael Pollan suggests that we not eat any fried foods we don't make ourselves -- the thinking is that we'd eat a lot less of it.... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:19:05 EST Can't / Can't Yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652378 I was watching an interview with a gym teacher who does innovative work in his school district to get kids moving, and not just in gym class. They showed a homemade poster he has on his office door. One image showed the word CAN'T crossed out, like the "Just say no" posters of my youth. The image immediately below that was also in a circle, but not crossed out, which said "Can't Yet." Let me draw it for you: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39699554.jpg"> <BR> <... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:49:44 EST "They" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650641 Sometimes I get very down at the fact that so many people just want to make a buck off of us. At least this guy, one of the most egregious, got in trouble for his lies. He always knew secrets "they" don't want us to know... <BR> <BR> <link>consumerist.com/2014/03/18/infomerci<BR>al-shill-kevin-trudeau-sentenced-to-10<BR>-years-for-repeatedly-defrauding-consumers/ </link> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:10:25 EST Quest and Daring and Growth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648951 "Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word 'love' here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth." --James Baldwin <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 08:49:52 EST Living Authentically http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647574 "Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it's to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success... <BR> <BR> You'll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:13:41 EST Walmart vs. Whole Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646242 As you might know, Whole Foods will not sell food that has certain ingredients. They ban 78 different ingredients! According to this Slate article, "one out of every two products sold at Walmart has an ingredient banned by Whole Foods." WOW! <link>www.slate.com/articles/life/cultureb<BR>ox/2014/02/whole_foods_and_walmart_how<BR>_many_groceries_sold_at_walmart_would_<BR>be_banned.html </link> <BR> <BR> As my ideas about food have evolved (along with an increased income), I buy fewer produ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:58:11 EST Spring Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644342 Travel for work comes in spurts. I can go many months without having to go anywhere, and then all of a sudden I have a bunch of trips close together. I just got back from California, and I'll be going to Georgia at the end of the month. I like routine, so travel can be hard on me. <BR> <BR> However, being in California means that there are plenty of places to have a healthy meal. My 2 co-workers and I ate <BR> <em>210</em> vegan food at a place called Stuff I Eat <link>www.yelp.com/biz... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:40:45 EST Guilt and Shame http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642859 I hate the terms "guiltless" and "sinless" when it comes to healthy living. One thing that has really helped my mom on her weight loss journey since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is that "nothing is off-limits." The cool thing about diabetes (you'll see where I'm going with this) is that you get feedback on what you ate based on your numbers for that day. So while some foods may be better than others, none are off limits. If you keep up with your numbers, you have the feedback to know ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:42:33 EST How I Got Here: Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640015 My last blog post was long, about my history with exercise. Now I want to tell you about my diet. I'm not any less-wordy today. <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> It was in home ec class where I first remember learning about nutrition. I loved the four food groups and experimenting in the kitchen. I still remember, from 11th grade, which vitamins are fat soluble (A, D, E, K). <BR> <BR> Growing up we'd eat a lot of Shake'n'Bake, Hamburger Helper, TV dinners, and other processed foods. We were allow... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 00:48:45 EST How I Got Here: Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639507 At some point during my high school years -- maybe 10th grade -- I began exercising. <em>34</em> I worked out with PBS shows Hooked on Aerobics and Body Electric. I loved the Body Electric host's strength, though my mom thought she was too buff for a woman. My family thought I was crazy for exercising. I owned my own step for step aerobics, had tons of VHS tapes (Cindy Crawford! Sugar Ray Leonard!) and would get up before school to exercise in my family's tiny little house. <BR> <BR> The... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:18:29 EST What Once Was Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636735 Has now been FOUND! <BR> <BR> Since I moved in with my BF 2 years ago, I have been missing about half of my workout DVDs. I decided to rummage through the storage unit to find them. <BR> <BR> Behold, in all their glory: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2006893574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since finding them last weekend, I've done 3 of them, including one this morning! <em>244</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:09:04 EST Something Different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635919 Yesterday I went to the gym for spin class. Now I don't love spinning, but it's a good workout and I since skipped Monday's step class, I really wanted some tough cardio. However, the microphone wasn't working -- not the first time this has happened -- and it's frustrating to not really be able to hear the instructor. I like cues. So at the half-hour mark, I left class. (Ever the good gym-goer, I wiped my bike down first.) <BR> <BR> Wanting more cardio, I decided to use the treadmill. I alm... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:41:52 EST Kale Kale the Magical Fruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632825 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l255411288.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know kale isn't a fruit! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Lately I've gotten into the habit of saying a noun twice and then calling it "the magical fruit." It's not just for beans anymore! It's really fun -- you should try it! <BR> <BR> Anyway... I bought 7 leaves of kale today because I need more for my breakfast smoothies. You know how much 7 big leaves of kale costs? 47 cents! <em>224</em> Kale is one of the hea... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:46:27 EST Wisdom that Comes with Age http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630892 Lately I've been thinking about how long life is. I'm eating well and exercising plenty, but will this continue forever? I love my job, but will I do this (or something similar) forever? I'm in early middle age and having some deep thoughts. I no longer see myself as someone with infinite possibilities... <BR> <BR> I am 37, so I have at least another 30 years of working ahead of me -- and probably more. How do you continue the same things for so long? How do you not get bogged down by the l... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:19:09 EST #LetsMove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630035 "I know that so many people across the country are moving themselves in their communities towards a healthier, new norm. So right now I want you to get up and show me how you move!" <BR> --First Lady Michelle Obama <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=00Y6EPmeGoM </link> <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:12:28 EST