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/ Trainer Feedback Advice Requested http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834375 My trainer told me yesterday that I only had one more session with her left. She asked if I wanted to renew and in my usual way of avoidance I said, "Let me think about it." I know full well that I will not renew another round of personal training. Here's why. <BR> <BR> While I had fun doing the workouts with her, they were always a little chaotic. A half-hour is not a lot of time do the exercises and still learn the hows and the whys -- which was my stated goal from the start. While this is... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:54:35 EST Reducing Sugar Intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831291 The American Heart Association recommends that we not consume any more than 100 calories of added sugar per day. I'm pretty sure this translates to about 25 grams of sugar, or 6 teaspoons. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ate a cookie that had 26 grams of sugar! <BR> <BR> I had a yogurt this morning that had 17 grams of sugar (some added, some naturally-occurring in the milk) and a coffee creamer that had 5 grams. That's already 22 grams of (mostly) added sugar and it's just past 9am! I also had a ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:24:59 EST 855 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825197 I love counting fitness minutes. This month I had 855 minutes, and that is with a 5-day trip to London for a wedding and a 4-day trip to New Orleans for a conference. I actually walked TONS while on my trips but I don't count walking around, only class or cardio time. <BR> <BR> I feel very accomplished and know that exercise is a part of my life now. I don't need to convince myself that exercising is the right thing to do... It's just what I do. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:33:49 EST Self-Directed Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823195 I LOVE <em>26</em> my classes at the gym. <BR> I enjoy having a trainer (though my 12, 30-minute sessions must be ending somewhat soon). <BR> Both make me work hard and I feel great afterward. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday my trainer cancelled on me, so I decided to brave the weight room area of the gym alone. I felt insecure, but I did some of the machines and activities the trainer has shown me and I did OK. <BR> <BR> But wow, I sure do work harder when someone else is telling... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:45:10 EST Eating Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822316 Since I was in London two weeks ago, I've been making a conscious effort to eat a little less than usual. In London, I ate less because food is so expensive there and no one served large portions! LOL I also realized that I was juuuust fine without feeling full. <BR> <BR> I've learned over the last 2.5 years that no amount of exercise will whittle my waste. I've been diligently exercising about 1000 minutes per month and my pants still fit the same (i.e., tight!). <BR> <BR> Sometimes I ca... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:10:47 EST I Found the Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806903 As some of you know, I've been stressing over my frequent breakouts. I have been racking my brain over what could be causing it. The dermatologist prescribed Retin-A, but my insurance company wouldn't pay for it because of my age. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> My subconscious was continually working on the problem. I desperately don't want it to be diet-related. I don't want to give up sugar or dairy... I love both so much. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> So one morning, I was lying in bed, and I thou... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:55:07 EST Why Be Healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798099 Lately I've been thinking about the Whole30 diet. My good SparkFriend JULS_MARIE is doing it and let's face it: I want to be like her. <em>20</em> But seriously, I've been thinking about it because I feel like I need some discipline in my life. While I eat OK, I know I could do better. No matter what, we can always do better. <BR> <BR> I've been tossing it around in my mind lately: For what? I like how I eat. Do I really want to restrict dairy and sugar and legumes and grains? No, I don't... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:26:57 EST Hiking Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796979 I had a lovely day hiking in Sky Meadows State Park today! The weather mostly cooperated. We got the hardest part of the hike out of the way at the beginning (the walk up to the overlook is REALLY steep), walked a small portion of the Appalachian Trail, and otherwise walked MANY of the trails. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1314505766.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky<BR>-meadows.shtml#general_information </link> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:21:21 EST Weak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789980 I enjoyed my training session today. She's mostly having me use the weight machines, and with some of them I saw very clearly how weak I am on my left side. My right arm can push and pull those bars without a problem, and I watched my left arm struggle to keep up! <BR> <BR> I had two woo-hoos tonight! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> 1. I don't think I've ever used a free weight that wasn't 5 pounds. Tonight, however, she had me doing bent-over rows with 20-pound weights. And although I didn't hav... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:29:05 EST Excuses, Squared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786700 Wednesday (yesterday) was a busy work day as it was the only day I was in the office. Coming off of a successful meeting in Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday, today (Thursday) I'm heading to Chicago. <BR> <BR> I exercised on Monday at the hotel in Atlanta. <BR> I was much too busy on Tuesday to fit exercise into my day. <BR> I had every intention of going to PiYo at the gym on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> It was overcast and windy and I thought for sure the storm would come in while I ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:16:47 EST Dreaded Work Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782389 I have an awful work travel schedule coming up. I will do my best to work out at hotel gyms, but you won't see me around here very much. Here's my itinerary: <BR> <BR> Sept 22-23: Atlanta <BR> Sept 25-26: Chicago <BR> Oct 1-3: Nebraska and Kansas <BR> Oct 7: Philly (day trip) <BR> Oct 9-10: West Virginia <BR> Oct 16-17: Atlanta <BR> Oct 22-24: Idaho and Phoenix <BR> Nov 6-11: London (not a work trip - going to a friend's wedding!) <BR> Nov 16-19: New Orleans <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:57:00 EST AmeriCorps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778761 I don't know what filled your Twitter feed today, but mine blew up with news about the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program. For those who don't know, AmeriCorps is a national service program in which Americans work for one year at a non-profit in service to their communities. The government subsidizes the volunteer's work with a small stipend and an education scholarship. Many programs fall under the AmeriCorps banner, including Teach for America, VISTA, Public Allies, and many others.... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:37:14 EST Yesterday I Bought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777158 A SparkFriend blogged about nutritional yeast, something I've only had on kale chips at a vegan restaurant. <BR> <BR> A friend posted an article on Facebook about apple cider vinegar (the organic kind with "mother"). <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went over to Whole Foods and bought both nutritional yeast and ACV. Usually I don't try these faddish foods but for some reason yesterday I was in the mood! <BR> <BR> Nutritional yeast is supposed to have a cheesy flavor. I sprinkled a little bit of it o... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:03:44 EST It's a Way of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775135 <em>529</em> <BR> I take the stairs 96% of the time. I walk to the library and to the gym and to the grocery store. And when the gym is closed because of a power outage, I do a DVD at home and take a 2.5-mile walk in my neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Seems like being active is just a natural part of my life now, and it feels so good! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316654677.jpg"> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:50:28 EST Workout Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774466 When I first joined the gym, I would wear old T-shirts to work out in. When I realized I would sticking around the gym, I bought a "real" workout shirt. The quick-drying, sweat-wicking material is really useful. <BR> <BR> I've collected quite a few over the years, and I'm not loyal to any brand, so I have stuff from a range of expensive to inexpensive: Nike, Lucy, C9, the Gap, Athleta, and most recently, Tek Gear and Champion from Kohl's. (The one brand I will never, ever buy is Lululemon. I... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:26:49 EST 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