LESLIE871948's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LESLIE871948 LESLIE871948'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/ Why would I do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457113 I have been considering writing a blog again, because things have been so weird in my life for the last year and a half or so. I got some strange illness? That no one could figure out what to do about. It created a situation where I had no appetite and was in a lot of gastrointestinal type pain, as well as back pain that would not allow me to sit. Made it super difficult to sit in Dr. offices. <BR> For the first time in my memory I was unable to eat, and quickly lost all my extra weight. I w... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 06:23:14 EST What I watch and read influences my motivation, but I can .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190995 Using critical thinking is mighty darned handy, but not always something I remember to do. Yesterday I listened to an outstanding podcast here: <link>www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archi<BR>ves/episode/589/tell-me-im-fat </link> <BR> I found this through Yoni Freedhoffs Weighty Matters blog. This guy is so sane. Anyway, so I hear this podcast after getting on the scale to find I had worked hard all week for a pound lost, instead of the 2 I expected from my body's awesome response to getti... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:27:44 EST See this is the Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190480 I stayed off the scale all week, but knew things were going great because of all kinds of Non Scale things, like my waist measurement went down 1 1/2 inches, and I didn't need any antacids all week, and I was sleeping great and full of energy. Sugar consumption was way down, my calories were in range... all good stuff. So this morning was a week, I got on the scale and found that I was down only one pound. Sigh. For a minute I felt really discouraged. I had expected something kind of dramatic... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:40:15 EST Got my Groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189222 So I even dug up my spreadsheet, from the last time I had a bad fall, then gained 20 pounds and had to take them back off. I can see that this will be finished by the end of this year, maybe before if I go at the rate I did in 2012. Records Rule. I can also see the levels of exercise and calorie intake I did. So I set up a new page in the spreadsheet with the details of this time down, going to go on there. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:31:00 EST 138 day log in streak, and finally things are going great again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188116 So I have been struggling for Two years after a bad fall. I guess I repeat that a lot here, but this is the thing. I am going to be 68 years old this August, and I am feeling as healthy as pretty much any time in my life these past few days. I have been trying to get started on taking off the 15 to 20 pounds I would like to get rid of, for at Least a year. At first after the fall I was really knocked back badly. It is not the first time, and I truly believe than anyone who sustains long term ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:46:17 EST Inspiration, The starter is rusty, but .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187386 So lately I have been inspired. Just began a new streak again, to journal. I took the opportunity to look back over my records from the past, I had put my weight into a computer spreadsheet back in 2002 when I had re-joined WW to take off some weight that I had gained since the big loss in 1981. I used my old data and photos to construct a map of the time between 1981's 170 pound loss, and the 2002 date. <BR> It is apparent that when I go off track I don't go that far any more, and it is usu... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:00:49 EST Something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173528 I have been reading a little book by Yoni Freedhoff (The Diet Fix). I don't really buy or read this type of book any more, but some things I found about it, and on his blog (weighty matters) caused me to want to support the guy. Mostly this was because he supports people finding a weight where they are "satisfied" with what they are eating and the level of activity that is comfortable for them. This has been a life-long struggle for me, beginning in the 1960's when I was told the first time I... Tue, 31 May 2016 06:04:07 EST here comes June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172276 I have a streak of 113 days logging in, this is close to breaking a streak I had back in 2014. This one is different, it is an imperfect streak. Some days with a journal, some days not, that sort of thing. I am making a run at keeping a food journal through June. Was going to begin tomorrow, but maybe today is a good day for that. Sun, 29 May 2016 05:44:16 EST Ah ! Breathe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166036 So today I am going to roll around in gratitude like I big ole pup in a puddle. Thu, 19 May 2016 05:45:41 EST Inspiration? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165362 So I was looking at the inspirational quotes this morning, and found one I thought was good until the coffee kicked in. It said "pain is temporary, quitting is permanent". Hello? Quitting is temporary too. It has been a rough period for me that began around when I had a really bad fall in the summer of 2014. At the time that happened I was very close to a normal BMI, but it was difficult, took a lot of vigorous exercise and a very careful food intake to stay there. I was unable to exercise fo... Wed, 18 May 2016 07:06:11 EST 100 days of logging in every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163858 There is a streak I am proud of. For a couple of reasons, the biggest being that some of those days all I did was log in, nothing else. <BR> I am not losing much weight, but I have also completely stopped the slow gain that was happening after my back injuries. <BR> I stopped it this time at a reasonable weight, that is still within my very flexible goal range. <BR> I am not doing anything "perfect" and believe me, this is a real win for me. <BR> Hanging in, going to stay right in today and... Mon, 16 May 2016 06:06:37 EST This is still working great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156010 So 88 days log in streak. I am looking at breaking a record from the deep dark past with that. :). Continuing with the probiotics and I have found my taste for sugar has almost entirely disappeared. It could be just motivation, or ? is it possible that my internal bacterial climate was way off. I am also losing the coffee craving, switched to a fruit/veggie and whatever smoothie in the morning. Trying to stay off the scale until Saturday. I can still tell that I am dropping weight, without fe... Wed, 4 May 2016 06:05:27 EST new meaning to baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153293 84 days of logging in, and tiny improvements are happening all over the place, one of which is that I am dropping weight! Not just dropping weight, but EFFORTLESSLY dropping weight. This is something I believed in but didn't know how to accomplish. I either had to log every bite, and possibly lose or stay the same, or I had to not log, and gradual gain this past 2 years or so, since a bad back injury, followed by cracked ribs right about the time I was getting over the first injury. <BR> I f... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:31:21 EST Discoveries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146267 So I am at 70 something days for logging in daily, and this is surprising to say the least, because often I get derailed. Thing is, I don't forget what it was like in the 1980's to try and find a place I could sit my extra large 365 pound self. That in a perverse way makes my less than 190 pound self so ever so delightful, despite my goal actually being closer to 175 or even for a few years 168 (normal BMI). After the big loss in the 1980's I have rarely allowed life to send me up over 200 po... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:36:58 EST 30 day log in streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073390 This is the longest log in streak maybe ever. In the past I have always had a problem with missing a day here and there, but keeping the planning spreadsheet that reminds me each morning when I set up my day is working like a charm. Thanks Spark Guy. And I am not bothered by the goals that I am not meeting every day, like the 6500 steps (still recovering from the broken ribs) or other little things. I am going for a 75 percent on all goals if possible. So. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:11:34 EST Made a week, giving myself a pat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036520 Ok, so I got kind of inspired by Spark Guy's emails about the Ultimate lifestyle challenge or whatever the name of that is. It is a long name, and a whole bunch of information he is beta testing. Whatever, it got me writing a plan, and journaling here in Spark again. <BR> The thing is, I never know when I begin again if it is going to take, or if it is going to be a whim that passes the first time I have a challenging day. Something about looking at more than the food journal is helping me s... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:58:08 EST They told him No Way you will walk again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036017 I was reminded this morning by a new friend, of something health professionals told my Dad in the late 1970's after he had been in a bad car accident. See, I am a health professional too, and up to that point I sort of believed they were correct when they were really emphatic about a person's chances to do something. I had recently moved back close to my parents after Dad was in the accident. I weighed 365+ and was depressed by my second divorce. There was Dad, sitting in a chair, the sparkle... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:29:30 EST Ultimate SparkPeople life challenge- i'm in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033543 Hey, I didn't die over here, but I have been having some really tough times - two bad falls. I am learning that 66 and 67 year old women don't bounce as well. Anyway, I need to get my mojo back, so I am gearing up using this challenge <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032197 </link> <BR> would love to have a few friends who want to work this also and talk about it Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:17:33 EST Back in my happy place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883649 This morning my body is in my happy place. I have decided to stop struggling to take off the 10 pounds that will move me into the "normal" BMI. I feel so good at the weight I am. I have been reading research about weight at my age, and some people feel that a little bit into the "overweight" zone is a good thing. Since this is 190 pounds less than my high weight in 1981, I certainly feel small enough. And I have more energy at the weight I am. I love the way I look. My waist measurement is fi... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:48:28 EST Living in Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879757 Here comes another attempt to make some sort of journal. It is kind of nice to read the past entries and see where I was. My back is so much better than last year. Exercise is happening again. I have also accepted that my goal weight is going to be a much happier place if I set it a little higher than I had it. I am SO happy with the body I have this morning. It fits my clothes (at least the ones I love the most), It makes me happy when I look at it. Why would I let some chart tell me the bes... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:29:15 EST happy new year hello 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842928 I love this time of year. Quiet here in the house, we are being an infirmary today, granddaughter is sick. She is improving, but not well yet. Hope things keep going that direction. I am setting new goals, no resolutions, just some kind of effort to start a meditative practice and a journaling habit. Someone wrote a blog about how many times can a person start over, well, how many minutes are in a lifetime? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:18:12 EST closing a streak or two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803826 I find myself just chatting here on the blog, so I am going to not try to keep them up daily. I will go for quality instead of quantity. Keeping my logging in daily streak and connecting with the team for my area. I am doing well, my back is giving in to the constant insistence from my brain that it is *healed*! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:40:42 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803444 And a day off from any sort of work. When I look at things that might be work I am turning my back. Had a lovely walk this morning, then a visit with a friend in the hospital. It is a good day. Now I am going to look online for free Halloween decorations for my granddaughter and I to make this weekend. <BR> Happy Sparking Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:55:20 EST My favorite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802811 This one comes from a little book a friend gave me "Scientific healing affirmations" (not sure what makes them scientific, but....) by Yogananda <BR> <BR> I think my life to flow, <BR> I know my life to flow, <BR> From brain to all my body to flow. <BR> Streaks of light do shoot <BR> Through my tissue root. <BR> The flood of life in vertebrae <BR> Doth rush through spine in froth and spray; <BR> The little cells all are drinking; <BR> Their tiny mouths all are shining; <BR> The little cel... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:39:27 EST Shifting gears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801971 Today my back is healing. A walk is in my near future, and activity! A friend gave me a little book about healing affirmations, and I have been reading it while I walk. The birds this time of year are migrating to the South and we have a gang of silly ducks that I am watching for. We still have high 80's and high humidity here during the day, so the early morning and later evening is when it is nice to be out. Today my goal is to take an evening walk. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:14:55 EST Monday again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801317 Time is flying by. I am working today on sitting still and meditating. I had a good day yesterday and I am going to have a great day today. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:44:22 EST Another Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800721 I just know fall is right around the corner here, it looks like we will have some cool weather soon. I am going to find a way to exercise today, without straining my back. :) That is the goal for the day. Move. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:38:12 EST Okay today is a new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800225 So I always like to do the Wendy thing, where there is a higher calorie day tossed in there. I had been on a long stretch where I was not logging my food, so I didn't really know what I was consuming on the days I ate more than usual. <BR> Snort <BR> Hello yesterday. Today I am going to see about actively going for a lower day. I know one day does not make a week. Lets see how this one turns out. Stay tuned for next Friday weigh in :) Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:49:51 EST Nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799726 The scale actually went down this week instead of up. Just goes to show that Only keeping a journal will work for a nice peaceful and slow adjustment back to where I like to maintain. I have been not really working at any particular level of calorie consumption, just eating when I feel really hungry and trying to keep myself busy when I get those urges to eat when I am NOT hungry. It always seems to happen when I am sitting in the chair in the afternoon. So. I just need to get up! Two birds w... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:52:27 EST beautiful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799429 The week is blazing along, and I had a wonderful day. Traveled out to the Arroyo Colorado and took a walk, bet I lost a pound of blood from the mob of mosquitoes out there ;). It was only in the mid 80's so not too hot. Sun was nice and water was beautiful. My journal is done, so I have that complete for every day in October so far. It's all good. Funny how it is easier to stay on a healthy eating plan when I feel happy and busy. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:04:43 EST 101 days logged in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798494 And never before I imagine. I checked my journal and I have done a great job of recording all my food, despite two days of guestimates while traveling. I am at day 15 on that! Whoot. Today is house cleaning day. I plan to throw out all my negative beliefs along with the dirt. <BR> Thank you Spark <BR> Thank you RGV chat team <BR> Thank you community Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:40:21 EST 100 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797893 Logged in for 100 days. Yay. <BR> I got the menu done for the week too. <BR> I have lost track of how many days on the journal, and this daily blog which seems to be the hardest part of my streaks, I am not much of a blogger. <BR> Got to have some fun today. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:55:29 EST get up and have some fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797351 Several of my Facebook friends have been posting a link this lady, "Every morning when I wake up I say, I'll never be a young as I am today. Today is the youngest day of the rest of my life. Get up and do something fun." -- Rochelle Ford <BR> Considering how much challenge is involved in getting my self Up these days, I am going to save this as my new personal mantra. <BR> Now. For today my goal is to make a rough menu FOR THE WHOLE WEEK. <BR> Wish me Luck, okay lets TRY here, this will be F... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:18:52 EST Just because http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797073 I made a commitment to do this every day. Done :) Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:30:14 EST 97. This streak is still going, gotta get up and try http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796206 So good morning. I have been motivated by these daily blogs to keep the food journal. Funny how one change can help with another. Soon I will have the data I need to see how many calories I need to shave off to go down a few pounds. And just doing the journal is keeping me from creeping up. I know, I am an old lady to many. I am supposed to like the music of my generation or something even more ancient. I have this thing about the singer Pink, she just motivates me. This past few days I have ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:00:24 EST Amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795746 Had a really amazing day yesterday, right in my zone with food and exercise. Now to repeat! Over the years I have found that if I have 5 days in any week when I am on target it will cause a gradual weight loss. That's just what I need. ! Thanks to all who are blessing me here on Spark. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:45:08 EST streaking along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795098 Just goes to show, even if I have a horrible day it is Possible to journal that. At least most of what I ate yesterday was exceptionally high quality healthy food - until later in the day. I am going to make a plan for this evening. That should be easy because I need to go to work. So, I shall have a little walk after work :). <BR> 95 days logging in. <BR> Over a week of food journal <BR> Blog ? a while :). I will have to look back to see. Cool. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 08:00:11 EST the journal does help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794539 Posting here daily is good. Even when I just check in. Seeing the encouragement from people. My streaks are getting longer, I have a full week at the bottom of my nutrition calculator, and can see that my diet choices are getting better! I was feeling a little overwhelmed by my goal weight, which I had set at the Bottom of my desired weight range. Today I changed it to the top, so I will reach that first goal sooner. It is so easy to change Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:43:27 EST showing up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793939 That is all I can do today guys. Just show up. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:39:50 EST October streak is going great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793251 So I am doing well with the streak. I have to say this is the first time I have been able to consistently log my food while not really eating the way i want to be eating :). This is a huge plus because even if I don't manage to clean up the diet, by the end of the month i will be able to clearly see how many calories I need to cut out daily to lose a pound a month and get back where I want. Yay math. Right now I am maintaining the current weight. <BR> Spark rocks. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:25:34 EST 91. Who knew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792663 So yesterday could have been a real problem, with the granddaughter wanting the Chinese buffet for a birthday treat. And cupcakes. She made cupcakes. <BR> I enjoyed several of my favorites at the buffet and managed to avoid the cupcakes entirely because I was pretty full while she made them :). And just had a very light snack in the evening. Win that day ! <BR> And I imperfectly journaled the day, and here is a short blog. Whoo me! I did it. I kept the journal when I had not weight every lit... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:35:27 EST 90. Perfection? A science experiment of one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792182 So I have logged in for 90 days. <BR> Blogged for 6. <BR> Have 3 complete days of food journals. <BR> I used to quit. If there was a bump in the road, I would give up. At some point in the past I ran across a concept that has been super useful. <BR> "who says"? <BR> When I believed I would never get to a normal BMI after weighing over 350, Of Course I never got there. One day I read or heard about the "who says"? And I tried. I tried his way, and her way, and this way and that way. I tried ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:31:34 EST 89, day 3 and day 6. The journal and blog are the hardest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791600 Why do I find myself in such a hurry? This is what happens with the food journal, but luckily I have got two full days in, and am ready for day 3. Wondering if me trying to be perfect may derail this? <BR> Just say no. If I don't have it perfect, it is okay. Going for 90% on the journal and blog streaks, and 100 % on logging in. <BR> Hang in everyone! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:03:54 EST 88 days logging in, going for day 2 food journal, Day 5 blog ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790979 Okay this is good. One of the things that allowed me to get to a normal BMI back in 2003 is a 365 day long food journal with my WW meeting. That was my first really hardcore streak. <BR> I can tell this new commitment to do this is going to bring me nothing but good things. That 365 day streak gave me something that I have never lost, although I have wobbled a bit after that, I never got to a point where I felt helpless with my weight. I never got to a point where I felt I was not maintainin... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:04:00 EST 87 day streak of logging in and new blog and journal streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790247 I need to start off by saying I really appreciate the comments on my blogs. My face to face friends mostly knew me when I was over 350 pounds, so they just don't get why I would be concerned when I gain a few these days. Especially since I have been a more or less "normal" size for over 20 years. Spark People get maintenance. Most people here have realized that this is not a "diet" but a "life" and we can't ever ignore a creep up in weight. <BR> Especially when there is something messing with... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:20:39 EST Log in every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789581 So I decided to do this. Today I have an 86 day streak of logging in. That does not sound so amazing, unless you think about how many times I have made a goal to do that in the past. It is similar to my goal of keeping my weight off. If I let every time I have failed stop me, I would still surely be over 200 pounds again, or maybe even 300. It just goes to show, persistence is something that will serve me well. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:33:05 EST Oh Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788878 I am having a very hard time getting up today. The goals on my start page have a slider for stress and mood. I wanted to run the stress one all the way up, and the mood one all the way down, but I remembered this thing someone sent me earlier in the week, that said <BR> "There is a basket of bread on your head, yet you go door to door asking for crusts" <BR> I am in charge of how I feel <BR> I control what I let into my head, and into my day. <BR> If I run that slider UP on the mood, then I a... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:53:00 EST I continue to be amazed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788249 So I admit it, I am cynical. I got an email from Chris Downey today and the first thought I had was, uh oh, here it comes, Spark is going to start charging for this place, it had to happen. Of course many of you got that same email and know how wrong I was. It is something else he is sharing for free. There are, of course, things here that cost something and in my heart of hearts I support Chris with everything I can on my fixed retirement budget, freely buying the books and things, and hopin... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:34:02 EST happy new year, oh yeah its ON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786695 Okay enough is enough. I just checked my weight journal and I have gradually crept up 10 pounds in the past year. I have a great excuse since I injured my back and have been battling to find a new way to exercise. <BR> And the good news is, the same good news that has followed me around for my entire life. <BR> It's never over. <BR> I am grateful for my record keeping *jones*. I can see that this 10 is a really very tiny little blip compared to the trips of my past. <BR> And I am so ready. ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:06:21 EST Metabolism again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771719 So. I said I would continue this on Aug 25, and now I am - here on Sept 2nd. I am hanging in at the same weight still, and still very content with that considering everything. I have been working to rebuild some muscle. This is tricky with an injured back, but not impossible. I just have to get into a position that supports the back before I do anything :). So. My last few runs with Weight Watchers I was actively protecting my metabolism from the "diet slowdown" by varying my calorie intake. ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:51:22 EST