MARCIAC10's SparkPeople Blog MARCIAC10's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The "Chirp" Okay: my dumb thing for the day. I just changed out all my smoke detector batteries this summer. So I started cooking lunch and heard that familiar "chirp." What?? I mean it's only been two months and they were brand new batteries (woke me up at 3 or 4 am and no place is open 24 hours here that sells batteries, at least within a 15-20 minute drive, so it was quite an expedition to get those dang batteries). So anyway I go look at the detector in the kitchen and don't see the green light o... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:58:42 EST Scale Saga We bought a scale years ago and used it, a plain digital scale. Then we joined WW and found our scale at home wasn't that accurate so we bought a Jenny Craig digital that was more accurate (we'd weigh on it at home and go to WW and the weights were the same or extremely close). <BR> Then we bought our Aria scale at some point, to sync with our Fitbits. Loved the Aria scale! Have had it for quite a few years. <BR> <BR> In March I moved to SC and DH stayed in AR. The plan was he'd join m... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:47:52 EST Allergies I moved from Louisiana to Arkansas in 2014 and my doctor warned me that I would have a problem with allergies due to the move. Didn't happen. <BR> <BR> I moved to SC in April of this year and now I'm having a bad time with allergies. Fall has been my bad time in the past. I grew up in SC and moved away in 1988. I had allergy shots for years but stopped them in 2012. Now I'm trying my best to keep up with this so I don't have it develop into a persistent cough/bronchitis, which is what a... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:24:05 EST NY Times Article: Why Low Fat Diets Were Recommended <link> </link> In a nutshell: "internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, ....suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today's dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry." <BR> <BR> Read the article for more information. <BR> <BR> I knew that the low fat diet never did a thing for me. I followed it year... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:11:18 EST A Rant against my Doctor but also to Myself! I'm rebelling against my doctor. My glucose levels were a bit high, not enough to go on medications and my cholesterol levels are high. He wants me to go on a low fat diet (for cholesterol and a diet for my glucose levels. I did the heart healthy diet years ago, religiously, and it never did a thing for my cholesterol or for my weight. More current research even shows that it's not necessarily the best option. I get best results from increasing my exercise (cardio) and eating healthier ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:19:55 EST Fall 5% Challenge: You Know You Need To!! I've been a long time 5% Challenge member. I've taken a few challenges off when I needed to take a break mentally and physically but I always come back. I just took a complete Spark break due to a move. I knew life would be very busy and I also had a knee flare-up (arthritis) that made even doing basic chores difficult, so I took a break until life settled down after the 700+mile move. <BR> <BR> After the move, I got settled and focused on getting my knee into better shape so I could get ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:09:36 EST My Sister's Visit I hadn't seen my sister in a year. We used to live 700 miles apart and kept in tough by email (she's not very tech savvy so doesn't text or Skype/facetime). Now that I've moved we're only 2 hours apart so she came to town yesterday to spend the day with me. <BR> <BR> I picked her up at her hotel (she has allergies to cats and dogs and I have both so she can't stay at my house) and we had lunch at The Pump House. It was my first time going there as it is a new restaurant on the Catawba Riv... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:03:11 EST Cat Litter and Sister Visiting The next few days are busy, after the last week that seemed to drag! <BR> <BR> DH is finishing up packing up his junk, I mean things, from the detached apartment at our house in Arkansas so he can store them in a closet/bedroom neatly and then put the house on the market. He's had some of those things (old science fiction books, etc) so long that the boxed deteriorated. Let's say he doesn't like to get rid of things, which can be good as that means he won't get rid of me! <BR> <BR> Meanwh... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:25:01 EST Since I've Been Gone I took a Spark Break and it's been good. But I've had a lot of changes in that time. <BR> <BR> I finished the 5% Winter 2015 Challenge and took a break as I knew a lot of changes were getting ready to happen. <BR> <BR> We started house hunting in November of 2015 and I looked in two locations until finally choosing to live in South Carolina in the city where I grew up and still have family. In the midst of this my daughter, age 27, decided to buy her first house so I was doing a bit of ho... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:20:08 EST