MICHELEKRAUS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICHELEKRAUS MICHELEKRAUS'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/ Major update time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813597 Wow, it's been a while. A long while. <BR> <BR> Back in March, I had a couple of big things happen! <BR> <BR> First off, my boyfriend asked me to marry him! He asked during the Meat Loaf concert in Las Vegas that we flew out to see. Wow! <BR> <BR> Later in March, I went in for surgery to repair my ruptured ACL and torn meniscus. At the time of surgery, the ortho told me I could look at about 6 months of healing before I could start running. <BR> <BR> In June, got married in Helsinki, Finl... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:34:37 EST Truth in Advertising... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596707 Does this bug anyone else or just me? <BR> <BR> On the Start page for Sparkpeople, there is a Green Giant ad. They show four snacks: French Fries, Potato Chips, Crackers and Cheese, and then offer one of their substitutes, which is some veggie-centric meal. Does anyone else think that it's a little 'one of these things doesn't belong' to suggest soft, hot veggies in exchange for salty, crunchy cravings? And in the ad, they mention in small lettering about their "Not all 100 calories are the ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:29:04 EST I did it again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594453 I had the most amazing, fantastic vacation over Christmas! I went to Finnish Lapland for 7 days, then to Germany for the New Year (3 days) and it was the most amazing time! Did I mention it was amazing? However, I busted my knee trying to ski -- I do not have much grace and coordination, I'm afraid. So now my exercise ability is severely curtailed. It was my left knee -- my left side is weak from MS, so it tends to be the side that always gets injured (it was my left ankle last year). <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:42:52 EST Long Time, No See http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513167 It's been several weeks since I've been here, and really, there's not a whole lot to report. I've been doing Weight Watchers at Work, and while I haven't really lost any weight, I've not gained any, either, and I've been doing some serious eating. <BR> <BR> I made it to week 8 on my PowerWalk app, and since I was running the 'brisk walk' sections, I decided last week to move over to the Ease into 5k app by the same company. So far, not having too much trouble completing the course, but I do ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:29:22 EST Sidelined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464725 Well...it had to happen. I rolled my ankle really bad (again!) in the last trail run, and the doctor told me to keep it in the brace for another six weeks or I was looking at going in to a cast. My activity level has dropped to nearly zilch, and as you can imagine, my eating hasn't, so the pounds are returning. I am still fluctuating in that 175-180 range, although I did hit 185 a couple of times, which has scared the bejeezus out of me. <BR> <BR> The 'boot', which I have nicknamed 'Frankenf... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:16:41 EST Chasing Coyotes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408367 This past Saturday, I ran in the Coyote Chase, which was #2 in a 3 trail series. We were rain-delayed for about an hour, waiting under an overpass with about 20 other people as lightening flashed all around us and it poured rain. Then as soon as it started it passed and we had cooler temps, but still some sunshine. And the race was on! <BR> <BR> It was a really nice trail, with only a few gullies, which were now filled with water and mud! I lost my shoe in one of them, to the point of my foo... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:38:45 EST Zombies!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402138 This past weekend was a busy one! On Saturday, I did a trail run, called the "Armadillo Dash". It was over at the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the trail was following an 'extreme bike trail', which meant lots of gullies, logs, obstacles, tons of switchbacks, and very uneven terrain. I finished 3.2 miles in just over an hour (1:01:23), which wasn't a fab time at all, but I did walk all of it, and I was favoring my left ankle. <BR> <BR> So then came Sunday, the day of the Zombie Run here in New O... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:28:57 EST Still keeping at it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395032 I finished my 8th 5k this past Sunday, when I finished the Huey P Long Bridge run on Father's Day. I never, EVER would have thought I would type something like that a year ago. Now, to be honest, I did have to walk it, as I am still recovering from my humiliating injuries from Memorial Day. :) But I am signed up for at least 6 more 5k runs throughout this year, and actually scouting out a few more to add. <BR> <BR> I never would have taken that first step without the encouragement of my won... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:09:48 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372558 I haven't updated in a while. <BR> <BR> First the bad news...ugh, looking at an 8 pound gain in the last week. Working on that one. It's fixable. Having trouble getting my veggies in. Really wish I wasn't a 'super-taster'. <BR> <BR> Been running more 5K. Ran the Cemetery one, that was fun! Then took some time off with a friend in town (hey, didn't gain any weight). Then did the Fatboy 5k this past Saturday. Oh boy...I mostly walked it, since I was out of practice. But for the last 20 yards... Thu, 30 May 2013 12:32:47 EST Bridge series #1 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316889 This past Saturday, my daughter, her boyfriend and I just completed the United Way Beat the Bridge 5k! This is the first of a 3 bridge series. I maintained my ~15 minute mile pace, while she and Scott managed to finish in the top 1000 to get medals (I was about 10 minutes out of the running). She came in about 202 out of over 800 women, while I came in 482. So just under half the pack. :) There were about 1500 runners overall, not including the 10k runners, too. It was a fun race, and the bri... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 09:19:23 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307490 I am still riding a euphoric high! I finished the Crescent City Classic 10k on Saturday, and my time wasn't that bad, either: 01:38:53, which meant I was maintaining around a 15 minute mile. Go me! <BR> <BR> I am so glad Kim's boyfriend opted out of doing the race and I got his number. Sure, my first run is listed under another name, but I have my pictures to remind myself that I was there! <BR> <BR> I wore my orange, to keep in mind that I was running (or walking) to show that just because... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:13:46 EST Me? Marathon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302361 I've just agreed to do the Crescent City Classic THIS Saturday! Obviously, I am going to be walking it, but I am hoping that some of the energy rubs off on me and I can run SOME of it. But, I get that cool 35th anniversary t-shirt, and it will be the first of what I hope will be many marathon t-shirts to collect. <BR> <BR> I had planned to make 2014 my "marathon year", kicking off with the Louisiana Half Marathon in January, but I have this Crescent City Classic and then the Zombie Run in Ju... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:33:55 EST Maintaining the success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301965 Today has got to be the day. I stepped on the scale and had gained back ten pounds this month!! I scolded myself not so much for the gain, but because my commitment to address the issue at 5 pounds had been ignored by me! Pure laziiness! And so now I have ten pounds to deal with, rather than five. See what happens when you put things off? <BR> <BR> So I told myself, no putting things off until "Monday" or "the first of the month". Nope. Gotta deal with this now. I worked too hard to lose th... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:57:12 EST Addendum to Soul-searching blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287749 I do want to clarify a few things (like I didn't say enough before!) :) <BR> <BR> Ideal Protein was a wonderful program for me! I never want to suggest anything other than that. Where all the other programs failed, Ideal Protein succeeded. I stayed on it for eight months, lost the weight, lost it fast enough to stay motivated, I felt energetic, healthy and stoked. It was wonderful! But sort of like training wheels, I think I have outgrown it. It is time for me to move on and try to maintain ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:56:39 EST Time for some Soul-searching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287637 Recently someone posted something that had been playing in the back of my head for a while. I was surprised to see someone else feeling the same way that I did, and was relieved to see it, as well. I wish I could find their post again so I could thank them, but I am going to go ahead and verbalize now. So if you read your words here, just know that I am grateful for what you said. <BR> <BR> I have always been a heavy gal. Ever since I was in my teens, I was the 'husky' girl. The 'athletic' o... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:14:31 EST Losing weight on vacation?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257468 I just got back from a 10 day trip to Toulouse, France. I will be perfectly honest when I admit that I went off my 'diet', and planned to simply face the music when I got home. I indulged in chocolate chip brioche, flaky, fresh-baked croissants and all manner of things with cheese and such in them. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I stepped on the scales with trepidation, although I will admit that my clothes fit as loose as they were when I left (and dared I hallucinate, a little looser?). And wh... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:10:07 EST "The picture of health"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251098 "You are the picture of health." That's what my doctor told me last week. This was my neurologist, who has been following me for my Multiple Sclerosis. <BR> <BR> I started Ideal Protein on August 1, 2012, two days after getting out of the hospital for a serious relapse. I haven't had a relapse since, and I have felt great. There have been some up and down days, certainly, but I'm not so sure those weren't just 'normal', versus anything having to do with my MS. <BR> <BR> I've lost 60 pounds,... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 02:16:29 EST Six months later...a new me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225722 It's been six months since I started the Ideal Protein diet. A lot has happened in that time. I started August 1, 2012, and it's hard to believe that the six month mark is right around the corner. <BR> <BR> I have dropped 60 pounds, and I am wearing the size that was my original goal. I plan to lose more, but I am happy where I am right now. It feels so odd sometimes, I will be walking and my entire body feels different. Definitely lighter, and arranged differently, if that makes any sense! ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:40:22 EST Recap on the Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208148 You may have noticed a theme on my blogs -- a lot of them center on conquering my distaste of vegetables. I literally did not eat vegetables before going on Ideal Protein. There are a few caveats to that statement though -- I ate lettuce as long as it was drenched in salad dressing, I would eat small 'early' peas, if I could mix them with mashed potatoes. That was about it. <BR> <BR> So, I will admit, so far the only way I will eat my veggies is roasted. If you are a member of VegetableHater... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:30:58 EST Brussells Sprouts are Good!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192051 Hello fellow veggie-phobes! I've got an annoucement that might get me kicked out of the club. I fixed Brussells sprouts today and they were GOOD! I went to my old stand-by, roasting, and folks, it does change the texture, the taste, everything! Let me tell you what I did, and then you can try this at home! <BR> <BR> I got a bag of frozen Brussells sprouts, because I had no idea when I would have the courage or interest in trying this recipe out. So today, I thawed those suckers out in a bowl... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:22:28 EST The New Year - A New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189647 I started this journey about 6 months ago. If anyone had told me I'd be where I am now, I would have pfft'd and wished it were so, but not believed them. But here I am! My goal was a size 14 (how small that sounded at the time), which I have reached, but I know I can do more! My revised goal is a size 8. A size I don't think I have ever been (well, maybe when I was 8 YEARS OLD!) I am smaller now than I was on my wedding day. <BR> <BR> I feel fantabulous! I have been eating healthier overall... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:05:01 EST Holiday Struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172760 (x-posted to the Ideal Protein Sparkers forum) <BR> <BR> Well, I'll chime in. I'm struggling, too. I finally had to draw a line in the sand and give myself some reasonable goals, so that I wouldn't simply set myself up for failure. I've done so good so far, better than I thought possible. So much so, that four co-workers are resolving to start Ideal Protein when we come back from the winter break. We've talked to our Occupational Health department, and they will do our weigh-in and measuring... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:37:00 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167335 Every day is a new beginning, that's the way I look at it. If something goes wrong one day, you can regroup and attack the next day. Each minute, hour can also be a new beginning. So you gave in to temptation at lunch? Just step back, take a deep breath, and move forward, with the rest of the day there for you to make good on. <BR> <BR> I have to remember this every day; to not get down, to not give up, to not fail every minute or hour. I always have a chance for redemption, to make the next... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:24:33 EST It's been a long time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156810 ...nearly a month, since I've blogged anything. I figure I should go ahead and catch up and get the confessions out there! <BR> <BR> First off, November was one of those months I want to forget AND months I want to remember. It was such an up and down time! <BR> <BR> It started off easily enough, then my daughter had to go to the ER for some stomach pains. She's 17 and couldn't sleep. Long story made somewhat shorter -- we spent 26 hours in the local ER before they admitted defeat in findin... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 08:04:39 EST More milestones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126025 I have hit a few more milestones in my weight loss journey. I have finally put on the size 16's that I thought might be a lost cause! I could actually wear them! There are a few other 'goal' pants that I have, that I have managed to actually get in to. I am so stoked! I think I am finally a size 16, although it depends on the pants, but let's just say I fit in more 16s than not. <BR> <BR> And shirts! I've lost quite a bit up top. Hardly any of my tops fit right any more. I think I may enjoy ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:30:50 EST Finally! Zucchini Chips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112236 I've been trying to make zucchini chips for some time now. I have tried several different recipes, but no matter what I did, the disks came out half-burnt, half-raw. I always thought it was a problem with my apartment oven, but I moved to a new apartment and that oven did the same thing. Plus the brand new Cuisinart toaster oven does the same thing. It must be some weird-o property of the zucchini to cook at different rates all in the same disk. Weirdest thing. <BR> <BR> Anyway! Back to my p... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:49:27 EST Another wee goal reached... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109244 I've had this pair of grey jeans in my closet for about three years now. They were going to be my "next size down" jeans, but I never got to them. Heck, I wasn't even close. I couldn't even get those suckers pulled up over my thunder thighs, much less these birthin' hips of mine! <BR> <BR> So, on a whim yesterday (I guess I just wanted to torture myself), I decided to try them on. Now mind you, these are 16s, but they are pretty small. Well, it was a bit of a struggle, and I had to do that w... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:14:47 EST The Alfredo NoOodle experiment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104772 FAIL. <BR> <BR> But it wasn't the noOodle's fault. In my not so humble opinion, the WF Alfredo sauce is just..tasteless. And since the noOodles are tasteless as well, it was like eating creamy textured...nothingness. So, I managed to eat all the noOodles and chicken pieces, but left quite a bit of the sauce behind. However, the tastelessness of the Alfredo makes me wonder if I can use it in recipes that call for a 'heavy cream', and see if it work...hmmm...more experiments!! <BR> <BR> I ha... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:13:48 EST More NoOodles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103020 Okay, we did another "experiment" with the noOodles, which are fast becoming my new 'vegetable' challenge. I went to Rouses and bought a jar of the Walden Farms Tomato Basil, the Alfredo sauce, as well as (just because I need to restock while things are on sale), peanut butter, creamy bacon dressing and 1000 island dressing. Okay, focus, Michele! <BR> <BR> I rinsed my noOodles, and the smell didn't seem nearly as bad this time, but as I am looking at this mass of...well, they kinda looked li... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:55:37 EST NOoodles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102177 I just got a shipment of NOoodles (nooodles.com) and yes, that's with 3 o's, from Groupon. It was cheap enough, so decided to try them. Not only do I have a veggie-phobia, but the whole idea of soy, tofu, etc., really scares me. Not sure what is in these things (styrofoam? air? magic?), but they are 0 everything, and less than 1 carb per serving. Each bag is 5 servings. <BR> <BR> I dared to do a "stir-fry", but being the horrible cook that I am, I got started on the nooodles early, before my... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:34:07 EST Why I "can't" eat vegetables... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099902 I think I alluded to this in a few blog posts, but I don't think I ever actually went in to it. So that's what I'm going to do with this blog. <BR> <BR> It seems that cruciferious vegetables (those nasty things like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, etc) have a chemical in them that, depending on the person, the reaction can be tasting nothing unusual to tasting extreme, spit-it-out bitterness. Guess which end of the pendulum I am on? :) <BR> <BR> This chemical is know as Phenylthioca... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:49:44 EST One of those Ah-Ha moments... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099557 I have been struggling with staying on protocol for the last week or so. Not so much that I wanted 'non-allowed' foods, but that I just kept feeling /hungry/. I would work on this by eating a fourth IP packet of some sort, or the remaining half of my IP 'chips' packet (i use 1/2 for salad croutons). <BR> <BR> In any case, I got to thinking about what was different than the EIGHT preceding weeks. It took me a bit, and then I realized that I wasn't logging my food in to SparkPeople. Now it may... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:46:36 EST More from http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099075 I think I am getting a bit closer to the edible vegetable. :) Of course, until it tastes like dark chocolate or a rare fine steak, it's not going to be truly edible, but we can always dream! <BR> <BR> But seriously, I think I am slowly finding a way to eat some veggies. As you may or may not know, I have been attempting to roast various vegetables, to find a way to make them palatable to my palate which has never met a vegetable it liked. And I have to meet this challenge without using any d... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:30:00 EST And the result is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096966 ... 3 pound loss! Yay! While the scale is only one of many indicators, it is the easiest to follow, and so yeah, I look at that. But I figured that even if I hadn't lost weight (like last week), I felt I had lost inches, because my clothes felt looser. <BR> <BR> Sure enough, I lost a whole 1.5" in the waist, and an inch in the thigh, and 1/2" in the arm. To top it off, today was a pretty good day -- had two women stop me at work and say, "What are you doing, because you are lookin' good, and... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 21:51:14 EST Random musing on weigh-in day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096226 I am thinking that this weigh-in is not going to be anything to shoot off fireworks and streamers for. I haven't 'cheated' per se, but I have had to eat an extra IP food to keep myself in check. Oh wait, I donated blood yesterday, so I did have a small can of pineapple juice and trail mix to get my sugars up so I wouldn't faint. Even so... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am thinking about going in and weighing with jeans and sneakers on. :) Maybe to mask the 'bad news', and to give myself a new 'norm' t... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:26:01 EST Other Health News... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095583 Tomorrow is my weigh-in, but today I met with my neurologist. I was diagnosed with MS in March, and I had two really bad relapses in that time, one of them after I had started meds. I started IP and new meds (Copaxone, daily injections) on the same day. This was the first time he'd seen me since starting. <BR> <BR> He was very impressed with how much I had lost, and after the battery of tests, he was doubly impressed with how well I was doing. I told him that I was sure it was the 'new' medi... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:53:35 EST Turnip Fries!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094011 <BR> I won't rehash my lack of a relationship with veggies, but I did have this poor, sad turnip in my fridge that was slowly going bad (do you store turnips in the fridge? I have no clue!). Anyway, I had to do something with it. <BR> <BR> So my youngest has the toaster oven already on for her pizza (which really smelled good and I resisted eating the crispy cheese off the grill when she took it out...but I digress!), so I cut the turnip into a small batch of 'fries', tossed in olive oil, s... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:51:56 EST High Heels! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091342 <BR> This is a small gain, and not even one I was looking for! :) Backstory is that I have been wearing sneakers to work and around for almost 15 years. Even when I had to get dressed up, I wore comfortable flats. <BR> <BR> Today, I put on a pair of heels (okay, not HIGH, but maybe 2" heels?) and I could walk in them and actually wear them comfortably! I attribute that to there being about 40 pounds less pressure on my feet when walking. Which has to be a good thing! <BR> <BR> In other new... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:28:19 EST My first bump in the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086273 This is probably going to be a short musing. This week has been harder than any in the past. I have felt more tempted to cheat than ever before. Foods that I had finally quit craving are calling my name again. I'm nine weeks into the Ideal Protein program, and this is the first time that I have had to spend a day actively telling myself "No!". I feel like my appetite has become an unruly toddler and I am the mom. <BR> <BR> And it's not like I'm hungry. I just /want/ it. I'm bored and I don't... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 08:50:25 EST Don't be hatin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074362 I had a ton of things to do at my work today, so I decided to take some time off and surf the Sparkpeople site instead LOL! But seriously, I was looking up some more information on the Ideal Protein program, just to see if there was any information and helpful tips floating around that I could use. <BR> <BR> What surprised me were the number of people who responded so negatively when someone in their forum asked about the Ideal Protein program. Many of them used erroneous information to back... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:02:36 EST My vacation "off protocol" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071176 I recently went on the 'trip of a lifetime'; visiting a friend who lives in Finland, and taking a Baltic cruise (from Helsinki to Stockholm, to Tallinn, to St. Petersbug, then back to Helsinki). I was gone for ten days, and worried about staying on my Ideal Protein program. <BR> <BR> I talked to my IP coach, and we agreed that it was a truly unique opportunity, and that I should try the local dishes if I want, without worrying much about the program, but just remembering to keep to the porti... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 07:57:33 EST Adventures in Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042900 I may or may not have mentioned earlier that I don't eat vegetables. None. Nada. Zilch. Zip. You get the idea. Potatoes and corn. That was about it and those don't even count! I'm serious, folks. You are looking at a gal who could not let a morsel of cauliflower, broccoli, squash, asparagus or any of that ilk pass her lips without gagging and spitting, etc. <BR> <BR> Come to find out, there is a very real chemical reason for that reaction. But that's not the topic of today's blog. A couple o... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 19:23:38 EST Lemonade out of Lemons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041649 I was cruising some of the blogs today and stumbled upon a few that were issuing September challenges to be more upbeat and positive, and really focus on that for the month of September. I got to thinking to myself that would be an excellent challenge for me. I have a tendency to sometimes look at negatives and dwell on them, so I'm going to use September to really work on not sinking into those slumps. <BR> <BR> I have so many things to be thankful for, that I really don't have any reason t... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 21:12:53 EST Sometimes it just doesn't work out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033722 So, today I was all set to go to a new (to me) Ideal Protein clinic. Over the phone, they sounded a lot more together than the one I have been going to, who pretty much just pushes me to go buy the food and move along. Not much coaching at all, never looks over my eating habits, etc. <BR> <BR> So anyway, today is the day. I get there, and long story short, the doc had forgotten that I was coming in, and had left already (everyone was heading out, due to the hurricane that is heading this way... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:31:43 EST Prepping for the storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032930 Well, it looks like Isaac is heading this way. Last night, we were in the bullseye, but today it looks to have tracked a little more westward. So maybe we'll escape the brunt of it. <BR> <BR> My biggest worry was making sure that I have enough packets to stay on my program. I meet with a new coach this afternoon, so I will make sure to get more of my favorites so that I can stay on track. I'm excited about this new place, and hope that a more active coach will help me stay focused. I need to... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:11:33 EST Not as awesome as I had hoped... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025527 Well, today was the big weigh-in. I was feeling pretty good, as no less than three people told me today "You look like you're losing weight!" However, I had stepped on the scale this morning, and it was telling me that my weight loss was negligible. However, the pants I put on this morning told a different story. So, the voices in my head argued all day and I got practically no work done... <BR> <BR> So, they were both right. I had only dropped .8 of a pound, which is hardly enough to count.... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:41:39 EST Evil, evil vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023856 First, the background. I don't eat vegetables. None. Nada. Not at all. No broccoli, cauliflower, no beans of any sort. So you can imagine my limited "healthy" choices. It seems to stem from some acute sensitivity to some called Phenylthiocarbamide. It has the unusual property that it either tastes very bitter or is virtually tasteless, depending on the genetic makeup of the taster. Guess which lucky one I am? <BR> <BR> So now, here I am 48 years later, and of course, overweight. I have star... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:19:18 EST