MILEHIGHMAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MILEHIGHMAMA MILEHIGHMAMA'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/ I'm back............. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771113 Happy September, folks!! I'm kicking it up a notch this month and would like to encourage you to do the same! (Maybe tomorrow... post Labor Day funtimes? LOL) - My biggest "thangs" are potatoes (esp. sweet potato fries) and added sugar (mostly in the form of ice cream) - so those are my biggest adjustments for this month! I'm also wondering if beef is still causing me some inflammation issues (I didn't eat it for over 10 years because it made me hurt...) so I'm going to use bison instead, thi... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:49:38 EST Lean is the new Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470833 I'm having a war with words - a very personal war with my internal lexicon, actually. I am trying to stop thinking of "light" as the opposite of "fat", specifically. In this journey to better health, I've been very amused to note that my scale has nothing to do with how I feel, how I look, or - oddest of all - what I put into my mouth on any given day of the week. My scale lives in a land all it's own. An imaginary world where lettuce weighs more than ice cream and wine and exercise and h... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:17:33 EST Senioritis... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465397 Nope, it's not a new form of arthritis afflicting only folks over 55 (and I'm still only 48, yanno) - it's the beginning of my daughter's Senior Year in high school, and the beginning of my 9 month journey to look amazing for her Graduation. <BR> <BR> When my son graduated in May of 2012, I had just begun a low carb paleo/primal 'diet' and had dropped about 20 pounds but was still lookin' "not much like myself" to me in his graduation photos. I would really like to look awesome for my daugh... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 02:06:55 EST 7 pounds since January 1st... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349569 Not the best record for 4 months, but better than the reverse! Wed, 8 May 2013 09:13:06 EST It's Thursday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200370 Today is Thursday... <BR> <BR> Seems like just yesterday it was Monday? ::sigh:: I hate being sick, feeling achey and chilled and feverish and cranky (and yes, a little whiney, too). <BR> <BR> I'm better today, though - but just realized it's THURSDAY... dear heavens where did the week go??? I have so much to do!!!! <BR> <BR> I did manage to shed another half pound over the last couple of days... surprising, given my take-out food choices of Thai curry and Qdoba (different days) and my... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:25:25 EST Day 2 - No more holiday excuses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185999 Well I survived the holidays of 2012 with only a small increase on my scale. I'm really hoping SOME of the increase is just water retention and will fall off in the next few days as I clean up my eating 'act'. Here's hoping! <BR> <BR> I'm going entirely potato/rice/starch-free in January, as well as alcohol-free (which is my norm in January anyway), to detox from the holiday season. <BR> <BR> Focus will be on moving more in this cold weather, eating 'clean', getting enough protein, increa... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:42:18 EST 'tis the Eve of the New Year, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182147 It's hard to believe that this year has gone so quickly and that so much has changed in my world. <BR> <BR> I have... <BR> felt so bad that I thought I was going to have a stroke/heart attack <BR> felt so good that I started dancing 5 nights a week <BR> felt defeated when a new hip pain hindered my dancing <BR> felt joy as I gifted clothing sizes 24, 22, 20 and 18 to new owners <BR> felt frustration as my weight loss slowed to a stop during a stressful 3 months <BR> <BR> I now... <BR> feel ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:55:21 EST I am off track... adjusting course! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043667 I am off track - to the tune of about 7 pounds. Not insurmountable, certainly, but definitely annoying when I look at my weight loss graphs. I want that little blue line to be UNDER the gold line, darn it... it was, for 3 months, and I want it back. <BR> <BR> To accomplish this goal, I need to lose 3 pounds per week for the next 4 weeks. Doable? We'll see, I suppose. That is a LOT of weight per week for me - for anyone really... but I took the month of August 'off' apparently, and need... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:28:55 EST Not so bad, really... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016364 Hormones are a wonky thing - I weighed myself this morning and I'm down a bit from yesterday - I'm over my 'stay-cation' of eating well but not tracking and this is a good place to pick up the baton again (Olympic theme anyone?) and continue runnin' this race to good health. <BR> <BR> I am 'only' 2 1/2 pounds behind my planned schedule.. .not so bad, really. Could be much much worse, no? Yes. :) I'm also only half a pound away from being halfway to my 'finish line' - and that's a very e... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:43:38 EST A little summer vacation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014900 I'm not sure what, exactly, to call the last 30 days in my journey. A break? A vacation? A staycation? <BR> <BR> That one seems to fit. A staycation it is. I have 'stayed' exactly where I was a month ago, for about a month. I didn't eat 'poorly' - I didn't make 'bad' choices - I didn't 'go off my program' at all, really... I just stopped logging in to spark people and I stopped tracking what I eat and I stopped thinking consciously about being "primal" and have just been "doing what I ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:26:33 EST Update on test results from July 3, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958378 A1c is now 5.8 (down from 6.9.. yay! This is techinically considered 'normal') <BR> <BR> Total Cholesterol is 225, down a bit <BR> Triglycerides are 255, down from 3sumpthin.. still about 110 points 'high' <BR> HDL is now 31 - up from 27... YAY! <BR> LDL is 143. <BR> <BR> Seems like things are heading in the right direction! This article discusses "normal" vs. "optimal" A1c results in a very understandable way. I am happy to report that I'm technically "normal" - though I will be happie... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 18:27:33 EST 13 Weeks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951504 Today marks 13 weeks since my doctor said "OMG" along with a bunch of other things... and I feel better today than I have felt in 6 years. <BR> <BR> I've almost entirely eliminated grains and sugars from my eating plan and lost just over 2.5 pounds per week, for a total of 33 pounds in 13 weeks. <BR> <BR> I will have blood drawn tomorrow for another A1c/etc... and will have my fingers crossed that the numbers are much improved from those on April 2nd. <BR> <BR> I've started dancing for ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 09:01:02 EST Manic May(hem)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908685 I've become complacent. Lazy, even, perhaps? Or perhaps I'm simply suffering from information overload along with the usual chaos that is the month of "May" when you are a Realtor with two teenage children (one of whom just graduated and flew the next for Seattle for the summer!) - whatever it is, I know that I made some really great changes to my food/life world in April, and have been cruising somewhat on my laurels during the marvelous month of May. <BR> <BR> Well here we are in June.... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 12:01:28 EST Goals... big, small, tangible and invisible! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907142 Today is 60 days post "omg, you're diabetic & hypertensive here have some metformin" diagnosis and 30 days past the "omg, what did you do in 30 days to have such a dramatic impact on your sugar, weight, triglycerides and blood pressure and you're now 'pre-diabetic and I'm not gonna try and force you to take drugs" followup checkup with my doctor. <BR> Today I am in better spirits, better condition and much better educated than I was 2 months ago. Yay. <BR> <BR> My challenges now: <BR> To "k... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:49:32 EST "I'd like a side of bacon, please. I'm on a diet" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894956 I said those words today at lunch. They amused the heck out of me because they were so ridiculous sounding... and yet absolutely the truth!! Hah! <BR> <BR> Delicious <BR> Ideas <BR> Everywhere <BR> Thankfully <BR> <BR> I think I mentioned before that I'm a Realtor. When people ask me what I do for a living, I sometimes tell them I eat. Sometimes it seems like it's true! A busy week with multiple clients can result in multiple coffee dates, 2-3 lunches 'out' and at least one (if not mor... Wed, 23 May 2012 17:08:45 EST Thank you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893947 I just wanted to take a moment to thank my new 'sparkfriends' who have cared enough to take their valuable time to offer encouragement, feedback, food for additional thought and contradictory 'evidence' when I've drawn a poor conclusion or missed seeing the 'whole pie' on some particular issue. <BR> <BR> In the past 7 weeks I've found that everything I 'knew'... or thought I did... was apparently at least slightly incorrect.. and it's been quite the paradigm shift and a lot of mental flexibi... Wed, 23 May 2012 01:11:22 EST Hippocrates... was a pretty smart dude. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893372 I recently learned that some foods are acid-forming and some are alykalizing, and that acid-forming foods are inflammatory and should be balanced with a LOT of alykalizing foods (20% : 80% ) Apparently Hippocrates said this first, but like with platform shoes and peacock feather earrings, what was 'old' is now 'trendy' again! <BR> <BR> From the article: <BR> <BR> "... the modern diet tilts the body’s pH toward the acid range, which has negative health consequences. The kidneys, lungs and s... Tue, 22 May 2012 17:53:32 EST How Much Things Weigh.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892860 This list amused the heck out of me...it also amuses the grammar geek in me that I'd like to weigh exactly as much as the complete Oxford English Dictionary. :) <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds=... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:21:11 EST "Intermittent Fasting" - Good Idea? You tell me :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892630 ******************************************<BR>************************************ <BR> UPDATE to my (Already once updated) blogpost (Below): It’s looking like the intermittent fast is another of those ideas in science that may be very personal, like an allergy to cats. And it also appears that there needs to be a lot more testing/anecdotal evidence and comparisons of different 'ways' to do IF before anyone reaches a conclusion that it 'works' or 'doesn't. <BR> <BR> ***********************... Tue, 22 May 2012 09:07:47 EST Thoughts on Insulin Resistance & Becoming More Sensitive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892592 It seems as one of the biggest things we can do to help our body more efficiently utilize the insulin it produces (and thus help it produce less of the fat-storing stuff) is to do things/eat things that make our cells more sensitive to it. <BR> <BR> The following is a list I've compiled over the last 6 weeks. As always, feedback is most welcome! Your thougths are especialy welcome if you have something to add or data that says "that doesn't seem to work" - <BR> <BR> Eliminate: <BR> F... Tue, 22 May 2012 08:39:56 EST I think I have an allergy to elastic. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892538 For the first time in several years, I felt pretty yesterday. <BR> <BR> I finally fit into a pair of tailored capris that I like, and felt more put together than I have in quite awhile, and that "tailored" thing seems to make all the difference for me, sometimes. <BR> <BR> For several years now, I've been wearing a size that just made me feel 'not myself'. My Self does not wear elastic waistbands. My Self is pretty casual at times, but usually fairly put together. My Self has been on hi... Tue, 22 May 2012 07:56:59 EST Lies, Servings and Pyramids. Oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889501 A couple of seemingly innocuous things happened in the early 90s.. and no I don't mean my really bad haircut. <BR> <BR> In 1992 the USDA created and promoted the new Food Pyramid- it strongly suggests that everyone eat a healthy diet which included: <BR> 6-11 servings pasta, cereal, rice and bread <BR> up to 4 servings of fruit <BR> 2-3 servings of dairy <BR> 2-3 servings of Meats, nuts & eggs <BR> If you had 2 eggs & 3 sausage links for breakfast, forget about adding protein to the rest o... Sun, 20 May 2012 09:25:54 EST Is it really all about 'timing'? Maybe so! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886975 I've read the advice “You should eat only when you are hungry” so many times that I've lost count! This is yet another piece of 'expert' advice that recent research seems to be poking holes in... <BR> <BR> Whether you 'eat only when hungry' or “graze all day long”... new studies report that eating irregular meals (and late night meals) may actually contribute directly to weight gain, especially if you fail to consume enough protein on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Experts currently disagre... Fri, 18 May 2012 09:49:01 EST No, I'm not being EMOTIONAL, darn it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886548 Here's something I learned just this week! I'm SUPER excited to know that my occasional desire to devour everything chocolate for a square mile is NOT just a lack of willpower! Woo Hoo! Having named it, I can surely conquer it!!! <BR> <BR> Despite many diet experts insisting that some of our desires for food are 'real' and some are just "imaginary/emotional cravings', in 1999, Japanese scientists discovered that both ‘cravings’ and ‘hunger’ really are both pretty darn ‘real’. and controll... Thu, 17 May 2012 23:37:27 EST Some thoughts on BMI and Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885521 We've been told for years that you should have a BMI under 25 to be healthy - and if you don’t, you need to lose weight! <BR> <BR> BMI is just a simple mathematical calculation that predicts the fatness of someone based solely on their height and weight. It’s a good starting point, but it’s not always very accurate. BMI does not take into account physical fitness or bone structure, and it doesn't differentiate between weight gained at a muscle-building camp or weight gained while munching o... Thu, 17 May 2012 10:41:07 EST How'd we get here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884937 THE CONDITION WE’RE IN (and how we got there so fast!) <BR> •After decades of pretty consistent numbers, between 1975 and 2005, the weight of an ‘average’ American increased by 20 pounds. <BR> •Recent research posits that the obesity epidemic has been caused by the overproduction of food in the US because in the 70’s, our gov’t started paying farmers to produce as much as possible, rather than the previous practice of paying them to under-produce. <BR> •As a result of this glut, food pric... Wed, 16 May 2012 22:44:15 EST Sharing the "Word" - and it's a Good Word :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884934 I've decided that the information I've been gathering over the last 6 weeks is just too amazing to keep to myself, so I'm 'sharing the word' with my local women's group in early June. I'm going to share the content of the presentation here in smaller 'bites' and I would love to hear feedback and suggestions/corrections if you have them! Thanks in advance for reading and for any comments/critique which may be forthcoming! <BR> <BR> I'll put up the first installment tonight - stay tuned dail... Wed, 16 May 2012 22:41:04 EST SWF Seeks Balanced Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877467 I've been reading and watching and listening and learning and talkin' to folks and experimenting and... well you get the picture. I have stuffed so much new information into my head in the last 6 weeks that it feels like it's about to 'splode from the sheer volume of data!! <BR> <BR> Having endlessly perused and processed the old and the new information, my personal conclusion is that a truly 'balanced' diet for the average woman may simply consist of equal gram counts of 100 Carbs, 100 Fat... Fri, 11 May 2012 18:58:09 EST Can I get a drumroll please....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875433 Today (no matter what happens after 10am) is a very good day! <BR> <BR> The scale dropped over one of those annoying "Decade" marks today after a 3 day hover-fest at my body's latest favorite number, so that was super rewarding! I only have a few pounds to go to make my mini-goal for my son's graduation day! <BR> <BR> And..... the other exciting news! <BR> <BR> Triglycerides: March was 916, April 2nd was 843 (VERY high) May 3rd.... 340 (HIGH)!!! (still need to drop that down to below 150... Thu, 10 May 2012 11:39:50 EST I'm living in a land down under.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875333 For those of you who've gone "Primal", or "Paleo", I have a question. <BR> <BR> "Do you ever feel like you're living in some sort of surreal place akin to... say.. Australia... where everything you knew is different and upside down and just feels 'wrong', somehow? <BR> <BR> Butter is good. Saturated fats are good. Cheese is good. (yay!) Bacon is good (seriously good. Gosh I love bacon). Blue Cheese dressing is good. Alfredo sauce is good. <BR> <BR> Apples are bad. Grapes are bad. F... Thu, 10 May 2012 10:37:47 EST Waist-whittling Wonder! Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872381 I love alliteration, don't you? :) <BR> <BR> I was hoopin' this morning and thought I might share my instructions for making a large, inexpensive, pretty hoola hoops for yourself or as gifts! They are wonderful exercise tools and really do wonders for that trim waistline so many of us are forever in search! <BR> <BR> Head over to Lowes or Home Depot or your favorite store that sells landscape irrigation supplies and purchase a length of the heaviest gauge sprinkler line you can find, (usua... Tue, 8 May 2012 13:42:59 EST Big Fat Lies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870065 http://girlgoneprimal.blogspot.com/p/show-<BR>me-science.html <BR> <BR> This link from "Girl Gone Primal" has some great information about why we started eating so badly and what the science is behind eating better! She's no longer actively blogging, but I offer thanks to her for leaving the archives available! <BR> <BR> I'd also like to encourage everyone to check out the movie "FatHead", either on Hulu or Netflix.... I'm just fuming mad, but it was very well done, entertaing and informat... Mon, 7 May 2012 08:58:13 EST It shouldn't be this hard... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865251 I am seething. I get seethier every day! (Is that a word?) <BR> <BR> I just caught part of a news show where they said "researchers have concluded that resveratrol, found in red wine, helps reverse the effects of aging....." Cool, right?? It's great that this information is getting out to the broader public! <BR> <BR> Then the smarmy anchor laughed and said "Unfortunately, to get the same amount that they studied you'd have to drink 100 glasses a wine a day." The other blonde clone quip... Thu, 3 May 2012 19:34:59 EST Good things come to those who Spark(le)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864714 Downgraded? Upgraded? I'm not sure what the proper word to use here is, but I just had a most rewarding one month follow up visit with my primary care doctor! <BR> <BR> He was impressed by my 18 pound (on his scale) weight loss, my reduced BP of 138/78 and my careful record keeping :) <BR> <BR> As you might recall if you're following my little Diabetes Sugar Opera closely, I had a little battle with Dr. Darling about the use of meds to 'manage' diabetes and pretty much told him I just was... Thu, 3 May 2012 12:39:49 EST Confessions of a Data Junkie :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863682 Hi, my name is Dru and I love tracking things. I'm really a scientist at heart. I love tracking all kinds of things. All the time. I've been making lists of things since I was a very small child, and this 'condition' I'm in doesn't really stress me, so much as give me a new opportunity to keep track of interesting things as they happen 'real time'. <BR> <BR> Here's the results of my obsessive tracking for the past 30 days - I must say I'm pretty proud of the numbers I've managed in my fi... Wed, 2 May 2012 20:31:35 EST Just another Manic Monday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858876 Yep, I'm singin' again :) And not the blues, this time!! YAY!! <BR> <BR> Despite the really poor choices I made this weekend re: total carbs, I have managed to suffer only in how I felt for a couple of days, and not take myself off track, weight wise! Yay! I'm still feeling puffy and my ring is tight :( BUT.... <BR> <BR> The scale was down about a pound this morning, after hovering again for a couple of days thanks, I am sure, to a truly alarming amount of sodium consumed over the cour... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:02:39 EST LC - On the Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856227 I'm cruisin' in to my 30 day post-DM diagnosis feelin' pretty okay, all things considered. I conducted a little personal 'experiment' yesterday, consuming three times the number of carbs I do normally as well as twice the amount of sodium that I should have. I felt like crap all day. Big surprise. Experiment considered to be highly successful. I don't think I'll be doin' that again very soon! <BR> <BR> So today I'm back on track. While I'm sure that I will 'experiment' in this way agai... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:36:57 EST Eight. Five. I can do this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852152 It's probably an unrealistic goal. <BR> <BR> I don't care. <BR> <BR> It's probably not particularly 'healthy'. <BR> <BR> I don't care. <BR> <BR> I want to lose five pounds in the next 8 days. <BR> <BR> I have a rather silly reason for wanting to acconmplish this task, really... I sassed my doctor on April 2nd and my next appointment with him is on May 3rd. I have a desire.. a strong one... to have lost 20 pounds in that 30 day period. <BR> <BR> I know that 20 pounds is a lot for one m... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:23:20 EST The War on Diabetes..REALLY??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4851624 As is typical for me when faced with a challenge I am in full-on battle mode. And my war cry is "REALLY????" <BR> <BR> I'm not convinced that the 'war' is being fought at all, much less with a goal to 'winning'. From what I can gather, the 'war' is profitable, and no one really wants it to end. <BR> <BR> As is also typical of me...for the last 23 days I have been in a constant state of research and data acquisition regarding this condition known variously as "Adult Onset Diabetes" or "Typ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:24:53 EST Best. Cookies. Ever. Srsly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845579 "Low Carb" <BR> <BR> Sounds intimidating doesn't it? <BR> <BR> Almost as horrible a word combination as "Low Fat", I think. With thoughts of a bacon-only diet dancing in my head (Hey! A girl can dream!), I have divested myself of old habits, cultural food myths and the gov't crapola I've been fed for most of my 47 years. (Yes, I said crapola folks.. it'll be okay, really.) <BR> <BR> Well.. I am intimated no more! When I began researching diabetes causes, cures and horror stories three... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 16:16:43 EST A Lesson To Remember... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845409 Good things really do come to those who wait... as long as those who are 'waiting' do so while eating healthfully, exercising faithfully and keeping the faith! <BR> <BR> I have been battling with my scale all week long... annoyed by the minor increases and decreases that were reflected each day. Well... today I got up and hopped on that darn scale and loe and behold... there was a shift in the planets or the Force or some other metaphysical thang that I don't understand, but the numbers wer... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:19:44 EST The Great & Educated Oz Says... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842975 I just watched a short video from Dr. Oz re: the 7 habits of slim people. Here's the even shorter non-video version: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise before breakfast- increase glucose tolerance & shed fat! <BR> <BR> 2. East smaller meals throughout the day - this also helps balance blood sugar! <BR> <BR> 3. Eat slower and savor your food - more satiety, fewer calories <BR> <BR> 4. Don't skip breakfast - less likely to gain weight over a lifetime! <BR> <BR> 5. Monitor health - weigh regularl... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:46:32 EST Size Matters :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841066 Today I am wearing jeans that are one size smaller than the jeans I was wearing on April 2nd. I'm not saying they look good.. but they do 'fit'. :) <BR> <BR> I was discussing an article this morning with a friend - it said you shouldn't keep old/too small clothing because it's demotivating. While I kinda get where the article was coming from, I'd like to offer a different perspective. <BR> <BR> I keep the 'old' things not because I want to wear them again, or even hope to, but because "I... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:36:17 EST "Teach your children well... and feed them on your dreams." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840820 Music has always been a huge part of my life, as are my two wonderful teenaged children. My son is almost 19 and my daughter has just turned 16, and both are so very healthy, happy, active and fit that it gives me great pleasure just to look at them and know that I've done a good job helping them make better choices. <BR> <BR> It also makes me feel a bit like Dorian Gray's portrait sometimes. <BR> <BR> My daughter is still at home and has been wonderful during this 5 year rehabilitation. ... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:02:42 EST I'm so excited.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837517 ...and I just can't hide it! (c'mon, sing with me, ya know ya wanna :) <BR> <BR> I feel amazing today! <BR> <BR> It's totally stunning to me how much different I feel in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, I was in my doctor's office feeling like I was about to have a heart attack/stroke/something-else-catastrophic-<BR>without-a-name...heavier than I'd been in six months by 5 pounds, and also pretty certain that I had high blood sugar. All in all, "A Very Bad Day". <BR> <BR> Today is NOT ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:25:27 EST The answer is 42 (Isn't it always?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836607 The question is "How many net carbs did I average this week?" <BR> <BR> I've decided not to be quite so stressed about my net carbs each day and just remain under 45 'on average' over 7 days. My 'average' for this week is 42. I think that's pretty darn good given that my 'average' two weeks ago was prolly more like 500 :) <BR> <BR> I think using the law of averages will allow me to eat 30-40 some days and to go a few over on other days and help remove the negative feelings I've had the pas... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:49:54 EST The Big Three Oh! WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835776 No, I'm not turning 30... I wish! <BR> <BR> What I DID do is FINALLY break through a barrier in weight that I've been toying with for a few months now.. a few pounds up.. a few pounds down... you know how it goes! Or do you? It's not so much a 'how many pounds' issue, but a certain number on the scale. I really think there are numbers that my body just likes more than others! I've been hovering within 5 pounds of this particular number for 7 months now, and I'm thrilled to now be three po... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:51:37 EST I'm eating like a dog (instead of a pig)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834710 I've come to the conclusion that I shouldn't actually eat much that I wouldn't feel okay feeding to my adorable four legged furry barky friends. Pigs will eat just about anything, and do, whenever it's put in their path. Heck, if you believe the movies, they'll REALLY eat anything.. including you! <BR> <BR> ::insert sarcastic font here::: And look how cute and round they are.. just like me. Adorable. <BR> <BR> Meat, eggs, cheese, vegetables, rice, potatoes... these are all 'ingredients... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:30:43 EST Let them (that can) eat cake!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833184 Today is my babygirl's 16th birthday! <BR> <BR> Seems like just yesterday that I was looking out my window at the lilacs in bloom and wondering when exactly she'd arrive and I'd get to see her. <BR> <BR> This morning, I am sitting here looking out my window at the lilacs in bloom and wondering when exactly she'll get up and I'll get to see her. <BR> <BR> The more things change, the more they stay the same :) <BR> <BR> I'm very excited about her party - we're hosting an "Amazing Race" for ... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:03:20 EST I'm apparently very insensitive :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832028 I've been reading everything I can get my hands on lately about the hormone called Insulin - how and why our body makes it, what it does and how it's used. I have compiled a list of 'things' I can do/eat/stop doing/try to do/etc to make my body's cells more 'sensitive' to Insulin, an important part of maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. The following is my current 'list' - I'd love comments, concerns or feedback re: any/all of these items and suggestions for more, if you have them! I'... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:14:29 EST