PAMAZON's SparkPeople Blog PAMAZON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Joined a gym! What?! I hate gyms! The unthinkable has happened. For many years, I have been down on gyms. It's not that I really hate them, but I've felt that they're not really necessary. Working out in the outdoors is so much more rewarding for me personally. I've been known to laugh at all the sad gym monkeys inside the condensation-covered windows staring at their screens while they "push" themselves. Meanwhile, I'm doing deadlifts with my 45 lb. bar and plates out in my driveway, then going for a trail run by the Yellow ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:02:16 EST My New Year I am working on a new beginning, even though it is not the stereotypical 1st day of the year. I’m reminded of when I started my weight loss journey back on January 8, 2008. Six years! I had been working by myself for a few months after Wyatt’s 1st birthday. I had no luck at all going it alone. So this same week 6 years ago, I decided to buckle down and start reading Bob Greene’s Best Life book and join the online forum. The sense of community I had there was just what I needed. The motivation... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:05:44 EST The Beauty of a Calorie Deficit Sometimes you come across a blog/article that is full of information you already know. And sometimes you are in just the right frame of mind to soak all that goodness in and internalize it into a force for change in your own life. <BR> <BR> That happened after I clicked on a link posted by someone on Fitocracy. It presented the simplest of all weight loss summations. If you want to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit every day. In the back of my mind I'd known for quite awhile ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:15:56 EST Out. Of. Touch. Are you looking for a positive blog? Well, this ain't it. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for me to come back up in here all sad and glum, but feeling hopeful about the future? Sorry, not gonna do that right now. <BR> <BR> You want to hear me get up in the pulpit and say hallelujah and amen sisters, I have the answer and I'm comin' clean? Maybe, come back next Sunday. <BR> <BR> Truth, I haven't been here in months. I haven't lurked. I haven't quietly read along with what you're doing. Instead I'... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 21:40:01 EST Watch out! Here comes the Tooter! Toot! Toot! I wasn’t sure what to blog about, but since I haven’t written in so long, I thought I’d start with the positive. <BR> <BR> I started a 10-week quest for health and fitness on 3/21. I picked that date because it was 10 weeks until we fly off for vacation to the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico for those not in the know). I’m planning to hike the highest peak while there with one of my high school friends, and this 16-mile hike at an altitude of 9,500-13,167 feet will be formidable. So prepara... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:09:40 EST Wrap-up of 2012 I’m ready to sit down and start my 2013 blogs, but I felt the need to wrap up the previous year in a neat, tidy little package. At least I got this done before January is over. Here is my 2012 Brag List: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Graduated from the Level 1 Pole Dancing class back in March. I learned to shake my ample booty in all directions and to release my inner sexy. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Went indoor rock climbing for the first time last winter. Instead of feeling weak and unsuccessful, I... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:40:44 EST The 4-Hour Body Weeks 5 (aka Rollercoaster Ride) Still playing catch up on my blog; this is a wrap-up of the week after Thanksgiving. This is week 5 of my Slow-Carb Diet, and I am so excited to be home in my kitchen after a weekend with my foodie family for the holiday. Now it’s just me and my food, nobody coming at me with something delicious. So why isn’t this easy? Holy cow! Why am I eating this? Why did I snitch on that? What is happening here? <BR> <BR> We are all sick with gunk, and we are all exhausted. I did not work out any this w... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:07:03 EST The 4-Hour Body Week 4 (aka Successful Thanksgiving!) I’m really behind, but I’m making a concerted effort to catch up so I can document my success as a reminder when I’m struggling. I’m recapping the week of Thanksgiving and the week afterwards. <BR> <BR> As a reminder, this Slow-Carb Diet involves eating non-starchy veggies, meat, and beans 6 days per week. No grains, no dairy, no sugars, no fruit. Then one day per week you enjoy cheat day where you can eat anything you like. If you’d like more information on what I eat, supplements, avoiding... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:50:42 EST Resolve 2012 Challenge – Reflection I did an excellent job of giving myself some goals for 2012, and as I sit down to reflect on them, I have a strange feeling I’ve forgotten one or two of them. <BR> <BR> One of my 2012 goals was blogging more. I wrote a blog on 12/30/11 about how proud I was of blogging 15 times in 2011, and how much I wanted to blog more this year. But here I am writing blog #11 for 2012. My big problem was that I did not blog between February and July. I try to make my blogs meaningful, I hate to write just... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 13:12:10 EST The 4-Hour Body Week 3 (Cravings Killah) This week on the Slow-Carb Diet was a little more up and down than the previous two, but I learned an important lesson. Let me begin by talking about my 2nd weekly check-in on bodyfat. Last week, my 1st weekly bodyfat check I’d gone up 0.2% but my period was looming. So I was excited to see a 2.3% loss of bodyfat over the two weeks I’ve been on the plan. Wow! If you do the math, that would be 4.8 lbs. of fat – G O N E! That being said, I’m not convinced that my scale’s method of determining b... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:03:21 EST The 4-Hour Body Week 2 (Changing PMS into PMWeightLoss) Week 2 on the 4HB’s Slow-Carb diet started out great. I ate clean the day after my first cheat day, and I didn’t struggle with the odds and ends of stuff left in the fridge. My weekly body-fat check (on my Omron scale) was two days after my cheat day, and I did everything the same as Day 1. The author, Timothy Ferriss, describes the best way to get a consistent week-to-week reading of bodyfat on a bio-impedance device (one of the scales that has the handle you hold out and sends an electrica... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:08:17 EST The 4-Hour Body Week 1 (aka beans are my life) Life is funny. My brother-in-law, who is very well-read, and very “flighty” in terms of career, life philosophy, relationships, hobbies, was in town for a visit. We both enjoy staying fit and doing some nutty stuff (me = triathlons, him = Escriba MMA), and we’ve both read a lot of books on nutrition, local and sustainable foods, gardening, etc. He hasn’t been to visit in about 4 years, and we got to spend a lot of time chatting while he was here. He mentioned a book while we were talking, The... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 19:06:24 EST Triathlon Race Report with Pics! The workouts I had the week before this race were awful. The bike and run were fine while I was doing them, but my dislocated rib hurt so bad the days after that I wasn't sure I should race. The pre-race swim Thursday went horribly, the pain was so bad for every stroke I tried that I seriously considered dropping out of the tri completely. I've never cried while swimming, but I did that night, I felt so defeated that all that swim training and form practice was for nothing. I spent the next c... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:59:57 EST UnEmotional Eating I have been reading about emotional eating for so many years, as long as I’ve ever tried to lose weight really, so pretty much since I was 17. Since I overeat, and so many people struggle with emotional eating, I just assumed that I was eating as an emotional response too. The emotional eating chapter, in whichever diet book I was reading at the time, would have you question yourself to get to the root of your overeating. After many decades of pondering these questions, the answers look like ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:58:15 EST I'm not losing weight, I'm dropping weight! Yesterday I took a leap of faith and went for a run through the forest. I’ve been doing all my C25K training at the park (with few hills) and in my neighborhood (bigger hills), but it’s week 7 and I’ve reached the “Run for 25 minutes straight” portion of my workout. So I figured I would celebrate by getting out to my favorite trail run. The last time I tried trail running (back in the injury-laden first half of 2012) I tripped on a tree root and did the splits pulling my hamstring and injurin... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:06:31 EST When Feeling Light Gets Heavy I felt lighter this morning. I noticed it as I rolled out of bed to get ready for physical therapy. I felt it again as I stepped off the sidewalk after my appointment; that lightness of step, that quickness of muscle response to my mental command. But I know that one day of logging my food, sticking to my plan, and seeing the scale move in the right direction doesn’t make these things happen. I logically KNOW that these changes cannot occur overnight. Maybe it’s a little bit like when you was... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:47:31 EST The First Annual Anti-Blah 5k I took some pics, so I figured it would be best to just blog it out here. Plus I haven't blogged in 2 weeks, so I am due for one! <BR> <BR> I really loved this idea - everyone running their own race in their own city, and donating money to a charity of their choice. We didn't make Tshirts for this one, but I'm sure we'll get around to that on our next AB race! <BR> <BR> I was very sore when I started, I was out dancing last night from 11 p.m. - 3 a.m. Then we walked around the Georgia Tech ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 20:17:20 EST Body Rockin' - Booty Shakin' - Food Loggin' <em>326</em> <em>344</em> <em>326</em> <em>344</em> <em>326</em> <em>344</em> <BR> I am here to tell you somethin'! You don't have to spend 60+ minutes everyday working out to get stronger. After doing p90x and seeing some of the biggest gains in strength, I was pretty convinced that the only way to see these improvements was to do body weight or ST for over 45 min. per day. And then along comes <BR> <BR> How can these people look like this working out so little each day? ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:39:22 EST Five for 2012! 1. Eat Clean. <BR> <BR> I don't want to give up any one food group. I don't want to work so hard counting every little thing. I don't want to completely eliminate sugar because I'd like to be able to go out and act like a normal person at a restaurant or party. <BR> <BR> I want to eat so healthy that my organs sparkle with happiness! I want to fuel myself, not reward myself! I want to look like Tosca Reno, the author of the Eat Clean Diet. She was overweight until she was 42, then she ate ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:52:20 EST Bloggy bloggerton reporting for duty! I've written 15 blogs this year! I know that isn't a lot for many of you, but it's the most I've put down in writing anywhere in years. I just don't have the kind of lifestyle that lets me sit down and reflectively write everyday. I compose a lot of stuff in my head on runs and bike rides, while driving the car, etc. But only the stuff that nags at me gets on here, unless its a blog about my progress on a challenge. <BR> <BR> So let me now challenge myself about blogging in 2012. I'm not a b... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 21:17:36 EST Ms. Ouchy Oucherton - aka Pimp my Pride Week 3 <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <BR> 1. 3 workouts on the area of your body you have been spending the least amount of time on. <BR> <BR> I've been doing p90x, and this means that my schedule is pretty rigid. It also means that I'm working every body part evenly, so I wasn't sure how to handle this part of the challenge. But since I've been doing the Ab Ripper X since mid-July, and now I'm doing it 3x week now on the p90x schedule, I was feeling a little boredom/burn... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:28:52 EST I'm a badass - aka Pimp my Pride Challenge #2 <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <BR> 1. By the end of Thursday, September 15, you are challenged to do 2 HOURS OF STRENGTH TRAINING OVER 4 DAYS, plus one more hour Friday-Sunday. <BR> <BR> D O N E! <BR> Monday - p90x Chest & Back (52 min.) + Ab Ripper (15 min.) <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Plyometrics Hell (58 min.) which is loads of cardio, but you are jumping (to failure) and I am always sore the next day. <BR> <BR> Wednesday - p90x Shoulders & Arms (53 min.... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:46:07 EST Going All In! Pimp My Pride Starting Line <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <BR> 1. Find your starting line: <BR> Crunches in one minute: 49 <BR> Push ups in one minute: 15 regular + 19 on knees <BR> Plank hold: 1 minute 40 seconds <BR> Pull ups in one minute: Zero, grrr <BR> Squats in one minute: 39 <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> 2. What equipment will you be using? <BR> Free weights and body weight, along with my p90x DVDs. <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> 3. What dumbell weight are you starting at? <BR> 5, 8, ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 20:57:19 EST Big Pimpin' Day 1 - Digits and Before Pics *sigh* <BR> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> First of all, let me say that I entered these new measurements in to my spark tracker and I've lost 3.5" in my waist, arms and thighs since the DIY challenge ended a few weeks ago. WOOT! Here go the latest digits: <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> Neck = 13.75" <BR> Titties = 44" <BR> Upper Arm = 12.75" <BR> Lower Arm = 10.25" (measured 2" below elbow) <BR> Waist = 35.5" <BR> Belly = 45.5" (abdomen) <BR> Ass = 44" ... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 21:40:41 EST Attention Fat Cells... As I was running on Sunday, I started talking to my fat cells. I enjoyed this conversation and thought I'd share it with you. <BR> <BR> I'm warning you fat cells, your time of living large is coming to an end. You might have noticed lately that you haven't been getting as much of what you're used to. You could be feeling a little bit cut off from the rich life you've been living these past few months, and that's the idea. I am done supporting your growth and expansion, I am prepared to bring... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:02:19 EST This is for Yoovie In response to Yoovie's "Limbo..." blog I had to post this picture. I too am a tall goddess (6'0"). This was taken at my last birthday party. My friend Holly is extremely short, but this picture gave both of us such a case of giggles! I mean it is ridiculous really. She is so small and I am so much larger that it makes me look like I'm from the Guiness Book of World Records. You know, world's largest woman! I think my calf is as long as one of her legs. So we laughed and it really hit me how ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:30:39 EST DIY Challenge Final Report <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> I joined in this challenge late. So after 4 weeks, here are my stats.... <BR> <BR> My Starting Weight: 211.0 <BR> My Finishing Weight: 209.6 <BR> <BR> I tracked the following: <BR> <em>8</em> 1. Body Fat - My body fat dropped 1.1% in 4 weeks! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 2. Waist - I lost 1" in my waist in 4 weeks!! I also measure my abdomen because I have a lovely double belly, and my abdomen is actually bigger than my waist or butt, well it was anyway... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:03:55 EST Self-Interrogation about the Cookie Dough Incident An interview with myself about an "incident" that I had earlier this week... <BR> <BR> Why did I buy the cookie dough? <BR> Because it was that healthy Immaculate Baking Company stuff that doesn't have the unnatural gunk in it, it was on sale, and my kids had been eating a lot of ice cream so I thought they could use a change of pace. <BR> <BR> Are you using your kids as an excuse here? <BR> My sneaky, fat/sugar deprived, addict brain threw that excuse out there. And my smart, kick-ass, hea... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:02:37 EST "Are you pregnant?" .... SERIOUSLY? It's been so long I forgot what it felt like, but it happened again. In defense of the clueless American public, my genetic body type looks like this: strong tall legs, strong upper body, nicely shaped (on the larger side) booty, big belly. It's the way my Dad looks, it's the way I look, it's the way my oldest son looks. The belly is the last to go and the most prominent part of my overweight look. But seriously? I'm attempting to blog this out of my mind, because I'm pissed that I woke up th... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 10:14:11 EST My Get-Your-Rear-in-Gear Plan for August Let me just take a moment to say.... <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> I've had my rear in gear for two solid weeks!!! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> That is 2 weeks without any "off" days or breaks or "I've been so good I'm going to eat this one naughty thing." And it's been FUN! And it's been pretty easy too. I never knew that handwriting a short list of goals and sticking it on my fridge would be so motivating. But really all of you sparkers are keeping me accountable too. Especially my awesome Proving ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:42:08 EST Get-my-Rear-in-Gear Plan Week 2 Last week I had 8 goals to start making my way back to a healthier lifestyle that involved me getting smaller rather than larger. Here is a brief report on my progress last week. <BR> <BR> 4 out of 8 goals were met each day. <BR> 3 of the 8 were only missed one day. <BR> 1 of the 8 were missed 2 days. <BR> <BR> Logged 576 Fitness minutes last week! <BR> <BR> And drumroll please, I lost 2.4 pounds last week! This exceeds my goal of losing 2 pounds per week for the next 6 weeks. And after a ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:55:20 EST Resetting my Ticker Just read a great blog about SMART goal setting. In it Septemberspirit mentioned resetting her ticker to her beginning weight in January 2011 to make her goals smaller and more do-able for this year. This sounded like a great idea, and then I got weird about it. Not sure if I'm feeling selfish or self-conscious or vain. But here it is.... <BR> <BR> If I reset my ticker to my current weight, and people won't see that I started in the 240s, then maybe I won't look as cool? If my little ticker ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 13:31:16 EST This is my Get-Your-Rear-in-Gear Plan Week 1 I know how to have it ALL going on - exercise, eating, athletic competitions, weight loss. The problem is for the last 3 months I have had NOTHING going on. Not sure who this new, lethargic lady is, I vaguely remember her being around for about 25 years or so, but she isn't welcome here anymore! I've been trying to go from 0% to 100% over the last month and there's been very little success, to be perfectly honest, I've continued to watch the scale #s climb. So here is the new plan. I will not... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:51:55 EST This is how 8 pounds 'til goal turns into 18 pounds 'til goal - or - HOW NOT TO BE A FOOL I am here to take get honest and real with myself. Since I began my weight loss journey in Jan. '08 I have had lapses of exercise and periods of not eating healthy, but luckily those 2 uh-ohs have not happened simultaneously. Until now. <BR> <BR> This ability I've had to "take breaks" in one area while kicking ass in another (eating poorly while logging 2000 fitness minutes/month) has led to a weight loss chart that consists of periods of losing weight with long plateaus between and only on... Thu, 26 May 2011 11:09:47 EST My life then and now...inspired by SUGIRL06 As I enter the 2nd half of the April Challenge with the Penguins, I have decided to compare how I used to live before I began my journey to how I am living now. It hast taken years to put all these practices into place. I would read a new book, see a documentary, watch a show, talk to a friend, and learn new things all the time. Then ever-so-slowly I change my life in a positive direction.... <BR> <em>267</em> <BR> Past: I purchased the cheapest meats and produce on sale. <BR> Present: I ge... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 16:01:15 EST Sunshine on my shoulders Wow, it has been really warm here these last couple days! Of course I'd love to be able to get out and run. But I'm not wallowing, I'm focusing on all the other great stuff I can do! My PT said he still would like me to get out and try running, but it jacked me up so much last time I hate to ruin the next day with the recovery. He said my pelvis stayed aligned this last week, which is great news. Now I just have to get a super-strong butt! My glutes are not firing properly, and their weakness... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 17:24:37 EST Alterations Just a quick note before I hit the bed. I had a pretty nice day today, but I didn't work out. I ate well, got my fruit and veggies in. I did have some dessert tonight, a slice of Sara Lee pound cake with fresh strawberries and light cool whip. I'm feeling a little guilty about he size of the slice of cake, I could have made it a bit smaller. I prefer to go to bed with the slightest rumbly in my tummy, but tonight I am feeling quite satisfied still. <BR> <BR> My main topic of the day was visi... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 23:13:46 EST Nearsighted, and not in the eyeball kind of way... Well, I am nearsighted in the eyeball way too, but I'm feeling very nearsighted with my goals lately. I have a goal I've commited to, I've crunched the numbers, its realistic and do-able. But I have the hardest time sacrificing what I want right now for what I want in 2 months time. As a homeschooling mom I am home almost all the time. Home is where I get into the most trouble because when I'm running around cleaning/teaching/playing/cooking I just don't see that goal 2 months in advance. It ... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:55:41 EST Keeping it clean today! I've had two great days of eating and it feels so good. It is amazing and encouraging to realize that if you stop eating the junk, the junk will stop calling your name. I get in such a rut, grazing on weird things in my pantry. I love eating clean, eating for fuel, eating only when I'm hungry, and succesfully avoiding temptations. <BR> <BR> I sure hope I have more days like this in the coming week. I have 62 days until Memorial Day Weekend. That is also my birthday weekend, I'll be 39 on May... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 20:40:32 EST Fear of Hurdles March hasn't been that great because it's been full of the same old behavior, same old mistakes, and same old results. Which wouldn't be so remarkable if it hadn't come after a couple months of me actually doing the right things and watching the scale go in the right direction. As I prepare to kick my own a** here a bit, I also would like to give myself credit for the hard work and great results I've seen thus far in my journey. But it is so ridiculous that I haven't been able to finish this ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:58:53 EST Race Report - Run the Reagan 10k, 2.13.10 I have run 3 triathlons and never done a race report before. Mostly because I don't have enough involvement to do one on the triathlon boards I visit for help/advice. But I've seen a few on sp so here I go.... <BR> <BR> My training for the race has been just about perfect. I started running regularly and with more consistency than I ever have before in mid-October. I had planned to work up to 9 miles on my LSD, but I only made it to 8 miles. Otherwise, I felt like I was in good shape. I knew... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 15:10:04 EST Sore throat, 1st 10k in 5 days, trying not to panic!!! I had my longest run yet yesterday, 8 miles, and I was so beat last night. I attributed my achiness to running, but this morning my 7YO woke up sick and had low-grade fever all day. As the morning wore on today I felt my throat getting sore. I've managed to stay cold, flu, stomach bug-free for the last 8 months by adding extra supplements and drinking loads of lemon water (and I'm convinced that you can "run" away from a cold) whenever I feel something starting. So I've done that today, I sle... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 22:14:02 EST "Good evening and welcome to Food Rehab." "Cues to foods that are high in sugar, fat, and salt create emotional tension - a psychic itch, if you will - and eating becomes a strategy for easing the stimulus-induced tension. This becomes habit, made automatic by the repeated experience of gaining reward and the learning attached to it. Over time, those associations automatically activate a positive memory." - The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler, MD <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 21:57:18 EST Go from a Couch Potato to a 10k in only 2 years! <img src=""> <BR> Last Thursday marked 2 years since I began what has been the most successful weight loss and lifestyle change I've ever experienced. When I started, my goal was to lose weight and get more fit, but I had no idea that I'd become an athlete in the process. What began with a life-long non-athlete enduring countless hours of DVD exercises in my living room led to me running 7 miles at the park on a frigid January day. The excep... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:18:33 EST