SENSORYFOODIE's SparkPeople Blog SENSORYFOODIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: FIGHTING NON-DIETARY CHOLESTEROL At the beginning of the year I began a fight to reduce a high organic level of cholesterol in my body. My brother and the nurse practitioner said that it's probably genetic, because I do not eat a diet high in animal products and my brother also has it. I was encouraged to take drugs or supplements. II balked at both. Not only are they expensive, I just don't turn to drugs to solve my problems (outside of big-polar medication and anti-allergenic creams). <BR> <BR> I consulted my Ayurvedic Ho... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 02:54:41 EST The idea of weight loss is a complex idea This morning I had the thought that as I get thinner I am daring myself to crouch on the brink of extinction. What am I talking about? Well, our species--and we are a species--really exists to reproduce. And if you consider the theory of survivalism (Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest), all species, animal or vegetable, are hard-wired to resort to all sorts of tactics to survive. Now, what does that mean when it comes to human beings? Well, I think it means that we with weight pro... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:00:07 EST I broke my back but I did not break my spirit <img src=""> <img src=""> Hi. Its been 10 weeks since my car accident and broken back. Tracking my calories now is essential because 1) it keeps me honest and focused and 2) I can only exercise minimally. In some ways in my weight loss efforts I am really limited to trackiing calories to have any effect. I can walk up to 40 minutes per day, but not faster than 2.5 mph. Thus, I c... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:07:51 EST Liking what I see in the Mirror <img src=""> Having lost a good 10 lbs from my 132 lb frame, I am in an in-between stage--not too thin but thinner. My face reflects it in droves. There's a structure to my face that wasn't there before, right at the mandibular joint. It's nice to see. It's really nice to look in the mirror and to enjoy the face looking back. I always looked at me and didn't see the person looking back. Although my body is not yet at that weight that ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:23:17 EST Triumphing After a Year What does it mean to triumph? It means that you've made enough changes to see a difference over a period of time. It can also mean little successes every single day that you can lean on to help you to see that you're going to be successful in eventual weight loss. Big things--the big picture--that you see in weight loss. Little things--like measuring out chips if you can't say no to them. Habit-forming changes that you can see in your behavior and your body. Not being obsessive about food or ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:53:43 EST Back to Basics This is my second year in SP and I am in a weight loss phase after having a year of learned maintenance. I learned about the differences in an article I read on SP about two study groups in a weight loss study. The first learned weight maintenance and the second group learned weight loss, and then they reversed. The study found that after the first year the weight maintenance group gained less (2-3 lbs) than the weight loss group (9 lbs). This last year--a full year, since I started in March... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:49:41 EST Today I came back Today I came back after a long time away <BR> To return to the place that started my way, <BR> To a new life, a new bod, a new start <BR> In a new place, a new lease, a new heart. <BR> <BR> I bought new pants, I saw myself shrink <BR> But then I got scared--froze--got tight, couldn't think. <BR> <BR> Got all caught up in weights, bands and right; <BR> "How do I eat and when, and if at night? <BR> <BR> Found I should stop, and find who I am; <BR> What do I like, what do I do, and when? <BR>... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:06:33 EST No Streaks But Down Anyway I have taken a break from tracking my exercise and nutrients on SparkPeople but I haven't stopped tracking them internally. For that reason, I have lost weight--not a lot, but down is down! When you're using a digital scale, a few ounces makes a difference, and I am celebrating that as I would despair if they went in the opposite direction. I have been watching how I eat, when I eat, what I eat, and most important, if I want to eat which I believe has been part of the reason along with all of... Sun, 25 May 2014 07:10:07 EST Coming back to you The struggle is real Mon, 19 May 2014 06:25:50 EST What I WILL I will: <BR> <BR> Eat clementines at night. <BR> <BR> I will: <BR> <BR> Not talk myself into eating at night <BR> <BR> When hungry, I will eat something that I KNOW I'm okay with, so I don't have to live a lie, which is <BR> <BR> EATING ANYTHING IS OKAY AND IT WON'T MATTER. Eating MATTERS. Fri, 9 May 2014 06:43:20 EST Big Eater, Big Talker I think I eat and talk a lot and like to use my mouth for a whole lot of other reasons. This being said, eating is a wonderful diversion. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had fun in my house, where I pretended my house was the grocery store and I was the customer who bought and consumed everything it had: buttered popcorn, oreos, walnuts, sausage, eggs, cheese, etc... But I tracked my calories so I could see how much damage I had done so damage was not complete. After all, I have met one of my short te... Wed, 7 May 2014 00:33:11 EST BMR, BMI and A, B, C, D, E, F, G So after spending about 30 minutes calculating and recalculating my BMR (relatively easy) and my BMI (much, much harder for me to get), I came away with much confusion over my base and my high caloric allotment given to me by SP. <BR> <BR> Which leads me to my next post, which was coming whether I calculated my BMI or not or even knew what it was. <BR> <BR> I have got to learn how to eat. Our ancestors--even 200 years ago-- knew how to eat. They ate when they were hungry. Someone knows th... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:31:09 EST Becoming True to Myself After six weeks on the program and enough weight, but not more than 10 combined lbs and inches, lost to make a visible overall difference in my appearance, I am back down to what I my common "normal", although, like obese people who after a certain period stop counting the lbs gained or lost and just live in the moment, I consider this weight to be my highest that I can tolerate before I look measurably overweight. <BR> <BR> So, this is what that means: <BR> <BR> I have to have a "new norm... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:40:51 EST It is enough To get this far and to not congratulate myself would be to lose the lesson, so I've decided in this journey to say "dayenu"--it would have been enough--and to stop here. I've not given up the fight or changed my goals at all. I've decided that I can accept myself right here and right now for changing my body and liking those changes before I go any further down the road of more changes. <BR> <BR> Why am I willing to do this? Because a) weight loss is hard, and b) there is no guarantee that I... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:49:52 EST I wanted to be a race car driver At age 52 3/4, I am finally stepping into adulthood. This means that I leave behind childish behavior and embrace courageous, uncomfortable behavior. <BR> <BR> What is uncomfortable is being the person I was meant to be, instead of the person I think I was supposed to be. For years I tried to become what I wasn't, whether that was a straight-haired person, someone who was good at organizing, and mostly someone who just wasn't ME. Those may be the operable words: someone who wasn't ME. <BR> ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:59:46 EST Getting the hang of it I think I'm getting it, after almost six weeks on the program. <BR> I understand what we all learn after a while: that it's a numbers game. <BR> Very simply, what you take in must be less than what you burn off. <BR> If we search it out on the SP site, our resting metabolic burn rate is about 1700 calories a day (if I am wrong, then please correct me, and this may be for women only). If we eat the minimum of 1200, then we are losing a rate of 500 calories a day, which would make a deficit of... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:02:36 EST