SIMONEKP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SIMONEKP SIMONEKP'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/ October's Evaluation, November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816927 Here's a recap of October's goals: <BR> <BR> October's goals: <BR> <BR> Weight- 6-8 lbs. Looking to hit 180 by end of year <BR> Measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduce body fat by at least another 1% <BR> Nutrition- average of 1400-1500 calories per day on a low carb diet, keeping gross carb intake at 60g or less per day <BR> Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per day), continue strength training. Get to 1,000 metres in 3 minutes on the rower. <BR> Mental Health: Start pic... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:22:18 EST Turn Down for what? .....100 lbs baby!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813682 Hit it this month (by the skin of my teeth but who cares?). 194.8 says the scale 3 days in a row now. I can't do my official monthly result blog that was due on Friday because I was late for the gym and had to skip measurements because I was busy doing this: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsyAagzMuUo </link> <BR> <BR> followed by this: <link>youtu.be/KQ6zr6kCPj8 </link> <BR> <BR> then I just had to do this: <link>youtu.be/2BViTqQxeHg </link> <BR> <BR> yeah, I was cel... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:51:02 EST Is this the month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812025 For me to hit 100lbs down? I can't wait to do my official weigh-in tomorrow morning! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:45:22 EST Rededication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806857 As many of you know, I've been low-carbing since August. It has worked out well and I decided to continue eating a ketogenic diet until December when I travel to Jamaica. After that I plan to slowly reintroduce complex carbs, just not as much as I use to eat, maybe no more than 40% of my daily calories. <BR> <BR> That's still the plan but this weekend I took a break, on Friday night I went out to a Japanese place with my girlfriends to celebrate one of them passing her medical boards (yes, ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:51:27 EST Recipe Sunday: high protein low carb pancake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805258 Stumbled on this awesomeness this morning! <BR> <BR> 3 tablespoons protein powder <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1/2 teaspoon baking powder <BR> water/almond milk to bring to pancake batter consistency <BR> <BR> Makes 2 pancakes, delish! Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:08:13 EST Recipe Sunday and so close! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796987 Those following along for a while know that I batch cook meals for the week on the weekend. Today was a lovely trio: <BR> <BR> Spicy crusted pork loin- made a quick dry rub from smoked paprika, seasoned salt, salt, ground pimento, garlic powder, onion powder and dried thyme. For the crust I bought pork rinds, pulsed them into dust in a food processor and coated the loin. Baked at 450 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes then hit it with the broiler in high for 3-4 minutes. Let it rest, then slice an... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:45:58 EST September Evaluation, October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794299 Last month was pretty good. Here's a recap of September's goals: <BR> <BR> September goals: <BR> <BR> Weight- 6-8 lbs. I want my weight to start with a 1 next month! I know I said that last month but it's still the goal. <BR> measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduce body fat by at least another 1% <BR> Nutrition- average of 1400-1500 calories per day on a low carb diet, keeping gross carb intake at 60g or less per day <BR> Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per day), continue... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:26:53 EST OMG, no way you ever weighed that much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793449 Said the Head of Nutrition at Yale University to me a few days ago at a talk I attended. So gratifying that I didn't even mind the fact that she felt the need to reach out and touch my upper arms and sort of poke them. You are so muscular and have a defined waist! It's extremely hard to achieve these results! she said. Of course she doesn't see the things I think are my problem areas, like the extra skin on my arms and on my thighs, however, I do know those are all things I am and can work to... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:06:08 EST Changing times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784121 I was so nervous about flying because of the whole water retention issue. I just didn't want anything interfering with my precious grasp on onderland. I don't know if I should credit this awesome bit of news to eating low carb or to getting under 200lbs. I had no water retention issues this time. I stayed at the Fairmont Millenium Park Hotel in Chicago, Fairmont promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides a lot of healthy options on their room service menu and they provide a scale in each room.... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:46:21 EST Low Carb, flying and water retention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782498 Sooo, I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch but so far it looks like water retention is a minimum. I don't know if that's a result of eating low-carb or a great side benefit of having lost so much weight. Maybe it's a combination of the two. My feet aren't swollen and 20-30 lbs ago they were swollen when I flew to the same city I'm in now. Those of you who have been following along since last year know that I used to retain water like a champ even if my flight lasted 10 minutes.... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:45:37 EST Traveling low-carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781860 I'm on the road this week. Well technically just flying to places but you know what I mean. So far I've done well by approximating my usual home meals at restuarants so no bread with meals, salads with protein for lunch and protein and veggie sides for dinner. I almost had a boo-boo tonight. Ordered a gin and tonic and found it to be sickenly sweet, went back to the bar and asked the bartender to see the tonic bottle, 33 grams of sugar per serving so I quickly ditched the drink and ordered a ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:49:18 EST Psssst, who am I kidding, hey peep ONEDERLAND BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778592 1 year and 8 months since I started, I've arrived at a major milestone, the coveted onderland! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Each sweat drenched workout <em>320</em> <em>328</em> <em>324</em> <em>402</em> <em>326</em> and each meal eaten in moderation has been totally worth it! <em>244</em> . <BR> <BR> I am excited but I'm not done, so n... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:46:38 EST August (and Low-carb) Evaluation, September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776578 Last month was pretty good in terms of measurable results although the weight loss doesn't reflect that, more later. Here's a recap of July's goals: <BR> <BR> August goals: <BR> <BR> Weight- 6-8 lbs. I want my weight to start with a 1 next month! <BR> measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduce body fat by at least 1% <BR> Nutrition- average of 1400 calories per day on a low carb diet, keeping gross carb intake at 60g or less per day <BR> Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per d... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:01:52 EST In, out and all about keto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774193 This whole ketosis thing is so finicky and counter intuitive. For the last month I've been in ketosis or at least I think I've been. I've been using the ketostix daily and I've had a positive result each day but there's some confusion on my part. I measure at night and always have at least a trace but more often the measurement is small or moderate. Here's the confusing part, I tried measuring in the morning but always had a negative result but it would seem that the morning would be when I s... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:15:13 EST Low carbing- do I continue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773305 I've been low carbing for just over a month now. As to be expected, I started off with a big bang and I'm waiting for this weekend to see the results of my first full month. As I started to say in my last blog, I'm still feeling somewhat frustrated at the limitations that this eating style imposes. I don't miss the grains and breads but I do miss fruit, like a lot. I'll probably give it a while longer but think I will ultimately add back in a few more carbs. Interestingly, there was a study p... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:37:55 EST Just Plain Weird http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761603 Last night we had a birthday party for a friend, lots of stuff on the grill, fish, chicken, burgers, hot dogs along with watermelon, curry chicken salad and various other stuff. Easy enough for me to eat low carb and ignore the rice and bread. I had a tiny piece of watermelon and drank a bunch of water. The party ran until about 2am, the dancing started about 9pm. Somewhere around 11pm I had 2 vodka shots and at midnight I had a sip of sparkling wine for the birthday toast. I was dancing but... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:14:05 EST Two Weeks In- Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760324 I've spent the last 2 weeks eating a ketogenic low carb diet. I've learned a few things so far and continue to make tweaks. <BR> <BR> The main thing I've learned is that this is probably not a lifetime change for me. My natural and cultural diet is more carb heavy that this type of eating allows. Generally, I ate about 40-50% of my calories in carbs, mostly whole grains, fruits and vegetables. I've attended a couple of family gatherings in the past two weeks and have stuck to this eating pl... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:39:00 EST July Evaluation, August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757609 Last month was pretty good in terms of measurable results. I'm hoping this is only the beginning of a good run that gets me into the end zone. Here's a recap of July's goals: <BR> <BR> July goals: <BR> <BR> Weight- 5-8 lbs. <BR> measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduced body fat % <BR> Nutrition- average of 1400 calories per day; really watch my added sugar intake. <BR> Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per day), continue strength training. Get to 1,000 metres in 3 minutes o... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:57:59 EST Temptation Conquered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755789 Had a work-related social event last night that I knew would be my first test under the low carb regime. I have to say I aced the test! I drank no wine, only water. I ate a few small pieces of cheese, some churizo sausage, a few nuts and a few blueberries. I skipped all the wonderful desserts that were trotted out, the breaded chicken, the empanadas, mini quiches, crustinis, etc. etc. I was starving by the time I got home at 9 so I ate my planned dinner of chicken and steamed veggies. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:44:06 EST Ketostix, calories, fats and stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754486 So upon advice from Pomatojuice, I've been researching how exactly to interpret the ketostix readings. I agree that any reading is good news and no reading doesn't necessarily mean that you're not in keto. I'm less sure I agree with the arguments that deep purple is not wanted because it just means waste. If the ketones are a result of your body converting fats to energy and the excess energy isn't used and is therefore excreted, it would seem that one would want to see the extra excretion be... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:56:11 EST Learning experience with LCHF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752522 So after some experimenting during my taper week, beginning on Thursday, I dropped my carbs to 50 gross carbs with generally about 20 fiber carbs for a net carb count of 30. I don't really know how to track sugar alcohols which I know can also subtracted so I don't deduct those. I figured it would take a number of days to enter keto so I didn't plan to measure until the fifth day or so but a curious thing happened; on Saturday, I noticed that I wasn't hungry after breakfast for hours and hour... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:11:30 EST Calorie Count Differences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750438 Ever wondered how the same ingredient can have different calorie counts and especially across different manufacturers? For example chicken breast is a simple ingredient, an ounce has roughly 32 calories but I tried to pick up some frozen grilled chicken breast strips at the grocery store for the odd times when I'm too busy to make it at home and need a quick lunch to pack. I noticed that every company had different calories counts for 3oz. The range ran the gamut of 100 calories to 160 calori... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:19:33 EST Ketosis when? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749028 Trying the whole low carb thing in August so I thought I would give it a test drive this week. I've been doing pretty well but still have a ton to learn. Mostly, I struggle with what to eat for snacks because my snacks are usually fruits. Any suggestions here are welcomed! Next I am wondering how long it should take to enter ketosis. I've been eating 60g or less of carbs since Saturday. I know that is higher than the recommended amounts during most of the induction periods on many low-carb pl... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:04:26 EST August Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744280 I've been reading "Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It?" It's pretty interesting and it advocates a low-carb eating style. I'm not sure I can handle low carb forever but I thought I would give it a whirl next month. I'm aiming for no more than 60g of carbs daily, he really advocates 20g max but I'm not sure I can swing that for a whole month. I know a number of you have done low-carb, what should I expect? I might need some sides ideas. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:50:59 EST How is the World Cup like weightloss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738542 I'm not Brazilian but they have been my favorite team since at least 1986, the first World Cup I watched with my brothers. I am from a football crazed nation but unfortunately, we've only managed to qualify for the World Cup once in the 20 times it's been held so for all intents and purposes, I am Brazilian when it comes to football. Where am I going with this? <BR> <BR> Well this post is about fervent hope, sheer will and glum reality. This was supposed to be the year we erased that 1950 lo... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:38:56 EST June Evaluation, July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734674 Last month was a repeat of June 2013 almost, I lost 1 pound. Here's a recap of my goals for June: <BR> <BR> June goals: <BR> <BR> Weight- 5-8 lbs. <BR> measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduced body fat % <BR> Nutrition- average of 1400 calories per day <BR> Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per day), continue strength training. Get to 1,000 metres in 3 minutes on the rower. <BR> <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> <BR> Weight: down 1 lbs no explanation can be given, I didn't do an... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:21:53 EST Striking Distance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728045 I've been blogging less because I find that the longer I'm on this journey, the less I have to say because it's doesn't feel novel, it feels like part of my normal routine and normal life just isn't that exciting although judging by most social media posts, I'm clearly in the minority of people holding opinion. Drat! I'm already off topic! <BR> <BR> Striking distance, right. I was so pleased today when I completed my entries for the day on the MFP app and the 5 week prediction was 198lbs. Of... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:25:39 EST Polar Loop, Beat and H7 HRM Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719957 Last week I got my new fitness toy in the mail, the polar loop and the H7 bluetooth HRM. I immediately set up the Polar Flow account and downloaded the matching app that goes with the Loop. I then immediately started competing with the Loop to reach the preset goal, I'm like that, I have to win! Next I downloaded the Polar Beat app that works in tanden with the H7 because I wanted to test the H7 before pairing it with the Loop. I also bought the upgrade extras for $8 which includes the benefi... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:44:30 EST May Evaluation and June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715152 Last month was much better than the prior two-month period in terms of weight loss. I'm still frustrated that I can't seem to get back close to 2lbs in a week no matter how hard I work but I won't let it get to me. Here's a recap of my goals for May: <BR> <BR> May goals: <BR> <BR> Weight- 5-8 lbs. <BR> measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduced body fat % <BR> Nutrition- average of 1500-1700 calories per day <BR> Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per day), continue strength ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:49:25 EST Never quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707508 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l48204386.jpg"> Sat, 31 May 2014 13:42:57 EST So was it a success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704394 I'm asking about your weekend of course. I know, I know, success can have many definitions. I think mine was touch and go as it relates to my weightloss goals and thus, action plan. I set a goal of 1400 calories per day for Sat- Monday. Saturday started off well, I burned just over 1,000 calories in 75 minutes then turned my attention to breakfast. I made some sautéed beef livers, I know, not everyone's cup of tea but I love it, and a baked potato, so it was more like brunch. I gardened a lit... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:08:57 EST The Kitchen is where it's at http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700111 Many people wrongly assume that people who are overweight spend all their time in the kitchen or that they spend no time in the kitchen and only eat fast food. We all know these assumptions are wrong and born out of ignorance. However, the kitchen is essential to weight loss and maintenance. A coworker asked me what was the secret to success. I told her my kitchen. She asked how so? <BR> <BR> I probably spend more time in my kitchen now than I did before I started paying proper attention to... Wed, 21 May 2014 15:06:03 EST 2,000 Miles to .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694888 Graceland? No, sorry, not an Elvis fan, a more apt destination is onederland. Since purchasing my stationary bike a little over a year ago, I've ridden a total of 2,000 as of today. That's not bad at all considering that I don't use it everyday or even every week. To put it in perspective, I drive an average of 7,250 miles per year so I've ridden 27.6% of my average annual driving miles. Too bad I'm not good at riding an actual bike or I could use it to tool around town. Even better, since m... Wed, 14 May 2014 12:05:38 EST Is it always wrong to take pleasure in someone else's downfall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691365 Before you say yes, "pleasure" and "downfall" are too strong and should probably be replaced "hint of satisfaction" and "setback", respectively. Now, allow me to elaborate. <BR> <BR> In 2011, a colleague, S, jumped ship and went over to a rival entity, no worries, we are a friendly bunch, belong to a small group and now simply work across the table from each other instead of on the same side. Like myself, she had a weight issue. In 2012, she and her husband started losing weight and she look... Fri, 9 May 2014 14:25:06 EST March-April Evaluation, May goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688058 All in all, last month was a big fat bust in terms of weightloss! However, I mostly met my nutrition and workout goals. Here's a recap of my goals for March-April: <BR> <BR> goals: <BR> Weight- 8-10 lbs <BR> measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduced body fat % <BR> Nutrition- average of 1500-1700 calories per day <BR> Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per day), continue strength training, run 1/2 mile non-stop. <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> <BR> Weight: down 0 lbs, no, there's ... Mon, 5 May 2014 13:21:51 EST Is biking/spinning exercise for the lazy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685025 I saw an article a few days ago where Katie Couric described herself as lazy and not as not liking to exercise but says she's religiously attends a spin class because it doesn't feel like exercise. I haven't been feeling my best this week, I've been suffering from a respiratory bug and allergies which are out of control in the NorthEast this time of year. I decided to take the week off from my trainer but from exercise so I've been using my bike all week because too much movement leaves me di... Thu, 1 May 2014 14:13:21 EST NSV, musings and rants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677138 Hope everyone had a great holiday <BR> <BR> I've been totally bummed about the scale not moving for a month now but I had a really nice NSV this weekend. I took my DD and a gaggle of her friends on a mall trip on Friday (God, someone should have warned me about the dangers of chaperoning 6 teenagers at the mall!). While they were browsing, I decided to look for a few pieces for work for the summer months. I found that even though the scale hasn't budged, I've gone down 1-2 clothes sizes. Wha... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:01:37 EST I wish, I hope I can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673666 do this at any age much less 80yrs old: <link>youtu.be/hjHnWz3EyHs </link> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:43:53 EST Trust the process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671160 "Trust the process" often seen and heard advice around spark and it's good advice but it can be hard to digest. I'm having one of those days where trusting the process is hard to digest advice. Although I've kept my workout schedule and intensity and abided by my nutritional goals, save for vacation week, I haven't seen any movement on the scale in close to a month. Now, that's not exactly true- I tend to retain a lot of water when I fly and upon my return from vacation, my scale registered 2... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:35:10 EST But I have nothing to wear .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669098 Literally! Started getting spring clothes from the spare room closet and nothing fits. A good problem to have but a problem nonetheless. When my winter clothes started looking clownish because they were so big, I bought a few separates for work and a few causal pieces from the clearance rack for non-work stuff. Looks like I'm headed back there for some spring/summer work wear. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:49:36 EST Are you fast, slow or balanced? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666525 You all know I love Jillian Michaels so it should come as no surprise that I browse her site every now and again. While browsing her site I found this nifty quiz that supposed to help you determine how you oxidize food and help you determine how to split your macro-nutrients: <link>luckytastebuds.wordpress.com/2009/04<BR>/21/oxidizer-test-from-jillian-michaels/ </link> <BR> <BR> I came out as a balanced oxidizer when I sort of already knew based how I like to eat and what meals keep me t... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:51:26 EST NSV- the Trench http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663738 I bought an awesome trench coat last September in size L, planning to fit into it by this fall. Just for ha ha's I tried it on before working out, yes, at 5:00 am I was trying on a coat. To my surprise, it fits! However, once I put on my suit for work the arms were a little snug and the bulkiness of my suit jacket made it feel tight when fully buttoned so I decided to give another month or so before wearing to work. However, I can totally wear it if I don't have to wear a suit. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 19:05:35 EST A short break in regular programming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661828 As it turns out, my first month on my new measurement day is like an April's fool joke. I totally did not consider my travel plans before switching this month to the 1st. Having just returned from a trip to the midwest for work, I am again retaining water from flying and cannot get accurate weight or measurements to report today; therefore, I'm skipping this result day and increasing my weight loss goal for March from 3lbs to 8lbs for March-April. All other goals remain the same from March. s... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:23:31 EST I'm BACKKKK!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655405 Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm back from my week of R&R and family time and I'm swamped at work but at least I'm tanned! Totally didn't enjoy coming back to 28 degrees weather and an impending snow storm but such is life. I've talked about it here before, whenever I fly I swell up so for ha ha's I stepped on my scale this morning and it registered 20 lbs heavier than a week ago. I know it's not real weight gain so I'm not worried, it will be gone in a few days. I had a great vacation, didn't track b... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:24:11 EST Hello from paradise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651583 Just a quick hello <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1202287275.jpg"> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:52:35 EST February Evaluation- March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646131 All in all, some successes last month. I met my nutrition and workout goals. I went down in weight. Here's a recap of my goals for February <BR> <BR> February goals: <BR> Weight- 6-10 lbs <BR> measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduced body fat % <BR> Nutrition- average of 1500-1700 calories per day <BR> Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per day), continue strength training, run 1/2 mile non-stop. <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> <BR> Weight: down 5 lbs <BR> <BR> Measurements- 3 i... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:32:22 EST Blog Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645393 I meant to post results last night but after my dentist visit I was woozy and went to bed at 6pm, yes, 6pm. So later tonight or tomorrow. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:28:32 EST New Measuring Date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644504 TOM constantly interferes with my 7th of the month measuring day so I am changing measuring day to the 1st of the month. I have my results for the past month and will post them later tonight. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:29:49 EST Super Excited- not WL related http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641480 I picked up my new car at the dealer last night, I love it already! I had my last car for 12 years then I traded it in with 87,000 miles for my new ride. Yeah, I know, I don't drive much. That 87,000 miles actually included a round trip drive to Florida from Mass and several trips to Canada. My daily commute is only a few miles and I spend a lot of time at work so not much driving happening generally. Anyhow, it's been a few days so I want to say hi and share my news! <BR> To satisfy Ken: I g... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:53:14 EST Is that you in that weight loss product ad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636727 Caught the Rossen Report segment aired on the Today Show yesterday online this morning, the report address before and after photos in weight loss products and included one woman who had her photos stolen from her blog. The blog look an awful lot like a spark page. Check it out for yourself: <link>m.today.com/news/dieters-beware-thos<BR>e-after-weight-loss-photos-arent-alway<BR>s-legit-2D12185027 </link> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:59:28 EST