SKATER787's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SKATER787 SKATER787'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/ 80 Days To New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797593 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271541847.jpg"> <BR> It's time to get all your ducks in a row. I'm working to get everything in place to launch my new 6-year plan on New Year. Let's go! <BR> <BR> And BTW, thanks ABBA for the wonderful music. I'm rediscovering their music. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1714162195.jpg"> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:12:08 EST Bring On The Superfood: Egg Yolks (in 30 days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793406 Cholesterol is good for you. Your brain needs it and part of the brain is made of it. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of links to dispel this myth and misinformation that we have been told over the decades: <BR> <BR> Chris Masterjohn: <BR> <link>www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Chole<BR>sterol-Rich-Foods-Raise-Blood-Choleste<BR>rol.html </link> <BR> <BR> A smart blogger from Malaysia: <BR> <link>maxloh-something2share.blogspot.co.u<BR>k/2008/08/egg-yolks-are-good-for-you.html </link> <BR>... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:34:23 EST Back From Vacation and New Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784380 I just came back from a vacation and now it's time to set and reset goals for the rest of the year. It's roughly 100 days to the end of the year, so here I go: <BR> <BR> 1) Pulling back on researching health and diet topics. <BR> 2) Organizing, removing clutters and selling unused items. <BR> 3) Ramp up on studying new skill set. <BR> <BR> I hope for good results in both organizing and studying so I can be ready for the new year with great success and attitude. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:10:27 EST Thank You Mercola for Natto, The Japanese Superfood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764557 So I've been reading about Natto from Mercola for quite some time. Finally, I got the courage and bit the bullet. It's time to make some Natto. <BR> <BR> What I'm after besides vitamin K2 is the blood clot busting enzyme, so called fibrinolytic enzyme, Nattokinase. A couple of people I know died prematurely from strokes. I want to avoid that fate the best I could. <BR> <BR> Natto is a fermented soy food by friendly bacteria, Bacillus natto. The Japanese discovered this strain of bacteria a ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:20:36 EST Coconut Milk from Scratch, At Last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761615 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1658513558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So for years, I've been wanting to make coconut milk from scratch if it wasn't for the fear of the unknown and how the heck do you grind up the coconut meat anyway? <BR> <BR> On another front, a year ago, I took the plunge and bought an expensive blender, the Blendtec, out of all things, to grind wheat berries. LOL. I did it once and then learned about the no-grain and never looked back. No more wheat grinding fo... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:35:29 EST How People Raised HDL The Good Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756669 So I came across this link and found it very interesting of how people raised their HDL. Basically, lower your carbs and eat more good fats! <BR> <BR> <link>heartdisease.about.com/u/ua/choleste<BR>roltriglyceride1/How_Did_You_Raise_You<BR>r_HDL.htm </link> <BR> <BR> I have extracted posts I found interesting below: <BR> <BR> <BR> How I changed my cholesterol <BR> I have been following the Atkins low carbohydrate diet since April 25, 2012. I also have added some exercise to my life... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 01:16:27 EST I owe Suzanne Somers one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755813 A year ago, after reading two of her books, Breakthrough and Knockout, I joined Life Extension (lef.org) per her recommendation. One of the services they provide for members is health consultation. I didn't do anything with it, but kept up with the membership because I enjoy their monthly magazine. <BR> <BR> To get a good assessment of your own health, you need to see the blood tests. I've finally come to the point beyond the rudimentary cholesterol test and wanted to find out the hormones l... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:35:17 EST RIP Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734806 Last month, my coworker passed away. At home, he had a stroke and then on the way to the hospital suffered a heart attack and died. He was 38 years old. <BR> <BR> It's still not real to me even after the funeral. Your mind just can't let go when someone that young suddenly disappeared like that. <BR> <BR> I've been watching videos about the passing of Elvis. Likewise, some of his entourage just couldn't believe that it was real. Similar reaction of me to my buddy here. <BR> <em>652</em> ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:41:49 EST SP is a great place to set and reset goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727386 I've just noticed on my home page I have this entry: <BR> <BR> Study Program started on June 28, 2013 <BR> <BR> Wow, it's one day off a one year anniversary since I wrote that! Time flies. I've achieved some success in some areas but not a complete success. So I'm resetting my goals once again: <BR> <BR> 1) Study program <BR> 2) Organize <BR> 3) Lift bells <BR> 4) Some yoga <BR> <BR> Now they are recorded. Goals are set, it's time to work on them. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful place. <BR>... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:48:24 EST Summer Solstice and New Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723636 Due to the fear of being laid off and having obsoleted technical skills, I've been focusing on work for the last several years. Now that I think I have enough savings to survive a layoff, I'm shifting some of the focus to my two new goals: Getting organized and lift some kettlebells. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> What a coincident to have these started on Summer Solstice. <BR> <BR> P.S. Make that 3 goals by adding a little yoga. :) <BR> <em>417</em> <BR> <BR> Jun... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:49:05 EST Chelation Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691457 Very good explanations of chelation here (15 minutes) <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2CDZ<BR>YkFRG8 </link> <BR> <BR> Gervasio Lamas, M.D., principal investigator for TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) trial talks about the results of the trial (5 minutes) <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK_bi<BR>X0GbMQ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>ivnutritionaltherapy.com/the-tact-tr<BR>ial-presentation-by-pi-dr-gervasio-lam<BR>as-the-movie-unleaded-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> R... Fri, 9 May 2014 17:19:47 EST 3 Days of blood glucose testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684875 OK, today is my 3rd and last day of blood glucose testing for awhile. That will give my fingers some rest from the poking. I'll pick up testing again to see the effect of certain foods and supplements. But for now I have some preliminary conclusion from these 3 days of testing. <BR> <BR> First the results of day 3: <BR> 4/30/2014 <BR> 12:15 PM 106 start lunch <BR> 2:07 PM 131 <BR> 3:03 PM 118 <BR> <BR> 8:15 PM 104 start dinner <BR> 9:30 PM ate nuts & 4 dates <BR> 10:30 PM 125 <BR>... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:44:44 EST 2nd Day of blood glucose testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683967 4/29/2014 <BR> <BR> 9:30 AM 95 <BR> 10:40 AM ate Goji berries 10 gms <BR> 10:50 AM 91 <BR> 11:00 AM ate young coconut <BR> 12:05 PM 163 <BR> 1:00 PM ate Lunch included 1 banana <BR> 1:43 PM 118 <BR> 2:20 PM 120 <BR> 3:20 PM 121 <BR> 5:05 PM ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:40:16 EST My first day of Blood Glucose testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683169 I finally got the blood glucose test going. I use the FreeStyle test kit. <BR> <BR> Mon 4/28/2104 <BR> 12:00 Noon 97 <BR> 12:30 PM 97 start lunch <BR> 1:37 PM 137 Nuts and 1 banana at 1:00 PM <BR> 2:07 PM 196 1 hr after banana <BR> 2:45 PM 111 <BR> 3:23 PM 111 <BR> 4:16 PM 111 <BR> 5:10 PM 107 <BR> 7:... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:50:08 EST A1C 6.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677981 OK, my A1C just came in at 6.2. A little over reference range, but I'll live. <BR> <BR> The last test I had in Jan was 5.9. <BR> <BR> Since I've just ordered Carb blocker (white kidney bean extract), I'll give that a try and stepping up my intake of cinnamon. I think June 1 will be a good time to take another test to see if I could lower my blood sugar using these supplements as I don't want to cut back on the carbs too much. I don't do grains but still enjoy fruits and root vegetables whic... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:40:12 EST Dust off your dancing shoes to drive away dementia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668442 I've always felt that there is something unique about dancing. Finally, the answer came. <BR> <BR> From the book, The As If Principle, page 231: <BR> <BR> Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City followed a group of more than five hundred participants between 1980 and 2001.... <BR> <BR> Those who were readers showed a 35 percent reduced risk of dementia, while doing crossword puzzles at least four times a week showed a 47 percent drop. Interestingly, almost ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:52:19 EST First Visit to the Farmers Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658001 OK, so I've been here almost 5 years and have never visited the local farmers market. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Better late than never. Kale, turnips, beets and fresh eggs and I got some surprises like the turnip tops. They are edible and quite nutritious from what I read. Free food basically. Likewise with the beet tops. Super cut them off to save space, plus they get in the way. But the farmers have no use for them and so they come with it. Nice. <BR> <BR> I set out to eat more purple foo... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:40:30 EST Operation Overlord http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648592 Today marks the beginning of my new programs: <BR> <BR> Work: Start working on a project that will help make my day-to-day work easier. I've been thinking about this for years but got sidetracked. It's time to refocus. <BR> <BR> Anti-aging program for the skin: According to Dr. Perricone, it's testosterone that helps with the skin. The health of your skin has to come from inside. One way to boost testosterone is to lift weight. That's why weight lifters in general look better than marathon ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:11:05 EST Blood test results after quitting grains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624986 I'm listing the latest blood test and 2 prior tests in June 2012 and Apr 2013 for comparisons. For example, my HDL was 53 in June 2012, 61 in Apr 2013 and 82 for Jan 2014. <BR> <BR> Jun-2012 Apr-2013 Jan-2014 <BR> HDL 53 61 82 <BR> LDL 124 118 137 <BR> Triglycerides 133 106 62 <BR> Total Cholesterol 204 200 231 (Meaningless unless you're over 300) <BR> <BR> Neutrophil %(ref 40-75) 56 58 59 <BR> Lympho... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:56:59 EST Blood drawn. Time to wait. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616220 I've had the regular lipid profile done, but what I really wanted is the HBA1C for the average blood glucose and Homocysteine and C-Reactive Protein for the markers of inflammation. I had to ask the doctor to give me the prescriptions for all three because they are not in the standard physical exam package. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> This will be my first ever A1C and I'm anxious to see the number. Over the last few months what I have learned about lower carbs convinced me that regulati... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 19:08:35 EST 4 Years and 6 months marks the midpoint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607665 Today is a big day for me as it marks the midpoint of the current job before the next stage. Of course, providing that I don't get laid off before my time is up. <BR> <BR> The annual layoff season is coming in Apr/May right after the company announces the prior year results. I give the odds at 10% this year and 50% next year. Nothing is certain in life and I could be laid off anytime, but those are my guesstimates. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, like a runner who has passed the midway point, the psyc... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:28:53 EST Low Vit D!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602470 Just got the blood test result from the doctor. It's 14.7. Normal range is 40 and up. This is despite having 3 bottles of Vit D at home. I just haven't been taking enough of it and consistently enough. But the bigger problem is not getting enough sun. Since I'm in Texas and it's sunny, so from now on, lunch time is outside. Eat and get sunshine at the same time. All standing up of course. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> PS. I was given a prescription for 50,000 IU Vit D that I've heard abou... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:19:26 EST Today I signed and paid for 1 year gym membership and went http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601785 After more than 2 years hiatus, I signed and paid for 1 year of gym membership for $345. This is so I can attend the group-ex classes. Why, what for? <BR> <BR> It's not for losing weight. It's not for cardio health. You've guessed it. <BR> <BR> It's for the brain. <BR> <BR> Unless you are into weight lifting, joining the gym is a lousy way of losing weight. You have to do so much work just to burn one lousy calorie. They say that you have to walk 100 yards to burn calories of a single M&... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:01:00 EST To Breakfast Or Not To Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595244 About 8 weeks ago, I adopted the Leptin Diet eating schedule which calls for 3 meals a day with no snack and breakfast with protein and 5 hours between meals. The best schedule I could come up with is 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. <BR> <BR> Then I came across this video, where Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Institute said that between 11 pm to 11 am is when the body pushes out wastes. Eating a big breakfast will disrupt this detox process. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeJh_U6bH1U </l... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:51:36 EST Can 2 be more than 10? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590422 While waiting in the doctor's office I saw an article in a magazine where Alan Greenspan was talking about his book. With the financial crisis, he said he learned in two years more than he did in 10. <BR> <BR> Think about it. In the right circumstances, like your back against the wall, you could accomplish something in two years more than what you had in 10 years. <BR> <BR> Could I? <BR> <BR> It's an intriguing thought. Could I for the next two years being able to transform my technical sk... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:11:20 EST 2014 Year to organize and regroup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580802 It took a lot of effort to learn and formulate what my diet will look like. It was a surprise for sure what I ended up with. Going through my orders with Amazon, I counted a little over 100 books on health and diets in the past 6 months. <BR> <BR> Enough of that and I should be focusing on catching up with what I got and organizing. <BR> <BR> So that will be my goals for the year. I've settled with what I'm going to eat and the exercise program. <BR> <BR> The 3 O's: Organize, Organize, Or... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:36:10 EST 2013 in Review. Surprises in the 4th Quarter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578587 The surprises for the year all came in the 4th quarter for me. <BR> <BR> 1) Lost 15 lbs via TurboCharged by the Griesels. As an exerciser I could never lose weight. For example, almost ten years ago, I had some time off from work. I did 12-13 group ex classes a week from strenuous aerobics to yoga. I weighed myself the first time after 4 months and to my surprise and dismay, I lost 5 lbs. after all those hard works. I gave up losing weight after that. <BR> <BR> 2) Quit eating grains. As a ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:22:17 EST 4 years or 1461 days to go for a new career http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575167 I have 4 years exactly to the day for a new career as I don't believe in retirement. It'll be the time that I can concentrate on my many pet projects. Of course, granted that I don't get laid off before the 4 years is up. Or that I don't jump ship after 2 years because I really want to go to Youtube university. That's right. I think Youtube is the whole new world of learning. It's visual, it's free and the range of subjects is unbelievable. It's the greatest gift to us all. <BR> <BR> My goal... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:04:46 EST Great News: An hour exercise is unnecessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573425 The group that exercised for 1/2 an hour lost more weight than the 1 hour exercise group after 3 months. This has a huge implication for me as I used to believe that more is better and I needed to exercise at least an hour to get results. <BR> <BR> Arming with this knowledge, I went to the gym today looking to sign up but I wanted a good deal. Months ago when I visited, I was told of a 3 year deal, pay all at once which brought down the monthly cost considerably. Alas, no such luck today, bu... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:33:02 EST Weight Loss Numbers Are Meaningless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564926 without the weight set point coming along. <BR> <BR> I am an exerciser but never a dieter. So I'm new to this weight loss game through dieting. I've read many accounts of Sparkers who lost a bunch of weight but only to gain it back. I couldn't understand why. After all, when the weight started to come back, why couldn't they do something? <BR> <BR> A coworker also tipped me off a couple of months back when I was losing weight rapidly, she said something to the effect of wait until you are ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 14:30:46 EST Even a Baby Knows That You Should Be Standing Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559513 A baby knows that standing up is good for mommy. When you sit longer than 15 minutes, fat digesting enzymes in the body get shut down. Spend more time on your feet for better health. 1:18 minute video. Enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iYNAsC7Gu0 </link> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 03:19:44 EST The 5 Rules of The Leptin Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548547 Leptin is a fat burning hormone, the master hormone according to Byron Richards, a Leptin expert. When you eat is just as important as what you eat according to Byron. This is most interesting and fascinating subject to me. While I'm waiting for Byron's book to arrive, I've watched the video and want to start incorporating the principals of the Leptin diet right away. <BR> <BR> The 5 rules are: <BR> <BR> 1) Never eat after dinner. Allow 3 hrs before going to bed and at least 12 hrs before ... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:27:18 EST From Chocolate to Chia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546891 Ran out of chocolate. Starting Chia: <BR> <BR> OK, last month, I bought a bunch of dark chocolate that was supposed to last 60 days. Well, as you can guess, it didn't last that long. They lasted about 20 days. 1 chocolate bar was supposed to last 2 1/2 day. I think I was averaging 1 per day. Then I bought 27 more and that lasted 16 days. So the average on the 2nd batch was about 1.7 bars per day. Lessons learned is that if you don't want to over-eat them, don't buy them. Don't have it in th... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:42:31 EST My apology to Dr. Atkins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545565 Years ago when I first heard about the LC diet and Dr. Atkins, I thought that he was doing a disservice to the people. How could eating all those animal proteins and saturated fats be good for anybody? Although, I'm not a vegetarian, I bought into the idea of less animal protein is better and the whole concept of low saturated fat, high carb through whole grains. Yes, low fat, high carb. <BR> <BR> When I lost a bunch of weight in the last couple of months through reduction in concentrated ca... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:34:17 EST Exercise: More is NOT better. We were born to walk, not run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537856 I suspect it all along that running a marathon is one of the dumbest thing you can do. Total body inflammation is what you're asking for. Finally, a cardiologist who can speak up about over-exercising. Enjoy: <BR> <BR> Run for your life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far: Dr. James O'Keefe <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6U728AZnV0 </link> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 01:55:56 EST Ch, Ch, Chia! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534177 The Chia's are coming. Well, they are actually here. Along with them, I also ordered broccoli seeds to do some sprouting. It's been known for a long time that the sprouts have stronger and more consistent cancer fighting compounds than the grown broccoli. So I'll try out the sprout path. As for the superfood of the Aztec, I'll get to experiment with Chia. Better late than never, I'm looking forward to find creative use for it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 18:28:02 EST TurboCharged: Continued success in 2nd month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529152 For the month of October: 17 days of loss, 7 days each of gain and maintain. <BR> <BR> From the beginning of September when I started TurboCharged: <BR> September, lost 13 lbs. <BR> October, lost 6 lbs. <BR> <BR> No exercise, just standing desk and 100-yard parking spot. I have forgotten to do the 1 minute resistance training which I'm supposed to do a few times a day. However, I started using weighted vest since mid October. The vest weighs 6 lbs. I don't go to the gym, I wear the gym. Th... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 10:49:13 EST Food is wonderful without the junky grains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522279 Back in August, I was still going full blast on the grains with all-you-can-eat pizza and donuts weekend. If you had told me that I'll be making and eating fresh green salad everyday, I'd have laughed my head off. I'm still eating some oatmeal that I have in the freezer, but I'm getting close to finish them off. Other than that, I don't have any grain in my diet. Here are pics of my brunch. It's my first meal of the day. I think it helps to reduce the number of hours you will be eating. We a... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:24:42 EST Putting Weight Back On with Weighted Vest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515939 After losing a bunch of weight recently, I'm just not burning as many calories being on my feet. I can feel the lightness of the body when moving around. So yesterday I started looking for a weighted vest to put back on some weight. I found the best price at Walmart and picked up one for $40. I don't recommend using it for regimented exercise as additional weight can cause injury. But for putting around the house or in my case, wearing it in the office, it works great. I'm wearing 4 lb weigh... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:09:00 EST BMI 23! 60-Day Dark Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515050 Today I reached BMI = 23. <BR> <BR> Not 23.2, not 23.1, but 23.0. <BR> <BR> What a day and what a way to start the day. <BR> <BR> I read from the book, Glycemic Load Diet by Rob Thompson that I can eat a small amount of chocolate after meals just for taste. It doesn't spike the blood sugar when done that way. It's when people eat too much of it when it causes problems. <BR> <BR> So I got 12 chocolate bars for a dollar a piece. Each bar can be broken into 5 pieces, that is 60 pieces, once ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:26:35 EST I ended up losing 15 lbs in 6 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513602 when I started TurboCharged program September 1st. The first 5 days I didn't even weigh myself as I wasn't even thinking about losing weight. Then it drawn on me that maybe I should have done that. I've recorded for 35 day, 27 of which I lost, 4 gained, and 4 maintained. The pace has slowed down now but I'm 7 lbs from my target. I'm giving myself until the end of the year, but if it comes by the end of November, I'll take it! Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:35:12 EST I can't believe I've become a Dieter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510089 As an exerciser, the only diet I've ever known was All-I-Can-Eat diet. <BR> <BR> I've always been interested in health food and I was told that whole grains were good for you. I was mislead. Now that I've lost some weight by eliminating the grains, I've done something that I never thought was possible and that is losing weight. Since all the exercises I did, didn't do the trick. <BR> <BR> Among other things such as the water tricks I learned from TurboCharged, my BMI has dropped from 25.7 ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:16:12 EST Another Coworker Asked if I Had Lost Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508390 and if it was on purpose. She said that fat had disappeared from my face and neck. I told her that basically I eliminated grains from my diet. And always drink water first when I got hungry to test if it's hunger or thirst. She asked if I get the carbohydrate withdrawal symptoms? I said no, this is not Atkins. I can eat all the fruits, vegetables and meats I want. I told her that it's a better way to live. You just eat only the good stuff and leave the fillers, the concentrated carbs behind.... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 21:53:36 EST Knock, Knocking on Love Handles' Door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502664 First the fat disappeared from the face and neck. Then the shoulders, the upper body was next. One day I reached and pinched the skin in the back. All I got was skin, no fat. Now the love handles are being attacked. A major annoyance that I gave up 25 years ago. After the love handles, the last stage would be the belly fat. Let's see if it's possible. <BR> <BR> This progression is for the male. For female, the butt and thighs would be the last and the most difficult to go. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:23:28 EST One Month with TurboCharged Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500185 I only have records for 22 days. Out of those 22 days I had 18 days of loss, 2 days of gain and 2 unchanged. Total (fat) loss 12 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm now in the weight range that I have not seen in 3 decades. <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:49:32 EST I was fit fat for decades but didn't know it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499303 I have some weight gain over the decades. But as an exerciser, I thought it was a natural process. No big deal. Even when relatives suggested that I was over weight, I didn't believe it. <BR> <BR> I've also heard the term fit fat plenty of times, but I didn't think it applied to me. <BR> <BR> I'm sure you have seen plenty of former high school or college athletes who had gotten fat after they quit doing the sports they were involved with. <BR> <BR> Well, in my case, I have kept up in rela... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 12:55:51 EST Fascinating: Top 5 Regrets of the Dying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498957 Top 5 Regrets of the Dying <BR> <BR> Don’t wait until your health fails before living the life you want to live <BR> <BR> by: Bronnie Ware, from: AARP, February 1, 2012 <BR> <BR> For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to 12 weeks of their lives. <BR> <BR> People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone'... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 00:01:41 EST Macro-nutrient Separation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496102 Years ago when I first heard that you shouldn't mix protein food with starch, I thought what rubbish. Eating starch by itself is no fun and eating protein only can get you constipated. What a silly idea. <BR> <BR> In the last several months, I got interested in the subject of enzymes. First with proteolytic enzymes for the purpose of reducing inflammations for the whole body and to fight fibrin. Along with it the digestive enzymes, which I also started taking. I learned about the types of fo... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:18:40 EST Can't believe how much concentrated carbs I was eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491386 It has been an interesting week now that I'm avoiding concentrated carbs. So the coworkers brought in homemade dessert one day and then donuts the other. Normally, I don't pass up on free food, and so it's not unusual for me to start with 2 donuts in the morning and if there are any leftovers, I'd 'help' out or it'd go to waste. LOL. Then there's the free bagels on Monday which carries on through Tue and Wed if they are still any good and if I don't have any starchy foods handy that day. Yest... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:23:12 EST I had fun eating these back in August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488321 Fri Aug 23, 2013, the company had a team building lunch. Usually, they had Pizza Hut which I don't really care for. But to my surprise, they took out a local wood fired pizza which was even better than my favorite Domino's. Even bigger surprise was the amount of left over. I secured 1 1/2 large pizza for myself, then found two large trays of partially eaten cakes in the fridge. These are commercial size, about 18x12 inches. Combined the two trays yielded about 3/4 of the the full tray. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:30:53 EST