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/ Too Much Carbs; Time for Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934088 I've been drinking the mass quantity juice I made everyday and found that I'm gaining weight. What's worse is the arterial stiffness numbers. I have an expensive pulse wave machine that can measure that and it has put my arteries at 10 years older than before. Not good! <BR> <BR> So it's time to cut the carbs until I'm back to my ideal weight. First order of the business is to cook more veggies with fat. The high fat veggies should be good. <BR> <BR> 6 lbs of Asparagus yielded 14 servings. ... Mon, 25 May 2015 16:49:31 EST Frozen Juice aka I Love Aldi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925891 OK, 2nd round for making the juice. Thanks to Aldi who makes it possible with 99 cents Pineapples and celery. $2 Kale, 1.79 Spinach. Aldi allows me to continue with my juicing journey without going broke. <BR> <BR> Ingredients list: 14 lbs Carrots, 8 Pineapples, 6 Beets, 1 lb Kale, 1/2 lb Spinach, 1 Celery, 4 young Coconuts, 2 Red Cabbage, 1 Red Onion, Limes and lemons. <BR> <BR> Length of time: Shopping 3 stores: 3 hrs; Cleaning 1 hr; Set up, peel and cut: 1.5 hrs; Juicing 1.5 hrs; Bottlin... Sun, 10 May 2015 17:09:23 EST Coconut Milk Riddle: Solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921609 I've been wanting to make coconut milk from scratch for quite some time. At first I thought using the BlendTec blender would be the answer. But it's such a hassle that I never get around to do it, despite buying coconuts many times and had to throw them out. You have to separate the meat from the shell and then pulverize it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I got another gadget, a coconut meat shredder. So I thought I give it a try. I started with 8 old coconuts, 2 of them were bad, so I ended up processin... Sun, 3 May 2015 01:47:17 EST Juicing Riddle: Solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918094 Over the decades I bought various juicers but never seem to be able to stick to it. I would use the new machine for a while, then like a lot of people, I'd quit. So how do I make the habit stick? I think the answer is to do a lot at once, then freeze them. This is contrary to the culture of juicing where 'fresh' is the operative word, and freezing is like an insult. But the way I look at it, even though the product has been frozen, it's still better than nothing. The chance of me juicing ever... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:49:29 EST Superfoods: Project #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910032 So I've been wanting to do this for quite some time. How to go about combining brewer's yeast and wheat germ that I bought since last year? Likewise, I also bought Maca. What the heck do you do with that? Then an idea came when I read about the benefits of eating grass fed butter. A recipe was born from the ingredients I have: <BR> <BR> 8 oz grass fed butter, Kentucky sorghum syrup for sweetener, roasted 8 oz Maca, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, bee pollen, dark cocoa powder. Melt butter and ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:53:00 EST The Path to Almost Perfect Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897714 So I've noticed that my steel griddle has hot spots from the gas burners and it would brown the eggs. An ideal egg would be cooked white with no browning and a runny yolk. I got an idea of using aluminum sheets to help distribute the heat. Maybe that would solve the problem. Let's get to work. I got two aluminum sheets from ebay to go over the burners. Then I just use the griddle as before. It works quite well. The hot spot is down to one with much less heat intensity. The eggs would have t... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:42:17 EST The Art of Parallel Tasking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890024 The last few months I've been working and observing the practicality and impact of parallel tasking. For example, when I cook something, not only I cook in bulk quantity, but if I had the DW, washer and dryer going at the same time, that makes for a very productive session. <BR> <BR> Likewise, if I was surfing and had nothing else going on. Watch out! I'm going to be behind on something. <BR> <BR> The experiments proved successful and made me take a hard look at the bigger picture. <BR> <... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 18:09:12 EST Beet Juice, First Time Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875185 Sure, I've eaten plenty of freshly cooked beets, but have never done fresh juice with a juicer before. Since I put in so many carrots, it's hard to tell the differences with beets in there, but the color is much more vibrant and shall I say Red? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Beets and company <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l441128783.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Beets First! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l634799046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Beet, red cabbage, carrot... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:39:18 EST Meeting With The Boss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870349 So I had a one-on-one meeting with the boss this morning. After work, it drawn on me that reading between the lines, the boss was telling me not to worry about job security. Of course, there is no guarantee in life. Maybe he has telegraphed this message to me before, but I didn't hear it until now. <BR> <BR> It's an interesting coincidence that I've begun accumulating gemstones and precious metals not for good luck charms or for the look or vanity, but for the Metatronic Energy Shield accor... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 22:29:06 EST Purple Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867368 So I've been interested in juicing for decades, but never stuck with it. Either it was too much hassle or I didn't know enough to appreciate what I was doing. Finally, I think I've found the right ingredients for juicing: purple cabbage and purple onions. The purple juice. Now I think I've found the formula for success. As it is a lot of work, it has to be something that is worth the effort for long term success. And purple juice is worth the effort. <BR> <BR> Ingredient list: 1/4 head purpl... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:03:11 EST Dumped The Gym Membership and Bought 3-carat Diamond Instead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861649 The gym called twice. Sorry, No deal. You only called when you want money, but we never get called to come and work out. Since I only used the gym 29 times last year, I'm not spending money on that. Instead.... <BR> <BR> Now to the diamond. Not for vanity or good luck charm, but as a tool for energy and positive vibrations. I was listening to James Tyberonn in his Healing Power of Gems and Crystals who quoted Edgar Cayce through out his lecture. With diamond being the king of gems and one ne... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:17:58 EST Good Riddance with The Gym Membership - Cha Ching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850364 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1469130015.jpg">Last year I only used the gym 29 times for the yearly cost of $345. That's almost $12 per visit. Forget it. If I'm not going to use it, there's no point wasting the money. I'm working out on my own. After years of trying to figure out the best exercise program I came to the conclusion that it has to be short and sweet. My 10 minutes program is to jump on the mini tram for one song. But I usually enjoy it so much that I couldn... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:25:25 EST Institutional Cooking at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845265 I've been playing with mass cooking for a couple of years. Finally, it drawn on me that basically this is institutional cooking at home. If you want to have a half way decent food and lots of free time, then cooking in bulk is a must. Having food for a long stretch of time is the way to go. Today, I'll show you what I did with the cabbages. <BR> Cutting: 90 minutes <BR> Cooking: 45 minutes <BR> Number of servings: Not sure, but plenty. <BR> <BR> 3 heads of cabbage plus some chinese broccol... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:16:11 EST 7 Years of Bliss or Hell, U Pick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841592 Recently, I figured out that I was dead wrong in my calculation of how long I need to work before retirement. My 3 year goal was based largely on looking at life from the cup half empty point of view. There was fear of layoff and the idea of getting the hell out of Dodge ASAP. <BR> <BR> But I figured out that the religious people are better off than me by leaving their fate in God's hand. IOW, don't worry about it. <BR> <BR> Given a new perspective and the realization that 7 years will put ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:45:45 EST 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