SNIKWAD's SparkPeople Blog SNIKWAD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ketogenic Diet - Day 7 (Finally Adjusted, Carb Fog Gone) Today was Day 7 of my yearly ketogenic diet session .. I'm finally completely adjusted yea me! <em>100</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Now, 8 weeks to go until Spring Break <em>40</em> .. where the beach at tho? <em>334</em> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:01:37 EST Another Low Carb Cycle <em>28</em> Wed, 8 Jun 2016 21:44:01 EST Urgent Warning on Exercise! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Try it, you might Like it! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:25:39 EST It's October, Remember! Spring Break Beach Bodies are built during Winter! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Down to 13% Body Fat by October 1st <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Time to crush the weights through the Holiday Food Binge <em>15</em> , then do some serious cutting Mid-January through February <em>198</em> ! <BR> <BR> Spring Break Beach Body by March, oh yeah! <em>334</em> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:07:01 EST St Lucia in 14 Days! Working on the Beach Body, 2x Days starting NOW! <em>198</em> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:12:42 EST My Low Carb Cycle must be working -- Dreamin' of IHOP Pancakes!!! It started out with two nights in a row of dreaming about eating rice...white rice lathered in butter with a hint of salt, bowls and bowls and bowls of the stuff. The next night after that, I dreamed of the Never, Ever, Ever Ending Pasta Bowl from Olive Garden, bowls and bowls and bowls of Fettuccine Alfredo (w. Chicken), yumm yumm! <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Then last night, the Ultimate Carb Out, I dreamed of the All You're Stupid Enough to Eat IHOP Pancakes -- it was a dream so they were... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:16:51 EST Sugar Rush Week is Upon Us! Hang in there Sparkers! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every year in January, the annual horde of brand new members takes over my gym. New members with new shoes, new workout gear, new water bottles, new attitudes, new everything -- New Year's Resolutions and all. <BR> <BR> Usually it's that first box of Valentine's Day chocolates that cripples their Spirit. They'll show up next week, a ghost of their former selves, staggering from machine to machine in a glassy ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:50:01 EST Don't Talk about It, Be about It! There is a huge difference between Knowing the Path and Walking the Path. Here's to more Walking! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:20:44 EST The Power of Attitude A consistent positive and optimistic attitude is the cheapest "fountain of youth". <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:39:47 EST Starting a NEW Day! "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:59:39 EST I lost 7 lbs on All Inclusive Vacation? I knew I was onto something! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First vacation ever where I actually lost weight on the All Inclusive plan.......eating tons of Meat (chicken, shrimp, lobster, steak), tons of Veggies and tons of fresh, fresh, FRESH fruit!!! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> .....and the Alcohol <em>100</em> "straight only, no mixer"!!! <BR> <BR> As for the rest of the food, the breads, the rice, the pasta and the looked good but........well, you ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 13:00:44 EST Gym Etiquette 101: Beware Too Much Information <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I’m usually not a Sound Snob at the gym, usually my music is so loud I could care less if anyone else is “making noise”….who can hear over Kayne West – Stronger on volume 10 in your headphones anyway. As a matter of fact, the last time I was so rudely shushed for “singing too loud”, I feigned that “What?!?! What you say?!?! I can’t hear you, what?!?!”, pointing to my headphones………the nerve of some people! <BR> <... Mon, 14 May 2012 12:43:58 EST Death by Funnel Cake (Don't forget the Cotton Candy!!!) It was a true, "What the %$%^ was I thinking?!?!" Moment --- sitting there absolutely ROASTING at the UniverSoul Circus, oh my goodness!!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah, Sunday afternoon at 3pm, 102F degrees under a circus tent with 2500 other hot and sweaty humans from this planet --- if it had NOT been my oldest daughter's 13th birthday AND "the last second trip to the circus (instead of the pool)" being what she wanted as her birthday gift from me --- yeah, you get the picture! <em>198<... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 12:52:43 EST Twinkie Diet Success!!! Now I really no longer want to live on this planet, sheez!!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Mon, 8 Nov 2010 11:09:48 EST Muscle Weighs More Than Fat --- A Picture Speaks Volumes In a nutshell, a given weight of muscle mass takes up a LOT less SPACE than an equal weight of fat! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Muscle mass is smaller, tighter, leaner and more dense! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 10:45:56 EST So THAT'S where all the "fat" goes when we lose weight!!! Yea!!! Well I answered a question that someone else had in their blog today, about body fat and where it goes when we lose weight. Someone else saw it and thought the information was good and I should include it in a blog for others to see? Enjoy! <BR> <BR> === <BR> <BR> Q: When we lose weight, where does the fat go? What actually happens to it, does it just melt way getting absorbed into the body? <BR> <BR> Excellent question! <BR> <BR> So without all the fancy names and scientific mumbo jumb... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:09:37 EST Back to Carb Loading - 101 Yes, it finally happened! I reached my threshold of "being asked ten times", so we finally got another question to add to the running FAQs list: <BR> <BR> Question: Don't we need carbs for energy??? Someone else told me to load up on carbs before doing cardio??? How do you have energy for working out so long and hard if you’re eating so few carbs, do you carb load??? <BR> <BR> Ok my fellow Sparkers, it’s not the Stone Age anymore! You know people actually used to drink moonshine because... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:06:54 EST Pondering the Premeditated Destruction of my Stomach I do so hate "knowing better" <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But after weeks and weeks of constant begging from my kids, I decided to finally go ahead and make them some homemade Waffle House waffles tomorrow morning. I've had a $5 bag of their dry mix sitting in my cabinet for weeks now, just waiting to see the light of day. Normally their pleas would fall on deaf ears but, hey, they deserve a treat once in awhile. <BR> <BR> But, I was shocked tonight to see the mixing instructions for the 3 lb... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 23:33:35 EST Krav Maga - 2010 Fitness Boot Camp <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday, Wednesday and Friday (2 weeks) - 530am to 730am of Pure Hell <BR> <BR> Really there's no word to describe it !!! <BR> ... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 15:20:21 EST I no longer want to live on this planet, sheez!!! Ok, so I thought at first that the IHOP Cheesecake Pancakes were bad..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But No, that was not good enough for the masses, was it? <BR> <BR> Next, I guess KFC heard me talking about people needing to eat less bread, huh? Their Double Down Chicken Sandwich is the answer? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But before you get too up in arms, there i... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 16:25:57 EST Willpower is just like any other muscle in the body.... .....the more you EXERCISE it, the STRONGER it gets <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> -- <BR> “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” - Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still” - Lao Tzu Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:26:33 EST OMG!!! --- I finally Get It!!! Amazing!!! Yes, I got the shock of my life this past weekend .... the little light bulb in my head finally clicked on <em>3</em> Yes, I "get it" now that some people...lots of other people...they just DON'T "get it", at all. Holy Moley!!! <BR> <BR> As usual, I was having lunch at Longhorn with one of my best buds the other day. He's struggled for a LONG time with his weight, trying to find the right formula for being able to slim down from his current 300+lbs. Alas, he was recently diagnosed with... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 13:01:59 EST Good Habits are SO HARD to Break!!! Thank Goodness!!! Yes, I definitely know that BAD habits are hard to break....seems that's most of what people battle with here on Spark: Breaking bad habits and replacing them with new ones to support their NEW lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness, once the NEW ones have taken hold and gotten ingrained into your everyday thoughts and behavior patterns, they are just as hard to break <em>104</em> and I found it out first hand this past weekend. <BR> <BR> This is hell week for me, well last week and again ... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 13:13:34 EST Sugar vs Sweeteners: Stop the Huffington's Nonsense!!! Well the discussion started innocently enough. <BR> <BR> Sitting there at Longhorn last night with my kids, they were challenging me to tell the difference between Equal and Splenda in my iced tea. Not having any sweetener on our table, we sent my youngest to raid an adjacent table for it's stash. Having two glasses, one kid started mixing my tea using Splenda, the other using Equal. <BR> <BR> It was at that time that I first noticed we had caught the attention of two ladies at the ta... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 14:23:34 EST Red Meat Eaters Finally Rejoice, Kudos!!! Finally yet ANOTHER nutrition myth debunked!!! Yes Sparkers, 2010 has been a good year in the area of nutrition and fitness information (as opposed to much mis-information of the past). <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The short story: There is nothing wrong with eating unprocessed meat (red meat or otherwise), period. More specifically, eating *unprocessed* meat does NOT increase a person's risk of cardiovascular diseases and/or diabetes, not to mention colon cancer, in-grown toenail... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:14:05 EST Come quick! Daddy's eating cookies!!! Daddy's eating cookies!!! Yes, as they say, kids say the darnedest things sometimes, ya know. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> They always remind me how kids learn habits, good or bad, from what they see their parents doing. I’m always proud to see them picking up little nuggets of nutritional sense that will benefit them later in life, but it makes for “classic” moments when they turn my own words of wisdom back on me. <BR> <BR> In celebration of school being out, I decided to celebrate the event having dinner out at, o... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 11:48:46 EST Discipline and Willpower Starts at the Grocery Store! Yes, time to add another question to my Top Ten Listing: <BR> <BR> Q: How do I get more willpower? How can I resist that box of Pop Tarts calling to me from the cupboard? Or that gallon of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream whispering sweet nothings to me every time I open my freezer? The Ring Ding’s, Ho Ho’s and Doritos, all calling to me in perfect three part harmony, how do I keep from eating all that stuff when I get a bad craving? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Say what? Really Really? Yo... Fri, 28 May 2010 11:16:53 EST Ten MORE Nutrition Myths Debunked Finally some sanity about dietary cholesterol, i.e. cholesterol in the foods that we eat vs. blood cholesterol. Yes, I've been enjoying my Eggs, Ribeye steaks, and definitely skin on my chicken all along, now the masses can join me !!! <BR> <BR> They're still coming out of left field on the sugar though, they tried to defend the "sugar is good" nonsense. Note though, they limited the "sugar" consumption to 'no more than 200 calories (or less) per day', yeah, it must be real healthy then, r... Sat, 1 May 2010 14:50:48 EST No, the Splenda did NOT make me Fat! Well, I reached my threshold for getting this question posed to me from fellow Sparkers: <BR> <BR> Q1: Don’t those “zero calorie” artificial sweetners, like Spenda, actually make you fat? <BR> <BR> WOW! That’s gotta be like the biggest “Wow” question I’ve ever gotten here on Spark, seriously! <BR> <BR> The other related questions: <BR> <BR> “I heard they’re bad for you because they mess up your metabolism?” <BR> “Don’t they trigger an insulin rush?” <BR> “They’re not safe for you to... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:22:33 EST Scale-A-Holics---You CAN Stop the Guess Work! What may ultimately save your remaining sanity is investing in a "Body Fat" scale, surely you can guess why? <BR> <BR> Pick any day here on Spark, the titles of blog after blog after blog after blog read something like this: <BR> <BR> "Yippie, I lost 2lbs!!!" <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> "Oh no, I gained 3 lbs---Help, Help, HELP!!!" <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> "The scale is FINALLY moving, Yea!!!" <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> "I'm so depressed!! The scale is moving in the WRONG direction!!!" <em>198</em... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:55:06 EST Say NO to Insulin Resistance! Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas. When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates (which make up the majority of most of our diets), your body converts the carbohydrates into simple sugars. These sugars enter the blood, becoming "blood sugar." Your pancreas then releases insulin to stimulate the cells to take in the blood sugar and store it as an energy reserve, returning blood sugar levels to a normal level. <BR> <BR> Carbohydrates can be "simple," high-glycemic carbohydrates suc... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 12:43:59 EST I survived JUNK FOOD night !!! Yeah me! It's started out simple enough ... celebrating Valentine's Day on a date with my daughters ... they do look forward to that every year. <BR> <BR> So they usually get to pick where they want to eat ... then they get whatever they want ... dinner, dessert ... run of the house. Ha! I even let them get something to drink BESIDES water (which is the norm). So I was anticipating Outback, Red Lobster or Olive Garden … maybe Carrabba’s. At any of these places, I have my healthy choice already pic... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:00:17 EST Will YOU survive "Candy Week"?!? A True Fool Wants To Know So we officially placed our bets this morning at the gym ... <BR> <BR> Some of the old time regulars and myself, we hate this time of year, i.e. between New Year's Day and Valentine's Day, that infamous 6-weeks!!! <BR> Why? We lose all our equipment!!! <BR> <BR> You see ... between 6am and 8am, the Cybex Total Body machine in the middle of the last row (on the left), that's MY machine ... something about that machine, I just love it. This other guy, he has the treadmill on the row in fron... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:42:17 EST Yeah Giants!!! Hey, if you're gonna win a Super Bowl ... knock off an UNBEATABLE undefeated team, da ha! Sun, 3 Feb 2008 23:36:23 EST Brutal Case Study: How NOT To Quit !!! It was a day from hell … as bad as it was described before-hand, it was actually much worse. But, all my intense training and cardio definitely paid off in Spades ... at least that's what I'll tell myself! <BR> <BR> It was the Yellow Belt workshop and test for Krav Maga. I didn’t think that I was taking it lightly, was I? I’ve done other martial arts and had belt tests … karate, jujitsu, kenpo, etc. Of course, I’ve known for months that Krav Maga is a totally different kind of martial ar... Mon, 3 Dec 2007 15:10:18 EST Enough Already ... Slacker-Time is OVER!!! Yes, it's time for me to stop taking it easy ... though the break has been nice. <BR> <BR> I can say that I am "officially" BACK in shape ... I found myself begging for more in my classes this week, at least since Thursday. And today's 50min session on the Total Body ... hey, I burned 1000 kcals (according to the machine) but it was a laughable workout. I was hardly out of breath and my heart rate barely got to 145 bmp ... normally I would expect to see around 160-165 bmp (see HRM peopl... Sun, 23 Sep 2007 00:39:21 EST Definition of "Out of Shape" So I looked up "Out of Shape" in the dictionary today, and there was my picture ... the same one posted here ... sitting on a boat chillin' in Aruba. <BR> <BR> ... And today I felt it. <BR> <BR> No ... it wasn't during the 7am session on the Total Body this morning ... those 1000 calories in 50 minutes came easy. I almost threw my back out patting myself on the back for "keeping in shape" during my vacation. <BR> <BR> No ... It didn't even happen during the warm-up today for Krav Maga cla... Tue, 11 Sep 2007 16:26:17 EST Remembering Aruba Okay so it's time to get back to reality, right? The week of vacation was GREAT, just what the doctor ordered. And the scale was nice to me, I didn't gain or lose while on my sabbatical. <BR> <BR> I guess I DID burn enough calories scuba diving 2 tanks per day to offset my vacation-mode eating ... including all the typical island favorites with drinks to take things over the top in terms of calories consumed. Hey, I even workout out at the hotel gym ... once ... got in a 5 mile run on the... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 18:28:54 EST Where the heck was Snikwad?!?!? Okay, so yeah I took off for a week without asking permission ... but hey, I'm all grown up right?!? Felix notwithstanding, Aruba was lovely ... and the scuba diving was fabulous darlin' ... simply fabulous!!! What tales of dread will the scale tell this week though ... ??? Fri, 7 Sep 2007 03:40:31 EST Cardio Mania - Day Six/Seven Report Oh yeah ... the light days have been lovely!!! <BR> <BR> Friday Calories eaten: 2655 <BR> Friday Calories burned: 2700 <BR> <BR> Today, the LAST day of the challenge, <BR> Saturday Calories eaten: TBD <BR> Saturday Calories burned: With 60min/1200cal more planned - 3700 <BR> <BR> Total for the week: 1233 minutes 23500 calories, wow!!! Sat, 25 Aug 2007 17:38:04 EST Cardio Mania - Day Five Report Oh yeah, downhill is NICE ... just three workouts today, glad that I got in my three on Sunday. Funny thing when working out three times a day seems like light work? <BR> <BR> Thursday Calories eaten: 2952 <BR> Thursday Calories burned: 3200 Fri, 24 Aug 2007 12:59:50 EST Cardio Mania - Day Four Report - HUMP DAY !!! Today was hump day FOR REAL ... Wednesday of challenge week is where I ALWAYS fall off, but I didn't today. <BR> <BR> Yes, I MADE myself get out of bed ... late, but made it to the gym by 745am. Felt like I had ZERO energy and could only muster out 700 calories in 35 minutes, but it was 700 added to the days total. <BR> <BR> That left 3 hours to eat and rest before the dreaded 12noon Krav Maga session ... Wednesday is heavy bag work ... todays drills were jab/power-punch/body-shot combinat... Thu, 23 Aug 2007 00:21:17 EST Cardio Mania - Day Three Report Tuesday was wonderful ... funny how doing three gym sessions seems like a LIGHT day? I got to sleep in too, blowing off the 6am workout in favor of having a 10pm session instead. <BR> <BR> Tuesday Calories eaten: 4040 Tuesday Calories burned: 3000 <BR> <BR> Go TEAM Go!!! Wed, 22 Aug 2007 17:57:55 EST Cardio Mania - Day Two Report Oh yeah ... I got my test on Day Two, yes sir!!! <BR> <BR> First a study in dedication: <BR> <BR> Start with being tired mentally AND physically but being committed to sticking to "the plan"... <BR> ... leave work headed to the gym for yet ANOTHER workout ... <BR> ... remember that you forgot your workout gear at home, drive home to get it ... <BR> ... drive to the gym, getting swamped in road construction traffic ... turning a 10min drive into 30min... <BR> ... get to the gym, get checked ... Mon, 20 Aug 2007 23:27:51 EST Cardio Mania - Day One Report Cardio Mania – Day One Report <BR> <BR> “Wow, I need to be on YOUR diet!!! Guess Protein-Boy finally fell off the wagon???” <BR> <BR> This was how the conversation started with my co-worker this morning. I guess I understand the sentiment … sitting here at my desk … looking at my breakfast: A four egg omelet w/ jalapenos, green peppers, tomatoes, sausage AND ham … 16oz orange juice … 16 oz whole milk … AND a slice of pound cake!!! A whopping 1150 calorie breakfast, wow! <BR> <BR> But this ... Mon, 20 Aug 2007 11:23:04 EST Are YOU ready for Cardio Mania!!!!! So this team vs. team cardio challenge seems to be bringing out the best in ALL of us, doesn't it?!? Hey, with all the hype and trash-talking that's been going on ... no one wants to lose face, ha! It's Cardio Connoisseurs vs. L.I.P.S - Ladies Improving Personal Standards ... any side bets on a winner?!? <BR> <BR> This "training" week has yielded a handful of Personal Bests for me personally: <BR> Speed - 3 miles / 24 min <BR> Distance - 7 miles / 68 min <BR> Calories Burned - 1375 kcal in... Sat, 18 Aug 2007 14:38:25 EST Starting off the month with 1000+ SparkPoints ??? Wow, this SparkPoints thing is getting to be serious business ... I will consider all the SparkMail that I've gotten on the topic to be ... mail from adoring fans, yeah that's a nice way to put it ... and my mom always told me to try to find something good in EVERY situation. Last thing I want is the SparkPoints GoonSquad coming after me to break my knee caps (though I'm sure the goons are actually VERY good people at heart). <BR> <BR> So the general question is ... "Hey dude ... how the $&... Wed, 1 Aug 2007 21:40:41 EST I Set Myself ON FIRE -- YIKES!!! I got two words for you: Niacin Flush ... Google It <BR> <BR> So it started simple enough the other day at GNC. They must get frequent flyer points on my purchases or something?!? Anyway, Suzanne (the sales woman) was telling me about the health benefits of taking Niacin, or Vitamin B3. She's a heavy drinker/smoker (but working at GNC ... okay?) and was telling me how Niacin helps to detox the system, helps with cholesterol, etc ... many, many benefits. Me not being one to pass up on a h... Tue, 24 Jul 2007 12:15:24 EST The Good News -OR- The Bad News??? Wow, what a weird week last week was (is that a tongue twister?!?). Which first, the good news or the bad news? Hey, I always save dessert for last, against my mom's teachings so... <BR> <BR> The bad news: <BR> <BR> First, last Sunday at the amusement park was a total bust ... it was HOT, the lines were insanely long, and it was very HOT ... did I mention it was HOT? <BR> <BR> My "smart ass" kid decided that she didn't need to put any toilet paper in the heels of her shoes this time (to ... Sun, 22 Jul 2007 21:26:33 EST Goals Deferred --- And That Is A GOOD Thing! Aaaahhhh ... the start of a NORMAL week, feels good, YES it does. But I will start the week off RIGHT ... that includes working out in the AM ... AND ... spending the day riding roller coasters! Fun in the sun, right!!! All work and no play makes Snikwad a rather dull boy!!! <BR> <BR> Taking a "mental health day" will help me to get ready for the week which promises a tight schedule that will prevent my normal cardio heroics from taking place. <BR> <BR> "Clear ... Ride On, Patriot!!!", I... Sun, 15 Jul 2007 01:37:05 EST