STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog STRNGNGRNDED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What's in a name? Regardless of the decpetive name changing, it's still bad for the body. What am I talking about? <BR> HFCS. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>companies-are-hiding-harmful-high-fruc<BR>tose-corn-syrup-under-new-name.html# </link> <BR> <BR> The best way to protect your family is to inform yourself about hidden toxins in your food, avoid processed foods and scan food labels thoroughly. Here are a few other deceptive names of HFCS that you should look out for: maize ... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:24:35 EST week two; day six "official" weigh in day. <BR> <BR> According to the stats from today compared to last Saturday: <BR> one pound lost <BR> body fat down .6% <BR> water is up .3% <BR> BMI is down .2 <BR> bone is the same <BR> muscle is up .2 <BR> <BR> Over all, a good week. What I need to do more of is sleep. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:12:26 EST week two; day five Friday~ <BR> Cardio to get my 11k daily steps. <BR> <BR> 50.57 minutes <BR> 2.8 miles <BR> 227 calories burned (per the treadmill) <BR> <BR> I didn't do my leg exercises today. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:10:07 EST week two; day four leg exercises and cardio for 45 minutes (I stopped when I reached my 11k steps) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is core and I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> I'm also reading a book that I am looking forward to giving a review on. <BR> <BR> Have a good evening ~ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:18:02 EST Week two; day three Second attempt at this blog; the first time my internet connection failed and I lost everything I had typed. <BR> So yesterday: <BR> arm exercises with weights and cardio for one hour. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:16:36 EST Breaking news about round up in food Have you heard? I just found out today that ten samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream contained glyphosate. This is the main ngredient in Roundup. Here, have a little poison with your ice cream. Doesn't that sound delish? (yes, snarky, I know) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/25/traces-monsantos-roundup-ingredien<BR>t-found-in-ben-jerrys-ice-cream.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> From another source: <link><BR>/scary-dairy-you-scre... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:11:08 EST Knowing when to rest Over the weekend I rested. My body needed it. I was tired from Friday's two hours on the treadmill as well as the other exercises. <BR> <BR> And some very interesting and frustrating things happened over the weekend. If you've read some of my other blogs, you may remember I mentioned that my BMI decreases when I gain. So weird. <BR> <BR> Sunday I weighed, because I do weigh every day to see how my body reacts to different things. My body weight increased almost two pounds. <BR> Body fat d... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:48:54 EST Cardio pictures from yesterday First hour on the treadmill: <em>315</em> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Second hour on the treadmill was for a fitbit trail competition <em>312</em> The time zone of the challenger was five hours ahead of me and I had to take advan... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:48:00 EST Week one; day five I think this week has been extremely successful. <BR> I worked really hard at tweaking my foods and exercise. <BR> Today I did not get my plank in or my windmills. Instead, I did two hours walking because I was in a fitbit compitition and I have not joined one in a long time. <BR> I will post pictures tomorrow, because I'm tired, my butt is sore and I literally do not feel like walking to my bedroom just to add pictures. LOL You all will just have to take me at my word. <BR> <BR> It was f... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:13:07 EST Week one; day four Did leg and core workout today. Ab twists with a 10 lb weight. Lunges. jogged 7 flights of stairs <BR> Plank 85 seconds. (jiggly) <BR> 120 jumping jacks (2 sets of 60) <BR> Windmills 30 (3 sets of 10) <BR> Cardio; sigh, my treadmill has twice now, stopped running. I don't know what is going on. So while I was running I hit the incline button and then it stopped. I had to start all over again, so 15 minutes were gone. <em>24</em> <BR> I didn't keep track of how much walking/jogging I did,... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:33:09 EST Week one; day three Cardio 35 minute total; <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 10 minute jog at 4.5, 25 minutes at 3.5/3.0 and I was about to do a cool down at 2.8 to make it a total of 45 minutes, but I accidentally hit stop. ahhhhhhhhhhhh <em>198</em> <BR>... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:34:04 EST week one; day two Day two was my weights day. I used ten pounds for most of my arm workouts, <em>362</em> except five pounds on my full extended arm exercises I threw in a few squats with a ten pounder too, just for kicks. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I waited two hours before doing my thirty minute treadmill walk. <img src=""> <BR> ran 7 minutes again at 4.5 to see if I could. <BR> walked 23 minutes at 3.5 <BR> <img src="http:... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:20:11 EST The Flexitarian Diet book review For someone just learning to clean their food choices or stop the negative talk in their head, then this would be a good choice. It's not excellent, because it doesn't go into depth about making better food choices over others, but I suppose no book can include absolutely everything? <BR> <BR> Pages 12-13 have a quick quiz to determine where you are on the flexscore. What does that mean? If you score well it means you already know how to eat healthy and eat a variety of the healthy foods an... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:50:59 EST week one; day one plank; 80 seconds, (my son pushed me, so I've already crushed my goal) <em>320</em> <BR> jumping jacks, 120 <BR> last night I did 36 windmills and tonight I'll do the same <BR> treadmill: <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>315</em> I did 23 minutes at 3.5 and 7 minutes jogging at 4.5. It wasn't something I had planned, I just... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:31:27 EST goals; hold me accountable A new SP friend has her goals on her page and it inspired me. I hadn't, up until now, set goals, because my scale isn't budging like I want. <BR> However, I have now set myself exercise goals and weight loss goals, as well as rewards. <BR> <BR> My first week starts today and ends on Saturday. <BR> Lose 5 pounds. (I know this aggressive. I'm being aggressive, because I'll be satisfied with any weight loss) <BR> Exercise: treadmill/walking 30-60 minutes minimum of 3-4 times, but going to tr... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:01:49 EST yogurt information from a site I was reading today <link> </link> <BR> <BR> How To Choose The Best Yogurt: <BR> The only kind of yogurt I recommend is plain organic yogurt (greek or regular), which you can sweeten yourself with fresh fruit, raw honey or maple syrup. Cornucopia built a great reference, a Yogurt Buyer’s Guide, which rates 114 yogurt brands from best to worst based on these criteria: <BR> <BR> Organic vs. Conventional <BR> Thickeners and Stabilizers <BR> Carrageenan <BR> Artificial Sweeteners... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:07:34 EST Losing inches, but staying in weight This is progress. I'm hoping weight loss will come next, then more inches, then weight loss, etc. to reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Last Sunday I took measurements. I was shocked and slightly disgusted with myself. Today, I took measurements again, and!!!!!! <BR> I lost 1/2" in chest, 1.5 inches in waist and hips,but I think I've gained .25" in the thighs. Fine for now. <BR> I am only one inch away from my usual chest measurement. I am 4-5 inches away from my usual waist measurement and 3 inc... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:00:30 EST Small changes to make big improvements July 1st I added a few more exercises to my workouts, including planks. I started at 30 sec. and the next day added five more seconds. I have taken a few days off, just because life got busy and I forgot to add it to my other exercises. But it's okay. Today I'm at 65 seconds. Tomorrow will also be 65 seconds unless I feel I can hold it longer. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I added a different stance to my tricep weight exercises and oh man! It really hurt! <BR> <BR> In just two weeks I can tell I h... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:41:14 EST How did you choose your goal weight? Another idea from a SP friend, so here it goes. <BR> <BR> Were you told by a doctor to lose weight? Did your doctor choose your goal weight? <BR> <BR> Did you determine the goal weight on your own? If so, how did you decide? <BR> <BR> Did you just look at a chart for a healthy BMI and go based on your height? Did you decide based on a weight you were at years ago and felt comfortable at that weight? <BR> <BR> For me there were multiple things I considered. But mostly, I chose my goal w... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:49:24 EST And what does your body tell you? In my last blog a SP friend shared with me that in her opinion the whole water thing is over-rated and that if she's trying to hit a "magic" number of glasses it doesn't prove/solve a thing. <BR> <BR> Then included three urls, which I will also include. I thought this was blog worthy. <BR> <BR> Ironically one of the urls was one I had commented about in one of my older posts about the person's stupidity or perhaps ignorance, but I worded it nicer. The person's points were ridiculous. But ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:36:22 EST why would someone? Why would someone tell me to ask for help, and then when I do, the request gets ignored? <BR> <BR> Three good points I'd like to note: <BR> I'm still logging on fitbit and comparing with SP and noticing a HUGE difference. And this week I have lost another pound. So since July 1st, I have lost four pounds. Now mind you I still have 28 pounds to lose to reach my goal, but at least I seem to be heading in the right direction now. <BR> <BR> Second point: I baked home grown red potatoes today ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:32:58 EST discrepancy and STUPID ADS I've been working on fitbit for logging my foods since SPARKS is inundated with ads. The distraction gives me a massive headache. It's a good thing I'm not epileptic, the ads would put me into seizures. I thought I had it fixed, but obviously not. :( (and no, I'm not paying for something that doesn't work for me anyway. I came back for the friends, because I don't trust FB. <BR> <BR> Okay, so the discrepancy part of this. I found out quite by accident that the food log on SP is as much as... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:20:29 EST Well that was fast I was able to correct the issue with the ads. Hooray. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I may have figured out why I haven't been losing weight. Instead of using SP to calculate my food intake, I used Fitbit and whoa! I haven't even eaten dinner yet and it's showing I'm already 87 calories over my daily intake. Where SP is showing I haven't even consumed 900 calories yet. <BR> <BR> Thirdly, if you haven't seen the documentary What the Health? on Netflix, it's pretty good and I was surprised, shocked a... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 18:59:37 EST not sparking Thank you to all who tried to give me advice on my last blog. <BR> <BR> Thank you too to all the friends who gave support without advice. <BR> <BR> I'm having technical issues on SP with their ads and my adblock, so I cannot access SP now that they've modified their code. <BR> <BR> Because SP didn't help me lose weight my first go round 11 years ago, and not this time, (why did I think it would be different?) <BR> <BR> I will stay in touch with friends and my team responsibilities but... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:27:21 EST what in the broccoli sprouts is happening?!!!!! Okay, I'm beyond frustrated and angry. In just two days I've gained the two bloody pounds that it has taken me a month to lose. <BR> Why bother? Honestly. Why concern myself with what the scale says? I might as well take a hammer to it. Why bother measuring out the meals when I have nothing to show for it? Why bother making sure I am exercising almost every day? Why bother trying to obtain a certain amount of steps in a single day? <BR> I don't take any medication. I am a bill of good heal... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:48:16 EST I will not freak out... This morning I weighed 1.4 more than yesterday. I have a feeling it is sodium retention. Why? Because I was parched before bed and woke up parched. Today I've had GOBS of water. How much is gobs? Over 101 fl oz/over 12 cups of water. I'm almost finished with my fourth 33.8floz bottle. <BR> <BR> Today was my cardio day and every time I had a hunger pain, my heartbeat jumped into cardio zone. I waited until it went back down to fat burn. It was very interesting. I did an hour and then rested... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:24:05 EST A few things... <link> </link> Here's a woman from France discussing the history of fashion sizing. I've written a blog regarding this very topic and how skewed it is. Oh I long for the days of having custom tailored/made clothing. Why? #1 clothing quality today is garbage. I mean that literally. The fabric and sewing is garbage. #2 the fit is also garbage. #3 why do I want to pay money of any amount for said garbage? <BR> <BR> On a side note, there's no way Amy Schumer wears a true s... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:19:24 EST I'll take my little triumphs This morning I was hoping to see a number. A number that I've been wanting to see for a couple of weeks now. I didn't see it this morning either and was disappointed. I started to step off when, WAIT!!!! <BR> <BR> I looked back and realized I lost eight tenths of a pound! YES! <em>104</em> I'll take it. I think it's been a year and a couple of months since I've been at this weight. I don't know for sure since I didn't have a working scale then. I'm basing this guess on how my clothes fit... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:26:46 EST Something I hadn't considered The waist line is the life line. <BR> Have you heard this quote? It's from Jack LaLanne? Heard of him? Younger generations may not have. I remember seeing him on TV at the age of three at my grandparents home. They had a big TV and I'd sit in my grandpa's chair watching the show early in the morning. <BR> <BR> Since I've been changing up my workout routine, I looked up his show and I'm doing his exercises this week. In an interview he said the waist line is the life line and your waist sho... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:08:40 EST Weigh in day Even though I weigh almost every day, my "official" weigh in day is Saturday. I'm wondering if I should change it to Wednesday just because it's the middle of the week. <BR> <BR> So interestingly, I'm .2 of a pound away from where I was last month, 5.18. At least I'm losing now. I've been stagnate for so long. <BR> <BR> What I did this week: <BR> <BR> no calorie counting <BR> <BR> I ate what I wanted, with extra vegetables. example: yesterday's breakfast, Asian sauteed vegetables with... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:05:51 EST Don't fit the mold The more "health" articles I read and the so called science and suggestions given, the more I realize I do not fit the mold. <BR> <BR> The more protein I consume, the more weight I gain, instead of lose. <BR> Doing cardio will cause weight loss, but instead I gain. <BR> Do not weigh yourself daily, why? <BR> <BR> When I was thin I rarely weighed myself. Currently I'm weighing daily so that I can see how certain foods and exercise affect the weight. I'm glad I was, because otherwise I nev... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:56:38 EST My comparison It's an assumption a lot of people make when they think you compare yourself to others. I have heard a lot of women do this. I try not to be annoyed by it. But the only person I compare myself to... is myself. <BR> <BR> In 2014 when I was still thin I asked my son to take a picture of my belly. I don't remember why, but now I am glad I did. I have a visual goal to work towards. I'm a visual person and have some of my old clothes hung out in outfits as inspiration. I will fit into them again... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:02:43 EST this was not the case for me <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=488&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> When I lost weight I never consciously went into "maintenance" mode. I just continued to eat healthy, avoid dairy, and do my basic calisthenics. I maintained for 7 years without effort. <BR> <BR> This week so far, I've worked my arms, legs, core and today I'm doing arms and more core, beause of distractions, I don't feel I got a great workout. <BR> <BR> The bad news is, I'm not losing. The go... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:41:01 EST Finding the sweet spot called the calorie deficit Since I've had my fitbit I'm able to view my daily calorie burn on a more accurate level compared to SP, because it's based on heart rate. <BR> <BR> My resting heart rate in my 20's and 30's was always in the 70's. Now that I have the fitbit it shows my average resting heart rate is in the 60's. I've noticed it goes into fat burn range when I have to drive to the city. Stressed much? LOL <em>40</em> I've never had high blood pressure; it's always been near perfect. <BR> <BR> Accordi... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:30:53 EST brownies in 14 years and stuff The last time I went shopping, I ran into the lady that does my hair. She was buying a brownie mix for 97 cents. That's a great deal. So I bought some. I just made it today. My son came into the kitchen and wasn't sure what I was making. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, he's never seen me make brownies. He's 14. LOL I asked if he's ever tried a brownie. He said he had at cub scouts and stuff like that. He likes the brownies I made. That's good, because I don't. I won't buy them again, not even for 97 cent... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 16:38:09 EST Frustration What is it going to take to lose this stupid weight?! I've been going back and forth with two stupid pounds for three weeks now. <BR> <BR> The only thing I did differently yesterday was eat an apple and almond butter for breakfast; instead of a pork chop, mashed potatoes and green beans. LOL <BR> <BR> My son suggested we go grocery shopping and buy more potatoes and junk food.(joking about the time I lost two pounds when I ate ice cream). LOL <BR> <BR> I refuse to stay at this weight b... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:26:05 EST Changes, fitbit, and challenges Last night while I was trying to get information logged on SP and catch up on emails, (who has time to sit at the computer? I have challenges to conquer!), I noticed my butt was hurting. Oh, yeah, I don't have as much FAT there anymore. LOL yay me. Now I need chair pads. <BR> <BR> I've become fitbit friends with so many amazing women! And the challenges, well I think I'm in over my head. The first challenges I think I came in second to last? Or something? I'm not positive, but I think I j... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:49:32 EST SPARKS start page, support, and friends I've been off and on SP for many years now. I think I first found out about SP in 2006 or so. Reached my goal on my own, but made some lovely friends. After missing everyone (and deleting my FB), I came back to SP. <BR> <BR> Then I gained the weight back. grrrrrr But hey 7 years was a good run! <BR> <BR> Anyway, it used to be every time SP would make a change it would be frustrating trying to figure out how things worked or imo it was a dumb change. Who am I kidding, I'm very opinionated... Mon, 29 May 2017 14:38:12 EST protein for the chickens <link> </link> <BR> <BR> what to do with those large green worms on tomato plants. This year they'll go to the chickens. Sun, 28 May 2017 11:58:59 EST family get together This morning I was told that part of the family scheduled to visit was not coming after all. sigh. Supposedly the weather. I think it was more to do with how far we live. What irked me though, is they think nothing of expecting everyone else drive to them. I was quite disappointed. <BR> <BR> The good news is, my brother made it, my kids made it, and we had a blast! Even when we had to go to the basement for the tornado warning! LOL Hey, we know how to laugh. <BR> <BR> I've had my fitbit ... Sun, 28 May 2017 00:40:19 EST Eating clean book review The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno <BR> <BR> First, I think the word lifestyle should have been used instead of diet. Don't you think that fits better? Plus, if you've been on SP long enough you know that lifestyle changes is what makes the difference in weight loss and being healthier, not silly diets. <BR> <BR> Some of the information is common sense: avoid foods that contain ingredients you can't pronounce, don't know, and/or are man-made chemicals. Drinking milk is to fatten up babies. <... Thu, 25 May 2017 17:16:53 EST random thoughts #1 Why do people now say growing chickens instead of raising chickens? I would think the industry "grows" chickens and homesteaders raise. <BR> <BR> #2 Has anyone ever made the Low Carb & Gluten Free Cream Cheese Rolls that seem to be all over the internet? <BR> <BR> My ds and I tried and I say tried, because their just bleh. I'm sorry I wasted three farm fresh eggs on this recipe as well as the cream cheese. I will never make this recipe again. It was a huge disappointment. Did I do so... Wed, 24 May 2017 16:31:00 EST new toy called a fitbit This gift was for Mother's Day, but I received it Wednesday evening and so I didn't get a true assessment of my day until Thursday. <BR> <BR> I'm still learning how it all works and how the sleep function works, but I am reaching my 10k steps daily and today was more. I'm reaching them just by doing regular household/farm activities. It will be interesting to see the steps when I start including walking. <BR> <BR> What I have found very interesting is how often I am in fatburn mode. So wh... Sat, 20 May 2017 22:04:40 EST Book review Lose the Clutter Lose the Weight by Peter Walsh <BR> pg. xi <BR> How do you feel when you walk into your home? Like you're on vacation? or that your possessions are goinng to crush your spirit? <BR> How do you feel about your body? light and free? or do you look for the closest parking space and electric carts in the store? <BR> chapter 2 The science linking clutter and weight <BR> pg. 27 The power of thoughts and emotions <BR> pg 34 People are not engaged in their own lives. By this I mea... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:28:30 EST Strange, very strange In the past three days I've lost 1.8 pounds. So strange. Especially considering the meat and veggie breakfast I blogged about two days ago. <BR> <BR> Another strange thing is that SP is showing I already blogged today, which I haven't, because I'm blogging this now. I guess it would be a bad thing if it were reversed and I had blogged and no points were given. <BR> <BR> Great news! I received my Mother's Day gift in the mail today. It took two hours to charge the thing and then get it con... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:59:52 EST Cravings for breakfast What week am I on?! LOL I've completely lost track and I suppose it doesn't even matter since I'm still trying to lose the stupid two pounds that came back on for no apparent reason. <BR> <BR> I haven't juiced in two weeks, but I have been eating lots of fruits and veggies still and more fish. Even though I only juiced for breakfast, I was just wanting to chew my food. That being said, I've noticed my joints being achey again, especially after two hours of painting and up and down the ladd... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:22:17 EST sigh, it was "one of those days" First, yesterday was such a great day and very productive. I burned branches for four hours while my son mowed. Usually it's the other way around, but we switched it up. <BR> <BR> Even after three days of rain, I had to water the garden. The food is doing well and I'm really looking forward to the harvesting this year. I get to plant more seeds next week, including the second round of kale, swiss, broccoli, and lettuce. <BR> <BR> Without going into the stupid and unethical issue I faced t... Tue, 9 May 2017 21:35:50 EST Weigh in; what week am I on? I think this is my fifth week. And I weighed myself yesterday even though Saturday is my weigh in day. I'm glad I did too, because this morning I'm up two pounds. Seriously?! <BR> <BR> So what was it? The exercise I did? The bread I ate yesterday? I'm a little bummed about the increase, but I'm really glad I weighed myself yesterday, so it doesn't upset me as much if I didn't know what I weighed yesterday. <BR> <BR> Something interesting I noticed this week; I didn't juice this week and I ... Sat, 6 May 2017 15:22:30 EST Books from the library This week I went on my local library's website and started putting some health books on hold. The lady that called me yesterday was a little surprised at how many, (just six), books I requested. <BR> She doesn't know me yet, but she will very soon. Hello, I'm anonymous, and I love books. yes, I'm a book addict. I have my own library and I enjoy learning. I autodidact often. And if a book I read makes me want to do more research and learn even more, then I consider it a great book. <BR> I we... Fri, 5 May 2017 16:43:32 EST arsenic in rice <link><BR>/how-to-cook-rice-without-a-rice-cooke<BR>r/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pioneerwoman-<BR>full-rss-feed+%28The+Pioneer+Woman+%7C<BR>+Full+RSS+Feed%29 </link> <BR> <BR> and brown rice has more arsenic than white?! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-in-rice_us_589cc1ffe4b09bd304c0b04c </link> <BR> <BR> alright, so just be sure to soak, soak, soak, soak, soak, soak, soak, soak, yeah ... Fri, 5 May 2017 15:46:37 EST