STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog STRNGNGRNDED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community How many miles have you "stepped"? <link><BR>s/benefits/documents/Conversion_Chart.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> When my ds first gave me my pedometer my walk-outs started at 10 minutes, then 15, then 20, then 30. I have walked one hour on my treadmill during a movie. (My goal was to walk the entire movie, but I didn't). <BR> <BR> My pedometer averaged 3000-4000 steps daily when I first received it. Then I changed it to get 6000 steps. When I moved I was averaging at least double that. <BR> ... Mon, 23 May 2016 19:05:50 EST What is happening in May? I can tell you one thing, it has been raining abundantly, and windy, and chilly, and not at all allowing me enough time in the garden. With such cold weather it isn't going to be warm enough for me to plant this week as I had planned. <BR> <BR> My tomatoes are screaming to get out of their tiny pots too. <BR> <BR> Good news is some of the seeds I was testing for germination are fine. I wanted to test them because I've had them for so many years. Now I know it's just because it hasn't been... Sun, 15 May 2016 17:47:50 EST see that compost? This is my veggie garden area. I'll be able to plant next week. Well, technically I could plant some items now, but I haven't prepped the compost into rows. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm contemplating what else to plant. I think I have enough space for a small orchard; apples, pears, maybe plums and peaches? D... Mon, 9 May 2016 18:33:26 EST Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? <img src=""> <BR> Here's a small section of the fenced flower garden. There are a few statues, bunny pedestals supporting benches, and rock/pebbled walkways. This picture was taken before the flowers started blooming. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> The hostas are getting really big! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 8 May 2016 19:52:03 EST Getting settled Last month I closed on a house and have since moved. It was a whirlwind of getting everything lined up and without going into boring details just say, I'm so glad to be in a house I can settle into. <BR> I'm going to include pictures of my east side yard and ask for suggestions on how to best utilize it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 7 May 2016 17:39:45 EST An apple a day... <link><BR>th/human-nature/health-myths/an-apple-<BR>a-day.htm </link> <BR> <BR> I heard on the radio that the quality of our apples is not what it was 25 years ago. It would take approximately 25 apples to equal one apple from that many years ago. I didn't hear this yesterday or today or even last month. It was actually about 18-20 years ago. I had just moved to Orange County, California and was driving home from work. <BR> <BR> At that point in my lif... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:22:19 EST Beautiful and delicious <link><BR>lad-1171463?prm-v1&utm_medium=email&ut<BR>m_campaign=browse-email </link> <BR> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:42:10 EST Treadmill Workouts: I vary my treadmill workouts based on time, incline, and/or speed. If I'm working on incline, (my treadmill goes to 15% and I have done 15% and speed up to 12), I do not concentrate on speed while I'm doing high percent incline. <BR> <BR> Sunday I started a new HIIT program and the workout was 15 minutes: <BR> warm up 3 minutes @4RPE or speed <BR> 1 min @5/2 min @4 <BR> 1 min @5/2 min @4 <BR> 1 min @5/2 min @4 <BR> 1 min @3/1 min@4 <BR> 1 min cool down @ 3.5 <BR> <BR> I NEVER HOLD THE HAN... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:00:12 EST I'm Doing This! <link><BR>-challenge-day.asp?calendar=10&day=1 </link> <BR> <BR> first day of this spark challenge is to let someone know what my goals are. They will change weekly as I improve. <BR> <BR> This weeks goals: <BR> Start Core Envy workout. Level 1 <BR> Increase calorie deficit to 500 per day, (this is supposedly what is necessary to lose weight one pound of fat per week) <BR> to actually lose weight <BR> try new recipes <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:41:21 EST Second Week End Results This week on the treadmill I walk/ran 8.89 miles in 2hours 30 minutes and average speed was 3.718; obvious room for improvement. I took two days off. According to the treadmill I only burned 845.7 calories. No wonder I haven't lost any weight. <BR> <BR> My successes: my bra strap is now on the final hooks. When I do start losing weight it will be time to go shopping. (I loathe bra shopping) anyone else? My tummy fat is shrinking, I'm noticing a waist again. <em>244</em> The speed on ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:31:33 EST Calories are not created equal Today I was thinking about calories and how much emphasis is put on them when people diet. If someone eats within their "calorie range" then everything is fine, right? WRONG. <BR> <BR> Our bodies are amazing and what you eat may affect me poorly and what I eat may affect someone else, etc. When I look at food at the grocery store my first look goes to ingredients. If the ingredients pass muster then I look at the sugar content, then the sodium and then the calories. Usually the food doesn't... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 20:31:01 EST Exciting second week First, thank you to all who gave me support and posted in response to the death of my aunt. If anything good has come from her passing, is that it has motivated me even more to kick my health into high gear. I don't want to be anal or obsessive about my health, but I don't want to worry about passing in my sleep over a blood clot either. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I bought an arm band for my ipod. I definitely walk/run better when I'm distracted by music. (or as in today a movie. more on this late... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:56:31 EST Blood clot that traveled to the lungs and now.... My aunt passed away in March. My brother went to her wake. I found out last night her death was caused by a blood clot that went to her lungs in her sleep. <BR> She was 59. <BR> She was obese. <BR> She traveled a lot for her work. <BR> It's been years since I've seen her and I'm sad. <BR> She didn't take care of herself. <BR> <BR> I found an article on SP regarding DVT (?) blood clots and March being awareness month. Ironic. I had never heard of this until my aunt passed away. Based on... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 19:34:00 EST First Week ended results If I look at the past week from my weight only I would consider it a fail. I gained .2 of a pound from my last Monday weigh in. <BR> <BR> If I look at the past week from my exercise, eating, and over all how I feel, I would consider it successful. <BR> <BR> My goals for last week remain and I added weights yesterday, because I didn't want to get on the treadmill. My speed has increased on the treadmill in just one week so I'm happy with that as well. <BR> <BR> I haven't taken any measur... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 17:06:42 EST Mini Goals for the past week ending Monday Work out: walking daily 20-60 minutes varying incline and speeds (I've created a spreadsheet to keep track of the miles, calories, time, and average speed and average incline) <BR> <BR> Eat more vegetables and fruits and less bread. <BR> <BR> Drink less hot tea and more water, and warm lemon water to aid digestion. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know<BR>-about.html </link> <BR> <BR> Weight loss goal: 2 pounds. I weigh only ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 20:27:14 EST Nutrition Facts vs. ingredients What are the three harmful foods in this video? (you have to get pretty far before it's given, but they are: <BR> greek yogurt, wheat bread (with HFCS), and cereal (candy) bars <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> What is olestra renamed olean? I'd never even heard of it. <BR> <BR> What I do when I shop for items I'm not familiar with: <BR> I look at the calorie to sodium ratio. If the sodium is through the roof, I put it back. There are a few occasions I will buy it... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:40:31 EST stay away from fake sugar <link><BR>enda-just-got-a-lot-scarier%e2%80%94fo<BR>r-men/ar-AAgG0ws?ocid=spartandhp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was on the news thread on my computer this morning and I thought I'd share. It's geared more towards men getting cancer, but though this information has long been silenced, the fake sugar isn't safe for anyone's body; male or female. <BR> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:28:18 EST Okay to garden in the front yard? <link><BR>st=poll_do_frontyard_vegetable_gardens<BR>_offend_you </link> <BR> <BR> It really irks me when people try to control every aspect of someone else's life. As this article states, the green grass and flowers are pretty, but sometimes it is necessary for people to plant food gardens in their front yards. I would much rather see a well maintained garden over weeds or over grown unkempt grass. Or broken down cars? Or trash? etc. <BR> <BR> We have... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 17:18:15 EST Healthy food; shopping vs eating out <link><BR>st=20_food_showdown_fast_food_vs_healt<BR>hy_food </link> <BR> <BR> I'm so glad this article has been written. I had this discussion numerous times, with multiple people, year ago, right here on SP. <BR> <BR> Since only the money was given, I'll add the fact that the healthier food from the grocery store fills you up faster and longer. (I wouldn't even get so much "pre-packaged" food that was included in the comparison) There is a lot of sod... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:50:34 EST horrible food additives <link><BR>3-worst-food-additives-in-america/ss-B<BR>BpvbHa?ocid=spartandhp#image=18 </link> <BR> <BR> this one really gets my goat because SP has articles claiming there's nothing wrong with HFCS. <BR> I know from first hand experience and my own food experiments that I must avoid foods with this ingredient based on what I can visibly see and monitor. It makes me question what happens on the inside of my body. I'd rather err on the side of healthy and ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:14:19 EST What works for you when you're ill? <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=959 </link> <BR> <BR> Personally I wouldn't take the advice of this article. I've never received a flu vaccination and I don't catch the flu that's going around. When I worked in an office atmosphere everyone that did get the flu shot always got the flu. (most likely not the flu that the received the shot for, because rarely do the doctor's have the flu strain that is currently going around, but they don't want you to know th... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:12:03 EST this article is unhealthy <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=2063&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> You want to eat right? then you have an eating disorder; it's a new one called Orthorexia. <BR> Ever hear of it? Me either, but according to this if you're a vegetarian or vegan, then you are an Orthorexia. <BR> If you abstain from gluten, you're a Orthorexia. <BR> If you are lactose intolerant and need to avoid dairy, then according to this article, you are Orthorexia. <BR> If a doctor puts ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:14:10 EST Not Even Possible <link><BR>-challenge-day.asp?calendar=8&day=14&u<BR>tm_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=email-generic </link> <link><BR>-challenge-day.asp?calendar=8&day=14&u<BR>tm_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=email-generic </link> <BR> <BR> Hoof it instead of driving. Where I live this isn't a possibility. We don't live in the city and walking on the country roads is a safety hazard. <... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:55:37 EST ugh the flesh is weak I had it in my head to walk on the treadmill 30 minutes at an incline, but I definitely wouldn't have been as tough on myself as my ds was. Thank goodness he was with me pushing the incline to 15% grade to really give me a challenge. <BR> <BR> Having him push the buttons and time it feels as though I have a personal trainer. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 30 minutes <BR> 1.31 miles <BR> 6% average grade <BR> burned 226 calories <BR> <BR> During the workout I really felt tight; muscles tighte... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:18:05 EST Mini Goal #5 The other day I beat my first mile time and today my ds beat mine. Oh boy. I had made the suggestion he run with running shoes instead of military boots. He just FLEW like the wind. He did a mile in 10:51min. <BR> <BR> He was very excited and wanted me to try it. HA! I told him I would try and beat my new time, but it would take me some time to reach his time. <BR> <BR> He was very supportive and I did 1 mile in 13:39 burning 112 calories per my treadmill. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:22:43 EST Mini Goal #4 Okay, my ds beat my mile time from goal #2 Friday, December 18, 2015. Today was my day to beat my old goal of 15:42 minutes and if I possibly could also beat my ds's time. <BR> <BR> Thankfully ds also helps me by timing my running at higher speeds for one minute at a time and then walking slower for a minute to control my breathing. <BR> <BR> I made 1 mile in 14:16 minutes <BR> burned 112 calories according to my treadmill. I'm more concerned with the time and the length of time I'm runni... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:52:15 EST Mini Goal #3 My goal today was two-fold; to walk thirty minutes and to walk at incline. <BR> <BR> Incline was 2-9% <BR> speed was 2-5 <BR> <BR> My treadmill logged 30:14 minutes <BR> 1.43 miles <BR> average incline was 5.2 <BR> average speed was 2.83 (I think I can work on this) <BR> heart beat at the end was 125. <BR> <BR> Then I went outside and walked/jogged with the dog. :) <BR> <BR> While on the treadmill I definitely felt the intensity in the back of my thighs and then my bum. Hopefully I will... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:10:09 EST Mini Goal #2 My goal this morning was to walk/jog one mile in less than 20 minutes. I had my son assist with the buttons for speed and timing to push me. <BR> <BR> I was pleasantly surprised to run speed 5 at one minute intervals with a minute resting at 3.3-3.5 in between. <BR> <BR> Ds was secretly pushing me a little longer than one minute to see if I could go longer. I was able to do so with my breathing controlled. <BR> <BR> I beat the 20 minute time and did a little over one mile in 15:42 minut... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:21:00 EST Mini Goal #1 The day after my new treadmill was delivered I wanted to burn 100 calories in 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> I alternated the speed and the incline levels. <BR> <BR> So much work for so little result; a measly 100 calories. Makes one really appreciate what enters the proverbial pie hole and how long it takes to burn it off. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:17:28 EST Nutrients Americans aren't getting enough of <link><BR>-11-nutrients-americans-arent-getting-<BR>enough/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_campaign=30-Day-Start-Str<BR>ong&utm_content=day26#slide=1 </link> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 16:55:10 EST Say what?! All from calisthenics?! <link><BR>ts-at-one </link> <BR> Very positive and motivating young man that became incredibly strong through calisthenics. <BR> I'm blown away and yep, motivated. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:30:57 EST what matters to me is the ingredients <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1215&page=4 </link> <BR> <BR> On the surface it looks like these breads are healthy, but ingredients tell more of the story and it's worth looking into. Most of these breads I wouldn't buy and most certainly wouldn't eat. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:22:12 EST New old meals and then some Many years ago I had bought a diabetic magazine to thumb through and was going to subscribe for my dad. That was until he made a comment of being sick of diabetic recipes. Ooohkayyy. <BR> Thumbing through it I found a lettuce wrap recipe and gave it some tweaks for my family's way of eating and it was a big hit. However, I recall only making it twice. =/ hmm, not sure why. <BR> So today, I made it again. Oh! I wish my mouth were bigger! LOL I made it differently though and not sure it's a... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:38:07 EST Food from the store vs food from your garden Last week I spent a staggering amount of money on groceries and on the way home I was telling my youngest I was able to buy double the amount of groceries for the same amount of money. <BR> Which made me think of the quality that has decreased while the price has increased. In the year 2000-2001 I heard on the radio the quality of apples had decreased in nutrition and approximately 25 apples would need to be eaten to equal the nutrition of one apple 25 years earlier. <BR> Fast forward to to... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:40:23 EST Smaller Goals - week 1 <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1595 </link> <BR> <BR> My mini goals for the past week were: <BR> water intake 2 (1liter) bottles daily - no problem <BR> <BR> 1-2 cups of hot tea - only yesterday I had a total of three (the third was after mowing in the cold) <BR> <BR> no ice cream! - yesterday I wanted one. I didn't give in, by remembering the awful mucous it causes <BR> <BR> fruit for breakfast - mostly, but also had oatmeal <BR> <BR> more veggies - a... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 13:53:32 EST change only one thing every 3-4 weeks <link><BR>1-habit-and-lose-weight/?utm_source=ne<BR>wsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign<BR>=30-Day-Start-Strong&utm_content=day1 </link> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:22:42 EST Not all sugars are created equal <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=486 </link> <BR> <BR> and this article isn't the complete truth. Makes me wonder what's in it for them to mislead the readers. How many people will/have read this and took it as fact? <BR> <BR> Perhaps they need to review the lab evidence and write a new article that is more factual? <BR> <link><BR>ght/myth-hfcs </link> <BR> <BR> Sugars: healthy if from fruit, oatmeal or starch-rich... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:20:55 EST Dark Girls documentary The other night my son and I watched a documentary about black women and how they feel about themselves, how black men feel about the color of the women they date and about culture and their childhood baggage. <BR> <BR> First, I was very surprised at how mean the children were to the girls and the names they were called. <BR> <BR> Second, I was disgusted by the opinions of some of the women and the men about the people of their own race. Either saying they'd only date a lighter skinned wo... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:43:08 EST Fat and Ugly Germany is listed in this article as one of the top ten countries with more than 50% of the worls obese people: <BR> <BR> "The study also found that more than 50 percent of the world's 671 million obese people live in 10 countries: the United States, China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia." <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=688131 </link> <BR> <BR> I found it interesting, because when my brother returned home to t... Thu, 29 May 2014 00:49:58 EST what do you they do with the info? On one of the point spinning wheels I "won" a DVD and so I filled out the info and it's been months and still nothing received. Which leaves me quite suspicious about what SP does with the info typed in to receive the supposed wins. =/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:22:58 EST Vanishing Bees and the connection to humans My daughter allows me access to her Netflix account since we don't have TV. I normally get documentaries at the local library, however, since my library doesn't always have what I want to view, netflix can be a nice back up option. <BR> <BR> I was reading a blog about eating healthy and it had information on the documentary Vanishing of the Bees. I had always assumed it was due to the pesticides used on crops and hadn't done any research on the subject. <BR> <BR> The documentary claims it... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:57:41 EST Do you eat MickyD's? ie McDonalds? <link><BR>really-in-a-big-mac </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link that shows the ingredients for individual items in a typical Big Mac: <BR> buns, cheese, "beef", sauce, etc. <BR> <BR> It's a must read. If you eat this faux food, I strongly recommend brown bagging it. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:45:59 EST Amazing documentary If you haven't already seen the documentary The Beautiful Truth, I HIGHLY recommend it. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:10:22 EST Do you have "bad" foods? When I started having health issues and began going to doctors I didn't consider food in the concept of good vs. bad. Oh I knew there were foods that weren't as healthy, but I still ate them. <BR> <BR> But when the doctor's suggestions made my symptoms worse I fired them all and started investigating on my own. I wish I had saved the sites that gave me the best information, the ones that turned my health and my life into a 180 degree turnabout face and in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Wi... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:38:03 EST Can you recognize obesity? <link><BR>m/2011/12/do-you-know-obese-when-you-s<BR>ee-it.html </link> <BR> <BR> The blogger that posted this shares his experience and surprise while at the doctor's office and perusing the BMI chart. I've never seen a BMI chart with body outlines, but only the graphs of height, weight, age. Anyway, I thought I was a pretty good judge of this sort of thing and it surprised me too. <BR> <BR> A small example of how far we've gone from healthy. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:04:09 EST The low fat way of eating may make you fat? <link><BR>make-you-fat/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's always important to read ingredients as well as the nutritional facts. Even more helpful is to understand what is being read. LOL <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I don't buy low fat, fat free, diet anything, because they aren't what I consider healthy. In the link above the doctor says the low fat foods have "sugar bombs", so I thought I'd share the article. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:45:04 EST socialized "health" care <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=683423 </link> <BR> <BR> I keep getting information in the mail for health from a company that I have coverage with already. Sound crazy? <BR> <BR> So does government health care being forced on every citizen or being forced to pay a tax upwards of 2% of total income by 2016?! Please feel free to insert expletive of your choice. I know it helps with blood pressure, because it isn't good to "keep it all inside." It'... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:26:19 EST Spark article for things that may upset your tummy <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1974 </link> <BR> <BR> Common Foods That Could Be Hurting Your Belly <BR> Avoid These Foods to Feel Better Fast <BR> -- By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> Listed first: <BR> Dairy <BR> You don't have to be allergic to dairy products to be lactose intolerant, which means that your body can't completely digest a type of naturally occurring sugar (lactose) found in milk. People who are lactose intolerant often experienc... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:03:19 EST One of the dumbest "diets" Okay, this is a continuation from yesterday's post, mainly because my friend shared a url of many diets including the one my friend from the ladies group is on. <BR> <BR><BR>-loss <BR> <BR> It's the hcg diet and in my ever (ahem) humble opinion, I've concluded that this is one of the dumbest diets ever. <BR> <BR> If someone has the will power to eat/survive on 500 calories a day for EIGHT weeks! oh my goodness, they certainly have the will power t... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:47:53 EST "Burning" fat cells Last night at my ladies crochet group some women started talking about their diets, medications, exercise and one lady said she's on a medication and is only "allowed" to consume 500 calories a day. <BR> <BR> WHAT?!!!!!! <BR> <BR> That's wrong on so many levels. So I asked if she could explain to me and she tried to explain, but I just couldn't wrap my little brain around what she was saying. Part of my hang up was that she thinks fat cells burn away. Her doctor, (ahem!!, choke, cough), to... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:46:05 EST