STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog STRNGNGRNDED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community deficient in vitamin F? <link> </link> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:48:35 EST How to read Nutrition Labels <link> </link> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:21:21 EST On the mend With all the fluids leaving my body, I figured I would be really low on water percentage. I think my scale is broken. LOL <BR> <BR> Oh yes, my weight went down by three pounds, <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> (I'm not near my goal weight, but it made me think of this scene), <BR> but my water weight increased. I did drink water, because I wanted to try to stay hydrated, but I'm still surprised. <BR> <BR> Now was it the junk food that contributed to my getting sick?... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:46:22 EST Is there a flu near you? <link>!/ </link> <BR> <BR> On Friday, my daughter, son-in-law, and grands came for a visit. Son in law was supposed to go camping, but his friend cancelled due to illness. <BR> <BR> Now today both my son and I are experiencing the same symptoms son in law's friend had. grrrrr <BR> <BR> I cannot remember the last time I had the flu it has been that many years. I am definitely going to bed early tonight. Most likely after I put the chickens to bed/closing up their coop. ... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:44:52 EST doing more research For weeks now, I have stopped weighing myself and stopped "watching" what I eat. I've been eating what I want, when I want, and as much as I want. I know this is dangerous for a lot of people. <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed myself and I am a pound down from the last time I weighed. I'm not surprised. I feel better. Crazy right? I mean, I've been eating junk. Yes, junk. Yesterday I had a small slice of cake. The day before that I had potato chips! Last week I ate Ghiradelli white Chocol... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:57:31 EST better than CPK homemade pizza, delicious, missing the mushrooms and black olives, but still delicious <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> did I mention delicious?! LOL <em>29</em> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:18:17 EST Are you dehydrated? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> There have been a few people on SP who have suggested to me that I drink too much water, but I have cut back and guess what, now I'm dehydrated. Won't be listening to them anymore. <BR> <BR> Going to grab my third bottle of H2O and get myself healthy again. <BR> <BR> Hope you all enjoy the video. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:47:16 EST Up three pounds What's changed this week? Nothing but stress. <em>234</em> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:05:33 EST SAD meal three link is below: 1:18 meal three <BR> <BR> ugh, I don't even want to KNOW what is in those sausage links. I know it's bad. <BR> <BR> Have to have meat? How about a small pork chop with lime pineapple salsa or a corn salsa with avocado? With broccoli or grilled zucchini? Instead of that broccoli, cheese casserole, I'd serve wild rice or quinoa instead. Just looking at that casserole makes my stomach hurt. <BR> <BR> Does this happen to anyone else? <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing your... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:45:31 EST SAD meal two starting at 1:00 <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Meal two a salad: <BR> <BR> I wouldn't add fried chicken, but include baked chicken or even baked fish. She included cucumber. I like that. I'd add tomatoes. And maybe a tablespoon of raw sunflowers, or maybe a type of beans instead of the meat. <BR> <BR> I have to stay away from dairy based dressings, so we usually use a oil/vinegar dressing. I like pepper, lemon juice and peppercini juice squeezed on my salad... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:34:55 EST Sad American Diet part two? link below <BR> <BR> I started watching this lady when she started sharing her Dave Ramsey get out of debt journey, and she has sort of segued into sharing her families dinners. This is the second video like this, that I have viewed. I really like her, she seems like such a sweet lady. I'm not sure how I can comment without hurting her feelings, so I don't. =/ <BR> <BR> In my point of view, her meals seem to lack vegetables and contain too much cheese and sauces. <BR> <BR> First meal: chi... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:30:57 EST I'm Confused So, anyone who read my second to last blog knows that I've lost a pound in a months time. I'm grateful for that pound. But that's not the only way to see our progress right? <BR> <BR> I HOPE that my stomach is flatter and that my obliques are stronger and so I took my measurements. sigh. I'm so disappointed and confused. <BR> <BR> My measurements have increased. Now I'd love to say, yeah, it's muscle baby. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> But not according to my scale. Now if I was losing more... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:30:46 EST Sad American Diet Last night I read a lot of SP articles and one talked about American's who "think" they eat healthy. I know I eat healthy. I am moderate though. I don't go extreme crazy. In my son's terminology, I'm not a "tree hugging granola crunching hippy." No offense to any modern day hippies, my parents were both hippies and I do not hold it against them. <BR> <BR> My son also thought I'd eat healthier if I didn't eat steak or pork chops. I do not eat this often, but when my body craves it, three ... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:57:06 EST Because sometimes we just need to laugh! 100 years of women exercising <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:03:59 EST One pound less It's been a month. A month just to lose a pound. This month I said it was going to be different. <BR> <BR> I've been so diligent in my eating; making sure my choices were healthy, to stop just before I was full, (listen to the sigh your body makes when it's satisfied), and then giving one day a week to have any high calorie food, (in moderation), to "trick" my body. Ha, my body isn't buying it. I was gaining. <BR> <BR> In two weeks of October my body gained 2.6 pounds. <BR> <BR> Ther... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:07:14 EST Stronger Okay, totally frustrated with my lack of success with my numbers; not just lack of weight loss, but all the other numbers as well, and lack of inches lost. <BR> <BR> But today the wall paper on my dining room walls was calling to me to remove it, so I did. Then my son looks up from his work and asks how the picture was removed? I moved it. No big deal. Then I thought about it. It is a big deal. This picture is heavy. It takes two people to hang and sometimes two people to remove. <BR> <BR... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 21:08:30 EST The price of chicken and dinner Had to run to the grocery store today for a few items. I took a picture of the ridiculously over priced store chicken. It has gone up about $6-$7.00 since summer. My son joked, "was their an Avian flu we haven't heard about?" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I bought thighs in a family pack of six and cooked three for dinner tonight and froze the other three. The total was less than $7.00 for that package. <BR> <BR... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 18:09:32 EST Would you eat bolgna? Me either! <BR> <BR> And yet, it's a food item on my SP food suggestions. Here is all of today and what I would not eat. Too bad SP doesn't have highlighter capabilities. I would just highlight what I wouldn't eat. LOL So I will add it after each meal. <BR> <BR> eal Plan: Oatmeal with Blueberries; Scrambled Eggs; Milk <BR> Milk, nonfat, 1 cup <BR> Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup <BR> Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup <BR> Egg substitute, liquid (Egg Bea... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:10:20 EST And one more thing... This crossed my mind this evening; aside from weight loss. <BR> I need to lose two-three inches in my bust <BR> Three to four inches in my waist and hips <BR> and three inches in my thighs to get to where I was before my body decided to have a mind of its own. humph! <em>246</em> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 22:11:38 EST Thoughts and Goals This morning I averaged my weight for the month of September . . . . . . <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm not satisfied. If I compare my highest weight to my lowest weight for the month it looks like a successful momnth. The silver lining is I haven't had drastic fluctuations like I did when I was following the SP plan, and I haven't gained. <BR> <BR> Interestingly, I had my weight loss this month only after I STOPPED exercising. Yes, you read that right. Which goes against every weight loss arti... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:31:58 EST Price of meat! Ds and I went grocery shopping today and I did NOT buy any meat today, because the prices were insane! Who can afford those prices?! <BR> <BR> We are not poor by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm not paying the increased prices on the meat that my local store is charging. They are forcing us into a plant based diet. So you know what!? Instead of $200, it was just over $100. <BR> <BR> Now if this helps me lose weight, then I'll write a thank you note to the local grocery store! I'm s... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:51:02 EST Eye doctor and weight gain My son and I had our annual eye check up. The doc tells me my son's eyesight is so good he could spot a gnat on the wall. Can you tell we live in the south? I love sayings like that. <BR> <BR> The doc seems to like telling me my age. LOL As if I don't remember. I'm not that old in some eyes, and just nearing a very important milestone. I'm looking forward to it, because I decided when I was four that I wanted to live to 101. If I don't make it I want on my tombstone, <BR> OOPS, didn't qui... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:22:22 EST What are the odds? I forgot to mention, yesterday after breakfast, my son and I were just in the car when my dh called. While I was on the phone we sat in the parking lot and we were watching traffic and a man on a bike. A school bus drove by. Do you see where I'm going with this? <BR> <BR> My son and I looked at each other in shock. I tell my husband I think we just saw the exchange student on a school bus. What are the odds of that?! The student looked ... bleh. Somewhat melancholy perhaps? He was just lo... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:41:53 EST Breakfast date with my son We do not eat out much. <BR> #1 it costs too much for something we can do at home <BR> #2 it usually gives us a stomachache <BR> #3 we have to drive into town to do so and we prefer not driving in town. LOL <BR> <BR> Okay, so we did drive into town. I had a coupon for a breakfast place and I think we just really needed to do something for just us, like a special date we used to do on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> My son ordered hashbrowns and they were not nearly as delicious as they are whe... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:08:25 EST It is done~ The exchange student rep came to pick up the boy. My son and I are relieved. My son and I found our singing voices today. We hadn't realized until that moment that it has been 6.5 weeks since we have sung anything. <BR> <BR> Thank you to my SP friends for your encouraging words and support. I truly needed them all. It felts sort of abusive and now I think we need to detox a little. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:55:21 EST Termination Yesterday the exchange student representative came to my home to "mediate". The exchange student emailed the rep and complained that I wanted him to say please and thank you and about doing chores. <BR> <BR> These are his responsibilities: make his bed, keep his room and bathroom clean, wash his own dishes and push in his chair. <BR> <BR> I've asked him to sweep the front porch once, and vacuum the living room. <BR> I didn't know he complained to the rep. However, I haven't asked for an... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:57:50 EST advertisements or health articles? <link><BR>ow.asp?show=205 </link> <BR> <BR> Has anyone else noticed that more and more of the so called health articles appear like infomercials? <BR> <BR> The one above, I thought would be good information on how to have healthier bedrooms, but it was slides of products and links to buy them and their pricing. Seriously?! Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:10:50 EST quote and ? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm curious as to why some people seem somewhat obsessed wtih my water consumption. One lady shared something with me, in a sort of underhanded way of bringing it to my attention. I don't do covert. If someone has something to say to me, please just say it. This way I don't make assumptions. <BR> <BR> Anyway, she got totally bent out of shape and got angry with me for ??? I s... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:42:02 EST update I finally moving in the right direction on the scale and now have less than 25 pounds to lose. FINALLY! <BR> <BR> And so what did I do differently? <BR> <BR> I cut back on cardio. I hadn't stepped on my treadmill in ... I think it's been two weeks. I stepped on today to see what will happen tomorrow. I alternated walking for two minutes and jogged for two minutes for a total of 16 minutes. <BR> <BR> I have stopped tracking my food. Yep, no more counting calories. When I wake up in the m... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:49:46 EST Six-tenths of a pound Six tenths of a pound is all I've lost in a month and 11 days. <BR> <BR> This has been extremely frustrating. Since I started this journey, I started measuring my foods to make sure I wasn't over eating. This wasn't the case. My eyeball measurements were pretty spot on. This was good... and yet bad, because if it were just a simple thing of over eating I could easily fix that. <BR> <BR> Then I thought, maybe it's "what" I'm eating. I used to have English tea with a little soymilk and raw s... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:42:12 EST Lies on food company products so we'll eat them <link><BR>ustry-needs-to-stop-treating-us-like-a<BR>-bunch-of-idiots/ </link> <BR> <BR> Do you read the nutritional facts on products? Do you trust them? Do you know what's more important than the nutritional facts? <BR> <BR> The ingredients. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 21:47:03 EST According to charts According to the height/weight chart I'm in a healthy zone. <BR> According to the BMI I'm in a healthy zone. <BR> According to water percentage charts I'm at the lower end of the healthy zone, <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticles/220035767-What-are-the-normal-r<BR>anges-for-body-composition- </link> <BR> <BR> Then getting into the body fat, yes, different than the BMI, I'm actually considered obese. This is shocking, because I'm pretty sure no one would gues... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:08:40 EST Salt myths? <link><BR>about-salt/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've never had to worry about high blood pressure or watch my salt intake. Though I do look at ingredients and consider sodium to calorie ratios. If the sodium is through the roof, I do not buy the item. <BR> <BR> Do any of you watch your sodium intake? And what do you think of the information from the link? Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:49:43 EST Contradicting health information from two books The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas vs. The Perfect 10 Diet by Michael Aziz, M.D. <BR> <BR> Dr. Aziz on pg. xxix explains when he had his eyes opened that food is medicine and that his patients following one low fat diet or another, were being poisoned by their diets. <BR> <BR> Lyn R on page 27 talks about chemistry and not calories. She starts her diet suggestions off with a 3-day cleanse. She wants you to eat non-reactive foods and that is different for everyone. <BR> <BR> Dr. Aziz Page 92 h... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:04:13 EST The end of the weekend Went shopping on Saturday doing the errands I normally do on Monday. Our schedule is a little out of whack with the foreign exchange student. I think my son misses it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had bought yogurt for the ex.student. I bought myself some goat yogurt, because it had been a really long time. Saturday morning the ex. student wanted to help make breakfast, so we had homemade waffles and yogurt. Blech! The yogurt was WAY TOO SWEET for me. I ended up not eating my serving. I will make f... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 22:07:03 EST Today's treadmill walk <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Only one fitbit challenge going on this weekend. Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:52:58 EST Sometimes I hate being right I braved the scale this morning and I was right.... I did gain weight; three pounds. <BR> <BR> It's not muscle either. <BR> <BR> The only benefit to weighing myself this morning is that my bone weight increased. That's a good thing, but three pounds? Almost, just .2, so not enough to show for the three pound gain. sigh. <BR> <BR> What's changed? My exercise. I've been walking more. So what the bleep is going on? I should be losing weight, not gaining. <BR> <BR> Apparently walking ma... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:57:06 EST walking fitbit step challenge and a man from Australia was about to win. Well, we can't have that. So I put my old running shoes on, (new ones need to be returned), and started walking. I was going to walk until I reached my 11k step goal. <BR> <BR> However.... I was only a thousand plus steps behind him and there was an hour left. Ugh! An hour left of the challenge. I had to keep walking. I didn't know if he hadn't synced and was ahead. So what's a girl to do? <BR> <BR> Yep. I kept walking. My s... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:13:47 EST what causes your bloating? I've been meaning to read and blog about the library books I checked out, but with all the walking I've been doing (and challenges on fitbit), I haven't had time to read. I've read snippets of The DNA Restart and learned about emulsifiers in foods. <BR> <BR> What's that? The author calls is a fancy name for soap. It's a thickener to keep the processed foods for a longer shelf life or in some foods to keep the oils from separating. <BR> <BR> Last night I made vegetable penne with a vegetabl... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 21:26:11 EST Been so busy My concentration on weight loss has been put on a middle burner as I'm hosting a foreign (French) exchange student and homeschooling my own teen, while still maintaining a small farm and the animals we have. <BR> <BR> That being said, I have joined a few fitbit challenges to keep it on my mind. <BR> <img src=""> (once I reached my 11k steps I stopped) <BR> <BR> Today I wore a skirt that I hadn't worn in a yea... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:19:58 EST School lunches for our children <link><BR>hilds-lunch-back-school-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> I have a foreign exchange student for ten months and because he buys lunch at his school, he wanted to buy lunch in America. However, he says thefood is terrible and said he might want to bring lunches. If he decides this we will make up some plans for him to have healthier lunches. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, since he mentioned it, I have had healthy meals available for him to eat when he ge... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:50:11 EST 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