STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog STRNGNGRNDED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community spot training and the science behind it Finally some science to back up why spot training seems to work and why it may not work for others: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:09:49 EST Contemplation Update for week 6: <BR> I lost .6 of a pound. I'm okay with that; it isn't a gain. Plus, I've lost a total of 2.25 inches since 4/11/2018. <BR> <BR> Such a huge accomplishment.It gave me something to contemplate. I am so close to my original measurements that I wonder if I will reach that before I reach my "goal" weight. If I do, then it doesn't matter to me what my weight says, because my clothes will fit me based on my measurements, not what the scale says. <BR> <BR> Something I find i... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:36:36 EST Live in the US? How clean or contaminated is your water? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My local water has chemicals that cause cancer. HOW IS THIS LEGAL? And we pay for water?! <BR> this is wrong on so many levels. Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:43:50 EST weight loss trap Would you be willing to play a game by posting your answer before watching the video? <BR> <BR> What do you think is the biggest weight loss trap (given in the video)? If you disagree, please post that as well. Thanks. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:56:15 EST Feed Your Mitochondria <link> </link> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:03:26 EST Fifth week This week I joined four fitbit challenges. Two weekly and I think two daily. You know I think there was a weekend warrior that may have started it, but I am not sure. It's been an exhausting week. <BR> <BR> I walked on the treadmill every day for five miles; two hours, because I made sure I walked a slow steady pace, so I wouldn't stress my body out. I did add the occasional variable incline to make it more exciting. (I really do miss running and I'm looking forward to being able to run aga... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:55:28 EST Waist to Height Ratio percentage Do you know your percentage range? <BR> <BR> I didn't until a little while ago and wanted to share the link with you. It's super quick; you need to know your waist and height in inches. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>understanding_risk/whtr </link> Sat, 7 Apr 2018 18:14:43 EST A review of one month From March 6th to April 6th: <BR> I started limiting my carbs. I cut out rice, bread, and potatoes. As you know I didn't worry as much about whether I consumed a banana, (that's not KETO!) LOL, but I didn't eat them every day either. I had a banana smoothie about once a week. I suppose it can be considered a carb up day. <BR> <BR> The test week was the first week and I craved junk food and bread. The second week was more research, because I wasn't sure I was doing it right. I'm not the typ... Fri, 6 Apr 2018 09:57:06 EST Tomorrow will be one month of... Tomorrow will be one month of this new to me way of eating. My first goal weight is just dangling in front of my face like a carrot to a mule. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was SOOOOO close yesterday, just one pound away! I would have considered the goal met if I just lost a tenth of a pound. I have one more day. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER!!!! <BR> <BR> Better news is that I've lost half an inch (sorry for those who us... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 09:32:59 EST some myths of IF and lots of science to back it up <link> </link> Wed, 4 Apr 2018 17:35:55 EST Craving sweets? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Missing something else in your body? Tue, 3 Apr 2018 22:28:40 EST Ideal Weight Ranges Has anyone noticed the height/weight calculators have increased the weight ranges? <BR> The only one I could find that was close to original is this one: <BR> <link><BR>eight </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Apr 2018 17:07:22 EST Weight loss, new old dress Yesterday was the birthday celebration and I wore an old dress that I haven't worn in three years. ?? I guess. And I am happy I fit into it, but now that I can, I don't like it. <BR> <BR> It's a 1950's style dress. I bought it from a vintage shop online. However, the top sits too high on my torso. I think my torso is longer than the average woman. And the zipper is a pain to do on my own. <BR> <BR> I had half a slice of cheesecake and yes, I paid for it today. I had a headache for most of... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 19:43:44 EST Family, birthdays, Holy day, food, and success Hello Friends~ <BR> <BR> First <em>304</em> all for your support through the little drama fest on "that" team. It's done. I have left; I'm no longer receiving email updates on the team threads and I have blocked one of the members, who thought it was necessary to continue the conversation via SP email. Done. Moving on. <BR> <BR> My family is coming to visit tomorrow and we'll be celebrating a birthday. I'm told there will be a vanilla bean cheesecake. I will taste it and if I like it, ... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:05:56 EST OH my goodness~! Oh boy do I need to vent! <BR> <BR> On this new team, yes, it's the keto team, griped me out that I wasn't being keto because I had a banana. (actually I had a banana smoothie, with coconut milk and chia seeds). But oh my goodness a banana is 25 carbs and that's not keto, blah, blah and guess what, the girl that griped me out... <BR> today had a banana. umhmmm <BR> and yesterday potato chips, beans, fruit cocktail; all of which aren't "keto" either. Taking a peek at some of her other days th... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:48:35 EST what to do when a team isn't friendly? I've just joined a new team and have tried to jump in and join chats and subjects and ask questions. <BR> <BR> After Saturday when someone kept pushing that I must have felt a certain way or had certain symptoms, and I'm emphatic that, no I didn't, I've been getting the impression that I'm being ostracized and one person flat out commented on my last comment, <BR> what does that have to do with it? <BR> <BR> Really?! Perhaps you're getting a little touchy because you're going through a ... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:02:44 EST exercise Sometimes the best exercise is just goofing off. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was acting silly and walking silly and had my arms bent close to my chest and swinging side to side. (Imagine the situp with the dumb bell and doing the side to side motion) <BR> Russian twists: <link><BR>hecore </link> <BR> <BR> I made my son do it and we were laughing so much at how silly we looked. And today, whoah! I really feel it in my shoulder blade area. I thought I'd f... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 18:05:23 EST Fasting There have been some interesting and thought provoking comments I've received about fasting here on Sparks. One of my friends raised a thought that I wasn't even aware of... <BR> Churches aren't teaching their members how to fast? Shame on the pastor. <BR> <BR> Anyway, fasting for religious reasons is private and not to be broadcasted. The way I was taught and was eased into, was just skip one meal once a week. After this, fast two meals. Then eventually three meals. (i.e. a full 24 hour ... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 13:35:18 EST A first goal... I just have four more pounds to lose to reach a first goal. I've decided I'm going to schedule a facial when I reach it. <BR> <BR> Second goal will be a massage. <BR> <BR> Third goal will be my high end of what I weighed from 2007-2014 before stress hit. I will be able to wear all of my old clothes again. yay~! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I'm currently reading The Complete Guide to Fasting, which is very interesting. I'm not too far into it, but I'm enjoying it. <BR> <BR> If I get close... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:09:39 EST split pea soup Growing up I abhorred split pea soup. As an adult I found out it wasn't the split pea soup, but the way my parents made it. It was more of a paste for dry wall application than an edible soup. <BR> <BR> Last night I started a split pea soup in the crock pot. The problem is that my son eats the soup before it is completely done and then I don't get any. He just offered to finish up the remainder so I can make a fresh batch. ROFL, <BR> <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>246</em> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:23:04 EST Low fat diets became popular In a nutshell: low fat diets became popular because someone altered their "science" to fit the payout they received. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dustry-harvard-research/ </link> <BR> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:03:29 EST Kung PAO/POW! There's no way I'd add he xanthum gum, but the recipe looks delicious! <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:00:56 EST Since Thursday I'm four days into this newer way of eating and yesterday has lost 2.8 pounds. Today I'm four-tenths up. I'm okay with it though, because my body fat is down and muscle is up, according to my scale. <BR> <BR> I'm no longer paying attention to calories. Two reasons: Calorie intake will not control my life and two, counting calories doesn't work for me. I do not believe calories in calories out, CICO, works. Eat less, move more. If the diet is 80-90 percent of food and only 10-20 percent exerc... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:58:20 EST Lately... Two weeks ago I tried something new and it was working. But then the weekend hit and I felt so cruddy. I didn't know then that this is what happens, but usually not so quickly. <BR> I did more research and started again on Thursday. Since Wednesday, I have lost 2.8 pounds. Now that I know what to expect I'm in it for the long haul and I'm looking forward to reaching some goals. <BR> FINALLY. <BR> <BR> This morning I did a simulation on the my body (modelmydiet) and it didn't look much diff... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:12:55 EST Research, learning, and progress All of you know how frustrated I've been since I haven't had much success (stupid scale, stupid body), LOL, and I just wanted to share a quick update. <BR> <BR> I haven't given up. I've been researching to find out what could be going on with my body. It really irks me when I see the meme on the start page, make up your mind and your body will follow or something similar to that. Well my body has yet to get the memo. I've been working on this since 2015 and I've only lost 9 pounds and conti... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:28:52 EST walked a marathon via fitbit challenge Monday I was invited to a fitbit challenge. I joined Tuesday, so was already behind. There was one woman, sigh, one woman so far in the lead it was intimidating. I checked out her daily average: over 21k steps. hmmm, that's a good challenge. LOL <BR> <BR> Normally I get a lot of steps during the summer because I'm outside working on the property. In the winter time, I do more household chores and my steps aren't as many. I do have a treadmill though and this week we became close friends ag... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:21:43 EST social media, ie FB 88 percent of those who'd given up Facebook said they felt "happy", compared with 81 percent of those who had still been checking into their News Feed stream on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>firms-that-quitting-facebook-makes-peo<BR>ple-happier </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not on Facebook, but I wonder how many people who are unhappy are overweight because of FB? This wasn't done in the study, it was just how happy people were or weren't. I actually ... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 15:11:49 EST February I never did comment that I wore an old skirt for Christmas. I had been doing some decluttering in a box of stuff that shouldn't have had skirts, but this is what happens when movers pack for you. LOL <BR> <BR> And I hadn't worn the skirt in awhile, because it had become too tight. sigh. Well, lo and behold it fit. I think mainly because my stomach is no longer bloated. <BR> <BR> I haven't really been "working" on losing weight due to all the things causing me stress. And when I noticed I ... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 20:25:54 EST Have you ever heard of Low Cholesterol??? <link><BR>l-can-it-be-too-low#risk-factors </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just heard about it this morning. There's always a hype about high cholesterol, but I've never heard a doctor mention low cholesterol or the dangers of it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ted-dangers-low-cholesterol </link> <BR> <BR> There are dangers of it being too high and too low. We need to keep it just right. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:13:48 EST seriously? This weekend I gained four pounds. What did I do differently? <BR> I walked. Yeah, that's it. I walked. <BR> <BR> What's the point? I could have been completely content sitting in front of my sewing machine or watching movies with my ds, or reading a book. <BR> <BR> so frustrated <BR> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:47:23 EST what is your BMR? <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=385 </link> <BR> <BR> One of my dear SP friends brought this SP article to my attention. It's to calculate what your calorie intake should be. For both my friend and I have found a discrepency on the BMR calculation from what SP nutrition says we should consume. <BR> <BR> What does your BMR calculation say and what does SP say? (here's for women) <BR> BMR FOR WOMEN FACTOR <BR> ENTER MULTIPLY BY RESULT <BR> WEIGHT <BR> (ente... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 12:23:33 EST I think we all need a pep talk! <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=18 </link> <BR> <BR> not cool Robert Frost! Sat, 2 Dec 2017 13:09:53 EST How unsocially social are you? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Facebook? Instagram? texting? <BR> <BR> Tumblr? Snapchat? <BR> <BR> some of the medias listed I've never heard of what is QQ? <BR> QZone? WeChat? There are others, but I suppose if I'm not even on FB, I don't really care. <BR> <BR> According to Wikipedia? <BR> Facebook: 2,047,000,000 users <BR> YouTube: 1,500,000,000 users <BR> WhatsApp: 1,200,000,000 users <BR> Facebook Messenger: 1,200,000,000 users <BR> WeChat: 938,000,000 users <BR> QQ... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:18:21 EST Did you know? Deaths from prescription opioids—drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone—have more than quadrupled since 1999; per the CDC. <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:07:52 EST What do you think of faux ice creams? <link><BR>st=the_truth_about_healthy_ice_creams </link> <BR> <BR> I'm lactose intolerant, but I don't buy into the "healthy" ice creams. Would that be considered an oxymoron? LOL <BR> <BR> I've recently been noticing fake ingredients are worse for my body than the actual dairy. Plus, I have no problem with half cup serving size, because I usually just have a few bites any way. <BR> <BR> But what do you think?! Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:43:52 EST Did you know? Vitamin D is really a hormone? Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:06:17 EST Sugar information video <link> </link> <BR> <BR> How did you used to eat compared to how you eat now? It was funny listening to this husband/wife conversation about who eats the serving sizes of foods? They automatically assume that whatever packaged foods you buy/eat that you must multiply the sugar times the total serving sizes. So for 1/2c of ice cream there is 20 grams or 4 teaspoons of sugar. <BR> (conversion link) <BR> <link><BR>easpoon+[US] </lin... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:23:11 EST Trying to hold onto the weight loss When I was sick last week I lost four pounds. I want to maintain that weight loss. <BR> Someone posted a meme yesterday that said the average person gaines 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whoa, that's a lot of weight! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ate a little of everything, had a very small sliver of dessert, but didn't finish it. This morning the scale said I increased .2 of a pound. I'll take it! Interestingly it showed my body fat decreased. WHAT?! How is that possible? <BR>... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:52:36 EST 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