VHALKYRIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VHALKYRIE VHALKYRIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Change in Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242542 I'm changing my goals for the rest of the year. I knew September would be busy with work travel, vacations and my birthday, so I figured that I would be maintaining my weight through the month. <BR> <BR> I had planned to get back to work on weight loss in October, but I'm not sure how realistic that is going to be. It's now starting to head into the holiday seasons, and a lot of impromptu events are going to come up. I'm not sure I can put a laser like focus on my diet and exercise that i... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:14:18 EST Gilmore Girls Fashion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242038 Something totally random for this Monday morning and a departure from my regular blogs. <BR> <BR> Anyone a fan of the Gilmore Girls from the dawn of the millenium? I ran across this article where a writer dressed like Lorelai Gilmore to gauge the reaction. Hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.bustle.com/articles/143072-i-dre<BR>ssed-like-lorelai-gilmore-for-a-week-h<BR>eres-what-happened </link> <BR> <BR> P.S. For the record, I love DVF ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:49:21 EST Winning Formula http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241039 I've had a rough week since coming back from my work trip. I've been getting up late, not having much energy, and been pretty lazy. One of my trouble spots in the past is that I do really well with a regular schedule of good eating and exercise, then I go on work travel or vacation, then don't get back into a routine. I've been like that this week. <BR> <BR> But, I'm still maintaining my weight. I am eating well, at least. I just haven't exactly got back into my routine. However, I'm l... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:59:04 EST Working With Our Individual Needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239010 This is the story of two very different people. One person doesn't gain weight easily, and can eat grains and starchy carbs without issue. The other person gains weight very easily when eating grains and starchy carbs, and has uncontrollable hunger issues with it. <BR> <BR> The first person is my friend Shana, and the second person is her mother. <BR> <BR> Shana is rail thin and always has been. She has never been fat, and doesn't put on fat easily. She doesn't exercise much. She can s... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:08:14 EST Home For A Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238416 This morning's weigh in confirms it: I successfully maintained my weight during my work trip! I left and came back at the same weight! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I actually lost half a pound (.6), but I'm not counting it since the major number is the same - lol. It was pretty terrifying since I had no weight scale and I had no idea if I was going off track. I used a couple of ketostix as a spot check, but that was my only insight that I was hanging in there. <BR> <BR> Everyone s... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:21:44 EST I Survived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238068 It's a carb world, but I made it back intact! I checked my ketostix as a quick snapshot, and somehow I managed to stay fat burning the whole trip! The scale shows that I successfully maintained my weight! <BR> <BR> On Day 2 of the conference, they served pasta for lunch. No options at all for LC. I went down the road to our office cafeteria and paid for a salad with roasted chicken breast out of my own pocket instead. <BR> <BR> I wish one of my coworkers hadn't noticed my 'different' lu... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:28:38 EST Carby Conference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236239 Today is day 2 of my conference. I would rate my success a 7 out of 10. Passing, but not great. <BR> <BR> The breakfast provided is a carb fest. Bagels, donuts, Danishes and cereal. There is low fat yogurt with 18g of sugar. There's no protein, fat or vegetables. If there were celery sticks, I could at least swipe the cream cheese. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I skipped breakfast and did an 18 hour intermittent fast instead. <BR> <BR> This morning I brought a snack bar, jerky and nuts. I bo... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:16:08 EST Surviving Out in the Urban Wild http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235100 Just a super quick update on my progress. I am managing to survive the scary, carby world out there, but it hasn't been easy. Dodging sugars has been my biggest challenge. I ordered a mocha latte, then realized that the chocolate syrup was probably a sugar bomb. I drank half of it and threw the rest away. <BR> <BR> My husband and I had dinner at a Brazillian grill the night before my flight. I avoided the caipirinha/margaritas and opted for a refreshing sangria instead. I ate well with... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:14:17 EST 60 Day Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230615 ----Note: I am changing my blog status from private back to public. Any posts that I find as less than supportive, backhanded, or rude I will remove. This is about me, and what is best for me. If you find it interesting, welcome along for the ride!---- <BR> <BR> As summer comes to an end, it's fitting that this will be my last blog until October. 60 days ago, I returned to Spark because I had regained weight during a sedentary period. After struggling and being tired of not being able to... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 15:58:28 EST Breakfast Egg Cups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230469 Anyone who is on Facebook or PInterest have probably seen the breakfast egg cups. This morning I made my own take on it. <BR> <BR> I took a couple of silicon cupcake molds, and put a slice of ham and cheese in it. I cracked an egg inside the cup. I baked it in the oven until the top of the eggs were set. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/547195b6-d789-473a-a440-6de58d76a737.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Using the cupcake molds, I was able to make single serving sizes instead ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 10:45:54 EST Sunday Shopping and Chopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229901 Yesterday I went to the market to pickup my weekly supply of fresh pasture chicken raised eggs. I also picked up a package of grass fed beef burgers that were on sale for the Labor Day weekend. I went home, put it on the grill, and ate it bunless with a side salad. A bit healthier than a regular burger, I think. Instead of one small, sad piece of lettuce, I had a whole bowl full of fresh greens and cucumbers. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> I also went to my regular grocery store a... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:55:31 EST Saturday After the Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229398 Just came back from my Saturday morning 10 mile bike ride. There's random debris in the neighborhood, but nothing major. We got pretty lucky where I am. It's a much cooler 76F outside, which I am very thankful for! Perfectly clear skies, wouldn't know there was a tropical storm here yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12da4745-d760-44d5-8163-0624287756db.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Today is pretty much back to usual. <BR> <BR> I'm having my breakfast of 2 hard boi... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:55:38 EST Tropical Storm Hermine #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229056 Looks like we're pretty much finished. We got our heaviest rain and thunderstorms during the night, which didn't make for very restful sleep. Tornado siren went off once, but it touchdown pretty far from us. There were very heavy winds, but a forested area behind my neighbor's house sheltered me from most of it. Forests are friends! <BR> <BR> I'm a pretty bad storm watcher. I am terrified of thunderstorms, always have been. My parents said when I was little, I wouldn't mind playing in ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 14:53:56 EST Tropical Storm Hermine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228812 Hermine was downgraded from a Cat 1 Hurricane to a Tropical Storm last night. I spent most of last night organizing flashlights and charging other light sources. I picked up a case of bottled water at the grocery yesterday. In a dire emergency, I also have some water purifiers from camping. I have plenty of calorie sources that don't require electricity like nuts, peanut butter, jerky, and protein bars (my husband eats them - I don't normally, but it works here). Low carb lifestyle has l... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 08:04:55 EST Thursday Thoughts and Labor Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228286 Today's blog will be a much lighter read then yesterday - LOL! Sorry for the academia, but I felt it necessary to introduce a few concepts before I reveal results from my latest self experiment. It is possible to get estimates and insights on levels of body fat burned. Believe me, I never imagined I would ever get into this level of detail! I have found it necessary since the conventional advice wasn't helping me, and in some ways, made things worse. We're all going to function different... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 09:30:56 EST Sugar Burner, Keto Burner, Fat Burner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227602 Disclaimer: There are other causes of weight gain and inability to lose weight that are not related to insulin. People who tolerate glucose can do well on a high carb diet. Insulin impaired people can do well on either ketogenic diets or low-carb diets. If insulin is not the cause of your weight issues, then neither standard high carb or standard low carb will work well. Hopefully this might be interesting to you anyway, or give you some additional things to think about. <BR> <BR> This b... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:36:16 EST 9 Week Summary and Challenges Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227039 Today is my 9 week summary of when I restarted my diet and fitness reboot. Here's a chart of my bodyfat, lean mass and weight progress to date: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fae2da53-ed10-416c-9f17-39a3a8b0dc6c.PNG"> <BR> <BR> For reference: <BR> Avg Calories per day: 1500-1600 <BR> Macro ratios: 20% carbs/55% fat/25% protein <BR> Exercise: 1 hour walk or recreational cycling per day <BR> <BR> From my previous blogs, I mentioned that I am taking bodyfat and we... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:01:33 EST Why I Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226401 My story is not the most miraculous around. At my heaviest, I was borderline obese, so I haven't lost the most. At the time of my discovery in 2011, I was active, but overweight, but my doctors all told me I was in fine health. Insulin resistance was not on my radar because I was not diabetic. <BR> <BR> I had no idea how wrong I was. <BR> <BR> It turns out that I did have at least some degree of insulin resistance given that I tend to put on weight fairly easily. When I switched to a lo... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:37:34 EST Sunday Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225861 Yesterday hubby and I went for a day trip to Charleston, SC, which is about 100 miles from us. We had a wonderful brunch at one of our favorite cafes. We shared a plate of fried green tomatoes. I ordered a burger, and ate it with a knife and fork, of course. When I finished, I was absolutely stuffed. I realized that regardless of my LC lifestyle, the large brioche bun would have been overkill in my calorie consumption. I didn't need the extra calories from the bun. I was completely sat... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:35:39 EST Battle of the Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225581 Sorry about my editing on my last post. I rushed through it, and didn't get all of my thoughts down. My husband was pushing me to hurry up to leave this morning. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I just noticed that one of the links on my old blog no longer works. As it is one of the big epiphany moments for me, so I think it's important to highlight it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=eREuZEdMAVo </link> <BR> <BR> Stanford researcher Dr. Christopher Gardner, PhD lead the most comp... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:19:59 EST Leap of Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225265 A higher carb diet works for some people. I've never said otherwise. For people who are very athletic (marathon runners/Olympic athletes) or people with no insulin resistance, a 200g-300g carbohydrate diet will probably cause them no issue. <BR> <BR> However, the more insulin resistance you have the worse it gets. I imagine a great many people out there don't think that is them because they haven't been diagnosed with diabetes yet. Those that have been diagnosed are still recommended to ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:33:44 EST Trust Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224706 First, I want to thank everyone for your support yesterday. If you can read this today, you made the cut! You are someone who is supportive, positive, and who I want to share this part of my journey with. I have temporarily set my Spark page to private. As much as I would love to be a low-carb crusader, I cannot be that person at this time. I need to take care of my own needs and clean house first. I may turn it back to public at a later time. I will be Sparking less due to work and tr... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:31:14 EST Less Sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224171 As I'm getting close to my work trip, I'm going to be Sparking less. Have to wrap up at work and get my things in order. <BR> <BR> Also not having much inspiration on finding things to write about. Since I've been back to Spark, I haven't really found my groove. Spark served a purpose for me in a different place and time, but I feel like a stranger in strange land. I don't really belong here. Spark can still be pretty hostile to my particular needs. <BR> <BR> Would you go to a blog o... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:57:39 EST What is Whole 30? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223767 What is Whole 30? <BR> <BR> I was asked this question on yesterday's blog when I described my 45 day results and how I achieved it. I wrote that my diet framework is based on the Whole 30 plan. <BR> <BR> In summary, Whole 30 is a real food eating plan. It is eating veggies, fruit and protein - the raw basics of life. There's no packaged, prepared foods. Canned veggies are allowed due to convenience and cost needs of some people, but fresh produce is always preferred. The challenge is t... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:27:01 EST 45 Day Progress (with Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223024 Today marks 45 Days since my diet/fitness reboot. Since everyone loves before/after photos, here is mine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e291c51-650a-43ab-9a9f-c4c8971abd18.png"> <BR> <BR> At the beginning of July, I had a noticeable bulge in my gut. My belly extended past my boobs - embarrassing! Despite having normal blood pressure and cholesterol (no sign of internal inflammation), I had excessive abdominal fat. This is a classic sign of insulin resistan... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:37:36 EST Lifestyle Wellness: Hobbies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222640 One of the areas that I feel I need to be more well rounded on is my hobbies. Browsing PInterest and playing games is making me rather bored. When I get bored, I go on Facebook and get into political arguments with my friends. <BR> <BR> So, instead of getting mad at all the world's problems, I decided I need to get back to making DIY projects. I used to enjoy sewing and beading. <BR> <BR> I found these cute bag patterns on Etsy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:39:03 EST Tough Love Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222414 I'm not your best friend. <BR> <BR> Sorry, but I'm not. I'm not going to tell you that you can eat whatever and still lose weight. <BR> <BR> I am your mean mom. You need to eat your veggies and healthy proteins. <BR> <BR> This is an intervention. Are you struggling? Are you at your wits end? Are you in tears because you just can't understand why it isn't working? <BR> <BR> Let's talk: <BR> <BR> ALL THINGS IN MODERATION <BR> This is your cake and eating it too. Eat whatever you want... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:36:56 EST Super Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221944 Last week went very well. I had to take a break from my routines due to feeling fatigue, but this was exactly the right thing I needed. My body responded. I'm 1 pound down and 1 inch less on my waist! <BR> <BR> So what did I do? <BR> <BR> My cycling and HIIT activities were too stressful. I wasn't sleeping well, and I wasn't thriving. I cut my activities to walking only. Walking is a perfectly fine exercise for losing weight! People don't walk enough. <BR> <BR> I noticed that my cal... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:27:04 EST Just Right Diet and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220845 Things are going great this morning. I got an excellent night's sleep, my numbers are moving down this morning, and I am full of energy. I took a 3 mile, 1 hour walk and watered my garden. I have another pair of shorts that I have to pull up when I put my keys in my pocket, which is a tell-tale sign of getting close to the next size down. <BR> <BR> It's a shame I have to spend the rest of the day in a chair staring at a LCD screen because I feel like I could do so much more. <BR> <BR> Ea... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:23:49 EST Good Food and Rest Were the Answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220216 Taking a couple of rest days and eating more calories worked great. My weight and bodyfat are falling, and my lean mass is staying within the range of about 92-94lbs, which is great. That means I'm preserving my muscles while losing bodyfat. <BR> <BR> This past weekend, my husband and I hit it pretty hard on the bikes, which was totally cool. I exercise for pleasure, not pain. Riding bikes is our quality time together. We used to have bike dates when we were dating, and we still do. <BR... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:23:25 EST Mid Week Status - Taking it Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219697 It's hard to say how things are going this week. I'm still experiencing backlash from last week's stress, so I'm not seeing a lot of movement in my numbers. It feels very much like a stall. I have ruled out diet, so stress is a likely factor. Therefore, I have backed off on my exercise goals for the short term, so my HIIT experiment will have to wait until later. With my environmental factors, moderate to intense exercise is an extra stressor that I don't need at the moment. That doesn'... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:29:15 EST The Week Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217738 This morning my husband and I took a 10 mile bike ride around the neighborhood. Leisurely, nothing too strenuous. We made notes of plants and landscaping in neighbor's yards that we like. My cycling performance has improved, though I haven't actively been working on it. My husband used to tease how slow I was, but this morning he was complaining that I was too fast! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> Some people say they have poor exercise performance on LC, but this hasn't been true ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:49:58 EST Body Fat Measurements #2: Trends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217242 This is a continuation of my post on Body Fat measurements. Assuming you have at least a week's worth of bodyweight, body fat and lean mass measurements, it can be difficult to interpret. Bodyweight fluctuates, we've all seen that, and body fat can fluctuate even more due to hydration levels. It doesn't mean that it is useless. It can be an important tool for measuring progress if used properly. <BR> <BR> First rule is you must be consistent with your use. If you use calipers or bio-imp... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:41:03 EST Hello, Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216637 I've had a rough week for a number of reasons. A couple of well-loved and essential team members are leaving us right before a major product release. One of my managers leaving, and I always dread changes in management the most. The risk is "new guy" who has something to prove and ends up driving away the rest of the most productive team members. So that's causing a bit of instability at the moment. <BR> <BR> And then my husband decided he wanted to pick a fight with me. I was totally n... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:23:17 EST Mid Week Stress, But Still On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216072 Almost end of the week, and things are going well. Food and exercise are on track. I am officially able to retire a pair of shorts that are too loose. Putting keys and a phone in my pocket would lead to disaster! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I have performed HIIT twice this week for my 30 day experiment: Does HIIT burn more bodyfat than steady state cardio? My numbers are a bit confusing, but I have made a lot of changes to my variables, so I don't have an interpreta... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:56:01 EST Pilgrimage to Rivendell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215463 I'm almost at the halfway point on my "Walk/Cycle to Rivendell" challenge. Using information from Nerd Fitness, I made a spreadsheet where I track my exercise miles against the path Frodo and Sam took to Rivendell. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/07/23/<BR>walking/ </link> <BR> <BR> It is 458 miles from Hobbiton to Rivendell, and I have walked/cycled 196 so far. I am just 33 miles from the halfway point! <BR> <BR> I copied the destination milestones from the Eowyn Chall... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:00:34 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214810 August is my do-or-die month. In September I have a work trip, then my husband and I are are taking a short vacation to Canada. This is the last month where I can actively work on losing weight/bodyfat and body recomposition. September will be about maintaining anything I lose. <BR> <BR> I have my meal and exercise worked out. <BR> <BR> Meals: Mostly Whole 30 plan, except with yogurt and cottage cheese to meet my protein requirements. <BR> Exercise: HIIT 2x per week, walking + strength... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:30:19 EST Body Fat Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214404 I got asked a question on how I calculate my body fat percentage on one of my blogs. I will explain my methodology. <BR> <BR> This will require some maths, but nothing too scary! <BR> <BR> First, let's talk about body fat measurements. There's basically 3 different types. Calipers, bio-impedance, and hi tech body composition devices like the bod pod or hydrostatic (underwater) testing. <BR> <BR> Calipers and bio-impedance are the accessible options for the home user. <BR> <BR> Personal... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 15:16:58 EST Sprint Once in a While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214203 This morning I got up and completed a 30 minute HIIT workout on the elliptical. I have had good success using the Beatburns Elliptical Trainer app in the past, so I fired that up. As I tend towards laziness, the app is almost as good as a personal trainer. It makes me work harder than I would left to my own devices. <BR> <BR> The next 30 days is when I'm going to start my next n=1 experiment: Does HIIT workout burn more bodyfat than static cardio? The past 30 days I have only cycled, wal... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:22:20 EST Whole 30 Style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213912 My clean eating style is closest to Whole 30: meats, veggies and fruits as close to their natural form as possible. The main deviation I take from Whole 30 is I eat cottage cheese and yogurt. Since I need 90-100g of protein with my activity level, cottage cheese and yogurt are the cheapest and most convenience clean food I can eat to boost protein. Otherwise, I might have to use protein powders. There's only so much chicken I can eat a day. If I start running into trouble, this is the fi... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 19:54:19 EST Fitness Reboot 30 Day Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212678 Today is Day 30 of my fitness reboot program. <BR> <BR> To recap, due to life changes, I became sedentary and gained weight. In July, I restarted my fitness program to resume my active lifestyle and lose weight. My objective is to take lessons learned so I can be more successful in maintenance when those unexpected deviations occur. <BR> <BR> My program: Clean eating, no processed foods, grains, starches, or sugar. Coffee, tea, or water only. Regular exercise every day, mainly cycling. ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 10:09:58 EST A Night Out and A Practice Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212056 Last night my husband went out to eat. We don't like big crowds on the weekend, so we have 'date night' earlier in the week when it's quieter. I got a flyer from one of our local restaurants for a 3 course meal special, so we decided to go. We haven't been out to eat in quite some time. <BR> <BR> I ordered a salad with vinaigrette, a 6oz steak with sauteed mushrooms, and a glass of wine. I passed on the bread. My husband and I split a chocolate cheesecake dessert that was about the siz... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:54:38 EST Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211357 I thought I skimped on my strength training workout a couple of days ago, but my muscles are still sore, so I did better than I thought. As expected, I got a slight rise in my body weight - BUT - my bodyfat reading is down. This is what I wanted to see. I've lost about 2% bodyfat since I started my fitness reboot. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I've gone a full pant size down. I have a pair of shorts that are two sizes down that 4 weeks ago I couldn't pull up over my thighs. I can ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 06:27:56 EST Lifting Heavy Things Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210804 Yesterday I woke up a little tired, but later in the day I felt more energetic, so I decided to start my "Lift Heavy Things" program after all. <BR> <BR> I imagine it went something like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc42dcbe-4c3f-4c47-9d88-962a45989dda.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I put together a program following the "New Rules of Lifting for Women" book, but as my very astute SparkFriends pointed out, if I don't really love it, I'm not going to stick with it. I t... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 06:55:57 EST Back to Primal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210195 Yesterday my husband and I spent all day planting shrubs and flowers in our yard, so I got in some squats, bends, and lifting heavy pots. I'm taking today as a rest day. I feel fatigued, so it's time to take a rest. <BR> <BR> I went back to the basics and reread "The Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sisson. Despite not being a scientist, nutritionist, or any other kind of "expert", his plan is still the best that has ever worked for me. <BR> <BR> I don't quite follow a Paleo diet because I stil... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:06:01 EST Lifting Heavy Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209636 Everyone has a health/fitness vice. Something that we know we should do, but don't do. <BR> <BR> For some people, the Friday donuts are too tempting to resist. Others just can't say stop at one slice of pizza. Many don't get enough regular exercise. <BR> <BR> For me, it's weight training. <BR> <BR> I love exercise, I really do. During my sedentary period, it was because I wasn't able to find a way to maintain my favorite exercise: riding my bike. The routine I used to do when I lived ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:08:58 EST End of Week Recap #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209229 Week 3 down! <BR> <BR> It's weird. About 4 weeks ago before I buckled up and got to work on myself, I was plagued with self-doubt. "Maybe I screwed myself up for good this time." "Maybe I can't lose weight again." <BR> <BR> Pfft. Now I'm like, "I should have started sooner!" <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Here is the graph of my weight loss. I am taking weight measurements every day so I collect a lot of data points. This is OCD, and not really necessary, especially if you're s... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:23:01 EST Can A Low-Carb Diet Be Restarted? Yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208687 As I'm heading into the weekend, I'm feeling great! I'm on week 3 of my low-carb reboot, and things are looking fine. <BR> <BR> I have read that some people find restarting a low-carb diet to be harder and/or slower than the first time. The original question I posed was, "Can a Low-Carb Diet Be Restarted?" <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202026 </link> <BR> <BR> So can a low-carb diet be restarted? Yes, it can! <BR> <BR> Is it th... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:29:09 EST My Diet and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208270 I'm posting this blog for the purpose of referencing it. One of my pet peeves is when people tell or imply that I am following an unhealthy diet. So next time that happens, I'm just going to link to this blog because I don't want to repeat myself over and over. <BR> <BR> Let's establish some baseline facts from my last physical. <BR> <BR> Age: 41 <BR> Blood Pressure: Approximately 120/66 <BR> HDL: Greater than 60 mg/dL (optimal) <BR> LDL: Less than 100mg/dL (optimal) <BR> Never smoked cig... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:40:04 EST The Mystery of Set Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208076 Today I am officially 10 pounds down from my starting weight! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> My shorts are just about to the point where they are sliding off. I have to wear a belt. I'm holding off on buying new clothes for now. Once I'm firmly in the size down weight, I'm taking my old clothes over to Goodwill. 15 pounds left for desired maintenance weight. <BR> <BR> I've stuck to my diet plan with no real deviations. Last Saturday I completed my 2 week induction phase. This wee... 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