WHEAT_ON_TRIAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WHEAT%5FON%5FTRIAL WHEAT_ON_TRIAL'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/ The Great Cookie Experiment of 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554629 Ah, it’s the holiday season. Time to once again face my demons. <BR> <BR> Sugar-filled, chocolatey demons. <BR> <BR> I actually was looking forward to today’s holiday cookie baking, as for one thing I was NOT HUNGRY. Thanksgiving kind of carried over into Black Friday and Saturday for me, so I figured I would make it through cookie baking unscathed. Once said cookies were baked, I gave them to my husband to put in our locked basement fridge to have him ration out to me for gift giving purpo... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:46:25 EST Energized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545968 Going back to the office after vacation - not something one generally looks forward to, right? But for some reason, I was truly excited to see my colleagues and jump head first into the projects at hand. <BR> <BR> Weird, I know. I was feeling great about a lot of things - the opportunity to focus more on what I'm eating, less on how much I'm running. Doing good work in the community by helping to control the feral cat population (although any free time I have for writing has been spent updat... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:45:23 EST I Am Disappoint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542089 Know your memes. ( <link>knowyourmeme.com/memes/son-i-am-disa<BR>ppoint </link> ) <BR> <BR> Certainly, nobody that matters would be disappointed in my Disney Wine and Dine half-marathon performance last weekend. But here’s the skinny (or not-so-skinny, after the race was followed by five days of vacation binging): <BR> <BR> - 8 minutes slower than the last half marathon I did (Philadelphia Rock and Roll half marathon, September 2012) <BR> - A little under 10 minutes slower than time PR of 2... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:41:06 EST Cat Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523562 Our cat project continues! After catching yet another feral cat this morning - and realizing we're out of cages, and Planned Pethood (our low cost spay/neuter clinic) isn't open until Monday... we figured we'd need some help. <BR> <BR> So if you'd like to follow the Cat Project along (and... if interested in adoption!), please follow our new website here: <BR> <BR> <link>daleroadcatproject.wordpress.com/ </link> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:54:36 EST The Chip Road Cat Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519722 My life has become running a halfway house for cats. <BR> <BR> Lots of photos - you can read about it here: <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-k0 </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:29:28 EST Last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518660 “I’m going to be last.” <BR> <BR> I glanced over at my husband as we waited in the corral to begin the Hot Chili Challenge 8 mile trail run this morning, prepared to laugh with him about his pre-race nerves. But he wasn’t laughing – what I thought was a smile was more of a grimace as he analyzed the very fit and trim runners surrounding us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1625499672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Team “Three Mouseketeers” – me, my husband, and my friend sta... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:11:16 EST Zucchini Pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510155 Ugh, I have not been feeling well at all lately. Flu? Not likely, as I had a flu shot last week. Carb flu? Maybe, but also not likely as I had a Salted Caramel Mocha ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-jc </link> ) yesterday (I know, shame on me). It’s certainly taking a toll on my race training – it’s going to be a tough 8 miler next week. And the half marathon looms ever closer…. <BR> <BR> I did finally try out a recipe for zucchini pasta I’ve been meaning to try since I read The Sugar Detox ( <link>wp.... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:14:39 EST Chick Pea Coconut Curry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506240 I have been running around like a… well, a half-marathoner this weekend. <BR> <BR> Except a not very good half-marathoner – I was supposed to get 10 miles in for training last night. Could only do 6.5. I’ve been telling myself I’ll try for 10 tomorrow night – but it’s a tall order given I’ve got a crazy day at work ahead of me. <BR> <BR> It’s been a good blend of fun and productivity this weekend – exercise, house cleaning, awesome movie (Gravity – go see it!), not-so-awesome college footba... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:35:27 EST Alternate Explanations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503824 One of the first things my therapist taught me (back when I was actually seeing one) is to always look for an alternate explanation when I’m going down the path of distorted thinking ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-23 </link> ). <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I just could not think of what the alternate explanation for being asked if I feel like I’m “busy enough” by a superior might be… leave it to my husband to figure it out: <BR> <BR> “If you think about it rationally, you don’t go to the person you are g... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 20:39:13 EST The "L" Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501776 "Do you think you’re busy enough?” <BR> <BR> Nothing sends you into quite the layoff panic mode like being asked this question by your boss’s boss. I tried a few different strategies to avoid running to sugar for comfort, but nothing worked this time for me and I found solace in Rice Krispie treats left over from an office party earlier in the day. <BR> <BR> I guess I’m not proving my value at work to the new Vice President. <BR> <BR> It was asked in a friendly enough way… but even the VP ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:24:03 EST Organic Lifestyle Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498712 Man, I need to go back to writing every day. Now I feel like I have TOO much on my mind! And I only skipped one day! <BR> <BR> Because I have a video, I'll need to send you to my wordpress blog... but please check it out as I need some advice/opinions on an organic grocery delivery service... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/1N36Q </link> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:37:05 EST Cutting Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497270 I can't keep up with blogging daily anymore. It's stressing me out. <BR> <BR> And, frankly, when you are trying to beat binge eating - who needs added stress? <BR> <BR> The latest Whole 30 blog about information overload put some things into perspective for me: <BR> <BR> <link>whole9life.com/2013/09/information-o<BR>verload/ </link> <BR> <BR> What started out as a wheat elimination experiment has lead me down the rabbit hole of unconventional nutrition information. I've done a lot of r... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:16:18 EST Day 200 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496312 - Day 200 of my experiment. No results. Getting tired. <BR> - Wheat free and binge free. Finally back on track. <BR> - 3 mile run today. <BR> - Investigating home delivery organic/grass fed/pastured meat service. <BR> - Husband rescued a feral kitten. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1507305501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We’re calling him Monster because he isn’t too friendly just yet. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:42:04 EST More on Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495247 Now that the book, Grain Brain, has been out for a week, the reviews are starting to come in. I haven’t read it yet, but will probably add it to my ever-growing list of requested reads at the library. I attended the webinar and did a short write-up about it last week: <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-iK </link> <BR> <BR> Anyway, it’s clear from this review of the book that proponents of conventional nutrition are eager to poke holes through Dr. Perlmutter’s theories: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sha... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:18:24 EST It Starts with Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494166 I discussed completing a Whole30 ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-ij </link> ) with my husband, and he was certainly open to the idea. I assumed he would balk at the thought of giving up alcohol during football season – but that wasn’t what worried him the most. Nor was it giving up sugar (although he did object a bit at giving up sugar substitutes). <BR> <BR> It was giving up the wheat – and all the fun things that go along with it – that he thought might be the most problematic. <BR> <BR> “So… what C... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:49:26 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493057 Finally getting back into a typical weekend exercise routine after a month filled with weekend travel, illness, and other distractions. I ran 9 miles yesterday, went to Bodyworks and Yoga class this morning, and then chased all this great exercise with a giant bag of Tostitos and Salsa. <BR> <BR> Gotta keep reminding myself – two hours of exercise does not cancel out two hours of binge eating. <BR> <BR> Does four hours of exercise cancel it out? I forgot I did an hour of physically demandin... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:58:29 EST Ruby Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492202 My husband found his Ruby Tuesday birthday freebie ( <link>wp.me/s1N36Q-nimble </link> ) – turns out he wasn’t imagining he had one, but it wasn’t for a free entree. It was for two free cupcakes, which really wasn’t going to be enough to get us in the door of the restaurant. <BR> <BR> As luck would have it, they also sent him a free cheeseburger coupon (with purchase of another entree) this week for National Cheeseburger Day. I’m not sure when exactly National Cheeseburger Day is supposed t... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 20:01:23 EST Cravings - Just Another Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491474 Anybody know the purpose of the WordPress “Reblog” functionality? That just sounds lazy to me. <BR> <BR> But tempting, especially on those days of waning motivation. With close to 200 posts created so far, it would be easy to take something old and just make it new again. Besides, not much has changed since my “trial” began. I’m certainly armed with more knowledge, but does it make me smarter? Nope – it’s the application of that knowledge that makes me intelligent. I’ll get there. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:29:14 EST Saying Goodbye to Starbucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490509 I love designer coffees. Nothing makes me happier than a warm, cinnamon-y Pumpkin Spice Latte (nonfat, no whip) on a crisp autumn day. <BR> <BR> Or it can be 110 degrees outside. Doesn’t matter – make my mocha hot and grande. <BR> <BR> But that happiness drifts into depression as soon as I take that last sip, and I feel as empty inside as the cup I’ve been drinking from. <BR> <BR> Talk about an unhealthy relationship – no other food product makes me feel quite like a Starbucks craft bevera... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:32:55 EST Nimble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489641 I had a good game plan for yesterday as far as meals were concerned based around my husband’s desire to use a birthday freebie at Ruby Tuesdays. Ruby Tuesdays on Tuesday? Makes sense to me. I plotted out what I was going to eat based on my love of the Ruby Tuesday salad bar. A glance at their gluten free menu online suggested I’d be able to create a pretty healthy dinner rounded out with some protein (eggs) and healthy fats. <BR> <BR> But there were two problems with my plan: <BR> <BR> A. M... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:01:04 EST Midweek Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488756 Getting late - need to get to bed, so here's today's thoughts on the Whole 30 program: <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-j3 </link> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:31:45 EST Not Much to Say Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487692 I had potato chips for dinner. Figured it was ok because I had chocolate for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the first day I will be working from home in quite some time, and I succumbed to human trash can mode – you know the mentality: “I don’t want to obsess over this food tomorrow so I’m going to get rid of it by eating it all today.” <BR> <BR> Not my best moment. On a positive note, I did get a run in tonight – but not for as far or as fast as I would have liked. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:33:02 EST Break in Service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486539 A few wins this week: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1690413076.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband and I took a road trip for a football game and we found Cheesy Garlic Bread chips along the way! <BR> <BR> But there were also a few fails. While at the football game, I overindulged in what can only be called a chip buffet while tailgating. Doritos, Rice Chips, Blue Corn Chips – mindless munching at it’s finest. <BR> <BR> I also had good intentions of getting my long ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:13:46 EST Grain Brain Webinar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484017 If you missed David Perlmutter’s “Grain Brain” webinar last week, you are in luck – the replay is available. If you are even a little bit interested in going wheat free or on a low carb diet, the 60 minute webinar from this expert neurologist is definitely worthwhile: <BR> <BR> <link>funmedwebinars.wistia.com/medias/sdg<BR>xuwyz4c </link> <BR> <BR> He provides some great background on the state of neurological issues like dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Apparently, neurological disease... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:04:46 EST Chia Pudding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483075 I had heard chia seeds were a “superfood” but didn’t really know too much about them until I read The Sugar Detox ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-iw </link> ). According to Brooke Alpert, chia is high in protein, loaded with fiber, and full of omega-3 fatty acids – these latter two components are what make chia effective in actually lowering blood sugar. There is even some evidence that chia seeds can help reduce visceral fat. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut mi... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:04:57 EST Sugar, Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482057 Visualize a five pound bag of sugar – the typical kind you buy at the grocery store. <BR> <BR> The average American consumes 15 of those each year. <BR> <BR> Ugh. I wonder how much I’ve been eating?! <BR> <BR> "The Sugar Detox" by Brooke Alpert and Patricia Farris starts out with that frightening factoid. I ended up finishing the book in two days – had a lot of downtime over the weekend because I wasn’t feeling well and I also ended up skipping through a lot of it (Half of it is about skin... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:18:42 EST 10 Ways to Be Happier at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480957 Workplace stress often contributes to unbearable anxiety for me – it’s one of the biggest reasons I’ve held four jobs over the past two years. It’s also one of the biggest reasons I started focusing on changing what I eat – in the hopes it can help me tackle how I handle anxious moments without brushing up my resume and scouring job boards ( <link>wp.me/P1N36Q-f </link> ). <BR> <BR> So far, I feel pretty good in my current job – but there are still those moments that have me second-guessing ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:30:07 EST Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479781 Swollen glands. Headaches. Body aches and soreness. <BR> <BR> I’ve been feeling rundown since Tuesday evening. I was so tired that night, I decided to skip the gym. I woke up Wednesday morning with a headache and remembered I’d have to just suck it up and deal with it – I had to drive all the way to Hartford, CT that day for an important meeting, so popped two extra strength Tylenol and hit the road. <BR> <BR> Suffered through Wednesday and Thursday… went to the doctor’s early Friday mornin... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 19:02:57 EST Metabolism "Reset" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478874 Bear with me as I take you through the convoluted path I took yesterday in finding some new resources on health and wellness... and also send you to my WordPress blog clone as it is much easier to link to things there than it is here on Spark: <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/1N36Q </link> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:42:42 EST Not the NY Times Well Blog but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478068 My local newspaper had a lot to say about nutrition this week. I usually peruse it for coupons and events happening in the area, but every once in a while I get a little tidbit of health education (the last one was this article on emotional eating back in March my therapist found for me - <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-15 </link> ). Today, they reviewed “eating lifestyles:” <BR> <BR> <link>eb.gmnews.com/news/2013-09-05/Front_<BR>Page/Healthy_eating_no_labels_required<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> Natu... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 19:40:52 EST Recovery Strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477088 One last post on the Bread Is the Devil book – Heather Bauer’s meal ‘blueprint’ provide a few easy-to-remember strategies for recovering from a diet “fail” – things I can do the day after a party or a binge other than skipping meals and beating myself up about it: <BR> <BR> 1. Protein Day: Just what it sounds like – 3 meals of mostly protein and some veggies. No snack, dairy, or alcohol. <BR> <BR> 2. Volume Controlled Day: For those who need the carbs – everything is portion controlled ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 19:49:48 EST More Diet Devils http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476709 I did post last night but had to do it from my wordpress app - more on the "Bread is the Devil" book here: <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-i6 </link> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:31:18 EST My Diet Demons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474961 For a random find on the library shelf, Bread Is the Devil has turned out to be a pretty great read: <BR> <BR> <link>www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bread-is-th<BR>e-devil-heather-bauer/1110787176?ean=9<BR>781250013187 </link> <BR> <BR> Most of the items I request from the library have been recommended to me by someone else – this was just a grab off the shelf as I’m waiting for a few to come in from Interlibrary Loan. <BR> <BR> Let’s be honest though – Heather Bauer, the author, is NOT a Whea... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 19:59:56 EST Pecan "Breaded" Pork Chops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473815 I’m depressed. <BR> <BR> Yesterday’s cookie slide may have resulted in “delayed onset binging ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-hU </link> ).” I don’t know if that’s really a thing or not, but it was not a good day for me. Today’s low mood had a lot to do with the gray skies and back-to-school/back-to-work blues. I’ve been out of school for quite some time now, but I still always get a little sad when this time of year rolls around. And even though it was still officially a holiday today, it wasn’t much ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 19:16:01 EST Binge Free Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473009 I did it. I finally baked normal, wheat filled cookies – without descending into a cookie craze. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l503441868.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wasn’t on perfect behavior, though. I still tried the dough. And I ate two cookies. <BR> <BR> But still – a vast improvement from my last cookie baking binge ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-57 </link> ). <BR> <BR> Why even risk it, you ask? I had planned a visit with my father today and was on the hook for bringing ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 22:37:03 EST Sugar Fueled Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472016 Although I planned to do a 9 mile run this morning, I knew within the first five minutes of setting foot outdoors that it wasn’t going to happen. My long run today felt very different then it did last week. <BR> <BR> Of course, being binge free/wheat free for 7 days in a row means I’m not loaded up on sugar to burn quickly and easily for my run. But if the trade off for being in a positive mental state is a slightly slower Saturday long run, I’ll take it. For now anyway… I still have my site... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:02:24 EST Take Me Out to the Gluten Free Ball Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471471 Wrote yesterday's post on my Word Press App. Not easy! <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-hH </link> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 07:49:40 EST An A for Applebees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470274 Restaurant week continues! After a pretty demanding personal training session last night, my husband and I decided to use my birthday free entrée coupon we had at Applebees ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-fU </link> ). I’ve always liked that Applebees makes it easy for people who are watching calories with their “Under 550 menu” and Weight Watchers partnership. <BR> <BR> My last experience there was in January, and I think was the only time in my life I ever walked out of a restaurant before ordering. ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:02:29 EST Sort of Getting It Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469278 I was on the treadmill yesterday watching TV when this segment on a Gluten Free diet appeared on the local news: <BR> <BR> <link>abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=n<BR>ews/health&id=9220854 </link> <BR> <BR> Coincidentally, it's the ame local news station that I originally heard about The Sugar Detox (which is the next book I’m requesting through Interlibrary Loan): <BR> <BR> <link>abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=n<BR>ews/health&id=9173184 </link> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, as of... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:52:48 EST Don't Forget the Bacon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468225 It’s like Nicole’s personal restaurant week, and it’s going to continue as we approach my husband’s birthday. I love freebies. <BR> <BR> My husband and I went to Houlihans to use my free entree birthday deal ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-fU </link> ) – worth up to $15! Pretty generous of Houlihans if you ask me. One of the things I like about Houlihans is that they have a mobile optimized website, so it’s pretty easy to navigate to their nutrition information if you’ve forgotten to do so before you g... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:37:57 EST Secret Ingredient Brownies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467200 Just so we get this out of the way – it’s not an illegal secret ingredient. <BR> <BR> It’s been a while since I have tried a new recipe. With 8 million restaurant birthday freebies ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-fU </link> ), my motivation to hang out in the kitchen is minimal. But I’ve been hanging on to all of the recipes I have found on the web over the last month, and I realized I’ve amassed a small collection of Wheat Free brownie recipes. I had a little extra time this weekend, and had most of t... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:52:43 EST Grand Slam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466086 Busy night tonight! No time to reformat so today's post can be found on my wordpress blog: <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/1N36Q </link> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:37:33 EST Emote Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465167 I know I said I didn’t think I’m an emotional eater, but maybe I’m wrong. <BR> <BR> I had a meeting at work yesterday that didn’t go very well. Thank goodness it happened towards the end of the day because once the meeting ended, I just couldn’t concentrate. I was so depressed I didn’t get anything else done and it kind of ruined my Friday night. Ended the night with a Dove chocolate binge ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-fZ </link> ) – hurts my health AND my wallet as that stuff is expensive! <BR> <B... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 20:17:13 EST Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464365 Living with me is not easy. <BR> <BR> I mean, I do my fair share around the household. I do most of the grocery shopping and cooking, but my husband and I split tasks like cleaning and yardwork pretty fairly. Financially, we contribute about the same to the household. Arachnidly – well, that’s all him. I don’t do spiders. <BR> <BR> But I imagine it must be hard to know what to make of things when I all of a sudden declare I’m no longer eating bread. Or when I ask him to lock the refrigerato... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:54:12 EST Mindful Binging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463466 Wrapped up the book "Mindless Eating" – great at giving tips and tricks to scale back on the amount we eat. I have seen a lot of the tips and tricks Dr. Wansink recommends (smaller plates, filling plates 1/2 veggies – 1/4 protein – 1/4 starch, divvying up larger portions into single serving baggies, etc), but never really knew about the research behind why these tips work. <BR> <BR> He also didn’t go into why I might have a binge eating problem. I would recommend his book for someone who is ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:19:20 EST Negative http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462369 My celiac blood test results came back negative ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-go </link> ). Not surprising – I didn’t have all of the characteristic symptoms and celiac disease only affects 1% of the population: <BR> <BR> <link>glutendoctors.blogspot.com/2013/07/a<BR>re-there-degrees-of-gluten-intolerance<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> I was thinking it couldn’t hurt to check, though – a positive diagnosis would have provided me with additional fuel to keep my Wheat Free fire going – and might have ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:31:42 EST On Turning 21 Years Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461405 Feels great to finally be of legal drinking age! ;) <BR> <BR> Shout out to Starbucks – a few days ago, I received an e-mail about a card registered to me that had an unused balance over $5 that had not been used since 2011. So I logged into my account, but there was no such card registered to me. I contacted customer service to find out if I had unregistered the card accidentally at some point, and they responded today by shifting the balance ($30!) to a card I do still have registered to me... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:08:02 EST Why a Calorie is Not a Calorie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460312 Or I could call this blog “Justifying My Red Robin Experience ( <link>wp.me/s1N36Q-yummm </link> )” – beyond pointing to the fact I did Bodyworks AND Yoga class on Sunday and ran 7.5 miles on Saturday. <BR> <BR> When I began my weight loss journey years ago, I paid attention to one thing – calories in must not exceed calories out. I didn’t look at carbs vs. fat vs. protein, didn’t think there was such a thing as not eating enough, and even thought going vegetarian would help me break through... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:24:49 EST Yummm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459105 Red Robin – with its bottomless baskets of French Fries and Raspberry Limeades – is uber dangerous for a binge eater. My husband and I always would leave the restaurant feeling ill and wondering why we enjoyed going so much until we figured out how to scale back our Red Robin experience: <BR> <BR> 1. One basket of French Fries only (But we do treat ourselves to a side of Campfire Sauce). <BR> 2. No more Limeades. Water only. <BR> 3. We only venture to Red Robin twice each year – once in Augu... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 18:26:17 EST Road Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458328 A few months ago, my employer formed a Wellness committee ( <link>wp.me/p1N36Q-63 </link> ) to bring together people who had an interest in making our workplace healthier. I’ve mentioned before that I think my company is pretty good about paying attention to employee wellness, and this is just another example of support they provide. I joined the committee in the hopes I might find others who share my passion for (Read: torture themselves through) running, and partnered with a co-worker to s... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:53:36 EST