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"Eat Fresh" With Jared on Spark
Tonight we faced a food-calorie-control challenge, as parents of busy teens are wont to do. Dinner on the road, shoehorned between after-school carpool and an evening concert for the Middle School Band.
Locationally and time-wise the opti... Read more
Busted Through My 1st Plateau (w/o Exercise!?!)
Now a 5-week veteran Sparker, last week I was dealing with my first plateau. Even though I was treating the nutrition tracker like a drill sergeant (nothing passed my lips without being researched, tracked and recorded), and even though I was e... Read more
My Trip to the Dentist; Fear of the Unknown
Today I again face one of my mortal fears: semi-annual visit to the dentist. Do understand; we would be best friends if not for his profession. He is a funny guy with similar interests. We are the same age, think alike, both live and die Bal... Read more
The Marketing of Sparkpeople
So I found my way here by word of mouth, suggested by a person little more than a distant acquaintance. A guy in my religious school class in 1972, who I had lost touch with until the advent of facebook for our generation reunited many of us in... Read more
The Spark Wheel Hates My Guts
The small number of poor, misguided souls who have elected to waste valuable time reading my blogs and status posts (yes, this means you) have gotten a small dose of my complex and nuanced relationship with the Spark Wheel.
For those who ... Read more
AFC Championship Game Food - Spark Style?
Lo and behold, our aging football team of destiny finds itself again playing for a trip to the Super Bowl on the frozen tundra of Foxboro. Owner of an aging big-screen TV bought in Ray Lewis' rookie season makes me the host for the big game agai... Read more
Microsoft Project Approach to Weight Loss?
I have long known these facts:
1. I only am in the mood for cardio first thing in the AM.
2. Caffeine after mid-afternoon keeps me up at night.
3. I have more interest in strength training (if at all - yuck) later in the day.
4.... Read more
The Geometry of Fruit
So Spark has inspired me to eat a lot more fruit. Fruit usually is the answer to hitting the end of the day within my fat, protein and carb goals, in rough approximation of my sodium and cholesterol goals, but consistently low on total calories... Read more
Should I Override My Recommended Calories?
Spark recommends that I eat between 2,270 and 2,600 calories a day. It seems just too much and I think I have basis for this judgment. So I am contemplating overriding the default calories-per-day-setting and inputting a value more approximatin... Read more
Need to Wire the Bathroom for the Internet
... for the time I am spending in there lately.
I'm still new here, and one of the hardest changes to accommodate is drinking (or, should I say "renting") 64 ounces of water a day. As a 50 year-old male, already I was aware that my bathr... Read more
My Early Weight Loss: Shot Out of a Cannon (too much of a good thing?)
I started on Spark right after Christmas with my weight at an all-time high. Waiting until New Year's simply was unconscionable. I spent that holiday week learning some about the web site and easing into the lifestyle change that this really i... Read more
Nutritional Information Errors Appear Widespread Here on Spark
Yesterday I blogged about happening to find a discrepancy between the nutritional information pre-entered in the Spark database, and that actually printed on product labels. Today, with some consternation, I find the errors to be considerably mo... Read more
Found a Nutrional Info Error - Explains My Frighteningly High Cholesterol
Yesterday I blogged about my surprise over a day-in, day-out deadly high level of cholesterol in my chosen foods, as this seemed incorrect for my intuitively healthy diet. Incorrect, as well as quite frightening.
Ever the scientist, today... Read more
Eggs May Not Be The Answer - Breakfast Protein
The scientist in me has been bedazzled by all the wondrous pie charts and other data this web site provides. At the tender age of 50, I am being afforded an accurate understanding of what I eat - for the first time ever. Wow! Scary, but wow.... Read more
I Lose Weight More Quickly Than My Wife - Now We Know Why
My wife and I are both doing Spark, and (per our usual) the pounds are coming off of me more quickly. And per our usual, this is despite her greater overall diligence and zeal. This always has frustrated and demotivated her.
Today we rea... Read more
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