The Past Year and Change
I am so happy to be back. Because, Spark is not only a place I love to come and hang out and get motivated, but it means that my life has improved to a place where I actually have the free time to visit! It's amazing what a year and change wi... Read more
Strong, Independent Mother of Two Under Two
After this second pregnancy and c-section #2 as well, I am returning to Sparkpeople to help me lose the "baby weight." I put that in quotes because really most of it was just me being inactive and eating too much, not due to the baby. The g... Read more
Stopping, Studying, Then Hitting That Stride
BIG ALARM BELLS. After my birthday late last month, I could not believe it. That 141 was back on the scale -- just a pound shy of where I was 9 years ago, when I joined Weight Watchers. After just a weekend, I went from 138 back to 14... Read more
I had been so worried, about my knees, about my weight, about the altitude, about it all. But, in the end my vacation turned out okay. Better than okay. I went on 3 long and challenging hikes in Costa Rica and Peru, and I did just fine. ... Read more
A Loss Is What I've Got
WOW - what a bumpy road it has been in the past 2 weeks. The eating has been the hardest part. I simply fell out of the habit of telling myself "NO" over the past year, and it still feels uncomfortable passing delicious things up.
Exe... Read more
Not Cheating on Myself
I hate to write a whiny WHY IS IT SO HARD? post. But, man, it is. Except for a blip last week when I was eating right, and my weight dropped to 141, I've been doing a great job of maintaining the same weight for nearly a month. 144. I ha... Read more
Back After a Long Hiatus
Here I am, back at Sparkpeople after about a year of inconsistent activity. Since my last blog post, I've had a real hard year, and an especially rough 6 months. Without getting into it, my hormone levels have been all over the place - w... Read more
KEEPING IT UP is so hard
It's starting to get crazy. My husband and I are revving up for several weeks of crazy activity. First, we're going to Austin for SXSW tomorrow. We come back Monday and a friend is staying at our house, then my mother, then it is my bir... Read more
"Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants."
I've been reading The Omnivore's Dilemma over the past couple months. And, it has really inspired me to take a hard look at my diet. Over the years, I've focused most my energy on exercise, which has been good (I ran 2 marathons!) and bad (I... Read more
Going Low(er) Carb - Day 23 (Week 3)
The past 3 weeks I've done a Great Job keeping my carbs low and my protein high. I was aiming for a 2:1 carb to protein ratio or better, and I've done that. Most the time I've been more like 1:1.
The first week or so was hard on my stoma... Read more
All Diets* are the Same
I've just had a thought.
Eight years ago, after I completed Weight Watchers, and was just starting to understand more about food, my stepmom asked me- in front of all my stepsiblings - what I'd learned.
"What's the best thing you ca... Read more
Going Low(er) Carb - Day Three
So far, so great!
Here are more things I've noticed.
1- My protein to carb ratio has been closer to 1:1 than 2:1 the past 2 days (both around 100 g). Somehow, it's been getting harder to find foods that have a higher carb to protein... Read more
Going Low Carb - Day Two
Today I feel SATIATED.
I can already notice a difference in my morning appetite, and how I am thinking.
Proof: I bought a box of Yasso Greek Yogurt Pops at the market on Monday. They seem like the perfect lower-carb treat, 13 gr... Read more
Going Low Carb - Day One
I'm going low carb for the forseeable-future. The "whys" are multi-fold.
1) Three days ago, my #1 calories source was Jelly Beans. My second biggest calorie source was doughnuts. This isn't the rarity it should be.
2) The more I ... Read more
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Beware the Groundhog
One of my favorite holidays is Groundhog Day. It's adorably ridiculous, and for me it signals the end of winter.
At the same time, every February, I start to get the itch to get out of the gym and start my outdoor sport activities again... Read more