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Weight to Height Ratio Predictor for Insulin Resistance
Tuesday, April 04, 2017      4 comments

Hello, Sparklers! How have you all been? Sorry I haven't been around for a couple of months. My life has gone topsy turvy - again! Life happens when you're trying to do other things. More about what's been going on with me later. A... Read more
I'm a Size 6!
Monday, January 30, 2017      11 comments

I put on a pair of old size 6 work pants this morning, and they fit perfectly! No tugging, pulling, or squeezing to get in, and I can sit down in them without splitting my seat. I tried putting on a pair of size 4, but they are too snug.... Read more
Recomposition: It's Working!
Sunday, January 22, 2017      7 comments

Today was my 30 day review at my gym with my new program. To Recap: Exercise: Monday: Peak High Intensity Interval Training (max HRM conditioning) 30-45 minutes Tuesday: Pilates / resistance training Wednesday: Low Intensity Inte... Read more
New Direction, and Staying the Course
Saturday, January 21, 2017      6 comments

Every time I change my routine to do something that seems backwards to the way I used to do it, I have a few days of anxiety. "Am I really doing the right thing?" It's a natural reaction. And I know it will pass. The first week of ea... Read more
Eat More, Move More
Friday, January 20, 2017      5 comments

Today wraps up my first week of my new eating plan. I haven't talked much about why I am changing my fitness and nutrition regime. Basically, I met my goal weight just before the holidays, but my body doesn't look exactly the way I want it... Read more
Progress, One Improvement at a Time
Thursday, January 19, 2017      6 comments

My calorie tracking programs are all freaking out over how many calories I am eating. I've reset them for 'maintenance' to quiet them, even though my goal is body recomposition. My new gym is a little out of my element. The clientele who ... Read more
The Plan for the Next 3 Weeks
Wednesday, January 18, 2017      6 comments

I didn't lose any weight in December, but that was to be expected. Between our cross country move, selling our house, settling into a new routine at work, and the holiday cookies/pies, it was never going to be the right conditions. However, I ... Read more
How Do You Eat 1800-2000 Calories Per Day?
Tuesday, January 17, 2017      8 comments

I put together a tentative meal plan to try and push my calories up to 1800. I'm finding it quite challenging. Here's my plan for today's menu: Breakfast: (426 calories) 2 hard boiled eggs Plain whole milk yogurt with blueberries,... Read more
1800 Calories Per Day
Tuesday, January 17, 2017      5 comments

After the results of my RMR test, I'm in the surprising position of having to eat *more* calories in order to meet my goals. I followed the standard dietary advice for years that I must restrict calories to be between 1200-1600 per day based on... Read more
Resting Metabolic Assessment
Monday, January 16, 2017      4 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about taking an Active Metabolic Assessment where my fat burn was measured during various levels of exercise exertion. In this way, I am able to better tailor my activities for my goals. Yesterday, I took a R... Read more
Resistance Training Day
Thursday, December 29, 2016      4 comments

Resistance training is my biggest weakness in my fitness goals. I know it's good for me. I'm just not consistent or disciplined in doing it. Mostly it's because I don't know what I'm doing. I would actually love to be one of those people... Read more
Active Metabolic Assessment Results Part 4
Wednesday, December 28, 2016      5 comments

Today I completed Day 3 of my Active Metabolic Assessment plan. Wednesday's workout is a light "base interval" where I stay within Zone 1-2 of my max heart rate. I was experimenting with my app and it didn't do what I expected, so my info ... Read more
Active Metabolic Assessment Results Part 3
Tuesday, December 27, 2016      3 comments

Last night I completed the first set of my 4 week program based on the results of my Active Metabolic Assessment I took last week. The charts I got from my assessment are quite nice. It's very educational and helpful to see the information... Read more
Active Metabolic Assessment Results Part 2
Friday, December 23, 2016      6 comments

Continued from my last blog... I got the results of my active metabolic assessment from the gym today. It was a test that scientifically measured my real metabolic response during various levels of exercise intensity. I wore an oxygen mas... Read more
Active Metabolic Assessment Results Part 1
Friday, December 23, 2016      3 comments

As mentioned in my last blog, I purchased an active metabolic assessment as part of my new gym package. I went to my appointment yesterday to get tested, and got my results and workout schedule today. During the assessment, I wore a mask t... Read more

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