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Some updates on my future with Spark

Monday, June 20, 2011      22 comments

First, before we start our regularly scheduled program, a few updates. One, I am semi-retiring from the message boards. Given certain recent events, it is clear that my new diet falls under the 'fad diet' category, and is not allowed on th... Read more

The Vegetarian Myth

Saturday, June 18, 2011      38 comments

I have never been vegetarian, but I have skirted the edges several times. I heard about this book first from reading Dr. Mike Eades blog. His book "Protein Power" is referenced several times in "The Vegetarian Myth". He never consulted with t... Read more

Dietary Apostate

Friday, June 17, 2011      14 comments

I read Spark's article on the new USDA "MyPlate", and just sighed. Of all the articles I've read lately about it, Spark seems to be the only one with a generally favorable opinion. Compare the Spark and LiveStrong articles regarding "MyPla... Read more

Another Piece of the Equation - Leptin

Thursday, June 16, 2011      13 comments

A long time ago, I didn't understand the whole low carb thing. I had an image of people eating gobs of bunless burgers, bacon, and no vegetables. I didn't think that could be good. Now that I am a convert, I still don't think that is a go... Read more

Exercise is Important

Wednesday, June 15, 2011      10 comments

There is some debate on whether you can lose weight on diet alone, and if exercise is less important. Gary Taubes says exercise doesn't really matter for weight loss. I say, it depends. I agree that nutrition is the first place to sta... Read more

No Limitations

Wednesday, June 15, 2011      13 comments

I've done something I was told was "unrealistic" and "would never happen". I am very near my college weight. I fit into a pair of jeans I wore when I was 24. Take a look. Me at 24: Read more

Off the Grid

Tuesday, June 14, 2011      8 comments

Two-fer blog day. I'm 36. I do not have detectable levels of insulin resistance. At my last physical, my doctor said I was very healthy - she called me an "athlete". But I still carry more bodyfat than I should. I may be an athlete on t... Read more

My New Meals

Tuesday, June 14, 2011      9 comments

My approach to diet has completely changed since I made the revelation that fat doesn't make you fat. Insulin makes you fat. I thought insulin and blood sugar was only important to diabetics. Years of abuse with cola have damaged my insulin r... Read more

I Am Not an Anomaly

Monday, June 13, 2011      14 comments

I cannot participate on the message boards anymore. They make me angry. This era is going to go down as the dark ages of nutrition. I assure you I am not a genetic anomaly. I'm not some miracle because I quit the low-fat diet and am ... Read more

Seeing is Believing (with Pictures!)

Sunday, June 12, 2011      17 comments

Warning: Contains pictures of swim suits. If you are offended by such things, click the button to take you away from here. Ok, I'm getting over my embarrassment to show you my pictures. Please be kind! A month ago, I showed you "The ... Read more

I'm Free At Last

Sunday, June 12, 2011      5 comments

Some might be wondering how my culinary adventures have been going since my dietary change to grainless low-carb. It is different, but not in the way you'd think. Since I started learning how to cook just a mere 7 years ago, I had been using i... Read more

Going Down the Rabbit Hole

Saturday, June 11, 2011      9 comments

I realize that I've been rather evangelical about my new found discovery. I'm not trying to reach the skeptics. I'm hoping to reach the person like me who was diligently following the plan, and got nowhere. In some cases, maybe they even got ... Read more

Stretchmarks like Rings on a Tree

Friday, June 10, 2011      10 comments

I weighed in this morning, and I was in shock. 127.8! I haven't seen that number in...I don't know how long. College? After college? Before the boyfriend that nearly wrecked my life? Here is the condensed story of "me". I ... Read more

My Stomach is Shrinking!

Thursday, June 09, 2011      15 comments

Yesterday, we both had long days at work, the kitchen was a mess, and I didn't have anything ready to cook. We decided to go out for BBQ, then go for a walk on the beach. I ordered pork ribs, collards, and cole slaw. I checked the BBQ sauces,... Read more

Adjusting Sails

Wednesday, June 08, 2011      10 comments

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. - Jimmy Dean I am 88lbs of pure MUSCLE! Yeah, not very impressive, is it? I'm petite at 5'0", but this still sounds puny. Bleh! ... Read more


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