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Can Diet Soda Make You Hungry?

Thursday, July 12, 2012      20 comments

I've read several reports recently that said diet soda can still make people fat. The sweet taste drives a hunger response even though there are no calories. The ensuing hunger may cause them to overeat. I didn't pay much attention. Diet... Read more

Where Would I Be Now?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012      14 comments

Digging through my old fitness data is eye opening. I don't have a ton of data from the early years (particularly regarding bodyfat levels and measurements), but I can make estimates. When I weighed 160lbs, I wore size 14 pants. ~ 7/2... Read more

5 Year Sparkiversary

Wednesday, July 11, 2012      10 comments

I love writing in journals. Perhaps because I am an only child, writing thoughts on paper is my way of conversing with myself without looking like a lunatic. Blogging is similar, but no longer talking solely to myself. Read more

Finding What Works for You

Tuesday, July 10, 2012      13 comments

I wasn't overweight as a child or teenager. I was probably a bit scrawny. I became overweight after college. Perhaps that was why I didn't fully accept that I was genetically doomed. Bad choices put me where I was; perhaps good choices could... Read more

Resuming Where I Left Off

Monday, July 09, 2012      7 comments

Last night I shared how I "unlocked" the secrets of manipulating my metabolism. I thought it might be interesting to share the data I collected that lead me to my revelations. 4/22 last year I started an excel spreadsheet. I struggled los... Read more

Understanding the Language of Fat

Sunday, July 08, 2012      11 comments

Little over a year ago, I thought I was forever chained to the calorie counter. I kept one in my purse and diligently counted every single morsel I ate. I counted every calorie I burned. My reward for all my effort was zero sum. I re... Read more

Happy 4th!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012      6 comments

We're off on a good ole American road trip down the Florida coast for the 4th weekend! We're stopping tonight at my favorite seafood restaurant in Jacksonville on the way. No fancy tie required - this is just a good fresh local shrimp in a bas... Read more

What If Food Is the Best Medicine?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012      13 comments

About 6 years ago, I was 'fit-fat'. I exercised regularly (about 1hr/5x week), eliminated processed foods, and ate 'healthy'. Yet my bodyfat still hovered around 32%. Still 'overweight' despite my activity level. My blood pressure was 13... Read more

Muscle UP and the Week Ahead

Monday, July 02, 2012      10 comments

Last week I shifted my eating/exercise schedule into 'Sarah Connor Pullup Startup' mode! This morning my calculations say my lean mass is up by 2.88lbs! Not that I would be able to tell by my scale. It says that I'm up 4lbs. My bodyfat %... Read more

Clarification About My Objective

Sunday, July 01, 2012      8 comments

I think I miscommunicated why I posted this comparison photo of a fitness model versus me: I didn't mean to say that she looks 'better' than me, or that I'm trying to ... Read more

Putting Together a Pull Up Plan

Saturday, June 30, 2012      6 comments

Quest for "Sarah Connor pullups" continues... I found a way to simulate assisted pullups: the swimming pool. The DH and I went for a walk along the beach, wading in the water. The Georgia beaches are packed today because of the heat. ... Read more

Pull Up Training, The Evaluation

Friday, June 29, 2012      19 comments

I did more research on pull ups and found that the most important muscle are the front, side, and back deltoids (shoulders), and biceps. Pushups are excellent for training the front delts, pecs, and biceps, but I need to add more training for t... Read more

Pull Up Challenge

Thursday, June 28, 2012      16 comments

I'm someone that needs goal to work for, or I fall off into slackerhood. Getting ready for my wedding was obviously a big motivator, but now what? Weight goals are ambiguous. "I want to lose 10lbs". Usually that means we want to lose 10 ... Read more

Colorado News

Thursday, June 28, 2012      12 comments

I'm feeling less worried today. They had a good day with the winds yesterday, and a little bit of rain. Not nearly enough, though. The fire isn't contained, but it isn't spreading either. Part of the panic on Tuesday was because of the wind ... Read more

My Hometown is Burning

Wednesday, June 27, 2012      29 comments

I'm from Colorado Springs originally. My parents moved there when I was 4, and I lived there until I was 28. Colorado Springs isn't a big city, nor is it a small town, though it was a lot smaller when I was growing up. In the school year... Read more


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