My Hometown is Burning
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
Fit versus Thin
I've been on Spark a long time, and one of the recurring themes on message boards I see are women saying, "I need to lose weight, but I don't like exercise. I don't want to lift weights because I don't want to look like a body builder."
Th... Read more
How I Slowed My Metabolism
I've been looking into sugars and how they are metabolized because I believe this is how I damaged my body.
Before 2000, I was normal weight. Like many teenagers and 20-somethings, I thought I was fat when I was the farthest thing from it.... Read more
More About Sugar
I've been doing more research into sugar. I'm not a chemist or biochemist, so I don't have labs where I could run my own tests. I'll have to rely on information I can find by others.
One of the things I wanted to understand is how sugar i... Read more
Savannah Farmer's Market
One of the reasons I fell in love with Seattle was the farmer's market. Of course there was Pike Place Market, the most famous one. But I didn't know Washington state was farm country until I moved there. Farmer's markets and veggie stalls we... Read more
Not All Sugar is Equal
No matter what your diet paradigm, most of us would agree the processed foods aren't doing anybody any good. Americans are fatter and unhealthier than ever. The biggest growing industry in America is healthcare. There's something disturbing a... Read more
A Little Over a Year, How My Diet has Changed
"Never give up. Never surrender." - Galaxy Quest
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success." - Thomas Edison
Back in May 2011, I made the switch to a lower carb diet. Here's how my progress h... Read more
Rediscovering the Joy of Food
You know the old saying. Food is the way to a man's heart. While originating in a very different era, perhaps a modern interpretation would be "Food is the way to a lover's heart" because it goes both ways. I love that my husband likes to coo... Read more
Confession of a Near Hoarder
One of the most frustrating things about tackling big projects is knowing where to start. Everyone knows how to spot the big picture end goal. Lose 50lbs. Earn xxx in sales this quarter. Remodel the kitchen.
But where to start can seem ... Read more
Easy Banana Bread
I don't do a lot of baking. Mostly because I dread the cleanup. I don't have a lot of kitchen space, so I don't have a kitchen mixer. I have a small handheld mixer for those occasions when I need it. Most baking recipes conjures up images of... Read more
Only If It's Worth It
You all know that I am a traveler. I love going to different places and exploring this little planet we call Earth. It is truly a special place, and I love going to new places, meeting their people, and eating their food.
Especially eatin... Read more
Lifestyle Change, Even on Vacation
Going on vacation is usually the bane of my health goals. Especially all-inclusive resorts where there is unlimited food and drink available almost 24hrs a day.
But not this time. I didn't think or worry about calories consumed or burned.... Read more
Aruba in a Pot
I just got back from Aruba as our honeymoon destination. Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to go to the Caribbean if I ever got married. I've been to several places in the Caribbean before I got married, so for our honeymoon, I wanted... Read more
Post Wedding and Summer Ahead
I'm back from my wedding and honeymoon! Everything turned out perfect! You know I like to tell my stories with photos, so I'll save the details until I get my wedding photos back.
While on wedding/honeymoon, I gained about 8 lbs. The str... Read more
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Diets and Wedding Dress
A theme as old as weddings itself.
The wedding diet.
First, I want to thank everyone who took the time to post encouragement about my wedding anxiety. I don't like being in crowds, and I definitely don't like being in front of an audi... Read more