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On Hiatus
Tuesday, September 04, 2012      7 comments

Just wanted to let you all know that I am going to be on an extended hiatus for a while. My former boss died of complications from diabetes two weeks ago, and my dad got appendicitis last week. Because of his age and weight, there were complic... Read more
Chicken a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Monday, August 27, 2012      23 comments

My husband and I feel fortunate we were raised by parents who fed us whole, complete, unprocessed foods growing up, so it's not a hard stretch for us to eat the same way. Our parents were blue collar, and so we ate fresh produce and meat becaus... Read more
Farewell to Wine (for Now)
Friday, August 17, 2012      17 comments

Sigh. I knew this day would eventually come. I'm going to have to cut back my daily glass of wine with dinner. A habit that I enjoyed and developed when I lived in Washington state and was introduced to the wonderful world of living next ... Read more
Economical Protein
Wednesday, August 15, 2012      26 comments

One of the biggest mistakes I made for years was undereating protein. The food pyramid guidelines seem designed to give the bare minimum of protein and fat for life support. The new 'food plate' isn't much better. The result for me was lean m... Read more
Fit-Fat or Fit-Slim
Tuesday, August 07, 2012      25 comments

Yesterday I showed you exercise comparisons of a full-housechore day versus a full-couch potato day. I recorded the information with my BodyMedia Fit device. For further comparison, here is my activity graph of 30 minutes elliptical cardio... Read more
Do Housechores Count as Exercise?
Monday, August 06, 2012      16 comments

Over the weekend I engaged in a simple little experiment to try and answer a questions: "Were women in the 50s thinner because they burned more calories with house chores?" I'm not going to pretend my results are conclusive, but you mi... Read more
50s Housewife Exercise Plan?
Friday, August 03, 2012      21 comments

A couple of you took exception to an excerpt my blog yesterday regarding women exercising in the 1950s: - Lack of exercise isn't why people in the 50s were thinner than today. Women exercising was considered unseemly. The only appropriate e... Read more
Am I Harming My Health?
Thursday, August 02, 2012      33 comments

A response I frequently see regarding my low-grain diet is, "You might be losing weight, but you're increasing your risk of heart disease." For the past 30 years, we've heard 'heart-healthy grains' and low-fat diets touted as the defacto di... Read more
BodyFat Measurements
Wednesday, August 01, 2012      6 comments

I get a lot of questions about how I track my bodyfat. In the past year, I learned that bodyfat and lean body mass (muscles, bones, blood, and organs) are far more important measures than weight at my stage of fitness goals. However, e... Read more
August Goals
Wednesday, August 01, 2012      7 comments

Sparkfriend NEILITHICMAN asked me a really good question yesterday: "What's your ultimate goal?" The question actually took me by surprise. What IS my ultimate goal? Before last year, I was on a 4 year plateau. If I lost wei... Read more
Net Change in the 14 Months
Tuesday, July 31, 2012      6 comments

More stats, for those who are interested. :) Only reporting on days where bodyfat was measured (or significant event marker). April 20, 2011: (Low-fat diet) Weight: 135.0 May 12, 2011: Weight: 134.4 Bodyfat: 35% | 48lbs Lean ... Read more
July End of Month Assessment
Tuesday, July 31, 2012      7 comments

I can't believe the end of month is already here! My stats for these 30 days are as follows: Weight change: -3.6lbs Bodyfat: -1.1% | -3lbs Lean Mass: -0.17lbs Avg Exercise Minutes: 30 Avg Calories Burned during exercise: 217 ... Read more
Lunch Time!
Monday, July 30, 2012      10 comments

In our last episode, I 'quit' the role of nutritionist for the hubs because of what we shall refer to as 'the frozen yogurt incident'. Originally he asked me to tell him exactly what to eat, but I knew that would eventually end up where it did.... Read more
Exercise on Sugar or Fat Burning Fuel
Monday, July 30, 2012      11 comments

Those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s are familiar with the conventional wisdom advice that we need carbohydrates for energy. Without carbohydrates, we'll run out of energy during exercise and performance will suffer. I am not a high ... Read more
What Would You Be Willing to Give Up for Your Health?
Sunday, July 29, 2012      12 comments

When I first read "Why We Get Fat (and What to do about it)", one of the defining moments for me was the statement (paraphrased): "Obesity is a disorder of excessive fat accumulation. Not excessive calorie consumption." At that point,... Read more

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