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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

I'm a Motivator! Thank You!

Sunday, July 29, 2012      11 comments

I thought for sure my blog post picking on Yoplait yogurt would earn me hate mail. Instead, I woke up this morning to find I've been voted a Spark Motivator! I'm glad that some of you have found sharing what I've learned informative and in... Read more

First Step in a Thousand Miles

Saturday, July 28, 2012      9 comments

I'm feeling guilty that my grousing about the DH might be giving an inaccurate representation of our relationship. So before I enter in the next chapter, let me briefly explain why I fell in love and chose him. He is from the UK origin... Read more

What If I'm Not Hungry?

Saturday, July 28, 2012      12 comments

Coming from a diet that spiked my insulin levels and left me in a chronic state of hunger, relearning when to eat was an unexpected twist. For years, before, during and after eating, I was always hungry. I went to bed hungry; woke up hungry. ... Read more

DH Experiment Over

Friday, July 27, 2012      15 comments

In an attempt to win the award of "Least Popular Blog Post", I'm going to demonstrate an experiment. Let's play "Food Showdown" Spark style. Which is healthier? Round #1: Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt versus a Snickers Bar ... Read more

Calorie Inflation?

Thursday, July 26, 2012      9 comments

I noticed something weird about how Spark calculates calories. Or maybe it's an error on my part. 1g carb = 4 calories 1g protein = 4 calories 1g fat = 9 calories Tonight my macro count is: 68g carbs (total, not net) = 272 103... Read more

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