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Back to Pre-Holiday Weight
Thursday, January 31, 2013      10 comments

It's the end of January, and I already lost my holiday weight. I gained about 5ish pounds over the holidays. Eating pies, cookies, and bread has that effect - it's not rocket science! So to lose the weight, all I did was stop eating pies, coo... Read more
The Decision to Restart College
Thursday, January 10, 2013      12 comments

For the past few months of last year, I was in a bad place mentally. I was depressed about where I was in life, and it seemed like all of my carefully placed plans were unraveling. I felt completely helpless, and it sapped my enthusiasm. ... Read more
The Best Fitness Equipment I Ever Bought
Tuesday, January 01, 2013      7 comments

It's not what you expect. The best fitness equipment I ever bought was a frying pan, cutting board, and a chef's knife. When I first started learning to cook, I did it to lose weight and to save money. I used to believe that buying ... Read more
Doing What Works
Monday, December 31, 2012      12 comments

Hope you all had a good holiday. I spent the most of mine soul searching. While I haven't come up with any clear answers, time alone to reflect is how I recharge. For the past few months, I've been going through a mid-life crisis of sorts (is... Read more
Happy Holiday!
Monday, December 10, 2012      7 comments

Hey Sparklers! This will be an early "Happy Holidays" well wishing from me. Husband and I will be leaving for holiday and family travel this Saturday, so I won't get much chance to write. I've been keeping busy with holiday baking the... Read more
Calorie/Carb Cycling Followup
Saturday, November 24, 2012      6 comments

Hey there, Sparklers! Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Earlier in the month I wrote that I was experimenting with calorie/carb cycling. I also engaged in 'exercise' cycling where I varied low and high intensity activities. ... Read more
Why Calorie Counting Didn't Work for Me
Thursday, November 01, 2012      12 comments

Not so long ago in a neighborhood near you, I was an ardent believer in calorie in minus calorie out. But once I took a close look at the numbers, I noticed that my weight loss didn't follow the pattern. 500 calorie deficit a day did not lead t... Read more
Why I Am Fitting in More Low Intensity Exercise
Monday, October 29, 2012      9 comments

I think there is currently too much emphasis on high intensity exercise. I'm definitely a practitioner of HIIT, but I don't do it to the exclusion of everything else. There's a lot going for low intensity exercise, but most people dismiss ... Read more
Week One Down
Saturday, October 27, 2012      4 comments

I've been at 'normal' weight and bodyfat range for a few months, but I'd like to improve more. I'm still a bit more spongy than I would like. I'd like to be closer to 21-24% bodyfat. It's clear that I need to step up my routine. I kinda took... Read more
How much rest on a rest day?
Friday, October 26, 2012      10 comments

An interesting point came up on my previous blog about rest days. What does rest day mean? Does it mean no activity, or light activity? How much time does one need for recovery after hard workout days? I am probably someone who is overly... Read more
Carb Cycling Followup
Thursday, October 25, 2012      8 comments

I left things kind of vague in my last blog because I wanted to try this out for a couple of weeks before getting too detailed. It resulted in some very good questions, though. So I'll explain the concept of what I'm attempting. Those of ... Read more
Carb Cycling
Wednesday, October 24, 2012      18 comments

When you get into the single digits left for weight loss goals, losing even .5% bodyfat is cause for celebration and dancing in the streets. I *only* have 7-8lbs to lose as a goal milestone, but I've been stuck for over 3 months. When I ha... Read more
Stepping Up the Exercise
Tuesday, October 23, 2012      4 comments

I can't believe October is almost over. How did it go so fast? Here in the south, the weather is just now getting lovely. DH and I have been enjoying weekend walks on the beaches without fear of blistering sunburns. For my October go... Read more
What Shows Are You Watching?
Thursday, October 18, 2012      18 comments

I enjoy watching TV shows on my iPod Touch while working out. I'll be honest and admit that I find treadmills, ellipticals and the like to be a drag. I'd much rather be on my real bike with the wind in my face, but as we all know, realities of... Read more
Exercise: High or Low Intensity?
Monday, October 15, 2012      11 comments

Over the years, I've experimented with intense exercise for short periods and low intensity for long periods for weight loss. 30 minutes 'jogging' on the elliptical versus 1 or 2 hours cycling, for example. Which one was better? In the be... Read more

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