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"My body is not a garbage can for empty calories anymore." - Me

"Your body is not a bank account, it is a chemistry lab." - nutritionist JJVirgin

"Our body are not a simple balancing scale. Rather, our body is a thermostat." - Dr. Jason Fung

"Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food." - Hippocrates

"People inspire you, or they drain you. Pick them wisely." -Hans F Hansen

"Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don't give up."

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Member Since: 7/3/2007

Fitness Minutes: 16,817

My Goals:
You have to eat to live, but I don't believe that food should be mere sustenance. Food should be a pleasure to eat as well as healthful. I love to travel, and I don't buy designer bags or clothes - I enjoy regional cuisine and adventure! I want to be able to enjoy food, explore the countryside and be healthy doing it.

My Program:
Low grain/starch and exercise.

- Home cooked meals. One dining out option per week.
- 90g protein minimum
- 80g carbs maximum
- Clean eating - high quality vegetables, protein and fruits
- Minimal processed foods
- Low to no sugars
- Low glycemic fruits
- Occasional breads or starches, if desired.
- Sweet treat rarely.
- One glass of wine, if desired
- 30mins light to moderate exercise 4x per week
- 2 hours extended exercise on weekend (hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, etc)

Personal Information:
I lived 6 wonderful years in Seattle, and 5 in Savannah. I have now returned to my hometown in Colorado Springs.

Other Information:
I'm a software engineer.

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  • v PACEKA1
    A two hour commute really does add to your day - good for you for finding a way to fit in all the important things. I'm afraid when I was working, many of my health related things slid to the bottom of the pile! Back in my work days I was HR to a consulting firm - so many of the consultants worked out of town only to return on weekends. I used to think how lucky they were to have a good wife (or husband as more women were hired) to be at home keeping things going!

    Hope you are having a great day!
    12 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Lauriellen talked to her OB/GYN on Friday and they want to see her tomorrow. I'm going with for morale support. They seemed very concerned that she is being treated this way and plan to provide her with some "doctor's requirements" for the rest of her pregnancy. This is a child who has never experienced any kind of stress in all her 39 years of life - now having panic attacks because she's afraid to go to the bathroom when she needs to go. Unbelievable! They keep telling her they will be moving her closer to the bathrooms but it hasn't happened yet!
    12 days ago
    Thank you for saying hi, it’s good to hear from you. A lot of my favorite Spark friends got quiet and I got a new job with less free time and so I find myself here less and less. How are you doing?
    22 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    THANK YOU!!! I will give that a try. I feel like I can get into a mindful place while I am doing yoga, I can listen to my breathing and just let my body do what it does. But trying to be mindful for meditation just throws me - my mind starts racing with all the things I think I should be doing. I like the idea of counting and will give this a try.

    Hope you've had a great memorial weekend! Ours has been very hot but it was a nice respite from all the gardening!
    24 days ago
  • v PACEKA1
    I love the idea of a spa night at home. My summer goal is to spend time most evenings with some light stretching and work in some meditation. I've tried meditation in the mornings but my mind is always racing. I thought maybe relaxing in the evenings rather than watching television or even reading might help get me in a restful place for sleep! Are you using any specific meditation?
    31 days ago
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