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Observational versus Experimental Studies
Saturday, July 21, 2012      6 comments

There's a study making the rounds in dietary literature that claims low carbohydrate diets increases risk of Swedish women's cardiovascular disease. The study was based on a questionnaire that asked women what they ate in the past 16 years. ... Read more
It's Not Just About the Weight
Friday, July 20, 2012      6 comments

Just before I got started on my low-carb journey, I went flexitarian. I was trying to limit animal protein to the evening. Here's a sampling of my diet then: February 1, 2011 Breakfast: Blueberries, Kashi cereal, non-fat plain yogur... Read more
Yes, I Eat Vegetables
Thursday, July 19, 2012      17 comments

I'm going to tread carefully today because I'm a little incensed, and I have to watch my tone. I told you a couple blogs ago about how I botched my understanding of Atkins with double quarter pounders. This was due to ignorance. I didn't ... Read more
Seasonal Carb Cycling
Wednesday, July 18, 2012      13 comments

One of the benefits of having a food journal that goes back 5 years is I can go back in time to see where I started, and where I am now. The reason I joined Spark is because my weight loss stalled, and I wanted to lose more. And Spark is f... Read more
A Plea to Please Read Dietary Books Before Jumping In
Tuesday, July 17, 2012      21 comments

One thing I love to do is defy stereotypes. In 3rd grade, a boy told me girls could never be as good at math as boys. So I went to college, studied math/electrical engineering/computer science, and I'm now a computer programmer! When I switch... Read more
Real World Results
Monday, July 16, 2012      13 comments

Spark friend 4A-Healthy-BMI posted this link over the weekend comparing BMIs with people across the globe. http://www.bbc.co.uk/new
s/health-18770328 My results: 25BMI - Normal (upper range) National Average -... Read more
What I Learned From the Biggest Loser
Sunday, July 15, 2012      8 comments

Many of you know my story by now. In 2000, I gained 40 lbs to become obese at 160lbs on my small 5'0" frame. After moving to Seattle in 2003, I managed to lose about 20lbs doing not much more than eliminating processed foods and walking everyw... Read more
Realizing the Connection
Sunday, July 15, 2012      13 comments

Every few weeks or so, my husband and I make a day trip up to Charleston, SC. We love to walk around the town and on the beaches at the Isle of Palms. While we are there, we bring large coolers, and stock up on groceries at Costco, Whole Foods... Read more
Why Calories and Composition Matter for Me
Friday, July 13, 2012      13 comments

Over the 4th weekend, my husband and I took a road trip down the Florida coast. Since we had a lot of car time, I took my Nook eBook reader with me. I've become a fan of my favorite cooking magazines in eReader format. As you know, I'm trying... Read more
Can Diet Soda Make You Hungry?
Thursday, July 12, 2012      20 comments

I've read several reports recently that said diet soda can still make people fat. The sweet taste drives a hunger response even though there are no calories. The ensuing hunger may cause them to overeat. I didn't pay much attention. Diet... Read more
Where Would I Be Now?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012      14 comments

Digging through my old fitness data is eye opening. I don't have a ton of data from the early years (particularly regarding bodyfat levels and measurements), but I can make estimates. When I weighed 160lbs, I wore size 14 pants. ~ 7/2... Read more
5 Year Sparkiversary
Wednesday, July 11, 2012      10 comments

I love writing in journals. Perhaps because I am an only child, writing thoughts on paper is my way of conversing with myself without looking like a lunatic. Blogging is similar, but no longer talking solely to myself. ... Read more
Finding What Works for You
Tuesday, July 10, 2012      13 comments

I wasn't overweight as a child or teenager. I was probably a bit scrawny. I became overweight after college. Perhaps that was why I didn't fully accept that I was genetically doomed. Bad choices put me where I was; perhaps good choices could... Read more
Resuming Where I Left Off
Monday, July 09, 2012      7 comments

Last night I shared how I "unlocked" the secrets of manipulating my metabolism. I thought it might be interesting to share the data I collected that lead me to my revelations. 4/22 last year I started an excel spreadsheet. I struggled los... Read more
Understanding the Language of Fat
Sunday, July 08, 2012      11 comments

Little over a year ago, I thought I was forever chained to the calorie counter. I kept one in my purse and diligently counted every single morsel I ate. I counted every calorie I burned. My reward for all my effort was zero sum. I re... Read more

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