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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
Happy 4th!
Tuesday, July 03, 2012      6 comments

We're off on a good ole American road trip down the Florida coast for the 4th weekend! We're stopping tonight at my favorite seafood restaurant in Jacksonville on the way. No fancy tie required - this is just a good fresh local shrimp in a bas... Read more
What If Food Is the Best Medicine?
Tuesday, July 03, 2012      13 comments

About 6 years ago, I was 'fit-fat'. I exercised regularly (about 1hr/5x week), eliminated processed foods, and ate 'healthy'. Yet my bodyfat still hovered around 32%. Still 'overweight' despite my activity level. My blood pressure was 13... Read more
Muscle UP and the Week Ahead
Monday, July 02, 2012      10 comments

Last week I shifted my eating/exercise schedule into 'Sarah Connor Pullup Startup' mode! This morning my calculations say my lean mass is up by 2.88lbs! Not that I would be able to tell by my scale. It says that I'm up 4lbs. My bodyfat %... Read more
Clarification About My Objective
Sunday, July 01, 2012      8 comments

I think I miscommunicated why I posted this comparison photo of a fitness model versus me: I didn't mean to say that she looks 'better' than me, or that I'm trying to... Read more
Putting Together a Pull Up Plan
Saturday, June 30, 2012      6 comments

Quest for "Sarah Connor pullups" continues... I found a way to simulate assisted pullups: the swimming pool. The DH and I went for a walk along the beach, wading in the water. The Georgia beaches are packed today because of the heat. ... Read more

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