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Finally Home
Saturday, February 23, 2013      13 comments

Some people believe in a higher power that influences our lives. Some believe in karma. Some believe in random chance. I'm not sure what I believe some days, but I think things happen they way there are supposed to. I haven't always made the b... Read more
A Well Stocked Kitchen is Key to My Weight Maintenance
Wednesday, February 20, 2013      9 comments

This move has been a good illustration of how dependent my weight loss maintenance is on a well organized and stocked kitchen. Before we moved, I cooked down 90% of our fridge/freezer and pantry so we would have less to carry. Kitchen cookware... Read more
We Bought a House!
Monday, February 18, 2013      18 comments

Sorry I have been gone for so long, but the husband and I have bought a new house! Well, it's not "new" new, but it's new to us! I've been so busy juggling school and closing on the house that I haven't had much leisure time to write. To ... Read more
Does Chicken Taste Like Chicken?
Friday, February 01, 2013      8 comments

My husband and I recently got into a disagreement over the price of chicken. Was the $2.29/lb Coleman organic chicken we buy at Costco really better than the $.99/lb conventionally raised chicken? Was there a difference in taste, or were we ju... Read more
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

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