Gluten Free: Day 30
It has gotten a lot easier and less scary to eat gluten free. I've learned to read every single label. I've replaced all my old cutting boards, spatulas, and other kitchen items that can harbor residual gluten. I've cleaned out my pantries, draw... Read more
Gluten Free: Day 24. Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day. A day where one shares a meal and sweets with their loved ones. It's usually a special meal (translation: high calorie) with desserts and sweets (translation: even more calories). Share is a keyword. And sharing implies some sor... Read more
Gluten Free: Day 14.
Now is a time full of gluten distractions, what with the Superbowl and Girl Scout cookies. Or maybe it's a good thing, since the additional calories are bundled with gluten. More reason not to eat them.
I'm actually not craving the deliciou... Read more
Beginning Again, This Time Gluten-Free
I noticed my last blog entry was 9/18/15, just 2 days before my last sprint triathlon -- where I proudly came in second in my age group! My hip was SO painful that I walked the majority of the run. I'd have handily won if I could have run.
... Read more
Activity Tracker Observation on Distance
Many of us have some sort of step or activity tracker attached to us. We look at the number of steps and are either motivated to take more or shrug and wonder how we can possibly meet that 10,000 step goal.
One fairly common way to increase... Read more
Listen to yourself
It's been five years since I changed my lifestyle. First I just changed my eating -- the continued weight gain meant I added running. Still gaining weight, I found out I'm hypothyroid (and, due to a hysterectomy, I didn't have enough estrogen). ... Read more
RMR & Extreme Weight Loss
I'm watching Extreme Weight Loss, the episode with Sara, who is 4'5" and started her journey at 265 pounds. She's a dynamo! She did fantastic through the first 3 months and has been inspiring.
One thing they said was that her RMR started at... Read more
Cleaning out my closet
Yesterday I spent the day cleaning out my closet. I had a couple of reasons for doing this. The most important one is that my husband and I want to remodel the master bedroom/bathroom/closet, so step 1 is to prepare the area. Because it's a larg... Read more
14 Lessons Learned from Compulsive Tracking and an Unexpected Data Point
This is a corollary to my other blog entry today, called "42 Months and Counting," which is a positive spin on my very long journey to very slow weight loss. It has some revelations that I learned along the way.
This blog entry covers the... Read more
42 Months and Counting
Today is exactly 42 months since I changed my lifestyle. That's 1025 days of meticulous tracking my diet and exercise. Who knew what a dramatic change I’d make! There are a number of factors that have influenced, accelerated, or helped change my... Read more
Another Pity Party
I need to vent. I'm so frustrated. I'm just not losing weight or inches! I am getting more fit, which is great, but when do I get to change the physical appearance of my body?
Almost 11 months ago, I reluctantly joined a gym with my husband... Read more
Can we get some consistency in sizing, please?!
Over the last month or so, I've bought four shirts from three different stores -- the tri-top a month ago and the other three were purchased four days apart. My weight/size has not changed in that timeframe. Check out the sizes:
- A triathlon ... Read more
Three Years of Sparking
Yesterday was my three year anniversary since I started tracking my diet, exercise, measurements, and weight. I’m very proud of the weight I’ve lost, how much better I feel, and how much stronger I’ve gotten. Here are some statistics:
Measu... Read more
Hypothyroid and Gaining Weight
This month I've gained 4 pounds. The only times I've gained 4 pounds in one month is when I've needed an increase in my thyroid meds (I'm hypothyroid).
A month ago, my lab tests were "normal" (TSH 1.26) although I was symptomatic (in many m... Read more
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Fiber, or Reaching the Impossible Goal
I know fiber is really important and most Americans don’t get even close to the recommended daily amount, which is generally considered to be 25g or more per day.
However, I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting to 25g per day without su... Read more