Thursday, March 14, 2013

What the barnacle?

How is it that every month or so, someone is able to post to my blog, that is NOT me?

I have to go in and delete the post. I have to wonder if there's a way to see where it's coming from?

I've changed my google/blogger password a few times already. WHAT GIVES?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

2013 - where do we go from here?

I've been wanting to be a better blogger for some time now. My problem is this: FOCUS.

What do I focus on?





Diet/Cooking/Recipes for healthy eating?

Can I possibly do ALL of them, and still share with others who are in the "same boat" so to speak?

Then I was thinking..... there can't be a "same boat" since everyone walks their own path.

Some people are looking for advice on Lap-Band and other bariatric surgeries. I have my opinion to share, and am happy to share the experience I've had so far.

Some people have found themselves either recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Wheat Intolerance/Allergy, Gluten Intolerance/Allergy, or want to try a Gluten-Free diet to see if some of their 'problems' go away. (PCOS symptoms, perhaps?)

Some people just found out they are pregnant with triplets, or have triplet infants at home, and are looking for others that have been through the same experience, and have GOOD things to say. I remember how scared I was when I found out I was pregnant with triplets, and how fearful I was all through my pregnancy. Will I carry them full-term? Will I carry them long enough for them to live..... and live good lives? Will I live through the pregnancy (I weighed nearly 300 pounds when I got pregnant with them)

Others are looking for information about fitness. How to start, what to do, what others do. Zumba? Running? Weight training??

Recipes for healthy eating... I've become more and more surprised with recipes out there, that have the word "Healthy" attached to it, and then the first two ingredients are All-Purpose Flour, and Sugar. Um... WHAT?

I have, and want to share, information on each of these. One is no more important TO ME than another. But how..... HOW do I focus so if one of my friends wants my recipe for my Gluten-Free Oatmeal breakfast, that they don't have to dig through 10 posts about my newest running shoes, and 50 posts of pictures of my kids playing with the dogs?

I'm not sure yet, but I want to blog every day. Maybe I need tabs/categories? That might be a good place to start?

Low-Fat Food.... not all it's cracked up to be?

OK.... so I've been trying REALLY hard to read labels, and make good choices at the grocery store. I try to stay on the periphery (produce, meats, dairy....) and stay out of the aisles unless I really, really need something, like brown rice, dried beans, etc.

However.... I am an admitted salad whore. That's alright.... I said it. I'm loud and proud. I love a salad.... packed with tender baby spinach leaves, some nice crisp romaine. Add to that, cucumbers from the garden, bell peppers (NOT from the garden, because no matter how hard I've tried to grow a descent pepper here in Michigan, it doesn't seem to be in the cards. I end up growing meek, thin, Kate Moss looking peppers.... and I like peppers that beg to be stuffed with ground turkey and brown rice!) julienned carrots, since I've now got a nifty julienne slicer..... some home-made gluten-free croutons, a sprinkling of Fromiaggio Quattro, and a nice 2 TBSP serving of Lite Ranch.

I thought I was doing myself a favor, skipping out on some of the fat. Sure.... I remember my Atkins days, when they said "go fully leaded.... nevermind the fat, it's the carbs that count.... get one with 1 carb per serving, and you can have 4 tablespoons if you want" :::::SWOON::::

But then I read this article from HellaWella today, and well..... poop. Atkins was right all along. When they strip out the fat, they have to stuff it with something else. Something MUCH MORE sinister: SUGAR. ::::faint:::::

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

13 in 2013!

Yep......... that's right! Look to the right, and you'll see I've joined the 13 in 2013....... races that is!

My first one is set for January 28th:

local-docals can join me! One of my sons is running too :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

I have a secret


I can gain 8-10 pounds.


There. I said it. Gosh it feels good to get that out.

It took me a long time to figure out exactly what it is, that makes me hold onto water like that. And I say water, because it just is not possible to gain 10 pounds of fat overnight. My body may be exceptionally good at storing fat.... but an overnighter? Thinking about it scientifically..... wouldn't that be equal to an excess of 30,000 calories the night before?

No..... it's definitely water/fluid. AND..... I can dump it before I hit the scale again in 5 days.

Wanna know what it is, that I eat, that turns my body into an instant sponge?


Not necessarily 'gluten'.... I can eat homemade rye bread made sans any sort of wheat, and have NO GAIN whatsoever.

My issue is specifically wheat.

You know what packaged food products wheat is in? Yeah..... just about all of them.

TWIZZLERS have wheat....... how fair is that?

Stupid wheat.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Lose It! Weekly Summary for Week of Mon, Aug 13th


Weekly Summary for Week of Mon, Aug 13th

for Karen Taverner

Daily Summary
Budget Food Exercise Net +/- Weight (lbs)
8/13/12 1,641 340 1,039 -699 -2,340 177.9
8/14/12 1,641 1,661 659 1,002 -639 177.9
8/15/12 1,641 1,628 627 1,001 -640 177.9
8/16/12 1,641 2,466 0 2,466 825 177.9
8/17/12 1,682 500 649 -149 -1,831 184.2
8/18/12 1,682 475 0 475 -1,207 184.2
8/19/12 1,682 354 412 -58 -1,740 184.2
7,571 calories under budget for the week
Gained 6.3 pounds this week as measured from a starting weight of 177.9 on August 12th.
Nutrient Summary % Calories
Fat 237g 28.5%
   Saturated Fat 86g
Cholesterol 1,276mg
Sodium 8,612mg
Carbohydrates 803g 42.9%
   Fiber 176g
   Sugars 235g
Protein 536g 28.6%
Exercise Summary Calories
Zumba - Julie 3 Hours 1903
Zumba - Nancy 1 Hour 659
Running 1 Hour 20 Min 824
Total 3386
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Lose It! Weekly Summary for Week of Mon, Aug 6th


Weekly Summary for Week of Mon, Aug 6th

for Karen Taverner

Daily Summary
Budget Food Exercise Net +/- Weight (lbs)
8/6/12 1,592 2,218 655 1,563 -28 170.4
8/7/12 1,592 1,236 1,198 38 -1,554 170.4
8/8/12 1,592 746 996 -250 -1,842 170.4
8/9/12 1,592 1,052 1,199 -147 -1,738 170.4
8/10/12 1,650 1,636 601 1,035 -615 179.3
8/11/12 1,641 1,399 1,119 280 -1,361 177.9
8/12/12 1,641 0 0 0 -1,641 177.9
7,138 calories under budget for the week
Gained 7.5 pounds this week as measured from a starting weight of 170.4 on August 5th.
Nutrient Summary % Calories
Fat 267g 30.7%
   Saturated Fat 97g
Cholesterol 967mg
Sodium 9,556mg
Carbohydrates 793g 40.5%
   Fiber 141g
   Sugars 247g
Protein 566g 28.9%
Exercise Summary Calories
Zumba - Julie 2 Hours 1202
Zumba - Nancy 2 Hours 1262
Running 1 Hour 20 Min 807
Circuit Training 2 Hours 1135
Walking 4 Hours 655
Zumba - Paul 1 Hour 707
Total 5768
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