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Wednesday, 2 May 2012
The New Rules of Lifting for Life

I bought The New Rules of Lifting for Life yesterday. I haven't been keeping up with the series. I don't know why. Lou Schuler is hilarious, and Alwyn Cosgrove writes brutally effective workouts. Perhaps they're a little too brutally effective! I may still have some post-traumatic stress from Afterburn. Here's what caught my attention about this book, Lou and Alwyn realized they could no longer do their own programs, or any programs, exactly as written. They were having to modify them because Lou is a million years old now and Alwyn has survived stage 4 cancer a couple of times. With that in mind, they have written a book for those of us who, although we may have been elite gym warriors at one time, are now old and crunchy. If you're a beginner, if you're overweight, if you're working around injuries or limitations, this is the New Rules book for you. 

Instead of giving a generic program for everybody, it's what Alwyn calls a Chinese Menu system. You pick something from every column, only instead of it being a soup, a meat, two vegetables, a sauce, and rice or noodles, it's movement prep, core training, power training, strength training (a squat, a hinge, a lunge, a 1-leg stance, a push, a pull, or a combo), metabolic training, and recovery. You get to pick the exercise that matches your fitness level and doesn't aggravate your injuries. Or, if you're too lazy to do that, there is a sample protocol for beginner and advanced lifters with all of the exercises already filled in for you. There are three phases: Transform, Develop, and Maximize that will each be 4-6 weeks in length depending on how many days per week you do the workouts (2-3x per week is recommended).

These workouts either require a gym membership, or they require you being pretty well setup at home. You need a barbell, and if you don't have a cable pulley system, you need an assortment of tubing and something sturdy to attach it too. If you have a pull-up bar, a TRX, or a kettlebell, you'll be using it. You might also need some tall boxes or steps, a bench, a stability ball, a foam roller, and a mat.

Am I going to do this? I haven't decided yet. It's conceivable that I could start it when I finish Lauren Brooks' program. That gives me like 8 weeks to convince myself that Alwyn Cosgrove is not trying to kill me. He's trying to help me. :-) In any case, it's a fine and entertaining read that made me laugh out loud numerous times and gave me some great new exercises and workout options. The chapters and rules have names like: Middle Rage, Hurt's No Good, Flabby Road, and You are not a rural Okinawan. 

Posted by skwigg at 7:41 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 2 May 2012 7:43 AM CDT
Monday, 9 April 2012
Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat

I accidentally bought an intuitive eating book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat by Michelle May, MD. I was tricked because she calls it "instinctive" eating, plus she made so much sense in the first chapter. She describes the patterns people fall into as Instinctive Eating, Overeating, and Restrictive Eating. Her explanations were so right on that I bought it immediately, but a few chapters later I was doing "mind-body check-ins" and rating my hunger on a scale. Blaaarf!!!

Chapter 4, What Am I Really Hungry For is a whole thing on head hunger and triggers. She describes each type of hunger and trigger and gives a strategy for dealing with each one. This would have been awesome except it's all that woo-woo emotional floofery that Brain Over Binge cut straight through for me. Analyzing feelings and motivations, giving them more weight, and trying to resolve each issue individually only amplified the problems for me. Mentally stepping back from ALL my thoughts and urges and not taking any of them seriously worked like a charm. That urge to eat a dozen cookies doesn't have anything to do with my childhood, my work schedule, or my lack of bubble baths. It's just brain goo, an old habit that has worn a rut through my synapses because I'd cluelessly repeated the behavior so many times. 

By the time I got to the nutrition chapters where she was promoting cutting edge 1980s advice on  "hearthealthywholegrains" and "arterycloggingsaturatedfat," I was done. Still, I tend to learn a few things even from books that I don't totally agree with. One clever tool she mentioned was creating a "speed bump" on your plate by physically dividing the food. When you get to the speed bump, you pause and check in. Are you still hungry? Do you really want the rest of that? Could you stop now? It's a clever idea. I do something similar in restaurants when I'm dealing with a ridiculous portion. Sometimes I'll just divide it up with my fork before I start eating. Then I know where my food stops and my husband's carryout box starts.

She does have some gems of wisdom. One of the most important things she talks about is feeling guilty versus feeling regretful. Instinctive eaters sometimes eat too much and regret it. Like, "Wow, I wish I hadn't done that. I'll handle it differently next time." But they don't feel GUILTY, as in, "I'm a bad person, fat pig, weak-willed, hopeless disappointment who will never get this." If you regret something, you learn from it and move on. If you feel guilty, those loaded emotions only fuel the cycle of overeating and restrictive eating.

I do like the term "instinctive eater." It seems more logical and natural than "intuitive eater" which immediately strikes me as being dingbat-related. She describes the various eating cycles like this:

Instinctive Eating Cycle

Why do I eat? -  Hunger

When do I eat? - When I'm hungry

What? - Whatever I want

How? - Intentionally

How much? - Enough to satisfy hunger

Where? - Living my life

Overeating Cycle

Why? - Triggers

When? - External or emotional cues

What? - Tempting or comfort foods

How? - Mindlessly, quickly, or secretly

How much? - Until food is gone or I'm uncomfortable

Where? - Excess fuel is stored

Restrictive Eating Cycle

Why? - Rules

When? - According to the rules

What? - "Good" or allowed foods

How? - Rigidly

How much? - Allowed amount

Where? - Energy is spent on diet and exercise

So, that's brilliant, right? I loved those descriptions! At times I've been all of them. Currently I'm an instinctive eater with a touch of restrictive. I keep a pretty tight lid on the "how much" part in order to stay as lean as I like. The overeating cycle is out of the picture now, thankfully. 

There is some great information in this book even though not all of it clicked with me. I thought I'd mention it since many of us read pretty much everything on this topic. If you're thinking about it, note that the Kindle edition is like $11 cheaper than the hard copy.

Posted by skwigg at 8:57 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, 9 April 2012 9:01 AM CDT
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
The Swing by Tracy Reifkind

I just finished a good book, The Swing by Tracy Reifkind. I was going to say a good kettlebell book but it's so much more than that. Tracy Reifkind had been overweight her whole life. She weighed 250 pounds the first time she picked up a kettlebell at age 41. Through a change in mindset, an overhaul of her eating, and dedication to swinging a kettlebell several days per week, she lost 120 pounds and became an RKC kettlebell instructor. Her transformation is one of the most inspiring things I've read in years. Let me give you a few quotes from Tracy:


"I came to the conclusion that truly healthy and fit people don't have to think about how to become healthy and fit, it's who they are--it's not a chore, a punishment, or even a choice. Forget second nature; for them, it is first nature. The question for me then became: how do you make something first nature?"

"When you are in the zone, you eat right and you do your workouts as if they have always been a part of your life and they will never not be a part of your life. It's what you do, it's who you are, and it officially becomes your lifestyle--it changes from something you're doing into something you are."

"You know, there was a time shortly after I started my diet that I had the thought of never, ever being able to go back to the way I used to eat. I thought about never again eating my everyday lunch of three cheeseburgers and six chocolate chip cookies, and I felt sad for a few moments. I felt like I had just been sentenced to a lifetime of no fun in punishment for my decades of bad behavior. The sadness passed once I realized how ridiculous it was to mourn the passing of an extremely destructive habit."


It was fascinating to read about how her perception of herself and food changed. This isn't your typical "here is the history of kettlebells and here are some exercises" book. It's about her inner transformation. She gives details, of course. She shares her workouts. She gives incredibly thorough instruction about how to swing a kettlebell. She shares the food plan that turned her into a really buff chick, which is, surprise, real food, portion control, nothing off limits, and a little intermittent fasting. I was excited to read that like me, she eats basically the same meals most of the week. She also includes one high calorie day and one low one. She talks about the importance of preparing your own food and includes lots of recipes and how-tos. 

One interesting part of the book talks about how she accidentally regained 20 pounds by eating her normal healthy food but getting loose with the portions. She went back to eating her basic meals in set portions 4 days per week and lost 10 pounds really quickly. Then she put her high calorie day back and lost another 3. The other 7 she considers part of an acceptable range. She doesn't try to live at her lightest weight ever and understands that she's not going to keep losing scale weight as she continues to get stronger. It was fascinating to read her story. She sounds like one of us!

It slightly threw me that she suggests women eat 1200 calories per day for fat loss. That was her target with the understanding that most days she would go over it. She says that the closer she stuck to that goal, the faster her fat loss. There are a couple of considerations. For example, her only exercise was going for walks and swinging a kettlebell for 20 minutes 2-3 times per week. She wasn't training for a marathon or going to crossfit or anything, so you have to keep that in mind when looking at her suggested intake. Also, she had a high-calorie day every week so she didn't burn out. She doesn't seem to have run into any of the metabolic slowdowns or issues from a continually low calorie intake. And finally, at 250, she had a lot of stored energy to work with. It wasn't like an obsessive 110 pound overexerciser eating in the 1200 range with no breaks.

I would encourage anyone who reads this to do the standard skwigg move of incorporating any ideas that really resonate with you and disregarding anything that makes you tremble and grind your teeth. There is plenty that resonates here! I couldn't get to my kettlebells fast enough after I finished this book.

Posted by skwigg at 8:36 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 27 March 2012 8:36 AM CDT
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Sleep and Metabolism

Here's an interesting article on sleep and fat burning - Is Sleep the Key to Restoring Metabolic Potential?

Some highlights:


- It is not uncommon for people to brag they only require a few hours of sleep. However, in order for them to stay functional, it requires large amounts of coffee along with sugar in the form of bagels, cookies, pastries, etc. 

- Weight issues do not come from a genetic defect that causes you to overeat, but rather derive from a multitude of overlapping factors including sleep issues. Lifestyle choices like sleep have the power to alter key hormones involved in metabolism.

-  In subjects who slept less than 7 to 8 hours a significant increase was noted in body mass index (BMI) and appetite. These short sleepers ate significantly more and weighed more than those people who slept longer.

- One of the most effective tools for fat loss is the avoidance of food for at least 10-14 hours every night. 


So, lets talk sleep schedules and fat loss, or lack thereof. Do you get 8+ hours of sleep per night? If not, do you feel it has a negative impact on your energy, mood, and food choices? Have you ever done shift work? How did it impact your eating habits? How long do you go without eating overnight?

I'm a weird sleeper on a slightly weird schedule. I used to be a weird sleeper on an extremely weird schedule. I work in television, which is a 24 hour operation. I worked overnights for years, or sometimes 3pm to 3am, or, most hated, 4am to noon. There is no way to get a good night's sleep when you have to wake up at 2 in the morning. I actually did ok on overnights, but I got weird about scurrying home vampire-style before the sunlight hit me. If the sunlight hit me, I was awake and I'd be lucky to sleep at all that day. If could scoot home in the shadows and get into my chilly, blacked out room with the white noise machine, I'd go right out. 

When I was working overnights, my carb consumption was astronomical. Other than sleep, nothing will make a frazzled, exhausted brain happier at 3am than a bagel with cream cheese. I would eat to stay awake and to boost my mood. Not good! 

Currently I work evenings. I stop eating at 5:30 or 6:30pm and usually go 12-16 hours without food. I get off work at 11:30pm and try really hard to be in bed by midnight. My issue, if it's an issue, is that I'm always up by 6:00am. Always. My eyes spring open. So, there I am with 6 hours of sleep. I know that's not enough, and if I run on it for a few days I can really feel that it's not enough. I get sleepy during the day, my food decisions become really iffy, and my workouts suffer. My solution has been to catch an hour or two nap after lunch. I love the luxury of being able to take a siesta but it's become a running joke. If I'm cranky, people will ask if I missed my nap. Or I'll try to get out of all kinds of things by saying, "I can't. That's my naptime." LOL 

Splitting my sleep probably isn't ideal but I feel really good. Certainly I'm better off with my consistent 8+ hours of quality sleep every day than a lot of people who exist on less. Plus, I learned that it used to be a normal human thing. People would have something called "first and second sleep." I saw this fascinating BBC article on segmented sleeping patterns. Does anybody else have a split sleep pattern? I used to do it on overnights too, catch 4-5 hours in the morning, wake up for much of the day, and then hopefully catch another 3 hours later in the evening. I also remember as a teenager waking up at 2:00-3:00am skulking around for a few hours and then going back to bed before the sun came up.

I've never had huge weight problems related to shift work but there was definitely a difference in body comp. I carried more body fat and less muscle on sleep-deprived overnights when I was missing workouts and eating carbs to stay awake. 

This is a thread from my Happy Eaters site. You can see more of the conversation here

Posted by skwigg at 2:37 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 21 March 2012 8:40 AM CDT
Friday, 16 March 2012
A 'Pink Slime' Taste Test

I think we've talked about the mysterious pink slime that's added to cheap ground beef. It's normally inedible fatty bits found near the hide that are spun in a centrifuge to separate out the lean protein. Then it's sprayed with ammonia to kill bacteria (because it probably comes into contact with the dirty hide). Then they can put that in your ground beef as a filler and not tell you because technically it's all beef. Yum, right?!

I had a big weird conversation with my butcher this morning. He assures me that he grinds up chuck roasts to make ground chuck, sirloin to make ground sirloin, etc. The fresh ground beef behind the counter is high quality, nothing funky going on, and the prices reflect it. The prices of the grass fed and organic beef really reflect it. However if you buy generic "ground beef" you're living on the edge, or at least living on bland tasting burger. 

This fearless man conducted a pink slime taste test. Blah! 


I agree about the juice thing. I cooked 4 grass fed burgers today and at one point was trying to figure out how to pour some of the liquid off of them because it was getting ridiculous. Real beef is super juicy.

Do you eat ground beef? Do you eat whatever or are you kind of a freak about getting the best? I'm a freak unless I'm in a fast food restaurant. At that point, you're already taking your life into your hands, so why not just go for it. :-)

Posted by skwigg at 2:41 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, 26 March 2012 9:03 AM CDT
Monday, 27 February 2012
Back to Strength Training

I'm working out again! Yay! Today I started the System Six 20-rep endurance phase. After a week off I was concerned that jumping back into this might be too much, that I wouldn't be able to do pull-ups any more, and that my shoulder would hurt. Not a problem! I did a dynamic warm up with lots of shoulder mobility stuff and then:

Pull-ups, 10-20 reps

Kettlebell swings, 10-20 reps

Bulgarian split squats, 10-20 reps

Push-ups, 10-20 reps

Repeat twice

I did 20 of everything because that's how I roll. :-D I got one pull-up from a dead hang on each set and then knocked out the other 19 by doing a mix of partials, negatives, and assisted. I used my 26lb kettlebell for the swings. The split squats were body weight and my quads turned into flaming Jell-O. I guess I haven't done those in a while, or not that many reps. I normally do tricky pull-up variations but I kept it simple today and just knocked them out. That was the only exercise I felt in my shoulder but it didn't hurt, it was just tight.

I'm back!

Now, I've injured the dog though. :-( We walked over half a mile at a good clip yesterday morning and when she got up from her nap she was limping again. It seemed to go away as she moved around though. Last night she was weight bearing, playful, and happy as ever. Today it's not noticeable but I'll give her a few easy days before we start increasing distance again. She's now at 6 months from her CCL rupture and it's a 6-12 month healing process. So, she's right at that "I feel great but I'm not to be trusted" stage. We're both dying to go for miles. Maybe by summer.

Posted by skwigg at 10:36 AM CST
Updated: Monday, 27 February 2012 10:37 AM CST
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Rest Days 5, 6, and 7

Rest Day 5 - Nothing to see here. :-) I'm having a very fine rest day. I walked the dog .37 miles this morning in 11 minutes and 20 seconds. That's the farthest she's been since her knee rehab started. She pranced the whole way, which was pretty cute. This would normally be a cardio day for me but I'm good with slacking. My abs hurt from Pilates yesterday. I love that feeling!

Food is normal. Weight is normal. I'm mostly unaware of the shoulder. It feels a little stiff if I twist it around, otherwise no pain. I'm thinking this resting thing was pretty clever. 

Rest Day 6 - Today is the day I walk the dog, pay the bills, go to the grocery store, the bank, the gas station, the car wash, the Pet Smart, the drugstore, and run all random errands. Then when I get home from the store, I do all of my food prep for the week like making a giant salad, making 5 little bags of vegetables for my work lunches, cooking 4 turkey burgers, and putting frozen cherries in individual containers to thaw for breakfasts. I do all of this before work. So, it doesn't really feel like a rest day. I run my ass off. Whew!

Rest Day 7 - I walked the dog this morning and I have a long work day ahead, so no stress about not working out. Anyway, I'm done now! This is the last rest day. Tomorrow I'll do some cardio or Pilates and Monday it's back to strength training. The only question is what kind of strength training. I was going to start the System Six 20-rep endurance phase but now I'm a little concerned about jumping right back in to high-rep military presses, push-ups, and pull-ups with the shoulder. I guess I'll try day one and see if it bothers me. If it does, I may switch to Valerie Waters workouts for a week or two because they're very leg and ab intensive and would give the shoulder more of a break. We'll see. It may be fine. I slept on the injured side last night and didn't wake up screaming, so that's good.

My food has been the same as always this week. My weight has too. I'm 5'8" (unless I shrank from not working out). I started the week weighing 137.2 and ended at 135.6, so that's a loss of 1.6 pounds. It's normal for my weight to bounce around in that range, so nothing radical happened.


Posted by skwigg at 9:26 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2012 9:34 AM CST
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Rest Day 4

Rest Day 4 - Pilates happens. I had to move, breathe, stretch, and flex a little bit for mood-boosting purposes. I don't feel like myself if I don't move at all. Walking the dog every day in the fresh air and sunshine would normally be enough, but right now the walks are too short to deliver the full effect. I did an hour of Pilates mat work. My favorite DVD is Pilates for Beginners with Kristin McGee. It's slow, precise, and nicely cued, plus she's a great instructor. I sat out the push-up part. Well, technically, I did one, felt it in my shoulder, and thought, oh yeah, duh...

It's the day after Pizza Day and my weight is either the same or down .2 pounds depending on how I stand on the scale. That always amazes me. I remember when I used to have shockingly huge water fluctuations of 5-6 pounds or more. Like after a Body for Life free day, remember that horror? That happened whenever I would go on some squeaky clean, low-sodium, and low-carb, pre-contest, lunatic diet. If would so much as eat a cracker I'd turn into a water balloon overnight. HATED THAT! The solution of course is to eat dirty. :-) If I don't walk around in some fake, temporary, depleted, dieter state, my weight won't do anything crazy. It was Leigh Peele's "get lean enough to like yourself bloated" comment that made me see the insanity of a false lean. Any diet kickstart, induction, rapid weight loss, whooshing phase is bad news. If you're lean because you've flushed all the water, glycogen, and salt out of your system, well, hello, the fat is still there and the water will be right back. It's a lot of drama for nothing.

Posted by skwigg at 10:47 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 10:48 AM CST
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Rest Day 3

Rest Day 3 - Gooooood morning!!!! I am in a crazily good mood today because it's my weekend and it's PIZZA DAY. Tuesday is always a rest day so it feels completely normal to be a slacker. I walked Ripley barely a block, took a shower, and now I'm preheating the oven. I generally have pizza and ice cream for breakfast on Tuesday while watching some fine reality television. Today will be the Dog Whisperer episode with that dog who is obsessed with pinecones.

My pizza today will be a Palermo's Primo Thin Margherita (780 calories) and a pint of chocolate peanut butter Haagen-Dazs (1190 calories), for a delicious 1970 calorie meal. I'll wait 10-12 hours and then I'll have dinner with my husband. Tonight it will likely be a salad, 2 tacos, and 2 Joe-Joes cookies. That's a completely normal Tuesday for me. I know I can do it and not gain weight because every week I do it and don't gain weight. So, that's how I know. :-)

Based on the last year or two of tinkering with my eating, I'm sure that the way I eat all the time is exactly what I need to maintain my weight or gradually get a little leaner, without any exercise. When I add exercise, that just means I get to be even more flexible and have even bigger portions, or I suppose lose more fat if I weren't inclined to eat up the difference. I think John Barban's Anything Goes Diet took that to the extreme with the idea that you should eat around your BMR for fat loss and let all daily activity be bonus. I don't think food intake needs to be quite that low every day (unless you're trying to win a bikini contest), but you definitely don't want to get into a situation where you have to exercise, maybe excessively, in order to maintain weight. That points to a food problem. Addressing the food is a lot easier (for me) than fear-based calorie burning. Although I may have some big eating on my weekends (NOT overeating or out of control eating), my weekdays are pretty light and tight. Happily! I love my weekday food and I know those days are what keep me lean. 

Last night I was extra careful not to roll over and sleep on my bad shoulder. It totally worked because the shoulder only felt a little stiff this morning, not like someone had stuck a flaming steak knife in it.

Posted by skwigg at 9:03 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, 21 February 2012 9:05 AM CST
Monday, 20 February 2012
Taking a Week Off Exercise

This is a discussion from my Happy Eaters site, but it reminded me of when I used to blog about my life and my workouts and stuff, so I'm posting it here too. 


I have a twinge in my right shoulder. I like to think that it's the result of weeks of heavy military presses, but I have a sneaking suspicion I did it lying in bed pulling on the comforters at a weird angle (the dreaded loaded external rotation). I can't bring myself to say I hurt myself making the bed though. It was the heavy military presses, yeah, that's it! 

Anyway, shoulders are not to be trifled with. A little twinge turns into a nagging pain, turns into a screaming impingement, turns into surgery before you can say, ow. So, I'm going to do the prudent thing and give it a break for a week before I make anymore beds or press anymore kettlebells. 

I'm excited about this! Both because I feel like I actually need a break (my left foot has been a little tricky lately too) and because I always lose weight when I stop exercising. Always. I think it must be a muscle pump, glycogen, appetite thing. Plus, whenever I've managed to take some time off, I always come back rested and strong with newfound enthusiasm. A week from tomorrow I'll start a System Six 20 rep endurance phase with much lighter weights than I've been using, assuming I feel nothing twingy in my shoulder. I'll still walk the dog every day but that's about it. 

- Do you willingly take a break from exercising once in a while? Or does it have to be forced?

- Does it feel good to take a break or does it make you panicky? 

- If you panic, what are you afraid of?

- Have your feelings about "time off" changed over the years?

I used to be a total lunatic, gobbling pain killers and training with broken bones. I honestly don't know what I was so afraid of or trying to prove. I just would not could not quit, even though I could tell other people to do it and list all the benefits! I could even use myself as a cautionary tale. I think what cured me is breaking my leg, tearing my ACL, and not being able to walk for 8 weeks. Nothing bad happened! I didn't gain weight, my muscle came right back. It was totally fine.

I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on taking time off.



Rest Day 1- I'm down a pound and a half (for mysterious reasons I can never understand), feeling good, eating cookies. Trader Joe's Pinachios are like crack. I've been having 5-6 per day, every day. I should probably knock it off but you would not want to try to take the container from me right now. MINE!!! They're MINE!!!

My shoulder feels better already. I experienced a minor twinge all day yesterday. Today I don't feel it at all unless I move it the wrong way. This is the kind of niggling little injury that I previously would have ignored and made worse until they had to amputate my arm or something. 

I'm geeked about my rest week and know it's the right thing to do. Although the devil on my left shoulder just said, "See, it's better. You can lift tomorrow." I fed him a cookie. :-)


Rest day 2 - I woke up this morning and my shoulder felt like it was on fire. It really hurt, which terrified me, but I think maybe I just slept on it wrong because it feels ok now. The pain was a good little reality check though. It removed any temptation to lift heavy things today. I walked the dog. Picture the scene. Both of us injured and wearing matching hot pink workout gear, she in her hot pink no-pull harness and me in my hot pink and black Nike Free shoes and running tights. We look like we're ready for business, but we stroll along at 1.89 MPH, for exactly .15 miles, and then we have to turn around because .30 miles is her safety zone. That gets us a little over a block down the street and back. LOL I use a GPS so I don't accidentally take her too far. What a dork fest. 

Normally, I workout right after the walk so I felt a little displaced today. I decided that I would spend some time on the internets and then watch The Walking Dead before lunch. I used to watch it during lunch but I was eating the day the bloated water zombie broke in half and his intestines sprang out. That pretty much cured me of eating during zombie shows. 

Speaking of eating, my weight is the same today, which is good because I kept going on the white chocolate pistachio butter cookies yesterday. They're gone now. They're in ma bellllay! Not a problem because I am a master of dietary displacement. If I want a bunch of cookies, I'll cut back on real food to make it happen. I sacrificed 2 eggs, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a piece of cheese, and 2 dark chocolate squares for a few more cookies. I imagine that if I did that every day, I wouldn't look or feel very good, but once in awhile when I need sugar, that's how I do it. All the treats, no overeats. 


Posted by skwigg at 9:15 AM CST
Updated: Monday, 20 February 2012 9:36 AM CST

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