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JUSTEATREALFOOD is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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Back on Spark. Focusing on personal development and continuing my education. Not everyone here is going to agree with me and that's okay. It's not up to me change people's minds. All I can do is tell my truth and hope to help someone along the way. Hopefully my results will speak for themselves.

Just Eat Real Food (thanks for that btw Sean Croxton).

I was a Certified Personal Trainer who decided training wasn't my thing. Working out is fun and it should never be work, find something you love to do and do it!

I have a few jobs. I work as a supply Educational Assistant. I also work at a local farm store 1-2 days a week and with my carpenter husband when he needs a hand or a painter.

I have a gluten intolerance and I went gluten free before getting tested for Celiac Disease.

I eat vegetables, meats, fats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free. And it's changed my life!

I think my diet can best be described as a High Fat/ Moderate Protein/ Lower Carb diet with a Primal/Paleo/Atkins influence. I get 90% my carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits so that in itself makes me low carb compared to the SAD. I can be anywhere from 50-150g of carbs a day depending on activity level and what's in season.

Blood sugar regulation is really important to me as diabetes runs in my family. I try to keep my blood sugar levels as low as possible.

I love to cook! I typically eat foods that start with these ingredients.

Green Beans
Red Pepper
Sweet Potatoes
Russet Potatoes
Jalapeno Peppers

Granny Smith or Gala Apples
Bananas (during race season)

Eggs - pastured when possible
Heavy Whipping Cream
Aged Parmesan
Aged Cheddar - Occasionally

Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Avocado Oil
Bacon Fat

I buy meats at my work. A farm store that sells local grass fed pastured, drug and hormone free meats and produce. One main reason I work there is for the discount and freebies!

Whole Roasting Chickens
I also occasionally get free Bison, Emu and Elk

Almond Flour
Brown Rice Flour
Coconut Flour
Arrowroot Flour
Ground Flaxseeds
Ground Chia Seeds
Psyllium Husks
Cocoa Powder

80% Cocoa Dark Chocolate

Member Since: 3/22/2013

My Goals:
To never stop learning and growing.

Persistence. Patience. Passion. Power. Prioritize.

My Program:
Consistently strength training and constantly mixing it up with different exercises like walking, HIIT, interval training, biking, running, sprinting, MTB racing and playing rec soccer.

I keep track of my exercise the old fashioned way, in a journal.

2020 Winter Routine

Soccer 1 x a week
Biking 1-5 x a week
Strength Training / HIIT 4 x a week
Walking 4-5 x a week
Yoga/Stretching 1-2 x week

Personal Information:
Food produces hormonal effects in the body. Some hormones say 'store that fat'; others say 'release sugar'; others say 'build muscle.' Study after study shows that diets based on the same amount of calories, but different proportions of fat, protein and carbohydrates, result in different amounts of weight loss.

- Dr. Jonny Bowden

Other Information:
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

- Vince Lombardi

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

- Michelangelo

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  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon The Motivator of the Day. What an honor.
    1267 days ago
  • v ALOFA0509
    Thanks for your insight on the Message board Psyllium Hust/ Metamucil..
    1376 days ago
  • v no profile image JGORDON1971
    Hey Neighbor!

    Just wanted to say "hi" to someone from the Grand Valley / Western Slope area.

    Just started Keto and read a few of the related posts. You seemed to be pretty active in most of these posts.

    Have a great day!
    1452 days ago
  • v BERRY4
    Thanks for the message board support. Not sure why some persons get their noses in a "twit" over nothing! -- Use or don't use the information!

    Anyway, enough ranting... Have yourself a great first week of May!
    1719 days ago
    Hi April,

    Thanks for dropping by my SparkPage and leaving a comment about your fatbike. If memory serves, you have a Motobecane Boris X7. I am glad you are doing a lot of good winter riding.

    You mentioned getting a Fatback Corvus for all-season riding. Are you considering 4" to 4.2" wide fat tires? Or are you looking more for 29+ with 3" wide tires?

    The 29+ are high-traction trail bikes. Maybe these bikes would do okay on snow.

    Your Boris is very heavy at 40+ pounds. About 18 pounds of the bike's weight is the wheels and tires. Heavy wheels and tires are a double penalty. The wheels and tires add to the overall weight but also increase rotational mass. As you pedal the bike the heavy wheels and tires resist rotation. This phenomenon is called a high polar moment of inertia. Heavy rotational mass also tends to resist steering input which can make a bike feel unresponsive.

    The main advantage to a carbon frame is not weight savings but stiffness. Carbon bikes tend to be more responsive. The actual frame weight savings of carbon versus high-quality aluminum may be 1 to 3 pounds. Carbon frames are found on higher-end bikes. High-end bikes that have lighter components such as light handlebars, seats, seat posts, wheels, tires and drivetrain.

    My 9:Zero:7 fatbike has a 7005 heat-treated aluminum alloy frame that is triple-butted and very feather light.

    The wheels are Surly Holy Roller Daryl with Hope Brother Hubs and DT Swiss Alpine III spokes. The wheels are fitted with 120 TPI Surly Nate tires that have been converted to tubeless. The tubeless conversion saves 3 pounds per tire. Combined weight of both front and rear tires are under 10 pounds.

    My 9:Zero:7 is fitted with a Race Face Turbine 22/38T crankset, Shimano XT 11x36T 10-speed cassette. These items are very light and carefully machined. The Race Face Turbine crank costs $300. The XT Cassette goes for $85. The handlebar, stem and seat post are Race Face Turbine level that cost $70, $94 and $80 respectively. The total cost for these few bits. Add in a KMC X10SL Chain for $80 and Specialized Titanium Phenom Seat for $130 and you are pushing $840. Just for a some really light components, I paid $140 more than you paid for your whole bike.

    My medium 9:Zero:7 weighs under 30 pounds, which is light for a normal trail bike and feather weight for an fatbike. My custom-made 9:Zero:7 cost $3,600. The bike was built by Golden Bike Shop in Golden, Colorado to my exact specification. Brakes, shifters and derailleurs are Shimano XT.

    This bike rips on dry trails or deep snow. Due to an aggressive geometry, the bike is unbelievably responsive. I can churn through moderately deep snow at 30 mph. On rocky or rough dry trails the bike is a bouncy but fast.

    I have great trail bikes so I don't use the 9:Zero:7 much in the summer. My fatbike is in it's element when there is snow on the ground.

    Sorry for the ramble.

    1811 days ago
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