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Tasty Tuesday: My Formula for a Quick Go-To Meal

Click here for a printer-friendly PDF recipe Instead of posting a particular recipe today, I thought I'd change it up a little and post a method that I use for my go-to meal when I'm clueless of what to make and I'm starving. This whole combination started when I made these amazing green beans years ago. Show More Summary

Mental Health Monday: "Unwasted" (a book review)

I'm having a hard time thinking of topics for Mental Health Monday every week, so I decided to broaden my initial idea of writing things that are directly related to mental health. Since one of my goals for the new year is to read 10+...Show More Summary

A Monday Weigh In

I cannot believe it’s been THREE weeks since I got myself back on track, and frankly since 2018 kicked off. So, I’m a little excited to share with you how things are going.  So far, I’ve lost -5.3 lbs.  I’m super psyched about that.  There’s NOTHING better than putting a plan in place and having... Read More The post A Monday Weigh In appeared first on No Thanks to Cake.

Weekly Wrap-Up: Week 1 of Half-Marathon Training (recap)

Well, I made it through my first week of half-marathon training! I haven't run four times in one week since... well, probably a year ago? I'm following my own half-marathon training plan, called "A First Timer's Half-Marathon Training Plan". Show More Summary

Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower

I eat a ton of vegetables, and to hit the goals I have for 2018, I’m about to double-down on my vegetable intake to make this magic happen. Cauliflower was a trendy little veg for 2017, and I think the growers had a hay day with all of our excitement around this cruciferous vegetable.  For... Read More The post Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower appeared first on No Thanks to Cake.

Weight Loss Wednesday: A Candid Discussion of Excess Skin (post weight loss)

When I had my lower body lift in 2011, I was thrilled with the results of my surgery. The excess skin was very uncomfortable and I felt so discouraged that I would have to live that way for the rest of my life. I hated the fact thatShow More Summary

Pineapple Chicken and Green Bean Salad (Inspired by Lemonade LA)

You guys, do you ever have a meal that you can’t stop thinking about even months down the road?  That’s how I feel about the amazing salad I had at Lemonade LA that inspired today’s recipe. If you live in Southern California, I highly encourage you to go to this beautiful fast-casual restaurant chain. Show More Summary

Getting in Shape for a Half

I feel like I have not had anything worth writing about lately! Running has been on my mind a lot, and I have several drafts of posts about it... but I don't want to bombard my blog with them all at once. Speaking of running, though, today was Day 1 to start the next 13 weeks of half-marathon training. Show More Summary

My Word for 2018: Renew

Oh, 2017… you were a tough one.  You challenged me.  You chewed me up and spit me out in many ways.  Needless to say, I was VERY happy to flip the calendar and get this new year started. During the last few weeks of 2017, I started to think about my word for 2018.  Eager... Read More The post My Word for 2018: Renew appeared first on No Thanks to Cake.

What It's Like to Have a Boudoir Photoshoot (a guest post)

A couple of years ago, I decided to have a boudoir photoshoot. My sister had had one done, and her photos were AMAZING. I saw a Groupon for it, and (probably after a couple glasses of wine) bought the Groupon and made the appointment. Show More Summary

What are you doing on that screen of yours?

A few years ago we were with my wife’s family for the holidays.  I often read a lot over the holidays, and at the time I was doing most of my reading on my iPad.          

My Running Plans for 2018

It has been SO COLD here in Michigan lately. All last week, the temp was in the single digits with the windchill being 20-something below 0. It's hard to believe I used to run in those temps. I just can't bring myself to do it now! A couple of days ago, the temp got up to 41, so the snow started melting. Show More Summary

Sleeping for longer leads to a healthier diet

Sleeping for longer each night is a simple lifestyle intervention that could help reduce intake of sugary foods and lead to a generally healthier diet, according to a new study.

2017 Review Thingo

Happy new year, comrades! Here’s the ninth annual instalment of Review Thingo. Previous episodes: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. 1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before? Went to Seattle Spent a night in a yurt Watched Back To The Future 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year? I [...]Show More Summary

Brain-cell 'antenna' may be key to understanding obesity

Researchers have discovered that the brain's ability to regulate body weight depends on a novel form of signaling in the brain's 'hunger circuit' via antenna-like structures on neurons called primary cilia.

It’s cold outside and I got a new (to me) car. Welcome to 2018!

2 weeks agoHealth / Weight Loss : Jenful

Last week the weather widget on my phone let me know that it would be -10 degrees outside at midnight with a wind chill of -20. I can’t recall experiencing weather that cold before. These are the days when Indianapolis lets me know I’m truly not in North Carolina anymore. Show More Summary

My Best Advice for Those With Weight Loss Goals in the New Year

I hesitate to even write this post, because I am currently eight pounds over my goal weight. However, in the new year of 2009, I was over 250 pounds, and I haven't seen anywhere near that number since. Depending on how you define success,...Show More Summary

EIGHT Beginner Training Plans to Run Your First 5K

As I've mentioned several times, when I first started running in 2010, I literally could not run even 500 feet. A mile sounded completely impossible. And a 5K? How on earth did people do that?! I tried the Couch to 5K plan a few times, and I just couldn't get past week 3. Show More Summary

What tool should we use to measure sedentary behaviour in population health surveys?

Article: Prince SA, LeBlanc AG, Colley RC, Saunders TJ. Measurement of sedentary behaviour in population health surveys: a review and recommendations. PeerJ 2017;5:e4130. Travis’ Note: Today’s post comes from friend and colleague Dr Stephanie Prince,         

Muffin Cup Omelets: Lose Weight By Eating- Detox Week

We know you’re probably tired of boring detox and diet meals that taste like cardboard and leave you hungry and unsatisfied. However, not eating healthy can cause weight gain, or weight loss to stop or reverse. Well, the Detox recipes...Show More Summary

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