AQUIETPLACE's SparkPeople Blog AQUIETPLACE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not liking the scale I bought a new scale a couple weeks ago and gained about 5 kg's immediately. That was ok. I was expected it and was prepared for it. My old scale was so inconsistent, I could change my weight by 5 kg's in two minutes, so I bought a digital scale because I knew it would be more consistent. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately it has been too consistent now. Despite working hard for the last week, I haven't lost an ounce. Errrrrgh! <BR> <BR> So first I felt like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 07:28:31 EST Embracing the word "F-word" Okay, maybe not embracing, how about dealing with, tolerating or coping with. <BR> <BR> In the U.S., one time my three year old called his great-uncle, "fat." I was mortified. I took him aside and corrected him. "You should never use that word," I said. I was fat. I knew I was fat, but I was in denial. Fat is not allowed in American culture. Maybe I have it wrong, but if telt to me as if we were not even allowed to use the word. We all have to deny the reality if we are fat. I was ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 04:57:12 EST Losing Weight in Africa There are quite a few things that make trying to lose weight in Zambia different than doing it in the U.S. Now I know these are going to sound weird to anyone out there who might read this but they are true. <BR> <BR> First, most people who have a job in Africa also have a maid, househelp, housekeeper, or cook, and a gardener. It is a way of helping the economy by providing a job, and you are considered stingy if you do not employ someone. However, it is embarrassing for me to exercise i... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 03:14:30 EST I didn't wanna do it Well, I finally did it. I measured my various body parts, arm, thigh, waist and hips. I did not want to do that. There are several reasons why. Frankly, the numbers themselves are just frightening and I would prefer not to know how bad they really are. Besides that, I have a pretty big fear of failure, not just for this but in everything. So measuring myself now and then again in a month, might only prove that I have accomplished nothing. <BR> <BR> BUT! since I have been consisten... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 04:05:20 EST Love the Nutrition Tracker I have been using the nutrition tracker religiously for a few weeks now and have seen some weight finally start to come off. Yea! The daily feedback charts really helped me to see some of my favorites as not helpful to eat when trying to lose weight. I have changed from eating granola in the morning to eating oatmeal. These two are fairly equivalent in keeping me feeling full but the oatmeal has way fewer calories. 250 calores saved every day. I also have finally ditched my coffee/cream... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 05:46:49 EST Keep Going I have been exercising for years but have not lost weight. I enjoy exercise and probably average 3 times a week over the last 6 years or more but am not in terribly good shape. I am at least 50 pounds overweight. Last year I got plantar fasciitis in my foot which derailed me for many months. I have to limit greatly my high-impact workouts. My foot is somewhat better now and my goal is now five workouts a week including one day of running. <BR> <BR> I have never been fond of dieting. ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 04:26:04 EST