BABSRA302's SparkPeople Blog BABSRA302's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Pleasant surprises! My school semester ended 5/5/10. I was excited to see it end. It meant more time to exercise, plan exciting menus and so on and so on. Well.....much to my surprise NONE of that has happened! I have at least been drinking my water, but I haven't been eating let alone exercising. So when I got up this morning I made a decision to step on the scale and start again. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I really, really was not looking forward to that little arrow pointing up! I knew it was going to happen, I ju... Fri, 14 May 2010 15:48:13 EST Finding the joy in life..has anyone seen it? 'Each day is a new chance to find joy and to dance. If you let it pass or think it useless, the chance is gone and you'll never get it back. When was the last time you played? Or just did something for the sheer fun of it? Joy is not found in the world around you, it's within yourself. You can make your own joy, especially during those dark times when you need to really feel alive again. Fun and play are healthy antidotes to taking life--and ourselves--too seriously. They're proven boosters o... Sat, 1 May 2010 14:59:35 EST makes a HUGE difference!! It sounds so simple. But how could it affect the way I feel? A simple smile, not at someone else but to myself. Myself?? Yes, I took the challenge and it works. It really honestly works. For the VERY FIRST TIME in my LIFE, I can look at the person in the mirror, smile and LOVE the reflection back. It brings tears to my eyes, because I really honestly never thought I could look at the image in the mirror and like what I see. <BR> <BR> I know this is something that has a huge impact on almost... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:02:31 EST This crazy plateau Well, this is the start of week two of my plateau. I have to admit at first I was bummed. Those negative thoughts started to flow, I thought of every meal and morsel put to my mouth and then I said WHOA! <BR> <BR> I am not a scale. Sounds funny, huh?!? But I am not. I am not going to live standing by that darn thing holding my breath until it moves. I always profess my age is just a number, I don't look or act my age, so what about the scale? <BR> <BR> This week has had a really interesti... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 21:03:06 EST BIG FAT LIES by DailySparkGuestReader Big Fat Lies <BR> Waiting for some miracle, while eating chips at night, <BR> <BR> Surfing all the channels for the diet that’s finally right, <BR> <BR> All these years of damage; I’ve starved, but gained a lot, <BR> <BR> Certainly not in the fitness department; I was a total flop! <BR> <BR> I was told th... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 14:34:58 EST A changing heart I can not believe that is has been a little over 30 days since I wrote the blog 'The heart of a fat girl'. I was a little surprised that I picked that title. I don't think I realized at the time the impact it would have on me. I can't even explain the change that has occurred, but I will try. <BR> <BR> For as long as I can remember I have been what my family calls 'heavy'. My grandmother would NEVER say that, only that there was more of me to love, as she spiked my mashed potatoes with white... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 21:22:57 EST FRUSTRATION...a rant with a funny ending! I am frustrated. <BR> <BR> But not for what you think. It has nothing to do with the scale NOT moving this week. Nothing to do with how I am eating...just great. Nothing to do with my attitude about myself or life. <BR> <BR> So what gives you say?? <BR> <BR> I am frustrated with my lack of exercise. I am addicted! I had such a good habit going, until this past week. I have end of semester blues and I can not seem to get my act together. I miss my daily exercise and it is making me cranky!... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 19:19:02 EST Mystery solved <BR> Last night I was watching the 'Biggest Looser' and could not help but wonder what happens to all the skin. I mean, some of those folks were larger than some of us at our starting point. So, where does it go? I have looked at pictures of the former contestants and see no scars from tummy tucks and face lifts. So I decided to solve this mystery, cause I know when you watch the show you all are thinking the same thing! LOL! <BR> <BR> I started to do a little research, cause inquiry minds ... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 11:49:33 EST Missing my body fat I know, I know you all think I have lost my mind...but you can't loose what you didn't have in the first place! Ha-ha <BR> <BR> The title is correct and no I have not lost my mind. But it is days like to day that have me missing my four inches of blubber from head to toe. It is damp, cold and rainy. I am sitting here in wool socks, shoes, a t-shirt and a sweater. Yes I know it is April but it is cold. I think it is the dampness that gets me. <BR> <BR> I am thinking about putting on my down... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:31:18 EST A little intense sometimes <BR> Do you ever get so focused on something that you get a little intense about it? I do. It happens often. I get to a point when I am so focused on a task that I almost have blinders on. I have been called many things because of this trait. Trust me...nothing good! <BR> <BR> I get that way about weight loss. I understand we all come from different back grounds and there are different reasons why we were so heavy. But once I figured out how to make the change I wanted everyone to make the... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 14:00:05 EST Week 7 and 3/7 I am really trying not to obsess about the scale. You are going to laugh because it isn't so much about the number on the scale. You see I have one of those 'smart' scales that remembers what you weighed from before, when you have a weight loss a little arrow points down and shows how much you lost. And if you gain, well the arrow points up..ugh! <BR> <BR> I really try to only get on the scale once a week, but sometimes I just can not help myself! I have to see which way the arrow will poin... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 08:58:51 EST Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence, Pete fell off. Who was left? I know odd title for a blog, but it is how I feel today. <BR> <BR> I started the day great, went to the Nursing Lab to practice skills for next week's test. Then, I got all the way out to the car when I realized I had left my favorite water bottle on the desk, so back I went. Then I was at Shoprite (grocery store) to get a few things, I was walking across the parking lot feeling the sun and wind in my hair. I was so preoccupied that I didn't notice my keys had fallen out of my pocket until ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 15:41:42 EST Determination The other day the weather was really nice, I was off from work and school so I decided to mow the grass. No big deal...usually. The last few times I used the mower last summer it got a little cranky and sometimes wouldn't start. So I gave the little mower an oil change, a fresh spark plug and I knew it would start. Well it didn't. My mower is a pull start. Not sure if that is the correct term but I hope you know what I mean. I pulled that cord until I thought my arm would fall off. I rested a... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 17:12:48 EST “I pledge to take charge of my life” I put the title in quotes because it was copied from another person's blog. Brittney_007, Team Leader of The Biggest Loser Workout and Makeover Club, posted a challenge in her blog. The challenge, should you choose to accept, is to take charge of your life. <BR> <BR> I like this challenge because I am tired of making excuses, I am tired of looking at the scale and STILL being over 200 lbs. This is ridiculous, this time last year I was under 200 and now I flirt with the scale like I am s... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 20:25:38 EST April goals..just a tad late! The last couple of months have been great with weight loss but the other stuff has fallen by the way side. So I think I will start small. <BR> <BR> 1. Be consistent...exercise 30 minutes a day, 3-4 day per week. <BR> Goal: cardio (at least 20 minutes, three days per week), strength training (for every major <BR> muscle group, at least two sessions per week) and flexibility training (ideally every time <BR> you exercise or at least three times per week). <BR> <... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 20:49:35 EST Glorious oatmeal I was reading someone's post or blog about how they eat two breakfast meals in a day. This helped this person get over a plateau and also helped them with their fiber intake. It sounded pretty good and I love breakfast foods, but oatmeal? <BR> <BR> Last night I did not feel like cooking, we all have those moments you know you need to eat but what to fix? As time was moving a long I realized I could either eat and loose a pound or not eat and gain 2 pounds. So I decided on oatmeal with raisi... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:02:25 EST Time Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. <BR> <BR> - H. Jackson Brown <BR> <BR> Yes, I stole/borrowed this quote from a SparkPeople email that I received this week. I couldn't help myself because this quote is so true. We all struggle with time and the thief that steals our time, but what can we do about it? I am not ... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:33:07 EST Baby steps to weight loss It feels good to get on the scale and see it decrease. We celebrate those victories, but what about the days we hold fast? We all have times when we don't eat just right, get in enough water or exercise and some how by the grace of God the scale does not move in a negative way. I wish I could bottle the way I feel now and release it on the days I feel blah or know I have not done what I should. Be I say throw off the guilt and celebrate those days too! You know why? Because we have changed o... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:08:10 EST The small victories in weight loss It seems like I have always been 'heavy', I just don't like those other words. So I have always been heavy. I have been one of those people that stretched my t-shirts before putting them on. Sometimes I had to sit down and do the big stretch over my knees. I know some of you know exactly what I am talking about, and if you don' very thankful. It just seemed like I was always stretching t-shirts, before they went into the washer, before I hung them up to dry and so on. I wear a t-shirt u... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 13:17:09 EST The heart of a fat girl There are days that I look in the mirror and can not believe it is me starring back. I keep old photos around to remind me of where I came from and how far I have come. I have to constantly remind myself that I LOOK GOOD! Am I at goal? No. Will I wear a bikini this year? Oh hell no! LOL! But I still look good, scratch that GREAT! I can look down and see my toes. Do you know how many years I spent not knowing if I had toes cause I could not see them? Some days it is not enough. I struggle wit... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:49:29 EST