GEEVIE's SparkPeople Blog GEEVIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Fight to be Normal I resist very strongly the idea of being "normal" or doing things to "fit in." I think we should be our own fabulous and individual selves no matter what that is... but the fact of the matter is we live in a very specific physical world. When you don't "fit" into it, life becomes a series of stressful events that remind you that you're different than everyone else, and not in a good way. Instead you're delegated to the sidelines while the world around you goes on blissfully unaware how hurtfu... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 05:32:21 EST Starting Over Though I've been walking roughly 5 miles a day, three to four days a week, my scale has not been my friend. I'm losing inches and can see my body changing but the weight on the scale fluctuates between the same four pounds, even though I saw a dramatic loss (once in three weeks) initially. <BR> <BR> Finding the proper balance with food has been an issue in that I've been having low blood sugar problems trying to stay on the restricted calorie plan. I don't have these issues if I'm not polic... Fri, 25 May 2012 20:19:54 EST Enable-bodied Recently a very overweight man reached out to Dr. Phil as a last-ditch effort not to eat himself to an early grave. His weight had tipped over 700 pounds and he had to be lifted out of his home. It's such an extreme scenario many people want to know how something like this happens. <BR> <BR> In a size-obsessed world where your value is based largely on how you look, how are we getting to the place where 300 is the new 200? <BR> <BR> We obviously get by with a little help from our friends. <... Sun, 20 May 2012 17:05:50 EST Obesity It's a harsh word, isn't it? Even harsher when you see it written on your medical record. In that environment, that is how I am defined. An obese woman that has to be fixed. I can forget this in every other part of the world except within the confines of a sterile doctor's exam room. <BR> <BR> Then I have to face facts. <BR> <BR> I'm in danger of dying younger because of the toll my excess weight is putting on the body. <BR> <BR> In that environment I know I'm being judged to have more he... Sat, 19 May 2012 15:12:58 EST One Step Stronger Today while I was doing an unscheduled walk at my favorite park and getting in my 8000 steps, it occurred to me that with every step I make I'm getting stronger. It's become a quest really, to work as hard as I can to make things right within myself. <BR> <BR> They're not right and only I can fix it. I spent so many years looking for a hero when that hero was already inside of me, hidden like Sleeping Beauty, ready to awaken when I finally could fall in love with myself enough to save me fro... Sat, 12 May 2012 04:49:45 EST 108,577 Steps in One Week Essentially I walked the equivalent of 50+ miles in one week. This is a pretty big achievement for me. Whenever I turn my focus toward weight loss, I always do the food thing first and then work my way up to the exercise. Historically speaking exercise has always been my least favorite adjustment of the two, so I put it off as long as possible. I can dump the sugar, I can even go Vegan, and manage these changes for at least a month or more with hardly any effort at all. The only time I add th... Fri, 11 May 2012 03:50:57 EST Day of Rest Today was my scheduled day of rest and I'm happy to report my foot is as almost as good as new. I'm ready to hit the trails tomorrow for some serious walkin.' I missed going out and playing today, which is a very good sign. <BR> <BR> I also had some really good Non-scale victories, not the least of which was being able to look down and see boobage rather than tummy. Slow and steady wins the race, eh?? <BR> <BR> It's the little things that count the most... like having a few extra inches b... Thu, 10 May 2012 05:09:15 EST Puttering and Sputtering... Today was another hard one. It was my third day to walk approximately five miles in one stretch. This time I took the hubs with me and he praised me for being able to do that particular walk more than once, especially at the level I've been going at it - which is, as per my usual, full steam ahead. <BR> <BR> The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I fear I may have hurt myself in my zeal to make these dramatic changes RIGHT NOW. I've been experiencing some pain in my right foot, on the ... Wed, 9 May 2012 04:41:26 EST The First 1000 Steps are the Hardest After taking a couple of days off of my mega walking routine it dawned on me that the idea of "a body in motion tends to stay in motion" is really true. When I'm active every day it's so much easier to stay active. The minute this body is at rest, that's all it wants to do. The first steps were the hardest. I felt heavy, lethargic and my enthusiasm, which had been running on all cylinders, was fizzling out. Of course after I got going (and at my park that's easy to do because it's HUGE) I eve... Tue, 8 May 2012 03:56:32 EST Ginger@Large Sat, 9 Feb 2008 10:55:20 EST The No Diet Zone. Sat, 9 Feb 2008 10:54:36 EST The first step. Sat, 9 Feb 2008 10:53:47 EST