REBAP123's SparkPeople Blog REBAP123's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The "dreaded blog"!!!! <BR> <BR> Ok....truth time! I am afraid of that little red button on the right that says "BLOG"!!! <BR> <BR> When I started on spark people over a year ago I was amazed and overwhelmed. I knew that this was going to be an exciting journey. I got right into the tracking nutrition and tracking exercise. I even formed a group of friends that I visit with every morning who have been there with their amazing support and motivation. But.....the one thing I haven't quite gotten into is... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 12:38:38 EST Go with the flow.... I haven't posted a blog for awhile and just realized it's because life is just sort of flowing big ups and no big downs. I seem to get the urge to write only when I'm celebrating a new weight loss or a new accomplishment. <BR> <BR> I decided today, that having life peacefully "flowing along" is worth an even bigger celebration! It means that this healthier lifestyle is just part of me now. I don't fret over not losing every week, missing an exercise day, going out to eat wi... Sun, 17 May 2009 09:45:42 EST On a quest for a buried treasure You know how the old joke goes..."At my age, my body and my fat have become good friends. They don't say good-by easily". How very very true! I'm over half way to my goal but things are S-L-O-W-I-N-G down and it's hard some days to keep plugging away. I've been hitting those darn plateaus and have been trying all the "tricks" to break them....eating to the high end of my calories, and then then low end, varying my exercise type, varying the length of my exercise..always trying to "fool" my... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 10:29:05 EST Welcome to the Hen House When I was a little girl, I used to help gather eggs with my cousins in Iowa. The hen house was a strange, exciting place for this city girl. It was warm, cozy, noisy, safe, secure....lots of activity and clucking going on by those fat fluffy old hens. I would sneak my hand into a nest and sometimes, it was empty and I would feel a little sad, but then the next one would be filled with beautiful brown or white eggs! It was like finding a little stash of gold! <BR> <BR> Spark People is ... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 14:00:53 EST The Ups and Downs I've been struggling with a couple plateaus since Christmas. The weight was not coming off every week as it had been in the past. I couldn't figure out what was happening. I wasn't gaining, just sitting like a lump. Even though I had my wonderful friends cheering me on and helping me, it was getting a little frustrating. <BR> <BR> The scale has now begun to slide down for two weeks in a row and I think I'm finally on the move again. The only thing that I can figure out is that I had be... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 09:10:19 EST The sins of a Salt-oholic.... It is a beautiful Monday morning and I am celebrating in the idea that "all sins of the weekend are forgiven and all things begin anew on Mondays." I tell myself that because if I were an alcoholic, I'd have been on a binger over the weekend! As it is, I woke up feeling my stiff fingers and bloated belly and know that it will take a good day of water to flush the salt from my system! <BR> <BR> It all started last week when my DH and I had gone into the city shopping at the Wholefoods Mark... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 10:31:48 EST It's not the Name that counts...... Fat Buster's, Sugar Busters, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, Pritkins, and the list goes on..... In the 40 years that I've been dieting, I think I've tried all of these and more only to find that for some reason or another they won't work for me or I can't feel good about them. I find that when I deny myself a certain food such as sugar, carbohydrates, fats, or protein - the diet will fail. I begin to find myself eating poorly. I begin to think in terms of points, carbs, or fat grams... Sat, 24 Jan 2009 09:53:37 EST The road not taken.. The wellness message for today compared life to a marathon....running down the road never knowing when the race will end, but making the most of the journey. I couldn't help but think that this is the same road that we take when we work toward better health and a better lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Picture this - we're traveling down the road and the goal is a slimmer healthier person. We meet friends along the way. People are jogging or walking slowly beside us. Some of us have a longer trip t... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 10:20:58 EST The Natural "High"! When I was in high school and college, I was one of those people that didn't need drugs or alcohol to feel "high" on life. I used to say that I'm just "naturally high"! I was involved in everything, and popped out of bed alert, and excited to start the day. Then came jobs, marriage, children, age, and probably 80 lbs of ugly fat and that bubbly, perky little person disappeared. She would peek back into my life on occasions, but sadly, less and less as the years went on. <BR> <BR> I'm reti... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 09:19:27 EST No pain no gain.... New Years resolution and also New Sparks resolution....daily exercising and adding more strength to work on this balloon tummy!! The first day, I went gung ho and whizzed though a 30 minute pilates cd that I hadn't used in two years...could hardly get out of bed the next day....OH PAIN!!!! I hadn't realized that I even had any muscles in that flabby tummy anymore, but what little I did have were complaining loudly! I know that you're not supposed to do the program more than ... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 10:14:51 EST The Amazing shrinking woman! It's the end of another month and measurement time again. I was so worried about the month of December because of all the treats and temptations I knew I'd have to face. I also had to get through a week in New Orleans. Last year I gained 10 lbs while visiting! Yikes! <BR> I used every strategy that I read about on Sparks people. <BR> 1- I made low calorie food to bring to a weekend Christmas get together with friends. <BR> 2- I didn't bake one cookie until my son arrived so he was h... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 09:49:57 EST Back in the land of Healthy food Having just returned from a New Orleans vacation, I have to admit that I'm so thrilled to be back to food that is NOT fried, NOT overly spiced, NOT fatty. Even though I was trying really hard to eat only tastes of all the things, I spent the last few day, feeling slightly queasy and sluggish. I craved salads (without fancy dressings) and simple grilled chicken breast. My body was starting to rebel and I spent one evening feeling pretty terrible. <BR> Today, I will start a 4 day cleansing p... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 09:49:39 EST