REBIRTHDIVA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=REBIRTHDIVA REBIRTHDIVA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ My March Madness… Absence Presence and BEing healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671206 Wow. It really has been a while since I have regularly shown my own page some love. Been meaning to do this update since the beginning of the month, but better late than never. <BR> <BR> First off, I want to thank everyone for all the lovely birthday wishes last month. Even though I was not feeling my best physically I had an awesome day and felt truly blessed. Turning 48 wasn’t that bad. <em>211</em> 50 here I come! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I guess early on in March I decided that I ne... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:55:41 EST TGIF... just laugh a little! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669815 Every time I watch this video I can't help but smile and laugh! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1q3<BR>zwYx_R0 </link> <BR> <BR> Her laugh is absolutely contagious! Who knew riding a roller coaster could be that much fun <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> This morning it inspired me. In the park where I walk there are swings. I remember having so much fun as a kid just swinging so this morning I decided I would do just that. Before I left the park I let the kid in me have some... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:25:26 EST Let the music move you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575618 Yesterday when I woke up I was just not feeling it. The thought of going to the park for a walk was just not doing it for me. Heck, I’d exercised every day for 2 weeks 1 day off wasn’t going to hurt me. Yeah. Right. Sure. <BR> <BR> Well, I don’t have to go to the park. I can walk around my complex. C’mon! you can do that. At least for 10 minutes. That’s not too bad, is it?! So out the door I go. Most of the walk I didn’t listen to my music. I was doing my version of a walking meditation, rep... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:14:32 EST Hear me ROAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570472 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l10340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My morning walk was AWESOME! First off I’m grateful there is a park about 5 minutes away that has a track, about .7 mile. It’s a lovely little park with a small garden area for butterflies. It was a tad chilly this morning, about 32. Here in southeast Texas that’s downright cold. But I was out there. So I pull in the parking lot, look around, I am the only person there! <em>334</em> It was early, but it wasn’t that... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:59:21 EST Giving thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552080 This morning I came across this prayer and it really touched me so I wanted to share it on this day of giving thanks. Be present. Give thanks now... <BR> <BR> I Am Thanking You Right Now <BR> <BR> Dear God <BR> <BR> I want to thank you for what you have already done. <BR> <BR> I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards, I am thanking you right now. <BR> <BR> I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better, I am thanking you right now. <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:55:51 EST Great SP article "5 Emotional Roadblocks That Are Keeping You Fat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551404 Thanks CHERYL_ANNE for sharing this great article! Some things to consider as we navigate our journey to better health through weight loss during this holiday season. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1969 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:00:01 EST Progress is progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675776789.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88745312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a couple of reminders to just do it. Period. I'm especially feeling the slow progress one. Slow and steady is for me. <BR> <BR> Keep on sparking, fellow sparkers! Keep on sparking! Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:41:03 EST Buckle up and enjoy the ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541881 Let’s face it. There are times when I’m feeling super frustrated with my weight. That dang scale just ain’t moving fast enough. Why is this taking so freaking long?!? Why can’t I just be smaller NOW?!? Guess what… that’s just now how it is or how it’s gonna be. Period. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l823022397.jpg"> <BR> During my previous attempts at releasing this weight this is usually where and when I started to give up and give in. Sometimes gradually. Other time... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:23:27 EST what matters most... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536583 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1611572504.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love this image. It always makes me smile <em>30</em> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 12:59:53 EST Why Not?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535934 I know, I know. Writing, journaling, blogging can be extremely therapeutic. And still I resist. Why?!? <BR> <BR> Time to stop fighting and surrender. I might not do it every day, but I will definitely do it more often. This self-censuring is not helpful and counterproductive. So here goes… <BR> <BR> At least 2 times weekly it would be helpful for me to just “write it out.” Or should I say “blog it out.” I have been doing this dance long enough to know that expressing what I am feeling by w... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 15:26:42 EST my morning workout buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486023 Well, not exactly <em>211</em> He's more like my morning workout interrupter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1742614418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what happens when I do not rub him enough with my feet before I start my workout. He plops down at my feet, belly up. Master Yoda rules the house! <em>246</em> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:23:54 EST inspirational yoga instructor... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482610 I saw this yesterday on sparkpeople and it really inspired me: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-<BR>detail.asp?video=109 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Never give up! <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:02:59 EST 8 years later… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477784 It’s hard to believe. 8 years ago hurricane Katrina had just ravaged my city, my home, New Orleans; and I was watching it all unfold on tv at my friend’s house in Alexandria. Unreal. Surreal. <BR> <BR> My mom and I left the Sunday before it hit but my stepfather stayed behind. He was determined to stay and watch over home and property. When we left that morning I honestly believed that we would be back in 2 weeks at most. That was 8 years ago. <BR> <BR> The house survived the actual hurric... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:32:52 EST Golden Jill Scott love this song! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477684 This song makes me smile! <BR> <BR> Live your life like it's golden! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QCXr79Rkcw </link> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:56:57 EST I’m gettin’ into the groove! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456422 Thanks to my lovely local public library I have been working out with Jillian Michaels. I must be crazy! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I was inspired by my sparkfriend PIXIE-LICIOUS to actually give her a try. I originally wanted to check out 30 day shred just for grins and giggles but the wait list is rather long; so I decided after checking out reviews on Amazon to try ripped in 30. I picked up a copy from the library last week. WOW. I am definitely getting my butt kicked, but I’m kinda liking ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:05:41 EST a lil nsv! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446880 well, i was shopping (more like browsing <em>211</em> ) and i decided i wanted to try on some pants just for grins and giggles. for the first time in over 5 years i was able to fit into a size 18! <em>244</em> 2 years ago i had to buy the same style in size 22. i was so happy i almost shed a tear in the dressing room. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> just a little confirmation that i am definitely still moving in the right direction. it might take me a while to get there, but i'm gonna make i... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:40:44 EST July recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440845 Yes, it’s over! Call it a day! Haha! So looks like the scale is finally showing me some love. It finally moved below 217! Lost .8 lb. <em>334</em> it ain’t much but I will take it. It has been almost 2 months since the last time it showed any progress. Now because I have the tendency to obsess with the scale I had to put it back out of sight. Ugh! Otherwise I would be checking it every day several times a day. Know thyself! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> On another good note I worked out 28 of... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:58:56 EST Never Quit Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438512 Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> <BR> I pledge to stay... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:28:45 EST Free is Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431743 I am so grateful for sparkpeople and ALL of the amazing insightful information I have access to without cost! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Finding this site has been such a tremendous blessing. And I know that for me the fact this it is free is helping me navigate ‘plateauville’ without all the guilt and shame I would be feeling if were still ‘paying to lose weight.’ <em>39</em> Those shame gremlins would be working overtime, and I am sure the pounds would be packing on instead of remaining... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:59:27 EST So now what?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425701 Welcome to plateauville! So happy to be here! Ummm, no not really. <em>24</em> Truth is I’m kinda frustrated. The scale is not giving me the numbers I want, and that sucks! Big time. But this time I refuse to give up. Ain’t gonna do it. No way. <BR> <BR> Even though the pounds appear to be hanging on for dear life (hanging on my butt, thighs and tummy!) <em>246</em> I continue to exercise and eat better. No, I’m not on a diet because if I were I would probably have given up by now; n... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:56:18 EST What?! No music?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402675 The other morning I was in such a hurry to get out the door and in the car to my morning walk before the sun was glaring I forgot my ipod shuffle. <em>198</em> I briefly thought about turning around. Yes, it’s that important, but that redlight is a very loooong light and I did not wanna do it again. <em>24</em> So off I went to the park without music. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I came to the realization that for me walking, especially with music I like is so important to me; and not jus... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:56:50 EST REMIX!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388135 Just couldn’t do it. Could not finish chalean extreme. <em>24</em> Not because it was too hard (it was challenging, don’t get it twisted!) <em>33</em> I just got bored! And I’m not surprised. <BR> <BR> I made it to day 68 and I was done. The strength workouts changed every 30 days, 3 days a week, 3 different routines. And I had made it to the 3rd phase, woohoo! But I wasn’t feeling it anymore, so I stopped. Meh. Remix! That was 2 weeks ago. Last week I did mostly brazil butt lift and ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:49:40 EST Month one is done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335538 Finished my 1st month of Chalean Extreme today, and I weighed in. Finally the scale is moving again! <em>224</em> It’s only 1.4lbs but I will take it. <em>211</em> Lost 4.25 inches too. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Honestly I was not expecting huge drop in pounds, if any. Even though the number has the potential to be disappointing (only 1.4 lb in 2 months!) I am determined to keep on keeping on. I refuse to give up and give in. I might not be able to physically see or measure the changes... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:23:05 EST lazy sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323009 Don't think the workout is gonna happen today. Had a beautiful day yesterday with a good friend that went much later than expected. We had alot of catching up to do. Woke up this morning late and dragging; but I was determined to finish our mini "garden" and grill something! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1594479385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am so looking forward to the tomatoes and green and red sweet peppers from our garden <em>334</em> And today with some of t... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 17:13:45 EST Monthly weigh in – NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304393 Well, today’s the day. I was NOT feeling like getting on the scale. I knew the number would not make me happy. And it didn’t. no loss this month. <em>24</em> Now the old me would have been so upset, would have gotten on the shame train straight to some bad emotional eating. I would have let the number dictate whether or not I was a success or a failure. And honestly for a split second I was there. But shame was not going to win this morning! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I weigh in and take ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:21:28 EST Let’s try this again… Chalean Extreme day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302173 This morning I decided was AM finally ready to tackle Chalean Extreme. I have had the program for at least 4 years, <em>2</em> and the when I tried it then I confess I was not ready for it. I couldn’t afford to buy all the extra free weights to do it but I did have more than enough resistance bands to get it done. I got frustrated very easily with the whole dang thing! All the lunges <em>33</em> and squats and super SLOW lifting. And pushups! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I wasn’t ready to... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:13:23 EST My name is Jeannie, and I am an emotional eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299629 Today is one of those days where in the past I would have been eating junk like crazy! Ugh!!!! <em>40</em> I am so grateful of the changes I have made these past 2 years. <BR> <BR> This morning would have probably started at mcd’s with a chicken biscuit meal and a coke; and lunch maybe at kfc or popeye’s. And of course there would have been the mandatory trip to the grocery store for a bag of chips, some Milano double chocolate cookies and a 2 liter of coca cola. Yessss. <em>4</em> <... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:27:55 EST subway saved me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284275 phew! <BR> <BR> woke up this morning craving a hamburger. i'm not talking about mcd's or bk. i mean a real good real deal hamburger, with bacon, cheese, the works! with fries, of course! <em>4</em> but i could not give in. not today. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> so i ended up going to subway instead. <em>43</em> ham on honey oat with no mayo and lots of veggies! no soda either. <BR> <BR> i'm downright proud of myself because the burger was calling my name <em>211</em> another n... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:26:33 EST I'm eating what?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233084 I’m eating what?!? <BR> If someone had told me on 12/31 that by the end of January I would be eating oatmeal for breakfast on a regular basis I would have looked at them as if they had lost their ever loving mind! For the past 20+ years I have been avoiding eating oatmeal like it is the plague. I mean come on, the texture the taste the smell. Must have had some really bad experience with it to avoid it like that. <BR> <BR> Now look at me. Not only am I eating oatmeal, I am cooking it with un... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:15:21 EST Put the scale away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229151 The scale is evil! <BR> <BR> –heavy sigh- <BR> <BR> One thing I have learned on my journey is I cannot weigh myself every week. It started when I was first doing weight watchers. I was really good for about 3 months. I was going to meetings and everything. Heck I even lost 20 pounds! And that was during the holidays. But then I started to notice that when it was getting close to weighin day I was constantly on the scale. Just about every hour on the hour. I began to obsess about the numbe... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:18:31 EST slow and steady... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205388 sometimes i really do feel like i am the slowest loser. ugh!!! <em>39</em> it took me 14 months to lose 30 lb. gained back 5 during the holidays. feels like i am never gonna see the 190's again... that's a bad day. <BR> <BR> even though i hate to admit it a loss is still a loss. when the scale hit 257 i was mortified, pissed off angry and bitter. <em>28</em> i vowed to myself that was my big wakeup call. that's it! time to get this weight under control once and for all. <BR> <BR> i ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:39:42 EST