SEAGIRLRUN's SparkPeople Blog SEAGIRLRUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I do not think it means what you think it means.. Plateau.... <BR> <BR> Avril Lavigne sings it....Keep holding on...I would prefer that it didn't relate to me and the plateau I'm on. <BR> <BR> I've maintained the same weight for 3 months! <BR> <BR> I don't think it's always about what people want to believe it's know, "My darn body is just stuck!" This time, it's not my body getting stuck and comfortable, it's about me getting comfortable. Relaxing the standards during the journey. Is it sabotage, because I really do want t... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:32:51 EST I'm stuck on you... Well, going into another weekend, no weight loss. in another weird gain and stay period. been stuck in the 150's for a while. was only 1 lb away from the 140s but, alas, no...still struggling. a friend said, I remember when you were stuck in the 160s! So, that should put me in perspective. <BR> <BR> I am saying to myself as if it's optimistic, "Just think, someday soon, you'll be stuck in the 140s!" <BR> <BR> Be patient. sheesh. But, keep moving and stay on track and track and track. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:51:16 EST Ammonia smell? Pretty scientific! So I googled it and learned a lot about physiology and science! Great article on how your body uses protein and carbs. Please read! Now I have proof that I should eat a little carb before I work out! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> or just read the article here! <BR> By: Jeremy Likness Sep 02, 2003 <BR> <BR> Email More <BR> <BR> A reader asked me to address the issue of "ammonia smell" when working out. Many of us have experienced this - especially during... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 14:58:06 EST True can't edit the Wii Fit history! I'm 5 lbs from my goal weight. Ok, my Weight Watchers goal weight. Ok, the highest weight that Weight Watchers would allow me to choose in order to not have to pay for meetings anymore. <BR> <BR> Do I sound a little self-deprecating? HA! <BR> <BR> I was standing on my Wii fit board this morning and looked back over the past 3 years in the weight history. It's cool that i can see that, the periods of activity and commitment, the areas that were blank between those periods...I can't imag... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:29:29 EST What a loser! Feeling guilty for losing 3.2 lbs. in a week? Would you believe that after working my butt off for 6 weeks on one of the 28 day bootcamps (I know, 6 weeks is more than 28 days, I kept starting over whenever I missed a day until I met the commitment-goofball), with an average loss of less than 1 lb a week, I weighed in this morning down 3.2 lbs....and I'm telling you this because I actually felt a little guilty, asking myself if I did everything I could to lose slowly, eating all my nutritional requirements and even going over plenty! <BR... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:57:50 EST I finished the 28 day bootcamp challenge - I rock! -and so can you!!! I finished my bootcamp today! <BR> <BR> What an incredible feeling to have committed to this and accomplished it! My body has really made some incredible changes and now, EVERYTHING is different! It isn't just that I dropped a pants size and lost 6 lbs. either. When you make a commitment to do yourself some good, lots of other good happens too, lots of other commitments... <BR> <BR> About my body though, I feel so motivated to make this body soo freakin incredible! To dress like a Fembot... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:13:17 EST A little alcohol goes a long way...toward the dark side! Last week I was hormonal and I was hoping I was just retaining water. But, I went to weigh in wearing as little as possible that also included undergarments (lol) and found I was down .2 lbs. I'm taking it! After all, I'm always the first to say, "1/4 lb lost is still going in the right direction, babe! One stick of butter less on my shiney hiney! I figured (mistakenly) that once my body went into it's regular cycle again a great loss would show up the next week. <BR> <BR> Well, here I ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:29:03 EST Captain's Log, Star Date 4.5.2012 Today was day 18 in the Sparkpeople's 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge <BR> ...dragging in the morning still... <BR> Did my requisite bootcamp video <BR> then 46 min. of Zumba. <BR> Totally did not want to do cardio again today, but forced myself. <BR> Tomorrow I will probably eat first then exercise later because apparently I am either not sleeping well, hormonal or I'm just plain hungry OR.....Still need to get iron supplements. <BR> <BR> At least it's done! woot woot! Thu, 5 Apr 2012 12:06:26 EST Choosing to splurge, but making some good choices! Omg, tonite was our meal out, the one day of the week where I eat my "whatever I want within (some modicum) of reason" meal. We went to the restaurant a few blocks away, famous for it's creole-cajun cuisine, ie. tres fattening!. We didn't stop there, one little drink gave us the bright idea to stop at the store for a slice of cake to share and ice cream. I also thought it clever to grab some hot fudge...Luckily, I haven't missed a day of exercise in nearly a month and I love that I could make... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:57:38 EST Pizza Pizza Pizza <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you love pizza like we do, then give this one a try. It's quick, easy, affordable and most of all, easy on your waistline! <BR> <BR> Instead of going out for pizza tonite, which could realistically have 2000 calories and 50 grams of fat (and that doesn't include the beer!), why not try this very satisfying pie! At 500 calorie and 13.9 gr fat, your body will be very pleased tomorrow morning, and there's no g... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 09:12:51 EST Is your breakfast making you hungry? Yesterday after I worked out, I had a beautiful bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, walnuts and a smidge of dried fruit. It was delicious, but I neglected to eat some protein with all those carbs and the result was that I was famished the rest of day. I just couldn't get full, and I blame it on my breakfast! Whenever I eat a balanced breakfast, including healthy fat, protein and carb, I am satisfied for many hours! Anyway, it reminded me that my favorite breakfast also happens to be the thin... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:12:12 EST Need to laugh and have 5 minutes? Do you need an attitude adjustment? <BR> <BR> Watch this hilarious video from Mad TV with Bob Newhart. I consider it a public service announcement for all of us in denial. <BR> <BR> Have a great night! <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:10:39 EST Want a guilt-free iced Chai Tea Latte???? Yesterday, when I had already planned all my points and sparkpeople calories, I found myself trying to figure out to how to make a great satisfying treat without going over for the day, so I revised the Starbucks Yummy Iced Chai Latte that my sweetie and I love so much! <BR> <BR> The result was a convincing refreshing chai latte for less than 20 calories! Try it today! <BR> <BR> So, go to the grocery store and buy the Tazo Chai Tea box of tea bags (instead of the carton of liquid.) <BR> ... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:08:07 EST Have you tried brown Basmati rice? Regular brown rice aint got nothin' on this little gem! <BR> <BR> Brown Basmati Rice, also known as popcorn rice because of it's awesome flavor has 2 grams of fiber per serving! The flavor totally rocks and goes with anything. Teriyaki, American, Spanish, whatever! <BR> <BR> Cook with 1/2 or all chicken broth for extra yumminess! be careful not to burn though because brown rice has to cook for so long, it's easy to burn if you don't have enough water or turn the stove down to low. <BR> ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:51:31 EST Bootcamp high: Why Re-Start #3 feels good I have done all the work of the 28 day bootcamp challenge, well, ....with one caveot...I keep missing a day every week. or two, then making it up by completing missed daily videos the next day. Because I have made a goal to do it to plan, I keep having to start over so I can do a complete 28 day cycle without missing a day of the program. <BR> <BR> So, today is ANOTHER day 1. Why am I happy? Because I'm working out like crazy! I have been very consistent and even though I'm missing 1 or ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:41:21 EST Wanna mostly guilt-free drink to go with that Mexican food? I borrow this term and the recipe from a Weight Watchers meeting; a Mockarita <BR> <BR> Pour over ice and stir the following: <BR> 1 jigger or about 1.5 oz tequila <BR> .5 oz triple sec (optional, but mm mm good) <BR> 2 Tbsp lime juice or the juice of 1/2 lime <BR> 6-8 oz diet lemon lime soda <BR> 1 oz fresh squeezed orange or tangerine juice (1/2 tangerine) ...for a little extra sweet <BR> <BR> drink!!! makes 2 modest drinks or drink it all yourself, cuz there are only about 170 in the who... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:10:58 EST Week 6 on WW slow going Hmm.... <BR> I'm in week 6 on Weight Watchers. I am a lifetime member. My memory is that I lost pretty easily back when I got my Lifetime status in 2000, but it came kinda slow. It took about 6 months to lose 27 lbs. That's only about 4.5 lbs per month. But, I got there and stayed for many years until just a few years ago when I had a very stressful job, and a divorce and found 10-20 creeping pounds. <BR> <BR> For the past 5 years I've been struggling with the same 20 lbs., er, 25, well... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:56:18 EST I hit 10,000 Sparkpoints today! Woot woot! <BR> <BR> 10,000 sparkpoints. Level 11. This thing goes to 11!!! <BR> <BR> Yup, that and more! <BR> <BR> so much more. <BR> <BR> I love all the learning and fun I've had here on Sparkpeople and try every day to learn something more. <BR> <BR> Oh happy day! <BR> See you tomorrow, <BR> Rebecca Mon, 5 Mar 2012 22:30:34 EST And speaking of living in the moment... I keep reading from a lot of you a similar coming to terms story...the one about loving yourself now instead of waiting to be happy when you finally reach some far away goal. <em>192</em> How coming to terms with your body and allowing yourself to have some body esteem RIGHT NOW is the most healthy thing you can do for yourself. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> In fact aiming for good self esteem and just plain being happy with yourself right now will put you in a better position to contin... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 22:17:02 EST a little rant about family saboteurs... My Mother in law is a saboteur. she is at least 100 lbs overweight and is so short that she is about as wide as she is tall, with very short little stick legs and a giant round apple body. She has developed a serious knee problem now and can hardly make it up the stairs in her home. She talks about how old she is and with her husband, how old they are. THEY ARE ONLY 63! <BR> <BR> Her Mother died at 62 when she was only in her 20's and I think her perception of the 60's is that it is time... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 14:14:40 EST Weight Watchers PointsPlus Calculator Weight Watchers is so popular that they are having problems keeping the calculators in stock. If you don't have etools, it makes it darn near impossible to stay on the new plan without the calculator, so they have it on their website for use to anyone! <BR> <BR> Here's the link! <link><BR>eway/gateway_dyn_3col.aspx?pageid=1217911 </link> <BR> <BR> If you are a Weight Watchers member, see you at a meeting in Kennesaw, GA! If not, consider going....i... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:16:54 EST Slow Progress! OMG, Why does it bother me so much? Just wondering if there are others out there who are barely losing on Weight Watchers new plan? <BR> <BR> I love the plan, because I love vegetables and fruit and don't eat junk food. <BR> I eat nearly all whole foods except our night out each week. <BR> I track every bite! <BR> I have been eating all my points, and getting my fats in too! <BR> I have been exercising a lot, eating exactly to plan and the scale is barely moving. <BR> Words of encouragement I have heard (that haven't helped ... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:07:46 EST Holy Thigh Burners, Batman! OMG, a 7 day Sparkstreak! Doesn't seem like much, but this streak is different.... <BR> I actually exercised 7 days in a row. I usually tank on the weekends, but not this time! <BR> <BR> Now, I'm nuts about making this streak last. I was inspired by reading another Sparkpeople blogger's exercise streak! Can't remember who now, but I sure am grateful you wrote your post that day! ;) <BR> <BR> I even joined the 28 day bootcamp to help keep me there! Day 2 of bootcamp, day 8 of exerci... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:35:00 EST Hey you (my) body! I get to say how this goes! but, I'm listening... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't have a work out buddy. <BR> I don't have a real live motivating buddy....sniff sniff. <BR> So, I drug my butt back to a Weight Watchers meeting today and checked in. <BR> <BR> I'm a lifetime member. A naughty one. <BR> <BR> Would you believe I was mad? Mad that I hadn't been in a year, and I have to admit that even though I lost 1.8 lbs in a year exactly one year ago to the day since I checked in last... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 23:20:34 EST Letter to Sparkpeople...Ad Dept???? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the popup that appeared when I hovered over the blue letters "comfort food" while reading the article "7 comfort Foods that are good for you." <BR> <BR> What the HELL Sparkpeople???? <BR> <BR> Talk about the power of suggestion....Now, I just wanna go get some real comfort food like that cheeseburger!!!---NOT the oatmeal and yogurt that you include in your article as things that will satisfy my winter com... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:25:48 EST Happy New Year! Here's to trying new things and living in the moment! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 23:23:08 EST Are you really USING Sparkpeople? I read a question from a team member and thought I would share my answer with you. Over the last few months, I have read so many questions where it is obvious people have no idea how comprehensive this site really is! If you don't know nutrition this place is for you. Use it and learn! You just need to spend a little time exploring and reading the articles! I promise, it works! <BR> <BR> Are you tracking your food? Do you know that the resources go way beyond calories? Well, if you a... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:30:01 EST The power of a sequin! How am I doing? hee hee hee <BR> <BR> ...Ok, ok, ok,, my best friend came from out of town to go to a dog show and she asked if I wanted to go along. Naturally, you can imagine I had nothing to wear!!!! <BR> <BR> She forced me to go to TJMAXX. We never made it to Ross, but I have to say it was so great to finally see some cute clothes back on the racks after a few years of duds. <BR> <BR> I have lost 15 lbs now and my size 14s are literally falling off and I can almost pull o... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:48:46 EST Cel-A-Brate Today Come ON!!!! It's my celebration!! WOOT WOOT WOOT WOOT!!! I AM DOING IT!!! I CAN SUCCEED! <BR> <BR> OMG!!!! Yea BABY, yea! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to report that today is my 8th week of my "forever" commitment to myself and my body and after 8 full weeks (back) on Sparkpeople, I weighed in this morning at exactly 15 lbs lost! <BR> <BR> It's no miracle, I read every article I can on sparkpeople and all my emails. I track everything I eat, for better or for worse. I probably give the most credit to monitoring my nutrition... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:29:06 EST Cel-A-Brate Today Come ON!!!! It's my celebration!! WOOT WOOT WOOT WOOT!!! I AM DOING IT!!! I CAN SUCCEED! <BR> <BR> OMG!!!! Yea BABY, yea! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to report that today is my 8th week of my "forever" commitment to myself and my body and after 8 full weeks (back) on Sparkpeople, I weighed in this morning at exactly 15 lbs lost! <BR> <BR> It's no miracle, I read every article I can on sparkpeople and all my emails. I track everything I eat, for better or for worse. I probably give the most credit to monitoring my nutrition... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:29:06 EST Right This Minute...TODAY...NOW..You CAN choose! No matter what happened yesterday, no matter what happened last week, or last month or last year or last decade, or how bad your pms was or how evil your boss is or how much your Mother-in-Law grates on your nerves, or how your husband or wife or kids don't appreciate you, just do yourself a favor and live in this minute, right now, with a good choice. <BR> <BR> Regardless of what you ate last night that you allowed yourself to feel guilty over, you have a choice to choose a good thing RIGHT... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 13:52:54 EST ATLANTANS - Please join me for a fun evening tonite! The Studio Artists Exhibition! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you are in the Acworth, GA area, you are invited to drop by for a very special event tonite featuring the 7 Artists in Residence at the Gallery 4463 Art Center! <BR> <BR> 7 artists with a very diverse range of talents will be exhibiting in the Gallery and leading studio tours! I am fortunate to have a studio i... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 11:44:48 EST The Vortex Wont Suck Me In! Ok, tonite's the night. We are going to the Vortex, home of the city's most coveted burger. <BR> <BR> Well, I've already chosen my dinner, er, poison... <BR> I am ordering a naked chicken burger, buffalo blue style, with the sauce and cheese on the side for a few little dips with my fork (a Weight Watchers trick for salad dressing). <BR> <BR> I WILL eat my fries, I'm prepared for it. Probably about half of them - Because I will probably be visualizing cellulite or something if I eat too ... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 13:29:31 EST Anatomy of a muscle pull - advice from a middle ager to the young Sparkers! So, after I "conquered" Kennesaw Mountain on Saturday I found myself nearly unable to walk by the end of the day Sunday. Found out yesterday that I have a pulled Hip Flexor. I am nursing it now. Should be 7-10 days, doc says, with care and gentle stretching. <BR> <BR> THEN, once I recover, I have to slowly build my core and continue to strength train so it doesn't happen again. In my research I read that, for some, this happens over and over. It was only then I realized that I, in fact,... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:52:29 EST Conquered Kennesaw Mountain! Hello Atlantan Sparkies! <BR> <BR> This morning was glorious for hiking! I did my fastest time ever on Kennesaw Mountain and I was beaming! I felt like a 30 something instead of a 40 something. My MF was really whining! I'm only 10 lbs down but I handled the hill better than last year when I getting ready to run the Peachtree. <BR> <BR> I am visualizing how much better I'll be at my next 5 lb. goal. when I am at my final goal, that cardio bomb will be a walk in the par... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 12:42:54 EST Burger night? pshaw! My MF (Manfriend) and I love to reward ourselves with food. This is likely the root of our weight problems! We are known for posting the incredible food we eat all over the city and also the delicious and healthy meals we make at home! It really is the going out part that is so hard. <BR> <BR> The favorite item: A burger and fries. "Hey, let's work out and eat really well so we can earn that extra splurge." Great if you're fit, not great if you have 35 lbs to lose. We know that there... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:40:22 EST Got The Spark and Soaked it! Gosh darn, just got The Spark in the mail and I'm on chapter 4 WHEN.... <BR> <BR> Today, I took it in my bag with a swim suit and my water bottle. When I pulled out the bottle it was only half full, and now I have a soggy wet The Spark, with stuck together pages like glue and cover that is disintegrating. sniff sniff. <BR> <BR> You should see me sitting here trying to fan the pages trying to get them dry so they wont have little stuck together corners, and remind me of some teenage boy... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:14:22 EST Forget you, Plateau, I'm in Charge! Only .4 lbs this week. SO WHAT? That's 2, count 'em, TWO sticks of butter, right? <BR> <BR> WOOT WOOT!! <BR> <BR> Celebrate EVERY success, baby! Because you are working hard and feel so great already in so many ways! <BR> <BR> I am trying to focus on the slow and steady mentality. Slow and steady wins the race. Why? So I don't get depressed! Because I am apparently at a plateau and the scale isn't budging. So, I am focusing on how I feel and that I am really eating what I'm saying ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:04:03 EST Feeling Sparky! THANK YOU ALL! Wow, what a month. I've really focused on getting to know this website and all it has to offer. It can be overwhelming at first, taking so much time to do everything. Last Summer, I kinda put it on hold because of the time I was taking here. Then again in Feb. <BR> <BR> But, this time, something has changed. I started interacting with you all much more, and realizing that I really do have support here and I'm not alone! <BR> <BR> My favorite thing now is reading the blog roll and ... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:52:38 EST Am I crazy to lower my goal weight? So, I had put my goal at 140 because it was near the top of my height range and the easier to achieve. Then, I thought, well, how about 135, it's what's on my driver's license! HA HA HA HA HA... <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> But my Wii fit says, "So, Rebecca, it looks like a good weight for you might be 129! How does that sound?" <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> "Well," I replied (to my Wii Fit), "that SOUNDS good." <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Am I crazy to make that my goal weight or should I stick with ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 20:57:40 EST Finally some great results, but not easy! I have not had much luck losing weight in the past year since I had to stop running due to some joint arthritis and ovarian cysts. But then things turned for the worse emotionally, too. This year, more than ever before, has been so stressful. I am in my mid-forties and experiencing aging parents, a Dad who is showing signs of dementia and a Mom who is much younger and trying to hold down the fort with me as her only support system. Plus, I gave up 6 months to find a home for them to move h... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 13:45:21 EST