APRIL-LOVE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=APRIL%2DLOVE APRIL-LOVE'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 30 Day Change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239511 In my last blog I noted that I had watched an amazing documentary about the effects meat and animal products have on your body. On December 29, 2012 I pledged to PETA to be vegan for at least 30 days! Now making this change was a little drastic for me but I'm proud to say I only had four slip ups. Now that my pledge is over I still plan on keeping this lifestyle change because I feel so great!! My body feels awful if I try to eat any animal products now. My skin feels and looks so much better... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:23:50 EST Learning To Be Vegan - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181237 So yesterday was my actual first day turning to a vegan lifestyle but I'm finally getting a chance to write this so here it goes... <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had apple cinnamon oatmeal which wasn't sweetened at all and I actually enjoyed that better and REALLY tasted my food and took my time eating and enjoying it. Lunch I had a slice of toasted wheat bread with natural almond butter and sliced strawberries on top with three strawberries on the side too. My mom came back into town from takin... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:40:04 EST Scared Straight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180926 So two days ago I was on Facebook and saw some photos of an old friend who had recently lost about 50 pounds in about 6 months. After catching up with her and congratulating her on her success I asked what she used as her motivation. (I lack motivation big time!) She told me it all started one night when she and her husband watched a movie on Netflix, suggested I watched it first then we could talk about it afterwards... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075856433.jpg... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:32:59 EST Things To Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3402806 Make Small Commitments. Get Big Changes. <BR> <BR> Compiled by Michael Dalton Johnson <BR> <BR> Taking Care of You <BR> <BR> Drink plenty of water. <BR> Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. <BR> Eat more fruits and vegetables and eat less that is manufactured in processing plants. <BR> Avoid eating food that is handed to you through a window. <BR> Live the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy. <BR> Play more games. <BR> Read more books than y... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 04:39:34 EST Birthday Dilemma... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3139308 So I went shopping last week with my friend to look for a dress for my birthday <em>236</em> this Saturday. I was feeling pretty good at the beginning of it but once either stores didn't have my size or things just didn't look anywhere near good on me, I was losing steam! I ended up finding a dress I'm not crazy about it but everyone thinks it looks better than the others I've tried on so I went ahead and bought it. I'm so upset with myself because I promised myself I would AT LEAST be down... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 03:39:25 EST Food Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3017604 I recently fell off the wagon <em>42</em> so I kept thinking about what I've been eating throughout the day and the week and it hit me that the nutrition tracker doesn't really do ME any justice. I thought about a challenge Mary (TREBLE02) did and she had pictures of everything she ate! I think its a wonderful idea to track by pictures instead of using the tracker. It just doesn't work for ME and I want to see what my portions look like instead of going CRAZY with counting calories. <em>19... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:58:50 EST