BARBALVA's SparkPeople Blog BARBALVA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Progress It's been a couple of weeks since I've written anything. I'm doing well on my 28 day Bootcamp Challenge. I've been consistent and am now on my third week. Yeah! I'm really starting to feel the effects of a healthier lifestyle. I feel more energized, younger, stronger and healthier. <BR> <BR> My one struggle would be diet. I just don't always make the healthiest choices. <BR> <BR> I'll continue to take small steps one day at time! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:00:44 EST Diet Improvements I watched a video today on ways to improve your eating habits. Some of the points I'm already doing such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I've also been making sure to eat more lean protein in my meals and snacks. Snacks are no longer junk. There is something nutritional such as calcium or protein. <BR> <BR> There are two points that I do plan to work on. The first was eating more meals at home. We do pretty good at this; however, I do eat a lot of lunches out. <BR> <BR> The se... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:53:02 EST 28 day challenge I started the 28 day challenge on Tuesday. So far, I'm loving it! The action plan given for the first week includes adding a "before" photo to your Spark page and setting goals of what I hope to get out of the challenge. <BR> <BR> I posted a "before" picture. Not an easy thing to do. I really don't like pictures! But it will be fun to see my changes. I have to stay positive about it. <BR> <BR> I've also set goals for the next month. Ultimately I want to get down to a healthy weight. But ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:31:01 EST Before I take a bite Every time I put a fork in my mouth, I need to pause and ask myself if I'm really hungry. If so, enjoy what I'm eating." <BR> <BR> I heard this today on Spark Radio. What a great thing for me to I really hungry...or am I just bored. I've struggled with this for a long time and usually end up eating everything I shouldn't. It's a big reason for my weight gain. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say since starting SparkPeople, I've been conscious of what I'm eating and of all the calori... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:18:30 EST The Journey Begins Just after Christmas, my husband and I began walking. We both knew we needed to add exercise into our routine...both for health and weight. I saw Sparkpeople on-line and clicked our of curiosity. I am amazed at what I've found. I actually joined January 16th. Since that time, I've tracked our walks, read blogs and articles and participated in the surveys and quizzes. I've also lost 5 pounds! It may not seem like a lot...but to me it's awesome! I've a long way to go. My goal is 40 pounds. Wow... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:23:32 EST