CRYSTALCSHIP's SparkPeople Blog CRYSTALCSHIP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Family Fitness Tip Fitness Tip <BR> <BR> Combine exercise with those dreaded household chores. Gather some small pieces of paper; on each, write down either one chore or one body weight exercise. Put the papers into two different hats, one for chores and one for fitness. Have everyone pick one of each. Maybe Dad gets to clean the bathroom and do a set of squats every few minutes until he is finished, while one of the children is cleaning the kitchen and doing forward lunges, etc--the combinations are endless. ... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 10:12:59 EST Conquering your fears through action email <BR> Conquering your fears through action <BR> <BR> Life brings with it many doubts and fears. But the unknown and the untried have held more people back than any lack of ability. Most successes are never seen because they're never attempted. The courage to face your fears can build momentum that creates magic. Each time you overcome an obstacle, a fear or a step back, you gain confidence. Every small victory helps you feel more certain of yourself and your direction, pushing you further an... Sat, 15 Nov 2008 18:38:12 EST Your Kitchen Built for Speed! email Your Kitchen: Built for Speed! <BR> <BR> We're all pressed for time. Kitchens often go unused because it can simply take too long to cook, and seems more like a hassle than a help. In this hurry-up world, a clean, organized kitchen will get more use than a cluttered mess that's difficult to use. Creating an efficient workspace makes for healthier, faster and more enjoyable meal preparation for everyone involved. <BR> <BR> * Clean and organize your pantry and cupboards. Throw out the old... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 18:30:35 EST The 10 Commandment of Healthy Eating for Parents email The 10 Commandments of Healthy Eating for Parents <BR> <BR> It's as simple as counting to ten! <BR> <BR> 1. Thou shalt not force, bribe or coerce thy child to eat. <BR> 2. Thou shalt set a good example by eating at least five fruits and vegetables, three whole grain products, and three dairy servings per day thyself. <BR> 3. Thou shalt make mealtimes pleasant. <BR> 4. Thou shalt encourage thy child to help in meal planning, preparation, and cleanup. <BR> 5. Thou shalt back of... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 21:19:38 EST Giving It Your All Email <BR> "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could..." <BR> <BR> - Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer <BR> <BR> Giving It Your All <BR> <BR> If you can do your best and forget your worst, you've already got a head start on tomorrow. As long as you lay it out there every day, you can relax when yesterday is behind you. Of course, the only way this will happen is if you give yourself permission to forget. You can use this approach in anything: Pick up a problem, do what you c... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 21:16:07 EST What to Do After a Workout SparkPeople Exercise of the Day email: <BR> <BR> <BR> What to Do After a Workout <BR> <BR> Many of us have a great workout routine. We drink plenty of water, warm up, stretch, work the entire body, and even get in some cardio. Then, after the last exercise, we promptly head back to the locker room, change, and journey home. <BR> <BR> You may have done the majority of the work, but how you treat your body in the minutes and hours after you exercise has a direct effect on muscle soreness, m... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 17:33:35 EST Family Health and Wellness Article (Be a child again!) <BR> Sometimes the Littlest People Know the Most <BR> <BR> Forget about talk radio, research labs, late night TV, or a magazine rack full of scantily clad cover models. Everything you need to know about fitness and nutrition, you can learn from your kids. <BR> <BR> Here are 11 things children can teach you about healthy living: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Everything can be a game. Why slog through the same workout routines in boredom, when you can add a little fun? Make up rules, shoot for pers... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 20:34:32 EST First steps, first pound I'm down one pound, but hey, it's something! I start my new job tomorrow and I'm a little nervous. I've had so much free time lately that I hope I can adjust to the new busy schedule I'm going to have. <BR> <BR> I hope the stress of this new job doesn't effect my weight goals. <BR> <BR> *another reminder to myself... <BR> next read the Fire section on <BR> <BR> And, my motivational collage looks great!!! <BR> Mon, 13 Oct 2008 13:13:03 EST Great references Reminder to myself: <BR> Go to and finish reading when I have the time. Next section is Fitness. <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to make my motivational collage today. That should be fun! Sat, 11 Oct 2008 09:20:57 EST Slow Start My husband and I went for our first walk together since we've joined Spark People. We're both trying to lose weight. I hope we can do this together. I think it will increase our relationship. <BR> <BR> I'm giving myself a lot of slack with this losing weight thing to begin with because I know how I can burn myself out really quickly. Plus, like they say, I'm trying to get rid of habits that I have been doing for years. It's going to take some time to get rid of them and keep them away. ... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 12:17:54 EST Day One! So, this is day one of trying this site out for helpful tips, advice, and motivation to get healthy habits and lose weight! We'll see how I do! Wed, 8 Oct 2008 10:39:08 EST