KSTYLES101's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KSTYLES101 KSTYLES101'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/ All is well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3672897 It's been a great night, and all is well. I have been responsible for tracking my food and fitness goals for almost 3 weeks. Tomorrow is a great night's sleep away, sweet dreams all. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 00:16:50 EST Feeling A-OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3670746 I am feeling A-Ok today. I can summarize my day in a nutshell with only one word, BALANCE. <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> "Be kind to yourself and give yourself a BIG hug. Tell yourself how much you love and appreciate yourself for being alive and having the strength and courage to go through such an incredible adventure called life!" ~James Van Praagh <BR> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 01:30:39 EST I Love This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3668818 I found this quote extremely helpful this week: "Be kind to yourself and give yourself a BIG hug. Tell yourself how much you love and appreciate yourself for being alive and having the strength and courage to go through such an incredible adventure called life!" James Van Praagh <BR> With that so beautifully said, I am going to keep on tracking. Also, a friend told me today that progress is a process, and I totally agree. <em>253</em> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 02:40:30 EST A Good Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3666576 I now look forward to a good night sleep. However, I still wake up several times each night. The difference is, I am falling to sleep, or back to sleep almost instantly now. The best part is getting the full 8 hours of sleep each day. Whenever I wake up with less than 8 hours, I roll back over, and catch more zzzzzzzz's <BR> <em>102</em> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 01:24:58 EST Still smoke-free.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3663821 Today is my eighth smoke-free day. A few times today I felt stressed, and had to reach for my straw. I would much rather suck clean fresh air out of a sipping straw, than to be taking a long toxic draw from a cigarette. Actually, the deep breathing did help to alleviate the stress I was feeling. 8 hours of sleep each day has felt awesome. I feel better about my health and fitness. I feel more confident now that living a happy healthy life is not just for the other folks. <BR> I can do it! ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 02:31:08 EST Keeping It Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3657012 Making sure I keep my goals simple and attainable is a must. I want to do it all, but know that I must crawl before I can walk. I am relearning how to do EVERYTHING without cigarettes. Whenever I forget, I remind myself that I am a non-smoker. In fact, sitting in front of the computer is a relearning experience. I was so accustomed to lighting up and spending mindless hours smoking and surfing the web. Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps... <em>183</em> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 02:43:01 EST Unconditional Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3653672 <em>26</em> I am beginning to see myself as living a long healthy life. My greatest joy so far on this journey is realizing, I make the difference in the overall quality of my life. I could not do this alone, and certainly not without knowledge. Everyday I am learning something new. I have cooked a new Spark Recipe almost everyday this week. I am beginning to enjoy cooking. The best part of all, I am also ENJOYING nourishing my body with food. I am going to love myself unconditionally even ... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 00:24:05 EST Thank You SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3651080 I want to thank all of the spark people who love to motivate others. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your words of support and encouragement. Strength in numbers!!! I never believed I would learn to live without caffeine and nicotine. I am happy to be living, learning and loving a healthier way of life. <em>224</em> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 02:50:17 EST Day 3 cigarette free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3648719 . <em>410</em> Key word today was enjoy. I enjoyed every aspect of my day. I spent most of it alone, but I needed to be with me. I shopped, I cooked, I worked out, and truly enjoyed my me time. Day 3 cigarette free was all about enjoying me. <BR> Kindness, JOY, Love & Happiness makes for a happy mind, body and soul. Well, at least, I think so. <em>410</em> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 01:54:33 EST I am a non-smoker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3645768 <em>270</em> Just checking in on my 2nd day as a non-smoker to say, all is well. I have been taking it easy on myself emotionally. I did get in my workouts both days, yeah! I am, also, getting 8 hours of sleep, and 8 glasses of water daily. Yesterday, I was pretty much a shut in. I feel most secure at home. I ventured out today, even socialized a bit, but was home well before sunset. A close friend took me out to eat, nothing planned just kind of happened. I had not eaten at this place in y... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:40:15 EST It's Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3642707 <em>270</em> My abusive relationship with nicotine is over at last. I said my good-bye with one last puff of that horrible taste in my mouth. I was so disgusted all I could stand was a puff, then it was over. Did I miss it today, YES! Were there moments I wanted to come running back, YES. It's over, I say again with conviction. I am tired of being abused physically and mentally. Always making me feel as if by lighting up, somehow, things will be hassle free. Killing me softly, or just slowl... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 01:01:47 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3639303 Thank you God for the abundant gifts you provide for me everyday. And, please Lord give me the strength and courage to quit smoking cigarettes on 15 September 2010. I am in it to win it!!! <BR> ONE DAY AT A TIME... <em>270</em> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:00:17 EST Put your best foot forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3635788 <em>179</em> Today, I used the search engine here on SparkPeople, and I found just what I was looking for, aren’t search engines great! I wasn’t sure what to eat, or when to eat before working out. I found a neat article by Fitness Expert, Dean Anderson, called “What to Eat Before You Work Out.” The article states: “The most important things are getting to know your body and how it responds to exercise, so that you can give it what it needs to perform at its best.” “What to Eat Before You W... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 23:42:20 EST Learning to Set Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3629457 <em>67</em> There is so much to learn and discover on SparkPeople. With so many resources at my fingertips, it appeared overwhelming at first. Today I read, “10 Tips for Starting a Wellness Program“, and discovered some easy ways to get healthy . This SP article, written by health & fitness writer Carrie Myers Smith is phenomenal. The most important lesson I learned from this article is: “Goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic and Time-oriented.” <BR> “10 Tips ... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 01:12:02 EST Fabulous Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3626807 <em>252</em> I felt fabulous today. I slept well, I ate well, and I engaged in a physical activity today. On day 5 I am feeling more alive and in tune with my body. I am learning my way around SparkPeople.com slowly, but surely. I found some pretty amazing features on the site today, and plan to implement into my daily life. The resources on this site are awesome. Thanks to SparkPeople I am learning something new each day to enhance my mind, body and spirit. Something wonderful is happening ... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 00:21:40 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3623864 Hooray, I made it through my first of many days without coffee. I felt good today, getting a full 8 hours of sleep, and recording it in my sleep journal. Rest will do me well, because I am prone to being a busy body. Being too busy to eat, and too busy to sleep has made me feel rather dull and lifeless. I know my body appreciated the conscious effort I put into my food choices today. Writing in my food journal makes me more aware of what I am eating. Instead of denying myself food when I fel... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:10:39 EST On the 3rd Day… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3620563 <em>224</em> I am feeling extremely determined and motivated today. I cooked another Spark recipe today. I was amazed at how well it turned out. I must say, dinner was delightful. Earlier today I officially divorced coffee. I know my love for the coffee is not about the bean, nor the caffeine. I just want coffee for the sugary sweetness of coffee house coffee. I must deny the sweet tooth and let the coffee go. It never fails, shortly after drinking coffee my stomach aches and grumbles. It do... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 00:13:49 EST Following through... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3617057 I really enjoy spending time on SparkPeople today. I like how motivated members are to help others succeed. As the excitement of my first day, turned into just an okay second day, I found motivation from members on this site. I was not pleased with all of my food choices today, but I will make better choices tomorrow. I am happy with my 2 day streak of drinking 8 glasses of water daily. I realize I am responsible for my health and wellness. My primary goals are maintaining a healthy weight, e... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 00:04:25 EST Cheers to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3613642 I started my journey today by downloading, and signing the Membership Pledge Card. I felt motivated all day to take care of me. Many are here to lose weight, my hardest challenge has been not to lose too much weight. I realize that in order to be healthy, I must nourish my mind, body and spirit. Life is good, and I am committed to learning how to care for the vehicle that will carry me throughout my life, me. I am determined to rid my life of unhealthy eating habits, and find myself more than... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 02:52:20 EST Here's to new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3610652 I am here, ready willing and able to make a positive change in my health and wellness. I am hoping that via the internet I can find all of the resources I will need to succeed. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44299817.jpg"> <em>249</em> Mon, 6 Sep 2010 04:41:49 EST