KTLASERS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KTLASERS KTLASERS'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/ Sitting is the new smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295059 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edca8ff1-a0aa-466f-933a-dd315bee4c80.jpg"> I read an article on here about fitness trends. The very first one framed sitting as the new smoking. I thought it was so profound. I really mulled this over and thought about it in different contexts, like necessity and convenience and social construct. Sitting really is like a drug sometimes. Obviously we sit when we eat in a restaurant and we sit in a meeting at work and so on. But how many hours do... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:26:32 EST Squat Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289128 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/defe0ac6-ae84-45c9-9b1f-b30907b3fdd1.jpg"> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:46:29 EST More joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288093 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3e9c763-1f10-4087-ab65-9f11700f3592.jpg"> I'm all about embracing joy lately... Angela (4-year-old) wanted an Elena of Avalor (new Disney princess on TV) scepter for Christmas, so she got one. Gabe (1-year-old) keeps turning on the music and smiling gleefully and waving it around, so Grandma got him his own Elena of Avalor scepter. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:47:34 EST Festive Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287538 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76d3e852-0193-47a2-8763-90ea4206dad6.jpg"> Stress is bad for you, so I embrace little things that bring me joy, like these toddler jammies with dinosaurs wearing Christmas sweaters. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:49:06 EST Laughter is important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287206 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d4baf48-71c2-4fc9-a4cc-e8ca81c07f5c.jpg"> My daughter found this board book at the library. We all read it tonight and laughed hysterically. There's a cutout for your nose so you can "wear" the beard on each page. We passed it around and each tried on all the beards. It was hilarious. I highly recommend this book. After all, laughter boosts the immune system! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:08:19 EST Desires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286761 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ef13c65-cf95-48ef-a09d-49979bed11ca.jpg"> I have such a strong desire to be outdoors and camp and hike and explore and commune with nature. This simple wall in the heritage museum made this desire bubble up so much it hurt. I want to just hook a trailer onto my car and never look back. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 01:14:30 EST Who needs a superhero? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286074 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e1cbaf7-96d8-4985-9ec4-ced2c8c8ae60.jpg"> We all need someone to look up to. I have several people I look to for inspiration. Some are people in my life. Some are friends I only know online. Some are celebrities, authors, and the like. But they say motivation has to come from within. We shouldn't try to be someone else. But if you can be Batgirl, always be Batgirl. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:31:18 EST Time marches on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285292 Two Decembers ago, while waiting in line for my kids to see Santa, I got the call that my grandfather had only a few days left on earth. My life was forever changed. Christmas was forever changed. This year was already the toughest yet, when my mother-in-law unexpectedly passed last month. Now my husband's life, my children's lives, and Christmas were forever changed again. To be honest, I was apprehensive about this first Christmas without her. I was especially worried about my father-in... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 19:37:38 EST Keeping my goals in front of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284733 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a95618b-92c3-4787-9b82-360f9775594d.jpg"> My dream is to live on the road full-time. That will probably never happen, but we are working toward a more mobile lifestyle. On a month-long trip this fall, I got myself some inspiration. We have to keep those goals in front of us! Sat, 24 Dec 2016 02:30:16 EST Unplanned exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283570 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cae7afca-77e4-422c-a834-c2491e910c06.jpg"> We had to park in overflow parking when we went to see the lights tonight. That was quite a walk from there to the zoo. The kids were good sports, and the zoo was fun. But man were we tired at the end of the night. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 01:42:25 EST Sick day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283168 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c44aa649-8b41-40da-96c1-d122e94863a0.jpg"> Today was a day of snuggles. Two sick kids and a sick mama. Sometimes the forced downtime is therapeutic in more ways that just healing illness. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 01:48:58 EST Wordless Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280905 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1c9c0c1-669f-4de0-93a8-f58e37186a60.jpg"> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:28:36 EST Clean, clean, clean, clean...Everybody start to clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280008 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/161e46f0-0fe2-4728-902e-0a665255a78e.jpg"> You burn a ton of calories doing heavy cleaning. Even though I'd rather already have a clean house, I appreciate the easy calories I'm burning while getting it there. This surface has always been completely covered because we usually keep small appliances there, and then more things collect there, and more and more. I finally found a home for all the small appliances, so this space is shining. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:19:40 EST Foam roller rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279484 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/192ee713-d903-480c-99f2-fe7dc84f6ae8.jpg"> Just after midnight this morning, I published a secret to success about foam rollers. You can read it on my SparkPage, but I basically said that learning how to use a foam roller has changed my life. This morning I woke up in horrific pain. Actually, I hadn't been sleeping for hours because of the pain in my back. The only reason I hadn't gotten out of bed earlier was because I was pinned between two s... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 14:12:48 EST Not ready to move on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279195 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba69d313-bc05-421f-b8ba-d46c39a0cbf8.jpg"> We made our annual trek to the Mormon temple to see the Christmas lights last night. We are so lucky to have one of only five temples worldwide that do elaborate displays like this. I would have loved to walk around more, but when the little cousins gets together, they lose their minds. I realized this will be my last Christmas wearing a child on my chest, maybe at all. It was so bittersweet. It's been... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:41:34 EST When goals collide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278658 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d783ad4-2e00-4ebd-a66b-0d82102160d4.jpg"> We spent our fall traveling. It was a real treat that really whetted my already-strong appetite for life on the road. My husband and I decided to save up for a trailer so we could travel at will. That means cutting spending A LOT. Well, it just so happens a healthy, mostly-vegetarian diet is far cheaper than our usual fare. I had a long talk with the kids so they can see the big picture. Hopefully we c... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:51:25 EST When eating out helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278158 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/780b588b-b964-41dd-8935-94805bb7a281.jpg"> Tomorrow I will end my day with strolling through the lights at the Mormon temple with my family. (Yay exercise!) Before that, we are eating with the family at Jason's Deli. The siren call of the salad bar will be my savior. It's nice to know my day will end healthy. I still need to be conscientious about lunch, especially since I plan to have a soda at dinner. I'd better get to the grocery store today... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:06:13 EST Won't let go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277671 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0cc97acd-a702-43c6-afad-a2edebd785d7.jpg"> My body will not let go of fat. I spent all of November on vacation at the beach. Literally. Our condo was on the beach. I slept more and far better. I walked on the beach and got grounded. I ate less and better. I exercised a ton. I noticed a huge change in my physical abilities and stamina. I felt and saw my muscles developing. My clothes started to get tighter because of the muscles pushing out the ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:32:34 EST When your family won't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277333 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae7a99d9-fb85-4327-bc78-e22251d33b7d.jpg"> It's very frustrating to cook for a family that won't eat healthy. I try to cook meals that are adjustable so I can modify my portion, but I still catch myself eating a lot of grains and sugar. Plus, we eat out a lot, and that's worse. The chains with healthy options are generally too expensive for our family, so I end up counting a lettuce leaf and tomato slice as veggies for the meal. I'm slowly cha... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:58:10 EST Milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117893 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6e2c4e8-cedb-4864-b10f-bbd105856bc1.jpg"> My #3 turned 4 today. She's getting so big so fast. Today also marks 4 years of constant breastfeeding and no sleep. Thursday marked 8 months of tandem breastfeeding. My body has never been more taxed. But I'm amazed at what it can do. It's time for me to show it a little TLC... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 01:38:44 EST Wordless Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115665 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f64b397-b826-4ad0-a8f6-e7443e20ea8e.jpg"> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 01:04:42 EST More active dates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113947 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbf721ff-0c42-436b-ac11-b4fe878078c9.jpg"> We are keeping moving by taking our kids on dates. Geocaching, shopping, arcading... Hopefully we keep up this momentum and teach our kids being active is fun. Now, if only we could stop getting ice cream every time... But that Butterfinger shake was worth it! Tue, 8 Mar 2016 01:35:34 EST Walking date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113054 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8186941-c272-413e-8b8a-9ac3e69b36c4.jpg"> Had an active date with my daughter geocaching then walking around an outdoor mall. Of course we had to have a small portion of gelato to finish off our outing. :) Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:49:01 EST Cool day for being outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112316 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7dd5a6c-7096-4913-acad-cac9734b0b56.jpg"> Started the day at a mommy festival, just the wee one and me. Enjoyed the break in the heat and had our picture taken. Then geocaching took us to a new park. The kids had a blast. Then we knocked out three quick caches and headed back home to see my husband's new car. Wish we could've had a good long walk, but I'll take spending almost the whole day outside. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 01:24:04 EST Gorgeous day outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109959 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09650e8a-421d-4f24-9478-b619acca2d6f.jpg"> It was actually under 90 today, so we went to the park for a bit. It was gorgeous weather for geocaching and exploring a new park after going to the chiropractor. Thu, 3 Mar 2016 01:32:21 EST Field trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109077 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c323f18c-45e2-418c-9ede-922ef175cd31.jpg"> How can I walk for hours and feel fine but then go to one little mostly-stationary field trip for a couple hours and feel like I hit the gym for the first time in weeks? Sheesh. At least the views were nice. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 01:25:02 EST This is what we're up against http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107230 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e4e248a-a5b2-46cf-b62a-f8b253eee84d.jpg"> We are going to try to go to a geocaching lunch tomorrow (well, today, technically) for Leap Day. But it's going to be HOT. Maybe we'll eat lunch beforehand and just bring a sweet treat so we can bail quickly if need be. I hope there's shade. I'd like to find some caches while were there, but there aren't many in the area. I'm bummed because the excitement could really get my kids moving! My goal is to... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:20:16 EST Outside anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106994 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b29f7ad-5104-43fe-b73c-787eb38634e6.jpg"> It was too hot to be outside, but the kids needed to run off some energy, so we went anyway. It turned out not so hot because they irrigated the park. The play area was dry, and we were able to get to one of two geocaches. We lasted an hour overall. I should say the adults lasted an hour before dragging the children away. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 18:49:34 EST Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106464 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a37dc17a-fa7a-4dc5-bcc2-0c6d383aa8e2.jpg"> I exercise best outside. I love to walk, hike, geocache. It's too hot here six months of the year. (My girls and I can't handle the heat.) But it's only February, right? *grumble* We just set a record for earliest 90-degree day of the year. It will be 100 by the end of May and not back under 90 for good until October or November. That works out to three months of the year and change to be outside. That... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:32:08 EST Whatever motivates you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104950 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34fda761-47e3-4f45-bb10-2bbbb5fd6b26.jpg"> I have a few yoga poses I do all the time because they ground me. Tree pose is one I'll do anytime, anywhere. I've done this for years. I'm sure my kids have seen me do it. So my six-year-old runs into the kitchen to show me something he learned. He does tree pose. "From Kung Fu Panda" *sigh* So I tell him, "Oh, yeah! Tree pose! I love that one." He looks at me like I have three heads. He makes a "... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 21:18:02 EST Boxes in moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103218 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1bb5ccc-539f-4ed7-a4fe-accadb6a9dfe.jpg"> Sometimes you just want the convenience of convenience food. And sometimes that convenience food just tastes good. I figure as long as we don't exceed one packaged food a meal, we're good. And the picky kids are happy. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 19:52:46 EST Geocaching! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102229 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6735ff9a-5e43-4efb-9f84-f58d42e8bd90.jpg"> I finally found something that motivates my kids and me to get serious exercise. Geocaching! The thrill of the hunt The drive to find more The mystery! The game! My kids, who started our walk whining, ended up walking for FOUR HOURS! And they want more! Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:00:09 EST Play! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100562 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09a7fa58-94fa-4911-b9bb-92b912e045c5.jpg"> We were going to go roller skating at the rink, but it was packed, so we relocated to the park. The kids skated, the other adults walked, and I went swinging and dancing with the baby. More than an hour of movement, and it was all play! Sat, 20 Feb 2016 12:39:09 EST Night in the garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099501 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a88cf84-fb35-41e7-9718-bae5e07b5d75.jpg"> My kids had a class at the botanical garden tonight, and he weather was gorgeous. We walked for nearly an hour in the cool air, surrounded by a special display of lights. Not a bad way to get in the cardio! Fri, 19 Feb 2016 01:45:46 EST Cooking again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c8c0256-b42d-41b3-98ff-a34075426b29.jpg"> Being sick with sick kids means a lot of meals of convenience - take out, delivery, frozen pizza... It's so nice to cook an actual meal. I bet my husband appreciated coming home to the smell of dinner cooking, too. AND not a child protested at the sight of their food! Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:56:45 EST 8 years and counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056568 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a0880f7d-9337-4231-b0d1-09bfac067baf.jpg"> I started the year off by crossing over to level 18. I've been on SP since October 2007. I haven't had a lot of success, but I've had far more than I would've without it. I'm excited to be back on the SP wagon and see what I can do in 2016. Who's with me? Fri, 1 Jan 2016 05:46:04 EST Nourish your mind, body, and soul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056266 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47b09312-c58f-4b57-baea-d073dcb263ed.jpg"> I have been issued a challenge. A reading challenge! I've decided this is a great opportunity to nourish my mind and my soul. It might even get me to use our dust collector--I mean elliptical. Any excuse to pause and read! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:29:35 EST Two veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055683 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93db8c07-c1a8-4ba3-b0f2-81d9b2cc6af4.jpg"> I've decided to reframe dinner. Instead of making sure I have a vegetable, I'm going to make sure I have two! It's just an expectation now. I feel so accomplished. LOL Bonus points for varying colors. :) Tonight we had two veggies - sweet potato and green beans - and three fruit sides - apples, cinnamon applesauce, and mandarin oranges! Wed, 30 Dec 2015 22:00:06 EST Yes, fast food salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054650 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6848edb-66cd-47fd-8238-a4ee85b222b4.jpg"> I highly recommend the Charbroiled Chicken Salad at Carl's Jr. It was fresh and tasty and only 260 calories, if my source is correct (I'd believe it...it was just salad, a little cheese, and a grilled chicken breast; croutons and dressing were on the side). The chicken was fresh and not of questionable texture like so many fast food salads. The chicken had a sweet glaze on it and was served warm. (Bewa... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:23:40 EST Vegtastic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054297 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b27b230-84cc-47e9-b919-0a0068f4f781.jpg"> I doubled up on the veggies tonight, pairing bright-orange mashed sweet potato with vibrant greens. The slight sweetness of the sweet potato goes perfectly with the salty smoked sausage and greens (kale and chard). Yay for veggies! Bonus: I served myself on a small plate. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:04:15 EST Happy solstice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051005 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bffbd0e9-b151-4ec2-ba93-5090a6f14ca3.jpg"> Every quarter I intend to do something for the solstice or equinox with my children, and every quarter I forget. Not this time! Yes, it was thrown together, but sometimes the best rituals are. How calm was our dinner by candlelight! The kids completely forgot to demand-- I mean ask for dessert. They won't remember what they ate. They will remember the candlelight and the stories and the fun. It's littl... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 01:38:28 EST Feels so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049953 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b991a9d6-d001-4b0e-856a-876e1fe72fd0.jpg"> My body craves fresh produce, and I do not get enough. I get so excited around good salad bars (salad bars in general are harder and harder to find!). Another person in our party also got the salad bar tonight, but our plates were as different as day and night. Mine had a foundation of leafy greens, lots of veggies, hard boiled eggs, fruit, and nuts. It was a rainbow of textures and colors. Her plate ... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 20:30:43 EST Idle hands... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049530 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f7f8eee-0212-4729-88fb-5b4699ab5320.jpg"> I love to craft, but my kids make sure my craft time is limited. They don't keep me from snacking, though. I'm trying to keep my hands busy crafting so they can't grab food when I'm not hungry. What to do? My kids are interested in my crafts, so I'm trying to involve them. Now that the weather's nice, I can crochet or hand knit while I stand outside while they play. Bonus: I'm wearing the baby, which ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 20:50:43 EST Need my peeps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048668 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcb3405e-f4b9-478e-b4ee-70d5596325de.jpg"> I got frustrated with my app login issues and stopped logging in altogether. Accountability went out the window. I just finished watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 (I didn't know there was a 2!) and was reminded about the importance of community. So here I am. On a different subject, my kids have been very ungrateful about food. They whine and complain and outright waste food. Nothing was helping. I f... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:06 EST Good choices again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043804 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/550662fe-fbad-4ab7-ad29-aa4b8fe1fc80.jpg"> I tried less hard yesterday but ended up doing better! My snacks weren't spectacular, but my meals were good. At dinner, I got a ton of fiber and protein at the salad bar and some comfort in a (mostly) healthy cup of beef stew. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 13:14:55 EST Great first day back on the wagon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042831 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47f80908-8149-4f37-b694-2ac5dc7e7b82.jpg"> I only had two sodas (I normally have 5 or 6), I drank a ton of water, and I ate all my servings of veggies! My calories were a little high because I resorted to frozen pizza for lunch, but protein and fiber were at the top of their ranges! My snacks were small and rich in nutrients. I drank water before making any food decisions. I even kept to a half-cup serving of ice cream at dinner! Altogether pre... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 16:46:31 EST Delusion delusion delusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042266 i've decided I can convince myself of anything except that I can succeed. I can justify almost any dessert based on the presence of trace nutrients. I can convince myself that any snack is not bad because I've been eating well or the snack itself is healthy, when it usually is not. I even think that I am thin until I see myself in the mirror or try to fit through a small space. I am completely delusional. I can't check myself. I have tried. I have tried substitutions, and I track my food. It... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 11:29:03 EST The power of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683583 I've been drinking at least one full glass of water before every meal, whenever I feel hungry, and whenever I have a craving. Then I only indulge if I still have the craving or eat a little if I still feel hungry, and I wait to see if I'm still hungry before I eat more. I also drink at least two full glasses when I first wake up in the morning. By drinking all this extra water, I've curbed my hunger and soda cravings considerably. I've been consuming over 1000 fewer calories every day. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:07:03 EST Tapping works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653599 Every time I stepped onto the ice, my body ached with terror. After tapping for just two days, I noticed a substantial decrease in my anxiety when thinking about ice skating. We took the kids rollerskating, another anxiety-inducing activity for me, and I didn't feel any anxiety stepping out into the rink. Additionally, I skated very well, especially compared to my last roller skating trip. I hoped that the experience transferred to ice skating. When I took my daughter to the rink yesterday, I... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:42:59 EST Best year yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651978 So far in 2014, I've taken up belly dancing, ice skating and indoor rock climbing (well, I plan to go back, anyway). I'm also building on last year's rollerskating and bicycling ambitions. I've dipped my toes into running this year, too. As of now, I can out(roller)skate and outrun my children. I couldn't do that last year. (By the way, tapping has totally helped with my skating fears!!!) I dream about skating and rock climbing. I wake up invigorated. Now I just need my body to catch up to my... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:55:55 EST