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/ 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 Stupid calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612622 I ate less today than normal, but almost double the calories. I got a fast food burger for lunch. 880 calories. I had pizza for dinner. 900 calories. That adds up to the bottom of my range for the whole day, and that was just a fraction of my day. I really need to be more aware of these things. Does a Swiss burger sound good? Sure. Should I eat all of it. NO. I didn't really want the third piece of pizza. Why did I eat it? <BR> <BR> Ugh. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:41:02 EST Gettin' my groove back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611729 I had a minipiphany today. <BR> <BR> I don't move anymore. I eat my feelings. I have to work hard to feel attractive. (Like serious mental practice.) <BR> <BR> Tonight I had a date with my hubby. It felt like our actual dating days. Then, on the drive home, I was cranking the tunes, mostly 90s music, and rocking out like I used to. I felt completely invigorated and hot (as in desirable, not overheated). <BR> <BR> I was never thin, save senior year of high school, but I was far thinner and ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 01:50:00 EST Food hates me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609782 Well, not all food. Just some food, like wheat bread and conventionally-grown corn. But do I stop eating it? No. Well, mostly, but no. So here I sit, in pain, because I've eaten both of those foods in the last week. My gut is screaming. My head is throbbing. My hair and skin are dry and brittle because my body is not producing oil normally. (That one's a little weird.) <BR> <BR> Not resisting one little temptation means days or weeks of detoxing from that food. IT'S NOT WORTH IT! Why do I do... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:17:42 EST Stress is a family affair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608796 I am on a quest to destress my husband and me. We made grand plans, but we never followed through. I want to go to yoga once a week. I want to go in family walks every night. I want to do something physical every weekend. I'd love to do chair walks, but he'd rather walk for free. Fine, as long as we DO it. <BR> <BR> What do you do to get fit and destress as a couple or family? Wed, 29 Jan 2014 01:43:08 EST Exercise, new experience, and girl time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607767 A friend of mine is a professional belly dancer. She is giving me lessons. Today was our first. I got in a good workout, we had fun catching up, and my kids even joined in. <BR> <BR> This is the key to lifelong fitness: enjoying exercise. You have to treat it like any other part of your life, not a chore or temporary condition. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful for my friend and the opportunity. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:04:57 EST Good, old-fashioned manual labor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606757 I worked in the yard today. I'm sore and tired and have a lot more to do. It never ends, really. The calorie-burning possibilities never end! I'm going to take advantage of this for the next couple months before it gets too hit to spend all afternoon and evening outside. <em>30</em> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:50:03 EST If I hadn't eaten dessert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605804 I'd have been under calories for the day. If I'd skipped the magic shell (that I put on banana and strawberries, at least), I'd have been in my calorie range. To add insult to injury, I decided I just had to have potato skins for my 10pm snack. (I eat a snack every night at 10pm because I'm still breast feeding all night long, and I become incredibly hungry at that time.) I usually eat popcorn because it's light and full of fiber. Why didn't I just pop popcorn? *whine* <BR> <BR> <em>198</e... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:29:39 EST I need to up my game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604894 I started off strong. I lost two pounds in the first 9 days I had my tracker. Then I started eating like crazy. I stopped trying to get my steps. I went back to my old habit of saying, "Eh...I cleaned today. That counts." <BR> <BR> Today I started to climb back on the wagon. I jogged/walked/marched in place for 20 minutes while coaching the kids through laundry. I walked, I played, I cleaned. I ate too much, but I did a little better. <BR> <BR> I need to get serious, and I need to TRY. I'm ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:49:45 EST I just didn't care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602924 I didn't care today. I really wanted to get my steps. But I didn't care to actually get my steps. I really didn't want to fill up my body with toxic crap. I really didn't care to resist my cravings. I just didn't care today. <BR> <BR> I could beat myself up. Or I could look at the bright side. <BR> <BR> By not obsessing, I ate A THOUSAND fewer calories. I still exceeded my goal, but just barely. I didn't care enough to feel guilty. So I enjoyed my day. Since I didn't care, every task I comp... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:25:22 EST In my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601873 Three different blogs today seemed to be birthed from my own thoughts. They were all first blogs. I can't say it any better than they can, so let me share: <BR> <BR> (Goal motivator #2) <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601790 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601766#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601763 <... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:43:06 EST Try it first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600136 I made a meal plan for today so that maybe, for the first time a long time, I would come in close to my calorie range if not actually in it. I accounted for all the nutrients I need and I took into consideration foods to make me feel full. <BR> <BR> When I woke up, nothing on my plan sounded good. I had this painful craving for sugar; leftover cakes for my daughter's birthday party, the leftover donut from my daughter's birthday dinner, and soda and were all calling to me. And it hurt. <BR>... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:10:56 EST Eat to live http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599582 You've probably heard the expression "eat to live; don't live to eat." Maybe you don't really know what it means. Maybe you do. Maybe you hate it because it's so simple and trite. <BR> <BR> What if we rephrase it? What if we say, "Eat for quality of life?" Does that change it for you? <BR> <BR> It does for me. It tells me to question whether what I'm about to eat will improve or decrease my quality of life. Kale? Improve. Soda? Decrease. I will feel the effects soon, if not immediately. My ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:41:34 EST Time is flying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598576 Yesterday my oldest turned 6. Today we had her party. It's been two straight days of celebration. Food-wise, I haven't done too badly. Activity-wise, I've done well. <BR> <BR> Thinking back over the last six years, I can't help but think about how my body has changed over the years. <BR> <BR> Child #1: Started overweight at 173. Gained 28 to end up at 201. Lost it all in 2.5 weeks and 5 more over then next year. <BR> <BR> Child #2: Started overweight at 168. Gained 33 to end up at 201. Lo... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 02:01:24 EST Soccer moms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596568 I was wondering how so many sports parents could be so overweight. I mean--you're always running around taking your kids to practices and games and everything else. Plus, your kid has to be healthy, so wouldn't you have to at least partway participate? <BR> <BR> Now that my kids have a number of sports going, I realize how easy it is for a sports parent to be completely inactive. Sure, it's a lot of work getting the kids into and out of the car with all the equipment, but once you're in ther... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 03:14:28 EST I feel so good when I exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596562 Not just because I feel good about myself for being active and not just because of the endorphins. It really regulates my body. When I don't move enough, which is most days for the last several years, I stagnate physically. My body becomes toxic. I generally hit between 4000 and 6000 steps every day without trying, so I set a goal of 10,000 steps because that's not too hard. Sadly, I don't usually think about how many steps I've taken until late at night when I'm too tired to do what I need t... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 02:47:55 EST Sleep is important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594278 Every night, my body is ready for bed around 8 or 9, but that's my first opportunity of the day to get stuff done sans kids, so my brain won't let me go. By the time I'm ready for bed, my body is awake. By the time my body is tired again, my mind is inevitably engaged in something else, like a tv show or a web search. Whenever that is finished, my body and brain are out of sync, and I have to meditate, lest I lay in bed not sleeping and getting stressed. When I meditate, I fall asleep in my c... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 02:34:44 EST The silliest things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594053 My BFF was saying she felt silly doing extra little things to get more steps since she got her Fitbit. I assured her she wasn't alone; my husband and I do, and most SPAT/Fitbit owners I know do. I march around the kitchen island or jump on the elliptical the last few minutes before midnight to get in as many as possible or cross 10000. She said a friend's husband walks around the bedroom before bed if he hasn't hit 10000. <BR> <BR> She lamented that her Fitbit had glitches on Sunday, and she... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:29:03 EST Technology is wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592677 The other day I got in 1000 steps pacing while on the phone with a friend. Today I got almost 3000 pacing while researching home improvement projects on my iPad. <BR> <BR> Just as technology can make us fat and lazy, it can free us up to be active when we have to use it. We can pace on the phone. We can clean house during business meetings. We can (use a stationary) bicycle while we compose a report. We can have a face-to-face (video) conversation while we go for a walk. <BR> <BR> So many p... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:13:26 EST Juice me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591884 I was going to drink only juice today, but then hubby prepared a huge brunch. I figured it wasn't the right day to fast. But apparently I interpreted that as the right day to feast. I was so ill after brunch. I distracted myself with cleaning for a few hours and then drank more juice. A while later,we went to dinner. I ate too fast which caused me to eat too much. I was sick again. <BR> <BR> I don't overeat like that very often, so to do it twice in one day tells me I was not being mindful w... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:29:38 EST Time to suck it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590815 I got a lot of steps in last night before bed. Even though I didn't hit my 10000, I logged 44 minutes of continuous movement. Today won't be the same. I was so tired from these allergies that I fell asleep in the bathtub. Whoops. (I always make sure I'm stable before I relax.) I moved to the bed and passed out again. It's a miracle I woke up enough for dinner. It's only because hubby brought and left the toddler in the bedroom with me. I really have to figure this out. I think my gut is respo... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 00:25:48 EST I love myself I love my family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589785 This won't have the good flow it had yesterday before it got erased, but hopefully the message comes across. <BR> <BR> I was having a bad day yesterday. I wanted to be better, so I was meditating, of sorts, while I was driving. I often pray to God to help me exude love in everything I do. I'm far from this goal, but I continue to pray and to aspire to it. I was meditating on this when I hit the accelerator harder than I needed to. I wondered what it would look like if i drove my car with lov... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:33:07 EST How different? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588768 I had this longish blog entry all dictated to my phone when my phone died. I'm going to have to redo it. But I'll save that for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> For today, I'll leave a teaser: how different would your daily tasks look if you did them all out of love? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:25:50 EST Eat eat eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587567 When I'm not feeling well, I don't have the energy to cook, so I eat whatever I can find. That means junk mostly because I eat through the healthy stuff really quickly. I've been eating chips and drinking a lot of soda. I've been eating candy. These things are fine in moderation. I'm eating enough to feel irritable and sick. I got back on track tonight. I'm properly hydrated now. I'm not craving the junk. I hope I didn't do too much damage to my efforts. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 00:15:09 EST Doing what I can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586390 These allergies re really taking me down. I'm frustrated that I'm only getting half of my steps in and no formal exercise, but at least I'm getting some housework done. I cleared out three small boxes today and organized others. I did laundry and cleaned the kitchen, too. It didn't count as a "workout" because my feet weren't constantly moving, but I know the bending and lifting and standing and walking count. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 01:29:57 EST I'm too tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585078 I love to write, and my blog entries the last few days have been sad. I'm just so tired from these allergies. I just don't have the energy to think. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:37:37 EST I decided not to sign up for SparkCoach, and it's killing me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583644 There is nothing new for me in SC. Yes, it was motivating, but I just couldn't justify spending money on it, even just $4.XX/month for a year. I'm trying to spend less. <BR> <BR> BUT THE POINTS. <BR> <BR> 25 points I could get every day! And every day a goose egg! It's driving me crazy! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:19:49 EST 125 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583622 I got a silver medal award last night. I think it's for reaching 25 miles since I got my tracker on Christmas. Correct me if I'm wrong. I've decided that I can blow this thing out of the water. I'm going to hit or fly by 125 lifetime miles by January 26, one month after I activated my tracker. <BR> <BR> Cheer me on! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:01:11 EST Feeling frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583562 These diabolical allergies have taken a week away from me. They are finally getting better as I take fistfuls of supplements, but I can't live like this. We really need to start the GAPS diet. Our guts are so messed up, and the inflammation is so apparent. Yes, the diet will be miserable, but what's a few months of dietary hell in exchange for relief from our ailments? Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:19:28 EST The wisdom to seek more wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582454 I found this old post I made in response to a gratitude thread. <BR> <BR> I absolutely than God for the drive toward wisdom. <BR> <BR> Thirst for knowledge and wisdom is my most helpful gift. My kids seem to have inherited it from me. I hope they never let it go! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:03:21 EST Ugh allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581421 I'm so tired of seasonal allergies (that last, btw, 365 days a year). I've tried everything, and nothing helps. I'm sure my weight doesn't help, but come on! I need relief! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:11:02 EST 5 easy ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580038 Love how this is written. So positive! <BR> <BR> http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12142/5-e<BR>asy-ways-to-get-and-stay-healthy.html Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:37:58 EST I underestimated... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578890 ...how much impact seeing my activity makes on my motivation! <BR> <BR> I <em>26</em> my <em>544</em> ! <BR> <BR> In other news, where I long ago stopped being able to do even 5 minutes on the elliptical without pain, I just upped my time from 10 minutes to 15 minutes because 10 was too easy! I could've kept going, but I'm trying for slow and steady so I don't burn out. <BR> <BR> Go me! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 02:09:07 EST My word is "service" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577373 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774582208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My word for 2014 is "service," service to my husband, service to my children, service to my community, and service to myself. What do I mean by "service to myself?" I mean to take care of my health and well-being, acting out of love for myself, just as I plan to serve my family and community out of love. <BR> <BR> Jesus first <BR> Others second <BR> Yourself last... <BR> <BR> ...but you have to "put on your oxyge... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 03:14:32 EST This year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577342 Every year I start my "resolutions" early so that I have momentum going into the new year. I always do a good job at first but then I piddle out before the new year even hits. <BR> <BR> This year is totally different. I didn't make resolutions, just goals. The difference is I don't feel pressured or like it's all or nothing. Instead it's all baby steps. No guilt, just progress. And it's working! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:32:44 EST Just missing the stickers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575828 I've always been one to respond to reward charts. I don't even need the reward; I just like filling in the blanks. I'm like a little kid with my activity tracker. I am constantly marching in place abd goofing around and taking the family outside to get my steps in. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:34:26 EST