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/ 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 with 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 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