LAURA_LYNN's SparkPeople Blog LAURA_LYNN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What does the scale mean to you? I recently became obsessed with measuring myself and with standing on the scale. My mentor suggested I write about what the scale means to me. So I wrote a page in my journal about it, but I would like to know from you spark people what the scale means to you. Thanks! Bless! Keep coming back! :) Fri, 7 Jun 2013 13:02:02 EST I finally used my blender!!! :) OMG, I bought this blender ages ago in hopes to blend up my fruit and veggies, so that I'm not always getting bored with munching on them raw. I finally used the thing today, so that feels like a great accomplishment. And it was delicious. I put 6 strawberries, 1 orange, 1 plum, 20 carrots, 2 cups nonfat milk. It made about 2-4 servings, I believe, but I drank the whole thing. Ice cream will make it thicker and more like a smoothie, but I didn't do icecream and enjoyed the drink just as ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 13:36:37 EST IDENTIFYING REASONS FOR SLIPUPS AND MY PLAN TO AVOID THEM The last two days, I've found myself going about 500-600 calories over my goal. Today, I have successfully identified the reasons for this slip-up. I'm back on the wagon today and not beating myself up over the last two days. I'm happy that I've identified the reasons for the slip up. There were two reasons. One, I was highly stressed the last two days. And two, both days, I started the day with McDonald's breakfast. After 2 hours of eating this poor nutritional value meal, I felt hung... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:48:31 EST DAILY JOURNAL EXERCISES FOR GOALS AND SELF ESTEEM I was researching exercises to build self esteem. And I found a list of things, I don't have that list with me at the moment, but I took some of the things that I thought would work well to write in my daily journal. I find it best for me to write it at the end of the day or any time during the day that I have a moment. They are as follows... <BR> <BR> 1 - Daily accomplishments - I write down everything that I accomplished that day. <BR> 2 - Things I like about me - I re-write the same list... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:06:04 EST LIFELONG OVERWEIGHT ISSUE + SUBSTANCE ABUSE = DISASTER Ever since I was 7 years old, I've been overweight. When I was 12, I started sneaking my parents cigarettes and smoking them in the backyard. When I was 13, I tried beer and vodka and any liquor my friend and I could get our hands on. At 17, I started smoking weed. I'm 31 now, and have been using alcohol, marijuana and a few other drugs since I was 17. My whole life, I struggled with my weight loss, and adding mind altering substances into the equation certainly didn't help me with motiv... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:05:04 EST