LIFE-IS-NOW's SparkPeople Blog LIFE-IS-NOW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Woohoo! 11lbs & 7.25in lost so far this year! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> (Obviously not all body fat, lots of water due to lower glycogen storage now that I'm living in calorie deficit land. But it's still nice to see progress!) Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:30:16 EST Baby Steps I find the hardest part about changing habits are those first few baby steps. They're the hardest to complete, the most overwhelming, the most daunting. And they shouldn't be, because once you take those few little steps towards change, the next little step is no longer a hurdle but a natural succession to the little changes you've made before. <BR> <BR> Take diet, for example. We're fat because we eat too much. Most of us know it. More of us still have a pretty good idea of how to change it... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:26:09 EST Taking Small Steps Towards a Big Goal Does anything feel as amazing?! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was having a bad day. I was just not in a good mood and I felt lazy and indifferent to the healthy habits I am trying to maintain. I felt stressed and irritable and just totally grumpy. Then my mom called and asked me to come over for dinner so she could watch my kids while I went for a run. I cannot believe that I almost said no! I did not feel like doing that at all. It was 5pm, dark, cold, pouring rain. I would have to get dressed, wra... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 11:03:16 EST why things are (actually!) different this time Yesterday, January 1st 2012, I went for the first official run in my half-marathon training. I haven't run consistently for years, although I've "started" several times between then and now. <BR> <BR> But this time, something is different. I'm not sure exactly why it is, but yesterday's run felt different. It was the start of something amazing. <BR> <BR> Inspired by Chris Guillebeau's Annual Review, <link><BR>review-the-beginning/ </link> , I spent seve... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:46:36 EST