MISSLISA1973's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSLISA1973 MISSLISA1973'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/ One Mile with Leslie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304025 I just did a mile with Leslie Sansone, which took my total step count to 6528 for today. The daily goal is 5000, so <em>244</em> . On my wellness program at work, I get one point for every 1000 steps logged. I'm going to try to get to 7000 so I can get another point for today. It's good to have goals. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Oh, and I did notice that the mile was easier to do than they were when I first started. I didn't dig real deep into the moves, but I did do them a little more ener... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:46:03 EST 5 x 3 = WIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294959 Last month, the goal was two minutes exercise each day. Starting today, the goal is five minutes. Tonight, I did a mile with Leslie Sansone. That took 15 minutes, so it's a triple win for me! Woot woot! <BR> <BR> It's been a few days since I've stayed on top of my writing and exercising. But I spoke to my coach today. It's always nice to talk with him and get me revved back up for another couple weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Lisa Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:59:08 EST Keep moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292148 Walked 15 minutes after work yesterday, and five minutes today. My back was starting to hurt by the end of the five minutes today, so I didn't keep going. More than double of my two minute daily goal! <BR> <BR> I didn't get any writing done yesterday. I guess I was tired. But then I stayed up late. Seems I do that when I'm tired. Then it becomes a vicious cycle. Hoping to break the cycle tonight before I go 'round and 'round a few times. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Lisa Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:24:01 EST Up Early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290503 I got up a little early this morning and got some things done... including seven minutes of arm work with 2# weights. Woot, woot! <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Lisa Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:35:23 EST ONE more success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289938 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88739a59-62c5-402b-9db7-3f3a481dabb9.jpg"> <BR> Far surpassed my two minute workout goal for today... completed one Leslie mile (no weights). I made sure to keep my movements smaller. I learned my lesson yesterday! Plus I can feel a little discomfort in my knees, so I didn't want to push it. I'm thinking tomorrow may be a resistance day instead of cardio. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Lisa Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:34:52 EST TWO much TWO soon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288997 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a105300-a715-4bc9-b4a5-0030332b5c05.jpg"> <BR> I decided to do TWO miles with Leslie Sansone today. I did this one not long ago, but decided it would be easier today because I have more energy than I did that day. Turns out, not quite as much energy as I thought. I started off a little too enthusiastically. Still, I finished. Progress! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Lisa Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:11:49 EST The Work Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288258 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d75ae11-7f58-4ed6-9e45-acf9a71048bd.png"> <BR> In some ways, I have great self confidence. In other ways, however, I struggle with belief in myself. But when I think about the God who made me, I find myself seeing a glimpse of why I should have faith in myself. <BR> <BR> He created me in His image. I am a part of my Father, the same as I am a part of my physical mom and dad. I am made from the same stuff, and that stuff is pretty awesome. In ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:10:19 EST 5 minutes, 3# http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287226 Today was better. I did five minutes on my arms instead of just two, and I did three pounds weights instead of two pounders. <BR> <BR> Success breeds success. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Lisa Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:09:53 EST 2 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286190 Yep... two minutes doing arms with just two pounds. Stupid easy but it keeps my streak going when I really wanted to go to bed instead. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>386</em> Lisa Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:27:12 EST A Conscious Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284591 Yesterday, I decided to skip my 2 minutes exercise and 10 minutes writing. I woulda/coulda/shoulda taken a two-minute walk earlier in the day. But as the day drew to a close and I considered my decision (break my streaks or get up and do these little habits), I decided to skip. <BR> <BR> I had done both for more than a week straight without a day off. I realize they are small habits, but there are something I hadn't been doing before. So even though they take relatively little energy and eff... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:56:16 EST Leaving them wanting more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283977 I took a short walk break at work this afternoon. It felt so good to stretch my legs! I was walking around an area I call "the track" because it's easy to walk laps. <BR> <BR> I was originally going to go around once. Maybe twice. It felt so nice though, I just kept going. <BR> <BR> On my last trip around, I was thinking about going one more time. But I remembered something I heard years ago about it's best for a performer to leave the crowd wish they would sing one more song... not wishing... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:04:00 EST Interviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283520 Yesterday and today, we were interviewing candidates for an internship position in our division. My boss let me take the lead, which was a new experience for me. It was interesting and a real learning opportunity. <BR> <BR> I hope I learned something good... I have a job interview myself in the morning! It's for a job (still within the same agency where I work now, but at a different location) that I think I would really love. I would be excited to get the position. But if I do, it will be a... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:08:32 EST Habit Building http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283123 Earlier, I really didn't want to do my exercise or writing. But I still have to take out the dogs, no matter how much I would rather go straight to bed. Once I brought them in, I found it wasn't hard to get in my two minutes exercise (which turned into five, woot woot!). I didn't have that same resistance to exercising that I had before I started my streak. Now that I have decided that it's just something I have to do every day, it takes away the energy I used to waste on trying to decide whe... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:42:03 EST Nearly forgot, but didn't! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282706 I nearly forgot to do my 2 minutes exercise today. I was about to go to bed when I remembered. I decided to visit YouTube, knowing I could find a five-minute walk from Leslie Sansone. This is the one I did: <link>http://youtu.be/5l-yDJ1Jykw </link> <BR> <BR> I now have a 7-day streak for my 10-minute writing goal and a 6-day streak for my 2-minute exercise goal. It feels good to feel this successful: I'm building habits! <BR> <BR> Success breeds success, <BR> <em>247</em> Lisa Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:22:34 EST Willpower and Mini Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281456 Recognizing that I have very little willpower or self-control, I borrowed an audiobook from the library: "Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength" by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney. Fascinating material. It gives insight into some of the whys and wherefores, but doesn't give a lot of suggestions on improvement until later in the book. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I also had a small paperback laying around (also borrowed from the library). I picked it up one day because I wanted to r... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:23:52 EST Fibro Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280836 At the beginning of last year, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I'd had years of unexplained pain and fatigue, and now finally a diagnosis. <BR> <BR> But it doesn't make it any easier to live with. I think I should be able to power through life on willpower. But that doesn't work. So I'm at home from work for the second day in a row, feeling like I should be able to do more and being frustrated that I cannot. <BR> <BR> It doesn't help that I've used up all my sick days, so this is an unpa... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:59:16 EST A Bit Too Round http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280168 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e669814-8a00-47d3-8f49-841ccb401b7f.jpg"> <BR> This is definitely how I have been feeling lately, especially today. I can feel how my extra girth makes it harder to move, not to mention how tight my pants have gotten. <BR> <BR> I have been working with a coach all year and seem to be making little progress. (He says he likes working with me though because I am very engaged. So, there's that. <em>321</em> ) Chris Downie suggests 10 minutes ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:49:45 EST Happy Sparkversary! : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040010 Yesterday was my five-year sparkversary. Hard to believe. <BR> <BR> I haven't been an SparkPeople for quite some time, but I have been working with a health coach. I have been caffeine free since the end of August and sweets free for over three weeks. He is helping me overcome my addictions and reset my body in the hopes of reducing fibromyalgia pain and fatigue. I think I have had it for years but I was just diagnosed in January. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:40:40 EST Yesterday's freggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889648 #1 - banana <BR> #2 - mini peppers <BR> <BR> I was so hungry this morning, I woke up dreaming about eating! <em>246</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 07:09:33 EST Freggie update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888789 Yesterday: <BR> freggie 1 - blueberries for breakfast <BR> freggie 2 - taco salad for lunch <BR> bonus freggie - side salad for dinner <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> freggie 1 - apple pie for breakfast, veggies on sandwich for lunch <BR> freggie 2 - banana with lunch Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:38:33 EST No freggies yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887900 I did not eat a single freggie yesterday, <em>39</em> unless you count coffee because it is made with beans. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I am having wild blueberries now though. Yum! <em>104</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:23:59 EST The week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886942 Monday <BR> freggie #1 - banana <BR> freggie #2 - garden salad <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> freggie #1 - veggies on sandwich plus broccoli in rice <BR> freggie #2 - tomato-based sauce on pasta <BR> <BR> Wednesday <BR> freggies 1&2 - salad bar Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:05:47 EST Coaching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885134 Work offers us a new web-based program to go with our insurance. If we meet the participation goal this year, we get a reduced insurance cost next year. We aloso get free health coaching in the doctor's office they installed downstairs. My goal for the week was to register with the web program. As part of that, we can get additional coaching through email and phone, so now I have face-to-face and email with one coach, and email and phone with another! Not only that, but there is also a L... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:28:06 EST Meditation Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799518 I did my first guided meditation tonight. It was nice, but I don't think it worked. <BR> <BR> OK, so I wasn't expecting it to solve all my problems and remove all my stress for the rest of my days. I didn't expect it to change my life, or even my attitude. <BR> <BR> What did I expect, you ask? I expected to feel totally relaxed. I did feel relaxed, but not as much as I expected. The main reason? My big bloated tummy! I overate (again). In evaluating why I have been continuing to eat... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:47:03 EST Before meeting with health coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788816 I am fortunate enough to have a wellness coach in my life. I am currently checking in with her about once a week. Having recently begun my seven-year plan, I am focused on one of the most difficult aspects of it: carbohydrate consumption. I have been focusing this month on reducing my intake of sweet treats to a minimum. Much of the month, I have had to set goals to go an entire week or more without any sweets just to help myself detoxify and get control over the cravings. Today starts a... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:07:58 EST It's a new day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783326 I binged last night. Not my worst binge, but a binge nonetheless. I ate too much from the fast food restaurant and followed it with three Klondike ice cream "candy bars." As that was not enough, I decided to have a wine cooler too. <BR> <BR> Yet this morning, I feel amazingly guiltless about it. Today is a new day. I feel fresh and ready to treat myself well again. <BR> <BR> In looking back to see why I binged, I think I was so busy thinking about what I couldn't have and what I was tr... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:58:19 EST Sugar Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779825 I really struggled today, desperately wanting to binge on sweets. Instead, I made a list of reasons why I want to reduce my consumption of sweets, and why I want to healthier and maybe smaller. I told myself (multiple times), "Today, I will live binge-free." I ate breakfast, which probably helped because I think I was hungry, and took some chromium to help with the cravings. In the spirit of doing whatever it takes to be successful, I reminded myself I had already made through half of the... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:43:36 EST Day one: complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764017 I used my lunch to take a mile walk yesterday, which definitely took more than 10 minutes. So it looks like I am well on my way to making my 11-day SparkStreak a reality. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>248</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:04:03 EST New SparkStreak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763262 I get to start a new SparkStreak today. I just ended a 10-day streak of 10 or more workout minutes. I meant to do Tuesday, but life happened and what's done is done. I start again today (Wednesday, August 20) and am going for an 11-day streak this time. <BR> <BR> Go me. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:23:55 EST Going sweets-free pays off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761868 I am down a pound and a half this morning as compared to last Monday morning. This is exciting, yes, but tempered greatly with the fact that I have not been the least bit conscious of healthy living for quite some time. OK, that may be a stretch, but not much of one. I have always been conscious of my steps, only forgetting to wear my FitBit once in the last six months or more. Lately, however, work has been encouraging us to live healthier and even providing resources to make it easier. ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:18:00 EST Walking Hector http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761704 Hector and I walked for about a mile today. We left Gunner at home to get some rest, while we used up some of Hector's energy. We got Hector because Gunner had so much energy, he needed someone to play with. Now, Gunner's worn out all the time because as soon as he has energy, he and Hector play like crazy. Hector plays hard from sunup to sundown, and then some. He crashes hard at bedtime, and starts the playing all over again in the mornings. I thought the mile might help, but you woul... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:05:50 EST Day Eight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761116 I just completed a 21-minute in-home walking mile with Leslie Sansone, making today the eighth day of my SparkStreak. My goal was seven days of doing 10 or more minutes of concentrated fitness effort. Some days were more accomplished than others, but I met my goal and have now exceeded it. Success truly does breed success. Dare I challenge myself to make it 14 days? Why yes! <BR> <BR> Day: 8/14 <em>244</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:42:25 EST SparkStreak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760498 Dear Mr. SparkGuy: <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let you know that not only did I take you up on the 10-minute challenge and set myself a goal of a seven-day SparkStreak, but I was SUCCESSFUL! Most days, I did more than 10 minutes. Every day though, I did at least 10 minutes. I am ready to make tomorrow day eight and exceed my own expectations. :-) <BR> <BR> Lisa <BR> <em>248</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:03:06 EST Tempted but successful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759985 Today is day six of my seven day streak challenge. Morning came oh-so-early. Ten minutes of anything other than more shut eye never crossed my mind. I was in training all day and so never had a chance to get my 10 minutes in during the day. Exhausted upon coming home, it was all I had to stay awake. When finally I couldn't do that anymore, I succumbed to a nap. <BR> <BR> It was probably 9:30 p.m. before I got to eat dinner and then I cleaned the kitchen. Finally, I remembered my streak... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:26 EST And the streak continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759234 Oh my gosh, Tuesday night I was sooooo tired. I really did not want to do my workout. I had skipped it in the morning because I was tired in the morning. Funny how I wasn't any less tired after being up all day. <em>100</em> But I spent a little time on my Wii Fit again. I wanted something that wouldn't be too strenuous just before bed. I have enough trouble falling asleep as it is. <BR> <BR> Today was a gorgeous day. My coworker and I walked to the grocery store to get ourselves ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:53:07 EST Starting early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757293 Rather than waiting until the end of day three to make sure I met my 10-minute commitment, I did it first thing this morning. I weighed in on my Wii Fit, so it seemed appropriate to use it for some exercise too. I did a Wii Fit Routine, which included yoga and strength training moves, as well as couple of the Wii Fit games. They were all good because they all help with strength and posture, which I desperately need for my knees and back. <BR> <BR> Day 3/7 complete <em>244</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:43:49 EST Honoring the commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757107 I nearly forgot my goal of a seven-day 10-minute workout streak. I wanted to be in bed half hour ago and had just eaten, so I knew my 10 minutes would have to be light. I grudgingly stepped onto my Wii Fit and earned seven minutes through balance games. "Did you know it has been 43 days," the machine asked, "since I have seen you?" No, I did not realize it had been that long. Funny how time gets away when we are not paying close attention. I wasn't sure that my seven Wii minutes really ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:32:44 EST Accepting the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756434 Dear Mr. SparkGuy: <BR> <BR> I have accepted your 10-minute challenge. Starting today, I challenge myself to exercise 10 minutes every day for seven days. I started today with a 20-minute one-mile walk with Leslie Sansone. Thanks for the challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Lisa Sat, 9 Aug 2014 16:21:18 EST Eliminating toxins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728399 Our visiting pastor this morning said, "In our lives, a noun without a verb is toxic to our souls," like money not invested or people not loved. In other words, things we do not use or enjoy, things that clutter our lives, are better gone than sucking the life out of us. One example he used is exercise equipment we never use, and may not even remember where we last put it. I have seen "Clean House" enough times -- and experienced it in my own life -- to know that he is right. It sure make... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:41:37 EST Sitting for an hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722562 I have been sitting here working at my computer for an hour. It amazes me how quickly time goes by behind a screen. Being more cognizant of the clock while behind a screen may help me get up a little more often to move my body occasionally throughout the day. Up, up, up!!! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:18:30 EST Seven-year plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709720 I began to develop my seven-year health plan May 28, 2014. I have heard it said that the body completely regenerates itself in seven years. I figured I should do my part to make that body better than the one I have today. The plan will begin on September 9, 2014 and last through January 8, 2022. Every four months, I will address another of the 21 areas of focus on my list. This gives me one "bonus round" so I can focus on the same area twice if I am struggling with it or need to go back ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:00:46 EST Wellness Champion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689341 I have been named a "Wellness Champion" at work. This is not an award for wellness or anything, but a role designed to encourage staff to take steps to improve their wellness. <BR> <BR> I ate a whole can of Pringles tonight because I was frustrated with my computer moving too slowly. <BR> <BR> Clearly, I have work to do, starting with myself. Tue, 6 May 2014 22:47:40 EST Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659327 I am reading a book ("In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom" by Qanta Ahmed) that has had a profound effect on me. There are several parts of the book that have made a significant impression on me, but the one I want to talk about today greatly increased my gratitude for the freedom I have in my life. <BR> <BR> I have seen movies, ads, and news that show how bad the world is for some people. These things almost always get to me. I feel sad for the ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:46:06 EST Early to bed, early to rise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650459 I have always been a night owl. Even if I am incredibly tired, as the night wears on, I wake up. If I have had a good night's sleep and wake early, I am lost and confused. "It is 4:00 a.m. What do I do at 4:00 a.m.?" <BR> <BR> Lately, though, I have been going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. Last night, I was exhausted and went to bed at 8:30 p.m.! (I have been known to lie down for a nap at 7:00 p.m.) I awoke early this morning and am feeling good. I have already started on t... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 04:39:35 EST Overcoming overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644914 "Oh, why did I eat so much?" I have asked myself too often. "I feel miserable!" <BR> <BR> There are many reasons why I overeat. One of the biggest motivators for me to stuff myself is a fear that I will be hungry again too soon. So I eat and eat and eat until I am miserable; sometimes, so miserable that all I can do is lie down until the feeling passes. And yet, for so long, I have lived with the idea that being miserable because I am stuffed is better than worrying about being afraid o... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:51:58 EST Little happinesses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638969 How many times do we think, "I will be happy when [fill in the blank]"? Yet life's greatest happiness is finding joy in the little things. Today, I am excited because the library book I am reading (Command Authority by Tom Clancy, not a small book) renewed. I was supposed to return it in two days, which is not nearly enough time to finish it at this point. Now I have more time, and I should be able to finish without needing to wait for a second turn to check out the book. <BR> <BR> <em... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:08:02 EST To 5000 steps... and beyond! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634773 I lost my car today. In an effort to get more steps on my FitBit, I thought I would take the long way around to get to it. It is important to note that I really paid attention this morning when I got to work (early) so I would be sure to know exactly where my car was when I left at the end of the day: section 2B. When I returned to the parking garage this afternoon, I exited the elevator on the second floor and took the long way around to get to the vehicle. Why was it not there? I press... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:09:17 EST Loving through listening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623507 My fitness focus for 2014 is learning to love my body. My first goal to help me toward this is to visit the chiropractor and the massage therapist monthly. In the past, I have waited to go until I was in pain. As I reviewed my 2013 bills, I noticed I still made as many trips, but they were clustered at times of pain. This year, I am planning to go monthly to avoid the pain and optimize my strengths. <BR> <BR> The second thing I have done to help me learn to love my body is to let go of "... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:12:45 EST New start page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556410 <em>252</em> I have always loved SparkPeople. Even when I do little else to take care of my health, I usually manage to at least earn a consistency award each month. Doing this encourages me to actually do real things (like eat vegetables or take a walk) that will truly benefit my health. There are not words enough to say all the good things I feel about SparkPeople and its wonderful staff. <BR> <BR> I love how they are constantly working to update the website and keeping things fresh. ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 00:15:22 EST Stronger Than I Think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534431 28. Because I am stronger than I think, but not as strong as I want to be. <BR> <BR> Since making this goal of 210,000 steps for the month, and doing the #Fit2Feast challenge, I have been doing the Leslie Sansone videos more regularly. At first, it was really hard (I hate admitting how hard even the one-mile videos had become when I used to do the four and five-miles ones!), but I kept at it and would finish. Sometimes I would have to slow down or decrease the movements, but I finished. I... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 23:59:02 EST