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/ 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 It only takes a little while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528839 27. Because I can make a big difference in a little while. <BR> <BR> I have been a Leslie Sansone fan for many years, albeit quite inconsistent. Starting October 1, she began a challenge called, "Slimmer by Thanksgiving." Something about that title resonated with me. I think maybe I was thinking so much about how far I have to go that I did not start on the monumental task of losing all this extra weight. But here she was promising that we could see and feel a difference by Thanksgiving... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 01:10:00 EST Self-sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514682 Self-sabotage is something you will read about fairly often here on SparkPeople. Many of us will, despite our fervent desires to change our lives, find ourselves eating anything and everything we can find... sometimes without even enjoying it. We talk about it on SparkPeople in blogs on message groups, wondering what is wrong with us. We tell each other to forgive ourselves and keep trying. Some days, we even listen. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I am faced (yet again) with a situation where I simp... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:26:48 EST I did a marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499978 26. To be prepared for almost anything. <BR> <BR> OK, so I did not run a marathon, but I did watch one Saturday. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I grew up a Girl Scout, my brother a Boy Scout. The Scout motto is, "Be prepared." I certainly was not prepared Saturday when I went to watch my brother run the marathon. There is no one good seat to see a lot of action in a marathon. If you want see the good stuff and you want to be there to support your runner when their going gets tough, you have ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:34:23 EST They don't have room for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496373 25. To be less likely to end up dependent on our over-taxed healthcare system. <BR> <BR> I heard this phrase on a short video I saw ( <link>www.brendanbrazier.com/#!zon-fitness </link> ), but he said it so perfectly, I had to steal it for myself. Health care costs so much. One major incident and a reasonably prepared family can be looking at bankruptcy. And we are not even reasonably prepared! When my father-in-law had an episode some years back, he was in the ER all night long because ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:31:37 EST Winter's coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484275 24. So my pretty winter clothes fit <BR> <BR> A friend and I were talking yesterday about how our bodies are a little softer and rounder than they were last winter. We talked about the clothes we have for winter that we know would not fit if we put them on today. I have summer clothes I haven't been able to wear, but that is more of a practical concern. My wardrobe is limited, yes, and not very flattering, but whatever. I deal with it. But I actually have some pretty winter clothes (mos... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 06:22:01 EST Why it has gotten easier to "just say no" to donuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483216 23. Because the blood test is coming <BR> <BR> Last time I went to the chiropractor, he asked me if I wanted to do another blood test and work with the homeopath again. I agreed, but decided to wait a month before I take the test. When I was going regularly, I was making slow progress, which was good. But then, one day I went in and saw a huge jump in my improvement! The difference was that I had significantly reduced my sugar intake between those two visits. This time, I figured if I ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:54:57 EST Why, oh why, am I doing this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481184 22. To never wonder what my motivations are <BR> <BR> I have not posted a new blog for a few days because I am stuck. I have not been able to think of any new reasons. Oh, I still think about some of the reasons on the list, but I haven't been able to think of anything not already here. But you know, eventually, I want to stop adding to this list and start a new one. Instead of 30 reasons why I want to take control of my health, I want to one day create a list of 100 (or 1000!) reasons w... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:24:57 EST YAY SPARKPOINTS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475361 21. Superficial rewards like SparkPoints and compliments <BR> <BR> As I sat here a couple days ago, Sparking on, I noticed my Friend Feed filled with all the great trophies my friends had won. Consistency. Perfect Attendance. 500 SparkPoints. Fitness Minutes. Mileage. I was happy for my friends, and for myself. I barely managed, but I squeaked by with the 1000-minute trophy again this month. <em>244</em> Is 1002 minutes that much better than 999 minutes? Why, YES it is, because ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 06:53:41 EST Eat less, move more, breathe easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474051 20. Breathing easier is better. <BR> <BR> Wow, it is amazing how quickly we can change our bodies. One year ago this weekend, I ran (slowly, but I did run) a half marathon. This year, I am busting out of my pants and huffing and puffing trying to keep up with others. I do OK when I am by myself and can walk my own speed, but it is embarrassing not to be able to talk and walk if we are going at a speed above slow. I like breathing normally at a normal pace. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> *******... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 23:07:29 EST The deepest motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468431 19. For energy to live the life I want. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I talked about how other people see me. They see I am overweight and may be inclined to believe I am lazy or incompetent. While this may not be true, my weight does slow me down. How can I hope to qualify for a promotion if I am huffing and puffing from walking to my desk from my car? How can I focus and stay awake for my studies if I am eating poorly? Where in the world will I find the energy to take care of a house when I s... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:30:53 EST Judging books by covers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467581 18. Because it is only natural to judge a book by its cover. <BR> <BR> Whether their assessment is accurate or not, people will naturally assume certain things about me because of my excess weight. They may believe I am lazy, lacking self-control, unmotivated, incompetent, unintelligent, or a host of other negative qualities. In our society, obesity is seen in a negative light. I have read news articles that say that the overweight can have a more difficult time finding jobs and are not ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:01:27 EST To breed success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466319 17. Because I know the more successful I am, the more successful I will want to be. Success breeds success. <BR> <BR> My coworker friends held an intervention for me last week. They want to know where my motivation has gone. What has happened to me the last six months, they wondered. There are a lot of things (mostly just "life gets in the way" sort of things), but I think a large part of it is inertia. I stumbled, and it was easy to fall back into old habits and mindsets. I like choco... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:40:38 EST Painless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417179 16. To live without pain without taking prescription ibuprofen several times each day. <BR> <BR> Last night, I happened into a live yoga class. I was so excited because I got to take one last year when I was training to run the half marathon. The next morning was the only day I was not in pain from running. I have been wanting to do yoga ever since, but am not faithful to it at home and have not had a chance to do a live class since then. But last night, I had my chance. There were man... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:30:56 EST To Wake Up Easily. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413917 15. To wake up easily. <BR> <BR> We started a new weight loss contest at work Monday. The first three days, I was starving all the time. I tried not to snack as much as usual, but was so hungry all the time. I kept eating lots of fruits and veggies and reduced my sweets intake, and stopped eating when I was full. On the fourth day, I noticed things getting better. I wasn't hungry all the time! <em>104</em> The fourth day also happened to be Independence Day <em>232</em> <em>28... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 05:53:26 EST Fitsporation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399584 We have to learn multimedia for one of my classes, so I thought I would play around some today learning how to use Windows Movie Maker using some great Fitspo pictures I found online, mostly on tumblr. I hope you enjoy. I look forward to your feedback. It's my first movie, so I have lots to learn. Please let me know how I can be better. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Lisa <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:59:25 EST We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381102 I have been working on a list, adding to it somewhat daily, of reasons why I want to pursue my health and wellness goals. While a worthy pursuit and somewhat motivating, it has not yet produced the results (the SPARK) I desire. It has occurred to me that I may be missing part of the picture. Once upon a time, in a memory getting farther away, I was fortunate enough to have a Wellness Coach. The recession hit hard and I was no longer able to work with my coach, but some of the lessons have... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 06:51:42 EST Serving as an inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370000 14. I want to be my own inspirational story. <BR> <BR> I follow a guy named Tony on Facebook. He has used to be over 400 pounds, but has changed his life and kept off 200 pounds for over four years. (You can find him at <link>https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-A<BR>nti-Jared/285102642711?fref=ts </link> .) In one of his posts, he mentioned that he no longer needs to go looking for inspirational stories because he looks in the mirror every morning and sees his own inspirational story. ... Tue, 28 May 2013 06:41:34 EST Empowered in the face of addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360950 13. It feels so much better to be in control of my sugar addiction than to be controlled by it. <BR> <BR> Many times, I have felt helpless to stop myself in the presence of sugar. Once I start, it can be hard to stop. I will start by telling myself I am just going to enjoy two cookies. "I will eat them slowly and savor them," I assure myself. Many times I do, but they were so good, I will just have two more. I eat these a little faster, then the next two a little faster. Soon, there i... Sun, 19 May 2013 10:20:27 EST A Reason A Day #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360194 To help SPARK the fire I need to get back on track, I plan to post a new reason every day for 30 days reminding me why I want to live healthier and lose weight. <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> 12. More small clothes fit in the washer/dryer than big clothes. <BR> 11. With more strength, greater flexibility, and less weight, I may find myself in less pain. <BR> 10. When I am outside more, I am sick less. <BR> 09. To reduce my rising cholesterol levels. <BR> 08. To be a positive influ... Sat, 18 May 2013 12:31:03 EST A Reason A Day #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358237 To help SPARK the fire I need to get back on track, I plan to post a new reason every day for 30 days reminding me why I want to live healthier and lose weight. <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> 11. With more strength, greater flexibility, and less weight, I may find myself in less pain. <BR> 10. When I was outside more, I was sick less. <BR> 09. Although my cholesterol is still in a healthy range, it has been on a steady rise over the past months, up 45 points in just one year. <BR... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:34:27 EST 10 Great Reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355901 I have gained 8.8 pounds since my last weigh-in April 1. Obviously, my motivation has been lacking. To help SPARK the fire I need to get back on track, I plan to post a new reason every day for 30 days reminding me why I want to live healthier and lose weight. <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> 10. When I was outside more, I was sick less. <BR> 09. Although my cholesterol is still in a healthy range, it has been on a steady rise over the past months, up 45 points in just one year. <BR... Tue, 14 May 2013 05:37:44 EST A Reason A Day #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355119 To help SPARK the fire I need to reach my goals, it is my goal to post a new reason every day for 30 days for why I want to live healthier and lose weight. <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> 09. Although my cholesterol is still in a healthy range, it has been on a steady rise over the past months, up 45 points in just one year. <BR> 08. To be a positive influence on my diabetic husband. <BR> 07. I hate my double chin. <BR> 06. So I can easily reach my goal of finishing the 2014 Figh... Mon, 13 May 2013 12:04:26 EST A Reason A Day #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353618 To help SPARK the fire I need to reach my goals, it is my goal to post a new reason every day for 30 days for why I want to live healthier and lose weight. <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> 08. To be a positive influence on my diabetic husband. <BR> 07. I hate my double chin. <BR> 06. So I can easily reach my goal of finishing the 2014 Fight for Air Climb in under 40 minutes. <BR> 05. Regular exercise clears my head and evens my moods. <BR> 04. I feel more in control of my life when I ... Sun, 12 May 2013 00:29:06 EST A Reason A Day: #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352679 To help SPARK the fire I need to reach my goals, it is my goal to post a new reason every day for 30 days for why I want to live healthier and lose weight. <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> 07. I hate my double chin. <BR> 06. So I can easily reach my goal of finishing the 2014 Fight for Air Climb in under 40 minutes. <BR> 05. Regular exercise clears my head and evens my moods. <BR> 04. I feel more in control of my life when I take care of myself. <BR> 03. I liked it better when I fit i... Sat, 11 May 2013 00:05:45 EST A Reason A Day: #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352669 To help SPARK the fire I need to reach my goals, it is my goal to post a new reason every day for 30 days for why I want to live healthier and lose weight. <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> 06. So I can easily reach my goal of finishing the 2014 Fight for Air Climb in under 40 minutes. <BR> 05. Regular exercise clears my head and evens my moods. <BR> 04. I feel more in control of my life when I take care of myself. <BR> 03. I liked it better when I fit in L shirts instead of XL. <BR> ... Fri, 10 May 2013 23:52:42 EST A Reason A Day: #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350620 05. Regular exercise clears my head and evens my moods. <BR> 04. I feel more in control of my life when I take care of myself. <BR> 03. I liked it better when I fit in L shirts instead of XL. <BR> 02. When I exercise regularly, I have more energy. <BR> 01. When my face is thinner, I have a prettier smile. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * <BR> It is my goal to post a new reason every day for 30 days for why I want to live healthier and lose weight. I have forgotten why I started and have sunk i... Thu, 9 May 2013 06:46:29 EST A Reason A Day: #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349408 04. I feel more in control of my life when I take care of myself. <BR> 03. I liked it better when I fit in L shirts instead of XL. <BR> 02. When I exercise regularly, I have more energy. <BR> 01. When my face is thinner, I have a prettier smile. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * <BR> It is my goal to post a new reason every day for 30 days for why I want to live healthier and lose weight. I have forgotten why I started and have sunk instead into a pit of excuses. This should spark the fire in me... Wed, 8 May 2013 06:17:46 EST A Reason A Day: #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349285 03. I liked it better when I fit in L shirts instead of XL. <BR> 02. When I exercise regularly, I have more energy. <BR> 01. When my face is thinner, I have a prettier smile. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * <BR> It is my goal to post a new reason every day for 30 days for why I want to live healthier and lose weight. I have forgotten why I started and have sunk instead into a pit of excuses. This should spark the fire in me again to take my health seriously. Wed, 8 May 2013 00:12:34 EST Another Day, Another Reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347956 02. When I exercise regularly, I have more energy. <BR> 01. When my face is thinner, I have a prettier smile. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * <BR> It is my goal to post a new reason every day for 30 days for why I want to live healthier and lose weight. I have forgotten why I started and have sunk instead into a pit of excuses. This should spark the fire in me again to take my health seriously. Mon, 6 May 2013 22:03:59 EST A Reason A Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346350 For the next 30 days, it is my goal to post one more reason I want to live healthier and lose weight. I have forgotten why I started and have sunk instead into a pit of excuses. Thinking each day of another reason why the healthy lifestyle is more desirable for me I hope will serve as a jump start to my motivation. <BR> <BR> 01. When my face is thinner, I have a prettier smile. Sun, 5 May 2013 14:47:15 EST Better sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340405 Last night's sleep was not as good as the one the night before, but still pretty refreshing. I woke up early this morning and wanted to go back to sleep because it was early and the bed felt nice, but I was rested enough and hungry, so I couldn't go back to sleep. I had my breakfast and immediately set to cleaning. I had much more energy than I usually do, so was able to keep at it for a while. I stopped as much as because I was hot as because I was tired. That and I have homework I need... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:08:00 EST Not looking good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339933 I said, "April 1 is Day 1." I had such grandiose plans. I was really going to do it! I had it all mapped out; all I had to do was follow the plan. <BR> <BR> Why does life never work out as we plan? I can tell by the way my clothes fit (or don't, as the case may be), the feeling I get when I bend over to tie my shoes, and the breathlessness I experience going up just a flight or two of stairs that when I weigh in on Wednesday, I am not going to like what I see. <BR> <BR> But all is not l... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:12:01 EST Inspiring myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332357 I love all the "fitspo" and other motivational graphics out there. My desktop background right now is simply, "Yes you can." It reminds me that, even though it can be tough to accomplish my dreams, I can. I can finish my homework. I can say no to a piece of cake. I can go to bed at a reasonable hour. I can take it all one step at a time. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1723099283.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have often thought it would be neat to design some of those myse... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:18:12 EST Tell me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330735 Go ahead and try to tell me that sugar is not addictive... I had a DREAM where I was buying cookies and other sweets. Even in my dream, my mind was racing and my emotions out of control because they didn't have enough of every option, even though I probably had about six cookies picked out! <BR> <BR> Some people believe that saying sugar (or any other food) is an addiction is a cop-out for those who choose not to control themselves. I believe that admitting sugar is an addiction still requ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 15:37:55 EST Proud of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328613 I bought ice cream Wednesday night. I haven't had a bite of it! Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:07:27 EST The right words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325689 The right words can make all the difference. Earlier today, I lamented on my Facebook page, "I am going to be a house by the time I graduate. Homework requires so much sitting, and I eat to take the edge off. {sigh}" <BR> <BR> I got a "your making excuses" response from my niece and a couple of nice encouragements from friends. One in particular really struck me. He said, "You have worked hard to be where you are today." What a great reminder. Instead of beating myself up for all the mi... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:17:24 EST Stress Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322327 Since realizing that stress has played a larger (negative) role in my life than I realized, and that working on stress management would be beneficial to me, I have been thinking of some of the things that cause me stress. I believe listing them out here may help me address some of them to create a quality stress management plan for myself. <BR> <BR> Some of these things are related to (or drive) each other. I am not going to address the issues or make the plan in this blog; that is for ano... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 23:51:04 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316559 Today is my last day of the free trial of SparkCoach. Each day, one of my fast track goals has been to post my goals somewhere I can see them. I have three major goals: lose five pounds, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and keep up with my stair climbing regimen. I have not felt motivated. I have felt overwhelmed and apathetic. Yes, my injured hip is part of it, but some of it is my lack of focus. I see now that if I focus my attention on those three goals, the rest can fade into the background and ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 23:38:51 EST