Here I am in September 2007. Click to read my thoughts on this picture.
Here I am in July 2008.
September '09-Contrary to these pics, I do wear clothes that aren't red tops and blue jean bottoms!
HEALTHY_CAROLYN is a SparkPeople Motivator!
We all have it in us to make the changes we want, and I wish it was as simple as saying it and having it be so. It's a lot of hard work, especially for those of us who have spent a long time (if not our whole lives) being bigger and being sedentary. I remember the innocence of my first year (and you can read about it in my blogs), having pounds slide off and feeling amazed and pleased by how swiftly the changes could happen even though I'd never really been an active person. After my second year, things slowed down and more challenges occurred, but I was still heading in a healthy direction. My third year was a complete shock to me, how far I could get myself into a hole and how much tougher it was to climb out.
I'm glad that I could have all the experiences of these years because I know both that I have it in me to change and that I will always have challenges to having the healthy self I want. Both of these are invaluable to this journey. I started on a new road almost 5 years ago when I started eating better and then 3 years ago when I learned how strong my body and mind could be, and hopefully, I will have a long road ahead of me. I may never reach the pinnacle of physical health (but you never know!), but I know that I will always stay on this journey to health. I will never give up on me.
I want to get physical activity into every single day: exercising, strength training or doing things with my family outside, whether it's hiking, walking, skating or playing!
Some of my favorite things:
Books - Mysteries are my favorite. I love too many authors to count, but among the top are Julia Spencer-Fleming, Dana Stabenow, Marcia Muller, P.J. Tracy, and J.D. Robb.
Playing games - I play all kinds of different games, but some of my favorites are Scrabble, Boggle and Sequence.
Doing puzzles - A rare treat
Papercrafting - I especially enjoy making cards and scrapbooking.
Camping, hiking and visiting state and national parks - Get a yearly park pass and take a break with nature!
Watching television - I try not to be such a couch potato anymore.
Watching movies - "It's a Wonderful Life" is my favorite because I believe every person does make a difference even if they don't know it.
Of course, I'm saving the best for last: Being with the people in my life, my wonderful family and my terrific friends. I am so grateful to have them!
Secrets of Success
| current weight: 165.0
Happy Birthday, Carolyn! Have a wonderful day and give yourself the best present ever...the present of better health, stronger muscles, more energy...make healthier choices in eating, stay hydrated, move those muscles, and treat yourself like your best friend. Your body & spirit will thank you for many birthdays to come. Have a day filled with love, laughter, fun, some presents, and maybe a little cake and ice cream, too. Celebrate your special day!!
1600 days ago
You go girl!
1632 days ago
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog and for the nice comment. Also, thanks for the southwest sunshine. I can't wait until next month when I'll be out there and can soak up some of that glorious sunshine in person :0)
Hope you have a great week!
1636 days ago
Happy New year... tis great to see your smile again... has been awhile... miss it!!!!!!
1698 days ago
Carolyn you are so inspiring on this first day of the new year. I was looking forward today to read about fellow Sparkers who have really managed to figure out the good path. You certainly seem to have found the path and are following it. Thanks for a great start to the day and the new year. I wish you much success in the New Year!
1699 days ago