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
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Hi Carolyn. Thanks so much for the nice comment on my blog. My life is a little hectic right now as I'm usually either working or at the cancer center with Tommy so I don't spend as much time posting on SP as in the past, but I try to check in each day and see what's going on. Ah yes, the mighty Thor, the cream puff who loves absolutely everyone. He is an amazing animal and he makes us laugh a lot, something that we really need right now. We are taking things one day at a time and trying to find something to enjoy each and every day.
Thanks again for your kind words.
1717 days ago
Hi Carolyn: I miss you, my friend, I hope all is well with you and your family. If you need to talk, vent, or catch up - send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
1761 days ago
Glad to hear that the lack of work is no longer an issue. It is hard to establish good routines when life is upside down. The good thing is that you are ready to set it right again. A new job brings it's own stresses, but they pale in comparison to being out of work, and they ought to calm down before too long.
Moment by moment, one choice at a time, welcome back to the path.
1798 days ago
Difficult, yes! Worth it? YES!
1818 days ago
Hi , Carolyn - haven't heard from you for awhile... I hope you're having a good summer and keeping as cool as you can!
1819 days ago