12. Post a picture of your inspiration. Thinspiration if that's your thing. Fitspiration if that's what you're after. Heathspiration if that's your primary goal. Why is this person inspiring to you?
Mostly because she looks strong and fierce and that's how I want to be. I also fancy myself a fighter though I am actually a big wimp.
13. What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier?
It took me far too long to realize you can't out exercise a bad diet. Even when making healthy choices, the portions have to also be in control or no amount of exercise is going to get you to your goal. That was the hardest. And I will likely always struggle with my sweet tooth, but I'm able to handle it by controlling my environment.
14. What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was?
I actually love exercise and physical fitness. When I was young, I used to say I would never run unless being chased by someone with a weapon but I love running. I love working out. I love to sweat. I wish that in my youth gym class wasn't made to be such a ridiculous farce of a popularity contest and instead actually focused on fitness or finding ways to instill the love of fitness into people. If that had happened when I was younger, I'm not sure whether I would be here now.
15. What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople?
I am a home exerciser, so I like Videofitness.com an awful lot, but also blondeponytail.com and bodyrock.tv
16. Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life?
I've tried them all over the years. But in this journey, on this path, in this way that is working for me, I started out doing HMR, now called Weight Management NY and I lost about 45 lbs or so on that, but I was unable to maintain the meals and my body started to react negatively after about a year. I floundered for a bit after that tried to do it on my own, put a bit of the weight back on and then my friend talked me into going to weight watchers. I've been going for over a year, and I'm within 4 pounds of goal. I don't exactly count points anymore, I'm focusing more now on eating clean unprocessed foods that fuel me. I love the meal plans in Clean Eating Magazine and I follow those and they are working out pretty well.