BCRISTELLI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BCRISTELLI BCRISTELLI'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/ Eight Week Challenge #9 - Starting Measurments as of 6/14/2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3367213 Starting Weight: 187.4 <BR> Waist: 41 <BR> Hips: 47 <BR> Thigh: 23 <BR> Upper Arm: 14 <BR> Neck: 14 <BR> Calf: 15 <BR> Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.87 <BR> Body Fat %: 30.2 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 14:27:01 EST Listen to your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3365953 "To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it." <BR> -- Jean Shinoda Bolen <BR> <BR> "When you have compassion and surrender to your own heart, you are surrendering to the hidden power in your heart, God. You are surrendering to love, because God is Love, the cohesive force of the universe that connects us all. Surrender is not just a rel... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 08:47:29 EST Valuing the Moment of Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3359060 "... the only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment." <BR> <BR> -- Jon Kabat-Zinn <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 09:53:39 EST Eight Week Challenge #9 - Week One Done on to Week Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3357808 Well I have completed week one of the eight week challenge #9 and dropped a two pounds. I am very happy with these results, especially seeing how I wasn't able to exercise much. I am hoping to get back on the exercise track this week. I got my lawn mowed tonight and weeded a small flower garden. Plus, picked up the house and did a load of laundry. So overall, it was an excellent night. Now I am off to bed with the hopes of rising early to exercise and do my Bible study work before befor... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 22:23:57 EST Quote for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3340975 "The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone." <BR> <BR> – Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day and that you are getting lots accomplished. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:44:59 EST Day Two of Eight Week Battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3338643 All right the battle is on. I was able to squeeze in a little bit of exercise; however, I am still finding that I am winded after walking short distances and after doing exercise. I am thinking that this is still due to the bronchitis and pluracy that I was diagnoised with three and two weeks ago. At least I am able to do more than I was two weeks ago and a week ago. It will just take time. <BR> <BR> I hope all of my fellow teammates are doing great so far. <BR> <BR> I am still strugg... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 22:36:02 EST Day One of Eight Week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3335012 <em>249</em> of the eight week challenge, <BR> <BR> I'm proud to be part of the blue team and look forward to getting to know each of my fellow team mates and to help them achieve their goals. I hope that each of my fellow team mates will help to hold me accountable for reaching my goals and to exercise each day. I have a hard time with figuring out how to work full time, take care of my teenage daughter and her work and swim schedule, take care of the house and fit in time for me to exe... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:55:26 EST Quote for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3330877 "We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success." <BR> – Henry David Thoreau <BR> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 21:19:59 EST Step into Self-awareness - Inspirational Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3320295 "Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority." <BR> -- Tom Hopkins <BR> <BR> <BR> Different aspects of self-awareness: <BR> <BR> - Know yourself inside and out, to include your likes, dislikes, etc... <BR> <BR> - Accept who you are, once you have examined who you are. <BR> <BR> - Control your goals and discipline yourself when needed. <BR> <BR> - Express who you are and give back to the community. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Our lives improve only when we take chances ... and... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:47:45 EST 5 Steps to Self Actualization - Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3316826 "Every human action, whether it has become positive or negative, must depend on motivation." <BR> -- Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> <BR> "There are three kinds of people and three kinds of richness: <BR> - people who want to have, to collect <BR> - people who want action, work and labor <BR> - people who want to be <BR> <BR> The real richness is in be-ness. People can take all that you have, all that you collected. People can stop your labor, or an accident can stop you. When you are, you never lose... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 10:09:16 EST Feel Your Emotions - Inspirational Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3313332 "The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are." <BR> -- Takahisa Kora <BR> <BR> "Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance." <BR> -- Deepak Chopra <BR> <BR> "We have to become more conscious of our feeling-world. By learning to identify the ‘emotional baggage’ and manage our feeling-world reactions, w... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 11:36:29 EST We Project Our Strengths - Inspirational Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3309086 "Any situation that you find yourself in, is an outward reflection of your inner state of beingness." <BR> <BR> -- El Morya <BR> <BR> "The people we are in relationship with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors reflecting their beliefs. So relationship is one of the most powerful tools for growth... if we look honestly at our relationships we can see so much about how we have created them." <BR> <BR> -- Shakti Gawain <BR> <BR> "Every artist di... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 10:41:21 EST Quote for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3300463 "Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever." <BR> – Isak Dinesen <BR> Fri, 4 Jun 2010 13:07:50 EST Trust Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3296213 "I never know what the next lesson is going to be, because we’re not supposed to know; we’re supposed to trust ourselves to discover it." <BR> -- Melody Beattie <BR> <BR> "I trust so much in the power of the heart and the soul; I know that the answer to what we need to do next is in our own hearts. All we have to do is listen, then take that one step further and trust what we hear. We will be taught what we need to learn." <BR> -- Melody Beattie <BR> <BR> <BR> "Ultimately, we must learn to... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 10:19:39 EST Quote for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3287608 "If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again." <BR> <BR> – Flavia Weedn <BR> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 08:56:56 EST Two Inspirational Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3273706 "Every achiever that I have ever met says, ‘My life turned around when I began to believe in me.’" <BR> -- Dr. Robert H. Schuller <BR> <BR> <BR> "We cannot achieve more in life than what we believe in our heart of hearts we deserve to have." <BR> -- James R. Ball <BR> Thu, 27 May 2010 12:20:34 EST Thought for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3270794 Focus on what will be instead of dwelling on what might have been. <BR> <BR> We tend to get caught up looking back at the events that occurred in the past in our life and when we do this, we get caught up with the "woulda, shoulda, coulda" talk. However, we must learn that this talk will not do us any good. <BR> <BR> Instead we need to focus on the future; the healthy days that are ahead of us and how we are going to accomplish our new healthy goals. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Wed, 26 May 2010 15:35:53 EST Inspirational Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3265755 "The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it." <BR> <BR> -- Rosemary Fillmore Rhea <BR> <BR> I hope each of you have a great day. I know the weather in Ithaca, NY is beautiful and I plan to get outside at lunch today to take a nice walk. Tue, 25 May 2010 09:37:28 EST 2 Inspiration Quote's for Thursday, May 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3249440 "When we feel stuck, going nowhere -- even starting to slip backward -- we may actually be backing p to get a running start." <BR> - Dan Millman <BR> <BR> "Every positive change - every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness - involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception." <BR> - Dan Millman <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Thu, 20 May 2010 09:11:44 EST Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3246431 Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself!!!! <BR> - Harvey Fierstein <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Wed, 19 May 2010 12:11:21 EST