CHERYL_ANNE's SparkPeople Blog CHERYL_ANNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Love You, You Did The Best You Could Today Because sometimes we need to hear it and that means saying it to ourselves. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:20:20 EST Meditation: When We Meet Real Tragedy In Life <img src=""> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:06:54 EST Mindfulness Practice: Forgiveness "Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past." <BR> –Brian Tracey Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:09:56 EST What Are You Counting? It says "healthy" right there on the label. <BR> <BR> Or, <BR> <BR> "low fat" <BR> "fat free" <BR> "low sodium" <BR> "sugar free" <BR> "low cholesterol" <BR> "low calorie" <BR> <BR> But is it really? <BR> <BR> Only way for me to know for sure is by reading the nutrition facts label and the ingredients. <BR> <BR> Sometimes the labeling is truth, sometimes it's marketing. <BR> <BR> I'm the one who makes the decision whether I'm buying it, consuming it, or looking for an alternative. <B... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:04:13 EST What If? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What if you CAN? <BR> <BR> You just gotta try, try, try! <BR> <BR> Then you will figure out what works best for YOU. <BR> <BR> And THAT becomes what YOU do EVERY single day. <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:10:30 EST Day 730 - Happy 2 Year SparkVersary To Me! Woot! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Join me in a happy dance! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:27:38 EST Kinda Sorta... Tough Love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:43:58 EST Exercise For Your Mental Health <img src=""> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:04:53 EST Under Construction (aka Improvements!) <img src=""> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:49:28 EST Sharing An Insightful & Helpful Article on Feelings You’re Not Bad; You’re Crying Out for Help <BR> <link><BR>ure-crying-out-for-help/ </link> <BR> By Ann Weiser Cornell <BR> <BR> The part that "hooked me": <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> When we repress and deny our feelings, we cut off a natural process of healing and self-understanding. When that avenue is closed, what is left to us is “acting out”—being “bad,” being depressed, addictive behavior of all kinds. <BR> <BR> Many of us deaden our feelings wit... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:00:16 EST Today's Sunrise This is roughly at the 3/4 mile (1.20 km) point of my walk. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:23:15 EST Walking/Running Safety Tips Doesn't matter that I live in a small town - still gotta think about safety. I thought I'd share a couple safety tips I found... <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Be alert to where you are at all times. For safety's sake and your peace of mind, check out an area you're going to workout in before you actually workout in it. <BR> <BR> Be alert to who is around you at all times, even if they're dressed in workout gear. If you notice anything strange or have... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:05:47 EST Recipe For Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Think about where you were a year ago, two years ago, or even longer. Look how far you've come and what you've learned and accomplished! Keep going. The journey is still unfurling ahead of you! Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:03:53 EST Be Fearless You know what you want and how to get it. Sometimes you get in your own way or come face to face with something you're afraid of. You're the only one who can get you past all of it. You got this. Keep doing it. You'll get there! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:00:26 EST Somedays It's Not About Health Or Building Muscle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Or "Me" Time. <BR> <BR> When I'm working out I keep the focus on me. Mindful of what it is I'm currently doing and making corrections if necessary to how I'm moving my body. There's plenty of time the rest of the day to think about all the things I need to do, should have done, will be doing, however "my workout time" is just that - mine. <BR> <BR> What about you? Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:25:35 EST Start By Doing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:26:17 EST Trusting Your Inner Voice Read an inspirational and thought-provoking Positively Positive post today: <BR> <link><BR>7/experiencing-self-help-burnout-read-<BR>this/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:52:39 EST Stop For A Second And Be Proud Of Yourself It's so easy to just dismiss all the hard work that you do on a daily basis and not give yourself credit. <BR> <BR> If you just started today - it's all there before you - unlimited possibility and you are the one in control. Make SparkFriends because, "You can't always see where you are going, but a SparkFriend walking the journey with you may see what you can't." <BR> <BR> If you've reached your goal - you now know that all the things you did to get here are things that you will have to ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:48:51 EST Focus On What You Want Your Life To Look Like It's a continual balancing act of syncing up mind and body to keep all the hard work managed so far and also ensure future work! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What do you want your life to look like and what are doing to help yourself achieve your vision? <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:10:51 EST Mindfulness: I Will Recognize When I Am Judging My Feelings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:45:36 EST Stronger! <img src=""> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:20:59 EST Mindfulness: Take Action - Wanting Is Not Enough <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If somebody was watching your day-to-day behavior <BR> would they be able to see what you're working towards; <BR> what your goals are? <BR> <BR> Think about that for a moment... <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> (aka - the difference between walking the walk and just talking the talk!) <BR> <BR> Are you actually doing all the things you know you need to do on a daily basis even when you don't want to or feel lik... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:37:03 EST The Scale Can Only Tell You What You Weigh; Not Who You Are Even though weighing yourself can be helpful, <BR> it's very important to remember <BR> that only the way that works best for you <BR> is what matters! <BR> <BR> You are the only one who knows what you can happily deal with <BR> whether it's a monthly, weekly, or daily weigh-in. <BR> <BR> When you do what works best for you - you are more willing to do it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:05:16 EST Today, Not Someday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saying "someday" is simply YOU getting in YOUR own way. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:17:38 EST Only You Can Help You! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You have the ability to motivate yourself... it's there right inside you waiting for you to call upon it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:10:05 EST Workout Motivation Tip <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On my current schedule I walk five days a week. Alarm goes off, I get into my workout gear, have a coffee, make my husband's lunch, and drive him to work (we share a car). When I get back, it's time to workout, and then get ready for work. <BR> <BR> What's your schedule like? What kinds of things do you do to motivate yourself to workout? Thu, 3 Jul 2014 06:48:22 EST Mindfulness & Perspective: Food is not the issue <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:58:34 EST Sometimes I have to remind myself... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:19:20 EST Stop worrying about what others will think and just find what works for you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What works for you? Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:15:48 EST The Single Most Important Tool To Weight Loss <img src=""> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:23:44 EST Let It Go <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:46:20 EST Baby Steps Get You There! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's the fact that you try consistently that will get you want you to be. <BR> <BR> Think about how babies get from the point of sitting, to standing, and then eventually walking. <BR> <BR> They work at it...! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:15:06 EST Do It For Yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:32:49 EST Give Today Your All <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:33:24 EST Knock, Knock. Who's There? Opportunity! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tick... tick... tick... ! <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:07:01 EST I Know It's Hard <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be perfect. <BR> <BR> I just have to do it. <BR> <BR> Every minute --- every hour --- every day! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:48:58 EST Mindfulness: Being Focused <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:36:30 EST Happy Choice This week's happy choice is that today and Thursday, I am using my "3 miles or 30 minutes" moving time in the morning for "me" time, thus making those two very long days more manageable. Yes, it means I will be making up the lost time/distance the rest of the week, but my mental health will be worth it. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I am working two positions at two different non-profits. I have been working them since January. Frankly, I am getting burned out because I am not getting enough "... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:05:36 EST Never Give Up <img src=""> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 07:22:53 EST Slow Progress Is Progress Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! <BR> <em>223</em> <BR> Jack Canfield, the Chicken Soup for the Soul originator, <BR> wrote the best post titled, When Success Is Slow, What Can You Do? <BR> <link><BR>4/when-success-is-slow-what-can-you-do/ </link> <BR> <BR> Go, read it please! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 08:12:01 EST Doing It! <img src=""> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:46:03 EST Peek @ my Stats <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lifetime Stats <BR> <BR> 296.98 total miles <BR> 57.33 time <BR> 4 pounds burned <BR> 131 workouts <BR> 0.01 around the world <BR> 712.79 tv's powered <BR> 10.80 gallons of gas saved <BR> 85.37 donuts burned <BR> <BR> Love the dailymile's interpretation! <BR> <BR> The stats are the cardio/aerobic portion of my daily workout using the SPAT (Spark Activity Tracker) which records how many miles and how long it took... Sat, 31 May 2014 08:10:24 EST Calories In, Calories Out <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm still "choosing my hard" here. <BR> <BR> Still trying to figure out the daily calories... <BR> <BR> Made a change to the Fitness settings. <BR> <BR> Seven days a week of cardio for 40 minutes at a time and that put the high end of my daily caloric intake at a little over 2000! <BR> <BR> Woah! Stop! <BR> <BR> Reversed the entry and put it back the way it was. <BR> <BR> I simply do not believe I need to... Fri, 30 May 2014 11:30:28 EST Reality Versus Expectation So I'm doing all the things I need to do every single meal, every single day. You know what I'm talking about fellow Sparkers, portioning out and measuring my food, staying within the caloric range, drinking the right amount of water, moving my body. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> You'd think that because I bumped up the movement to 3 miles per day (roughly 41 minutes per aerobic-level walk) - I'm a calorie burning machine, right? <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I track m... Tue, 27 May 2014 10:19:45 EST Getting In Your Own Way And Blocking Your Dreams I had gotten in my own way so long ago I no longer remembered the reasons why. Even belonged to SparkPeople once before but I let fear rule me and quit. Big giant leap of faith forward on September 1, 2012 when I rejoined. This time it would be different. <BR> <BR> How did I know that? Because I was going to be different. And the number one thing that I was going to do differently was not let fear rule me. It was okay to be scared - that's normal, but I was going to come from a place of fai... Sat, 24 May 2014 10:07:01 EST Mindfulness: One of the Most Important Keys to Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's to everyone who despite all the excuses they could make, <BR> puts on their trainers and moves their body every single day, <BR> even when they don't feel like it because it's what they need to do <BR> to get where they want to be. <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Sun, 18 May 2014 10:39:09 EST Belief In Yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm a walker. I currently walk a 2.10 mile circuit and I'm averaging a 14.5 minute mile. <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Once you're into your trainers (gym shoes), what kind of movement do you do each day? <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 May 2014 08:15:43 EST Mindfulness: Getting Closer? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How are you getting closer closer to the goals you set for yourself? <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Tue, 13 May 2014 07:13:16 EST Move Your Body <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What kinds of things do you do to make your outside match your inside? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 May 2014 12:03:39 EST Eating Back Your Exercise Calories (Are You Getting In Your Way And Not Realizing It?) I know that to lose weight, I need to burn more calories than I eat and drink. <BR> <BR> So what about "eating back" my exercise calories? Nope! Not something I can do because eating back my exercise calories is one way I get in my own way and not realize it. And why would I want to do that? <BR> <BR> I know that my caloric requirements are not the same as someone who has never been overweight. It's a fact I have to accept. <BR> <BR> <em>543</em> <BR> <BR> I wear an Activity Tracker (... Sun, 4 May 2014 12:08:21 EST