CHERYL_ANNE's SparkPeople Blog CHERYL_ANNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Reality Check: Back & Forth and Lost & Found <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Find out what works for you. That's it. That's all you need to. <BR> <BR> What works for me? What's my program? <BR> <BR> Lifestyle, not diet. <BR> Healthy fuel for my body. <BR> Eat within my caloric limit. <BR> Portion control using digital kitchen scale and measuring spoons. <BR> Drink at least 64 ounces water daily. <BR> Track nutrition and water daily. <BR> Move my body each day. <BR> <BR> Food is fu... Sat, 3 May 2014 08:43:08 EST Walking Really Works Coach Nicole's excellent exercise article, "8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise" <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1209 </link> <BR> is a resource I reference to many fellow Sparkers especially as it's one of the articles that "clicked" for me in considering exercises that I can do now and in the foreseeable future. <BR> <BR> In short, the 8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise are: <BR> <BR> Working out will always feel hard. <BR> Not every movement or acti... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:36:34 EST Adding It Up In The Long Run It all adds up, every thing we do, every single minute of the day. Think for a minute of all the positive decisions and actions you choose for yourself as you are continuing on your journey to become the healthiest you can be. <BR> <BR> This journey is most definitely a case of, "Slow and steady wins the race." And also, "It's not a sprint, it's a marathon." There is total commitment going on here. <BR> <BR> You need patience as you educate yourself about what it is you're doing and what w... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:35:14 EST Get Healthy For You <img src=""> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:56:20 EST It's An Inside Job <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Same with motivation...! <BR> It's also an inside job! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> How do you encourage, celebrate, compliment, motivate yourself? <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:53:41 EST Like You Love Yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'll add two more to this list: <BR> <BR> Think positively and look for the good. <BR> <BR> Work on my "inside" so it matches my outside. <BR> <BR> What kinds of things do you do because you love yourself? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:31:49 EST Mindfulness & Meditation: Be Where You Are <img src=""> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:54:35 EST The Real Challenges Are Faced In The Kitchen ... "Workouts are super easy compared to nutrition. <BR> <BR> The real challenges are faced in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> The biggest challenge is picking out healthy food at the grocery store, preparing said healthy food at home, and eating food that is going to fuel your body properly! <BR> <BR> Food matters." <BR> <BR> - Rachel Steffen <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How do you cope with all the temptation that a grocery sto... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:30:31 EST The Greatest Journey Always Begins Within You <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “No matter what you have gone through <BR> and what others have put you through, <BR> you are still you. <BR> <BR> To embrace happiness, <BR> to find your passion and to love yourself, <BR> remember these things were never taken away from you. <BR> <BR> Nothing can stop you from rediscovering yourself. <BR> <BR> The greatest journey always begins within you.” <BR> <BR> - Dodinsky, Author of "In The Gard... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:50:18 EST Failed? <BR> No, I don't think so! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:57:37 EST Hunger Problem? Which hunger are you feeding? <BR> <BR> Your body -- truly physical hunger or your head -- emotional hunger? <BR> <BR> I ask because I am an Emotional Eater. <BR> <BR> I always try to take a moment and mindfully ask myself which kind of hunger I'm feeling before I "feed" it. <BR> <BR> I know it can be super scary to feel strong emotions and not know how to handle them, however stuffing my feelings down inside myself with food only makes it worse because it eventually adds shame and guil... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:20:43 EST Mindfulness: We Believe What We Tell Ourselves <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tell yourself: <BR> <BR> Everything will work out. <BR> Things will get better. <BR> You are important. <BR> You are worthy of great things. <BR> You are loveable. <BR> The time is now. <BR> This too, shall pass. <BR> You can be who you really are. <BR> The best is yet to come. <BR> You are strong. <BR> You can do this. <BR> <BR> We believe what we tell ourselves. <BR> <BR> It took a lot of inner-work for ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:06:09 EST Today Is A New Day... Begin Again! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is a new day! <BR> <BR> You can start fresh, wipe the slate clean, and begin again. <BR> <BR> Today you can embrace kindness. <BR> <BR> Practice compassion. <BR> <BR> Stand up for justice. <BR> <BR> Talk to strangers. <BR> <BR> Ask for help. <BR> <BR> Offer hope. <BR> <BR> Listen with your whole heart. <BR> <BR> Work for the common good. <BR> <BR> Love well. <BR> <BR> You can be the change you wish to... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:02:19 EST Maintaining Success w/SparkPeople! 68 pounds and 32.25 inches down since 2 September 2012 (my SparkPeople start date). <BR> <BR> That's a grand total of 85 pounds down all together from my heaviest weight. <BR> <BR> You know what? If I can do it, you can too! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Listen, it took me a long time to realize that it was going to take more than just eating healthy food (fuel) for my body, because if I eat too much, whether it's healthy or not,... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:28:53 EST Mindfulness Practice: Support Your SparkFriends! "Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr. <BR> <BR> Think about it. <BR> <BR> Nothing more than a smile... and you can make a huge difference in someone else's world! <BR> <BR> Listen, I'm busy, you're busy, we're all busy. I get it. <BR> <BR> Really, I do! <BR> <BR> But I have a question for you. <BR> <BR> Did you push this button right here; the one that said "Add As SparkFriend"? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:57:24 EST Consistency Matters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It really is about <BR> what you're willing to do <BR> every single day <BR> so you keep the success <BR> you've enjoyed! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:03:01 EST Accept Change <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That's all there is to it. <BR> <BR> Really! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:12:57 EST Positive, Positive, Positive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:08:05 EST Chances Of Success How have I achieved success so far? <BR> I stick with it - every single day, no matter what. <BR> <BR> Yes, it's hard to do all the things I needed to do to achieve success, but I didn't let that get in my way. <BR> <BR> I just kept going and soon it felt like I'd always been able to do all those things that brought me success! <BR> <BR> I don't remember learning to walk. I'm sure there was lots of trying, until I was able to take steps - holding onto to something or someone at first, a... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:57:18 EST Sometimes I Get In My Own Way Why do I feel this happens? <BR> <BR> I think the biggest reason is fear. <BR> <BR> I saved this blurb about fear I read recently in a post on zenhabits, "The Universe of a Single Task" <link> </link> <BR> because it rang oh-so-true to me: <BR> <BR> "Notice your fear. Sometimes, we resist a task, procrastinate on it. I mean, not you, of course. Most other people procrastinate. This procrastination is rooted in fear, and so the trick is to see the fear, to feel ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:19:18 EST Making A Lifestyle Change Instead of Dieting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dieting is when you eat food that makes you sad. It's funny when you read it... and then it sticks with you and you think about it. <BR> <BR> If you have to eat the way you do right now on your diet for the rest of your life to keep the success you've had, would you be able to do it? Every single day, every single meal for the rest of your life? <BR> <BR> That's something I definitely considered when I joi... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:14:29 EST You Got Yourself This Far <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll share my promise with you: <BR> <BR> "I've got myself this far and I will just keep going. And even when I get there I will do what it takes every day even when I don't feel like it, to keep the success I have and also enjoy future success." <BR> <BR> I'd love to see the promise you made to yourself if you'd like to share! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:23:17 EST Mindfulness: Energy Is Contagious <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Energy is contagious. Our energy and dimensions of self/soul extends 6 feet around us; aspire to be a source of positive energy and spend as much time as possible surrounded by positive, hopeful, loving and joyful people." <BR> <BR> - From the writings of Rav DovBer Pinson <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:09:16 EST