EMTCHICK109's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMTCHICK109 EMTCHICK109'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/ Forward March! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916951 First of all--THANK YOU to everyone who gave me words of encouragement. I greatly appreciate them. <BR> <BR> I'm marching forward. I'm getting myself back on track to where I was prior to my set-back. I'm not sure if I will have a loss or a gain this week. I'll deal with what the scales says tomorrow and continue forward marching. <BR> <BR> I'm working on me and my mindset. When I get off track like I did, I struggle with why I did. I let the negative hurt thoughts back into my he... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:35:44 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915756 I'm normally an upbeat positive person. My blog is normally full of encouragement. Well this one isn't. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with my eating since Sunday. Normally I track everything that I eat, watch what I eat and drink lots of water. I just haven't for the past few days. <BR> <BR> I'm tired physically and mentally. I'm not getting as much sleep as I would like. I need to get this part of my life back on track also. <BR> <BR> I'm eating whatever I want however I'm n... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:24:50 EST Rise above it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912424 I found this picture this afternoon. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166763740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rise above it! <BR> <BR> Negativity--It can come from anywhere. It can come from yourself, family or friends. Rise above it! Self-negativity can be just as harmful as negativity from family and friends. <BR> <BR> Doubt--We are our biggest doubters. We need to believe in ourselves. <BR> <BR> Fear--Fear of failing, fear of starting, fear of never getting the ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:11:51 EST Your life not just your body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911840 The Contrary Athlete posted this on her facebook page yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1117070639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This came at a perfect time for me. I'm in the process of changing part-time jobs. For the past 5 years, I have worked part-time as an EMT. With 6 shifts remaining, my time working as an EMT is coming to a close. I'm still going to volunteer in my hometown on the ambulance. <BR> <BR> I have found a part-time job working as a cashie... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:33:11 EST Sights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911092 I love Alex and Ani jewelry. The motivation quotes are a bonus! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2077932930.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I read this quote and thought I need to set my sight on what I want. I know that I want to be healthy and get rid of my excess weight. I thought I need to have a vision of how that will look. <BR> <BR> However, I have learned to set small sights not big ones. Right now my small sight is loosing 5% which equals 10 lbs. I can some c... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:59:44 EST Walking and more walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910161 I found this picture today on Facebook. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1613502232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walking is my primary exercise. Last week, I shared a picture of my walking buddy. Well, Chance and I stepped up our walk on Saturday. We did 31 minutes and 1.60 miles. We are working our way to 2 miles. My day then got busier. I went to my part-time EMT job. We had a fish fry last night. I spent most of my night walking back and forth from the firehouse t... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:56:54 EST Decided to be happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908871 I found this picture on Step to Health's facebook page last night. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l139201629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is such a true statement for me. For a long time I was unhappy with my life. I went through several difficult periods from 2010-2013. I was unhappily married. I had 3 extremely hard calls as an EMT with people that I loved. I was unhappy. I had lost a job and started a new one. I got divorced. <BR> <BR> I would try to eat he... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:44:53 EST Invisible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908408 I found this picture yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1317225382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Invisible...I think not. Many times however we try to make ourselves invisible. We don't like to have our pictures taken from the neck down. We avoid mirrors like the black plaque. We hide in the background or in the shadows. <BR> <BR> We do what we can to be invisible to others. For many years, I didn't have a full length mirror in my home. I had small mirrors... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:21:50 EST My walking buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907590 Since the weather has finally become nice, I have been walking outside almost every day. I have a walking buddy. <BR> <BR> This is my walking buddy, Chance. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l293080150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the picture my brother sent me yesterday telling me that Chance will be waiting patiently for me for our walk. Prior to this picture, I had received one of Chance asking me if we were going for a walk today. <BR> <BR> Chance is my brother... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 09:15:47 EST I am worth it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904698 I found this picture and thought why yes I am. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l961451831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am worth it! I am worth every bit of this journey. I am worth losing weight. I am worth getting healthy. <BR> <BR> I am worth it! I am worth the struggles that I go through. I am worth the pain that my knees give me as I exercise. <BR> <BR> I am worth it! I am worth making a lifestyle change. I am worth so much more than this. I am worth... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 09:37:29 EST Take Action! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904040 I needed this picture this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l911556025.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been struggling the past few days with getting my daily steps in. I really don't feel like exercising but I know that I need to. <BR> <BR> I'm going to make a point today to get my steps in. I'm tired because I went to bed late and got up way to early. But I'm going to get my steps in today. <BR> <BR> Each inch of movement gets me closer to my goals. ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 07:52:08 EST 20 things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899679 I love this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1548075931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 20 things to be doing. Some of us may already do these things. I know that I do some of them but not all them. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink lots of water and green tea. I drink 64 oz of water per day if not more depending on the day. I'm a tea drinker. I have a cup each morning. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat a big breakfast, average lunch and tiny dinner. I'm working on this. <BR> <BR> 3. Ea... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:25:24 EST Never... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898699 I found this picture and thought I need to share this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1315558182.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Never stop trying. You may have a bad day, bad week but you shouldn't let derail your progress. You need to keep trying. <BR> <BR> Never stop believing. This one is probably the hardest. You need to continue to believe in yourself. You started this process/journey for a reason. You need to believe that you can. <BR> <BR> Never give u... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:48:08 EST One Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895281 I love to find motivational quotes and share them. I found this one on pinterest. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1107172528.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I read this quote and thought how true. Each move that we make is toward the life you have imagined for yourself. <BR> <BR> For many of us, it is toward of healthy lifestyle. Now this lifestyle also includes loosing weight, ditching bad habits and exercising. <BR> <BR> I think back to when I was in high school. ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:30:43 EST Believe in Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893824 As by now, you have learned that I like motivational pictures. They help keep me going. This one spoke to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454858575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Believe in yourself... I struggle some days with this. I know that I can do so much. I know that I can over any obstacles put in my path. I just have to believe in myself. <BR> <BR> That little bit of advice is a hard pill to swallow at times. We can be our best and worst enemy. One ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:29:14 EST Spring is coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892218 Spring is coming. The weather has been beautiful. I've been able to get outside and walk. I enjoy being able to be outside. I can wait until all the snow is melted in my yard so that I can get in my flower beds. I have big plans to make my yard an enjoyable place for me to spend time in. Right now, it is rather bland. I am going to be adding lots of color. <BR> <BR> I found this picture this morning on facebook. I thought that it was appropriate for this weather change. <BR> <B... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:56:21 EST STOP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891086 I found this picture on pinterest this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1255279145.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Stop underestimating yourself! I mean it. Stop it right now! I have to keep telling myself these words. <BR> <BR> I underestimate myself and that fact that I will loose the weight and get healthy. I underestimate that I get stronger each day with my food choices, when I workout, etc. <BR> <BR> I am doing this for me. I need to get the negati... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:54:29 EST Self-Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890465 I follow a very interesting page on Facebook called Violet Vixen. They sell corsets but also post motivational quotes. This one spoke to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1529552028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Self-confidence is something I have struggled with for a long time. Just when I think that I'm doing good with my self-confidence something will come along a rattle it. Then it takes awhile to rebuild it. <BR> <BR> When your self-confidence has become rattle... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:23:27 EST New Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887470 As the 5% Winter Challenge winds down, I'm looking at my goals. I have some good goals but I am some new ones. <BR> <BR> My current goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat more fruits and veggies.--I'm doing better with this goal. I am actually have this as a goal with the weight loss clinic also. My goal there is to eat 1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of veggies each day. I'm getting at least 2 servings a fruit a day right now and 1 serving of veggies. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise 3-5 times a wee... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:54:41 EST I will Succeed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886770 I found this picture this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853511228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I needed this reminder today. I've been in a downward spiral the past few days. Today I'm getting my act together and getting back on track. I am going to succeed period. <BR> <BR> This is the last week of the 5% Winter Challenge. I may not be where I want to be but I've got a good start in the right direction. I need to continue working to be successful. <... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:01:20 EST Beautiful vs Skinny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885637 I found this picture this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l370281555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It made me pull out my dictionary. Yes I still use an actual dictionary to look up words. <BR> <BR> Here is the definition of beautiful: <BR> <BR> beau'ti-ful a. having beauty <BR> <BR> We each have our own definition of beautiful. I try to find beauty all around me. Even in most miserable of days, I look for beauty. I may not find it until later in the day b... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:51:26 EST Expiration Date? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883348 I found this picture on Sunshine's Journey to 199 facebook page. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l413800273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Expiration dates are good for food but not for dreams. Our dreams don't have expiration dates. It doesn't matter how old we are. We still have dreams. <BR> <BR> Each of our dreams are different. Many of those dreams may seem unreachable but it may not be. <BR> <BR> Each of us dream of being healthy. That is what lead us to spark... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:17:39 EST Never Quit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882342 This picture says it all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1299516455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That is it today. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:51:07 EST Keep working. Keep striving. Keep believing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881852 One of the pages I follow on facebook is all about happiness in your life. I found this picture this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243963737.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Keep working--Each day I work on being healthy. I work on being the best me. <BR> <BR> Keep striving--Each day I strive to meet my goals. I have a new goal from the weight loss clinic. I need to eat a 1 serving each of a veggie and a fruit per day. I struggle with this goal. I'm doing b... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:22:45 EST Stay True http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881156 When I read this motivational quote this morning, I thought how appropriate this is and I need to share it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1661528214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the past 5 weeks, I have been participating in the 5% Winter Challenge on the Walkers, Runners, Joggers and Gadgeters team as an member and extra leader. With 2 weeks left, I'm still moving forward. <BR> <BR> Throughout this challenge, I have had some rocky roads. I went on a weekend l... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:51:42 EST Healthy and Self-Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880746 This picture has made me think. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1966338696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We make choices every day in our lives. Some are planned; some are not; some are made out of necessity. <BR> <BR> Each day we choose to be healthy. We plan and track our food choices. We exercise. We choose healthy. While it would nice to be skinny, I would rather be healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm working on being healthy. I'm making choices to get healthy. I'm track ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:31:46 EST Personal Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876755 Alex and Ani makes such beautiful jewelry and have some really good motivation quotes like this one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l829953853.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Work on a personal project that has meaning. It nourishes your soul. Oh how true this quote is. <BR> <BR> My personal project is getting healthy and loosing weight. This has meaning to me. For me, getting healthy is a big part of my life. Loosing weight is a bonus of it. I want to reduce the stre... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:33:25 EST Blank Canvas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874572 I found this quote and picture. It made me think. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l569841481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you were given a blank canvas, what would you do with it? If you could restart today, how would you? <BR> <BR> For me, I would not have hit snooze as many times as I did which made me running a few minutes behind schedule. I would not have stopped, bought and ate 2 creme filled doughnut for breakfast. I would have had a breakfast sandwich fro... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:08:39 EST Why Not Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873826 The Flylady had this picture posted on her facebook page today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1136172207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why not today is right. Why not start or restart your journey to a healthy lifestyle today? Why not start an exercise program today? Why not try a new food today? <BR> <BR> So many why nots? What is going to be your why not today? <BR> <BR> Mine is getting a new Fit bit. I have upgraded from a Zip to a Charge. I ordered it ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:28:37 EST I didn't want to carry it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873048 I love Pinterest! I found this quote the other day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592835272.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I thought how perfect. I'm getting rid of this weight because I don't want to carry it anymore. <BR> Which is true. I'm tired of being this size. I'm tired of not being able to do things that I used to be able to do without problems. I'm tired of being tired. <BR> <BR> So I don't want to carry it anymore. So far I have taken off 6 pounds. ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:41:16 EST Feeling out of sorts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872355 I'm feeling out of sorts today. It probably stems from my busy weekend and feeling exhausted. <BR> <BR> For once I didn't go out on Friday night for girls night, I opt to do laundry instead. (Actually I needed clean clothes which won out). Laundry took much longer than I thought it would. That resulted in me going to bed later than I wanted. I had to be at work at 6 am on Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> I worked Saturday morning. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Saturday afternoon... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:02:54 EST And I'm back on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869226 Yesterday I wrote about how I fell off the wagon this weekend. I'm back to tracking my food. I will slowly be getting back to walking along with other exercises to help with the knee flare-up. <BR> <BR> I saw my orthopedic doctor yesterday because the amount of pain I was in. I had slipped on ice/snow 2 weeks ago and twisted my knee. I went to make sure that I didn't tear anything in my knee. My doctor feels that I am in the mist of a flare-up. He did note some new clicking and catch... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 08:54:41 EST And I fell off the wagon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868549 Last week was a very stressful week for me at work. We were going through our annual state licensing audit. No big deal. I only have fire safety walk through happening at 3 of my homes. I was doing great. <BR> <BR> I am currently supporting an individual who has breast cancer and is going through treatments. She had to have a colonoscopy done which came back with not very positive results. <BR> <BR> I let those results get the best of me and I went on a binge of unhealthy eating t... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:22:47 EST Love Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865786 Love life...here are some really good suggestions on how to do that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061536259.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm going to be printing out this picture and hang it up in several places in my home. It will be a great reminder that I need to love life. <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:05:00 EST Mother Nature...I dislike you right now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865063 I have lived in Central Pennsylvania my entire life. I should be used to the cold, the snow and the ice. Don't get me wrong, I like the cold, the snow and sometimes the ice. Right now I really am disliking it all. <BR> <BR> My knees are sore, throbbing and just plain hurt. I know that it is from the cold, shoveling snow and having to be careful when walking on icy conditions. I understand this. <BR> <BR> But what makes it hard for me, is when my knees hurt like they do right now. ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:48:35 EST Time, Place, Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863625 I was on facebook this morning and found this picture on Single Woman's facebook page. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1570769946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the time! It is my time to get healthy. This is the place! Right now, I'm in the right place to get healthy. This is the moment! I'm to be getting healthy in this moment. <BR> <BR> This is where I'm meant to be right now. <BR> <BR> Is this your time, place and moment? Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:39:22 EST I like to Move it, Move It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862975 Sparkpeople has some really awesome inspiration pictures and quotes. I particularly like this one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1786612752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now I know that the title doesn't match the picture but it does go with the picture. I used to dread exercising because of my size. I'm moved on from that. I'm exercising because I love my body and want to become healthier. <BR> <BR> This week, I am going to be adding back in strength exercise. ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:53:38 EST Believe you can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861721 I love this quote from Theodore Roosevelt. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806601662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You have to believe that you can and you are halfway there. If you are just starting your journey, halfway through it or maintaining, you need to believe that you can. There was something that made you want to get healthy. Believing in yourself is a big part of it. <BR> <BR> I know that I can do this. I believe in myself. That is half of the journey. ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:23:30 EST Stay Humble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860928 Another favorite from Fat to Fit Chick's facebook page. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2122685568.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Stay Humble...words to live by. <BR> <BR> Work Hard...this applies to many different aspects of life. <BR> <BR> Be Kind...pay it forward. <BR> <BR> There are days that I struggle with all three of these statements. There are days that I don't want to do any of these. I feel like I take one step forward and two steps backwards at times. ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:57:04 EST Treat Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860575 Alex and Ani is one of my favorite pages for inspiration (plus their bracelets are beautiful). <BR> <BR> As I go through this journey on getting healthy (plus loosing the weight), I struggle with rewards. Many times in the past, I would use a special food treat as a reward. It would be something that I had told myself was "bad" for me. I would end up binging on it. Now I know that I need to find other ways to reward myself. <BR> <BR> This picture has some really great ideas. <BR> <... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:42:19 EST Snow and possibly more to come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859869 Today Central PA got anywhere from 1" to 3" of snow. It made for some interesting traveling. I was fortunate that my traveling was this morning and I was at work when it started. I did have to drive home but it already stopped. It still took me an hour. <BR> <BR> Now you are probably wondering where I am going with this. Let's just say I shoveled a lot of snow tonight. I have probably 10 feet of sidewalk to shovel in front of my apartment. Then I had probably 20 feet of sidewalk to ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:49:33 EST Life Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859056 Life changes...it is something that we are each going through. This picture sums up those changes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l765182912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been talking about several of things changes in my blogs. Change is a big thing for many people. It is how we grow in our lives. We are each making changes to become a healthier YOU. We are learning new things. We are transforming into a healthy person. We step out of comfort zones. These chan... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:44:46 EST Keep Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858167 This is one of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr quotes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109998815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The quote says it all. Keep moving forward. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:55:23 EST Visualize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857346 This quote made me think this morning when I read it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710439619.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Visualize your aspirations. You have what it takes. This is so true. <BR> <BR> We each have goal aka aspirations that we want to reach. It helps to visualize these goals (aspirations). Picture boards are one way of visualizing our aspirations. <BR> <BR> I haven't create a picture board to help me with my aspirations. I need to take the ti... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:07:58 EST What's holding you back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856480 I found this picture to be funny and yet true at the same time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1182145708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes all that is holding us back is inside our heads. Think about it? We are our own worst enemy. We hold ourselves back from many different things. <BR> <BR> What is holding you back? Yesterday, I wrote about comfort zones. This falls right in line with comfort zones. <BR> <BR> I would love to join the gym. It is literally ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:03:07 EST Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855702 Comfort zones...we all have them and don't like to come out of them. But sometimes we need to do that. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1173067565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am trying to step out of my comfort zone a little more each day. It started in September on vacation. I'm not a big fan of heights but I stepped out of my comfort zone and went zipling with my mom for her 65th birthday. I really enjoyed myself and would definitely do it again. I steppe... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:37:17 EST Smallest step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854406 This picture is so true in many facets of life. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l30444131.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All it takes is the smallest step. Baby steps as I like to call them. It is the small changes that you make that lead to the biggest step you will take. <BR> <BR> For many of us, the smallest step was joining sparkpeople. We realized that we needed assistance to get healthy. For some of us, it has become the biggest step of their lives. For those t... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:47:43 EST Work on Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853566 One of my friends shared this picture on facebook. There are really a lot of great picture quotes to be found on facebook. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1204227115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It reminded me again of something, Sara, my dietitian said at my last appointment when I voiced struggling with going out with my friends. She said, "the changes you are making will carry over into other areas of your life." <BR> <BR> This picture quote is very similar to wha... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:58:33 EST Be an Encourager http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852703 I love quotes like this. This one I found on Reba McEntire's facebook page. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1435475104.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Be an encourager, we have too many critics already. Such a true statement. We have become a society where it is easier to be critical of a person than to encourage them. <BR> <BR> I know that I struggle with being an encourager. It is easier to point out people's flaws and be a critic. I'm working on changing that. ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:03:24 EST Be a Badass... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851830 Such an interesting title, right? I follow several different people on facebook who are working to get healthy. <BR> <BR> This picture comes from The Contrary Athlete's page... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364776019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I read it, liked it and shared it. I am more than a number on the scale. I am learning to love my body and get healthy. For so long, I ate whatever I wanted and didn't exercise. I let the weight just creep on. I tried ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:50:21 EST