RAJANIEMI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAJANIEMI RAJANIEMI'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/ The Fitness Instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276108 The Fitness Instructor <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l852590268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My future is spinning in a direction I never realized was possible until I started living my South Beach Lifestyle. Imagine me as a Fitness Instructor. <BR> <BR> At 274 pounds, I couldn’t even walk a mile. Those first steps were painful both emotionally and physically, but I would not fail. My simple 8 miles the first week turned into 32 miles by week six. This was the star... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:00:34 EST Unexpected Thoughtfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164505 Unexpected thoughtfulness: <BR> <BR> First I will start with every year the VP of our region will send chocolates to the office as a way of showing his appreciation for all our hard work. Well last year I talked to his secretary thanking her (because I know she was the one who ordered them) but telling her I sent them home with my boss because I didn't want them in the office as a temptation. She even asked me can't you have one as a treat...I said "NO, my one's turn into half the box". <... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:03:42 EST Ways across the river.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162578 I have learned this past week, that I will not let any of life's events deter me from my journey. If I come to a river with no bridge to cross...I will swim! I hope that makes sense to you...it surely makes sense to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1091999153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is so important to sit back and take a deep breath once in awhile. <BR> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:58:41 EST My Incredible Journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159851 Since starting my incredible journey at 274 lbs, I started walking. I walked for 6 weeks, and when I started I didn't know how I could walk a mile...I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. <BR> <BR> Week #1 of my walking challenge I walked 8.5 miles, it was hard for me, but I just kept telling myself, to just put one foot in front of the other. <BR> Week #2 I doubled my miles, I did 17 miles...wow I was thrilled...I was really walking now. I had to break my walks up, I would... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 02:18:28 EST Spreading the Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150511 Spreading the health....along my incredible journey I have motivated and inspired more people than I even know to start eating healthy and moving more. <BR> <BR> I love it when it finally hits home...he is a picture of (from right to left) myself, my babysister, my mom and my older sister thanksgiving 2011. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l304006230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here we are one year later. As a group over the past 18 months we have lost over 140 lbs a... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:33:57 EST Heart Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1449262 <em>26</em> <BR> This entry is for and from the heart. <BR> <BR> My husband (52) had triple bypass surgery on August 8, 2008. This is a life changing experience not only for him but for everyone he is close to. <BR> <BR> We are on week 5 post op, and he is doing awesome....he had this surgery not for himself but for those people who love him. And once I figured that out, I had to get healthy, not only for myself, but for all those people who love me. <BR> <BR> We (my husband and I) a... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 09:51:58 EST