Needed a pic, so this is from a half marathon I did a while ago- champagne & chocolate at the finish
Thanks for Gracie aka PISCES23, - what I look like now (?)
I began using Sparkpeople in 2009. I had lost weight successfully with Weight Watchers, but was tired of that program and felt like I needed more tools.
I've come back here a few times and am hoping this new start as of November 2015 will be the one that takes me to where I'd like to be: comfortable with myself and my weight, liking myself, and healthy.
For many years, I've struggled with emotional eating as well as depression, where I lost a significant amount of weight. I have had several years of grief and loss in my life and am in the process of recovering from the toll that several critical events have taken on me, including a traumatic brain injury. I'm pleased that this place has so many resources and positivity! Thanks for stopping by.
Complete 3 half marathons by May.
Obtain a healthy weight and BMI
Track food and fitness
Read/comment on Sparkfriends or other members pages/blogs 3x/week
Work towards balance in all areas of my life
- Exercise 4-6 times per week (depending on running schedule)
- yoga 1+ times per week
- meditate 3x per week
- minimize sugar and alcohol (once/week for alcohol, one daily treat)
Born in Kansas. Grew up in the SF Bay Area. Living in the Sacramento, CA area which I love. Married with two mischievous yet loving kitties. Worked in public service for 26 years and proud of it. Recently retired and working on taking care of myself and finding out who I am after being work-focused for much of my life.
I love to run and hope to do so as long as possible! Other things I like: being outside, the ocean, the mountains, animals, especially our two kitties, reading, watching movies and TV series, my good friends.
Secrets of Success
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thanks for the cheers!
13 hours ago
Free yourself from negative people. Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and like-minded. Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be you – and being you is the only way to truly live.
6 days ago
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
It will make or break a company...a church...a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll
7 days ago
Bets, do check out meetup.com/ Just look and see if there is a group of people that like what you like to do…I have yet heard of a horror story from my friends that have done it, doing it and the women that I have met for the small business group are fantastic.
9 days ago
I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn't fail.
The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.
I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.
I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.
If you're in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!
10 days ago