Healthy Outlooks and Goal Setting

Why I Put My Celery in a Twinkie® Box

Posted by: Shelia Richardville, Guest Blogger   |   Wednesday, October 10, 2012   |   Back to Blog

To me, a Twinkie®is like an old friend – comforting and always available. I have a box on hand, always. They are my breakfast when I’m in a hurry, dessert when I finish dinner and snack when I feel that gnawing in my stomach. I’m sure carrots or celery would stop the pang, but a Twinkie,® come on! But now I begin my Great Shape journey ...

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Healthy Goal Setting: Baby Steps Turn Into Leaps and Bounds

Posted by: Gwyn Green, Guest Blogger   |   Monday, October 8, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Wow, what journey it has been being in the Great Shape Program! When it started, I would have never dreamed I would be able to accomplish what I have in the program. I was so excited to be chosen. That was 34 pounds ago. Not only have I lost weight, and made it through the 3.1 mile Warrior Dash without mortally injuring myself, I have a new perspective on how to make better choices...

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Three Ways Vacations Make a Healthier, Happier Me

Posted by: Patti Carrington   |   Wednesday, October 3, 2012   |   Back to Blog

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we take vacations often enough. I find that vacations (or even just taking a little break) recharge me. I feel ready to tackle my personal goals – health, fitness or otherwise. Here are my top three reasons why vacations are a must-have for a healthier, happier life ...

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Give Up Sweet Tea? I Double Dog Dare You!

Posted by: Brandi Wolf, Guest Blogger   |   Friday, September 7, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Recently, I was challenged to give up one unhealthy thing from my diet for the next eight weeks ... a running buddy casually threw my beloved sweet tea into the ring of possibilities. I immediately responded with an empathic “No way!” Later that night I was telling my husband about the aforementioned conversation. He laughed at my response and simply added,”Yeah, you could never give up your sweet tea!” Which is essentially the adult version of a “double dog dare you!” It took me about 30 seconds to decide that was exactly what I had to give up ...

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7 Habits for Achieving a Healthier Life

Posted by: Melody Sears, Guest Blogger   |   Thursday, August 30, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Many folks have read the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” By Stephen Covey. I think this could apply to the Great Shape program. Through our experiences, we have learned about the everyday things – some big and some small – that help us succeed. Here are the 7 Habits of Successful Great Shapers ...

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How a $49 Heart Scan Saved My Life

Posted by: Mark Roy, Guest Blogger   |   Monday, August 20, 2012   |   Back to Blog

It’s not often that $49 can save your life, but it certainly saved mine. About a year and a half ago, I elected to have a heart scan at Hendricks Regional Health to assess my risk for heart attack. I knew I had some risk factors for heart disease, including hypertension, high cholesterol, and my father had coronary artery disease so the family history was there too. I had no outward symptoms but, as it turns out, I was in the 90th percentile for calcium build-up. That’s definitely not a 90th percentile that you want to be in.

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My Cancer Treatment Story: A Dietitian’s Perspective

Posted by: Martha Rardin   |   Friday, August 3, 2012   |   Back to Blog

As I write this blog, I am a dietitian being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer where the lymph nodes become enlarged. In my case, my diagnosis was made quickly and treatment was started within one month of the diagnosis. As a dietitian that has worked in the healthcare field for thirty-four years, being on the “patient side” has been interesting and educational ...

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Using Social Media As Your Workout Accountability Partner

Posted by: Brandi Wolf, Guest Blogger   |   Thursday, July 5, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Using social media sites as your accountability partner is easy because you are probably already on one (or many) and are linked to several of your closest friends, plus a multitude of other people ...

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I See the Finish Line: Great Shape Reflections

Posted by: Kevin Leap, Guest Blogger   |   Tuesday, June 26, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Almost 5 months ago, I started this journey to healthier living through improved diet and increased exercise. It has been a long road but I think I can finally see the finish line. In January, I could barely finish a 1-mile jog on the treadmill, but last Friday, I was actually able to run 6 miles at our local park. I am not ready for the Olympic trials just yet, but my goal is not to see how fast I can run, it is just to make sure that I do run. I now look forward to getting off work, going home and changing into my running clothes, and heading to the park for a for a nice run.

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How I Quit Playing the Numbers Game

Posted by: Brandi Wolf, Guest Blogger   |   Monday, June 4, 2012   |   Back to Blog

It's ironic that the thing I used to hate about running on a treadmill is now one of the things I have become slightly obsessed with during my current training. My biggest complaint about the treadmill, other than the fact that no matter what I watched/read/listened to entertained me for more than 20 minutes, was the numbers ... I didn't even want to look at the numbers, but I just couldn't help myself.

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