Healthy Outlooks and Goal Setting

Words that Stand Out in My Healthy Life Journey

Posted by: Sarah Duncan, Guest Blogger   |   Tuesday, May 22, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Over the past few months, I have done a lot of soul searching about what I eat, when I eat and how much I eat. I have made many little changes to make food less convenient by removing chocolate from the candy jars on my desk. I watch my portion sizes and try to eat a balanced diet loaded with lots of fresh wholesome fruits and veggies. I no longer go for a cookie break at 2 p.m. everyday. I am also exercising about 3-5 hours a week. What inspiring words have carried me through my past few months of healthy lifestyle changes?

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Body Thankfulness

Posted by: Megen Morgan, Guest Blogger   |   Wednesday, May 9, 2012   |   Back to Blog

There was a time when I would look in the mirror and think, I wish my eyes were a different color, or my nose was a little straighter, or my lips were a little fuller. I would continue my self-deprecating assessment; if only my legs were longer, and my hips not so wide and my stomach a little flatter ... Then one day while looking in the mirror, I noticed I have my grandmother’s nose, my father’s beautiful eyes and my mother’s warm smile.

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Mama Needs A Timeout: Making Time for My Health

Posted by: Brandi Wolf, Guest Blogger   |   Tuesday, April 24, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Uttering the word “timeout” in front of most parents will likely get you an eye-roll and stories describing the things their kids have done to earn their timeouts. Athletes and sports fans, however, see a “timeout” a little differently. For them, it's a chance to slow the game down, regroup and call the best possible play to give their team a chance to win ... As a stay-at-home mom of three (twin five-year-old daughters and a two-year-old son), I am usually the one giving the eye-roll followed by five minutes of crazy stories about my kids! Not long after my youngest was born, I realized that I desperately needed some non-mommy time – and so my “mommy timeout” was born.

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Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle After Cancer Treatment

Posted by: Sarah Duncan, Guest Blogger   |   Tuesday, April 10, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Many past bad eating habits had crept their way back into my life again during my treatment. I ate what I wanted and how much I wanted, never keeping track of calories. I mean, I had cancer. Wasn’t one of the side effects supposed to be weight loss? Not so, with breast cancer, I found out. Many breast cancer patients actually gain weight ...

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Reflections Along my Great Shape Journey

Posted by: Michelle Bridgeforth, Guest Blogger   |   Thursday, March 15, 2012   |   Back to Blog

So far in my Great Shape journey, my biggest challenge is that I have 2 really picky eaters at my house (my daughter and my husband). Neither one of them want whatever I suggest for dinner, but when I ask them what they do want, neither can tell me. This usually ends up with us going out for dinner so everyone can pick out something they like. Deciding which restaurant to go to is a whole other challenge in itself.

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My Five-Part Roadmap to Better Health

Posted by: Jesse Tucker, Guest Blogger   |   Friday, March 2, 2012   |   Back to Blog

I’m about eight weeks into my quest for better health. I’ve had some success at losing weight. I feel better physically, my clothes fit better, and I can walk up a flight of stairs without needing an oxygen mask. I’ve had a few thoughts on what it takes to get healthy, so I figured I’d share with you the top 5 things that have been running through my head over the past 8 weeks ...

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Great Shape Inspiration: "Before" and "Now"

Posted by: Patti Carrington   |   Tuesday, February 28, 2012   |   Back to Blog

I’m not an overnight success, or by any means, the “biggest loser.” Through Great Shape, I have learned so much. I’ve made so many positive changes in the way that I live, feel, and look – inside and out. Two and a half years later, I’m still learning as I go. I have my demons and my moments. I’ve been my own worst enemy ...

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My Journey to the "Warrior Dash"

Posted by: Gwyn Green, Guest Blogger   |   Friday, February 24, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Okay, so my family and friends know me as the “accident waiting to happen” when it comes to, well, just about any activity. Being the victim of crossfire in a Nerf or ping pong ball war (when I’m not even playing) or getting whacked in the leg with a Wiffle ball bat by my then one year old, that left a bruise the size of a salad plate, is not uncommon for me. It’s okay, I can embrace it now. I have been the subject of many good laughs.

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Dear Chips and Salsa, I am Breaking Up With You

Posted by: Betsy Schuler, Guest Blogger   |   Thursday, February 16, 2012   |   Back to Blog

I am the coordinator of the Hendricks County Drug Court. All of the participants know that my addiction is chips and salsa. No lie ... I can easily down two baskets of warm tortilla chips before I eat a whole Mexican meal. Talk about fat, sodium, calories!

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My Emergency Plan to Stay on a Healthy Track

Posted by: Tracy Lawson, Guest Blogger   |   Thursday, February 9, 2012   |   Back to Blog

Let’s just start by saying that I am not the bravest person in the world. Well, more accurately, I could be described as a chicken. In the back of my head, no matter what I am doing, I always have an emergency plan – a bail-out, escape route, options. What does this say about me?

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