Healthy Outlooks and Goal Setting

Give that Girl a Gold Star!

Posted by: Aimee Ketterer   |   Monday, April 18, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Deep down, Im still a six year-old at heart. Im easily motivated by the simple things in life, like ice cream, a shopping trip, and yes, my first-grade teachers favorite, the coveted gold star. A few years ago I made a decision. I was staring (okay, glaring) at the calendar, and my 40th birthday was looming on the horizon.

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My Yellow Brick Road

Posted by: Lisa Gonzalez, Guest Blogger   |   Tuesday, April 12, 2011   |   Back to Blog

I am kind of like Dorothy wandering through Oz, but also feel like the scared Lion, trying to weather this storm of information swirling in my head like a tornado. Im constantly thinking to myself, Do I have the brains to remember everything, or the heart to even try? And when I look in the mirror, all I see looking back at me is an exercise bike flying by with this toned woman saying that shes going to get me and my little kitty too.

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Forgive Me, Girl Scouts of the USA

Posted by: Chuck Parsons, Guest Blogger   |   Thursday, March 24, 2011   |   Back to Blog

When I began my Great Shape journey a couple of months ago, I forgot about what happens around this time of year. Its time for Girl Scouts of the USA to help me fill my cupboard with numerous delectable treats. However, this year there is a problem. I actually checked the calorie count of some of my favorites and was deeply disturbed. So I have, to this point, chosen to forgo the tantalizingly tasty treats because I now know that a serving of Thin Mints (my favorite) is only four cookies. To me, four cookies are more like a good start.

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My First Mammogram

Posted by: Becky Wardzala   |   Tuesday, March 15, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Like many women, my 40th birthday came and went without me setting up a mammogram appointment. Sure, I know that medical standards recommend that this screening be done beginning at 40, but I just didn’t make the call (or online request!). And if you are wondering why, well the list of excuses can go on and on – busy, forgot, in denial that I’m that old, etc. You get the picture.

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Tunnel Vision

Posted by: John Sparzo, M.D.   |   Wednesday, February 16, 2011   |   Back to Blog

I sidled up to get a closer look at the sleek vision that was before me. This was the type of bike that road cyclists dream of, a titanium-framed masterpiece painted in silver and red. The owner proudly displayed his prize, allowing it to jut a little too far into the grassy area that was already slightly worn by the passage of many wheels and cycling shoes. He noticed my gait slow ever so slightly, and he looked at me expectantly. She is a beauty! I exclaimed, just a little awkwardly. This was the intro the owner needed.

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A Better "Me" Time

Posted by: Shivaun Mitchell   |   Wednesday, February 2, 2011   |   Back to Blog

For over a year, I have been on a program here at Hendricks Regional Health called Great Shape. I have graduated and will be continuing my journey in the program as a coach. This program has helped me to make the changes to my lifestyle that needed to be changed. I have always know that diet and exercise are the keys to both weight-loss and a healthier life, but have not had the motivation to really put those things into place. Let's be real. Healthy choices are not always easy or fun. But in this case, peer pressure is great. When you have to blog and tell everyone how you are doing in unforgiving numbers like weight and body fat percentage, motivation is much easier to find.

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Setting Healthy (Realistic) Resolutions

Posted by: Jenny Bates   |   Monday, January 17, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Like many women, I sometimes lose myself in the shuffle of caring for everyone else. Growth is important, learning is vital, and joy is a necessity. My soul needs to experience more of the blessings in my life and fewer feelings of obligation, frustration, and just plain failure. I hear repeatedly that I have too much on my plate, so if I can find portion control in my diet, maybe I can find it for my life. So, my mission this year is to give myself a break.

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