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I'm 38 single with two dogs in Texas. My children are grown and on their own. I have two grandbabies...yes I'm a young grandmother! I'm a full time counselor intern having just graduated with my Master's in Mental Health Counseling.
While that beginning into is updated, the rest I'll leave from my previous update because it is a solid reminder to myself. Living healthy has been a battle for me but I'm up for another attempt!

Sparkpeople is a place of trial and tribulations, commitments, perseverance, commonality, education, support, friends, to sum it up it's a place that allows all of us to know we are not alone and it gives us a place where we belong. So often the world shuns those of us who do not fit the idea of perfection but here we are accepted. What I've noticed lately is that there are many people here in great shape with great eating habits which shows me it's a great community. The human support and health education is unbeatable.

I like to learn about Carl Rogers who founded the personal centered theory. His theory reminds me of Sparkpeople. He believed people are individuals, treat them as such. He believed therapists needed to make clients comfortable in a nonjudgmental environment, express empathy and unconditional positive regard towards clients, in a non-directive approach. He said if therapists used these behaviors the client will grow on his own in his natural way. He also left room for integration other theories such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBT says change your faulty beliefs so you can change your response.

Isn't this what Sparkpeople does? Here we grow in our own way and we're all treated as individuals, it's non-direct, and there's so much empathy here it's why most of us stay here. We integrate other methods as we feel necessary. Some stick to the sparkpeople plan 100% while some, like myself, integrate others like Insanity or WeightWatchers. Regardless of what you choose, we learn to change our inner dialogue (thoughts and beliefs) to have better responses (positive change).

Sparkpeople is set up well for people to succeed at getting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It's brilliant and a blessing.

Member Since: 9/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 6,087

My Goals:
Lose 40 lbs:
Lower my heart rate:
Drop jean size:
Manage Stress:
Track food consistently:

Feel better, healthier and AWAKE!!

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Monitor breathing and heart rate.

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I'm Kristal and I'm ready to get in shape, look better than I ever have, and feel great.

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    Happy Easter ...too hard not to get excited about such a great day. emoticon

    Wishing you only the greatest of everything. Hope this spring is the time to reach those goals, get closer or to start again. emoticon

    Watch out because I am back and ready to run, walk, cycle and do whatever it takes to meet my goals. What about you?

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    2229 days ago
    Okay, now I'm jealous! LOL I did live in Austria for a summer '89 and in Russia for 4 years...home in '98...but all a very long time ago! Actually, i'm happy for you....just would love to do the same one day.

    As for your son, he sounds like many of my students. Look forward to the email. Here are some questions: What are his strengths, interests, desires, what would he love to do all day if he had the opportunity? What does he dread about school? What subjects are difficult? Why? What about his behaviors?
    3199 days ago
    I love traveling and living in foreign lands. I, too, get frustrated with the other teachers because they constantly assume that the kids are defiant and dumb instead of different types of learners. Some just need different approaches. If I can help, let me know. Much of my job is devising creative approaches and intervening on behalf of the students.
    3200 days ago
    Depends on the year; Depends on the day! This is the first year I'll be doing the same thing two years in a row...Running a learning center for HS students. 70% of my class time is reteaching Algebra II, 20% teaching writing. This is to individuals who just don't get it! 10% of class time is intervening between teachers who think they mean well by kicking students out of class left and right. I'm assuming your on a military base? What do you do?
    3200 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2012 10:25:09 PM
    I hope you had a good birthday!

    And I hope you try your scoop of ice cream soon!
    3229 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/9/2012 1:57:03 PM
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