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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hello World,

I recognize that if I feel undervalued in this life, it is probably because I've helped teach you I should be undervalued. I'm DONE with that thinking on my end, though, so catch on please & get with the fact that I'm here, I contribute a great deal & I'm worth it!

Thank you for listening,
Me

  
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KIMMYCRIS 11/17/2010 9:41PM

    Hello my girl, so sorry I've not been around to give you support and encouragement! I hope that you really do know YOU ARE WORTH IT!! You are a beautiful, powerful, smart woman and the possibilities are endless! I've missed you and hope that you are doing well!
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BOVEY63 10/13/2010 10:11PM

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KARATE_KID 10/13/2010 9:12PM

    If people take you for granted or take advantage of you it's only because you let them. Good for you figuring this out and putting an end to it!

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My trainer was bragging on me & spreading the Spark!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Since joining the Y this past fall, I've been using a wonderful program they have, called 3N1. The free program put me together with a personal trainer for an hours each week over a 12 week period, to teach me how to use the equipment properly, keep me motivated & accountable. Today, I graduated from the 3N1 program!!

Part of the 3N1 program involved writing my daily workouts on a sheet with teeny tiny boxes. When I first started, I could fit my workouts in the boxes easily. As I kept going, gained momentum & became truly dedicated to the process, it became impossible to fit all my exercise in the little boxes! That was when I found the button to print out my weekly Spark fitness tracking. Each week, when I met with Anna, my trainer, I printed off my cardio tracking sheet and showed her how great I'd done.

Anna, is a Spark member too, so she totally understood & supported my Sparking. We love going over my printouts each week, seeing how each week my goals increased to keep up with how much extra cardio I was putting in each week. And it was so great to see my endurance increase (i.e. at the beginning, I could only swim 20 laps in 40 minutes. This month, I hit 40 laps in 60 minutes!)

After our session this morning, I kept working out. Anna came & found me & told me that I needed to show my weekly tracking sheet to Jenny, another Y employee, before I left. When I introduced myself to Jenny, she was really impressed with the great Spark tools. She then told me that Anna had been bragging on me & my progress! She said "you've lost 35 lbs, right? That's so great. Keep it up. I know you can!"

Ok, how cool is it when your trainer brags on your accomplishments, plus spreads the Spark using you as an example? And to make it all the better, I got to hear about her bragging on me! (She even used me & my Sparking as an example of motivation in a recent interview for a job as an exercise motivation consultant at a post-op bariatric (sp?) surgery clinic.)

Thank you, Anna! I can't wait to keep working with you, as a regular personal training client. So glad we're working, and Sparking, together!!!

  
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KIMMYCRIS 2/27/2010 10:49PM

    You are a star! Please give yourself a HUGE pat on the back for all you have accomplished! It must feel so empowering to know that you are doing so well! I'm sure you have deducted years off of your real age by becoming so much more fit! I am super happy for you, keep up the excellent work!
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PHEBESS 2/27/2010 5:40PM

    Wow, you're a celebrity!!!!!!

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ROCKYCPA 2/27/2010 4:36PM

    This sounds like you had a great trainer and also to be a Sparker as well, how great is that. Keep up the great work.

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If you haven't got anything nice to say...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I grew up with that old chestnut ~ "If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." There were a couple times this week when this saying came up. The best, though, was while I was getting a massage on Friday.

I was "spreading the Spark" to my new massage therapist as we chatted on & on about how we've both lost 35lbs, and how much we enjoy working out now, and eating healthy, and making time for ourselves as a priority and how SparkPeople has been key to my success. I was also sharing my frustration with the fact that I've been on a weight loss plateau for the past SIX WEEKS (ever since I began strength training). I spoke about how I know all the positives that are still happening in my life, even when the scale doesn't cooperate. And yet, even knowing these things, I've been beating myself black & blue over the lack of weight loss.

My massage therapist shared a lovely, wise thought. She suggested that I practice not saying negative things to/about myself. Don't too many of us engage in negative self talk? I certainly do! I'm a believer that what you put out to the Universe you receive in return. As much of an optimist as I am, in general, I've been pretty negative about my own progress (or perceived lack thereof).

So, new daily goal for Michelle. If I haven't got anything nice to say about myself, then I'm not going to say anything at all! Need to add that to my Fast Break goals! Today, I can check that little box with pride!

  
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CATWE5 3/1/2010 6:55PM

    Very true...what a great way to put it! I also need to not say anything at all if I can not say anything nice! Thanks for the thought!

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KIMMYCRIS 2/21/2010 12:14PM

    That is the best advise you can give yourself! You would never beat anyone else up with negative comments about a 6 week plateau! Just think about what you would tell me if I were in your shoes? It's just crazy how we as individuals can be so hard on ourselves yet be compassionate to others. The lesson, for sure, is learning that compassion for ourselves! I think it's amazing how wonderful you are doing. Just think about how fit you are now compared to before. I have every confidence that once that pesky scale gives in, you will be amazed! I'm your number one cheerleader and I know you will continue to be successful!
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ITSABOUTME2407 2/21/2010 8:06AM

    emoticonthanks 4 sharing wishing u a great week ,,trish

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CHARANN3 2/21/2010 6:36AM

  Great thought for all of us to put into our lives.

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LOOSEINGIT 2/20/2010 11:46PM

   

Great advice...

Positive thinking is a great motivator, when I read blogs or pages of spark friends that have negative thoughts about ther self, I try to encourge them with a postive way to think about it.

Your right ..it is a great goal to live by.

Happy Thoughts..Keep on Sparking

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Seeing things from a different perspective

Friday, February 12, 2010

Last night, my friend/workout buddy, Trish, asked me how long I'd been on my health program, prompting some interesting self talk in my head. The first big step was when I started SparkPeople, in earnest, in late August. The second big step was joining the Y in October. So, I've been changing my life for about 5 1/2 months now.

Here's how my old perspective viewed this... I've gone from 262lbs to 227 - a loss of 34lbs. I'm down from a size 24 to a 16. BUT, I wanted to be at the weight SP projected, 207, by my 45th birthday on March 16th. (I know I can make progress in the next 5 weeks, but 20lbs is more than I could lose weight on a healthy program.) Making matters worse, I look at the weight loss numbers posted by other SparkFriends, in shorter time, and I don't feel like I'm doing very well.

Thanks to Trish's reaction last night, and reading the preview to Chapter 4 of The Spark today, I have a new perspective this morning... Instead of "I've been at this for 5 1/2 months. Why am I not further along?", Trish said "Wow! You've been at this for 5 1/2 months! Plus, you've been working out at the Y for 4 months!"

WOW is right! I have been consistently making positive, healthy, empowering, self-loving, strong choices for FIVE AND A HALF MONTHS!!!! I don't know when, except when on swim team or ice skating in junior high, I have EVER been that consistent at taking care of myself. As Chapter 4 is about to remind me that "slow & steady wins the race". While I'm not actually in a race, I am making slow, very steady progress.

Another realization for the day... I am making changes/learning lessons that I truly believe are changing my life permanently!

WOW is right!!!

  
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ALYFITN 6/5/2010 9:29AM

    I'm glad I read this blog. I saw your comment about not losing as fast when you started weight training. I need numbers to keep motivated too and also slowed during my weight training. Glad to see you kept yourself positive. Hope all is going well!!

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DEGODDESS 3/1/2010 4:15PM

    WOW - you've been at this for 5 1/2 months AND you've been at the Y for 4 months?! That's amazing. I am so happy for you. The only thing I can offer you is - don't measure your progress against someone else's; you're not on the same journey. This is your journey; enjoy it and watch the transformation!
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BUGGYS 2/20/2010 11:36AM

    I lost focus when I joined SP a year and a half ago and I lost interest in part because the pounds weren't coming off fast enough. I have learned, since rejoining SP a couple of weeks ago, that we are all different...we eat differently, we exercise differently, our attitudes are different, our goals are different. I no longer compare myself to some else...I am unique and I will reach my goals in my own time. The fact that you are still here makes a huge difference and I applaud you! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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ARLEENLV 2/17/2010 8:19PM

    I'm going to reread chapter 4 again! I think you are doing awesome and 5 1/2 months is a great streak. I will be dancing a jig if I can stay focused that long. You give me hope that I can do it too!

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STOPTHECRAVING 2/16/2010 3:18PM

    THAT IS SO AWESOME! I need to remember to look at my progress like this too. Thanks for this blog! And, keep making those healthier choices.

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SQUINDLE 2/14/2010 10:01PM

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Awesome! What a difference a few words can make! Stay strong, and persistent!

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KIMMYCRIS 2/12/2010 9:50PM

    Woo Hoo Girl! I love your friend Trish! She is soooo right! I'm so happy you see the old negative stuff we said to ourselves just doesn't work any more. You have done so good, 34 pounds! Go grab 3-10 pound bags of potatoes at the store and try to think only 34 pounds~not!

I know what you mean about having ideas of~I want to be this or that by a certain date. The thing is, we sometimes have to view ourselves from the perspective of those who love and care for us. Loving and being patient and kind to ourselves I think is part of the process.

I'm super excited for you and hope to follow in your footsteps!

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KAYAK54 2/12/2010 8:31PM

    Wow!!! You are doing fantastic! Keep up the good work. You may not loose as fast as you would like, but it will be good, long term lose!!

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SHERYLP461 2/12/2010 2:11PM

    I had hoped to move along a little faster too, but you have done fantastic emoticon emoticon emoticon
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ZNJGRAM 2/12/2010 12:48PM

    I really enjoyed this blog because I was hoping to lose weight a little faster, too. But, I am making progress on that end, have joined Curves and I walk--steadily from Jan. 1st. The body is shaping up and I love the feelings of adequacy, competency, and just the thought that I am healthier than I was before taking this program seriously. I know I'll get to where I want to be but the journey has its own rewards. Never again, do I want to go back to the old eating pattern. This is a life change, not a diet. Your blog tells me I'm Okay...It was inspiring.

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I am strong!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I began practicing yoga 2 years ago this month. I remember my first beginner class, leaving in tears, midway though, because I couldn't keep up, couldn't understand the instructions, and felt completely weak & inflexible. Fortunately, I was convinced to try a different class, Gentle Yoga, and give it one more shot.

I'm normally not a group class joiner. I tend to feel competitive, and in weaker moments, less than others. Yoga was different. It is about being exactly where I am at the moment I'm there. I pay next-to-no attention to anyone else in the room; instead just concentrating on being my best in each moment.

There have been times when I really struggled with my yoga practice. Sometimes, my size got in my way physically. Mentally, I was too hard on myself. Or, I struggled to support my own weight, or stretch as I wanted to stretch.

For the past 2 years, I've stuck with my yoga practice faithfully. It brought me flexibility, calm & stress reduction on a weekly basis. I've even been able to go off anti depressants, thanks to the peace & balance from my yoga practice. (I don't recommend this to others w/o checking with their doctor. It was just what was right for me.)

The past few months, I've really started seeing wonderful progress, as my weight's going down & my other exercise has gone up. This past week, I caught myself holding poses longer, doing poses I couldn't do before. I saw this January's group of newcomers, and saw myself in them - 2 years ago. I wasn't comparing myself to them. They just, unknowingly, held up a mirror so I could see how far I've come.

I am STRONG! And it feels pretty great!

  
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SMILESWITH7KIDS 1/31/2010 10:32PM

    Very encouraging words, thank you.

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KIMMYCRIS 1/31/2010 9:05AM

    I did yoga years and years ago when I was young and fit. I have bought two different yoga DVDs and tried one and felt like a total failure! I don't go to the Y to take any classes for the exact reason you first said! I have since bought a beginner yoga DVD that has been sitting in the package unopened! But I so want to feel like you do! I really loved it years ago. Thank you for what you said. It gives me hope that maybe I can just keep at it and do it again!

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