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September 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

The fall is imminent, and I am looking forward to it!

I have been losing SLOWLY this year. I am forgiving myself for the last 2 years, because the stress I have been under has been almost unbearable at times.

My August mantra was "I deserve to wear want I want for my birthday." I managed to fit into one of my pair of black pants that I had gained myself out of during the last 2 years. YAY FOR ME! I had 3 pair of identical pants (black, navy, and brown) in the size up that I promptly sent packing to charity as soon as I could fit into those lower sized black pants.

My September mantra is "I deserve to wear my jeans in September!" So that is my goal - to get into the jeans I could fit into 2 years ago by the end of the month.

I am still proud of keeping 50 pounds off and fully intend to meet my ultimate goals.

Stay tuned!

  


February 2014 Goals

Friday, February 07, 2014

February 2014 is already here!

I have lost 2.7 pounds this month! LoL, but seriously it is still in the right direction, so I am going to focus on that! I am still struggling against the need to hibernate in these frigid temperatures.

I worked at the office last night until past midnight, but I told my boss I had to go work out first. I left the office a little early, around 4:30, but was back by 6:00 to get back to work. Glad I got in my routine at Planet Fitness. It was just 31 minutes, but that is better than no minutes!!!

That is one of my new strategies - I joined Planet Fitness. At only $10.93 (with tax) per month, even I can afford it. So far, I am concentrating on 3 things while I am there. I do the treadmill, the elliptical, and the recumbent bike. However, I saw a young man do something that I may try. He was lying on a bench, and he held onto the end of it above his head (I think it was a metal end piece). He lifted his legs toward his upper body. You see with my "trick" neck and back I can't do traditional sit-ups or crunches. I have to keep my upper body as stationary as possible. But what I saw him doing by holding on to the end above his head is exactly what I have to do. At home, I usually hold on the underside of a chair or couch. I may try what he did, although I won't look nearly as elegant as this young man did. He was slightly built with enough youth and muscle to make it look easy and smooth.

I am hoping to suddenly drop another 4 pounds this week. It could happen!!

To reiterate what I said last month . . .

I have lost a lot of weight since 2009, so the 37 more pounds that I want to lose is a cinch, and I fully believe that it is going to happen this year!

(Yes, I changed the goal from 34 to 37 pounds, in case, anyone was paying attention to the last entry - had to get honest)

  


January 2014 Goals

Saturday, January 04, 2014

New Year Mantra = " . . . I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead . . . " ~Phil 3:13 (New English Translation)

2013 was a strange and at times hard year for me, but I am SO LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014!!

I taught high school math during the 2012-2013 school year, but it was one of the worst employment situations that I have ever had in my life. Fifteen year olds fighting me for their phone chargers while informing me that they could charge their phone anytime they wanted to (even in the middle of my Geometry class); and the administrator's response as she shrugged her shoulders: "It goes on."

Anyhoo, I am now working for an engineering group that does retrofits for power plants to meet environmental compliance regulations to cut down on emissions. I am making a little less money, but receive far more respect, and I don't have to work overtime for free!

My teaching degree is still too generic for me to be a specialist, but over time I am going to work on that. I am tutoring students in both paid and volunteer capacities. I tutor math at my church for free twice a week.

As far as my weight goes - well it does reflect the stress that I have been under for the last year and a half, but that is okay.

I have to relose 15 pounds and continue on to my ultimate weight loss goals. The picture I just posted is from Christmas Day 2013.

I have had a hard time fighting my impulses to hibernate in the warmth of my bed instead of exercising lately. RESOURCEFUL I am if nothing else (some would even call it creative). I added "stretchy band arm exercises" to my official spreadsheet of exercises. The beauty is that I can do them from my warm cozy bed!!!

I have lost a lot of weight since 2009, so the 34 more pounds that I want to lose is a cinch, and I fully believe that it is going to happen this year!

Happy New Year to us all!

  


APRIL 2012 Triumph

Saturday, January 04, 2014

I am down 61 pounds from my highest weight as of today. My goal is to lose another 14 minimum by May.

At the 76 pound loss point I will be a my pre-pregnancy weight, a weight I have not seen in 20 years.

I still want to set additional goals after that, but I am in hot pursuit of the May goal.

I have decided that Dr. Oz and the BMI people (whoever they are) need to change the BMI scale categories.

Here is how they look now:
40 or greater = Morbidly Obese
30 40 = Obese
25 30 = Overweight
25 or below = Normal

Here is how they need to look:
40+ MORBIDLY OBESE
35-40 OBESE
33-34 OVERWEIGHT III
31-32 OVERWEIGHT II
25-30 OVERWEIGHT I
25- NORMAL

We need to see ourselves reaching goals and milestones. Being "OBESE" for such a long time when we are actually working hard and losing weight is a real downer at times.

The next paragraph was written in January, but it is still true, so it stands!

I will enjoy being at my new weight in a way that I was not able to enjoy all those years ago. I would not have my picture made back then, because I always thought I was too fat, but I was not. I am going to be mature this time around. I am going to be happy with myself. I am going to enjoy being alive. I am going to enjoy wearing the clothes I want to wear. I am going to live in this new reality that I am creating for myself.

  
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LADYBIRD82 1/4/2014 12:06PM

    You look great, keep it up and that next 14 will be history. Its so great being normal..lol. Best of luck to you.

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Jan 1, 2012 Triumph

Monday, January 02, 2012

Believe it or not, I was down another pound on January 1!!! I have officially lost all of the 20 pounds I gained last school year, and now I am ready to proceed with the next 40 pounds. My goal is to lose 40 pounds by my May graduation date. I student teach this semester, about which I am very excited, and I will be continuing my early morning workouts this semester.

When I lose another 10 pounds I will be at a weight I have not seen since I was pregnant 20 years ago. The 40 pounds that I want to lose by May represents all of the pregnancy weight I gained all those years ago plus an extra 5 pounds. You see, I gained a total of 70 pounds during my pregnancy, and I have the most beautiful 19 year old son to show for it. But it is high time for me to lose the weight.

I will set a new goal in May. Technically, my BMI will still be in the overweight category, so I plan to lose an additional 8 pounds after the May deadline to reach the normal BMI range. After that I want to lose another 12 pounds.

I will enjoy being at that weight in a way that I was not able to enjoy all those years ago. I would not have my picture made back then, because I always thought I was too fat, but I was not. I am going to be mature this time around. I am going to be happy with myself. I am going to enjoy being alive. I am going to enjoy wearing the clothes I want to wear. I am going to live in this new reality that I am creating for myself.


  
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CHARLENEMICHELE 1/4/2012 8:19AM

    Thanks so much for all the support! Happy New Year! emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 1/2/2012 11:13PM

    Way to go with such clear goals. You can do it! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 1/2/2012 3:32PM

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MISSYMOOSE71 1/2/2012 2:28PM

    Good luck reaching your goals!!! emoticon

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