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Power Up!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Motivation is a big BIG issue for me. I am completely unmotivated . So I'm constantly trying to find less than conventional ways to make myself have the want to & put that much more effort into my workouts! One way that you always hear people talking about is music! For me it works, when I hear a song it sends me into like super powered up mode & makes me dig a little bit deeper & push just a little harder! So I thought I'd share a few of my favorite workout songs that give me that extra umph to get er' done!

Michelle's Power Up Playlist:

Animal I have Become- Three Days Grace
Cinderella Man-Eminem
Click Click Boom-Saliva
Drop the World-Lil Wayne feat. Eminem
Indestructible-Disturbed (LOVE THIS SONG)
It's not my Time-3 Doors Down
Last Resort-Papa Roach
Never Too Late-Three Days Grace
Not Afraid-Eminem
Poker Face-Lady Gaga
Riot-Three Days Grace
The Sex is Good-Saving Abel
Toxic-A Static Lullaby
Womanizer-Britney Spears

That is my Power Up playlist. Whenever I need some motivation to keep going, to work hard or even get started I put in my headphones crank this playlist up & there is no stopping me!

*Headstrong is highly recommend for EVERYONE'S playlist it is my #1 take on anything song!

Keep your head up because heaven is toward the sky!

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CHRYSTALM0214 4/21/2011 9:30PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BECOMINGDEB 4/21/2011 7:54PM

    I don't know all those songs (at least not by name), but I do like the songs I do know and see how they can be motivating during a workout. Thanks for sharing!

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February Recap/Looking Forward to March

Monday, February 28, 2011

Let's just say February wasn't my best month ever. In fact 2011 hasn't exactly started out the way I thought it would. I'd expected to hit the ground running & knock down 25lbs easy by March 1st. Tomorrow is March 1st & so far I've lost 9 pounds but then gained 10 & lost another 5. Yeah...I'm not exactly jumping for joy over those numbers.

What's the deal you ask? I'm lazy. Capital L-A-Z-Y. I don't think I properly tracked one single food through the month of February! Exercise? What you mean walking to the front door to pay the pizza guy? Yeah I've got that handled! I logged 45 minutes of exercise this month. The thought makes me cringe a little. Ugh!

But...I am putting February behind me. Today is a new day, one more chance to get it right. Staying motivated is so hard for me to do, but I realize it's largely due in part to the fact that my goals are so...vague. I want to lose weight & tone stuff up a bit. Okay...?! So does everyone else here on Sparkpeople-that's the just the blueprint of my grand plan-it's time to put up the framework, lay the foundation & build the house.

So this brings us to Looking Forward to March:

This past Saturday I met delightful person who was in phenomenal shape & she was going to "sneak" a cookie, I know random intro, anyway I said to her "Oh with your physique, you could sneak as many cookies as you wanted to". She of course laughed & began to tell me about her intense 6 day training schedule, she's training for a triathlon & a marathon. My jaw was pretty much on the floor when she'd finished detailing her workout schedule! So anyways later that evening we were all having a few drinks after a work thing & she invited me to do the marathon she was training for with her! Exciting! I've always wanted to do one but never really knew where to start. The training seems so overwhelming-it's not just run, run, run. So much more goes into being a successful runner, but I realize that that is just an excuse. I can do anything!

So I now have a defined goal:
To train for & complete a marathon. (I have a feeling it'll be addicting)

I'm taking a course with a friend called 5 in 9. A training program designed to get you ready to run a 5k in 9 weeks! I'm pretty pumped about it! I'm determined to follow through with it because I'm doing it with a friend & I wouldn't want to let her down!

March is all about CAN! I'm not going to try to do things anymore I'm simply going to just do them. Try-is just another word for fail. I am going to form better habits that will last. I'm going to track food everyday this month & cardio a minimum 4x a week. I am going to do this.

I know that I am capable of anything. I no longer have these vague goals I have something that I'll really have to work towards achieving & that's pretty motivating!

Big thanks to my Sparkfriends as always for being so wonderful & encouraging! You guys are amazing!

Hit the ground running in March my friends!


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ALWAYSCHANGING 3/13/2011 10:22AM

    Truly a great goal, I haven't had the balls yet to think marathon, I am training for my first 5k now. Praying that I can run the whole thing! Loved the energy in your blog! You'll kick tail I am sure.

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SHAIRRYD 3/8/2011 12:57PM

  You are just SO Inspiring! Michelle, I know your future is bright and that you will achieve all you set out to do. Just look at you Now! I Love what you wrote No guessing about it being a writer is what you were destine to be. Remember the shirt from Ms. Nan? Love You Much Sweetheart. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

This certainly inspired me today. Thank You Much

May God Keep You in his care and Near To His Heart Always! ďHave A Wonderful And Abundantly Blessed Week!Ē Mommy

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JENEJOHN 3/2/2011 9:31AM

  Awesome goals! Good luck! And don't get discouraged by February, everyone has off times, and what matters is that you make a change for the better, which you definitely are. Good job!

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PINKGRANNY 3/1/2011 12:42PM

    Inspiring. How did you know that February was similar for me? Now I have a nasty cold bug but I am determined to get ready for the Race for the Cure on April 17.

March will be all about CAN for me too. Thanks for you blog post. We can do this!

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BECOMINGDEB 2/28/2011 10:44PM

    Wow! What an ambitious goal! And I know that you have it in you to do it! Best wishes!

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DEIDALEE 2/28/2011 1:54PM

    What an awesome way to start March! I love running...and in the peak of the season, it is can eat cookies =) in fact you NEED them...I pretty much love that I can eat what I want when training for a race...good luck on your marathon goals! I do 1/2 marathons, but would LOVE to do a full some day! And eat cookies all the way to the finish line!

and yes, running is addicting. I did a 5k program 4 years ago and never looked back!

Can't wait to see your progress on this!

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The Perfect Pretty Girls

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The title pretty much says it all right? The perfect pretty girls. We all know them. They're perfectly thin, have the shiniest hair you've ever seen (seriously), dazzling smiles, flawless make-up & you'd rob a bank to own their shoes! They're the people you see & you instantly hate. I was watching a youtube video today & the girl was just ridiculously pretty & thin-she just seemed perfect & I instantly thought to myself "Wow, I wish I looked like her" & started critiquing myself & pointing out all the ways I didn't look like her. But then I caught myself & was like why?! Yes she's beautiful & had a great figure but I thought to myself, what is so great about her that she makes me want to put myself down? I suppose it's natural to have some insecurities, things you would change about yourself but I seriously resent the idea that I have to look a certain way in order to be pretty. I donít need to look like that girl or any celebrity to be pretty. In general I am a pretty confident person, I wasn't always that way though. I credit a lot of my confidence these days to my wonderful Bill who tells me everyday how pretty I am & refuses to let me put myself down-he makes me feel like a perfect pretty girl so I believe I'm a ďperfectĒ pretty girl & if you believe certain things they become your actions so I act like I'm a perfect pretty girl & I tend to be far less judgmental about myself. Though I have to work at it-there are times like today where I have to catch myself & say wait no-she may very well be one of those perfect pretty girls but so am I-so there really isnít anything to be jealous of. I never feel bad about myself until I start comparing myself to someone else. So that's the point to this blog today. Stop comparing yourself to other people. You're AMAZING just the way you are & you know that until someone comes along & tells you that you're not because you're not like so & so & you believe it. You should be able to walk into a party full of Victoria Secret models & not once think ďI wish I was more like them.Ē Stop telling yourself Iíll be pretty when I look a certain way or when I drop a few pounds. Beauty comes from confidence & who you are as a person not what you look like-thatís not an opinion itís a fact. I hope Iím not being too ďpreachyĒ I just want people myself included to stop saying I wish I looked like her or I wish I was that skinny. You really are perfect because youíre you-donít let anyone take that away from you-not even yourself. So there you go-Iím talking to myself here too, Iím guilty of doing it too, but itís time to put a stop to that & make a better effort of changing ourselves for the right reasons not so that we fit into societyís ideas of what we should be.

By the way though the pretty girl who sparked my little little tirade here is actually really good with hair & makeup & such so if you wanna watch some good tutorials on her youtube channel heres the link: :)

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AKAFIT 8/2/2011 12:19PM

    I'm just reading this, but I agree NSMANN; you are beautiful. More than that, let me share this with you, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in Godís sight (1 Peter 3:3-4)."

What makes your beautiful is an inner radiance that can't be manufactured or faked. I love makeup don't get me wrong, but I know that has NOTHING at all to do with my true beauty. So, you just keep on being beautiful on the inside and watch your outer beauty shine like the STAR you are. emoticon

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NSMANN 4/6/2011 6:36PM

    But you are already beautiful--really!!

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ALLIE4993 2/2/2011 11:34PM

    Well said! I couldn't agree with you more. Someone once told me that you should be your biggest fan because you are always surrounded by you and who you are. A struggle it may be but confidence is oh so beautiful! thanks for this emoticon

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FOREVERFIT4LIFE 1/23/2011 9:02PM

    You are very beautiful yourself! Confidence is key! If you feel beautiful, you will shine & that will reflect on how others see you too! Nobody is perfect, including those 'perfect' pretty girls. It's one of those life is greener on the other side...Those girls have just as many insecurities, if not more, than the rest of us. Your amazing just as you are, don't forget it!

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MARY1313 1/23/2011 9:03AM

    Great blog and you are oh so heart breakingly pretty yourself!!!


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NWHURLEYGIRL 1/20/2011 6:58PM

    Confidence is definitely the most attractive quality one can have - an average-looking person with a whole lot of self-confidence (NOT cockiness!) is WAY sexier than someone who is simply "genetically blessed".

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BECOMINGDEB 1/20/2011 6:38PM

    I think you are gorgeous! And your personality shines through your picture and your writing... I definitely think that has a lot to do with someone's appeal as well.

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Lets Do Work.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

In high school the football players would get really pumped up & say let's "let's do work" and you knew they we're serious & ready to go out there and win. It is time to do work.

In the last few months I really started to notice a difference in myself. A difference I really like-it's mostly a mental difference. When you decide it's time to get serious-your mindset really does start to change. So in other news-Bill and I decided that we'd have a biggest loser competition between the two of us. His health isn't as great as it could be (I'm still fighting to lose the same 10lbs) but of course I'm proud of him and all the steps he's taken in the last year to better himself & losing weight is one of the last legs of the journey for him! So I decided to try to light a fire under his butt by of course challenging his ego! He doesn't think he'll get beat by a girl-especially me because of my love for candy! (Just so we're clear though-I'm going to kick his pretty little butt). Our challenge starts January 9th and last 12 weeks and ends on April 3rd. At first I was so confident that I'd have this in the bag but Bubby is talking a very big game & I think that he might play to win! I'm pretty excited to see how things are going to unfold. I devised my plan of attack today. I think Bill is going to fall short where eating is concerned. He might put in the time when it comes to exercising but he's not going to think too much about changing his eating habits so that my friends is where I think I gain my advantage. I see 12 weeks of hard core cardio, cardio, cardio! I'm going to toss in a few more strength training workouts & re-vamp my diet something fierce! I LOVE this. Competition especially with Bill is bringing out the fierce in me! I don't want to lose. The prize is anything either of us wants with a value up to $150-I'm thinking I'm going to get a few new clothes for my smoking hot body.

I'd never watched the biggest loser show before deciding to do this little competition, I just kinda knew what it was about, so I wanted to see what really went on-on the show & I watched an episode on Hulu & I am hooked! Absolutely hooked! Those people are so inspiring & I just couldn't believe that I'd never watched it before. It's so inspiring. I know there is more than one person in my life that I need to motivate. I don't want to lose anyone in my family to a problem that can be fixed! So maybe there will be an even bigger Bigger Loser Family addition very soon!

We have the power to change our lives people. Whatever it takes to motivate yourself-find it. Find it before it's too late. Believe me, if anyone knows how hard it is to stay motivated it's me. I lose interests so quickly, but I found something that I know I won't stop working for winning. Competition is my biggest motivator-I have to win-I want to win, I cannot let Bill beat me. When I think about quitting I'll stop and think about him winning & it will push me that last mile. For you it could be your kids-making sure you're around to see them grow up & see your grandkids, your health-tired of all the doctors and the pain and the medicine, let it motivate you...if there is nothing else-your life should motivate you-if your life isn't enough to motivate you I don't know what else could. It's time to change-you don't know that you'll have tomorrow to get it right today is the day. -That's my little motivational "rant" for this blog. Let's do work people.

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SHAIRRYD 1/13/2011 9:57AM

  I have no doubt you will win. Let's Do Work Pretty Girl. Love Ya! Mom emoticon emoticon

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KKTODAY 1/11/2011 2:46PM

Sounds like some great motivation! haha I'm sure you'll do really well. Great idea!

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BECOMINGDEB 1/5/2011 5:26PM

    I started watching The Biggest Loser a few seasons ago and am totally hooked myself! There's a contestant on this season my husband is interested in, so he'll be watching it with me for the first time. Maybe he'll get hooked too...

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    This is so exciting! I would love to compete with my boyfriend as a means to light a fire under his behind as well, thanks for the idea!

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SparkPeople is Awesome!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Since I've become more serious about getting fit (like 3 days ago) I've been trying to utilize more of the wonderful tools sparkpeople has made available to use. Today I discovered how much I love using the nutrition tracker. It really is amazing! Eating has always been my biggest challenge/set back. I eat whatever I want & if you asked me how many calories I'd consumed in a day I'd have no idea! The Nutrition Tracker really is amazing though! It maps out meal plans, shopping list, breaks down everything, even tells you how many calories, carbs, etc. you can consume throughout the rest of the day in order to stay within your target range. It's pretty awesome! I'm crazy about the daily & weekly reports you can print out to see exactly how & where your hard work is paying off & where you need to improve! Sparkpeople is truly an amzing tool that anyone can use & everyone should! There just aren't enough good things to say about Sparkpeople! From the support you get from the wonderful members to the interesting articles, the workouts, spark teams. Yay sparkpeople!!!!! If you're not already using all the tools Sparkpeople has made available you should take a moment to explore the site & all it's goodies like the nutrition tracker. Using them will make reaching your goals easier than you ever dreamed!

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MAMABUGAZ 1/18/2011 12:51PM

    I'm addicted to the Food Tracker! I don't use the meal plans because I try to use SOUTH BEACH diet guidelines, somewhat, so I'm choosy about which carbs and fats I consume. I also go out to eat at least a couple of times per week.

In addition, I do some calorie cycling (higher calories one day --"up" days, lower calories the next -- "down" days), so I don't eat as many calories as they suggest on my down days. And, I use some meal replacements (IsaLean shakes), so, that's another reason their meal plans don't work for me.

But, I love how it maps out calories, carbs, protein, fat, etc. And, I can even in input other nutrients in that I want it to keep track of.

I've lost 24 lbs in 18 weeks. SparkPeople is a big reason for my success.

~ Faith

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BECOMINGDEB 11/22/2010 3:05PM

    I have lost most of my weight by just being aware of what I'm eating. I love the nutrition tracker too. I don't do the meal plans because I'm a picky eater and want to have what works best for me, but I am more aware of how many calories are going in and have adjusted meals accordingly as needed. I have also noticed that I eat smaller portions now... so I can still enjoy my treats.

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MY_5_KIDZ 11/22/2010 2:24PM

    I agree! It is the greatest. It is the glue that is keeping me together. I watch what I eat because I know I will have to log it.

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AKAFIT 11/22/2010 2:03PM

    You are absolutely correct. Most sites won't give you the full access that SP does for FREE! I have been diligently using SP for a few months although I have been a member for over a year. It has made a complete difference in my motivation, my weight loss, and my overall satisfaction with my weight loss journey. emoticon too!

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