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Almost half way there

Sunday, June 22, 2008

You know when I hear people say, "oh so and so lost 50 pounds", I think "WOA that is a lot!" And now I think two ways, first is still that it is a lot, but then when it is me I think "bah, 50 pounds is nothing, I can do that so easy." I guess maybe that is because I am already almost to 45 pounds (yeah I basically skipped over the 41 and 42 and went to the 43 pounds lost in a week! lol) But at the same time I look back and think, wow, look what I have already accomplished, there is no stopping me accomplishing the rest! In fact, I am almost at half of what I want to lose (100 pounds). That amazes me, for the most part, at how quickly and, in some ways, easily I was able to do it. I know it is because of Spark and the motivation and inspiration everyone gives me. Plus, I have the accountability not just to myself and my husband and family and the computer, but to my new friends that are in the same boat as me working towards the same goal. It just makes it easier. And one other thing that I have found helps ME personally is a little bit of a healthy competition. Not necessarily trying to beat some one, but hoping as a team we beat someone together. And not letting my team down, which is what I had with the original private team I was a part of that we ended up creating the second private team out of. Always nice to be the "biggest loser", but not necessary as long as I know I had a loss and could help contribute to my team.

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JUSTLISAHERE 6/23/2008 6:15AM

    WTG you Big ole Loser you! We are so proud of you! 1/2 down, 1/2 to go! Can't Wait 'til I can say the same thing!!!


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MESACHICK 6/22/2008 10:16PM

  You are awesome!!!!

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Bad makes you grateful for the good

Friday, June 20, 2008

After almost an entire week of my stomach aching, it is finally feeling happy again. Last night we had a guy come over to help DH move the furniture back and he also helped DH give me a blessing. I know it sounds weird and you may say it is all in my head, but I do believe that it truly helps. Through Christ all things are possible. Anyway, as he was giving me the blessing I could feel the pressure in my stomach subsiding. It still hurt, but I could feel it lessen. This morning when I woke up I felt so much better and as the day has progressed I have been feeling back to my old self. I did not push it though as I wanted to give it one more day to get over whatever it was I had. So tomorrow I will be back in full force! Including the exercise thing. I did do some, Walk Away the Pounds 1 two of the days and painting three of the days (I know probably didn't help my stomach, but it had to be done before next Monday). So I wasn't a total slacker! It sure makes you grateful for the health I am now enjoying when I am reminded of my miserable health from just 6-7 months ago.

Speaking of which, I applied for health insurance today because we lost ours when DH lost his job. But since he got a new job they pay completely for his so he has some already. I needed it for me. Anyway, I applied for Blue Cross Blue Shield just to see if I would qualify. About 2+ years ago we tried to apply together because I was quitting my job which we got our insurance through and DH was working contract jobs so didn't have any through his work. When I applied then I did not even get to move on to submitting an application because I "weighed too much". Well today, it went right through and I feel I got a pretty good rate (well it hasn't gone through underwriting, but the quote was good)--almost the same as it was for DH and I per month with old insurance and that is with his job paying for part of it. So we will end up paying basically the same as we were with his last job, except this time I can't lose my insurance because DH lost his job! YIPEE! We'll see what they say.

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LILOLEMEDG 6/22/2008 1:20AM

  Michele what a great accomplishment. Your doing so great. Keep up the good work.

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MYGALSAL13 6/21/2008 9:42PM

    way to go miss! Glad you are feeling better! Also glad you asked for a blessing.

Yeah for less insurance!!! AWESOME!!

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MESACHICK 6/20/2008 9:28PM

  Oh Michele, you got to one of my DREAMS! CONGRATS on the lower health insurance!! That is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!! I am so proud of you!

I am also so glad to hear you are feeling better. Blessings are wonderful and I think your faith rocks. :-)

Have a great weekend! Don't get too stressed preparing for vacation - it will go great!

BTW...I will be in Utah 7/1 through 7/8...will you still be there???

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One Size DOESN'T Fit All

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I have to say this just to get it off my chest and be able to move on. And isn't that what blogging is all about?

It amazes me how some people think that the ONLY way to lose weight is THEIR way. And they tend to push it on everyone else. However, it seems that those people are also the ones that have not lost that much.

I DO NOT think that there is only ONE HEALTHY way to lose weight. I think that it is just like our personalities, we are all different. Our bodies react differently to different things. So just because one thing works for you doesn't mean that it is going to work for someone else, OR that if they don't do it your way they are wrong. Everyone has to find what works for them and only them. For people to criticize because it is not their way is just rude and wrong.

In the end I feel it comes down to what can you do FOREVER. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet. So find what works best for you, makes you happy, and healthy and stick with it. Don't let others tell you that your way is wrong. Your way is exactly that YOUR way and as long as it is healthy does it really matter?

And as I tell my son, don't forget "TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT! YOU'VE GOT TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT!" lol

The old fashioned way, healthy eating (whatever plan works best for you) and exercise. Just do it!

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JUSTLISAHERE 6/4/2008 11:44AM

    You said a mouthful thats for sure!

I second Marilees SECOND! ^5

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MESACHICK 6/3/2008 6:26PM

  Hear, hear!! I SECOND THAT!! Go girl!!!

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Monday, June 02, 2008

I have been meaning to blog this, but just haven't taken the time to do it. Saturday on my way home from work I was thinking about how just about a year ago my DH mentioned something about getting a handicapped sticker for me. I have had horrible knees my whole life, plus I have had a bad back at least since I was in high school. Not sure why exactly, but I have. I have done physical therapy in the past for both of them, but nothing has really helped. My knees, well I have never been officially diagnosed, but I am pretty sure I have some type of arthritis in them. They ache the most when the weather changes quickly, especially when it is going to get cold or rainy. Anyway, what a difference a year (but more importantly 6 months) has made! Now I can walk over a mile (could probably do more, but don't want to take the time! lol) and I exercise every day Tuesday through Saturday. I do major workout videos for 30 mins to an hour--TAE BO for heaven sakes!! lol I can park anywhere in the parking lot and not have to worry about being already worn out or my knees hurting before I even get into the store! It is amazing what a little motivation and some good old fashioned exercise can do! I am so grateful for spark and my fellow sparkers that keep pushing me each day to make wise choices and keep me accountable. Otherwise I probably would have fallen off this Spark wagon a long time ago! Thank you. emoticon

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MESACHICK 6/2/2008 10:24PM

  That is sooooooooo awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look at you, the Overcoming Woman! YOU SO ROCK, Michele!!!!!!!!!!!

Love you girl!

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    You Go Girl!

Your blog was so cool, I do the same thing reflecting back in time. I don't recognize myself in photos... ha ha ha

Good luck and keep it up!


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35 Pounds Lost Forever!

Friday, May 16, 2008

I have made the 35 pounds lost mark (official weigh in day)!!! WOOHOO!! Man I have NEVER lost 35 pounds in one trying! The most before was 32 pounds and it took me 9 months. I have really done most of this since the first of the year, at least 30 pounds of it! I was at 227 on 1/1 this year. And this time I know it will stay off. A girl at work said to me Monday, "wow, look at you, you can really tell you have lost weight." And then she asked, "what are you doing?" And I said, "all those things we know we are SUPPOSED to do!" To which she said, "eat healthy and exercise." I said, "YEP!" Why do we worry about all these silly fad diets? We all know they don't work permanently. They are great for awhile, but then it all comes back with a vengeance. When I was on the diet and lost 32 pounds, I was stinking to this diet that there was NO WAY I was going to stay on forever. It just wasn't meant to be that way. It was a quick fix that didn't change my attitude or health. When I finally finished I said to myself, "I will never eat another salad again!" Well that is not true because I actually ate one today and it tasted great! lol And guess what, almost all of the weight came back, shy about 5 pounds. Anyway, it is only the old fashioned way that works indefinitely. I know it is true, when I was in college I was at 170, I wanted to be down to 120 when I graduated, so of course living on a college budget I ate less (built in portion control! lol) and started exercising. I walked to all of my classes first of all. Second, I took a water aerobics class, ended up becoming the TA and taught the class at a local gym three times a week, of course I ended up being my only student because no one else ever showed up except maybe one time, but who cares!? I did it and I lost 20 pounds, didn't get the last 20 off like I wanted, but I maintained for that year. Then I quit doing those things and guess what?! Yep, you're right. I gained it all back plus 20 more!! 40 pounds in like 1 year!! ARGH! Bad news! And I have just yo-yo dieted ever since. Well not this time!! I have learned that healthy eating is the way to go and exercise is a MUST! Plain and simple!

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    Congrats on 35lbs gone forever!

I know it took hard work, and it was all worth it! Keep up the awesome work!

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MYGALSAL13 5/28/2008 5:12PM

    yeah! you are AWESOME!!! Way to go miss!!!

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JUSTLISAHERE 5/16/2008 11:35PM

    *Gasp* Don't Smash her Mouth... LOL

Rock On Michele! *cheers* Heres to the next 35!

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MESACHICK 5/16/2008 4:06PM

  Hey now! You're an ALL-STAR! Get your game on! Go! Play!
Hey now! You're a ROCK STAR! Get the show on ! Yeah! Hey!!
All that glitters is gold...
Only shooting stars break the mo-o-old.
(Smash Mouth)

Hee hee

YOU ROCK MICHELE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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