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Super September Week 1

Monday, September 08, 2008

Well even though the scale didn't agree I had a good week my numbers did! lol

So here is my report for week 1 of this Super September challenge:

Monday--3 points
Tuesday--2 points (yeah not a good start to the week! lol)
Wednesday--5 points!
Thursday--5 points!
Friday--4 points
Saturday--5 points!
Sunday--3 points
Total of 27 points for this week.

Also I decided on my rewards:
30 points--Watch a movie
60 points--Breakfast in bed by my husband!
90 points--Buy $5 in scrapbook supplies
120 points--Buy an exercise DVD

Also we were supposed to change our goals if we felt they were too easy or too hard. So I think I need to work a little on the getting 8 hours. I need to instead of just saying 8 hours I think I need to say that I need to be in bed by 11:30 (or earlier) each night AND get 8 hours of sleep. That will be the challenge. I am a night owl and so midnight is usually when I crawl into bed. And even though I am getting 8 hours I am still not feeling totally rested, so I think hopefully this 30 minutes might help. We'll see.

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MYGALSAL13 9/12/2008 9:05PM

    you go girl!!

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MESACHICK 9/9/2008 2:42AM

  You are so great at defining and achieving goals, Michele! YOU ROCK! :-)

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5 Daily Goals for Super September

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Okay I am putting them down for me to remember and all to see! I am hoping to make this another great month. I have complete my fast today and am ready to continue pressing forward!

1. Read my scriptures every day
2. Exercise every day (except Sunday)
3. Drink at least 10 glasses of water a day
4. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night
5. Eat at least 4 fruits/veggies each day (this will be a stretch for me--I am not a huge fruit/veggie fan, but I am doing better in this journey! But typically only get 2-3 a day...gotta do better!)

My rewards for getting points--well I am going to have to think on these! lol I guess I will think and post later on.

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MESACHICK 8/31/2008 11:11PM

  Michele, you are going to ROCK September!! :-)

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ERUDITE 8/31/2008 11:04PM

    You keep it up! You are SO inspiring to me. You can do it!

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Doubled Up

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My weight continues to act like a jackrabbit, bouncing up and down and driving me utterly crazy! lol Saturday, when I was up 2 pounds from last week, instead of pushing through like I usually do I did the opposite, the old me way, just eat whatever (not horribly bad, but definitely not trackable good) and no exercise. Now part of the no exercise was because the Olympics were on, but I really could have put in walk away the pounds and done at least 1 mile, but no I wallowed in the misery and did nothing. A few days later I was back down, but then today I was back up. CAN I JUST SAY ARGH!?!?!?! lol I am about ready to do this emoticon with my scale. So today I decided to do two things, first, do a double workout and second, make sure I ate on the high end of my calorie range. I wonder if the extra workouts I did last week needed more calories to go with them. I don't know. But anyway, I am going to eat around 1500 calories the rest of this week and also today and possibly tomorrow do double exercise.

Today I got up this morning and did Biggest Loser 1 High Intensity. Then worked on some chores and got myself and DS ready for school. I dropped him off and raced to Walmart to pick up a few things and then on my friend's old community swimming pool. (She doesn't live there anymore, but I have decided I am still going to go swimming there. Her neighbor has said I can come any time I want just to let her know. But I figure when I used to go last summer there were rarely people in this pool--it is not heated, but hello we live in Florida so it is plenty warm anyway--and it is at the back of the mobile home park. So since hardly anyone else is using it, I will help them out and use it for them! I figure if anyone asks I will tell them I am visiting my friend, which is my friend's old neighbor! They usually don't care, so if they don't ask I won't tell! lol And I will get the benefit of exercise and the benefit of a pool and no one will be the wiser! lol) So anyway, I got there around 12:15 and proceeded to start doing my laps (there was one lady there, but she was laying out so I wasn't bothering her). The way I do my laps is 1 entire lap of freestyle ("crawl" as the SP tracker calls it), 1 entire lap of breaststroke, 1 entire lap of backstroke and 1 entire lap of side stroke. This is one set. Then I start over again. I like to do variety each lap because it lets me use the muscles differently on each lap/stroke. Anyway, I did 5 sets for a total of 20 laps! It took me about 30 minutes to do all of them. Pretty good I think! So then I came home, got ready again, ate lunch and went and picked up DS at school. He was none the wiser! lol Which is good because I don't want him to feel bad, but at the same time it is nice to not go with him if I am planning on swimming laps. Too hard to keep track of him if I am going back and forth with my head in the water.

So far a great day. My calorie count of what I have prepared for my meals today is currently at 1454. So if I eat a little more fine, if not, that is okay too.

Now to just do it all again tomorrow!

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DEDELICIOUS 8/28/2008 9:17PM

    I finally got to read this, and I'm glad I did! I'm also glad you didn't get so upset that you kept eating and eating, and not exercising. I'm also glad that you're taking all the info that you've learned here at SP and learning how to deal with those disheartening moments...you are making a lifestyle change!

emoticonWTG on the swimming! Are you getting in practice for the next olympics when you get to meet Michael Phelps?! LOL!

Be proud of your recent accomplishments!

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MESACHICK 8/27/2008 11:28PM

  You will kick those pounds to the curb, girlie!! Have I told you lately how awesome you are????? :-)

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CHASSIDY2 8/27/2008 4:27PM

  Just a suggestion. It sounds like water weight. Do you keep up with your sodium intake. Maybe you could if you don't and helps with the fluctuation if you stay in your range.

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50 pounds gone forever and at my half way mark!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Today I have reached the 50 pounds gone point! I am half way to my goal (well close enough, I guess technically I still have 1 more pound to be half way). I am so excited for the changes I have made and the things I have learned! Tasted some great, new, healthy recipes. I have gotten more energy, my spark and a longer life. Not to mention making some wonderful friends. I love my two main teams, Tigers and S2L. You guys are my inspiration and motivation. You keep me going when I want to give up or get discouraged. You are rocking your own journey and give me the motivation to try and do as well as you! Thank you for helping me along my journey!

I also want to thank my husband for being supportive of this. He tries to do it as best as he can, but he struggles at times for himself. He is always supportive of me doing it. He only tries to get me to be bad once in a great while! lol

I told my DS this morning that I have lost one and two thirds of him!! lol And I only had 10 more pounds to lose 2 of him! He weighs 30 pounds which is nice because it works into my journey a lot to compare it that way. He didn't understand and didn't want me to lose him! lol

I feel like in meeting the half way point that it is "all downhill from here". Although I know I can't coast, I do know what I have to do to reach my goal. What a great accomplishment I have made and I am so proud of myself. A few years ago I could only dream of doing this. But with spark and all my fellow sparkers I have finally done this. Now to carry on and reach the other half of my journey. And then keep it up for the rest of my life. I know I have to. I can't quit when I get there and think that scale won't go right back where it came from. This is definitely a lifestyle change. It has been since the start of this journey for me. I am proud and happy.

What a great day! Now off to buy my cricut soon! That was my reward for reaching 50 pounds! Of course I am not going to go buy it today, but very soon! YIPPEE!!

Thanks to all of you for helping me on this journey and thanks to Spark for providing such an excellent place for us to learn and progress. And to do it for free is even better!

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FOXY-NESS 11/13/2008 11:24AM

    Michele! You are truly an inspiration!! You must be so proud of yourself! I only hope to be able to do some of what you have accomplished! You will reach your goal, I know it!! I am so glad to have gotten to know you through Spark!!

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DIVALADY4LIFE 8/18/2008 1:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou Go Girl!!!!!!!!!!!

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MYGALSAL13 8/15/2008 8:20PM

    Congrats!!! You are AWESOME!!!

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MESACHICK 8/14/2008 11:43PM

  Two words...

ROCK STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JUSTLISAHERE 8/14/2008 9:54PM

    Awesome Job done by an awesome friend! Now you get to get your sizzler, or crinklier, or something like that. LOL Fancy scissors right? LOL j/k

You are doing a Great job & The pic just shows all the excitement! You deserve a Gold Medal for sure!

Hugs to you, Again, GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!

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Portion Distortion

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The last couple of days I have been thinking/looking at my body and comparing it to other people. I look at other people who are at or close to my weight and think I am no where near as thin as they are. How do I possibly weigh the same as them. Sometimes I look at myself and although I know I have lost a lot and my old clothes are too large and ones that were too tight before are almost too big now too, I still see the old me. I still see all the rolls of fat everywhere. I know I should remain positive and know I am making progress, but I still see what I haven't accomplished, I still see the excess weight still there staring at me in the mirror. I am not discouraged or quitting, I am still pushing on. BUT why are our bodies so different in the way we carry our weight? It is a little annoying. I started thinking about this because a girl at work was asking what I was doing to lose weight and I started telling her about Spark and the way I was eating (correct portions, more fruits and veggies, healthier options) and exercising. She then mentioned that she had been at 170 and then went up to 190 and was trying to lose that. The way she said it was that she was still at the 190, which is where I am. But to me she is WAY thinner than I am...How can it be that we weigh basically the same? Maybe she really isn't the 190, maybe she is 170 now, I don't know, but it is weird.

Today I saw a girl that I work with but who has been out on medical leave for almost 7 weeks now. So she hasn't seen the last almost 10 pounds I have lost. She has been one of my biggest supporters through all of this, even though we only see each other one day a week at work (since I only work part time on Monday and Saturday). She took one look at me and got a big ole smile and said, "ooooo, look at you girl! How much have you lost? You are now just little miss skinny minnie." I told her I was far from that, but I am getting there and told her there are still a whole lot of rolls left on this body that I need to get rid of before I can be "skinny minnie"! But it made me feel good that other people and lots of them, are noticing. I know things are happening, but my eyes still see the old me. I guess it is the whole old habits die hard. So does old eyesight. I am working on it. I am grateful for the things I have learned and the changes I have made. It amazes me everyday how far I have come (even though it is definitely not as fast as I would like, it is still happening and that is what matters most). I cannot wait to see where this journey dumps me out at. Even though I know I will never quit doing what I am now, I still plan on reaching a certain weight/place, where I am happy and where my body wants me to be and that is the point I am looking forward to reaching.

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CALIROLL 8/10/2008 2:13AM

    Keep up the good work! Don't let anyone discourage you! Good luck with your efforts!

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MYGALSAL13 7/30/2008 11:03AM

    you are doing great! I think we none of us see ourselves for how we really are! Just keep realizing how far you have come!! You have clothes you cannot wear anymore! It is awesome!!!

Just keep thinking moving forward! I agree with Marilee--don't compare with others! Compare with yourself--andyou'll continue to be amazed!

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MESACHICK 7/23/2008 2:31AM

  Aaahhh, carnival mirror syndrome! Girl --

#1 - first and foremost - QUIT COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS. They say it in Conference for a reason! Just be the best YOU that you can be.

#2 - keep on keepin' on. You are doing TERRIFIC!!!!

#3 - whenever you think you're not doing well enough...E-mail me and I'll knock some sense into you!!


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