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Updates on my challenge

Saturday, July 09, 2011

First off I have to give me a big emoticon I finally had a 1.8 lb loss this week. It wasn't all that hard really. I changed up some exercise. Joined a challenge, ate right, planned and most of all held me accountable. It was a glorious feeling to step on that scale and finally so a loss worthy of my efforts. I have been stagnant for so long. I mean sooooooooo longggggggggg. Now the true test........week two. My weight watchers team says if I buy new "tools" it will make me want to be healthy. So I have gotten a new notebook and i'm heading out for some storage dishes. I'm going to try making two meals today and freezing them for later in the week. Then on days I don't want to cook I can still have something healhty and quick. I kept saying I was going to do this but never did. But I got what I needed at the store and i'm ready. So with new tools in hand, much excitement and determination. I'm ready to hit week two of this challenge head on.


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FITCOFFEEMOM357 7/16/2011 10:11PM

    Rock it girl!!!!!!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 7/11/2011 2:54AM

    I'm late getting here, as usual, but that doesn't mean I'm not sooo happy for you and sooo proud of you!!
I like your idea of freezing meals. I too always say I'm going to do this but never do. I think I am going to look for some new freezer friendly recipes this week and do the same for next week when Alexis is away.
I lost some myself so let's keep this going!!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 7/10/2011 8:16AM

    OK imma bout to date myself but the first thing that popped into my mind was from a Dougie Fresh song where he says "6 minutes dougie fresh your on!

SO I say "6 get to goal your ON!!!

You are right about spark people. I left for a minute but was drawn back. Now it is like a part of life! AND YOU are one of the shining stars that I have met along the way! xoxo

This went to the wrong post TOO EARLY

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IUHRYTR 7/9/2011 8:58PM

    That is an exciting loss. Stay focused and positive and we'll be reading of more losses soon. -- Lou

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 7/9/2011 12:26PM

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Just in case you did not get the message with all the icons....well, I am so proud of you, great weight loss, and wonderful determination. YOU ROCK GIRLFRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/9/2011 10:45AM

    Awesome! Keep it up in week 2!

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4DOGNIGHT 7/9/2011 9:04AM

    Good for you! You are doing something postive for yourself!

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MRSLEENY 7/9/2011 8:00AM

    Good for you!!! I too joined a different challenge and ordered a new pedometer. Reading your blog has inspired me more to keep going and change it up a bit. Thanks!!

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SERENITY0808 7/9/2011 7:55AM

Motivation gets you started ... persistence keeps you in the game.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 7/9/2011 7:37AM

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YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Work it girl. I am happy for you! Keep Rockin it!
xoxoxo Dimi

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The JULY JUBILEE challenge is my fresh new beginning.

Friday, July 01, 2011

emoticon emoticonToday marks to first day of a great new challenge my Alabama Team has set out. It is called the JULY JUBILEE and i'm so ready to take this on. I have gained and let myself slide so often that i'm at a point of really not liking me much. So today I take on this new month with much excitement. A lot of it has to do with the new JUbILEE that they have set out for me but it is also the challenge to lose 4 pounds. Four pounds seems like a lot to me right now as the scales haven't been my friend of late. But as of this very moment i'm so ready.

I began getting ready by writing my goals and posting them where I can read them each far two days i've kept my head above water. I have weighed in and it wasn't pretty but I wanted a starting point for this challenge. I'm ready, i'm so let this game begin.


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IUHRYTR 7/4/2011 4:03PM

    One-half pound a week is the same goal I set for this month. Should be doable, shouldn't it? -- Lou

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TEXASGIDGET 7/4/2011 1:55PM

    emoticon Michelle!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 7/3/2011 6:12PM

    Blessings on this July Challenge! Keep Rocking!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 7/2/2011 12:14AM

    We're in it together, my friend and we WILL succeed!! You can do this!!!!

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JUNEBUG1944 7/1/2011 1:14PM

    This is a great challenge and you will succeed...just think about it...just 2.07 oz a day! You can do this!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/1/2011 11:08AM

    Alright! Let this game begin. Play to win, my friend. You can do this.

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BELIEVING-N-ME 7/1/2011 9:24AM

    You can do it! Take it one day at a time.

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MRSLEENY 7/1/2011 8:47AM

    Yes, you can do it!!!! emoticon

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TERESA6262 7/1/2011 7:05AM

    Kick it out, Michelle! You CAN!!!

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MADAMES 7/1/2011 7:04AM

    You can do it!! July Jubilee!!

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Having faith in yourself

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
- Voltaire

It is really sad that for myself faith in my own abilities is something sorely lacking. Is it a left over kind of thing from childhood. You know when you were the last picked on the team, or you tried out but didn't get on the team? when someone called you dumb and you questioned your own self worth? You know the feelings that left us with tears and a bit smaller than before? This is how I see myself some of the time. Well I guess most of the time. It is like no matter what I may have done and succeeded at, i'm still coming up short.

Well I had my weekly weigh in and I lost 0.4 this week. Not a significant amount by itself but with gains for the last three weeks maybe a breakthrough non the less. I have come so far on my journey, really I don't have too far to travel left but it seems like the last bit is the hardest. Always, this is the time you start to doubt yourself and all your successes along the way. It is like my mind has decided that all of a sudden it is a failure and nothing I do or think is going to change that. Not any longer.

I'm starting to see my cup as half full instead of mostly empty. Life and this journey is all that I make it. The reveals can only come from me. the strength is inside of me. I must have faith that I have come this far and I will continue on farther down the road. Oh i'm going to have bruises to show for it but in the end it is going to be worth it. Because this isn't just about weight loss ;any longer this is about ME.


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 7/3/2011 12:03AM

    Keep the faith, Michelle, and watch it grow day by day. See yourself for the wonderful person you are, and know that we can choose to move forward from today and we choose how our lives will be from this point forward. Oh, the memories of childhood cruelty...I spent my time in adolescent hell, being picked on made to feel that I was less of a person than everyone else. I carried that for a long time, and sometimes I catch myself still carrying it to this day. No more. We are who we choose to be, and all those that never believed in us or never cared, or laughed or made fun of us..well, they aren't the ones that matter are they?? Those that love us, those that we hold dear right now in our lives..those that know our hearts and souls...those are the ones that matter, and WE are the ones that matter most to ourselves. So, show 'em what you're made of!!!

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IUHRYTR 6/29/2011 9:26PM

    Isn't it amazing and sad how many slights from childhood follow us into our adult years? For some inspiration, a .4 pounds loss per week is 20.8 pounds a year. Not shabby. Every loss, no matter the reason, is positive progress. Stay the course and you'll get there. -- Lou

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TERESA6262 6/27/2011 7:54PM

    Thanks for sharing! You'll get there from here!


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    You know, I got through the "last one picked" phase of my life with the help of the dear friend that I just lost. We were both in that group. And finally, we tripped upon something that helped us. We had each other. It no longer mattered that no one else wanted us! I laugh now as I remember that! In high school, neither of us could play tennis. We were terrible! Instead, the teacher had us run track. We loved our time together. "Running" and talking.

This week, everything I go to do, I think, "Diane can't do this any more." I'm trying very hard to get past my loss. To make life go on without her. But oh the glorious memories of how we made it through so much of life's traumas together! That was the best!

Now, you're making your way through your difficult days with us. See, there is a place for each of us when we need someone. I'm glad we're here together. I'd always choose you!

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KENDRACARROLL 6/26/2011 12:30PM

    Sometimes we move forward not one step but one inch at a time.

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JUSTCHELLE75 6/26/2011 9:41AM

    Keep fighting those voices that say you are failing and that you can't do this because you know and we know that you can. Enjoy the journey because the progress you've made is incredible.

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 6/26/2011 8:19AM

    Oh my being the last one picked or not picked at all. The sad memories that brings back. Michelle, you have come so far just since I have begun posting on the WW site. I'm with Topazdiva, let your cup runneth over.


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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/26/2011 7:58AM

    Fill that cup up so that it is running over. I hear you and I was there in 2008 close to goal and then experienced where you are now. Doubt and forgetting all that you accomplished. I am glad to see that you are fighting that. YOU have come so far! YOUR cup runneth over my friend! emoticon

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

A goal is a dream with a deadline.
- Napoleon Hill

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin Mays

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
- John F. Kennedy

Be resolute in your goals, but flexible in your tactics.
- jlh

If you know what to do to reach your goal, it's not a big enough goal.
- Bob Proctor

Ok, weve all done it. We set goals weekly, sometimes even daily. But we just don't follow through. Oh we have the big number in our sites. You know the one that will make it all better. The MAGIC number. BUt what about the goals we set to get there? Do we really take the time to sit and plan, and follow though, one goal at a time? I know I don't. Oh I set goals sometimes each week and even I have done this daily. I say i'm going to change something but then the old just comes back and hey it is so much easier than saying no. Right? Oh you know i'm right. I mean I read blogs, message boards, I know most of us are going through the same things right now. I know that a handful have reached their ultimate goals with ease. Or did they? They must of had the same struggles I"m having right. They had to have come up with the solution to their individual problem by themselves right? I mean it is nice to see others succeeding each day. But for me I wonder what am I doing wrong?

I think for myself it is a matter of setting the goals the proper way. I allow myself to get so caught up in the rights and wrongs of day to day living I forget to enjoy the journey. I mean really thies journey is so much more than losing weight. It is about discovering new things about ourselves. Some things not so good and others wonderful. It is in how we work to better ourselves that the fun comes in. We can choose to do this our way or we can choose to do this another way and never be really happy.

So today I choose to be ME. Whether that means the me that is struggleing to loose this last seven pounds or the me that has reached this milestone and only has seven pounds left to loose. You see it comes back to seeing that cup half empty or half full all over again.


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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/25/2011 2:06PM

    I soooooooo want to be where you are! 7 SEVEN pounds to goal!!

Baby girl I do understand that you have gotten this far to stall BUT YOU GOT THERE! I just made it to 150ville. Perhaps it is time to chill and enjoy where you are. Sometimes when I relax things just come into place. I am not saying not to pay attention to what you are eating but relax! THINK about your accomplishments which are many!!!! emoticon

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MADAMES 6/24/2011 2:25PM

    You make a great point about remembering to enjoy the journey along the way. Thanks for your insight! How true.


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KENDRACARROLL 6/24/2011 11:49AM

    What are your goals for today? Have you made your plan?
Wishing you a wonderful, stick-to-it day :)

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JUSTCHELLE75 6/23/2011 5:34PM

    I agree with you. I am trying to make everything half full. I also am trying to get better about goals and how I am going to get there and not just set weight goals

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CANDOK1260 6/23/2011 11:56AM

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Decide, commit, succeed

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Decide, commit, succeed!

I "borrowed" this from a signature on a team mates message entry. It just spoke to me. This was exactly what I blogged about yesterday. My not quitting. It wasn't an option. I have to decide to do this, commit to doing it no matter the troubles, and success shall be mine. I had the best day yesterday. Plan wise it couldn't of been much better. Today knowing full well I would have an off day (sundays do that to me for some reason), I planned for ijavascript:%20void(0);t. I gave me permission to have a bit extra and still be in my range just the higher end of the scale. It has made this day awesome. I've had my moment in the early afternoon like I normally do and i'm done. I'm ready to proceed forward.

Decide, commit, succeed isn't that what this journey is all about?

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IUHRYTR 6/29/2011 9:28PM

    This journey and all the other paths we travel. -- Lou

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/20/2011 7:15PM

    Great job!!!

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TEXASGIDGET 6/20/2011 7:27AM

    Great job, Michelle! Sounds like you had a great Sunday! I hope you have a great week!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/19/2011 5:33PM

    I love the permission thing! Glad you had a great day on yesterday! May your good days outnumber the not so good days(CUZ THEY AINT BAD) .. xoxo dimi

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KELLYDUP 6/19/2011 5:33PM

    Great attitude! emoticon

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