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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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    emoticonMichelle! 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

    great blog emoticon

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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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Quitting is not an option

Saturday, June 18, 2011

emoticonYou've got to be kidding me. Up again on the scales this week. I mean what gives here. I've done what I should and what was "expected". I will not give up this battle I don't care. I will give this one or two more weeks then it is off to the doctor to have some blood drawn. I mean I go from losing to gaining???? That just isn't right. Could be metabolism or could be thyroid. We shall see. But I can say this with such certainty "QUTTING IS NOT AN OPTION". I will work it, run it, sleep it, drink it. Whatever it takes to get to my goal. I"ve had enough with being overweight, I like the me I was becoming and I won't end this now. I've never quit on anything and this is just one more struggle to overcome. The solution is out there. I will find it.


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MADAMES 6/19/2011 8:05PM

    I love your spirit and your determination! You inspire me!


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/19/2011 1:03PM

    I'm glad to see your attitude is remaining positive. You can do this. Good idea to get checked out by the dr. but I'm glad to see the motivation and determination in place!
Keep up the fantastic work - you can do it!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/18/2011 6:18PM

    I am sorry to hear about your gain. Good idea to check in with your MD. But LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear from you that quitting is not an option! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/18/2011 3:58PM

    Winners never give up! -- Lou

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TEXASGIDGET 6/18/2011 1:01PM

    Michelle, you are right, you CAN do this! It may take you a little longer to figure out what is going on with your body, but you can do this! We are all on this journey together and we'll be like the Marines (or whichever armed forces it is) and won't leave a man behind. Let's just keep moving and the body will change! I have faith! If I can help, please let me know!

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LACEEJO11 6/18/2011 10:40AM

    I couldn't say it any better than this:

II Corinthians 4:8-9 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Thank you for the sweet comment at my BLOG! I can feel your pain, as I am struggling too right now! There are so many things that could be delaying your success, I think you are on the right track to have lad work if you are stuck, even tho you have increased your activity, staying in calorie range and drinking your water, if you still aren't dropping, you may need some additional help, just to get you going.

I find prayer helps me so much! There are 8 Step posted on the right hand side of my page. It is called the One Step challenge. You might want to read them, copy them, and see if they will help you!

I think you are about to have your breakthrough, so don't let the enemy trick you into thinking you can't do it!!! You are so close to GOAL...just keep on keepin' on and YOU WILL BE THERE!!!

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CAKAROO 6/18/2011 10:13AM

    Don't give up! You can succeed!

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SERENITY0808 6/18/2011 9:54AM

    That's a great attitude! Winners never quit and Quitters never win! Look at your sodium intake as well. When I start seeing a slight gain on the scale, I can usually track it back to sodium.

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JUSTCHELLE75 6/18/2011 9:36AM

    Quitting isn't an option. It is hard and blah and all those things but there are those moments that make it all worth it. You can do this.

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    There is a table of women at the first meeting I'll lead this morning ... "Quitting is not an option" is what is branded on the t-shirts they wear now. They've been sitting at that table struggling life's struggles and battling their weight for going on 3 years now. They've watched others of us come, reach Lifetime, and still they sit trying to figure out the right combination for them. Finally, they had shirts made to remind themselves that quitting really is not an option. It does make it all the more personal when you see it ... like you have this morning written in your blog.

Really, it just isn't an option! Go get 'em, my friend!!!!

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CRAZYWOMAN10 6/18/2011 6:23AM

    Very good attitude to have! I am experiencing the same exact problem right now..and you just encouraged me to stick with it! Keep it up!

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