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Continuing the Journey

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

An overfull calendar, like an overfull stomach,
is a consequence of taking on too much.
Commit, and eat, in moderation.
- jlh

This morning as I read my emails these quotes just spoke of my journey. Our journey really. I have not given up on my sparking just haven't really had much to blog about lately. Oh i'm still continuing and taking care of me, for the most part. Just came off of vacation and it was a nice quiet time for me to reflect on me and my journey and to decide what it was I really want. I got to walk each day and that is really my thinking time. I headed back to work and had a great day. I was way more relaxed, and in control of myself. I very much needed that break. As for a break from my journey. Nope. I have my "moments" and i have to begin fresh somedays over and over but I do. Maybe now I can actually see some change again and get some of my confidence back. I think i've found a bit of it during reflection but I need so much more in myself.

So i'm off to begin another great day. I will continue the journey towards ME.
Michelle.

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 8/18/2011 12:00AM

    As always, I love your quotes. Michelle, living a healthy lifestyle is about so much more than losing weight. It's about breaking free of unhealthy mindsets, learning to love ourselves and forgiving ourselves for past mistakes. We start with wanting to lose the weight, and then we find we have so much more to gain by taking care of ourselves and living a life that we love. You are on your way. You are learning to love the "you" that you have kept bottled up for so long, and finding out just what you want out of this life and this journey. You are making this journey work for you with every step you take. Keep on walking, for maybe it isn't about finding the end of the road, but simply in the action of walking that we find out who we are and who we want to be.
I'm right here walking beside you, my friend and together we are going to enjoy this lifestyle and all the things we've been missing out on!!

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KRICKET4 8/16/2011 10:59AM

    I love this one:
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

Here's to our continuing journey.
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KENTUCKYWOMAN 8/16/2011 6:51AM

    I'm with you Michelle. Here's to the ''First Day of the Rest of Our lives."
Hugs,
Joan

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 8/16/2011 6:25AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Solving my own problems

Monday, August 08, 2011


Problems cannot be solved at the same level
of awareness that created them.
- Albert Einstein


Today is my first day of vacation officially. Not that I haven't enjoyed the last couple of days but you know how it is. I have plans for today, mostly to stay on track, but again it is vacation and that may me tough. I really need to become more aware of myself and what i'm doing. I noticed this weekend I ate when bored whether hungry, most of the time not, or not. So today is more about awareness for me. I need to jump over this hurdle, which really isn't much of a hurdle, I find im doing a lot of my eating out of habit rather than hunger. So time for new habits. I feel like the lttle train that could....I think I can I think I can, I know I can I know I can.

I won't beat myself up over my eating habits this weekend. I ate and I enjoyed most of it. I won't say all because at one point I stopped myself and wondered what in the heck I was thinking. so i'm aware there is a problem it is in the working it i'm having a bit of trouble. So today I begin fresh. I have been watching hungry girl on sundays and have gotten a few tips I intend to follow today. soup for a snack, is an example.

So let my new path in life begin now. I know I can succeed.

Michele.

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 8/13/2011 5:43PM

    I hope you have enjoyed vacation. Awareness is definitely something I can work on myself. Things have been really crazy here lately, and I've not been on Spark a lot, and it is showing in the poor choices I've been making. Good job on picking up new tricks to try, and in your dedication to your health. You CAN do this.
BTW, I love your background pic!
Take care of yourself, girl!

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IUHRYTR 8/8/2011 4:22PM

    We can and should enjoy ourselves as we lose weight but probably shouldn't let ourselves go too often in case we find that more attractive and regain what we have lost. New beginnings are available at all times. We just have to take advantage of them. -- Lou

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KRICKET4 8/8/2011 9:27AM

    Enjoy your vacation!
Keep busy doing fun things! This way you'll have less time to think about eating :)

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Enjoy the ride

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I've spent this sunday morning reading a few blogs from "friends" and others and I have to tell ya a lot of us are in the same boat this morning. We have gains, we aren't sleeping, and we often wonder if this is for us. Well I have to say it is well worth all this to me. I have been journeying now for almost three years. Reaching my goal is something I strive for but to be honest don't always commit to. On a day to day basis I do ok but not great. I have good days and bad and I wake up each morning and spark just like the day before. Why bother you may ask? because I have taken this on with the knowledge that I will succeed. Oh it may take me forever, it may take a longgggggggg time to reach that "magic number" but i've set my goals and I strive for them each day. The exercise is so ingrained after all this time that I have to tell ya that is probably why i'm not back where I began. My family knows that if I have a bad day today I will be back at it tomorrow. My son in law is onto this and last night we went out together. We had a blast. We went to applebees at nine to eat dinner. Oh I ate just what I wanted...a big juicy burger. I choose this because at home we choose to eat turkey burgers. Oh I love a real hamburger but only on occasion. Then we hit a Krispee Kreme and the light was flashing. I had my first hot out of the vat glazed donut. Was this on my plan? Nope. But it was delicious and I enjoyed every bite of it.

My son in law said that today I would be running extra to beat the calories I had consumed. He knows I won't be able to just indulge and move on. I will have to work to keep myself on track now for the rest of the week. So is this to say I gave up on me? NO WAY. I just enjoyed the moment. Isn't that what making this a lifestyle all about? enjoying life when it is thrown our way and moving forward. I guess it is. Now I can't say I would eat like that everyday. I went to bed feeling miserable, i'm still tasting that donut...I know TMI...but really i'm not used to eating like that. Doesn't mean i'm going to give up on that stuff every now and again.

Anyhow I guess in all this rambling what i'm trying to say is this.....we need to learn to live life. It isn't going to wait for us it will speed by so fast and be over in the blink of an eye. Find out what works for you and work it.

Michelle.

  
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IUHRYTR 8/7/2011 11:14PM

    We will be miserable people if we continually deprive ourselves of some of life's pleasures then feel guilty for having done so. We need to balance our lives and grab some gusto now and then. You have shared a good message that indulging is okay once in a while. -- Lou

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FISHINGLADY66 8/7/2011 12:14PM

    Great Blog. emoticon

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CRAZYWOMAN10 8/7/2011 9:27AM

    You couldnt have said that better...as I am beating myself up. Need to hear this...now, it needs to sink in!
Have a great day

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TAMMYZ7 8/7/2011 9:11AM

    Great post. I am working on getting to the point that you are at. Its not a diet so you have to realize this is what you are going to do forever and you will occasionally get something "unhealthy". And the world will continue on after you eat a donut.

Its great to know that there are other people out there who are doing this that are human and so occasionally eat something just because

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My weekly weigh in

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Patience, persistence, and perseverance.
A little more each day, a little better each day.
- jlh

Just wanted to give a quick update on my progress for the week. I"m down 2.6 this week. Can we sayyyyyyy YES!!!!!!!

Sorry Weight watchers but I had to try the old program once again. The other just wasn't doing it for me. No matter what I did I was gaining. So I went back to the old and lost this week. Will I continue this next week? You can bet your bottom dollar I will. My next goal 135.0 again. A little each day and a bit each week I will reach my goals.

Michelle.

  
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KENTUCKYWOMAN 8/6/2011 4:42PM

    Michelle, I have always said, ''there is not one thing that works for everybody." So good for you going back to what works for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hugs,
Joan

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KRICKET4 8/6/2011 11:11AM

    Congratulations! I'm really glad you had a good week. Now, build on it!
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

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CRAZYWOMAN10 8/6/2011 7:49AM

    Good for you!..I had to do the same thing with the WW. Sometimes our bodies just plateau on the same things and we have to change it up...Keep up the good work!

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BRONXBABE 8/6/2011 7:38AM

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I am so happy for you!

I keep thinking I need to go back to the old plan, but I wasn't really following that, either. Glad you made it work for you.

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New month and so ready for new changes

Monday, August 01, 2011


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Angel Ruiz


These last months have been so upsetting for me. Not that anyone or anything did it but me. I start off with such great intentions and then just fizzle out. I mean this past month I lost great and then I gained and finished the month higher then I began. Now that is just not right. I need to step up my game and get back to it. So for a few days I have been so on track that i'm scaring myself. But it was time to take on myself and not give in.

Food has become my constant companion and it is time to change that. I'm down to eating my three meals and at work i'm trying to cut my "break" out. I mean to have water is one thing but to eat like it is a small meal is something else. So for a few days this past week I just grabbed my water and headed out of the break room. That way no time for the vending machine to stop me in my tracks. Funny when I look over my past I see the me I was and the me i'm becoming and the two are so different. When I began this journey I weighed and measured, counted, checked, planned. I lost most weeks, oh I had plateaus but after a few down weeks I began moving again. Now it has been months of ups and not many downs to the point i've gained at the end. So it was time to sit back down, plan my stratagy, see my trouble areas and just begin fresh.

Nothing wrong with starting over the wrong is quitting. I'm not a quitter and I won't give up on me. I just need to step up my game.

Michelle.

  
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 8/2/2011 6:44AM

    I like your honesty with yourself. My only suggestion is to relax! You have come a long way and if I remember you are not far from goal. I know you want it and YOU will attain it! do what you know you need to do and breath. It will come!
XOXOXO emoticon to your august goals

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KRICKET4 8/1/2011 2:00PM

    Here is to a successful August.
Are you currently using the food tracker? Just asking because you said "in the beginning" you "weighed and measured, counted, checked, planned."

Good job dodging the vending machine. They are evil!
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You can do this!!!
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