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My valentines

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I wanted to share my valentines gift with my spark friends. When I got home this was waiting for me. Gotta love that man.

Now I have to let you all know we don't usually exchange valentines. I mean I can say I love you any day of the week. So I got him a small box of emoticon and let me tell ya it just didn't compare. We laughed and laughed about how much I loved him. But in truth since we don't do anything I thought I was doing something great. Next year I will get him but good.

I also had my "Scale back Alabama" weigh in and i'm down another pound. That is three so far gone. Funny last year I was just going up and up and three may not seem like a lot to some but to me it is a turning point in my journey.


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KNITTABLES 2/16/2012 2:11AM

    Aw what a sweet man you have. congrats on the weight loss.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/15/2012 11:53PM

    Congratulations on another pound gone! yay you!!
what a sweet valentine gesture! :)

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SHERYLDS 2/15/2012 10:13AM

    “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~Fredrick Koeing

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KENDRACARROLL 2/15/2012 10:02AM

    Congratulations on your wonderful man and a pound lost!
What a great Valentine's Day :)

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KANOE10 2/15/2012 6:56AM

    Loved your picture. What a a nice husband. I am glad you had a happy day..Congrats on losing 3 pounds.

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TAMPATINK67 2/15/2012 5:25AM

    Awesome - thanks for sharing!

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Taking chances

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Today i've read blogs and message boards and they all say the same thing....poor me. You know what this is a journey that only ME can take on our own. There is no magic pill, word, exercise, or food that is going to do this for us. We have to have some faith in ourselves and be strong for us. Today is about us. Taking control of what we put in our mouths and taking control over the movement that we make. The time for excuses has come to pass. Now is the time to begin strong and stay strong.

I put this out there because if you bite it write it, hold you accountable to you. If you choose pizza don't pity yourself just move on. Next time choose a salad with that pizza. baby steps is what it is going to take. If you start eating all that is in the pantry, check it out before you eat it ;and decide if that is what you really want to do or is there something else that is needed. Exercise not all that you think it should be? then move more. Put the cart back in the coral at the store, park farther away from the building. drink an extra water or hey quit the diet colas except on occasion. It is all within our grasps, we just have to reach for it.

I write this blog for ME. Not anyone else. I need to know that I have made choices and some not so good but others that were awesome and I followed through. I have slacked on the exercise as I guess I felt it wasn't working for me last year. Was it the exercise or was it ME? that is the question. So i've decided to be honest with myself and so far i've lost 2.4 pounds in two weeks. Nope not a lot but from someone who was going up up up that is awesome. so I tell ya don't give up on ;you. Grab a friend and head for a nice walk.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 2/12/2012 5:00PM

    You are AWESOME my friend.. thanks for writing this!

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KNITTABLES 2/10/2012 1:25AM


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KENDRACARROLL 2/9/2012 11:47PM

    Exactly, it's all about us controlling what we can control and not shift blame for those things to somebody else. It's about responsibility and owning up to our choices and decisions.
Congrats on your success. Keep it up!

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SHERYLDS 2/9/2012 9:32AM


So many of us still want to hang on to the old eating habits and expect to magically lose. lala land.

“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw

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    You are so right, Michelle! I have choices, I have decisions to make and it's up to me whether or not I make the decisions that take me to my goal, or whether I make the decisions that will keep me where I am. Ultimately where I am on this journey is ONLY because of the choices I made.
I kmow we have it in us to succeed..we've succeeded in so many areas and will see this one through too!!!!

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Oh what an aha moment it was....

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Regret is an appalling waste of energy,
you can't build on it - it's only good for wallowing in.
- Katherine Mansfield

It is that time of year again...."Scale back Alabama" has begun. You see each year Alabama sponsers this program, you have a group of four and you each try to lose at least ten pounds the normal gimmicks, surgery, or quick tricks...then each team is vying for a cash reward along with the individual that loses the most also. You get rewards for team names...ours is " Women of a larger variety". Well this is my scond year participating. As I went yesterday and my team mates and I hopped on those scales they all left happy. They were down from last year, even my daughter was thrilled because she has reached a new low and was thrilled. Me???? well i'm up 12 pounds from last year. Eye opening? you bet. Now don't get me wrong i'm not blind or dumb and I know ;that I haven't been doing my best. I have seen a steady rise and only slight dip this past year on my own. I just kinda gave up on my dreams of seeing that "magic number".

But the aha moment was looking down at that number and having the woman write it in ink on my paper. It was really real. I had let myself down and not in an easy way. I had gained an average of one pound a month. So I took that number and I asked if I could weigh in there each week. She said sure. So i'm going to do this for me. Oh I weigh here but the scales are different. so this way I will have my spark weight and my "team" weight. I want to succeed for my team but most of all I want to succeed for MYSELF. I deserve to lose this weight. I deserve to get back into my clothes that are too tight yet again, I deserve to be healthy, and I deserve to be active again.

I hadn't realized how inactive I had become until I took a walk with my grandson this weekend and it killed me. So now is the time to get it right and move forward. I can't turn back the clock but I can make sure that this journey is going forward for me. I"m not a quitter and I wont be one now. I can't give up on myself and all that I had worked for. 12 pounds wow!!!! (shakes head)


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KNITTABLES 2/6/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon, Have faith in you. Just keep one foot forward. Hugs

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/1/2012 11:27PM

    You are going to do this!!!

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KENDRACARROLL 1/25/2012 10:48PM

    Wow, you surprised me. A blog and it's not even Saturday :)
Only one way to go, Michelle; forward. You'll do great!

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NANCYLRAGS 1/25/2012 7:01PM

    What a great challenge state-wide! congratulations on seeing your number and coming up with a plan! You can do it!

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MONIKA1948 1/25/2012 6:40PM

    Sounds like you are back on the right track which is the first step. emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLDS 1/25/2012 9:20AM

    •“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” ~Anthony Robbins

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BHOLMAN1005 1/25/2012 8:01AM

    At least with SP you have a good plan -- you can attack without hurting your health GOOD LUCK

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LISAWMI 1/25/2012 7:56AM

    You are moving in the right direction! You can do it!

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RIKKI572 1/25/2012 7:40AM

    I recently had the same aha moment, and it is a real eye opener. As long as you never give up, and keep on trying, you will succeed! Wishing you a fantastic day.

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DABLUECAT 1/25/2012 7:36AM

    The weight creep is insidious.
But... emoticon

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7356WILMA 1/25/2012 7:35AM

  You can do it Michelle! Sounds like you've got some great motivation!!

Good Luck in your Journey!! emoticon

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01/21 Walking to the finish line one step at a time.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Walking takes longer...
than any other known form of locomotion except crawling.
Thus it stretches time and prolongs life.
Life is already too short to waste on speed.
- Edward Abbey

emoticon Ok so today was weigh in day. I stayed the same this week. Though this is also the day I will take measurements so there is a chance for change. My clothes are feeling looser and i'm feeling better about myself. Seems I missed a whole year of that feeling. I just kinda skipped through the last year. Oh I came here daily but did I really work towards any of my goals. I don't believe so as I'm now ten pounds from my goal when I was a mere two last year. So this time i'm walking to the finish line. I'm happy that I stayed the same this week. So much better than a gain. Gives me a boost for next week. Now I will move a bit more.

Me and two friends and my daughter signed up for the "scale back Alabama" that begins here in alabama today. we will go for our weigh in this week. we had to come up with a team name and we are still tossing those back and forth....the fabulous fatties so far has it but that is not at all flattering. My daughter came up with on last night "women of a larger variety" that one is much better. So I will run it by the other ladies. Our goal is ten pounds. They are hoping that with the first ten people will continue with their goals and get healthy. Alabama is one of the fattest states and the health concerns are many. If you have something like this in your state I strongly recommend you give it a go. I mean we are already doing this so why not try to win prizes in the process. and a little good competition never hurt anyone.


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/22/2012 2:37PM

    Good luck to you guys! Hmmm..fabulous fatties? that made me laugh. No, not that flattering that one! ha!

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KENDRACARROLL 1/21/2012 10:15PM

    A little competition can be a great motivator!
Good luck with your challenge.

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Week two and a slight glitch

Saturday, January 14, 2012

emoticonOops im embarrassed. I had a slight gain this week. I'm really only up 0.2 so basically I stayed the same. Last week I thought I had shown the new year what for and it showed me not to get to cocky. I did what I should of but really I could of moved more. I got my goal for the week in my exercise calories burned but that was it. The minimum. Food wise I did good and that is my story and i'm sticking to it.

I have decided to get back to walking. I have not done that in a while. Ok a longggggg while. So to my goals page I added to walk twice a week. Lets see how I do with ;that and then move forward. I used to walk at lunch daily and never missed a day but i've slacked. I also walked with my dogs whom love it but again i've gotten lazy. I guess when I was just gaining and gaining I figured why bother. Well i'm worth the bother. So i'm armed with my pedometer and i'm ready to move it forward. Next week people I will have a loss to share. No more excuses.

So remember "choices" it is all about "choices".

Michelle. emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/22/2012 2:34PM

    You can do it Michelle! Just hang in there and keep on walking!!

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KENDRACARROLL 1/14/2012 12:14PM

    Love your profile picture.

Don't be embarrassed, just move on. It's a new day, a new week.
Seems like you did a lot better when you followed your lunchtime walking routine.

Awaiting your positive news next Saturday.

You CAN do this!!!

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SHERYLDS 1/14/2012 10:22AM

    “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” ~H. L. Hunt

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SAFARIBABE 1/14/2012 9:44AM

    I spend at least an hour a day in the gym 5-6 days a week on the stationary bike or running on the treadmill. But for me the best exercise and the one I love most is just simple walking. Last weekend we had some surprisingly warm weather for January so I walked 2.5+ miles down to the green market. It's great just being outside and feeling the sun on your face as your actually doing something good for yourself! I think your plan is awesome and I wish you all the best with it!!

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