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Beginning the journey...yup again

Sunday, September 30, 2012

What? I have to do this on my own? How am I to do that? Where do I begin?

Well of course you start here, on spark, then you make up a plan, get some friends, move a bit more. Simple right? Wrong! I've been doing this since 2008 or 9 I can't remember, seems so very long ago. i began like all the others with such high hopes. Oh I did great the first two years. Made it almost to my goal and then emoticon emoticon Yup it happened. I gave up. I got so emoticon I thought for sure I was on my way to goal and lifetime.

But two years later and i'm almost back to where I began. Yup you guessed it, we can't ever quit. that is the secret. We have to pick a journey we want to follow forever. Exercise? oh yes weekly. Not weakly but weekly. Food? Healthy and moderation all the way. So where does that leave me right now? It leaves me up this week, but down for the month. It leaves me with a mind set of "I can do this (again)".

So the month of October my work has a vision walk. We pledge to do 5 hours a month or 25 hours a month to earn an extra 250.00 towards research and such. I'm going for the 25 hours. I can do this and now that I have a cause besides just myself...heck the skys the limit. So i'm taking on October with much more riding on it that normal. Oh I know my health should be reason enough but sometimes that just gets pushed to back of our minds and we forget why we began in the first place.

So today is emoticon (again) How many day ones can you have in a journey you may wonder? As many as it takes to get to your goal. So never give up.

Michelle. emoticon

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MILLEDGE2 10/2/2012 6:51AM

    Michelle, Yes, there are many Day Ones for all of us, but if each time we start a new "streak", and then try to get that streak at least one day longer than our previous high, eventually, we'll hit the goal. If you expect yourself to be perfect, you are just setting yourself up for failure, 'cause perfection never happens this side of the grave. Best wishes! Carol

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/2/2012 12:22AM

    We have as many Day Ones as we CHOOSE. yep..I'm throwing that word out there again. LOL I know you like it...
I think the Vision Walk is a great motivator and I know you will enjoy seeing those hours add up because you know something good (other than your health) is coming from it. Great job.

We are gonna give October all we've can do it!

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JULIA_211 10/1/2012 4:58AM

    "How many day ones can you have in a journey you may wonder? As many as it takes to get to your goal. So never give up."

I totally agree! emoticon You will get there!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/1/2012 12:04AM

    Never give up.
You can do this!

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IUHRYTR 9/30/2012 11:10PM

    Too bad this weight loss thing is so backwards. It should be easier to lose weight and harder to gain it. And Twinkies shouldn't have any calories. Alas, this isn't the way things so we have to try over and over to give a good effort and know we can never lose our vigilance. Darn. emoticon -- Lou

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MIDROAD 9/30/2012 9:43PM

    I was touched and encouraged by your blog, thanks Michelle!

You bring up something that's really been on my mind lately.,,,,,.,

That thing is maintenance. I like many others have lost the same 50lbs a gazillion times. And I have been trying to look at myself objectively and I think maybe here is where the wheels fall off. I get too caught up in the excitement/drama of the weight loss. It's so exciting to see the scale go down, get the compliments....But after a while it gets anti-climatic.... I get bored....I return to abusing myself and food, it's a big dysfunctional cycle.....

I think my only hope is to hammer out a plan for my weight maintenance ahead of time. I want to finally learn this lesson and move on to another one.

Fondest regards,


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SHERYLDS 9/30/2012 10:27AM

    We all need to get our bearings from time to time.
I think what worked for me...was really making the food choices my lifestyle.
I can't believe that I gave up BREAD (never mind all the processed food).
Believe me when I tell you I could devour 6 slices in one sitting ... easily.

You can do this...I know you can

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CAKAROO 9/30/2012 8:41AM


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    I love this, Michelle! You are so very right ... as many as it takes! I have also stopped and started many times but, like you, I've never quit, and we WILL make it! And I love your Vision Walk cause ... what a wonderful way to get motivated and do something for yourself AND for others :) Good luck and best wishes to you my friend!

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Saturday, September 29, 2012


When I see the dreaded PLATEAU,
I know...there is a lack of commitment on my part.
Stress is part of is disappointment, struggle, aggravation, and boredom.
Wanting things to change...but not wanting TO a paradox.
The only way to get past that is to

(Borrowed from a friend..thanks Sheryl)
I want to reach that GOAL...
I need to COMMIT

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CAKAROO 9/29/2012 9:49AM


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SFREY217 9/29/2012 8:52AM

    Thanks for posting this !! I needed a kick in the butt this morning !

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DOOBIE893 9/29/2012 8:23AM

    Thank you. I needed this. emoticon

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WHISPERINGPINE9 9/29/2012 8:03AM

    Great blog. Make sure you have no regrets today!!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I choose ME today and everyday. I may not always choose wisely but I choose ME and I always continue forward. I have had many stops, starts, do overs, and failures along the road. But I"ve also had many successes, new habits started, new friends met, and health gained. So even when I fall down I somehow pick myself back up and dust off my butt and get back in the game.

A good spark friend always says it is choices. We decide and we choose our journey. So today I choose ME.

One pound at a time is how I plan on getting to goal.What about you?

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MIDROAD 10/1/2012 9:20AM

    Love, love, love this post! It's so true!

Keep on, keeping on, we can do this!


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 9/24/2012 1:40PM got it!! :)

We're in this together, girl, and we are going to see it through!!

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IUHRYTR 9/19/2012 9:32PM

    One pound, one little line on the scale at a time. -- Lou

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KENDRACARROLL 9/19/2012 10:20AM

    Give it all you've got today!!!

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SHERYLDS 9/19/2012 8:42AM

    OH YEAH....... emoticon

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Moving forward

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I'm so moving forward. I am worth it and today is day six of moving. I'm doing my darndest to focus on the good and leave the bad behind. Because each choice I make is just choice. So no one but me is to blame for the outcome. I have somehow made up my mind that i'm worth the effort and really i'm enjoying the ride. I have my daughter walking (litterally) beside me and my best friend working on her goals, so there is so much energy all around me right now. I'm soaking it up like a sponge. Isn't it funny how being healthy and working on you is really contagious? So very glad it is. I had given up on me and it was beginning to show. My clothes, my self esteem, my choices, it was all just not fitting right. So I work up one day and stepped on the scales and decided enough was enough. I think almost two years of standing still and working my way back up 15 pounds was enough.

I have a friend and he is always saying to work on one pound at a time. That is so very true. We can't do more than that at a time and so that is my newest goal. One little pound at a time. If it takes me three weeks to lose it will that one is gone and it is time to move on to the next. I can reach my goals one little pound at a time because as the quote says "i'm worth it".

So today is day 6/21 to a new habit: HEALTH

Michelle. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 9/19/2012 12:01AM

    Keep the positive focus and you'll begin seeing those pounds leaving for good. --

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SHERYLDS 9/18/2012 10:31AM

    One pound One day at a time. That's the right attitude.
You can do this....YOU know you can.
Go For It

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KENDRACARROLL 9/18/2012 10:07AM

    Yes, one pound at a time. That's the way!
As for choices, you're only to blame for the bad ones and to congratulate for the good ones. Goes both ways.

Here is to good choices today.

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2/21 Continuing

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau

Two people count them two whole days OP (on point) and on plan with me and Weight watchers. emoticon Why is the first week always the hardest? But so far I have planned, and talked myself away from messing up. emoticon For me this is a large success. I know your thinking wow two whole days, well la ti da. but people i've been struggling for over two years now. Ok maybe not struggleing because really I haven't given it much thought. I have just somehow put back almost 15 pounds I had already lost. So i'm doing the backwards shuffle and retracing my steps over old ground right now. So not where I expected to be at this point. But then again who ever said this was going to be easy.

So as I should be in bed, but sleep seems to be eluding me tonight, i'm so thrilled to be starting day 3 in a 21 days to a new habit self challenge.


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    Two days IS a big deal and worthy of celebration! Breaking out of those bad habits and replacing them with good ones is tough work!

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MILLEDGE2 9/16/2012 4:31PM

    Two days is WONDERFUL! You can only do this one day at a time, so you're well on yor way to success! emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 9/16/2012 1:07PM

    You are doing great Michelle! You keep pushing yourself every single celebrate your determination!!
Good job on the two days...make it three!

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KENDRACARROLL 9/15/2012 12:54PM

    WTG Michelle!
Have a successful day 3.

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SHERYLDS 9/15/2012 7:56AM

    I know you are going to do this....I believe in you.
and You'll be stronger and better than ever.
GO FOR IT. You're soooo worth it. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 9/15/2012 3:20AM

    Isn't it nice knowing new beginnings are unlimited and may be restarted at any time? One healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time. -- Lou

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