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Sunday, October 28, 2012

emoticon I use the planner as a personal journal to say what I want when I want. Somethings can't be shared with the rest of the world. But today I would like to share this with you all. I think a lot of us could use this to gather our skirts and start running for our goals.....

When the newness wears off

When I first began this journy four years ago I was so excited. I did everything like I should from weighing and measuring to exercise just like spark suggested. Well here I am almost back at the same weight I was when I began. Now I have come close to goal and I could reach out and touch it at one point. But alas....I let it get farther and farther away from me. So I begin and begin again. I just never quite seem to find that happy place I was when I was losing then. I guess maybe it has to do with knowing how thin feels and being like I am right now isn't what I want to feel for the remainder of my life. Nor do I wan to take the time to focus and struggle. So where does that leave me? Nowhere.

You see you have to be willing to work for what you want in life. Whether that is losing weight, saving for that dream home, working for that promotion...nothing comes without a bit of work. So what do I plan to do about this situation i'm finding myself in right now? Well that is the question of a lifetime right now. I guess the biggest thing for me is to focus. Not just for the moment for really focus on my goals. I seem to have allowed them to fade into to back ground and it is time to bring them back into focus. No matter where we are at this moment in time we can fix what is wrong. We just have to gather all our strength and work at little pound at a time. Just like saving is all about that one dollar at a time so is losing this weight. Reaching goals isn't about just jumping to them it is about working away at what is holding you back and then the rest will come.

So once more I'm beginning this journey one pound at a time. I have come to the conclusion that I don't like me much right now. I don't the uncomfortable me, the lazy me, the me that only half worksout and follows the plan half of the day. I want to be the me that plans, follows, thinks it through, second guesses, and works out with a sweat soaked vengence. that is the me I want to be. Time to step it up...the end of this year is coming and I don't want to be heading into year five with no change at all.

So what will you do to reach your goals these next few weeks of 2012?


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/29/2012 11:44PM

    Oh, how many times have we been down this road?? We do have the power to change ourselves, we do have the strength and the courage to go after our dreams, and to feel like we deserve them. I know you have it in you to see this through. I know you have the perseverance and the determination to succeed. I know that you are strong and capeable and that you deserve to see what you dream about become reality.
We can do this, Michelle. We will keep hanging in here, starting over as many times as is necessary and we will reach the goals that we have set for ourselves. It's a journey and it has taken some time -- that is okay. It's a learning experience and every day we learn something new about ourselves and about what we want out of this life -- so keep reaching, keep pushing and keep dreaming -- you can do it!!!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/29/2012 1:55PM

    Only you can make it happen.
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IUHRYTR 10/28/2012 6:31PM

    I need to also refocus and commit once again to be determined to again lose weight. I've maintained a nearly 40 pound loss but I, too, do not like where I'm at. Thanks for the kick in the pants to get serious, one pound at a time. emoticon! -- Lou

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WALLAHALLA 10/28/2012 6:27PM

    Kick it in gear...that's what I plan to do.

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MIDROAD 10/28/2012 2:51PM

    This really resonates with me. My experience being close to goal, is that I never get all the way there. I get complacent, think I look pretty good, then lapse into my old habits.

For me, it's almost anti- climatic when I get close to goal I think I miss the drama of the weight coming off.

What I'm doing this time around is looking towards maintenance. Joined a at goal team. Looking at statistics and behaviors of successful maintainers. Just really working on my mindset.

Besides my tendency towards complacency I really need to start cooking healthy meals.


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Just thought I would share this from a friend:


1. No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission.

2. Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be.

3. Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.

4. Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have.

5. Success stops when you do.

6. When your ship comes in. ... make sure you are willing to unload it.

7. You will never "have it all together."

8. Life is a journey... not a destination. Enjoy the trip!

9. The biggest lie on the planet: "When I get what I want I will be happy."

10. The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.

11. I've learned that ultimately 'takers' lose and 'givers' win.

12. Life's precious moments don't have value, unless they are shared.

13. If you don't start, it's certain you won't arrive.

14. We often fear the thing we want the most.

15. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.

16. Look for opportunities. ..not guarantees.

17. Life is what's coming....not what was.

18. Success is getting up one more time.

19. Now is the most interesting time of all.

20. When things go wrong.....don' t go with them.

21. Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.

22. A person who asks a question might be a fool for five minutes, but a person who doesn't ask, is a fool forever.

23. A best friend is like a four leaf clover... hard to find, and lucky to have.

24. I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.

25. Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look behind.


Michelle emoticon

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CAKAROO 10/29/2012 6:17AM


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/27/2012 11:05PM

    Thank you for sharing that, Michelle.

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WALLAHALLA 10/27/2012 10:34PM


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IUHRYTR 10/27/2012 7:10PM

    A lot of wisdom there. -- Lou

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KENDRACARROLL 10/27/2012 1:33PM

Love it!!!

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MIDROAD 10/27/2012 9:21AM

    I need to read this daily!

Thanks to you and your friend for sharing!

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BLUENOSE63 10/27/2012 6:55AM

  Very inspirational....thanks for posting

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Week in review

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I had many blunders this week but on the other hand I had many great moments and non scale victories. First....I walked over five hours this week. that also doesn't include the two days of biking that I did on my stationary bike. I started my days off on the right track. Now by evening I may have slipped a bit but all in all so far i've had four out of six days being great. For me that is progress. We will all slip but it is how we choose to pick ourselves up that matters. I choose to continue this journey and maybe just maybe I will see results...I can only do this one day at a time.

I choose to give it all i've got.

One pound at a time is all I can do.

Michelle. emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/23/2012 12:05AM

    Way to go Michelle!! So proud of you! One day at a time and you are doing this.
Just keep hanging in there!

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WALLAHALLA 10/20/2012 11:02PM

    keep on keepin' on

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IUHRYTR 10/20/2012 8:01PM

    Work toward having five or six good days a week. That will be enough to get an "A" but don't go hog wild on any off days emoticon and you WILL reach your goals. I believe it, do you? emoticon-- Lou

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KENDRACARROLL 10/20/2012 2:09PM

    It certainly is not about being perfect.
Keep sparking - one day at a time - 1 pound at a time.

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MIDROAD 10/20/2012 12:23PM

    I love your blogs Michelle! You're doing great!
You inspire us all!



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CAKAROO 10/20/2012 9:46AM


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The devil makes me do it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

SparkGuy says:
Shout "YES" if you are ready to take a small positive action today to get one step closer towards reaching your goals!


I can't do any more than that at a time. So I better begin.

I have begun and begun yet again so many times on my journey to goal that I guess at this point i'm thinking what is the point. I will never see that "magic number" because I give up so easily. Well i'm here to tell ya that isn't true. I just have to plan, follow, and do. How hard can that be really? Very hard if your me and the devil perched on your shoulder keeps pushing you forward and it isn't on your journey it is on your butt.

Well I can and I will do this. I will look that little devil in the eye and say NO. I mean it isn't going to be easy but the end results are going to be wonderful.


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IUHRYTR 10/16/2012 11:20PM

    That's the attitude -- one pound at a time no matter how long it takes -- even if we have to start over and over to create positive progress. -- Lou

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KENDRACARROLL 10/15/2012 9:35PM

    That one?

Give him the boot!!!

You can do this!!!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/15/2012 1:45PM

    You are right! You CAN do it! I'm rooting for you!!!!!

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SHERYLDS 10/15/2012 9:51AM

    You Can Do It

Remember ... Changing your life begins by changing your mind.

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MIDROAD 10/15/2012 9:40AM

    Love your blog! Just what I needed to hear.

Thanks so much!


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    Yes! Yes! Yes!
You said it ... Plan, Follow, and DO!!!
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SWEETROSIE2 10/15/2012 7:27AM

    I know you can do it. ((((HUGS)))))

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You must be kidding

Sunday, October 07, 2012

This could be half of my lack of much loss this week....or not.

I had my weekly weigh in. Oh I was so sure those dang scales would move this week. I mean come on I walked five and a half hours, I counted everything that went into my mouth. I reached some of my fruit and veggies goals, I got my water. So what the heck is 0.2 loss for the week? I was so dang angry I wanted to cry on the scales. Did I you may wonder? Nope. I got upset with myself and then I started looking over my week. But again I did everything I could plus. So what is up with that again I ask?

Well we certainly can't force our bodies to just drop the weight. So If 0.2 each week is what I get I guess that is what I take. Now inches? I"ve lost two. So yeah it is coming off or shifting around to another area i'm really not sure. I really don't care to know at this stage. I will continue to believe it is gone.

So as I leave today to begin my new week I have my head held high with that 0.2 loss because you know what????? I didn't gain. lol.

Michelle. emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/10/2012 7:14PM

    Any loss is certainly movement in the right direction!! Who knows, maybe by next week all that walking will catch up with you and you will see a greater loss!
Keep moving forward, Michelle, you are getting there!!!!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/8/2012 10:35PM

    It's going the right way, and 2 inches is great!
Stop second-guessing yourself, girlfriend :)

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IUHRYTR 10/7/2012 7:34PM

    That's almost 10 1/2 pounds a year. Not bad. And if you double the .2? twenty-one pounds a year. As you observed, it's the perspective we take. It wasn't as much as you hoped for, but it was a loss. emoticon -- Lou

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MIDROAD 10/7/2012 10:28AM

    That's great Michelle,

I remember the week I was up a half pound, knew I had done everything right, so before I had my usual meltdown, I measured, and just like you was down two inches.

I need to work on realizing the scale is just a tool, my success doesn't hinge on it.

Keep up the good work girl!

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JULIA_211 10/7/2012 9:06AM

    Good for you! Keep moving forward and trust the process-as they say! emoticon

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CAKAROO 10/7/2012 8:34AM


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