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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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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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