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Getting an early start

Monday, January 07, 2013

When I first began this "new" journey I was a bit worried about how it was going to play out. I mean I had started and stopped so many times along the way. But this tie feels different, 2013 feels different. I can't say why I just feel like this is going to be my year. So i'm getting an early start on the day today and on 2013 and taking control of myself and my lifestyle NOW. Really there is no sense in waiting for the right moment because if this journey has taught me anything it is that there is no right moment. We just have to begin ;and let the journey unfold.

I watched the Biggest Loser last night and one girl left. She wasn't ready to begin or to "cleanse" herself of the old habits. So she wasted a spot that could of helped one person that was ready. I was a bit upset with that myself. Not that she wasn't ready because we have all been there, but that she wasted that spot. You have to know going in that this journey is so much more than just getting "skinny". It is about your mental state. I mean there is a reason why you grab for the chips instead of going to a walk. And with the childhood obesity being what it is....yup too much indoor video and not enough outdoor bikes. I'm not judging because I have a grandson that is overweight. He is 5 and in the 95 percentile for his weight. Not good. Now mind you both his parents are overweight. So he comes by it naturally and it isn't that he doesn't go outside because he does....but more often then not he is in front of the tv with spongebob.

So it is up to us to take out little part of the world and make it better for us and our families. So why not today? There really is no better time to begin than now.

Michelle. emoticon

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    I'm with you! 2013 will be fabulous!
Hope your daughter will educate herself a bit better about nutrition. This little guy deserves a chance growing up at a normal weight.

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WALLAHALLA 1/7/2013 1:26PM

    Couldn't agree more. Now is the time to seize the brass ring!

I watched BL last night, and was not only disgusted that she quit, and robbed someone else of the opportunity to be there, but also that they went ahead and sent someone home who was doing the work and DID want to be there. Seriously, they need to do a better job of screening their contestants. I was glad to see that the kids would not be eliminated. Personally, I would rather see the adults suffer penalties rather than be eliminated, at least for the 1st half.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/7/2013 11:20AM

    Michelle, thanks for this this morning. Your insights have helped firm my resolve for the day. You are right is is up to us to make our little part of the world a better place. We can do this.
Congratulations on making such a great start to 2013 -- I KNOW it's going to be your year because you CHOOSE it to be!!

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KENDRAB9 1/7/2013 10:52AM

    Absolutely, 2013 is our year! Go after your goal! emoticon

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    Great post Michelle. I also see an opportunity for you to guide your Grandson. I am so very proud of you.

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This time is about ME

Sunday, January 06, 2013

For the past two years i've allowed myself to regain the weight that I had worked so hard to lose. Why? I know some will ask because they haven't reached that point and they think heck if I make it I won't go back. Well sometimes we lose the weight but we don't lose the old thinking. Well this time is a bit different. I have come to realize that I have to change my thinking, as well as my body. Yup you can lose the weight but it takes work to keep it off. I always found it funny that people at goal and in maintenance always said the real work begins when you reach goal. It really does.

So as I work on losing this weight I am also taking the time to learn a few things about myself that I didn't realize before...or maybe I did know but just put to the side. It is ok to have a cheat day but when that day continues and then becomes a part of your routine it isn't ok. And when they say it didn't happen overnight and it won't come off overnight it is the truth. You don't just wake up one day overweight. It happens gradually and you just brush it aside and ignore the changes until that "oh oh" moment. Not the "ah ha" moment when the journey clicks, this is moment when you head to the store for pants that fit, or you realize you've lived in sweats for months and now it occurs to you that that just isn't right.

Everyone struggles with some portion of this journey. Whether it is the food portions, the exercise, the mental challenges of getting slim, the journaling. We all have out crosses to bear. So this time lets take the time to find what it is we are searching for and for the last time lets get this weight off and then we can learn to live in another world. A world of control over our emotions.


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ARW715 1/6/2013 8:57PM

    Amen sister!

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RFJSJ50 1/6/2013 5:27PM

    Your words have so much meaning for me. I'm on a similar journey in that I'm finally committed to losing the weight I gained after a 100 pound loss. I need to change not only my eating and exercise habits, but also my "mindset" and acceptance of myself.
Stay strong.

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WALLAHALLA 1/6/2013 4:53PM

    Maintenance is a battle I look forward to fighting. emoticon It was my goal for the holidays, to enjoy myself, but maintain my loss. Now I am ready to start losing again, so that maintenance can become my lifetime battlefield.

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    Ultimately it's all in your head.
You're so right - it's the thinking that needs to change.

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TERESA6262 1/6/2013 2:15PM

    Hi Michelle,
Your blog may me feel better, or at feel least that I am not the only one who has slipped. However, I feel guilty for ME feeling better that YOU slipped too! It's not right! There's something twisted about misery loving company. I too, have gained my weight back. I thought I had made life changes. I didn't think I'd end up here again. I actually considered changing my SP identity and not returning to look for my old SP friends because of the shame and guilt of my failure. Way back when, there there were days and weeks I talked big, and meant it, because my actions really lived up to what I knew was good and right for my health and weight. I DID mean it! But alas, me slipping in small things and then gradually, ever so slowly, reverting back to my old habits and until I just didn't care anymore got me right back to the beginning. However, this time, my plight is worse than before because I KNOW there IS a better way, a more healthy way to live.... and knowing THAT makes my plight and shame worse than it was a few years ago when I started this healthy trek for the first time. Anyway, thanks for sharing, Thanks for making yourself vulnerable by sharing honestly. Know that whatever the case, this particular blog helped me. You helped me. Your blog gave me some hope that at least I am not the only one who's messed up and that I need to quit whining and get on with it! I am grudgingly, entering this health "race" again, even though I don't "feel" like it. I have learned from the past, that actions and success bring on the good feelings and motivation needed for success. So that's where I am at. I am starting with sheer objectivity that I need to do this, but am not "feeling" it yet. Tomorrow is day one! I did start logging some of my food these past few days, to at least begin getting back into the swing of things. Tomorrow is my first day back to work after the holidays and the routine of work days seems to help me stick to a health routine as well. Again, thank you, Michelle. We'll get there... one step at a time.

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IUHRYTR 1/6/2013 11:47AM

    Good points. Good message. -- Lou

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SULTANA2013 1/6/2013 9:17AM

    Great blog and well said emoticon

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CAKAROO 1/6/2013 8:40AM

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New Year/ new ME!!!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Don't Wait!
Start on your dreams, your impulses,
your longings, your special occasions today.
Because this is your moment.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
- Oprah Winfrey

I wanted to get this blog done before I head to work today. I have to work till six and then it will be home eat and bed so I can head back in for the busiest day of the year. So goes the life of working in a fast paced pharmacy.

I want to just say thank you. Today is also my emoticon and with that comes many thoughts and pondering. Like why I haven't taken this journey to heart and reached my goals? Well life sometimes gets in the way and when you don't plan for those times you will end up each January saying this is going to be the year of change. Well I won't start this year off saying that but I will begin it by saying this is a new year, filled with new challenges, new ideas, new goals, and the sky is the limit.

So as the coach says after each prayer before a game "lets go out there and kick some butt"

Michelle. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 1/2/2013 10:13PM

    Here's to kicking those unwanted pounds to the waste bin never to be seen again emoticon. -- Lou

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WALLAHALLA 1/1/2013 11:43PM

    Happy Sparkversary! Here's to many happy healthy more!

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    Happy Sparkiversary!!! You might not be at you ultimate goal, but just think of all you've accomplished in that time and all you learned! So -- a new year brings us the perfect time to begin again, to start fresh and to strive to be our best in the coming year. I know you can do it!

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SHERYLDS 1/1/2013 11:38AM

    A drug pusher eh....
Sometimes I think people would need a lot less drugs if they took better care of their mental health.

Happy New Year Michelle

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MIDROAD 1/1/2013 11:01AM

    This is going to be your year!


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CAKAROO 1/1/2013 8:42AM

    Happy Sparkaversary!! emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 1/1/2013 7:24AM

    Happy 4th year anniversary! emoticon

Much luck to you in 2013! emoticon

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Happy New Year

Monday, December 31, 2012

Lets give this New Year heck...

Michelle. emoticon emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 1/1/2013 2:06AM

    No mistakes yet! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 1/1/2013 12:21AM

    Happy New Year!

Let's give it all we've got!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/1/2013 12:20AM

    happy New Year Michelle!!!!!
2013 is going to be a great one -- because we will choose for it to be so!

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ELRIDDICK 12/31/2012 9:11PM

  Thanks for sharing

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#5 Success

Sunday, December 30, 2012

This is what I did today. You see I headed to the grocery store after my morning workout and I had a list and a plan. I did it. So when I got home and put it all away, ate my weighed and planned lunch, relaxed for a bit, took a nap, then I got up and had a planned snack, then yup dinner. YES. A day for the books. I don't know I just awoke this morning with a new purpose and just ready to see this through. I had a good talk with myself and I just explained to self that we really wanted that is. That it was up to us because.....

As a good friend is fond of telling me and I say it myself alot now....Choices it's all about choices.

Michelle. emoticon emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/1/2013 12:16AM

Good job on making such excellent CHOICES!! I"m ready to make some myself!!

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SWEETROSIE2 12/31/2012 1:05PM

    You are doing so well good on you.

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ARW715 12/31/2012 6:44AM

    Merry New Year's Eve!

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WALLAHALLA 12/31/2012 12:04AM

    emoticon Here's to making the right choices!

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