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Let your change begin today

Sunday, March 03, 2013

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles
possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
- Albert Schweitzer

I'm sharing these with you not because i've overcome some great obstacle and I know you can also. Nope, i'm just little ole me working hard at this. I have come to learn that there is many hurdles that I personally have to overcome. One of course is just getting up off my butt and getting moving. The other is the way I feel about the me I am right this moment. That is the tough one. Because I will never move forward until I learn to love me. Not the me in the mirror so much as the me inside. The mind is a funny thing. It can make you see things that arent' real, it can talk you into or out of lots of situations. But it can be your worst enemy or your best friend the choice is up to you.

Well the last week i've chosen to make it my best friend. I"ve chosen to plan better, eat better, move more. Now was there a big huge change on the scales this week? Well a bit 0.4 which in my book is still a half pound in the right direction. Am I upset that I moved more, ate less, measured, weighed, planned, had small conferences with myself, and only lost a half pound? Let me let you in on my little secret.....if I did that what kind of person would I be? I would be here only for the scales. I'm here for so much more than that. At first that was my plan some four years ago, many ups, downs, almosts, not quites, and so on. But as I sit here today, i'm learning to get off my depression pills with the help of diet and exercise (no easy task I tell ya), i'm learning that I am beautiful, i'm healthy, I have new wants and needs, and some of them actually include being nice to me. So what has my journey taught me so far? I"M BEAUTIFUL NO MATTER MY SIZE!!!! I just need to learn to love the me I am right now and the rest will fall into place.

There is no magic pill, there is no drink, no sweat suit, no spa, nothing that is going to get me there any quicker than if I get up and get moving. So today let your journey to the YOU you've always wanted begin. It is only one small step at a time and it will happen if you allow the changes to come from inside first.

Like the emoticon let the change begin today.


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WALLAHALLA 3/4/2013 11:52AM

    Logic tries to tell us if we don't see a movement we are full of poop. Reality is, sometimes movement is slow. Glaciers are giant structures of beauty. So much more below the surface than what is visible to the eye. The move very slowly, yet have been credited with creating lovely rivers and lakes that millions benefit from, not to mention grand canyons. I prefer to think of journey as that of a glacier. Every small change I make will create an impact that lasts for years to come.

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DEBRITA01 3/4/2013 6:27AM

    Loving ourselves just as we are...a good message for today. emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 3/3/2013 11:15PM

    Yes! You ARE a beautiful woman!! Treat yourself the way you treat those around you -- you deserve as much (or more!) consideration as they do!
It's easier said than done, I know that. You know that we've both struggled with some issues that while they SEEM unrelated to weight loss, they sure have a lot to do with the self image issues that hold us back from achieving our goals so it's time we let them go. Time we concentrated on how wonderful we are and how much we deserve to be healthy! You, my friend, are on the right track!!!

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IUHRYTR 3/3/2013 11:14PM

    A weekly loss of .4 pounds is nearly 21 pounds a year. Many of us would take that, wouldn't we? Keep up the good effort and stay focused and positive. -- Lou

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MIDROAD 3/3/2013 8:57AM

    Your blogs always inspire me! And you are so right, we start this journey thinking its all about changing the "outside", when in fact it's all about changing that small space between the ears. Success is ours for the taking.
Have a wonderful week!


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SORTIZA99 3/3/2013 8:26AM

    Keep up your positive attitude.
Good day.

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GLUECIPHER 3/3/2013 8:24AM

    You sound very positive. Keep it up!

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Trust in yourself

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ever do this? Just stand with the door open waiting for something to jump out at ya but it never does. Yup your just bored not hungry. If you stand there long enough you will be tempted to grab and go but what you get won't fix what is wrong.

Self-trust is the first secret of success. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote was on one of my team threads. Is this not what a lot of us don't have? I myself don't trust myself so I tell all who will listen about my goals. I have informed those I work with that if they see me with something I shouldn't have they are to take it from me. I need to be accountable to me but I sometimes need a little help from friends.

The weekend was nice. the weather here in the south was awesome today so my hubby and I headed out early got our groceries and got back home by eleven so to enjoy the sunshine. I got a new bird feeder (you know your getting old when you enjoy watching the birds) and I got outside and got it set up and the old one filled. Now my spring friends have a bit to keep them coming back.

So as I head off to finish my evening I want to let my fellow team mates on WW that i'm still holding strong. Day three and i'm planning better, eating better, and still getting the exercise in. Never think it can't be done because YOU can do it. Remember: "Self-trust is the first secret of success. - Ralph Waldo Emerson"Trust in yourself and in the process.


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    Woo hoo Michelle!!!

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WALLAHALLA 2/25/2013 2:16PM

my pitfall is not so much one of trust, but falling for the idea that I need instant gratification

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SHERYLDS 2/25/2013 9:58AM

    I was once tempted to put up a small sign on my cubicle that read

someone in the office always had snacks available and people hate to binge alone
emoticon GO FOR IT

Comment edited on: 2/25/2013 9:59:28 AM

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 2/25/2013 4:02AM

    I am so very proud of you.

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It's time

Friday, February 22, 2013

The most effective way to do it, is to do it. - Amelia Earhart

So here in lies the trouble. I'm so worried about what i've done yesterday I forget I can begin again today. Fresh, uncluttered, free. So today I took on the challenge to begin anew. It is time to fess up about the last two weeks of eating like there is no tomorrow. Well there will be a tomorrow and if i'm honest I want my tomorrows to be free of guilt over what I should of shouldn't of eaten, done, or not done. So today I'm beginning fresh.Yup you can do that guys. You can begin each day anew again and again. Hopefully though I will get a grip on myself and this won't keep being a new beginning each and every week.

Michelle. emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/24/2013 2:18PM

    I loved the quote Michelle. You CAN do this. You want it badly enough and you are willing to work for it and to never give up no matter what. Sometimes it's hard but we keep coming back. Guilt is an obstacle that we can learn to let go of, I know we can! We can make plans that incorporate the things we love and we can realize that we are up to the challenge of knowing when and how much to indulge.
Guilt is evil -- you are stronger than it is.
Enjoy the new beginning and have a great week!!!

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TERESA6262 2/24/2013 7:55AM

    Thanks for posting this! I blew it food wise last weekend while hosting my daughter and grandkids...they came for the last weekend visiting before moving to WA STATE (I live in FL). It took me days to "get back on track"...... but I finally did....then yesterday I went to a bridal shower and blew it there, too. Boo hiss! I guess the only way to lose is if you quit completely! SO I am back at it today!

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SHERYLDS 2/23/2013 8:55AM

    I love the bruce lee quote
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water.
Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup,
you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle,
you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.”

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 2/23/2013 4:01AM

    WE are in this together. Hang in there Sista.

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WALLAHALLA 2/22/2013 11:40PM

    I got some love handles big enough to get a grip on. emoticon but not for long!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/22/2013 11:27PM

    Hey, lady, get a grip on yourself!!


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    I've been learning to LIVE IN TODAY.

Yesterday is over. There's nothing I can do about it. Whether good or's done and cannot be undone.

Tomorrow is not here and may not come. Today is all I have.

And God starts us with a fresh clean slate every day. I'm learning to appreciate that!

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JUNEAU2010 2/22/2013 8:45PM

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ARW715 2/22/2013 8:38PM

    You can do it! The quote is perfect. I am cheering you on.

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No Excuses

Monday, February 18, 2013

Today I did just this. I moved. I got 30 minutes on the treadmill before work, then at lunch the emoticon was out the emoticon were up...I headed out for a short walk before I headed back to work.

Sport: Walking
Distance: 0.70 mi
Duration: 17 minutes 43 seconds
At: 18.02.13 13:36

This was my Runtastic recording. Gotta love that app. I just put my earphones in, and turned on the music, set my app and off I went. Ok so it was only a few minutes, but I did it. I got up and put my book down and I moved. Wow it was wonderful. I have so missed this. I mean the rain, the cold, it has been miserable, but that is winter in the south. So when the sun shone and the temps moved a bit I got up and moved with it.



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KENTUCKYWOMAN 2/19/2013 4:14AM

    emoticon emoticon Isn't it amazing how just a little movement can make us feel so much better. Way to go my friend.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/19/2013 12:14AM

    Way to go Michelle!! It's soo nice to be out in the sunshine!! Proud of you for moving on your lunch hour!
Love love the quote!

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WALLAHALLA 2/18/2013 10:08PM

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SHERYLDS 2/18/2013 9:47PM

The more you put into getting where you want to be, the faster you'll see it happen

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Stop wishing and start living

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Each of these quotes or sayings speak volumes. How often do you wake up with the intention of having a fresh start and then you go to bed at night hating yourself or feeling like you've failed yet again.

For me it is about reaching a goal i've set for myself, I don't want to hear "your not fat" or "you don't need to lose weight" Your not me, you don't wear my clothes or live in this body, I know I don't have a lot to lose, but I have so much to gain by getting myself healthy and at a healthy weight. Yes i'm overweight. No i'm not obese but i'm overweight and I do have twenty pounds to lose. Now I also want you all to know that my twenty pounds is sometimes harder to work on then a fifty or more loss. Why? because I get sedentary, I listen to people say that I don't need to lose and I begin to think I can eat that, or what is one more.

I read success stories, and I so want to be one. But i've yet to reach any of the goals i've set. I get lazy, hungry, tired, bored. You know the symptoms. The lack of motivation is really my worse enemy. I say i'm going to get up and move more, get outside and start walking again, but then it is too cold, wet, i'm too tired. You get the picture. I"m the one letting myself down. So what to do? How do I motivate myself to finally aim for and reach my goals? I stay with spark, I start using my food scales for more than a counter ornament, I use my cups and spoons to measure as I go along. I get myself back to exercise and I just have faith in myself.

So if you like me are wondering if this is worth the work.....I have to tell ya it is so worth it. Just learning to love yourself is so worth the work.


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MIDROAD 2/17/2013 9:16AM

    I think you nailed it Michelle, it all comes down to do we love ourselves enough to make the effort to change? I say Yes, let's do it!


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/17/2013 12:07AM

    Oh, I can relate. I play headgames with myself, I start, I stop, I never finish what I start. I vow it's going to be different, then I start making excuses.
BUT -- I've never given up and I'm still here. I do want this -- it's just a question of if I want it badly enough to do the work. I think so. I've been through the mental journey, I've worked some things out in my head -- now it's time for me to follow through and work on the physical!!
You can do it Michelle! Keep on pushing, I'm cheering for you every step of the way!!

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JOYOUS1917 2/16/2013 11:09PM

    I am so glad you shared. I have really had to work on my head....THAt is where the real problem lies....I allow no negative self talk anymore...I go walking without thinking allowed!!!! When I start thinking then I start making excuses....then I do not do...I go to SP's motivation page every day.

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WALLAHALLA 2/16/2013 10:58PM

    I can relate. I have a big streak of lazy myself, and tend to let others get me off track when I should be pulling them on board with me. Time for me to quit making excuses, or excepting excuses others make for me.

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