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21 days/day 1

Saturday, July 06, 2013

You know it is funny when I began this journey my goal was to lose weight. I mean wasn't that why any of us joined? Well I did with such dreams of reaching my goals. I was going to be so slim and trim, healthy, happy. But that is not what happens. What happens is we work hard, we sweat, we change our bad habits for good, we enjoy new foods, we learn new ways of cooking. Yup we lose, some of you may even reach your goals....I didn't all the way....but then you/me quit doing all the good and head right back to the old. The comfortable us, the easy us. We/me gain back what we lost plus. Do you give up? Nope you/me decide we liked the healthier us better so we struggle to get that back. The Aha moment, the excitement, the fun. But alas it isn't there. I mean we know what to expect, but it doesn't happen so what do we do from here?

We decide to join a friend or two and aim for 21 days of health. 21 Days of reaching our goals just one day at a time. What difference does this make you may wonder? A lot. You track all day the first day, just as I did, you put it all into Spark because that is what got you to close to goal the first time around, or because the WW plan just isn't working because you've worked it to death....but either plan you choose it works. For the one day you plan, you exercise, you get your water, fruits/veggies, it just all falls so nicely into place. So where to go from here? Well Day 2 of course. I mean this is 21 days to a new habit.



Today is day 2....I can do this

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WALLAHALLA 7/7/2013 1:03AM

    You are one day closer to total awesomeness!

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111BUTTERFLY111 7/6/2013 8:24AM

    emoticon I believe in you!!

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    One day at a time :)
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21 Days: I got that

Friday, July 05, 2013

Ok so I read a blog by a friend this morning and she was saying about 21 days to a habit. 21 little days to reach a small goal and keep it going. Yup not a lot, just a few, Sooooo I decided this moment after reading her blog that I could do this. More importantly I have to do this.

You see I seem to be going through the woe is me stage again. I seem to keep going back to that part and really it is my fault i'm there. It isn't spark, WeightWatchers, or any one person it is ME. I keep leading myself down this road and it is time to quit. Quit giving up on myself, quit with the excuses, quit with the whining. I'm the only one that can fix this and make it right. Health should be my number one goal, and it is, but just plain feeling comfortable in my own skin would be wonderful also.

I got 21 days to find myself. I'm not doing anything else at this point so why not.

No matter how small the effort, feel proud of yourself for taking action towards your goals

My 21 days plan: Follow the plan, get out and continue to walk (exercise isn't the problem it is food intake, so the for the plan to work I will have to plan my foods a bit better than I do. I won't be able to just grab and eat. I will have to take the time and effort to prepare my meals. So today is emoticon and no matter what I will do my best to follow through and up with this blog. I have to keep myself accountable.


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WALLAHALLA 7/5/2013 8:42PM

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FITFRIT 7/5/2013 11:16AM

    LOVE it!

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111BUTTERFLY111 7/5/2013 8:30AM

    YOU can soooooo do this!! I believe in you!!!
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FISHINGLADY66 7/5/2013 8:01AM

    emoticon Starting today, you can make the plan work for you. If you fail to plan, you will plan to fail. Best wishes to you. emoticon

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 7/5/2013 7:36AM

    Michelle, I'm going to join you. Today is my day #1. WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!! After 21 we can try for 22. emoticon

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The Journey full of questions

Thursday, July 04, 2013

These last two days have had me wondering about my journey. Why I keep coming back to Spark and don't just throw in the towel and say "this just isn't working for me". Well there is a reason I have been on spark for the last four years. I love the community, articles, ideas, recipes. Now if I would just use it to the best of my ability I bet it would be awesome. But I don't. I cave after a few good days, just like this past week. I've had great days all in a row and then yesterday for some reason i'm hungry. No other way to put it I was hungry....all day long. So I ate. Well then I get that "what have I done feeling" and then the mood shifts and I think Why bother I won't ever reach my goals. The guilt and the woe is me attitude begins in earnest.

So what to do? Do I quit and give up on my goals because one day I may have had a bad day, do I just pick up where I left off the day before and move forward, do I throw up my hands and kick myself in the butt and push forward? Mostly I do all these things then I get back to Spark. Spark has become my life raft. I see so many friends leave for unknown reasons but for me I have this fear that if I leave I may never return and I love myself to know that I want to be healthy and without you all I will not get there from here. So I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and I get moving. Literally moving. I walked 3.15 miles yesterday morning and it was awesome. Did I want to? Not really at first...I had to push myself. But I did it.

So I keep on moving on and hey maybe today will be the day for my aha moment.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/4/2013 7:23PM

    emoticon I hope your Independence Day is healthy and Happy.

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WALLAHALLA 7/4/2013 4:06PM

    Enjoy your independence today!
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Every day you can make a new declaration!

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 7/4/2013 9:59AM

    I would miss you so much if you quit. Also you would miss the to succeed. emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 7/4/2013 9:23AM

    Michelle, I think the journey does get easier because it becomes habit. Yes, we do have days like your yesterday ... and my yesterday. I ate more yesterday than I wish I had, but there are going to be days like that. The good news is that we worked out, we didn't throw in the towel, and we're continuing on.

My theory is that every day, I track (honestly) what I eat. I exercise. I do the best that I can for that day. Some days are better than the day before. But the more I keep doing this, the more I learn about me so the better I can do.

I'm so very glad that you've stayed! You're soooooo worth the effort!
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NELLJONES 7/4/2013 8:37AM

    There will never be a day when you wake up and it's easy. The "ah hah" moment is about easy but about believing that you can find a way to do what you want to do in those moments when it IS easy.

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CAKAROO 7/4/2013 8:07AM

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Take your time and it will happen

Monday, July 01, 2013

"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're no longer willing to stay where you are." óż



For two whole days now I've taken my time on this journey. I have stopped and thought through what I was doing. What I was eating, how I was eating it. I've gotten out of the bed and headed out emoticon with my buddies and we have walked six and a half miles total this weekend. No small feat. I did it. Am I a bit smug? You bet your sweet bottom I am. For someone who couldn't do one day I've done two and today i'm a bit stronger than I was when I began. Will I make a mistake or two? Sure but I'm also making great changes that will lead me to success. It just takes time. I was so wanting it yesterday I was forgetting about today and the journey in itself. I'm not healed by no means but i'm closer today than I was yesterday to my goals.

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IUHRYTR 7/2/2013 6:50PM

    Doesn't it feel satisfying when we reach a milestone, even two days in a row? Keep up the good effort. emoticon -- Lou

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ELSCO55 7/1/2013 11:13PM

    great

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FISHINGLADY66 7/1/2013 10:25PM

    One step and one day at a time. We will win this journey to a healthier us. Stay focused. I'm proud of you.

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WALLAHALLA 7/1/2013 6:00PM

    emoticon Keep heading in the right direction!

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TAMWIL2 7/1/2013 1:37PM

    emoticon emoticon I've had to employ the "just do it" attitude to getting up and moving and it has made a world of difference. You begin to notice that it's easier to do every day and you'll feel even closer to your goal as you go. You have a great attitude emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 7/1/2013 7:02AM

    emoticon I'm soooooo happy for you!! Keep up the effort you've started!! emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 7/1/2013 7:01AM

  Thanks for sharing

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KARENKANDO 7/1/2013 6:58AM

    You ARE an inspiration! SMUG AWAY my SP friend! You have earned it!!! emoticon

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DMEYER4 7/1/2013 6:53AM

  great blog thanks for sharing

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We have One can I have two?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

emoticon emoticon I actually stayed on track for the whole day. YES. Now let me tell ya that was no easy feat. Our air went out in the morning and my hubby was working and I had to wait for him to return to get it fixed. So here in lies the problem....I live in southern Alabama. It is hot. So I had every ceiling fan going, a couple of windows up just for some air, blinds closed. It really wasn't all that bad. I'm always cold so I was ok. When hubby got home we headed to town for a part and when we got back he put it in and it still wouldn't work. So it was back to square one. He found the problem....our dogs some time back had dug in that area, we had filled it in and stopped them but seems they had chewed the wire. Yup it could of been worse much worse. But it is now fixed, and all is good in my home at this time.

Why am I telling you all this? Because it could of led me off on a binge of great proportions but it didn't. I had my lunch, popcorn later, a sandwich with my grandson in the evening as I watched him for a bit and then I had my drink before bed and that was it. Finished the day right on the button. Plus I got in a one hour walk in the morning with my daughter. So all in all a wonderful day.
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Now my weight stayed the same this week. Yup no movement in either direction. But I'm good with that. With the kind of last year I've had staying the same is a step in the right direction. I stepped on those scales, took a deep breath and looked down. I was ready for whatever they said this week. When I looked I kinda smiled. Good no gain. Now i'm getting somewhere.



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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you can add day 2 to the count. I am so proud of you.

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/30/2013 8:56AM

    emoticon emoticon I know yesterday was a GREAT accomplishment!! We're stress eaters. LOL!!! YOU did a superb job, dear one!!!

Hope today is not nearly as stressful and that you do just as stellar a job!! I know you can!!! I believe in you!!

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MEEMOM33 6/30/2013 8:22AM

    I'm glad you didn't get discouraged. I think once we make up our mind that nothing is going to get in our way, it doesn't matter what life throws at us, we will overcome!! Good job!!!

Have a great day!!!

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NELLJONES 6/30/2013 7:56AM

    Staying On Plan is the victory! The scale will follow, it always does.

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