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8/21: Today can be your DAY 1

Friday, July 12, 2013

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.
It's to enjoy each step along the way.
- Wayne Dyer

What if each day was your emoticon ? Would you be a better planner, better mover, better tracker? Or would you struggle, make mistakes all day long, wish you could have that and not this? For most of us emoticon is the day of strong belief that you got this. You plan, you follow, you may trip up but you pick yourself up and move forward. So why can't today and tomorrow be that day one that your looking for? I mean does it really have to begin on Monday?



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JULIA_211 7/15/2013 4:08PM

    I really like this way of looking at it. I'm going to try to think of each day as my day 1. Thank you. emoticon

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KRICKET4 7/12/2013 11:34PM

    Yes, every day can be day one. A lot less stressful that way.
Keep on sparking.

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WALLAHALLA 7/12/2013 6:29PM

    I'm loving your positive outlook! Keep it up!

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111BUTTERFLY111 7/12/2013 7:27AM

    emoticon We're sooooo worth the effort!

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ELRIDDICK 7/12/2013 7:04AM

  Thanks for sharing

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7/21: The first week

Thursday, July 11, 2013


I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley

I did it. I reached the first week mark in my 21 days to a new habit. The habit I began was getting my eating, exercise, planning under control. Well so far I've gotten the planning, and exercise down to a science....my trouble seems to be in the follow through on the eating. I mean I begin great and then sometime in the day I lose it. But i'm in my calorie range, I need to cut back on a few things and the fat grams, but working on that.

Your aware that a pound of fat and a pound of muscle weigh the same. One pound. But it takes more room to hold a pound of fat and less room to hold muscle. So when someone says to you "muscle weighs more than fat" they are both right and wrong. It isn't that muscle weighs less it is that it takes up less room in the body, and a plus to muscle is it burns 50 calories and hour and fat only burns 9. So if your more muscle than fat you can still burn more calories standing still than fat can. Why am I telling you this you may wonder......I want to let each of us know that is journey is not just to look good in those jeans. There is a real need to get rid of the fat bulk and build more muscle bulk.

So in my journey i'm working on the exercise part as well as the food part. I don't want to lose this weight and have myself look sick...I want to look healthy. In that it means that nope I won't be hitting a very low low in my weight....but I will look healthy and lean.

On a non scale victory for this week, my hubby brought out my leather vest that I just had to have to ride the motorcycle with. Well I just knew I was a medium.....well i'm not. So that vest has hung in the closet since it was bought. A year back now. So yesterday he brings it to me and in his wisdom he has these snap straps that the guys wear to make the two snaps meet....I laughed through my tears and I put that darn vest on....it fit better than it ever did and guess what? I snapped it on my own. the top snap....ok it came back open on it's own....need to work a bit more....but the victory is that I never thought for a moment I would wear that vest. My first words in the mirror was "oh my I am losing weight".

I had to share that moment with you all because in my darkest times...not so very long ago, I was ready to toss in the towel and just quit. I mean I wasn't moving on the scales and I was just lying to myself about wanting to reach goal. But somewhere deep I knew that if I quit it was all over but the crying and I'm not ready to quit just yet. I still have some fight in me.

So in closing chose the muscle and push that fat to the curb. We have places to go and things to see and do.

Michelle. emoticon

  
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CAKAROO 7/13/2013 1:06PM

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KRICKET4 7/11/2013 7:06PM

    WTG Michelle! Keep up the good work!!

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WALLAHALLA 7/11/2013 10:51AM

    Strength training is my weakness. I really need to work on building muscle.

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 7/11/2013 10:26AM

    Michelle,
Way to go with the vest. That feels so good to wear something we never thought we could. I have good news as well. I have 4 of my 21 days in and with all stuff that has been going on since June 1st. I was down 1.4 pounds since the last time I weighed in which was two weeks ago. I smiled like an idiot.

WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugs,
J
oan

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FISHINGLADY66 7/11/2013 10:08AM

    Congratulations Michelle on a job well done. Your on a roll. Keep going. I'm so proud of you.

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111BUTTERFLY111 7/11/2013 7:13AM

    emoticon That's emoticon!! HUGE emoticon on your NSV!!!

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6/21: Sometimes you have to relax

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

You might not be where you want to be, but you are not where you used to be. You're OK...you're on your way.

Paul the SparkPeople programmer says:
There is no one-size-fits all solution for anything in life—certainly not for fitness and nutrition. Keep trying to find what works for you!


Relax and life journey in the same breath? Maybe not, but sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and let it out slowly. This journey is not easy, never will be, no way, but it is your journey. You can choose to eat this not that, you can choose to move this but not that, but always remember even though it is your journey at some point when a mistake is made it is up to YOU to fix it, move forward, change what isn't working, and push ahead. Relax? sure, but you also have to take what comes from doing what you want instead of what you should. After all isn't that what got us here in the first place? Making the wrong choices.



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ELSCO55 7/10/2013 10:18PM

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WALLAHALLA 7/10/2013 8:07PM

    gotta relax cause stress is fatal

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111BUTTERFLY111 7/10/2013 7:47AM

    Walk those emoticon girl!! They look good on you! You're doing GREAT!!

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5/21: Deja vu

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful,
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale

You know the saying been there done that. Well I sure have. You see not so very long ago, maybe a couple of years now, I was two pounds from goal. Now i'm 24 pounds from goal, and truth is I've moved that number more than once (closer), thinking that I would never reach the said number. So for me this is like riding the carousel horse at the fair, i'm going around and around and really not getting anywhere. So why? Why bother starting over, rehashing old feelings, setting goals again? Because I liked that ME, I had energy, I felt good about myself, I could say no to food and I was enjoying the good foods, I cooked, I planned, and then it happened......

The burger was so much quicker when I was busy, the weather was too cold, hot, wet, the time to plan just wasn't there, planning meant taking time out of my not so busy schedule to do it, ok IT was really just laziness and along with that the thinking that I've got this. Well let me let you in on a little secret..........If you don't want to do it today you won't do it tomorrow.....in English that means that losing the weight is only half the battle, the real war is keeping that weight off. So live the life you want today because if you don't tomorrow is going to be full of disappointments.

So that is what i'm doing. I've had four great days and today is day five. Deja vu? yup I've been here before but this time i'm taking it slow and living the life today I want for tomorrow.

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KARENLUNK 7/10/2013 8:41AM

  Sounds a little like my problem. If you can do it so can i emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 7/9/2013 8:19PM

    love your mindset...keep moving forward

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DARLENEK04 7/9/2013 5:06PM

  You can do this Michelle...you are so smart and you are...I know....a great
cook and better planner...

You go girl....we can get to goal together....

Hugs,
Darlen
eK

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FISHINGLADY66 7/9/2013 11:56AM

    If you get discouraged, Michelle, just come back and read this blog. emoticon Stay strong. You are the master of your own life. ((Hugs))

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111BUTTERFLY111 7/9/2013 7:35AM

    emoticon I soooo believe in YOU!!!

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111BUTTERFLY111 7/9/2013 7:35AM

    emoticon I soooo believe in YOU!!!

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 7/9/2013 7:18AM

    Repeat what you have done the past 5 days and make tomorrow day #6.
Love you,
Joan

p.s. I have two days in. emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 7/9/2013 6:59AM

  Thanks for sharing

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4/21: The journey continues

Monday, July 08, 2013

As I sit down to type this out i'm getting ready to head out for my first walk in some days. You see we have had much rain here in the south and so far I've missed a few days. Now I didn't give up my exercise all together I did some bike, and some treadmill but it just isn't the same. So Exercise has become as important to me as the eating. I can't pinpoint when that happened but it has. I really enjoy a good walk and at least four days out of the week I aim for three or more miles. Nothing better than coming inside after a good walk, sweaty and heading for the showers. I think that is my favorite time of day. I know TMI but really it is so refreshing and you feel like a million bucks. You ought to give it a try.

So far i'm tracking everything just like I said I would. I have been moving, of course as I said not as much, and the planning part is going pretty well. So as I move forward to begin my day 4 i'm ready to take on this new day.

Really it is. So get up and get out there and move a bit. Exercise is an impotant piece of the puzzle that is healthy living.

Michelle. emoticon

  
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FISHINGLADY66 7/8/2013 4:48PM

    And it is so good for your heart. Great Blog Michelle.

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WALLAHALLA 7/8/2013 1:16PM

    Need my exerciser or I feel like a guilty slacker.

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TAMWIL2 7/8/2013 11:53AM

    I know just how you feel because I'm beginning to feel guilty when I don't do my exercise and the rain here has hindered my walks too. Someone suggested to me about doing an indoor walking video and I'm going to check that out for rainy days, maybe it's an idea for you too.
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111BUTTERFLY111 7/8/2013 8:48AM

    I agree! My exercise time is such a emoticon !!! I couldn't do without it now!

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