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Enjoy the journey

Thursday, August 08, 2013

There are two parts to every goal: First, go for what you want, and second, enjoy it!

— Denise

Oh I've had slow months. Not days months, weeks where the scales either wouldn't budge or shoot it bulged upwards. For about a year I did nothing but eat my weigh (pun intended) back up over what I began Spark at five years ago. Why? Well isn't that the proverbial question? Who knows why we do what we do to our bodies when no one is looking.

Oh I've done it by dieting, by weight watchers, by purging (yes I've done this after a bad binge), by exercise, to lose the weight....to gain it? well that is easy I gave up on me and thought I wanted the crap more than I wanted to feel good about myself. Because lets be real I didn't like the me I was at that point very much. So I began fresh, again and again....I really thought I would never begin losing again, because no matter how much the words came out of my mouth the food kept going in.

So the day came when I just awoke and decided enough was enough. I wanted to reach my goals...again....and this time I knew the cost of not following through. So each day I begin with a goal for the day. Could be water, exercise, fruits and veggies, could be anything, but a goal is set.....so far so good i'm down six pounds and moving forward. Oh I mess up and from time to time the scales tell the tale, but i'm ok with that and I know I can pick up wherever I leave off.

So today enjoy the journey and maybe just maybe your tomorrow will be even brighter.

Michelle.

  
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FISHINGLADY66 8/8/2013 8:37PM

    It's always a great day to keep going. Your still hanging in there. Keep going. emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 8/8/2013 12:37PM

    Love your new attitude.
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NELLJONES 8/8/2013 8:44AM

    Someone told me long ago that I could always know what I really intended to do by looking at what I did. That we live at the level of actions not words. When we really want a goal as much as we say we do, we'll get there.

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 8/8/2013 8:08AM

    It IS a great day to be on our journey!

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MILLEDGE2 8/8/2013 8:04AM

    I'm so glad you've turned a corner and are feeling more optimistic these days. Yes, we all have times when the process doesn't seem to pay off, but giving up is the worst of the possible responses (and, yes, I'm reminding myself of this as I write!). Have a lovely and successful and healthy day!

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Thanks

Wednesday, August 07, 2013


Life is pulled by goals and pushed by drive. Make sure you have both!

— Denise

Wouldn't we all like to think we are doing just this? But there are those times when we question what we are doing, is it working, is it worth it? Yes it is so worth it. I myself have been shopping once again in my closet. Let me tell ya that is the greatest adventure and the most wonderful feeling. the only feeling that would be better at this time in my ;journey would be if I could toss all those clothes and start with a fresh set. But......that isn't happening right this second. I'm just so proud i'm back in some of my "tight" clothes that it just puts a smile on my face.

I want to take a moment and say thank you for the comments each day on my blogs. I write them for me but to know that so many care about me is a wonderful feeling. Wasn't so very long ago I was feeling like a shadow on the wall. There lurking but not really a part of the process. Why? Because I allowed my addiction to control my life to a point that I regained all my weight plus, and I was just feeling ashamed. I was seeing others losing and I was so proud for them but that is also a double edged sword, I was proud for them and disappointed in me. But I took the bull by the horns so to speak and started taking one step at a time. Now i'm down six pounds total and three and a half inches total. Yeah ok maybe not huge numbers but down numbers just the same. I'm proud of each of those pounds and inches.

Imagine six of these blobs removed from your body. Now are you rethinking that pound you lost this past week????

Michelle.

  
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CAKAROO 8/8/2013 6:24AM

    great!!

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DARLENEK04 8/7/2013 11:15PM

  Wow chick, your blogs are so interesting....
And congrats on the 6 pounds....

You can do this...

Hugs,
DarleneK

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FISHINGLADY66 8/7/2013 9:25PM

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 8/7/2013 3:38PM

    Way to go, Michelle! You can sooooo do this !

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MILLEDGE2 8/7/2013 11:29AM

    Love it! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 8/7/2013 11:13AM

    You rock!!
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MIMIDOT 8/7/2013 8:14AM

    Great blog. You should be proud. Keep up the good work..

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Make time for you!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

If you don't MAKE TIME to work on creating the life you want you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don't want. -Kevin Ngo

The time will pass anyway...either you spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don't want...the choice is yours.

There is nothing more rewarding than taking care of yourself!


What you may wonder do all these quotes have to do with our journey? Well the meaning is in the text....we must create the life we want tomorrow today. Nobody is going to do it for us.

My daughter called me before I left work and wanted to know if I wanted to walk after...well of course I said yes. So when I reached home I changed, and got my dog on the leash and off we went. Only about a mile and a half but I have to tell ya it was going to be nothing yesterday. We then made plans for tonight after work to meet in town. So I will bring my workout clothes and we shall walk in town. Gotta love it when a plan comes together. But as the quotes say i'm doing this today for the life I want to live tomorrow.



Michelle.

  
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BAMAJAM 8/7/2013 2:59PM

  Thanks for this super message---

And lucky you, having a daughter to be a walking partner!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/6/2013 10:34PM

    emoticon Michelle. Your doing great. emoticon

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 8/6/2013 7:52AM

    emoticon You're doing great!!

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MILLEDGE2 8/6/2013 7:38AM

    Just the boost I needed this morning! Have a great day!

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ELRIDDICK 8/6/2013 6:55AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Pizza? Really????

Monday, August 05, 2013

SparkPeople's marketing coordinator Sarah says:
Living a healthy lifestyle is about moderation, not deprivation!

Yesterday after swimming in the pool for a bit my hubby says "hey you want to go to pizza hut for dinner?" I already had food out for our dinner but heck we never go out...so we invited my daughter, son in law, and grandson and off we went. We rode the motorcycle and my daughter followed in her car...they live just next door...anyways when we got there I had it already planned what I could have and still stay under my daily points. So what did I do???? I did what I planned. emoticon and emoticon emoticon

See you can have pizza on a healthy lifestyle you just have to plan for it. Yeah I had planned another meal altogether, which we will have tonight, but I knew what I could eat before I sat down and that is what I did and stuck to it. Now I have pizza left for sure but what will I do with that you may wonder? Freeze it of course for a later fix.

This goes for your food choices as well. I'm not saying eat Pizza daily but every once in a while a healthy lifestyle does allow for real life to happen. We just have to be ready to take on real life and enjoy the moment. This moment for me was dinner with family not the food involved. It was the memories and the laughs.

Michelle.

  
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GWTRIKER 8/5/2013 8:03PM

    Great Planning!

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KENDRACARROLL 8/5/2013 1:02PM

    Absolutely! Great job staying in control!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/5/2013 9:54AM

    Congratulation. emoticon All things in moderation.

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PICKIE98 8/5/2013 8:23AM

    Flexibility ensures that we do not set ourselves up for failure! Great job!

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MILLEDGE2 8/5/2013 7:23AM

    I completely understand what a victory this is and you deserve a big High Five for sticking to your plan! Congratulations on reaching a point where you aren't choosing between being sociable and eating wisely; you've demonstrated the determination to be able to do both! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 8/5/2013 7:12AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm so proud of you, Michelle! It's all about taking care of yourself and making the choices you can live with. YOU did a beautiful job!!!

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 8/5/2013 6:51AM

    emoticon emoticon Michelle, you have proven that we can do anything when we put our minds to it. I am so proud of you.

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#Backontrack: First weigh in

Sunday, August 04, 2013



Day four and i'm down 1 pound this week. Not significant to some but amazing to someone like me who has gained all back plus and then was having trouble getting on track once again.



I for one am embracing my monthly challenge to lose five pounds.

Michelle. emoticon

  
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FISHINGLADY66 8/4/2013 10:38PM

    Congratulations. emoticon job. Keep it up.

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KENDRACARROLL 8/4/2013 3:19PM

    Awesome! Keep it going!
(Don't snuff and call it "just one pound". It's progress.)
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MILLEDGE2 8/4/2013 10:01AM

    Woo hoo and Way to Go! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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JUNA89 8/4/2013 9:57AM

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 8/4/2013 8:56AM

    emoticon emoticon 1 pound closer to your goal.
I am so PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 8/4/2013 8:27AM

    Congrats! You can certainly do this!

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CAKAROO 8/4/2013 8:26AM

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 8/4/2013 8:18AM

    emoticon We've all seen the picture of a pound of fat. YOU did an emoticon job this week! Keep it up today!!

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