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I have to be willing to work hard.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dream or Work Hard At It?

You don't have to do everything; just do what really matters!

The first quote came off a friends blog...thanks Cathy...but I read it and it spoke to me. So many times I've dreamed of reaching my goals, how i'll feel, look, the new me with more energy, confidence, and such. But I really don't think I ever stopped to realize the hard work involved. Now I will be honest here, i'm not much on will power. I find I have a lot of won't power. Oh the WANT is there but what had to be done to get there......just too much.

I mean have you thought what we have to give up to get there? I mean no more chips, cookies, candies, pies, cakes, donuts. So much. But did you notice not once in that was there meat, salad, potato, veggies. We can still have it all we just can't have some things that might trigger your body to go nuts. I say body but really around here it is all in the mind. If I don't have that stuff in the house I don't think about it. But if it is here i'm going to eat it. I just will. For me it is a mind thing. So I've come to just not go there. Don't bring it in the house, there problem solved. Or is it?

I work in a pharmacy in if something is wanted, craved, or seen it sits in the forefront of my mind and I have been known to get it. So what is a girl to do? Well to begin with I bring my snack, I bring my lunch, I do my darndest to clock in and out and head for the door. But on the days I don't succeed....I just do what anyone on a journey would do....I begin anew.

Now I've got to be honest here....I'm not close to goal, oh I have been once, but i'm back where I first began. I was over that but I've lost down a few pounds. Why am I telling you all this? Because I want you to know that this journey is never easy, we always need a pat on the back, a friend, someone to listen, and most of all we need someone to hold us accountable. Because without that we have nothing. So as I end this blog today i'm very honored to have each of you with me on this journey. No matter how many times I fall down, someone is always around to help me back up. But to be honest i'm tired of falling down. I want to be standing up a lot more and down a lot less. But all that comes from within and i'm working on that one.


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JACKSGRAN 8/29/2013 8:10AM

    Each day is new, and that is so wonderful. You have the right attitude. I can identify with your thoughts. Thanks so much for sharing them. We are all in this together and each insight is a help with our own.


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FISHINGLADY66 8/27/2013 10:30PM

    Great blog Michelle and you are so right. It seems that we know what to do, but doing it is the battle. Our Spark friends are always here for us. So just keep on believing and never give up. emoticon

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    Falling down and skinning our knees is no fun, is it Michelle? Hope you stay upright for a long time to come. YOU can do it!!

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CAKAROO 8/26/2013 9:27AM


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Moving forward from here

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas
as in escaping from old ones.
- John Maynard Keynes

Funny as I stepped on the emoticon this morning I was really looking for some kind of peace of mind. I didn't record my weight last week, I exercised like a fool this week putting in 17 miles of walking with my pals. I was looking to lose, but each day that I was on vacation and got this walk in I then ate my calories back. but you see spark wants us to do just that. But I can't and still lose. To me that is like giving yourself a reward of food for exercising. Now I know i'm going to have to up that a bit to keep my body functioning but there were days I just couldn't eat that much food. But I did have a bit of a loss and to be honest it put me back where I needed to match my tracker. Sad huh? But now I have a place to begin fresh. Oh I know we do this a lot but this time my mind is right with my body.

I got my results back from the doctors....i'm 100% healthy. I mean my cholesterol is perfect, my B12, iron, thyroid, Vitamin D, everything is awesome. So if you think healthy living isn't for you i'm here to tell ya your wrong. Not so very long ago I had to have a shot for B12 because it was nonexistent in my body, I had enemia, my cholesterol was hitting the high mark. So the scales may not have moved but my insides are doing awesome. You can't always see the changes but they are there.

So as I leave you this morning know that i'm moving forward and I will reach my goals. I've already got the inside there, now for the outside.


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CAKAROO 8/25/2013 4:17PM


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ARW715 8/24/2013 9:46PM

    You are awesome! Glad your health numbers are so improved, I get the same tests in 2 weeks and hope mine are equally improved.

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CSKIES1 8/24/2013 7:52AM


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    You will reach your goals ..., you have what it takes!

He who has hope has everything.
- Arabian Proverb

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What a day

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Well where to begin: I've gotten in 4.5 miles walking each morning after dropping off my grandson at school so far. Tomorrow will be no different. Today I passed a car lot and saw this cool convertible in the lot. I had to walk over and take a look. Well I drove that little car home this afternoon. I took my hubby to show him and we are now testing it out. We know the car lot owner and have gotten four so far from there. He gave us the keys and sent us home to try it for a few days. I'm still up in the air but hey I look good behind the wheel. lol. Nice beach car. I'm keeping mine as my hubby takes such good care of them I hate to trade it in right now. With him working out of town it helps to have a spare. lol.

I have come to the conclusion with talking to my daughter and best friend these last two mornings that I need to quit worrying about look. I'm the smallest of us all and I worry about my weight. My friend just can't understand it. Well i'm overweight and yes i'm smaller than them in size but my health problems are no different. The doctor as changed a med on me and now waiting for the rest of the test results. My cholesterol is awesome. So yup healthy lifestyles may just have something going for them.

I was telling my friends this morning that I felt just this way. I could restart all week long but in the end I always felt like whatever happened yesterday or even the day before was still worrying me today. I just couldn't move past a mistake or a slip. But as my friend pointed out i'm eating right it is just now and again I have a "treat" and that I need to quit letting that slow me down. Well she is right. I want to reach my goals and I have to be honest after reaching them and then gaining back it sure makes it hard to start over. A do over is never the same as the first time. But i'm doing this. I've put in over nine miles in two days, i'm eating right and i'm on vacation. That in itself could spell trouble but hasn't yet. So as I end my day today i'm ending it with a smile on my face for a day well done.

So what a day? A great day all around.

Michelle. emoticon

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MILLEDGE2 8/22/2013 8:36AM

    Good for you!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/22/2013 4:46AM

    emoticon Great job. It's all about you.

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 8/22/2013 3:20AM

    emoticon I am so proud of you because you could have very easily been writing a whole different story about your vacation. emoticon

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SLIMPAM23 8/21/2013 8:29PM

    I hear ya and understand what you mean!!! I am doing well so far this time - but I never know what tomorrow will bring - and I am still really angry at myself for not staying at goal. But you know ----life changed dramatically for me and mine and what happened next....just happened.
We need to take it a day at a time and quit looking back. Both at the good AND the bad - because no matter what it thing is for sure - it is in the PAST!!
You'll have to share a pick of you and the convertible!!

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Believe in YOU

Monday, August 19, 2013

Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities.
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Sometimes we allow ourselves to be turned from our goals and led astray. Today just allow yourself to believe in YOU and take the steps needed to reach those goals. I for one know that I allow my surroundings to sometimes determine my path. I have taken my journey into my own hands and so far half a month and i'm still holding my own. Oh I've slipped a bit but I'm right there to pick myself up and dust off my bottom and get back to it. After all nothing worth having ever came easy.

BACKONTRACK day 19. I will succeed this month to reach my goals.


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FISHINGLADY66 8/19/2013 9:13PM


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MILLEDGE2 8/19/2013 7:53AM

    You have come a million miles in your motivation in recent months! Yea! and have a wonderful day!

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    emoticon You WILL do it! I believe in you!

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Smaller losses

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Remember losing the first few pounds deserves just as much applause as losing those last few!


Sometimes I lose a minute amount and wonder if it is worth the effort to report that. Well of course it is. Any loss no matter the size shows you've been working at this. No it may not be huge, but it is a loss. Maybe it shows on the tape measure and not on the scales. Never see any loss as just a small loss. Each loss no matter the size is a step in the right direction.

emoticon This week I'm down 0.2. Worth reporting? You betcha. I earned that loss and I'm owning it.


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IRISHEI 8/19/2013 8:32AM

    Thanks for the reminder. All losses are a bonus and they add up as the weeks go by.
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SWEETROSIE2 8/19/2013 4:08AM

    I love having any loss whether it's big or small I just love seeing my ticker go down.

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    12 years later, I still remember my first 0.3 pound loss. I first wanted to kick the scale. Then I thought how if I paired it with one of the 1.7 pound losses that I'd had, I had 2 pounds. What a bonus! Yes, those small losses are emoticon !!

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