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Progress?

Monday, September 02, 2013

You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines,
whimpering and complaining.
You make progress by implementing ideas.
- Shirley Chisholm

Progress? Sometimes I wonder if i'm making any at all. But when you get up and walk three miles first thing on a Sunday morning that is progress. Or eating a healthy breakfast before work, that is progress.....going out to eat with friends to Firehouse subs and getting the ham and turkey, no chips, and a diet drink....Progress!!!

Each day that you do something for yourself is progress on this journey. Nope the dang scales may not move a bit but you have to know that the progress your making on your body is there. Sometimes we can't see the changes but we know they are happening. You just have to believe in yourself and what your doing. I can say this because for so long I've been down on myself for the changes that haven't come. I do what is expected but the changes don't happen. Well the truth is the progress is happening i'm just overlooking the little things for wanting the huge impacts. So as of this moment i'm smiling through the tears because i'm doing it. I'm eating better, i'm exercising and i'm taking care of me. So that in itself is a bit change for the better. The scales will come over to my way of thinking in good time.



Michelle.

  
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WRITINGRUNNER 9/2/2013 8:35AM

    A great blog, thank you


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EVIE4NOW 9/2/2013 8:22AM

  Perfection is like the word "normal". What is perfect or normal to one is far off for another.

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111BUTTERFLY111 9/2/2013 8:05AM

    When the scale isn't moving for me, I bump it up in one area or another and then she cooperates. Wishing you a GREAT week ahead!

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DARJR50 9/2/2013 7:51AM

  Like the quote

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NELLJONES 9/2/2013 7:44AM

    I'm not sure I know what "Perfection" is. Whatever works is Good Enough.

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September: Time to change with the seasons

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Ok, new month, time to shed some old and bring in some new. Lifestyle that is. Ready to continue with my "restart" and ready to see some changes.

I've been walking this road with two wonderful ladies. Litterally we get together and walk, share our success and our failures, push each other along. They can walk beside me but I have to either do what is needed or I don't succeed. Truth is they have each done wonderful, I have slacked on my efforts and it shows. But I've been given a new day to get this right. New month, new goals, new plans.



Michelle.

  
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CAKAROO 9/1/2013 4:03PM

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FISHINGLADY66 9/1/2013 8:56AM

    So true Michelle. I'm looking forward to the new month too. emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 9/1/2013 8:13AM

    Wishing you a wonderful new month of taking great care of yourself!

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SFREY217 9/1/2013 8:07AM

    Sounds like you've got a plan. Good luck I your journey. Having friends to help makes it so much easier.

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Destiny vs scales

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The best way to predict your future is to create it. Make it happen!

Today's affirmation:
Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step - large and small -
with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't allow those pesky scales to control your DESTINY. There are so many other areas involved in this journey. I for one have allowed the scales to become such an important part of my journey that I have cried, kicked, yelled, and about given up over those darn plastic things. But not this time. I will not allow what could be water destroy my week or my goals.


Nope it won't. So just keep going and know that the changes your making in your day to day will at one point come to light. Patience in all things. Yeah the waiting can be tough but the rewards?



The rewards are awesome.

Michelle.

  
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111BUTTERFLY111 8/31/2013 11:45AM

    My scale has been cooperating ... but, I've been cooperating too ... it's a two way street emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 8/31/2013 5:45AM

  Thanks for sharing

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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 Walmart.....so 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.

Michelle.

  
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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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111BUTTERFLY111 8/26/2013 9:46AM

    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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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.

Michelle.

  
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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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111BUTTERFLY111 8/24/2013 7:38AM

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

He who has hope has everything.
- Arabian Proverb

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