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Motivation/New month

Thursday, October 31, 2013

When you motivate others to be healthy, you can't help being motivated too!


Do something.
If it doesn't work, do something else.
No idea is too crazy.
- Jim Hightower



Sometimes what we need is just a little motivation to begin. I think really that beginning is the hardest part of this journey. For me it is in the thinking " what will I lose? " I mean I won't be able to eat that, or this, or wow what about all that. But really what do we lose??? The weight, the hate, the disgust. We GAIN so much more. Strength, relaxation, love, energy. So as I end this month and move forward to another i'm given yet another chance to change the bad in my world or in my mind and make it great.

I have a plan for November and it is to plan, move, and smile through the tears. It is time to put me first and the rest will follow or get out of the way.

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CAKAROO 11/3/2013 7:35AM

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KENDRACARROLL 10/31/2013 1:52PM

    It all begins with the first step. Keep the faith and keep moving along your path.
Have a wonderful SparkDay!

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MILLEDGE2 10/31/2013 10:44AM

    Michelle, I just realized you've been blogging every day and I will now be paying more [Sparkfriendly] attention! Have mercy, this isn't easy, but as you've said, the support from Spark makes all the difference. emoticon

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FEMISLIM 10/31/2013 8:51AM

    You are so right!!!!

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NELLJONES 10/31/2013 8:11AM

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step. All journeys. You didn't leave home one day and come back with a diploma that night. You did it one class, one paper, one exam at a time, and I'll bet you didn't love all of it.

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Thank you Spark for reigniting me

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

OMG is all I can say this morning. I open my blog spot to post and there is my blog from yesterday and it is the "Member Featured Blog". I have been on Spark for almost six years. I have never reached my goal weight. I came close but just couldn't touch it. I have gained back up to over where I began this journey, and today i'm still working on ME. I know this journey is a work in progress and it may be for the rest of my life. To see my blog, my words to me really, as a Member Featured Blog is awesome. The first actually. I have to thank Spark for re-lighting my fire a time or two and keeping me at least if not at goal in the right mind to reach my goals.

Yesterday morning my walking partner and I headed out for a three mile walk.



The weather was awesome the trees just beginning to turn here in the south, and the sun shining bright. I really don't believe there is any other way to begin the day.

So as I head off to begin my new day and maybe reach a goal or two again I want to say Thank you.

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    Featured Member Blog! I love how your own words can encourage you.

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Preparing for my NEW future self

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I have been on such a roller coaster with my weight loss or lack there of that I have totally forgotten how to just relax and enjoy my life. So I have decided to clean out the muck and prepare for my future. So in keeping with that I have decided that a walk at lunch is a good thing once again.

Sport: Walking
Distance: 1.08 mi
Duration: 22 minutes 55 seconds
At: 28.10.13 13:44

Not only do I get a bit of movement in for the day, but it helps to de-stress me for the rest of the afternoon. So weather permitting I hope to continue that of which I have pushed to the wayside. I have also been planning and packing my meals and snacks for the day. I had allowed that to get easy and also just pick something up. Well we all know that picking something up usually means quick and quick means junk. So on to the planning. I'm doing dinner, at least the last two nights. Now for the plan to work I will have to come up with quick and healthy evening meals. Sorry but at 6:30 I don't want to be over the stove all day and there is only so much in the crockpot my hubby will eat.

Yup i'm getting back up and the time to be honest with myself is here.

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LORIVIOLA 4/2/2014 8:50AM

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JOANNHUNT 11/9/2013 3:00PM

    THANK YOU FOR THE REALITY CHECK. I HAVE BEEN SLACKING BADLY LATELY. I NEED TO SIT BACK AND REASSESS MY LIFE. THANK YOU AGAIN. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

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LASTLOG 11/7/2013 10:20AM

    YES YOU CAN!
Samething with me but i WILL do it this time around, as you time to be honest with myself
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MAYBER 11/4/2013 12:10AM

    Good plan and best wishes
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SUPERMODEL2BE 11/3/2013 2:55PM

    Good job! emoticon keep it up!

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NEWTINK 11/2/2013 4:42PM

    There is a wonderful site aimeesadventures.com She has lost a lot of weight and her recipes like Hungry girl are easy and use regular type foods. give it a looksy and see it might help you. You are doing great emoticon

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PREACHERLADY565 11/2/2013 1:25PM

  Keep up the good work

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AMBER461 11/1/2013 5:51PM

  You can do it. You have a great plan and if you stay on that track you will make it to the end.

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WHITEANGEL4 11/1/2013 3:42PM

    You can make it. One day t a time

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JIBBIE49 11/1/2013 1:06AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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MARYJEANSL 10/31/2013 9:51PM

  Well said - and a well thought out plan. Go for it! And enjoy your walks - always one of my favourite things to do.

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OPTIMISTICWOMAN 10/31/2013 9:03PM

    I like your perspective -- preparing for your future self! Someone else wrote about what her one-year-from-now-self would say to her now-self, and your way of looking at it fits with that idea. I hadn't thought of this before and it's motivating for me! Thank you!

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JSEATTLE 10/31/2013 5:49PM

  Yes Good for You!! I know you will do this and Hubby will be there with you too.

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MSROZZIE 10/31/2013 5:48PM

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SUSIEMT 10/31/2013 5:24PM

    You can do this!!!

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RILEYBOT 10/31/2013 3:36PM

    You have a great plan! You can do this.

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ROZZIEOZZIE 10/31/2013 2:54PM

    Sounds like a great plan to me! You can do it, just keep at it!
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MAWMAW101 10/31/2013 10:53AM

    Dear Michelle, yes you can do it!
This is a great plan and for the life of me I can't understand why sometimes the husband can't fix what he wants himself? Where is it chiseled in stone that only the wife has to worry about the dinner?
Actually I guess I'm just venting because when mine does cook sometimes the mess I have to clean up isn't always worth it unless he grills outside.
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EJB2801 10/31/2013 10:51AM

    Me too...with the quick meals and only so much crockpot. Love my slow cookers, but am limiting it to once or twice a week anyway. I've been eyeing pre-cut veggies. Maybe I'll do some for myself on the week-end to be ready for next week.

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DUSTYCLARE 10/31/2013 9:55AM

    emoticon You can do it!!

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THOMS1 10/31/2013 9:14AM

    emoticon my dear! I wish you success with your plan. emoticon

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CHUBBY_MOM 10/31/2013 8:28AM

    Planning for me is one of the hardest things. Great that you can do that! Love the idea of walking on your lunch break! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/31/2013 7:00AM

    Great plan to revamp your life. You CAN do this, and I wish you the best of success every step of the way.

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NONNAOF2 10/31/2013 6:53AM

  You're on your way...Congratulations! :-)

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PENOWOK 10/31/2013 6:40AM

    You Can do it, Michelle and we are counting on you!

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AMARIE013 10/30/2013 11:42PM

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-SHE_WOLF- 10/30/2013 7:05PM

    Hey there,
i can totally relate to what you have written here, i'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. It's true what you write, honesty is definitely the way to go!!

Sending lots of SparkLove, Laughter and Happiness aw the way fae Bonnie Scotland.
SheWolf's a Howling at the Moon just fur you tonight.
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GOODLANDGAL3 10/30/2013 5:41PM

  Thanks for the motivation.... emoticon

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Stay positive!

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MOMMY445 10/30/2013 3:50PM

    that is such a great plan! you can do this!

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KELLYB60 10/30/2013 12:59PM

  there was an article on this site recently that was a month of healthy meals. There were some fast and easy dinners to try. They were healthy, but hearty enough to feed a husband.

Good Luck as you continue your journey! Sounds like a great plan, and I look forward to seeing more posts from you.

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MRSRIGS1 10/30/2013 11:27AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan! Keep up the good work. This journey is hard but you are worth every effort! Try looking at the recipes in Sparkrecipes.com. There you will find many quick and healthy recipes. That site has saved me! I get bored eating the same thing over and over. With the meal ideas (and so many of them) I prepare different things every week. My husband even eats with me and enjoys the meals as well. Best wishes to you! Remember, YOU CAN DO THIS!!

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TRAILBLAZER6 10/30/2013 11:04AM

    Great spirit! emoticon

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  emoticon SUCCESS IS THE TOTAL OF SMALL GOOD DECISIONS! emoticon

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COMEONMA 10/30/2013 9:29AM

    Great plan. I will "join" you for those lunch walks. I had been doing them as soon as the weather got cooler and the last couple days let it slide.
You gave me my motivation back to get out there.

See you at lunch!
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THEIS58 10/30/2013 7:43AM

    great plan

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The universe is telling me something

Monday, October 28, 2013

Take perfection and throw it out the window. There's always something you can make better or do differently strive to IMPROVE, not attain the impossible.


Remember you will not always win.
Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat.
But there is, in this case, always tomorrow -
after you have done your best to achieve success today.
- Maxwell Maltz

Funny yesterday I was so upset with myself and my journey. This morning as i'm checking my email's all this comes at me. It was like someone upstairs was saying "don't give up on you" So i'm not going to. I will find my happy place in this journey. It may not be today or this week but I will succeed at this one day. I only can take this one step, meal, day at a time. It is up to me whether I succeed or fail.

I think i'm going to do just that.

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DARLENEK04 10/28/2013 7:42PM

  Good for you Michelle, you are a winner for sure...

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KENDRACARROLL 10/28/2013 6:55PM

    Nice change in attitude!
If you eat right and you exercise right, and you know you do, then the scale will budge eventually. Keep going, girl, and keep the faith.

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NELLJONES 10/28/2013 8:21AM

    Progress not Perfection. One Day At A Time. All those little sayings sound so trite, but they are true.

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FEMISLIM 10/28/2013 8:20AM

    Great, keep going strong!!!

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SLIMPAM23 10/28/2013 8:08AM

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Keep the attitude positive. It may not help you lose weight - but it'll make you feel better!!

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VKKESU 10/28/2013 7:52AM

    And that is what it takes to get where you want to be !! The people who win are the ones who were able to pick themselves up time and time again.

As long as we all take those steps to improve we can not be disappointed. Keep going with this attitude and you'll be surprised how much better the world is !


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HAPPYMENOW58 10/28/2013 7:21AM

    Very well said! I was feeling the same way today...So reading your blog really helped..Thank you.....Perfection is just an illusion.......I need to keep chanting this! Hope you have a super day today.....Stay strong. Happy Sparking. emoticon emoticon

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 10/28/2013 7:21AM

    How many times have we heard, ''Persistence's not Perfection." We both know everyday is not going to be a great one. As my friend Sally would say, ''those dust bunnies get in the way." Celebrate the good days and just work on those that are not so good. We are so worth it.
Big Hugs,
Joan

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The scales are not my FRIEND

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Instead of thinking of your body as the enemy, think of it as your best friend.

Denise

Easier said most days than others. Today I feel like it is the enemy. Though I know I did great this week and moved more, I don't want to hear it is muscle. I have so far to go and as of yet i'm not getting anywhere with this weight loss thing. Call it what you will healthy lifestyle, diet, stress....it all adds up to the same thing in my world right now. Work and work and see no loss just gains and more gains. I try, lord knows I do, I eat right and I've bought the Spark activity counter. I even have walked two days at lunch this week along with the normal routine. Did it help??? Can't prove it by me by the scales. I know I'm not suppose to only use the scales so I measure each month also. The numbers changed here and there but ultimately the total stayed the same. So what does that mean? Means the fat just shifted. Nothing exciting about that. So hum what will I do about this? Work harder, eat less, scream? Mostly cry because hell I already can't fit into my clothes, so what is one more downer.

emoticon I'm sorry I don't want to bring any of you down. I'm just feeling at a loss right now and don't really know what to do about it. I could keep going, or I could quit. Really those are the options. So now I need to take time and decide what it is I want out of this journey. Because to be honest i'm not finding it and i'm just getting more and more upset with my body. I already don't like myself much and here it is just fighting me every step of the way.



I guess this is my answer. I have to not give up on myself.

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DONNELDA22 10/31/2013 8:34AM

    The Scale is not my friend also so I sympathize with you. Better days ahead. emoticon

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TUPPERWARE1 10/28/2013 8:40AM

    Keep at it.I have been at it a long time and ready to scream myself.I live with two full time pizza eaters.lol.Keeping the food diary/tracker is the key for me.Look at salt intake.
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CAKAROO 10/28/2013 6:19AM

    don't give up!! You can succeed!

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ARW715 10/27/2013 10:33PM

    One day on the scales does not weigh all the benefits you are getting for leading a healthier life. You can do this. The only option is to ignore the setback and go on.

(((HUGS))) Hope you have a better tomorrow.

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