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my weigh in

Friday, September 18, 2009

good morning to all my spark friends. first off let my start by saying i'm up almost half a pound this week but down one inch. so it evens out somewhere. i'm not upset, heck no, this is wonderful. just because the scales say one thing and the tape says another is fine with me. i'm feeling good, i'm running, i'm eating right(most of the time) and i make much better choices than i did nine months ago.

nine months i've been on spark and all i wanted to lose was 33lbs. i'm still trying to lose that weight but now i only have 16.4 lbs to go. so i'm about half way. half way in nine months is a bit much for anyone, but i'm taking it slow, enjoying the scenery and the ride along the way.

so next time your thinking man i should be farther by now, stop, you have already surpassed most of your dreams at this point. some of us start off fast and end really quick, or just end, or better yet, we continue slow and steady and don't give up. that is me. i'm slow and steady but i won't give in or up. this is a challenge daily for me and old habits, but when i choose the good over the bad, get up at 5:30 to get in my walk before work, i've already won most of the battles and with this kind of power i can win this war.

god bless you all and have a wonderful spark day. michelle.

  
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TERESA6262 9/20/2009 6:15PM

    Thanks again! :)
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YATMAMA 9/18/2009 7:00PM

    Good for you! *APPLAUSE*

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IUHRYTR 9/18/2009 2:59PM

    Yesterday was a drastic overeating day for me while I felt full but hungry all day and then felt miserable for giving in. But today is a new beginning and reading positive blogs such as yours has motivated me to restart my weight loss journey. Thank you.

Lou

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MAMONTOYA 9/18/2009 12:48PM

    Good for you. This is not a test of perfection. Making healthy choices is part of it, but not all of it. Some days we have have good days, some better and some great. We just go with the flow and keep moving forward. Time is irrelevant in some situations. Your motivation is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the great work. I'm rooting for you.



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PVILLELADY 9/18/2009 9:18AM

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Great blog, GREAT ATTITUDE!!

You're making TERRIFIC progress--slow and steady wins the race!

Keep up the hard work, and you'll be at your goal in no time at all!

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Diane

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thank you spark and friends

Sunday, September 13, 2009

emoticon emoticon i want to start by saying thank you to all friends and spark. i probably would of quit a long time ago but for the encouragement, challenges, messages, and just this site in general. i have always felt you get out of this site what you put into it and i've gotten out much more it seems than i put it. at least that is how it feels somedays.

i had a doctors appointment yesterday morning and he was in awe....yes awe of me...his first comment when he came into the room and looked at my chart was that i had lost even more weight. (i last saw him six months ago). i also was taken off my sleeping meds as i now sleep fine without them. it must be the exercise and healthy living i have been into. my blood pressure was awesome. (my word for the day). my doctor was so proud and it made my chest swell with pride. his nurse even asked me if i was taking diet pills. i just laughed a bit and said no, i'm doing it the old fashioned way, diet and exercise.

where i'm going with all this is that for the first time since starting this journey my doctor actually took notice. and guys that was well worth the falls i've taken, the extra bites i may have taken on occasion and then condemned myself for, the exercise i had to force myself to step outside to get and most of all the total change in my lifestyle.

so if you sometimes wonder if all this is worth it.... i must tell ya YESSSSSSSS. very much so.

next i would love to get off another med of mine. that is the ultimate goal of mine. i told my doctor i would be happy to reach goal. he even said the med i want off of usually causes weight gain in people. so those on meds, don't give up. you can win the battle of wills.

i will end my ramblings now and get on with some spark point gathering. i live for those numbers to go down also. shows i'm doing all i can do to get where i want to be. bless all my spark friends old and new and bless this site. anything in this world we want can be ours if we just reach for it. michelle.

  
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TERESA6262 9/20/2009 6:13PM

    Michelle,
You're so AWESOME (it's your word, but I MEAN IT!) and inspirational! Inspiration is just what I need right now. Thanks for sharing your thoughts once again. I always leave your blogs inspired.
TTYL, Sis!

Grandma Teresa

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YATMAMA 9/13/2009 10:12PM

    I rejoice with you!! That is SO awesome. My doctor had such a great reaction to my weight loss and my better numbers all the way around. He just kept hugging me and telling me how proud he was of me. That felt SO good!! Accomplishment feels WONDERFUL. I am so proud fo you!!! *huggggggggggggggggs*

Missy

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PVILLELADY 9/13/2009 7:17PM

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What WONDERFUL news that all your hard work is paying off! How great is that, that your DOCTOR is impressed with your results so far. I am soooo proud for you! We didn't do it--YOU DID!! Way to go!

Keep up the FANTASTIC job--just imagine the reaction you'll get from your doctor the next time you go! Don't forget to spread the spark, and give your doctor the spark info!

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my weekly weigh in:

Friday, September 11, 2009

well i'm down a bit, not much mind you a bit.... i'm down .2. i just am thankful i wasn't up. i'm on this journey for me and each step i take in the right direction is one step closer to my goal. so as i have said before baby steps are what it takes to get there and as my loss this week shows, all good things will come to us just in baby steps. i want to thank all my spark friends old and new for their help on this journey. you guys make each day a blessed one. as i sit with my cup of coffee and read my spark mail and collect points each morning i look forward to what each has to share and what i can learn from each. we have taught each other so much and i will continue to sip my coffee with each of you each morning. god bless you all. michelle.

  
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MAMONTOYA 9/11/2009 1:07PM

    2 # is 2 #. Be proud of that. Keep up the great work.

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PVILLELADY 9/11/2009 10:18AM

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A loss is a loss is a LOSS! You GO, girl! GREAT attitude... keep up the hard work!

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Diane

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1HLTHYCHICK 9/11/2009 9:34AM

    emoticon I love your attitude! Your blog post this morning is just what I need to keep going- thank you! Keep up the good work and congrats on your loss this week!

Teresa

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last chance day!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

here i sit the day before a weigh in. i'm feeling confident that i did all i could do this week. my food was great, i'm going to go over my exercise, and i'm feeling smug. of course we all know what that could mean. yes, guys stay the same or worse, for some unknown reason gain. so the scales will tell the tale. at least on that front. but as i say again, i'm feeling confident. so if no change on scales, oh well no change.

well i have to be off to the dmv. i have let my license expire. old age getting the best of me. four years is a long time. i need to keep better track of this kind of stuff. i'm also heading to the grocery store to stock up for the next week. so till next time. just rember one step at a time in all things. we will get there.

  
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CHERYLRG 9/10/2009 12:41PM

    Also, don't psych yourself out! You may be pleasantly suprised with your weighin, and if not, you still know you did an amazing job. Keep it up!

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TITUS2WMN 9/10/2009 11:33AM

    Hi Michelle,

After my first month at Curves, it was time to weigh in and take my measurements. I had consistently kept my calories on the low end of my range and had been exercising for the first time in forever. I expected to see some big numbers...at least 10 pounds. When the scale said just a couple of pounds, I almost had a stroke! I was so upset!! If that was all I had to measure my month's efforts, I may have given up.

Fortunately for me, they do a whole lot more measuring than just on the scale at Curves. They measured my body and the percentage of actual fat that I lost. If I remember correctly, I lost over 6 inches and 6.55 pounds of body fat, but I gained muscle which weighs more than fat.

I've learned that the scale is not the most reliable source to see how you are doing. I really do hope the numbers show up to validate all of the work you have done, but if they don't, be encouraged. You are doing awesome and it will show on your body!!

:o) Christine

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PVILLELADY 9/10/2009 11:07AM

    Don't forget--even if there's no movement on the scale, I'll bet you've lost inches!! Sometimes that's the better way to measure your progress. Bet you'll see a change either way!

Keep working hard!!

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update on progress

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

so far so good. i'm still on track. got a good workout this morning with walk/jog. i'm going farther with the jog now and that feels great. my goal is to just jog but baby steps in all things. my challenge is still holding me accountable for food intake and exercise so i'm going to stick with it. and heck i've met a wonderful person along the way. we can never have too many friends. so have a blessed day all and remember.....we can get there from here. we just have to give it all weve got and then some.

  
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YATMAMA 9/8/2009 11:55PM

    You are in the groooooooooove now, sister! Isn't it empowering to be calling the shots now? *happydance* I applaude you!

*huggggggggggggs*
R>Missy

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IUHRYTR 9/8/2009 10:34AM

    Congratulations. Keep up the good effort. -- Lou

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