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weighin = another up week....literally

Friday, October 09, 2009

emoticonwell the votes are in......i'm up this week. not a lot but up just the same. but in a way it has given me the gumption i needed to get back to basics and get on track again. so i will give this next week heck. have a bless day. i'm off to spend the day with my daughter. michelle.

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YATMAMA 10/10/2009 12:12AM

    I'll join you in hitting it hard this next week. Put on our mean faces and GROWL at fat. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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PVILLELADY 10/9/2009 9:05AM

    Hey! No worries!! We all gain from time to time... Have you taken measurements? Bet you've lost SOMETHING somewhere!

Don't get discouraged by a number on the scale--keep up the TERRIFIC work and eventually you'll get that scale moving the right way!


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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

as i sit here reflecting on how far i have come and yet how far i have to go, i know that with a bit of determination on my part i can beat this thing. this weight wasn't put on this body over night and believe me when i say it is not coming off over night. it has taken a lot of exercise, which includes much sweat, tears, cramps and many moments of triumph. the first time i made a half mile run i thought the gods were surely smiling down on me. as i was able to turn from a donut during a meeting or sweets i really didn't need. better yet today i stuck to my grocery plan and list. that is a first. yup i write the lists, nope i don't always follow them.

today is the first step in reflecting back and i need to do that much more than i do. sometimes i get down on myself and my losses or gains as the case may be. i have to remember that along the way i have had ups, downs, and sometimes standstills. but when i remember the feeling of losing two pounds one week, or fitting into a size 6 jeans, i know that i can do this to the finish. i just have to get back that feeling of triumph and determination that i once had not so long ago.

i often wonder if after so long on the new lifestyle we don't get bored. i'm not really, i guess i just wish i could down that bag of chips on a bad day and then move on to more good days. which if i stop to reflect on that also, i do. i don't eat bad all the time just on occasions. mostly out of boredom, while reading, and so on. what i need to to change a habit and place something different in my hands while i read. keep moving when i'm bored.

so i'm off now to get ready for bed. i have to get in my sleep before another day of work. and i really need to get myself on the right track. reflecting back has let me see that i have come so far and not all of this journey has been a struggle. the new pieces of me that i have come to accept are really awesome. and i will get there from here. with the help of my prayers and steady routine i feel i can overcome most all obsticles in my way. god bless my spark friends for without your encouragement and well wishes i don't think many of us would of come this far.

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PVILLELADY 10/8/2009 4:36AM

    If it wasn't for you and my other good SP friends, I'd have quit MONTHS ago! I was never one to stick to a "diet" for very long because I would get bored, or I had no one to keep me accountable. This site is a God-send! The encouragement you give me helps push me everyday!

You've come a long way; you can look back on your progress with pride! As for the future, try not to look at "I have x-number more pounds to lose" but rather TODAY I will work on getting in my walk, etc. etc. Building on daily successes helps us reach our long-term goals!

I'm here whenever you need me!!!


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IUHRYTR 10/8/2009 2:44AM

    Such a good overcomer attitude. keep up the good effort and you WILL reach your goals. -- Lou

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good evening: or is it

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

emoticoni'm just home after a long 9 day stretch at work. i'm so tired. as i sit here finishing my salad for supper( light for late night) i'm wondering if this is going to make a bit of difference come weigh in day. no offence guys but so far i'm not doing the best i could. i try, but the devil is in the details and he is working overtime. im munching when i should be drinking water maybe, i'm overeating at meal times when really i'm not hungry much. i just don't know where to start or stop as the case may be. i say today i will do better, then the next day i'm repeating the monolog. i don't get it. i did wonderful up till this point. i'm still getting my exercise in so that isn't it. it is the daunting task of planning and thinking i believe. i don't plan and lately i'm not thinking when i put things in my mouth that should be left in the bag or on the stove. now that i have gotten some of this out of my mind and onto this computer now maybe i can move forward. any ideas would be greatly appreciated. craving stoppers, food tricks, anything will do.

thanks for taking the time to read and i hope i'm not alone out here with this. i don't think i am and i often wonder. is anyone else going through a rough patch? i just sometimes wonder if i will see my goal or if it is a pipe dream. i keep hoping im not dreaming and the reality of all this is i'm healthier, happier, and thinner than i was nine months ago. i'm just not where i would like to be. and i know the arguments about people getting there in their own time. but heck guys this time is ticking away and my pounds are going no where at this point.

thank you all for the support i have received in the past and will continue to receive in the future. bless you all my spark friends. michelle.

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YATMAMA 10/7/2009 5:29PM

    I could not function without writing down everything I eat. I know me well enough to know that I would be out of control within moments. It takes 21 days to form a habit. Try to commit to tracking everything you eat for three weeks, even when you make unwise choices. That will help establish that healthy habit into your daily routines. Never, ever, ever eat from a bag or box. READ THE LABEL! Dish out one serving and then put the container away, out of sight. Portion control and accountability are the two greatest tools I have and I thank God for them. I pray you will be able to submit your appetites to the Lord so that He can bless them and be Lord of them.

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DAWNWS1 10/7/2009 10:06AM

    I feel your pain! The scale hasn't budged in over 2 weeks and I'm doing everything "right" (for the most part!) But you are certainly more healthy than you were and you WILL reach your goals. You have to, otherwise how are we going to cheer for you when you do??? Have a good day.

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TAMI19631 10/7/2009 9:24AM

    Hi Malexander,
I read your blog and saw where you asked for some tricks/tips. I'll tell one that has seemed to help me. I know you've heard of eating off smaller plates?? Well, I went and got a set at a Walmart clearance. Just a set of cheap plastic plates. LOL They're not as small as a salad plate, but not near the size of a regular plate either. I've always been a 2nd helping kind of gal, but even if I do a 2nd helping, it's still a smaller portion. It doesn't take as much to fill a small plate up and so I eat smaller portions. Also, I am a nighttime muncher, so popcorn is my best friend. Hope this helps you some.

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PVILLELADY 10/7/2009 3:19AM


We ALL go through times like this, so you are not alone! The secret: keep on keepin' on, just like the rest of us!! This is a lifetime journey so you have plenty of time... Of course, we all want the weight off NOW, but slow and steady is the real key to permanent loss!!

We're here for ya, girlfriend!


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THINWITHIN18 10/6/2009 10:07PM

    Yes, it is the planning that leads to our successes.
No, it is not a pipe dream. We can do this.
Yes, we are all improving our health as we shed the pounds.
No, you will not fail if you stick with SparkPeople.
We're like girl scouts around a campfire, arms around each other's shoulders, singing and swaying. We stick together and we persevere and we reach our personal goals. I refuse to believe otherwise. emoticon

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quick post

Saturday, October 03, 2009

emoticonyup i'm still around. i haven't had much time lately and i have slacked on posting. my weighin this week was not the best but i'm down from 142.0 to 141.8. so a loss none the less

all is going according to plan. i have been running more and walking less. milestone for me. i'm doing about 10 miles a week as of now, and i want to increase that this coming week. mind you i don't run 10 miles weekly but the miles are the same none the less.

i will post later with more updates. wishing all a blessed day.

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YATMAMA 10/3/2009 8:08PM

    Good for you! I can't yet imagine running, but I'm loving water aerobics!! You have a BLESSED week!!



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TITUS2WMN 10/3/2009 4:59PM

    Hey, are you measuring your percentage of body fat each month?

My first month of Sparking was a complete frustration. I was tracking my calories and mostly hanging between 1200 and 1300 and working out vigorously. On weigh day, to my dismay, I discovered that I had only lost a couple of pounds. I was pretty discouraged until I had my percentage of body fat measured and found out that I had gained muscle and lost fat.

It sounds like you are really doing well with your exercise. You may be losing fat and not realizing it because you are gaining muscle.

How do your pants feel? Any looser?

You plugging along buddy,
:O) Christine
We can do it!!!

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BELTONWALKER67 10/3/2009 10:22AM

    Good Job! Missed you and glad to see you back with us! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/3/2009 8:38AM

    Nice to hear from you again. Congratulations on your progress. -- Lou

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BOOMERGIRL5 10/3/2009 8:17AM

    Keep up the great work !!!!!! try other things like how your clothes are fitting

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PVILLELADY 10/3/2009 8:09AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

A loss is a loss is a LOSS!! WooHoo!!

You're making incredible progress on your running/walking; I have no doubt you'll be able to come up to Montgomery this spring and run a 5K with RAMONAFAY and me! How's that for a FUN goal?!

Keep smiling and working hard!


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what i learned from my old dog!

Friday, September 25, 2009

emoticonthis morning as i was on my walking journey my old friend skip always lags behind. bless his heart he is old, has sugar, and is a bit over weight from way too many treats. anyhow, as we were walking this morning i looked back and he is very far behind. now on most days when this happens he just goes to the side of the road and waits for our return( we live in the country on a very quiet dirt road). anyways again, i look back and don't see him so i figure he is waiting. i run a bit with the others, we walk a bit, i turn around just to checkl......and there he is right behind me. i just had to give him a high five.

where i'm going with this is matter how far behind we may sometimes lag, the pounds we lose or gain. we can come back and catch up. with determination, and drive. i told my dog skip i wish i could be like him. and that i needed to learn a thing or two from him. i say this as i have gained a bit this week. a half pound but still a gain. but will i give up, get upset? heck no i'm ready for the next week. i say bring it on. i can bring up the rear or i can move forward and win this race. i'm chooseing winning. i write this so i can look back at sometime when i'm feeling low and see how far i have come.

i want to turn around one day and see those old pounds behind me and the thin me coming in first. good luck to you all. michelle. emoticon

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CRKRJAK 9/25/2009 7:06PM

    Thanks for sharing. i love my dog she teaches me so much.

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YATMAMA 9/25/2009 6:49PM

    Thank you for sharing this, sister. The numbers on my scale are being stubborn again, too, but I will not let it get me down at all. I know I'm doing what i need to do and I will keep doing those things. We WILL reach our goals. ^5!!

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TITUS2WMN 9/25/2009 3:55PM

    Awesome blog, Michelle!!! Very inspiring. :o) Christine

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LATVIAN_SANDY 9/25/2009 12:19PM

    Thank you! That was wonderful. To all dog lovers - WooHoo!!!

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JHADZHIA 9/25/2009 11:02AM

    Hi Michelle,
We have an old dog too, who is limping, and has bad paws. But he never gives up and is always ready to go in an instant, especially to the off leash area across the river, where we are going this morning. I don't feel well, overdid it yesterday and I have sore ankles, but if he can hobble around, so can I!
Love our dogs! They never complain, are always there for us, they are more faithful than any human could ever hope to be! Its a never-ending love fest!
I Love emoticon

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IUHRYTR 9/25/2009 9:38AM

    Dogs make great companions, don't they? You have a terrific attitude. I'm confident you will succeed. -- Lou

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GIZZI315 9/25/2009 9:30AM

    I was walking with my old dog this morning too. What impressed me about her is her excitement when she gets the opportunity to go with me - her whole body wags! Lord, help me stay motivated to giver her that pleasure everyday, and to be just as jotful about it as she is!

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