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new week: down a pound

Sunday, November 15, 2009

emoticonwell i'm down a pound. yippy. of course that isn't about what i gained on vacation but it gives me the incentive i need to keep up the pace. one week of bad does not undo a year of good. this is a tough lesson for me to learn. i'm one of those that thinks if i mess up now i may as well finish it, off that is.

so back to basics...measuring, counting and moving. it will all work for the good of my new life style. i hope anyhow. i can and will do this with my spark friends help and my own determination. in this world i may not have much but i have drive.

so till next time keep sparking guys, it does work. emoticon

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LINDA25427 11/16/2009 12:02AM

    Keep focusing you are doing great. . I have learnt a great lesson I might not always be able to control my actions but I won't let my actions control me . When I fall off track I will get right back on no mater how many times it happens sooner or later I will learn my lesson and stop repeating it .
Congratulations on the 1 lb gone forever . Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon

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YATMAMA 11/15/2009 9:20PM

    That's GREAT! Going in the right direction!!

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IUHRYTR 11/15/2009 4:26PM

    One down is better than one up, right? emoticon -- Lou

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a quote to share

Saturday, November 14, 2009

got this in my email and thought it fit for spark:

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
- Thomas Jefferson

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

First ask why the task is on your to-do list. When possible, discard those items to which you are not truly committed. For the tasks which do speak to the longings of your own heart, begin now, today, this moment.

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YATMAMA 11/14/2009 3:08PM

    I like this!!!

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BENDER7 11/14/2009 8:27AM

    Good quotes emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/14/2009 8:09AM

    "Do it now" has made life easier for me when I follow that advice. -- Lou

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PEDAL-PUSHER 11/14/2009 7:08AM

    I love quotes.......I subbscribe to that newsletter alo. emoticon

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day 2 of back to spark

Friday, November 13, 2009

emoticoni can say i stuck to bacis yesterday and i'm feeling good. now the scales this morning are going to tell a very different story i'm sure. but i can't turn back the hands of time so i can only pick up and start fresh.

i stuck to my calories, and even though i didn't walk in the basic sence of the word, i did get housework, and gardening down. which may i add is very worth the effort in terms of calories burned. so i say it was a great way to get in my exercise away from the norm.

so today i'm off to get in a good walk. my walking buddies, my dogs, are not happy with the way i have been leading the team. we haven't walked in a bit and they are getting antsy. today is their day and i'm heading out for a long stride with them. i need it as much as they do. they hold me accountable and keep me on track. they say to have a buddy to exercise with that will keep you moving. that is where they come in. believe me they let me know it is time to get out and move. lol.

so today i'm once again getting back to basics. i have a few days of bingeing to take care of. so a good old fashioned walk, good food, and good company is just what is needed. to my spark friends who read this may i add.............thank you for everything you say and do for me. when i'm down, and i know that has been a lot lately, you lift me up. when i fall, you dust off my backside and get me moving. so i say, god bless you all. you are my inspirations, my push i need, my everything.

so i say keep sparking...this site is awesome. michelle.

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TITUS2WMN 11/14/2009 1:22AM

    Hi Michelle,

Good for you on getting back to basics!! I hope to be right behind you!!

:o) Christine

PS - My three doggies are not happy with their lack of exercise either!!

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YATMAMA 11/13/2009 11:50PM

    Success doesn't mean never failing. It means getting back up and moving forward when you do. Bravo, my friend!!!



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SWEETCFO 11/13/2009 9:51AM

    You are an inspiration to us all. We have to remember to put one foot in front of the other and each moment is a decision for us to figure out if we should make a good choice or bad choice. I have 3 shepherds. One is a puppy. They too hold me accountable. I'm hoping to be able to take my boy out for a run this weekend. Good luck to you. Stand strong!! It will pay off soon. emoticon

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GABBIE00 11/13/2009 8:10AM

    The last 2 days has been pretty bad for me too.I done pretty good on the calories(didn't go SP no#but I did my)but the walking I really done bad.between 11/2-21/2 miles a day.but I will get back on track like you.we will and can do this.keep the good work up. emoticon

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PVILLELADY 11/13/2009 7:47AM

    You GO, Michelle! Getting back to the basics is just what we need to do!!


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getting back to spark!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

emoticonok i'm back from vacation, which i may add was wonderful. i drove myself to clearwater, all alone. it was wonderful. first trip i have ever done on my own. another first for my improvements. i'm not afraid of going it alone. that statement is about my walk with health, and my walk in this world.

i have not been so good about the weight issues this past few days. in fact i feel huge. i haven't gotten on the scales yet. i'm a bit worried about that. weigh in is friday for me and i must say i'm not looking forward to it. i stayed the same last week, yet again, this week i see a gain in my future. but i'm ok with this. i'm ready, more than ready, to get back to basics and get on track. i have a goal to reach and i'm not getting there from here. i did learn while talking to my mom this last few days i'm not eating enough. i have been doing ww and i was so worried about the points that i stayed low. not good. i have been eating about five points less then i should be. that is about 250 calories in english and that is why the scales were going nowhere.

well now i'm ready. i hit the grocery store on my way home yesterday, i have fruit, veggies, and lean meats. i'm ready. so i will post as i go as that is another area i have been slacking in. i have to hold me accountable to me. and i haven't been doing that. i say i want to get there but i have to be willing to do what is needed to get there from here. so enough of this crap, i'm ready.

i did get in my exercise on my vacation. that was a plus. i needed it with all the crap i ate. i made bad choices and i will have to hold me accountable to me for that. so when i get up and get on the scales tomorrow i will just have to take a deep breath, and then step on and not cry, yell, jump up and down. i did this to me. and i have to fix me. so hopefully the next time i blog i will have good news about my journey.

till next time. keep sparking and don't give up the faith. in yourself that is, we all need to trust ourselves more.god first, us second. michelle. emoticon

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YATMAMA 11/12/2009 7:07PM

    Welcome home!! It's good to have you back home. I have missed you. It sounds like you had a good visit. I'm so proud of you for your independence and your confidence in that independence. Yay YOU! Letting your hair down to enjoy vacation isn't a bad thing. If you regained a pound or two, you'll get it back off in no time. The accountability of the trackers really holds my feet to the fire. I cannot do it without that measure of personal responsibility firmly in place. I applaud you for tackling that head on. Watch out fat! Here we come!!!

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BELTONWALKER67 11/12/2009 8:52AM

    Welcome Home! You will do fine. Sounds like you got the exercise in and on the way back to healthy eating. We all need a break now & then and you made lots of new memories with your family. Happy Sparking.

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MAXBALLARD 11/12/2009 8:14AM

    You're going to do great after this little break! I've found that weight I put on during a trip comes off super fast if I get back on track the minute I return home. So, I know you will too!
Drink lots of water today and enjoy those veggies.

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IUHRYTR 11/12/2009 7:57AM

    With your positive attitude you'll be back on track soon. Be well. -- Lou

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PVILLELADY 11/12/2009 7:20AM

    No worries... you had a GREAT time with your folks and that's what is important in the long run. Although you might not have eaten the way you planned (and it sounds like you need to eat MORE), you got in your exercise--that's the opposite of what most people do on vacation!! Now that you know you need to eat more, you might find yourself dropping the weight; remember, you have to EAT to lose weight.

I say you did a TERRIFIC job while you were gone! Don't beat yourself up over a number on the scale...


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BEAMISH7 11/12/2009 6:55AM

    Sounds to me like your head is in just the right place. Please feel no guilt for what is behind you. It is what it is. Rather, continue to look ahead. You are doing great and this was an awesome blog.

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SPECLLDY 11/12/2009 6:36AM

  Everyone needs a break from time to time. You may be pleasantly surprised when you get on the scale, and if you did gain a pound or two, you're getting back on track and it's time to move forward and recoup.

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is it worth the wait!!!!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

well here i sit wondering is this really worth all the hoopla? i have been good, i get in my exercise minutes, i strength train and i get on those scale and either it sits still, or i lose maybe a half pound. what gives? i know the answers to these questions i will recieve....yes it is worth it, yes don't give in. i know the true outcome is determined by me. i have to give it my all and then some. i watch the biggest loser and i often wonder how they succeed. i know with help. we don't always have the help we need. i have support at home, but i get bored. no, i don't leave my exercise the same, i change up, no i don't eat the same foods, i like to try new things and i love veggies, ground turkey, and most healthy foods. snacking is really only when i'm bored and not everyday. so what gives? have i hit my plateau again....i mean darn this is a pain. i pray on it, i study, i write down my foods, i never give in or up. then i have the moment, you know the one, where your sitting there and you wonder if all this is worth the work. do i eat the donut if i want, do i have chocolate if i need it?

i plan, i shop with a list, i do all i can. i'm not ready to throw in the towel but i could use some input here. am i the only one who feels this way? i know i can't be but sometimes it feels it. i have gotten this far but sometimes i wonder will i have the stamina it takes to get to the finish line. as of right now i would have to say no, but in a minute i will change my mind.

well i will go for now. i have to finish getting ready for work. the world doesn't stop because i'm having a bad day. so to all i say good luck on your journeys whatever they may be. may we meet at the finish lines.

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TITUS2WMN 11/5/2009 10:39AM

    Hi Michelle,

I know exactly what you are talking about. I lose as slowly as you do. It has gotten me down more than once. Been there, gave up and ate the donut, wasn't worth it!! If I was not losing weight doing all I was doing, imagine what happened when I gave up!! UGH!! I plowed on the pounds pretty quickly.

This past spring I thought it all through and decided that I was going to do all that I do - the tracking of the food, the exercise, the water, etc., because I like how I feel when I do it and I want to be healthy. If I lost weight quickly - good. If not, oh well.

I've accepted that if I keep doing what I am doing, I'll get where I want to go eventually. My motivation behind all of my effort now is to be fit and healthy. Feeling the difference in my body when I take care of it is the payoff instead of the scale. Because of this, I don't get discouraged when I don't lose for weeks at a time anymore.

Toss out that stupid old scale!! Develop a love for what you are doing and how it makes you feel. Let that be your motivation for not picking up the evil donut!!

:o) Christine

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YATMAMA 11/4/2009 3:49PM

    I guess to answer your question, I need to know how you define worth. Is your goal to make wiser choices in life or to simply lose the pounds? For me, the second is the fruit of the first. I will eat in the healthy manner I've built into my life and move mnore for the rest of my days. The payoff, for me, is knowing I'm taking personal responsibility for my actions, and that empowers me so much,.


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FURBALLDTH 11/4/2009 2:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

We all have days like that so hang in there it will pass. Your doing everything right. Maybe you have more muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat.

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