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Knowing what we want!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

This quote is so true to spark. We must choose our path, if we should just start out on our own we could end up anywhere. I myself choose spark. This site is awesome. I have learned so much and continue to learn daily. I have met so many wonderful people and friends.

Christine, Diane, Ramona fay, Teresa, you have been my building blocks this year. I want to thank Missy, Henry, and all my I can do all things through christ team members for always haveing a wonderful word to give. Beamish, you are awesome. You always pick me up when i'm down and lift me up with words of hope and your faith is unyielding.

I know there are many more out there that i could thank but this isn't the grammy's so i will quit. But really I look forward to each and everyone of your blogs, notes, comments. But most of all thank you for just being you.

I know what i want. I want to reach my goal weight in this next year. With my spark friends help and prayers I know we all can master some part of that. So i'm off to begin my new phase in my health. god bless you all...michelle.

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PVILLELADY 12/6/2009 9:51AM

    Michelle, you do more than your fair share to inspire US, as well! Together we can accomplish all that the Good Lord has planned for us! You are a shining light... don't ever underestimate how good of an example you are to others!!

I just know that come springtime, you, Ramona, and I will be running a 5K together, so keep bugging me to get out there and just do it!


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BEAMISH7 12/6/2009 8:16AM

    What a lovely surprise this blog was....thank you for your kind words Michelle and wise thoughts. The feeling is mutual.

You are right, you know. It is when I loose sight of what I REALLY want - health, wellness, and fitness - that I seek out those instant gratification wants (mashed potatoes with lots of gravy comes to mind).

Your blog is a good reminder.
Thanks, toots!

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getting back on plan

Saturday, December 05, 2009

today i vow to get back on plan. i weigh in tomorrow and then i'm going to head into a new week with new possibilities. i'm staying away from chips, choc, and the likes. meaning i wll not buy them to have in the house as this leads to eating triggers i don't want or need.

now with this sparkversary is almost here. i'm down 10 pounds for the year. not a great accomplishment to many, but a larg hurdle for me. this weigh loss in a year means i kept the weight off that i did loose. i have lost, gained, and held sometimes the same weight twice this year. but i'm ready for the next level of fitness......i would love to see a goal reached this coming year. time will tell.

good luck to my spark friends in this next coming all inspire me to continue.

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THINWITHIN18 12/5/2009 7:24PM

    I read on another woman's blog that she had lost 2 lbs; it doesn't sound like much, but her hubby reminded her that, if she does it annually for 10 years, it's 20 lbs. Twenty pounds!!!And that would be a huge benefit to a person's health and wellbeing. So, the moral of my comment is that your 10 lb is amazing! You call it a large hurdle and I agree! Congratulations on a job well done and best wishes for the coming year. emoticon

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Our future is in our hands

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

First create a great dream for your future. Then create concrete plans. Finally, take action and persevere.

this quote is for our new year. we have to have concrete plans for this journey or we will end up where we have always been. this day and all through this month let's try to plan. plan meals, snacks, exercise, relaxation time. but most of all let's plan for our future as healthy individuals.

let's imagine a world where we won't have to take pills for depression, heart, diabetes, anxiety. we can have all this with just a bit of planning. diet and exercise is key to living a healty lifestyle. the few minutes it takes us to prepare for the coming week is the difference between living a full life today or short changing us tomorrow.

i for one am ready to plan and succeed. i have takend this one step at a time. i have gotten upset, overeaten at many functions, gotten less then perfect sleep. but this day i am taking control of my future. afterall it is up to me to succeed or fail and i choose succeeding.

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THE_JULES1 12/2/2009 9:49AM

    Great quote and a great post!

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BELTONWALKER67 12/2/2009 7:58AM

    Very good post and a great reminder for all. emoticon

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BEAMISH7 12/2/2009 7:56AM

    This was the perfect timing for me to read your words and take them to heart. You are so right that it just takes a little bit of time to plan ahead for the week...and it makes all the difference.
And how wonderful to know, absoultely know, that Jesus the Christ is there to guide us through the rough spots.
Thanks for your post.

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RITAROSE 12/2/2009 7:12AM

  I wrote down your quote. It's a good one to remember. December is a difficult month to persevere, we all need to hear a pep talk now and then, so THANK YOU for posting such a good one! emoticon

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challenges of the coming month

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter, but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

this is so true in life and on spark. we encounter many challenges daily with trying to live the healthy lifestyle. some brought on by us and some from the world at large. it is how we repond to certain challenges that decide if we will succeed or fail. that has never been truer then in this month alone.

we will face many challenges this month, candy, cookies, parties, gifts of chocolates, offiec festivites. how we take each head on is going to mean the difference of winning this month or not.

so lets decide here and now how we shall handle the powers that be. we can come out ahead this month all we have to do is have faith in our abilities as well as prepare for the days and weeks ahead.

good luck to each and every one of us this coming month. i for one am going to give it all i've got.

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BELTONWALKER67 12/1/2009 2:40PM

    Great Blog & Great Inspiration to stay on track! Happy Sparking!

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AWYEAGLE 12/1/2009 1:13PM

    Way to go. What a great attitude to propel you into the new year. I think I'll join you!

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    Me too..Portion size and gotta keep up with my exercise, even if it is only 30 mins at least it is something..Not going to blow it now..I say to myself I can get that food anytime. It is easy to say but I will make it happen!!!
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IUHRYTR 12/1/2009 7:56AM

    emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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GABBIE00 12/1/2009 7:39AM

    christmas day and the after is the 2 days I'm worry about.Gonna do my best not to over eat.

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PVILLELADY 12/1/2009 7:31AM

    That's the spirit, girlfriend! I LOVE that 'tude!! You're gonna come out a winner at the end of this month!


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i'm succeeding

Sunday, November 29, 2009

emoticonas i sit here i have yet to weigh in this morning. i 'm still having coffee and trying to open my eyes fully. i really have decided that no matter what the scales should say i am succeeding. i'm getting ahead in this battle and i intend to stay there. i divided all my leftovers from thanksgiving, i measured out servings and put them in individual bowls and froze, and i bought a new workout suit. spark says if i have a new outfit to workout in i will want to get out there. i'm givng it a try. i have been slowing down on my walks this fall. when the cold hits i stay inside. but i have no excuse today, i bought gloves, ear wraps, and my suit. i promised my babies we would go and now i have to come through if not for me for them. my dogs love the walk and i have short changed my workout buddies as well as myself. so i'm getting up and getting moving. there is always next weeks weigh in and the next. i have to keep looking forward. we can't go back and i have to live for this moment. this moment says to me get up and get moving. so to my spark friends i is a fresh new day, let;s give it heck. emoticon

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CINDYHOUGHTON 11/30/2009 10:16AM

    You have the right attitude. Wow I am proud of you for measuring, weighing and freezing. Now that's thinking ahead for you success!

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PVILLELADY 11/29/2009 8:18AM

    Michelle, you're a winner no matter what the scale says! WoooHoooooooo, you GO, girl!!


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JHADZHIA 11/29/2009 8:06AM

    Nothing like those sad doggy eyes staring at you, wanting to go out, to make you move. You owe it to them and yourself to get moving in any way you can! Enjoy your new clothes!
Well done with your turkey day!
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MYSPARKS7 11/29/2009 7:57AM

    You've got me pumped. emoticon

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