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Friday, January 22, 2010

Society may predict, but only I can determine my destiny." -Clair Oliver

Ok, yesterday was almost a bust. exercise wise anyhow. I had a hair appointment in the early morning and after bootcamp it was straight to the showers. Then i had errands, then off to work. by the time i got home it was 7:30 and i was in no mood to exercise. thank goodness for the breaks at work to get in some movement.

why is it we have days like that? The ones where you feel like all your hard work is going out the window? the ones where we question is this really the path i want to take? Because we all know it would be so much easier to just lay back and let life take over. Now i'll be the first to tell ya i'm a relativly lazy person and if i wasn't set on this goal,.....well you know what would happen. Life. But we are in control of ourselves. we make the decisions, the efforts, the glory.

i have to wonder does one day make or break us? heck no. I did realize yesterday that i felt bad that my routine was shook up. even my cheat days aren't really cheat days, yeah i have one more serving of a favorite, but really, i don't sit back with chips, chocolate, soda, icecream and indulge. truth be told i don't crave that stuff very often and even this pms month i didn;'t crave sweets at all. I think once you get your body used to the good stuff it really doesn't care about the rest.

so lets give this day heck. i plan on it. i felt so bad yesterday that this morning i will be heading out for a run and just let myself fly for a while. have a spark kinda day today all.
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EVVYSBABY 1/26/2010 1:18PM

    Thanks again for making me think about my bad days. You are an inspiration!

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JUNEBUG1944 1/24/2010 11:21AM

    After a bad day, it seems a good day is much easier! Glad you don't give up when the bad one occurs. emoticon

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DKAB55 1/22/2010 3:10PM

    Great attitude! You're determined to be successful and achieve your goals. I think you were agitated that you didn't feel like working out speaks volumes...exercise has become a way of life...Your new wonderful healthy fun filled life!

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IUHRYTR 1/22/2010 2:32PM

    One stumble does not offset all of the good we've done. One meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time. -- Lou

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JMORSE30 1/22/2010 12:36PM

    I had the same kind of day yesterday. Thanks for the reminder that one day doesn't break us and that one extra serving isn't as bad as we used to do.

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THE_JULES1 1/22/2010 9:34AM

    Sometimes you just gotta shrug it off and go on.
Hope your day is Spark Filled!

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ITSABOUTME2407 1/22/2010 9:01AM

    how right u are it is so much easier to just let life happen....yeah we are always at choice minute at a time emoticonthis has been a good way to start my day emoticonthanks for sharing emoticonhave a great week end ..trish

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PATRISNA 1/22/2010 8:27AM

    Have a great weekend!

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NANC304 1/22/2010 7:07AM

    I've skipped my workout yesterday and haven't done one yet today. I'll make sure to workout tonight after work. Thanks for the inspiration!

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NUTRON3 1/22/2010 6:38AM

    Have a great day!

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quick blog

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

JUst a quick note to let you and me know i'm doing great. Still doing the bootcamp and that is getting easier with each day. I also think i may keep this up for a bit. I will change the videos up but getting in strength daily is keeping me focused. I also enjoy the 30 minutes of cardio. Now that the weather has broke for a bit i'm out walking and running once again with my furry friends. I think they enjoy it almost if not more than me. But the fresh air each morning is keeping me sane throughout the day.

well guys, i must confess i did have two, count them two hot dogs with rolls last night for supper. Now i must also say i'm doing fine and one day is not going to make or break me, but when i figured the ww points for this i almost fainted. 8 guys, 8 is like 400 calories just for the darn hot dogs and buns, that isn't counting the fries i had. But alas i counted each bite and i'm stll good for my points for the week. Of course you all know today i'm back on track. I will treat one meal a week but then i have to get back to eating right or i just feel crummy. I've gotten so used to good for you foods that the others just don't do it for me anymore.

so till tomorrow i want to wish all good luck on this journey. don't let one meal or day break you for the rest of your tomorrows. just because you didn't ;get out and exercise today doesn't mean you can't tomorrow. emoticon

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EVVYSBABY 1/20/2010 6:24PM

    Way to stay in there! It's awesome that you are so level about it all. You are doing great!

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THE_JULES1 1/20/2010 12:49PM

    It is so funny you mention that. My hubby asked for hot dogs last night! I looked at him and said do you know how much sodium is in those things. But it did start the cravings. We did not have them, but I am still dreaming! emoticon emoticon

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MCMPOOH43 1/20/2010 12:28PM

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BUSSMOM 1/20/2010 11:29AM

  You are so right. One meal is just one meal and should not wreck your week.

Plus, I think sometimes you just have to have a hot dog! I like hot dogs and don't eat them much, so when I do, I enjoy each bite as if it were my first!

Congrats for staying within your points and sticking to your program.


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IUHRYTR 1/20/2010 10:54AM

    One meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time. Keep up the good attitude. -- Lou

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Knowing we can

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Yes you can! Believe in your vision. Believe in your goals. Believe in your plan. More than anything else, believe in yourself.

Knowing you can is so much more difficult then thinking you can. We are here, we are doing something concrete with ourselves and our goals. For some of us this is life or death, for others health, and still some vanity. No matter what your reasons, mine are vanity and health, we are here making the difference. I heard a friend yesterday say she took a fluid pill and dropped six pounds. To her this is the way to go. I want forever, not today.

I was asked when i thought i would reach my goal weight by a friend, I told her could be a year from now. I'm in this for the long haul. Not the instant gratification. Yes i'm close to goal, about 13-15 pounds depending on which weight i choose in the end. But that is just it, it is taking a bit to come off and it is staying off.

So spark friends, knowing we can is half the battle. Doing it is never easy, but what in this life that is worth having is. As we take this journey one step at a time, let's not get upset over the small losses, the scale that doesn't move for a bit. Hey in the scheme of things that is awesome. The scales are coming down, and when they don't move you have learned to hold your own. Looking at the positive is what is going to get you to the finish line healthy and sane. God bless my friends here on spark. you make my days full. michelle. emoticon

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MCMPOOH43 1/19/2010 11:24PM


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JUNEBUG1944 1/19/2010 8:24PM

    Hey, any little bit helps. Any loss is better than a gain! Yes, we have to believe in ourselves to succeed!

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JALENMAC 1/19/2010 6:36PM

    This is emoticonThanks for sharing these wonderful words of encouragement!

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MICIASHAKIRA 1/19/2010 5:05PM

    great encouragement!

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THE_JULES1 1/19/2010 1:27PM

    emoticonYou are awesome!

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IUHRYTR 1/19/2010 10:50AM

    All very true indeed. Thanks for a positive message. -- Lou

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PATRISNA 1/19/2010 10:36AM

I like the last paragraph the best. You are right on the money with this blog.

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Down another .4

Sunday, January 17, 2010

emoticonThe verdict is in i'm down another .4 this week. I'll take it. That is about a half pound in english and one more step to getting closer to goal. So to all my spark friends, look at small moves on the scales the same as you would a giant leap. Each small step is just a move in the right direction, and heading in the right direction is where we all want to go.

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UNEEK39 1/17/2010 4:16PM

    Congrats, I hope come tomorrow morning I will be sharing the same good news. emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 1/17/2010 9:30AM

    Good for you. A loss is better than staying the same or gaining! Isn't it pathetic how easy it is to gain weight and how hard to lose? It just isn't fair! Keep on doing what you're's working!

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IUHRYTR 1/17/2010 9:26AM

    You're right that in the weight loss game that down any amount is a winner. -- Lou

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Have attitude: will succeed

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Attitude is Everything.
- Anonymous

The old addage attitude is everything is so true in our journey. If we come at this thing with attitude and head in the direction we are meant to go, shoot the battle is half won.l

I have attitude about a lot of things in my life. My children, my husband, my lord, and last on my list is me. I have always put myself last. Not this time around. I have taken the first steps to a new healthy lifestyle and i'm sitting in the drivers seat. No more doing for others and leaving nothing for Michelle. Now Michelle is takeing control and leaving all the nonesense behind.

My journey started out terrific, I had a buddy in this and we compared notes, weigh ins, exercises......well we all know what happened to that.....i'm still here and she...............well isn't. But I didn't let that stop me, nor did I give in. I kept trudging along. I still give her an update even if she really could care less, I care. I care about my progress and I want her to see that she could be back on this walk with me. But alas we can't force or push anyone to do what we want. So I just wait, I figure once I reach my goals on this journey she will get the lightbulb effect and wake up to what is really in her best interest.

Now I want you all to know I have been blessed on this journey, I have met new friends who do share my goals and attiude about getting healthy. I can tell my accomplishments, failures, and woohoo moments. I think that is one of the most beautiful things spark gives us, motivators.

So to my spark friends out there......thank you...While on this journey you need attitude you also needs friends to pick you up when you fall, and you will fall, friends to cheer for you, cry for you and pray for you.

So I will end this blog on this note: have attitude where health is concerned. No one can get us to our goals but us. So lets give it all weve got and then some.

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EVVYSBABY 1/14/2010 11:57AM

    I am proud to consider you my friend and I love your attitude! You inspire me (and we have the same 1st name). Thank you for being my friend with a great attitude - think of me walking beside you thru this journey!

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THE_JULES1 1/14/2010 10:38AM

    You are so exactly right. Excellent and needed!

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JUNEBUG1944 1/14/2010 8:38AM

    Attitude can make you win or lose at this life changing event. You hit the nail on the head.

When we dance at Zumba, our Puerto Rican teacher will say, do this with attitude! I know exactly what she means. Strut your stuff...well, we all need to "Strut our stuff" for ourselves in our quest for healthy living!

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IUHRYTR 1/14/2010 6:21AM

    So well said. -- Lou

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NANC304 1/14/2010 6:13AM

    What a great attitude to have. One friend may have fallen off the wagon, but you have lots of friends here to encourage you and celebrate with you. I'm glad you put yourself first. More of us need to do that.

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