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Snow and more snow

Saturday, February 13, 2010

As I awake this morning all I see for miles and miles is white. Now some of you may say so, we see that all the time in winter. but guys i live in Greenville, alabama. This is my third snow in 14 years. And i should be saying oh what beauty, I'm from vermont, i don't like snow. i'm thinking i didn't go far enough south. lol.

now don't get me wrong, it is bright, white, and really is a site to behold. oh wait that was yesterday, today it should be gone. But alas it is still here all four inches of the stuff. You see we are not equiped to handle this mess. we don't have salt trucks, plows, or snow shoes. we have parkas, thin gloves, a broom to clear the car off with. and my husband used a dirt shovel to clear a path on the porch. they are asking that we don't go out on the roads for a bit today until the thaw.

I'm hoping today that i can get out for a walk in this beauty. the weather right now isn't too cold and i have some groceries to get and then it is me time. so maybe a walk with the dogs would be great. They are not liking this much either. so i may have to coax them out. oh well.

i'm off to a good start on my spark this morning and tomorrow starts my new week. i'm ready to give it heck and have a much better week. i want to wish all a very wonderful day. michelle.

  
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BEESPARKLE 2/13/2010 1:57PM

    I have snow all season. So I have to wait for Spring know matter what. So I do leslie Sanson video free.

http://www.walkathome.com/ Scroll down and click on the right video. Walk,walk. No ice to fall down on. No wet, ugly coldness. You get in a mile.

How great is that? She is Sunshine beside a good cup of coffee.

Gods blessings fall on the good and the bad. We just have to say. Thank you Lord. We do have choices with attitudes. emoticon


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NANC304 2/13/2010 1:17PM

    Good luck getting through your snow. Hopefully it will melt soon. We had snow here Monday and Tuesday and supposed to get more next week. Even though I live in Illinois and we're used to it, I'm still getting tired of it!

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KAILYNSTAR 2/13/2010 12:42PM

    Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow!
That's what they want in Whistler BC for the Olympics.
The joke here in Western Canada is that someone forgot to read the map and dumped the snow in the wrong place. emoticon
I have the idea that the snow that you got is very wet and heavy. Not what we get here usually. In Alberta, it is usually dry and easy to shovel. Even though it does get pretty cold here.
Good luck down there and hopefully it will melt soon.
We wish that we had the moisture up here. It is perceived to be another dry summer. Not good for the farmers.
Enjoy the winter wonderland that you get once and a while.
You have to admit that it is beautiful.
Burn some calories and make a snowman! emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/13/2010 10:53AM

    One day, one week at a time. You have great determination. Way to go. -- Lou

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New day

Friday, February 12, 2010

Well today is my new day....no more giving in or up. I have to sit down and come up with a new plan. Now I know this week is probably a bust on the scales, but such is life. There is next week and my big comeback. Well maybe not a comeback but a show for sure.

You know life sometimes gets in the way and I most of all need to come up with new ways of making it work. I do ww and for me the points system is so much easier to handle. Even though this week I may have eaten over my calories, I have to point out my good parts to me also....I ate breakfast daily, i still got in my exercise daily, i drank my water and i ate my fruits and veggies. So even though I had snacks that i shouldn't of and I had whole moments of dispare, i'm not going to let this one week in a whole year of weeks define me.

I will define myself and as such it is up to me to make this work. This isn't a test, this isn't a contest, this is a journey. And with that comes hills, curves, and flat surfaces. I'm just on a hill with a curve at the bottom thats all. This is a new day with new challenges, I feel like for the first time in many days i'm ready for those challenges.

So to all my spark friends and visitors to my recent blogs: thank you all for giving me the push and the respect i needed. you didn't kick me you lifted me up and for that i'm eternally greatful. that is one reason why i love spark and all the friends and teams i have made, and earned. god bless you all. michelle.

  
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THE_JULES1 2/12/2010 12:21PM

    Michelle,
One thing that does help me, might help you, too. I don't try to plan a whole week. I might have an idea of what I am going to do for the week. But I plan each day. I try to plan all my meals and all my exercise so I know what I have to do that day. It makes a smaller time more manageable. That way if I am off one day, it does not feel like I have ruined a whole week. Just that day.
You are so close to where you want to be. Don't let desperation set in now. Just enjoy the ride!
Julie

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/12/2010 12:07PM

    I am on a similar hill and curve. Thank you so much for sharing your struggles because you have inspired me to keep following the path. You did so many things right. Keep defining and refining yourself by the positive steps you have taken. The journey continues for all of us. Hugs from Janet in sunny central Illinois.

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IUHRYTR 2/12/2010 9:06AM

    I know it sounds like a repetitive cliche but we can only take it one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time. Hang in there. Have your snacks but log them in and try to keep within your calorie range even with them. You'll get there. -- Lou

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NWGARDENGIRL 2/12/2010 8:00AM

    I'm so glad I read your blog this morning! I've been discouraged, and it helps to read other people's challenges, so that I we don't feel alone in this. I know where I'm messing up and I just have to figure out how to get around it.Life gets in the way of goals sometimes. Today, I'm going to get those 8 glasses of water in again, and get out of work On Time, so that I can get in a walk before dark.
Have a great weekend!

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always believe

Thursday, February 11, 2010


'May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.'

It is funny after yesterdays blog this was in my email this morning. I feel like the lord is trying to tell me something. Do i believe? you bettcha!!!

this is a new day and a new beginning. i'm going to give it heck and then some. i may not reach all my goals today, but heck i have a lifetime. see ya at the finish line.

  
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PATRISNA 2/11/2010 1:03PM

    I liked that. Glad you are feeling better and happier about your progress.

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NANC304 2/11/2010 10:32AM

    I needed to hear this today. I was not in a very good mood and definitely NOT feeling positive. I was feeling very frustrated with myself, my job, and just about everything. Thanks for pointing out that I can find the peace within myself.

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IUHRYTR 2/11/2010 9:41AM

    Doesn't being positive give you a good feeling? Hang tough. One day at a time and you'll meet your goals. -- Lou

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THE_JULES1 2/11/2010 9:08AM

    I am glad to see your spirits lifted. You can and you will do finish this. We have come to far to hold anything back now!
Thanks for my goodie and the kind words! I needed them today.

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MOONWILLOW1010 2/11/2010 8:12AM

    Well there must be a reason why I read this blog today! Thank you for sharing...I believe the Lord is saying something to me as well.

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FRANKIEKNIGHT1 2/11/2010 7:37AM

    Your blog is very encouraging and makes me feel at piece inside with my self and my life. Thank you very much for the inspiration today.

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KENDALL7261 2/11/2010 7:11AM

    Very encouraging! Thank you.

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struggles:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I just finished reading my blog from Sunday and i'm sorry to say I lied not only to you all but to myself. I said this was a new week and I was going to do better....well so far I've had one good day, sunday, now it is wednesday and i'm wondering if today is the day I turn myself around. I strayed from my plan, not enough to hurt, just enough to make my question why i'm even bothering with all this.

Has anyone ever just wanted to eat what they want without the guilt that goes along with it. I mean darn if i eat chocolate i'm calculating the points (ww) factor into it, if i don't have a veggie with a meal i'm feeling like i'm forgetting something. water? that is something else all together, i count each drink. Sometimes don't you just want to have that drink because your thirsty not because you have to get in eight or ten glasses?

you see this week is not good for me on many levels, first and foremost pms, and with the the feelings, then there is the weight challenge on one of my teams, i worry each week if i'm still in it to win it or am i down to the next level of still losing. such pressure sometimes. yes, i'm still in it to win it, but i need to win this for me, not a spark goodie. but the satifaction i get from know i did all that i could do to help me.

the weather here is cold, and i don't do cold. that is bringing on the winter blues. i watched the biggest loser (my favorite show) and i cried. my husband says i won't be allowed to watch if that is how it makes me feel. it wasn't the show, it was watching them do what needed to be done and losing. losing the barriers that put them there, losing the weight, the stigma. It all works together.

we always have good blogs, blogs of wonder, blogs of humor, blogs of triumphs, well today is my blog of pity. i don't want your pity, i just want to know i'm not alone in this. i know we all are here for the same things, but are we all feeling these feelings at different points? are we all having weeks, not days, weeks, when we want to just say the heck with this? if you say no, you may be lying to yourself. lets' face it sports fans, each day is a struggle of some kind. i just want to know that this struggle is going to make me the person i so want to become.

It seems i get this far, no wait, i've never been this close before, and i want to quit. what is that all about? the hard part is over, now it is the sliding into home part i want. I want the glory, i want the moment of fame.

I won't quit this battle. If i end up in the "i'm still in it" part of my challenge so what. there are a lot of us there, if i end up in the " still in it to win it" woohoo. I can't let this define me. I can't let the scales rule me (yeah right that one is tough). i have to be in this for me and me alone. i have the tools to make it or break it and at this point not making it would make me feel worse then the im trying stage.

so when you read this blog, know that i'm still trying. i'm struggling daily with issues we all face, but i would like to know i'm not alone. i know this is a meal at a time, day at a time, journey. but sometimes guys the road is long and very curved up ahead.
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PATRISNA 2/11/2010 1:20PM

    I think we have all had cranky pants, a pity party or whatever you want to call it. I know I am not going to quit struggling because this is a life journey for me. I do agree with Julie's comment that some days this just sucks. It is a long and winding road and there are hills and valleys. We have to keep moving forward.

I am not on the challenge team to win anymore, but I didn't quit the team because I think we have all become a lot closer since we started this challenge. I think members of both teams have been cheering us on. The thing I love about Spark People is the positive support.

We have all changed and we are all going to work together.

Hugs,
Pat

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IUHRYTR 2/10/2010 1:18PM

    Most of us can relate. The other day I wrote about night time cravings that were driving me crazy, cravings I didn't want to give in to. And I didn't and have felt mentally and physically stronger for resisting. I don't believe complete deprivation is good for us so sometimes we need to have what we normally would avoid, just to get it out of our system. All we can do is hold tight the mental image of how we will will look when we reach our goal and take it one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time. Hang tough. You'll get there. Believe in yourself. You can do this. -- Lou

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THE_JULES1 2/10/2010 9:41AM

    First of all, you are not alone. I am here with you every step of the way. And I am exactly where you are. I just want this to be easy and to be over. And truthfully, it will never be either. Somedays I do exactly what I am supposed to do and get the results I expect. But mostly not. Some days I do almost what I am supposed to do and hope for the best. Some days I do exactly what I am supposed to do and nothing happens. We are all there.
The difference is now, we know this will happen. It doesn't change how we feel at this moment, but we know this moment will pass. We know there are people we can message and say Today sucks. I need help and we will get it.
The difference is we have changed and we care this time if we fail. We care too much to let it happen.
So lets just drive thru this plateau together and celebrate on the other side.
Sometimes you just gotta keep moving and fake it until you make it.

Hugs,
Julie

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reflections

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Well another week has come and gone. Today is my new week, my weigh in was the same. no loss, no gain. In many ways that is awesome and in some ways that is sad. I'm so close to goal that I know at this point it is going to go slowwwwly. But on the other hand I had a bit to do with this weeks progress. This is the time of the month for me and sorry to the guys but for us women you all know what that means. fluid, munchies, and more fluid and more munchies. I munched my weigh (pun intended) to a non movement on the scales. To be honest i thought i would of gained, so at this point i'm glad for the non movement.

I didn't get my exercise calories burnt this week that i normally do. I was just plain lazy. I can't give an excuse for it. This is a new week and i will try harder.

I spent the day with my husband today. We don't get to do that a lot and neither of us is dead so I think we did ok. We went flea marketing. Didn't get anything but had a nice walk just the same and I brought my lunch and snacks, water, and drinks. Pretty good of me huh? I told ya this was a new week. I have goals and I'm not going to get there sitting and doing nothing. That goes for my diet also. Anyhow, back to my day. I have to thank my friend lou and one of his blogs about not giving in to temptaion and much water. Lou thank you...when i got the moment this evening i headed for a bath, had some flavored water, more water. and guess what? no snack.

so to me I say, new week, new ideas, new plans. To my spark friends i say, we are going to live this healthy lifestyle and make each moment count. good luck to all. If you all stand behind me, i'll be there for you. have a blessed day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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THE_JULES1 2/8/2010 3:10PM

    I say Yay! No gain!

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IUHRYTR 2/7/2010 9:20PM

    One meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and you'll get there. -- Lou

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