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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I just wanted to leave a quick note to say hello. I'm holding my own so far this week. The weather here is chilly and i'm really wanting to head outside and run. maybe this weekend as it is suppose to warm up.

work is tough, I am a certified pharmacy tech for walmart and we are in the middle of a remodel. we had to pull down drugs, move them and then put up new shelving and put the drugs back when the work crew was fininshed. I haven't counted that work yet on my tracker and don't plan on it. I'm calling it my freebee for the week. I so hope it helps me over the next half pound mark this week.

so, i'm ready for this new day. I'm trying to track each and everything i eat and so far i'm on track. i keep a journal as sometimes sparking it is too much for me. writing it i keep up. so till next time. let's take this journey one minute, day, and week at a time.

p.s i'm one of the seven team mates left on the "alabama challenge team weigh ins". This is a challenge for weight loss since Jan. 1st. woohoo to the seven of us left. I only hope i can work beside you for a bit longer. good luck to us in the coming weeks. we are going to get there from here.

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PATRISNA 2/18/2010 6:37AM

    I know the tracker is frustrating for me. I really am proud of the remaining seven who are still in it. I know you are all working very hard. Good luck on the challenge.

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IUHRYTR 2/17/2010 10:10PM

    Best of luck in the challenge. Keep taking steps toward your goals and you will get there before you know it. -- Lou

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JALENMAC 2/17/2010 8:47PM

    emoticon emoticonWE DID IT!!! I too am having trouble Sparking everyday. But consistency it the key.

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/17/2010 5:07PM

    Great attitude! Keep it up even if it sometimes just feels like baby steps..

Karen in Canada

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THE_JULES1 2/17/2010 11:28AM

    Woo Hoo is right! Congrats!

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Valentines weigh in

Sunday, February 14, 2010

well guys I can't explain it. This week has been tough, I used all my ww points and then some, it was my pms week and I step on the scales this morning with the "ok, this is not going to be good" attitude and guess what? I'm down a half pound. emoticon. The only thing i can figure is that i kept up with my exercise, and my water and got in veggies and fruits. I have to give credit to the exercise. So if you are having a moment or two like me this past week, just like spark says just pick ;up where you left off and you will still come out a winner.

So this is my valentines gift to me. This is my new week with new goals. I even took spark up on one of its articles and got me some little gold stars. I plan on using them in my journal to show me my progress for this week. I will continue this little "game" until i'm where i need to be. Sort of a reward on a daily basis kinda thing.

Do you reward yourself? If so, how? I sometimes feel a little goes a long way. We need to feel good about ourselves or this little journey and lifestyle change just won't work. I was feeling sorry for myself this past week. But a few spark friends picked me up and sent me back on my way. I really was at the i want to quit stage, i say i was, but i couldn't. As my getting up and exercising daily showed. I'm in this for the long haul. Up or down, it is how i handle the setbacks that will get me where i'm going.


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TERESA6262 2/15/2010 12:43PM

    You're just so awesome! You can see the light, even when you're in the dark! Hang tough, Sister!

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PATRISNA 2/15/2010 6:45AM

    You are doing great! We are in this together. I know how you were discouraged this week. I have those weeks myself. Now you are back on the positive side!


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IUHRYTR 2/14/2010 11:08AM

    If we were to turn around and go back home at every red light as we drive to work or the store or the gym, we'd never get anywhere and would never get anything accomplished. Take it one positive step at a time as you're doing and the results will come. -- Lou

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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. 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 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

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!

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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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