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My steps i'm taking to get healthy

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

As I sit here this morning I'm so proud of the steps im taking to get healthy. I have taken to walking at lunch, working out each morning with the exercise of the day and a few of my own choosing. I hop on the elliptical or the bike depending on the day. I eat better, make some better choices throughout the day.

All of this is adding up to a much better me. I have found that getting me healthier is also spilling over to me financially. I don't find I have to have things now, they can wait. I enjoy saving and watching that part of my life grow. I'm watching me grow at the same time.

I have more patience, more energy to do the things I want to do. I don't come home and want to head right to bed. Most nights I come in and get dinner and then head out for a "little jaunt" as I like to call it. I will walk about thirty minutes. I try to get in some running on these jaunts. Lunch is just walking as I have to go back to work and sweaty isn't how I want to go back. lol.

Water is my drink of choice now, I find my diet soda just doesn't do it for me anymore. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy one every now and again, but not like before.

How is your journey going? Have you noticed changes in the way you feel, think, eat? If you feel the changes even though the scales may not say it, you have changed. your becoming the best you you can be.

I'm off to begin my day. I have a goal in mind this week and i'm hoping I can reach it. Good luck to each of you this day. This is a journey best taken one step at a time.

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JUNEBUG1944 5/11/2010 5:57PM

    Good for you! Sounds like you are on your way to a great, healthier you! Funny how a little exercise and eating right can change your whole outlook, isn't it? You go, girl!

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KNITTABLES 5/11/2010 2:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou are certainly well on your way my friend. Enjoy it with every step your take.

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KENDRACARROLL 5/11/2010 10:58AM

    Yes, it does seem to spill over. If you clean up one area of your life, others usually follow automatically. I've noticed this too and it's great. Makes it worth the daily effort.
Wishing you continued success.

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IUHRYTR 5/11/2010 10:23AM

    Perhaps we should savor our journey one step, one positive day at a time. Continued success to you. -- Lou

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    I love the enthusiasm you have for our journey! You inspire me so much, Michelle! Big emoticon!

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LINDABENEDICT 5/11/2010 7:36AM

    I really like your blog. I'm on a path like yours too .....incorporating healthier habits makes life more fun !

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Here it is my weigh in:

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I finally had a great week. I lost 3.2 lbs. Now The work begins for the next week. I know I won't lose that next week, but i will aim for at least a pound. then I will be at my first goal weight...I've broken this down into segments. Looking at the big picture sometimes is very nerve racking. So taking it down a notch and breaking it into manageable pieces seems to help.

I started this journey a year ago. One of my reasons for getting healthy was my grandson. Well i'm happy to report his Nene took him for a walk in a stroller on a dirt road, up and down hills and didn't have heart attack. I thought about it but i'm much stronger than that. He had my playing basketball or shoot ball as he calls it. I even made a few baskets (of course the net is down to his height right now and that isn't saying much that I only made a couple). We even walked the the two acres of yard looking for blackberries. We found a few, he ate all we found. We played outside till almost eight. Then it was bath and bed.

My point of this is my goals are being reached. I have had moments of setbacks, moments where I was ahead, then up, then sometimes sideways. But my ultimate goal was to be able to play and be around for Landon. I'm doing that. I"m makeing memories for him as well as for me. Yesterday I amazed me, and it gave me the push I needed to reach for the next rung on my ladder of success.

So I leave you today with you knowing that i'm living my losses. I can run, play, and outlast a two year old. Ok, maybe that is stretching it a bit. I think we fell asleep about the same time. It was a good sleep for me though. So on this mothers day i'm truly blessed. The lord has seen fit to give me a great gift, my landon.

I want to succeed and i'm pushing myself in that direction. I'm going to get there from here one day at at time.

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TITUS2WMN 5/11/2010 12:10AM

    Awesome blog!! Congratulations on your weight loss!! :o)

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IUHRYTR 5/9/2010 1:02PM

    Aren't they fun to play with when they are that age? And the blacberries sound delicious. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day. -- Lou

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LASARRE 5/9/2010 1:02PM are doing great!

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KNITTABLES 5/9/2010 12:55PM

    What a great day you had. Congrats on losing the 3+ lbs. Hugs

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MILNE81 5/9/2010 10:11AM

    Sounds like so much fun and he's making great memories of playing with his Nene! Congrats on your loss on the scale and your gained ability to play witb Landon.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 5/9/2010 9:30AM

    Sounds like a very fulfilling day emoticon

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    You are blessed among women, Michelle. And Landon is so very blessed to have you in his little life. God is good!

Wishing you another successful week!

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Ok, this is it, last chance day

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Ok, this is the time of week when I have to take stock. Did I exercise enough this week? Did I eat more healthy and less snack foods? Did I do all that was required of me to see a change? The answer as I look over my journal is YES I did. If the scales don't show the progress I made in just this week, then who needs em. I exercised more, ate less, and didn't binge all week. No grazing as I snacked either. I made a concience choice to not do the bad and up the good this week and I did it. FOCUS payed off.

I succeeded this week and I won't let the scales dictate to me the outcome of my happiness. I see the changes, I feel the changes, i'm living the changes. Wait.....that is it, i'm living.

Got my results back from the bad cells anymore. GONE, I don't have to have a pap till six months from now. WOOHOO. If you don't think taking care of yourself doesn't pay off......think again. I"m blessed. thank you lord. In the words of my mother "fantastic".

Oh I still have stresses, struggles, and life that sometimes gets in my way, but I have strength, focus, and Jesus, and not in that order, he is first and foremost in my life. I have nothing to fear. So today I take on this "last chance day" with a vengence. I have my exercises planned, I have my strength planned, this journey is by no means over, it is just beginning.

I will succeed....I won't have it any other way. So i'm off to begin my day.....well in a minute I have to take a live continueing education for my certification. I have to have 20 credits in two years and that is the only downfall of having my job. But in a glass half full kinda way I learn so much each time I take one. What is one hour of my time once a year for this live and then the other is out of a book. I will FOCUS. see focus comes in handy in all parts of our lives.

Have a awesome day everyone. I"m already having one.

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SHOOTBANGS 5/8/2010 6:48PM

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KNITTABLES 5/8/2010 1:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonFocus is the key, Keep it up you are doing a great job. Great attitude. Have a wonderful day.

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SLIMPAM23 5/8/2010 12:29PM

    Once again----You have such a fantastic attitude!! And that is terrific news about your surgery results!! WooHoo I am happy for you. Keep that glass half full and you can't lose!!
Big Hugs,
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IUHRYTR 5/8/2010 11:27AM

    Love your enthusiasm and dedication. You are inspiring. -- Lou

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JHADZHIA 5/8/2010 9:00AM

    Congratulations on keeping to your healthy lifestyle and not worrying about the scale! There are too many people slave to the scale!
I am glad your surgery was a success! That is always a load off your mind!
You are going to make this journey in fabulous shape!
I wish you all the best!

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    emoticon YOU have the BEST attitude!!!! YOU ROCK!!!

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    keep it up :) your doing awesome! emoticon

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It's drawing to a close

Friday, May 07, 2010

As my week draws to a close this week I have to look back at all my accomplishments so far. I have reached and exceeded my goals for this week. I exercised more then usual and really enjoyed each moment. I didn't binge eat all week so far. For me that is awesome considering I was home from work and that could of spelt disaster. I have to say so far because my week doesn't end till saturday night. But I have faith I can see this through.

With each day ending with a good note it is making me a bit stronger for the next week and then the next. but I will not dwell on those weeks. I need to FOCUS on this one week. Each day holds its own power and we must reach for the stars on the given day and if we fail we are given another day to get it right.

I have pushed myself this week to reach a goal. Not THE goal, but a goal. Baby steps are the key to this lifestyle. With each new change comes a strength we never even knew we had. I want to wish this strength on each of you. we are all important. We are worthy of love, praise, and we hold the key to our own happiness. I say these things for myself as well as others. I have spent most of my life trying to please everyone and now i'm sitting on this isle by myself and I have no one to please but me. the sad truth is I don't know where to begin. I have spent so much of my life trying to make everyone else comfortable that somewhere in there MICHELLE got lost. But never fear, i'm finding her. She was lost under a lot of baggage, but i'm pulling her out inch by inch.

So to my spark friends and anyone reading this we are going to succeed because we can. Not because someone tells us we can but because we know we can. I am going to succeed one day at a time. this is my lifetime journey.

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KNITTABLES 5/7/2010 1:55PM

    Well done, I love baby steps. What a successful week, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/7/2010 9:26AM

    Your emoticon attitude calls for a emoticon and a emoticon as well as a emoticon. Go get 'em! -- Lou

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SLIMPAM23 5/7/2010 8:35AM

    What a GREAT blog---I am a firm believer in baby steps and I too, have spent most of my life living it for others. It is a good feeling to put myself first for a change and also to to know that I was not the only person in the world living that life!! I hope your first day back to work was a good one. Enjoy the weekend!!
Big Hugs,

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JZAPRN 5/7/2010 8:31AM


Congrats on having such a great week! Keep up the good work!

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    Baby steps ... they are my favorite!
emoticon on a successful week!

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Heading back to work today and routine

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I have to tell ya i'm so glad to be getting back to work today. I need routine. Now don't get me wrong this week I have worked on me, taken care of me, and used my new word FOCUS alot. I have learned a bit about the new me I want to become. Number one is that I like exercise, number two I like to eat healthy, and number three if i set a plan in motion it usually is successful. One thing i've learned on this site is "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". That quote is so true. I find for me I have to plan. I mean really plan out my day. I don't handle boredom very well and I have the tendency to get lazy.

Well this last week I didn't get lazy. I got in my daily walks in the evening and I have found I actually enjoy this so i'm going to continue this now that i'm back at work. I walk at lunch during work time, but I really enjoy the evening walks and my dogs seem to look forward to it also. I think that one i'll keep. Heck I can always use a bit more exercise. Who couldn't.

I planned my meals and weighed and measured without fail. I learned alot about portion size this week. I didn't snack all day, I set aside times for that, there were even days I found it was lunch before I really wanted anything and then the snack moment was gone. Not that I went under calories by anymeans. I got in my veggies, fruits, and water without a problem. I'm having trouble with protein as meat just isn't important to me. I have added an egg somedays at breakfast, and in the evening I try to have some form of protien. Funny but as my lifestyle has changed so has the foods I crave or want.

I'm getting my sleep again. For a couple days that was off, don't really know why but I started back to bed at a normal time and got up about the time I usually do for work and I finally slept through without trouble. Sorry guys I need my rest.

So today i'm all about routine. I'm ready to head to work and get the day accomplished. I have plans to hop on my elliptical this morning, get in some strength, and my walk at lunch. today I won't get home till after nine tonight so no walk this evening for me. But I will get in as much as I can at lunch.

I will focus, I will succeed. I won't have it any other way. emoticon

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KNITTABLES 5/6/2010 11:25PM

    Yes I find that I need routine in my life as well, I am starting tomorrow with a new routine. good luck with yours. Keep up the great work.

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    Good for you!!!! YOU are sooooo worth the effort, my sweet friend!

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THE_JULES1 5/6/2010 9:48AM

    I like routine, too. I need structure. You are doing so great!

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