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Week coming to an end: last chance day

Saturday, May 15, 2010

emoticon This week is coming to a spark end. Tomorrow is the first day of a new spark week. I weigh in and the games begin again. If I don't lose I still keep working at the next week, If I lose....guess what? I still keep working towards my goal. This is a never ending journey.

I'm ready for what will be. I seem to say that each week but it is true. I knew coming into this that it wasn't going to be easy. I knew there would be setbacks, maybe I hoped not so many, but setbacks just the same. I knew there would be temptations, somedays there seem to be alot. Like thursday at work they did a potluck dinner. Oh the smells, the desserts, but I brought my own and I ate my own. Then yesterday it is our managers birthday: yup, cake, the chocolate kind with the whipped icing. Friday meetings: donuts. But i'm proud to say I had none. What stopped me? I imagined the thick feeling of grease in my mouth. Now that I eat healthier and not a lot of fats i find the grease feeling in my mouth is what kills it for me. And have you not noticed things just don't taste the same as I remember them to.

Is it that they tasted different or am I different. Opting instead for the "good foods" even though I know none are off limits to me, I do know my limits. I'm not good with cake, donuts, or chips. If I choose to eat some it will lead to a binge eat that is not pretty. Now don't get me wrong I'm not talking the binge eating of 23000 calories in a sitting, but the grazing kind of bingeing that will lead me from one item to the next without filling up. till finally i'm full and sick. Man I hate that feeling.

So about this week and temptations: I was able to pass each test with an A+. emoticon. So today i'm ready to tackle my last chance day before stepping on those darn scales in the morning. I'm not worried. In fact for the first time in a long time i'm ready to see what this week has brought by way of my weight. I may not see a change in the numbers but really is that the only reason i'm here? nope. Getting healthy was my main goal and i'm passed that. I'm 43 years old and i'm running, i'm playing with my grandson, and I mean playing. I'm walking for my lunch and trying to beat each weeks average. I'm sleeping (most of the time, darn menopause), and i'm feeling better then I have in a long time.

So as each of you start your new week don't look back over the last week except to see what you can do differently. Because let's face it each day is a learning experience for the rest of your life. Afterall this is a lifestyle change not a diet.

I'm going to succeed. One day, step and week at a time i'm going to get there.

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KNITTABLES 5/15/2010 2:07PM

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 5/15/2010 8:58AM

    That's the way to do it!

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KEAUXALLA 5/15/2010 8:54AM

    I like your positive attitude. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Mini goals

Thursday, May 13, 2010

We all have large goals that we want to see happen. We want to reach them and be finally healthy. but what about along the way? I want to be healthy today. So i've taken steps to make a mini goal and or I should say many mini goals.

Spark tells us to do this but how many really do? do you just want the gold ring at the end? Well for me it is simple, I want it all. I want the gold ring, the bronze, and the brass. I'm not picky. Really I'll take any along the way.

So thanks to a spark friend whom resets her temporary goals each week, i'm going to give this a try. I have to take steps to reach the ultimate goal. I can't just wake up find i'm there. Though that would be awesome it doesn't work that way. So i'm going to sit down each week and decide what I need to do to reach my goals. Is it to lose a pound? work out a little more each day? eat my fruits and veggies or drink more water, am I not getting enough sleep, am I letting stress stand in my way? I have choices on this journey. I need to start making them.

No one can make the outcome of the journey for me. It is all up to me and me alone. though I have many friends on this ride, I get alot of suggestions, spark gives me great ideas, recipes, and articles. It is up to ultimately me to make this work. So it has to be made for me. I can't take someone elses ideas and use them as they do, I can borrow the tip and alter it to meet my needs. So that is what i'm doing. ALtering to meet my needs.

I can succeed, and I am succeeding daily. I've said this before and i'm going to say it again, no matter what those scales say I know i'm doing all I can to succeed.

I had a doctors appointment yesterday, just the normal checkup, new rx's that kind of thing,,, my blood work was so good that he said I shouldn't need to get that checked for about two more years. Unless of course something changes, but That is cholesterol, thyroid, sugar, calcium, and such. So people even if you can't see the changes oh they are happening. We are getting healthy every single day that we stay FOCUSEd on us. I mean afterall isn't that what our ultimate goal is? to be healthy....

I'm off now to begin my new day. I'm going to get there one day, step, and week at at time.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 5/13/2010 6:32PM

    Great blog!!

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KNITTABLES 5/13/2010 1:30PM

    Great blog, I am reset my goals to smaller ones also. Focus is the key.

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THE_JULES1 5/13/2010 12:55PM

    Such a great blog!

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IUHRYTR 5/13/2010 11:27AM

    Thanks for the reminder to reset our short-term goals. That's something I definitely need to do to keep MY focus. I hope you have a wonderful day. -- Lou

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MILNE81 5/13/2010 11:23AM

    I'm sitting down this weekend to figure out my mini-goals. I've decided I have to have something to look forward to that isn't so far off in the distance. I need something I can achieve sooner rather than later.

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KENDRACARROLL 5/13/2010 10:36AM

    I like how you give yourself your little pep talk every day by blogging it.
Have a great day!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/13/2010 10:06AM

    I set many mini goals during my road to get healthy. meeting my goal weight hasn't changed that...I still change my mini goals every month. You can succeed...You want it enough to change!!

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    What wonderful improvements in you!!!! You are going to do this ... get to goal and maintain! I know you are because you care enough about yourself to do it!

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URSULA125 5/13/2010 8:14AM

    I love and agree with your philosophy! We will improve our lives and health if we just keep going.

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PMAY0313 5/13/2010 7:58AM

    Great job getting healthy!

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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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