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The journey

Friday, June 25, 2010


Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- jlh

I came across this this morning and thought of my journey on spark. Well my journey with weight loss. This quote is really so true. If your mind believes it to be difficult it will be a struggle. If you just make a plan and follow it with ease the rest just falls into place.

I have found that i'm enjoying this ride. This journey has been an ongoing process for me. It didn't just start last year. It began before my second child (21 years ago) when I joined ww. I quit, I tried other things, other ways, it never worked. Here I am back to ww after all these years and it is working. It has to do with my mind set now compared to then. I was a child then, living an adult life. Now i'm ready for this change and the struggles, temptations, and work involved.

I plan my weeks meals, I shop, I exercise daily, I eat according to my plan, foods I enjoy. I do exercise that I enjoy. This journey is all about choices, ideas, what works and what doesn't. What works for me may not for you. That is why spark is so great. I can choose to do my ww and track my exercise here, I have met great new friends, I get so many ideas, the recipes can't be beat. It is a wonderful way of life. And who knows, I may even encourage someone else to do the same walk.

So no matter how tough it gets, and it will get tough. You are doing this for you, i'm doing this for me. better health should be your main goal. the looking great part is an added benefit.

I will succeed. It may not happen this year or next but I will succeed. I keep telling myself that and I believe it. emoticon

  
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KNITTABLES 6/25/2010 2:19PM

    Thanks for sharing this great quote. It is so true.

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IUHRYTR 6/25/2010 7:49AM

    I'm with you. It may not happen right away but eventually it will if we persevere. -- Lou

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/25/2010 7:41AM

    I love that quote! Thanks for sharing!!

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People and questions a vent

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It is funny that people will come to us whom are losing weight and want to ask questions, ask idea, etc. When you tell them the ugly truth of it they have so many excuses why they can't do that. Don't ask me if you really don't want to know the answer. The word exercise is the first thing out of my mouth and the next thing out of theirs is " it's too hot, I don't have the quipment you do, I just don't have the time" Why ask my opinion then because with all the excuses you give you surely don't want to really do the work involved in this.

this is no walk in the park, no pun intended. This take hard work and much determination. Sure it would be easy to sit in front of a fan and eat chips. But isn't that what put us here? It would be easy to just say I'll have seconds, and eat a burger for lunch everyday but again isn't that why we are here?

I know for me it is what put me here. I was so unhappy with myself. I hated me. I can say that now, I hated the me I was. The me i'm becoming i'm beginning to love. I love the muscle i've created, I love that I can pass up offerings of candy, cookies and such without a feeling of remorse. I like that I can run, walk, jog, swim, and just stretch my way to the person i'm becoming. I love that the heat isn't my enemy in the summer and I can walk during my lunch hour. Believe me if I could just read all lunch and sit in the air that would be nice also, but then where would that leave my pcyhe? Right where it was...in the dumps.

I guess this is a vent. Sorry. But so many times a day people come to me and ask the....your the health expert questions. No i'm not an expert, I just work at this. I put all I have plus some into becoming the person I know i can be. Yes I pack my lunch daily, yes I don't eat out very much, Yes I write down everything, Yes I exercise sometimes an hour a day, Yes I spark at least an hour and earn 100 points or near on most days. I choose to do all this to be whom I know I can be.

So the next time someone asks you what is your secret, ask them if they really want to know, because they are just wasting my time and yours if they really don't want to know. If you are serious, i'll sit with you for hours and talk about weight loss. It is my favorite subject. I enjoy each new thing I learn, I enjoy exercise, I enjoy a good meal. I would love to share some of my ideas with you and you to share some new ones with me. that is what i'm about.

Sorry this went on and on, but most people are looking for the quick answer. It isn't there. And when you ask my a question, don't knock everything I say to you. If you really didn't want the answer don't ask....

have a very sparking day to all my spark friends whom have learned that this is a one day at a time walk.

  
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IUHRYTR 6/24/2010 4:51PM

    Doesn't it seem people want the quick fix in just about all they do? But those who are doing what you are doing appreciate the effort involved. Stay strong. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 6/24/2010 1:56PM

    I get that all the time and it is so frustrating to keep telling them that yes it is hard work and you have to do it.
Venting is great and you feel better afterwards. Keep doing what you are doing. YOU are an inspiration and you are great. emoticon

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MONTANA_ED 6/24/2010 11:31AM

    You hit it right on the head. I too get things like "how did you do it?" and I tell them eat right, track everything, and exercise. Then they say something about "I should do that" and wander off. Then there are those that would point at a burger or roll that I'm eating and say "You can't eat that!" I just look at them and say "Yes, I can. I'm not on a diet. I know what I need to do to offset it. ". They just kind of do a harrumph and walk off.

Great that you are doing so well! Keep up the wonderful work!

Onwards...




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KENDRACARROLL 6/24/2010 10:51AM

    If they ask your 'secret' I would still let them know. They might not be ready to hear it at the time but it will plant a seed. And who knows...

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MOOMOO40 6/24/2010 9:54AM

    I really like your blog. It tells the truth for all of us who are really trying to lose weight and have changed our lifestyles. If,a person is really serious about losing weight then they will try all these things, if not then don't ask.You are doing a great job!!! emoticon Teresa emoticon

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SHRINKINGRACHEL 6/24/2010 8:30AM

    This is a great blog post! Vent or not, it's the truth. And congrats on admitting you didn't like the old you, that takes a lot of cpurage to do, and I am so glad you are learning to love yourself. It's a slow, laborious process, but you are getting there my friend!

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JZAPRN 6/24/2010 8:28AM

  Your vent is justified. It is easy to watch someone else do the work to get healthy. Much harder when we have to do it ourselves. And when they find out just how much work it is, they come up with a million and one excuses. Hang in there and keep up the good work!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/24/2010 8:08AM

    You go, my friend!!!! It is a lot of hard work and most folks just want to look like you do! Good for you coming here and venting. We understand!!!

I'm so glad your hard work is showing!
Hugs,
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Just sharing a couple of quotes

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
- Dalai Lama

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For myself I have learned the hard way and over many years....love thyself first. the rest will fall into place. have a blessed and sparking good day. emoticon

  
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KNITTABLES 6/23/2010 1:29PM

    emoticonand have a great day.

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KENDRACARROLL 6/23/2010 10:32AM

    Have a super day! Goal is near!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/23/2010 10:20AM

    So true have a great day

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IUHRYTR 6/23/2010 9:17AM

    Hoping you have a terrific day, too. -- Lou

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BETTYK44 6/23/2010 7:49AM

    Thank you for your quotes- have a peace-full day yourself!


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PURPLESPEDCOW 6/23/2010 7:47AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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quick update:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

emoticonI've had an awesome couple of days. Seems if I put my mind to something I can do it. Who would of known. lol.

I have stayed on plan and on exercise, actually over exercise, for the last two days. Today is day three and im confident I can hang on. Really weighing, measuring, counting, writing, exercise isn'[t that tough. More really should try it.

I'm going to succeed. I have no doubt. I hope sooner rather than later but I'll take what life throws at me. I'm off now to get in my exercise of the day and a good walk/run before getting ready for work. have a great day all my spark buddies. emoticon

  
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KNITTABLES 6/22/2010 1:38PM

    I am so glad you are doing well and staying on track that is emoticon emoticon

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DENISE6721 6/22/2010 9:32AM

    Stay on track,and you will succeed emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/22/2010 8:41AM

    Keep up the good work. -- Lou

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/22/2010 8:02AM

    Keep up the good work my friend!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/22/2010 7:53AM

    emoticon I know you can!!! Day after day, you can do it!!

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vacation goals

Monday, June 21, 2010

emoticonOk, vacation is coming august 21. we are flying to vermont to see family and friends we haven't seen in like 8 years. I would love to reach my goal by then. I know I may be close and not at goal and that would be ok also, but I have never put a time stamp on my time to lose and now is the time.

I have nine weeks before we leave. that is 1.7 pounds a week. I know I can't lose that much at one time because i'm near goal and my body just doesn't work like that, but I can do my darndest to get close.

So i'm putting this challenge to myself outthere. I want to be near my goal by aug. 21st. this is week one and I did great the first day. I will take this one day at a time and with my daily challenge in play and my diet on track this should be an attainable goal.

So i'm off to get in my morning cardio. I want to wish all a great day. I want to wish me luck. emoticon

  
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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 6/22/2010 6:36AM

    You go Girl! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 6/21/2010 8:51PM

    You will suceed and you can do it. Best of luck.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/21/2010 5:12PM

    I am sending good thoughts and as much luck as I can muster your way! You are determined and that is what counts the most. You can do this!!!!
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IUHRYTR 6/21/2010 3:19PM

    Best of success to you. emoticon -- Lou

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SLIMPAM23 6/21/2010 10:19AM

    I think you can do it!!! I am going to think VERY light thoughts for you from now til August 21!!!
PS - Let me know if you want me to put more cardio in the exercise of the day!!! Louise will want to shoot you - but hey - I'll do it for you!!! emoticon

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/21/2010 10:17AM

    Go get 'em, Michelle! emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 6/21/2010 8:23AM

    Good luck indeed. I am starting over again today with a goal to just start losing by eating right. You can do this!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/21/2010 8:17AM

    I wish you determination!!!
You can do this emoticon

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