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Working on a new attitude

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
- Brian Tracy

this is something i'm working hard at. Intead of beating myself up for the mistakes I make along the way, I need to focus on what i've done right. I've been having trouble with nightime snacking yet again. seems I go through this from time to time. So i'm back to setting goals and hopefully finding new ways to deal with this. I will check back and follow up with this blog because it helps keep me in control when I hold me accountable.

I'm going to succeed, I just have to see the prize and walk towards the light.


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JACQUIEANN1 7/21/2010 9:54PM

    have you tried a gratitude journal?i used one for a long time and it made me see the good long before i saw the bad

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KNITTABLES 7/21/2010 2:35PM

    Night time snacking is hard for me too! So I usually end up having a piece of fruit or a 100 calorie snack. Hang in there and you will find what works for you.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 7/21/2010 9:39AM

    Wow we r in the same space. My last podcast was about continuous improvement. So each nite i write down what went well and what could be improved. I have to write it in the positive. So there is no longer any woe is me or i'll never get it together. Actually it feels good. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 7/21/2010 8:43AM

    How about adding a morning snack, afternoon snack and an evening snack to your plan and divide the day's calories out that way. Will that help keep things under better control? Hang tough and you'll find a way. Remember that SP says eating at night is no different than during the day, it's the total calories for the day that counts. -- Lou

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    You can do this! You'll figure out your solution. Just like my journaling worked for me, you'll discover what works for you. It takes time to work it all out, but we have plenty of that!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/21/2010 7:49AM

    I used to do after dinner and night time snacking. I solved that problem. I posted a picture of me when I was my heaviest on the refrig and snack cabinet with big huge letters that said DANGER - HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HELP and another one says YOU ARE NOT HUNGRY, FIND SOMETHING TO DO. You'd be surprised at how much I hate that picture and that I always turn away from it. Silly, but effective. Good luck in overcoming your struggle. emoticon

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Weekend update

Sunday, July 18, 2010

emoticonHi guys, this weekend was so busy. I took the remaining pups to the humane society saturday. Now we are back to some kind of normal around here. We were going to keep two pups, but ended up with four. As we were counting the pups going down the road we discovered that one was missing. Oh she wasn't missing, she was hiding under our bed. We were already on the interstate and decided that the one, at the time we didn't know which one, was saved from going to his/her new home. you see we had 10 pups left to transport. My daughter and I and my grandson. Now my grandson whom is almost three wanted to help, so imagine the drama of getting these pups in the right boxes. Needless to say one got a reprieve. the others are set for new homes as of next week I was told. My husband wouldn't have it anyother way, so they had to go to a no kill or I was keeping them all. So we had to drive a bit to get to the one we did use.

When I got home I called my husband at work and let him know we had one more addition. I say god had other plans for that one. It turned out to be a little girl and Todd is calling her houdini, dini for short. Oh well at least it is only one and not the 16 we started with. Man that tested my patience to the end.

My Food intake was way over this weekend. Saturday was good, stoped at a produce stand and got a few good veggies and some apples and strawberries we ate on the way home. Good choices at that moment. Got home and wham, ate till dinner and then bed. Today wasn't much different. Boredom is my problem. I was busy all morning getting my house back to rights after the puppies and then I stopped. Wham, eating again.

I did get in a great 45 min. walk this evening and then a 25 min. swim. So i'm hopefully not in too much trouble. Tomorrow is a new day. I'm going to get back on track this week. I have to for my own sake.

So that is about it. My weekend in review. I hope all had a great weekend and I hope you are following through with you goals.


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KNITTABLES 7/20/2010 2:08AM

    Aw, she wanted to stay with you and what a cute name. I am so glad the doggies have a good home to go too.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 7/19/2010 7:16PM

    Go dini Go!!! Gotta love her
You will do just fine!

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IUHRYTR 7/18/2010 9:42PM

    There has to be a reason Dini was left behind. She will probably be a blessing to you. Again, thank you for caring about our little doggie babies emoticon emoticon. -- Lou

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    emoticonKeep the vision of your goal dress or whatever is motivating you in your thoughts and hopefully that will help you through the next days. emoticon

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Ok the results are in

Saturday, July 17, 2010

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

emoticon Ok, the results are that i've gained 0.8 this week. If I was really honest with myself or you it should of been more. I really thought it would be. I didn't stay on plan, I ate like there was no tomorrow and I really didn't exercise like I wanted. How do I feel about this? Upset with myself.

One of my coworkers had this suggestion for me....."just take a week off and don't track or count and begin frest next week". You've got to be kidding me. I don't think so. Isn't that what I did this week? I mean look how that turned out. Not.

So today is my first day of a new week. I'm paying for ww and i'm going to use every available service to me. I'm going to get up and move this week, I'm going to try to beat my usual times and i'm going to get my butt back on plan. Tracking and counting is what worked and that is what i'm going to do. Stopping what i'm doing isn't the answer. Heck that is what got me here in the first place. I guess people see this as a kind of punishment. The truth is i'm eating a lot of good food most of the time. I have moments and insanity days but for the most part the thought of stopping all this is crazy to me. nope, i'm not giving up for a week or a day, i'm here for the long haul.

So I pledge to me, Michelle, to get up and move more this week, get my fruits and veggies in daily, drink my water and give it heck.

emoticon emoticonI am a winner and i'm going to prove that to me.


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JUNEBUG1944 7/18/2010 12:39AM

    Well, we all need a break now and then...yours is over! Mine will be over too...soon! Forget about last week. This is new week with a new attitude and a new success! You go, girl!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 7/18/2010 12:01AM

    Hang in there Michelle, you can DO this!!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 7/17/2010 9:08PM

    As the song winner says
You looking at a winner winner winner
Can't miss can't loose can't miss!!! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 7/17/2010 1:39PM

    That's the spirit, you can do it and you will. Good luck.

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HEALTHY-BEAR 7/17/2010 10:53AM

    Hang in there, Michelle!! Little steps, small goals... they all add up!

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SLIMPAM23 7/17/2010 10:29AM

    Hi Michelle---
If it makes you feel in the least bit better - you were in good company this week! This was the worst week I have had since I started 11 months ago. But I too, am getting back on that horse and I will get to where I need to be!!
Have a good weekend and remember that today is DEFINITELY a new day and a new beginning!

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GRANDMAELL 7/17/2010 10:10AM

    Hey, I bombed yesterday, but put myself right back on track today! By the looks of things you are doing great! Don't be too hard on yourself. Each day is a fresh start. You have lots of determination so don't quit!

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IUHRYTR 7/17/2010 9:43AM

    emoticon Winners never quit! -- Lou

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    Yes, you are a winner! GO, MICHELLE!!
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BRONXBABE 7/17/2010 8:51AM

    I love your positive attitude! emoticon

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    Michelle, I'm so proud of you!!! You did take last week off ... I agree with you. It's time to be back on program every step of the way and see a loss this week. I'm cheering for you!!!
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My week in review:

Friday, July 16, 2010

emoticonI don't know what happened. One minute i'm on plan the next i'm out of control. I'm hungry, i'm bored, i'm tired and i'm eating uncontrollably. Not just one day but a few. I've used my free points, i'm even tempted to use my activity points even though I feel like you shouldn't reward yourself with food for getting physical but..................just this once I may have to.

My week started off great, then wham I'm hungry, ok maybe not hungry just wanting the foods I usually don't even care to have. I'm eating and eating and hating myself. You all know the feeling. The this is so bad feeling but so good at the same time. Don't kid me, I know we all have those moments. Well lets say I had a few of them this week.

My weigh in is tomorrow morning. Can I make a comeback in one day. Maybe not but i'm going to do my best to regain some form of respect for myself and my goals. I have goals and this week I just feel like they went way out the window. Yeah I moved alot, but did it make a difference? probably saved me from total anialation but that is about it.

So i'm not going to give in to the well "you've already messed up" line. I"m not going to just toss the week aside. I"m going to pick my sorry butt up off the ground and get moving. Yup i'm going to move today for all i'm worth. I'm going to stay on plan and let what will be be. I know that when I post a gain it is me whom I hurt, nobody else. I will get pats on the back and it will be ok emails, but really it would of been ok if I had done what I should of done and not what the old me used to do.

I tell myself i'm changed but then wham a week like this and I 'm wondering. Well no need to wonder, the old me would of thrown away all the hard work, the new me is ready to regain a bit of myself and my self respect and give it heck. I"m going to see my magic number one day and today may not be it but who knows it could be someday soon.

MIchelle. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 7/16/2010 11:59PM

    yep..we all go there...and not just once, but will go there many times in our lifetime. There will be the days, the week that just doesn't go how we "know" it should. Life throws curves, but the thing is knowing that this time it is temporary! You've won the battle by knowing that this doesn't mean the END of all you've accomplished. You know that you will get up, dust yourself off and MOVE ON!! That's what counts..getting back up when you've fallen. We will never be will certainly never be perfect; it would be too boring if it were! Hang in there, you are doing this!!

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KNITTABLES 7/16/2010 1:27PM

    I have been in your shoes many times, you learn, you forgive yourself and you do better. Hang in there. Next week will be better. Keep up the great attitude and learning. You are doing a great job.

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MOOMOO40 7/16/2010 9:59AM

    I have been feeling this exact same way all week long!! I can totally relate to the way you are feeling. Good luck with the weigh in. You have a great attitude about it. Thanks for helping me know I need to get back on track too.I have been struggling all week long. emoticon Teresa emoticon

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    Go girl!!! You are learning sooooooo much ... and that's part of the journey. As big a part as losing the weight!

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IUHRYTR 7/16/2010 8:40AM

    New beginnings are expected and can happen any time of the day so hang in there and start over and keep reminding yourself that none of us are perfect. -- Lou

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CCBULLDOG 7/16/2010 8:00AM

    We've all been there...I think your attitude is great for getting on track again...I'm an emotional eatter (any emotion and I want to eat)...I find when Im tempted to start eatting if I get on spark and read blogs it really helps to stay on track...Good luck with your weigh in...but don't sweat it!

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Words to live by:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

These came to me this morning in my email. I thought I would share with my spark friends. We are all successes in our own right. Some for great losses, some for hard work, some for determination, but all of us for coming here and taking that first step. The first step is the hardest for all of us. But we have done it. We began this journey with such hope and great ideas for our future. Sometimes we have taken wrong turns, lost all thought for ourselves, and just gotten tired. But somehow we hang on. We are what matters, we are our own worst enemies or our own best friends.

I"m learning to love myself. It has not been an easy journey, i'm learning to trust myself, again not an easy journey. It is funny how our lives and how they have been lived up to this point can determine how we see ourselves. For me it was abuse as a child, a exhusband who continued the trend of emotional abuse and sometimes physical, and then the moment when I was left totally alone to raise two young children . I was told for so long I couldn't do it and then here I was doing it. I found out I was strong, I was a good person, I was somebody. Now here I am years later, much counseling, a very wonderful husband, a new understanding of myself and 18 pounds lighter i'm loving me.

We all are wonderful we all have great ideas to share, we all have dreams to accomplish, we all want to see that magic number if only for a minute. we are somebody, we are strong, we are spark, we are going to succeed. Let no one tell you otherwise. You can be your own worst enemy or your own best friend. You decide.


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 7/16/2010 11:54PM

    Thank you for sharing. We are all capeable of outstanding things when we get out of our own way and believe...
I believe in you and believe in the smart, witty, kind, amazing woman you are!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 7/15/2010 4:21AM

    HUGE emoticon for sharing. I have been slipping into my perfectionistic ways and those words helped. Me tinks me will cut paste and print them


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LEXIE63 7/14/2010 2:44PM

    Nicely put!
Lex xxx

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KNITTABLES 7/14/2010 1:09PM

    Thanks for sharing the message with us.

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IUHRYTR 7/14/2010 9:40AM

    Keep up the inspiring attitude and the good effort. emoticon -- Lou

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VICTORIAV4 7/14/2010 7:48AM

    Just what I needed to read this morning. I loved the quotes, helps put me in my place, to realize I need to not pay attention to what others do like the mother hen that I am. To daily work to improve myself, and love life.

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    What a great blog. So much truth and wisdom. Thanks for sharing, Michelle!
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