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Happiness is for me.....

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

emoticonHappiness is for me putting on a pair of pants from last winter a size six and having them be too big....forcing myself to head off for my morning walk with a "you can only do 20 min. today" and not returning for an hour and a half....going to bed with a point remaining for the day on ww......not having that icecream I suddenly thought about as I was getting into bed.....stepping on the scales to see a loss and not a large gain....having people say "wow youve gotten so skinny" and really for the first time believing they mean it.

emoticonThese are a few of my favorite things as the song goes from a sound of music....I'm beginning to wake up from a long sleep. I felt for so long on this journey I was just going through the motions but now i'm seeing that I have done this. I have created the me i'm becoming. I wasn't led, I didn't follow, I did this on my own. Under my own steam i'm exercising daily and loving how I feel when I do and know how I'll feel when I don't. Forming habits is a big part of getting healthy. counting your fruits and veggies during the day to make sure your getting at the very least five, all part of my day, drinking that water before having a diet coke because it is a must, getting to bed at a normal time because I feel oh so much better when I do. Liking how I feel in my own skin for the first time in very many years.

emoticonYou also can feel this way. Sit down and note what your happiness is. I bet you come up with a few without trying. we spend so much time knocking what we don't do, maybe it is time to spend some energy on what we do right all the time. What new habits have you picked up without realizing it?

Today is a new fresh day. It is filled with hope and promises of a great future. Why not make the future today.

Michelle emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 9/15/2010 10:37AM

    The longer we practice the better we get :)
We can also practice being positive, but you're already so good at that :)
Keep up the great work.
Hard work and determination will get us there.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 9/15/2010 5:05AM

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Very inspiring blog!

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KNITTABLES 9/14/2010 6:57PM

    What a great blog Michelle, THis is awesome to read, Glad to hear your happy. YOu are amazing and doing a great job. Hugs

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SLIMPAM23 9/14/2010 10:19AM

    GREAT BLOG!!! You are an inspiration to all of us Michelle - we are blessed to have you with us on this journey!!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 9/14/2010 9:34AM

    Thanks Michelle! You sound positively radiant and I am so very proud of you!! You DID do ARE doing this and you are doing GREAT!! It makes me happy to hear you sound so happy!
I admire you courage, determination and perseverance. Thank you for sharing your journey with me.

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    Counting blessings is such a great motivator!

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CALGARYDAVE 9/14/2010 6:11AM

    Good, positive thinking!

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MCCALI59 9/14/2010 6:06AM

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MARYJOANNA 9/14/2010 6:00AM

  How true! Putting on clothing that is too big now is great! Kudos to you!

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BEACH_BUMM 9/14/2010 5:59AM

    Great Blog Michelle! Hope you have a great day! emoticon

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The journey

Sunday, September 12, 2010

emoticonWe hear that all the time from friends and family alike. But do we really believe in our heart that we can win this battle? emoticonI know i'm going to do my utmost to see this journey through to the end.

I told myself I was giving up the snacking. It just wasn't working for me. I didn't know when to quit. So I have done great so far. Funny once you set your mind to something how it can be done. Maybe all those other times I was on the journey were just practice for this once in a lifetime moment. To succeed. I had a birthday party for my three year old grandson to attend yesterday. How did I do you may ask? emoticon emoticon emoticonI had a plan when I went, I stuck to the plan and it worked out fine. I enjoyed the visit with family and friends, afterall that is what I was there for not just the meal.

I came home at about six and had a cup of broth (my tea of choice) and a small bag of popcorn. I then read for a bit and went to bed. No snacking, no uncontroled munching, no cheating. My daughter in all her loving wisdom saw fit to give her mom a nice bigggggggggggg cinnamon roll from the cinnabun place in the mall. Did I eat it? nope, I took bits and put it in a small bowl to have one bite daily. My hubby has promised to finish the roll. He hasn't as of yet and soon it will hit the trash.

So I"m off to walmart now. He is getting impatient to finish a home project and he is looking over my shoulder and it is driving my mad. So continue on your journey and never give up. You just have to take it one day at a time. looking too far ahead can make the strong lose their balance and fall.

Michelle. emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 9/12/2010 11:06PM

    You sound uplifted and positive and that is fantastic! Way to go at the birthday party AND saying no to the cinnamon roll! Your positive attitude is infectious so now I just have to work on keeping pu with you!! emoticon
You're doing great!!! Way to go!
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 9/12/2010 7:54PM

    That ending statement was POWERFUL!!! I am practicing staying in the NOW as Eckhart Tolle says.

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 9/12/2010 12:53PM

    You ARE doing it Michelle! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 9/12/2010 12:10PM

    You are doing a great job, keep it up and yes emoticon

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    emoticon Broth is soooo yummy! Keep it up! You're doing just fine ... learning as you go!

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My weekly weigh in

Saturday, September 11, 2010

emoticonI met my goal for losing one pound this week. How you may ask? i'm really not so sure. I feel the exercise was the reason. I can't stress enough how we need to move with this journey. I'm going to strive hard this week for another pound which will bring me to a new personal low. I know I can do this.

My plan to give up snacking is working so far. I was thinking this morning when did the need to snack become such a addiction. I never snacked when the kids where small, of course I was still large from the meals, and no movement that was included in laundry, grass mowing, and just life in general. I really didn't sit down and snack on the chips and such until later. So what made it such a part of my life that thinking about quiting puts me in a nervous trance? can't say. I'm working on changing that. I have worked on changing the eating in bed and so far none. I'm now moving on to the need to munch. One baby step at a time. I can tell ya that so far the last three days have been successful. I have found in the evenings I have to talk myself out of such nonesense but i've won each night.

So this is my new week and i'm going to make it a successful one. I have shopped and planned my meals for the week. I see a loss in my future what about yours?


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 9/12/2010 11:03PM

    way to go, Michelle! I knew you could do it! Congratulations on the loss for the week AND to saying no to the snacking. I think you are right, the exercise is crucial, and I promise to get myself moving every day this week!! Hang in there, you are doing great!

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MILNE81 9/11/2010 8:05PM

    emoticon I'm glad you're seeing progress! I'll be here cheering you on this week too! You can do it!

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RACEMOM576900 9/11/2010 4:10PM

    Great job this week Michelle! You are winning the battle against the snack attacks! Good luck this week. I know emoticon

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KNITTABLES 9/11/2010 1:55PM

    Great job this week and you will rock it out next week and make your goal. WTG.

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    emoticonMichelle! What an awesome week for you!!!

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KENDRACARROLL 9/11/2010 10:25AM

    Great job! Congratulations.

I wonder, in a world of plenty and food available to us practically 24/7, what exactly puts us in a frenzy when we think about bridging the gap between meals without eating? I'm of the same mindset and what the heck is this about anyway?

Sometimes I think reading too much and too many conflicting opinions is just adding to the general confusion.

I've often weighed the advantages/disadvantages of 3 square meals versus constant mini meals throughout the day and came to the conclusion that I can't mini-meal. I've proven that to myself (again!) so far this month.

So, I'm with you, let's cut out the snacking and find more meaningful things to do between meals.

Happy Saturday!

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HSMOMX2 9/11/2010 10:04AM

  emoticon emoticon I'm sure you will hit your goal this week too. Keep up the planning for success and great work. You will get there!

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    emoticon on a emoticon week Michelle! emoticon

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This weeks last chance day:

Friday, September 10, 2010

emoticonThis week has been full of my own person struggles with myself. I can't say how my weigh in is going to go and really I don't know if I want to. I'm just happy to have succeeded in making it through one day with success. I had choices and options and I choose the right ones. Now day two? hum, that is the question of the day...I never seem to be able to pull off two in a row, today seems like a good day for new records.

I have decided that snacking is not in my plan for a while. That is what gets me everytime. I say i'm going to have a snack and it turns into multiple snacks, bingeing. So i've decided to have fruit or ff pudding with meals and let it be in the plan and not an after thought. I'm going to purchase one, count them one, 100 calorie snack option for the moments when nothing else will do but a moment. I have to get a grip on myself and my plan and move this train forward.

I have so much success just waiting for me.

A emoticonmoment I have to share: I was out doing my morning walk/run and my neighbor ( I live in the country neighbor is one mile up the road) drove by me and stopped me, she told me that I looked terrific and to keep on doing what I was doing. I thanked her and the smile on my face couldn't be denied. As I walked away and she drove off I felt like crying. Here I was just thinking that maybe I wasn't cut out for this and here she comes. I knew god was listening and that was my sign to keep going strong. So i'm going to get strong for myself. I have come so far and no matter how long it takes me to get there i'm getting there.


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 9/10/2010 11:35PM

    My friend, you can do this and we will do it together!! You ARE that strong, beautiful woman so let her shine!! Keep the grin on your face and know you have come so very far and we WILL succeed!!!
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KNITTABLES 9/10/2010 4:35PM

    You can do it and you are doing it, great job.

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Ok enough:

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Enough self doubt, enough self blame, enough self sabotage. today is new, fresh, and i'm on it. I kick myself so much that I wonder if I'm able to move. I can't do that anylonger. Yesterday I survived the day but OMG the evening food I ate. So this has to stop. I will not do this to myself anylonger. I have goals, plans in place, new tactics, new friends to walk beside me as well as old still standing with me.

Kristi, we are going to do this, Kricket enough, i"m with you on this journey, cathy, I want to be where your at, and sandra...i'm going to be standing with you at goal soon. we all came to this journey together and by george i'm going to finish with each of you in turn. If you get there before me, please be patient with me, I have days and they slow me down, but i'm coming. If I reach it before you, i'll wait on you to join me before proceeding on.

we are strong women, we can see this through. I'm ready to beat this nonesense. Afterall it is a small thing standing in my way...well somewhat. but i'm stronger then the craving, I just havn't let myself see that in quite a while. But watch out i'm back ;and i'm mad.......

So my friends.....lets show um how it is done. Ready, set, go.

Michelle. emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 9/10/2010 11:33PM

    Michelle, I am with you! We will see this through to the finish line and beyond!! We are stronger than we give ourselves credit for, and there is nothing to stand in our way!!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 9/10/2010 5:08AM

You have so much greatness inside of you. You can and you will do this and I will catch up with you as we meet our challenges head on with victory and determination in our eyes!!!

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KNITTABLES 9/9/2010 5:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonGreat attitude and we will all be with you, right beside you every minute of every day. No more beating yourself, but give yourself every encouragement that you give me to yourself. All for one, and one for ALL. emoticon

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SLIMPAM23 9/9/2010 10:30AM

    Good attitude Michelle!!! You ALL will get there. And it will be in your own time!!!
Group Hug!!
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    Hey, we can do this!!!

Evenings and weekends can be hard.

I do better evenings, if I go to the gym. Usually after working out I'm not "snacky" anymore. I think, evening overeats for me are mainly from stress and/or releasing stress. What makes me think that food can help me unwind? Somehow I see that as a misconception. Ha!

Weekend overeats are mostly from boredom. A spend a good part of my weekends by myself, by choice. I just like to be a hermit... But I'm thinking this is not such a good choice either.

Ya, again it comes down to choices.
Okay, this is what I'm preaching to my 17-yo son and look at me... :)
I wonder if self-sabotage is a genetic trait, or is it taught, or is it self-inflicted?

Wow, what insight at 5:30 in the morning... Maybe I should get up this early more often - NOT!

Have a really great day.
Looking forward to a positive report tomorrow.

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ROSE5328 9/9/2010 8:40AM

    You can do it!

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    emoticon emoticon You're going to win at this!!!

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