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Excellence: isn't that where we are headed?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise,
risking more than others think is safe,
dreaming more than others think is practical,
and expecting more than others think is possible.
- Anonymous

Excellence is not a destination to be arrived at,
but a path of continual attention and improvement.
- jlh

I know i'm headed there. I want to reach it with little or no bruising and much glory that I did this. I have succeeded is what I want to say and shout. Each day we take this journey and stay focused even when we trip we are headed for excellence. Those that give in too soon really don't know the actual feeling of success. they just taste it. We that follow this path for a long time, strive for excellence and continue through out we savor it, we enjoy it, we encourage it from others.

Never give in or up. we can see this to the end. You are showing others how excellence can be.

Michelle.

  
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 10/24/2010 8:08AM

    I needed this!! emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/23/2010 10:35PM

    Thank you for being an inspiration to me each and every day. You are showing me that I CAN do this..just like YOU can do it! We might arrived banged up and bruised, but we will DEFINITELY arrive at our destination shouting to the mountaintops that we indeed are a success!!!
Kristi

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RACEMOM576900 10/23/2010 10:00PM

    Great Blog! Thanks for the inspiration.

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KNITTABLES 10/22/2010 1:52PM

    You will get there.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/22/2010 8:37AM

    Excellence is only achieved with hard work and a good bit of bruising. Lessons are often hard learned.

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Choices: its all about choices

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

We have so many choices in this life, where to live, work, play, what to eat, do, say, it isn't a wonder we find it so easy to follow the leader. But who really is the leader? It should be you. You are number one in your life. You have the right to choose. As with any part of your life you are here because you made a choice to get healthy. Why is it that others find it so darn enjoyable to help you make the wrong choices.

My choices are easy....I choose to lose. I choose to make the right choices, not always on a daily basis but on most days and times. I ordered donuts from the school. The deal was I would order the donuts to help the school, but the girl I ordered from would have to keep them at her house....her response? only if I ate one donut. Why? I mean is it really going to make that much difference if I eat one donut. Who is that benefiting? her? certainly not me. Now we hear all the time about being with active people if we want to be active, being with people who eat right if we want to eat right. You know something? they may be on to something there. So I've made a choice to not eat that donut. Because as my new adopted motto says " if it's to be, its up to me" and I choose to not eat that sugar mess.

Why do others find it so satisfying to see us fail? I will not fail. I 've already won, i'm still on this kick as some like to call it after two years. the others I started with, they came, they went. So for today I choose to plan, I choose to eat right, I choose to exercise. NO excuses, no veering off the road, no stepping to the curb. I have made a choice to get healthy. I intend to get healthy.

So im off to get going. As for that donut? I choose to not eat it and I don't have to explain my reasons, I just don't want it.

MIchelle.

  
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KNITTABLES 10/21/2010 2:18AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonNo explanations needed, you just do it.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/20/2010 10:11PM

    Way to go Michelle!! Actually I was wondering, when I read the other day that she wanted you to eat one of the donuts.I thought to myself, why?? What difference does it make to her if Michelle eats the donut?? LOL...good for you for deciding what it is you want and sticking up for that! You are doing a great job and you are succeeding each and every day!
(Now, I just have to learn to love exercise as much as you do! ha! I'm getting there...)
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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 10/20/2010 7:49PM

    You go Girl!!

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JESSIELOVE78 10/20/2010 12:05PM

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KENDRACARROLL 10/20/2010 10:59AM

    Good for you!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/20/2010 7:13AM

    Way to go, my friend!

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Working on me today

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

emoticontoday is work on me day. I need to get my mind in line with my body. I see the results, I know my failings, I know guilt, I want to know success. I want to feel the power of success. Oh my doctor was so proud of me yesterday. He said I made his day. Now that gives me the push I need to finish this part of my journey. i told him how it has taken me two years to lose 20 pounds, he just shook his head at me and said that was great. see he seems to agree that slow and steady wins this darn race. So i'm ok with the progress but i'm ready to finish this. A quote I see more and more on spark is "if it is to be it is up to me" that couldn't be truer for me right now. I have these moments where I lose self control. I eat till I can't move, mostly junk, for no other reason then for boredom or want. I'm really not hungry, i'm really not even bored, because truth be told I have so much other things i should be doing then eating till i'm sick. So what gives? that is the question that will win me the money.

emoticonSo i'm giving me a thumbs up for today, I'm ready to roll with the punches, creat the new me, throw the guilt away, enjoy the moment, and just be me. No more worry over those darn scales. Yup, some of you have made it, some are still making it, some are where i'm at, so we are all on different paths right now. I will not compare myself with one or the other. I am not you, your not me. We can help each other to reach our goals with ideas, suggestions and a push. But you can't hold my mouth shut and I can't force you to enjoy exercise as much as I do. So today is about me. It is about how I plan to reach my goals. It is about my strengths, weaknesses and my moments of glory. I will focus on me for one day. I hope that one day is a success but again, if it is to be it is up to me. No excuses, no crying over spilt milk. Today is work on me day.

Michelle.

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/20/2010 10:07PM

    You are so right, Michelle! We are in this together, even if we are at different stages. I'm behind you, no matter what, and I know you can keep on doing this. You're doing such a great job and you WILL live guilt free!
So, choices, choices choices!! It's up to us...
Kristi

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KNITTABLES 10/20/2010 1:46AM

    You are so right in what you wrote. Love the attitude. It is up to me and only me. Glad you are working on you and not someone else. congrats on the weight loss. slow and steady does win the race. emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 10/19/2010 1:14PM

    My doc is the same way...when you lose, no matter how small or how long it takes, he is ecstatic! Way to to go!

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RACEMOM576900 10/19/2010 10:53AM

    Love the attitude. You are so right. It is up to each of us individually and we are all at a different point in our journey. Support each other's goals will help us all reach our own goals.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/19/2010 10:06AM

    I agree ... emoticon

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HONEYFLOWER43 10/19/2010 8:59AM

    Wow Michelle!

You are absolutely correct, if it is to be it is up to me! I like that. You are lucky to have such a wonderful doctor the only thing that comes out of any doctor's mouth that I go to see is "you know you are carrying too much weight". I can't stand that, they never ask what are you doing for weight control and exercise? So you are lucky to have the support you need. I think we all need to take time for "ME" it is so important to love yourself. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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JESSIELOVE78 10/19/2010 8:58AM

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C25K Day one

Monday, October 18, 2010

emoticonToday I decided it was time to vamp my exercise routine a bit. My weight loss has been slow and I'm almost to goal. So it was time to change up a few things. My diet is basically great. I cover all the guidelines and I have room on most days for extras. I even have had what I like to call "moments" and the damage isn't as bad as it could be. I"m getting there like i've said before, slow and steady. So today I took on a new exercise training program. I've heard so much about it, i've been running for a while but really I haven't gotten too far, I still prefer to walk it. So today I laced up my tennis shoes and headed out. It shouldn't of been too bad heck it was only walk five minutes, run one minute, walk one and a half minutes, and run one, walk one and one-half for 20 minutes. Ok, off I go, omg, by the end of twenty minutes my one minute runs where like crawls, but I did it. I finished it. I was so proud of me I felt like rocky for a minute.

So as I head off to my doctors appointment, my six month cancer recheck, i'm going after a great exercise session and I can't wait to tell my doctor. He was so on to me for being over weight to begin with and now today i'm officially 20 lbs lighter and now i'm heading off in a new direction. I hope in the spring to run my first 5k. This has been a dream for a while and I hope to see it through.

No matter what today brings remember you have all the tommorrows to get it right.

Michelle.

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/18/2010 10:57PM

    Thank you for the commenting on my post. Good luck to you.

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JUNEBUG1944 10/18/2010 9:41PM

    Woohoo! You go, girl. You can do anything you set your mind to! Good luck with your doctor...we'll be emoticon emoticon for you!

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KNITTABLES 10/18/2010 8:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou go girl!

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 10/18/2010 7:40PM

    emoticon Michelle! emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/18/2010 1:58PM

    I'm so proud of you! You can do it! And I'll be cheering for you when you cross the finish line for that 5K!!!
Good luck with the doctor. Let me know how it goes. (yeah, I know, you'll be waiting for results..)
You've come so far and are doing such an amazing job! Keep it up!
Kristi

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BARBACASEC 10/18/2010 12:20PM

  good luck!! I just graduated from the C25k program and ran my first offical 5k race yesterday IT WAS AWESOME!!! the people, the crowd just the whole thing. i was shooting for under 37 mins and I was able to do it in 32.34!!! the plan works!! when I started I thought I was going to die after the first day but keep with it and before you know it 30 mins will be nothing!! I am starting the bridge to 10 plan tonight!! Cant wait to hear about your progress and you should def join the C25k group!!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/18/2010 10:08AM

    Go get em, Girl!

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ANMISU 10/18/2010 10:07AM

    Awesome! My first day for C25K is going to be tomorrow, no more putting it off. Hope all is well at the Doctor's. Keep up the great work!

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JUDYFRANCE 10/18/2010 9:56AM

    Good for you!! That is exactly how I started running. There is also a C25K group in SP - check them out....they are VERY motivating!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 10/18/2010 9:56AM

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You can do this girl!!!

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Slow and steady

Saturday, October 16, 2010

emoticonSlow and steady seems to be my mantra this month. I have lost a bit here and there but gained a bit also. I'm still in the same place I was but I'm sticking with the plan and getting my exercise so this is just a small bump in the road. emoticonI have got my goals in sight and the ribbon on my finger is reminding me that I have work to do still.

I"m not going to let myself down. I had a small gain is week but i'm good with that. I was kinda expecting it, I mean you can't fool those pesky emoticon no matter how you try. So i'm ready, i've got my goals set, i've got me set, and i'm ready to take on this new week. I have gotten in my walk today and my elliptical was put to work this evening.

tomorrow is dinner with my daughter for her weigh in and then our exercise and dinner session. We have come to count on those sunday dinners me and her. She keeps me grounded and I love to see her reaction when she steps on the scales and sees her hard work pay off also. this is a lifestyle that is worth paying forward.

So i'm off to begin the next step of my journey....rest.

  
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JESSIELOVE78 10/17/2010 10:22PM

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JUNEBUG1944 10/17/2010 4:28PM

    I hope you had a great visit with your daughter. It's fun to exercise with someone you love!

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RACEMOM576900 10/17/2010 12:42PM

    Keeping your goals in sight will keep you on track. Enjoy the dinner and time spent sharing this journey with your daughter! You are very fortunate to have this time with her.

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KENDRACARROLL 10/17/2010 11:48AM

    Enjoy the time with your daughter. I think this dinner on Sunday thing is great. Great way to keep in touch, great way to catch up, great way to motivate her and get some motivation in return. I'm wishing, your daughter had a successful week.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/17/2010 11:02AM

    Wishing you and your daughter the very best this week, Michelle! Let us know how your daughter did this week, will you? I feel like she's on this journey with us! emoticon emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 10/17/2010 9:21AM

    Enjoy your time with your daughter!!!!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/17/2010 12:34AM

    Have a good visit with your daughter tomorrow! And congratulations for knowing the scale is only a tool along the journey, and just because there is a slight bump in the road does not make all you HAVE accomplished disappear! You are doing great just keep it up!!!
Kristi

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KNITTABLES 10/16/2010 10:41PM

    Enjoy tomorrow and have a great week.

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