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The courage to continue

Thursday, November 04, 2010

From caring comes courage.
- Lao Tzu

emoticonEach morning I get up and the first thing I see is me. The me that is wondering if this is really me. I mean I see the face in the mirror, but I see a thin face looking back at me....i'm not thin. I'm a bit chunky to say the least. But you know what? I"m not. I'm thin. Really i'm about to goal and the me I see each day is probably the me i'm going to wake up to for as long as I allow myself to stay healthy. I choose to stay healthy forever. I'm enjoying this ride. I love to exercise, I enjoy healthy foods, really I do, and I enjoy the energy I have now.

If I didn't care about the me im working towards I would of given up at the first sign of struggle. the first sign that I was stuck at a plateau for over a month, the first time I over did and showed a gain (now that is a regular monthy thing every now and again). I have moments of weakness. Moments where I eat a bit too much. Ok, a lot too much. You know the ones i'm talking about the moments where our eyes are so much bigger then our stomachs. The moments where I may have a soda instead of the water I really should be having. the halloween candy that I have a bite of now and again. I'm not perfect. I have struggles, and some of those im still working on. But i've never given up. Oh i've thought about it. I've often decided that I'd much rather eat that junk then worry about what i'm eating.

emoticonBut i've stopped, woken up from the moment, and decided I was going to do this. I was going to see the magic number, I was going to reach my goals, I was going to see me the way I want to be seen. I was going to look in the mirror one day and like the me looking back. Well i'm there. I can't say I see the me looking back yet...i'm working on that. The mind can be fickle with weight loss, but i'm enjoying the ride.

So don't give up just because you have "moments", after all what a boring ride this would be if each day was like the last.

Michelle.

  
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TENACIOUSTIGER 11/7/2010 8:56AM

    love this yes we have to care about ourselves and from there we will finf the courage to make the changes that we need. emoticon

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KNITTABLES 11/4/2010 3:46PM

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JESSIELOVE78 11/4/2010 10:59AM

    emoticon Thank you for the great blog. emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/4/2010 9:11AM

    My friend, you do have the courage to do this. You ARE doing it, each and every day that you put yourself first. You know what you want to achieve and you have found ways to get there. Keep working on seeing the YOU that everyone else sees. One day, like magic, she is going to appear and when she does, welcome her with open arms. A number is just that..a number. Sure, we all have one in mind that we want to see, but it's just a general idea. It doesn't show us who we are...what we can achieve, how strong or brilliant we are. The struggles are always going to be here, the success lies in not giving up when you hit the bump in the road, but allowing yourself to be "less than perfect" and moving on.
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Kristi

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When all else fails: continue

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.

- W.J. Camero



Persistence. Persistence. Persistence

None of us are perfect. I know reading blogs, looking at pics, seeing the makeovers of all the success stories. These great people all have had to overcome challenges. Anything worth having in this world we have to work for. I know some want to take the easy route...you know there really is no magic pill for that....and then there are the rest of us. we get up each day with a new feeling of "I can do this", and by george we can. We just have to plan, fall down, pick ourselves back up, dust off our butts, and get back at it.

I know that I could of taken this weight off in a lot less time. But i've had "moments" oh so many it seems. I have to be honest though it was those moments that got me to this final lag of my weight loss journey. No, i'm not at the finish line....will I ever be? I hope not. Maintenance is lifetime and that is where I want to be. I read a message board last night that kinda bothered me...it was a women who had reached her goal...she is so low in weight that to stay there she eats only at home, very few calories, no eating out....she made that choice. she said she would rather be thin then to eat that other food. Now for me that isn't an option. I want to enjoy life. I want that piece of pizza, that snack size chocolate, those chips on occasion, I want to go to a cook-out and eat a hamburger. I want to enjoy the full extent of life. If that means i'm going to be at the top of my weight range well that is where I will sit.

We can finish this journey with ourselves intact. I have come so far and not just in weight, this journey has been about mistakes, healing, options and most of all CHOICES.

So when all else fails....continue.

Michelle.

  
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TENACIOUSTIGER 11/7/2010 8:54AM

    i agree with you, thanks for your blog its hard to find the balance between trying to stick to your plan and eat clean and living life but we have to keep on trying. emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/4/2010 9:14AM

    Well said, and I agree!! I want to be healthy..not live my life in a bubble!! Perfection is different for everyone..we all just have to figure out what it is that WE seek and how we can get there. You are doing an amazing job!!
Kristi

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 11/3/2010 7:28PM

    Very well said, Michelle! I agree that I prefer to be at the top of my weight range if that's where I can be healthy and HAPPY. Skinny might be nice, but happy and at peace with myself while I enjoy life is soooo much nicer!

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KNITTABLES 11/3/2010 12:42PM

    Thanks for this blog and your words.

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KENDRACARROLL 11/3/2010 11:09AM

    That's why it's probably a good thing to take time on this journey. Your head needs to catch up with your body. If your head's not there I think maintenance is hardly possible.

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RACEMOM576900 11/3/2010 9:39AM

    I so agree with you. What good is it to be "skinny" and not be able to enjoy the things we like? Being healthy is not about being "skinny" but being energetic enough to enjoy those activities you like to do, being comfortable with your body, and really knowing who you are with in the body. It does encompase the body, mind, and soul. Thank you so much for this blog.

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JUDYFRANCE 11/3/2010 8:58AM

    Thanks for your words. It IS about having fun on the journey, too. I wouldn't do it if it wasn't fun. I love the quote - it is pertinent for me today. Thanks.

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JESSIELOVE78 11/3/2010 8:38AM

    I agree with you too. I think everything needs balanced in life and food. We need to remember that when we fall, get back up. Thank you for the great blog!!!
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MICHELLYD 11/3/2010 8:28AM

    I'd have to agree with you there. I want to be able to enjoy life. Continuing seems to me to be the best choice. When I go to that cook out, I'm having that burger and hope you do to. I'll to extra situps if thats what it takes. You go girl!!
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WE HAVE THE POWER

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela

WE HAVE THE POWER TO SEE THIS THROUGH. WE HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE IT TO THE END. YOU KNOW THE SAYING IF IT IS TO BE IT'S UP TO ME. THAT IS TRUE OF HEALTY LIVING AND LOSING WEIGHT ALSO. SOMETIMES WE DON'T SEE THE GOOD WE DO THROUGH THE BAD. EACH NIGHT I JOURNAL THREE SUCCESSESS FROM THE DAY. COULD BE AS SIMPLE AS DRINKING MY WATER, GETTING IN MY FRUITS AND VEGGIES, TO NOT STRESSING AT WORK, SURVIVING A TOUGH DAY, TO JUST GETTING UP AND MOVING. IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH GOOD IS IN OUR DAYS IF WE JUST ALLOW OURSELVES TO SEE IT. WE ARE SO QUICK TO PAT SOMEONE ELSE ON THE BACK, WHY NOT OURSELVES? WE ARE WORTHY.

MICHELLE.

  
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SLIMPAM23 11/3/2010 5:04PM

    Hey Michelle!! Thank you so much for the reminder!! And you are right - we are SO good as seeing the good in others....but fail to notice all that is good within us and all that we have accomplished!! I'm patting as we speak!!
Hugs,
Pam

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/2/2010 10:34PM

    Michelle, you are absolutely right! We tend to focus on what we haven't done and always always forget what we HAVE done. Perspective.
We can do this. I will help you in any way I can to see the positive, find ways to work on problem areas and accomplish all your goals! You are strong, you are capeable, and you DO have the power!!
Kristi

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KNITTABLES 11/2/2010 2:19PM

    Your so right. we can do this. Thanks for sharing.

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KENDRACARROLL 11/2/2010 10:12AM

    All capital letters today? :)
YES, YOU CAN DO THIS! YES, WE CAN DO THIS!
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RACEMOM576900 11/2/2010 7:48AM

    Michelle,
You are so right! Thank you for posting this bit of inspiration. It will help me through my day.

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Today is my day to plan

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ok, this is the last day of october and the beginning of the dreaded holidays. Mine won't be bad but I need to get myself on plan. I have been pretty good, but I want to be great. This journey has taken me to places I never thought I'd go, and I've eaten foods I wouldn't of eaten before. But you know what? i'm a better person and 21 pounds lighter for it. So never doubt your goals, dreams, or plans. One day you will wake up and be the person you always knew you could be. So i'm off to plan my new month goals.

Michelle.

  
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RACEMOM576900 11/1/2010 8:36PM

    Great idea thinking ahead and making a plan. Holidays are very difficult especially with so many so close together. I think we all need to be strong and support each other as much as possible.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/1/2010 11:44AM

    I have given into to believing WHOLE HEARTEDLY that planning is important!! I am "planning" to do the same!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/1/2010 10:09AM

    We will make it through the holidays intact!!
You have a new month and I know you will make the most of it. You've accomplished so much and you will continue to succeed!!
Kristi

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ALYCECOMER 10/31/2010 6:34PM

  Way to be proactive and plan / prepare for the upcoming holidays! :) Good for you! emoticon

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JUDY4652 10/31/2010 5:17PM

    Well done! Shows it pays to plan! Keep up the excellent work!

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Weigh in day

Saturday, October 30, 2010

emoticonToday was my official weigh in day. You know the one, where the scales are calling to you from the other room even before you get your coffee. You walk up to then, strip down (can't have anything extra on those darn things), step up on them, and wham emoticonYour up a bit. Not a lot, but enough to make you want to kick those darn scales through the bathroom wall, you know they are smiling at you. YUp, they win this week. But watch out next week. I'm going to take the lead. Actually i'm only up 0.4 and the month in total for october is 2.2 emoticon So i'm very happy with my progress for the month of October. I mean considering the tootsie rolls, the milyways, the gobstoppers, the donut sales. You get the picture. it could of been a very badddddd month. but I held strong through most of it. and got weak in the knees over the tootsie rolls. Sorry guys, those little chocolate midgees are my fav and have been since I was a kid. to be honest i'm not much of a candy person but those little things call my name.

I'm off to begin my next week, my day is planned, my exercise is going strong, i'm stronger still. so bring on the next month.......oh no,.... emoticon. thank goodness that is only one day of regret....lol.

  
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 10/31/2010 1:59PM

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Good that you see it in the positive. .4 could be water lol Have a great week!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/30/2010 11:04PM

    You had a good month, despite the tootsie rolls! (my DD loves those too!) You've done a great job,and you have made so much progress this month in ways other than the scale! You're doing great and you can continue to do so!!
Kristi

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RACEMOM576900 10/30/2010 10:09PM

    congrats on the progress! You can do this!

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KNITTABLES 10/30/2010 3:42PM

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KENDRACARROLL 10/30/2010 1:18PM

    So your trend this month is down. You're going the right way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 10/30/2010 9:54AM

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KELLYLEIP 10/30/2010 8:09AM

    Well at least you understand what was your downfall so you can start the day and week off successfully. You'll do it!

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SAMILUVSPINK 10/30/2010 7:53AM

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/30/2010 7:51AM

    emoticon You can, I know you can!!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/30/2010 7:46AM

  Never look behind you, only ahead! Believe it, achieve it! emoticon

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TBONE13 10/30/2010 7:41AM

  hang in there!!

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