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Today began a new journey

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

~Carl Bard

today my WW plan took on a whole new look, feel, and agenda. they revamped and I'm going along with the flow. It is new, inspiring, crazy, and really at this point a new game. there is no telling what this weigh in on friday will reveal with the new changes but they promise me that the next few weeks it will work itself out. Time will tell and If I find i'm not liking this I can always move on. So i'm excited to say the least.

The month has ended. darn I had things planned and goals to reach. I wanted to lose 3 pounds. I lost one. but that is one less I have to work on for december. I need to stop beating myself up and look at the positives in my days, weeks, and months. Afterall this journey is one positive after another. I really need to get to sleep for a whole night. maybe that will be my new goal for the coming month. Nope, stresses will make sure that doesn't happen. It is 1:30 and i'm up blogging on spark. I will head back to bed in a bit and then sleep till the alarm goes off. I've been doing this for a few nights now. I think it is just worries.

Ok, I have a new plan, a new month, and I need to set my next months goals. Hummmm something to work on.


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IUHRYTR 12/1/2010 7:41AM

    A new month for a new attitude and new goals. Wishing you the best of success in reaching yours. emoticon -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 11/30/2010 3:07PM

    A new month, new plans and new goals sounds great to me and I know you can and will do it. Good luck with the WW program.

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JUNEBUG1944 11/30/2010 2:06PM

    You are so close, Michelle! A pound is good...slow, but sure wins the race! You can and will do this! Your success will taste sooooooo sweet!
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/30/2010 9:46AM

    You can do it Michelle! Congratulations on your one pound - hey, it's progress, be proud! Good luck with the new WW program. I'm sure you will used to the changes in no time.
Hope you got a little more sleep. Hang in there, my friend, you can do this!!

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Learning to understand a few things

Sunday, November 28, 2010

emoticonWhat? Huh? i'm suppose to reach my goals and then move on. No way. I can't. What will I do with myself If I can't diet anylonger?

These a few questions i've asked over the last couple of months or so. I get near goal and wham i'm back up a couple of pounds, I say i'm never going to reach my goal weight and I proceed on. Get back to that spot and gain again....I think I may have this figured out. I was so sure that when I reached my goal I would have nothing left to do. I mean how could I come to this site when I had no dieting techniques to share. But you know what i've been thinking.......really I think I may have this. I can teach someone else. It was so simple all along. Once I reach my weight goal, I still have to maintain and there is someone else next in line that needs me and my journey to help them proceed forward.

I"m up for that. I was working with a friend yesterday, she brought the pharmacist all these pills from over the counter....she wanted something to boost her metabolism. I suggested exercise, nope that won't work for her, she needed something to rev it up, I suggested strength training (muscle burns extra calories), nope that doesn't work for her either. So I told her when she finds that magic pill to let me know because I would like some myself. the pharmacist told her to take a multi vitamin and go from there. Now people....i'm here to tell your there is no, none, nada, zip, zilch magic pill to make all this go away. The same food that got you here, the same emotions that keep you here, they are the ones that are going to get you out of here.

You will have to sweat. ONce or twice at least a week to begin with and I tell ya from experience you will probably go up from there until you become like me and just do it. My husband gives me extra time in the mornings now because he says that by the time I exercise, shower, and eat that takes two hours. He isn't wrong. I do about 40-50 min. of exericise daily and that includes the weekends.

You will also have to watch what you eat. That means you will have to start shopping, cooking at home, weighing and measureing, and even saying no on occasion. I know that doesn't sit well with alot of people but the truth hurts. what got you here again will keep you here if you don't change a few tactics.

And last but not least: emotions. They have a lot to do with a lot of things. If you are an emotional eater, boredom eater (me), or just plain an eater for no other reason but because your neighbor had it and it looked good.....your going to have to come up with a new way of dealing with this. For me it is staying busy, and actually thinking about it. IF I don't plan I fail.

So the next time someone asks how they can lose the weight....tell them to follow in your footsteps for one day and then go from there. this is a lot of hard work. You will sweat, cry, scream, and then one day it will all come together. You will wake up as I have and look in the mirror and the muscles you've always wanted are there. the healthful glow is with you. So im here to push you along, because you will need to be pushed, i'm here to pat you on the back, because every now and again you will need to be patted. I'm just here for you.

I'm off now to finish what I started. I want to reach my ultimate goal. I don't want to be sickly skinny, I don't want you to see my bones to prove i'm thin, I want to be the athletic looking woman in the front row.


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IUHRYTR 12/1/2010 7:42AM

    I guess it our nature somewhat to want things to be easy. But if they all were, we wouldn't appreciate the effort it took, would we? One positive day at a time. -- Lou

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/29/2010 5:47PM

    Michelle, you are putting it all together, and you are right, you will NOT be done when you see your number on the scale. You will still maintain that loss and lifestyle, and yes, there will still be those of us back here that need your support! You already are an inspiration, and once you begin maintenance you will STILL be an inspiration!!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/29/2010 5:37AM

    You have at least identified those self sabotaging thoughts!!! KUDOS to you! I did not understand my self sabotage until I gained all the weight back. BUT this is a journey and there were things I had to learn. WTG!!!!!

Yes you speak the truth about no miracle pill or plan!!!

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JUNEBUG1944 11/28/2010 8:19PM

    Wanna move in with me and push, prod, and pat? I like that...the athletic looking woman in the front row! That is a great thing to want...I want it too!

BTW...480 more minutes of WALKING? Are you nuts or what? LOL!

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And so a new week begins

Saturday, November 27, 2010

emoticonA new week begins. My ww plan is taking an overhaul come monday. they decided after 13 years it was time to revamp. Hey i'm all for that but come on. So i'm a bit nervous about that and me. I'll be ok but I know the old like the back of my hand. Hey maybe this will work out for me. New is always good on this journey. we can get complacent with the same old same old. I'm up for the challenge and maybe I can reach my goals with this new plan.

I've decided this is a new week and I can make it any thing I want. Today i'm on it, tomorrow may be a different story but i'm all for reaching my goals and seeing the results.

So today the new week begins and i"m on it.


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/29/2010 5:43PM

    Maybe the "new" plan will be just what you need to freshen up the journey!! Good luck!! It'll be great and you will MAKE it great!!

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JUNEBUG1944 11/28/2010 3:37PM

    You'll're a woman. And, if you don't like it, you can always WALK away!

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IUHRYTR 11/28/2010 12:19PM

    We can't succeed unless we try. Stay determined and make it one positive day after another. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 11/27/2010 3:48PM


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    I love the PointsPlus plan!!!! Hope you do too!!!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/27/2010 8:32AM

    This is a GREAT thing. When I was on WW they changed our plan with new books and everything and since I like new things it was fresh and I was more attentive! I hope the same happens for you. And oh yea I lost a good amt of weight!

I did not read your blog till after I posted on your page. hmmm! OH YEA BABY YOU FINT TO DO THIS!!!!! (yes that is my southern charm coming out)

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CHINAGAL 11/27/2010 7:58AM

    You will rock maintenance!

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BRONXBABE 11/27/2010 7:38AM

    Love your positive attitude!
Here's to us, reaching for our goals! emoticon

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Lessons from the scale

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ok, this morning in my normal weigh in day. So even though I hopped on yesterday I still do my usual weigh in.....well surprise i'm down .6 for the week. Ok lesson here: never get on those darn things before your time. they will lie, cheat, and steal their way into your subconsious. So today I treated to a wonderful surprise but also i've seen why weighing on your normal day is imperative to your sanity.

Well that holiday is passed. I survived it, ate according to my plan, and still had a loss. I'm a bit nervous about the next one though. That isn't just one day to handle it is a party and then cookies, and then the day. I can do this, i'm strong and i'm on to my "whittle away the pounds" for this week to reach goal. I had a friend lead me to a blog he wrote and it was based on the lumberjack and his swipes at chopping down the doesn't take just one chop, or ten... it takes a bunch of swipes to get the tree down. The same is true for us. Just because the scales don't show our successes each week doesn't mean we are not whittling away at the whole thing. each thing we do for our bodies is one more swipe towards reaching our goal. It made me realize i'm doing all I can for me. I exericse a lot and I love it. I drink my waters, eat my good foods and every now and again I give it a treat. It will all come together, I just need to be patient. So the next time you think about giving up think about the lunberjack and his tree.


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/29/2010 5:42PM

    Yay! Glad you had a loss on your "regular" weigh in day!! Woohoo!!! Ok, I'm getting to this late, I know..I've been so behind! I'm still cheering for you though!

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JUNEBUG1944 11/26/2010 9:24PM

    Glad to see your scale made you happy today! Way to go, my friend! Just keep at'll come. Slow, but sure, wins the race!

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IUHRYTR 11/26/2010 6:19PM

    I know this sounds like a broken record, but if we take things one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time, we will eventually succeed. Hang in there. -- Lou

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/26/2010 3:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 11/26/2010 1:54PM

    Scales do lie but you are so right. You are doing so well and you know emoticon. Have a great Friday.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 11/26/2010 10:39AM

    emoticonI'm soooooo happy for you!!! You're figuring this out! You're making this work!!! emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 11/26/2010 9:01AM

    emoticon Keep swinging that axe, Michelle! emoticon

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JESSIELOVE78 11/26/2010 8:06AM

    emoticon blog. You are so right!

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AMUNOIR 11/26/2010 7:48AM

    scales ge you up & down

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25, 2010

emoticonFirst and foremost I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my spark friends. This has been a journey this year that is for sure and you all have made it worth the trip. Thank you. I"m truly blessed to have you all in my corner.

Today I decided I would weigh in because since today I may choose bad options, I wanted to be "safe". well the scales didn't budge. So do I wait one day? will it really matter? I don't think it will be whatever it says I will post tomorrow. You know it is very disheartening to do all the right things and hop on those scales and expect to see a change, even a slight change, and nothing. You surely deflate. I know I did. I was so upset. I sat down and went back over my week to make sure I hadn't done anything I wasn't suppose to and forgot. Nope I did it all right. But I got in a lot of exercise, maybe too much and not enough food. Funny how not eating enough can cause as much trouble as eating too much. Funny thing our bodies.

I had my moment. I"m over it. I know that I did all that I could do. I can't go back only forward. I will do my darndest to have this week catch up with me next week. I have started exercising like a fiend and maybe I need to take a day off and just relax. I used to do sunday like that and then for some reason I was so wrapped up in exercise I kept going. Who knows maybe I need a day of rest both in food and exercise. Well ok exericse, never food. That would be a catastrophe for me.

Ok. I 'm off to put my turkey in the oven. I wonder when I get to go to my childrens homes and get to eat and bring the rolls. lol.


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 11/29/2010 5:40PM

    Hmmm..maybe if you are exercising more you need to account for that and adjust your calorie intake? Not sure how WW works that, I did WW years ago, and it's foggy...but maybe you're doing too much exercise for the amount of calories you are eating and it's stalling your loss?

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KNITTABLES 11/26/2010 12:48AM

    Happy Thanksgiving. emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 11/25/2010 4:13PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, dear friend! Did ya ever think ya may be gaining more muscle? Lots of exercise will do that.

My sister graduated to doing the holidays when my mother turned around niece started the Christmas cooking when she had her first baby (he's 15, now) because her husband refuses to go ANYWHERE for Christmas...he wants Christmas at their house so the kids can get up to Santa at home. Of course, my sister and I help...I do the pies (at least 4 this year) and my sister does...actually, I can't remember what she does, but the three of us are working in the kitchen to get that meal on the table. We have a great time!

So, to answer your question, probably when you are 75 or as soon as you get old and feeble... emoticon

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JESSIELOVE78 11/25/2010 12:28PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!!! Have an emoticon day!! You can do it.

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IUHRYTR 11/25/2010 12:27PM

    Perhaps reading my blog, "Are You a Lumberjack?" will hope put things into focus. I don't promote and beg people to read what I write like some people, but this one may be helpful. Stay the course. Never give. Always believe in yourself. -- Lou

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KENDRACARROLL 11/25/2010 10:52AM

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 11/25/2010 7:55AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Michelle! Don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes our bodies take awhile to show the results of our good habits. Have a blessed day with your family!

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GLOWORM1963 11/25/2010 7:12AM

    Happy Thanksgiving ~ Hope you have a Wonderful Day!!!

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