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Happy New Year!!!! 2011

Saturday, January 01, 2011

emoticon emoticon Day one is here. I"m so ready to jump in with both feet. I woke up this morning; and I have cleaned, thrown out, changed, washed. Out with the old and in with the new. I'm ready for some new. I have cleaned and thinned out a bit. Less clutter in my home hopefully means less in my mind. Hey doesn't hurt to try. I',m going to reach my goal weight this year. Notice I said I am. There is no doubt i'm going to. I have been on this roller coaster now two years. Yesterday was my sparkaversary. I forgot that till just now emoticonI'm ready to move forward. I have a few friends waiting for me to reach goal, One my daily exercise "coach" pam, the other my best buddy Kristi, and my Louise. One of my biggest supportors is my Previous Weight watchers team leader Cathy. She has given me boosts, set me straight, taught me so much. To you all i'm so very proud to be with you on this journey. We are all going to be successes this year. If not for us, it won't get done. I for one am done whining when I don't lose, who did that MIchelle? Me. I want to get on those scales each week with confidence, not shaking knowing I didn't do so great but hoping against hope that a loss will show up. Nope, not gonna happen people. If you cheat on the lifestyle you cheat on yourself.

I would like to share a few pics of my Chrismas and my other reason for getting healthy, my grandson. My daughter, she is ready now also to get healthy. A gift from my grandson and he took this pic, not bad for three years old huh? So you see this journey is not just about us, it is about the ones around us also. Who's life we touch each day.

I'm going to succeed in 2011, I won't have it anyother way.

Michelle.

  
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JESSIELOVE78 1/5/2011 11:35AM

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/2/2011 10:04PM

    Great blog, Michelle! This is going to be YOUR year, I just know it!! A fresh start, a new beginning to be anything we wish to be this year. I love the pictures, thanks for sharing! I'm glad you had a nice Christmas with your family.
So...this year we will work hard, we will see our goals become reality, and we will learn to be healthy AND happy!! (and maybe manage the budget better too?? boy, do I need some work in that area myself...sheesh...)
Happy New Year, Michelle, I wish you joy, peace good health.
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RACEMOM576900 1/2/2011 12:40AM

    You are going to reach your goals and so am I!! Debt free, healthy, and confident!! Dave Ramsey is great for becoming debt free. Just finished the book and working on the baby steps. Good luck in 2011. Looking forward to this journey with all my SP friends.

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IUHRYTR 1/1/2011 6:53PM

    If someone asked us, "Would you like to be overweight, out of breath, embarrassed by how you look and with health problems?" I wonder how many of us would answer, "Yes! Make me that way!" So why do we have such a difficult time deciding to get in shape? Keep up a good effort. Stay determined and focused. -- Lou

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KENDRACARROLL 1/1/2011 4:34PM

    Happy Sparkaversary and Happy New Year!
The journey continues.

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 1/1/2011 3:59PM

    emoticon Michelle...You will do it!
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Myrna

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KNITTABLES 1/1/2011 3:42PM

    Happy Anniversary and you can and will succeed this year. Great pictures. I too am throwing out the old and decluttering. Change is good. Have a great weekend. emoticon

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New Years eve: last blog of the year

Friday, December 31, 2010


Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Celebrate endings - for they precede new beginnings.
- jlh

I decided today I would blog just once more before the new year. this past year has seen many ups, downs, and so many inbetweens. I'm ready for the new year to begin so I can have a fresh start, fresh ideas, and fresh goals. Wait.........I can have that every day of the year. I could but sometimes I don't. The new year always brings with it the spark of new things to come, clean fresh starts, new goals and new resolutions. Some are kept some are forgotten long before they even begin. I have made two: reach my goal weight, and get myself on track with my budget. I'm getting there with the budget, which may I add is a lot like a new healthy lifestyle. You have to cut somethings, add others, and keep on track daily. I've kept it simple, im following the plan both in my budget and in my lifestyle where food, exercise and water are concered.

So I end this old year with so many new plans for the new year. I didn't even have to wait for the new calender, I began the beginning of the week. Good luck to you all in the coming year. Clean out the old and bring in the new.

Michelle.

  
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 1/1/2011 1:50PM

    I think the energy is different at the beginning of the year. But I agree we get a fresh start daily and we will do this! Congrats in advance on a successful year! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 1/1/2011 10:08AM

    Focus on losing one pound at a time. Anyone can lose a pound. Doesn't matter how long it takes. When you do, congratulate yourself and then aim for one more pound. Each success will build confidence and make reaching your goal weight easier than trying to focus on the total you want you lose. Best of success to you. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 12/31/2010 8:21PM

    Happy New Years. All the best for your family in 2011 emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 12/31/2010 12:55PM

    May 2011 bring you the best :)
Happy New Year!
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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 12/31/2010 7:31AM

    Happy New Year Michelle! 2011 can be your year to shine.
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Moving forward to a new year

Sunday, December 26, 2010

As this year draws to a close i'm able to look back and see where i've come from and now look forward to where I want to go. I have so many new wishes for the coming year. I want to see my "magic number" appear in the scale window, I want to shake off this funk i've been in now for a bit, I want to see my daughter married May 7th, I want to watch my grandson become the wonderful little boy he is turning into. I want to be happy. I"m not looking for riches, or gold, I just want to be happy. I guess that is all any of us can ask for at any given time. we just have to work at it. Happiness comes so easy to some and the rest of us have to really work at it. I'm learning to see my blessings each and everyday. I write of them in my journal daily. Helps me to see i've been blessed.

So as I approach this new year with so much excitement and the plans I have for the coming year, i'm blessed to have spark, i'm blessed to have Weight watchers, I'm just plain blessed in this journey. I have made so many friends, they help to hold me up, and give me so many great ideas for the new me i'm becoming. After all we are all works in progress as this juncture in our lives. None of us is perfect yet. we all have a ways to go to get there, but i'm proud to walk this path with all of you.

I sat down this morning and wrote my goals out for the coming year. I have my plan in place and with a little help from my friends I will hope to reach a couple of them. The plan is pretty easy, mostly same ole same ole. I need to exercise, drink my water, get my fruits and veggies, my rest. the rest should fall into place once i've taken care of me.

So today I begin my new journey for the new year. I have so far to go and really i'm right there. the journey is funny like that, it can lead you all over or right next door.

Michelle.

  
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JUNEBUG1944 12/29/2010 11:31PM

    Oh yeah, you'll get to your goal weight with no problem...just don't stress about it and you'll do it! Besides, Pam needs your help... emoticon

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SLIMPAM23 12/29/2010 5:20PM

    You are going to see that magic number before you know it. I hope it's soon though because I stink at maintaining and I want YOU to get to the maintenance stage so you can show me how to do it!!!! 2011 is going to be a GREAT year for all of us!!
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NEWNAC304 12/28/2010 3:36PM

    Wishing you the best of luck on your journey! You're doing great, you can do it!

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NEWGUN71 12/27/2010 7:16PM

    Sounds like you have made yourself a map and have your journey planned. Good luck and looking forward to a great year for all of us.

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BARBARAJ73 12/27/2010 12:31PM

    emoticon Have a wonderful year ahead!

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KNITTABLES 12/27/2010 3:35AM

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CHINAGAL 12/26/2010 10:54PM

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IUHRYTR 12/26/2010 9:07PM

    Plan for one pound at a time. Makes our goals easier to visualize and to reach. emoticon -- Lou

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 12/26/2010 8:33PM

    WE are all here with you on this journey, cheering you on to success, one day at a time! We will see great things this year, I know we will.

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KENDRACARROLL 12/26/2010 10:20AM

    No one is perfect... that's why pencils have erasers. ~Author Unknown

They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds. ~Wilt Chamberlain

The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye. ~Winston Churchill

I'll be there with you in 2011 emoticon
Let's make it great!

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THIAWINTER 12/26/2010 7:55AM

    I'm on the journey with you! I'm blessed here, and I'm also a Weight Watcher. Here's to the journey! emoticon

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NWLIFESRC 12/26/2010 7:53AM

    Have a great journey

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Christmas with my family

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I will post a few pics hopefully this weekend. My daughter borrowed my camera as hers won't work. So I don't have it to download what we took. My grandson was awesome this year. we do it where he gets a gift, then it is someoneelses turn for a gift and so on. He waited his turn, and as he gets wayyyy more then us we give him a second in a row, he stopped us and told us it was his mommas turn for a present. I was so proud of him. He is so grown up sometimes. we told him he couldn't do gifts untill we all finished with dinner, when we where done he came to each of us in turn to ask if we were finished. It is amazing how grown up a three year old can be. I'm truly blessed this holiday.

I also will have a pic of my "Christmas tree of decorations". I look at it and can't believe all the good days I had. they were not all in a row but I got a lot of "stars" for my tree. I have a new calender for the new year and smiley faces this time. I'm going to succeed one moment at a time. I think this is a lot about us as we grow and about the losses. sometimes I forget that and having a visual helps me to see that really i'm doing great. I have bad days, but in the end i'm holding my own. I"m not losing like I would hope, but i;'m losing, i'm staying in the same weight range when i don't. I need to start seeing the glass as half full instead of always half empty.

So as the new year approaches i'm hoping for a sence of renewal. Rebirth so to speak. A fresh year, with fresh starts, fresh ideas and outlooks. What more do we need? nothing.

I want to wish all a very Merry christmas this holiday season. Be blessed in all that you do.

Michelle.

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 12/26/2010 8:31PM

    You will have a wonderful new year, Michelle! I'm so glad you enjoyed your Christmas with your family. Enjoy that precious grandson of yours and all these wonderful memories you are making with him!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 12/26/2010 7:13AM

    What a great attitude! Part of the journey is not losing the weight, but changing our thought processes. You're doing that, my friend ... and you're doing it well!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/25/2010 2:16PM

    Merry Christmas!
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IUHRYTR 12/25/2010 9:23AM

    That was so polite and grownup of him to wait for Momma. Precious moments. Hope you have a blessed day. -- Lou

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SYLVIALYNN2 12/25/2010 8:31AM

    Sounds like a lovely time with family. Glad the Reward Tree inspired you. Maybe you could make a Snowman for January. a Heart or Cupid for February and a Shamrock for March.

I can just see Ms. Snowwoman dressed in a lot of gold and silver stars for bling. A couple of rows of stars for a belt and hat band. Other colors for shoes and gloves.

Merry Christmas and wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous 2011.

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Week 3: Weigh in on Christmas eve

Friday, December 24, 2010

emoticonI refuse to go quietly into that good night. I"m down 0.2 this week. I worked hard for that. I was expecting a bit more. But i"m not giving up or in, i'm not going quietly and i'm not ready to quit. My weight doesn't have me yet. I'm actually down 2 inches total in the last month. took those measurements today also. So even though my weight is plugging along my body is taking on shape, definition and soon the weight will come with it. So today Christmas eve begins my new week. Week three on the new weight watchers program. I"m not seeing a huge change in my weight from it but i'm still working out the kinks. At least that is what I like to tell myself. emoticonI'm going to win this battle of the bulge if it takes me another year to do it. I wanted to be at goal by years end, that isn't going to happen, but in a glass half full kinda way i'm down another 5 pounds this year. I know that sounds really lame, but when your close to goal, stop and start as many times as I do, stress, holidays now, well it all works to hold us back. And if I'm truthful with you all and myself it is probably because i'm getting settled at this weight. I like the size i'm at, I like the way I look. I know it isn't in the healthy BMI range yet, and it isn't goal, but I'm ok here for the time being. Is this the weight I want to be? Nope. I'm still holding out for that magic number, so if it takes me another year, Oh well at least it will stay off that way.

So I give it my all not to get too upset over these things. Not that I don't, I feel like I give it my all and then to step on the scales and loose a tiny amount is really disheartening. but again i'm doing my best to see that i'm making headway. Rome wasn't built in a night and I guess this weight is going to come off easy. Some good things are worth fighting for. So I will sit down once again, plan my week stratagey, change up a few things, and then give it heck. There is still next week.

Happy holidays to you all and be blessed.

Michelle.

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 12/26/2010 8:29PM

    Congratulations on those inches! They are a wonderful way to know you are changing things, even if your scale doesn't cooperate. Michelle, you've had a great year. You are healthier, stronger and more focused than ever. Concentrate on finding the happiness and joy there is in life, enjoying your health (and looks, because yes, you look fabulous!) Hang in there hon, make 2011 YOUR year!!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 12/26/2010 7:10AM

    What a wonderful gift you've given yourself this year ... better health, better habits. You're doing so well!

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KNITTABLES 12/24/2010 2:40PM

    Merry Christmas. a small loss is a great loss. You are heading in the right direction and you have lost inches too. That is awesome.
Hugs.

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KENDRACARROLL 12/24/2010 12:25PM

    Don't let the scale get in the way of your feeling well. (The scale is E-V-I-L :))
We'll continue doing this in 2011 - it's our life!
Have a wonderful Christmas!
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IUHRYTR 12/24/2010 7:57AM

    Keep working toward that one pound, little by little. -- Lou

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