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Awesome!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Take the initiative - don't wait for life to come to you.

emoticonThat is my word for today. I spent the day with my daughter and her soon to be mother in law. we had a great time, very tiring, finding THE dress. You know the one that beats all the rest in the bunch. She tried on three, settled on the last one. We each at first liked a different one, we each picked her out one to try, she settled on MOMS. You see my daughter is a woman of a larger variety as she calls herself, beutiful, smart, strong, but when it comes to wedding dresses lets face it most are centered to the small bride. Well I suggested a bit plain in the bottom, no ruffles, we don't want to show off what we don't want seen, the one she has is strapless, beading at the top but not a lot, strait line, slip to make it stand out a bit, and it has the ties in the back. I suggested hiring someone to tie that on the day. lol. BUt it is beautiful and she is so excited.

We then headed to lunch. they chose churches chicken. OMG, not a healthy choice by anymeans but sooooo good. I counted each point, ate it all and i'm still full. I may not need dinner now. But they have been walking and eating right and amanda (my daughter) wanted churches. I have to say delicious. I also had to tell myself one meal will not undo my success. I finally had a loss this week after many ups, some bits of downs, and many staying the same. I don't want to mess with that. For me it is about learning to have and have not at the same time. I sometimes think I can't have things when one meal out is not going to kill me. I hope any how. lol.

So today was a success in many ways. Now i'm more determined than ever to reach my goal. It is for real, the dress is bought and now it is on to the bridesmaids dresses this coming week. So much to do so little time really. May 7th will be here before I know it.

wishing you all much success. I also want to thank you all for your comments on my blogs. I can't tell ya the smiles they bring and the push they give. Thank you.

Michelle.

  
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IAMFIREWORK 1/12/2011 9:21AM

    Awesome is right!!!! Congrats on finding the ress for her...mom knows best!

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JUNEBUG1944 1/9/2011 8:57PM

    Wow! You had a wonderful day! Finding THE dress on the first day out is terrific! Everyone needs some Church's occasionally...it's in the Southern blood...LOL!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 1/9/2011 3:34PM

    emoticon....Churches is good and you are right about one meal... you gonna be one HOT SEXY MAMMA!!!!! emoticon

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KRICKET4 1/9/2011 12:35PM

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/9/2011 12:14AM

    It made me smile to read this, because my thought was that you've come a long way! Just a short bit ago you would have been beating yourself up over the church's chicken even though you accounted for it, and even if you had the points! The fun you had would have gotten lost in your guilt over lunch. I guess I'm just trying to say that I'm proud of you and what you are accomplishing. You are learning to live this lifestyle and enjoy yourself too...and know that one meal even if it's isn't the healthiest option, is not going to turn you into a failure. That word is not in your vocabulary and you are doing FANTASTIC!!! I can't wait to see pics from the big day...and know your daughter will be stunning. So...what about the mother of the bride dress????

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IUHRYTR 1/8/2011 9:02PM

    Or, as my SP friend Leslie would say, awesomness! lol -- Lou

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SLIMPAM23 1/8/2011 9:01PM

    So glad you found THE dress!!! And you are right----One meal won't break you!! Glad you had a good time!
Pam

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RACEMOM576900 1/8/2011 7:56PM

    What a AWESOME day!!!

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KNITTABLES 1/8/2011 7:50PM

    I am so glad to hear that your daughter found THE DRESS. I love Churches Chicken and one day of eating it won't hurt, You did a lot of walking and will do more now that the wedding is around the corner. You WILL look great on that day. emoticon

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Finally!!

Friday, January 07, 2011

emoticonFirst off had my weekly weigh in: down 1.6. emoticonThis has been a week....Lets see....my homeowners insurance is 114.00 month they took 1114.00 out of my account. So i'm still in the midst of that battle. We thought it was settled but woke up this morning and they have tried again. Whoa nellie, that is not going happen. So again to the bank, insurance co. and so on. Then we make an appointment for my other female to get spade. She is set to go thursday..............We wake up wednesday morning and she is in distress emoticonyup, she gives us four puppies. No clue she was pregnant. Never even got big. Shocked to say the least. Needless to say that appointment is postponed till six weeks from now. lol. I mean I was so looking forward to this new fresh year. First week in and i'm already ready to pull my hair out. I do hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

On my journey though i've been doing great. I have lost this week, I hid my scales and i'm weighing back to once a week, I got on this morning and really didn't want to look down. I was so afraid that I really didn't do as good as I first thought. You know I said I wasn't going to do that, get on the scales with worry, but it does happen. I knew i had followed my plan, finally, and I knew I had gone wayyyyyy over on exercise, but really I was just hopeing for a small loss. but almost two pounds? wow that was a nice surprise. So yes lou, if you do what your suppose to you don't have the well how did that happen question that so many ask. My friend lou blogged about this not long ago. If you do what your suppose to, follow the guidelines, and by truthful with yourself, you will see results.

Ok, bring on week two of the new year. I mean heck after this week I can take most anything that is thrown my way. I think!!!!!

Michelle.

  
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TERESA6262 1/14/2011 6:37PM

    What a CRAZY surprise w/ the puppies!!! ARGGHHHH! I just got my little cat spayed over the holidays. Whew! I am so glad I've dodged the "litter of kittens" bullet! My dog is spayed... so I am safe for now... unless I get suckered into taking on another new pet! One little digit sure makes ALL the difference in an automatic withdrawal!!! Good luck on straightening THAT out! If stress makes you gain weight... then you have had an AWESOME week!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/7/2011 11:19PM

    Hope it all gets straight the second time around...and congratulations on the loss for the week, that is GREAT!! you've been working hard and it's nice the scales showed it!
Hey, if you start off the new year like this, then you should be up for anything it throws at you! At some point, you just have to laugh, you really do. The insurance, the puppies, whatever, it will NOT get you down because you are a strong, determined woman, that's why! So keep doing what you need to do and make this YOUR year!!
Kristi

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IUHRYTR 1/7/2011 8:54PM

    Yes, 1.6 pounds is a loss you should be proud of. It takes a while, just like how we put on our weight, but every loss is a success we should pat ourselves on the back for, then turn our aim on the next one pound. Keep up a good effort. emoticon -- Lou

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RACEMOM576900 1/7/2011 8:45PM

    emoticonon your weight loss. This is emoticon You have had a little bump in the road this week but you can get past it! You can do this and take on what ever comes your way! You are a very strong women! I know you can do it!

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 1/7/2011 7:07PM

    You've had quite a week Michelle! Congrats on the weight loss and on the surprise puppies (I think)! You'll win the battle with the insurance company too. You're right....after this past week, you should be able to take on anything and come out a winner!

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KNITTABLES 1/7/2011 5:27PM

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 1/7/2011 5:10PM

    GET DOWN GIRL GO HEAD GET DOWN!!!!!!!

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Hope they clear that money mess up soon!
NEW PUPS!!! OMG

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JESSIELOVE78 1/7/2011 12:44PM

    Congrats on loosing!!! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMPAM23 1/7/2011 11:52AM

    Good job Missy!!!! You are getting closer and closer!!! I had a good week too - and it felt good to be back on track. Congrats on the puppies!!! You gotta love them. Wish I could take one off your hands....but I don't feel like getting divorced in 2011.
Have a GREAT weekend and keep moving forward!!!
Pam

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KRICKET4 1/7/2011 10:15AM

    Great loss! Congratulations!

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CINDYRINAL 1/7/2011 8:55AM

    Michelle, Good for you! What a good way to end the week, with a weight loss. Shows you can do it even with all of life's stresses.
CindyRinAL

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JUNEBUG1944 1/7/2011 8:55AM

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Congrats on the puppies! Sorry about your insurance problems. I hope they get straightened out quickly. Woohoo and all that jazz on your weight loss. That is great! I know you've been working hard and it is s great to see the results you want!
The rest will be off soon and you'll be at goal!
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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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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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KRICKET4 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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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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KRICKET4 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!!
emoticon Here's to our many blessings!!!
Pam

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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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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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KRICKET4 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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