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We need to take action: for ourselves

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.
- Lee Ann Womack

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale

I"m a firm believer in making a plan. Now it can be anything from more water daily to exercise, new stratagies, new goals...changing them up will keep you and me from getting bored. When you take action you see results. I had two wonderful days of great results. I did have a bit of a treat last night but still within my calorie budget so I was good. Guilt? yup. working on that one though. I"m not perfect, i'm close to goal but I still have some things i'm working through. I don't intend to give up. That would be the easy way and i've never been one for the easy way.

So the next time I blog I hope that I can share a wonderful loss, a great moment, or a new breakthrough but until then, i'm still working out the kinks and just staying in the game.

Michelle.

  
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SLIMPAM23 2/3/2011 12:15PM

    Hey Girl----
I know that eating in the evening is something that you are working on.....but remember that if you plan your day calorie-wise so that you can have a snack...then don't feel guilty about that. That is normal. I know you are working on that because "just a snack" is not ordinarily what happens to you in the evenings....but if you DID just have a snack and you had the calories to cover that snack....then replace the guilt with a huge sense of accomplishment!!! And remember it's baby steps here....you can build on this one small victory!!!!!!
YOU CAN DO IT MICHELLE!!! You are going to get to goal soon!!
Pam

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KNITTABLES 2/3/2011 10:58AM

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SUZIEQ115 2/2/2011 10:51PM

    I agree! Making goals is very important. There's something about sitting with a pen and a fresh pad of paper and defining my goals that really motivate me.
I didn't grow up with a computer, so I still think better and am more creative with a pen and paper then a keyboard. There just isn't the same mental connection flowing from brain to keyboard as there is from brain to pen to paper!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/2/2011 10:13PM

    You're almost there, girl! You are doing it! Making goals works for you and that's great that you can make them achieve them!

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JESSIELOVE78 2/2/2011 12:54PM

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RACEMOM576900 2/2/2011 11:55AM

    Keep it up! You are so right and we all need to take more action sometimes. Have a wonderful day!

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KRICKET4 2/2/2011 10:28AM

    Staying in the game is all that matters. Results are what follows.

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IUHRYTR 2/2/2011 10:13AM

    Sometimes, simply keeping on track, even at a slow pace, is the best confidence builder we can have. A slow jog is still running. So stay the course every day to whatever extent you, and we, can. -- Lou

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JAMARIGOLD 2/2/2011 7:56AM

    Good to hear you choose to dance! emoticon

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My new week begins:

Sunday, January 30, 2011

emoticonI will be saying goodbye to my Alabama team and the challenge this week. According to my scales i've gained a bit. I was so hoping I could continue on another week but I should of known. I'm at a point in my journey where it is do or die time. My clock is ticking and the time is running out. I set my goal date to april 15th. That is when the "scale back Alabama" has their last weigh in. So now I will stick to my new plan, work my plan, and succeed. Goal is at hand and no time to play. I will weigh in the morning at the site so I can have a number to put on my tracker they gave me. their scales where off from mine. I know where I have to be and I know what is holding me back, now it is time to work on it.

I began yesterday evening with my new goals in my goals page. I didn't snack after dinner, I had broth with my dinner and a cup of decaf after. It worked. I did have that moment where my mind was saying I wanted something else.....I grabbed a stick of gum and chewed till the moment passed. It worked. I took control of the craving and rode it out. I felt so good when I got in the bed. Ok, it was only one evening but that is a beginning to a trend.

Ok. today is going to be great weather wise, i'm going to head outside and work in my flower beds getting them ready for spring. It will keep me busy and keep me from having a moment that lasts all afternoon.

So i'm off to begin my new week.

Michelle.

  
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JESSIELOVE78 2/1/2011 8:38AM

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/31/2011 3:57PM

    Way to go Michelle!! It has to begin somewhere and you are doing it!!

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IUHRYTR 1/30/2011 5:52PM

    Everything begins with the first step. Now, on to the second one. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 1/30/2011 1:53PM

    I know you will get it done. emoticon emoticon

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KRICKET4 1/30/2011 11:04AM

    Not snacking after dinner is a huge accomplishment. Everything always starts with day 1. Nice work.

Have fun in your garden today. We're expecting rain later on, so it will be an indoor, do laundry and get rid off all that paperwork, kind of day for me.

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RACEMOM576900 1/30/2011 10:12AM

    yes! you are going to have a wondeful week and you have the winning attitude!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 1/30/2011 9:12AM

    And a great week it will be!

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 1/30/2011 8:42AM

    emoticon Michelle!!

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Friendship and spark

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Distance cannot matter - ours is a friendship of the heart.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


I have been so busy lately and letting my sparking slide. I have decided that today i'm back to working this site like it should be worked. Oh I do what I need to each day to earn a few points, keep up with a few friends, but really i'm not doing all I could be for me. Today is a new day.

I haven't had a weigh in this week as of yet. I know I need to but i'm so busy and I don't really think I had a great week. That really isn't good considering I joined the scale back Alabama with some friends and they are counting on me. I guess it is the fear that I won't succeed that has put me in this place of not wanting to see the scales and what they hold. I should just bite the bullet, step on and be happy i'm still in the game. I may not have lost but i'm working as hard as I can to see this through. I really don't expect to see a 10 pound loss but shoot five or seven would be awesome. then I'd be at my goal. That is really all i'm looking for. To reach goal.

So this morning I sat down, wrote out some new goals I will enter into my goals page tonight for the new coming month, I will work these problem areas which have been the same since beginning spark.....eating after dinner. I don't mean just a snack I mean nonstop eating till I fall asleep. The worse part is I hate myself when i'm done. I'm not hungry I'm tired. So from today on I'm working on having a cup of decaf coffee after dinner, my new after dinner mint, and maybe a broth with my meal to help curb my appetite. I have to make a plan and follow it.

So the goals are set, the plan is in place. Now to work it. I'm so glad for spark and all that it offers. Now I will give back all that it gives me and I will be there for my friends as they have been there for me.

Michelle.

  
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JESSIELOVE78 2/1/2011 8:35AM

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/29/2011 9:44PM

    Michelle, you are doing so well. Life gets busy sometimes, but your friends are here for you, still cheering. It's time to step on the scale and see where you stand. Put an end to the wondering. You owe that to yourself. You know what your problem areas are, and you will keep working on ways to tackle those. Good work on making new goals...now let's get busy making sure we achieve those goals! You can do it Michelle!!

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IUHRYTR 1/29/2011 7:58PM

    Some people can not change their thinking from fearing a weight gain to expecting a loss. To me, that's one of the best things we can do for ourselves -- become more positive in our outlook and believing we can reach our goals. I weigh every day to keep me accountable. It's too easy to think we're doing okay a week at a time but the calories sometimes creep up on us. Weighing every morning lets us see how we're doing on a regular basis and adjust if we're up or be proud when we're down. Hope you find what works for you. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 1/29/2011 7:45PM

    Great goals and so achievable and great strategy. emoticon

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RACEMOM576900 1/29/2011 7:21PM

    Great job on setting those goals and writing them out on paper. They say you are more likely to succeed when you actually write them down! Good luck!

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KRICKET4 1/29/2011 11:44AM

    I've missed your daily blogs, but do understand that life gets in the way at times. Glad you're back and ready to move forward.

Great that you're working on a strategy to get your nighttime eating under control.
I'm thinking, maybe brush your teeth after dinner. I mean the whole routine, brush, floss, rinse, whatever you do. Spend a long time on it. Bet you'll think twice about putting another bite into your mouth after that, facing the prospect of having to do the entire toothbrush procedure all over again :)

I'll check out your page later, after you've entered all your new info.
Have a lovely Saturday.

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MRS.POOLE1 1/29/2011 11:38AM

    You can do it. In Lei-Lei's words and voice, "I'll be your friend.". I really do mean it. emoticon

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RACHGLAZE 1/29/2011 9:39AM

    Luck on your plans! I hope they work for you.

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Reaching for the gold:

Friday, January 21, 2011

emoticonI am happy to report that i'm now down another .4 this week. that puts me at 4.6 lbs to my ultimate goal. I'm doing it. I"ve lost weight for the last three weeks in a row. A new record for me. I'm reaching for the gold and i'm actually seeing the rewards 10 fold. Not just in my outside appearance, but inside as well. I"m gaining more confidence in myself. I"m seeing that as I reach small lifetime goals I'm gaining more strength in me. I quit smoking over ten years ago, funny but that seemed easy complared to losing this weight.

But as i've played with this last ten pounds i've come to realize I was letting myself down on so many levels. I was so caught up in my own mind that I was letting the flow just happen. I mean I had all the tools, I just needed to apply them. So the last few weeks i've done just that. I've set limits for myself, i've weighed, measured, and counted my way to almost three pounds this month. that is awesome, my goal for the month was two pounds. So far i'm a half pound over that. When I began this journey my bmi was 29 now it is 24.9. what a feeling to go from obese to overweight. Yup, still not in my bmi range...my goal is healthy. But im so close. Much closer then when I began this journey two years ago.

So no matter how we struggle, how much we want to give up, we can't. We can't quit on ourselves. we don't quit on others why not give us what we need. I know I am and i'm not afraid to tell what I want. I'm learning to open my mouth as I open my mind.

Reaching for the gold........you better believe I am.

Michelle.

  
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JESSIELOVE78 1/24/2011 2:03PM

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/22/2011 11:06PM

    Congratulations Michelle!!!!!!! You are AMAZING!!!
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JUNEBUG1944 1/22/2011 10:06AM

    You are so close...you'll make your goal...you are so determined and determination is the key!

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KNITTABLES 1/21/2011 3:52PM

    Your doing a great job, emoticon

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IUHRYTR 1/21/2011 3:25PM

    Isn't it reinforcing when we make progress? That's why I encourage aiming for a one pound loss rather than trying to visualize 20 or 50 or 100. Easier to picture and achieve. Every bit of success builds confidence and yours is shining brightly. Stay focused and positive. emoticon -- Lou

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BUMBLEBEE2451 1/21/2011 12:11PM

    emoticon you're almost there!

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RACEMOM576900 1/21/2011 8:29AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! You are doing awesome!

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ELLEN0407 1/21/2011 6:53AM

  good job

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I hold the key:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It is funny we hold the key to our own happiness, our own goals getting reached. I know what is holding me back for the most part. Fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of succeeding. Funny how fear can be the downfall of the human person. I fear change, I fear failing, but then again I fear succeeding.. Why? Because I may not succeed after getting this far, I may fall on my face with so many watching, then again I may succeed and do I stay that way or do I again go back to my old self. For me these are questions I have to ask as I"m sure so many before me and after will ask.

But you know what? I'm not so much afraid anymore as I am anxious. I'm ready to see the end result of all this hard work. I'm ready to face my demons head on. Because let's face it we wouldn't be here if not for some unknown force pulling us in that direction. I mean you don't decide to be over weight, who loves being so uncomfortable in their own skin. I sure didn't. I'm in a much smaller skin now, but the old fears still haunt me. I'm working them out one by one. I can see them clearly now. Sometimes I wish I had a big banner that said I have lost weight. I did it my way and the right way. The me people see today isn't the same me of two years ago. I'm more confident, stronger, active. I don't want to sit on the couch on the weekends, I want to move.

Yup I hold the key to me. I intend to unlock the new me and keep her safe from the old one. hopefully that woman is a thing of the past. A woman my daughter knows works in the same walmart I do, she said she knew me by the "one that eats all that healthy food:", to some that may be a knock, to me that was a compliment. Maybe I can be the picture and someone else may say "someday I want to be just like her". No magic pill here, just old fashioned hard work.

So grab your key and unlock the new you. One day and one pound at a time.

Michelle.

  
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JUNEBUG1944 1/22/2011 10:05AM

    Good blog, Michelle! That's a good moniker..."the one who eats all the healthy food." So much better than the "fat one" or the "one who eats junkfood." That's a good legacy! You are making a difference because people are noticing you and seeing that your are doing the right thing! You go, girl!

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RACEMOM576900 1/19/2011 9:21PM

    Great job Michelle! Thank you for sharing! You are so right and we all have our own fears to face...one at a time.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/18/2011 11:07PM

    Michelle, you know I can relate. To let go of that fear is going to take some work, but we are going to do it. One pound at a time, and those fears will lose their hold. You're doing so well. We can do this.
Kristi

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IUHRYTR 1/18/2011 8:00PM

    Why do we fear succeeding with our weight loss? Shouldn't this be a precious gift we give ourselves and celebrate when we do succeed? Let's do this for us and us alone, one positive day and one pound at a time. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 1/18/2011 3:44PM

    I can so relate to this blog about fear. I like you need to just go for it and trust in the process that it will all be fine in the end. emoticon

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