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Welcome change:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
- Harold Wilson

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

We must be the change we wish to see.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

Change always comes bearing gifts.
- Price Pritchett

These last days i've been following the nutrition tracker, changing up when I need to, and getting my exercise in. So far i'm down 1.6#. change is good. I needed to change up a bit and get back on track. I was sitting still and not moving really. I was down, up, and sometimes felt sideways. I'm proud to say i've had six great days in a row. I have stuck with my plan and not veered off the beaten path, I've even found room to have a snack in the evenings when It is needed. My mindless munching is getting a new makeover and maybe this can become a habit and a way of life.

Ok, I hope all had a wonderful valentines day. My hubby had dinner done when I got home, candles, and I had a tub drawn. Now that is a gift. Relaxation. I needed it. I've been working eight straight days and I was beat. Today i'm off and I hope to get out in this wonderful Alabama weather and enjoy it.

What changes have you made for you?

Michelle.

  
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2BBLICIOUS 2/16/2011 9:36AM

    Way to go!! I've found that making small changes along the way have made a HUGE difference, and haven't stressed me out!
I'm in Alabama as well. Isn't the weather just BEAUTIFUL? I'm looking forward to getting my afternoon walk in today.

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IUHRYTR 2/15/2011 8:58PM

    Six positive days in a row. Good going. Now on to number seven! -- Lou

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JUNEBUG1944 2/15/2011 6:48PM

    Mmmmm, your DH is a sweetie! How nice for you! Sounds like you're on track again, that's great, Michelle! Way to go!

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KNITTABLES 2/15/2011 3:26PM

    Awesome job getting those six day in straight. Enjoy your day off.

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KRICKET4 2/15/2011 10:57AM

    Sounds like things are going your way :)
Keep up the good work.

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MUVFASTA 2/15/2011 5:22AM

    I love the quotes! Here's another:

"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies."

~Author Unknown

Changes? No more mindless eating. Looking for opportunities to move. Being satisfied with slow weight loss.

What a sweetheart you hubby is. Mine fixed me dinner as well.

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This is my time

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.

I woke up as out of a dream, I have had the best week. I have been using spark nutrition tracker this week, I'm eating just as it tells me to, I've not had a mindless moment in four days running. Wow, what a feeling of control finally. I felt like I had made this journey and had learned nothing. Im still not where I want to be but i'm learning each day. After all this is my time and I 'm going to make the most of it. I have had many regrets on this journey, one is not yet reaching my goal when I see so many others with more to lose and they have made it so much further than I , It was like I had just kinda coasted to this point in my journey without really learning anything about me. Well i'm learning each and everyday. The slowness of the loss has helped me to keep it off, i've learned that I love to workout and if I miss a day the world doesn't come to an end but I sure feel like it is, i"m still learning portion control on certain foods, but i've learned I enjoy earning a "star" for day done right. This month alone so far i'm up to six. Way better then last month total.

Yeah this is my time, my time to grow, learn, succeed, and just be me.

Michelle.

  
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IUHRYTR 2/14/2011 7:58PM

    Slow and steady wins the weight loss race. Keep up a good effort. -- Lou

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JUNEBUG1944 2/13/2011 4:47PM

    Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon...that's great! Way to go, Michelle. We know that slow and steady wins the race. You're getting there!

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KRICKET4 2/13/2011 2:48PM

    Nice going!

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KNITTABLES 2/13/2011 1:34PM

    You are a star, great job.

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JBARSTOW 2/13/2011 10:35AM

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RACHGLAZE 2/13/2011 9:43AM

    WTG!

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Accountability

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

- Goethe

I have decided I need to have accountability over me. I know i've talked about this before and I have surpassed my goals in a lot of things but i'm still working on the mindlessness of some of my snacking. I mean what is my problem? I need to quit with this. I know I sound like a broken record over this and many think I should just relax, but this is the one area in all of this I have yet to get a handle on. I don't really think i've given it much thought. I know i've not given it much of a push in the right direction. But like the quote says "boldness has genius and power magic" so today I take power over my actions. I decide where I go from here. I decide how it is to play out.

I purchased my items for the week, no chips, no cookies, no crackers. All my problem foods i've left out of the house. I got fruit, yogurt, granola bars, and veggies. I mean I got bags of oranges, fridge pack of yogurt. I have no excuse not to eat healthy. I have no excuse for eating junk at night. I have no excuse for not getting my dairy, I have the foods now I need to plan them into my days. Where there is plan there is no mistakes. So my day was planned around the healthy guidelines of ww. I have my milk, fruit and veggies, protiens, oils, and i'm ready to face the day.

I'm off now to get in the one item I seem to have no trouble with, thank god its my saving grace, exercise. Without which I would of probably gained back most of my loss a long time ago. lol. It keeps me on the level and in the zone.

So today i'm accountable to me. I'm the one that matters, i'm the one that has control, and i'm the one standing in my way at the finish line. today I begin my life fresh, my journey is new and full of promise. How about you?

Michelle.

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/10/2011 10:08PM

    You can do it. I know you will find that happy medium where you are able to have the occasional treat and still live the healhty lifestyle..WITHOUT going overboard and WITHOUT the guilt. You'll figure it out and you will be fine!

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IUHRYTR 2/9/2011 10:23PM

    When tempted, it helps to constantly picture how we will look when we reach our weight loss goal and then ask ourselves if the cookie, etc., is worth it. Stay focused and positive. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 2/9/2011 7:48PM

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SLIMPAM23 2/9/2011 1:54PM

    Michelle---
I am having the same issues. But I think I have worked myself right into self-sabotage. I was buying things that weren't good for me AND my husband doesn't eat on a regular basis. Why would I keep things in the house that would only cause my grief? So - I am taking a chapter from your book and getting rid of all the chips and crap in my house that don't need to be there....
Maybe I haven't LOST my control over these things....maybe I was setting myself up for certain disaster!!
We'll get through this I am sure. You are a very determined woman as am I - and we aren't going down without a fight!!
Hugs,
Pam

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KRICKET4 2/9/2011 10:03AM

    I read this yesterday:

"If you truly made the choice to reach this goal, then you have to act on it whenever it's appropriate. You have to be both systematic and flexible. The flexible part happens when you have to skip a workout or indulge in a "cheat" meal to accommodate the other choices you've made - to be in a relationship, to keep a job, to raise children, to remember the taste of chocolate cake.
But it's the systematic part that defines the choice you've made. You might stumble, you might veer, you might even hit a brick wall at some point. but in the end, if the goal you've articulated is truly a choice and not a daydream or fantasy, then you'll figure out the right system. It's fine to get advice. It's okay to make adjustments and accommodations. It's even all right to change your goal, if you decide your target is too modest or ambitious.
The choice is yours.

~ From the book "The New Rules of Lifting for Women" by Lou Schuler

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JUNEBUG1944 2/9/2011 10:01AM

    Well, Michelle, you have all the good things in the house. But, are you depriving yourself? You have to have a goodie once in awhile. The key is to limit yourself to one serving and not the whole package! Yeah, I know, easier said than done! I'm working on it and some days it's hard, others, not so much. The exercise is important and you've got that down pat. Good for you! Half the battle is won!

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QUEENIE27161 2/9/2011 9:06AM

    I need to be accountable to me to. That is a skill, that I have not learned.

This whole diet thing and accountability is new to me. I have wanted to lose weight for years, but I new did because I already new before starting I would fail. Well. No more.

I am taking this journey slow, and now I know I need to add accountability to it as well.

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What an awesome weekend

Sunday, February 06, 2011

emoticon emoticonThis weekend was so wonderful. The sun was out the weather was a bit chilly but still comfortable to get out in. I took the dogs for walks both days. Yesterday about a mile and today we did two. They are now resting and i'm sparking a bit before dinner. I just couldn't let this weather pass me by.

emoticon emoticonand cheese-its where my enemies this weekend. I tride to stay strong but they had me beat. But I handled it well, stuck to my guns and still stayed within my range for the day. I had a heart to heart with myself this afternoon on my walk and I have decided I won't be buying the cheez-its or candy any longer. The popcorn fits in my plan so it can stay. I just can't measure and eat responsibly of the other. I'm like an alcoholic on a binge. one is too many and a thousand isn't enough. If you can understand what i'm saying. I've come to learn that mindless snacking is my addiction and in order to control it like any other I will have to give it up for good. I have no control. I can say that, I can admit that...I have no control. I"m weak where those foods are concerned. So since if they are here I have to have them, they are no longer allowed in. Easy as that.

This journey is all about change and I have to make changes in me to succeed. Not just to goal but beyond. I mean really that is what counts here....the beyond. If we just run through this we don't learn about ourselves, our weaknesses and we sure don't learn how to eat properly or how to get what our bodies need. I can have the occasional treat but until that day comes I will have to take a step back and build a relationship with another food...hum...carrots are crunchy.

Michelle.

  
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JUNEBUG1944 2/7/2011 2:57PM

    emoticon are good, but Cheez-its are better. I know, I know, that was mean. I haven't found a replacement for any of the food that I really love...there isn't any! You know what your addictions are and that's good. It's staying away that is so hard. As you say, don't bring them in the house and then you can't eat them!
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SLIMPAM23 2/7/2011 1:53PM

    What do you suppose they put in Cheese-It's that makes them addictive? Even my husband can't control himself around a box of them - and he doesn't even snack much. I think they are like like crack for foodies!!
Pam

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TERESA6262 2/6/2011 9:56PM

    Radishes are a good snack... honest! They are very crunchy!!! CRUNCH! CRUNCH! I love 'em!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/6/2011 9:47PM

    Fantastic! I'm glad you had such a great weekend! Woohoo! I also had a haert to heart with myself today, and well, cheese it's won't be coming into my house for a while either!
We're ready for tomorrow..we can do it!

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KRICKET4 2/6/2011 5:43PM

    Hmm, I fall for donuts, cake, cookies, and such. Somebody brought tons of donuts into work last Friday, I think I had 5... Oh boy, and you say you have no control?!??
Glad you're having an awesome weekend. It's only going on 3:00 pm here, so there is still a bit of weekend left for me.

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KNITTABLES 2/6/2011 5:41PM

    emoticonGreat attitude and I you will find a new a wonderful relationship with carrots. Enjoy the rest of the day.

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Smile today is a new day

Saturday, February 05, 2011

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan

No matter what is behind us today is a new day. We can make this anything we wish. We have a clean slate, a new beginning, a chance to rebuild the new you. Today is my last chance day so to speak for the week. I have a weigh in tomorrow morning and then my new week begins. I have today though. I can opt to make it right or slide all the way to the bottom. I'm getting my mind geared up for the making it right. I want change and it won't just happen. I have to make it happen. So again I have the plan in place, i have the mind set, and I have the tools. The rest is simply a matter of doing it. Excuses don't work on the scales. They don't hear you, they don't care how small a "snack" you had or how many chips you ate, they don't care that you worked out for only two days because you were oh so busy, they just don't care. They are going to be honest and some weeks painfully so.

This morning i'm up, again not sleeping, but I have read some wonderful blogs this morning. they have inspired me, given my ideas, and just plain pumped me up. These are real people dealing with the same issues and hurdles that I am, yet they are finding ways to concur them. They have set a plan and seem to be following it through. Oh they have setbacks, I mean this journey is sometimes painfully full of them, but they have worked it out and come out winners. I want to be with them. I want to work out the kinks and be with them at the finish line. I want to face my hurdles with the ones still on the weight loss portion of their journeys. I'm going to do this. I will do this.

It is funny but I have let myself believe that because i'm so close to my goal that I don't fit with some of these people, not meaning that in a bad way, I mean like If I say i'm having a bit of trouble they will just shake their heads and say yeah right. But i'm still in the loss portion of my journey, i'm still having struggles that others are haveing whether we have two or 100 pounds to lose. the journey is the same, a loss is a loss, and a triumph is nothing short of a miracle and is a reason for celebration.

I won't stress or worry that i'm not worthy of the letting people know I have struggles, I 'm not going to think I can't ask for help because i'm close to goal, I may of triumphed over some things, but I still have other hurdles or I would be at goal. So If I say I need help, or I worry over no loss, or I worry because I can't get my nighttime munching under control, for me these are real issues and they worry me. I don't want to hear how I don't need to diet, I don't want to hear that i'm small enough, I don't want to hear that I have nothing to worry about when your talking about starting a diet.....people I have been there, i'm still there, and this isn't how I always looked. So yes, i still have a bit to go, and yes, I still need a push every now and again. Don't you?

Michelle.

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/6/2011 11:04AM

    You are right, we may all be at different stages of the journey, but that doesn't mean there is any difference at all in one person's loss and another person's. A pound is a pound jsut the same. Everyone's road has a beginning and an end..we're all at different spots on that road. You can do this. You know what you want and you know how to get there. There are struggles but you will work out the kinks and overcome them. Hang in there my friend, you will do this!!

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IUHRYTR 2/5/2011 4:01PM

    Everyone loses weight a pound at a time. Oh, sure, there may be a two or five pound loss one week or one month, but it still comes off one at a time. So if anyone doubts they can lose a large amount of weight, ask them if they can lose one measly pound. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 2/5/2011 1:49PM

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KRICKET4 2/5/2011 1:43PM

    I saw your blog pop up late last night, too late to respond, actually too late to really read and comprehend, as I could barely keep my eyes open. No idea, why I was up that late. Guess we do stupid things sometimes...

I totally understand where you're coming from, cause I'm in the same boat. Sometimes I think that if I respond to a blog of someone who has 50 lbs to lose they'll think I'm a hypocrite.

Our struggles are just as real, and just as valid, and we have to fight too, every day.
Yes, today is a brand-new day. Let's make it great!

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RACEMOM576900 2/5/2011 12:05PM

    Yes, we all struggle and Yes I need a push. Thank you for giving that do me today and sharing the quotes. You reminded of the frame of mind I want to be in and no one is going to put me there but me.

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