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We are all winners

Thursday, February 17, 2011

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Today is your day to Spread Wing and Soar.
Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- jlh

Each day that I wake up and reflect on the day before I see where I was great and I see where I could be stronger. I have each day to begin anew and be the best that I can be. We are all winners each day that we begin again. Each day that I start fresh and don't backtrack to my old ways, I'm stronger than I once was. I'm a much better person than I once was. I can succeed at any and all that I put my mind to. I won't quit, I won't give in or up. If I do I'm giving up on myself.

I had seven great days in a row of staying on play just as I should. Yesterday I broke that streak but today I begin a new one. Oh I didn't do anything terrible to mess up my streak, I just went over my daily calories, points, and I won't count that as a good day. Now did I mess up myself entirely? Oh no. I can begin anew today. I was hungry so I ate a bit more here and there, Oh I still didn't mindless munch. Nope, I had a bit more at lunch and a bit more at dinner. Sometimes people we are going to be hungry for a bit more. Nothing wrong with that, it is how we jump back on program that counts. I can't allow myself to eat a bit more each day, nope then I would be right back where I started. So a day here or there isn't going to kill me. And let's face it....I had seven in a row. woohoo.

So today i'm a winner, I"m back on track, i'm headed to the store to restock a few things, and then i'm back to get out and enjoy some of this wonderful Alabama weather we've been having. 73 today they say....walking weather for sure.

We are all winners each day we get up and get back to basics.

Michelle.

  
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IRISHEI 2/18/2011 9:00AM

    Michelle,
I love your positive thinking! Nice blog and so true! Thanks for the motivation! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/18/2011 1:41AM

    If we try, we are winners! Way to go starting a new streak. -- Lou

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FUNKYKIM 2/17/2011 6:59PM

    I love this blog! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 2/17/2011 5:57PM

    Yes you are a winner, it is snowing here on and off all day. Enjoy your day.

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Daily habits

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Successful people are simply those with successful habits.
- Brian Tracy

The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
- Herbert Kaufman

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

These quotes showed up in my email box and how nice that they reflect my last couple of weeks. I woke up as if from a deep sleep and decided that enough was enough. I wanted to reach goal one pound and step at a time. So far i've had seven successful days in a row. For me that is a new record. I just decided what I wanted and I'm working around it every day. I have changed up a few things, put me first, started using the nutrition tracker as a road map so to speak, I take their ideas and change up a few things that I need to due to my own tastes and so far I've had a great couple of weeks. One so far on the scales and the midst of this one.

I decided that what I was doing to myself was becoming a habit. I needed to change that up and make new ones. So far so good. Oh i'm not perfect but now i'm learning to make room for the treats I want and i'm learning to give myself portions of the foods that I was before just eating out of the bag. Now don't get me wrong I've not had any chips, cookies, or candy. Those are foods that I've yet to learn from and so I stay away from them at this point. I"m still a babe on this journey and I need more work in that area. But I've learned to stop bringing them home. A light bulb moment for sure. lol.

Exercise has never been a issue for me so that stays the same. I work out daily alternating strength in with my cardio and I'm seeing results in my body. I have muscles that you can see. I'm still working on my arms but the legs....I must say have come together nicely. lol.

I'm off now to get my morning finished. Cheers to another great choice day.

Michelle.

  
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IUHRYTR 2/16/2011 9:32PM

    Good going on your streak of positive days. We need to be patient and make strides every day toward our goal. If we slip up one day, our new beginning starts with the next meal. Doesn't it feel good to see progress? Keep up the effort. emoticon -- Lou

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JUNEBUG1944 2/16/2011 5:22PM

    Just keep plugging away, Michelle...one step at a time!
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KNITTABLES 2/16/2011 1:27PM

    Your doing great, Keep it up.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 2/16/2011 7:34AM

    Michelle, you rock! emoticon

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TLPSR523 2/16/2011 7:33AM

    Great quotes. Thanks.

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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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KENDRACARROLL 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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KENDRACARROLL 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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KENDRACARROLL 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.

Thank you. emoticon

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