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Its all about the "Magic number"

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw

As I walk this journey I have come to realize it is all about finding the new me. The me I like. It is a hard thing to realize you don't like you much. When you start peeling off the layers that make us us me find we don't like the us we once were and now it is time to be the self we want. I'm taking this journey one step at a time to reach my "magic number" but i've found along the way it isn't about the number it is about finding myself.

At first I was a bit nervous with what was coming out. I mean you start losing weight and people notice you. Me? I'm the one hiding in the back most of the time. But you shed a few pounds and suddenly people are seeing you. That means being pulled to the frond and it can be a bit daunting. The you lose a bit more and people are telling you to stop. You are getting too thin. I mean you know you have a few pounds to go yet, but they see you at your peak. This is when the journey gets a bit tough. I have to regroup, replan, restart so many times because I begin to believe them. Hey i'm looking good, why bother with a number on the scales?

But for me it is all about that "magic number". The doc says you can reach it, your mind says you can reach it, and surely you can. Surely that number is attainable and without much effort you can reach it right? Wrong, now is the time it takes much more effort now, more mind concentration, more determination. So I'm up for the challenge. Or I want to believe I am anyways. I will reach my "magic number" I will see this through, the ones that think I should quit? they are no where near their goals and so they have no idea the thrill of seeing that number after months, or years of the journey. To them I say " don't give in or up".

Michelle.

  
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KENDRACARROLL 2/25/2011 11:35AM

    One last push, my friend, and you're there!
6 lbs to go - end of March - I challenge you!!!
You and me both, 6 lbs each, by end of March.
Are you in?

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IUHRYTR 2/24/2011 5:59PM

    We have to be true to ourselves and follow our heart. So go for the weight you think will make you the happiest. emoticon -- Lou

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SOUPGAL 2/24/2011 11:55AM

    good reminder

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/24/2011 9:42AM

    Thank you for the reminder today. I think many of us can relate to the "being noticed" thing. Some may like being noticed..me, not so much! BUT I need to lose this weight for my health and my sanity! I have to learn to deal with the attention, the compliments AND the not so nice remarks. You are so close Michelle, and you will get there. YOU know what you need and want and YOU know how far to go. You will see that number, my friend and I'll be here with a huge grin on my face applauding you. Thanks for reminding me that I can do this too.
Kristi

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WOODY1964 2/24/2011 9:28AM

    You helped me see myself. I like to hide in the back and hope no one sees me. It so hard after you start losing the weight and people say you look fine why loss more. Hey I have diabetes My doctor told me to loss more. It hurt people did not want the best for me. I started putting back on the pounds. This time I'm doing it for my self. The numbers game is everything to me. I'm losing more inches than lbs. I'm so much more healthier and stronger than when I started. Thank you for helping me to see this more clearly. Yes we can do this. I will not let people stop me this time. Wish the best for you!

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CHRISTEN1030 2/24/2011 7:30AM

    You can do this!!! Your blog motivated me. Thank you, I needed this today.

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Taking the journey

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water
- Rabindranath Tagore


Its funny that I work in a pharmacy and I see so many who head to the diet section and want that magic pill. I've talked about this before. One doesn't exist. Our pharmacists here won't even talk to you about that pill on the shelf. They won't recommend it. The truth of the matter is if you want it you have to work for it, you have to be willing to give something up to get it. Sorry but the truth hurts. This journey is all about change. Change in our diet, our minds, our routines, and most of all our bodies.

I've begun what I call the "back on track challenge". I know it is going to take my one pound at a time to reach my goal. I know that I was not getting there cheating my way through the week then hopeing against hope that the scales were going to show a loss that I didn't earn. So for the last four days i've been on a new journey. A journey for me, my mind, and my willpower. I have taken to saying to myself each morning "one pound at a time will get me there". So far i've had three good days in a row this week so far. So something is working. Really it is my mindset that is doing the job. I had to get back to that place we are at when we begin this journey. You know the one where your so excited to try new things, you get all the new foods, you follow your plan to a tee, and then you hop on the scales and see a wonderful loss for the first few weeks then you start to slide. That is where I need to be. To the excitement again. I was just not there. I was starting to get bored with my plan, my fault, I could change this up any time I choose. I just was being lazy. So I decided it was up to me and no one else.

I'm doing it a moment at a time. I would love to say i've mastered this but heck i've been working on this since I began spark some two years ago. The only thing that i'm proud of at this moment is that the weight that i've taken off is so far staying off because it is coming off slow. So i'm happy for that. I'm happy of my choices most of the time still have trouble with the mindless eating when i'm bored or tired but working on that also. So i'm off the tackle my Wednesday. Over the hump day and my favorite day of the week, means it is downhill from here. lol.

Michelle.

  
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IUHRYTR 2/24/2011 12:02AM

    emoticon with the positive attitude. We will often be tempted by food or laziness but if we look the temptation head on and ask ourselves which is more important to us -- food, being lazy or weight loss -- we can get past the temptations and keep moving forward, one pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 2/23/2011 11:19PM

    Michelle, you are doing great and you are going to get there. You are so right..one pound at a time, one moment at a time! Hang in there, you are making it happen!!!
Hugs,
Kristi

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2/19

Saturday, February 19, 2011

emoticonThis afternoon I headed out for a walk with the guys. We got in close to three miles. It was beautiful. I sun was shining and the breeze was blowing, the temp was about 75*. You couldn't ask for better walking weather. I had time to ponder a few things about my journey. I have come to the end of the highway and now I have to make a few changes to reach the next level. My diet is not going to change up to much so it is up to my exercise routine. Funny I never thought I would say those words: the diet isn't going to change much! I have found a place where i'm comfortable with what i'm eating at this time. So exercise is the key to reaching my goal. I have decided for the next bit i'm going to give me five minutes a day. Five whole minutes just for my goal. Not for spark tracker, not for anything else but myself. That is an extra 30 minutes each week just for me. I'm also going to do this one pound at a time. If I lose a piece, a sneeze or a whole one i'm taking it all the way. What doesn't come off this week will come off the next and so on.

I have often made myself crazy over the scales. I have made myself sad over a small loss, or heartbroken over a gain. I can't keep doing this and i'm stronger than that. I know that It all comes back to the program. Funny my life is wrapped around the program. The weight, the food, the fruits and veggies, water, exercise. My head is full of it. All the time i'm thinking about how many of this and what is needed to get the day done. My whole self is into this. So why is goal not reached yet? that is the question and I haven't the answer. Some say I have no more to lose. I see that I do, I'm working more on the toning now, but some of it is still fat. I have been smaller and as i'm older I have not set myself to be what I was in high school. I'm going for a much higher number and i'm ok with that. Really i'm ok with me at this point but I don't want to give up till the scale says the magic number. Just one time that is all I want. So to reach it I must first relax, give me time and move a bit more. I can do this. Heck exercise is my favorite pass time so I know I can find something to do just for me.

I have a friend who is always saying one day and one pound at a time. Lou your so right. We all need to just let the scales do what they will do and we will just have to keep getting up and moving. If that pound is not met this week, you can gain a bit more ground next week and so on till it is. One little pound, not so hard really. Just set our minds and go for it. I'm going for it. I'm setting myself up to win one pound at a time.

Michelle.

  
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JUNEBUG1944 2/20/2011 4:45PM

    Yikes! You have the same background as Pam...how weird is that...and it's the icon for my Knee/Hip Replacement Team! What a small world, eh?

Looks like you're on the right track. If one thing doesn't work, try another...good for you! Have you done the SP 28-Day Challenge? There are 7 videos (one for each day of the week) that run from 7-11 minutes. That might just be what you are looking for...you don't even have to try and figure out what you want to do...it's all figured out for you!

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IUHRYTR 2/20/2011 12:03AM

    You have a solid plan that should take you to new lows on the scale. Things need to be changed from time to time to reinvigorate our metabolisms, just as our muscles have to be attacked from different angles with different weights and exercises. Shoot, even race car drivers don't run the entire race at the same speed. Sometimes they even take a break (pit stop) to change tires, etc., but eventually may win the race. So, yes, one pound at a time, no matter how long it takes, is something we can all do. Stay focused, determined and positive and believe in yourself you can, and will, do this thing. emoticon -- Lou

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WOODY1964 2/19/2011 10:48PM

    I have tears in my eyes for you. Life is not always fair. It's hard when you work so hard to do everything right and you are not losing pounds. I go by how I'm feeling, having more energy, able to do more, clothes are fitting better. Thanks to my friend Janet for getting me to walk each day and wear my meter to count steps. Helped with my depression, which I have suffered with for three year. With myself this week I stepped back from tried to get the extra exercise points because it was controlling my life. So I have been spending my time working on my garden which I enjoy. Hope you can find something you like to do that not about weight loss, exercising or eating healthy. If it's just soaking in the tub reading a good book. Hope you see some changes very soon. Great job getting in 3 miles today.

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GUMMY_BEAR7 2/19/2011 6:30PM

    Don't get down on yourself, flip it around into motivation - it will happen - it just takes time and patience, which your friend Lou is right! I have been at this for a year on spark, if not longer, and definitely been struggling with weight all my life. You can do it, but getting down on yourself or having a heartbreak over it isn't going to help anything. Trust me, I have been there, just know you can do this and you are worth it!

Go Blue Butterflies! Woot Woot!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/19/2011 6:23PM

    Oh, I've had that thought "I can't eat any less than I'm eating now, because I'm already eating at minimum requirement, and since my progress has stalled I'll need to up my exercise."
Truthfully, I had great success while reducing calories still yielded results but then, about 10 lbs from goal, boom, everything came to a screeching halt. Sound familiar?

Well, here we go, we fine-tune, try this, try that, change our workout routine and just keep plucking away, soldiering on.

Wishing you a successful day.

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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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