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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.


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JUNEBUG1944 2/20/2011 4:45PM

    Yikes! You have the same background as 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 don't even have to try and figure out what you want to'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.


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IRISHEI 2/18/2011 9:00AM

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.


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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, 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?


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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.
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.


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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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