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Saturday, April 09, 2011

emoticonToday I begin again. Seems I do that a lot lately. But alas my OP days came to a halt this week. I can't be disappointed because I did have a great run. I really made better choices for myself but I did go over what I consider a normal day a few times. Although I did have four great days. I had my weigh in this morning and it was down .2 which is what I gained last week. So again i'm back to square one, day one. I still see me as making progress though. I'm starting to see that I am my own worst enemy on this journey. I make choices that I could of changed but due to mostly laziness I choose wrong. So I have my weapon of choice, my notebook, and i'm ready to fight the next battle. I'm down but im not out just yet. I have goals to reach and yes this ten week plateau is frustrating to say the least but I'm ready for change. Now it may not come in ways I can see on the scales each week but change it is. I'm starting to see me for the person I am now. My husband told me the other day that I was no longer on a diet....I always make good choices and that has become a habit. Isn't that what this journey is all about.......learning new habits. I mean the old ones got us here, the new ones keep us here. So I start fresh today. I will have a great day. I will not go too far ahead as that always trips me up. But today I begin anew.......full of hope and ideas. I will see this journey one day at a time to goal. After all I have all the time in the world to get there. emoticon

Michelle

  
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JUNEBUG1944 4/14/2011 12:17PM

    Good for you...yes, knowing what to choose is what this journey is all about. We don't always choose what we know we should and that is human nature. You've done well.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 4/10/2011 9:46PM

    Michelle, you are doing great - just keep going!

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TAZZ46 4/10/2011 8:54AM

  Michelle you stay focused on what your goals are and you will get there like you said just take it one day at a time and know that we are here for you anytime wishing you a blessed sunday Huggs Vickie

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IUHRYTR 4/9/2011 8:36PM

    Stay focused and positive and change will come. I do have to ask what OP stands for. Hang in there. -- Lou

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 4/9/2011 8:19AM

    Copy and paste this blog. I found it to be very inspiring!
Imma need you to ease up on yourself. You are not your enemy! You are doing FANTASTIC! Let me know what you think of the blog.
You are one of my favorite spark friends!

http://www.sparkpeo
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ndividual.asp?blog_id=4151725

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Just relaxing on the porch

Sunday, April 03, 2011

emoticonThe sun is shining, the breeze is blowing and i'm sitting on my porch with my laptop and just enjoying this beautiful day i've been given. I also want to give myself a shout out..........I did the virtual 5k this morning on my treadmill, 50.05 minutes to do 3.1 miles but not bad for my first try. Spark put it out there and I jumped on it. Practice for the real thing in October. It took five weeks of training through a spark team for walk/run but it was awesome. I can't begin to describe the feeling of just finishing. emoticon

I'm still on plan and I even let me have a treat day. I had the calories and the points so today it was a moment. Not a bad moment a controled, planned moment. Wow maybe i'm finally learning a thing or two. who knows those darn scales may change numbers this week afterall. lol.

As I sit here on my porch the pool water is moving from the filter, wow what a beautiful sound. Can't wait till I can dive in that, but right now emoticonvery chilly. Believe me I checked. lol. Ok I must be moving on, I just wanted to share my moment with you all. I also like to get it on paper so to speak and that way I won't forget the wonderful day I'm having.

Michelle.

  
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IUHRYTR 4/6/2011 9:56PM

    Days like the one you had seem like treasures, don't they? Glad you enjoyed it. -- Lou

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 4/3/2011 11:07PM

    Glad you had a great day and congratulations on that virtual 5k! Way to go!!!
Wow! a CONTROLLED PLANNED treat! Who woulda guessed such a thing existed! See? you ARE learning something..how to have that treat, plan for it as part of your day and move on NO GUILT!! Way to go Michelle!!
Hugs!
Kristi

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JUNEBUG1944 4/3/2011 7:17PM

    Glad you are having a wonderful day. It was beautiful! I sat out in the sun and read for 45 minutes before I went to the Y and swam. Wow! That virtual 5K was great...3.1 miles in 50 minutes is wonderful, especially for your first try...way to go! You rock!

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The number on the scales doesn't always tell the whole story

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Ok, today was day 7 of being OP, (on plan)seven days of doing everything i'm suppose to work the program. So I get up and get on the scales, i've kept them in the closet so I have no idea what they are going to say........ emoticonI look down and what do my eyes see?
emoticon emoticonNope, not a loss but a gain. A gain. yet again. Not much mind you 0.2 but it is there. After all my hard work, all that exercise, all that hope, my dreams where dashed in a second. Now i'm not going to lie to you I took those emoticon and I threw them back in the closet. With tears in my eyes I finished getting ready for my workout. I mean what was I going to do but keep doing what i've been doing. So after a long emoticon and a short emoticonI decided that my only option was to continue.

Nope I will not give in. I will not let this moment define my days or my weeks. Now yes it could be that this is my time of the month. But come on now, I would of much rather stayed the same then to have that gain. But i'm over it. I've moved onwards and upwards....or downwards this next weigh in I hope. I have checked on the scales and they are doing fine. No worse for the wear. You know this week was all about choices. Mine. I was and am finally making good choices and then this. So I will keep going and no give up. I'm strong, determined and it saddens me that i've taken this long to lose my weight, but it was all for a reason. I needed to learn so much along the journey. I'm learning each day. I will not hang my head over this. I will move forward with pride that I had a great seven days and I will begin number eight with a smile.

I have options....but quitting isn't one of them.

Michelle.

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 4/3/2011 11:04PM

    The scale is not the know it all it thinks it is!! You had SEVEN count 'em SEVEN good days!! Way to go! I'm so very proud of you! Yes, you are determined and no, giving up is not an option. The scales don't measure health, so just think about that. Think about the gift of health that you are giving yourself each and every time you make good choices!!! Keep it up!!
Kristi

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TAZZ46 4/3/2011 9:12AM

  GM MICHELLE I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY AND THAT YOU ENJOY SOME OF THIS BEAUTIFUL WEATHER WE ARE HAVING TAKE CARE MY FRIEND HUGGS VICKIE

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ELSCO55 4/2/2011 9:53PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I had a morning like yours and wanted to throw the scales out the window. Today begins a new day and a new week. We can do it.

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SHYLOHGIRL 4/2/2011 7:27PM

    I know I always seem to gain a little weight at first because my muscles are growing, but I notice my clothes fitting better. I rarely weigh myself and instead focus on how my clothes are fitting. For example, there is a pair of jeans in my closet I'm using as a guide. They just barely don't fit, so I try them on & see where I'm at.
I'm glad you are sticking with it, it's very easy to give up when you don't see the results you want, I know.
Keep going, you'll get there, remember it's a lifestyle change, so the journey will take some time-enjoy it! emoticon

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FITFABME2 4/2/2011 7:25PM

    You are sooo right that the scale doesn't tell the whole story. If you keep track of inches and you are exercising and eating right I am living proof that the scale may not be going down, but the inches are melting away and you can be feeling sooo much better. I had been told again and again not to be too hung up on the scale. It took a really long time to sink in, but now I get it. Especially when you are doing strength training and your muscle percentage is going up you realize that muscle weighs more but takes up a whole lot less space.

Keep up the commitment and you will see it pay off! Keep on smilin'

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5 lbs in 5 weeks challenge: Day 5

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wow I really was counting on just four great days this week. That was my personal goal, but here I'm sitting at day five and it feels awesome. I have finally taken control of myself. I have decided that I'm not going to reach my goals by just wishing them there, if that was true I would already be there. My walking partner and I have decided to resume our Monday night "dates" and I'm so ready. This will be an added boost to my weight loss. That is of course as long as I stay away from the chip and junk. On that note.....I got my grandson some doritos to have with his popcorn chicken the other night, at first I couldn't find the small bags so I of course grab the huge bag....knowing that if they were in the house I may eat them. Well no may about it I would of. So anyways, at the checkout I see the small bags.........YES..........so I have the cashier take the big bag and I take him a small bag. Now he is happy and i'm not tempted. Example number two....my boss in all his wisdom brings in a Caramel cake and tells us to eat it or take it home. He is watching his weight and I guess he figures if we eat it he won't have to. I passed. I gave the other girls baggies and told them to take it all with them. If it isn't in my mind it won't be in my mouth.

Choices, it is really all about choices. I'm teaching my mind and body this each day. I can choose to have the "treat" but I have to account for it. Somedays it really just isn't worth the trouble of writing it down. Funny how being lazy can aid in weight loss where this is concerned. lol. I've been at a weight loss stand still now for eight weeks. The time for change is now. So when I step on those darn scales saturday morning I hope to see change. I even hid them so I won't be tempted to "sneak a peak". I want the full glory of knowing i did a wonderful job no matter what.

So my friends when the challenge on my Alabama team came up for "5lbs in 5 weeks" this was the chance I needed to see change finally. I'm working harder, eating smarter, and just being a better person to my body.

Michelle.

  
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 4/2/2011 12:12PM

    Decisions and choices have been my word of the week. WTG my sistah!!

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IUHRYTR 3/31/2011 4:35PM

    every aspect of our lives are formed one decision at a time. Eating and our food choices are no different. Stay determined and focused and keep making good choices. -- Lou

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Success: day 2 and heading into day 3

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- Proverbs 23:7

I've finally seen success for two whole days. I even ended with points remaining for the day yesterday. Once I got my head in the game the rest was just kinks to be worked out. Not that i'm cured by any means but I have new motivation and that is an awesome feeling. So today i'm off to begin day three. My goal is four for the week.....I'm challenging me to more of course. I would love to see six.

So never give in or up for that is not what being healthy and happy is all about. It is about moving forward no matter what and changing the plan to meet your needs on occasion.

Michelle.

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 3/29/2011 8:39PM

    Congratulations Michelle! You'll see those four or SIX days - I know you can do it. We can make this week work for us, not give in and just see where it takes us. We are in control and we are the boss of our actions. Great job Michelle!!


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IUHRYTR 3/29/2011 7:45PM

    Four good days a week should be a standard. Five and six are better. You'll get there and they will become a new habit taking you to levels of success you never dared dream of. -- Lou

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CHINAGAL 3/29/2011 9:18AM

    Nothing like success to get you fired up! Here's to many more successful days to come.
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Edna

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REGILIEH 3/29/2011 7:34AM

    good for you!!!!

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