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Thursday, June 23, 2011

A goal is a dream with a deadline.
- Napoleon Hill

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin Mays

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
- John F. Kennedy

Be resolute in your goals, but flexible in your tactics.
- jlh

If you know what to do to reach your goal, it's not a big enough goal.
- Bob Proctor

Ok, weve all done it. We set goals weekly, sometimes even daily. But we just don't follow through. Oh we have the big number in our sites. You know the one that will make it all better. The MAGIC number. BUt what about the goals we set to get there? Do we really take the time to sit and plan, and follow though, one goal at a time? I know I don't. Oh I set goals sometimes each week and even I have done this daily. I say i'm going to change something but then the old just comes back and hey it is so much easier than saying no. Right? Oh you know i'm right. I mean I read blogs, message boards, I know most of us are going through the same things right now. I know that a handful have reached their ultimate goals with ease. Or did they? They must of had the same struggles I"m having right. They had to have come up with the solution to their individual problem by themselves right? I mean it is nice to see others succeeding each day. But for me I wonder what am I doing wrong?

I think for myself it is a matter of setting the goals the proper way. I allow myself to get so caught up in the rights and wrongs of day to day living I forget to enjoy the journey. I mean really thies journey is so much more than losing weight. It is about discovering new things about ourselves. Some things not so good and others wonderful. It is in how we work to better ourselves that the fun comes in. We can choose to do this our way or we can choose to do this another way and never be really happy.

So today I choose to be ME. Whether that means the me that is struggleing to loose this last seven pounds or the me that has reached this milestone and only has seven pounds left to loose. You see it comes back to seeing that cup half empty or half full all over again.


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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/25/2011 2:06PM

    I soooooooo want to be where you are! 7 SEVEN pounds to goal!!

Baby girl I do understand that you have gotten this far to stall BUT YOU GOT THERE! I just made it to 150ville. Perhaps it is time to chill and enjoy where you are. Sometimes when I relax things just come into place. I am not saying not to pay attention to what you are eating but relax! THINK about your accomplishments which are many!!!! emoticon

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MADAMES 6/24/2011 2:25PM

    You make a great point about remembering to enjoy the journey along the way. Thanks for your insight! How true.


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KENDRACARROLL 6/24/2011 11:49AM

    What are your goals for today? Have you made your plan?
Wishing you a wonderful, stick-to-it day :)

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JUSTCHELLE75 6/23/2011 5:34PM

    I agree with you. I am trying to make everything half full. I also am trying to get better about goals and how I am going to get there and not just set weight goals

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CANDOK1260 6/23/2011 11:56AM

    great blog emoticon

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Decide, commit, succeed

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Decide, commit, succeed!

I "borrowed" this from a signature on a team mates message entry. It just spoke to me. This was exactly what I blogged about yesterday. My not quitting. It wasn't an option. I have to decide to do this, commit to doing it no matter the troubles, and success shall be mine. I had the best day yesterday. Plan wise it couldn't of been much better. Today knowing full well I would have an off day (sundays do that to me for some reason), I planned for ijavascript:%20void(0);t. I gave me permission to have a bit extra and still be in my range just the higher end of the scale. It has made this day awesome. I've had my moment in the early afternoon like I normally do and i'm done. I'm ready to proceed forward.

Decide, commit, succeed isn't that what this journey is all about?

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IUHRYTR 6/29/2011 9:28PM

    This journey and all the other paths we travel. -- Lou

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/20/2011 7:15PM

    Great job!!!

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TEXASGIDGET 6/20/2011 7:27AM

    Great job, Michelle! Sounds like you had a great Sunday! I hope you have a great week!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/19/2011 5:33PM

    I love the permission thing! Glad you had a great day on yesterday! May your good days outnumber the not so good days(CUZ THEY AINT BAD) .. xoxo dimi

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KELLYDUP 6/19/2011 5:33PM

    Great attitude! emoticon

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Quitting is not an option

Saturday, June 18, 2011

emoticonYou've got to be kidding me. Up again on the scales this week. I mean what gives here. I've done what I should and what was "expected". I will not give up this battle I don't care. I will give this one or two more weeks then it is off to the doctor to have some blood drawn. I mean I go from losing to gaining???? That just isn't right. Could be metabolism or could be thyroid. We shall see. But I can say this with such certainty "QUTTING IS NOT AN OPTION". I will work it, run it, sleep it, drink it. Whatever it takes to get to my goal. I"ve had enough with being overweight, I like the me I was becoming and I won't end this now. I've never quit on anything and this is just one more struggle to overcome. The solution is out there. I will find it.


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MADAMES 6/19/2011 8:05PM

    I love your spirit and your determination! You inspire me!


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/19/2011 1:03PM

    I'm glad to see your attitude is remaining positive. You can do this. Good idea to get checked out by the dr. but I'm glad to see the motivation and determination in place!
Keep up the fantastic work - you can do it!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/18/2011 6:18PM

    I am sorry to hear about your gain. Good idea to check in with your MD. But LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear from you that quitting is not an option! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/18/2011 3:58PM

    Winners never give up! -- Lou

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TEXASGIDGET 6/18/2011 1:01PM

    Michelle, you are right, you CAN do this! It may take you a little longer to figure out what is going on with your body, but you can do this! We are all on this journey together and we'll be like the Marines (or whichever armed forces it is) and won't leave a man behind. Let's just keep moving and the body will change! I have faith! If I can help, please let me know!

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LACEEJO11 6/18/2011 10:40AM

    I couldn't say it any better than this:

II Corinthians 4:8-9 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Thank you for the sweet comment at my BLOG! I can feel your pain, as I am struggling too right now! There are so many things that could be delaying your success, I think you are on the right track to have lad work if you are stuck, even tho you have increased your activity, staying in calorie range and drinking your water, if you still aren't dropping, you may need some additional help, just to get you going.

I find prayer helps me so much! There are 8 Step posted on the right hand side of my page. It is called the One Step challenge. You might want to read them, copy them, and see if they will help you!

I think you are about to have your breakthrough, so don't let the enemy trick you into thinking you can't do it!!! You are so close to GOAL...just keep on keepin' on and YOU WILL BE THERE!!!

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CAKAROO 6/18/2011 10:13AM

    Don't give up! You can succeed!

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SERENITY0808 6/18/2011 9:54AM

    That's a great attitude! Winners never quit and Quitters never win! Look at your sodium intake as well. When I start seeing a slight gain on the scale, I can usually track it back to sodium.

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JUSTCHELLE75 6/18/2011 9:36AM

    Quitting isn't an option. It is hard and blah and all those things but there are those moments that make it all worth it. You can do this.

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    There is a table of women at the first meeting I'll lead this morning ... "Quitting is not an option" is what is branded on the t-shirts they wear now. They've been sitting at that table struggling life's struggles and battling their weight for going on 3 years now. They've watched others of us come, reach Lifetime, and still they sit trying to figure out the right combination for them. Finally, they had shirts made to remind themselves that quitting really is not an option. It does make it all the more personal when you see it ... like you have this morning written in your blog.

Really, it just isn't an option! Go get 'em, my friend!!!!

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CRAZYWOMAN10 6/18/2011 6:23AM

    Very good attitude to have! I am experiencing the same exact problem right now..and you just encouraged me to stick with it! Keep it up!

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My "new you" journey: Day 2

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The only limits in our life are those we impose on ourselves.
- Bob Proctor

I woke up yesterday morning and decided it was time for change. That change had to come from within me. So I set a goal, made a plan, and day two is today. I even finally broke down and got my new stationary bike with all the bells and whistles i've been wanting. My old bike is going to a friend and she was just as excited to have that as I was to get my new one. I put many miles on that bike and I hope it brings her as far in her journey as it brought me in mine. When I first started this journey I couldn't ride but maybe 10-15 minutes at a time. I am up to 35-40 now and really if I tried I know I could go longer. I really learned to love the bike. I could read and pedal and it seemed like the time just flew by. So this morning as I set off on my bike and break it in I will be armed with a book and water bottle and just pedal my way to a new goal.


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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/19/2011 1:01PM

    Glad you got the new bike! I hope you enjoy it. Congratulations on making new goals and reaching for them!!

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CANDOK1260 6/17/2011 8:31AM

    boy would you believe I did the same thing yesterday, well together if you like we could motivate each other emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTCHELLE75 6/16/2011 3:40PM

    Congrats on setting new goals and making new plans

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IUHRYTR 6/16/2011 10:12AM

    One plan does not fit all nor does a plan remain effective forever. So here's to you for starting anew. emoticon -- Lou

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ANNA907 6/16/2011 9:21AM

    Good plan and motivating me too!
Hope you had a great ride today!

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KENDRACARROLL 6/16/2011 8:58AM

    Happy pedaling :)
Have an awesome day!

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Happy to be me!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything.
You are you and that is the beginning and the end -
no apologies, no regrets.
- Henry Kissinger

It is funny I seem to knock myself when the scales don't move or when I have a bad day. But I made my hubby hang a mirror in the bathroom so I can look at me on occasion. I was shocked. I look pretty good for a middle aged mom or two witha grandchild. So why do I knock my around all the time. I have come so far and I have a ways to go but I have succeeded where many have failed. I have stuck it out, worked the program, and I have learned so much about me...somethings I have been working on changing....

Today I accept me as I am. I'm beautiful and i'm healthy and on my way to my goal. LIfe if good. I have to stop beating me up for days that are not the best, or moments of weakness...i'm human. This will happen and this too shall pass.

Today i'm strong.


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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/14/2011 8:20PM


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KENDRACARROLL 6/14/2011 10:34AM

No full length mirror at my house :)

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/13/2011 9:30PM

    I'm so proud of you Michelle!!!! Way to go! I'm glad you are starting to see YOU - you can and ARE doing this!!

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IUHRYTR 6/13/2011 12:05PM

    Self-acceptance leads to happiness. -- Lou

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JUNEBUG1944 6/13/2011 9:58AM

    Woohoo! You are so right! What a positive blog! We are beautiful, we are strong and we can do what we set our minds to do!

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NANA717 6/13/2011 7:40AM

    WOW!!! That's a powerful blog!! Thank you!!! for sharing! You are an amazing woman! Blessings on you today!!

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