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It's A Brand New Day!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment--this day--is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day--each moment of this day--a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity. -D. Custer

Yes, every day is a brand new day...and a chance to start over. An opportunity to start new, start fresh....a blank slate. What you decide to think and feel are the choices you will make for you, today. You decide what you wear, where you'll go, what you'll do, you'll act.

You decide whether you'll be happy or sad, today.

Do you realize how much power and control you have over your own heart,

I've heard is said that your life is a sum total of all your thoughts.

Hmmmmm..... food for thought. Food that will add healthy heart pounds.
What we think is what we will become.

Will I become a big chocolate chip cookie? Haaaaaaa

Nawwww....I choose to become a healthy person who loves herself and loves others.

Yeah...I like chocolate chip cookies...but I like ME..better.

Have a happy sparky day!

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CAROLANN27 8/27/2011 10:33PM

    Glad you're chosing the healthy way!!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/27/2011 2:52PM

    At the rate I'm going, I'm going to end up as a giant Reese's cup! And I don't want to!
I need to find the "me" I lost and get back on track. Your blog gives me some motivation to continue on a healthier path!

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DEBRA0818 8/27/2011 2:23PM

    Hi Michele! I like you, me and just about everybody I know more than chocolate chip cookies even though I haven't been acting like it in the past year. But ... I have a great new program and a tremendously adjusted attitude (No Matter What I Won't Take That First Bite), and I am finally having some success. It's a long road ahead of me either way so I'm choosing to take the healthy route. I hope you do too (and all our SparkFriends)!

Cheers, Debra
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LISALOSING52 8/27/2011 1:43PM

    I like you better than chocolate chip cookies too! lol.
It's funny you should mention those. I very, very seldom buy cookies of any kind but yesterday I picked up a pack and put them in my buggy. 2 aisles later I went and put them back. =) Yay for me!
YAY for you for choosing to become a healthy person who loves herself. That's the best choice to be made! =)
Happy Sparkling weekend to you too! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 8/27/2011 11:40AM

    Happy sparky day to you too.
Hope it turns out wonderful.

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Just DO IT!!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011 I don't have to love it. I don't have to like it. I just have to DO it!!!

Exercise, that is. I hate it! So what!
Logging my what!

Who says I have to love doing it?!
When I do it ... am I successful?

So...just DO IT!
Look at all the time I've wasted.
No more excuses.
I'm fatter than ever and not happy about it.
Enough is enough!

Do it robotically...for now... and maybe someday you will appreciate it.
Surely..some day you'll see and feel the benefits from doing it.
(good old self

My new mantra:

I don't have to love it.
I don't have to like it.
I just have to do it.

Yeah...I think that's where I'm at right now and I know it's honest.

I received this grand revelation at 5:55 am this morning. Haha.

Good morning, Lord.....thanks for the brand new day!
C'mon,...let's get our sweat on.
Leslie? Leslie? Ready for our one mile walk?
Me? Well...
I don't have to love it.
I don't have to like it.
I just have to do it.

Have a wonderful day, Sparky ones!

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NATURALROCKS 8/23/2011 10:05AM

    Just Loving IT emoticon Your blog that is! Best of luck on this journey

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LISALOSING52 8/23/2011 9:37AM

    emoticon emoticon I put back on every lb that I had lost and I have just recently got my spark back. Don't give up. Remember, baby steps.
Do the mile walk if you can. Strive for 8 glasses of water. One thing at a time. I know you can do it.

JUST DO IT!!!!!!

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CAROLANN27 8/22/2011 12:27PM

    I'm right where you are. I think I'll make that my mantra too. I believe you're right. At some point we'll appreciate it, but right now we have to do what we know is right. Sort of taking it on faith.

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When it pours!!!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

...Just watch out for the lightning!!! YIKES!!!!

Well, it really IS pouring right now. It's 3:30 am and the rain is falling down in buckets,'s not raining men...haaa.

My children's father died...(not my current hubby, John)..but my ex, Alfred. He had a cancer tumor in his lung and the cancer went up his spine and into his brain. Sad situation.

Just got finished with the funeral and helping my kids and the family. sigh

So...the memories flood in. The good times, the bad times, you know how that goes.

closure, closure,....closure.

Son Jack comes home from Phoenix tomorrow and he'll be here for 2 weeks.

I've been eating sensibly, haven't touched a scale, though. Need a new battery for my pedometer...and that's where I'm at right now.

Sorry, can't commit to being on here right now....things are too hectic.

Gosh, I feel like that Abilify commercial (that I hate, by the way) know the one where the little poopy cloud is following the lady around...he never really quite goes away. That's what I hate about that gone little pooper!!!

Hope everyone has a sparky week ahead, please pray for me and send happy thoughts my way. I'll try to check in when I can but right now...not checking in feels more normal than checking As long as I don't "check out"...everything will be okay...haha.

Love y'all.


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MMICKEYP 8/16/2011 10:35AM

    Thank you spark friends for the kind words and condolences, it means alot. It's a good thing I know how to bounce back, eh?! It'll be okay. So happy to have the love and support of friends like you! xoxox emoticon

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LISALOSING52 8/16/2011 8:22AM

    So sorry for the loss of your ex and your childrens father. It is so very sad. My prayers are with you all.

Take your time to heal and do what needs to be done for you and your family. Spark and all of your friends will be here when you return.

I don't know why I didn't see this when it was posted. But as always, you are in my prayers.

Matt. 5:4
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

God Bless you my Friend.
love you,
Lisa emoticon

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DEBRA0818 8/15/2011 2:59PM

    Hi Michele,

It's been quite a year for you -- and then some. Condolences on the loss of your ex; I know how difficult it can be to lose someone with whom you used to share a life. My prayers are offered for you and your family that your healing will be swift and that love will rule all your memories.

Come back when you can and be well in the meantime.

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CAROLANN27 8/9/2011 5:31PM

    Sending thoughts and prayers your way and to your children. Thanks for the update. We'll be here whenever you check in . . . and when you don't . . . we're pulling for you.

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KENDRACARROLL 8/9/2011 11:28AM

    Sending you emoticon

We all do what we need to do in order to maintain our sanity.
Hang in there, and yes, just don't check out completely.

Glad you can manage updates every now and then. Spark will be there when you're ready.


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SHARON2014 8/9/2011 9:00AM

    Praying for you and your children right now.

Psalm 57:1
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.
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UGH!!! Motivation, please! :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

..Whatever is wrong with me?? Just can't seem to get motivated!

Can it be I've lost my MO-JO? Nawwww....not that! lol

Everything is going fine at home...just don't feel like exercising, etc.

Maybe it's the heat? Maybe I just feel old...who knows?!

I guess I'll get that new battery for my pedometer...that oughta' help.

I have been eating pretty well....lots of fruits and veggies.

Need to drink more water.

Forgive me...just having one of those blah...ugh..yuck kinda' days.


Hope everyone has a great week ahead. I'm going to get myself out from under the crusty cloud and log something..or something...haha. I'm okay...just hit a blank in the road.

I'll be backkkkk.

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ANNIEV 7/23/2011 4:28PM

    Mickey - I'm back to try again....hope we can motivate each other!

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LISALOSING52 7/22/2011 11:38AM

    Ditto ONEKIDSMOM. hydrate and call it good. Baby steps.
I don't think anyone feels like working out in this heat.
Just do what you can.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/22/2011 11:33AM

    Hard to stay motivated in the heat of Summer. You gave yourself a goal: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate... move slowly but move some. Then call it good.


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NWFL59 7/21/2011 5:49PM

    Howdy stranger, glad to see you're active! In my personal exercise book, keystrokes count as exercise both physical and mental so you are doing okay. Glad it isn't your mo-jo missing but then the ole internal motivation takes many forms one being recognizing the things you are doing daily that burn up energy whether you're trying or not i.e. breathing, house cleaning, standing, cooking, even sitting upright as opposed to lying down. Reading is also a calories burner, granted not a huge consumer but nonetheless it all adds up. Just your showing up and blogging is a good indicator you do still have motivation within. Congratulations on being such a good success at so many things you probably just take for granted. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MMICKEYP 7/21/2011 4:52PM

    Thanks, friends. You ARE the reason I keep coming back!
Thanks for the encouragement and/or tea and

I guess I'll simply blame it on the heat wave and look forward to the Fall/sweater weather..haha.

I won't give up..even if it takes me forever!

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/19/2011 10:20PM

    I can totally relate...I've been there for oh so long. Finally feeling a little better, lots of work on my mental health has helped. Hope the clouds lift for you soon!

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TERI99 7/18/2011 8:04AM

    When you find that motivation, could you share some with me? Or at least send me a copy of the treasure map?!

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CAROLANN27 7/17/2011 12:12PM

    I know how you feel!! We all started with such enthusiasm a couple years ago and many of us are having trouble finding motivation! I'm with you, but keep coming back and keeping up with your friends. If there is some SMALL thing you can do, maybe not every day, but a couple times a week, that would be an improvement. Great that you're eating lots of fruits and veggies! Don't give up, but don't be too hard on yourself either!

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Oh geeeeee

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

So here I am...reading and researching about proper food combining....YIKES. It's an entirely different way of eating...and it doesn't sound fun...or takes the fun out of eating.

Who said eating is supposed to be fun, eh?

I may have to "tailor-make" my own program ...since everything I want to hubby is snarling his nose up at... ARGH!!!

I know what has worked for me in the past...but him...he's the meat and potato guy...and he like to eat. He also likes to cook. Hmmmmm....note to self. Try to get him interested in looking up new lowfat recipes.

Right...if it doesn't have something to do with'll be a real

Well, I have to start somewhere, right?

Me thinks a grocery list is now in order and a trip to the local fruit market. thinks I shall absolutely labor over which physical activities or exercises I would like to do...haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. That'll be enough exercise for me..for the day. Hahahah.

Today I get back on the horse and ride....damned horse....he just keeps running away from meeeeeeee.

Okay, cover me..I'm goin' in now....I'm headed for the spark people food calculator thingy...I'm sure my old meal plans are still stored in there.

Have a happy day everybody and keep cool. It's already a scorcher here in Michigan!


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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/9/2011 10:54AM

    It's wonderful to see you back!

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CAROLANN27 7/7/2011 1:46AM

    Glad to see you back.

I struggle some with a husband who is a real meat lover. He will eat other stuff, but doesn't think it's a meal without meat. I have recently had the thought of maybe eating somewhat separately. He likes to cook too.

I've got several vegetarians/vegans in the family and have come up with some real good recipes when they are over for meals. Not that everyone needs to be a vegetarian, but I know my diet is far too heavy on the meats and fats (especially cheese). I would really benefit by eating more fruits and veggies, both of which I love.

Really liked DISP715's comment!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/7/2011 12:15AM

    Proper food what!?!?!? Count calories, eat the healthy stuff, the rest will balance itself. Don't sweat it.

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UTMIZ_2000 7/6/2011 10:48AM

    I have found turnips a great substitutio for potatoes, especially in soups. Sometimes it's a simple substitution, sometimes it's a smaller portion size, and sometimes it walking away from a specific food.

I'm with you, it is a lot of work for some to get the menu planning figured out.

Good luck! emoticon

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DISP715 7/6/2011 10:44AM

    No DIETS!! No meal plans! Just good choices, water and exercise. That's it. No food is off limited, just in moderation. For instance, today is my son's birthday. He loves this Barefoot Contessa's Flag Cake. Instead of using regular sour cream, I use light. Instead of regular cream cheese I use 1/3 less fat. Little changes that your hubby will never notice. Salads with every meal, whole wheat waffles for breakfast with berries, low fat milk, pasta with grilled veggies, you get the point. This is for life, there is no finish line (until you are on the wrong side of dirt, of course! LOL). Since life is forever throwing curve balls, we have to roll with it. Sometimes that means going to parties, or eating out or getting our meals at gas stations! What ever is going on, by following what we have learned, to the best of our ability, is how we get healthy. Check out Cookinglight magazine for amazing, low fat recipes that everyone will love. Good luck with that horse! HUGS!!

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