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We Have So Much To Be Thankful For

Monday, November 19, 2012

Even though we've had alot of stressful situations in my family lately, I still have alot to be thankful for. Sometimes I just have to remind myself of those things.

Every time I seem to be doing well, something or someone interrupts my progress. I am committed to keeping on, even if I hit a few rough patches along the way.

I have little motivation but I'm here, anyway. Maybe it's hormones...maybe it's just coming out of the dizziness of stress this last week...I don't know.

What I DO know is...When I am making healthy choices and tracking my food and eating my vitamins, I feel really, really good. My spirits are lifted and I feel like I'm accomplishing something. So, I'm gonna' go with that. Why allow problems..(and they're not even mine, really), to stunt or stop my progress? That's something I can control.

I don't have to let anybody stop me...except me.

Maybe it's just easier to not do something that doesn't feel natural right now. I know in time making right choices will feel more natural and the unhealthy one will feel less "right".

It takes committment and time and hard work.

I am willing.

Going to track my food now...because that's what I can do today....and little by little, I'll get there if I don't give up.

Thankful for this site and for my Sparkfriends.
Thankful for so many things in my life and I'm going to focus on those things today and lift myself out of the duldrums.

Have a great day, everybody....and keep lookin' up!


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MMICKEYP 11/21/2012 11:28AM

    Thanks everybody! I'm hanging in there!

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DEBRA0818 11/19/2012 3:20PM

    Michele, I think you've hit on a very important point -- we may not always know what to do with the situations (and families) in which we find ourselves, but we can always make a positive choice for ourselves. Giving our body the nutritious fuel it needs, the movement it requires and the sleep that restores it goes a long way to helping in any crisis.


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RFJSJ50 11/19/2012 1:38PM

    Thank YOU for posting this right now! I have been putting off going for my daily walk - your words reminded me that walking is something I CAN DO right now! So - I'm off to a very hilly neighborhood park - short trails but big hills!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/19/2012 12:52PM

    Hi lady!!! I am so sorry to hear you have stress going on right now! :-( But, I agree, we do have so much to be thankful for.................and you are absolutely right. You can only control yourself; no sense in letting others attitudes control us!! You do what you need to do, and the other stuff will take care of itself (easier said than done, hey?)

Hope you are all doing well. If I don't talk to you, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
~ Christa

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Don't Beat When You Blow

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Huh? Well, that's my way of saying; "Don't beat yourself up when you blow it."

We all have those days when nothing seems to go the way we thought it would and life seems to reach out and simply bitch slap us. Well, I've got something to say to life...
"You can knock me down, but I'm gettin' back up!" I hear an old familiar tune starting to play in my ears...."If you don't knowww meeee by nowwwwww, you will never, never, never knowww meeeeee." Haha

Yes, it's all the way you look at it and how you decide to handle it.

Oh, we all know how to cheer ourselves up. GO - ME - GO! emoticon

Sometimes I just don't wanna' hear what I have to say, that's all. haaaaaaaaa

Well, here's to cheering us all on, today.

May you see the beauty around you and IN you. May forgiveness be your friend and negatives be your enemy. May you smile from the inside out and be blessed...knowing you are loved.

Now give yourself a hug and carry on!

Ahhhh, that feels better.

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JIBBIE49 11/11/2012 5:00PM

    read 'the sugar fix' by richard johnson m.d.

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JANE1216 11/10/2012 10:33PM

    emoticon and here's an extra one from me!

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DEBRA0818 11/10/2012 12:16PM

    Well said, Michele. We are carrying around within us the seeds of greatness and the seeds of destruction -- sometimes we don't even realize which one we're sowing. We have to rely on One who is greater than us to show us the way. And then we have to follow it.


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Help! I think I'm being sucked into the VORTEX of cyberspace!!!!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

My stupid internet service provider, who shall remain nameless.. (It's best right now because sparkpeople won't allow profanity) sending me a new modem/router combo deal for the small fee of 87 smackaroos. Yikes! They assure me that this will solve ALL my problems. We'll see....we'll see.

In the meantime, I keep getting disconnected because my old router is malfunctioning and quite old. So, my time is short but I'm long on HOPE that it will be corrected in a couple of days.

It's all I can do to track my food. AARGH!!!

Oh, well, such is life.

I'm doing quite well at logging my food. Even when I mess up, I'm not "beating myself up" ...but simply getting back on track and it feels good.

Lisa my sparkpal is going to start walking with me via long distance 4 days a week. That should get me off my rumpus and into the mix of things. It's a start!

Thank to all my wonderful sparkfriends for your care and support. It means alot!


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MMICKEYP 11/5/2012 12:43PM

    Thanks everybody. I have to type really fast before I get disconnected! Patiently impatiently awaiting my new router modem. Hoping the UPS brings it today! Thanks for the comments and support. Keep sparky, everybody! xoxoxo

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NWFL59 11/1/2012 11:29PM

    Hope your internet problems are resolved with the new equipment. emoticon emoticon

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DEBRA0818 11/1/2012 6:16PM

    Sounds good on the exercise pal and tracking front. Technology makes grumps out of all of us!

The important thing is for you to know how well you're doing and for you to get inspired by you (and all the rest of us too when you can see us of course)!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 11/1/2012 5:56PM

    I HATE it when the internet doesn't work. So I hope your problems are resolved by your new modem.

I LOVE your attitude.... a very sensible and maintainable approach to getting into shape and keeping up those good life habits.

I look forward to reading about your successes in the future!

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I Just Might "Accidentally" Exercise!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hahah I like that idea. Since I've convinced myself that I hate exercise, I think I'll just have to trick myself into it.

Sparkfriend, Sheila used the term..."accidentally exercise" regard to the blog post I made about my local Kroger store changing EVERYTHING around.

Yeah, just think of the "accidental exercise" I got, tooling around the store in a crazy daze!

Well, I know me and I know that if you tell me NOT to do something or that I CAN'T do something, I'm just rebellious enough to do it anyway and prove you wrong.

Ahhh, silly rebellious ME!

Enter: Self Talk (because I'm so good at it)

ST: Yeah, that's right, MickeyP....DO NOT exercise. I FORBID it!!! haaaaaaaaaaa

ME: Who are YOU to tell me I CAN'T do something? I'll show YOU. I'll DO IT ANYWAY!!!

ST: No you WON'T!!!

ME: Oh, YES I WILL!!!!

ST: Yeah, well I'd like to see you try. Right.

ME: I'll show YOU. Nobody tells ME what to do...not even YOU!!!

ST: Well, go ahead then, but don't say I didn't warn ya.

ME: Pfft! Talk to the hand.


ME: Whatever.

ST: Don't do it!

ME: Watch me! (And guess what? Other people are gonna wanna' do it TOO!)

ST: Right.

ME: You're just NEGATIVE and jealous, that's all. Na Na NA!

ST: Whatever! I still don't think you should do it. You'll quit. Don't even start.

ME: SHUT UP!!! I'm not talkin' to you anymore. Get out!!! NOW!!!

ME: rid of ST/self talk.

ME: It's awful quiet around here.

Have a sparktastic day, folks.

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NWFL59 10/31/2012 5:20PM

    I include my pedometer reading while tooling around inside and outside my favorite grocery store as I figure it all goes toward my daily minimum goal of 10K steps. Sounds like you got some walking and stretching in too. Tried any hoola hooping yet, the little miss neighborhood champ! WooHoo! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 10/31/2012 2:55PM

    Ah, yes, the old Reverse Psychology Trick -- just makes you wonder why we have to trick ourselves into self care, doesn't it?! But, whatever gets the feet moving. As the famous video says: try to limit your sitting and lying down to 23.5 hours per day!

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RFJSJ50 10/31/2012 12:26PM

    There are some days that my self-talk is the only worthwhile conversation I have!
I'm going to "accidently" exercise today by taking a trunk full of paper to the recycle bin - loading and unloading it should count as some strength, don't you think? I also need to make a trip to the grocery store so I think I'll make myself walk up and down every aisle and THEN do my shopping.

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When Will I "Feel" Like It?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

That's only the second part of the question. The first part of the question is ; Exercise...

The whole question is: Exercise...when will I feel like it?

The answer: Never. That's how I "feel" right now, anyway.

Why does it matter how I feel? It matters because I've made it matter.

You see, even I know that inside that little word "feeling" lies a great big excuse. That great big excuse is the reason I continue to be me. I keep sabottaging myself. Have I become my own Goliath?

Do I need to conquer...ME? Yes. That's exactly what I have to do. *sigh*

I know alot about nutrition. I know alot about exercise. Know what? It doesn't matter what or how much I know. It matters what I do with what I I USE it. Until I use it, I'll never be successful.

The problem is...even though I know I SHOULD do something, I may NEVER "feel" like doing it.

Here comes that self talk again.....

Do you want to lose weight? Yes.
Do you want to be healthy? Yes.
Do you want to live a long time? Yes

Do you want to exercise?
Do you want to exercise?
Do you want to exercise?


Are you willing to exercise?

Yes. Yes, I'm willing.


When what? When am I willing to exercise or when will I exercise?


Okay, well, I'm willing right now but the when ... well, I want to say, .... someday.

Is your someday....Now?
Is your someday....Today?

Only if I decide it is.

Ahhhhh....I see. That means YOU are in control.

Yes. I am.

Ahhhh...I see. So, it's YOUR decision.

Yes. It is.

Can I have it?

Have what?

Your decision.

You want me to decide ... NOW?

Yes, I do.

I hate you.

Yeah...but I love you.

I know. Thanks.

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RFJSJ50 10/31/2012 10:09AM

    I find myself resisting exercise. I know it's due to Spark burn-out and that I must overcome those feelings. I've made myself get in at least 10 minutes a day, often screaming and sobbing the whole time. I've found that bookmarking some exercise clips (usually between 3 and 5 minutes) and doing one of them each time I turn on the computer helps me. A lot of the clips I use are seated exercises (seated zumba!) due to my knees, but they do give a workout if you do them a couple of times.
Let me know if you want me to send you some of the sites.
Sheila (used to be JAKEANDNELLIE)

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SHARON2014 10/31/2012 9:49AM

    MMMM are you in my brain? listening to my self-talk? I'm going to decide and do it...tomorrow! really! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 10/31/2012 6:48AM

    Excellent self talk! Much better than when your feelings rule entirely. I have come to understand a couple of things about exercise: (1) it makes me feel fantastic, and (2) I don't want to do it sometimes. Therefore, (3) I do it because it's the right thing not because I feel like it.

Works most, but not all, of the time. Helps to do something fun with music (in my case).

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DIANALACAT59 10/27/2012 8:28PM

    You sound so much like me that its kind of scary. That's exactly how I feel about exercise. I have started doing alittle more moving at work and at home than what I was. I feel that's a major start for me. Keep up the good work and GOD bless emoticon

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MRLDCTYGRL 10/27/2012 6:51PM

    If you're at least willing to tell the Lord you're willing to be willing, He can work with that.

Good for you for being honest with yourself!


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NWFL59 10/27/2012 5:47PM

    Good mental preparation for when you're ready to just do it! Its not like you have to begin your exercise program full start or for long durations. i know when I renewed my exercise efforts I took literally baby steps and didn't go for even a continuous ten minutes but I did make the effort and slowly build upon those small steps. I tried several different exercises before I settled on walking as my preferred excercise and its one I've been able to stick with this past year. I hope you'll find something(s) you like or maybe even love doing (hoola hooping could be a hoot in the boot). Have yourself a nice artsy fartsy day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 10/27/2012 1:39PM

    If 'exercise' is a bad word for you, name it something else.
If you cannot handle formal exercise, simply focus on moving more.
Get a fitbit - it's a great motivator!
Take every flight of stairs twice.
Do what you can and see where it takes you.

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MBW209 10/27/2012 9:09AM

  This may not help you, but it did help me....I quit telling myself I needed to exercise.
Instead, I said to myself, "Gee, it's a beautiful day! I think I will stroll around the neighborhood (park, arboretum) and maybe pull a few weeds (rake a few leaves, trim a few bushes)." Once I got started, I usually ended up spending an hour or more getting exercise without "exercising". Scheduled "exercise" bores me to tears. Doing something fun or something where I can see some immediate benefit (nice lawn,
freshly scrubbed floors) makes it easier. Hope you find your answer!

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MDBUTTERFLY 10/27/2012 8:38AM

    You are not alone in having the above conversation with yourself. For me the hardest part is generally the first few times...then I usually realize how much better I feel and how very much I need this. emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 10/27/2012 8:15AM

    good blog.. this is me thru and thru... emoticon

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