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Last night's snack attack....

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

There I stood..looking into the food cupboard like a deer caught in the headlights.
Just standing...just staring.

I had just been hit by..... THE SNACK ATTACK!!! EEEEEEEKKKKKK!!!!!

My eyes...searching...searching...looking for...something crunchy...something munchy...I need chips..I want chips!!! ...and dip!!! and chocolate...GOT TO HAVE CHOCOLATE!!!!!

Ice cream!!! cream. I went over to the freezer and opened the door.... no ice cream ..only healthy frozen fruit....bummer.

I swung open the refrigerator door...I stuck both hands in...moving things...looking..searching for buried treasure and then I spotted it.... there it was..just staring at me...with big brown eyes...
the bean dip....
ohhhh...ok... kind of disappointing is better for me... yeah, I know...darn.

I settled for some healthy black bean dip and healthy whole grain tortilla chips... it was..umm..ok.

(notice how I said, "settled") I "settled" for what I knew was good for me. I could change that to read, I conquered my urge to pig out and chose a healthy snack... and I did...but in my mind... I "settled". (In my mind..I settled for second choice...second best)

Well, that's habit for ya, eh?....In the past, my "first choice" was always something I considered yummy.

That's what happens when you've built a relationship with food. Sad, but true.

Someday, I hope my "snack attacks" will have me ONLY reaching for what I now consider yummy...
food that are nutritious and healthy for me.

It may take a while...but I'll get there....I'll get there.

Keep sparkin', friends... and watch out for that "snack attack" never know when it's gonna' sneak up on ya...haaaaaaaaaa

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    The true conversation that bounces around in our head... the truth shall set us free, boy do I hope so!

Am so stealing the creamed banana idea for my next snack attack!

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CAROLANN27 2/3/2010 10:38PM

    Congratulations to you! Those snak attacks just blindside us!! Good for you for going for something healthy. Someday it will be a habit.

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    I am glad you only had healthy snacks to choose day the bean dip will be your first choice...I just know it!!!!

I just had some fake banana ice cream ( frozen banana in the chopper till it turns to cream!!!!). It was yummy!! I added a dash of vanilla and it was really like banana soft serve!!!!! And NO FAT!!!!

You are doing great girl!!!!


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GODSCLAY47 2/3/2010 10:29AM

    After just reading that first sentence my dog thought I went nuts! I just bursted out laughing! One thing is for sure--you are a great blogger!

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CM_GARDNER78 2/3/2010 9:58AM

    You know what - I think that once in awhile we can have the 'bad' stuff - as long as it's not a WHOLE bag of chips and dip! On the flip-side of that, there are good 'seconds' that, at this point really SEEM like a 'second', but after some time, become first. It takes time....but we'll get there! Snack attacks can be sneak attacks too! No fair when we aren't prepared! You did good...after awhile, it won't be settling anymore - it'll be your first choice! emoticon


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    emoticon You always make me smile! I hate when I have the snack attacks! BUT love it when I choose something healthy! emoticon

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DEBRA_T 2/3/2010 8:14AM

    Good morning Michele! What a wonderful and funny description of the ways in which we feel drawn toward food as a solution for whatever is going on inside us. Many is the time when I find myself thinking the fridge, cupboard or secret stash has the answer to the question: What do I do now? It takes a lot of vision, like the one you just had, to overcome that impulse, snack attack by snack attack.

Good job, my friend, Spark On!!!!!


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Winning Words....

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Consider changing your thinking by using different words that build up rather than tear down.

You'll be amazed at how a simple thing like building a new vocabulary can change the way you view yourself, your loved ones, your situation, ..your world.
Studies have shown that it takes more energy to process negative thoughts and emotions than it does positives. Negative words cause us to slow down but when things are going don't need alot of processing. Words like guilty, failure, etc., take more effort and more thought to figure out why and what to do about it. Words like, love, joy, happiness take very little effort.

Pinpoint the words that you know you need to change in your vocabulary and go check out an online thesaurus like the one at to find new words that might help you to change the negatives into positives.

Here's an example: I typed in the word, SPUNKY and here's what the thesaurus came up with:

Main Entry: spunky
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: spirited
Synonyms: active, alert, animated, bold, bouncy, brave, chirpy, courageous, eager, energetic, enthusiastic, fearless, fiery, full of life, full of spirit, game, gritty, gutsy, high-spirited, peppy, plucky, snappy, sprightly, tough, vigorous, zesty, zippy

Pretty easy, eh?

For example,instead of calling my little Haley.."hyper"...I could use different words such as...energetic, lively, Just last week, I decided that instead of always affectionately calling her, "Hurricane Haley"..I would call her "Helpful Haley" a difference!

Harriet Meyerson, president of the Confidence Center in Dallas, Texas..has written an article entitled; Change a Negative to a Positive Just by Changing the Words You Use.

Problems become "Situations"
Always and Never become "Often and Seldom"
Should have becomes "Could have"
Bad becomes "Unwise"
Faults become "Differences"
and my personal favorite...
Mistakes become "Valuable lessons" ;)

You can read the article in its entirety here:

Consider changing the way you view yourself and your life by framing your world with new words that'll help inspire and motivate you to climb to higher places in your head and your heart.

Only you can keep you down.

Keep Sparkin' !!!

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CAROLANN27 2/3/2010 1:56AM

    I have always liked the phrase "Terrific Twos" instead of "Terrible Twos."

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KELLYHARTLINE 2/2/2010 11:11PM

    Great blog!! Positive reinforcement...we ALL need some of that!!! And we ALL need to give some of that!!!!

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CM_GARDNER78 2/2/2010 9:17PM

    You use more muscles frowning than you do to smile... emoticon

YES!! Great post! It does make a difference what you say - even in a teasing way! LOVE IT!!!!!!!

~ Christa

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Gotta Ramp It Up a bit...

Monday, February 01, 2010

Well..this month I've decided to start a new phase in my exersizing.

STRETCHY BANDS!!!! Yeahhhhh... burn off some fat...strengthen some muscles...
At this point...maybe I should've said.. Find some muscles? They're buried in there my Abs..they've recently been discovered!! haaaaaaaa OWWW...those obliques'll kill ya!!!

Was watching infomercials last night and saw an ad for the Skinny Switch Diet....of course my ears perked up like a puppy's when I heard the words....NO EXERSIZE... but...alas...I KNOW that I why do I keep fighting it? I guess even after 30's not established enough yet. I'm so surprised the food part has been relatively easy...but not the THAT surprises me. impatience has been put aside and I will NOT be ordering yet another thing that will not work....I will simply continue on with what I'm doing and learn to be patient.

I know what the problem is... it's the scale. I'm not blaming the piece of metal/rubber/plastic, mind you...but the fact that it's there...even if I only visit it once per week. i'm rebelling against having to or wanting to go near that thing but am all for the way my clothes are fitting body is feeling better and my attitude is sky high. will think and re-think of what I can do to alleviate the stress of worrying about a pound going up or down on the scale and continue on. Perhaps I will weigh myself once per month? I don't know... but I do know that even removing my weight loss ticker from my spark page didn't seem to do the trick.

Note to self**** Figure this one's probably REALLY important and will lead to a breakthrough!!!

Have a wonderful February...I know I will!

Stay focused, press on and don't let ANYTHING or ANYBODY drag you down...(even yourself) because you're moving UP and OUT of the past.

In light of Funny Monday...and since my post was not too've included a picture of
my favorite headware...I wear it every Monday..haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/1/2010 11:22PM

    I will tell you, I went almost 6 weeks last year with no movement in the scale...and...the end result was still what I wanted. If you are doing all the right things the results WILL catch up with you. You are doing all the right things by not letting that scale have any power. So proud of you!

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KELLYHARTLINE 2/1/2010 10:22PM

    I have the exact same thoughts for this month too!!!!! Push onward and challenge myself!!!!!

Gotta kick my own butt and make it exercise cause aint nobody gonna do it for me but me!!!

{Except maybe this little voice on the other aisle saying...get your butt up Kelly Michelle!!!]

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CAROLANN27 2/1/2010 2:04PM

    Have you ever thought of just throwing the scales out altogether?? It seems kind of radical, but here are a couple thoughts that made me think of that.

My daughter was anorexic during college and one of the things she did was get rid of her scales. She goes by how her clothes fit, how she feels, and whether any of us notice she's too thin or not eating healthfully. (Which has come up only a couple times in 15 years, and she was doing ok both times.)

I know a few people who have quit using a scale. They don't even let their docs tell them their weight when they have a visit.

That's pretty untraditional, but your clothes, energy level, and probably a few other things would probably work well as indicators.

Being bound by the numbers on a scale gives me the image of someone with chains being weighted down by a scale. The opposite would be soaring freely into the sky like a bird.

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MORNING_NOONAN 2/1/2010 10:32AM

    Well if you start small then who knows where it will lead right? The saying 'Every little helps' comes to mind. I'm sure you will eventually get over your feelings for the scales. You just need to press ahead with the positive things that you have accumulated since joining Spark and concentrate on them!!

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    I am pumping up my exercise this month, too!


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DEBRA_T 2/1/2010 9:55AM

    Hi Michele,

Have you tried Coach Nicole's 20 Minute Chair Workout with Resistance Bands? It is what I am primarily using to get myself into strength training. The best part of the video -- NO floor work. I hate getting down on the floor to do exercises and always look for substitutes.

I know what you mean about the siren song of "get thin/rich/smart quick" commercials. So tempting, so incredibly scam-alicious. We will not be fooled!

But, we will be moved -- by Coach Nicole et al.!

Cheers and Good Luck with Plan B,

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Made it to day 31 ...YAY!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Absolutely unbelievable! I have made it this far. I know it is the support of all my sparkfriends... thank you everyone!

I have lost a total of 12 pounds and 18 1/2 inches over all.

I remember my body freaking out at first... it hated the nutritious food.
Now... I feel so much better and am enjoying knowing that I'm eating nutritiously.

I'm trying new recipes and it's been alot of fun making my meals fun and tasty!
I don't feel deprived and have tracked every single thing that I've eaten...

I've exersized and moved more than I have in years.

I have my friend, "Pedie" the Pedometer and my other friend, "Scaley" the

I am inspired by others and am able to inspire others.

I feel like I can do this...and continue on. Ohh, it's hard...but something about this time is different. :)

Life is hard...but God is good!

A thousand thank yous to my special sparkfriends... you know who you are.
I can't do it without you! xoxoxo

On to the next leg of the journey!

And Awayyyyyyyy We Gooooooooooooo !

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KELLYHARTLINE 2/5/2010 12:59AM

    How in the world did I miss this????? Congrats on all your accomplishments so far and they are just beginning!!! There will be many more cause this time IS different!!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture...I can see a HEALTHY GLOW about you!!!!

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ROSNER1 2/1/2010 9:29AM

    Michele, you are so cool. Love you, good work! I am very inspired.

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MARILROAN 2/1/2010 5:10AM

    I am doing a happy feet dance with you and for you gorgeous girl!

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TAZMANIATWO 1/31/2010 10:13PM

    emoticon on the Jan Losses! Feels good, emoticon
I live in Marquette & can tell from our conversations & blogs that we have a lot in common.
Yes, I too plan each day for a emoticon indulgence, one form or another.
Some days it might just be an extra hour reading or a 20min nap. Others, it might be an ice cream cone or a chocolate candy bar. A treat can have many forms & satisfy many needs.
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CAROLANN27 1/31/2010 9:50PM

    Love your pic! Congratulations on finishing 31 days!!! I am surprised at how short a time it takes to start feeling better. You've got momentum now.

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CM_GARDNER78 1/31/2010 11:14AM

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You are an amazing woman, who I am so glad I've gotten to know!! I know that you can do'll go all the way! Way to go on this milestone! One month DOWN! Keep it up!!!

~ Christa

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ANNIEV 1/31/2010 10:32AM

    Yay!!! Congratulations on a great January! You are doing it! Keep up the great work!!
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ANNINTENNESSEE 1/31/2010 10:03AM

    emoticon We are doing this! I am so proud of you and so glad you are my friend! emoticon

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EGR2BEME 1/31/2010 9:26AM

    Congratulations and your milestone. Your picture is great! You inspire me to get started!! Ellen

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DEBRA_T 1/31/2010 8:38AM

    Hi Michele,

Sheila is really going to freak out now for sure because we've posted a very similar blog this morning! LOL First, goodies, now bloggies -- if we weren't in menopause we'd be cycling together too. emoticon

I can feel the passion for what you're doing all the way down here in Chicago, and, even though I now know you're not in the U.P. emoticon, there are still some miles between us, but they can't obscure the radiating energy that comes from your spirit.

I am so proud of what you have accomplished this month and excited for you in the months to come.

I love the picture! It is the picture of a vibrant, beautiful (inside and out) woman with a whole lot of love shining through.

You rock!

Love ya', Deb

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    Love your picture! Congratulations, Mickey. 30 days is a huge milestone. And, thanks for blogging. I enjoy reading about your journey.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/31/2010 2:17AM

    I have no doubts that you will finish this journey and be victorious!
You have gained control over so many areas in such a short time.
You should be very proud of yourself!
I'm proud to know that you are my friend.

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Open the curtains?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wanna let some light shine in?

You might be a little surprised at what you might even be disgusted at first...but hey, can fix it..if you want to!

If you live your life with the curtains drawn...pretty soon you get used to the darkness and learn to actually prefer it. Then, when someone comes along who's used to living in the light and they automatically walk over to lift the shield your eyes and scream out, "No!!! Stop!!! Shut those, NOW!!!" "Leave me alone!"

You have a choice to make about those curtains....

You can leave them open and let the light blast in...exposing all the dark corners...
You may decide to crack them open.. a little bit each day...gently getting used to having light in your life. might decide to close the drapes and keep them closed, permanently.

Have you become so accustomed to the dark that you think you... rather like it? prefer it?

You see..the problem with letting the light in is that it exposes the gunk and funk in your life and in your heart. If it's exposed, and you have to actually see it for what it're then faced with what you're going to do about it.

I say, let the light shine in and get rid of the gunk, funk and junk.

Roll up your sleeves and start somewhere. Sure, it may be a big job but it's your gunk..
you're the only one who knows where everything should go.

You'll feel so much really will.

Just try it for 30 days...if you don't like can go back to the way you were.

Matthew 10:26b
for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life

What? You thought I was talking about cleaning out your closets?

I am.

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KELLYHARTLINE 1/30/2010 8:13PM

    It has taken me along time to get to the point where I actually feel as though I am worth the light shining on me. Now I KNOW that I am worth it and I have nothing to hide and no matter what life throws me. I am worthy!!! And I have nothing to hide!!! I am thankful for all that I have been blessed with and I love my curtains opened!!!

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DEBRA_T 1/30/2010 12:07PM

    Let the sun shine in indeed! Why are we so afraid of the light? We're afraid of what we might find, but finding it does not give it any more reality than it did before it was discovered. Finding it gives you a chance to go in a different direction; refusing to see it does not.

You know, you can run, but you can't hide, so you might as well turn around and face it.

Happy Saturday, Michele!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/30/2010 12:00PM

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There are many ways people walk in darkness - and it may not even be a total darkness thing. It could be just in one area. Like weight loss - you can be in the DARK when it comes to that, but other parts of your life not so much. (Although - are you truly living in the light if one part is in the dark? Hmm...that's a whole 'nother post for another day!)

I love light - I crave light, especially up here where the sun don't shine much in 9 months. I crave light in all ways I can find it, live it, use it!

This jumped in my head, and while not directly related to what you are saying, stuck out to me either way:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

~ Christa

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