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Dear 16 year old Shelley

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dear16 year old Michelle:

Stop over thinking everything and freaking out about the small stuff. You're smart, hard working, loyal, and yes gorgeous. Cut the crap and move on from the silly mistakes you've made. Own them and move on.

Tips for college: you will not move as much. Make it happen. Stop eating junk. Yup. You are going to gain 15 pounds and hate it. Don't stay with a boy that you don't love just because it's a habit and he's a nice guy. You are going to break his heart anyhow, so why let it linger and be miserable?

Keep rocking out. Have fun and don't take yourself so seriously. You are going to have a wonderful job. Amazing home. Fabulous husband who you love more and more everyday (even when he's driving yu crazy... because he's so much like you..) You are going to have to wait until you're 26 to find him, but it's worth it. (All of your friends end up miserable with the men they are with in their early 20's when you were "alone" and living it up with the boys at the gay clubs having a blast being you!) so, always enjoy being single and rockin you being you!

Other than this advice.. you are perfect, especially in your flaws.

Love,
31 year old Michelle
PS: your 30's are adding up to be pretty excellent too!

  
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LUCYLU22 1/29/2013 4:16PM

    It is definitely time to keep rockin' out!!!! LOVED it!!! What a fabulous line~ "you're perfect, especially in your flaws".

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GIELLIOT 1/27/2013 10:18PM

    Perfect!!

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THEMRSH 1/27/2013 9:04PM

    you are perfect, especially in your flaws

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RABBIT8301 1/27/2013 9:00PM

    Flaws are what makes us all unique! Glad that everything is becoming even better now then back then!

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KIBAISREADY 1/27/2013 11:42AM

    Love it girl! emoticon

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KSMGLASS 1/27/2013 11:09AM

    emoticon job onyour blog!!! You ARE emoticonly purrrrrrfect!!! emoticon

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LADYJ6942 1/26/2013 8:27PM

    Wonderful blog!


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EUGENERUGOSA 1/26/2013 5:25PM

    yep. gorgeous - inside & out :)

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DOOBRIE 1/26/2013 3:53PM

    Ah, great blog. Glad your 30's are good too. Keep having a wonderful life!

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/26/2013 3:17PM

    Shelley, You are awesome! I love this advice.
Nice work!

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PALMTREEGIRL1 1/26/2013 3:14PM

    Great insight and advice......don't you just love being you? I think you are so special! I'm glad for the day you were born.....please thank your parents for me!

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CINDYKC2000 1/26/2013 2:23PM

    Love it! So true! If we only knew then how things would be as we got older.

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FITAT50 1/26/2013 1:57PM

    If we only knew back then...you've come a long way and yes, you are perfect!

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ARKPLE 1/26/2013 1:36PM

    Your young 20's made me smile. And, yes you are still perfect, especially in your flaws! Gr8 blog. xo

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Simply Effective: Holiday Plan

Saturday, November 24, 2012

It's 2 days after Thanksgiving, which we all know can start the downward spiral of over eating and "I don't have time to exercise, eat well, not be stressed," excuses.

I Will Not Gain this Season.

I hardly ate on actual Thanksgiving... I was just too busy to pick at the apps and didn't pick and taste as I cooked. I did, have some turkey and gravy and then some pecan pie... Enough calories for the day!

I have worked out each day and will continue to get in at least 20 minutes of fitness at least 5 days. If I am going to a party or a dinner, I will balance my day with lighter choices throughout the day and make sure I get in lots of steps and movement!

I am not going to stress the small stuff. I have plans to make most of my gifts, but, if they don't happen, they don't happen. I love the holidays. I want to make these things and decorate the house and send the Christmas Cards. I am not doing it because I have to. I think this is important to distinguish.

Anyway. Short and simple...
1) Eat well and enjoy the food of the season in moderation
2) Move lots
3) Spend time with family and friends
4) Not get over stressed about the small stuff...

  
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MICHIGANLORI 11/25/2012 11:11AM

    Good plan. I like "Not get over stressed about the small stuff...". I will add that to my plan.

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REDHATSHAPELY1 11/24/2012 4:09PM

    Great plan. You're right that the holidays are supposed to be fun. Great idea to prioritize your tasks. emoticon

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PEGGYO 11/24/2012 2:49PM

    Way to plan!

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LUCYLU22 11/24/2012 2:27PM

    I LOVE your idea about a simple plan. I think too often we try to make over elaborate plans to STICK to our guns and then if they don't always end well, it leaves us frustrated. GREAT job working out a simple plan for yourself!!!

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MYJUNIEMOON 11/24/2012 11:43AM

    Great Job!!!
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FITAT50 11/24/2012 11:33AM

    Nice! Are you staying accountable to yourself or joining our Interim round?

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HEALTH4LYFE 11/24/2012 10:05AM

    I like your attitude about the upcoming holidays! I may have to plagiarize some of your ideas. Wishing you only the best as you journey toward your goals. emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 11/24/2012 10:03AM

    Good on you. Enjoyment is important. You can do it!

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PALMTREEGIRL1 11/24/2012 9:54AM

    Good plan! I agree about simple! I'm actually hoping to lose some!

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Half Way Point

Monday, October 22, 2012


From 6 weeks ago:


emoticon I weighed in at 170 this morning. Over the next 12 weeks I can realistically lose 12 pounds, bringing me to 158, the max of the healthy BMI range for my height of 5'7". I would like to lose an inch from etch of the following body areas: chest, waist, thighs, arms, hips. Again, realistic. emoticon

I weighed in at 167 this morning. This is pretty huge since I have been in a terrible habit the past several weekends of over doing it and then playing catch up the rest of the week. 167 is where I was Friday. 167 is where I am on Monday. Score. Not taking measurements till the end of the round, but, everything fits better and bigger so, I can tell that I am shrinking down.

I am resetting my goal for 162 for week 12. Achievable.

TO reach this goal, I will consistently:
track every bite
use my HRM to get an accurate measure of calories burned.

I will eat mostly clean.
I will go to my ballet barre class 2-3 times a week.
I will supplement with ST at home.
I am in week 4of C25K.. my back feels good. I have registered for a 5K for December 16th with my husband and a few friends who I have inspired to give a 5K ago. This has been a huge NSV for me.. to have become someone who has inspired other to get their butts off the couch and push themselves physically!

This time last year, a healthy BMI seemed so far away, now it is really within my grasp.

Consistency is what is really key here.
Weight fluctuations are normal and will be taken in stride.
Derivation and negative self talk are unacceptable.

For the rest of the round, I am really going to FOCUS on my weekends... really staying to my net calorie goal of 1550 each day, with one "higher" day allowable... No more three day over weekends...

I am feeling great. I am looking great. I am going to reach my goal of 162 for the end of this round. I am going to be a normal BMI for the New Year (or the week after.. emoticon !)

  
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LUCYLU22 10/29/2012 12:28AM

    Woohoo that is fantastic!!! Great job on all that you have accomplished!! Keep up the great work!

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DOOBRIE 10/23/2012 2:28PM

    Good luck with your goals!

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1MANKNEY 10/22/2012 4:31PM

    Good for you. Set those goals at an achievable level and watch that success happen! You can do it. I've got a goal for Christmas--fitting into a little black jumpsuit that I want to wear to a Christmas party. I think I can do it by then-- the weight goal is a realistic 130 but I am not sure that the tummy will be down to the right measure even at that weight. If not, I will be into that jumpsuit by Christmas 2013! emoticon

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MACMOM57 10/22/2012 3:38PM

    thats awesome I know you can do it. Keep working hard.

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HARRINGTON5 10/22/2012 3:37PM

    Sounds like a fantastic plan. I agree, consistency is key. You have done so well and it sounds like you are motivated to reach your goal.
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FITAT50 10/22/2012 3:14PM

    I'm celebrating already!!! I KNOW you'll reach your goals! emoticon

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12 Week Plan

Saturday, September 15, 2012

No fancy title here.

I am keeping the plan for the next 12 weeks simple too. Simple, straight forward, and achievable.

I weighed in at 170 this morning. Over the next 12 weeks I can realistically lose 12 pounds, bringing me to 158, the max of the healthy BMI range for my height of 5'7". I would like to lose an inch from etch of the following body areas: chest, waist, thighs, arms, hips. Again, realistic.

TO reach this goal, I will consistently:
track every bite
use my HRM to get an accurate measure of calories burned.

I will eat mostly clean.
I will go to my ballet barre class 3 times a week.
I will ride my bike 2 times a week until the weather/darkness factors inhibit me. When this occurs, I will begin C25K and see how my back fares.

This time last year, a healthy BMI seemed so far away, now it is really within my grasp.

Consistency is what is really key here.
Weight fluctuations are normal and will be taken in stride.
Derivation and negative self talk are unacceptable.

And, Here are my "Before Pics" Taken just a few moments ago...






Beginning Stats:
Weight: 170
Chest: 39
Waist: 29
Hips: 39
Thighs: 24
Arms: 13

  
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HARRINGTON5 9/18/2012 12:02AM

    Great plan. You have strength and courage and you will do this!

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DEBRAK14 9/17/2012 9:21PM

    emoticon emoticon you look great and I KNOW you will reach your goal!

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FLUTTEROFSTARS 9/17/2012 6:58PM

    You're already looking great, and I can't wait to see your results in 12 weeks! emoticon

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/17/2012 5:38PM

    I like simple

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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/17/2012 1:47PM

    You look like you are succeeding so far, know you will be at the healathyBMI in no time

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LUCYLU22 9/17/2012 1:19PM

    You are looking GREAT!!! Awesome plan, and so achievable! You are soo very close to your goal of a healthy BMI, It won't be long now. I love what you and Lynn said about remembering that weight fluctuations are going to happen, and that they are NORMAL!! Thanks for the reminder! I NEED to keep this in mind as well! Best wishes on a great round Shelley! emoticon just got to emoticon !

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LIKES2CYCLE 9/16/2012 11:50PM

    Yes, Shelley, let's be mutual encouragers for each other this round!! My motto is "No Excuses"! Last night, after working on our building project all day, I was so tired I felt like crying. However, after dinner, ibuprofen, and a couple hours of rest, I headed down to my basement for my "date" with Jillian ... no excuses!! After I did the workout, I thought, well, if I could do it tonight of all nights when I was so tired, I truly do have no excuses for any other night. So there's no reason I can't complete the full 30 day shred, right? Interesting what you can do when you make something a must-do instead of a should-do.
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THEMRSH 9/16/2012 9:05PM

    emoticon Shelley! I think you found a way to be anon, just use the flash! Looking forward to seeing you hit that healthy BMI.

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MICHIGANLORI 9/16/2012 4:35PM

    I like my HRM too! It was a shock to see how much I actually burned (much less than SP or gym equipment).

Good luck with the challenge! emoticon

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LCDM83 9/15/2012 10:43PM

    Good workout plans! We need to keep telling ourselves that weight fluctuations happen and are NORMAL- you are so right. emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 9/15/2012 10:11PM

    You look great and your goals sound very reasonable and achievable. Consistency is definitely the key. emoticon emoticon

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DJW72352 9/15/2012 9:52PM

    What a great plan..You can do it...

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FITAT50 9/15/2012 6:43PM

    You're looking great! It's not going to take much to reach your goal. Stick to the plan that you know works for you!

You're going to Rock this round!

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 9/15/2012 6:41PM

    Great plan and pics! You got this Shelley!

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LILLEAN 9/15/2012 5:41PM

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PALMTREEGIRL1 9/15/2012 5:31PM

    Shelley!!! You are so awesome! This is a great plan and so doable! I know you will succeed!

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/15/2012 5:27PM

    Good plan

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DOOBRIE 9/15/2012 5:19PM

    Lucky you - you have a super shape! You will look fantastic when you get to goal! Thanks for sharing your plans.

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DEE797 9/15/2012 4:38PM

    You look great! I'm sure with your goal in sight you will do well this round. YOU'VE GOT THIS! emoticon

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13610511 9/15/2012 4:10PM

    Yes, you look great! You have a good goal and a plan to get there.

YOU CAN DO IT!!

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MAGGIEVAN 9/15/2012 4:08PM

    You are already looking great but I am sure once you get to your goal you will be spectacular. Way to go. Whoo hoo!

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Pushing through a rough patch

Monday, July 16, 2012

NOt really sure why, but the urge to binge has been super strong the past few weeks. I have been pushing through, however, not enough to be in total control and continue to lose like I have been all round 19 of BLC, but not losing it completely. I am owning my impulses and keeping them in check much better than in the past.

Instead of using my team for support, I have been shying away. I feel a bit ashamed that I am contributing to our team numbers. I logically know that they are not judging me and aren't mad at me, but I do feel guilty. a special teammate just reached out to me and I wrote back to her and that really helped me work through some crapola that was hanging in my brain.

I know it's ridiculous to shy away from my uber fabulous team when I need them. Guess I just wasn't ready to admit out loud that I am struggling.

My fitness in order.. biking to and from work. Ballet barre class making my muscles shake like NEVER before. Wanting to eat EVERYTHING in sight. sigh. Haven't wanted to binge in so long. Why now d I jsut want to hide on my couch and gorge myself with chips and cheese dip and french silk ice cream? I have not had a binge. Just some serious fantasizing about it.

Just to say screw it. I'm gonna eat what ever the heck I want.

It won't make me feel good. It will make me feel like $h*%. But i my mind, it will be wonderful.

I was so close to 169. Why am I holding myself back from that? I am actually crying now. SO darn close and then start making poor choices. Portions too big. Too many excuses for bad choices.

Taking it one meal choice at time. Taking it one bite at a time.

I am determined to not give in and getting this out in writing already makes me feel better.

My goal for the summer break is to burn 3000 - 3500 calories a week with biking, barre class, walking the beach etc..

Eating.. back on track (for real) each choice I make with food. If I eat it, I will track it.

I will reach out for support instead of shying away. That's what my team is for. Not to hand hold or have a pity party, but to be able to reach out for additional strength when I need it.

Thanks for listening.

  
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SHELLEY81 7/17/2012 7:03AM

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MAGGIEVAN 7/17/2012 4:15AM

    So it is a hick up or two? Life goes on. It is not defining you. You can do it!

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FITAT50 7/16/2012 11:21PM

    Oh Sweetie, we are here for you, we will cheer you on and help hold you up when you need it. That's what's so special about the Spies, we will never judge you, we've all been there. Keep blogging or writing in a journal, look for the reason behind your wanting to binge, something is triggering it.

We've been through many rounds together Shelley and I know you will come back stronger than ever, don't be to hard on yourself right now. Take it one meal and one workout at a time, celebrate every achievement big or small.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/16/2012 8:19PM

    I hear you! Give yourself a big pat on the back for not giving in to it. emoticon And for reaching out now. emoticon

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 7/16/2012 8:14PM

    Shelley, I know just what you mean hunny, and I could cry right with you. For me I just get tired of trying so hard and having to work harder than everyone else. I let myself have a few of those things that I've been avoiding and like nothing up 5 lbs. The thing is to channel exactly how you feel right now, really think about and keep a mental snapshot of you sitting and crying as you typed that blog. It will stay with you for a while and keep you strong. We are all going to have hard times and good times, but if you can go back to how the bad times make you feel then you can avoid them or put them off. It's all okay and we will do this!!!

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LCDM83 7/16/2012 7:49PM

    I tend to do the same thing when I'm close to a goal- almost like being afraid of reaching it. I am so glad you are back- missed you this week!! You CAN do this. You've got big plans to reach for- and don't forget to reach out too! We are here for each other.

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DEE797 7/16/2012 7:48PM

    Reaching out for support from the team and/or friends is the way to go. I know you can do this. Wishing you success on your journey! emoticon

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LUCYLU22 7/16/2012 7:30PM

    You know, I think that so many of us do this. I know I do. I seem to try to sabotage myself when I get SO darn close to a goal. Then, on top of it, I don't reach out for the support I need. I wonder if we do it because we don't WANT to hear what they might say, or we already know what our support is going to say, or we use our imagination to make it must worse than it is. I don't know what it is, but boy is that the BEST time to get the support we need. It sounds like you have a great plan for life without BLC for awhile, just remember the team will still BE here to support each other when we need it, ALL we have to DO is ask!

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DISPATCHGIRL32 7/16/2012 5:38PM

  This past weekend i had a strong urge to pig out on sweets!! ya just have to push through and try to avoid temptation!

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