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Finding the right balance

Friday, February 17, 2012

A year ago I was featured in a magazine, thanks to the staff at Sparkpeople. Today, I am not in the same shape. I stopped tracking my food and cut down on some work outs. The result is a weight swing from 127lbs to 155lbs. I am certainly back down to a healthier me, but nowhere near the fitness level I was 9 months ago. I had said that 135 would be my "cap", then 140, 145... feel me? But for me, it's more than the number on the scale that matters. My self-esteem is deflating as fast as my endurance.

I know I need to add more running, but I have a hard time taking that first step out the door. So, I have been showing up to my workout class 20 minutes early to get in an extra run or bag work.

I have also started taking a boxing class one night a week (while it's not kids' sports seasons.) I love it and really don't want to give it up come cheer season, but my daughter has practice nightly, so that already makes me sad.

Eating, I have been making better choices, but not the regular..healthy ones I used to. This is where I am struggling the most. I know what works for me, I maintained an 85 pound loss for quite some time, but the minute I stopped logging in here.... I lost my balance.

This is hard, for everyone. The struggle for some of us isn't over at goal. It's a lifetime of getting back up, dusting back off and choosing to want to be healthy. I don't need to be a supermodel, or even wear a bikini ever again. I just want to feel good, live life well and pass on life enhancing tools to my children.

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VINTAGEMODEL 2/27/2012 7:29AM

    Hello, I can relate to your loss of self esteem when you did not log on to sparkpeople and lost your fitness level. I have lost mine for the last decade. Never before have I let myself go to rack and ruin as I have in the last 12 years!! I belive that I shall be on Sparkpeople for the long haul, because being truthfull on the calorie count about what I eat, can be a shock to me as to how they add up to TOO MUCH FOOD. You are an inspiration to me, so you keep it up, you are doing great. We all forget at times because of family commitments and no "me time" for yourself. You are helping me when I read your Sparkpage, Old Vintage xx emoticon

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WASCALLYWONE 2/19/2012 7:19PM

    emoticon you are emoticon Who was it that said all we need to do is get up one more time than we fall?

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DDHEART 2/19/2012 9:51AM

    Frustrating when we feel that human side of ourselves...I have to track or I slip. This is my life...for the rest of my life. You'll get your balance again...all in time.

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GODDESSHIPS 2/18/2012 1:51AM

    Log away. I'm tired of being the main logger for fitness minutes on our hometown page. LOL Give me some healthy competition, please!

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MNTWINSGAL 2/18/2012 12:52AM

    It's ok Michelle....I know you are so much stronger than you think you are. Let's see more of you here on SP....and maybe come back to the team too??

Whatever you decide, you are awesome - a true role model and I KNOW you will be back to where you want to be soon.

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IMOM4GIRLS 2/17/2012 11:31PM

    I love the courage and the honesty in your blog. You will reach your goals again. And we'll be right here cheering for you as you do!

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IMOM4GIRLS 2/17/2012 11:30PM

    I love the courage and the honesty in your blog. You will reach your goals again. And we'll be right here cheering for you as you do!

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MARIJO150 2/17/2012 11:12PM

    Wow, I can relate to your blog. I've experienced weightloss but not the ability to maintain it. Right now I am back in the time to lose weight cycle and hoping that once I hit goal I will be able to maintain . Loved the blog, thanks for sharing.

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FITKAT62 2/17/2012 10:30PM

    Awesome blog!

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Feb Bench Marks

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In my boot camp class, we bench mark basic physical fitness tests. My stats for Feb are:

.8 Mile Run: 6:27 vs. 6:10
1 min burpees: 20 vs. 20
1 min push ups: 19 vs. 27
1 min sit ups: 33 vs. 40

It looks like I need to start stronger in my cardio, I obviously have more to give.

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JIBBIE49 1/29/2012 10:52AM

    burpees are just the old "Squat-thrust" that we did as kids in gym class back in the '50's-'60's that Jack LaLanne taught.

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WASCALLYWONE 2/28/2011 9:40AM

    Don't know what a burpee is, but YOU ARE AWESOME!

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MNTWINSGAL 2/23/2011 11:58PM

    Way to go on the burpees! emoticon

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Three Little Bears

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

My six year old son loves to write. He practices letters and numbers all the time. So, he has his own Composition Book that he uses a lot. As I was cleaning the dining room a couple of weeks ago, I picked up his book and thumbed through it. He had dictated a story of the three bears to his Daddy and I happened across it.

In his story, the three bears were eating soup. The Daddy bear said the soup was too hot, the little bear said it was too cold and the Mommy bear said the soup was too warm. So, they went for a jog..

They went for a jog.

There was a little more to the story, but my heart stopped at that jog. I felt so proud of his choice of activities for them there bears. I helped do that. I take them to work out with me all the time, we run and play now in the yard, soccer field and park. We take hours long bike rides for fun. Together, as a family. They see that we love activities and that choosing to be active is fun and rewarding. That is why I wanted to get teach my children, so that their lives were richer and fuller. So, that at nearly 40 they too aren't fighting obesity and self esteem issues. My new, regular habits and passions have come through in their stories. I couldn't be prouder.

Because, I tell you what.....two years ago....them same bears would have been sitting on the couch waiting for their soup to cool, snacking on a bag of chips.

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TALLERANT 2/12/2011 9:21AM


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MESMERIZED62 2/3/2011 11:19AM

    How sweet! You are a great mom!

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BELLALUCIA 1/30/2011 2:47PM

    Great job Momma!

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SWEETONE111 6/20/2010 11:52PM

    What a great story! Your pictures are amazing. Keep up the great work!

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SABLEFYRE 6/11/2010 7:34AM

    That is a wonderful example of education through observation. Keep up the good work.

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MNTWINSGAL 6/9/2010 9:49PM

    You are awesome, Michelle! You are an inspiration to all and such a good mom! I love, love, love your son's story. Pat yourself on the back--that is, as you say, YOUR doing! Way to go, girl!

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    That's very inspirational. I can personally relate to this. No I don't have kids but I do have parents. And my parents where never around (always working). I never got to experience a healthy lifestyle when I was young. They never had time to cook healthy meals or time to take us to the park. In result I'm stuck with a weight problem that affects my life in so many ways. I don't blame them or anything but there's a lot of resentment. You don't want that for your kids....
At least I know now from their mistakes and I hope you keep doing what your doing!

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I can feel the difference

Monday, May 18, 2009

My husband and I went away to a meeting this week and I missed my regular kickboxing class for the first time in three months. I feel like I am cheating on my class. The hotel we stayed in didn't have a fitness center and the town was not condusive to me strapping on my running shoes and gear (though I brought them). After four full days of no exersize, I feel the difference in my stature, my mood and my energy levels.

I've learned when my regular routine de-rails, look harder at finding fitness opportunities.

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KEMERSON6 5/20/2009 9:49PM

    Hi there,

I wish you would have said something, I would have walked with you at the meeting. I got in a good hour long walk on Thursday morning. There was a great hill not far from the hotel. Next time we will have to bring swim suits and do some laps. LOL

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Mother's Day

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Well, today is Mother's Day. I don't have anything I have to do today but be a mommy. My husband went in and opened the store for me today and my precious little ones are surprising still asleep. It is so rare to have a day off to do nothing, everything or anything I want....much less two in a row.

I think that I will take my son out to the yard and till up the area he and I are going to plant a vegetable garden. Maybe head to Home Depot and check out their fencing and maybe buy some starter plants or seeds and plant them with the kids.

Oh, spoke too soon. My princess has emerged.

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MERTPTA 5/10/2009 11:52AM

  Happy Mothers Day Michelle-
I hope you enjoy your day with your family. We will be going to my mothers for a cook out. I hope the weather will be on our side.

Have a great day

Mary emoticon

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