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Long Overdue

Thursday, September 13, 2012      3 comments

Yes, it is time for Melanie to get off the insanity wagon and climb back on the life is normal bike. :) The last few months have been an absolutely insane. I was sure I lost my mind back in Iowa during the long drive east. Well we ha... Read more

Where did January go?

Sunday, June 03, 2012      3 comments

Just yesterday I was sure it was January 2012 -- today June 3rd? Where did the last few months go? Well first let me say, my long time boyfriend and I became engaged in February. No wedding date at this time, maybe once things settle do... Read more

What you can learn from the NFL Network...

Sunday, January 22, 2012      4 comments

The love of my life John is a huge Patriots fan. (and who says love isn't blind? I am a huge Jets fan....) So for the last week our TV has been held hostage by ESPN, the NFL Network and sprinkle in Showtime's Inside the NFL for good measu... Read more

Emotional sabotage...emotional eating

Tuesday, January 17, 2012      6 comments

A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from an aunt who told me my father had a heart attack. This is not a journey down the yellow brick road. I have a very complicated relationship with my family. I am pretty close to bot... Read more

The Road Less Travelled..or how Melanie got lost in the hundred acre woods!

Monday, January 02, 2012      7 comments

First of all -- to all of my wonderful Spark Friends -- Well as most of you know, I do not like negative terms like "falling off the wagon", "need to get back on track... Read more

6 Years, an anniversary I never thought I would make

Tuesday, September 06, 2011      5 comments

Six years ago today I quit smoking. Cold Turkey! I have not slipped once in that time. I know if I did -- I would start smoking again. I have that addictive personality. Six years ago I started on this path to live a healthier lifesty... Read more

Dusting off the "consistency" weapon

Tuesday, August 30, 2011      3 comments

Over the last few weeks I have been plugging along. For the most part I have been losing weight and mostly living the healthy lifestyle. So your asking, "what's the problem?" Well I haven't been very consistent with my exercise. I have been ... Read more

Mission possible - 40 lbs gone and some life lessons along the way

Sunday, August 28, 2011      9 comments

I started this "healthy lifestyle" experiment in December 2010. I had an idea what it meant to be healthy, I just wasn't sure how to enact it into my life. Ok, I did know how but I was trying to find a way to be healthy and still eat McDonald'... Read more

Wishful thinking doesn't make it happen!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011      6 comments

How many of us have spent time (ok for me it might be years....) wishing we were thin. Looking at a show of hands... (Ok you in the back -- throw up your hand because you know it is true...ok that is better.) The point is wishful thin... Read more

Strength training a necessary evil? Wow I have come a LONG way

Thursday, July 14, 2011      12 comments

As many of you know when I began this journey I ranked strength training up there with root canals. Of course I knew all the benefits and it was a necessary evil but to say I enjoyed it well yeah that wasn't happening. So back in Mid February ... Read more

Are you winning the battle or the war?

Sunday, July 10, 2011      8 comments

I had to take a step back and really take a look at my struggles lately. My emotional eating has been out of control. I will be ok for a few days only to find myself mindlessly eating in response to emotional triggers. It is amazing how easy ... Read more

Me, Mick and getting what you need

Sunday, June 19, 2011      11 comments

Ok so I broke down and stepped on the scale. My weight still going no where -- the last 2 weeks I have remained 6 ounces within my posted weight. Not sure if it TOM, thyroid going on strike or what. On the drive to work I was obse... Read more

Giving yourself permission in the land of NO

Tuesday, June 14, 2011      7 comments

Today's inner dialogue Melanie: "I am hungry." Inner Food Nazi: "Drink some water." Melanie: "I have already drank 14 cups." Inner Food Nazi: "Chew some gum." Melanie: Stamping my feet and holding my breath "I don't want gum, I... Read more

Today's Hike - Turtle Rock

Sunday, June 12, 2011      7 comments

Woke up early today and met my friend Kassie for a nice hike not too far away. The rock formation is suppose to resemble a turtle. For me unless it is a Picasso turtle... Read more

Resolute ~ My word of the day.

Monday, June 06, 2011      10 comments

res·o·lute adjective /ˈrez&#
601;ˌlo͞ot/  /-lət/  Admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. Ok I was sure hoping that today I could say I was in the 180s. Disappointed! ... Read more


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