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5K on my 42nd Birthday with my 15 year old son!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

So, 9/1/2013 was my 42nd birthday! My son has been doing track and cross country and my goal was to do a 5K this summer with him! Signed up for Finish for a Guiness on 9/1- my 42nd birthday! It was great! Jared and I raced- I finished in 34 minutes- and didn't stop- it was my goal to finish and not have to stop and walk, to run consistently and Jared won his age division and finished in 21 minutes! Wow! I was so proud to do this with him and Jared who is, of course, a typical teenager and very stingy with affection posted this picture on line on facebook and all his friends "liked" it! It made my heart swell- for him to acknowledge me and be proud and wish me well on his facebook page. If course I am not a "friend" on his facebook page, that is not "allowed" but this is a major major heartwarming post for me and I will never ever forget it! One of those moments in life- the race itself and then him showing me the post and sharing it with me- wow! I did not meet my under 190 goal for my birthday but I need to stop focusing on the scale, my measurements have moved and I am now fitting in a size 12/ 14 and it is amazing! My hormones, body type, etc. all effect my weight but my inches are moving and my shape is changing and more importantly I have endurance and have transformed my inside and out. Thanks to spark for all my friends and all the support- 24/7 whenever you need it- spark friends and spark is there! My whole family went to the 5K too, my husband and son, Colby- 12 and Avery- 7 and were there cheering and we may do a walk/ run at some point together as well, this is a family affair and I am so thankful to my family and my friends as well. So happy to have a positive blog today and share with everyone! Here's to a great school year- all the kids are at school today- hoping I can manage the new schedules, work, etc. and commitments and find a new schedule that allows me to squeeze in my zumba, etc. too! and of course my sparking!!!!

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KARENKANDO 9/5/2013 6:18AM

    Look at you! Achieving all your dreams! I am just so incredibly proud of you!!! Doing what you are doing is not as easy now as it would have been 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago. . . and yet you are doing it! Your determination and commitment to yourself are a shining example of what each and every one of us should strive for daily. Thanks for sharing your special day with all of us. You are beautiful! And your son is one very handsome young man! Spark on my friend. . . spark on!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Pitty party

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Okay, trying something different, a short blog about how lately I am just friggin stuck and feel like I am in mud, both my feet and my body and my brain, sludge. Got to get going! Had the worst PMS this month, hurt my ankle so think the not exercising during PMS really got me wow. I have to get on track, fighting for it, any help, any love you can send? I never had a negative blog but this is just a request, I always tend to not ask for help but asking my spark friends, send me some love! I got down to 199 on 7/5 and today was 199, really? all month exercising, running, eating right, etc. etc. and no movement. Have done measurements and that has moved but the scale, really? and lately just want to friggin sleep, ugh. have to fight the urge, it is so mental yet physical too. Send me some love, some encouragement please, to my spark friends, we all need some help some time and thanks for sending me some love today if you have a minute, I can do this, I know I can, xoxoxoxoxoo Me!!!! emoticon

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    Maybe you are like me with your weight loss? As I became more successful, the plateaus got longer, but they would always be followed by bouts of weight loss. I too had trouble waiting for the plateaus to end, until I realized it was a regular pattern and I just had to give it some time. (Also if you are like me, you will start to realize how much that regular pattern is affected by your hormone levels, if you know what I mean?) But, having said that -- as much as we humans are all the same, we are all unique, with different requirements at different times. Right now is your time to be "needy" -- and that's okay! SparkPeople friends are here for you!

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KARENKANDO 8/12/2013 7:15AM

    This is absolutely the RIGHT thing to do! Life isn't always about happy, happy, happy. Sometimes it's about THIS SUCKS! Please don't feel like you can't blog when you are feeling sad or lonely or blue or stuck or like giving up. That is when you SHOULD blog! Get it all out!!! Ask for help - receive the help - and use it to help make you feel better again. I'm proud of you! really proud. I know reaching out and being honest about how you feel wasn't easy for you. But you did it and I'm proud of you! And by the way - that you did not lose weight this past month? That is NOT failure! You didn't gain anything, which means the month was a success!!! Be proud of that! Think about how many times in the past, you might have used that as an excuse to go off program and regain the weight you'd worked so hard to lose. You didn't do that this time! Instead, you just maintained and kept all that you have worked so hard for. Today is a new day, my friend. Think of your day like a big ol' empty canvas. You can paint upon that canvas anything you like. I hope you'll paint rainbows and happy faces and people laughing and children playing and anything at all that makes you happy. But if you don't? If you aren't quite there yet? That's ok too. You just give yourself permission to feel whatever you are feeling and accept them for what they are. . . "feelings". They can't take anything away from you if you don't let them. Hope you can feel the love I'm sending my friend! Coming at you quickly and from the heart. ((((((Michelle))))) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENNIK2 8/11/2013 4:25PM

    Everyone gets in a rut and it's ok to want to vent and feel sorry for yourself. Take a few days to have your pity party, but then keep at it. The scale will move, it may take a change in your workout routine or your calories but you can do it! emoticon

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AUTUMNHOPE 8/11/2013 11:57AM

    First off it's NOT the end of the world ! Don't be SO hard on yourself ! If I had a month like that are those the things you'd say to me?

You have lost over 40 LBS !!!!!! emoticon

I know how it's discouraging when the scale isn't moving when you are SO diligent, but your body has made a lot of changes lately & maybe you've just hit a plateau.

What I've read in the Spark articles is that the pounds fall off (usually) pretty quickly at first, but as you become leaner it's harder & you may need to change up your routine a bit. Do you strength train at all? This makes a difference in metabolism & body shape. You might have to tweak your diet a bit, too. All can be fixed, though.

Plateau Busters Part 1 (there is a series) & 3 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight are good Spark articles to read.

Get some ideas from there, try them & see what happens.

Life is hard enough without you being hard on yourself. You've done emoticon so far. You just probably need some adjustments to your plan.
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emoticon JOB blogging for help !!

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A bathing suit compliment! Yeah! Another way to measure success

Friday, June 28, 2013

wow, I finally lost another pound today, and down 38 total. almost to my goal of under 200 for fourth of july, freedom from the 2's and we had a kid party yesterday at the Y. they sent out an email saying the Y wanted adults to help in the pool with the kids and I waited and waited for a reply all from the other parents and of course who wanted to go in the pool/ in a bathing suit? I decided,I will do it! I did it. I shaved (ha!) found my bathing suit and owned it, my daughter was so happy she was like mom, wow! I get to swim with you. I want my daughter to know we should live our life and I was determined not to mention I don't want to put on a swim suit or anything like that and just put it on and be like, let's go! She told me she loved my bathing suit (my daughter) and I said thanks! No negative talk here. We had a great time and when we were in the showers getting changed back one of the moms said- wow you look so great! this is while I was standing there soaking wet in my bathing suit! I was so happy! There is one thing to say you look great when you are covered in a flattering outfit to cover the flaws but this compliment was a woo hoo for me and I am so thankful to her for saying this. I did thank her and I am so glad I made the decision to live life, be thankful for my body, wherever I am in my journey and go for it! I need to lead by example with my kids and I am proud of where I am and where I am going and where I have been because afterall I am who I am from what I have learned and I am moving on.... into the 100s and enjoying the journey! Thanks for listening!!!! WOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KARENKANDO 6/29/2013 6:48AM

    OMG - YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!! I am so happy that you decided to just live life! Live in the moment! Not get hung up over body image and imperfections! You are a rock solid example for your daughter and you should be very, very proud of that. Because of you, your daughter will not grow up with body image issues - instead, she will learn to love her body "just as it is". What a shining example you are!!! And a huge CONGRATS on the ongoing weight loss. I have no doubt whatsoever that you will reach your goal in time for the 4th of July celebration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AUTUMNHOPE 6/28/2013 11:19AM

    Fantastic !! SO proud of you for just living & not letting negative self talk get in the way. You made your daughter happy, you happy & looked better than you thought doing it ,because you received a compliment

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I am going all in!

Monday, June 24, 2013

I have been participating in Spark, logging in, doing my food log, enjoying my spark friendships and reading blogs but I guess it is my turn to jump in and share more with everyone. I have found such inspiration from blogs and I feel like they make all the difference to me. Everyone sharing their feelings and reading someone relay a feeling that is exactly how you feel is just awesome. To feel not alone is great. There is so much support on spark and it is really key to keeping my motivation up and learning to emotionally handle this journey. After all, emotions are what really fuels my eating a lot of the time (or used to but I am getting better at it) but I have to control my environment as much as possible because when all hell breaks lose, well that is why the monster ravenous carb seeking Michelle comes out and says feed me, I need food, I am stressed, aaak!!!! Now I make it a point to exercise daily at least a half an hour walk at lunch and to go on to spark and read blogs and connect with my peeps. Thank you to all my new spark friends and to anyone reading this. Thank you to everyone in this community for being there and sharing and thank you to Spark for having this wonderful site. In my "real" life here, there is support but there are emotions and complicated relationships and lots of attachments that sometimes are not healthy or sabotaging and it is nice to have a nice clean support system on Spark where there is always love to be spread around and support. there is no argument going on or some alterior motive, just support and genuine care! I love it!!!!! Thanks Spark, Spark friends and everyone who enjoys this site, we are all in this together! Let's have a great Monday and drink lots of water, log in our journals and get moving and do some walking or whatever exercise makes us happy!!!!! I am here, I blogged! Woo hoo! Maybe I will think of some awesome stuff like some blogs I have read but for now at least I jumped in and may have flopped but who knows, I may turn into an Olympic diver and do some fancy ones at some point!!!

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KARENKANDO 6/24/2013 10:39PM

    Good for you, Michelle! Nothing like diving right in!!! I completely understand the things you said about "messy relationships". They can be so challenging - especially when you are working hard on yourself and trying to get healthy. In my life, anyway, my husband is very, very supportive. But, sadly, I can't say the same about all my friends. Sometimes I think the reason folks are less than supportive is because they have their own weight issues to address - and they don't want to. When they see you making changes, it bugs em because they know they need to also - but don't want to. Sorry, don't mean to ramble on and on. Mostly just wanted to say, "welcome to the wonderful world of blogging"! I hope you get as much out of it as I do. emoticon

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JENNIK2 6/24/2013 9:57AM

    Great progress, great job!

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AUTUMNHOPE 6/24/2013 8:08AM

    emoticon You did it !

You're right. emoticon This community is great. it's nice not to have to sugar coat the truth because you're embarrassed & it IS important to see you're not alone.
I saw your reply to the comment left on your blog. What has REALLY helped me is blogging if I'm getting stressed. It sounds negative at first, but by the time I'm done I feel much better & the cravings have usually passed.
Glad you shared with us !
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MYKIDSRSWEET 6/24/2013 7:50AM

    Thanks for spreading some motivation this morning.

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HEALTHYMLB 6/24/2013 7:43AM

    Thank you! I just have to be careful I don't second guess myself when blogging and let myself get anxious just like I do in normal everyday personal interactions, anxiety/ stress leads to self doubt and a feeling like I should overeat, I am working on it, it is like therapy right? my own therapy and working on myself. Thanks for posting to my blog and for your journal comment, that is a great way to look at it! I have been on spark forever but taking the blog plunge! It is hot today afterall, I feel refreshed!!!!!

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JGRAY76 6/24/2013 7:36AM

    Good for you! Your blog becomes your journal to track your success on your fitness journey. Glad you joined the SP.

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Today, April 29

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Well today is the day, let's get it ALL DONE!! Clean this house! Get some work done! Run one mile and oh yeah 3 sets of push ups on my toes, as many as I can! Plus, stay on track with diet! I can do it!!!! I HAVE TO do it!!!! I love Spark. Thanks to everyone in my family, friends and Spark for support!!!!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 4/28/2010 7:57AM

    Tonight when I get off I will also run and do 3 pushups. Well maybe one pushup since I am still recovering from shoulder surgery. I have gotten to a point now where it is alot more usable. So I will join you. I think I am going to add 25 crunches to the mix.

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