Monday, January 9, 2012

Inspiration, Motivation...Where are you?

Hello Friends!
It's a brand new year and most of us are de-cluttering our homes along with 
 trying to lose weight. Most of you have read my weight loss posts from the past.
You may know I lost 50 pounds a few years ago. Click on the top of my header under
"My Weight Loss" if you have not read them. I'm happy to report I've still kept it off.
Give or take about five pounds. The main problem is my lack of sticking with my
exercise plan consistently. I have been laaazzzy, and or "pinning". You know that
fun site that completely draws us in for an entire day. My ultimate goal would be to lose
about ten more pounds and have much more energy. Exercise helps to increase energy!
Who's with me?
Join me for some motivating photos from Pinterest.
 Inspiration? Where are you? I've had low energy for a long time now.
 Um, I'm trying...:)
 Right now this is me minus the cardio oh and the weights too. Ha!
I do enjoy power walking. I will start again with that.
Some days I feel like this guy. Too funny...:)

This is very true. Should ten pounds really make me feel this way?
Overall I just want to be in better shape and have more energy.

 Eat more of these!

 And these!

 And remember this...
I would cross out the "skinny" and replace it with "healthy" though.
 I could do this right now...!
 Weight lifting was the key to my weight loss. The bowflex will get some use again.
Here's me in 2012!
I'm more than ready for a new year of challenges.
How about you? 


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

We moved to a great community for walkers, Melissa. With a YMCA literally feet away and a gym down the street, the options are available to me. I would like to start walking again. I always enjoyed that and it was so relaxing to my mind as well as giving me physical exercise.

Denise said...

Once I get past these allergies I hope to get back on track with the gym and eating better! We may have some changes coming our way too this year, but it's too early to tell, so I'll just take each day as it comes ;-)

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hi Melissa...thank you for this post. I sure need some motivation right now. I am about 5 lbs. over where I like to be but can't seem to find the will power to do anything about it. I know I would feel so much better if I just got it off. Tomorrow is another day...have a great week! Your picture is beautiful. :o)

Karena said...

Melissa this is so motivating!! Bravo for such a great job in your program to improve your life. I put some thoughts on my site. You might like them!


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Ginger said...

Do it while you are young cause the older you get the harder it is to lose weight. I really need to find some motivation and exercises I can do with this darn arthritis in my knees and back.
Congrats on keeping the weight off. You don't look like you need to lose even a pound.
Your picture shows just how gorgeous you are, and your posts show how beautiful you are inside too. You are always so nice to everyone.
I hope this new year is the best ever for you and your hubby!!

Savvy Seasons said...

Thank you, you are AWESOME!! I am going to bookmark this post, as it is full of such valuable information, very inspiring, too! You look FABULOUS!! Thanks for posting. *smile* xo ~Liz

Connie ❀ said...

Melissa - You look terrific !

I think you are going to be just fine as you have such a good attitude.
Good luck to you always in all you do....

Lisa said...

It is so great you can keep it off! It really is YOU! I keep thinking I will get it right. My diet has changed and I can stick to it. Well I feel really bad if I don't. So it is working. I eat real food no processed and that helps sooo much. The exercise is the next step and I am going to do it. It is not cold and dark this winter so no hibernating for me! I am setting goals and sticking to them. I am 2 weeks in and HAPPY!! I am more fulfilled! Happy 2012!
Hugs, Lisa

Sonia said...

Keep up the great look fab! I have started an eating "plan"...plan to eat healthier and less. I've started eating a lot more fruit and vegies and no white sugar or sodas. Thanks for the inspiration! I too need to exercise that is my resolution!

Miss Bloomers

Barbara F. said...

Melissa, you are beautiful just as you are! I think I am going to be doing a lot of marching - 1 minute burns 100 calories?! Didn't know that. xo (I am having a giveaway so stop by to check it out!)

Jemsmom said...

I have started back with better eating and exercising, but I am totally unmotivated! I used to work out with my BFF but when we moved, I lost that motivation of having someone to do it with. I have lots of friends on my street, but our schedules never work out so I find myself passing it off. I have to get out there and go! I am starting to train for my 5K that I do in February so that will get me going for a bit! Your hair is getting long again! You are just a lovely person inside and out!

Leslie said...

I think you look beautiful!
I have 15 pounds to get off of myself. I love the pins you found, especially the healthy foods one, I need to re-pin them, and than go for power nap, ahem, I mean, WALK.
I am actually starting to walk tomorrow with a friend, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturday I will be at the Y.
Here's to less of ourselves this year ;)

Kris said...

Good for you! It is so hard to keep your mind on exercising and watching calories. I go to the gym 5 days a week... I walk 3 miles and ride the bike for 20 minutes (3.2) everyday and every other day, I go back in the afternoon and ride the bike again for another 3.2 miles.

I am 60 years old and until I was in my late 40's I was very tiny (118 lbs) but as you age you start to gain weight around your middle and it is all but impossible to lose. I have to work at it but have decided to be more reasonable about what I do and eat. I'll never be that 118 lb person again but I'm okay with where I am now.

Debbie @ said...

HI Melissa, hubby and I are starting the process and funny you should post this. I was thinking 2 days ago I wanted to revisit your blog and read about your process to where you are now. I remember your pictures and your posts about the process, that is what I needed reminding about! All of us seem to start but get lost in the process. But this is my year, and I am very ready. Have a blessed week. I will be tuning back in soon to visit to see how you are doing.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Melissa,
You look beautiful!
I agree, nothing is more important than "healthy".
I'm going to restart my exercising this week after a couple of months off for both holidays and travel.
Good news is I've lost 5 lbs. even during that time.
It is easy to sit and be involved on the computer or a number of things too much and forget about "moving" our bodies. I know I have to schedule exercise in or it does not get done.
Best wishes for achieving your goals this year.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Melissa, this is such a great post! You've shared some valuable information! You are a beautiful person inside and out!! I wish you nothing but the best this year! Thanks for sharing!

April said...

First of all, don't you just love Pinterest? I can't stop pinning! I think I might need an intervention! Brittany heads back to college tomorrow (sniff, sniff), so that's my day to get back on track with consistent exercising...BRING IT ON!

Jo said...

Love the motivational board ~ will be revisiting them when needed :) I'm joining a few other friends to rid ourselves of the dreaded holiday weight gain.

You look fabulous!

sissie said...

Hi Melissa,
I'm going to have to read your post everyday to keep motivated.
I lost 42 pounds in 2011 and I gained back about 4 over the holidays. I just can't seem to get back on track. Thanks for the encouragement.

And congrats on losing your weight.
You look beautiful.


Angela said...

Hi Melissa,

I'm ready. The first week of the new year was tough getting back on track, but I feel like I'm ready to take this on and get back into shape again.

Great Post!

Have a wonderful week!


Kelly said...

You are such a pretty woman! Kudos to you for sticking to your plan and making it a success. I need to start exercising too. I have not been doing it like I should and I'm not getting any younger. It's so good for you physically and mentally. Thanks for the reminder!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wonderful post! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation which I so desperately need right now. My kids have an xbox and a wii so we just ordered exercise sets for both. Hoping I can get on some sort of routine.

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Emelia DiCarlo said...

Melissa, You are so motivating and down to earth and so honest about struggles. I really admire you. Thank you for sharing and you look so pretty and elegant and happy.

Melissa Miller said...

Ah, thank you Emelia. That day was a very special day that did make me happy. I'm glad it showed!

Traci said...

Congratulations on keeping the weight off! I have about 8 lbs. left. I gained 3 during the holidays but I got back in my regular exercise routine this week.

Laurie said...

Glad I made you Laugh!

Marla and Steve said...

If you were here I would drag you with me to the gym. Easy for me to say - since I stayed home all day today and putzed around the house. Sanding a chair, too much time on the computer, and yes Pinterest is totally addicting. Just one more Pin, one more........ This post is very motivating and I am heading out for two hours first thing in the morning.

Bring Pretty Back said...

Melissa- I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDED this today!!!
I have been really struggling lately with weight loss - and was getting extremely frustrated. For some reason - I have a VERY very very slow metabolism. Makes me want to give up. I needed this today because I was having one of thos whats-the use- days.
Thank you.
Have a pretty day!

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Wow that was a lot of good info! I'm still working on my head about getting in shape - the road is long!
Lots of good information you've shared. I'm working on organizing around my home. Winter does that to me! You look marvelous!

Denise said...

Liz might start up a linky party for healthy posts, how fun will that be :) I'll be sure to join in, I can use all the motivation I can get.
Have a great weekend Melissa.

Dina said...

Hi, I am from kellys korner military life. I have loved looking through your blog! And I already want to make the desk that looks like a bookshelf and there is a desk on both sides of it. Too cute!!! I look forward to reading your blog:)

bj said...

Dear Beautiful Melissa....
Walking is one of the best. We get so much benefit from it...healthy, weight loss, breathing better, better posture, clears our minds, doesn't TOTALLY wear us to a frazzle....
excuse me now...gotta hit the treadmill.:))
and ONE MINUTE never seems longer than it does exercising.!!! :)
hugs, bj

thatdesigngal said...

Yay! Happy New Year to you! My goal this year is to get off the rest of the preggo weight (about 45 pounds) and then some. lol We'll see!!

I love that comment, "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" lol. Gosh, I love Pinterest!!

White Door Cream Puff said...

Melissa! You are always so inspiring - ! HUGS ox