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BRENDALEE1231 SparkPoints: (30,467)
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11/6/08 5:10 A

You are an inspiration. I believe success stories like yours will keep myself and many others going on the right track. Keep up the good work!!

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11/6/08 5:10 A

What an inspirational story I am so happy for you x

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11/6/08 5:05 A

Thank you for sharing your accomplishments. This was just something I needed to hear. Losing weight is such a struggle sometimes and it's good to hear the success stories to keep people like myself encouraged. Keep up the good work.

NANADA1947 Posts: 25,849
11/6/08 4:53 A

your story shows that hope lives, and with a will and a little resolve, it can be done! GOD bless you and thanx...theresa.

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11/6/08 4:49 A

Fantastic!!! I am really proud of you are the living proof that "when there is a will...there is a way'!!! You should walk to the doctors office who had given up hope on you with your best victory smile!!!! emoticon


Edited by: YVONNESARIT at: 11/6/2008 (04:48)
Dare to try or do something new!!!
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11/6/08 4:45 A

thank you for posting your story up . You are a living example that we can all see the light at the end of the tunnel .


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11/6/08 4:43 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you have done such an awesome job and are an inspiration to all of us.

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MPSYCH Posts: 1
11/6/08 4:15 A

u have brought tears to my eyes. this is unbelievable. Maybe I could do this to someday too.

11/6/08 4:15 A

It's great to read about such success! If you can do it, then we all can do it, right? I find that before and after photos help me in my battle. Can you share some?

RITA67 Posts: 720
11/6/08 3:55 A

What a wonderful story to read this morning, Thank You for sharing with us. And congrats on you success. You are an Inspiration to us all.

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11/6/08 3:52 A

Wow, congratulations is easy to say, but I'm sure you had to to do a lot of self-talk & sacrifices along the way. Rightfully you should feel happy & celebrate. I'm a newbie here, and I must say it is one more thing I'm trying out and can't help going into this feeling a bit skeptical but I will give it an honest shot, thanks for the inspiration!

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11/6/08 3:52 A

Many emoticon Helen, you know all on CWO50 and SWAT11 love you dearly!!
Blessings, Janet.

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TAMI1691 Posts: 4,429
11/6/08 3:45 A

emoticon on your 80 pound loss. Well done.

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TERTIA03 Posts: 9
11/6/08 3:43 A

Wow.. that's amazing. You're an inspiration. Best wishes. Tertia

11/6/08 3:40 A

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring success story. It helps everyone to see members achieve their goals and move forward. I applaud you and thank you again for sharing.

MOONBEAM1976 SparkPoints: (39,556)
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11/6/08 3:28 A

wow go mamma bear -- were with you all the way

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11/6/08 3:26 A

The main ambition I have is to be as healthy as possible. I have two replacement knees which have greatly improved the quality of my life. Now I am in a walking group. We have done a few marathon walks for charity and I feel so pleased to be able to take part in such activities.

Keeping my weight in check is not easy as I am, like many Scots, really fond of sweet foods, like chocolate. My love of fruit and veg. helps.

I am 61 years of age and feel better now than I did ten years ago!

Good wishes to all in their efforts to lose weight and be healthy.

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RIOEEN Posts: 1,081
11/6/08 3:12 A


Thanks for sharing your success with us, you really are an inspiration. May God continue to bless you with good health and a positive attitude.



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11/6/08 2:50 A


CUDDY521 Posts: 6,238
11/6/08 2:46 A

Congrats Helen,You have been such an inspiration to so many of us!
Thank You My Friend, Hugs Cuddy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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11/6/08 2:26 A

emoticon Hello Helen,
Congratulations on the success, I am proud to know you my friend. You have just given me a big booster as you always do...
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TELERIE Posts: 4,758
11/6/08 2:22 A

Congratulations on your success! You're an inspiration!


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11/6/08 2:20 A

Kudos!! emoticon

BELLACUDDLES Posts: 26,580
11/6/08 2:03 A

WOW, Helen, I just received this article from Spark......How awesome is that!!!! 80# REMOVED!!! I am sooooooo very proud of you friend!!!! I bet you feel like 80 million bucks!!!!!! emoticon on your tremendous achievement!!!! emoticon You truly are an inspiration!!!!!!

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11/6/08 2:02 A

I am so happy for you and so proud of your success. You deserve to be honored.

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11/6/08 1:54 A

OOOooooh, that's amazing. An inspiring story for each one of us. emoticon

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11/6/08 1:52 A

Congrats on your wonderful achievement Helen! Your are truly an inspiration to us, thank you for sharing!


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when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

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11/6/08 1:51 A

Congratulations from Aussie land you are an inspiration to everyone. emoticon
11/6/08 1:22 A

What a glorious achievement!!! You serve as an inspiration to us couch- and computer-potatoes! I should be on my bike instead of my laptop...thanks for reminding me of my goals! emoticon

CJLONGX2 Posts: 46
11/6/08 1:17 A

KUDOS!!!! Your success makes me feel that there is hope for me! I am in the baby step mode now with less than a week behind me on Sparkpeople. Looking forward to my personal progress moving forward.

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11/6/08 1:09 A

OMGosh! That's an amazing post! Congratulations. I LOL'd when you said you didn't feel like doing anything...but you had already biked, walked and who knows what else before sitting at the computer and writing out your success! Good luck on your continued journey!

It's only too late if you don't start now. Quote from Barbara Sher.
JOLETTE Posts: 5,028
11/6/08 1:07 A

your story is so inspiration and I have been on the same links and read your posts. Keep the Faith, and you give me hope too. Congrats Jo

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11/6/08 1:05 A

How fantastic for you. What a turn around in your life. I am new to Sparkpeople and you inspire me.


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11/6/08 1:05 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for letting us know. God Bless You, Connie

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11/3/08 1:15 P


11/3/08 12:36 P

Wow, 80 lbs!!! That is no small achievement! You should be SOOO proud! Keep up the good work and your health will continue to improve! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 46,782
11/3/08 12:26 P

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and remarked on my success!! What great support you are!!!

Helen/Southwestern PA Joined SP 9/23/2007
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10/16/08 8:58 A


CDORE1 Posts: 485
10/16/08 8:56 A

WOW! That's fantastic! Keep up the GREAT work!

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10/16/08 5:49 A


Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance....
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10/15/08 8:54 P


"Start from where you are." ~ Elle, AnAuthor

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KERRYANN67 Posts: 2,392
10/14/08 2:23 P

You are amazing! Im so thrilled for you that you have regained your health, and are still going strong. You are a blessing and a gift to this world. Thank you for taking care of that gift and allowing your family to love you longer on this earth.

Remember that the little things we do each day matter.

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10/14/08 10:44 A


PEBBLESGMC Posts: 16,380
10/14/08 10:25 A

Awesome emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am so worth this!!
Nothing tastes as good as thinner feels!!
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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,905
10/14/08 12:02 A

Great work!

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10/13/08 2:35 P


UKMIRANDA Posts: 410
10/13/08 12:49 P

You are such an inspiration.. congratulations on your success!

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10/13/08 10:59 A

Woohoo - thanks for sharing your story to spark others Helen!



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4EVRYOUNG2 Posts: 2,125
10/12/08 4:42 P

Congratulations!! You've proven that there is hope and light at the end of the weight-loss tunnel.

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Kath - Anchorage, Alaska

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 46,782
10/12/08 11:52 A

There are many days I feel like doing is one of them. Of course, I have already walked three miles and biked six, ate breakfast, showered and just got home from services with my Lord. Now I would just like to relax a moment. However, I just received my 30,000 spark points and need to celebrate. With 80 pounds lost, a new wardrobe, and 30,000 spark points, I just feel the need to continue spreading the spark!!! Maybe I can help someone else on their journey to success.
Without the help of Spark People, the encouragement and support I have received from my spark friends and family, my DD, and my McKenzie, I would probably still be a couch and computer potato; getting more unhealthy by the minute. However, I now have my blood sugar under control, been taken off several medications, my cholesterol is way down, I am riding a bicycle (something I haven't done in 45 years)and walking several miles a day. I was told several years ago that I would never walk again. Foolish doctors!!! McKenzie has even had me jumping on her trampoline...scared witless because of issues with heights, but I accomplished it and was proud of myself. I have so much to be thankful for these days, praise God!!! and I just had to share.
I have received so many blessings they are too numerous to mention, but I remember each of them...I am counting my spark family and friends among my blessings...each one is such a treasure to me!!!
Thank you Spark People for being here for me as I continue my journey to better health. I am still heading for goal...little setbacks will not stop me. Every positive is a very small step at a time, one meal at a time, one minute, one hour, one day at a time. They all add up!!
God bless each of our spark members and may you be a huge success!!!

Edited by: MOMMA_BEAR_69 at: 10/12/2008 (12:06)
Helen/Southwestern PA Joined SP 9/23/2007
Co-leader of The Rainbow Bridge--Grieving the Loss of a Pet Spark Team

"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible."
~Mary McLeod Bethune

"If you planted hope in a heart today in any hopeless heart, If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part, If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away, If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray, Then your day was well spent.
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