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KATHYCOOK4 Posts: 1,004
5/13/10 2:45 A

Thank you for sharing your story. It was very inspiring.

Congratulations on your weight loss & successful surgeries.

Your story is definitely an inspiration.

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COLOURFULME Posts: 4,699
5/13/10 2:38 A

Ofcourse you can!!
And thank you for reminding me that I can!!
Keep up the good work.
Looking forward to a future post of yours.

JEANETTE621 Posts: 5
5/13/10 2:38 A

thank you for sharing.... new day... thanks to you

MARILYN98225 Posts: 22
5/13/10 2:36 A

Thank you for sharing. It is amazing that you keep going! So many would have given up - you are inspiring. emoticon

5/13/10 2:13 A

I can too. Starting right now. emoticon

BRIDGIRL Posts: 267
5/13/10 2:11 A

Well done and thank you for sharing your story

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5/13/10 2:09 A

Congratulations I am dealing with sleep apnea and a knee replacement. I know that it is downhill if I don't lose at least sixty pounds. I always say tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. Reading what you had to say helps me realize that I need to lose weight and I can't make excuses. Thank for your story.

SUSIEPH1 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/13/10 2:07 A

You are ispirational!.
I also have a heart condition and was slowly dying..To much weight, Asthma and high blood pressure
118 kilos .
I now as you have my life back!! and yes I can!.
I am 85'9 kilos Swimming most days walking ..Exercising on the bike or the tready..
Hey I just love Sparks and my Life...
Cheers Susie

ECHOBLUE1 Posts: 3,809
5/13/10 1:58 A

Your message of determination and reaching goals shows us that we can do it, too. Thanks for being and example of "doing it" and getting it done.

STOGDALE4 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/13/10 1:57 A

Yes I posted a message earlier to you. I forgot to mention that the "WOO HOO" button definitely goes out to you!!

JAMER123 SparkPoints: (542,418)
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5/13/10 1:56 A

Congratulations!! You wrote a wonderful blog. Very inspiring. Thank you.

NDY2GIRLS Posts: 3
5/13/10 1:49 A

Thanks for sharing your frustrations and your success. It gives me hope. Keep up the great work.


STOGDALE4 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/13/10 1:49 A

I applaud you wholeheartedly. I know exactly what you are going through. A year ago this week my mother passed away. Ever since the weight started coming off little by little. Ever since my son was born years ago my wright just stayed on and just wouldn't come off of me. But just all of a sudden it's being coming much to my liking, though. Now doesn't make you better and look better, too?? Congrats again!! Keep up the good work!!!!!!LOL!!!!

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5/13/10 1:43 A

We all need inspiration sometimes. thank you

EMSTARI Posts: 53
5/13/10 1:38 A

Thank you for the encouraging simple words that can mean so much.

5/13/10 1:37 A

YEAH!!! I love to read these kinds of successes!!!

My favorite stories is that of the Hare & the Tortoise, because the moral of the story is "Slow & steady wins the race". And slow & steady means you keep it off!!!

It took me from approx 2yrs to lose 63lbs, between 2004 & 2006. I have managed to keep it off with a bit of a gain, but with all of the ups & downs during the 2yrs. And in recent times, I am still within 10lbs of my original goal. So what I have learned is that slow & steady gets you there, and helps you stay there. Taking each day one day at a time, but always, keeping on it.

I collect Tortoise's, because they remind to never give up to keep on going, to keep moving forward.

So congratulations! Remember to take you time, breath and keep moving forward!!

And yes U CAN!


Edited by: ITAANGMARIA at: 5/13/2010 (01:39)
ONE*BUSY*MOM Posts: 4,916
5/13/10 1:36 A

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Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!

LAJEHK Posts: 1
5/13/10 1:29 A

As someone with major health problems which contribute to my weight problems, I'd like to congratulate you and let you know you are indeed an inspiration! Thank you for your hard work and for sharing your story.

5/13/10 1:26 A

Thank you so much for your great post. I have been getting discouraged lately and what you wrote is very motivating. I hope that your health continues to improve, and that you enjoy the great life that you deserve!

YAKATYAK Posts: 141
5/13/10 1:23 A

You GO GIRL. Some days it is so hard but that is when I come here for support, you are doing great and you lifted my hope meter today. Thanks.

5/13/10 1:20 A

"God puts you exactly where you need to be" Now that your surgeries are over you can work on reaching a good healthy weight. My sister had open heart at 48, and it was he[[ on her. I'm glad you came through with such a great attitude that has inspired others.
Did you ever think that if you had been underweight, you may never have made it through all those surgeries? I see alot of people with unrealistic goals of being super skinny and I've seen alot of people go through major surgery and lose 40lbs. If you only weigh 100 lbs, well, the prognosis isn't good.

Edited by: AZCHRISANN at: 5/13/2010 (04:57)
JTSIMMS Posts: 9
5/13/10 1:16 A

God bless you. Thanks for sharing your amazing story. I feel motivated just thinking about yours.

SNFMEL Posts: 9
5/13/10 1:13 A

Thank you for your message, very encouraging for us who seem to be stuck on the same weight, have reached a plateau and need to jump start

have a lovely weekend

LYNMEINDERS SparkPoints: (366,504)
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5/13/10 1:07 A

Thankyou so vreymuch for sharing this story.....was driving home an hour ago knowing that we are going out tonight for dinner thinking..."oh I could just have somecrisps and nuts before I go" one will know.....instead I came in..took and apple and ate it and came onhere and there was your article.....WOW....was certainly being guided.....
You are so right...."I Can" is such a positive statement and it is the I can we need to do to reach our goals....

Be totally blessed for having written this.....

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5/13/10 1:02 A

I was just sitting here, it is 10pm, I thought I want to go and find something to eat in the kitchen. I then read your story and you have given me the motivation not to go to the kitchen.

Congratulations, you rock!!!! So proud of you for your progress.

MELLINA2 Posts: 126
5/13/10 1:01 A

wow what an inspiration you are, there are times when I think it would be so easy to give in but I am looking for more. Seeing your story shows me that if I keep at it and really want it I can do it too. Thank you for your words.

MFRERX Posts: 3
5/13/10 1:00 A

You are really an inspiration to those who think they can't! Thanks for posting.

HARMONY71 Posts: 2
5/13/10 12:58 A

What perseverance! What an inspiration.
It reminds me of the story of the little red engine..I think I can,I think I can and when he reached the top and went down the other side ..I thought I could...
but as you put it be even more positive..I CAN and we can especially when we are not alone

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5/13/10 12:53 A


CECHONE Posts: 7,029
5/13/10 12:49 A

Great Post! After reading your blog, I cant help but think how we all need to keep our priorities in line! I need to get back on track! You inspire me!!! emoticon

ROBIN460 Posts: 2
5/13/10 12:44 A

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5/13/10 12:41 A

Hi -

I'm new to Sparkpeople. The key to your message is taking control of our lives, by choosing to lose weight, choosing to improve our health, choosing to eat right. Congratulations on your success so far!
Thanks for sharing. emoticon

5/13/10 12:39 A

WOW! Your story is inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

5/13/10 12:39 A

You make me feel like I can do this---you gooooo!

PEGASUS752 Posts: 54
5/13/10 12:38 A

Thank you so much. You have touched many hearts.


GYMRAT41 Posts: 41
5/13/10 12:38 A

You are a true inspiration. Wishing you continued success and good health. emoticon

GOBBLER11 Posts: 269
5/13/10 12:36 A

Just when I was sitting here feeling oh, so sorry for myself, and up popped your story! What a wonderful inspiration. After all you have been through, if you can pull yourself up by the bootstraps from surgery and start anew, so can I. Thank you for helping me decide to activate a new attitude! emoticon

C-MERRIE11 Posts: 748
5/13/10 12:32 A

Thank you!! I have been so down lately and the Sparkcommunity has again and again reminded me that I can. and WOW! You certainly did! So I can too!! Thank you!

5/13/10 12:30 A

Thank you. I can, too.

SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (69,874)
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4/16/10 7:19 P

Wow, thanks for sharing your amazing story and welcome to the SP community, we're happy to have you! I hope you are able to keep posting, we have an amazing group reaching goals and then supporting and motivating each other.

Have fun continuing to reach your goals!


HAPPYSOUL91 SparkPoints: (446,878)
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4/16/10 9:49 A

Very moving story, you give hope and motivation

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AHEALTHIERME9 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/15/10 7:17 P

AB, how awesome that you have gotten healthier and are feeling better!
Congratulations on honoring your life in this way as well as your body, your temple!

Living a healthful lifestyle and striving for progress is not only a fulfilling journey, but the greatest reward in and of itself... So remember that this is not a diet... it's a blessing, a wonderful lifestyle. And YOU, my dear, are doing fantabulous!

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TRIGFROST SparkPoints: (0)
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4/15/10 4:09 P

So "Happy" that God "Blessed You"...Your worth every inch of your-self...Good for you Sparkfriend...

4/15/10 3:11 P

What an inspiring story! Great achievement.

SAL2525 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/15/10 1:51 P

You are an inspiration! WOW

BGBEAR624 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/15/10 1:16 P

YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Congrats on your weight loss, and more importantly, congrats on living healthy!!!!

REALLYHOPIN SparkPoints: (13,170)
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4/15/10 12:03 P

thanks for sharing your awesomeness!!!

stay healthy!


VOLK27 Posts: 2
4/15/10 10:31 A

Totally...always do : )

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VOLK27 Posts: 2
4/15/10 9:19 A

So a year ago I was overweight, my heart was failing and I could literally feel everything I had worked for slipping away. I am only 26. Due to my heart condition, I could barely stay awake and put on at least 50lbs. Something had to be done. I would not let this beat me.
I scheduled my surgery and came through it with flying colors. As I got stronger, I decided I wanted to take control of my life again. I had just come through my 5th open heart surgery. I felt like I could do anything.
I started small. I drank more water, took the stairs, parked farther away and decided on a diet plan with my dr. I joined spark and began experimenting with all the delicious recipes. I read inspirational stories and wondered if I could one day be an inspiration to others. Pretty soon I was so motivated that I found myself doing more and more.
Here it is a year later and I have taken off 40lbs!!! I feel better than I did when I was a teenager. For everyone out there who has struggled with their health, their weight just keep telling yourself I can. So when you are tempted to grab that piece of cake, or late night snack or the cookie in the office lounge that no one will know about....stop and think NO! I cannot be beaten, I can do this diet thing, I can change my life. I CAN!!

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