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KOOKYCHICK7734 Posts: 12
3/12/09 6:33 A

Now you're the inspiration!

"Too weird to live, too rare to die." Hunter S. Thompson
HLIANNE Posts: 15
3/12/09 6:31 A

Wow that is so great! You go girl. emoticon

LABGIRL16 Posts: 11
3/12/09 6:29 A

Fantastic! I am proud of you! At work, we support the troops through Soldiers Angels. I would be more than glad to connect with you while you are overseas. We send care packages to the troops. -Susan

LOSE4HEALTH Posts: 320
3/12/09 6:28 A

Stay safe, be strong and God Bless you. Thank you for your dedication and service on behalf of our country. I won't forget you. emoticon

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3/12/09 6:27 A

I think it's amazing that you were able to do that so you can join the Marines. What an amazing story and thank you for your motivation!

"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love, you make."

~The Beatles

"Everyone who got where he is had to start where he was."
KAREN25 Posts: 247
3/12/09 6:23 A

God Bless You and Thank You for Keeping Us Safe! Sounds like you have what it takes to be a great Marine!

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3/12/09 6:20 A

You Go!! That is a fantastic attitude and accomplishment. I hear from my sig other(former Marine, there are no exMarines) that basic training is rough, at least rougher than Air Force basic where I went. I thank you for your willingness to serve. WHOO AHH.

MSgt Teresa Dill ,retired emoticon

EBETHGF Posts: 7
3/12/09 6:07 A

Huge Congratulations on your accomplishment!!
All the very best on your training. I am sure you will do well.

3/12/09 6:06 A

You go girl. I usually delete the motivational emails, but your active eater status caught my attention. I have been on spark people almost a year now. It is new for me to reach out to other members. Although I look a lot healthier- my measurements are the same. It is a challenge for me to pay attention to my diet. It is easier to go for an hour long walk.
I want to congratulate you on your success and your new journey.
I also want to brag that I am going to Paris in two weeks to celebrate my third anniversary.
Good luck in your training!

WILLOW15 Posts: 2
3/12/09 6:04 A

I just want you to know I never respond to these posts but something about your story really spoke to me. I am deeply moved and happy for you. Good luck with the marines you are doing something so meaningful.

REBECCA3789 Posts: 705
3/12/09 5:56 A

emoticon on the weight loss.
Good luck & God bless

Can we lose it? Yes, we can!!

Some day or another I'm gonna lose ya, I'm gonna lose ya & NOT TAKE YOU BACK!!

1st goal- 130lbs (29/03/09)
2nd goal- 120lbs

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GAELLE07 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/12/09 5:53 A

Congratulations on your weight-loss and entry into the marines.
I wish you all the very best in your future career and life.
Take care now. LOL from Bonnie Scotland

3/12/09 5:51 A

Congratulations on your success. Stay safe, kick butt and we are all behind you!

JULES3621 Posts: 1
3/12/09 5:47 A

I am so proud of you! Thank you for your service to this wonderful country and come home safe!

STUDIETWO Posts: 1,611
3/12/09 5:46 A

Congratulations! With an attitude like that, I know you will be successful as a Marine as in your other endeavors. Best wishes.

Hugs and Prayers,


You are what you eat AND how much you eat!

The only person you can change is you--but you've got to really want to change.

Winners expect to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophesy.

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Its not over till you quit trying.

PHATAV8R Posts: 78
3/12/09 5:43 A

Fit and trim won't make you a Marine, but you have a foundation to build on now knowing your body.

Yelling is part of 'the game', don't sweat it, but you need to be mentally strong, and you will need to go farther than you ever thought your body will take you.

Good luck, God bless!

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DONNA5108 Posts: 991
3/12/09 5:43 A

I am so proud of you! I will pray for you these next few weeks in basic training. Spark people will stand behind you. Thank you for your willingness to serve!

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3/12/09 5:39 A

Congrats!! Your doing a great job at the weight loss!! All the best for ur training with the Marines!

Start date 17 March 2014

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3/12/09 5:33 A

What an inspiration u r! You will do great at Boot Camp. Keep your head high and know you have done well.

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3/12/09 5:33 A

Way to go!! Congratulations in reaching your goals both in weight and joining the Marines. You might end up here on Guam because we are getting the Marines that are on Okinawa.
Do know and remember that there are a lot of people praying for our military peoples safety!
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3/12/09 5:30 A

You go girl! Thank you for serving our country! It is because of a few that so many are free. We will be praying for you. Thank you for the is inspiring.

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JMA2009 Posts: 41
3/12/09 5:26 A

I have almost 23 years as an Army officer. Good luck to you and hang in there. When they're yelling and you think you won't be able to make--just remember YOU WILL!

AKATUJE SparkPoints: (30,498)
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3/12/09 5:21 A

Congratulations and all the best!!! Thanks for sharing your story with us! God bless you always.

Decide. Commit. Succeed.

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3/12/09 5:17 A

emoticon God Bless You and Thank You for Serving our COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OOOOOHH RAAAHHHH Semper Fi



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3/12/09 5:17 A

You are an inspiration to many. You have accomplished a great deal in your life already. Keep up the great work. Many of proud of you, especially me.
BONNY emoticon

KELBO29 Posts: 359
3/12/09 5:16 A

This is a great message! Good luck in the Marines!!


"May all beings, everywhere, be happy and free. And may the thoughts and actions of my own life contribute, in some way, to that happiness and to that freedom for all."
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3/12/09 5:16 A

Thank you for working so hard to be physically fit to join the Marines. I thank you for your service to our country. When the Marines say they want "a few good people", I think they got one with you.
God Bless you.

REDNUZI Posts: 47
3/12/09 5:11 A

You go girl! I am way too old to join the Marines, but this is an extremely inspiring story. And as I march into joining the geriatrics, I am inspired to be one of the fittest and trimmest of that set...

Good Luck and God Bless you in your career. And may He keep you safe!

MEMEOF9 Posts: 172
3/12/09 4:57 A

Congratulations, I know looking @ the date you are in basic, but thought you can look @ this when you are on leave. I was in the Woman's Army Corp a long time ago, I wish they would have had something like spark people back then. I am proud of you it is a difficult decision to go into the Military now a days. You will do well with your determination, that is a lot of what you need. I am now the wife of a Retired Soldier went from 1 extreme to the other, not sure which was harder. LOL emoticon emoticon

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3/12/09 4:40 A

Top storey !........... and straight from the heart, thanks for that.

You will be the new GI Jane !!

I joined the forces, and funnily enough at the first weigh in (top floor of a 5 story recruitment office !) I just got up there and stood on the (old )scales, well they wouldn't keep still enough for a reading to be taken !!, my heart was pumping that hard.

It took me 9 months to get to the right weight........... I ended up doing 20years in the 'mob' and enjoyed every moment of you will I am sure, once again good luck, you have earned it !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: TRUSTYRUSS at: 3/12/2009 (04:42)
YOYONOMO63 Posts: 20
3/12/09 4:08 A

Great job... congratulations!

TOONTOWN1 Posts: 1
3/12/09 4:06 A

congratulations and good luck. You are an inspiration.

KRYSIA20 Posts: 5
3/12/09 4:05 A

Ten Hours - you may have left already but if not, good luck, congratulations, and thank you for serving out wonderful country. God Speed!

GERRI4 Posts: 3,416
3/12/09 4:01 A

emoticon You are a real inspiration to all of us!

Good luck on your new journey - may it bring you great joy and fulfillment!

3/12/09 4:01 A

Best wishes in your new career and thank you for sharing your story. You reminded me of the many important things to be gained from losing weight.
peace to you

UGLYFRUIT Posts: 210
3/12/09 3:42 A

Wow! What inspiration you are to others!
Well done and I know you will keep in touch with everyone

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We wait for your next tale!

Uglyfruit! emoticon

Take Care.
MABOOGIE Posts: 186
3/12/09 3:36 A

You Go Girl!! And God Bless your journey in the military. You have offered many the courage to have more strength in their resolve. You have come a long way. May your flight be safe. And, Thank You for serving for the freedom of United States of America. God Bless.

MTER67 Posts: 2,141
3/12/09 3:28 A

Congratulations on your weight loss success and also your decision to join the Marine Corps. My husband is a Marine, and I wish you much success in what has been for us, a wonderful family. Semper Fidelis!

"Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it."
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EURYDYKA23 Posts: 2
3/12/09 3:17 A

I have been so upset this week becasue I too am feeling like all of this work, and it's not getting me anywhere. I work out for 2 hours every day. I go weeks without missing a day. And I think I'm watching what I eat. I know that my problem is snacking at night, but I try to keep the calories down around 1500. I deviate form this and go up to 2300 on the weekends sometimes, but I burn over 1000 each day, so you would think it would make up for it. It's frusterating that in 3 months, I have lost 2 pounds. I'm 5'10 and weight 141 pounds. I've been trying to get down to 135 for so long now...8 months. And I can;t seem to do it. I know that I need to consume less...but it is very hard for me, especially when I'm working out so much.

3/12/09 3:13 A

As a military wife and mom I say, "Be careful!" As a military wife and mom I say "Thank you!" You are truly an inspiration to all and I'm sure you will be an inspiration to those you serve with. Keep up the hard work. Congratulations on your new career. Semper Fi!


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- Kenyan proverb

Sometimes I get tired of my own bitching.
PIPERGREY93 Posts: 3
3/12/09 3:09 A

Oh yeah do I get it! After exercising like a mad woman everyday for over two years AND eating healthy at the same time - no weight loss. I guess whether it's donuts or salads, calaries are calaries and w/o the calarie reduction, some of us will not lose a pound. Lol - I expected the weight to "just melt off". Good luck in basic!

Edited by: PIPERGREY93 at: 3/12/2009 (03:27)
BIGEARS2 Posts: 353
3/12/09 2:50 A

Congratulations on your success and good luck with your new found career. emoticon Behind you all the way.

3/12/09 2:40 A

wow! go you!

LUIZBUENO Posts: 136
3/12/09 2:24 A

Way to Go!!! Very inspiring your story is!!!

Best of luck for you!

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3/12/09 2:20 A

Welcome to the Armed Forces. Perhaps I'll see you in Afghanistan over the next few years. There aren't a ton of marines here but ya'll will be coming eventually.

Congrats and Good Luck. ROCK THE CRUCIBLE!

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37AUGUST Posts: 2
3/12/09 2:12 A

Best of luck to you, & thank you for serving! You words are inspiring!

JULIAINLA Posts: 832
3/12/09 1:39 A

Hi, Your inspirational message just did for my determination what you say other inspirational messages have done for you-so thank you for sharing your story. I just started a diet /food intake change a week ago and I was just starting to falter. Right before I read your message I ate two vanilla pudding cups and earlier a large plate of pasta and marinara (yes it was De-Lish). But I KNOW to jump RIGHT back on were I left off. So thanks-your story helped alot with this. All the best! :)

"You never know just how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have"
MOMMYOFTWINS789 Posts: 329
2/23/09 1:07 P

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Good Luck!

The struggles Im facing,
The chances Im taking
Sometimes they might knock me down but
Im not breaking
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2/23/09 11:11 A

Good luck at basic training - thanks for sharing your great Woohoo Moment!


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2/23/09 10:30 A

I've always been an active person. An active eater, to be specific. I was chubby in high school and in college that morphed to pretty darn chunky. I picked up running but apparently eating a donut every time one returns from a run negates the weight loss effects. My mom got breast cancer my junior year so I came home to help out. This put a stop to my exercising for some time. When I picked it up again I worked harder than ever: two hours of biking, lifting and running every day. The result? Four pounds lost in three months. Depressed? Yes.

I was looking for a way to share workout logs with my friend from college and discovered (much like one discovers a pirate's chest, I imagine) SparrkPeople. I was instantly addicted and on the site for hours every day. I finally understood the "with proper diet" part that trails every weight loss product ad. I'd post a bit, soak up the articles, make up healthy recipes and track my calories like clockwork. My secret obsession, though, was looking at SparkPages (kind of creepy, I know.) I just loved seeing all the different types of people and their motivations, transformations, accomplishments and dedication. Whenever I lost sight of my objectives or laziness threatened, I'd go look at the pages of people who had pushed through their own issues to achieve their goals.

I lost about 25 pounds and many inches in my months of using SparkPeople. It's not as much as some people but it still means a lot to me. I'm joining the Marines, something I wanted to do for quite some time. When I first signed up I was over the maximum weight limit and got some dubious looks from the recruiters. I leave for Basic Training in ten hours and I am the trimmest, fittest person in my ship group. I don't look forward to getting yelled at or anything but, for once, I have complete confidence in my body. I know I will be able to perform whatever is required of me, something I wasn't very sure of a few months ago. So, thank you to the wonderful people who run this site and the amazing people on it who inspired me to push myself each day.

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