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BELLAMAGOO78 SparkPoints: (38,864)
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12/26/13 10:09 A

emoticon it's amazing the stories we tell ourselves... So glad you found the courage and pride to share 'yourself' with your family and friends.

Wishing you all the best for 2014!!

Edited by: BELLAMAGOO78 at: 12/26/2013 (10:23)
Diana; New Westminster, BC
NESHAMA123 Posts: 70
12/26/13 10:03 A

Good for you for celebrating your success and reclaiming your space! Happy 2014!

Paint your Picture - Then Walk Into It (Tera Warner)

Love Your Body: Love Your Life (NIA)

Be Magnificent: Why Not?
DMSGLASS Posts: 1,200
12/26/13 9:57 A

Way to go!

ATHENA1442 SparkPoints: (20,506)
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12/26/13 9:56 A

congratulations, and keep up the good work!

SHOAPIE SparkPoints: (264,632)
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12/26/13 9:56 A


LOSING250 Posts: 7
12/26/13 9:48 A

WAY TO GO!!!! Happy New Year, God Bless you, and stay the course!!! emoticon emoticon

One day at at time. One Choice at a time.
REMAREIS Posts: 41
12/26/13 9:39 A

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Edited by: REMAREIS at: 12/26/2013 (09:39)
RITAROSE SparkPoints: (144,944)
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12/26/13 9:38 A

INGMARIE Posts: 9,047
12/26/13 9:37 A

way to go. emoticon

Sometimes the "wrong" train can take us to the right place.
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GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,118
12/26/13 9:29 A

And you didn't post the photo!?! Would've loved to have seen it. emoticon
What a WONDERFUL new attitude! emoticon

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE SparkPoints: (122,559)
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12/26/13 9:24 A

Way to go!!! Couldn't agree with you more.

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12/26/13 9:17 A



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HORNPLAYER3 SparkPoints: (33,675)
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12/26/13 9:17 A

Great job! emoticon

12/26/13 9:04 A

So excited you lost the weight--you are feeling healthier physically, but your feeling about yourself are so much healthier too! Way to go!

TWEIGLER3 SparkPoints: (1,497)
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12/26/13 9:03 A

Good for you! I mark my successes (or failures) by landmarks in time. Your holiday picture is a great idea. Well done.

FORTYPLUS56 Posts: 3,159
12/26/13 8:57 A

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RJANEWWAY Posts: 1,389
12/26/13 8:55 A

Congratulations! emoticon

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YBBHAPPY SparkPoints: (82,959)
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12/26/13 8:53 A

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BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
12/26/13 8:37 A

You look fabulous but never be ashamed of the you God made you to be.

All things are possible if you only believe, even losing 15 pounds
PAMTHER SparkPoints: (67,952)
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12/26/13 8:33 A


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12/26/13 8:31 A


JUNDERWOOD1953 Posts: 137
12/26/13 8:30 A

I'm so proud of you and don't even know you! I'm praying that next year this could be my story too!! You give me inspiration to keep going!

THEIS58 SparkPoints: (154,720)
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12/26/13 8:24 A


TORTISE110 Posts: 5,453
12/26/13 8:18 A

Absolutely know this fear and this wonderful turn around! Enjoy your new freedom. And a super blog!!

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BESSHAILE Posts: 3,685
12/26/13 8:09 A


What a great blog.

I know EXACTLY how you've felt - both when deciding to not put yourself in the picture and deciding to put yourself in the picture. So glad you're at the latter stage.

And remember - people ALWAYS think that someone they love is beautiful. Don't you?

Believe it
Do it
Become it
MARCOSMASTER SparkPoints: (49,662)
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12/26/13 8:08 A

Congrats to you for all your hard work, enjoy your success!

12/26/13 8:08 A

Wonderful! Enjoy your new self, and your new awareness of who you are!

HIMELISSA2007 SparkPoints: (39,316)
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12/26/13 8:00 A

Awesome you have reminded me that i feel this way at times but i am a special unique person and so are you. We are worth it!!

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt
SMILINGEYES2 Posts: 3,950
12/26/13 7:46 A

Your message struck a note with me and many others, I am sure. So glad you have reached your goals. Keep that Spark glowing and you will maintain. While it is great to look nice, the health is so much more important. You can motivate others which in turn is motivating for you.

HEIDI777 SparkPoints: (14,167)
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12/26/13 7:42 A

Congrats on your weight lose!! I think your Christmas picture is a celebration of your journey to better health and those that love you will love sharing in your joy!!

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12/26/13 7:42 A

great job and much congrats

PYNETREE Posts: 4,514
12/26/13 7:36 A

Celebrate LIFE! Someday you won't be a complete family picture, someone will be missing ~ So take all the complete family photos when you can!

And yes, celebrate the new healthier version of you. You are right, the people who judge don't matter, and the ones who love and you want to see you are the only ones who matter!

LEST6549 Posts: 90
12/26/13 7:33 A

Great job! WTG

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12/26/13 7:19 A

Way To Go!!!

KITKAT1223 SparkPoints: (3,476)
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12/26/13 7:14 A

Congrats and continued success.

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12/26/13 7:09 A


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12/26/13 6:50 A


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LIVINTODAY Posts: 3,571
12/26/13 6:46 A

Yes! You SHOULD be in the picture with or without the 81 pounds but most definitely and expecially WITH that kind of accomplishment you should celebrate with a family picture!

You should also post it on your Sparkpage!!!!


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MISSMARY3 SparkPoints: (129,498)
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12/26/13 6:24 A

Good for you! I agree, send that picture of the whole family!

MANDYCAT3 SparkPoints: (1,142)
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12/26/13 6:10 A

Hey -- if you've got it, flaunt it. (Or in this case, if you DON'T have it.)

"If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.'"
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CANADIANFROG09 Posts: 1,994
12/26/13 6:01 A

emoticon emoticon you should be so proud of your accomplishment! emoticon keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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12/26/13 5:55 A

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12/26/13 5:26 A

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12/16/13 5:11 P

WARRIORWOMAN81, what a great Christmas story! And regarding sending only pictures of your kids in past years, your friends will be SO HAPPY to see a picture of you! Truth be told, when I get a Christmas picture of just the kids that does not include a picture of my friend, I am SORELY disappointed. Believe me, your friends will jump for joy at the sight of you!

Spark On!

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You are now ready to succeed.
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12/16/13 10:55 A


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12/14/13 11:49 A

What a great thing to read. Congratulations!

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12/13/13 3:38 P

Nice work!

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12/13/13 6:22 A

Well done on your progress. And your self-acceptance.

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12/12/13 12:17 P

That is so wonderful! I bet it's a terrific picture. You are so right that your friends will be happy to see you - no matter what you weigh. But BIG congratulations on loosing 81 pounds! emoticon

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12/12/13 11:41 A

We used to send photo cards that showed the entire family since we have moved so often that we have friends and family that don't see us often. For the past 5 years, I managed to convince my husband that we could just send pictures of the kids because "that's who people really want to look at, right?" I was so heavy, compared to how I had always been, that I was ashamed to send out a picture of myself. This year, 81 pounds lighter, we are sending a full family photo. Plus, no matter how I look next year (though I hope it is the same!), I am sending out another complete family picture because those who love me want to see all of us and those who would judge---probably didn't like the picture of the kids that I used to send anyway! I like my present weight and fitness but now I know that I am worth more than a number on a scale!

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