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TUNIE- Posts: 218
8/6/09 4:40 A

Well done, you! Keep fighting the good fight! :o)

COVEGIRL1 Posts: 9,419
8/6/09 4:27 A

Good for you! Keep it up!

DORCAS9 SparkPoints: (129,821)
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8/6/09 4:18 A

Well done, Marybeth! Your Grandmother would be proud of you, and so should you, as we all are here at SP! emoticon God bless you. emoticon Dorcas.

PATSY551 Posts: 1
8/6/09 4:10 A

hi, what a sad and lovely story congratulations on your success, i have just joined and i hope i do as well. patricia

JONQUIL46 Posts: 22
8/6/09 4:10 A

Fantastic, well done. Your Grandmother would be so very proud of you but the best is that you can be so proud of yourself!Here's to your continuing journey full of hope and happiness.
Best wishes
Jonquil emoticon emoticon emoticon

8/6/09 4:00 A

Congrats on what is wonderful success. Sometimes we just need to get scared to finally do what we know we should be doing all alone.

Continue on with your success.


8/6/09 3:50 A

The doctor gave me the same news 20 months ago. I lost 25 pounds before learning about Spark People. So now we can do it together. Good on you!

8/6/09 3:44 A

You show great fortitude and determination. Your grandmother would be proud of your strength of character. Congratulations

8/6/09 3:35 A

Thank you very much for sharing with us your story!

JAYROW Posts: 2
8/6/09 2:06 A

Thank you so much for sharing with us. Your words make me hopeful. Everyone finds their "spark" that helps them move in a positive direction, and your message helps to keep me going.

DIANET61 Posts: 50
8/6/09 1:58 A

well done you!!! thats amazing i know you must be feeling really proud., good on you.xx emoticon

GHOSAKA Posts: 3
8/6/09 1:55 A

Well done! Excellent work loosing the weight and staying motivated. Good luck for the future.

SHIRLEYN2 Posts: 59
8/6/09 1:42 A

Thanks for your inspirational and heartwarming story. You and your grandmother are both to be thanked since it really helps others through your experience. Thanks for sharing and caring and keep up the good work. Love and prayers....Shirley


CEKOIS52 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/6/09 1:38 A

CONGRATULATIONS! You are and inspiration! How sad but sweet to hear that your grandmother is your angel. May I borrow her, too? I could use an angel on my side! Bless you!


DIDMIS Posts: 121,606
8/6/09 1:36 A

Congratulations. I, too, noticed a change in my health after losing my weight.
Keep up the good work.
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8/6/09 1:35 A

Hi my name is Tammy Schenk and I would like to know what you are doing and what are you doing to help you loss weight? Because I am really having a hard time lossing weight. From Tammy Schenk

Edited by: TAMMYSCHENK at: 8/6/2009 (01:45)
YOLITA2 Posts: 1
8/6/09 1:25 A

keep up the good work. You are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sigue adelante.


FREE_CAL SparkPoints: (0)
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8/6/09 1:24 A


CREATEME1 Posts: 448
8/6/09 1:23 A

I'm sorry about your grandmother. She seemed to know you needed help.
I am so happy that you have lost all this weight and turned your life line around! Proud. Be that!

CFALBRO SparkPoints: (0)
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8/6/09 1:22 A

Ohhhh what a story!! This just gave me goosebumps all over (and brought a tear to my eye for the story of your grandmother). It is SO inspiring to hear these sort of success stories and really give people the encouragement they need to do what they need to do. Thank you for sharing your story.

MARTHAR3 Posts: 6,525
8/6/09 1:16 A

Fantastic Mary Beth. You have made it thru a difficult time and come out the other side as a victor!!!

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Hugs Martha n tx

IMFINE Posts: 4
8/6/09 1:16 A

I recently had the same scare. After seeing my Mom thru home hospice til she passed from Leukemia, my blood pressure was 205/105. It took months to get it under control and I began having panic attacks and almost passing out. I broke off a long term stressful relationship while all this was going on. Then I started having symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and was tested for diabetes. Fortunately my blood sugar was within normal range, but I need to lose 20 lbs. to keep things under control. i would love to get off the high dose of blood pressure meds I'm on. My doctor recommended this website and I have to do this. I keep putting it off because I've tried so many times and have such a hard time losing. I worked out 3 days a week at the gym including weight training for a year and gained weight. Since Mom passed I have done nothing. I feel like a toxic blowfish. I admire your accomplishment and hope to get my act together.

8/6/09 1:15 A

Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment. You GO girl!!

God Bless,

~Kathi emoticon

LORETTA24 Posts: 10,079
8/6/09 1:12 A

What an encouragement to see how far you have come! It isn't just the weight loss, but also the rippling affect it has made in other areas of your life and those around you. Keep smiling Sunshine! emoticon

NAVIONE Posts: 35
8/6/09 1:11 A


8/6/09 1:10 A

Bravo, Marybeth! Your grandmother and you are both inspirations to us! As you can see, many have shared their similar personal experiences. It really helps us bring our feelings to the surface.
Bless you, darlin' - You're an angel! emoticon

8/6/09 1:10 A

Congrats MamaBC,you can do it,just take one day at the time.You have a lot of support from Sparks People,we will be cheering for you each & everyday. emoticon

Edited by: GRANNYMAMA1 at: 8/6/2009 (01:17)
STVNMGN Posts: 1
8/6/09 1:10 A

You are doing great! I am in a seemingly hopeless place: I've gained 40 pounds over the past 4 years...feet swelling, high blood pressure and aching joints. I've got a full physical scheduled in a week and I'm scared. I just turned 50 and I'm afraid things have gone too far. Your story is an inspiration to me.

Edited by: STVNMGN at: 8/6/2009 (01:11)
PTEMPLETON SparkPoints: (0)
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8/6/09 1:02 A

Grandmas are Great i miss mine but I know she is looking out after me. Thanks for your Journey Post emoticon

Edited by: PTEMPLETON at: 8/6/2009 (01:05)
8/6/09 1:00 A

Marybeth, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful story.Congrats for doing such amazing way. I know your grandma is very proud of you.

JAN1998 Posts: 5
8/6/09 1:00 A

So sorry to hear about your grandmother but congratulations on your weight loss and hard work. I'm sure that your grandmother is proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work.


MAMABC Posts: 51
8/6/09 12:59 A

I lost my father in 2006 and then my mother in 2007,after seeing the way they suffered from heart trouble and weight making it worse.I know I am following in their path to the same health problems,I already have most of them.I know I do not want to die like they did.I want to try to lose weight before some accident happens and I end up bed bound like they did.I am sorry you lost your grandmother.So proud of you for honoring your promise to her.Proud of you for losing and keeping it up.I am just beginning and it feels like I have a million miles to go,but I am going to do it for myself and my family.

KATMILL06 SparkPoints: (9)
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8/6/09 12:57 A

Congratulations Marybeth. What a fabulous journey you've been on! Thanks for sharing!!

MACMOM4 Posts: 1,175
8/6/09 12:57 A

What a beautiful message. Thank you for sharing it. I know your grandmother is so happy for you and so are we!

JONBOY2009 Posts: 2
8/6/09 12:54 A

What an excellent message. For those of us yet not committed it is what we need to hear. All the best.

DJNESS09 Posts: 3
8/6/09 12:45 A

I too was just told I was pre-diabetic. I asked for a month so I could exercise and try and get the numbers down so I don't have to go on medication. You are an inspiration. Any suggestions for a beginner? Counting the carbs are rough!
Thanks again. emoticon

ZINI58 Posts: 1
8/6/09 12:41 A

Thank you Marybeth for the positive attitude. This past week has been tough for me. My mother died and we buried her yesterday, so my eating habits weren't very good for the last 5-6 days. Now I have to get back on board and keep my diabetes under control. I hope my mom is my angel and will help me like your grandma helped you. Thank you for sharing.

Edited by: ZINI58 at: 8/6/2009 (00:42)
8/6/09 12:40 A

Way to go Girl,keep up the good work,you are an inspiration to many. emoticon

8/6/09 12:40 A

I too have just been diagnosed with the same thing. I knew my blood results looked bad so I started SP before my appointment and lost 15 lbs. I have been struggling this month though however; your article has just renewed my energy to go on! I hope that within a year I can get off these pills! emoticon

BOO-SHAY SparkPoints: (0)
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8/6/09 12:31 A

Thank you for the positive message and the hope. I know its always a struggle to lose, and maintain, and you give me hope to continue, even when the pounds come off slow.

8/6/09 12:28 A

You are an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

SUZETTA Posts: 40
8/6/09 12:25 A

Good for you!! What an awesome inspiration you are to me, and I'd imagine many others!!!! Yeah you!!!!!!

OUTSIDEIN30 Posts: 268
7/29/09 9:55 A

Your story is so inspirational - thanks for sharing. And congratulations!! Keep up the good work!

MARYBETH_OHIO Posts: 2,492
7/27/09 6:28 P

Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement it means the world to me.. After all SP is what keeps me going..


HAPPYSOUL91 SparkPoints: (453,016)
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7/27/09 5:52 P

Marybeth, what a great journey you are on and thx for sharing your great story

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7/27/09 12:06 A


SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (69,959)
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7/26/09 6:37 P

Thanks for sharing your amazing story Marybeth. Congrats on reaching the goal you promised your grandmother - and doing it the healthy way!


Chris (SparkGuy)

PAMINCO Posts: 24
7/26/09 4:51 P

78 pounds gone!! That is so swesome!!! High five to you. emoticon

PATSDIARY Posts: 3,268
7/26/09 4:47 P

Wow - 78 pounds! that is great, and I know that with your determination - and your grandma's watching over you - that you will continue on your journey to good health. Congrats on your progress!

MARYBETH_OHIO Posts: 2,492
7/26/09 3:33 P

I have been on my weight loss journey since Sept08 and what a journey it has been..

Last Sept I went to the doctor and was devastated when she said I was pre diabetic I lost it and I set there for 20 minutes I know crying.. My hubby who was there with me held my hand and he said it would be ok, but it wasn't ok I knew then and there that it was time to make a change..

My doctor came back in and she told me I was in the early stages that with a change in diet and exercise I could cure it..

As I left her office I had a call on my cell phone that my Grandmother was diagnosed with leukemia I was hit again in the stomach and I rushed to the hospital where she was.

I was crying when I got to her room but all she was worrying about is what the doctor said about me.. I told her what she had said and she said Marybeth I want you to make me a promise I want you to promise me you will loose that weight before something happens to you..

Well I agreed to that promise and 3 weeks later she was gone and I have honored that promise with the help of my friends on Spark People and my family..
I knew it would be a long hard journey but I also knew I did not want to let my Grandmother down or myself..

I joined SP in Septo8 and have went by everything that have given me to use to take control of my life from exercise to how many calories I am allowed..

I started keeping a journal of my food intake and exercise never going over my calories I was given..
I have found by doing this I loose around 1 to 2 pounds a week and as of this date I have lost 78 pounds..

And I am proud to say that my pre diabetes is gone and is in the normal range, along with my high blood pressure..

And I owe it all to SP and my SP Friends who always have a kind word to say to help me to keep going.

When I step on my scales I feel proud cause I know my Angel my sweet Grandmother is there with me rooting me on telling me it is ok.

I still have a ways to travel but I know I can do it cause I so believe in myself and what I am capable of doing, I am a stronger and newer person for it what else could I ask for?

After all I have a team so big who has been where I am or are still there rooting me on and giving me the love and support to do it..

They do not judge me or put me down they just say hey we know what you are going through and for this I am so grateful.

Well I guess all that is left to say is I can not wait to see the new me awaiting to escape inside of me, and it will happen I guarantee it.

So thank you, for reading this.

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