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Friday, October 10, 2008

Last Saturday after my weigh-in I was feeling so very proud of myself and decided to treat myself to a bouquet of flowers.

The main reason was going from the 290's into the 260's, for me it was quite an accomplishment. So I visited the local store which had a flower counter, unfortunately there was nobody on the desk, after a short wait I started to leave and one of the workers asked another one to page someone to the flower counter, so I said to them okay, if someone is coming I'll go back and wait, within a minute someone came and said to the young girl that had paged her "is it important" and the young girl asked me what I wanted.

Now let me tell you, all I saw was RED ! I turned around and left the counter and this was my comment and I didn't care who heard me "no I don't need anything, since you don't have anyone to service your flower desk what I needed today was not important, good-bye" and I left the store. I was steaming mad and also hurt because I had my heart set on my reward, with my new lifestyle changes it wasn't going to be a "food" treat.

Then I thought, maybe the flower shop about 5 miles down the road was open (this was a Saturday afternoon) and I took the time to go there and yes ! they were open. I ordered a Bouquet of flowers done in beautiful fall colours, and while I waited I let the girl know how upset I was with them. I also told her why it was important to me, and she said "I thought you'd lost quite a bit of weight" which of course made me happy !

Anyhow, why did I get mad! To me, how I'm treated is of utmost importance, I am someone who counts and whether I wanted one flower or 500 hundred flowers I certainly deserve to be treated properly and I was important !

Well today I got a phone call at work and it was someone from the store who had heard about my treatment in their store. Let me tell you, that is the advantage of living in a small community, word of mouth works wonders. Someone from their store had heard the tale in Tim Horton's LOL !

She asked me to tell her exactly what happened and I repeated my tale and also mentioned that I did tell anyone who wanted to hear the story what had happened. She said if she'd have been treated that way she would have done exactly what I did.

She wanted to know if anyone in the store had tried to stop me, and I said no, I know for a fact at least 3 workers heard me and there were about 4 girls on the cash who probably witnessed it also. She asked me if I knew the person, and I said I could point them out, she wanted to know if it was a small blonde girl named Pam, I told her no, I know Pam and she'd never treat me that way. Apparently Pam was working the flowershop desk that day but must have been on lunch break (this was between 1:30 and 2pm)

She apologized and told me next time I came by their store to go to the flowershop and she would make sure that there was a beautiful bouqet of flowers ! I thanked her for both the flowers and the apology !

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HEART4ADVENTURE 10/11/2008 5:20PM

    What a wonderful gift to yourself to reward your achievement with a beautiful bouquet, I hope when you look at them throughout each day that you are reminded of the "Feel Good" victory and not the horrible experience it took for you to finally get them home! I would have done the same thing and gone a step further to complain to management. I'm glad they called to apologize and rectify the problem.


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BARBARAROSE54 10/11/2008 7:19AM

    Thanks for everyone's comments. To add to my story, I guess that even the floor manager got heck.

Shannon said that he was talking to comeone who worked in their office and alot of them got hauled over the coals for this one. Guess it was friend who told one of their office workers, who went back and let them know what happened. Kathy told them that I'd been so pleased with how good I'd been doing with my weight loss and wanted to reward myself, and she said you can imagine how this treatment made her feel !

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LOLAJO54 10/10/2008 11:43PM

    wow-- It seems more and more thee people hired to do these jobs just don not care!!! When are the owners and managers going to wake up and realize they are losing customers...
That said- this is about your rights as a human being and a customer... You did what was right and I'm glad you got satisfaction from the owner..
Thank you for sharing - we all count and all want to be heard.

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RAINBOWMF 10/10/2008 11:36PM

    Thanks for sharing, I sure know what Anne means, these young people are just so rude, they don't even have a clue. We, the customer are their pay check.

One person, like you can make a big difference, I am glad you got an apology.

I am really happy that you treated yourself to beautiful flowers, that was a wonderful idea. Your doing so well and I am so proud of you.

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QUEENANNE1953 10/10/2008 3:20PM

    What a story!!! I am GLAD you spoke up when you were leaving that way they will REMEMBER when they get reprimanded for their behavior. These young people don't realize without customers there is NO job.

Word of mouth sure goes a long way. Thanks for sharing.

P.S. you are doing a fantastic job.

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BOUNCY2 10/10/2008 2:52PM

    Barbara thank you so much for sharing your storie....i m teary eyed , cause you were treated that way!! but most of all for you standing up for you.....and knowing you never deserve that treatment!! words cannot realy say how very proud of you iam today, but most of all so happy to call you friend and the bestest buddie.....we may be billion of miles a way, but you are the best . I just love your attitude and that is what i have always wanted for you .....ready set and work your way to will be there......i just know know it too,,,,i can feel it....

Love ya bunches
LInda emoticon

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Another milestone for me, I've lost 26 lbs since being a Sparks Member. My gift to me was a new pair of sneakers emoticon

Something else I'm celebrating today, is moving from the 290's into the 260's. I celebrated by buying myself a beautiful bouquet of fall flowers emoticon

It certainly is a wonderful feeling to reach these milestones and I want to take the time to thank all my Spark family who have stood by me, and have been there for me, even through my stubborn days. With all your support and friendship you have all given me the courage in myself that I am worth doing this for. I will reach my goals emoticon

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QUEENANNE1953 10/6/2008 10:31AM

    What can I say .. Barbara emoticon
You are the best emoticon
So proud of you. Keep up the great work.

Hugs always

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BANANIE41 10/5/2008 8:07AM

    Miss Barbara..I am so very proud of you and glad to be here with you on the journey! It is amazing how much all of us, even though far from one another, are there with each other every step of the way!

Thank you for all of your support and YEAH FOR BARBARA!!!



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BOUNCY2 10/5/2008 8:03AM

    It brings a proud feeling everytime i see your profile , lost 25lbs!!j ust look at how far you have come Barbara Rose....from the woman that was trying so hard and fighting to getting it right, to the woman that is working it and walking the walk, not talking the so proud to be apart of your weight loss journey to a healther you..Im always with you all the way..

Peace LInda

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RAINBOWMF 10/4/2008 10:05PM

    Not behind you Barbara, right beside you holding your hand.
You are so deserving of this new found strength.
Love you Girlfriend!

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LOLAJO54 10/4/2008 9:29PM

    Barb - your making me cry!!! how wonderful -- i am so proud to be your friend.. thank you for the wonderful support you have given me. LOL You little dickens you have surpassed me now -- emoticonmy friend!!! -
You deserve everything - hope Shannon is proud of you - cause we sure are!!
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MYSONG 10/4/2008 7:50PM

    You will absolutely reach your goals. We're right behind you.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

I have been having another great week. I just wanted to post a little something here with regards to the month of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month.

As I said in a post on the B/L board that this year this has new meaning for me. I followed my cousin's progress with her whole breast cancer surgery and treatment. I have never been close to anyone before that had this and it certainly was an eye opener for me.

She had her mammogram and it showed up something, then she did a repeat, then she had to have a biopsy and they diagnosed it as cancer. It was her option to have the lump removed or have her breast removed, and she made the decision to remove her breast. They discovered a 2nd lump that had gone undetected and they tested 12 glands in her lymph glands and found one cancerous.

Due to the one in her gland she needed chemo treatment, after that was radiation because the breast tumour was very close to her chest.

The one thing that amazed me the most was the positive attitude my cousin had. First thing she did was go to see a homeopath (sp) and they helped her prepare her body for the chemo treatments, she showed me all the different things that she took, she had all the literature on the products. With her faith in the Lord and everyones' prayers she didn't have one sick day with all of her chemo treatments.

The homeopath told her after chemo to come back and they would change up the health products for her body to prepare for radiation and once again she came threw with flying colours, no sickness.

Yes my cousin lost all of her hair, but it has grown back and is beautiful. I am so proud of her and her positive attitude, I certainly don't wish this horrific disease on anyone, but am more appreciative what what is entailed when you are told "you have breast cancer"

So ladies please don't forget your monthly self exams, and your mammograms. Personally I don't mind them, I have always found when the pain really starts to hurt it's over.

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LOLAJO54 10/3/2008 5:51PM

    Thanks for sharing this Barb!! A real eye opener hope some of these gals will read and get the message...

Glad you where there for your cousin!! and my thoughts and prayers are with her...

thank you- Jo

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CASEYGIRL1982 10/2/2008 10:04PM

    That's an amazing story about your cousin!! Thankfully no one I know has had to deal with breast cancer. I'm so happy for your family it must have been a tough time and I'm glad she pulled through!

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RAINBOWMF 10/2/2008 8:17PM

    Barbara, thanks for your blog.
Last week Jo and I had our Dear cousin lose her battle
but she fought strong , we were all proud of her.
She stayed a happy woman, never became bitter.
The way your cousin has fought --is so inspiring.
God bless her!


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BOUNCY2 10/2/2008 6:11PM

    Buddie thanks for your blog.....telling us about your cousin and you being strong aswell with the walk with your cousin...I know for most is is one of the worse things that a woman could ever made you stronger aswell Barbara Rose.

Love LINda

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

I spent a very emotional day dealing with a family member, it is very tiring. I stayed my course and continued with my day even though my emotions were in turmoil.

I decided over a month ago it was time for me, and I am worth putting the extra effort into me. I have totally changed what I put into my mouth, all healthy foods, and only what is on my program. My favourite treat at night is a Skinny Cow dessert, the 50 calorie chocolate popsicle and I really look forward to having this every evening.

Now you have to remember I have always been a grazer all night long, even waking at night and having something to eat. So to go from a supper of 3.5 oz chicken breast or white fish, and 2 cups of veggies, to nothing until treat time, except water, how amazing is this accomplishment. I am not even hungry after supper, and a lot of evenings, not even hungry at suppertime.

I continue to stand firm in my belief that it is due to all the food that I am getting into my daily routine, never skipping a meal or a snack, breakfast and lunch being my biggest meals of the day, so how can I be hungry unless I eat just to eat.

I am living by the rule..... I eat to live, not live to eat !

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QUEENANNE1953 9/29/2008 11:10AM

    Babara emoticon

Once we figure out that we are indeed "Eating to Live" .. we have a totally different attitude. Congrats on making that choice and taking up that attitude .. you are doing a wonderful job. Your program sounds great.


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RAINBOWMF 9/28/2008 9:05PM

    My Buddie, is doing so well!
You have put your foot down and are coming up a winner! or should I say Loser.


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BOUNCY2 9/27/2008 12:25PM

    What can i say, but amazing!! Buddie you are on your way nothing can stop you now!! You did a complete one 80!! Im so happy to be apart of your journey...wishing and hopeing for you today on weigh in day.LIke you said even if you dont lose you are on a healthy life style. excited to know!! Have a great day.

Love LINda

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Friday, September 26, 2008

This is my first time using Blog, but I think it's important to share what's going on at certain times in my life.

Received many phone messages last night as I was out, so when I got home they were waiting for me. Once again my mom is in the hospital. Of course the panick button hits, my emotions starting soaring, but for the first time my last thought was where's the food.

I have always been a big emotional eater and this would be the perfect situation to start searching and doing my habitual grazing.

I can only imagine what I've always tried to do was numb my feelings with food as it was what was comforting, instead I sat down and started to think responsibly instead of irrationally.

Mom had a heart attack 5 years ago and after 3 times of cancelling her surgery, the heart surgeon finally told her she was too high risk, she has leaking valves and blockage. So has had to stay alive with her meds. I thank the Lord that we've had her this many more years. Only thing is she's 1500 miles from me.

So now what should I do with this..... wake up call for Barbara, my dad had colon cancer, but passed away in between chemo treatments with a massive heart attack, mom's family have heart problems, so I am very high risk to have same problem and with this excess weight even more risk. BTW Mom has always been at 115 - 120 lbs, 5' 2" never had a weight problem.

I started a new lifestyle and refuse to let this setback put me up for failure. I need to do this because my life depends on it. I haven't had the pleasure of grandchildren and am still a young 54 years old.

I am leaving mom in Lord's hands and I know He knows best.

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RAINBOWMF 9/26/2008 10:42PM

    Barbara, my friend, not much I can add here, everyone beat me and said some mighty fine stuff.

You know what I think about you! YOU have the power !

This time ,Your mind is set and goal will be yours.

Love and Hugs

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LOLAJO54 9/26/2008 7:08PM

    Barb I'm here!!! My prays are with your mom but now my heart is with you---- You are a strong woman and with your team behind you lean on us if you need to..we are here--- You did so great last night-- I'm very proud of you!! My Barb is a different woman and I love this!!

It is so great to blog--even if nobody reads they are here for you to come back and reflect upon... You learn so much-- remember when you are strong -remember when you have a weak moment and remember when you have an ahha moment.. Blogging is great stuff - glad you took the plunge..

Take care of yourself and yes put your mom in God's hand and our prayers- Jo emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 9/26/2008 4:18PM

    thanks to all my friends for the nice comments, you have all touched my heart.

I just spoke with my mom and she sounded alot better today, prayers are being answered emoticon emoticon

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QUEENANNE1953 9/26/2008 2:42PM

My prayers are with you and your dear, sweet mom. She is surely a fighter.

Your first blog made good reading. Congrats. Thank you so much for sharing. Reaching for food, you haved learned, was never the answer to any situation. I am proud of you for not taking that step back. You have come a long way and can't stop now.

The road you are on is a long one .. but you are not alone. It is one we are all on together. Together we are going to beat the battle of bulge and emerge as fit and healthy, strong and powerful women. We know we can do this!!!

Hugs always. God will watch over your mom.


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SHANSHE 9/26/2008 1:33PM

    Barb - On my babysteppers team i posted this last Sunday and as I read your blog, felt I needed to post it here for you:
1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 (NCV)

24. You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run to win!

25. All those who compete in the games use self control to they can win a crown. That crown is an earthly thing that lasts only a short time, but our crown will never be destroyed.

26. So I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something - not just the air.

27. I treat my body hard and make it my slave so that I myself will not be disqualified after I have preached to others.

Vs. 26 - You have identified what it is you are fighting for in this blog, you have a goal and you are not fighting AIR. you are doing it, consistently and I am so proud of you and for you.


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HEART4ADVENTURE 9/26/2008 12:58PM

    Barb - it is never easy, my heart goes out to you and your mom.

You sound like a strong woman, and acknowledging is the first step to overcoming the barriers that have kept you bound for so long.

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NESSY759 9/26/2008 12:55PM

    Wow Barbara so sorry to hear about your mom being in the hospital. I think its very postitive that you blogged it instead of eating . It helps us put things into prospective better and gives us something you can go back and reflect on when we are in our weakest moments. I too have alot of heart disease in my family. My father died at 48 and his father at 33 so i too BArbara feel that this is a life or death situation for me to get the weight off. You are doing such an awesome job and i wish you lov and strength as you go through this difficult time.

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BOUNCY2 9/26/2008 12:44PM

    Sweet Barbara Rose, YOu know how sorry iam for your mother..we did pray in chappel this morning and lifed her up in prayer...My thought are always with you and your family......Barbara we became very close on cof , and You were so like me now!! I kept trying so hard to modivate and get you to goal and miss mary too..I would think what is wrong with her why doesnt she get it!! like dr Phil always said......either you get it or you dont...I loved you and miss mary with all my heart , as Ladean ...but you know you cant realy motivate someone into doing anything in life...that has to be inside and that person has to pull it out with all her or he being...I do believe that our higher power our LORd will help us do what we need to do.....I have said how proud of you i am , but iam tearing here reading your first Blog. Barbara you are so changing before my eyes and it is just not talk like before you are walking the walk...and as right now iam joining you on your journey to health , and over all ask me what do i think about your first blog!!!!!awesome are amazing and dont ever think any ya buddie.......

Peace and love LInda emoticon

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