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Dec.1/08

Monday, December 01, 2008

It's a new month. I just wanted to post my goals for the month.

At present I am at 253 lbs, I want to get into the 240's, so that's just over 3 lbs to lose to accomplish this goal.

My next goal is to not gain over the Christmas holidays.

I refuse to set a goal for weight loss over the month of December due to all the celebrating with friends and family, and I don't want to sabotage my efforts to date. I just want to make it over the holidays without gaining.

I have set a goal to be 50 lbs gone by the end of January, so I don't believe I'm setting myself up for any failure.

I will be accomplishing my goals by sticking with my present lifestyle. It is working for me so why change it. I totally love being in control for once in my life.

I also wanted to share with all my friends about a lady that made a point of coming into my office today. The first thing she wanted was to hug me, then she wanted to tell me how proud she was of what I have accomplished. She also had something she wanted to give to me, she had a picture of 3 butterflies hovering over a beautiful flower, she had taken the picture one summer in her yard. It is just beautiful.

Why did she give this to me? She told me about 2 weeks ago that I reminded her of a butterfly, my new transformation. So this picture is for me to keep and to remember what I am doing.

It really is a beautiful picture and I was so proud to receive it. I will display it in my home in an area where I can enjoy it.

The funny thing is that I have been planning to have a tattoo when I reach my 50 lb goal, after looking at so many I had decided a while back that it would be a butterfly with 5 stars, each star representing 10 lbs.

  
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NESSY759 12/13/2008 11:27PM

    Barbara i want you to know that your such a great role model and i just know you will reach your December goals you are doing great and i am proud of you.

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HEART4ADVENTURE 12/3/2008 6:50PM

    This is so beautiful someon recognizes your effort and rewards you with it...and so are you. Great plan you have for goals and recognizing your limits to not set yourself up for failure. I love the butterfly tatoo idea.

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QUEENANNE1953 12/2/2008 1:01PM

    It's amazing how many genuine, caring people we encounter
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Thanks for sharing .. I can't wait to celebrate your 50lb goal with you.

Hugs always
Anne

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LOLAJO54 12/2/2008 12:33PM

    oh Barb tears are in my eyes I am so happy for you and so very proud of you!! What a nice person she is.. and what a great idea..for your tattoo...perfect.
Your goals are great and I know you will accomplish this...we are all with you!
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RAINBOWMF 12/1/2008 6:33PM

    Sweet Barbara your goal is doable!
The butterfly picture sounds lovely!
What a nice lady!
Take a picture of it and add it to this blog.


Hugs Mary
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SHANSHE 12/1/2008 5:13PM

    Awwww, the butterfly pic story put tears in my eyes!!! How sweet of that woman and BTW... Your goals sound TOTALLY doable!
Shan

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Nov.6/08

Thursday, November 06, 2008

My official weigh-in is every Saturday morning, but this week I couldn't make it, so I went this morning, 2 days earlier for my weigh-in and was down another 2 lbs. That is 35.5 lbs lost.

One of my goals that I set for myself for the month of November was to get into the 250's, as of today, I weighed 259.5 lbs emoticon

The other goal is to end the month of November close to the 240's, so here I come.... emoticon

  
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RAINBOWMF 11/7/2008 10:51PM

    Once again YOU ROCK!!!!! Look at you go!!!
I am so happy for you another two pounds removed
and two days early--whoaaaaaaaaaa!!

Love you here are some virtual-- emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BANANIE41 11/6/2008 7:22PM

    Great job Barbara!

Annie

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SHANSHE 11/6/2008 6:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Barb, you rock! Congrats on this important milestone!
Shan

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ANALYZETHIS 11/6/2008 5:42PM

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BOUNCY2 11/6/2008 12:54PM

    Well im here eating my lunch with tears in my eyes!! Buddie you so amaze me!! you will go all the way!! so proud of you....have a fantastic time ..

Peace LInda

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HEART4ADVENTURE 11/6/2008 12:47PM

    Barb you are doing awesome and you are awesome! keep on moving! YAY for you, celebrate you today and relish in the victory! That is huge success!

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LOLAJO54 11/6/2008 12:15PM

    Oh Barb I'm crying tears of happiness -- You make me so proud!! You are doing it!! No Excuses -- hugs to you

love Jo emoticon

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QUEENANNE1953 11/6/2008 12:14PM

    You can make that goal, Barbara emoticon
You have done an amazing job so far.
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So happy for you.

Hugs
Anne

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November 1/08

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Well it's a brand new month and on BLAHC we have been asked to set our goals for the month of November. I am getting excited now about setting new goals because I'm actually reaching and surpassing my goals every month.

Being an overweight person for the majority of my life this is now an amazing journey I am going on.

I can remember being in grade 6 and we needed to have a medical for school for our grade 7 class, but the worst part of it was we had to stand up in class and tell what we weighed. I can remember standing and saying 160 lbs, how embarrassing that was for me, and now I'm thinking why would anyone want to do that to a young person. Is it any wonder why I covered my hurt with food for so many years? I can totally understand about keeping weight on to hide our feelings. Whenever we aren't picked for a team, or as a friend, or for a dance, or whatever in our school years what better way to cover our feelings than with food.

Miss J, had us go to a link today, and read a woman's sparkpage, that was just wonderful and it is encouraging.

How have I lost for 11 weeks in a row?

It's very simple (wish I'd wisened up years sooner):

1. weigh/measure and log everything that goes into your mouth. Make sure you follow a food plan that consists of healthy foods..... low fat dairy, good fats, no white breads, pasta, or rice, good proteins, (I eat lots of chicken breast and fish) and veggies (at least 4 cups per day, no canned veggies) and fruits. I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks each day !

2. Drink 8 -10 glasses of per day, I aim for 10.

3. Workout, I aim for 30 minutes each day, some days it is 3 x 10 min, some days I can do the 30 minutes at one time. Eventually I will increase my workout minutes per day. The best form for me is walking, it doesn't cost you anything, except a good pair of shoes.

4. Being accountable, I weigh-in once a week (no scale at home, this is not good) and I am accountable to all my Spark friends. They are behind me 100% and they help keep me motivated and inspired !

5. Not feeling deprived, now it is a choice I make whether I have a slice of pizza, and I chose not to and it makes me feel wonderful knowing that I am in charge of my choices.

Even though I've been on Sparks since August/07 it wasn't until August/08 that I got serious about my weight loss journey, and since August 16/08 weighing in at 292.5 lbs, I have lost 11 weeks in a row for a total of 31 lbs, now at 261.5 lbs, I am right around the corner from the 250's and aiming to be close to the 240's by the end of November.

  
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QUEENANNE1953 11/6/2008 12:20PM

    Barbara emoticon
Words cannot tell how happy I am for you and your wonderful success.

Keep on doing what you are doing ..it's working wonders.

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ANALYZETHIS 11/6/2008 11:37AM

    Thank you for the motivation emoticon

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HEART4ADVENTURE 11/2/2008 5:37PM

    Barb - what an incredible gift you have given yourself and the Team, your Awesome! keep cruising to Losing! ;-) You should be so proud of yourself and you are an inspiration!

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LOLAJO54 11/2/2008 10:37AM

    My congratulations--- You are the teams losing gal!! and the inspiration to motivate us all on!- thank-you
hugs your friend Jo emoticon

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SHANSHE 11/1/2008 11:43PM

    GREAT job beautiful lady! What an inspiration you truly are!

Love and hugs,
Shan

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RAINBOWMF 11/1/2008 6:37PM

    emoticon You are doing what you always wanted to do.
My friend I am just so happy for you!

Love Mary

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NESSY759 11/1/2008 5:23PM

    Dearest Barbara i am so proud of all you have done.YOur words are beautiful and so are you. I can totally related to alot of what you said. I too had a hard time growing up. I didnt fit in and when you mention about being picked for teams and such it made me want to cry as this too was me again. I know we're all in this together but i really feel that you and i are doing it together. we bth started out around the same weight and although i started alittle earlier we both really started being serious with sparks and such in august. I feel like i have someone walking beside me and you always give me hope that we can do this.Life is all about choices and like you i am glad that i am now in control of those choice and not the other way around. You are going to make it to the end and i will be there cheering you all the way.

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BOUNCY2 11/1/2008 3:59PM

    You have came along way baby!! YOu have came from a struggling and just couldnt get there to a just do it!! and so that is what you are doing....you have done a 180 turn.....and Barbara you and i both know you will make it , this is your time to shine ......and i must say doing it well!! remember always how proud of you iam and that i have all the faith in you a person can have.Iam so happy to have you in my life and to be able to call you my friend.....rock on!!

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Weigh-In/ Measurements

Monday, October 13, 2008


We have been doing a challenge with weigh-in and measurements.

Weigh-in is done every week, my day is Saturday, so on Sept. 13 my weight was 276 lbs. October 11 was 269.5, a loss of 6.5 lbs.

Measurements is done once a month, on Sept. 15 I measured, and did my measurements this morning - Oct. 13.

Total loss, chest - 1", waist - 2 ", and hips - 4". Which is a total of 7".

I thought I loved the scale, but I'm beginning to embrace the measuring tape even more ! emoticon

  
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QUEENANNE1953 10/14/2008 2:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI like the sound of that. You are doing wonderful, Barbara emoticon

So happy for you.

hugs
Anne

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RAINBOWMF 10/13/2008 7:35PM

    Embrace the measuring tape!

Now that's a good one!

Barbara ,awesome 7 inches, you rock!!!

Mary emoticon emoticon

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BOUNCY2 10/13/2008 11:00AM

    Congrats to my buddie!! you so deserve every lb and inch!! 7 wow!! YOu are on your way , nothing can stop you now.....ya!! so proud of you Barbara Rose......

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HEART4ADVENTURE 10/13/2008 9:24AM

    Congrads! That is so awesome.. Relish in The victory... I and I love the "embracing the measuring tape"!!

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Oct.12/08

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Why in our lives are there always those negative people, my mom has always been that way with me.

I phoned her tonight and gave her my update on weight-loss, I hadn't talked with her last weekend, phoned her a few times but didn't get hold of her (she has quite a lot of friends in the building she lives in and always social time going on ha,ha) So got hold of her tonight. And I told her "mom I lost 2.5 lbs last week" She said "Oh that is so good", and I said "and this week was 1/2 a lb" She goes "Oh No"

I told her right away, it was a good thing and then explained to her it's been 8 weeks of losing and I've not strayed from my program. But she kept saying, I hope you stick with it. Yes Mom, I will stick with it, I love this program.

As I said, why do we have negative people in our lives?

  
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LOLAJO54 10/13/2008 7:58PM

    Barb- you know mom's from that era do what they do best fret and have doubt's - now you must not drop your mom but you will not listen to her in a negative way.... spin it around for you to be pumped - Mom I lost another .5 pound this week that's a total loss of 29 lb.s in 8 weeks I'm the BL on my team- Isn't that great mom?? There is where you get the response oh my yes you are doing it.. It is so great to hear this news..see we can do this and we will do this no matter what we hear nothing stops us now baby...lol
trust me wither it be .2 of a pound or 2.2 lbs it is the right way to go...down..
Listen to your heart- Jo
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HEART4ADVENTURE 10/12/2008 9:00PM

    Non-Scale Related..I've had negative friends through the years that just jabber on with negativity that it just sucks you dry, and toxic so I have dropped them. I have had my screen name "tigger" forever because I'm always happy go lucky, find the good in the bad, and just laugh at lifes frustrations...almost to a fault.

In terms of negative family - I had real difficulty growing up with a mother who was always complaining about her health and overweight but never saw her doing anything about the weight..it was very frustrating, so I have always been active, in shape, and thin not wanting to be "her" and Now the "voice" resonates in my mind "don't complain, don't be negative, do something about the weight I've put on, don't become my mother".

Sorry Barb, this is about you, and I just realized I went off on a tangent....

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RAINBOWMF 10/12/2008 7:49PM

    Barbara, you know, skinny Moms and not too smart Hubbies
can have a great influence on us.

They have seen us fail so many times. Failure is what they have witness from us so they just hope and pray that we stick with it but they do not know how to express that with out being negative.

Isn't it nice that we have learned to live with out their approval.

Love you Sweet Lady!

Mary

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BOUNCY2 10/12/2008 7:35PM

    Hey there bl.....maybe in her own way , she was saying that so you would reasure her that you were going to be ok. just a guess...with all the big losses so to speak, then the 1/2 she was maybe scared for you...just a guess...but you know you will not let her words effect you from doing what you need to do....you are doing this for you and your health.....but you will show her and all what Barbara Rose is made of.....Moms and daughters....hew!! hew!! you gota love them...night night my sweet Barbara

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