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6 month anniversary

Thursday, February 19, 2009

It was 6 months on Monday when I started my weight loss journey with Simply for Life.

Today I finally took my measurements:
starting : Now: loss:
left arm - 17.5" 16.5" 1 "
right arm - 17.5" 16" 1.5 "
chest - 50.5" 43" 7.5"
waist - 57.5" 51" 6.5"
hips - 66" 56" 10 "
left thigh - 24.75" 24" .75"
right thigh - 25.5" 24.5" 1"
total loss 28.25 "
Starting weight:
Aug.16/09 292.5 lbs
Feb.14/09 240.5 lbs
total loss 52 lbs

What a journey I've been on emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BANANIE41 2/27/2009 8:57PM

    Wow Wow Wow!!! That was so fun for me to see, I can't imagine how it was for you to see. You're doing great my friend!


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QUEENANNE1953 2/24/2009 4:08PM

    It's simply amazing Barbara .. we've all been fighting the same battle for years .. but something finally clicked for you this year .. and now you are a winner .. er I mean loser .. tee hee.

I am so happy and proud of you. Keep up the good work .. you are doing a fantastic job.

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RAINBOWMF 2/21/2009 8:54PM

    ahhhhhh I am in ahhhhhhhh!!

You rock Girlfriend!

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-LORI-B 2/20/2009 12:29PM

    CONGRATS you have worked hard. Thanks for being you and being my friend.

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SHANSHE 2/20/2009 12:39AM

    WOW!!!! That is truly impressive Barb! Be proud!

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LOLAJO54 2/19/2009 7:53PM

    What can I say! You got it --- you are on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.. 6 months went by fast and you accomplished so much.. Just keep it up and before you can turn around you will be at your goal and your meds. cut down or gone.
Stay focused and we will all soon be basking in the sunshine in the DR together all healthy and thin.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 2/19/2009 6:55PM

Barbara ... yes indeed what a journey you have been on !!! I am so proud of you my friend for all you have accomplished in the last 6 months ... Keep on with the good work that you have been doing buddy because you are my inspiration.



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NESSY759 2/19/2009 10:48AM

    Barbara words can not express how happy and proud i am of you today. You have come so far and have made so many changes. I think you looked beautiful before but now your smokin hot girl. You are truly and inspiration to me and to the others on this board and i couldnt be more happy to share in this wonderful milestone with you. Keep up all the hard work, together we will reach our goals with one step at a time. Best of luck on the nexy 6 months i know you will achieve many great things.

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BARBARAROSE54 2/19/2009 10:33AM

    Hopefully you can read my results as this didn't post the way I wrote it.

the first numbers are starting, then now, then total inches lost.

BTW the pic I posted was me at Christmas time, I really need a more up to date picture.

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Update on mom

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

As most of you know my mother's been in the hospital 3 weeks today.

Yest. they transferred her to another hospital to have a procedure done and then she was to bring her back. Last night I heard from my sister that she'd been at the other hospital since 10am waiting to have her angioplasty done, she phoned and left a message on my sister's phone at 4:30, still hadn't gone in but should be going in an hour's time.

My sister phoned the first hospital last night to find out if she had gotten back, they hadn't heard anything so assumed they would be keeping her at the other hospital.

When I got to work this morning and checked my e-mails my sister hadn't heard anything. So I phoned the first hospital and spoke with the head nurse. Apparently she didn't have her procedure but will have it today and she figured they would probably get a phone call tomorrow to prepare her bed for her return.

So to answer everyone's questions for an update on mom..... it's very hard to give anyone answers when I don't know them myself.

The other thing is, this is very stressful and when my weight concillor tells me stress can cause weight gain I really believe it. I've had the same week as far as eating as I always have, except one slip up the other evening..... 4 timbits, and have probably gained about 3 to 4 lbs this week ( now that's my Wii Fit telling me that, I just use it to judge how my week is going) Yes, my Simply For Life scale is the real one I go by, but when things start getting frustrating, it sure can reflect in what is going on with the scale.

many thanks to all for your prayers, thoughts, and concerns and when I find out anything I will pass the info on to all.

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QUEENANNE1953 2/24/2009 4:02PM

    I'm just now catching up on Blogs ..

Thanks so much for sharing your mum with us. I hope you will be able to go see her again soon.

My thoughts and prayers are ongoing.
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-LORI-B 2/20/2009 12:32PM

    So hard to concentrate on yourself when you are worrying about mom. Waiting stinks. I saw in the boards that mom is doing better now.. What relief. Continued prayers for continued recovery.
Hugs, my friend

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NESSY759 2/19/2009 11:10AM

    Barbara my heart just breaks knowing your going through this difficult time and with the lose of another loved one so close to your mom taking ill its got to be very difficult stress wise. I know how hard it is to stay focused and on track when life's stresses hit us and latley its been a difficult road for me too and stress as played a very big roll in my weight lose journey too. I know from y own life that sometimes we find it hard to step back and take a deep breath and relax. Its easier said then done but i too agree that we need to do this for ourselves so that we can be strong and make through each day. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and i only hope that your mom will be well again. I cant imagine be in your shoes. I do want you to know though that we are here for you when you need us ok. You have been of great support to me and i hope i can be the same for you. Come on girl lets kick this weight to the curb we are Divas with DIVATUDE and we can do it.

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BARBARAROSE54 2/19/2009 10:21AM

    All is going good with mom, she should be transported to her other hospital this afternoon

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RAINBOWMF 2/19/2009 7:19AM

    Barbara, we know stress is the worst for weight gain.
BUT is it our bodies or are we doing it to ourselves.
Using an excuse (stress) to let us not exercise as much or eat a little
something we shouldn't?

I feel so bad that you have to be so far from your Mom, at this time.
Such a hard thing to go through.

I will be thinking of you and your Mom to day!

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JAZABEE 2/18/2009 5:46PM

    Barbara, keeping your mum and family in my prayers. The waiting and not knowing is stressful, You keep positive my friend. emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 2/18/2009 5:29PM

    I just got off the phone with my sister, she had her procedure at 12:30pm, and is now in recovery, Of course the hospital wouldn't give my sister much info, so praying she will return to her own hospital where she can recover.

I plan on going to visit her in another 5 or 6 weeks time, and want her well and in her own home.

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LOLAJO54 2/18/2009 4:21PM

    Barb--- oh my I'm crying for you and your mom... I just know how you feel .... just went thru it with George... bringing back is so much more frustrating for you being so far away from your mom.. and your mom having no one at the hospital with her.. Now a days you really need someone with you who will speak up and get things moving and people on their toes to make things happen..

My dear -please when the stress is really bad think first take deep breaths - I think this is where cognitive therapy comes in... go to a quiet place and listen in your mind what makes you happy -have water beside you to drink... and let your mind go and be happy with-in yourself..

We are all here for you.. and pray that all will go well and soon your stress will be over with good results for your mom.

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MOTHER-NATURE 2/18/2009 4:02PM


Barbara ... I am so sorry to hear of the stress you are going through my friend ... I do hope that your mom will have her procedure done today so that she can get settled and comfortable to where ever they are going to be sending her .. I can just imagine how stressful this must be for her too .... Continue on with your program Barbara because you are doing good ... drink your water, have your meals planned, go for your swim because this will help take your mind off of the stressful things that you may be going through right now ... I know you can do it Barbara .... YES YOU CAN !!!



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TRISHNS 2/18/2009 1:11PM

    Barb I didn't know your Mom was sick again. Sorry to hear that. I hope she makes out alright & yes please let us know how she makes out. It's so hard when our parents get sick. I'm going threw it right now and it's getting that she can't do much work around the house so I'll have to do her cleaning now.

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It's a sad day

Thursday, January 22, 2009

There is enough grief on our board today, but just wanted to post my own Blog !

Received word about 3 hours ago about the passing of an older cousin, Robert only 71 yrs young.

Just a year ago he was leaving the hospital, being there on a survey program, and suffered a heart attack in the parking lot.

When he hit the pavement it cause brain damage. He has remained in hospital all this time, in a comma for quite a while, then hooked up to many tubes including a feeding tube. This once vibrant man dwindled away to nothing, at times not even being aware of life around him.

Now he is with our Lord.

He leaves behind a grieving, wife Coral, 2 daughters Cyndi and Angeli, 3 grandsons, a mother Rowena (93 yrs old), a sister Norah, one nephew Andrew, one niece Tammy, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and numerous friends.

Please remember my family at this sad time, but rejoice in the full life he lead, and has now gone to his reward, he was a faithful servant of God.

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BANANIE41 1/24/2009 9:42AM

    So sorry to hear of your loss Barbara. Hugs and prayers to you!


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KATYBIRD12345 1/24/2009 7:15AM

    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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JADEBUTTERFLY 1/23/2009 3:00PM

    am so sorry to hear of your loss.. My prayers are with you....HUGS!!!

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TERESAM1 1/23/2009 9:39AM

    I am so very sorry for your loss and your family's loss. He is at peace and ill no more. The suffering has come to an end.

Hugs and prayers are with you all


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KATSMOM1 1/22/2009 11:10PM

    Barbara, I am so sorry for you loss. Your cousin is now in the arms of our Father. emoticon

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-LORI-B 1/22/2009 9:55PM

    emoticon Oh Barbara, Im so sorry to hear about this sad news. Your cousin is flying with angels now and is no longer suffering. May you find some peace in that thought. Love and prayers, Lori

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BTROXELL06 1/22/2009 9:32PM

    I'm so sorry to hear that Barbara. I will be praying for you and your family as well. It is wonderful to know that he knew God as his savior! Rest in peace with that :)

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RAINBOWMF 1/22/2009 8:45PM

    Barbara my deepest sympathies are with you and your loved ones today . Your cousin is not suffering any longer , why these thing happen we will never know.
You should have shared with the board.
We all care and send you a big Hug.

Your Friend Mary

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BEBRENDA 1/22/2009 8:31PM

    BarbaraRose, Today is a sad day. I will say prayers for your cousin Robert in heaven and for you and his family. Take care! Your friend, Brenda emoticon emoticon

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QUEENANNE1953 1/22/2009 8:17PM

    My dear BarbaraRose emoticon

'tis truly a sad day today .. my heartfelt and deepest sympathy to you and your family. Please be comforted in knowing that we all care and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

I was so taken up with trying to man the board today and did notice your unusual absence but had no idea you were grieving too. I wish you did indeed post on the board for all to see .. we are all here for you and I would have liked everyone to offer their sympathy and comfort to you too in your time of sorrow.

Your dear cousin is no longer suffering .. May the Lord Bless and Watch Over him for ever ...

Hugs always

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HEART4ADVENTURE 1/22/2009 8:06PM

    Barb - my heart goes out to you and the family, loss is always tragic. sending hugs and prayers your way. with deepest sympathy..Vickie

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CASEYGIRL1982 1/22/2009 8:00PM

    Oh Barbara emoticonI am just seeing that you have lost a loved one today too. Of course our prayers are withyou and your family I hope his moving on can be something to rejoice in knowing he isn't laying in a coma anymore but in heaven walking with the Lord! I wish you had let the team know but understand just know you are very important to us and we all love you and are here for you! emoticon

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LOLAJO54 1/22/2009 7:56PM

    Oh Barb-- this has been a sad week for us all--my dear I know how you are feeling George was 74 but looked and acted like a 50 year old...
So sorry your dear cousin had to suffer so long... my condolenses to you!- emoticon emoticon

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NESSY759 1/22/2009 7:53PM

    Barbara my deepest sympathies are with you and your loved ones today. Its always hard to lsoe a loved one . May your cousin not suffer any longer and may he rest in peace. We are here for you if you need us. emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 1/22/2009 7:40PM


Barbara ... I am so sorry to hear about your cousin, yes this truly has been a sad day ... sending prayers to you and his family.



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GONANA 1/22/2009 7:40PM

    Barbara I am so sorry this happened! Plese know that of course your family will be in our prayers.

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SHANSHE 1/22/2009 6:38PM

    Barb, I am so sorry for your loss! I will pray...

Heavenly Father,
I ask you to be with Barb, and her family as they go through this time. Be with Robert's wife and children, they will sorely miss this man. Comfort them in this time of grief and sadness in knowing they will see him again in eternity.
In Jesus Name I Pray,

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

I having been looking for quite a long time for my own little puppy and couldn't quite make up my mind what I wanted. There are so many wonderful breeds out there and today I finally made my decision and rather than wait for the weekend when travelling didn't look too good, I took the afternoon off from work and went and picked up the newest addition to our family.

Her name is Sasha and she is an 11 week old Yorkie ! So far she's been very good, not saying what my night will be like, but I know she'll be loved.

So far she has wormed her way into Shannon's heart, and even though it's "my puppy" she's spent the evening laying on the couch with him.

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HEART4ADVENTURE 1/19/2009 2:55PM

    awwww I love yorkie's.... congrads!

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GONANA 1/16/2009 8:28PM

    I LOVE you new baby! Match made in heaven!

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QUEENANNE1953 1/16/2009 12:17PM

    awwww .. how adorable ... and just think .. you have so much more energy now that you are on this journey, you can play with Sasha all day long ....


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BANANIE41 1/16/2009 11:28AM

    Awwww she's adorable!

I love my puppies...they bring such peace to a sometimes crazy world and they always love me!

Enjoy Sasha!


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MOTHER-NATURE 1/16/2009 6:58AM


Barbara .. what a sweet bundle of joy you have bought into your life ... I am so happy for you ... I know your new baby will have lots of love, hugs, and healthy doggie treats .... looking forward to lots of pictures in the days to come.



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BARBARAROSE54 1/16/2009 12:47AM

    So far everything is going great. I've not heard a cry or a wimper from her.

Yes Jo, she will be small, between 8 to 10 lbs full grown !

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SHANSHE 1/15/2009 11:59PM

    LOL! Mary sounds like me, i was thinking "uggh, more to take care of!" However, I am hjappy for YOU barb, if you love it that is what matters.

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-LORI-B 1/15/2009 11:53PM

    What a sweet babay you have. ENJOY

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RAINBOWMF 1/15/2009 10:35PM

    Ahhhhhh sweet Sasha!
Poor Barbara!!! hahaha
Now it starts, just like having a baby!

Love Mary

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LOLAJO54 1/15/2009 10:19PM

    Oh Barb what a cutie... she is going to be small doggie right?
Hugs and kisses but you will get lots from the new puppy.


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Met my goal for December/ my new goal for January/09

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Did I reach my goal I set for the month of December? Yes I did and am very proud of it.

I was at 253 lbs and wanted to get into the 240's, but also set a goal to maintain my weight for the month of December.

I had lost 3 lbs as of Dec.20th, and which would allow me a gain of those 3 lbs for extra eating over the holidays.

On Jan.3/09 I weighed in at 249 lbs, which meant I did not gain back those 3 lbs but had another 1 lb loss, and into the 240's. This means since August 16/08 I lost a total of 43.5 lbs.

I have 6.5 lbs to go to reach my 50 lb loss since joining Simply for Life.

So for the month of January my goal is to reach the 50 lb mark by the end of January.

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LOLAJO54 1/15/2009 10:23PM

    Barb -my dear what an accomplishment.. I am so proud of you! No wonder you have your arms in the air..Congrats and soon you'll be putting up that 50 lbs gone sticker... yeah!!! You are doing it girl- hugs Jo emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHANSHE 1/4/2009 11:27PM

    Barb, your results are simply AMAZING!!! You are awesome girl, keep going!

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RAINBOWMF 1/4/2009 10:15PM

    You did it Barbara, you did it!!

Now we all know you will make your January goal!!

You have the control!!

Hugs Mary

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HEART4ADVENTURE 1/4/2009 12:12PM

    So Kewl! you have much to celebrate...Victory is yours and you will do it! Congrads for making it on the road to success! as I always say your an inspiration!

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