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Sunday, April 12/09

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I had a big disappointment the other day, and added more to it......

let me tell you.... I bought myself some capris while in Toronto, really nice, a pair of black and a pair of white. I always bought 5X, but one was 1X and one was X. They both fit really nice, but when I turned sideways in the mirror they looked terrible. Here is my bottom belly hanging down inches below my backside. So I told Shannon and asked him what I could do about it and he said nothing, the muscles in my stomach are gone. So when I went to see my consultant yest. I asked her and she said the same thing as Shannon, and then said the only thing is surgery. My doctor mentioned surgery to me the last time I was there and I said we'll discuss this later.

My consultant said if they could prove it isn't for cosmetic purpose our medical system might cover it, she told me she had a lady who wasn't getting everything she needed and it was costing $20,000.00.

The other thing she mentioned was to wear Spanks.... of course I can't find them here in Canada (I googled it and found them sold in US but they won't ship to Canadian address).

So this is the dilemna..... do I sit and sulk about this and say so what's the point... If I can't look good after I lose the weight what's the point, or do I sit here and be happy that I am still losing weight and feeling so much better?

You betcha.... I am happy to be losing weight and will just have dress accordingly... ta da !

You have to learn to change your thinking. Keep thinking positive. Look at all your accomplishments and successes and be happy. emoticon emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 4/14/2009 4:57PM

    Barbara your blog bought tears to my eyes ... I have never been so proud of any one more in my life then I am of you right now my friend ... YOU ARE A TRUE INSPIRATION and A MOTIVATOR !!!!!!!!!

Barbara the next time you visit with your doctor do talk to him about the surgery because I am sure he would back you up in saying it would not be done for cosmatic surgery but is being done due to the weight you lost for health reasons.

Barbara if your doctor doesn't help we will get you on the doctor phil show ... YES WE WILL !!

As for the Spanks Barbara I will check tomorrow when I go to MMM because I was asking at Wal-mart today and a lady said she thinks they sell them there, but not sure ... I will let you know either way buddy ... keep up the great work !!!



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HEART4ADVENTURE 4/13/2009 2:25PM

    Barb ever since I've gotten to know you through the team you have always been so sincere, upbeat, and inspiring, what a great attitude to relish in the victory of the weight loss and the energy and feeling good !

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QUEENANNE1953 4/12/2009 11:53PM

You have lots of friends in the U.S. and I happen to have your address . lol lol lol ..

You are doing a fantastic job .. and of course you will not let this hamper you .. good luck.


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CATHERINE2007 4/12/2009 9:08PM

    Keep your chin up! I was going to say the same thing. Tell us what you need and then just ship them to you. You are doing a great job with your weight loss and getting healthy. 5X to an xtra large is a big difference.

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BANANIE41 4/12/2009 8:50PM

    Yeah You! Good choice!

Hanes I think makes something like Spanx so you might be able to find those in Canada. If not, let me know what you need and I'll just get them for you and mail them to you.

You are doing an excellent job and all will work out the way it is meant to!

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BOUNCY2 4/12/2009 8:09PM

You betcha.... I am happy to be losing weight and will just have dress accordingly... ta da !

You have to learn to change your thinking. Keep thinking positive. Look at all your accomplishments and successes and be happy. Thats my Barbara!!ya!! love ya!!

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April 8th/09

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Good morning everyone.

Just wanted to let everyone know that mom is going in today for her 2nd angioplasty, supposed to be staying the night then released the next day.

Also mom's oldest sister passed away yest. She'd been in a nursing home since falling to altzeihmer's last year and on the weekend she was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. My aunt lived in Prince Edward Island, always lived on a farm and was very active until last year.

Please keep my family in your prayers......

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-LORI-B 4/8/2009 11:21PM

    Thoughts and prayers going out to you and the family. I usually say a prayer for all my team mates, but will say a extra for you tonight.
Hugs sweetie

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LOLAJO54 4/8/2009 11:41AM

    Barb -you,your mom and family are in my prayers..
Condolences on your loss of a dear Aunt
special prayers for your mom..
Thank you for letting us know.
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GONANA 4/8/2009 10:44AM

    Hey Barbara, you plate has been full for quite a while now. We are praying for strength, healing and peace for your family. love you

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BANANIE41 4/8/2009 9:23AM

    Big hugs to you!

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


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RAINBOWMF 4/8/2009 8:46AM

    My Dear, Barbara my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. I will think of your Mom all day.
My sincere condolences on the loss of your Aunt .

Hugs Mary

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NESSY759 4/8/2009 7:37AM

    Barbara my prayers will be with you and your family in this difficult time. I hope everything goes well today for your mom as well. I am sure she will do great. My sinceres condolences on the loss of your Aunt . I will be thinking of you today. emoticon

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Staying strong

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I am loving the new me ! The stress that continues in my life, keeps making me stronger.... no longer am I allowing stress to rule my life.

My Sparks friends all help keep me grounded, their encouragement and support keeps me wanting to get healthy more than anything in my life.

But now when the messages come through, I read them and tell myself it's just not worth giving in to food to soothe my nerves.

Hopefully I can get away next week and try to deal with these situations that are so troubling and causing me undue stress.

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BEBRENDA 3/26/2009 10:26AM

    Barbara, Isn't great that your Spark friends make you stronger and make you want to life a healthier life? I am glad that you are handling stress better and without eating. Have fun on your trip. Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BANANIE41 3/26/2009 6:12AM

    Yeah you! That is a huge victory! Hope you have some fun on your trip.


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SHANSHE 3/26/2009 1:10AM

    I am glad you have turned the corner on stress eating. Keep doing a wonderful job and i really hope that you get that time away to deal with these issues.

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LOLAJO54 3/19/2009 10:56PM

    Barb--- I didn't get here till now... Oh isn't that wonderful no turning to food for crisis or stress emoticon Now everyone needs to get this! thank you.. for sharing We need this.

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RAINBOWMF 3/18/2009 4:51PM

    I hope so too, Barbara.
You are doing such a fine job.
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-LORI-B 3/18/2009 2:25PM

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Keep up the good work. Take each day as it comes. Things will work out in their own way.

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Thanks BLAHC team !

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I want to thank all for your unconditional support for me and my family over the past few weeks.

Once again I really need your prayers, due to something that has come up in the family. I can't go into any details but just know I need the strength to continue to get through this.

Emotional eating has always been my biggest problem as I've always turned to food for comfort. A few years ago I finally realized what it was all about and am more aware of the effect it has on my life. And yes I have given in to this eating habit since then, but this new program I have started has given me the wisdom to know what I want in my life this time. So I am refusing to cave in to all the pressures going on at a daily rate, I'm learning to work through it and stop and think before I do cave in.

This last upheaval has thrown me for a loop, so if I appear absent (in mind) or just not with it, please understand there are issues at this time.

And keep being you, cause I know you will be there for me, my support team.

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SHANSHE 2/28/2009 9:40PM

You are in my prayers. You are AWESOME and are doing so good. I am proud of what you have accomplished, and in the midstof the storm, your healthy habits keep shining through!

Good job!

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QUEENANNE1953 2/27/2009 11:49PM

    It took me a while to get here, Barb .. work!!! grrr
Barbara emoticon
Having embarked on this new lifestyle to get fit and fabulous, I know you have learned many a lesson. One being, that the comfort food does us no good.. I know you have become a very strong willed and persistent lady regarding your health and fitness and you must not let anything hinder your great progress. Life continues with all its ups and downs and we just have to trudge through as best we can. We are here for you Barbara. Always. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Good luck and God bless.

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TERESAM1 2/27/2009 11:00PM

    It goes without saying that I am and always will be here for you. You have come so far my friend. I see the transformation and I hear your voice.
we will all have these upheavals in our lives becuse no matter what we are trying to do for and our family life continues on.

No doubt in my mind that you will handle it and continue on your losing ways. You are SEEING....the rewards to your hard work and dedication and I dont think........I know you are not ready to give it up by giving in

Biggest hugs and congrats buddie



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BANANIE41 2/27/2009 8:47PM

    Oh yeah, here I sit reading everyone's comments agreeing and tearing up. Know that I am here for you and am praying for you every day!

Thank you for always being you and real!



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MYSONG 2/26/2009 9:19PM

    Barb, I just now read you blog and it could have been mine. We are here for each other and the others have expressed it so well. Take Care. emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 2/26/2009 8:01PM


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NESSY759 2/26/2009 7:12PM

    Barbara always know that we are always here for you. You have given me strength when i so desperately needed it and i know you would again in a heart beat. That's what friends do for one another and i will ALWAYS be here for you no matter what and it is indeed unconditional. I know all too well what you know that emotional eating hurts us more then we know it. I too used food to offer me comfort when life gets its darkest. However i now realize that its just like having any other addiction. Its like an alcoholic who drinks to escape there problems. The problems are still there when they sober up and often times there are more piled on top due to the drinking. Same things goes with our food addictions. Our problems are still there and like i said the problems keep growing and in most cases our bodies keep growing too. Find other ways hun to vent that stress you will overcome anything. I am so proud of you and i know whatever you are going through will only get better. Lots of love and support coming your way hun. emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 2/26/2009 6:55PM

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What ever has happened you know I am here for you.
You have had enough this past month.
I am not going to go on about food, I know in my heart that you don't want to jeopardize your health so you will be strong and stay on your program

Niki left you the best poem I have seen in a long time.

Love you, be strong.

Your Friend Mary

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BOUNCY2 2/26/2009 6:44PM

    Barbara my thought and prayers are with you sweetie....I Know you have the strength and have learned from your plan....just know iam always a email away when you are ready to are the sweeties, brave lady i will ever know......and you sure can always straitin me you buddie Hang in there....i k now the strenght is within....

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JAZABEE 2/26/2009 5:04PM

    Beautiful, understanding , kind hearted , great listener...You Barbara are all the above and more...I so many times e-mailed you venting my feelings and you the person that you are always so quick to reply with always the right words to make me feel better...Thank you ....

At one stage or another we have to face situations that come our way...You my friend have come a long way ...You recognised that you are a emotional eater like many of us and you have done so well in the last so many months the longest since i have known you...You are strong now and you can overcome anything that comes your way...You worked so hard and NOTHING is going to put a damper on your hard work...We are here for you ...

At this very moment I wish I was a person that can express herself better, but I know that you have always understood me......You are so much loved...

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MOTHER-NATURE 2/26/2009 4:38PM

Barbara ... a special poem for a special friend

"Portrait of a Friend"

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts,
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will
search for answers.

I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.

I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.

I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.

I can't tell you who you are.
I can only love you and be your friend.

Barbara I will be your comfort, I will be your shoulder to lean on, I will be your shoudler to cry on, I will be here with open arms to give you a big hug ... I will always be your friend and more emoticon emoticon


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BEBRENDA 2/26/2009 3:12PM

    Barbara, I have known you for years now and I have always seen you as a special person. I think you and I have many of the same issues with emotional eating and are overcoming them. Still, when something upsets us, it is hard not to go back to the old ways of emotional eating. Everyone has said it better than I can that it is just not worth it in the long run to turn to food for comfort. Dr. Phil says that if food is not the problem than food is not the answer. I know you have the strength to get through life's challenges and still stay on your weight loss journey. We are all here for you always. Take care! :) Your friend, Brenda emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOLAJO54 2/26/2009 12:07PM

    Barb... you know without me saying anything that I am here for you as you have been here for me! Love you girl..

"The key is to do what you are doing...STOP AND THINK. Ask if what we are about to eat is going to solve the problem...not. Will it make me feel better...for a second. Do I want to start this fight all over again...never." quote from Teresa.. sums it up for me too.

Thank you for all the times you were there for me and helped me thru it all... Now you shouldn't expect anything less from me and this team - we love ya Barb!

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CHRISJAKE 2/26/2009 11:21AM

    emoticon to you at this time of need. As Lori said, we are all here for you.


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TERESAM1 2/26/2009 10:56AM

    Lori pretty much summed it up. You and I have been going through this together for a number of years. Now we are both ready to commit. Yes we will still have the upheavals in our lives, but we are much better prepared to deal with them and are actually putting what we have always known into practice.

The key is to do what you are doing...............STOP AND THINK. Ask if what we are about to eat is going to solve the problem.................not. Will it make me feel better.......................for a second. Do I want to start this fight all over again.................never.
>I am with you 100% buddie, you know that, and you know where I am

big hugs my good friend

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-LORI-B 2/26/2009 10:38AM

    Whatever it is that is going on with you - know you have our love, support and prayers. We are family in eery sense of the word. Im grateful and proud to be part of it all.
Hugs and love

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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

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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.
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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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