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Sunday June 28/09

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I am reading a book on decluttering "It's All too Much" by Peter Walsh who I've seen on Oprah. I have always been a big pack rat and this causes my home to get very cluttered.

I've been saying for quite a while that 2009 is the year that I'm going to do something about it. So today I made a big start and went into my clothes closet and started to sort through what fits and doesn't fit me any more.

I had been hanging on to some "too big" clothes because I liked them emoticon or was I really fooling myself into thinking what if I gain again and I'll have these to wear. I have been throwing clothing out about every 2 or 3 months that were too big, but there were still those others. So today they went, cause I am never going back to them. I even put them on and they really are hanging and sagging off me and I don't want to wear clothing like that again.

When you are obese like I am (I started my weight loss journey 6 years ago at 305 lbs) you buy what fits, not necessarily what you like or what looks good on you. I do go to the used clothing store so haven't spent a huge fortune on my clothes.

I have also boughten clothing thinking I could fit into them only to find they are too tight. So while sorting today I came across a few things that were too tight and I tried them on. I haven't lost much since Christmas, almost 20 lbs, but I believe the workouts I have been doing have really changed my overall appearance and today was proof of that.

All the clothes fit and looked really good, especially the skort which has a button and a zipper. I have always bought stretchy pants and these don't stretch and the waist is actually loose which used to be one of the hardest parts to find something to fit across. I even had to throw one pair of pants away the were loose in the waist and huge in the legs and butt.

I trust the process and it is working for me.

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SHANSHE 6/30/2009 9:36PM


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CANDYHEART 6/30/2009 12:56PM

    I'm so excited for you! This is awesome news! Declutter and Defat! You are on the right track! Keep up the good work! Yea for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRZYKAT3 6/29/2009 9:35PM

    emoticon good going! I am going to throw my yoo big clothes out or give away. Hoping to find someone I know who can use them. I found several items in my closet last week that were too smal last year and are fitting again! I need to start inon soem other drawers as well!

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BEACHWALKER86 6/29/2009 8:12PM

    Great job! You should be proud of yourself - for the decluttering and for the weight loss. What a great feeling to get into the clothes that used to be too tight!

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PICKLELIND 6/29/2009 4:08PM

    That is awesome. You don't need the big clothes. Enjoy the new fun smaller ones!!!

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MRSWHITEWOLF 6/29/2009 12:18PM

    Way to go! Get rid of all "too big clothes". I have a very special dress, and I am giving it to a spark friend. It is soon way too big for me, and I NEVER EVER want to get back into it. Now it will look great on my sparkfriend and she is taller than me, so it would look awesome on her!

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NORMA/MAC 6/29/2009 11:36AM

    way to go and good luck on decluttering

we did that on the weekend got our locker cleaned out and a lot of junk the hubby was storing gone now

took everything to my moms for a yard sale next weekend

they are redoing our balconys so everything finally got thrown out lol take care and keep up the good job norma

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DEIRDRELILY 6/29/2009 10:33AM

    Congratulations!! That is fantastic that you can see the results of your hard work! Great job!


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HEART4ADVENTURE 6/29/2009 10:02AM

    That's Awesome!!

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KPACE7 6/28/2009 11:35PM

    Good job!! I have kept some of my smaller clothes but it is going to be a race for me to lose weight to fit into them and when they go out of style. HA HA !

Let us know how the decluttering works for you.

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ROCKIN_LIFE 6/28/2009 10:51PM

    Congratulations on your success! Think of all of the closet space you have for cute, tiny clothes now!

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MOTHER-NATURE 6/28/2009 9:46PM

    Barbara emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon in cleaning out your closet and getting rid of all those clothes ... I am so proud of you !!!

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KATSMOM1 6/28/2009 9:38PM

    Barbara, great blog. I know sometimes it is hard to let go of those large clothes but this shows that you are moving on and never going back. I am proud of you girl.

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PHOLLAND1961 6/28/2009 5:55PM

    You are an inspiration to me! I hope that I can have the "sticktoitness" (this is a Paige word) to do what I need to do to get healthy! Congrats!
Like you, I can't get rid of the clutter either and I am also keeping clothes that are both too big and too little! Let us know if you get anything from the book that will help you. emoticon

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-LORI-B 6/28/2009 5:37PM

    The incredible shrinking woman has done it I have said it a zillion times how much you inspire me.. so what not one more.. HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS TO YOU
Congrats for getting rid of the unneeded clothing

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JAMESGIRLLL 6/28/2009 4:10PM

    great blog!!!

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BOUNCY2 6/28/2009 3:51PM

    Barbara Rose, JUst look at you!! YOu are going down down!! Buddy so proud of you....i have tears of joy!! See I have no clothes and refuse to buy any bigger.....see trusting the process is realy working for you.....keep the great job up!! Love ya Buddy..


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GONANA 6/28/2009 2:33PM

    I see a correlation there, don't you? You go, Girl!! You DO look terrific

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RAINBOWMF 6/28/2009 11:06AM

    Oh Barbara what a great blog.
Let me tell you, remember when I got down to 132
some of the stuff I thought I would love to wear, I didn't like
any more. LOL! So I could fit into them and they didn't suit my personality.
YES I had a closet that had everything from stretch pants to size
8 jeans LOL!!! I went through that closet and cleaned it out of every
over sized thing in there.
I bet you feel good about doing it, I know I did.
Makes you believe in your self.!!!

Love you Barbara, you are believing in you and trusting the process and that is what true success is all about.

Hugs Mary

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LOLAJO54 6/28/2009 10:51AM

    Now this is what I like to hear..trusting the process.. and it is working ! Yeah Barb..
So right --STS in weight but getting shapely and in shape is what counts..
Great blog!
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thanks for sharing-- emoticon Jo

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Friday June 12/09 - Dr.visit

Friday, June 12, 2009

Today was my doctor's visit to renew my prescription and to get my papers for my blood work.

Well I left the office with no papers because he is so pleased with my progress. Actually he couldn't stop smiling and telling me how good I looked, even told me I could be his poster child.

It's got to be one of the few times I've seen my doctor and felt so good due to my health. He told me my last blood work 3 month average on my blood sugar was borderline of being non-diabetic. I was diagnosed almost 20 years ago with type 2. He still wants me to continue my 4 a day metformin, but if I find my blood sugars dropping to cut my doseage in half.

He checked my blood pressure and it was 120/80 which is perfect.

Then he brought up the subject of surgery, which has been a big concern for me lately. He wants me to lose more weight and be able to maintain my weight, before going for a consultation. I agreed that we'd start the appointment when I got below 200. It's only a consultation, but he wants me to go and let them tell me what they can do for me, all my options.

I told him that I was wearing my smaller pants and they look so good on me, but then here's this big belly hanging half way to my knees, it is discouraging to see. He assures me that if I was to get the surgery done I would feel so much better.

But then of course there is the big cost.... however this is something that we'll deal with when the time comes.

In the meantime I am just beaming from ear to ear at the big improvement in my health, this was why I needed to lose weight and it's working.

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NORMA/MAC 6/26/2009 11:35AM


really wish l could find out what is wrong with me up and down all the time over 2/3 years now?

thanks for the blog remarks

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WILLBOYWONDER 6/25/2009 2:21PM

    Excellent. Keep up what you're doing. When your doc is excited about your numbers, that alone is encouragement. :-)


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SHANSHE 6/15/2009 2:49AM

    What an exciting blog Barb! I LOVE it!

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FATTY*JEN 6/14/2009 10:56AM


That is really exciting!!!

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HEART4ADVENTURE 6/13/2009 9:03PM

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TERESAM1 6/13/2009 3:37PM

    thats my galpal. I am so happy for you that you found something that works for you and you can truly stick with. my search is on and so is my getting more sick and tired of the weight everyday. soon i hope i am sick enough to do something about it

biggest of hugs and congrats to you my friend


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-LORI-B 6/13/2009 3:32PM

    Barb you are amazing.. You inspire everyone. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
So proud of you!!

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LOLAJO54 6/13/2009 10:23AM

    Barb- I'm beaming from ear to -love it! emoticon

You are the poster gal.... I have a friend that is take your meds so am telling her to read your story so she will get inspired to finally get healthy and lose!
You are just doing fantastic -keep up the great job!

Thanks Barb!
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NORMA/MAC 6/13/2009 10:14AM

    barb that is so wonderful for you congrats you must be so excited about it

l wish you on going success take care have a nice weekend norma

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BEBRENDA 6/13/2009 8:02AM

    Barbara, It all sounds like great news. Way to go! Keep up the good work! Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 6/13/2009 6:00AM

    Barbara you are so lucky to have a doctor who is taking part and concern in your over all health ... there are so many doctor now a days that don't even take the time of day to set and really take the time to talk ... it's hello, take this pill, I have another patient outside waiting ... you are in and out the door without evening knowing what you went to see the doctor for in the first place lol lol ... well that is the way it is with my doctor and that is about to change after Monday.

Your doctor has taken the time to go over everything with you and has suggested a good plan for you in regards with the surgery ... in the mean time I know with all my heart that you will continue on doing what is required to help you keep losing the weight and becoming that healthy person that you are so meant to be ... I know you can do it Barbara .. YES YOU CAN !!!



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BOUNCY2 6/13/2009 12:00AM

    emoticon Barbara i know you are so proud of you !! I Know i am of you buddy...YOu are doing it....and for that you should be proud..... emoticon

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CANDYHEART 6/12/2009 11:50PM

    So proud of you! Great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GONANA 6/12/2009 11:26PM

    You are AWESOME!

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RAINBOWMF 6/12/2009 10:40PM

    Again doing the happy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for you.

What great news.
You are doing this for Barbara ! You are so worth it!

Hugs Mary

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KPACE7 6/12/2009 10:16PM

    Good job!! Your hard work is paying off in a BIG way.
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ANGIE3925 6/12/2009 10:14PM

    it sounds like you had a great doctor's visit! you are doing so well! keep it up! have a fantastic day!

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A hug, just for you !

Monday, June 08, 2009

There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.

A hug's a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbor,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say.

It's funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It's always understood.

And hugs don't need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts.

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BEBRENDA 6/13/2009 8:32AM

    Barbara, Hugs to you! :) Bren emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NORMA/MAC 6/9/2009 9:35AM

    love the poem and yes that is me the egg slightly cracked lol have a nice day and hugs to you to norma

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SHANSHE 6/8/2009 11:38PM

    Awww, thanks for the hug! I am hugging you back!

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LOLAJO54 6/8/2009 9:15PM

    Barb - beautiful-
love the butterflies!

emoticon Jo

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BOUNCY2 6/8/2009 8:54PM

    Thanks Barbara for sharing.....that is so cute and so true...


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RAINBOWMF 6/8/2009 7:22PM

    Barbara this is so nice.
I love your butterfly back ground.

Hugs Mary

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CHRISJAKE 6/8/2009 7:17PM

    Barbara reading that poem brought tears to my eyes.

Hugs are the best!!!!

Thank you for sharing that...


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MOTHER-NATURE 6/8/2009 7:09PM

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh Barbara ... that poem is so nice, and I love your new butterfly background picture ... beautiful, just beautiful !! .... I will sleep good tonight after seeing this

Thank you



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Saturday June 6th/09

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Trying to keep focused at times seems so hard, what do you have to do to keep yourself motivated.

Myself I need to keep my mind positive and the way I do it is to keep reminding myself at how far I've come.

6 years ago my highest weight was 305 lbs, when I joined Sparks I was at 295 lbs, now I'm at 233 lbs..... yes that's a total of 72 lbs from where I was 6 years ago.

So what has changed in my life in 6 years besides getting older and losing the weight.

My self esteem has returned, my belief in myself is there. I will have my picture taken and like to see what is in the picture.

Going down from size 5X to 1X and an X in some things makes me proud.

Finally being able to fasten the seat belt on the airplane and sitting in a booth at a restaurant.

Able to walk again without too much pain, working out more and being more active overall.

Am I going to let my slow progress stop me from continuing, of course not because to give up now would only get me back where I was 6 years ago and I did not like that unhappy person.

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BEBRENDA 6/13/2009 8:38AM

    Barbara, You look beautiful. You are so inspiring to me. It may take me a long time to lose my weight, however, I will get there eventually. There are so many positive changes we notice along the way. Thanks for sharing this journey with me! Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NESSY759 6/9/2009 7:34PM

    Barbara i think you look awesome. You are so right you have come too far to let the slowling down to stop you from reaching your goals. That goes for me too. We must stick together and help each other when we struggle thats what we are here for right. Keep going girl you can do it.

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WALKERTXKITTY 6/8/2009 11:29AM

    I believe you'll do it. You've come this far, you can go the distance. Keep at it!

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NORMA/MAC 6/8/2009 11:19AM

    yes you will do it

l need your motivation when my old bones hurt so much

take care and have a great day

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SHANSHE 6/7/2009 10:58PM

    Great job!

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LOLAJO54 6/6/2009 8:44PM

    Barb- I'm with ya all the way baby!
You'll do it!
yep look at how far you have come -live for today.
hugs Jo

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BOUNCY2 6/6/2009 6:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Love your smile!! YOu have came along way Baby!! So So proud of y0u Barbara ROse.....


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RAINBOWMF 6/6/2009 6:30PM

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You are my hero!

Love Mary

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Thurs. June 4/09

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Just an update on this week's progress.

Been to the pool, Monday night and Wednesday night. Ahhh, it does feel just wonderful. First I do the weight machines, last night I even did 5 minutes on the recumbent bike. Then half hour in the pool. Followed by 20 minutes in the hot tub and 10 minutes in the sauna.

Shannon was with me last night so we went out for supper, he had a huge plate of fried clams and french fries. I had one piece of liver and onions and double order of carrots. My meal was delicious.

Then one hour drive from town and an hour watching tv and getting ready for bed.

Did I tell you how good I sleep on the nights that I go to the pool? I don't wake up for about 6 or 7 hours and I'm a person who normally wakes up 3 or 4 times through the night for washroom breaks.

So I think my money is well spent on travelling to town and working out at the hotel's facilities.

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BEBRENDA 6/13/2009 8:45AM

    Barbara, I agree, swimming is wonderful and relaxing! Enjoy it and don't worry about the extra cost--it is so healthy for you.
The more we spend on our health now the less we well spend on health problems later on in life as you know from your good Doctor's report. Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon

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SHANSHE 6/7/2009 10:57PM

    I would agree, I need to go do water aerobics so i can sleep longer without waking up, LOL!

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KAPERK1 6/7/2009 1:55PM

    Sounds great! I'm determined to do three aquaerobics classes a week no matter what. emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 6/6/2009 4:20PM

    I love this blog and the new understanding you have of the process.
Time is all it takes and heck we have lots of time, don't we Friend?

Hugs Mary

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QUEENANNE1953 6/4/2009 9:32PM

    Wow .. Barb .. you are surely getting your money's worth. Good for you.


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BOUNCY2 6/4/2009 3:16PM

    Barbara Rose, YOu are doing great !! I Know how you love are on a great journey....and doing so well... hope you are having some fun at the office!! say ha LINda!! Have a safe trip home is my ds we will be going out...


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WALKERTXKITTY 6/4/2009 11:02AM

    Good job, nice progress!

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GONANA 6/4/2009 10:02AM

    Good Job Barbara!

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-LORI-B 6/4/2009 9:39AM

    I glad you are enjoying the pool and the hotel extras. Sounds like you have a great plan. Nice that hubby went with you.

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LOLAJO54 6/4/2009 9:15AM

    Oh how nice -sounds soooo nice ... you will see results..
enjoy! money well spent!
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RAINBOWMF 6/4/2009 9:11AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you are on your way to success

Love Mary

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