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Fairy Tale Ending...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl
"Will you marry me?" The girl said:"NO!" And the girl lived
happily ever-after and went shopping, dancing, camping, drank
martinis, always had a clean house, never had to cook, did whatever
the hell she wanted, never argued, didn't get fat, traveled more,
had many lovers, didn't save money, and had all the hot water to
herself. She went to the theater, never watched sports, never wore
freakin' lacy lingerie that went up her @ss, had high self
esteem, never cried or yelled, felt and looked fabulous in sweat
pants and was pleasant all the time. The End

Oh Thank YOU Annette.
There is nothing better than having someone "get" me, except for one thing, being True and Honest to myself!

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CARPEOMNIA 12/22/2007 8:02PM

    Those thong underwear sure are annoying...aren't they!!!??

Bill got a pair for Christmas..hehehe...still waitin' for him to wear them!

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AMYIS200 12/21/2007 3:24AM

    Who says this all has to be a fairy tale? If anybody can pull it off and live happily ever after, it's definitely you my dear Gabs!

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PURPLEBELL 12/18/2007 3:43PM

    I wish life would be that simple ....I wanted to make my life as a fairy tale but it never did..but i'm very happy with what i have been

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SAYRAH-M 12/17/2007 12:09PM

    Another version would be she said yes and still did all the above mentioned. One doesn't have to lose oneself when we marry and have children. Unfortunately it usually happens very slowly so we don't even realize it until we are no longer recognizable to ourselves anymore.

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PLAYFULLKITTY 12/16/2007 11:44AM

    aaawwww...if life was only a fairy tale...hugs to you my friend.

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STARTSPARKING 12/15/2007 11:14PM

    You go, girl! "Solitude is independence." - Hermann Hesse

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Time to move on...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I had a lightbulb moment of my own! Here goes my epiphany, What happens when I lose those last few pounds? I have done this for so long, What now? Is it that I am afraid to move on in other aspects of my life? I am I putting off the pain of confronting other problems? What if I have to now focus on those things instead of weightloss? I have then accomplished my weightloss, a degree, and surgery for Crohns (which also held me back because of pain and also gave me an excuse not to confront other things) It is now time to move on. I may have chosen an unrealistic goal weight for myself to not have to deal with other aspects of my life. I have also realized that achieving my goals and being truly happy has forced me to realize what I am missing in my life. I need to get rid of outside environmental factors that are holding me back from being the Best Me, which may include standing alone. But I was told by a very wise Dawg that "Being lonely is like being cold, but being lonely with someone else is like being cold and wet it goes to the bone."
So, as far as I am concerned:
My name is Gabrielle
I weigh 135 pounds
I have a BMI of 21.7.
I am proud of myself.
I am in a healthy middle range BMI.
I want to maintain my weight and tighten up what I got!
And I need to get on with my life and be the BEST ME!
- I feel like I am at AA or something!
Time to move on... One step at a time.

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UP4MORE 12/14/2007 11:42AM

    So your writing is written with such honesty and I think anyone on this site, struggeling with issues can totally relate and empathize with you. You have done so much for yourself, and as I watch others become who they want to be, and struggle with the processes that come up, I lose the fear of the unknown, of what is to come. Thank you for your support and your efforts to share yourself with others - with me here. You know what I have learned through my Spark expierence? I have learned that by us sharing, we grow, by us supporting others we ourselves succeed and over time we become more positive and genuine people. We are always in the process of becoming. (((hugs)))

P.S. Keep writing, I really apprecaite what you give.

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CARPEOMNIA 12/13/2007 11:45PM

    Hey Gab...I just wanted you to know how proud I am of you...your progress and determination has been inspiring and strong. I learn from watching and listening to you...
As far as your next steps in getting your life the way YOU want it...I know that you are very much loved here by many people...of course I can only speak for myself.
I am grateful for the stroke of luck or fate that had me accidently find SP...then find MMM...then find have been a friend and a strength to me...and if there's anything I can do to help you in your voyage of self discovery...if things get tough slogging...I'll be here for you...I'll tell things to you know I will by now...
You are a good friend, and I love you.
Annette(Queen of my Domain....according to the tarot reader)

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STARTSPARKING 12/13/2007 7:12PM

    This journey is much more than eating less and exercising more to lose excess weight. It is also a road to self-discovery. Along the way, we learn so much about ourselves. For me, I've found the strength that I never knew I had. Also I've discovered pain that has been buried deep inside for so long. It is indeed a bittersweet journey, but it's definitely worthwhile. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished, my dear friend. By that, I don't just mean the weight you've lost. Kudos to you for discovering who you are, what you want in life, and how you'll become the "best you". I am so proud of you and excited about what the future holds for you. Although we've never met in person, I am grateful to have encountered an amazing woman like you in this lifetime...

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SAYRAH-M 12/13/2007 2:21PM

    Love the picture and the word picture. No one has ever said anything more positive to you than you just did. You are fine and good enough to be all you can be.

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TO_REBOOT_CHAR 12/13/2007 12:59PM

    Gabbie…I Love your blog. I am so very happy for your progress. You remind me. We all move at different speeds. Last year in January I went into my doctor for my annual checkup. I sat there in the exam room with book’s I had ordered from the Mayo Clinic on weight loss, we talked and I started reading them. And didn’t feel ready to do any thing about it. Until this September 26, 07 and I stumbled on SP. It seems to matter to me now. So I think that when we lose the weight, we sort of open up a new can of worm’s. IT will be different for each of us. I am in my early 50’s and I am not so worried about the future. I am learning to take thing as they come. I know that I can’t fix every thing. I do know that by moving forward I will make new discoveries. Good and some not so good. But that is part of the fun of life.

So Take the Bull by the Horns and Live Life To Your Best!

Ok now stepping down from my soapbox again. :)

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PAULINEAPPERLY 12/13/2007 9:51AM

    Well done .

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I Finally Got It!!!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I just opened my mailbox and I got it!
I got my Associates Degree!
I am sooo happy that I finally got that darn piece of paper!!!
It has taken me a loooong time to achieve this goal.
I finally achieved it.
I graduated from my local Community College - Magna Cum Laude with a 3.80 grade point average...
Maybe I is a little smart?

Associates in Science
Business Administration
Magna Cum Laude

It feels good to finally have it!!!!
One More Mission Accomplished!
And it reminds me that anything Worth having or achieving, no matter how long it takes, is worth my time and patience!

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FLUFFYDADDY67 12/12/2007 11:23AM

    Way to go!! You should be very proud of yourself!!

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ARTINA4 12/9/2007 6:22PM

    Good for you.... way to take care of yourself and thus take care of your family.


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CLITTLE11 12/7/2007 7:00PM

    That is SO GREAT!

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AMYIS200 12/3/2007 4:07AM

    Wow...all I can say is wow! I'm SO proud of you! I've had one more quarter to go to get my AA and I've been putting it off for inspire me though!

Business Admin? So does this mean you're going to get rich and then take me under your wing and support me in the style in which I would like to become accustomed?!?!?!?!

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SAYRAH-M 11/30/2007 4:09PM

You a more than a LITTLE smart. Way to go Gab.

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SAYRAH-M 11/30/2007 4:08PM

    You are more than a little smart. Congrats.
You deserve a great deal of credit for sure!!

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RUIZPETER 11/30/2007 2:37PM

    Congrats on the achievement! Your hard work ethic has resulted in yet more success! Sometimes the longer something takes the sweeter it seems ... ummm ... maybe I should have phrased that differently LMAO

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STARTSPARKING 11/30/2007 12:25AM

    Congratulations on getting your Associates Degree! Not just that, but Magna Cum Laude with a 3.8 GPA! All your hard work has paid off! I am so happy for you! We should all do our happy dance for you now!!! :-)

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TO_REBOOT_CHAR 11/29/2007 9:43PM

    Oh my heaven, I had no idea.
Wow I am so excited for you!!
You are a smarty pants with a degree!!

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CARPEOMNIA 11/29/2007 7:52PM

    I am soooo proud of you little sis!! You put so much time...years...and effort to get your education...I knew you were a bright, bright light!!

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EDDIEMAE 11/29/2007 5:58PM

    Now this deserves to be in the spotlight!!
How awesome for you!!
So that means beside being sweet, you are now a certified smartie pants!! Congrats, Girlie!!

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DW3555 11/29/2007 5:23PM

    Congratulations!!! You are right .. it always feels good to accomplish something you set your sights on! You is one smrt cukie!

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The Almighty Oz

Friday, November 23, 2007

Just thought I'd share some useful information given by the Almighty Dr. Oz. Given that it is the day after a "family get together" Holiday. They can be stressful and/or a lot of fun. Either way the Wonderful Wizard of Oz's words of wisdom may come in useful today. I wish I found this yesterday... oh well??!!

-Is there a cure for a hangover?

Dr. Oz says avoiding a hangover starts the night before when you are drinking. "You never really want to have alcohol without water next to it. You need the water to flush it through your system. That's pretty simple," he says. "But the alcohol you drink should be the color of water, ideally, as well." Dr. Oz says this is because darker alcohols contain more congeners, which he says are what causes hangovers.

If you wake up with a hangover, Dr. Oz says to eat something—especially eggs. "Eggs are effective because the eggs, in their yolk, have something called N-acetyl-cysteine," he says. "What it really is, is a way of giving your body antioxidants, and those antioxidants are critically important to your liver that's going to battle right now trying to cleanse all the junk that's left over."

Dr. Oz says taking aspirin can help reduce the inflammation caused by drinking. A cup of Joe doesn't hurt either. "Coffee's pretty effective, because alcohol is a depressant. Alcohol takes you down," he says. Unfortunately, when you sleep after drinking alcohol, Dr. Oz says it's not "good sleep." "[Alcohol] just sort of gets you into a sleepy period, and you're depressed all night long. Coffee's a stimulant, so it gets you going again in the morning.

* Dr. Oz is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine, and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. He performs over 350 heart operations annually.

Dr. Oz was born June 11, 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint MD and MBA (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School.

In addition to numerous appearances on network morning and evening news programs, Dr. Oz has been recurrently featured on Oprah.

Dr. Oz authored the award winning “Healing from the Heart”, as well as numerous pieces in Newsweek, Oprah Magazine, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has a bi-monthly column in Esquire magazine. His books include “You: The Owner’s Manual” and "You: On a Diet".

And check out this question and answer session!!??

Boy, he is a busy guy! I find him to be full of useful information, down to earth, and his explanations are so easy to understand, even this blonde can comprehend him! That says A LOT!!
Happy Day After Thanksgiving Y'all!

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RUIZPETER 11/30/2007 2:35PM

    I love the one tip that you took away from the Mighty Oz!

Was it:

* How to prevent heart disease?
* Whether Flu shots work?
* How Cardio help your joints?

Nahh ... it was how to be able to drink and not suffer. I'm just surprised you weren't quoting from the Seafood for Better Sex article instead LOL.

I knew I liked you Gab! :)

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AMYIS200 11/27/2007 2:23PM

    I wish I could use the great wizard's advice...I can't hardly drink anymore *sad face* I take a medication that seems to have a chemical reaction with alcohol. One drink, and I just get a little dizzy. Two or more drinks and I have a solid two day hangover. It doesn't matter if I drown myself in water or eat so many eggs that I start moulting. It sucks! So one is my limit now. I wonder whether or not it matters if the "one drink" is the size of a gallon container?!?!!?

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CARPEOMNIA 11/24/2007 9:45AM

    I don't know...Gab...that liquer cabinet is sure yodelling my name, I'll tell you what!! Must shop for is clear like juice to fight off's a health drink hangover I'm trying to avoid here...thanks.

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STARTSPARKING 11/23/2007 3:29PM

    Thanks for the info. Fortunately, I don't consume alcohol at all. (Nope, not even one drop, not even on my birthday or the holidays.) I keep hearing that a glass of red wine a day is good for health, but I just never got used to the taste of alcohol. Also, my mother's father was an alcoholic. Maybe that's why alcohol was never attractive to me. I'd like to check out Dr. Oz's books one of these days.

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Look at these Cheeks...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I want to share a little secret of mine with all of you. I think I am ready to share this, cross my fingers here I go...

I have not always been the Confident, Sassy Motivational Diva some of you have come to know. I have changed a lot, only in the last three years. Above is a picture of me at about 170 pounds at the beginning of my "I Come First Now" Journey. It is so hard to look at the "old" me. All the negative emotions of that time come flooding back when I look at pictures of the "Anti-Me". As many pictures as I have burned, there is always still one more lurking somewhere. I have now come to realize that I have to accept my past, and that it has lead me to where I am today. I need to be proud of my accomplishments. And I need to focus my attention forward. Yet I have to remember my "old" self as a measure NOT to repeat it. I think I can finally accept me FULLY!!!

By the way, that is my Grandmother, she is 94 years old now. She is one wonderful lady. Her and my Grandfather were married over 60 years, before he past away. Wonderful role models, in every way.

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STARTSPARKING 11/16/2007 7:16AM

    I avoided the camera at all costs when I was heavier. Therefore, I was not in family photos on many special occasions. That is something I regret now because I was not documented in part of the family history. I should have learned my lesson after I lost my father over 15 years ago. I have a few pictures of him on my wall, and I truly treasure them. That is one gorgeous photo of you and your grandmother. I don't even notice that you were heavier. All I see are two beautiful women who obviously love each other very much. :-)

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AMYIS200 11/15/2007 7:29PM

    Wow Gabs...You're a little older than I thought you would be...Oh said that's your Grandma...silly me!!!
I think it's a great idea to keep some of those old pictures around. Just like Wild said, it reminds you of how far you have come. And don't worry about sharing with us...I didn't see a 170 pound girl...I just saw the beautiful woman inside!

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WILDCARD1 11/15/2007 2:02PM

    Wow, you have come a long way! You should be so proud of yourself! I would keep some of the pictures hidden away somewhere that you can get too, and when you are having a bad day or aren't feeling motivated, pull them out and remember how you got to where you are now. Your past is part of you, and has made you stronger because of what you have overcome.

You are so lucky to still have your grandmother around. I lost both of my grandmothers within a year of each other and I really miss both of them so much! Enjoy her while she is still around!

Keep up the great work!

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NEWFIEGIRL4EVER 11/15/2007 12:31PM

  Hey cutie...just read your latest blog and your grandmother is beautiful!!! I can relate to not wanting to think about the past but realizing you have to accept it. I was my heaviest years ago but was also in a place where I wasn't happy. Now I look back and realize perhaps that's why I was heavy. I keep yo-yoing back and forth lately because I just let my healthy habits slip by and can't seem to keep it going...but thanks to inspiration like yourself I realize it can be a way of life. My life has changed and everyday has a smile now so I just want to pick up where I left off and feel as good outside as I do inside!! You are a wonderful role model yourself!!!

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DW3555 11/15/2007 9:52AM

    Just another reason for us to be proud of your accomplishments Gab. As I find in myself .. it is many times for us to accept ourselves for who we are and as how we are. I know I am guilty of this ... as I am sure there are many others. Thank you for sharing some of your past. - Dave

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