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Monday, January 16, 2012


First off there has always been the potential to Share our and others blogs here on spark with others out in the world.

Right next to 'leave a comment' is the button 'share this post with others' this allows anyone to post it wherever their heart desires.

The recent hoopla is that SparkPeople have added a FB bar directly on our blogs that is so anyone who likes it clicks. I don't know where this information goes and if there are so many likes if it is automatically posted to sparks facebook page. I dont know.

I personally like to have my blog posted at my discretion not unknown blog hijackers.

I have written things personally important to me and I hope not, but potentially hurtful for others in my life.

I am here to heal myself with out hurting loved ones at any time.

I hope spark continues to allow me to do so, if not I cannot heal myself, as I won't be able to post what is in my heart.



Share and Save Options on Member Blogs Removed today...
see link below......

This helps, but unless your page is set to private, all it takes is a copy and paste of the link and you are where you may not want to be.

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PURESTILLWATER 1/25/2012 11:06PM

    fantastic post and so good to be aware of. Thanks

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BOE4LIFE 1/19/2012 11:26AM

    This is a very valid point. Thank you for sharing.

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MNJONES2 1/18/2012 9:35PM

    Thanks for the heads up Angela. You are right - our spark people blogs are private.

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MISSILENE 1/17/2012 7:58PM

    I agree sweetie pie. What goes on in Sparkpeople should stay in sparkpeople.

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LIVINGFREE19 1/17/2012 11:37AM

    I totally agree and I am glad they changed this so our blogs can't be put on facebook.

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LYNMEINDERS 1/17/2012 5:00AM

    Thanks for this my friend....nothing is safe these days

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AMYNYNJ 1/16/2012 11:17PM

    I didn't link up my SP and FB accounts for a long time because I was afraid this might happen. Most of my Facebook friends don't know about my weigh loss journey and I agree it is a personal issue that I only want to share anonymously with SP friends, and a few close friends. emoticon blog.

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SLIMLILA 1/16/2012 10:37PM

    Everyone is so upset, guess I was just being niave too, I don't go on Facebook, so I wasn't worried about it.... I'd hate to set everything to Private cuz I've met some very nice people here, but now I'd say the damage has been done, little do I know how far things may have gone....

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BOVEY63 1/16/2012 7:50PM

    I agree with you Angela ~ well said.

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TEXASFILLY 1/16/2012 6:01PM

    Another reason I went private a long time ago. Apparently, SP cannot be trusted. It's all about marketing for the almighty dollar. Truly pathetic. *hugs* BB~

P.S. I just did an Internet search for my SP page, which is set to private, and it is NOT private! ACK! I'm all over the Internet! ACK!

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    Angela, no doubt you know now that Spark has capitulated. I took part in some of the many Community message boards opposing the anyone-can-put-my-blog-anywhere feature and commented on the SP_STAFF blog that announced that move after the fact. Quite a notable head-count of SP members had much to say, including many good suggestions for altering the feature's options so that each member might enjoy his preferences. A great many of us switched our pages to private (I'd love to know how many will reset to public; I've yet to decide).

I say this in case you didn't have time to browse around. The episode, brief though intense, has been large and significant in its small, insignificant in a scheme-of-the-world way. Interesting to me, who had an inkling of recalling the Watergate cases, presided over by the honorable and faithful Judge John J. Sirica, of the 1970's, leading to Nixon's resignation. A friend and co-worker marveled, feeling renewed, "The system works." Occupy, Arab Spring, Velvet Revolution... It's probably batty to draw the analogy. Maybe because this SP business cuts the concept down to more manageable size. I can see it from all angles and choose my approach, as with a sculpture placed at the center of the gallery.

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TEXASCATFOOD 1/16/2012 5:03PM

    I'm Facebook friends with a lot of my son's friends. I don't want to embarrass myself or him or any of his friends spilling my guts unbeknownst to me. I only really want to share with people who are Spark people, not just anyone who can get on the internet!

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MIZCATHI 1/16/2012 4:56PM

    I hope I just changed my page to private - the only option I saw was allow only your spark friends to see your page. My blogs are often quite personal, too, so yikes! Thanks for the warning!

Like anyone, I find social networking an adventure, but like anything, it's gone too far.

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LALASLAND 1/16/2012 4:38PM

    Yes, I did some looking and unless we're set to private, it's all over the world, Angela. I had to go private anyway, for other reasons, so this just makes me feel better knowing my blogs aren't publicly accessible! emoticonblog!

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GIGALENA 1/16/2012 4:26PM

    I have made change to mine so that button is not there. I really did not like that option. I know that people can copy and paste it but it does not lead them right to me.

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ELLIE381 1/16/2012 4:16PM

    Not a blogger for many of these reasons. I have not heard of anyone who likes the new addition either.

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TEXASLYNN 1/16/2012 3:28PM

    I haven't read anyone who was for sharing; it seems we are 100% against so where on earth did this come from?

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IOEINC 1/16/2012 2:41PM

    I agree with you. I think it should be at the discretion of the blogger whether it gets posted to Facebook. Many blogs deal with personal issues and are written to invite encouragement and advice with many health issues so I believe it should be kept in the forum for which it was intended.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/16/2012 2:09PM

    I saw that this morning on Spark Guys blog. Isn't that amazing???

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L*I*T*A* 1/16/2012 1:37PM

    Share and Save Options on Member Blogs Removed today...
see link below......
hope this helps.....
blessings and hugs............lita

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PCOH051610 1/16/2012 1:32PM

    Great blog and it would be interesting to get to the bottom of this, wouldn't it?

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Under Pressure...LapBand Volcano...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Finally had my appointment for my signogram x-ray (dye insertion), to find my suspected leak in my lap band.
Ended up with more questions than answers.
First off I was waiting what felt like forever, but wasn't too long really, when the Technician comes out to pull me aside and ask me...Yes ASK ME what procedure I am having and if I know anything about how it is done. No this is not to see what I know, it is because they didn't know what was to happen! Go figure.
I was nervous before, now I am getting more nervous as they go to consult other doctors on how to do this.... can you spell F.R.U.S.T.R.A.T.I.O.N.?
Anyhow they finally figured it out and I was on the x-ray table with the needle inserted into my port (they used the x-ray to guide it in, but it still hurt). The Doctor goes to remove the fluid and NO FLUID. He can remove nothing!

At this point we are definitely suspecting a leak.

The dye would not go in, so he figures it is too thick and thins it with saline, that seems to work. It shows on the screen as going through the proper tubing into the band, all looks good and nothing is leaking out that he can see.

The fluid (dye) is then removed and he is stumped, as more fluid is coming out than he put in. emoticon
Remember nothing came out before, why is there extra now? Ok, more questions...
He double checks for kinks and can see none in the tubing of the band.
He withdraws everything, so the band is empty.

I am supposed to have 7.2 cc's of saline in my band, but it has slowly been disappearing, last exam I only had 6 cc's and NO restriction.
So he decides to leave 6 cc's in my band and leave it at that.
I inform him that I usually drink water before I leave so I am sure all is good and I can swallow. He thanks me and leaves.
His helper gets me a glass of water, which after changing out of my hospital gown, I sit to drink.
It is not going down!
And as I sit there I am having tremendous pain in my chest; feeling faint; and nauseous.
I make it to the bathroom in time and my DH is trying to get some assistance.

I can no longer even swallow my saliva. emoticon

Now some of you whom have had the lapband may have experienced an over fill. This was my first time and it was not pleasant.

All I can say is I am so glad I was feet away from Doctors. Of course mine had gone and fortunately was able to come back. He had to consult with my Surgeon and after the consult was told to remove 1 cc from the band.

No gown and quickly on the table to reinsert the needle.



The saline solution shoots out of the needle all over the place, the Dr manages to cap it and withdraw even more. He is astounded at what is happening.

Remember he was sure it was empty, but there is a hidden reserve somewhere and it has reached it's limit.

He is possibly even more stumped than I.

There is no visible link.

There is no visible kink.

There is something in there that isn't right, and that is all we know at this point.

Oh well, have to wait until the surgeon can decipher the x-rays and see if he can figure out what is going on.

Even with the excess saline removed or (cough) ejected via volcano, I am tight. Tighter than I have been in a while.

We will see how long this lasts and what happens. emoticon
Will keep a journal on how I am feeling and if any thing more comes to light. emoticon

I had many of you my friends asking what is happening, and here it is. Sorry for the long blog and all the details, but it is out there now.

Love you.
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PS. Hope this means my plateau is now over.

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MAMACITADEBI 2/29/2012 4:28PM

    Just read your blog about the problems you were having. How are you doing?

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BE_PROUD 1/31/2012 1:41PM

    Any updates?

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PMAY0313 1/22/2012 2:38PM

    Holy cow! That is interesting (as a nurse). Keep us updated. I hope it gets straightened out soon. I had a bypass several years ago. It has been a great tool for weight loss...but it is only a tool (as I am sure you know). I am sure they will figure it out and you can get back to normal (what ever that is).

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BE_PROUD 1/17/2012 1:21PM

    WOW! That isn't pleasant at all! All that and still able to be positive!

Keep us updated!

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MAMAWLINDALOU 1/17/2012 10:12AM

    emoticonHope they find the problem soon, this has to make you feel miserable. Keep me posted.

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PCOH051610 1/16/2012 1:35PM

    Have you heard back anything about what happened? What a weird experience! I was especially taken aback when the technician asked you what you were there for and you had to explain it to them!

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THISISPRIVATE 1/16/2012 9:50AM

    Wow what an ordeal...must say it sounds like you handled it very well but are still left wondering. Take care. I hope they figure out things soon and that you are no longer left wondering.

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CAROLYNINJOY1 1/15/2012 8:48PM

    Oh dear, I hope there has been some resolution. That's crazy making stuff. How frightening. Hang in there.
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SLIMLILA 1/15/2012 6:04PM

    And we think we have such a great medical system here in Canada - do we really? That was a very scarey procedure

Do they have the answers yet or do you need to revisit the surgeon, you think he or another surgeon would have been in to see you when all this happened....
I remember having a dye inserted looking for a missing IUD that wasn't missing, but I almost passed out getting dressed, and my dh was out in the waiting room and when I got there, slumped into the chair, he went to the desk. So they put me in an exam room and dr. checked me, but left me there with dh watching.... Makes me really wonder!!!

Yes, I certainly do hope you are over your plateau, but even more that they know what's going on... Keep us posted...


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TEENY_BIKINI 1/14/2012 9:03PM

    Wow. You are one tough cookie.

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SUSIEWHITE1109 1/14/2012 6:08PM

    Oh Angela - I am so sorry! emoticon That sounds REALLY awful!! I honestly can't imagine how horrible it was to not be able to swallow the water - I'm majorly annoyed with that Doctor! What the heck??

Please take it easy - I'm so glad your husband was there. This is just upsetting. Keep us posted on how you're feeling, if you feel up to posting, and for sure keep us posted on what the Dr decides to do next. Will be saying prayers for a quick solution!

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MISSILENE 1/14/2012 5:23PM

    Oh goodness gracious, I am so sorry this happened to you. What a time you had. Praying that things will get better for you.

I cant believe about the tech, what a joke that is. I would have gone nuts if that happened to me.

Heres hoping that things are ok now.

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MIZCATHI 1/14/2012 11:50AM

    Wow, I don't know what to say. You sound incredulous and not sure what to think. I will be glad when you find out what is happening. Please keep us informed.

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ELLIE381 1/14/2012 8:41AM

    Wow - now more questions! I sure hope they and you get some answers soon. Always thinking of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWMAIDEN 1/14/2012 3:50AM

    Oh my! I'm so sorry you're going through this! - I can't imagine it! Hopefully they'll work out what's going on and get it sorted for you. Sending you positive thoughts honey.

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AMYNYNJ 1/14/2012 12:56AM

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BBAMMOM 1/13/2012 11:49PM

    Angela, I am wide eyed and sitting at the edge of my seat! I've never heard of such a thing! I'm sure you're eager to get your surgeons take on all of this! Just try to take things slow (especially eating) and keep us updated!! Sending hugs and Aloha! ~Phyllis

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MNJONES2 1/13/2012 11:09PM

    You are so brave - I would have wet my pants!! I am saying some prayers that everything will be made right and that it happens soon! You have so much courage and resilience. Take care dear friend!
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BOVEY63 1/13/2012 10:47PM

    I am so sorry you are going through this Angela. I will be hoping and praying that answers and a solution come quickly.

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MDGARDENGIRL 1/13/2012 8:59PM

    Wow Angela.... what an ordeal! All this time you have been so anxious and worried and now you still don't know what is going on! Well at least you have some restriction. Keep us posted.

Sorry you had to go through all this :(

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/13/2012 8:42PM

    Oh Angela. I'm so very sorry you had to go through with this. Me and you both too many needles this week.
I hope you get thi resolved and taken care of soon.

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L*I*T*A* 1/13/2012 8:23PM

    am sure the surgeon will figure things out.....
so glad to hear you are fine now....
keep us posted...
blessings and hugs............lita

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LITTLETEAPOT17 1/13/2012 8:16PM

    Very strange and scary ordeal, so glad DH went with you and you drank your water!! I've been thinking about you all day. Thanks for the update.
Hugs and love...

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LALASLAND 1/13/2012 8:08PM

    Wow, Angela! I can't believe what you're having to go through! I hope you're journalling all of this! Well, of course you are! I am so sorry this is happening, and I HOPE the doctors can get their acts together! I don't like the idea of you being some kind of guinea pig! emoticonKeep us posted and take good care of yourself! emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 1/13/2012 8:07PM poor dear....
am praying for you that they sort this sooner rather than later

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HDHAWK 1/13/2012 7:58PM

    That sounds scary. I hope they figure it out so you can get back to normal. emoticon

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RESULTS361AP09 1/13/2012 7:43PM

    Angela-I am so sorry to hear about all of this. I hope they figure out what is going on soon. I will keep you in my prayers. Keep us posted on how you are doing!

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What Women Say to thier Trainers....

Thursday, January 12, 2012

This was shared wiht me from my new friend BE_PROUD.

She made me laugh! Thanks!

I am sharing the laughter.


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THISISPRIVATE 1/16/2012 10:53AM

    Thank you...I sure needed the laugh!


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LAURELSPARK 1/13/2012 8:24AM

    Very cute. (I also watched a few of the others.)

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LYNMEINDERS 1/13/2012 4:53AM

    Love it

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MNJONES2 1/12/2012 11:02PM

    Funny - I got a good laugh! Thanks for sharing!

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Good one!!

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Monday, January 02, 2012

*(This is a take off a previous blog I wrote, I am doing this as a challenge to see where I am now and where I will be.)

I USED TO BE just a spark friend.
NOW I AM considered a spark MOTIVATOR.
AND I WILL be a sparkfriend who motivates and inspires herself and others.

I USED TO BE a quiet introvert, who stayed home as much as I could...
NOW I AM an extrovert most times who is like a social butterfly upon leaving her cocoon.
AND I WILL BE a strong, forthright individual, whom is not afraid to face the world.

I USED TO BE a mother whose son told his teacher that my favourite position was lying on the sofa reading a book...
NOW I AM a mother who never sits still.
AND I WILL BE a mother who takes the time for her child, while accomplishing all that needs be done.

I USED TO BE a mother who was too tired to play with her son when he was small...
NOW I AM a mother who has the energy and will to do so; but my son is too tired from growing into an adult.
AND I WILL BE a mother/grandmother who plays and listens to her children/grandchildren; whom fulfills their needs and is someone to be proud of.

I USED TO BE a wife who kept a fairly tidy house and always had scrumptious, yet unhealthy goodies in the freezer and the cupboards...
NOW I AM proud to have a very clean home, with only healthy, nutritious foods in our fridge, freezer and cupboards.
AND I WILL BE able to have a clean home, good wholesome, healthy nutritious meals and a well-fed family.

I USED TO BE a wife with a constant headache...
NOW I AM sure that is no more.
AND I WILL BE all I need to be to ensure our continued happiness.

I USED TO BE a Baker who loved what she made and ate it all...
NOW I AM a baker who doesn’t eat bread.
AND I WILL BE a baker who enjoys her trade and makes/bakes again in a whole new way that ensures my health and new way of life.

I USED TO BE an agreeable sort and never disagree with anyone...
NOW I AM a person who stands up for what I believe is right for me and for the good of others.
AND I WILL BE one to continue to do so.

I USED TO BE invisible....
Now I AM very visible.
AND I WILL BE visible and comfortable in my new body.

I USED TO BE a person who walked hunched and never made eye contact...
NOW I AM an individual who walks with confidence, head up, shoulders back and eye contact with a smile.
AND I WILL BE one who continues to do so.

I USED TO BE a person others scorned or ridiculed...
AND WILL BE someone others admire.

I USED TO BE an object of pity...
NOW I AM that no more.
AND I WILL BE never again.

I USED TO BE someone who would buy clothes to hide my body behind...
AND WILL BE someone who buys clothes that actually fit.

I USED TO BE classified as morbidly obese...
NOW I AM just obese.
AND I WILL BE a normal healthy weight and BMI.

I USED TO BE a size 22...
NOW I AM a size 12-14.
AND I WILL BE a size 8 very soon.

I USED TO BE 265 lbs.
NOW I AM 194 lbs.
AND I WILL BE 140 lbs.

I USED TO BE dependent on 5 needles and 90 units of insulin a day to help my diabetes...
NOW I inject 4 needles and 38 units of insulin a day.
AND I WILL BE less than half that!

I USED TO BE a person who exercised rarely...
AND WILL BE a person who exercises regularly.

I USED TO BE a person who never stopped eating...
NOW I AM a person who stops before she is full.
AND I WILL BE a person who only eats for fuel not pleasure.

I USED TO BE someone I hated.
NOW I AM becoming someone I like.
AND I WILL BE someone whom I love.

I USED TO BE someone who only dreamed of reaching for her goals...
NOW I AM someone who has achieved her goals and created new ones.
AND I WILL BE someone who reaches the stars to become one herself.



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    Wow I needed that today. ((hugs)) I'm so frustrated because I'm not losing. Today is my 3 week post op and I'm just stalled out. I know it will get better but I haven't lost in 2 weeks. grr. I'm doing everything right! I just have to keep trudging along and hope for the best, I know. It's hard to think positively about the big picture when what is right in front of me is so annoying. Thanks for the great words, I appreciate you so much.

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MERRIKATE 1/11/2012 12:51AM

    What a terrific way to track our progress all the way, Angela -- awesome! Here at the brink of exploring new and inspiring goals for my growth in 2012, your exuberant wisdom in this blog certainly fuels my quest: THANKS, with hugs and victory leaps!

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VADAVICTORIA 1/10/2012 5:54AM

    So positive and inspiring! :) love the format and the statements. I think i'll do a blog like this too. Thank you and congratulations for losing weight and gaining confidence! :)

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TEXASFILLY 1/8/2012 8:41PM

    Hey dear Angela~ *hugs* Thank you so much for posting this blog. I love it and am going to print it for inspiration. You have grown leaps and bounds~ and I bet there are more treasures that will unfold within you as you move forward. Thank you for sharing your experience and success. God bless~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSILENE 1/8/2012 8:45AM

    You are not only a great blogger, you are a great motivator. I am happy and pleased to have you in my corner. We are all fighting the same battle no matter how large, small or older or younger. You are terrific. Love you LOTS emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BBAMMOM 1/7/2012 12:19AM

    Angela, I LOVE THIS! What a wonderful inspirational!

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LALASLAND 1/5/2012 12:20PM

    You just write the BEST BLOGS! I loved this!

By the way, thanks for being such an encouraging and supportive spark friend! That means so much to me! emoticon

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MNJONES2 1/5/2012 11:30AM

    You are the best!! LOVE YOU!

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MDGARDENGIRL 1/4/2012 8:32PM

    I USED TO BE someone who kept my thoughts and problems to myself

NOW I AM active on Spark and have a wonderful friend called CHUBRUB3

AND I WILL BE... a friend FOREVER because she gives so much of herself to me, supports me, encourages me, laughs with me, praises me, prays for me and motivates me to be the best I can be!

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AMYMC_05 1/4/2012 9:25AM

    What a great motivator! Think I may print this out and hang it on the fridge to remind me who I WILL be. Congrats on your success!

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SLIMLILA 1/4/2012 1:06AM

    You might just be the Best Motivator again real soon with a blog like this! Very thought-provoking and certainly shows the progress you have made... I'm so proud of you. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your beautiful smile on my blogs everyday!
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TEXAS_GRL 1/3/2012 8:05PM

    Love this blog! Cheering for who you are now and supporting you for who you will become!

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MIZCATHI 1/3/2012 2:07PM

    Love this blog - and I see why you are a MOTIVATOR!

Thank you for showing me who you were, who you are, and your vision of who you aspire to be!

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BOVEY63 1/3/2012 1:49PM

    Awesome blog Angela.

In my book you were, are and always will be a sweetheart and awesome friend!
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HPLANDER 1/3/2012 12:13PM

    I loved this blog. Very inspiring.

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SUSIEWHITE1109 1/3/2012 11:58AM

    emoticon Angela!!! This is a great blog - so inspirational!! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

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BOOK0WL 1/3/2012 10:46AM

    Great stuff - it's easy to see why you're a Spark Motivator!!


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SNOWMAIDEN 1/3/2012 4:19AM

    You go girl, with that determination, without doubt you will succeed!

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LYNMEINDERS 1/3/2012 3:01AM

    Beautiful are amazing.....
I am so pleased that you see how you are ...the beauty that you have....yay

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BLUE42DOWN 1/3/2012 1:32AM

    What a wonderful way of looking at the journey and progress.

I have to admit I was amused by the bit about being a mother whose son told his teacher that my favourite position was lying on the sofa reading a book. I have something my daughter drew and wrote in grade school for Mother's Day that says something like "My mom is fat, but I love her anyway." Out of the mouths of babes ...

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MNJONES2 1/3/2012 1:30AM

    Angela YOU ARE THE BEST!! This is a great blog and you are a wonderful person1

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RASLALIQUE 1/2/2012 11:09PM

    This updated version of blog is even more inspiring than the previous version. You are amazing! Keep up the excellent work. Have a great 2012!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/2/2012 11:06PM

    I love it! Terrific job and so You, Angela!

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NEWKAREN43 1/2/2012 10:59PM

    I love this blog, it's wonderful. Congratulations to you and all of your progress. You are doing a fantastic job! Hugs to you Angela!

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 1/2/2012 10:53PM

    What an emoticon blog! Thank you for sharing!

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SHERRIE_BERRY 1/2/2012 10:44PM

    My favourite line was....NOW I AM
I am so proud of you! Congratulations!! What a wonderful revelation for the new year!!!!

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THE GREATEST GIFT...Spark Motivator!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011



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What a surprise this morning! When I went to open my email and found a note saying that "The SparkPeople Community thinks you are a motivation to others!" Well... you could of blew my socks off!

I have a smile a mile wide on my face and instead of heading out the door to visit my sister, I am here letting you know how much this means to me. emoticon
My sister can wait the short time it takes me to say how much each of you mean to me; how each of you have helped me on my journey; how if I have helped you one iota of what you have done to help me, well you have made my heart soar and the angels sing.

I enjoy my time here on Spark, meeting new and old Spark friends; learning things that could help me and hopefully imparting little golden nuggets of wisdom that I have learned on my journey. I can't thank Chris Downie enough for sharing his vision with all of us. Spark has been a huge part of my journey to better health; to regaining my love of life and myself.

I have always struggled with weight, as most of you know and most of you struggle with as well.

We all are here for a reason. Whether it be for weight loss; friendship; support; knowledge or a variety of other personal reasons.

On our own it doesn't always work.

But with the power of spark; the friendships; and the support we find here...

We are stronger together and we WILL SUCCEED!

My Journey isn't over...but with all of you and the support here on Spark People...


Love and hugs,
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEWKAREN43 1/2/2012 11:04PM

    Congratulations! You are very motivational! And these pictures prove how far you have come!!! Congratulations!!

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HPLANDER 1/2/2012 12:25PM

    You go girl. Your hard work is paying great dividends. Not only for you, but for many others here on sparkpeople.

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RASLALIQUE 1/1/2012 6:28PM

    Congratulations! You really are a motivator!

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ASHAIXIM 12/31/2011 8:50PM

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TWEETYKC00 12/31/2011 12:01AM

    Congratulations, you deserve it with all that you do here!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 12/30/2011 10:19PM

    Hugs, Angela!
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Thank you for sharing your personal pics in you blog as well. I loved getting to see your talent.

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LINDA! 12/30/2011 9:42PM

    You deserve it!! You are a beautiful lady!!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 12/29/2011 7:57PM

    We all love you dear Angela! You are our little Angel and Social Butterfly always fluttering around spreading the Spark! Congrats!

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THISISPRIVATE 12/29/2011 9:04AM

    You so deserve this Angela! I have just been reading other blogs and you always respond to other peoples blogs as well as mine. You are a motivator. You are always positive and sensitive of others needs...what a beautiful person you are...inside and out!!!

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ELLIE381 12/29/2011 8:52AM

    You are a wonderful motivator and friend. You are an amazing person. Here is to all your success and everything to come. Enjoy! emoticon emoticon

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ERICA071678 12/29/2011 7:10AM

    You deserve it!

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LYNMEINDERS 12/28/2011 11:47PM

    You certainly deserve to be a spark are very motivating to people just because of your journey....

Enjoy and keep the smile.....yu look awesome with it......

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SUSIEWHITE1109 12/28/2011 9:14PM

    emoticon emoticon How wonderful! You are an inspiration! Congratulations on a most deserved award!!! I look forward to getting to know you better and better in 2012!!

Happy New Year and congratulations again!! emoticon emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 12/28/2011 6:16PM

    What a wonderful gift to receive and one that is so deserved Angela! You are always there to listen and give wise guidance. Your heart is overflowing with love and we are the recipients!

Your pictures are all beautiful, but the most recent shows how happy you are with the new beautiful you. Congratulations to our beautiful Love Bug Angela!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWMAIDEN 12/28/2011 6:12PM

    You thoroughly deserve it - you're a real inspiration

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HDHAWK 12/28/2011 6:02PM

    Congrats! You deserve it!

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SLIMLILA 12/28/2011 5:57PM

    YOu are more than a motivator, You are an absolute angel. I love talking to you and hearing from you comment on my blogs and encourage me. You've shared some of your struggles along the way and still you are there for us too. emoticon emoticon

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48MYYEAR2014 12/28/2011 3:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonwell deserved i know how i felt when i was made a motivator earlier this year this year i felt so proud and still do to think my friends have faith in me

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MISSILENE 12/28/2011 2:18PM

    Congratulations to you. Well deserved...What a difference you have made in my life. hugs and love for you. emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/28/2011 2:15PM

    It takes so many votes from the Spark Members on a persons page. In the short time you have been with Spark people you managed to collect those votes. Yay!!! You rock! You are an inspiration to many. Bless your heart.

You look simply Beautiful in the pictures.

Hppy new Year!

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TEXASFILLY 12/28/2011 1:53PM

    Congratulations to a BEAUTIFUL Spark Motivator, too! *hugs* I'm so happy to know you, dear Angela, and glean from your success. Love your smile, your soul, and your artwork is incredible! Thank you for sharing your experience~ God bless *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/28/2011 1:35PM

    Congrats! And your paintings are beautiful.

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BOVEY63 12/28/2011 1:03PM

    You a Motivator?
Most Definitely!

I certainly agree with all you said about SP - it has been the best gift I have given myself in a very long time, and it is a gift that keep on giving.

You, my friend, are one those amazing gifts in my life!
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PURESTILLWATER 12/28/2011 1:00PM

    Very well deserved my friend. You have motivated so many.

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L*I*T*A* 12/28/2011 12:23PM

well done......
what an inspiration you are to us all...
blessings and hugs............lita

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LIVINGFREE19 12/28/2011 12:08PM

    You are so deserving of it and I couldn't think of a better person to get this award!
Karma is a wonderful thing...what you have given, has also come back to you!!!
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TAMIPCHICAGO 12/28/2011 12:03PM

    Congratulations! You deserve it. You are tremendously inspiring.

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MIZCATHI 12/28/2011 11:58AM

    Wonderful! you are definitely a motivator for sure - and love that great smile!

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