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Your Questions on my Weight Loss (to date) Answered

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I put up a picture weight loss blog that raised a large number of responses.
Out of those responses arose number of questions that I am going to try to answer!!
Most were serious – I guess (hope) a couple were asked in jest.
1 – How did you start?
I was 170kg (374lb) when I started – and I started by modifying my diet – but reducing calories and changing toward “healthy” I had not discovered Sparkpeople at this stage – but I had been on many diets in my life to that point – so I used my knowledge and put a few together and tweaked and changed and ended up losing weight!!
It was very ”hit and miss” but seemed to work-and was very low calorie at that point too, because I was working on the old idea that the less you eat the more weight you lose!!
Then in 2009 I was pointed towards the Sparkpeople site- I took a while just looking about –decided I needed to at least think about exercise, and then posted on a message board – about difficulty exercising, being then 135kg (297lb) with osteoarthritis in my knees. A kind person told me about Chair Exercise (its not known in Oz) .I got some DVDs from USA – and literally staggered through 1 exercise –but I kept going every day because I thought-this is the last chance – let it at least be a good one so I can say that I tried!!!! I found that it gets easier!! But also I saw inches falling off me

2 – How do you maintain motivation?
I’m in my 10th year of very slow losing!! But I found that the actual losing was motivation – although it wasn’t really obvious until exercise came into the equation. But from the first year of just diet control my blood work improved and this was also motivation. As well – we (DH and I) were enjoying the “healthy” food, though it wasn’t as “healthy “ as it is now!!
I also enjoy cooking and after I got into SP I really tweaked my food program and have enjoyed inventing healthy foods that we enjoy and cooking them – this is a form of motivation too!!
And then there is the responsibility to my Spark friends, some of whom have been cheering me on since I started at SP and to them I am grateful – but there are also the teams I lead!! The fact of accepting a leadership position has put me in a position of power but with that power comes enormous responsibility to the team members – whom I couldn’t think of letting down!! I lead by example – I try to be the best I can for them This is motivation too!!
3 – Were the photos doctored by “Photoshop”??
Some – I cut the background down a bit – or cut out people with me. A couple I lightened a bit as they were very dark.

4 – How do you cope when you have a lot to lose and the task seems insurmountable?
In my case – I really only looked at the weights as figures – they seemed almost meaningless – but then I saw the photo – and thought maybe one more go – also the fact that I love to travel and buying 2 seats in the plane and carting Herbie and my DH who is older than me, everywhere to handle him was getting hard


Since I had had so much difficulty losing in the start – I really thought – “maybe I can get just a little weight off” – so I have never looked at it as a complete thing – just at one step at a time!! And because the changes are ones we are happy with they are our way of life –
I never set goals of weight loss – because I never keep them – I am happy when I lose – and I make sure I don’t gain!!
But to me its not a finite thing – it’s a “whole of life change” - People say I have so much patience to continue so long – but I really don’t know what else I would do!! I am living a healthy life, exercising and eating well – my body is happy and I am enjoying life, and as an incidental I am very slowly losing weight – so why would I change?? Therefore where does patience come into it??

5 – How do you cope when the scales don’t cooperate ??
This depends- Since it is a lifetime program – I just ignore it if I go over on calories which, for me is rare as I plan my meals for the next day on the day before and keep to my plan – but if the scale starts to go the wrong way- and this has happened only twice in the 10 years – then I clamp down hard and weigh and measure everything very carefully, keep to portions and drink more water and exercise more and harder!!
However – I often have times when the scales sit!! For months – but this is immaterial – I honestly don’t bother – why ? because this is a lifetime undertaking, I am grateful for any weight loss but it isn’t my primary concern – I don’t have to lose by…!! I just get on with my healthy eating plan, and my exercise and know that one day it WILL happen again if my body wants it to – I have long ago discovered that my body has its own addenda, which has no connection with what I want and that when its ready it will show me changes but that I can’t speed it up!!
Often these changes can be unexpected, and very small too – but nether the less they are important – they show me I am doing the right thing- maybe my blood work will be that little bit better, maybe my resting heart rate has dropped, , maybe my jeans fall off, maybe I find that I am more able to cope with a hassle, maybe I get less colds or infections, maybe I have more stamina, can do more, can bend better!! The changes can be many and varied – you just have to see and recognise them!!

6 – Why didn’t you have weight loss surgery or try weight loss/appetite suppressant drugs?
Many years ago I spent 2wks in hospital being assessed for weight loss surgery – stomach stapling it was then – Both physical and mental assessment – as it was a very complex and dangerous operation – I was rejected!! The reason being that they only did it on people that ate too much – I didn’t!! It was actually offered again by my doctor about a year ago – my reaction then was – “If I can lose this much so why can’t I lose the rest?” The other thing was I’d have to pay for it – too much for me!!
AS far as drugs – they have never been offered by my Doctor and honestly I have never felt the need

7 – Has your transformation made any difference to the other medication you take?
Yes – I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetes in 1999 but they thought I had actually had it for a substantial time before that. I was put on drugs for that and for high blood pressure. Both my sugar level and blood pressure have returned to normal during my eating and exercise plan – my A1C is holding without any medication at 5.2 and my blood pressure, also with no medication at 125/75. I am taking Celebrex tabs for my knees still but that is all. Except for a Multi-vitamin and a Vit B and Vit C tab!!

8 – What do you do with your “big” clothes??
I wear clothes as long as possible – as you saw from the jeans – and those that are fairly good I then send to an American friend or give to the local Op shop!!

9– What is your final goal weight and how did you decide on it?
This is a question I am often asked – how far will you go – what is your goal?? I have no idea how far I will go – I have gone a lot further than any of the specialists ever thought was possible – and far, far further than I ever believed possible. I am still going – weight loss is very slow – but my balance, strength, flexibility are improving all the time – I feel healthy and am enjoying the journey. My only goal is to continue until I reach a weight at which I am confortable and with which I am comfortable!!

10 – Do you have any regrets?
Of course – who doesn’t?
Of what I have done in my life – NO –I had wonderful parents who never tried to restrain me and encouraged me to “fly free” I have been able to do things that would be impossible today, I had so many opportunities and seen so many places, met so many people of all nationalities and it is this that has shaped the person I am today. However – I regret not losing weight when I was younger, though I did make some quite drastic, though unsuccessful efforts – and I regret not knowing the benefits of adding exercise before I did!! However – it was never suggested, and the effect of exercise never reported. SP didn’t exist when I was younger, if it had – I wouldn’t have had access because it was before home computers. That is the way of life – there will always be further research that discovers new things!!
Now – no regrets – I am in a good place and .fairly satisfied with my lifestyle at present, though of course I am often tweaking and changing things to keep it fresh and to keep my body guessing!!

11- Has your weight loss made any difference to your family relationships?
As far as close family – there is only my DH and I – and he is proud and supportive of me – and even drives me to Curves, and waits patiently in the car while I workout and chat to friends – as my eyes are getting that its better for me not to drive, though I still hold a driving licence!!
As far as rellies – I have a couple in UK and they seem proud and happy for me!!
I am sad that my Parents will never see my weight loss – they were always very supportive of me but would have loved a “normal” daughter, and I’m sure my Mother would have loved to be able to buy clothes for me instead of having to make them all the time as there was nothing that fit!!

I hope that this has answered some of the questions that you want to know!!
Remember little steps, and its not patience, or will power –its motivation that keeps you going
Look at it . as a lifetime change – not as a short time change. and as such weight loss is a secondary consideration – A healthy body, that will allow you to live a good life for as long as possible –that is the aim..

And to finish – a quote from my Father:
As you go through life, always hold your head up high and walk tall, be proud of yourself, of what you have accomplished and what you have yet to accomplish!!

I found this in a notebook my Father left for me - it was the way he lived his life and the way he taught me!! It seems so right here!!

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    Thank you for sharing. It is an excellent reminder that life is not about the destination, but about the journey. emoticon emoticon

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    This is such a thoughtful and inspiring blog. Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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SONGBIRD800 6/24/2011 8:04PM

    Absolutely inspiring!


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SHEILAB64 6/22/2011 10:29AM

    Thanks for all of those answers - you are on an incredible journey. I do have one question - what happens with all of the extra skin - has it shrunk any? I know on Extreme Makeover they always do skin removal surgery - but I don't even know what that is? Is that something that is possible for you?

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/19/2011 11:23PM

    Thank you, Ann, for continuing to tell me and others that it is about being Healthy and Fit!!! Your honest answers keep me inspired and makes me want to keep on trying...all things are possible!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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SHELLYBABE2 6/19/2011 12:44PM

    TFS you sound so wise I hope I can learn from your example!

Love your blogs


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SKINNYMISSY2008 6/18/2011 11:31PM

    I enjoy reading your wonderful blog! Thank you for reminding me yet again that losing weight shouldn't be my goal, becoming more healthy should be my goal. I need to remember this when I'm tempted to think of myself as an old, ugly, morbidly obese pig, like I was feeling today.

Have a blessed day!

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DEBIGENE 6/17/2011 8:02PM

    I'm so glad I have met you through SP. You inspire me with your wisdom of experience and you offer so much to learn from. I have been on my journey for 1 and 1/2 years now and have lost 88 pounds so far and like you, am just considering this a new way of life, learning each day as I go and trying to find different ways to keep motivated. You have opened my eyes to ways that are naturally there, thank you.

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RONNIE0404 6/17/2011 7:02PM

    You are such an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It lets me know that it can be done. It is not an impossible dream. I had 200 lbs to lose when I started. I've lost 35 so far. I just keep reading blogs like yours to keep me motivated.

Thanks again and keep Sparkin'!


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LOOZNIZGR8 6/17/2011 5:51PM

Way to go and keep the good work hopping. You must feel so good about the hard work you are doing for yourself. It is not easy at times, but you motivate yourself so well. You are an inspiration and that is fantastic. You motivate others and that is great.
Hope you have good day and be proud of yourself.
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CINDHOLM 6/17/2011 4:45PM

    emoticon emoticon YOU definitely an inspiration!! emoticon for sharing!! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 6/17/2011 3:28PM

    emoticonLoved your frankness with your responses to all the questions you recieved. You have opened my eyes to your personal journey and goes to show that everyone has their own journey to travel. emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/17/2011 12:33PM

    It was well written article and I actually enjoyed reading all about your struggles. I am also glad you believed in yourself and loved that you could do it and without any surgery. I am so proud to hear of your accomplishments. (I am like you, have to do it myself!) Glad your improving! Susana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 6/17/2011 10:52AM


I need to stop thinking I need to lose right away, be happy with every bit of loss.

You have done a great job and kudos to you for continuing towards a healthy life.

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KATRINAKAT23 6/17/2011 10:49AM

  Thank you for sharing your journey. You have much to be proud of. You sure give hope and motivation to so many of us.

Thank you.

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MINIMOE1 6/17/2011 9:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You have your priorities straight - eat well & healthy, exercise, enjoy life - the weight loss is an added bonus, not the be-all and end-all of living.

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KSNANA2 6/17/2011 8:52AM

    This was very thought provoking. I started out wanting better health but find it easy to get caught up in the numbers game. I think I may print this off to read and re-read often to remind me what is really important. You have put into words just what I needed to hear. emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/17/2011 8:27AM

    You are awsome way to keep at it.

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ROSAMARCELLE 6/17/2011 6:25AM

    Thank you so much for posting this. It has made me think about and review my own attitudes to weight loss. emoticon emoticon

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ANGELEYES67J 6/17/2011 5:20AM

    You are a very inspiring person. Thanks for sharing your expeeriences with us and inspiring me.

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LOOSEIT57 6/17/2011 2:08AM

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SUSIEPH1 6/17/2011 1:01AM

    Really honest answers ...and a example to every one....
It really is not about the Scales .... It is about being Healthy and Fit ..
Thanks Ann
Great blog! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/17/2011 12:52AM

    Excellent quote. Thanks for sharing it with us. Love your answers. You're a very special lady. Bright blessings to you my friend. I love & admire you beyond words. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 6/17/2011 12:10AM

    You are such an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing.

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 6/17/2011 12:08AM

    You are such an inspiration..thanks so much for sharing with us.

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KARIDIAN1 6/16/2011 11:42PM

    Great honest answers to questions that others had about your weight lose. I enjoyed reading your blog and learning how you coped with losing the weight and keeping motivated. Your blogs are great to read.

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JANLEH 6/16/2011 11:40PM

    Thank you for sharing more of your life story. You have been blessed with wonderful parents and a doting husband. What more can a girl ask for?

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ANDEENNATE 6/16/2011 11:32PM

    This was so touching, thank you. You have a way with words and I always enjoy what you share, thanks!

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MISSLISA1973 6/16/2011 11:31PM

    You're awesome!

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KARIDIAN1 6/16/2011 11:26PM

    Great honest answers to questions that others had about your weight lose. I enjoyed reading your blog and learning how you coped with losing the weight and keeping motivated. Your blogs are great to read.

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ERLYWA 6/16/2011 11:15PM

    Once again, you will touch many lives with your wonderful story and your incredible attitude! My favorite thing you said here was #5, where you listed all of the many ways that you observe your progress that are not scale related. LOVE that! I don't live by the scale either; too often it shows no change at all or, worse yet, a gain, during times when my clothes are falling off or I'm wearing something that was previously too tight.

Anyway, thanks again for being such a marvelous Sparkie! :)

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SANDYBRUNO 6/16/2011 11:11PM

    Thanks for sharing this with us. We can't dwell in the past but we have to live in the future. I too would have loved to have had SP when I was a lot younger. The good news is we have it now.

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Why does weight loss have to have a “use by date”?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I have had a lot of questions asked – and I am sorting a Q & A blog out to answer them – but one comment needs addressing!!
Why do people think that weight loss has a “use by date”?
I have had many comments in the same vein – and you did it at your age!! Am I so old at 67 ?? Is there a reason why older people are not allowed to lose weight? Is there this door – that at say 50 closes with a notice – No! you can’t lose weight now you are too old!!
I know several people who would say that is wrong – but I will mention one – a wonderful friend of mine – and an American!! She has recently lost several sizes in weight – she lives an active life – so active she would run me into the ground-- she does a lot of voluntary work for her community and Lions Club, she does the ”meals on wheels” delivery once a week, she goes to water aerobics several times a week – she gives talks to people on her hobby, she works her garden and she lives a very healthy lifestyle – and she is 80yrs old – and she is in permanent pain from degenerative back and neck problems!!
Its actually a real "thing" with me (as if you hadn’t guessed!!) - why does weight loss have to have a "use by" date!!?? I have had it mentioned many times that the “older generation” particularly the less mobile ones on this site, are fed up with the condescension and comments they get from the “younger set” – because we don’t necessarily run 5km!! Remember that – one day you will be old – you may be handicapped – and then you will be in the same position that we are now!! Isn’t the saying “but for the will of God, there go I". Remember too – that for a person in pain, who is mobility limited, it takes far more courage and effort to even try to do basic exercise, than for the young fit person!!

Of course you can lose weight at any age - but when you are older you are more set in your ways - not to mention your hubbie!! - and therefore lifestyle changes take longer and often need to be taken in very small steps!! Its also harder to lose weight - but its not impossible - it just needs patience!! Lots of patience
Food changes can take time to accept within the family – and sometimes they can take time for the body to accept them too!!
Water – extra liquid intake can be a problem for older bladders – but there are ways round this – I stop drinking after 4.00pm!! But the water intake is essential to weight loss – and to the correct working of the body.
Extra fibre intake needs to be introduced slowly – to prevent indigestion – but again – it is important to ensure that you have enough of both soluble and insoluble fibre.
Exercise – this can be a real problem for older people!! If they are fairly fit and have no mobility issues – then its really just a case of taking a deep breath and doing it!!
But when we get older often there are mobility issues that can vary from light to significant. Then it can be harder – but it really is essential to MOVE – in some way Remember that even several small short bursts of movement add up during the day. The more you move the more you will be able to move!! -

It is important that you- don't lose sight of your goal -and have confidence in yourself that you WILL get there provided you keep to your program!!

This quote from ~Indygirl says it perfectly!!
Baby steps. Leaping in wears you out. Then you quit. ~Indygirl

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DEBIGENE 6/17/2011 8:21PM

    Words from the wise and experienced. As always, thank you !

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CINNAMONJOY 6/16/2011 4:35PM

    Maybe we're just supposed to give it up and crochet/knit toilet paper cozies for twenty or thirty years after we hit 50 or so?

Thanks for another great blog post! You make me laugh and inspire me!

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SANDYZEE 6/16/2011 3:54PM

    I'm 70 and learning to be proud of it. Yes, I lost over 100 lbs. Yes, I have more to go, yes, it took a few years.
Yes, Yes Yes, to life and YES, I want to be "here" many more years. You go, Ann!

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JAISLING 6/15/2011 7:55PM

    That is so true! Thanks for reminding us that no matter how old we are, we can still do anything we set our minds to!

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JIBBIE49 6/15/2011 7:34PM

    The problem we have when we get over 50 is the doctors we see like mine who tell me "Well, MOM, you can't expect to lose weight now since you have Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance." I just had to get away from listening to them and find out what to do for myself.

Jack LaLanne died recently at 96 and he said "Use it or lose it." He worked out 2 hours every single day. He said "Don't lose the legs." I know that that is what matters. Keep walking and keep those legs strong.

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LIV4PASSION 6/15/2011 4:20PM

    I just started to diet and exercise so have not had that yet in my life and I am 48 years old. But I do so HEAR you when someone with mobility issues gets out and starts to exercise. BELIEVE me you were a big inspiration and motivation the day I read your story. I was so close to giving into using using a wheel chair and the electric carts at the shopping stores but just said so what you are totally in pain but you need to do this!!!! Your journey is so amazing no matter what age!!! I respect you so much for what you have done!

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MMRB7111 6/14/2011 10:23PM

    I enjoy reading your blogs. This one was great. It helped me to understand what is going on with me. Being over 50 years old, it has been a slow progress. Your blog answered some of my concerns. Thanks for sharing.

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MICHSTATE 6/14/2011 10:34AM

    I am one of the youngest people in my running group. There are two ladies in their 70's that are not the slowest of the group, in fact, one if them is one of the fastest!!!!:-)

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SKINNYMISSY2008 6/13/2011 10:52PM

    I agree with you completely! Even at my age, I've often felt like I can't do some things that I want to do. Like you said, the important thing to do is MOVE! Like the arthritis pain medicine commercial says, "a body at rest tends to stay at rest, while a body in motion tends to stay in motion." I need to do a little less resting and a lot more motion! :)


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SHARBEAR100 6/13/2011 3:17PM

    LOL - Everyone will get their turn being "older" eventually (if they're lucky...) I guess we all have to go through it to understand.

My 80 year old mother joined a Silver Sneakers class at a local gym about 3 years ago, with her 90 year old friend! My Mom has a back permanently curved forward due to fractures in her spine, which causes her pain to stand and walk. Her friend can hardly walk at all from the pain in her knees. Yet they still go 3 days a week, have to walk up a long staircase to get to the training floor, and then walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes before their class. Yes they're slow, but they're staying strong and mobile. My Mom also lost about 20 pounds 3 years ago. I'm so proud of her!

And you are such an inspiration! Keep on moving.....


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EVELYN5877 6/13/2011 1:03PM

    I think a lot of the older persons problems are placed in their heads. I am 60, and have lost count of the things I have been told I either cannot be expected to do, or would not want to do because of 'my age'. Like acid dripping on a stone, people start to believe it. I find that now I've lost some weight its like shedding 20 yrs as well, I am back doing the things I routinely did in 1985, including karate and rock scrambling, helped by a daughter who won't let me play the 'age' card.

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DAISYBELL6 6/13/2011 11:36AM

    You brought up quite a few points I need to remember when I get frustrated with myself.

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CLAIRELINN 6/13/2011 11:11AM

    Preach it, sistah! Your blog was a great reminder that ANYTHING is doable with patience and perserverance...no matter what age.

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BLESSEDGIGI 6/13/2011 10:22AM

    Great blog. Thanks! emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 6/13/2011 9:49AM

    Brilliant blog full of common sense and good ideas. Thanks. emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 6/13/2011 9:32AM

    Great blog, I started my new journey @53, why bother? No one better have the audacity to ask me that. If I had asked myself that I would still weight 270, and I am not finished yet. I wish my body performed lije a 20 yr old, but I still walked 30 miles in 14 hours without giving up, it wasn't fast, or pretty, but my body kept moving and younger ones gave up much earlier and went home. We may not have the speed the the motivation of moving through life one step at a time keeps us on the path and moving forward, one small step at a time.

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SWEETROSIE2 6/13/2011 7:35AM

    Great blog as always, you brought up some really great points.

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KARIDIAN1 6/13/2011 6:55AM

    Great blog! You pointed out some things that many younger people might not even take into consideration. Someday they will be in our shoes and realize sometimes change does not happen over night.

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WENDYSPARKS 6/13/2011 6:34AM

    We are never to old to start living a healthy lifestyle.

Wendy :)

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GOANNA2 6/13/2011 6:21AM

    I don't feel old and I am going to be as active as
I can be 'at my age' and I know what you mean
when people tell you that you don't look your age
etc. I jsut do my own thing and that is what is going
to keep me healthy and active.
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BRITOMART 6/13/2011 1:12AM

    One of my team mates posted a link to these on our discussion page--way to go! That's the attitude that wins the world. emoticon
I really appreciate being reminded that life gets better with the next decade. thank you.

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ERLYWA 6/13/2011 1:12AM

    I am guessing that those people didn't mean to be offensive with their comments about you "doing it at your age," I think they were probably trying to compliment you. Knowing that as we age, it does get harder to lose weight, they are probably actually giving you extra kudos. I don't know for sure, as I didn't read all the posts, but that's what I'm guessing.

At any rate, don't let anyone get to you like this....you have done a great job, regardless of your age! I find you to be quite inspirational :)


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LIZABETT 6/13/2011 12:12AM

    Great blog, girl! From an 'oldie but goodie' who is excited to be striving for a healthy, fit and beautiful life in my 80's. We can do it!... And without many of the stresses and struggles that was part of our younger years. emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 6/12/2011 10:46PM

    Hi Ann, Once again you said what everyone thinks why bother when you're over 60?? But, it's to be healthy and that's important to me. I'm not trying to lose weight to catch a man or be pretty again. . .It's to feel better and healthier, bottom line. And, I've got the rest of my life to get healthy and fit! You are such an inspiration and my she-hero!



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HONEYBEADS 6/12/2011 10:03PM

You are speaking my language! As usual, your comments are right on target! emoticon

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LOOSEIT57 6/12/2011 9:45PM

    Yes you are never too old I intend to be a yummy granny in my twilight years.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/12/2011 9:24PM

    emoticonI am always getting told I don't "look 57!" How am I supposed to look!!!

Same with weight, "Oh, you look OK for your age".

Or the, It is normal to have a "bit" of a tummy when your older!

Or the, if you loose to much weight you will look gaunt!

I could go on and on! I think it is fantastic thet here on Sparkpeople we are "MYTH BUSTING!"

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BECKY3774 6/12/2011 9:08PM

    Okay, I'm 37 and I agree with you. No matter how old you are, if you're inspired enough, you can do it!!! You are awesome!!! emoticon

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 6/12/2011 9:02PM


WHAT A BLOG!!!! You succinctly said everything I think or have said to others, but honestly, more directly.

I told others Sparker friends that your patience, to do this over a period of 9 years, made me know this was doable...made me know that I need to stop wallowing in my silly ups and downs, that finicky scale, and everything else that sends me on that yo-yo roll-a-coaster. I am in this for the long haul. In short, this is a way of life And you are so RIGHT, there IS NO EXPIRATION date.

It was obvious from your blog, the one that received the overwhelming responses, the process was a slow one, but it did not seem to faze you. If it did, I did not catch that. It was as if you knew this was part of the "entire" process. And look where you've gone... This is exactly what made me stop whining (at least in my head!!!) lol I told everyone it just seemed to take patience!!!

Anyway, in America, everything is a "QUICK" fix. No one is told that patience is a virtue any longer. Maybe the computer age has done that to us...I don't know...we have to quickly get to the market...quickly get to our jobs...quickly get that report out...quickly lose weight.

Age is another issue...Everywhere I turn, I hear or see commericals and shows tell us that the only viable people are young and beautiful. It's sad because it's not true, but it is believed. So this could be why you are getting some of "those" kind of questions.

I loved your response because you did not berate anyone but questioned their line of thinking...why can't someone who is 90 lose weight? why is there a due date?

Hats off to you Emma...you are more amazing than you might realize...

take care

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/12/2011 8:34PM

    Please don't obsess over what others think. Maybe they were surprised that
someone our age would even bother. When you are young, older looks really
old, but we are YOUNG & getting better!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/12/2011 8:31PM

    What a great blog, Ann!!! You are so right, we are never to old to take better care of ourselves or we may not make it any older!!! Have a great Sunday!!!

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MT-MOONCHASER 6/12/2011 8:22PM

    I am about the same age as you are and I am working on losing some weight. I have been overweight most of my adult life and so far, my health has been pretty good. BUT --- When I reached my top weight (about 20 pounds ago), my knees were really protesting when I went up stairs. Which is a real problem, since there are four steps into my house and then the bathroom and bedrooms are on the second floor. I decided that climbing those stairs would be a lot easier if I weighed less. Also my knees would last longer before they might have to be replaced...

Am I too old? In my opinion, NO!!! My mother is still alive, so I figure I can expect at least 25-30 more years to live, and so I would like them to be healthier than the past 30 or so...

I have always eaten a fairly healthy diet (it always shocks me when I order a sandwich in a restaurant and it shows up on WHITE bread!!) and haven't used "convenience" foods very much, preferring to cook most things from scratch. I also eat most of my meals at home since I live in a town that has no fast food places. I take my lunch to work with me most days and try not to snack on candy and chips while I'm there.

Anyway, I figure that it is really nobody's business that I am losing weight, and I feel better when I weigh less. Seems to me that doesn't warrant a "sell by" date.

Just keep on with your program and don't give those naysayers a second thought.

I think that Indygirl is wise beyond her years...


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SUSIEPH1 6/12/2011 8:21PM

    As A( Older Person) I so agree with you .. I am nearly 69.. and I don't feel old .
What is the definition of old ??
We are as young or as old as we feel ... What right has anyone to say to us... we are to old .
I do realise that some, are not as fit as we can be...
but that is our choice,no one elses. Even being disabled, doesn't stop us .... there is always some exercise we are able to do . We can certainly do something about what we put in our mouths.

Well said Ann. emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 6/12/2011 7:59PM

    Loved your blog, and can totally relate to it..I am 66, and started my healthy lifestyle 2 years ago..some of my friends and family think I should just be happy the way I am.."after all your not young anymore"! I'm not doing this for vanities sake but for my health which was getting out of control. I'm doing this for me!

Thank you for a great blog..yes It did need to be said !

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BIBS4664 6/12/2011 7:33PM

    You said it so well. I am inspired by your story. No number defining me. Healthy living is my goal. Thank you.

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TUBLADY 6/12/2011 7:26PM

    I know exactly where you are coming from.
I am 69, started this weight loss journey at 68 and have done very well.
My age gets mentioned quite a lot.
I had one person question why at my age would I want to go to all the trouble and effort to lose weight. At my age it's just wasting my time. She made it sound like I was close to dying so why bother.
I lost weight so I could live. I want to live to an healthy old age. What ever it is.
And I agree it is harder to get around, do the exercises, but there are ones that we can do.
And you and I and many others have proven that.
You take care,
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MADKAPKID 6/12/2011 7:09PM

    Another good blog. Thank you, Karen

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CINDHOLM 6/12/2011 7:00PM

    GREAT blog, It REALLY DOES say it all!!

SPARK ON, my friend.. emoticon

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SANDYBRUNO 6/12/2011 6:59PM

    Thanks for sharing the older point of view. Being there myself I can certainly identify with it.

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    We just need to do it.... one day at a time. I'm cheering for us all. Love you, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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JANLEH 6/12/2011 6:56PM

    Well said! I'm sorry that you are hearing some of those comments though ... Good Grief! What you have accomplished is so inspiring to me. Age - schmage! Old - schmold! We have age and wisdom on our side! Look out, you young pups ... we're comin' and there's no stoppin' us now!

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 6/12/2011 6:48PM

    It needed to be said...thanks for saying it!
Have a nice rest of the day!

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GOOSIEMOON 6/12/2011 6:47PM

    Thanks for the great blog entry.
I agree that it's never too late to take better care of yourself and it's wonderful to have a friend who is inspiring to you.

Have a happy, healthy day!

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I just HAD to share this!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

One of the things that I am sure has contributed very heavily to my weight loss is my ability to see the funny side of most things – and to be able to laugh at myself!! I definitely saw the funny side of this incident today – and I really hope that you will too!!

In my picture blog told you of my poor first ever pair of zip front jeans- that they were a bit big now – but they are so comfortable that I am still wearing them with a good leather belt!! I really have decided to try to set a new trend – gathered waist, baggy jeans!! LOL!!

Well a couple of friends dropped in this morning with a present
They might have been frightened that these jeans were going the same way as my last really BIG pair of elastic waist jeans that actually did fall down in Woolworths car park on a Saturday morning – and that was almost exactly a year ago – and both my DH and I found that really funny – the faces of the few people passing who realised would have won me “Funniest Home Videos”!!

My friends knew they weren’t going to get these zip jeans off me any time soon – so they thought a cover-up might be a good idea!! Though whether to cover the baggy jeans or preserve my modesty when they fell down is debatable!!

Its cable knit wool – and sort of like a cardi but very thick and heavy and has a tie at the waist!! Very cosy!!

Now that is something I really can see the funny side of –I believe that its too easy to get too serious over this weight loss thing – and then it becomes all consuming and loses all enjoyment!! I think we need to relax - to go about life normally – to make the few healthy choices and then to let nature take its course – instead of worrying what others think, what the scales will say, if the inches are dropping etc - -Start enjoying life – relax and learn that even changing to a healthy lifestyle and losing weight can have its funny side!!

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DEBIGENE 6/17/2011 8:14PM

    Some fine words of wisdom there my friend. Live on !!!!

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LIV4PASSION 6/15/2011 4:25PM

    I don't know you may start a new fashion trend. I know the boys here in my parts of the USA wear there pants down below the bu!! line. Half the time they have to hold on to them. At least I know I could out run them cause their pants would fall down thus they would fall down and I would be long gone....

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BIBS4664 6/12/2011 7:34PM

    Your friends really care for you. Laughter is the best medicine. Rock on, Keep the pants!!

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ROSAMARCELLE 6/11/2011 5:56PM

    Very true. Not always easy to do though. Certainly easier when well on the way. emoticon

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SHELLYBABE2 6/11/2011 2:52PM

    lol i completely agree!

Same thing happened to me in the garden, my old gardening trousers were getting really slack and my daughter caught them and they were just there around my ankles and I was laughing so hard that I couldn't bend over to pull them up - unfortunately I still care too much what other think/say and could only hope no one caught me in action! but it was so funny!

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JUSTBIRDY 6/11/2011 12:22PM

    How about suspenders? That's always been a good look for the ladies!

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SUSIEQUETURNER 6/11/2011 11:41AM

    I know this is a personal question, but how many medications have you been able to reduce or stop taking due to your dramatic weight loss?
I am so amazed at you for forging through and doing this the right way. My poor brother had the gastric bypass surgery and almost died. He isn't healthy now, despite the fact he doesn't have type II diabetes. The Gastric Bypass was a good choice for him because his diabetes was so uncontrollable his doctor told him he would not live much longer. He can hardly eat anything now and he is skinny as a rail. He never learned how to eat healthy and still will eat candy instead of meals, which is what his poor little body needs. What the doctors do not publish is the death rate of gastric bypass patients within the first 5 years and if you do the research, the numbers will stagger you.
You are an inspiration to me. I have about 50 pounds to lose that I have carried way too long. And I'm way too serious. I am going to look for the humor in this journey, and not always just press grimly forward. God bless you with good health and fun on your own path to being the best you can be. Love you, Susan

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ERLYWA 6/11/2011 9:43AM

    Very pretty sweater! But I agree with your other sparkfriend who says not to cover up your achievement...how about buying yourself a new pair of snazzy jeans in your new size to celebrate how far you've come?? :)

I agree with you on finding the humor in this process...I forget that sometimes and make it all too serious. Your story of your pants falling off in the parking lot made me laugh out loud. Thanks for the reminder to have FUN while working towards my goals! :)

Hugs to you!

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BAREFOOTN 6/11/2011 9:01AM

    Very funny and I agree. Laughter is the best medicine!!! emoticon Congrats on the great weight loss and the sweater!!!

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HAPPYBASKET 6/11/2011 9:00AM

    Nice of your friends, but , don't cover up all of your achievment. Good gracious, so if your pants fall down - it gives all of the onlookers something to talk about for a long time. My mom always said, "While they are talking about you, they aren't talking about someone else". All of this has been said in jest! That is a beautiful cardi & soon, that is going to be falling off of you also. I bet that will be cuddley with your winter coming up.

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TAMMYB523 6/11/2011 8:58AM

    I loved your birds and your sweater-and your baggy jeans! I'm with you....laughter keeps me going. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/11/2011 8:11AM

    I love your adventure for life. It's refreshing. I LOVE the photos with the
pants that are getting so big. I'm sure you are proud to wear them, also,
because it literally show how much you have accomplished on this road
to becoming Healthy!

That was so nice of your friends. But the sweater covers up the new you

emoticon YOU STILL ROCK!

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GIVENTOFLY_ 6/11/2011 7:20AM

  I love those kinds of cover ups - make you feel more comfortable, I think!

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 6/11/2011 7:03AM

    Losing the pants in Woolworth's...too funny!!!! emoticon You know I L O V E D that store, but they all disappeared around here - USA Metropolitan area (Maryland, DC, Virginia). Too bad, too.

You know, I have learned over the years that humor is such an important ingredient in a lasting relationship and now, I have learned it is equally important in weight loss. I just have to be sure to practice it more!!!

PS: do those birds really eat one's face?!?!

take care

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YAQUINDN 6/11/2011 6:29AM

    That is so cool. I am proud of you.
I too feel like the weight loss is secondary to how wonderful I feel. I will definitely keep up with SP, but my reward is this terrific energy and confidence and the idea that I can change by my choices. It is very liberating.
Keep up the awesome work.

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WENDYJM4 6/11/2011 6:18AM

    Had to laugh. Good friends to think of you and give you a present.

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1BEACHWALKER 6/11/2011 3:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Nice sweater from such sweet friends!

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 6/11/2011 2:38AM

    I love the pics of all that room you now have in those jeans! Priceless!
You have some sweet freinds!
Hugs, Rhonda

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/11/2011 2:04AM

    emoticonif you had a sewing machine you could always take in your jeans,that way you can wear them even longer than you could with just the beltor you can do what i do with my middle sons jeans he is tall and lanky but very skinny that to get jeans to fit him in the leg they are way to big at the waist i thread thick elastic throug and sew it at each end so it gathers evenly along the back of the jeans.as you are still losing weight you can get the elastic that has button holes in it and thread that through the waist band with a button each end so as you lose weight you just tighten the elastic in the jeans to make them smaller on the waiste..love the cardi by the way.

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TUBLADY 6/11/2011 1:37AM

    Love your new cardi sweater coat.
I don't blame you for holding on to your jeans.
It's a good way to show the weight loss.
I have jeans in about 4 different sizes.
But I am going to get rid of the big sized ones.
I don't want them around to grow back into. Smile!!!
You will need that nice warm sweater coat , you are starting your winter, right?
Take care and stay positive.
Congratulations on the blog award. You so deserve it.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDYBRUNO 6/11/2011 12:48AM

    Good cover up!

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GOANNA2 6/11/2011 12:44AM

    Had a good laugh. emoticon
The cardie looks lovely and warm and just the ticket
for our cold spell. Your friends are very sweet as they
don't want you to have a similar 'accident'.
Enjoy and it is true that we need to have some fun
on this journey.

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ARLENE_MOVES 6/11/2011 12:41AM

    emoticon Way too funny!! I have a pair of those jeans too. Can't get my arm in yet, but can't wait till I can.


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JOANOFSPARK 6/11/2011 12:28AM

    emoticon love it.......*grin* you're looking great......and it is awesome that your jeans are so loose....but I know the feeling about not wanting to give up comfortable pants....I am sitll holding onto mine, even though I can get in a smaller size..but they are comfy but they do have elastic waists too.....but if your belt is holding it up....why worry?

love the sweater......i've got one similar which I absolutely love....

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/11/2011 12:23AM

    love the sweater and the fact that you can put your arm in your pants (I envy that ability!) Your all set for winter! Made me laugh! Wish I could do that! great going that you lost so much weight that your pants fell down. LOL! like you, I dont like to get rid of a favorite pair of jeans, esp when they are lose. Makes you feel quite comfy and proud... who cares if they fall down! LOL! Enjoy the breeze!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/11/2011 12:12AM

    Love the cosy & the loose fitting jeans! GO YOU!!! Keep up the good job! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 6/11/2011 12:05AM

    Ann, You made me LOL which is so healthy for us! A big Hug and Thank you for That. I think your Jeans look good on you and love the cozy sweather your friends gave you as that will hide your waist and keep you warm! It's great to have caring friends!! We used to have Woolworth stores and it was a favorite of mine growing up but here it seems they went out of business years ago at least here in California. I always love your positive attitude and caring ways. You are the Best!!



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GRANPATTIE 6/10/2011 11:34PM

    You do have very thoughtful friends. But WOW!!! Look at the room you have in those pants! That is truly wonderful.

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SUSIEPH1 6/10/2011 11:00PM

Love your new Cardie ... and your favorite jeans perhaps it is time for them to go .. before the same things happen!
would have been great to have seen it !
very funny ! emoticon emoticon
Hugs Susie

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BETZYGIRL 6/10/2011 10:32PM

    emoticon Made me laugh! And after a couple days of taking care of DS2 who just had 4 wisdom teeth cut out so not much laughing has been going on for a couple days. Thanks for the joy of sharing:)

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/10/2011 10:31PM

    LOL... I feel your pain. I've been sporting leggings for a few months now because I just don't feel like buying new pants yet!

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LJCANNON 6/10/2011 10:13PM

    That is AWESOME!!! I love that picture!!
emoticonThose are True Friends who know that Having Fun is an important part of this Journey.

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ANDEENNATE 6/10/2011 10:12PM

    You have some great friends, thanks for sharing. I had a great laugh!

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MADKAPKID 6/10/2011 9:51PM

    enjoying each day for what it offers is important...and finding a laugh or two each day is good medicine. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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    That's hilarious! Thank you!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/10/2011 9:48PM

    emoticonHad a quiet giggle to myself! emoticon

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Thank you all so very much!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

It is a week since I entered my last blog – a blog that has seemed to take the Sparkpeople Community by storm with 987 comments and 1209 people who registered that they liked it, as I put this up!!
I have been totally humbled by this response to a blog that I actually had put together for myself – as a bit of fun to see how far I had come and then as I did it – I laughed at my memories and feelings from the different stages – and then saw me as I am now – and I decided to put it up as as a blog as I thought a few who know me might enjoy it and the few less mobile members on the site might draw comfort that all is not lost!! The reaction by so many members blew me away!!

A tip to anyone who thinks they aren't getting anywhere - is to put together a collection of previous photos as I did - you learn so much!!

. I actually went through a series of emotions during the week – firstly shock and I wanted to crawl into a hole and hide, then I thought about it and I hoped I really would help some people. I actually got so overwhelmed at one stage trying to reply to the responses that every time I got to the end of a page so many more had come in that I went backward instead of forward – and one evening after trying to catch up I ended up 3 pages back from where I had started that morning!! The replies have now settled and I am able to keep up with them

I have tried to answer all of you–and to also answer all the wonderful gifts of goodies and friendship that I have received as well as the Sparkmails – if you haven’t heard – please let me know as it would have got wound up in the rush accidentally!!

So – Thank you all – I treasure all the comments and gifts – and this week will inspire me further and stay in my memory for a very long time!!

I am working on a blog answering some of the questions I was asked but …………
In answer to one question I was asked I need to state that – none of the photos were ‘Photoshop” enhanced, – had they been I certainly would have added some teeth!! LOL!! I hate to tell you – but they were all – “as is” the only change made was to cut some of the background off!!

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KAYELENE 6/10/2011 7:12PM

    What you've achieved is truly amazing. You are truly an inspiration to us all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BECKY3774 6/10/2011 5:08PM

    Your story brings tears to my eyes and laughter and joy to my heart...THANK YOU!!!!

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MMRB7111 6/10/2011 3:31PM

    No, thank you is needed. In fact, Thank You so much for sharing your journey with us. You showed us all how it is possible to achieve a goal of healthy eating and weight loss the right way. I am truly inspired by your determination, patience and no give up attitude. You did such a good job of changing your lifestyle. You are truly an awesome lady. Please continue to share your journey.


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    I'm so grateful that you're sharing this journey with me. It's not a diet. It's not JUST a change of lifestyle but it is becoming a WAY OF LIFE and I'm glad to have you shining your light of example & inspiration along the way. You're my hero! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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MILLIE5522 6/10/2011 1:37PM

    You are so lovely....I feel privileged to have come across your story, so like many people here, I am inspired by you and with you all the way. emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 6/10/2011 12:46PM

    Your blog is a real inspiration - particularly at the moment when progress is so slow for me and I seem to take 10 steps forward and 9 back every time. Your determination in keeping going despite setbacks just inspires us to do the same. emoticon

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HAPPYBASKET 6/10/2011 10:56AM

    They have all said "IT" We don't need Thank You's we just need your continued inspiration! You go girl!
you are loved!

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TUBLADY 6/10/2011 10:23AM

    This Thank You Blog should be enough for the people that responded as I did. I don't expect you to answer me back, you did when I added you as a friend. I thank you for just setting such an wonderful example of what someone can accomplish.
Continue to inspire others to work toward the dreams and goals of living a healthy, fit life.
Take care,
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 6/10/2011 10:15AM

    Your Journey with Pictures really hit home for many of us, especially those like me who are struggling to keep afloat. You've accomplished so much in a relatively short time and did it the right way. You are an inspiration to me and many others as to what you can gain by eating healthy and exercising daily. It takes a strong and determined person, like you, to show us it can and has been done. You are a Shining Example of everything I want to be and achieve!! You give us so much hope and care so much about us that I only wish we could do something more for you! Well Wishes and Hugs and a Big Thank You for Being You, a Very Special Lady!


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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 6/10/2011 9:55AM

    You warmth and kindness ooze with every sentence you write. Don't feel like you have to respond to me, Emma, but I was touched by your decency to write me back originally when I wrote. Even a friend of mine wrote you and was so excited that you took the time to write her back! And your response to me was just exactly as I would have felt had I been in your shoes. Overwhelmed, worried about expectations, but willing to push through it.

I have been SO inspired by your insistence and patience in this whole thing. Obviously in 9 years, things stayed the same, went up or down for you, but you get prodding along and you succeeded.

And you know, it made me think...Heck this isn't some quick fix I should expect and, when the very minute it doesn't go well, I should quit!!! Heck with that nonsense, you know? YOU AND YOUR STORY gave me that. And every time I waiver I think of you and all you have done and I move past it. Well, anyway, thanks and take care.



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    I think you did a great job on that blog, and you deserved every single accolade! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERLYWA 6/10/2011 9:24AM

    You have such a truly sweet spirit, but remember....when blogs go viral like that, most people know that you simply cannot personally respond to nearly 1,000 comments, so they understand :)

Keep up your progress and please keep sharing with us, you are clearly an inspiration to many!

Erika :)

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HELEN_BRU 6/10/2011 9:22AM

    Thanks for writing this blog so we can thank you for your responses and not clutter up your page! You are truly an inspiration, even to me, who usually has to read umpteen articles or books before I can get back to brass tacks.

I agree, we sometimes don't give ourselves enough credit for having accomplished as much as we have. Maybe if we did, we wouldn't be so quick to quit. And who wants to start all over again. I am done with that!


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GOANNA2 6/10/2011 9:21AM

    Thank you and you're welcome for giving us all a glimpse
of your journey and to know that it is really all possible. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 6/10/2011 9:08AM

    emoticonYour welcome!

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TJHIERS 6/10/2011 9:03AM

    i think for many of us we feel defeated at times, some with more to lose and some with not as much to lose, and when we see your journey, it gives us a positive feeling that we can do it too ! we need the inspiring pictures and words to give us hope that one of these days we will get there too !
thank you so much, and i hope you know we all need to see it and to know how to do it,...and that is what keeps us fighting everyday to continue on our journey's..
you rock !
keep on sparkin my friend ! emoticon

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 6/10/2011 8:54AM

    I don't think all 987 expect to get a personal "Thank you" from you, for commenting on your blog. This "Thank you" blog is should surely be enough!
I'm sure that other members will agree with me. We'd rather have you go out there and have a great time, than sitting at the computer, trying to accomplish this nearly impossible task!

Please - No need to send me a reply to this comment! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/10/2011 7:55AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed your blog and it really gave me hope.

I have my times and yesterday was one of them. I guess last
month was also. But I have to I WILL start improving. I know
how to and I know I can, I just have to want to enough to
follow through

Thanks for being a shining example of the SP had done to
enhance so many lives.


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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/10/2011 6:40AM

    it is we who have to say to you. emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 6/10/2011 6:34AM

    You've done the work, you deserve the recognition.

I need to get my camera out and start to track the changes.

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SAFFYS_PAGE 6/10/2011 6:09AM

    As has been said above...
We should be thanking you , It has certainly made me more determined to keep focused.
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hugs and light

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SUSIEPH1 6/10/2011 5:39AM

    The pleasure is all ours ... It has given so many of us hope ... and I am so sure it has inspired so many more of us ..
Thank you !! .
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNIGHTS6 6/10/2011 5:29AM

    You are so welcome and so worthy of all the kind comments.
looking forward to moe of your blogs
love angela xxx emoticon

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The Story of a 64kg (141lb) weight loss in words and pictures

Saturday, June 04, 2011

I have always been a “big” person – from when I was a baby!!
I tried a lot of diets and ways to lose weight – none really worked and although I might lose the occasional couple of pounds – I just got bigger and bigger

1877(ooops!!) 1977 – at my wedding – just to show that our wedding dresses aren’t always our smallest size!! Maybe one day I’ll try it on again for fun!!

1998 – in UK on holiday

2002 – this was taken in Adelaide on Holiday – and was the photo where I decided I had had enough – time for yet another attempt to lose weight!! I was 170kg here (374lb) and taking size 34 clothes!! This is the first reasonably correct recorded weight I have. I may well have been heavier before but its not on record.

2004 – going veeeerrrryyy slowly!!

2005 – off on vacation – by now I was buying 2 seats on the plane and using a walking stick and walking frame!! I was losing weight very slowly but my health was deteriorating – obesity was taking its toll – on my knees.

2007 – holiday in West Australia – and scooter came too!! By now I had given up walking much – too much pain and very unstable knees – so I had a scooter – but taking it on holiday is rather like taking everything and the kitchen sink!!

2008 – 35kg gone (77lb) however – still living a totally sedentary life – and still wearing size 34 clothes!! This was a couple of months before I joined Sparkpeople.

In Feb 2009 I joined Sparkpeople – and discovered a hitherto banned word – exercise!! I was already eating a fairly healthy diet – but exercise was the one thing I had never tried!! I started staggering through 1 exercise in a Chair exercise DVD – but kept going – every day – often ending up sobbing with pain and effort – but eventually – .........

In 2010 – I started seeing changes – the length and intensity of exercise was increasing and I was getting stronger – a bit – my knees still gave some troubles and I was still getting delayed onset muscle pain after starting new exercises or increasing intensity. This was a real motivational picture too – my first ever pair of zip front jeans – goal reached!! They had all been elastic waist band up to now(yes all my life) !! and it was the first time I dared wear a belt and tuck in the shirt!!

I still used a scooter for most things out side – like shopping – and honestly was being told by the Doctor I always would until I had 2 knee replacements!! Well why wouldn’t I believe him??

By September 2009 I was really proud of how far I had come – and thought I looked great!! LOL!!

In June 2010 I joined Curves – feeling I wanted and needed to step things up a bit – this was the nearest I came at that time to “gym clothes” I chose Curves because I could sit and exercise at a lot of the machines – taking the stress off my knees!! Also the conventional gyms round here all need one to use a walking machine – an electric walking machine that will persist in throwing me off the back!! They also expect one to get down on the floor to exercise – but they don’t have a crane to lift me up!!

By August 2010 the extra work was paying dividends!

I rewarded myself with some gym clothes and started Zumba!! Not bad forsomeone who was using a scooter a lot of the time - though I do say it myself!!

And this is today – 4th June 2011 – a few days from my 67th Birthday – and 106kg (233lb) Its on ongoing thing, this weight loss – and there have been tears and laughter – and it certainly hasn’t been easy – but I wouldn’t go back to my old self for anything – not all the money in the world!!

For one thing I rarely have pain in my knees, and they are stable now. I occasionally use my poor faithful scooter that is sitting lonely in the garage, for long walks over uneven ground – but maybe one day……!! And my Doctor has stopped talking of knee replacements – now he just wants to know what the latest achievement is!!

And today – I had another “moment” – I undid the leather belt holding my jeans – and the jeans fell down – the snap and zip were still done up!! I thought they had been feeling loose!! Then I put this blog together and discovered why – they are the same jeans I was so proud of in the 2010 picture – my first pair of zip jeans – good heavens!! I must have been poured into them then – but they are so comfortable I just keep wearing them – they are a size 24 though and I am in size 20 now!!

Next reward – new jeans!! Meanwhile – a good strong tight leather belt!!

A work in progress – Aug 2002 – June 2011 – 63kg (141lb) difference and clothes difference from size 34- size 18/20!!
Do you know what I am most proud of?? ..... That I did it without surgical intervention, without medical intervention and without crash diets!! Just good healthy eating in the right portions and a lot of hard, but fun work, exercising!!

I am often asked – how far will you go – what is your goal?? I have no idea how far I will go – I have gone a lot further than any of the specialists ever thought was possible – and far far further than I ever believed possible. I am still going – weight loss is very slow – but my balance, strength, flexibility are improving all the time – I feel healthy and am enjoying the journey. My only goal is to continue until I reach a weight at which I am confortable and with which I am comfortable!!

The other question I am often asked is – its taken so long – don’t you get fed up ?? No I don’t because it’s a way of life – now I couldn’t go back to unhealthy eating – and I am enjoying exercise so I honestly would expect this to be a way of life until I die!! Therefore the time taken is irrelevant!!

Is it worth it ??? I’ll leave that for you to decide!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRANDMA_SANDY48 7/4/2011 11:33PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad I read it today, as I am trying to get started after my holiday overseas. How wonderful that you have been able to avoid surgery through all your hard work. Well done... emoticon

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RGEETING 7/2/2011 3:55PM

    Thank you for being such an encouragement to me! One of the first things I did on sp is to look at before and after pics... showing them to my hubby... and saying, "see? it's possible!" Thanks for sharing your journey with me!

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CONNIER64 7/1/2011 4:26PM

    Wow!!! I admire you so much.I had never met such inspiring people till I joined SP emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIVANA108 7/1/2011 3:57PM

    Beautiful journey and an amazing courage to keep going and never give or or go back :) You are an inspriation emoticon emoticon

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SEABREEZET40 7/1/2011 1:12PM

    You always are an encouragement to me.

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BREE1968 6/23/2011 7:07AM

    EMMABE1 you are amazing. I too have always been a big person. I started out very small a premie as a baby. I made up for it rather quickly. I know what it is like to live in a large body. I myself have struggled with my weight loss my whole life. I just wanted to say your are one of my many inspirations. you are taking one day at a time. that is what I myself have also learned to do. there is no time limit on weight loss. in fact the longer it takes to come off, the longer it will stay off. I know and feel that you will get a weight that great for you. I pray for you and wish you all the best. keep going and I will keep going also.

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NORAHNICK 6/21/2011 3:52PM

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGG how awesome is this???? How awesome are YOU???? You look fantastic and I'm so glad you didn't have to have any scary medical procedures!!!! What an inspiration you are!

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    Congratulations!!!! There are just no words...other than, you rock, EMMABE1! emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 6/19/2011 10:12AM

    SO proud of you! You have done a FANTASTIC job of reclaiming your health and reclaiming your life! Atta girl! CONGRATUATIONS! Keep up the good work! And definitely time for you to go jean shopping, girl! Thanks for sharing your story and your pictures! It is VERY inspirational! Spark on! emoticon

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SANDRINE250 6/15/2011 10:15PM

  Absolutely amazing!
Just what I needed to read today to get me off my butt!
Thanks - you're an inspiration

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JILLBRYA 6/15/2011 8:44AM

    Fantastic Job!! You look great and should feel very proud of all your hard work! emoticon

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MRSSCHENCK 6/15/2011 6:25AM

    Thanks for sharing your story. It's just what I needed to read today.

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SARENA668 6/13/2011 10:01PM

    I just want to say that you are an awesome lady !

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CALIGIRLDIANA 6/13/2011 2:09PM

    This is absolutely awesome thank you so much for sharing with us!! You have come a long way and you look good!!!


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DAISYBELL6 6/13/2011 12:01PM

    You are a remarkable woman who is on a remarkable journey. You epitomize, to me, what Spark People is all about....health and life!

More power to you!

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SHASSYSUE2 6/13/2011 2:12AM

    Awesome!!! I love the fact that you did not have surgery!! I am doing this journey without any medical intervention, and it is so good to see someone that has done it this way too!!

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SARALEE24 6/13/2011 12:32AM

    WOW! This just made me want to get up and do something about myself. Lately I haven't done much in the ways of anything but sit on the couch. When I started reading this I realized that I can lose the weight that I want to lose. Thank You so much for posting this, I'm sure it helped you a lot too. You look great I hope that your weight loss journey goes well for you.

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SARALEE24 6/13/2011 12:31AM

    WOW! This just made me want to get up and do something about myself. Lately I haven't done much in the ways of anything but sit on the couch. When I started reading this I realized that I can lose the weight that I want to lose. Thank You so much for posting this, I'm sure it helped you a lot too. You look great I hope that your weight loss journey goes well for you.

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AFTERMYKIDS 6/12/2011 6:14PM

    emoticonYOU are emoticon
Keep showing people what YOU ARE MADE OF!! emoticon
There NO STOPPING YOU! emoticon

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HANNAHRN2012 6/12/2011 5:45PM

    Thank you for sharing. It was the motivation I needed today! :D

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SHIRLEYD1959 6/12/2011 4:43PM

    You are not a survivor! That's not good enough! You are an overcomer! You are the picture of healthy persistence, endurance, determination and fortitude. I wish everyone who needs to believe that positive change is possible after 40. No excuses, just focus, planning and belief.

Not to mention that you are skillful in picture journaling and documenting!

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MWHITE772 6/12/2011 4:28PM

    Great story, very motivational, exceptional job persevering keep it up! emoticon

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MERLA59 6/12/2011 3:12PM

  Thank you for the motivation, you have done an awesome job! emoticon

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GOODNPLENTY14 6/12/2011 2:54PM

  You're a champion! Way to go. And there's no going back!

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SPENDURTH 6/12/2011 11:16AM

    Such commitment and endurance! WOW! You are looking great- keep going! emoticon

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JCBURROW 6/12/2011 9:42AM

    Thank you for sharing your on-going journey! The pictures are quite helpful in showing your progress.

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BJF1609 6/12/2011 8:05AM

  Thank you for sharing your story. I am truly inspired by what you have accomplished and when I get discouraged, I'm just going to read your post again to remind myself that I have it within myself to make the changes I need to make in order to be healthy. You've truly helped me today and I thank you for it! emoticon

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MHINDI00 6/12/2011 2:17AM

  no comment accept that I'm very happy for those who tried and finaly acheived there goals but the most important is to change there life stile and never go back emoticon

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MHINDI00 6/12/2011 2:15AM

  no comment accept that I'm very happy for those who tried and finaly acheived there goals but the most important is to change there life stile and never go back emoticon

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DETERMINEDMOM_3 6/12/2011 1:18AM

    Good Job!!!!

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MAY21IWILLDOIT 6/12/2011 12:08AM

    Wonderful wonderful inspiration! God bless you for honoring your body and making it healthy. I am trying to do the same. emoticon

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DIVAFROMSC 6/11/2011 10:49PM

    What an inspiration you are!!! Keep up the hard work!!!

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KRISTINKOTT 6/11/2011 10:06PM

    Wow. How amazing. Congratulations on such an awesome accomplishment. you give me hope!

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    What a testimony to perseverance! emoticon emoticon

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WABJEB 6/11/2011 8:54PM

    you are amazing god bless and good luck!!

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MEOWER 6/11/2011 7:59PM

    You are incredible! What an inspiration!

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BABYTUXXY 6/11/2011 7:30PM

    emoticonYou are doing great

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DELGADITA69 6/11/2011 7:05PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are very courageous!
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DELGADITA69 6/11/2011 7:04PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are very courageous!
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23KAIYA 6/11/2011 6:56PM

    Wow, what an amazing woman!

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CAROLJ35 6/11/2011 6:50PM

    I have tears of joy in my eyes! Such a wonderful story and so brave of you to share all those photos. But they have a story to tell. I love your attitude and know you have honestly made this a way of life. God Bless!

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FUTURENAVY 6/11/2011 6:29PM

    This is such a transformation! I love that you posted the pictures so that we are able to share your weight loss journey with you. Fantastic job!!

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CAFEBEANZ 6/11/2011 5:07PM

    You're awesome! Congrats and thanks for posting your ongoing journey. You're an inspiration and I wish you much success in your journey.

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AZBACKPACKER 6/11/2011 3:16PM

    Wonderful. You keep up the great work....

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SW33TG33KGIRL 6/11/2011 2:29PM

    WOW !!! Very impressive .... worthy of lots of praise and a standing ovation .... I am so proud of you !!! It is no easy tasks to do what you have done and it is obvious you did it through hard work and determination !!! GREAT JOB :)

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SLIMMERSUSAN10 6/11/2011 12:50PM

    Amazing!! Thanks for the pictures! Keep up the good work!!

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CHIDREW 6/11/2011 12:26PM

    Fantastic job! Keep up the great work!

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TAZMAHAL 6/11/2011 12:00PM

    What an inspiration story .very motivating I will start walking today on my treadmill. I have bad knees, but reading your story has made me think twice .I am a member for curves. Thank you

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