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Memories – a glimpse of my past!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

This has absolutely nothing to do with weight loss or healthy living at all!!

I was looking through some old photos the other day and came across some photos of my first car Those were the days – things have changed!!
I got my first car in 1966 – I had just passed my driving test – which I took in Central London in rush hour – and it involved driving round Marble Arch – in those days you could get round Marble Arch in rush hour – these days they would choose another route!!

It was a Renault 4L and I was really proud of it!!
It had slung canvas seats and a manual push pull gear box and I had to double declutch to change!! But I really learnt to drive in that car!! I think my poor misguided ever loving Father thought I would be safe in it!! But that car and I had some adventures!!
In those days I was a bit wild and heavily involved with the motor racing crowd, every weekend we were at one track or another and I obviously had a lot of friends in that circle. So much so that my car was “looked after” very well.

It was “modified”- and would probably have been the fastest Renault 4L about. In fact I got stopped for speeding on a motorway one evening going home after a race and I looked at the policeman innocently and told him – “there is no way this car could do that speed, sir!!” -He scratched his head, walked round the car and left – I had been certainly doing well over the speed limit!! - There was no sign on the outside of the car of the work that had been done to it!!


This is my car in the paddock of the Nürburgring F1 Grand Prix in Germany – 1967 – the paddock has changed somewhat these days as has security!!

As I said – I got known with my little car and one day – I was given a car racing magazine with this on the front page – - you can see the “wild child” was a big person even then!!



I went to many places with that little car – and the last trip was to Morocco – when I crossed the Atlas Mountains and drove along the Northern edge of the Sahara Desert.
That trip itself had many memories – not the least the worry –watching my car being winched by crane onto the boat to cross from Spain – no drive on, drive off then!! I had heard the car before mine land in the hold – and had heard many horrific stories of what could happen – so I literally held my breath!!



But it was accomplished safely!! That was an amazing holiday-and the catr held upwell over very rough roads in very hot conditions


This was at the top of the pass we used to cross the Atlas Mountains before descending to the Sahara.

Unfortunately – though we got home safely – the gear box had cracked right though – maybe heat or just hard conditions, and rough unmade roads- but when I got home it wasn’t worth the repair bill – a new car was cheaper!!

Ah! Memories – but it also brings home what huge changes I have seen in my lifetime!!

  
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GARDENQE2 7/18/2011 7:01PM

    Loved you car story. It reminds me of my early days of driving. My high school had a drivers' training class everyone had to pass to graduate. It seemed that I would NEVER learn the sequence of clutch-and-shift-and-accelerate. So my dear, dedicated Daddy took me on country roads in his 1959 pickup truck and had me start, shift through all the gears, stop and repeat...probably a thousand times. It was a hard-learned lesson and to this day, I still drive manual-shift cars!
Keep sparking!

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CAZ5346 7/18/2011 1:24PM

    WHAT A WONDERFUL DRIVE DOWN MEMORY LANE. I SO ENJOY LEARNING MORE ABOUT MY SPARK FRIENDS.

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RGEETING 7/18/2011 12:46PM

    Thanks for sharing your life and history with us! :-)
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IMJUSTFLUFFY 7/18/2011 10:38AM

    Now that was a fun blog! Sure enjoyed it! My 1st car was a karmann Ghia with a Porche engine! I don't remember the year of the car...50 something. I drove it from 68-71.
Lot's of memories. A friend of my "soon to be hubby" gave us a kitten..and that kitten used to love riding in that Ghia & I loved playing "race car driver" That little orange kitty would dig it's claws in for all the corners! What fun!
Thanks for those cool pics and bringing back those memories!
Rhonda

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PAMROPER 7/18/2011 10:36AM

    I love your blogs Emmabe1! What an adventure you just told us about - Speedy!!! emoticon

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HAPPYBASKET 7/18/2011 9:35AM

    Who would have thought about our Emmabe1 as a racer. After reading your adventures in Africa, the daring young lady with the trips, doesn't surprise me very much. BUT, the cartoon of the Lady racer is just too much & must have drwn much laughter (except from your parents). Seeing your car being loaded on to the ship brings back memories of our crates of household goods coming back from Europe 4 times, because they did get hoisted that way. Other than loosened joints due to the moisture, everything always arrived, in tact. Our lives have been Amazing, ! !
Memories are good for us. Don't you wish you had kept the car? What a sight it would be today.

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THESILVERLADY 7/18/2011 9:30AM

    emoticon I really like this blog.. A great story. Thanks for the incentive; I'm going to dig out pictures of my first car. emoticon

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JENNYBAKER247 7/18/2011 8:56AM

    Fabulous blog! They don't make cars like they used too. I lived in London for 2 years but didn't drive over there. Hubby did and he was my taxi, lol. I love all the adventures you have had. Memories live forever!!! Love it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EAGLES_WINGS 7/18/2011 8:40AM

    What fun! I used to enjoy quite a bit of travel myself. Loved your story!
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KAYELENE 7/18/2011 4:33AM

    What a wonderful story. You certainly had some good adventures. Thank you for sharing your memories with us emoticon

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    What a great story! Thanks for sharing your memories with us. emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/18/2011 12:03AM

    1966 Volkwagen Beetle here. Man the places that thing could go, kind of like a mountain goat. Went way more places with it than with a four wheel drive pickup truck. Only bad thing about it was the lack of heat for a long time when you first started up in the winter and there wasn't any temperature control, it was off or on, nothing in between...

But the gas mileage was great for that era.

Thanks for the memories.

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JILL313 7/17/2011 11:48PM

    You sure had a lot of fun in your little car--and oh, so you were wild and a hottie--LOL!! It's great thinking of the good ole days when everything was so much cheaper and it was easier to get around. Thank you for the walk down memory lane.

Hugs,

Jill

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SANDYBRUNO 7/17/2011 11:20PM

    I remember my first car too. It was a 1962 Plymouth Valient. I loved hanging out with my friends in that car.

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MUSTDO60 7/17/2011 10:49PM

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l can relate to the car! My first was a 'mini-minor' and boy did l put it to the test. Was definitely a 'rev-head' in my day. Think l'm lucky l'm still alive! My parents never knew half of what l got up too--was always trying to out do the boys. l didn't travel far though, only around the area l live in. It was lowered, including the steering wheel, had a larger exhaust put on, and 'fat' tyres all round. I even serviced it myself! lol!! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/17/2011 10:27PM

    emoticonWe started off with a Fiat 124! Loved it to bits, cost $1000.00

And we drove across the Nullabour in a Datsun 180B in 1979!

Thanks for the womderful memories!

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SUSIEPH1 7/17/2011 9:58PM

    How Amazing !! .
You have certainly had lots of adventures!! Thank you so much for sharing this one with us!!. A Hottie Ehh ..Who would have thought ??
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What the Sparkpeople Program means to me.....

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I was asked by my Dietician on a recent visit – to explain “what Sparkpeople means to me” as he hasn’t met the program and was really interested in it for other clients of his.
I found it hard to answer at that moment – but this is my answer that I will send to him.

What the Sparkpeople program means to me

The main aim is embodied in this quote by Chris Downie – Sparkpeople founder
“We help our members reach their goals by showing them how to truly make a healthy lifestyle change. This helps them keep the weight off AND helps them in other areas of life—from relationships to career and finances”

I have found this to be true – as I have got healthier through lifestyle changes, other things have changed – I have become more confident, I feel younger, I am more alert and can do more – no “nanny naps” or rests between preparing meals. And 1000 other things!!

So – what have I found in the last 2 ½ years, to be the most important points in the program?
1 – To regard it as a “lifetime” program – so not to be upset if, now and again, the calories go over, or the meals don’t always balance as they should, or I get tempted to eat “empty calories” once in a while, or I miss an exercise session. For me – these things are rare as they should be, but I have learnt that there is a clean slate starting the next day – however, as I lose weight very slowly, I will try to get an extra Curves session in to compensate.
2 – Tracking – both food and exercise. By tracking my food – EVERYTHING eaten – I know exactly where I am in calories and balance in the menu – I plan my main meals up to 4 wks ahead – and work menus round them. I always plan meals for the next day on the day before and spend a little time ensuring they are within the calorie and macronutrient allowances SP suggests. I always eat at the lower end of the calorie range, and ensure that I keep to the planned menu – if things go belly up – then I enter the changes in my tracker to check the damage!!
I also track my exercise carefully – since this, as well as my height, and weight enable SP to work out my calorie range and food balance.
Another reason to ensure balance in your menus, apart from the obvious one of ensuring you get all the necessary nutrients for the body to function fully, is that I heard it said that 70% of weight loss is in the food we eat!! Far too often we are overweight because our diet is too heavy in Carbs or fats (often the wrong types of both ) and by balancing up the macronutrients we help the body to lose and to become fully functional.
3 – Portion Control – often an overweight person has a distorted view of portions. In tracking they learn portion control as well – and the three things together (tracking, portion control and macronutrient balance) are the roots of the food side of the program.
4 – Water – It is recommended that we drink at least 2lit water or fluid each day. I have found that – I have to drink at least 2 lit water – pure fresh water – each day – and any other fluids are extra!! For some reason, this is essential – unless I drink 2 lit water, or more, I don’t lose weight!!
If plain water is hard to drink try a small squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice in it!!
5 – Sleep – 8 hrs a night is recommended – as surprisingly, lack of sleep can totally derail all your efforts.
The Sleep and Weight Loss Connection

New research underscores the critical role sleep plays with weight loss and maintaining your weight.

Lack of sleep

- Increases appetite
- Decreases metabolism
- Causes you to store more fat from carbs.

Out of Control Hunger and Lack of Sleep

Several new studies implicate inadequate sleep as a prime culprit with increased hunger. Chronic lack of sleep is directly connected with a higher risk of obesity and diabetes

6 – Exercise – both Strength training and Cardiac or Aerobic exercise are recommended.
It is important to find a form, or several forms of exercise that YOU enjoy and then to build consistency in them. A lot of us find that exercising first thing in the morning, before we get involved with the days happenings, works well
A minimum of 3 cardiac sessions a week, but there is no reason not to do 7 sessions a week!! It is recommended that at least 60 mins moderate exercise a day is attempted, however this 60 mins can be broken into smaller periods – the main aim is to keep moving in some way or another. Remember that a lot of things count as exercise – and it doesn’t have to be “formal” exercise necessarily!! Eg – gardening, housework, sweeping the deck, etc, etc.

Strength training – a lot of people think this will turn them into a body builder and bulk up their muscles so they have great bulges!! Nonsense!!
When you lose weight you lose a mixture of body fat and muscle from the body, so this needs replacing and strengthening to prevent excessive loss.
Also, when we live a sedentary life, or even just a very relaxed life the muscles that aren’t being used start to lose their strength after only 2 weeks. So we need to build them up again to give us energy and balance and stamina.
By strengthening the muscles we give our body that well toned look and our posture is better, also it is by strength training that any lose skin is taken up – after weight loss which makes you feel and look better. And it is possible, given enough time to shrink those bags on the stomach. Butt and arms right back!!
7 – Improved Self-Image - A lot of overweight people have a very poor self-image. They think they are ugly, and they don’t like themselves at all. Often this can be caused by abuse of some type, by a difficult childhood, by a multitude of things. They can use the excess weight to hide behind.
In losing weight,, becoming fitter and gaining health and strength they also gain self confidence and start to realise that they are a person in their own right!! They become a “different “ person and they learn to love themselves. This improvement in self image in turn creates its own motivation to continue getting fit and healthy.
8 - Support – It is often said that the more you give, the more you gain back. This is so very true as far as SP is concerned.
The whole program works on the support that one gets from the site, from other members, from team leaders and from the SP staff. Where else can you find support 24/7 ?? It has been proved in studies that people who take part in challenges, and contribute to message boards, and read and leave messages on blogs are the ones who lose weight faster and more easily, so the more you give back to the site, the more you will gain from it!!. I know that in my own case, I give a lot of time to helping members of my other team – the Chair Exercise Team but I get back their love and respect in so many ways, and this in its turn .generates more motivation in me!!
9 – Education – there are a multitude of articles on a myriad of subjects in the site –and they enable you to understand yourself, and the program. By fully understanding YOU and by knowing and understanding the program very well, you will assist yourself towards certain success
10 – Becoming the best person that you can – basically this is the overall aim of the program – to become fit and healthy, so that you can live as full a life as you chose – so that anything is possible!! Believe – and it WILL happen – dream big – and follow those dreams!!

What do you think? Do you agree with me or not??

  
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CAMOGIRL78 7/28/2011 11:49AM

    Great writing! Thank you so much for directing me to it! :)

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 7/19/2011 5:43PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this blog with me! emoticon emoticon

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JETTANALA 7/18/2011 9:21PM

    send it off!

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DEBIGENE 7/16/2011 6:02PM

    Well said and as usual a great blog. You ROCK !!!

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ANGELEYES67J 7/15/2011 4:16PM

    This is so true. Good job once again.

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GOANNA2 7/15/2011 9:28AM

    emoticonGreat blog Ann.

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CAZ5346 7/14/2011 8:41PM

    ANOTHER emoticon BLOG. THIS NEEDS TO BE SAID OVER AND OVER AS A REMINDER TO ALL OF US. emoticon





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KAYELENE 7/14/2011 8:35PM

    Great blog! Well said, thank you for sharing emoticon

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MS.ELENI 7/14/2011 8:21PM

    You always write the best blogs. emoticon

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BIBS4664 7/14/2011 6:33PM

    wONDERFUL WORKING PROGRAM. TY

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ROSAMARCELLE 7/14/2011 5:03PM

    Absolutely! I had some inkling of the problems with lack of sleep but didn't realise it was so all encompassing. Many thanks for an inspiring blog. emoticon

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 7/14/2011 1:19PM

    I agree!

Your description of the planning was especially helpful for me because these past two weeks have not been great for me. Part of it is attributed to the fact that I was eating and "then" tracking instead of the other way around. thanks!

Barbara



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GARDENQE2 7/14/2011 12:39PM

    Excellent explanation...I hope we net many more members from it.

Together, we will go forward.

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THESILVERLADY 7/14/2011 11:50AM

    Well thought out. An encourager for we who are reading your blog, plus my guess is your dietician will share your principals with many present and future patients,

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PAMROPER 7/14/2011 11:15AM

    Very well said. Thanks.

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LQUEST4754 7/14/2011 10:07AM

  Thanks!

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CINDHOLM 7/14/2011 7:43AM

    Great Blog, Thanx for sharing!! emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 7/14/2011 3:25AM

    I agree and it has done you wonderfully!!

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MICHSTATE 7/14/2011 1:56AM

    Great blog!!!
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ELUNAMAKATA 7/14/2011 1:37AM

    Excellent work!!

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JOANOFSPARK 7/14/2011 1:23AM

    emoticon blog, Anne......as always you completely nail it..... I totally agree with you. I loved the part about "10 – Becoming the best person that you can – basically this is the overall aim of the program – to become fit and healthy, so that you can live as full a life as you chose – so that anything is possible!! Believe – and it WILL happen – dream big – and follow those dreams!!"

Even cooler is that just before I read your blog, I had just posted on the huddle the saying, "Be all that I can be...:) " so our minds were on the same wave length.



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VXWALL1942 7/14/2011 12:22AM

    Well said, as usual. An all encompassing clarification of what Spark People is and does.

vicki

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KARIDIAN1 7/13/2011 11:53PM

    Great response to your dietitians question. You always have such interesting blogs.

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ROCHELLE62 7/13/2011 11:43PM

    It is tough to argue with success. Great presentation.

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RGEETING 7/13/2011 11:38PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us! You covered everything so well. Thank you, too, for being the example you are for me...and sharing your journey to help me as I am beginning my journey!
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SEEKINGMYPATH 7/13/2011 11:34PM

    Very well said! I've tried other programs and so far this program has worked well for me. The support given from the Spark community is phenomenal and people like you have been my inspiration. emoticon

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HAPPYBASKET 7/13/2011 11:32PM

    Just up long enought to take a peak at my mail & I had to read your Blog, of course. YOU are so terriffic in your writings. I can't write more now, but I am so proud of you

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WENDYJM4 7/13/2011 11:31PM

    emoticon blog and so true

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SUSIEPH1 7/13/2011 11:17PM

    Ann, I agree with you totally.
I am on the same journey as you know, and it is working for me ..
Thank you for putting it into words so that everyone can benefit from what you have learned.
I am still learning .
.Each day I search Sparks Blogs, Articles, ETC looking for anything that will help me and eventually everyone else that will listen!! .
Thank you so much for your wisdom ...
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MT-MOONCHASER 7/13/2011 11:12PM

    I think that this should give your nutritionist a very good synopsis of what Spark is and can do.

I think that Chris should hire you as an ad copy writer...

Great blog.

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JILL313 7/13/2011 11:07PM

    Ann, I agree with you 100% and you covered all aspects of SP and said it all beautifully. There is nothing as good offered as SP that I know about. . .We all are so fortunate to have this opportunity thanks to Chris Downie to participate in this wonderful and complete program. It's up to each of us individually to use the tools on SP to get Healthy!! Thank you Ann for being You--You are a role model of SP and a very Special and dedicated Leader.

Hugs,

Jill

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I finally gave in!! - Photos of the new jeans!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

This blog is for those of you who were so worried about my jeans falling off – and were so generous as to give me jeans and leather belt goodies!!
I finally buckled – and got new ones!!
The black eye is from cataract surgery earlier this week – ! went 10 rounds with the surgeon – he must have thought I needed the exercise!!



The design on the jeans is a couple of butterflies – representing freedom – from the handicap of excess weight.



The T-shirt has a butterfly on it too!!



They are reminders of how far I have come and motivation for the rest that is still to go!!



How far have I come? – far enough to begin to wonder if the person in the photos is the same person yet knowing it is
The jeans in the left hand photo were elastic waist – size 34 Aus – about 5x US –
The new ones are size 20 (M)– Australian – I think that is 14/16 US or lg!!

Sorry- I am happy - but its hard to smile with no teeth!! Next time - I'll give you a gummy laugh!!

  
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ROMEOSMOM27 8/3/2011 12:12PM

    YOU LOOK GREAT AND I LOVE THOSE JEANS emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon love the butterflies.

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KAYELENE 7/14/2011 8:38PM

    Wow! I loved this bit, butterflies – representing freedom – from the handicap of excess weight. emoticon

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    You look great!!! emoticon emoticon

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CHELLEG10FIT2DA 7/12/2011 12:08PM

    Love the new jeans!!! You have come so far and are so inspirational to all of us who are trying to do the same thing. Love the butterflies and your outlook on life:)

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DEBIGENE 7/10/2011 9:18PM

    You are a miracle and a beautiful one at that !!!!!!

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KARIDIAN1 7/9/2011 9:17PM

    You look great in your new jeans. The embroidery designs add a personalized touch to them. Thanks for sharing with everyone. emoticon

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ILSAWING 7/9/2011 9:12PM

    You look fabulous! Love the butterflies and what they represent.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 7/9/2011 7:50PM

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/9/2011 6:50PM

    Awesome Ann!

Love the butterflies!

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JESSIEL57 7/8/2011 7:42PM

    You are fantastic! What a motivation! I love the new look and the very nice outfit! emoticonJessie

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JATHUENER 7/8/2011 5:46PM

    that is truely awesome girl you are looking great

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HONEYBEADS 7/8/2011 4:07PM

    I LOVE your new outfit! You look great!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/8/2011 9:31AM

    You look absolutely wonderful!
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MSILVER94 7/7/2011 10:13AM

    So awesome! :)

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SUNSHINEGB 7/7/2011 7:39AM

    Looking Great Emma!!
Congrats on how far you've come, looking forward to more inspiring blogs like this from you!!
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    emoticon You've come a long way baby! emoticon

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K10BETH 7/6/2011 10:25AM

    good 4 u! emoticon

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KPETSCHE 7/6/2011 5:57AM

    emoticon You go, GIRL!!

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CLAIRESML 7/5/2011 4:43PM

    You have come so far! The jeans and shirt look terrific!

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BCLYMIRE 7/5/2011 12:41PM

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EMPTRS 7/5/2011 12:05PM

    Looking great!!!!!

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ROJAKHAN 7/5/2011 11:18AM

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JAZZMICA 7/5/2011 9:44AM

    wow! you have come a long way and done so well! congratulations! love the prints on ur jeans, too! emoticon

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MAKINYEMI 7/5/2011 8:26AM

  You look great.

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MYSLIMBODY 7/4/2011 6:01AM

    Happy 4th of July..YOU look lovely in your new outfit.

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SWEETROSIE2 7/4/2011 5:01AM

    Love your new jeans and top they look lovely can't wait for your big smile. You have done so well with your weight lose.

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BKOLPACK 7/3/2011 11:47PM

  you are so funny and beautiful, you are an inspiration.
My husband had cataract surgery about two months so the comment about doing 10 rounds with him made me laugh. emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/3/2011 9:53PM

    Way to go with the jeans and shirt. They make a really nice outfit.

I'm glad that you were able to get your cataract surgery. I hope that now you will be able to be going back to driving.

Have a good week.

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POUNDSTOGO3 7/3/2011 9:18PM

    Wonderful....will watch for the new smile

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INDIANAGIRL61 7/3/2011 8:12PM

    So happy for you. Enjoy yourself!

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SOULOFADANCER 7/3/2011 8:06PM

    O my god
God bless you
You are really an inspiration!

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JANLEH 7/3/2011 7:22PM

    Congratulations and well done. The new jeans are lovely! I really love the embroidery on the shirt too. Very pretty.

You are such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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5KROWER 7/3/2011 5:54PM

    You look beautiful, thank you for sharing!

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RUNANDRUN 7/3/2011 4:15PM

  Congratulations!

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MAY21IWILLDOIT 7/3/2011 4:13PM

    What an inspiration!

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JOLOVESRUM 7/3/2011 3:47PM

    wow you are rocking those jeans. Congratulations.
hugs Jo

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BLACK741 7/3/2011 3:40PM

    Wow Way to go, smile or no smile, you are looking fantastic!

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BILL60 7/3/2011 3:18PM

    Well done!!

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DANITROTS2 7/3/2011 1:28PM

    congrats! you look great!!!!!!

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    Simply Awesome. You are a major inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHOEBEMOORE 7/3/2011 12:15PM

  You are awesome -- congratulations!

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KSP3776 7/3/2011 10:43AM

    Good job!

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SISSYFEB48 7/3/2011 10:37AM

    What an amazing journey you are on. You should be so proud of all you are accomplishing. Congratulations. emoticon

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Please- Has anyone seen my foot??

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This morning I went to Curves as usual to do a workout – and when I got there one of the trainers pulled me aside. They had been doing some figures – and since it was a year since I started there they thought they would see what the difference was!!
In 12mths – I had lost 4.1kg (9lb) Some might call that disappointing – but combined with loosing - –
6cm (2.5in) off my bust
8cm (3in) off my waist
2cm (0.75in) off my abdomen
9cm (3.5in) off my hips
5cm (2in) off each thigh
3cm (1.25in) off top of each arm
For a total of – 41cm (16in or 1ft 4in)) altogether – well – I can see why my jeans fell off!!

This is the sort of thing that I am talking about when I talk about MOTIVATION – keeping me going.
Just because I haven’t lost much weight – that does not mean that I haven’t progressed – in fact a total of 1ft 4” off my body – is quite a difference!! It’s a difference that I can see – that I can feel and means hitting the credit card yet again for smaller clothes but more importantly it means more strength and mobility and flexibility!! It means that what I am doing is right and that the scales tell such a small part of the story that they are totally unimportant!!

So – if anyone one comes across a foot and a quarter of fat rolling about – it could be mine – but they can have it as I have finished with it for ever!!-

  
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LORIENABANANA 7/20/2011 1:44PM

    Yeah!!! No, I don't want your foot...but you can't have it either!



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    Good for you!!

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    Very cute! Congratulations on the progress as well.

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RUNANDRUN 7/15/2011 11:16AM

  You really inspire me. Your progress is one more way to motivate me. Keep it up!

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EPATTEN79 7/14/2011 10:18PM

    A perfect example of why the scale is only part of the picture. You go girl!

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BIBS4664 7/2/2011 11:42AM

    Bye bye inches, and feet!!!

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JETTANALA 6/30/2011 12:00PM

    love it!

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BREE1968 6/29/2011 2:51PM

    good job EMMAB1I am with you. progress is progress no matter what form it shows. weigh loss or inches it is all the same. I am happy for you.

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    LOL! I love this blog & am so proud of you my friend! Keep up the good work. You always inspire me! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 6/25/2011 2:43PM

    emoticonI saw that title on the friend feed and I thought oh,oh, what happened to her Foot! emoticon Glad it wasn't what I thought! I am finally not obscessed with the scale anymore, especially when my inches have gone down too! More than the pounds. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEE797 6/25/2011 1:54PM

    emoticon and emoticon on your progress. What an inspiration. Wishing you continued success on your journey.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/25/2011 1:25PM

    don´t want it though,if i see it rolling past i will just step out the way and let it roll further,lol.well done that is fantastic.keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/25/2011 12:19PM

    GREAT! And you better by siomething you wont have to shorten! But please do not buy a MOO MOO! Buy a smaller pair of eans... hey you can still buy them with elastic waste! lol Great Going! you lost more tham a foot! Susana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNNOTT 6/24/2011 9:21PM

    Congrats on your weight and inches lost! It doesn't matter that it took you a year, what matters is it's gone! emoticon emoticon

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    You're right - there are many ways to measure success and you've found some good ones. Congrats on the pounds and inches lost. emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 6/24/2011 9:38AM

    Hooray for you! Reward yourself!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/23/2011 4:47PM

    emoticon Girlfriend!

Every time I use that machine where you sit and pedal with your arms, I smile and think of you. It is SO HARD TO DO! I can only do 3 minutes, but it's getting easier and I will work up my time eventually.

My hat's off to you!

YOU ROCK!

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    emoticonon your weight and inches lost! emoticonKeep up the great work! emoticon

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GARDENQE2 6/23/2011 2:13PM

    Nine pounds equals three big (3-lb) cans of Crisco vegetable shortening...that's a GREAT thing to get rid of!! Congratulations!

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    Congrats on your one year anniversary!!!!! :-)
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ROSAMARCELLE 6/23/2011 11:27AM

    I don't think I'll be chasing after that foot and a half - thank you emoticon You are so right though - and anyway - 9 lbs is 9lbs you aren't carrying around any longer. Most people would find that quite a weight to be humping around if it was bags of sugar on your back! emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/23/2011 10:23AM

    OMG! Has it been a year already since you started Curves?!! WTG Ann!!

Love your blog - voted for it - could be another "popular" blog!!

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PAULAPOOH4 6/23/2011 10:14AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is real motivation. I have lost lbs. but not so many inches due to lack of exercise. You are to be commended on your perseverance and commitment. Your reward is obvious, your loss!!

Keep up the good work!!

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    emoticon emoticonWhat a wonderful feeling to see such great results!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticonWow, that's a lot of inches gone and gone forever. Keep up the good work emoticon

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    WooHoo! Way to go

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    I hope it went down south to help the birds through this winter

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 6/22/2011 11:31PM

    I'm so happy with your news! That is a lot of inches Gone!
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    I love you blog. I was LOL about you fat which may be around someplace. It could be with my fat and all of our fat from SP which I know I will never accept mime back again. LOL

Keep doing what you are doing. You are doing great.

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You don’t need will-power, or patience – but you do need motivation!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

I keep being told I have a lot of patience, and or will power!! Well I had a light bulb moment today – when I was writing to a friend in Sparkmail!!
Actually I guess as she read my mail she was laughing – I was discovering things as I was writing!! This would have been obvious in my mail!!
She had said that weight loss needs patience, because weight loss takes time

To me - its not about patience nor about will power - its about MOTIVATION!!
I think that because its a slow weight loss and everyone these days is expecting instant everything - that people get discouraged and forget there are so many other signs to see - but somehow they don't count those!! If you look – maybe you are getting instant results – but you have to recognise them!! I know I keep turning corners and seeing changes – changes that actas motivation.!!

I actually used to have a lot of red in my hair and I am not and never was known for my patience - but somehow this has become a total way of life - and I have no idea what or how I would change it if I chose to!! I rarely weigh now - but recently I have had some “interesting “ and actually very amusing things happen to me that are certainly motivation!!
I am noticing that my thoughts are “growing” with the way my body is allowing me, my ideas and thought processes are changing - its hard to explain!! But to give an example - a Sparkfriend asked me to go to Brisbane in August to meet her - that would mean leaving home by 4,15am – driving to the bus station and getting the connection bus to the train – a 4hr train trip and the same in reverse arriving home by about 10.00pm - and will require heaps of walking as the bus services in the city never go where I want it to!!

For years I used to drive 4hr each way trip up and down regularly – I had friends there and used to think nothing of going to a live theatre performance then driving back overnight - that was ok being heavy - I could drive and park where I needed to go - but now I can't drive that distance as my eyes are bad with cataracts!! Not to mention the road condition has deteriorated badly and there is far more heavy traffic on it these days.
Then in the last 5 years I had given up going as it was tiring and hard on me - and my weight sort of caught up with me!! I had dropped out of mainstream life almost totally In fact since the trip to WA in 2007 we haven’t been out of this area and other than going to town for exercise and shopping we actually live a very quiet life. Until this I honestly hadn’t realised how quiet our life had become and how my weight was actually subconsciously stopping me doing things I love.

At first I made excuses to her – then it was like a light bulb moment – I thought – why not ?? I can get the return Tilt train, I can cope alone now, I can actually walk a distance – not so far but enough to cope and don’t need the scooter so why not??
But even if none of our plans come off – I will go alone – and have a day round the shops in a city – the first time I have been to a city for 4yrs when we were in Perth, but its maybe 12yrs since I have been into the city centre of Brisbane!! Now won’t I have fun without DH, in the City shops with my credit card!! LOL!!

Now I am looking forward to going – and then I realised - I need only 1 seat in the train, I have the energy and balance and can do the walking, I can get onto busses, its a whole new ball game!! I don’t need anyone to help me – to lug the scooter about or the wheelie walker - I can cope alone again!! And to me- my world has started opening up again!! –I can see the profits from my efforts – amd this is MOTIVATION to get more results!!
And - yes that is about weight loss - but sooooooo much more -its about inches lost, about regaining mobility, strength, flexibility etc - but also about regaining confidence, in myself and my capabilities!! -Me, who hated clothes and threw on what ever - am looking at my wardrobe - planning my clothes for the day!!
Boy!! Am I changing!!

Then this morning in Curves a friend I used to work with 25yrs ago walked in – she didn’t recognise me – until I showed her my “fat” photo – then she sort of looked at me – laughed – and drew an hourglass shape in the airby my body – and said “you’ve got Curves now!!” There were a number of members there as class was about to start – and the whole place just erupted in laughter !! And that is such a great feeling of pride in ones self, of MOTIVATION – I went into the class and worked my butt off!!

Then later today – I have been watching this little art shop with embroidered T-shirts for several years. I dropped in to them several years ago to get sizing – and they wouldn’t go near me!! You all know the feeling of let down I’m sure. Anyway I have just kept checking and I thought, and hoped – maybe this year – so I checked again – and sure enough – I can get a T- shirt. I was so elated – they saw I had lost – and asked how much – I told them – so I told them – and they were so amazed – they told me to select my T-shirt design and vest design (they do fleece vests to match – also embroidered ) – and they would give them to me as a gift – they thought I had earned them!! I was thrilled – I’ll give you a fashion show later!! – but again –MOTIVATION.


To give an idea – the T-shirt is like on the left – but I have chosen the Ulysses Butterfly on Gum leaves as rhe embroidery


And for the vest – The Blue Wren on Gum leaves!! The vest is a fleece fabric – light but warm. Both T-shirt and vest are a French navy blue fabric. I thought they might go over jeans well.
You will notice they are both native Australia critters!!

This is all about MOTIVATION - to keep going- to lose a bit more , get more freedom, get more reaction!! Its not about patience!! And I am in this position because I kept finding the motivation to do on , in so many things – certainly not in the scales I know its hard to see things sometimes, particularly in ones own body - but it’s a case of getting to know your body and then you can recognise small changes!!
And me – I can see my world opening further – and obviously the more I work on improving my strength and mobility the easier things will get!
I know its hard at the start- there are not many changes to see – but as you go on – the changes will become more apparent – and the motivation becomes stronger – and you keep going, over the next hump, looking round the next corner and discover more about yourself and want to discover more – It becomes like a snowball rolling down a hill – getting more and more as time goes on!!

Anyway - if you can understand my rambling - maybe you understand my thoughts

  
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DJHS121655 8/2/2011 12:23AM

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GRAMMAP1 8/1/2011 12:01AM

    Ann, you have done a wonderful job. Even the motivational articles can't seem to get me going. I am glad for your motivation! Hugs, Jane

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NINNY165 7/28/2011 11:19AM

    Great blog!!! enjoy your day in the city next month. Thank you for reminding me why I want to finish the journey that I started. emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 7/18/2011 11:37PM

    incredibly proud of you & inspired by you as always - hope your trip to the city is a HUGE amount of fun!!! LOVE the embroidery

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BIBS4664 7/2/2011 11:53AM

    I love your motivation. Wow, going from scooter to "Rollator" to self propulsion...you go girl!!! Hugs and sparkles.
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LYNNBEAV 7/1/2011 11:51AM

    I really enjoy reading all your posts. So many times I see my thoughts and feelings in what you say and am "motivated" by the thought I am not alone! emoticon emoticon

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ODAT1117 6/30/2011 6:58AM

    Wonderful "ramblings"........... :-) The thing that got me was the "confidence". You are right. That is the thing that I used to have more of, and now I feel like a bit of a slob with my extra weight. When I'm thinner, I feel more energetic and much more confident, and I LIKE my body when I'm thinner. So...........you are right that it is all about motivation, and the confidence that I will gain as I lose the weight will help keep me motivated. Sometimes it's hard to figure out how to be more self-confident but we don't have to change our personalities, we sometimes just have to lose some of that extra weight and take control of our lives again.

ENJOY your successes!!! :-)

-Mary

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ARLENE_MOVES 6/28/2011 9:26PM

    Oh, what a beautiful blog and so personal -- I just want to hug you!!!! emoticon

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IMNAHA 6/28/2011 3:38PM

    Its amazing that as you become heavier and less healthy you lose the gifts you have so slowly that you dont realize they are gone for a bit. but as you work and regain them its like christmas. congrats on your trip have fun.

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IAMWINNING 6/28/2011 9:38AM

    Hi Ann, Greetings from the USA. You are so inspiring, and I hope you have a wonderful time in August when you visit the city. emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 6/25/2011 2:55PM

    That is wonderful Ann, that the world is opening for you again. It is funny how just some things just creep up on you and motivate you. Just last night DH and I were watching a TV show about teams on "Expedition Impossible Morocco" battling through the dessert to reach goals in order to win to get to the next challenge. I used to watch those shows and say they are nuts-wouldn't catch me doing that. They were riding camels in 107 degrees, climbing up a mountain then propelling backwards on a rope back down it (3 stories high) and I said in my head, that would be fun! I looked at DH and said you know what I just thought -that would be fun! He laughed. I laughed. Because I know what it is like to endure heat, insects and the happy feeling I get when conquering my fears to reach my goals. A little heat, challenges and bugs wouldn't scare me now. I would love to conquer my fear of heights by propelling down a rope backwards-sure why not!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

By the way, I love the t-shirt and vest and the design you picked and that you got it for free! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/25/2011 1:32PM

    emoticongreat blog and you will look great in the t-shirt and vest.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/22/2011 10:50AM

    YOU REALLY MOTIVATED ME! Thanks for the pep talk! You are a great Teacher too! Love Ya, and I am happy someone noticed you and you got a Freebie! Nice embroidery too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHEILAB64 6/22/2011 10:35AM

    You have found some wonderful motivation.

Have you ever considered cataract surgery - then you would be able to see again and drive again?

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HONEYBEADS 6/22/2011 8:27AM

    I am so grateful to have you as a spark friend. I really needed to hear your message. I especially liked your description of the changes your weight loss has made I every day activities. I look forward to those new opportunities to live life without so many compromises. Keep writing! We need your knowledge and encouragement!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/21/2011 11:53PM

    Wonderful blog & great motivation! Bright blessings to you my friend. I love the picture for the shirt. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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WILSLM70 6/20/2011 10:21PM

    A fantastic blog... thank you for sharing

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VXWALL1942 6/20/2011 9:47PM

    You spoke to me and for me dear friend. I have a long road to travel but maybe, just maybe, I can one day find myself writing a blog on motivation that brings someone else to the realization that it CAN be done. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Can't wait to see the t-shirt and vest when you model them. You'll look like a million bucks.

vicki

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KATRINAKAT23 6/20/2011 9:07PM

  Hi Ann:

I hope you enjoy your trip, it is a well earned adventure.

You have done so much for others, giving people hope which is so important. Without hope you don't have much and you have given us that. Thank you.



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WENDYJM4 6/20/2011 8:40PM

    Hi Ann, A great and inspirational blog. Enjoy your day in Brisbane. I do understand what you are saying.
My clothes are getting too big for me and yet I have has so much trouble getting my head around the fact I need to buy medium in the brand BeMe. This has taken me about 2 months to finally weaken and put some tops on layby which I did last week. I thought that was a milestone for me.
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FORMYDARLINGS 6/20/2011 7:42PM

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I so needed to read this blog right now. I am on my way in 3 days for a summer adventure. All new people, although some are rellies, and a whole new city and world. I have a golden opportunity waiting for me and although I am scared, I am going to take advantage of this time by myself to make changes in my life that need to happen. You have given me a great way to start thinking about my adventure.

Gini

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SANDYZEE 6/20/2011 5:27PM

    It was a lovely ramble. Brought tears to eyes.
So happy for you.

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CAZ5346 6/20/2011 3:13PM

    ANN, WHAT A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BLOG THANK YOU FOR THE MOTIVATION.


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JILL313 6/20/2011 3:02PM

    Your blog motivated me even more to keep exercising as it's now becoming a much needed and liked activity! I am so happy you've found new freedoms with your big weight loss! It's as if you're a Butterfly just getting out of it's cocoon. I want more of that also for me! You are one very Special Lady to me and many others. Enjoy your trip and your wonderful new clothes!

Hugs,

Jill

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MINIMOE1 6/20/2011 12:33PM

    Wonderful blog - thanks so much for sharing your insights. Expecting quick, dramatic results and being quickly discouraged is a trap for many of us. Taking the time we need and celebrating the small signs of progress is far more realistic ... and motivating. Have a wonderful time in the big city.

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ANGELEYES67J 6/20/2011 12:22PM

    Enjoy your trip and just so you know, you sooooo motivate me. Thank you from the botton of my heart.

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 6/20/2011 11:52AM

    Emma,

YOU totally MOTIVATE me!!!! LOL

Have a great time in Brisbane in August...a well-deserved break for you...

take care
barbara

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LIBBYFITZ 6/20/2011 11:30AM

    emoticonHave a wonderful time in Brisvegas! That's what my brother calls it! emoticon

You never know you may return to Perth and come visit me!


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IMJUSTFLUFFY 6/20/2011 10:45AM

    That is a great blog! So true that everyone seems to want a quick fix!
I used to be one of those too!
I hope you enjoy your trip & have lots of fun!
Hugs, Rhonda

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BLESSEDGIGI 6/20/2011 10:40AM

    emoticon I am so happy for you. A day trip sounds wonderful. Hope you have a great day! You are truly an inspiration. You have worked hard for your success, so enjoy yourself. emoticon

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BD3269PM 6/20/2011 9:58AM

    AWESOME! What a success story! Stay motivated and stay healthy emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 6/20/2011 9:53AM

    Wow what an awesome blog! I can relate to you on so many levels and I am sparked to continue my journey! Thank you for sharing your insight it was insightful to me! I hope you enjoy your day out! I understand not going far from home because so frequently I don't have time too since I work from home.

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MARIAGRACE111 6/20/2011 9:51AM

    Have fun on your day trip! Enjoy your new found freedoms. They really are so motivating!

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KALISWALKER 6/20/2011 9:43AM

    What a great idea to do a day trip on your own!

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ERLYWA 6/20/2011 9:10AM

    Once again, you have totally inspired me! I absolutely love your blogs b/c you are so positive and so open about your journey so that others can learn and grow.

How amazingly wonderful for you, to realize how much freedom you have created for yourself with this weight loss. I absolutely cannot wait to hear about your shopping trip, and see the photos of your new shirt/vest once you get them!

Way to go! Thanks for always sharing your journey; you give me hope.

Erika

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SONYALATRECE 6/20/2011 8:24AM

    Curves certainly took on a whole new meaning, huh?
The thoughts were totally coherent to me.
Keep the spark alive!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/20/2011 8:19AM

    You have definitely shown us motivation and will power, in my book!

YOU ROCK!

The shirts are really nice. I am so happy for you. That was SO NICE of them to do
that. I'M PROUD OF YOU!

again YOU ROCK!!!

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MZLADY77 6/20/2011 8:04AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am happy for you! Keep it up and stay positive. I know you will motivate yourself to new person. Stay on your journey! You are heading the right direction....You deserve a tropy!! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 6/20/2011 3:45AM

    Absolutely so true!
and I so agree with your philosophy...It is amazing to realise that each day is a new discovery..
I can totally understand that ..
How wonderful for you to be able to fit into those lovely designer tops.. just love them.. as for going to Brizzy ... go for it !!.
You so deserve everything that life is offering you ...
You have worked hard and overcome obstacles that would have seemed to have been out of the realms of your vision, just a few years ago ..
Enjoy the freedom you have earned..
We are all motivated by your success ..
Hugs Susie


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NICOFTHYME 6/20/2011 3:16AM

    SO true! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your many successes. You are a true inspiration and being reminded that we don't need to be tied to the scale along our journey is ALWAYS a much needed reminder.

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SANDYBRUNO 6/20/2011 3:14AM

    Good for you! Freedom is a great thing to have. I am planning to go to scout camp with my 9 year old this year. I know there will be a lot of walking but I will make it.

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MICHSTATE 6/20/2011 3:01AM

    Good for you!!!! What a difference in your life!!!!!
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