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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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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/16/2011 10:35PM

    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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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/29/2011 11:43AM

    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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GOANNA2 6/24/2011 4:28PM

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MINIMOE1 6/24/2011 3:22PM

    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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  WHOO-HOO for you!

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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!!

Love,
Paula

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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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    emoticon I loved the way you wrote this blog, and I am so happy with your results, 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!
Good for you! Hurray!
Rhonda

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MMRB7111 6/22/2011 11:18PM

    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.
Mary

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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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MARIA_VIGS 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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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!!
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3 – Were the photos doctored by “Photoshop”??
Nope!!
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


Herbie!!

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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MYLIFEMADELITE 7/4/2011 10:06PM

    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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FINALLYBEINGME 7/2/2011 2:47PM

    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,
Helen

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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!
Missy


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JUSTBIRDY 6/17/2011 8:31PM

    thanks!

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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

    Hi:
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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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

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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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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.
Rhonda

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 6/17/2011 12:08AM

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

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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! :)
Erika

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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! :)

Missy



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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

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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
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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 :)

Erika

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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!

Hugs,

Jill

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HONEYBEADS 6/12/2011 10:03PM

    Girl,
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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RAINBOWMF 6/12/2011 9:43PM

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Mary

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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

    Emma,

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
barbara



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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.
Mary

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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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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/12/2011 6:56PM

    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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BARBARAROSE54 6/12/2011 6:56PM

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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!
Rhonda

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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!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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!!
Mary

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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!
Erika

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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
inside.

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
barbara

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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.
Lisa

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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.
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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!!

Hugs,

Jill

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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

    emoticon
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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THISYEARSMODEL 6/10/2011 9:49PM

    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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