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The clock pendulum...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I just read this in a book by Ruth Bell Graham, "Legacy of a Pack Rat", and I wanted to share it with all my Spark friends.

It seemed to fit right in with our philosophy...

It was sent to her by Pastor Freyer in Mequon, Wisconsin.

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There was once a clock pendulum waiting to be fixed. It began to calculate how long it would be expected to tick day and night, so many times a minute, sixty times every hour, twenty-four hours every day and three hundred and sixty-five times every year. It was awful! Enough to stagger the mind. Millions of ticks!

"I can never do it." said the poor pendulum. But the clockmaster encouraged it.

"Do just one tick at a time," he said. "That is all that will be required of you."

So the pendulum went to work, one tick at a time, and it is ticking yet.

  
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    emoticon emoticon Howdy! On this rainy day in Texas!

I just love this blog! I can imagine the clock ticking and ticking away and still keeping on ticking! Thank you for sharing this with us and it has a special meaning for me as I think about my life on a day-to-day basis! This is such an encouragement and thank you for taking the time to share it with us and the book sounds like it would be very interesting to read!

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GINA180847 8/29/2014 12:34AM

    Just like any job, if taken a bit at a time it does not overwhelm but when one looks at all the work at once it is hard to consider.

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JILL313 8/29/2014 12:08AM

    Great concept, thank you for reminding us that it takes persistent effort on our part. Love the ticking clock analogy. You've set the bar high and look amazing and you've lost weight fast compared to slow poke me. I'm so proud & happy for your WL success.

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    That is the mindset that it takes for change to happen. One tick at a time!
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Updated Pictures - for my normal BMI

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I figured it was time to show you some real pictures...instead of just avatars.

As of this morning, I now weigh under 150 pounds...just...but I'll take it. The pictures below are from my beginning weight of 272 on November 14, 2012 to today's weight of 149.4 on August 23, 2014



I made a collage of the front view also, but for some reason it wont upload, so I just put them separately.





Thank you for celebrating my continued success with me!

  
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TXMEMAW6 8/29/2014 10:24AM

    Wow, Ramona. You look fantastic. Way to go.
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JILL313 8/29/2014 12:19AM

    Ramona, What an amazing transformation you've made. You look so thin, pretty and years younger! I bet your DD and DH are so proud of You. You must get lots of wonderful happy comments on how great you look.

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MOM4HOCKEY 8/26/2014 11:50AM

    Wow wow wow!! emoticon What an inspiration you are to all of us!! Congratulations emoticon emoticon Celebrating is most definitely in order!! emoticon

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SONGBIRDPAULA 8/25/2014 6:41AM

    emoticon Ramona and emoticon again!!

All I can say is… You look maaaaaaavelous! I am waiting for me to arrive at my "special spot" and these pictures of you have really inspired me and encouraged me that it is possible to win!

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GINA180847 8/24/2014 10:46PM

    Dearest Ramona, you look just stunning. That is a fantastic weight for you.

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    emoticon emoticon Wow you look skinny! You must be tall!

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AUNTALICE2 8/24/2014 7:33PM

    My goodness! You are just gorgeous! I am so proud of you! What you have achieved is amazing! You are an inspiration to me! You go girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 8/24/2014 12:33PM

    You have done an amazing job of turning your life around to the healthy, fit women you are now. Good for you.
I so enjoy seeing the before and after shots of people who have taken the plunge to changing how they look, feel and live the rest of their life..
Picture tell a thousand words.
Whoo Hoo...
Stay strong, positive.
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MARILYNROBERT 8/24/2014 11:14AM

    Oh wow, you look great and what an inspirational accomplishment! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/24/2014 10:58AM

    Great work! It really shows when you compare before/after pictures. I want to know what you did with any excess skin you might have had...sure doesn't look like you have any! LOL! You have done so well and stayed committed throughout the process! Well done, Ramona. Makes me want to work a little harder now, too!! Hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 8/24/2014 10:47AM

    AWESOME photos!! I'm speechless. You look like a totally different person.

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/24/2014 6:28AM

    You look amazing - congrats on the weight loss and for getting healthier!!!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/24/2014 2:11AM

    Looking great!! I imagine you feel so much better too! Well done!!
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LIVINGFREE19 8/24/2014 12:59AM

    Wow, you look fantastic! You are really inspiring!

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You look fantastic!!

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    Absolutely amazing. emoticon

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  emoticon Good job. Hope to make it there in about a year. emoticon Congratulations.

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I'm NORMAL!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This is the day I've been waiting for. I've reached another milestone!

When I started my journey, I didn't dare to dream this day would come...especially not this soon. But, I'm really at a NORMAL BMI! emoticon

Remembering me at my largest: November 14, 2012...272 pounds...BMI 43.9...Obese Class 3



Now, here's my avatar for my weight today: July 19, 2014...153.4...BMI 24.7...NORMAL



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LIVINGFREE19 8/21/2014 10:10PM

    That is wonderful, my friend!

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    emoticon Look at what YOU were able to accomplish!! emoticon

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You are maaaaaaaavelous! Here's a big CONGRATULATIONS to all of the successes that you have had thus far on your journey to the new you!

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KEELYDEUS 7/21/2014 9:58PM

    What an inspiration you are! Congratulations on a milestone that you've worked so hard for! emoticon emoticon

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    That is just so AWESOME!! emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 7/21/2014 8:29PM

    emoticon ........... You are MORE than normal!!! ......... you are a Rock Star!!! ............ Way to go!!! emoticon

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    Congratulations! Nice work on staying the course and succeeding! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 7/20/2014 10:28PM

    That is great, you have done so well, my friend!

I hope you have a super week ahead!

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/20/2014 4:17PM

    Congratulations, Ramona! How exciting for you and a fine example for the rest of us. You passed me by long ago, but I'm back in gear now and hope to reach that normal BMI, too Great work!!! I know how hard you've worked to get to where you are. Hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINA180847 7/20/2014 7:25AM

    Wow, but I am not surprised. You are a very consistent and persistent lady and deserve this victory 100%.

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    MAGNIFICENT!!! You can't imagine how happy I am for you emoticon

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    Amazing progress! What an inspiration!

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MARILYNROBERT 7/19/2014 7:59PM

    You deserve those fireworks in the background, on your wallpaper! I'm so happy for you and proud of you! You have every reason to be ecstatic. You've given yourself a wonderful gift and you deserve that gift. emoticon emoticon

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Have you been to the Jim this morning?

Saturday, July 19, 2014



Or better yet, why not go to the GYM for a healthy start to your morning?

  
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    I DID go to gym early today!! emoticon

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GINA180847 7/19/2014 2:46PM

    I think I will adopt that as a new saying. Thank you!

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My journey so far...and what is still to come!

Friday, May 09, 2014

I started my weight loss journey on November 14, 2012. At that time, I weighted 272 pounds...BMI 43.9...Obese Class 3. Here's a picture of 'virtual' me.

Of course I think I looked more like this:


By May of 2013 I was down to 232 pounds...BMI 37.4...Obese Class 2.


Then in November of 2013, I had dropped to 194 pounds...BMI 31.3...Obese Class 1.


This is May 2014. I am now 164 pounds...BMI 26.5...Overweight!


Do you see a trend here? Every 6 months I have lost a Class on the BMI Chart. I truly hope this trend continues and I am in the Normal (Healthy) BMI range by November of 2014. To do that, I only need to lose 11 more pounds...


Of course, eventually I'd like to get down to the center of the Healthy BMI range...
So...We'll just have to wait and see what happens...wont we?

  
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2BDYNAMIC 7/4/2014 7:26PM

    I don't know how I missed this; but your story is truly AMAZING!!!! ........... What transformations! ............ And what discipline ........... and now be watching as I am sending you something NEW !!! ............ Ya ready? ........

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LYNNWANNABE 5/11/2014 7:16PM

    Ramona, I am so thankful for your friendship.. this really encouraged me!


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PATRICIA-CR 5/10/2014 10:24AM

    Ramona, my mentor emoticon You are emoticon You've reached goal after goal at a steady pace. What an inspiration!

I have no doubt you'll get there.

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SONGBIRDPAULA 5/10/2014 7:34AM

    emoticon Oh Ramona,

I'm all excited about your journey for you and by seeing these pictures on here I can't hardly wait to see your "final figure" and read your BMI stat! I just know that you will make it and I'm encouraging you and supporting you like you do all of us on Spark. You have come so far and are so close now! You will succeed!
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CHARLENE46 5/10/2014 12:13AM

    My dear Ramona,

You have come such a long way. I remember when you reached the hundreds. You have had such a successful journey. You have also been so encouraging to me. I know you'll reach your goal and very soon now. Continued success!!!!!

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JILL313 5/9/2014 11:13PM

    Ramona, What an inspiration you are to me and many others. It's amazing how you've changed your life by eating healthy and moving more. I am so proud of you my dear friend. I have no doubt you'll easily reach your Goal by November. It couldn't happen to a nicer or more special person than you. So glad you're on the Team and wish we had more active members like you.

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NANCYPAT1 5/9/2014 9:37PM

    That is truly inspirational

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GINA180847 5/9/2014 2:34PM

    You have done so well and seem to be heading in the right direction. You have lost over a hundred lbs. That is so great! You are a hero in my books.

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LIVINGFREE19 5/9/2014 12:47AM

    You have done so well, and you are so inspiring to us all!

You can easily get off the last 11 pounds!

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ZRIE014 5/9/2014 12:25AM

  keep it up

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