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So You're Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My daughter sent me this article.
I hope you have a chance to read it.
It gave me a new way to think about it.
I think I will be having my picture taken a bit more.
Hugs,

Belinda

m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4351360/?ir=
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LINDAINALABAMA 12/14/2013 3:38PM

    This is wonderful Belinda. Thanks so much for sharing.

I had to pate your quote into my book. I love it.

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PJNSGRL78 12/13/2013 1:11PM

    I so totally agree with this article. I have been having issues lately. I wish so much I would have taken a real "before" picture. I have my wedding ones from almost 4 years ago but I don't have many other pictures. I tend to take pictures instead of be in them. I am now taking more here and there and I REALLY want to get some of hubby and I done. I know my grandmother (the only mother I have ever had) would love some. She will be 90 next month. I don't want to lose out on the opportunity to give her a picture of us.

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NICOLERZ 12/12/2013 8:12PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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DYNAMICDEB53 12/12/2013 7:53PM

    Wonderful article, makes you think. I love those. I have always hated being in pics and for a long time found ways to mostly stay out. But for me it was having kids and wanting to remember them and me , so yearly sometimes we had a family portrait.
I am still not fond of being in pics but love having those memories, even some of those fat ones, I can look back and remember where I came from and where I am today.
Our family loves us for who we are, not what we look like.

Thanks
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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WORLDSERIES11 12/12/2013 6:15PM

    I loved this!! Definitely need to remind myself about this...there are years of family pictures where I am MIA emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/12/2013 1:23PM

    Great article and one I need to remember! emoticon

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RENLLY 12/12/2013 11:33AM

    So true - I wish I had more pictures of myself over the past year, at the very least to show the weight I have lost.

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NKING1982 12/12/2013 10:08AM

    Thanks for sharing

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Goodbye my little one.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My sweet little Tammy.
I never thought you would leave us so quickly.
The doctor had said you were doing better.
Your daddy and I miss you so much.
Both of the girls and both of the boys are feeling so sad at your sudden passing.
We all thought we had more time to love you.
I know you have passed over the Rainbow Bridge to join Holly, Noah and Vegas.
I know your pain is gone and you can once again see and hear everything.
But I miss you so much, my heart is breaking in two.
I love you Tammy.
Momma

  
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MICKEYMAX 6/5/2012 1:31PM

    Sorry about your little pooch. Sad face!

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_KATHY 6/1/2012 3:19PM

    Belinda...I know how much you love those little guys and I'm so sorry for your loss..
hugs
Kathy

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GIRANIMAL 6/1/2012 2:46PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets really know how to dig deep into our hearts and souls, don't they? It's been about a year and a half since I lost my best friend (a 19-year-old Chihuahua named Killer!) and I still miss him terribly sometimes.

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LISA0517 5/31/2012 4:13PM

    Oh, I'm so sorry to hear of Tammy's passing. I know how hard it is. My thoughts are with you.

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JACKIEANN1968 5/30/2012 4:12PM

    Sweet thoughts and memories of your Tammy. God Bless you and your family in this time of loss.

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/29/2012 8:52PM

    If you close your eyes you can see her romping and playing again....your arms might be empty but she left your heart full. So sorry for your loss, hon. ((Hugs))

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COCHESE321 5/29/2012 4:05PM

    From my yoga instructor:

To be human is to love that which is mortal
Clasp them tightly to your bones
Then release them when it is time for them to go.

Sleep well, little one!
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LYNNGETTINTHIN 5/29/2012 3:48PM

    I never read of someone else's loss of their four-legged family member without fondly remembering (and weeping a bit) for Coco, Dusty, Sammy, Sara, and Phinny, who are waiting for me at the rainbow bridge. Blessings to you and the time you shared with Tammy.

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Welcome Sweetie

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I am so happy that my sister, Rondini2, has joined the Blue Sapphires!!
Please give my sister a special Blue Sapphire welcome.
She is a bit shy, but I know you all will make her feel right at home.
WooHoo!!!!

:)
Belinda

  
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RONDINI2 5/29/2012 12:23PM

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GRINGUITA 5/27/2012 11:31PM

    Welcome to the Sapphire Team -- we are glad that you have joined us and hope to get to know you over our Summer Challenge.

Bev Anne
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DIFROMWYOMING 5/27/2012 3:22PM

    I 2nd that welcome!
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RONDINI2 5/27/2012 1:59PM

    Thank you for the great welcome Sis. I am excited and looking forward to trying to accept the challenge with all your help..

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ITC for WEEK 10 of BLC.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Reflection. Blog about your past 10 weeks. Did you reach your goal? What’s next in your journey?


These past 10 weeks presented more challenges than I was able to emotionally handle. I fell back into over eating as my coping mechanism. I regained 10 pounds instead of losing 25 like I had planned at the start of the challenge.
However I never broke from my commitment to exercising every day. I am very proud of that.

I was also recently able to step back and re-evaluate my food plan.
What once worked is no longer working for me.
I am now taking a more moderate approach in both my food and my exercise plan. It has helped. I have lost some of what I regained.

It is my intention to stay the course with this more moderate approach, and also to reset my overall weight loss goal to a more realistic number set by my doctor instead of the unrealistic one set by wishful thinking on my part.

I am looking forward to the new summer challenge and proving that I can see this through without giving up on myself.

Thank you to all of my Spark friends that helped me through this difficult time.
You really are the best of what Spark has to offer.

Hugs and love to all of you,
Belinda

  
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MSHOPPER63 5/24/2012 8:42AM

    Noticing what's not working and making the necessary changes is one of the most important parts of improving your overall health. You were a valuable member of the team during the Spring and I'm really looking forward to what great things we will accomplish during the Summer challenge.

Jo
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SMARGED 5/21/2012 12:55PM

    Good for you! I am going through a similar situation - also regained, am now losing. Our motto: NEVER GIVE UP!

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/20/2012 10:08PM

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WILDHONEYPIE1 5/20/2012 8:49PM

    emoticon Good for you for not completely giving up and walking away from this journey despite your emotional / food setbacks. That in itself is an amazing accomplishment. You can do this. emoticon

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JACKIEANN1968 5/20/2012 12:45PM

    You have been very inspirational to me. It helped me to watch you work your way through your struggles and keep working at it. It was hard watching you struggle as I wanted to help you so very much. But it also reminded me that it is okay to occasionally struggle and that it is a normal part of this journey. You also showed me that we have what it takes to get back up and start again with our baby steps. And you reminded me, 1 step back and 2 steps forward. Thank you for sharing and being such an inspiration. Through all your recent challenges, you never stopped encouraging me and that has meant the world to me. You have been a true spark friend. Our spark friends are very much needed on this journey. Thank you.


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RONDINI2 5/20/2012 8:46AM

    Good for you Belinda! emoticon
I am glad you didn't give up.
It's like you said "It's getting back up" and you did.
You are going to make it, I know you will.
Through the ups and downs you still challenged yourself
and did it.
I love you for your strength and truth you share. It helps
to know that we can keep going, through our ups and downs
there is still hope and success, whether big or small, we still
can do it...you have shown me that..
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GRINGUITA 5/20/2012 3:16AM

    Keep on keeping on! Let's start the new summer challenge at a lower weight than we end this one!

Your Sapphire Sister,

Bev Anne
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This is not easy for me.

Monday, April 16, 2012

I have been asked by some Spark friends for a 'before' picture and a current one.
I carry a lot of shame and sadness around how large I allowed myself to get.
I seldom allow anyone to see pictures of me.
But I have learned that I can trust my Spark friends.

This is me:

This first one was taken when I was over 350 pounds.
I clearly was not happy with the photographer (a.k.a my daughter) sneaking up on me.


This second snapshot is after a 120 pound loss.
God willing, I still have about 80 more pounds to lose.
One choice at a time.

Hugs,
Belinda

  
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NOTGIVINGUP49 5/12/2012 10:25PM

    I hate pictures of me. In fact the picture of me at my highest weight I originally through out. thankfully a friend had a copy of that picture and now I treasure having the ability to visually see how far I have come. Be proud of your emoticon accomplishment! I am so proud of you! My friend Nancy would say just because you havn't reached your goal yet, doesn't mean you will never reach your goal. emoticon Persistence and perseverance is the key!

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BESTCK 5/1/2012 7:05PM

    Oh, you should flaunt that! What an amazing accomplishment!

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SAHARASUE 4/19/2012 7:47AM

    That's an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations, your hard work has paid off and really shows. It is hard to show those pictures but it's liberating too. You should be proud of how far you've come! You look great.

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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 4/18/2012 4:01PM

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SKY2012 4/18/2012 12:48AM

    YOU are amazing..... your before picture is how I look NOW.

thank you for sharing your heart and sharing your journey, hugssssssssssssssss


p.s. you look sooooooooooo TINY now... yeh!!! smiles.
I sooooooooooo admire you!

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_KATHY 4/17/2012 7:41PM

    You are amazing ! Your courage helps us all to by the way. Thanks for sharing yourself with us.
Hugs
Kathy

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DOTSLADY 4/17/2012 2:34PM

    I'm so proud of you. You're remarkable.

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JACKIEANN1968 4/17/2012 12:32PM

    Thank you for having the courage to post your pictures. You are doing a fantastic job and are very inspiring. God Bless You.

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MOMMAOF1BOY 4/17/2012 10:19AM

    emoticonYOU LOOK WONDERFUL, AMAZING, GORGEOUS!!!

You have done a fabulous job with your weight loss!! I know how hard it is to post the pics..I haven't had the guts to post mine yet...but know that those pics do serve as an inspiration to others, like me :) so thank you!

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PHOTOMUM 4/16/2012 10:03PM

    I am just like you. It was very hard for me to post my before picture. I do feel safe here. These are photos my husband hasn't even seen.
You have really changed. You are really looking good.
Thank you for sharing.

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DIFROMWYOMING 4/16/2012 9:49PM

    I agree, I love seeing the changes in you. You look wonderful and while I understand the photo thing (I have some I dont' like too) your before photo still made me want to give you a big old hug! :)
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MSHOPPER63 4/16/2012 9:31PM

    Belinda, my dear you look amazing !! I am so glad you shared these pictures, I too often do not post pictures because of shame. You should be so proud of your accomplishments, your strength and dedication to becoming a healthier you.
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COPEMA 4/16/2012 8:18PM

    Dear Belinda,

Thank you for sharing those with your friends! You look like a totally different person and a much, much healthier one in the second picture!
I only have three words to say : A - MA - ZING!!!!

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WORLDSERIES11 4/16/2012 7:31PM

    I applaud you for your courage and willingness to share. I hope you can look at those pictures now and have pride in yourself for all that you have accomplished!
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