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Words of Wisdom From a Christmas Letter

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I thought this was great. I changed a few things here and there to fit a generic set of circumstances but thought it was worth sharing.

I donít know what the future holds for me. I have accepted I may not be perfect and that all of my dreams will never come true. I choose to take from my experiences that life is supposed to be a challenge . . . itís not intended to be lived with a predisposed set of circumstances, and that the joy is ever present . . . you must live in the moment to find it. Do you feel trapped in your circumstances? Look around and marvel at the small miracles about you. Do you expect that nice people finish first? Maybe the person finishing first has a burden to shoulder that the person who comes in second gets to live without . . . who really is the winner then? Life is amazing and each day if full of joy and blessings . . . donít let malcontent thoughts keep you from finding the pearls and enjoying your life!

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GIVEUP30 11/4/2011 11:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon losing 163 pounds...that is sooooooooooo super emoticon emoticon emoticon wish I lived close to you to give you big emoticon not knowing where you live I just figure we live in different states. I'm Oregon....Super good luck to carry on your journey emoticon emoticon

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STEFFI264 1/9/2010 10:41AM

  Dear Marci,
I have not been a terrific correspondent or Sparker lately.

I am doing bare minimum and my food has been out of control several times these past months.
I am thinking of you

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NIMAWEYGH 12/23/2009 8:41PM

    How true my dear friend. Such words of wisdom.
For 2010 I am choosing to concentrate fully on my health, my husband and my writing.

These are the things that make me happy and so I should focus on them with my whole heart. When I do blessings will flow.

Merry Christmas and bucketful's of blessings for the coming new year.

Love ya,

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Me in the Rear View Mirror?

Thursday, September 03, 2009

I was setting at a stop light Tuesday and I saw ďmyselfĒ in the rear view mirror. No, it wasnít me looking back but the person in the car behind me that could have easily been me over 3 years ago.

I glanced in the mirror and there was a very large lady in a blue Bonneville right behind me. I used to own a blue Bonneville. She easily filled over Ĺ of the front seat. She had blonde hair that was short and permed with large sunglasses covering her round face. She didnít look like a very happy person.

I did a double take then actually kind of stared because that had to be me a few years ago. She looked so similar to the old me it was downright spooky; not just the size but the entire picture.

Itís something that has stuck with me and as many things do made me reflect on the many changes in my life. I constantly struggle now to keep the weight off. A few pounds here and there bothers me but I still wear the same clothes and always make sure to try and eat healthy and walk those extra steps.

I guess the thing that puzzles me the most is where I found that ďsparkĒ to make the change. I rarely think about how different my life would have been if Iíd make that change sooner but that thought crept in to my mind as well.

I hope I never forget where I came from but I hope when I see myself in the mirror itís never the old me looking back.

Strange thing is typing up this blog made me realize I missed one of the biggest days of my life on Tuesday Ė the day I saw that lady. That was my third year anniversary of starting my diet. On that day I only hoped I would lose enough weight to take the burden off my heart and help reduce my high blood pressure. I never, ever believe I would get to where I am now.

Life continues to be good.

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GIVEUP30 11/7/2011 1:39PM

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AZURELITE 9/21/2010 11:41AM

    Congratulations on being MOD! Thank you for your inspiring story and blogs.
Angel blessings!

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STEFFI264 11/21/2009 10:04PM

  You made it to inspirational!
I am so proud of you ... I hope you are surviving the bitter cold
we are getting some cold air here
it is going down to 43 degrees for our low tomorrow...Just...
thought you might need a good laugh at our expense!

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DIDMIS 11/20/2009 11:41AM

    You inspired me so much when I saw you today as the Motivator of the day. Just think 1/2 of you gone forever. Then I had to read a blog of yours.
You look absolutely great. God bless you.

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MIMISCHENK 11/20/2009 8:55AM

    What a great story. You are an inspiration.

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LADY_KATHY 11/20/2009 8:39AM

    Congrats on a job well done. Here's to you better health!!!!

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DEUCE119 11/20/2009 7:34AM

    Great blog! Congrats on reaching your goal. I have just passed one of mine and that was to get below 200 and I have done that. Now with reading what you have written here and on your page , I know that this isn't my last goal. I once was having problems with my hair & couldn't figure out why it looked different. One day I was looking in the mirror and realized it wasn't my hair but the face that it surrounded that had changed. It had gotten so fat. It took me having cancer & back surgery to finally motivate me but here I am and I am so glad to be here on Spark with so many wonderfully motivating people like yourself! emoticon

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STEFFI264 9/18/2009 11:15PM

  this was such a good blog
I keep looking for the next one
I guess with work you are busier and more tired.
I miss your writing

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STEFFI264 9/8/2009 10:43PM

  Dear Marcy, I see that person everywhere I go.
She is at my job, at my supermarket , at my sinagogue etc.
I try to be open about recovering from this compulsive illness and near death experience so that others can join SP and get help too.

I am still amazed when people say things like , you're thin or you have never had this problem.
I think they can see the girl in the mirror too, but I am wrong. All they see is what is left of me

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TRECECOOKS 9/6/2009 2:16PM

    It is weird when we see our "twin", and so awesome that it was the anniversary of your decision. Sounds like a God thing!! I'm so glad that you made that decision!!

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NIMAWEYGH 9/4/2009 12:05PM

    You, me, all of us here on SP might at one time finally get to the place were we look back and see something like that in the "rear view mirror" or "passing a store front and peering inside" or anywhere and I pray we all find the success you have achieved.

You continue to be my motivation and inspiration on this weight loss journey.

YOU TOTALLY ROCK! And it is because of your determination to continue on this path of healthiness you have found that your inspiration inspires us all.

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Race for the Cure Double Success

Sunday, August 09, 2009

A year ago I was so excited to be healthy enough to walk in the race for the cure.

Fast forward a year and this year I was a team captain for my company for the race for the cure. Me! Everyone was asking me questions where to go, what to do. That was something my old self would never, ever have undertaken.

The coolest thing for this year though is my 80 year old mother decided in June she wanted to walk the 1 mile too. She asked me if I thought she could do it. She has PPH, high blood pressure, a benign tumor in her ear canal that has dramatically impacted her balance, she is on oxygen and she is very forgetful. I said sure but was very worried about her getting hurt if she tried. She asked her trainer at the gym and they told her to start walking a little bit and add some distance every week. She faithfully went for a walk every day, walking more every day preparing for the walk.

My dad decided he would walk with her (I was quite relieved at that) so the big day arrived yesterday. As I mentioned she is forgetful so while we are waiting around the pre-designated location for the team picture she did not show up. I called their house and her cell phone but didnít get an answer. My MIL is tall so she stayed there watching for them; I went left and my friend went right. We could not find them. I was worried she wouldnít find me and not be able to walk her mile.

The race started; runners are off first from the front of the line and the rest of us walkers take out. I am looking around for them and finally see them standing on the sidelines just watching everyone go by. She was so cute; she had on a headband with a rose and a pink sweater (yes it was chilly). She was smiling and holding my dadís hand. Theyíve been married 61 years now. I go over and get them and ask them how long they have been there and she said quite awhile. I was sorry she missed the group photo but glad she was there and okay. They joined in on the race but my mom walks slowly so my MIL and I would walk to the turn and wait on the side for them to catch up. We would see them coming down the street, they held hands the entire way and she had a big grin on her face.

Like an idiot I didnít remember my phone has a camera or I could have taken their photo as they came across the finish line. I was very happy she was able to accomplish such a feat. A benefit from her walking is that her blood pressure has dropped quite a bit.

Yes, it is amazing that I was able to do this amazing race again; but this year I was more excited that my mom was able to walk that mile than me.

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STEFFI264 8/26/2009 9:59PM

  that is amazing!
I am so excited for you
I have a whole family I would like to inspire
but I guess I will just have to keep on trucking til it happens

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SECRETMUSIC 8/16/2009 3:52PM

    What a great story! I'm so glad you wrote about your experiences!

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TRECECOOKS 8/15/2009 7:45PM

    How precious, Marci - you are most blessed.

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JOSSY23 8/15/2009 7:23PM

    Oh my goodness Marcy, I shed a tear!
Congrats to your mum for completing the race and good on you for supporting her and helping her complete it!
Too many people would have said that she couldn't do it and left it at that, so I am truly happy to see that you and your father stood by her in this! As Char said your mom and you are awesome!

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GMAULL 8/12/2009 7:36PM

  You are amazing! and totally inspiring. Keep up the fantastic work.

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HARRINGTON5 8/11/2009 4:04PM

    Very awesome, what a thrill! You have to be so proud of yourself and your mom.

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FROGGIE13777 8/10/2009 9:44PM

    Woo Hoo!!!! Yeah Marci, Mom, Dad & MIL I am so proud of all of you. That is an accomplishment for all but especially the details about your mom.

But you know she did it the really sensible way!!!! start small, build up, have a goal , keep your focus, everything is easier with a supportive friend and the joy is about the journey!!!!

That is just great.

Glad we are friends and you mentioned it on the group chat!!! Thanks

Have a great evening.


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A*L*P* 8/10/2009 4:25PM

    Your mom is cute! What an amazing experience for you both! Marcy, I am so proud of you and your accomplishments! Way to go, Captain!!!

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VICKI103 8/10/2009 1:55PM

    Spectacular blog which sums up your super determination that transferred to your dear parents. You can be very proud of yourself and your folks for making the walk and sharing the walk with you. It is good that the walking has helped your Mom's blood pressure as well.

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NIMAWEYGH 8/10/2009 12:19PM

    Aw shucks, girl you did not tell my your Mom and Dad were going to be in your team as well. How awesome. I am so thrilled and what a memory for years to come. I am so proud of your Mom and I see where you get your spirit and determination from.

YOU ALL ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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SLCOLMAN 8/10/2009 10:33AM

    Awesome :)

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CNIKKI33 8/10/2009 12:35AM

    Like they say, it's never too late.
I am jealous. I had been planning to do the run yesterday but I was unable to get the day off work. Next year I'll be there with you all.

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CINDERRELIC 8/9/2009 10:51PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What an inspiring story about both you and your parents walking in the race. I wish you could have remembered your phone had a camera, too. I thought only I did things like that. LOL

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HEALTHIERTINA 8/9/2009 10:34PM

  What a wonderful memory to cherish!!! Congratulations on your race and your weight loss. You are very inspiring. emoticon

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KATRINAKAT23 8/9/2009 7:25PM

  Congratulations to you and your mother. You both are an inspiration to others on this journey. Thank you.

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MISSPJ 8/9/2009 5:13PM

    all I can say is WOW, that is impressive, she will live a much longer and healthier life is she continues. She has put me to shame because it is difficult for me to walk one mile, she inspires me too, if she can do it then I can as well. Tell your mother I said thank you for being so determined and brave to do that walk


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Step Ladder Excitement?

Monday, July 20, 2009

This is kind of a silly blog but today I bought a step ladder with 2 steps on it. I am short and I always struggle to get things down from the top shelf. I also have bad feet and worse knees. There was no way in heck I was ever going to get up on a step ladder before. They weren't sturdy enough and I was too clumsy so this weekend when I wanted to clean out my kitchen I borrowed a step ladder from my parents It worked great for me so I went and bought my very own step stool today. I didn't even have to check the weight limit on it. LOL!

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SECRETMUSIC 8/8/2009 4:26PM

    I am so glad you celebrate the small stuff! You are inspiring -- thank you SO much for staying active on SparkPeople so that people who are early in their long journeys (like me) can have folks to look up to!

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GRAMMAALI 8/8/2009 6:56AM

    I love having a step stool, but sometimes I am lazy and boost myself onto the kitchen counter and then climb up to the top shelf! I guess it is good exercise but not as safe as the step stool. Mine was gone for several years after my daughter got married. She kept insisting that her mil gave her hers even though it looked just like mine. Oh well. It was a small price to pay to buy a new one!

I really appreciated your whole story! Keep up the good work!
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MBROSE 7/28/2009 3:16PM

    As I am rather tall, I was always my short grandmother's step ladder...LOL. She would just yell "MB, I need you in the kitchen" and that meant she needed me to reach something on the top shelf for her.

Must have a terrific feeling to just purchase the step stool that you liked and not worried about a weight limit. May we all be so gifted on day! emoticon

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NIMAWEYGH 7/27/2009 2:39PM

    Even the smallest milestones always add up. I am so proud of you.


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VICKI103 7/21/2009 1:11AM

    Another milestone to celebrate! You can be proud!

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CINDERRELIC 7/20/2009 11:00PM

    We have one of those. They are really handy. And Hooray for not having to check the weight limit but then you have not had to do that for some time now. It is those little habits that we got used to when we weighed more than we should that are sometimes hard to shake. We have to break those negative thoughts!!! They don't fit us anymore. emoticon

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GETDONE 7/20/2009 10:45PM

    emoticon emoticonIt is the little things in life that make it fun to live--I understand the ladder even though I am 5'9" I still always need to reach the limb just out of my reach!! emoticon

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Been on "Main"tenance Street A Year Now

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A year ago today I reached my goal. I have not been able to maintain my all time low weight but can still wear the same outfit I had on a year ago and I am tickled to death about that accomplishment. Every day I try to eat healthy and work off a few calories. This next year my goal is to maintain, lose and definitely still wear this same outfit in another year.

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LADY_JOSIELOT 8/9/2009 12:21AM

    You're such an inspiration. Congrats on your continued success! :)

- Josie

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HIPPICHICK1 8/8/2009 11:47PM

    Congrats on your loss, maintenance and also being chosen as Motivator of the Day! Your story is very inspirational!!

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GETDONE 7/20/2009 10:48PM

    emoticon emoticonNothing short of AMAZING.
If I keep on trying I hope to be able to say that I just want to maintain.
It seems like a long way away! I am exercising again and my eating is still strange. Working on that.

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NIMAWEYGH 7/13/2009 2:09PM

    You go girl. YOU know YOU look marvelous..........................

You are such an inspiration to us all here at SP.

You are living our dreams.

Big hugs,

PS I O U a long letter but the move and back has just taken it out of me. I will get on it ASAP. :-)

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KENNESAWGIRL733 7/12/2009 10:48PM

    Marcy you look great!! Congratulations on TWO years of "food sobriety."

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TRECECOOKS 7/12/2009 1:51PM

    Congratulations on your first year!! We are all so proud of you!!

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FROGGIE13777 7/12/2009 12:23AM


That is a Woo Hoo blog celebration!!! I apppreciate your enthusiasm, encouragement and you get Straight Excellent for Spark Style!!!! Keep up the good "model" for all of us gonna' bees.

I am gonna be like Marcy and make my goal. Not at the same speed, not in the same way, not with the same vigor.......but I'm gonna be like Marcy one day..........SOON!!!

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CINDERRELIC 7/11/2009 6:57PM

    WOOOHOO! Way to go!~~

I hope I will be able to keep mine off as well as you have. You are an inspiration! Keep up the healthy lifestyle.

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MCAUDI 7/11/2009 6:13PM

    Kawnee, I couldn't find your page for some reason. Thank you so much. It took me about 2 years and I lost at least 165 pounds (officially) and probably more like 185 pounds since I don't know what I used to weigh.

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KAWNEE 7/11/2009 5:12PM

  Wow! Congratulations to you! How much weight did you lose and how long did it take? You go girl! Keep it up. Good job on your goal for next year too! Too many of us have gone through all the work of losing weight just to gain it back. It's a lifestyle not a diet!

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