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ME (before, then & now) a reeeeeeeeally long overdue update :op

Friday, September 23, 2011

I can't believe it's been 7 LOOOOOOOOOOONG months since I last posted a blog entry.


Well to be honest - I don't think I've lost much weight since my last blog entry. (approximately 25lbs in a little over 7 months - so that's about 3 1/2 lbs a months)


Don't get me wrong, I'm not disappointed in my loss, because any loss is a win in my book emoticon

Anyway - I'm excited to announce I'm no longer camera shy & I'm absolutely IN LOVE with wearing high heels. (something I've NEVER been able to ever do) & now that I'm down nearly 160 lbs I'm wearing them almost everyday.



In fact I'm wearing a super sexy pair of 4 1/2 inch heels right now as we speak. (not the ones in the picture above. that's a picture my daughter took as we were out shoe shopping. She said she just HAD to take it because it was soooooo OBVIOUS how much I loved with those shoes) *lol*

okay - so now is the moment of truth.....

THE BEFORE (around 350 lbs)



THE THEN (around 230 lbs)



& here are a few pictures of me NOW!!! (around 207 lbs)





(don't try this at home kids... this was an act reserved exclusively for my trip to Cancun) emoticon

  
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RICHARJ 4/5/2013 10:39AM

    Look at you crossing those legs. I want to be like you when I grow up. Hope you are still pursuing your health journey.

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PYNOBLEM2 3/6/2012 7:35PM

  Sexy!!!! You look so much younger now. Thanks for the inspiration, I'm a newbie, and I have to lose over 100 pounds for health reasons. You're definitely my inspiration!

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LITHEPANTHER 3/6/2012 1:27AM

    All I can say is WOW!!!

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GOINGTODOTHIS2 1/19/2012 4:46AM

    Wow!!! Awesome!

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TONYA_DIMPLES 12/30/2011 8:06AM

    Hey sweetie , you have done an amazing job & YOU LOOK AWESOME . ;) emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 9/29/2011 4:53PM

    Look at you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great new love! You are so HOT!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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LOPEYP 9/24/2011 7:17PM

    You look great! emoticon

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1HOTTIEBODY 9/24/2011 4:49PM

    You are killin it!
You know and its obvious how confident you are in each picture.
Congrats on your success!

**YOu got to try Jessica Simpson line of shoes**

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CORDIA72 9/24/2011 4:35PM

    Amazing transformation! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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FITWITHIN 9/24/2011 2:09PM

    Great job! Keep up the excellent work!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 9/24/2011 1:53PM

    Amazing before and after pics! You look great. Keep up the good work!!

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MAIA2011 9/24/2011 12:08PM

    Good heavens! Hot! Hot! Hot! Look at those stems, babeee!



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TERRYT55 9/24/2011 11:40AM

    You look fabulous! Your hard work has really paid off! Congrats

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SJH627 9/24/2011 10:58AM

    emoticon What an amazing set of before and afters. You look fabulous! Total and inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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YANSKA 9/24/2011 10:17AM

    OH my gosh, you look amazing! I LOOOOOVE the shot of you in th sombrero! :) Keep up the great work! Thank you for the smile and the inspiration today. Have a gorgeous weekend!
Anna


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CHOCOHOLIC2276 9/24/2011 8:41AM

    It has to be a bigger loss than 25lbs!! You look great! emoticon

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MAPLECANDY3 9/24/2011 8:38AM

    you look sooo great!!!!!!!

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NINA_S 9/24/2011 8:35AM

  emoticon Wow! What a change! Keep going, you look great!

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ASTORRES1 9/24/2011 7:51AM

    You are soo amazing and awesome!!!
You have worked hard and deserve to show it off!!!

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ONESTUBBORNTART 9/24/2011 6:41AM

    Amazing pics, you look fab!

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1DERLAND14 9/23/2011 11:22PM

    You are gorgeous!!! Fabulous transformation! :) emoticon

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STSCOTT11 9/23/2011 11:16PM

    I LOVE IT!
...and look how he was a gentleman. Before he had you jugalug it...he made sure he had a cloth to wipe up any excess. Now THATs CLASS! Looks like you had a good time in 'ol Cancun.
Seriously though...
Your shots are INCREDIBLE!
I know how you feel...and everytime I read a blog and see MY WEIGHT I started or where I am now I feel like...THAT's ME TOO only through someone else. I think we all go through many of the same things. OFTEN in silence.
THANK YOU for opening up. Being brave enough to share with us.
Spark on Black Beauty!

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KATZLAF 9/23/2011 11:10PM

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KTTAYLOR21 9/23/2011 10:56PM

    Look at your sexy. You are showing off the twins and everything!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIRDEE210 9/23/2011 10:44PM

    You look great!! Keep up the great work!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/23/2011 10:42PM

    wow amazing! you go girl, keep it up

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DOGMOMMY 9/23/2011 10:32PM

    you look amazing!!! as I was scrolling down I was hoping for a pic of the 4 inch heels too :) gotta love a great pair of shoes = hehe

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MOONLITCHELLE 9/23/2011 10:24PM

    WOO HOOO!!!! You look GORGEOUS! Congratulations on your success and thank you for the wonderful update!!! emoticon emoticon

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so what's the story behind my SP username: PRETTYBLKGYRL

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Okay after reading ASHLEY1977T's blog entry "what exactly is beautiful" - I felt inspired to post (a revised version of) my response here as a blog entry.

Reading her blog reinforced the reason I unapologetically chose "PRETTYBLKGYRL" as my username. Sooooooooo here goes...........

Growing up I always felt awkward.



I was either too tall, too dark, too heavy, my nose was too wide, etc..... Basically I grew up HATING myself. (I grew up in an all white community, in the late 70's/early 80's - so needless to say there weren't many beautiful, black women for me to look up to... aside from my family)

*side note* I had the honor of being nicknamed DARK VADER shortly after Star Wars came out. You gotta love the origin of some of the issues that haunt us during our childhood. Especially when they follow us into adulthood & result in a destructive, self-loathing mentality emoticon





Anyway - it wasn't until I was in my mid-20's that I decided that I couldn't continue to hate myself because I wasn't "Hollywood" beautiful or thin. I had to establish my OWN expectations/standards of beauty. I had to make it okay for me to look like ME!!! I couldn't wait for someone else to validate me. *sigh* Hence the name "PRETTYBLKGYRL" was born.

& I think you'd be surprised by the number of times my fellow SP'ers have asked me WHY I chose PRETTYBLKGYRL as my username. These inquiries weren't in a harmless, inquisitive "hey interesting name, what's the story behind it" way. It was in a "don't you think your name is arrogant?? maybe you should consider changing it" way. emoticon

& I even got a message w/ the subject "hey NOT SO PRETTYBLKGYRL"...

I can either take ownership of other people's ignorance or I can laugh it off, b/c @ the end of the day I know:

1.) who I am
2.) where I came from
3.) & how long it took me to get to the point where I'm okay w/ being me!!!

Because when I wake up in the morning & I see my reflection in the mirror - I'm FINALLY okay with who's looking back at me - FLAWS & ALL!!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ASTORRES1 9/24/2011 7:55AM

    Awesome blog...sorry I missed it when you posted it. You are sooo inspiring to me!!


amy

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LIVEINPINK 9/12/2011 10:47PM

    You are BEAUTIFUL! I really loved this post and appreciate you so much for sharing it!

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MSNIKE 7/14/2011 11:41PM

    I think your username suits you well! emoticon

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RELIVE 5/15/2011 10:44AM

    Your name is AWESOME! And you ARE beautiful. Forget those haters, the only reason some say things like that is because they are only reflecting to you what they feel about THEMSELVES. :) Keep on Sparking!!



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MICHELLESMILES_ 5/15/2011 10:14AM

    First of all I think you beautiful! It blows my mind that fellow Sparkers act that way! You be proud of who you are girl!

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MEGUNN2282 5/15/2011 9:22AM

    You are GORGEOUS! Its hard to imagine such a beautiful woman feeling like she wasnt pretty, but there are a lot of people out there that project their own insecurities on us. Im so happy that you have gotten to a place where you feel your beauty and self-worth. I grew up in a predominantly black and Hispanic area and always envied the beautiful skin and all the things the other girls could do with their hair. I fealt pasty, blotchy, with flat lifeless hair and even worse when my mother did get me a perm I looked like a fat poodle! LOL So its taken me a long time to get to a point where I loved myself and could look in the mirror without making myself miserable. We are strong beautiful women and anyone who tries to shake that strength is showing their own weakness. Thank you for sharing your journey and inspiring the rest of us on our own journey:)

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YINYANGWRITER 5/13/2011 7:32AM

    The pacing of that post was great and the content was very honest and thoughtful. I really enjoyed reading it and the end was the best perhaps because it was such a happy ending...unless you posted someone else's photo at the end of your post, you are undeniably beautiful. Thank you for the positive messages...we all need them. And ignore the idiots messaging you with negativity, they are nothing but mean ol' trolls. emoticon

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TRIMMAMA2 4/28/2011 4:20PM

    My sistah! You are beautiful, strong and wise. Thank you for inspiring all beautiful black girls to become who they are destined to be! God bless you!

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TRIMMAMA2 4/28/2011 4:20PM

    My sistah! You are beautiful, strong and wise. Thank you for inspiring all beautiful black girls to become who they are destined to be! God bless you!

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TRIMMAMA2 4/28/2011 4:18PM

    My sistah! You are beautiful, strong and wise. Thank you for inspiring all beautiful black girls to become who they are destined to be! God bless you!

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JMMANGEL 4/4/2011 9:10PM

  That name fits you, you are lovely. And truly, it's nobody's business what name you use.

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USE2BWILD 4/3/2011 2:14AM

    It is sad that people can be so mean. I agree, it must be jealousy!! You are GORGEOUS!!! And your family pictures are beautiful! emoticon

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MRSSCHENCK 4/2/2011 6:43AM

    Love the name. You are gorgeous!

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NEW_WINGS 4/1/2011 8:04PM

  I saw your user name (in a comment you left on Yoovie's blog) and immediately smiled. I thought, "Now there's some good self esteem! emoticon . . . or someone who is wisely working at building her esteem by choosing such a delightful user name." I just had to come visit your spark page! And I'm happy to see your wonderful attitude, though sad to see the ugliness you've been subjected to.
You are beautiful; keep on shining and just ignore the stupid, ugly-spirited people!

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MVIEL1 3/31/2011 9:24AM

  Brush them off your shoulders!

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NATHELESS 3/21/2011 8:22PM

    You are beautiful!



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Loved this quote: "People miss out on opportunities because opportunity wears overalls and looks like work."

Be well!

Comment edited on: 3/21/2011 8:24:12 PM

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NICKIJAY96 3/21/2011 1:34PM

    I'm seriously shocked that someone actually emailed you with such stupidity. It's really a shame others have to try and pull you down to elevate themselves; in their mind anyway. People are so brave and cruel hiding behind an ISP.

You don't owe anyone anything. You own your beauty and know that it radiates from within and it shines through. You don't have to justify anything to anyone. I applaud you for claiming your life and beauty. Don't rely on others in lalaland to define beauty for you. You strut and hold your head up high!

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WOLFKITTY 3/15/2011 12:47AM

    OH MY GOSHHHH!! WHAT?! Someone wrote that to you?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?

I am seriously appalled. When I saw your username, I thought, "Oh cool!" and when I finally saw a picture of you, I thought, "OH! Totally fits, that makes sense!"

You're gorgeous.
Thanks for this blog peek into you. :)
HUGS!
Jocelyn

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CORDIA72 3/15/2011 12:06AM

    I don't know if you ever watched "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar" starring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo but there is a song at the beginning of the movie by Salt-n-Pepa called "I Am The Body Beautiful". I loved it when I saw the movie and I love it even more now that I've begun this weightloss journey to shed my outer shell and replace it with my inner self. Listen to the words of that song and reaffirm that you are The Body Beautiful. Successful women will always have haters and critics. Just shake them off.

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DEFINEMINE 3/13/2011 10:24PM

    I love the name. Whenever I see it on friends pages I'm inspired to love me as I am (noassatall; LOL!) You are that example of a beautiful black woman (doing the dang thang)that we didnt have. You are fabulous! Keep doing just like you are doing.

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JUSTFOXXY 3/13/2011 10:29AM

    Beautiful name, Beautiful spirit, Beautiful girl. Keep doing you.

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TRINA001 3/9/2011 7:09AM

    I always think that the people who are the rudest are the ones who are the most envious.
I like your name, and even more so knowing the reason you chose it.
You are very pretty and beautiful, and those mean people must have known that and been envious.

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RUSSELLORAMA 3/9/2011 12:10AM

    I've learned that shaking off haters burns a TON of calories. Honor and claim your name and all of the beauty you have inside and out!

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ALOFA0509 3/8/2011 5:25PM

   
I love your username!!!! Sooo U, Soo Fabulous!!! Hugs sista,, Oh and Thnx for the cookie earlier,,, I already had 4 "Thin Mints" lol HUGS, Alofa

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56DEBRIS 3/7/2011 5:09PM

    As with the other posters...I am astounded by the idea that you were confronted about your user name. How dare they! Ignore the haters! Yep, you are a beautiful girl.

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ONMYOWNAM 3/4/2011 2:16PM

    What a great blog, congratulation's to you for not giving into those negative few out there on this site. It makes me wonder if they really know what Spark People is here for. You are a beautiful woman with an obviously beautiful heart. Best of luck with all that lies ahead for you.

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Amy

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KTTAYLOR21 3/4/2011 12:52PM

    I was over DONE when I read that people questioned you about your username. That is crazy to me. I am trying to get to a point where ignorance doesn't get addressed, but I'm not quite there yet...LOL!!!

Any whooo.... You are beautiful and confident and is well on your way to meeting all your goals. This blog was great. I love how you eliquently addressed your username even though it should NOT have been necessary. You picture says it ALL!!!



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LILLYPILLY24 3/4/2011 11:55AM

    Thanks for sharing - I think you're gorgeous, and I'm glad you can see it now too!

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NDMOM73 3/4/2011 11:43AM

    Thank you so much for the wonderful blog post! Although I am Hispanic I have watched my girls (who are growing up in a mainly white community struggle with their differences)- having a larger nose and not waif-size hips and butt. I have worked hard to make them proud of who they are, and for the most part they are proud of their heritage but I still see my oldest examining her nose or shaking her head at her hips. I think with time they will also celebrate their differences and it is because of strong, beautiful women like you that hopefully future generations will no longer feel the need to feel bad about their differences but instead embrace them!

Thanks again for sharing! And congratulations on all of your successes! :)

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DIANA_IS_BACK 3/4/2011 10:51AM

    Kudos for you and your determination to love yourself for who you are. There are some of us, including myself, who are still working on that.

Thanks for inspiring others to take a look and not be judgemental.
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HANNAH_CALM 3/4/2011 10:04AM

    Aww, that's so sweet! I love your name. And I'm sorry anyone ever called you that rude name, that's terrible. I bet you were a really sweet little girl, and that must have really hurt.

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NIKKICOLE83 3/3/2011 2:25PM

    Please don't change your username. I wish I could own my blackness more but it seems that everytime I try, people want to correct me like, "well you're not ALL black" or "you got some white in you thogh, right?" Whenever I say, "I'm just black" there has to be a debate. Black comes in many shades and your shade is beautiful. And I wish that all of us ladies on here, black, white and the other, were built up by others rather than tore down, especially when we were young. To all my chubby girls out there, we are gorgeous and a pretty face doesn't make up for an ugly heart so continue to be the beauties that you are!

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MENACE79 3/3/2011 7:50AM

    Wow. I am stunned that you were confronted here about the name you chose. I am thinking that whoever did the confronting doesn't feel good about themselves, and to see you loving yourself (as we all should) is threatening? I dunno - I always try to analyze things. :)

With that being said, I think you SHOULD change your name:

BEAUTIFULBLKGYRL

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 3/2/2011 6:54AM

    Wow, I can't believe the arrogance that someone would have telling you are anything BUT a PRETTYBLKGYRL. You're beautiful! Many of us have struggles whether we are big or little, dark or pale. There are any number of reasons why we choose to hurt ourselves with thoughts of unworthiness. I'm glad that you choose to appreciate you for everything you are and everything you have been through. Don't ever stop loving yourself.

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RUNANDRUN 3/1/2011 10:13PM

  I remember someone made fun of my arms (my elbows were so skinny and boney I could use them as a bottle opener) and I didn't wear sleeveless shirts for over 10 years. Someone once asked how my toothpicks could keep my body up, and there went the shorts! I'm not perfect, but I know I'm beautiful too. I think it's great that you have the guts to publicly call yourself beautiful. Share your strength, we can all use some.

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IRUNHIKECAMP 3/1/2011 2:23PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I am so glad you can see the beauty! You've got it inside and out! emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 3/1/2011 11:38AM

    People who make comments like that aren't even worth your time. There are some people whose ignorance can never be changed.

I loved reading this blog. Strong, beautiful women come in every shape and colour and I'm so glad that you're embracing that about yourself.

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MSKIPPER43 2/28/2011 11:15PM

    Well from one BLK Girl to another my user name on Yahoo was DRKNLVLY_1 and I made it my anthem for just the same reason you did. I went to promonently white high school. I was not black enough to be considered black by other blacks and when society looks at me they see me as a mocha colored black woman. I was I remember 3 girls on the pom pom squad stopped me behind the gym and said tat my butt was to fat to wear shorts and that I needed to get a larger size. I was in tears and mom said after this I stopped wearing shorts. It took me a long time to be comfortable with who I am, but with their character as people. I applaud your taking control of who u r, because without that conviction ppl wil define who u should be. Let you DEFINE you!!!!!

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CONTESSA63 2/28/2011 1:34PM

  i LOVE your attitude!

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THINKNEES 2/27/2011 11:58PM

    WELL SAID, NOT ONLY VERY PRETTY BUT WISE emoticon

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UNICORN212 2/27/2011 12:56PM

    I think you look beautiful! And you were a cute kid, too! (And this is from a chubby white lady who has never liked herself much either - maybe you can give me some pointers on how to get past that!)

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LOVESLIFE48 2/27/2011 11:19AM

    You are very beautiful!!! I can't beleive some people can be so rude inconsierate to say that about your username. THE NAME FITS!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!! emoticon emoticon

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JAE_HENNINGTON 2/27/2011 10:59AM

  you are very beautiful.. and it is nice that you can finally stand and be proud and announce to the world this is who I am.. this is who I want to be..there is other freedom than to finally see the beauty from within and without and accept yourself fully for all you are and all you are yet to be...bravo.. I love your user name..it really does say it all and if others can't see it.. well, shame on them

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MAGISCHE 2/27/2011 10:58AM

    Coming from another self-loather, let me just tell you how much your blog hit home. God forbid we love ourselves even the tiniest bit, right? Good for you for being proud of who you are, and you should be because you're GORGEOUS! Go get 'em, girl! emoticon

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SCORPIA112253 2/26/2011 11:24PM

    you have a beautiful family. love the vintage clothes too -- how about those leisure suits with the wide lapels? wow.
Your mother is gorgeous -- that's where you got your looks!

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SUPERMOMMA76 2/25/2011 1:03PM

    Your confidence and courage is as beautiful as you are. Keep it up! emoticon

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 2/25/2011 10:46AM

    You are beautiful. Don't let anyone bring you down.

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SMPO79 2/24/2011 3:58PM

    You have a beautiful smile!

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MSSTACYJ 2/24/2011 3:55PM

    People can be idiots. They see your confidence and feel they need to bring you down because they're not there themselves. You are a beautiful girl and who cares what anyone else thinks. Keep doing you!

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a long overdue (progress pic) update

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Okay, so the last time I posted a blog was in October 2010 & I was weighing somewhere in the mid 240's. emoticon

Since then I've lost approximately 20 more lbs. I was hoping to be further along, but w/ the ups & downs of life I'm thankful for the progress I've made. So you won't hear me complaining, b/c @ the end of the day I'm pleased with my overall progress.

*side note* Rather than boring you by re-posting all of my previous progress pictures, I've opted to only post my original before picture along w/ my most recent full body picture.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO........... here goes:

(before somewhere in the 350's)

(current as of January 2011, in the 230's/220's)


UPDATE: I guess I should mention I'm 5'10 w/ big breast, so my weight is distributed a little differently. (the pants in the picture are a size 14 - PLEASE don't be fooled by my emoticon legs)

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEEDLESMOM 8/16/2011 10:27AM

    Holy snap! Your so lucky you tall!! I gained 40 pounds and went up about 11 pant sizes, then again I'm 5' tall. :( You are looking great!!! :D Keep it up!!

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SUSIEMT 5/5/2011 8:30PM

    Somehow I missed this! You look fantastic!

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IAMSHE 4/11/2011 6:18PM

  You are an inspiration. You look great!

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KGATES70 3/31/2011 10:51PM

    YOU LOOK AMAZING!! Great job!

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SNUGGLY4U 3/15/2011 7:01PM

    Wow! Awesome!

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LBOOGEY1275 3/14/2011 4:50PM

  You look absolutely wonderful!!! An inspiration for this over 300 pound lady!

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JUSTFOXXY 3/13/2011 10:33AM

    You should be totally proud of your progress. Heck, I'm proud for you! Keep up the good work.

And for the record I am 5'9 with chicken legs. I feel I am in good company. LOL!

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PUGWASH4X4 3/12/2011 4:19PM

    WOw, just wow- that's an amazing change - hope you get a huge lift from seeing those piccies- so very well done :D

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SUECHRIS50 3/10/2011 2:57PM

    Dont it feel wonderful

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SUN_SHINE_4 3/9/2011 4:15PM

    You looking amazing!!! Good work and keep it up! You are an inspiration.

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IAMTAM247 3/9/2011 3:11PM

  Hey Good Lookin! (no homo) Good Job!
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KHADEEJAH1 3/9/2011 7:34AM

    You are doin' it, doin' it, doin' it!
Do I notice a swagger in your pose? emoticon

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RUSSELLORAMA 3/9/2011 12:08AM

    You look radiant!

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GAMOMMY3 3/9/2011 12:03AM

    WOW!!! You look great! emoticon

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MRSKAT11 3/8/2011 11:45PM

  You look beautiful and best of all SO HAPPY! What an inspiration you are! Also great outfit!:) Congrats!!!

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CHARMC1 3/8/2011 11:35PM

  You look great...Congratulations.

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ETETZLOFF 3/8/2011 5:58PM

    Amazing!!

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BORN_RESILIENT 3/8/2011 3:38PM

  Great transformation! emoticon

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FMCDANIEL 3/8/2011 2:47PM

  You can see the difference in your shoulders. It shows you have been doing some hard work. Keep up the success!!!

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SHELLEY81 3/8/2011 1:52PM

    You look amazing! Keep up the great work and the positive energy!

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KJM1961 3/8/2011 12:09PM

    You are awesome and so inspirational. I am so glad I read your blog. God bless you. emoticon

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LADYBUGG67 3/8/2011 11:52AM

    Look look great!

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ABAKER34 3/8/2011 10:46AM

    Congratulations, you look terrific! Very inspiring post. I have 80 pounds to lose and posts like these help me from becoming totally overwelmed and remind me that even though it's a slow process it will come off in time if I stick with it! emoticon

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MADDIE10281 3/8/2011 9:45AM

  You look wonderful, keep up the good work

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THEMIGHTYTAMARA 3/8/2011 9:24AM

    You were beautiful then and beautiful now. I'm happy that you've made such progress in your journey. I will look for more blogs. Keep up the great work!

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930KAT 3/7/2011 11:57PM

    Keep up the great work :)

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SUNNY625 3/7/2011 11:35PM

  For a newcomer, your story to me is quite inspiring, like many others on this site!!!! Keep up the great work, and hold your head high because you look great!

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SUMMERBOOTS 3/7/2011 4:04PM

  Great Job!

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HPEFUL25 3/7/2011 12:41PM

  You look so happy! Congrats!

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ANGEL_GRAVER 3/7/2011 12:19PM

    Great job!!!!

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STRUMERCAT 3/7/2011 6:00AM

    Great job! It's good to take stock now and then and celebrate our accomplishments.

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TADTURC 3/6/2011 7:37PM

    You look great! Your smile says a lot. Good for you!

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RAMBOLING 3/6/2011 7:15PM

    Love the Wonder Woman theme! Great progress, keep it up!

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GROOVER4 3/6/2011 12:19AM

    Wow. I wouldn't have believed it was the same person. The weight loss is an amazing achievement but you also look so much more relaxed and happy. Huge congrats!

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PVP1958 3/5/2011 11:22PM

    We are not fooled. You just look good even if it is 220. One tip, though, it's take to take off the figure-hiding sweater and wear some bold, bright colors because you look MARVELOUS!

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RIDLEYSW 3/5/2011 11:19PM

  Your progress is an inspiration! Also, I love the fact that you are accepting the fact that life poses challenges and that you are not at the "perfect" stage but at a very realistic one! Thanks for posting and keep up the amazing work!

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KHELMAN 3/5/2011 10:43PM

    you look great keep up the good work
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68TOGO 3/5/2011 8:12PM

    You look greattttttt

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LUBAML 3/4/2011 9:46PM

    You look great girl! Congratulations! Keep the good work. emoticonLuba

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JANRTEACH 3/4/2011 8:53PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!

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BECKYF3506 3/4/2011 7:10PM

    You look great!

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BECKYF3506 3/4/2011 7:10PM

    You look great!

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BECKYF3506 3/4/2011 7:10PM

    You look great!

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BECKYF3506 3/4/2011 7:10PM

    You look great!

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JENNFIELDS4 3/4/2011 2:40PM

    WTG!! You look great!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/4/2011 12:55PM

    Are you sure you dont have a twin sister? Man what a difference! YOU LOOK GREAT!

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HANNAH_CALM 3/4/2011 9:57AM

    You look great! And I don't think it would be boring to see all your in-between pictures. I love that outfit that you're wearing in the second picture. =)

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MONAKIN314 3/3/2011 8:46PM

    You look amazing!!!!!!!!!

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BENTON1989 3/3/2011 6:15PM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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ME (before, then & now) aka progress pictures

Sunday, October 03, 2010

(just so we're clear - I STILL HATE TAKING FULL BODY PICS!!!!!) emoticon

But without them I don't think I'd fully appreciate the progress I've made so far. So without further ado, I present to you:

ME (before, then & now) aka progress pictures emoticon

FRONT VIEWS:

in the 350's (before)

@ 285 (then)

@ 243 (now)

SIDE VIEWS:

in the 350's (before)

@ 285 (then)

@ 243 (now)

(this is TOTALLY out of left field, but I can't believe how much my breast have shrunk) emoticon

  
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CTUPTON 4/7/2013 10:42AM

    emoticon for YOU!

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CORDIA72 3/15/2011 12:00AM

    LOL! I also hate full body shots. I just posted my own full body shots, front and side, so that I can track my progress too. It definitely motivates you to keep going because really we that are overweight are all Wonder Women and Men trapped in our own bodies trying to get out. Keep going, girl, you are an inspiration to me.

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JERESS26 3/1/2011 4:52PM

    Awesome job. It shows hard work and determination make a difference. Keep it up. You are a beautiful lady. Jean

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NINNY165 3/1/2011 12:59PM

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SARAHSALAH 3/1/2011 1:51AM

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JOURNEY2CHANGE 2/25/2011 11:23AM

    The breasts are the first thing i noticed too! In the first pic it was hard to separate them from the rest of you...lol...but you have changed a lot! I hope my boobs shrink like 3 cupsizes and 12 inches lol...I hate back pain!!

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LORES777 2/10/2011 1:41PM

    You are amazing! That must have been a lot of hard work!

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TRUELOVE662010 2/9/2011 8:50PM

    You look incredible! And don't be sad, my breasts did the exact same thing! It's not fair is it?! Not fair a bit...why can't the weight come off the tummy and thighs and stuff FIRST and the breasts LAST? I don't know but I'm taking Anatomy and Physiology this term and I'm going to figure out why that is...

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KATYMARIA 2/4/2011 11:40AM

    Dang! Amazing difference! Looking great!

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JIBBIE49 2/3/2011 3:12PM

    emoticonI would think your BACK would be feeling so much better with the weight off your breasts that MUST have put a strain on your shoulders. I'm so happy I've lost weight, since I hated having heat rash under my bra straps when I was so fat.

You've done great.

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THESHRINKINLADY 2/3/2011 1:17PM

    Girl you were beautiful then and beautiful now! But I'm so glad you are getting healthy and doing SO very well at it! You look amazing! Keep up the great work!

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VERITY50 2/3/2011 1:10PM

    emoticon I too was shocked when my cup size changed after many years with even a smaller weight change than yours..

You my dear should be very proud of your hard work!

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KARLYNCANDOIT 2/3/2011 12:59PM

    OMG!! WOW~~~ A whole lot more than your breasts have shrunk~~ emoticon

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MARATHONBOUND 2/3/2011 12:56PM

    WOW! That is quite a transformation! You go girl! emoticon

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4BETTERCHANGED 1/19/2011 6:21PM

    Wow...You look great! Good job!
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SUNSHINE667 1/13/2011 12:27PM

    WOW, you look great!!! Congratulations to you!!!!

You should be soooo proud...I am!
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YAMINOKODOMO 1/9/2011 8:29PM

    You look great! Keep kicking butt girl!

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DJ4HEALTH 12/15/2010 8:16PM

    WOW You look great!!! emoticon

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SANAABU 12/14/2010 3:35AM

    woah!!! i am so proud of u!!!! way to go!!

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BETHANYSAGE 12/12/2010 11:27PM

    FANTASTIC!!!

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LIMASTAR 11/29/2010 7:09PM

  You look fantastic!! Great job on living the healthy life. Keep up the great work.

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ASHBUG1 11/25/2010 8:13AM

    wow you look great

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BLUEINKPEN 11/10/2010 4:58PM

    You look amazing!!! emoticon

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CLEVER25 11/2/2010 1:54PM

    you look great....

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BETHIE_BOO 11/1/2010 11:26AM

    What a difference! I was admiring your outfits in the first two pics but then I thought, How fabulous will she be when she meets her goals? Keep up the good work!

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ONTHEBOARDWALK 10/30/2010 11:45PM

    Great progress!

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CORISDREAM 10/22/2010 7:13PM

    These are some good pictures to show how far you hve come. Great Job! Cant wait to post my Before, Then, and Now pictures

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LEBANONGIRL 10/22/2010 3:11PM

    I love your pictures! You look wonderful! I am inspired. emoticon emoticon

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AFTERMYKIDS 10/17/2010 4:18PM

    emoticonWOW!!
You are doing GREAT!!
I know how you feel about the Full Body pics. but you are so right, we do NOT see true awesomness unless we post those pics or atleast take them for ourself. emoticon for sharing, you are truely an inspiration!

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HOPERISING 10/17/2010 4:10PM

    You are looking FANTASTIC! Keep it up!

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POCSMOM 10/17/2010 7:58AM

    You go girl! You are beautiful! Such a motivator, too. I need all the motivation I can get so thank you for giving me my dose for today.

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PHEBESS 10/17/2010 6:29AM

    YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are doing GREAT!!!!!!!!!!

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BROOKSIE63 10/17/2010 12:55AM

    Congrats! You look amazing!

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MARTINEZMAMA 10/17/2010 12:39AM

    Congratulations! I hope I can do as well as you have done! WTG! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 10/16/2010 11:36PM

    You look absolutely fantastic - congrats on all of your success.

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DNATHAN7 10/16/2010 6:47PM

    Wow you look great! Congrats emoticon emoticon

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LISA1101 10/16/2010 6:06PM

    You look FANTASTIC!!! emoticon

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ANIRT47 10/16/2010 1:04PM

  You look great! Keep up the good work!

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MOMOF5STINKERS 10/16/2010 9:45AM

    You look great and they did shrink!! Mine are tiny so i am Praying that they dont disappear! :-)

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GONERSGIRL 10/15/2010 8:54PM

    You look FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 10/15/2010 3:55PM

    And not to be missed, that gorgeous smile on the last shot. It's like you know you look good!! emoticon So happy for you, keep up the good work!!

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CRZYMOM04 10/15/2010 3:21PM

    you look great congrats


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NATTIEMAE1 10/15/2010 2:39PM

    You look amazing! So beautiful! Keep up the good work!

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THENEWCINDY 10/15/2010 1:58PM

    you look great!!!

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SNARKYPANTS 10/15/2010 12:46PM

    Wow! This is terrific! You are absolutely lovely; thanks for sharing your photos!

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MUSIKGIRL 10/15/2010 12:20PM

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NEWGMP329 10/15/2010 10:24AM

    You look great! Thank you for stepping outside your comfort zone and posting these inspriational pictures!




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VGREEN12301971 10/15/2010 10:22AM

  Congratulations to you!! What should excite you is to know that breasts, especially large ones, are mostly fatty tissue! So to "shrink them" as you mentioned is a sign that your hard work is paying off by the pound!! Whatever you do though, do not lose that beautiful smile!! Thanks for the encouragement!!

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ERIN4771 10/15/2010 9:10AM

    you look so AWESOME!!!! i hate taking pictures as well, but it really does show the progress, especially during those times we are questioning why we are doing this....keep up the great work, i can't wait to see more pictures!!!
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LJOHN44 10/15/2010 8:00AM

    Wow! Awesome!!!! Give yourself a pat on the back and have an excellent weekend!
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June 11th weigh-in results (video) & a quick update

Friday, June 11, 2010


Today I weighed in on one of those fancy smancy talking scales emoticon.

previous weight: 272.6 lbs
current weight: 269.4 lbs
loss for the week: 3.2 lbs emoticon

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Hey everyone - I realize I've been MIA for the past few weeks (or so). But I have A LOT going on here on the home front.

As some of you may know my dad recently had a stroke (last Thursday). Thankfully he's doing better now. So I want to thank all of you that kept him (& our family) in your thoughts and/or prayers. The well wishes were greatly appreciated. (I'm sorry I haven't had time to respond to comments, goodies or sparkmail - but once things normalize around here I most definitely will)

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BOBBI97 10/3/2010 8:04PM

    *`*..*`*. Smile .*`*..*`*

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/2/2010 7:34PM

    Sorry I missed this blog.

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SPARKENISTA 7/23/2010 8:19PM

    emoticon on your emoticon weight loss! And that was with all the stress you've been going through. You are really motivated.
I'm glad that your father's feeling better. I know how scary that was.
Try to enjoy your weekend.

Best,

Merry

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COLUMBINE2 7/13/2010 5:58PM

    Congrats on your weight loss! You are on fire! I loved your list of things you're "done with". I especially loved your wanting to be a good role model for your girls. My mom was heavy and somehow it seemed OK for me to be heavy, too. You are showing them how to eat right, exercise & live a healthier, happier life. You are a gift to them, my friend!

I hope your dad's getting better.

Keep up the great work..even though it's hard with all the "stuff" going on. Hang in there!

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LINIS_THIN 7/8/2010 1:15PM

    I did not know about your dad... wishing you and your family well.
The talking scale video was way cool!
Congrats on 100lbs forever gone!!

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NESSAGIRL67 7/2/2010 3:38PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I'm glad he is doing better and I will keep your family in prayer. Great job on the weight loss this week.

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NOMETHA 7/1/2010 8:27PM

    I am glad that your father is doing better. He will be in my prayers.

emoticonon your recent weight loss!!!

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SPOILEDWON1 7/1/2010 3:44PM

    Glad to hear you dad is doing better and Congrats on the weight loss!! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIES537 6/30/2010 5:13PM

    Congrats on the loss! Woo hoo! I'm sorry to hear about your dad, I will keep him and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong girl. emoticon

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WOLFKITTY 6/25/2010 11:33AM

    emoticon

Good for you for checking in!!
REAL HUGS!
Joce

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ASHBUG1 6/20/2010 9:51AM

    no i didn't know about your dad but im sorry and pray hes on the mend
keep up with your losses and don't let this discourage you or throw you off track you are doing an awesome job

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/18/2010 10:04PM

    plus i must add i like your nails in your video weigh ins!! geez I'm an oddball!! emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/18/2010 9:47PM

    way to go on your progress even through your tough time!

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YAMINOKODOMO 6/16/2010 10:50AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! And I am really happy your father is ok. Its really scary to see a family member go through a stroke, especially your dad and I am really happy for the both of you! emoticon

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OTTAWABOUND 6/12/2010 12:32PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your father. I hope that his health improves swiftly.

I must say that I am impressed that you have managed to pay attention to your own health in the middle of all this.

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MAIA2011 6/12/2010 11:55AM

    I am glad that you are doing so well with your weight loss even during trying times. Great job!

Maia

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SWEETZMIX 6/12/2010 9:51AM

    emoticon on your weigh in!! I am also glad that your dad is doing ok. No worries if you are not on SP, you are here in spirit. Plus life still has to go on right?!? Take care!!

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ANGELSANDYBABY 6/11/2010 10:31PM

    Sorry to hear about your dad..But glad he is doing better.

Aren't those scales great? I have one too.

...And congrats on the weight loss!! emoticon

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JOHNJR62 6/11/2010 8:49PM

    that scale is great im looking for one of those, and congrats on your fab start to the spark way of life.

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DAVENPLK 6/11/2010 7:49PM

  I love that scale!!!! I'm glad to hear that your dad is doing better. You really did awesome losing weight in such a stressful time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKENISTA 6/11/2010 7:12PM

    There's nothing like evidence of your loss! You are doing awesomely! I'm sorry to hear about your father but am glad to hear that he is doing better and hope that he continues to improve.

You are truly amazing. Keep up the great progress!

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PLAYBLUES22 6/11/2010 4:23PM

    Happy to hear your father is feeling better and congrats on your weight loss emoticon

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DARRYLP67 6/11/2010 2:38PM

    Glad to see you back on the feeds congrats on the 3.2 loss this week and yes your dad has been in my prayers

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MADDEELOU 6/11/2010 2:29PM

    Glad to hear your father is doing better. Prayers for his continued healing.

Congrats on the weight loss. Very cool video.

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SUGIRL06 6/11/2010 2:25PM

    I hope everything turns out ok for your dad! Glad you are still doing well though!
~Ang

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CAROLYN1213 6/11/2010 2:20PM

    You are dong a fabulous job darling!!! Keep up the good work! It is happening!!!! You are making it happen!

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GRANDMAAMIE 6/11/2010 2:18PM

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CRISPINI 6/11/2010 2:06PM

    Way to go!

Also your progress pictures from April look AMAZING! Congrats! You are doing so well!

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