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Friday, August 01, 2008

Well, part of doing the MiniBlog challenge is to blog weekly so here goes.

In reading Blogs of other Goonies I am inspired, gladdened and sometimes saddened. I am so happy to read about others losing weight and gaining self-confidence. I am saddened when I read about the struggles with weight since I have struggled all my life.

I am having a good day in spite of a headache that got me out of bed after only 6 hours sleep. Darn, have to start that streak all over again. **yes, the headache is gone now**

Spark People in general and The Goonies in particular has helped me in ways I can't really explain. Since I let go and started using the SP tools my life has just gotten so much easier.

I found the Goonies when I saw a comment by Chuckster63 on another members SparkPage and checked him out. Well, I joined the Goonies immediately, and have been just so overwhelmed with joy that I thanked the other member only to learn she wasn't a member. Long story short, she is now!

My DH sees the difference in me since joining SP & the Goonies and I thank y'all for that. My chosen image is for my next goal weight of 165.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DRACO82 8/2/2008 8:01PM

    I know what you mean, I feel the same way about the Goonies. I got an invitation from Chunk a few day after joining SP. It was a very motivating message I wanted to join straight away & I'm glad I did. Thank you for welcoming me to the team & the comment on my blog too. I'm sorry I didn't thank you earlier.

Comment edited on: 8/2/2008 7:59:56 PM

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HUGGERS1 8/1/2008 11:49AM

    I am so glad you are finding inspiration and motivation and your hubby is noticing. That is a great feeling when those closest to you are noticing a change. I wish you a great august and I am so glad you are doing the blog challenge. I know you are going to do just great.

sending lots of hugs,


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QUILA927 8/1/2008 7:27AM

    Thank you so much for the kind message you left on my page.

I love The Goonies, I was so touched that they sent me an invitaion to join within an hour of signing up on SP. The other teams I joined aren't even close to being as supportive! I am glad you have joined us.

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ANNIE_1015 8/1/2008 6:58AM

  I joined the goonies after I saw Chunk was voted top leader. Good luck on meeting your goal!


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Have no fear.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Never be afraid of your scale. It is a tool, nothing more. It cannot humiliate you unless you allow it to.

A scale is a lifeless inaccurate measurement of your worth. We are all priceless if we only believe in ourselves.

No matter how fat I am on the outside I AM beautiful on the inside. People that cannot see beyond my shell are the ones to be pitied, not me.

You had a bad day? So what, I still love you and will always love you just as you are today.

Love yourself, it gives others a good example to follow.

Boonie Goonie

P.S. This was a comment I posted and it looked like I should make a blog out of it. I hope it is ok.

P.P.S. Since I made Tuna Soup, I used today's Spark Search and found I am not as weird as I thought! Others have come before me but added more veggies, lol.

P.P.P.S. I chose to use my starting Virtual Model for this blog. Never be afraid of the past! You cannot change it, only learn from it. This was me at 210 lbs, but my arms and thighs are still fatter, lol.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BABYFACE26 10/14/2008 1:59PM

    "No matter how fat I am on the outside, I am beautiful on the inside." Made me cry, because I know it is true, and I also know that is the hardest lesson for me to learn. I can be doing well, and then I look in the mirror....and the self-disgust begins - may I start to really learn this lesson, so beautifully stated by you.
Thank you.

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LILBITKNITTY 8/1/2008 6:47AM

  Reading your blog has been very inspirational. Thank You. emoticon

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HEARTLIGHT 7/31/2008 10:22PM

    Beautifully said! Thank you :)

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/30/2008 9:29AM

  I LOVE that!! I couldn't have said it any better myself! Very inspirational. Makes me want to throw my scale out..... okay... well almost. LOL Thanks for the wonderful blog.

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MINORCANLDY 7/30/2008 8:34AM

    Hey! I've never heard of Tuna Soup... why not share the recipe?

I'm always looking for something new!

Goonie Hugs

PSSSSS... You are doing marvelous!!

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Oh My!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I was just posting and saw my *time line* and realized I am almost within 10 pounds of my goal!

Ooh, it will be so nice to post a new goal when I get there!

Have a fun day!

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JJJ1226 8/7/2009 8:37AM

    emoticon I'm in for the long haul too, however long it will be to get this way emoticon

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BACKFIST 7/29/2008 4:54PM

    Hi Linda. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog and inviting me to join the Goonies team. I'll check it out.

And big congrats on reaching another goal. Looks like you are fixing to enjoy some summer vegetables. My boyfriend and I put in a small garden this year. I love summer vegetables! My dad has a garden also and the tomatoes are really starting to come in. I can't wait to make big pots of tomato sauce to freeze.


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LILBITKNITTY 7/29/2008 5:33AM

  Congratulations on almost reaching your goal! emoticon

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BINGHAM37 7/28/2008 10:52AM

    OMGoodness... I'm so jealous of your lovely tomato plants! Keep up the great work... you're doing awesome.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/26/2008 10:02AM

  That's simply AWESOME!!! Keep up the great work!!

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MINORCANLDY 7/26/2008 6:57AM

    Linda! Amazing! Keep going. You are doing wonderful!! I'm almost at my 30lb goal and I'm getting excited too!

Goonie Hug

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I'm having a good day, thank you very much.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I'm having a great day today. DH came out in some hand-me-down overalls and looked super. Then he suggested I try them on. Well, I have a hard time in jeans let alone overalls but I tried and you can see the results here. We took pics and I just had to get one for my Spark Page.

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JJJ1226 8/7/2009 8:30AM

    how long has it been since you had a comment on this blog lol I just wanted to go back to the beginning of your journey and here I am emoticon

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EBOSTON421 8/8/2008 10:49PM

    What a great picture!!! You both look so cute together and you look fantastic!!

Thank you for popping by my blog and leaving me a comment. Go Goonies! I've had a great day today and I hope you have too.


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VISITORX 7/25/2008 2:44PM

    So cute!!!

Good for you.


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NOMORESTALLING 7/24/2008 10:42PM

    Cute absolutely adorable!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/24/2008 9:42PM

  AWESOME!!! I LOVE it!!!

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I don't remember being below 150 - ever...

Monday, July 21, 2008

I was thinking yesterday and told my DH that I was already 150 pounds at 12 years old.

He thought it was funny and started laughing.

I think it is sad emoticon and have decided that I would like to see if SparkPeople can help me to get lower and maintain my new weight, whatever it will be.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

THE_FRINK 7/23/2008 9:35AM

    I'm sure you can do it, Linda! One foot in front of the other....

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LEELYNN2 7/22/2008 10:05AM

    I remember being in the 9th grade and telling the ski rental guy that I was 140 lbs even though I was 155 at the time. That was the last time I was that weight. Some of us just aren't meant to be so thin. I've decided after 15 months of working this that it really doesn't matter if I ever get to some mythical number. The questions I have to ask myself is do I feel comfortable in my skin; am I feeling energetic and healthy and strong; can I maintain this weight indefinitely? Boo to mythical numbers! Yeah to healthy and energetic no matter what the weight! On the other hand.... lol.... It would be fun to reach it.

Keep up the great work!

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HEARTLIGHT 7/22/2008 12:18AM

    emoticonWe are with you.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/21/2008 10:49PM

  You know what's really sad? I don't ever remember weighing less than 243. Yes... those are sad things... but we will succeed and beat those numbers and meet our targets. Keep it real... and it will all happen. WE're here for you!! You're doing great!!

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TEXASTEACHER4 7/21/2008 12:46PM

    Aren't you so sweet to send me the Spark Goodie! Thanks so much as yesterday was sort of a tough day. The last time I weighed less than 150, I was 30 years old, letting a real jerk break my heart. I've used food as insulation against relationships ever since-for nearly 30 years. You know what? You and I deserve better than 150. Let's do it!

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