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I want to be overweight!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

I want to be overweight, and in another 13 pounds I will be! I will be saying goodbye to obese for good at 163 pounds according to my height of 5'2".

It's a mile-mark for me and I am just so thankful it is almost within my reach! Another 2-3 months and I should be there.

I hope that many of you will be soon joining me as overweight instead of obese.

I realized yesterday that my too-small pants (4 pair, 2 new) are now getting too baggy! Oh what a travesty that is! I just barely got back into them at 188 and now at 176 it is almost time to move them on to baggy-pants heaven. I tried on a pair of spandex that I never could wear and they fit!

I would say I am having a fantastic day today! My virtual model is me at 165 and "just fat".


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JJJ1226 8/7/2009 8:49AM

    interesting how you were feeling a year ago emoticon

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KATIEMART1 8/15/2008 4:18AM

  Hi, Linda. Love your attitude. I too can't wait to be just "overweight" and no more obese! I can't even weigh myself because I have a cast on my left foot, from toes to knee! I think I'm doing well overall, but you are definitely making good progress. Keep up the good work, and we'll both be obese no more! Katie emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 8/14/2008 8:29PM

    Hey - thanks for the visit - figured I'd return the favor!
Overweight is great!! LOL We are the same height, you know, and I jumped for joy when I became overweight! Even now, to get to healthy BMI, we' d have to get to 136...maybe someday! But I'm in no rush!

Here's to being overweight! CHEERS!!

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I_AM_WORTHY 8/14/2008 12:23PM

    LOVE your perspective!

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VGINNY 8/12/2008 12:50PM

    That is a real eyeopener!! I never looked at it that way. So for me---I could be 'overweight' in about 17 pounds and that's really not much.I will take heart in that realization. I wish you all the luck in the world to your goal. Ginny x

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JLVANPEL 8/11/2008 11:59PM

    I am so jealous. When I first read the blog title I was puzzled, but you are right. Being overweight is a great thing! Way to go! I hope to join you one day. emoticon

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HEARTLIGHT 8/10/2008 1:38PM

    ROFL ~ absolutely love the perspective!

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NOBLE28 8/10/2008 6:34AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and much more

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EBOSTON421 8/9/2008 11:53PM

    That is FANTASTIC!!! I hope to join you in overweight land soon too! emoticon

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BONMACK 8/9/2008 9:53PM

    I just have a few things to say to this: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINNIEMAY 8/9/2008 3:26PM

    that is one invitation that I would love to accept!

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BECKY3128 8/9/2008 3:20PM

    Linda - CONGRATS!!! That is so exciting, you are doing so well!!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/9/2008 2:38PM

  That's awesome... way to go! Make sure you make room for me on the overweight couch... as I plan on joining you there some day. If you keep this up... you won't even be there when I get there! :O)

Then... I will just have to wait a bit longer until we are both at our goal! WHOOT WHOOT... and what a celebration that will be!

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HUGGERS1 8/9/2008 2:05PM

    You are doing awesome, I too want to join you soon. I am only 5'1" so I hear you loud and clear on the overweight. I am looking forward to joining in and I love that you have such a great focus.


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CHUNKSTER63 8/9/2008 12:00PM

    Dear Linda,

I would would say your having an awesome day good for you . You are so happy and your spark is shining bright that your making me so happy look I am glowing, LOL no really that is fantastic keep it up and donate those pants to big brother big sister or the church that's what I am doing. boy you made my day hahahlalala

Chunkie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Nowhere To Go But Down

Monday, August 04, 2008

I weigh every day at home, I have a Weight Watchers scale that is totally awesome. This time for me is different - my moods are no longer decided by the scale. I have nowhere to go but down.

But every time I get to 178.+ I wind up back at 179 and then 180. I have decided that tomorrow I will break it again and this time hold onto it.

If not maybe the next day, lol. As I say, I have nowhere to go but down.

I have been exercising a lot and I really think it is muscle. I just started with a pedometer last week and have been doing the 10,000 steps daily! What a rush! Plus all the leg and arm exercises because they are my trouble spots.

Since joining and using Spark's Nutrition Tracker I have a great record of staying on track so it will all move eventually.

Just wanted to post it because I like the phrase, nowhere to go but down. I chose the virtual image of 130 lbs because I no longer think anything is impossible since finding SparkPeople.


**edited 8/5/08 - plateau broken! Today 177.9!

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CHUNKSTER63 8/9/2008 4:25AM

    We love you as a Goonie and i am so proud that you are not giving in and that you kkeep pushing forward what a wonderful attitude to have you will be successful I know you will.

Chunk emoticon

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JLVANPEL 8/9/2008 1:38AM

    Way to go! Gotta hate those plateaus--hang in there. emoticon

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EBOSTON421 8/8/2008 10:50PM

    That is a wonderful sentiment. I feel the same way about SP. It's been a revelation to me. You can do it. You will do it. You are doing it. Hugs.


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MARTY19 8/5/2008 11:13AM

    Hi Linda,
I love that phrase. It works for me. 130 is also my goal weight. We can do this together.

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QUILA927 8/5/2008 9:07AM

    You are doing great! Keep up the good work! I knew that plateau didn't stand a chance against you! emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/5/2008 9:06:01 AM

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DRACO82 8/5/2008 12:02AM

    It sounds like you're on the right track to that goal. Keep it up, you're doing great.

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HUGGERS1 8/4/2008 4:46PM

    You are definitely going down :) I know that you are building muscle. I have intensified my workouts and I am gaining muscle and the pounds have gone up slightly but I know that my fat percentage is decreasing daily WOOHOO

You can do this and I know that 130 is very doable. I am so looking forward to seeing you at your goal.


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A new month

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.


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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.

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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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