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I came out of the closet...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I came out of the closet yesterday!!

My dad was in hospital again and the nurse left us so my dad could get into his hospital gown.

Well, I helped with the gown part then I generally go out into the hallway so he can remove his pants.

This time I just turned my back by the door and I generally will open half the closet so no one can hit me with the door upon entering.

Well, I looked in the closet, and just had to see if I fit! I did but my head did touch the shelf. Then I tried to close the door - it hit my shoes. I turned my size 8 feet a little and the door closed! I closed the other and called to my dad - he couldn't find me!

I fit into the hospital cupboard laughingly called a closet; it had a depth of about 7-1/2 to 8" with a height of 5', possibly another inch high as I am only 5'1.5" tall.

P.S. My dad is ok and is home again today.
This top is size Medium and the hip-hugger pants are size 6!
The legs are baggy!! (I was surprised to see that in the picture.)
This is me at 120.4 lbs!

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LINDA! 7/30/2009 12:55AM

    You look great!!

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JIM*S_QUEENIE 7/29/2009 9:21PM

    Congratulations, my friend,
How exciting for you. Wish I had seen this blog sooner.
I needed a good laugh these last 4+ months!!
Keep up the great work. How exciting for you, huh?
Peace and blessings,
P.S. I am glad my DH built a really big walk-in closet for me so I can write a similar blog but not reveal the sizes.
Peace and blessings,

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NATTIEMAE1 7/29/2009 3:21PM

    You look amazing! Congratulations!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 7/27/2009 10:55AM

    WOOW!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TILLIEBEE 7/27/2009 9:04AM

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MSLZZY 7/27/2009 7:01AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm too tall for the closet but your photo is awesome! Look at you! Wow!

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FORMYDARLINGS 7/26/2009 6:44PM

    Oh Linda, I would LOVE to get into a closet, especially 1 that small.LOL . You look AMAZING my friend. I weighed 120 when I was 14, if you can imagine I am taller than you so I guess, even though I was never happy with my weight, I DID look great! Thanks for letting me feel like I haven't always had a weight problem after all.

Love ya,

Gini emoticon

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CICI510 7/26/2009 5:32PM

    LOL! That is fantastic!!! I am so proud of you!!! LOVE seeing those baggie jeans! :)

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MEADSBAY 7/26/2009 12:34PM

    That is so cute- you're back to playing hide and seek with your dad.
Life comes full circle, doesn't it, my friend?
Hope your dad is doing well.

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MARTY19 7/26/2009 12:14PM

    You look incredible. You've come a long way baby! I wonder if I could fit into the closet? Humm...points to ponder


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SOPHIADARE 7/26/2009 11:30AM


I hope things go well for your dad in the hospital!

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    Too Funny!

I thought I saw a shadow in that photo, but IF I did, it was from the baggy pants, LOL

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ONEMORETHING 7/26/2009 11:00AM

    Hello and Iike reading your post and I can see your face when you could fit into the hospital cupboard good job and just how much weight were you and how much did you lose so far? Your picture looks great too! Good job and I know you will keep it up cause you now love yourself reaching your goals so don't give up!

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90 down, 3 to go!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I know that tomorrow I will be over 121 again but for today I am 120.9 and am officially down 90 lbs!

Does it matter that my weight will be up again tomorrow? Nope! Because every weight I reach, I will be able to reach it again and eventually maintain it or go lower.

Have a SparkTacular day!

edit: The Image came from www.ImageChef.com
I just used one of their free templates!

**edit 7/24 - today 121.5, but tomorrow...

**edit 7/25 - 120.7, whoopee! back in the 20's!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

_VALEO_ 7/25/2009 12:20AM

    Great picture! Congratulations on your 90 lbs loss and on your new you!

That's really the only missing thing we don't want to find again.

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SOPHIADARE 7/24/2009 2:45PM

    Good for you, Linda! I hope other things are going as well as your lifestyle program!

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JLCAMBURN 7/23/2009 12:26PM

    emoticon You are truly an inspiration - both in your weight loss and your awesome outlook. Thanks!!!

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CAROL_ 7/22/2009 8:32PM

    That is terrific! 90lbs, WOW!! WOW!!

How did you get that on the milk carton, that is so cute. I just learned how to make a collage of pictures for my background.

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JERSEYGIRL24 7/22/2009 6:27PM

    emoticon on your awesome weight loss!

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MSLZZY 7/22/2009 5:32PM

    emoticon emoticon Awesome! You are such an inspiration!

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FINDINGREALME 7/22/2009 4:33PM

    Congrats! Awesome success and even better attitude!! You are an inspiration to all of us!!

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    emoticon Linda

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MARTY19 7/22/2009 2:15PM

    emoticon your success is outstanding and you are a role model for everyone who thinks they cannot do it.


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MSCANDICE25 7/22/2009 12:46PM

    that is great keep up the hard work and keep that 90lbs missing!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 7/22/2009 11:59AM

    How cool are YOU!!! You have such an awesome attitude!!! emoticon

Hugs, Laurie

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JACQUELINEJO 7/22/2009 11:50AM

    Congratulations! I love all these cool images you come up with.

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Nifty new feature on the Nutrition Tracker!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

There's a nifty new feature on the Nutrition Tracker I just now discovered!

I clicked on one of my food items and it brings up a box asking if I wish to Edit This Food - it then gives me the chance to change the amount and/or move it to another meal!!

Wow! I am forever putting food in the wrong places! And I copy meals from day to day but I do change the amounts sometimes.

Great going SP!


**it's great seeing how many of us are enjoying this feature! I wonder how long it's been available!

**I've been told this feature has been here for a long time, like 4-ever. I dunno, I guess I just never noticed before?

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CALLISTOPHELIE 7/26/2009 11:17AM

    I've been using that edit tool since the beginning, so it's been here for a while I guess. But what I discovered today is the "food groupings". So when I make my favourite sandwich or salad or whatever, I can enter them as a group in the nutrition tracker for future use and then edit the amounts if needed.
We all learn a little something every day. emoticon

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 7/20/2009 9:11AM

    That tab has been there for a long time and thank goodness!!! I use it all the time. I too, copy foods from one day to the next and I'm forever putting things in the wrong place. Good thing SP is taking care of us!!!

Have a GREAT day!

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    Thanks Linda,

I wonder if SP could make a tab like that for all the OTHER mistakes that I've made in my life?

Probably not, and I probably wouldn't change them if I could.

Thanks for the great info.

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MSLZZY 7/19/2009 7:44AM

    I call the edit tab my "make right" button! Makes life much easier!

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MARTY19 7/18/2009 8:36PM

    SP keeps getting better and better. I like all the new changes. I like it when it is simpler.


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Thursday, July 16, 2009

I am feeling lighter than air! Today is a new low!!


I told DH I believe a new picture is in order! I might need to go shopping!

**thanks for all the well wishes! it does feel grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeaaattt!!!

*** RE: New lingerie - the teenager down the street has been giving me hand-me-up jeans, size 4-6 and they are fitting! All of them are hip-huggers and I am still in my grannies - some new undies might be in order, lol.

****still fluctuating but so far staying in the 121 range! gosh but I'd like to see 120!

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JENIFIREHARP 7/20/2009 12:03AM

    lol Enjoy shopping!

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CAROL_ 7/17/2009 11:38PM

    Wow 121; I remember when you were struggling to get under 130!! You go girl!!

Oh yes absolutely. New lingerie, AT A MINIMUM. There is nothing better than wearing new, cute bra and panties.

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MEADSBAY 7/16/2009 4:25PM

You are just gonna disappear if you keep this up!
You must feel so grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeee
Congratulations, Sparky.

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CALLISTOPHELIE 7/16/2009 10:48AM

    congratulations emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

you motivate me (and many others) to keep on going for my goal emoticon emoticon

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WEB_GIRL 7/16/2009 10:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats on the new low! Can't wait to see the new picture. Enjoy your shopping trip. You deserve it!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 7/16/2009 8:56AM

    Awesome Linda!!! Yes please........let's see some new clothes and definately new pix to go with them! You are a MOTIVAOR!! I'm so happy for you!

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MARTY19 7/16/2009 8:44AM

    emoticon How awesome. I need to borrow some of your motivation right now.


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    WAY TO GO Linda!

Now I'm gonna do a virtual back flip just for YOU.

Wanna see another one?

You're the best
you are quite the inspiration!

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MSLZZY 7/16/2009 7:54AM

    What do you mean "might need to go shopping"? I'd be out the door already!
emoticon! Can't wait for new pics! You are awesome! emoticon emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 7/16/2009 7:40AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon!!!!!

Yes, new clothes are definitely in order!!!! I know you hit a rough patch there, and it is great to see things moving.



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FINDINGREALME 7/16/2009 7:36AM

    Woo Hoo! New pictures and new clothes are DEFINITELY in order here! Congrats on hitting this milestone!!


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PALESEPT 7/16/2009 7:12AM

    Cool Linda! A new picture is definitely in order! Shopping too! You deserve it!! And thank you for commenting on my Sparkpage! Awesome!


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_VALEO_ 7/16/2009 7:07AM

    Wow! emoticon Linda!

Let's emoticon!

Comment edited on: 7/16/2009 7:10:03 AM

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Eating healthy doesn't have to cost more...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I get several news feeds on my homepage (SP of course) and today one of them is an article entitled, "Eating healthy can cost more, but doesn't have to, experts say" from USA Today.

The article includes several links under "Dieting On A Dime" that I thought might be interesting.

I just wanted to point out this article for anyone that might have missed it.

I have discovered fresh fruit is having the lowest prices I have ever seen this season! I am buying fresh peaches and plums for $1 pound and this year fresh strawberries have averaged $2 pound. My fresh pineapples have been $2.88 each all season.

While some fruits have been high, starting with oranges, cherries have come down to $2 pound even though they are generally not available after July.

I am buying most of my fruits at Walmart's and Sam's Club - just to let you know where I am finding these prices.

I don't buy fresh veggies, partly because frozen is just a lot handier for me to use.

** It's nice to see we are all "fruity"

*** Thank you Carol_! That is a great warning about "Organic" coming from other lands!! I don't purchase organics, we grow them, but this is a wonderful warning for other sparkers! And I will be sure to "turn the bag over" in the future!

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CAROL_ 7/17/2009 11:37PM

    I'm with you Linda, some of the best prices in produce I've seen in years!

The only caution I'd give you is the frozen bags of veggies, the Walmart brand, are from Mexico with very high pesticides. They even use chemicals that are banned in other countries. Flip over the bag and look in fine print on the back, it's hard to find but it will say Mexico, all of Walmart's GV brand are from Mexico. Chinese frozen veggies sold at the Whole Foods stores & labeled organic, were also tested by independent consumer labs and found full of pesticides. If it came from outside the US, then it has to state country of origin.

So I'm with you on the produce and frozen veggies. Just be careful of Mexico from Walmart & Sam's. Also if you pay the higher price for organic, make sure it's not an imported organic. The USDA has no regulatory authority over imported organics.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 7/15/2009 8:53AM

    I love both fresh fruit and fresh veggies! I roast the veggies and make wonderful salads. The veggies are great just cut up. I too am a huge fan of our local ALDI's. Their produce is much less expensive and better quality than our Wal-mart. It must be a store thing , because the Wal-mart we used to go to in MN was awesome. Here, the produce only lasts about 3 days and it's spoiling. I'm glad the prices have come down so we can enjoy more fresh fruits and veggies this summer!

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MSCANDICE25 7/15/2009 8:16AM

    I agree with with frozen veggies are handy and they are easier for me to do also since im not the best cook emoticon, I to have also been buying alot of fresh fruits and man they are so tasty I never thought I would eat fruit before ice cream but now days I do..
And thank you for pointing out that article out im going to have to check it out!! have a good day

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MARTY19 7/15/2009 7:21AM

    It's funny you should mention this. I have so much fresh fruit in my frig. I have never seen the cost this low and I am loving every minute of it. Following SP meal plans means I am eating alot of fresh fruits and veggies. Some it it I ahve never tried and many in new unexpected ways. It is fun.


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MSLZZY 7/15/2009 7:08AM

    I have my own garden and have lots of fresh veggies every day. But all the fresh fruit is cheaper this year. Must be the economy right now.

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CANDICE4861 7/15/2009 6:58AM

    i have been eating alot more veggies because i have my own garden but the fruits i have been getting cheap are at aldi's where i live in ohio emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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