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What will be, will be...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Gotcha!

If it is to be, it is up to me!
quote: William Johnson

This was all I could see from the "spotlight" thumbnail in my spark email this morning - but I recognized a blog!

Each of us is on a personal journey. It doesn't matter what the DH, DW, sibling, children, in-laws, neighbors, "fill in the blank" thinks!

This is MY Journey and I get to decide what direction I take!

I get to decide to win by losing or lose by quitting!!

If it is to be, it IS up to me!
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LIZABETT 3/25/2011 9:35AM

    You've got it right. You are the only one who can do it for YOU! emoticon

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 3/14/2011 12:38PM

    point taken.

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    Ya~Hoo!! I hear ya..rah!rah! emoticon emoticon

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GETDONE 3/13/2011 5:39PM

    emoticonKeep up the good work

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WATERMELLEN 3/13/2011 11:05AM

    Absolutely: no excuses. Explanations (temporary) are permitted. Support and help along the way is permitted too.

But bottom line (pun intended) -- it's up to me!!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/12/2011 10:29PM

    Very true, Linda. Good one!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/12/2011 1:10PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing the journey with us. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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WEEZYB7881 3/12/2011 12:43AM

    right on, my friend. I love this.

louise

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MSLZZY 3/11/2011 10:53PM

    emoticonDo it for YOU! HUGS!

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KATHYPETERSON62 3/11/2011 10:27PM

    Love it! emoticonI am so stealing this as a mantra!

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GRANPATTIE 3/11/2011 6:22PM

    You're absolutely right! And I choose to win by losing! I even wrote an amusing blog once about having to lose to win!

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MEADSBAY 3/11/2011 5:51PM

    Yessssiiirrreeee!
I mean ma'am!
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MARTY19 3/11/2011 1:55PM

    AMEN to that my friend.

Marty

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ERIN1957 3/11/2011 1:27PM

    ABSOLUTELY!!!!!

great blog, why I come to read you, I always know I get feed with inspiration!

If I am not up to a challenge or just not getting up and going I come visit your page and all gets so much better!

Thanks and love ya!
Erin

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LATTE48 3/11/2011 11:38AM

  You always seem to inspire me. You are emoticon

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ROSERT 3/11/2011 11:16AM

    True true true! Thanks for the inspirational quote!! :)

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DESTINYE 3/11/2011 10:30AM

    Too true!

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LIZABETT 3/11/2011 10:05AM

    I always enjoy your blogs. A blog doesn't have to be long and drawn out to be inspirational. Good on you! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/11/2011 9:00AM

    Amen, you're right! Nobody else is going to do it for us! Let's hit the road and DO IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 3/11/2011 8:54AM

    SO True

I think it was Diana Shore that sang a song like that.
I'll have that song in my head ALL DAY

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Have a fantastic FRIDAY and enjoy your weekend!

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T2SEE140 3/11/2011 8:49AM

  I completely agree! You are the person who lives in your body and have the control to decide to eat something or not. You just need to take that control back and think about how and when you lost it.

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ANDREWS_MOM 3/11/2011 8:37AM

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COOLMAMA11 3/11/2011 8:23AM

    So True, it is up to us to make decisions concerning our own lives! Keep sparking my friend, you are a great inspiration!

Hugs Elaine emoticon

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NOVABLUE 3/11/2011 8:04AM

    You Go Girl!!! You are so right....we need to take responsibility for our own health! You are an inspiration to me!

Lori


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Accentuate the Positive! Eliminate the Negative!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Accentuate the Positive! Eliminate the Negative!!

This will be a constant "battle" if we allow it. I am changing my vocabulary to more positive phrases!

Less than optimal food choices instead of slipping, sliding or binges. I am not on a wagon, therefore I cannot fall off it!

Fluctuations instead of weight gains.

3-5 pound weight range instead of expecting the weight to remain constant.

I was a closet eater for too long! Now I enjoy myself and the next morning I face the consequences of my actions (scale).

This is a lifestyle change - but I refuse to be on a diet for the rest of my life - I am more than willing to continue tracking though!

**MARTY728 says:
If you encounter a "3-5 pound weight range" just lift your arms.
WARNING: Do not lift your arms if you having been sweating recently or it is late in day and you have not shower, bathed or applied deodorant recently.

I believe this is going to be with me for a long time! (looking thinner by lifting my arms!)
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JENIKINZ17 3/12/2011 5:56PM

  I absolutely agree!

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DEBSZOO74 3/10/2011 6:23PM

    I love your attitude! emoticon

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MARTY728 3/10/2011 9:05AM

    We must add a Warning Message to my "If you encounter a "3-5 pound weight range" just lift your arms." comment.

WARNING: Do not lift your arms if you having been sweating recently or it is late in day and you have not shower, bathed or applied deodorant recently.

The credit really goes to your DH, his comment you posted in your other blog inspired me.

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JENIFIREHARP 3/9/2011 9:25PM

    I am going to do you one better:

I am planning on lifting my arms and only inhaling all day in order to look thinner.

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MNOT2THICK 3/9/2011 1:24PM

    Yes, Yes, Yes. I think I will walk around with my arm up from now on. emoticon emoticon

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2PONDS 3/9/2011 8:23AM

    I LIKE THE NEW WAY TO THINKING you are so creative and inspiring in so many ways!! MY emoticon

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TGRLLY130 3/8/2011 8:47PM

    Your blogs are so inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing!!! Hope you had a wonderful day and may the rest of the week be great for you as well!

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ERIN1957 3/8/2011 4:51PM

    I read an article recently about weight being in a range and people gaining a bit and then losing it right back...it is not a fat gain, it is life gain.

Positive no matter what, think it, live it, be it!

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T2SEE140 3/8/2011 4:18PM

  Always stay positive, it gives a better outlook on life.

For those who mention "cheat days." I don't have them because if I really want a candy bar or something not very healthy than I fit it into my range. It just means I need to take an alternate route. Don't think of cheating think of it as positive manipulation to get what we want in life. :o)

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MARTY19 3/8/2011 2:04PM

    I have turned into a faily positive person but I have to work on the language when it pertains to myself. Thanks for the reminder.

Love you,
Marty

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MSLZZY 3/8/2011 2:03PM

    Sounds like my kind of thinking! HUGS!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 3/8/2011 1:40PM

    I often fall into the trap of going along with the saying of "Having a cheat day" even though I have also said I don't like that term, that I prefer to say, "I have a planned treat day, or I am cylcling my calories and carbs". Cause I really am not cheating since this (IS) part of my plan. Yet I still fall into that language cause it is the 'common' language used.

Same goes for "I lost weight". I use that term too, though I prefer the term "I removed x amount of weight". Cause after all I didn't lose something, cause I'm not going back to find it (not this time, or ever again).

These words we use often seem innocuous, but they do 'play' with our subconcious in ways that aren't the best for us.

Amber

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NEW-CAZ 3/8/2011 1:29PM

    love positivity it breeds a better outlook on life. Great advice emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 3/8/2011 1:14PM

    I agree! turn it around to the positive! emoticon

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RIMAJO 3/8/2011 1:01PM

    emoticonThat's the ticket!

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COOLMAMA11 3/8/2011 12:49PM

    emoticon advice..positive all the way!

Elaine

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LIZABETT 3/8/2011 11:38AM

    Short and Sweet and To The Point! Good Advice From a Good Girl! emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 3/8/2011 11:20AM

    I like your style. Such subtle changes can make a world of difference. Positivity is so important in our daily speak.

Always count your blessings,
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MEADSBAY 3/8/2011 11:07AM

    I'll triple that!
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MARTY728 3/8/2011 11:05AM

    If you encounter a "3-5 pound weight range" just lift your arms. I am sorry I just had to write that or else I would have burst! I hope you know I am kidding!

I love your positive attitude (no attempt at humor). You motivate me. emoticon emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 3/8/2011 11:03AM

    Oooooh, good stuff. Thank you! I really do need to check my head-chatter more often.

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TAILSCHRIS 3/8/2011 11:01AM

    Ohhhh. . .I like this way of thinking!! I like being positive!!

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DESTINYE 3/8/2011 10:58AM

    Great advice!

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KATH02 3/8/2011 10:54AM

    Raylin, you never cease to motivate me!! I agree I love to write down every positive thing I did for the day. It makes me feel so good about my day. They say whatever you give your focus to grows, so let's grow some positive thoughts here.

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VALERIEMAHA 3/8/2011 10:52AM

    Well, we'll just DOUBLE the wisdom prize here!!!
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Maha

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VALERIEMAHA 3/8/2011 10:52AM

    Such wisdom -- words have power!!!
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Progress is wonderful!

Monday, March 07, 2011

I had a comment recently on my overalls picture and when I went to see the comment I had to really look at that picture. I can still remember Ray coming out in those striped overalls and then he made me try them on. We thought I looked so hot in them! I wore them all day!!

You can see in the picture how happy we both are - but I looked at my face and I can see a tremendous difference.

I am 120 today and adjusting nicely to it!

I am not afraid to indulge myself and I get back on track within a few days generally so I feel pretty darn good about it.

During the weight-loss part of my program, a slip meant about 3000 calories for the day. Now a slip means about 2000 calories for the day. My binges now tend to be peanut butter via teaspoon or a handful of nuts instead of whatever I can cram into my mouth.

I am feeling comfortable in my new lifestyle, even with the occasional slips. I have been told by thin people that this is maintaining my weight.

  
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SOPHIADARE 3/8/2011 8:01AM

    Three cheers for you, Linda!

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RISSASPIECES 3/7/2011 10:13PM

    You rock!

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ANTEEKER 3/7/2011 8:54PM

    You in spire me to continue. I will not give up emoticon

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LOPEYP 3/7/2011 8:54PM

    You have the right attitude regarding living your life healthy and happy!

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KELLEEH 3/7/2011 8:03PM

    You are a great role model. I look forward to someday being in "maintenance."

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AJDOVER1 3/7/2011 7:42PM

    Now when I need a "thin person's" opinion, I'll come ask you!

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WEEZYB7881 3/7/2011 7:33PM

    thanks for keeping on, keeping on. it is so reassuring to have you here. and it's always delightful to read your blogs.

thanks for you
louise

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/7/2011 6:41PM

    You sound so happy. That makes ME happy too! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 3/7/2011 3:52PM

    You've always been such an inspiration Linda. Many of us have that big fear of what to do when we get to, or close to, our goal weight. I'm learning the lesson that you've learned and now when I'm not 'perfect' I just pick up where I left off and keep going. It's making a huge difference in my life. I think the All or Nothing viewpoint I used for most of my life is finally fading away.

~ Candi

(P.S. Coming to Mississippi on May 1st. Right after my half-marathon in Nashville on April 30th!)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/7/2011 3:24PM

    Youa re looking good!

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RUTHLATHE 3/7/2011 3:03PM

    Isn't it amazing? New knowledge and healthful habits. Would you have ever "thunk" it before you started? I was running today, and had to smile - in January I could not envision running for 5 minutes!!! Now I run 35 minutes several days a week, and that is just PART of the activities I participate in. Cardio, strength training, skating, hula hoops. And I have been able to ease up on my stringent diet A LITTLE.
And getting a little carried away with eating no longer involves days and days of stuffing myself with all kinds of food until I have a stomach ache. I actually decide to have a piece of chocolate, a slice of pie, or a glass of wine. And that's it.
So nice to have a kindred spirit to trade notes with!! Keep up all your good, HEALTHY work!

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MEADSBAY 3/7/2011 2:47PM

    This is me: emoticon
whenever I read about you! emoticon
You have been a source of encouragement and inspiration for me since day 1.
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MMNICKS 3/7/2011 2:25PM

    You look amazing, and look how many you inspire with your success. Thank You, you really encourage us all!!

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RIMAJO 3/7/2011 2:17PM

    You've done so well for yourself.. good on you Linda! emoticon

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MARTY19 3/7/2011 1:52PM

    You look fabulous and are truly an inspiration to everyone who knows you.

Love you,
Marty

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LADYMOONWILLOW 3/7/2011 1:23PM

    I love both pictures you look so happy and isn't that what we should feel when we accomplish so much. Hope I reach that maintaining step one day...but it will be a while yet. Stay happy and enjoying life.

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COOLMAMA11 3/7/2011 11:39AM

    Such a big beautiful smile..the smile of achievement...Congrats my friend! You truly are an inspiration to us all!

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You look great, and what you consider 'going over' is next to nothing -at least its HEALTHY choices -that is coming a long way! You are thinking like a thin person, and living it!!
Keep up the great work!!

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LUCYSRAIN 3/7/2011 11:34AM

    Your journey and attitude inspire me!

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NOVABLUE 3/7/2011 11:03AM

    Fantastic! You are an inspiration to many here.....we keep going cause we know it can be done because of you! Thanks for all you do here at SP!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/7/2011 10:37AM

    GREAT blog!!! Yes, our lives have definitely changed! Healthy lifestyle changes are not diets, and they are so incredible! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Looking good! emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 3/7/2011 9:30AM

    emoticonYou're my model of SUCCESS!
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RUNWITHMICHELE 3/7/2011 9:13AM

    Don't ever let anyone get you down. You have made a major life change and you look amazing! Keep working it!!!!

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    You look great! emoticon emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 3/7/2011 9:05AM

    Keep up your GREAT work, you truly are an inSPiration!

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NEW-CAZ 3/7/2011 8:57AM

    You are one AMAZING lady!Such an inspiration, so glad you now feel comfortable in your skin and new lifestyle emoticon emoticon

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DAYHIKER 3/7/2011 8:47AM

    It's so wonderful that you have slipped into the new lifestyle and are comfortable there! You glow with good health and are a great inspiration to keep up the good fight until the end! emoticon

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WJGRIFFIN 3/7/2011 8:46AM

  Great job, you seem to have figured it out for yourself. During the holidays I gained back about 5 or 6 pounds and since can't seem to shead them. I have increased my workouts and watch what I eat. I feel great actually look thinner but it is killing me that I can't lose those pounds. Any advice.

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MIZCATHI 3/7/2011 8:41AM

    I am so happy I found you yesterday while reading blogs! You are such an inspiration, and I plan on putting the work in to be at goal within the year. I am not worried about maintaining so much because I believe that I finally have what it takes to keep this weight off!

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I am still thanking everyone!

Friday, March 04, 2011

God Bless my DH - I was shook up more than I wanted to admit yesterday and went into a peanut butter binge.

It took a lot of guts for this 59 year old to put up a bikini blog - and YES, I knew that putting my arms up would hide a few sins. But I have never lied about my weight, measurements or the fact I still have loose skin.

I am accepting the new me "as is". This includes wrinkles, baggy-saggy thighs, and "wings" under my arms. I wouldn't recognize myself without the extra chins.

I am thankful for every one of you that has been here and been supportive and I am doing my best to be just as supportive of y'all. I am thanking everyone that has commented on my bikini blog - I haven't gotten to today's yet - phew, being a popular blog is really something! If I miss thanking somebody I am apologizing right now. I started at the oldest post and worked my way back and with the pages changing, I could have missed someone.

Back to my DH and why I am blessed with him. He came into the room as I was getting dressed this morning and said, "gosh but you're fat! put your arms up!" and when I did he said, "that's much better! you look so thin now!!"

Who couldn't love him!

This is the picture that "didn't make the cut"
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ANTEEKER 3/9/2011 9:19PM

    Hey You Look GREAT! I read some of those questions about your arms being up in the air.. instant body lift. LOL emoticon

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 3/7/2011 7:44PM

    On my page - in my pictures - I have a picture called "Real Art". Well, someone posted a not so nice note to that picture, and when I wrote her to let her know it was not kind, she sent me a email saying, "Do you actually look like that. If so you should be ashamed to look like that, let alone post a picture like that." Well, she was young and maybe all of 15 pounds overweight - and well, just plain rude. There are a number of people like that, who like to be snarky and bring people down. Well, I still have that picture up. And, I see you still have your's up. You go, gal! You have worked hard to get where you are, and you deserve to post the pics. Nobody our age looses a bunch of weight and looks 20 again. The thing is you look happy and healthy. And that's what counts! Let nobody negate your wonderful accomplishment.

Amber

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GETDONE 3/6/2011 9:29PM

    emoticonLiking the HOT MAMA!!! emoticon

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RIMAJO 3/6/2011 4:27PM

    emoticonKeep Thinking Positive Linda! emoticon
Keep laughing, keep moving & enjoy this wonderful journey.. YOU are so worth whatever it takes! As for your mid-section, you look great! I can't wait until my tummy looks as toned & as flat as yours. emoticon
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/6/2011 1:28AM

    You're awesome! You look pretty awesome too! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 3/6/2011 12:57AM

    Woo hoo!

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2PONDS 3/5/2011 5:47PM

    Linda, It is beyond me that someone who is a MEMBER of Spark would say something that would hurt another member!!!! You are an inspiration to me. My goal is to accomplish what your did & be proud of it. This person sounds like a very unhappy person who must find someone to hurt & make them unhappy too. Don't let people like that take away your SMILE. emoticon emoticon emoticon PS I am new to posting 7 dont understand why my comment is asking me to edit!!!

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JFREDERICK11 3/5/2011 5:43AM

    You look great and well some people are thoughtless remarkers who have nothing better to do than be hurtful when positive stuff is going on.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 3/5/2011 3:07AM

    whoa I cant believe that anyone would post a negative comment when you look so DAMMED AWESOME in a bikini hey we are never going to look 20 again, you totally rocked that bikini and NO ONE has the right to tell you what photos you can or cant post. It takes so much GUTS to post phots on spark and in a bikini to boot, you shoud be so proud of you self, the haters are only hating themselves, they probably dont have the guts to be true to themselves. YOU ARE AWESOME now go swimm in your bikini emoticon

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RISSASPIECES 3/4/2011 10:43PM

    Y'all make a good couple! :-) I need to be brave and take bikini pics too. LOL

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JENIFIREHARP 3/4/2011 9:51PM

    It is SO SO hard to post personal pics of ourselves. Especially in small amounts of clothing. I am shocked that someone who is also on this journey and should understand what we all go through, would make a statement that is less than complimentary. That is exactly why we should always re-read what we type BEFORE we post and definitely edit ourselves. The printed word can be taken many ways...

That being said, you should NOT have to defend yourself for what you posted, we ALL post the best pics of ourselves, darn it! What is wrong with that!!!

Linda, you are one of the most amazing SparkFriends that I have ever known. You are dedicated to SP, and you are ALWAYS trying to help others all the while you have been on your own journey. I got tears in my eyes when I read that someone made you upset. You looked so great in those pics and I was so proud of your success! You are and always will be an amazing woman and don't you forget it.

PS: Your DH is obviously one stand up guy as well.

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KELLEEH 3/4/2011 8:57PM

    I think you are amazing! You are very brave to post bikini pics, and you look terrific!

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MERRY40 3/4/2011 7:26PM

    Hi Linda,
You are such a positive, supportive person. Sorry that your feelings were hurt the other day. Hope you know how much you are appreciated and loved! Congratulations on your awesome success and thank you for the inspiration that you give!
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DAMOTIVATION 3/4/2011 6:50PM

    Let me add to the chorus of praise. I admire both your inner courage and the outer (obviously hard-earned) physique.

Haters can never take away your smile. You KNOW what you have accomplished. Congrats!



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LADYMOONWILLOW 3/4/2011 5:11PM

    You look great and don't pay attention to anyone who is negative, just enjoy your friends seeing the real you. You Go Girl!!!!!!

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HEALTHY4ME 3/4/2011 4:20PM

    Being the nosey one that I am, lol I had to see what this person wrote and who it was. MAN how ignorant, for one thing as someone else said it is supportive here and even when push is needed we do it gently or as hard as asked for. YOU my dear friend have no need for any butt kicks and can pose any way you feel fit. and YOU as I said look great, and the one that you posted now, looks as good, I wish this PROSPERITY10 could see me in a bathing suit let alone a bikini!!! I can totally understand how you were hurt, but don't be letting her get the best of you! and hey you showed the pic even. But just remember it takes all kinds and boy would I love to see a pic of her and even if she is totally buffed, so what it is how we do our own individual journey and what we achieve. and you have achieved what I want to do so to me you are my HERO!
HUGS

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KAREN42BOYS 3/4/2011 3:48PM

    now just walk around the house and neighborhood and supermarket with your arms up! LOL!

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LILIVW 3/4/2011 3:44PM

    You should be very proud of your accomplishments - you look GREAT! I hope you can bask in your accomplishments and don't let anyone have power over what you think and how you feel.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/4/2011 3:09PM

    I am so excited for you! Congratulations. All your hard work has paid off. Some day, I hope to post a bikini blog like yours. I have a lot of work to do first. LOL I love your pictures. You look great!

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SUEBAKER3 3/4/2011 2:41PM

    A big hug for you. You are beautiful. You have inspired me to put a bikini on when I reach my goal. Bat wings and all. emoticon

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DESTINYE 3/4/2011 2:20PM

    You are amazing and I would not let some mean-spirited person hurt you, that is totally their problem not yours. I hope you reported them though as it is supposed to be a supportive not destructive site. How rude!

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MARTY19 3/4/2011 2:06PM

    You my friend are a beautiful woman - both inside and out. I wouldn't have the courage to put on a bikini much less post it. I thought you looked incredible in it. Ignore bad comments. Sometimes people are stupid.

I love the woman you are.

Marty

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46SHADOW 3/4/2011 2:04PM

    You look fantastic. I hope I could wear a bkini when I hit goal.

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BEYOURBEST1 3/4/2011 1:06PM

    Dear Linda:
You are beautiful. You have worked very hard on your healthy journey and you deserve all the success.
The negative comment that someone gave you is only a reflection of herself, not of you.
We are all human and we can get affected by other people's comments, but keep in mind that we can only give what we have, and what she has she should keep to herself. Seeing you look gorgeous made her show her insecurities. One cannot control other people's actions.
I have also gotten very catty comments, particularly from a woman younger than me at a Department Store. I took it as a compliment, because something about me made her show her catty side, and I was not even looking for it.

Personally, I would erase her comment from the blog. I only want to be surrounded by positive people, out with the negative ones.
Keep on Sparking, and do not let an isolated person's stupid comment get to you. You are not participating in a contest, you are only sharing your success, which can be a great motivator for others.
Keep on Sparking. I am very proud of you.
Joyce.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 3/4/2011 12:36PM

    The ONLY competition we have on this healthy journey is with our own self. WE cannot be any other age than the one we are, we cannot be taller or have a different frame, or different skin, etc. What we can do is make the BEST of the body we have and take care of it with the most LOVE, COMPASSION and WISDOM we can muster.

You have done that, Linda, and continue to be a guiding light for ALL of us on this journey! I, personally, am in AWE of you! And So Grateful that you are there to remind me of the rewards that come from taking great care of myself! Especially on the days when I have a peanut butter binge!!!

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SEDONACAT 3/4/2011 12:16PM

    I said it before, and I'll say it again, you looked great and should be incredibly proud of yourself. And "poo" & a "pox" on negative comments.

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MARTY728 3/4/2011 11:35AM

    Leave it where it belongs, in the past.

I liked the DH reference and LOL at his comment.

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WELLNESSME09 3/4/2011 11:03AM

    I'm so happy for you, you have achieved so much on your journey to good health...Hooray For You!
Your a winner!!!
Your DH is supportive of what your doing and still doing.
Love Him!
There is no room for negative comments...ignore it and move on.
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MEADSBAY 3/4/2011 10:57AM

    Has it occurred to you that you got a few hundred compliments about your amazing success but that one thoughtless comment keeps bouncing around in your head?
Forgive her rudeness and let it go.
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ANDREWS_MOM 3/4/2011 10:45AM

    You are beautiful & should be proud of how you look!
You worked hard to get there!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I'm 37 and would love to look as good as you do in your bikini!
And, like i said yesterday- who cares how you posed in the picture---- the whole purpose of a picture is show ourselves in the best light possible! Noone goes into a progress shot saying...hmmm...how can i make myself look bad? LOL emoticon
Supermodels and actresses and all of Hollywood are airbrushed to the max - we probably wouldn't even recognize half of them walking down the street in "real" life.....
so, to the negative poster yesterday- well, all i can say is he/she obvisously has nothing better to do or is so insecure w/in his/herself that they don;t have it within themselves to just be happy for such a wonderful woman who put in so much hard work and for that got extraordinary results!
Have a happy Friday and celebrate/ you look amazing and are beautiful inside and out!
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NEW-CAZ 3/4/2011 10:35AM

    Men! You can't live with them and can't love without them.
You have done amazingly well and you're right to ignore negativity- it was probably borne out of envy anyroad.

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SYLVIALYNN2 3/4/2011 10:35AM

    Just remember that someone's negative comments are more a reflection of where they are in life than about you. I am proud of you for your success and bravery.

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NONNYKATE 3/4/2011 10:35AM

    So glad to hear you are doing well in the wake of all this, and your DH sounds like a peach! I too know how biting such a comment can be and what a spiral it can start. I have been thinking a lot about this, and I think we also have to have compassion for the commenter. S/he may have problems we don't know about. The comment reminds me of an acquaintance of mine who is autistic--she just doesn't experience feelings the same way many of us do and she doesn't always understand how others may respond to her comments. At any rate, please don't let that one comment be louder than the dozens of supportive and admiring compliments you are getting!

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Not too shabby for an old lady!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ok, here goes nothing! I was fresh from the shower so my hair doesn't look too swift, but here I am in all my glory! Thank you Cathy for the Bikini!!

Whoopee!

No 6-pack, but flat!

Not a lot of "muffin"

179.8 on July 17, 2008 (My first 'before' photo taken after losing 30.2 lbs)

16 months at SP to lose 90 lbs. 5 more the next year.
I am 59 now and 5'1.5" and maintain 115-120
How funny about "yellow polka-dot bikini" - nope, they're pineapples!

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Nope - no crunches, no sit-ups, no gym - I did use Walk Away The Pounds and give them most of the credit for my thighs! I also practice T T I daily, constantly, whether sitting, standing, walking - T T I - something so simple that anyone can do it.

As an obese youngster, my mother would constantly whisper in my ear, "T T I, Linda" - Tuck your Tummy In. I can now suck it in with the best of them! This works your core gently and naturally and is the only abs workout that I do and I do it faithfully, it is habit.

Start today, right now, it really does help. Every one of Leslie Sansone's WATP videos has her telling you to "suck it in" or "suck your bellybutton back to your spine" and it really does work. BTW, WATP gets all the credit for my thighs shrinking!

**Here is a picture with my arms down - I still like the one with them up - it stretches out the skin better!

This is the shot that didn't make the cut - still not really too awful.

  
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CANNIE50 4/1/2011 2:05PM

    ps you are not an "old lady" (and you have the photos to prove it!) To an 80 or 90 year old, you are a youngster - it's all relative, isn't it? emoticon

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CANNIE50 4/1/2011 2:04PM

    emoticon just this minute posted my blog and one of the things I mentioned was giving up on the ability to suck in my stomach, and then I read your inspiring words, saw your inspiring photos, and I am changing my tune, to TTI TTI TTI...

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LEALOWE 3/19/2011 12:38AM

    Congratulations. You look awesome.

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4X4GRL 3/17/2011 10:26AM

  Amazing.............what an inspiration!!!!

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GRANNYSQUARE1 3/10/2011 3:07PM

    Congratulations! You look wonderful. emoticon

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HYDROQUEEN 3/8/2011 8:24AM

    Fantastic! emoticon

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LATTE48 3/7/2011 2:05PM

  Great job, you really inspired me to start doing TTI every day.

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MADAMEFATTY 3/6/2011 11:09PM

    Woohoo! Hot Mama!

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GROOVER4 3/6/2011 1:52AM

    Congratulations you look amazing. If I can look that sometime down the track I'll be a happy woman. Sorry to hear about the negative comments your received. Some people are so self-loathing that they become spiteful when someone else let's that crap go. You rock!

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DEBREEZE 3/6/2011 12:09AM

    You did good!
...and you are so brave putting yourself out there for us to see. I don'y know if I could do that myself...Congratulations emoticon

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DEBSHAW55 3/5/2011 10:54PM

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Fabulous!!! You look great! Keep up the great work!

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HUGS2013 3/5/2011 10:16PM

    Good for you! You look wonderful and TYTI is a good motto that works and the proof is right here in your picture! Thanks for sharing! Deanie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEESALLYRUN 3/5/2011 5:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon!!
Your post gives me great inspiration!! I can do it too!! I hope you feel as great as you look!! Good Going!!! emoticon

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CATHRINE2010 3/5/2011 3:48PM

    You are amazing!! I only wish I were in as good as shape! What an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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LAURLEW 3/5/2011 2:08PM

    You look great!! Awesome job!

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RSUEBARU 3/5/2011 1:39PM

    You look AWESOME!

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TTLEELEE 3/5/2011 10:04AM

    BOOYAH! HOT MOMMA!! Love It! You put a big smile on my face and I am also gonna take your advice... TTI all the time.

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JACQUE8119 3/5/2011 8:27AM

    That is awesome, keep up the great work! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 3/5/2011 12:43AM

    Aw - I have no idea why someone would feel the need to say anything about your pictures..........but the success you have is all in your face! You are BEAMING - you are beautiful! And you are well liked and loved here....so don't worry about others think. YOU have done a fantastic job!!!!!!!!

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PIPER99 3/4/2011 11:21PM

  You are just 2 years older than me and I had thought a few months ago there was no use in my trying to lose the weight "again" but I am working hard to get back in shape. You are so inspiring ! Thank you for sharing, you probably don't know how your story and photos affect us, hugs.

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JUSTME29 3/4/2011 10:06PM

    I can't believe anyone would say something negative to you about this picture. I only WISH I looked this good. I only HOPE that one day I can. I will be working my tail off (literally I hope) to get my waist under 30" let alone 26.5.

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PRETTYDUNN 3/4/2011 9:35PM

    You look FABULOUS!! You go girl! emoticon

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RUTHLATHE 3/4/2011 9:30PM

    Wow - I am so awestruck by you! I started with Leslie, too. Love her! I do other stuff in addition now (not crunches!! ) or I get bored. But I credit her with my "return to health". I will have to start getting pix while I am losing the weight. 15 down, 25 to go!
You look fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration. I will look like you soon!

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SAILINGCHERI 3/4/2011 8:52PM

    You are awesonme! Thanks for sharing you story and photos.

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SOSMEGOD 3/4/2011 8:51PM

    I wish I looked that good. Keep the positive attitude. You Rock! emoticon

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KAYLAG2010 3/4/2011 8:14PM

    You look amazing. Don't let anyone put you down or say different as long as you feel great about yourself. Truly inspirational. emoticon emoticon

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KIMJEWKES 3/4/2011 5:04PM

    You look fantastic and ADORABLE!! Congratulations on your weight loss and maintenance! You are great!

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PENNEYV 3/4/2011 4:53PM

    emoticon emoticonat any age!

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SLBLAND1 3/4/2011 4:37PM

    you are a true inspiration

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CAROLINEAT50 3/4/2011 4:29PM

    You are adorable and sassy!!!!! Thanks for the motivation and advice (TTI everyone!!!).


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SUCHAHOOT 3/4/2011 3:56PM

    Hi Linda,
Checking back on your current blog and saw this.
You don't owe her A THING!! Apparently her Mama didn't teach her 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.' Shame, maybe she can learn it from the amazing SP community.
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DIANNEMT 3/4/2011 3:42PM

    Impressive!! I am 54 so maybe there is hope for me!! Keep at it--you look GREAT.

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MANNISUE 3/4/2011 1:19PM

    For an "old lady," you look fantastic! Keep on truckin', girl!

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CMSUNNYMONEY 3/4/2011 12:46PM

  Congrats Sweetie...............you look so good!! I am also 55 plus and can proudly say that I adore my body. I've never said that before. That felt good. I'm in shape and loving it!!

My husband is overweight and feels bad about it. I would NEVER EVER say that in front of him.

Sunny

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DDBRENNE 3/4/2011 12:29PM

  Amazing. emoticon

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VIKKIROWE 3/4/2011 11:34AM

    Hi Linda. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I never really stopped to think about TTI. You said "no sit-ups". Hmmm. I am starting right now. My stomach is my sore spot, and I want it to be my 'best' spot. I am 55 and I want to look as great as you do. You are great and thank you for sharing. I am so excited. God bless you.!

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LUNORZAHRA 3/4/2011 11:14AM

    Wow! You look great!! I'm 52 and battling the muffin top bulge! You give me inspiration to keep at it!!

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AGILLASPIE60 3/4/2011 10:30AM

    Way to go! I am 50 and in the best physical shape I have ever been in for my entire life. It feels GREAT!! GOOD FOR YOU!!! I am going to follow your TTI plan now too. I do it when exercising but I'm going to try to be conscious of it all the time...my stomach is the sore spot of my body self image. Thanks for the hint!
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TAILSCHRIS 3/4/2011 10:15AM

    I know I've commented before. . .because I was WOWed by you! Petty people are just jealous. I keep going because of your doing it. . .walking the pounds off!! TTI? I forgot about that before you mentioned it. I'm only 47 and you look 10X's better than I do. . . for now (grin)! I LOVE, LOVE your pictures and you can come swim in our pool ANY time! LOL I mean I'm just south of you!! (And maybe a little east)

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JAMGIRL8 3/4/2011 10:10AM

    Look at you in all of your thin glory! You rock it!!

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SOPHIADARE 3/4/2011 10:10AM

    What about Linda? She wears an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny yellow polka dot bikini and she looks great in it!

Good for you!!!

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BERDIENTJ 3/4/2011 9:29AM

    emoticon WOW, spectacular... Hope that I look as well as you do soon!

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JMAC38 3/4/2011 7:40AM

  You look great!

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COUCH2FITLIFE 3/4/2011 7:37AM

    Incredible! You look so happy and proud of yourself too!! As you should be!

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PICKLEDGINGER2 3/4/2011 5:45AM

  Well done.

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CHATTIEGIRL 3/4/2011 1:54AM

    Hi Linda:

You look great and you have worked very hard to get where you are. I had a sister in law that did the TTI when she did dishes or any where and she was flat stomach at 60. As was said numbers mean nothing it is how you feel. I am 67 and there is no way I act like that. I can run circles around the young people. I bowl 3 leagues and sub in 2 others when they need me. Walk, exercise and love life. When weather is warm I am outside all day till 8 or 9 at night. Love outside and working in the garden and yard. So you do what you feel comfortable doing and never ever let anyone put you down.

Stay focused on your healthy life style and continue how you are. God bless and keep you always. Spread Spark people to others.

Joyce

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GRAMMAP1 3/4/2011 1:12AM

    So good to see someone succeeding. I know there are others, but all I can do is sit and envy you. I also applaud you, because I know it isn't easy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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