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Overwhelmed……

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I never could have imagined what an impact the last five days has had on my life. In the midst of the final week of our “11 Week Family Fitness Challenge” I actually reached the goal I’d set to be below 300 pounds. Needless to say I was giddy and pumped to tackle the next goal. So I blogged about it… who wouldn’t!! And when my post started getting hits and my email notifications soared into the hundreds I was totally confused. I was actually afraid to go look. I was sure there’d been a computer glitch of some kind… SP can get wonky from time to time and posts get doubled or tripled occasionally… surely that’s what had happen.

I didn’t recognize any of the SparkPeople who were commenting and didn’t think we belong to any of the same teams. But there they all were…. dozens and dozens of well wishers with tons of emoticonand. emoticon Who were these people? How did they find me?? What’s going on??? emoticon

As I read through the comments I was stunned… so many people who had crossed the same finish line and were on to the next. Others who had struggled for years and finally found their way home… some who had just started and wanted to continue the journey along side me as SparkFriends. I was so moved by their appreciation of my honesty and willingness to share my experiences that I cried tears of joy right along with them. I stopped and thought about how I wasn’t going to go public with my journal or ever tell anyone how much I weighed!

What a mistake THAT would have been!!

Then the Goodies started arriving and I actually began to giggle. OMG… this is really happening. All the virtual hugs and heartfelt emoticonbegan to sink in and the importance of setting goals and reaching them, then celebrating by rewarding ones self really began to make sense to me.

And I realized… I AM worthy emoticon

I immediately envisioned the domino effect… and saw myself at both the beginning and the end. A long lovely line of “SparkPeople”, each gaining strength from the other as we continue to touch the next through our shared struggles and triumphs’… our tears and laughter.

I am so blessed to have joined SP and have the opportunity to succeed along with hundreds of thousands of others who just need a little pat on the back to keep us moving forward towards our sweetest of dreams.

Thank you SP Coach Denise for featuring my blog and to all who came and read it and took the time to comment. All of your well wishes have Sparked me to continue my journey and because of YOU I will never be the same again!!! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/13/2010 11:54PM

    Of Course you are worthy .. You have done so well in reaching your goal ... You are a inspiration and an encouragement to so many poeple still on this journey ...
We just love to see you do so very well ...Cheers and Congratulations Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2010 4:46PM

    Oh yes, YOU ARE SO WORTHY .... "enjoy every single blessing" coming your way.

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CHRISTYD921 9/13/2010 1:28PM

    congrats girl I am SO happy for you!! on to the next goal!!

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SANDYZEE 9/11/2010 11:31PM

    This is a beautiful blog. Made my day!
I think Sparkpeople are just a little bit nicer than regular folk. LOL
Thanks for your encouragement.
You are very good writer. Can't wait to read and hear more of your adventure.
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STIPER23 9/10/2010 1:18PM

    How awesome! And congrats on reaching your goal!

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KESTRIE 9/10/2010 1:11PM

    You're an amazing, lovely person, and you've helped me so much by leaving kind comments on my blogs. Now all of Spark gets to see how awesome you are :)

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HALLORAN84 9/10/2010 1:04PM

    Ok, cry number two from your blogs :)
I can't wait to reach our goals! I have not felt motivated this week because I've been so busy but you just got me back on track! Thank you.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/9/2010 7:11PM

    And you will never be alone on this journey either!

You can do anything you set out to do - One day at a time!

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SUNSHINE1234 9/9/2010 4:44PM

    i like the way you express yourself--i guess in a way that SP is a big family--no pun intended. Keep up the great work!!!

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TUBLADY 9/7/2010 7:56PM

    Great blog. It's so true we are all in this together.

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XHOOSIERLOSER 9/7/2010 6:43PM

    Awesome, ain't it!?! SP is really what it is cracked up to be, and so few things really ARE in this world. We are very lucky and blessed to have found it!

I am very lucky and blessed to have read your blog! Thanks!

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SUSIEPH1 9/7/2010 6:27PM

    Way to go Linda, I loved this blog too! We all take inspiration from each other .. There are so many of us doing this Wonderful journey to Health and Fitness
We take heart from all the success blogs out there .. Sparks is a never ending circle of friends .
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Cheers Susie

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MARSHASTAR 9/7/2010 5:00PM

    FANTASTIC blog. I feel so great now, Your great joy has come right through the computer and has uplifted me. THANK YOU.


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SIMPLYABUNDANT 9/7/2010 4:39PM

    Linda ~

You are so SO worthy! You lit a spark with your blog, which is what this community is all about. It's such an inspiration to see other people taking care of themselves and having success and reaching goals. You spread that feeling that the rest of us can do the same thing. The excitement and positive vibe here is definitely contagious. Thank you and continued success in reaching your next goal!
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MRSSTUP 9/7/2010 4:26PM

    How wonderful Linda! What a terrific surprise. You are deserving of all the SP praises. It's great having you to share this journey. emoticon
JoAnne

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RENE54 9/7/2010 3:46PM

    Wow, that is fantastic. I am glad you shared with us. I am not surprised by the great responses. You met your goal, you are more than worthy of all of the well wishes and congrats and WooHoo and Way to Go's. Never underestimate the power of a blog. Especially a really good one with a great accomplishment. We do all draw on each other. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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JERSEYDEBBIE23 9/7/2010 3:16PM

    emoticon blog! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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I’ve left 300ville!!!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September 1, 2010, and I’ve left 300ville emoticonAnd I promise me that I will never go back emoticon

I honestly do not remember the last time I was below 300 pounds. Most milestones stay burned in our memories but crossing over from 299 to 300+ is a blur of humiliation and disappointment… it’s no wonder I put it out of my mind. What I do remember is hovering at 303 for decades (big number I know but when you’re in your 60s you start counting by decades instead of years) Then I’d inch up a few pounds… I remember being 312 for a long time. I never told any one how much I weighed. I was so ashamed. Then 316, back to 312, up to 316… you know the drill. I stopped weighing myself. Slowly I began to have less mobility and felt like crap. My knees were shot and I was using a cane. One day I realized I could actually describe myself as disabled emoticon

I was convinced there was nothing I could do. I can’t exercise so how can I possibly lose weight? I was absolutely hopeless about ever being fit and feeling good again. It was the first time in my life I couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel… even if I squinted reeeeeeeeally hard.

So what did I do?

I got on the scale emoticonand I wept.

On June 1st of this year I weighed 326 pounds. I knew that if I didn’t do something NOW the next time I got on it would be more, and then more and then even more. That was my “tipping point”…. how little things can make a difference. I decided to use the same theory and start tipping in the other direction. Yeah, I can’t run… I can’t even walk around the block (I still can’t... yet) but I can eat less and make plans to start a water aerobics program when the pool warmed up. I can stop telling me “I can’t” and started answering back “YES YOU CAN” Three weeks into my new attitude my daughter told me about SparkPeople and our family started an 11 week challenge to get fit. Coincidently, the start date was the day before my 63rd birthday. So on June 21, 2010, I joined SP. I weighed 322. My first and foremost goal was to feel better, with an open ended timeline. My 1st short term goal was to lose 10 pounds. My mid term goal was to get below 300 pounds by the end of our 11 week family challenge on Labor Day 9/6/10.

Today, 9/01/10, I have met and surpassed all those goals. I felt 100% better in less than 2 weeks. I lost 10 pounds by the end of week 5 and today, 10 weeks into our 11 week family challenge, I weighed 299 pounds. That’s below 300 baby!!!! emoticon

My weight ticker was originally set for a 23 pound loss and since I’ve met that and still have five days to reach the end of our 11 week family challenge I’ll give my little swimmer a few more yards to swim, as needed, before I reset my tracker for my next goal.

I’ve experienced several “Ah ha’s” emoticona number of emoticon and one huge emoticonin three short months. All these milestones will stay burned in my memory so I never visit 300ville again…. so help me SparkPeople emoticon

  
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DEEJAYOK 9/17/2010 5:01PM

    Wow, what an amazing story! Great job, and keep up the good work!!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 9/17/2010 11:20AM

    Well said and thanks for sharing. As you continue to feel better I am guessing you will begin to move more all the time. I admire your go slow attitude and the fact you appreciate your accomplishments. I look forward to joining you in the below 300 group!

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TAMMYJSIMPSON 9/14/2010 1:02PM

    I remember getting under 300 and the feeling was indescribable, then when I first weighed in at 197 I almost fainted from the thought that the last time I was under 200 I was 16 yrs old. Now I am at 167 just a few lbs from my goal of 155 and this time I am staying there. My hubby is working his way down from 350 and is doing so wonderfully that it won't be long until I see that shining moment when he steps on the scale and leaves 300ville forever. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2010 4:38PM

    Thanks for sharing your "milestone" of achievement with all of us. We are cheering you on!

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ANGELLEE72 9/10/2010 6:09PM

    One Day and One Step at a time will put you in the right direction!! Keep on Keepin On! You can do it!!

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IMREITE 9/9/2010 11:33PM

    Congrats. My husband is working to leave 300ville so i know what a great accomplishment it can be.

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JANE1216 9/9/2010 11:03PM

    Wonderful! Your blog is so inspiring --- I'm so glad I stopped by --- many blessings to you in your continued journey!

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JEWITCH 9/9/2010 4:48PM

    Wow, what a great achievement. You should feel so proud of yourself. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE1234 9/9/2010 4:41PM

    Wow! i am so proud of you even tho i don't know you---you are awesome!

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SKINNYMINNIE25 9/9/2010 3:05PM

    You blog affected me deeply. You have seen the possibilities and you CAN have a life, a good one...walking, swimming, challenging yourself to grow younger next year. Amazing.

Skinny

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MARTINI_199 9/9/2010 12:12PM

    :)



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JODYF123 9/9/2010 11:05AM

    emoticon Way to go. I know how it feels to get out of the 300's Keep up the good work.

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LATVIAN_SANDY 9/9/2010 10:07AM

    emoticonFantastic! emoticon

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SUESSY 9/9/2010 12:50AM

  emoticon God bless and keep you on your wonderful journey

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SDKENT79 9/8/2010 2:46PM

    You are awesome! Keep up the good work!!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/8/2010 12:16PM

    Congratulations !! That's absolutely fabulous !!!

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HOWMANYCATS 9/8/2010 11:37AM

    AWESOME!

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EDWARDS1411 9/8/2010 10:18AM

    emoticon on passing this important milestone - say goodbye to it forever - you will never see it again!! Keep up the good work because YOU ARE DOING IT!!!
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VIVIMADE 9/8/2010 3:53AM

    keep up the good work u have done so well

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WEIGHTDIP 9/8/2010 2:19AM

    Keep up the good work! Congratulations.

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KOOGSWIFE 9/8/2010 1:28AM

    I stepped on the scale and when I saw 298 I too cried. It's been awhile but I still remember the feeling. I let myself go and was creaping back up to the big 300. I got motivated and decided I had come to far to go back. Keep up the great work and I promise this milestone will be imprinted in your memory forever. Congratulations. emoticon

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DEB_NC 9/7/2010 10:34PM

    woohoo congratulations

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CAROLYNINJOY1 9/7/2010 10:07PM

    emoticon emoticonYou are an inspiration!

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TUBLADY 9/7/2010 8:01PM

    Congratulations. That is a wonderful feeling to read a number that doesn't start with a 3. Now you can look forward to the 90's. 80's, so on and so forth.
That's what I do now. I just reached 239 now my goal is to be in the 220's and so on and so forth. I started at 333, at age 68. So it's never to late to get fit and healthy.
Don't you just love Spark????

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ELLEBE725 9/7/2010 7:22PM

    Good for you!! You are doing great things for yourself and for your body!! Be healthy!!! emoticon

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ROJASTARR 9/7/2010 2:26PM

    emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration to those of us who are trying to get moving down the scales.

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KELI-RHODES 9/7/2010 9:59AM

    Congratulations! You can do it!

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LUVMYSELF1ST 9/7/2010 7:38AM

    Congrats!!! You should be very proud of your accomplishment!!

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PERKINSSISTERS 9/7/2010 1:04AM

  I'm seriously crying tears of joys for you. Keep it up. You can do it!

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LINTPICKER 9/6/2010 10:44PM

    wonderful! just like many others who are in SP, I began my journey at 311. I have lost almost 30 pounds since the middle of June. What a blessing spark has been! I encourage you to keep up the great healthy attitude. You are proving that it is never too late to change our direction! emoticon

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JENAANN3 9/6/2010 10:41PM

    Wow! What an accomplishment you've made. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to me.

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JULIENURSE 9/6/2010 6:23PM

    WAY TO GO!!!! You have made such positive changes in your life. Keep it up!

I hope to read a future blog you write when you hit your next goal.

I'm so happy for you!

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PAULAR03 9/6/2010 6:13PM

    I am so happy for you! emoticon

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    Good for you! Keep up the good work and the good attitude. emoticon

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BENJAMINSBABY 9/6/2010 4:54PM

    YAAAAAY! Ohmygosh I am so inspired right now! You are absolutely amazing! Keep up the fantastic work; I can't wait to share in your future successes!

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FRENCHMARKET 9/6/2010 3:48PM

    Awesome accomplishment!!! Keep up the good work!!!! You are an inspiration!!!

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THEHAMMELS 9/6/2010 3:03PM

    I am happy for you too :)!!

Way to go... I know exactly how you felt. I started my diet on January 18th 2010 and was at a whopping 339lbs at the age of 29. I have 4 kids that I can't keep up with. I was lean for such a long time and in the last 9 years I completely let me self go. I too didn't weigh and made excuses for why I was so fat. As of today I have lost 58lbs and I feel the difference. I can wash a complete sink of dishes without feeling like my back is going to break and I can go shopping without stopping for 50 million times. I plan to get to 200lbs by May 2011. I still have a long way to go, but I thank you for this blog because your story is inspiring me to continue to keep on. Thank you and the best of luck to you :)

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SARAH5321 9/6/2010 2:50PM

    It's a lovely feeling isn't it, I was about the same as you when I started, now 7 Months later I am heading for 200, I have a way to go yet, and have hit a few bumps along the way, but I never doubt I will get there, Sparks is the best thing that has happened to me in a long long time. Good luck on your journey, keep well.
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SHORTCAKE48 9/6/2010 2:46PM

  What a fantastic accomplishment. I am so very glad for you. Thanks for the blog--it is very inspiring to me.

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    Way to go! That's a huge accomplishment. I bet you feel fantastic emoticon

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AGIATA1A 9/6/2010 12:44PM

    How exciting!! Keep reaching for superior health. I am eager to know how you shifted your thinking. I invite you to join us at the Changing Mindset Team. Your story is so inspiring and can help so many people trapped with old tapes running through their mind. All of us who struggle with excess weight want to set ourselves free and shift to thinking healthy thoughts. I commend you for sticking to it!!

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LUBAML 9/6/2010 12:36PM

    Great Job Girl! I'm happy for you! I am so proud of you! I send my best regards and emoticonLuba

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Thank you Tommy…..

Monday, August 30, 2010

Four years ago today my baby brother died from cancer. He was only 54 years old and was a healthy bachelor who played daily and was one of those guys who everyone loved. He had tons of friends from as far back as elementary school and still hung out with them and their families on a weekly basis. But his family was #1, and his nieces and nephews would brag about how c00l he was. He surfed and skateboarded and loved the outdoors. He had a wicked sense of humor and once we got started we’d laugh until we cried.

We grew up on the beach, towheaded and freckled, always barefoot with only a pair of shorts on for most of the year. Growing up in Southern California we worshipped the sun so we were brown as bears. He was one of those talented people who made a living doing photography but just enough to leave plenty of time for all the fun things in life while making sure we all participated. As our children became parents he once said to me. “I guess if I want to be a grandpa I’ll have to be a daddy first.” But he was too busy having fun and time passed and then he got sick.

It was from skin cancer of course even though he had begun wearing sunscreen as soon as it became available. Then it went into his bones and finally his brain. He fought it for years and years with our folks as his caregivers. Fortunately, we all live within minutes of each other so it became a family affair because my folks were approaching their 80s and they needed help too. We had years to say good-bye and in the process learned so much about living.

I’m no longer afraid to die. I learned that some peoples’ Hell is right here on earth and that God walks with us through it. I miss Tommy every day but I’m so grateful that he suffers no more and that gives me great comfort. I know we will all be together again and that fills me with hope. In the mean time I want to live the healthiest and happiest life I possibly can in honor of my brother, I promised him we all would. You taught me so much about living and dying Tommy, you are one of the biggest reasons I joined SparkPeople. So thank you little brother, I will always love you. emoticon

  
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TAMMYJSIMPSON 9/14/2010 12:56PM

    Thank you.. My brother James has been battling cancer for about 15 months now. I know I am not ready to lose my big brother and I hurt every time I see him and see the toll this disease has taken on his body. The spirit and hope with which he is fighting is so inspiring. He never complains, he never gives up. I don't know if he will win this fight but I do know he is facing it with all the courage of a warrior and in so doing is giving me strength to fight my own battles. Thank you for sharing your story my prayers are with you and your family.

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SUGARSMOM2 9/5/2010 6:11PM

  nice words for a brother . am sorry you had to let him go . cancer takes so many from us way to soon .

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DELRAYGIRL1 9/4/2010 11:22AM

    This was a beautiful tribute to your brother. I too lost a brother to cancer and his name was also Tommy. I'm glad your brother is no longer suffering and that you take comfort in that. It gets a tiny bit easier as the years go by, but we never stop missing them. Take care. Ann

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HLTHYETER 9/4/2010 8:38AM

    A wonderful tribute! I lost my best friend to cancer two years ago but he lives on in my memory. Thanks for a loving remembrance.

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MRSSTUP 8/31/2010 12:29AM

    Thank you for sharing your very personal feelings. How fortunate you were to have had such a good brother.
And I'm glad you found Spark People too.
JoAnne

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JOANOFSPARK 8/30/2010 10:45PM

    What a touching triute to your brother....and what a great brother he must have been....
thanks for sharing.
*hugs*
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SUSIEPH1 8/30/2010 9:10PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your love for your brother... Skin Cancer is a deadly disease .. We have so much of of here in Australia too.. Unfortunately .. we still are learning so much about it .. My DH has had heaps taken from so many places on his body ... although he always wore a hat and kept his shirt on. He is in his 80's now and stays right out of the sun. I will say a prayer for you and your family ..
Cheers Susie

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/30/2010 5:13PM

    "Little" brothers have a special place in our hearts. Your love for your brother shines through your words.
My "little" brother is facing many serious health concerns at the moment and I worry about him.
Thanks for sharing,
Sheila

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1THING 8/30/2010 4:56PM

    what a great tribute. This is what life is all about, cherishing each other.

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Team FLAB-u-lous…

Friday, August 27, 2010



I must start a new team called “Fit & FLAB-u-lous” for all us Sparklers who are leaving the 300’s behind and finding that we aren’t going to be reunited with that 20 or 30 year old gal who could shrink right back into their youthful figure like we once did. But that’s ok with me ‘cuz SHE doesn’t exist any more any way…. Thank God emoticon

I like being mature and knowing what I want and knowing how to go about getting it. I’m so much more than JUST what I look like and I’m not going to mind one bit being fit & “FLAB-u-lous” emoticon

I love the new transformation!! emoticonI wasn’t perfect when I was slim and I certainly won’t be once I reach my goal… but at least there will be less of me to love as I continue on my journey to a healthier and happier life. Yep, that’s me… for now... I’m getting Fit and I’m “Flab-u-lous” emoticon

  
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JINLYNN 8/28/2010 4:03PM

    I love your positive attitude and humour!
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GRANPATTIE 8/27/2010 11:16PM

    I'm with ya Speedy. It'll be a while for me to leave the 3's behind, but I hope to accomplish it. I really enjoyed your blog.

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KATRIONAH 8/27/2010 8:20PM

    I like your blog. I didn't quite make 300...but, darned close to it. I am happy with ME too....for the changes I am seeing. And, ya know...FIT and FLAB-ulous sounds like a cool group.....LOL Caught my attention for your blog. Tee hee hee

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/27/2010 8:01PM

    Good for you! We're not the same people we were back then - WE'RE BETTER!
Sheila

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JOANOFSPARK 8/27/2010 5:56PM

    emoticon emoticon I totally agree; what I am becoming is so much better than what I am now or was in the past few years....okay, more than a few, but especially since I had to retire because of disabilities...but we are transforming and becoming a much healthier and slimmer version of ourselves..which is emoticon

*hugs*

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I’m losing it….

Tuesday, August 24, 2010



The ABC’s of things I’ve lost since joining SparkPeople!

A. Attitude
B. Butt
C. Calories… at least 1000 per meal
D. Digestive disorders
E. Excuses
F. Fatigue
G. Gas
H. Headaches
I. Indecision
J. Justifying my failures
K. Knots in my stomach
L. Lethargy
M. Moaning & Groaning
N. Negativity
O. Overly sensitive
P. Pounds
Q. Quarrelsomeness
R. Resistance to change
S. Struggling with poor choices
T. Tight fisted
U. Ugly
V. Venomous
W. Weakness for high caloric foods
X. X-rated language
Y. Yo-Yo dieting
Z. zzzzzzzzz’s too much

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MRSSTUP 8/25/2010 1:11AM

    I agree, "good riddance to it all". Just a lot of weight off your shoulders.

JoAnne

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TUBLADY 8/24/2010 9:32PM

    This was very creative, have never seen it before, but I bet I will. Coming up with the word to match the letters great. I don't like to say can't, but I'm not sure I could.
Those are good things to have lost.
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LBEEKMA 8/24/2010 8:52PM

    Creative and truthful...yes, there's the good and the bad!

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SUSIEPH1 8/24/2010 6:49PM

    One word Wonderful!! emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTYD921 8/24/2010 3:58PM

    Love this!!!

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VGIMLET 8/24/2010 3:47PM

    Heheheheeh, that picture is so me. :P

Great list.

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KATRIONAH 8/24/2010 3:33PM

    I LOVE IT!!! Great list! Thank you for this blog. emoticon

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GYPSYGOTH 8/24/2010 3:18PM

    emoticon thanks for this list- it's great!

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