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Newest Pic of 240 pounds Lost Using Just SparkPeople

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I'm the one to the far right.

  
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SWEETPEA20121 7/28/2014 9:58PM

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VALOLOVE1975 7/28/2014 1:08PM

    Congratulations! You are doing wonderfully! emoticon

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KATHI214 7/28/2014 12:25PM

    You have done awesome, so much credit is due to you for not giving up! That should show others that someone can do it if they want it bad enough and put their mind to it emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DSHONEYC 7/28/2014 11:17AM

    Wowie Zowie! You look marvelous!

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TRUCKERSMRS 7/28/2014 4:00AM

    You look amazing and are such an inspiration to many of us.
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MAGMATTIN 7/27/2014 11:30PM

  I bow down to your fortitude in obtaining your weight loss. You will help me to reach my goal. Thank you!

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MELNJAY3 7/27/2014 8:58PM

    That is great. What an inspiration to us all.

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MISSPUV 7/27/2014 1:14PM

    Totally Inspiring! emoticon

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MARYRUN1 7/27/2014 12:16PM

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TWEETYS 7/26/2014 12:06PM

    You are such an inspiration! Love your blogs!

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HOLLYL7 7/25/2014 11:45AM

    Amazing before and after!!

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ODAT1117 7/25/2014 10:17AM

    WOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Thanks for sharing. Looking fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMBER461 7/23/2014 11:05PM

  You look great. Good determination is the key, thanks for sharing.

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CAROLJ35 7/23/2014 9:49PM

    You are an awesome spokesperson for SP!!!

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BLUEJAY1969 7/23/2014 9:17PM

    You are a real inspiration to me Beth! I look at you and think "Wow I have got to do as good as she has done"! Well done sweetie, well done!
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MKLOMBARD333 7/23/2014 4:46PM

    Holy Crap! You look AMAZING!
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JOYFUL452003 7/23/2014 4:46PM

    Great job! You look beautiful!


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    emoticon you are an amazing person emoticon !

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TIFFFIT 7/23/2014 2:10PM

    Amazing!
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EGMINGA 7/23/2014 2:06PM

    you look fantastic what an amazing job you have done on your journey to a healthier you. emoticon emoticon

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GIZMOLUVSME 7/23/2014 8:36AM

    You have, and continue to do an amazing job! What an inspiration you are to me! Keep up the awesome work!

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WALLPER26 7/23/2014 7:24AM

    You look so beautiful and glowing! Keep up the great work!

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BA5454 7/22/2014 8:40PM

    A-mah-zing! Love the pics ;-).

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SPARKYFLOWER 7/22/2014 7:54PM

    I love your blog, congratulations on your determination.

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FRABBIT 7/22/2014 6:29PM

  Great photos!

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PENOWOK 7/22/2014 6:28PM

    You never cease to amaze me!!!

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    You are amazing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HYATTI1 7/22/2014 2:58PM

    Amazing

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KATE-FL 7/22/2014 2:09PM

    You are an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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ROSEYJO1 7/22/2014 1:16PM

    emoticon How emoticon What an awe inspiring story! What a challenge to the rest of us! I may not know you but am proud of you as I KNOW losing weight is an ongoing challenge which I know you will continue to meet
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LESLEY210 7/22/2014 12:50PM

  That's amazing! Congratulations! You show that it can be done.

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PYNETREE 7/22/2014 12:48PM

    Your "before" picture - is an exact copy of my body. I am losing, but not as fast as you accomplished it. I know I need to exercise more.

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ELLATBME 7/22/2014 10:13AM

    Truly inspirational.

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LCERVERA 7/22/2014 9:48AM

    Amazing!!

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MARYELLEN301 7/22/2014 9:04AM

    Your transition is absolutely amazing! You must be so proud of yourself! Heck, all of us Sparkers are proud of you! We are all behind you in your journey.
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LOSER_ZIMM 7/22/2014 8:51AM

    Amazing! Congrats for the beautiful person you are!

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BAM19601 7/22/2014 7:36AM

    You look wonderful. You are such an inspiration!
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MARUKI52 7/22/2014 7:32AM

    You look fantastic.

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JOL2367 7/22/2014 6:41AM

    You are such an inspiration! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 7/22/2014 6:24AM

    You are my hero! Wonderful

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WRITERWANNAB 7/22/2014 1:29AM

    Wow! Just look at how far you have come! Bravo! emoticon

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    Great

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BEWARE THE CRABS!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I love a good inspirational anecdote and one that I have never forgotten is the story of the crabs in the bucket.

When fishermen trap crabs, they just dump them in a bucket on the pier. No lid. Nothing to trap the crabs and keep them inside. Why? Because if any crab tries to climb out of the bucket and escape, the others will pull it back inside.

Many of us, when we decide to become professional about achieving success face “crabs in the bucket.” They often look a lot like family, and friends. They fear failure, so they fear our success. If we actually accomplish something remarkable, we prove that success is more choice than fate.

We are who we hang around. If we hang around flaky amateurs who don’t keep their word, who consistently fail to honor their commitments, and who never finish anything?

People who change their minds every other day what they want to do with their lives?

People who whine more than work?
We’re letting them drag us back in the bucket.

Crabs are never happy and they LIKE being in the bucket. They can’t see they will soon be made into crab salad.

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Professional?

Hang around those people. Stalk them on social media, watch what they do and do what they do.

Digital relationships are just as powerful as personal relationships.


Facing some crabs in the bucket?

Have you escaped the bucket?

How did you do it?

  
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MILPAM3 7/26/2014 9:38AM

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    very powerful! emoticon

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TLPELLICANO 7/23/2014 1:16PM

  You are doing WONDERFUL! Good for you. Such an inspiration to me.

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    emoticon I loved your analogy. You are so right.

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LOLAINSC 7/21/2014 12:06PM

    I escaped the bucket when I retired and could now choose the people with whom I spend my day--the workplace was full of toxic people. What you called crabs, I called spiders because they exist to fill us with their venom and suck us dry.
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EGMINGA 7/18/2014 1:17PM

    Most of have crabs in our bucket and we have to learn to ignore them, cut them out of our life or if we can't talk to them about what they are doing to us.

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LEANMEAN2 7/18/2014 6:04AM

    Most of us have some crabs in our lives. Thanks for a good blog.

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MAVERICKDR 7/17/2014 9:04PM

    I love the message here. I didn't know that about crabs so I learned something today thanks to you.

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TWIRLNYC 7/17/2014 7:45PM

  Awesome analogy! I am trying to escape from crabs myself. I am so tired of living amongst people who do nothing but moan about themselves, their children their jobs, the weather, their finances etc- my mother taught me it's a waste of time to complain- do something or move on. Complaining and bitching changes nothing!

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FRABBIT 7/17/2014 5:46PM

  what a wonderful blog and very inspiring. It is so easy to get caught up by the crabs and I think we have to be careful of not being a crab ourselves. It is so easy to get envious of others rather than recognize our own successes and being happy for them.

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MOEFATLOSS 7/17/2014 3:19PM

    I can't agree more. It took me quite some time to figure this out. I worked in a very stressful unit with some extremely negative people. It was nearly impossible not to get pulled in. They were always creating drama and would talk about everybody behind their backs. I would constantly hear "they just have a strong personality". This was crap, they just were just bullies and felt the need to be on top by tearing everyone else down. I have a "strong personality" and I don't feel the need to treat people this way. It was draining. I finally decided I had to get out of the situation even though I loved the type of unit it was and I learned so much all the time. Medicine is so dynamic and changes frequently. I'm happy to say that I now work in a completely different atmosphere and really can say I love my job. I'm not keeping up with all the new technologies and at times I do miss the hospital seen but I do make a difference and I am reminded of that on a daily basis.

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LINDAC107 7/17/2014 7:45AM

    Gosh, that is a fantastic blog! It's amazing how that works. I'm married to someone who is extremely reluctant to change -- doesn't want to exercise or eat veggies despite the fact that he is diabetic. I see my pattern too; the person who vacillates and changes her mind a lot. Not a healthy situation for someone who knows what she really wants. Part of it is awareness, and part of it is figuring out small actions steps to deal with it. I can't change him, but I can change me. When I hear him tell me that he doesn't want to change, I can think "that won't stop me." More important, I need to plan some easy action steps I can follow, like serving veggie soup at meals, or fresh veggies, salads, steamed veggies. I also keep roasted mushrooms around almost all the time and will get celery and peppers for snacks. These things, if I will fill up on them, will keep me healthier -- I go for the crunch!! emoticon

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SWEETLILBLUEYES 7/16/2014 3:12PM

    Excellent blog. This is why you will be such a great coach!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 7:34PM

    Great blog, and great questions!!! Thank you for this, it's a great story and analogy.

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ANNABELLE53 7/15/2014 5:02PM

  One of the best blog post I have ever read!!!!! And believe me, I have read a lot of them. I'm going to share your post with others, I know I have crabs hanging on and I know a lot of people that never try to get out of the bucket. emoticon

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MIMI315 7/15/2014 11:15AM

    Very good post. I need to find some non-crab support, lol. I've also probably unknowingly been a crab to someone else in their efforts as well. I want to make sure that I neither a crab nor surrounding myseelf with just crabs and finally stick to my goals.

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MANDELOVICH 7/15/2014 7:37AM

    So true. Lately I've been trying to change the conversation if it's veering into the negative.

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TATTER3 7/14/2014 1:53PM

    This is excellent! Gotta use it in a sermon!

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FRANCEENAFTER 7/14/2014 12:56PM

    I so needed this reminder. I think I will put pics of crabs all around me!

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TJMOAG 7/14/2014 12:50AM

    So true! Great reminder to have strong support system emoticon

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FITCYN 7/13/2014 8:29PM

    I like that analogy. I think we also need to be wary of not being the crab that pulls someone else back from doing something important to them. We are all resistant to change, whether it's ours or someone else's.
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SUSIEMT 7/13/2014 3:09PM

    Another winner Beth! It is so true!!

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KKLENNERT809 7/13/2014 2:22PM

    I agree, there will always be crabs--but as Mandisa sings--we are overcomers!!

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SEWISTLADY 7/13/2014 1:34PM

    This is a great anecdote. I can relate because there is a person in my life who keeps trying to pull me back into the bucket. I have reduced the time spent with her and it made an amazing difference. However, this person is a relative and I cannot cut ties completely. I am still limiting time hanging with her though and that helps me stay more positive.

Thanks for a great blog.


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DAWNDMOORE40 7/13/2014 1:34PM

    emoticon I don't allow those crabs to get me down! I try and stay positive and remember that most of the time people that try and bring you down, are down themselves and instead of being hateful back, I usually try and say something kind and that kills their ammunition right there! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CICELY360 7/13/2014 11:15AM

  good blog

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UNSTRUNG 7/13/2014 11:07AM

    So true - I'm lucky so far my family, friends and co-workers have been great and supportive.


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HIMELISSA2007 7/12/2014 11:45PM

    wow what an analogy and one I wont forget. I tend to think different than those crabs and boy do they not like it. but I keep going and trying to fend off the negative influence. Thank you for your contributions to sp and to me and my weight loss efforts!! as well as others!!!

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2BDYNAMIC 7/12/2014 10:19PM

    It could make a person downright crabby if they or we don't watch it ........... and I am already a crab by birth sign .......... so I choose the escape hatch!!! ....... Great illustration!

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DONNAQUILT 7/12/2014 8:46PM

  You really make a person think. Thank you.

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CHEBBA 7/12/2014 6:48PM

    Good analogy. I'm a positive person but once had a friend who dwelt on her health issues, weight issues, money issues, relationship issues. She was a lovely person and was extremely helpful to me and my husband by caring for our dogs when we had to be out or away. In return, I took her all over the place, driving her to appointments 2 hours away, always paying for the coffees when we were out, spending a lot of time researching her issues for her and not taking her for granted. Appreciating that she had a lot of pain and other issues, I was never hard or presumptuous, but her constant hearing moans and 'woe is me and nobody else' persona really got me down, even though we got on well and I really, really liked her, especially her kindness and our shared humour. I did my darnedest to encourage her out of her negativity by enthusing about things, cajoling her to try x, y or z…. but she just seemed happier being miserable! When I joined SP and started to lose weight, I was upbeat, positive and excited. Even that didn't rub off on her and at one point she said she was fed-up because she felt as if she was losing her ally! I knew that she would pull me back down again if I wasn't careful, so I started to reduce the amount of time I spent with her in order to not prejudice my success. I also had some other huge domestic things to deal with and, in the end, she sent me a vile text haranguing me - it came out of left filed when I had just made her a surprise batch of cooking as part of her Christmas gift, when her favourite baked item was actually in the oven! At that point I realised that she was happier and safer in the bucket, whilst I was almost clear and free. I cried for ages, the hurt was horrible and lives with me still. However, I never even replied to that text and never told her the nice things I'd been doing for her for Christmas. I severed the ties in an instant. That was nearly 3 years ago, and although I did go MIA from SP for quite a while, I returned 7 months ago. I've now lost 40lbs and serious gym work with a personal trainer has made me fitter at 62 than I was at 32, 42 and 52! Hubby saw her a few weeks ago and says that she looks miserable and hasn't lost weight at all. I'm sad for her, but she chose her path and I chose mine. I chose to climb out of the bucket! WOOHOO!

Thank you - great analogy.



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19TWEETY66 7/12/2014 6:17PM

    Thanks for such a great analogy! You are such an inspirational person and I admire you for your determination and perseverance! May God continue to bless you in the future as you as press forward! May He also bless the rest of us all as we continue to reach all of our individual goals! Blessings! Julie

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ZMADAME 7/12/2014 11:57AM

    I like the analogy. Very well said. Thank you for sharing.

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Super Losers YOU Should Read About

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Check out these people who have all lost weight without the help of weight loss surgery!
Now I don't say that because I am against weight loss surgery, I say that because it gives people like me hope too, people who cannot afford it, don't want it, are scared of it... These are some of my weight loss heros!

JMerlau- "Fat guy to runner" in his own words= runs huge marathons
Kitt52- Lost over 200 pounds
Wspdave- lost over 250 pounds
Crazymama46- Lost over 220 pounds and now sky dives
Swdotb2- Lost 90 pounds and now is a Certified Yoga Instructor
Ontovictory- Lost 110 plus and is a running coach!
Bradmill2922 Lost from over 500 pounds down into the 200's
Bigredangel- lost around 100 pounds and id working to maintain and lose more
Ksigma1222- lost 130 pounds and runs marathons now- featured in the book THE SPARK
McCourtt- lost 65 pounds, made his medical issues much better and became a marathon runner nicknamed "GUMP" "Run Forest, Run!"
KathyJo56- Disabled, but still lost 200 pounds! Just goes to show that where there is a will there is a way if you BELIEVE, as KathyJo would say.
Lizspringsteen- lost over 113 pounds and still going!
Skinnyinmyhead- lost over 100 pounds and is still on the journey!
Wolfkitty- the infamous! Has lost over 100 and kept it off for years!
Iamagemlover- lost 122 pounds and kept it off for 19 months and counting!
Frenchtosd- lost over 100 pounds and now writes books on Amazon to fight obesity. Find her under the name Sharon French.

To get to them, go to Community, then Spark Pages, then type in the name of the person.

  
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KEEPITUP62 7/21/2014 9:49PM

    great BLOG to remind us all of how many winning losers are out there. Hope to one day add my name to your lost.


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DENACARPER 7/21/2014 6:33PM

    Awesome blog - thank you so much for taking the time to put it together emoticon

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TINATC26 7/21/2014 1:56PM

    you forgot one.. ~INDYGIRL - lost 240 lbs and still losing..

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LISAREADS 7/13/2014 12:52PM

    Thank you so much! This was quite a list of achievers, I will check them all out...and by the way, you are emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELN325 7/13/2014 10:31AM

    Thank you for this and I agree. I know a few people who've done the surgery and only 1 had great success with it. Once I found out how it affected them and how they can't drink fluids while they are eating and what a huge change in lifestyle it is, I just can't do the surgery. I'm like you. I have to lose it the no help way.

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SUSIEMT 7/12/2014 8:39PM

    Thank you Beth!

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DMCWJR 7/10/2014 6:20PM

  Cool I'm so there with you. Dorothy

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_RAMONA 7/10/2014 6:08PM

    Thanks for this! As always, you are an inspiration to me!

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WOLFKITTY 7/10/2014 3:05PM

    Oh yeah, sugar! ;)
Gearing up for the next 100.

Thanks for the shout out.
Hugs,
Jocelyn

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LADYGSC 7/10/2014 12:57PM

    Marvelous simply marvelous!! and such wonderful encouragement!

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SANDRA_E 7/10/2014 10:55AM

    I love hearing about success stories. Thank you for sharing!

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PRESBESS 7/10/2014 10:46AM

    Wow IndyGirl, your post within this blog is insightful. I never thought about what the surgery folks have to go through afterwards. That's a lot to deal with. It actually seems as though they loose freedom as well as weight.



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SPEDED2 7/10/2014 10:36AM

    Wow! So much wonderful encouragement! The trip is easier when you don't have to travel alone.
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AUNTALICE2 7/10/2014 9:45AM

  Thank you so much for the acknowledgement. I am happy to see all the positive reinforce emoticon ments your blog has done. Way to go! I will be following your blogs happily!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 7/10/2014 8:48AM

    Wow.. thanks so much for including me in such an illustrious list of LOSERS! LOL that's the best! Life is so good.. and you're right.. losing weight really is possible.. you just gotta have laser sharp focus and execute a good plan. And YOU are one of my heros!

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FRENCHTOSD 7/10/2014 12:26AM

    Thank you so much for the shout out, Beth. You were one of my first role models when I joined Spark People in 2007. This type of post is the reason why. I remember how important it was for me to know that others had gone before me. I've kept off 130 pounds for three years now with many changes to my diet and lifestyle. I would not go back to obesity for anything. Being able to inspire others is what I live for today. I always tell people to Keep on Sparking. It worked for me!

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MAYBER 7/9/2014 11:38PM

    Thank you for sharing the success of others it is very motivational and inspirational
One day at a time love prayers peace God bless
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CICELY360 7/9/2014 11:27PM

  good blog

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ACRAIG921 7/9/2014 10:18PM

    Thanks for the post. It really helps keep me motivated. I might not have as much to lose as the people on the list, but they are a great inspiration and remind me to keep pushing every day. emoticon

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AMBER461 7/9/2014 10:13PM

  Thanks so much for sharing. I needed that to inspire me more.

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JERICHO1991 7/9/2014 10:03PM

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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TEALHAWK1 7/9/2014 9:29PM

    Thanks for sharing

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PHOENIX1949 7/9/2014 8:42PM

    Thank you. I'm desperately searching for my lost Mo-Jo and reading of these successes lets me know it truly is possible.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/9/2014 8:15PM

    emoticon I have lost 122 pounds and have kept it off for 19 months.

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NEWKATHYNOW 7/9/2014 7:39PM

    Thank you - I needed this today more than you'll ever know.

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LCRUMLEY81 7/9/2014 4:44PM

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PATRICIAANN46 7/9/2014 3:33PM

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DIANNEMT 7/9/2014 2:14PM

    Great role models. Thank you.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/9/2014 2:01PM

  I know some of these people, but not everyone. I'll have to investigate.

Especially the one who is disabled.

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SDEHNKE 7/9/2014 1:22PM

    Thanks for the inspiration.

Suellen


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JENNY888 7/9/2014 12:41PM

    Great list Beth. I plan to visit each and every page one day at a time.

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JSEATTLE 7/9/2014 12:26PM

  yes it is possible, there is hope for all!

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NONNAOF2 7/9/2014 12:25PM

  What fantastic success these Sparker's have had! Congratulations to each and every one of them for their hard work and to give us all inspiration that we too can do it!! :-)

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~INDYGIRL 7/9/2014 12:08PM

    I never discount weight loss surgery patients. I only offer hope to those of is who don't choose to or cannot for whatever reason get the surgery. We need hope too. Sometimes it looks to me, personally, like my friends who have had the surgery and lost the same amount of weight I did in a year rather than 8 got a break... But I know in my heart they truly did not. They deal with more surgeries, weight regain, bad loose skin issues, severe wrinkles and things that I don't have to deal with. I can eat what I want. Drink what I want. I don't have to live on vitamins daily. There is a HUGE trade in for surgery! You don't get the operation and get set free. You have to diet and exercise after and if you ever ask the question "When can I eat normally again?" You aren't ready for surgery.

Just my 2 cents. I think those who brave the surgery and succeed in keeping the weight off are just as successful.

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TRUCKER72 7/9/2014 10:12AM

    emoticon Thanks for these Sparkers' stories...I look forward to reading them...

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/9/2014 9:35AM

    Great list! I AM against bariatric surgery because as a nurse, I have seen all the failures and I also see the bottom line; in order for it to work -just like any other weight loss gimmick- you need to use it in combination with a healthy diet and exercise program. Sound familiar?

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GLORYB2014 7/9/2014 9:33AM

    I'm going to keep this list, thank you Beth.

I already was following one, Kitt, and I'm going to read all the other's success stories too. They are a huge inspiration! As are YOU!
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Get Better- Go For That Goal! It's NOT Impossible!

Monday, July 07, 2014


I am not skinny by any means, and I don't plan to be skinny. I plan to be fitter. Slinny just means no body fat. I want curves and muscles and abundant health! Think about what you really want. Do you want to look like a sack of skin falling off some bones when you are done losing weight? If not, then lose it slowly and by eating healthy foods and exercising. Moisturize with pure coconut oil to keep your skin elastic. Set your goal for a pound or 1.5 pounds a week. I know it seems slow, but you will have lost 52 to over 70 pounds in a year that way.

Aim to get better every day, never perfect right away.
Keep small goals in mind like ordering a size down at a restaurant or drive through.
Try smaller plates for a week,
Increase your water.
Definitely add lean protein or protein shakes because protein helps you lose weight and build muscle.
You don't necessarily have to go low carb, but try to eat less processed carbs.
Try organic milk for a few weeks and see if it makes a difference in your weight if you're a big milk drinker, like I am.
Dress to move- be comfortable!
Promise to move for 10 minutes a day, even if you have to break it up.

Just a few tips to getting better!

  
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CHERIJ16 7/22/2014 10:30AM

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JERZRN 7/21/2014 7:32AM

    Good goals! Thanks!

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EMMACORY 7/11/2014 9:36PM

    Thanks for sharing! Have a healthy weekend! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/10/2014 11:11PM

  you are total proof that making consistant liitle changes day by day and hour by hour, WORKS!

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WHITEANGEL4 7/10/2014 7:28PM

    You are making progress and so right, skinny is not the answer it is a healthy body that you are comfortable with

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CHARTHESTAR 7/10/2014 5:17PM

    If slow will prevent skin sag that is for me!
Thank you!

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TATTER3 7/10/2014 10:53AM

    Hope you're working on your book!!

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JERICHO1991 7/10/2014 10:33AM

    Getting better every day. Thanks Beth.

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MSFROGGIE 7/10/2014 9:27AM

    You are looking GREAT!!!

thank you for your blog, great reminders.

Keep up the awesome work!!

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MNNICE 7/10/2014 8:30AM

    I've been at this a long time and needed a "refresher course". Thanks!

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PENOWOK 7/10/2014 8:14AM

    Always the right advice at the right time!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/10/2014 8:01AM

    You look so lovely and happy now. Congratulations, and thank you for the great advice.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/10/2014 7:19AM

    you ROCK!

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GLORYB2014 7/10/2014 6:47AM

    Thank you Beth! One day at a time, doing our best every day gets us there!
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WINNIE-POOH 7/9/2014 7:19PM

    I haven't followed you for some time, but when I do; I am always encouraged
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MZANGELFACE 7/9/2014 4:43PM

    Thank you for sharing and congrats on your loss!

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AMYSNEWSPARK 7/9/2014 4:27PM

    As always, your blog inspires me.

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    Great blog, and great suggestions. Thanks for sharing, and for being such an inspiration! emoticon

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MORGANSMOM52 7/9/2014 11:39AM

    Good advice and you're proof it works! Thanks for being an inspiration!

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    nice

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  awesome

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    Thanks for the motivation

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    You look fabulous!!!

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  great post as always full of great ideas thanks

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JAMER123 7/7/2014 9:53PM

    Excellent suggestions that really work. I have been thinking about adding some protein since I have been stalled for a long time. Watching my tracker tells me so.
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    Great ideas! Thanks!

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    Love your blogs and all the great advice you share!! Thank you!! emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 7/7/2014 7:26PM

    Thanks, I have been deeply pondering my goals right now and your blog "get-back-to-basics" really helped.

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