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Not too shabby for an old lady!!

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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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MSLZZY 3/7/2011 7:20AM

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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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IRISHGIRL01 3/5/2011 10:36AM

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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 emoticon at 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.
YOU are awesome!!!! emoticon emoticon

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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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