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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!

edit:
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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CM_GARDNER78 3/4/2011 12:00AM

    You are awesome!! What an inspiration! Woo hoo!

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DODDSE 3/3/2011 10:24PM

  Good for you! You look great - very inspirational.

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JWJCKSN 3/3/2011 9:33PM

    emoticon You are my inspiration!!!!

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DUXGRL1 3/3/2011 7:56PM

    I am so happy to hear that someone in their 50s (like me!)was able to lose that much weight, (it gives me hope!) and you look fabulous! emoticon

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KARA151 3/3/2011 7:45PM

    Looking great Linda. I'm not ready for a bikini yet, but hopefully soon. I have lost 3 of the 8 lbs I gained on vacation so far.
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THEROSAS 3/3/2011 7:40PM

    You look awesome!!! Good for you! There are always those people who make themselves feel better by belittling others. I hope I look as good as you do when I'm 59! emoticon

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LINJO08 3/3/2011 7:29PM

  wonderful excited for you! you look absolutely wonderful, polka dots and all. Keep up the good work.

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JENN03275 3/3/2011 7:14PM

    Awesome job! You look awesome!! 59 is not old!! Age is a number, how you feel is what counts!!

Keep up the good work and strut the bikini bod this summer!!

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FITNESSSEEKER 3/3/2011 6:57PM

    Take it with a grain of salt, Raylin...LOL.. you're the "skinny girl" now... jealousy jabs will come! Take them as compliments!

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MYRTLEBOO 3/3/2011 6:28PM

    Good for you! You look great.

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SILVERVANILLA84 3/3/2011 6:01PM

    Great Job! Keep up the hard work. You are an inspiration to people of all ages.

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POLARBEARSCAT 3/3/2011 5:47PM

    INCREDIBLE! You look like a teenager!

A-Maz-Ing!

I think I'll add one of these photos to my motivation poster!
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MARTY728 3/3/2011 5:34PM

    Since PROSPERITY10 does not have an SP Page, I sent them an Sparkmail with the message, "Did you know this is a supportive site?" I urge all others to do the same.

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FITNESSSEEKER 3/3/2011 5:23PM

    You look great my dear... arms up or down... you have achieved a major accomplishment and I cant wait to try on a bikini again! AWESOME!

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CARACIA 3/3/2011 4:06PM

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PROSPERITY10 3/3/2011 4:03PM

  Can we please see pictures with your hands down to your sides from the back and the front? When you put your hands up, it does not show a true picture of what you front and back looks like when it comes to waist size. I know that when I put my hands up over my head, the small roll that I have around my waist disappears. It makes one look ten pounds lighter than he/she actually is. As for myself, I would like to have my waist look as small as it does with my arms down to my sides as it does when I put my arms up.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/3/2011 3:31PM

    Love your blog! 59 is not old. I'm 68 and not old. emoticon

You made my day.

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VOODOOLADY1 3/3/2011 3:10PM

    Beautiful! you inspire emoticon

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IRENEHARPS 3/3/2011 2:57PM

    What an inspiration you are! Congratulations on a job well done. I'm going to start practicing T T I. Thank you for the tip. I also use Walk Away The Pounds with Leslie. I'm 60 so I see that there's still hope. I have NEVER worn a bikini......but someday....wearing one long enough for a photo.......could be a goal. lol

Irene

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MIMISCHENK 3/3/2011 1:23PM

    Good job. Inspirational.

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NANHBH 3/3/2011 1:21PM

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BTW, 59 is NOT old!

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SWEETROSIE2 3/3/2011 11:16AM

    wow you look awesome good on you, my daughter always say's that is the only stomach exercise she needs to do and she has a very flat stomach even after 2 children. I have to keep remembering to do it. emoticon

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NOMUFFINTOP3 3/3/2011 10:06AM

    You look fantastic! Good for you! I hope to be there eventually. emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 3/3/2011 9:55AM

  You should be so proud!!!! What an inspiration you are!
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JESUSSHRINK 3/3/2011 9:11AM

    You go girl! Lookin good!!!

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SHEILACLARK36 3/3/2011 9:04AM

  You look amazing! emoticon

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 3/3/2011 8:51AM

    Outstanding!
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DAYHIKER 3/3/2011 7:38AM

    Wow, Linda, you look terrific for any age!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Cindy

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LAMKIN101 3/3/2011 7:28AM

  Great story! You look wonderful and very happy too. I usually practice tucking the tummy in all the time,but was never aware of its benefits.Thanks!

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BABS4625 3/3/2011 7:11AM

    Great job and thanks for the advice i will start today! emoticon

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SOUVIE 3/3/2011 4:57AM

    emoticon Did you really just use only Leslie's videos?? I believe in TTI my aunt used to tell me as a teenager and I never listened, my sister did and maintained a flat tummy and a tight core, my aunt.. well you wouldn't know she has had kids and is in her 50's. emoticon
You've inspired me this morning!!! Thank you

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POLLYWANNA1 3/3/2011 3:41AM

    Wonderful! You're inspiring. :)

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JUSTJUSTY 3/3/2011 12:46AM

    emoticon YOU ARE READY!!! emoticon

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 3/2/2011 9:29PM

    Amazing!!

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GGTAKESCONTROL 3/2/2011 9:11PM

    So proud of you! You look fantastic and happy as well! emoticon

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SUECHRIS50 3/2/2011 9:04PM

    You've inspired me to act as young as i feel but no HOT PANTS!!you look wonderful,CONGRATS!!

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KLEINMEISJE 3/2/2011 8:07PM

    I just joined and your's is the first blog I've come upon. WOAH! Congratulations on all your successes! You look amazing, a true inspiration!

-Crystal

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DINGALLSTOO 3/2/2011 7:28PM

    you're one hot Momma!!!! and braver than me ;^D

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/2/2011 7:23PM

    WOW!!! I am so glad I caught up with you!!! I am SO PROUD of you!!!! Woo! Hoo!
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SKUTRGAL 3/2/2011 6:59PM

    My mother wasn't so gentle. I heard, "Suck your gut in." I like TTI!

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BEINGGUIDED 3/2/2011 5:20PM

    I think I will start practicing TTI.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/2/2011 5:00PM

    You look great! My mother told me the same thing, not that it helped me all that much in the long run (4 C-sections later!)

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YOOVIE 3/2/2011 4:55PM

    yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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COOLMAMA11 3/2/2011 2:57PM

    emoticon you look great my friend..someday I will catch up to you lol!

Hugs Elaine emoticon

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CHALONDRA1 3/2/2011 2:27PM

    You Go Girl!!! You look Marvelous emoticon emoticon emoticon
You really sparked me.

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KSIDOINE 3/2/2011 1:49PM

    Beautiful! And just look at your amazing smile! Good for you and for those of us who are learning and getting inspired by you.
Congratulations and thanks.
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