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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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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
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

    emoticon Liking the HOT MAMA!!! emoticon

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RIMAJO 3/6/2011 4:27PM

    emoticon Keep 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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VALERIEMAHA 3/4/2011 8:05PM

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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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FELICIARN 3/4/2011 3:21PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!!! emoticon

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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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