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Is that really me? A blast from Easter past.

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

I've been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing for our annual July 4 party and came across this picture from Easter 2006. (Excuse the blurriness, I don't have this picture on my computer at home, and took a picture of a picture--which is never very good.)

(Although this picture is from 2006, I looked exactly the same in 2007, 2008 and 2009, before waking up in Dec. of 2009 and making some changes!)

This picture is to show four generations of us, my son is on the left, I am in the middle holding my newborn grandson and my dad is on the right. It was grandson's first Easter, and sadly, Dad's last. He died the following year at the age of 83. But when he was about 65, he lost over 100 lbs. and kept it off until he got sick 8 months before he died, at which point he got even thinner. He is my role model. He used to bike all over the place, 20-30 miles at a time, up into his 70's, and also was very careful about what he ate. After he quit biking for long distances, he still rode around town and worked out on his rower and his stationary bike.

When I look at this picture, it makes me sad. Sad to realize what I did to my body by my bad choices. I am so thankful I finally "saw the light," or should I say saw the Spark?

For comparison here is a picture of me from Easter of 2011, just a few weeks after I hit my goal weight on April 15.

And another picture of me from Easter 2012, still below my goal weight!

I was washing my front door today, and as I often do, made a silent prayer that next year when it's time to clean up for our 4th of July party I am at approximately the same weight and still have the energy I do today. It makes preparations so much easier when you aren't carrying around 180 extra pounds!


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JODILEAH2012 7/2/2012 5:22AM

    You look amazing

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DGFOWLER 7/2/2012 5:15AM

    What can I say except "You are simply amazing" Donna

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NANA2ANGELS 7/2/2012 5:09AM

    You look fantastic emoticon

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GETINSHAPE110 7/2/2012 4:29AM

    OMG, you look awesome!!!! Congratulations

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THEIS58 7/2/2012 4:12AM

    Just great!

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BABY77A 7/2/2012 3:53AM

    Thank goodness you saw the spark. Congratulations!

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DAWN14163 7/2/2012 3:29AM

    Just as your Dad inspired you, I'm sure your story will inspire many others. You look fantastic - so much younger, fitter and happier! Congratulations and happy 4th July x

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ANNIE4ANNIE 7/2/2012 2:38AM

  Maggie you just keep getting younger and younger. Wishing you a Happy 4th.

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LIZALOT 7/2/2012 2:04AM

    You look fabulous, and your father would be very proud of you!

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    WOW! Look at YOU!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! YOU are AMAZING!!!!!

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SLFGOLF 7/2/2012 1:02AM

    We can't change our pasts, but we can learn from them. Now look forward to our futures of more energy and a healthier life.

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KPETSCHE 7/2/2012 12:33AM

    Amazing pictures and an amazing story.
You are

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PMFISH 7/1/2012 10:52PM

    WOW!! What a difference! You look wonderful! Proud of you.

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GOING-STRONG 7/1/2012 10:33PM

    I hear you about it being sad it took so long to "see the light"... same for me. I yo yoed for years with my weight and it wasn't until I was in my 50s that I finally embraced a healthy lifestyle as the way to go. My body shows the years of abuse with loose skin too.... emoticon

But the good news is we have finally seen the light and it is quite a "spark" !!


Have a wonderful week and Spark on!

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JUSTDOIT011 7/1/2012 9:57PM

    You have come a long way! Keep on sparking! emoticon

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SCOOTDOG 7/1/2012 9:42PM

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KERRYG155 7/1/2012 9:30PM

    a great review of what you have accomplished.

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DAWNNEWDAY 7/1/2012 8:50PM

    I know your Dad is proud of all you have accomplished.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/1/2012 8:41PM

    OMG! That really is amazing. Now you look like the DAUGHTER of the person in the top photo, instead of being 5 years OLDER than the person in the top photo!

Congratulations on sticking with it for all those years. I know your father is just super proud of you.


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LESLIESENIOR 7/1/2012 8:17PM

    Astonishing! That's all there is to it. Astonishing!!! Thank you for sharing!

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/1/2012 7:26PM

    You have done so well and so proud of you.... emoticon

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REXTINE1 7/1/2012 7:12PM

    I always got around OK, even at 330, but it's a lot easier to climb ladders and get under things than it used to be. I'm still in my "leeway" for TOPS, even though I quit going. But I still weigh every morning and watch what I eat and how much, and how much I move. You never can relax completely - but a binge once in a great while is OK if you immediately take corrective action. You can do it.

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CLAVINOVA 7/1/2012 6:59PM

    You have made an incredible change in your health from those pictures! We're all so proud of you. Have a great 4th of July. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE119 7/1/2012 5:11PM

    wow! You've done great! Congrats! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINNIE1978 7/1/2012 5:00PM

    It's amazing to see how far you've come! emoticon

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SHRINK_U 7/1/2012 4:56PM

    What an inspiration!

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MEH50BEWELL 7/1/2012 4:55PM

    What a great picture of the 4 generations. I think your Dad is certainly smiling down on you today. Have a wonderful 4th.

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PATTI_SP 7/1/2012 4:51PM

    That's great! Keep up the good work! YOu look so much younger! emoticon

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LINDAK25 7/1/2012 4:51PM

    Great pictures! Have a terrific 4th of July party!

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MSLZZY 7/1/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon Hard to believe that was you by
looking at you now! HUGS!

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LJCANNON 7/1/2012 4:35PM

    emoticon There is nothing like old pictures - Blurry or Not! - that remind us of how far we have come.

emoticon Thanks for continuing to share your Journey with us!!

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GABY1948 7/1/2012 4:28PM

    Your pictures are AWESOME and you look so great! Keep up the good work!

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SAL2525 7/1/2012 4:19PM

    Wow what amazing before and after pics! emoticon

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MUSOLF6 7/1/2012 4:13PM

    You are one beautiful Lady and an inspiration to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    You look so awesome and so much happier! Sometimes these old pictures are the greatest motivators. Happy Sunday!

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