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Inspiration close to home

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I get very inspired by spark stories of people who have lost large amounts of weight. I find that very inspiring - it shows such persistence on their part, and encouragement for me. I include among my spark friends some that have lost 50 and 100 lbs. And I find that very inspiring - thank you ladies!

However, I discovered on my recent trip back to see family in Ontario that I also have inspiration closer to home - but I never realized it. When I was talking to my 82 year old mother (about spark of course!), she said that when she talked to doctors, they never believed that she had lost 100 lbs. I looked at her - I hadn't realized that she had lost 100 lbs. But she did.

Since I was in my teens, until a few years ago, she was always trying to lose weight. She went to diet center, the original weight watchers (all fish and tomatoes) and later the other versions of weight watchers. And she did lose some weight - about 30 lbs, and then it stopped. Later on, on her own, she just decided to eat less. She decided to eat til full and then stop. Brilliant idea, but how many of us do it? Because she is a visual eater (like me) she would put a napkin over the remaining food on the plate if eating out. And this worked!

I knew that she had lost a lot of weight over the years, but it had not clicked, even for me, that she had lost 100 lbs. But she did! At her highest she was 235, and she has been 135 for years. 100 lbs.

So, inspiration closer to home.

Here is a photo of that lovely lady, taken on her 60th wedding anniversary last year (I think I have used this in an earlier blog)

I think that she actually did go down a little too much. As she gets older, she is maybe a little too skinny. But it is not illness skinny - this was the result of years of hard work. And I will use this as a guideline - as I go down, I will maybe not go as low as she did.

So, once again my wonderful mother is inspiration for me. It was really good to see her, and my father, again last week. Both have a myriad of physical things wrong with them, but they persist with a positive attitude. But for me the most surprising thing about this trip was that my mother was one of those people who did lose 100 lbs. It took place over time, and I just never added it up!

And she lost it, and kept it off - inspiration for us all.

If you have read this far in my blog, thank you very much.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PANZEE 10/23/2012 9:29PM

    It's so motivating to hear stories like this and being close to home like it is for you, it's just that much more special. Good for your Mom, we know the journey she had, some people more than others.
It just amazes me how much some people lose and how hard they work to reach it. It is very motivating!!

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REJ7777 10/22/2012 7:30AM

    That's an inspiring story about losing weight, and maintaining the loss. You've got a lovely mom! I can see the family resemblance. Congratulations to both of you for doing what you need to do to attain and maintain a healthy weight. It's an encouragement to read about your mom's success.

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VALBOY2010 10/20/2012 10:25PM

    Irene, you can sure tell where you get your looks. Your Mom is beautiful! WOW - 100 pounds! That's amazing and something to be very proud of. A real inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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LYNETTEMOM 10/19/2012 1:31AM

    Wow Irene, isn' it funny how we often don't see what is right in front of us.
My bf talks about his mom's excess weight: I think he is remembering how she used to be. I have only known her for a few years and I don't think she is heavy. She's not one of those fragile bird little old ladies but she is not a big woman. She is certainly shrinking in height as the years go by.
Also, I know my mom always said she was slimmest (measurements) AND heaviest (weight) when she got married. As a young girl, that didn't make sense to me but now I know that that is possible.

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POLYANNA2 10/18/2012 11:36PM

    Oh, Irene, your mom is so beautiful! She looks like I'd like to look, healthy and fit, and between the prospect of you and I doing the railtrail and the prospect that you CAN lose 100 lbs even if you're a slow loser, as your mom has, you girls have got me so inspired and so excited about this journey. As you know, 100 is my magic number, and I have had many times where I thought maybe at my age it was unachievable, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT NOW!!!
Thank you so much for sharing the story about your mom. You tell her for me I think she's awesome, and I think you're awesome too!

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IRENEHARPS 10/18/2012 10:40PM

    This is a beautiful picture of two beautiful women. We all want to lose weight and lose it as quick as possible. Your mom did it the correct way. She is certainly an inspiration to all of us. I am so happy you enjoyed your trip to Ontario.


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GIRLINMOTION 10/17/2012 9:35PM

    Irene your mother is an inspiration to us all.

Many people who diet say it is so much harder to lose weight as you get older. Your mother goes to show us that simple tricks and choices is what it is about.


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VOLARI52 10/17/2012 9:04PM

    Irene I loved this post and the picture.....what an amazing and inspirational feat your mom was able to accomplish...and she looks beautiful..... emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 10/17/2012 7:53PM

    Hats off to your mom ... in a day and age when this wasn't the norm - she took control and did it sensibly. emoticon WW's mom!!! You're an inspiration to us all. emoticon

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GIVENTHANKS 10/17/2012 2:29PM

    I really enjoyed your blog!


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GRACEOMALLEY 10/17/2012 2:18PM

    How wonderful to visit your Mom and discover she is even more amazing than you thought - not to mention the inspiration so close to your home and heart! Lovely. Thanks so much for sharing the story and the picture.

You've reminded me of the story of the Tortoise and the Hare - SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE!


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