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Sunday, October 27, 2013

When ONEKIDSMOM, Barb, was a featured SparkPeople success story, she didn't put it in her status or put a link to it in her blog. She wrote a profound blog about heros and she-ros and about how even successful maintainers are human, having and handling slips:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=5506688


I agree with everything she wrote and admire her class, her restraint, her style and writing skill.

However, I'm not that subtle and subdued. I'm an official SP success story as of today, and I am celebrating. I think it is really cool! Forgive me for total lack of modesty! Happy Dance! WooHoo!! Hooray!!! What an honor!

Check it out:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog
/blog.asp?post=86_pounds_d
own_marsha_is_one_active_grandma


And following Barb's lead, I refuse to accept this designation as greater pressure. I am human. If (okay -- when) I slip, I'll still look to my SparkFriends for support and wisdom. So, please, SparkFriends, celebrate with me today, but put no halo on my head.

I've lost 86 pounds after 5 decades of being overweight or obese. My life has changed and is so much better. I now love to run and will soon run my second half marathon race. I claim and embrace this success and hope to say to others:

*it doesn't matter if you've been overweight your whole life
*it doesn't matter how old you are
*it doesn't matter if you have a lot of weight to lose
*it doesn't matter if you've never been athletic
*it doesn't matter if you've been a couch potato for decades
*it doesn't matter if you've gained weight back time and time again

YOU can lose weight. YOU can maintain. YOU can change your life. YOU can feel energetic and successful! What is one small thing you can do today to improve your eating and your life? Do it! Wishing you the experience of being a SP success story!
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TERRIJ7 4/16/2014 4:20PM

    Love it!

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LORIVIOLA 3/31/2014 11:41AM

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SILVER_WOLF1221 2/3/2014 4:05PM

    Such an inspiration!! Congratulations!!!


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KAKEPO 2/2/2014 12:00PM

    What a great encourager you are! Way to go!!!! And thanks for sharing!

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145HEALTHY 11/11/2013 7:29PM

    Well stated.

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P.S. Love your background photo.

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WHITEANGEL4 11/8/2013 8:46PM

    Great blog. You are a success

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SBARGANZ 10/30/2013 8:01PM

    Hooray! Congrats!

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SMILES_CAN_DO 10/30/2013 5:17PM

  To put it simply: You are awesome!

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MOMMASGOTINK 10/30/2013 4:13PM

    Congratulations! You deserve to be proud!

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LOOD1962 10/30/2013 11:10AM

    emoticon You deserve a "Happy Dance". Very inspiring.
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FIRECRACKER61 10/29/2013 10:26PM

    Big, BIG congratulations! You inspire me! emoticon
I want to be free of my prison weight so I can run too! Thank you for your *it doesnt matter list. I'm gonna keep moving forward. emoticon

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HEYSHAKER 10/29/2013 10:00PM

    Awesome... Way to go!

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MOMDEWKS 10/29/2013 9:51PM

    Congratulations, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSROZZIE 10/29/2013 9:22PM

    I enjoyed your blog! Thanks for sharing your SP journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATIBUG49 10/29/2013 6:46PM

    Great words of motivation & inspiration! Thank you!

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FRABBIT 10/29/2013 6:45PM

  Way to go! Congratulations and thanks for the encouragement!

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SUSIEMT 10/29/2013 5:39PM

    Woo Hoo to you and thank yo for your encouraging words!

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NEWTON1068 10/29/2013 1:58PM

    Way to go..let the balloons fall...You are an inspiration-Karen from Ohio

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TOVEYTWIRL 10/29/2013 12:26PM

    Well done you...You look brilliant emoticon

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PURPLEBIRD63 10/29/2013 11:37AM

    I am soooo happy and excited for you!!!
You are pumping me up :-)
I can feel your excitement and pride in this blog - totally awesome!
I started SP just a couple months ago - I love it - totally love it...
I've only lost 10 lbs so far (have about 65-75 more!) but I'm really feeling I can do it this time!
CONGRATULATIONS on your incredible accomplishment!

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CAROLYNJ18 10/29/2013 11:32AM

  Yes, you can because I have done just that 3 weeks ago and I have already lost 7 pounds and feeling lost better overall.

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MISSPAM1 10/29/2013 11:30AM

    Extremely Inspiring!

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MRSRIGS1 10/29/2013 11:16AM

    Congratulations! Thank you for the inspiration and letting us know 'It can be done!' I'm doing the 'Happy' dance with you for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JCKIRNER 10/29/2013 8:49AM

    AWesome!! Way To Go!!! Toot too!!
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MAWMAW101 10/29/2013 8:44AM

    Way to go! Wonderful! Keep telling your story, we all need to hear success is possible!
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AJB121299 10/29/2013 8:13AM

    kudos

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NANCYTUNBERG64 10/29/2013 7:57AM

    That is awesome!! You look wonderful and glowing!!

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SHERYLP461 10/29/2013 7:10AM

    You do look wonderful and happy. I have been overweight for 20 years now and at 67 I wonder what it will take to get my metabolism up and running enough to lose.

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IGNITEME101 10/29/2013 2:12AM

    Great Idea to spread the spark!

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SWAN47 10/29/2013 1:40AM

    emoticon on your success and thank you for sharing your proud moments with us. Your words are wise and inspirational. I love forward to the day when I'm doing the same happy dance. Have a blessed and healthy week.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/29/2013 1:37AM

    Very simply, Thank you!
For your words and inspiration!
And CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
I am so happy for you!
Love & Hugs,
Mary

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JSEATTLE 10/29/2013 1:34AM

  Great story you have shared today. Thank you so much!

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    You look wonderful! You be as happy & proud as you want to be! emoticon

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