My Journey to a Thinner, Healthier Me

Welcome to my Blog. I hope you enjoy reading along as my journey goes along, my rants and raves, my successes and my disappointments.

About Me

I was born June 18th, 1961 on Father's Day to Earl & Martha Sibbald. Was raised in the township of Wainfleet where my parents still live in the house my father built. I have 1 younger brother. I graduated Port Colborne High School in 1978 and went on to Sheridan college where I studied animated cartooning. Do to major problem with my knees and many surgeries, I never completed my college education at Sheridan. I took piano lessons when I was younger and even won a Gold Medal in the Niagara Falls Kawanis Music Festival. I went on to learn how to play many instruments including, baritone sax, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar and bit of the banjo. I went on the road with a band from Oshawa for 3 years, playing all over Ontario before moving back to Niagara, living in Welland and played bass guitar in a few local bands for about 15 years. I Love to draw & paint. I am self taught in crocheting and I love all kinds of crafty things to do.

Weight Tracker

My Journey Begins Feb 1, 2007

  • Starting Weight: 299lbs
  • May 31/07: 270 lbs - 10% goal reached!
  • July 26/07 258.6 lbs. 40.4 pounds reached!
  • Sept 13/07: 248.4 lbs. 50.6 pounds lost!
  • Nov 1/07: 238.2 lbs 60.8 pounds lost!
  • Dec 13/07: 228.8 lbs 70.2 pounds lost!
  • Feb 14/08: 218.6 lbs 80.4 pounds lost!
  • Apr 24/08: 209 lbs - 90 pounds lost!
  • May 29/08: 198.8 lbs. 100.2 pounds gone!
  • July 10/08: 189 lbs 110 pounds gone!
  • July 17/08: 186.4 lbs
  • July 24/08: 184.8 lbs
  • July 31/08: 183.6 lbs
  • Aug. 7/08: 181.8 lbs
  • Aug 14/08: 183.4 lbs
  • GOAL!!!!!!!!!! AUG 21/08: 179.2 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!! Total lost: 119.8 lbs

Onto Maintenance Now

  • Aug 28/08: 178.4 lbs
  • Sept 4/08: 178.6 lbs
  • Sept 11/08: 177 lbs
  • Sept 18/08: 178 lbs
  • Sept 25/08: 175.6 lbs
  • Oct 2/08: 177.2 LIFETIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Dec 11/08: 172.4
  • Jan. 8/09: 169.4
  • Feb/09: 172.4 lbs
  • Mar 12/09: 174 lbs
  • April 9/09: 171.6

Marsha @ Crib Banquet 2009

Marsha @ Crib Banquet 2009
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hello Everyone

It has been some time since I have updated my blog and am sorry. It was a busy start to the summer and then my mom had a massive stroke July 31st and she passed away Aug 8th. She was 83 Years old. Her death really took a toll on me and my family. Most of August is a complete blur. Since Mid july, there has been 4 deaths in the family. Just way too many.

So onto good news, I complete my Weight Watcher's Receptionist training and worked alot the throughout the summer (excpt for a few weeks surrounding Mom's stroke and then her death). September I took the Weight Watcher's Leader training and I was just informed today that I am now officially a Leader! WOOOHOOOOOO!

I did my speech in Hamilton on the benefits of weight loss and knee replacement and that went very well. There was about 800 people there.

So now to find a new goal for myself. I have completed every one I have made to date since joining Weight Watchers and am sure the best is yet to come!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Lots Has Been Happening

Hello Everyone

It has been some time since I have updated my blog and I apologize. Times have been busy for me.

This coming Thursday I will be completeing my training for employment with Weight Watchers. I am soooooooo enjoying the work. I really think I have found my calling, being able to assist others with their weight loss journey. It is very rewarding.
For now, I will work as a receptionist and in the near future, I plan on taking the Leadership Training to become a meetings leader.

This morning I had a phone call from the surgeon who replaced my knee. Now for a little background on the knee replacement before I continue.

3 years ago this past March, I had my left knee replaced. I was almost at my highest weight at the time of the surgery, around 280 pounds. The surgeon told me I was at high risk for deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) and deep bone infection. If the latter happened, I could have lost my leg. He was also concerned as I did not have any knee cap and there was a good chance the knee just wouldnt work that well. I had been in terrific pain since my 20's and I was willing to take the risk. The surgery went without incident and I spent the next 4 or 5 days in the hospital. The swelling was unbelievable but I persisted, doing what the therapists and docs and nurses told me to do. It was very hard to walk due to my weight and the fact the other knee has to be done as well. I was sent home with instruction and proceeded to do what I needed to do. About a week after I got home, the swelling was getting worse. It was to the point I thought my leg and foot would explode from the pressure and there was pain. I returned back to the hospital and they did an ultrasound. Due to my size, it was very hard for them to see the deep veins, but they were pretty sure I had a blood clot. I was put on some medication and returned home.

Things were going pretty well, but due to my size, the recovery was slow. 6 months after the surgery, I was in a pretty bad car accident and it set my recovery back quite a bit but I persisted. I joined Weight Watchers Feb 1, 2007. I saw the surgeon March 2007 and he was pleased with my progress and said unless something happened, I would see him in 2 years, March 2009.

So, this past March, I saw him, almost 3 years from the date of the surgery. He looked at the knee x-ray, looked at me and did this a few times and then said...."OK, "I'd know that knee x-ray anywhere but who are you?" I laughed, stood up and he was absolutely blown away with my accomplishment. I told him a very short recap of my journey to date and he somehow wanted to showcase this.

So today, I received a phone call from him personally. I have been asked to be a guest speaker at an Orthoplasty Conference/Seminar in September on all that weight loss can do for a person who had little chance of the surgery working and everything I couldn't do before, that I can do know. He is just so proud of me and wants people to hear my story.

I was totally blown away by this, and very honoured to be asked to do this.

So between now and September, I have to write about a 10 minute speech to go along with a slideshow presentation of my before and after journey and present it! I am sooooooooo excited!

This week I will be completing my training as a receptionist for Weight Watchers and start work next week. After a period of time as a receptionist, I will take the Leader training and become a Leader.

My life could not be better right now and I owe it all to my hard work and Weight Watchers!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today was my interview with the Weight Watchers Territory Manager. I got the job with WW! WOOOHOOOOOOOOO! I am soooooo exicted to be able to work for them, share my experiences and help more people with their journey. It was another goal I had set out to do and I succeeded to get a job with WW. Who would have thought that late in my 40's, that these would be these best times in my life. Only onto better and better times now!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Resume is Done

Hello Everyone!

It has been a long cold winter here in Southern Ontario and sure glad spring is pretty well here.

Things have been going very well here. I am maintaining my weight with no problems. I still go to the meetings every week as so enjoy them, and there is always something new to learn.

My resume is completed and all set to take into the meeting this coming Thursday. I am looking forward to possibly being able to work for Weight Watchers and to help people even more than I do right now with their journeys.

I recently went through a slight scare..... found a lump and had to have a lumpectomy. Thankfully, the results came in from the biopsy and it was BENIGN! WOOOHOOOOO! An NSV for me....... no stress eating throughout and I am proud of myself for that. Support from friends and family is so great to have. That is part of the reason I want to work for WW. So many do not have that support and if I can offer some to them, it makes me feel good.