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
click on image for a few more photos

Friday, March 30, 2007

Starting another New week

I was so upset that I would not have a good weigh in on Thursday morning. I was pleasantly surprised that I had actually lost 1 pound! My scale at home is digital and brand new but still is not weighing me what the one does at the meetings, so it is now in storage. I get so stressed when it doesn't read a loss.

So I am now down 15.2 lbs. and a little over half way to my 10% goal. I would like to reach that by my birthday in June and will try hard to achieve it!

Not too much exciting happening right now. Will post more later on.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Just one of those nights

Well here I am at 2:30am. I get nights like this, when I can't sleep but it is happening a bit more lately. So what better thing to do than post to my blog.

Last Thursday was my 7th weigh-in at Weight Watchers. I'm down 14.2 lbs so far. Have a very long way to go, but slow and steady wins the race. Some weeks have been better than others for amounts lost, but looking at the overall time, that is 2 pounds a week. I will post a new picture of me when I hit my 10% goal of 29 lbs.

I joined the Easter Sunday Challenge, to lose 5 pounds by April 8 (I joined 2 weeks ago). I thought for sure I could lose 5 pounds in 4 weeks but so far only 1.8 lbs. Regardless if I meet the challenge or not, I am staying on program, following the 8 healthy food guidlines, and getting all my water in every day. 2 Weeks ago, I bought an exercise bike and started riding 10 mins a day. This is a feat in itself as I have been basically sedintary for the last 2 years. Now I have decided to virtually (on my exercise bike) Trek across Canada. 7248 km from Vancouver BC to St. John's NL. As of Sunday morning, March 25th/07, I have 50.3 km completed. I am averaging between 4 & 4.8 km a day.

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Everyone seems to be Blogging these days. So I decided to set one up too. I am chronicling my weight loss journey, which began Feb. 1, 2007. This my second time around on Weight Watchers. I first joined in 2002, with a 100 pound goal in mind. I lost close to 100 lbs but I ended up having to have my thyroid removed and one thing led to another, not journaling, enjoying my newfound thinness, and before I knew it, I had put on every pound I lost, plus some.

Here is pic of me with my friend the summer of 2003. I was slim and trim, felt great and looked pretty good too!