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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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Successful WI again!

I was down another .6 lbs this week. Oh so close to my 10% goal! I thought with my HUGE loss last week there would not be any movement on the scale this morning. Was I surprised!

Here is a poem this is so inspirational and true. Thought you'd enjoy it!

Don't Quit - W.W. Version
When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
And you feel like the biggest failure in town;
When you want to give up just because you gave in,
And forget all about being healthy and thin;
So What! You went over your points a bit;
It's your next move that counts...So don't you quit!
It's a moment of truth, It's an attitude change;
It's learning the skills to get back in your range;
It's telling yourself "You've done great up till now;
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow.
"It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal;
You're still gonna make it, just stay in control."
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace
If you summon the will to get back in the race;
But, often the struggler's when losing their grip
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip,
And learn too late when the damage is done
That the race wasn't over and they still could of won.
Life-style change can be awkward and slow
But facing each challenge will help you to grow;
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint in the cloud of doubt.
When you're pushing to the brink, just refuse to submit;
If you bite it, you write it... But Don't you quit!
-- Author Unknown

Friday, May 18, 2007

WI #15...... What a Great Week!

WOW. I was so totally surprised yesterday when I stepped on the scales at my meeting. Down 6.2 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still am thinking it was just a dream. I hit and went past my 25 lbs and got my charm to put on my 10% key ring which I will be getting in a week or two. When I get to my 10% I will get a new pic taken for a visual progress. I myself, cannot see the difference yet but am getting told by many others how my hard work showing and jeans are so baggy I can take them on and off without undoing them.

I am 327.9K into my cycling Trek Across Canada and am on HWY 3 in BC, north of the eastern end of Cathedral Provincial Park. Never in a million years did I ever think I would be undertaking a challenge like this one and am enjoying it very much.

I have lost 10 of the 20 pound challenge for Labor Day and have stayed totally on program for 106 days. It's the long weekend and do not have anything special planned, just playing it by ear.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Bad WI on Thursday

Well, this past Thursday was the worst WI. I gained 2.4 pounds! How can someone possibly gain that much when I was totally OP for the week, got all my water, fruits/veggies/dairy and oils in and even earned 15 AP's for the week, and it's not TOM. I just don't understand and it is very frustrating. So I was very down on Thursday but did not cave in and go off the program.

It's another week, and hope that this week's WI will show a loss at the scales. I know it's just a number and possibly I lost inches that don't show on the scale.

I am very proud that yesterday was my 100th day OP. Woohoooo!!!!!!!!! Have not gone off program since the day I started and am very happy about that.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Another Good WI

Well after not having any internet service from May 1st until the 6th, it's nice to be back online again. I was going with withdrawl LOL. Seems some now evicted tenants in the building had tapped into my cable line and when they did a midnight run on April 30th to avoid the sherrif, they cut my line. I don't know how anyone could have the balls to do something like that. Goes to show how so many kids today just have no respect for others.

I lost another 2.2 lbs. at my WI on May 4th bringing my total loss to 23 lbs. I am 6 pounds from my 10% goal! Woohooo! I will post a new pic at my 10% so the progress will be visible. I have stayed completely on program for 95 days now. I even was out to my cribbage banquet on the 5th and had absoluely no choice in what I ate and stayed within my points range. Eating healthy is so now a part of my daily life as well as getting in my exercise bike and have now added some low intesity stretching and crunches to my daily routine as well.

I have completed 267.4km of my cross Canada trek to date. I don't think I will ever get out of the mountains in BC. LMAO. I am enjoying riding everyday.