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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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Reunion Day

Today was our Family Reunion on my Dad's side.
What a wonderful time we had, the weather could not have been better. I did very very well, stayed totally within my points, only had 1 light beer, lots of water. The Kentucky Freud Chicken was a huge hit along with the potato & saurkraut salads. I splurged and had 1/4 cup of baked beans, had no desserts and feel really good for staying in control. Here is a pic of the gang.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Good week

I had a very good week and WI. I am down another 2.4 lbs! Wooohooo! A loss after a night out with the girls from crib and resisted pizza, a BBQ for Father's Day and my b-day! My BMI was 41 when I started, it is now 36.

32 pounds total loss to date. I am really proud of myself to sticking to this. I am totally focused and feel so good about everything. This Sunday is our Family Reunion on my father's side. Have it all planned out. Am making Kentucky "Freud" Chicken from the ES&BM cookbook, a 2 point per serving (3/4c) potato salad from the Cooking Light Magazine, a 0 point saurkraut salad and watermelon for dessert. Taking lots of water and maybe a couple cans of diet pop or Crystal Light singles for the water.

Monday, June 18, 2007

I'm 46 today!

Well today is my 46th b-day and am proud of myself that I readed my 10% goal before my b-day. I set mini goals for myself rather than look at the big picture and my next goal is 40 pounds gone total, by Labor Day. I think this goal is attainable.

I made through two parties this past weekend, the night with the cribbage team on Friday and didn't didn't touch the pizza and wings and then the BBQ yesterday for Father's Day and my B-day, staying totally on program throughout the weekend. I am very proud of myself.

This coming weekend is our family reunion. I am making Kentucky "Freud" Chicken from the ES&BM cookbook and a delicious sounding Potato Salad from the Cooking Light Magazine. Also bringing along lots of fresh cut veggies and some low fat hummis and lots of water! There is always so many goodies at the reunion, especially desserts, but I will prevail and stay away from them.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A little disappointed but was expecting it

Well today I had my WI and was up 1 pound. I was expecting it with TOM coming next week but non the less, it is still disappointing. Got in 19 mins on my exercise bike today and burned 150 calories, added another 7.4K to my Trek.

Tomorrow evening my cribbage team is getting together at the SO's of my teammate that passed away 2 weeks ago. We are going to celebrate Faye's life. Am planning ahead. There will be veggie trays and fruit trays but they are ordering pizza and wings. I love them, but will not go there as I won't want to stop. Instead, I am getting a turkey breast sub from Subway (6", no cheese and one of the under 6gm of fat ones) and just have 1/2 of it. Will have crystal light for my water bottles and might have 1 glass of wine to toast Faye's life.

Friday, June 8, 2007

30+ Pounds Reached!

Well another great WI for me. I am now over 30 pounds lost to date. 30.6 lbs. to be exact. Still a long way to go but it is coming off slowing and that is the way to do it.

I just wish I could really notice the loss myself. I can see it when I put on my clothes, but when I look in the mirror, I don't see it. I have had others come up to me telling me the weight loss was noticeable. I guess it's because I see myself everyday and let's face it, we are our own worst critics LOL.

I will have a pic taken this weekend and post it. Maybe seeing myself that way will make a difference.

I have been on program for 127 days now and have completed 414 k of my Trek Across Canada to date.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Been a Stressful Week

Well this has been a very stressful week and still managed to stay OP and got to my first 10% goal. Total of 29 lbs lost. Wooohooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got my key ring from our leader at the meeting. Plan on getting it engraved with the date and my 10% weight so I will always have a reminder.



So this week started off with my significant other ending up in the hospital with bradycardia (low heart rate). Thankfully they found out it was the blood pressure meds causing the problem and everything has been adjusted. Then my friend from my card team passed away on Wednesday after only a few weeks from being diagnosed with cancer. Faye will be missed a lot, but she is not in pain anymore and is at peace. Then this morning, another lifelong friend called and her mom passed away. Alma was a kind and gentle woman and I will miss her very much. I will be looking into having a tree planted in memory of each of them.