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, November 22, 2007

Sharing my story so far........

My Story to date:

I joined WW Feb 1, 2007 at my highest weight ever…. 299 pounds. I was a mess. I had knee replacement surgery in March of 2006 and I thought, this is my ticket to getting active again and losing weight. This is not my first time on WW. 5 years ago, I lost about 75 pounds and thought I could do the rest on my own. (Had about 5 or 10 pounds to get to goal) Slowly the pounds started coming back on.

Just when I started feeling good about things and ready to start losing, I had a very bad car accident and injured the knee I had gotten replaced. More depression settled in and I took comfort in food. I was sedentary due to the knees and I ate and ate and ate. I had no idea how much I actually weighed and when I walked into the door at the WW, I was very ashamed of myself and embarrassed.

What took me to walk in those doors? I wanted to see my 50th b-day (in 4 years) and knew that if I did not do something soon, I would probably be dead by my 47th. My BP was sky high, I couldn’t find any clothes to fit (it is very hard for a woman 6 feet tall to buy plus sized clothes that are also tall) and knew that soon, my doc would be telling me I was diabetic as well.

I have not looked back since. I found that I have a lot of willpower and determination. I have NEVER strayed off program once. I do not deprive myself of anything though there are some foods I will not even have like chicken wings and ribs. 3 wings is tease and I will not waste the points on them when I can have a wonderful chicken breast. Ribs are just so high in points, I won’t even go there. I do not eat very much beef anymore and I love a good steak and will treat myself to it occasionally. I only buy very lean cuts of pork and enjoy that as well as venison. I use Veggie ground round and ground turkey breast for many meals. I love pizza and make myself a personal pizza on a high fibre pita or a small wrap with part skim mozzarella cheese, turkey pepperoni, lots of veggies and store bought pizza sauce. I always try to mix things up with food so I never get bored. I did a lot of canning this past summer and am enjoying it.

I read labels ALL the time now. I rarely use salt. I follow the 8 healthy food guidelines, drink more than my share of water, take a multi-vitamin every day, take 2 tsp. of high potency Omega 3 fish oil every day, always try to get lots of protein and fibre in every day and at least 2 cups of skim milk. I try not to eat processed food but sometimes you have to. I go out to dinner and enjoy places like Red Lobster, Swiss Chalet and the Mandarin. About twice a month I will treat myself to a sub from Subway.

I have learned to say NO THANK YOU. Some people’s noses get out of joint occasionally. I explain to them that I am not purposely trying to offend them and explain my reason. Most people understand but there have been some that do not and personally, I don’t care if they understand or not. I have taken on this lifestyle for myself and only myself. Most importantly, is the JOURNALLING and I faithfully track EVERYTHING. I count ½ points, I rarely use any of my weekly flex points (but I do on occasion) and I don’t eat my activity points.

After about 1 month on the program I went out and bought an exercise bike and started to ride very slowly and easy. I am now working out with exercise bands every other day. I ride or walk (walking when weather and my knees permit) in the between days. I went out and bought a book that came highly recommended to me called “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Dr. Joseph Murphy and I have read it twice now. The subconscious mind can be a powerful engine that most of us rarely use. I have so much self-confidence now. I have learned to love me.

My life journey will never be over but my journey to goal is a little over half way there and the story will continue …………………….

Another Successful WI

I was down another 3 pounds bringing my total loss to date ....... 66.4 pounds! I am thrilled at my progress. Have 57.6 pounds to go to goal.

In the beginning I was so overwhelmed with the thought of 124 pounds to lose but now I know it is attainable. I have never strayed off the program... been OP 294 days now and healthy eating has just become a way of life now. I do my very best to get in some activity every day, be it walking, riding my exercise bike or toning with the exercise bands.

Will try to be more diligent about posting here. It is a busy time of year for us all and it is the Hoilday season that we need the support of friends and family more than ever to stay on track!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Another week, Another Loss!

I haven't posted much lately. Things are going well with the weight loss. Am down another -.6 pounds bringing my total lost to 63.4 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!

Started slowly working with exercise bands. They are a great, inexpensive way to get in weight training and toning and lord knows, I have a lot of toning to do! LOL

Not much else happening. Even if I don't post, I always update my stats here every week. I still have not gotten a good picture to post. Hopefully soon!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pumpkin I Carved

Here is a pic of the pumpkin I carved this year. I was quite pleased with it. Had a few comments from some of the parents out with the kids. Took me about 3 hours to carve it. Not an easy task. I don't remember it being so tough to cut through the pumpkin when I was a kid! LOL Well main thing is it went over well!