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

Monday, December 15, 2008

Long Time Not Updating

It has been a while since I have visited my blog and I am sorry. Moved again the end of October and things were very hectic.

I have been very frustrated as of late, still losing while trying to maintain my weight. As you can see, I have lost, though not my choice. Seems I have developed Thyroid Antibodies that are messing with my thyroid meds. (I had my thyroid out 6 years ago) These antibodies, the doc figures, are what is messing with my weight. He is running lots of tests to check for everything to be on the safe side. I find myself having to eat ALL my FLEX points and Activity points just to only lose 1/2pound or more when I go to WI. I don't want to lose anymore!

The new Momentum Plan at WW, is basically what I have been doing all along so things have not really changed for me as far as the program goes.

Christmas will soon be upon us and I am ready early this year! WOOHOOOOO! There will be new pics for you to see from over the Holidays.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Well, after 20 months I have made it LIFETIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is something to be very proud of. Our Leader Helen, presented me with flowers from the staff at our meetings, my lifetime card, ribbon and key for my ring. I am totally on cloud 9. It has been A LOT of very hard work to get to this point on my lifelong journey and certainly no time to say well that is done and now I can eat whatever I want. I will continue to live this healthy lifestyle.

The next step on my journey is to work for WW, hopefully as a leader one day, so I can inspire and help others to obtain their goals as much as Helen and everyone at the meetings and the WW message boards has done and will continue to do.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Maintaining Well

So today was the day I decided I would get dressed for the colder temps to arrive and wore long pants to WI instead of shorts. I was up 1 pound but I knew it was the clothing so no worries there.

Today's topic at the meeting was all about our mindset and how our thinking can influence our success or failure, not just with living a healthy lifestyle but in all walks of life. The power of positive thinking is the only way to look at things. I was one who never thought I could achieve my goal when I started WW. 120 pounds was just too overwhelming. But as time went on, I listened intently to our leader and took it all in. As the weight started to come off, I was feeling better, able to do more and then it was like a light bulb went off and I was saying,"I CAN DO THIS. I WILL DO THIS" I learned to say No Thank You and not feel guilty about it. I am doing this for me.

I do say THANK YOU to Weight Watchers and all the wonderful people I have come to think of as friends and my "other" family. Our leader is wonderful. The meetings are interesting and she makes you feel that you can continue to live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy life. You can tell she genuinely cares and wants to help everyone succeed.
I hope one day, to be able to do the same thing.

For anyone reading my blog, I want you to know that Weight Watchers is the BEST and HEALTHIEST way to live. It is NOT a diet and ALL your goals are attainable. YOU CAN DO IT!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hello Everyone!

I have not been keeping up with posting as of later so here is an update.

Maintenance is going very well. Tomorrow will be WI #4 and I am currently 3 pounds under my goal weight. Maintenance is tricky. Developing a new mindset, getting used to not wanting to see the numbers go down on the scale.

October 2nd is the big day. I will achieve Lifetime Status at the meetings and I am very excited about that. I feel great. Everyone but 1 person (and she is no longer a part of my life) thinks I look fantastic. I had to go get a new pic taken for diver's license yesterday and even the girl at the counter commented positively by comparing the old and new pics. I plan on taking my camera to the meeting on the 2nd and asking one of the other members to take some shots of me and our leader when I get my GOLD card.

One thing I have learned on this journey is the power of being positive. Positive thinking and getting rid of the negativity around me. Negativity bring on more of the same and can be detrimental to our successes, be it weight loss, healthy living, work, every part of our lives.

My doctor is just so thrilled with me. Everytime I go to see him for a check up etc. he just comes into the room smiling, so happy. He said that in all his years of doctoring, I am the very first patient he has had, that has lost this amount of weight without diet pills or surgery. He is sooooooo proud of me.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Week 2 Complete

Well, week 2 of maintenance is now complete and I am maintaining my weight just fine so far. Maintenance is a whole new ballgame. Totally different mindset and not easy. After 19 months of wanting to see the scale numbers go down, it is hard to want to see them stay the same or very close to the goal weight. I have some play room with a loss last week but not enough that I want to just say to heck with it and go wild.

We are on the move again by the end of October. Things just are not working out here in the new apartment and it is best if we get outta here ASAP. Most people want to eat when they are stressed and I WAS like that too. Now I find I am just the opposite and I am very stressed right now but am making sure I am eating ALL my daily points.

It is so important to fuel our bodies properly with healthy foods. I have learned that not eating or not eating the proper foods is a surefire way to put the pounds on.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Pic!

Starting weight: 299 pounds Current weight: 179.2 pounds

This was taken this afternoon at my mom & dad's place. As you all know, I don't like my picture being taken but here ya go! I will have a few more to add as soon as I get some taken.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Today is the most special day of my life! I made goal with .8 pounds to spare.

I am so much on cloud nine right now (although I am home alone and no one to celebrate with right now except the dog!)

It has been a long hard journey to get to this point, and not all weeks have been great. There were many ups and downs along the way but the main thing I always kept saying to myself is..... Marsha, You are worth it. You can and WILL do it.

My journey with WW will be for a lifetime. I will work through the 6 weeks of mainenance and then I will become a LIFETIME member. This means a whole new mindset now. Wanting to see the scales read the same weight or close to it, every week.

This is not the end of my blog as this is a lifelong journey and I hope those of you that come to read my blog will enjoy reading how my life progresses through maintenance and becoming a lifetime member.

New pics will be here by the weekend!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hello Everyone

It has been a little while since I have posted. Have been busy with all kinds of summer activities (moving, getting settled, playing golf, BBQ's etc.) This past week has been a very long week with the passing of one of my mom's sisters on the 21st of July. It was a sad time, but we have super great memories of her and she will always be in our hearts.

My weight loss has been fairly steady throughout the summer, and I have lost a total of 114.2 pounds! It seems unreal most of time, but I am now seeing a thinner, healthier me in the mirror. With only 4.8 pounds to get to goal, I am soooooooo excited.

My journey will never end. This IS a lifestyle now. I don't struggle with eating out at restaurants or at someone's house any more. I still fiind people get offended when I don't take certain foods when they serve them, but that is my choice and only mine. This whole journey may have seemed selfish to most, but it "REALLY IS ALL ABOUT ME", not anyone else. I did this for me, not for an occasion, or because my doctor wanted me to lose weight.

My Aunt Jean commented to me this past week and she said, " Marsha..... You have always been beautiful to me, but your are absolutely georgous! There is an aura of self confidence around you, you are just beaming with pride. I have never seen you this way and I like it!" I was a little embarrassed but afterwards I thought about it and I should not have been. I thanked her very much and told her it is a new me, and I plan on being this way the rest of my life.

WW is a way of life and for someone who has struggled all her life, this journey will never end. For all of you who read this and are on WW or are thinking about it, I just want you to know that YOU CAN DO THIS! It is not rocket science. It is pure common sense - you have to eat to lose weight, but it is what you eat and how much of it that takes some time to adjust to. After I reach lifetime, I am going to persue a career with Weight Watchers. I want to share my journey with everyone and be able to help others achieve their goals.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well I have been MIA for a wee bit. We have moved and are pretty well settled now. It was a stressful time but I managed to keep things under control and stayed OP throughout the move and showed a great weight loss during that time.

Went to the docs yesterday and everything is super great. I have never seen my doctor so excited and happy about my journey. We had a long discussion and he wanted me to reset my goal weight to 180 from 175 and doesn't want me to go lower than 180 (within reason). It is still within my weight range for WW so I am good with it. Also an NSV yesterday! I dropped down another size in jeans.... into a 34 from a 50! WOOOHOOOOO!

So I am now 10.2 pounds from my goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How exiciting is that! Never thought I would ever be saying that when there was well over 100 pounds to go to get to my goal. I am so proud of myself and so is my family and my SO is the most proud of me. I have not thought about a reward to myself for when I reach goal so I think I had better get thinking about it. I really want to get a new Tat and it will probably be that.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Special Day Indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, going to my WI this morning I had no expectations of what was to happen today. I felt great and knew that I did do everything right for my health and my weight loss journey. Standing in line at the scale, the people infront of me we leaving the scale, very disappointed and one woman was just about in tears. It was my turn. I got to the scale and asked our leader if the scale was jinxed today? She just smiled and said no, it won't be. I stepped on the scale and quite to my surprise, I was down -3.2 pounds. That in itself was fantastic news. Then I realized that I was now 100.2 pounds lighter and I was also below 200 pounds..... in ONDERLAND!

I was at the scales fairly early and my leader just let out this hoot..... YIPPEE! Everyone stopped and looked. Then I was just beaming. When the meeting started, Helen, our leader gave me my 100 pounds ring for my keychain. She was just soooo proud. Everyone cheered for me. I was just a little overwhelmed to say the least. 16 months ago, I never thought I would get this far, my self confidence was nil and I was so discusted with myself.

WW has taught me so much, first and foremost, to love myself. I am worth it. This took a lot of soul searching to realize it. Thinking positive. That is so important. Negativity draws the negative towards us. I work on the positive each and every day. I have learned to say NO THANK YOU. Some people's noses get a tad out of joint, but they will get over it and I do what I need to do, for me and only me. This is NOT a diet, but a lifestyle change and I have changed my lifestyle around 360 degrees.

I probably could write a novel after I get to goal, maintenance and then lifetime, but the novel will never end..... so my hope is to oneday, share my journey with others, possibly as a success story and then a WW leader. WW has changed my life.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

My WI this week

Well, it was expected and not as bad as I thought it would be. Am up +.8 but salt causes water retention and it's a part of life. I will kick that .8 to the curb this week and more!

I LOVE GOLF! I sure wish I had taken up the sport many years ago. Had my 2nd lesson yesterday and the pro was very pleased. He saw a lot of improvement in me after just 2 weeks. We have 18 holes booked for this Sunday. It's a friend's b-day and that is what she wants to do and I have no problem with that. We've also entered a tournament for the 25th of this month. It's a fun one with all proceeds going to our local SPCA. Should be a good time.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday Night

Well. It was another great week at WI this past Thursday. Down another 2.4 pounds. Onederland is just around the corner! Here is pic of me taken at our Cribbage Banquet May 3rd 2008. It's been a lot of work, but I am finally starting to see myself as slimmer.

I went into Walmart today and I actually bought clothes without trying them on! No plus sizes, and it sure felt good. Tried them on when I got home and they fit me great. Well actually, I bought large polo style tops for golfing and I could actually have gotten medium! I will know for next time. But it sure did feel good just buying regualr clothes.

I have decided that when I reach lifetime, I am going to apply to be a Weight Watcher leader. I am very passionate about helping others and would be a honour to be able to help others achieve the same success that I have.

Monday, May 5, 2008

A Couple New Pics

The 2 new pics to the right, were taken at my Cribbage League Banquet May 3/08. We're recieving the plaques for winning the captain & co-captain playoff as well as receiving the trophy for the team winning the Season's Champs! I am 92.8 pounds lighter here. The lighting in the hall did not do me any justice (I take a lousy pic anways LOL) and the person taking the pics was not familiar with my camera. I'll have some much better pics come June at our family reunion where we will be outside and the lighting will be much better. Hopefully by then I will be very close to reaching the 100 pounds lost mark.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Another Great Week!

Here we are, the first of May already. Boy how time sure does fly!

WI this morning was great. Am down -2.8 pounds for a grand total of 92.8 pounds. Wooohooo! 7.2 pounds to get to 100 pounds lost and 31.2 pounds to get to my goal.

This past week has been great all around. Got in lots of exercise including my first golf lesson. I have found a sport I am really going to enjoy. We spent 1 3/4 hours at the driving range and also got in 9 holes of golf. Hopefully the weather will warm up somewhat and no rain and hope to get out a couple times this week and arrange for another lesson as well.

This Sat is our banquet for the Cribbage League I belong to. Our team took the season's champs. It is another eating hurdle but I am managing all the unknowns when it comes to eating a meal I have no idea how it is prepared and account for everything. Will make sure to get some new pics as well.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wooohooo! Good WI

Was a good WI this morning and I was down 1 pound. That brings me to another milestone of 90 pounds gone! Am sooooo happy.

I had 3 lunches and 2 dinners out this week and was able to lose, so for anyone reading this that struggles when eating anywhere but at home, it CAN be done. You have to eat wisely. Don't be afraid to ask how the food is prepared, choose healthier items when at all possible, get salad dressing on the side and ask for a doggie bag when they bring your meal and put half of it in before you even start. Check ahead online and see if the NI is available for the restaurant and you and figure out ahead of time what you will order. Most all places offer a salads but be careful of hidden calories, like crutons, bacon bits, chees etc.

Tomorrow is my first golfing lesson. I can hardly wait. I did go out to the driving range and also played 9 holes this past week and I absolutely loved it! I did get sunburnt a bit so gotta remember the sunscreen for tomorrow.

Well am off to take the dog for a walk.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Good afternoon

With the lovely weather, I have been a bit busier than I have been. Just want to be outside in the sunshine, getting some fresh air.

Was to see the cardiologist this morning and he is very very proud of me (it has been 6 months since I saw him last). He said he has no reason to see me again, my choloesterol is great now and to keep up the fantastic work. I walked out of his office feeling very good about myself. I am his first patient that he has had, that is is on WW and he took down all info and he is recommending the program to his patients that need to lose weight. He is very impressed with it.

Well I did it. Went out on the weekend and bought a used set of golf clubs. Yes I am going to learn to golf! Now that is something I would not have even thought about 1 1/2 years ago. Still not sure how it work with my knees the way they are, but hey, I am not out to join the LPGA or anything, just some good exercise and fun. A friend is going to take a few lessons with me then we'll be hitting the links!

Tomorrow is WI and am sure hoping for a loss this week. The past month has been a bit of struggle, not program wise, but just the fact the my body doesn't seem to want to let go of any poundage! I have had a loss (1.6 over the past 4 weeks) but that is not as near as good as it has been. But I do know I am doing everything right and just need to keep plugging away at it.

Today I completed 10.3 km on my ex. bike and that puts me 604.7 km into my Trek Across Canada. It started out with quite few people doing it as well on the WW message boards but I am alone now. They gave up! It may take me many years to complete it but I determined to do it.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sat. afternoon

Hello Everyone

Well I think winter is finally gone and the spring weather is slowly moving in. When all the snow banks are gone, I will be happy. It was very long, cold, lots of snow winter, much like the winters I remember as a child, but I can't enjoy it as I did all those years ago.

Had a great week and the scale was kind to me with a 1.8 pounds loss. I have stepped up the exercise bike a bit, getting in a couple more KM when I ride. I am still at the 2 miles mark with the WATP and doubt I will do much more than that at one time as the knees just can't handle it.

I hope to get in some different kind of exercise in the near future, I just have to get creative. A friend is going back to college to become a personal trainer and she said she would help me along so will look forward to that. I am hoping that possibly this spring, I will try and golf. I love the sport but don' t know if the knees will allow it so we shall see.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hello Everyone

It has been a while since I have posted anything here. I am still on track with my weight loss, just busy and haven't been writing anything.

This week's WI was a disappointment for me, being up +.6 and being so good over the Easter holiday (almost makes me wish I had indulged a bit in some Easter goodies) but I didn't and the scale still wants me heavier. Oh well. Hopefully next WI will be much better. I am getting so close to the 90 pounds lost mark and seems like my body just doesn't want to let any fat go! LMAO

We are gearing up for a move in the very near future. I am not looking forward to it and hopefully it will be the last time. I hate moving and it has been 10 years since the last one but this one is necessary. It will put me much closer to my parents so I will get to seem them more often. It will also put me back in the city where I attended high school and spent a great deal of time in my teens and 20's. A blast back to the past!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will try to me more diligent with my posting.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hit the 80 Pounds Lost Mark!

Woohoooo! Down 1.6 pounds this week for a total of 80.4 pounds gone. What a great milestone to reach on Valentine's Day. 43.6 pounds to go.

It's been a hard week. Lots of snow, freezing rain and very cold temps the latter part of last week and my SO has the flu. (yes we both had flu shots but they don't cover all the strains.) So none to say the least, I am pooped out. SO is diabetic and had a stroke 7 years ago, so it makes it much harder to recoup from flu.

I have to admit, my activity in form of real exercising dropped this week. Just too busy with other things and no time to get it in. Laundry call me so until next week..... have a great day! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Another Great WI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, I can finally see onederland creeping up. I have decided that I would like to see onederland by July 1st, which I think is a realistic mini goal. Making onderland will mean 100 pounds lost. My BMI is now in the overweight range and I am NO LONGER considered to be obese. That feels sooooooo good to say!

I had a NSV last night, I got into a size 38 jeans. I have saved 1 pair of jeans from when I started WW. They were a size 50! I plan on stepping into them and having my pic taken when I reach my goal. Probably with both legs in one leg of that size. How cool will that be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am now walking 2 miles with the WATP DVD, still riding my exercise bike and working with free weights and my exercise bands. This routine of mixing it up is really working for me and I enjoy it!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Some new Pics

Ok here we go. I absolutely, am not photogenic at all, but it was time for a new pic so you can see how far I have come on my journey thus far. Also is a pic of the flowers my SO got for me today for my success to date.

Today was my 52nd WI....Woooohoooooo!

Well , 1 year done on my journey to my ideal weight. It is hard to believe that 52 WIs ago, I was 299 pounds. I met my mini goal of 75 pounds gone in 1 year plus 2 pounds extra! This is a huge milestone for me as my first time around this is where I quit WW (a 75 pound loss) after having surgery. I thought I could get the last 5 pounds off by myself. Well that never happening and the weight slowly crept back on plus.

Am I proud of myself? YOU BET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My new final goal is to real my goal weight of 175 pounds by my 2 year anniversary. That's 47 pounds for this year and I know I can do it! If I can do what I have accomplished to date, anyone can. I was the classic couch potato but not anymore.

Hope to get a new pic taken soon. I am forever the photographer but never the subject. I don't like my pic being taken. Probably because I still have a hard time seeing the slimmer me. Everyone is noticing but when I look at myself, I still don't see it. I see it in my clothes and the numbers on the scale but I guess it is just having that mental picture in my head for 40+ years, of a fat woman, that it is a hard thing to break. It will happen, I'm sure, but what a great day it is today.

I take things one day at a time. There are good and bad days, but it is all good each and every day because I am healthier everyday, every hour. Onederland....... here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Onwards and Downwards to Goal!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Well, 2007 sure was life changing for me. Who would have thought that I'd be 70+ pounds lighter than I was last year at this time! Never would I have thought I would be exercising regularly or wearing size 40 jeans rather than a 50 and I'm not done yet!

2008 promises to be an even better year than 2007 was! Some things I want to accomplish this year:

1. A small mini goal of a total of 75 pounds lost by my WI the 24th of January. It will be 52 weeks of attending meetings, my one year anniversary!

2. Quitting smoking in 2008. I have thought about this throughout the year and didn't think I was near ready to attempt it. I go to see my doctor in March and I am going to talk to him about how he can help. He keeps telling when I am ready, to just tell him so I will be doing that. Just think of all the extra $$$ I'll have to buy new clothes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3. Reaching my goal weight of 175 pounds by Dec 31, 2008. I have 53.4 pounds to go I think that is attainable.

4. Maintaining my weight when I do reach it and to NEVER gain it back!

So Happy New Year to Everyone who reads this and let's make 2008 a FANTASTIC Year!