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, 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!