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, 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.