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, 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.