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We're NOT "giving up"-we're EMBRACING

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I wrote this in a post---but wanted to "keep it" so I'm posting it also as a blog...

Ok...FINALLY...back here to attempt an answer to your so poignantly, well expressed post, Jessie. You spoke for many if not all of us on this thread. NOW...W-H-A-T do "I" wanna say???
#1 would be that I soooo HEAR YOU. And that you're not alone.
Food being Friend and Comforter and ........ ..... ...just "IS" that.
I think one thing I felt reading your words was---HOW SAD. Sad cuz you're thinkin' you have to lose your Friend. I think instead of thinking of "letting go" we need to "embrace". Food "IS" our Friend-it nourishes our body and supplies nutrients to maintain our very lives and when we feel good enough about ourselves and our body, we want the very best "fuel" for it. It can be an adventure to find combinations that "DO" taste GOOD and give us the most nutrition for our calorie and balances "buck". So instead of "giving up"...we're out to find a different way...that night you came in and talked 'bout that yummy apple you were grabbing-it made "me" want one---and I thought about it til I got to the store and got it---RED, SHINY, CRISP, SWEET---a TREAT for what I "REALLY" want. When I'm in that frame of mind-appreciating and yearning even for what I "CAN" have, and then "do"---a sense of PRIDE builds in me to go on then to the next choice...What else can I think about that truly does also speak to that YUMMINESS in me---maybe just as much as what I "thought" I was "losing"???...This week I've had wonderful meals AND stayed within what SP recommends---we'll see how I lose on Friday...but I've had tasty things that have still FED that part in me you speak of...both because they were things I DO enjoy, and because I got to eat often enough I knew it wouldn't be long till I got to have something else. And then, that tomorrow, I could have more again. I made that salad that had lots of yummy veggies so it wasn't just a boring o' salad---and it was there available to me as I needed it, all prepared. I used Lighthouse Lite Ranch and even just the 2 T covered a big cereal bowl of salad nicely when I mixed it up good-and I hd these HUGE cherry tomatoes-bigger than most cherry tomatoes-they're SOOO FULL of flavor---those added to it after the dressing, and all the veggies in it---YUMMMMM!emoticon I've had salmon, and lean ham, talapia and a six oz steak with a delectably seasoned marinade, a chicken breast stuffed with wild rice...a baked potato with much of the pulp removed adding some cottage cheese and green onion tops-much of the goodie nutrients are in the skin and that bit of 'tato I kept. I had sweet potato with that drizzle of honey and a dash of cinnamon...I've had strawberry yogurt each evening with a small banana...and...I've had 1 dark chocolate square when I've wanted a treat in the day-also, I have some yummy sugarless Werther's butterscotch hard candy-just one leaves ya knowing you've had a treat.:-)
ANYWAY-yeah----we can still have good stuff---AND---we can then have a body that we can move around in---feel good about---wear clothes we'd like to wear---yeah, it'll be awhile comin'---and food is "right now"!!!!---but---so is the sense of pride each time we choose to bank on that future prize. In the meantime, changes are happening MIRACULOUSLY inside of us we may not even realize...things change EXPONENTIALLY at our sizes in just a lil' bit of weight lost OR gained in our abilities...and health-wise our docs would tell us HOW MUCH GOOD we do for ourselves inside we don't see. And then---later---we REALLY see.
So hang in there, Jessie---and all of us...I'd like to put each name of ours in there but I for sure don't want to miss ANYONE---but seriously---read this very personally "TO YOU".
YOU ARE WORTH IT---YOU CAN MAKE IT THRU---YOU CAN HAVE WHAT YOU'VE WANTED SO LONG---AND---YOU CAN STILL have things that taste good. Eat s-l-o-w-l-y...
TRULY ENJOY---make what you do have L-A-S-T....
We can do this...and...we're HERE for each other. THAT PART is "REALLY" IMPORTANT.
Love you guys...Sherry

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HOBBITGAL 11/23/2011 2:28PM

    Thank you Sherry528 for this blog post! I posted a quote from it on mine, because it is something I need to hear (and, yeah, listen to) right now:

"ANYWAY-yeah----we can still have good stuff---AND---we can then have a body that we can move around in---feel good about---wear clothes we'd like to wear---yeah, it'll be awhile comin'---and food is "right now"!!!!---but---so is the sense of pride each time we choose to bank on that future prize."

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    Sherry! I love this blog and I truly love your positive, upbeat and go get it attitude~! I am glad you are here and I can call you my friend.



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A Memorial of sorts for our BIGRICK39866

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A week ago last Sunday, we lost a Spark Treasure who was part of our 400(More or Less) Team for over 3 years. BIGRICK39866. He fought this obesity battle with all his heart, having gone from 978 pounds to below 675 at one point with the help of SP. Unfortunately, some tough life experiences and physical problems as well, saw him climb back up to over 900...and he lost his battle and passed away a little over a week ago. He was a Friend who dreamed BIG and wanted soooo much to help others and DID. He had dropped out of high school-but came back and courageously with a great deal of work got first his BA in Human Services...and was now WELL INTO his Master's program online for Professional Counseling.
His heart was gold.
He and I wrote daily for a very long time, and shared much. I'm broken hearted about this, but KNOW we have one who UNDERSTANDS our journey watching over us---and I KNOW God won't let that BA and MASTER's go for naught-he'll be helping us!...
I felt bad I couldn't get to the I arranged some things here that spoke my heart. I want to share them with you.
I'd told you guys I would post the tribute to "Iz"---Somewhere over the Rainbow----
Iz was the Hawaiian singer who is SOO LOVED still---He passed away in 1997 I believe it was, also from losing this battle. He had gotten up to over 750 lbs...lost some at one point, suffered from respiratory distress alot, and finally passed in his sleep one night. I don't post these to be marose---but because we didn't get to go to a service or anything for our Friend...and these songs are beautiful and are about HOPE, and LIFE and BEAUTY and LOVE...just like our Friend---they also show what Iz's life was about-PEOPLE, and CARING...and then, in the end, it shows how people came together for his remembrance and good-bye. Another song that I so love of his is "What a wonderful world"---his rendition of it. You'll see it and can choose it if you like when you play this one.
Another is "In this life" "could" be taken as to a lover---but I choose to think of it as a DEAR FRIEND...and it made me cry cuz it expressed my heart...Each of these just make me think so much of Rick-even before this happened. I was so afraid for him.....but like I say-now just to help us remember the beauty of his life....
Here's the link to "Somewhere over the rainbow-be sure to watch the video..

Also....Today while I was so down, I found Celine Dion and Josh Grobin
Please "do" listen to/and watch this one-it sooo touched me....

and just one more...some VERY ENCOURAGING quotes that are beautiful to watch, too-

Also...MCDGIRL on the 40Something Team had this wonderful idea to remember and honor our Rick and she said we could share it with our 400 Team and now I share it here:


How about a pledge to lose in his honor...we could each pledge to lose a few pounds within a certain period of time...these pounds would represent the weight Rick still needed to lose. We could unite and finish his weight loss journey/goal for him.

What do you think? MCDGIRL

May we all take care of ourselves and remember HOW PRECIOUS LIFE and THIS CHANCE WE HAVE, "IS"...............................Sherry
Those wishing to contact Rick's family:
wife---Eunice Perrine
P.O Box 113
Morgan, Georgia 39866Rick was also on Facebook-Richard Perrine

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ISAGLOWINGGIRL 11/16/2011 3:23PM

    Thanks, Sherry! I appreciate your kind words for/about Big Rick! I "met" him on line about 2 years ago and we did communicate back and forth for awhile. He was doing so good with his schooling and weight loss...even tho he had many challenges. At the time we were writing back and forth, I was doing really well with my weight loss and wanted to share so much with him from my nutritional program. He really wanted to give it a try but finances were tight. I got away from SparkPeople for about a year or so (working all the time!!), but am making a commitment to come back to my friends on here. It just breaks my heart that I didn't continue to reach out to him and encourage him more. But, thankfully, he had a lot of friends. Thanks again!

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MISSLISA1973 9/5/2011 7:15PM

    I'm sorry to hear of Rick's passing. I never knew him, but it is always sad to see a life cut short. It sounds like he meant a lot to a lot of people and is sorely missed by many. emoticon

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    HI Sherry,
Glad to have found you.. I was Rick's friend, too, but not in as close and regular contact that you were. Thank you for this memorial post. I love the video links and reposted the one by Iz to my facebook and probably back as a blog on here in a few mins. I want to dedicate my next weight loss at least 10 or 18 lbs to Rick.

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BARBARAROSE54 9/5/2011 6:46AM

    beautiful tribute to such a wonderful guy

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ANGEISBACK 8/25/2011 2:59PM

    you know i came across bigricks profile about 6 months ago and was so touched by his story ,his blogs the support he had etc asked for a friend request and never got accepted ...dont know if he just wasnt on anymore if as usual i had computer problems ....sadly life went on and im guilty and ashamed to say i forgot about it then every once and awhile i would think oh i wonder how hes doing so i would mosey back to the inspirational people page which is where i found him in the first place and keep checking in on him....well i must say today was one of those days and as im writing this i have tears in my eyes so sadden to hear that he passed... you sound like an amazing friend...and rick was so blessed to have you and all his other supporters....wish i could have been one of them for him...i like what you said about the challenge you and another sp friend are going to do ...remember rick look what it did make and get yourselves healthy for him ,he would want that ...and in a little way he will be looking down making sure you all are staying focused and on track....again im so sorry for your loss and his poor families loss ...he is with his creator now and god is hugging and welcoming him with the biggest warmest hugs and love....
god bless

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AANGEL3 8/24/2011 2:22PM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. The use of Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Iz is so appropriate.

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SHRINKIN.LADY 8/24/2011 1:17AM

    Rick was a really special guy. I didn't know him well, but he did make it evident in what little time I shared with him on these boards, that he was one of the special, caring ones.

I am very sorry for your loss, and the team's loss. I am glad that he is finally out of pain!

This disease we have (and it has finally been labelled a disease by the Medical Profession) is SUCH a killer! We need to remember that those of us who are in its grip do not have an infinite amount of time to get our acts together. And once you hit 400, then the marks of 500, 600 and beyond become so easily obtainable. We need to take each day that we are given, and make them count in this battle for our lives!

Thank-you, Rick, for helping us, even in your death, by reminding us how precious life is! You will be missed!

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GAL7288 8/23/2011 4:53PM

    I am so sorry about your loss. It is always so hard to loose a good friend, someone who is so special, but it is a great combfort to know they are in a better place and looking down on us. I like the idea of the challenge to finish his goal. I know now that I have another reason to finish my goal. Thanks for posting and really my sympathy goes out to his friends and family. emoticon

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Graduation with a B.A for one of our Dear Spark Friends!

Monday, February 09, 2009

I just hope lots of my dear new Friends from the other day who so honored for my "Spark Motivator of the day will see this and stop by BIGRICK39866 Sparkpage
and congratulate him for having FINISHED HIS WORK for his B.A at home today! This is his Graduation Day and he is SOOO PROUD. He's overcome obstacles you wouldn't BELIEVE to do this and I am just SWELLING WITH PRIDE to call him FRIEND. Beyond this degree he has earned today, he has also lost 200 pounds-there was a point he was 987 lbs. He's put his whole heart into this work and is an incomparable Friend. Thank you in advance for going to congratulate this VERY SPECIAL PERSON we all share here at SP! That addy again is BIGRICK39866
I hope you're all ready for a really great week! HUGS!---Sherry

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ASHLEEWEBART 6/25/2010 10:19PM

    I just found this today. That was so nice of you to encourage people to congratulate Rick. He must be a wonderful achiever!

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THANK YOU TO ALL for Motivator Comments!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

I just want to say WOW!!!!...I was SOOO TOUCHED by the comments, goodies and encouragement I received having been chosen Spark Motivator of the Day! I was truly surprised and humbled and overjoyed-particularly at this time, to have such an honor to be able to share with so many of you my story. I haven't blogged for some time both because I've struggled a bit-BUT HAVE NEVER GIVEN UP---and because I normally really try to post well in a couple of my groups. I'm going to really work on correcting that because I truly "do" want to reach out to our larger community and what I received back yesterday was just SOOO MUCH WHAT I NEEDED right now---it made me so happy because I've truly been putting my all in especially these last few weeks and have gotten my footing to continue again. My food AND exercise have been good again.
So what you all said and gave to me meant more than you can know. My life has truly changed with this weight loss and I WANT AND NEED "the rest of" that change. Best wishes to all of you and THANK YOU AGAIN!

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RUTHXG 2/21/2009 12:49PM

    Hi Sherry,

Belated thanks on the SparkMotivator award! Well deserved--you have such a generous spirit.

I hope you are having a lovely, productive but peaceful weekend.


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INNERPUPPIE 2/6/2009 10:41AM

    I heard once that: It's easier to diet and lose weight than to do nothing and stay fat".

Really got me to thinking.

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136 lbs gone-renewing effort

Monday, September 15, 2008

I came to SP in June 06. Have since lost 165 lbs---most of that in that first year. Last Oct, I lost my "oomph"---and regained 30 of that---and have gone up and down within that 30 alllll year! But still have 136 gone...
I've not lost my desire-but my hope has waivered a time or two-but not my resolve TO KEEP MY TAIL HERE and KEEP ON TRYING!...but alas---I know as Master Yoda said---"Do or do not-there IS no "try", I am back to "DO" again...
I've returned to my near daily except the weekend hour each day water aerobics, plus another half hour or so swimming...and doing my best to keep my food in line-that is still a struggle-but one I'm determined to accomplish as I'm also joining a "Biggest Loser Challenge" here on SP....and want soooo much to have a GOOD LOSS to finish out this year in Dec. I'm planning for another 30 gone---hopefully more. I secretly hope for as much as 50. Last week, returning to this goal, I lost seven and a half pounds.
I've had some significant depression going on still---but hope to just plow thru and get some good success to help lift me to a higher plain.
Sooooo....I'm off to the WC! (Wellness Center)

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GORDAMIA 2/4/2009 6:36PM

  Hi Sherry I have just read your story and it inspired me so much . I just started this year at spark . I started off so good I lost 6 lbs and I was so excited and now I keep losing and regaining the same 2 lbs. and I feel like giving up and saying I can't do this.After reading your story I feel I can do this.I have alot of the same problems you do and I know how hard it is and I am so proud of you and you are a great motivator. I wish you continued success and thanks for sharing your story emoticon

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ACLINE9527 2/4/2009 9:58AM

    Sherry, seen U featured on Sparks and wanted to stop by and see how your doing, but I see U have not blogged in a long time. I pray all is well with U and your weight is still coming down. I loved your story girl. Here is a emoticonfrom me. Anna

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    I know how hard it is to keep losing. I encourage you to daily post. It will allow others to come in and encourage you.

Oh, thanks for the motivation you have given me to keep on going.


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RUTHXG 9/25/2008 12:21PM

    Sherry, good for you for picking yourself up again & embarking on a new challenge. I'm trying to get some momentum going again myself. Let's be kind to ourselves by eating well today & enjoying every bite, OK?

Cheers to you!

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VICKI-56 9/22/2008 2:47PM

  I think you've done really well since you first started and you're learning moderation in all things. Thank you for your encouragement even though you don't know me.

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GEORGIA_KAY 9/21/2008 10:28AM

    You are a great inspiration to me--and not just in losing weight either..but in all things.

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PERSISTENTTIM 9/15/2008 4:02PM

    You've done awesome so far. Good luck in the challenge, I just started one too and it is great motivation.

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