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Thursday, August 22, 2013

emoticon “Do what you wanna, wanna do
Go where you wanna, wanna go…”

I think that old Mama & Poppa’s song sums it up perfectly for NSV and in weight loss pounds! I noticed that I catch myself saying that I only lost 51 pounds since last July.

Only losing 51 pounds means I have much more energy to go out. I don’t turn down lunches, movies, dinners, concerts or outings anymore.

Only losing 51 pounds means I can walk without a cane/walker without a second thought.

Only losing 51 pounds means that I can stand more than 5 minutes.

Only losing 51 pounds gave me the confidence to try out for Sweet Adelines (I’m in week 3 right now, 3 more to go for a final audition). I had wanted to get back to performing for a while now, but did not have the stamina, since whether it’s plays or singing on risers – there’s a lot of standing involved.

Only losing 51 pounds lets me access my inner Diva – I’m sprucing up more with make-up, pretty clothes and shoes and I just purchased a beautiful turquoise purse. My go-to color had been perennial blacks and greys.

Only losing 51 pounds has seem to release some of my wit and creativity. My BFF told me this morning, “you sound like my old Jackie.” I remember a time when I was in such a fog of ill health, I didn’t know if I even had a brain.

So losing 51 pounds has meant the start of going where I want to and doing what my heart tells me to do. Yes, there is still moderation – still things I can’t do (like workout in karate or tap dance). But I am so amazed at all the things I want to do and actually can!

I hope your day is full of your heart’s desires and that the future is SOOOO bright that you’ve got to wear shades …

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    I so loved reading your NSVs and am thrilled for your progress. You are an inspiration to me not only with kind comments and friendship, but on how you walk your path to better health every day. I'm still a little behind you, but I've been enjoying going to concerts that don't have any seats again this year. I have had the good fortune to see Iggy Pop and Amanda Palmer (2 different shows), and people have been great about letting me stand in the front since I'm so short. I really wish I could take in one of your performances and look forward to hearing about this new chapter. Best wishes always.
    2748 days ago
    Jackie, what a great blog and affirmation of your progress and achievement! I'm so very happy for you and know that you will continue to have success in the days and months ahead! Love this old Mamas and Poppas song, too!! emoticon emoticon
    2750 days ago
    Went to the cardiologist today and he's cutting my BP meds. back some more. He is thrilled at my weight loss and wrote down the website to tell other patients about SP!

    Let's continue to ONLY lose weight some more, and no telling what we will accomplish...

    Great blog Jackie!
    2752 days ago
    emoticon 'Only losing 51 pounds' is totally amazing and a lot of work. BUT as you said - look at the benefits you are reaping. Singing. Wearing those beautiful boots. Walking more with your Fitbit. You are 'charged!' Should I say that???

    2752 days ago
  • CJMOK1121
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    Jackie: ONLY 51 lbs, Girl, SHOUT it from the mountain top, you are such a great encouragement. I'm so happy you are singing again. I know your DH (Mike is it) is so very proud of you. So next year at this time, I'm going to be writing a blog on Only 51 lbs. ( a goal to work at.).

    Thank you for sharing: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2752 days ago
  • JILL313
    Wow Jackie, Losing over 50#s takes a lot of consistent daily hard work and you're doing it all and have found you care more about yourself and Life since you're down those pounds. It's obvious you feel much better about yourself with buying pretty things for yourself. I need to copy you as I still mainly wear the drab dark basic colors even in the Spring and Summer. What you're friend told you is very significant and it shows others see a big difference in you since you're healthier and fitter now. . .Keep working it and enjoy your Life as we never know when the curtain will close and neither one of us want to end up with more regrets than Joy. Sorry, that I haven't been here too much for you recently. I'm hoping my life will settle down and I can be on SP more. Thank you so much for the wonderful encouraging comments on my WL and Activity feed not to mention a good scale. You're always there for me and I do appreciate what a great friend you are and we'll definitely have to figure out a good day to talk. Keep up the Great Work!!

    Hugs & Love,

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    2753 days ago
    Jackie O'akley, if you get tired of dealing with the lose of 51#, I'll take them off your hands, or legs or tush or where ever! lol
    Seriously, I am very proud of you--you go girl and you be the best you can possibly be! (hugs) Noel
    2753 days ago
    I am so excited for you. This is a dream come true because you took one step at a time which led to one day at a time. I think you sharing your dreams with your spark friends has inspired many of us that dreams can come true. You worked hard and now you are seeing your self confidence increase.
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    2753 days ago
    Nice piece. Thanks for sharing!
    2753 days ago
    Congrats on you achievements. Just keep going and remember that life is extra good when we make healthy choices.
    2753 days ago
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