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Christmas 1996, in the "fat woman's uniform" that I wore most of the time during those years.

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Christmas 1996.

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Christmas 1997.

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1996 or 1997.

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Professional portrait, 1997.

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October 2001, VFCJ convention.

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October 2001; VFCJ convention.

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October 2001, VFCJ convention; that's my back there in the white sweater, with the black stripes at the bottom.

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That's me, far right, May 2002. I had lost somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 lbs by this point.

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May 2002. What amazed me is how fast the weight came off around my neck and face. (And didn't come off my belly all that fast, not at first.)

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May 2001. Another shot, showing how much I'd lost off my neck.

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Well, OK, there's still some there.

The woman in the middle, Cathy, is the reason I joined WW in the first place. She lost 50 lbs on the program, and is still slim today.

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April 2003; I'm on the right. Although here I was only 10 lbs heavier than my current weight (about 141 here), I had a significant "spare tire." I managed to get rid of it. I intensified my cardio, and also upped my weight training seriously. My body reshaped itself over about a year. and I lost additional fat (and gained additional muscle).

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October 2003, VFCJ convention. A little difference, huh?

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October 2003, VFCJ convention. Modeling a Mark Mercy necklace.

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October 2003, VFCJ convention. Modeling a vintage hat, and a truly fabulous Italian necklace.

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October 2003, VFCJ convention.

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October 2003, VFCJ convention. At my selling booth.

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October 2003, VFCJ convention.

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October 2003, VFCJ convention.

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Picture taken on or about goal, April 2004.

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This is entitled "Debbie Victorious!" Back on my bike, healthy and whole, May 2004, after back surgery in April 2004.

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June 2004.
"I wish I were you. I'm a 54 year ol..."
"Fabulous. You look stunning. Ett"
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October 2005, VFCJ convention. Me as an over-jeweled Audrey Hepburn.

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October 2005, VFCJ convention. With my friend Cricket.

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October 2005, VFCJ convention. Dinner party!

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October 2005, VFCJ convention. My night as Color Fund auctioneer.

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October 2005, VFCJ Convention, with my friend Sheila.

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October 2005, VFCJ Convention. Dinner, again.

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Another Audrey shot. (Everything's vintage except for the dress. Well, OK, the tiara's new, too.)

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October 2007, VFCJ Convention. Me, wearing a 60s cocktail dress (which needs a wide patent leather belt, methinks), and 'reengineered' Alice Caviness.

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October 2007, VFCJ Convention. Me, wearing 6 of my retro pins for the Friday night auction. [photo by Brenda Forman]

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February, 2008 - Rome, Italy. Moi! Amongst the ruins on the Palatine Hill.

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Italy, again . . . lunch at Baires, an Argentinean restaurant near the Colisseum.

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Ciao! To the truly good life!

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DH and I did Xmas vacation in Italy 2008, and took our two college aged sons with us.  Interesting how all the money we channel to fund McDonalds exectuvives life style and minimum wage laborers...in Italy the small family and home based restaurants....that food money goes to improve the quality of life of the food preparers, and it improves the quality of food eaten...rarely saw an obese person in Italy.
HAZEL (ww maintenance site), Wed, 18 May 2011 6:51AM
Your website is truly inspirational!  I've been doing WW for 5 weeks and have lost 6 lbs.  Tomorrow I weigh myself again.  Looking at your pictures has given me hope.  Thank you.
Doris, Sun, 7 Nov 2010 5:23PM
Thanks for your post in response to mine on WW. Your message addressed issues that I've dealt with for many years in therapy. (and continue to till this day) I am so amazed that "strangers"
have shared such insightful information. I will continue to read this board and practice "patience" Interesting about the "die"t as I am memorial counselor in a mortuary and deal with this daily!!! SO I will cherish my days, and have good wine and chocolate in moderation!!!!
Illana, Mon, 16 Mar 2009 10:17AM
I restarted WW 2 wks ago, this time online.  I found your story while reading the forums.  I've tried many times and failed.  Knowing that a real person, my age has been sucessful long term is very encouraging.  Thanks

sandy, Wed, 4 Feb 2009 10:18AM
You responded to my WW blog a couple of days ago. I wanted to thank you for your solid insight. It was very helpful.

Thank you so much.

Terry, Wed, 26 Nov 2008 6:10PM
I'm 55, 30+ pounds over WW goal & 50+ over personal goal - feeling VERY discouraged this Monday morning.  YOU have truly inspired me - you look SO happy now.  You DID look matronly before & I do now - NOT a happy look.  Thanks so much for posting pictures!  Keep up the positive attitude - that's what I need right now.
Jan, Mon, 17 Nov 2008 3:57AM
im inspired.you look great
cheryl, Mon, 10 Nov 2008 12:07AM
Hi Deb,
Your pics are just fabulous. I was wondering (and I'll email you on your email addy as well, in case you don't see this right away)...

would you be willing to help me figure out a beginning workout routine per "The New Rules" schedule? I am having problems deciding how to set things up vis-a-vis Workout A and Workout B, and all those variations.

Ett, Fri, 31 Oct 2008 8:55AM
I just found your site. Like others all I can say is WOW what an inspiration you are. I have 54 and have just stated back with W.W. again. You make me think “if you can do it, I can do it” After ready what you have done I may just go get the bike I have been wanted. Thank you so much for sharing your story!
Penny, Thu, 11 Sep 2008 5:05PM

I've read many of your posts on the WW threads, but never thought to look at your site.  You look fabulous.  You are such an inspiration!

Dontcha just love Italy???  I've been many time and still haven't seen it all.
Beth, Fri, 15 Aug 2008 8:07AM

Saw your post on points "I ate every stinkin' point coming to me," and laughed out loud.  I, too, ate every stinkin' available point and made lifetime 3 weeks ago.  I can only hope to be as successful.  I love the photos of you exercising.  I've learned to love exercise, too!
Andrea Dyar, Sun, 10 Aug 2008 7:45PM
Deb....Great photos. Thanks for being part of the 50's message board.  I actually have a whole folder of your quotes, posts, etc., which I refer back to constantly since joining online over 4 years ago.  You really are an inspiration to a lot of people.
Hope you stick around & keep us going.
Linda | www.pbase.com/ncbeaches, Sat, 28 Jun 2008 5:50AM
After your great words of wisdom yesterday (thank you)I clicked on your link and will check it all the time. I'm printing out your pictures of success because they are truly amazing and make me think - yes, I could look good and feel good again! Thank you.
Schnauzerluv4, Wed, 4 Jun 2008 2:08PM
I am 7 weeks into WW and have been reading your insite on many threads.  I have found you inspirational, thoughtfully supportive and a like mind thinker.  This morning I clicked on your avitar and found your site.  This is the most wonderful reading I have done.  I plan to share your site with many.  Thank you for your approach and honesty.  I see I will be sucessful.  By the way you look amazing.  I watched you become younger in your pictures as you got older by the calander.
Thank you,
Susan, Sun, 18 May 2008 6:04AM
You are such an inspiration!  Thanks for your kind words about exercise on the WW site, and for sharing these inspiring photos of the disappearing woman!
marji, Fri, 16 May 2008 11:48AM
I am also just at that 50 year (1/2 way) mark and needing to get back the body I lost (or stretched ALL out of shape!) along the way. The second half of my life is shaping up to be full of love and fun. I plan on being in  better physical shape to enjoy it! You are a real inspiration! Your blog tells me I can do it too!On my way out for a walk now! Thanks!
Wynn | www.wynncreasyfineart.com, Tue, 13 May 2008 9:09AM
Wow, you are such an inspiration!!  I'm 51 and just starting the journey.  Thanks!!
Joyuella, Sat, 10 May 2008 5:01PM
Thanks so much for the inspiration!  You are gorgeous!!!
Kathy, Thu, 1 May 2008 9:11AM
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