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Old 07-28-2004, 08:50 PM   #31
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Old 07-28-2004, 08:52 PM   #32
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Cheri!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your story and pics!!!!! It's amazing and you will get to goal, you've come so far!!!
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:14 PM   #33
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GIRL!

Your story raised hairs on my neck! Scary how that happens. lol..

I'm awed and inspired by you! You have come such a long way and I know that you will make your goal. Just as I know that I will make my goal...
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:29 PM   #34
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such an incredible story...not only have you healed.. you have healed your heart and mind... amazing to me... you totally rock!
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:38 PM   #35
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WOW Cheri, What can I say. I read all the posts and am very inspired but yours just really touched me. You have come such a long way and you are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing this
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Old 07-28-2004, 11:10 PM   #36
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Cheri,

Now you made me cry!!

In the last thirteen months, you've ALWAYS been there for me! You look wonderful!!!!!!!! Keep looking at those pics!

On a typical day, you hear..." we can't log on, we can't post, we've lost a recipe, we can't cook, how many carbs are in.....?" Or there's, "who booted me, where has so-and-so been?, how do I get one of those cute symbols?"

LORD KNOWS sizing an avatar shouldn't be in the 'rocket science column', but for many it is!!! WE moan and complain to you about: hair loss, weigh-ins, hidden carbs, net carbs, lost passwords, ketosis strips, diarrhea, fat jokes, flirting, sore muscles, too much exercise, not enough exercise, bad breath, and ....

Is this sounding familiar? Can any of us imagine patiently answering those questions thousands of times and still sounding polite, and kind?

None of this is about who loses X amount of pounds in X amount of weeks. Cheri, FINALLY you told us AND showed us, that this stuff they call 'Inspiration' is about a journey.

We're so lucky to be traveling with you!
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Old 07-28-2004, 11:23 PM   #37
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Cheri,

Thank you so much for this post. What an inspiration you are to so many of us. God Bless.

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Old 07-29-2004, 01:43 AM   #38
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Thanks for this post and being soooo kind and helpful. You should be very proud of yourself!!
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Old 07-29-2004, 02:12 AM   #39
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Thank you for sharing...

The pictures are amazing, and you look great! But I thank you even more for your story. I have been at that "awful place" of not wanting to live anymore. The last time was a year ago this month-- the day before I started Atkins.

I have not seen posts from you before (other than those related to the "business" of this web site); and believe it or not, I just saw you as an "administrator" and not someone who has ever known the struggle of trying to lose weight. I am so glad you shared your story. It is inspiring to me, and obviously to many others. I wish you continued success.

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Old 07-29-2004, 03:49 AM   #40
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cheri and thanks so much for sharing your story with us. for muscling up the courage to show us ur before and afters and tell the private pain u endured. the pics and you are an inspiration. thank you for having courage and strength and for remaining an integral part of lcf. congrats on ur major accomplishment!!!!
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Old 07-29-2004, 04:01 AM   #41
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Cheri, you look absolutely amazing What a difference! Thanks so much for sharing
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Old 07-29-2004, 04:54 AM   #42
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Old 07-29-2004, 05:00 AM   #43
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WOW!!!!!!!

You look incredible. Your story was very touching. You are an inspiration.


Thank You..........


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Old 07-29-2004, 05:22 AM   #44
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Sure make me cry this early in the morning *wiping my eyes*. Thank you for posting an amazing, thought provoking and motivational post. Your pictures show an increadible story and you look absolutely beautiful. Keep up the great work .

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Old 07-29-2004, 05:31 AM   #45
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omg!!!!! Talk about getting what you need here! You have inspired me more than you will ever know!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for sharing your story!!

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Old 07-29-2004, 05:40 AM   #46
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I have to add my WTG's to you!

Cheri: It is obvious that your story poured right from your heart. Thank you for sharing it and your pics with all of us.

I know in my RL.. people just don't "get" my need for this board.. they are the ones still leary of the net, but it is people like you and your stories that are my motivation, my accountability, my reality check, and best of all my Cyber Family!

THANK YOU!
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Old 07-29-2004, 05:54 AM   #47
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incredible, you look amazing, thanks so much for sharing
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Old 07-29-2004, 06:04 AM   #48
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YEAH!! CHERI!!! WOOHOO!!! You have done so well!!! I know it was hard for you to post this but DANG GIRL!!! You look awesome!! You are such a special person!! ((((HUGS)))) I can’t wait to see you at the next roast!!
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Old 07-29-2004, 06:54 AM   #49
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Thank you for sharing that Cheri! You have really come a long way! I had exactly 100 pounds to lose. 40 down so far. You really have encouraged me to keep on and using my before pictures to keep me on the right track. Biggest Hugs Keep on , your almost there!
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Old 07-29-2004, 07:04 AM   #50
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Cheri, your pictures are a true testament!

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Old 07-29-2004, 07:06 AM   #51
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Wow Cheri what a transpormation and great story, thank you for sharing.
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Old 07-29-2004, 07:32 AM   #52
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Cheri, I have read your success story over and over again. I just want to say how happy I am that you decided to post this. I didn’t know you very well (and was actually afraid of you… I can get a little unruly and I didn’t want you to boot my butt!) but now I feel as if I do.

So many things in your story touched me. First off , you never gave up. Even though you had all those medical problems you keep going. I think a lot of people would have just felt sorry for themselves and said “screw it” and would have kept taking their meds.

I know about seeing yourself but not seeing yourself. That’s why I think it was so hard for me to see pictures of myself. I never really thought I was that “big”.

For me there have been quite a few times in my life I thought seriously about making my exit. I was so depressed and miserable I could not see any other way out. Like you, I started Atkins and came to LCF and have changed my life.

You are a very special person. You are so sweet and kind and you deserve to have the kind of life you want.

Congratulations on your weight loss!
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Old 07-29-2004, 07:47 AM   #53
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That's such a great story, cheri. Seems like I've known ya forever and you are truly such a wonderful caring person. You're an inspiration and a wonderful friend. Love ya!
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Old 07-29-2004, 07:56 AM   #54
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Awesome story Cheri!!!!! 5 outta 5 stars!

I hope and pray that I can have the Stamina and Willpower that you found within yourself to get back on this wagon and continue down the road that we need to travel. I applaud your success now and when you reach goal which I feel you'll have no problem getting to.
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Old 07-29-2004, 08:30 AM   #55
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Cheri, I felt like you were posting MY feelings. Wow! I never would have guessed that you had gone through something similiar. When I first joined this site a number of members had been accidentally "inactivated". I was one of them. I felt so "regected" because I didn't know that it was an accident. I sent you an e-mail stating that I couldn't log on and you helped me. I realize now from all of the posts that you are just that kind and helpful towards everyone. But, for someone who was too shy to do anything other than lurk and whose self-esteem was too low to reach out to others in RL this board was the only thing that helped me connect (even if I was only lurking and giving congratulations and smiley faces here and there). I had never joined a board before. It was HUGE that you helped me. It let me know that the people on this site were caring. It let me know that I was welcome here. It let me know that I mattered. I'm so happy for you. You've overcome so much! Thanks again for being such a huge inspiration! Sincerely, you are a kind person and I wish only the best for you!
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Old 07-29-2004, 08:33 AM   #56
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Cheri, you have me bawling here. So much of your story is me! Thank you so much for putting it out there for us to read. Your look great and you are so darned cute!
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Old 07-29-2004, 08:38 AM   #57
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Cheri, Wow thanks for such an i nspirational story. You really are SOMETHING!! That something is wonderful! How could we get along here without you? You are soooo sweet and helpful and you always have a kind word to anyone who needs your help. You are an amazing woman. Your story has shown us all the human side of our journy and struggles. You are REAL to us. I hope that makes sense. Mainly all we truly know of one another is what we see and read in our posts. That has made such a huge difference for us for sure, but every now and then someone can touch you and you know that person is REAL. That's what you've done for us. We love you and thanks soooo much for your help, your understanding, and most of all your caring for us as if you really know us too. I love LowCarbFriends and I feel like I know youall. You make me laugh, cry, and really think and that's more than most of my real life friends do. Thanks so much Cheri, thanks to each and everyone of you. God bless. Alyse
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Old 07-29-2004, 08:51 AM   #58
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cheri... I started crying.. before I even opened up this thread to read it..
when I saw the thread name and the flames.. the tears welled up

I am so proud of you, I know how hard it was to talk about your incredible story, about how you wanted to leave out some of it.
I am so proud that you posted your before and after pics.

Sweetie I wish I could really hug you and tell you how incredible and strong you are.

you have done so incredibly well, you deserve to feel so happy and proud of yourself.




and lots of love
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Old 07-29-2004, 09:40 AM   #59
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WOW Cheri what a beautiful post.... you look absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us your story!
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Old 07-29-2004, 10:45 AM   #60
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Cheri,
You story is truly amazing. We all need to take care of ourselves first if we ever want to be completely whole for those we love.
thanks so much for posting this.
BTW, there is an amazing difference in those pictures!
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