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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring clean up..... major job I've been putting off has been the back room with other computer. Yes it's the one I use to play computer games but also seems like the room that gathers up everything.

So I made it my mission this week to put it into some kind of order.

I'm proud to say it looks so much better as of last night. I worked a bit on it each day but last night I was home alone and finished it.

So my challenge is done for this week, and thanks for the big push to do it, sure makes me feel much better not having this room hanging over my head any more. Now to conquer the rest of my home.

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LOLAJO54 3/19/2010 10:10PM

    I am next got to get my computer room cleaned up...

thanks Barb -think I got my push..
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KRZYKAT3 3/18/2010 10:35PM

    WOO HOO, my house could use a rug beater or two - need anther challenge?? emoticon

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    emoticon Great job, Barbara!

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DBELLE39 3/18/2010 8:45PM

    emoticon Doesn't it make you feel great when you can accomplish your spring cleaning, even one part of it! I have been tackling my bit by bit -- haven't had the time or energy to jump in & do it all at once like I normally do. Happy Spring -- it's almost here --yippee!

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    Great job Barbararose! I did my spring cleaning just before I moved. So I don't need to worry about it till next year.


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MINDYJ1 3/18/2010 10:13AM

    Way to go! I haven't even started my spring cleaning yet!

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RAINBOWMF 3/18/2010 8:48AM

    This is what I need to do!
Finish what I start!
I know it will make me feel so good!

Good for you Barbara! Proud of you!

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    Wish the spring cleaning bug would bite me. WTG on meeting your goal and cleaning the room!

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Just do it !

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Most people have a problem getting anything done, we have a back load of excuses. Nike has a wonderful motto which I have decided to live by and focus on (thanks Anne for always reminding us of this) "just do it"

When I get my mind focused on "just do it" I push all the excuses, negative thoughts, the "I can't do this" out of my mind and just go with this motto. It's then that I can reach my goals.

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CASSIE9912 4/26/2010 11:33AM

    Love it!

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KELLY_SS 3/8/2010 9:21PM

    Simple & bold, I like that a lot!


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TRAVELNISTA 3/8/2010 8:47PM

    How motivating is that to work out in? emoticon

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USEANDLOSE 3/8/2010 2:54PM

    A great choice - one I certainly need to hear frequently! LOL

Love it!

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FARM-CHICK 3/7/2010 11:22PM

    love it!

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_KRITTER_ 3/7/2010 3:02PM

    Great motto!

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LOOKING_UP 3/7/2010 8:32AM

    Thumbs up to your motto!! It's a good mantra to have going on in your mind when you are teetering on not wanting to do something. emoticon emoticon

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WINNIEATWELL2 3/6/2010 9:08PM

    A good motto to live by! Thanks for posting!

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DBELLE39 3/6/2010 8:33PM

    Great motto to live by. I find when I don't want to work out but then I make myself do it -- I feel so much better afterwards.

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YANKEE-CHICK 3/6/2010 8:25PM

    YES! Just do it! Perfect!!!

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LOLAJO54 3/6/2010 8:14PM

    Agree we sometimes say tomorrow too well this just won't do..
this is so important to all of us..
Just Do It!
I'm with you
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RAINBOWMF 3/6/2010 6:19PM


YOU know you can! We know YOU will! emoticon

YOU are emoticon and a winner.

Just Do It!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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WINTER20101 3/6/2010 6:02PM

    You know you can!! We know you will!! emoticon Yes you can!!

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JETTANALA 3/6/2010 5:17PM

    GOPHER IT !!!!

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KITT52 3/6/2010 5:17PM

    I agree drop the excuses and JUST DO IT

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 3/6/2010 5:09PM

    If that's what's good for you, then go for it.

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FITN2014-TSP 3/6/2010 4:41PM

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Lime Challenge wk of Feb.26-Mar.4/10

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Name 5 motivators.

1. My health, I have Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis. Getting healthier helps to lower my numbers and makes moving so much easier.

2. My family. They are 100% supportive and encouraging.

3. My friends. Also supporting and encouraging.

4. My vacation time. I love to go south once a year and my trip keeps me motivated to get healthy. Will be leaving April 16th for Dominican Republic with another friend and 2 Sparks Pals !

5. Grandchildren. Nope don't have any yet, but I want to be ready to run, play and be young with them.

2nd part of challenge. New food..... humus. Here is a simple recipe I tried and I ate with raw veggies, yummy !

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RAINBOWMF 3/6/2010 8:57PM

    I am getting ready for that trip.

Yeaaaaaaaaaaa us!

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 3/5/2010 11:47AM

    Your trip sounds like great fun!Thanks for the recipe, Barb!

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DBELLE39 3/3/2010 7:45PM

    Great list of motivators Barbara!

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KELLY_SS 3/3/2010 7:36PM

    I have never had hummus, I never knew what it was. So is it sort of like a dip?
I like your list too!

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JUSDUCKY 3/3/2010 1:41PM

    I love hummus! Haven't made it in years but I did once. Chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame seeds), lemon.


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Hi everyone......

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's me again.... and this time I'm reaching out and asking for help.

What happens when you know what to do and you work so hard at it and for whatever excuse/reason you want to use, you just can't do it anymore. Or don't have what it takes to do it.

I have struggled with personal problems for over a year, with most of it solved which included placing my mom in a nursing home to keep her out of harms reach from my brother who is destroying his life with drugs. It's been a very hard thing to deal with but first and for most was to get her to safety. This whole lifestyle my brother has succumbed to has taken a big toll on my mom. And at 75 years young she needs a walker to get around. We know she has a serious heart problem but the stress she has been under with him just pushed her over the edge and of course she dealt with it on her own as she would only hide the situation from her other children until financially she couldn't help him anymore.

I have not liked to talk about it, but I feel it is now the time to put it on paper and get it out there so I can move forward with getting me healthy.

So mom goes into the nursing home in December and now I have another big issue to deal with, how to let go of my husband's livelihood. He is a lobster fisherman, but the past few years its been very hard to make a go of it, and it keeps putting us further and further behind the eight ball. I know I'm not alone as so many others are dealing with financial ruins. I am not at that point as long as we have a buyer for everything.

So this has weighed heavily on my shoulders as I didn't know how to deal with telling him it was time to let it go. But now that we've discussed it he is fine with it and actually looking forward to letting alot of the mental stress of owning your own boat and making a living at it go. He can still go lobstering with someone else, but let them deal with the stress of it all. And it takes a lot of stress off my shoulders as it's a conflict of interest for me with my job.

So having dealt with all of these things now I need to look after me and I'm having such a hard time getting back at it. I put so much effort into eating healthy and working out and then the scale is not my friend. I know it's not about the numbers on that scale and I constantly tell myself that and everyone else, but for some reason when you see it go up, stay the same or drop 1/2 pound it's not what you want for your effort. So back to my only way I know how, medicate myself with food again.

I've been staying away from the computer as I was putting alot of my spare time into being on Sparks and helping others with their weight loss but my own has been struggling. Over the holidays I gained 20 lbs and it's been the hardest 20 to get off and it's just not happening.

So if anyone is wondering where I've been, what is going on etc. here's my story.

And now it's time for me ......

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    Hay, Barbara, it's Barbara here. Just a few reminders I'm sure you know. Drink that water. If you are not drinking enough water, your body will hold on to what it has. As much as 5 pounds or more! Don't be so hard on yourself. Treat yourself the same way you would treat one of us in your shoes. Lifting weights has worked wonders for me. From 203 to 143 and most of that was weights. I only joined Spark People about a month ago, because my son INSISTED that I check it out. I love it. I love the comradeship. I love the support. Everyone I know is way over weight, and not supportive of my new life style. Spark People has been the best encouragement I have ever gotten to help me reach my goals. I'm really looking forward to spending more time with you. I have very little during the week, but I am doing my best to get that next metal, just to see what it looks like! LOL Read page 61 and 62 of the Spark. If you don't have it, I'll type it out for you. Just PLEASE don't give up. You are worth the effort it takes. You are the daughter of the King! Never forget that! We all love you. Be You. (((((((hugs))))))) You CAN do this!

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ASRMOM 3/2/2010 1:48PM

    Wow, that is a lot.

You are SO worth this! Be encouraged--you have been for me, and now if I can be for you, let me know.
Not really sure what else to say. Sorry

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YANKEE-CHICK 2/21/2010 11:47AM

    Wow. Barbara, you have had a lot on your plate! The issues with your mom and brother have to be heart wrenching for you. I wish you all peace with that. I am sure mom is hurting over her son and we all know that drug addiction is a terrible disease that turns you into a different person. Such pain for you to have to watch and deal with! I am so sorry about that.
Yes you are right that money is an issue for a lot of us. My husband gave up a good stable job for us to move to TX. It was a mistake that we are paying for highly. The stress is overwhelming when dealing with something like this. I am happy to hear that you and your hubby have found a way to relieve that stress a bit. Lobster fisherman huh? Reminds me of home. (NH)
I hope that you continue to be here (I say that selfishly because I like you!) but I also hope that you take care of YOU first. You deserve it and are worthy of it.
Hugs and love and all that jazz!

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KELLY_SS 2/18/2010 4:25PM

    I'm so sorry for all of the difficulties you have been dealing with and I understand how it's so hard to make time for yourself when you're giving so much of 'you' to other people and to circumstances going on around you. I don't really have any advice, just a shoulder and a emoticon as you begin your Spark journey over again.

We've got the spring challenge beginning for us soon, we can do this!!

Limes Rock!



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KITT52 2/17/2010 9:13PM

    Barb as the others have said we are so sorry for all your going through..I'll be praying for you...
as for the drugs and your brother I have no answer, I lost my dear husband years ago for that reason, he is not dead but the man I knew died and the drugs have him..they have to want help ..
You try and do your best each day and God will be there for you, give him a chance....
I'm praying for you and your family


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QUEENANNE1953 2/17/2010 9:02PM

    So now it's all out in the open .. it's going to be easier from now on. You'll see.

Start off small and remember consistency is key .. so even when that darn scale doesn't move, or the inches don't peel off like before ... just keep at it .. eventually you will again start to see results.

We all have our personal issues ..each and every one of us deal with them differently. We/You need to realize that not taking care of our bodies does nothing to ease the situations we find ourselves in.

Take it nice and slow, Barbara ... one day at a time.

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JAZABEE 2/17/2010 9:00PM

    Reading this blog made me feel like I wanted to be there in flesh to embrace you my friend!
I so much understand what you have gone through, we cannot change things but we can pick up and move on. As much as we love our loved ones and the stresses that come with it we have our own journey. Barb my friend please move forward this is a life time journey and no matter how long it takes you will get there. You are No1 my friend don't forget it..You owe it to yourself to get back on track. Life is full of stress but we have to conquer and come out the winners.. emoticon

Love You emoticon

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KRZYKAT3 2/17/2010 8:41PM

    Sometimes one journey has to finish for another to be successful. Sounds like you have come to the end of a couple journeys and can embark on new ones. Glad you are putting you first.

REmember baby steps getting back into it, find what works and then shake it hard!

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B-N-ME 2/17/2010 6:52PM

    You have been carrying a big load. You know what you tell others, and speaking from experience you stay away because you feel you let others down...but it's all about you.
We all have reasons to lose, and we all have triggers that make us eat when we shouldn't.
I know that you know what yours are and I also know that you have what it takes to do this...yes you do!
Forget the scale, put it out of sight if you have step at a have many people here prepared to walk the walk with you.


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LOLAJO54 2/17/2010 6:21PM

    I know I am no expert and you all are more qualified for answering this aged old question...
Well for what it is worth -- it is time to go back to the begining
-remember your determination
-remember your drive
-remember your attitude..
get back to this feeling
this is for your life my dear ....high blood pressure diabetes arthritis...and you know the list goes on --you know..
this is for your family ....they need you healthy to be there for them especially right now your DH and mum..
this is for you... so you can walk without pain so you can get into that seat with ease or that new bathing suit with style..

Barb I think you are the greatest and a great motivator listen to what you say to not make it complicated ... one step in front of the other - start out slow.... go back to basics... all the time remembering you can do this you will do this - for YOU and YOU are so worth this struggle.... please do not wait till it is 25 lbs..on you... let's get those numbers back down... with old fashioned calories in calories out....

You are not alone you got Lesley -- Mary-- Me and many others who are struggling but if we take this together one day at a time we will end up the biggest losers.... and happy the struggle is all behind us....well that struggle then will come ...but this is another journey - you will be ready

start anew
start with little changes
start with little steps...

and get back to the board and post ===it is a source of support and a way to keep you accountable --only if you are honest with yourself and us... and I believe you are..

miss you

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RAINBOWMF 2/17/2010 5:41PM

    Ohhhhh emoticon I will be back.

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LETSTRYAGAIN3 2/17/2010 4:46PM

    Sounds like times have been difficult for you. Be encouraged though, as much as you have been an encouragement to others may they now be an encouragement to you. I love your little saying about friends being `cracked eggs`, it made me laugh when I read that.

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    I'm so sorry that you have had so much to deal with, Barbara. Now, that it's out of the way, it's time to focus on you. We can't change what has happened in the past, but we can move forward and begin again. You are not alone. Most of us have been in your shoes before, maybe not exactly what you have been through, but definitely stress with family and finances. You will get through this. We are here for you. You are worth it!!!!

Take care and have a wonderfully healthy day!


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DARA52 2/17/2010 12:29PM

    Barbara, stress does horrible things to us. I'm glad you were able to get your mom out of her situation. Pick up where you left off and focus on yourself. If you feel better, you will be able to help those around you better. I have gained a few lbs back and am struggling to lose them and more. Hang in there and do for you!

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THE_JULES1 2/17/2010 12:17PM

    A lot of people I know are having a tough time right now with weight loss. They were doing good and now all of a sudden, poof nothing. Or gaining. I plateaued for 10 days myself. It is hard. I feel like I need a PHD in weight loss.
You have a lot on your plate. And it isn't like you can just shove it to the side or say to heck with it all and throw your hands in the air and quit. It is important stuff and it has to be dealt with.
Just know that you are not alone. That there are people here who don't know you and won't judge you. They will listen and give you support with out negativity. You can blow your top and let it all out and we will not think any worse of you for it. We all have to do it from time to time!

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ANNINTENNESSEE 2/17/2010 11:42AM

    I think you are on the right track by talking about the things that are causing your stress and anxiety. I think that part of the process is recognizing how we deal with these stressors. I know all too well what it is like to medicate with food. I am trying different techniques and haven't broken the food need yet but I am determined to find my way and I think you are too! Keep trying, my friend! We will get there!

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WINTER20101 2/17/2010 11:02AM

    What happens when you know what to do and you work so hard at it and for whatever excuse/reason you want to use, you just can't do it anymore. Or don't have what it takes to do it.

Buddy you do have what it takes!! You are going through some personal stuff is so hard.....i know!! We really have no excuses ....but we seam to find one...

Barbara Rose you dust, pick yourself up and get back to working on you......yes it is harder the more you are away from you healthy life style...You are sounding like me.......and that is scary for me even to do not want to do what i have done....Please get back to what you need to do.....the stress will still be there.....the problems will be there... YOu are worth all you put into you.. i know you are a fighter.....lets
get the postive self talk going know you can do it......and so do I... bring that fighting sprit you can do it!! look at what you have done.YOu need to get up now and pick yourself up......please do not wait another it now!! LOve ya!!

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CGREEN717 2/17/2010 10:56AM

    You and your family are in my prayers.

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BOBBI1968 2/17/2010 10:56AM

    Make it all about you - you are worth it!!


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CHRISJAKE 2/17/2010 10:11AM

    Awww Barb!!!! First of all hugs to you for all you went through and are going through.

It is true you are ALWAYS helping others and its time to put YOU first. Unfortunately I have no real good advice to help you but hopefully you will put some more effort into putting you first and may be some of the stress that is gone will help you lose some of the weight you have put on.

Thank you for posting this blog and asking for help. We are all here to help you and will do whatever you need us to do for you.


Love ya!!!


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MAGA99 2/17/2010 9:40AM

    Some times we need to learn to follow our own advice especially when u r that person that takes the weight of the world on r shoulders - this may sond odd but (when I remember to) I try to think what advice would I give to someone else going thru this

u & ur family r in my prayers

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My most triumphant healthy moment

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Was realizing how much I have totally changed. I believe the pictures say it all.

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    What an awesome change and an awesome life! Way to go!

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SHANSHE 2/5/2010 1:49AM

    GREAT job barb and i agree the total transformation in your life is truly TRIUMPHANT!!!

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DBELLE39 2/4/2010 8:03AM

    Fantastic! Isn't it amazing that the healthy foods we used to think were oh so boring, are now some of the things we crave & love to eat. Keep up the clean eating momentum, you are on a roll.

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ASH72461 2/4/2010 7:30AM

u r doing great
i am still working my way to choose without thniking like that emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOKING_UP 2/3/2010 10:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Nice job!!

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LOLAJO54 2/3/2010 8:39PM

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You are doing it!
emoticon Jo

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TREA241 2/3/2010 7:18PM

    That's awesome! Don't you find yourself craving healthy food now, rather than sugar and sweets?!? Keep up all your hard work! xoxo -Andrea

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TRAVELNISTA 2/3/2010 5:31PM

    emoticon emoticon By George I think you have got it! It is not a diet. It is a way of life. You are now eating healthy foods, cooking healthy, and exercise is part of your life. It is now habit and not a chore. emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 2/3/2010 4:04PM

    emoticon emoticon you are doing it!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 2/3/2010 3:09PM

    That is so awesome. It takes awhile to get to that point but once you have, your life changes. I still see the pizza and chicken commercials on TV and just drool over them. But I am not able to get them anymore. This is only my second week at eating what I should and I am shocked at how I feel.

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MOTHER-NATURE 2/3/2010 2:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou are the woman ... I hear you roar !!



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USEANDLOSE 2/3/2010 2:28PM

    I love the changes you're making! Way to go!

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12SPOOKY 2/3/2010 1:01PM

    Way to go - you should be very proud of yourself! emoticon

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WINNIEATWELL2 2/3/2010 12:44PM

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WINTER20101 2/3/2010 12:43PM

    Buddy you sure have changed!! lol Love your funny little guy..or gal!! hew!! hew!! well the time passed anyway.. and you made it count!! emoticon emoticon on a job being well done.. have a good day Barbara

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NEWAPPROACH 2/3/2010 12:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon!!! Keep up the GREAT work emoticon

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