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Some more pictures - trimmed hair and new clothes

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hehe, silly to do this right after a blog in which I talk about how the look of the body isn't what matters.

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It still isn't the priority, but it is fun to feel like I can find clothes that are reasonably flattering. Heck, the fact I could wear the new jacket and feel playful is a big win! I put a couple of the photos in my album:

1) This one that shows my trimmed hair rather well (most of the sun-bleached blonde on the ends is gone for now)


2) This one where I wish I had a helmet and my brother's Yamaha R6. emoticon


And then there's a couple others:

3) Side pose that rocks the T&A (LOL) but makes my whole abdominal area protrude (maybe I should learned to suck in for pictures?)


4) Hmmmm, wow ... okay, I think I need to remember this pose. emoticon emoticon


5) Lastly - this one's a bit blurry, but it's the third of four new shirts. (The fourth is a simple black ribbed tank.) The difference with this one is no scoop at the neck - instead, it's loose and full right where I fill it most. emoticon



The NEXT new shirts I will have? One will start out white, but how it looks at the end will be anyone's guess. The other is black with the race logo.

COLOR ME RAD!

It's so close! Packet pickup is the 30th and 31st and the race is on the 1st of September. It's being held out at our county fairgrounds.

Fun fact? My very first job ever was at 15. We raised rabbits and showed them at the fair (I had French Lops, Angoras, Miniature Lops and Netherland Dwarves at various points. While there, I saw a Help Wanted sign on one of the "carnie" areas. They had animals such as chickens in enclosures and when someone put in a quarter, the animal would perform a trick of some sort - such as "counting" how many of something by pecking. (Of course it was all about pecking to get feed/treats, but people paid to see it.) My job was making sure they were watered, enclosures kept clean, and they looked healthy and presentable throughout the day.

Many good memories I have of those fairgrounds. Watching local tribes do dances, a hypnotist demonstration on a stage, the horses and other animals, the incredible creative and artistic work on display - quilts, afghans, cross-stitching, and so much more.

It will be neat to be back out there, even without the fair going on, and then multiplied into awesome fun being the Color Me Rad 5k!

Team SPARKLERS is a GO! (Even if it is a one-man team. I think it still is ... er ... maybe I should see if anyone "found" me and joined me. *cough*)

  
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PATTOMMC3 9/1/2012 3:36AM

    You look great!

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WEEZER66 8/29/2012 10:07PM

    You look AWESOME!!! Your hard work certainly shows

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SPARKFRAN514 8/28/2012 9:59PM

    Great pictures you look so good and Happy smile on your face way to go the race sounds fun have a good time hope you will share some pictures with your Spark family. a Friend wants to do a 5 k race in Sept its called The Duck Waddle it for the Shriner s Hospital benefit not many left here in the area . again great blog thanks for sharing you pictures its fun see your Spark change into Happy Healthy Sparkers


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BENCGDL 8/28/2012 8:21PM

    Wow girl, you look fantastic!!! It's time to show off that sexy body of yours!!!
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GODIVADSG 8/28/2012 5:58PM

    You are Rockin the look!! emoticon

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SANDYB223 8/28/2012 8:15AM

    SO AWESOME.. You are inspiring me girl!!!!!

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2BFITKAT 8/28/2012 1:25AM

    Hubba-Hubba! (Hey, I am an old gal...I actually say things like that.) You are doing fantastic...Looks like you are reveling in the new bod...Love the grin!
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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/27/2012 10:37PM

    Looking great!! WTG!

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SAMI199 8/27/2012 3:00PM

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I had to do a double-take when I saw your new profile pic! I love all of these-the best part is you look so happy & radient! Great way to inspire the rest of us! Go Team Sparkle!!!



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LORILEEPAGE 8/27/2012 1:53PM

    Wow, you've come a long way baby!

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PGNBRI 8/27/2012 1:20PM

    Looking fabulous!

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MNJONES2 8/27/2012 11:29AM

    Looking good, feeling good, can't get better than that!

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AROSSER- 8/27/2012 11:13AM

    You look great in your new clothes! And more importantly you look like you FEEL good!

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IAMZBEE 8/27/2012 10:54AM

    You look FABULOUS!

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LDRICHEL 8/27/2012 10:52AM

    Lookin' good, girl. Keep it up!

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DSBRIDE 8/27/2012 10:41AM

    You look fantastic!!! I'm so glad you posted these pictures and let us share in your success.

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SHERIO5 8/27/2012 10:34AM

    You look fabulous! I love seeing the "sassy"!!! emoticon

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WAYSOFGRACE 8/27/2012 10:21AM

    Looking good, pretty lady! I love the tops!

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MEH50BEWELL 8/27/2012 9:41AM

    great new shirts! -- and oh so cute poses.


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DENNETJ 8/27/2012 1:16AM

    I've heard those color races are amazing I will have to look for one.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/27/2012 12:25AM

    I LOVE this!!!!!

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ANGGEL40 8/26/2012 11:26PM

    You look great...you go girl! emoticon

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    Looking good..... emoticon emoticon

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TALENKARR1 8/26/2012 7:26PM

    girly your pics rock! awsome jacket by the way! and cute shoes too!

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You ROCK !


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BLESSINGS!

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KARL1266 8/26/2012 6:02PM

    emoticon Wow! You look mahvelous! (cue my inner Billy Crystal). Great job and the jacket is just right. Nicely done. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/26/2012 5:47PM

    You look great. emoticon

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_RAMONA 8/26/2012 4:56PM

    Look at YOU rockin' HAWT!!! WHOO HOO!!!

I love your shoes and your hair looks GREAT! I especially like the picture of you in the jacket... you look so HAPPY and free!

(for some reason I'm now hummming 'Born to Be Wild'... Hmmm)

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NEWMOM20121 8/26/2012 4:47PM

    You look great. Love the new picture.

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KSCHRAUT 8/26/2012 3:33PM

    Awesome job rocking those clothes!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/26/2012 2:57PM

    Woo hoo - lookin' good!

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_JODI404 8/26/2012 2:10PM

    You look fantastic!!!! I LOVE your jacket especially, but you are rocking everything you got!!

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ALWAYSOWNIT 8/26/2012 1:24PM

    Look at your atttitue girl...you are totally rocking those clothes emoticon

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SASSYLJB 8/26/2012 12:09PM

    you look amazing! The hard work is really paying off so proud of you!

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PHEBESS 8/26/2012 11:45AM

    You look wonderful!

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SAPHRAEL 8/26/2012 11:27AM

    Wowser! What a transformation! Congratulations on your hard work and the ultimate pay off!!

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DEBJAE 8/26/2012 11:13AM

    I had to look twice on my 'friend feed ' and you look amazing woman!! Work it lol! Its funny what we think we see and what others see...looking at your pictures I don't see anything protruding. I see a proportional appropriate woman rocking her shape in figure flattering clothes. Not everyone could wear those jeans and look as good as you do!

I'm also doing the Color Me Rad 5k here in Texas September 8 woo hoo!

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MRS.CARLY 8/26/2012 9:55AM

    I love the pictures of you modeling the outfits! I love clothes!

Rock it out mamacita!

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KBLASEN 8/26/2012 7:59AM

    Wow! I haven't seen your pics for two months and you look AWESOME, you are so inspiring!

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INFINITELEIGH 8/26/2012 5:49AM

    You´re looking FABULOUS! keep it up!

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SBNORMAL 8/26/2012 5:29AM

  You look great!! You have done really well!

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Some comments on the "batwings" and other aesthetics

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I know I sometimes make comments about having the batwings - those flaps of fat and skin hanging on the underside of the upper arm. I wanted to make it clear, though, that I don't really worry about them much.

In terms of body aesthetics, I have stretch marks on my stomach and sides of my hips. I have a tiny patch of veins (varicose? I don't know) on the back of one calf. I may be keeping my DDD-cup fillers, but age and gravity will win the war no matter how strong I battle. My torso, waist and gut are thickened. I've definitely got crow's feet. I'm hirsute (hairy) and not just the LOT of hair on my head. (I swear sometimes I get 5 o'clock shadow on my legs it starts growing back so fast.) I'm big-boned enough that even when I wasn't chubby, my ankles were too large for jewelry. When I look at my hands, I can tell I'm not young. I don't know yet, but I may end up with some loose skin (maybe not given I'm only 20-ish pounds out, maybe so given I still have fat to muscle composition to adjust after that.)

Much of that won't change. Some may. No matter what does change and what doesn't, this is my body and I'm both content and happy with it. It has carried me 43 years and has the genetics to carry me another 50 or more. (My mother may have died "young" in her 60s, but that was from a brain tumor. My grandmother lived into her 90s, at least one of her aunts made it past 100.)

Back to the batwings. My take is that they don't really matter. They might be a permanent reminder of a bad decision made. They might become flappier as the fat within them burns away and the skin remains. They might shrink a bit as the skin's natural resilience gradually adjusts to the new muscle/fat combination beneath. No matter what will happen, I don't expect there to be some magical trick to reducing them.

There is no exercise that burns away fat in a specific area.

There are plenty of exercises that strengthen and tone the muscle UNDER the fat.

If I can feel the muscles under the fat, if I can measurably tell I've strengthened the muscle, THAT matters.

Burning away all excess fat through ongoing muscle development and activity, repairing the body overall by making sure I'm meeting all my nutritional needs - those are things I can and will do that matter.

My body will do the rest in its own time and manner as best can happen with my age and genetics and level of nutritious eating and activity.

  
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SKNYMOMWANNABE 8/30/2012 3:15PM

    Mine are less jiggly and definitely much fuller(muscle) so that's a WIN! My body is like a road map of where I've been. The arthritic knee? Falling on it a LOT: on water skis, snow skis, out of trees, off of horses, walking, hiking etc. Gimpy ankle? Slid under my horse during a race, I won though which at 13 seemed more important than the fact that my boots were CUT off my feet in the Emergency room later that afternoon. My busted capillaries, hello babies. I don't get stretch marks just millions of broken leg vessels, runs in the family, same as freckles! My butt is from my dad, my thighs are all my own, my wrinkles are here just on hold due to some "help" and my Traps are from some workhorse of a grandmother. I'm pretty Zen as long as it keeps going forward and in an upright position!

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SAMI199 8/27/2012 3:04PM

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Bat wings-who cares- I have come to terms with my far from than 20-ish body-it's going to have to do-lol. I wouldn't mind a hair transplant,though....

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MEH50BEWELL 8/27/2012 9:39AM

    You are right! Saggy skin is here to stay (unless you are independantly wealthy and can have plastic surgery - not me) but it's still better than being so overweight you cannot enjoy life.


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SYZYGY922 8/26/2012 2:09PM

    I need an attitude more like yours. I have EPIC batwings. My arms are actually quite muscular, but I have a tremendous amount of saggy skin. I can't wear tight short sleeves because it squeezes my arms and makes them look all lumpy and weird. I hope that will change a bit, but for now I just want to build more muscle.

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MRS.CARLY 8/26/2012 9:59AM

    I have some bat wings too. It is an area that I am wanting to improve but not sure if I can yet!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 8/26/2012 5:02AM

    I can relate to all the areas you mentioned - and my bat wings are the thing that I notice the most! Thanks for helping me to accept these changes which come with improving my overall health.
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RUNNERRACHEL 8/26/2012 4:34AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Love your attitude! You rock! Found these emoticons to go with what you're talking about. You are strong and positive and have a great sense of self.

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DSJB9999 8/26/2012 3:41AM

    Great thinking, going to try to do some more of those exercises!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/26/2012 1:38AM

    someone else was talking about bats on a blog yesterday...not the arms but actual bats....then I dreamt about them. That's what I get for reading your guys' blogs before bed. LOL

Great attitude :o) Hve a great day!!



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SWEDE_SU 8/26/2012 1:16AM

    you have a great attitude here - and an inspirational way of expressing it to encourage others that the body we have is the product of all of our past decisions (or lack thereof), and we have to live with this and take care of it for the rest of our lives. emoticon

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TAMPATINK67 8/26/2012 1:08AM

    Great points - I resemble every item you mentioned - plus some (saggy skin on the inner thighs anyone?)

Regardless - much like you, I now consider them my battle scars from a life well lived and adjusted!

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Well, it's not exactly a "collage", but it'll do

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This weekend's training challenge for the BLC 20 includes one of my trouble areas ... coming up with a visual representation of my goals. But I'm determined to at least do the best I can with it.

Where do I want to be in 12 weeks (well, 14 really since we have the two training weeks before the official challenge start)? I'm supposed to "find one or more images that depict the changes YOU want".

I started just doing some searches trying to find pictures that didn't make me cringe. See ... obviously if we want to see a strong fit healthy woman doing a pushup, she has to be wearing as little as possible, be oiled up, hair just so. Maybe she ends up looking just a little rough to add some flavor to it, a snarly expression on her face like this is the last one with good form she can do after the last couple hundred. You know the pictures I mean.

Then I found this:

(image from http://waitetraining.com)

Now, no, I seriously don't think I'm going to be pulling off THAT sort of pushup in 12 weeks. But I do love that, from the image, she looks strong and capable without having to bare lots of her muscles ("sexy") or grimacing at the camera like what she is doing is unbearably grueling. I want that kind of strength and form. I want to feel closer to the dream of doing full military pushups. Heck, there's plenty of reason to believe that someday I WILL be strong enough to pull off a pushup like that.

A little more looking and I added this:

(image from life.dailyburn.com - the article that came from actually was worth reading, in my mind: Why Women Should Weight Train.)

I don't expect to lose the batwings in 12 weeks. I don't expect anywhere near that kind of definition in 12 weeks. But, I can work toward the next weight up for my dumbbell bicep curls, seated tricep dips, lat pulldowns, and more.

These words, quoted in the article, could so easily have come from my lips:

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I find that the lifting makes me feel strong and gives me definable goals to reach (since there are specific weights/number of reps to strive towards). The muscle I’ve built has helped me burn more fat ...
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So, maybe they're not exactly a collage. They are, however, pictures that well represent the idea of what I want to achieve. I'll put them together as a background on my computer. (I don't hang pictures where I live or work.)

  
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SAMI199 8/27/2012 3:06PM

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PGNBRI 8/27/2012 1:03PM

    Love this! I so agree with you about how hard it is to find pictures that realistically reflect my goals.

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SAPHRAEL 8/26/2012 11:30AM

    You could definitely be doing elevated pushups in 12 weeks!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/26/2012 1:43AM

    I LOVE this blog! I love the pics too and may have to "borrow" them :o)

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SPARKFRAN514 8/25/2012 11:08PM

    the pictures were O Kay but i like what you wrote better. to me the picture of the two showing off their muscles is not for me I just what lose some of the flab on my ares not be a body builder and doing the push up on a park bench seem silly to me but that's me maybe its because i am in my 60's and just feel being fit and healthy is important to me this is showing off and not really trying to get healthy. maybe its to much time in the gym watching the young me trying to impress the young women in the gym. like one if the trainers said listen to the noise they are making to get attention its not how fast and how many push ups you do it the from and quality you do. i like you plan to improve your weight lifting and meet your personal goals . but you know the bat wings will slowly go down. you can do it


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FINALLYBEINGME 8/25/2012 9:39PM

    I like the adjectives "capable and strong"..that is such a great reason to workout! emoticon emoticon

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CHRIS3874 8/25/2012 7:32PM

    Yeah I wanna try to change my workouts. I am thinking of doing 21s with lighter dumbbells.

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LDRICHEL 8/25/2012 7:13PM

    I've been slightly obsessed with arms these days too. Swimming is really building my biceps!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/25/2012 7:07PM

    Great visual imagery - good luck with your goals!
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SHERIO5 8/25/2012 3:48PM

    I think you found some super pictures! As I understand the visualization-concept, your've nailed it!

You are off to a great Pre-Challenge start!

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    emoticon emoticon pics; honestly the first pic is more motivational to me; she definitely looks strong and ready for the routine. Good luck on your journey
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ANGGEL40 8/25/2012 2:32PM

    I have been working on my batwings(it's hard to lose)...but believe it are not just working on them for 20 minutes a day..I have seen results..not at fast as I like, but I think it will be worth the wait..love the blog..thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/25/2012 1:07PM

    Great pictures. Awesome motivation. As for the push-up, you'll do it. Trust me, just try everyday and one day you'll be like, wow, I did it. emoticon emoticon

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MNJONES2 8/25/2012 11:53AM

    Stay strong!!

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LIFE2BFUN 8/25/2012 11:07AM

    Love the picture of the woman doing the pushups! Great motivation!

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KALANTHA 8/25/2012 10:56AM

    I like your pics. I think they will be excellent visual reminders of where you want to be by the end of your challenge because you'll see them every time you're on your computer. Good job!

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/25/2012 10:38AM

  I think you are going to amaze yourself at the end of the 14 weeks. It really doesn't take that long to get quite a bit of muscle definition, especially considering how much you've lost. Sending positive thoughts your way to an awesome weight training season!!!

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ROXONA 8/25/2012 10:30AM

    So it seems that upper body strength is what you want to get out of BLC 20. I think that's an awesome goal, and I have every confidence that you will become stronger and more defined over the next 14 weeks. Just looking at your pictures from the beginning to now one can see how much upper body weight you have lost, and that in itself is terrific inspiration. Keep it up girl! You can do this.

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GOING-STRONG 8/25/2012 9:20AM

    If you find something... anything... that works on getting rid of those batwings be sure and share the secret!

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HYDROQUEEN 8/25/2012 8:33AM

    I know what you mean about the photos. Add to that, most of them seem to be of 20 something year old's that have never even seen a cupcake or had their bellies stretched from carrying a child. I like your inspiration photos and the quote is spot on.

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KRISZTA11 8/25/2012 8:22AM

    You found great and meaningful pictures for your collage!

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SBNORMAL 8/25/2012 6:02AM

  You can do that pushup like the lady in the park, all is possible with practice!!

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TAMPATINK67 8/25/2012 4:13AM

    Great blog!

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CIPHER1971 8/25/2012 2:55AM

    Well you inspired me with a previous blog to get involved with BLC20 - and now you have left me feeling I inspired to find some more / diff pics for my collage - but I know what you mean about the 'classic' fitness model pic - the favorite picture for my collage so far is a pair of triathletes from the Sydney Olympics, really women moving it emoticon

Have an awesome day

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GOODBYE-FRIENDS 8/25/2012 2:04AM

  This is one of my problem areas too...but I have set aside Sunday for this project and I will do my best.

I like the bench push up pic too...it expresses the strength I want to have someday.

I like the quotation under the second picture...I have never thought of reps and sets like that and it adjust my attitude a bit to have the logic thrown into the work out!

Thanks for the post!
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ILOVEMALI 8/25/2012 1:58AM

  Thanks for the info!

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KINISUE 8/25/2012 12:48AM

    thank you this was very informative.

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What is BLC#20? Plus comments on sunburn.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BLC#20, mentioned in my status today, stands for the 20th Round of the Biggest Loser Challenge. (You can probably learn more checking the SparkTeam board used for registering if you weren't part of BLC#19: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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I mentioned some time back in another blog that until recently I hadn't really thought about joining a challenge like this.

One reason is because I somewhat equated it with the TV show "Biggest Loser". I don't watch TV, but I've seen a few comments here and there by people about the show which makes it sound too rushed (losing huge amounts of weight) and too cutthroat (stuff about voting people off or them having to go home and maybe earn their way back?)'

Another reason is because I tend to be a loner. I'm fine being social, but given a choice between doing something alone or with a group, nine times out of ten I will choose alone. (I have no considerations about eating alone in a restaurant, watching a movie alone, or going out to a night club alone, dancing all evening, then going home alone.)

And lastly, I tend to avoid competition. I prefer games and challenges that are either a chance for everyone to win or a personal competition only.


BUT, I've seen people who did past BLCs and decorated their page for their team, talked about stuff that the team challenges had them discuss and so on ... and had a growing temptation to try it out. I believe it was from THETURTLEBEAR that I learned it was possible to do these challenges even as a Maintainer, so it couldn't be all about fast weight loss.

Which all leads to me having joined a SparkTeam to receive notice when BLC#20 was opening up for registering and taking the plunge.

I'm really looking forward to it, in fact. Whether we end up teammates or competitors, it promises to be a lively and active group!

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I also wanted to make a few comments related to the bit of sunburn I got on Sunday.

One of my little quirks is that I don't feel pain from sunburns. I can feel heat radiating out from my skin and it is sensitive to pressure, but it doesn't hurt. These burns aren't even as bad as some I've had. (I've had some where warm water in the shower was uncomfortable to lightly painful, like trying to wash dishes after burning a fingertip while cooking.)

Also, while I am pale, I don't actually burn all that easily. What I do have is a very narrow window between comfortable sun exposure levels and burning. I remember as a teen trying to tan in the back yard and not doing very well. Not because I'd burn easily, but because 30 minutes on each side barely did anything. Hit 45 minutes and bang, a few hours later I'd notice that I had a light burn.

Unless I burn badly, it fades quickly to a tan. In fact one of my legs already looks slightly mottled because some is tan and some is reddish. I think the only times I've burned badly were when I took young DS and DDa to the beach, coated them in sunscreen ... and forgot myself. Several hours later, I had lobster shoulders. I know way way better now. They may not hurt, but the skin does get tight and itchy and near impossible to sleep on.

So what happened Sunday? Well, when I left the gym, I grabbed my post-workout snack and lunch then went to the theater to see what time the movie I planned to see would start. Sadly, one had just started a few minutes before, but I wasn't willing to scarf my food - so I had a 2:45 wait for the next. I wandered over to a nearby park to read as I ate and spread out a little. The sun was up and to my right in front of me.

And then reading got me distracted. Somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour later, I turned around so the sun was more at my back and on my left. I read for another half hour, then picked everything up and went for a stroll through the downtown businesses - all shady areas with trees and skyscrapers.

Hehe, I even ended up in one place buying a small bamboo plan in a very pretty cobalt blue vase. (More like a glass cup - clear and solid glass base, deep blue cup area.) That brings the number of plants in my room to seven.

Anyway, watched the movie and headed home. I only discovered the burns when I went to change to jeans rather than capris to do laundry. Without the capris concealing the change in skin color I suddenly had white legs with pink-red rectangular patches. It's only burn from the top along the right hand side, from the top of my ankle socks to the bottom of my capris. The top is more toasted than the bottom and the right leg more than the left.

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Yes, I'm kooky enough I'm mostly fascinated by how uneven the burn is.

I do know better now. If I'm out in the sun, I won't forget to keep track of time.

  
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SAMI199 8/27/2012 3:10PM

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Have fun & i will look forward to hearing all about it! Sorry about your burn...

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CIPHER1971 8/22/2012 5:34PM

    Cheers for this - I have signed up for BLC20 now - my goal - not to be made a floater before the challenge ends!!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 8/22/2012 6:36AM

    About the BLC....JOIN NOW....read the team profiles, find one that you think fits your personality and needs and if by chance you get started and it doesn't feel like a good fit, email ADMIN (see Nicole above) and she can help you find a better fit. She has been fitting BLC challengers for a LONG time and she is MAGICAL. She takes the information in your profile, your choices and she magically finds a good fit for you. PROMISE! Try it; you will LOVE it! Come on and join us; the water is WONDERFUL!

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GINGERD03 8/22/2012 3:22AM

  Just learned about the BLC~ I hope you really enjoy it-Good Luck! emoticon

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TAMPATINK67 8/22/2012 12:27AM

    Can't wait to hear your feedback on BLC - I think my team got a flat tire last round and it really threw me off track...

Best wishes for a successful round!

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PKCTTS 8/22/2012 12:17AM

    You'll love BLC! Welcome.

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DURANGOREDDOG 8/21/2012 10:04PM

    So glad you joined the challenge. I think you will really enjoy it. Good luck.

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ROXONA 8/21/2012 9:45PM

    It must have been nice to sit out in the sunshine! Good luck on your BLC challenge.
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CHRIS3874 8/21/2012 9:27PM

    Yeah I can relate to the sun thing I don't like sunblock and hardly ever use it. My family is English on both sides and my Dad's family were from Yorkshire and for some odd reason are on the swarthy side so we don't burn )even though I am one of the blonder members of the clan). I can only recall getting one bad burn in my entire adult life .

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FITLIKENIC 8/21/2012 4:58PM

    JOIN, JON, JOIN! :-)

I am an ADMIN of the BLC challenge mentioned and I can remember when I was scared to join way back... I joined in Round 5 and have never looked back! I see Leslie from the Pixies stopped by, Hi Leslie!... She is a TRUE Pixie, found her Branch and settled in.

The BLC is not All about Weight Loss, we are about Challenge, Support, Sharing and of course Competition. Do not be afraid to PUSH YOURSELF!

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LDRICHEL 8/21/2012 3:05PM

    You go girl!!!! :)

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TANYA602 8/21/2012 2:46PM

    I'm glad you joined the challenge! I just finished the 5%summer challenge and what I love most. Isthe accountability and what I learn for. Other team members. I think you'll enjoy it.
I hope the movie was good! Take care of that sunburn. You could start a new trend with the look!

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ILOVEMALI 8/21/2012 12:59PM

  LOL! I like what interests you! Have a great day!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/21/2012 12:29PM

    I looked into BLC #20 and it didn't feel like a good fit for me, at least not now, so I'm going to pass this one - maybe #21 will fit better!

As for sunburn, I have the type of skin that makes me an 'expert' in it, having had a lifetime of burns. One of the best treatments I've found is to brew a couple of quarts of strong, strong tea [I've used as many as 20-30 tea bags] in boiling water, then add it to a bathtub full of warm water - let it steep for awhile [I tend to make the water 'too hot' to start and then let it steep until it reaches a comfortable temperature], then soak in the tea for awhile. I don't know exactly how it works but think it has something to do with 'tannins' in the tea.

Another treatment that works well for me is Aloe Vera gel - the tea gets rid of the pain and somehow seems to 'toughen' the skin a little bit while the aloe vera soothes the roughness and helps to prevent peeling.

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MNJONES2 8/21/2012 11:28AM

    I will have to look up the biggest loser challenge. Please be careful on the sunburns, any burn is skin damage and I have found out with Mom that it can come back to haunt us years later. Sunscreen for me!

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WAYSOFGRACE 8/21/2012 10:26AM

    Good luck on your BLC challenge

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/21/2012 10:09AM

    I am now entering my fourth BLC challenge as a Forest Green Pixie. I can relate to you. We are probably very similar. I have some social issues and don't have a lot of friends even though I think I am a decent person.

I knew about the BLC for several rounds and only took the plunge last summer because I got to know one of the admins, Nicole (FITLIKENIC), on another challenge. Like you, I was hesitant to join because I am not a fan of the Biggest Loser TV show. Also, to this day, I have mixed feelings about competing in the weight loss game. I mean, am I supposed to be upset if you are not on my team and lose a lot of weight, which causes my team to show a poor result?

The answer to the above question is a resounding NO!! The competition encourages us, but we all cheer each other on. And I love the BLC. The Pixies are a part of me now. I'd be lost without them. And speaking of lost, I have lost about 20 lbs. since I started (which includes one round where I really didn't do well and did not lost weight).

I hope you will enjoy the BLC, and I am going to friend you because we seem to be a lot alike.

Leslie

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SHERIO5 8/21/2012 9:40AM

    It's funny you mentioning sunburn and the Biggest Loser Challenge...I got a little sunburn yesterday because I hung out by the water with a friend and had done all my exercise outside as well...AND I got an invite to the BLC and was debating joining, for the same reasons you mentioned...more of a loner...not competitive...HOWEVER, I did decide to check into this challenge today...your blog has motivated me to at least look at it!

Have a great day, my burn is gone this am...I tend to not burn just a bit and then tan...need to remember that sunblock for ALL over me...not just my face! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 8/21/2012 8:50AM

    Hope you enjoy, look forward to hearing how you like it.

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SABRINASARAH 8/21/2012 8:40AM

    I'm joining in on the BLC20 too. I look forward to seeing you there! I'm just like you, too. I wouldn't have thought to join because of what you said above (including the loner part), but thought this may be a way to keep me in check and to complete what I set out to do - lose weight and then maintain it. I wish you the best of luck with it!!

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KSCHRAUT 8/21/2012 7:55AM

    I have always wanted to join a biggest loser challenge, just never thought I'd "stick it out" maybe joining a challenge like this is EXACTLY what I need right now to kick myself back into gear. Thanks for sharing! Good luck with the challenge!

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2BEABETTERME 8/21/2012 7:36AM

    I always thought the BLCs were for fans of the show, which I am not. Good to know it is just another fun way to stay motivated.

Have a great day!
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SASSYLJB 8/21/2012 5:52AM

    Have a great time I love he biggest loser challenges, I am a co-leader of a different biggst loser challenge that also starts in Septmber for fall. We are just finishing our summer round! GO LIMES!

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Eleven months along and a goofy mini gun show

Saturday, August 18, 2012

16 September 2011 to 17 July 2012 - 10 months of progress

Starting Weight = 250.5 pounds
Current Weight = 180.5 pounds

Yup, got to claim my 70 pounds lost award early this month! So so hard to believe at times. And only 20.5 pounds to go until I reach my original goal. I can definitely see where it needs to come off. One thing losing all the hips shows is that I've got definite middle thickening (part could be age, but I'm concerned it's more the organ fat deposits - which may be take the longest to burn away).

Only 2.5 pounds lost in the past month, but that's wholly attributable to my eating. I've been on the high end more often than not and had more days over than usual. In fact, I was down to 179.5, but the last few days I've bounced back up to 180.5 which is a pity.

One thing I have been doing these past couple weeks is taking a Google Docs spreadsheet another Sparker (4A-HEALTHY-BMI) uses, copied it, replaced all the information with mine, updated calculations where I felt that was needed, and added a few things of my own. Seeing it more in black and white my calories in graph normally had a spike, but not too terrible, about every two weeks or so when I'd eat out with my children. This past couple months it has been spiking up and down badly.

I'm already in the process of tackling that. One of the big problems was changing up snacks at work so I don't get bored, leaving out a couple, and ending up with a mental idea that I didn't have enough. Even though I had plenty of snacks (obvious by the calorie counts), I was eating more of them and even hitting the peanut butter jar when I didn't take it back to the kitchen right away. Once I let myself think of that as okay one day, it was like a free pass to do it any time - and that is not healthy in any way.


Without further ado, the latest pics:


Front


Side

And because I keep talking about my arms and trying to strengthen them - my goofy mini gun show. Unfortunately, I don't know how to take these pictures better to make it show as well - but I can see the muscle peeking upward as I flex which pleases me:


Not flexed


Flexed

Much work still to be done, but being able to do even a couple of real (not machine) curls with 25 lb dumbbells had me grinning. I did two on the left, five on the right, and one more on the left before switching to 15 lb dumbbells (all the 20s were in use) and doing a full 3 sets of 12 reps. Might not be much, but it makes me feel strong - especially considering in January I was struggling with 10 pounds on a machine.

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Going back to say something about this hiccup in my journey. I'm not calling it a plateau, but I hit 179.5 for the first time on 2 Aug 12 and have bounced between that and 180.5 for two weeks now. As mentioned above, I can easily look at my calories in and see why.

One thing I've been watching more closely on the spreadsheet this last week is the sum of calories over. Three weeks ago = almost 1800. Last week = 965. This week = 600. Yeps, in three weeks I ate enough to cancel the 3500 deficit planned into my calorie range for one week.

I'm going to try linking this just in case anyone else uses Google Docs and is interested. (NOTE: It is definitely customized to me. That means some calculations are based on my height and age and gender.)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/
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A copy of the graph showing my calories in over these 11 months:



Not sure how clear that one will come out, but the red line is actual calories eaten. The blue sort of following the red is the trend line based on averaging it out. Those wild spikes on the right in the red ... that's my eating these last few weeks. Definitely not nicely within a reasonable calorie range.

So, not a plateau. (And an important part of why tracking is so vitally important to me.)


Now it's time for month twelve to begin. Knowing where I've gone off the rails somewhat, I'm realigning myself and will reach my 1-year Sparkversary (16 September - for when I actually started using the site) with my graph looking much smoother!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BMCKEOW1 8/20/2012 2:32PM

    Keeping rocking it out. Your arms are looking good.

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GODIVADSG 8/20/2012 1:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonKeep up the fantastic work!!

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PGNBRI 8/20/2012 12:51PM

    Looking Good!!
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IMELECTRIC 8/20/2012 11:19AM

    That is a huge success just this far in your journey.

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ILOVEMALI 8/20/2012 3:53AM

  You are doing such a great job -- someday, we will celebrate over a salad together!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/19/2012 7:13PM

    You are doing GREAT! Congrats on all your success.

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SHERIO5 8/19/2012 2:37PM

    It's really great that you have found a program that can show you at a glance how your weight loss has been continuous...easy to get "stuck" mentally thinking you haven't progressed.

Nice pictures as well, I think it's awesome to see some great tone in those arms, especially when you flex! We women tend to have weaker upper bodies, so I think this is a great accomplishment!

Keep up your great hard work!

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WAYSOFGRACE 8/19/2012 10:19AM

    You have done so well! Keep going!

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SABRINASARAH 8/19/2012 8:41AM

    You are doing so well - way to go!! It's great to see all of your progress, so thanks for sharing!

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SPARKFRAN514 8/18/2012 9:02PM

    emoticon you got me to thinking about tracking better and doing better at snack planing as well you inspire so many of us here at spark. your pictures are great and what a change . love the muscles
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DAZZEEDOO 8/18/2012 5:59PM

    Yay YOU!
You're doing so emoticon!
I can see the "gun" on you muscle picture.
I think the thick middle part is the hardest too.
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on Your 70lb loss!
Continued SUCCESS!
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FRANCES-AGAPE 8/18/2012 5:24PM

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THANKS for sharing your journey with us!
You are INSPIRING !

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BLESSINGS!

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KALANTHA 8/18/2012 4:52PM

    All right!! You're still on track and actually making really good progress! You're looking pretty slim!

I'm with you on the gun show. My legs are much stronger than my arms. I just started with weights about a month ago and I'm hoping to see some progress soon. Keep at it!

Congrats on all your progress so far!

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JANESLOSS 8/18/2012 12:17PM

    Great Job!

Thanks for the Google link. I've been stuck at the same weight for two weeks and I know that it is the food portion.

Congratulations and healthy living as you go into your 12th month. I'm right behind you on the 26th.

Keep up the great job!
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MNJONES2 8/18/2012 12:06PM

    YOU LOOK WONDERFUL!! Such progress and you are so organized in your tracking.

I admire you so much!! As always Best wishes on your journey to good health.

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JENNCABA 8/18/2012 11:38AM

    I always look forward to seeing your progress pictures every month ...You are doing great !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HYDROQUEEN 8/18/2012 10:16AM

    Fantastic progress! emoticon

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ROXONA 8/18/2012 10:08AM

    Keep working at it. You're doing a fantastic job!
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KARL1266 8/18/2012 8:42AM

    Pics look great! One can definitely see vast improvements! Way to go. I've been toying with the same idea of tracking my calories in a similar fashion, so I just may take that spreadsheet and convert it to my needs and numbers. Kudos to whomever came up with that!

Gun show. Haha...I have a small collection of handguns (well 2 really, but it's a start) and got momentarily excited that you were going to show pics of your guns. That's the redneck in me, I guess! Shoulda known better.

Great job, though.

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SBNORMAL 8/18/2012 8:38AM

  Well done!!

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LDRICHEL 8/18/2012 8:23AM

    I love to see people put in the work and get results. You are such an inspiration for me!

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ZANNBEE 8/18/2012 7:54AM

    This is amazing. You have done so well.

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RG_DFW 8/18/2012 6:51AM

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KSCHRAUT 8/18/2012 6:24AM

    Nice job!

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NILANDHOO 8/18/2012 4:30AM

    Great example of working smart, really inspiring. X x

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/18/2012 4:27AM

    You always are spot on. I love how you're reflecting on how you've done and where you can improve. emoticon on your loss and here is to a great month. Almost time to celebrate your Sparkversary!! emoticon

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BOB240 8/18/2012 3:39AM

    doing brilliantly....



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ILOVEMALI 8/18/2012 3:13AM

  Amazing, Girl!!! You absolutely rock!

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