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Day 1108- Spur of the Moment 5k

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The roller coaster of this journey never seems to end.

I've started training for my half-marathon. Last week I ran on Monday and Tuesday but was incredibly busy the rest of the week. I had a work Christmas party Thursday night and a luncheon for my student employees on Friday, and my eating got off track. I went into the weekend with a decent gain on the scale.

I visited my parents this weekend, and Friday night my dad told me he had to work a race Saturday morning. Knowing I still needed to get another day of training in for my half-marathon, I asked him what the race was and if I could still sign up. He is an amateur radio operator and helps at races at different checkpoints to call for help if needed. He told me it was the Santa 5k, so I decided to run it as another day of training for my half.

So Saturday morning, I went to sign up, and ended up being the first person to do same day registration, so I nabbed one of the last free t-shirts. I love race t-shirts. They're like medals of honor to me, showing, yeah, I run for the fun of it!

So when I got there, I realized it wasn't a big race. About 130 people participating. It wasn't chip timed, just clock, and when you crossed the finish line, the bottom strip was ripped of your bib, to keep track of the order of runners.

So, I looked around, and it was hard to judge how many people were in my age group, but I just knew I wanted to stay towards the front of the pack, because since it was just clock timed, I couldn't waste time dodging people like I do in some races. I took off at a fast pace, and reminded myself to slow down. My NikePlus GPS watch tells me my pace, and when I first looked down, I was running under a 7 minute mile, which is a pace I just can't do for 3.1 miles. So I decided to slow down a bit and just got into a groove with my music.

Like I said, I couldn't tell how many women were in my 25-29 age group, and I started to psych myself out every time a woman would run past me, trying to figure out how old they were. And then I laughed to myself because, on Friday, I had no plans on competing, and now in the moment I was concerning myself with placing in the top three, having never done so before.

So a woman ran past be about 2 miles in, and I just decided to pace myself on her. If she sped up, so did I, and if she slowed, I did too. I just wanted to keep running because I could tell based on the music on my playlist, and the mileage on my watch, that I was running faster than I ever had.

As I saw the finish line, I could see the time clock started with a 2. The twenties! I'd never run an official race under 30 minutes. The only sub 30 minute 5k I'd run was in my neighborhood. So I kicked it into gear and ended up crossing the finish in 28:23. A new personal record! A 9:08 mile pace! I was ecstatic! And my mom was at the finish line and said "There weren't a lot of women in front of you."

I immediately got nervous. Was there a chance? Did I finally place in my first race? I decided to stick around for the awards ceremony.



And boy am I glad I did.



When it came to the 25-29 age group, the organizer said, "First Place - Jan-Marie Bales."



My heart was in my throat. Not only did I place, I WON.

I won a race that I hadn't planned on running 24 hours before.

And I got emotional. I had been disappointed in myself for indulging at the Christmas parties and luncheon and gaining a few pounds when I said I was rededicating myself.

And then I win a race. At 17 pounds over my lowest weight. And it was just another reminder that health is more than that number on the scale that I keep obsessing over. I'll probably continue to obsess over it, if I'm honest with myself. But I'll also realize that number doesn't define me or predict the kind of competitor I am.

I'm just so thankful for this life that I live. I'm thankful for my renewed health and the strength of my body. I'm thankful that I live in an amazing country and place where I'm free to run and feel safe. I'm thankful that I have the food I need to nourish my body, and even some food I don't need. I'm thankful for everyday reminders of how far I've come.

I hope you had a great weekend, too.

  
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FRABBIT 12/27/2014 2:58PM

  Congrats! That is terrific!

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KALEWINE 12/24/2014 6:44PM

    Awesome job! Congrats on the first place finish and a personal record! That is awesome!

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MAMARUNNING4GOD 12/24/2014 9:01AM

    That's AWESOME!!!!!! I'm also training for a Half Marathon. I hope you don't mind if I add you as a friend.

You should feel very proud of yourself!! Winning any length of a race is a major accomplishment!!

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/21/2014 11:07PM

  Good for you Jan-Marie! Kudos go out to you!!
I "walked" my first 5K earlier this month. Not bad for a 64 year old former couch potato. Sure I came in last (only walker) but,, the rest of the joggers waited for me to cross the finish line, cheering me the whole way. What a blast!! I'm going to do another one this spring. Can't run because of bad foot, knee & back, but I CAN WALK!! emoticon
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LEENTJE71 12/21/2014 10:06AM

    Congratulations! You did an awesome job.

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    Congratulations! emoticon

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CATLAKESIDE 12/20/2014 1:03PM

    Wonderful! What a nice story. : )

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TREE57 12/19/2014 10:04PM

    You continually amaze me!
When we least expect it, we can surpass all!
Congratulations on your #1 and new PR.
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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/19/2014 8:49PM

    I've known you were a winner for a long time, gf.


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    Amazing! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 12/18/2014 11:43PM

    Way to go

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ATHENAFOREVER81 12/18/2014 9:44PM

    Congrats!! That's such a wonderful accomplishment. I've never placed in a race, but it's definitely on my bucket list. Way to go!!!

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    emoticon emoticon Congratulations.

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WHYTEBROWN 12/18/2014 3:48PM

    WOW!! emoticon Jan-Marie!! That's emoticon No matter what your weight you are inspirational!! emoticon emoticon

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WOOFERCOALBOY 12/18/2014 2:47PM

    Wonderful! Congratulations!

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JACKIE4019 12/18/2014 1:05PM

    My hats off to you. CONGRATULATIONS

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BARCELONAME 12/18/2014 11:35AM

  You are such an inspiration. Very happy for you. Congrats.

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RADOOGA 12/18/2014 11:07AM

    Wow, how fabulous. So pleased for you, what an achievement! x

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    emoticon Congratulations on the PR!!
I agree, those Free T-shirts really are just as good as a Trophy any day!!

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TERRIJ7 12/18/2014 9:55AM

    That is one huge NSV, Jan-Marie! Congratulations and thanks for telling all of us about it!

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MSBIZZYBODY 12/18/2014 8:51AM

    Enjoyed this. I hope you really have a great race day for your half-marathon!

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Jan-Marie you are amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!

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WALNUTT1961 12/17/2014 11:09PM

    That is so great!

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AJB121299 12/17/2014 6:36PM

    kudos

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    Congratulations! That is so awesome! Happy for you. emoticon

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    Great job! Congrats! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRADLEY 12/17/2014 11:52AM

  Congratulations!! What an awesome job!!

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RANAF222 12/17/2014 9:35AM

    Great!! Congrats!!!!

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    emoticon !!!!!!

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JEANKNEE 12/16/2014 11:01PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment!

Running can sure have a way of shaking up ones preconceived ideas. Best wishes on your half marathon training and continued wellness journey.

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JUNEAU2010 12/16/2014 9:14PM

    MAJOR WOOHOO!

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/16/2014 8:16PM

    great job! That sounds like an awesome experience! Congrats on first in your age group!!

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GRLTAZ 12/16/2014 7:48PM

    Congrats & well done !

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SUSIEMT 12/16/2014 7:44PM

    Woo Hoo you Jan-Marie!! Keep up those spur of the moment memories!!!

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EDDYMEESE 12/16/2014 7:34PM

    Nice job!

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CAROLYNSUE17 12/16/2014 7:03PM

    So proud of you.

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/16/2014 6:48PM

  You are AMAZING! Congrats! Thank you for reminding me, it's not all about the number on the scale. Thank you for inspiring me!

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SUNLIGHT67 12/16/2014 5:20PM

    Inspiring! This will help me remember my many blessings as well~ Congratulations!!!

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    Awesome! Congrats!

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NONNAOF2 12/16/2014 2:28PM

  How amazing and how exciting in winning for your age group by coming in first and in your best time, too! Way to go girl, congratulations!! :-)

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DYANNE4293 12/16/2014 1:31PM

    Congratulations!!!

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AMYG5025 12/16/2014 1:22PM

    Awesome! Congratulations! Well deserved.

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REBESANCON 12/16/2014 1:07PM

    That is sooo awesome. I hate to admit it, but I have tears in my eyes for you. Yes, I'm a huge sap. Way to go! emoticon

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    Awesome!!! Good job! emoticon

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KAWANEE 12/16/2014 10:14AM

    You are one amazing young lady! You are such an inspiration to all who struggle with fitness and healthy eating by opening up for others to learn and be inspired by your journey. You are such a blessing! Thank You for sharing! emoticon

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Day 1103- First Day of Half-Marathon Training Down

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sometimes it pays to have a beautiful best friend.

My best friend Grace was originally supposed to run my first half-marathon with me, but ended up spraining her ankle a few weeks before. She still came and supported me on her crutches, because she's awesome.

But once she was healed up, she dedicated herself in a way that I haven't yet. She runs three times a week, and another three days does the bike and lifts weights.

And boy does it show. She was radiant at my wedding, and just looks amazing.

Well last night, I opened her Christmas gift which she mailed me, and it was a pair of UnderArmor HeatGuard shorts for running. The perfect length so they don't ride up and just an awesome fit.

Well, I had just finished dinner and was contemplating what to watch on TV when she said I could open it early, and when I opened it, I decided to go for a run. I ran 3 miles in 32 minutes and burned about 450 calories according to my HRM. Not super fast, but more than I had planned on doing.

During my run, I tripped on a raised block in the sidewalk, and three years ago, I would have hit the ground, chipped all my front teeth, and probably been pretty bloody and scraped up. But somehow, I never hit the ground, I kept my momentum and managed to catch myself about a foot from the ground and keep running. It was one of those "life flashed before my eyes" moments. I seriously thought I was about to get pretty hurt, but somehow my athleticism and agility finally paid off and I managed to keep going on my run.

Anywho, the moral of the story is, my best friend has changed her life and really become physically fit. And while I've lost a lot of weight, I want to be really fit too. So I'm thanking her for the inspiration.

Hope you all had a good weekend!

  
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CICELY360 12/21/2014 9:39PM

  good blog

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    You GO, Girl!

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  Great job!

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    great job!

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  Awesome, thanks for sharing.

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    Nice.

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    emoticon story and I am so glad you did not get hurt!

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BOWKAY 12/12/2014 1:23PM

    Friends and family - can't live without them! (or wouldn't want to!)

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NOT-A-QUITTER 12/12/2014 1:04PM

  Woo close call! Awesome it didn't end in disaster.

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HIDDENMIZARY 12/12/2014 12:49PM

    Keep it going.

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    emoticon Cheers to awesome best friends and amazing inspiration! You are well on your way, emoticon

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/11/2014 11:50PM

  Good for you, you are noticing more healthy changes, more mobility and "athleticism!" Although I'm no where near your age, I went on my first 5K last Saturday (walked because of knee and foot operations still needed). Funny, but when I was doing one of my "training walks" earlier that week, after I had completed the route I was looking down at my watch and fell! Luckily I managed to trip into grass near by and managed to protect my "bad" knee. But, what was surprising was that I wasn't seriously hurt because I had the strength to "catch my fall." I was not in that kind of shape just 7 months ago. In fact, I couldn't even get up off the ground at a picnic without assistance from two men. What a change! So keep up the good work!

You have a friend indeed that shows by her actions that she wants to help you through her own inspirational habits. You know the old saying, some friends are "silver" and the other is "gold." emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 12/11/2014 11:33PM

    Thanks for sharing your blog

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/11/2014 10:56PM

  that is good!!! That's all I am going to say. I have been working the last few days, and I'm getting tired catching up with all my e-mail... 6-6 is too long..

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DYANNE4293 12/11/2014 9:37PM

    You can do it!!!!

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    Nothing Beats a Bestie! emoticon emoticon

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REBESANCON 12/11/2014 8:36PM

    What a blessing to have the gift of Grace as a friend!

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ACHRISTIANGIRL 12/11/2014 5:05PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MBTEPP 12/11/2014 2:57PM

    Best gift! From a bestie! It doesn't get any better! Keep up the awesome fitness!

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PUGLOVER1999 12/11/2014 1:56PM

    Good friends are priceless / a gift from God!

Glad you have one! Just know you are the same to her!


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FRABBIT 12/11/2014 1:26PM

  What a great friend. Would love to know what kind of shorts they are since I have real problems with running shorts. However here in Boston we are not wearing shorts right now.

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CAROLJ35 12/11/2014 12:38PM

    You have had another success!!! Good for you!!!

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  I think its inspirational to hear your story too!

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    Good for you!!! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 12/11/2014 7:35AM

    and also glad you DID NOT fall!

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    Wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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  Thanks for sharing.

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  Great day for you today!!

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RACHELEAD 12/10/2014 11:45PM

    That is so awesome! When are you running the half? I will begin training for mine around the end of March, definitely keep us posted on your training and the race itself :)

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/10/2014 8:15PM

    way to go on your run and your save. Glad you didn't hit the ground! Keep up the awesome work and attitude! Yay for great friends and motivation!

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/10/2014 8:14PM

  You are blessed! To have a friend like her and to have caught yourself just in time. Keep up the great work!

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    You go girl...

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Day 1098- Back to Basics

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Thank you all so much for your support on my 3 year blog yesterday.

Today, I'm restarting as if it was 3 years ago. When I started my journey I was 274.8. My lowest weight ever in the last 3 years was 173.6 on my birthday this year, after I did Whole30. But when I stopped eating only Whole30 compliant foods, started worrying more about the wedding, started a new job, and moved to a new state, well, let's just say I stopped focusing again.

After the wedding and honeymoon/Thanksgiving, I came home to a whopping 197.6 pounds on the scale.

So scarily close to 200, yet again.

When we got back from the honeymoon, I went to the grocery and stocked the house full of fruits, veggies and lean proteins, and no junk. And thankfully this morning, I was back down to 189.6. But that's still up 16 pounds from my lowest weight.

This is a pattern I've had. Stuck in the 170-190s bouncing up and down for the past two years, and every time I get into the 190s I get so scared that I'm letting myself go that I recommit and lose some weight and get back down to the 170s, only to go up again.

I love my wedding photos, but I can only imagine how much more I would have loved them if I had been closer to 160 rather than 185 on my wedding day. There are some photos where I see the 10 pounds I regained in my face. But life happens, and it doesn't take away from my happiness at all.

What I have decided, however, is to go back to basics, exactly like I did 3 years ago. Logging in every day, and tracking every single thing I eat. I also signed up for my second half-marathon which will be in Ann Arbor, on March 29, 2015. So I will be getting back into my gym/running routine.

I want 2015 to be the year I reach my goal weight. I want 2015 where I finally go from "overweight" to "healthy" when it comes to BMI and body fat percentages. I want 2015 to be my year of transitioning to maintenance, rather then this continued yo-yo weightloss gain thing I've currently got going on.

So this morning, I took photos in my two piece bathing suit, to remind myself how far I've come, but also to show how far I still have to go.



I can definitely see the difference from when I was down 15 pounds to today. But I know that I can really do it this year, now that my life is finally settling down. In the past three years, you guys have been with me through my college graduation, engagement, three new jobs, two moves, and a wedding.

I think I'm finally at a point where I can buckle down and do this.

Yes, 2015 is going to be my year. But rather than wait until January 1st to start, I'm starting today.

  
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JERICHO1991 12/24/2014 5:37PM

    Your openness and honesty are appreciated. Looking forward to a great 2015 with you.

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    emoticon We CAN! I know it!

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CARINEVE 12/12/2014 4:08AM

    I only logged onto SP today for the first time in over one month, and stumbled across your blog. Just what I needed as inspiration to start again today!

I also let myself slip a bit this year: went from 170 in Jan to 154 in May, yoyoing between 163 and 173 since, and this morning I was back at the 170 I started at in January.

Last night I read an article about living healthy and what the risks to your health are if you are not exercising, eating healthy, etc. and it hit me: I do want to be healthy and not run a bigger risk of becoming ill. So I have to get back with the program. Now.

I want to hit 154 again in 2015, 158 by early April when I will be running my second (and perhaps last) marathon. And instead of indulging until 1 Jan, when my marathon training will commence, I will start working on this right now.


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CLAIREINPARIS 12/12/2014 12:36AM

    Great attitude, Jean-Marie! You can do this!

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POCKETFULOFSUN 12/11/2014 8:09PM

    2015! WooHOO!!!

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DOOFAFOOF 12/11/2014 3:01PM

    Hey don't forget, if you're exercising, you've gained muscle mass, so just because the BMI calculation says you're "overweight" doesn't mean you actually are, because the calculation doesn't figure in muscle mass. There are ways to accurately determine BMI if that's what you're going for, you might want to find out where.

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  good blog

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DIANNEMT 12/10/2014 6:26PM

    Fantastic!! While you don't want to rest on your laurels, don't ever beat yourself up--you are still way down from the high!!

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HAPPYOHIO 12/9/2014 3:49PM

    YES YES YES! Don't wait until January 1 to start. I'm not, either. It feels like I'm getting a running head start on my 2015 weight loss goals, and it feels SO good to have this mentality vs. "I'm gonna eat whatever the hell I want because screw 2014" mentality. Plus, it doesn't hurt to want to look good for Christmas and New Year's Eve, right?!

YOU'VE GOT THIS. You've SO got this! I just know that 2015 will be your best year ever and I cannot WAIT to see your progress. It's exciting to know that you and I (and so many others on here) are working toward our goals together and are definitely not alone in this long journey.

Do what works, and do it every day. Before you know it, you'll be there! :)

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  You can do this!

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ONELUV4LIZ 12/8/2014 6:39AM

    BOBCATGIRL76,
You inspire me, I am in the same boat you are, I have hit 194.0 lbs this weekend and I feel like I have let myself go. I have the opposite reason why I have been eating- I am going through a divorce and it is nothing to eat a whole container of icing in one sitting. Just thinking of this makes me want to curl my toes- that is soo unhealthy and I know it. I am ready to get back to the gym and log in everyday to log everything I eat. This year I also lost my gallbladder, which was fabulous diet to be on I lost 12 lbs in 2 weeks- I couldn't eat anything with grease, cheese, or spicy foods. I am proud of your willingness to keep trying- I wish the same for myself. Thank you for being an inspiration.

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/8/2014 1:42AM

  I'm not waiting for January 1st either. December is a long month of "booby traps" but I'm determined to get past the "obese" BMI to merely the "overweight" BMI weight for me at 184 lbs. I'm getting there, but I need to lose 9 lbs. before Dec. 31st! I've raised my fitness goals and I'm going for it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLJ35 12/7/2014 11:16PM

    We know you can do it!!! I plan to lose during December - you can too!

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  Congratulations on all your success!

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    Congratulations on getting married! I admire your persistence in getting fit! You can do it! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 12/7/2014 5:25PM

  Best wishes to you - I'm sure you can do it, now that your life has settled down.

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HUNNI55 12/7/2014 4:13PM

    I really admire you, for your honesty, sharing, and having the courage to put yourself out there for all of us to go along on your journey. One thing I can impart to you, from an older(59) woman, is not to get too bogged down on the numbers..focus on getting fit, and eating the best you can....enjoy the journey, you are Beautiful.

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    Good for you!!

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TERRIJ7 12/7/2014 11:56AM

    Good for you!

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TIFALVA 12/7/2014 11:44AM

    Keep it up You can do it :-)

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50DOROTHY 12/7/2014 9:27AM

  I'm with you! 2015 is going to be my year, too. I have also been doing the yo-yo thing for far too long! I am not waiting for Jan. 1 - my best year ever begins today! Thank you so much for your bravery! So glad I discovered your blog. emoticon

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CCVINE 12/7/2014 12:25AM

    What an inspiring journey, Congratulations on all youve accomplished for its not easy but youve done it and look amazing. What a beautiful bride Ill bet your husband couldnt stop smiling :O)

Today Im finishing my first 12 weeks on my own journey to lose over 100 lbs and happy to say 29 lbs down Its taken along time but I finally hit that point where I was truly ready and will succeed. Life is way to short not to appreciate what we have I hope you dont mind I added you as a spark friend and look forward to encouraging each other along the way. CC


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SUGULE 12/6/2014 10:04PM

  Go girl

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WALNUTT1961 12/6/2014 9:55PM

    Awesome! Thank you so much for the inspiration! It's been rough since Thanksgiving. emoticon

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SUEARNOLD1 12/6/2014 9:25PM

    That is one of the most wonderful things about SP you start over.

And just think you are still so far a head of when you first started 3 years ago!

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4LABLADY 12/6/2014 8:46PM

    I'm with you, both encouraged by you and encouraging you with emoticon every chance I get t

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JIBBIE49 12/6/2014 7:02PM

    Most women when they get married pack on the pounds since they are eating when he does. Glad you are doing something about it again.

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HOLLYM48 12/6/2014 6:57PM

    Best of luck to you in 2015 but the scale is only a number and does not tell the whole story of you! One day at a time!

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DONNA088 12/6/2014 5:38PM

  You know what to do to succeed. You did it before and you'll do it again! you are amazing!

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  Totally emoticon emoticon one day at a time!

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DYANNE4293 12/6/2014 2:34PM

    You can do it!!!

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FITTEREVERYDAY 12/6/2014 2:21PM

    Good goal! I share it with you. I'm hoping to get there by my 32nd birthday this April. A little under five months and a little under 30lbs to go.

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DAWNDMOORE40 12/6/2014 1:01PM

    emoticon on how far you have come in three years! It sounds like you have had many life changes and that can be difficult when it comes to having a healthy life style, but I see your positive attitude, and it will take you a long ways if you just have faith in yourself and you don't give up! You can do this!
I wish you the best with your running! I used to run all the time and then I ended up with a tibia fracture. I still run in the Spring and Summer at the park, but I don't push it because I am afraid I am going to injure myself again. God bless you and have a great day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day 1097- Three Years with SparkPeople

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Three years ago, I was depressed. I was mortified after seeing myself on TV filling out a 3XL football jersey on the sidelines of one of J.D.'s football games.




The scale read 274.8 pounds. How did I let this happen? How did I get on that scale so many times, and see that number going up, and not do anything?

When I found SparkPeople, I figured keeping a journal online would be better than nothing. I looked at the food trackers, and my suggested ranges, and started tracking my food.

I started reading articles and asking for suggestions on playlists for running, an activity I'd loathed my entire childhood, but now decided to train for a half marathon. And two days after my high school sweetheart proposed, I ran that half marathon.



With SparkPeople, I've reached non-scale victories that I once viewed as impossible.

I purchased my first pair size 6 jeans ever.



I ran my first sub-30 minute 5k.



I started to believe I was worth the effort.

And every time I log into SparkPeople and write a new blog, I get excited thinking about you, my SparkFriends, reading it.

When I first started this journey, I was sure that no one knew or cared that much about what I was going through, or how I felt about myself. But I was proven wrong again and again, and continue to be humbled and honored by the kind comments you all leave.

When I finally got married two weeks ago, I couldn't wait to post some photos on here. Some people might find that strange, that I'm so excited to share such an intimate part of my life with a community of people that I've never met. But I couldn't help it.



The reason I was so proud of how I looked, and the reason I have such an amazing happy and healthy future to look forward to, is SparkPeople.

In 3 years, I've never read a negative word said about me. Nothing but support and encouragement from all of you. There aren't many people in this world that can say they have thousands of people they've never met cheering them on in their lives. But I can. I've said it for 3 years, and I'll say it for all the years to come.

SparkPeople means so much to me. I thank you for continuing to read and write to me. And I thank you for being my friends.



  
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JERICHO1991 12/24/2014 5:32PM

    Great job! Inspirational.

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BANNERMAN 12/18/2014 11:57PM

  Thanks for sharing your journey.

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MCJULIEO 12/18/2014 12:39PM

    It is our privilege.

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WRITERWANNAB 12/15/2014 8:15PM

    You go, Girl, & may you be this happy more often than not! emoticon emoticon

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CBARCH 12/14/2014 7:33AM

    Truly an inspiration. I'm approaching my 1 year anniversary in January, I'm down 54 lbs so far with another 26 to go. You are so right about the support on this site. Great people, just like you. Thanks for sharing.

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CICELY360 12/10/2014 10:07PM

  good blog

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HAPPYOHIO 12/9/2014 3:43PM

    Girl, you are simply amazing!!! Congrats on how far you've come in 3 years! I agree that this community is really making all the difference with my weight loss journey this time around, as well. THANK YOU for sharing your story and being such an inspiration to SO MANY of us on here! YOU ROCK! :))))

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AMBER461 12/8/2014 9:17PM

  Congratulations, you look beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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CAROLJ35 12/7/2014 11:12PM

    And we feel you are part of our lives! So happy for you and all the changes you have made in your life - all for the better!!!
Luv you, Spark Friend

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NUSTART1214 12/7/2014 6:49PM

    Thank you for sharing... Congratulations on your healthy life and marriage...

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1DAY-ATA-TIME 12/7/2014 6:39PM

    I'm Inspired! thank you for your blog. emoticon emoticon

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REBECKY441 12/7/2014 5:55PM

    What a wonderful blog. No we've never met, but we do have SparkPeople in common. You are an encouragement and motivator for all of us here. Thank you for sharing your story... and your wedding was beautiful!
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SIMONEKP 12/7/2014 1:48PM

    Nice

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THANKFULLADY 12/7/2014 1:44PM

    What a wonderful testimony and blessing!!

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SKINNYME1116 12/6/2014 10:08PM

    Amazing progress! Thank you for sharing! Congratulations :)

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WALNUTT1961 12/6/2014 9:51PM

    So very happy for you! You inspire us. emoticon

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LICIAROSS 12/6/2014 8:23PM

    Marvelous!! I don't know you but I'm proud of you! Job well done, keep up the good work💪💪💪

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2BDYNAMIC 12/6/2014 8:20PM

    You are a poster child for Spark people and my new spark friend ............ You are awesome, and I am SO happy for you! ....... you know health is yours because you reached out and seized it! emoticon

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50DOROTHY 12/6/2014 7:30PM

  I just joined Spark People and was inspired by your post. I'm worth the effort, too! Thanks for sharing your story. You're beautiful inside and out! emoticon

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KEASEB 12/6/2014 7:03PM

    Fabulous!! You are an inspiration. Beautiful wedding!

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DONNA088 12/6/2014 5:33PM

  Wow! You are amazing! emoticon

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ANGELEYEZ904 12/6/2014 2:15PM

    You have an amazing story, and with me just starting, you are a huge inspiration. I love that you show the before and after pics. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us, it really means a lot to me. You look beautiful by the way! I hope my story will be a happily ever after the same as yours.

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DAWNDMOORE40 12/6/2014 1:05PM

    emoticon on your wedding! You look beautiful! You have come a long ways and you should be very proud of yourself! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LONGCLL49 12/6/2014 1:02PM

  More wedding pics!!! What a beautiful church and gown and husband and YOU!!

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KNEEMAKER 12/6/2014 12:59PM

  Thanks for sharing and also inspiring the rest of us over the past three years!!!!

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DONNAONAMISSION 12/6/2014 12:56PM

    Such a wonderful blog. And I really needed to hear about how the Sparkpeople community helps. Thank you. :)

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BUSMOM27 12/6/2014 8:24AM

    Congratulations on your wedding. What an inspiration you are to so many people. Keep it up! emoticon

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MCELLO58 12/6/2014 12:18AM

    Look how far you've come in the last 3 years. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you and way to go! emoticon

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MCELLO58 12/6/2014 12:18AM

    Look how far you've come in the last 3 years. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you and way to go! emoticon

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GRLTAZ 12/5/2014 9:32PM

    Awesome blog ! We learn from you and you learn from us. How can that not be a win- win ? LOL !! Seeing you continue to fight and push being so near goal or at your goal inspires me to keep pushing so I thank you for that !

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SHARONBB83 12/5/2014 9:22PM

  Thank you for sharing your life with me\us! You are an inspiration! Keep pressing onward!😀

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LUVTOBOWL 12/5/2014 8:56PM

    We are the ones thankful for you!

Thanks for all the sharing you've given us.

You are awesome and an inspiration to me.

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SHAMROCKY2K 12/5/2014 8:30PM

    WOW! Congrats on your new way of living. emoticon

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MOMMY445 12/5/2014 5:24PM

    congratulations on all your successes!

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EMMA3806 12/5/2014 3:35PM

  You've done so very well. Congratulations on all you've achieved. You are truly an inspiration

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REBESANCON 12/5/2014 1:20PM

    So, so happy for you!

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HOLLYY1985 12/5/2014 12:51PM

    This inspired me so much. Thank you! You give me hope

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LOSLUNAS 12/5/2014 12:49PM

    Amazing! Congratulations on your sucess !


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UPSTAIRSMARJ 12/5/2014 10:49AM

    Wow!!! What an inspiration you are!!! Great great great story, great post. Congratulations on you dedication and success!

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PUGLOVER1999 12/5/2014 10:34AM

    Fantastic changes! You have done a great job and you are beautiful!

Thanks for sharing your journey with us and keep up the good work!

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NHEMBERGER 12/5/2014 10:12AM

    Thanks for sharing your great accomplishments with us! You are a true inspiration!
Congrats!


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    I love how you are always so positive! I enjoy reading your blogs and seeing the pictures you share. You were such a radiant bride!! emoticon emoticon

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Day 1095- Even MORE Wedding Photos

Monday, December 01, 2014

Hey Everyone.

Just wanted to give you a look at all 890+ pics from the wedding!

www.pictage.com/1519744

If you want to login, you can use a fake email address like johndoe@gmail.com. It's just to try and sell you photos ;)

It's definitely evident to me how happy I was on that day. And when I pick the prints I want for our album, I'll probably leave out some of the double chinned open mouth laughing pics. Because those aren't that cute. LOL.

But overall, so thrilled with the pics.

  
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TERRIJ7 12/18/2014 10:48AM

    I really enjoyed looking at your photos! Thank you for being willing to share them all!

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MRSRIGS1 12/15/2014 8:08PM

    Beautiful!!!

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WRITERWANNAB 12/15/2014 12:41AM

    It's fun even seeing them - almost like being there. emoticon

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POCKETFULOFSUN 12/11/2014 8:08PM

    Thanks for sharing, I feel like i was there.

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POSITIVETODAY 12/3/2014 3:37PM

    emoticon Beautiful wedding!!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/3/2014 12:00PM

    Very nice

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C8TSON 12/3/2014 11:19AM

    Beautiful photos!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/3/2014 1:52AM

  Thanks for sharing with us. I flattered, and really enjoyed seeing them.

That's a lovely setting. I like the fancy shoes and gorgeous dress. You look like a doll, and your new husband looks so glad too.

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    emoticon for sharing more emoticon Wedding Photo's emoticon & emoticon To You!!

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MARYJEANSL 12/2/2014 10:29PM

  Congrats!

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What beautiful pictures and a terrific photographer!!! You are truly blessed.
May you always be as happy as you are now! I don't know how you will ever be able to pick out your favorite pictures. They are all terrific!!!
Continued blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SUNGIRL822 12/2/2014 9:12PM

  thank you for sharing something so fun!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/2/2014 7:06PM

    Thank you for sharing pictures of your wonderful day!

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    Thanks for sharing! It looks like it was a beautiful day! emoticon

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NONNAOF2 12/2/2014 5:55PM

  I would hate to make choices, so many of your pictures are just beautiful!! :-)

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AMOS76 12/2/2014 5:04PM

  Thanks for sharing. What great pictures. The love between you both and from your friends and family is evident in their smiling faces. B-e-autiful!


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PEGGYO 12/2/2014 3:28PM

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TUBLADY 12/2/2014 3:07PM

    You are beautiful.
The wedding looked to be awesome. Beautiful pictures.
You will have a hard time picking out the ones to keep, , almost want them all .
Congratulations.
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SDEHNKE 12/2/2014 11:27AM

    They're ALL cute. It would be hard to decide.

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IDICEM 12/2/2014 10:01AM

  LOL. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful day!

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DIANNEMT 12/2/2014 9:55AM

    Blessings to you! And of COURSE you choose the ones you like the best!

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CFMOSS 12/2/2014 9:48AM

    Ahhhh......what a wonderful time of life. Thanks for letting us be a part of it.

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JIBBIE49 12/2/2014 9:14AM

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HMBROWN1 12/2/2014 8:09AM

    Beautiful!

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SHERYLP461 12/2/2014 7:42AM

    Wonderful!

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CHERYLHURT 12/2/2014 6:42AM

  Thanks so much for letting us all be a part of your special day!

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ROCKYCPA 12/2/2014 12:49AM

    Beautiful!

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    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/1/2014 11:04PM

    Glad I don't have to choose because I might just keep them all.

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IRISHGAL46 12/1/2014 10:33PM

    The picture on your Sparkpage background just about sums it all up.
Beautiful!

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SHOAPIE 12/1/2014 8:53PM

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! emoticon

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JAMER123 12/1/2014 8:37PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! You certainly were a beautiful bride!!
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ICECUB 12/1/2014 7:33PM

    BEAUTIFUL THANKS FOR SHARING. YOU WERE A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE.

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MBPP50 12/1/2014 6:02PM

    I love all the pics- you look so happy!

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