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Garlic Flowers

Tuesday, May 21, 2013



I've been watching different varieties of shallots and garlic grow in my square foot garden boxes and grow bags. Much like my weight loss, I didn't know they were going to be such slow growers. But the coolest thing was the elephant garlic this week. I had 3 spathes sprout up a couple of weeks ago, and this week they opened, revealing the flowers you see in the photo. My photography doesn't do them justice. They are a pale lavender shade. After I took the picture, I added some to a vegetable juice I made for a snack.

Then they added zing to my avocado/lime/sundried tomato dressing that topped my lunch salad. When I chewed one flower by itself, it had a STRONG bite to it, nothing like what you'd expect from such a pretty little flower. Definitely a surprise.

My journey here at spark people has had those kind of surprising moments when I think, Wow! I never thought of that; or, Okay, I never expected this!

  
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NORASPAT 5/24/2013 7:31PM

    My chives are going wild. I love the taste in a salad and I also like it with cottage cheese. Even better to stuff a roast potato with it. Dream on, I am such a SPUD LOVER Hugs Pat in Maine.
HUGS, well done your garden is doing well. We are somewhat waterlogged right now. Apple blossom everywhere but how can the bees pollenate if they cannot fly waterlogged. HUGS Pat emoticon emoticon

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ANGEL1066 5/22/2013 10:13PM

    Love my garlic, from Elephant to the tiny wild cloves. The lovely flowers are a plus, welcome in my garden. Enjoy!

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SHARJOPAUL 5/22/2013 9:54AM

    Yum!
As you wait for the garlic & shallots to mature you can also use some of the leaves, chop them up like chives (all in the same family, allium).

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PKBOO3 5/22/2013 8:19AM

    Interesting. I've been thinking of growing a couple of herbs myself. Just don't know which ones to choose.

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PAHOOT 5/22/2013 7:45AM

    Growing your own food is so wonderful. Good for you!


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JOYB19 5/22/2013 12:57AM

    Pretty things! You had some good eats today - yay!!!

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PATRICIAAK 5/21/2013 8:25PM

    super

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GEORGE815 5/21/2013 7:36PM

    Great. Keep growing!

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LESLIELENORE 5/21/2013 5:34PM

    We use garlic scapes in greens. Very yummy.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/21/2013 5:30PM

    What a lovely picture! Thank you.

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FCARMICH 5/21/2013 2:40PM

  interesting - thanx!

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Goal Chosen, and Visualization

Monday, May 20, 2013

Well, I've finally settled on my goal weight. Last week I found a picture of me in 1971 in my 2nd year of teaching.



I believe I was overweight then at 150 pounds, and the dress was a regular size 16. Sizes have definitely changed because I'm wearing regular size 16 bathing suits right now.

So I'm aiming for 140 pounds, 10 pounds lighter than that weight. I have graduation pics from even earlier times, but those pics aren't vey helpful covered up with cap and gown.

I'll be very happy to get down into the normal range.

I'm also switching my ticker over. I have been motivated seeing the "weight lost" number get bigger. But I think now I can see the possibility of reaching my goal, so I'm looking forward to that downward trend on my SP ticker.

  
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CHRISTINASP 5/22/2013 12:08PM

    Cheering you on.

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JOYB19 5/20/2013 9:11PM

    Sizes HAVE really changed over the years. It's ok - so have I...sizes, that is!

I'm determined to fight off 20 more pounds before I call it GOAL!

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NANADEE44 5/20/2013 8:58PM

    How wonderful for you to have settled on a goal weight. After many years and many different numbers appearing on the scale, it's really hard to choose what weight is the right weight. I've weighed as little as 114 and as much as 175 and many numbers in between.

I enjoy reading your blogs!

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PATRICIAAK 5/20/2013 7:47PM

    Terrific!

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Three Things

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I've written blogs in the past about the things I felt compelled to share with the world that I was grateful for. I remember being thankful for whoever invented the air conditioner last August. I remember being thankful for my doctor's concerted efforts which gave me back my energy, got rid of tinnitus, migraines, and balance problems after I stopped chemotherapy. I remember being thankful for the full plate diet which helped me see how to eat in a healthy way to lose weight without hunger. I remember being thankful for Spark people being here every day. Just in the last couple of days I wrote somewhere (thought it was a blog, but it's not here) about being thankful for the sunrise that looked like Someone was painting a water color in the sky that morning.

So now, I'm to write about three things I'm grateful for. That's really quite a list already, but I feel like I should update my list. And lest anyone think I'm NOT grateful for family and friends and God and country, I AM. I could probably go on in that vein for a list of 100+ items. No, I'm going to keep this list today focused on why I'm working here at Spark People.

1. First of all I am grateful that this program has gotten me up out of my recliner, out walking morning and evening, and working out in the community pool morning and evening. I no longer sit immobilized in my chair. I recently went shopping for a whole day in between my workouts and lived to model my purchases.

2. I am grateful that Dr. Fuhrman has been brave enough to say what he has learned is true if you want to be healthy. I didn't really want to hear it. For years, I followed an eating plan? that I felt was my right to follow, a gift to myself. I gave myself the right to eat all that stuff. I'll spare you the list, but thanks to Dr. Fuhrman's ideas behind his level 3 plan, I no longer eat anything made with white flour. I am now giving myself the gift of health in every meal. Thanks to him, I no longer want to give myself the gift of obesity, migraines, arthritis, diabetes, artherosclerosis, and cancer. I am grateful that he helped me realize that healthy = happy.

3. I am grateful every time my scale registers another half pound lighter. This morning, tears came to my eyes when it was down a whole pound. I wasn't expecting it. A thyroid issue has almost stalled the weight loss, though I continue my meal plan and fitness plan for my health. This one pound probably means more to me than the other 57 pounds.

Why is that? Well this pound means that I have stayed the course, kept on in the face of weeks with hardly any movement. It was easy to stick to the plan when there was a steady downward trend in the weight department.
It was easy to stick to the plan when health issues were being erased periodically from my "problem list." But it was getting hard to stick to it when the scale remained stoically in place, not budging. It was getting hard to stick to the plan when the thyroid issue was diagnosed and meds still don't appear to be fixing anything. My temperature has actually gone down steadily instead of rising. And all the other measurements I can monitor have remained the same. I kept telling myself that my veins and arteries were clearing out. I kept telling myself my heart was looking younger and younger. I kept telling myself that my brain was thanking me for giving back it's life by clearing out unneeded fat from my skull so there was more room for my brain to do its thing. But I didn't really believe that because my memory is still pretty dodgy.

So that one pound, 4 sticks of butter, was a huge signal. As if,

IT'S WORKING!

flashed in neon digital letters on my scale this morning.

4. I know the blog title says Three Things. And that was the outline for it. A. B. C. But I just discovered D. a 4th thing I'm grateful for--the weight tracker here at Spark People. You know how I just said my memory was a little dodgy? Well I decided to see what my weight was on March 26 when my doctor skipped all around the office because I had lost 35 pounds since he had seen me 6 months before. The weight tracker shows I have lost 6.5 pounds since March 26. Not quite the 5 pounds every 3 weeks I had gotten used to, but the scale was definitely NOT stuck in one place for the last 2 months like my dodgy brain was telling me. So, I don't know what my thyroid test score is going to show at the end of the month, but I do think Doc is going to be surprised at my continued weight loss. Maybe I should take him a pogo stick or a hula hoop, at the very least.

  
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ANGEL1066 5/22/2013 10:30PM

    I need a doc like that! How motivating to see him cavort! Congrats on that one hard won pound down. I know what you mean. The small success that comes in the face of everything stacking against you counts much more than the ones that come when all is going your way. You are an inspiration. Congrats!

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CHRISTINASP 5/22/2013 12:03PM

    And pompoms.

I love this post. Thank you.

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GEORGE815 5/19/2013 3:51PM

    Great post.

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ALDAHLQUIST 5/19/2013 10:12AM

    I've been so focused on looking forward to that "me" I want to be, I've forgotten about the better "me" I've become since joining Sparkpeople. Sometimes it helps to look back, I guess, and be grateful for the change. Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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SAGELADY2 5/19/2013 9:34AM

    Good to read all the nice benefits. Congratulations on your continued losses and better health (which means more I think than the losses). Have your doc give a lesson to my doc will you??? {{smile}} I think mine is stuck on biggest loser losses instead of reality. "what, you're not down 100 pounds in 60 days?"

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SHARJOPAUL 5/19/2013 9:06AM

    Woo Hoo!!!!!
A great reminder to keep track of the little things we do that really doi add up to a big difference.

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FISHER011 5/19/2013 2:46AM

    Love it! emoticon wish my dr would do what yours does emoticon
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JOYB19 5/19/2013 1:09AM

    Yay!!! I wish I had a doctor who skipped around for my progress - but he's so dignified and reserved... He did manage a smile!

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MARILYNROBERT 5/19/2013 1:01AM

    Congrats on the weight loss and on hanging tough even when you didn't see it on the scale. I have Hashimotos and all kinds of not so neat things that go with it. But I'm still going to be a healthy weight because I want feel good. Movement is the best thing for me along with eating healthily. Thanks for showing us how it's done!

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LINDAF49 5/18/2013 10:01PM

    Rejoicing with you!!! This is fantastic!!! I delight in your positive and teaching attitude and am learning and being encouraged daily by your efforts so in addition to the scale, I want you to also see the neon sign flashing over my head as I learn, learn, learn and put into practice the things you are teaching daily in your teams.
Big gentle hug from this 64 yr old girl in the trenches with you.

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PATRICIAAK 5/18/2013 8:43PM

    Fabulous!

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LESLIELENORE 5/18/2013 8:12PM

    emoticon emoticon You do so much for the eat to defeat team... so thank YOU!

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JUSTYNA7 5/18/2013 5:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Dance!

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KRISKAY1962 5/18/2013 4:36PM

    THIS IS WHY I WANTED YOU ON MY FRIEND LIST, BECAUSE YOUR NOT A QUITTER. I NEED ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT I CAN GET AND YOU ARE A REAL BIG HELP. THANKS FOR ALL THE REMINDERS AND YES MY BRAIN NEEDS TO BE LESS FAT ALSO. THANKS AGAIN. AND GUESS WHAT I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO LOSE MORE THAN ABOUT 15 LBS. ON ANY DIET I HAVE EVER BEEN ON BEFORE, SPARK PEOPLE IS THE GREATEST AND I AM SO GLAD AND THANKFUL FOR FINDING IT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/18/2013 4:17PM

    Great list

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/18/2013 4:17PM

    Great list

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/18/2013 4:17PM

    Great list

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BLUEROSE73 5/18/2013 3:51PM

    Love your list And congratulations on your weight loss.

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Carrot Tan or ?????

Friday, May 10, 2013

emoticon Yesterday, I dug out my juicer for the first time in a LONG time. I couldn't find the fiber receptor or the plunger, but I managed to make a cup of fresh carrot juice with a tomato.
Last night at the pool, I looked down at my feet and I looked like I had that carrot tan that ChristinaSP talked about in her blog today.

TODAY, I made the carrot juice again, this time with an apple. And I'm sitting here actually watching my hands and palms turn deep orange. (For those of you who might be scared off by orange skin, it's not so noticeable that someone else would see it and make a comment. But parts of me that used to be pale now have some color.

So?

For me, this creeping orange color is a whack upside the head with a two by four. I drank the juice 45 minutes ago. And already it has moved into all my cells doing its job of working to make every cell in my body get needed micronutrients, and turn me orange.

I WAS eating carrots before, but it appears I wasn't chewing enough.

But consider this. If these orange micronutrients can get into all my cells so quickly and make that kind of noticeable change, think about what the not-so-healthy things are doing each time I eat them, with changes that might not be as noticeable or colorful. But they are changes, all the same. Even if I am eating them in moderation, they are still flowing out to all my cells doing who knows what or where or when?


I'll leave it up to you to decide what those things might be that you really don't want moving into your cells. Personally, I have a long list.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 5/19/2013 11:51PM

    Wow, didn't know it happened that fast!? We have an orange friend who would juice up 5 pounds of carrots a day I think so I always felt like it had to be some excessive amount for weeks on end!?

Will try it in my VitaMix blender for breakfast!

Julia

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JOYB19 5/13/2013 12:40AM

    Maybe it's just gone straight to your eyes...especially if no one but you can detect the tinge of orange in your toes! Lol!

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KRISKAY1962 5/11/2013 10:24PM

    THANKS FOR REMINDING ME. ALL THOSE THINGS I DON'T NEED LIKE TRIGLYCERIDES AND SALT. THANKS AGAIN. emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 5/11/2013 1:26AM

    Oh my gosh. Wouldn't be great if the bad stuff would make us turn purple as soon as we ate it. That'd stop me in my tracks or at least I wouldn't leave the house after eating junk food...ha ha

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PATRICIAAK 5/10/2013 8:10PM

    good insight

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L*I*T*A* 5/10/2013 7:45PM

    very interesting.......
thanks for sharing.....

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LESLIELENORE 5/10/2013 6:56PM

    Wow! I have a fairly long list now that I think about it.

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MATTEROFHEART 5/10/2013 6:24PM

    That is fascinating! I did not know it would do that! I agree with JUSTYNA7. Actually, it might help deter us from eating some things if it showed up on our body like that!

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JUSTYNA7 5/10/2013 6:22PM

    Wow! Really something to think about! LOL, thinking about if everything showed on us that we ate. Hahahahahaha.

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Whacky Perceptions

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

How are you all doing?

I thought I had broken through my plateau, but just the top layer eroded away a pound and I appear to be flattened out once more. Not discouraged though.

What I find very weird is that
in my brain I know I have lost 55 pounds.
In my closet I know I have shrunk my clothes 5-6 sizes, depending upon the country where they were constructed.
In the mirror, I catch myself and wonder, "Who IS that?"
In my doctor's lab work, my health is so noticeably better that he's skipping around the office.
In my everyday life, I have so much more energy from not wasting it carrying around all that tonnage.
In my dog's moldable retractable leash, four fingers slip right through up to my thumb where I could only squeeze 3 fingers through it last December.
The front of my winter coat wraps around to where the side seams should be.
In my memory, I can't remember ever being at this low weight.
And I have the quantitative measurements, photos, graphs, etc. that attest to all of it.

So what's weird?
Well, on the inside, sitting here working on the computer, the size of my body still feels the same as it always has, no matter what I weighed.

Don't get me wrong. I also know I'm not at goal yet, have at least 30 pounds to go, perhaps more so I'm not expecting to feel THIN. But inside my skin, I still feel my size is the same as when I started this journey last summer. I'm not sure what I expected it to feel like when I had lost 55 pounds. I do know I never expected to lose those all those pounds.

So maybe that's the real purpose of this plateau. To give me time to come to terms with what this new me feels like. To give me time to shrink my perceptions down to the current me.

I think that will be an important adjustment. Otherwise I could easily put weight back on and never realize it until the whole wardrobe no longer fits.

  
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JOYB19 5/9/2013 11:09PM

    Me too. I'll always have to live with myself and a change in weight hasn't necessarily resulted in a change of mind. Very irrational physical vs. spiritual dichotomy...deep thoughts. Ack!

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SHARJOPAUL 5/9/2013 10:28AM

    Your comment about looking in the mirror and wonder who that is says a lot. You still perceive yourself the way you were last summer. Maybe you need to spend more time looking in that mirror and convince yourself that this is the new you and that the n new you will continue to ch ange


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CHRISTINASP 5/9/2013 4:59AM

    Yes, yes, I think so. I hear and I experienced it myself too, that it takes a LONG time to adjust to a lower weight. So indeed maybe your psyche just needs 'a rest' in order to let it all sink in and adjust even if your body may be ready to or okay with losing more weight.


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NANADEE44 5/8/2013 11:16PM

    Sometimes the hardest concept to grasp is thinking of yourself as thin. Thin is where I've always wanted to be and I'm almost there. One of the tips I learned many years ago, is that if I want to BE thin, I have to THINK thin. Whenever I would see my reflection in a mirror, I would still see me as a heavier person. I was losing weight, but I just couldn't see it. I wasn't thinking thin. Think thin when you choose your menu. Think thin when you are trying on new clothes. Think thin when you exercise. The more you think thin, the better your perception of yourself will be. I am definitely thinner than I was when I started losing the weight. I like the thinking thin feeling.

So, try to Think Thin. You are doing an amazing job. You have dropped sizes, you have improved your health, you have more energy. Add thinking thin to your arsenal of weight loss tools and you might just start seeing and feeling like a thin person.

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PATRICIAAK 5/8/2013 8:47PM

    Sometimes the non-scale achievements are more important.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/8/2013 7:01PM

    It's an important insight and not at all whacky. I think that I've always felt the same inside no matter what the scale says. And I'm working on thinking better of myself no matter what the scale says.

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AUGUSTDRAGON 5/8/2013 3:53PM

    Plateaus are just a temporary place to stop and catch our breath and admire the scenery. Eventually, we all move beyond and continue on our journey. The key is to look ahead, not look behind.

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LESLIELENORE 5/8/2013 3:51PM

    I too have experienced that disconnect between perception and reality. I still have days when I feel fat, but I "know" I am not anymore. It IS weird, but it eases a little the longer I am at a lighter weight.

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CATHEMARIE 5/8/2013 3:19PM

    I think you are on to something!

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JUSTYNA7 5/8/2013 2:15PM

    It is wacky. Good blog because I'm sure a lot of us relate. It's why I have so much respect for the people still "working" at maintenance. It's the reason when sometimes when we (I must mean the Royal we because it does not happen that often to me) lose a pound, we say... "only a pound" and yet we can look at a pound of butter and say, yes, that's a lot!

My aha today was because I have bought a dress. Like you, I've gone down several sizes and with a wedding this summer thought I would treat myself to a new frock. I was surprised and happy to find myself in an X. The 1X was too loose around the arm holes and the waist was too low on me. The X was flattering... but a little bit tight at the bust. Hardly noticeable but certainly the better fit. I have been getting smaller... very slowly. Not always on the scale, but in arm size, shoulder size... so by August it may fit better... or not. But here is the thing. In the past 5 years I have not GAINED weight. OK, a pound or two perhaps... but either I have maintained at a plateau or lost. And yet my fear is by August I will be larger. I finally did get rid of all my 3X and 2X clothes. I still have some 1X things that are not very flattering... but I don't trust myself. Like you, I still see myself as bigger than I am. LIke you I still have 20-30 pounds ahead before I reevaluate, but I can't let go of that fear. I decided when I realized that today that my mantra today should be "trust youself". Usually it is God I am saying that about... but I think it is time that I learn I have earned this trust.

Thank you for the link to the fullplate diet. I have been following a high fiber way of eating for some time now but I had no idea there was a site so close to what I eat now. I think it is the answer for me as I feel satisfied.

Oh... and as for plateaus. I always forget... but it seems I move past a plateau after getting a big sleep.

I get my harp back Monday. Very excited as it has been 3 weeks I have loaned it to my friend while she recovers from surgery. Woo hoo! I've missed it.

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PROPMAN1 5/8/2013 1:38PM

  It's hard to wrap ones mind around some changes. However, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CHANGE! This plateau could be what you need to have time for adjustments to sink in. However, if you want to get to the next level you must not stay too long. Enjoy the short visit but get ready to move on.

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WALLINMW 5/8/2013 1:32PM

  Stay motivated!

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MATTEROFHEART 5/8/2013 1:32PM

    I can so relate to this! I am down 55 pounds, and I am still shocked when I see a picture of myself.

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