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I'M NORMAL!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Well my BMI is, anyway!

Normal BMI at 73kg. This morning the scale said...

DO A HAPPY DANCE!

I have lost 14.6kg since the beginning of the year.
That means I have lost 16.72% of my body weight in under 10 months.
I am now in the LOW 70's!

YIPEE!!!

  
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    Congratulations!!

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    Yay!!! Do a happy dance!! (and then track the dance as fitness minutes!)

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 10/18/2012 8:46PM

    Congrats!! Keep up the good work!!

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STARGAZER420 10/18/2012 8:11PM

    wooT~! I can't wait to see that day myself :)

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LIVEDAILY 10/18/2012 6:29PM

    Oh My GOD!!! I saw the title of the blog and I KNEW even before I saw the pic!!
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That is SO exciting!!

Good for you!!

Well done, and you are on a roll!!

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    Congrats on your weight loss; you are awesome! It is really quite an achievement! emoticon

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    Congrats on your weight loss thus far!

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So, you will NEVER guess what happened to me tonight...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Boot camp tonight. We did some boxing, some circuits and lots and lots of running. I sprinted my little heart out! Got a great sweat on, felt awesome.

The local roller derby team (national champions, btw) were gathering outside since they were next to use the gym. I was standing around talking to my new boot camp friend and one of the roller derby girls came up to us and said she was watching us train, and she was impressed. Apparently she said to her team mates, "I want the girl in the green" (me). She told us when trials were and asked me to think about trying out! She explained the rules and the game, and then we stayed and watched some of their practice.

So, who would have thought 10 months ago that I would be fit enough to be spotted for a roller derby team?!?! I am really flattered, and very surprised. Something to think about, that is for sure!

  
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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/20/2012 9:15PM

    That is so cool!!! Roller derby seems like a super tough athletic sport, so the fact that they were scoping you out is an awesome compliment. If you think it looks like fun, I hope you go for it! Congratulations on being so fit! :)

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    Amazing! Well done!

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    That's awesome! Love it!!

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REMEMBER2BME 10/18/2012 12:36PM

    That is a huge compliment! Too cool!!!

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POISONGIRL999 10/18/2012 12:13PM

    That is awesome!! I wouldn't totally consider this opportunity. If I wasn't such a wuss I would try out for our local derby team.

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    You rock!
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    That is so cool!!! Way to go!!! emoticon

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LIABOOTY 10/18/2012 9:27AM

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My boss keeps saying that I would be perfect doing roller derby

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/18/2012 9:19AM

    Roller Derby!!!! Very cool!

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RUNNER12COM 10/18/2012 9:04AM

    Wow, that is one awesome non-scale victory. Well done!

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TWINSMOMMY607 10/18/2012 7:41AM

    That's awesome! You will totally kick ass!!

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JSTETSER 10/18/2012 5:46AM

    That's amazing! Let us know if you make the team. Those girls can be tough!


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Aw, man - roller derby! Does that ever take me back - so retro and so damned cool!

Ya gotta feel great about yourself knowing that you've been considered for that!

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AMSPARKER 10/18/2012 5:34AM

    truly incredible! I am so happy and proud of you!

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/18/2012 4:37AM

    What a GREAT feeling :-) Congratulations!!
Kris xx

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ARNETTELEE 10/18/2012 4:21AM

  That's just great!

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Potential travel plans

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

So I have decided to do the trip that I have wanted to do for years; Going to the USA. I put it off and put it off. No money, he didn't earn enough and I was supporting him. No more. My money now, and it is going to take me to the states!!!

I am waiting to hear back from a tour (the only factor stopping me from going ahead) and I saw the travel agent today. It would be a 3 week adventure around the Western USA.

I would hit
San Francisco

and Seattle

by myself. I would meet the the tour in LA

and we would hit San Diego

Phoenix

the Grand Canyon

and Las Vegas.

Then I would head back to LA for 4 days before going home.

I am beyond excited. I am scared out of my mind. I am just buzzing! I really, really hope I can get on this tour. From the sounds of things there is only 1 space left, and because they do same sex room shares they have to see if the spare bed is with a guy or a girl. I have a 50/50 chance of going at this point.

The only time I can do this is in January. I have 6 weeks off work, so there is plenty of time to go. I know it will be winter, and pretty cold in some places, but I don't have any other opportunities to go. I'll pack a coat and my smile and hope for the best!

So, so excited. Already planning when I can hit up the East Coast!

If anyone has been to the above places please leave the 'must do's' in the comments. I appreciate it!

  
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LIBBYL1 11/11/2012 12:06AM

  what a wonderful trip

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VOLLEYGIRL77 10/24/2012 8:36AM

    Great places!

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ANNESYLVIA 10/20/2012 6:40PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip

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GALINAZ 10/20/2012 4:15PM

    Come on over girl, weather will be fine and you'll love the wide open spaces

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NASFKAB 10/19/2012 11:00PM

  never visited western US lucky you

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ALIHIKES 10/19/2012 10:34PM

    Wow congratulations on your upcoming adventure! My trip to New Zealand (including Auckland of course) was a highlight adventure of my life. I hope your trip here to the States is equally wonderful! Bon Voyage!

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COOKINGIRL 10/19/2012 7:36PM

    I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although I have since moved away, it is still one of my favorite cities. A real highlight is to walk across the Golden Gate bridge. January is crab season, so a walking crab cocktail at Fisherman's Wharf is a classic! Riding the cable cars is a blast. Golden Gate Park is a super spot for picnics. Wear really comfortable shoes. Mark Twain said the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco! So bring a water proof (not resistant) jacket with a good fleece liner and you will be great. I am so excited for you. Send me an email if you want more detail. Happy travels.

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MAMA_CD 10/19/2012 5:56PM

    Sounds wonderful, have a great time.

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TERRIJ7 10/19/2012 9:58AM

    Being a native Californian, it's odd to me to think of my home as a tourist attraction. That being said, however, there are many marvelous things to see. Someone mentioned the drive down the coast through Oregon (gorgeous views) and I would recommend continuing south on the coast highway 101 through the Redwoods--some of the biggest trees on earth--on your way to San Francisco. Highway 101 will take you through our wine country too.

Have a marvelous time!

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PENOWOK 10/19/2012 9:06AM

    Awesome trip!! You'll be covering a ton of territory but the sites you ahve chosen will be glorious!! Keep in mind that Seattle is likely to be cold and rainy or snowy in January. I think you'll have a fabulous time!!

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SHELBEY74 10/19/2012 1:19AM

    I live in Seattle and it's a beautiful city.

The Space Needle and the Public Market are the obvious choices. The water front is a good place to see, too. You can take a ferry to Bainbridge from there (I think someone else mentioned that). There's a bunch more...Fremont, the Ballard locks, Gasworks Park...I would also recommend checking out the University of Washington campus. It's probably the prettiest I have seen.

Heck. Let me know when you're coming and I'll take time off of work to show you around! I love playing tourist in my own city!

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JAMER123 10/18/2012 10:03PM

    A dream vacation for you!! We have traveled through these areas and there is something on every corner to see. Get some tourist information and pick what your biggest interest is in these areas. A tour will set up lots of interesting places to visit.

Enjoy!! We live in the center of the USA and will be traveling east next week!!
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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/18/2012 7:19PM

    I hope you get to come. It would be a wonderful trip.

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SJKENT1 10/18/2012 4:30PM

    Hope you get picked to go!!!!

what a dream vacation for you!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/18/2012 3:58PM

  Good for YOU!!!!! Seattle is absolutely beautiful. The drive down the coast of Washington and Oregon to California is one gorgeous view after another. San Francisco is also beautiful and the Grand Canyon beyond beautiful. You can't go wrong. I hope that you are chosen and have a wonderful time. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/18/2012 3:18PM

  If you were going to be closer , we'd do lunch.

My advice to you is to have get some of " the good" ( not the cheap potato sort / with a hint or accent of clams ) clam chowder. This is an experience. The sour dough bread in San Francisco ( or most coastal areas/ are better because of the climate ).

Also while I was in Seattle i had their variety of Boston Clam chowder ( some prefer the tomato based variety ) . They have a Gouie Long Neck clam. I don't think that's speed right. Anyhow , they had huge pieces of clam in there soup and a great combination of spices. It was Italian place. emoticon

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TRACYKHOLM45 10/18/2012 2:49PM

    If you have the time and the money the San Diego Zoo is really good. emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 10/18/2012 2:46PM

    Great! The country along the CA coast is beautiful!! Sounds like a great trip. You SHOULD treat yourself!!

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HHB4181 10/18/2012 1:34PM

    Sounds awesome!

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KAYYAK1 10/18/2012 1:18PM

  Be sure to see the Saguaro cactus outside Phoenix. If you get to Tucson there is a huge area of them. Saguaro are the ones with arms.
The Grand Canyon is spectacular although in January you could run into snow and cold. Phoenix is great at that time of year.
Hope to visit your country sometime and soon.

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GOOSIEMOON 10/18/2012 1:09PM

    Just outside of SF is a place called Muir Woods - totally worth the short car ride. Beautiful, green, serene and magical. I highly recommend a walk through here for the amazing trees and lovely green...ahhhh....

http://www
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CARLA-216 10/18/2012 12:09PM

    How exciting for you! I hope you get the spot on the tour. This sounds totally awesome and amazing! And, while I've never been out west, I am pretty sure the winter is much milder out there than much of the rest of the country.

Maybe you'll pass close enough to me when you get to head out to our east coast and I can travel to meet you.

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KKARENKM 10/18/2012 11:02AM

    vegas - make sure you go up the stratesphere and if you're really brave try the rides on top.

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MICNJ43 10/18/2012 10:52AM

  All the places you picked are great. If you like warm weather stay to the south in Jan. I live in Las Vegas and Jan is a perfect time of year.

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KARRENLYNN 10/18/2012 10:35AM

    What a great trip. Life is short. Do it while your health is good enough and you have the opportunity. I hope you can go and have a great time! :)



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    Love the pictures!
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FARIS71 10/18/2012 9:36AM

    What a great tour. I live in the US and would LOVE to see those places too. Best wishes!

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MIMIDOT 10/18/2012 9:27AM

    Been to them all! All great places to visit. Hope you can make it. Enjoy!!!

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DJSHIP46 10/18/2012 9:11AM

    I hope you achieve your dream... and wave at me when you fly over the North coast of California... about 350 miles North of San Francisco... ENJOY!!!

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YULLABELLE 10/18/2012 8:59AM

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FIT4BRIT 10/18/2012 8:56AM

  You are going to love San Francisco and Seattle! Here is my short list of places I love...

San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street, Crissy Field, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Orpheum Theater

Seattle:Pike Place Market, Space Needle and Original Starbucks

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ANDY_54 10/18/2012 8:52AM

    Awesome! I've hiked the Grand Canyon, would caution you that January can be snowy and only the south rim is open during that time frame. But it's beautiful in winter (and cold) and no crowds! Good luck with your travels.

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NEWMOM20121 10/18/2012 8:47AM

    Hope you get to come.

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LULUBELLE65 10/18/2012 8:41AM

    I loved in SF for several years and it's a pretty amazing place, Get out of the city and see the Redwoods and Napa/ Sonoma if you can. I loved taking guests to Alcatraz--it's a boat ride, a walk on a beautiful island with a view of the city AND a history lesson all in one! The food is great in SF, but you'll burn off all those calories walking--Chinatown, North Beach and the Haight are all must-sees!

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JLEMUS1 10/18/2012 8:37AM

    Awesome trip, In Vegas you will have alot of fun..just remember the rule: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.. emoticon All those places are alot of fun but your right it will be cold. In Seattle the needle is awesome and has a great restaurant on the top that turns so you can see all the city. In Vegas if you get a chance see a show and just enjoy it. Have fun!!! emoticon emoticon

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CAROLCRC 10/18/2012 8:30AM

    In Seattle take a ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island, walk around for an hour and ferry back - the ferries are a huge part of Seattle life, and seeing the city from the water view is great.

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DNRAE1 10/18/2012 8:00AM

    Sure hope you get to go! I live here and it still sounds like a great trip! emoticon

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TWINSMOMMY607 10/18/2012 7:43AM

    My husband and I went to San Francisco this past summer and LOVED it! I can give you great restaurant recommendations and places to go. We also went to Seatlle two summers ago (but only for two days before we headed to Alaska). I am jealous, it sounds like a great trip!!

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LIFETIMER54 10/18/2012 7:35AM

  Absolutely fantastic trip for you. Now your following trip will be to come to Canada...hint hint nudge nudge LOL.... emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/18/2012 7:19AM

    WOW!!! You have a great trip planned, I do hope you get to go, please let us know as soon as you know. I think the only places you will need a coat are Seattle and The Grand Canyon.

The other sparkers that have made suggestions as Cirque, etc. are right on!

If you haven't been to Disneyland you should go when you are in LA.

Have a great time as I am BELIEVING you are going! Picture in your mind you being there. Claim it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 10/18/2012 7:02AM

    you will love the Grand Canyon. good luck!

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GARDENCHRIS 10/18/2012 6:30AM

    all very nice places enjoy! The canyon is everything and more!

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GI Jane

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tonight at boot camp my nickname was GI Jane. I like that! Boot camp was TOUGH tonight. Behind my gym is a set of concrete stairs that most people don't know are there. We know that they are there. Oh boy, do we know that they are there.... The basic circuit was up the stairs, down the road a little, down the driveway, back to where we started. Once we were back we had to complete things like planks, side planks, moving planks (anyone notice a pattern) sit ups, push ups.... You get the idea. It was tough. It was great! I loved every second of it. I wish they had been like this from the start. I was able to really challenge myself tonight. I sprinted up those stairs, did the strength faster than the others so I did more, etc.

Also, day 8 in range. Whoop whoop! Even some room for dessert if I want some ;)

ALSO, good news. I can officially say that I have a job next year. The rest of the staff were told today, so I can now shout it from the rooftops. It looks like I will be teaching 4 days in my own class and 1 day taking an extension group of gifted children. I am very excited!

  
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REMEMBER2BME 10/18/2012 12:38PM

    Amazing. You totally rock!

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LYNSEY723 10/16/2012 11:44AM

    Way to go at boot camp!!! I love that you kicked your own butt faster than everyone else did!! :)

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CARLA-216 10/16/2012 10:02AM

    You are a rock star with your boot camp!

Congrats on Day 8 AND on having a job for next year! Even better you have your own class for 4 days, right?

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/16/2012 8:49AM

    Awesome!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/16/2012 7:50AM

    You go girl!!! Keep on keeping on!!!

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LIVEDAILY 10/16/2012 5:57AM

    As long as you don't shave your head!
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Day 8 for tracking and in range! Way to go!! And you were initially so skeptical!

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Very glad to hear about your job!!
Congratulations!!

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JSTETSER 10/16/2012 5:48AM

    Congratulations on 8 days on track and getting the news that you have job security for another year.
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ANAJAK 10/16/2012 5:03AM

    WOOHOO for YOU!!! Sounds like a fantastic day!!

Ps. I am still on day 4 of being in range but walked away from pizza for dinner tonight :)

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7 days in range

Monday, October 15, 2012

7 days. Wow. Who am I? I even have another 100 calories left, but I'm not hungry, so they don't matter!

Back to school today. I winged it, but it worked. I haven't been able to concrentrate on work in days,so I had nothing planned. The kids didn't even notice, so that was good. Tomorrow I'm not in my classroom, so I have the day to pull myself, and my planning, together.

Teaching is hungry work. I was starving by 10am and morning tea isnt until 11! Need to investigate a 'just before school snack' to hold me over until break time.

Aiming for 8 days in range. I have boot camp tomorrow, and I am looking forward to it. I just hope my mum doesn't suggest fast food for dinner; dad is away overnight and when it is just us two she tends to suggest things that are quick and easy. Sometimes if I offer to cook it is ok...

Wish me luck for day 8 of eating in range (and hopefully a pretty, pretty loss on the scale soon)

  
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LYNSEY723 10/15/2012 11:13AM

    You are going awesome! I hope you get to feeling better emotionally. It's hard stuff to go through!

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NELLJONES 10/15/2012 9:44AM

    When I was working I relied on a glass of milk to tide me through. I'd keep those Parmalat lowfat milks in my drawer and suck it down at room temp. It did the trick.

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JJAQUES41 10/15/2012 8:04AM

    Good job creating short, fastbreak goals-go for 8 days! Sometimes it's hard to be focused when your schedule changes up, it'll all snap into a place in a bit.

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JSTETSER 10/15/2012 6:21AM

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TDEMAIO2 10/15/2012 6:00AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and if they do want fast food choose something small like a kids meal or say I will fix something at home? Your doing GREAT : )

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LIVEDAILY 10/15/2012 5:43AM

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If you Mom suggests fast food, pick a place that has some healthier choices for you. I hope you have a pretty, pretty loss on the scale, too!!

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