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Taking the "Fat to the Mat!"

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

As many of you know, I have been on Spark People for a wonderful blessed 5 years now!

I have learned to care about myself, eat very healthy, exercise and be so much more active! Even my thoughts towards myself are so much more healthy!
My body has changed so much including my shape...a lot! I have lost several sizes. But the scale has moved so, so slowly! Slower than a turtle in molasses and concrete!!
I am NOT one that gives up, ever! Did I mention that I never give up?

So, I decided to attack this weight issue from another angle. You know me...go, go, go even when the scale isn't going down. In fact it went up 5 pounds over the last few weeks even though my diet has been fine and I have been getting lots of outdoor exercise.

So I am taking the "fat to the mats!" I am recording all that I eat in my Fitbook and have been doing that for about 8 weeks now. I am not completely consistent, but I'm getting better and really am so much more mindfull of everything I eat.

I have found that consistency is a real issue for me especially with homeschooling 3 of my kids who are all special needs including issues of AD/HD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, and other neurological disorders. My daughters attending therapies two days a week to help them and I am so thankful for that. My youngest daughter who will turn 7 next week has many medical issues including neurological, wiring, and processing issues along with a GI disorder and complete incontinence and lack of bowel control. We go to specialists and Drs. frequently and they aren't close by! It is a lot to handle and a lot of stress, even though I feel so wholeheartedly blessed!

Continuing on my "Fat to the mat" plan includes the following...
I have saved up for a wonderful piece of exercise equipment that has gotten top ratings all over including SparkPeople. It is called a Fitdesk pedal desk. Basically it is an upright exercise bike with a small desk attached to the handlebars for a laptop to be used or nook.
I am including the link to for it so you can see a picture and also there is free shipping which saves A LOT on an item of 33 pounds!

Though I get a lot of exercise with house cleaning, gardening, yard work, and playing with the kids (not to mention the planned exercise on the elliptical and treadmill) I just am not taking off the weight. The Dr. says I'm healthy and doing all that I need to. She also said that there is a population of people that is believed to be "healthy overweight!" Somehow that wasn't reassuring even though it explains a bit of my problem. Stress is also a huge factor. But I wasn't ready to settle for that.

Even though I am so very active, I spend a lot of time on the computer and reading books on my e reader. I am always researching something (part of having Aspergers I believe!) regarding my kids challenges or healthy issues, or for our homeschooling.

Amazingly with my new Fitdesk, as I have been typing this blog and doing email and other research, I have been pedaling away for almost an hour!! How cool is that?! I am exercising while getting work done, using my time wisely as with my schedule, fitting in workouts is so challenging!

The Fitdesk is very comfortable (seat is more generously sized, thankfully!), well designed and just perfect for what I need. And it is much more affordable than a lot of the equipment out there. It is very quiet, smooth and stable. And there is a tension control knob to increase the intensity. The Fitdesk does have a control panel that will record and scan for time, distance, speed and cals. I am not sure yet how accurate it is, but that is the small stuff. I let my Fitbit which is very accurate measure my stats. This is truly a win-win situation!

So, when the scale won't budge, take the fat to the mat! Find a way that works for you that makes you feel good, and really makes a difference in your health. I am so pleased!!

I hope all of you have a very healthy happy day! You are so worth it!!

Hugs to all, Cathy emoticon

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/26/2014 10:27AM

    That is amazing! Hope it works for you Cathy! emoticon

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CTMOM2KIDS 11/23/2012 5:19PM

    What a great blog entry!! I joined SparkPeople in March of 2010 and lost 45 pounds promptly. But when I hit my first major plateau and the just scale just would not move, I became incredibly frustrated. I was eating well and exercising, yet the weight would not come off. That's when I feel off the wagon! I gained 25 pounds back, but here I am again. I recommitted myself earlier this month and have lost 10 pounds. Net, net I am down 30 pounds versus 2 years ago.

Thank you for telling this story!


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JELLYBEAN007 8/10/2012 7:01PM

    I struggle with consistency, too. But struggling with something doesn't mean it has to defeat us! Tracking can be a really helpful tool - I'm not sure how anyone finds time to do it every day, but it can make a huge difference when things aren't quite working. And the fitdesk sounds *fabulous*!
Hang in there, and keep up the good work!

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PIGLETSMALL 7/18/2012 5:30AM

    WOO HOO! Well done Cathy! Thank you for posting this. You continue to inspire me. x

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DEE797 6/28/2012 12:35PM

    With all that you do and have going on in your life you still find time to inspire and motivate the rest of us. Thanks for the link to the Fitdesk, looks interesting. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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TINA2016 6/27/2012 5:51PM

    You are such an inspiration to many Cathy and your weight will drop, even though slowly . hugs

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GEORGIAK25 6/27/2012 4:20PM

    Thank you Cathy for sharing this with us, and I am looking at the fit desk now. I will pray those last few pounds disappear soon for you. Hugs dear friend. You are such an Inspiration.

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New Year, New Hope

Monday, January 02, 2012

Hi Wonderful Spark Community!

I can't believe another year has flown by. I just reflected on my 2011 goals. So how did I do? Well, some good, some great and some, let's just say need some revision!

I didn't lose anything this year. That was really disappointing. I know part of it is my age, some of it was working through some food allergies, and some it was just plain being human. I didn't do things right all the time. I couldn't possibly!

I make no excuses, but I accept where I am right here, right now. I am choosing to look at all the positive achievements of this past year. What good would it be to look at it any other way?

I did read some of the books on my list. They were very good and very helpful.
I did eat healthy a very good "portion" of the time!
I did a lot to stay mindful of what I ate the majority of the time.
I did stay active most days.
I did get my 10,000 steps a day
I did exercise, maybe not as I intended, but I kept moving!
I did spend some more time on me. That is huge for me!
I did move down into a smaller size, somehow, even though my weight didn't change!
There are plenty more positives, but that is a good start.

I am not content to stay here though!

I am going to continue my progress with simple attainable goals for this year.
I tend to put too high of expectations on myself and then judge me harder than others would on the issue of fitness and eating healthy.

So these are my beginning goals for 2012...they are like water constantly moving and taking shape.
Unless otherwise noted, these things will be done daily to the best of my ability and schedule.
Remember it's all about being real. If I make things too hard, what hope do I have of attaining these goals? I would rather start small.

Weigh and measure everything
Read all food labels
Track all that I eat (use FitBit)
Exercise a minimum of 20 minutes a day to start with
Walking and playing with the dogs daily (this is an easy one!)
Schedule and plan
10,000 steps a day minimum
10 stair climbs a day minimum (this is a FitBit measurement)
Plenty of Water daily
Coffee in morning only
Tea and water the rest of the day
Oh, one more time. I have to get better about this. I want time for me to just be me and enjoy some reflective time.
Lastly, but a high priority...make time for prayer and devotion. I wouldn't be who I am or where I am without God.

I am ready for this! Are you?

Wishing everyone, a very healthy happy New Year!

Hugs to all, Cathy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBGEO 5/30/2012 5:57PM

    Hey Cathy!
Don't know why I didn't see this before, but I love your plan!!!

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PIGLETSMALL 1/15/2012 3:02PM

    Wow! I love reading your goals Cathy! Prayer and devotion to God is something I have consciously started thinking about each morning and evening - having faith is wonderful. 10,000 steps is a massive goal. I don't walk very far so maybe I ought to do more of this. I did start Nordic walking on Saturdays though. It's fun walking with two poles and then our instructor gets us to pause for stretches and exercises before we continue again! Thank you for being such a dear friend. Hugs and love xxx

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MAVERICK59 1/9/2012 12:28PM

    I enjoyed reading this blog and I could feel your positive energy. I wish you the very best in reaching all of these goals.


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FUSCHIA6 1/9/2012 8:44AM

    Good for you for how far you have come. Down a size & same weight means you gained muscle & lost fat. So you did lose in the last year & your heart & brain are healthier for the nutrition & exercise. Go Spark Sister!
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SAISHA100CJ 1/3/2012 12:20PM

    Happy New Year, Cathy! Your goals sound great! 2012 will be a wonderful year! Hugs, CJ

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SUZANNE0606 1/3/2012 12:01AM

    Yesterday morning, I weighed exactly what I weighed on 1/1/11. Sadly, though, I had lost 8 pounds twice this year. I guess I need to concentrate on keeping it off and staying on track!!

Ok, Cathy. Time to get serious here!!! You and I can do this!

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Making SENSE of my 2011 Goals!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Goals for 2011
This is my commitment to myself to take care of me. I have tried so many different ways to lose the weight and though I’m halfway to my goal it has taken a very long 4 years to get there. Literally 11 pounds a year! Through it all I have been raising our 5 kids (4 with special needs) which require a lot of extra attention, Dr. specialists and therapies. I tell you the truth, I feel so blessed!! My kids are such a gift to my husband and I!! We love them just as they are! Homeschooling them has been such a blessing as I have incorporated healthy eating, exercise and other habits into our curriculum. And they are really doing well with it!! Thanks Spark!

This is very long, but putting my goals in print makes it real, and sharing it with my healthy Spark Community takes it out of park and gives me accountability to keep moving!
I have gained priceless wisdom on healthy eating and exercise that has forever changed me. And this journey would not be possible without the wonderful help of SparkPeople and all the members that have been a part of my path. THANK YOU!!
I know I will never go back to the very unhealthy person I was…physically, physiologically or mentally!
A reflection of this past year has really kicked my determination and motivation into high gear.
Sadly, I lost my sweet brother this past June at the age of 51. He died of complications to surgery from a birth defect of a shortened esophagus. He always struggled with his weight in his adult life.
In December my husband (my soul mate) turned critically ill with a severe acute pancreatitis attack. I almost lost him! His pancreatic levels were so high that for many it is damaging to the major organs or fatal. My dear husband is recovering well, but we still don’t know the cause. More testing will be done. My husband doesn’t drink or smoke which are the main causes of pancreatitis. High triglycerides are also a cause, but that wasn’t an issue for him either. Even so, the Dr. has ordered him to eat a restricted low-fat meal plan. I’ve turned him onto Spark People’s tracker and he has faithfully tracked his nutrition for the best health! THANKS SPARKPEOPLE!!

This year will mark a very adventurous, limit breaking (ones set by fear of failure) path. I’ve made a list of my goals that I know will work for me. They incorporate things I’ve learned from Spark and my teammates here, and the extensive research I’ve done and continue to do. I’ve also included things that I know personally work for me, like reading for pleasure and growth. I don’t have all the answers, so I look to reliable trustworthy resources for wisdom, guidance and knowledge. Even if I only glean one idea from a book or other source it is well worth it for my growth and success!

Books – I plan to read an inspirational and/or personal growth book at least once a month. These books aren’t all about weight loss, but they are about determination, faith, survival, courage, healthy mind, body and spirit. I may not read them in exactly the order listed, but the idea is to give my mind a workout as well as my body. There is nothing like an inspirational story to get you motivated. If you know me I am usually reading 5 or more books at once!
So here is the list!
Idoleyes: My New Perspective on Faith, Fat and Fame by Mandisa
Believe It, Be It by Ali Vincent Choosing To See by Mary Beth Chapman
Fat Chance by Julie Hadden (Biggest Loser contestant)
Faith & Fat Loss by Ron Williams
Who Switched Off My Brain? And The Gift in You by Dr. Caroline Leaf
A Course in Weight Loss 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson
What Would Jesus Eat? The Ultimate Program for Eating Well, Feeling Great and Living Longer by Don Colbert, M.D.
Nice Girls Finish Fat, Put Yourself First and Change Your Eating Forever by Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed.
Last Journey Down, How I lost 87 Pounds and Kept It off for 11 Years and Counting by Miche Evans
The Clothesline Diet by Karen Gatt
I Finally Understand! A Personal Weight Loss Story by Deb Micinski
Where Did All the Fat Go? By Rob Huizenga, M.D. (Dr. for Biggest Loser)
Okay, that should be a good start!! LOL
Now I didn’t plan on my goals turning into an acronym, but it is so like me to find one! It works for me as it helps me remember in my head! We are taught this way in school to remember important facts. I learned it while practicing piano! The acronym is: SENSE! And this whole plan makes total SENSE!!

My Spirit - Read through the Bible in 1 year I have never done this in a year, so this is my year. Our spiritual health is so important to our physical and emotional health. I believe they are all tied together.

My Exercise – A regular commitment to exercise every day. I’ve joined the Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge team to give me some structure.
I will also be doing ST including Free Weights and my new Kettle bells I got for Christmas, and my stacked weight machine.
I will do Cardio through the Wii (Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout, Sports Active and Wii Fit; Elliptical, Punching bag and Treadmill.
I will keep track of these exercises through Spark or BodyMedia Fit with my monitor.
And of course I will continue to exercise with my Border Collies and Sheltie walking and playing soccer (no matter the weather.)

My Nutrition – Track! Weigh and measure. I have read so many times that tracking is a huge successful tool. I know it works for me as well.
I will stay within my cal range and track on the BodyMedia website.
Try one new recipe a month or sooner from the Clean Eating magazine or The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook by Jillian Michaels

My Sanctuary, Space – A quiet place for me, a time that is relaxing and uninterrupted.

My Energy – Like anything that is seasoned, it only gets better with age. Like a strong fresh cup of coffee that with a rich satisfying flavor that lasts beyond the last sip leaving me feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world!
These are some of the things that are energy builders for me…
Take time to refresh – Me time!
Eating well
Peace - stress reduction
My hope is that this will really make a difference not only for me, but for everyone else that really needs it! And so you could add another E to the end for Encouragement. I really believe that when you touch others’ lives, pay it forward, you grow exponentially and you live a much richer fuller life. I can’t imagine my life not touching others. I want to be a good example to my family and friends so that they can live healthy happy lives as well. .
I know I can do this I need to make it happen.
Anything is doable if we believe we can do it and more importantly, Believe in Ourselves!
I will keep you updated through my blogs as to my progress.
I wish everyone success, health and happiness in this New Year! It is a gift!

Hugs to all, Cathy
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TINA2016 1/2/2012 12:50AM

    Sweet lady you are amazing. You inspire me to do better. hugs

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JOYLJL 1/6/2011 11:11AM

    CBN has a read the bible in a year. they send you waht to read daily with a verse to remember.
I just signed up. I dont' know if I'll make it, but I did it today. So join me. emoticon

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MTNGRL 1/1/2011 6:15PM

    Cathy, great blog. Well thought out and a wonderful plan. This past year has been full of challenges for you but you have stayed focused and determined. I know 2011 is going to be a good year.

BTW, have you listen ted Mandisa's CD titled Freedom. Wow she has a beautiful voice and I really love some of those songs. On second thought maybe you recommended this CD. Can't remember, lol!! Anyway I really like it.

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SAISHA100CJ 1/1/2011 4:19PM

    emoticon It has been a tough year for you, Cathy. I know 2011 will be a better year! emoticon Great goals! emoticon

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    Keep me posted on how the books are. That's something I probably should do too but going to wait until I'm done with school in May.

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New Year, New Me! (Part 1)

Monday, December 27, 2010

This is really just an intro to what I am planning in the New Year. I am tired of being in "Plateau-ville." I am done with stagnating. I am ready to really make a difference in my life and in turn in others as well.
I am working on my "Goals for 2011" and plan to finish and post them by the beginning of the new year.
I am excited about this journey, yet terrified...
Why you ask?
I am so afraid of failure that I sometimes just stand still. I am afraid of the negative messages I have heard from some people in my past and present. I learned how to bash myself from others so well that I do it to myself before they get the chance. That has to change.
I have been taking care of everyone else, but not making myself a priority. That has to change.
I have allowed my fear of failure control my path to growth and success.
My title on my SparkPage is Cathy's Courage...where is that courage? I will be finding that this year!!
So this year I will focus on many key areas of change.
Stay with me, I will share more as I put this awesome plan together.
The biggest part of my plan that I can share right now is to reach my goal weight this year!
I know way deep down inside that I can do it...I just have to believe in myself to find that
"hidden file."

Thanks to all of you who have encouraged and supported me the last almost 4 years on Spark...I wouldn't be here without you.
I am already a much healthier person and lighter!! Now I have to stop making goals "open-ended" in regards to time.
There is no better time than now.
There are no more "but if's..." to drag around.

This will be a great year!

Hugs to all,


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HOLLYROSE333 12/29/2010 11:00AM

    I'm ROOTIN' for you friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy New Year!

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SAISHA100CJ 12/28/2010 7:55AM

    emoticon 2011 is going to be a wonderful year! emoticon

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CMEEHERNANDEZ 12/27/2010 4:02PM

    You can do it, Cathy! To help with those negative thoughts, post up positive ones (about all that you have already accomplished in regards to health and weight) so that you are constantly seeing them!

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DEE797 12/27/2010 3:51PM

    I know you can do this. You have always been there for me and others on this journey and we are here to support you on yours. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

May 2011 be all that you want it to be. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 12/27/2010 3:43PM

    Cathy, we both need to make it a great year! We can do that.

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GEORGIAK25 12/27/2010 3:43PM

    You can do it. You are always and inspiration to me. With your determination it may also rub off on me.

Good luck I know you can do it. emoticon

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A Season of Miracles!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hi Everyone!
I am so thankful for all of you! I appreciate the prayers and thoughts coming our way for our family and especially my husband, Randy. Due to a lack of time I am writing a general letter to all my teams, so please forgive!
I brought him home yesterday and have been very busy taking care of him and the kids and the house, etc! On December 11th, he was rushed to the hospital via ambulance in excrutiating pain. We were having a Christmas party at our house with family. Thankfully we had the extra help right then, right there to keep our younger kids from seeing their Daddy going through this! He was suffering from Acute Pancreatitis.
The nurses tell us we “dodged a bullet.” The Drs. are amazed that Randy is okay without further organ damage. We have been told many times that many don’t survive this attack and with the numbers that my husband had for his pancreas it is a miracle he is alive. With a lipase level (digestive enzyme made by the pancreas) of 41,000 the Dr. said they would see the pancreas “digesting itself,” kidney failure, etc. The normal level is 100-300! It’s a little hard to come to grips with the fact that I almost lost him!
We still don’t know what caused the acute pancreatitis and further testing will be done to try to figure that out. Randy can’t afford to have another attack.
Right now is at a 50 percent lung capacity and using a spirometer to build up again. They say his lung was 40% collapsed.
Due to the lower body cavity including intestines, colon etc. being “bathed” in enzymes and insulin, the lower digestive track “froze” and they were concerned about a blockage…that has very slowly resolved itself as well.
He will be on a very restrictive low to no fat diet for a while until the pancreas heals and may be on this diet indefinitely. Not at all a problem as this is pretty much what I have done for myself with eating. It is good for us!!
I am so exhausted from serving everyone all the time. But I am honored to do it and still in that auto-mode. I am looking forward to some down time sometime.
I am so very thankful for Sparkpeople and all the healthy lessons I have learned! I could never have had the energy to get through this in my old unhealthy state...mentally or physically! And having learned so much about healthy eating I can carry that forward for my husband and help him to be healthy once again!
I am so very grateful for all my SP friends that are always there praying and encouraging and supporting me and my family!! You rock!!
I am so thankful that we are celebrating the miracles that have been gifted to us this Christmas.
Thank you so much everyone!!
Hugs to all! Cathy

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CAROLYN0107 12/26/2010 7:10AM

    Praise the Lord for your Christmas Miracle! Randy is ok and is home. Now Cathy. Please take a day off for yourself. Try to get away from the house, without the kids. Go shopping or to the Library or somewhere, just you. Take yourself and a good book out to eat lunch. Just relax for a few hours. You deserve a break.


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BEC_55 12/22/2010 12:17PM

    So very glad that Randy got home before Christmas. I know it will be a lot of work for you trying to take care of everyone - but it is better than having him in the hospital and having to run in between taking care of the rest of the family.
Happy Holidays to you and your family Cathy!

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JELLYBEAN007 12/22/2010 12:11AM

    Thank God for a miraculous recovery! I'm glad he's home, Cathy, and your family is still in my prayers.

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MTNGRL 12/21/2010 6:48PM

    Praise God that Randy is home and now under your loving care. May God continue to heal him. I also hope that family will continue to help you out as your are wearing more hats than most people do. Hugs and prayers to you, Randy and your special family.

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DEE797 12/21/2010 1:57PM

    So glad to read that Randy is home and out of danger. Thoughts, prayers, emoticon and emoticon coming your way during this Season of Miracles.

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DARBOYMOM 12/21/2010 1:12PM

    Wow -- thank you for sharing your story. All my best wishes for a worry free and peaceful Christmas. I hope you have help for your party. Will pray for further miracles in the form of quick healing and pain relief for your husband.

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SAISHA100CJ 12/21/2010 1:05PM

    Cathy, I am so glad that Randy is doing so much better and is home from the hospital now. I know this has not been an easy time. Take care, all of you get the rest you need, and have a wonderful holiday. Hugs & Prayers, CJ

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ALADY2BE 12/21/2010 12:03PM

    Miracles are still an everyday occurrence. Thanks for sharing yours.

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