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#75 - Call me Crazy.

Friday, August 10, 2012

After yesterday's blog posting, I have found a running store in Myrtle Beach, so I hope to go on Saturday. If not, next week, I am going. I'm ready to get back to running and feeling good. (Thanks for all the comments!)

Anyways, as I was heading to my Mom's house last night, I caught a glimpse of a billboard that had information about a 5K on it coming up in October. So, I asked my Mom about it, but she hadn't noticed the sign. Needless to say, I sort of got excited. Haha.

So, today I looked up races in where I live, and I found quite a few. I need some advice though. I found one called "Ray Tanner Home Run". It's a 5K Run/Walk that has ends on the Carolina baseball home plate. (If you don't know, I am a HUGE Carolina Gamecocks fan. I breathe Carolina football and baseball. Seriously, it's like my life. Haha.) So, this would be a dream come true. Problem? (Because there's always fine print...) It's October 13, 2012. Yep. This October. That's two months and two days away. So, I ask my fellow runners - is this worth it? Can I train safely in two months? I can walk and run if I want. (Registration is open until September 13th.)

I also found two others, but they are next March and April. I think I might only do one of these.

Anyways, what are your thoughts? Any advice (besides getting new shoes) for preparing for a race?


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CNTRYGL1 8/13/2012 12:46PM

    I think signing up for a race is absolutely a good way to motivate yourself to really push those workouts! I started running in January and Im just now where I can run a full 5k OUTSIDE. I got to where I could run it on the treadmill doing the Couch to 5k program, and thought I was good...went outside and made it about a mile and a half! But as others said, you dont have to run the whole thing, just run what you can. Just dont psych yourself up to where you will be disappointed if you walk part of it. emoticon

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CHODGES83 8/13/2012 10:01AM

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/11/2012 12:43PM

    emoticon That is really great! Proud of you!

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MARVEEME 8/10/2012 9:34PM

    Go, Girl!

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MUFFIY831 8/10/2012 9:08PM

    Absolutely you can do it! There are a million couch-to-5K programs you can find online that will get you up and running in 6 weeks, or you can use them for inspiration and create your own program. I've been running for a long time and I still do intervals, so no shame in not running the whole race. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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JEANNINEMM68 8/10/2012 8:34PM

    First off let me say GO GAMECOCKS!!!!! I was at a baseball game this year with my kids when we went to Columbia to visit (I live in NY). I have also been to a football game many years back. I am glad to see another Cocks fan. I would love to do the 5k that would be so cool. I am so glad that you signed up for it. You will do great and if it ends up in the stadium it is beautiful. My Aunt's company actually built it. Good luck to you.

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TARAFROMTX1 8/10/2012 5:19PM

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WINNIE1978 8/10/2012 3:23PM

    You'll never know if you don't try, right? I don't think you have to walk 100% or run 100% of the race. You can probably do a mix and be just fine.

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WALKING_WONDER 8/10/2012 2:02PM

    Go for it! If you can't safely run it on that day, walk or jog instead. As you stated, it's a dream event for you, so why not give it a try? Keep us posted on your decision.

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DRAGONFLY02 8/10/2012 1:03PM

    I say go for it. It gives you motivation to train and 5k really isn't that bad to do, even if you have to walk part of it. My husband and I walk most evenings, pushing the kids in a stroller, and our distance is usually about a 5k. Of course, it's easier to walk, but still easily doable. And I believe if you following the Couch to 5k program, that takes 8 weeks, so it would bring you right up to your race if you start now. And if you take longer to complete the program than the 8 weeks, at least you'd still be in decent enough shape to do a fair about of running.

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CAROLYN_ROSE 8/10/2012 12:52PM

    Go for it!!!! You'll do great

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ALLIEALLIE2 8/10/2012 12:35PM

    I say go for it! emoticon u on!!

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BONDMANUS2002 8/10/2012 12:27PM

  do it now

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#74 - Attention Runners.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

For the past few weeks, I have been running (well, jogging, ha - I am slow.) off and on. Monday's run went great. I ran farther than I thought I could. I took breaks when I needed and then I kept going. Last night was different. While I continued to amaze myself at how far I could run (I think I ran more than I walked), my knees, shins, and ankles were in extreme pain. They ached so bad. To be honest, it ached more when I walked than when I ran (which is why I think I ran more, ha). I ended up cutting the session short to just a 5K. It was all I could handle.

Last night, I took a Tylenol, and I woke up feeling better. However, I was a little worried that it would happen again, so I didn't go on my morning walk today which I regret. I've been icing certain trouble areas as well as taking Tylenol today.

So, I ask my fellow runners - what else can I do to get past this? Tomorrow is my run day, and I really want to do it, but I am scared of the pain. Are there any stretches I can do? Also, I think I need new running shoes. How do I go about buying the right ones?

P.S. NSV last night - My boyfriend was eating chips and leftovers for a "late night snack", and I didn't give in! I drank my water, and I went to bed! emoticon

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GAZAGIRL29 8/10/2012 7:57PM

    My shins and calves will give those issues to and usually it is my shoes. How long have you had those and how many miles have you put on them?
Try fit testing...go to a local running store and they will usually do the testing for free and the shoes are great. If you want to go a cheaper route...Runner;s world magazine this month has a shoe guide that will help you but you need to know some basics about your own stride and how your run.
Good luck! emoticon

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AWESOMEKATY 8/10/2012 10:14AM

    Try taking a short and simple walk before you start to run. Warm ups help loosen and stretch your muscles and I think it really helps when I'm feeling pain. Also it's great you avoided temptation from those late-night snack sessions! They are usually tough to resist, but not for a superstar like you!

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FRACKTHATNOISE 8/10/2012 10:00AM

    I think someone else may have mentioned - shoes could be the culprit!

When I was running into shin splints, calf pain and ankle troubles getting new shoes and paying attention to my form helped immensely.

Other things I have found helpful:

1. Stretch! Always stretch! ALWAYS
2. Warm Up. 5 minutes, no matter what
3. Hydration - I always know when I forgot to drink before my run, I can feel it pretty much everywhere!

Good luck on overcoming your obstacles!

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JEANNINEMM68 8/9/2012 9:39PM

    Ugh I had the same problem with running. I was getting such pains that I could not do it. I decided that it was not worth it to me. I will stick with walking for right now and maybe work up to running later. I knew that if I stuck with the running I would be giving myself an excuse not to run so I decided that it was better all around to walk. I do know that shoes are very important though. I have been to enough high school track meetings for my son to know that. Good luck. And congratulations on not giving in and eating with your BF.

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WINNIE1978 8/9/2012 5:40PM

    I started getting pain in one of my ankles occasionally when I was running. I'm not sure if I changed something about how my foot was landing or if it just mysteriously disappeared though. Maybe it's your form that's causing the pain?

As far as shoes... I'd suggest going to a running store if there is one near you so that you can be properly fit for shoes. That actually might help with some of the pain you are experiencing. They might be a bit more expensive at the running store, but they'll be worth it!

Comment edited on: 8/9/2012 5:41:09 PM

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MEMEME75 8/9/2012 3:29PM

    I had terrible pain in my knees, hips, and lower back until I finally bought some new shoes what a difference that made! There are plenty of stretches too that are good for runners. Search it here on SP and will find an article on it fro Coach Nicole.

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CAROLYN_ROSE 8/9/2012 3:13PM

    Proper shoes are a MUST! They can be expensive but are worth it in the long run. You don't want to hurt yourself. Go to a running store where they get you on a treamile and hook you up with the best sneaker for your stride.

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SNEVIL1 8/9/2012 2:57PM

    Shoes are super important. See if there is a running store in your area. They'll look at your feet while you jog through the store and tell you exactly what you need.

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    I have to agree with CNTRYGL1 and COUPONS0216 proper shoes for you and form are a bug factor for me, I used to run with more of a forward hunch which would but a lot of pressure on my shins, and ankles. Learning to pull myself back and upright, focusing forward and actually running from my hips made a huge impact. I no longer have any pain at all. Which shoes I had recently switched to a different shoe and ended up with terrible pain everytime I ran in them, especially in my hamstrings, I switched to sacouny cohesion and the pain was gone Instantly. It's def different for everyone. There is a ton of info online about stretches to help....if you have to rest it, them do so. Best of luck!

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COUPONS0216 8/9/2012 1:59PM

    For me the big difference was the right running shoe, in this case Ryka Revive3, warming up and stretching lightly before and then stretching a lot after running.

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CNTRYGL1 8/9/2012 12:41PM

    When I started running I had the same problem. I did a LOT of research and what I found is its your form that is causing the least it was for me. When you run, if you take small strides and keep your lower leg tense, that causes the pain. When you run, try to take longer strides and when your foot goes out behind you focus on releasing those muscles. It will almost feel like you are pointing your toe back. Use your upper leg to propel you more than your lower leg. The more you can not tense up those shin muscles the better off you will be. Also make sure you have good shoes. I went to a running store and was fitted for mine. You can get their suggestion for which kind you need and buy them elsewhere if they are too expensive. Hope that helps! And last but not least....STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH after your run. That should help with the knees. It absolutely did for me! Any time I forget to stretch, my knees tell me about it!

Comment edited on: 8/9/2012 12:43:39 PM

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POOKASLUAGH 8/9/2012 12:38PM

    I'm actually still on vacation and just happened to see this as I logged on to spin the wheel today, but I thought I'd throw in a couple things. Besides stretches, foam rollers can be a super big help with pain. They hurt like the devil when you first start using them, but after a few days, they get better, and they really help to loosen up muscles. This may sound stupid, but I went so long without muscles that I didn't realize that once I had them, they weren't supposed to be hard/tight all the time. They didn't feel tight, but I couldn't push them in at all. They're supposed to be loose and limber when not in use. For over a year, mine were tight, and probably caused the injuries I'm currently dealing with. After using a foam roller for about a week, they got loose for the first time in recent memory. Lesson learned.

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#73 - Planning.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Hi Sparkers.

So far, I have reached most of my weekday goals that I have set for August (I started on the 30th). I will continue to do my best!

So, I wanted to come to you all for a little advice. Next Sunday, I will be a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. Pretty exciting! The only thing is, like vacation, I am freaking out a bit because I will be spending the night at her house the night before (bachelorette party), so I won't have access to healthier food options. I know that we were asked to bring a dish to the party as well as some money for pizza. I've been thinking about it for a few days now, and I think I am going to get some vegetable soup or something healthier before I go (I don't want to go hungry, too tempting). However, any tips on how to survive? Haha. I know there will be alcohol, so I think I will limit myself to a few drinks (and water, water, water!). Also, any suggestions on a healthier side I can take? What healthy finger food do you like?

My other concern is exercise although I think I have it figured out. I am going to do a morning walk that Saturday, and Sunday, I am dancing my butt off at the reception. emoticon

I know, I know. But Sam, you must have fun, don't worry! Haha. I know, but the thing is, I feel like this weight loss/getting healthier attempt is sticking, and I'm still early in the journey. I don't want to ruin what I have done. I'm afraid of relaxing too much to where I come home Sunday/Monday, and I slack off for a week. (Like after the vacation.) So, I am just looking for suggestions. I will be attending two other weddings in the near future, so the food tips are greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!


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CCSDESTINY 8/7/2012 10:37AM

    I'm too late!! How'd you do??

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JEANNINEMM68 8/2/2012 11:46PM

    Hey you are thinking ahead and that is a good thing. Pizza is one of my demons so I am not sure how to deal with it. Just remember to eat small portions and I think that you will do great. I know that you will be a dancing queen so exercise is good along with your walk. Just remember HAVE FUN!!!!!! emoticon

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CHODGES83 8/2/2012 2:05PM

    White Wine Spritzers! I usually get moscato which is higher calories, but instead of a 1:1 ratio I do 1:2 at least. Drink water and shake that a$$

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CAROLYN_ROSE 8/2/2012 12:27PM

    Drink lots and lots of water. It'll help curb your hunger and mindless eating

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AWESOMEKATY 8/2/2012 12:11PM

    Fruit salad to bring to the party and almonds for yourself! I always load up my plate with healthier options because then I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything and will be less likely to over indulge.

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/2/2012 11:32AM

    Oh girl, I hear ya!

As for things to bring, what about some sliced fruit + fruit dip( redfuced fat cream cheese, 1 jar of marshmallow fluff)

Or skinnier taco dip: Cream chesee, sour cream, taco seasoning, reduced fat cheese, and tomatoes/onions/jalapenos(whatever other veggies you like) on top? Serve with some tortilla chips!

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SPICEMWE 8/2/2012 11:21AM

    I would definitely recommend filling up on healthy food before you leave. Soup is a great idea - so filling!

Fruit and veggie trays are always my easy and healthy go to's for potlucks. I always make sure to load up on the things that I really like to ensure that I will stick to the healthy stuff.

Another option is hummus if you like it. Load up on carrots, cucumbers, and any other veggie dippers you may like. While it's high in fat - it's the good kind of fat. You can bring chips for the others if you think you can resist the urge.

Also, as a snack you could bring some popcorn. I'm sure others would like to munch on it and it's super filling and can much healthier than chips and other snacky foods.

As far as the pizza goes - maybe see if someone would be down for a thin crust cheese pizza? That way you can still have a slice or two without all of the guilt?

If you're going to drink - try to stay away from juice mixers. Stick with diet sodas if you can. Diet ginger ale and diet coke are my go to's.

I think it's great that you're thinking ahead and doing your best to plan. That's all you can do. At the end of the day, yes, please have fun! Sorry for being a bit wordy!! Hope some of this helps.

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WAINSCOTT2 8/2/2012 11:18AM

    I would definitely agree that you should eat before you go. And portions, portions, portions!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/2/2012 11:13AM

    Can you bring pita chips and hummus or a veggie platter with hummus? Maybe you can buy a few healthy eats and bring them to her place - to share with her while you stay there?
Very exciting you'll be a bridesmaid! Have a fun time.

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#72 - August Goals.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I've posted these on my main page as well, so if you've already seen them, sorry!

Yesterday, I came up with lots and lots of goals. Weekday, weekend, weekly, monthly, semi-annually, and annually to be exact. I have them listed below:

August Weekday Goals:
1. Drink at least six cups of water.
2. Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep.
3. Meditate for ten minutes.
4. Exercise for at least ten minutes.

August Weekend Goals:
1. Drink at least four cups of water.
2. Get at least 8.5 hours of sleep.
3. Limit alcohol (1-2 glasses all weekend) - I don't drink very often, but when I do, sometimes it's a lot. emoticon
4. Be wary of the foods eaten; try to track.
5. Sundays = prep food for the week.

August Weekly Goals:
1. Aim for 5 days of working out.
2. Try at least one new recipe.
3. Lose a pound.
4. ST or circuit training at least 3x.

August (Monthly) Goals:
1. Lose at least three pounds (~159 pounds).
2. Workout at least 20x.

These will change month to month, of course. The weekends aren't super strict because they seriously are a problem for me. So, I am starting out small this morning. I'm hoping to tackle them.

Semi-Annual Goals (By February 2013):
1. Lose at least 15 pounds (~147 lbs).
2. Continue to workout and eat healthy.

Annual Goals (By August 2013):
1. Compete in a race even if it's just walking.
2. Lost at least 30 pounds (~132 lbs).

While in Alaska, my mind kept thinking about next August and what I wanted to accomplish, so that's why I have included the above two sets.

* 10 pounds lost (~160 pounds) - New iPhone case (I've already picked it out! emoticon)
* 15 pounds lost (~155 pounds) - New charm for my bracelet.
* 20 pounds lost (~150 pounds) - Massage.
* 30 pounds lost (~145 pounds) - Mani/Pedi.
* 35 pounds lost (~140 pounds) - Buy a bicycle (I want one SO BAD).
* 40 pounds lost (~135 pounds) - New tshirt or piece of jewelry.
* 45 pounds lost (~130 pounds) - Hiking trip!!!

These are subject to change. I'm not 100% sure that 130 pounds is where my body will be comfortable, so we'll see. I just want to be healthy and rid of this excess weight! I'm so ready for August!

Augusts SW: 162.2 lbs

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WINNIE1978 8/11/2012 6:52AM

    Good luck with your goals!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/1/2012 5:41PM

    Love it! I especially like how you have weekday and weekend goals. Our lives are different on weekdays vs. weekends so it makes so much sense to have different goals!

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ALLIEALLIE2 8/1/2012 5:09PM

    So well planned out!! emoticon

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ASHESS85 8/1/2012 1:30PM

    Great goals! They are very similar to mine :)

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CHODGES83 7/31/2012 4:00PM

    Get it!

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COMMUNITY10 7/31/2012 3:10PM

    Awesome goals! I need to start planning mine and kick my own butt into gear!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/31/2012 12:20PM

    Really fantastic goals! I like how you are already looking ahead to next year too!

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DRAGONFLY02 7/31/2012 9:58AM

    Sounds like a great plan and an awesome rewards to work towards. I can never think of anything to reward myself with, I'm boring like that. Haha! Anyway, lots of luck and know that I'm rooting for you!

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SPICEMWE 7/31/2012 9:49AM

    These are fantastic goals and rewards!


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#71 - The Power of the Blog.

Monday, July 30, 2012

I swear by blogging although I don't do it a lot. Every time that I post a new blog in regards to asking my Spark Friends for support, I always find a way to turn around my mood.

This morning, I confessed that I had not really been on track since I got back. Well, after I hit "post", I immediately turned it around. I grabbed a bottle of water, I ate a healthy lunch, and I have plans to do some fitness after work. I love the power of a blog. (Thanks to all my beautiful Spark Friends who commented as well!)

I've made daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annually, and annually goals. I also made rewards for increments of five and ten pounds lost. I will post those either tomorrow or Wednesday as I would like to get a weigh in (a little nervous about this one), and it'll be the first of the month.

I'm feeling re-energized about my journey, and again, thanks to all my Spark Friends for your constant encouragement.

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AWESOMEKATY 7/31/2012 9:27AM

    WOOHOO! Go Spark Friends!! I love the support so much too I started a team called The Peppy Party to cheer each other on haha!

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CLHENDY1 7/31/2012 7:26AM

    Awesome!!! Good for you!! I think I'm going to take some time at work today and re-work all my goals and increment rewards! Thanks girl!

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JEANNINEMM68 7/30/2012 10:12PM

    Glad that you are getting back on track and I am glad that blogging helps you. I know it is so great to read all the encouragement that I receive through mine so I hope I do the same for you. emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/30/2012 9:13PM

    As someone who hasn't been on track myself, seeing you turn things around is inspiring for me to read. Thank you!

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GIANTMICROBE 7/30/2012 8:33PM

    Blogging is fabulous. Sometimes I think I do it too much though- need to walk away from the computer and get some real-world time. :)

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WINNIE1978 7/30/2012 6:47PM

    I agree... Blogging has been way more helpful to me than I ever imagined it would be.

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DRAGONFLY02 7/30/2012 6:42PM

    I agree, blogging AND this website do help. When I get in a rut like you, logging into SP, tracking my food, visiting my teams, and writing/reading blogs all help me get back on track. Great job on making the smart choices. I look forward to reading your goals on Wednesday. I've been planning on doing something similar myself.

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MISTYBLUE716 7/30/2012 5:04PM

    blogging definitely does help sometimes!

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/30/2012 3:42PM

    Yay! so glad to hear you have turned things around today! That is the best thing ever, and am so proud of you!!

Keep up the awesome work, and we are here for each other!!

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SPICEMWE 7/30/2012 3:25PM

    So glad it's helped! I should really weigh in too as I have no earthly idea where I'm at. We can do this together, girl!

Thanks so much for all of *your* support too.

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PHEFEY 7/30/2012 3:23PM

    Glad you have something that 'resets' you!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/30/2012 3:22PM

    Wonderful! I appreciate all your love and support too!

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