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I am vindicated, Doctor- What have YOU done in the past 2 years?

Friday, August 12, 2011

After a grueling week (well 5 days) of eating right and working out I dropped from 225.6 down to 222.2. The larger number was right after the weekend where within I ate and drank like there was no tomorrow. SO I am proud to have dropped that excess weight.

The real test is going to come this weekend. I have a hefty goal of being down to 218( point something) by next Thursday. There is nothing in my way- no appointments, plans or otherwise. Only obstacle may be working late. It is one of my busiest weeks of the year next week- But I will plan for quick healthy meals so i don't stress over making my workout short so I have time to get home and make dinner before 8 p.m.!

I am going to take my time with my workouts to make them count. I will probably do at least one class- not sure i I want to tackle Body Combat on Monday because I'm so sore the next 2 days it's hard to get myself motivated. So I will play that by ear.

2 days ago I did some major leg strength training- PLUS a turbo kick class after that. My quads and glutes are still sore to the point o not being able to walk right. Tomorrow may just be an ARC day- or possibly running if I can. I am going to PLAN for good healthy meals and NO snacking that overloads my calorie ranges. I'm going to be a model of weight-loss.

Now let's just hope I lose!

Today I am wearing a size 16 jeans. They are a bit high-wasted- kind of like mom jeans, BUT they look dang good on my butt. Plus I am wearing my new favorite shirt- I look like I need a barre and a cigarette haha- and like I should be at a cafe in Paris. Plus I am super proud of how my hair turned out :D

I can't wait to go back for my annual appointment. Last year my Dr. kind of was pushing surgeries at me. Anyone who knows me knows my feelings on it. HELL NO! I don't believe they are necessary unless someone has a bodily dysfunction- like Thyroid issues. I kept mentioning Weight Watchers and working out and he always looped back to surgeries! I am excited to get on the scale and have the nurse do a double take at my chart. BUAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Suck it DOCTOR. 2 years ago I quit smoking. And since last year I dropped 80 lbs.

What UP Doc?

Can I get an award please? A key to the city maybe? A Parade? Like, lots of moneys?

Let's get real- I haven't been perfect. But no one is, and I never claimed to be. I could have done better, but the main point here is that I quit smoking and dropped 80lbs. What have YOU done in the past 2 years?

No, really- What is something or things you have done in the past 2 years that you would like to throw in someone's face? Anything at all no matter how petty, shallow, angry or blissful it is.

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NETGYRL 8/12/2011 3:25PM

    OMG... I have that same goal re: the doctor! She was giving me the whole "you should consider surgery speech too". I need to make an appointment for a regular physical but I am waiting till I hit onederland. I can't wait to surprise her.

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MADZOE 8/12/2011 2:49PM

    I showed my daughter your post the other day, it had a before and where you are now photo and she was like HOLY COW!!! She was totally amazed by how much you have progressed in such a short time.

I'm amazed as well, I too quit smoking two years ago, but have only managed to take off about 35 lbs so far. So you are rocking it!

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BONOLICIOUS2 8/12/2011 2:10PM

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There you go!

I don't think I really feel vindicated about anything but I think you DEF have reason to go to the doc and be like WHASSUP NOW?!

Hopefully your doc gives you the recognition you deserve!

ps- you have the cutest freaking hair I swear!

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TRACSGOAL 8/12/2011 1:35PM

    Congratulations on dropping 80 lbs and quitting smoking that's a huge accomplishment and achievement. emoticon emoticon

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KARENE10 8/12/2011 1:23PM

    Very cute hair:) And you DO deserve an award. I gained 40 pounds when I quit smoking. You LOST 80-----How AWESOME is that!!! emoticon

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LGL22367 8/12/2011 1:15PM

    You look gorgeous on the picture:) I completely understand that you look forward to show your doctor what you have accomplished and that you definitely didn't need surgery. Congrats on your success; you are doing amazing. Here's a reward for you:) emoticon

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G_TWINS 8/12/2011 1:06PM

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AGRLNKY 8/12/2011 12:25PM

    Great blog! Congratulations on your success!

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DC2837998 8/12/2011 12:04PM

  Heyyy - Hands Danielles Autumn The Way To Stand Up For What You Believe Award emoticon

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Make the Journey a proud one. Forget regrets, be happy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

After reading plenty of blogs and status' this morning I am inspired. All of my SparkFriends- through their struggles, letdowns, successes, trials, personal issues, over eating, major weight loss, change of lifestyle- are amazing. We are all here for our own reasons, but we can support each other because we empathize.

I remember starting out in October with such vigor and dedication. I am the kind of person who had trouble finishing things- and/or finishing them well. So I noticed that every time I was getting close to a goal I would slack. Throw my WW points and calorie ranges out the window.

Also I have realized that this summer there have been way too many "off weekends". Weekends like that included my birthday/memorial day weekend, camping trip, friend visiting from out of town, Summerfest, nights out drinking and so on. And I realized a few nights ago that- DUH!! These are the kinds of hurdles I need to jump OVER, not duck under and forget my new lifestyle.

I am not coming down too hard on myself for not being as perfect as my best friend has been. Or for not running as fast as some of my Sparkfriends, or eating as cleanly as certain people. I'm not going to focus on what I haven't done well, but what I have. My success isn't measured against anyone else's. Yes sometimes I feel inadequate compared to other people- like i COULD do better. But then I wouldn't be me along this jurney- I wouldn't be doing it MY way- In a way that I will STICK TO for the rest of my life.

I take in suggestions and I LOVE the support I get from specifically BONOLICIOUS, FRUITYCHERRY, BETTERJULIA and recently NETGYRL. You guys keep me going more than you know! I love to see other people enjoying their new-found health. I sure am.

I have slackened my grip on losing weight recently just because life has happened. And I feel guilty when ti comes to my health and weight- but seriously laugh out loud when i think of all the crazy things that have happened this summer. So I can't let myself have regrets.

Now that there are maybe 1 or two things happening yet before Labor Day I am focused as HELL to lose 20 lbs by October 14th. Like focused to the point of almost working out twice a day. Haha ALMOST. We will see. My first step is to reign in my potions and snacking. Today is treat day and it's a good one too. Tortilla chips with fiesta dip (sr cream taco zesty mix OMG) and chocolate chip cookies. But I have my blueberries and awesome spaghetti to eat throughout the day. I might have one cookie since they're my fav. But I will track it and not let it become invisible.

Here is what I have on my mirror at work. I see it and it makes me refocus on what my priorities are.

I'm a tough love kind of person. But things that I have accomplished since last October:

*lost 80lbs
*running a 5K 3X a week
*Doing the arc trainer for 45min
*no more lower back pains (except TOM)
*down to a size 16/18 / L shirt
*I have muscles
*I have run outside
*i sweat a LOT and love it
*vegetables I eat daily
*have tried upwards of 15 new recipes
*I am happy
*I have energy
*I smile when I see myself in the mirror
*I can curl up on the couch
*I could probably LIFT the couch now
*I have a regular workout schedule and version of it depending on my focus for the week
*I worry about getting enough protein and fiber (FTW?!)
*I dated/ feel more comfortable meeting people
*I don't feel stuck in a rut or bored with life anymore
*I have goals- things to work toward
*I want to subscribe to Runners World
*I WANT to eventually run a half marathon
*I have pushed my body and surprised myself
*My original workout spandex pants are finally getting too big
*Almost all of my original shirts are too big
*over half of my closet is now at Goodwill
*1/4 of my new closet is FROM Goodwill haha
*2 pairs of jeans in my normal rotation are my little sister's old jeans (WOW moment)
*The only "fast food" I ever get is Tbell- maybe 3x a month (used to be 5x/week)
*bracelets are now my friends!
*looks like my boobs have been deflated... :( still D's, but now just sad looking....
*my feet aren't WIDEs anymore
*I can walk up stairs (and I do daily) without needing to pause at the top
*I have impressed people (shallowly I really enjoy that)

All you need is love! Stop fretting about the details and just enjoy being healthy and active. And actually BE healthy and active. Might as well enjoy this ride :)

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DEGENNAN 8/11/2011 10:41AM

    This blog and that list are totally inspiring! And I feel ya on the boobs - I think a lot of us go through that. But I'll take smaller pants and shirts that aren't too tight across the chest over rounder boobs any day. But back to the original reason for my comment. You are totally inspiring. You are such a real person but you have accomplished such amazing things this past year. Just LOOK at that list and how long it is. I feel all kinds of inspired now.

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CATIONAT 8/11/2011 10:30AM

    hey there -

i had a similar sad notice about my boobs, but good things happened as i continued to lose weight - they aren't big like they used to be 30 pounds ago, but in the past few weeks, they've started not looking droopy like they were after losing ~25 pounds. i think some of the exercises i'm doing for my chest and shoulders are helping - chest presses (mostly decline on a bench with dumbbells) and chest flys (again, decline on bench with dumbbells). you may also want to do some things for your back (like external rotator cuff stuff) to bring your shoulders back a bit - it helped my posture *a lot* and puts some work back onto the chest muscles, as it should be.

give me a holler if you want more info, and i'll see if i can find you some links to what i've been doing.

yay boobs!


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BETTERJULIA 8/11/2011 9:39AM

    Woooohoooo! This is a fantastic blog (a not just cuz my name is in it emoticon ) You are ROCKING it and a complete inspiration. You're going to blaze through the next 2 months and drop those pounds w/o a problem. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pic and the color combo of blue and yellow. Keep up your great work!

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IAM_HIS2 8/10/2011 6:57PM

    You rock...loved your blog. You are an inspiration to many of us. WTG!!
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MADZOE 8/10/2011 3:43PM

    Truly great list of accomplishments! And it's not shallow at all to be happy about impressing others! You are very IMPRESSSIVE!

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MSAZLADY82 8/10/2011 2:16PM

    Great blog...I think I needed to hear that. Go you!

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/10/2011 12:53PM

    Loved this blog! And congrats on all your successes!

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NETGYRL 8/10/2011 11:38AM

    You go girl! Several of your accomplishments made me LOL cuz i can totally relate - esp the boobs... so sad, but a new bra will do wonders! I hope you saw my feed yesterday. It was you that totally got me to work out. It was getting late and I was kinda wishy-washing about whether to try and get the work out in before my kids got home from camp and then you laid down that challenge and I thought, "well, hell, I better get my ass moving because I don't want to let down this person I DON'T EVEN KNOW" LOL But that is the great thing about spark people. We might not know each other but we know the struggles we have been through to exercise and eat right and to keep doing that ever day. Not to mention if you don't manage to eatright/exercise, then the struggle to not give up and start again at the very next meal. I really and truly hope we both meet our October goal and we get to do a virtual high-five. :)

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BONOLICIOUS2 8/10/2011 11:28AM

    Awwwwwwwww girl, you are inspiring to ME! In fact I just gave you a shout out on my blog! And look - and I mentioned something about this in my blog - your beautiful smiling face! You look so happy! Anyone could see that you are doing great things and the changes are making you a better person!

Your list... is amazing. I laughed out loud at so many of them but because they are TRUE and they are GOOD THINGS! I think you should add:

*Became a total inspiration to others on spark with my hard work, goals, and results!

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Pushing myself to run/ Chicken Recipe

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Last weekend was probably the best of my summer. And could be the worst gain of it also. I ate and drank, ate and drank, danced, drank, ate, slept, walked, danced, drank repeat!

I didn't work out from Thursday-Sunday and it was so nice to get back into it yesterday. I ran about 3.75 miles and walked .75mi throughout. Total of 4.5 miles. Not terrible- though my time was not the best. But that can be expected after a weekend of smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes. Yes I did. Its a bummer too because I am letting mostly myself down. It's not a habit again, I bought a pack because I really wanted them when we went out. Which- yes- terrible I know. Then it was just.... I wanted them because I drank pretty much the entire weekend. BUT I am done. I think that smoking is going to be something that will haunt me the rest of my life. It was an honest to god addiction and I do get cravings. I guess I have been very weak in the will-power department. This picture is very motivating:

I stole it from one of my Sparkfriends' pages. Thanks! haha.

I am happy to be back on track. I know I need to really amp up my dedication to WW points and Spark tracking. I also need to kick up my workouts a bit more. I have made very small progress since May in my running and I think it's time to really push myself to decrease my pace times. I want to eventually be able to have a COMFORTABLE pace of 10min mile or less. Right now I am at a 12:15min mile. But where my comfort zone used to be going at 4.7mph, now I am at 4.9mph. I do need to stop and walk for 90 seconds when doing a 5K at that pace.

October 14th- that is the one year point! And until then I am on a mission. I want to sign up for a few Spark Streaks to keep me in check. Anyone have a few good ones? Mostly to help me with eating habits- and MOSTLY on the weekends. That's where I run into trouble. Mostly it's just me battling with my willpower- and I want to get down to 200 so badly now that I think it's going to be a no-brainer to not stray. I need to plan out my meals and make sure I have healthy snacks at work.

Last night I made a FANTASTIC dinner for myself. I made a baked potato w/ cheese and rubbed with grapeseed oil and salt. That was just an afterthought to my main course. One of my favorite meals is the Bertolli Mediterranean Chicken w/ broccoli. I LOVE the garlic sauce. So what I made last night:

2 lbs of boneless chix breast, cut into chunks, salted and pepper

(toss all the below in a bowl so everything is coated evenly)
half a red pepper and yellow pepper
2 garlic cloves diced
one medium zucchini cut into strips
2 tbs Grapeseed oil
(to taste) celery salt, basil, thyme, chives, garlic salt, pepper.

Throw in the chicken just to where it's halfway cooked, then add in the veggie/herb/oil mix.

Toss in pan until chicken is cooked. I cooked it all just a tad too long and my veggies were too soft. Cook on medium. There ends up being a decent amount of juice which is actually a super tasty sauce! Top with desired amount of Parmesan cheese. You can make pasta to pour the mixture over (I had my potato on the side so I didn't). You guys- this is SO SO good. My new favorite dish and it's so easy to make!!

I have 2 things for leftovers! Lucky me.

So I need to have veggies around so I can randomly whip things up like that. It was really cool. I am extremely proud of myself for enjoying veggies so much- and using them in my cooking. It's going to set me up for life to have them as a staple to every meal.

Well this blog went way away from where I wanted to go. I'll write another one later on my actual plans for the next few weeks.

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BETTERJULIA 8/10/2011 10:20AM

    Great job! That looks delicious! Keep up your great work! I have that picture printed out and posted by my desk, on my fridge and on my weigh in board - it is soooo true!

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NETGYRL 8/9/2011 3:27PM

    i would totally agree to the key to healthy eating is having the healthy food in the house and ready to go. I want to get below 200 so bad i can taste it too. I have set a goal of my birthday - Oct 21. I know we can accomplish our goals if we stick with the plan! One of the things i am doing it before i put any food in my mouth I am asking myself, "is this helping my accomplish my goals?"

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BONOLICIOUS2 8/9/2011 2:25PM

    Hmmm I have never heard of grapeseed oil? What is the story with that? Your meal looks AMAZING though!

One of my favorite spark streaks is the water drinking goals. If I drink more water, I tend to stay fuller. It also helps with workouts so you stay hydrated. It kind of touches everything... and its not too hard.

emoticon emoticon (I think that is a ruler and I am shaking it at you like an angry old teacher). Quitting isn't just a good scrabble word, its good for you too!

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Pep-talking myself.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Well the past 4 days have been- well basically a vacation where I once again disowned my own health for restaurant food (not good stuff), liquer, beer and treats. I just came back to work this morning and had a conversation with myself.

I feel like this weekend was like the middle of my sophomore year of college. Constant partying, eating LATE, eating OUT and just basically not having a care in the world. I loved it. Honestly I had such a blast i'm sad it's done. However. After a 3 day party fest it is SO nice to be back in a groove. I am resolved to the fact that come Thursday weigh-in I will probably have gained 4 lbs. I was up 6.4 yesterday morning (before a giant baked Ziti dinner followed by cheesecake and a shake) So it very well may be worse than a 4lb gain. But I am going to be running hopefully every day this week- maybe a few classes.

I realize now that I keep making exceptions in my life for these events. And slowly they keep getting more frequent. Uncontrolled- they could turn back into old eating habits of "Oh hey it's Friday night, let's get a giant dinner and follow it with dessert, snacks later and another late dessert". So yes this weekend has been planned to be out of control since back in like April. But that's it.

My foot is down and I will be a force to be reckoned with from today until October 14th (one year mark). I NEED to get down to 200lbs by then. Yes it's a seriously short amount of time to lose 20+lbs but no will be to blame if I miss it but myself. And I will be mad. Realistically, if I am 205 or below I will still be excited, but sad and guilty on the inside.

I am excited for cooler weather to start coming around so I can go run outside after work or in the morning. I could end up getting 2 workouts in one day if I do morning run and night classes. Hey whatever (healthy) it takes.

I've come too far and made too many promises to myself to fail now. Here was my pep talk to myself. No more excuses.

Anyone else ever get the feeling that if they don't eat it's going to harm them in some way? like if you don't eat within an hour of your normal meal times you're stressed out? Like sometimes I am not super hungry at dinner, but I think I am, like, afraid to not eat enough or something. So i have slightly larger helpings. IDk it just something I've noticed about myself.

My mom says she will have just a bowl of cereal or a bag of popcorn for dinner. In my head there's a tiny panic attack going on for her haha. How can I get out of that "Dinner is for big meals" mindset? Anyone have ideas? Let it be known too that my lunches at work are @ 12:30, snack prob around 2:30 (if I have one) and I don't get home from the gym until 6:30. So I am usually pretty starved.

This week i am going to be working on running a 10K, or at least an 8K (5mi, right?) It's been a week and half since my 5K and I haven't run at all. I am excited to get back in there today and just GO!

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BETTERJULIA 8/9/2011 10:19AM

    I think that you need to listen to your body - going from 2:30 till 6:30 without eating is a long time - can do you have a snack in the car on your way to the gym, an apple, fiber bar, protein shake? Sometime filling and healthy that will fuel you through your work out. I know that what works for me is to graze throughout the day at work - eating something small every 2 hours or so at my desk, chobani yogurt (high protein @ lunch) and fruit surrounding that. I still eat a large dinner because that's the time my daughter, mom and I sit down and eat but we've been replacing it with healthy foods w/ more veggies so that it sits better. You're doing great and I know that you can reach your goals. I usually have to battle the mindset that I need to eat a lot because it will be gone and I won't have any more food - it's absolutely absurd but there is something that makes me feel like I need to eat like it's my last meal and I'd better enjoy it! Keep up your great work!

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NETGYRL 8/8/2011 3:27PM

    You had it planned. You have a great time. Now it's back in the saddle. No guilt trips. And I bet you money that your scale will surprise you - sometimes it's good to toss in the extra calories and keep your body guessing.

Keep of the exercise and the healthy eating and I am sure you can make your goal!

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BONOLICIOUS2 8/8/2011 1:50PM

    Oh my gosh, I turn into a monster if I can't eat around my "normal" time. My BF always jokes that he needs to keep me fed.

The trick I have learned is that you can still eat at those times - just try to make it healthy stuff. I realized I like having something "substantial" in the morning, so I go with oatmeal which is warm & heavy.

I still haven't gotten over the dinner as a big meal thing. If you figure that out, let me know! I do the same thing with the snack and then going to the gym... by the time dinner rolls around I'm like a food vaccuum.

Also - going out and making good choices sucks. Its hard. Especially when your friends aren't doing the same. Have you talked to them about your goals? Maybe they can help you make better choices? Ugh, resolve and weekends are not friends. They are my big downfall.

Anyways, have faith that you can reach that goal. I believe in you! Look how much you have already accomplished Miss 5k! No coulda/shoulda/woulda - you get stuff done!

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Lost 80lbs!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Finally FINALLY! I can say I am out of the 220s! Though it may be short-lived after this weekend full of partying and travel. BUT this was the scale this morning and I've been celebrating all day :D (NOT with food mind you ;) )

I'll make this short and sweet! But I have been battling with the 220s for almost 3 months! Granted there has been a lot of grilling, partying, travel, life etc... SO if I lost at all one week it would be a small loss. There were also a few gains.

This week I was VERY good and stuck to my ranges. Plus I had crazy workouts this week too, and a 5K race. All week I was sore as hell which of course made me retain water. So all week I was 222.5-223.8lbs. Then this morning I got on and it said 219.8! WOOHOOO!!!

I am that much closer to losing 100lbs. I'm hoping to get the 19.8lbs off by October 14th. I'm unofficially out of plus size clothes which is very surreal. I've been wearing plus size stuff since I was 15! Pfft please! I went to Goodwill for more "in-between" clothes last night and got 2 pairs of jeans, 1 pair of workout pants, one NICE pair of navy khaki cargo-esque pants. Also a nice flowy cardigan and a racer-back stripped tank top! I love it!

9 and a half months ago I was 300+lbs and in a size 26 jeans/ 2X shirt. Now I am in size 16/18 jeans and large tops. Crazy sh*t. Sparkpeople has definitely been an invaluable tool for my weight loss. I love everyone one here and how supportive and non-judgmental we all are toward each other.

Love you guys! Love my new life!


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MSAZLADY82 8/5/2011 5:28PM

    Awesome Awesome AWESOME! You have (literally) worked your butt off...you deserve the whoo hoo!

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 8/5/2011 12:50PM

    You are doing amazing and look great. Congrats and keep up the hard work!

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BETTERJULIA 8/5/2011 9:29AM

    You look soooo great! Congrats! My sparkbuddy azuiga has just hit onederland today so it is full of good healthy lifestyle mojo for me!

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PENNPLAX 8/4/2011 10:17PM

    You look great. I like your Excel spreadsheet. Lots of good motivating information. I am happy for you. emoticon

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NETGYRL 8/4/2011 7:39PM

    You look great! Way to go!!

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ANGELIA4SERAH 8/4/2011 6:44PM

    Congrats. I hope to follow in your footsteps. It gives me hope. emoticon

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SMILESHINE81 8/4/2011 6:40PM

    Awesome and congratulations! You look amazing!! Thanks for the inspiration on a day when I needed it. :)

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JULIENMM 8/4/2011 6:14PM

    Great job! I also thought that the middle picture was of you and a friend -- didn't realize it was your before and after.

Again, great, fantastic, super job! Keep it up!!!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/4/2011 6:10PM

    Good job! You are awesome!!

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ME_THE_REMAKE 8/4/2011 5:59PM

  Wooooow!!! I can't believe how different you look!! I am seriously impressed - you must have worked really hard!

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HEATHERSTEW 8/4/2011 4:35PM

    Way to Go!!! You're awesome!

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BONOLICIOUS2 8/4/2011 4:25PM

    BIG SMILES! You are beautiful! You have worked so hard and you have come so far - sending you a giant hand-hurting high five!!!!!!

ps - love the new blog backdrop, so chic!

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COURTMAGOO 8/4/2011 4:14PM

    You look so great congrats on such an amazing accomplishment!

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    Congrats:) you look fabulous!

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MDEVILE 8/4/2011 4:11PM


I'm so happy for you! You look fantastic and I can tell you're feeling it too! The joy is just leaping off the screen here.

ROCK ON, BB! \m/ ^.^ \m/ (-- this is supposed to be me headbanging!)

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ALLISON145 8/4/2011 4:04PM

    I scrolled through the pictures and my first thought was "Wow, your friend doesn't look very happy to have her picture taken with you..." and then I realized it WAS you - LOL! You look so different! Good on you!


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CAROLYN_ROSE 8/4/2011 4:01PM

    Congrats!! That's amazing!

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BLACKROSE_222 8/4/2011 3:53PM

    So awesome! Congrats! emoticon

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    Looking good! What an amazing accomplishment.. I wanted to point out that even though you spent a long time in the 220's, it was always a downward trend, and that is the important thing. One step at a time, but always forward, or in your case....downward!

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