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It's my birthday - come see what I got!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My husband and I don't really do a big Valentine's Day thing, we never have. We've gone out to dinner a few times, a few flowers, but generally speaking, over 26 years, Valentine's Day has always been low-key. This year was even more so, as we were both working. On a break, we were talking and he mentioned that he'd have liked to have gotten me something. I told him that I had been toying with the idea of a Pandora bracelet, and if I got one, he could just get me a charm going forward. For the record, this idea works out really, really well for me, because while my husband doesn't do Valentine's Day, he does do "It's Tuesday and I love you".

We spent 2 weeks looking at different brands of bracelets and charms online, and decided to go with Pandora, then we found local stores that carried them. Then this morning, he called down from the bedroom, asking if I wanted to go to the mall. Please. As if I'd ever say no to that suggestion!

So after some quality time at Belle Jewelers, I've got my Pandora bracelet started. My Sunshine did well, didn't he?



For the curious, the charms we got to start the bracelet are meant to symbolize our family. Basic birthday math: January's garnet + February's amethyst = June's pearl



I'll let you all know how my collection grows... I saw several charms and beads at Belle's today that I definitely see in my future. Also, the sales lady let me know that the oxidized silver bracelet that I chose will be available in a necklace soon. Yeah, I see that in my future, too. emoticon

  
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ROCKPORT9 6/23/2014 12:25PM

    How pretty! I wonder...have you added to it?

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WINSTONSUZ 3/10/2013 12:57AM

    Dani that's wonderful! It's very beautiful! I'm thinking of going to LA camera and getting the charm bracelet that you put photos on the charms..... and I want to get my past/present doggies photos on the charms...... I have to check into it!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/2/2013 2:26PM

    emoticon Glad you had a special day and those Pandora's are nice! Yours is too!!!

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ONESTRONGSIREN 3/1/2013 9:49PM

    Happy Birthday! Adorable story! =)

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HSMOMX2 2/28/2013 9:42PM

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TRICIALICI 2/28/2013 7:07PM

    Beautiful bracelet! Hope you had a wonderful birthday! emoticon emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 2/28/2013 12:56PM

    Nice! emoticon

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C8TSON 2/28/2013 9:52AM

    Very beautiful! I love it!

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LYNMEINDERS 2/28/2013 2:58AM

    emoticon ...love the bracelet....
I have looked at them many times however i also look at the price tag here and walk away....
I am wrapped for you...enjoy it

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HOPEFULHIPPO 2/28/2013 1:37AM

    that is beyond awesome and I love the dress in the back ground!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/28/2013 12:09AM

    How precious!

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KBRADFORD88 2/27/2013 9:13PM

    How sweet. Love it...what a great guy

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/27/2013 8:39PM

    Awesome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANDYCANE2B 2/27/2013 8:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday Dani!

Wow, that's AWESOME!!! I have a pandora type bracelet from Hallmark and I use the beads I get from time to time as rewards for losing weight!!! I just wrap them up and as I lose weight I give myself a gift!!!

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LYNCHD05 2/27/2013 7:33PM

    Awesome. I just got one too and I love it. Enjoy!
And what a nice gift.

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KRISTY927 2/27/2013 7:11PM

    awesome!! happy birthday

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ANDYINBC 2/27/2013 6:50PM

    Great, another guy who makes me look bad! So glad he made your day though. You deserve it!

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2012 in review, with pictures and numbers. Hey, I did math!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I'd like to show you where 2012 started:



It was January 1st, so it was mandatory for me to "Begin Anew". But honestly, I wasn't really feeling it. According to Spark, I got in a whole 181 fitness minutes for the month, and that was mostly in the first half, so, yeah... Not a spectacular start. I was still in the grips of my "Woe is me" phase. I had developed plantar fascaiitis in spring of 2011, so I spent quite a few months feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't do what I wanted to do. Gaining weight is what happens in that phase. Absolutely NOTHING happened in February.

On March 12th, I woke up. I wasn't happy with my weight, I wasn't happy with how I looked, I wasn't happy with how I felt, and I clearly had to do SOMETHING. That's when I got an email from Weight Watchers. I'd been a WW member back in FL, some 4.5 yrs before, and getting WW emails was something I was used to. But to decide that I had to do something and get an email offering free registration and reduced rates for 3 months not even 5 minutes later? Yep. I signed up for WW right then and there, looked up meetings in my area, and went to my first meeting the next morning, Tues, March 13th. I bought inserts for my newly bought sneakers and started walking. I didn't look back.

Here's June of 2012:



I started Couch to 5K, and alternated walking days with running days. With the inserts, my feet didn't hurt nearly as much as they had, so I kept it going. I signed up for a couple of 5K's, which got me here in July:



I re-joined Gold's Gym in October and rediscovered the joy of Zumba. I let the running slide, but I was still active and I was ok with that. Which brings us to the end of 2012. This is what I saw in December:



It's not where I had thought I'd be when I started in March, but I can live with it. It means reaching goal weight later than I'd planned, but so what? I'll get there, and that's all that matters. I'm feeling pretty gosh-darned good about myself right now. Now, for the math I promised you!

In 2012, I did over 225 workouts, that came out to about 11,366 minutes, or approximately 189 hours. April was my best month, with 39 workouts totaling 1778 minutes. Straight up average? That would be 947 minutes per month, 18 workouts. But as I said earlier, January and February were losses, so taking them out makes for better, more realistic numbers: 22 workouts per month, for about 1136 minutes.

Not bad, right? But hold on... you ain't seen nothing yet, dearest Spark buddies. Just wait for the 2013 numbers to come in!!


  
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THISTIMEMYWAY 2/28/2013 12:57PM

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LTURSS 1/14/2013 4:01PM

    Way to go! So inspiring to see that it's totally attainable to lose the weight, even when your body can get in the way sometimes. Great work & keep going!

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POPSY190 1/13/2013 5:38PM

    Great blog, so inspiring, and so sensible. No miracles, just hard work and determination!

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/13/2013 5:07PM

    Congratulations! You look amazing! Good luck with 2013 and the new challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 1/13/2013 4:26PM

    Wonderful 2012 for you and 2013 will even be better ! WTG emoticon what an inspiration you are

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TEQPEACH 1/13/2013 4:12PM

    Woo hoo. Just the kick in the rear I needed. Thank you!

Terri

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LYNCHD05 1/13/2013 3:10PM

    How smart of you to take photos of the scale. I think that would be very encouraging.
Well done!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/13/2013 3:02PM

    emoticon Congratulations on all your successes in 2012! Fantastic job!
Love your blog. I am coming up to my 1 year anniversary with spark and might just steal some of your ideas for a celebration blog. I like the pictures you included to support the words.
All the best as you journey towards your goal.
Your looking strong and healthy.
Maria

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/13/2013 12:28PM

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NEWTINK 1/13/2013 10:26AM

    Those are wonderful numbers for a wonderful friend .. As you know i have severe foot issues and know a thing or two about how to relieve the pain and keep certain pains away . In your local Walmart there should be a Dr. Scholls foot analyzer go in an take your shoes off and take that test it is free. I have inserts for my shoes that run in cost from 9 dollars to 600 dollars .. but by far the best is the pair that I got when that machine suggested . The inserts will be cost around 50 dollars from it but it will make your shoes and exercise so much better ... You keep up the awesomeness ... I am so very proud of you emoticon emoticon

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SEABREEZE64 1/13/2013 9:52AM

    Congratulations!

You have done so fantastic!!! Keep up the healthy work!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 1/13/2013 9:00AM

    WOW!!! If that doesn't give you inspiration, what will? I will keep your blog in mind as we are beginning a new year, and maybe, just maybe, I can share a blog with you all, next year. Keep going!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/7/2013 5:27PM

    Fantastic! You are looking great!! One of my favorite quotes front and center on my page is:

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." Walter Elliott

Have you tried a coke bottle filled with water, put in freezer and roll under your foot! Just in case you develop any foot problems in the future! It does wonders!
Doing great! Keep it up! You will get there!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/5/2013 7:02PM

    Wonderful!!

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C8TSON 1/3/2013 9:52AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I think you are doing a wonderful job girl!

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MENHALLS 1/3/2013 8:04AM

    What a great post! Way to go!

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JENN42076 1/3/2013 2:57AM

    That is Awesome I love the idea of the pictures of the scale emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/2/2013 11:18PM

    Party, Party! You have one terrifically fabulous year. I pray that you love yourself enough to stay the healthy lifestyle in 2013. Happy New Year! Hug, hug -- Evelyn
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CHERRY666 1/2/2013 6:35PM

    Congratulations!

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BABIESTEPS 1/2/2013 3:53PM

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Inspirational! You look FABULOUS!!! Thank you for sharing your journey!!!

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VINOTEA 1/2/2013 1:28AM

    emoticon Go Dani!!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/1/2013 11:11PM

    You are my hero!!!

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ANDYINBC 1/1/2013 9:11PM

    Absolutely fantastic!

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AGRLNKY 1/1/2013 8:53PM

    WOW! What a great year!

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HDHAWK 1/1/2013 8:00PM

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ITSMATT 1/1/2013 7:46PM

    Very good.

Congrats!

Make it a great day!
Matt

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ERICADAWN1986 1/1/2013 6:52PM

    Awesome!!! Congrats on your 2012 progress!

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GOPINTOS 1/1/2013 6:26PM

    Fabulous!!

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AHTRAP 1/1/2013 6:15PM

    Down 30 a year ain't nothin' to sneeze at. Here's to finishing off your trek to your goal, and on to the maintenance game!

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CIPHER1971 1/1/2013 5:32PM

    emoticon Way to go

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/1/2013 5:31PM

    FANTASTIC!!!!
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If you were wondering what I look like... here I am!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I'm pretty typical of many Sparkers, I'm sure, when I say that I hate, hate, hate, taking pictures of myself! I'm insanely, harshly critical of any and every picture of myself. I see gray hair where everyone else sees dark auburn. I see my missing tooth, which makes me so self conscious that I barely smile anymore, let alone if there's a camera in the vicinity. I see the folds in my body that my clothes can't/don't cover. Do I need to go on? I can't focus on a happy moment because I obsess over how bad I look in the picture. (It's in my head, I know. )

But, I'm trying to work on that. I am. It's easier for me now that I've lost 30 lbs this year, but I'm still not at goal, and believe me when I tell you, I still scour each and every picture for flaws. I'm determined to keep working on myself, though. I'll be having my tooth replaced in the next couple of months, and my weight loss plans are still in effect. I have a half marathon scheduled in May, and I'm looking at another one in Sept, so my body image should be improved greatly by finishing those challenges.

For most of the year, I had a picture on my phone of a little black dress, along with an app that put a widget counting down to "Little Black Dress - 12/31/12" where I saw it everyday. I took it off not long ago, replaced by a picture of a woman running in winter, when I realized that reaching goal weight by New Year's Eve wasn't going to happen. For a few weeks, I felt a little disappointed that I'd failed - but I have gotten my head back into a good space, and I realize that losing 30 lbs this year is NOT a failure! Especially when you take into consideration that I'm a petite little thing... 5 foot even barefooted, small boned. My wedding ring is a size 4 1/2, for pity's sake! 30 lbs on me is a lot, and I'm proud of the work I've done this year. So I ditched the jeans and sweatshirt I was wearing earlier, put on makeup and slipped on a little black dress for New Year's Eve. Don't believe me? I can prove it....



I'm not entirely thrilled with this, I see many flaws... but the fact that I put it out on the internet can only mean positive changes, yes? I'm going to try to get more pictures out throughout the year, so that you can all know just who Dani is.

Looking at the pic, it didn't post the full shot... let me try to fix that, it's a full body shot.

  
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FUTUREHOPE49 1/13/2013 5:13PM

    30lb is a fantastic amount to lose in a year. That is the way to go! Good luck with your emoticon
You look amazing and very happy and beautiful. I know how it feels to be 5ft and overweight! and I think you are doing a splendid job! emoticon

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NIKKIKERN12 1/5/2013 10:35PM

    You look great!!! Congratulations on losing 30lbs and working towards a positive body image! I'm 5"1 and KNOW that 30 lbs is awesome. Keep up the great work and one day you will see your beauty, flaws and all. emoticon

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HEALTHYMLB 1/5/2013 5:12PM

    Wow you look so great !!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 1/5/2013 1:43PM

    Amazing. Congrats!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/1/2013 11:58PM

    WHOA, you look amazing!!! LOL my first thought was literally, "Damn, hot momma!" when I saw your photos. You SHOULD be proud of yourself! Way to go!

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HDHAWK 1/1/2013 7:49PM

    30 lbs. is a wonderful accomplishment and I think you look beautiful! My 18 yr. old son got on my case the other night about being too hard on myself. We need to stop that!

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MAGGIE805 1/1/2013 7:13PM

    Love it!!!

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GOPINTOS 1/1/2013 6:27PM

    Beautiful! Job well done!

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ANGIEMRC 1/1/2013 5:43PM

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You look fantastic!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/1/2013 5:40PM

    Hot stuff! You look FABULOUS!!

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BOOKWERME 1/1/2013 5:14PM

    You look terrific to me! emoticon

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MARGARITTM 1/1/2013 2:09PM

    Lookin good gf

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MA_DIDDLES 1/1/2013 1:21PM

    emoticon on the 30 pound loss. You are taking emoticon steps in the right direction.

emoticon emoticon U look like you are almost there..


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SHAR8676 1/1/2013 11:37AM

    Congratulations and Happy New Year!!! As you work toward your goals I wish you well in finding the balance between meeting your goals, recognizing where you have come in your journey, and seeing the beauty in you inside and out. Becarful staring at the flaws and refocus on the accomplishments. Recognize the changes within you so when you meet your goal you will be happy with what you hve done.

concentrate on the positives, if not you wont be able to see your progress.

I think it is amazing that you recognized your goal and put on the dress, and you have lost 30 pounds - and as someone seeing you through different eyes than your own - you look AMAZING!!!

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JUSTME29 1/1/2013 11:32AM

    You look great, and the dress really flatters you.

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C8TSON 1/1/2013 11:28AM

    YOU LOOK emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRUNKJUNK 1/1/2013 11:12AM

    You look awesome!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/1/2013 4:44AM

    Danilynn, you are a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL woman and, someday, I hope you can see past your "flaws" to notice that. We can.
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WAY2GOCAT 1/1/2013 12:51AM

    Lookin' good!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/1/2013 12:45AM

    So lookit, you are a beautiful woman. There is no need to hide away from the camera. If someone tells you that you are beautiful, there is no need to think they are lying.



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BOBBYD31 1/1/2013 12:45AM

    CONGRATS!!!!! believe in yourself

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1BEACHWALKER 1/1/2013 12:41AM

    emoticon Hi Dani...nice to put a face to the name!!! Flaws-what flaws?! Very pretty lady!!! Good for you on posting the pic!!
emoticon on the 30 pounds! No failure-you are quite successful! emoticon emoticon

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Sharing my inspirations today!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Here we go, one day only: I'm going to share some of my recent motivations and inspirations! Feel free to come in, look around, take anything you like or that really resonates with you - it turns out, inspiration shared becomes exponentially stronger emoticon


I've noticed that running seems to tone my legs faster than anything else. I know we can't "spot reduce", I'm just thrilled that my body has chosen to shed the fat from my legs first.


Yes, I'm slow. What's your point? I'm out there, aren't I??


I'm signed up for a half marathon on 5/4/13, and I've already told my husband I plan on doing 2 half marathons a year. I'm thinking one in the spring and one in the fall will keep me moving.


It's a long journey, and I just have to keep reminding myself that I didn't gain all my weight overnight, why would I expect it to vanish overnight?


I believe I can do this. That means I'm going to do this! I'm going to get strong, and fit, and I'm going to be so much better than I was in my 20's!


I"m obsessed, I admit it. I love, love, love Zumba! It's so much fun for me that I don't even consider it a workout. It's my reward for doing a "real" workout. emoticon

  
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1BEACHWALKER 11/7/2012 10:40PM

    I read this and it made me want to get up and exercise...so here goes!!! emoticon
P.S. I downloaded the one about slow progress...loved it!! emoticon emoticon


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EJOY-EVELYN 11/7/2012 5:09PM

    Your 5% team is so glad to have you providing such great quality fitness miles to their journey. Enjoy the Fiji Islands this week! The Teddy Bears landed last night.

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CHERRY666 11/3/2012 4:34PM

    Great post! Thank you for sharing!

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A-NEW-TARA 11/2/2012 5:14PM

    Fabulous inspiration! Thank you for sharing them with us.
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    Thank you for some AMAZING motivation!!! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing your spark!

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MAGGIEVAN 11/2/2012 2:24PM

    It is good doing something that you love. Keep at it!

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    Love the quotes! emoticon emoticon

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DOLLFACEDX 11/2/2012 12:59PM

    Love it! emoticon for sharing 8-)

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Amazing P90X transformation - I had to share it!

Monday, October 15, 2012

  
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ZELLAZM 10/19/2012 4:05AM

    Glad to see you're still smilin'! I've been gone from SP for awhile and am enjoying catching up on my buddies' blogs.

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_RAEVEN_ 10/17/2012 1:57PM

    BWahahhhhahaaaaaa.. Loved it! emoticon

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DATMAMA4 10/17/2012 10:45AM

    I love the transformation of facial expressions from clueless to determined, lol.

Looks like everyone gets nicer clothes when they start to trim down!

Thanks for the giggle!

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C8TSON 10/17/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon Cute!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/16/2012 10:55PM

    lol!!!!

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PUNZIE73 10/16/2012 7:17PM

    very cute!

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JULESRULES78 10/16/2012 7:06PM

    Awesome! See, he doesn't even look like the same guy!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/16/2012 10:27AM

    Clearly he was juicing AND doing P90x!

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JUSTME29 10/16/2012 8:43AM

    Wow - the only bad side effect is that it turns you green. Hmmmmm, I think I could live with that.

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CHEETARA79 10/16/2012 6:20AM

    Amazing! emoticon

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DLG0505 10/16/2012 1:33AM

    How funny! Cracked me up!

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-SEVEN- 10/16/2012 1:09AM

    LMAO!!

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DRADDIE 10/16/2012 12:40AM

    hahah! Welll done!!!!

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LUCKEGIRL40 10/15/2012 11:37PM

    lol! That cracked me up!


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SAPHRAEL 10/15/2012 11:22PM

    Dang! Sign me up for some of that! emoticon

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A-NEW-TARA 10/15/2012 11:20PM

    LOL!!! Love it, thanks for my bedtime giggle!!
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