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Happily Paired? . . . Keep plenty of girlfriends nearby!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

If youíre a guy, the reverse could be said . . . Donít give up on your guyfriends! There is validity in the John Grayís book, ďMen are from Mars and Women are from VenusĒ . . . I speak Venetian while partner speaks Martian! Yikes! It was our ďopposites that attractĒ as well as our shared values that made us such a great fit, but there are times when we simply need to be with our own people . . . for my Martian, this time is often spend in the bear cave for 3-6 hours at a time.

For me, this means a field trip (getting out of the house) or possibly providing a little on-line encouragement to a fellow SparkFriend.

On Saturday, a dear professor friend (with son) and I spent the day in St Cloud (along the Mississippi River) visiting friends and colleagues we havenít seen in about three and a half years:







On Sunday, I shared my corn-on-the-cob expertise (as learned from my mother) with a friend who also enjoyed my Americanized version of picnic style Potato Masala (potato salad). With a low-carb, high fiber tortilla or flatbread, it also makes for a great sandwich with quality protein primarily from the egg whites. If I donít travel out of town, Iíll look forward to the potato masala at the Dosa King in the Twin Cities at the end of the month. So yummy and itís an exceptional lunch-time buffet (my favorite type of dining experience Ė reasonable and no leftovers).



I have mentored some pretty special friendships through a number of great outlets, and I must confess that my SparkConnection is one that I do not take lightly. This connection is invaluable and I thank you all for helping me reach my goals. I continue to reach great heights in the area of fitness (says the woman who would rather lay down until the feeling for exercise goes away), and am developing such great eating habits, I think Iíve reached a point where I can impact the food industry with my dining out choices. I do believe if enough of us speak out, better choices will be made available to us. Iím thrilled to get to meet my first SparkFriend next week.

As I complete Week One of an eight week challenge, Iím happily reaching my goals:

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emoticon 7) Satisfy 4-7 recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium daily.
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Hope youíre making quality connections while exceeding your goals!

  
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LASARRE 7/23/2011 5:57PM

    Great goals and it sounds like you had a great trip :)

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MOMOFJTEAM 7/22/2011 4:36PM

    You have so many fabulous goals! I can't imagine doing all of those yet... but maybe someday in my near future they will be on my list too! The picture with the corn made my mouth water! I LOVE corn on the cobb!! Thank you for sharing! the pictures were great!

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WELLNESSME09 7/22/2011 4:10PM

    Another great blog, I always love to read your blogs. You truly are amazing.
Wow!!! meeting your first SparkFriend , that is wonderful. Hope you both enjoy your time together.

Thanks so much for sharing your many successes.
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HAPPYSOUL91 7/22/2011 11:08AM

    Great list! You can't beat having "girl talks"

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NOWELLE76 7/22/2011 4:08AM

    wow good job on completed goals! that corn looks tasty and they trip looked fun!

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MAGGIENCALI 7/22/2011 2:05AM

    That's wonderful, Evelyn! Congratulations on meeting the goals for week one. What a great blog. I have to thank you too for your inspiration and wise words. You are truly amazing!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/22/2011 1:23AM

    It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. You are truely a wise woman and I would like to thank you for sharing your wisdom!!

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NEWMAC2011 7/22/2011 1:03AM

    We could all follow your example! Kudos on all the goals met during the 1st week of the Summer Challenge.

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MOSTMOM1 7/21/2011 10:24PM

    Oh hooray, I loved this blog!!
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4MRSDAND123 7/21/2011 10:00PM

    Sounds like a great time was had with friends and food..:) Yum, yum...and congrats again on reaching all of your goals in week 1 of the challenge. You continue to inspire!

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ESILBO 7/21/2011 9:51PM

    YOU REALLY ARE AN INSPIRATION...YOUR BLOG IS SOOOOOO RIGHT...
CONGRATULATION ON YOUR REACHED GOALS AND THANK YOU TO BE MY FRIEND...

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IMIN2GENES 7/21/2011 9:21PM

    Looks like a fabulous time was had by all!

Congratulations on all your many successes! I know I'm sure glad I've got you as a SP friend. I love to read about other's successes as I work towards my own!
Chris


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THETURTLEBEAR 7/21/2011 9:19PM

    You are SO AWESOME my friend! And you are radiant in those pics.
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Living Stones . . . more beauty along the Lake!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My idea of fitness now comes with great joy. I spent much of the day yesterday with my father and we spent some time enjoying the beauty around us. We are so blessed to both live within just a few blocks from Lake Superior: The largest of the fresh water lakes that calls Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota her home. The storms were beginning to pass by our way, so we both enjoyed the Lake and made it home just before the rains came.







Peter writes, "you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5)

May beautiful people and creation be a blessing this day to your life, as you actively reach new heights in healthy living.

  
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LOPEYP 7/23/2011 8:24PM

    lovely. sounds like a nice day.

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LASARRE 7/23/2011 5:58PM

    Beautiful pictures!

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JUGE300000 7/22/2011 10:10AM

    We had been getting a lot of storms here in NC on vacation, but the last four days have been beautiful. Thank goodness. Your storm pix are interesting.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/21/2011 1:25PM

    Amen

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SPBETTERWAY 7/21/2011 8:58AM

    Lovely pictures and verse. emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 7/20/2011 7:59PM

    Beautiful pics! What a wonderful way to spend time with your dad!

Thanks for sharing!
Chris

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WELLNESSME09 7/20/2011 5:45PM

    So beautiful, thanks for sharing.
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CCCARTER3 7/20/2011 4:26PM

    emoticon place to go,glad you had time with your Dad.

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/20/2011 3:28PM

    How special to have your time with your dad!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/20/2011 1:51PM

    Beautiful pictures, what I remember about Superior is brrrrrr freezing water

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4MRSDAND123 7/20/2011 1:17PM

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Nature's Beauty as captured in photo and goals met! WooHoo!

Monday, July 18, 2011

I am often blessed by the beauty of nature.





ďHe makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.Ē (2 Samuel 22:34)

Ahh . . . so happy! Apparently, the doe finds this a safe haven, by bringing her two nursing babies the next day.





In the 5% Challenge, because of the reputation we have in our slogan, ďTeddy Bears Rock!Ē . . . I managed to work in my full fitness minutes with quality walks and Tai Chi (Qigong for Cleansing). Please keep posting those fitness miles (minutes) and Living the Good Life points for tracking and staying within range. As of 5 pm Eastern Time Zone, we were only 178 and 185 miles ahead of the Spirited Underdogs and Firecrackers respectively. Letís hope no one on our team decides to hibernate early (unless for medical reasons). We need to remain active, even moderately active is fine throughout the week in order to keep one of the top three positions so we can get first class tour guide accommodations to see the World Fair Grounds of New York. As of 12 pm (EDT) tonight, we were only 2766 miles away from our destination. We could do this before the entire team calls it a night Monday night for a healthy sleep!

My goals continue to remain in sight. For two days, I successfully met all seven nutrient ranges and completed a prayer shawl to be given by the church to a wedding couple:

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Now that I'm in maintenance, I suppose I should be adding 200-300 calories to my daily nutritional goals. I'm having trouble wrapping my mindset around this one, but I'll have to revise my Spark Goals. I hope youíre meeting your goals.

  
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ESILBO 7/21/2011 11:09AM

    YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION...I ADDED YOU AS A FRIEND TO HELP ME BECOME THE ONE WHO REACHES HER GOAL..I PLANNED TO DO THAT BY FOLLOWING YOUR FOOD AND EXERCISE TRACKING...THANK YOU SO MUCH...

LISE

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JUGE300000 7/18/2011 8:06PM

    pictures of doe and fawns are great

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WELLNESSME09 7/18/2011 7:45PM

    Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures, it brings back memories of my past. As a child it was natural for us to see wild animals come out of the bush to pay us a visit. Some we did not care to see, but the fawns were always a favorite of mind. emoticon emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 7/18/2011 6:13PM

    Beautiful - and the scripture! love that verse

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KNH771 7/18/2011 6:06PM

    The deer made me smile, even more so with the scripture!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/18/2011 3:36PM

    Lovely pictures!!

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READYBETTY 7/18/2011 1:21PM

    Beautiful pictures!

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FREES1 7/18/2011 1:10PM

    That the doe trusts you so much and feels so safe with you is a wonderful depiction of your spirit.. thanks for sharing with us!

and you are right - Teddy Bears need to get their little tails in gear and get moving!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/18/2011 11:59AM

    Great pictures, congratulations on thinking this through

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SPBETTERWAY 7/18/2011 11:40AM

    Beautiful pic. Best wishes from a Daisy

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/18/2011 9:52AM

    Love your pics! Love the info on the challenge too!!

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REJ7777 7/18/2011 7:24AM

    emoticon I sure do agree with the beauty of nature being a blessing! emoticon

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NINJA-NED 7/18/2011 7:18AM

    love the pictures of the fawns emoticon

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EMMAANDBRODY 7/18/2011 6:36AM

    So beautiful. We live near a large park and sometimes see deer in neighbors yards. Love the prayer shawl.
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/18/2011 6:27AM

    Your shawl is very beautiful, and will make a lovely present. Love the deer photos, I can't believe how close they came to you! Congrats on meeting your goals! Don't worry, this Rocking Teddy Bear isn't sleeping, I'll be posting my fitness min (even though it's going to be close to 100 today!)

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CAROLJ35 7/18/2011 3:39AM

    Thanks for sharing such great photos. Right now we are at son's Lake House and when I take morning walk the deer stand 30 feet away and stare at me as if to ask what I am doing in their domain.
Often the mother leaves her young ones in our yard for most of the day. She is always nearby to keep an eye on them.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 7/18/2011 1:31AM

    Loved the pics Ev. The shawl is beautiful. I think I am more nervous about eventally going on maintenance than staying on my nutrition program. My doc does not have me tracking fat...otherwise I track carbs and protein equally balanced and stay between 1100-1500 calories. All doctor recommended. Good to see you still thinking things through carefully.

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Wow . . . These 5% Challenges are just the Incentive to MOVE!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Moving more, while not necessarily breaking all speed records, is a must if we want to make great headway in achieving our goals.

I was so amazingly overwhelmed by the unbelievable response to my Reaching Goal with a100-lb Weight Loss blog. I find myself so blessed to have a blog featured while in the company of so many of my friends who most recently include BigOleDiva, NorthwoodsMom8, and TheShelbster.

Put your mind to excelling at whatever you do. Join a challenge, eat better, move more and achieve your immediate goals. Your results will come through for you when you stay the course.

I love to take photos, so hereís a few more from my fabulous day yesterday. Amnicon Falls is glorious:



"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit." Jeremiah 17:7,8

Dinner with friends makes the celebration that much more meaningful.



Iím so happy to read all the encouraging blogs from my team mates who are excelling at reaching their goals! WooHoo! Make your goals count!

  
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POLITICALJUNKIE 7/21/2011 8:24AM

    Congratulations, Evelyn. Your pictures are fabulous and your enthusiasm is contagious!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 7/18/2011 1:01AM

    Ev - loved the pics and love your enthusiasm!!!

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NEWMAC2011 7/17/2011 10:35PM

    You look amazing! What an awesome achievement. Congrats to you and wishing you all the best on maintenance.

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 9:12PM

    Beautiful woman in beautiful pictures!

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IMIN2GENES 7/17/2011 7:54PM

    You look fabulous! Thanks for being such an inspiration and sharing those gorgeous pics!
Chris


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MARTHAWILL 7/17/2011 6:25PM

    You look great Evelyn. Thanks for being the encourager you are.

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/17/2011 3:46PM

    Yes, you are radiating joy.

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FREES1 7/17/2011 2:20PM

    what a gorgeous smile - you are radiating joy and contentment.. congrats!

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4MRSDAND123 7/17/2011 10:37AM

    Looks like your day was lovely. emoticon

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SPBETTERWAY 7/17/2011 10:07AM

    That is a lovely picture by the water. God is so good. His love is overflowing like the water. emoticon

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KERLIN26 7/17/2011 9:08AM

  You look beautiful! Congrats again!

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Itís Happy Dance Time . . . 100-lb Goal Reached!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Today I heard those magical words, after 266 weeks (thatís 5 years, 6 weeks) that I was down an unbelievable three pounds this week and reached my 100-lb weight loss goal! WooHoo!

The first people sharing in my celebration were my Weight Watcher class. My instructor, Kathy presented me with a one-hundred pound charm for my keychain and the Certificate of Accomplishment that I hold below. Sheís been a good friend to me and some of my international friends. She truly shares in my success. While I can be a s-l-o-w learner at times, I'm a very good student! I have developed a few very good quality friendships through the framework of this organization, while continuing to track, these past four years, within the SparkPeople.com nutritional standards.



Afterwards, I celebrated with the owners of my favorite Vietnamese/Chinese/American restaurant where I enjoyed a light Pho lunch and provided assistance to a new missionary for Christ by helping her raise some of the needed funds to be a part of the Campus Crusades missionary effort to begin with an internship in their headquarters city in the Orlando area.

It is now that I celebrate with you . . . my wonderful SparkFriends! Through your encouragement, support, and great network of teams, I thank you for helping me become the healthy individual God intended me to be.

I was in this journey to lose 100 lbs for the long haul . . . a lot like Spark's very own Slowest Loser. My mindset told me that if I took my time while on this journey, I might better implement the healthier eating habits needed to maintain. I always understood that the work begins at maintenance, but in actuality, the work is wherever you are in the here and now.

My goal was in terms of sticks of butter.



I wanted to lose at least one stick (1/4 lb) each week. Iím glad to say that I averaged a little more by losing an average of .37 lbs a week throughout this journey. Just as I was about to resort to the fact that I might be on the 10-year plan -- meaning that I might only average an eighth stick of butter a week -- Land o' Lakes began offering a new 8-stick pound packaging. Yikes! Then I met Shelley who got me to join the Spark Peeps and Ceri invited me to join in on the 5% challenges. My move to losing weight went right back into the fast lane allowing me to lose the last 50 lbs without even one plateau! That's not normal without the determination and persistence I'm able to provide in meeting both my goals and that of the team to travel to some pretty cool cities, while making new SparkFriends.

While I work the minutes (with many 120+ minute days), I work at a much more relaxed and enjoyable pace through tai chi, walking, marching in place, dancing, and hiking in the woods (with camera). I praise God for the strength and power of this new-found diligence and loyalty to stay the course and go beyond even my team's expectations. I also praise God for the joy found while on this journey. It's all about the blessings. Blessings to others have a glorious way of coming right back to becoming blessings to us.

After I finish here, I'll go out to Amnicon Falls and enjoy some of Godís greatest creations in nature. Afterwards, I will go out with my cousin and celebrate one more time with a light dinner.

What a glorious day today is! Thank you, God, for the many encouragers you placed along my path to success. May success continue to be yours on this fine day, week, month, and year!

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/27/2011 10:20AM

    I love it! And you look so cute in your picture with the leggings!!

Your goal to lose a stick of butter per week is totally awesome!

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SUZYQ2001 7/26/2011 10:20PM

    Congratulations on your 100 lb. loss and on your determination and on your consistency. Reading about you was a big help to me to keep on trying and not give up even though I am losing so sloooooowly. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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TTSMARTIN 7/26/2011 7:32PM

    its really encouraging to hear that you reached your goal even after 5 years. Congratulations!

I am definitely motivated to stay the course!

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ILUVTOTAT 7/26/2011 10:50AM

    Congratulations!! You look great! Can't wait until I get there, too.

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Congratulations on losing 100 pounds !!

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JEANUT 7/24/2011 8:53AM

    Congrats on your wt. loss
you are an inspiration to us who still have to loose 100+ pounds.
Thank you so much for sharing

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MINIDRIVER63 7/24/2011 8:47AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! It's always nice to see stories like yours. You look fantastic, and I bet you feel even better.

YAY! Keep up the good work!

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THAIBEAUKITTY 7/23/2011 12:02PM

    Awesome! Woo Hoo! Yippie! You inspire me! I have to lose over 100 lbs and I'm about half way. Your story will help me stay the course.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 7/22/2011 9:41PM

    Congratulations, what an amazing accomplishment!

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XRAYLADY65 7/22/2011 7:02PM

    Congratulations.... what a wonderful job... I hope to join you soon in that goal....

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FRECKLIEONE 7/21/2011 12:02PM

    emoticon That is absolutely fantastic, Well Done You

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FRECKLIEONE 7/21/2011 12:01PM

    emoticon That is absolutely fantastic, Well Done You

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MELENTZ1 7/21/2011 11:28AM

  What a wonderful accomplishment!! You should be so proud! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 7/21/2011 2:33AM

    I am doing the Happy Dance! I am thrilled with your success and wish you all the best in maintenance.

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JIBBIE49 7/21/2011 12:16AM

    emoticonWonderful to know you are down 100#.

The problem with taking five plus years to get there is MOST EVERYONE quits LONG before they ever get to that point. I know, since I've been a Sparker nearly four years and there is SO few who are still around that started back when I did. So, I'm certainly glad you got to your 100# mark!! Bless your heart, Hon. emoticon

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WENDY412 7/20/2011 9:56PM

    You are such an inspiration! It is so easy to get caught up in the need for immediate gratification in weight loss, but your journey just shows how even the smallest of changes adds up to huge transformations. Thank you!

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COUSINCAROL 7/20/2011 9:11PM

    Wonderful and I can't think of a more beautiful place to celebrate than at the Amnicon Falls. We were there 2 weeks ago and you can certainly feel Gods love there.

Again Way to go. You are amazing.

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AGAPEJOY 7/20/2011 6:51PM

    emoticon on your success!!

"The Blessing of the Lord it makes rich and He adds no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22) You are rich in sO many ways.

Bless You

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EARLYBIRDM 7/20/2011 5:04PM

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Congratulations! And thank you for sharing your story. Sometimes it seems like I will never reach my goal, then I read a story like yours and renew my determination. May God bless you as continue your healthy lifestyle.
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JENN03275 7/20/2011 4:53PM

    Congratulations on your success! You are amazing!

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DIABETICLADY 7/20/2011 4:50PM

  Congratulations on YOUR WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENT. It's something I too am looking forward to achieving.

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MARGARITTM 7/20/2011 3:57PM

    ha ha LOVE THE BUTTER!

CONGRATS!!!

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JULIA1154 7/20/2011 3:57PM

  Congratulations - and thanks, too, for a lovely and refreshing blog. Savour and celebrate your new life, moment by moment.

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MSCRIGLER 7/20/2011 1:53PM

  Congratulations! That's a great accomplishment.

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DESERTFLOWERG 7/20/2011 11:40AM

    Congratulations on your achievement!

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BUBBLES1541 7/20/2011 10:54AM

    I love the stick of butter!!! Great idea!! You look fantastic!!

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 7/20/2011 9:42AM

  emoticon I love the sticks of butter analogy. When I did WW our leader told us that when we lost 25lbs to go carry a frozen turkey around the grocery store since that is how much we had lost. Thanks you for sharing!

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IMEATINGWELL 7/20/2011 8:53AM

    fantastic! Congratulations, and best wishes for the future

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VOLLEYGIRL77 7/20/2011 8:45AM

    Congrats to you! That is so awesome!!

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INTOTHEJAM2 7/20/2011 8:37AM

    Congrats on the weight loss. You've done amazing!

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PSYCHICGAL 7/20/2011 8:02AM

  Congratulations! What an accomplishment! Your story/journey is truly an inspiration! emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 7/20/2011 8:00AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are truly a great inspiration!!!

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SOLLIER 7/20/2011 7:49AM

  Great accomplishment. The credit you've given your support group is touching and the credit you've given the Lord is a fact. Well done.

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DIANNEMT 7/20/2011 7:40AM

    Wow--100 pounds! Congratulations! Enjoy your life!!

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Congrats on your amazing journey .... I just joined my first 5% challenge... I'm a CAT! ....Thanks for the inspiration!

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DENRNAJ 7/20/2011 6:45AM

    kudos to you! what a wonderful message of inspiration you give to us- I thank you
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NINALATINA9 7/20/2011 6:42AM

    so inspiring!!!

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ANGEL0101 7/20/2011 5:22AM

    congratulations on your achievement!!!!!! emoticon

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SPMOM2 7/20/2011 1:06AM

    congrats, you look great

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 7/20/2011 12:59AM

    Great Job!!! emoticon

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SHERIO5 7/19/2011 9:05AM

    Congratulations!

I love your determination, and your praise of your creator!

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SNW1126 7/19/2011 1:29AM

    Awesome job. You look great. emoticon

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SPARKLEWHITE 7/19/2011 1:27AM

  You taught me to be patient in trying to lose weight. You are so emoticon I need to take your example, slow and steady win the race. emoticon emoticon you are a real inspiration to me. Good luck to you in keeping the weight for your rest of the life.

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GEOPENGUIN 7/19/2011 12:20AM

    GRATZ!!!

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NORASH3 7/18/2011 11:47PM

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Just goes to show. It doesn't
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TRIPLEHART 7/18/2011 10:20PM

    Congratulations! Way to keep with it! So proud of you! emoticon

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