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My Glamour Shots

Friday, September 02, 2011

These were done by the fabulous RAVENSONG (Becky):



I never had so much fun showing a bit of my skin emoticon

  
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MIECHI7 9/10/2011 10:35AM

    LOVE!! You are such a pretty woman!!

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ROBYN168 9/8/2011 10:12AM

    Look at the hottie! Way to go Erin!!!

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LIVENLOVELIFE 9/7/2011 10:55PM

    Wow you look amazing Erin!!

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RAINEMARIE214 9/6/2011 9:59AM

    These pictures are AMAZING!!! You look AWESOME!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/6/2011 9:36AM

    Beautiful pics! Looks like so much fun!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 9/6/2011 12:44AM

    Sexy Lady!!!

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DANGEL117 9/5/2011 11:23PM

    emoticon BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 9/4/2011 11:29AM

    You are so pretty, Erin. My favorite is the one where you are looking over your shoulder.

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ANDASI 9/4/2011 2:08AM

    Youre husband must be beside himsel.

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LINDABENEDICT 9/3/2011 8:57PM

    Beautiful shots !!!!!

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SONGBARDBIRD 9/3/2011 5:56PM

    Wicked! You look great girl! :)

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GRACEISENUF 9/3/2011 11:04AM

    OOOOH LA LA (insert wolf whistle)

Classy and beautiful!

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LOOKINGTOBEFIT 9/3/2011 11:01AM

    These are awesome!


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MADDEELOU 9/3/2011 9:37AM

    These are wonderful.

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ROOT4HOME 9/3/2011 9:14AM

    Beautiful!!

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-POOKIE- 9/3/2011 3:22AM

    emoticon looking GOOD!

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SHERLYN-WILL 9/3/2011 12:12AM

    ALL OF THESE are fabulous~~~~!!! emoticon

I love them all...
My favorites are the last 2 though.. I love that LBD on you and your hair looks great... teeth... look beautiful!

Look at those cheekbones in that next to the last one! That pic would make a great profile pic too!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/2/2011 10:35PM

    WOW! These are FANTASTIC! What a wonderful accomplishment! Oh, I"ll bet you felt so WONDERFUL! They are just beautiful!

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LKEITHO 9/2/2011 10:29PM

    Looking great!

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MESEATURTLE 9/2/2011 9:57PM

    Super LOve these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PRINCESS1959 9/2/2011 9:06PM

    Wow

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TARANITUP 9/2/2011 9:01PM

    Nice! And HOW WHITE are your teeth WOW!

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SOCCERWOW 9/2/2011 8:32PM

  Beautiful!

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MICHSTATE 9/2/2011 8:27PM

    Nice pictures!!!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/2/2011 8:24PM

  You look BEAUTIFUL!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 9/2/2011 8:10PM

    Beautiful!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/2/2011 7:40PM

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Beautiful!

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WENDY3EYES 9/2/2011 6:33PM

    Beautiful! It does look like you had fun

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 9/2/2011 6:11PM

    Cute, I love the one of your legs in the air.

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ME_THE_REMAKE 9/2/2011 6:03PM

  It's obvious you had fun! I can't wait to want to show off myself like this! emoticon

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FITTINGIN130 9/2/2011 5:54PM

    Gorgeous! WOWZA!

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Super quick update (battery on my laptop is dying and I'm too lazy to get up for the charger).

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Long title, I know. I could have typed a lot more about my day if I skipped that! Or this. Geez.

Okay. I had the day off today, so I went to the gym AFTER I brought my little girl to daycare. I spent 30 minutes running on the treadmill followed by a full hour on the elliptical. I am down again on the scale this morning but will wait until Tuesday to input my weight just in case I fluctuate or something. I am super psyched though because I am so close again to 160, and back in the 150s. And I want to make it to the 140s again to be honest, but that is jumping the gun a little bit.

I am on my 5th day of the streak, so once I finish this blog and go to bed, I will have finished the day out and made a total of $25 towards my new reservoir for my Camelbak! Yay!!!

It was tough this evening. I was stressed a bit at my parents and she had chips and salsa floating around along with a Schwan's cherry pie because the dinner was running late, so I hung around with my little girl for 2 hours before we ate (we were told 5, and we ate at 7). Oh well.

I was craving an ice cream cone from McDonald's on the way home, but I called my DH and told him how much money I had on me from getting groceries, and that I was wanting that cone but couldn't afford it without ending my streak, and I am so happy I did that. I am learning, that's for sure!

I am just proud of myself for not using a day off from work minus DH and DD as an "opportunity" to pig out on foods I am craving. Seriously happy and proud. And that I went to the gym despite it not being my usual time to go.

Plan for tomorrow? Same as I have been doing with 1550 or less calories (I have been staying around 1500 because of all the working out I am doing). I will go to the gym and work out for 90 minutes. At least three 1-mile walks. Lots of water. Fiber. And I am going to get my 8 hours of sleep in.

This isn't easy. But I am so very happy at the end of each day that I stay on track with everything. This is WORTH it.

  
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BETTERJULIA 9/2/2011 11:51AM

    This is great! It's all those little mind tricks that we use that make those habits of good choices work! Keep up your great work!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/2/2011 11:32AM

    You are right - it isn't easy but it's worth it! Thanks for the reminder. Great job skipping the ice cream! You are strong.

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LOOKINGTOBEFIT 9/2/2011 9:08AM

    Go girl!! I love the last sentence: This isn't easy! That is for sure but like you said it is worth it. Keep it uo emoticon

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-POOKIE- 9/2/2011 9:00AM

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SONGBARDBIRD 9/1/2011 11:53PM

    wooo, I'm so glad this is working for you! Keep up the great work....good job not giving into temptation and going to the gym anyway! Yoooooooooou are doing great!

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PAMMY222 9/1/2011 10:42PM

    WOW! Can I borrow some of your energy and gumption? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I'm on my way to throw clothes in the dryer then to bed for my 8 hours!
Keep up the good work!!
I'm going to try and emulate your day into mine for tomorrow!! I don't sit back and wish anymore, I do. YES, this is worth it!!
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Incentive Challenge Day 2 (Current streak of 2 days).

Monday, August 29, 2011

Well, if I get to bed by 9:30 (in 45 minutes), I will have earned myself another $5 and my total so far earned will be $10! The first thing I want to earn is a new reservoir for my Camelbak ($35) so that my long run can be more of a loop instead of split-up out-and-backs because I can't carry water on me w/o it.

My day had its ups and downs, but I was able to stay on track with everything. I hit 1411 calories (under 1500). I did at least 60 minutes of fitness (this morning I did a circuit training session for 30 minutes, the elliptical for 35 minutes, took 4 walks - 3 with my dog and 1 with my little girl - and played kickball for nearly 2 hours). I didn't get all my sleep last night, but that was because Kaylee is teething again and woke up at 4 a.m. I got in my fiber. I drank 8 cups of water.

I had a misunderstanding with my daycare provider which almost had me pulling Kaylee out and placing her in another one. On one of my walks with my dog, I walked by her neighborhood (she lives on the next block over) and I saw her mowing the lawn. The daycare provider. Okay, so who is watching my daughter? I waited until she brought Kaylee over and asked her what happened. I won't go into all the details, but she actually did have a good reason, and trust me I am NOT gullible, so it all checked out. I was so shaky about it, though, because I basically talked to her about the fact that I need to trust her, she needs to communicate with me and I need to communicate with her.

But, I hate confrontation, so I was really keyed up about it, all nauseated and scared, and shaky. I stayed on track, though, and just kept myself really busy and worked myself through it, not using food to cope with it all.

My plan for tomorrow? To keep the streak alive :o} I will be hitting the gym at 5:30 again, go on the elliptical for 45 minutes, do core work after. I planned my meals. I will be going out with the runner's group after work and will plan on 3 miles with the beginners. I will try for 4 walks again with my daughter and dog. I have to start feeding my dog more, though...she has been losing weight with me walking her so much!!

Well, good night, Sparkworld...

P.S. Lesson learned last night. Do not eat watermelon right before bedtime. Unless you like to pee a lot through the night.

  
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BEATLEBREATH 8/31/2011 10:47AM

    Way to stay the course! Good luck on day Three of your streak :-)

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/30/2011 11:13PM

    emoticonThose are some really great plans and goals! emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 8/30/2011 5:50PM

    I REALLY like you reward system. I may steal it & use something like that for myself.
Sorry about the babysitter problems. I'm glad it worked out but I remember you mentioning before about how she stresses you - taking off a lot & what not.

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-POOKIE- 8/30/2011 3:56AM

    *hugs* glad you sorted the childcare situation, you need to feel secure.

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/30/2011 1:19AM

    Glad you're doing well! I think this incentive thing is really going to work for you! I am the EXACT same way about confrontation...even if it amounts to nothing it still makes me freak out and feel super weird afterward...glad everything worked out though...keep it up!

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 8/29/2011 11:41PM

    Excellent advice...skipping watermelon. That situation with the child care would be aggravating to say the least, so glad to hear it wasn't an issue.

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MICHSTATE 8/29/2011 10:04PM

    That would be scary!!!! Glad it was nothing to worry about!!!:-)

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Rewards

Monday, August 29, 2011

Yesterday I came up with a plan for rewards/incentives that do NOT involve treating myself wtih food, and will promote staying on plan, on track, with consequences (though not dire) if I don't.

I have a wish list of things I want in the future, some sooner rather than later, some more expensive than others including a new bike (around $500-750), a new set of workout clothes ($50-$100), new running shoes ($130), cycling shoes/clips ($100), a new reservoir for my Camelbak ($35), etc. etc. and trips for racing/spending time with friends ($750-$1500).

Now, how do I go about spending this kind of money w/o the guilt of SPENDING it? By earning it.

So, I came up with my plan as follows:

If I stay on track with my nutrition (no more than 1500 calories, mostly healthy food), fitness (2 rest days maximum unless injured or really sick, running 3 days/week, ST 3 days/week at least 60 minutes each day), water (at least 8 cups a day), weigh in at or less than the day before, and sleep (at least 7 hours a day, but shooting for 8), then I make $5 that day. If I don't, even if it is one (and there isn't a good reason behind it, since there can be extenuating circumstances, like not getting sleep because Kaylee wakes up 3 times in the night) then I lose $5 that day. Of course, the balance will NOT go below zero.

But here is where my real incentive is. If I make it 2 weeks straight, I get a bonus $10. If 1 month, another $20. If 2 months, an extra $50 on top of that. And 3 months? $100. For each month beyond that I get an extra $100.

I feel this is appropriate and is good for my personality, where I will face consequences if I drop the ball, though small, but if I make the right choices, I earn the items on my wish list over time and will appreciate them more.

I would get my wish list items eventually even if I didn't do this, but to earn them this way? Sure would make me feel good.

The directives listed above (calorie counts, etc) will change as my needs change (like if I want to stay at the same weight or want to focus more on toning, etc), and it may seem very regimented, but that is how I do my best. The bulk of my weight was lost because I had a long streak of doing what I was supposed to do. Basically, A+B definitely did = C in that scenario, and I want that for myself again.

I have a lot of reasons for wanting to lose weight again plus tone, including not as much jiggly when I run, avoiding plastic surgery if I can, going shopping in late October for new clothes/jackets, going to a beach in the spring and end of summer next year and wanting to wear as little as possible. Wanting to fit in all the clothes I have purchased from garage sales so far this summer that I don't fit in right now (mainly size 8-10).

I am pretty darned motivated. Money does motivate me, even if it does come in the form of purchasing items from my wish list rather than actually seeing the moolah ;o}

I have my meals and workouts planned for the week, and I am raring to go!!!

  
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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/1/2011 2:06PM

    Awesome idea!

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/29/2011 4:17PM

    Awesome awesome! What a great plan! This will definitely motivate you...good luck!

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BETTERJULIA 8/29/2011 1:23PM

    This is great!

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SEATTLESIMS 8/29/2011 12:43PM

    great idea! Go get it! And have fun doing it!

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SHERRYJVP 8/29/2011 12:41PM

    I love that plan. A friend and I did something similar several years ago. We each had our own diet/exercise goals. (she counted fat, I counted cal.) and if we met our goals that week then we paid nothing. if we missed even once we paid 5 bucks into a joint pot. The pot grew and I can't remember if we were going to see who reached goal first (we had similar amounts to lose) or whatit was, but if one of us caved, the other got the pot. if we both 'won' then we were going to take a trip together. soemthing like that. She ended up trying to adopt a baby and the stress ended here so we celebrated her adoption with the money. LOL but the money is a great incentive for me too. although i think I will be 'forced' to buy new clothes this fall. he he.. hope so.

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 8/29/2011 10:48AM

    Wonderful plan. Can't wait to see you succeed.

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-POOKIE- 8/29/2011 10:35AM

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RDARLING 8/29/2011 8:50AM

    "paying" yourself to work out! Sounds like a good idea. Wishing you nothing but the best!

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BEANBYDESIGN 8/29/2011 8:49AM

    This is an awesome way to combine smart saving with fitness! I love it!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/29/2011 8:42AM

    emoticonAnd when you've done it, you're going to be so excited with your new things! emoticon

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GTANYA 8/29/2011 8:25AM

    Your plan sounds great for you. Keep us posted as to how it works out for you. I haven't spent much time planning but as I read more blogs I find that many people are doing this so I am looking forward to creating my own plan. I like the monetary reward and I will have to think if this works for me! I may just say if I work out for 2 weeks everyday for at 60 minutes then I will purchase my first 'NICE' workout clothes...that would work for me! Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration - have a great day!!
Tanya

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CARLYG8 8/29/2011 8:24AM

    Ohhh...I like your plan! I may have to steal it! emoticon

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AJB121299 8/29/2011 8:07AM

    good luck, sounds doable

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Putting a plan out there for today only.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Every morning before I start my day (since my little girl is getting up before 7 now), I will blog about what I am planning to do, because not being active on Spark or in WW is killing my weight loss. I actually had a binge day yesterday which I am so not proud of. I just couldn't stop eating, and I am getting tired of it.

Here is my To Do List for today:
1. Drink at least four 16-oz bottles of water.
2. Walk my dog for 1 mile twice today.
3. Eat in my ranges as set on here by SP (I want to start a streak on this).
4. Run on my lunch hour, if even only for a mile. I haven't run since my last long run last Friday!
5. Be busy with my babe this evening since daddy works. Make a healthy dinner of couscous (which my little girl loves). If I feel the urge to eat, I need to get out of the house. I don't have any money today on me and I gave my husband my check card and credit card (yes, I have to do that for prevention).

I have taken away the stress of NEEDING to be at my goal weight by such and such time, but that doesn't mean I should not be trying to get back there anyway.

Oh, and:
6. Walk my day an extra mile before dropping her off at daycare (which means I better get her ready to go now), and also take her for a long walk this evening after dinner.

I am going to have tentative plans for the future which I am sure I'll blog about at some point, sooner or later, but for now I just need to take this one day at a time, 1 hour at a time, or even 1 minute at a time if I need to.

  
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DUSTYGIRL25 8/28/2011 12:45PM

    Good for you for setting positive goals!
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LKEITHO 8/26/2011 10:23PM

    Great plan! Enjoy!

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/26/2011 6:22PM

    Really great plans! I hope you're able to start 'em up, you can do it!

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BETTERJULIA 8/26/2011 12:48PM

    These are good plans. I do the give my hubby the cards too. These are great simple easy ways to take care of things. Keep ROCKING it!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 8/26/2011 12:43PM

    Good for you - i love setting daily goals because I think it really helps us focus on the NOW. :)

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 8/26/2011 11:11AM

    What a great plan! When I am struggling to keep up with spark one day at a time, I log my meals in the morning. Somehow it is easier to only eat what I have already logged, rather than trying to keep things off the food tracker as I make choices throughout the day. The plan is the key to getting carried away. Well done.


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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/26/2011 10:35AM

    I think this is excellent! This is so doable, and you are going to be satisfied with the outcome, I just know it! emoticon

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SEESTARS 8/26/2011 10:03AM

    Great plan. Love you idea to remove a goal date. I think it helps to set the calorie limits but does add stress when you follow a plan and still can keep to that darn red line of the weight tracker.

You can do it. emoticon

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PSYCHBAMA 8/26/2011 8:59AM

    Wonderful!!!! You are so right- taking it one day at a time is the best way to go. I am going to adopt this for my day, so thank you for sharing! Good luck and have a GREAT Friday!!!
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JNK125 8/26/2011 8:57AM

    Sounds like you have a solid plan! I binged yesterday too and ended up feeling incredibly guilty. Wish I knew why I can't stop doing that. Taking the dog for a walk is a great way to get in some exercise! You can do it!

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CATREB 8/26/2011 8:37AM

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-POOKIE- 8/26/2011 8:35AM

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GHOSTFLAMES 8/26/2011 8:23AM

    GO FOR IT YOU ARE WORTH IT WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU IF YOU NEED ANYTHING AT ALL JUST ASK.
TAKE CARE, CHAR

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SHAWFAN 8/26/2011 8:21AM

    As they say, live in the moment, but don't go all out crazy! You CAN do this! One day, one hour, one minute at a time. You have a good plan in place. Now just act on it. Start that streak and go from there. emoticon emoticon

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