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Try the 5% Challenge.....Summer sign up is open!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The 5% challenges are a fun way to meet new friends, learn how to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle, and lose weight.

Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits.

The upcoming Summer challenge starts in a few weeks, and it will be my 7th one. I've found the 5% challenges to be a great way to stay motivated as well as learn tips and tricks on healthy living from others.

Are you up for the challenge??

All you need to do is click the link below and join the Summer 5% Challenge team. In that team, you'll find all the information about how the challenge works, etc.

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
ual.asp?gid=63123


During the open signup period, there will be pre-work assignments (goal setting, etc.) that you will complete before the challenge starts. After the signup period, you'll be invited to join a team that you will join to compete in the challenge. The individual teams are private, so what you post there cannot be seen by anyone not a member of that team.

We compete by traveling virtually all over the world. Our starting point for the Summer challenge will be Copenhagen (our finishing point from the Spring challenge). I hope to see you there!

  
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NEW-CAZ 9/21/2014 12:41PM

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ADRIENALINE 9/16/2014 1:58PM

    Great publicity for our 5% challenges. Thanks!

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GEMLADYONE 5/31/2014 9:18AM

    I've corrected the link....sorry for the trouble!

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LIVINGSIMPLY355 5/26/2014 6:06PM

    Okay,
I'm having alot of trouble here. Not able to get to the signup for the challenge team. None of the links are working and I cannot find them on any of the website searches.
So help me out please!!
I would like to find out more about this team. emoticon emoticon

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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/25/2014 8:32AM

    emoticon 5% Challenges are awesome. I think the summer one will be my 5th or 6th one for me. They are lots of fun, you definitely meet lots of wonderful people and have loads of fun while doing all the challenges.

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BARBIE176 5/25/2014 1:10AM

    Great blog! You are an emoticon asset to the functioning of the 5% challenge teams. I love them. Best of luck in the summer challenge!

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KALISWALKER 5/25/2014 12:37AM

    It's members like you who make the challenge teams so much fun. All the best in the summer challenge.

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Beginning of BLC 25 - Fitness Test

Sunday, May 04, 2014

This weekend for the beginning of BLC 25, we were supposed to do a fitness test (push ups, crunches, 1 mile walk / run, and 3 minute step test). The point is to measure our fitness to compare against later on to have some way to measure progress relative to fitness.

My test results were:

pushups - 36
crunches - 40
1 mile run - 9:13 min.
3 minute step test - HR 120

Now I don't really have anything to compare against as I've never done these tests (other than the 1 mile), so can't see how much my fitness has improved in the last 16 months since I've been back active on SP and been focusing on improving my health and fitness. I really really wish I had done the tests at the beginning of my journey, and this isn't the first time I've thought that either.

At a guess, when I started in December 2012, this is what my numbers might have looked like (and this is totally a guess):

pushups - 10 (maybe)
crunches - 20
1 mile walk/run - 30 min.
3 minute step test - HR 170

If you are just starting out, or even if you are already on your way, please consider making these measurements so that you can see from time to time how much you've improved.

Now, I can see at the end of the 12 weeks of BLC how much my measures improve!

Here's the link to how to do the tests according to SP:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_articles.asp?id=1112

  
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MICKEYH 5/11/2014 12:10AM

    So proud of you for all your achievement. You really rock my dear. emoticon

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TURTLETALK 5/5/2014 12:05PM

    Sounds good. Are there guidelines on how to perform the tests somewhere on Spark? I think I need to do this.

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POPSY190 5/5/2014 4:36AM

    Great results! I'm sure your speculation about possible earlier results is close to the mark. emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 5/4/2014 11:11PM

    emoticon Sounds like a good start. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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GWINNER1 5/4/2014 9:06PM

    Looks like a good start Alie! It's always useful to have a baseline so you can actually see how much you've improved. This makes me wonder what my numbers would look like.

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HARROWJET 5/4/2014 9:06PM

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SERENE-BEAN 5/4/2014 8:55PM

    Never too late to get useful data about our fitness!

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KALISWALKER 5/4/2014 8:21PM

    You have a great start!

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Sign up for the Spring 5% Challenge is open!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The 5% challenges are a fun way to meet new friends, learn how to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle, and lose weight.

Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits.

The upcoming Spring challenge starts in a few weeks, and it will be my 6th one. I've found the 5% challenges to be a great way to stay motivated as well as learn tips and tricks on healthy living from others.

Are you up for the challenge??

All you need to do is click the link below and join the Spring 5% Challenge team. In that team, you'll find all the information about how the challenge works, etc.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=62656


During the open signup period, there will be pre-work assignments (goal setting, etc.) that you will complete before the challenge starts. After the signup period, you'll be invited to join a team that you will join to compete in the challenge. The individual teams are private, so what you post there cannot be seen by anyone not a member of that team.

We compete by traveling virtually all over the world. Our starting point for the Spring challenge is Mumbai, India (our finishing point from the Winter challenge). I hope to see you there!

  
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FIT4MEIN2013 3/21/2014 3:41PM

    You said it better than I could. Sharing!

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MICKEYH 3/17/2014 8:25PM

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KALISWALKER 3/17/2014 8:07PM

    Good way to describe the challenge!

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GINA180847 3/17/2014 2:02PM

    Loved your pictures! Wish I could do this hike, it is always so great to do hikes in different areas. I want to do a hike in Fort Fraser and climb Mt. Pope this year. It might be the last time I can. No challenge for me, I usually do all the stuff but forget to record it.

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JAXMOMMY 3/17/2014 12:03PM

    Love the 5% challenges! What team are you on?

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GRANMALINDA 3/17/2014 9:25AM

    Thanks, I need a new challenge! Looking forward to it.

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POPSY190 3/16/2014 11:56PM

    It's a great challenge, with lasting effects.

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JANLYN7 3/16/2014 11:54PM

    Interesting

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Redemption Hike / Climb

Sunday, February 02, 2014

On our New Mexico trip last week, we went for a hike / climb at a place called Tent Rocks. This was a redemption hike for me. Two years ago we were there also in winter and went to Tent Rocks with the family to hike the canyon and climb to the top, but I could not physically do it and had to wait part way up for the rest of them to go to the top and return. That was not a good feeling...embarrassing at the least. So, last week we did it. It's not a long hike, about 2.5 miles round trip with a climb at the end of about 700 feet, and I did it easily!

First the trail goes through a slot canyon, which I think is really neat. It is shaded from the sun which is nice in summer but made it cold in January. Here's a look:

The slot gets a little narrow in places but not uncomfortably so:

The site is called Tent Rocks after these rather unique rock formations that resemble tents from the erosion of the softer layers under the hard cap stones. These are some of the "tents":
After the slot canyon, the trail starts to climb and is quite steep for the last bit:


This is about where I had to stop 2 years ago....but not this year! On to the top!

Here at the top, the view is fabulous (and it was hot after the climb...I'm cooling off in this pic:


It was a beautiful day and I love sitting up there and just enjoying the view and listening to the silence...no cars, engine sounds of any kind, no people, etc. Fabulous. You can see Santa Fe and Albuquerque from there. (The white on the mountains in the distance is the ski area at Santa Fe where we skied the day before):

The mountain in the background in this one is Sandia near Albuqurque:


You can also get a good view of the tent rocks and the canyon climbed on the way up:


I really love the high desert. It has a beauty that is ever changing and never looks the same. The pictures don't do it justice, but hopefully can give an idea of the attraction of this area of the country.

It was very gratifying to be able to enjoy this day as I wanted to...to be healthy and fit enough to make the hike and climb without any problem. The elevation at the car park is 5500 ft and 6400 ft at the top (according to my Garmin watch). Later that same day we hiked another 8 miles or so across the mesas....just because!

  
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RORYLYONS 3/8/2014 2:58AM

    Amazing photos emoticon emoticon

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MKWILLIE 3/2/2014 8:02AM

    Just ran across your post about the Redemption Hike. What a huge accomplishment. Congrats. You look great!

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STEVENK87 2/21/2014 11:49AM

    Love the pictures :) emoticon

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FITBIZZZ 2/20/2014 7:28PM

    WOW! What a beautiful place! emoticon

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CHANGINGHORSES 2/20/2014 5:32AM

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing them. BTW - You look amazing!


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PILLYWIGGIN 2/12/2014 3:14PM

    emoticon pics!
emoticon achievement!
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SMITTY4RL 2/5/2014 7:55AM

    Love the pictures! Sounds like you had an awesome time. And what a great NSV--conquering the trail ;-)!

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LEARN2BHEALTHY 2/4/2014 11:45AM

    Such beautiful pictures looks very serene. emoticon on making it up to the top this time your such a great inspiration. Makes me want to put my hiking shoes. It's nice to see how far you come your emoticon

~~~~~Denise~~~~

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MYAKAYAH 2/4/2014 10:00AM

    How fabulous is that hike, whoa. I need to go there and do this hike. Congrats for finishing that marvelous journey!

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DOROTHYBERO 2/4/2014 4:48AM

    beautilful = congratulations.

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MBTEPP 2/3/2014 9:57AM

    2.5 miles does not sound like a lot until you have to navigate rocky terrain and climb 700 feet! Not an easy task, then you put 8 miles on the back end. That is my kind of vacation!

Serenity! What a hike to clear the mind!

Inspiring! You went back and conquered that mountain.

I wanna go!!! Thanks for posting such a awe-inspiring hike.

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CRYSTALQUEEN 2/3/2014 9:14AM

    Wow! Truly beautiful! And what a sweet feeling to be able to accomplish something you couldn't such a relatively short time ago. Well done and thank you for sharing.

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BJPENNY70 2/2/2014 11:35PM

    Does it feel wonderful to do things you could accomplish before? I think it was a wonderful accomplishment for you. You look great! emoticon

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MICKEYH 2/2/2014 10:00PM

    Beautiful ! Glad you were able to accomplish this time and had a great time! emoticon
Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 2/2/2014 9:24PM

    Wow great that you can see your progress that way!

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TURTLETALK 2/2/2014 9:06PM

    Looks gorgeous, glad you got your "redemption."

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MALAMI518 2/2/2014 8:53PM

    That is beautiful! Thank you for sharing those photos. I think I'm putting that on my list of places I want to visit.

emoticon emoticon on the amount of progress that you've made and how much more you can now do. What an inspiration! emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 2/2/2014 8:51PM

    Wow, what pictures and your name? Are you a gem lady 'cause you like gems. Or are you a gem? emoticon

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MUDGE4 2/2/2014 6:46PM

    emoticon Gorgeous!!

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PAULALALALA 2/2/2014 6:38PM

    Beautiful scenery! So neat that you were able to return to the hike and accomplish it easily this time around.
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VONBLACKBIRD 2/2/2014 6:13PM

    O this is a lovely hike. and you look terrific!!!

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GWINNER1 2/2/2014 5:53PM

    Way to go Alie! I love the pictures....especially the one of "the slot." Glad you had so much fun and was able to redeem your climb this time around. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Before and After Pics! One couple’s year of transformation….

Friday, January 10, 2014

During December 2013, I reached final goal weight after a year of religious tracking, staying in range, and exercising. It all paid off! I posted a blog a couple of weeks ago summarizing my journey in 2013: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574967
Check it out if you haven’t seen it as it tells more about what that journey accomplished and more importantly how it worked.

Now I want to share some “before” and “after” pictures with you all. Most of you know that my husband and I set out on this journey together and that made it much easier for both of us. Together we changed our lives, one step at a time, encouraging each other and finding ways to make a healthier lifestyle fit.

The catalyst that made us say "enough is too much" and make a commitment to do something about our weight and our health was looking at pictures from a cruise that we took at the end of November 2012. So, take a look at our hall of shame......
Here's one pic of us from that trip:


And here is the worst one (I think) taken on the beach from the same trip:


Now, for some pictures that I’m happy to share…these are all from New Year's Eve 2013. In the first, we were setting out for a run before heading off for our evening festivities:


And the second one later that evening:

And finally I just like this one just because we look so happy…and we are!


Now, our challenge is to learn how to successfully maintain....I'm NEVER going back, and we WILL do this! 2014 will be even better than 2013!

  
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IRON_RESOLVE 4/1/2014 7:53PM

    Victorious!!
Fantastic, so much hard work has paid off,
and now, I am going to walk in your footsteps and reach my GOAL

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/18/2014 5:53PM

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SGILBER6 2/27/2014 10:36AM

    Wow, so inspiring!

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LISASGONNADOIT 2/24/2014 2:42PM

    Amazing transformation. You both look so much younger. Congratulations!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIME4TRACY 2/24/2014 7:02AM

    Wow. You have really encouraged me.

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NEWALX 2/23/2014 10:26AM

    Beautiful. Way to go congrats

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BJMC01 2/21/2014 7:57PM

    Wow!
thanks for sharing you journey and encouraging us.
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LOSINGLISA 2/21/2014 6:17PM

    Wow! Incredible! Congrats to you both!

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NGCHILD 2/21/2014 1:26PM

    Congrats on your success! Hubby and I are on the same journey. We have lost a combined 170 pounds. It is so much easier when you are on the journey with someone.

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LOOD1962 2/21/2014 1:25PM

    Very inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOTHN4ME 2/20/2014 10:06AM

    Wow!!! ... and you did it together!!!

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DMSPEER93 2/20/2014 9:21AM

    Great job! I want to use your story for a Sunday school class I'm teaching! Thanks for sharing!

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WALKMYWAYTOFIT 2/20/2014 9:15AM

    Wow, Wow! Wonderful and inspiring! Yay! I appreciate your sharing and I congratulate you on your success, and determination... I am trying to get back on the "tracking' track! emoticon emoticon

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JCBRITT 2/20/2014 8:29AM

    If you took my face and put it on your before pix that would be me right now. I am where you started almost exaclty so you give me hope. I have decided to restart with less emphasis on exercise and more on changing my eating habits. I know that everyone's journey is unique, but I've been looking for someone that started where I am, and has similar challenges (working, etc) and similar reasons to wanting to lose weight and get fit and had success. I will read your blogs and hope I can send you a message in the future that say "I did it!"

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TKA54321 2/20/2014 7:15AM

    So, I looked at the beach photo of your both, and then I scrolled down to the next, and all I could say was "Wow!"

What an inspiration you both are. Well done, keep up the good work, and keep inspiring us please!

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/20/2014 6:19AM

    emoticon you both look internally happy!!!

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CERIUSLY 1/26/2014 9:03AM

    You guys Rock! You surely do look happy and you should be proud of yourselves! Thanks for sharing your pictures and your journey with us!

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MAUREENREDUX 1/18/2014 8:46AM

    Fabulous! My husband lost already -- now I have to catch up! What an accomplishment.

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BEWELL48 1/18/2014 5:37AM

    Wow.... What success! Very motivating!

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RGPW30 1/17/2014 11:24PM

    Thank you for sharing the pictures. May you find 2014 a year of joy and continued good health.

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CHEBBA 1/16/2014 12:22AM

    Simply incredible. What an inspiration. Thank you so much for posting this, it really does help others to know that this weight loss business is perfectly achievable if we stick to a strategy and keep plugging away at it. Really, really impressive.

Congratulations to you both.

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SEABREEZE65 1/13/2014 6:24PM

    Fantastic!!!

You both look awesome. I saw the change in both of you on the other photo I commented on, but didn't realize you were both in this together. Even better that way.

Tell your DH congrats too!!!

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MYAKAYAH 1/13/2014 5:40PM

    Its wonderful when two partners are committed to a journey together! Brava and keep up the wonderful health and life~

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LEARN2BHEALTHY 1/13/2014 4:49PM

    emoticon You an your husband emoticon You both are an inspiration I enjoy being able to see both of your accompaniments you both look great emoticon emoticon

~~~~Denise~~~~

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LIZARDG7 1/13/2014 4:13PM

    WOW! You both look wonderful! Congratulations!



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PILLYWIGGIN 1/13/2014 3:15PM

    Fantastic Alie! What a wonderful set of pics which really show what a long way you have come. Truly inspirational!

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PERFECTVELVET 1/13/2014 9:53AM

    Congratulations on all your success - you've earned it! You both look great!

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CAROLJ35 1/12/2014 9:05PM

    YOU CAN BOTH BE VERY PROUD OF THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!
And we Sparkers are also proud of you!!!!

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BARBIE176 1/12/2014 8:50PM

    What a fabulous transformation to both you and your hubby. Stay focused and you will definitely have an emoticon 2014 maintaining that transformation! I hope your emoticon journey continues!

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DONNABRIGHT 1/12/2014 7:39PM

    Loved the before and after pictures!

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FT4EVR 1/12/2014 11:17AM

    I wanted to come up with a different word but WOW! WOW is the only word that describes your journey! You are very inspiring! I can hardly believe it is the same person in the pictures! WOW!
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PAULALALALA 1/11/2014 6:59PM

    Wow! What a success story! emoticon emoticon

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SINFULLYQUAINT 1/11/2014 6:01PM

    Amazing job! You're a great motivator!

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TOKIEMOON 1/11/2014 3:13PM

    Your transformation is fantastic! emoticon emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/11/2014 3:00PM

    I am so glad that you got "Motivating member"! You soooo desesrve it!

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ROCKPORT9 1/11/2014 1:31PM

    You have come a long way! How great you had the support and participation of DH. You both look wonderful! emoticon hugs, Laurel

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DIANER2014 1/11/2014 1:11PM

    You guys look awesome! Great pictures! Congratulation! emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 1/11/2014 12:38PM

    Fantastic! You got the results you deserve. All the best to you and DH in 2014!

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TURTLETALK 1/11/2014 11:13AM

    Wow!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 1/11/2014 7:41AM

    You both look awesome and so happy! Congratulation on reach your goal!

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ZELLAZM 1/11/2014 6:46AM

    What a difference a year makes! Congratulations to both of you on your success!
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DOROTHYBERO 1/11/2014 6:28AM

    You both look awesome! emoticon

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MICKEYH 1/10/2014 9:25PM

    Wha-oh!! You guys looks awesome!! Congrats for your hard work and reaching your goal weight. So happy for you two!!
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CASTIRONLADY 1/10/2014 7:37PM

    You could be a pin up but your pictures sure encouraged me. God bless.

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SHERYLP461 1/10/2014 7:13PM

    You both look wonderful, I am sure your feel the same way!

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VONBLACKBIRD 1/10/2014 5:55PM

    WOW WOW WOW. So proud of both of you. You both look terrific. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/10/2014 5:45PM

    Are you freaking kidding me??? The results are amaaaazing!!!


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