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Please make yourself PERFECTLY CLEAR...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Have you ever asked someone to pick something up at the store, just to have them come home with something other than what you really wanted?

This is especially true when sending your DH to the store (sorry guys, but you know it's true)

I have found the best remedy for this is to either write things down in minute detail...or better yet, just go to the store myself!

Case in point:

This is a video by Jeanne Robertson about sending her DH to the grocery store for a short list of items. She wrote them down in detail, numbering each item for him.

1. pound of butter
2. large bottle of vanilla
3. dozen eggs
4. big tub of lard
5. 5 pounds of sugar
6. 5 pounds of flour
7. 6 pack of 7Up

If you haven't figured out what happened...or even if you have...watch the video for a good laugh.

www.jeannerobertson.com/ Go down to the Grocery Store video.

Now here's another case in point:



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IOWAGRAMMA 12/26/2014 12:31PM

    I've seen that video and it is so funny -- and true!! Hope your Christmas was blessed and happy!! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 12/25/2014 4:37PM

    Very funny - thanks!

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BEMORESTUBBORN 12/24/2014 8:19PM

    Husbands indeed! I show mine pictures of what I want just to be extra clear and I NEVER number my list. LOL!
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PATRICIA-CR 12/24/2014 7:03PM

    Hilarious!!! emoticon emoticon for such a nice blog and emoticon

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HDEGMD 12/24/2014 6:23PM

  A friend of mine sent her younger brother ..a teen ager..to the store for lemons..he brought home limes...and she said these are limes.. he said I thought they were just green lemons and you could still use them.

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IDICEM 12/24/2014 6:12PM

  emoticon Thanks for the giggles.

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SPEDED2 12/24/2014 5:23PM

    The timing could not have been better. I sent my husband to the store this morning for a St. Louis paper, so I could check the recipes in the food section. I didn't write it down, and don't know what he heard, but he brought back a Kansas City paper instead. Oh well, at least he stayed in the right state.

The video is fall in the floor laughing funny! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Merry Christmas Eve. big smiles ~ jeanne

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What are YOU most Thankful for?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I've been looking online for a Thanksgiving quote...and I've found some very revealing things about some Thanksgiving attitudes...

Let's see if you and I can relate to any of these?

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Is your family great FOOTBALL enthusiasts?

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~Erma Bombeck

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Is the FOOD what you think of most?

My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: the turkey and stuffing; the sweet potatoes and rice, which come from my mother's Southern heritage; the mashed potatoes, which come from my wife's Midwestern roots; the Campbell's green-bean casserole; and of course, pumpkin pie. ~Douglas Conant

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Are you an eternal OPTIMIST?

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. ~Irv Kupcinet

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Do your COOKING SKILLS lack a little?

My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. ~Phyllis Diller

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Are you a person who just GIVES UP around the Holidays?

It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. ~Marilu Henner

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Did your Mom have a rare SPECIALTY she only prepared for Thanksgiving?

My mom makes something called green pie, which I thought was a delicacy that many people only had at Thanksgiving, but it turns out it was just Jell-O with whipped cream on it. And it's delicious. ~Bobby Moynihan

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Is your FAMILY a little hard to tolerate during the Festive meals?

On the morning of Thanksgiving, I would wake up to the home smelling of all good things, wafting upstairs to my room. I would set the table with the fancy silverware and china and hope that my parents and grandmother wouldn't have the annual Thanksgiving fight about Richard Nixon. ~Debi Mazar

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Does Thanksgiving bring back FOND MEMORIES?

One of my most memorable Thanksgiving memories was probably the first year that me and my two brothers decided to start our annual eating contest. We ate throughout the whole day. We started that morning and weighed ourselves, and at the very end of the night, we weighed ourselves out. And all three of us equally gained five pounds. ~Charles Kelley

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Was Thanksgiving a RARE TIME of EXPERIMENTATION for your family?

In deference to American traditions, my family put our oven to rare use at Thanksgiving during my childhood, with odd roast-turkey experiments involving sticky-rice stuffing or newfangled basting techniques that we read about in magazines. ~Jennifer Lee

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OR...is your Thanksgiving more like this?

Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside. ~Willard Scott

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OR...maybe you're missing SOMEONE SPECIAL during this Thanksgiving...

I miss both of my parents terribly every day, but especially as we approach Thanksgiving. We always came together as a family for that holiday, playing capture the flag and touch football and laughing a lot. ~Mark Shriver

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BUT, I think we can ALL relate to this:

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are. ~Joyce Giraud

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MAYBE we should WRITE IT DOWN, so we have a tangible reminder when things seem to be going all wrong!

Every Thanksgiving, we all write down three things we're thankful for and put them in a hat. Then we pass the hat around the dinner table and everyone has to guess who wrote what! ~Debby Ryan

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THEN AGAIN...for your family, Thanksgiving may be JUST the BEGINNING of bigger and better things to come:

Christmas is a huge thing in my family. We usually start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. ~ Samantha Isler


Whatever the case...HAVE A HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING!

  
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MTN_KITTEN 12/3/2014 6:04AM

    What a hoot!

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SPEDED2 11/29/2014 9:12PM

    Thanks for the chuckles and grins!! So many truths that hit home!

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JILL313 11/27/2014 10:06PM

    These cute quotes are great and I had fun reading all of them. Growing up we always had a big Turkey Dinner with about 20 of my relatives (Mom's side). Now I get together with my 3 sons, dil & GC. I enjoyed Thanksgiving and realize I've changed some. It used to be the food that was the main attraction for me but now it's how much I enjoy being with my family. I had so much fun being with my 2 young GC. I thank God for all my Blessings. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Day. So happy we're friends and have fun using our brain to come up with the word game answers. I love your new much shorter haircut. Ramona, I'm being truthfully when I say you and your DD look more like Sisters now. You're a Beautiful Woman inside and out.

Love You,

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PATRICIA-CR 11/27/2014 8:24PM

    emoticon BLOG!!!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 11/27/2014 9:04AM

    emoticon blog!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 11/27/2014 8:09AM

    Great blog! Yes, we have so much for which to be thankful.

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  These were thought-provoking, thank you! emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 11/27/2014 4:06AM

  Happy Thanksgiving!

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I'm Beside Myself...!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today, November 15, 2014, is my 2 year Sparkversary.

If anyone would have told me 2 years ago that I could lose myself...and find myself at the same time, I would have thought they were crazy! That was a totally foreign concept to me at that time.

However, as time passed...and I used the tools on SparkPeople to their best advantage, I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

No longer did I have the mindset that I would be HUGE for the rest of my life. No longer did I have the mindset that I would end up bedridden from my Fibromyalgia and excessive weight. No longer did I feel hopeless, as far as my health was concerned.

I knew God had guided me to this wonderful website, and I knew He, and He alone, could help me lose the excess weight I had carried for well over 20 years. I also know that with His leading, ALL things are possible...(Matthew 19:26, Philippians 4:13) I just didn't know how fast it could happen, or how emoticon it would feel!

BUT, here I am today...a mere shadow of what I once was.

This pair of pants used to be very snug on me...they were the only ones I had that did not have elastic at the waist.



The signs behind me say: I WEIGH 136 LBS and I'VE LOST 136 LBS

AND...If I can do it, so can YOU!

Never, EVER, give up on your goals!

Here's a picture of me in my size 6 Skinny Jeans. emoticon



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ANNABELLISABEL 12/9/2014 8:45PM

    :) woohoo

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WOLFWGREENEYES 12/6/2014 2:20AM

    Oh how awesome is that!! You are so beautiful my dear, inside and out. Thank you for your inspiration!!

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MZANGELFACE 12/4/2014 9:45PM

    Way to go! I love this post!

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DESERTFLOWERG 12/1/2014 12:40AM

    Congratulations and you are looking fantastic!

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DONNA_W 11/30/2014 7:30PM

    great blog and inspiring emoticon

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LEANIE64 11/30/2014 6:42PM

    emoticon ...yes..you and your story are awesome..Good job..thanks so much for sharing your story..What an accomplishment !!


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    emoticon What an awesome accomplishment!! emoticon

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IRON_RESOLVE 11/22/2014 11:43PM

    You have transformed yourself. And to say that you found yourself as well, is SO Refresing!!!!
I love the new skinny jeans AND THE HAIRCUT. Also refreshing!! I cut mine shorter the last two months! You look so vibrant. I am really inspired by what you've accomplished!
Way to GO!!

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52BINCE 11/21/2014 5:34PM

    emoticon Your story and pictures are most definitely an inspiration to all!!! emoticon emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 11/21/2014 3:17PM

    AND for this reason I DO find you a spark motivator!!!! emoticon You are awesome and amazing and emoticon here at sparks!!! And so glad God directed your steps as he does "The steps of a righteous man are directed bny the Lord." ............ emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 11/21/2014 1:56PM

    emoticon on your great weight loss and your new journey!

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KALISWALKER 11/21/2014 12:34PM

    Congratulations on your healthy new weight!

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JILL313 11/19/2014 11:25PM

    Ramona, Your Blog is so encouraging and motivating to me. . .I want to follow your success and keep moving forward. Congratulations on Losing another 'person" and you're look so young and slender. I bet you could pass for your DD's friend now as look like a young woman yourself. Enjoy your hard earned WL Sucess. You are an inspiration to me and so many untold others. I am so happy for you and I know your very proud and happy about it. Take good care of Beautiful You. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUESKY104 11/19/2014 8:48PM

    emoticon you are an inspiration for sure emoticon

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-KATHERINE- 11/19/2014 11:43AM

    Congratulations! Your story is very inspiring, thanks for sharing and sparking the rest of us on emoticon emoticon I'd say you graduated into a new you! emoticon

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JAOTAO 11/18/2014 5:38PM

    Congrats to you! Very inspiring .... thanks for sharing!

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KADYSMOM11 11/18/2014 11:55AM

    WOW! You have done fantastic!.......... so proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thank you so much for the inspiration!....You're right! If you can do it then so can I!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CJMOK1121 11/18/2014 10:46AM

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Ramona: What a wonderful blessing you are to ALL of us, You have to be feeling wonderful yourself, and you should. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Your SP FRIEND: CJ from OK.

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GINA180847 11/17/2014 10:51PM

    Unbelievably amazing.! I am so happy for you. You are right all things are possible and if you seek you shall find. That Sparkguy deserves lot of credit along with the fresh eggs his chickens lay.

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TUBLADY 11/17/2014 7:53PM

    You have come so far. And lost so much. You look amazing and ever so happy.
I am sure your accomplishments will inspire others to keep on going and feel that happiness.
I know I do.
Keep on Sparking.
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SLIMLEAF 11/17/2014 6:34PM

    What an amazing achievement - congratulations!

I really hope that, with God's help, I can do the same. Thanks for the encouragement.

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MADAMES 11/17/2014 6:10PM

    What an inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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WATERMELLEN 11/17/2014 6:03PM

    Inspiring indeed -- what an AWESOME accomplishment, you can be so very proud of yourself!

And Spark People is an amazing community: so glad you got the support and information you needed here!!

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NANCYPAT1 11/17/2014 5:28PM

    That is AWESOME - Congratulations on your hard work and determination - you should be very proud of yourself.

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/17/2014 5:06PM

    Absolutely awesome! You are certainly an inspiration!!!!!!!



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DINGALLSTOO 11/17/2014 4:17PM

    WOW!!!! you are an inspiration, love those skinny jeans emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 11/17/2014 4:13PM

    Go you...you are awesome and have achieved so much....well done

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WHYTEBROWN 11/17/2014 3:58PM

    WOW emoticon on such an emoticon achievement. You are truly inspirational!! I

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CATTUTT 11/17/2014 3:54PM

    Wow, what an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations!

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IOWAGRAMMA 11/17/2014 3:37PM

    Simply awesome! You have trucked right along and I don't think you ever even stumbled once!! It's a great accomplishment, Ramona, and not only am I happy to read this, but I'm happy to have been here to see how you amazing progress and achievement! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBIE176 11/17/2014 3:20PM

    emoticon What a beautiful and inspirational story. Thank you for sharing and inspiring others! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 11/17/2014 3:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are such an ispiration to so many here on sparks.

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SONGBIRDPAULA 11/17/2014 5:51AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon There are so many words that I can use but I will tie them all together by saying this…

"You go girl and you are setting an example for me and the rest of us and I'm so proud of you!!!"

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GLORY- 11/17/2014 12:08AM

    This is totally amazing every time I look at these pictures!! emoticon God is good to help us with everything that concerns us!! emoticon

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    That's emoticon ! emoticon

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MISSPEACHES3 11/16/2014 9:10PM

    Wow, way to go. Happy for you. emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 11/16/2014 5:27PM

    Ramona, I'm so proud of your accomplishments. Wow, you have done an awesome job. You are so right, with God all things are possible. Congratulations, and what a motivation you are to many of us. Hugs coming your way.

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SPEDED2 11/16/2014 5:20PM

    You are my hero!!! emoticon emoticon Pound by pound and day by day, I'm on my way.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/16/2014 4:49PM

    emoticon !!!!!!!!! You have done a great job I am proud to be your Spark friend!!!!

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PATRICIA-CR 11/16/2014 10:17AM

    Extraordinary!! I love your blog and the magnificent photos. What a positive encouragement!! You look like a young girl!

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i love the blog! it's so motivating. Thank you for sharing. It came at a time I desperately need encouragement!

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    Amazing and wonderful. You have really achieved great things! emoticon

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 11/15/2014 11:56PM

  Simply inspiring! Thank you! And Congrats!

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  Congratulations on your inspirational success!

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In Honor of those who died...9/11

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Just saw this video, and had to share.

www.coolestone.com/media/10220/In-My
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PATTYCAKE17 9/11/2014 4:47PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing this timely tribute. God is good!!

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    Wow! Beautiful tribute.

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The clock pendulum...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I just read this in a book by Ruth Bell Graham, "Legacy of a Pack Rat", and I wanted to share it with all my Spark friends.

It seemed to fit right in with our philosophy...

It was sent to her by Pastor Freyer in Mequon, Wisconsin.

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There was once a clock pendulum waiting to be fixed. It began to calculate how long it would be expected to tick day and night, so many times a minute, sixty times every hour, twenty-four hours every day and three hundred and sixty-five times every year. It was awful! Enough to stagger the mind. Millions of ticks!

"I can never do it." said the poor pendulum. But the clockmaster encouraged it.

"Do just one tick at a time," he said. "That is all that will be required of you."

So the pendulum went to work, one tick at a time, and it is ticking yet.

  
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MARILYNROBERT 9/4/2014 7:25PM

    So true, we CAN do it.

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GLORY- 9/4/2014 4:24PM

    Yep one second at a time.....one minute. .one day at a time!

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SWEETLILBLUEYES 9/4/2014 2:21PM

    I like this.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/4/2014 9:18AM

    Very good message Ramona ........... I will remember that today .......... emoticon

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BLITZEN44 9/2/2014 8:08PM

    I like it. Gotta be in it for the long run!

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SONGBIRDPAULA 8/29/2014 6:33AM

    emoticon emoticon Howdy! On this rainy day in Texas!

I just love this blog! I can imagine the clock ticking and ticking away and still keeping on ticking! Thank you for sharing this with us and it has a special meaning for me as I think about my life on a day-to-day basis! This is such an encouragement and thank you for taking the time to share it with us and the book sounds like it would be very interesting to read!

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GINA180847 8/29/2014 12:34AM

    Just like any job, if taken a bit at a time it does not overwhelm but when one looks at all the work at once it is hard to consider.

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JILL313 8/29/2014 12:08AM

    Great concept, thank you for reminding us that it takes persistent effort on our part. Love the ticking clock analogy. You've set the bar high and look amazing and you've lost weight fast compared to slow poke me. I'm so proud & happy for your WL success.

Hugs & Love,

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SPEDED2 8/28/2014 11:27PM

    That is the mindset that it takes for change to happen. One tick at a time!
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