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Day 4 of the 5% challenge

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

So my question: How are you doing day by day with your new habit?"

I am doing very well on my vegan kickstart program. Had a great dinner last night with bok choy, onions, mushroom and red pepper. Packed veggie soup for lunch and will have oatmeal for breakfast at my desk at work.

  
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SETTIMIA 8/11/2014 3:52AM

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT

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SETTIMIA 4/19/2014 9:42AM

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT, HAVE A LOVELY EASTER AND KEEP GOING!

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SETTIMIA 4/16/2014 3:55AM

    WELL DONE KEEP GOING

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PAMAPPLE 3/7/2014 10:31AM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like you are doing great!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 10/20/2013 10:05PM

    You are doing fantastic! Have a great week and keep up the good work.
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EJOY-EVELYN 3/6/2013 11:04PM

    Sounds so yummy. You've planned exceptionally well! Keep up the great work! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/6/2013 6:38PM

    WooHoo! So proud of you, Carol! I'm behind you all the way! Hugs!

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TWNOMWE 3/6/2013 9:05AM

    Mouth watering here. I will try that one. emoticon and You really getting the hang of it.
I did the black beans brown rice, tomatoes and mixed frozen veggies last night.

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LYNMEINDERS 3/6/2013 1:46AM

    Woohoo...go you...thats awesome...so pleased to hera your doing well with it...

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_LINDA 3/5/2013 11:55PM

    That is awesome! But I do have to wonder, what are you doing for protein and fat? You do need these nutrients -they will keep you satisfied and not hungry in between meals -one of the biggest lessons I had to learn as a vegetarian. Protein is vital for muscle building and maintaining. You can get protein from lentils and beans the lupini bean alone has 24g in just a half cup serving! Its great in bean salad. Walnuts are a great source of nutrients (more antioxidants then blueberries!!) and fat and are a nice crunchy addition to salads.
Keep up the great work!!

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GETSALONG 3/5/2013 8:02PM

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CHOCOHIPPO 3/5/2013 4:25PM

    You are doing a wonderful job. Sounds great!

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SUNSHINE192DAY 3/5/2013 3:54PM

    Great job! Glad to see you doing so well with the challenge!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/5/2013 2:51PM

    Excellent! That's a great thing you are doing for the health and for the environment as well. Eating very low on the food chain is not only very healthy for yourself but very generous to the limited resources of the world.

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KMICHA 3/5/2013 12:22PM

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FRENCHIFAL 3/5/2013 11:19AM

    Great! Your dinner sounds good, I'll have to try it! Just now starting to get into bok choi...I'm actually looking to make a macro bowl (not sure if it would fit with your plan) out of adzuki beans, brown rice, hijiki seaweed, and bok choi!! emoticon

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KITTY_M 3/5/2013 11:17AM

    you're on the right track! Keep up the good work!

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HERBKAT 3/5/2013 10:44AM

    Sounds like you're doing great! Oatmeal with cranberries and natural peanut butter is my standby breakfast, or a PB and apple sandwich.

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5% challenge questions part 2 & 3

Monday, March 04, 2013

The 2 questions from yesterday and today:

2. How will you do that? - I started Dr. Neal Barnard's 21 day kickstart vegan challenge

3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? Well now this is tough but I am now on day 2 and spent time going through recipes, making veggies yesterday so that I will have them all ready cooked for the work week.

I tell myself...can't quit, it is only day 2, OMG I am stronger than this!

  
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TWNOMWE 3/5/2013 7:58AM

    Preparing the veggies ahead of time is a great Idea. emoticon
I am lazy or have become wise so I buy already washed baby spinach, arugula and lettuce and carrots then all I have to is cut up peppers, cucumber and wash cherry tomatoes for salads.
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_LINDA 3/5/2013 1:10AM

    Preparing all your veggies for the week is the only way to go when you work. I eat mostly raw, so its a lot of washing, precutting and drying. I use green boxes for all my veggies and they really keep well in there without going bad. For cooking, Chef Meg's roasted root veggies can't be beat, make a big batch and enjoy them the whole week.
Your body is going to love you for making this effort! You got the right ideas!!
You go girl!!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/4/2013 4:55PM

    You can so do this....the first few days are the hardest then it all settles and by day 4 you will start to feel amazing and it will all flow from there
You can do this

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KMICHA 3/4/2013 4:36PM

    emoticon emoticon It's a big change for you. Just take it one day at a time, step by step! It will get easier! emoticon

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GETSALONG 3/4/2013 4:16PM

  emoticon You are strong & you can do hard! keep pushing & hopefully you'll be on a roll soon and it'll feel easier again!

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FRENCHIFAL 3/4/2013 2:50PM

    You can do it! A good friend of mine did this with her husband before their wedding last summer - it was rough for the first couple of days, but you build great habits and get great results!

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DOROELLIS 3/4/2013 2:24PM

    Sometimes the best encouragement is "I THINK I CAN!" and you can. You are strong, and you can see this through.

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READYBETTY 3/4/2013 1:18PM

    You are stronger and so worth it! Keep up the good work!

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AMINO_WELLNESS 3/4/2013 11:37AM

    You are definately stronger than that! Keep it up!

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Changing a habit

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Our assignment today on one of my teams was to pick a habit that we want to start. For me it is to start my 21 days vegan challenge. It is a challenge from Dr Neal Bernard, the health benefits are numerous, and I want to do it. But and I hate to even think of a but, it is a huge change for me. Love cheese and it is out of the food menu, so it sure will be hard. Tomorrow is day 1.

  
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DIDMIS 9/14/2013 10:46AM

    God bless you on your pursuit to a better and healthier life.

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SAISHA100CJ 3/4/2013 6:19AM

    Sounds great! Good luck, and let us know how it goes. I might try that myself! emoticon

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KMICHA 3/3/2013 11:02PM

    You must be a part of the 5% challenge . . . what team? Oh man! I don't know if I could go vegan . . . but if it was better for me . . it would be a good reason to drive me in that direction. Keep up the good work and hang in there!!


Ahhhh. . . . I went back and looked, You are a butterfly!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/3/2013 10:44PM

    More power to you. I so enjoyed the post of African Sweet Potato Stew I made last week, one of several vegan dishes I prepare . . . but as a Wisconsinite (dairy state), I will remain a flexitarian while enjoying a few more vegetarian meals. My best to you as you accomplish this terrific goal one meal at a time. I do wish our restaurants offered more vegan dishes on their menus. I give you big kudos for your strength!

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AJDOVER1 3/3/2013 6:14PM

    wish you all the best with this challenge

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LJR4HEALTH 3/3/2013 5:45PM

    Wow that is a big habit ot change wishing you much success on making that a healthy habit emoticon

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GETSALONG 3/3/2013 1:24PM

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 3/3/2013 12:33PM

    Sending you lots of well wishes on your new habit journey! emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 3/3/2013 10:55AM

    Wow! That sounds like a big challenge. But you can do it! emoticon emoticon

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JENNIW29 3/3/2013 10:16AM

    Good luck on your vegan adventure! I did the 28-day Engine 2 plant strong challenge in Feb 2012 and have been eating mostly vegan since then. I found I had a lot more energy and when I started I lost about 5 lbs/month consistently for 3 or 4 months. I think just cutting out processed food is one of the keys. Giving up cheese is hard. I sneak a cheese stick every once in awhile, but don't buy them to keep in the house because previously I would eat too much of it. If it is there, I would eat it over any plant-based food. I have found though that usually when I am craving cheese, my body really wants the fat and/or protein that cheese provides. Avocados, almonds and baked tofu seem to help ease my cheese cravings and they also fill me up more than cheese.
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GEMINISUE 3/3/2013 9:33AM

    I once read, when a person can see the dimples on their thighs, it is the cheese that one eats that makes these dimples, and they disappear when it is discontinued. I wonder if this is true, maybe you can let me know? Good Luck in changing this habit and maybe tomorrow you can answer question two in the challenge.

Hugs
Linda

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MLH148 3/3/2013 8:22AM

    Inhope the challenge gives you some strategies for after the 21 days. My opinion is that some vegan choices are good but a varied omnivore diet is what our bodies evolved for. That said, you have an interesting challenge ahead. Best wishes-- it will be an eye opener, I'm sure.

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LRSILVER 3/3/2013 7:05AM

    Good luck

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NUTRON3 3/3/2013 6:24AM

    good luck

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LYNMEINDERS 3/3/2013 3:16AM

    Woohoo go you....
I am on day 7 of a Daniel Fast which is vegan eating and I haven't had any problems at all kicking out the stuff that isn't part of the plan....
I normally eat Vegan however let stuff creep back in to my diet and wonder why I feel like crap again....dah!!!!!!
Must look up the Dr you mentioned and have a look at his program....
You can do this and you will feel amazing in a very short time....go you

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_LINDA 3/3/2013 12:42AM

    Oh my. I am a vegetarian, because I allow cheese as its a protein source, don't think I could go without it. I like mostly raw freggies and felt its gone a long way to keeping me healthy (I never catch colds or other viruses). I wish you all the best with it!
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Now what?

Saturday, December 01, 2012

It is Dec 1st and what do I want for myself this month?

My goals for BLC fell by the side even though I did keep up but getting rid of these last pounds is taking a lot of energy that I just didn't have.

I need develop a reasonable plan to maintain my current weight and not gain during the holidays.

1. Eat until satisfied and not stuffed, slow my eating down and actually taste the food.

2. Don't graze, if I don't know what I truly want then don't eat until I figure it out. I still have posted on the pantry "It's not in here"

3. Have healthy snacks at work and eliminate the hard candy and not eat while in the car.

4. Groan and starting this off with a groan really explains how I feel about exercise. Always wanted to have that "high" but with my back and knees...I don't. So, having said this I will exercise for a mandatory 15 minutes/day regardless!! This I am declaring is a promise I am making to myself even when in pain or tired.

5. Yes...the food journal, I know it is important but I think my problem is that I tear out a page and then fill that out and toss it. Need to keep it in the journal book so that I can know without a doubt where/what are my triggers.

This is especially important during this holiday month....today is day 1 of my adventure!

  
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SAISHA100CJ 12/7/2012 6:26AM

    Great plans for this month! I will join you! Have a wonderful day and please know emoticon. Hugs, CJ

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 12/7/2012 5:51AM

    This time of year is so tough. I find that if I approach it as I would any other time of year, it takes a lot of stress out of my day and continue to make healthy choices. Sounds like you've got a great plan. Hang in there! emoticon

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WENDYDANCER 12/4/2012 8:58AM

    You have a good plan. I know what it's like to have knee pain. But as you wrote, even 15 mins is a step in the right direction. Love "It's Not in Here"!!!! emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 12/4/2012 7:02AM

    Carol Plan sounds very reasonable for the holiday season

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ERIECANALGAL 12/4/2012 12:07AM

    Carol,
Great plans for a difficult month. emoticon I know you can.
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LIZARDG7 12/3/2012 4:41PM

    Carol - I love your ideas. Don't graze - just makes sense! It's not in there - I love it and will put this on my fridge too! Eat until satisfied, not stuffed - this will work very well with my mindful eating! And last but not least, the food journal - it helps so much to see it in writing and keep it and not just throw it away!

Thank you so much for your plans! I know it will work for us! Hugs, Lizzie





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NUTRON3 12/2/2012 5:43AM

    very good goals

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LYNMEINDERS 12/1/2012 11:42PM

    Great goals and achievable...go you

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_LINDA 12/1/2012 11:19PM

    Great set of goals! I am thankful for Spark's trackers -that is the reason I lost all my weight and am keeping it off. Is there a reason you can't track online? Its so much easier then trying to keep track of papers and manually adding it up.
It sounds like you need to get into water aerobics with your pain issues. Using a floation belt, you can 'jog' and generally work out in the pool putting no pressure on your knees and having the bouyancy of the water to support your back. I lot of people with joint and pain issues have found the pool a lifesaver. No one wants to exercise if they are in pain. Or perhaps you can see a physiotherapist to get an exercise program designed for you that won't cause you any pain. This is also why I love the elliptical -it didn't matter how bad my knees & back got -I could always use it because there is no impact.
I wish all the best with this -its so hard to stay on track with food during this season of temptations!
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READYBETTY 12/1/2012 8:52PM

    Great plan and these are things I need to work on, too.

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KATI5668 12/1/2012 8:39PM

    We all know it is one day ..oh heck one meal, one minute at a time..
Your goals sound reasonable & doable...
So you go girl!!!!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/1/2012 7:18PM

    Looks like a very good plan. I am a big fan of daily tracking of food and daily "Just Do It." Good luck!
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EJOY-EVELYN 12/1/2012 12:19PM

    Nutritional and fitness trackers have become the most important part of helping me to maintain my determination. And yes, my determination sometimes needs a pick-me-up (insert prayer here). Continue doing the right thing and eventually it may even become the natural way of doing things. You have a great plan. May you continue to bless your temple with healthy living.

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AEHEGE 12/1/2012 12:12PM

    Carol, I am certain that your plan to focus on maintaining is a good one for success during holidays. After the holidays, you can reassess and decide your new goals. You have an excellent plan and one that will you can do.

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TWNOMWE 12/1/2012 12:02PM

    Great Plan.
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HERBKAT 12/1/2012 11:44AM

    Sounds like a good plan! I'm with you on the exercise thing. It's really tough when you're in pain, but we have to do it anyway. I've wondered about swimming, even tho' I'm a dog-paddler. Is that something you could do?

Have a great December!

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THEADMIRAL 12/1/2012 11:32AM

    Good for you, Carol! Just writing about it will help you with your goals. Take it one day at a time and baby steps, keep tweaking your plan. This looks like your Christmas gift to yourself! emoticon emoticon

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JASMINEROSE999 12/1/2012 10:37AM

  I love #1 and #2! #1 is one of the hardest for me because when I am hungry I seem to stop thinking and just eat so fast I have no clue what some of it really tasted like :)

These all look like great plans to me! Wish you all the best!

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GETSALONG 12/1/2012 10:36AM

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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2012 10:24AM

    Yes, yes, yes!!! Commit to the exercise, do it, and it gets easier and you feel better and better. At least that's the way it has worked for me. Very smart of you to set goals and write them down. You are doing it!! Take care.

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JMCADE 12/1/2012 10:15AM

    Great job! Do you mind if I copy and tweak for my exercise numbers? You put everything down so clearly. Here's to a successful December.

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RHONDALYN10 12/1/2012 9:55AM

    Sounds like a solid plan to me!!

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BLC20 - my plan

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Objective is to eat healthier:

1. Follow the Omni plan

2. Consume dense nutritional foods

3. Exercise

a. walking daily for 30 minutes

b. strength training 2 times/week

4. Meditate or read inspirational material daily

Results: Get rid of 6 lbs. that have been hanging around and to maintain the new weight.

I have been sitting on the fence for months with the scale going up and down with gay abandonment and I am sick of it. So since no one is forcing me to eat or strapping me in my chair so that I can’t exercise….

If it is up to me, then it is up to me

The difference between who you are and who you want to be is WHAT YOU DO, and what you have to do to get where you want to be may not come easy.

  
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LOSTLIME 11/28/2012 6:26PM

    Good plan! Hope everything is going well for you.

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WENDYDANCER 10/28/2012 12:46PM

    I hope your plan is working out for you better than mine is. My fault that it's not, of course.



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VEGEFARMER 10/22/2012 11:02PM

    Great plan, I wish you sucess in dropping the 6lbs for good.

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CINDYYB 9/18/2012 8:52AM

    Carol, great, well-thought out plan! emoticon

I sympathize with the bouncing numbers on the scale that you mentioned. I'm sick of it too!!

It looks like our admins have come out of the gate determined to boot us all along to success. Regardless of the outcome, I know we'll all be healthier at the end of 12 weeks.

Looking forward to the journey with you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/18/2012 3:35AM

    Great plan. This is manageable (losing 6 lbs over 12 weeks). Stay the course and your dream will become a reality.

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KENDRACARROLL 9/18/2012 12:18AM

    Hope the BLC round will motivate you to drop the desired 6 lbs.
That's .5 a week. You can do this!!!
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FIT-AT-50 9/17/2012 8:50PM

    Carol, I love your plan. I agree with Ferne -- I didn't think to include meditation and inspirational reading, but think that it really adds extra meat to your plan. (or is it veggies, or perhaps "dense nutritional foods." Love that one! Six pounds means only 1/2 pound a week. That is a calorie deficit of only 175 a day from your current practice. You can do it!!!


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PAULALALALA 9/17/2012 2:45PM

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AEHEGE 9/17/2012 11:44AM

    Well written plan with a focused list of goals. Very good.
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LYNMEINDERS 9/17/2012 6:46AM

    Woohoo...go you...you can so do this

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*MADHU* 9/17/2012 4:59AM

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LJR4HEALTH 9/16/2012 8:10PM

    Hi Carol great plan for the next 12 weeks emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 9/16/2012 8:10PM

    Hi Carol great plan for the next 12 weeks emoticon

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CINDHOLM 9/16/2012 7:03PM

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RHONDALYN10 9/16/2012 3:47PM

    You can do it!!

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1TRULYBLESSED 9/16/2012 2:18PM

    emoticon Carol! I love that you included daily meditation/inspirational reading as a part of your plan -- I didn't think to do that. emoticon

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KITT52 9/16/2012 12:40PM

    great plan..

have a healthy week

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CAPTHAMMER 9/16/2012 11:30AM

    Another good Panther plan!
Time to kick that pesky 6lbs to the curb for good.

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GUITARWOMAN 9/16/2012 10:55AM

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