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Got a pedometer!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

A really good friend and co-worker gave me a pedometer this morning. I was so excited because I've been wanting to get one but haven't. So about 8:15 this morning I slapped that bad boy to my waistband and have been watching my steps ever since.

Now here's the thing.... I know we're supposed to get at least 10,000 steps per day. All I can say is that I am nowhere near that right now. At 6:30 I'm just at 3.000. However I figured I would walk my usual amount of steps today just to see what it is. I'll then make a plan to try and increase tomorrow by 500 steps. Each workday I'll increase by 500 and we'll see how that goes.

I know if I could get outside to do my 20-30 minute walks like I said I was going to, I would be much closer to that 10,000 number. However it is just so freakin' cold outside. As usual I am using that as an excuse not to exercise. However tomorrow if need be I'll be walking around my dining room table to make sure that I get those extra 500 steps, so I'll be doing something extra. LOL!

Here's to steppin!

  
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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 1/6/2010 8:31AM

    Great attitude girl. I can just picture you doing laps around the table...lol

If you can get outside during the early afternoon, the cool temps actually make it very nice for walking/exercising (once you get the blood flowing). I went 2 days ago and was actually hot when I finished. The cooler air was so nice compared to the heat we usually have.

Give me a call and maybe we can do a walk when you get off of work. I live in Merritt Island now, so Viera is pretty close. Do they let you use the track after work?

Hugs,

L.

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 1/5/2010 9:19PM

    What a great friend to give you the pedometer! I remember when I first wore one, I was shocked at how few steps I took, usually only between 3,000-4,000. However, in accordance with what you said, on days that I did the treadmill for 30 minutes, I easily made it to 10,000, and usually a bit over. It is an eye opener! Have fun strolling around your table!
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ETTEZEUS 1/5/2010 7:10PM

    Woo Hoo!

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DELRIO1 1/5/2010 7:01PM

    Never had much luck with pedometers despite using several brands.

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JOH02670 1/5/2010 7:00PM

    Nice! I have been wanting one too, thanks for the good feedback!!

Take care and good luck!!



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Personal Trainer & Massage on Cruise

Monday, May 25, 2009

Don't know why I forgot to mention this before. Since we spent so much extra time on the boat, my mom and I attended several seminars held in the gym by the onboard personal trainer. He was a cute little guy from South Africa. Loved his accent. He was well built but short and with a baby face.

First seminar was Eat More, Weigh Less. What he was saying made perfect sense. All about how the body uses food to nurish itself and when you cut back on your calories & fat to much you will actually lose less weight. I knew all this before but was interested to see the actual science behind it all.

Second seminar was Detox Your Body. I was most interested to see how the toxins in our body surround our fat cells, our body then puts a protective layer of water around those cells and that's basically how we end up with cellulite. Getting rid of the toxins will help to lose weight, and inches. He also talked a lot about eating organics and natural products to reduce toxins in the body. It all makes sense.

We both decided to pay and have our metobolic rates taken. For $25 each we were hoocked up to this machine that sends electrical impulses through our body. We then recieve a printout telling us how much water weight we have, our BMI, and most interestingly enough the total amount of daily calories we should be eating to lose the right amount of weight. The goal weight indicated on the sheet was within 5 pounds of what I had determined my goal weight to be. Both my mom and I had calorie ranges of approx. 200 - 400 more than what we are currently eating. So we thought that was interesting. I'm going to start eating closer to the calorie range determined and see if I lose any weight faster. It's worth a shot. If not, I'll go back down to the range that SP has set.

I also purchased a detoxifing oil. It is also a muscle reliever that will help with muscle aches. He also tried to sell me a detoxifing bath salts but I knew I could find something that I could make myself for much, much cheaper. Which I did.

Detoxifing bath receipe:
1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Sea Salt
2 cups Baking Soda
arometharopy oil of choice

Mix all togeather in sealable jar. Makes enough for about 16 baths. Much cheaper than the $18 per bath that the stuff on the ship was.

On our last day, the spa offered a 50 minute full body massage for $69.00 only to the people participating in the final jackpot bingo!!! We were there. Mom and I both scheduled our massage for 8pm that night. I've only had one other massage and mom hasn't had one at all. It was devine!!! I have a lot of tension in my shoulders. I could actually hear popping noises when she massaged that area. She went back to it several time and the popping noise decreased but did not go away completely. She said I had a lot of tension and toxins in that area and that I should try and continue with monthly massages. Also I had a lot of tension in my left calf. Which suprisingly is the leg where my knee always bothers me. So I'm going to start the detox baths and oils this week. Hopefully that will help to relieve some of this tension and also help to reduce the toxins and help me lose water weight and inches.

Anyone know of a good, inexpensive massage therapist? I think I may also call and double check with my health insurance.

  
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UNIQUECHAR 5/27/2009 4:54PM

    I love Space Coast Massage School and Spa. We were going to go today but Karl is a tad sunburnt. lol. Not too bad now though. The recipe for the bath salts is what I did for the bath salts I gave out for christmas at the get together. The scent was super strong and not very relaxing (my opinion) though. It was my first try. I think it's something I'll have to get a groove for.

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 5/26/2009 9:38AM

    Can't wait to pick your brain about the detox issue. I have tons of cellulite. I didn't know that it was due to water around the fat cells. I just thought it was fat cells.

John and I still have gift certificates for massages that KRisty gave us for x-mas. We've only gone once before, but it was fantastic.

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SHINAKO 5/26/2009 7:20AM

    Wow! The massage sounds really nice! I've never had one done before, except by my husband, and you KNOW he doesn't concentrate on those shoulders. Ahem...

I've always been wary of detox stuff, beyond the drinking water and eating organics to flush them out, so let me know how the oil and bath salts work. At the very least, the oil's a muscle relaxer, so it'll be good to apply after runs!

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ETTEZEUS 5/25/2009 10:20PM

    I'm so jealous of you Jen! A massage sounds soooo good! I've been sore from all the running and would love to have someone massage the tension right out of me. I know I hold alot in my neck and shoulders as I can feel the knots.



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JESTERJIGGER 5/25/2009 10:08PM

    How many calories are you supposed to be eating??? I've been wondering about mine, because Sparkpeople says I should eat 1750-2100 a day, which seems like a lot, but I've been sticking to 1700-1900 the last couple of weeks and still losing weight, but maybe it's right afterall?

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 5/25/2009 9:19PM

    That all sounds very interesting!

I recently had a massage by someone located on Eyster Blvd, across the street from Kennedy Middle School. I don't remember her pricing, but I have it marked on a paper in my car - I'd go get it, but it's raining now! I seem to remember that the pricing seemed pretty reasonable. If you'd like more information about her, let me know. I especially liked that she was surprised by my age because she thought I looked around the same age as her. (She's 35 and I'm 46!)

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GMEAN2055 5/25/2009 6:31PM

    Linda is a great massage therapist but I don't know how cheap.. She works at Pro Health and fiteness by Holmes Hospital. You could also try Space Coast Massage School.

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Bahamas Cruise ~ 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I feel like I've been away from SP for several weeks now. Time to get back on board. First, I'll recap my vacation and then I can really move on......

The vacation began about a week and a half ago. Chris's parents drove up from Pompano Beach to visit with my parents before we left on our cruise. Wednesday night they got here and settled into a hotel on the beach just down the street from us. We went to Meg O'Malleys for dinner (Chris's favorite place). Afterwords my mother in law wanted to go shopping. She ended up buying Chris and I both a lot of new clothes for the cruise so that was awesome.

Thursday my parents got into town. They had been driving all day but still drove straight to the hotel for pre-dinner drinks with Chris's parents. They are troupers. This was only the second time our parents have been togeather. The first being our wedding which was crazy hectic due to a hurricane that hit us the monday before the wedding shutting down all businesses. So needless to say there was very little getting to know you time before the wedding. Chris and I were both happy to have them all togeather. We all headed to Texas Roadhouse for dinner where we enjoyed happy hour margarittas. A good time was had by all. The next day we all got togeather for breakfast before Chris's parents headed back home.

I don't really remember much about the weekend before the cruise. I know we took my parents into downtown Melbourne to walk around. We went to Squid Lips for dinner one night and we spent a bunch of time by the pool. My parents had been vacationing for the week prior and had said that the rain had followed them everywhere they went. They were happy to see some sunshine.

That of course, was about to change. Monday morning we woke up ready to head to the port. It was drizzling and by the time we got on the boat it had started raining. We were just hoping that the boat would be able to outrun the rain and get us into some sunshine.

This was my parents first cruise and I was hoping that they would really enjoy it. Chris and I love to go on cruises and we wanted to be able to share that as a vacation again in the future. I was nervous getting on the boat as it was rocking quite a bit. I didn't want anyone getting seasick. My dad did have some seasickness but he still managed to get out and about. We had a great (although extremely crowded) lunch in the Windjammer Cafe. After lunch our rooms were available so we headed off to check them out and drop off our carry on luggage. As expected (we'd purchased the cheapest ie interior) the rooms were small. A little organization and pre-planning helped to keep the room from feeling to tiny. We didn't care much about that though as we didn't expect to spend much time in our rooms. We then headed out to explore the boat. We went up to the very top deck and walked from forward to aft before going down to the next level and doing the same. I believe we explored every inch of that boat. It was great exercise!!! About that time it was time to get ready and head to dinner. After dinner we went to a comedy show which was really good.

The next day was supposed to be spent at Royal Caribbeans private island, CocoCays. First thing in the morning the captain came over the loudspeaker informing us that the wind was to great and the sea to rocky for safe tender to the island. We were going to go on to Nassau and hope to be able to visit CocoCays on the way back. So day 2 ended up being a very, very rocky day at sea. We did all the regular ship events, breakfast, show, lunch, nap, dinner, show, midnight snack and a fair bit of drinking in between. We were packing in the calories but at the same time doing quite a bit of walking and trying to stay balaced as the boat rocked which was good for the core. LOL!

Day 3 was at Nassua, Bahamas. We didn't have any excursions planned. We had originally expected to spend the entire day before doing beach activities so we were just planning on taking a tour and shopping. Knowing everyone was going to jump off the boat as soon as possible after having spent two days on the boat already, we anticipated that the pool on the boat would be pretty empty. So after breakfast while everyone was standing in line waiting to get off the boat, we grabbed our suits and headed up to deck 11 for the pool. That was nice. There was sunshine off and on and we were able to hang out in the jacuzzi and grab some rays of sun. Chris even played poolside Blungo. He didn't win, but it was fun while it lasted.

After lunch we got off the boat, grabbed a map and headed off to find Queen Elizabeths Staircase. It was quite an adventure as in several places the sidewalk just stopped and we were walking against traffic on a very narrow road. Crazy drivers, I tell you!


We then walked through several shops. Didn't buy anything but did do a lot of browsing. We ended our excursion at Senor Frogs.

In hindsight, we should have headed to the beach on Nassau. However all the ships crew were still saying that we should have no problems getting in CocoCay the next day. They were wrong!!!

Day 4 ~ CocoCays day!!! We were so excited. We had plans of sitting on the beach sipping frozen drinks and floating on mats in the clear blue ocean. There was talk of renting jet ski and riding banana boats. First thing in the morning the captain once again came over the loudspeaker with pretty much the same announcement as the first time we tried to go to CocoCays. No go! We were all pretty bummed and you could tell the mood of everyone on the boat was pretty low. We all decided to sleep in as we'd already been on the boat three days and there wasn't all that much left to see. After we grabbed breakast in Windjammer we headed to the Boleros Lounge. We spent most of the day in there. First they played a game of "Family Feud" with guests in the lounge. Then they played "majority rules", finally two hours of kareoke. Man there were some horrible singers on that ship but at least they had the guts to get up there. After kareoke was final jackpot bingo. The final pot was just under $3K. Chris was two numbers away when the person won. We all booed her as expected. After that was dinner. Hung out at the midnight pool party caribbean buffet and headed to bed. It was very very rocky that last night. I thought it was fun. Mom said it was kinda like being drunk without having to spend the money on drinks.

Next morning got up eat breakfast and headed off the boat. Getting through customs was a breeze and we were in our car driving home in the rain.

Oh wait, I forgot all about Quest. That was a blast. I don't remember what night exactly it was but after a bunch of shows and stuff we'd been hearing all about Quest without any actual explanation of what it was. I think it began at midnight. Dad and Chris were in the casino and said they would come find us there in a bit. So we headed up to the nightclub. The place was packed. We found seats and waited to see what it was all about. At the very beginning, the cruise director told us to get ourselves in groups of no more than 8. There were three other couples sitting next to us all looking around confused. So the eight of us decided we would be a team. None of us had any idea what was going on. Each team is given a large laminated paper with their team number on it. There were over 50 teams playing. The cruise director would tell us what he was looking for. Someone from the team would grab it and run down to the dance floor. He would shout out the team number of anyone who had the item. The first five teams to get to him got extra votes. It started out as things like a male teammember wearing female shoes, a female with two mens belts, a piece of fruit, fake teeth. You could be inventive. When he said fake teeth I told the guy to grab the piece of orange that was in someones drink and shove it in his mouth. That worked. Birth control, I ran up when they asked for someone with a tatoo. I was the only one in our group with a tatoo. Anyway all kinds of crazy things. They even called for a male with four bras. So mom and I quickly yanked our bras off. It was histerical. The final quest was for a man wearing no shirt, no pants, a womans bra, womans shoes, and womans handbag. We were one of only about 20 teams that had someone down there. So funny. One guy did get totally naked and was running around, security got him out of there pretty quickly. It was to funny. I would totally do that game again. So much fun. I've never laughed so hard.

So even though we didn't get to do everything we were hoping for, we still had a good time. I only wore my new bathing suit once and I don't have any pictures from the pool on my digital camera.

Thanks so much if you've managed to read this all the way through.

  
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UNIQUECHAR 5/27/2009 5:03PM

    Wow! That sounds like tons of fun! That game sounds VERY interesting, I'm so jealous! I'm glad you had a great time!

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 5/26/2009 9:32AM

    What a great play-by-play. Sorry the weather was yucky, but I'm glad you had fun! I love that the Freedom of the Seas is now docked at Port Canaveral. When John and I went, we had to drive to Miami.

Happy to have you back and look forward to seeing you at the relay wrap up party on Thursday, if not before!

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GMEAN2055 5/25/2009 1:51PM

    Sounds like you had a blast. I am jealous, I love crusies.....Great pictures

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ETTEZEUS 5/24/2009 11:24PM

    Great pictures! Even though you didnt' get to do all you planned, it still sounds like lots of fun. Did you get to the top of Queen Elizabeths staircase. That looks like it could work off some calories.....
Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 5/24/2009 10:20PM

    I'm glad you had such a good time on the cruise and that you got to share the fun experiences with your parents.
Welcome back!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 5/24/2009 3:40PM

    Jen, I love Love LOVE cruises!! Your story makes me want to go on one so badly! Jason HATES being cooped up on a ship though, so I'm not sure when I'll ever get to go on one again.

I went on Royal Caribbean about 5 years ago and had an awesome time. It was for Jennifer's 11th birthday (her dad had JUST left) so I had our cabin decorated for her birthday. I think it is one of her most fond memories. Anyway, during that cruise, we did the same scavenger hunt game you mentioned and I have a video of that cruise - some guy went out in my bra! It was hysterical.

I'm so glad you had such a good time but I'm glad to see you back!

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Swimsuit Shopping

Sunday, May 03, 2009

With my cruise about two weeks away, I needed to get a new swim suit. Oh fun! I think I buy a new swimsuit maybe once every couple of years. It is certainly is not one of my favorite things.

So in preperation I have been doing some internet shopping. Now all these years I have only shopped in the womens section. As in plus sizes not misses. I haven't bought anything that didn't have a W after the size in a long while. So of course that's where I was looking. I was so frustrated because everything I was seeing were 1. skirt bottoms and 2. dark colors. I really wanted something bright and tropical. I did find something that I thought would work. The bottom was still a skirt and dark, but I really liked the top.

I really thought this was going to be the suit however I was unsure what size to order. So this morning I decided to head to The Avenue to try on suits at the store. Thinking that they probably wouldn't have this suit in stock, but I could try on different sizes to know what size to order. Well low and behold this suit was one of the only four suits they had in stock. So I grabbed a couple sizes and headed to the fitting room. The top was ok, I didn't love how it looked on me though. It fit well in my breast area but the rest was loose around my waist. The bottoms however were horrible. So much extra fabric, it looked horrible. I would have needed a bottom in two sizes smaller than the top (which they don't sell that way) and even then it didn't look great. At over $60 I decided I was just going to have to try and find something else.

So I headed across the street to the mall in search of a new suit. First stop JCPenny's. Nada. I couldn't even find suits in the womens aka plus sizes. Then on to Dillards. Dillards did have womens size suits but they were $62 per piece. So $124 for an entire suit. Can't do it! Next Macy's, again nothing in womens sizes.

I was heading home when I spotted Bealls outlet and next door to it another store, Cate (I think) that showed juniors, misses, plus in the windows. Stopped in there, but they didn't have swimsuits. Bealls outlet was better but still nothing. So I came home.

I grabbed something to eat as I was starving. It was already 3pm and I hadn't had lunch yet. I was feeling very frustrated and discouraged. However after lunch I regained some energy and decided to check out the Bealls Outlet that is across the street from me. I went in and they had a ton of suits. I decided that I was going to try on pretty much each and every swimsuit from size 16 up. Now for whatever reason I wasn't just grabbing 16w, but actual misses size 16.

I think I was just curious about what size I might be. At the last Brevard Buddies get togeather we did a swap. Brevard Buddy Charlene brought some of her old clothes that don't fit anymore. I tried on her size 18 capri jeans and they fit! Now this isn't an 18w, but an actual 18. I was shocked as the capri's that I was wearing that day were a size 22W. I knew they were big on me but still a 22W. I then tried on her size 16 jeans. They buckled, not comfortably but I know that they will soon.

So I think this was in the back of my mind as I was grabbing suits to try on and that might be why I started with regular misses size 16, not actually thinking that any of them might fit. I probably tried on 10 suits in sizes ranging from 16 to 22W. Low and behold my favorite suit turned out to be a misses 16! I was shocked. It's super cute and I gotta say I don't hate how I look in it. I feel skinnier in it. I will say that there is a bit of cleavage, but that's pretty much the case with all the suits I try on and I have abnormally large boobs. :) It is very tropical looking and not a skirtini.

I tried to upload some pictures of it, but it just isn't working out. So ya'll just have to wait until I post my cruise pics!!! I still have two more weeks to drop a bit more and look great in my new suit. I'm very excited. :)
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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 5/7/2009 8:56PM

    I LOVE Beale's Outlet. Especially for swimming suits. I love the one you went to (right by your house?)

I'm glad you didn't end up with the skirted suit. It looks way to "old" for a hot young thing like you!!! Can't wait to see your vaca pics. Wish I was going along....

I miss you terribly. I'll be back from NM next Tuesday, so maybe we can get together before you leave for yor trip.


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KATHY_NATURELVR 5/4/2009 9:09AM

    YEA JEN! Great job girl! I have the same suit I've had for probably 6 or 7 years. It's a black bikini and hasn't worn out yet (although very tight right now). It has the halter-style top and holds those girls up very well. I'm anxious to see your photos!!
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FLORIDAFLUTIST 5/3/2009 9:40PM

    That is so terrific! I'm glad you have a suit you feel good in.
I look forward to seeing your photos!

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UNIQUECHAR 5/3/2009 9:18PM

    Congrats!!! I'm so excited! It's funny how we think we are bigger than we are. I still think I'm a lot bigger than I am... but I think that's just because that's how I've seen myself my whole life. I am eager to get a new bathing suit (since mine is too big emoticon) But I haven't brought myself to trying them on yet. I'm so glad you found one you like! In a size 16 too!!!!!

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ETTEZEUS 5/3/2009 8:41PM

    Woo Hoo Jen! Doesn't that make you feel so good?
I hated shopping for my bathing suit. It took forever to find one I really liked so I know what you went through.
I'm happy to hear you found one you liked!

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It was bound to happen

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

My brother called me tonight. His girlfriend is pregnant. It was bound to happen I guess.

They have been togeather since high school and we all have expected them to get married anytime soon. Thing is he's 25, she's 22. They just moved to Myrtle Beach to be near her family. They are currently living with her family and she is still looking for work. He just found a job at the local university. I know it wasn't planned on their part and I tried to sound happy for them. But it was hard. He actually told me he was more nervous to tell me than to tell our parents. They've known about our infertility struggles and I always used to tease them that they better not have a baby before I do. Now it's happened.

It's just so hard. We've been trying to have a baby for over three years now. And it's just so hard to see others get pregnant so easily when it is so hard for us.

I cried about it and now I'm going to start planning her baby shower. That's what I like to do, plan parties.

  
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JHOFER 4/10/2009 9:34AM

    Thank you all! I am feeling much better about having another niece/nephew. I still haven't talked to my brothers girlfriend or my parents about it, but I'm better. I know I will be a great aunt. I already have a 5 year old niece that I adore and that adores me (I've been told I am her favorite lol). This was just harder news to take than most pregnancy announcements as I NEVER expected my 25 year old brother to have children before me. I've essentially wanted children since I was 16 and now I'm 31 and still childless.

However to make myself feel better I've already started thinking about throwing her a baby shower. I've pretty much already got a bridal shower planned for her (as we've been expecting them to get engaged anytime this last year), now I'm just switching gears. I love party planning and it gives me something positive to focus on. It only sucks that the party will have to be in Illinois where all Adam & I's family is. I'm always so far away from everyone. That all party planning is done long distance.

Thanks all for the encouragement. I am staying focused on my weight loss and fitness because my ultimate goal is to be a healthy active mother who can instil good fitness and eating habits in my future children.

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UNIQUECHAR 4/8/2009 8:02PM

    I'm so sorry Jen. This must be very tough for you. I know you and I both know that this isn't one of my best topics but if you need someone to listen, I'm here for you! emoticon

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HISTOMOM 4/7/2009 10:30PM

    Jen.... emoticon emoticon... I am so sorry... I know that you will get your wish...You'll be a great mom someday!!! You're going to be a great Aunt...this will be your chance to practice and spread your love!!!

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 4/7/2009 9:36PM

    I'm so sorry Jen. I know this is very difficult for you. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Do you want me to meet you at the gym tomorrow?
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Try to stay focused on your ultimate goal of getting healthy, so when the time comes, you will have a smooth pregnancy. You WILL be a wonderful mother someday. But, you will be a wonderful aunt first.
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KATHY_NATURELVR 4/7/2009 9:14PM

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I'm sorry Jen, I know how hard it is. Just know you're not alone.

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 4/7/2009 9:14PM

    Oh Jen, my thoughts are with you. I know how hard this must be for you. It doesn't seem right or fair that so many people have unwanted or unplanned children and so many others struggle for something they want so much.

It WILL happen for you when the time is right and we'll all be there to share your joy!

Big hugs!!!

Lib

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