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What is your skin telling you?

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Maybe you are one of the lucky ones with perfect skin no matter what your weight or what you eat. Not me.

I've been plagued with adult acne for a long time. Not terrible, but enough to make me self conscious. The big, cystic stuff that's very painful and takes forever to go away.

As I've lost weight, it got better. As I've really tackled what I'm eating and how it's fueling me, it's gotten even better. Oh sure, I still get some, but my skin is much, much better now and I realized the other day that I haven't used acne stuff at all now for quite a few weeks. I use something by Juice Organics as a spot treatment -- it's the only thing I've ever found that really seems to work for me.

I have kind of that typical English rose type skin -- very fair. I'm very protective of it, always wear hats & sunglasses outside. So it's always bothered me to have it be all red and blotchy.

Oh, and I eat chocolate. Pretty much every day. I don't eat a lot of dairy or meat and almost never any fried foods.

So what is your skin telling you?

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SLCB1023 2/10/2010 10:40AM

    My son's skin as gotten better too now that he is eating healthy and taking better care of himself Funny how the body responds like that. emoticon

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BESSHAILE 2/8/2010 6:49AM

    My skin is always better when I eat lots of green food - that's why I worked so hard to come up with green smoothies I like.

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CRAVE_FREE 2/7/2010 7:31PM

    I agree that healthy eating leads to healthy skin, especially drinking all the water. Sometimes the phrase "you are what you eat" could best be applied to what it does to your face. I started ProActiv when I started my healthy streak, but it's left my face flaky. Maybe the healthy eating cleared my skin and the skin regimen is just drying it out?

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KEAKMAN 2/7/2010 10:31AM

    My skin tells me two things - when I am eating badly and when I am stressed. My adult acne outbreaks are always tied to those two. So if I see my face becoming a mess I know to consider what I am eating and what is going on in my life. I am fortunate to have inherited my dad's skin genes - my skin is younger-looking and more resilient than my real age, so I look younger than I am. Thanks Dad!

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SHEILA1505 2/7/2010 10:28AM

    I agree - having good healthy food has made a huge difference all around. Unfortunately there's not a lot I can do about the effects of experience emoticon

but the moisture levels, texture and elasticity have improved and I haven't worn foundation for several years now

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SEKSUNSHINE 2/7/2010 10:24AM

    You skin is the window to your health. The healthier you eat, the more your skins glows. I don't have perfect skin, but I've never been bothered with acne, just a few breaks out now and then. Water, fruits and veggies hydrate the skin and that is the key to that younger looking glow.

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DAYHIKER 2/7/2010 9:53AM

    My skin is much younger looking when I get in water, exercise, fruits and vegetables. A couple of days of bad eating will make me look gray and bloated. UGH.

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No words of wisdom for the day

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Unless maybe something occurs to me. Sometimes the stream of consciousness blogs are the best, but I really don't think I have much to impart today.

Except planning will save your soul (and maybe your booty, too!).

Normally I wouldn't worry to much about spontaneously going out for lunch (ok, who am I kidding, I think most who've read this blog for a while know I tend to be a tad obssessive about food).

The catch was that I'd planned prime rib for dinner. Yes, I eat prime rib (very occasionally) and still lose weight (very occasionally it seems like! -- but still, mostly 30 lbs gone).

Since Friday is our sabbath, we usually have a nice meal. Generally chicken, but occasionally meat. I don't vary much from that. And since DH loves meat, and so rarely gets it, not to mention I had no chicken left, I didn't want to change dinner. So a big meal.

I ended up going with a turkey sub. And I brought my baby carrots with me. There was a soup place that had really interesting sounding panninis, but I just kept reminding myself of prime rib for dinner and stuck to the plan. The sub wasn't all that great, but it mostly fit the bill (wasn't terribly filling, but the baby carrots & the Clif Nectar bar kept me full enough not to snack before dinner).

No popcorn at the movies. Have you ever noticed that the movie popcorn doesn't really taste all that great? We have a rewards card, so occasionally we'll get a free popcorn and then I do have some. But otherwise, I gave up popcorn at the movies long ago. Sometimes we make it at home while watching a movie -- tastes a zillion times better!

How bout you? Do you have to have popcorn with movies? Some other favorite snack? Is there something you can bring from home to substitute?

See, I really don't have much words of wisdom for the day.

But boy, y'all sure were busy yesterday! I had a lot of catching up to do. I want to reply to some of your comments, but since I'm still sharing DH's computer, I tend to get less time online on the weekends.

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KARBIE18 2/7/2010 9:15AM

    I've found the same thing - on those days when I can't seem to get enough to eat in the afternoon, I usually haven't had as much water earlier in the day. Which reminds me........

Okay, I'm back. I'm so glad that planning your food is working well for you. As disciplined and commited as you've been, you deserve to see the scale move more.

I only go to the movies once a year, on our jr. high, pre-holiday field trip. So, I splurge and eat a small bag of popcorn. As chaperones, we get it free, and by then I'm usually ready for my mid-morning snack. I don't remember thinking it tasted bad, but who knows?

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/6/2010 9:07PM

    I like licorice at movies. Red strawberry. I bring my own, or I eat too much.
I love your blog. Even if you think you have nothing to say. You are so wise.
Thanks for the encouragement.
:) Jeanne

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DDHEART 2/6/2010 1:04PM

    You're right popcorn at the theator always smells so good but NEVER tastes that great especially when you factor in the calories and the unhealthy fat they use...we haven't had popcorn at the movies in I don't know how long. I have found that a lot of things are like that, and I'm sure you have too. I have gotten picky in a good way. A lot of things just don't taste good enough to temp me anymore....case in point; you know I'm a chocoholic but I don't get tempted at all by cheap chocolate anymore.....oh but just a nice small portion of the good stuff...heaven! emoticon

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LEONALIONESS 2/6/2010 9:50AM

    I always airpop some corn at home and bring it to movies in a ziplock. I put Bragg's liquid aminos on it and dust with nutritional yeast ... mmmmm. I'll also bring some ginger chews or some bunny grahams for a sweet since I know how I am about wanting sweet after savory.

With airpopped corn being so light, I usually clock in around 200 calories for snacks at movies, easy to fit in my range. :)

One thing: chicken isn't meat? I've heard people say fish isn't meat (incorrectly) but have never heard chicken referred to differently. Of course, a fair amount of people say "oh, but you eat chicken, right?" to vegs so maybe it's more common than I think! Is it a religious thing? I think the fish =/= meat thing is related to Catholism/Christianity and the whole no meat on Friday thing. I never got that, even as a kid - animals = meat to me even then. Heh. I was raised Catholic but it absolutely didn't take and, as an atheist, now religion just befuddles me mostly. LOL.

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KEAKMAN 2/6/2010 9:41AM

    It's been so long since I had movie popcorn I can't remember what it tastes like. I just know it smells WONDERFUL!

Congrats on keeping your day (food, fitness and water) in line - it was challenging, but you did it! You are an amazing woman!

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DAYHIKER 2/6/2010 9:32AM

    You did really well to plan out and avoid all those pitfalls! I appreciate your comment about early in the day water and think you might be onto something there. The theater popcorn smells good but I agree that it does not taste good and it is definitely too salty. I will have to think about what to take as a potential snack if my dil and I get to go next Friday--we got snowed out yesterday!

Happy Saturday! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/6/2010 9:27AM

    I agree. I find that drinking early in the day helps a great deal. Water or similar, that is. (smiling) Have a fun weekend.

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JLITT62 2/6/2010 7:42AM

    I forgot to add in my post that another thing that really helped was that I drank almost 8 cups of liquid (water, herbal tea, and 1 hot cocoa) before I left. And got in more than my 10,000 steps before even leaving home (walked the dogs plus a 50 minute run/walk).

From reviewing my food log, I've really noticed on those days I don't get enough liquid early in the day -- days when I have to be somewhere -- I get really hungry. Or so my mind thinks. I think drinking all that liquid might actually have been the key!

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BESSHAILE 2/6/2010 6:48AM

    Don't you hate it when what you're eating is just so so? Too good to toss it and go buy something else, but just ... you know ... bleh. or blah. or .. eh. I really love my food and in order for me to savor it slowly enough to eat only as much as I am hungry for - it has to taste pretty durn good. Another reason to Pack My Lunch!!!

Trouble with movie popcorn is that it's so salty you have to go get water sometime during the show and then.... you can't push rewind and see what you've missed while you were gone!

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SCRIBBLIN 2/6/2010 5:52AM

    I've been eating fat-free (Pop-Secret) at home as a snack since I started The Spark on Jan. 2, so now I don't even like the taste of movie theater popcorn. Tastes burnt and greasy. The same has happened with diet soda. I used to drink 8 or more a day, but now I'm drinking Crystal Light all the time. I asked for a diet soda at a restaurant the other day, just for a change, and it tasted pretty bad. Actually, I don't miss those things anymore, so that's good. Keep up the good work!

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I had a salad for breakfast

Friday, February 05, 2010

No, really, I did. Well, it wasn't the ONLY thing I had for breakfast. I also had a slice of vegan broccoli quiche.

This wasn't the original plan. But my husband did decide to take a half day today and we're going to see "Avatar". Which means I'm going to end up eating at the mall.

Apparently there's a sushi place at this mall. Probably not great, but better than most of the other choices there. So my nicely balanced, planned day of eating flew out the window. Sushi is still more points (or calories, or what have you -- it's healthy, but there is that white rice) than what I was planning on having. Plus there's very little veggies (altho I am planning to bring some baby carrots with me, to0).

So I decided I needed to get veggies in at breakfast. I already have the broccoli quiche, but that only has about one serving of veggies, and I knew I needed more. So I added a salad.

Now maybe you're thinking you could never put this much thought into what you're putting into your mouth. And the truth is, in the beginning of my journey I didn't have to. Yes, I thought and planned, but not to the degree that I have to now. Yes, sometimes it's a drag.

But the payoff? For me the payoff is not having to spend $10/week on WW. And even the possibility of a job with WW. I'll still be going to meetings when I get to my GW -- that's a lesson I've learned the hard way.

There are plenty of other payoffs, too: clearer skin (this is a biggie for me), more energy, cuter clothes, a bigger selection of clothes, more self confidence, lower blood pressure, and so on.

So which sounds better? The last couple of paragraphs, or eating whatever you want whenever you want and never having to think about it?

It's a question only you can answer. There isn't really a right or wrong answer, either, but if you think the payoffs don't count for more than the hard work, either you've got to change what you're doing, or you may just not be ready.

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KARBIE18 2/7/2010 9:25AM

    For some reason, even though I've been eating breakfast faithfully for a while now, the only thing I can stomach in the morning is carbs. It's a drag, because they wear off so quickly. Usually I'll have either a high fiber/low sugar cereal, oatmeal, or whole wheat toast with peanut butter, but I know I'd have more energy if I had more protein with breakfast. Your quiche sounds delish, and even your salad, but I wouldn't be able to get them down.

But way to go on making the best choices you can! You WILL reach your goal this year. I just know it!

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KEAKMAN 2/6/2010 12:46AM

    I have been known to eat dinner for breakfast and vice versa. I think about what I have in the fridge and what I feel like eating and some days I have an omelete and a salad from breakfast!

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KUNGFOOD 2/5/2010 7:17PM

    I love unorthodox meals.

Great preparation for the day.

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DDHEART 2/5/2010 6:06PM

    I love the way you plan! Also, have never been much of a traditional breakfast food eater so given various options I think your menu is fantabulous. I do make quiche that we eat for breakfast and then for future lunches or vise versa and always add a side veg or salad. I think the most treacherous thing can be eating out or grab and run without the planning and as you say it's not just the calories it's the meal composition/nutrition as well as being able to meet special needs or preferences. You're a great example of what it takes for the long haul which is the true goal anyway! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 2/5/2010 1:43PM

    What a great well thought out plan, Judy! I miss working for WW in some ways but our terrific locally owned franchise sold to NACO shortly after I resigned and it's just not the same. Gary was wonderful to work for and he probably spoiled us. Many of the old guard have since left due to pay and mileage cuts. I was going to meetings for awhile but the closest daytime one is 45 minutes away. My dil was my receptionist in some of my meetings! She still works a meeting or two. I hope they are hiring when you are ready! I have been tempted a few times because they need a leader in my town and the at the one I was going to but my dh is loudly against the idea.

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HEYRED221 2/5/2010 12:22PM

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/5/2010 11:38AM

    What an excellent idea... taking all the knowledge you gain and turning around to help others! Which also adds HUGE motivation to wanting to further your knowledge and gain 'control' of your awareness to what you eat! It's becoming a part of what you do... RIGHT ON JUDY!

So you aren't going to have the best food choice day! BUT WHO CARES! You are going to have a great day with your husband!

Is it your birthday today? Or are you celebrating today! Either way... ENJOY YOUR DAY! And you know you will get right back on track! Probably stronger then ever to reach your goals!

Just incase it's your birthday... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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SHEILA1505 2/5/2010 7:52AM

    I think that Quiche and salad sounds delicious but how do you make it without eggs?

The breakfast that I always do for my Energy Buddy and me on her Friday off or after our Sunday beach walk, if it's just an early morning one without her kids, is a mound of scrambled eggs with mushrooms and a huge pile of salad.

Goes down so well with mugs of coffee and more chatter

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BESSHAILE 2/5/2010 7:43AM

    I often have a green smoothie for breakfast - spinach, almonds, V8 Fusion lite (strawberries and bananas) and some greens powders - light, energizing ... you know .. I'm starting to want that for breakfast instead of what I'd planned! LOL

Good luck with the WW job possibility.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/5/2010 7:40AM

    Reminds me of breakfast in Israel......Israeli salads, cheese, a cucumber, a hard-boiled egg. Yum!

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The right choices

Thursday, February 04, 2010

That's what it all comes down to, isn't it? It's all about making the right choices.

First, we have to choose to show up in our own life and participate. No one can do it for you.

Next, we have to make the choice that we are worth it. If we don't believe we're worth it, then we'll get exactly that: nothing.

Once we believe we're worth it, we have to believe we CAN do it. Deep down. You have to kick that little voice that says why should this time be different to the curb. A dunk into the trashcan would be even better.

Now you know you're worth it and your mind is in the right place. NOW you can begin making healthy choices. Or not. It's up to you, nobody else.

I have been choosing to figure out how to climb out of my plateau. I'm not quite there, but I'm hoping to be soon. I've had to REALLY examine what I've been eating and what I've been doing. I've continued to make small changes, then see how those small changes helped or hurt me.

So far they seem to be helping me. I didn't break my plateau, but I did loose .6 lb. If I can do that again next week, I can move my ticker again. Planning my meals the day before has made a huge difference. I can see future head butting with DH over this, because he hates to plan anything. For now, at least, I need that structure.

I've also chosen to go with the lighter fruits, for the most part: kiwis, clementines, apples. I still have a banana now and again, but not every day. Not that I was really having them every day before, but I was definitely eating them more often than I am now.

I'm experimenting with eating more nuts rather than peanut butter. So far I am not sure how I feel about that. PB has more calories than 2 tbsp of nuts, but I must admit that I really love my PB. I will continue to experiment, tho.

I don't eat a whole lot of sandwiches, but sometimes I do have veggie pate-type stuff on a whole wheat bun. I've changed that to a sandwich thin.

I love avocados, and they are healthy fats, but I've cut back on that, too. For now.

My biggest challenge is that even with all the swaps and planning, I'm finding it darn near impossible to fit in a cookie. At all. And I am missing them. I didn't eat them all that often, either, but I know I need that occasionally.

Still, last week including 3 nights of pasta (whole wheat pasta one night, udon noodles the other 2 nights), pizza, and some leftover Indian food. And lots & lots of fruit and veggies. Just showing that you can have things that aren't traditionally considered "health" or "diet" food and still lose weight -- with careful planning and the right choices, of course!

How have your choices been lately? Do you think the weather has anything to do with your choices? If your choices haven't been wise, how can you start making better choices today?

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BESSHAILE 2/5/2010 7:46AM

    Why is it people who love to plan seem to end up with serendipitous types?

Happiness, too, is a choice!

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KEAKMAN 2/4/2010 11:44PM

    We talked about this very issue in my class today - the choices we make and the power we have to MAKE those choices. Usually I am talking to me when I talk to my class. They just hear what I need to hear!

We must be on the same brain-wave this week!

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DAYHIKER 2/4/2010 6:50PM

    That plateau will have to go--you're ON it! Down .6 being so close to goal is really good though 2 would have made you happier, I'm sure!! emoticon You'll get there!! emoticon

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DDHEART 2/4/2010 5:07PM

    I also especially loved the start of your post. Lately, my choices are pretty on target....I am getting a little smarter about some things. Of course I'm pretty sore right now since I chose to bite off a Big Bite Of ST....but it's a ood kind of sore and I hope that it'll help to move everything in the righ direction too.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/4/2010 2:57PM

    I'm so proud of you! Look at all that awareness in food you have gained!


.S. Truly loved the beginning of your blog! Very inspiring!

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The right fit

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Nope, not going on about my clothes this time.

Some things are just the right fit. Like me & my husband. I know I vent about him a lot here, but that's mainly because I don't have anyone to vent to in RL. Mostly my own fault, but even so. Actually, lately we've been a lot more in sync.

We've been meaning to go to the movies for a couple of weekends -- there are a lot of movies we both want to see -- but things always came up. I suggested he might want to take a half day so we could go to the movies. He's penciled it in for this Friday. Something might still come up, but he's listening! He says it's an early birthday present, but he hasn't had a day off (other than around Christmas-New Year's) in way too long.

I had my hair cut yesterday. The third hairdresser since I moved here, and I think the third time is the charm. It wasn't that the first two were bad; it's just that they weren't the right fit. We didn't click. I really like that she showed me how to blow dry my bangs with a round brush & no product, and they're still down this morning after sleeping -- no devil horns! It's probably something most women already know how to do, but I usually just comb out my hair & that's that. Now I have to buy a round brush.

The right weight loss/ healthy lifestyle/what-have-you has to be the right fit, too. You'll know it when you find it. You may have to date a few frogs before you find your prince. For me, it's the combination of WW & SP. Both give me the support I need. I'm not sure either one by itself would be enough, but the combination is great!

What's your right fit? What sort of right fits have you found in your life (doesn't have to be weight related)? How do YOU know when you've found the right fit?

I am so loving my new faucet, too (have thanked DH many times. Even slipped him little notes with his breakfasts). Sometimes it's the simplest things. I never had that problem with the water filter falling off in our house in Austin, and it was driving me nuts. You couldn't wash a large pot without being very careful not to touch the filter. Now it's such a pleasure! What's your simple pleasure for the day?

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MONTY68 2/3/2010 9:50PM

    Thank you for sharing The Right Fit. So true and ones knows when it really is and when it is not trying to convince ourselves that it is. You have a wonderful attitude and it shows.


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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/3/2010 3:19PM

    Right ON!

Well between my blog yesterday and today... I have pretty much summed it up! No need to go on about it here... lol! I am so happy you are happy with your hubby! It's something I wish everyone in this world could experience! We ae lucky!

I love my hairdresser too! She hears me, and gets me without much explaining! And I am very comfortable around her! Have been since day one! Probably because she is real and living life in the NOW!

So glad to hear your faucet makes you happy! I can relate to the simplest changes making a world of difference!

I do have one more simple pleasure... but that's a future blog... lol!

Hope you are having a wonderful rest of your day Judy!

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HEYRED221 2/3/2010 11:47AM

    The right fit for me - is my sweetie too! He is so good to me, and I am so happy to have him in my life, even when he drives me nuts!!!! I am loved! My simple pleasure today, at work, but enjoying my new employee (who I am training) and enjoying my coffee in my warm office while it is cold/snowy outside!!!!

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KEAKMAN 2/3/2010 9:07AM

    Right for for me? My Sparkfriends. Running. My Sparkfriends. Bob Greene. My Sparkfriends.

Pictures please! You can't like a new "do" and then not share with us!!!

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DAYHIKER 2/3/2010 8:15AM

    Glad you found the right hairdresser! That's so important! When do we get to see the new do? My right fit for now seems like it's going to have to be doing the bootcamp again! I still need Structure! emoticon

It's good to hear that you and your dh are in sync. Marriage just has its ups and downs and the ups make the downs bearable!

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BILL60 2/3/2010 8:00AM

    Congrats on finding some "right fits".

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KARBIE18 2/3/2010 8:00AM

    Glad to hear you and DH are more in sync - a happier you makes for a healthier you.

My right fit is the combination of Flylady, Awakening, and SP. I can apply what I learn from all three to all aspects of my life, and it just keeps getting better.

My simple pleasure for today is snuggle time with my cat. He thinks that me sitting down in my computer chair is his cue to get in my lap!

When exactly is your birthday, anyway?

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SEKSUNSHINE 2/3/2010 7:57AM

    The right fit can be illusive but when you find it, you know it!

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PASTORJEFF2 2/3/2010 7:55AM

    Ther right fit always makes things better.

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