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My core mission (and just a couple of photos)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Yup, I am working hard on tightening that core. If I'm going out in public in a bikini, I want be all that I can be. BTW, did you hear about the survey saying you shouldn't wear a bikini after 47? And all sorts of other nonsense.

So here's what I'm doing:

1. Above all, listen to my body. I only got in 2 ST sessions last week. Ran & walked all over creation on Friday, knew I wouldn't have time or energy for it on Saturday (didn't), thought I might get that last session in yesterday but I was still pretty exhausted.

2. Instead, I worked on my core. Did the abs portion of Jackie Warner's xtreme timesaver DVD (and feeling that today), plus a half hour of Prevention's yoga for abs. But that was it for the day -- too wet out to walk even, and I was still exhausted, altho I did feel more energized after working out.

3. Adding a short core workout to most days of the week. Just giving that core a little TLC. That's in addition to whatever ST or cardio I already have planned.

4. Doing a few core exercises most times after I use the bathroom (works fine when you don't work outside the home!). And by core, I do mean core -- not just my abs, I'm working my back, too (think supermans).

5. Being very honest with myself -- not grabbing a handful here or that & not recording it, or not recording the teaspoon of oil I use on my veggies to roast them. Things I sometimes might do.

6. Adding healthy foods, not deleting foods. I'd like to say that now that the weather is warm I'm craving salads -- except right now the weather isn't warm. It's chilly & rainy. It's supposed to rain pretty much all week, but SUPPOSED to warm up. Then again, it was SUPPOSED to be in the 70s the day of our garage sale & it so wasn't -- I was so chilled, it took me hours & 3 animals on my lap to warm up.

7. Concentrating on anti-bloat veggies & fruits: cucumbers, asparagus, celery, leeks, pineapple -- in addition to the usual suspects (helps that asparagus is one of my all-time favorite veggies).

8. I think the week before I leave I'll also try to cut wheat totally out. Still have oats, and maybe millet (I like millet & flax wraps) -- I rarely eat wheat bread, but I do every once in a while.

9. I also think I'll be making some raw desserts/bars/cookies. Which are gluten free & don't have refined sugar. And travel well.

I don't have a 10th step -- can you think of one?

Cause in addition to the bikini, I plan to bring this dress with me:

The too-big dress from last week is in my trunk to return, but I didn't have time when I was running errands on Thursday. One of those errands was to Target. I grabbed this dress without trying it on. I thought it might be too clingy in all the wrong places, but it's perfect! And really comfortable! And only cost $19.

It doesn't even look bad from the side. And I assure you, I really do still have a small tummy. The wrong dress can make it look larger than it is -- the right one, like this dress, sucks it in.

So, you got a 10th step for my core mission?

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/19/2011 1:44PM

    Just LOVE you in that dress! My goodness, you look great! Also, I liked the rest of the blog - lots of stuff I could learn from it! emoticon

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EOSTAR_45 5/17/2011 6:30PM

    Sure had not heard that silly bikini rule! Always some new survey geared to make us feel more insecure. I ignore them all.

Great steps for your core mission. I may even borrow a few steps:-)

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KISSFAN1 5/17/2011 8:18AM

    Well I'm not wearing a bikini before 47 years old, but that's because I'm not comfortable being in one showing that much skin. emoticon Too many lumps and bumps for me to feel comfortable showing everyone, LOL.

I don't think age has anything to do with it, there are some women who look amazing in a bikini way past 47 and some who are younger than that and not so amazing looking, LOL.

I love your dress too and it flatters your figure well. Hmm, I might have to get to Target sometime and see what clothes they have there. I haven't shopped for clothes there in a very long time.

I can tell you're having a lot of fun buying clothes that flatter you and getting great deals on top of that!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 5/16/2011 4:24PM

    Never heard that you shouldn't wear a bikini after 47, or maybe I wasn't listening , hehe, because bikini-wearing is for any age. You look wonderful in that dress!! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 5/16/2011 4:10PM

    No one told the bikini rule to Bo Derek! I like YOUR dress a lot...maybe I'll get lucky too!

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RATFINKROB 5/16/2011 1:04PM

    You look great! I say people should wear whatever makes them feel go no matter what age they are.

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TEMPEST272002 5/16/2011 12:51PM

    You've got it all thought out... and my vote is for Natplumbers #10. That dress looks great on you. Great buy!

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HEYRED221 5/16/2011 11:43AM

    You are doing great. And you look fantastic in that dress!

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LIBBYFITZ 5/16/2011 10:47AM

    emoticonHave fun!

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MZSLYDE01 5/16/2011 10:36AM

    Beautiful dress and you do look great in it.. Love your hair too. You have nice hair I can tell.
Your steps are awesome. Inspiring even.
I agree with Skinnypowell - 10 should be Have Fun.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/16/2011 10:24AM

    10. Have fun
You are working hard and I totally admire your determination, just remember to have fun, we often overlook it.

The dress looks smoking hot on ya, it accentuates your figure. ROCK IT GIRL !!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 5/16/2011 10:16AM

    I love that dress!! It looks great on you!
10. Wear clothes that make your abs look great like this dress and do isometric ab exercises...every time you think of it, suck it in.

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HALFFAST 5/16/2011 8:21AM

    That dress looks great! The "no bikini after 47" sounds totally absurd! I think your number 10 should be to reward yourself for sticking with numbers 1 - 9 :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/16/2011 8:14AM

How did they pick age 47?

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AJB121299 5/16/2011 7:55AM

    good luck

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MEANCARLEEN 5/16/2011 7:52AM

    You GO GURL!!

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Pavlovian responses

Sunday, May 15, 2011

This morning I was getting a salad ready for later in the day. Part of that salad was some mint. Much to my surprise, the boys came running, meowing. Then it struck me: catnip is part of the mint family, after all.

I'm pretty sure I've used mint before, but whatever. They sure seemed convinced I must be hiding some catnip somewhere. Maybe it was this particular batch.

Of course we humans have our pavlovian responses, too. A sweet after dinner is one of mine. I've been working hard to break myself of that habit - usually with fruit - and mostly having success until pre-TOM like right now. All Of the sudden I find myself really craving something sweet after dinner. I have to think about whether or not what I'm craving will really satisfy - often I know it won't & I have to come up with something else.

Anger + tiredness can really pull the sweets trigger, too. Friday I was both. I'd gone inside to search for something for DH, when lo & behold I found his stash of peanut m&m's. I was really, really tempted to grab just a few.

Luckily, I have been working this week on being really honest with myself about my food tracking. I stepped away from the m&m's.

We all have times when we reach for food simply because it's become a habit. And that's a really bad habit. I'm working on breaking some of this bad habits.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/19/2011 1:34PM

    Funny how we all have triggers; including the wee little animals!

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RATFINKROB 5/16/2011 12:58PM

    My food weakness is crunchy things. I have a special fondness for chips and crackers. Fortunately I have found some great chips that are low in sodium and fat and have added flax.

I don't have a cat so my mint is all mine!

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FRECKS96 5/15/2011 6:44PM

    I have the same response. Usually I can get away with something small, but not always. We are, as ever, works in progress.

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DDOORN 5/15/2011 5:46PM

    Yep, food can become associated with all sorts of emotions...sadness, boredom, excitement, anger...you name it! EVERYTHING can become a reason for eating!


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ZOOKEEPERMAMA 5/15/2011 1:26PM

    My cat is crazy about mint. And my Pavlovian trigger is grocery stores. I never used to look twice at the candy in the checkout lines, then when I had kids, I used to pick a little something up for myself as a reward for surviving the store. Then, I found that it was becoming a habit and I felt weird or disappointed if I DIDN'T get something. I really had to temper myself with this new diet. Now I buy a 0 calorie bubble water instead of a candy bar. Or a lot of the time I walk out with nothing. But it was amazing how quickly it became a habit!

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NATPLUMMER 5/15/2011 12:42PM

    It could have been just that particular batch of mint. Weird.
I don't have any after dinner sweet tooth necessarily but I definitely have a pre-TOM one. And stress and tiredness also do it for me.
Very good job on stepping away from the M&M's!!! I caved into some dark peanut M&M's yesterday but only a few and I did make sure to track them.

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DH survived the garage sale

Saturday, May 14, 2011

But just barely. Actually, he wasn't too bad until it started to rain at 1:30 - the sale was set to end at 3 & even tho it turned out to be a passing shower, we called it quits at that point. We made a whopping $116 & I told DH you could look at it 2 ways:

1. We got rid of a lot of small crap that's hard to donate

2. Way too much work for that amount of money

None of the big ticket items sold.

We sold a fair amount of pet stuff - including the 4 baby gates & a surprising amount of my costume jewelry & some of our really odd pet carriers. Very few books (which surprised me) or exercise DVDs - but at least all of that can be donated to the library.

It was really rather chilly & I was really glad I'd put some tea in a thermos.

But what really struck me about the shoppers? Schlumpedinkas - I'd say 90% of them. Is it just that people want to be comfortable after the work week or they just don't care or they've given up? Sweats or form fitting exercise clothes on people who don't look like they ork out - altho I'm well aware you can be big & work out. Flip flops - but not cute ones. I don't think I ever went out that sloppy even at my heaviest.

We really need to start taking pride in ourselves & part of that is taking pride in our appearance.

Oh, and a young girl bought my 8# weights. I was impressed that she could lift them with ease!

So to those even contemplating garage sales, good luck! We actually got quite a bit of traffic & not that many people haggled.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/19/2011 1:41PM

    Thanks for the advice. Our humane society is hosting a garage sale in the upcoming weeks so I will make a thermos of tea to be on the safe side.

Today people seem to be more and more casual about their appearance; except for the young girls who seem to be dressing for a nightclub twenty four hours a day! Ha!

Glad to hear you got rid of some stuff and that you are going to donate the books/dvds to a library!

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KANSASROSE67 5/16/2011 4:15PM

    I've heard those under-dressers called "pajama people"! Really, dress has gotten so much more casual over the past 20 years. You see professionals in jeans all the time now, jeans at weddings and funerals, and NO ONE wears panty hose (not that I'm complaining about that one!) So if your "dressy" clothes are jeans and a t-shirt, your comfortable clothes have just about got to be sweats or pajama bottoms, I guess.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/16/2011 9:06AM

    You couldn't pay me to have a garage sale. But I've got to say I'm one of the ones who goes out looking sloppy, or at least comfy. Once I'm home from work, I don't care much what I look like.

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FRECKS96 5/15/2011 5:38AM

    Glad you made a little money and both survived the ordeal. Rest up today!

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XFITSTRONG 5/14/2011 10:08PM

    I hate the hagglers. It's funny how some stuff sells and other stuff doesn't. Glad you made some fun money.

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NATPLUMMER 5/14/2011 6:37PM

    Congratulations for surviving and even making a little money.
Lots of people really just don't bother getting dressed. I may not dress fancy but at least I'm wearing actual clothing.

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SHEILA1505 5/14/2011 2:11PM

    I hope you thought it was fun! As you say, you cleared a lot of clutter and those $$ are better in your pocket than theirs! I used to scour such sales for stock for my market stall, back in the day


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What's your truth? My 5 truths

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I was really hoping to do a running blog today, but I actually need to run first to write about what I want to write about - and unfortunately I've been sidelined by whatever crud I have right now.

I'd hoped to get out for an early morning run this morning, but Chester woke me up barking his little fool head off at midnight & then I didn't sleep well & overslept. I really ought to take a rest day, but we have a garage sale Saturday & I know I won't be exercising then. Not really looking forward to it.

But for the marathoners, here's a link I found in fitness magazine that's cool - endurancecalculator.com .

My truths:

*While I have good abs, it's doubtful I'll ever have a six pack - I like to eat too much to get my body fat that low.

*A good diet is an individual thing. Celiac disease is real - and no fun - and gluten intolerances are very real, too. But I've done a sort-of elimination diet & I don't think gluten us a problem for me. Macrobiotic, raw, vegan . . . all valid options, but maybe not valid for YOU. Try & decide for yourself.

*Sweets will always be a part of my diet. While I know I'd be healthier without them - they're not a food group after all - I wouldn't be happier. The trick is to make them a small part of my diet.

*Sometimes I will make poor choices. Those poor choices may very well lead to some weight gain. I need to just accept that part of myself & really have a limit for how far off track I allow myself to get.

*I feel better when I look better. And who doesn't want to feel better about themselves? I am worth the time it takes to look good.

What are your truths?

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/19/2011 1:38PM

    Great blog!!!!

Here are my five truths:

1. I have to do this for ME and for nobody else; especially not my alter ego who keeps whispering in my ear that I am doomed to fail!

2. Babysteps are the way to go as long as I keep going and don't fall back and stay on my bum for too long.

3. Spark really works if you give it a fair shot. I have to be diligent about recording every thing I eat.

4. There are no bad foods and relying solely on the scale results will drive one crazy!

5. I have to ease up on my perfectionism!

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RATFINKROB 5/16/2011 12:53PM

    Great blog! I will take a shot at my five.

1) Bread always tastes better if you bake it yourself.
2) I hate cardio, but I always feel better after I do some.
3) Walking is better than driving, unless your in a sports car.
4) I don't miss meat and I feel great without it.
5) I am way too interested in the size of my muscles.

That's mine off the top of my head. Wait, I forgot gardening and my love affair with my bicycle! Maybe I need 10 emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 5/13/2011 9:20AM

    My 5 truths:
1. I will always love bread - It's my weakness.
2. I can't live without hummus. I am totally addicted to it.
3. I think my favorite food is a great Salad.. Is that weird?
4. I love exercise and love the way it makes me feel. I feel empowered.
5. Gardening is my hobby and I love the fact that my hobby includes healthy food. Woo Hoo for the hobby

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BELLEFAITH42 5/12/2011 4:21PM

    What an awesome blog! Thanks for sharing.

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KANSASROSE67 5/12/2011 3:41PM

    Great blog...thanks!

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XFITSTRONG 5/12/2011 2:56PM

    Very interesting... Going to think about mine and blog about them... I like it!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/12/2011 1:41PM

    My Truths:

1. Do or do not - I put my mind to it and master it - there is no try.
2. I like sweets too, and they will always be included in my eating plan, life is too short to be so hard on myself about snitching some chocolate here and there.
3. I have no one to blame but myself, I take full responsibility for my actions.
4. I am addicted to exercise and it will always be a part of my life, love the feeling right after a run
5. I accessorize every outfit with a SMILE, always.

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NATPLUMMER 5/12/2011 10:02AM

    I like your truths...many of them are mine.
I'm sorry you weren't able to get out and run. I hope you feel better soon.
As much as I love going to garage sales, I don't think I'd want to have one of my own. I just donate everything because it's easier that way.

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FRECKS96 5/12/2011 10:01AM

    Love it! I'll need to think long and hard about my truths. Maybe it will inspire my own blog.

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KARBIE18 5/12/2011 7:56AM

    My Five Truths

1. I am STILL fascinated by my shoulder blades and catch myself checking to make sure they are still there!

2. I am addicted to how I feel after I exercise...or probably more truthfully, I am addicted to how I don't feel the way I did when I didn't exercise consistently.

3. I, too, will always eat some sugary snacks.

4. I am still floored that I lost the guilt and self-loathing that came from eating a "bad" food.

5. I am proud of myself for sticking to this for over three years, and KNOW that I will never have to lose that kind of weight ever again.

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MANDARYANE 5/12/2011 7:48AM

    What a great blog, and definitely something I can identify with! Thanks for being so honest!

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Accepting ourselves, take II

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Nit too long ago one of my spark buddies blogged about how her husband was enjoying her newfound interest in fashion now that she's at her GW - and how she was sure he'd enjoy seeing her in a bikini, not that that was going to happen.

We are so hard on ourselves. So willing to be cheerleaders for our buddies, so unwilling to take our blinders off about ourselves - myself included. I still have a lot of body hang-ups. For instance, I hate being totally naked during . . . you-know. There, I admitted it - sort-of. It actually does feel good when I am, so why do I find it so difficult to do? I joked with my husband that I bet he never thought he'd be bargaining for that after 25 yrs of marriage.

Sometimes I think it's important to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. I actually prefer 2-piece swimming suits - so much easier to use a bathroom - but tankinis (are they not the best invention ever?) certainly feel safer. And skirted bathing suits nicely cover up some of my problem areas.

So why am I getting ready to appear in public in a bikini? Despite the fact that I most definitely don't have the perfect body & am not at my GW, not to mention I'm no spring chicken at 49 & have the cellulite, crepey skin, saddle bags, bra fat & stretch marks to prove it?

Part of it is to please my husband. But he'd be the first in line to tell you that I would never do it just for him.

The bigger part of it is to celebrate my body. I worked hard for it. It's not perfect, but then no one's is. I don't have to be perfect. You don't have to be perfect. And you don't have to wear a bikini, either.

But you do have to accept the one & only body you'll ever have & celebrate all the wonderful things it does for you.

Please, today, if only for a moment, celebrate your body in whatever way seems appropriate to you. Stop insulting it. Stop covering it up with ill-fitting clothes that do not let it shine. Stop hating it.

Praise it. Feel it. Really see it. Pamper it. And most of all, accept it. And then tell us what you did so we can be inspired.

Today I'm going to use a mask on my face & maybe some sugar scrub before my shower. I've been putting that off and my face is telling me it needs a little TLC.

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BAILEYS7OF9 5/15/2011 3:30PM

    Great blog!!! I actually wanted to look better naked....that's when I started SP!

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HALFFAST 5/15/2011 1:16PM

    I really need to work on all this. I STILL don't ever get completely naked in front of DH, not even for... you know ;)

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    My dear friend, TEMPEST272002 recommended I read your blog, and I'm so glad that I did! What insight, and wisdom! emoticonI struggle with wanting my "flaws" to show, but hey, who started calling them flaws, anyway!?

Thanks for the great blog! emoticon

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DDOORN 5/12/2011 8:24AM

    This is one of the toughest areas for me and I know many others...I can be such a HORRIBLE critic when it comes to myself...so ACCEPTING of others...! Difficult mindset to undo!


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SHEILA1505 5/12/2011 7:47AM

    You must've read my mind, Judy - I am off to Beauty School tomorrow to give myself a Spa Day (at student rates with Pensioners discounts - so no guilts!)

I am going to have Facial, Pedi, Back Scrub and Massage, various waxings and Brow tint before going dancing - and the-e-e-e-n I'm going to enjoy my birthday on Sunday, meet a VIP visitor at the airport, and head off up Table Mountain on the cableway (free for locals on birthdays!) My body hasn't co-operated with GW :( but that's not going to spoil anything

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TRI_BABE 5/11/2011 9:03PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am going to go ahead and start wearing my 2-piece swimsuits again (I think!) My abs are still not where I want them to be, but you are right. I need to stop covering them up (and maybe that will be more motivation to work on them LOL!)

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TEMPEST272002 5/11/2011 7:56PM

    I really enjoyed today's blog. Over the past year, I've become quite fond of my body. I still grimace a bit at the too-big skin, but I'm deeply grateful for my body's ability to heal from years of neglect. Today I took care of my feet by going against my cheap-o nature & researching quality trail running shoes....though I don't know how good it is for my heart!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/11/2011 12:54PM

    Being comfortable in the body you are in - you said it great. I told my husband just this past weekend, that I am wearing a bikini on our cruise this summer. He's waited for me to wear a bikini for a long time, so it's about time I did. So what if I'm not a perfect size 4 and weigh 120 pounds, I'm confortable being me. No one on that cruise or beach will know my story, about how I lost weight, or even care. I am going to be comfortable in "ME", and that has taken a long time to get to that point. I'm with you on encouraging others to do the same - love what the good Lord gave ya.

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NATPLUMMER 5/11/2011 10:11AM

    "Praise it. Feel it. Really see it. Pamper it. And most of all, accept it." emoticon
Enjoy your facial. I bet your face will love you for it.

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WACKYBUS 5/11/2011 9:52AM

    Thank you, I will find something I like and focus on that today! emoticon

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