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A Very Quick Hello

Friday, September 17, 2010


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DIASTER 9/18/2010 12:00PM

  Just be glad you have the son of this marriage, it is such a stressful time for the bride and the mom's. Cannot wait to see the pictures.
You are doing so well with the nerves and with your program, remember well when you first started Spark, you have come so far and with no major mess ups and your constant encouragement has helped so many of us that used excuses to just keep going because as you said we are worth it. Cannot believe you have become such a happy runner after your start on the c25 program but maybe? Well I am happy walking at this point and so is my knee but again am so proud of your straight road to success I think I took the long way around (detour) but can see the highway around the corner. Have a great time at the wedding and many happy wishes for the bride and groom.

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JUSTFOXXY 9/18/2010 10:10AM

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LUNDIEP 9/17/2010 11:56PM

    Love back at ya! It's a joy to hear of your joy! :)

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BEANPOD77 9/17/2010 10:48PM

    Have a wonderful time with your family...Many congrats! thanks for sharing your special event..Can't wait to see some pics..And , way to go on the running..My first 5K is in 2 days...Yikes!!

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MKPRINCESS007 9/17/2010 8:56PM

    Wishing you a wonderful day tomorrow! Enjoy yourselves and don't let anything distract you from the true meaning of the special day for your family!

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JPRICE217 9/17/2010 8:21PM

    emoticonon your run God bless you and your family tomorrow I am believing it will be perfect day

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KATRIONAH 9/17/2010 7:30PM

    Hi...sounds like things are on schedule. Just the right of people being unglued ...and YOU there to help keep it all together. tee hee hee I a happy that you had such a good run! One day I will run too..for now, I am happy to walk. Best wishes for a joyous tomorrow with the wedding. Can't wait to see those pictures. Karen emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/17/2010 5:24PM

    I'm glad someone in the family is keeping their head. I recall vividly my meltdown moment before my wedding--happened the night before, after the rehearsal dinner. Almost all brides have them and many grooms (and mothers of both). Love that you had such a good run; it's still amazing to me when I am running and realize just how far I've come both physically in the run and mentally to enjoy running. I didn't understand runners and their passion about running; now I are one, and so are you! Have a wonderful time, you might remind the bride and groom that the purpose of the day is for them to get married; even if things don't go quite as planned, as long as that is done, the rest is just the stuff of memories and stories. (Can you tell I used to be a wedding hostess?) Congratulations to all!!

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LIFEGENESIS 9/17/2010 2:47PM

    :D So happy for you!

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DEE797 9/17/2010 1:27PM

    John so glad to hear that you had a joyous run and that things are going well with the wedding. Doesn't every bride/groom emoticon come unglued at some point. emoticon Can't wait to see the pics. Can totally relate to Joan's photo stash, have one as well.

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MSCOCOPUFFS01 9/17/2010 12:08PM

    wow... you just totally made me WANT to become a runner... strictly for the feeling of running in new wonderful places.... Have a wonderful time at the wedding!!!

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BRYLIA 9/17/2010 12:04PM

    Great joyful run huh, what a wonderful start to such a special event. Thanks for the update and looking forward to the pictures. Congrats to your son and daughter in law to be! Enjoy!

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DANAB1106 9/17/2010 12:04PM

    picture taking is a gene...I have it too.

Thank you for checking in! I hope you have a blast!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/17/2010 11:46AM

    Couldn't stay away? LOL
Glad you didn't, and thanks for the update. I've had good runs, but none that I could call totally joyous. Good for you!
And mazal tov to you and your family.

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MISSROCKABILLY 9/17/2010 11:34AM

    Thanks for the update, John. Congrats on having such a fabulous run, and have a wonderful time at the wedding tomorrow! Can't wait to see the pics and hear all about it!

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I'll Be Gone For A Few Days

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Off to the Wedding

  
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TINKERBELL200 9/17/2010 1:53PM

    Have a wonderful weekend! Congrats to your son Paul and the bride! My son is getting married 3 weeks from tomorrow. I still need a dress! Eeeeeeeek!

Hope it's a memorable and fun day for the whole family. Be blessed and a blessing to all! Tell Joan not to cry to much!!!
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TINKERBELL200 9/17/2010 1:53PM

    Have a wonderful weekend! Congrats to your son Paul and the bride! My son is getting married 3 weeks from tomorrow. I still need a dress! Eeeeeeeek!

Hope it's a memorable and fun day for the whole family. Be blessed and a blessing to all! Tell Joan not to cry to much!!!
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JPRICE217 9/16/2010 8:02PM

    best wishes to you and your son

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/16/2010 7:36PM

    Mazal tov!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/16/2010 1:40PM

    Enjoy!

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AQUABUNNY 9/15/2010 10:29PM

    Have a great time at the wedding!!!

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HONORINGGOD 9/15/2010 10:17PM

    we will pray for travel mercies my friend .enjoy your selfs

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KSGROTHE 9/15/2010 9:37PM

    That would be awesome if you could run the 5K route on Saturday morning!

Enjoy your son's wedding! emoticon

- Karen

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HDHAWK 9/15/2010 6:13PM

    Wishing your son and his future wife a long and happy marriage. I hope you and Joan enjoy every minute of this special time. emoticon

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NJMATTICE 9/15/2010 5:58PM

    Special blessings for your son and his bride. Have a wonderful time.
Love,
Nancy

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MAWRTIAN 9/15/2010 2:49PM

    Weddings are nice, I was at one last week and had a blast, safe travels!

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KATRIONAH 9/15/2010 2:44PM

    Sounds like a nice time planned. Enjoy the happy events!!! Relax and just have some fun.

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STORMTMB 9/15/2010 1:58PM

    Have fun and be safe. Enjoy these happy events with your family.

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DANAB1106 9/15/2010 1:36PM

    I hope you have a great trip and enjoy the wedding! Have fun, relax and love on your family! Love Ya! Be safe!

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ROGUE_RUNNER 9/15/2010 1:36PM

    We will miss you - have an AMAZING time with your family :o)



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A Letter To Me

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dear John;

Don’t misunderstand me. I love the Spark Goodies, the emoticons and those amazing computer generated images that create a cool picture. But it’s not what I am here for. I am here to learn, to change my life style and to be healthy, happy and successful. That happens to when I work hard, and am honest with myself and hang around with great people who are motivated in the same form and fashion I am. It happens when a Spark friend suggests a healthy meal alternative I haven’t seen before or points to an article that motivates me to do more so I’ll be more.

I bring this up John, because recently I have read a number of blogs and received a number of Spark Mails from people who are worried they lost “the Spark.” I think they are mistaken. I don’t think they have lost a blessed thing. What they call the Spark is the raw and positive emotion you get when you first start something new. It sustains you for a bit, it even encourages you and then all of a sudden a voice says “You know you are going to have to live like this forever?” You get a bit depressed.

If you are anything like me John, you find yourself fooling yourself, from time to time. You find yourself running ahead and believing that when your ticker reaches its magic number you can begin inhaling all the things that got you out of whack to begin with. When you realize you can’t bargain with your body you contemplate giving up. You pick your sweetest Spark friend and you send them an “oooshy-gooshy” Spark Goodie and you feel better because you know they will send you one back telling you how super special you are.

Pass the plate of cookies please.

You know how you always say “You are who you hang around with?” Maybe you should look at the people around you who want to succeed because they really do believe they are worth it. It is definitely hard work John. It’s kind of like falling in love. You walk around all “gaga” for a bit and then you wake up one morning realizing that person lying next to snores and doesn’t always trim their toe nails. You see them as they really are.

Don’t misunderstand me John, you are wonderful, beautiful and more special than you will ever realize. You just need to be aware that it takes more than that blissful moment. It takes hard work, dedication and the self-satisfaction of knowing that if you never get another Spark Mail again or a Spark Goodie, that all of this has been worth it. When you look in the mirror and see progress or when you say “No thank you” to the plate of brownies, that you really achieved something. Until you get there my friend, you won’t see lasting success.
I tell you this because I care and because you are beginning to realize that no matter how many people you surround yourself with, me and you John are still the number one priority.

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JPRICE217 9/16/2010 8:04PM

    you are so right

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/15/2010 3:36PM

    Very true. You have to do this for yourself. We will always be recovering addicts.

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MARCYNA 9/15/2010 2:49PM

    You're never superficial, and, reading this blog, I realize you are finding your real strenght John, and sometimes it may not come from SP but from your inner soul- God given soul.
So I cannot but praise you once again emoticon emoticon

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SMOCKON 9/15/2010 9:37AM

    You are so right. We join the SparkPeople community to learn, to give and receive support, but being part of the community is not the lifestyle change that is going to get us where we want to go. In end, each of us has to make the individual decision to pass up a high-cal goodie or to take a walk instead of watching a sitcom rerun. I absolutely love SparkPeople--as a tool, not as a goal.

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HLPRATT 9/15/2010 9:25AM

    I think we are all affected by the company we keep, more than we realize. And we affect those people around us too. Small things can make a big difference too.

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FERNASHES 9/15/2010 6:48AM

    Thanks, John. I needed this.

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MKPRINCESS007 9/15/2010 12:03AM

    I am with you. I will not even say "I lost my Spark" or "I have slipped off the wagon"........not gonna say it. Even though I have not been exercising like I have/should. Eating stuff that I know is going to erase my 15 pound loss. So, what's up? I AM DISTRACTED. I am "blaming" everyone else for my issue......darn husband's birthday cake, darn dog made me forget my lunch after his walk, darn meeting ran too late. Um yeah......if we, I mean, I, am not getting results, I gotta look in the mirror. Great blog, my friend!

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MEREDIE02 9/14/2010 10:48PM

    I love when I pass on the plate of brownies, especially when I realize I don't even want one!

Which really is not the main point of your blog, but, well, it's one of those things that reminds me that I *am* making healthier choices, even if no one is encouraging me or giving me stuff. So maybe it is the main idea.

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NJMATTICE 9/14/2010 7:54PM

    I thought maybe you were breaking up with yourself. "Dear John letter". It's a great journey of discovery. It's ups and downs. I like the term "pink cloud" to describe the exhilarating high of emotion when you finally turn yourself around from the depths of despair. Learning to grind it out in the tough times is when you discover how to really love yourself. That's my experience anyhoo. Thanks for giving encouragement. It's a good thing. Have a great evening.
Love,
Nancy

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HDHAWK 9/14/2010 6:00PM

    Not sure how you always know just the right thing to say. Thanks, this was another great blog that hit home!

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STILLPOINT 9/14/2010 5:42PM

    Lovely. Yes, in the end we are responsible for our own actions. And, in the end, I believe, we will learn that we need to love and appreciate ourselves - all the uniqueness, wonderful qualities, the fact that we snore and forget to trim our toenails - all of it. We have to love all of it! All this support and the accolades won't mean a thing without self-love.

That being said, You're doing grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!
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STORMTMB 9/14/2010 5:16PM

    It's a Cal Ripkin sort of thing. Ya just gotta keep showing up and doing the job day in and day out, through the good days and bad days because that's what you're made of. You can do it and you are worth it.

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GETYOURSHINEON 9/14/2010 4:18PM

    Perfect blog, thanks John!

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TIME4AFITME 9/14/2010 3:56PM

    so true emoticon

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ZURDTA- 9/14/2010 3:43PM

    Oh man... this made me well up... emoticon

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KAT573 9/14/2010 3:39PM

    While I always knew that this was a Lifestyle change and not a diet, I became aware of several things:

One of the first things I had to realize was that I used eating out as a way of rewarding myself! Once I realized that, it was work to find other more appropriate ways of rewarding myself that were in sync with a Lifestyle change;

I also came to realize I had used eating out as a way of consoling myself; same there; Lifestyle change is a lot of work; and it takes time and effort for us to become fully aware of, accepting of, and ready and willing to act in that realization.Not necessarily at the same time or even in the same space.

Simultaneously, while propping my journey up with more pro active responses, I started becoming aware of the ways of thinking I had that undermined this journey and I had to deal with those; yep; face em; work thru them, come out the other side.
So you are spot on; it IS a lot of work and in that regard, I became aware of the importance of compassion toward myself, AND others, without forsaking the work; still have to do it...but if I mess up, I realize now, I not only know I have, I am ready and willing to work on what I have to face, accept and do... I have the rest of my life in which to make this journey and as long as I pick myself up and head on in the right direction, I am gonna make progress. We all will!

I am so grateful I have worked on this and continue to and know it never ends, as life changes and so do we; It is helping me to provide pro active support for my hubs who almost died two weeks ago. He is working through this all, and it can be overwhelming, and I am so grateful to be able to pass on the compassion to him, while still reminding him, one step at a time, over time, and on, we will do what we need to do! It is a process and ongoing. Creativity helps mucho! compassion even more. The greatest of these is Love...Keep on keeping ON! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/14/2010 3:31PM

    Yeah. What you said.

I reached Onederland last week, and it was great; got me pumped and excited. Woo hoo! Lots of congratulations and goodies. Loved 'em all, and I have sent out plenty to others to celebrate their achievements.

That marker is just one little step in the right direction on the stairway to a healthy lifestyle, though. I have to keep working at this, and it doesn't stop when I reach some magic number on my ticker. I need to remind myself of that periodically.

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HONORINGGOD 9/14/2010 3:02PM

    iam all that &worth it .God has guided thus far ,his temple is cleaning up nicely .

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/14/2010 2:54PM

    Amen brother, amen.

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ANDI571 9/14/2010 2:37PM

    So true emoticon

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KATRIONAH 9/14/2010 2:24PM

    Hi John, Yesterday you talked about being worth it. And, I decided that Yes, indeed, I am worth it. I am free and able to choose my path to success and if I follow through ( through the ups and downs of my sparks adventure), one day I will succeed. I a MORE than just a sparkster.....but through sparks I a learning to be a healthier me, which makes me and my family happy.

I think the goodies and mails are just perks to help put smiles on my face and the faces of others. Reminders to them that I do think about them and that I am wishing them well. They are fun to send when someone has gone the extra mile to reach a goal.....and sometimes just to let someone who might be struggling know I am rooting for them. Do we need them to succeed...no....but, once in awhile they are fun!

My own journey has had many twists and turns. I cannot tell you how many failed attempts at WW's I was part of. Not that it is a bad plan, its just that at the time it did not work for me. I guess I was not ready. With Sparks I do find reading the blogs of others, like yourself, very helpful to keep me centered and movtivated. This is really something I will be living for the rest of my life. And, each day ....with each baby step....I come closer to my goal.

As usual, I enjoyed your blog a lot. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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KIMH239 9/14/2010 2:20PM

    I loved your blog! Well said and so very true!



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2BEATIT1 9/14/2010 2:16PM

    I did like your blog. However, just because someone sends you a goodie, it is not always for the reason you express.
I send lots of goodies and receive some in return. However, I just look to those goodies as an encouragement just like when someone smiles at you when the pass by.
Yes, your success is more important than the goodies, but let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.
Be blessed today and wish you all the success in your Spark journey for life.

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BUGGYS 9/14/2010 2:15PM

    You said it all, John! emoticon

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Week Three Challenge: Show and Tell

Monday, September 13, 2010

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JPRICE217 9/14/2010 9:17AM

    Great blog very good motivator you are.

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KELLEA927 9/13/2010 11:44PM

    I LOVE that you take Spark names with you when you run. What a fantastic idea!! Way to go!!

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KSGROTHE 9/13/2010 5:56PM

    I love this vlog, John! I love your 5 motivators! I love how you take a note with the names of those who can't run along with you on your runs! You rock!

I found your other blog and read through some of those. I think I could find you on Facebook since your name is on your other blog.

I'm sure you'll do great on your 5K at the end of the month! Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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LAWRALOO 9/13/2010 3:57PM

    John....you have me in tears.
I feel unbelievably honored right now that you mentioned me. :)
You've heard this before and I'll keep on saying it forever....
My favorite thing about spark is the motivation we GET AND GIVE from spark.
YOU have come such a long way and you amaze me.

Every time I think I don't need spark...and I can do this on my own, I see one of your video blogs or read one of your emails and realize that while I may be able to do this on my own, why should I? I have the support from amazing Sparkers like YOU that make me realize how far I've come over this past year +, and it gives me the motivation I need to keep going to get off these last 10lbs.

YOU are one of my top motivators, so thank you so much.
I would LOVE to be your friend on facebook...what email do you use on there?

Keep keeping, you're made of awesome. :)))

-LawraLoo

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WISEONE68 9/13/2010 3:55PM

    What GREAT motivators, John!! You are one of my motivators, too!! You run for me, too, since I cannot run. I wanted to run a 15K this fall, over Labor Day...but, my back problem will not allow me to run.
I continue to walk, ride bike, etc., but I do miss running sometimes.

You are wonderful!! And, I expect to see the photos of your granddaughter's graduation posted the DAY AFTER!!! emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/13/2010 3:06PM

    I'm so excited for you John. You'd think I was running the 5k with you! LOL I'm wishing you all the best. I can't wait to hear all about the race and see lots of pictures from the wedding. I hope all goes well.

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DOLLBABE56 9/13/2010 2:15PM

    Great blog John! You have a terrific support team. I love visuals, mine really is helping me.

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What Are You Worth?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Available on You Tube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwsB9x54wk0

  
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MARCYNA 9/16/2010 10:11AM

    Thanks for the blog...Yes I'm one of these people who never feel they're good enough!!!!Actually I'm now recovering from low self-esteem which has completely spoiled my life & career- NO MORE NOW!!!!
PS YOU are worth a lot to me,too

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JPRICE217 9/14/2010 9:05AM

    Thank you for reminding me that I am worth it!!! I am worth it !! great blog

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/14/2010 7:38AM

    I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for helping me stop and think about things. It still baffles me that I was able to go to school full time and work full time plus plan my wedding from 1,500 miles away from the destination... now, I have no idea how I did it. I just did it.

We are all amazing. Including YOU.

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BTINTERNET 9/13/2010 11:19PM

    Thanks for the reminder! Have a great week and a great celebration!

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HDHAWK 9/13/2010 6:22PM

    Thanks for reminding me that my "Danielle" moments in life were really showing me what I'm worth.
Have a wonderful week!

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DEE797 9/13/2010 2:38PM

    I just LOVE coming here and reading your blogs and watching your vlogs. You inspire me to want to do better. To think things through to get to where I want to be. emoticon

I THINK YOU ARE.... emoticon

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ROGUE_RUNNER 9/13/2010 12:48PM

    Thank you so much for your comment on my recent Vlog!! I am honored that I inspire you practically because you inspire me mentally!! You dont know how many times your vlogs have made me "re-learn" - if you know what I mean!

Thank you for being my friend :o)

emoticon This is my "happy face" - you made me laugh hehe.

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SMOCKON 9/13/2010 12:13PM

    Have a great week, John!

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DOLLBABE56 9/13/2010 10:49AM

    Thank you John. You help me see my potential in so many ways.

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MAMADWARF 9/13/2010 10:46AM

    Great blog!! I loved hearing about Danielle and how she rose to the challenges in her life. I love the question, "what are you worth". That is something I am relearning. I, too, went through a lot in my earlier life and overcame but this journey to health is emphasizing my worth to myself every day. Thanks for a great post!! Jan

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KATRIONAH 9/13/2010 10:27AM

    John, this is another amazing video. You have given me so much to think about today. What am I worth.....well, I guess initially ...I am worth the proverbial "IT"... But, now I need to really think about it, go a little deeper. I think this will make a great topic for supper tonight when we all sit and share our day. Thank you so much .......Karen emoticon

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BARBBF 9/13/2010 10:25AM

    emoticon Very inspirational. Plan to visit this site often! emoticon

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LAWRALOO 9/13/2010 10:25AM

    I sure have missed your video blogs. :)
You always put my day in perspective and make me thoughtful for the day.


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LAWRALOO 9/13/2010 10:25AM

    I sure have missed your video blogs. :)
You always put my day in perspective and make me thoughtful for the day.


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