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Goals, Habits, Tracking, Blogging, huh?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ok, I'm going to set myself some new goals and hold myself accountable. With the 5% challenge I need to remember to blog, comment on other's blogs, track all my exercise both in my tracker and on the post, and keep up with whatever other challenges are there. LOL. So my goals are going to incorporate that.

1. Track my food & exercise Daily. I missed a few days this past month. No more excuses.
2. Comment on other people's blogs daily. I love having friends on here, and I need to let everyone know that I'm thinking of them, reading their journey, and I'm right here with them. That's important to me.
3. Post my own blog at least 3-4 times per week. I've been slacking in this as well. We aren't allowed to post on blogs from the work computer and I haven't been giving myself computer time at home. Well, time to change that too.
4. Choose one habit per month to change (end bad/create new). I'm trying to figure out which habit to start with! I will come up with one by my next blog!

I think that's it. I took today off to go to doctors (mine & daughters) and I think I'm more tired from all the running around than if I went to work! What a busy day off! I ended up bringing 6 prescriptions to the pharmacy with another 3 called in. lol. Well, I'm going to attempt to use my FSA and get those copays refunded to me. And I"m good for appointments & meds for another 6 months. :)

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/12/2011 12:28AM

    I had to start fresh this month too !!!

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NOILEDNWAD 5/11/2011 10:45PM

    Nice! Thanks for sharing your goals with us! I look forward to reading your blogs. I haven't been a regular blogger myself so the blog thing is interesting. I can't believe I can think of something to say every day. Rock on Sister Daisy!

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HAKAPES 5/11/2011 5:36PM

    Great goals, just go with it!

A tablet or netbook with a mobile internet to blog? Everything for the healthy life! I bought a phone on which I can quickly track my daily calorie intake, and search unknown food!

Happy to have you on the team!

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ELLEYKAT 5/11/2011 9:58AM

    I also have trouble making computer time at home. Good luck!

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FVHORVATH 5/11/2011 9:50AM

    You have some great goals and I know you will be able to get those accomplished. Just take on steps at a time and you will be successful!

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ELEGANTFLOWERS 5/11/2011 9:37AM

    Great goals. emoticon

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DDOORN 5/11/2011 8:56AM

    Great goals...I'm sure you're going to benefit BIGTIME from them!

Don

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CHEETARA79 5/11/2011 7:33AM

    Good plan, Spark buddy! I know you can do it.

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SRABANTI 5/11/2011 2:17AM

    I think this is a very good way to keep oneself accountable. I have always read about the benefits of tracking food (i track exercise here) but have never been consistent on doing so.

From today im gonna have a notebook at home to write down honestly everything i feed myself with.

You inspired me today. Thanks :)

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 5/11/2011 2:09AM

    I think it's hard to blog every day -- I feel like I don't have that much important to talk about or that people care about! LOL but I do like to read other people's blogs!

Awesome goals! And wtg on doing your Dr visits!

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KIMBERTA99 5/11/2011 1:39AM

    Your goals sound great...it gets challenging to write and comment on blogs sometimes..but it is really nice to read how everyone is doing and also the support that you get back on your own blog is very motivating!! Go Daisies!!

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ANDYINBC 5/11/2011 1:11AM

    Thanks for sharing your blog and your goals. Let's hope this 5% challenge brings great success.

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GRANDMACOO 5/11/2011 1:04AM

    Blogging and commenting on others' blogs; our computer at home is not the fastest, so, if I get half the blogging done, I am thrilled.
Great idea setting realistic goals.

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CERIUSLY 5/10/2011 11:43PM

    Great goals! Good luck!

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JEMPOWER 5/10/2011 11:40PM

    You're doing great!!!!!

Jem

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Spring has SPRUNG! WHOO HOO!

Monday, May 09, 2011

It's beautiful out! The green grass is growing thick and luscious! The Dandelions have taken over my yard! It's amazing how happy spring weather makes me! I did yard work Saturday - Lots of picking up sticks. I got laughed at for doing my lunges, squats, curls, etc. while picking up sticks! Jillian Michaels taught me well. I kicked butt! Sunday I spent half the day rearranging & cleaning. I was a sweaty mess! I did spend the whole day cleaning too. Today after work I got in 75 minutes of push mowing! I think we got an acre or so done tonight. Hubby used the ride-on mower since he did the elliptical at work. We brought the bikes in for their tune up, I'm so excited! This Friday I can start riding my bike too. Whoo hoo! I have joined the Determined Daisy team to lose 5% in 8 weeks. I think I'll lose more. This morning's scale said I lost 4 lbs since Friday! I've been eating too, I'm just so much more energetic I've been hopping, jumping (jumping jax), and high knees during bathroom & lunch breaks. LOL. I am SO determined.

Happy note - I bought size 16 jeans from Meijer too! I'm in NORMAL size Jeans for the first time in 7 years!!! OMG am I so ecstatic!!!! My hubby also was able to buy a pair of jeans from Meijer! He's lost 80 lbs too!!!! My daughter is down one pant size too. She's not doing it as healthy as us no matter how much we try (or sometimes try not to ) help. :/ Well, hubby needs to apply to a job, so I have to give my puter up for a bit.. ttyl..

  
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1BEARWIFE 5/10/2011 4:07PM

    You're just a BLIZZARD of activity!!! Good on you!

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DDOORN 5/10/2011 2:56PM

    Spring has sprung in full here too...so intoxicating!

Kudos to the new and "normal" size!! Woo hoo!

Don

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JIVEGRANDMA 5/10/2011 11:34AM

    emoticon on all the yard work. Keep it up and there is no doubt you'll make your 5%. emoticon

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MUEHLBBO 5/10/2011 10:04AM

    Congrats on all kinds of things. I really like that your husband and daughter are involved also. It has to make it mroe fun and easier. Keep up the good attitude and you'll lose way more than 5%.

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ELLEYKAT 5/10/2011 9:52AM

    WOW WOW WOW! Congrats on regular size pants. Isn't that a great feeling? =)

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 5/10/2011 12:55AM

    I love that you are in 16 jeans! That's so cool!

WTG on doing your lunges & all while picking up sticks.... wtg on killing 2 birds with 1 stone!

And... emoticon job on losing 4 lbs already!

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IBSHAUN 5/10/2011 12:21AM

    Wow! Sounds like you are off to a great start and I absolutely love your enthusiasm!! Keep it up!!

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ROSE-100 5/9/2011 10:56PM

    emoticon Your doing wonderful!

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Busy Busy, but I will Make TIME.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I've been very busy the past week or two. I generally work 40-45 hours per week minimum, add in 1/2 hr commute, doctors appts for my sick kid, trying to get exercise in, spend quality time with my husband & daughter & pets, selling items on ebay, tracking my food, cooking my food, cleaning, sleeping, fixing other people's computers & recovering lost data, and providing professional resumes for people. Yeah, that's about all I've done. I didn't get any volunteer work in yet this month though. I'm still losing weight. Down 50 lbs total. My husband is down 75. I was told my new jeans are too big on me now. LOL. I am focusing on trying to lose inches in my top. I want to fit in regular size XL & Ls comfortably for my top. I will do this, and I will make time for sparkpeople and my sparkfriends and spark groups. This is important to me. I've joined a 5% challenge that I'm determined to excel in. I'm still don't feel like I've lost weight - I have to look at a picture of myself, or mirror to believe it. I still feel like that really puffy size 26 I was in Jan & Dec... it's ok though, I'm happy with my progress, and I'm enjoying my healthier lifestyle a lot. I'm craving my fruits and veggies and really liking this. More later

  
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PJC19671 5/9/2011 9:51PM

    I am so very proud of you. You have come a long way. WAY TO GO!

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1BEARWIFE 5/6/2011 8:22PM

    You are doing a marvelous job, my friend! Be gentle with your self image. emoticon

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DDOORN 5/6/2011 9:56AM

    Sounds like you're doing what you can to Keep your Spark! :-)

Don

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CHEETARA79 5/6/2011 9:39AM

    Life is getting in the way of Spark. I totally understand. It's great to get an update from you and see you're still on track!

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ELLEYKAT 5/6/2011 7:59AM

    Congrats on 50 lbs lost so far - that's huge! It's good that you're making time for everything - you sure have a lot going on! Stick with it and keep up the great work! =)

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ONESTUBBORNTART 5/6/2011 2:40AM

    I always think it's funny when people ask "How do you find time?" LOL You don't FIND time. Time is moving on and won't stop to tap you on the shoulder and block you in for a workout. You have to MAKE time, like you have done! Awesome work!

It's a strange feeling when your body image takes a while to catch up to the reality of the new you! Keep looking at your pictures or in the mirror and enjoy! You are doing so great!!

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Peaceful Easy Feeling

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In my head the Eagles are Playing.. I got a peaceful easy feeling.. and I do feel peaceful. The weather is finally getting warmer. I don't mind the Thunderstorms. The grass is getting greener. 50 more lbs to shed for goal weight. I'm half way there! I could not have imagined feeling this good four months into a year that started out so horrible. But I feel good, at peace. Yeah, we are maxed out on bills as my hubby would say, but we can pay all the bills we need to pay, so we aren't going into further debt until the next thing breaks.. LOL. I do love my job at work, and I love my new car so much. It makes me exceptionally happy to drive it around. It's the car I wanted, and I was able to get it. I still can't believe 3.9% interest. My last car was at 22% because my credit wasn't good. I've been working hard on every aspect of my life - first moving to Michigan, then finding the right job, then getting the credit lined up, the whole time trying to be the best parent I can be, and now trying to be the healthiest me possible & encouraging my family to do so too. I called my mom yesterday to tell her Hi, how are you, just wanted to say love you. She was shocked. lol. This is who I am. I am going to be me, the me I'm proud of, the me that I want to be, the me that I love. I am going to donate, volunteer, help, and hope to make a difference - whether it's just making someone smile or helping in bigger ways. I love this peaceful easy feeling. :)

  
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DDOORN 4/28/2011 7:06AM

    It SO sounds like things are coming together NICELY for you! Enjoy and savor!

Don

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ELLEYKAT 4/27/2011 12:11PM

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Didn't have the words to describe the happy this gave me, so you get that VERY BIG SMILEy face. =)

Keep sparking brightly - you're HALFWAY THERE!!!! =D

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ABAKER34 4/27/2011 10:36AM

    I'm so glad that things are settling down for you. You should be proud! You have a great mindset.

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Someone Finally Noticed - Down 45 Lbs with Pics

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Finally someone who doesn't know about my new lifestyle choices, sparkpeople, etc. noticed that I have lost weight. Even the people who know I'm trying to be healthy haven't said anything to me, so I've been a little disappointed. Well, I wore my new 18s from Old Navy, along with an XL top (on the larger size) and a few people checked me out and didn't say anything. Finally the activities director at work (i'm on the committee) asked me, "are you losing weight?" I respond "yeah" she responds, "I can tell" and walks away. LOL. She almost seemed angry/upset or disgusted with me. She kept looking at me the whole meeting too. I sat next to someone who I was the same size as just in Christmas, so I wonder if she was noticing that too. So here is a before picture:


That was August 2010 - the same size, or maybe even a few lbs smaller than I was at xmas. Here are two pictures from today, 45 lbs down:



I am finally starting to feel a little smaller. Finally. The way I fit at my desk at work, behind the wheel of a car, or even sitting here with a laptop stand over my lap. I'm doing it, and I'm happy and I'm not feeling deprived or horrible. I feel good.

  
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CAROLJ35 5/5/2011 6:42PM

    WHAT A GREAT JOB YOU ARE DOING!!! YOU LOOK WONDERFUL!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/4/2011 8:06AM

    You look wonderful, don't know how they couldn't notice. Congratulations on doing such a great job

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IBSHAUN 5/2/2011 6:38PM

    Uh, I think they noticed but just didn't know what to say. You are looking fantastic!! Keep it up and they will even have more to say. Looking forward to cheering you on in the 5% spring challenge!

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NPA4LOSS 5/2/2011 3:30PM

    emoticon on being selected Spotlight member of the Day. You do look great. Maybe the person is trying to get up the courage to ask how you made your change. emoticon emoticon

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SETAGOAL1 5/2/2011 3:25PM

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1BEARWIFE 5/2/2011 12:35PM

    "Have you lost weight?" She must be blind. Everyone can see the difference!!! You are doing SO WELL!!! You look so GOOD!! Hurray for you! Proud of you, girl.........you motivate us! emoticon

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CMPEARL 5/2/2011 11:02AM

    emoticon enjoy the compliments because they are sure to keep coming! Don't sweat the people who look at you with envy or don't say anything at all...they could be jealous, upset about their own look or don't want to insult your previous look. Remember, you are doing this for YOU and as long as you feel good, you will continue to project it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUFFIT 5/2/2011 10:52AM

    You look emoticon!! emoticon Moni

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TWNOMWE 5/2/2011 9:25AM

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Persistence paid up and it is small changes that make a very big different.
Thanks for sharing.


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WELLNESSME09 5/2/2011 9:25AM

    emoticon emoticon good for you, you look fantastic!!!
Pay no mind to others, this journey is for you, I'm sure your love ones will be with you and support you to the finish.
Wishing you great success on your journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMBERLEIGHM1 5/2/2011 9:19AM

    You have done a wonderful job and you look fabulous!

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BZYBOYSMOM 5/2/2011 8:31AM

    Holy smokes....What are people blind? You look amazing. Keep it up!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/2/2011 8:21AM

    First off, let me say you look fantastic! Great job. Give yourself time to get used to your new size... I'm still working on that myself, and I've been "maintaining" for a year.

As for people not saying anything... I've had that happen, too... one girl later said she didn't want to say anything for fear it was unintentional, as in I was sick or something.

- Barb

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MRILEY123 5/2/2011 8:20AM

    You go, girl! You're looking great! I can't wait until I've lost enough that someone says something to me. That must be a wonderful feeling. Keep it up!

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MOSTMOM1 5/2/2011 8:05AM

    Wow, they need their glasses cleaned or something. You look Sparkeriffic! Keep it up!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/2/2011 8:03AM

    WTG!

Don't worry about people noticing - or not noticing. You are doing this for you!

I am so happy for you! It is most important that YOU can see and feel the difference in you.

WTG!!

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MELLIL 5/2/2011 7:56AM

    You are emoticon!!! And I have lost 77 pounds and people have only JUST started to SAY things! And ONLY the people at my church! So don't feel bad. It's VERY noticeable! You are looking GREAT!!!

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SPARKCHANTAL 5/2/2011 7:34AM

    if you were a policeman you'd understand better why people don't 'notice' that you've lost weight. it's because they usually don't 'notice' anything at all if it doesn't pertain to their interests directly! so don't get upset about that!
and the polite ones won't know what to say either, because they might feel like they're insulting your 'before' looks.
so you have to be your own best audience, enjoy the fruits of your labor and keep up the good work.... and it really is, just look at that beautiful girl in the pictures (all of them!)

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KARLOTTA46 5/2/2011 6:09AM

    You look great! I'm amazed that someone is just now noticing the difference, but to try and be fair, the people that see us every day have a harder time because they don't notice the gradual changes until they become major changes. And you have DEFINITELY made a major change!!
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REJ7777 5/2/2011 5:40AM

    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILLYMOLLY99 5/2/2011 4:29AM

    Congratulations on your inspiring weight loss! How on earth could no one tell that you've lost weight? You look like a completely different person!
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KALISWALKER 5/2/2011 4:09AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. You look fantastic and so happy!

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NMMAMA2011 4/27/2011 7:55PM

    emoticon Wow, I am so inspired by your story!!! I hope you don't mind me checking in from time to time. I saw your post on the Family Fitness Challenge page and I am working to improve our family's health as well. You are doing great!

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BOBBYD31 4/26/2011 4:18PM

    you look great, congrats and keep it up! don't feel bad it think it was about the 40 lb mark till anyone said anything to me, not sure why that is...... then i was getting "are you ok" LOL

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/26/2011 2:25PM

    emoticon, you look fantastic. Keep up the good work.

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DDOORN 4/26/2011 1:59PM

    Woo HOO to relishing the SPARKED LIFE! :-)

Don

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ANIMALDOCTOR 4/23/2011 7:42PM

    Really great!! The difference is amazing. Don't pay attention to the passive-aggressive types- Most likely, they are just jealous they aren't in control of their choices, and you are showing them... YOU ARE :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2011CC 4/23/2011 9:27AM

    Congrats! What an amazing transformation, you are an inspiration to me!
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PJC19671 4/21/2011 10:20PM

    You look MARVELOUS and I am so proud of you. It's definately noticeable...Dont feel bad nobody ever tells me either and even when I lose weight on Spark they never say I have lost weight but, I dont care because I know I am down 46 pounds. Sometimes I think they dont say anything because they are jealous because we are making healthy life style changes and it's noticeable and there not losing weight so they cant give a compliment. Were doing this together girl emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NUGGETTEMOM 4/21/2011 4:51PM

    You look great! Congrats!

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PSKIPPY7811 4/21/2011 4:08PM

    You look

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NOT2LATE2BGR8 4/21/2011 11:34AM

    Holly heck girl! You can totally tell! Congrats! Keep up your hard work.

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GRAMMABENJI 4/21/2011 11:13AM

    great job well done. we are in the same size. would love to have some friendly challenges with you to see where we go. you look good.

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LARRSJ 4/21/2011 10:28AM

    Wow...Good for you....You can REALLY tell a difference!!!

Keep up the great work

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KIKOOMAGOO 4/21/2011 9:53AM

    Thanks for posting the pictures. You look so happy! You are doing great. Keep up the hard work - it's really paying off. emoticon

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VEROISME 4/21/2011 9:10AM

    What an amazing difference!!

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FREECANDY 4/21/2011 9:07AM

    Wow, big difference. You look great!

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ELECTRICITY3699 4/21/2011 8:46AM

    You look great! Keep up the good work!

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JEWLSM 4/21/2011 8:03AM

    HUGE difference! Congrats!

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SKATVEN 4/20/2011 11:34PM

    You are looking fantastic and wow what a difference! Spark on!

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ANASINGS 4/20/2011 10:02PM

    You should be very proud. You look fantastic!

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SUSANMOMOF6 4/20/2011 9:45PM

    That's wonderful! It is so motivating when somebody who doesn't know what we are doing notices. Check out my blog 'It finally happened!" Same topic. Congratulations on the awesome progress. So proud of you; keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 4/20/2011 9:43PM

    People are just now saying something?! There is a big difference and you look GREAT! I do know, from experience, that some people are afraid to say anything because they think it may offend you (people have admitted this to me many times). Keep up the great work!

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PURPLE180 4/20/2011 9:29PM

    emoticon You look GREAT. Wonderful job.

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FANGLE 4/20/2011 8:17PM

    Awesome work you look great.

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KJDOESLIFE 4/20/2011 8:14PM

    Great job! You look fantastic!

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HEATHERALB 4/20/2011 3:34PM

    Fantastic!! emoticon

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ASTRONGERMOMMIE 4/20/2011 12:07PM

    WOW you look great keep up the good work and don't let other jealous haters bring you down! Remember their just angry that your working towards your goal and they only wish they could do the same let that motivate you!! emoticon

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SNHSND 4/20/2011 11:00AM

    What a fabulous feeling! I am so happy for you!
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MARCIFROMVA 4/20/2011 10:35AM

  You can ABSOLUTELY tell you have lost weight! Maybe that activity director was jealous or envious of your success-some people have a hard time seeing other people succeed (I know a few of those type of people!). You look FABULOUS~ You have inspired me to be sure to compliment others today! emoticon

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