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Sunday, May 15, 2011

I had gallbladder surgery a year and a half ago. Things have been going well until about two weeks ago and now I'm having major stomach problems. I'm getting sick constantly and in the bathroom more than out of it (too much info I know). I'm also getting heartburn and indigestion like crazy. I've just started a bland diet consisting of chicken, rice, bananas and yogurt and it seems to be helping a little. Do any of you with missing gallbladders experience the same problems? If so, any advice you can give is most welcome!

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AJHONDRNGAL 5/17/2011 2:06PM

    I agree with whoever said that you should check with your doctor since it started so long after your surgery. It could be unrelated.

My post gall bladder struggles started immediately. I also had trouble with high fatty foods. Most of the time I was fine because I don't eat those foods all the time, but I also had a problem with chocolate. But I only had a problem if I didn't eat chocolate for 3+ days and then did eat it. So I solved that by eating chocolate at least every other day. ha ha This struggle has settled down in the years since.

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    You've got some great advice here Kim - I agree with going to see your physician as a starting point to discuss the issue. Hope you feel better soon!

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KAYWEB555 5/16/2011 1:52AM

    You are on the BRAT Diet Bananas, Rice (white) but for you go ahead and use the brown or wild rice, Applesauce, and Toast. These thing are great for all kinds of gastric problems. It really doesn't sound lke it is really related to the gallbladder, more sounding like an IBS problem. Are you having increased Stress in your life? I just read today that if you have inflamation of the gastic system sipping Green Tea twice a day will help with the inflamation. I'd give that a try! Along with those other things that you have said you are trying. Also a call to your primary MD would be suggested if this lasts longer than a couple of week more. There is a bug going around that also is showing as you have been talking aobut. Just got over it myself ! Good Luck

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48MYYEAR2014 5/15/2011 5:35PM

    my hubby has his gallbladder out last year the doc said it may be a couple years to settle down, he just eats at regular intervals as not to let the gas build up. the only thing he has found he can`nt eat thathe used to is raw onions

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SIOBHANKNITS 5/15/2011 5:15PM

    Had my gallbladder out in 1999, no problems related since. I'm with the others who recommend a visit to your favorite health care professional.

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    Kim, if you had your surgery a year ago and just started having problems two weeks ago they might not be related. I would recommend a visit with your doctor. I had my gall bladder out 14 years ago. My hjusband had jos removed two years ago. The heartburn is not that uncommon probably a change in diet will help. The bathroom issue is what would concern me more.


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CATHYGETSFIT 5/15/2011 4:23PM

    I'm not entirely sure of what you mean by being in the bathroom more than out of it? Are you throwing up or is it that you are having to use the toilet more?? Since I got my gallbladder taken out I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). That might be what your problem is if you are not throwing up. Certain foods or drinks upset my stomach and then I have to use the toilet quite a bit. Too much dairy, caffeine, or vegetables all can trigger the IBS. I've switched to soy milk because regular can sometimes cause problems for me. Also, having more than 1 glass of alcohol can trigger it too. Try drinking peppermint tea or I've also heard that artichoke tea is really good for IBS. I've never tried the artichoke tea though. As strange as it may seam, making sure that I eat high fiber or multi-grain bread everyday seems to help me. I agree also with what greybird2 said.

Hope that helps!


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MADYANKEE 5/15/2011 3:57PM

    I only just had my surgery a month ago. But I was dealing with those same symptoms prior to the surgery for years. After the surgery, I have had a couple of incidents, one lasting 3 days. When I discussed this with my doctor, over several visits, GERDS was diagnosed. Untreated Gallstones and infected gallbladder had made it worse. We are dealing with this now thru diet only to see if it helps.
One other thing, I have a history of gastrointestinal problems from reflux, bleeding ulcers, colitis, spastic colon etc. This is partly caused by my internalizing stress. My system was constantly irritated and producing to many of various things, so now it is a chronic problem.
Hope this helps a little, a least something to check out. emoticon

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GREYBIRD2 5/15/2011 3:30PM

  I can't say I have been sick (had my gall bladder taken out 4 years ago). At least not throwing up.

At first I did notice an intolerance to fatty foods. Fried especially. I am not a heavy meat eater, nor fried food eater. But on the occaisions when I do, I notice a need to get to the bathroom rather urgently or get major racing stripes (now what I mean?).

Eating late at night, especially a lot, or richly has caused heartburn, as does red wine on occasion. So I try to eat dinner fairly early, or if I cant then it is light both in quantities and fat.

So I would recommend eating less meat (though sounds like you are) less fat, processed foods. Spices never seem to bother me.


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Sunday, April 24, 2011

I haven't been sparking for a few weeks. During those weeks I have been laid off from my job and managed to gain even more weight. I'm extremely happy to be away from the job that was draining my spirit. I turned into a depressed, negative and very unhappy person. I'm trying my best to get the old Kim back. Today, this beautiful Easter Sunday, I pledge to take care of myself both body and spirit. I also pledge to keep in touch with the wonderful support team that I have with Spark. I haven't been a good friend to anyone the past several months and I apologize. Today is a new day and a new beginning for me. I am going to track everything I eat and each exercise I do. I'm missing out on life because I feel too fat to do anything. Time for change. I want to thank all my Spark Friends for your support and I promise to be a better friend in the future.


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JULIAINLA 5/6/2011 11:37PM

    Kim -you're such a great person, I hope you feel better soon. Sometimes it's easy to lose focus on our it's good that you realize you got to take extra care of yourself- and are back to losing weight and exercising. Hang in there.,you're doing really well!
PS I love your Boston on the scale picture-so cute!! emoticon

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    emoticon back! Kim told me about your job but as you say, if it was draining your spirit, then you are better off without it. Everything happens for a reason (look at when I lost my job in November and got this wonderful new job)... Great things are around the corner for you KIM!!

Cheers to NEW Beginnings!! emoticon

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BORNAGAINBRAT 4/25/2011 1:38PM

    So glad your back I missed you. emoticon

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KAYWEB555 4/25/2011 10:54AM

    So glad You are back and working yourself back into healthy living lifestyles ! So happy to have you with us on the Boston Team for our Springing into The Big Happy ! Because we all want to be happy inside and out ! All things work out in the end one way or the other ! Kay & The Pups emoticon

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NICKI109 4/25/2011 8:01AM

    It will work out to be for the best. Glad you are back with us, you were missed.

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    Glad to have you back with us!
It doesn't matter, but sorry you've had some bad luck, but turn it into good luck!

Take care and enjoy the ride

Happy Easter too!

CYA 'round

Stop by and I'll share my Easter Candy, : )

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PRUPLEBEAR 4/24/2011 7:58PM

    You Rock! and don't you just love blessings in desguise!

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SARAHNICOLE__17 4/24/2011 12:21PM

    PS. Happy Easter! :)

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SARAHNICOLE__17 4/24/2011 12:20PM

    It is a blessing in disguise. I have been layed off once and it was such a horrible experience. Keep a routine even though you aren`t working. Wake up, shower, have your coffee, walk your pup(s). You`ll feel so much better! I found that when I first moved here after leaving an abusive relationship that I felt that i was in a rut and would spend all day in my PJ`s. I didn`t care how I looked and would rush to get into the shower right before my parents came home. Keep that body moving!

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

I need help Spark Friends.

I love my boyfriend but he is a TERRIBLE influence on me.

How do you handle bad influences????

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/29/2011 9:29PM

    Honestly, I just have to do my own thing and stick to what I'm good at.

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RUNNER12COM 1/24/2011 2:30PM

    It can be the boyfriend who brings home junk food. It can be the neighbor who drops off a dessert. It can be the co-worker who insists you "just try this."

Or, it can be YOU who decides what you eat, when you work out, and how you get yourself healthy.

I know which one I would pick. Do you?


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ACCEPTMYSELF 1/24/2011 2:27PM

    This IS difficult. My DH can be a good influence - when convenient for him or when he is in his loosing weight mode.. otherwise it is all up to me. I try and just focus on me and not worry about his dinners and work out because I need to on my schedule.

It can be difficult eating out as well, but I try and stick to healthy menu items and not let DH's choices influence me.

Best of luck! keep with it and push through!

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WENDYDANCER 1/20/2011 10:24PM

    It's hard I know!! But if he loves you I think he should support you in your goals. Hugs!!

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RUFFIT 1/12/2011 5:30PM

    I am very independent. I do my own thing. I always say, Life goes on with or without you. Good luck, Moni emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/12/2011 5:15PM

    I loved reading what everyone wrote. I especially like the give him all the pizza and beer thing & Kick him out! emoticon

As far as "if he loves you...." honey, if everyone interpreted a partners eating/exercising habits or lack of as not loving them, we would be in big trouble. I agree with the gal who wrote do you own thing.

At the end of the day, your mouth, your body & your decision. emoticon

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FREES1 1/12/2011 2:42PM

    if he loves you and cares about and for you he'd give you the space to be healthy.
put your goals ahead of your wants.. and find things to eat, or limit the pizza, and drink that will help you get to your goals while he follows his own way

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ERIN4771 1/12/2011 11:35AM

    you just have to keep doing what's right for you, and if he wants to join in, that's awesome, but until then, you can't let it affect you...besides, you are a strong, independent intelligent woman!!!!

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SARAHNICOLE__17 1/8/2011 10:30AM

    I do my own thing. You can't change others. I share my personal expectations w/ my bf. He loves to eat out. Where as I dont.

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    Does he know you put his pic here (is that really him) - it looks like something out of a commercial lol...

I'm lucky right now because it's just me and my girls so I do what I want, when I want and eat how I want as I'm the 'influence' in the house.

I have to figure out though what's most important... and once I get my shape back - I am NOT losing it for anyone!

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COOPAH 1/6/2011 7:47PM

    If you ever figure it out let me know...I suck at it!!!

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MARIE625 1/6/2011 5:39PM

    In my case it's a husband rather than a boyfriend, but yeah - been there, done that! In the beginning, it was really hard, but at the same time, not so difficult. I was a little angry with him because he'd been bragging about loosing weight and how he was gonna get skinny bla bla bla and he kept nagging me to do the same. The minute I started, he stopped. That irritated me a little but his "you'll never loose weight" attitude seriously pissed me off. But, being the immature brat that I am, his poor attitude actually helped me dig my feet in and become more determined to loose the weight. Now, several years later, I'm actually a little disgusted by some of the food choices he makes. Just thinking about the calories & fat grams in some of the things he eats makes me feel slightly nauseous. Luckily, we've come to an "understanding" and rather than saying mean, snarky things to each other, we tease (in a loving way) about our food choices. He calls the bread I buy "bird food" because it has seeds on it, or he'll act all silly & excited when I buy him a package of sandwich meat. (I've become a vegetarian and he really, really, really misses eating red meat on a daily basis.) Still, it does take a lot of effort to stay focused on my goal. When hubby starts trying to get me to eat something I know I shouldn't, I try to remember to ask myself, "Do I want to have this cookie/cake/gallon of ice cream.... and be fat & miserable, or do I want to say 'No thanks' and be healthy & skinny." Nine times out of ten, I choose healthy & skinny.

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    You make HIM eat all the pizza and drink all the beer so when you are lookin' fine and he looks like me, no girl will have him and you will have your pick of the skinny guys


Not sure if that is what you had in mind, just a thought!


SPark On!

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LIVESTRONG2010 1/6/2011 4:15PM

    If I can I make them split a meal with me. But when I was in training for Hotter N Hell it was easy because I knew I would pay for it if I ate wrong.

Good luck with this. I know it's hard with it a boyfriend because I found myself drinking more when I was with Fred.

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OFFDREA 1/6/2011 3:04PM

    My bf is a terrible influence!!! Im still working on it! I work hard to think about my meals in advance and I have a mental picture of myself that I think of every time I want to make a bad decision!!!

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NULIFE4ME 1/6/2011 2:56PM

    Kick him out???!!!!



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PRUPLEBEAR 1/6/2011 2:44PM

    OMG!!!! That is so funny! I think knowing why I want to be healthy wins over the bad influences MOST of the time. I remind my self why I eat healthy and why I workout. and log on spark people what you eat and make it public so others can see it.

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JULIAINLA 1/6/2011 2:26PM

    Oh my gosh KIm, that picture is too funny (and scary too, lol!) How does one handle bad influences..that's a difficult one. I think one of the answers has to be mind-set. Going into situations with a plan, a mind-set of what the limits are going to be. Also whenever possible if you could (in advance) ask the person or persons to respect what it is you would like to keep a certain way. I really think it comes down to us, accepting or not accepting whatever is pushed at us. It's difficult I know. and I myself am just recently getting to finally be more under control in these situations. I don't want to disappoint people by being the one who has special needs but hey they'll get over it, and me I'll be slimmer and happier knowing I'm better in control of my own decisions. :)

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STARFISH619 1/6/2011 2:21PM

    My BF is super fit, and can eat whatever crap he wants. Unfortunately that is what caught up with me - and I do NOT have his metabolism. He does body building, so he is constantly burning fuel. Lucky for me he does want to eat better, and this allowed me to make some changes.

I took matters into my own hands and made a weekly dinner schedule. It's consistent and reliable and HEALTHY. If he wants a different dinner, he can make his own (but I don't see him doing that). Then when he goes to veg out on junk, I make sure I have some goodies for me (so I don't feel deprived) like Skinny Cow ice cream treats, weight watchers snacks, and low fat chocolate milk (hey, I read it's practically good for you, so I'm going with that). ;)

Hope this helps, but I hope you find something that works for you. It's rather empowering to take control of the situation and make it work to your liking. I know I'm a lot happier since I did - and rarely have to have the dreaded "What should we have for dinner?" conversation, which was quickly followed by, "guess we'll have pizza.". Now that meals are predetermined, it makes grocery shopping so much easier, since I know what to anticipate each week.

Good luck, my friend!

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I am taking a short break from Sparking

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I have been extremely busy with the holidays and house guests. I apologize to my spark teams and friends for not being in touch. I cannot seem to find a minute to myself. My life should be back to normal this weekend so hopefully I will be back in touch no later than Monday. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year. LOVE YOU ALL!


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STARFISH619 1/4/2011 12:40PM

    The holidays can be a bit overwhelming. Personally, I had a great time, but I'm glad they're over.
Here's to a successful & amazing 2011! We can do this!

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    I can totally relate to having to take a break at times... and I'm happy to see the regular routine coming around the corner! May 2011 be a great year for you Kim!!

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CHEFKATLEANER 12/30/2010 9:45PM

    Taking time for yourself is never a bad thing. :) You have to take care of YOU first.

Have a great New Year's Eve! :D

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BORNAGAINBRAT 12/30/2010 2:58PM

    Hope you have the best new years ever! See you next year!

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ERIN4771 12/30/2010 10:30AM

    now worries my friend!!! we will be here when you get back!!! have an awesome day!

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DRB13_1 12/30/2010 6:36AM

    Happy New Year, Wonderful, and we'll look forward to seeing that cute little puppy with the big eyes back next week! emoticon
Have fun!

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JULIAINLA 12/29/2010 11:01PM

    Happy New Year 2011!!! I hope you are having fun while staying focused on your weight loss goals. emoticon emoticon

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BARBIE176 12/29/2010 9:00PM

    I pray that you find yourself and that your away time is short-lived! Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you again soon! Happy New year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Take care of YOURSELF first
just remember to come back to us when you can

I know tax time is knocking on our calendars

Stay well!

Happy New Year too!!!

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IZZYBEBOP 12/29/2010 5:36PM

    Enjoy your "ME time!

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BAILEYSMOM4 12/29/2010 4:36PM

    Tell Jason to leave you alone already!!!! LOL Have a Happy New Year my friend!

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DEEISINSPIRED 12/29/2010 4:19PM

    Sometimes you just have to step back and take some "me" time girl - Just glad everything is ok!

Hope you and your family enjoy bringing in 2011 sister, and look forward to seeing you back next week! emoticon emoticon

Happy New Year!!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm going on a cruise! emoticon My dad bought mom and I a cruise to the Bahamas. emoticon

I AM SO EXCITED! We get to go on a day excursion to Atlantis.

Our cruise is scheduled for the week of March 8. That means I have 78 days to get my butt in shape. If that's not incentive I don't know what is!

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JULIAINLA 12/26/2010 10:58PM

    Wow!! How exciting! That's going to be so much fun for you! :)!

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BORNAGAINBRAT 12/22/2010 4:34PM

    How cool is that! You deserve it! emoticon emoticon

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CATTI53 12/21/2010 10:08PM

    What a great gift! I'm so happy for you. I think this is a great motivator especially because we expect you to post pics from the cruise. You go girl!!! You can do it!

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STFY31 12/21/2010 1:43AM

    That one heck of a Christmas present!!! I'm jealous! emoticon

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NICKI109 12/20/2010 10:47PM

    That is fantastic. What ship are you going on? We are going on one in May, it is absolutely an awesome motivation.

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PMCOPPI10 12/20/2010 6:49PM

    Yahoo!!! You are going to have a great time for sure!!!!
Skinny or not...I am so happy for you.

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LATVIAN_SANDY 12/20/2010 6:18PM

    emoticonThat is just fantastic! Enjoy!!! emoticon

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OFFDREA 12/20/2010 3:33PM

    AWESOME gift!!!!!!! Congratulations :)

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/20/2010 3:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonWhat a great Christmas present. Very cool! That is definitely a big incentive to get in shape! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SARAHNICOLE__17 12/20/2010 2:45PM

    Way to go!!! What a wonderful incentive! Your BT's are going to miss you soooo much! Mine still sleeps in my bed when I'm away.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 12/20/2010 12:53PM

    CONGRATS! YOu have an amazing father to give you that! HOpe you share the pics!!

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GAYLE-G-63 12/20/2010 12:46PM

    Woohoo, Kim! Enjoy!!!

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SHELLEY147 12/20/2010 12:37PM

    emoticonCan you're dad draw my name out of a Santa hat for a gift exchange next year?? What an awesome and amazing gift! We'll be sure to help you 'get your butt in shape'! ~hugs~

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BARBIE176 12/20/2010 12:19PM

    Wow, that is so awesome! Your dad really rocks! That should really give you some great motivation to get your program rolling in the right direction!

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ERIN4771 12/20/2010 11:48AM

    color me green with envy...even though i don't like water or boats emoticon!!!
'you are going to have such an awesome time!!! congrats!!

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STFY31 12/20/2010 11:22AM

    Lucky! That is the best present ever!!! :)

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 12/20/2010 11:16AM

    Oh my gosh!!! How exciting, good for you.

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SPHAPPYHIKER 12/20/2010 10:51AM

    That is so exciting! How cool!Have lots of fun!!!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 12/20/2010 10:37AM

    Cool Beans Man,

Need me to carry your bags!

Have a blast and tell us all about it and have FUN getting all buffed up, : )

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PRUPLEBEAR 12/20/2010 10:33AM

    how cool!

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ANH102712 12/20/2010 10:20AM

    Oh cruises are so much fun and that is GREAT motivation!!

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CHEFKATLEANER 12/20/2010 10:00AM

    Woohoo! That's wonderful!

You're going to have so much fun! :D

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NULIFE4ME 12/20/2010 9:54AM

    Wow, you're right....if the cruise doesn't motivate you, NOTHING will:) woo hoo....


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DIANE2110 12/20/2010 9:43AM

    You lucky girl! You'll have to check out all those 'butt burning' workouts. One day, when I have shed half of me, I'll go in the tropics for a vacation. Until then...
Have a super enjoyable cruise.

Merry Christmas!

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