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Wk 72 One Week Post Vacation (w/pics)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I missed writing last week's blog because I was in Victoria, BC, Canada at the time, on my last full day of vacation. I've been home since the night of the 19th but only made it to the gym one day this week due to circumstances out of my control.

My father and I spent all week at the senior complex apartment where my grandmother lived. We packed and moved all of her stuff out, it's surprising how much stuff you can fit into a small apartment!

Except for my grandmother passing away while I was around 1,000 miles from home, the vacation was a good one. I'd never been to Alaska before and the scenery was both beautiful and majestic.

This is Ketchikan, looking towards downtown.



This is the ship we were on. 4 decks above the middle lifeboat is my brother and his girlfriend, the cabin to the right of them was my parent's and the one to the right of that was mine and my son's


Here's a picture of downtown Skagway, looking towards the mountains.


In Skagway my son and I went into the mountains and rode some zip lines.

This is my son 'trust falling' backwards from a zip line platform.


And me coming down a zip line.


The day before I left for vacation I weighed in at 217.2, exactly 100 lbs down from where I started. Of course that Saturday was a free day for me and I ate well. Unfortunately, the whole next week was full of free days as well!! But I knew that going in and I was planning on using the ships gym each day to stay on top of things. Well, I never actually made it to the gym, was always busy or worn out from being busy. But I can honestly say that I walked more that week than any other week since I got my driver's license in 1986! Even all of that walking didn't help me much though because I weighed myself on Monday morning of this week and I was at 230.0!!! I was up 12.8 lbs over the course of 9 days. LOL

I didn't eat that well this week and didn't get much gym time in but I was still able to drop 5 lbs. from Monday to today. However, I am still 7.8 lbs above my lowest point. But the weight will come off and I had a good time so I think it was worth it.

My son even got a picture of a black bear cub at the Mendenhall Glacier Park outside of Juneau.


I should have more pics soon. Pics that need to be scanned, pics that are on other people's cameras, etc. This is all you're getting for now :)

Ken Heaston
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ABETTERME41 9/12/2012 11:08AM

  Hi Ken. Beautiful pictures. I've always wanted to travel to Alaska. My dad and brother were in the Air Force and did duty there. I love seeing photos of other places. Thanks for sharing those. :)
I"m so sorry to read of your losing your grandmother.

Your son looks like a tall handsome young man! :)
I really enjoyed reading about your vacation and seeing the photos. Hope you're doing well. I'm very proud and awed about the sucesses you've made for yourself. Pat yourself on the back from me. *hugs* :)
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TEACHFIRST268 8/31/2012 4:36PM

    I'm sorry to read about your grandmother's passing.

Wow. Amazing photos. I would LOVE to take a trip to Alaska someday. I was also just having a conversation recently that I'd love to try a zip line. I'm afraid of heights, but life is about confronting our fears and overcoming obstacles! (o:


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CLPURNELL 8/28/2012 12:04PM

    Yeah vacations and being out of town can slow you down but man seems like you had an awesome trip!! The weight will come back off and you will be back at it in no time!!!

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MARYDSAN 8/26/2012 2:23AM

    Sounds like you had a good time! My dad, a friend, my (now 99 year old) aunt and I did that after my mom passed away-visited the same cities; only my dad and aunt did not get off the ship! The weight will come off again. It's not a trip anyone takes all the time-good you enjoyed yourself.

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LADYJ6942 8/25/2012 8:32PM

    Great pics, sorry to hear of your lose. The area is quite beautiful, and yes your weight will drop back down quickly. I chuckled at your comment regarding 1986 as that was the year I graduated high school, lol.

Any way good luck on your journey and grats on 100lbs lost!!!!

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Home From Vacation

Monday, August 20, 2012

I survived my vacation. The cruise itself was good, had a lot of fun, but was pretty wiped out by the end of it. Always seems like vacations take a lot out of you! But the whole week was not pleasant.

Found out Tuesday morning that my 91 year old grandmother had a massive stroke on Monday night. We then received word on Wednesday morning that she had passed away a couple of hours earlier. That really put a damper on the week. It sucks, but I know that she is not hurting anymore and that she and my grandfather are reunited again. It had been 8-1/2 months since his passing and she was really missing him.

Then we get home and the stupid garage door comes off the tracks and is now stuck halfway open. I hate garage doors.

My friend (and workout partner) and his daughter were house sitting for my parents with a few simple rules for the house and it seems they took advantage of it. He had his girlfriend over all week and his son was here most of the week as well. His son is an idiot (almost 17, has a 4 month old daughter, got married last month, etc.) and I really didn't want him here because I don't trust him. On top of that, the boy has tons of drama with his wife and her mother. Her mother actually came to the house to get her daughter because they were fighting. Brought that drama to my parents house. I've pretty much lost most of the respect and trust I had in my friend. As if that wasn't bad enough, the Dish Network remote control is nowhere to be found so you can't change the channel on the tv now (and they all claim to not have moved the remote from the coffee table, I guess it grew legs and walked away).

It's 11:30 here in central California now and my day started at 6:00 am in Seattle and I am tired, frustrated, sad and more than a little angry. AND I get to get up early to take my son to school because tomorrow is the first day of school.

I will post a better blog in the next couple of days, I just needed to get some things off of my chest tonight.

Ken Heaston
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GODSCHILD2_2011 8/24/2012 2:59PM

    Ken,

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved grandmother. My heart and prayer go out to you and your family

Boy, you have had a really trying week and the nerve of some people to take your trust and walk all over it. I agree with Chris, take all those emotions that you're feeling and release it in a more positive way. emoticon or emoticon

I truly hope that things get better for you soon. Just know that we the sparkies are always here for you to help in anyway possible.



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_BABE_ 8/21/2012 5:07PM

    I would blame the garage door thing on them too!

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PENDULA 8/21/2012 2:33PM

    WOW almost enough to make you dread a vacation. So sorry that people abused your trust. That truly is miserable. Hopefully life will settle down for you now.

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PENDULA 8/21/2012 2:33PM

    WOW almost enough to make you dread a vacation. So sorry that people abused your trust. That truly sucks. Hopefully life will settle down for you now.

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PENDULA 8/21/2012 2:32PM

    WOW almost enough to make you dread a vacation. So sorry that people abused your trust. That truly sucks. Hopefully life will settle down for you now.

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MARYDSAN 8/21/2012 7:56AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your grandma. I know that she is now with your grandpa, but it still leaves a void for you. I will keep your family in prayer.

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AHTRAP 8/20/2012 8:36PM

    Crazy how we often need a vacation to recover from a vacation. And then to come home to bad news, and other aggravations, too?

My sympathies on the loss of your grandmother, Ken.

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CLPURNELL 8/20/2012 5:55PM

    Wow ken I am so sorry about the loss of your Grandmother and then having to come home to drama on top of that. I know from experience how frustrating that can be and I am sorry you have to do do that and didn't even get to really enjoy your vacation. Take some time out unwind and hit the gym and get some of that frustration out. I know it won't make everything better but I hope it will help a bit. I really wish I could help in some way. Just know I am thinking about you brother and I sincerely hope things get better fast!



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THEFABMZFIT 8/20/2012 5:54PM

    So sorry to about the passing of your grandma, but you're right, at least she's at peace and with your grandpa now. Wow, and all the drama! Who needs that crap! UGH! I can't blame you for your feelings, you have a right to feel the way you do!

Well, with everything that has happened I hope you still had a nice trip. I'm sure it felt good to write this all out and get it off your chest. Hang in there and have a GREAT week!

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RUSUNA 8/20/2012 2:12PM

    i hate when you find out you cant rely on even the people you trust the most, it hurts. stress is what you are trying to AVOID with a vaca, not add more. some peoples children.
and im sorry to hear about your grandma. such bad timing too. good for you for looking at the bright side.
i start back at school tomorrow as well, so i am feeling the strain of working and school as well now.
take a deep breath, go for a walk to release some of the negative energy, and slay one thing at a time.
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GRANDEFILLE 8/20/2012 1:01PM

    woof! quite a lot to digest! Vent my friend it is only good to get things off your chest!

Have a good week! Hope your son like his teacher!

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NARNIAROSE2003 8/20/2012 12:10PM

    So sorry, hon, but good for you for venting. I'm learning to do that as well (did it today!) and it really helps me. Hope the drama llama is now under control. :) And so very sorry for the loss of your Grandmother... :( emoticon

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 8/20/2012 10:15AM

    Welcome home Ken!! Sorry to hear of all the drama that happened when you were gone & mostly to hear of the loss of your Grandmother - like you said, she's with your Grandpa now - holding hands :)

I'm happy that you had a nice time on your cruise, don't let anything take away those memories of time with your family. Also, MAJOR congrats on your goal of 100#'s lost prior to leaving - that is so amazing!!

And finally, emoticon, to welcome you back safely!!

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ME_FIRST 8/20/2012 7:38AM

    I'm sorry for the loss of your grandma. Reality after vaca really suck some times. Hope you have a good week.

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Wk 70 Weigh In - Leaving on a Jet Plane

Saturday, August 11, 2012

This week sucked, I was under a lot of stress and it surely affected me. A few weeks ago I had to go on welfare (with a 15 year old to feed and keep insured I was out of options). I know, I know, go get a job. Been trying that on and off for almost 4 years now. Where I live the unemployment rate is around 18% and with not having a degree, jobs are very limited. That's why I decided to go to school and get my degree, to open more doors for myself. It's funny, you can run a business for several years doing close to 1 million in sales (with around 10 employees) but without a degree, nobody will look at you. hmmmmph.

Anyway, so this week I had to start 'supervised job search' through the county and had to log 12 hours of looking for a job, plus since I'm going to be gone next week, I had to make up the 12 hours for next week this week. I also had to fill out the paperwork for my son's school because we get home the day before school starts and he has to have those papers in hand on the first day.

If all of that wasn't enough, I had the pressure to lose .6lb this week to hit my goal of 100 lbs. Normally that would be easy, but with all of the other pressures on me, nothing was coming easy. I couldn't get as much gym time as I wanted so I was stressed about that too! And with having lost all of this weight, just putting together clothes to wear on vacation that all fit was a pain in the butt. Doggone it, this week seemed to last about a month.

Lets just get to the numbers and get on with our lives.

Weight : 217.2
Lost : .6
Total : 100.0

I did it. I lost .6 lb and hit my goal of 100 lbs before vacation. I surely would have loved to drop 2 lbs but apparently it wasn't in the cards. So I'll take it. Like my son was taught in preschool "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit"

No witty quotes today, I'm just too tired and still pretty busy. See you all on the 12th or 13th. Have a great week!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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CLPURNELL 8/14/2012 3:25PM

    Ken,

Amazing Job man!!!! Listen I understand the financial issues/school and raising a kid. I have been there and done that myself and even when a degree and a "good" job it gets shaky sometimes! You are doing an awesome job and I hope you truly enjoy your cruise man. You deserve a vacation soooo much. Hope you have a great one!!!!

Chris

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RUSUNA 8/14/2012 2:40PM

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good job man!!!!!!!! go enjoy your vacation. everything will fall into place. chin up, and go get some R&R.

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PENDULA 8/13/2012 5:00PM

    Keep in mind every challenge is an opportunity to learn a skill to move us on past the next obstacle. The universe offers us new opportunities to learn new things. The question is always do we see the opportunity or do we give up. You seem to be seeing an opportunity here. Meeting the challenge head on. You never know where this adventure is going to take you, Also don't feel bad about the lack of employment availability. I think we have all been there. Right now in my town the only people getting hired are people with no work experience or people with professional degrees and nothing in between. It seems to be that way everywhere. Not jjust you. Keep up the good fight!!!

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NARNIAROSE2003 8/12/2012 5:00PM

    That's great! And don't feel bad about the whole welfare thing... that's how I BECAME a social worker. Long story, but it's true! Had to go on welfare in 1991 when I lost my job and my (then) husband wasn't working (which was the norm for him). I went to apply for assistance since we had NO INCOME and two little boys. They said, "You have a degree, you should apply for a job here." So I did. Twenty-one years later, I work for the State and Federal Government training social workers and assuring quality practice across the state. Keep doing all you can to get that degree and hang in there. Great things are going to happen! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 8/12/2012 6:44AM

    Way to go-way to end a crummy week! Have fun on your vacation-will start praying that you find a job-it's hard. My son was out of work for the better part of 2 years. Did BGreer ever find a job? He had asked for prayer, but haven't heard recently.
Hope next week is a better one.

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MARYDSAN 8/12/2012 6:44AM

    Way to go-way to end a crummy week! Have fun on your vacation-will start praying that you find a job-it's hard. My son was out of work for the better part of 2 years. Did BGreer ever find a job? He had asked for prayer, but haven't heard recently.
Hope next week is a better one.

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MARYDSAN 8/12/2012 6:44AM

    Way to go-way to end a crummy week! Have fun on your vacation-will start praying that you find a job-it's hard. My son was out of work for the better part of 2 years. Did BGreer ever find a job? He had asked for prayer, but haven't heard recently.
Hope next week is a better one.

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BLUE42DOWN 8/11/2012 11:01PM

    emoticon on meeting your goal and hitting the 100 pounds down mark! Even bigger congrats since you managed it during a tough week!

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_BABE_ 8/11/2012 6:38PM

    It has been tough but you have just putting your ducks in a row so to speak. Getting the degree...bravo and getting in shape cause we all know that comes into play as well with a prospective employer. You know it's all going to be worth it in the end...I am so happy for you...you deserve it.

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Wk 69 weigh In - moving forward

Saturday, August 04, 2012

This was a rough week for me. You see, last week brought a 3.8 lb loss, but I did a bit of "cheating" to achieve that number. I had weighed myself that morning and saw a 2.2 lb loss, that was good, but I wanted to be more ahead schedule than that. So, without taking in any water, I headed to the gym and spent 40 minutes on the stair master. I came home and re-weighed and got the 3.8 lb loss. It was a bit of sneaky dehydration work that did the trick for me. BUT, after getting a lot of water that day and having a huge free day lunch and a larger dinner than I really needed I saw my shenanigans being repaid to me the next day. When I got on the scale on Sunday morning to see what my free day damage was I was shocked. It said 228.4, 9.2 lbs heavier than the day before.

So all this week I have really killing myself to shed that extra weight (mostly water of course, but I just couldn't get it to come off). On Thursday I was still almost 2 lbs above my Saturday weight :( But still I continued to fight at the gym, eat pretty good and drink lots of water.

Which leads me to today. I was just hoping that I would be down a little, to see at least some positive movement and not be totally undone by my childish trickery of the previous weigh in day. So without further adieu, the numbers:

Weight : 217.8
Lost : 1.4
Total : 99.4

I was amazed to see that I lost 1.4 lbs. Holy smokes! I was just hoping to drop .4 or .6 so I am pretty darn happy with what I got. But you can bet I won't be playing any more dehydration games. This week was too much work and too stressful on me!

I'm done writing, I need to go relax a bit and plan my week of school work. I'm trying to finish a 4 unit class (Global Economics) before I go on vacation next week and I've done 3 papers with just one more left (yay). Already finished the 6 unit class (Quantitative Analysis and Business Applications) so before I leave I will have 10 units completed in 10 weeks! I am going to enjoy taking a week off and getting out of here!!!

"If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough" - I don't know who said it first!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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MARYDSAN 8/8/2012 10:34PM

    Wow! You amaze me! Sorry so long to reply-limited internet. Congratulations on the loss!

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CLPURNELL 8/7/2012 6:47PM

    Awesome Job Ken!!! You worked your tail off literally for those losses. Really proud of you bro!!! You will definitely hit your goal!!!

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ELLEJAY68 8/7/2012 12:39AM

    Almost 100, wow!! keep up the hard work Ken!!

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PENDULA 8/6/2012 4:41PM

    I never fail to be impressed with your hard work, determination, and the accomplishments you earn by them. You just keep rockin it out man. I will keep reading and being inspired.

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RUSUNA 8/5/2012 6:29PM

    keep up the hard work, school is suuuuch a drag sometimes. you got this!

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NARNIAROSE2003 8/5/2012 5:09PM

    You are doing so well! I'm really struggling, so it makes me happy and inspired to see you doing so well. Have a great week, my friend.

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 8/4/2012 11:27PM

    Well done as always Ken!! Also, congrats on all the progress with school - you are a busy, busy man! 1 week & then VACATION (as if you didn't already know that :)

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MCLINORAMA 8/4/2012 9:41PM

    I love your blog :-) I think we've all done a little bit of cheating from time to time ;-) But you are also too smart for yourself and pretty much knew what would happen. Keep up the good work and your amazing integrity; it takes a lot to be honest with yourself and others.

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ME_FIRST 8/4/2012 7:29PM

    Well, you had a darn good loss this week even with your water shenanigans. Plus all the academics too. You have a lot to be proud of. Keep pushing and you'll reach your wight loss and academic goals in time to have a wonderful and well deserved vacation.

Watch the salt, drink your water, exercise and write your last papers and you'll be floating in the clouds next week. Kudos to you!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/4/2012 6:01PM

    wooo hooo almost 100!!! YOU ROCK my friend!! sorry i've been absent. its been a rough summer. 2 more weeks and i will be back on it...

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ALYSSA40 8/4/2012 5:56PM

    This is an awesome blog. It just goes to show that we can't trick our bodies huh! Honesty is great- sharing the information says you're a good man with integrity. Thank you and keep doing a great job!

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Wk 68 Weigh In - WooHoo

Saturday, July 28, 2012

This was a better week for me, I got into the gym more and sweated my butt off more. I put in 270 fitness minutes this wee, which is more than usual for me. But knowing that I needed to lose 5.8 lbs in 3 weeks to hit my 100 lb goal before leaving on vacation spurred me on to pushing myself. So I hit the stair master and the recumbent bike and let the sweat run. I got some strength training in as well, but could have and should have done more in that area. Oh well, there's always next week!

Anyway, so I had a good week gym wise. I also was pretty good with my eating, not perfect, but pretty good :) I'll never get it perfect, I like my java chip frappuccino too much. I'm sitting here trying to think of what else I did this week besides go to the gym and eat...

I did a little shopping for my trip. Got another pair of shorts and a cheap suit. My old sports coat was a size 54 and it's just too big now (too bad because it's a nice coat). So I needed a new coat to wear to dinner and went out to find one and figure out what size I need! I ended up getting a size 48 long. I fit into the 46 but it was a little too snug across the shoulders. The 48 had a little more room in the shoulders so it's the one that came home with me. But instead of getting a sports coat, I got a suit coat and matching pants. First suit in many years for me, so that was kind of fun.

But alas, I know you haven't read this far to hear about how dapper I look in my new suit... so we shall now get to the numbers.

Weight : 219.2
Lost : 3.8
Total : 98

Hell yeah, 3.8 lbs down this week!! Broke out of the 220's and now I only need to lose 2 more to hit the magic 100 mark and I have 2 weeks to do it! It feels awesome to hit a big number this week, takes almost all of the pressure off of me from my self imposed deadline. I might even be able to hit the magic number next week and still have a week left. Feels good :)

It's time to go relax after having a nice big free day lunch with my son. Thinking about watching Casino Royale (again), the James Bond flick. Doggone good movie!

Take care all of you beautiful people, be good to one another!

Here's a few lines from the aforementioned Casino Royale:

"Vesper Lind: If the only thing left of you was your smile and your little finger, you'd still be more of a man than anyone I've ever known.
James Bond: That's because you know what I can do with my little finger..."


Ken Heaston
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READY4CHANGE81 8/2/2012 8:03PM

    Hey I have been cereal free since that post...now you have to give up the java chip frapp!!! Oh those are so good :)

Congrats on the amazing weight loss this week! Whew, that stair master makes me sweat more than any other cardio machine!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/1/2012 6:45PM

    Great job! Congrats on all your work!! :)

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ALYSSA40 8/1/2012 12:26PM

    You are rocking it man! I am so happy to hear about your suit jacket- you are amazing! You literally get to watch yourself shrink. I am loving it!

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BUSYBUBBLYMOM 7/31/2012 12:17AM

    Great job!! I agree, post some pics to show off your hard work. I'm only 10 weeks in, I hope to have a great post like this in a year's time!! Congrats!!

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CLPURNELL 7/30/2012 6:00PM

    You have done an amazing job ken!!!! Welcome to the 210's!!!! You have worked hard brother and I super proud to have witnessed your journey man!!! You continue to inspire me on a daily basis!!!! You have done a PHENOMENAL job!!!!! You should be really proud. We need to see pics of you all pimped out in your new suit!!!!

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NARNIAROSE2003 7/29/2012 11:31AM

    Way to go!! You're doing wonderful. I need to get back to the basics this week.

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ELLEJAY68 7/29/2012 6:52AM

    Wow!! You are awesome and inspiring!! CONGRATULATIONS! emoticon
You could always have your coat altered but it is fun to shop for smaller sizes. Thanks for sharing your success. I cannot wait to say I lost 100 pounds.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 7/28/2012 10:20PM

    Woo hoo! Keep up the good work!!

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RUSUNA 7/28/2012 10:08PM

    yaaaaaay! i need to hit the workout hard this next week as well. i have no excuse not to anymore lol. good job! you got this! emoticon

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 7/28/2012 8:56PM

    You are just nailin' it!! WTG Ken!! I am super proud of you & your stick-to-it-ness (that's a real word, really :) Just for all of us ladies out in SparkWorld, I think you should take a picture of your dapper self after you have reached your goal (which is in the not so distant future!) in that snazzy new suit coat & pants. What do you think? It really is the right thing to do!! Congrats again for a STELLAR job this week!! :)

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ME_FIRST 7/28/2012 8:03PM

    Woo Hoo! You're rockin' it there and back. 2 to go til your vacation goal and I just know that you're going to do it. We definitely want to see a pic of you in your new duds.

Where are you going on vacation? Hope it's some place where you can strut your stuff in the new cloths. I'm so happy for you and you should be one proud mutha!!

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WILDFLOWERMA 7/28/2012 5:50PM

    You kicked butt this week!!! Way to go & it must feel great to be so close to the 100 lb milestone. Just a tip about the sports coat - how about having it taken in? The last time I lost a lot of weight, I had 5 nice outfits fitted by a seamstress. Saved me a bit of money. Of course, we also deserve some new things as a reward for our hard work. Have a great weekend!

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