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Wk 88 Weigh In

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Well this week was cold and disappointing.

42-45 degrees at 10:30 when I normally go to the gym, not cold for some people, but really cold for me! I did get to the gym each day (M-F), so that was good, but my weigh in was still disappointing.

Also, I came to the conclusion on Tuesday that I am a square peg in a world of round holes. I don't seem to fit in anywhere. I always feel like a social misfit; no matter how many people I am gathered with, I seem to be the 'odd man out' or the 3rd (5th, 7th, 9th, etc.) wheel. In one social circle, I am odd because I'm not an artist, tattooed, pierced or smoking weed. In another social circle I'm odd because I'm not a techie, not up on all the latest gadgets, etc. It's like this pretty much wherever I am, I am the one person that doesn't quite fit in and Somehow I just became aware of this fact this week.

Please don't misconstrue what I've written as a plea for pity or any of that type of stuff. This is my blog, a place where I can write what I honestly think and feel, and that is what I am thinking and feeling. :)

Here's this weeks numbers.

Weight : 216.6
Lost : .4
Total : 100.6

I was rather unhappy when I saw a loss of .4 on the scale this morning, yeah, I know it's still a loss, but I really busted my ass this week at the gym and while my eating wasn't the greatest, I kept it within range. Some weeks it just feels like I can't win!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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KIYOSHI04 1/2/2013 1:59PM

    i dont fit in either. anywhere.
its sometimes sad, sometimes a blessing.

congratulations on your loss, though you werent exactly thrilled.

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CLPURNELL 12/19/2012 3:52PM

    It is probably a muscle building week. You built muscle which offset some of your fat loss. Man I too am an odd ball. I take pride and a certain comfort in that. Having the guts to march to your own drum. To be honest and interested in what YOU like is a rare commodity these days. All the "not fitting in" means is you are not willing to compromise who you are for other people. There should be more odd men out like us the world would be a better place!

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GRANDEFILLE 12/17/2012 12:19AM

    you should know that now that you have so much less to lose, the losses can't be what they used to! that .6 is what in percentages? Congratulations on it and congratulations on knowing you are special and unique!

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TEACHFIRST268 12/16/2012 8:37PM

    Sorry you're disappointed with this week's results, but keep pushing! Your results may just take another week to catch up with you. You'll get there - you've lost 100+ pounds, for crying out loud! doubt about it. No way you're going to let a .6 stop you. (Which was a LOSS by the way! :o) )

I know EXACTLY what you're saying - I often feel the same way. And not in a self-pity kind of way, just a growing older, learning more about (and becoming more confident in) myself kind of way. And having this conversation with my husband - HE often feels the same way - and WE, as a couple - often feel the same way in regards to friendships with other adults...not quite sure where we fit in... My husband and I joke and ask each other - are we the only 'normal' people left? we're becoming more secure in who we are, and can find things to enjoy and appreciate in others - and recognize and appreciate the differences, some for the better, some for the worse. Just part of growing as a person, I suppose. That said - I agree with what another poster said - get out and keep trying new things! It's always exciting to meet new people.

Have a great week!

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_BABE_ 12/16/2012 2:23PM

    I could make a joke about the weather but its too As for the misfit thing Nightskystar is right its all about your perspective. Over the years I have thought the same thing...I don't have a lot in common with my friends ( different ages, income brackets and life situations don't always make things easy) I need some soul mates!! I guess we both gravitate to people unlike makes life more interesting. Although I understand the need to be mirrored back in the eyes of another, I like the idea of after being stripped of all identifying factors someone likes me for ME...don't you? emoticon

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RIBKNIT 12/16/2012 1:04PM

    Thanks for writing this blog. My scale didn't budge this week and it's frustrating. Is it possible in your case that fat is turning into muscle because of exercising?
When it comes to the misfit thing, I've often felt that way. I have now discovered that "my" kind were of people were out there, just hard to find so I went down a lot of blind alleys along the way.

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RUNNER4LYFE 12/16/2012 6:14AM

    Not fitting in can be such a bummer but guess what!? U are still YOU! And as long as u continue to be true to who u are, the world is URS! Maybe its just not ur time to be social right now. Maybe the Divine wants u to focus more on ur weight loss right now and will place the right ppl in ur life when ur ready to handle it. Just my thoughts on it. emoticon Continue to stay true to YOURSELF and lif will fall into place....
emoticon Today is a new day! emoticon

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LISAN0415 12/15/2012 10:15PM

    Hi there!

You know next week you may see an even bigger loss on the scale, sometimes it takes our body a couple days to flush out the fat!

you are doing great, and it stinks when friends are too busy or don't invite us on things, but that's when it's time to expand our circle- the best way to do that is to try some new things, a class at the community college, volunteer at a hospital once a month, and if you are a spiritual person, places of worship have lots of groups and activities!

Best wishes to you, I know today felt like a down day for you, but sometimes we need to stop and count our blessing- it's the best way to get rich quick! :)


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DOVESEYES 12/15/2012 10:08PM

    I think you rock!!!

It's great to be yourself on the blogs, you are honest with YOURSELF by listing the loss and as you said 'it is a loss' Remember when you didn't? Just that is a huge step. emoticon How do your clothes feel? Look for a positive ;)

It's easy to tell you are a great guy by the kind things you say to people you don't know.

You are an original and it's great you have friends from lots of backgrounds, jobs, etc.

It's hard to not let the weight take over but you are so many other things; time to regroup we are all for you. emoticon emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/15/2012 6:58PM

    it always sucks when you KNOW you did good but the scale doesnt. Sorry about that!!
as for the social misfit thing..well..i guess i'm a one of a kind because i never CARED. i dont do drugs, but hung out with some who did. i'm not a geek, but some of my friends are. I dont wear makeup and designer clothes, but lots of my friends to. I'm comfortable with myself, so i guess they just figure oh well...hahah
keep em guessing, are alright!

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JULIA_211 12/15/2012 6:17PM

    I can relate to feeling like a social misfit. I stopped drinking over 12 years ago, and it is still tough to be in social settings. That's why I love sparkpeople, you can be yourself, and feel free to express yourself without judgment. You know you stuck to your range, that's all that matters! Keep going strong! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 12/15/2012 6:10PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss this week. Yeah, I know, sometimes the weeks we work the hardest disappoint us with the results; but we are not mathematical equations that let the results show at the precise time of our weigh in. Your efforts will be rewarded in due time. Keep up the good work! Who needs a tattoo, your results are impressive enough!

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Wk 87 Weigh In

Saturday, December 08, 2012

This was not a good week for me. I did get to the gym, but only 3 times for an hour each time. This week was all about food, too much of it. I felt pretty 'blah' all week and I seemed to snack just about every day. Looking back at my intake, I was over my calorie range for all but 2 days! It was never on purpose, usually it would be that I'd eat a little more than usual during the day, thinking that I'd cut back on dinner (or skip it altogether if I was busy). But each day I ended up eating dinner and not the good diet-y kind of dinner either. Oh well, it's just another week that I can't get back and do over. sigh.

Here's the results:

Weight : 217.0
Gain : 1.4
Total : 100.2

Managed to keep the total over 100 lbs, but I better do better this week if I want to keep it there.

I was hoping to be out on a date tonight, but I think I'm being blown off (story of my life!) so instead I may go drinking (I only have alcohol 1-2 times a year and haven't had any this year at all).

I hope you all have had a better week than I did!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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COCOSAYS 12/11/2012 7:02PM

    Sorry to hear about your week. But focus on all the great things you've accomplished! Also...the girl who stood you up...her loss. The right one is out there somewhere.

YOU"RE A emoticon IN MY BOOK!

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CLPURNELL 12/10/2012 7:17PM

    Brother trust me we all have weeks like you have had. I know you will dust yourself off and come back from it. the holidays are a really tough time. I know you have had a tough year this year so I definitely understand the snacking and extra eating I have had the same problem. i know we can both beat it! Stay up beat and like you said you are still over 100 Pounds down!

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RUSUNA 12/10/2012 2:39PM

    its all good. ive been sick for a good two weeks so even when i was able to swallow more than broth, i still didnt eat right and it damaged my weight loss pretty bad. but hey, it happens to all of us. at least you know where you went wrong. keep at it!

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RIBKNIT 12/10/2012 12:37PM

    Thanks for writing the blog; a sucky week can be hard to write about, but you did it. Sounds like things just plain got to you. Sometimes it just happens, but this too shall pass. I agree with what everyone has said, so won't repeat it. Go Ken! emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 12/9/2012 9:31PM

    I can relate to feeling BLAH this week. The scale has been all over the place for me lately too. We can dust ourselves off and start fresh!!!

I hope your date goes well! You appear to be a really great guy on spark. I hate people who are flaky and don't say what they mean!
Keep us posted. :)

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TEACHFIRST268 12/9/2012 12:24PM

    (Wow! Some crazy run-on sentences there! Sorry! Sparking too fast!) lol!

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TEACHFIRST268 12/9/2012 12:23PM

    Grrr...I feel your frustration! But you know where it went wrong and you know what to do this coming week. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep on going. Maintenance during this time of year - in itself - is an accomplishment.

That's one thing I've found with myself during this journey - I bounce back much quicker from my setbacks (my bad choices). I'm learning to forgive myself rather than throw in the towel after every screw up. I still struggle with it, but boy, that's probably one of the biggest mental/attitude changes that I've made that has helped me find success. I still have a way to go - but I'll get there! And so will you! You're doing amazing and you're such an inspiration! Your honest blogs sharing your journey are so helpful and encouraging and let so many of your fellow sparkers we're not along on this journey and we all experience similar ups and downs.

I'm looking forward to seeing how you turn this into next week's success!
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p.s. As for the date...SO MUCH her loss! Hope you enjoyed your night out!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/9/2012 10:10AM

    sorry that it was a bad week. that just stinks...but no looking back. and shame on the blowing off date. SO not worth the wonderfulness that you you wont have to weed out later!!!

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_BABE_ 12/9/2012 2:06AM

    Wow Ken sounds like my week ..last week...drinking just might solve everything ( but it won't and those are bad calories)...for tonight. On the positive side, as far I see it, your maintaining and that might be the hardest thing of all but you seem to be holding your own. On the negative end of things, if you've gotten ditched more than once you may want to take a look at who you're asking out...just a thought.

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MARYDSAN 12/8/2012 11:15PM

    Sorry about your week and being stood up. Hopefully, next week will be better. You've done such a great job so far and are an awesome role model for the rest of us still working on our weight loss goal.

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DOVESEYES 12/8/2012 9:20PM

    that 's the great thing about a blog you can get your feelings out and everyone feels for you as they have been there too or are there now.

100 lbs is awesome and there is a new week ahead. yay.

Shame about the date, but hey you are going out anyway, so that'll be away from thinking about weight. Relax, enjoy a night out.

It is the 'silly' season so we all try but fall short at this time of year. It's a long term goal we have set ourselves. It took me a long time to put it on and it's a shorter time to remove it but feels like an eternity on days like this (lost 0.4).

chin up and go do something nice for someone else. emoticon emoticon

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Wk 86 Weigh In

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Happy December everybody, one month to go for 2012, let's make it a good one!

This week started off well for me, I got lots of gym time in starting on Sunday. I ate pretty well and for several days the weight was coming off nicely. But, somehow starting on Thursday some weight started creeping back on (don't think I had too much sodium, but that may be the source of it). Anyway, after gaining last week, I was hoping for a gangbusters loss this week. But it just wasn't in the cards... I did lose weight, just not in the quantity that I was hoping for!

I just got home from lunch with my son and I'm full and sleepy, so I'm going to cut this a little short, Here's this weeks numbers:

Weight : 215.6
Lost : 1.2
Total : 101.6

So, a 1.2 lb loss for the week, which is half of what I wanted to lose after gaining last week. Oh well, it's still loss :) Back to the grind tomorrow!

On a sweeter note (literally) try making these: Mini cupcakes, into mini cupcake liners put a small amount of brownie mix, then a square of chocolate chip cookie dough then a mini reeses peanut butter cup then fill with brownie mix. Cook for an appropriate amount of time, let cool and then devour them like a crazy person! Thanks to my mom for having these today!!

I had another idea for the same thing. Start with a bundt pan, layer brownie mix, then full size peanut butter cups, then brownie mix, then chocolate chip cookie dough and finish off with brownie mix. Cook, let cool, then eat the whole damn thing by yourself! nom nom nom nom :)

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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READY4CHANGE81 12/9/2012 9:33PM

    mmm my weakness in peanut butter/chocolate.

I have to avoid the stuff beacuse I would go crazy! Sounds pretty yummy though!!! :)

Congrats on your loss!!! emoticon

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CLPURNELL 12/3/2012 4:12PM

    Congrats on the Loss Ken!!! I will pass the sweets though lol I know my limits!!

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_BABE_ 12/2/2012 1:17PM

    When he was good he was very, very good...when he was bad.... emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/2/2012 8:50AM

    Lol!!!! You nut!!!! Thanks for the recipe....and kudos on the loss!!!!

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TJCADDO 12/2/2012 1:21AM

    Gosh! That sounded good. Like your choice of ingredients. emoticon On the weight loss! Oh yeah and that you got in some good exercise this week.

Excuse me while I run out to the store and turn on my oven.

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DOVESEYES 12/1/2012 9:14PM

    Great weeks loss -did you eat enough? sometimes we go too low.

now about the chocolate cup cakes...mmmm....I only lost .3 kg this week so none for me but I can dream. emoticon emoticon

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MARYDSAN 12/1/2012 5:57PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss this week! So, you lost even eating things like your recipe? I want a template for what you eat daily! I would be starting over if I ate either!

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Wk 85 Weigh In - Revenge of the Turkey

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy last Saturday of the month! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (for those who are not U.S. residents, I hope you had a wonderful 4th Thursday of November!)

I had a great dinner with my immediate family; my son, my folks and my brother. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, King's Hawaiian Bread rolls and gravy. It was some good eats and I wasn't about to miss out! Damn the scales, full speed ahead!

However, the weight from the previous Saturday's free day of overeating wasn't coming off so after Thursdays festivities, I expected a big gain this morning. I wasn't disappointed either, it wasn't as big as I thought it would be, but it was definitely up!

Weight : 216.8
Gain : 2.4
Total : 100.4

Yep, up 2.4 lbs for this week. But the good news is that I wasn't up 5 lbs and I didn't cross back over the 100 lbs lost mark. Whew. I've already crossed that 100lbs mark twice, I did not want to have to do it again!!!!

I didn't end up going out for pizza and Pepsi today, as is my normal routine. Instead my son and I went to breakfast where I loaded up on eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. Switched it up a bit and really took in a lot of protein. Of course I am enjoying my Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino as I write this, mmmmm.

That is all for now. I gained 2.4 lbs and I don't really care :) It will be gone again in a week or two (maybe 3) and I will be back on track (until Christmas dinner probably!). So to you all, have a blessed weekend, next week, and rest of the year.

Don't sweat gains over the holidays people, if you did well over the course of the year, it's okay to indulge yourself with family and friends at this time, you can always get back on the wagon a little later, I'll save you some room :)

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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COCOSAYS 11/30/2012 4:10PM

    Reading about all the yummy food you had for know I'm coming to your house for Christmas dinner, right? :)

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GRANDEFILLE 11/29/2012 11:48AM

    Keep going! you are doing great! have a great day!

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CLPURNELL 11/27/2012 6:22AM

    I indulged as well I love to eat and the holidays and my Mom's great cooking doesn't help lol. But I am getting back on track and back to business!!!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/25/2012 6:17PM

    mmm java chip frap :)

Glad you enjoyed an indulged a little... you've worked hard to lose 100lbs!! You deserve to let your hair down a bit.

Now time to get back to business... ;)

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/25/2012 8:45AM

    Good thinking Ken...i hope my weigh in is as good as yours after the holiday stuffing!!

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MARYDSAN 11/25/2012 4:58AM

    Weigh to go! This is a lifestyle not a diet, so holidays are important times with family and friends. Sounds like a reasonable gain like after a cheat day, but not bad at all! (I went to a Thai cooking class with my daughter in Chiang Mai-no turkey or trimmings, but an awesome 5 course meal!)

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_BABE_ 11/25/2012 2:18AM

    I googled King Hawaiian bread rolls being curious about a carb not sold in Canada...their whole line looks yummy. Best to enjoy guilt free and then get right back on the wagon. emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 11/24/2012 7:03PM

    I was expecting more of a gain too today with the turkey dinner and the not being able to get in as much exercise as I normally do. But it was no where near what I expected.

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TJCADDO 11/24/2012 6:53PM

    Thank you for saving some room on that wagon. I enjoyed this holiday too.

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Wk 84 Weigh In

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Saturday everybody, I hope you are all feeling well this weekend. As for me, I think I'm getting over the cold I had a few days ago, thankfully it never got too bad; sore throat and stuffy head mostly. All I have now is a slightly runny nose, so not too bad.

I've been on my weight loss / get healthy pilgrimage for 17 months now, all of it here on Spark. My first week I decided to write a blog post and I've written one every week since, which I feel is a good thing because it lets me put on virtual paper what happened to me during the week. It also gives insight into who I am to anybody who wants to take the time to read them. I believe it was a good habit to get into. Sometimes I don't write much and other times I may write too much, it just depends on how I feel at the moment that I sit down to do it. But the one thing that has remained throughout each and every blog post is the fact that I write honestly, I lay out my screw ups as well as my accomplishments. I am imperfect, take me as I am!

It is in this spirit of honesty that I must now say that I had a good week :) I bet you thought something else was coming, didn't you? Although I felt pretty terrible all week I still got some gym time in, albeit not a lot, but I did get a couple of hours in. I also was careful with my diet, kept my calories in check and drank lots of water. It all paid off for me this week.

Let's look at the numbers, shall we?

Weight : 214.4
Lost : 2.6
Total : 102.8

a 2.6 lb loss this week! I'd say that's excellent (of course being sick might have made it a little easier, I wasn't ever 'really hungry'). Now that I'm writing this however, I'm getting hungry! My son and I will be heading out for pizza in a little while and I will have my usual large salad, some pizza and a Pepsi. It's a weekly celebration!

So that's it, my blog for this week. Enjoy yourself out there people, be safe and warm and have a great weekend.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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CLPURNELL 11/28/2012 7:34PM

    Man how did I miss this you really rocked it this week!!! It is gonna be a great thing to see you cross that goal line soon!!!!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/20/2012 7:01PM

    WOW!!! You are kickin' butt. I'm away for a little while and you're melting away!! Congrats on all your success. I hope you had a great time with your son. :)

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RIBKNIT 11/19/2012 11:08AM

    Glad to hear you had such a good week! You work hard and deserve it!

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TEACHFIRST268 11/18/2012 4:37PM

    Wow! Great loss this week! Congrats! Your hard work paid off!

Glad you're feeling better, Ken. I've had a sore throat myself the last two days and am hoping it doesn't turn into a full-blown cold. Sucking on my vitamin C drops and hoping for the best.

I, too, have been reading weekly! Your journey is very inspiring and it helps to know others are in the same boat - ups, downs, celebrations, slip-ups... Many thanks for sharing your all its honesty!

Hope you enjoyed your pizza and pepsi. Here's to another great week!

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MARYDSAN 11/17/2012 6:03PM

    Once again, awesome! (Yes, I am a weekly reader!) Keep up the great work!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/17/2012 3:28PM

    WOW!!!! thats FANTASTIC!!!! I am so proud of you, and glad you are feeling better, my friend!!

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KAREN951 11/17/2012 2:00PM

    Congrats - both on this week's loss and on passing the 100-pound milestone!
Keep up the good work!

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