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A new low

Friday, August 30, 2013

This week has brought me to an all time low. emoticon I can now fit in to a size 4 pair of pants. I can also fit into a small shirt. emoticon Happy dance on that one. I never thought I would see that number. I have also never been at this low of a weight. I have been at 134.2 for about 2 weeks now. The weight isn't coming off as easily as it once did emoticon . I would like to lose about 9 more pounds, but if I don't, I'm not going to get upset. I might have to rethink my eating and possibly change up the exercise routine. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and friendship. I couldn't have been successful without you.

  
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MYAKAYAH 9/10/2013 2:38AM

    A happy playlist? There's a good idea, I'm going to have to try that out~ emoticon

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EMPRESSAMQ 9/9/2013 11:32AM

    Woot! Congratulations on your new low. I didn't see this earlier so am late to the party but good for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTENLYNN62 9/8/2013 3:44PM

    How awesome is that???? You go girl! emoticon

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SOXYINMO 9/8/2013 10:10AM

    Congratulations!!!!!

Yes, yes, yes. Everyone will tell you that those last 10 pounds are the hardest and you nod because somewhere in your head you hear that, but it isn't until you are the one fighting to get them off that you really realize it to the core of your being!

You can do it! Slow and steady! Well done!!!!
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VBPARROTHEAD 9/6/2013 11:37AM

  WOW!! I think that I wore alarger size than a 4 when I was born!! Congratulations!

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CMCGRUN 9/5/2013 7:52PM

    Congratulations on all your hard work!!! It's really paid off!!! emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 9/3/2013 1:03AM

    Kudos on your weight loss progression and having a positive and healthy mindset. Thanks for all the positive comments on my blog~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 9/2/2013 4:56PM

    Major congrats on your progress!!

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KAREN608 9/2/2013 12:20PM

    wow!

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KABMPH 8/31/2013 9:10AM

    Congrats, friend!

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EMPRESSAMQ 8/31/2013 8:19AM

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ROCKLAND2010 8/31/2013 8:01AM

    Congratulations on all your hard work!
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JESSIKA_56 8/31/2013 7:57AM

    Great job!

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PENNYSAVER2 8/30/2013 11:51PM

    You are amazing!! emoticon emoticon

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WENMARIE78 8/30/2013 11:29PM

    emoticon I'm so happy for you!

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MATER88 8/30/2013 7:39PM

    That is great! You've worked hard for that. Don't ever let the weight get back on. I did and now it is so much harder! emoticon emoticon

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LESLEE33 8/30/2013 7:14PM

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PATRICIAAK 8/30/2013 5:29PM

    super

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TAMMYAND 8/30/2013 4:19PM

    Sensational! Just like you! I am going to look at a size 4 next time I am shopping. I cannot even imagine how small that is. Yippee for you!

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CBLENS 8/30/2013 4:02PM

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!

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MARIANNMC 8/30/2013 3:49PM

    WOW! Congratulations! That's amazing. I looked at your tracker. 211 to 134. WOW. Keep up the good work. Take good care of your size S body!

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SUPERGREENDIET 8/30/2013 3:15PM

  Yaye! Love the progress, so happy-making. #congrats emoticon

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My step tracking

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Last year my hubby was given a pedometer as a Christmas gift from a co-worker. This was when he was actually interested in being healthy. emoticon This has all recently changed. emoticon Oh well, that is his decision and it is not going to stop me from being healthy. I was cleaning the other day and I found it. So, I asked him if I could have it and then I took it and set it up. Well actually, I set it up before he even said I could have it. emoticon I think I chose a bad weekend to start tracking. The first day I had it I started tracking around noon and I had to work at our festival where I stood in one place for the whole time. The second time I walked around since I was the Russian princess of the day. emoticon I had more steps but no where near where I wanted to be. Today I was at another Church festival and didn't get to do all that much. I am hoping that when I get back to my regular schedule tomorrow that my numbers will be awesome.


I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

  
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KAREN608 8/28/2013 12:48PM

    I've noticed that helping at things, means not much movement. Except on church clean up days! I'm going to start following you as I so want to be thinner someday. And you inspire me, your writings.

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ELMA1913 8/24/2013 7:15AM

    I love mine, and record my on my fitness page every night. I find it is a real incentive when I really don't want to go downstairs to the basement for the upteenth time. Now I think, hmmm how many steps will I take doing this?

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CMCGRUN 8/23/2013 4:37AM

    You are too funny! ( set it up before asking your hubby) Russian princesses probably don't break a sweat that often anyway. emoticon I would like to get a pedometer. It would be interesting to see what my # is a challenge it. What are your goals?

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MYAKAYAH 8/23/2013 4:00AM

    I'm fairly addicted with my FitBit in counting steps but I'm learning if I get round 12K a day I'm usually okay after that. I had a pedometer before that and it was fun then as well~ Thanks for the comments on my crazy blog posts! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/20/2013 1:59PM

    Super! Now you have a baseline and you can set little goals to improve! How cool is that? emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 8/19/2013 7:53AM

    Great job! What is your daily step goal?

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DJ4HEALTH 8/19/2013 12:43AM

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EMPRESSAMQ 8/18/2013 9:20PM

    Great work! Keep stepping! It is so fun to count steps! emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 8/18/2013 7:27PM

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PATRICIAAK 8/18/2013 6:17PM

    congrats on being Russian princess

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LORILEEPAGE 8/18/2013 5:52PM

    When I started using mine, the first week I just kept record of my steps (actually i still write them on a calendar at night) and used it as a starting point. Then, seeing what I averaged, I challenged myself to work up to the level I wanted. Realize this goal you have in mind could be something you gradually work up to. Way to go for snatching up the pedometer~That's awesome!

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MTRACHEL 8/18/2013 5:42PM

    It's great that you set it up and the steps will certainly come!

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What I have learned from Sparkpeople

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I celebrated my 1 year Sparkiversary yesterday. emoticon So much has happened during this year. Here is what I have learned while I have been here.

1. I learned that I had been over eating. I ate the wrong foods and a lot of them. emoticon emoticon emoticon
2. I had to relearn how to eat in a healthy manner. I had the knowledge but I needed to put it to use.
3. The only way to have safe weight loss is through exercise and eating right. Don't tell my doctor that I admitted this as he will get a big head over it. emoticon
4. I need to measure my food as my idea of what a serving size is isn't always accurate.
5. Fruits and veggies are not the enemies.
6. Exercise is actually quite nice. I try to do something daily. I have also learned that I love the elliptical and aqua jogging. I'm even running now. emoticon emoticon emoticon
7. I did not put the weight on over night and should not expect it to come off that way. It took me over 17 years to get to my highest weight. I know I will have fluctuations and I am learning to not let it ruin my day if I have a higher day. emoticon
8. I need the daily interaction of Spark. I look forward to posting on the boards and reading the blogs.
9. I look forward to participating in the challenges.
10. I learned that not everyone will be happy with my decision to become healthy. Some people are jealous over my weight loss and some just don't understand. Well, that is ok because I am doing it for me.

I went from 211 pounds to 134
Waist 39.5 to 27.5 inches
Hips 47 to 34.5 inches
Thigh 24 to 15 inches
Arm 12 to 8.5 inches
Waist to hip ratio .85 to .79
I lost a total of 77 pounds and 37 inches

I went from a size 18 to a size 5.

I am thrilled that I have the tools to continue on my healthy journey. Thanks to everyone who has joined me on this journey. I thank all of you for your love and support. Here is to another great and healthy year.
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KAREN608 8/28/2013 12:54PM

    Thank you for this.... I liked the part about weight, measurements and clothes sizes.
I thought to myself, that in due time I could be a nondouble digit size ... someday in the future. I could buy thrift shop clothes! I'd like that. Thanks for sharing what you learned. Same here, Sparkpeople educated me, socialized me and helped me stay motivated even with on again off again times.

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SUPERGREENDIET 8/24/2013 3:58PM

  Thank you for this wonderful post! emoticon #inspiring

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CMCGRUN 8/23/2013 4:22AM

    Wow!!! You have accomplished soooo much! I am very happy for you! I got a good giggle at #3 emoticon

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CATHYROSE40 8/18/2013 7:42PM

    What an inspiration! Truly admirable. I know I will take from this that it can be done, just as long as you allow yourself the opportunity. And acknowledge is needs to be done in the first place. Congratulations!
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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 8/18/2013 6:01PM

    Oh my goodness - those numbers are FANTASTIC - WooHoo!

I think you can add a couple of things to your list:

you have learned that you are worth it
you have learned that you can do anything you put your mind to
you have learned that you have staying power to follow through with something huge for an entire year and more
you have learned that you have the courage to start on a course that has an unknown end

BRAVO!!

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EMPRESSAMQ 8/16/2013 10:55AM

    emoticon You are doing great! emoticon

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SKYE996 8/15/2013 1:49PM

    That is super awesome! Way to go girl!
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CHEETARA79 8/15/2013 8:40AM

    You are amazing!

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JESSIKA_56 8/15/2013 8:01AM

    Great accomplishments! Congrats!

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BLUEROSE73 8/14/2013 11:01PM

  That is awesome. Congratulations

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TAMMYAND 8/14/2013 10:31PM

    Congratulations on a job well done. You have a lot to be proud of. I am blessed to know you through SP.

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SAD64PSYCH 8/14/2013 9:45PM

    You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/14/2013 8:11PM

    those are some amazing statistics!!! Happy Sparkversary emoticon
YAY YOU!
Victoria
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KABMPH 8/14/2013 7:47PM

    FANTASTIC!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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CHUBBYGAMER 8/14/2013 7:46PM

    That is so amazing ^_^ You are inspirational.

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PATRICIAAK 8/14/2013 7:33PM

    super

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ACRAIG921 8/14/2013 7:16PM

    Congrats on your anniversary and all of your accomplishments. You should be so proud. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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SAMZA83 8/14/2013 6:56PM

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That is truly fantastic!! Happy Spark Aniversary to you!

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GOCALGAL 8/14/2013 5:03PM

    BRAVO! I can identify with so much of what you said but it is taking me forever to reach my goal! I will not quit...ever! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/14/2013 5:00PM

    Spectacular! You inspire me! emoticon emoticon

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MYJOYNOW45EST 8/14/2013 4:59PM

    You are amazing!! And you should be so very proud... I'm a fan. emoticon It really works, doesn't it? Blessings for another great year, JOY

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PENNYSAVER2 8/14/2013 4:52PM

    Wow!! Great job!! emoticon

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GINAC0 8/14/2013 3:46PM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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    emoticon Woohoo! Keep up the great work!

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My personal Tough Mudder- Bike version

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Today I was all excited because I was able to explore different trails at the new Metropark. I did the usual route first and then I went to the new park. I took a path that led me through a river. Yes, through the river. emoticon So, I went through the river. Then I had to turn around because the path ended. emoticon Thanks! A notice would have been nice. Back through the river I go. Then, I decided to go along the marked trail. I thought I would take it around the park and then pick up the trail that ends at the Nature Center. Well, that would have worked out well except I took a wrong turn when I reached one of the paths. emoticon I continue this path and ended up going through the woods and through tons of mud. emoticon I am not a seasoned off roader yet so it was a work out for me. I finally make it back to the regular path. emoticon When I reach the section where I had made my wrong turn, I noticed that if I had made the correct turn I would have only been a quarter of a mile away from where I wanted to be. You live you learn I guess. I'll know better when I go on Monday.

I took pictures to add to my blog but they ended up turning sideways. I'll try to take pictures on Monday and then post them. I get to see all of the pretty rivers and trees and just enjoyed having time to myself. The bad part of the trip is that I have to ride on a pretty major road to get to the other park that I needed to ride through. There isn't a park connector. I made it in one piece and avoided being run over. I think I rode about 20 miles today. I feel great. I might not have seen a decrease in weight this week but I did not gain. emoticon I have also cut way back on the exercise and I feel much better about it. I am enjoying being out in nature- even if that does include going through mud.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

  
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CMCGRUN 8/23/2013 4:28AM

    emoticon I enjoy reading about your journeys. I am glad you have such a neat place to have adventures!

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JESSIKA_56 8/11/2013 3:00PM

    Oh wow, sounds tough!

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MTRACHEL 8/11/2013 2:36PM

    I'm also trying to balance exercise with other things. I was inspired by your hat photo and went back to a hat I'd started knitting and am almost done! Thanks for that!

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LSDALOIA 8/11/2013 12:29PM

    I love getting dirty in nature! I'm not a mountain bike rider, but when I hike I always know it was a good one by how muddy I am.

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PATRICIAAK 8/11/2013 3:13AM

    The Metroparks are wonderful

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/10/2013 11:42PM

    Wow! What an adventure! Sounds like next time will be better, you just had to learn where NOT to go! I am so impressed that you rode 20 miles! emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 8/10/2013 8:50PM

    Sounds like you had a fun adventurous ride! Good going getting in 20 miles. emoticon Great workout! emoticon

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TAMMYAND 8/10/2013 8:07PM

    You sure are adventurous! Just be careful too. emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 8/10/2013 4:56PM

    emoticon ,nice time you had!

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My bike ride in a different park

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Today I took a bike ride in the Lorain County Metropark system. emoticon I rode my bike to Day's Dam to Bur Oak, and then to High Meadows. I then decided to try the French Creek Metropark. It was really nice. It isn't paved for the bulk of the ride. So I took my mountain bike off the pavement and on to gravel. I find it funny that I have a mountain bike as there isn't a single mountain in Ohio. emoticon I have plans to go back tomorrow. There were more trails to bike and hike on. I only did two of them. Tomorrow I am going to try to do three trails. It was so nice going through the woods. emoticon I was able to spot a couple of deer even. Then I went back to my usual path behind the steel mill. It isn't the prettiest path but it is paved. I hope everyone has a great rest of the day.

Here is the site- www.metroparks.cc/parks.php

I was at the FCR and BRR.

  
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EMPRESSAMQ 8/10/2013 2:16PM

    Sounds like a great ride. Seeing deer is very special.

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CRAFTINWIFE 8/9/2013 3:46PM

    emoticon I love reading about your adventures in the Metroparks!

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TAMMYAND 8/9/2013 1:45PM

    What a nice way to burn calories and enjoy God's gifts!

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MYAKAYAH 8/9/2013 12:34PM

    I need to get back to my park, I miss it hiking up the mountain. Alas I have to wait until next week I think since I slightly injured my ankle it should be fine then. Enjoy your biking and getting in your time to enjoy nature~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 8/9/2013 2:34AM

    super

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DJ4HEALTH 8/9/2013 12:28AM

    Sounds like a peaceful ride too emoticon

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/9/2013 12:22AM

    Sounds like a beautiful park! I am envious! emoticon

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OHIO_BIKEGIRL13 8/8/2013 5:48PM

  Sounds like fun! I try and go bike riding whenever I can. What often limits me is my work schedule and I don't really have anyone to go with me.

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MYJOYNOW45EST 8/8/2013 2:55PM

    So jealous! I wish I could ride a bike. I've tried several different times; never could get the hang of it (balance/ nerve?). Last time was about two years ago when I fell really hard and wracked my left shoulder. It still pops and gives me pain in the middle of the night. I'm going to see a specialist next week about it and my right shoulder I just injured kayaking. What a mess... You'd think I 'd learn some lessons from these run-ins with gravity and old age! emoticon Anyway, have a wonderful time for both of us... Blessings, JOY emoticon

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CJJANISS 8/8/2013 2:02PM

    sounds great! :)

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KABMPH 8/8/2013 2:02PM

    That's awesome! I visited a Metropark with a friend who lives in Avon and we walked along Lake Erie. The park is divided by a road and on the other side there were hiking/walking trails. We also saw a lot of deer!

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GINGER_BEAR 8/8/2013 1:48PM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like you got a great workout surrounded by nature's beauty! emoticon

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CMCGRUN 8/8/2013 1:31PM

    What a nice change of scenery. Glad you had a nice time!

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EBURGITE 8/8/2013 1:16PM

    sounds wonderful! enjoy. emoticon

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