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Be still...

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I truly believe everything happens for a reason....that God has a purpose for each of us. And that he will lay out his plan for us in his time. And not before....and not when you think it's time.

I realize looking backwards that I hated my job. I thought many of the employees were arrogant and self important. I was so angry and disheartened when I lost my job. It was a hard ten months....going through unemployment...feelings of depression..feeling that I was unworthy of anything good. Yet...I knew God would work his purpose for me...I just didn't know how and where. But I wanted it now....In my time.

It's funny that I rushed his work. I accepted a job I didn't want....I hated it and I was doomed to fail at it....which lead me to being unemployed again. This time I listened....."Be Still and Know that I am GOD." That has always been my favorite passage and it is so true. You have to listen to hear.

I now have a job that is very exciting and I feel so much a part of a true team. I don't have any stress...and I know better things are coming. It's a start up company and it opens in a little over a month. It was been fun and challenging. We held 6 job fairs....worked incredible hours to hire 700 people. We met so many people and learned so much about each other.

It's funny...the job wasn't available when I wanted it....but when I stopped and listened and was still....it presented itself.

There are so many things about this job that are going to be good for my weight loss journey. They have an employee dining room and will serve good healthy meals and salad bar. They have a wellness center that will be available for our use. I have been walking a lot and I can truly tell you this is changing my life.

So the moral of the story is if things aren't going well for you....Be still....listen...really listen....hear what is being asked of you. You can do it...have faith.



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POSITIVELY_EB 5/4/2011 10:26AM


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TRAVELGRRL 5/3/2011 7:30AM

    I'm so proud that you have a job you love, and I am humbled by your story and the lesson you shared. Thanks.

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ID_VANDAL 5/2/2011 12:22PM

    Keri strikes again with another great blog!!!

I really look forward to your blogs. They are always so thought provoking and so well written.

You have really got it right! Keep up the good work!



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JFROGDIVA 5/2/2011 8:26AM

    Keri ~ That is one of my favorites too!!!! You are so right.....we don't tend to be still & listen!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon

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MOMFAN 5/2/2011 12:38AM

    Amen! Great reminder! Hubby did that once too!

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DAVENALEE 5/1/2011 10:52PM

    "Being still" one of the hardest things to do sometimes! emoticon

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AMBERLEIGHM1 5/1/2011 2:39PM

    I love that verse. Communion with the Lord is so wonderful, I'm glad you took that time and let Him lead. Great blog.

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CJKOMODO 5/1/2011 11:32AM

    God is good!

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NANCY- 5/1/2011 8:35AM

    Sometimes we have to take paths we do not like.
I'm glad that things are working out for you.

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TONI2011 5/1/2011 3:20AM

    Being still isnt always easy, but what is that is truly worthwhile????
God does bless us especially when we sit quietly and wait on him.

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SCRAPPER1124 5/1/2011 1:51AM

    Very true! emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/30/2011 10:16PM

    How thought provoking! I need to learn to be still and listen! The answers will
be there, in time, in his time, not mine. HUGS!

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I'm still here!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I'm afraid I've been lurking lately. There have been so many things going on in my life....some good .....some bad. It's been a little bit of a roller coaster. My weight is maintaining...I haven't lost any but haven't gained any.

I quit my new job(more or less). It was a really bad place.....maybe one of these days I will share some horror stories. I was glad to be out of there....I came home crying a lot.

The good news is that I have a new job. I don't start for another week or so. It's a new business and isn't totally done being built yet. My first assignment is to hire 700 people to start work by May 26th. It will be quite the task but I am so excited and ready for some good hard work.

The person who hired me....hired three people and she told me I was her first choice....what a good feeling. I just know I will like having her for a boss and it will be such a great experience learning a new business. I can't wait.

Sorry so short for now......I will write more soon!

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ID_VANDAL 3/27/2011 4:04PM

    Hey Keri - I'm so happy for you. Since I'm out of work maybe you can hire me!!! :)

Seriously I know the last few months have been up and down but just look at you! You are standing stronger than ever and on track to make 2011 the best ever!!

Keep putting one foot in front of the other!!



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JFROGDIVA 3/26/2011 7:25AM

    Keri ~ Glad you got a job that you are looking forward to!!!! Lurking is okay, but we want to see your smiling face!!!! We miss you!!!! CONGRATS on maintaining, especially during this trying time!!!! You did GOOD, Girl!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 3/25/2011 11:23PM

    emoticon So that was you lurking in the shadows!!

emoticon on the new job. There are so many people looking for work. You will be able to say "yes" to so many of them and change their lives.

emoticon Enjoy that high feeling!!

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NANCY- 3/25/2011 10:11AM

    You have to give yourself for lurking... even staying in touch like that helps you to keep your goals in mind.
Best wishes on our new job.

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JUNEBUGG02 3/25/2011 8:47AM

  Good for you for not gaining while under the stress of a job you were not enjoying. How gracious of God to provide you with a new one that makes you excited about work!

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ELLENIRENE 3/25/2011 8:21AM

    glad you got a new job. staying at a job your not happy at is no good--been there--done that!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/24/2011 10:47PM

    Glad to "see" you, Keri! And good luck with your newEST job! LOL!

Hugs! Beverly

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MSLZZY 3/24/2011 9:27PM

    Wow, life has changed for you! Being in a hostile work environment causes way too much stress. Hope you find you 700 people. I know lots of unemployed folks who would love a job. Good luck and check in often. HUGS!

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MYRENAISSANCE09 3/24/2011 8:17PM

  I am so glad that things are looking up for you!! You deserve the best!

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SWEETLIPS 3/24/2011 6:37PM

    Congratulations on your new postion - enjoy yourself and take care of you. I am from the diabbetes weight loss challenge.

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Why Protein is Key for me.....

Thursday, February 10, 2011

If there was a group called Carb-o-holics anonymous....I would probably be President! I love my carbs...I could eat pasta and bread for every meal. Of course this is probably how I got myself into this position in the first place! Oh well, you gotta love a challenge.

I have struggled on this site since I started. I couldn't seem to catch the "spark" and start losing some real weight. According to my scale this morning, I have lost over 14 lbs. since Jan. 1. Yippee! So what makes the difference this time?

I did join Weight Watchers, mostly because I need that extra accountability incentive to step on the scale. They also talk alot about power foods and while there is nothing new about this.....I've read about these foods many times on this site.....my carb-o-holic tendencies would have nothing to do with it.

But now it's different...I'm changing my ways....it's time. I quit buying things like 100 calorie snacks. They are empty carbs and really don't satisfy me...unless I eat two or three of them....You know what I'm saying! I went to Walmart and bought a nice air popper for 14.88...yes I splurged! I asked for it for Christmas but DH refuses to buy me appliances....sweet!

You can have a lot of popcorn...it really hits the spot when I'm really hungry.... spray a little "I can't believe it's not butter spray" and some "Kernal Seasons" popcorn seasoning and I'm a happy gal! It has taken my hubby a little time to get used to it...but it's growing on him!

Popcorn has:

-more protein than any other cereal grain;
-more iron than eggs, peanuts, spinach or roast beef;
-more phosphorous and fiber than potato chips, ice cream cones or pretzels.
-And 1 gram of fiber per cup is similar to 1/2 cup of bran flakes or a large apple with skin.

How can you lose?

The other major change for me is work. I take my lunch everyday and I usually have a sandwich, a small bag of chips, an apple, some sugar free jello, and sometimes...string cheese.

But then in happened....the Mountain Man came in the door. I have never worked anywhere before where the Mountain Man came in. I have seen him at craft fairs and there is even a store in Yankton I have visited from time to time. If you have never heard of the Mountain Man....it's the Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. and people pedal it something like Avon or Watkins.

I'm hooked on their chewy sprees..which has been the candy of choice for some time...but no more. I bought a bag of almonds. Everyday around 10:30 a.m. I have a small handful of almonds. What a difference that makes. I'm satisfied....I don't feel the need to snack.

I am so happy with how things are going....I'm a long way from goal and success but I'm on my way. I'm sure I will have adjustments a long the way...but I'm positive that protein is the key for me. I am going to make it this time. Because when I feel satisfied....I no longer put any focus on food...it doesn't take over...it's just fuel. I am determined to hang on to this feeling!

P.S. I'm still eating my way through lots of fruits and veggies.....the Honey Crisp Apples are excellent right now!!!! We are going to rid the world of those things yet!!!



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JUNEBUGG02 3/25/2011 8:51AM

  Good for you. Thanks for the info about popcorn. My DD eats popcorn almost every night, and does a good job of keeping her weight under control. I tend to skip it, but for an occassional treat, it is not a bad choice, I see. Thanks.

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PONYFARMER 2/22/2011 8:18PM

    Well I must be your sister from another mister, cuz I am a carb addict as well and like you I could eat pasta and bread for every meal, everyday. I was raised by an Italian grandmother, well only really when mom and dad were busy. But they would drop me off at her resturant and she would instantely (before asking if I was hungry) plop a giant plate of spaghetti in front of me, with bread of course.

I too do better (ie. lose weight) when I abstain from carbs and eat more protein. And I also gave up those lovely 100 calorie bags of delight. I have eaten before 4 of them at once. Not sure that was what was intended. I cannot keep some carbs in my house because I will over do.

Great blog, good to know I am not alone.

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JFROGDIVA 2/22/2011 6:06PM

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MOMFAN 2/13/2011 2:19AM

    Go Keri! WooHoo!

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MSLZZY 2/12/2011 11:03AM

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NANCY- 2/11/2011 10:23AM

I admire your determination. Instead of throwing in the towel, YOU keep going until you find what works for you.
Thanks for sharing what works for you it helps the rest of us.
I do brown paper bag microwave popcorn.
1 bag
1/3 cup popcorn
Nuke for about 3 min or until two seconds between pops.
Season as desired.

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ELLENIRENE 2/11/2011 9:10AM

    I try to get more protein in my meals, too. It helps me stay fuller, although I love my carbs, too!

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UP2ME_CC 2/11/2011 8:49AM

    Great blog Keri! You certainly do have the Spark!
Love your outlook....keep on Sparking! emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 2/11/2011 3:50AM

    emoticon I'm jumping for joy over your success!!

Confession time... I bought an air popper months ago. I haven't even opened the box yet. Your post has inspired me. It will be popcorn tonight.

emoticon I love your new outlook!!

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MTULLY 2/10/2011 11:51PM

    You are so right about protein. I have been thinking the same thing, but I have only made slight progress in adjusting my ratio of carbs and protein. Great information about popcorn - I can certainly add that to my day. You have lit a fire under me, and I am going to put more effort into increasing my proteins. Thank you so much for sharing!

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/10/2011 10:56PM

    Sounds like a plan, lady! Keep up the great work!!!

Hugs! Beverly

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KCBYTHEC 2/10/2011 4:49PM

    Hey Keri,

You are so on track girl. Protein is king. Like you I would carb out unchecked and be sorry. Occasionally I might have a bit over my limit, but I try as much as possible to have more balance. I have a protein shake pretty much every day of the week. If I'm out I'll go to our local green grocer and get a smoothie with protein and flaxmeal. The best part is, I like it and I feel so much better.

I too love airpopped popcorn. I bought this little melmac bowl for the micro, makes enough for me if I have a taste for it or have company. I have a non propellant type spray bottle of EVOO and I lightly spray and use good sea salt to a couple of pinches (small) way better than the theatre stuff.

Anyway, glad to see your blog, makes really good sense.


Karen emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/10/2011 2:59PM

    Okay Keri. Send me a spark mail and tell me what has protien besides meat. I'm not a big fan of meat or beans so good luck but I really want to know and I had no idea about how good for me popcornn is. Here's to getting an air popper. Does microwave popcorn count?


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SUGARPUNK52 2/10/2011 1:42PM

  WOW! I didn't know any of that about popcorn.I'll have to buy some and start snacking on it!

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P316LEIA 2/10/2011 1:28PM

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I'm very happy for Keri...it's all in trial and error and you've found a system that is working for you!!! Keep up the great work!!!


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NIKKICOLE83 2/10/2011 1:26PM

    Great job girlie! I have started making protien shakes every morning to take to work and it helps me curb my snacking and plus I get 20 grams of protein first thing in the morning!

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PATTIBL 2/10/2011 1:23PM


I smiled reading about popcorn. My husband has an addiction to it. Our air popper has been to may countries with us since he can not live without it. As a gag his godson gave him a 50 lb bag of kernels for christmas and it was gone before June. One of the smartest things we did was convert him to airpopped instead of cooking it in oil.

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Learning lessons

Monday, January 31, 2011

I was so happy to see 2010 leave! I think that is the worst year in my life on record! I have been determined to make 2011 the BEST year ever.

I have really been thinking about the lessons I learned last year and how I can apply them to my weight loss journey. I thought I would share it with you.

1. My life will never be the same.

So many things have changed since I lost my job....my income is less.....my responsibilities are less.....and thus far my bills are the same. It's going to take some adjustments to not feel so broke all the time.

Translation: Change is what we are after! I don't WANT to look the same. I don't want to eat the same. And to achieve my goals will require some adjustment.

2. I can't have anything I want when I want it.

With the dramatic change in income..there just isn't enough money for play. It's been a long time since I've had to focus on a budget...but you know it's not so bad....it's a good lesson to go back to....eliminate waste.

Translation: If you don't budget your calories and water....how can you be assured it's going to work. Write it all down! Stick to the plan.

3. If you don't keep moving forward......you will go crazy.

I went nuts being at home all day. It gives you too much time to feel sorry for yourself. I found I had to schedule time away from the house just to stay sane. I'm not used to so much down time.

Translation: Inactivity is never a good thing when trying to reach your goal and it won't happen over night. You must make the time for it.

While I don't want to relive 2010 over again....I learned some valuable lessons....and I'm still sure that my weight loss journey will be successful this time!

Watch for your lessons! It's amazing what you can learn....if you just focus!!!

Have a great week!



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2BTHINMAMMA 2/2/2011 12:23PM

    way to go on learning the lessons from a difficult year! Great job and thanks for sharing! Hope 2011 is a great year for you! You can do it!!

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NANCY- 2/1/2011 11:04AM

    It is truly amazing if we just open our eyes.
Great lessons.

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MSLZZY 1/31/2011 7:16PM

    Very positive! Take a good look at what is at hand and take those lessons with you! Let's just not repeat this LOL! emoticon

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MOMOFBOYS 1/31/2011 6:12PM

    Great perspective! Thanks for making me think and focus! emoticon

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MOMS100 1/31/2011 2:10PM

    Lessons we can all learn from! Here's to a great year ahead!

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POSITIVELY_EB 1/31/2011 1:47PM

    Excellent observations! emoticon

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This ain't no stinkin' resolution!

Monday, January 03, 2011

I'm so tired tonight. I started my new job today. It's not the job of my dreams or what I thought I would be doing, but it's nice to be productive again. A good thing about the job is that I have to bring my lunch. So that is good for the diet.

So much for the update.......what I really want to talk about is New Years Resolutions.

What do you think of when you hear, "New Years Resolutions"? I think Santa Claus....Easter Bunny.....Tooth Fairy! They just don't exist! They are usually broken before they are uttered. So let's do something new this year......okay....maybe not new.....but something different.

I just had the worst year of my life. I was so glad to see 2010 go. I just know 2011 is going to be sooooo much better! So now I'm grateful. And I want to keep that feeling.

1. Keep the gratitudes coming all year long.

I'm grateful for my family.....for having a job.....for blessings of family and friends. I will remind myself of 5 things I am grateful for every week.

2. Improve yourself.

I read a lot in the last six months. I want to keep that up. I have a lot I want to do with my life so I am going to continue to improve myself and spend time on myself. I need time for myself and I need to get the proper amount of sleep every night in order to have enough energy to do what I want to do.

3. Rid the world of pesky fruits and vegetables the green way.

We all struggle with eating enough fruits and vegetables....they must taste horrible! So as a favor to the world....I am going to eat as many as I can to save others from the terrible fate of having to eat them! Yes, I am now willing to make that sacrifice.....But I can't do it alone....I will need help!

4. Play games daily.

I bought a wii two years ago and I don't use it nearly enough. I have some great workout games to play and it can be fun at the same time. So I am going to play everyday and give my chairs a break.

5. Drink a lot.

Okay....little misleading. I like drinking water. I would rather drink water than anything else. I will continue to hydrate myself well.

So that's my list for living the good life this year. It's going to be my year. I have a detailed plan in place and the tools and resources to be successful. I am going to have the best year ever......will you join me and be a part of the fun?



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HANNAHV 1/12/2011 9:03AM

    Loving this blog, keep up the positive attitude. emoticonand good luck on new job!

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JFROGDIVA 1/12/2011 8:56AM

    emoticon emoticonWOOHOO!!!! Keri's back!!!! I agree completely!!!! Here is to 2011 being the BEST year.....EVER!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 1/9/2011 5:16AM

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Yeah! Keri's back in town!! You can lose all the weight you want, but don't lose that wonderful sense of humor and spirit!!

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VICUNJA 1/6/2011 1:11PM

    Fantastic plan of action(s) for 2011! I especially like to see you help me ridding the world of greens, yellows, reds, oranges, blues and all the other awful coloured things that come from trees, bushes and even the ground! We can do it if we really put our teeth into it!


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SUNNY1432 1/4/2011 8:59PM

    Sounds like a great plan!! emoticon You have been through a lot and are still positive and thankful for what you have, you are an inspiration and a ray hope to all of us!
Stay Positive! emoticon

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    Great blog Keri! I am sooo with you. I have been taking tiny steps each day and am continuing to make progress. I am going to start a gratitude journal this year to keep myself aware of what really is good in my life. Thanks,


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MSLZZY 1/4/2011 5:59PM

    I love #3! That has to be the most hilarious way to view fruits and veggies. Come graze in my garden this summer LOL! You have
kept your sense of humor and I know that being employed certainly helps the outlook. Keep on smiling and laughing and
by all means, Keep On Sparking! HUGS!

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ID_VANDAL 1/4/2011 10:22AM

    Great "job" Keri! I'll bet you can make that job into something more that it's started out to be.

You have good focus so go make it happen!! I'll try to support you by helping rid the world of some of those horrible veggies you mentioned!!



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NANCY- 1/4/2011 7:29AM

    WTG Keri!
Here's to making it an awesome 2011!

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ELLENIRENE 1/4/2011 6:38AM

    fun way of looking at New Years resolutions!!

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LOVEZ2SEW 1/4/2011 6:09AM

  GREAT blog Keri! Congratulations on the new job and being able to take your lunch to work. I'm with you about the wii, my husband bought it for me a good year ago and I have never taken it out of the box, yet when we visit our son, we play all the time. This year I am going to put mine to good good use!

I am looking forward to eating more fruit and veggies! I have my water now and always carry some with me now, it use to be soda but not anymore.
Wishing you much much success this year!
Take care,

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DAISY443 1/4/2011 5:07AM

    I can help with the veggies, but not so much with the fruit, but I'll give it my best. Good luck in your new job. Great blog!

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ANNABELLE1957 1/4/2011 2:37AM

    love this blog thank you humor and facts makes it all seem possible, you can do it , and have the best year of your life emoticon

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BABYSTEPS2011 1/3/2011 11:56PM

    Thank you for making the supremem sacrifice with number 3. Wishing you the best in the new year


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DEBBIE_J 1/3/2011 11:22PM

    I volunteer to help you rid the world of fruit and veggies.

LOL, I love your post!

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POSITIVELY_EB 1/3/2011 10:54PM

    Excellent! Can't wait to hear how it goes!!!

Hugs! Beverly

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MOMFAN 1/3/2011 10:26PM

    Love your sacrifices! You can do this!

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_RANDY_ 1/3/2011 10:09PM

    wonderful list -- I love that it's written in a fun way too!

I love your veggie section --- the good thing for me -- I LOVE veggies and fruits but find if I don't focus on getting them in ... I don't.

I too didn't enjoy 2010 very much.

2011 has to be it!

I wish you much success with all your goals.

((also subscribed to your blog))
R:) emoticon

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MSKIPPER5 1/3/2011 9:14PM

  Your outlook is amazing and funny at the same time. Maybe I need a little humor in my routine

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NEWNAC304 1/3/2011 9:12PM

    I will join you in the fun! You have a great way of looking at things. Can I help you in ridding the world of fruits and veggies? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Good luck in your new job.

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