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I'm DONE!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Okay, I've gone and DONE it now! I've revamped my spark page and I'm ready to get my butt in gear!

I've decided that I'm DONE!


...DONE with unhealthy habits and choices!
...DONE with putting others first and neglecting myself!
...DONE using food as a source of pleasure rather than nourishment!
...DONE with excuses!
...DONE being the FAT girl once and for all!

JUST DONE!



Follow me on Facebook if you please! :)


www.facebook.com/donegirl

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/14/2012 8:32AM

    You rock, SisterSpark! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/10/2012 10:33PM

    Love that attitude!!!

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KRYANPRINCESS 1/8/2012 8:47PM

    I love you!! Ur doing so great!! Love that u started a FB page! I think bout it cause people get sick of me posting my stuff too but oh well, lol....way to inspire others!!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/7/2012 8:57AM

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Me, too!

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I've liked your page on FB

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BOMBCHELL23 1/6/2012 7:09PM

    Love it Leslie way to motivate yourself and me!

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TEMPEST272002 1/6/2012 11:05AM

    Done, done, double done! Checked out your FB page, but couldn't figure out how to add it to my favourites. Grrr. Glad to hear you're excited and amped up for a healthy 2012!

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KAMAPERRY 1/5/2012 1:54PM

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! You are awesome!

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I think that pretty well sums up how I feel about your revamped page! LOVE IT!

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WISLNDR 1/5/2012 6:05AM

    I loved your blog and I've joined you on FB!!

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Kathi

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/4/2012 10:46PM

    Love the page - it is SOOOOO YOU!

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BYEFATNANNY 1/4/2012 10:06PM

    Stick a fork in you, you are DONE! Nice! OH and I "liked" your facebook page, good job.

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IUHRYTR 1/4/2012 8:54PM

    Well DONE! emoticon -- Lou

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KARBIE18 1/4/2012 1:32PM

    Good for you! They say you just have to get to a point where enough is enough, and DONE sounds like that point. Liked your FB page, and look forward to reading about your continued success!

Hugs!
Karen

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Love the Spark page!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLove it Leslie!!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/4/2012 12:07PM

    Way to go girl! I am proud of you

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    emoticon emoticonLove the attitude! emoticon emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 1/4/2012 11:56AM

    Love it! You go.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/4/2012 11:50AM

    WooHoo! Feels good to be DONE huh!?!

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TRUE-NESS 1/4/2012 11:22AM

    YAY!! It's good to be DONE!

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KATHRYN1955 1/4/2012 11:08AM

    My sentiments exactly....I am really looking at why I would want to make unhealthy choices...why choose a Twinkie over a fresh piece of fruit? If I figure it out, I will be sure to let you know!
Take care,
Kathy

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PCOH051610 1/4/2012 10:51AM

    Yay! So proud of you, as always!

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Happy New Year!

Monday, January 02, 2012

HAPPY New Year everyone!!





Go on...make 2012 your year to shine! I AM!!!









  
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OPALMOON 1/5/2012 9:41AM

    Happy New Year to you too - wishing you a healthy, successful and blessed year for 2012.

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_LINDA 1/3/2012 1:32AM

    You always shine with awesomeness!! Keep on being your fabulous, amazing self for this New Year!
Wishing you good health, happiness, peace and prosperity (which will come in spades with your schooling they will be busting down your door to hire you!!)
Love ya, my fabulous friend!
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TEMPEST272002 1/2/2012 6:29PM

    Happy New Year right back at ya!

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    Happy New Year to you as well! Loving these fun motivational quotes and pictures... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PCOH051610 1/2/2012 4:35PM

    Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/2/2012 3:30PM

    Happy New Year to you and your family!!

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    Happy New Year! Love the sparkly picture of your kids! So emoticon

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    Love it!
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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/2/2012 11:59AM

    Happy New Year, Beautiful!!!! LOVED your pictorial blog! LOVELOVELOVE!!!!

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BYEFATNANNY 1/2/2012 11:34AM

    Well said! Happy New Year. We're gona make it great! (and skinny)

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KANSASROSE67 1/2/2012 11:26AM

    Thanks for a fun blog...Happy New Year to You!

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/2/2012 10:22AM

    Cute!

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KRYANPRINCESS 1/2/2012 10:13AM

    May this one be ur best yet!!! Happy New Year Gorgeous!!!

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IUHRYTR 1/2/2012 9:52AM

    Not just a new year or a brand new year but a brand spankin' new year. Wow! To do with as we please. emoticon -- Lou

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    Happy 2012! emoticon emoticon

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WISLNDR 1/2/2012 8:21AM

    I'm more ready than I've been in quite a long time. Your blog was fun and a Happy Reminder!

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SURLYGIRL 1/2/2012 8:08AM

    Happy 2012 Leslie ! This is going to be our year - I have a good feeling about it !

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FELICIA1963 1/2/2012 2:39AM

  Happy 2012!

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Time to get honest...

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hi! I'm trying to get back into this sparking thing again. I've got to spend more time working on ME, my goals, my needs...above anything else! The time I do spend on Spark is going to be more centered on reading articles, popular blogs, and tracking my nutrition and exercise. Those are the things that motivated me in the first place and I've got to go back to what I KNOW works.

It's time to be honest...I've gained nearly 1/2 my weight back. Yup, freakin sad but true. I had a break down on Christmas night after feeling fat in my pants all day. They didn't fit right and on top of that, I couldn't wear the sweater I was looking forward to wearing that day. The one I had bought specifically for Christmas. It just didn't look good w/ all the new bulges underneath. :( When I logged onto Spark that night I looked at my ticker and imagined it being at the correct weight. That showed I had nearly gained 1/2 of it back. Thank goodness for that ticker for putting things into perspective for me. I just couldn't believe that I let myself get to this point. I thought I had changed my lifestyle for good but changing routines got me all 'discombobulated' and everything went spiraling out of control. I don't know what to say other than....this weight gain stops here and NOW! I've thrown away all my "fat pants" and I refuse to buy any new ones! (so glad I did that, btw)

Anyways, I'll try to stop by your blogs when I can but for now I'm gonna get back to the basics and start kicking butt again. I didn't do all that hard work to throw it away! I'm going to do what I know works and everything that SP and YOU all have taught me through the years. I KNOW how to do this and I'm not going to let stress get in my way anymore! Time to re-do my page, get honest with myself and all of you, and show 2012 what I'm made of! It's ON!


Christmas 2011

  
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CALAMITYJANE44 1/21/2012 9:17AM

    Been thinking about you sweetie. You can do this thing. Congratulate yourself that you didn't let your weight get all the way back up!

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KRYANPRINCESS 1/8/2012 8:51PM

    We all have setbacks...I love ur honesty and know that ur are going to rock this!! U did before and u will again, u will find what works for u!! U got this girl!! And I'm right here cheering u on, no matter where! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/3/2012 3:42PM

    Sounds like your mind is in the right spot!! Great plan of action!

Hey, have you thought of joining the January Jumpstart Challenge? It is a short one.

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BTRTHANEVA 1/3/2012 7:01AM

    Hey, Sunshine!

With everything you've had going on in your life these past 4 months, espcially going back to graduate school, the weight creeping back on might have been due to going back to old habits...
They say misery loves company...I'm right there with ya! Previous year, I was stressed and lost 30 pounds. This year, I was depressed and put back 20 of it. UGH! I'm calling 2011 my *lost* year! 2012 will be my *new and improved year!*
You are absolutely right in getting back to edumating and reminding yourself the importance of eating healthfully. Connecting with SP, especially the excellent articles and your supportive friends will help you reconnect with what was working before. YOU need to be #1 on your priority list. When you feel good about yourself, everything else will be a little better in your life, too!
Here's to US, all of US at SP who are recommitting themselves to better health with a fresh New Year's perspective.
LET'S DO THIS!!!
Love ya, sista. Great xmas picture. Your kids are getting BIG! Did CH help your son put the SW lego's together?

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PCOH051610 1/2/2012 4:33PM

    Great blog as always! You have done so much over the past few months so it is "allowed" that you gained a wee bit of weight back. The most important thing here is to learn from the experience and move on! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!

Beautiful picture by the way!!!!

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SURLYGIRL 1/1/2012 10:41PM

    You are one of the busiest people I have ever met ! There are only 24 hours in each day, so you use those hours (minutes and seconds) in the best and most productive way for you. You are such a strong and resilient person and I so admire you and your determination.

Here's to hoping that 2012 is your best year yet.

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/1/2012 5:08PM

    First, I think you look Great!! I do understand you of course want to maintain a healthy weight & I'm sure you'll get to you're goal real soon. I love your picture, and Thanks for shaing it with all of your SparkFriends.
I agree completely with your train of thought about reading all of the positive and helpful items. That's what I did when I started and still want to do. I have limited my reading & commenting on too many blogs. Staying off the computer & exercising is way more important!!
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LZY0108 1/1/2012 1:19PM

    I just did the SAME thing. Including not buying new pants! I know that helped me alot... Go us! I sooo understand where you are coming from. Atleast you stopped half way. I gained ALL my weight plus a few fun pounds! Damn these holidays! LOL

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BOMBCHELL23 12/31/2011 9:38PM

    But understand you started school and that is extreme and important. I understand it and completely support you. Cut yourself some slack though you have done a great job. I know because I had to re-adjust my attitude, exercise schedule, and accept the changes. Lean on your spark friends we can make the decision. Love your honesty.

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/31/2011 7:10PM

    emoticon emoticon You've been focused on school and family and it is easy to get off track. But you are back on and you'll be ok. You look great in the picture by the way. we are all here for you and whatever you need don't be afraid to ask. You will be better than ever in 2012 and will find a balance between taking care of you, managing school and family and everything else you do!
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JUSTDUCKY1405 12/31/2011 1:52PM

    Great blog! I think you look amazing - great family photo!!!

And I couldn't help but chuckle at discombobulated... one of my favorites... ;)

You ARE doing this.

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TRUE-NESS 12/31/2011 12:27AM

    I think we ALL are learning the hard way that time away from Spark really equals weight gain. We need one another. We need the support. And when we feel that we need that support is the time we need to MAKE IT ESSENTIAL to log in to Spark. We need to stay accountable and we need that encouragement. So, yes... 2012 lookout because we're coming for you!! emoticon

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LIVIN2LOVE1 12/30/2011 9:26PM

    You can do it. You can do anything you want to do. We are all here for you. Use your trackers and focus!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/30/2011 6:53PM

    You are beautiful and amazing, and if you had a little "blip" as you adjusted to your amazing new life of accomplishment, then so be it. No biggie. You will conquer this just like you've done in the past. Because...YOU ARE THE BEST!
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JAZZID 12/30/2011 5:31PM

    I have fallen off myself and probably gained back 1/2 if not all of the weight that I recently lost. That's why we are here to give each other support when we fall, fail and falter... so know that emoticon I am here rooting you on emoticon, as I too get back on track and redefine my goals for the coming year!

emoticon... just take it, one second, one minute, one hour, one day at a time and you will get there!... Each new day is another opportunity to get it right!!!!

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_LINDA 12/30/2011 4:56PM

    You can do this Leslie! You rock anything you put your mind to! I have got to get back on the wagon too. All the snacking and no exercising has started to pack on the pounds with me at my Mom's. I need to get back to my own home and be given the green light to start exercising again by my Doctors. I am hoping for the go ahead January 3rd. Lets rock this New Year up right!!
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KAMAPERRY 12/30/2011 3:45PM

    Leslie, I am right there with you!! I need to refocus too!! Let's rock this year!

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BOVEY63 12/30/2011 11:58AM

    I can relate - my clothes are feeling tighter these days too; and I have vowed to move in the right direction in 2012!

Here's to kicking some serious butt!
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LUVYA04 12/30/2011 11:38AM

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IBSHAUN 12/30/2011 11:05AM

    Wow Leslie, are we related? Did you write that blog for me? I sat down today for the first time in a long time to really SPARK today and your blog is the first one I read. Timely... Just about anyway... you can do this and I'm right there with you. Time for us to get back to it again. We can do this - and we will.

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BYEFATNANNY 12/30/2011 10:09AM

    You sound just like me. All the cute sweaters I bought last winter...... haven't put on a one, way to many bulges for fitted sweaters. I'm down to 2 pair of work pants and I struggle to button those! Up 20lbs, that took forever to lose. Why am I throwing all that hard work away. I lost sight of a goal, maybe goals aren't the key, I need to want it all the time not for a specific occasion. Time to start tracking religiously again. See ya on the tracking page Leslie, we'll get it done!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 12/30/2011 9:49AM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/30/2011 9:16AM

    Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to your health. You can get back on rack Leslie, just believe in yourself and stay positive. ps - I just watched the video of Christopher, it was lovelyl. I'm so sorry he's no longer with you *HUGS*

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SARAHJ19 12/30/2011 9:00AM

    emoticon I will be here with you girl!
2012 will be awesome! emoticon
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LALAFLOWERS 12/30/2011 8:14AM

    I do understand... and yes.. I'll be there to support you as you need. NO worries.

It's easy to stop moving enough, to get enough veggies on your plate, and to keep motivated to do what you need to do.

You've done it once, you can, and will do it again!

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BECOMESTRONGER 12/30/2011 2:36AM

    I'm right there with you, I've gained a few over the holiday season, and I totally know what I'm suppose to be doing, but I'm not doing it. It's frustrating but we can do this!

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HAIRSPRAY_77 12/30/2011 1:43AM

  I soooo know how you feel! Spark is such an amazing tool, and helped me to lose about 50 lbs in the past. I got pregnant and gained it all, and MORE, back! It's so frustrating, but at least Spark is still here waiting for us to come back and utilize all of its tools! There is so much awesome motivation to be found here. Good for you for coming back and getting back in the game!

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VETTRANGER 12/30/2011 1:43AM

    The great thing is that you already know how to do this. You just have to get on "track" with the nutrition tracker here. I reached my weight goal a few weeks ago. My plan is to keep tracking what I eat every day from now on. As you and I both know, if we don't it can creep up on us. That's what has happened to me in the past also.

I won't even say good luck, because you don't need any. Making the decision is all that was required, so grats on getting back on track, and Happy New Year!

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LIZZIEM10 12/30/2011 1:32AM

    You can do it! It's easy to get disheartened and frustrated, especially when reality is staring you in the face, but the important thing is that you have been spurred into action, and are taking on the challenge! Go you! emoticon

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Tribute Video--Angelversary tomorrow

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wow, has it really been 2 months since I've blogged?! I guess I've been away longer than I thought! I just finished up my first semester of grad school, as many of you know, and am so thankful to be on break! Boy was it a lot of work, but I tell ya what...any self-doubt I had went out the door when I received A's in all of my classes! WOOOHOOOO!! Statistically, I fall right into the category of the people who are most likely to drop out, (over 30, female, with children). I'm NOT going to be a statistic though!! Don't you worry! I've got this school thing down! emoticon

Thanks for sticking with me as I've been away. My life has been crazy with all the changes that have been goin on lately but I think I'm finally adjusting :) I'm feeling upbeat and back to my normal self so all is good in this neighborhood! :P I've been to the Dr. twice about anti-depressants and getting the dosage right, but now I'm feeling great and ready to tackle this thing called life!

The kids are so excited about Christmas!! I've got my house all decked out and ready for Santa to arrive! I sure wish I could invite you all over for a Christmas party...how fun would that be?! I've missed you all and can't wait to get caught up with you!! Thanks for sticking by me through these last few months! You are the BEST friends a gal could ask for! Truly!!

And in light of my late fiance's "angelversary" tomorrow...I've been making a tribute video to him that I'd like to share. If you want to check it out, here's the link.

Have a VERY Merry Christmas Spark friends!! I love you so much--and don't you forget it!!

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SURLYGIRL 1/1/2012 10:33PM

    That was a beautiful tribute. Chris was obviously a very special man - and a very lucky man to have been loved by you.

Grad school, that is awesome. You are an amazing woman my friend, amazing :)

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LIBBYFITZ 12/30/2011 9:46AM

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GHOSTGRL21 12/28/2011 4:22PM

    Wow grad school congrats girl! I took a break for a while and have been wondering how you have been! So glad to see you are doing good! Hope you had a merry christmas!

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SHAN2SHAGG 12/26/2011 6:10PM

    awesome video, it is so great to help with the healing and the pain. I also feel like I have been out of it as well. It is good to know we have each other that go through ups in downs in life. keep going strong and you will make your goals!! Shan

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_LINDA 12/25/2011 8:34PM

    Sorry for the late response here -my computer died Monday at my step dad's and I have just been getting caught up the last two days -hard with his slow connection..
I am in absolute awe of how well you did as a mature student! You know there is nothing you can't do and nothing you can't achieve?? You are beyond amazing!!
Beautiful video, you found just the perfect song for it!!
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WARMSPRINGDAY 12/24/2011 10:30AM

    Beautiful!
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AZURELITE 12/23/2011 8:02AM

    So nice to hear from you! Congratulations on a very successful first semester! Way to go!!!

And the video is a wonderful, wonderful tribute to the memory of your special man. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Merry Christmas and all the best in 2012!
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GRAMMACATHY 12/23/2011 1:57AM

    The video was beautiful. Thank you for sharing your love for Chris with all of us.
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GETFIT2LIVE 12/23/2011 12:18AM

    Congrats on the grades (I KNEW you would do awesome!), and thanks for letting us know what is going on. What a beautiful tribute to your late fiance!

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PCOH051610 12/22/2011 6:29PM

    Hi Sunshine!

So glad you had some spare time to write a blog to keep everybody abreast (I feel like Joey from Friends saying that word..."she just said breast") of the stuff going on in your life.

We are all so proud of you for not only going back to school but for doing so well with it. You are an inspiration for many of us.

I watched the video on Facebook and left my comments there so you know that I LOVED it!

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ELLFIN3 12/22/2011 2:55PM

    You are so awesome!!! I wish would could all get together and visit! At least We can check in on Spark! Enjoy Your time off! Enjoy the Holidays! Love Ya!!!!!! Susan emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 12/22/2011 12:26PM

    So good to hear from you! And I'm so proud of how well you're doing in grad school...way to go!

The video was beautiful.

Have a blessed Christmas with your wonderful family!

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TEMPEST272002 12/22/2011 11:01AM

    Leslie, thank you for sharing your video about Chris. I'm still crying as I'm typing. It was beautiful. I could see, in photo after photo, so much love and laughter. Chris riding the pink bike made me laugh and the photo of him with his son in the little car made me cry. Anniversaries can bring up strong emotions. Sending you hugs.

Super well done on the A's! Wowza! I knew you were smart, but that is beyond the pale. Especially with small children. Glad you stopped by with the update. I've been missing you too. Thought of you while I was skipping down the forest trail with big floppy boots on.


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SHAPEITUP3 12/22/2011 9:16AM

    Thank you for sharing... beautiful video! Congrats on your accomplishment with school, that is amazing! Merry Christmas to you!

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BYEFATNANNY 12/22/2011 8:54AM

    Leslie, what a beautiful video. Lovely way to hold on to his memory. Wow 545a.m. and I'm teary eyed, it was so sweet.
Congrats on your schooling, you rock, and no you won't be a statistic. Glad you are feeling better, don't forget the big change of school and your home life can send anyone into a tail spin. Hang in there. Glad the kids are excited, kids are SO much fun a Christmas and they seem to get sweeter, they must know that Santa is watching. Glad to "see" you again. emoticon

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SARAHJ19 12/22/2011 8:01AM

    emoticonBeautiful video!

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BNBLYNNE 12/22/2011 7:50AM

    Beautiful video Leslie, hugs.
And awesome job on your grades.

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WISLNDR 12/22/2011 5:03AM

    There is so much inspiration here! Enjoy all your accomplishments!!

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MAMADWARF 12/22/2011 1:55AM

    Awesome to hear from you!!! All A's???awesome!!!!

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CELLISTA1 12/22/2011 1:04AM

    A beautiful video, Leslie. Truly.

And you will make it in grad school - of course! I got a Ph.D. as an over 30 female w/kid, so that's one statistic we can just ignore!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/21/2011 10:32PM

    Wow Leslie. That was truly amazing to see that tribute. For the past year, I've read so many things you've written about Chris, and suddenly he became "alive" to me because of that beautiful video story. What a wonderful gift to yourself and the kids. I know he is watching all your amazing accomplishments and smiling down on you. You are an incredible woman!
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MOMFAN 12/21/2011 10:23PM

    emoticonGreat on school!

What a wonderful tribute. I might try and find the song for my sister-in-law. My brother died on October 17.

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Had a great weekend :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Ever since I got all that off my chest I feel like a weight has been lifted. Thank you all SO much for your awesome advice and support. You guys are THE emoticon

Thanks to you, I'm giving myself permission to take some time for myself, and for my family, to do what I gotta do--guilt free! Thank you for showing me that that's O.K.!

It always helps boost my spirits to spend some quality time with my family so that's exactly what I've been doing! We went to a football game together, a Halloween parade, and even participated in a fundraising event to help raise money for Down Syndrome. We walked around the football stadium and were a part of the biggest "Step Up for Down Syndrome" event in the nation! The event raised $475,000 and had over 10,000 participants! I'm SO proud to have been a part of it. We were members of "Lorelei's Troops", a team that a friend from high school set up to support her daughter who has Downs. She was so thankful and the kids had a blast. I just love teaching my kids the importance of participating in events such as this.

Yesterday, my boyfriend and I picked up Chris's kids and took everyone to a local amusement park. We rode our first roller coaster together and just had an awesome time. I especially loved the drive home when everyone was reminiscing about their favorite parts of the day. Good times for sure!

Here's a few pics for your viewing pleasure... emoticon

At the Step Up walk...


Snuggling with my boy at the football game...


My boyfriend, and the step-kids Montana and AnnaBelle on the train at the park (I can't believe how much they are growing up!!)


AnnaBelle won the jackpot and got 1000 tickets in the arcade!!!


And here's my little grumpy pirate and beautiful Monster High girl, all ready for the Halloween parade! He wasn't in the mood for a picture, lol, but he is still the cutest pirate I've ever seen!


Can't wait to take the kids trick-or-treating tonight! Life is good! emoticon

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CHOESCH 11/18/2011 10:46AM

    Hey Girl!
I haven't been on the site for a long time; I needed to get my head together and focus on some other areas of my life. I was so happy to see that you are doing so well. You truly are making great strides in your life. Way to go on the weight loss; you look amazing! Looks like your Halloween was lots of fun. Cute costumes for cute kids.
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Cathy

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/1/2011 10:08PM

    So glad you are feeling so much better. Sometimes we all need the support of good friends and family.
Love the awesome pics. And love the life lessons you are giving to your kids.
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RAINBOWFALLS 11/1/2011 7:44PM

    That sounded like some good times. Great pictures.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 11/1/2011 5:41PM

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So happy for you and your family! :)

Glad you are feeling more like yourself!

Love ya!

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BTRTHANEVA 11/1/2011 4:27PM

    Hey there oh inspiring one!

I'm glad you got that weight off your chest and was able to move forward! Plus, all that weight will show up on the scale, and that would be counter-productive.

I love this line:
My boyfriend, and the step-kids Montana and AnnaBelle on the train at the park (I can't believe how much they are growing up!!)
Well, it's about time that Cement Head grew up! lol. Speaking of growing - how long is his hair now? Love the beard and mustache! (That must be because all my husband's hair is on his face... rofl.)

Our electricity came back a couple of days before *they* threatened it would. Guess it makes sense to over deliver and play on the sympathies of their customers at the wake of the storm, than have to deal with a million phone calls on if the power's not back when they said it would be. Anyways, after three days of tv and internet abstinance, I am happy to be back into the wired world...

Time to get dinner going. No excuses now that the power's back!

Luv ya!

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BOVEY63 11/1/2011 1:51PM

    Sure does sound like an awesome weekend! Way to go at the "Step Up for Down Syndrome!"
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Great pics!

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/1/2011 11:49AM

    What a great weekend!! Thanks for the awesome pics!

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TEMPEST272002 11/1/2011 10:20AM

    Even grumpy, pirate boy is pretty cute! So is Monster High girl. I'm glad you took the time for a family weekend. It's always healing to remind yourself of what's truly important. Big hugs to you!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 11/1/2011 10:07AM

    So happy you had such a great weekend!! Family is always a great stress reliever. You absolutely deserve time to do what you need to do and feel guilt free about it! We all need some "me" time or whatever else we decide to do. Love the pics!! Your kiddos are so cute!!!

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KRYANPRINCESS 11/1/2011 8:22AM

    I'm glad that ur throwing yourself in Family time and feeling better! WTG on the Down Syndrome event and they kids look great! emoticon

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SURLYGIRL 10/31/2011 9:06PM

    Great Pics ! All the kids are so handsome.
Blended families can be such a blessing - I've had mine for 29 years and although it wasn't all sunshine and roses I wouldn't have changed a thing. The more people to love in your life, the more love you get in your life.

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ERIKO1908 10/31/2011 8:28PM

    I was so excited when I saw the title of this blog & that it was written by YOU!!! You've been in my thoughts and prayers!! Sounds like you had an awesome weekend...fun & meaningful - shared with those you love!! ((( HUGS )))

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AZURELITE 10/31/2011 5:56PM

    Glad you had a fun weekend and have an awesome time trick or treating tonight! emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 10/31/2011 5:51PM

    HA ha...I think he has his pirate face on. A pirate has to look tough you know ;-D Glad you had fun family time and got away from everything. Sounds like the perfect fall weekend. Have fun with the kiddos tonight and STAY OUT OF THEIR BAGS emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WISLNDR 10/31/2011 5:45PM

    Great weekend, great photos! I'm glad that things are brighter in your world!

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KANSASROSE67 10/31/2011 5:33PM

    Great pics...so glad you had a wonderful weekend. I think the pirate looks like you...except for the glare, lol! I have lots of pics of my DD pouting because 1) she hated dressing up and 2) she hated having her picture taken!

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