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The Gifts of Health and Fitness

Monday, July 14, 2014

When I chose to clean up my life and to begin my journey to become mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthier, I was somewhat unaware of the amazing blessings that would follow. I knew life could and should get better, but I underestimated the joy of each and every day. Don't get me wrong. Life is still hills and valleys, high hills and deep valleys. But, I accept that now, and look for the small miracles and have gratitude for God's grace in my life.

Oh, what I could have missed.......Oh, what I could have missed!!!!!

As I share this I am leaving for a 4 day trip to Sacramento to visit my favorite aunt (my "mom"). She is 81 years YOUNG and has just downsized and moved from the Silicon Valley to a senior community outside Sacramento. I visit her at least 3 times a year and can't wait to see her new digs. I could have missed a relationship with her and my cousins had I continued on the path I was on a dozen years ago. My boys are all coming home to be with my husband while I'm gone (when the cat's away the mice will play?) But, what a blessing to be an active mom for my grown boys.

I am also sharing a picture of my two grand children from last week when we babysat. I could have missed the indescribable elation I feel when they wrap their arms around me and yell "gra-ma, you're here!" Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Our good health is so very much more than the number on the scale or the size jeans we buy. We all know this, but it is finally becoming a deep thread in the fabric of who I am.

I have a LONG way to go to be the healthiest me, but instead of bemoaning that, I am now excited for the lifetime challenge.

Thank you for letting me share, Sparkfriends. We are all in this together.
Hug,
Leslie

  
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BABARR67 8/12/2014 11:38AM

    Yup... being smart enough to count your blessings is probably the biggest blessing of all!

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GOCALGAL 7/29/2014 8:42AM

    emoticon emoticonI am beginning to experience an inkling of what you expressed so perfectly. emoticon Thank you for sharing and thanks to Kanoe 10 for pointing out such an inspiring, thought provoking blog!



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WATERMELLEN 7/27/2014 9:49AM

    Absolutely second that emotion! There is so much sustained joy and pleasurable potential in every day of feeling fit and healthy -- that the momentary pleasure of potato chips cannot begin to compete with (greasy salty nasty things anyhow).

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HOLLYM48 7/27/2014 9:42AM

    What a great journey we are on! Great job on getting healthy and being the best that you can be to enjoy everything that life has to offer! Have a fun time visiting your aunt!

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TINAJANE76 7/27/2014 9:35AM

    As NUOVAELLE once wrote, maintenance is a great life coach. This journey isn't just about being smaller and physically healthier, but being healthier, more aware and more vibrant all around so we can experience and live life to its fullest. Glad to be along for the ride with you!

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IMEMINE1 7/26/2014 11:05AM

    emoticon Love the picture. emoticon

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SHARIBEAR2 7/16/2014 1:57PM

    Darling picture. Thank you for sharing your story. Soooo encouraging!! Best to you always!

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SHERRY666 7/14/2014 2:33PM

    THANKS FOR SHARING LESLIE.......... I THINK IT'S GREAT THAT YOUR DOING SO WELL WITH YOUR HEALTH AND HOW LIFE HAS CHANGED FOR YOU....... YOUR SUCH A POSITIVE FORCE FOR CHRIS YOUR BOYS AND GRAND CHILDREN.... LIFE IS SHORT AND WE NEED TO LIVE EACH DAY TO THE FULLEST...... BEING SOBER AND CLEAN IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT..... HOW WONDERFUL THE BOYS ARE GOING TO KEEP CHRIS COMPANY WHILE YOUR GONE.... I KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR AUNT MEANS TO YOU.... I'M SO HAPPY YOUR MAKING THIS TRIP..... YOU DESERVE IT.... I JUST LOVE THE PICTURE WITH YOU AND THE GRAND KIDS..... YOU MUST LIKE WALKING AROUND IN BARE FEET... LOL

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AJDOVER1 7/14/2014 1:42PM

    thanks for sharing your joy!
Sometimes I feel I have so far to go. At least I can take comfort in that I'm on the right path.

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KANOE10 7/14/2014 9:06AM

    Our good health is so very much more than the number on the scale or the size jeans we buy. We all know this, but it is finally becoming a deep thread in the fabric of who I am.

That was so well said. Being healthy defines our lives. That was a lovely blog with such appreciation for living a happy healthy life and the joy of family.

I am glad your present life is filled with blessings. Thanks for making us aware of the true value of health in our lives.

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MEADSBAY 7/14/2014 8:30AM

    I am so happy for you.
Thank you for reminding me to look a little deeper and think about how very lucky I am to have so much love and joy and ease in my life and not focus on the struggles
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TRAVELGRRL 7/14/2014 6:35AM

    What a great picture, and a super blog! We ALLLL need to be reminded of this some days. I read a couple of blogs yesterday where women were bemoaning the size of their arms or how they hate their thighs, and then I'm gobsmacked by your blog that puts it all in perspective. We really need to focus on the joys and blessings that this journey teaches. Thanks, have a wonderful visit with your aunt! I know the men in your life will also be making special memories!

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WAY2GOCAT 7/14/2014 4:41AM

    Thanks for sharing Leslie! I'm happy you're going a little deeper! I think I need to look closer and find those unexpected blessing in my own life because all it is about for me is Sparking, food, scales and new dresses!. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 7/14/2014 3:27AM

    Thank you for sharing, Leslie!
It is good to read how happy and active you are, able to live your life to the fullest possible. Your family is happy to have you as a source of positive energy, love and health.
I wish you a wonderful visit at your aunt and family.
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Refurbishing the Old~ In this case, a wagon......but it has broader implications :)

Sunday, June 08, 2014

I have two beautiful grandchildren. My grandson turned 1 year old on Friday. My son and daughter-in-law had a wonderful party for family to celebrate.
Some months back, I found the old Radio Flyer Town and Country wagon that belonged to our three boys buried in our tractor garage. It was really beaten up, but I thought it could be salvaged for my grandson. (note: I had hand painted my son's old rocking chair for my granddaughter when she turned 1) Well, the wagon project required that my husband participate, as the base needed to be completely rebuilt. We have no experience with this kind of thing, but we have imagination, persistence, and determination. After several weeks of disassembling, sanding, pounding, taping, re-taping, varnishing, painting, and reassembling.......we finished the wagon. The wagon was transformed with love, time, sweat, and work. I even found an old picture of my two oldest boys in the wagon with some neighbor kids 33 years ago.

It was a hit and so appreciated. I'm posting a few pictures because I was asked to do so by a few Spark friends.

But, for us, the message is more profound. My husband and I are in our early/mid sixties and did not always take great care of ourselves. About 15 years ago I began a clean up and restoration of my body, mind, and soul. He has followed the "clean up" plan, as well. We are refurbishing and restoring ourselves on a daily basis. The message? You are never too old or beaten up to make changes with love, hard work, persistence, and determination.

The wagon refurbishing was a fun and joyful experience for us both.
Our personal refurbishing is also fun and joyful, if we chose to make it so! And we do!

Have a healthful, happy, and loving week, everyone!

  
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IMEMINE1 7/26/2014 11:11AM

    emoticon for the great blog. You both look so happy and healthy and you can see the love caring in your smiles.
Beautiful grand kids. Great job.

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SHARIBEAR2 6/10/2014 12:57PM

    You have such a wonderful way of sharing inspirational truths. We are all "works in process", that is for sure. So happy for all the positives in your lives! emoticon

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_CYNDY55_ 6/9/2014 12:59PM

    Leslie and Chris, with Your wonderful Grand Kids!!
LOVE your Pictures emoticon emoticonThank You for Sharing.. Great SMILES!!
A Pretty Dark RED!!
Very NICELY, PAINTED!!
You and Chris, Cleaned up and Repaired. MADE the Radio Flyer Town and Country Wagon LIKE New Again!!
And You have worked Hard to make your Health BRIGHTER and with it, LIFE Long HAPPINESS!!
emoticonBeautifully Done!!






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AJDOVER1 6/9/2014 11:15AM

    You are such an inspiration to me!
I'm going through a rough time, but I find strength while sharing this journey with you.
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MAESTRAPLANK12 6/9/2014 10:23AM

    Oh my...what a talented artist you are. I am so amazed at this project and its incredible results. You and Chris worked hard on this. I know your children and grandchildren are forever grateful. You passed on a legacy to them. And.....yep we are still refurbishing ourselves daily! Thank you for posting these great pics!

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KANOE10 6/9/2014 7:42AM

    That wagon looks great. What cute cute kids. You and your husband look happy and in great health. I applaud your efforts to restore your health in both of your lives. I am in the 60s and am trying to do the same. Your 15 years of hard work is paying off!

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KRISZTA11 6/9/2014 4:19AM

    Wow, the wagon looks amazing!
I imagine it will bring up fond memories of your son's childhood, and give the feeling of being loved and cared for in the grandkids.

The restoration you and your husband did on yourselves is wonderful.
Enjoy your healthy bodies and good life together!
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PS: in our city zoo there are similar wagons (not this lovely bright red, just plain wood) for the small kids, and they love traveling in them : )

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POSITIVEHOPE 6/8/2014 10:20PM

    Yes! We can't help aging, but I can control HOW we age! Now how about a blog about falling off the wagon.

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-WISPY- 6/8/2014 7:30PM

    Oh Leslie, thanks for sharing this. The wagon is just beautiful and so many wonderful memories as these little ones and then their little ones grow up.

It is great to read that you and your DH are still happy and growing after all these years. It is so true, it is never to late to begin. ;o) And your joy is clear for emoticon us all to see.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/8/2014 5:47PM

    Wow, what a wonderful project and parable. I know the wagon will be appreciated and loved by another generation. How wonderful to give your grandson something he will be able to give to his own child. And you are so right; we are all salvageable and renewable; there is redemption for each of us if we are only willing to do the work. ((hugs))

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SHERRY666 6/8/2014 4:04PM

    AW THAT IS SO NEAT LESLIE............. WHAT A WONDERFUL JOB ON THE WAGON......... AND JUST HOW IT WAS BUILT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM BOTH YOU AND CHRIS WORKING TOGETHER........... AND HOW WE ARE BUILDING OUR BODIES MINES AND SOLES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM......... THIS WAS SUCH A GREAT BLOG.... THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE PICTURE OF THE WAGON AND GRAND KIDS...... emoticon I'M JUST SO HAPPY FOR YOU MY FRIEND..........

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MEADSBAY 6/8/2014 2:59PM

    Lovelovelove this!
Thank you so much for sharing this wise lesson you and your dear man have learned and live by.
You all look so happy-
and you deserve every minute of it!
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Happy Hot Valentine's Day

Friday, February 14, 2014

My husband and I went for a short 2 mile walk this morning. We started out before 11:00 knowing that it's predicted to be a bit warm today. When we turned the corner we were somewhat surprised by the thermometer on one of our businesses. We kept our walk short, but worked up quite a sweat!


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, SPARK FRIENDS.

  
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MEADSBAY 2/16/2014 3:38PM

    Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day and hope you are getting some RAIN!
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KANOE10 2/15/2014 9:37AM

    Hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day.

I would take the nice hot day!

As you know the kids were nuts at school..but happy.
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AJDOVER1 2/14/2014 6:33PM

    I know it's a bit unseasonable, but I'm loving it!
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FRANKLY5 2/14/2014 5:18PM

    Cute! Happy Valentines day emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/14/2014 4:29PM

    It was 47 and sunny here today! It felt absolutely balmy! Hope you have a great Valentines Day!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/14/2014 3:40PM

    Oh, now you are just bragging! LOL

Some of my best times are spent in the company of my husband on a walk. emoticon

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SHERRY666 2/14/2014 3:32PM

    emoticon HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOU TOO LESLIE....... WOW TALK ABOUT A HOT DAY IN FEBRUARY....... EVEN WE ARE A BIT WARMER WITH 13 DEGREES.... HOPE YOU AND CHRIS HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY TOGETHER. emoticon emoticon OH I LOVE YOUR BACKGROUND. emoticon

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A Walk/Jog in January

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Well Spark friends,
We are all having some very extreme weather in 2014. Ours here in California is very dry and warm, with no break in sight. But, I must say I enjoyed my walk/jog today in the early afternoon. I decided to go to the top of the hill that our Jr. College is on. It is steep, and I do more walking than jogging, but it is a good workout and I can overlook our valley when I get to the top. I took a "selfie" to show you how brown and dry we are. I'm not very good at "selfies" but you get the idea. When I got back down to the boulevard, I snapped a picture of the digital temperature on one of our businesses. Then I snapped pictures of my greeting committee when I hit home. Mary, our remaining sheep is finally beginning to trust our dog, Molly, after the pit bull attacks last summer. And Molly, who misses Bosco, our old dog that we put to sleep before Thanksgiving, is enjoying the company. They make a good pair and put a smile on my face when I reach our driveway after a run.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.


  
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FRANKLY5 2/14/2014 7:14PM

    Good for you getting that exercise in.
I have been kind of sedentary lately so I just went with DH on a 2 mile walk last evening and I went alone on a one mile walk this afternoon.
We are enjoying the nice weather, but still would like it to rain. It is brown here too.
Fran

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_CYNDY55_ 1/20/2014 8:58PM

    You chose A Beautiful Day for Picture!!
And How very Nice You do look with Your emoticonShades on!!
Oh so Cool in your Tank top too!!
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SHERRY666 1/19/2014 3:50PM

    THAT IS JUST GREAT THAT MOLLY AND MARY ARE GETTING CLOSER...... LESLIE YOU HAVE SUCH BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO JOG AND WALK..... MARY AND MOLLY ARE BOTH LOOK HEALTHY AND SO WELL GROOMED.......... I'D LOVE THAT KIND OF GREETING COMING HOME....... LESLIE YOUR LOOKING HEALTHY...... JUST LOOKING AT YOUR PICTURES MAKES ME WANT TO HAVE SUMMER BACK SO BAD........ THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR WALK WITH US... I REALLY ENJOY THESE BLOGS. emoticon

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KANOE10 1/19/2014 7:41AM

    Cute sheep and dog. I am glad they are friends. I liked your pictures. You are doing a great job of staying healthy with your running.

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KRISZTA11 1/19/2014 5:58AM

    Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing!
I'm glad you had such a great workout despite the heat, and good to hear Molly is feeling better.
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BOOKAPHILE 1/18/2014 11:26PM

    Nice workout! I like your welcoming committee. I'm glad Mary is regaining her trust. Are your horses recovered?

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AJDOVER1 1/18/2014 11:03PM

    What beautiful pictures! (I haven't mastered the art of the selfie!) I appreciate the beautiful weather. I've been joking that when I was a kid, I often saw snow on my birthday! Not this year! At least not here.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/18/2014 9:49PM

    What a lovely time outside you had today! Love that your sheep and dog have bonded, again proving that love can grow from adversity. I know the weather in CA is terribly dry so I'm hoping that you get some rain soon.

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MEADSBAY 1/18/2014 9:44PM

    Ohmyword-
86 degrees!
#1 I am jealous-
#2 I would be huddled up at home with my a/c on,
so...
good for you!
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HDHAWK 1/18/2014 9:20PM

    I forgot what 86 feels like! It's been so cold and windy here which makes it worse!

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_LINDA 1/18/2014 9:14PM

    Great photos! Love that blue sky and no snow look! That is awesome your sheep and dog are getting along.
Enjoy your great weather!

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/18/2014 7:18PM

    Yikes!! Hot and dry!! Mary and Molly--sweet things!!! It is cold here. 24 real degrees and wind chill of 13. BRRRR! How's your FIL doing? Hoping all of your health issues are behind you.

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2013 Personal Goal Met

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My goal in 2012 was to jog/walk 500 miles. When I met that goal last year, I set a goal of 600 miles for 2013.

I ran 4 miles this morning and realized, after my Spark Tracker recorded my mileage, that I was only 2 miles from my goal. My husband and I walked the last 2 miles this evening as the sun went down.

Even though my health was problematic in November, I was pretty sure that I would still meet my goal. I was unable to put in longer distances in November, but by being consistent and very moderate (a mile here......a mile there....) I was able to maintain until my health improved. My mileage increased this week and a was able to meet my goal.

So the lesson again for me, with health and exercise, is to be gentle with myself and treat myself kindly, but keep my eye on the ultimate goal of healthy living through fitness, healthy eating, personal and spiritual growth, and outgoing love.

Thank you Sparkpeople, as always, for being here for me through the highs and the lows.
You are at the top of my daily gratitude list.

  
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IMEMINE1 7/26/2014 11:12AM

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DEE797 1/1/2014 5:15PM

    Congrats on reaching your goal!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/1/2014 4:32PM

    YOU ROCK!!! WTG!!!

Awesome, and I too am grateful daily for the wonderful resource that is Spark. It has so enriched my life with people like you!

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FRANKLY5 12/30/2013 12:52AM

    Leslie,
That is so great. You are so great! You are inspiring to me. I am going to set a walking goal for 2014. What a great idea!
hugs
Fran

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_CYNDY55_ 12/29/2013 12:55PM

    C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N
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HDHAWK 12/22/2013 7:54PM

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KITTYKITTEMMING 12/22/2013 5:26PM

    Congratulations!!!

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AJDOVER1 12/21/2013 3:59PM

    I knew you could do it! It's exciting to see you reach a difficult goal in spite of life's occasional hiccups. I hope you're feeling well and taking care of yourself.

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GREEN-EYED-LADY 12/21/2013 10:20AM

    AWESOME !

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KANOE10 12/20/2013 8:10AM

    That is a great job of reaching your goal, despite having health issues in November. I am glad that you are better. That is a wonderful accomplishment and a true commitment to healthy living.


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SHERRY666 12/19/2013 3:45PM

    emoticon emoticon LESLIE.......... I JUST KNEW YOU WOULD MAKE THIS GOAL...... YOUR A FIGHTER...... emoticon GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT LESLIE. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 12/19/2013 3:30PM

    Congrats to the 600 miles of 2013!
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MAESTRAPLANK12 12/19/2013 9:25AM

    I knew you would reach your goal. You are simply amazing and inspirational. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/19/2013 9:22AM

    That is just amazing!
You rocked it!
Wooooo-hooooooooooooo!!!
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BETHGILLIGAN 12/19/2013 7:44AM

    Great job, Leslie!!! You are a constant inspiration!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/19/2013 12:35AM

    Congratulations!! What will your 2014 goal be?

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