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Back from the land of jet lag! And a new plan for the next 28 days!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Finally feeling "human" again. Head is clear and sleep pattern almost back to normal! emoticon

Have just about caught up with most of my sparkfriends! Really missed the daily Spark interaction while I was away in Tasmania, will be getting one of those i-phones ASAP!

emoticonback to daily tracking and am impressed with the new tracker. Ii don't even bother with "my favourites" list any more. I just go to the "what have you eaten" tab, type it in , up comes easy options and put in the amount and there it is! Love it! another good incentive to eat clean food , no trying to guesstimate what you have eaten.

emoticonwill be back out walking again tomorrow. Have really missed my long walks. While I was in Perth I had to limit the length of walks with Sooty and Abby as Sooty has been diagnosed with arthritis in his back leg. So he is on medication to reduce the inflammation for a short while and had to restrict the length of his walks. So did lots of short walks around our local park.

Nutrition wise I have commenced a 31 day "no grain" eating plan and am currently on day 5. I am allowed all vegetables, fruit, meat and walnuts, almonds and cashews.

My typical breakfast is fruit with yogurt. emoticon

Lunch can be boiled egg with tomato, capsicum, lettuce and carrot.
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Dinner is meat, fish , turkey or chicken with cauliflower, brooklets, peas.
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I have been tracking this now for the past 3 days and finding that I am getting enough carbs without the grains.

Suggested snacks are,
fruit and nuts, such as an apple and 6 almonds
tuna and carrots
hard boiled egg with celery
guacamole with veggies

So, why am I doing this?

For those of you who know me, know that I have hit this very long protracted plateau, my body has decided it is "comfortable" with this weight. The thing is, the numbers are NOT good, they are not BAD either, but at the age of 57 I don't have the luxury of accepting where my body thinks it is "comfortable".

Why? Because I am still classified as "overweight" by the charts, at 5 foot 3inches or as we say in Australia 163cms tall and I currently weigh 71.3 kg.

My ideal weight should be between 58 - 60kgs

I also have a high fasting blood sugar level , and this does not sit well with me at all!

Most of my body fat sits in my abdomen and back and that is proving to be VERY hard to move!

So my plan for the next 28 days is to eat grain free, walk at least 5 kms a day, increasing it to 10kms every 3 days. On return from my walk I will do at least 10mins of strength training.

I am keeping it simple as we will be packing up and leaving Santiago a week after this 28 day plan. I need to be focused and make this whole thing achievable.

Also thinking seriously of weighing myself weekly instead of daily. What do you think?


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BARBIETEC 5/30/2011 3:52AM

    Love your spirit!
Have a fantastic week!

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KAILYNSTAR 5/29/2011 9:16PM

    Weighing yourself weekly sounds like a good idea. I find that it makes you more accountable for trying to make that scale go down.

I haven't tried the new tracking system for nutrition as of yet. I grew very tired of the long and tedious time that it took to enter foods. I'll check that out at a later date.

Glad to hear that your jeg lag is practically gone.

Age 57?! You rock! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/29/2011 5:00PM

    I love the new Tracker too! So easy! I used to go grain free when I was losing because they added calories up fast. But I had digestive troubles and had to add bran buds..I hope that it helps bust your plateau. Do make sure you are getting enough water..I only weigh once a week. Our weight fluctuates far too much to do daily. Always the same day and time..
Not too sure I agree with the daily 10 min strength training unless your plan is to focus on a different body area each time -we are supposed to give the area worked a day of rest in between!
Good luck with it! You can do it!

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CATLADY52 5/29/2011 4:17PM

    I hink you'll do what is right. I like thenew tracker. It is much easier than entering meals the old way. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/29/2011 3:49PM

    I love the new tracker too. I still go to my favourites - but then I use the limit options by typing in the first 2 letters. Fantastic & so much faster!

I understand about limiting the walks. My FiL's dog, Dooley, has really slowed down this year. He's 9-10 years old - could be arthritis.

I think changing things up is a great idea. It will be interesting to see what 30 days without grains does for your body - especially your fasting blood sugar.

Do you have spagetti squash available there? It's a great substitute if you're craving pasta. I actually prefer it to the real thing now.

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POUNDSTOGO3 5/29/2011 11:42AM

    Looks as though you have a plan which is the most important step. I weigh once a week like the morning in the buff. Don't need an extra ounce of clothes.

Enjoyed checking out your spark page...a side benefit of the goodie challenge.

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JLITT62 5/29/2011 9:49AM

    I don't think I could totally give up grains - even tho I know you can get your carbs in without them - and I admire your determination. And understand where you're coming from, too, considering I'm pretty much in the same boat.

I don't own a scale so can only WI. At my weekly WW meetings. I think that's a good thing.

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    Libby, I cannot imagine going grain free since I absolutely LOVE them, so I hope you do OK with that plan... what is wrong with grains, anyway? I thought they were good for you; aren't they? Sorry I'm so dense about this! I just get so confused on what is healthy and what is not, sometimes! emoticon

Was Graeme overjoyed to see his honey again? I'm sure he was! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'll tell you what... if you come to the states, we MUST find a way to meet up, if at all possible! Wouldn't that be FUN!? emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 5/29/2011 7:10AM

    So glad you're getting back to Normal ! ! !
Do enjoy your walking and new food routine ...

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GRAMPIAN 5/29/2011 5:09AM

  Definitely only once a week! emoticon

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GOANNA2 5/29/2011 3:27AM

    So glad you are slowly getting over the jetlag and
getting yourself into a plan. Sounds good and you
will notice a difference. As for the weighing daily,
I would also say to do it weekly as there are so many
fluctuations during each day that it would all be
different readings. Also there's less stress.

As Susie says, same time on the particular day is
the best way to go. good luck on your new eating
plan and as I am 5'3" also, it sounds very easy to
follow. emoticon
Have a great week
Anna emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/29/2011 3:17AM

    Definately weigh your self weekly daily is too much of a fluctuation.
I weigh myself each week now on the same day after I have been to the toilet in the morning and I am naked from the shower and before breakfast ..

This in my opinion is the only way to get a true reading ..
What will you do when you get home in June ? does Graeme have anything else lined up yet, will you go back to nursing or have you retired ...?. Glad you are over the jetlag ...
Take Good Care of yourself Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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CTEMPLE 5/29/2011 3:16AM

    Oh Libby I used to weigh myself daily when I was young and crazy , it took me nearly 2 years in Overeaters Anonymous to give up on that and weigh myself only once a week. Daily is too hard because of body processes in my opinion, sometimes we retain liquids or are constipated etc. Weekly is the best way.
Glad that you've recovered a bit from the jet lag. Still, you're up very late. I got an iphone las year and I'm in love with it.

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Arrived safely in Santiago!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just a quick blog to let you know I have arrived safely in Santiago. DH must be a at site as he organised a taxi to bring me home.

Am going to have some lunch and go to bed. It is 1220 pm here but more like midnight for me! I did not sleep well on the plane , got to watch a few movies.

No beautiful scenery as we flew in as there was a lot of low lying cloud.

Will do a big catch up with everyone in the next few days.

Hope you are all having a great week! emoticon

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JANNERUN 5/27/2011 4:03PM

    Glad you are home safely! Rest up!

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BYEFATNANNY 5/26/2011 3:30PM

    I've heard very hot showers help jetlag....
Glad you made it safely, enjoy!

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TEMPEST272002 5/26/2011 9:46AM

    Glad you arrived safely! Hope you're all caught up on sleep now.

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IUHRYTR 5/25/2011 8:21PM

    Glad the long trip was a safe one. That jet lag will sure take a few days to get over, won't it? -- Lou

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KAILYNSTAR 5/25/2011 4:23PM

    Good to know that you arrived safely. Have a good rest.

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SNOWFILLY 5/25/2011 7:48AM

    Glad you made it safely!! Sweet dreams my friend. emoticon

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CTEMPLE 5/24/2011 10:49PM

    Back in the wilderness for a few weeks, emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 5/24/2011 10:20PM

    YAY !!!!!!! Stay safe !

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SNOBENSON1 5/24/2011 9:47PM

    Glad you are home safe. Enjoy your time with your DH.

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SM-ARTGIRL 5/24/2011 9:13PM

    Enjoy yourself! emoticon

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GOANNA2 5/24/2011 5:33PM

    emoticonHave agood sleep and I hope
you get over the jet lag quickly. It's good to
hear you had a safe trip and arrived safely.
Enjoy your week with DH. emoticon

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LESLIES537 5/24/2011 3:01PM

    Thanks for the update! I'm glad you're safe and sound in Santiago! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/24/2011 2:40PM

    Great you made it back safely !!
Have a good rest my friend ... sleep well !
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_LINDA 5/24/2011 2:37PM

    Awesome you made it safe and sound!
Make sure you are well hydrated so jet lag doesn't get you. Sleep long and well! Sweet dreams!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/24/2011 2:35PM

    Welcome back!

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    I am so glad you're safe and sound! Won't it be great to see Graeme again!!! emoticon

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LHACKING13 5/24/2011 1:08PM

    So glad you made it safe.

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GOGOMAMA 5/24/2011 1:00PM

    Glad your trip went well and you arrive safely! I hope you recover quickly from the flight! Enjoy being back with your DH! emoticon

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BOVEY63 5/24/2011 12:57PM

    Sleep well and you have a great week too!
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Friday's doings!

Friday, May 20, 2011

This is also a Friday blog, the one I did this morning was Thursday American time!

Ended up deciding to go to the morning tea at the kiosk near the river and it has a closed in section. emoticonWhich meant we sat in style and had a great chat.

We met through our furry friends(dogs) at the local oval/park and have now exchanged e-mail addresses so that we can communicate a bit better. Only 4 of us turned up, so it was a nice cosy group.

The food on the menu was scrumptious so decided to have the "muesli trifle" which was a muesli layered with berries and yoghurt in a parfait glass, topped with crushed nuts.

Then I went to the ware house shop called "city farmers" and bought 2 months worth of goodies, food and shampoo for the cats and dogs. So they should be happy and hopefully not miss me too much. emoticon Our daughter does a really good job caring and loving them, but she has started a new job so just wanted to have everything in place for her. Getting the dogs immunised on Monday.

It continued to rain most of the day, managed to get a friend to take me to pick up my daughter's car which is now fully serviced, full of petrol and once again nice to drive! emoticon

Have just finished washing Sooty and Abby, so they smell soooo nice!

Have some Bolognaise sauce cooking on the stove, will cook some broccoli and have left over cauliflower with it as well.

Losing 100 grams a day at the moment, which I am happy about., only having wholemeal bread once a day and eating either a banana or apple if hungry after my meal. Bananas are $15.00 a kilo here at the moment , normally $3-4.00, they were down to $12.00 a kilo in Tasmania! So every mouthful is treasured!
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Weeding did not get finished, so hopefully have a fine day on Sunday to do that.

Was going to do some Wii Fit today , but time got away from me.

Had better go and feed the "starving animals".


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FRACTALMYTH 5/21/2011 7:18AM

    Aren't bananas ridiculous??? Wombat loves them, but at $3 a banana, he's only getting one a week at the moment :(
Glad you liked my story :D

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GOANNA2 5/21/2011 6:13AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss Libby. That is awesome.
You sound like you had a great time with your friends and
the car getting fixed and running well must be a boon.

The rain is needed but that shouldn't stop you. The dogs will
be well looked after by your daughter, so no worries there.
I bought 4 small bananas and paid $4. Outrageous isn't it?
They are still blaming the floods and the cyclone but I am
sure that someone is profiteering from all this.

Have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 5/21/2011 2:01AM

    Wow!! That is an outrageous price for bananas!! I feel so sorry for you :(( They are a luxury I take for granted and get cranky if I don't have one a day..
Way to go with the steady weight loss, that is awesome!!
Nice of you to fluff and puff up the doggies for your daughter to look after!
So glad you had your get together with the dog owners after all, that breakfast sounds awesome!!
Hopefully, you do get a good day for weeding. I like weeding after a good soaking as the ground is so much softer..
Enjoy your Saturday!

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CTEMPLE 5/20/2011 10:14PM

    Happy busy days, congrats about he weight loss!

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BOVEY63 5/20/2011 3:19PM

    The morning chat session sounds wonderful!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/20/2011 12:49PM

    Sounds like you have everything in balance and are doing great! Woo hoo!! That parfait sounded yum!

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    HURRAY!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIES537 5/20/2011 9:45AM

    The scales moving!!! Wooo hooo!! That's great, Libby! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/20/2011 9:31AM

    It must be hard to be leaving again so soon. I'm shocked at the price of bananas. Here in the chilly north, we're paying $0.78 per kilo for bananas at the grocery store. Isn't that crazy?

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SUSIEPH1 5/20/2011 7:57AM

    Doing well with the weight loss Libby ... and I am sure the doggies will appriciate all the goodies..
Are you talking about the boat shed on the Swan just down past milson road ?? if so.... I have been there a few times with my daughters.
Lovely food and beautiful views.
Ealine lives in Westbury road in South Perth ..She is also a nurse and is now a practioner nurse ..
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Rain on the roof! A wonderful sound.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Woke up at 7am to the sound of heavy rain! emoticon This is wonderful for us here on the west coast of Australia. We have had one of the driest winters ever last year so we need this!

Managed to get some weeding done yesterday and am a bit sore! A lot of shovel work as the roots of the weeds were very deep in the soil. Have lots of huge worms, so am happy with that. Our soil here is very sandy so needs a lot of help with sheep manure and lots of mulching!

The river cruise has been cancelled due to lack of numbers, which is a shame. So am having dinner on Sat. night with my friend so we can catch up.

I was supposed to be going to a local kiosk for coffee with all the dog owners this morning but unless the weather changes in the next half hour I am not moving out of the house, it is now raining harder than before and a bit of wind is coming in with it as well!

Am going to start packing today, so that if it fines up later I can go out and finish off the weeding and dead head the roses.

Eating is going well, sticking to correct portions and have stopped snacking. If I am hungry I eat a proper meal. emoticon

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and keep up with the healthy life!

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BOVEY63 5/20/2011 3:20PM

    Happy to hear you're getting rain that is so badly needed. It sounds like I'll be waking up to raindrops on the roof in the morning.

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SOFTVELVETEEN 5/20/2011 7:55AM

    I'm glad your getting the rain maybe now it will stop a little up here in Queensland Just a few days would be good i can't quite believe i can say i am sick of rain after the droughts and water restrictions but i'm getting there

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IUHRYTR 5/20/2011 7:09AM

    Here in Central Florida we need rain badly. Too many brush fires starting because of dry conditions. How to figure nature? -- Lou

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    I live in the states - Pennsylvania - we've had nothing but rain, rain, rain. Even though we've had our share of it I also enjoy the sound of it on the roof. I can understand why it means so much to all of you, though. Enjoy :-) Pat

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SUSIEPH1 5/20/2011 6:00AM

    Glad you had some rain !!.
I also heard there was a mini cyclone went through today ...
Hope you were safe and not affected ... emoticon
Hugs Susie

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GOANNA2 5/20/2011 5:47AM

    emoticonGlad you got some much needed rain
and it must be nice to cool off after the hot summer.

Have fun when you go out for your dinner. You will
do well with your food choices I know. Did you get
all the weeding done? That is outdoor exercise for sure.

Keep on with your healthy journey and enjoy your last
weekend in Oz before you head off to meet your DH. emoticon

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JLITT62 5/20/2011 4:37AM

    I can understand where you're coming from, having lived in TX for so many years where there's a perpetual drought.

But we've had almost non-stop rain this spring, on top of our looooong winter, & I'm sick of it!

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KAYELENE 5/20/2011 4:21AM

    We needed the rain but I wish we didn't have so much of it all at once. emoticon

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    Libby, I'll bet you can't wait to get back to your MAN! This time, he'll be coming home with you, and hopefully, it will be a joyous occasion!

Thanks for sticking by your old Texan friend! Wow, do I ever feel old tonight! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

OH... and it's MY turn for RAIN!!!

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_LINDA 5/19/2011 10:23PM

    Great you got your much needed rain, should perk everything up nicely.
Mom has a similar problem with soil -hers is all clay, so needs digging in fresh soil every year just to keep things alive.
Dinner with a friend sounds like a nice exchange for the river cruise.
Well done with the eating and good luck choosing proper portions for your meal out!
Enjoy your weekend!

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SM-ARTGIRL 5/19/2011 10:02PM

    Have a fabulous weekend Libby- keep on sparking that 5 km training!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/19/2011 8:39PM

    It gets so pretty & clear after a rain. We had rain yesterday & the day before. Baily just refused to go outside, poor little thing just held it till the rain stopped.

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/19/2011 8:27PM

    Always great to hear what you're up to! Sorry about the river cruise! :-(

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Only 5 days to go and I head back to Santiago!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Can't believe it will be Thursday in an hour! Floors are done, pedicure done, just our bathroom to do and the inside of the house is sorted. Weeding of the garden tomorrow and Friday. Catch up with friends and watch my football team on Saturday.

Go on a fund raising river cruise on Sunday, with my best friend and her daughter.(The daughter is fund raising)

Hair dresser and beautician on Monday and then off to the airport that same evening!

28 hours later I will be in Santiago with my hubby! emoticon That is not total flying time, it includes all the stop over's.

I go from Perth to Sydney, then to Auckland in New Zealand, then across the Pacific to Santiago, that part is 10 - 14 hours depending if there are tail winds or head winds! emoticon

Have been eating very clean healthy food, made a roast pumpkin soup and Korma Curry lamb yesterday . I always make enough for several meals.

Not a lot of time for intense cardio, but doing the floors today certainly was a good workout!

And of course Sooty and Abby get their daily walk either around the park/oval or along the river.

emoticon Weight coming off slowly , am almost at where I was before I went to Tasmania, so am happy about that.

Well I am heading off to bed and those of you on the other side of the world will be getting up! emoticon

Have a great Sparking day.

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SNOWFILLY 5/19/2011 8:22AM

    Hope you are enjoying your time at home and not working too much. I am sure you can't wait to get back and see your DH. Take care, hugs.

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CTEMPLE 5/19/2011 7:00AM

    Enjoy your last days at home!

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KAYELENE 5/18/2011 6:19PM

    Wow, you have been busy. Hope you have a great trip back to Santiago. We can catch up when you come home again. Wishing you all the best emoticon

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GOANNA2 5/18/2011 6:13PM

    You are really busy and it's good to see that
you are back to your pre-Tassie weight.

Enjoy the rest of the week and think that this
time next week you will be with your DH. emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/18/2011 5:06PM

    Libby, ready to roll & in style with pretty toes !

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TEMPEST272002 5/18/2011 4:50PM

    Hope you're having a good night's sleep. Sounds like everything will be in order by the time you have to take off on that looong trip. Be great to see hubby!

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JANNERUN 5/18/2011 3:52PM

    Wow--you will be busy until your flight! Good luck on getting everything accomplished!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/18/2011 3:07PM

    Sounds like you have it all organized and are ready to go! I love the sound of that dinner you made! Yummy! I know you will enjoy your last 5 days there and do have a safe trip back to Santiago! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 5/18/2011 2:55PM

    It's hard to believe that you'll be traveling again already! Enjoy your remaining time with the pups.


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_LINDA 5/18/2011 1:59PM

    Awesome good news on all fronts! Way to go on the weight loss!! That soup sounds delicious, I LOVE pumpkin!
That plane ride is going to be a corker :(( make sure you have plenty of water on hand all the time (that is ask for it on the plane as you can't carry it on). Walk around every chance you get at every stop. I sure can't stand long airplane or car rides, get a sore butt lol. All the best with it!
Have a Terrific Thursday!!
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LHACKING13 5/18/2011 1:20PM

    You are one busy woman and the soup sounds great. Have a safe trip.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/18/2011 12:46PM

    best wishes for a safe trip. hope the saying goodbye isn't too painful
best wishes, Sandra

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BOVEY63 5/18/2011 12:14PM

    Have a great time of the river cruise - sounds fun and a good way to raise money!
Hope you have Sparking day too!

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    Thursday in an HOUR???? Wait just a minute!!! I just STARTED Thursday a couple of hours ago!!! Hey, can you tell me, did Wednesday turn out well? If not, I'll know to just go back home and go to bed until Thursday! emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/18/2011 12:01PM

    Roast pumpkin soup - that sounds AMAZING! I am so excited for you - almost time to fly back and get started on the next phase of your adventures!

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