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A look deeper: Goals for 2013 - Physically

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Seven pounds...Seven pounds from goal weight! I have always been a pretty slow loser. So losing a half pound on average a week is not abnormal for me.

My goal is to lose this weight by time a go to Las Vegas on March 7th 2013.
Three of my very close friends and I have decided since we will have all turned 40 We need to go out and have a fun girls weekend. Some place none of us have ever been. It was decided on Vegas. Reluctantly on my side. I never really cared to go to Vegas other to drive from air port right out of town and head to some national or state park in Nevada. I decided I wouldn't mind going because it is more for the company instead of the destination. It should be a fun time and more than anything I want to be fit and prepared to do all the walking that will be involved.

Roadmap to get there:
1. Well first I need to start eating better. Stop drinking calories and start eating more protein, fruit, veggies and complex carbs. I am a lover of Carbs. I love bread - any kind! I love pasta, cookies and cake! I need to stop that! So back to a tracking I go! I had really gotten into the habit until about a month ago. It works! Do it!
2. Next I need my water! I just feel better when I am hydrated! While I am not a cold hard "8 a day" kind of girl, I feel like 6 is my magic number. If I drink 6 glasses of water plus my coffee in the morning and a glass (or two) of milk in the evening that is fine for liquids. I have tried other ways but my body is telling me this works best for me.
3. Next - treadmill! I am wanting to build endurance not speed. If you know me, you know I only run if a bear is chasing me (I live in the city in NE Indiana, we don't have bears around here). I have done a couple of beachbody DVD's but with me not really feeling well for about a month now (I'll go into this more in another blog) I feel like I don't have the energy right now for that. I will do what I know works for me. Walk.
In Mid-January I will be starting BLC21 (Biggest Loser Challenge round 21). I will be co-captaining so that will give me extra accountability. There are lots of Challenges going on there to give me extra push.

This is nothing new. No big surprises here! I am pretty sure all my friends have been on SP for 8 months or longer! You all know this and we all know it works! Just shut up and do it.

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FT4EVR 12/31/2012 7:32PM

    I am working with a similar road map. Let's get it done!!

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COOPSM 12/31/2012 5:27AM

    Lizzy---hope you are feeling better soon!!!! you got this.........

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LMB-ESQ 12/30/2012 10:19PM

    Haha... just shut up and do it....

Good roadmap!

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RUNNINGWILD 12/30/2012 9:51PM

    Just shuttin' up .... Let's do this!

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FLGIRL1234 12/30/2012 9:45PM

    That's absolutely right...."Just shut up and do it". I am so with you girl! Let's do this.

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JOPAPGH 12/30/2012 9:31PM

    Sounds like a well thought out plan. Here's to a great 2013. emoticon

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Why I set my page as private + Goals for 2013

Friday, December 28, 2012

So if you are seeing this page you are 1 of 65 people that are able to see my page. I have drastically cleaned out my spark friends; unfriending a lot of people who either haven't been active on SP or who I do not have or never have had regular communications with.

I have a lot of goals for 2013. A lot of things that I am wanting to work on to improve my life. I don't want all of my struggles to be broadcast all over the internet. That is the short answer to why I have set my page to private. I feel the need to write whatever is on my head and I am hoping I will feel freer to write it out with just a few people reading.

I am going to be writing out my goals here then taking them one by one and going into more details to try to figure out the road map to get there. Suggestions are appreciated!

My goals:

Physically - hit my goal weight. OMG! I am 7 pounds away! Really!! What is my deal!?! I should be able to hit it by March losing half a pound a week.

Health - I have been having several issues that a couple of my sparkfriends suggested I get to the doctor about. I am not going to go into it right now but I do have an appointment for Jan 8th.

Spiritual - I have been languish here the last couple years. I need to find my center again.

Domestically - seriously i need just to do things around the house before it gets to the point of out of control.

Financially - We have too much debt to be as broke as we are. It isn't a huge amount of debt but we really shouldn't have any. Hubby and I make a comfortable living and we shouldn't have any debt.

Marriage - I have no real problems in my marriage but I think I can make it better. In fact I know I can.

I am tired of coasting. I will be 40 in just more than a month. I don't know if it is that or if it is the whole Sandy Hook shooting but I don't want to coast anymore.

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HAZEL1022 10/6/2013 12:22AM

    Thank you for keeping me on your list of 65. I know we haven't been in contact recently, but please know that you are thought of often and fondly.

I look forward to reconnecting with you.

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XFITSTRONG 1/1/2013 10:47AM

    Thanks for keeping me! Looking forward to supporting, motivating, and encouraging you this year!

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COOPSM 12/30/2012 9:42AM

    Liz---you are one strong chick and if anyone can reach their is YOU!!! I am here to help in anyway that I can....please keep me posted on your upcoming Dr appt!!!!

Hugs and here is to a new day!!!

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ANTHONYSGAL 12/29/2012 7:09PM

    This is a great blog my friend and I'm so glad I'm one of the 65... I'm just getting to know you here on spark but have enjoyed getting to know you thru have very reachable obtainable goals for 2013... I've dubbed 2013 "The Year of AWESOMENESS"

Let's have an Awesome year and I'll be here cheering you on all the way.

P.S. Don't know much bout yout health issues but you're in my prayers

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SPARKNMOM 12/29/2012 1:30PM

    Sounds like a good list of goals here! I've been lazyish about my weightloss lately and need to move it back into high gear :) Can't wait to follow you as you lose those last 7 pounds!!

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LMB-ESQ 12/29/2012 9:52AM

    I'm going to take a page out of your book and clean out my friends list. Somehow it makes me feel guilty, but it needs to be done. I am so glad you kept me! And I will certainly be keeping you too!

I love your goals! Very clear and thorough statements of where you want to go from here. I imagine that you have a plan for reaching each one, but writing it down here would probably result in some kind of novel :-) Still, I'd like to read about that, if you care to share. I'm a big believer in "roadmaps."

I know what you mean about coasting too. As humans, I don't think we are hardwired to stay in one place very long. We need personal growth and change, or else we stagnate. I don't know about you, but I get restless and very unhappy if I'm not working on myself somehow. Hence, things like school, and cleaning house, and spiritual searches, and getting in physical shape, etc, etc.

So let's go, lady friend.... let's make 2013 our year!

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FT4EVR 12/29/2012 8:04AM

    Me again! I was going to edit my post but since the first reply got so wordy I decided to just write again. I think I need to explain what I meant by sweeping away the clutter. I didn't mean "hoarder" type clutter! By less stuff I many pairs of socks do I need, how many sets of sheets, pots and pans, travel mugs, water bottles....that type of thing. I don't have a hoarder house! I have too much "stuff". Stuff that is in it's place.
To me, even a clean house can have too much "stuff".That is how I came to the decision to work towards becoming a minimalist. And that is what the book means by saying "less stuff, more joy".

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RUNNINGWILD 12/29/2012 1:37AM

    Good luck, my friend, you can do it!!

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MKKAYA 12/28/2012 11:58PM

    Nice goals - I too have decided 2013 will be the year of many changes - I will be posting them soon.

Happy to know I am one of your friends!

good Luck

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TAMTAM64 12/28/2012 11:29PM

    Thank you for keeping me! :)

I may follow your idea about making my page more private. I love how your goals hit all areas of your life.

I hope you get some answers from your doctor! Take care of you!

Here to a great 2013!


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PKCTTS 12/28/2012 11:06PM

    I keep my page to friends only most of the time. I don't see any difference between Spark and Facebook or other social media.

Seven pounds is not something to feel bad about - you will get it off or you won't, but keep up the healthy habits and you will finish 2013 stronger and healthier.

Two suggestions:

The first is I'm a really organized person, my house is clean, I don't have a lot of clutter . . . but this sites emails allow me to effectively put my domestic life on autopilot.

Second, Take as little as 10 min every morning to do a few sun salutations and meditate or pray or be thankful for about 5 min. It gets your blood flowing, your energy up and your head into the right space. The rest of your day will flow more easily.

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FT4EVR 12/28/2012 10:48PM

    Great goals! I like that they cover so many different areas of life. It is not just about losing weight and maintaining it. It is about living. Like you said....tired of coasting in life.
And now since you did ask....some suggestions: Domestically.... I picked up the book "the joy of less, a minimalist living guide" to declutter, organize and simplify your life. On the back cover it says "less stuff = more joy"! I feel once I have gone through the process of sweeping away the clutter it won't be so hard to keep up with regular cleaning.
And if interested in reading it maybe see if your library can get the book because.....Suggestions for Finances is....No more charging things that you want! They are "wants" not "needs". I watched a show with Susie Orman and these are the tips I wrote down because I want to change this area in my life too. (1) Live below your means. (2) Before buying something ask yourself....Is it a want or a need? (3) Get the same pleasure from saving as you do from spending.

On Marriage: You will have an even better marriage because you are not saying that hubby needs to are saying that you know that YOU can do things to make it even better. That is how it works. I keep that in mind for myself too. I don't point out hubbys faults, I focus on changing my own and what I can do to make my marriage better.

Glad you are going to see the doctor! And YES this IS the year that you reach goal!!! Big smile! So happy for you!!

And thanks for keeping me around! I appreciate your friendship! Laurie


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FLGIRL1234 12/28/2012 10:07PM

    I think its very helpful to put your goals out there and dissect them one by one to make the pathway clearer in reaching them. I think 2013 will be a very good year for you!

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LJR4HEALTH 12/28/2012 9:59PM

    Yes I have been thinking about setting my page ot private as well I'm even thinking of getting rid of FB

I really like your goals that you plan ot work on for 2013 I know you will hit your goal weight by March I hope everything turns out well on your health issues and I especially like your Spiritual goal that one I am as well working on it

Wishing you a wonderful Happy Healthy New Year

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KASHMIR 12/28/2012 9:45PM

    thanks for thinking of me as one of the 65 you want to keep as part of your spark life, and thanks for making me think about creating new goals for 2013.
2012 I coasted through, and I want to LIVE my life, not coast.
Hugs! Robin

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Nearing the end of another round of BLC

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Well I can't tell you how happy I am with the outcome of this round of BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) 20! I am just about 1.2 lbs from goal that I made for this round (we will find out on Wednesday if I hit it or not). That is a total of 6 pounds lost. This also means that if I hit it I will be 6 pounds from my ultimate goal weight!
I have lost inches this year too. I never took the measurements in September but I did in June.
Along with the 6 pounds I have lost a total of 6.5 inches too! My waist and hips are the two hold outs on this. I have actually increased in my waist (by a half inch) and stayed the same in the hips! What kind of crap is that?! LOL
I am pretty happy with my results and after thinking about it for a long time I have deicded that my usual "don't gain" December goal just isn't going to cut it this year!
BLC 21 doesn't start until mid January so here are my goals to make sure I am still heading for my goals until then!
1. Try out some new recipes! I need some more food I can eat that is a little lower in carbs! I never go over carbs anymore but I want to try to keep on the lower of the range. I believe that is what is keeping the belly fat from moving on! It isn't like I don't' have a bunch of ideas! I get magazines, emails and I am on Pinterest constantly collecting them! NOW I need to make them!
2. Stay in the Outlaw team through out the break! I have volunteered to do a weekend challenge so that will keep me accountable to get back in there and not slack off!
3. Keep up with ST & Cardio! 5-6 days a week for Cardio and 2-3 for ST! NO EXCUSES!
4. WATER WATER WATER! she says as she is drinking a glass of wine...
I will come back (maybe) and add my "after" pictures, right now I am just too lazy to get up. Did I mention I was drinking wine?

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FT4EVR 12/16/2012 12:30PM

    Wonderful! BIG SMILE from me! I am sooo happy for you! Keep it up!!

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LJR4HEALTH 12/5/2012 6:31PM

    Lizzy so you did go to a different team for 20 sounds like the change really worked for you very happy for you. Sounds like you had an awesome round wishing you much continued success here on BLC

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TKAYSMILES 12/5/2012 5:20PM

    WTG Liz!!! So exciting that you are so close!! Will be sticking with you through the break too!

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PKCTTS 12/4/2012 12:55PM

    Here's hoping we both hit our goal tomorrow. I look forward to losing an additional pound or two with you during the break. You're right, no reason to expect less just because there is a one day holiday in the month.


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LMB-ESQ 12/3/2012 4:14PM

    Great goals! emoticon emoticon And good for you on the 6 lbs!

I'm consistently gaining over the last few months. Slowly, but gaining. Wrong direction. Can't get motivated.

Drink a glass of wine... oops.... water.... for me emoticon

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BILL60 12/3/2012 8:20AM

    Sounds like a plan. Now, make it happen.

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BLUE42DOWN 12/2/2012 11:07PM


I like that it seems we'll have a nice little core of us OUTLAWS sticking it out through the break and pushing to do just as well as during the challenge proper.

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RUNNINGWILD 12/2/2012 10:50PM

    Quit drinking your calories woman!! *scowl*
Then again, I've heard wine is good for the heart so.....
Good job so far. I've got my fingers crossed that you hit goal on Wednesday.

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Fear of Failure or Fear of Success

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Here it is. I lost 2 pounds this week. I haven't seen this number in some time. I feel like I am at this crossroad where I can gain the same 3 pounds back (again) or I can make the push and keep doing what I have been doing and see if it'll take me anywhere. Would you believe I am almost more afraid to push and fail than I am to let the 3 pounds back on the scale?

It isn't like I haven't ever been at goal weight. I have! back in 2009. I was there in July and kept it within 5 pounds for months. Then the slow gain started...

If you have read any of my other blogs you know that I felt like I needed to let go of that naturally skinny 98 lb high school senior. I felt I had to say good bye and morn, yes morn the person I no longer am. I still believe that and while logically I believe I have done that something is still holding me back. What? Why haven't I been able to jump on that wagon of healthy living and weight loss success that I had once been at?
Because I am scared. I am not exactly sure why I am so scared to be that person that I really want to be.Am I scared of reaching my goal weight and not being able to maintan it again? yes that is pretty real. but the truth is, I HAVE been maintaining. For almost a year now. I have been maintaining the same weight gaining and losing the same 3 pounds. Right now I am 10 pounds from my goal weight. It doesn't seem like a lot when you say it out loud but to me, it might as well be 100. Over and over again I have gotten to the point of losing a couple pounds then I stop doing what I am doing in exercise. I start eating more and more of my trigger foods. Making excuses all along the way. I self sabotage again and again.

There is a quote that I love and I apologize because I don't remember who said it and I am going to paraphrase it here....We will remain the same until the pain of remaining
the same is greater than the pain of change.

Am I at that point yet? I am close, that I know. I have been reading a lot today. I did a Google search for Fear of Failure. I have posted some key quotes for some of these articles as well as the links to them below. Some of the articles I read I wanted to scream! Others just one or two sentences made me stop and think. I hope they will do the same for you all too. I will be back to explore and think "out loud" on some of these at some later date but right now. I am in the mind set of "fake it til you make it".

"Everyone likes to succeed. The problem comes when fear of failure is dominant. When you can no longer accept the inevitability of making mistakes, nor recognize the importance of trial and error in finding the best and most creative solution. The more creative you are, the more errors you are going to make. Get used to it. Deciding to avoid the errors will destroy your creativity too."

"Which do you fear most? Success or failure? Could it be that what holds you back in life is more about your fear of success than it is about your fear of failure? Before we can dig into the fear of success side of the equation, we need to address the more commonly thought-about fear of failure.

Just about everyone has hurdles in life, some more pronounced than others. Regardless of your situation or circumstance, the question remains: are you willing to do what it takes to overcome what challenges you? When confronted with a difficult challenge, do you let your fears about coming up short stop you from taking any action at all?"

"These negative "what if" scenarios may sound pretty darn close to fear of failure. However, underneath them lies a precursor fear: What if I get what I say I want and I'm not prepared to handle it? What if I'm just an imposter pretending that I know what to do?

The subtle little twist here is that while you might be able to imagine success and even create it, the doubt remains that you will be able to handle it. The fear of success then often shows up as self-doubt, as an inner voice reminding you that you probably can't handle the success you want."

"...has a fear of failure meant that, subconsciously, you undermined your own efforts to avoid the possibility of a larger failure?...You might experience some of these symptoms if you have a fear of failure:
A reluctance to try new things or get involved in challenging projects.
Self-sabotage - for example, procrastination, excessive anxiety, or a failure to follow through with goals.
Low self-esteem or self-confidence Ė Commonly using negative statements such as "I'll never be good enough to get that promotion," or "I'm not smart enough to get on that team."
Perfectionism Ė A willingness to try only those things that you know you'll finish perfectly and successfully."

"Stop sabotaging yourself. If you donít feel motivated, maybe itís because you have an internal conflict. What would you lose if you reached your goal? For example, if you took a new job, would your friends be envious? If you slimmed down, would you lose an excuse for being unhappy? Be sure that you own your dream and you really want everything that comes with it. Donít do something to please someone else. "

"Why is change so difficult? Why do we fear, rather than embrace, taking a risk? And can we find a way to forge new territories that seem to promise, but can't guarantee, a better life?....Edwin Locke, one of the foremost researchers in goal-setting, states that the No. 1 thing that stands in the way of goal attainment is fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of making the wrong decision, looking foolish, being embarrassed and so on."

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FLGIRL1234 12/2/2012 9:44PM

    I can so relate. Sometimes I really can get to questioning myself. Why do I yo-yo so much. It's gotta be the fear all the way around. Great blog. :)

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GREENGENES 10/11/2012 6:54PM

    Lot's of great thoughts but I guess the take home message is have no fear.

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BILL60 10/11/2012 9:39AM

    Way too much thinking. Just go and "Do It".

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XFITSTRONG 10/11/2012 5:09AM

    Great blog! Really hits home for me. I get so close to a goal weight..... within 10-15 lbs, then I gain it all back. It's like I am becoming a different person and it scares me. I have never been thin and fit and healthy before. Always been "the fat girl"....

We can do this!!!!

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LMB-ESQ 10/11/2012 4:31AM

    Well, you said you'd post a blog and you certainly did! (And I said I'd be the first to comment on it too **gloating** lol)

That quote about the pain of remaining the same being greater than the pain of changing, that's where I'm at too. And that article too. Oh boy.

So does recognizing that we fear failure, for whatever reason, mean we are close to overcoming that fear? Boy, I sure hope so, because it's hard as hell to live in fear! And even harder when you either don't recognize the fear. or worse, start to embrace it as "normal."

You were right when you said you and I were cut from the same cloth. Somehow we always seem to manage to post stuff the other needs to see just at the right time. So how about it? We help each other get back on track?

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Let's get this plan together!

Monday, September 17, 2012

OK so I need a roughly 12 week plan to get me ready for the holiday's!

Over all goals are to lose inches around my middle and strengthen and build my upper body (arms, back shoulders) I would also like to lose 6 pounds in the next 12 weeks though I am not so concerned about the weight loss if I am building muscle and losing inches.

Now, how to accomplish this!

1. Food tracking - get ready to hear a whine.....I HATE FOOD TRACKING!!! I hate it I hate it I hate it!! sigh. it works so I will do it. I will track all possible meals (except for the ones where I eat out at the local restaurants. I can't get nutritional info from them). In addition to tracking I will use the note section to record how I felt about what I ate that day and if I see anything where I can improve or did really well I will use that area to record it. I also plan to develop a new menu that follows more of a meat less lower carb diet. I am not an Adkins girl, I just need to stop eating so much I love bread!

2. Exercise - I am going to start out the first few weeks with a minimum of 20 minutes 6 days a week. after 3 week I will evaluate my progress and decide how much to add for the next 3. I will also use the note section on this and record how I feel about my workout. Focusing on Mental and physical.

3. I will participate on my teams and I will read blogs that motivate me. In turn I will take my notes I made and blog once a week compiling all my notes and evaluating my week hoping that my blog will motivate someone else!

Lots of my issues are mental. I am STILL hanging on to that skinny girl I used to be. I am STILL in denial that I am ever getting old and the more I yo-yo the harder this is going to be. I am STILL getting very close to my goals and self sabotaging myself. I hope by doing these three "simple" things I will turn this around and move on and stop once and for all holding on to the past!

here is me - yucky side view before picture

here is me with my guns showing! HA!!!

Here is my cat who is telling me to get off the computer and pay attention to her!

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JO88BAKO 9/28/2012 10:09PM

    Hope you have a great weekend. Good luck with the challenge. It seems like a fun one we Outlaws can have fun with while working on our goals

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FT4EVR 9/22/2012 6:40PM

    I think your goals are great ones! Tracking is sooo very important. I can relate to your mental issues! We have the same body shape. The only difference is that I am older than you. I haven't come to terms that the "skinny girl" needs to adjust to a new shape. You are right....the more yo yo'ing the harder it is as you age. That is true for me. You can turn it around though and when you stick to your goals you can put an end to it! Cute pics! Even the "yucky" one!

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COOPSM 9/22/2012 6:01PM

    You got this girl!!!!

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PKCTTS 9/20/2012 7:51PM

    I think you are probably already exceeding that exercise goal. No doubt - you've got this!

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JO88BAKO 9/20/2012 6:16PM

    You bet we Outlaws can do it. I'm with ya!

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LMB-ESQ 9/19/2012 5:05AM

    Pretty kitty! You have a great plan!

My issues are all mental too, a lot like yours, in fact! I think I need to take a page out of your book and set some more concrete goals. I've never used the notes sections of the trackers. You'll have to let me know how that works for you!

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HAWAII5YEARS 9/18/2012 4:09PM

    Love the second picture! Why? Because your personality and attitude are showing.
Go get 'em!

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TKAYSMILES 9/18/2012 1:42PM

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BILL60 9/18/2012 7:47AM

    Hang tough and do it.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/17/2012 11:51PM

    Rock those guns! Sounds like your cat knows what is important. I'm sure she approves of your plan as long as it include kitty time.

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BIISHO 9/17/2012 11:47PM

    Great plan emoticon
you look like a doll BTW emoticon cute

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RUNNINGWILD 9/17/2012 10:09PM

    Go get 'em!

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STEELKICKIN 9/17/2012 9:44PM

    Now THAT sounds like a plan!! Ohh, honey, your before picture is gorgeous, too. Just face it. You're a gorgeous gal and your cat is a cutie, too!! Good luck on your goals. You will do it cuz you're charmingly stubborn as well!

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RHONDALYN10 9/17/2012 8:46PM

    You crack me up!
Amazing how we don't feel older.....I am right there with you and was only in the past year that I accepted I am not going to be 115 least not anytime soon.
Best wishes! I know you are going to do great!

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