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5K ..what was I thinking.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

I sure was nervous, standing among the competitors of the 5 K entering for the first time last weekend.

I didn't have a clue what to expect, or for that matter, I still hadn't made up my mind if I were going for the jog/walk or just stay with the walkers.

Of course the competive person I am, decided to go for the jog/walk.
1st mistake
I have never been a able to jog very far in my life. I have no idea what I was thinking, I don't even walk for speed, I walk for distance. My speed is about a 15 minute mile, 8 to 10 miles a day.

So here I go, jogging up hill at the start.
2nd mistake.
I'm gasping for breath, sweating , for the entire 3 .1 miles.

I managed to finish ..pushing for the finish line running ...me running , where did that come from??

3rd mistake
I came in ___ place . I forgot to ask what place I finished.

Now it's time to hand out the awards..
The girl I signed up with finished 3rd with her leg in pain the entire race. She took off..I never seen her again until I got back ..she was all ready cooled down and drinking a bottle of water, like no big deal, a walk in the park for her.

She gets a trophy and a tee shirt for 3rd place..she said her time was the slowest she had ever ran.
I finished with 39.33 minutes ...I was thrilled to have even finished with out having a heat stroke. I managed to beat my best time by 5 minutes jogging/walking. I was so happy with my time and the experience of being in a 5 K.
I'm standing there and they call my name, I won a tee shirt, for my time in my age division.

Lesson Learned
From now on I'm going to stay with the walkers until I can train my self how to jog and breath at the same time.

If you ever have the opportunity to compete in a 5 K ..do it .

Thanks to ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS .................
You keep me Motivated and inspired to do the unknown.

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MOMMYTECH 6/11/2010 10:55PM

    Great Job! I don't think you made any mistakes at all. You challenged yourself to do something you had never done before. Even though you normally walk, you pushed yourself to jog as well. When you started off jogging and began to sweat and get short of breath, you didn't stop and you got an excellent cardio workout. Then you might have forgotten to ask what place you came in but who cares...You finished the 5K! What a wonderful accomplishment. You should be very proud of yourself!

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    Congratulations! YOU DID IT!!!

Thanks also for sharing, I can learn from first timers' stories, for some day when I walk my first one.

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BRAVEONE92 6/1/2010 10:28PM

    emoticon Cheryl, you did it!!! Your first 5K. I am really proud of you. I know that when you decided to jog, it had to be hard for you, since you weren't conditioned to do it. But the main thing is, that you made it to the finish line. You did great!


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B-N-ME 6/1/2010 7:49PM

    YOU FINISHED!! You reached your goal.Great job! That is what matters...be proud

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THEADMIRAL 6/1/2010 6:59PM

    emoticon Congratulations on finishing! You're our inspiration! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/1/2010 3:53PM

    Cindy you were awesome!

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DAVEW175 6/1/2010 1:21PM

    Congratulations on finishing the 5K. That's quite an accomplishment.

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    But but but ... you FINISHED YOUR FIRST 5K!!! That's amazing!


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TRIGRAMPS 6/1/2010 11:03AM

    Breathing is very important, don't forget to do it! LOL

But, seriously, emoticon emoticonand emoticon. You are now a 5K junkie! That's a great time!

Back to breathing, isn't God good: he made us so we don't normally need to think about breathing! As you are walking to work, start to alternate between walking and running. When I started, I could only do half a block, so I alternated half blocks. It also helped to get a heart monitor. Once I had it, I set a target heart rate zone: when I got above it, I would stop running and walk; when I got below it, I would stop walking and run (unless I was still out of breath, then I pretended not to notice that I was below).

Also, as you noticed, you've got to love being old: you usually get first, second or third in your age division.

Blessings and congratulations! -- Sam

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ELSAG83 6/1/2010 10:02AM

    WOOHOO gf you did it! CONGRATS!! Seriously you did something that many people don't do and that is a great time it being your first time! Now you know what to expect and what it's like so you'll be able to train for your next 5K!

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CRIS76 6/1/2010 9:30AM

    I think you did great.. my best time is 50 minutes :)

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SAMSPARK1 6/1/2010 9:25AM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome!!!!!!!!! WAY TO GO!

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CEILIE2 6/1/2010 9:21AM

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Well done.

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DREENAMT 6/1/2010 9:11AM

    Congratulations -- sounds like you did great!!

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LKEITHO 6/1/2010 8:42AM

    Great job! An age group award first time out! Fantastic!

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KARVY09 6/1/2010 8:35AM

    Hey, finishing your FIRST 5K in under 40 minutes is no small feat! You rock!

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WE_PA_FIT 6/1/2010 8:29AM

    never underestimate what you are capable of!! what a wonderful accomplishment! U should be very proud. emoticon

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8KAREN 6/1/2010 7:20AM

    Congratulations, here's a pat on the back from me. I am so impressed just by the fact that you walk 8 to 10 miles a day, that's quite a commitment. Good for you for taking on a new challenge and conquering your fears. emoticon emoticon

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RUNNER_TIFF_07 6/1/2010 7:17AM

    I think you did a great job!! :) Congrats!

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SHASUN 6/1/2010 6:48AM

    WAY TO GO!!!
Reading about your personal experience with running in your 1st 5K has been very interesting and insightful. I want to thank you for sharing with us all the feelings and emotions that occurred when you decided to actually participate in this race--something you had always wanted to do--and finally did.
"How" you did or "where" you finished does not seem to me to be nearly as important as the fact that you "DID IT" - PERIOD.
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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/1/2010 6:00AM

    Congrats on completing your first 5k. 39.33 is nothing to be ashamed of, and keep in mind why did you sign up in the first place.

I see someone recommended Jeff Galloway. You may also look into John 'the penguin' Bingham - www.johnbingham.com and/or his books 'no need for speed' and 'running for mortals' - great reading for beginners.

I am sure you will find your niche.

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    WHOO_HOO! WAy to go! So.......when is your NEXT 5K?

PS~ Jeffgalloway.com has a great run-walk-run program if you are interested check it out!

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MONGO2TEN 6/1/2010 5:37AM

    Great job! You finished and did well. Keep it up:)


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    You DID it! OK, not terrific form or finish, but you finished!! Super-duper-duper! Go, Grrl!

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POKERDONK 6/1/2010 1:58AM

    I don't think you did anything wrong! You will never get better or faster if you don't get out of your comfort zone. I really think you should look at it the other way: Lesson Learned...I can jog/walk more than I thought/ I didn't die and I will only get better!

Congrats on shaving 5 minutes off and keep up the good work!

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NAVYNURSE 6/1/2010 1:39AM

    GIRL...that is amazing. I did my first 5k in APril and I jogged the entire thing. That was my goal to run the whole thing, and it took me 41:33. I was very very proud, bc i didn't stop...therefore...you did GREAT!!!

Congrats. I hope to beat my time in my next one..Also, it is a great experience.

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I'm sooo excited

Friday, May 28, 2010

Tommorrow moring 7:15 . I am walking/ joging in my
VERY 1st 5 K. Memory Days 2010 Relay for Life.

It's something I have always wanted to do.
Now I get my chance.

I may not be first,
I may not be last,
I just want to finish.

I am soo excited..

Wish me well.
God's Speed,

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Sam may have to wait for me at the finish line this time. emoticon

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DRPOOH63 5/31/2010 12:24PM

    WOW I hope you had a fabulous time! That is one of the benefits of spark that they don't really promote - teaching us to do things we never have tried. The things we didn't think we could do! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 5/31/2010 12:32AM

    Well how did you do??? I was thinking about how exciting it would be.

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SHASUN 5/29/2010 4:15PM

    I indeed with you well. Your excitement is so evident. How or where you finish is not the important thing -- your very first steps are the ones to be most proud of! The fact that you are finally doing what you have been wanting to do must give you a wonderful feeling!
(I'm sure Sam was there rooting you on the whole way!)
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GINGYCAT40 5/29/2010 9:32AM

    emoticonI am soooo excited for you. Enjoy and be proud.. cause this is a great goal and accomplishment.

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8KAREN 5/29/2010 9:03AM

    Good luck but most of all enjoy the experience. Your're a winner before you even start by just doing it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEMELEPOJO 5/29/2010 8:20AM

    I figure you're out there right now in the middle of it. I'm sending you positive thoughts for comfy shoes and pride!

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    I don't have to "wish" you well - I KNOW you'll do a fantastic job!! emoticon

But I'm excited for you just the same - what a difference a year makes! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 5/29/2010 7:01AM

    This is very exciting and I will be watching for your successful report after the race!!! emoticon


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KAKIPOPUP 5/29/2010 5:48AM

    You're a champion just for trying and stepping outside your comfort zone!


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KALISWALKER 5/28/2010 11:40PM

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I will be thinking of you and cheering you on!

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KATHYJO56 5/28/2010 11:03PM

    I do wish you the very best! It must be very exciting for you to do this for the very first time. emoticon

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Short question... doubting the scales??

Monday, May 17, 2010

Here is a question for ya..

Say you have been on this journey so several months and have
achieved a slow steady weight loss of 1 pound a week.

Thinking the scale just wasn't right and
instead of adding ..3lbs to your weight loss goal
only added 1 or 2 ?? emoticon

Just to be on the safe side..
Thinking if the scales were right catch it up next week??
Or if it was wrong then you don't have to worry about it.

Have you ever doubted the number on the scales?

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KAKIPOPUP 5/24/2010 9:32AM

    I think the scale is just an estimate - but it is a powerful estimate. According to my scale, I went up 6 or 7 pounds this past weekend - but that is probably water weight from the excess sodium and sugar I ate. Discouraging, though, so I will stay off the scale for this week, get back on the program, and weigh again on Saturday (for the Cats team). I also truncate the decimals and only look at the whole number -

It really matters for me that I weigh at the same time each time I weigh in, dressed in the same clothes or lack thereof, and after using the toilet. So I discount the weights at the doctor's office because none of those conditions are met - emoticon.

Try not to let it get you down -

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JOYINKY 5/22/2010 7:42AM

    Trust what you're doing; it's obviously working for you! Weight loss will slow as you get closer to goal. The scales, all the advice here is good; trust, but verify! How you feel, how your clothes fit, etc. You're doing great! Joy emoticon

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BRAVEONE92 5/19/2010 12:04AM

    I pay no attention to the scales. Water retention or musles which weight more, will make the scale go up. I have a new WW scales. I love it. But I only weigh myself 1-2 times a month. Because if I have gone up, it discourages me. I know that if I work out and eat healthy, that my body is going to be healthy and I always lose inches. My clothes are really loose on me, from last summer. I could go down a size but I bought new ones last year. Don't despair, because you are making your body a healthy one, less depression, happier, stronger and hopefully, you feel much better. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/18/2010 3:41PM

    I have two good scales. They both tell me different things. I've chosen to use just one now. I just take it at face value and don't bother too much about numbers. Just keep doing the right things for myself. Best wishes for your continued success.

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KYRRDIS 5/18/2010 1:21PM

    Mine shifts up and down, too. Chinese food = major fluid retention and I see it the next day. It goes away just as quickly.

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SANDI521 5/18/2010 6:23AM

    I believe the scales but I also know that for me I need to weigh early in the am once a week and no more. My weight does fluctuate and to keep me working the program and not get discouraged or overly excited I have found the once a week weigh in is best.
I have also found that I had to adjust the allowable calories in order to loose weight so that I could loose 1 lb a week.

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KALISWALKER 5/17/2010 11:13PM

    I believe the scale and keep changing it up to find what works for me.

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ONEWEIGH 5/17/2010 10:27PM

    My weight fluctuates so much (up 2 lbs in the past two days!)that any particular day's reading doesn't freak me out too much. If you're a once week weigher, I'd try again tomorrow and see what it said. That's why some weeks my official weigh in day is Thursday, sometimes Friday and sometimes Saturday...one of those days is usually the lowest for the week, and each week at least ONE day I weigh less than I did any day the previous week. I wouldn't mis-represent a weight, I would just note it mentally but not enter it at all. If the extra poundage stayed longer than a week I'd fess up and try to figure out what happened. My scale has always been dead on with the scales in the doctors' offices, so I believe it until the battery dies! emoticon emoticon

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

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Last fall I purchased a pair of walking shoes, they fit better than any fitness shoes I had ever had. I have to say they were the most expensive shoe I had ever purchased. New Balance 927, I have a good friend that recommended them to me, so I thought ..they must be a good shoe because she had a Doctor recommend them to her. Well I find a store that had them and tried on a couple pairs and found 1 that fit and couldn't wait to get get home and go walking.

Well after a few times out I got a couple blisters, on my toes, and then they healed and then I got one on my heal, seemed like every few days I would have a blister on the other toe or the other heal. But most of the time they fit like a glove. I bought really good socks and laced my shoes up better and the same thing would happen. Well I finally wore them out, and I desperately need another pair of walking shoes.

Another friend recommended I go to a store that professionally measure your feet and get them to help me find the right size and width. After talking with them, I found out they also have an insert that helps straighten out my toes so they will lie down, instead of curling under when I walk. I tried on a couple different kinds and then she put an insert in them that made my feet t feel like they were made esp for me.

I found the right size, width , and a birkenstock insert ..and a pair of shoes. I got a size bigger than I was wearing, a wide with ..which I always had to have a wide with, but a whole size bigger, I walked around the store for several minutes and decided to get the shoes she had fitted me for.

Now these are the most expensive shoe I have ever had, but if my feet feel better ..I will to..

New Balance 1012. I can hardly wait to get out and start walking....this time I'm watching the weather. I got caught out in a down pour the first time I wore the 1st pair, I was soaked from head to toe, including my new shoes.

Thanks Spark People and Spark Friends
Let all get out and take a walk.

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SELF-LOVE 6/29/2010 6:11AM

    I understand about good walking/running/exercising shoes. The fit is the most important part... in a high heel i wear 7 1/2's. In an everyday shoe I wear 8mediums. But in a walking/running shoe ( i only buy New Balance)... I wear a 9 1/2 AA ... Go figure! the latest pair I bought were 883's. I have a Left Pinky toe that curls in - so I just bought a plastic jelly spacer at the pharmacy and wear it in between my two end toes and It does wonders!

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SHASUN 5/23/2010 7:40AM

    A pair of comfortable good-fitting shoes is so very important. Trying on shoes before purchasing may seem like a hassle, but it still surprises me how different shoes have such a totally different feel and fit. My choice of shoes for the day depends on how my feet themselves feel and how the shoes feel once I put them on. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMBULATOR 5/14/2010 5:29PM

    Congrats on the shoes. I too am a NB fan. I only wear 993's now. They are amazing. Good luck with everything.

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KALISWALKER 5/10/2010 6:50PM

    I got new trail shoes this weekend! Great for going up and down hills. I wear a size larger too, and I would love to have inserts. Good walks in your new shoes!
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MUFFINK9 5/10/2010 1:06PM

    You are a great motivator! I agree that good shoes really help and I too also need a wider width, but this is funny, since I have lost 42 lb my feet are slimmer or maybe not as swollen and I actually had to lace the shoes tighter! emoticon emoticon

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DRPOOH63 5/9/2010 10:07PM

    Congrats on the new shoes!! YOU ARE WORTH expensive shoes - your body and your feet with thank you for it!! emoticon

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BRAVEONE92 5/9/2010 7:03PM

    Cheryl, I am glad that you are enjoying your new walking shoes. It sure will be easier walking those long miles now. I had not heard of the ones that you purchased. But I know that brand, is one of the best.

My brother recommended the Sketchers Shape Ups to me. He & his wife are both teachers and stand on their feet lots. He told me that "your feet feel like you are walking on a mattress" which is so true. They bought the lace ups. I bought the Mary Janes. They feel wonderful! They are supposed to make you lose weight and tone your legs and etc. I don't know if these facts will hold up or not. I do know they are wonderful to walk in. It takes a little of adjustment at first, to get the hang of walking in them.

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SANDI521 5/9/2010 6:34AM

    Good shoes that fit are important for everyday activities and all sports. As I get older I am finding that if it the wrong fit my feet will tell me pretty quickly. I need a half size larger than I did three or four years ago. Happy walking! emoticon

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DAISYDAY25 5/8/2010 5:49PM

  Comfortable shoes are very important. Shoes that fit are always good.

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It Happened

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Not sure what happened, I have been Sparking since July 09.
Well yesterday ( Monday) was my weigh in day, it was the first
time since joining Spark People that I didn't loose any weight.
It kinda got me down.
I realized something...
I have lost 66 pounds in 9 months. I have worked hard to achieve this goal.
I feel better, I look better, I am determined to meet my final goal.
I am not going to let one more minute pass feeling as if 1 pound is going
to determine my mood in this journey. I have already accomplished more
than I ever thought I possibly would.

I will succeed.

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MOMMABOF7 4/30/2010 9:11PM

    You will succeed! I came looking for you because you haven't posted your exercise for a few days :) I am always inspired by you!

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KALISWALKER 4/28/2010 12:28AM

    Let's fix that scale!

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    But to me you have ALREADY succeeded!!! emoticon

After losing so much weight, don't forget that your body needs to make corrections as you go along. So of course you won't lose weight at the same rate as before.

But celebrate in what you HAVE done, my friend!!

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ONEWEIGH 4/27/2010 11:46AM

    Your first "no loss" weigh in in 9 months? That's quite a record! I know it's momentarily depressing, but you are emoticon Keep up the good work!

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MSAXON94 4/27/2010 11:35AM

    You have done such an amazing job so far. Don't let one pound spoil it. Keep going. You'll continue losing weight. Keep your head up. You have lots to be proud of!

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BECKY49 4/27/2010 8:17AM

    Sister you will do it...you are doing great, don't let it get you down. hang in there, it will happen.

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MY3NTHEPUNKIN 4/27/2010 1:48AM

  You have a GREAT attitude! You will succeed, just don't give up!

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ERIECANALGAL 4/27/2010 12:33AM

    Good for you You are doing a great job with your weight loss.

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AMICHT 4/27/2010 12:21AM

    Honey, it isn't just that you WILL succeed...
You HAVE succeeded!
Just keep on succeeding!
I believe in you!

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MKPRINCESS007 4/27/2010 12:21AM

    Wow, wow, wow! You have achieved an amazing weight loss! Be proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was inevitable.....ya know, a little blip without the weight loss. No worries, tweak up your routine a little and it will start moving again!

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    Good for you! I have had weeks where I have not lost any weight at all...and I know how tough it is...hang in there...

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