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February Progress Report

Monday, March 01, 2010

Weight lost: 5.5 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 10 lbs.
Fitness minutes: 460 (vs. 1,030 in January)
Miles: 30 miles (vs. 66 in January)
Measurements: No change

Non-scale victories:

I reached a milestone of 50 lbs. GONE!
I am out of plus size clothes
I fit into my "skinny" size 18 jeans I bought, thinking I could wear them in Spring.

Looking at my February calendar I know that I slacked off this month. (The pink represents the "good", the X's the days I didn't meet my goals). All last week I didn't workout due to my busy schedule, but I know that is an excuse. I could have made time in the morning or at night, and I didn't. We were planning for a family party and therefore I was running errands on lunches and after work and was exhausted at night, but still, I feel I could have done better. I would grade myself at a C+, B- for the month.

My goals were in 4 categories: water, exercise, stay within calorie range, and eat fruits/veggies.

My goals for March are:

1. Lose 8-10 lbs.
2. Train for the 8k I'm signed up for so that I can run part of it and finish within the time allotted (a little over an hour).
3. Run/Walk 8k (Shamrock Shuffle)
4. Have 1,000 fitness minutes again in March. I did it in January, I can do it again.
5. Work out EVERY day even if it is only for 10 minutes.
6. Balance my life - family, writing and work. Take my breaks at work, or at least my lunch. Get out of the office and write. Leave at 5 sharp to get home to the family. No more staying until 5:30, 6 or beyond. Claim back my life.


PROGRESS PHOTOS (from January 1, 2010 to March 1, 2010. There isn't much visible change from February to March)

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JODI912 3/2/2010 7:41AM


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MOMFAN 3/2/2010 1:24AM

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2BTHINMAMMA 3/1/2010 10:38PM

    emoticonon all your success, hard work and determination! emoticon emoticon

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IZONPRIZE 3/1/2010 9:11PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!! I am cheering you on to another month of progress. Hey, don't be so hard on yourself... Begin to say things like "I am moving forward toward my goals", because; girl, you ARE!!!

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    The visual effects on your calendar are pretty nifty. I think I might try that; thanks for the hint. And, the timeing is perfect, March 1.

50 pounds is wonderful, that means you are doing so many things right. Make yourself a priority. Jump back in the program, you go girl.

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FLYSOHIGH 3/1/2010 4:16PM

    You know, you actually inspired me to write my own March goals. I never set any, never gave myself deadlines, so no wonder that he successes I had were few and far between. I had nothing to really concentrate on.
Gonna write these goals today.
Thanks so much for the inspiration!

And naturally congrats on still losing weight and inches despite it being only a B- month as you call it. Good luck with your March goals!!!!!

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K10BFIT 3/1/2010 4:12PM

  Yahoo!!! I love the photos. You can definitely tell you lost weight! WAY TO GO!!!

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Gotta Love those non-scale victories and the ones yet to come!

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KO1215 3/1/2010 2:38PM

    I can see it!! Good job!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/1/2010 2:24PM

    Look at those non-scale victories! emoticon 50lbs gone and no more plus size, rah, rah, rah!

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A Hoodie That Resembles Oh SO MUCH MORE!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Last week I reached the milestone of losing 50 lbs. (insert applause and cheering - I am so excited about this!! )

I have been shopping exclusively at Lane Bryant or Torrid, or other plus size online stores. When going shopping with my sisters I am never able to buy from the cheaper stores. It gets to be expensive.

With all of this weight lost a friend told me I should try Kohl's for their clothing. She suggested it for the quality but also the value. Especially since I don't plan on stopping at 50 lbs. lost, I need to reach that 100 lbs. milestone and beyond. So I don't want to break the bank to look fashionable in my "inbetween" sizes. I didn't realize that Kohls even had a plus size section!

Backstory - I LOVE hoodies. I can never find one that fits me though. They are either too big or too small. The plus size versions are way too wide and long, but the smaller sizes never zipped up on me.

So as we were shopping at Kohl's I did a mini shopping spree. I found the softest, cutest hoodie. BUT it was not in the plus size section, it was in the regular section and a size XL. It was half off and a great price. But would it fit? I tried it on, and do you know it fit me perfectly? Like it was made for me???

This prompted me to look around the "regular" size section and I found that their sizes in some brands go up to 18. So I tried on dress pants. They fit! I tried on shirts (XL). They fit!!! I didn't buy one thing from the plus size section!

I am so proud of myself and still a little bit in disbelief. I look up to God. Me? Really? Because I couldn't have done this without Him.


20/22 shirt NOW 14/16
3XL shirt NOW XL
24/26 pant NOW 18/20
26/28 jean NOW 20
48 F bra NOW 42 DDD

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FREELADY 3/3/2010 6:46PM

    Three cheers! Thank you for including the details. That is SO heartening to me.

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NANCY1204 2/26/2010 11:04AM

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2BTHINMAMMA 2/26/2010 10:24AM

    That is so awesome!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JODI912 2/26/2010 8:42AM

    Woohoo!!!! That is awesome! And the theing I am most jealous about? The bra size! Holy cow ... I am waiting for the day when I can buy them anywhere and not have to break the bank to do it. LOL.

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BUSYMOMTO3PLUS6 2/26/2010 6:53AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!!!

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CAFLETER 2/26/2010 6:43AM

    Oh Congratulations!!! I know that is the most spectacular feeling!!

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DEBWILLBFREE 2/25/2010 11:05PM

    Oh, man! That IS something to be thrilled about!!! congratulations! good job!

Deb emoticon

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YATMAMA 2/25/2010 10:36PM

    I am SO proud of you!!!!!!!!!!! You GO, girl!!! *APPLAUSE*

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MOMFAN 2/25/2010 10:30PM

    emoticonDon't foget the thrift stores. I love their 99 cent sales!

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PEPPERLEAH 2/25/2010 10:03PM

    Congratulations! You are doing so awesome!

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    I feel pretty. I feel witty. I fell pretty and witty and gay... You enjoy that glorious feeling you worked so hard for and ,,,,It took you by SURPRISE. I'm so happy for you.

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HEIDINDRIVE 2/25/2010 8:27PM

    That is super cool- how exciting for you! I absolutely LOVE Kohls! I can't believe some people have never been there!

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LHLADY517 2/25/2010 6:22PM

    WTG and don't forget thrift stores as you're in the "between" stages. I found some new clothes (with tags still attached) at the local library thrift store--silk blazer $2.50, shirts of all types--$1, jeans--$1-3 depending on brand.

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FLYSOHIGH 2/25/2010 3:06PM

    This is so great:-) I'm so happy for you!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 2/25/2010 2:35PM

    How exciting!!!!!!

Oh how I know how shopping online for plus size clothes can break the bank!!!! I just bought 4 pairs of pants a few weeks ago that came to over $100 and just 3 days ago I ordered 7 tee shirts to get me ready for the spring summer anf that came to over $100 again.

Have fun shopping at Kohls in the regular section!!!!!!

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SHERLYN-WILL 2/25/2010 1:53PM

    Great blog.. loved reading it... KOHL'S I will have to visit their store. NEver been in it... but then never liked to shop due to my size.

You are doing awesome! Keep it up!

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MELICHACHA 2/25/2010 1:39PM

    NY & Co. often carries the upper range of sizes, too... and their sales are awesome! (Last week I got some work pants... buy one, get one free!!!)

A million congrats on your progress! Keep it up! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 2/25/2010 1:29PM

    I love Kohls! That is where I have been doing a lot of my shopping now that I am back in the regular sizes! You have made some amazing changes! emoticon emoticon

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K10BFIT 2/25/2010 1:29PM

  YA HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome. Congratulations to you!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEBUTTON09 2/25/2010 1:12PM

    THAT IS AWESOME!! I remember have ONE pair of pants that I had to buy in a size 18. Thats when I realized I refused to get anymore pants and thats when this whole WL lifestyle change started. II remember how if felt when I went shopping and realizing OMG Im down 3 pant sizes. It is such an awesome feeling and such motivation to continue :) emoticon

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SPAEPER 2/25/2010 1:09PM

    WHOOOO HOOOOO! Being able to shop in the "Regular" sizes will open a lot of clothing doors. Go, girl!

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Sledding isn't just for kids!

Monday, February 08, 2010

We went away this weekend to our cottage in Michigan and we had so much fun. There are four little kids in the family now, my two girls (3 yrs. and 6 mo.) and my two nephews (2 yrs. and 8 mo.). My daughter just started sledding this year and my nephew had never been before. In the backyard of the cottage there is a small hill. We all decided to try it out and got out some blow up sleds we had brought. My nephew had a blast, and so did my daughter. But the people who had the most fun, I think, were the grownups! All the men in the family were trying to outdo each other, and trying to make it to the ice, and the girls were also having fun. Grandpa even got into it! It made me realize that before I had kids I would never have thought to go sledding again, it's been at least 20 yrs. since I've gone. I also realized that last year I would never have had as much energy as this year, going up and down the hill, running after the kids, jumping on the sled. It was just exhilarating and I was so thankful to God for this body he's given me, no matter how imperfect it is now, and for my beautiful children and for my young-at-heart husband and for my family!

AND and as added bonus - sledding is in the fitness tracker AND for 30 minutes of sledding you burn an average of 413 calories!!! That's almost twice as much as me doing 3 miles w/ Leslie Sansone for 35 minutes (I burn about 275 calories for that).

Thank you Lord!!

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FIDDLER4JESUS 3/4/2010 10:27AM

    Brings back memories..went tobogganing recently at my son's home...and I am almost 67! Never too old at trying,,again! emoticon

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DOGLOVER526 2/16/2010 4:18PM

    I'm so glad y'all had a blast!!!!! You deserve it.

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FLMOMX2 2/10/2010 8:03AM

    emoticon Sounds like fun.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 2/10/2010 1:55AM

    Sounds like you all had a blast!

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CAFLETER 2/9/2010 7:28PM

    How wonderful and what a great outlook!

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MERCYNGRACE 2/9/2010 10:24AM

    emoticon Looks like a lot of fun!

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I can so relate, as this was the first time in a LONG time that I have joined in on the sledding fun! It was a total blast!!!
Perfect picture too!!!

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BUSYMOMTO3PLUS6 2/9/2010 6:52AM

    Fun!!! Sounds like a great time was had by all!!

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PEPPERLEAH 2/8/2010 11:59PM

    What fun! That is so awesome!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/8/2010 11:48PM

    Love it! Love it! Love it!
Sounds like you had an awesome time - I think I need to buy a sled...

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MOMFAN 2/8/2010 10:54PM

    I love sledding!

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K10BFIT 2/8/2010 10:44PM

  What a great photo!!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/8/2010 10:13PM

    emoticon What a wonderful way to have fun and make family memories!! These times will never be forgotten!! Great picture too!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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YATMAMA 2/8/2010 9:04PM

    What a joyous blog!! God is truly SO good. For this flatlander (remember, New Orleans is below sea level), sliding down a snow-covered ice on something without a steering wheel or brakes sounds more scary than fun! lol

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LOOZINITNOW 2/8/2010 8:45PM

    That is such a great way to have fun with your family! And, to be fit enough to enjoy it!


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HUNGRYMOMMY 2/8/2010 8:31PM

    I was just sledding today with my nephews, we had a blast! My nephews thought it was so cool that I got on the sleds with them. This would not have been the case last winter. Thank you God for showing me that I can do it, and thank you spark people!

Shannon :)

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EMBER100805 2/8/2010 8:21PM

    Aww... sledding is so much fun! What a great time to have with your kids! We (me, my husband, my brother, and my parents) got to enjoy some sledding over Christmas in northern WI. It really was a blast. My parents set up their sledding run every year and it never gets old! ( :

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LOVESLIFE48 2/8/2010 8:12PM

    I'm so glad you had fun!!!

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LINDAGRAVEL 2/8/2010 8:11PM

    Kids make you feel young again

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February Move It! Plan

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Below is my February Move It! Plan (to be altered as needed). I also posted it on my SparkPage, but I thought a monthly blog of my actions would help keep me accountable.

Let's all MOVE IT this February!!


Cardio 4x a week
Strength training 2x

Every morning - at least 1 mile w/ Leslie

Sat: Core Commotion or Aqua class
Sun: Track or bike
Mon: Zumba
Tues: Ultimate Conditioning or Aqua class
Wed: Strength (if I don't go to Ultimate Conditioning)
Fri: NIA (If I can go at lunch)

One aqua aerobics class per wk.

Try to get up from my desk job once every hour and walk for 5-10 minutes. Also in nice weather walk next door to Starbucks to write.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/3/2010 10:16PM

    LOVE the picture! Move it! Move it! (d*mn...now that song is going to be stuck in my head all night!) Great plan!

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K10BFIT 2/2/2010 10:11PM

  That picture is awesome. hahaha :)

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PEPPERLEAH 2/2/2010 9:32PM

    Great list! Thanks for sharing your plan with us!

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YATMAMA 2/2/2010 9:17PM

    LOL I love that photo!! I know you will achieve your goals, my determined friend!!

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SHERRILOU47 2/2/2010 7:23PM

    Wow, I am impressed..and I know you are going to have a great month.. I do love the picture..that dog sure is a lot more graceful in the snow than I was..:)

Hugs and Prayers,

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LHLADY517 2/2/2010 6:36PM

    Looks like a good plan

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LYNNA7499 2/2/2010 3:35PM

  Love the photo! Great plan for the month!

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KNH771 2/2/2010 3:23PM

    I like the variety that you've planned into your workouts! You won't get bored soon!

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DOGLOVER526 2/2/2010 3:08PM

    Sounds like a reasonable and doable plan! You rock it out this month!!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/2/2010 2:34PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Let's move it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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What is Beautiful?

Monday, February 01, 2010

My daughter threw a tantrum yesterday after her swim class at the gym. My daughter is only 3 yrs. old. Yet she already knows the words “pretty” and “beautiful”. It is a mark of “making it” even at only 3 years old. This makes me very sad, and I wondered how had this happened? To my daughter? Me, being a person who values beauty on the inside more than on the out? Hadn’t I taught her right? It was a perplexing situation, as she was screaming on the floor of the locker room, crying because I had brought her glitter tights instead of her tights with the hearts on them. She was screaming over and over again “I won’t look pretty! I won’t look pretty!” I could tell that the other moms within earshot were a.) happy that this situation was not happening to them and b) wondering to themselves what they would do in my same situation.

My daughter, Lucy, started pre-school earlier this year. She’s in a class for 3 yr. olds that meets 3x a week for just two hours. But already there are girls in her class who are considered the “prettiest” because they have the longest hair, or are the best dressed. I was shocked that it starts this early. These same two girls will shun my daughter sometimes and not return her tentative “hi”, and sometimes even call her “pooh-pooh breath”. Now I know kids can be mean. I know all of that. But as a mother, it tears my heart out.

So what to do. Earlier in the day I had given her a bath and we were playing with the suds in the bubbles and I marveled at how much it glittered. I told her she was holding the sky in her hands, the clouds, and that she held a piece of the world within her. I said that she could become whatever she wanted to, and that no dream would be impossible for her. I hope that what I say to her does seep in. Mothers have a big impact on their daughter's self esteem and I want to let Lucy know that she IS beautiful.

I handled the tantrum by counting her down and eventually as I got to "3" I had to give her a timeout in the bathroom of the locker room, away from bystanders. I was calm and gentle and tried to be loving. She was fine after that and we went on our way.

Last night as I tucked her into bed, I talked to Lucy about what beautiful is. I asked her if she knew what it meant and she didn’t really have an answer. I told her that God made us all unique and beautiful and that there are two types of beauty – that on the inside and that on the outside. I told her that being beautiful on the inside meant that you were kind, had a good heart, thought of others, and then I specifically told her what made her beautiful on the inside – the fact that she is a great older sister, that she cares about people and cries during sad parts of movies. That she gives hugs freely and is a wonderful artist, singer and isn’t afraid to be herself. I also told her that she is beautiful on the outside and noted her specific traits - her large hazel eyes, her curls of gold and her toenails, always painted a bright shade and I reminded her that we all are, each unique in our own way and designed by God.

I went online this morning and found that Dove has a campaign for real beauty. Girls of all ages made their own videos defining beauty. The link is below. I plan on downloading the free workbook and going through it with Lucy, no time is ever too young, I guess. Sad but true.


There’s a favorite book of mine that Lucy and I both know by heart. I’m reminded of the ending words of that book, where the girl tells her brother that he can do anything.

“I told him it's very easy, anyone can fly. All you need is somewhere to go you can't get to any other way. The next thing you know, you’re flying among the stars.”

-- Faith Ringgold, 'Tar Beach'

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JOYATLAST 2/3/2010 8:44PM

    I was so moved by this blog, that I couldn't respond the first time I read it.

Great Job! of guiding your baby's precious heart toward the truth. She will be preaching it to others one day.

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TALLYCAT13 2/3/2010 9:48AM

    my own battle started about that young (see my blog lol). and it scares me too that this is so prevalent at such a young age. I have a 6 year old girl, and i've dealt with similar tantrums. You handled it so well:) thank you for posting this, its always nice to know i'm not alone in these things:)

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BUSYMOMTO3PLUS6 2/2/2010 5:23AM

    emoticon What a great mom you are! Good job in handling that tantrum and turning it into a life-lesson!

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K10BFIT 2/1/2010 10:59PM

  Wow. It's so sad that Lucy had to endure that from her classmates, but I think you handled it beautifully (no pun intended, believe me). It's great that you're teaching her and reinforcing the differences in beauty - inside and out. Keep it up and hang in there!!!

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ILOVEPEOPLE 2/1/2010 10:47PM

    You did a great job redirecting your daughter and sharing what true beauty is. Thank you too for the link to dove. Well done Mom! emoticon

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JAAM1224 2/1/2010 9:27PM

    You did a wonderful job! I have to say that is ONE thing I love about homeschooling... we, parents get to choose the children our children assicate with until they are well estiblished in our beliefs.. You did a great job! Keep it up!

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DAARTNEY 2/1/2010 9:14PM

    You did awesome! emoticon

I know that is also important for dads (father-figures) to let girls know that they are beautiful and cherished.

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PEPPERLEAH 2/1/2010 8:59PM

    Kathy, what insight and wisdom you used in teaching your daughter through a difficult situation! She WILL remember these important lessons and values you are teaching her. And, she will pass those words of wisdom on to others. Congratulations on the way you handled this. Your daughters are very blessed, as are we who have had the pleasure of reading this blog!


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JODI912 2/1/2010 8:30PM

    This is wonderful. Great job, Mom!

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CARILOUIE 2/1/2010 8:12PM

    I loved reading this wonderful story.
I teach grades K-2 and it just breaks my heart to hear girls calling each other "ugly" and other not-very-nice things. What a great mom you are.


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DDKITTYP1MP 2/1/2010 5:47PM

    Awww you did an awesome job!!! I know how heartbreaking that kind of stuff is for a mother! I myself was tormented by kids during grade school, and I wish I had a mom that talked to me the way that you talked to your daughter!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/1/2010 5:03PM

    Glad to hear that you are teaching your daughter what it truly means to be beautiful!

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KO1215 2/1/2010 4:06PM

    Great blog! You are a great mom!

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YATMAMA 2/1/2010 3:53PM

    Bravo, Mama!! See? At 50, I'm too old for little ones. By now I'd have flushed the tights and told her to go bare-legged. lol I'm teasing!! You handled it very well. She'll carry that message to her own children one of these days. With you as a mom, how can she be anything but beautiful, inside and out?!!

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    You did a great job handeling the situation.

It saddens me that there are now shows on tv that focus on outward beauty making you successful starting in the toddler years......"Toddlers and Tiaras" is one of the shows and "Little Miss Perfect" is another on......all about very very young children being entered into beauty pageants and the pressure they get from mothers and judges to be "pretty" and "beautiful" at any and all cost......some of those little girls have such horrible attitudes, talk back, and are cruel to the other girls in the competition with them..........so very sad we are raising a young generation of little girls up to be superficial, stuckup, and rude all in the name of focusing on outer beauty.

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SEATTLESIMS 2/1/2010 3:05PM

    wow, what a tough one.. but it sounds like you handled it well.
And the dove campaign sounds like a great idea!!
My little girl isn't yet 3, but I worry about what is down the road with hurdles like this!
thanks for the insight!

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    Wow. That made me cry. It also made me grateful that I wasn't blessed with girls ;)

Seriously, the Dove campaign is VERY GOOD about teaching girls to value themselves for who they are.

Also, some of what you were describing happening to her in class is bullying, even in young children. It should be brought to the teacher's attention ASAP.


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SHERRILOU47 2/1/2010 1:44PM

    Kathy, what wisdom the Lord gave you in handling this situation with your daughter, and how blessed she is to have a mother who loves her enough to start early in showing her what true beauty is all about.. I think this is a lesson we all need to remember because we so easily allow that mirror to tell us different things about ourselves..and the fact the Lord does not create junk is also something good to remember..we are all very special.. thank you for sharing this beautiful moment with us..

Hugs and Prayers,

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MICKIC3 2/1/2010 1:34PM

    Thank you so much for this post :) I have a 4-year old daughter and really loved the way you handled the situation. Especially pointing out the beauty on the inside and outside. I will remember this always. emoticon

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IMADAREDEVIL 2/1/2010 1:26PM

    What a loving mom you are!!

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CGREEN717 2/1/2010 1:12PM

    You did a great job with her. It's so hard when other kids are so mean. I remember being an outcast part of my childhood because people didn't understand me. (Of course, people barely do now.)
I don't think you could have done a better job. Thanks for sharing with us.

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BABY_GIRL69 2/1/2010 12:38PM

    You handled it excellently. I commend you mommy & we can't allow other moms to give us those looks cause it happens to all of us. At one time or another we are outed in public & we need to handle it delicately.


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LOOZINITNOW 2/1/2010 12:09PM

    You did an amazing job with her! I couldn't have done it any better! You are obviously a wonderful mom and instilling real values in your children! emoticon

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