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New Rules to Live By...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I wanted to share something that is working for me with portion control and weight loss, and getting my veggies in.

This month I’ve instilled a few new self-imposed “rules”

1. I will not eat any snacks such as chips, pretzels, etc. until I’ve eaten my fruits/veggies for the day. I’ve consumed less calories and sodium this way, and I’ve found that once I get my fruits and veggies in, I am no longer hungry for the chips.

2. At lunch I typically bring a sandwich to work. I am always full about halfway through, but tend to eat the rest of the sandwich “anyway”, since I’ve tracked it, etc. Well, now that is just silly. So now what I do is I only eat HALF. I put the other half in the fridge. Then later, around 3 p.m. when I would typically reach for the chips, I will go get the other half of the sandwich and eat it. This has really helped me stay within my calorie range.

3. With my sandwich I eat a side of carrots with the sandwich instead of chips (see #1 above). Now I am not a carrot fan, per se, but I know how healthy they are. So my trick to eat them is to dip them into a wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese. I believe it’s only 35 calories for the wedge, and it helps me to eat my carrots!

4. Move EVERY day. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes. I have been looking for ways to incorporate movement now into my day, even if it isn’t a “scheduled”, “official” workout. I tend to be a black and white thinker, and if it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t count. Well, again, that’s just silly. For example, the other night I danced around the house holding my 6 month old daughter and got a great 10 minute cardio workout in, and she loved it! Today I am going to walk to Starbucks on my lunch and get some writing done (killing two birds with one stone).

5. Be easy on myself. I am NOT going to beat myself up if I maintain one week, or ONLY lose 1 lb. or 1 ˝ lbs. one week. I am going to keep going forward and not look back.

6. Just added - Take my Lunch! I usually work through lunch and then work late, and it's really taking a toll on my family and on me. I am a writer in my spare time, and I walked today to the coffee shop and wrote and it felt great! I need to remember this and claim my time as my own! I encourage you all to do the same, whatever it may be.

  
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DEBWILLBFREE 3/6/2010 4:58PM

    emoticon Some well thought-out rules!
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FLYSOHIGH 3/5/2010 3:56PM

    Great new rules, I am sure that you will manage to incorporate them in your life:-) I'll be crossing my fingers for you!
Also, it was food for thought for me - my workout also doesn't count if it doesn't hurt, and as you said - it IS just silly. Tomorrow I've a long day in front of me, and I've been feeling rather depressed all day today and worried if I manage to do a good, at least half-hour workout tomorrow morning. So yeah, I was worrying TODAY if I was gonna have energy TOMORROW. But I decided to concentrate on the fact that it is AMAZING that I have now done 27 days of workout, that it has become routine and that if I do 30 minutes lighter cardio tomorrow morning, IT WILL MATTER and IT WILL BE GREAT and a huge huge difference from no working out at all and binging in order to forget that...

Best of luck with finding more time to relax and write!
Hugs:-)

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FLYSOHIGH 3/5/2010 3:56PM

    Great new rules, I am sure that you will manage to incorporate them in your life:-) I'll be crossing my fingers for you!
Also, it was food for thought for me - my workout also doesn't count if it doesn't hurt, and as you said - it IS just silly. Tomorrow I've a long day in front of me, and I've been feeling rather depressed all day today and worried if I manage to do a good, at least half-hour workout tomorrow morning. So yeah, I was worrying TODAY if I was gonna have energy TOMORROW. But I decided to concentrate on the fact that it is AMAZING that I have now done 27 days of workout, that it has become routine and that if I do 30 minutes lighter cardio tomorrow morning, IT WILL MATTER and IT WILL BE GREAT and a huge huge difference from no working out at all and binging in order to forget that...

Best of luck with finding more time to relax and write!
Hugs:-)

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K10BFIT 3/4/2010 6:17PM

  This is really helpful! I like the idea of only eating the chips/pretzels, etc. until you've had your full serving of fruits/veggies. And what a novel idea to eat half of your lunch and then eat the rest later on when you'd normally have a snack. Great ideas! I'm so thankful that you shared these!!! :)

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FIDDLER4JESUS 3/4/2010 10:24AM

    And,you are a great thinker as well as great at writing! God inspired you to post this and I really appreciate it. Great pointers! I have almost totally given up on chips but my husband found a "new treat",buttered popcorn from the store that is hard to resist!
Quantity is what matters,right? We can't always deprive ourselves. God is watching over us and cares! emoticon

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JODI912 3/4/2010 8:51AM

    These are great tips. Thanks for sharing!

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MOMFAN 3/4/2010 1:18AM

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PEPPERLEAH 3/4/2010 12:34AM

    Awesome rules; they are sure to get you to your goals!

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GLITTERGIRL69 3/3/2010 9:25PM

   
Great rules you go girl! I love the pictureas well! emoticon

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PISTL67 3/3/2010 7:31PM

    good post. emoticon

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FREELADY 3/3/2010 6:44PM

    Smart, sane, sensible! I love this!!! Gave me some great ideas to chew on.
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IZONPRIZE 3/3/2010 5:44PM

    I love your creativity!

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GABBYANNIE 3/3/2010 3:12PM

    I love your rules!!! I am going to steel the one about not snacking until I've eaten my fruits and vegies for the day. I am a big SNACKER and I think this will absolutely help me too. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/3/2010 2:55PM

    Great rules --keep staying focused and keep moving! emoticon

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SMRDER1971 3/3/2010 2:26PM

    Great post. Good ideas maybe I can incorporate some of them into my daily routine.

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BUSYMOMTO3PLUS6 3/3/2010 1:52PM

    Great rules!! Keep up the good work!

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LITTLEBUTTON09 3/3/2010 1:29PM

    great rules!!! I might have to pick a few of those up for myself ;) I use FF ranch veggie dip for 30 cals and no fat to get in my carrots and celery. Im in love with celery this way. and because celery is water based it fills me :) emoticon

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PAYDAY10 3/3/2010 12:54PM

  It is exciting to hear about different approaches that create personal and family results that is what I would call multi-tasking and finding quality time for your baby at the same time as accomplishing ways to reach your goal. Congratulations. Thank you for sharing.

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LOOZINITNOW 3/3/2010 12:48PM

    Those are great rules that are sure to help you be successful! emoticon

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GRAMLORI 3/3/2010 12:42PM

    Those are GREAT strategies to keep on track!! Dance with your little one every day...as you say, great cardio, but more importantly, it builds the bond that will stay with you for her entire life!! And, trust me, these days will fly by too fast! I have kids 11 yrs - 31 yrs....and 3 grandkids....so enjoy each day and each growth stage as it comes!!!! Keep dancing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEPHYC32313 3/3/2010 12:39PM

    Thanks for sharing your rules, and keep up the positive attitude.

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March Move It Plan!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

MOVE IT, MOVE IT!!

Below is my March 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 March!! March to the beat of your own drum!!

MARCH MOVEMENT PLAN:

Cardio 4x a week
Strength training 2x

Every day- at least 1 mile w/ Leslie or 10 minutes of cardio. In addition to that, strive for:

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.

I will also be walking/running my first 8K this month!! Training for that as best I can.

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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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/3/2010 7:27AM

    This is an awesome plan. You calendar will be full of green, green, green.

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YATMAMA 3/2/2010 10:24PM

    You rock!!!!!!

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PEPPERLEAH 3/2/2010 9:09PM

    Great plan! You are awesome!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/2/2010 1:23PM

    emoticon Keep staying focused!! It will be fun as you check off each goal at the end of March!

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2BTHINMAMMA 3/2/2010 11:37AM

    emoticonSounds like a plan for success! emoticon

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AUZEYBREEZY 3/2/2010 10:07AM

    Great plan. Let's rock this month!

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ELLIEFUNT 3/2/2010 10:04AM

    Sounds good. I need to come up with a plan myself instead of winging it. I agree, it will hold us accountable!

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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.

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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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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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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/1/2010 9:05PM

    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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COLT2008 3/1/2010 2:44PM

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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.

SIZES I AM DONE WITH:

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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ELLIEFUNT 2/26/2010 6:59AM

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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!

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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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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 2/25/2010 9:19PM

    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

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HSMOM2FOUR 2/9/2010 8:09AM

    Fantastic!!!

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,
Helen

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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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