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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Summer vacations are almost here.

I always get asked, how can you eat healthy and stay on plan while on vacation?

Most my vacations are in Branson, Mo at a amusement park called Silver Dollar City. They have wonderful home made foods!

I do not deny myself of the wonderful foods they have there! They also allow you to bring in your own food which I sometimes do for one meal. But, I've went and ate all my meals there before too. I mainly just walk and walk and walk! And I eat in portion control. I mainly eat the healthy selections (grilled turkey, corn on the cob, and veggies etc). But, I splurge at least once a day on some treat-a sugar free ice cream diet soda float! Or a chocolate dipped strawberry! But, I limit those splurges and count them into my daily food allowance as well.

The point is, I ALWAYS come home to at least a 2 lbs if not more weight loss.

My other tip is, most of the time on vacation we are (as people) eating out a lot, and most the food is more salty then at home. So don't weigh yourself till you have been home at least a couple of days. When I was pregnant the water weight did not leave for 2 weeks after I came home. And I was up more then I had ever been (14 lbs), however all in one day the 14 lbs, plus 2 more was gone after two weeks of being home. So it had to be water weight. That scared the drs, but then I explained I had been out of town and that was why I was up the 14, and it was water, and they concurred. But, when I am NOT pregnant, I'm usually only 2lbs up from water retention and it's usually gone with in two days of being home, plus the additional weight I actually lost during the vacation.

Here's a few of my favorite car snacks-

For the Car-
Bring your own snacks, there is rarely anything healthy at the gas stations, or rest areas.

Ideas for snacks?

100 calorie pack anything is pretty good. However, sometimes not enough for me.

My favorites-

Individual 50 calorie tubs of hummus (2 would be 100 calories! And very filling!). Use veggies instead of pita, or chips to dip in the hummus. My personal favorite is thinly sliced english/burpless cucumbers.

Small cans of v-8 vegetable juice. There's no bigger shot of energy to me then a small can of v-8.

Lots and lots of water!

Bring your own tea bags and coffee/tea mug with lid. Most gas stations/rest areas are very willing to give you hot water for free. I find a hot cup/mug of tea to be pretty satisfying when I'm craving sweets/carbs.

Fruit and yogurt. I love fresh fruit, like bananas and strawberries and fat free yogurt.

Fiber One Bars! Great source of fiber, and delicious.

Any Weight Watchers Bars. Again great fiber, and tasty.

Most slim fast snack bars are also really good.

Miss Meringue Sugar Free Cookies, you can have a ton of them for very few calories! 13 are only 35 calories! And they have fiber.

As for fast food. Mc Donald's has the best snacks. Fruit and Yogurt, their low fat frozen yogurt cone, and the apples and caramel sauce (skip the sauce if you can that's where all the calories are!).

Wendy's also has mandrine oranges that are pretty low calorie.

7-11 often has "diet" slurpees/icees!

For shows/movies-

Miss Meringue Cookies

100 calorie pack popcorn

Weight Watchers Fruities

Fun Dip! Believe it or not, all 3 packs (comes with 3 flavors) are only 100 calories!

Sugar Free Pop Rocks (15 calories!)

Baskin Robbins sugar free hard candy-chocolate mint, prailine, and cookies n' cream

Sugar Free Peeps! (these are great! 3 for 60 calories!)

For meals-

Visit all the restaurants websites you think you will be eating at, and read the nutritionals, print out the items that will fit into your food program from each restaurant and keep in your glove compartment.

A few of my personal favorites are Denny's light menu, Village Inn's Light Menu, TGIF, Apple Bee's Weight Watchers menu and Ruby Tuesdays.

If the place you go to does not have nutritional information, be sure to let them know via email you would like them to start showing their nutritional information.

If you must go some where (we all do!) that doesn't publicize their foods nutritional information, make sure to stick to grilled lean meats, such as shrimp, fish, & chicken. Lots of fresh salads with out dressing, or dressing on the side. And steamed with out oil vegetables. Beware of too much bread, make a mental note to keep track of how much bread, or other starches in each meal.

Personally I never order starches with any of my meals, as most restaurants give free bread, and I don't want a double whammy of the bread, and starch side dish, as it's too hard to say no to the bread most places! That way I know I have fresh/steamed veggies coming with the meal and I can indulge in one or two pieces of the bread put on the table.

Once a day I allow myself one treat. I keep that treat still calorie controlled, personally not above 200 calories. And I make sure to walk and exercise a lot the whole vacation. I always come home to a weight loss!

I'll add to this list as time goes on.

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SUNSHINE084 5/28/2012 5:57PM

    Thanks for the tips may I share them on my spark team.

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CLAUDEM1 11/3/2011 8:47PM

    Great ideas! One more from me... when in a restaurant, order salad dressing on the side, and rather than putting a small amount on your salad, dip your fork into your dressing before picking it up to eat. It tastes great, and I use a lot less this way.


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FOUNDER3 5/9/2010 4:48PM

    great ideas! Good for you for putting so much thought into changing your lifestyle!

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JEANNETTE59 5/9/2010 1:37PM

  I visited your SparkPage for the 1st time today. My plan is to treat myself to reading one of your blogs each day until I get current.


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PRESHA911 5/9/2010 8:27AM

    It's great to see that you have a plan of attack for every situation. Thanks for the tips!

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BUDDY_LOVE 9/2/2009 2:03PM

    ran across your blog through a sparkteam. I live in ?wichita and we go to branson just about every year. We love it there! I very seldom gain weight when we go there. Most of your tips are already in my weight loss tool belt, plus i take my laptop every time we go out of town & most hotels offer free hook-up...there's no reason why one can't keep track of nutrition while on vacation. I typically carry a small note pad in my wallet or purse & jot down everything as I eat it, that way I can record it when I get back to the hotel. We never know where we're gonna be eating, we always like to try new restaurants and such so getting nutrition info previously just isn't possible most of the time. One place we always go to though is Fuddruckers and I have commented to managers & emailed them but they do not offer nutritional values and won't be offering it in the future.

Loved your blog and have subscribed to it.

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JOODE69 7/10/2009 9:39AM

  Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am starting my WL journey once again. I have over 100 lbs to loose and sometimes it feels impossible. When I read stories about people that have lost 100 lbs it makes me realize that I need to get off my butt and do something. No excuses. You are an inspiration. Please don't ever downplay what you have lost. 50 lbs is not that much more to loose. Also, thanks for the great suggestions. J. emoticon

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IAMMOON 6/15/2008 3:31PM

    You are always a source of strength and inspiration to me sis. You don't know how much I admire you!
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ARIZONAROSE 5/18/2008 2:05AM

    Really great ideas!! Thanks for sharing them! I know we usually try to take fruit and various snacks with us when we travel too and tons of water. We are going on a Girls mini vacation in a little over a week. I was already planning on bringing my Fiber one bars! I absolutely love those things! And maybe a few Weight Watcher snacks to get that fiber in!

It does help to plan ahead. But I also know on our little mini vacation there will probably be some splurges. Just try not to go overboard. We will be getting in a ton of walking. And my cousin mentioned hitting the gym every morning but we shall see what actually happens when we are there lol You know how sometimes the best laid plans don't always go the way you plan emoticon

Again thanks for sharing all the ideas! Kind of reminding me! emoticon

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Sickness Tips

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I hear so many having problems sticking to their programs, when they are either sick.

Through the years I've had many of both. In fact the first year I fell and bruised a kidney and it took two months bed rest to recover. But, I kept on top of my calories and what I was eating, and I still lost 10 lbs. Being bedridden the whole time!

Find ways to occupy your self that do not involve food.

I love to read light magazine's, like Country Woman, Weight Watchers, Diabetic Cooking, Healthy Exchanges Newsletters, etc. If you feel up to it, studying is also good during this time, so study up your Watchtower, or for book study. (however, sometimes I am too sick to retain or comprehend anything I read, so that is when I stick to the lighter stuff)

I also like to get out all my Healthy Exchanges Newsletters and Books and menu plan. I keep a database on yahoo of menu plans, and add to it when I can. So this is a good time to make use of that!

Sudoku puzzles or other types of easy puzzles.

Drink lots and lots of water!

Watch your favorite DVD's but be careful of ones that may trigger binging.

If you can exercise, exercise. If you can not exercise, do not focus on what you can NOT do. Keep your focus on what you can do. And the main thing you CAN do is, control what and how much you are eating. If you simply make sure you are eating with in your food plan and get back to exercise once you are well again, you will not gain any weight while sick, nor get out of habits, and will likely lose weight!

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DNATHAN7 10/5/2010 12:29PM

    Tons of great ideas. Not being able to exercise/move always sends me into a panic. Thanks for the pocket stuffers. emoticon

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FOUNDER3 5/9/2010 4:45PM

    lots of good ideas.

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PRESHA911 5/9/2010 8:28AM

    Thanks for this blog. I think many people feel so miserable when they're sick that they feel entitled to eating junk, but I disagree. Everyone should feel entitled to eat healthy; our bodies deserve good food, not junk!

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LOVEJEAN 8/25/2008 8:43PM

  I have read your weight loss journal MagnoliaHoney, you have done well , your journal is very inspering , I also viewed your recipes,there will be several, i will be trying , keep up the good works, and be encouraged, we can do all things through Christ, i will chat with you again.
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ICE_PETALS 10/14/2007 9:34AM

    Good Information. I am going on a cruise in Feb. And I have always lost weight on the cruise because I was more careful of what I was eating and I was active everyday.

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My weight loss journey! My weight loss story.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

In May 2003, I went to the doctor. I was surprised, and dismayed at what I seen the scale read. I was at my all time highest weight of 252 pounds. I knew it was time to take action. I never imagined I would ever be over 250 pounds.

I had heard so much about atkins, I had thought ok, I will go home and get on that. But, I had no money to buy the books needed for that "diet". And knew being a diabetic that it would be highly important to do things right.

I remembered my mom had sent me Richard Simmons Gold Foodmover cause it was on sale at Walgreens, and I was going to use it for keeping track of how much water I was drinking. I decided to drag it out of the closet and start using it for my food.

I had tried Richard Simmons Deal A Meal in the past. And had always had a real problem sticking to the first week 1000 calorie Blast Off Week. So this time I decided it was more important to just get to eating healthier, and a big weight loss the first week wasn't worth me not being able to stick to it. So I just started at the calorie card that would be right for me after blast off week.

On May 5th, 2003 I began my weight loss journey.

First I invested in a good scale, I bought at Walmart. I kept weighing my self on the scales there, till I found one that my feet fit on-I only wear a size four, I don't know how women with real feet fit on these things! And I wanted one to weigh me the same as the Doctors scale did. The one I chose did both. That same day I bought some of Richards Videos that came with cool weights. I was on my way!

The first couple of weeks, I just worked on getting in 6 meals a day and closing all my windows. And getting a good schedule going. Then I soon added exercising. At first I just would do 5 minutes of one of Richards videos, every day. Then each month I added another 5 minutes. Then I was soon doing whole videos! Then I added walking to my daily work outs.

Not long after starting my new healthy life style, with Richard Simmons program, a friend emailed me that at BJ's and Costco was this really good crock pot book, with easy recipes from a lady that many of her weight watchers group highly reccomended, it was JoAnna Lund's Potful cookbook. I went right out and bought it. I looked through it and thought, mmmmmmm these sound good!

But, at the time I was still in the beginning stages and not strong enough to stand long enough even to make Healthy Exchanges recipes, and do dishes too? No way! I also seen the ad for the newsletter in the back but thought that was way too expensive for a newsletter! Little did I know it wasn't some 4 page flyer, but a 12 page full of 30+ brand new recipes each month!

At that point I was only eating sandwiches mainly, and a few soups. And still eating off paper plates! And using plastic utensils. Because I did not have the energy to even wash my own dishes.

Well, summer passed and fall came, and I was getting strong enough I was tired of paper plates and plastic utensils I had used for years because I just didn't have the stamina to stand and wash dishes. BUT, by now I was able to do almost 30 minutes of aerobics! I could stand and do dishes! And now I was also getting tired of sandwiches, and one skillet meals I was throwing together. I had tried a few of Richard Simmons recipes, but they were getting to be the same thing every week!

I needed more! So I went online and was doing some searches for "healthy" recipes. THEN, I remembered JoAnna Lund, however, I still didn't want to drag out my HUGE crock pot, so I decided to go to her site. I seen the sample newsletter on the site, and knew it would be WELL worth the cost, and immediately subscribed, then I went about collecting every book and newsletter I could get my hands on! I was even able to purchase every single newsletter ever printed! lol

At first I just started with a recipe or two. And we relied heavily upon Salisbury Steak and Cowboy Chicken Fried Steak since those were my husbands favorites!

A year later I was trying at least one and sometimes up to 8 new recipes a week! And I've been hooked ever since.

In January 2005, I joined TOPS to have a person to person support group and I love it!

A few years ago, I started getting terrible knee pain though while exercising, and it made it very hard to get my daily one hour of exercise I had been used to. I invested in a Tony Little Glider, and have not been disappointed. I had a little calf muscle pain at first, but only from using muscles I hadn't ever used before. Other then that there is NO pain what so ever! My knees do better on it then any other machine I have ever tried, including stationary bikes or elepticals.

My only regret is I didn't "get it" before, I didn't get that I didn't have to do Richard's program perfectly! Not to beat myself up and totally go off plan for one miseaten meal or serving! And that eating healthy could be as yummy and easy as JoAnna's recipes!

I still have a lot of weight to lose. But, with Richard Simmons, TOPS programs, and Joanna M. Lund's recipes. I know I will make it! And I know I am getting healthier every day!

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CLAUDEM1 11/3/2011 8:36PM

    Heather, I loved your story. It sounds like you were in pretty rough shape. Size 4 feet!! That could be why standing was so difficult for you. Mine are size 10! I know... huge!

I use my slow cooker (crockpot) a lot in the winter. I like to get it going in the morning before I leave for work, or at times I will start a bean soup or something just before bed, and take it to work the next day. I love it for cabbage rolls and spaghetti sauce.

Your persistence is going to motivate many people. Keep at it, Heather. Together we'll go far, and will be skinny minnies when we get there.

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    Very good story. Shows what we can do if we persist. Perfection not required. Thank you for sharing your story.

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STACEYWAGS 8/1/2010 12:15AM

    You should be very proud of yourself for sticking with it! What an inspiration you are!

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NEWLIFESTYLE101 7/31/2010 2:49AM

    You have done a great job. I am happy for you. emoticon

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HOLLEYBOWMAN 7/31/2010 2:00AM

    Awesome job!

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TWINTS 7/31/2010 1:17AM

    Going to JoAnna Lund's website now!

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MELLYDC 5/12/2010 2:15PM

    It's so nice to read a weight-loss story from someone who really took the steps to do it RIGHT!!! Good for you!!

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MYMONSTERSX3 5/10/2010 12:51PM

    I love your story!!! Thank you for sharing it with us!!

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CDELIGHT 5/10/2010 12:21AM

    Thanks for your story. I feel he same about atkins and walking. Have to remember to be good to myself and not beat myself up for not doing it right. You are going to make it, makes me think I can too. Thanks

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WYOMILLER 5/9/2010 11:30PM

    you inspire me keep on losing cute little girl you have and she will benefit from you as a positive example cheers to you for sticking with it emoticon

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PURPLECHAR 5/9/2010 9:11PM

  Congratulations on your weight loss and your amazing job.

Good luck on reaching your goal and your health journey. You are an inspiration.

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FOUNDER3 5/9/2010 4:44PM


Good for you for perserving! We all must learn this from one another!

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    Thank you all for your comments.

Any glider will do. I used a Tony Little, but I had a friend use a different brand and it was good too.

Any one interested in JoAnna Lund, just join my Healthy Exchanges Spark Team, it's all about her recipes and program!

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LORRAINE10141 5/9/2010 2:22PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss victories and lifestyle changes. Enjoy the journey.

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SHERRY257 5/9/2010 1:55PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. You are an inspiration! emoticon

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ROSEMARDORF 5/9/2010 1:45PM

  I really enjoyed reading your story!! Do you mean Tony Little's Gazelle???
I have been thinking about getting one. You are amazing!!! Congratulations!!
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DEBWORKS11 5/9/2010 1:36PM

    Thanks for your story. It made me smile because I, too, thought I had to do everything perfectly. Every time I messed up, I quit. Then I finally made one small change - no more soda. I lost a few pounds over a month without doing anything else. Then no more fried foods and that wasn't so hard either. Started walking, then finally running. Just like you, a little at a time, over a few years. It really works - Just wish I didn't wait over 50 years to get started. Keep up the good work. I'm going to google Tony Little Glider and JoAnna Lund cookbooks. Can't wait to check them out.

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LOLOKIRK 5/9/2010 11:58AM

    I got over 100 pounds to lose too. I just kicked my program into high gear. Thanx for sharing.

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EYEONGOAL 5/9/2010 11:55AM

    Reading your blogs has been so inspiring. Thank you.

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MUSTLOSE100 5/9/2010 10:49AM

    Heather, thanks for sharing this inspiring story with us. You have just kicked my motivation 100 degrees higher than it was before I read your story. You are doing great!. Keep up the good work!

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MAMAWOF12 5/9/2010 10:21AM

    You have done so well. I am inspired by your story. I have been invited to go to tops and check it out. I will do it sometime this week. I must check to see when they are in. It is so disabling to have extra weight. You are two thirds the way to your goal. Journey of a new life. Keep it up. emoticon

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    You are awesome!!!!! Thank you for sharing your story, you are a wonderful motivator. Keep up the good work!!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 5/9/2010 8:01AM

  thank you Heather for posting your story, I needed to hear it this morning.. You have inspired me

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GLORIA68 5/9/2010 1:20AM

    I am happy for you!
Stay with it.
Thank you.

I love reading your blog.

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NEENSTER1 7/20/2009 5:35PM

    emoticon on your determination not only to lose weight but to take care of your health for your beautiful family. Be Encouraged and Take good care of YOU first and then you'll be able to take great care of others. Be blessed. emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 7/12/2009 1:33PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. You truly are a motivator.

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JANETSPARK19 7/10/2009 2:19PM

  Heather, thanks for sharing your expirience with us. I, personally, started looking for JoAnna Lund's Potful cookbook in
Having recipes at hand is easier to know what to cook every day.
Congratulations! emoticon

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JANETSPARK19 7/10/2009 2:19PM

  Heather, thanks for sharing your expirience with us. I, personally, started looking for JoAnna Lund's Potful cookbook in
Having recipes at hand is easier to know what to cook every day.
Congratulations! emoticon

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BCSANDRALEE 7/10/2009 1:07PM

    you are inspiring. I hope you continue to have success.

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WEDDWT 7/10/2009 12:39PM

    Heather, you are an amazing lady. Thank you for sharing your weight loss adventure with us. You have accomplished so much on your journey and you are a great motivator. Keep shining! emoticon

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1FAVOREDLADY 7/10/2009 11:40AM

    I was checking you out as motivator of the day. I just had to read your blog. You are amazing to say the least. I am sure all around you are proud . May you have continued success in your journey . emoticonsandy

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DYNAMICDEB53 7/10/2009 11:09AM

    What a great story!! You have worked hard and keep trying till you found what worked for you. emoticon. It is a very encouraging story thank you for sharing.
Keep up the good work and those last lbs will ge the way of the first.

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ADORNED2 7/10/2009 9:03AM

    emoticon way to go - I hope you are very proud of yourself in your accomplishments - If not you should be - emoticon for sharing your story - once again I am reminded of the 6 smaller meals and exercise doesn't have to be perfect emoticon Teresa
I be waiting to hear the rest of your success story! emoticon

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CAROLDEDOO 7/10/2009 4:31AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I've just started on SP because my Weight Watcher group has stopped for the summer and I felt like I better do something positive or I'd be up the creek. I have at least 150 lbs. to lose, but I mostly don't think of that number, so I'm working on my first 10 lb. goal. Root for me, as I keep you in my prayers. emoticon

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4AMAZINGME 7/9/2009 11:35AM

    I have 75 -85 lbs to lose and I have just read your blog and I want to let you know how inspired I am by your journey. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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N2DRAMA77 6/2/2009 6:35PM

    I have 150 lbs to lose so this was VERY encouraging to me. I'm new on my journey and so glad to see that this can be done.

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LIZYOUNG 4/26/2009 10:29PM

    Good on you Magnolia, I have recently started mt weight loss journey. I haven't got as much to lose as you will have lost, but I still need to lose a lot of weight. I joined Weight Watchers as I feel I need the accountability, I love the group I attend, they are a really great group of ladies. Your story has been inspiring to me, I admire you for your determination. I have lost 20 Kilos, which is over 40lbs. I live in New Zealand I have been walking a lot, as we aren't quite into the cold weather. Your photos show a huge difference. Keep up the good work.

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PATRIA1 4/25/2009 10:46PM

    You need to be very proud of yourself. Taking charge of ones' life is a commitment. You have inspired me. Thanks!


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CSMILE521 4/19/2009 12:48PM

    thank u for sharing ur blog u really inspire me to keep going emoticon

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MAGNOLIAHONEY 4/16/2009 1:01AM

    Thanks Fay! You can do it too!

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NEHI46 4/12/2009 9:51AM

  I myself need to loose 150 pounds or more,. My starting wieght was around 262. Your blog has inspired me to keep on keeping on. Keep up the good work, emoticon

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AMJSATURN 1/7/2009 10:09PM


Bravo for your courage and inspiration to help others. I can truly tell you are a beautiful person on the outside but more so on the inside.

Thanks emoticon this will be YOU really soon.


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SWEETME19772003 9/23/2008 12:58PM

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your story. It wasn't until recently that I realized that my workouts are MY workouts and if I need or want to change something I can. Or if I mess up one day, eat too many calories or miss working out, I can move past it and try harder tomorrow.
I agree with the others you are an inspiration!

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LADYBUGVIV 6/29/2008 10:07AM

    Way to go! God bless you on your journey. luv,viv

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LIZABAKER 5/15/2008 9:35PM

    You are SUCH an inspiration!!! I am in awe.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/14/2008 7:30PM

    You have come so far, keep it up right into the New System of things.

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CELEST 5/4/2008 4:16PM

    Every now and again a story really moves me to work even harder...and yours did just that. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope today has been a good day for you too. I've had 5 good days and I've got 50 more to get through before I fly to see my sister.

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MYYEAR43 3/13/2008 7:23PM

  What a wonderful Blog! We must be long lost sisters. I can relate to the if you mess up the smallest bit ... it's over, your ruined. Try again next Monday, or better yet... next month! I've done this for 40 years now. It's nice to see someone make it out of that riptide. Way to Go!

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