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Before, before, before and AFTER BLC19!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

As a result of BLC19 I am down 7.4 pounds and 6.25 inches. Not huge numbers but the toning has made a huge difference.

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ANDREA963 9/13/2012 11:15AM

    You look so energetic!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/31/2012 1:58PM

    You like fantastic!

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PINKHOPE 7/26/2012 2:21PM

    Looking GOOD!

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FITAT50 7/26/2012 7:15AM

    BIG difference! You look great!

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SMILESHINE81 7/25/2012 9:29PM

    Great results Tammy!

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RIVERNANNA 7/25/2012 6:52PM

    You look like you lost more than 7.4 pounds! I guess toning really makes a difference. emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/25/2012 6:55:55 PM

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TEKRU1 7/25/2012 4:03PM

    Lookin' good!

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/25/2012 12:29PM

    SUPER huge difference - GREAT JOB!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 7/25/2012 11:54AM

    Hot Mama! And you look at peace!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/25/2012 11:43AM

    Lookin' hawt Mama!

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AMARILYNH 7/25/2012 11:38AM

    You look great!! emoticon

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ERNOINACTION 7/25/2012 11:31AM

    Great progress. Way to go!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

With 5 1/2 weeks left to BLC19, rather than beginning to coast, I am refocusing my attention and adjusting my plan so I can continue to see postive changes in my health and weight.

I have signed up for back to back half marathons, 9/30 & 10/7 and began my training plan last night with a 6.75 mile run in 89 minutes. I have located 5 5K races locally between now and then, the first of whcih is this weekend. I will be running 3-4 days a week and averaging 16 miles/week to begin with. On my off days I plan to get back to biking and kayaking, as well as incorporating ST. My ultimate goal for my back to back HMs is to finish both of them in under 3 hours and at least one of them in 2:45 or less.

One thing I've noticed as I age, (I'm currently 50) is that I can no longer jump right up from a squatting position without the aid of my hands pulling or pushing me up. One of my goals for the next 5 1/2 weeks is to change that. It's not that my legs are weak. My running proves different. It's simply that I have lost teh strength in the muscles for that particular movement. Considering all the knee trouble I've had all my life, and subsequent surgeries, this is just an activity I haven't really focused on. Well I'm focusing on it now.

On the diet front, I have recently incorporated the clean eating concept in to my lifestyle and I will continue to do so, focusing on fruits and veggies, since that has always been my weakest link.

While I have lost 13 pounds so far this year, I am not satisfied with that. So far I have never been able to get below 170 and stay there for any length of time. My WL focus will be on finally changing that. When I began my journey, several years ago, I was just shy of 200 pounds. I got stuck in the 180s for quite some time and the same has been true for the 170s. Well I've overstayed my welcome and will be moving on down the line to the 160s and then the 150s and ultimately somewhere between 138 and 145. Can I do it this year? I'd like to say yes but I'd also like to be successful so I'm not going to focus on the ultimate goal. Instead, I'm going to take it a step at a time. Right now that step is 160ville.

So there you have it, my goals and plans in a nutshell. Sounds simple enough, but we all know that saying and doing are two different things. Rather, for me they have been. I'm about to change that!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/15/2012 2:41PM

    I admire your goals and your resolutions. I think you can do it. Yes, it's so easy to get stuck but you seem to have done a splendid job of waiting it out and not losing your focus.

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ANDREA963 6/12/2012 11:50AM

    Tammy, You're doing great. And your goals sound right on. I like the small step goals. You are running your way out of the 170s this round! Great job!


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THETURTLEBEAR 6/11/2012 11:00PM

    You WILL do this. I have one question: why do you want to jump up from a squat? Just for the hell of it? emoticon

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AELI2468 6/11/2012 4:11PM


Even though you are there to support the team as our cappie- we are here to support you too!

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AMARILYNH 6/11/2012 2:12PM

    Slow and steady wins the race - stay focused on exchanging not so healthy habits for healthy ones and you'll get there!! I vote we ALL concentrate on healthier eating, consistent ST and cardio - that will get us what we are looking for - top notch health and vigor!!

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JECKIE 6/11/2012 12:50PM


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My BLC19 Goals

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Let's get the worst part out of the way first.

Not pretty, I know, but that's about to change. (In my defense, that's an Enell sports bra I'm wearing and it's TIGHT!)

Ok, enough excuses. I'm pleased with my results from last round but I'm ready to strive for more specific goals than just losing inches and pounds. It's time to reclaim my waist line. I found it last spring and kept it til early November when some personal issues got the better of me and I drown my sorrows in all things NOT GOOD! Now I'm totally pissed at myself for losing ground and I'm ready to take back my toned body again.

My goals for BLC19 are:
1) lose the flab off my mid section
2) eat MUCH cleaner and healthier than I ever have before
3) not allow personal issues to take over
4) become reacquainted with ST
5) conquer INSANITY
6) get back into yoga and reclaim my flexibility
8) train for another HM
9) see if I can achieve a sub 30 5K
10) unclutter my house

How will I accomplish these goals? By breaking them down into smaller goals and reassessing my progress every two weeks.

So by Week Two I will have:
* begun INSANITY
* got my weight down to 174
* tackled at least one room in my home and blasted every inch of it until it's spit shined and sparkles
* completed one 10 mile run in 2:15 or less
* set aside two days a week to my yoga practice
* begin exploring new options for whole foods

Week Two - Revisiting my goals

I have fallen way too short of most of my goals.
* Haven't yet started Insanity.
* Although I haven't tackled one room and blasted it, I have done a good once over through several rooms and plan to conitue on that effort tonight. It's a slow but sure process and I am making some headway.
* Haven't set aside two days for yoga.
* The weather has not been cooperating for my 10 miler but I did finish a 4 miler in 45 minutes flat, which was excellent for me!
* I have been exploring many new options for whole foods and will continue to do so. I am finding it challenging to come up with meal ideas that my family will like but I refuse to give up on the whole food option for myslef, no matter what. I have noticed that it isn't easy to find much variety locally, other than the expected fresh fruits and veggies.
* My weight was down to 175 last Saturday but TOM and IBS combined to bump the scale back up again and as of today I'm exactly the same as I was last week. 177.2

What I've learned from all this.

I HAVE to take control and stop allowing life to get in my way. I need to plan and carry out a true - set in stone - exercise plan. Now that my HM is behind me, I haven't really set a new plan into effect but if I want to change the way I look and feel, I need to be proactive! I also need to continue to look for whole food options and recipes and plan ahead for meals away from home. I don't want to come back here in two weeks and find I am still at square one. The changes start today!

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RIVERNANNA 7/23/2012 3:00PM

    Wow! I feel like I am looking in a mirror when I read what you are thinking and doing and how you struggle to stay on track. I too have found that life gets in the way. Your thoughts and plans are a great help to me, so I will now make some plans for the coming weeks and start fresh. Thanks for the inspiration.

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CKENTFIELD 5/1/2012 10:38PM

    WAY more ambious than I. But I have faith that YOU will accomplish your goals. Your just that kinda gal.

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FITAT50 5/1/2012 9:19PM

    You've done it before, you know you can do it again emoticon

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-THINQ- 5/1/2012 5:06PM

    YES YOU DID!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

GOOD JOB, posting your 'real' fbs! i hope they will help both of us to meet our goals this round!

ps can i copy your entire lists? ...only, i'll have to move Declutter My House to the Top! of the top list, lol !

Teamster!!Lizzy ,'=^D

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FENWAYGIRL18 5/1/2012 4:24PM

    emoticon Your very brave for putting up the pictures , I give you tons of credit for that!

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My Second Half Marathon - Not what I expected

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

After months of training, planning and prepping to meet 3 of my Sheriffs - Marilyn, April and Sarah - in Lake George, NY
for my second HM, let's just say it wasn't at all what I had been hoping for. Thankfully having the three of them there with me helped me get over the disappointment of a less than stellar race experience. We had a wonderful time together which eased the blow of my race experience.

We woke to fabulous race weather. Comfortable temps, sunshine and a light breeze. PERFECT! We all slept well and felt ready to tackle the hilly course.

I was off to a great start (according to Marilyn I was running a 9 minute mile to begin with) but by two miles out I was praying for a porti potti. Marilyn caught up with me just before the 3 mile mark when I was forced to walk til I finally found a porti potti just a bit further down the road. I thought I would be fine cuz usually once the runners trots have hit and been relieved, I'm good to go. I could still see Marilyn when I came out and kept her in view for the next 4 miles, when another wave hit me and I had to stop again. Apparently that's when Sarah passed me cuz when I was a 1/2 mile or so from the turn around, I met first Marilyn and then Sarah, headed back. I was confident I could catch up and finish with them but I was hit two more times, once so bad that I was forced to walk for 4 miles between porti pottis and I was just about to chance stepping off the road and hoping not to be noticed when I finally saw another one. By the time I was 2 miles out and had hit the last porti potti I was so disgusted with my run that I barely ran after that. I finished in 3:07, which was 10 minutes over my runkeeper time from last year. I was shooting for 2:45 and I think I could have done it if it hadn't been for my bowel issues. I was so discouraged!

This is my mile by mile time.

Mile 1 - 11:02
Mile 2 - 12:32
Mile 3 - 14:40 - first pp stop
Mile 4 - 13:15
Mile 5 - 12:57
Mile 6 - 13:00
Mile 7 - 13:57 struggled because I needed the pp
Mile 8 - 14:45 second pp stop
Mile 9 - 14:09 struggled because I needed the pp
Mile 10 - 15:33 forced to walk
Mile 11 - 15:58 forced to walk
Mile 12 - 16:41 forced to walk to final pp stop
Mile 13 - 15:18 At this point I figured I needed better than a 7 minute mile to break 3 hours and I knew that was impossible.

The majority of the second half of the race I fought with cramping and feeling like I was going to lose it. And as if that wasn't bad enough, somewhere around the 10 mile mark, I stepped wrong on the rough road surface and felt a pain shoot through my ankle. Thankfully I was able to walk it off and today it seems just fine. In fact the only real soreness I have is in that shin. At first I thought it might be from the hills but it's only one leg and same one that suffered the ankle issue, so I'm thinking rather than spraining my ankle, I may have just pulled something in that lower leg instead. Most likely because I have been working on strengthening my ankles throughout my training, so it held up and the weaker area took the brunt of the injury.

Sucks, huh?

All was not lost however. I learned a few important lessons from all this, so although I'm still ticked with my run and my resulting time, I was able to take away a few positives from it.

First, I can run faster than I imagined I could and I'm anxious to see what I can do in my next 5K. Judging from my first three miles, it looks as if I could have pulled off a sub 30 5K, esp. without the porti potti stop! Something I NEVER imagined I was capable of, esp on such a hilly course.

Second, I think it's time to stop putting my head in the sand and talk to my doctor about the possibility that I may be suffering from IBS.

Third, I am very anxious to run another HM ASAP just to prove to myself that I can do it and be proud of the resulting time!

Fourth, I know that everyone has a tough run eventually and I guess I'm fortunate to get it out of the way early in my running career and to go forth from here knowing I can conquer even the worst variables.

So although it wasn't the HM I was hoping for as I trained over the past 4 months, I survived and I'm anxious to prove to myself that this was the freak, not the norm.

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LILPAT3 5/9/2012 11:18AM

    You finished and given the circumstances...many people would not have finished. You probably need to be checked for IBS if this type of occurance is common. Sure is hard to run, bike, swim, etc. when you have cramping and such problems. Hang in there. I bet you will own the next race.

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GREYLOCKES1 5/3/2012 9:29AM

    Great job of finishing. Luckily I have never had that issue( IBS) but of my 20 half marathons I have had plenty that I did not do as well as i had planned. Embrace this race it will give you a much deeper appreciation of the ones that meet or exceed your goals. Watch what you eat the day before and of your races. It may just be a combination of food and nerves,Too much caffeine and or sugar can cause those issues but a doctor will be better at determining that.

Good luck and keep running.

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-THINQ- 5/1/2012 5:15PM

    I agree with Nic; and we're ALL PROUD of you for finishing!, with problems like that i might have quit before the tenth mile, if not before that!
I hope you have help from your doc too; i've had ibs and it is awful even when you're NOT exercising!

You ROCK !!, Shammy Cap'n!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 5/1/2012 3:24PM

    emoticon YOU finished, THAT counts! No beating yourself for things beyond your control... you still battled it out and have a second HM under your belt!

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SADIESUE09 5/1/2012 3:09PM

emoticonSorry to hear you didn't do as well as you planned. Congrats for fininshing though especially having the trots like that. My stomach acts up a lot and it's not fun trying to do anything when it's like that.

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R.I.P. Bubba-boy

Friday, February 03, 2012

Sigh.... today has been a bittersweet day. I watched my oldest horse slowly leave our world. This is only the second horse I've ever lost and I lost them both to old age. They were the best of friends when they were together and if he had lived just 5 more days, he would have died on the anniversary of her death.

Now they are together again and I know they are very happy. Ironically they both lived nearly 30 years. I had both of them from the time they were youngsters. Bravado, the one I lost today, was only a year old when I got him and Katrina was 2 months when I got her.

Those of you who I have known a while may remember me talking about my old fella that loved the babies. Well this was him. He had my two weanlings in with him right up until he went down this morning. I had to move them to another paddock because they couldn't understand why he wouldn't get up. They kept nudging him and even grabbing his blanket with their teeth and pulling on it. Heartwrenching!

He will be dearly missed but I've suspected this was coming for a little over a week now so I was ready to say goodbye. He had so many wonderful quirks about him. If anyone forgot to latch the stall door, he would open it. He wouldn't come out but he preferred not to look through the bars. As I mentioned, he absolutely adored the babies! Whenever I weaned one, we would put it in with him to help ease the separation from their mama. He was so gentle but he also demanded respect. He was very good at patiently teaching them manners, while loving them. Very much like a loving grandfather.

He definitely had a soft spot for the girls on the farm. It was not at all unusual to come in the barn and find him in a box stall with 2 or three mares and maybe even a foal or two with him. He would not allow any of the geldings to enter the stall with him but the mares and the babies were always welcome.

Bubba also loved his people and if you asked him for a kiss, he would promptly reach his muzzle to your lips and allow you to give him one. He was more like an oversized dog than a 900 pound horse. On just about any summer day, people driving by would see our big grey lawn ornament. We allowed him to roam free when ever we were home and he would graze peacefully on the front lawn, walking up to say hello any time one of us walked by. When he missed his friends in the paddock, he would casually walk back to the barn, open the stall door and let himself back out to the pasture.

God makes a few horses who are wise beyond their years and Bubba was one of them. Wise and gentle and patient and affectionate and I could go on and on.....

Bubba at his best, babysitting a weanling.

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KIN59VARA 2/11/2012 9:29AM

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I loved reading about him and seeing his pictures

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SKINNYSOON13 2/11/2012 9:25AM

    Awww Tammy :-( I'm sorry for your loss, but you sound like you're doing good with it. Love the picture of him babysitting. :-)

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ZUMBARUNNER 2/8/2012 1:09PM

    So sorry for you loss, he sounds like he was a very special horse.

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MARIR23 2/6/2012 10:21PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss (((( HUGS ))))

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PEACEJENN 2/5/2012 12:44AM

    Oh Tammy, my heart goes out to you. emoticon

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VIAFREE 2/4/2012 6:52PM

    So sorry about your Bubba leaving. It is wonderful that you had 30 yrs with such a great horse. It's something really special about people who loves animals so fiercely and sincerly. He is beautiful. Hugs to you for both your losses in only a short time. Hang in there.

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JENS_DOIN_IT 2/4/2012 3:22PM

    The biggest of (((HUGS))) to you Tammy!! emoticon emoticon

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    Tammy, what a wonderful tribute to an old and dear friend. You have had far too much of this saying good bye to your "fur" family since I've known you sweetie. You are a strong woman. I can picture the two old friends reunited and romping as if they are young weanlings again. Smiling through the tears. emoticon

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CMA444 2/4/2012 6:37AM

    I am so sorry for your loss! He is in a better place now. Remember all of the wonderful years that you had him! God will take care of him.

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    Tammy I'm thinking about you losing another dear friend and family member and my heart and prayers are with you! What a wonderful tribute you wrote about him! I too wish I could have known this special horse! He will be missed however he lived a great life and is together with his best friend romping around in Heaven's pastures! You too take care my friend!

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DEBSZOO74 2/4/2012 1:15AM

    Tammy, I'm so very sorry for your loss! You wrote such a beautiful tribute to your very special friend. As I was reading about Bubba's special qualities, I couldn't help but wish that I'd been lucky enough to know him. emoticon

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TEXASKATEY 2/4/2012 12:31AM

    Oh, Tammy, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so hard when the animals we've come to love have to be let go. My prayers are with you and your nephew, who both surely had a very hard day.

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FITAT50 2/3/2012 11:40PM

    Tammy, so sorry you've lost another dear friend. He sounded like a truly amazing and special animal and friend. emoticon

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    I didn't get to finish my comment earlier but I truly am sorry for your loss. That was one special horse and he was your baby. I know you had a special connection with him and it is hard to say goodbye. However, he will live on in your memory and in pictures for the rest of your life. It would be amazing to have such a good horse and friend. I'm praying for you. Hugs!!!!

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BRIDGIE1028 2/3/2012 10:28PM

    Oh Tammy you made me cry. I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful horse, but I'm sure so much of that is because you are a wonderful horsie mama.

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SMILESHINE81 2/3/2012 10:05PM

    So sorry to read his passing, but it sounds like he had the best life a horse could have. emoticon

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DAS92687 2/3/2012 9:37PM

    Sounds like he had a wonderful life emoticon

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POSTIECHICK 2/3/2012 9:29PM

    Tammy I am so sorry for your loss emoticon

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TEKRU1 2/3/2012 9:00PM

    emoticon What a beautiful blog and a wonderful friend! So sorry for your loss!

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    Animals sure have a way of becoming a part of our family. We mourn their passing like that of another family member. So sorry to hear about Bubba.

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FTLSWEETIE 2/3/2012 7:59PM

    What a beautiful tribute to such a lovely horse, friend and family member. It's so hard to lose members of our family, and I know he was one of yours. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this trying time. May the memories through the years heal you and help you find peace.

Big Hugs!

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A-STRONGER-ME 2/3/2012 7:57PM

    Oh Tammy, very sorry for your loss. You did him proud with this blog.

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AMARILYNH 2/3/2012 7:53PM

    Wow Tammy - that was an amazing tribute! Our animals truly become family members - I know he'll be sorely missed.

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SMALLERSHEEP 2/3/2012 7:48PM

    Aww Tammy what a beautiful way to say farewell. Hugs to you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as I know how hard it is to lose a member of the family.

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EM4488 2/3/2012 7:29PM

    Oh, I'm so terribly sorry for the loss of your horsey. He sounds wonderful and I'm so glad he was with you for so long. Hugs!

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APRILELAINE130 2/3/2012 7:04PM

    Such beautiful words for an obviously beautiful soul. Hugs my friend. You gave him a wonderful full life.

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    I'm sorry Tammy. They were beautiful.

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JECKIE 2/3/2012 6:47PM

    I'm so sorry, Tammy. Our animal family is such a bittersweet blessing. emoticon

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MONIKA1948 2/3/2012 6:46PM

    What a touching blog. I' so sorry for your loss. emoticon

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ANNEV2012 2/3/2012 6:05PM

    I am sorry for your loss, I know how much it hurts. emoticon

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    Oh Tammy! How beautiful a tribute to such a magnificent friend. I'm so sorry!!

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