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I didnt know I did this....

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today, I bought my husband some Cinnamon pita chips that he likes. I looked at the nutrition label, saw a serving was 7 chips for 140 calories and thought " huh, well I can fit that in today". SO I counted them out and had my 7 chips, put it in my tracker and went about my day.

It suddenly hit me: Not only did I read a label but I made an informed decision about whether to eat it or not AND I counted out a portion and left the rest in the bag. I didnt even think about eating more.

So apparantly, this is the kind of girl I am now. A girl (who is almost 49!!) who reads labels and thinks about her food choices. I am no longer a girl who sits down with the bag and eats until I am full (or beyond) and mindlessly consumes snacks because they taste good.

I have truly changed. It just now hit me. Wow.

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NEDERLUNG 9/17/2010 6:58PM

    I'm impressed, no not really, you are the kind of person who can do this, why should I be impressed, you are amazing, of course you could do this, impression not required. You have become responsible for you. You did this for you, not to impress me or anyone, YOU.


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KIYOSHI04 9/16/2010 2:41PM

    wonderful, huh? awesome job, you.

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ROBINSNEWNEST 9/15/2010 11:49AM

    You're moving into yourself, not shoving crap into you! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/15/2010 8:24AM

    WOOOO HOOOOO!!!! That's a good day! Good choices and great habits!

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BRIAEL 9/15/2010 4:31AM

    It's amazing how much we can change if only we give ourselves time and support until the brain follows the willpower's orders.

Really pleased that it's become so ingrained in you, Jan. :)

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THREEE 9/15/2010 1:01AM

    good girl...i haven't graduated to the stopping at 1 serving yet, but i do ACKNOWLEDGE the calories and the size of the serving...well, i do...sort of...
i just realized, tho, that i polished off a box of flipsides, 1 5-cracker serving at a time...but the time was as little as 5 minutes after the previous serving... being aware of this tendency, i either can't have them in the house(but i hate that because i eat them like there is no tomorrow when i babysit and i don't want to eat theirs...i want to be satisfied with 1 5-cracker serving and press on) OR if i try the 5 crackers(1 serving) into separate snack bags--which at least will prevent me from losing track of how many servings i've had and help me be more AWARE as i am eating...i THINK part of why i ate so many is because they are PERFECTLY salted, and i've been pretty good about not adding salt to anything(except tomatoes) so this is SALTY without me adding any...which, of course, as i type it i realize is not very logical separate serving-size baggies it is...with at least a glass of water in between!!!

and YOU, young lady, keep up the good AUTOMATIC work...those habits just sneak up on you, don't nice when it is a healthy one you've acquired!!!

READ MORE LABELS!!! emoticon

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NICA131 9/14/2010 11:33PM


I'm a label reader, coz my kids have allergies - BUT knowing what was in there never stopped me till lately

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COLD_GOLD 9/14/2010 10:40PM

    good job! It's funny how these little habits sneak up on you... at first they seem like such a struggle, then all of a sudden they are 2nd nature. emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 9/14/2010 10:31PM

    Way to go Jan! You are making the changes to a healthier you! Awesome. emoticon

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WTF entry challenge

Monday, September 13, 2010

~*~ WTF??? Entry Card- Template for 9/15-9/19 ~*~

Me, just a few weeks ago.


Starting Weight: 247.2
Starting Measurements:
Measure your Waist -48
Measure your Hips - 53
Measure your Thigh -28.25
Measure your Calf -17
Measure your Upper Arm -16.5
Measure your Boobies -49
Current BMI: 40.7

During this challenge, I have a general goal of getting my BMI below the 40's. I started at 50. I also want to fit into size 22 Jeans (or beyond)

My biggest challenge will undoubtedly be staying on track with my excercise.

My nutrition goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on staying within my range.

My cardio goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on walking further each week until I am up to 2 miles consistantly.

My strength training goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on my arms.

My rest and flexibility goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on doing more stretching.


Between now and 9/19, I am going to try to play tennis at least once. I have never played tennis. ever. but I want to!

Between now and 9/19, I am not going to bake and eat anything unhealthy!

These 3 excuses will be unusable for the duration of this template:
The weather is not allowed to derail my excercise.
A party is not allowed to derail my eating well.
My hormones are not allowed to derail my life in any way, shape or form.

Ok and yes, I hear the Captain calling!!

You can motivate me by staying in touch.


This week, take the time to do one of the following just for yourself.

A. complete a fun project
B. start a fun project
C. brainstorm ideas for something you can do just for yourself over the winter, something that will take a semi-long time to complete. - Like make your own new bag, or put together a family photo album, or redecorate a room, or start a journal, or make a quilt, etc
D. Make a list of things you loved as a child but have not done or participated in for a very long time. See which ones you can incorporate into your grownup life.
E. Volunteer.

Practice setting time aside for yourself, either every day or once a week, and allow yourself to be selfish for a little while, and recharge, so you can better handle the rest of your life and be better for your family or job and friends.

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THREEE 9/15/2010 1:06AM

    don't emoticonit sounds like you've got a plan and some neat potential projects emoticon

what is a 'new bag'?--like 'papa's got a brand new bag...da da da da dah!'? emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 9/14/2010 12:33PM

    I like the way you think women. YOU CAN DO THIS THING!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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ASHARON 9/14/2010 12:11PM

    You can do it

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 9/14/2010 10:21AM


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YOOVIE 9/14/2010 9:43AM

    Yay!!! Now stick to it!!!!!

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RJANE40 9/14/2010 8:30AM

    Tennis is so fun! I have played since I was young, including two years in high school.

Is this challenge part of a Spark Team, or is it something you are doing alone?

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CLEVAGAL 9/13/2010 11:48PM

    wow wee.....Im guessing not hot chips then?
Cleva xxx

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RAVENSONG37 9/13/2010 11:41PM

    WOOHOO! Love it!

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Life is too short to use a crummy stapler!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I mean, I use a stapler like 40 times a day. If it doesnt work, it is irritatiing! You waste so much time fixing it and taking the crummy staples out and re stapling and I thought today: You know what? Why am I fighting this? A new stapler is like what, $10.00? Am I not worth $10.00 for a less annoying day? Yes. Yes I am.

What is your stapler thingy that annoys you and you could fix so easily??

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NEDERLUNG 9/17/2010 6:52PM

    My slippers, they are so big they fall off my feet. So I walk on my heels with my toes up. Though I think I've finally got it fixed. I put wide rubberbands on them and it helps make them smaller so they stay better on my feet.

What? I like my slippers, they are all broke in, I want to keep them. Smiles - Debie

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MICKEYMAX 9/14/2010 5:22PM

    I lent a student use my stapler today. I NEVER let office supplies out. ha ha! I could smack the air conditioner/fan. It shuts off every 2 hours. :)

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SEESTARS 9/14/2010 4:24PM

    I am so bummed out right now that I can not add an image of Milton from "Office Space" with his Red Swingline Stapler to this comment.

Milton says, "If they take my stapler, I'll set the building on fire."

Love that movie!

As for annoying little things. This week my doggie pick-up-bag dispenser is going hay wire and breaking apart. Should really just buy a new on for like $3 bucks. LOL

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/14/2010 3:21PM

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BIGMAMAT 9/14/2010 12:30PM

    Yes mama, YOU ARE SOOOO WORTH IT!!!!
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Comment edited on: 9/14/2010 12:31:57 PM

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RJANE40 9/14/2010 8:28AM

    This is a great topic! I will say that I also put up with my stapler at work way too long. It would jam all the time. I finally ordered a brand new one and no longer want to hurl it out the window.

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THREEE 9/13/2010 10:35PM

    boy, the stapler has driven me nuts, until I became the boss of me--ELECTRIC--battery-operated stapler all the way...
AND THOSE PENCIL SHARPENERS...i keep buying them for my chickadees who i help with homework as they keep losing the ones i buy them, but the more expensive or batterY-operated STILL break off pencil leads and i have to start all over and get lead all over my hands....

but the BEST...ABSOLUTELY, what are we waiting for to use the BEAUTIFUL stuff we've been given or bought ourselves BECAUSE THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL--

WE ARE WORTH IT emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROBINSNEWNEST 9/13/2010 9:29PM

    hahaha... I threw out my old plastic iced tea pitcher, brought my pretty cut glass pitcher out and into service, and now I smile every time I pour a glass of iced tea emoticon It's pretty. That simple thing makes me smile.

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MAMADWARF 9/13/2010 5:56PM

    Rise up Ladies!!!! We dont have to live like this!! Death to all annoying appliances and things that are supposed to make our lives easier but dont! Vive La Spark!!!

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BRIAEL 9/13/2010 5:45PM

    LOL ... probably an additional hard drive, nothing fancy. Great observation. :)

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CLEVAGAL 9/13/2010 4:56PM

    my tongs.........they are forever twisting. I could probably pick up a pair for 2 bucks!
Cleva xxx

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WATCHMEGO2 9/13/2010 4:25PM

    pencil sharpeners that don't actually sharpen pencils, just break off the lead over and over and over.......

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2010 3:11PM

    My non stick spatula that every little frickin thing sticks to.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/13/2010 2:55PM

    U might even be lucky enought to find one at the dollar store.

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Bra, Panties, Teens and Tanks

Sunday, September 12, 2010

So yesterday I went to Lane Bryant to return a bra that I bought. Yea it was too big. I got a 44c and a 42c the last time (from a 48 c)not really knowing what size I needed. So anyway, I exchanged it for a 40 C figuring that would be the next size I am gonna be.

They had a great sale on Panties. Not knowing what size (again), I bought some 18-20's and some 22-24's because I figured I would be getting into them soon enough (from a 26-28) and I am still in the same panties I was wearing 40 lbs ago (I dont know why, I just never got new ones).

Then, they had some tanks on sale for 4.99! Summer is almost over so I got 2 in size 18-20 cause I am still in size 22-24 (again from 26-28).

So this morning (come take the ride with me even tho you know where this is going), I took a shower and was getting dressed. I decide to try the size 18 panties. Um, yeah, they FIT!!! So that means the 22-24's are never getting worn. I BLEW by that size! (Back to Lane Bryants for an exchange!).

Then I put on the 40C Bra. Yep! It fit too!!! (That means I can do one of my goals, get a Victoria secret bra since they have my size!!).

Then the tank top. Uh huh, wearing it right now!!!

I am not much of a bragger but come on... This is a fantastic day for me! Do you know how friggin tiny I feel right now!?

I came out to the living room, dropped my drawers, shook my ass at my husband while yelling, "SIZE 18 BITCH!" Then I whirled around, lifted my size 18 tank, shook my boobies at him and yelled "40C!!! under my (pull top back down) SIZE 18 TANK TOP!!"

We high 5'vd then I grabbed the laptop and said, "I have to blog this!" to which he replied,
"Oh, god."


"Thats right, Frank, I am a blog HO too, so you better get used to your new wife who wears size 18 underwear, (but not for long) and a 40C bra!".

Oh yes, a good day indeed.

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NEDERLUNG 9/17/2010 6:50PM

    Almost TMI, but still enjoyed smiling at you - Debie

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ASHARON 9/14/2010 12:13PM

    Love your blog. too funny!!!

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JESTERSTAR 9/13/2010 6:38PM

    So great! Hilarious and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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GOODBYEHORSES 9/13/2010 6:38PM

    Congrats! And thanks for the giggle. emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/13/2010 6:28PM

    Ha ha! Thanks for making me smile. I love the energy :)

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DAISY443 9/13/2010 3:51PM

    Tooooo Funny! Great blog, thanks for sharing!

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LUVDOGZ 9/13/2010 2:59PM

    OMG too funny, you shake it girl! Pretty soon those sizes are gonna be too big too! I love your hubby's reaction! You made my day you blog ho you!!!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 9/13/2010 1:45PM

    ahahahahahaha!!! Victoria's Secret watch out!!! You crack me up cause it's so real and so true!!! Tricia and I already have our eyes out for some high ho heels, now will have to add the appropriate undergarments to the mix! LOL Treat yourself emoticon Love your life emoticon You deserve to love this time of being in the body and the awesome woman you are...

with love --

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SWELL10 9/13/2010 1:43PM

    LOL!!!! LMAO!!!! Shake it baby, shake it!!!! emoticon emoticon

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RJANE40 9/13/2010 12:41PM

    Thats so awesome! You shake that booty, girl!! LOL

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LEFTSOX 9/13/2010 12:12PM

    LOl I hope the kids were at school! Although I have been know to streak through the house on good days yelling "ClOSE YOUR EYES BOYS" (our clean laundry it miles from the bedroom where the shower is!)

I am so happy you can go to vicky's! I want some pink clothes from there- but not till I reach a new goal.

And I am sure your husband is enjoying the more confident you! emoticon

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JO2TOM 9/13/2010 12:09PM

    Wow! you are doing even better than you thought. Your blog just about killed me. I was dying laughing at the picture of you in the living room. Thanks for being so real and so open.

I am very impressed. Keep up the good work!!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/13/2010 12:04PM

    AWESOME! I blew through size 24 and 26. It is a great feeling isn't it! You just made me snort at my desk lol. I was telling my fiance how much I adore you yesterday! I am so happy for you girl.

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RAVENSONG37 9/13/2010 11:30AM

    YaY! This is awesome and too funny! You ROCK!

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SEESTARS 9/13/2010 10:16AM

    That rocks!

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THREEE 9/13/2010 1:27AM

    i am happy to see you have your priorities right...

you get your hubby all 'happy' about your new lingerie BUT you go straight to blog...
i have taught you well...

NOW give him a break and let him 'enjoy' your lingerie emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 9/13/2010 12:09AM

    OMG! I thought I was going to fall off my chair! Your poor husband! But how terrifically supportive of him! I love your reaction and your way of being sure he celebrates with you! Such the kind of thing I would do if I had someone to shake my lesser assets at! I am so happy for you and SOOOO PROUD!!!!

Have a great, fantastic week and now nothing can get you down--unless of course you have more things to show off and your drawers need to drop again!

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TEXWIFE 9/12/2010 11:51PM

    Well Jan another Victory, you actually got to go shopping and buy yourself something. I think we are wearing the same size now how cool, we can share, except for the panty part LOL! emoticon

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TRIP2HAPPINESS 9/12/2010 11:04PM

    haha...awesome blog! emoticon "came out to the living room, dropped my drawers, shook my ass at my husband while yelling, "SIZE 18 BITCH!" Then I whirled around, lifted my size 18 tank, shook my boobies at him and yelled "40C!!! under my (pull top back down) SIZE 18 TANK TOP!!" hilarious! LOL

Great job!

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CLEVAGAL 9/12/2010 9:35PM

    excellent underwear tale indeed!
Cleva xxx

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NEWYEARME 9/12/2010 8:33PM



You go girl!!!!


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/12/2010 7:48PM

    LOL!!! That's awesome! So freakin' funny! Congrats on all the new sizes, that's wonderful! Keep up the hard work!

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ANAJAK 9/12/2010 5:41PM

    YEEEAAHHH!!! Now that's what I call achievement. "Size 18 Bitch"!!

Man there's a whole lotta panties dropping round here!!

Also your relationship sounds freakin right on the money to me!! Your hubby's reaction to going to blog sounds just like my son:)

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PELESJEWEL 9/12/2010 4:51PM

    emoticon = YOU, right??! In your freaking size 18ssssss!!!!!! You go girl! Enjoy your BODY!

Comment edited on: 9/12/2010 4:52:05 PM

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BIGMAMAT 9/12/2010 2:34PM

    OMG. Jan you are simply amazing!!! Awesome! I am celebrating this victory with you!!
You just have to promise me that you won't be dropping your drawers to show off your panties when we go to see Matt Lauer in NYC! What a hoot!!!hahaha emoticon You Go Mama!

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RONNYGIRL39 9/12/2010 2:10PM

    LOL you are so funny.Thank you for the comment on my blog. I may try your suggestion for working out more on the weekends..
Congrats on your new sizes it does feel awesome!!

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CLASSACT911 9/12/2010 1:46PM

    "Size 18 Bitch" LOLOLOL Oh my. I'm crying from laughing so hard!

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 9/12/2010 1:43PM

  LOL I died laughing @ your blog!!!!
Congrats!! You are doing great :)

Frank has a hot mamma on his hands :)

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RENA1965 9/12/2010 1:37PM

    Congratulations! Hope you have many more success stories to tell us! Cudos are in order emoticon

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DESERT_BIRD 9/12/2010 1:34PM

    LMBO...too funny!

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GRACEISENUF 9/12/2010 1:22PM

    I have a feeling Frank is going to have a great day as well as soon as you get off of SP!

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NICA131 9/12/2010 1:21PM

    Panties are becoming a real issue around this playground.


I think panties and bras are the true measure, clothes may not fit anymore but you can make it work - But when you can't wear a skirt coz you fear your panties falling down around your ankles for the world to see, or you walk slowly and carefully because if you bounce at all the girls are gonna pop out to take a look around, that's results.

Congrats on 18's !!!!!!

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BRIAEL 9/12/2010 1:16PM

    Jan, I am laughing so hard I think I'm about to wet myself!!!! You crazy nutter! :)

I am "thrilled to the back teeth" or "tickled pink" (there, did I teach you two new English expressions in one simple post?) with your successful haul into size 18s. That is just awesome sauce right there!

Keep up the most excellent work, and you go shake that booty, Ms Size 18. *still giggling*

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KATRIONAH 9/12/2010 1:15PM

    LOL Bras and panties.....all down in size for you.....WOO HOO!! YOU must feel like happy dancing. Your blog gave me a good giggle. Thank you for sharing...... emoticon

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    OMG that is great and hysterical!

All of the hard work is paying of in big numbers for you!

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I'm kind of a blog HO....

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I love blogs. I love reading them. I love writing them. I love reading the comments that people leave about blogs. I love finding a comment one of my friends left on someones page that I have never heard of and checking it out. I am kinda obsessed about it.

Thank you for feeding my obsession and please, go read my 6 month blog I posted or any of the others and leave me a comment or "like" it. I need a fix.

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NEDERLUNG 9/17/2010 6:47PM

    I too can relate - when I'm really depressed, blogs will pick me up - if not reading them, I like to respond to them. Wish I could get paid for it, wouldn't that be a great job? Smiles - Debie

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SIXTEES 9/12/2010 10:30PM

    I get most of my encouragement and ideas from reading blogs here and posting my own stuff. Second to this is are the message boards which I am just getting into - the local ones. I've gotten to meet a new friend in person that I met here online. Getting healthy is all about what goes on in our thoughts and hearts that helps us make those good choices. The actual food and exercises we choose is second.

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MICKEYMAX 9/11/2010 10:53PM

    I dig blogs and blogging too! Next best thing after the wheel,... :)

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BIGMAMAT 9/11/2010 10:02PM

    I feel ya mama, I feel ya! emoticon emoticon

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THREEE 9/11/2010 6:06PM

    as a matter of fact, my deah, i already hit the 'i like it' box AND it was the first one i ever hit the button for--not that i haven't enjoyed other blogs, but yours was the first that 'moved' my finger to hit the button

and, may i suggest today is just a little anti-climactic for you...but give yourself the weekend to react or be in a bit of a funk, then re-read your own GREAT 6-month PROUD blog and just be resigned that some people don't recognize GREATNESS when they read it!!! so there emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/11/2010 6:05PM

    I love reading and leaving comments. I'm not so great about writing though.

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BRIAEL 9/11/2010 4:46PM

    I second that sentiment. I love blogs, it's what keeps me here at SP. I think I'm just one of those incredibly nosy people though. :)

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GRACEISENUF 9/11/2010 4:21PM

    Glad you are a blog ho cuz I love reading em!

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MONTANA_ED 9/11/2010 4:11PM

    Oh ya! Blogs are great! The comments and inspirations that I get from them are fantastic! Woo Hoo!


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PEDAL-PUSHER 9/11/2010 4:09PM

    I can SO relate! Not so much reading, but do love writing them, and love to get the comments also. Sometimes it is almost like an obsession! I can be watching TV and this little voice in y head starts to nag.........WILL not shut up until I am sitting at my keyboard!

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