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Please. stop. whining.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I have spent several hours on SP this morning and I have to say:
Stop whining! I am actually thinking about quitting one of my teams because of how negative people are.

Look, this is not easy. We knew it wasnt going to be. There are no secrets! Do you not get that yet? Do your profile, stay within the ranges, track your food on SP, do a bit of excercise and no it doen't have to be hard! Go for a damn walk! You do not have to run or join a gym or by a Wii... Just move more than you did yesterday. Put some music on and dance for 20 minutes, just do a little something.

The weight WILL come off! Nobody finds it any easier than you do. Nobdy is "Lucky" to have lost the weight. They have worked hard to do it. We all struggle. It is a journey,

Learn to enjoy your life instead of whining and complaining about how you hate how things are. Especially when you are the one who created it! We only have one. One day, one life. Make the best of it while working towards a better one!

Whining is not the same as asking for help or reaching out because you are having a tough day.
The definition of whining is: A feeble or petulant complaint
Stop it. Please.

If you need help or have questions, I am here but if you just want to whine, call your Mom.

  
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WATERMELLEN 11/28/2010 7:26PM

    Well, I've done a bit of whining about persistent flu recently (for which I apologize) but -- in general gotta say I seek out the sunshine that I try to be!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/28/2010 7:21PM

    There was someone on here who talked about how she took months to train herself not to swear. And, then she constantly noticed that others swore, and it bothered her. Then it dawned on her that she could only monitor and correct HER own swearing.

So it is with whining...

Amber

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TKADEEPBREATH 11/28/2010 3:10PM

    It's like a "virus" don't you think? You just can't stay around it or it will affect you one way or another. You're thinking is not wrong. I don't care if it's 70 or the last 7, it all goes away the same way.

Geeze, just keep "dusting their britches"!!!

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SMAYMAY 11/22/2010 2:54AM

    UMMM This was awesome and very true.. often we get caught up in whinning so we feel better about making excuses.What a great blog and I am sure your team apprecaited the reality check that this is a life JOURNEY not a pitty party! awesome blog!

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BBGYRL4 11/20/2010 10:42PM

    You tell them!! I totally agree with you.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/20/2010 9:59PM

    i've had my ups and my downs, but i've purposely sought out people that are positive. What serves a purpose at one point may not continue to serve your needs as you change. No harm, no foul... it just is.

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/20/2010 9:10PM

    I want to show this to my mom and my coworker b/c both of them are driving me nuts right now.

:D Thanks!

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DAISY443 11/20/2010 8:32AM

    I have actually quit a team, because the negativity was getting ME, the eternal optimist, down! I have no problem with people with legitimate problems venting some, but I like to see a plan to get past that problem at the same time. Great blog. When you hear me complaining too much, slap me down (uh, virtually, that is!)

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/19/2010 8:23AM

    Have you directly told any of these people to stop?

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TREASURINGLIFE 11/19/2010 8:12AM

    Um, it's my party and I'll whine if I want to - whine if I want to - whine if I want to. You would whine too if it happened to you! LOL. No? Okay then. :)

Ha, anyway - I couldn't agree more! Have a good one, love. And let's spend today enjoying the wonderful life we've been given!!!

- Michelle

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EVENTER 11/19/2010 3:31AM

    Love it. It's a good reminder for the otherwise pessimistic me. :D

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ZURDTA- 11/19/2010 2:25AM

    emoticon I know what you mean. Some people really do need support and need to vent... you're right, there is a difference.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/18/2010 9:17PM

    Amen sister! Ask for help, don't cry that you can't do it before you've even tried.

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FOXCINA 11/18/2010 8:02PM

    Excellent!! No more emoticon

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RONIREDD 11/18/2010 7:51PM

    Agree - if you saw my status ... I actually said something about how depressing the blogs are today! Glad I am not the only one ....

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BJW-FARMGIRL 11/18/2010 7:37PM

    Thank you Mama. I was just talking to somebody else about this today. You gotta wanta. That's all I'm sayin'.

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ATREAT4ME 11/18/2010 7:35PM

    Said like only a Mama can say it. Thank you for the tough love.

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PASTTHEMISSION 11/18/2010 7:14PM

    THIS. I was thinking about this the other day after talking to my dad. My dad just had surgery in his colon so he has staples up his bum. I talked to him and he was fine. No complaints, amazed by medical technology, and grateful that they had found the slightly cancerous growths and been able to remove them. So then i go on facebook and in my head all I'm saying is 'ugh people! it's not as bad as you think, be more positive please!'.

I've lost two pounds in 2 months. I'm sure a lot of people would think of that as a failure and I even find myself at times whining saying 'this is never going to work, etc. etc.' but at the same time I've gained muscle and have gained some very healthy habits. I think some people just get stuck on the number, get stuck with the fear of failing and always being the fat person in the room. To be honest, if one of my teams was just all whining and pity party defeatism I would probably leave it.

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BIGMAMAT 11/18/2010 7:02PM

    Tough love right there babe! mama says
"suck it up and DO IT"!!!!! Woot, Woot!!

emoticon the whining! woot woot!. Shut your trap and lets get to it!!! ahahaha

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/18/2010 6:59PM

    Now, here's some "Mama love" for ya!

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KESTRIE 11/18/2010 6:47PM

    "Do your profile, stay within the ranges, track your food on SP, do a bit of excercise and no it doen't have to be hard! Go for a damn walk!"

LOVE IT!!! emoticon emoticon

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CLEVAGAL 11/18/2010 6:45PM

    waahhhhhhhhhh........:)

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BTINTERNET 11/18/2010 6:12PM

    Wow, everyone's blogs today are things I needed to hear. Thanks!

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GO-LOEW 11/18/2010 5:07PM

    Yah, you tell um sister!!!! Maybe we need to start the Just Do It team! It is so motivating to read posts from people who are doing what say they will, whether they are on day one or year three, or have lost 150 pounds or 2 pounds.

What I wish people would understand is that if they don't JUST DO IT today, they will spend as many days as they allow wishing they were thin and healthy or failing and feeling fat and worthless. Don't waste all those hours, days, weeks, months, and years being on a stinking diet! Just get it done now, whatever age you are and have all that extra time for living a full life.

Conversely, if you can't dig deep and JUST DO IT, admit it and live a full life with whatever weight you are and whatever medical problems you have and will get, but don't spend your life wishing and whining about it. If YOU won't take action, it will not happen.

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WILLIAMV3 11/18/2010 5:05PM

    Amen to that!

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/18/2010 4:58PM

    Love it!!! I can see a rant now and then to vent, but thats venting... not whining!

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NEDERLUNG 11/18/2010 4:53PM

    Hickup! Wathh, ey didth noth thath ooth thaw meh whinninth. Hickup. I'llth thstopth nowth. Hickup. Thmilths!

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MSPRIS3 11/18/2010 3:36PM

    Well Said!!!



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JENPOSS 11/18/2010 3:17PM

    OH GOSH!! I have been thinking the exact same thing lately. I haven't lost weight lately; however, I 100% know it's my own darn fault for eating stupid foods. I've noticed a few people on this site that post NOTHING but negative things.. I can't handle it.. I don't know how to constantly try to pick people up!! At some point we just have to let them fall and pick themselves back up!

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KAREN_NY 11/18/2010 3:16PM

    Thanks so much for this blog. I saw your picture on another post, and had to check out your page -- love it!
I've been looking for a "no whining zone" since I came here, and it's good to know there are other "Just Do It" folks out there.

Rock the day,
K:)

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PATTI_LARSON 11/18/2010 1:56PM

  You're 100% right... poop or get off the pot! Try, try, try! That's all you can do! If it were easy EVERYONE would do it! We all know it sucks! lol

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MRSMLBJ 11/18/2010 1:38PM

    Brava!!!! Good on you girl friend! Hope everyone reads this and it makes a Blog of the week!!! Brava, Brava!!!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 11/18/2010 1:35PM

    You are right we need to stop complaining and just get to it. Slow or fast we can do it if we just DO!

Thanks.

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MOMMYTO1IN2012 11/18/2010 1:30PM

    Love love love it! I have to admit that I whined a bit when I was heavier and even a bit here on Spark about how much weight I wasn't losing (did I think it was just going to fall off me emoticon)? After my minor meltdown/pity party, I picked myself back up and embraced two quotes. Quote 1 - taken from the very wise Yoda, "There is no try. Only do." Quote 2 - taken from Bob Harper, trainer on the biggest loser, "Stand up and finish what you started." I've really lived by these quotes for the past six weeks or so, and in my seven weeks on Spark, I've lost 15.6 lbs! So, I'm with you, sista. I have no tolerance these days for those who whine. Case in point - I really had to hold back the other day when my BF's mother said to me, "I tried a personal trainer once, but it was really hard and they were mean because they made me lift weights." DUH! What did you think was going to happen? Arghhh...
Anyway, I'm glad someone had the cojones to post this blog! Thanks so much - you brought a smile to my face. Have a fantastic, healthy, Spark-filled day!

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KAMAPERRY 11/18/2010 1:28PM

    Well said!! emoticon

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/18/2010 1:26PM

    Love it!

And please add..."stop making excuses." That one blows my mind. "I can't exercise because...my dog died, my job is crappy, my mom is needy, etc. etc."

"I can't lose weight because I can't eat (fill in the blank), don't like (fill in the blank)," blah blah blah.

People, stop making excuses. EVERYBODY has something difficult they have to get through, go through, deal with, you name it.

Man, I feel a blog coming on...

Thanks!

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KICKINGIT@56 11/18/2010 1:17PM

    You said it, girlfriend! I don't know why some people expect life to be easy; after all , we come out of the womb, kicking and screaming.

I tend to "tune out" whiners. If they have something good to tell me, then I'll listen.

Good blog! emoticon

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BRIAEL 11/18/2010 1:15PM

    Hmmm, I understand your blog as I often get frustrated when I see people who are looking for an excuse to quit, and want us to "allow" it, either on a temporary or permanent basis ..... but, and here's the big but, sometimes people are just letting off steam or looking for a pat on the head to encourage them to keep going.

You're right, it IS tough to do this every day. Almost six months in and I still have days when I think "screw this", even though I am a generally happy soul these days! :)

People let emotions out in different ways. A depressive frame of mind is always going to see negatives, where someone with a happy perspective will cope with the downers in life. Personally, I still like the old "want some cheese with that whine?" when someone is constantly droning on about the same old failures, but I do allow people a day or two of self-pity before I crack out the whiney-whip! :)



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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/18/2010 1:14PM

    It's easier to whine than take any personal responsibility. This is why I am not so active in teams

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CELLISTA1 11/18/2010 1:04PM

    I love this about you, Jan --- you are honest and powerful -- and funny too! I haven't been on Spark very long, but you may have noticed how I've gravitated to a few wonderful Spark friends who are ALWAYS honest, powerful, and funny. My real-life (non Spark) friends are like this too. We don't need negativity in our lives, we have enough to deal with already! That doesn't mean a person can't honestly (or humorously) express worry or pain, and it doesn't mean a person can't ask for help. It just means, "Don't whine!"

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MANDYFRANK 11/18/2010 1:01PM

  We all fall. We all get up. At sometime or another we quit, binge and feel so sad we wanna die! BUT we have got to get up and keep going! I too am sick of the oops I did it again and the why do I do this... Get over it or under it!!! MOVE OVER and let someone who really want this to work speak!!!

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WATCHMEGO2 11/18/2010 12:59PM

    Amen Sista!

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RIGBY31 11/18/2010 12:53PM

    Oh Honey.... so glad you said it! Dang it, this is hard sometimes and not just with the food. It's called life. Somtimes I want to say quityerbellyachin'. Just work it!
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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 11/18/2010 12:52PM

    I do agree with you! I do sometimes need to vent or complain about things in life but I am under no delusion that this is going to be easy. I've determined it's much easier to gain then lose, who made up that rule? lol People still want that magic diet or pill that'll instantly make them thin. A girl or boy could hope right? lol It won't happen, what will make things change is hard work and diligence! Sorry to hear about some of your teams, it does make sparking a not so fun activity when faced with that.

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THAZENSTAB 11/18/2010 12:49PM

    I hate to admit it, but your right! It is easy to complain and whine, some days it's hard to find something to be happy about, but we need to get up and be thankful God has given us another day....Smile, and try to make the most of the day. I'm sure at the end of the day we can find something positive to focus on and if we failed our diet that day, tomorrow is another one to do better. I hope you have a great day! Smile, be happy, and don't let others bring you down! emoticon

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THAZENSTAB 11/18/2010 12:48PM

    I hate to admit it, but your right! It is easy to complain and whine, some days it's hard to find something to be happy about, but we need to get up and be thankful God has given us another day....Smile, and try to make the most of the day. I'm sure at the end of the day we can find something positive to focus on and if we failed our diet that day, tomorrow is another one to do better. I hope you have a great day! Smile, be happy, and don't let others bring you down! emoticon

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THAZENSTAB 11/18/2010 12:44PM

    I hate to admit it, but your right! It is easy to complain and whine, some days it's hard to find something to be happy about, but we need to get up and be thankful God has given us another day....Smile, and try to make the most of the day. I'm sure at the end of the day we can find something positive to focus on and if we failed our diet that day, tomorrow is another one to do better. I hope you have a great day! Smile, be happy, and don't let others bring you down! emoticon

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SUKOTO 11/18/2010 12:39PM

    I always feel hypocritcal when I tell people to stop whining but I know exactly what you mean. It seems like if people don't have something nice to say then they just complain.
wah wah wah....work hard and shut it! haha
Thanks for making me smile.

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Small Potatoes?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I dont know why, but I woke up with this blog in my head. Im weird, I know.

I want to talk about potatoes. They are heavy for their size, we can do alot of different things with them, most people love them, they are versatile and delicious!

The potato skin is what we see when we look at them. The ugly, dirty, lumpy skin. But we still love them, still desire them, still want to consume them. And when you peel them, there is the lovely, delicious, shiny part that everybody loves, inside. Even if you don't peel it and you just scrub it, it looks better, shiny, clean, dark and lovingly holding the fluffy stuff inside. But the skin has all the good stuff:The vitamins and minerals that make the potato valuable.

We are kind of like that. We want to be the fluffy, yummy stuff that everyone loves but we have the skin on us, the weight, the fat. We want to peel the skin and just be the potato but we cannot separate it that easily. We forget that we are still loved even with our "skin" on us.

The skin is important. It protects that potato like our weight protects us. It keeps the yummy inside safe and clean. But if a potato is left alone too long, it becomes bad. It starts getting soft and green and rotten. Potatoes are meant to be consumed. That is what they are made for. If they are not used for their purpose, they have wasted their existence. If losing the weight is what it takes for us to use our lives and fulfill our purpose, then great. But dont hide behind it anymore.

Let's not waste our lives complaining about the skin. Let's scrub it up, make it as good as we can, let people see how important the entire potato is. Some people think the skin is the best part! I mean, have you ever gone to an appetizer section in a restaurant and NOT seen potato skins on the menu? No. Have you had the mashed potatoes with the skins mixed in? How much better they taste? How much better they are for you? And come on, who doesnt love Natural cut fries with the skins still on?

Today, be the best "potato" you can be! Fry it, cut it, slice, dice, chop, shred, mash, bake it up, but use it. Don't let today go by shriveling up on a shelf. Be consumed!

  
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SMAYMAY 11/22/2010 2:56AM

    ummm. your skin is scrubbed and shinning!! you are looking fanstastic with a great attitude and sense of adventure that matches that butter and bacon that goes on the potato... of course turkey bacon and LOW fat butter in moderation ...LOL!!! emoticon

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DAISY443 11/20/2010 8:28AM

    Grat blog! Now, every time I look in the mirror, I see this wrinkled up old spud looking back at me!

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LCHADBOURNE 11/19/2010 11:08AM

    What a great blog! Awesome perspective! I'll never look at a potato the same way again.

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KIMBANN 11/18/2010 9:18PM

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ATREAT4ME 11/18/2010 7:35PM

    Awesome!

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BIGMAMAT 11/18/2010 6:59PM

    Can anyone say "Mama is one HOT potato??" hahaha emoticon

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BTINTERNET 11/18/2010 6:06PM

    You're so funny (and right!)

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SARAWALKS 11/18/2010 3:35PM

    AW, this is a FANTASTIC BLOG! What a great analogy. Also gotta say it reminds me of some things Leslie Sansone says, like "bodies were created to move and burn calories" - "burning calories is a HEALTHY FUNCTION OF THE BODY" - in other words, be consumed, be involved, BURN BABY BURN! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRAINYBLONDE5 11/18/2010 2:35PM

    I LOVED THIS!!! :)

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BRIAEL 11/18/2010 1:06PM

    Superb blog again, Jan. Who doesn't love the humble spud for the variety of ways it can be prepared. Not only is the good stuff on the inside, with a tasty coat that can be buttered, salted, boiled, roasted and others, but there are a gazillion varieties.

You couldn't have picked a better veg to compare us to. Grrrrrrreat. :) Have a wonderful day, Jan. :)

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KRAWRS 11/18/2010 12:35PM

    Loved this blog! Love any blog about the insides and outsides of foodstuffs vs. people. :p Fabulous!

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KAMAPERRY 11/18/2010 12:05PM

    Awesome Analogy!!!! Ok, I am the best Spud I can be! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/18/2010 11:52AM

    I love it Jan! I AM a potatoe! You have a way with words, thanks for the blog!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/18/2010 11:34AM

    Jan, I LOVE this blog! You're right... as usual:) I know I want to be the "good part", but it's the tough stuff that makes the "good part" even better.

Just love it when we can be aware of the bigger stuff in our lives by simply paying attention to the small stuff in the process...

emoticon job, Jan!

love you!
Robin

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BJW-FARMGIRL 11/18/2010 11:18AM

    This was great! You think good in your sleep, Mama! And Luvdogz and Michelle's comments are too funny!

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TREASURINGLIFE 11/18/2010 10:52AM

    I'm so gonna be the best potato EVER! :)

- Michelle

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LUVDOGZ 11/18/2010 10:34AM

    Very well put! Today I will be the best tater I can be. I have been on the shelf for toooo long!

Great blog!

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SLFRISBEY 11/18/2010 10:28AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your insight... and now I want potatoes :)

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Best laid plans....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Today, I was in office and not much was happening today so I decided to start cleaning because I am having my carpet cleaned on Friday and that means taking everything out of my entire living room/family room/dining room. Good time to clean the base boards, fans and all the furniture.

So my PLAN was to go and get all the cleaners I would need and then get started. One of the cleaners I use is only available 30 minutes away at a janitorial supply (pet smell eliminator FYI) so I drove over there and while I was talking to the cashier (about spark cause she was complaining about being starving cause she only had a salad last night and hadnt had breakfast this morning!) my phone rings and its Frank. He needs me to immediatly go back home, get a something from our shop and bring it to him at the job site (over an hour away in the other direction) so I called Kady and asked her to make me a PBJ sandwich so I could just grab it and go and her Artie was there and loaded up the thing Frank needed in my truck. (she wrote me a cute little note on my lunch bag and even gave me some mini rice cakes desert thingy's....so cute!)

So I ate while I drove and escaped a drive thru situation and met up with Frank on the job so everything got done. When I got home, still quiet in the office so I jetted to the store and got some last minute dinner things and some fresh fruit for a yummy salad. (Dinner tonight was Basa fish filets, corn on the cob, french bread, a bit of baked potato and some of the fruit salad).

So my plan did not work out but on the bright side, both girls are going to be home tomorrow and my neice called and offered to help so we will kick ass on the cleaning tomorrow. (should be done by lunch time which will be convenenient cause they always like to go out to lunch and we rarely go anymore). Then Friday will be here before I know it, my carpets will be cleaned, I will move everything back in and start prepping for the fun part of Thanksgiving.

I talked to my cousin today whos first question was how is Kady. I am happy to report she has not skipped a beat and is at work and being a busy bee as always. (we have appt for Jan. 3 for specialist but I am going to call every day to try to get her in before the end of the year. They said they have cancellations but they dont keep a waiting list so keep calling... Um, they never should have told me that cause I WILL call every day. Believe that!).

Hope you are all well. I am having hot flash marathon for the last week (I got off one of the hormone meds and I am thinking maybe that wasnt a good idea!!) and my weight loss is non existant. Gained 2 last week, lost it a pound at a time, and was up again the same 2 pounds. I am ignoring it and just trying to stick to the plan and keep walking). Dont get too excited, Maia, I still have time! Team Jan!!!

  
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DAISY443 11/20/2010 8:26AM

    Whew , what a day! You seem to have handled it well!

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KAMAPERRY 11/18/2010 12:01PM

    Hope you get it all done!!! I am impressed with you beating the drive thru!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/18/2010 11:29AM

    I bet by now you and the girls are gettin' stuff done! Always goes quick with the added benefit of more hands and more humor in the room. Even though yesterday wasn't what you expected, it sounds like everything went well. I'm not surprised by Kady's can do spirit. She sounds a bit like someone else I know... who could that be? hmmmm... oh, her amazing .... Mama!

R.

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BAYBELIEVER 11/18/2010 8:17AM

    Your day may not have gone as planned, but your plan to make it all work did! Isn't it wonderful that we are so involved in this new healthy lifestyle we think ahead like that (to call ahead and ask someone to make something so we can avoid a drive thru). Awesome work! Yeah, and that scale, you will show it who is boss! Just let it go on thinking it is, because it isn't! You are so much stronger!

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MRSSIBRAT 11/18/2010 8:15AM

    aw I know how it feels when you think you think you have the day all figured out and it doesn't happen...you are doing great lady!! hope today you get it all done!!

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BIGMAMAT 11/18/2010 7:03AM

    Good for you, ignoring that meanie scale! Don't let it "weigh " you down! baahaha . I laugh.

I hate it when things don't go as planned but such is life. It will all get done.

Have a good day Jan!!!! emoticon

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Blogs subscription annoyance!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Feel free to copy and forward to SP if you agree with me!


Dear SparkPeople,

While this site offers many wonderful and innovative tools, there is one thing that needs to be changed in my opinion.

Blog subscriptions.

If you subscribe to someones blog currently and you miss one, you are sent to Blog subscription Limbo where you have to go and resign up to continue to receive them. Hence, you can miss many blogs of a friend not realizing that you have been sent to Limbo.

I believe that if one subscribes to a blog, you should stay subscribed until such time as you choose to unsubscribe. I think it would be a much more helpful tool and many new people do not understand the site well enough and may be missing connections with those who are valuable to their journey.

Please consider changing the website to this method. Thank you very much.

  
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MAURIZIA 1/27/2011 3:40PM

    So with you on this...not to mention with the new Start page, which we will all be getting, I can't find a place to "manage blog subscriptions" that used to be on the old version of the Start page.

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PAMINHALF 11/18/2010 7:35AM

  I couldn't agree more!

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ATREAT4ME 11/15/2010 3:25PM

    Thank you, Mama, for taking care of this. So agree with you.

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BRIAEL 11/15/2010 3:24PM

    Amen. :)

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TRAINER_T 11/15/2010 3:24PM

    YUP agree!

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/15/2010 3:22PM

    I agree!

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ZIPLOCK 11/15/2010 3:17PM

    Seriously - and I don't think it used to be this way a few years ago... I was getting blog notices from all my friends back then.

I hope they get the hint!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/15/2010 2:35PM

    Totally agree here! Hope they get the message!

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ELYMWX 11/15/2010 2:31PM

    I use Google Reader, however then I need to make sure that I've got all my friends' blogs subscribed. I've asked SP if sit would be possible to make a feed and/or a page where you can get a list of all blogs by all of your friends.

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ANNE7X7 11/15/2010 2:12PM

    YES, YES, YES!!!

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WILLIAMV3 11/15/2010 2:06PM

    I'm with you on this one.

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/15/2010 2:02PM

    AGREED!!!!! What I'd really like is somethign similar to my livejournal "friends" page, where everyone's blogs I'm subscribed to show up in one place and I can just scroll through. :D

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RUNNER12COM 11/15/2010 2:02PM

    I use "Google Reader" online and the iPad "Reeder" and just subscribe via RSS to each of my friends' blogs. That way, I can access them when I want and I never miss a blog entry.

(That might be a bit tech-y for some folks, but it works for me.)

SDJ

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VIRGOGURL4 11/15/2010 1:00PM

    I agree...that feature is soo confusing.

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LUVDOGZ 11/15/2010 12:49PM

    I was wondering about that. I agree, and thanks for letting us know.

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KAMAPERRY 11/15/2010 12:42PM

    Does this apply to the friend feed?

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1BEACHWALKER 11/15/2010 12:12PM

    Is there such a button to click if someone writes a new blog? I checked the subscribe to this blog on there blog page & get an email for each time someone comments on it - that's not what I wanted! There Is not enough time for that!!!! I agree SP needs to take c/ o that !!!

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DAISY443 11/15/2010 12:07PM

    emoticon (ouch!)

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JEREMY723 11/15/2010 12:01PM

    I usually go to the Manage Blog Subscriptions on the homepage and click on it, then scroll down and resubscribe to any that I'm missing. I also don't delete the e-mails until I'm sure I've clicked n it, which will resubscribe. A good idea though none the less

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KRAWRS 11/15/2010 11:53AM

    In total agreement!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 11/15/2010 11:44AM

    I agree! I get like one or two messages then no more! They go into abyss!

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NEDERLUNG 11/15/2010 10:40AM

    I am in total agreement and found myself involuntarily unsubscribed when I noticea blog (which isn't easy) in my friend feed. I have come to check on my friends regularly and also often click the "By Email" button, even if I think I am subscribed. Big SparkPeople blunder here. BIG!

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Reward complete! (picture blog)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

So today, we FINALLY went to Montery and rented Kayak's. That has been my reward incentive since I began here in March. I hit my 50 pound weight loss in October and we havent been able to go. Until today.

Frank was going to go to the races with some friends but he told me last night he wanted to do this instead. He had the perfect opportunity to go and blow off steam with his buddies but he wanted to spend the time with me. I know. He is really awesome.

So this morning, we headed out. We rented the Kayaks and although the ocean was a little rough, we headed out.


We saw lots and lots of sealions and harbor seals!





Then we saw some Sea Otters! They were just laying on the kelp beds and we were so close to them! It was amazing!


So we had so much fun and we paddled and we were out there for about 3 hours! It was a total blast. Then we went into shore and took some pictures:





So then we went to lunch and then headed down to another beach to celebrate, drink champage and watch the sunset.






What a fantastic day I had. I am a lucky girl. MY 100 pound weight loss reward is going horseback riding on the beach. I can not wait!!

OH! I forgot to say! I bought a shirt with kayaks on it for a souvenir. I tried on a XXL but it didnt fit. It was too big! SO I got a XL. That was sooo great! A 3x would barely have fit me before. Progress!!!

  
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COMPUCATHY 11/29/2010 10:00PM

    I just had to read this blog. I saw in your goals that you had gone kayaking and hoped you blogged about it...and you did! Yay! That is one of my goal/incentives for the future, too. Not sure when...thinking maybe at goal...but now you've got me itching to go sooner! Congratulations! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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KAREN_NY 11/18/2010 3:17PM

    Wow - I thought I loved living in upstate NY until I saw this, LOL!! Fun stuff!

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MOMMYTO1IN2012 11/18/2010 1:31PM

    Woo hoo! Congrats! Love the photos - absolutely beautiful. Makes me wish I lived near the ocean...just stinky old Lake Michigan here :)

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PAMINHALF 11/18/2010 7:37AM

  How beautiful. Thanks for sharing your pics!

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NEENSTER1 11/18/2010 7:34AM

    emoticon OH MY Gosh so Romantic! A real Dream date. Enjoy each other that's what really important. Life is short. emoticon for sharing. Take good care. emoticon

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GLORIEE 11/15/2010 6:06PM

    Good for you!!! That's awesome!!! emoticon

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JOMAMA99 11/15/2010 5:19PM

    Awsome pictures! And such a great reward for a job well done!
I actually just set that as my goal for next year, I so want to try kayaking!
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TRAINER_T 11/15/2010 3:25PM

    emoticonJourney and I love your reward and pictures too! Very inspiring emoticon

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JENPOSS 11/15/2010 3:23PM

    What an awesome reward!! Congrats on the 50 lb loss!! You're awesome!

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/15/2010 2:37PM

    I am So jealous that you live close to such a beautiful and amazing place! If I were to reward myself with an outdoor activity right now it would involve snow shoes and ice fishing! Brrrrr.
AWESOME job! Loved your pics!

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TBRUGH78 11/15/2010 12:59PM

    emoticon on losing 50lbs emoticon I am so glad you had a great time! Thank you for sharing emoticon

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LUVDOGZ 11/15/2010 12:51PM

    What an amazing day and reward! You deserved it, what a great memory! You look awesome and soooo happy!

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BAYBELIEVER 11/15/2010 10:10AM

    Congratulations! Sea kayaking is one of my dreams when I get there! What an awesome day! And thanks so much for sharing the pictures! It just helps keep me headed in the right direction too!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/15/2010 9:46AM

    That's wonderful! It sounds like you had an amazing and well deserved day! The pics are awesome!

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BIGMAMAT 11/14/2010 11:16PM

    This is soooo exciting! I am sooooo happy for you! Thanks so much for sharing!! Your trip seems much more relaxing than mine was. hahaha.

P.s. You look Beautiful Jan! I am super excited for you! lookin good sweetie!!! emoticon

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/14/2010 10:16PM

    So happy for you, Jan! Thank you for sharing your experience and your pictures, too. Seems like you lost the 50 pounds and are gaining an even stronger marriage with both of you working together emoticon

You deserve the very best! Glad you had it on this day...

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Robin

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BRAINYBLONDE5 11/14/2010 9:57PM

    AMAZING PICTURES! i am so glad you have reached your goal and are enjoying new things. sea otters are my favorite!!! that sunset is gorgeous. i cant wait to see the pictures of you horseback riding! you can do it! by then youll be a M/L in the cute outfit you wear :) YOU ROCKK

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CHRISTINECAN 11/14/2010 5:33PM

    Don't you just love it when your self image hasn't caught up? Such a pleasant frisson to try on the next size down.

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LJOHN44 11/14/2010 3:54PM

    That's awesome! I love kayaking- I've never been out on the ocean, I'm a lake and river kayaker. Wooo Hooo to Frank too!

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MEREDIE02 11/14/2010 3:34PM

    Wow, that looks like an amazing day! Great pictures, too! Glad you finally were able to enjoy your well-deserved reward.
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ANAJAK 11/14/2010 3:28PM

    You + Your Hubster + Rewards + Champange/Beach/Sunset = Too cute. You guys are too cool :)

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/14/2010 2:31PM

    Awesome! And what a fun reward!!!

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RIGBY31 11/14/2010 2:25PM

    What an amazing day on soooo many levels! I need to find my rewards and work my booty to get there!
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KITHKINCAID 11/14/2010 1:44PM

    Way to go - that looks like a PERFECT day! :)

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SGRAY478 11/14/2010 11:29AM

    Congrats on the hitting the 50 lbs gone mark!
What a wonderful way to celebrate. Your trip looks just gorgeous! I love seeing animals out in the wild like that. One of my favorite memories I have is visiting BC and seeing the whales, seals, otters, and eagles!
Can't wait to see the pics from your 100 lbs reward!

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JRZG8R 11/14/2010 11:04AM

    What a fantastic day. That is my kind of dream day. My first thought is how cold it would be. I see you had overall wetsuit. They are cool. Keep on rockin'!

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CALLIKIA 11/14/2010 11:03AM

    I *love* this! It looks like SOOO much fun! I can't wait to see the horseback riding blog too! Kayaking and horseback riding are two things I've missed as well, and I can't wait to feel comfortable enough to try and do them! Hug that Hubs tight today. He was a great, wonderful, supportive husband yesterday and he deserves credit for that as well!

And way to go for your loss and going through with your reward!!

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MESEATURTLE 11/14/2010 9:55AM

    What fantastic pics!!!Thanx for sharing!!

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NEDERLUNG 11/14/2010 9:46AM

    This put tears in my eyes - I am so happy for you and it looks like you had a really great day. Jan - you so deserved this reward! I am so proud and happy for you to have accomplished this.

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UHYEAHABOUTTHAT 11/14/2010 9:45AM

    Wow!! So happy for you!! And those are some incredible pictures! :) Yay for you!!

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KAMAPERRY 11/14/2010 9:35AM

    How awesome!!!! Congrats on your loss, too! emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 11/14/2010 9:32AM

    What a perfect day! You guys thought of everthing. I love that you saw the sunset and had champagne. You look awesome and the pic of Frank with his arm around you is fantastic. Love it! Congratulations.

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PATTI_LARSON 11/14/2010 9:29AM

  What a fantastic day! Thank you so much for sharing with us. You're looking pretty darn good in your little wet suit thingie!
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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/14/2010 9:10AM

    CONGRATS MAMA!!!

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SARAWALKS 11/14/2010 9:03AM

    emoticon what a perfect reward! and you look terrific! Absolutely beautiful animals, sea, sunset, champagne!
Now one pesky practical question - why do you wear the black overall thingy, is it a kayaking thing? Or was it cold out there? I've never been kayaking...
Now hurry up and lose that last 50! (just kidding, slow is good!) emoticon emoticon

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MRSSIBRAT 11/14/2010 7:51AM

    beautfiull pics! looks like a great day to spend with your husband

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MAIA2011 11/14/2010 6:17AM

    You sure had fun in my backyard! I love the pics!



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DAISY443 11/14/2010 2:29AM

    Totally awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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MACILINN 11/14/2010 2:23AM

    That is awsome! Love it! I know exactly where you were at. So beautiful. Are you from Calif?? I'm from Oceanside CA, You are so brave and hubs must feel lucky to have such a fun exciting ladie by his side. Woohoo!

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BRIAEL 11/14/2010 2:12AM

    What a fabulous reward. You glow with the success! :)

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 11/14/2010 2:08AM

  Beautiful, beautiful day! Thanks for sharing :)
Lovely reward!

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MARLINDA5 11/14/2010 1:42AM

    Very pretty pictures - congrats on your loss - emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 11/14/2010 1:31AM

    SUPER! What a beautiful day! WOO HOO!

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TOUGHENUFF 11/14/2010 1:22AM

    AWESOME! Congrats! What a great reward for such hard work! Looks like you had a great time! emoticon emoticon

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WHITTLELEELEE 11/14/2010 1:09AM

    Beautiful pics!! Looks like you had an awesome time!!

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HSHEAJ5 11/14/2010 1:07AM

    Looks like fun! Great reward!

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JUDYGENTRY 11/14/2010 12:46AM

    How wonderful! I am sure you enjoyed and hopefully it was worth your wait. emoticon

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GIVEUP30 11/14/2010 12:45AM

    emoticonreward I am so proved of you looks like your hubby is too/ make it 25 pounds for the next reward for the holidays are here and they might be harder but with putting it down to 25 it will help you stay eating healthy... emoticon emoticon

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