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Repost: My 6 month sparkversary blog

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I was going back through a bunch of blogs and found this one from my 6 months on spark. I still mean every word.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3625117

It has now been 15 month on the 10th and WILL be 70 pounds (hopefully) tomorrow.

  
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KAMAPERRY 6/7/2011 10:10PM

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VAMANOS 6/7/2011 10:37AM

    I love a gal who takes action! Congrats for starting Spark in the first place and sticking with it, for going back to rescue all your blogs from potential obliteration, and for all your accomplishments in between.

And no, I don't think anyone but you plays harmonica with a loaf of bread in their shirt. There's GOT to be a funny story behind that picture. emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 6/7/2011 9:39AM

    I just loved your 6 month blog! You are absolutely as funny as you think you are. LOL!

You are totally going to rock your 70 lbs gone goal. Congratulations!
Chris
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/7/2011 8:13AM

    You're gonna do it, I have total faith!

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MKACILLAS 6/7/2011 8:04AM

    Keep up the good work! You inspire others and have worked hard to get there! Congrats...

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DAISY443 6/7/2011 2:43AM

    Wonderful to go back and see where you've been on your journey and anxious to see where you go in the future! You are an inspiration!

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Technical question

Monday, June 06, 2011

After Mezzoangel posted that she had saved all her blogs on a document in her computer, then LOST it ALL, I have thought alot about little else.

I have logged my entire weight loss here. From my first blog lamenting the sodium in Chevy's food (why didnt someone TELLLLLLL Me???) to now, where I freely write about whatever happens to come up.
From not knowing anyone here to so many good buddies I can't count.
From 291 to now, when I am only 1 pound away from losing 70 pounds,

I want it all. I want every bit of humor, tears, sweat and comments. I want it all. I want the comments, the advice, the memories of this road. I want to read it when I am in my bikini. I want to show it to my grandkids and tell them stories about when Gramma couldnt walk and was big as horse. I want to read it to people and see if they think I am as funny as I think I am, I want to remember every single success, every cookie I ate, every time I overcame, every step I got closer to where I set out to be. I want the good, the bad, the ugly.

I would be devastated if I lost all of it.

So, what I want to know is.....

What do you guys think is the best, least time consuming way to get it on a flash drive to save? I know as long as I am on spark it is here, but now it worries me. Who knows what I am going to do with it, but I want it.

I have a lot of blogs and I would love to be able to save the comments too.

Thanks for answering.

  
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RIGBY31 6/9/2011 2:33PM

    I write my blogs on Microsoft Word, then copy them into SP blog page. That way, I have it to send to my kids (or whoever). Also, Word allows me to save, walk away, come back to my thoughts. Works for me. And like you... I want to see how this journey evolves, start to finish!

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/8/2011 3:06PM

    I've wanted to do that for ages, both with stuff on here and various online journals I have. When you figure out the answer, let me know. :P

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KAMAPERRY 6/7/2011 9:55PM

    Wish I knew!

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GRACEISENUF 6/7/2011 12:46PM

    Computer dummy here, sorry.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/7/2011 8:17AM

    I would think that since you can "share" the blog, you could email it to yourself. Time consuming, but worth it. Oh, and YES, you are super funny!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/7/2011 1:29AM

    I have no clue, sorry.

I do want to let you know that I think you are funny, actually I probably think you are funnier than you think you are!

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COLUMBINE2 6/7/2011 1:05AM

    Are you kidding me? You're a hoot! And your pics make my day! Keep 'em comin'!

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CANNIE50 6/6/2011 11:51PM

    Technically, I am of no earthly use to you, but, let me echo this sentiment - YES, you are absolutely as funny as you think you are. There. My work here is done.

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CHELEMIA 6/6/2011 11:15PM

    I sent copies to my gmail they have a back up server. Thats where my photos, and my resume is kept too. There are places you can save it to online for a minimal monthly fee. To flash drive/memory stick it I would cut and paste to your documents and then just save all under one name and flash drive that one file. You can always organize it from flash or usb drive at a later date into chapter form. Another way is to hard copy it all and make a mini book of what you have now.

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VAMANOS 6/6/2011 10:41PM

    The only way I would know to do it is to copy and paste. That would have been best started way back at the beginning! But if you do a little at a time, it's doable. You'd have to copy and paste each comment separately, I think. Open a document in your favorite word processing program and keep pasting under each entry. After you catch up with what's already here, you can keep up fairly easily one post at a time.

Last year when I was travelling, I blogged as a sort of open journal, and had about 50 loooooonnnnnnggggg posts before I thought of doing that, but it was worth the effort to catch up and then continue with each week's posts. At the end of the year, when I knew that the travel would come to a halt a year to the day after we started, I edited the whole document for grammar and spelling and printed it out as a Christmas gift to my mother-in-law, who had suggested the project but hadn't read any of it because she's not online. It was so much fun to re-visit the progression, and she absolutely loved the gift.

And yes, you are as funny as you think you are. emoticon emoticon I think it's a great idea to save it.

PS, remember to back it up in at least a couple of places, don't just keep it on a flash drive. Those things get lost too easily! emoticon

PPS, Good news! You don't have to copy each comment separately. Even the user names and profile pictures are saved beside the comments if you paste into MS Word. Hooray!

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IMIN2GENES 6/6/2011 10:12PM

    If someone knows the answer, I'd love to know it here. I'd be mighty sad if I lost mine. It's become an important part of my journey too! Hope we find an answer. Sorry I don't have it!
Chris

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Sunday Sunday Sunday

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Yep, Nascar is on but besides that, I have 16 people coming to my house fora BBQ. My sister was going to have it at her place which is great for outside events but since it is RAINING in Northern California, it is moved to my house which is bigger.

I got Chef Meg's Baked Bean recipe and soaked the beans Friday night and started cooking them yesterday morning. I am really glad because when I tasted them last night, they were still hard. I was thinking I would have to just toss them and buy canned today but I left them on low in crock pot all night. What would we do without crock pots!??? Anyway, I was actually having anxiety about the stupid beans so woke up and 6 am and my first thought was, "MY Beans!!" They are perfect. Just delicious and I am really exited about having a good side dish, low sodium and know that I made them and didnt just open a can. (See? I can cook things besides cookies and cake pops!)

My contribution is also steak. A young sales man came to my door the other day and one thing lead to another and I got 2 huge boxes of steak: Ribeye, sirlon, bacon wrapped filet, and ground steak burgers.
So I have been marinating steaks all night. My sister, TEXWIFE, makes a mean macaroni salad (using light mayo and healthy things of that nature) and my neice is bringing her hot new boyfriend (see? there is life after divorce!!) and a green salad. I got baked chips and salsa so we are gonna have a great meal. Is it wrong that I am sooo excited about it??? lol.

My other neice is bringing her boyfriends family, which is what this whole thing was all about.
I love having people over and my husband is such a great host. I feel blessed to have a home that can accomodate people and that folks can feel comfortable in. Next to my kids, this is the best thing my hubby has ever given me.

I started my morning with the 10 minute cardio kick boxing so I am ready to party! Kady is working out of town so cant be here, which is weird to have a family event without her. It is giving me a glimpse into life when she is on her own. I am happy for her but it makes me a little sad anyway..lol. Kelly and her Art will be here, tho, so that helps.

I will take some pictures today in case you wanna see what a day in my life is like... hope you guys find something to make you smile today.

Make it special.

  
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BADASSBLONDIE 6/8/2011 2:44PM

    What a great day!!! :D Makes me happy just reading about it.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/6/2011 9:11AM

    Fun!!!!!! I love beans!!!! Oh and cookies!!!

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TREASURINGLIFE 6/6/2011 7:21AM

    I hope your BBQ turned out fantastic! :)

- Michelle

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KIMBANN 6/5/2011 9:20PM

    Sounds fabulous!!

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IMIN2GENES 6/5/2011 8:36PM

    Sounds like an awesome time! Delicious too! Congrats on the beans. I'll have to try your trick. I never have any luck with dried beans.... LOL!

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MAMADWARF 6/5/2011 8:23PM

    Had a great time and took NO PICTURES! lol. I did stay on track tho and tbe food was amazing. It was a really fun day. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

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DAISY443 6/5/2011 8:16PM

    Have a great time and save some for me!

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LISSIEONE 6/5/2011 7:24PM

    Fun! I want some!


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VAMANOS 6/5/2011 6:22PM

    I'll be right over...

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/5/2011 5:26PM

    Sounds like a great time!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/5/2011 4:36PM

    I have had a crockpot moment just like that! emoticon

Have a great time, let me know how the beans turned out, and yes we want to see pictures!

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KAMAPERRY 6/5/2011 4:29PM

    Enjoy!

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BBGYRL4 6/5/2011 4:00PM

    I hope that you have a great time! I wish that I come over and eat because the spread sound delicious!!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/5/2011 3:22PM

    Sounds like a great time, rain or no rain! You are bringing the sunshine! (As you always do to my day!)
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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/5/2011 3:16PM

    Have fun!

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Comfortable is not my friend....

Friday, June 03, 2011

If you dont like cheerful, cheerleading (slightly braggy) blogs, then you wont want to read this.

I have been stuck in the 230's for a long time. A very long time. Like since January. I have lost lots of pounds, back and forth, but very few going down and staying down.

This is what I did to start moving it the way I wanted it to go.

1. I DECIDED
That's right. I decided that I was going to figure it out and do what it took to keep going. I am not done yet. It was comfortable there. I could maintain it, but that is not what I set out to do.

2. I MOVED
I started moving more. I was comfortable doing the same stuff every day.
Yes, I kept walking but I joined a 28 day spring bootcamp. 10 minute video's in the am? Pshhhh, I can do that! And I did. Every day. Never waivered. It was great. It gave me a great boost for every day, I felt my body responding soo quickly, felt the muscles (actual muscles!) under my skin, saw progress every day. I am keeping it up 3-4 days a week.

3. I SET A GOAL
Yes, I have a MAIN goal but I set a mini goal. I had been in a challenge with a friend to lose 2 pounds in a week. That is what started it but I set a new goal. I wanted to be at 70 pounds down when I leave for Utah next week. I am now just 1 pound away! It has shifted my thinking so I am now not just working towards some far away random goal, but I have a carrot (or cookie in my case) dangling in front of my nose and I going for it!

4. RECOMMIT
Sometimes we all just go along, doing what we do, eating cookies (guilty) and lamenting the lack of weight loss but doing the same thing, day in and day out. When was the last time you really (really!) sat down and had a stern talking to yourself, or encouraged yourself to FINISH this! You all started but who is gonna FINISH it. You are, damn it, and so am I! I am NOT comfortable where I am. I dont like LIMBO!

5. REACH OUT
Someone needs you. Someone was there for you when you needed it most. Remember? Or if you are new, this is the key. Helping someone, making a friend, spreading the spark, asking for help, giving encouragement, comforting someone...This is why it works!

None of this is new. I didnt come up with some brilliant little idea or any new tricks. I just am refocused and WORKING at it. I guess I kind of forgot that it would be hard sometimes. I got comfortable. Well, comfortable had me weighing 291 pounds, too, so comfortable is not my friend. It isn't always easy but it is always worth it. Spark yourself. Or write me and I will put a fire under your, um, feet.

Make today a great day! I dont care if it is Friday, my favorite day of the week. Make a commitment to yourself and on Monday, be PROUD of what you did this weekend. If you blow it, or sleep all weekend or failed to do what you set out to do, that is OK. Just get back in the game. It is one day at a time, people. Just take today and OWN it.

  
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COUCHDIVA333 6/4/2011 3:54PM

   
dang, i am going thru the same thing. you always seem to say things i can really relate to. thanks for you blogs. they lift me up when i am feeling heavy.


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CANNIE50 6/4/2011 12:50AM

    I really liked this blog. I just went through a bit of this - thinking, "hmmm, this is so much better than how I felt 26 lbs ago - maybe I will just hang out here for awhile...." Nope, if I feel this much better now, think how much better I will feel 5, 10, 20, 24 lbs from where I am now. I think sometimes I confuse "numb" with "comfortable" and numb is only desirable at the dentist's office. So, enough about me - YIPPEE for Y.O.U.!

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/3/2011 7:47PM

    So proud of you!!!!!

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IMIN2GENES 6/3/2011 6:35PM

    Great blog! You said it loud, proud and right!

Here's to re-commitment!
Chris
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ALOFA0509 6/3/2011 5:38PM

    You know this morning, I decided I wasn't going to wear my comfy Yoga pants around the house.. I'm gonna put on my jeans.. not the baggy ones, but the ones that JUST FIT. It will remind me to stay in range, and drink my water, becuz I'm not gonna be poppin a button at the grocery store when I pull my son out of the shopping cart.. ( happened B4-- ewww) LMAO- Cheers to your new Goals sista!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/3/2011 4:12PM

    Awesome blog!

I love your new goal and that you did the 28 day boot camp!

I am making steady progress, but you reminded me to not just focus on the big goal!

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VAMANOS 6/3/2011 3:33PM

    Loved it! And I probably needed to hear it. I've been a bit comfortable myself lately. Time to shake things up.

Where in Utah are you going? Wish I were leaving for Salt Lake City next week, to see my grandkids, especially the newest one. Oh, and I guess I'd enjoy seeing my kids, too. emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/3/2011 2:37PM

    You are RIGHT! I CAN finish this!!!!!!! Way to go friend!!!! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/3/2011 2:06PM

    So right--comfortable is NOT my friend either! Well done!!

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TREASURINGLIFE 6/3/2011 11:52AM

    I'm right there with ya, except I have been stuck in the 240's. I decided, moved, set a goal, recommited, and have reached out just like you and I'm hoping that all my hard work and consistency pays off. I was at 241 last week and I'm just dying to get into the 230's again!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's to reaching our goals!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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LESLIES537 6/3/2011 11:46AM

    AWESOME blog! I'm right there with you...recommitting and doing what I know I need to do! (and knew all along!) We CAN and WILL finish what we started!!! emoticon

NICE JOB on being one measely pound away from your mini goal! Freakin' emoticon

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SLFRISBEY 6/3/2011 11:42AM

    Yep, me and comfortable are no longer on speaking terms as well. That's why I am here. And I hate it here. So it's time to get back at it and CHALLENGE myself, not just keep doing the same stuff. Great blog, andthanks for the inspiration! :)

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TSKAGGS96 6/3/2011 11:37AM

    Great blog! Keep up your hard work! You are doing awesome!

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KRAWRS 6/3/2011 11:36AM

    #4 is where I've been at for awhile... meaning, I've been trying to get to #4! I think I'm finally there though. I said I was going to take a walk with the dog every day this week and so far I have! Monday I'm aiming for starting a workout video 3Xs a week. (I only say Monday because its realistic. I will not be home for most of Friday and Saturday and Sunday I may still have company.)

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CELLISTA1 6/3/2011 11:15AM

    "Comfy" was my middle name :) so I know what you're talking about! Pilates has been the key for me to step out of my "comfort" zone and it turns out that I like it out here!

Keep up the good work, girlfriend!
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REBECCAMA 6/3/2011 11:14AM

  I LIKE IT!! Way to go on losing 69 pounds since January???? Wow!! That is awesome!! That is more than twice what I have lost since September. Way to go!!



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WATCHMEGO2 6/3/2011 11:12AM

    Good Job Jan!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/3/2011 10:55AM

    Sounds like me. I was stuck between the same 5 pounds since January. I changed it up a bit and got my groove back : )

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DAISY443 6/3/2011 10:53AM

    Ok, here's your challenge! I need that fire under another part of my anatomy! I have been up and down with 5 pounds since the first frost last fall. Now I'm ready to do something about it! Thanks for the reminder!

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ZIPLOCK 6/3/2011 10:51AM

    LOVE this... As the weather warms up I find I'm losing my willpower and can't seem to push myself to go further towards my ultimate goal. Yet, I'm 99% sure its attainable...with true dedication.

Thanks so much posting this!!

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Just for fun....a picture blog.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Just for fun, I thought I would show you some pictures of me before my weight loss.Now I am almost 15 months in.....

I thought I was soo cute this day....LOL. Confidence has never really been an issue.

This was my starting picture on spark with my sister, Becky.

Dancing at a party. I started spark the next week, although I thought I looked good that night, too.

Me and the girls. We went to San Francisco to see Grease. I probably had dropped about 20 pounds at this point.

Me in Molokai 2 years ago:

Same dress about 40 pounds down:


And some things I love best:
My family

My Baby Stitchy with her Mom. I am just her Grandma

I like Baking. Im sorry. I cannot help it.


Hope you enjoyed this little pictorial into my life. It gave me an excuse to go back through some pictures, too!

Remember, progress not perfection. Dont forget to enjoy the ride.

  
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INFLATED 6/5/2011 2:35AM

    "Confidence has never really been an issue." Love it!


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GRACEISENUF 6/3/2011 12:40PM

    I loved seeing these pics....what a great family you have. "Confidence has never been a problem", (made me crack up). LOVE IT.

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VAMANOS 6/2/2011 11:03PM

    I love your pictures! And your slogan--that's so apropos! Now, gimme those chocolate thingys!

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MKACILLAS 6/2/2011 10:30PM

    Nice pics! Love the Confidence.... emoticon

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MRSMLBJ 6/2/2011 4:47PM

    Looking good!

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KURTBAMF 6/2/2011 2:31PM

    What a lovely foray into your life! Thanks for the journey! I love your confidence and zest for life. It's very inspiring! :)

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LUVDOGZ 6/2/2011 6:54AM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures, you have come so far! I love, "progress not perfection"! I need to remember that! Beautiful lady, and beautiful family btw!



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KAMAPERRY 6/1/2011 11:24PM

    You are doing awesome!

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/1/2011 12:50PM

    OMG are those marshmellows under there?! *swoons* Oooo or cake balls? OMG SOOO TASTY!!!

What a freaking AMAZING change!!!! So proud! And I love seeing pics of you with your family. :D

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LESLIES537 6/1/2011 10:30AM

    I loved it! You're looking so good! I can see where your girls get their good looks from! emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/1/2011 9:36AM

    Awe Thanks so much momma!!! I am a baker also!! Can you you pass the confidence please?
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/1/2011 8:45AM

    You have changed so much! Don't you love looking back at old photos to see how far you've come? I'm getting mine together for my big "One yr sparkaversary" blog, and the pics are an aweful reminder of where I was. But an awesome reminder of where I never want to be again. Thanks Jan, this was fun!

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PJH2028 6/1/2011 8:44AM

    I love you, Jan. Sharing your journey is a source of power confidence fun and inspiration for me. Thank you! And "You look Mahvelous!!!".

Here we go!!! Summer is ON!!



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DOODIE59 6/1/2011 8:18AM

    Your photos are wonderful, the dessert pics are delish, but the best thing about this blog is your line: Confidence has never really been an issue. THAT'S PERFECT:) You're just waiting for your body to catch up. Good luck!
Deirdre

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IMIN2GENES 6/1/2011 8:16AM

    Love your closing line! Progress not perfection... I'm going to keep that one close at hand!

Great blog! Congratulations on all your success. Love the pictures too! Oh yeah, bake away sister!
Chris

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TREASURINGLIFE 6/1/2011 7:07AM

    You have done amazingly well. Very inspirational, Mama!! :) And by the way, are those chocolate covered marshmallows or cake pops?

- Michelle

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ERIN4771 6/1/2011 6:34AM

    "remember, progress, not perfection"....PERFECT!!! i have to remember this one when i am getting down on myself for some stupid *ss reason or another emoticon...keep up the awesome work!! and i love that you are a furbaby grandma emoticon
also, never apologize for baking my friend, your treats look wonderful!!! and hello, it;s chocolate, which is a food group!!! emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/1/2011 6:26AM

    I knew you had changed a lot but wow! You look so awesome! So proud of you!!!!

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DAISY443 6/1/2011 3:46AM

    You are a true inspiration! Your spirit, wisdom and humor are amazing! Hugs!

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CANNIE50 6/1/2011 1:38AM

    Lordy, mama - I am glad I was not hungry when I scrolled to that last bit of ridiculous deliciousness. Lotsa cuteness in the photos, even the food is cute!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/1/2011 1:18AM

    You are making such great progress!! I am proud of you!

Bake away!

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JIBBIE49 6/1/2011 12:37AM

    I know u can do this and you won't quit.

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