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Hi Guys

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It is Saturday morning here in the beautiful Utah mountains. I took some pictures on our ride yesterday if you wanna take a peek.

I am eating ok and walking every day and enjoying being outside and the beautiful Nature that is everywhere.

My FIL passed away on our drive up here. Frank had seen him the day before and got to say good bye. His family insisted we keep going, so we did after much debate. There will be a memorial when we get back. He is no longer in pain which makes it easier to bear.

Please dont send goodies or emails or comment on my page cause I dont have much spark time but if you want to, you can comment on this blog and I can read everything in one place. Thanks for all your support you guys! Love you and will blog again soon...
Jan

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LOVE2BTHIN2 6/16/2011 3:00AM

    Sorry for you loss. Our prayers are with you and yours. emoticon

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MOONBIRD 6/14/2011 6:17PM

    I am glad you're having a nice time enjoying nature. It always makes me feel great to do things like that.

So sorry to hear about your FIL. emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/13/2011 4:37PM

    *hugshard* Missing you. See you soon!

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TREASURINGLIFE 6/13/2011 8:02AM

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

- Michelle

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KAMAPERRY 6/12/2011 9:23PM

    Beautiful country, I am so very sorry for you loss.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/12/2011 6:56PM

    I'm so sorry about your FiL. My best to you and Frank. emoticon

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LESLIES537 6/12/2011 2:05AM

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Enjoy your vacation...he certainly would want you to do that! ((HUGS)) emoticon

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MKACILLAS 6/11/2011 7:01PM

    Beautiful pics. Sorry for your loss. emoticon

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RIGBY31 6/11/2011 6:24PM

    You look beautiful, out being one with nature. emoticon

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What a beautiful, peaceful place. Enjoyed your pictures. Is that Strawberry, or Flaming Gorge? Looks more like Strawberry to me.

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HEALTHIERTINA 6/11/2011 5:55PM

  I am very sorry for your loss. emoticon

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When you do everything right...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Sometimes it still doesnt work the way you want it to. I actually gained 1/2 a pound...lol.
Im laughing tho 'cause I have learned a lot from the past 15 months and one thing is for sure... IT WILL COME OFF, maybe just not on my demands and time line.

I may not have hit my mini goal on the scale but I am still riding high from yesterday buying a smaller top.

So Life is good, I am leaving for 10 days in one of my favorite spots in the world with some of my favorite people in the world. Who can complain about that?

Yes I will be sparking and I am plannning a very active trip. Be well, people, and thanks for the encouragement. You are the wind beneath my wings....

Jan

  
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RIGBY31 6/10/2011 1:21AM

    Have a terrific vacation! Enjoy life's greatest moments.

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CANNIE50 6/8/2011 5:28PM

    Way to show the scale who's boss. Have a fabulous time - I know you will, you funny, smaller-shirt wearing supergirl, you.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/8/2011 2:16PM

    Have fun! Enjoy your life! xo emoticon

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VAMANOS 6/8/2011 1:25PM

    Have a great time, and leave the scale at home. Bad scale! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 6/8/2011 1:21PM

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/8/2011 1:21PM

    I love leslie's comment: Did you flip the scale off while wearing your smaller shirt!

Love your attitude!

Have a great vacation!

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GRACEISENUF 6/8/2011 1:01PM

    Have a blast on your vacay!!!!!!!!!!

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EMMANYC 6/8/2011 11:39AM

    You might not have met one mini-goal by your deadline, but you surpassed another. You didn't let the God of the Scale throw you into a snit. You've demonstrated mastery of your feelings and your behavior and, in the long run, that's way more important.

BTW - I always seem to gain a couple of pounds when I fly. I have no idea why. Even if I don't eat salty food on or before the flight, I just seem to retain some water for a couple of days. If you're flying out for your holiday or back home, don't be put off if that happens.

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KOPSBABY 6/8/2011 11:25AM

    Have a great vacation. I know what you mean about gaining when you don't think you should. I was there just last night at my TOPS meeting. Anyways, you're right, it will come back off!

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MOMMYTO1IN2012 6/8/2011 11:25AM

    Love your blogs...you're always so insightful. I know what you mean - I've been yo-yo-ing back and forth between 171 and 165 for five months. Frustrating. However, I know I'm doing great things for my body, I have tons of energy, and I feel good. Those last 20 lbs. have sure been elusive, but I know I'll ge there.

Have a great vacation! Can't wait to hear details!

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JBARSTOW 6/8/2011 11:20AM

    Got that exact same result last Saturday at weigh in. I checked it three times, called the scale a couple of names, and got right back to it.

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DAISY443 6/8/2011 11:14AM

    Can we get cardio minutes for laughing? If so, I'm signing up! Have a wonderful trip. Can't wait for updates!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/8/2011 10:36AM

    I know what you mean. I hit goal on April 15. I was good for a while after that, and my weight dropped a few ore pounds. Ten I was bad, started snacking way too much, but my weight stayed the same.

THEN...I decided I wanted to lose about 6 more pounds by July 4. So I was very good again, cut way back on the snacking and eating, and amped up the exercising. So...what is the result??? Today I am just one pound below my goal weight, a gain of 3.4 pounds from my lowest weight, and this is all since I started working hard at it again?!

GO FIGURE?? It's frustrating. But a gain like that makes me want to try that much harder. I KNOW a loss will show up eventually, and I'm not going to give up. But now instead of 6 pounds to lose, it's 10. Still better than that 170 pounds I had to get off initially. I never want to get to that point again. Ten pounds is manageable. It's not as easy to lose that LAST 10 pounds as I always envisioned it would be, back when I needed to lose well over 100 pounds. But, it's do-able!

WE CAN DO THIS!

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LESLIES537 6/8/2011 10:31AM

    Did you flip the scale off while wearing your smaller shirt?! emoticon

Have a fabulous trip and safe travels! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/8/2011 10:25AM

    Jan I have found everytime I am on the verge of a big number that I am excited about this would happen. Its the universes way of saying "don't sweat the numbers so much". I am so proud of you and your attitude! Have an amazing vacation.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/8/2011 10:15AM

    Bummer! Like you said, what are you gonna do? I hope you have an amazing trip, enjoy every moment! Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back,
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TREASURINGLIFE 6/8/2011 10:06AM

    Oh Jan, you are so right - it will come off! Often times the dang scale blows off our personal deadlines, but will persistence we win in the end.

Enjoy your trip, your new clothes and your greatly bettered health and fitness levels!!

I can't wait to see pics and hear all about your vacation! :)

- Michelle

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IMIN2GENES 6/8/2011 9:59AM

    Hey Jan, Hope you have an awesome vacation. Who can beat a favorite spot with your favorite people! Sounds fabulous!

Don't worry, the numbers will come! I'm glad to hear you're not letting it get you down. Laughter is definitely the best medicine. Who knows, laugh enough and maybe the 1/2 pound will go away... LOL!
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I know you want to know.....

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Did I? Did I lose 70 pounds as of today?????








No. I didn't. I am still at 69 BUT!!!!!!!!! I have till tomorrow AM so I am working it, people!! Tomorrow is my final weigh in before my 10 day vacation in the mountains in Utah and I really want to be able to say (honestly and without the word "almost" in front of it) that I have lost 70 pounds.

But, I DID go to Lane Bryant's to grab a couple of tank tops that are on sale. Guess what size I got! No, really. Guess! Ok, I will tell you....


14-16, Biotches! That's right! That is the NEXT TO THE LAST SMALLEST SIZE THEY SELL AT THAT STORE!!!
What size was a I wearing when I began here at spark?
Yeah, a 26-28, WHICH IS THE LARGEST SIZE THEY SELL AT THAT STORE!!!!

So to summarize, I have lost 6 sizes. Yep.

How does that feel, you may ask?
Friggin AWESOME is how it feels!
Does it feel just as good to lose 69 pounds as it does to lose 70?

I don't know yet but I will tell you tomorrow!

  
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MOONBIRD 6/14/2011 6:15PM

    That is awesome!!

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HEALTHIERTINA 6/11/2011 5:55PM

  So proud of you. Those milestones feel the best, don't they? Enjoy your vacation.

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COUCHDIVA333 6/9/2011 6:53AM

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i love it!!

i left with nothing last time i went in there, cuz it was all too big. hell yeah.

i like kohls these days. if you have the credit card they send 30% off coupons a lot and the 1st week they are valid you get $10 for every 50 you spend to go back the next week and the 30%off is good for a few days. so you get 30% and $10 off. i like to buy my running shoes this way.

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/8/2011 4:45PM

    WAY TO GOOOO!!!!!!!!!

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WADINGMOOSE 6/8/2011 10:03AM

    Woo hoo. Hooray for shrinking!

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KJDOESLIFE 6/8/2011 9:54AM

    GREAT JOB!

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TREASURINGLIFE 6/8/2011 7:47AM

    Oh hells yeah - that's freakin' awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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- Michelle

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LUVDOGZ 6/8/2011 6:22AM

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That is AWESOME, 6 sizes!!!!!!!!!! Way to go girl, I am so proud of you, and you just inspired me to kick it up a notch today!

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ALOFA0509 6/8/2011 2:47AM

   
Dat's right BBEEOOTTTCCCHHHH!!!! Work that size 14/16, cuz YOU CAN... emoticon emoticon emoticon Your Amazing!

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COLUMBINE2 6/8/2011 12:53AM

    Awesome! ---just like you! 69-70...either way you are a winner!

If you get desperate, trim your toenails, get a haircut, have your legs, don't wear any rings and then weigh. Better yet, forget the scale....they are known to be wish-washy flakes anyway!

Have a great time in Utah!

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SROBERTS82 6/8/2011 12:11AM

    That is emoticon

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CANNIE50 6/8/2011 12:09AM

    Wowsa! You are going to have to buy a smaller cape!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/7/2011 10:26PM

    You go girl! So proud of you!! Really, truly, honestly proud of you! You inspire me so much!

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WAIT! VACATION!?! No! You can't go on vacation! Will you still be sparking?

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MUSICALLYMINDED 6/7/2011 9:51PM

    I wanna be you right now! I love LB and started out at 26-28 and now I'm in a 22-24...feels good but I can't imagine being in the size 14's....good for you! What are you doing in LB, anyway? Hit up Express and NY&CO and Gap and all those places you can shop now!

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IMIN2GENES 6/7/2011 9:39PM

    YES! That is so AWESOME! You just lit an extra fire under my behind! You totally rock! Enjoy those new tanks!
Chris


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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/7/2011 9:19PM

    Yes!!!!!!!!!! Great work!!!!!! You got 70 tomorrow! I can feel it!!!

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You Rock!! That is an amazing accomplishment--good for you!! emoticon

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JSPIN74 6/7/2011 7:03PM

    you rock!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/7/2011 6:19PM

    Jan I am so freaking proud of you!!! That is amazing. I can't wait to be there with you!

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VAMANOS 6/7/2011 6:00PM

    One way or another, it is an amazing accomplishment. and I want PICTURES!

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KAMAPERRY 6/7/2011 5:53PM

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh
hhhhhhhhh!!!! Go you! Rockin' those 14's!!! You are gonna reach it tomorrow!

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MKACILLAS 6/7/2011 5:46PM

    WOW! Good luck with losing one more pd to make it to 70 pds lost. It feels great to go down in sizes..... Have a Great Vacation!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GAYLLYNNE 6/7/2011 5:33PM

    You are totally awesome!! What an inspiration you are!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CECE0330 6/7/2011 5:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon good luck tomorrow!

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GRACEISENUF 6/7/2011 5:24PM

    14-16.....YOU ROCK! Alot of people "trash" Lane Bryant when they move out of plus sizes but I won't be one of them. Their inventory was there and is there when I need it. It is fashionable AND reasonably priced.

I'll be watching for your 70 lbs. blog.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/7/2011 5:12PM

    I KNOW you'll get to 70 tomorrow. Drink lots of H2O tonight and pee it out if you have to! Congrats on the great NSV at LB, that's awesome! My fingers crossed for you!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 6/7/2011 5:06PM

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on losing so many sizes! You will nail that 70 pounds tomorrow, I just know you will!

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DAISY443 6/7/2011 5:04PM

    Whether or not that scale says 70 tomorrow, you are awesome, you rock, you are one hot mama! emoticon Have a great vacation!

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BALOOSMUM 6/7/2011 5:03PM

    What a tremendous accomplishment! Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings for you!

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CRISTHIANE 6/7/2011 5:03PM

    Wow you've done great! Good luck with that extra pound! You sound determined enough so I bet you'll do it! emoticon emoticon

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

  
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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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