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Sunday check in #1 (of 2013)

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Hello my sparkies!

What a week this has been! Wednesday began my sugar detox and I have completed day 5 with no sugar. I feel great and while there have been times when I felt like eating some sugary deliciousness, I didnt. Not even 1 bite.

That makes me very happy and very proud of myself.

It makes me remember that I am stronger than I think I am (if you haven"t caught any of ITSMATT's blogs, he is very good at reminding us of that).

I also remember that when I DECIDE something, I am pretty good at DOING it.

I was getting back to a place where I wanted what I wanted. I didnt feel strong enough to use the tools I had (such as distraction, substitution and plain old just saying no to my inner brat). That was a slow integration into uphill lines instead of downhill lines graphing my weight loss. It was a slow fit comfortably into my size 20's instead of them being too big. It was a slow, foggy walk.

Well, I let myself forget alot of stuff (see my blog from last wednesday) but I REMEMBER now and I am building on that every day.

I tease about being a super hero but I really did earn my cape this week.

I think I just needed to stop allowing myself the "treats" that I thought I earned, not just during the holidays but in the whole last year. Fruits and veggies are my old/new best friends.

Good enough really isn't. It is not good enough to get me smaller, healthier or stronger and that is what I want. That is why I am here. My goals have not changed so my behavior needs to get in line with that.

Im telling ya, kids, I am feeling great! And if I can make the switch, so can you.

Do you know how many new people are finding this site every day? Do you know how someone may need exactly what you have to offer? If you are new, welcome. You just made the smartest move of your life. Add me as a friend. Make some new connections, reach out. Ask for help. Blog. Read articles, message boards, Blogs. Join a team.

If you have been here for awhile, then maybe you need some fine tuning? Make a choice then follow through. Just for the day. Then the next day and the next.

Maybe you are doing just great. Maybe you are hitting all your goals and feeling fly. If that is so, reach out and help someone else. Offer a kind word or a tip that is working for you.

Mostly, let's make this year the one where we really make a difference. In our lives, our bodies and our community.


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REMEMBER2BME 1/13/2013 6:35AM

    WooHoo! Killer blog.

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CELLISTA1 1/7/2013 12:37PM

    SuperMama rides again! I'll be joining you when I stop coughing.

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MYOWNHERO 1/7/2013 11:16AM

    Hmmmm. You have inspired me to earn my cape!

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DAISY443 1/7/2013 8:56AM

    My cape that I earned the first two years I was on SP is lost or hidden in the deep, dark depths of the guest room closet. How did I lose it? Well, first, I had a hip problem and couldn't exercise for a little over a year (doctor's orders), then I developed copd which scared me, but is well under control now and I was encouraged to excersise until I developed a severe case of vertigo! OK, that is no excuse, but since I couldn't do much else, I could eat and eat I did! 20 pounds worth!
So, starting on January 2, I am exercising and tracking my food again. Wonder if I will be able to find that cape? I know it's there somewhere........ emoticon

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-POOKIE- 1/7/2013 8:50AM


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STRIVER57 1/7/2013 3:13AM

    you really can do it Jan! (having just celebrated my first maintenance anniversary -- and lost back the kilo& a half i'd climbed over goal -- i know). fruit & vegetables are delicious (if only i could persuade DD & DH about the veggies -- but they eat them in pasta!) ... you're totally right, you've earned your cape!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/7/2013 2:01AM

    Good for you!! LOL I really love the phrase "earning your cape." I will do my best to earn mine! :)

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CANNIE50 1/6/2013 11:40PM

    I am SO proud of you, Jan, and happy for you, also. I, too, am feeling so much better - less sluggish, less "fat and getting fatter", less helpless/hopeless about weight....just better overall. I did not pig out while watching a stressful! (but ultimately successful) football game, I did not stop for Starbucks or anything else after shopping this evening, and I am having a small, reasonable dinner before heading to bed later. I am eating my dinner much later than normal, but I know I need to eat something or I won't sleep well and I will feel ravenous tomorrow. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed your blog as I always do. emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/6/2013 10:46PM

    It's just about making choices everyday that will lead us to be the person we dream of being. You are amazing. So proud of you!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/6/2013 10:31PM

    This is a great blog! Sounds like mama got her fire lit = ) NO sugar... you totally earned your cape, great job!

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DONNACFIT 1/6/2013 10:24PM

    Great blog and great super hero!! My theme for 2013 is Magic...your blog inspired me to get making the magic that will make my year magical!!

Sprinkling magic sparkle dust on you... emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/6/2013 10:15PM

    I am slowly earning my cape! I only have the strings at the moment, but I'm holding on to them for dear life! :)
I've loved your blogs this week, they seem to be speaking to me perfectly, I am in a similar place I think. And I am ready to roll. emoticon

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Why I earned my cape today... (1st in a series of amazing things I have done!)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Because I ROCK, today was day 2 of my NO SUGAR detox. I have eaten so much sugar over the last few weeks, it is ridiculous!

So on Wednesday, I went without sugar. No cookies, no candy, no breads, no cakes, no cake pops... NOTHING. I was very proud of myself yesterday and ate fruit instead. Plain, delicious fruit. (see my blog from yesterday called Somehow, I forgot).

Today was a bigger challenge. I went to my Grandmother (in laws) house. She has a huge sweet tooth and I always bring her cookies or bring her cake or something.

I brought her Safeway soup and we had that and french bread for lunch. I also brought her a square of chocolatey chocolate cake. She does NOT take NO for an answer and she always makes sure I eat at least one cookie or something else I brought her.

Today, I ate an apple on the way over, ate the soup and bread and then dessert time. I cut her a square and then I sat down with the fruit salad I had purchased at Safeway.

She said, "you are having fruit? No cake?" I told her "I LOVE cake but Grandma, I have been eating much to much so I am going to not have any sugar for a week".

She said A WEEK??? Lol. I told her when I first set out to lose weight, I didnt eat extra sugar for weeks and weeks. I also told her I wanted to lose the few pounds I had gained over the holidays plus, I needed to still lose some more.

She dropped it and that was the end of that. I was so glad she did. I can only take so much pressure!

I am super proud of myself for not eating anything with extra sugar for the last 2 days. 2 days may not seem like much to some people, but to me, it is launching me on to success.

I am remembering that small steps lead to big gains.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/5/2013 10:08AM

    2 days is a lifetime in sugar talk, the lack there of. I'm so proud of you! My Christmas goodies are nearly gone. I took them to parties so that I had help with the calories. That worked really well but still too many left for me.

Keep going! You can do it!


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DRB13_1 1/5/2013 4:49AM

    loved how you planned ahead, had a healthy choice for dessert, and didn't let a "food pusher" change your goal. I just had a birthday, and in a way it was a relief I didn't see my Mom (who is a great baker) because I know she would have made me a cake. You set such a good example - thanks for sharing!
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HDHAWK 1/4/2013 7:01PM

    Wow! That's a big accomplishment! When I try to go off sugar the first few days are tough and then it gets much easier. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/4/2013 6:11PM

    YAY JAN!!! Good for you, that's awesome! Totally earned your cape = )

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CANNIE50 1/4/2013 2:29PM

    Yay for you, Jan. It is hard enough saying no to ourselves - saying no to others is just additional stress, but quite necessary because it starts and ends with US. I finally blogged today, after a long hiatus, and that was one of my points: saying no over and over and over is one of the cornerstones of getting healthier. It sounds negative but in reality it is liberating, in my experience. I would so much rather hear a gracious, honest no from someone I love, than a begrudging, resentful yes. So, I can do the same for others. Good for you for breaking a pattern in a healthy, gracious manner.

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LILLYPILLY24 1/4/2013 2:23PM

    Good for you!

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DAISY443 1/4/2013 2:20PM

    emoticon (That is supposed to show a baby happy at taking baby steps!)

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KITT52 1/4/2013 2:06PM

    emoticon ....great job....great grandmother too...

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/4/2013 11:05AM

    Super proud of you!!

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-POOKIE- 1/4/2013 9:08AM


I think I need to do a ban on refined sugar for a while as well!

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PJH2028 1/4/2013 8:47AM

    You do, so ROCK! Right there with you... coming off and resetting after the holidayze.

Keep on keeping on babe.
Cape a flyin !
Love you,
Paula emoticon

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STEPHANIE302013 1/4/2013 8:23AM

    great job!!

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STRIVER57 1/4/2013 3:09AM

    congratulations and excellent!

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GROOVER4 1/4/2013 2:14AM

    Congratulations! I know its hard, I went without sugar for three months before Christmas and it really put it into perspective over the holidays when I added it back in. So much of what we eat that is sugar heavy really isn't all that nice! Especially the store bought stuff (homemade is a different story). The first week was the hardest for me so I am sending you tons of support to power through tomorrow as well.

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    Great job! :) (Send me the cake.)

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/4/2013 12:42AM

    Hooray!!! Congratulations on your successful sugar fast so far! :) And way to go Grandma, for not being a food-pusher! :)

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HGSGUY 1/4/2013 12:20AM

    Well done! I always thought that will power was an internal force to do the right thing and talk yourself out of temptation. Now I find it is that as well as a force to keep others from pushing temptation on us. The holidays are such a wonderful time with family and friends, but too often food becomes the focus and not indulging begins to make us feel guilty. I made everyone happy and ate all the stuff presented, now I am working it off!

Stay strong and remain the captain of your destiny!

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CELLISTA1 1/4/2013 12:10AM

    Well done, SuperMama!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/3/2013 11:47PM

    You did great with planning! And yes, it can launch you on your path to success!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/3/2013 11:42PM

    I am proud of you too!

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ONMYWEIGH60 1/3/2013 11:26PM

    You did awesome and what great strategy to prevent your gran from pressuring you. Having fruit can be so much enjoyable than the sugary snacks and you will become so much aware of what fruits can tickle your pallet enough not to crave the sugary sweets.

In the morning, I take frozen fruit and add it to orange juice and whip up smoothies. They are so delicious and I get about 3 fruit servings per cup.
I also add a cup of spinach to the smoothies and you DO NOT taste it at all. I keep a bag of fresh spinach in the freezer and toss it in with the frozen fruit. Sometimes the color isn't the most pleasant but the taste is so delicious! Try that one day and you'll soon become addicted.

I don't use yogurt or mild because that is added calories but the orange juice is just right for making it liquid enough to blend.
All the best in reaching your 3013 goals.

Hu emoticon gs

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so tell me....

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Who is doing a challenge right now?

Or some other one?
Have you ever done one before?

Tell me what you are doing and why.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/3/2013 11:54PM

    I have been on a BL challenge group for a couple years (I'm the leader of Sapphires) and I LOVE my team! The challenge does help me- it pushes me just enough sometimes- makes me feel loathsome other times, it's a trade off. But it's being on a small group (24) that really checks in on you that I love the most.

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STRIVER57 1/3/2013 3:19AM

    i am doing the january jump start challenge, again, for the 3rd time. the first time i did it was the time i actually succeeded in liking exercising (and ST), noticing and liking the feeling of getting stronger, and therefore of actually making exercise a habit. it's not quite as life-changing anymore (and i must admit i'm not quite as obsessive -- nowadays, i don't feel it's cheating to have a rest day and do two sets of exercises the next day to make up for it ... but that's because now it is a habit.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/3/2013 1:34AM

    I'm always curious about these challenges. I like being more independent, so I'm not on any real SparkTeams and I don't do these challenge things, but I can see that a lot of people really enjoy them and find success with them. For me, I just like doing my own thing. I guess I am just boring and predictable with my lifestyle and fitness activities. :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/2/2013 11:32PM

    Doing Tone It Up's "Love Your Body Challenge." First time ever doing a challenge. I am doing it to be accountable, keep focused, and to reach my goals. It will help me in also being consistent with exercise and eating.

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CELLISTA1 1/2/2013 11:07PM

    I joined the January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge. It's my first challenge even though I've been Sparking quite a long time. I'm doing it because fitness consistency is my biggest challenge. I'm pretty good with food, good at keeping up with tracking, happy with all my non-scale-victories, but not satisfied with stop/start/change fitness activity. Not happy that I'm stuck at the same weight for a LONG time now. It's time to have some "scale victories" along with the non-scale.

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I somehow forgot

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Over the last few weeks, there are things I forgot. It is all coming back to me now.

I forgot how much I love the taste of fresh fruit!

I forgot how much I love having dinners planned so I am not thinking about it all day, making last minute runs to the store and being unprepared.

I forgot how much I love the feel of my "spark".

I forgot about being excited about having a "good day".

I forgot how much I hate weaning off sugar.

I forgot how much I love a simple applesauce cup and the pride that I feel because I didnt just shove a handful of chips in my mouth instead.

I forgot that I am not the same person I was nearly 3 years and 50 pounds ago. (yes it hurt to write 50 instead of the 70 I had lost!!)

I forgot to remember why I started on this healthier path.

I forgot to look at going for a walk with Frank and Stitchy as a treat, not just something I HAD to do. (I also forgot what it felt like to watch him walking my dog while I followed behind in my pick up because I COULD NOT DO IT!)

I forgot how out of breathe I used to be. Im not anymore.
(I was at a new years party that was 2 story. The food and women were upstairs, the men and drinks were downstairs. I walked up those stairs (there were 18 of them...I counted) at least 10 -12 times. I WOULD NEVER have done that before. Ever! I would have had Frank bring me drinks and stay up with the grub!).

I forgot how far I have come.

I forgot how far I still need to go.

I forgot how perfect the new year is for getting back on track.

But I am remembering now. And if feels wonderful.

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KRZYKAT3 1/6/2013 2:17PM

    thanks for the forgot momenst, absolutely grand words!

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    love this blog... thanks for sharing your TRUTHS with us! Glad that you're feeling good & sparking along with us.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/4/2013 7:51AM

    Wow, you really hit the nail on the head!

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MAVERICK59 1/4/2013 12:03AM

    This is dead on to how I am feeling. I have forgotten all of this. You have 'Sparked' some memories.
Thank you.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/3/2013 11:48PM

I 'forgot' a lot of that too! I was just telling someone else I wish I could bottle this feeling and sip on it when I'm discouraged and give up- because I forget how GOOD it feels to be GOOD to me! Great blog!

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IGSBETH 1/3/2013 7:35PM

    Great blog!

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STRIVER57 1/3/2013 3:11AM

    excellent blog! and thanks for reminding me!

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CELLISTA1 1/2/2013 11:09PM

    Great blog. Your writing - and the thought and the heart behind it - is awesome!

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CANNIE50 1/2/2013 11:01PM

    Nice. Such a fan of your blogs, and you.

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/2/2013 8:47PM

    Awesome things to remember!

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    emoticon Go you!!! emoticon

You got dis!

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FIZZYBALL 1/2/2013 7:20PM

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IMIN2GENES 1/2/2013 6:51PM

    Yep... thanks for reminding me because I've forgotten some of those things too! Congrats to you for all the progress you've made. Looking forward to kicking some booty with you in 2013.

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TERRYT55 1/2/2013 6:33PM

    Thank you! I forgot all of that too.......We are on to a new and fabulous year.

Take care and thank for the reminders.

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DOING-IT4ME 1/2/2013 6:13PM

    I've forgotten many things like those myself - thanks for the reminder that I need to remember more!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/2/2013 5:51PM

    I forget about things like this too. It so easy to lose sight of how far we've come.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/2/2013 5:49PM

    Love this blog. I'm so glad you've remembered all this!! How wonderful, all those healthy changes and habits you will be adopting again! :) And of course, 50 pounds lost is GREAT, even if it used to be 70. That's FAR better than zero! Congrats on your weight loss, congrats on your increased mobility, congrats on your expanded taste in food!

Yummmm, I agree, fresh fruit is sooooooo good. :)

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GRACEISENUF 1/2/2013 5:40PM


Sounds like 2013 is going to be your year Mama! Shine on.


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    I am going through all of this today too. We can live the healthy life we aspire to have. It just means one choice at a time. So proud to still have you as my friend. Hugs

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sunday check in #25

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hello my friends!

This is the last Sunday check in for 2012. This week has had many ups and downs for me...I'm quite tired and done now. I have had several events, all at our house, which I love, had a wonderful day with MY side of the family and was just ready yesterday to clean up and put things away. we are going to to a new years eve party at a friends house so all I have to do is bring some cake balls. I'm really sick of baking but I think I have enough in the freezer that I won't have to bake anymore.

Yesterday my MIL wrote to inform us God told her to come visit us today. That has turned into my SIL, her husband, her two grown kids and their 5 children! The kids are horrid brats, I'm so sorry to say. I'm NOT looking forward to this but my hubby is so gracious to my family, I will be the same to his family. So I am cooking yet again! And cleaning so the house looks decent. I may have to bust out the wine to get through the day but we are going to go walk our dog now before they get here this morning to work off some tension... and THEN I'm DONE! At least for awhile. I'm looking forward to getting back to normal life, food and exercise routines and making 2013 a very successful year.

I wish that for all of you as well... health, love, happiness and joy. Not to mention hitting some goals!

Happy New Year, sparkies!!!

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CALIPIDGIOUS 12/31/2012 9:21AM

    The holidays are always fun until they just aren't anymore. And I hear you with having to spend time with horrible brats and their useless parents. I sometimes wonder if it would make me a horribly selfish and terrible person to simply refuse to spend time with people I don't want to see. Aahh, the fun of fantasy. Hope you get some really good down time.

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CANNIE50 12/30/2012 11:58PM

    Okay, I want to hear how the in-law visit went, and I want details! I am imagining all kinds of madness with you in a wine-y haze - not caring that the little beasts are hanging from the chandeliers. I, too, am looking forward to some routine and less "stupid food". Christmas and get-togethers and Payton's birthday celebrations adds up to lots of ridiculous food being consumed. He told me "Momma, I GREW on my birthday!" I grew, too. Problem is, he is growing up (he is within a couple of inches of my height now) but I am growing OUT - ugh. I am, quite frankly, disgusted with myself and feeling like a runaway train. If I were grading myself today, for this Sunday check-in, I give myself a D.

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COLUMBINE2 12/30/2012 4:46PM

    Congrats on taking the high road w/ in-laws to honor your DH. He's the bottom line .... and he's lucky to have you! Have a great New Year's Eve and I have a feeling 2013 is going to be your year to hit goals and make great progress.

You're an awesome gal! emoticon

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STRIVER57 12/30/2012 4:40PM

    good luck with them! and then relax and enjoy.

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DAISY443 12/30/2012 4:19PM

    Good luck with the in-laws! Hugs!

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TERRYT55 12/30/2012 2:05PM

    Happy New Year, Jan

Good luck sounds like you'll have a houseful. I hope walking your dog helped to lessen the tension. I'll be thinking about you and sending positive thoughts your way. Let us know how it goes.

Take care

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