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Review week of July 29th-August 4th

Saturday, August 04, 2012

This week started poorly. I exceeded calories on both Sunday and Monday. I also exceeded calories on Friday. Three out of 7 days was definitely not good. I got my fat percentage done at the Y this week and it came out to 39.9%. That means 68 pounds of me is fat. A person my age is considered normal if their percentage fat is between 25 and 36%. So I am pretty close to normal. I would like my fat to be closer to mid range normal. I have decided to set my weight goal at 160 pounds. That is only 10 pounds lighter than I am right now! I can be there in the next 3 to 4 months. I also have decided to cut back on exercise after the 5% challenge ends in 2 weeks. I will have a rest day each week again. For the next 2 weeks I will probably still exercise 7 out of 7 days, but I may slow down when I walk so I don't stress my legs as much. I also think that I won't run one day this week since I seem to have done something to my right knee. I was standing in the grocery store earlier this week when a pain shot through my right knee. It was only momentarily, it did not repeat and I was fine for the rest of the week, but I don't need to stress it. So how did I do this week?

1. Plan menu for Monday through Saturday on Monday.

I did plan them but they became flexible, so the meals planned were not necessarily the meals cooked. The only high calorie meal was Fridays and that was a planned meal LOL

2. Do ST at the gym on MWF emoticon

3. 30 minutes on stationary bike and 20 minutes on elliptical on MWF. emoticon

4. Walk 5K on Tu/Th/Sat, will run one of the days for the virtual 5K. emoticon

I actually walked 4.29 miles on Saturday, but I did it at a slower pace.

5. Work in my garden spread fertilizer, weed and train the tomatoes. Turn the compost pile.

I did spread the fertilizer and train the tomatoes, but they are growing so fast that I need to do it again. Did not turn the compost, It was too hot to do it today. Goal not met.

6. Supervise DD cooking one meal. Already done. emoticon

That was easy wasn't it? LOL She will be starting tomorrows dinner tonight since it cooks overnight. So she will have cooked next weeks meal on Sunday

7. Stay within calorie range Monday through Saturday.

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Well Tomorrow starts a new week with a new resolve! emoticon

  
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MADAMES 8/8/2012 6:35AM

    I love your idea of posting your goals like this. You are very inspirational!

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SWEDE_SU 8/5/2012 10:44PM

    you're doing great! your weight goal is realistic, and it's a good idea to give yourself a break one day a week. the way you keep track of each week and assess where you are is emoticon

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TINAJANE76 8/5/2012 5:48AM

    You're doing such a fantastic job! You'll be down to your weight and body fat goals before you know it!

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HEYITSLISA 8/5/2012 12:29AM

    Slowing down = good; stopping = bad. You'll climb back on the horse this week for sure! emoticon

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JACKIEANN1968 8/4/2012 11:49PM

    A new chance to succeed. You're awesome!!

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MARITIMER3 8/4/2012 8:39PM

    I think your weight goal is very realistic, and if you are having knee problems, it's probably good to run less and walk more. Have a great week.

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MARYANN2323 8/4/2012 6:47PM

    As you say, A new week brings a new resolve. You'll do it. emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 8/4/2012 6:38PM

    You are doing so awesome! Way to go on your goal!
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August Goals, ice cream, a peach and body fat

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I have been having a little difficulty with cravings this past week. I ate outside my calorie range on Saturday (planned) Sunday and Monday ( definitely not planned). So tonight when I went into the kitchen my DD was eating a bowl of ice cream. It was a flavor I had never bought before and I decided I could afford a half cup serving. I had the calories for it. I went to get the container and read the carton for calories. Two hundred calories for a measly 1/2 cup. I put the container back. Now my head was in I would like to eat mode. So I looked at my fruit platter. (We keep a lot of fruit in my house. Instead of a fruit bowl I have a large (12 by 16 inch) fruit platter. I also have 2 banana hangers and a fruit bowl that is currently holding my Juliet tomatoes. I bought white peaches yesterday and had not had one yet. So I ate a white peach instead of the ice cream. 68 calories vs 200 calories and just as satisfying. I love white peaches.
I had my fat percentage done by electrical impedance. It is only .9% higher than the normal range for a person my age. The range for a person my age is 25-36 percent and mine is 36.9%. I am almost at a normal level. As I suspected I am too muscular for BMI to be an accurate indicator of my body fat. So I will be rethinking trying to reach a "normal" BMI. Currently my goal is to reach 155 pounds. I may change that to 160 pounds then go into maintenance for a while.
I really feel I over extended in July. I am really tired and I am having aches that I did not have before. I think I will go a little easier with exercise in August. Having a weekly rest day is not a bad idea. So for August I will

1. Exercise for 2500 minutes

2. Walk or walk/jog 40 miles

3. Continue to drink 10 glasses of water a day minimum.

4. Stay within calorie range 6 out of 7 days.

5. Lose the 4 pounds I need to lose to meet my 5% challenge weight loss. (I doubt that I can do this by the end of the challenge on August 18)

6. Revisit the goals and see how I did at the end of the month.

  
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PEPPYPATTI 8/2/2012 8:12PM

    Way to go on turning down the ice cream!! You new goals sound great & a rest day during the week is a great idea!
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MARITIMER3 8/2/2012 7:21PM

    Your fat range is terrific! Have you ever tried frozen bananas? I cut them in half, freeze, and when I really crave something sweet I will eat 1 or 2 pieces depending on my calories for the day. I think they become sweeter when they are frozen, and love the texture. I also freeze grapes.

The calories and fat in ice cream is absolutely disgusting! Peter always has ice cream on hand, usually 2 or 3 flavours, plus drumsticks. I have low-fat yogurt bars, less than 100 calories, and really good. I especially like the mango and Greek honey flavours (President's Choice brand, not sure if you have them in the U.S.).

Hang in there; you're doing great.

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PLYNSN316 8/2/2012 4:45PM

    Excellent goals! It sounds like you are on the right track! And WONDERFUL self restraint to choose the delicious peach over the calorie laden ice cream! You should be so proud!!!! GREAT CHOICE!!!

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DRAGONFLY02 8/2/2012 2:25PM

    Way to go picking the peach over the ice cream. I would have gone for the peach too, but that's because I'm not a big ice cream fan. Yes, I know, I'm odd that way!

How were you able to get the fat percentage done? Was that something your doctor ordered or is there someplace you can go and request for that to be done?

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LYNSEY723 8/2/2012 12:53PM

    Way to go with your good food choice!! Also, good job with reflecting on how your body reacted to the activity you did last month. It is so important to be able to listen to your body and scale it down if necessary. You will do great this month! emoticon

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JACKIEANN1968 8/2/2012 12:11PM

    Wow!! That is impressive choosing the peach over the icecream. I don't know if I could do that. I so love icecream. I have never tried a white peach. I will be looking for them.
It's smart to listen to your body. Everything I read stresses this so I'm thinking Aug. rest days are a good idea. It looks like you have great goals set up for Aug.

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CHANGINGSAM 8/2/2012 10:44AM

    Way to go on choosing the peach instead of the ice cream! That's awesome! Good luck with your August goals!

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TINAJANE76 8/2/2012 9:40AM

    Setting your goal weight a bit higher is a great idea. I went on maintenance once I entered the 'normal' range for my age and height but continued to lose slowly for several months. I finally levelled off about ten pounds under my original goal and eased into maintenance slowly.

Good luck combatting your cravings and with this month's goals!
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SLJWATTS 8/2/2012 9:34AM

    Great job on choosing the peach instead of the ice cream!!! That is a great switch out- and I find that the sugar keeps me coming back for more when I do those sugary treats, where the fruit acutally fills me up-

I am so proud of you that you are listening to your body and adjusting your exercise to your body- that is wonderful. You are doing so well at this time- keep it going...I think of you much when I am working out.

I will be cheering you on..

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GENEALOGYGAL 8/2/2012 1:06AM

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TARAFROMTX1 8/1/2012 11:40PM

    Great goals! & Great job turning down the ice cream!! emoticon emoticon

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CJADERUN 8/1/2012 11:03PM

    It used to bug me when Boyfriend would make brownies and I couldn't afford them. Now I have a 100 calorie instant brownie that I can make when I feel the need, which helps a lot.

Hey--how do you get into a 5% challenge? I kind of want to do one since you and Tracy rave about it, but I know that they're difficult to get into.
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MARYANN2323 8/1/2012 10:43PM

    All the best on August's goals. I know you'll nail them. It's good that you've had a little re-think on your fitness situation. One needs to remember that as your body changes, so should your goals and the way they are attacked. Muscularity must be taken into consideration. emoticon

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HEYITSLISA 8/1/2012 9:21PM

    I bought some white nectarines and I have to say they are just as good as ice cream! emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 8/1/2012 9:08PM

  Great goals and good job on the peach vs the ice cream! emoticon

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CATBEFIT 8/1/2012 8:53PM

    Great way to distract yourself from the ice cream -- and white peaches are the best.

I love the way you do monthly goals and the thought you put into them. I plan to sit down tomorrow and get my brain around my August goals.

Thanks for the great example!

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Review of July Goals

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I have had a few off days recently. I have eaten outside of my calorie range, and have not had a lot of motivation. Last Saturday was a planned day for being off the bus. If I had left it at that I would have been fine. But I also strayed on Sunday and Monday. It was getting to be a given that I was not going to mind my calories. Today was a challenge. Several times I was ready to eat something not on my plan, but I got through it and ended the day in mid range, just under 1600 calories. It has been a long time since I had a few days like this but hopefully it is now done and I can get on the bus and stay there. I am so close to the end game that I really need to stay focused. So how did I do with my July goals?

1. 2500 minutes of exercise. I got ambitious last month and did not make 3000 minutes. Someone commented that I should split the difference hence the 2500 minutes for July.

Well I did do my exercise in July. I got in a total of 3188 minutes! emoticon emoticon emoticon

2. Walk or walk/jog 40 miles

I did this to in fact I walked or walked/jogged 53.06 miles! emoticon emoticon emoticon

3. Continue to drink a minimum of 10 glasses of water a day. emoticon

4. Stay within calorie range 6 out of 7 days.

This was where I failed. Goal not met!

5. Lose at least 4 pounds.

Another goal not met. I lost 3 pounds

6. Revisit the goals and see how I did at the end of the month.

So I had mixed results in July. I need to be more vigilant with food. If I had been more careful with food I might have met goal 5. On the positive side I ended the month at a lower weight than I started it. I need to be more focused in August.

  
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PATTIE441 8/1/2012 7:49PM

    You are awesome girl! We are not perfect. But I think you are wonderfully wonderful!! emoticonI actually had the same problem on the same days. It must be something in the air! emoticonBut I am back on track and so are you! We ARE doing this my friend and you are totally rockin it!! Here's to a great new day and new way!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINAJANE76 8/1/2012 5:27PM

    Down is down, even if it wasn't as much as you hoped for. Congratulations on your accomplishments and here's to an even better August!
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JACKIEANN1968 8/1/2012 12:39PM

    You're doing great!! Any month you end at a lower weight than when you began is a success. And all those fitness minutes was awesome.

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CATBEFIT 8/1/2012 9:43AM

    Fabulous job for the month!! Your fitness minutes and miles are awesome. And heck, ONLY losing three pounds is not a bad way to miss a goal!!! With your fitness work it will come -- no question.

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CJADERUN 8/1/2012 9:05AM

    Mom, you and I both know we're doing great, despite our setbacks.

But now I'm blaming your tiramisu for getting us BOTH off track! emoticon
(Though it WAS super delicious!)

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DRAGONFLY02 8/1/2012 8:27AM

    Celebrate your successes and don't dwindle on the goals you did not meet. That's great that you met 3 of your 5 goals! Very impressive, especially the fitness minutes. I really need to up my game to get as much exercise in as you did.

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SWEDE_SU 8/1/2012 12:38AM

    you have accomplished so much and you are an inspiration to all of us! recognizing where you have come from, where you are going - you can't help but get there! you'll do great in august, just watch!

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GINGER_BEAR 7/31/2012 10:19PM

    You have done so well. Every week you set goals that you accomplish. I am in admiration of how you have adapted a healthy lifestyle and have lost weight in the process. YOU ROCK!!!

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MNABOY 7/31/2012 10:08PM

    You are moving forward on the trek to a healthier life , so keep on moving forward and striving for the success you want.

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PEPPYPATTI 7/31/2012 9:04PM

    I think you did great on your goals!!
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MARYANN2323 7/31/2012 7:03PM

    Please!!!! Tell me that's not a grumble at having only lost 3, not 4 lbs!! As you get smaller, so will your losses.

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LYNSEY723 7/31/2012 6:42PM

    You did great! You have lost, you worked out like a mad woman to exceed your exercise goals, and you drank your water - that sounds like a success to me! emoticon

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Goals Week of July 29th to Aug. 4th

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Today was a so so day. Real lack of enthusiasm. Was going to do some yard work with the strimmer. Did not have the gas and did not feel like going out for it. We did try to order the door for the shed. The original doors had blown off a couple of weeks ago with the wind storm. The sales person said he had to find some info out for us first so the door is not ordered. DD fixed dinner tonight as her meal for the coming week. We had grilled sausages and peppers and onions. Go to start the grill and a mouse had build a nest in it. So we had to clean out the nest and clean the grill before we could cook dinner. At this point I am really not in the best mood. I may walk later since I have done no exercise. On the other hand I have not had a day off in multiple weeks. Maybe I should just take it all as a sign that today is a rest day.

Plans for the rest of this week.

1. Plan menu for Monday through Saturday on Monday.

2. Do ST at the gym on MWF

3. 30 minutes on stationary bike and 20 minutes on elliptical on MWF.

4. Walk 5K on Tu/Th/Sat, will run one of the days for the virtual 5K.

5. Work in my garden spread fertilizer, weed and train the tomatoes. Turn the compost pile.

6. Supervise DD cooking one meal. Already done.

7. Stay within calorie range Monday through Saturday.

  
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DIBANANA 7/30/2012 8:28PM

  I would say you need a break! You are always "on". Take a rest for a day or two. I wouldn't have wanted to cook by the time all that was completed. A mental break might be a good thing!

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MARITIMER3 7/30/2012 5:02PM

    If you did take a day off, I hope you enjoyed it. Your weekly goals are well thought out as usual. I am finally feeling a lot better, and will start doing the same thing... tonight or tomorrow morning at the latest. It works for you, and that's good enough for me.
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TINAJANE76 7/30/2012 3:00PM

    Everyone has off days every now and then, especially with the heat we've been having this summer. Hope your day got better and that you're in good spirits to kick off the new week!
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HEYITSLISA 7/30/2012 10:55AM

    Yuck, I hate days like that! Hoping Monday is better for you! emoticon

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MNABOY 7/30/2012 10:31AM

    You have a very aggressive exercise program, keep kicking.

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JACKIEANN1968 7/30/2012 12:33AM

    You know, some days are like that. At least you still took the time and effort to plan your goals for the week. If you walked, great!! If not, a rest day is ok and well earned. I hope tomorrow is a better day for you. Hugs, Jackie

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SWEDE_SU 7/30/2012 12:16AM

    i love the way you can plan and see things through - it is so obviously working for you! emoticon

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TARAFROMTX1 7/29/2012 7:23PM

    Sorry to hear about today. Might be a good day to rest! Nice job on the goals! Have a Great week my friend!! emoticon emoticon

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Review Week of July 22-28th

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Today was a really fun day. The kids came for dinner. I had made Pastierra for Holy Saturday last spring. When I made it I realized I had made enough to feed us twice so we ate one then and I froze the other one for later. Today was later. Pastierra is a traditional Holy Saturday food and it fits no diet. It is a pie made with rice, homemade egg pasta, eggs, cheese pepper and lard. I didn't even try to determine the calories. I just took the day off . I tracked my fruits and veggies and breakfast and lunch. I know I exceeded my calorie range and this is just a day off. We had a really nice meal and afterwards watched "The Princess Bride", played a board game and had a very nice time.
I walked this morning, It was hot and humid so my time was really poor. I also ran into a neighbor who asked how I did on my last 5K race. While we weere talking I mentioned I wanted to do a race in September but my DD was working so I had no one to run with. Well she is going to do it with me so I am signing up for a race in September. emoticon emoticon
So how did I do with my goals?

1. Plan menu for Monday through Saturday on Monday. emoticon

2. Do ST at the gym on MWF emoticon

3. 30 minutes on stationary bike and 20 minutes on elliptical on MWF. emoticon

4. Walk 5K on Tu/Th/Sat emoticon
bonus points I walked jogged on Tuesday and walked an additional 5K on Wednesday

5. Start looking for the new family room furniture. emoticon

6. Work in my garden spread fertilizer, weed and train the tomatoes. Turn the compost pile.
Did not get all of this done. Goal not met.

7. Supervise DD cooking one meal. It will have to be Saturday since she has camp this week.
DD did not have camp on Friday so she made tacos on Friday. emoticon

8. Stay within calorie range Monday through Saturday.
Did not stay within calorie range today so goal not met.

9 Do daily triceps exercises to see if I can diminish my bat wings.
I did them on MWF. The trainer at the gym said that I should not do them every day.

So I had a pretty good week. Met a lot of my goals. After today really need to watch calories this coming week. I am pretty happy.

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KICKINGKILOS 7/29/2012 4:49PM

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SWEDE_SU 7/29/2012 2:23PM

    sounds like a good week in which you met so many of your goals! emoticon

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REACHING4HOME 7/29/2012 2:16PM

    THAT SOUNDS SO GOOD. IS THAT AN ETHNIC DISH? I ABSOLUTELY LOVED "THE PRINCESS BRIDE"... AS YOU WISH .... THERE WERE SOME REALLY CUTE ONE LINERS IN THERE THAT NOT ALL KIDS WILL CATCH. I THINK I LIKED IT MORE THAN THE KIDS DID.
ERIN

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ZUMBAGIRL6 7/29/2012 1:45PM

  Thanks for the encouragement and info when I injured my knee last week. It is slowly getting better! You really do an amazing job with planning and meeting your goals! You inspire me to do better. emoticon emoticon

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LEMONLYMAN1 7/29/2012 12:49PM

    Congrats on meeting so many of your goals!!! emoticon emoticon And good for you taking the day off and enjoying a meal we all deserve that some days

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BARNACLE1225 7/29/2012 11:49AM

    Way to go!! Let us know how the triceps workouts go....I have some tiny bat wings and I'd love to get rid of them before they get out of control.

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    Yay! emoticon emoticon

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TINAJANE76 7/29/2012 7:39AM

    Great job! Keep up the fantastic work!

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HEYITSLISA 7/29/2012 12:24AM

    emoticon emoticon Good week!

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JACKIEANN1968 7/28/2012 10:22PM

    You had a great week meeting goals. Great job!! I'm glad you had a wonderful time with your family today.

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CATBEFIT 7/28/2012 9:58PM

    Incredible goals! You did great!


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VALYNN26 7/28/2012 9:51PM

    Well done!! Keep up the great work my friend.
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MARYANN2323 7/28/2012 9:21PM

    Another well done week under your belt, my dear. And kudos to you for taking a (very rare) day off. emoticon

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