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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I mentally lost 10 lbs of weight this morning for every step I took up the hill. I stopped at 199. I thought back to times in my life when I hit some of those lower milestones and reflected on what it took from me to get there.

1. Patience. I did the work and was willing to wait because I knew the payoff would be coming.

2. Strength training. I lifted weights/used machines and I was not afraid to do them.

3. Meal planning - not down to the letter of the law because that is not my forte, but knowing a general plan. I drank water nearly exclusively. (water is 80% of my normal beverages).

4. I exercised in the morning. I wasn't a couch potato at night, but I got the bulk of my workout done in the morning.

5. I was a happy camper. I had pride and I carried myself like I cared. (and I did.)

6. I had tons of support. I could not turn around without running into a cheerleader.

7. Believed in a power greater than myself. Sometimes this was God, and sometimes it was my coach. The latter may have been ill-fated when that relationship fell apart, but I knew I was not in it alone.

8. I believed I could do it. I had confidence in myself.

9. I was not "trying" to lose weight. I was "trying" to become more healthy.

10. If I did the work, my success was eventually ensured. I had no fear.

This great mindset is what I am working back towards. The latter numbers are already working out for me (no pun intended). The first four need some work and more effort, but I am making good progress.

I lost 3 lbs this week. My ticker reflects much less of a loss because I have not updated in a couple of weeks. I didn't want to add gain and re-losses. I put forth some decent effort this week. I feel I am going in the right direction with the scale following suit. It's more about my effort and what I can do to improve myself and my body than it is about the numbers on the scale. The numbers definitely matter though. They are a reflection of what is happening inside.

Have a happy spark day, sparkies!

What can you do to ensure your success?

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SUSANS111 10/17/2010 2:21PM

    WooHoo! You have a great attitude!

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BAYBELIEVER 10/15/2010 9:19PM

    Isn't it amazing? Some of those things on your list we don't always think are important and then we discover they really are! Water, thinking about being healthy, not just a number on the scale, etc. Great thoughts! And congratulations on the loss, however, much it is!

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BIGBOOTYBETTY 10/14/2010 3:21PM

    After being in a certain state of mind for awhile, it'll fade. But just like a love life, you've got to spice it up! Figure out what will get you back to that mentality? What were the things that you used to do and enjoy? Try something new! Try to see the world with "kid eyes". These are the things that work for me to ensure my success. I'll never let myself get bored!


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TERRIJ_1 10/14/2010 2:59PM

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ANGELCITYGAL 10/13/2010 11:00PM

    I LOVE number 10. I wish all of us could hold onto that one 100% of the time.


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D0NNA40 10/13/2010 4:19PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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    Congratulations on all counts! I am doing the same thing as you to ensure success - recognizing every accomplishment (mental and physical) because they are all so important. Keep at it because you are doing great.

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CHANGE_4_ME 10/13/2010 1:03PM

    Great Blog!

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GAYLE-G-63 10/13/2010 10:46AM

    You can do it Mickey!!!

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MKT-PLAN 10/13/2010 9:24AM

    Good for you! You are awesome and you have a great attitude. Just keep going!

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BRIGHT551 10/13/2010 7:58AM

    A great mindset can make all the difference in the world!!! You have some awesome goals to work toward and you are making progress, even when the scale doesn't always reflect what you are doing. You are working toward a healthy life not so much a number on the scale. I know how hard it is to not let that number rule how we feel, but there is so much more to it. I want to feel good about me, not just what I weigh. You have a good attitude and it is going to take you far........Best wishes for your success!!!!!! You can and will do it!!!!

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The Three Bears

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

If I were to make things "just right" for me ( a la The Three Bears), what would they be?

I would wake up happy and refreshed.

I would wake up with enough time to get things done without rushing around like a madman.

I'd have my bills paid on time.

I'd have enough money in the account so I would not hold my breath before payday.

My clothes would be clean, pressed and organized in the closet.

The entryway to my house would be clean and tidy so that I would not have a panic attack when the front door was opened.

The lanai would be organized and available for sitting and relaxing with friends.

I would have planned and made meals according to plan.

I would not be living haphazardly. I would not be leaving life so much to chance. Yes, I would be flexible, but I would have a better back-up plan and know that if things were in place, then I would not have to worry so much or have needless anxiety.

I would know that these things can be achieved a little bit at a time, and I need not re-work my life from top to bottom in 15 minutes. :)

Here's my plan for the day:

1. Come up with 3 lunch ideas for the rest of the week
2. Do one load of laundry tonight
3. Cut out of work early so I can go buy hubby a bday gift without him knowing about it.

I also have 2 scheduled walks in my calendar for when the rain subsides.

Wishing you a happy "just right" kind of day, Sparkies!

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TERRIJ_1 10/12/2010 3:01PM

    Hope your day is a GREAT one !!!!

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PARKERB2 10/12/2010 2:46PM

    I am bad on time. I think something should take 2 hours when in reality it only takes 20 minutes of so. So as a result I put off doing things. Duh. You have some good goals going on. Hang in there.

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LOOKN_UP 10/12/2010 12:20PM

    Sounds like you might appreciate Flylady.com. If you haven't already checked out...?
Great job doing "a little bit at a time."

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BIGBOOTYBETTY 10/12/2010 11:48AM

    Hope your happy wishes come true! Enjoy your day.

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RIPPEDPAUL1 10/12/2010 8:45AM

    That's my plan too, pick up the pieces and take steps to make things better than they are. emoticon

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BRIGHT551 10/12/2010 8:44AM

    Things can always get in our way of trying to accomplish a better life for ourselves. Making a positive effort to change what we can is one way of taking control of our lives. You have made 3 good goals to work toward this. You can do it!!!! Good luck and hope you have a great day!!!! Happy Birthday to hubby too..........:)

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LOOZINITNOW 10/12/2010 7:55AM

    Hope you have a happy, productive day! emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 10/12/2010 7:50AM

    Wow. What a great blog. You could have written it for me. My list of 'just right' is very close to yours. I love your goals. They are exactly what you need. Someone once told me that you can do more in 15 minutes a day then spending a whole day on a project. It doesn't cut into your day too badly and you get lots done. I've been trying it. Sometimes its good, sometimes I get distracted...lol...

Have a great spark week! Keep shooting for those goals!
Hugs, Muggle Mom

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Happy Columbus Day

Monday, October 11, 2010

Woot Phillies are moving on. That is good. The sleep deprivation not so good. ha.
This morning, I have a staff meeting to attend which will resemble more of a retreat atmosphere. I hope to get something out of it. It is a "generational" class. I thought it was about dealing with older vs. younger workers, and then one of my co-workers pointed out to me it is to help us relate to our students. DUH! ha!
I thought I was one of the younger minded ones. ha. It is NOT about me. :)

Had a productive weekend. Got up early on Saturday and stopped at Walmart for a couple of things. Guy behind us flagged us over and pointed out we had a really low tire. We tried it with fix a flat at first, but then we stopped at car place and had 2 tires replaced. Hubby and I both put about 50-60 miles on our cars a day. Eventually we made it up to my folks to help them with the basement area. Work on it begins today and there was a lot of junk still left around down there.

Major progress for me for I was able to do a lot more work then in the past. I got up and down those steps several times. I lost track of how many after the 3rd trip but glad that I was able to do it. Hubby was also a GIGANTIC help. My mom was a happy little camper.

Yesterday, I did a bunch of cleaning, laundry, and refrained from taking a nap. The latter was the shocker. I still have loads to do in the cleaning dept, but it feels good when you chip away at what has to be done.

That's the same story for my work pile today. Lots of stuff to be done, but the best that can happen is a chipping away at the pile. It's all good. :) It will all be waiting for me tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a Happy Columbus Day today and a super Sparky day! WOO HOO!


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BRIGHT551 10/11/2010 8:33PM

    Your joy of life shows so well in your blogs and always brings a smile to my face. Thank you. Keep chipping away and soon you will be done!!! Hope your day was a glorious one!!!

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LOOKN_UP 10/11/2010 5:18PM

    Believe it or not C. Columbus was a really mean guy. Quite a whack job. Saw a biography about him on the history channel not too long ago. It's funny how we remember things from grade school compared to the way it really was. Anyway, hope you're having a good Monday!

As for cleaning, etc. I like to set my timer for 15min and see what I can do in a room in that amount of time then do the same in the next... It's crazy how much can be done in 15min!
Take care!

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PARKERB2 10/11/2010 3:31PM

    A friend of my mine tells me "the housework will be there later" so I try to go enjoy myself first. Have a good day. emoticon

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BIGBOOTYBETTY 10/11/2010 10:58AM

    Happy Day to you too!

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BAYBELIEVER 10/11/2010 9:45AM

    Love when you say: "I still have loads to do in the cleaning dept, but it feels good when you chip away at what has to be done." Isn't that so true of everything? I still have loads to lose, but it feels good when I chip away at those pounds and inches! You too!

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POOKAQUEEN 10/11/2010 8:10AM

    Keep chipping, before you know it you'll be done! I love how I can hear your cheerfulness in your blogs! Good job on your hard work, you're doing great!

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SJSLIM2B 10/11/2010 7:57AM

  Hapy Columbus Day to you too!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/11/2010 7:43AM

    Have a great day... chipping away at that pile! I know what you mean. I had planned yard work today because I'm off work... and woke to gentle rain. Love the smell of rain, but will have to accept that the yard work will all be waiting for my next opportunity to work on it... which could be in two weeks or longer!


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In my Heyday

Friday, October 08, 2010

While driving to work this morning, I was thinking about how times have changed for me. Even though I have not yet lost a bundle of weight (but I will), my habits have become so much healthier.

I stopped at Wawa (a convenience store) for gas this morning. They are advertising 2 breakfast sandwiches for $3. Mix and match. Some kind of meat, egg and cheese on a muffin, croissant, biscuit, bagel, whatever.

In the past when I went to get gas, I would go inside and buy said breakfast sandwich, sometimes two, along with other assorted snacks and drinks - sometimes another bagel with "just" cream cheese, and string cheese, candy, sports drinks, etc. In other words, a whole big pile of calories. I would eat them in my car on my way to work. I just kept eating the whole time.

While I was driving today, I was thinking that is what I used to do in my "heyday." I nearly stopped the car when I thought about it. That was not my heyday - this is ---- now is the time that I am taking better care of myself than ever. Now is the time when I pushing myself to the front of the list and taking care of me. It doesn't mean I don't care for my family, or tend to the needs of my hubby, it just means that I find room in there to make my opinion count. I am worth it. I matter! A HA!

I was really ticked off a couple of days ago, and I ranted and a few of you may have seen my blog. I deleted it once I got it off my chest, because I didn't want that negative crap sitting on my page. I was so happy with myself - that I expressed my anger and did not trade it in for a snickers bar. Learning how to express myself in a meaningful "I count" kind of way has been eye-opening for me.

So this morning, I passed on the "bargain" breakfast sandwiches and just filled my car up with gas without venturing inside. I had a headache this morning from family related stress and I soothed my aching head, by TAKING A WALK!
I'm enjoying my heyday!

What sort of things are you doing for yourself that are healthier than when you started?

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LOOKN_UP 10/10/2010 9:02PM

    emoticon Fresh air - my favorite "pick-me-up".
Thanks for that great blog. I didn't get a chance to read your "negative crap" blog which is just fine cuz this one was just so positive I couldn't help but be happy for you, and myself, and all of us who are trying to better our lives with healthy lifestyle choices. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/10/2010 8:59PM

    Good for you!

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POOKAQUEEN 10/9/2010 9:52AM

    Congrats on your changes! That's fantastic!

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MAMADWARF 10/9/2010 1:45AM

    Good for you!! (except when I hear the word HEYDEY, I think of these cookies that Keebler used to make called Heyday caramel peanut logs... OMG they were the best things ever and I am glad those elves quit making them but even now, they haunt me..). I digress.... either way, congrats on your will power and changing your life... all for the better!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/8/2010 10:21PM

    Good for you! It's an easy thing to do and the norm for so many but you show everyone that you can get past the mindless munching and put your health first! Your heyday is most certainly now!

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BAYBELIEVER 10/8/2010 10:16PM

    Wonderful! You are finding your path and making it work!

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BRIGHT551 10/8/2010 5:49PM

    Awesome accomplishment!!! I too have realized that I can pass up those things I used to think I wanted. Now I want what is good for me and make healthy choices. Be proud of yourself and your great accomplishment and Keep moving forward!!!! You can do it and You are worth it!!!!!

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    Good for you!!! Exercise and good food choices help shape a new life style along with a positive attitude.

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BAMAJAM 10/8/2010 3:39PM

  Hi MickeyMax! Good for you indeed...passing up the bargain breakfast sandwiches!! Recently while in the grocery store, in the bakery dept., I picked up a package of those creme horns, and they were a special low price. I coveted it in my grip, then I released it back to the shelf!!! hooray!! Oh, the temptation was strong--love those pastry things, but I was "stronger" in resisting. Then, as I pushed my cart through the store, I deliberately noticed other shoppers and WHAT they had in their carts. One very fit woman (dressed in work-out clothes) wheeled past me. She had ONLY healthy items in her cart. NO junk stuff. Looking at the shoppers, and looking into their carts--was revealing. (No, my observation was not obvious...haha, but I proved a "lesson" to myself.) I must train myself to skip that "bad stuff" department completely. There is a good sense of triumph when you make the right choice for your health's sake! Again, good for you, for being close to temptation, and TRIUMPHING--because you are worth it!!!

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STIPER23 10/8/2010 2:28PM

    Good for you! I used to start my mornings with a Mt Dew and didn't think I could make it through the morning without one. I had my last one on January 20, 2010. It was a hard and painful habit to break (OMG the caffiene withdrawl) but I did it! Feels good!

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FARMERJENN73 10/8/2010 2:07PM

    Now that's what I call a "EUREKA" moment. Feels good, doesn't it?

What have I changed? Well, I used to go to McDonalds every mornign on the way to work and get two sausage burritos and a medium diet coke. That was such a difficult habit to give up. BUT - since I gave up my McDonalds breakfast habit, I'm much lighter and springy in the morning. Must have been all that grease weighing me down.

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MUGGLE_MOM 10/8/2010 1:43PM

    What a great blog!!!
You are absolutely right --- THIS IS YOUR HEYDAY!!!!

I am so impressed and proud of all you're accomplishing!
Keep on Rockin'!

I hope you enjoyed your walk. And you weekend!

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    That is really great. emoticon This is your time now and you are doing so well.

My big changes are actually getting up and walking, and not eating a bunch of extra calories. Before, if I had a bag of cookies they would be gone within a couple of days, now they are lasting weeks and before I would always eat the pastry at work or the candy from the vending machine, now I hardly touch them.

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TONYSSCARLETT12 10/8/2010 11:39AM

    You know, I think I'm in my heyday, too! This business of drinking water and hitting the gym--its addictive. I feel so much better, physically, than I have in a long time.

You're an inspiration, MickeyMax. Keep up the good work.

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BRAVENEWGRL 10/8/2010 11:30AM

    Yeah for making changes! You can do this, you can change and nothing feels better than knowing this!

Way to go!!! And happy Friday!!!!

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GAYLE-G-63 10/8/2010 11:27AM

    Being conscious of what food I put in my body. Making the calories I eat healthy ones. Not binging.

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PENELOPE0831 10/8/2010 11:27AM

    Good for you! It's really important that we carve out a place for ourselves in the chaos that makes up family and work life. I'm still trying to figure out how to do that, but I guess demanding the time to go to the gym while hubby watches the kids is one way. I also put it out there that if he wasn't going to help with the housework then he better get ready to call Merry Maids cuz I can't do it alone (I work full time and we have two kids). He actually said that he would call them! Victory!

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MARYLQ11 10/8/2010 11:24AM

  You have the right idea

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It's Not About the Bike

Thursday, October 07, 2010

We bought a Harley this year, fulfilling my husband's dream.

I met my goal of getting on the back of the bike --- which to most, would probably not be a big thing, but to me, it was a hurdle. It comes with instructions. Step on foot peg, lean on his shoulder (while he is already sitting on the bike and swing my other leg over the seat and the saddlebags. (not mine, the bike's ..ha ha)

It took me about 15 mins of "lamaze type" breathing and sheer concentration and I did it last week. The intent was for me to get on with him, and then we would go for a short ride around the block.

That didn't happen.

I got on the bike, and he became frozen as to how it felt with a passenger, let alone someone bigger than he is. - Even if I wasn't heavier, I'd still be taller. When I asked if he was ready to go, he said, he didn't know. We just sat there for a couple of minutes and then I gave him the easy out -- Let's practice disembarking. Ha! Getting on was way easier.

I decided that we weren't ready for a ride. By "we" - in this case, I mean "he" --- and that's ok. I have a lot of heft. But it is inching away. It's getting colder; he is less likely to ride much these days anyway. Come the spring or maybe summer, I will be ready to try it all over again.

I did my thing. I got on the bike, like I said I would. Next time, though, I am going to get on and just keep going.

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1STARVINGARTIST 10/8/2010 1:49AM

    You did great! Congratulations for making it a positive. You are awesome and inspiring! I love your outlook on life!
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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/7/2010 8:05PM

    Don't worry - the two of you will be burning up the highways on your "hog" come spring! I wonder if you'll be like my sister-in-law . . . she enjoyed riding so much that she has her own Harley now!

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/7/2010 6:39PM

    We just sold my husbands, and I would not have gotten on that bike with him for all the tea in China...and I like tea! No way, no how. I was easily 2ce his size and it left me frozen. sadly, I never even sat on it. I probably should have at least done that much. Good for you for trying! And you'll be there next year...wind in your hair...bugs in your teeth! emoticon

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MKT-PLAN 10/7/2010 1:33PM

    You are awesome! Good for you!

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CHANGE_4_ME 10/7/2010 11:29AM

    Be proud of that accomplishment. I went through the same thing once with my ex. He had a "crotch rocket" and did take me on an occasional ride and occasionally rode the kids around the block but he always said it was different with a rider, especially an inexperienced rider. You gotta know how to lean properly or he's doing the work for 2. Keep working at it and you'll be in shape for a ride in the spring. I love riding. My goal for the coming years(bucket list) is actually to be a driver. That may never happen. =]

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BIGBOOTYBETTY 10/7/2010 11:23AM

    If things happen for a reason and patience is a virtue, then by the time you and your hubby are ready to ride that bike together- it is going to be one hell of a ride! Until then,take it one day at a time!

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MAMADWARF 10/7/2010 10:49AM

    saddlebags comment was priceless!!! I think you are being really smart. He needs to be comfortable to safely drive you guys around and you need to able to trust that he is. All in good timing. Great blog.

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DONNAEDA 10/7/2010 10:35AM

    I am so sorry the bike ride didn't work out. But maybe next spring you will look so fetching he won't leave home without you.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/7/2010 10:30AM

    That is awesome!! I'm so proud of you! It'll give you something to continue shooting for and he can get in some practice first on his own before you two go riding off into the sunset!

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BAYBELIEVER 10/7/2010 10:24AM

    What a wonderful blog! It shows how much you have accomplished and how truly sensitive you are without beating yourself up! I think this is another of your wonderful accomplishments! Keep on rolling!

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MUGGLE_MOM 10/7/2010 9:59AM

    You never fail to remind me what an amazing thoughtful wonderful lady you are. Hubby is incredibly lucky to have you. Congrats on getting past that first hurdle. I bet it felt great to get on the bike. By springtime, hubby will have had tons of practice on the bike and be ready for a passenger.

You totally Rock!!!!!

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ANGELCITYGAL 10/7/2010 9:43AM

    You're reminding me that this weight loss journey I'm on affects everyone around me. Some will be ready to change with me, and some will need more time. Your story is a perfect metaphor for the need for compassion going both ways. I'll be looking forward to hearing about your rides with your husband! How fun!

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KIYOSHI04 10/7/2010 9:23AM

    wow........... this was a great blog. i am glad that you met your goal and got on it. i am not sure that i could do it. it takes a lot of coordination.
i am glad that your husband didnt put you both at risk and you gave him the easy way out... that is so nice.

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SUNSHINE1234 10/7/2010 8:50AM

    You accomplished a goal! That is very important--- I love Harley's and one day, you both will be flying down the road. Keep up the great work!

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BRAVENEWGRL 10/7/2010 8:36AM

    Go you - way to take on those challenges!

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MYBULLDOGS 10/7/2010 8:30AM

    better to be safe than sorry. i have a scooter and i love it. riding with someone else would make me nervous. you both must be comfortable. you have no protection on a motor cycle. good luck. emoticon

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