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You Don't Need A Reason

Thursday, January 06, 2011

You don't need a reason to go for a walk. Just go.

I had a morning meeting across campus, so I had to go, and I was psyched that although I couldn't really wear sneakers on my walk - I could add it to my fitness minutes. The first meeting took all of 8 mins to finish. That was with Mr. Down to business. Places to go, people to meet. Fine with me. I did the handoff, and then though now what am I going to do with the extra time until my next meeting? (It was in the same building).

I had 20 mins to kill. I could have just stayed there, or gone to talk to some of the people I was meeting with. Truth is, I don't really "like" some of those people all that much. They frequently make my job tougher than they should by not sharing information and the like.

So... I decided to go for a walk. In the cold, for 10 mins. I did. I enjoyed it. I also happened upon a little outdoor performance going on (those diehard theater students) and watched it for a couple of mins. Later when I walked by some of the group again, it gave me a moment to give them a little positive feedback. :) Warm and fuzzy is always nice.

Five mins before the meeting, I walked back. It too, did not take long and it involved having to walk all the way around the building and up the spiral staircase - more walking. I returned to my office feeling lighter and refreshed.

Even though I had my reasons for my walk, I really didn't need one. I'll try to remember that tomorrow.

Have a happy Sparky day!

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CLAUDECF 1/7/2011 7:44AM

    emoticon You go girl! That's wonderful! And you'll see it happening more and more. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    So true. Way to go!

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BAYBELIEVER 1/6/2011 10:15PM

    You are really awesome lady! I find walks so refreshing mentally and physically!

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JESSBOND 1/6/2011 6:24PM

    And that is how you add exercise to your daily life! emoticon

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PARKERB2 1/6/2011 3:06PM

    Way to get your exercise in! Just keep moving.

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TINARENA2 1/6/2011 1:50PM

    I always count walks to meetings at work or to run errands at work in on my exercise. I work on a large campus where sometimes it takes 15 minutes to get to where I need to be. Good job for getting out and incorporating in some walking in your day!
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MKT-PLAN 1/6/2011 1:02PM

    Way to go!

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    Wow! You are SO RIGHT! Great blog, and great idea! With the students gone, the library has been so dead this week... so why don't I walk back and forth in the building!? Yes, I'm going to! Thansk for the OOMPH! emoticon emoticon

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ADIPOSEROSE 1/6/2011 12:30PM

    Exactly right, Mick--you can dance to the music any way you please, whenever you want to, even if it's only for a few minutes, and come away feeling refreshed and energized. You walk taller and prouder when it's because you *want* to (rather than because you think you *have to*) and the best thing is, it helps you to deal with the stressful people and negative Neds and Nellies in your life. It doesn't make them go away, but it does help you to see that their problems don't have to be *your* problem, and their opinions are just that--something you can take or leave. I'm proud of you! emoticon

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    That's awesome! Sometimes a walk is all we need to clear our head, decrease anticipatory blahs, etc. Keep it up girlie!

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BRAVENEWGRL 1/6/2011 11:57AM

    You go girl! Way to get yourself moving and keep yourself out of negative situations!

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BIGHIPSBETH 1/6/2011 11:34AM

  What a feel good day! That's just awesome! Thanks for sharing that. You know, there's always such cruddy news on TV and on the radio, and reading your blog was like a breath of fresh air. What a feel good read! THANK YOU! !

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3016DEBRA 1/6/2011 11:20AM

  Sounds so nice...good for you! emoticon

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No Hiding

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Did you ever have one of those moments where you thought, "Oh man, I hope that never happens..." and then it does,,,,and you wonder how you are going to live past it?

Once at my last job, I was reporting sales figures to my boss, and I accidentally sent it to the wrong person - our competitors! That was a bad day --- I sent "other figures" to them but I was distracted and sent them to the wrong spot. I confessed immediately, even though I felt like hurling. My boss was mad, but I didn't get fired.

My natural inclination was to go hide in my office all day - you know - keep a low profile - but we had a very high profile event going on later in the day, so I had to show my face. When I saw my boss, I told him about my hideout plan but that I just could not stay away. He laughed and told me not to do it again, but that everything was ok. (Yes, it really was hard to leave that job when I did; I loved those people.)

So this brings me to my point, (finally), that just because I did not have a stellar week, I am not going to go into hiding. If anything, this is the time I need to be more visible and transparent, especially to myself. I need to be honest with what works, and clearly, for me, chocolate isn't it. ha ha.

The good news is I have a lot of room for improvement. And I am on that road. :)

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LOOKN_UP 1/4/2011 9:01PM

Oh my goodness, I've been eating so much chocolate these days... and I've gained about 5 lbs in the last month. I too need to not hide from this but to face it head on before I put myself on a downward spiral. Right now I'm just kind of soaring downward... but not without my handy parachute - Sparkpeople!!! which I will be deploying today.
Thanks for reminding us to stay in control and to not hide. Planning on working out tomorrow (too late tonight) and drinking plenty of water.
Thanks again MickeyMax!! emoticon

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RIGBY31 12/29/2010 4:54PM

    We can run, but cannot hide. We are ALWAYS with ourselves. I know the only way I can be successful is to keep my efforts right in front of my face... always!

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PROMISE2DESIGN 12/29/2010 4:02PM

    That's so true for all of us! Hope you had a great Christmas :)

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BAYBELIEVER 12/29/2010 1:49PM

    You are right, hiding doesn't help at all! We are in this together, you certainly aren't the only one who educated themselves this Christmas! It's all about learning about ourselves. You learned. You move on. Me too!!!!

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SUSANS111 12/29/2010 1:44PM

    This has been the time of year with lots of celebrations involving food, so I bet you did a lot better than you might have. Chocolate is a tough one for me too... The new year is a good time to renew our resolve to reach our goals. You can do this! We all can. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1STARVINGARTIST 12/29/2010 1:07PM

    Awesome blog! Good for you--transparency an being truthful to yourself are the keys to success. I have a tendency toward this also, this is something I needed to be reminded of, so thanks so much for this insightful blog. Very helpful!

You are doing great--Each insight is another step toward your good health! Good job!

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TERRIJ_1 12/29/2010 10:51AM

    emoticon I so enjoy your blogs emoticon
You rock and can obviously beat anything you put your mind to.
Keep it up girl. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/29/2010 10:10AM

    Thank you! This blog was EXCELLENT and I needed to read it! emoticon emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/29/2010 9:19AM

    Good for you, Mar! I'm glad you are not letting this get you down or keep you down. I have a friend here on SP who is "hiding out" and it's awful...I keep going by her page, hoping she is back. I know that fact she is gone when she's struggling means she is not happy...not being proactive...not trying any more. I"m proud of you! emoticon

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DONNAEDA 12/29/2010 9:08AM

    what a wonderful story, sorry it happened to you, but just like your weight-loss journey, you learned to trust. And that is a good thing.

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MUGGLE_MOM 12/29/2010 8:57AM

    MickeyMax, I am so proud of you for standing up to your fears. You are not alone. I have been 'hiding' for the majority of the last few months. Like you said yesterday, you are STRONG, you are POWERFUL. You can do this. One step at a time.

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SHAWFAN 12/29/2010 8:54AM

    Good for you for stepping up to the truth and not hiding from it. That's an important step. I know what you mean, I've been wanting to binge for a few days, and have had a couple of things I shouldn't have had, but I'm not hiding it from myself or anyone else. I admit that I could have made better choices, and will strive to do so in the future, no matter how much I want to binge. emoticon

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MSHOPPER63 12/29/2010 8:53AM

    Mick you are making huge improvements in your health my friend. There are so many aspects to losing weight and dealing with the old habits of emotional eating is a huge one. The changes you are making will last a lifetime.


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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/29/2010 8:40AM

    Thank God you "get it!" There is nothing worse than finding out 3-4 weeks after someone goes into hiding that they had a bad few days, felt ashamed and went into self imposed exile which did them NO good. When you are struggling is the time to step forward and be more visible.

Remember why you're wanting to change. Health issues and issues you want to stave off. Just losing 10% of your body weight can make MASSIVE strides for good health! You're worth it.

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Time to Roll

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The handwriting is on the wall, as they say. If I don't start taking care of myself PRONTO, I can expect to live the life my father has lately. He is back in the hospital, having suffered another heart attack on Christmas eve.

I had a doc's appt on Monday with the gallbladder specialist. The "snow-nado" displaced that until tomorrow. I am grateful. I have been dreading going and having an extra day or two helped me to get "psyched up" for it.

Christmas was nice. DH gave me a kindle. That was exciting and surprising. All of the other things he gave me were geared towards being supportive too, He was happy with his loot too, and handled the change in plans on Christmas to go see my pop and family with ease, even though it included the dreaded Jersey Turnpike! Ha ha ha.

I am making big strides towards getting my eating and exercise plan together. I go back to work in a week. I need to do some decent housecleaning and get organized to make sure my time at home is not wasted on laying around, although I have been doing a lot of that. I have been so darn tired lately. Part condition, part medication, part laziness. :)

I have so much I want to do. I remind myself that it all starts with a single step. I make my own choices. I put my life in motion. I manage my own response to the life events around me.

I am a very strong (some would say exceptionally) strong woman. I have been through a lot in my life, and no doubt will be through a lot more. It's been tough at times, but it helps me to appreciate the wonderful, blissful moments of joy in my life and see a lot of good, that others might miss. I am keenly aware of my own gifts and how I fit into the picture. I didn't always have such an easy time with that.

Where do I go from here? I make an eating plan for today and stick to it. I'll make a run to the grocery store and get more frozen veggies. I'll pick up some apples and bananas. I know what to do - I just need to do it!!!!!

Then I need to start to exercise. I'll do some wii around the Christmas tree. and If I am a good girl, I'll hang out with my kindle later. :)

Hope you all have a very festive day and a beautiful new year! It's our time to renew and refresh ourselves.

What are you going to do for yourself today to refresh and renew?

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CHANGE_4_ME 12/29/2010 12:08PM

    Sounds like you and me have some things in common. We know what needs to be done, we just need to do it. Glad to hear that your Dad survived the heart attack. I wish you both the best on upcoming medical issues. Both of you will need to make changes it seems. Please take care of your health and urge him to do the same. God bless you both and keep you safe and healthy.

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1STARVINGARTIST 12/29/2010 1:22AM

    Sorry to hear about your dad. That is rough. I hope all works out well with him. You are a very strong woman and I know that you are going to be successful because you are strong. Congrats on the kindle, that is a great gift and and a great way to reward yourself for doing well. Enjoy it, and Happy New Year!

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TINARENA2 12/28/2010 9:29PM

    Sorry about your dad. You've got the right steps in mind to help yourself, keep proceeding forward with them. You can do it!

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BAYBELIEVER 12/28/2010 3:23PM

    Love it! Your reward for being a good girl is time with the Kindle! Way to go! Hope your day went as planned!

I will pray for your father, and for you as you continue to get healthy pronto!

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MUGGLE_MOM 12/28/2010 1:27PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Anything I can do? Good luck with the doc tomorrow. it might be a tough visit, but knowledge is power. I know exactly how powerful you are, it will give your some tools to use that power.

Wishing you peace.

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TERRIJ_1 12/28/2010 12:40PM

    Sorry to hear about your dad.
Glad to hear about your new health plans.
Take care happy holiday. emoticon

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RIGBY31 12/28/2010 12:07PM

    I'm sorry your dad is having a hard time right now. Hope he's on the mend. Your blog was full of plans that will surely make you suceed... one step at a time! I've been walking with my daughters (here visiting from the BostonBlizzard). They love the sunshine and I love that I can keep pace them (they're athletes). I'm happy 2011 is coming!

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/28/2010 10:21AM

    Sorry about your dad ~ I hope he is doing better.

Both my daughter and myself had laparoscopic gall bladder surgery this year. You will feel SO much better after it is done. I was having lots of 'little' problems that I did not realize were related to my gall bladder until it was gone and so were they.

Yesterday I reset all my trackers and went back to the Fast Start. I also picked up The Spark in paperback - it has some new stuff that I am reading right now. Tempting as it was, I am not waiting until New Years Day to get going again.

Let's make 2011 our year!

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DONNAEDA 12/28/2010 9:57AM

    sorry to hear about your dad, but you can do something about your health now. I had gallbladder surgery and they did it authroscopically and it was a breeze. So don't worry about that. Just make yourself healthy so you can face what is down the road.

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/28/2010 9:56AM

    I'm working on this, probably as a blog, to fit in with the 200+ teams weekly question to plan what I want my life to look like 1, 2 and 5 years from now. I've been spending time thinking on that.
I got a Kindle last Christmas and LOVE it, so I hope you'll enjoy yours, too.
I'm re-booting. Starting with good food plans, exercise...and FOCUS on my goals for the year. I was stagnant in 2010...and then had an upswing at the end of the year and am not where I want to be. The rest of this is up to ME.
I'm with you, my friend! Hope your dad recovers well.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/28/2010 7:20AM

    So sorry to hear about your dad. That alone can be a pretty good reminder why health is so important. Make your plan and implement!

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LOSTLIME 12/28/2010 7:16AM

    emoticonone step at a time.

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NWLIFESRC 12/28/2010 7:08AM

    Keep the faith

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Guilty Pleasures

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I've been savoring silly moments lately and I've been thinking about some personal guilty pleasures. Here's some I don't mind sharing; :)

1. Reality TV - Bethenny Getting Married, Millionaire Matchmaker (sometimes), Top Chef, Survivor, Amazing Race,

2. As a car passenger, looking in people's windows at night -- love to see families, and like to get quick peek at decor. Thankfully, I've never seen anything I "shouldn't."

3. Magazines. I am a magazine junkie, plain and simple.

4. Giving people nicknames. It's a habit I have had for so long, and sometimes, my not so nice side shows. :)

5. Asking to speak to the store or restaurant manager, so I can compliment a cashier, or server. (I don't tell them why I want to see them in advance. I always enjoy the look of terror in their eyes. ha ha). If I have a complaint, I just write a letter. :)

6. Stealing blankets. I don't normally cop to this, but my DH calls me the Blankie Bandito.

7. Pens. same as magazines. See above.

8. Wing. on youtube. My students beg me not to play a "Wing" video - but truly I can't help it. Mama Mia makes me laugh out loud over and over again. It's a sickness.

9. Postcards. I can go to the beach and want to send 30 postcards. I've done this since I was a kid. A good friend of mine would send me the free cheap ones with advertisements on them and I always loved them.

10. Candy cigarettes. I am not a smoker, never "really" have been but those suckers are sugary and good. (and off the menu).

11. I'd say pizza, but I don't feel guilty about it. :)

I'm sure I will come up with more. I am thinking about all the things I love besides food!
Ok, I snuck a couple in there, but mostly it's about the experience --- and not the reward. :)

What are your guilty pleasures?

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PINK-PEONY 12/23/2010 12:22AM

    What a fun topic. My current guilty pleasure is too much time in the shower. We put in a tankless heater, and I do a lot of strength training.


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LARIJOY 12/22/2010 9:39PM

    TV marathons...NCIS, Clean House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer...I just get sucked in. This is a very fun topic buddy!

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/22/2010 4:43PM

    Love Top Chef....and SciFi (old name) shows like Eureka...and I love Tina Fey.
I like reading on my kindle. I love reading history and mystery novels but I will cop to also liking to read trashy romances when I want something light. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series still can make me cry...it's the only book I've read twice.
I like dark chocolate peanut butter....I have it on whole wheat english muffins sometimes and I don't care. I also like Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt...a little bit goes a long way, and I do not deny myself either of those!

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COUNTRYNINJA 12/22/2010 4:23PM

    I give people nicknames too!!!

I have to say Taco Bell is my guilty pleasure- it's so bad...but so good! emoticon

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SUSANS111 12/22/2010 4:12PM

    Those are good ones.
I always feel guilty when I stay in my bathrobe all day, but I love those lazy days every now and then.

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STIPER23 12/22/2010 4:09PM

    Stickers...and I don't know why! I just can't resist a cute sheet of stickers and never really have anywhere to put them!

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Joy in My Heart

Monday, December 20, 2010

It's bliss.

I recognize right where I am and I am loving my life, and I am loving who I am.

Five-ish years ago, I moved from a job I loved, to a new city where I did not know how I would fit in, and how things would be. I left for 2 reasons - my mother seemed to be dying, and my husband HATED living where we were.

When I told my manager I was leaving, he offered me the moon to stay. It was very gratifying to hear. He was willing to let me work a 4 day work week and fly me home to visit my mother the other days. He made that up off the top of his head. He would have pretty much given me anything to stay. But I had already accepted a new job, and was ready to go. Nothing he could have given me would have helped my hubby.

While I was at that job, I dropped 70 lbs which was awesome, but I did it to lose weight. It was helping my health so very much, but that progress meant nothing to me. I had my health at that time, and I refused to see the writing on the wall - what could happen if I did not have my health.

I was thinner, but I was so very unhappy. I was tragically sad, I was depressed. I was desperate. I talked to a therapist who tried to help me re-engage in my life. I remember her saying something like she had never seen anyone disassociate so much with their body before. See that? I was a first. I was thinner, but I hated myself. I could not see my own gifts nor comprehend why I was even living. I was an empty shell.

Fast forward to today. I am in that same job where I landed 5-ish years ago. I went from a mom and pop run place to a place with over 5,000 employees. It still has a homey feeling and I have close relationships with many people who work there. I have found a way to fit in and actually I make friends quite easily. I've learned that I am an excellent manager.

I've been out of work for medical reasons for the last couple of weeks. I am off the next couple of weeks because we're closed for the holidays. I've had time to re-focus most of my energies on myself. In that time, I am loving myself and accepting myself for the person I have become.

I love life. I laugh - a LOT! I have worked on making my marriage a priority and it is good. I have a wonderful community church where I'm able to worship as I like. My mom is still with us and has helped me to re-energize my life as of late. I have creative talents that I use to make jewelry and try other crafty stuff. I am a good writer. I am losing weight again and heading to lower numbers but no longer for sheer numbers that I was in the past. I am doing it because my body appreciates it and it is good for me.

For so long, I sought purpose for my life, and when I could not find any, I thought I had none. I thought I was nothing. I don't see myself through those same eyes anymore. I see myself as the joyful, loving, positive, encouraging happy camper that I always longed to be. Now I am that person. It's joyful. I am joyful.

Wishing you the ability to see yourself with new loving and appreciative eyes. Take a moment and see yourself as others see you. It could open up a world of difference.

Happy Sparking! I love you guys!

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BAYBELIEVER 12/21/2010 9:32PM

    Great job! It is work getting there, but you are doing a great job at loving yourself and finding all the blessings in your life! Congratulations. What a Christmas present to yourself...and those around you!

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/20/2010 12:42PM

    I am glad you have found joy in who you are today, right now, and can appreciate all the wonderful qualities in you that we all appreciate, too!

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RIGBY31 12/20/2010 12:27PM

    Oh, I really really really needed to read your blog this morning. Thank you so very much!

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AFTERMYKIDS 12/20/2010 11:12AM

    I don't know why so many of us have a problem with accepting ourselves and really seeing what WE Need. Congrats to you for seeing How Great You are!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful Story emoticon

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DONNAEDA 12/20/2010 10:18AM

    thank you so much for sharing your story.

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MINDYJ1 12/20/2010 9:29AM

    You have what everyone wants! Content with who you are and where you are in life! You are truly blessed!

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SARAWALKS 12/20/2010 8:50AM

    Oh, this is beautiful to read and you are beautiful! I'm so glad you KNOW it now!
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Wishing you even more joy in this wonderful season!
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CLAUDECF 12/20/2010 8:42AM

    it's so wonderful that you see yourself for what you are, a great person! emoticon emoticon and happy holidays to you! emoticon

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    I am so glad you have found so much JOY! emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/20/2010 8:34AM

    So glad you are now your authentic happy self!

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FRAN_CVLRN 12/20/2010 8:34AM

    You're comfortable in your own skin and you've given me words to think about. What a terrific attitude you have!


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