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COMPLETELY CAPABLE

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I am completely capable of making positive changes in my life that add up to real actions.

I am getting up a little bit earlier and not just using that time to catch up on the news, or squat on the couch, or roll obsessively through my to-do list in my head. I still do those things, especially the mental roll call, but I am also making the time, and doing the effort, and this morning, drumroll, please, I COMPLETED THE SCHEDULED DAY OF MY BOOTCAMP VIDEO!

WAHOO!

That's Twenty Two minutes of OH YES, I CAN!

I am capable of change. I am capable to act on my own behalf. I am capable of eating vegetables. I am capable of making food for myself that it tasty and not thrown together haphazardly. I am capable of seeing myself as a person worth treating well.

I am capable of so much more than I have given myself credit for! I can do it, and I will do it.
I am doing it.

What are you more capable of than you gave yourself credit for sparkies?

  
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CANNIE50 1/30/2012 11:23PM

    I love the word "capable" - thank you for writing this blog. Good for you for doing the Boot Camp DVD, and not taking the "easier, softer" route. It is hard, when the couch is calling our name, to choose to move instead. I am capable of more self-discipline than I sometimes choose - thank you for the reminder.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/26/2012 11:19AM

    You totally can! Yay!

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CIVIAV 1/26/2012 7:50AM

    All of it! Just not all at once...

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/25/2012 4:49PM

    Oh I sooooo needed your blog today. I think I should print it out and put it where i can read it every day. I'm capable too but not acting as tho I am.

I'm so proud of you!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/25/2012 2:53PM

    Yes you ARE, and yes you CAN! emoticon emoticon

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MAVERICK59 1/25/2012 1:06PM

    It is great to read you feeling so positive!
You really are capable. Each of us is. It is just difficult for us to see it in ourselves sometimes.
Good luck!

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BESTCK 1/25/2012 11:31AM

    Yay, Mickey! So happy for you. (And I'm glad I'm not the only one with issues of obsessing about my to-do list when I should be actually doing it.) emoticon

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TAMPATINK67 1/25/2012 10:32AM

    Yes. Yes, I can.

I put the above quote in my calendar for 60 days in a row when trying to start a new healthy habit - tp ensure I get the positive affirmation and have some extra brain time to THINK about my intention before faced with diet or exercise challenges...

I was surprised at how much it helped.....

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DOODIE59 1/25/2012 9:12AM

    We just need to "get out of our own way" sometimes to let loose the power we've got within us. We can do this!
Deirdre

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ADIPOSEROSE 1/25/2012 9:09AM

    AND DON'T YOU FORGIT IT, WOMAN!!! (*I* am capable of coming over there and kicking your butt if you do--y'hear???) Congratulations on your NEW ATTITUDE, and especially your appreciation of the best friend you'll ever have--yourself--as a lady worthy of appreciation and kindness. The rest of us can see it, Mick--you don't need that "suit of armor" to shield you from the world anymore, and neither do I. The love of my life was a very jealous man, and I (truly) think I started to gain weight--after a grueling, dramatic loss of 45 pounds that left me thinner than it was healthy for me to be--because "guys don't make passes at girls with fat --" (you know). I will say that when you're young and in business, being a bit zaftig actually seems to help(men tend to take you more seriously, because they're not as interested in staring at your cleavage). But I don't need to hide my light under a rock anymore, and neither do you. When YOU shine, you make me want to shine, too! You GO, girlfriend!! emoticon --YOU ROCK!!!

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ADIPOSEROSE 1/25/2012 9:08AM

    UNINTENTIONAL DUPLICATE DELETED emoticon SPARK locked up when I hit send, and I guess multiple entries of the same message were the result. Sorry about that!

But hey, Mick--you must have ESP. I just bought my first box of green tea last night . . . !! Thanks for the "cuppa," and yes, I'm fine, thanks. Busy as hell (so what else is new?) but doing okay. I haven't slain the monster yet, but I think I have him on the run . . . Thanks for caring!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/25/2012 8:17AM

    Love this, Mar, and I know you are capable of reaching for your dreams! Go get 'em!

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CABBAGEROSES 1/25/2012 7:17AM

    Way to go!

For years I thought I just couldn't lose the weight, it just seemed like no matter what I tried I couldn't figure it out, but I'm here and I'm exercising and doing strength and eating the right amounts of healthy food and I *am* succeeding!

We *can* do this!

What an awesome post!

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PARKERB2 1/25/2012 7:08AM

    I know you are determined and very capable of doing anything you set your mind too. I am learning to be capable of saying no when I simply don't want to do something, be is selfish or self centered. Thanks for another good blog. emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 1/25/2012 6:26AM

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Yes You Are Completely Capable!!!!!
Whooo Hoooo for getting the job done!!!!!
You Go Girl!!!!!!
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Seeking Crock Pot Recipes

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I am brand spanking new to the land of crockpots. I have my training wheels and a 2 quart crockpot to give some test runs before I bump up to the next level. The idea is to create some meals I can reheat at my desk at work. (I have a mini portable crockpot for that.)

Today I am taking butternut squash ravioli and carrots. (It's called finish up what you have in the fridge week). It is fantastic for my budget!

This week, I plan on making a couple of concoctions, but not a clue what. Any thoughts? I am all ears! Thank you!

  
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FUSIONGRAFX 1/28/2012 9:59PM

    Good luck with it! I am just learning on it as well.. Let me know if you find anything you love!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/25/2012 9:03AM

    You know, I'm so not creative on this front. I put slabs of meat in water and let them go all day. (Though now that I think about it, I did make chili yesterday, DER!) Use a low sodium tomato soup for the base, add tomato paste, 10 oz of beans, 1 lb of 96/4 cooked beef, spice to your liking and let it go on low all day. Still got the burnt tastebuds!

If you throw a pork shoulder in and some liquid smoke (hickory) you'll have Hawaiian Kalua Pork. You can use that as a base for a BBQ sandwich, just add a tbsp of your favorite sauce on top of a bun so you can control the amount of sodium from the sauce. You can add low sodium queso to make pork enchiladas.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/25/2012 8:25AM

    We use one quite a bit and the chicken/rotel one is pretty good though the taco seasoning would spice it up a bit. I've also done chicken with curry. Since we're pork people a very lean pork loin with sage and a touch of water will cook down to nothing so you can use it in a soup/taco/chile very easily. Beans and legumes also do well in the crock pot all day. Good luck!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/24/2012 1:47PM

    1lb boneless, skinless chicken thighes and 1 can crushed pineapple. Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours and you have hawaiian chicken

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MAVERICK59 1/24/2012 1:04PM

    I bet our Sapphire Team resident chef, The-More-Girl, will have some great ideas for you.

Otherwise, I would search on line, there must be a cornucopia of ideas out there.

Good luck and let us know what you try.
Hugs,
Belinda

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TAMPATINK67 1/24/2012 9:59AM

    Hunk of beef, packet of dried Italian dressing mix, and a jar of banana peppers w juice. Cook on low for what ever the crock says for amount of beef. Should pull apart as fabulous pepper beef side or Sammie's!

Skinless, boneless chicken breast and a jar of salsa, shred when done.

Skinless/boneless chicken breast w a jar of salsa verde, shred when done... If you do dairy, add a 3 oz block of low fat cream cheese after shredded and stir to melt. If you do bread, warm tortilla and fill the best chicken and green chili enchiladas ever...


Try those and let me know!

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SLFRISBEY 1/24/2012 9:23AM

    I am making chicken for Chicken Tacos today. It's so simple, I had frozen chicken breast, ro-tel tomatoes and taco seasoning on high all day. The meat shreds when you stir it or get two forks and shred it up. I could go on anything from salad to tacos. If you don't like spicy, use regular tomatoes in place of the ro-tel. Enjoy!

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DINGESSD 1/24/2012 6:07AM

  YOU CAN MAKE VEGETABLE SOUP OR ANYTHING IN THEM THEY ARE A LIFE SAVER WHEN YOU HAVE TO WORK DIFFERENT SHIFTS WHEN YOU GO HOME FROM A LONG DAY AT WORK YOUR MEAL IS PRETTY WELL DONE

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SARASMILING 1/24/2012 5:56AM

    I LOVE this one! http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 1/24/2012 5:54AM

    Good luck with finding some recipes +mark (don't use one sorry).

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Kicking and Screaming

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Taught myself a lesson this week. It is okay if you go kicking and screaming. Just go.

In fact, there is probably a lot of benefit when you are feeling beat up, stressed, worn out just plain tired, and let's not forget CRANKY but you work out anyway. Darn it, you feel good. AFTERWARDS. The before and during, maybe not so much.

I am not going to lie. I have been knee deep in stress this week. Family sickness, Work issues, imposing deadlines. Lots of stuff. JUST LIFE, but I have turned over a new leaf and found an hour of where I can have me time, and the tv all to myself...and to Coach Nicole.

The "downside" is to a NON MORNING inclined person that it feels not so nice rolling out of a dead sleep. I am going to try to improve on my ability to get up and get rolling after hubby leaves for work. I was not quite prepared for what 4am felt like this morning, but hey I eventually got up, and soon enough I was lifting light weights with the coach. Cool.

The way I feel right now, is that I must do this every morning. MUST MUST MUST.

I actually feel good. I feel like I am making some better choices for my life. I did not address the box of strawberries on time and they went to fuzzytown in the fridge, but I did peel 2 lbs of carrots last night and cook my butternut squash ravioli last night. I am bringing it to work today in my portable mini crockpot. A gift from DH this week. Woot!

While I am building up my stamina, I have just enough time to squeeze in a blog before my shower, so here's wishing all my sparkie pals a most excellent day. Where do you find yourselves some time to do what you need to do?


  
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BESTCK 1/24/2012 3:45PM

    That portable mini-crockpot sounds like a grand idea.

I'm trying to get to where you are on exercise. Not there yet. Glad you are.

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KKINNEA 1/24/2012 2:43PM

    Nice work - love that thought and will try to embody it!

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MAVERICK59 1/24/2012 1:01PM

    You should be proud of yourself Mary. You have done what so many of us give lip service to, but we don't follow through; You got out of bed and got moving!
It is easy to talk the talk, but when it comes to walk the walk,that is a bit different.
You are my hero today!

Belinda

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CABBAGEROSES 1/24/2012 7:32AM

    Way to go! I sorry your week has been crazy, but how awesome that you're doing what has to be done instead of making excuses! (and a side note: I just saw an ad for those mini crockpots the other day and thought they were a fabulous idea--so cool that you have one!)

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MISTRUNNER 1/24/2012 6:41AM

  Hey getting up at that time would not be easy for a morning inclined person.

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BERGBA7 1/24/2012 5:55AM

    wow!!! you are a hero for working out at 4am!
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When the Going Gets Tough

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Moments like these remind me of my mettle. I do not back down. I am not known for my subtlety - or so I have been told.

When the going gets tough, you have two choices, go big or go home. I will admit, there are plenty of times I have gone home. I have been paralyzed with the inability to see past the troubles for the pot of gold. I have been unable to muster enough strength and courage in myself to think that I could be ballsy enough to pull it off.

Well, newsflash, little Miss MickeyMax, I am exactly that person who is indeed strong enough, wily enough, obstinate enough to get the job done. There I said it. I have thrown down the gauntlet, I am raising the bar, I am expecting more from myself, and gosh darn it, I am going to get it.

IN my BLC challenge, I am asked for 5 things I want to accomplish out of this challenge with now just 5 wks to go. That being said, this is my life we are talking about and I am not really on a 5 wk challenge, I am on a 47 yr challenge, if I am right in the middle.

I am going to move a minimum of 10 mins more a day. My bare minimum has been 15 mins a day, but that is not enough to affect positive changes in my breathing, stamina and endurance. I am upping my minimum and taking it from there.

I am going to continue to aim for 5 fruits/veggies a day. For a woman who has not been stellar in this dept. This is quite an improvement.

I am going to test my blood sugar twice a day (I've slacked to my FBS only).

I am going to blog at least twice a week. I seem to have a better head game when I am blogging.

I am going to aim to get 6 hours sleep a night. It would be lovely to get 8, but it doesn't seem like it happens very often and I can be very productive on 6.

This week has been a trying week. I have had extra burdens at work to deal with -- and while I am extremely grateful to be working when so many folks are not, there are still times when when I need to step back a bit. Work life balance is not that easy to achieve. DH's hours (and pay) have been cut, and I am going through a re-org. I am putting on my happy face and telling others "this is good for us" but on the inside I am sweating like everyone else.

It's the uncertainty that rattles you. My Dad also had a very bad stroke last week, and strokes have always scared me...for good reason. It is like he is physically there, but living on some other planet. I don't know what is going to happen. The doctor said that he doesn't think the prognosis is good. Well, that is just a bowl full of comfort, isn't it? (NOT!) Again, it is all speculation and uncertainty that drives the fear.

I am channeling that no matter what lies in front of me, I am going to step forward with courage and conviction and take care of myself through this. When the dust settles, be it the job or my family, the truth is I will still have me and my issues, and my 47 year challenge to deal with on the other side. So for now, I am dealing with it all one day at a time. Doing what I gotta do to get to the other side, no matter what it takes to find that pot of gold.

  
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JUDYAMK 1/21/2012 10:55PM

    Will be praying for your Dad & for you also emoticon
Judy

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/19/2012 9:34PM

    I admire you so much! I hope things with your dad will prove that doctor wrong.

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KKINNEA 1/18/2012 3:09PM

    You have got this!! I may step up with you on the movement thing - on days when I don't have something planned, I fall back to my 10 minutes of marching. I think it's time to find some Coach Nicole videos and do 25 mins every day at least!

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CIVIAV 1/18/2012 2:54PM

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/18/2012 2:44PM

    Praying for you dad and for you

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MAVERICK59 1/18/2012 1:02PM

    I send Prayers for your father my friend, and for you too.
I am so glad to read that even though life is still happening at 90 MPH all around you right now, you are still able to remain centered and focused.
I love your 47 year plan and your insight into only one day at a time. I know you can handle today, and you will deal with those other 17,165 days one day at a time too.
There are going to be some great days ahead for you!

Hugs,
Belinda

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DATARN 1/18/2012 12:43PM

    I love your blog - and how you share. So sorry about your dad - hope their prognosis was wrong!!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/18/2012 9:41AM

    Oh, my GOODNESS! You really do INSPIRE me! emoticon emoticonAnd, you know what? You are a dear, sweet, wonderful friend and I thank you for being so kind to me all the time!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/18/2012 9:35AM

    I am sorry about your dad and pray for a very positive outcome. I like your very direct doable goals. You can do it! Hang in there!

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SARAWALKS 1/18/2012 9:26AM

    So sorry about your dad. Health challenges, work challenges...they pop up in our faces every day, it seems. And strokes are particularly scary...
You are so right, you CAN do it...other things may be out of control but we still have choices and even if it is a SMALL good choice it is doing something positive and will have its good effect. Going for 10 minutes more will bring you so many more rewards and you will FEEL better. And the better you are, the more you will have to bring to those other nasty situations. You're probably also going to sleep better!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/18/2012 9:22AM

    I am sorry about your dad, Mar, and hope things go as well as they can for all of you. I love that you can see the 'forest for the trees' though, and know that your journey will have to continue no matter what life throws at you. I do not always learn that lesson well. Take care, hugs, Di

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/18/2012 8:59AM

    what wonderful determination you are showing. With such an upbeat attitude, I just know that you're going to realise your dreams.

I'm sorry to hear your dad is not doing well. My prayers are with you.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/18/2012 7:50AM

    So sorry to hear about your dad! Will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers as he RECOVERS. Positive energy can do amazing things!

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TAMPATINK67 1/18/2012 7:40AM

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I had a stroke at 21 - feel free to send a Sparkmail if you have questions or think I might be able to help you in any way...

You're right - you can do this. Just be kind to yourself and listen to your body as far as knowing your personal limits too....

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PARKERB2 1/18/2012 7:25AM

    Sorry about your dad. Keep up the determination and you will get there. As you say, one day at a time. emoticon

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CABBAGEROSES 1/18/2012 5:46AM

    So sorry to hear about your dad, he is in my prayers.

Love this blog post, so full of "go get 'em!" Great work! I'm looking forward to reading the 2x weekly posts!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 1/18/2012 5:05AM

    Way to pull on those boot straps! I love your CAN DO attitude!!

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Celebrating Life

Friday, January 13, 2012

Eventually, I had to stop putting off the inevitable. I had to go get change from the bank. I could have sent one of my staff, but it was cold and rainy and I did not feel right about doing that.

I tallied up all of my errands, and I made it a big loop. The whole thing took me almost an hour to complete, and it was a lot of walking. I was wiped out, but celebrated my efforts just the same. It was a JOY to get out there and move and know I could do what I needed to do.

I am celebrating my life and my ability to move.

I am celebrating by eating well and feeding my body nutritionally sound food.

I managed to exclude all of the baked good breakfast treats that were in a stone's throw of my office and super easy to obtain and instead chose healthy foods.



(I posted a small friend there to say hello also) Breakfast is more fun with companions.

I made GOOD choices and I am treating myself in the spirit that demonstrates my love for myself.

I value myself, and I am trying to live by "good energy in, good energy out."

It involves baby steps every day, and I am looking forward to staying the course, and watching things fall into place as I do my part in helping myself.

How do you demonstrate your love for yourself, sparkies?

  
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GEORGIA_KAY 1/18/2012 8:56AM

    You're doing all the right things to make this work for you. great job, great plan and I am so proud of you for doing it!

I love your little breakfast pal :)



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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/14/2012 5:57PM

    Awesome self-love there, pal. You rock.



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_KATHY 1/14/2012 2:42PM

    I also love your little companion. I want one too. My BIG breakfast companion isn't always so cheerful and supportive LOL Great job on getting everything done on your own. I know how that feels. Do it again, it feels even better the next time. Feeling that those trips get easier and easier the more you do them is the best!
Hugs
Kate

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/13/2012 11:37PM

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To answer your question.......by not breaking the promise i made to myself and to God.....by not putting myself in situations that would cause me to walk into temptation as much as i can help it.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/13/2012 9:51PM

    Good job today Mar! Good energy in...good energy out. I like that!

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DOODIE59 1/13/2012 4:13PM

    Breakfast is waaay more fun with friends -- keep one in your pocket:)
Deirdre

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SARAWALKS 1/13/2012 3:34PM

    emoticon One baby step after another adds up to a whole hour or a whole mile or a whole pound lost! Let's hear it for baby steps! emoticon emoticon

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MAVERICK59 1/13/2012 2:54PM

    You made excellent choices! It really is all about the choices we make, one by one.

Good job! Have a good weekend.

Belinda

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KIKI0531 1/13/2012 12:59PM

    Well, over the holidays I indulged a little too much so the last week I have stuck to my guns and no snacking after dinner and keeping up with my water. I have lost too much to gain it back. Minor setback - but I am in this for the long haul. I keep telling myself small good choices every day lead to a great big difference.

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TAMPATINK67 1/13/2012 12:56PM

    Mani/pedis regularly, spa with significant weight loss, and jewelry with super-significant milestones!



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KKINNEA 1/13/2012 12:41PM

    Such a smart plan - you got an hour of movement in too!

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CHERRYTOMATO 1/13/2012 12:34PM

    Haha, I like your breakfast buddy! good energy in, good energy out... that is a good mantra, I like it!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/13/2012 12:31PM

    Way to go! I'm proud of you and I'm jealous of your breakfast friend. LOL (In a good way.) I hope you have a great weekend.

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