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Visited the "Dark Side" yesterday

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Had a sugar binge yesterday--but today is a new day!

I forgot to pack my two apples and two pieces of string cheese in my lunch bag for morning and afternoon snacking patrol--got into my girl scout cookie stash--was only having a couple--then it became a couple more....my daughter stopped at Dairy Queen and brought me a Dilly Bar...couldn't save that for later--it would melt at work..finished that then finished off he pack of cookies too. Today is a new day though, and I will have several rounds of snow shoveling to do today (thank goodness for built in activity :) No beating myself up--these things happen every now and then--and that's better than every week or every day like has happened in my past.

Pack that healthy snack---it's important to defend ourselves from the "dark side"!

  
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ALASKABRED 3/22/2013 4:14PM

    The dark side can be so enticing! We all have those indulgences now and then. Sounds like you are good at getting back on track. Kudos.

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MJZHERE 3/9/2013 11:31AM

  Good for you for getting right back to "health." I really like that you just took it in stride and didn't beat yourself up - good example for me.

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TRVLGRL30 3/7/2013 5:07PM

    When I got my GS cookies in I told my 19 year old son to hurry up and eat them so I wouldn't!! I did sneak a few in but only what the serving size would allow and then I would find something else to do. Good for you for not letting this slip get you down!! emoticon

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JUDIL62 3/5/2013 8:01PM

    Girl scout cookies are evil....I always start out with good intentions of eating one portion and inevitably eat the whole sleeve. Good for you for starting over today!

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KENDRACARROLL 3/5/2013 10:30AM

    Gotta have one of those days every now and then :)
Girl Scout cookies are evil - glad mine are gone.
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KAYOTIC 3/5/2013 9:27AM

    Great attitude, don't let that slip up take over...Today is a new day!

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WILSON1926 3/5/2013 8:42AM

    TODAY IS A NEW DAY.......FORGET YESTERDAY AND HAVE A GREAT DAY.
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GCHUNG 3/5/2013 8:42AM

    It seemse it was in the air yesterday as many of us slid down a few rungs. But I'm back climbing up that ladder of success again.

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ALWAYSROSY 3/5/2013 8:39AM

    emoticon Way to jump back on that horse!!!

I felt like a heel because I didn't buy "those" cookies this year. But they are absolutely unsafe with me. I hope yours are all gone. LOL

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LJOYCE55 3/5/2013 8:35AM

  Thank you for sharing this guilty day. I have them more often than I even want to think about, let alone admit in writing. You have made me feel better and just reading about it makes me feel more in control. Thank you.

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Beginning Year Two of Maintenance

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

-On to year two of maintenance!! How excited am I about hitting that one year milestone?? More than I could have ever imagined! I think it’s super fun that my maintenance anniversary comes at time of year when I get my tax refund back, so it’s not a burden to reward myself nicely :)
-Last year, when I reached my goal, I gave myself a Pandora bracelet with a gold star charm--then added one with a key when I got my key charm for becoming a Lifetime member at Weight Watchers. I’ve been looking forward to giving myself the next star charm for my bracelet since then...and I am now waiting for it to arrive from my Amazon account!
-I have to say that rewards are so important to a maintenance journey--just like they are during the loss phase. They don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, but they can really help to keep you focused and motivated to reach your goals/maintain them. Some of my rewards have been things like jewelry...I do like the bling--but I don’t have expensive taste generally, so it’s not a huge expense. I recently got myself a digital food scale to celebrate my eleventh month of maintenance. I make a trip to Goodwill to refresh my wardrobe about once a month too-after I weed out some things from my closet that I’ve not worn in a while--am bored with--whatever, and I take them with me to donate. It makes me feel good to give back too, and the prices at Goodwill make it sos easy to have some fun -new- things :) without overspending.
-Another thing I give myself is just plain old me-time. Time curled up with a book (which I have given myself as rewards as well) is something I enjoy a great deal, and I don’t have to spend money to read a book.
-For the most part, the past year of maintenance has been pretty uneventful for me, until I started HRT medication--that was an adjustment, but I worked through it, and I feel like I have that tackled now too. Having taken this whole journey the slow way and as a lifestyle change rather than a radical diet better prepared me for these kinds of adjustments. After all, life happens, and I know this won’t be the only potential obstacle that will cross my path for the rest of my life having the potential to derail me if I allow it. I just don’t plan to allow it--I will continue to take each day, week, month, year at a time--I will lean on God, my family, friends, and fellow sparkers as needed along the way, and I will continue to look forward to creative ways to reward myself for maintaining my goals. When I’m really struggling, sometimes the rewards need to be smaller and more frequent (daily if needed :) I think that this year, in addition to my star charm to add to my bracelet, I’m thinking of getting myself a pair of girly western boots. I haven’t had a good pair of those since 1991, and I was never able to wear them again after I got pregnant in 1992 and gave birth to my first child--who knew then that your feet get bigger when you have babies??
-I really feel like I have done something amazing!

  
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VTRICIA 4/12/2013 12:38PM

    I've been thinking about making a necklace, with beads for weeks, months and someday years.

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MARCOSMASTER 3/17/2013 7:46AM

    Thanks for the inspiration, I am in maintance too and it does seem to require a bit of extra attention to the reward system. emoticon

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FISHER011 3/16/2013 7:05PM

    emoticon You are an Inspiration!

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SUSIEMT 3/15/2013 11:03PM

    Congrats! Well Done you!

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HHB4181 3/15/2013 11:29AM

    emoticon You have done something amazing! Congrats!


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MEXGAL1 3/15/2013 10:30AM

    Totally awesome!!!
Great job!

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DESERTJULZ 3/15/2013 9:22AM

    Congratulations on passing the one year mark!

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SHAREBEAR1963 3/15/2013 9:04AM

    You are such an inspiration. Well done!!! emoticon

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NELLJONES 3/15/2013 8:18AM

    Congrats on your year and your rewards!

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KANOE10 3/15/2013 7:55AM

    I love your idea of celebrating tiny milestones in maintenance. That keeps you on track and focused. Great blog and congratulations!


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CELIAMINER 3/15/2013 12:12AM

    Congrats! Looking forward to reaching my one-year milestone, so I can join you in the 5%.

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And you DID do something amazing, really amazing!!! A huge congrats to you. I like your idea of rewards too. You're living proof that once a person decides to maintain goal weight...it's a done deal. It does take commitment tho, and you have plenty of that!! Great job!! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Great accomplishments!!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/14/2013 9:25PM

    You HAVE done something amazing! You are a real encouragement to me! I'm less than a pound from my goal and will be beginning the maintenance phase soon. I'm so glad to get the "continue the rewards" tip! Thank you!

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WATERMELLEN 3/14/2013 9:16PM

    Great blog, great success, thanks for reminding us about the importance of rewards.

Rewards remind us of all the non-food pleasures in life! And that sure helps with maintenance.

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MAREE1953 3/14/2013 8:21PM

    Yaaay! I love celebrating with one of my daily check-in buddies. Thanks for the "reward" reminder--and that there are a lot of choices for rewards other than unhealthy food choices.

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FIT4MEIN2013 3/14/2013 8:01PM

    emoticon Looking forward to getting to maintenance and joining you!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/14/2013 7:46PM

    Congratulations on your 1 year of maintenance!
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You HAVE done something very amazing so soak it up and enjoy it and use it to fuel your forever maintenance!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/14/2013 7:38PM

    Congratulations. You deserve to be very proud of yourself.

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MANDELOVICH 3/14/2013 7:15PM

    Congratulations!! Two years!! Amazing and it means your loss is truly integrated!! I'm in awe!!

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BARHAAS 3/14/2013 6:27PM

    Congratulations MKELLY72!!! Your story is an inspiration to us all. I cannot imagine what hitting goal weight would/will be like, much less maintaining it for a year! It is so positive to think of this. Thank you for giving us hope that reaching and maintaining our goals is possible--along with your good common sense responses to life's inevitable experiences. You rock!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 3/14/2013 5:53PM

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emoticon on Maintenance...hey, may the should make some emoticons for Maintainers!!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 3/14/2013 5:39PM

    ... -I really feel like I have done something amazing! ...

That's because you have!

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POPSY190 3/14/2013 5:32PM

    Great blog with sensible and inspiring ideas to help all weight losers and maintainers!

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TORTISE110 3/14/2013 5:27PM

    You are so right! Congratulations and wishing you another rewarding year ahead.

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LAURIE5658 3/14/2013 5:26PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

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SUNNYSIDE20 3/5/2013 8:57PM

    What a great way to keep yourself going! Wonderful! emoticon

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KAYOTIC 2/28/2013 10:57PM

    emoticon Milestones are important to observe and reward! emoticon

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WALKINGMAMMA 2/28/2013 12:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon One year!!!!!! Wonderful!!!!!!!! I also think rewards are important in maintenance....Thrift stores are wonderful!!!! I never cared much for them when I was obese, because the selection was pretty pathetic. Now, though, I LOVE them! emoticon

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! on reaching your one year Maintenance anniversary!!

You have done something very amazing, and I love the way that you reward yourself!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/27/2013 12:37PM

    Awesome! Congratulation on your mile stone.
Yes on those girlie western boots. I'm in the marke t for some as well :)

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SLENDERELLA61 2/27/2013 12:33PM

    Amazing accomplishment!! Great attitude! So glad you posted. It makes me just a touch jealous, if I admit it. I'm approaching 4 years at goal, but it has never been "uneventful" and I still don't have the confidence in maintaining that I want. So glad you've been able to achieve it. Take care and keep up the awesome work!! If you can handle HRT, I'm betting you can handle just about anything and maintain your weight!! -Marsha

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NEPTUNE1939 2/27/2013 10:18AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm two months into mine also - Its been a great journey, Earl emoticon

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Am I Figuring This Out?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I've been so frustrated the last two months since being prescribed birth control pills for hormone regulation, because my weight has been on an upward trend. My net gain since beginning them on January 1st is 5 pounds. I know 5 pounds isn't a lot, but it seems that my maintenance window has shifted up 5 pounds instead of that being the top of my window! I love the better mood control that the hormones are giving me, but I've been on a mission to figure out a way to compensate for the gain. I would be ok if I knew it would be a 5 pound gain and just stay there, but is it going to be a 5 pound gain every 2 months?? I don't know yet, so I'm just keeping track of it, meanwhile, I'm eating in a range for weight loss....AGAIN, and it seems to be moving back down again. I'm just a little less than 2 above goal right now, and that makes me feel a lot better. I have changed up my meals a bit--just to be different, because I wondered if I'd been getting bored with some of my same old, same old...and thought that may be triggering some of my sweet/salty/crunchy binges...(some of these binges are in my mind...I feel like an addict of some kind...having food on my mind all the time as it is...and it's been worse lately).
Forgive me for my redundancy...as I know I have blogged some of this exact same material recently...and it's been in lots of my message board posts, but it's really an obsession of mine lately...I think being on top of my 1 year maintenance anniversary has me obsessing more about it than I might otherwise. (1 1/2 weeks away!!!)
I logged into my WW account today to make sure I had all my weekly weights in for the last 12 months, so I could look at the line graph and compare it to the last 2 months, so I'm armed with it when I make my next trip to the doctor to see if there are some adjustments she might suggest to avoid that kind of upward trend again. I haven't made the appointment yet...but I think I will soon for a follow up.

  
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ALASKABRED 3/22/2013 4:21PM

    So many of us are in the same boat, especially questioning whether or not to take hormone therapy. I do not but sometimes think I should. Since the big M my weight gain had a mind of its own. I am now battling back. Just keep up the good work. Perhaps it is good to change things up when you are getting bored with your food. Complacency and boredom are not good bedfellows.

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JENMAH 2/12/2013 11:12PM

    Hang in there! I know that you'll get this under control because you are paying attention to potential problems early. You won't let things spiral. Surely, all the data you have will help.

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LIBBYL1 2/12/2013 11:07PM

  you are aware of it, and doing something about it - so already on top of it!

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MJZHERE 2/12/2013 8:40PM

  We both seem on the same track (thank you for your support on my blog). Having food on my mind all the time sure describes me. Good for you that you're back to 2 over goal. I really need to get hold of this also before it gets out of hand. emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 2/12/2013 12:35PM

    Good luck with the tracking and the maintenance.

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GORIANA 2/12/2013 12:30PM

    I think it's great that you are getting ahead of the issue. Keep at it.

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Closing in on One Year of Maintenance!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Only three weeks remain before I will have the joy of celebrating one year of maintaining my 100 pound loss! I am so proud of myself, and so amazed at the same time. Never before had I maintained any substantial loss for more than a few days. I was either losing or gaining. I had only been able to maintain when I had reached my high weight of 248 a few years ago--I had pretty much stayed there for about a year--and that was only because I had given up on trying to lose weight after the last re-lapse, and I just decided to be happy with where I was.

Maintenance continues to be a new journey every day--I've been getting a little bored with what I've been eating for months, so I've introduced (or re-introduced some old favorites) some different choices. I'm hoping that will help to tackle some of the sweet/salty cravings I have had lately. I know these cravings may also have something to do with the HRT that I have been on for the last almost 2 months, but I like the stabilized moods that I have been having so much!! I'd like to figure out a way to live with this new medication in a manageable way in regards to my weight maintenance.

New challenges are not something that I'm unfamiliar with, so I'm up for it!!

  
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WALKINGMAMMA 2/8/2013 10:46AM

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MISSB8604 2/7/2013 11:02AM

    So friggin' AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/7/2013 9:24AM

    Congrats!

That's a big deal!

These are important milestones!

- The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%.
- When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%.*
- When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%!*

*http://clinical.diabe
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KAYOTIC 2/6/2013 11:34PM

    Great story, what a success! Glad you are trying new foods too, variety is the spice of life!

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LIBBYL1 2/6/2013 10:42PM

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TINAJANE76 2/6/2013 2:40PM

    As a fellow maintainer who's also closing in on one year of maintenance I'd like to offer my congratulations! Our stories are actually quite similar--I started at 240 (my all-time high was 260) and this is also the first time I've been successful at keeping the weight off. Yay us for finding the key to successful maintenance and congratulations again!
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SAMMI4444 2/6/2013 2:33PM

    Wow! That's amazing news! Congrats on the loss and keeping it off! Here's to another year :)

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DIANER2014 2/6/2013 2:30PM

    Congratulations on losing a hundred pounds and maintaining! That's awesome! emoticon

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    Congratulations for maintaining your weight loss. emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 2/6/2013 2:11PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Good for you! Keep it up! Keep tracking! You are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!

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2013 Goal # 1 and 11 months Maintenance

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January 15, 2013
It’s been so long since I’ve posted a blog. I’m trying not to be too frustrated about not meeting what I had set in my mind for increased frequency. I journal in my own hand on paper, because in my heart, that’s usually my outlet of choice. The end of December through the first week of January was tough for me emotionally, but through the support of good friends and their gentle (sometimes quite forceful actually:) nudging me to be more open with how I’m feeling instead of holding everything in and waiting until I’m so sad and disappointed that the ones I love aren’t understanding what I’ve left unsaid and haven’t magically “fixed” what was broken, I think progress has been made!

During this time, I have also been reading Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst, at the recommendation of someone in a message thread in the Spark team: Perimenopause to Menopause What should You Expect www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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I have really enjoyed the book, and I feel like I have gained a better perspective on communicating emotions in a more productive way. I’ve learned that, with most people, I’m a stuffer rather than an exploder, but over time and excessive stuffing, I can explode with the best of them. I’m less scared to share what’s going on in my head emotionally a little at a time now than I was. I spent some time examining why I have developed that coping mechanism, and also had a nice long “talk” with myself and with God and pointed out that the situation that encouraged me to develop those habits hasn’t been in place for ten years plus now, and that it’s time to move on to more healthy emotional behaviors.

After an initially difficult conversation to initiate got rolling, and many tears later, I’m happy to report that the person I was having difficulty approaching about my feelings has rewarded me with overwhelmingly warm understanding, love and respect. Why did I wait so long to get to this point?? Everything comes to us when we are ready, I guess. I know that my poor/irrational coping skills have played a major role in my past that have contributed to my yo-yo-ing in the weight department, and now that I have achieved a healthy weight after 19 months of diligent work losing it and another almost 11 months maintaining, I must be willing to identify potential de-railing situations- to an extent. Who can predict all life events? No one, but making “imperfect progress”’ toward better coping skills when something unpleasant comes my way is a great place to start.

So, this is where I start with my first goal of 2013-to improve my emotional communications skills. So far it’s made my current relationships better, and I haven’t even been making a conscious effort to do this for very long. Of course I have willingly invited God to help guide my words and my timing of conversations, and I believe that has made a big difference in my confidence and follow through. It’s funny how reminding myself to put God first is something I have to keep doing over time, because I stray after a while and forget to stop trying to fix everything myself, because I can’t...but God can.

  
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KAYOTIC 1/16/2013 10:10AM

    Sounds like you have made an important emotional breakthrough, watch as the world opens for you! emoticon

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GORIANA 1/15/2013 11:21PM

    emoticon is n't it awesome to learn about how to live better? That is one good thing about getting older.

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PARKERB2 1/15/2013 7:42PM

    Communicating emotions is hard for me too. I will say a little prayer for you and you do the same for me. Together we will be better.

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MJZHERE 1/15/2013 6:19PM

  Good for you for pushing through. And what an accomplishment - 11 months of maintenance. We are so blessed that God is there so willing to help us - and I know you are in His will. Great start for the New Year!

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LINWASH23 1/15/2013 5:51PM

    You are depending on the right source of power-God. emoticon

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