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Embracing my "Stuckness"

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I'm stuck. I'm at a plateau. I've lost 29 pounds in 2011, 22 of those on SP and I'm stuck. I've gained and lost the same 3 pounds for the past several weeks. Stuck tighter than a cork in a jug.

*I'm tracking all I eat. emoticon

*I'm drinking my water and more. emoticon

*I'm sleeping 9-10 hours a night (I need lots of sleep). emoticon

*I'm doing cardio 3-4 times a week. emoticon

*I'm ST several times a week, working all areas. emoticon

So, I've been thinking about what I feel about this...It can be frustrating, but I don't feel frustrated. It can seem useless, make you feel like quitting, but I don't feel like quitting.

I feel good. I feel strong. I feel healthy. I feel like I'm learning what I need to know to do this for life. I'm embracing my plateau - not too tight though, I still want to break it and get the scale moving! - for what I can learn from this time.

Blessings my SparkFriends! I'm enjoying this journey with you. Karen

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WATERMELLEN 6/21/2011 6:02AM

    You are doing everything right: so the weight has NO CHOICE, it's going to move eventually.

One approach I found very helpful is the Judith S Beck book (and workbook) The Diet Solution, cognitive psychology techniques for learning to think like a thin person. There is a Beck team -- and I have a series of old blogs working through the 42 day "lessons" if you want a flavour for it!

Very happy you added me as a friend: added you right back!!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/21/2011 1:18AM

    Thats a good attitude you have!

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BETTA13 6/19/2011 10:50AM

    It's good to be a contented person...but it's also good to strive and push and strain against the average. You'll break that barrier. Especially if you stay on SP and keep doing the right things!

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EOSTAR_45 6/18/2011 9:48PM

    Great attitude. You are on the right track! Even though the scale is stuck :-), you are not. You are building excellent healthy habits. emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 6/18/2011 7:54AM

    emoticon What a great attitude!

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    I love your attitude, KareBear---and hope it rubs off on me. We all hit plateaus eventually, and it's how we handle them that counts. You're doing beautifully, embracing your success. After all losing 29 pounds in 5-6 months is a victory--one I look forward to, by the way. So instead of beating yourself up and getting frustrated (which was my m.o.) over "being stuck", you're stopping to savor your success, knowing that your journey isn't over, but only beginning.

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SANDYDOLLAR201 6/17/2011 6:24AM

    Hey Karen, Stuck can be no fun, but I love your attitude. You are not letting it beat you, and you are looking at all the positives that you are doing now and have done to get here.

You have done so great in such a short time, so maybe your body is just taking a break, a rest stop perhaps? It may be ready to start losing again in no time! I hope so.

Tanya emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MELLABELLAS 6/17/2011 3:33AM

    Seems like your body has hit it's comfortable weight. Don't give up, and keep doing all the great things you are doing. I know soon the scale will go down again.


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PAT3ONTHEBACK 6/16/2011 11:11PM

    I hate being stuck! I also am gaining and losing 3-5 pounds over and over. But there is also a bigger picture, where I have lost the same 10 pounds twice over the last year, and then there are the 25 pounds lost and gained three times over the last 5 years. I figure I am on a helluva learning curve. The next time it heads down, I am determined to get it to stay there. Down. I recalculated some stuff. Maybe you need to do that to see if your caloric needs are less now that you are lighter and more fit. ("more fit" as in "more efficient").

You give great advice--you probably know what to do in your heart. Sounds like you are enjoying the view and time for reflection up there on your plateau! I hope you can figure it out--and soon!

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Walking Issues - I need help!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I try to walk as often as the weather allows, but I have some issues.

First, I get blisters on the bottom of my feet - on the ball of the foot between the big toe and the "pointer" toe. I wear New Balance walking shoes. I had a shoe guy tell me that I have to wear ThIcK socks - so I do...Nike work out socks.

Second, I can't walk faster that 4 miles/hour. I do really well until I get the blisters and then...I get slower, of course, the pain slows me down.

I love to walk, I love to walk on our greenbelt where they mark every 10th of a mile. I like that there are other people on the path and we greet each other. I feel connected even though I get a really red face and I sweat a lot. I really like to walk. So SP Friends? What do I do about my feet???? I'm open to ANY suggestions...Thank you!

Blessings my friends - we are on a wonderful journey toward health and fitness! I'm honored to be on this journey with you. Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 6/6/2011 8:41PM

    Try a podiatrist or a chiropractor. I wear custom orthotics in my shoes to help with a number of foot and hip issues. They also help reduce friction.

I hope you find relief. There is nothing like walking for exercise and for enjoyment. Unless, it hurts.

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WATERMELLEN 6/6/2011 7:59PM

    Thanks for your nice comment on my "tiny" blog: gotta say, I think 6' is a great height (all the models are tall, and then of course with 4" heels even taller!!)

Your page is so interesting!

Have you ever tried a produce put out by Bandaid which looks a little bit like a small stick deoderant, but it's lubrication to wear in the summer so your sandals don't chafe . . .I really love it, and am wondering if it might help too.

But I've noticed with weight loss than some of my shoes don't fit anymore - and I'm more likely to need a size 9 than a 10 -- so I'm thinking that the professional shoe fitting might be really really key. Also: high-tech non-chafing socks, not necessarily thick but "wicking" type??

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LINDA! 6/6/2011 3:12PM

    I agree with the others. A professional needs to size your foot. Maybe you need a specific type of shoe for the problems that you have. I hope you get an answer soon, in order to enjoy walking.

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NEWKAREN43 6/6/2011 3:09PM

    Thank you all for your help! I got my New Balance shoes in February after buying and not wearing 3 other pairs of shoes. At the time I was trying to find good walking shoes for the Europe trip - and these did the trick. of my staff said to me today (as I'm gimping and limping and groaning around the office - may as well play for some sympathy, right?!)that perhaps my feet have gotten smaller too and the shoes no longer fit right!!!! I never even gave that a thought, ever.

Moleskin...I've used that in the past when I've had problems with other shoes and trust me, I was wishing I had even a little with me when I felt that burn...but I didn't...and the rest of the story since I'm into confession right now...I didn't take any money, my cell phone or anything else with me - I could have called my beloved and he would have come to pick me up. I certainly heard about THAT when I got home!

That's it...I'm going to a running store. I have runner friends so I'll find out what's in this area (me not being a runner, or even particularly a mover until 2011!)

Thank you all!!! I really appreciate the information, advice and support! Blessings, Karen

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CREATIVEJOY39 6/6/2011 1:14PM

    Karen: I was having similar issues so I went to a specialized store that carries just running and walking footware. They scanned my feet to determine the pressure points (hot spots). I was able to get some new inserts that added more cushion to my step and I got some lightweight "wicking" socks made out of bamboo. I stopped using cotton socks - the bamboo are well worth the money. Plus my feet don't have bad odor anymore!

How long have you had your New Balance?


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SHIHJABO 6/6/2011 10:25AM


I often have the same problem. There is a type of gel pad called ball of foot pad that you can get. Actually there are two kinds, the gel pad that you just press on and one by Dr. Schools that is made of cushion and a flesh colored pad that slips over the pointer toe. The gel pads are great if you can find them. They are kind of in the shape of a the top of a lightbulb. Hope this helps.

Oh yes, you can also wear polypropalene socks under your regular socks to avoid friction. You want them to fit snugly and not slide.

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    Karen, you've gotten some great suggestions here already--which si great because I've got nothing. Bumpkiss. Nada. I just wanted to encourage you to not let these issues stop you from doing what you love, walking. I hope one or more of the suggestions here pans out for you.
Love ya!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 6/6/2011 6:47AM

    Sorry to hear this keeps happening. I definitely think you should look into a different shoe, it couldn't be worse, right?
I wish I knew more, but I am sorry I don't :(
Hope it works out for you, it isn't any fun with blisters.
Good luck!

PS - Just had a thought....did you search on the message boards for perhaps others that share this same problem? If there is anyone out there that has posted about this same issue, they may have some helpful information to share with you.

Comment edited on: 6/6/2011 7:07:36 AM

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WITHJOI 6/6/2011 6:03AM

    Mole skin has helped me in the past. It's in the first aid part of the store.
Also, I love the Sketcher's shoes with the curve on the bottom. They are very cushy, like walking on marshmallows. The sizes run small, but once I found the ones that fit, I fell in love. Some people hate them, but it takes a little getting used to. But they are cushy.
Good luck with the search!

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BETTA13 6/6/2011 12:55AM

    And if your foot is slipping around inside of the may be too wide.

I hope you can resolve this. I like to walk too so I feel your "pain".


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MELLABELLAS 6/6/2011 12:10AM

    Hopefully once your feet develop calluses the pain will subside. I used to carry band aids in case my feet hurt too bad and I was far away from my house

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REDSHOES2011 6/6/2011 12:08AM

    I agree with Bill60,
They need to analyze your feet, I have the same problems if wearing the wrong shoes.. It ain't always the most expensive shoes that does the trick. If the toe box is too narrow I get black toes and pinched toes with blisters and if the inner sole is too hard the ball of my foot gets really hard skin and I can feel it..
Good luck and just keep working up to a speed you can hold to..

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BILL60 6/5/2011 11:13PM

    You need to go to a knowledgeable running store and have them analyze your walk and perhaps recommend a shoe. Good luck!!


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Shopping Trip 2...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Today I went shopping with my mom, she is a super-shopper, the person that I've shopped with all my life and she knows me better than anyone...I really, really needed some slacks for work. We recently got a new dress code at work that said we couldn't wear jeans AT ALL - what!?!?! Ok, so I've lost 28-29 pounds and I've gone down 4 pant sizes and I really have little to wear. I have 2 pairs of slacks that were in my closet that I 'shrunk in to' but they are really over a size too large...and I bought a pair of slacks several weeks ago when I shopped with my daughter...and those fit kind of ok right now...I shopped in jeans that were at least a size too large...

I bought a pair of jeans in 16 long today...and I bought a pair of slacks (that are just a little small) in size 16 that I will be wearing in a couple of weeks...and I bought 4 shirts, all XL (not the 2X I was wearing 5 months ago!) I went to my niece's graduation party feeling FABULOUS and looking long and lean!!

I don't have many clothes...I really don't want to make an investment in clothes that I don't intend to wear for long...but I do have to look presentable at work.

Sizes are crazy, fits are weird, shapes are strange...and that's the clothes, the body is even more confusing!!!! But...I'm just taking it one garment at a time, praying I don't have too many meetings in the same week with the same staff (the key is to keep moving so no one notices that you are wearing the same thing as last time they saw you!)

So, this shopping trip wasn't hugely successful in number of garments purchased, but to fit in a 16 long...honestly, almost brings tears to my eyes. Today I honestly saw a glimpse of just where I MAY be able to take my body through this journey...Blessings my SP Friends! May you too see a glimpse of your inner greatness!!!! Karen emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 6/8/2011 7:54AM

    What great progress! You are doing GRRRRRRRRRRRREAT - as Tony the Tiger would say!


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BETTA13 6/7/2011 12:29AM

    Yay You!! Go girl! (I wear long 16's too)

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WATERMELLEN 6/6/2011 8:02PM

    While I was losing weight I dressed from thrift shops (plus hand-me-downs from girlfriends who had gained and were generous enough to give me the pick of their wardrobes) and just took to the thrift store the stuff I'd got too small for as that happened. Made me feel great not to spend too much while shrinking but to keep well dressed. Like you, loved to have the "next pair to come" hanging in my closet, to try on once a week or so until that magic day when -- yup, good to go!!

You are doing really great. Yay you!!

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CURVY-GIRRL 6/6/2011 8:46AM

    Awesome News! Fashion/Sizing/trends - It's a jungle out there in womens clothing, my keys are: trying on everything, when I do find something that fits nicely to remember that brand - and go to it first the next time so I don't get so frustrated, and honestly to save money while I am loosing I have started to shop for really nice clothing at the thrift shops, (goodwill in paticular because target, old navy, macy's and several other brand name stores send their new but, out of season clothing there) I am super picky, watch for any defects,rips,stains ect. But I have found some super nice clothes for pennies so I don't feel a bit bad when I send them back "from whence they came"

So happy for you and your successes! Keep on keeping on!

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WITHJOI 6/6/2011 6:06AM

My system is to have a few dark bottoms I love and just rotate the tops.
Good luck as you figure it all out!

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EOSTAR_45 6/5/2011 6:19PM


It is a wonderful feeling fitting in smaller sizes. And I agree on sizes and fits. It seems every designer has their own weird sizing system. Drives me crazy and I never take anything home without trying it on first!

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GIANTMICROBE 6/5/2011 1:14PM

    Wonderful news! Keep it up!

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CHELLEBO1 6/5/2011 11:42AM

    Congrats on getting to a size 16 - I have a goal dress in a size 16 hanging in my closet that I can't wait to wear (I still need to go down 4 more sizes to fit into it).
I agree about not spending too much money on clothes while still dieting. I did have to but some new pants for work so I waited until there was a big sale.
Hope you have continued success on your healthy journey.
emoticon I'm sure you look great in your new clothes!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 6/5/2011 8:18AM

    Happy for you that you could find some things, and yes, I agree with you about not wanting to purchase too much right now when sizes will all change again soon.
Shopping can be so frustrating, what is a XL in one piece of clothing is totally different in another. Same goes with pant sizes too.
You are doing great to lose that much so far, and I know you have even greater things ahead of you.
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RAINBOWCHOC 6/5/2011 4:12AM

    I love shopping but agree it is difficult to justify good money on something which will be no good in a couple of months. I try and go to the outlet stores or buy online.
best wishes, Sandra

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JUSTJUSTY 6/5/2011 12:15AM

    emoticonand congratulations. It must be a great feeling! I long for the day I get to go shopping for smaller cloths, can I borrow your Mom emoticon

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JMGLEN62 6/4/2011 11:58PM

    emoticon It is great to find yourself in smaller sizes. Granted having to spend money for new clothes every few weeks can be expensive but remember it is the goal. Keep up the great work!

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I ate...gasp...pop tarts...of all...

Monday, May 30, 2011

During the summer we usually buy food that we don't normally have in the house because the kids are home all day and they consume enormous amounts of food - ginormous, enormous quantities of we shopped on Saturday morning, stocking up for summer...including pop tarts. My beloved and I do this shipping without the kids, but trust me, with their input (!)...

So, pop tarts...hold NO desire for me at all! I haven't been eating sweets!! But then my son said "Cherry Pop Tarts"!?!?! And said he does eat cherry...and from that moment on, those d$@& pop tarts were screaming at me from the pantry. I tried everything...Water, a nap, reading, laundry but they would NOT shut up! I ate a pack, both of the nasty, frosty, sprinkly, really pretty disgusting pastries...and they were marginal at best.

I logged them... and I'm over it...but dang, what a waste of calories, sugar, etc. I could have wasted the same on cheesecake!!!!
Thank you friends! This is an interesting journey...I will not let pop tarts derail me and the good I've been doing. It's a little stone in my shoe, a bump in the road. Karen

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_RAMONA 1/17/2012 2:48PM

    Actually, good you ate them... you broke the evil spell, and won't be so easily seduced next time, LOL!

I think one of my most valuable lessons on this journey has been the realization that some calories just are not worth it!

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WITHJOI 6/6/2011 6:10AM

    I try not to bring anything in the house that isn't good for us. My kids actually love the fiber one bars. They love them more than cereal! I was shocked, but they are really, really good!
They don't complain about what isn't in the house because they know what comes in needs to help me get thinner, not fatter. They are very supportive.

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LINDA! 6/1/2011 9:58PM

    I can totally relate to this. There have been times that I will eat something just to get sugar into my system. Afterwards, I will think why did I eat that. Why did I waste my calories on something that didn't even appeal to me. But it is a learning experience. emoticon

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    I love honesty. This is indeed an interesting journey that we have embarked upon, and there are all sorts of distractions, temptations and obstacles along the route trying desperately to derail us. You, my friend, handled your latest "challenge" beautifully.

Yes, it would have been ideal for you to tell the cherry pop tarts to "shuddup and forgiddabout it". But since that didn't happen, you did the next best thing. Own it. You logged the tart into your food tracker--which gave you a beautiful visual of how many calories you consumed on something that didn't bring you any nutritional value or even pleasure. Lesson learned. So, actually, you won--not the pop tart!

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MDTWEETY 5/31/2011 12:55PM

    Ah, we've all had a pop tart or cookie or two on this journey! You gotta treat yourself sometimes. A life of deprivation is no fun. I hate it when I eat something that is so not worth the calories though, so I know how you feel!! :) This blog reminded me of a Weelicious recipe I received some time back for homemade pop tarts. Might be worth a try if the craving strikes again.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/31/2011 7:56AM

    such is life! now you will not need them for the rest of the summer
best wishes, Sandra

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MHNGJR 5/31/2011 7:32AM

    emoticonon logging it anyway. So often I give in to the craving and then use that as an excuse to keep eating.

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TARANITUP 5/30/2011 6:13PM

    At least you killed the craving :) haha, I understand though, I hate wasting the calories on something not so good anyway!

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CREATIVEJOY39 5/30/2011 6:11PM

    I don't think anyone is immune to these moments Karen. I had one a few days ago and I just gave in to the ice cream, in my case. I logged it and saw exactly what was is in it. If comes my way again, I will make a better, informed choice!

Life goes on and these moments help us to improve "our game" over the long run.

Thanks for sharing! Lorraine


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MELLABELLAS 5/30/2011 6:11PM

    Hey you tried everything you could before eating them.. and isn't it kind of funny that eating them made you not want them anymore. I guess sometimes on this journey we realize that the foods we obsess about aren't always as good as healthier foods.
I used to eat pop tarts a LOT but then I saw the calories and I quit buying them. Good job of logging them and being accountable!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 5/30/2011 5:27PM

    Don't you just hate it when the snacks are screaming your name? Good for you though for logging it and moving on.

There are many obstacles in this race for the fittest that can throw us off our game, but you have the right attitude. I find if we keep denying ourselves that it just gets overwhelming and that's when big binges can start. You are doing great!!

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ZAZURE 5/30/2011 5:13PM

    congratulations for logging it, and for not letting it throw you off kilter.

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The Man and Me...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I've been married for almost 17 years...and I love him, I really, really love him. He is the father of the children that I was told I would never have (100% chance of never having children without major medial intervention) yet here are the lovely children, sired by him, carried by my own body...the children, 12 and 14 years later, are 'the frosting on the cake'...the man and I who created them are the cake. We really are a great team, we are really, The Team. I love him more than breath, I love him more than life itself and I love him more than the children that we created together, against the odds of being able to make miracles.

So, since I've made wonderful, beautiful children with my I deserve more? Yes, I do. God gave me these children and a wonderful husband to prove His power, now He give me Spark to give me health. You are all my proof that God wants me to be healthy in His name. Blessings from Him, to all of His children. Karen emoticon

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_RAMONA 1/17/2012 2:46PM

    THIS was precious and SO inspiring... I feel the same about my man...and our miracle daughter by adoption (my 'you'll never have children' body didn't rise to the challenge) is the light of my life... I can't wait until she's old enough to take me shopping... I'll be the most stylish 61 year old going, LOL!

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WITHJOI 6/6/2011 6:14AM

We just hit our 15th. It sounds like such a long time, but doesn't feel like that long.
Seeing my 4 children tells me the truth about how long we've been married. :)
Congrats on everything you've been blessed with. I am glad we are friends. Sparkpeople is truly a blessing.
I hope your journey the next few years are wonderful!

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MRS_TOAD 6/1/2011 8:41AM

    Woo Hoo! 17 years of a loving marriage and 2 children = priceless.

Thank you for reminding all of us how truly blessed we are!

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/30/2011 9:21AM

    hooray for happy marriages! I have been married 36 years and know I have a good one too. Good to hear you "young folks" are going the distance!

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SHIHJABO 5/30/2011 9:03AM

    Karen, oh yes. God is so good to provide us with the gift of our husbands. My husband and I were 35 when we married and I never once regret waiting for the right one.

Your blog was refreshing. Bless you both,

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SANDYDOLLAR201 5/30/2011 6:25AM

    Karen, what a beautiful testimony of the love for your husband and your children. They are such a wonderful gift from God, and yes, I agree Spark is also a wonderful gift, that has given us an ability to regain our health while making beautiful friendships along the way.
Blessings to you too.

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K_FERGUS 5/30/2011 1:17AM

    How wonderful! That is awesome that you are able to see what a gift you have in your spouse. Makes me want to go kiss mine! emoticon

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MELLABELLAS 5/29/2011 11:22PM

    This gave me chills! Such a beautiful blog.
The words you wrote describe true love. Thank you for posting this. I hope someday me and my boyfriend can have the wonderful life you and your hubby have.

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