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My slow return

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It's Sunday night and I felt like writing a blog. LOL. I love my days off! Monday comes to quick. Since Josh left I've gone from 234 to 232. He's been gone about two full weeks so I'm back to my usual slow weight loss. It's a loss I will take.

I've checked out my scale to see if I've had progress on WW since last Tuesday. Scale so far says I'm down 1.5 which is fantastic! I'd love to lose that consistently every week. I know there's no way I can control something like that but it seems like a reasonable goal that has a good chance of being achieveable if I keep to the program.

I've got about two months of work left. GAH! Then it's time for a new job! I hope these next two months don't drag. I'm so ready to move on to something else. I still am no closer to figuring where my career is going to go. Part-time work will be the next step.

Is kind of scary to think about the fact that I've spent all this time and money doing something I don't even like. This current job does not completely define all I've gone to school for. I chose the administrative track though in higher education. Administrative is behind a desk in an office for a large percentage of time. I chose this field because I wanted to help students. How I help students seems to be decided by the senior staff of universities, which kind of takes away from alot of creative freedoms of middle management. At first I wanted to advise students but I spent more time calling students with bad grades, demanding they come to the office to ask them why they're failing.

I personally don't think that's any of the administrative staff's business. If a student fails and doesn't want to share, then that's their personal choice. If they don't seek help, then we shouldn't demand helping them. We're supposed to help them and not parent them. When in that previous job, my performance began to go down. By the end of the internship, my boss criticized my dress (tshirt and jeans LOL) my performance and demanded I either find another field or seek counseling. LOL

That's not even what I'm doing now. What I'm doing in my current job sucks even worse!! LOL. I hate selling something or forcing something on someone when they aren't really sure. I hate pushy sales people as it is. Why would I want to do it? I do it right now and that seemed to be the main motivator behind all my administrative positions on campus! All about the Benjamens!

I've spent a little bit of time today writing a list of things I like, don't like, want, don't want. Things that I do when I'm not at work. Things I could see myself enjoying on the job.

I'm rambling but I feel this affects my weight loss indirectly. It's stressful to deal with. I feel consumed by it sometimes. I wish I had an answer.

I do have a question.

To anyone that reads this.....Have you ever chosen one career, only to go back and do something completely opposite. Am I crazy or is this normal? Did it work out for you?

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C4CHRISTINE 4/19/2010 7:26AM

    oh fellow teachers, I hear you! I hate wokring so hard for student success only to find them uninterested in their own outcomes. That's the hardest part of the job IMO.

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CRAVE_FREE 4/18/2010 10:05PM

    My sister got a gen. ed degree, became a flight attendant for 3 years, then managed a hotel for 3 years and most recently, went back to school and got her LPN and is now a nurse. She's 34. It takes time to find what you want to do.

I'm a teacher too and I struggle with the students who aren't motivated and don't care. I often wish I'd been a pharmacist, lots of cash and little interaction.

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MRS.CARLY 4/18/2010 9:34PM

    I think a lot of people go through that. In fact, when I did my internship most of the counselors that I was working with told me that the job wasn't what they expected and wanted to go back to school for a different degree.

It seems really hard to find our "dream" job...especially with a recession. Are you still going back to school for other classes? I remember you mentioning something about that.

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MRS_LOOMIS 4/18/2010 9:04PM

    1. I TOTALLY agree with you about students who CHOOSE to fail. As a teacher, I think one of my chief missions is to teach life skills like "deadline matter" and "no reward for poorly done work." Like you, I end up spending too much time chasing after the ones who don't care and too little with the ones who humger for success.

2. YES---My degree is in broadcast journalism! I learned pretty quickly that the calloused heart journalists MUST have to survive is not the kind of heart I want to have. So, complete turn around. I teach high school literature and composition now---but only part time. My "other" life is as an artist (mixed media and photography.) At 45, I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up!!!

Totaly normal!

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Race for the Cure!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Today was the 5K. It was wonderful! Honestly I wish I were able to run it. I would love to be able to take it seriously. I'd show up in my cute little spandex tank top and capri's with my fancy new running shoes.

Well maybe quite not like that emoticon

It would be cool though to run it and be one of the first to start and to finish. Our time was ok. It would have been better but there were so many people to walk around and it was the three of us so its made it a bit difficult. The coolest part was the free champagne and my lil mini powdered donut. I had only one!

My friends and I stopped and had a big breakfast afterward. One small cup of champagne was enough to buzz me after going an hour with no water and I had no breakfast before the race.

I wasn't completely sure if I was going to be able to manage the walk after yesterday. My heel was tight and my digestive system was out of whack alllllllll day and night. Every thing I ate reacted negatively.

But I was all better by morning. We spent time afterward walking to the farmer's market and a local flea market. We had to have covered at least five or six miles. This was a proud moment for me because it showed me what I was capable of.

Now I'm home waiting for my new couch to arrive! I'm doing some research as well on a new career. I think I still want to go back to school but I want to find something that I can enjoy and be good at. One personal passion might be food science, given my stomach issues. We'll see.

Have a great weekend!

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STEPHANON 4/18/2010 6:50PM

    So glad your heel was better and you were able to do the 5k! And you even got more activity in afterward - awesome! Congrats!

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GINGINB 4/18/2010 9:44AM

    Congrats on getting out and walking the 5k. It's more than a lot of people are able or willing to do.

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ALLBW2U 4/18/2010 12:03AM

    Good job!! And an encouragement to all of us, too.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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CRAVE_FREE 4/17/2010 7:51PM

    emoticon Great cause and great work!

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MEL_UNRAU 4/17/2010 3:27PM

    Great job girl!!!

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GINA7249 4/17/2010 3:16PM

    great job walking it is ok to just walk for the first time and anytime. proud of u. way to go share more later about ur other journey and challenges.


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HONEYBEE56 4/17/2010 3:14PM

    Just walking it is awesome!

Good job!

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What the "Double Down" frickity frick??!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In case you haven't heard the word....

I want thoughts please.......

I mean I thought the Monster Burgers from Hardees were bad! I've never ever eaten a Monster burger either!

Honestly they aren't terrible calorically speaking, but the fat and sodium levels are awful!

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SHERRYK5 4/15/2010 1:15PM

    OMG I thought fast food restaurant were trying to make healthier dishes. I can't believe this. YUCK

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MISTYMOVIN 4/15/2010 12:37PM

    It doesn't look at all appetizing to me.

And I avoid Hardee's as well. Though I have to admit I used to love their Jalapeņo Thick Burgers, now when I get the craving I grab a Subway Roast Beef with Jalapeņo, pepper jack and a smidge of Southwest sauce + veggies and Num Yummy, healthy swap.

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MSDESERTRODENT 4/15/2010 11:45AM

    OMG!!!!! YUCK! I have actually heard of this around here and was grossed out.
When I was younger I may have tried this but as I got older my stomach has been less tolerant of junk/fast food so my stomach just turns when I see this one!

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NIELSENSLADY 4/15/2010 11:22AM

    OMG! A friend of mine and her boyfriend tried them last night, probably the fried and said they were awesome! Not that I'm saying my friend would not buy the grilled. I just know my friend.

I'm sure they are which is why I won't do it!

My hubby says he'll try the grilled when he gets back. I told him he should get it to go and put two pieces of bread over the meat to add extra fiber. LOL!

Thanks for all your input guys!

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KATJAMN 4/15/2010 11:10AM

    yeah, no thanks.. i think the grilled one looks good, but no..
not for me.
I can't even imagine what the thought process for this is.

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SUZANNE0606 4/15/2010 12:52AM

    Wow, looks delish, but the sodium would kill me!!!!!

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ALLBW2U 4/15/2010 12:21AM

    I gained 3.5 pounds just looking at the picture!! :-)

In the old days, I would have probably tried one of them. Now I know how many miles/minutes that I would have to work out and it is NOT worth it!!!

I hope that you have a great rest of the week.....Bill

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    I saw this and wanted to gag. It looks and sounds so disgusting. Way to be healthy KFC! emoticon

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WHOAMOMMA 4/14/2010 5:33PM

    I can't believe it. The restaurants claim they are suppose to be going towards healthy and this sure shows they aren't.

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STARLIGHT615 4/14/2010 4:58PM

    Yeah no thanks!! That is crazy the sodium levels are sky high!! OMG I would gain weight just from the water weight!!

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ANG76H 4/14/2010 4:52PM

  There's 1300+ mg of sodium In it! Not to mention way too much fat!

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NIELSENSLADY 4/14/2010 3:33PM

    I have friends who will try it. My husband will probably try it. LOL. I love their chicken which is why I'm not gonna attempt it. KFC has addictive qualities.

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/14/2010 3:21PM

    If I were to say I think the sandwich is a total nutrition travesty, I'd be preaching to the choir. LOL !!

Here's the thing, KFC isn't marketing the sandwich to people like us i.e. those of us who want a healthy lifestyle. KFC's target audience are those folks who aren't trying to lose. And the fact is, there are plenty of people who will eat this sandwich. they new that this sandwich would cause a hoopla in the media and they are loving it. The more free publicity, the better.

So, personally, I wouldn't eat it. Although, I'll admit, I'd try a bite out of curiosity. I wouldn't eat the whole thing. Gosh, do you know what it would do to my tummy ! ;)

Nah, this sandwich was designed to get a rise out of people. This is nothing more than a passing fancy. Most people will forget about it in a few weeks. By then, one of the other fast food chains will have thought of some outrageous new calorie and fat laden sandwich.

Okay, so I have to go have a leafy green salad now. LOL !!!

-- karen

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JUNEAU2010 4/14/2010 2:45PM

    I read the SparkPeople blog before I saw anything else about this. I went to KFC the other day, had a 200 calorie salad and brought my own salad spritzer. Saw the big banner for it and my friend was this close to getting the double down. My BF thinks it sounds great, but I told him what SP said and he simmered down. I am sure it would be one of those foods that would reawaken all the fat food cravings for me. Stepping away......!

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ISHIIGIRL 4/14/2010 1:02PM

    I read an article on this and it was voted the worst fast food item ever! I even think there is a Daily Spark blog concerning this!

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    WTF? I agree, there is no way those calories are right. I would stay far, far away from that thing. I can't believe the crap restaurants come up with to feed us and keep us fat!

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COACHDNUKE 4/14/2010 12:23PM

    In my former life I would eat that, and even on atkins I would eat that. BUT, I have since found out that much sodium would have me retaining a "TON" of fluid which would be completely counter productive to my weight loss goals.

To me this seems very similar in calories to a 2 or 3 piece chicken meal from any chicken place. ITS ALL K "FRIED" C

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MRSKOTARSKI 4/14/2010 12:07PM

    Saw a commercial for it yesterday and was like, oh my goodness, what the heck is THAT?


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RONNIEKAY 4/14/2010 11:57AM

    I have to be totally honest here - I think it looks super yummy.Yummy, but dangerous.
But, the calories look completely wrong.
The company's don't care about what they're doing to our bodies. The $$$$ is the bottom line, if people will eat it, they'll sell it.

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TRADTRAV 4/14/2010 11:55AM

    I would not dare to eat that! Usually, it also comes with french fries and coke, and there it is 1000 calories for not even feeling satisfied.

Since I have been eating low fat for years now, my stomach don't like me when I eat something like that!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/14/2010 11:47AM

    That just doesn't seem appealing in the slightest...But I guess there are probably plenty of people that will just gobble it up...all 30+ grams of fat and all!

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SARA_ANN12 4/14/2010 11:43AM

    Atkins lovers dream, maybe minus the sauce. I don't think it actually *looks* too bad either (but I also thought those were hash browns and I love hash browns!). The numbers on that sodium and fat are enough to drive me in the other direction though! blehhhhh!

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MLG511 4/14/2010 11:39AM

    I avoid KFC all together. Theplace is not good for you at all!

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STEPHANON 4/14/2010 11:26AM

    I've seen ads for this. Is it terrible to say that it looks tasty to me? The only thing preventing me from consuming this in one of my horrible binge modes would be the fact that I don't eat pork, and I'm pretty sure they don't make it with turkey bacon. Ha ha! I agree the official calories seem kinda low. Even if they are correct, though, the fat and sodium are enough to make me feel queasy.

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LOOZINITNOW 4/14/2010 11:24AM

    The grilled is not much better and has even more sodium! Why are they trying to kill us??? Not something I would even splurge on!

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LAROSEBAUGH 4/14/2010 11:22AM

    The calories can't be right. It's just not possible!!

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My first WW meeting and my SV

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

OMG I just wrote this long blog and it was erased! UGH! Now I know why people on here use MS Word first!

I was so glad to see my weight loss today after having crazy dreams from being too full. I ate way too much last night. So I'm glad for the loss.

I hoped that maybe my system was shocked after holding on to last week's weight. I really did exercise pretty well and I ate well last week with the exception of the weekend.

I loved my WW meeting. My leader is excellent! I want to make her proud! I hope to see a loss next week!

5% goal is 222
10% goal is 211

I bought my first wedding favor accessory kit yesterday. It was from a company called Uniquely Yours. The prices are excellent. I bought these stickers that will go on the back of Hershey's Kisses.

I would write more but I'm bummed about my last blog being erased!!

Have a good day everyone!

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STEPHANON 4/14/2010 12:40AM

    I HATE WHEN I LOSE A BLOG I SPENT HALF AN HOUR TYPING!! I hate it so much I write it in all caps.

Congrats on the loss! So glad you love your WW leader - it will help you so much to actually look forward to your meetings and have a good source of support. Hope this week goes really well for you!

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    That's awesome that you are excited about weight watchers and really like your leader. Good luck with your weight loss it sounds like you are right on track.
Oh by the way you should post pics of your wedding stuff. I'm sure we'd all like to see it. I know I would.

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SHANIMCK 4/13/2010 2:33PM

    I'm glad your WW meeting went so well. I really enjoyed mine too and found the program works great! I lost between 1-1.5 per week for the entire time I did WW. :) I hope it works as well for you.

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LISAALLGIER 4/13/2010 11:07AM

  emoticon for the weight loss. Have a great day!!

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NIELSENSLADY 4/13/2010 10:58AM

    Yep! Thanks! I've lost three weeks in a row for a total of 2.8! emoticon

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MLG511 4/13/2010 10:56AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I atended WW as well. By liking your instructor will help your success with WW. Good luck!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 4/13/2010 10:44AM

    I'm so glad your first meeting went so well!!! Yay to pounds down!

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We gotta find what works for us.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hey guys!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was a blast! My cousin's wedding was delightful. Fun and energetic and the food was great too. A bit too good heh heh.

So I exercised all last week. I'm proud of myself. I pretty much maintained for the entire week. So I can accept that.

However I am a bit troubled by it. It seems like my previous two week eating frenzy has my weight loss stalled. This seems to always be a pattern for me. I only seem to lose about 20 pounds or so and then I'll either quit the diet and gain it back or it will stall and the last stall lasted about four years or so. I don't want to wait four years to get to goal, especially with my own wedding coming up.

I deal with my own personal issues regarding my own personal diet and when I say diet I mean my eating patterns. Everyone has to find their own balance, their own program and process. It is unique to each person because our lifestyles are so different. What works for one lady isn't going to work for another.

I've had people who tell me, just make your mind up to do it and do it. Well I'm doing it my way! If it were so dang easy, we'd all be the perfect weight. I have addiction, emotional eating issues, hunger issues, and I tire easily. My body doesn't absorb nutrients like normal digestive systems do because I have malabsorption issues. Sometimes eating healthy can make my stomach turn just like bad foods can. Sometimes I can't exercise because I'm so gassy that my heart beats terribly out of whack. I have to sit and rest until the gas goes away. It's different for everyone. That's the most important thing I've learned about this site. You have to choose your own path to healthy. Fit it in but in the way that works best for you.

I'm returning to the program that I've been the most successful with in all my years of dieting: Weight Watchers. I was doing etools for a while but I've decided to attend the once per week meetings. They have a center here with meetings everyday of the week. I want some personalized group support. I think it will be nice to have my meetings as a hobby, something to look forward to each week. Toss my scale aside and let them keep me accountable.

I'll still post and blog here on Spark. I love the tools here. It was here that I've learned about the benefits of protein and will use those in my daily eating. There are alot of WW teams here that use both Spark and WW together. I'll be one of them.

I love spark and all my spark friends. I want to be your support as you have been for me. I thought about OA but I love WW. It's always been a positive experience for me. There is cost involved but I'm willing to pay what I need to pay to take care of me.

My next fun event is Susan Komen Race for the cure 5K. I will still continue this week with my daily lunch walks and will probably add two more miles after work each day. I am looking forward to the walk and will post all the details. Hopefully I'll get to meet Paula Deen, or see her at least!

Thanks to the Jennifer Hudson campaign, registration for WW this week is free, so that's a cost saver!

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MRS.CARLY 4/18/2010 9:37PM

    I still think you have food allergies! I've been having a tough time the past few months from my own food issues. I understand the gas issue, bloating, constipation, etc. It is a pain in the tummy!

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13-1GIRL 4/15/2010 9:25PM

    Jaime, your last comment was VERY WELL PUT! emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 4/15/2010 8:03PM

    That is an unfortunate truth. I have known many people to try many different diets including WW, Atkins, Southbeach, Calorie Counting and they have met both success and then gained it back. We all fight an alarming statistic but I believe when we find what works for us, it's up to us to keep it workin for us.

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JANRTEACH 4/15/2010 7:01PM

    I always wonder about WW. I have known people who have been on it and lost gobs of weight and haven't kept it off. I can't think of one person I know who has kept it off permanently for WW and I have been watching people for 40 years!!! Losing weight is a pretty big business and all that. emoticon

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ISHIIGIRL 4/13/2010 11:52AM

    I use WW and Spark. It is a good combination. There is nothing like attending your weekly meetings to help keep you accountable! YOu have some great goals! Keep up the great work!

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ALLBW2U 4/13/2010 1:14AM have to find what works best for YOU and your particular situation. So go for can do it!!

I wish you the very best as you work towards your goals!!


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NIELSENSLADY 4/12/2010 1:21PM

    Oh yes! Definitely! I love this site! The support is awesome! emoticon

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WANT2BEFIT10 4/12/2010 1:14PM

    You are so right...we all need to find the path that works for us! GOOD LUCK with WW! I hope you'll still be on here frequently! :)

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MISTYMOVIN 4/12/2010 12:22PM

    Good luck with it. We all gotta find what works for us. I've been in a rut myself. I've been used to stalls in weight loss over my journey but this just feels "different". It's taking longer to get past this slump.

Really hoping that changing things up with a slightly different fitness program will help me. I'll be following the New Rules of Lifting for Women stages now and see if it helps me bust through this plateau/body boredom. Nice thing about it is the structure. Sure I'm good about pushing myself, but this will make me do exercises I sometime slack on (like lunges) or ones I keep meaning to try but never do.

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13-1GIRL 4/12/2010 12:06PM

    I understand. I re-joined doing the monthly pass and love the improvements to website and mobile app, so easy to track. I will be doing the 0730 Sat morning meetings. I like weighing in the AM. emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/12/2010 11:12AM

    Weight Watcher's is a great group. One of the best in my opinion. I know you will be successful.

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ROTY2008 4/12/2010 11:12AM

    I agree. you have to do what works for YOU! Best Wishes

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