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This is For LIFE!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Last night was the first basketball game my Junior son had to sit out due to his injury. Of course everyone around wanted to know what the outcome was and how soon he'll be back with the team. I knew his heart was breaking as he sat on the bench with his team with the massive boot on his leg and hobbling on crutches.

What hit me was what happened AFTER the game. Several coaches, players and knowledgeable parents were all saying. "You've got to focus on his cardio!" "What is he doing to maintain his cardio?" In my mind I was thinking, "What do you mean, he's only been laid up for 5 days"

I realized that our bodies are only as strong as we train it to be. If we slack off on training we can't immediately be back to where we were. We get out of our bodies what we put into them, both food and physically.

Since my son has a body of an athlete, a well-oiled machine, he has to commit daily to that level for it to be able to do what he asks of it

When I was working out last year I was feeling great, so much stronger! Then I slacked off, quit putting any effort into my body. I started back up 6 months later but I was NO WHERE NEAR what my level was back in June, not even the same as when I started in March. I had lost everything I had worked for and then some.

I'm coming back again. Getting stronger everyday! Still not where I was in June but I WILL get there and surpass it!

I don't need a body that can slam dunk a 10 pound-weighted basketball while wearing a 25lb weight vest. And I may never be able to run a mile while holding a weight ball high over my head. But my body is a machine. One that is going through an EXTREME overhaul, one that can do so much more than it's capable of now. I visualize what my body will be able to do with 50lbs gone, 100lbs gone, and even at goal 150+ gone. BUT...unless I establish the goal now to making this a lifetime commitment it won't happen.

And once I achieve my goals is it done? Can I relax? NO! This is for LIFE, for a healthier stronger ME. I'm looking forward to the overhaul, it's going to take a long time, be a lot of work but once I'm there I'm going to enjoy how well this machine runs I won't want to do anything to reverse it!


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VADAVICTORIA 1/20/2012 8:04PM

    This blog is a great reminder that a healthy lifestyle is is a lifetime commitment that we must renew everyday in every way. Thank you and hope your son's injury gets better soon.

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/20/2012 6:34PM

    YOu are so right that this is for life! It isn't exercise just for weight loss. If is for body fitness! When I was sick for 3 weeks I saw in just a short time I lost some of my ability to work out as strenuoulsy! Keep up the emoticon attitude!

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MACMOM57 1/20/2012 5:11PM

    Many blessing set to you and your son. I hope he wont be laid up long. What did the doctor say?

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LOOZINITNOW 1/19/2012 10:04PM

    Prays for your son! Love, love your attitude and spirit!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/19/2012 6:38PM

    Krista, I hope he heals quickly. I have read that the chemicals released into the blood during exercise helps in healing in the inactive limb. I would love to know what kind of cardio he can do with a hurt ankle. I have arthritis in one ankle and work with the injury but, I should learn better stuff.

Your attitude is great. I hope you figure out what makes you feel like you are making the best choices with the God given body.

Stay safe and dry as the wet rises up around us. Yikes.

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KARENDEE4 1/19/2012 4:48PM

    Love the blog!

Great Attitude!

I know that had to be hard for you and your son.

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GOLOPTIOUS 1/19/2012 4:17PM

    I never thought about it that way. Thank you for this blog!

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BINGE = Being Intuned

Monday, January 16, 2012

I'm going to be upfront through this process. I hope to use my blog posts in the future as a reminder of my journey and need to include everything, the good, the bad and the UGLY!

Yesterday was UGLY! I tried, I really did then I just succumbed to what I felt was inevitable.

I started my day making a yummy omelette casserole for my family. Used skim milk, less cheese, turkey sausage, lots of veggies and some egg whites. Took the time to enter the recipe and figure out nurtitional information for each serving. 209 calories, not bad. Got my family dressed and ready for church, made sure my 17yo was propped up on the couch with food, liquids and pain meds since he'd be home by himself.

Went to church and could not keep my eyes open! Came home and slept and craved EVERYTHING! I was also in a funk, felt like tears were at the corners of my eyes all evening long. I didn't like the feeling. Hated it! Even texted my sister to get help. She sent back encouragement but I still pursued junk, whatever sugar and carbs I could find in the house!

Then it dawned on me...When did Aunt Flo come for her last visit? Could it be time for her visit now? Sure enough she made an arrival this morning, darn her!!!
One thing that is positive about this, even though I did binge, is that I am more intuned to my body. The "old" me wouldn't have really noticed the funk because it would have been covered up with poor food choices anyway.

It's a great feeling to be able to hear what my body is saying now I just need to work on actually listening to it.


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JCDUBEA63 1/17/2012 11:12PM

    emoticon On realixing whats happening!! I too get cravings at that time! I try and eat a small amt of what I'm craving. I had a bad weekend too with everything going on with my family!! Back on track!! I've learned I do better if I don't beat myself up and just start eating better!! We can do this!! emoticon

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MISSG180 1/17/2012 9:18AM

    It's been a challenging few days. Good on you, figuring out what's happening, though!

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CAT125 1/16/2012 9:28PM

    Your not alone, Sunday was ugly for me too. We fall down....we get back up!

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    Being more aware is a great step in the right direction. Somedays are just going to be like that ... no matter what anyone tells you. The good thing I've noticed in my own life is that now instead of weeks ... it may only be a partial day of making those bad choices. Progress is progress!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/16/2012 4:12PM

    For me once I start recognizing the patterns I am more able to change them. So then you will be able to do what you really want to do and not be driven by cravings and hormones. Keep looking at yourself you will figure out where you want to be.

I hope you got some answers about your son.

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/16/2012 3:35PM

    Awareness is the first step to change! You are making strides! I have found blogging a key tool for me. The internal work is just as important if not more important than the extrnal work! Keep it up! emoticon

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DEBLYNN323 1/16/2012 2:57PM

    emoticon....love that awareness! Don't beat yourself up...Life happens, just get back on track!

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ICHOOSETHIN 1/16/2012 2:52PM

    You're right, being honest is very important. I also had a very "off" day yesterday but I'm back on spark today, looking for motivation. Now ... just got to get myself on that treadmill.

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Son Was Injured Last Night!!! Stressful Eating?...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

YOU BET! But I don't want to be. I'm fighting the "old" me's tendency of eating when stressed (or happy, or bored, etc...)

So here's the story.

Yesterday, Friday night = GAME NIGHT! A lot of times my husband and I have to take turns because of the schedules of our other kids. Last night we allowed my 8th grade daughter to have 3 friends over after school until 11pm. I was the one who had to miss the two games of our boys.

During the games, when one of us has to miss, we send A LOT of text to keep the other one updated. First son's team lost by 2 points, so close!!!

Varsity game was going to be a great matchup! The other team has one of the best players in the state plus a player who was 6'9" (it's very rare that my boys get to play against someone their same size or a bit taller than them. It's a good challenge for them).

During the 3rd quarter, after having received many texts, my husband sent one that said "T out, hurt his ankle" That put me in panic mode. This has been an extremely bad year for injuries among high school athletes. I hate to see anyone get hurt even from the opposing team. Playing ball is everything for these high school athletes and it pains them to have to sit out no matter how long.

As the game progressed I found out, through the text, that my son never game back out, stayed with a trainer and a doctor that was present at the time. After the game they brought my husband into the trainer's room. My son was in terrible pain! As he went up to shoot another player came in to stop him and when my son came down he landed on the other players foot and rolled his ankle.

The trainer said that he has torn the outside ligaments that support his ankle from flopping around. Without being graphic his foot is able to turn in an unnatural way. It might be broken as well but we won't know until Monday. They wrapped his foot up tight and told him to go home, stay off of it, elevate, ice it and go to the orthopedic on Monday.

My heart BROKE! He was looking forward to this season. He's been working so hard and has set the goal to receive a scholarship for a Division 1 school. With this injury there is a possibility he'll be out for the rest of the season. Last nights game was only game #2 in our regular season (although they've played a total of 14).

As I waited for my husband to bring him home I joined my daughter and her friends who were watching The Help and eating ice cream sundaes. And, YES, I joined in on the sundaes as well! I didn't even feel guilty, at the time I was justifying it. I don't want to be that kind of person who masks their emotions with food, food that can ultimately do MORE damage to me than the basketballmove did to my son.

When my son hobbled inside he colapsed on the couch, pulled his sweatshirt up over his head and SOBBED! My heart broke right then. There's nothing worse than seeing your son in pain, Physical and Emotional pain!

So, here it is a new day and I do NOT want to stress eat. There will be stress and extra work for me, associated with this injury, for severl weeks maybe longer. I've got to figure out a way to let go of my anguish for him and not allow it to once again put ME on the Back Burner.

Thanks for listening!

PS. Son's team won by 13 and my son ended up with 10 pts even though he missed 1.5 quarters.

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MARIE405 1/15/2012 7:12PM

    Good Job on your eating. A little treat will not hurt. My thoughts are with your son. I am going through kinda the same thing with the ankle. emoticon

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MISSG180 1/15/2012 7:00PM

    Oh, how scary. I hope he's all right!

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FITMARY 1/15/2012 10:04AM

    Here's hoping it's not as bad as you think when you get to the doctor. Hang in there!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/15/2012 12:03AM

    That is so hard. I hope your son heals quickly.

I hope that as he heals you both will be able to talk about your plans. He might be able to help you get time to exercise.

If you stress ate in the past then let it go. But, realize that it won't help. For me I think about what I could have done differently. I really think about the detail. Then the next time I am better able to do what I should do.

I wish you both strength as he heals.

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/14/2012 11:10PM

    Krista, Sorry you son was hurt! There are still times I stress eat. Just let it go. Each day is a new opportunity to get back on track. All is not lost! emoticon
We can not change a behavior pattern overnight so don't be so hard on yourself. You will get better at managing your stress! Praying for your son! emoticon emoticon

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URMYLF 1/14/2012 9:57PM

    Awww, I'm so sorry about his injury! He must be so disappointed about missing so much of the season. :( Heart goes out to him, and you, as it's hard to watch our kids go through disappointment!

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KARENDEE4 1/14/2012 7:28PM

    I am so sorry!!!

I just cried for you. I have 2 boys and know just how you feel.

I hope he heals quickly. He might just come back better than ever!

Both of my boys had injuries. My 12 year old had to only play certain baseball positions last summer until he went through Physical therapy. However, he came out stronger than before because he uses weights and does special stretches everyday.

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I am so sorry you have to go through this. It must be so hard seeing him in pain.


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TUBLADY 1/14/2012 4:27PM

    Sorry for your son's injury. I hope it's not serious and he'll be back in play soon.
I know how stressful it is when the kids play sports. My grandsons plays and I always say a prayer. But it's what he loves to do and the risk of an injury come with the sport.
Take care, having the kids in different games and everything going on one can easily be distracted.
I wish you son and whole family the best.
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MACMOM57 1/14/2012 4:26PM

    So sorry this has happened. I hope when he goes to the doctor that it wont be as bad as they thought. Stay strong you can do it. Many blessings.

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PYNETREE 1/14/2012 4:18PM

    My heart breaks for your son! And I'm praying for a speedy recovery from a hopefully not so serious injury.

And we ALL have eaten in that way!

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DEBLYNN323 1/14/2012 3:25PM

    emoticon Krista! Praying for good news on Monday.

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CARRIEDD 1/14/2012 1:33PM

    As any m0om our children are such a deep part of us. We hurt when they hurt! Ok so you ate the Ice cream and had about of emotional eating! that is in the past! Like you said you are up for more stressful days ahead and its going to be how you deal with that stress that matters. Show your son that by taking care of you you are taking care of him! When you are so stressed out you want to scream bust out a workout! It will relieve stress and its good for you! But do not beat yourself up! We as Moms do the best we can and sometimes even though it kills us our children get hurt or have to experience life experiences we do not want them to go through! Sadly we cannot protect them all the time! but by showing them how we deal with our problems we are teaching them how to deal with theirs! Stay strong! You have lots of support here! emoticon

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FLAMINGOMAMA66 1/14/2012 1:07PM

    Nothing is worse than something happening to our children! I am so sorry. emoticon

Try not to beat ourselves up about the Sunday last night but remember he will need extra care, running him around to appointments, PT etc. so you need to have the energy to do that! You'll feel better taking care of yourself.

I will pray for the best for your son!

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SUCCESS44 1/14/2012 12:33PM

    It is the WORST when your kids are injured! Especially when it causes them to miss something! I hope his spirit quickly improves as well as his ankle.

My son injured his ankle during football season in the last game before the big playoff final game at the university stadium. He wasn't even able to hobble onto the field.

Don't let it get you down, his ankle will heal, but we all know what potential damage food can do that is lasting. Stay strong!

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My Son's Plea is Giving Me Inspiration!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

As most of you know I have 7 kids. Two of them are currently in high school and basketball players. One is 15 and a sophmore, 6'9" and plays for the school's JV team. The other one is 17, a Junior, 6'8" and is on the Varsity team.

Our school, like I'm sure most, have a tradition where the mom escorts their player onto the court/field on their last home game of their senior year. Well a week ago my Sophmore son came to me and said, "Mom, you've got to lose your weight, you have one year until you have to escort T for his last home game"

I know my weight is an embarrassment to them. They both are so athletic. Not only do I know my son would be proud of me and feel more comfortable with me on his arm in front of all his friends I know I will feel so much better walking in front of everyone at a healthier weight!

So I have approximately 13.5 months until that moment. Where would I like to see myself by then? In ONEderland! I'm not planning on being at goal but even 199 would be the lowest I've weighed in 21 years.

I'm keeping that goal as inspiration but kind of in the background. This time around I'm focusing on smaller, immediate goals. Being successful with those will get me to where I want to be.

310.2lbs 1-10-12
Here is a picture with me and my two sons after last nights games. The one in the argyle sweater is the Junior the other the Sophmore.


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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 1/13/2012 10:38AM

    I'm glad that your son is helping to motivate you. I hope he can keep doing it in a positive way, by encouraging you to work out and eat right, and NOT by hinting that he's embarrassed by you. I guess at least he's being honest and open with you. And just for the record, you look beautiful in that picture. You have nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. But, it is nice to have a specific goal to shoot for, and date to reach it by. You can do it!

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CHELAGETSFIT 1/11/2012 4:57PM

    Wow!! what motivation! You have very handsome sons and you are a very beautiful woman yourself. You can do this. You should blow up this picture and use it as your main focal point on your motivation board and put it somewhere where you'll always see it. Maybe even have your kids write out something motivating to you like how much they love you and how much they want you to stick around. I'm sure they'd be thrilled to do it.

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MACMOM57 1/11/2012 4:53PM

    What a great picture nice looking boy and a beautiful mom. Take it one day at a time. You can do it.

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/11/2012 1:54PM

    Krista, you are beautiful! While I know your kids want you to loose the weight for health, you need to do it for you! Believe me, I never thought I could come as far as I have--haven't been my current weight in 30 years so if I can do it emoticon
but be realistic with your goals.

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KIMMAS82 1/11/2012 1:53PM

    You can do this!!! That will be a terrific day!!

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MNGIRLIE 1/11/2012 1:48PM

    I think it's good that you took it as motivation and didn't take it personally. I think it would be hard not to do that.

You've got some handsome young men there - and tall! oy!

Good luck in the coming 13 months! I know you've got this!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/11/2012 1:38PM

    What a beautiful picture! You can do this!!!

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A Glimmer of What Threw Me Off Track

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Last year, between April and June, I was on FIRE! I was motivated, enthusiastic and DOING IT! With my crazy life in order to get my workouts in I was waking up at 4:45 and going to the gym or working out on my treadmill. Then summer hit! With the summer I had 7 kids at home with not as much structure. They were coming and going all hours of the day. The older kids didn't have curfews until 11:00 so I had to stay awake to welcome them home or bring them home. Well going to bed at 11:30 does NOT mix well with waking up at 4:45 so I quit. Quit going to the gym, Quit exercising at home, Quit eating healthy, Quit on ME!

I'm now finding the desire, enthusiasm and dedication to make this happen, to get ME healthy! Having 7 kids is crazy whether its summer or school time. I haven't made it back to the gym yet but my goal was to go today. Of course that would mean waking up at 4:45. As I was getting ready to start heading to bed (8:30, I know it's early but I was going to read for a few and hope to actually be counting sheep by 9:30) my sophmore son said, "Oh, I have a paper due tomorrow in English. Rough draft, revision and final copy. If I don't have it done I can't play in the bball game tomorrow." Really?!?!!!!! ARGH!

His solution to the problem was for me to write it for him. Uh, yeah, like that was going to happen. This is my ADHD son and school and he mix about as well as water and oil. He's thankfully been able to maintain As and Bs this year except for in English. This is a HUGE accomplishment for him. Every morning he wakes up saying he hates school and it's the first thing he says when he walks in the door 8 hours later. He has two older cousins also with ADHD and neither of them graduated from high school. I am fighting to keep him in school.

I probably should have said, "Well, get going you have a lot of work to do tonight and if you don't get it done this will be a good lesson to have to sit out of the game" I didn't do that. But I did NOT write the paper for him. I was able to help him not be stressed out, set him in a quiet room and had him brainstorm his paper. I was completely surprised when he brought a fairly thought out three page paper. I proof read it, made the corrections and because I can type 90WPM I typed the final copy for him. (also because he had to wake up at 5:30 for a basketball commitment at 6am! Who makes teenage boys wake up even earlier on an important game day!).

Okay, I know I got sidetracked. So Since I didn't get to bed until 11:30 needless to say my alarm was not set for 4:45. I did get up at 5:30 to get my son out the door and then was able to get 45 minutes of the treadmill in before my daycare kiddos showed up.

I know I have to stay focused on my goal and know my reality is a CRAZY, CHAOTIC life. I need to realize that my schedule will not go as I plan, there are too many others around me to throw it awry. I need to be flexible and if my family needs my help and I can't wake up early I need to have creative options to get enough exercise done throughout the day.



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PATTYS74 1/10/2012 11:51PM

    Sarah's advice is perfect...Have a plan and a back up plan and write it down...seems that when it is on paper some take it more seriously...wnatever it takes to help you stick to it....with a large framily you have to make sure you plan out time for you but always have alternates.

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/10/2012 9:47PM

    Perhaps you need to have an established plan and then a back up plan for how you are still going to get in your exercise in consistently. Yes your kids are important, but your health is important as well so you can be there for your kids now and in the future. Kudos to you for doing the treadmill! Keep it up! emoticon

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IWILLICANIAM 1/10/2012 6:28PM

    Why not use the daycare kids to exercise? Kids love to run around and absolutely love to take walks, etc. So if you live in a low traffic area, you could all take a nice walk together! Or if you have a van you could take them all to the park and play with them all afternoon!! :D Good luck!!

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MISSG180 1/10/2012 6:13PM

    Good for you, rolling with the punches! You didn't give up! Way to go!!

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JCDUBEA63 1/10/2012 1:43PM

    Krista just remember u are important and need to be healthy for yourself and ur family!! Most won't go as planned with so many in your household!! Just keep pushing through and don't beat urself up when it don't happen just take it day by day and it will all fall into place!! Do what u can when u can!! Achieving 10 min is exercise! and exercising with ur kids is fun and u can spend time with them!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/10/2012 12:27PM

    You could start dancing with the daycare kids to make up the difference. The treadmill works for me too. Wanna borrow my Beach Boys tape....?

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FEISTYOWL 1/10/2012 12:25PM

    Boy can I understand being sidetracked by your kids! I don't have 7, but the ones I have constantly mess with my schedule. I don't know if this helps or not (not that you were looking for help anyway), but I just find having exercise that can be done any time of day is a life saver for me. Plus exercise I can do even if they are interrupting/asking questions. It is just a part of life, as you know better than I do, to be interrupted many, many times. I agree with you too about having creative options. You can do it - and it's great that you're looking at these things to figure it all out!

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JENNSWIMS 1/10/2012 12:05PM

    If you can be successful with everything you have going on, well, I have no excuses.

Thanks for the reminder!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 1/10/2012 12:01PM

    It's so easy to get side tracked when children are part of your life. I only have 3 and I know, I can't imagine 7! I too, get up at 4:45 to get "my time" in. If i wait til evening, it'll just never happen, plain and simple. Hang in there, stay focused, it will happen. Tomorrow is a fresh start, set your alarm :)

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LILRED75 1/10/2012 12:00PM

  Kudos for making him write his paper, even if you did type it. One of these days though, you'll actually have some "me" time. emoticon

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