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End of Week 9

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

It's amazing how fast time goes by. March 6th would have come today whether I was here on SP, had lost weight, or not. Thank goodness I am here, Have been here, for the past 9 weeks. I'm really enjoying the results! But it's just the tip of the ice.

I guess my results have been enough to have people notice. Last night I ran into a friend at the high school orientation for our 8th graders. This morning I received a phone call from her. "How are you doing it, how are you staying away from the junk?" she asked. With a bit of a pause from me she then said, "Or are you?"

That's the thing I'm NOT staying away from the junk. Am I eating it every day, NO! Is it the main dish for my meals like before? NO! I was honest and told her I've been to the movies with my husband and had popcorn and M&Ms. I had cheesecake with cherries for our family Valentines dinner. I've had birthday ice cream for my kids and, yes, even a cupcake. But the key, at least for me, I told her is that this is a lifestyle change. I can't realistically give up 100% all those things for the rest of my life. But I pick and choose what I want and when I want it.

At the last two basketball games for my son my in-laws came too. And with them they brought hot tamales, chocolate pieces, cashews loaded with salt. While there they purchased soda and popcorn and skittles. All of those items were offered around to our group. I said No. I had my almonds, water bottle and dried apricots to eat for my snacking if I had the need. I will not accept everything offered to me, I will consciously make my food choices.

I felt great getting the call from my friend, saying she's noticed my hard work. Later today I saw a lady I haven't seen since before Christmas. She too noticed that I've lost weight. What a great feeling. I have to admit I did stand a bit taller and tucked my belly in (as much as I could).

I've had very satisfying results for these 9 weeks. I can't wait to see what another 9 weeks will bring, then 18, 27, and even 99!

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Krista

  
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JCDUBEA63 3/7/2012 11:08PM

    Krista u are doing awesome!! I am so proud of U!! I've been slacking need to get busy glad spring challenge is close and crunches start tomorrow!! Hope u meet all your goals this month!! We CAN do this!!

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MOMOFBOYS 3/7/2012 11:35AM

    You are doing so great! You've inspired me! I "started" at the beginning of the year and once again did the yo yo thing and ended up where I started. But 2 weeks ago I recommitted and I'm now exercising and following WWs. I have lost 7.8 lbs in the last 2 weeks. I was looking back on what I've done and I haven't eliminated everything either.....I had a mini blizzard, I had pizza but I counted everything, stayed within my points and have not felt deprived. Yes, I am making better choices as well but it is a whole new mindset for me now! This can be done and you've help show me the way! Thank you! And keep up the great work ! Thank you so much for your blogs as well!
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KARENDEE4 3/7/2012 9:41AM

    YEAH

you are doing great my friend! Keep up the good work.

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LOOZINITNOW 3/7/2012 9:22AM

    You are doing awesome and making better choices that in turn will become habits. Stay the course!

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MISSG180 3/7/2012 7:44AM

    You are definitely taking the right approach! Deprivation leads to binging. It's great to see what a few weeks can do for a person!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/7/2012 12:26AM

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What absolutely delightful compliments! And so much the truth that it's all about us taking control of our own food choices.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/7/2012 12:19AM

    Looking better feeling better making choices. That sounds like a good life. emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 3/7/2012 12:13AM

    Those nonscale victories are sometimes better than the scale victories aren't they :). So happy for your successes!!! Can't wait to see the other victories coming your way :).

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Happy EARLY Birthday To ME!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

At the beginning of this journey, for 2012, I had set the goal for me to no longer be Morbidely Obese by my 45th birthday (March 21st). To do so my BMI needed to be 39.99 or lower. Starting on January 3rd, with a weight of 317, (all time high 325) my BMI was 44.21. To get out of the Morbidly Obese classification I had to lose 31lbs.

Well, as of this morning I DID IT! I weighed in at 285.6 A total pounds gone of 31.4 emoticon My BMI is currently 39.83

I'm still in the Obese category, Class 2 but that WILL change too. To get into the Class 1 Obese range I have to lose 35.6. That will happen this summer!

On to another note, a NON Scale Victory. Yesterday, being Saturday, I decided to try a longer workout on my treadmill. I watched an old episode of Biggest Loser. The online program said it was 1 hr and 25 minutes. I've walked for 60 minutes before so felt confident I could add another 25 minutes to my workout. (I did lower my incline to a 2).

It was quite the workout. My cardio and lungs seemed to be fine but my hip area and feet were the problems. I think for long workouts I need to find better socks. No aches today so I know I didn't overdo it. But as I stayed committed to working out until my show was over I ended up walking 96 minutes. Hmmm, maybe the little commercials they throw in weren't counted towards the 85 that were listed. According to my treadmill I walked 5.1 miles in that time. I kept my pace mostly at 3.1 with a few moments of higher (actually jogged for just one minute at 3.8).

I'm feeling great and looking forward to upcoming challenges I have. One team is starting another blackjack challenge tomorrow. Instead of trying to walk 21 miles it's to see who can exercise for 21 hours. Then the Biggest Loser Spring Challenge starts back up on March 15th!

Gotta LOVE my Spark support!

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Krista

  
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JCDUBEA63 3/8/2012 10:59PM

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 3/5/2012 10:38PM

    You are doing awesome!!! Love your birthday present ideas :).

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MNGIRLIE 3/5/2012 1:37PM

    That IS an awesome early birthday present! Congrats to you!!

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MOMOFBOYS 3/5/2012 11:03AM

    Way to go!!! You rock! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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FEISTYOWL 3/5/2012 10:53AM

    You're doing awesome! Keep up the good work!

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MXDADVTRGRL85 3/5/2012 9:54AM

    Happy Early Birthday to you and congrats!!! That's so awesome!!!

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MSKRIS7 3/5/2012 8:29AM

    Good for you. Stay the course!!

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KOBER9999 3/5/2012 7:28AM

    You're doing a F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C Job! Look out Spring Challenge - here comes Krista!!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/5/2012 1:00AM

    emoticon emoticon JOB!!!

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CINDYKC2000 3/5/2012 12:05AM

    emoticon Krista! Knew you could do it! Keep it going!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/4/2012 11:56PM

    Woot!!!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/4/2012 10:49PM

    So awesome that you got to your goal early. You are booking it. Keep moving forward. You'll get there it is wonderful.

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SCOUTMOM715 3/4/2012 10:01PM

    Outstanding!!! What an awesome Birthday gift to you!! Way to go on walking the 5.1 miles. emoticon

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WINDMILLS18 3/4/2012 9:07PM

    I'm so proud of you!! Congrats on everything you have accomplished and I know you will keep it up!!
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TUBLADY 3/4/2012 8:57PM

    That's wonderful. You are doing such a great job of being accountable and seeing the results of that commintment .. You are definitely an inspiration to many others.
And Happy Birthday, an early wish for a very happy day. And the way you are going a very happy year is ahead for you.
Take care, and stay positive.
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FRUITYFUL 3/4/2012 8:23PM

    You're doing amazing! Keep up the good work....and Happy Birthday!!

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FORBANDE 3/4/2012 8:04PM

    Way to go!!!! You are AMAZING! Happy early birthday!

I am so, so happy for you! Keep up the awesome work!

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FITFABJENN 3/4/2012 7:57PM

    Woo hoo, Krista! I am looking forward to getting my treadmill soon so I can burn calories while watching TV, too.

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FORTHEBETTERME 3/4/2012 7:45PM

    Whoop Whoop! YOU GO GIRL!!!! emoticon

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CARRIEDD 3/4/2012 7:39PM

    Way to go! What an Awesome accomplishment! You are are such an encouragement for me! you are so doing this! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 3/4/2012 7:36PM

    Awesome job! emoticon

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MISSG180 3/4/2012 7:25PM

    WOOOT!!!!! Go you!!!!

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Day 59: February Reflection, Strategy for March

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I wasn't too successful in completing the goals I had for February. They were:

GOAL for February:
1. Lose 10lbs
2. Figure out a more comprehensive ST program
3. Increase monthly exercise minutes to 1920 (Jan was 1880)
4. Drink 72 oz of water each day.
5. Schedul appointment with trainer for body fat

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emoticon2. I didn't do much ST this month. Still really want to figure out a program. I need to build up some muscle to fill in the lose skin I'll have. If anyone wants to share what they do I'm ALL ears.

emoticon3. Uh, NO. Unfortunately I feel like I spent 1/3 of the month sick. Haven't done more than 25 minutes of cardio for the past week. March WILL be different!

emoticon4. I have this down! Huge change for me since in December I could go more than a week with no water and only a few glasses of milk.

emoticon5. No body fat measured. Still want to do it but I guess it's less important to me than actually doing the work to make it go down. I'm sure I started in the low 50s or high 40s.

After uping my workouts around the end of January SP upped the calories I should eat (1550- 1900) I'm having a harder time sticking there. Do okay with the lower end.

I'm excited about my workouts. I've gotten so much stronger. My treadmill incline went to a 4.0 and I've been able to jog at 3.6 for one minute segments. I also lasted on the elliptical for 30 minutes at a level 2!

Okay, now for March's goals:
1. Increase monthly exercise minutes to 2000. YES, I'm going to do it.
2. Cook/prepare one new healthy meal a week. I really need to add more variety.
3. Sign-up for and walk in my FIRST 5k
4. Lose 10lbs ( stick to my original goal of no longer being Morbidly Obese by my birthday, March 21st. Actually have only 1.8lbs until I reach that goal.)
5. Be consistent with my kids doing at least ONE job a day. (I need to make sure I get my ME time and need the help with all the mess they create)

I took measurements and pictures today. I'll post it tomorrow. I hope.

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Krista

  
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LOOZINITNOW 3/4/2012 2:19PM

    Amazing job! emoticon

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KOBER9999 3/4/2012 10:11AM

    You're doing a grrreat job. I hope during the White Tiger's Spring Challenge you have continued success and that I can do as well as you are doing now! - it's only 10 days away!! Woo Hoo!

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DEBLYNN323 3/2/2012 3:40PM

    emoticon...great weight loss (even with all your challenges)

You can rock this next Challenge!

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FORBANDE 3/2/2012 1:35PM

    Just wonderful goals!!! February really stunk across the board for sickness. Here's to a healthy March!!

You are AWESOME!!!!!

Keep up the fabulous work!

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MOM23ES 3/2/2012 9:55AM

    Congrats on the FEB weight loss. I know I need help in the ST area too and haven't done any since I started. This morning was the first time I let SP create a ST program. Course the two they picked I couldn't do but I switched two others in and did modified push ups and bicep curls. I just gotta get it in my head that I can do ST at home and don't need a gym.

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MISSG180 3/2/2012 9:46AM

    Great goals! You can do it!!

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KARENDEE4 3/2/2012 9:01AM

    Great Goals for March.

As for ST. I do some Spark videos. Some of the videos are ST in nature. If you use them you can click "add to fitness tracker"

I also have hand weights I use while watching TV. It gets me moving and I even need heavier ones now. I also do some ab exercises while watching TV. Start slow with a few minutes of ST.

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URMYLF 3/2/2012 1:10AM

    Inspiring goals! Good for you accomplishing a couple, too. *You Rock*

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/2/2012 12:55AM

    Even sick you are doing it. You have not given up. That is so emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JCDUBEA63 3/2/2012 12:23AM

    Krista good goals!! I know u will reach them!! I hope u feel better fast!!! emoticonweight loss in February!! U are doing this!!

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FRUITYFUL 3/2/2012 12:08AM

    I like how you set goals for each month. It breaks it down into more manageable segments. Good job!

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4:57AM and All is NOT Well!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

4:57am is normally the time I'm walking into the gym to get in my daily workout.

Today 4:57am was the time I stumbled out of bed to go use the restroom then headed straight back to bed.

My progress has stopped. Actually it's heading in the opposite direction. I have been sick with an awful head cold off and on this whole 8 weeks of my journey.

Besides a very slow 25 min walk on my treadmill Monday I've done no other workouts since last Thursday. My eating has been off and this morning the scale showed it.

I've been feeling gasy, bloated and overall yucky. (that's just from my eating). To top it off I'm still congested, my head still hurts and I get out of breath walking up the stairs like I did back in December.

I'm not coughing or blowing any green stuff, I have no fever so I'm assuming it's still just viral. I need it to go away. I want to feel better. 100% would be great but I'd even take 90 or 80.

I want 4:57am to be a time that I'm upright, walking in to get the burn on. Someday......Hopefully, someday soon

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Krista

  
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KARENDEE4 3/1/2012 9:20AM

    So sorry!! You are still trying and that is good!

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MISSG180 3/1/2012 7:56AM

    Sometimes the very best thing we can do for ourselves is get enough sleep! If you are sick and your body is saying it needs more sleep, listen to it and take some recovery time. Focus on eating for nutrition, and take a walk around the block instead of worrying about getting to the gym. Or if the weather is bad, put on some music and dance. But only if you feel up to it. You need to take care of your health, and the rest of this can follow.

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SUCCESS44 2/29/2012 10:45PM

    It is really hard to feel motivated to work out or do anything that will result in progress when you don't feel good. Sorry you are feeling bad.

I will send good energy your way for a hopefully quick recovery! 8 weeks is a long time to be sick!

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JCDUBEA63 2/29/2012 10:08PM

    Krista sorry u are feeling bad!! Don't let it damage ur progress!! A little exercise even 10 min will help u feel better!! Make u a pot of homeade chicken soup with extra veggies will make u feel better and also healthy so u want be ating stuff that will make u feel worse!! Keep pushing forward!!! We have to do this for ourselves!!! emoticon emoticon

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MOM23ES 2/29/2012 4:03PM

    emoticonHang in there. Colds seem extra terrible this year.

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SUECHRIS50 2/29/2012 2:23PM

    Hang in there,sunshine is headed your way!

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COOKIEGRRL 2/29/2012 2:19PM

    I hope you feel better soon.

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DEBLYNN323 2/29/2012 1:49PM

    emoticon...hope you're feeling better soon!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/29/2012 1:25PM

    So sorry to hear this! Hope you feel better very soon! emoticon

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FREETHEGODDESS 2/29/2012 1:05PM

    I know you feel bad. I have had a cold for 6 weeks. It is chronic sinusitus and it is a pain in the neck but, I still go to my Zumba class and even though I can't breathe through one side of my nose, I push through the workout.

I know how easy it is to fall back into old bad habits when I don't feel good but, I know I have got to get myself up and doing those workouts. Even if I can't give 100%, I feel better mentally and the endorphins help me feel better physically too.

Eating healthy, drinking water and exercising will get you over that cold faster than lying around and eating to comfort yourself.

I wish you all the best and hope you are feeling better soon. Hugs.
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/29/2012 1:03PM

    Oh I feel for you. That is rough. With any luck and a few blessings this will justbe a boil on you journey.

Is thereof something easy you could change?

My ideas are:
Sugar free cocoa
cafine free herb tea
I've read that broth based soups help with weight loss.

Stay safe in the snow.
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FRUITYFUL 2/29/2012 12:06PM

    Hang in there Krista, this will pass. It would sure help if we had some sunshine. Since you didn't make it to the gym at 5am is it still possible to go in there today? Or if you can't do the workout, maybe just set a goal of tracking your calories. Any little thing you do will be better than nothing. Hang in there. I've been where you're at and it's not fun, but it can and will pass!

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"I Wish Dreams Really Did Come True"........

Sunday, February 26, 2012

That is what my 4yo daughter said out loud yesterday, as she layed on the floor, to no one in particular.

I was cleaning in the kitchen and overheard her. My response? "They can come true." "They can?" she replied as she jumped up and ran in next to me, wanting to hear more.

"Sure they can! But they don't come true with Fairy Godmothers, Genies or magic spells. They're something that YOU make happen."

She was so excited with this news and gave me a HUGE hug around my legs and ran off to play again.

For a brief moment I was sad that my little one had such a depressing thought going through her mind and wondered exactly what had brought on that thought process. But thankfully I was able to turn it around to a positive outlook.

That brief conversation brought my biggest dream to the front of my mind...Getting healthy, losing weight!

Just like I told my daughter, I won't have a Genie come with 3 wishes, there is no magic pill sold (Jack and the Beanstalk) and I do not have a Fairy Godmother to wave a wand over me to make my dream a reality. So HOW will it happen?

Me, pure and simple.

But before that dream can become a reality I have to make it a goal. It has to become a goal with action plans, short-term and long. Will there be ogres, trolls and evil magicians in my way. DEFINITELY! Will I become discouraged and lost in the frightening forest? Possibly. But the one thing that will make it happen is my determination. How badly do I want this Dream to Come True?

I WILL make it come true. Because this girl believes in Fairy Tales. Except for in my story I'm the one who holds ALL the Power!

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Krista

  
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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 2/28/2012 12:32PM

    YES! Just like the Good Witch Glinda said at the end of Wizard of Oz, "You had the power all the time, Dorothy!" We all have that power within ourselves to make our dreams come true!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/27/2012 12:44AM

    Great answer. I wonder what she was dreaming of... emoticon

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COOKIEGRRL 2/27/2012 12:19AM

    Such a wonderfully sweet blog! Thanks for posting it ... I needed to read something like this today.

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JCDUBEA63 2/26/2012 11:15PM

    emoticon emoticonKrista u are awesome I know ur dream will come true because u are determined to make it happen and when u are determined no one can emoticonU!! U do have the POWER!!

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.DUSTY. 2/26/2012 9:08PM

    Awesome! I know she's 4 but maybe you can start to read stories about people whose dreams did come true? Also by pointing out anyone (friends, family) for the same reason.

Keep up the good work!

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BETHYSMAMA 2/26/2012 8:56PM

    Nice to be reminded of this even when your goals are far off. I too see it in my kids who dream big and have so much potential to be and do whatever they want to in life.

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ELDUNBAR 2/26/2012 6:48PM

    Thank you for your post. This really encouraged me!

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MINIDRIVER63 2/26/2012 5:22PM

    How empowering! You're a great mom.

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RELIVE 2/26/2012 5:02PM

    Lovely! Great blog. :)

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PURPLEMOLLY21 2/26/2012 3:45PM

  What a beautiful moment between a mother and her child and also a great reminder for all of us! Thanks for sharing.
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MACMOM57 2/26/2012 3:08PM

    Great blog. I know you can do it. Keep working hard. Funny how the words from a little can make such big impressions. Rooting for you.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/26/2012 3:03PM

    Love this blog! And how wonderful that you were able to make your little girl realize that her dreams can come true! That is a terrific gift that unfortunately many people do not get to understand. I wish someone would have told me that many years ago (not speaking of health/fitness goals).

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Wishing you both much success as you work to reach for your stars!

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WINDMILLS18 2/26/2012 2:42PM

    Love this!! Such a great way to approach this journey we are all on!! Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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LINOVER 2/26/2012 2:37PM

    emoticon Loved this blog!

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NEHAHKOO 2/26/2012 2:22PM

    I am loving this blog. Its all us. You make the best of yourself. Oh though there might be a bit of magic hidden away in our dreams.
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KNEYRUS 2/26/2012 2:07PM

    Krista, I loved your blog! The only thing standing between you and success is you! We can so totally do it! and there is magic along the way if you are open to seeing it ;) emoticon emoticon

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MICHELLESMILES_ 2/26/2012 1:58PM

    I loved this.

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