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I Feel A Shift Happening

Monday, May 07, 2012

Went back to my nutritionist yesterday and she's really pleased with my progress so far. Then plan is to continue with what I've been doing for the next couple of months and at the end of July I'll go in and get my cholesterol retested to see where I'm at.

My diet is the same for now but she is sending me a revised version in the next few days. I have to admit that I totally cheated last night and had a beer, veggie burger (with cheese) and fries after seeing The Avengers with Alan and my brother (LOVED it!). Jack Astor's has my favourite veggie burger so I decided to splurge. I've been really on top of it for all of April so I didn't mind taking a night off. Today I'm back on the horse and ready to go for May!

The one thing I've discovered about doing a detox is just how good it feels. I mean, my diet is quite clean as it is, but when you're forced to cut out those foods that you do sneak in, it really counts! I knew I'd pay for last night's "indiscretion" and I did! I felt so heavy and gross that I'll definitely be remembering that the next time I want to eat like that again. Detoxing just makes me feel sexy, eating veggie burgers with fries? Not-so-much. I do think that even when I'm back to eating "normally" I'll still adopt quite a bit of these changes. I'd like to continue with my extremely limited soy intake as it disrupts the thyroid and a lot of it is incredibly processed anyway (I've been weening myself off of it for a while now) and I'll keep my gluten to more of a minimum.

I'm also starting to work on my stress levels. I'm not a crazy stressed out person but my body sucks up stress like a sponge which is causing muscle tension and could also be contributing to my out-of-whack thyroid. I'm working on getting back into my spirituality which I let slide when I started to take care of my outer body. This means more writing, reflecting and lots of breathing!

I really do feel another shift coming in my life. One that will push me forward even further and I'm very excited to see where it'll take me!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/23/2012 3:16PM

    Okay, so I'm REALLY late getting here for this one, and I missed a few in between, but this was an excellent one for me to read today. I'm working a lot with how food is making me feel right now and just not "there" yet, but starting to implement some things that I really hope end up feeling "sexy" instead of "not-so-much".

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/7/2012 3:03PM

    You are such a rock star! You inspire me to be better... :-)

Keep at it girlie - you're changing the world one person at a time starting with the most important one...YOU!

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PEACOCK15 5/7/2012 12:00PM

    It is such a great feeling how you can read/feel your body once you've made a change. I know I feel it right away with the whole sugar thing. The spiritual side of things is just as important as the physical and emotional. There are days that all I need to do is meditate or journal and reflect and I am ready to conquer the world!! Good Luck to you on your continued journey ~ Namaste

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VEEJAY3 5/7/2012 11:44AM

    I'm going to see the Avengers tonight! Excited about it ... it's gotten great reviews.
MY favorite veggie burger is from a restaurant called Houston's. It's got beets in it (yes, beets!). When you take a bite, it's kind of pink/red inside, and almost looks like a real burger: scary!!!

Kudos to you for being aware of your spiritual life. So important, isn't it?

Have a fantastic "Shift," woman.

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MJLUVSANIMALS 5/7/2012 10:28AM

    Unfortunately when we have a great deal of weight to lose, and when we achieve our goal and get back to a "normal" weight for us. There is no returning to eating "normally". That's what got us here in the first place.

I think portion control, and what the portions are, are going to be the here on out, as far as everyday eating. An occasional "no no" food won't kill us, but I find it triggers something called a "binge"

Of course if you can counteract it with exercise, you can add more calories to the diet. Just make sure they are not calories that turn into sugar. But we all need to remember there is no going back to old habits and ways of eating normally.

You have come a long way and have done a great job! I have been a Spark friend for quite sometime now. And I admire what you have done with yourself so far.

It's really not fair for a great amount of us to watch what we eat, because of the repercussions. We love food. But I don't think food returns that sentiment. In fact the world revolves around food. It's everywhere, in every day life. We cannot run from it, we just need to find the best way for ourselves to "manage" it.

And stress is such a big factor in how we handle our food intake. Some eat to get through a stressful day, some do not. I like that you write to help with it. Do you do Yoga? very helpful with stress, and a lot of deep breathing.

I just recently thought I would try the raw food way of life. Not for me! lol So back to clean eating. It's been the best for me. No junk entering my system (processed and sugars)

"Don't let the goodies getcha" (My motto! lol)

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I Totally Lost 100 Pounds

Monday, April 30, 2012

Dudes. It's happened. I totally lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS.


I thought it was going to be another week or two before it happened but I popped up on the scale on Saturday and voila! 100 pounds lost! Holy crap!

I wish I could write out this big inspirational post about how amazing I feel and give you these magical words of encouragement but I'll spare you. Instead, all I can say is that to those who have a lot of weight to lose is: It's gonna be hard, some days it'll suck, it'll bring up emotional s**t that you didn't even realize you had but, in the end, it's SO worth it! So so so so so so so worth it!

I still have more to go but hitting those triple digits feels like a huge, one hundred pound weight has been lifted off my shoulders and the end is in sight.

You want it? Stop complaining and just go out there and DO IT! Stop making excuses about why you didn't do it or why you "can't" and just do what needs to be done. There will ALWAYS be something that gets in your way but it's your DESIRE, DETERMINATION and FOCUS that will get this weight off, even if it takes five years or five months. There's just no way around it. Stop focusing on the weight loss and focus on how you are going to be able to create a lifestyle that supports weight loss and a healthy weight maintenance. I eat the way I eat and work out when and where I work out because it works with my lifestyle and that's why this is working.

Now, I need to stop typing so I can get some work done and get my workout in for the day (TurboFire Fire 45 Class - my favourite)!!!

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ANGIERUNNER 8/26/2012 10:36PM

    I haven't been on spark for a while but...... CONGRATS!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENNY160 8/12/2012 6:36PM

    Truly inspirational words. Really. I read this blog and feel *inspired*. That doesn't happen often.

You can read a bunch of blogs, blah, blah, blah, calories in/out, food logs, tips and tricks...

Apparently what I needed to read was, it may suck at times, you're gonna face emotional s***, but it's doable, and you need to pull out your determination, desire, and focus to get it done. Cuz it is ALL YOU.

Thank you.

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CHICAT63 5/19/2012 7:41PM

    Congrats, I totally missed this blog ! Woohoo !!!! emoticon

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LOISDESK 5/5/2012 3:26PM

    You look AMAZING!! So happy for you!! Great job!!

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FORESTSNAKE 5/1/2012 8:19AM

    Such great news. I am so happy for you. emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/30/2012 6:46PM

    I heart you so friggin much!!!!!! MUAH!!!!!!!!!!!!


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LISAW/3 4/30/2012 3:22PM

    Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment!

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/30/2012 1:18PM

    Awesome. Congrats on the accomplishment and the hard work to get there. You are an inspiration. HUGS.

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    Congratulations!! That's amazing!!!

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REDRUNNER82 4/30/2012 11:52AM

    Congratulations! What a huge milestone!

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EXQUISITEDEE 4/30/2012 11:32AM

    Congrats. Love you blog....its so true.

Take care and keep it up.

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HLTHYRNRMOM 4/30/2012 11:17AM

    Love your approach " 5 months or five years".. emoticon emoticon

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BILLALEX70 4/30/2012 10:10AM

    Great job! WooHoo!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 4/30/2012 9:42AM

    Great job!

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KARVY09 4/30/2012 8:39AM

    Excited for you and this huge milestone.

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GYPSYGOTH 4/30/2012 8:38AM

    big, big congrats to you! i am starting a couch to 5K and your pics inspire me :)

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SFREY217 4/30/2012 8:27AM

    Congratulations !!! 100 pounds !!! That is wonderful !!! Keep up the good work, and thank you for the motivational blog.


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MICHSTATE 4/30/2012 8:08AM

    WooHoo!!!! You totally ROCK!!!!!!!:-) Awesome job!!!!!

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MARATHON_MOM 4/30/2012 8:03AM

    Congratulations! THAT is just awesome and truly inspirational! And AMEN!

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BIGBROTHER323 4/30/2012 8:02AM

    Proud of you!
Things I ditto strongly from my 29 lb loss and counting
Just do it....
Do what works for you.

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/30/2012 8:00AM

    Oh so happy for you!!! Love your blog, too!!!

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My active "rest" week really wasn't all that restful...but it WAS fun!

Friday, April 27, 2012

This week has been an active rest week for me. I've been plowing through the hybrid program of TurboFire/ChaLEAN Extreme for the last couple of months and I just have 7 weeks left! I'm not a person who enjoys dance for my workouts but Chalene's mix of kickboxing/plyo/HIIT/dance is perfect for me. It keeps me going and reminds me that workouts can also be FUN! I mean, I LOVE Jillian and her workouts kick my ass but I have more fun with Chalene workouts. She also inspires me to want to look super cute during a workout (but to leave it a mess)! Ha!

So although the program provided me with workouts from the series to do for the week, I thought it would be a good idea to take a break from it entirely and just do what other workouts I felt. I did do a TurboFire cardio workout on Monday but other than that I've gone back to Jillian (to get a sneak peak of what I have coming to me when I do Body Revolution at the end of June), a killer ab workout from Jackie Warner and today I did a Bob Harper workout that I forgot how much it kills me! So much for a "rest" week! LOL I literally shed a fear tears when it was done! I know I'll be feeling it this weekend and Monday's TurboFire workout is going to be quite interesting indeed!

Thanks to TurboFire I'm really into pushing myself to see what I can do as far as my fitness goes. I keep looking for workouts that aren't just effective for weight loss but which ones will help me to increase my fitness and strength. Yes, that probably means Insanity is coming to me in the near future! I already have P90X and P90X 2 in my repertoire to try, in fact, just about all the BeachBody videos are on my fitness to-do list. I have loved watching my body start to lean out due to TurboFire (thank you kicks and cross punches!) and I don't just want to work out, I want RESULTS. I want to see what I'm capable of, where my limits stretch to and how hard I can go.

Geez. Five years ago I asked myself "what if?" and since then I've never stopped asking it!

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BILLALEX70 4/29/2012 8:34AM

    Work it girl!

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MICHSTATE 4/27/2012 6:34PM

    Awesome!!!! Chalene's workouts are fun, aren't they?!?!? I am doing PUMP by Beachbody right now, and I like it a lot, but it's not as much "fun"!!!!:-)

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I Miss You Guys!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I do! I really miss you guys and blogging regularly and I think I'd like to try and do at least a weekly update. I've been silent mostly because when I'm done work for the day I've been trying to turn the computer OFF but when the computer is actually on I feel like I should just be working so I'm definitely trying to come up with a balance here.

Things are going very well! The wedding is in just over five months (can you believe it?!) and we have all the important things booked and now it's just the details. I have an appointment to go wedding dress shopping for early June (I'm buying off the rack so I don't need to order it) and my bridesmaids an I are looking for their dresses at the end of May. I can't believe it's coming so soon, I feel like it was just yesterday when everyone was saying "Oh you have PLENTY of time!" Ha!

The best news, for me anyway, is that after about a year or so of stagnant weight loss and general weight loss blasť, I've been back in action for several months! I think I needed a break from running as I find that I do enjoy endurance racing but endurance racing does NOTHING for my weight loss. I also needed a change for a bit as my body was starting to suffer from some repetitive strain injuries.

My weight loss itself has admittedly been slow going, for months I was losing and gaining the same 2 - 3lbs (and I seem to be the only person alive who finds that my measurements don't seem to move AT ALL which is weird) but I've been trucking through it and am finally seeing some results! A lot of it, I think, was because for about five weeks I was aiming for about 1200 - 1250 calories per day and it turns out my body HATES having less than 1300 per day! Once I added an extra 100 - 200 calories into my day, the weight slowly started coming off. I can now proudly say that I am a mere 4.6lbs away from a 100 pound loss! This is my current goal right now, just to lose that 4.6lbs and create my big-time reward!

One of the other reasons the scale is starting to dip downwards is that I started a detox at the beginning of April! I decided to see a nutritionist at the end of March as one of my goals is to get my cholesterol under control. You MAY recall that several years ago my (old) doctor put me on meds for my cholesterol when it seemed to be getting WORSE even though I had lost weight, was eating cleaner and exercising on a daily basis. The issue is that I was never comfortable with him just tossing this medication to a 29 year old woman without really exhausting other possibilities. In the fall when I had my physical with my new doctor, I was completely up front with her about what happened when she was telling me my cholesterol was still high and she agreed to keep me off the meds for just a little while (she was reluctant to do so) and wrote me a prescription for an RD. I decided on a nutritionist/chinese medical practitioner that I had met at a networking event.

I tell ya, if you ever get a chance to see one, do it! She sat me down and asked me questions about not just my physical health but also my mental health for well over an hour! She was asking me health questions no doctor has ever asked me and when all was said and done she said all signs were pointing towards an under active thyroid. NEVER has a doctor even ASKED my about my thyroid and YES, there are thyroid issues in my family! So we've been working together to clean out my liver (which directly relates to the metabolism of the thyroid), get my thyroid more active and work on the tension she found in my nervous system.

This means that for the month of April I've been eating a mostly soy-free, dairy-free and gluten-free diet and I'm on a few supplements (nothing crazy). It's been a bit of a challenge but really only when I go out to eat as you can find dairy-free things but they usually have soy or gluten involved or you can find gluten-free items but they contain dairy! But this is good as it's been limiting our restaurant outings!

As for workouts, I've been on a handful of runs since January but I've decided that I'll only run when I'm feeling like it. As I've been mentioning since the fall, my focus now is on intensity and toning. I'm about a month away from ending my TurboFire/ChaLEAN Extreme Hybrid program which has been great! I've finally gotten a regular strength training routine going on and my fitness levels are MUCH higher. I've decided that when this finishes up I'm going to try Jillian Michaels new 90-day program, Body Revolution and that'll take me right up to two weeks before my wedding! I would LOVE to get 125lbs by the wedding so I'm going to work as hard as I can to get there. Even if I'm AROUND there come wedding time I'll be happy and, oddly enough, this is no longer a long shot! It's less than 30lbs away! It really seems so surreal to think that 125lbs is not far off anymore. I honestly can't wrap my brain around the fact that I'm so close. I honestly have no idea what my ideal weight is as I've never been thinner in my entire adult life so I'm just sort of going with the flow but I know that 125lbs for me being 5'3 is entirely realistic.

It's just really hard to wrap my head around the fact that I have LESS than 30lbs to go!

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CARILOUIE 4/27/2012 10:14PM

    Hubs and I went dairy- and gluten- free, and the weight has been coming off for me, too. My skin is much clearer, and I feel a lot better! Good on you!

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HARMONYBLUE 4/27/2012 6:54PM

    I get so aggravated at docs that resort to RX meds first and ask questions later! The hubby and I are looking for a doc that even respects nutrition as a part of treatment much less a priority in it.

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/25/2012 11:20PM

    It's great to see a blog from you!!

I'm glad that you have gotten a new doctor who actually took the time to question an listen and had some good suggestions for you.

It's great that you have broken your plateau and are losing weight again. Good luck on getting down those pounds for your wedding. I know that you can do it, you've done great so far.


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MELISAF 4/25/2012 4:55PM

    You're looking fabulous, lady! Keep up the amazing work!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 4/25/2012 2:44PM

    You will be a beautiful bride! Glad to see you pop in!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/25/2012 2:34PM

    Good to see you here on Spark! And girl, you are rocking it (but you already know that!!!) :-)

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KKINNEA 4/25/2012 1:46PM

    Nice work! I like a few of your FB statuses the other day and wondered what you were up to - great update!

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GIANTPANDA 4/25/2012 12:16PM

    That's great news! I've also discovered that being dairy free, soy free, gluten free has helped me to take off the weight. Even if it is slow progress, it is progress. I've cut out all grains except for the pseudo grains such as quinoa, too. Your new nutritionist sounds great. I've found many times that health professionals are quick to tell patients to lose weight but have little in the way of helpful advice. And standard thyroid tests leave millions in a a tough spot with under active thyroids that are not diagnosed.

I even started adding coconut to my meals after reading that coconut is a superfood that naturally heals the thyroid, bringing it into balance. I used to drink a lot of soymilk every day, but haven't for months. It has made quite a difference. emoticon

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KARVY09 4/25/2012 11:39AM

    You're doing great, Therese. I'm glad you found a doctor who respects you and cares enough to ask all the important questions. Hopefully you will get those issues under control.

OMG, 5 months.... hard to believe! You are going to be the most beautiful bride. I know you want to be down to a certain weight by then, but sometimes the pressure on top of all of the rest of the planning is too much. Just keep doing what you're doing - you know it works! And I know you will be GORGEOUS, no matter what that number in October is!

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My Health & Fitness Goals For The Next 3 Months

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sooo...remember in my 2012 goals list I talked about having to force myself to get out from behind my computer to promote my business? Well, one of my sub-goals to do this was to attend a minimum of two networking events per month. I'm already apart of two women's networking groups (one is pretty active and the other isn't so I probably won't renew my membership to that one) but I know that traditional networking groups are the way to go when you're first starting up. The problem is that I'm TERRIFIED to go to a networking breakfast! LOL It's ridiculous and I know, but it freaks me out to be in a room with a lot of more established business owners! It really makes me feel vulnerable. That said, I'm being true to my word and have talked to a woman today about attending a popular networking event next Tuesday morning!

To break through my nervousness I've been reframing how I perceive the event. Instead of thinking that I'm not good enough or I'm too new to be in the presence of more established business owners, I'm working to see it as my opportunity to learn from more experienced business people who will help me to grow my business. Like having a group of mentors rather than a group of people who may be criticizing me.

I think reframing is the best possible thing a person can do when they're faced with a scary situation like this. Obviously the fears that I have are all in my head. I don't know ANYONE in this group yet I immediately assume they're all wildly successful and look down on anyone who's just starting out and/or not willing to help. So instead of assuming the worst, I'm going to reframe it as a great learning experience as well as a great excuse to get my butt out of the house!

So that's networking gig #1 for January. Sadly the other networking event I was actually looking forward to didn't work out as it conflicted with my schedule but I know there's a general networking mingler in February and if this other networking group works out I'll be doing that again next month!


In other news, I've set some fitness and nutrition goals for the next three months. I recently bought a FitBook (a popular food/fitness journal) to see if I want to affiliate with them through my business and I want to try it out before I decide. FitBook is geared towards a system of three month goals which you focus on until you finish the book. So, I've decided that my three goals for the next three months are:

1. Fitness: Work out 5x per week
2. Food: Focus on portion control at dinner
3. Other: Write in FitBook daily

I also have some "stats" goals, these are to lose 20lbs and perform 50 non-modified push-ups.

To hold me accountable, I am blogging about this on my non-SP blog starting today! I'll do this by blogging about which workout I did that day, posting a photo of what I ate for dinner and doing a push-up fitness test on a weekly basis to see where I'm at.

One incentive for this is getting fitted for my wedding dress. I'm not ordering a dress so I'm not going in right now to look, I'm waiting until about May. If I lose this 20lbs that puts me very close to my ultimate goal so that I wouldn't have much to take in if I drop another 10lbs or so by the wedding.

My big reward for achieving these goals is a new tattoo! I've had a new one in mind for over a year now and haven't gotten it yet so I thought this would be a great reward for all the hard work I'll have to do!

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    I, too, took away the idea of reframing thought...something I REALLY need to work on! Hope things are well in your corner of the woods :).

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CARILOUIE 2/17/2012 2:08PM

    I love the reframing idea! I tend to get very defensive when I'm criticized (even when it's meant to be helpful) so I am constantly telling myself that people are trying to help me, not knock me down. I wish you the best - sounds like things are going well!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 1/18/2012 10:55AM

    Everybody had to start somewhere. They all had a beginning. Some may be more advanced in their business and some may not be too far ahead of you. Everybody's there to learn. We all...always...have something to learn. Who knows, you just may teach them a thing or two :)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 1/17/2012 5:12PM

    Before I even got to you reframing it I was thinking "silly girl - this is a great opportunity to learn from others"...but then I had to change my thinking to "oh see - she's a smarty - she already knows what she needs to do!!!"

You are AMAZING! I am absolutely loving watching you step out of your comfort zone and push to be a success...I need to do the same thing!!!

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HARMONYBLUE 1/16/2012 5:27PM

    I think reframing is a great idea. I have a tendency to make the same assumption, that new peer groups are all wildly successful and I may not measure up. So I tend to resolve to just ask a lot of questions. People love talking about themselves and it takes the pressure of you and gives you more opportunity to learn from them.

Wedding dress incentive is a great incentive! Can't wait till Spring to see what you pick:)

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MZMONILOVE 1/16/2012 3:00PM

    Girl, this sounds can do it, you have come a long way! I've seen the can do it, you have plenty of us rooting for you! emoticon

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KKINNEA 1/16/2012 2:47PM

    Great goals and reward!

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