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Chapter 4 in The Spark & Day 4 SP Bootcamp!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I am determined not to rush my way through The Spark. I am amazed at how many ideals I have already been following without knowing it!

When I read the Paragraph Breakthroughs, I knew this was my today's blog.

My Aha Moment - When I realized I could do this! Before I reached my first written goal of 165 lbs, I changed it to 148 and then dared to dream I could reach 135!

My WooHoo Moment - Being a normal weight of 135 for the first time in my memory and realizing I didn't have to stop yet, I could go lower!!

My Breakthrough Point - Knowing I could maintain ANY weight I reached!



Day 4 Bootcamp:
Your Day 4 workout video for Wednesday, January 6, can be found here:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_artic les.asp?id=1177

Also, do 30 minutes cardio of your choice today as well.

Your Bonus Challenge for Wednesday (optional) is to eat at least 3 servings of fresh, frozen or canned vegetables today. Besides being nutritious, veggies can fill you up on fewer calories so that you're more likely to stick with your healthful eating plan for the day. The Nutrition section under our "Healthy Lifestyle" tab is full of tips to add veggies to your day, so check out the articles there if you need some help.

Done, done, done! But I did have to modify the last plank and just do it on my elbows! I tried with the hands - just too soon for me!

  
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_VALEO_ 1/7/2010 1:06PM

    Keep up the good work! I can't wait for reaching my Breakthrough Point!

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ENUFALRDY 1/7/2010 11:47AM

    Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration to us all. I am just starting chapter 4...such a great book and as I read it I feel like it is all an Ah-Ha moment.

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SHUCG1004 1/7/2010 10:56AM

    Linda, you are such an inspiration to me and so many others. I just wanted to let you know how much your positive attitude affects me! I've never met you but I sometimes think, "Linda would want me to get some nutritious food instead of the junk I am craving." I remember you told me "one day at a time" or "one moment at a time" when I posted on my blog that I was feeling everything and everyone was against me and that I had no hope. You gave me hope. What a wonderful gift!

I'm determined to read through the Spark and take my time, too! I am still in the introduction.

Shu

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/6/2010 10:20PM

    Good for you!! I love the concept of Aha, Woo Hoo, and Breakthrough moments - it's an exciting one, I find!
You're my role model :)

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PALESEPT 1/6/2010 8:32PM

    Great job on getting all of the challenges in for the bootcamp! I think I got all of them done, and I didn't even know it:) I have to check out the team page in more depth. Looking forward to the rest of the week. Good luck to you!

Pale

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KNITTABLES 1/6/2010 8:27PM

    Great moments, I too did all my challenges for bootcamp. Here to doing day 5, have a great night and keep up with the great work. UhUH moments can be real eyeopener.

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Day 3 Bootcamp Video Challenge

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Today was a breeze for me! The hardest part was walking back to a sitting position on the ball!

I Like this video!!

Did the Bonus Challenge of 2 sets of Close Arm Wall Pushups too!

  
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MSMAKEOVER 1/6/2010 4:32PM

    I enjoyed that workout and did the bonus too. WTG Linda....

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/6/2010 2:17PM

    WTG. Spark on my dear friend.

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SHUCG1004 1/6/2010 8:54AM

    Good job, Linda!

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CATHEITE 1/6/2010 8:38AM

    I love that these videos also challenge your balance. emoticon

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_VALEO_ 1/6/2010 1:49AM

    Great job! I also like this video -I'm easy to pleased when it involves the stability ball that I love.

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BARNABABY1 1/5/2010 10:49PM

    Me too....me too.....We are awesome!!!
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KNITTABLES 1/5/2010 10:45PM

    Great job, I too enjoyed this one and I did all the orther stuff as well. here's to day 4, we can do this.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/5/2010 8:04PM

    Great work!! I can only look on from the sidelines, because I don't have the video setup, but I admire you!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/5/2010 7:49PM

    Bless your heart - literally AND figuratively, Linda! Well DONE!!

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GRALLEN 1/5/2010 6:14PM

    I really enjoyed today's video too.

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CUPCAKE_LIL 1/5/2010 6:08PM

    Good for you! I've only done the cardio challenge of it so far.

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Why I am eating bread again!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Like most "dieters" I pretty much had quit eating bread unless I had no choice (when I donate blood I bring a sandwich because I am not home for lunch).

Back in June I noticed my hair was starting to thin emoticon

I started doing some research and found I was very low in Zinc and Magnesium - the Zinc did help as the hair at my temples started returning - but I still had some thin/balding spots in the back! More research and I asked my co-leader from At Goal & Maintaining and she recommended I start taking Hair, Skin & Nails. Well, there is more than one H S & N on the market - one is vitamins, the other is the herb Horsetail which I have learned is silica. I was taking the Zinc, H S & N (both kinds) and after my last haircut and asking the hairdresser I am also taking a Magnesium tablet daily. Yes! Thankfully the hair is regrowing, everywhere!

Back to the bread. I am tracking nutrients that I seem to be having difficulty consuming and lately I noticed that Bread seems to have a little of everything! Has to be the wheat flour!! (No, I do not use Whole Wheat Flour - my DH doesn't like it.) But it has reminded me that "Bread is the staff of life" in the Bible!

And this is why I am eating bread again! I eat a slice of my own rather fattening bread every day now. It is giving me all sorts of trace minerals and vitamins!

Maybe flour is so fattening because it is so full of nutrients?!

**edit:
Monday Challenge was lower body video - did pretty darn good but had to use the walker to balance for the single leg stuff.
Ate my fruits for the bonus challenge!

  
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CATHEITE 1/6/2010 9:10AM

    Wow, this is all new to me so I found it hugely interesting. I'm a carboholic and have never given up my bread - not for anything. I tried the Arnold Sandwich Thins in rye this week... OMG! Heaven! I'm so glad you found the answer you needed, Linda.
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EMILYBEMENT 1/5/2010 6:26PM

    Linda, you are one smart chick, you have an issue you search out a solution. This is why you are such a great success. I can not wait for the day I can maintain and get bring back in moderation a few things I have always loved. But bread is my weakness and until I get my poo together it will still be off limits. I am working on my inner strength as much as I am working on my outer. Hugs, Em

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 1/5/2010 11:40AM

    I love bread too....it would be hard to give it up completely. I treat myself to an Arnold's Sandwich Thin most days. They come in multi grain, wheat and white. I love 'em. High in fiber and low in cal (about 100). Yum!

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BITTYGIRL51 1/5/2010 7:55AM

    Great blog. I am not a "dieter"...but am a Weight Watcher....that's why I love the program so much. It's doeable! There isn't any food I have to deprive myself of...I have just switched from white flour to whole wheat flour/ white bread to whole wheat bread, pasta, tortillas etc; I also limit my intake of bread/carbs...but for what it's worth - I lead a normal healthy lifestyle by enjoying all my favorite foods in moderation. Extremes just don't work for me.

Thanks for confirming what I already knew. You are on the right track.

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KNITTABLES 1/4/2010 10:58PM

    Interesting to know, I take cal/mag but not zinc. I will check it out, I do eat 12 grain bread now.
Hope your hair grows back nice and thick.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/4/2010 4:49PM

    Interesting blog Linda, and helpful as usual.

My hair also fell out at an alarming rate last year as a reaction to medical trauma. I had it cropped short and my hairdresser advised me to eat wholemeal bread as well as Brazil nuts and small bananas (1 of each a day). My hair has thickened up again but I've kept it short. I would never have had the nerve to cut it so short if it hadn't fallen out but everyone says it's taken years off me so it's part of my new look these days. Oddly it was straight before it fell out but has come back with a wave it it and a much better texture.

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/4/2010 3:13PM

    Oh, I'm so glad abut your hair, Linda! I know what it's like to have one's "crowning glory" become less so, having had my hair periodically thin from general anesthesia. So glad this mix of minerals plus the silica are helping! Plus, the extra zinc should enhance your immunity, and magnesia helps our bods absorb calcium...so emoticon And that flour is enriched...cereal's the same, so when I eat my cereal, I see my nutrient numbers go up :) All the best, Susan

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ASTORRES1 1/4/2010 11:45AM

    I do bread in moderation......as with everything....alittle is ok...alot not so much....lol


amy

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SHUCG1004 1/4/2010 11:23AM

    Good for you, Linda, for doing what is right for you. Do you have a breadmaker? I am seriously considering getting one!

Shu

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MESSENE 1/4/2010 11:06AM

    I have noticed my hair getting a bit thinner too. I have been trying the calcium magnesium w/zinc too. emoticonI wonder if the weather has something to do with this, since we normally have tons of hair in our family. emoticonBread sounds like a emoticonidea! Have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon

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JUDYK17 1/4/2010 10:21AM

    I love bread! That is one thing that I will not give up on. But all in moderation. Could that be why my hair is thick and full? As my daughter the hairdresser complains about when she is cutting my hair!

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GRALLEN 1/4/2010 10:09AM

    I don't know but I love bread. There are just some things I refuse to give up. Maybe that's why it's taking so long to lose the weight.

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JILLTBNAGART 1/4/2010 9:52AM

    Everything in moderation right? Hope the hair makes a complete come back.

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The Spark!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

I received my copy early - it was shipped Priority Mail, and no, I didn't request that or pay for it so it must be another present from SparkGuy!

Several months back I was asked to sign a waiver so they could use something I had written - you know I printed and signed the waiver and mailed it in!

But I told no one because I knew that things change and it was not a guarantee that I would be in the book.

It is quite an honor to be included in a paragraph in a book this size and considering how many members there are here at SparkPeople. So when KENNYWHEELS contacted me yesterday that he found me in The Spark, you know I was elated! I hadn't yet found me on my own. KENNYWHEELS even told me what page, page 39!

I had to trust SparkPeople - I had to let go of my antiquated ideas and trust that SP knew better than me - anyone that has ever taken part in a 12-Step Program will recognize, "I had to let go and let Spark show me the way."

I do not believe I am allowed to put what is in the book here - they do own it now. So just let me say, SparkPeople works!

Sometimes you must take a giant leap of faith to follow the program but SparkPeople works!!

I can't say it enough, SparkPeople works!!! Start today with Stage One of the Spark Program and you too can realize your dreams.

Dreams really can come true! SparkPeople Works!

**Edit for the Bonus Challenge for the SP Spark Your Body BootCamp:
My goal is to tone up more now that I have reached goal weight.
weight 122.4
neck 12.25
chest 35.5
waist 26.5
hips 35
thighs 18.75
calves 14.5
arm

I had to greatly modify the video challenge - just can't hop around so spryly on these old knees. But I purchased some foam interlocking mats yesterday and I'm ready to try again next Sunday!

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/6/2010 6:35PM

    I have those mats too. They help a lot. I use them when I do WATP too.

Congratulations on being in the book!

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MSMAKEOVER 1/5/2010 4:53PM

    That's just fabulous and so are you. Congrats on all of your accomplishments.....wishing you the best in Bootcamp....I'm there with you.

WTG Linda!!!!!

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LAURAANN821 1/4/2010 8:18AM

    I'm totally impressed, but not at all surprised. You have a fantastic way with words and have demonstrated that Spark really does work!

Oh to have a 26.5" waistline!!! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 1/4/2010 2:52AM

    That's awesome! I'm not surprised that Sparkpeople contacted you, you are a gem here: reached your goal, maintaining it and keep on sparkling and helping others wherever you go.
I couldn't wait to receive my copy, but now I'm very excited to get it and find you through the pages.

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GRALLEN 1/3/2010 8:02PM

    Woohoo, I'm excited Linda! I have the book since last week but haven't even had a chance to look at it yet. I can't wait to get to your part. Heck, I may just cheat and read that page first.

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MESSENE 1/3/2010 5:00PM

    emoticonI read chapter 3 and seen your writing in it emoticon emoticonI was so happy You made into the spark pages! emoticon
Have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 1/3/2010 1:36PM

    Wow, great going, now I am going to look you up, Yep their you are. Excellant, Here to more Great things that Sparks has to offer. Enjoy your day. And emoticon

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BETRME100 1/3/2010 1:21PM

    I found you in the book too...even before reading your blog!! You're truly an inspiration to so many of us!!

And yes, SparkPeople works!! emoticon emoticon

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FINDINGREALME 1/3/2010 12:24PM

    LOL I just finished reading that section and was like "Wow! I know someone in the book!" How cool was that.

Kudos to you on the recognition of being the success that you are!!

Beth

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WALKINGANNIE 1/3/2010 11:47AM

    Well done you!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/3/2010 11:41AM

    Just picked up my brand spankin' new copy and found you there! Your words there really inspired me, too - "One day at a time, one pound at a time!" Those are great watchwords, Linda! emoticon

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UNIQUELADY42 1/3/2010 11:28AM

    WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT!!! I TOO HAVE THE BOOK BUT HAVE NOT REACHED PAGE 39. BUT WHEN I DO I WILL BE THINKING OF YOU...GREAT JOB

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MARTY19 1/3/2010 11:03AM

    I found you in the book too. You not only talk the talk, but you have walked the walk and been successful. I am so proud of you.

Love you,
Marty

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ASTORRES1 1/3/2010 10:40AM

    WOOHOO linda

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THREEWHALES 1/3/2010 10:21AM

    I know someone famous!
You are so inspiring. Thanks for being my friend here at SP and WT.

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SOPHIADARE 1/3/2010 10:14AM

    Way to go, Linda!

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LOPEYP 1/3/2010 9:51AM

    emoticon Linda. I haven't gotten to page 39 yet but I might take a peek ahead to check out your quote!

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MEADSBAY 1/3/2010 9:49AM

    Now there will be even MORE Sparkies in your fan club!
xoxoxo
your #1 fan
elizabeth
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PALESEPT 1/3/2010 9:46AM

    Hi! I'm so proud of you! You're in a book! You know, I was proud be mentioned in a book a long, long time ago:) It was a vampire website directory *giggles*! Yes, way back in the day, I had an extremely popular vampire website... it was a bulletin board type thing. Anyway, they mentioned my website addy in a book and talked about it as well. It was a massive book too!

I'm sure this all means nothing to you, but I just wanted you to know that I know how you feel and that I am very proud of you! I wish that I could get the spark book so that I could see that page 39:)

Pale

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Welcome Some New SP Members, please!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I joined the SP Community Team - Business Only Spark Team some time back.

One of the Team Goals is to "Post in the Introduce Yourself forum on the Message Boards 3 times per week" and this is most important now because of all the New Years Resolutions that pertain to diets and dieting.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb
oard_topics.asp?imboard=14



I have already made this a Team Goal on one of my teams to welcome someone new once every day and I would ask those reading my blog to do the same. January is probably the heaviest month for new members and we all know how "invisible" we can feel sometimes when overweight. The Goal is not to let anyone go unwelcomed!

But you can welcome new members even without joining the team.

Thank you, "says she," as she steps off the soapbox!

Love y'all,
Linda

**I am now asking how new members join if we have no way to invite them into the team.

***edited again: I was correct in my original wording of this blog - here is what Spark_Coach_Jen had to say in the Community Team Posting:

To join the Community Team (and join this SparkTeam),you have to be a member of the site for at least 3 months. Then when you click on the green CT icon next to any CT members posts, you can join from there.

Hope that helps!

Coach Jen

So, to the 2 people asking about it, perhaps neither of you has yet been a member for a full 3 months? Please, by all means, keep trying! We really need you!

  
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MEADSBAY 1/3/2010 9:51AM

    thnx for the reminder!
I will do 5-6 every day
(finally figured out how to cut and paste most of it so it goes quicker)
and I put a reminder in my status update.
xoxo
elizabeth
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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/2/2010 7:06PM

    emoticon Linda! I've always tried to welcome new people now and then, but I was unaware that one could click on the green Community button on members' posts to join. There really is quite an influx of new SparkSters, isn't there? - Susan

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 1/2/2010 6:49PM

    Linda, where is the thread you are speaking of in second paragraph? Is this in the Cafe thread or something?

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MSMAKEOVER 1/2/2010 6:19PM

    Great idea...thanks Linda...

Way to Spark.... emoticon

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EMMABE1 1/2/2010 4:55PM

    I do!! I honestly do!!

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LOPEYP 1/2/2010 2:49PM

    Good idea! Thanks for the reminder.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/2/2010 2:35PM

    To the 2 members trying to join the Community Team, I was unaware that the procedure to join has changed.

I have let the Team Leaders know of your desire to join by also asking how we can invite new members.

I do hope someone will be getting back to you shortly.

Marty is right! Many new members never return after their initial posting introducing themselves. All we can do is continue to try and make them to feel welcome.

Since I didn't come back for 2 years after joining, I know this is typical. I just try to reinforce that SparkPeople is here - I remembered and I came back. I guess it's the best we can do?

Hugs,
Linda

Comment edited on: 1/2/2010 2:39:31 PM

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_VALEO_ 1/2/2010 1:49PM

    Great reminder! Good luck to the team leaders of January SP Class!

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GRANDMAAMIE 1/2/2010 12:06PM

    WILL DO!

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HEART_N_GRACE 1/2/2010 10:31AM

    Thanks what a great reminder!!!

I just tried to join the team and it said it was private??? Tha I had to be asked to join by a team leader?

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CICI510 1/2/2010 10:05AM

    This is an awesome goal! I was very good about doing this for awhile but the holidays have made me lag in this area so I will definitely make a more conscious effort to welcome new members. :)

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ASTORRES1 1/2/2010 9:54AM

    Linda....good idea....I always like to make everyone feel welcome. That makes everyone feel like they are part of the family here at SPARK!!!


amy

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MARTY19 1/2/2010 9:31AM

    I want to make everyone who joins feel wlecome. But (as she gets ON her soapbox) by the end of February many of these new members will have diappeared. I want to do something to prevent THAT.

Love you
Marty

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CLOVER6266 1/2/2010 9:25AM

  Hi there. I clicked on the icon as directed above and received a message that it was a private group requiring an invitation?

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