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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Good Morning!

Today's title comes from Paul Harvey with his famous, "page two"

I started this journey on Mar 27 and decided that no matter how much or how little I lost it would be forever. My main goal is still to reach a weight I will be able to maintain. I am just thrilled that my first goal was 15 lbs ago! and I am still going!!

I had to reach the point where nothing looks as sweet to me as losing this weight once and forever. Hence each pound lost is gone forever. Every temptation reaches the same decision - is this worth my not reaching my goals? So far it is always, "nope."

I still have a pair of red shorts hanging up and I tried them on again yesterday! I cannot close them but I could get them on! And when I held the waist closed they looked so much better than any forbidden treat! They are the new size 6 and I will be in them next spring! Bring on Summer 2009, I am going to be ready!

When I started SP it was to lose 45 lbs and I gave myself a year to do it. Well, back in July SP wanted me to eat more than I was comfortable with so I changed my goals to lose 1-2 lbs a week and started dropping them 2 per week on average. The more I lost the more I wanted to walk (Cardio) and it becomes a vicious circle, lol, with me being the winner who is losing.

As an added thought, I started moisturizing to help my body to reduce the outer shell (sounds so much nicer than flab) and I am using Oil of Olay Firming Cream from Wal-marts. While I cannot say it is firming me up, it is revitalizing my skin so it will be able to reduce a little easier. And it is making looking in the mirror nicer too!

Have a spectacular day!
Love & Hugs,
Linda
P.S. I made it - down 60 lbs now!!

  
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BABIE_JANE 11/20/2008 1:21AM

    Yes you are a winner! Congratulations on you 60 pounds gone!

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CRTSANG 11/19/2008 2:40PM

    Linda, you are the most amazing person! emoticon on your 60 lbs lost! You are an inspiration to us all and I'm sure you'll get to where you want to be. I am in awe of you.

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JENIFIREHARP 11/19/2008 12:07PM

    You rock Linda! You are truly a success at this...

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MARTY19 11/18/2008 7:29PM

    You rock my friend. I am thrilled at you progress and rooting for you every step of the way.
Marty

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SUPREME5 11/18/2008 2:46PM

    sounds and looks like you are on a awsome rool.

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MEGSAMAMA 11/18/2008 12:23PM

    You are truly amazing! I wanted to tell you that I got up at 7:30am to do my work out today! Every time I read your blogs I am motivated to exercise and keep going. Last night I thought to myself that I needed to make my exercise more of a priority like you do - so I did today! Thank you for all that you do!

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MOB8/2009 11/18/2008 11:40AM

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Sorry, but I ran out of words when you hit 50 lbs gone!!! You are truly amazing.

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SUGARINTHESUN 11/18/2008 9:46AM

    emoticon 60 pounds is FANTASTIC and you are still losing....Yahoooooooooooooo!
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GRATULATIONS!!
Spark On!

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HUGGERS1 11/18/2008 9:31AM

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 60 pounds is awesome. I am so proud of you. I cannot believe your journey and I have been watching. I definitely want your metabolism :) I am sure that your journey is going to find you in those shorts before January is out :)

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Amber

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LBSTRINGER 11/18/2008 9:27AM

  Congratulations, you have a lot to be proud of. I guess I have just been at a plateau. I had already lost about 10 pounds when I found SP in August. I have only lost 2 pounds since then, but I have been increasing my exercise and I am walking every day. I got a pedometer and am walking more than 10,000 steps every day. It is still hard, since I work at a sit down desk job, then have to cook supper and other housework as soon as I get home. But I am determined to lose another 28 pounds before my birthday next May. Your motivation does help me stick to my goals. I enjoy hearing from you about your accomplishments.
Love ya,
Linda

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I'm Still Making Progress!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It almost escaped my notice, but I am down 59 lbs today! Thanks to DH asking me!! WooHoo!! My weight is really on the move!

I lost 4.5 lbs so far this month and another inch this week! Finally seeing some improvement in the size of my calves which have been huge all my life. I thought they started feeling "jiggly" this week and I was hoping they would start going down.

I joined a new team, really - it's a new team - and the Team Leader, Megsamama, has a chart that helps me to know how many calories I need to eat daily! Thanks a million Meg, you are helping me to simplify my life!! The team is called, By The Numbers and Meg will email the chart to anyone that asks for it. You can find the team by looking at my SparkPage.

I am using the WATP videos but this week I was given (loaned) 3 new videos and they are awesome. I now have my own set of Walk Slim and I just love the first in the series called Fast Start! I have been using WATP for a couple of months thanks to Huggers1 but these are like a breath of fresh air! I actually had so much fun using the first one that I hated to have to turn it off when the phone rang and we had to go out immediately. (No, not an emergency, but our Golf Cart was ready for us to pick up.) I already had Walk Slim Fast & Firm! 4 Really Big Miles (very doable!) but now I am going to start with #1 and walk my way up!

I'm going to reach 60 lbs gone before I reach age 60! WooHoo!! My chosen picture is my virtual model at 130 because DH & I are now thinking this might be possible for me to achieve! While I am short I am also large boned (no, my doctor told me this) so we really have no idea what my ideal weight will be.

Hugs to All!!



  
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AMYSM04 11/17/2008 11:30PM

    Congrats! Thats awesome :)

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SUPREME5 11/16/2008 11:32PM

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MEGSAMAMA 11/16/2008 3:13PM

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You have no idea how much you motivate me! Every time I try and talk myself out of working out I check your tracker out and say "Just Do It Meg"!

Congratulations on your success so far - the future you looks FANTASTIC (so does the current)!

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MARTY19 11/16/2008 9:41AM

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You rock Linda. How awesome!

Marty

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SUGARINTHESUN 11/16/2008 9:37AM

    emoticon Nice Spark'n Linda. You are a lady on the move. Good work on shrinking your calf's. Spark On!

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HUGGERS1 11/16/2008 9:26AM

    I am so proud of you. You can definitely reach your goals.
59 ppounds is awesome!!!!!!!! I am enjoying my new watp tapes as well.
I need to relook at my food because my scale is not moving. I think I need to
Up my calories. I am sure I will ask for your advice.

You are doing so great

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amber

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MOB8/2009 11/16/2008 9:03AM

    That weight is entirely do-able, friend! With only one pound to go, can you do it by the 23rd??? (Birthday hint, people!a0 I know you can and we'll have two reasons to emoticon

I have one of the Leslie Sansone walking DVDs after listening to lots of folks talk about her. I enjoy it and it gets my muscles all loosened up, but I can't seem to get my heart rate up with walking. So I generally do a mile with Leslie in the a.m. after my coffee and then hit the gym at night. I like the blend of the two things. Occasionally I'll skip the gym and work on a Jillian Michaels DVD, but I'm prone to collapsing in the middle of it if no one is watching!!!!

Keep up the good work. You really are doing a great job and it sounds like you've carved out/put together an awesome program for your needs. You're a real motivator! emoticon

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Recipe for Success continued

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I just wanted to note that changing my calories does work! I lost another 2 pounds this week after taking the plunge and adding 300 calories to my day.

So if you hit a standstill like I did, check to make sure your cardio minutes are up-to-date.

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KATHYLM51 11/13/2008 1:40PM

    your doing awesome!!!!isn't it funny the difference one feels between more food when they are suppose to eat more vs I want more but cant have more, in example two it would taste 100 % better : = )

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HUGGERS1 11/13/2008 10:04AM

    I am so proud of you. You are doing great.

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amber

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GINILEE4 11/12/2008 8:00PM

    Good work Linda. You are making such amazing progress. When I get frustrated I come to your page and read your story. It always sets me straight. Thanks for being so positive.

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MEGSAMAMA 11/12/2008 10:07AM

    emoticon Great Job!

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JENIFIREHARP 11/11/2008 11:04PM

    Good! I am glad to hear that it is working!

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MOB8/2009 11/11/2008 9:36PM

    I'm going to have to do that. I would love to be able to add more calories to my menu, but I somehow don't think I fall into the "working so hard I need more food energy" category. Bummer emoticon

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FL_SUNSHINE 11/11/2008 6:03PM

    That's awesome! Way to go!

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SUGARINTHESUN 11/11/2008 3:58PM

    emoticon Hoo Hoo Hooooooooooooooooooooooo! Way to Go!!!
Nice Spark'n
Spark On!

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CRTSANG 11/11/2008 1:44PM

    You rock!

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WALKING_GIRL 11/11/2008 1:37PM

    WooHoo!!!! Way to go!!! I completely agree, you have to take in enough if you are burning alot.. :-)

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MARTY19 11/11/2008 1:09PM

    emoticon Linda,
Please pass the motivation to me. I am moving and I think I packed mine in a box and now can't find it. LOL I'll find it after the move I hope.

Marty

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STARRTWINKLES 11/11/2008 12:22PM

    emoticonon your weight loss you are doing great Keep up the good work. God bless Starr

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My Story - so far!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


I seem to find blogs when I sparkmail and today was no exception. I had told a buddy that I burn 700+ calories a day and that really sounds like a lot. So I explained.....

Good Morning!

I didn't start out this way. I walk with my neighbor daily. She has really bad Rheumatoid Arthritis and I didn't know it yet but I was having a little arrhythmia. Cathy had begged everyone she knew to walk with her as the doctors advised it was the best thing she could do. Well one day she just dropped her gardening tools and fell into step behind Ray & I as we walked around the block. (No, she hadn't asked me. She was a new neighbor and we didn't do much more than the usual hellos.) She later told us that we couldn't stop her from walking behind us, lol. It was the day that changed my life, 3-1/2 years ago! From that day forward I became Cathy's walking partner and my arrhythmia stopped and her Rheumatoid Arthritis started feeling better. Until this year we were very happy with our 2 mile walks 5 times a week.

Then I decided to lose weight. Mar 27, 2008 a date to remember.

August 1, my sister gave me a used pedometer and I just exploded with energy! I was doing barely 5000 steps daily and now I was supposed to do 10,000? And to make it worse my sister told me I needed 15,000 to lose weight!! Well, I started adding a little here and a little there and reached 15,000 daily! Then I stopped losing weight. *sigh*

My sister works but wanted a walking partner at night so I went with her, 3 miles worth, darn near killed me but the weight started moving again! A monster was created!! Within weeks she stopped walking but I didn't. *sheesh* and the weight kept going!

And Cathy found out she had cancer of the appendix after it ruptured! Her doctors said she was alive and survived the 3 surgeries needed due to the years of walking and advised her to walk as much as she could. I told her I would walk with her as often and as far as she wanted to try for and we reached 5 miles together for the first time yesterday! Today she takes another treatment and won't be able to walk again until next Monday when we start over at about 1 mile together. She can only walk in the mornings as she is just too exhausted in the afternoon. Today is her 4th treatment - she takes them every other week and they are 48 hour treatments.

Gosh, this sounds like the makings of another blog!

Anyway, about a month ago I noticed the flab left by losing 55 lbs and started using my WATP videos daily as well as returning to my strength training. That is how I started really racking up the calories burned and that is the reason I needed to learn more about calorie deficits and calories consumed.

*Sheesh*, I am sorry to be writing such a long letter! But now you know the hows and whys of my calories burned. Anyone can do the WATP videos, they really are that easy to learn, and 15 minutes a day will still burn between 100-125 calories depending on how you use the boosters and if you do all the steps. One mile a day works wonders on the legs and waist.

Hugs,
Linda

The picture is my virtual model at my new goal weight of 135.


*~*~*~* fast forward to 5/4/2014: today I am under this weight and still walking with my buddy Cathy who has been cancer-free for 4 years now! we average 6-7 miles daily and I am again under 135!

  
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VIVRE5 11/13/2008 1:58PM

    Linda, this blog (and YOU!) are so inspiring, and this was JUST what i needed to see today to feel motivated again. It can be done, you are doing it so i can too :) thanks for taking the time :) HUGS! Jennie

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CRTSANG 11/10/2008 12:51PM

    You are amazing.



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MOB8/2009 11/10/2008 8:54AM

    FABULOUS BLOG!!! You are not only a great inspiration, but a great friend. Cathy is very lucky to have you.

Keep it up! I love reading your "notes" emoticon

What's WATP?

Linda

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/8/2008 7:53PM

    What a wonderful blog..so straight from the heart. What a motivator you are!!! Keep it up.
God bless you as you travel your journey to a healthier you.
Hugs,
Helen

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WKINTG01 11/7/2008 2:29PM

    I loved your story. I had never heard that in order to lose weight you should be walking 15,000 steps daily. Thanks for the tip... I'm going to get a pedometer tonight!

What a motivator!


*Kudos*
Wh
itney

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JANBFIT 11/7/2008 7:57AM

    i loved your story and what an eye opener. By the way how did you create that virtual model, i want to do that too. emoticon

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GINILEE4 11/6/2008 8:15PM

    Linda, I LOVED your blog. These are questions I ask myself all the time. How do I do this.? I have a WATP book , somewhere. We moved a few months ago and I haven't found everything yet.lol. I really think a video is in order. I am going to go to Amazon tomorrow and order 1. Thanks for the inspiration. Good walking to you. I have just started walking, on Tuesday. I have to kick my sorry butt out the door. I will use any excuse to stay in my chair. Maybe I should take advantage of you and report my fitness and such to you daily. It will keep me honest, even if you don't read it.
Being new in town, I don't have a walking buddy. I live on a major road and although we have sidewalks and I see lots of people walking, I am too shy to ask to walk with them. Besides I am a very slow walker right now, but I'll get better. Thanks for being you,

Gini

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INSPIREDTOBEFIT 11/6/2008 11:20AM

    I agree! What a fantastic story! You are very inspiring. Keep up the great work!

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MEGSAMAMA 11/6/2008 11:03AM

    You are truly inspiring!

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EBLOOMING 11/6/2008 1:06AM

    WOW!! That is all I can say. You have done well and lookin good. I have some arythmia also and notice that when I walk regularly it seems to go away. That was a neat blog. Elaine in Oregon

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JENIFIREHARP 11/5/2008 9:54PM

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing it.

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FLYBABYC 11/5/2008 6:25PM

  Thanks for sharing, Linda! It helps when people are so open about how they're reaching their goals!
Blessings! Cathy in Wisconsin

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PAYES97 11/5/2008 2:54PM

    WOW! Your story is such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing it.

Hugs,

Mistie

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HUGGERS1 11/5/2008 12:12PM

    This story is amazing. You are doing so well and you are a wonderful source of inspiration for your friend and your family. I am so proud of how far you have come. I am working on increasing my activity to more than 5 days a week, but tuesday and thursday are really hard for me. I need to exercise in the a.m. these days but find myself forgetting.

I am glad you wrote this blog as it shows how much dedication and hard work pays off.
I am praying for your friend.

hugs
Amber

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MARTY19 11/5/2008 12:08PM

    You rock Linda,
You show us what hard work and determination can do. You set the example and are a candle in the dark.
Marty

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MOMMA_ROSS 11/5/2008 11:33AM

    What an awesome story!! I have so many excuses - kids to take care of, dinner to make, kitchen to clean, etc... I'm not sure how you do it, but I think you're AWESOME!! =)

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WALKING_GIRL 11/5/2008 11:03AM

    What an amazing story! You have really inspired me!

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BITTYGIRL51 11/5/2008 9:52AM

    You are an inspiration! So just keep on keeping on! Life is too short...and we have alot of it to live!!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 11/5/2008 9:44AM

  You are such a selfless person! One in a million if you ask me. I am SOOOO proud of you... and your rewards will keep coming!

Naomi

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My Recipe For Success

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


My Recipe For Success

Track It! If you eat it you track it = you bite it? you write it!

Keep moving. You don't want to walk outside? Walk inside. I found I can easily walk 4000 steps at night while watching TV. Sluggish metabolism? Morning and Night to do it right! Get a pedometer, even a Wal-mart's cheapie is better than none. Ask around, Blue Cross is giving them away - I got one from my doctor when they learned I was walking - I gave it to my neighbor. Aim for 10,000 steps for good health; go for 12,000-15,000 steps to lose weight. Can't stand on your feet very long? Lean on a walker or a chair but try to get those feet moving. I would love to do water aerobics but I can't afford the gym and the YMCA is too far away.

Stopped losing weight? Research the reasons, don't stop now. Twice I got "stuck" and both times I got it moving again. The closer we get to our goal weight the more difficult it will become. First time I had to realize to start moving a little every night. Second time I had to adjust my calories for my cardio. Keep track of your cardio minutes and make sure you update them regularly. I was under eating by 400 calories. The important thing to remember is find out why you are not losing. Quite often this can be remedied with the information available here at Spark People.

Persistence, persistence, persistence.
"The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke. - W.J. Camero"

I am often reminded that when an item is lost it is found in the last place you look! (you stop looking when you find it, lol) There are so many tools for us to use freely here at Spark People - I am taking the time for me. I am taking the time to do this right. I am never going to put this weight back on because I know how I am taking it off. Ask questions, use the search engine, but don't become complacent. I don't believe a plateau is supposed to be "to infinity and beyond".

There are more Spark Teams available than I could count. If you are not getting what you need in one, look for another. As our needs change it is not unreasonable to need what is available at another Spark Team. And we are allowed to belong to as many as we want, and all for free!

I'm sorry this is so long. But it really pains me to see people stuck and then they give up their program. I want to cry when these people leave the Spark community never to return.

"Never give up. Never surrender." Galaxy Quest

This picture is me, today, at 154.6 lbs! In pants I couldn't zip up on Saturday!! Old size 14! The T-Shirt is Large and never fit before, way too tight.
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LUCKYLESLIE 11/6/2008 3:27PM

    Linda-you look GREAT girlfriend! What an inspiration! Keep up the good work & attitude! God Bless You-Leslie emoticon

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MEGSAMAMA 11/6/2008 11:01AM

    You are amazing! You were definitely a fantastic pick for the SP Motivator!

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BITTYGIRL51 11/4/2008 11:02PM

    You're looking great, girl! There's no such thing as "failure" only "feedback". When the scale is up, that's feedback that we gotta do something different...

I commend you for you dedication...and for inspiring others to grab ahold of the reigns! "If it's to be, it's up to me".

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JENIFIREHARP 11/4/2008 10:15PM

    LOL Your galaxy quest quote is #7 on my Spark Page... And one of my favorite mantras when I have a rough day!!! I love the way you outlined everything, and gave this a great title. Naomi is right, you should share this with more people. Especially new people! You are looking great!!!

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Your friend, Jennifer :)

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KATHYLM51 11/4/2008 5:37PM

    I love your enthusiasm and I cannot see how anyone can belong here and NOT feel the same. I am blown away daily by the endless resources here and then add the people and teams and hey we have found a gold mine plain and simple. Nice to meet you btw.

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TOWARDSNIRVANA 11/4/2008 5:24PM

    Thanks emoticonAnd what a great photo! emoticon

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MARTY19 11/4/2008 5:21PM

    Linda - this post is awesome. So many people give up and failure is a word that needs to be expelled from our vocabularies. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
You are a success in all ways.

Marty

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SUPREME5 11/4/2008 1:40PM

    i agree with naomi. need more people reading that. i gained 5 pounds after loseing 17. back on track and its people lik you and the goonie leaders that keep me here i have lost 2 of those pounds thank you.dorene emoticon

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LIFES*2*SHORT 11/4/2008 12:52PM

  It's that dreaded number on the scale that has people giving up. It kills me! Let's do this for the health of our bodies first and foremost. You got it girl!! 100% on the money! Thanks for sharing that.

Naomi

I think you should start a new thread on the Goonies with this... more people need to read that, than the ones who visit your blog.

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