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10TOES asking for prayers - SoulOfADancer asks for prayers too.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

10TOES is asking for prayers please. So is SoulOfADancer.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494402


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SOULOFADANCER: pray for me too please all stressed out and cant seem to get on track but god will give me strength and I will do better today

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SO
ULOFADANCER

  
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SOULOFADANCER 9/24/2011 11:36AM

    done pray for me too please all stressed out and cant seem to get on track but god will give me strength and I will do better today

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REMODELINGPAT 9/21/2011 3:34PM

    Thanks for making us aware of the need...praying!

Blessings!R>
Pat

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MARTY19 9/21/2011 2:09PM

    That is so sad. My heart bleeds for them.

Marty

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LAURELSPARK 9/21/2011 1:54PM

    You are a good friend!

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HAPPYLOSER46 9/21/2011 1:45PM

    Thank you..visited her page and praying for her and her husband and family.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/21/2011 1:16PM

    done...I stopped by her blog and let her know.

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NEW-CAZ 9/21/2011 1:00PM

    Done Linda thanks for the heads up emoticon

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46SHADOW 9/21/2011 1:00PM

    prayers sent!

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Fall 5% Challenge-time!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

As I get ready for the 5% Fall Challenge, I need to change my Intro again.

I didn't lose any weight with the last 2 challenges - maybe even gained a couple of pounds - and after fighting with it for 4 months now, I am just going to settle in where I am and maintain! 120-ish is awesome!!

I am using a Stationary Bike along with my daily walking now - and working the trampoline in where I can. My focus now is to try to make more muscles!

I am still counting calories and will be counting them for the rest of my life!

Bring on the 5% Fall Challenge - I am so ready!!

**this challenge keeps me going . . . with my exercise minutes! it's not only about losing weight . . . it's about making better habits too!

I'm a Dawg again! WooHoo!! Woof! Woof!

**edit: I more or less maintained through the last 2 challenges. After much soul-searching, I have decided to go for it one last time! I love being part of the team and will remain regardless - but I am going to give it one more try at getting the 5 lbs off before winter sets in.

This time is different though - I refuse to allow myself to feel pressured and I am stepping up the exercise/cardio and I am feeling the biking in my thighs so I think I am on the right track. I have even figured out how to use the timer on the bike! If I am able to burn the extra calories daily to meet my "food-frenzy requirements" it will be a go!

  
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TUDI4480 9/24/2011 3:04PM

    emoticon emoticon I love your spunk. I also am glad to be starting a new 5%. I have much to practice, much to learn as I make my way on this journey. I'll see you on the Walk to Rivendell too! emoticon emoticon

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ALASKASKY 9/20/2011 9:06PM

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SOULOFADANCER 9/20/2011 6:52PM

    wow between foot and pedal you are going to travel the world GO GIRL

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FITNESSMONSTER8 9/20/2011 2:12PM

    Good luck on the fall challenge!!! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/20/2011 1:56PM

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NOMORESTALLING 9/19/2011 9:14AM

    YOU GO GIRL!
You know you get so in the habit of counting calories it becomes a subconscious thing too.
As a Nutritarian I needn't count calories now but do anyway and I'm still tracking them with the nutrition tracker here LOL
And you know what I'm finding? That I'm eating to my heart's content no limits on fruits and vegetables but Sundays is my "cheat" day when I eat in the lower percentile and have a meat. So I definitely want know my calories, fats, carbs, proteins and sodium levels.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/19/2011 8:02AM

    Way to go Linda! I'm trying to figure out how I want to tackle this 5% challenge.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/18/2011 11:19PM

    Continue with your spirited routine, and you'll undoubtedly make it to the last couple pounds you would like to trim off. You look marvelous, dear! May you and your team do exceedingly well! Hug, hug!

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ESILBO 9/18/2011 10:59PM

    WE WILL DO GREAT...LOL emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/18/2011 9:03PM

    You're going to do great! emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 9/18/2011 7:31PM

    emoticon emoticon I would love to be able to say I'll settle in at 120- ish! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 9/18/2011 6:57PM

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MARTY19 9/18/2011 6:39PM

    emoticon But you have maintained for so long and look fabulous.

Love you
Marty

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/18/2011 6:36PM

    emoticon yes you are awesome...all 120 ish of you.

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MSLZZY 9/18/2011 6:28PM

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MAWDOT35 9/18/2011 6:18PM

    I agree! It must be wonderful to be 120ish!!!!!
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Dorothy

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NEW-CAZ 9/18/2011 5:29PM

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BROWNSNAPPER 9/18/2011 5:26PM

    As long as awesome is what you're looking for.......

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LADYMCN 9/18/2011 5:20PM

    " 120-ish is awesome!! " Amen. emoticon

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11 minutes on the bike - wow!

Friday, September 09, 2011

I know it doesn't sound like much - but I have suffered lower back pain for most of my 60 years. I never really thought about it but it probably ties into the fact I was born without hip sockets. Now before anyone feels sorry for me, let me explain.

I was born without hip sockets but a friend of my grandmother was an "old midwife" and she told my mother, "something is wrong with this child - have her checked out" for my oldest sister (sponge hip) and mom had each of us checked after that - yup, no hip sockets for me!

2 years with a 36" bar attached to my baby shoes and me dragging it all over the house! (that sounds awfully long to me, but what do I know - that's what Mom told me)

I was also born with Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, a disorder of the visual system that is characterized by a vision deficiency in an eye that is otherwise physically normal, coupled with astigmatism not only on the surface of my eyes, but behind my eyes as well. Can you say, "blind as a bat?"

So from an early age I was "doomed" to be crippled and blind. Well, the hips were found and a solution put in place - one down.

We lived in a low-middle income housing development and on the same floor (6 floor apt buildings) was an upcoming eye specialist who worked with me every week even after he moved to another state! My parents took me from NYC to New Jersey every Tuesday, Dad's only day off, and Dr. Clark not only checked and exercised my eyes, they fed us! ... and let me walk their poor little dog almost to death! Every week he did this for free to save my eyes!

Bless his heart, literally, because he died of an enlarged heart at the age of 40. I was only one of thousands this blessed man helped for free!

OMG! I have gotten away from my subject!! So even though I did bike when I was 17, it always caused me back pain and I finally did just give it up.

Yesterday, for whatever reason, I decided to give my Dad's old stationary bike another try and I managed to do 5-7 minutes but didn't believe it. So I dragged it to the TV room and checked the clock and this time I logged 11 minutes straight! WooHoo for this old dawg!!

Never ever give up on yourself! We are so worth the extra effort!!

P.S. 5 % Fall Challenge is now closed :(

**edit: I am now able to do 20-30 min at a time! WooHoo!!

Reading makes the riding go faster!

  
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HELLAS2 9/27/2011 3:00PM

    What a wonderful life story you have ... and what a gracious caring doctor that was to help you for free. Life is full of surprises. Awesome work on the bike.

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JUDYK17 9/17/2011 10:27PM

    What a great story. I am lucky that I was able to move to my dad's doctor. He is never in a hurry and takes the time to not only talk to you but also to listen to what you have to say. There a re few good doctors out there.

Great work on the bike!

Judy

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KIKI0531 9/17/2011 2:00PM

    What a great story about your eye doctor. You are so right too - there are not many physicians out there that I know of today that would provide care for free. As for the mileage on the ole' bike emoticon

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GNUATTITUDE 9/17/2011 9:54AM

    Eleven minutes is a victory and what an inspiration! Never, never, NEVER give up! That's the only way we discover what we are capable of doing. emoticon

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LYNKIN 9/17/2011 8:05AM

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing! You are awesome! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 9/15/2011 11:09AM

    emoticon for Dr. Clark! and emoticon for you! I thing a special part of you being able to do this is because it's your Dad's bike and he is cheering you on from above. emoticon

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MILLIE5522 9/13/2011 3:27PM

    You are amazing! I feel so lucky to have come across you so early in my Spark life lol emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/11/2011 11:16PM

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MRSWHITEWOLF 9/11/2011 3:12PM

    Awesome story Linda!!!! Way to go!

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NPA4LOSS 9/10/2011 12:24PM

    How wonderful to have a special person help you as that Dr. did. emoticon on the bike riding. Is it a recumbent? I also have OA and find if I am on too long I have extra pain but if I limit my rides then I do very well. Enjoy the minutes and the ride. emoticon

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BIBS4664 9/10/2011 11:53AM

    You did it...Yea!!! Thank you for your story. Hwlelprd mr.


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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/10/2011 11:12AM

    COOL Linda COOL !! My parents figured "either this kid is STUPID or she's almost blind" cos I kept literally walking into the walls and door frames,,,they were HOPING for almost blind,,, LOL ! Sure enough that was IT !! I've been wearing glasses since the age of 2. I WILL NOT TAKE them OFF For ANYTHING ! I ADORE THEM ! They are my lifesaver, with a double astigmastism in my left eye,,and a single in right eye. Hey its ALL I've known.

GO GIRL GIRL on the bike ,,,since you dare ! I gave the bike up,,,it was hurting my hips to much,,,but thats the aruthur iris ! He and I met some years ago,,,and we even SLEEP together, but please DO NOT tell the elders of my cong ! SHHHHHHH ! LOL !

I am a wishing you well ! for I am SURE you ALSO have aruthur sleeping with YOU ALSO and how much this HURTS to BADLY, but you just KICKING and PEDDLING ONWARD thu it, you are stronger than I am kiddo !! YOU GO YOU GO !!! Diane ML

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/10/2011 9:34AM

    Way to go!

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DIZZYDOC 9/10/2011 8:04AM

    Way to go! You have done wonders with your weight loss and a life time of problems. What a GREAT spirit and motivator.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/10/2011 7:50AM

    That's the spirit...never give up!

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SUSIEPH1 9/9/2011 11:46PM

    What an awesome man that doctor was!.
You have had so many problems early in life too .. but hey we are here and doing well ..
Congratulations my friend glad you tried the bike!!
Thank you for the inspiration to keep going!
Take Care ..
Enjoy the challenge!!
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/9/2011 9:45PM

    NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP... that's my plan! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/9/2011 9:22PM

    What a heartwarming story: your parents and your doctors believed in you, and you still believe in yourself!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 9/9/2011 7:52PM

    Ride that bike and blind as a bat, meet, blind as a bat. LOL Glasses since I was 3 . But we made it. Thanks for a little insight into your life.

Gini

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LAURELSPARK 9/9/2011 7:20PM

    What a great attitude you have...it certainly makes life more fun, doesn't it!!

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TYBEWALLACE 9/9/2011 6:48PM

    I am speechless (which doesn't happen much).....
What an amazing story of kindness and generosity and of your stregnth and preserverence...

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HEALTHY1JESS 9/9/2011 6:32PM

    emoticonI am so happy for you!!! emoticon

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LMMIMI 9/9/2011 3:26PM

    Go for it! I am trying the bike at our Rec Building, but so far 10 minutes it my limit.

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MARTY19 9/9/2011 1:57PM

    You are so positive about everything. It is a joy. For you, the glass us always half full.

Love you,
Marty

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TULIPAN2 9/9/2011 12:37PM

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RUFFIT 9/9/2011 10:35AM

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ESILBO 9/9/2011 10:08AM

    SO GLAD FOR YOU LINDA....ENJOY IT, USED TO LOVE BIKING BUT TOO BIG FOR THAT NOW...BUT WAIT, ITS COMING...LOL
LOVE
LISE

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GRANDMA1951 9/9/2011 10:03AM

    Good for you. It's great that you can do things you didn't think you'd ever be able to.

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KAREN42BOYS 9/9/2011 9:22AM

    What a wonderful story, Linda, of people helping a child in need.

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KINSBAILE 9/9/2011 9:16AM

    Great job!

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VIRGOTEX 9/9/2011 8:51AM

    Way.to.GO!

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NEW-CAZ 9/9/2011 8:29AM

    emoticon Linda, really pleased for you hun emoticon

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MERKDJM 9/9/2011 8:19AM

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♥ .•* ) Best Wishes!!! ♥•*) -::-
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(. ;.•.♥ To Your Continued Success!!♥.•*)
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Spirited Underdogs - Private Team - part 6 - no more room :(

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Well, we now have 562 members in the Fall 5% Challenge so I am expecting the team to go private :(

Happy Losing!!

**edit: the Fall 5% Challenge has now been closed.

Let me know and I will make sure you get invited to the 2011 Winter 5% Challenge!
I am not a leader so I cannot invite anyone to join the team late. Sorry if you missed this challenge but in about 3 months we will be doing it again!!

  
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FIT-AT-50 9/23/2011 9:05PM

    Enjoy the challenge!

After 2.5 years of sparking, I'm doing my first challenge -- BLC 17. It has been more fun than I ever imagined! I'm thankful that they have a maintenance group who participates in the challenges, but don't have points counted against them for not losing.

I'm guessing that your 5% doesn't refer to weight loss, unless they have a MOM (Masters of Maintenance) group, too! You're looking great!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/9/2011 2:19AM

    OH NO !! DID *I* Make it? :)

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MSLZZY 9/8/2011 11:09PM

    Good luck to all!

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GRANNYSUE9 9/8/2011 8:35PM

    Will miss your blogs about this. Guess there will be other things for you to blog about. Ready for the challenge!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/8/2011 8:20PM

    Sounds good... maybe in 3 months I'll be in a space that I am ready to give it a try. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMACOO 9/8/2011 7:30PM

    Let the 'games' begin!

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LITTLEGIRLSMOM1 9/8/2011 6:59PM

  I missed the team but I will survive... LOL

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MARTY19 9/8/2011 6:07PM

    Now what are you going to blog about? LOL!

Love you,
Marty

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SLENDERELLA61 9/8/2011 5:01PM

    Sounds like a great team. Best wishes for achieving all you are aiming for!!! -Marsha

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MARIA_VIGS 9/8/2011 12:28PM

    I made it before the cut! WooHoo! Now I just need to find out what team I get placed on . . .
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KINSBAILE 9/8/2011 10:12AM

    I would think so very soon!

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Spirited Underdogs - Private Team - part 5

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Only room for another 41 members - don't miss this glorious opportunity to have fun and maybe even lose a few pounds!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Butterflies
Cats
Cloverleafs
Determined Daisies
Firecrackers
Shooting Stars
Spirited Underdogs
Starfish
Teddy Bears
The A Team

Pick your team and login for some great fun!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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WooHoo! And I earned another 5 points for the Spirited Underdogs too!!

**edit: only 24 more places available!

run, don't walk, to join our Fall 5% Challenge!

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/8/2011 12:00AM

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SUSIEPH1 9/7/2011 7:11PM

    Sorry not this time around!!
have fun!!
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TYBEWALLACE 9/7/2011 6:35PM

    I'm ready....

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GRAMMAMARY 9/7/2011 3:51PM

    I'm going to spend some time thinking about how I'm going to approach the Fall Challenge. My work schedule will be picking up as we head into the fall and the holidays so it will rquire a little more time planning. Will probably not be online as much as I have been able to be during the summer but looking forward to another great challenge with the SUDs

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HELEN_BRU 9/7/2011 3:47PM

    I may not join you guys this time, but that's no reflection on the team by any means! You guys are the best!

I'm just going to cut the time I spend here on Spark.

Helen

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MARTY19 9/7/2011 2:00PM

    I'm READY!!!

Marty

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GRANNYSUE9 9/7/2011 1:17PM

    I am excited about this challenge!

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REBECCAMA 9/7/2011 11:09AM

  okay, I joined the team. Well..any team, we'll see where they put me.

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GRANDMACOO 9/7/2011 10:50AM

    Love your short, concise blogs. I'm ready for the fall challenge to be underway.

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