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I can hardly believe I'm finally overweight!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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At my highest weight (about 4 years ago), I was morbidly obese. At 5' 3", I weighed 243 lbs. and had a BMI of 43.1. I was so out of shape that it was painful to just walk around the block. I started walking and eating well. Then my sister introduced me to hiking and I lost 50 lbs. Unfortunately, when I got down to 179 lbs., I hit a plateau and got very discouraged. I became negligent and regained about 25 lbs.

When I had a heart attack on January 30th of this year, I was obese at 217 lbs. I started Sparking in February, not sure what to expect. I was surprised at the caring support I received! I started reading articles and blogs, joined SparkTeams and used the great tools SP offers. I've learned a lot in the 8 months I've been Sparking!

One of the biggest gifts God has given me, healthwise, is my sister and walking buddy. She coached me and is not the least bit afraid to give me a good swift kick in the butt when I need it! I'm so grateful for her! She believed in me when I didn't believe in myself.

Well, as of this morning, I'm overweight at 167-1/2 lbs. I've lost 75 lbs. since my highest weight. A BMI of 29.6 might not be anything to make some of YOU smile about, but coming from being morbidly obese, with a BMI of 43.1, I'm smiling! emoticon

I don't even know if I have any photos of myself at my highest weight. I did my best to avoid having my picture taken.

This "before" photo was taken by my sister while we were walking at the Cherry River bog. I weighed about 205 lbs. I've given that sweatshirt away. It just got too big to wear.

This "after" photo was taken with my son when he visited in July. I've lost another 13 lbs. since this photo was taken, but it does show some of the progress I had made. I plan to have my "real" after photos taken at his wedding in January.

Thank you, SparkFriends! Thank you for being honest in your blogs, so that I can relate to what you write. Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to write comments on my blogs and SparkPage, and for giving me SparkGoodies. I don't always write back because of a lack of time, but I am so grateful for you! emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/5/2010 9:04PM

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Wow!! Amazing!! You have shrunk away to nothing lol. Well done!! Boy do you have some gorgeous places to hike!! Beautiful!! looking fabulous!!
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NIC1010 10/25/2010 8:14PM

    Keep up the good work auntie. I will have to get back into shape if we are going to join an iron-man team together. emoticon

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PENNYAN45 10/23/2010 10:24AM

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Your accomplishment is remarkable - you are an inspiration for all of us.

And your reward is having all the benefits of renewed health!

I am so very happy for you!!


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APRILLSCOTT 10/22/2010 2:26AM

    Thanks you for taking the time to write this blog! I am where you use to be and you have been a great inspiration to me this year! So you see you never know what your life has meant to others. I think next to where i live your area of the woods is one of the most beautifulest in the world! Thanks for sharing it with us and showing us your battles! It has helped me a lot!
Keep on Hiking! You are a great inspiration!

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DRB13_1 10/21/2010 9:35PM

    Congratulations!!! Getting below a BMI of 30 is a BIG DEAL!!!
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You are going to be beautiful at the wedding, and the pictures will show your happiness and celebrate the fact that one year after your cardiac event you have a full life and much more in store!
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COUNTRYCHIRPER 10/21/2010 9:31PM

    Congratulations! You have approached this journey wisely and not been afraid to get help. Your hard work is paying off and I'm so very happy for you. Keep up the great work.

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SHAPNUP 10/21/2010 7:25PM

    Congratulations! I love the title of your blog. I'm not sure where I am on that obesity scale.

What a great accomplishment. You're looking good. You're sounding good. I'm betting you're feeling terrific. Thanks for sharing your success with us!
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ONEKIDSMOM 10/21/2010 7:11PM

    That is emoticon progress, and should be giving you great encouragement! You've done your body a world of good.

And I look forward to those wedding snaps... I just know you'll look gorgeous!

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LJCANNON 10/21/2010 6:54PM

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Congratulations!! Becoming 'Overweight' is an achievement that some people will never truly understand or appreciate. Your SparkFamily is doing the Happy Dance with you.

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ANDI571 10/21/2010 6:35PM

    I am so excited for you, and yes I smiled big along with you. You have achieved so much in the past few months. You go girl! emoticon

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THIAGRAM 10/21/2010 3:35PM

  Congratulations! You are doing so awesome! Woo Hoo!

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NEW-CAZ 10/21/2010 1:05PM

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BUGGYS 10/21/2010 11:02AM

    You have set an example for all of us!!! AWESOME!!! emoticon emoticon

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LADYBIRD82 10/21/2010 9:24AM

    You are great, Congratulations on your weight loss, I cant' weight (I mean wait)! emoticon until I am OVERWEIGHT! emoticon

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BAGGYPANTS5 10/21/2010 8:34AM

    Well done on being overweight! You've done brilliantly well.

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MARENAMOO 10/21/2010 8:26AM

    Oh Rej, I am so happy for you. You have just come so far - not just in weight loss but in your self concept of who you are, what you are worth and how to become healthy. You have learned that things that look impossible can be conquered by slow steady progress. Literally mountain summits that loomed are now climbed. I think that you have taken that into your personal life too and have made strides in working on your personal mountains.

Congratulations on this milestone to health. I am just bursting with joy for you.

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DEBRITA01 10/21/2010 6:18AM

    emoticonI'm doing the Happy Dance with you (it's good exercise, too). Congratulations on reaching an important milestone in your weight loss journey! Keep will be in the "normal" range before you know it.
You are an inspiration to all of us with your positive outlook and determination.
Keep Sparking!

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LESLIES537 10/21/2010 12:26AM

    *happy dance* emoticon Congratulations on such a huge milestone in your journey! You are such an inspiration!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/21/2010 12:13AM

    emoticon emoticonWell done on getting to overweight! emoticon emoticon

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PATTISWIMMER 10/20/2010 9:21PM

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/20/2010 8:17PM

    Congratulations on your great success. You are an inspiration for me.

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CHARLIE2213 10/20/2010 8:07PM

    that's awesome you should be so proud of yourself! it's amazing how far youve come!!

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Fall hike up Mount Belleview

Monday, October 11, 2010

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, and I have so much to be thankful for! One of those things is having the health and stamina to hike up small mountains like Belleview. The foliage is so beautiful this time of year! It was packed with people on the main trails though. Weve been there when it almost felt like we had the whole mountain to ourselves. That was not the case today! Great! That means people are getting out there and enjoying nature.

We chose some lovely trails off the main path.

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Sherbrooke City as seen from the summit of Mount Bellevue.

Another photo taken at the summit.

My hiking buddy enjoying her trek back down.

Last photo taken back at the parking lot.

At the end of our hike, I told my sister that another thing Im grateful for is having a hiking buddy like her. What a blessing she is to me! Another thing Im grateful for is Sparkpeople and my SparkFriends! I always look forward to sharing my hikes with you. Your encouragement and support have been a key element in my journey back to health. I have a LOT of things to thank God for today!

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JHADZHIA 11/5/2010 9:05PM

    Gorgeous photos! I have another Spark buddy who does a lot of hiking and has great photos of the desert . Will be nice seeing the greenery, although the season is swiftly coming to an end :(

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MARENAMOO 10/19/2010 6:50PM

    I love the Fall foliage - it is my favorite time of year! The leaves are just starting to turn here so I am enjoying it vicariously through my friends photo blogs - thank you for sharing.

I just love the fact that you have such a loving heart with true thankfulness - that shines through.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/19/2010 6:40PM

    Wow - what beautiful photos! I've been gone for a couple of weeks but am back now and trying to re-connect with all of my SparkBuddies. Hope all is well with you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/12/2010 5:44AM

    emoticon Like it! Glad you had such a lovely Thanksgiving walk, and thanks for sharing the photos... I always get a lift from seeing them.

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BAGGYPANTS5 10/12/2010 2:23AM

    Lovely blog. Thanks for sharing your photos again.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 10/12/2010 12:38AM

    Your photos are inspiring me! Today dh and I went out for a fall walk in the trees -motivated by reading your blog yesterday!

I love today's photos - especially the way you have caught the sunlight and shadows.


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MOTIVATED@LAST 10/11/2010 11:12PM

    Beautiful photos!

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 10/11/2010 10:07PM

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. You're blessed!

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PENNYAN45 10/11/2010 7:48PM

    The views look beautiful. What a great location for a Thanksgiving celebration.
Thanks for sharing your photos.

Thanks, too, for all your encouraging comments you send to me. I am thankful to have you as a SP friend!

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Delightful walk at Johnville Bog and Forest Park

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Today was a beautiful Fall day. My sister and I finally got to take that walk at Johnville Bog and Forest Park. (Last time wed planned to go, it started raining. emoticon) The Park was created to protect the long-term ecological and cultural heritage of the area.

It was a delightful walk on a trail carpeted with colourful leaves.

A boardwalk was built to facilitate passage over parts of bog.

Stairs make the trail easy and accessible to families with children.

Certain rare species of animals depend on peat bogs for survival.

We got to the most beautiful parts of the trail towards the end of the afternoon, but we didnt take many photos because we wanted to make sure to get back out of the woods before dark.

Here are a couple photos of one of the ponds in the park.

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WORKTHEGOAL 10/11/2010 8:17AM

    Its no wonder you enjoyed the walk so much, what an amazing place to spend time in - beautiful.

Puts a smile on your face just looking at the photos.

Love M x

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WALKINGWOMAN07 10/11/2010 3:29AM

    What beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing them. This is the kind of walk I love too. I live out on the west coast of Canada, but have just discovered a nearby park fairly simliar to this - it has a wetlands boardwalk. But,oh the colours you get in PQ and ON trump any fall colours we get out here.

Glad that you are out and about and enjoying the beauty of nature.


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SMILESWITH7KIDS 10/10/2010 9:10PM

    Wonderful pictures, it looks like a lovely walk and how neat that you can do it with your sis.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/10/2010 9:02PM

    What a soul-filling hike that looks to be! Thanks for sharing the photos you took!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/10/2010 7:51PM

    What a beautiful place to go for exercise and relaxation. Seems like you had a very enjoyable time.

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I know how Andi feels!

Friday, October 08, 2010

I do NOT know how Andi feels when Defiant1 gives her a hard time about being a slacker. emoticon

But I do know how she felt when she "went shopping" in the back of her own closet!

The zipper on my Spring/Fall jacket broke. emoticon It was a good jacket, and I hadn't planned on buying a new one this Fall, even though it IS getting somewhat loose. (I'm saving my pennies for my son's wedding in the Carribeans this Winter.)

I looked in my closet and noticed a Spring/Fall jacket that I'd forgotten about because I'd never been able to fit into it. Right next to it was a beautiful Winter coat that used to be too small too. I'd kept it because I liked it so much. Well, when I tried them on, they both fit perfectly. You're right, Andi! It sure is fun to shop from our own closet!!!
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SUNNYARIZONA 10/9/2010 12:56PM

    Well, arn't you lucky you didn't listen to the bloggers who said to TOSS out thing you had not worn in a year!!! Sometimes shrinking DOES pay off!

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DEBRITA01 10/9/2010 8:45AM

    emoticonHow fun is from your own closet? Being able to wear those items again makes them even more fun than new clothes!

Congrats for getting back into your old clothing...that's awesome. As for DEFIANT1, we Turtles can help Andi keep him under control - well, at least we can TRY!

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PENNYAN45 10/9/2010 6:21AM

    What a GREAT find! Holding on to a coat because you like it so much -even if it is tight - pays off! I've had a similar experience with jackets. What a great feeling!
Enjoy your new finds!


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ANDI571 10/8/2010 7:03PM

    Yay, Isn't it exciting? I told Defiant1, I have such a fear of waking up and my new old clothes not fitting. I have plenty of room in them, and it is keeping me watching closer at my eating. But I am so excited for you. Good job.

I don't think there is any help for Defiant1. I even asked BUGGY to take him to obedience school with her new puppy.

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BUGGYS 10/8/2010 6:40PM

    What a wonderful surprise and doesn't it feel great! Defiant! is still hiding!!! emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/8/2010 6:05PM

    How great is THAT?! Congratulations! I have some items in my closet from 3 summers ago that I'm hoping I'll be able to slip back in to next spring/summer. Your story inspires me to keep on the straight and narrow.

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Time to evaluate and refocus

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I've been sparking since March. During the last 7 months, I've lost 41 lbs., become much fitter and have lots more energy. I've lost 4.5 inches off my waist and 5 inches off my hips. The doctor has, twice, reduced my medication by half.

But in the last week, I've been losing my focus. I gained 3.5 lbs. this week. I haven't been getting my 10,000 steps in. The fact that it's been raining for the last week doesn't excuse my choices! That's why, today, I decided to evaluate and refocus on my achievements and my goals.

My stated goal when I joined SP was to weigh 150 lbs. in time for my son's wedding in January. But to be honest, I thought it was wishful thinking and didn't really think I'd be able to get down to the 175 lbs. I weigh right now. There are 29 weeks left between now and when the plane takes off on January 15th. I'd have to lose 1.6 lbs. per week to reach my goal of 150 lbs. Since I've joined SP, my average weekly loss has been 1.4 lbs, and it's not getting easier to lose as I get closer to goal! If I get down to 160 lbs., I'd still be very pleased.

So I'm sparking again - refocused and recommitted. I plan to post a mother-of-the-groom photo in January, and since the wedding will take place in the Caribbeans, I won't have much to hide behind!

I want to thank the Spark friends who've taken time to encourage me. It means more to me than you could know!

Here are 2 photos from a hike on my sister's mountain in Fitch Bay.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 10/11/2010 7:27AM

    You are doing so well! It's hard to stay motivated. Sometimes we just have to do what we need to do anyway, no matter how we feel. The motivation is just on vacation ... it'll come back! Until it does, eat well anyway ... walk anyway ... take care of yourself anyway!

You are going to look awesome at the wedding! Tanned, toned (from all that walking), and fit!

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MARENAMOO 10/7/2010 7:06AM

    Hey Rej,

You have going so phenomenally well - not just in the weight loss but in all aspects of getting healthier. You commented in a blog a long time ago about how you were disappointed that you struggled up Mount Orford and could not make it to the top. You were sad about the time lost in not being healthy enough to do that. But you came back with renewed vigor and determination and conquered it. I think sparking is like that - we can see how much we have missed by not focusing on this in the past and how far we have come in our efforts. The hard part is staying focused - I am really struggling with that now too. I don't know if it is getting another "Mount" that is more challenging that keeps us moving forward, or it may be stepping back, taking a breath and then regrouping that helps. I know that for me I move away from spark when I get overloaded at home (like now) and what brings me back is reading health articles. I "forget" when I am anxious and in a rush what bad food and exercise choices do to us beyond gaining weight - but those articles keep reinforcing the health side. That helps to refocus me.

Keep moving forward - you are an inspiration to those who are recovering from heart issues.

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ANDI571 9/30/2010 9:34AM

    I have so much confidence in you. You will refocus and get the job done. Just don't get discouraged if the body doesn't react as quick as it once did. The main thing is where you were, and where you are now. On the outside looking in, I see a wonderful accomplishment. You can, and will do what needs to be done. I know you can.

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BUGGYS 9/28/2010 1:21PM

    I think you we need to regroup, recommit every day! My weight loss has been very slow and stalled out this summer...I just wasn't eating healthy and started to go back to bad habits. I have refocused because I know that's what I have to do for my sounds like you have too, so, good luck and I hope we all continue this healthy journey together!

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SUSIEMILO 9/28/2010 12:22PM

    Sending you lots of encouragement and good wishes for continued success. I'm currently floundering, so: "do as I say, not as I do".
Hoping to join you in becoming re-motivated soon! (it's at least in my thoughts and desire -- just need to get it put into action)
You can do this. Even if you only lost a pound a week -- it would put you pretty darn close to your goal, and that's definitely 'do-able'.
I have faith in you. You've come this far. Just keep doing what you've been doing.
It's working for ya!
(Same pep-talk to myself here...)

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LIBBYFITZ 9/27/2010 9:01PM

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BAGGYPANTS5 9/27/2010 2:50PM

    Redefining our goals is an ongoing thing on SP. I only have 5 pounds to go and it's taking forever, but does it really matter? i'm still committed to being 140 however long it takes. Does it really matter if you're not 150 by January? You have done so well to lose 41 pounds that everyone who hasn't seen you for any length of time will be amazed. As long as the determination is there you can be any weight you choose within reason.
Lovely pictures.

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PERSISTANT123 9/27/2010 10:13AM

    3.5 pounds is probably water weight ... unless you have really been binging this week. It should drop off quickly. We have faith that with your renewed resolve, you will be at 150 for your son's wedding.

Beautiful pictures. I really like hiking in the woods!

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JUST_TRI_IT 9/26/2010 11:39PM

    So awesome to read this blog about re-commitment and refocus. You have found your spark quickly and now you are off and running to meet your goal.

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JACKKELL 9/26/2010 10:37PM

    DITTO to both! emoticon

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SUNNYARIZONA 9/26/2010 10:12PM

    I guess you know, we ALL have BEEN THERE DUN that.
The thing.....don't let that 3.5 lbs. become any more. Put the BRAKES on now! You have been so successful....I mean almost 1.5 lbs. a week for 7 months. WOW!!!!!
Get back on the STICK and don't let RAIN stop you. GOLLEE, get out some of Leslie Sanstones tapes and WALK AWAY THE POUNDS....I have read of MANY who have lost ALOT just doing that! Just 'cause it is raining, is no reason to lose your focus!!!!!!

GLAD you have looked at those goals again....and KNOW you can do it!!!! I mean look at the pic. of me on my page at my daughters wedding. I had NO idea I was so are NOT going to be like that!!!!! YOU ARE MOM OF THE GROOM, and you WILL LOOK MA-VA-LOUS!!!!

AND remember, you are firming up. You may NOT need to make 160 to look as good as you want for the wedding!

Just DO what you can, keep coming here and blogging it out!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/26/2010 9:22PM

    I've been sparking since January, and I have found that many of us hit that wall at the 6-month mark. Not sure why, but my reasoning says it's because it's at this point that we begin to realize that this isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle change. Suddenly you realize you really aren't on a diet anymore -- your living your life in a more healthy manner. I struggled and stummbled a lot from months 6-8, but I've finally found my way back on track. You have set some good goals and have a plan. I have no doubt you'll be able to do this. Good luck!

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