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Lifestyle Change is Here!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

We have been on vacation visiting our middle son, his wife and our new granddaughter, Lily (a living doll!) in Seattle. I've was surprised to see that I've actually lost weight while here. I know scales vary and all of that, but I'm hoping that the change of food, schedule and fitness have encouraged the weight loss.

Tomorrow we head home. I will be anxious to see if the weight loss holds. If it does I am considered, "overweight." Even though that doesn't sound great, it's an upgrade from obese. I'm very hopeful that I'm in that category. I may be doing the happy dance after weighing myself, or I may be in for a wake up call. Whatever the outcome, I know that I am motivated and committed to the program for a lifetime.

Our vacation has been a testing ground. I don't have much control over what I eat. I've had to make a few choices between "bad" and "terrible." I was happy that I tried to get the healthiest option in each case. We have been active, but not in the way I normally work out. Lifestyle change takes awhile to really take root, but it's so great when you see the fruit from it! I'm so excited to be on this journey with all of my spark friends who encourage me daily!

Let's make it a great summer!

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 6/10/2010 3:29PM

    HEY Rita! I missed that you had gone on vacation. So glad that it was a good time. What a neat observation that you have switched into a good lifestyle that helps you on these vacations.

CONGRATS on the switch! and good luck on the weigh in.

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SUNNY332 6/8/2010 9:40AM

    So glad you had a nice visit. You are doing GREAT and I am loving the upgrade in your Physical Status. Awesome!

Keep up the good work.

Sunny

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WOODSYGIRL 6/7/2010 9:46AM

    Great job with making the best choices possible while on vacation. Lifestyle changes do take time, but every single thing we do for the better makes a difference. I'm so glad you were able to spend time with your new granddaughter!

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KENDRASEPIPHANY 6/7/2010 6:43AM

    Sounds like you did great considering the choices you had! Way to go!!!!

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HAPPY1049 6/3/2010 11:49AM

    By now you must be home again. I'm glad you had a good time and didn't gain weight. It sure is hard to eat and exercise correctly when we aren't in control over most of it.

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MKPRINCESS007 6/2/2010 5:51PM

    No Worries.......no matter what the scale says, you were celebrating life with your family. So yes, celebrating being "overweight".........I will be too when I get there!

Wishing you all the best!! :)

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DEBRITA01 6/2/2010 1:33PM

    emoticon I'm betting on the happy dance because no matter what the scale says, you've done the best you could with what you had to work with. You were mentally in the game and not sidelined because you were on vacation. Some fellow Turtles say: Progress, not Perfection - and that's so true.

Think of all the changes you've made since SP. You are living and working your program...sometimes not always perfectly and that's okay...you DO have to enjoy yourself, too. I think your lifestyle changes have taken root...sometimes there are little storms that test your strength and resolve, but you seem like you have a firm hold.

Glad to hear you're having a great vacation Mimi. Get in all those hugs and kisses while you can! Have a safe trip home...

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MSWEEZER 6/2/2010 1:19PM

    Glad you are enjoying vacation and congrats on the new grandbaby. How fun indeed.

Good luck on the journey towards a more healthy you and keep us posted as to how things go once home.

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FITABULOUSMELLY 6/2/2010 1:04PM

    Hi, Rita! I am glad you are enjoying your vacation. I know what you mean about not having control over your menu and having to choose the bad rather than the worse. I have been there too many times. I am sure you did fantastic.

Good luck with your weigh in when you return home. I hope it is exactly what you want or even better. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 6/2/2010 11:51AM

    Hiya, Rita! I know exactly what you mean about 'overweight' being a good thing: I am almost into size 20, down from 26 / 28 six months ago. Now, I know a teeny size 8 would be eyes-popping at the double-digits, but EYE know what a difference it is. One of these days I want to be 'just' overweight and not obese, like you - you're my role model, Rita! :-D

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A Revelation of Weight Loss

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I weigh myself every morning when I get up. I was in a program before spark people where we had to do that, now it's a habit. I got on this morning like usual and saw I had lost a pound. Good news! After several hours it finally dawned on me that pound put me at 60 pounds lost since April 2009! WOW! I was shocked to realize it even though I knew I was close. I just hadn't given it much thought.

I told the elderly man I care for in the evenings that I had lost a total of 60 pounds. He made me laugh when he asked how my clothes fit! I told him that, "no, I've gone down 5 sizes and have a whole new wardrobe that my husband was very kind to provide me with." He was so encouraging and said, "Well, you earned it! My gosh, girl 60 pounds!! He made me laugh again when he asked if I was weak. No chance! I've full of life now more than anytime in my adult life.

I have found a lifestyle of being more active that suits me. Last weekend I went to a ball. It was so much fun to dress up in a formal gown and dance with my dear husband. I hadn't been to a formal dance since I attended my senior prom! I would not have gone without losing a good amount of weight and building up my stamina so that I could keep up with the dances. It was marvelously fun! We're already planning to attend the fall ball.

This journey has had some very unexpected blessings! Spark people and the friends I've met her are at the top of the list! Thank you to all who have encouraged me, you've made such a great impact in my life! I am so blessed! emoticon

  
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BUGGYS 6/10/2010 3:56PM

    With your attitude, you are well on your way to losing another 60...you have proven just how strong you are!!! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/10/2010 3:26PM

    Congratulations on the 60 pounds! and for having such a ball at the ball! Life is that much sweeter when you get to enjoy it with energy and peace.

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4DOGNIGHT 5/27/2010 8:40AM

    Congratulation! Now that is progress, losing and not even being aware of it!

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DTCELLO 5/24/2010 4:17PM

    I'm envious of you that you went to a ball! I love waltzing. I never learned to do anything else, but would like to. Perhaps some dance lessons this summer!

So happy for you to have reached your 60 pounds off goal.....now the rest will seem so much easier. emoticon

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NANASUGE 5/22/2010 4:24PM

    very inspiring. Love your attitude!

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HAPPY1049 5/20/2010 3:28PM

    This is what happens when you never give up. Congratulations to you! I know you'll reach your goal, if you haven't already done that.
What a nice reward for you to dance with the one you love. May you have many more times of dancing in your life!

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BIKERBABE2BE 5/20/2010 1:05PM

    Congratulations, my friend. That you have lost 60 pounds is amazing. Also, amazing are the other changes in your life. I'm so proud of you!

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DEBRA_T 5/20/2010 12:58PM

    Congratulations on a quiet victory for your life, both within and without!
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SUNNY332 5/20/2010 8:15AM

    Awesome....way to go my friend. You have something to celebrate.

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Hugs, Sunny

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CARMEL466 5/20/2010 7:05AM

    That is awesome. I'm so happy for you. Your enthusiasm is contagious. emoticon

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MSWEEZER 5/20/2010 6:13AM

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment. I loved the old man's comment about being weak. I had to chuckle.

How fun a formal indeed. Glad you and your DH enjoyed yourselves.

Keep up the great work. You clearly have found what works for you!

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DEBRITA01 5/20/2010 6:07AM

    emoticon Rita on the 60 pounds...that is so emoticon! You are such an inspiration to many. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Isn't it funny how when people realize you've lost a lot of weight, they automatically assume you've been sick or are feeling weak. Must be old-school thinking...when in fact, I am sure you are feeling quite the opposite...mentally and physically strong!

It's great you are now able to resume an active life and enjoy all the activities you once did. You will have to post a few photos of Cinderella at the Ball okay? We'd love to see her and her Prince Charming!

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REJ7777 5/20/2010 4:07AM

    emoticon Congratulations on your weight loss to date! I wish you success on the rest of your journey toward your goal weight. Continue to dance! emoticon

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MERALO 5/20/2010 4:05AM

    That is so wonderful! Enjoy the new lease on life...

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KASEYCOFF 5/20/2010 3:48AM

    Bet you felt like the belle of the ball - no wonder you're looking forward to the next one. Congratulations on the '60-so-far,' and I'm glad you posted this: nice to share your good news with you! emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 5/20/2010 3:16AM

    60 pounds emoticon!!! Got to go to a ball with your husband DOUBLE emoticon!!! This sounds so romantic! I don't want to ask you how your clothes fit, or if you feel weak! My questions are:

(1) "Do you feel young again?"
(2) "Doesn't it feel just like a dream come true?"
(3) "Did you have to pinch yourself at the ball to see if it was real?"
(4) "Did you feel "Special" when hubby got you the knew wardrobe?"

If your answer to even one of these questions is "YES", then I know without a doubt my old man needs to read this!!!!!
emoticon Sometimes he doesn't have a clue and my son has to help him so I'll just let my son read this! Cause one day I hope to be able to say the same!

emoticon for letting us share in your dream come true, victory celebration! You don't know how much I have enjoyed it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WOODSYGIRL 5/19/2010 11:46PM

    Congratulations on losing 60 pounds!! WAHOOOOOO!!!! And I love how you are finding new ways to stay active. The dance sounds like so much fun, and the encouragement of your husband is just fantastic! I'm so glad you are finding the joy in this process...you deserve every smile that graces your beautiful face!

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REMIAM 5/19/2010 11:26PM

  Congratulations on your wonderful progress! A terrific motivator and a terrific example of staying the course. I want to go dancing too! MSP (Mr. Sweetie Pie) and I danced last at my daughter's wedding, 4 years ago. I remember feeling roly poly and lumpy then and have resisted going out to dance since. Another goalette to tack onto my list of reasons to continue. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TYLARDERDIN 5/19/2010 11:26PM

    Congratulations on the milestone.

Trust the process. Do right, things go right.
TylarDerdin

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LJCANNON 5/19/2010 11:16PM

    Congratulations, and it is Funny that your patient should ask if you were weak.
One lady at Church who had not seen me for quite awhile saw me a few weeks ago and started to say how good I looked, then caught herself and said "You haven't been sick have you?"
Thanks to the support here at Spark and at Curves, I am HEALTHIER Than I have been in YEARS!! I know you feel the same way.
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JUSTME444 5/19/2010 10:56PM

    WOW! emoticon That's fantastic! How exciting that you were able to dress up & go out & enjoy yourself - that's something I want to do - of course besides the weight thing - we don't have any balls around that we'd be invited too - unless it was a fundraiser one they do that costs an arm & a leg to get in.

In fact about 6 yrs ago we were going on a cruise for our anniversary & I figured I could dress up then - bought a gown for that (was gonna loose weight to fit it - of course I didn't & we ended up cancelling the cruise)

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LEEMWEST 5/19/2010 10:52PM

    Good for you! No weight loss that I can celebrate. But I survived running a beach field trip with 200 kids. Weather is my enemy and we survived comfortably so I'm happy.

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Pedometer fails again!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Two weeks ago I received a new pedometer for my birthday. Exciting since I had been without one for months after running it through the laundry! EEK! I'm walking so much now I really would like to keep track.

The new one worked for a day before the numbers started cutting out. We took it back and go a different brand. Tonight as I was walking I pulled the new one out of my pocket to check it and noticed it had stopped counting. I had to reset it to get it to go again and then it stopped again.

Fellow sparkers who wear pedometers do you have any suggestions about what brand to get?

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MONTANA_ED 5/2/2010 2:51PM

    After losing my first one - I found the one when I was with the State. It's a New Lifestyles Digi-Walker Model SW-701. I checked their page and it's about $30.00. This one has a security strap that I can clip on my belt and a cover that flips up over the buttons. Seems to work pretty well! Good luck with whatever you get!

Onwards...

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JUDYPETE1 4/29/2010 7:05AM

    great info, thanks for asking this question. I have a cheap one, but would like to get a good one to keep me going.



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NANASUGE 4/29/2010 2:06AM

    I use an omron and it is very good and reliable - I have the one you can upload the stats to your computer monthly; previous one was also omron but didn't upload. I try to never go anywhere without it.

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HAPPY1049 4/28/2010 3:21PM

    I have always had a problem with pedometers. They never seem to be accurate. Of course, these are "el cheapo's", and maybe that is why. Most of these comments are praising the Omron, which is more expensive, but I guess "you get what you pay for".

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REMIAM 4/28/2010 12:28PM

  Another vote for Omron--mine is a 720-HT, Walking Style. This is my first Omron, my 5th pedometer. $32 on sale at Costco.com. I like the shape, design, and security(solid waist clamp and also a leash with clip). Directions say it also works if just put in a pocket. Well worth the cost for all the information it gives me.

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SUNNY332 4/28/2010 9:29AM

    I wanted to get a new Pedometer as mine is a really cheap one and resets on it's own all the time. I thank you for posting this blog as it helped me too.

Hope all is well with you. Keep up the good work. I think I am going to order one of the ones mentioned here - the Omron HJ 113.

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BECKA525 4/28/2010 8:26AM

    I have an Omron HJ 113 I can put in my pocket and it has a tether or you can clip it on your pocket. You can't reset it accidentally it only has a small button on the back to reset it with a pin.

Mine was about $28 at dunhams but they have it on line for $25. I love mine.

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MKPRINCESS007 4/28/2010 7:52AM

    hey there...I don't have any brands to offer, I have a cheapy one, but I am guessing you checked the battery in the last one? Way to quick to cut out. Hope if it is defective you got your money back! :)

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MSWEEZER 4/28/2010 7:33AM

    I'll have to agree with those who indicated the Omron HJ-720 ITC. It is 32.95 on Amazon. Well worth the $$.

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FITKAT2010 4/28/2010 7:18AM

    Amazon.com Omron HJ7-ITC I believe. It's the one I wear and many others on the 10K team. It cannot be reset accidentally, is durable, accurate, affordable through Amazon $32 apx., has a clip AND a tether.

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PATRISNA 4/28/2010 7:18AM

    I have one my DH got me one through a health program at his company. It is The GOZONE Pedometer. It has computer software to up load your steps on Virgin HealthMiles website. You have to pay a monthly fee, but you earn Health miles and can get rewards for your miles.

This pedometer does not zero out until you upload your steps. The readout for steps may zero out on the pedometer if you press the clear button, but they stay in the pedometer until you upload it. This is so you can measure a walk or run. It tells you how many miles, calories burned and it has a clock.

So far this is the best pedometer I have had. I have had several pedometers. I know it is frustrating when they zero out. I also noticed recently when working in the kitchen I wasn't moving around enough to get the steps to click. It was not the pedometer it was me. LOL

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MARYSTAYSLIM 4/28/2010 6:51AM

  I have the Omron brand (walking style) and so far it is counting the steps accurately. This is my 2nd purchase, the first one was my fault as I left it unattended and it fell from my lap causing the front side to break (it was a glass cover) where I should have clipped the strap on my trouser.. try it, you won't be disappointed.


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KASEYCOFF 4/28/2010 5:55AM

    I use an Omron HJ-109-E. I'm on my third one. I like it because it has a cover, whereas the very first one I had was one without a cover and I seemed to keep accidentally hitting the 'reset' button - very aggravating. So I got this one because at the time it was the only model I found with a cover. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles - it has a 7-day memory, and I think it has an 'aerobic mode,' and maybe it tracks calories burned or something, I don't know. I have it set for maximum sensitivity, else it doesn't seem to record steps. I've also noticed that if I don't have it in EXACTLY the right place on my belt, it doesn't record. That has been true with all of them, and with two different brands other than Omron I've used - I don't know if it's true for all pedometers or some anomaly about ME, lol... Once when a battery was running low it didn't alert me 'low battery,' it just stopped being very accurate about recording steps. Is it possible that your new one was on the shelf long enough for the battery to lose some power? Also, I have a lanyard hooked to mine, and I always either knot it thru a beltloop or safety-pin it to my waistband, because I dropped one once and broke it. The instructions on mine say to place it 'over a hipbone.' Well, first let's assume I could FIND a hipbone, lol... Point being, it specifically says not to put it in a pocket, but rather clipped to the waistband and over a hipbone. So maybe if you do that with your new one, it would be more accurate?

That's it for my two cents' worth, Rita. Hope this helps! :-)

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NEWSTART123 4/28/2010 5:31AM

    How frustrating for you! I enjoy my pedometer and find it motivating to get more steps in. I ordered mine from: www.thepedometercompany.com I'm on my second one in 5 years. They're more expensive but last for a long time with an annual battery change.

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NUMD97 4/28/2010 5:24AM

    It's been my understanding that it needs to be clipped to your waist in order for it to register the stride of your leg. That's the principle behind its function. Try that and see if it makes a difference.

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GOING2LSEITNOW 4/28/2010 5:13AM

    I've got an Omron and I wear it in my pocket at work and on my waistband when I get home. Once or twice it has reset to zero but for the most part it will be the only one that I buy. It does use a battery and the more sophisticated ones have computer software.

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Doctor's Visit

Friday, April 16, 2010

This morning I walked up to my doctor's office for a regular visit. It was last April that he read me the riot act telling me that I was going to be a full fledged diabetic if I didn't change my ways and lose a good amount of weight. He was very pleased that in the past 50 weeks since that visit I've lost 55 pounds and my numbers have decreased for blood sugar, blood pressure and I feel GREAT! He asked me how I was continuing to lose after the program he told me to get into was over and I told him Spark People.

If I didn't have the encouragement and education from Spark People I would not be continuing to lose. I'm eager to have the scale reach the point where I'm no longer considered obese. It's not that far off and I know I will get there before the summer's end. YEAH!!

Life is great and exercise is too! Have a super day spark friends!

  
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4DOGNIGHT 4/24/2010 11:34AM

    You are doing great! Good report from Doc. Just goes to show what a good diet can accompish for you.

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REMIAM 4/23/2010 8:10PM

  Congratulations on your continuing changes, and on spreading the Spark to your MD! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISANANCY 4/23/2010 7:08PM

    You know I didn't want much to go to the gym today and was watching the tv and having my morning coffee when a Tony Little ad came on. He was selling his latest gym equipment. Well, he turns and looks right into the camera, I swear he was talking to me and says "If you have time to watch tv, you have time to exercise." I finished the coffee, picked up my car keys and out I went. I am sure he meant me to buy his equipment, but he did have a point, That thought stayed with me all day. I think it will do the trick for a while. Wasting time watching tv, is not the way to go. Hve a great weekend. emoticon

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WISEWIFE 4/21/2010 3:29PM

    Woo Hoo Good job kiddo! You should be so prooud of yourself!
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WW
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LINDAKAY228 4/19/2010 3:38PM

    Awesome!! I had my annual physical in March and had lost 60 lbs and everything was better so I know how you feel! It feels so goooooood.

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MSWEEZER 4/19/2010 2:11PM

    That's great news!!! Keep up the good work!

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KASEYCOFF 4/18/2010 3:55PM

    That is wonderful, Rita! So gratifying that all your hard work is paying off - and good that the doctor noticed too, lol... emoticon

p.s. Absolutely gorgeous yellow rose on your background!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/18/2010 9:53AM

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What an accomplishment! Keep up the good work...you are an inspiration!
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-H0LY-Y0GA- 4/17/2010 7:40PM

    Hooray! :)

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SUNNY332 4/17/2010 8:37AM

    55#'s is awesome Rita. You are doing GREAT!

You are well on your way to succeeding and meeting your goals.

I am so proud of you and know your doctor is also. Keep up the GREAT work, my friend.

You inspire me.

Sunny

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COOKINMAMA 4/17/2010 4:26AM

    So proud of all your hard work! You go girl!

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NANASUGE 4/16/2010 11:42PM

    congratulations!

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/16/2010 10:56PM

    Such good news for you! Congratulations on staying on the journey... and ENJOYING the journey :)


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JUST_TRI_IT 4/16/2010 10:56PM

    Such good news for you! Congratulations on staying on the journey... and ENJOYING the journey :)


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MAMOOAUG 4/16/2010 3:39PM

    What a great doctor's visit! Great work on your part and the part of your support team.

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BUGGYS 4/16/2010 2:22PM

    Great news...you have come a long way and added years to your life!!! emoticon

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WOODSYGIRL 4/16/2010 1:52PM

    Congratulations Rita!! It feels so good when a doctor will actually acknowledge your hard work and commitment. You have done so great on your program and have such a great attitude about meeting every day with a positive can-do attitude. You WILL reach your goals and we'll all be celebrating with you!!

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ANDI571 4/16/2010 1:39PM

    That is such good news. Good for you! emoticon

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HAPPY1049 4/16/2010 1:26PM

    This is such great news! That's about one pound per week, isn't it. Wow! You are doing so well!
I'm glad you were able to lose the weight before you became diabetic. I am already diabetic, but I have been able to cut down on the amount of meds I take because I lost some weight. And now that I have finally come off the plateau I was on, I intend to keep going. Hooray for both of us!

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MERRYMARY42 4/16/2010 1:21PM

    That is so great, same thing with me, and I am so pleased, for both of us, I can not believe what one year has done for my health, and of course alot of help from Sparks and all my Spark Friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JWADDELL2 4/16/2010 1:17PM

    Wow!!! Great! Pat yourself on the back!!! emoticon

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You have worked hard and it shows!!! Congratulations!!!!

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Family Time!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Wow! It's been a whirlwind since my daughter Amy, granddaughter 71/2 month old Helen and son in law Benji hit town! I'm exhausted!! It's been a wonderful time, especially getting to know our smiley little Helen better!

It's fun to see your child parent also. I'm happy that I am staying out of parenting her. She's the type that wants to do it all by herself, and with the help of her husband. I think she is relaxing, knowing I'm not going to give her a barrage of "how-to's."

I was thinking how this is a report card on my husband's and my parenting our daughter.
She is loving, responsible, very diligent and desiring to do her best for her child. I guess that's the icing on my cake today!

Wishing all a very happy Easter!

  
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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/18/2010 9:57AM

    Raising a child is the hardest thing I believe we ever do and it sounds like you did a great job! They talk about the rewards of parenting and in the end I guess having a son or daughter you can be proud of is the pot of gold!
I have 4 grandchildren myself and its a blast! Enjoy your little Helen! I remember when my oldest grandaughter was only 7 months old...now she's going on 11 and wants a cel phone!

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JOCHEBED1 4/10/2010 1:57PM

    glad to hear everything!

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PATTISPAGE 4/4/2010 6:32PM

    How wonderful! Happy Easter!

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HAPPY1049 4/4/2010 4:22PM

    It's great being the grandmother! I'm glad they were able to visit you this weekend. Have some jolly good fun. Happy Easter to you and yours!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/4/2010 1:30PM

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WANT2BEFIT10 4/4/2010 10:39AM

    Awww....CONGRATS! It sure sounds like you did a wonderful job with your daughter...enjoy your time with your grandbaby! Happy Easter!

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DEBRITA01 4/4/2010 9:32AM

    emoticon Babies are so much fun...enjoy your little one! Being a grandma myself (well, actually a Mimi), it is so rewarding to see your "child" as a parent and the pride in knowing you shaped that person. You get an A+ on your report card! I also like your willingness to step back and let the parents "parent"...a very wise and loving way to support them.

Have a Happy Easter with your little honey bunny, Helen, and the rest of your family!

oh, and p.s., my daughter's name is Amy, too!

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MSWEEZER 4/4/2010 8:35AM

    How very nice indeed. Enjoy the time. Happy Easter to you and yours.

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SUNNY332 4/4/2010 8:25AM

    You Daughter has become everything you raised her to be. Great report card, I would say.
You should be so proud. Enjoy you little Helen.

Sunny

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