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I NEED A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'm worried about getting through the holidays, my friends! I've increased my caloric intake this week, along with my increased activity level! Both are going fine for the moment...Although it seems my weight has reached a plateau! Nonetheless, I'm not discouraged in the least! I know my body is adjusting, as I feel leaner with increased strength & agility! My only concern is...gettin' through these holidays! There'll be food, spirits, & more food, everywhere I turn! At home, work, & elsewhere! There won't be any gettin' around it...so I need to strategize my way through it! This is where I need your help, my friends! I will begin a list...& I'm counting on my dear friends to continue this list w/helpful hints!

"Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends, Mmm, I get by with a little help from my friends!" -The Beatles


1. Position myself AWAY from the food/goodies table at a party! Put the focus on family & friends...& good conversation!

2. Make good choices at the buffet table! make certain to choose veggies, lean meat, & more veggies! Veggies should comprise at least 2/3 of my plate!

3. Keep a bottle/glass of water in my hands at ALL times, & take sips often!

4. Eat a little something BEFORE the party! Preferably a protein & a carb to stabilize blood sugar & keep hunger at bay. No need to arrive hungry & be tempted by goodies!

5. If I know I desire something that I get only once a year...have a 1/2 or 1/4 portion! Share the rest with another! I can still have it...but not break the caloric bank!

6. Eat lightly the day of a big party or gathering! I use my veggie soup the day of...'cause I know it's filling w/less calories & good nutrition!

7. Arrive to a party or gathering LOOKIN' fab! I'm showing off my weight loss accomplishments! I know I look good & the complements will remind me of how far I've come! This will remind me to keep up the good work!

8. If I'm hosting, I've got full control of the menu & appetizers! Practice what I preach!...& offer plenty of fresh, nutritious, & wholesome foods! Not everyone will be excited about having some of their favorites messed with...but I know I'm doing the right thing!

9. I'm going that "extra" mile when it comes to my daily fitness regime! If I know I'll be eating a bit more on a certain day (Thanksgiving comes to mind!)...I'm giving my routine an extra 5-10 minutes...with perhaps, an extra oomph of energy tossed in! I know why I'm doing it...so I perform the exercise with a SMILE on my face!

10. If I bring a dish to a potluck party...I plan to bring something I can eat w/out guilt! I'll do myself right & everyone will RAVE that it's low in calories & so tasty too! I'll be the emoticon in the bunch!

Okay, my friends! The rest is up to you! Please HELP!

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KILLERANGEL47 11/28/2010 9:27PM

    Awesome strategy! emoticon emoticon Let us know how it goes! emoticon

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VEHAMILTON1 11/26/2010 10:24PM

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Sounds like a good plan to me!

You can do it!
Love,
Vera
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1BEARWIFE 11/25/2010 1:29PM

    Rose, you will have nothing to really worry about if you just keep that big pot of soup going, and have a bowl of it everytime before you go out. It will keep you from gorging at the table because you will feel good about yourself and be full at the same time.

WE can do what I cannot!!! emoticon

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JENAANN3 11/25/2010 4:22AM

    Rose, you have it all figured out. I sincerely think you won't let temptation get you down too much. You have a good start with healthy habits, I don't think you are going to have any problem making it through the Holidays. Enjoy!

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BARBARACT 11/24/2010 1:38PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan! You will do fine!!! I have total faith in you that you will do well.
My plan is to just realize the holidays are about being with friends and family, not the food. I plan to try a little of everything within reason. Just a little and no seconds!

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COMPUCATHY 11/24/2010 7:07AM

    Here's one to add... 11. I will try out Spark Recipes during this holiday season...I'll find some new favorites and get extra SparkPoints for preparing a Spark Recipe.

Your list sounds really good. I think your preparedness is going to make a huge difference in your success through the holidays. Just remember to be good to you. You've done a terrific job. The Holidays come but once a year and anything enjoyed during this time is not a "problem"...this is a special occasion. We are allowed a little "time off" ...just don't want that time to kill our progress or make itself into a "return to bad habits." Have a great one! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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DKELLEY35 11/23/2010 9:14PM

    Rose it looks like you've got it covered. Your plan looks complete. Don't mess with perfection. Have a good day.

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DGFOWLER 11/23/2010 7:02PM

    Be sure and eat breakfast as well. Hoarding all of your calories for the 'big' meal will only make you eat more because you are so hungry. Eat more veggies (less calories), white meat of the turkey vs dark meat. Think about what you want to eat, write it down and try to stick with it. Allow yourself some type of indulgent. In the end over the course of a week it will most likely level itself out ~ Donna

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HOTCHICA17 11/23/2010 4:18PM

    Can't imagine that you omitted anything. Sounds like a terrific plan.

Just one thing - head for the radishes to munch on!

Happy T!!

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BLUEROSE 11/23/2010 2:45PM

    Have little Nibbles of whatever you want and enjoy the Holiday.

And Don't let yourself get too hungry at any one time...What I call - Crazy Stupid Hungry! :-)

Thank you for my Sparkgoodie!

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INASENSE1 11/23/2010 2:39PM

    Sounds to me like you have a solid plan. I may need a copy of that list myself emoticon

Don't get too anxious. You're taking all the right steps and you have an excellent game plan/strategy.

Also, don't forget, if you do decide to drink--have a clear spirit (less carbs & calories) and I'm confident you'll do it in moderation ofcourse.

Enjoy the holidays, my friend!

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ONICAM 11/23/2010 11:57AM

    I am also nervous. I am either going to have one or two gatherings. One will be normal size the other will be small in comparison. I have also hit a plateu. My weight has been going between 2 numbers for the past few weeks. I do get discuraged and anxious easily.

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SLBRANTLEY 11/23/2010 11:55AM

    You have a great plan worked out already! The only thing I might add is IF you know the menu in advance, track it out so you'll know the portion sizes and calorie content of what you plan to eat, and then STICK TO IT without substitutions or add-ons.
emoticon for putting this list together. Great ideas all in one place!
Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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ONEGREATCAT 11/23/2010 11:42AM

    Hey Rose...that's a wonderful blog!! I'm worried too...going to my girlfriend's for her family dinners (I've been "adopted).

You are really thinking this through, and therefore, I know you'll do great!!! I will be taking a new casserole (vegetable-based) from a new recipe that I just got. Have never tried it. We'll all be guinea pigs! If it turns out good...I'll send the recipe. If not...oh well!

I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE IN YOU, THAT YOU WILL COME OUT A WINNER IN ALL RESPECTS!
Keep Sparking! emoticon

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VIXEN2188 11/23/2010 11:24AM

    Great self motivation and your going to do fine! emoticon

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WOMANCHEF 11/23/2010 11:23AM

    Your list looks good - it seems like you've really thought it out. One thing to remember is that if you do slip - don't fall all the way off. emoticon

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THEWINNER33 11/23/2010 11:21AM

    It sounds like a plan to me. You have good strategies going. You will make it through the holidays just fine.

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SHELLEY147 11/23/2010 11:14AM

    I'm not sure I can offer any advice...your list is amazing! You CAN do this!! Maybe add bringing some sugar-free gum or hard candies with you. If you have them in your mouth you can't eat other stuff. I find that strong mint flavors make me not want to eat right after chewing it cuz it's like I just brushed my teeth and I don't want to ruin it :)

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BLBH16 11/23/2010 11:05AM

    It sounds to me like you have a great plan going and I can't think of anything to add to it. I too am at a plateau and even though the scale does not show it, I feel slimmer. emoticon

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WHISPERING-PINE 11/23/2010 11:00AM

  WOW you have made a FANTASTIC LIST already. You will get through this holiday in flying colors my friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINFIELD28 11/23/2010 10:58AM

    I too need to find ways to navigate thru theses next weeks.
Thanks for all your proactive strategies!
Something I plan to do is keep 'extra' food to a minimum in my house during these days when food will be everywhere.
I feel more in control at home - (like your # 8) I can decide just want I want to bake or prepare - to take or to have in the house.
I will bake, but will be real mindful of what I bake and who will be eating it.
If it's for at home, it will be a smaller amount than what I have made in the past.
Even if I have to take the food somewhere, I will still aim to make it healthier - knowing that there will be plenty of 'other' options there if others want to eat that.
Exercise will be in my plan. Now is not the time to over-extend myself with too much exercise - but I do plan to exercise daily. I too have been working thru a plateau and backing off a bit on the exercise & adding interval training has helped push me thru it - the scale is moving, but more importantly - I feel stronger and leaner even when the scale didn't reflect that.
I plan to eat what I choose, watch my portions, log my food daily, exercise daily - for the mental lift that also gives me, and be kind to myself.
Thanks for your mindful suggestions! I can't wait to read what others are planning to do too!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 11/23/2010 10:56AM

    The only thing I would add would be to keep in mind the incident that started you on your weight loss and recall it as you need it!

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KJMPEACHES 11/23/2010 10:54AM

    Rose, I think you have covered all the bases. You will do great!!! You have come so far and motivated so many!!! Myself included. Thank you for being you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LILBITWANNABE 11/23/2010 10:45AM

    Fantastic list! I'm subscribing so I can use it myself:) This will be my first holiday season that I'm seriously trying so I just plan to stay strong and remember where eating everything I want got me in the first place:). You are strong, you can do it:) emoticon

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BEEBEE75 11/23/2010 10:44AM

    I have nothing to add. If you put into practice all the things you have posted, you will do fine. Sounds good to me.

Betty

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PAULINE1123 11/23/2010 10:41AM

    You have it all figured out. You will do ok and remember it is just one day. The next day it will all be over just do not stack up on too much leftovers. If family and friends ate at your house let them take containers home just leave enough for your family. This year I am staying home with no great cooking. I am still working on myself. I ate a little at our potluck yesterday but I used portion control. I did taste a piece of sweet potato pie but I made sure I did not eat the whole slice. It is all about determination and from reading your blog you have a lot of it. emoticon

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TKTMTA 11/23/2010 10:38AM

    It sounds like you have a good strategy set up.

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What's Up with That?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hello My fellow Sparkers! emoticon

I haven't blogged in a while...not because I haven't had anything to say, mind you! As my hubby puts it, I have the gift of gab! Smiling....

Well, things have been kinda hectic in my world! Many of you may not know this, but my husband & I've had our home up for sale for the past 6 months. Anyone familiar with this process knows it's very grueling in this dismal market. It's a buyer's market at the moment...& this means potential buyers run the show. What I've found is that they are often rude, inconsiderate, ignorant, & demanding. They expect a bargain at every turn, & they genuinely believe that everyone selling their home is in financial distress (which we are NOT!). They offer nothing near the value of your home...& expect that you'll graciously accept whatever they offer! Needless to say, we've NOT sold...& the house will be off the market this Wednesday. NOT soon enough for me, I may add. It's been a very disappointing experience. I've told my husband that there must be a reason why we're meant to remain in Ohio for now...we just don't know what it is, just yet. (our plans are to move to SW Florida). We'll put the house back on the market next April & try again. For you see...the sunshine state is calling! (wink & smiling...)

I've made some dietary changes this past week...mostly due to the fact that since I've been exercising more; my lower calorie range seems insufficient. Consequently, I've not been feeling well & my energy level has suffered. I've gone back to eating 1200-1500 calories/day & I'm feeling MUCH better!

Hey, I'll get to eat more...one way or another! emoticon

I'll be having Thanksgiving dinner at my home with my daughters & their families. The menu will be simple, healthy, & bountiful! My wish for you all is that you're able to spend the day with those you love, as you give thanks & praise on Thanksgiving Day. I encourage you to take a moment to think of all you have to be thankful for...& remember those that are less fortunate. I am truly blessed in my world today!

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! emoticon

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DGFOWLER 11/23/2010 7:07PM

    Rose you are not meant to move from Ohio because after all I live in Ohio.. lol.. you can't leave me.. hahaha. But really I'm sure the whole experience is grueling as you say, but the good Lord knows what he is doing for you and your family.

As for Thanksgiving. I will be spending it with my daughter Kishwa & my daughter Angie around noon. Then after that going to my mom's for another meal. Hold me back from the table.. lol. I actually do pretty good on things like this. I look at the overall menu and stick to it like glue..haha..

Have a blessed Thanksgiving my friend Rose.. you are one in a million and mean the world to me.. Donna

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COMPUCATHY 11/23/2010 8:16AM

    I am confident that there is a reason for you to stay at this time and that all will happen in perfect timing. Enjoy your festivities with your family! Sounds like a great gathering! Very cool that you get to up your calories now that your exercise has increased. I'm glad you are feeling better as a result. Have a great holiday! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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BARBEWIT 11/23/2010 7:49AM

    God has a reason for you to stay in Ohio, be patient and HE will show you the way! Enjoy the holiday with your girls!



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VERONICAS_GOALS 11/23/2010 7:37AM

    All is happening for a reason emoticon emoticon

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MERRY40 11/22/2010 10:04PM

    It must be so disappointing for you not to have sold your house. The economy is so tough right now. Don't despair-April will be here before you know it. Hopefully, all will work out for you then.
Glad you're feeling better. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with family and friends. God bless.
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ONEGREATCAT 11/22/2010 9:52PM

    Hi Rose,

I'm a strong believer in "there's a reason for everything"! After my husband died, I put our house up for sale (for many reasons) and due to the economy (and the fact it's on a mountain), have not sold it. I rented it out to a wonderful young couple who have been taking good care of it because they hope when finances are better to be able to buy it!!! I just believe God is preparing "something" for them and/or me! I'll wait!

Yes, Rose, there are so many things we take for granted and we need to be more mindful of the blessings we have in this country and in our personal lives.

Thank you once again for a WONDERFUL BLOG! Thank you once again for being such a WONDERFUL SPARKFRIEND! Thank you once again for being such a POWERFUL FITNESS PARTNER!!

Give your entire family a HUG from me: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINFIELD28 11/22/2010 7:39PM

    Sorry to hear that you have tried to sell your home and it hasn't worked out as of yet. You are probably correct...you are meant to stay in Ohio, atleast for now, for some reason or other. I hope you have better luck in the spring.
I can identify with you about energy levels and calorie range. I made some changes in the last couple of weeks and feel better and have lost weight after hitting a plateau. I think a person can push too much and that's counter-productive, sometimes. Glad you have found your 'balance.'
I hope you have a wonderful day with your daughters and their families & of course your husband - at Thanksgiving!
I will reflect on what blessings I have in my life. Thanks again for your blog post!

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DKELLEY35 11/22/2010 7:38PM

    I'm sure that selling a house in this economy must be a horrific experience. The perfect opportunity will come, you just have to have patience. It's what happened for me when I bought mine, I had so many disappointments, but then the perfect one showed up. God works in mysterious ways. Enjoy Florida.

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3 MONTH SPARKVERSARY! (pic included!)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Today is my 3 month Sparkversary! Ninety days of talking the talk & walking the walk! It's been an awesome adventure thus far! Since most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving in two weeks, I'd like to celebrate my SP anniversary by giving thanks & expressing my most heartfelt appreciation for the abundance of good fortune in my life!

I've lost 27.4 lbs these past 90 days! And I've done it without drugs or surgery, & by eating regular store bought foods! I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to use this incredibly wondrous network called SPARKPEOPLE! The tools, the program, & the community have all been a most precious gift!

I've downsized from wearing a 3X to XL in most of my clothing items! I began this journey wearing a size 24 WP in pants...& now I'm in a size 18 misses petites! I've dropped 4 sizes in underwear, & I went from a DDD to just a D in bra size! Can you even imagine! Woohoo! I'm the incredible SHRINKING woman!



I'm giving away the reusable larger clothing items to Goodwill for those in need! I give thanks that I'm fortunate enough to have sufficient income to purchase new items. I am thankful for my education & employment!

I am still walking at least 1 hour every day! My pace is a little faster & my stride is a little longer! I am grateful I have my physical health & can walk without discomfort or pain. Walking has become an intricate part of my daily life, & each step reminds me that I'm alive & well! I look forward to getting out...sometimes alone, sometimes w/my neighbor, & with my hubby! My pedometer readings are always 15,000 steps & beyond! I'm a walkin' fool!

I'm tracking what I eat & I always try to keep within my calorie range. It's been a bit more difficult because I've dropped my calorie range to 1000-1350, as as to maintain a 1-2 lb weekly loss. My choice! My diet consists mainly of wholesome & nutritious foods, which a primary focus on the SUPERFOODS! Again, so grateful for the nutritional tracker on SP! It's been a very useful tool! If you're not already using it, please START & use it consistently! There's no better way for you to stay on track!

I continue with the Official 28-day Bootcamp Workout Challenge! I feel my body getting stronger & my muscles becoming more defined, & I have STAMINA now! I'm thankful for my physical health...& I'm LOVIN' my body! I feel I'm building a new & improved me! I recommend everyone take up a challenge today! It gets the heart rate up...& the blood a pumpin'! Thank you SP for this fabulous opportunity!

I'm so appreciative for the support of my family! My hubby continues to be encouraging & supportive, & he's my BIGGEST fan! He's told me that I'm getting my womanly figure back! (blushing) He walks w/me daily & has lost 10 lbs to date! My grown daughters are my cheerleaders, & have told me how proud they are of me & what I've been able to accomplish! I'm so grateful for their love & support! This Thanksgiving, I'll be serving "slimmed down" versions of our favorites, & everyone's on board with it! We're dealing with a serious issue this year because my precious 8 y/o granddaughter has just been diagnosed with Celiac's disease. So, we'll be making significant dietary changes so she'll be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. I'm so thankful that her weight loss & GI issues weren't something more serious. We worried all summer & prayed...& our prayers have been answered! We'll deal with the dietary changes...not a problem!

I'm forever grateful for all my Spark friends!!! You're always here for me...to listen & lend support, 24/7! You hoot & holler to help me celebrate; you validate, support, & encourage me, with every step I make! By helping me motivate, you reinforce my resolve! You're the wind beneath my wings, my friends! You give me strength to continue! Thank you for sharing your humor, your wit, your wisdom, your memories & personal stories! I feel I've gotten to know many of you over these past 3 months, & I feel very fortunate to have met you all! I believe there's a reason why certain people cross my path as I journey through life, & I'm so very grateful that you've all come my way! YOU BRING ME MUCH JOY...& GIVE ME MY SMILE EACH DAY! I love you all, my friends!

One of the biggest changes in my life has NOTHING to do with weight loss, but nonetheless, has been a most MONUMENTAL influence in my pursuit for good health & wellness! I'm setting limits! Yep! Who knew that just saying "NO" could be so liberating!!! I'm working on de-stressing my life...& I'm so much happier! This falls under the category of "taking care of me"! My suggestion to you is...just say no! (smiling)

Another change that has NOTHING to do with the weight loss but has EVERYTHING to do with my continued good health & well-being! It's the overall change in my attitude & the way I live my life! Now I'm CHOOSING to see the glass is HALF FULL...& I'm living ONE DAY AT A TIME! The present day IS the day I'm focused on today! Yesterday is gone...& tomorrow isn't here yet! It's TODAY that I need to tend to! Another liberating lifestyle event! It gives me the FREEDOM to enjoy the day & celebrate me! I feel empowered!

MY FELLOW SPARKERS, as you continue on your journey, please realize that it's NOT only about losing the weight, it's NOT only about the food, & it's NOT only about the numbers on the scale! It's about CHANGING your life! It's about TAKING CARE OF YOU! Do whatever it is that makes you happy! Let go of the excuses! Let go of the resentments! Resolve now to look at life differently! When you change how you look at the world...you choose to see the world in a whole new light! Only then may you find your true joy, my friends! Only then will you finally begin to live! I am forever indebted to SPARKPEOPLE for giving me this amazing & incredible opportunity to find my joy!

And my journey continues....

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NOVELAFAN 6/21/2011 9:11AM

    Very inspirational. My "almost sister-in-law", Barbewit suggested I read your blog months ago, but LIFE got in the way and I hadn't been on the computer much. Now I see where she gets all her support and enthusiasm. And I see how she's getting such great results.

Ironically, I told her about SparkPeople back in September and she picked up the ball and has really rolled with it...Me, not so much. Glad to see that she has such a great role model in you.

Keep up the great work.

Praying the sale of my house here in Illinois goes through this next month and I too will be living happily in Florida!!! emoticon emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 12/9/2010 6:43AM

  great job you are a true inspiration to me

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LUBAML 12/7/2010 11:22PM

    Great blog! I'm so happy for you!Thanks for sharing! emoticonLuba

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LINDABENEDICT 12/7/2010 11:59AM

    love love love THIS BLOG !!!! Way to go !!!

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HOPEG1966 12/6/2010 10:18PM

  REally great! Huge accomplishments!

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HOPEG1966 12/6/2010 10:18PM

  REally great! Huge accomplishments!

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BETZYGIRL 11/20/2010 9:58PM

    emoticon WOW! I just read your blog, Rose, and what a joy it brought to my heart, and such a smile to my face:)

You have accomplished SO MUCH. You truly are an inspiration to me! So many times when I've checked my emails and seen a note from you on my feed it has been just the thing I needed to help me to "keep on keeping on".

Friends are such a beautiful gift from God, aren't they? I will be praying for your little granddaughter's health. Even though it is difficult to totally change our diets (we've learned that, haven't we), it must be even harder for a little one. But to have celiac be the problem instead of something much worse makes it much easier to deal with.

Have a blessed Sunday and a truly monumental Thanksgiving, my friend,

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BARBEWIT 11/20/2010 9:18AM

    Rose, All I can say is WOW WOW WOW!!
I got goosebumps reading all the obsticles that you have crossed and it is a wonderful feeling.

YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION!!

I now exercise everyday, I stay motivated, I track and I achieve!

And you are so right, my attitude has changed with the weight loss. I no longer let people tell ME what to do....I tell them HOW IT IS! and I LOVE the new me!

YOU GO GIRL!

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BARBEWIT 11/20/2010 9:17AM

    Rose, All I can say is WOW WOW WOW!!
I got goosebumps reading all the obsticles that you have crossed and it is a wonderful feeling.

YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION!!

I now exercise everyday, I stay motivated, I track and I achieve!

And you are so right, my attitude has changed with the weight loss. I no longer let people tell ME what to do....I tell them HOW IT IS! and I LOVE the new me!

YOU GO GIRL!

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AUTUMNAGATE 11/17/2010 10:37AM

    Congratulations on the process of developing and improving. You are amazing. Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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VERONICAS_GOALS 11/17/2010 10:11AM

    WOW this is so so awesome I want to read it over and over THANK YOU SO Much for sharing emoticon

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DONNACFIT 11/16/2010 11:30PM

    Wow great blog..you are doing fantastic!!!

I'm so proud of you!!

Love..Donna C.

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GREYPAWS1 11/14/2010 11:02PM

  Rose, you are truly an inspiration. I love your blog & pictures, such a transformation, such a beautiful woman both inside and out. Paws up to your continued successful efforts.

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SWEETCHARITY79 11/13/2010 10:40PM

    You are my cheerleader of inspiration!

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JENAANN3 11/13/2010 8:02PM

    What an awesome blog! You should quit your day job and become a motivational speaker. LOL. You are an inspiration to me, I'll be referring to your blog often to keep up my resolve to lose weight.

Congratulations are in order on so many points in your blog. Can you believe you've accomplished so much in just 3 months?

All I can say, along with your family, is way to go! Good job. Keep going and don't quit. emoticon to you my special Spark Friend.

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CHALLENGER15 11/13/2010 7:41PM

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This made me smile with happiness.

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KJDOESLIFE 11/13/2010 12:25PM

    Fantastic progress! Congratulations!

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COOKWITHME65 11/13/2010 11:56AM

    What a great blog Rose! You have done emoticon and your beautiful picture proves it. Hats off to you Rose, you have been a great friend and an inspiration to so many.

emoticon - Kristan

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DGFOWLER 11/12/2010 4:55PM

    Sis Rose.. you look amazing and it's so hard to believe what you have accomplished in just 3 months.. 90 days.. What a wonderful place to be in life.. I'm rooting for you yet because I know you are still on a journey and I'm so pleased to be taking it with you. Lots of Hugs.. Donna

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DLSHANKS 11/12/2010 9:15AM

    I whole heartedly believe in everything you wrote! My whole additude toward food and exercise has changed since I found this site. Which in turn has changed my attitude about everythiing. You are right! It is not about the numbers any more. it is about achieving a new way of life. One day at a time! Yesterday's a history, tommorrow's a mystery, today is a gift from God. That is why it is called the "Present"!

Keep up the good work.

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MOMGABE 11/12/2010 8:50AM

    Congratulations on your Spark Anniversary and your weight loss. You are AWESOME. Thanks for posting your picture. It is so nice to put a face with a name. Glad to hear they have diagnosed your granddaughter. It is so much easier to deal with the known than the unknown. Keep sparking, friend. Enjoy the sunshine in your life today. emoticon emoticon

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MAIA2011 11/12/2010 8:23AM

    What an inspiring blog! You can just hear your joy and it is great! What a fun pic showing how far you've come. You look fantastic and happy!

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JOANNS4 11/12/2010 8:18AM

    You are doing so great. Congratulations on your Sparkversay!
Your consistency has paid off big time. One day at a time.


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GOROSIEO 11/12/2010 7:41AM

    Congratulations on your 3 month anniversary and your weight loss. Buying new clothes is the BEST!

I read some where on Spark once that this is a journey of self-discovery and along the way you lose weight. As the pounds come off the real person inside is found again.

I have been steadily on Spark since April and have lost 30. I can't say I was overweight all of my adult life, but I have been playing the lose weight game for a long time. I keep saying this is the las time in this life (I'm 63) that I'm losing weight. Eating healthy foods-Super foods-non processed foods hopefully equals good health.

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MARISABELLES 11/12/2010 7:30AM

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You are all those things to me you say about your sparkfriends.
You also are a great inspiration to me and a model of constancy.
Let's keep on walking together my friend. The pace is good to me too emoticon emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 11/12/2010 7:15AM

    My dear beautiful emoticon! I am glad you finally shared your beautiful face with us! Congratulations on your wonderful progress and dedication to a happier, healthier you.
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KIMBERBAKOS 11/12/2010 12:58AM

    Great job! I hope we see positive results, too. So far I haven't gotten my boyfriend on the exercise bandwagon, but at least the diet is coming along nicely. In two weeks we've progressed from being over in calories most days to being under much of the time. So I'm hopeful that when he gets on the scale in another couple of weeks that a month of eating right will have made a difference.

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COMPUCATHY 11/11/2010 11:24PM

    You ARE the incredible shrinking woman! You're doing GREAT! Congratulations! SP has really brought you into YOU! Woo-hoo! I'm so happy for your progress in so many ways. You are an SP Poster Child! Thanks for all your encouragement. I am so glad SP is working for you. Why wouldn't it? It's great! So glad you're here! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 11/11/2010 11:20PM

    Well hello Rose! What an awesome 90 days you've had! Your positive attitude and encouragement has helped me many mornings when I log on. Thanks for being there... and I'm here for you.
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KILLERANGEL47 11/11/2010 11:09PM

    Congratz! emoticon emoticon You look fantastic!! emoticon emoticon

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MERRY40 11/11/2010 11:05PM

    Excellent blog and wonderful insight into this journey you have undertaken. Congratulations on your awesome success and your new healthy way of thinking! Great news about your granddaughter-I'm glad that your prayers were answered!
God bless you as you continue on your path!

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LINDABENEDICT 11/11/2010 10:32PM

    Happy Sparkaversary Rose !!! Way to go !!! You have done a great job !!!!

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PEGGYJEAN13 11/11/2010 9:41PM

    You grabbed the bull by the horns and took charge! What a great testimony from a woman setting her mind on something and getting it done.

Like me, you are probably wishing you had done this sooner.

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JAYDEE14 11/11/2010 9:39PM

    emoticon Rose!!

This is an excellent blog, great inspiration.

You've done so well looking after YOU and at the same time you are always looking after everyone else with the SparkGifts, comments, Likes etc. etc.

You are a GREAT SparkFRIEND!! I'm glad you're mine!
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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/11/2010 9:38PM

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WOW !!! YOU are amazing ! Thanks for sharing.
You are very inspiring! I had fallen off the wagon
with leftover Halloween candy. But since you could
do it, maybe so can I !
BLESSINGS!
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BLUEROSE 11/11/2010 9:29PM

    Happy 3 Month Sparkversary Blog, Rose..You are doing amazing!!! Keep on Sparking!!!

Cheers,
BlueRose

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HYE101 11/11/2010 9:23PM

    Congratulations !

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You have achieved a lot and are an inspiration to all of us.
Have a great week and happy Sparkversary !

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COOLMAMA11 11/11/2010 8:40PM

    emoticon What a wonderful blog, very inspiring, you look great..keep up the good work!


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KJMPEACHES 11/11/2010 8:34PM

    What an absolutely wonderful blog. You are doing so great. Thanks for sharing your incredible, motivating, unique personal journey with all of us!

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SYNERGY2011 11/11/2010 8:28PM

    Congrats!!! Keep up the great work!!

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WINFIELD28 11/11/2010 8:22PM

    WOW!
First, Congratulations on your 3rd Month Anniversary!
2nd, Thanks for sharing your incredible, motivating, unique personal journey with me, with all of us!
You look so happy and proud, (as you well should be !) on your photo!
You are such a beautiful lady, Rose!
Smaller sized clothing is the fun by-product of incorporating into your life, all your healthy lifestyle changes! You continue to INSPIRE me each day!
Your husband and daughters & grandchildren are so blessed to have you in their lives; the 'new' healthier you!
It's wonderful when the changes in a Sparker's life aren't just about weight loss. Thanks for sharing your insight!
Many blessings to you Rose, as you continue your journey!
I'm counting on you to continue to inspire and motivate me! I so appreciate your friendship!
You are a special lady Rose!
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1BEARWIFE 11/11/2010 8:17PM

    Terrific blog, and an even greater job!! You GO, Girl!!!

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MUEHLBBO 11/11/2010 8:15PM

    Way to go. This was a great blog. You are doing your part in helping the rest of us. Keep up the good work. You're looking great, but I'm impressed with your insight on the other things you've picked up.

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MARTELLA3 11/11/2010 8:14PM

    You are my Super Hero! I am so amazed at all you have accomplished, physical, emotional, spiritual, in 90 days.

Ain't no stopping you now.

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ONEGREATCAT 11/11/2010 8:09PM

    WOW and WOW.

I am speechless!! What an absolutely wonderful blog. And what a beautiful smile, a beautiful woman, with beautiful insight! You have accomplished SO MUCH!

You have been such an inspiration to me!

And congrats to your hubby joining in on your journey, and I thank God prayers were answered for you and your family in so many ways!!

SPARK ON DEAR FRIEND! ONE STEP!
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MMNICKS 11/11/2010 8:09PM

    You are doing soooo great. My 3 month is coming up in a few days. I have lost 20 and have about 25 more to go. You are right though, the best isn't the weight loss it is all the other extra perks. Keep up the great work, we are all rooting for you and standing right at your side!!!!

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TAFFIN2000 11/11/2010 8:09PM

    Awesome! I love the picture! Keep on Sparking!

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SASSACAIA 11/11/2010 8:07PM

    Amazing job! You look fantastic!!!

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MY FAVORITE VEGETABLE SOUP!

Monday, November 08, 2010

This is a recipe I used in my Weight Watcher days. It's been revised by me a number of times! Please note: Quantities are approximate, so feel free to adjust the amounts on anything & more to your liking! Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup chopped onion
8 teaspoons chicken granules
8 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups thinly sliced zucchini
3 cups thinly slice carrots
3 cups chopped tomatoes
2-3 cups chopped cabbage
6-8 teaspoons fresh parsley
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon pepper

DIRECTIONS:

In large stockpot, combine onion, broth mix, & garlic; cook & stir until onion is translucent. Add remaining ingredients & stir to combine; cover & cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add 8-10 cups of water & bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, & cook until vegetables are soft, about 20-25 minutes. Remove 2-3 cups of veggies from pot & puree...then return to pot. Heat & serve!

Note: I often add some low sodium chicken broth after it's been sitting a day or more in the fridge cause it thickens some.

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BLUEROSE 2/15/2011 10:53AM

    Thank you so much, Rose. I look forward to trying it!

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BEEBEE75 11/23/2010 10:54AM

    Thanks for the soup recipe. I love soup and this is a good one when you are really hungry and want to eat everything in sight. This will fill you up with good, healthy food.

Thank you.

Betty

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MARY1046 11/22/2010 8:14PM

    Thank you Rose for sharing your great soup recipe. We are looking for snow here tonite and tomorrow and this will be great with my melba toast for a couple days. Looking forward to it...
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MARY1046 11/22/2010 8:14PM

    Thank you Rose for sharing your great soup recipe. We are looking for snow here tonite and tomorrow and this will be great with my melba toast for a couple days. Looking forward to it...
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VERONICAS_GOALS 11/20/2010 7:54AM

    Let me tell everyone from Rose making this for me it is awesome emoticon

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MOODY9 11/12/2010 12:21AM

    Sounds good. I have a different variation of the zero point soup. I'll try to remember to post it thus weekend.

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MERRY40 11/11/2010 11:07PM

    Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try! emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 11/11/2010 9:45PM

    Try this with beef boullion, some barley, and a little leftover roast. It is a wonderful beef stew.

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JENAANN3 11/11/2010 5:06PM

    Sounds good. I wish my husband would eat tomatoes and cabbage. I would love this soup. Thanks for posting.

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JMARIES51 11/9/2010 11:52PM

    I love soup in the cold winter weather.

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1BEARWIFE 11/9/2010 10:56AM

    I have made this soup from WW, and can guarantee it is FABULOUS, FILLING AND WEIGHT REDUCING!!! emoticon

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DGFOWLER 11/8/2010 6:35PM

    Sounds like a great meal.. Have a blessed evening Rose. Donna

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RIGBY31 11/8/2010 1:51PM

    I love this soup! Your adjustments are just perfect and puree some to thicken is genius!

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SLBRANTLEY 11/8/2010 1:06PM

    Sounds delish! Can't wait to try it! emoticon
Thanks for sharing!

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WINFIELD28 11/8/2010 9:46AM

    Thank you so much Rose for posting your Vegetable Soup Recipe!
I have copied and pasted it to my saved recipe file I keep.
Looks healthy and very delicious! I have everything but the zucchini on hand!
Thanks again!!!
Have a super great day!
Maria

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AKELAZ 11/8/2010 9:13AM

    GREAT!! I love soup and had been wondering what to get for supper - but I hardly need to get anything because I have most of these ingredients!! Thanks for the inspiration and emoticon

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PUTTITAT 11/8/2010 8:44AM

    YUM! This sounds really yummy and I LOVE veggie soups & stews! I never thought about taking some of the veggies out and puree-ing them--great idea for making it thinker without adding flour or some other sort of carb. I really need to try this!
Vicki

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GREEKGAL1 11/8/2010 8:39AM

  Sounds very good. Thank you for sharing.

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SHERYLDS 11/8/2010 7:49AM

    sounds delicious. going to try it thanks

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JUSTA123 11/8/2010 7:33AM

    Sounds delicous think I'll try it, only a few days out of year one feels like eating soup here. emoticon

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SASSACAIA 11/8/2010 7:12AM

    It looks like 0-point soup! I love 0 point soup! I bet it was fantastic! emoticon

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DFROMTX 11/8/2010 6:46AM

    Thanks for the recipe. Will try it as soon as I get all the ingredients together. Have a great day!!

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  It sounds wonderful and I am sure I will LOVE it. Really emoticon

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THANK YOU!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

My Dearest Spark Friends,

I am overwhelmed with emotion as I'm writing this with tears streaming down my face. Words cannot express the depth of gratitude I am feeling at this very moment. I LOVE you all, my dear Spark friends!

Let me explain..

I worked today, walked for an hour w/my hubby & then an additional 1/2 hour w/my neighbor, ate dinner, & sat down at my computer to get my Spark on. I did all the normal stuff, track food & fitness, did my challenge, got my points for the day...did the friend feed (OMG guys...you ROCK!) I never gave so many WOOHOO!!'s & CONGRATS! in my life!!! There is SO MUCH to celebrate today! You are ALL totally AWESOME!!! You're all doing so well!!!

I am sooooooooo proud of you!!! emoticon

Okay, back to my point! I finally look at my activity feed! Oh My Goodness!!! I had TONS of well wishes, congrats, & woohoo's! I had Atta girls & hoots & hollers! I just started crying.....I was sooooooo HAPPY! You all did this for me? I am speechless! Then, I see ALL these goodies & congrats! I see messages of celebration & congratulations!

I mean, I am OVERWHELMED with emotion! And I can only say...

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you for your love & support! Thank you for always being there to help me celebrate my trials & tribulations! Thank you for always offering your friendship For always helping me stay the course! You help me be strong! You help me motivate! You help me do better!

I LOVE YOU ALL, MY FRIENDS!

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KILLERANGEL47 11/11/2010 11:11PM

    You're AWESOME!! emoticon emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 11/8/2010 5:57AM

    Rose,

We all love you because you are so encouraging to all of us. THANK-YOU for being such a good Spark Friend.

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MOODY9 11/7/2010 12:06AM

    Rose - you are the best!! I'm so glad you feel the love and joy that we all get from you everyday. :-)

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SDPARTON 11/5/2010 4:07PM

    emoticon I totally know what you mean emoticon
This is truly the best weight loss program out there, and it is all because of great SPARK FRIENDS! You go! emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 11/4/2010 10:54PM

    No...THANK YOU!!!! For being such a sweet and supportive friend! YOU are AWESOME!!! YOU ROCK!!!! Keep up the sparkin'. You're an inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 11/4/2010 12:24PM

    Cheers to you for being MY cheerleader!

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L*I*T*A* 11/4/2010 7:28AM

    enjoy the well deserved attention!!
way to go.........
blessings and hugs..............lita

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DGFOWLER 11/4/2010 4:28AM

    Good morning Spark sis. You are the best. I love you to pieces. You are the only one that visits me daily and that is such an encouragement. God loves you and so do I!!! Donna

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DEVORA4 11/3/2010 10:30PM

  Honey You get what you deserve and you are one in a million. I am honored to have you as a friend and delight in your progress, emoticon emoticondebby

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WINFIELD28 11/3/2010 8:35PM

    Rose,
You are a sweetheart! You are always the first person to celebrate a success, to offer encouragement, to lift a fellow Sparker up when they are down. You deserve nothing but good things in your life. You're a giver! That wonderful 'nurse' in you comes shining through. Thank you for being YOU!
I always smile when I receive a comment or response to a blog post or a Spark Goodie from you...because I know you mean every word you say. You are one in a million! Thanks for being...Rose! emoticon

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SHELLEY147 11/3/2010 8:22PM

    we love you too!! You're very deserving of EVERY single bit of praise you get my friend!! ~hug~

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