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Saturday, January 08, 2011

The view from our lanai!

What I see on my walks!

Lovin' my new surroundings! Lovin' the emoticon!! And sharing it with you all!

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JANETK53 1/12/2011 10:18AM

  Everyone deserves to enjoy happiness and it looks like you have found your paradise in your new surroundings.....I am so happy for you.....keep sending the beautiful photos to put the image of peace into minds of SparkFriends, as it really helps calm the soul

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SYDNEY_DE 1/11/2011 8:10PM

    Beautiful! I'm so jealous!

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COOKWITHME65 1/11/2011 12:20PM

    Just beautiful Rose. I'm jealous. Getting ready for a major storm up here in Boston.

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DGFOWLER 1/10/2011 4:43PM

    Rose.. you forgot me.. you sure I'm not packed away somewhere yet???

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BLONDIESUE11 1/10/2011 4:40PM

    Gorgeous!!!!!! You must be in love.

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DLSHANKS 1/10/2011 7:17AM

    How beautiful! My mom spends 6mo. out of the year in Sarasota. We are from Indiana. It's cold here. Your pictures are amazing. I love the seashell background! I have a collection of my own. Mom brings them for me when she returns home. Congratulations on your continued weight loss!
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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/10/2011 2:09AM

    My goodness! Can I visit? I just checked the temp and it's 10 degrees here in Akron right now - about 4 inches of snow.
I am SO jealous!

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LINDABENEDICT 1/9/2011 11:30PM

    Oh ! It is BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!

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BBGYRL4 1/9/2011 8:54PM

    OMG, it's beautiful where you are!! So jealous right not!! =[

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MOMGABE 1/9/2011 6:44PM

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. We had some sunshine today in NE Ohio but it was really cold. I'm sure you are secretly missing the Akron weather. NOT!!!!

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TURTLETALK 1/9/2011 6:30PM

    Lucky you!

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JUSTA123 1/9/2011 11:14AM

    Yep it's beautiful isn't it gotta love that sun!

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BARBARACT 1/9/2011 9:54AM

    Wow, how beautiful! That is great Rose and you have such a nice and warm place to be!!! Thanks for sharing the pictures, those are great!

You sound really happy, good for you!

Take a warm walk for me! I have a lot of snow over here!

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ATREAT4ME 1/9/2011 9:54AM

    Hee hee hee --- you get to use words like Lanai! So you can say things like, "If you want me, I'll be out on the lanai." Or, "lets take our tea to the lanai."

How much fun and how much beautiful weather for you to enjoy. Awesome! Keep the pictures coming. I will really enjoy reading about all the new places you're exploring and discovering on your walks.

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JEREMY723 1/8/2011 9:02PM

    Looks great! Certainly more fun than here in Lake County: 19 degrees and 4 inches of snow.

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AKELAZ 1/8/2011 8:19PM

    WOW!! Your new place looks wonderful, Rose! Beautiful surroundings AND sunshine and warmth! Really envy you from the cold UK winter. Sure it was hard work too as moving always is but well worth it. Enjoy . . . emoticon

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RIGBY31 1/8/2011 8:13PM

    How wonderful you get to put your eyes on such beauty every day! Love your walk route, great view. You have arrived!

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BRIAEL 1/8/2011 7:06PM

    What a lovely place, Rose. I'm pleased for you! :)

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ONEGREATCAT 1/8/2011 6:09PM

    Oh my didn't take you long to get into the FL "lingo"...lanai! Ha! Here in PA they're called back porches or patios! Tee Hee!

Beautiful pictures AND I AM SO JEALOUS...JEALOUS I TELL YOU as I whip off my boots, the thermals, the t-shirt under the sweatshirt, the "Michelin" coat, hat, gloves, goggles...

e cold must have "addled" my brain!
emoticon Brrr...cold! I tried to "correct" the above, but I think my computer's addled wouldn't let me correct. LOL

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MELTING2SVELTE 1/8/2011 5:12PM

    Mmmm, those warm breezes are just what I needed to feel here on my snowy Colorado day. Thanks!

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COMPUCATHY 1/8/2011 3:03PM gorgeous! I feel warmer already! Thanks for sharing the pics! I LOVE Palm trees. I'm so glad you are enjoying your new digs. Take a walk out in the sunshine for me, okay? Spark on! emoticon

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    It does look beautiful and makes it a pleasure to get your walking in! I am very happy for you (and me) being out of the cold and snow.

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BARBARAJ73 1/8/2011 2:18PM

    Lovely... I am sure you will enjoy. What great motivation to get outside and walk. We're enjoying a sunny day too - except it's 24 degrees and snow is coming tonight! emoticon

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WINFIELD28 1/8/2011 12:01PM

    WOW! Beautiful!
(You definately aren't in Ohio anymore, in January!)
Enjoy your scenic walks! How motivating for you, too!
Thanks for sharing it with us! Love it!

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LUBAML 1/8/2011 11:15AM

    It is just lovely! Enjoy!!! I'm happy to see you so happy! emoticonLuba

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KJMPEACHES 1/8/2011 10:59AM

    Awesome,, Rose!! Congrats to you !!! emoticon

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BARBEWIT 1/8/2011 10:56AM

    Just beautiful Rose. keep the pics coming....better to feast our eyes on the beauty of Florida then the SNOW of Penna.

Thanks for sharing the emoticon with us.

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CHALLENGER15 1/8/2011 10:52AM

    Good for you, Rose! Beautiful...

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  I'm so jealous. I got up to more snow. Enjoy the sunshine!

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JRDIAMOND4 1/8/2011 10:41AM

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My views are not that kept but are as beautiful. I live more in a hick town. My coworkers and I would get into a discussion about living in a deed restricted area and would laugh at the thought of my family. It would, seriously, be like the Beverly Hill Billies without the millions$$$. We would get the biggest laughs out of thinking of all the fines we would receive each month. Hog in neighbors rose garden. Llama peaking in neighbors window. Boys using backyard tree. Ram knocking down neighbor while sitting in backyard(this actually happened by the way). He was such a good sport about it. Our neighbors own and operate a circus. So our animals don't bother them. There were a few of the workers sitting around talking when Dodge went exploring. One of the men thought look at the cute little sheep and went to pet him. Dodge knocked him flat on his behind. Everyone laughed hysterical because the guy was the lion tamer. bwahahahaha He told my husband it was too funny to get upset about.

Have a great day!!

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MMNICKS 1/8/2011 10:13AM

    Lucky you, get paradise all year long, most of us have to vacation for such views!! Enjoy your new home!!!

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DFROMTX 1/8/2011 10:10AM

    Wow, looks great. We have a winter storm heading our way.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Happy New Year my friends! emoticon

I'm coming to you live from sunny SW Florida! We arrived to N. Ft. Myers on Saturday with temps of 79 & plenty of sunshine! Travel was uneventful as we had excellent weather & road conditions! I found it difficult to eat right while traveling though. I was able to exercise before we hit the road each day ...& I even maintained my 10,000+ steps because I walked around every time we stopped!

Since I've lost almost 50 lbs since last summer, I've had to go shopping for summer clothes! Ya see, I was wearing a size 3X last summer, & now I wear a PXL! I had to buy new swimsuits too, as I was wearing a size W26 last year....& now I wear size 16!

emoticon I'm a happy woman!

I'm only down .2 this week, but considering I've been off my's not too bad! I'll take it!

I'm looking forward to walking outdoors for now on without wearing all the winter garb! We are currently staying in a quaint community with plenty of areas for walking. Hubby & I have been getting out & walking daily. It feels so good! Our condo is beautiful...& we have a lovely lake view w/plenty of palm trees! If I can figure out how to get pics on here w/my laptop, I'll post them!

My biggest challenge for now is getting accustomed to using my laptop & getting my mojo back! I'm a little discouraged that the network I'm on is so slow & it takes me twice as long to do things on Spark. I miss staying connected to all my friends! Please know that even though I'm not Sparkin as're all still in my thoughts! We won't be able to get a cable hookup until April because that's when we will be in our annual place! Hubby & I are staying in Ft. Myers for January & February...& we'll be on Marco Island for the month of March. We're hoping to get an annual in Naples. I'll keep ya posted!

My hope for the new year is that I WILL reach my weight goal by June 1, 2011! This breaks down to around 5 lbs per month! Very, very doable! So, I'm putting the pedal to the metal...& gunning forward! I CAN do it!

emoticon Me by summer!

Now, let's get Sparkin' my friends! We can do this together!

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MOODY9 1/11/2011 12:49AM

    That's awesome Rose! Congrats on your amazing weight loss! Have fun in Florida!!

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ATREAT4ME 1/9/2011 9:50AM

    Yay Rose! How wonderful that you're in the warm sunshine. I so understand that. It does help me to exercise more when the weather isn't quite so cold.

I love your attitude and your new sizes. How fun! Really enjoy the sun and take care! Happy New Year!

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KJMPEACHES 1/8/2011 11:05AM

    Wow,,, warm and sunny!!!! I'm trying to soak it up from your posts. Congrats to you Rose!!! You did it and you will get to your goal. You are focused and a great motivator. I'm glad I found you for one of my spark friends!!! Take care and enjoy, enjoy!!!! emoticon

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ADNAW_YOTS 1/8/2011 8:07AM

    you are in one of my favorite places !!!!! so glad that somebody can be there. continue to stay focused my friend you are such an inspiration to me !!

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AUTUMNAGATE 1/7/2011 11:52AM

    Thanks for the great post. My program got "relaxed" over the holidays and I logged onto sparkpeople this morning to get inspired. I new right where to go. To your blog page. Thanks for the inspriation!!!! I hope you enjoy Florida! Keep up up to date. emoticon

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LUBAML 1/6/2011 10:00PM

    Great! I am happy for you! Enjoy the warm weather! I'll be with you in my walks in the park. Here the snow is gone but new will come. Your smile inspire me true the day. Thanks! emoticonLuba

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DONNACFIT 1/6/2011 8:44PM

    Great blog!! Glad you're enjoying Florida!! Keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 1/6/2011 7:52PM

    sounds wonderful there Rose!! emoticon

Congratulations on those wonderful changes you have made! emoticon emoticon

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SLBRANTLEY 1/6/2011 5:57PM

    Yaaay! Congrats on your move. emoticon
Here's to continued success throughout the New Year - and beyond!
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P.S. Love your new background! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARACT 1/6/2011 3:45AM

    Congratulations! You sound very happy and I am happy for you!
You will reach your goal...I know it! Wow...50lb loss! You are such an inspiration!

Enjoy your new home!!! I am glad to hear things are going well!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 1/5/2011 10:28PM

Girl, you are doing GREAT! You WILL reach your goal!
AH, the beach! My favorite place in the whole world.
Funny how I have to FORCE myself to walk at home,
BUT at the beach, I could walk all day!
It must be the combination of being away from stressses,
sunshine, soft breeze and clean salt air.

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DGFOWLER 1/5/2011 4:37PM

    Rose thank you for posting and keeping us up to date. We miss you, love you and I'm so excited for you. WOW.. I'm looking at your success and I'm thinking that could be me next year too. WooHoo. My goal this year is to downsize between 60 - 80 lbs. That's about 15 - 20 lbs every 3 months.

Miss you bunches my friend ~ Donna

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PETUNIAPIG 1/5/2011 11:54AM

    79-degrees and sunny?!? I'm jealous!
Enjoy the great weather and keep it up! You can do it!

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WINFIELD28 1/5/2011 11:48AM

    Thanks Rose, for the update!
Glad you got to Florida with out any problems!
I love that you got your exercise in each day while traveling and hit your goal of 10,000+ steps each day, too. Great job!
And I L-O-V-E that you are walking outdoors! It must seem like paradise!
Guess what I can see from my window as I am typing this...SNOW! It's falling ever so lightly, but it's still snow and the temps are supposed to reach the early teens today.
You will be in your new routine before long! Glad that you can get internet access and that you are Sparking! Have a super day! Tell us all about the warm sunshine, too!

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RITAROSE 1/5/2011 11:47AM

  Rose, Here's to 2011, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Have a wonderful time getting more fit and reaching your goals! Hugs, Ritarose

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JUSTA123 1/5/2011 11:22AM

    Oh your not far from interstateverse, she's on vacation with her Parents in Naples, weather down south is better then here, looks like you'll be able to get some swimming in! Hopefully I'll be able to hit the pool in a few days if the temps stay in the 70's Glad you arrived safe! Enjoy the new you and your new life! emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/5/2011 10:32AM

    I'm glad you have arrived in FL safely! I can relate to how difficult eating healthy while traveling can be. I fell off my low carb diet and gained a few lbs so consider your loss a wonderful success! I love my new resort and I'm also getting lots of exercise. Now that I'm exercising and back on my low carb, I'm hoping to also reach my goal this year! Together we can do it!

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ONEGREATCAT 1/5/2011 10:23AM

    Wow...THE YEAR OF CHANGE! Think about that!!!

And whooieee...2011 will be grander yet!

And YES, I am SO JEALOUS of the warm weather you'll have...but then I keep telling myself I'm doing myself a "favor" by having to wear the heavy "Michelin Tire-type" coats; the sweaters; the thermals; the boots with treads as thick as Michelin Tires, etc., etc. Yep, I keep telling "meself" I'm walking with weights. Har-de-har. So far, even my OLD BRAIN isn't convinced there are any "favors" in this!!!

Rose, you're to be congratulated on your accomplishments and with your new surroundings I know you're in for an even better year! I'd love to walk arm-in-arm with you to the finish line, but I've heard about those "Texas-sized" bugs FL chicken! Bwhahahaha!

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SHERYLDS 1/5/2011 10:03AM

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Fantastic! All your hard work is really paying off

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NEWMENOW5 1/5/2011 10:00AM

    Fantastic Rose! You are going to reach your goal and that is very exciting (as is your new condo in Fla with a lake view!) You will be lovely in a swimsuit in no time! emoticon

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RIGBY31 1/5/2011 9:47AM

    Rose! YAY! Enjoy FL and your new life, wardrobe and year round fitness opportunities. Girl, you are going to look and feel sooo amazing by June. Find an internet cafe, become a regular, and keep sparking!

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SHELLEY147 1/5/2011 8:36AM

    emoticon emoticon So happy you made it safely to Florida! :) I know you are going to make your have the right determination and mindset to do just that! ~hugs~

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COMPUCATHY 1/5/2011 8:18AM

    Very cool! Congrats on the new sizes! That's so exciting! With all the walking you are doing, I have no doubt you will meet your goal! emoticon Enjoy that gorgeous weather! It's so great that you can get out into great weather every day! What a change from Ohio, huh? Sorry to hear about the slow connection. That has got to be frustrating...when you're used to fast, slow is hard to take. Maybe you could go to a local eatery or somewhere that has free wi-fi and do some sparking from there sometime. Just a thought. I think it is EXCELLENT that you lost while traveling. Anytime you do not gain when you are traveling, it's a major victory! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon

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JEREMY723 1/5/2011 8:15AM

    High in the upper 20s and light snow in NE Ohio today, colder by week's end. Enjoy 79!

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GREYPAWS1 1/5/2011 8:11AM

  I am so glad to hear you are settled again. Moving is traumatic no matter how well you plan. I am sure with your dedication that it won't be hard to get yourself back on track. Awesome that you needed to go shopping for new clothes. Talking about swimsuits in Jan is pretty funny tho for us freezing our buns in Dixie.

You'll get used to your laptop in no time. Once you do, check out nearby coffee shops ect., many have free, high speed wireless these days. Also, if you are set up with wireless & you have a patio or balcony, try sitting out there with the computer, you might be pleasantly surprised at the better connection.

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DFROMTX 1/5/2011 8:02AM

    Good to hear from you and congrats on the move!! I like your new wallpaper. I haven't figured out how to change mine yet. With your determination and spirit I have no doubt that you will reach your goal BEFORE the scheduled date.

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SASSACAIA 1/5/2011 7:57AM

    Yay! I'm glad the move was uneventful! I am quite jealous... I wish I was in a warm sunny place right now!! Good for you for keeping to your goals even while on the drive... I too know you will get to your goal this summer!!! Yay!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I WILL...exercise!

I CAN...stay in calorie range!

I WILL...drink my water!

I WILL...make wise food choices!

I & encourage others!

I WILL...take time for me today!


My Dearest Friends! emoticon

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very

emoticon Merry Christmas emoticon & a Happy New Year! emoticon

May the joy of the season remain with you throughout the year! I am grateful for your friendship & thank you all for being a part of my wondrous journey!

You are my JOY! emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 1/9/2011 9:47AM

    I love this strategy and have used it during the holidays. Thank you for posting it. I think it extends past December and will help me rejoin the group!

I can do this today and just for today, I will do this! Awesome.

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COMPUCATHY 12/24/2010 2:46PM

    Yep...just one day...we can do it. That's the way to look at it! Thanks, again, Rose for a good "inspiration!" Hope you have the best Christmas! Enjoy your home, your family, and your friends! Think lots of positive thoughts! And Spark On! emoticon emoticon

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JDFAN448HS 12/23/2010 10:16PM

    emoticon emoticon we can all get behind these checks and challenges.
The simplicity of your post makes the mission so clear. TY and emoticon emoticon
cheers, Cheryl

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BARBARACT 12/23/2010 6:31AM

    You always such a refreshing positive attitude and give many of motivation to keep the course!

Thank you for that. And a Merry Christmas to you my friend! I am so happy to have you as a friend Rose!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

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JOANNS4 12/22/2010 10:13PM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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SMILESRME 12/22/2010 7:27PM

    Hey Toots! Just for today; we can make a difference. You do for us!!

Julia : )

p.s. congrats on your most popular blog award! How exciting for you!!

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SHARONSPARKLE 12/22/2010 2:33PM

    Thanks for giving us some food for thought - NOT just for today, but each day of our journey! I appreciate getting to know you lately and look forward to more interaction in the year to come! Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Wonderful Happy New Year!

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MERRY40 12/22/2010 2:09PM

    Great list of cans and wills. I WILL try to follow suit. I CAN take this opportunity to wish the best for you and your family during this beautiful Christmas season. God bless!
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JUSTA123 12/22/2010 1:27PM

    Thanks Rose you are such a wonderful friend! May your Christmas be blessed with love and joy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 12/22/2010 12:47PM

    Thank you Rose, once again you helped save me from myself!

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MELTING2SVELTE 12/22/2010 12:19PM

    I'm sitting here planning all the cooking and baking I'm doing for the holiday feast, and feeling myself gaining pounds just thinking about the calories! I needed to read that ... just for today I can do it too! Thanks for the reminder!

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DGFOWLER 12/22/2010 12:16PM

    Here we all come knocking on Rose's door telling her.. we want what you have, Stamina, determination. You are a joy to be around Rose. You make my day. Hugs.. Donna

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DONNACFIT 12/22/2010 11:41AM

    Love your your list !!

Have the Merriest Christmas ever!! emoticon

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WINFIELD28 12/22/2010 11:31AM

    Merry Christmas and may 2011 be a year full of great joy and happiness for you, Rose!
Thanks for the helpful list...will keep me focused today (& for the rest of the day at a time).

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LUBAML 12/22/2010 11:26AM

    I'm with you not only for the day. We can do and we will do it for life, no? Life is beautiful!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Best regards to your family! emoticonLuba

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MMNICKS 12/22/2010 11:13AM

    Yea Rose, lets do them together!!!

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SHELLEY147 12/22/2010 11:09AM

    You're CAN and WILL do those things today! I will too!!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!! ~hugs~

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


1. Begin your day with a positive statement! I will ___ I can ___ & start your day with a smile!

2. Get Sparked! Get involved! Join a new team & get challenged!

3. Remind yourself of why you began this journey!

4. Get that clothing item you want to get back into & keep it in sight! Post that picture of you being at the weight you felt good at!

5. Challenge yourself to complete an exercise goal daily! Try to beat your personal best!

6. Remind yourself how far you've come! How good you feel!

7. Revel in your accomplishments! Find a way to celebrate a success each day!

8. Make a list of all the things you're going to do when you reach your weight goal!

9. Shake up your exercise routine! Add something new to your fitness repertoire! Spice things up! Add free weights or stability ball! Try a new video!

10. Make a new recipe! Surprise your tastebuds! Bake a new low cal dessert!

STAYING MOTIVATED is a STATE OF MIND! You hold the key to your success! You're in control! Don't let ANYTHING get in your way! Stay strong! Choose to be healthy & fit! You can do this! We can do this together!!!

Spark on my friends! Spark on! emoticon

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SHANDOO 12/30/2010 3:02AM

    What wonderful ideas!!! Thank you for reminding me to do them! emoticon

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KIN59VARA 12/29/2010 4:07PM

    Thanks for the information!

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TRABOLD8567 12/25/2010 1:31AM

  Great Thanks!

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LRSILVER 12/24/2010 10:50AM

    awesome. I love Leslie too! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 12/24/2010 9:30AM

    THAT was a great way to start my day (my week, my YEAR!)


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KENDRASTIC 12/23/2010 8:40PM

    emoticon I am bookmarking this page!

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LIVINGPROOF006 12/22/2010 11:24AM

    Wonderful! I am copying the questions and will post them somehwere in my house to help keep me motivated! Thank you!

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AZURELITE 12/22/2010 7:08AM

    Yay...what a nice way to kickstart my day!! Thanks, Rose!!!

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QUEENCAT25 12/22/2010 1:53AM

    Thanks. Great blog!

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KELLY40222 12/20/2010 6:15PM

    Thank you for the inspiration!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/20/2010 12:02PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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INTHELOOP 12/19/2010 10:07PM

    Thanks for the extra SPARK today!!
Congratulations on your success ~ you have an empowering attitude!!

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SLIMGRAM2 12/19/2010 7:05PM

    Awesome Blog. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ANDREWRACE24111 12/19/2010 2:47PM

  Great blog, your soo right !

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WONDERS06 12/19/2010 5:56AM

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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RETURNOFSARAH 12/19/2010 5:17AM

    " I'VE LOST 36 LBS IN 4 MONTHS!"

Wow, that's amazing, well done!

Great blog post too x

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AUTUMNAGATE 12/18/2010 1:32PM

    Great blog! Thanks emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 12/18/2010 6:33AM

    Thanks, Rose. I enjoyed the blog.

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DFROMTX 12/18/2010 6:20AM

    Another great blog from you, Rose. Thanks.

Congrats on your 9000 Spark Points! Keep it up.

How is packing going? Will you have Christmas before going or when you get to Florida?

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LINDABENEDICT 12/17/2010 10:12PM

    Great blog !!You got me motivated !!!!

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PANFRIEDTROUT 12/17/2010 8:56PM

    these are great ideas & i'm going to see about incorporating them into my Spark program. thanks for sharing.

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ZIPLOCK 12/16/2010 10:25AM

    Awesome blog! BIGMAMAT said we should read it...she was right!!

I WILL get up and move every chance I get.
I CAN stay committed to today's meal plan!

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DGFOWLER 12/16/2010 6:47AM

    Rose we should name you MRS MOTIVATION. You certainly do have the most positive attitude I have seen here on Spark and I am so thankful that we have become Spark Buddies. Donna

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JDFAN448HS 12/16/2010 12:15AM

emoticon emoticon emoticon I like the way you think, girl.
and the sharing is icing on the low-cal dessert. hahaha!!TY for this motivational marathon when the challenges of the season are trying to pull us to the dark side.
Know what I mean! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/16/2010 12:10AM

    I loved this blog! I struggle with motivation every day and your words really inspired me to do better!
Stay positive!

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COMPUCATHY 12/15/2010 11:47PM

    Oh yeah! Motivation is EVERYTHING. And it IS up to us to keep ourselves motivated! Thanks, Rose, you put it so well. Thanks for your encouragement! Hope your Thursday is awesome! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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EERUFFING 12/15/2010 11:29PM

    what am i going to do when you move? i miss our talks every 2 weeks lol of motivation! have you tried the 5 mile dvd! i love it just have to find time when nathan lets me put him down and can walk! emoticon

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SASSACAIA 12/15/2010 11:05PM

    Thank you, Rose! I so needed this today!! emoticon emoticon

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LUBAML 12/15/2010 10:37PM

    Great blog girl! Thank you for sharing! I'm with you on the target. I love your smile! Thank you my friend for the inspiration. emoticonLuba

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DONNACFIT 12/15/2010 9:34PM

    Great blog..thanks for the motivation!!!


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JENAANN3 12/15/2010 9:26PM

    You continue to be my inspiration Rose. You are always right on target. Keep writing blogs and I'll continue to read them. Hugs my friend.

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SLBRANTLEY 12/15/2010 7:27PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing! I will refer to this often! emoticon

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REEDSKI 12/15/2010 1:58PM

    Maria recommended your blog today!
It's a great one.
Well organized and full of motivation.
Thanks for sharing!

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CHALLENGER15 12/15/2010 1:54PM


This is so emoticon!

I have shared it with my youngest sister, who just joined Spark last night.


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BARBARACT 12/15/2010 1:19PM

    That was a fantastic blog! You are such a great motivational friend! Thanks for sharing! I have to remember all this or write it down somewhere. That is really all of what we need to do on your journey summed up very nicely!

Thanks Rose! I appreciate when you write things like this to help give me a perspective and inspiration!

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SMILESRME 12/15/2010 12:10PM

    It's easy to dwell on the do a beautiful job of accentuating the positive!!! Thanks for being a balcony person Rose!!

Cheers and ((hugs))


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1BEARWIFE 12/15/2010 11:42AM

    Can you just come live with me? I need your motivation!!! emoticon

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WILLIAMV3 12/15/2010 11:22AM

    Thank you.... I too needed this today!

Hope you have a blessed day!

Vicky emoticon

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RIGBY31 12/15/2010 11:12AM

    As I told BIGMAMAT, I'm holding on by my fingernails these days. You and her are holding my hand and I thank you both. Geeze, I want a reallyreally strong day!

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SHELLEY147 12/15/2010 11:01AM

    **Printing** :) and this is the reason I luv having you in my life! You are such an inspiring, motivating cheerleader in my life....THANKS for being you!! ~hugs~

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WINFIELD28 12/15/2010 10:46AM

    Thanks for the Morning Pep Talk, Rose!
I have your December Pledge list sitting on my computer desk and I read it each and every morning.
I will add these additional, good thoughts to it too!
Thanks for giving me a 'gentle shove' in the right direction!
You are always on target!

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ONEGREATCAT 12/15/2010 10:43AM


You are such an inspiration! See why I need you???

Now there is 1 thing...with regard to #8...if you get a THONG...well then, I'll try EVERY one of the exercises you've done so I can get one too (but no just saying you got one...picture required)!

As I "stole" from a friend: bwhahahahah
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SHARONSPARKLE 12/15/2010 9:15AM

    Wonderful ways to stay motivated. I'm printing out your list and I'm going to go over it every day!

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PLAYBLUES22 12/15/2010 9:01AM

    Sweetie, this is so upbeat and motivational, you go girl emoticon

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MAMOOAUG 12/15/2010 8:41AM

    That's awesome. Thanks for sharing. I think I'll put this where I can be reminded daily.

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BARBEWIT 12/15/2010 7:42AM

    What a fantastic list! You come up with the greatest motivational tools EVER ! Hope you don't mind that I print this to us some of it as my own.
Thanks for sharing.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/15/2010 7:14AM

    I really liked reading your list. You go girl!

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BIGMAMAT 12/15/2010 7:11AM

    Awwwww Rose! Just want I needed. Have I told you how much I appreciate you lately????? xoxoxo Tricia emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MKGARNER1 12/15/2010 7:10AM

    Thanks for motivating us while you motivated yourself. Re.#8: You go girl! :)

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Are you having a hard time remaining committed through the holidays? Think it's too difficult to do, right? Think you can't commit? Well, think again! There's so much you CAN do to keep on track during the holidays! I LOVE the word "CAN", don't you! Let's put together an arsenal of survival strategies to get us through the next few weeks! Let the games begin!

1. Keep a routine as best you CAN! Modify it as needed...but make a concerted effort!

2. Break exercise down into smaller increments! Do 10-15 min at a time & squeeze it in through out activities of the day...& do BOOSTS of exercise when you CAN! Challenge yourself to do better!

3. Keep nutritious snacks available! Fruit, nuts, veggies, yogurt, & cheese...portable snack you CAN take along when you're out & about or just need a little something between meals!

4. Eat before parties or gatherings! You CAN focus on people, not food!

5. Make certain you're drinking all your water! You CAN keep a water bottle with you as you travel...& take frequent sips!

6. You CAN prioritize healthy foods into meal planning! NO EXCUSES for not maintaining a healthy diet during the holidays! You CAN make good choices!

7. You CAN buddy up to keep yourself in check! Use family & friends to stay motivated!

8. You CAN log on to Sparkpeople daily...& stay connected!

You CAN do this! We CAN do this! Stay the course my friends...& you'll survive the holidays!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ATREAT4ME 1/9/2011 9:38AM

    Excellent ideas! Thank you. I CAN remember these throughout the year and use them as I need to during any high-demanding time in my life. Thank you, Friend! I love them and I love the word CAN.

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LUBAML 12/15/2010 10:42PM

    Great blog! I love your CAN do it! I love your smile, your attitude and positive thinking! Thanks for sharing! emoticonLuba

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BARBARACT 12/15/2010 1:21PM

    Another great blog! I am so happy I am your spark friend!


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DGFOWLER 12/15/2010 4:55AM

    Thanks for the reminders Rose.. After all we CAN all do this if we just stay focused. Donna

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LINDABENEDICT 12/14/2010 2:13PM

    YAY Rose ! Great blog !!!! Now if I can just follow 1/2 this , it will be happy holidays for all in Benedict land !!! Have GREAT Christmas !!!!!!!!

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1BEARWIFE 12/14/2010 11:24AM

    I'm glad I CAN read your blogs!!

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RITAROSE 12/14/2010 9:45AM

  Rose, you are so right on all accounts! Perfect timing for your pep talk!! Thank you for encouraging me to stay on the straight and narrow path to success! We can do this thing, even when it's so challenging with so many things we have to do!! Have a super day, friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTA123 12/14/2010 9:23AM

    Oh yes we can! emoticon

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WOMANCHEF 12/14/2010 7:58AM

    YES WE CAN! emoticon

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RIGBY31 12/14/2010 7:27AM

    Monday I was thinking how hard these next two weeks have already started to be. SO WHAT!! Along with Yes We Can, my other montra is Keep It Together, Keep Your Focus. Thanks Rose!

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BARBEWIT 12/13/2010 11:52PM

    Chug`` Chug `` Chug...goes the train...I know I can...I know I can..WHOO WHOO~~~

I know I can ~~ I know I can WHOO WHOO

I loved your idea...

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SMILESRME 12/13/2010 11:43PM

    Love your CAN do attitude girl!! It's all about choices and positive, forward thinking. That's YOU, you can-do girl!

Julia : )

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COMPUCATHY 12/13/2010 11:26PM

    Thanks, Rose! It will be a CAN do holiday! If we are living a lifestyle, there is no reason why we can't lifestyle our way through any time of the year. I think that's the difference...and you're right...we definitely CAN do this through the holidays! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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DONNACFIT 12/13/2010 9:37PM

    Thanks..great blog..I need all this right now :)

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JOFOR15 12/13/2010 9:21PM

good ideas

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KARRYB1 12/13/2010 8:55PM

    I'll have to post this blog on my fridg. Thanks! emoticon

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JRDIAMOND4 12/13/2010 8:42PM

    Thank you for the encouragement. YES WE CAN CAN!!

Your blog reminds me of the Pointer sisters song Yes we can can. I looked it up on Youtube and now it is stuck in my head.

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NURSE_FAWN 12/13/2010 8:32PM

    Thanks for this empowering blog. We can and will do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KJMPEACHES 12/13/2010 8:22PM

    WE CAN,,, WE CAN,,, When the holidays are past,,, just think how good it will feel.... emoticon emoticon

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KATHYJO56 12/13/2010 8:13PM

    I know that we CAN! This is a blog that we all need to read. I refuse to have anything or any time of the year ruin what I've worked so hard for! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEGREATCAT 12/13/2010 7:57PM

    Can I take you to CT with me??? I really need you! I need your "CAN DO's"!

As always...wonderful blog!

And now....I CAN watch t.v.---long day, cold day, snowy day, busy day. And oh yeah, fuel line developed a leak...emergency call. Yep...I CAN watch t.v.

Tee Hee!

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CIERAPOET 12/13/2010 7:46PM

    YES WE CAN!!!! emoticon

Great List and Wonderful Suggestions. It's all in the mind and we can do this. Thanks for Sharing. Thanks for Caring!!!

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DKELLEY35 12/13/2010 7:32PM

    Thanks for putting it all down in a list I'm attaching it to my refrigerator.

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WINFIELD28 12/13/2010 6:58PM

    Very helpful, time appropriate blog, Rose!
I always love your lists!
WE sure CAN do this!
WE are doing this!
I agree, I like the word CAN, too. It's so much more empowering.
It opens one up to helpful ideas.
Focusing on what one CAN do is so much more productive than the reverse!
Thanks again for your upbeat blog. You are a fantastic Spark People Cheerleader!
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MERRY40 12/13/2010 6:58PM

    Excellent blog, Rose! You give us good reminders about how strong we CAN be around the holidays. Great suggestions!
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SHARONSPARKLE 12/13/2010 6:46PM

    You bet we CAN! Thanks for the reminder to stay on track. The Holiday Season is half over - let's remain strong and keep on Sparking! We can finish the year strong.

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