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BACK TO THE BASICS!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Absolutely Friends! It's back to the basics because I'm up 0.8 lbs this week! Well, & here's why! (No surprise!)

-I only partially tracked most days, & on 2 days, not at all!
-Was sick & ate soup & crackers x2 days. Mind you, I would eat a WHOLE package of saltines each time! Food addict that I am, I didn't stop at just 4-6!
-Experienced increased cravings & indulged in comfort foods
-Less exercise
-Low energy
-Eating less fruits & veggies
-Halloween Party! (which was very fun, by the way!)

It was at a friend's home on Marco Island, in her driveway, no less! Weather was perfect & there was a steady flow of trick or treaters! My friend gave out 38 lbs of candy! Now, that's a lot of sweets! FYI: I had NONE! Nadda! However, I did enjoy a variety of "treats"! People made FUN stuff! A pumpkin head w/hummus "vomit" oozing from it's mouth! Guacamole "brains" w/cauliflower, & a spider cheese ball! A prosciutto skull (it was a skull base w/prosciutto wrapped on it to resemble muscle tissue)! There were mice cookies too! And LOTS & LOTS of food & beverage! FUN was had by all!!! Myself included!

Now my plan to get back on track is to eat only POWER FOODS this week! Power foods, of course, are...

-Fruits/Veggies
-Lean Protein
-Whole grains (includes reduced calorie breads)
-Non fat dairy
-Healthy fats

ALSO, I will...

-STAY IN CALORIC RANGE
-TRACK! TRACK! TRACK!
-Mindful eating
-Portion control! The food scale is my friend!
-Exercise
-Drink the water!

GOT IT! Got it! Alright now, let's git 'er done! I was on target yesterday! I plan to remain on target today! I promise to do my very best! I hope you're all doing well, my friends! I'm doing PILATES & DRUMS ALIVE this morning! And I'm feeling EMPOWERED & STRONG! I've got this!

HAPPY FRIDAY to ya! EnJOY the weekend!!!

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WINFIELD28 11/3/2012 2:29PM

    I am sure that gain and more will be gone by your weigh-in next week.
Good job tackling this head on! Have a plan and succeed!
Your Halloween party sounded like alot of fun!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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JUSTA123 11/3/2012 10:30AM

    I'll bet that gain is gone already! Have a great day!

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COMPUCATHY 11/3/2012 9:03AM

    That gain is history! You got this! Watch out world, here she comes! Hope you have a great weekend! Let's rock November! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 11/2/2012 5:13PM

    From time to time we all need to refocus ... you're not alone but emoticon emoticon

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KJMPEACHES 11/2/2012 12:51PM

    emoticon I understand totally... us long timers just have to get back to basics to get back on track. I'm back and doing my best,,,, not perfect.... but emoticon and we will. Not how fast but that we're learning everyday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NORASPAT 11/2/2012 9:50AM

    Way to go Rose we have to be watchful all the time. I am addicted to tracking but not to food. HOWEVER, I am so happy Spark is cleaning up some of the foods in the data base.
I am beginning to think a lot os it is guesswork and change. I add my favourites and some time just for the heck if a label changes or a can size changes.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE---------------So does the Nutritional facts.

What is a Sparker to do ????- Just don't sweat the small stuff.--JUST SWEAT!!!!!
HUGS emoticon emoticon Pat in Maine.

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DWEBI09 11/2/2012 9:07AM

    I love that you have no excuses. You recognized that you were off and got back on track. That's the way to work this lifestyle change. Good jog of staying away from the candy! Your doing great Rosť. I got it!

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SHARONSPARKLE 11/2/2012 8:56AM

    It's a never ending cycle but you're getting back to the basics before you have too much damage and that's a good thing!
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BAKER1009 11/2/2012 6:49AM

    Rose, you are so awesome. It's not even a full pound! It's good to take care of ourselves when we are sick! Nothing wrong with that.
Glad you had such a wonderful time at the party! We finally get to trick or treat tomorrow night!

Have a great weekend! You ROCK!!
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DGFOWLER 11/2/2012 5:50AM

    WTG Rose. I think our bodies sometimes need a rest from all of the "tracking" as long as we get back on track quickly a day here and there won't hurt us. Even in exercise your body still needs days of rest.

Have a great day drumming!!! emoticon Donna

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DFROMTX 11/2/2012 5:40AM

    Rose, I always love your enthusiasm!! You got this under control!

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TRYINGHARD54 11/2/2012 5:39AM

    its always nice to have a plan.... emoticon

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Down 0.2 X 2!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hello Friends!

I hope all is well in your world!

I'm down another 0.2 lbs for a total of 22 lbs gone! emoticon
Honestly, I was hoping for more, but not surprised that it wasn't, & I'll tell ya why. I just got back from visiting up north about a week ago. And every time I make that trip, something happens to my psyche...I don't know if it's because we're eating out in restaurants, or that I become "bored" just sitting in the car, or just that I have too much "down time", whatever... Every time we've ventured up north in the past, I've gained weight. And I tend NOT to lose the weight I've gained, & I'll tell ya why. Because when I get home, I have the hardest time reigning in my appetite! It's the weirdest thing! I resist w/all my being any controls on portions & I CRAVE things like ice cream...comfort foods like potato soup & macaroni & cheese! I really paid attention this time I got back & really tried hard because of WW's (cause I KNEW I had to get on that scale!). I resisted tracking like the dickens! It was horrible! And my fights NOT done yet! I'm still fighting! And I know I'm doing it...& I don't seem to care! Go figure!

Well, my strategy has been to keep moving & keep tracking! It's worked thus far. I notice it's subsiding just a bit now...& I'm feeling more in control. I just wish I could figure this thing out because I really struggle every time I go up north! Although we're not planning anymore return trips now until next summer....thank goodness! This year, family is coming to visit me for Christmas...so NO SNOWY days for me!!! WOOHOO!!!

Alright guys, I hope everyone is doing well! Our humidity has finally broken & the days have become very pleasant, although at the moment, hurricane Sandy is gracing us with a bit of wind & rain & dark clouds since yesterday. So, just a couple of cloudy & rainy days...& then back to sunshine & warm gentle breezes! Oh, how I do LOVE living in SW Florida!

Hugs & love ya all!
Rose

  
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DONNACFIT 10/29/2012 11:10PM

    Great job with the weight loss...hope Sandy is no where near you..take care..love your new fall background :)

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NORASPAT 10/26/2012 8:19PM

    Great job Rose, slow but steady wins the race.
It was very good you did not gain Rose, you have done so well and you know now how you have to just keep pushing. I admire your motivation, you will get there for sure because you are determined. Hugs Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for your friendship --Pat emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 10/26/2012 7:24PM

    Seems to me you're doing well.

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MEADSBAY 10/26/2012 12:20PM

    If you could figure this out you could be a billionaire because millions of us struggle with some form of this- doing fine- allowing in our weakness, whatever that is for us, and then having a heck of a time getting back on track!
I'm very impressed with your 22 pound loss, Rose.
I just looked back through my reports and I have been up and down and up and down the same 5 lbs since JANUARY, despite a wt loss study, two vacations, and resuming (actually ramping Up) my ST program on Sept 1st.
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SHARONSPARKLE 10/26/2012 10:33AM

    Oh, honey - can I ever relate. For me, once I eat high carb and high sugar foods, I lose all control. It's like my body is craving those foods and I can't control my eating. I do best when I eat low carb/low sugar as it reigns in my cravings. It's just that it seems to get harder and harder to get back on track! Now that you're home and in your normal routines, it sounds like you're getting a handle on it. Good luck with Hurricane Sandy - it will affect our weather next week bringing in lots of rain/snow! Lucky you to avoid snow this year!

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WINFIELD28 10/26/2012 10:29AM

    Good job, Rose! You are doing it. Steady steps...will get you there.
You are my role model. Please send some "determination vibes" my way, LOL.
You are doing what you must, disecting your situation to see 'why we do, what we do.'
Going places or even eating out reminds me of 'being on vacation' or 'relaxing' and then I tend to get relaxed in my healthy eating plans. You do well to question and figure out WHY.
Hope you are safe from Sandy. Have a great weekend!

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JUSTA123 10/26/2012 7:59AM

    Oh Lord I know the feeling, I truly think that the longer you've been over weight for me at 63 most of my life at least 50 years, it's so much easier to lose control. I tried WW because of you, figured having to get on scale in front of some one would keep me on the straight and narrow. We'll see. emoticon Have a great day my friend!

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BAKER1009 10/26/2012 7:46AM

    I know how much you love SW Florida Rose...and being from right around the same area as you, I can see why! 82 degrees yesterday!! 82! And Sunday? High is 45! OMG!!
You must not get colds nearly as often in SW Florida either, LOL!

emoticon on the weight loss! You're doing a wonderful job. And while things may have halted a little while you were up this way, no major damage was done. That is because you are much stronger than you are giving yourself credit for!!

Hugs,
Beth

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CHALLENGER15 10/26/2012 6:46AM

    I had forgotten just where in FL you lived, Rose, but now I know. I had wondered with the hurricane news.

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Way To Lose a Pound!!!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Hiya Everyone!

I'm down 1.2 lbs for a total of 21.6! emoticon

Let me just say that it's not been easy this week, as I was on the road for 2 days...eating out in restaurants & now staying w/family. As you know, when you're traveling, it's very difficult to remain in control & on track! I'll share what works for me!

*TRACKING everything! & stay in range!
*pack a cooler w/low fat yogurt/fruit/cheese/nuts/water for the road!
*exercise of some form, no matter what! Even just 20-30 mins a day!
*remain mindful of what I'm putting in my mouth! always!

I have to admit that it's been difficult at times when everyone around me is eating desserts & drinking beverages that I'd love to have! Case in point,...we went to a Mexican restaurant & of course, I have my most favorite! Shrimp fajitas! But when everyone ordered margaritas...which I LOVE! I looked up a margarita on WW's before I would order, & I found it's....(wait for it)

...19 points! I mean, really?!!! 19????!!!! So NOT worth it! That was my thought, anyway!

I kept looking things up before I ordered food in restaurants & sometimes it's crazy ridiculous the amount of calories or points some foods are! Many aren't worth it! My thoughts, anyway...

It certainly keeps me on my toes!!! emoticon

Alright guys, I hope you're all well! I'm staying w/family in Ohio & will be heading back to warmer temps & sunshine next Monday! Until then, I'm struggling to keep warm! I'm getting my exercise in, even though it's not my normal 2 hours/daily! I did get to do a SPIN class w/my youngest & I'm gonna do ZUMBA on Wednesday w/her too!

Keep moving forward everyone... & stay healthy!!!

Hugs & love!
Rose

  
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JUSTA123 10/14/2012 11:02AM

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1935MARY 10/12/2012 7:33AM

    Great job. emoticon

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DFROMTX 10/12/2012 6:50AM

    emoticon on the weight loss!! You rock, Rose.

Enjoy your time with your family & have a safe trip home on Monday.

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DGFOWLER 10/12/2012 5:53AM

    You are doing awesome Rose and I know what you mean about these colder Ohio days.. I'm feeling them too! Have a great visit and enjoy your time! Donna

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BAKER1009 10/10/2012 8:00AM

    Rose, you are emoticon ! Keep up the great efforts lady, I am so proud of you!!

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NORASPAT 10/9/2012 6:00PM

    Rose you are doing great. I have to tell you I too look at calorie charts even in the Golden arches and i do so appreciate they are there.

It is the only way to go for me. It is a chore to have to write things down that you have eaten in the course of a day. Just as hard to write them before but unfortunately that is the only ways to get it done HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 10/9/2012 5:30PM

    Wow, Rose ... 21.6 pounds. That's great!

I know what you mean about travelling and eating ... although the last couple trips I took I went to visit my sister (who breeds quarter horses) so I did a lot of poop shoveling, hay tossing, saddle swinging and riding. I ate like a farmer but worked like one too ... and I came back 2 pounds lighter. And I think I slept for three days emoticon In case you couldn't tell, I had a wonderful time!

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WINFIELD28 10/9/2012 11:44AM

    You are doing exceptional even with eating while traveling. Your list of what you do and doing it is a major key. You inspire! Enjoy Ohio & family time.

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MEADSBAY 10/9/2012 11:23AM

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on those 21.6 lbs!
That is exactly how I do not gain wt on vacations-
even 9 days in Paris.
19 points!
That's gotta be way over 1000 calories!
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SHARONSPARKLE 10/9/2012 11:23AM

    You are my IDOL and I ADORE you! LOL, remember the beach party movies from years ago? Seriously, you are doing great and you are an inspiration to me!

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GDEDES147 10/9/2012 11:16AM

    way to go! amazing how much alcohol adds to the calorie count

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WILLIAMV3 10/9/2012 11:13AM

    Great job! It is hard to lose while traveling. You rock Rose!

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The BIG 2-0! (deja vu!)

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Yep, my friends! I hit it!!! The BIG 2-0!!! emoticon
Yep! 10% of my body weight! GONE!!!
Um, can ya tell I'm a bit excited?!! emoticon

Well, I am, by golly! And I'm at the half way mark of where I wanna be! I was down 2.4 lbs this week for a total of 20.4! And I did it in 8 weeks! Uh, and ya know what? I've been down this road before...deja vu! As I'm writing this, it occurs to me that I've written this before! Oh yea, so I'm asking myself what will be different this time? I mean, I know I've been down this road SEVERAL times in the past. So what's gonna be different? Well, for me, the thing that makes the biggest difference of all is...

*The tracking of my foods!
*And making better choices!
*Portion control (most definitely)
*And stress management
*being mindful of emotional eating!
*don't fear that scale! (laughing...)

ALL important! And all I've gotta say is...I'm gonna do it one day at a time! Now, that's the way to do it!!!

I'm leaving for Ohio tomorrow & will arrive on Friday to watch little Ashlie cheerleading w/her rah rahs! emoticon We are also gonna cheer one grandson on in football (as the other one broke his ankle & is out for the season). We plan to do some clambakes & get some fresh fish in (like walleye & perch) while we're up there! They don't have any of these down here in SW Florida, & we're missing 'em! Can't wait!!!

Alright now, everyone enJOY a wonderful week...
& Happy October to you all!!! emoticon

Hugs & love!
Rose

  
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TEXAS_GRL 10/6/2012 3:50PM

    Sounds like you have learned from your trial runs earlier. Emotional eating and portion control always hang me up.... being mindful is a BIG first step! Have a wonderful and successful month!!

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DGFOWLER 10/4/2012 5:43AM

    Rose it's so good to see you getting your mojo back and doing so well. I hadn't realized that you were gaining and losing all over again. We've all been there and done that.. As you said Deja Vu! Have a great trip to Ohio. The trees are turning so nicely now.. Lots of hugs your way ~ Donna

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NORASPAT 10/3/2012 10:31PM

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Oh How I wish OHIO was closer, if you love Maine Lobster, it might entice you.
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It usually is on MY BIRTHDAY and i LOVE it to be that way, I am hoping for it to be that way again this year
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TUFFYBIRD 10/3/2012 4:46PM

    Congratulations Rose ... well done! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINFIELD28 10/3/2012 10:09AM

    Wonderful! Good job! You are doing it!
You are a super example! Thank you for the encouragement your journey is giving me, too!
Have a nice time visiting family in Ohio! Take care!

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BAKER1009 10/3/2012 8:45AM

    Who cares if you've been here before, as long as you've found your way back, which you obviously have! Way to go!! emoticon
You're such an inspiration Rose, keep up the great work!!

Have a safe trip up this way. One of these times you have to swing slightly east to have coffee with me!!
I hope you have a great time with the grands. Sorry to hear about the broken ankle, ouch! Oh, and enjoy the fish, yum!! emoticon

Hugs,
Beth

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SHARONSPARKLE 10/3/2012 8:34AM

    Great job! Continued success and enjoy your trip to Ohio. Lots of fun things planned!

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MIMIDOT 10/3/2012 6:19AM

    Awesome! You can do it! You're on the right track now. Good luck and enjoy your trip.

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MILLIE-MILOU 10/3/2012 6:17AM

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What a great result. Way to go there and keep up the good work.
That portion control thing really helps, I use a smaller plate and it works a treat for me emoticon

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I Think We CAN!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday to all! I hope you are well!

Hey, I'm down another 0.8 lbs for a total of 18!!! WooHoo!!! I'm feeling GOOD about it!!!

This week was a bit messy, as I was sick on Saturday & Sunday. I actually lost 2 lbs, due to not eating much...
& I think the vomiting & diarrhea had something to do w/it too! emoticon
But alas, I was all better on Monday, & well...my appetite kicked in! emoticon

At Weight Watcher's yesterday...the leader was saying it's only 8 weeks until Thanksgiving. 8 weeks! Wow! Where's all the time gone?! And she was saying we must plan now on how we're gonna get through these 8 weeks...& about where we wanna be in 8 weeks. I'd like to continue losing about 1/2 to 1 pound a week...so that means I gotta

* keep tracking!
* continue to be mindful while eating!
* move my body!
* Stay in caloric range!
* drink the water!

I think I CAN! I think I CAN! I think I CAN! I think I CAN!

How's bout it!!! I think WE CAN!!! Go to it guys! And have a fabulous week!!!

Hugs & love!
Rose

  
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DGFOWLER 10/2/2012 5:58AM

    I need to do WW evidently. This weight has been stuck for awhile on nothing land. So happy you are doing well Rose.. you deserve the very best ~ Hugs.. Donna

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BECCABOO127 9/30/2012 6:49PM

    I know we can!



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NORASPAT 9/26/2012 9:03PM

    Hey you little Dynamo you are doing great absolutely a motivator.

Well done you have been determined and persevered so you succeeded.
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Thanks so much for your continued support. HUGS Pat emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/26/2012 1:31PM

    18 lbs- YOWZA!!!
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WINFIELD28 9/26/2012 11:06AM

    Great job with the weight loss.
Sorry to hear you were sick, but glad you got over it and are feeling better now.
I love your steps...spelled out in simple language:
* keep tracking!
* continue to be mindful while eating!
* move my body!
* Stay in caloric range!
* drink the water!
I MUST just do these too!
These are the keys!

I think I will post that above my computer...your steps with the title: "These are the Keys."
Thank you! Have a great week!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/26/2012 8:25AM

    Best wishes in successfully achieving your goals.

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TUFFYBIRD 9/26/2012 8:22AM

    You absolutely can!!!

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SHARONSPARKLE 9/26/2012 8:03AM

    Wow! Eight weeks 'til Thanksgiving and only 90 days 'til Christmas - yikes! We are moving in to THAT time of year with all the eating opportunities. Let's get through it together!

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BAKER1009 9/26/2012 7:40AM

    YES, emoticon !! More specifically, YES, emoticon
Just emoticon Rose, you're doing emoticon !!

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18 down, that's a great accomplishment. Give yourself a BIG pat on the back!

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Beth

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CAROL- 9/26/2012 6:13AM

    Glad you are feeling better!

You can and you are doing it. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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