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And I'm Back!!!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Hello Everyone!

And I'm back! Back on track, that is!!! WooHoo!!! Down 1.8 lbs this week! emoticon

Honestly, I can't say I'm doing anything different, when it comes to my routine. I am doing a spinning class 3X a week now & this past week, I've started back to walking before or after dinner for a half hour. I just like how I feel after a walk & it sets the tone for my evening right nicely! Our instructors tell me that you can burn 800-1000 calories in one hour of spin class! One of the instructors does something called Tabata (not certain about the spelling here). It's a high intensity interval training program that athletes use to increase endurance & aerobic capacity. It's supposed to burn 1000 calories in an hour & phew! It's a great workout!!! So I'm LOVIN' the Spin!!! Anyway, I'm kinda getting tired of the same ol' classes at the I was lookin' to shake things up! Spin class is doing just that!!! Shaking it up!!!

Saw my doctor for a routine check up & all is well! Labs were perfect, including a Hemaglobin A1C (blood sugar readings over a 3 month period), which was 5.3!!! My doc was very pleased!!! And so was I!!!

Hey, I hope you all are doing well! I'm hearing the weather is pretty nasty for most of the country. I gotta tell ya folks, SW Florida is very crowded right about now! I think we have more visitors than ever! And I understand why! Our weather's been gorgeous! And I wish I could share it all with you!!! So, I'm sending some your way today!!!

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EnJOY a healthy & safe weekend all!!! emoticon Rose

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JUSTA123 2/11/2013 2:21PM

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BIGMAMAT 2/9/2013 8:11PM

    emoticon Wooohooo! Way to go Rose!!! I don't know how in the world you do the spinning class. Goodness. I tried it once and it nearly killed me! haha. hugs. T

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CARPEDIEM1982 2/8/2013 11:41PM

    Congrats on the weigh in and really awesome about the A1C!! Do you keep strict count of your carbs? I am trying to get my carb count lower ad my blood sugars back in control after getting an A1C of 7.0 on 12/27/12.

Anyways! Glad you found something you enjoy to do with the spinning class jealous on the warm weather. We just got 8 inches of snow here in Sheboygan!


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NORASPAT 2/8/2013 11:21PM

    ROSE I am reading your blog after moving some snow and waiting for the blizzard to get through here.
So happy to hear you feel like you are back on track. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hugs and much love Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 2/8/2013 7:22PM

    Congratulations on the weigh-in!

I'm so jealous of your emoticon We're just getting the edge of the midwestern storm system here ... it's a good day to be retired!

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DGFOWLER 2/8/2013 4:50PM

    Let the sun shine in face it with a grin...woohoo....Rose.. sounds like you are going strong.. Awesome for you.. I'm so proud of you my friend. Keep up the good work. Love ya., Donna

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BAKER1009 2/8/2013 12:17PM

    Thanks for sharing the sun with us Rose!
Luckily we are suppose to have some on Sunday I believe. This major storm moving across right now isn't going to be too bad. Move 4 hours East though and it's a whole other story!

Way to go on the loss! I love spin class, so glad you are enjoying it too! We had an instructor once who had us doing push-ups with the handle bars, while still standing and biking. It was intense, but an awesome class. Wish I could sign up for a class. Maybe after the tax return. Besides that, I could use some time out of the house away from kids!

Keep up the great work Rose!

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MEADSBAY 2/8/2013 9:09AM

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GAMMY98 2/8/2013 7:19AM

    way to go gettting on track and staying there. I am doing good but this past week and a half a little slower for me but not bad. emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 2/8/2013 6:53AM

    emoticon job, my friend!

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BOMBCHELL23 2/8/2013 5:43AM


You continue to inspire me along my journey with your dedication and determination to improve the quality of your life. I love your upbeat attitude and the love you share with Spark. I know that you deserve to be the MOD of the day as well! You are great at sharing the truth of your journey which is what people need to hear, the very truth whether you are making progress or having a set back. Thank you for being such a great friend to me!


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TRYINGHARD54 2/8/2013 5:40AM

    wow! that is fantasic......

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly of it all!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hello Everyone!

I am setting the record straight & getting back on track, starting this morning! I hope everyone is doing well & staying warm! Oh, I know most of the country is in the deep freeze, so I won't rub it in that our weather has been beau-ti-ful! Awwww, well it has!

Okay, now for the GOOD!

Brennan's visit!
FYI: he's 14 & doesn't like his picture taken! I could hardly ever get him to pose, let alone smile!

I enJOYed his visit & I learned a lot about my grandson. He's a great kid!

Also GOOD was that I've been exercising everyday! My new passion is SPINNING! It's a great workout & I love how I feel after I take the class!

Now, for the bad!

I purposely didn't go to WW's last week cause we were so busy doing things w/him & we had been eating out & you guessed it! I had been eating things I don't normally eat...
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And I did enJOY sharing a milkshake w/him at Steak N Shake after visiting the planetarium in Ft. Myers! And because of these simple indulgences, well, my weight is up...

4 lbs! emoticon

And well, there's no real ugly! I mean, life happens, right? I didn't really go all hog wild or anything...but I didn't track or drink the water & I wasn't mindful, weight loss w/WW's is now 24.4 lbs. Gotta get myself in gear!!!

So it's back to the basics for me! Today, I'm tracking my foods, staying in caloric range, drinking the water, & moving my body! Today I'm going to meet a bunch of ladies for breakfast to help celebrate a gal's birthday! Just black coffee for me...then heading over to the Y for a DRUMS ALIVE class!

EnJOY a healthy week my friends! And stay safe & warm out there!!!

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NORASPAT 2/6/2013 5:11PM

    I also find it great to spend time with the GRANDS especially our only DGS who was 15 this month and now he is 6'3'' I am dwarfed beside him just like you in the photo.
I see short sleeves and moving lake, lucky you to have the sunshine.
emoticon HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/1/2013 6:42PM

    You look very happy and healthy to me!

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TUFFYBIRD 2/1/2013 2:07PM

    It sounds like a wonderful visit with your grandson! And we all seem to have times when we "slip" ... I know I sure do. The main thing is to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get back on track. emoticon

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WINFIELD28 2/1/2013 11:49AM

    How nice that your grandson could come for a visit. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
And your weather sounds awesome! (We are at 14 below zero here this morning!)
You look super, Rose on your photos! I know you will pick up and keep going with your healthy lifestyle goals...You Can do It!
Have a nice weekend.

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CHALLENGER15 2/1/2013 7:04AM

    How nice to spend time with your grandosn!

Those gains creep up so quickly, don't they? I began to get lax about tracking and choosing back in November, and by the time I chose to get back to it in early January, the scales said almost 20 # up. Grrrrr.....


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ANNIE924 2/1/2013 6:28AM

    So glad you got to enjoy time with your grandson.

I'm sure with all the activity you do the gain will be gone in no time. You have the right attitude.

Have a wonderful day.

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DGFOWLER 2/1/2013 6:02AM

    emoticon Rose. it isn't it amazing how hard it is to take the weight off and how quickly it comes off, that surely ought to be a reversal there somewhere.. emoticon Glad to hear you are getting right back on track, but I must say there's a big difference in your before and after pics...just so ya know! Have a wonderful Friday. Donna

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Headed In The Right Direction!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Hello Everyone!

I hope you're all beginning 2013 in good health & with good intentions!

I'm just getting over what I think was a mild case of the flu! Yes, Yes, I got a flu shot last September! I woke up Tuesday not feeling well, but still planning on going to a spin class...I was so looking forward to it! Well, I didn't even make it out the door! I went directly to bed & pretty much stayed there for 2 days with nausea & vomiting, headache & body aches...not fun. I would attempt to eat, only it was most often a bad idea. Hence, I'm down 2.4 lbs this week! This was so NOT the way I wanted to lose that holiday weight gain! So, I still have 2 lbs of that holiday gain to get rid of...& I'll be working on it this week!

Was it worth it? (the weight gain?) NOPE!
Will I remember this next year? Probably not! emoticon

Alright! My plan is to remain on track & get back to TRACKING! I haven't been doing it cause of being sick. Drink more WATER! Stay in caloric range! Eat more VEGGIES & FRUITS!
And MOVE, MOVE, MOVE my body!!!

I hope you all are well out there! Stay healthy & wealthy of mind, body, & soul!!! I'm KAYAKING with some Y ladies this morning! WooHoo!!! I haven't been out in a while & I'm soooooo looking forward to it! Our weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in SW Florida! LOVE the sunshine!!! Our temps have been running about 10 degrees above normal & I couldn't be happier!!! It's summer in January! Who wouldn't be happy!

EnJOY the week my friends! emoticon Rose

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COMPUCATHY 1/13/2013 2:11PM

    Your weather sounds awesome! Take care! So sorry to hear you got that darn flu bug. Everyone at my office is sick...but so far, I've dodged the bullet. Enjoy your kayaking! That sounds fun! Thanks for the encouragement! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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WINFIELD28 1/12/2013 3:03PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. You are headed in the right direction. Good job! Gotto love your weather, too!

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JUSTA123 1/12/2013 7:35AM

    emoticon gotta love this weather, and your right the weight gain isn't really worth it, but truth is I won't remember that next year. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 1/11/2013 1:28PM

    Glad you're feeling better and climbing right back in the saddle, so to speak.

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KJMPEACHES 1/11/2013 11:36AM

    emoticon Enjoy the warm weather and keep moving! Glad you kicked the flu bug out. It's some nasty stuff. Have an awesome weekend. emoticon emoticon Love "n" Hugs

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TUFFYBIRD 1/11/2013 11:15AM

    That nasty little GI bug has been very busy, hasn't it? I'm glad you're feeling better.

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/11/2013 10:38AM

    Wow! So many have been sick with the flu. So sorry one of them was you! But I love your attitude over the Holiday weight gain. You enjoy the Holiday but you are right back on track. That's normal living! Continued success for you.

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RITAROSE 1/11/2013 9:35AM

  Dear Rose, So sorry you've been under the weather! The flu is no fun at all! I hope you have a great time kayaking! I've never gone, but one day......
Glad you're working on your holiday gain. I'm working on my last year's gain!!
I have had a small loss this week that I attribute to tracking and staying within my calorie range. Little by little it will come off as I am faithful in exercise, tracking and staying within the range.

Have a great weekend, friend! Glad you're back to your wonderful self again!
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CHALLENGER15 1/11/2013 7:39AM

    Glad you are feeling better, my friend. DH and I had something - not sure it was the flu, but not sure it wasn't. We are better now as well [I say as I sneeze about a dozen time].

Enjoy your Friday!

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BAKER1009 1/11/2013 6:38AM

    I'm so glad you are feeling better now Rose! This flu has been horrible for people. We all got our flu shots. This is honestly only the 2nd year now that I've gotten one and I'm so glad I did!

Hope you have a great time out on the water today. Remember your sunscreen!!

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DGFOWLER 1/11/2013 5:57AM

    I so want your weather right now emoticon but not your flu, you can keep that emoticon . So sorry to hear you were sick emoticon but glad you are on the road to recovery emoticon Kayaking sounds like so much fun. Of course I'm deathly afraid of water.. emoticon emoticon . I had made a promise to myself to learn how to swim by taking lessons but dang they cost $60 around here.. that's way too much.. but that doesn't mean I'm still not thinking about it.

Have a great day Rose.. Love and emoticon ~ Donna

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I Definitely Went Over That Cliff!!!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Hello Everyone!

Happy New Year! I hope all is well in your world!

Well my friends, I'm beginning the new year with a holiday weight gain of....(drum roll, please!))

4.4 lbs! emoticon

Yikes! How the heck did that happen?!! Uh, NOT a surprise! I know EXACTLY how it happened! I took my eye off the ball for not 1 week, but 2! The first week my family was here visiting, my focus was on them & not me. I didn't exercise or track or even THINK about watching what I put in my mouth. We went out to eat, & I cooked & baked. Enough said. So what happened after they left? Did I get back on track? Uh, no. Oh, I half heartedly tried, mind you. But my appetite was stuck on "crazy" by then...& it was difficult to rein in! I did get back to my exercise tho, thank goodness! And I'm going full force with it now! It's my saving grace!!!

So, I get on that scale at WW's yesterday & I see a weight gain of 4.4 lbs! Yikes! Okay, so I stay for the meeting & get centered. Ahhhhhh, it did it for me! I was renewed & psyched for the new year! I'm thinking again.....I can DO this!

I'm giving myself 26 weeks to lose 25 lbs. The target date is July 20, 2013. I said it here first! Of course, the plan is...

*Stay in caloric range everyday!
*Focus & mindful eating!
*Move my body!
*MORE fruits & veggies!

Alright! Let's get to it! Shoot for the stars, my friends...the sky's the limit!!! We CAN do it!

HAPPY 2013!!!

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NORASPAT 2/6/2013 5:07PM

    Rose I gained nothing over the holidays i was sick and DH had shingles but after I was 2 pounds DOWN. Then DH had his HIP rep[laced I had to do everything since we have no family or friends close by. Too many friends are near you in Florida.
I thought I was eating well but hotel and purchased foods put me up more than 4 pound so I decided FEBRUARY I would be 28 days to make a difference.
I just walked 4 miles and over 10,000 steps so here i am trying very hard in February.
HUGS Pat in Maine.

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COOKWITHME65 1/8/2013 10:09PM

    Hi Rose,

Happy New Year to you also. 4.4 lbs is not bad at all. You are so good to take control now before it gets out of hand. I myself just got on the scale today and I am at 160 vs 158. Could be the popcorn I have been having with my Mom the past week. Not use to the salt. I also know personally that I am drinking way less water than I was. So I better take charge like you also. Or could be the new med I'm on ( Nuerontin) for neuropathy pain. Regardless I need to get back to tracking. Love the idea of weight watchers. You must get lots of good fitness and nutrition ideas there. I'm sure you will pass them along to your spark friends. You have a great plan Rose. A lb a week seems very doable. Especially for you. The thing I love about you Rose is that you take control when the need arises. I just love it. You have taught me so much and will never stop to amaze me.

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BIGMAMAT 1/8/2013 9:47PM

    Woohooo!!! emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 1/8/2013 8:28PM

    Sounds good, Rose. I'm with you! (on the weight gain and on the getting back on track) emoticon Keep putting one foot in front of the other! Keep your eye on the prize! You can do it! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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DFROMTX 1/7/2013 6:50AM

    You go girl!! emoticon emoticon

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DGFOWLER 1/7/2013 6:04AM

    You can do this Rose.. you're such an inspiration yourself. WooHoo.. go for the gold.

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KJMPEACHES 1/5/2013 10:50AM

    emoticon my friend.... Remember it's a journey.... emoticon
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JUSTA123 1/5/2013 9:02AM

    Oh I can relate, from Thanksgiving on it was a chore for me, combined with other factors I blew it, the only saving grace was my 2-3 mile walks, but I'm back and I'm cheering you on we can succeed emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 1/5/2013 8:29AM

    As I can relate totally because I gained about 10 pounds over the holidays starting from Thanksgiving and my jeans were beginning to feel uncomfortable. Your attitude is what it takes getting back to the importance of tracking and exercising and owning up to our mistakes. I know you eat healthy and will be mindful of what you put in your mouth just as I am trying to be more mindful. I love your goals very easy to achieve. I know it's time to set my own goals for 2013 and even break it down for monthly goals too! You are a winner my friend and always so motivating!

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WINFIELD28 1/4/2013 6:40PM

    Of course you can do this, and I know you will do it! Life happens. I love that you always set a good example for others. No matter what happens, we can always choose to pick ourselves up right where we are and make good choices from that point on. Don't look back, look ahead. I always tell myself to focus more on how I can make this happen, rather than why I can't do this. Positive, no matter what. You have helped me to be positive in the past. Thanks for being my SparkPeople ROCK! We can get healthier in 2013.

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TUFFYBIRD 1/4/2013 5:59PM

    You can do this!

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/4/2013 11:04AM

    It's amazing how much easier it is to gain than it is to lose. Thankfully, after two weeks you are back on track and with reasonable goals. We know you can do it. Do the work now and enjoy the glory later!

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TURTLETALK 1/4/2013 9:28AM

    I am happy you stopped that gain in its tracks. I find it a bit depressing that we have to think about this everyday to maintain any loss but whining does not get me anywhere. So...... back at it for 2013!

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MEGA_MILES 1/4/2013 9:09AM

    Your well on your way to success Rose.

1. You identified the problem
2. You took responsibility
3. You didn't waste time beating yourself up
4. You set measurable, reasonable goals
5. You defined a strategy for achieving those goals
6. You are now executing the strategy

You are a role model for the rest of us.

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KITKAT717 1/4/2013 7:40AM

    Great goals!! Keep your eye on the ball. If you do stray, forgive yourself and get back in the game!! You can do this!! emoticon

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BAKER1009 1/4/2013 7:26AM

    4 must be so magical number from the holiday season. I know two others who gained 4 lbs over the holiday weeks! If it makes you feel any better, I gained about 4 lbs too! LOL!

You have set wonderful, realistic, goals for yourself, and I know you can do it Rose! I'll be here, cheering you on!! emoticon emoticon

Have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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CHALLENGER15 1/4/2013 7:08AM

    Great goals!

I wish I had stopped after two weeks....mine was much longer, and the damage much worse, but, I'm on track again!


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ADELCASALE 1/4/2013 6:24AM

    You know the mantra...."I get knocked down but I get up again...."....I think this is a lyric in a song! emoticon Cheering you on!

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MYBULLDOGS 1/4/2013 6:06AM


it is never to late to start.

my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 walking 15000 steps a day.

i have lost 44 pounds by giving up grain and sugar products at age 60..

i walk 15000 steps a day.

i use a salad plate as my dinner plate.

i keep mandrtan oranges in the fridge. when the sweet tooth comes on i grab one or two tablespoons of the fruit.


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Nothing Lost...Nothing Gained!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hello Everyone!

Yep! You heard it right, my friends! My weight remains exactly the same as last week's weigh in! Now, what are the changes of that! So, total lost remains at 29.2 lbs! WooHoo!

I'll take it! emoticon

With Christmas just a few days away, I know everyone is extremely busy...myself included! My daughter's family is leaving Ohio for Florida tomorrow evening by car, apparently in the midst of a snow storm, no less! Please pray for their safe journey! I'm a tad worried...but can't wait to hug those grandchildren!!! Our weather is going to get a bit cooler beginning tomorrow (by cooler I mean 40's at night & 60's during the day). Now, you all know I'm a big freeze baby & these temps are a bit too chilly for my liking! But we're gonna be back up in the 70's by the time the kids get here...& we'll be back in the 80's by Tuesday! So, it'll be beach weather for the kids to enJOY!

And it'll be fun in the sun for all!!! emoticon emoticon

I would like to take this moment to wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you enJOY the special times spent w/family & friends! And if you're unable to be w/those you love, then be with them in spirit! And if you're missing someone who has passed on, then reflect on sweet memories of times gone by, as they are always in your heart! May you be reminded of what's most important this time of year! May you find your JOY in the smallest of things! And may you experience PEACE & LOVE & JOY at every turn! I have much to be grateful for...& I reflect on my blessings each & every day! And amongst them are you, my dear Spark friends! You are loved!

Merry Christmas! emoticon

Hugs & love,

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COMPUCATHY 1/1/2013 9:47AM

    I trust everyone arrived safely and you have had a wonderful visiting holiday! Have a great new year! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/21/2012 1:25PM

but I bet you're aching to hit that incredible 30 lb mark!
Merry Christmas to you, too, my friend.
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TRYINGTOLOSE64 12/20/2012 8:53PM

    Better to maintain then to gain!!

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KJMPEACHES 12/20/2012 8:37PM

    emoticon ROSE! Remaining the same is emoticon
Enjoy your family and have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! emoticon


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TUFFYBIRD 12/20/2012 7:58PM

    At this time of year stability is a major accomplishment emoticon

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