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A New Day With A Fresh Start...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Starting today, starting now, I will not allow worry to consume me. I will do what I can do-with God standing beside me and helping me to see the many blessings in my life. I will not allow myself to be consumed with negativity. I will not allow others to have control over me or my emotions.



I believe in myself. I know that I can do anything that I set my mind to. I believe that I am strong, God fearing woman. I believe that I can accomplish anything if I just set my mind to it and apply myself to my goals. I believe that on this weight loss journey I will go far with the help of ALL my Spark friends! Each of my Spark friends have helped me in some indescribable way thus far through their blogs, their comments on my Sparkpage, goodies and replies to my blogs. I believe I am a stronger emoticon because of that. Lastly, I believe and know that it all starts with me.



This is why I plan to keep urging myself and my friends to Shoot For The Moon, Reach For The Stars. We are definitely worth the time & effort it takes!



Today's quote of the day on Spark: It may be alright to be content with what you have, never with what you are.



NEVER GIVE UP~Stay true to you!

  
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CRYSTAL774 2/27/2010 1:22PM

    Thanks Simone I need this one today going runing!I won't give up! emoticon

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KIMMYCRIS 2/27/2010 10:24AM

    Thank you Simone!!

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EMSMOMME 2/27/2010 9:16AM

    I needed to read this today!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/26/2010 11:54PM

    This is very inspirational! Thanks! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/26/2010 11:52PM

    This is an awesome blog! Thanks for the inspiration Simone. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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TEMPERANCE88 2/26/2010 5:23PM

    Awesome blog, and oh so true. Thanks for being so inspiring!
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TRAVELNISTA 2/26/2010 12:43PM

    I love the 1st Spark Quote. Now if I could just pound that into my head I would be so much better off. emoticon emoticon

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KAJIRA_CALLA 2/26/2010 12:37PM

    emoticon Absolutely wonderful post today thank you again for keep us motivated through your blog you are a true inspiration to us all. emoticon

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JETSOX 2/26/2010 10:34AM

    Love it, Simone! Good for you, girl.
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NANC304 2/26/2010 10:12AM

    You are such an inspiration!

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-TAMI- 2/26/2010 9:34AM

    emoticon Never give up and Never give in.... Great blog!

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DJS-DEBBIE 2/26/2010 8:45AM

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MELISSAJUSTINA 2/26/2010 8:15AM

    Very inspiring! Love it....

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ANGELCOWBOY1 2/26/2010 6:49AM

    Wonderful blog - inspiring!

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TEXASFILLY 2/26/2010 5:56AM

    Love it! Inhale the faith, exhale the fear! All the best, Bonnie

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DO YOU!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

So I have the evening to myself. I'm a little frustrated as DH just called to ask where I was and was I coming to Chuck E Cheese. Uh... emoticon NO! I had my fun twice last month-2 Saturdays in a row and did he attend either? Was he present for when "my face broke my fall"? NO he was at work! If you need a good laugh, check out this blog that details my interesting experience at Emma's friend's bday party. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2757495

Well I wanted a break. Maybe that's wrong, but sheesh, I deserve a break! I know that I'm a good mother and I am there for Emma. I do lots during the week. I just wanted some time to Spark and unwind at home. Yesterday I never got in my "me" time. So I told DH not to make me feel guilty cuz he had said something like, "No that's ok..." Yeah right. He said he wasn't trying to make me feel guilty. I mean come on now. I do majority of the things I need to do. He can handle CEC! DH is a big kid who loves video games and such. He should feel right at home. Well except for the fact that he needs to keep an eye on Emma. emoticon
I'm not going to exercise tonight. I have worked out EVERY day this month. It has been as little as 15 minutes and as great as 90 minutes in a day. I have done it and I am NOT going to allow myself to feel guilty for doing absolutely nothing today. I have been consistent in doing it and emoticon butt in exercising this month. I am proud of me for accomplishing so much this month! I realize that I have grown so much and added so much more to my life by working out this month. I am going to work hard to continue this and NEVER GIVE UP!

I deserve great things and so do all of us here on Spark. WE ARE WORTH MORE THAN WE REALIZE!

I am making a promise to myself that I will exercise tomorrow. I will get in at least 15 minutes of cardio while at work. I realize my body needs the exercise. I have been craving it a lot this month.

I am frustrated for other reasons but you know what? I'll get over it! I am one person and I can only do what I can do. I did have a fairly good day at work and I'm very thankful for that after having a most drama filled Monday & Tuesday. Tomorrow is Friday and it's a beautiful thing!

So I'm going to enjoy myself this evening. I will take a nice hot shower, relax, Spark, read a book or anything else I fancy. I am DOING ME!

Have you made time to DO YOU?!?!?

  
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JETSOX 2/27/2010 3:17PM

    HOw did I miss this blog? NOt getting notifications like I am supposed to...hmmm...anyway, I love your attitude! Taking time for ourselves is something we don't do often enough, and then we get burned out and resentful. So good for you! You DO deserve to take care of Simone once in a while! And you also very much deserved to take a day off from exercising...you've been rockin those workouts like a mad woman!

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KAJIRA_CALLA 2/25/2010 10:41PM

    WTG on taking You time. You are right you shouldn't beat yourself up for taking the day off. You are doing emoticon just keep up the good work.

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LOOZINITNOW 2/25/2010 10:15PM

    Sounds like a wonderful evening! Enjoy your "ME" time!

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-TAMI- 2/25/2010 9:48PM

    Enjoy your quiet time. I love those moments when I have time to do my own thing.
You have been doing emoticon with your workouts.
I'll step out on a ledge and say I'll do 15 minutes tomorrow also.
Its bill paying day so I'll be getting plenty of mental exercise trying to stretch $1.00 so that it will pay $1.50. Maybe tomorrow I'll realize I can work miracles. emoticon
I'll need a brake from the stress of the bills so a good workout is just what I'll need.

Have a great night sweety!


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GINILEE4 2/25/2010 8:58PM

    LOL When you are retired honey, you DO ME most of the time!!! But I am taking a weekend holiday to see my daughter. I am taking the train and I love the train. See you'all Monday

Gini

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TRAVELNISTA 2/25/2010 8:41PM

    You have accomplished a lot this month. You deserve some Simone time. I am quite sure that Emma is also enjoying some quality time with Dad as well. Don't feel guilty, just enjoy the Simone time! emoticon emoticon

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NANC304 2/25/2010 8:25PM

    It is not selfish at all for you to want me time. When my kids were little I'd get up early every day to have time to myself alone. I've always been an early bird and like the quiet of the early morning. I have a lot of me time these days. The kids are grown and gone and hubby works out of town. You're doing a great job on the exercise. You deserve a break tonight. Enjoy your time!

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DESERTBLOOM21 2/25/2010 8:20PM

    You're really doing such an amazing job. Every single day this month? That's fantastic! And you do deserve a break and some you time, and your daughter and hubby need to spend time together too. Like you said, you know you're a good mom and that you do so much for Emma, and you certainly need to unwind and relax, it's not wrong at all. This week is my week alone, Reilly's with her dad, so I'm trying to relax and get some things done around the house. And sleep in this weekend. Keep going, I know you won't give up.

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New Pics-Blog 2 of the day...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

So I've got my "old" hair/new hair back:) Here are some pics I thought I'd share.



If you look closely, DH is in the background on the couch in this one.

I'm surprised by how much I like these pics. I had DH compare w/me the long hair pics and he agrees that my face is slimmer. So I'm excited to see some progress even if it's only 7lbs since the beginning. I know that the measurements will help to when I check those next month.

Who says the emoticon's gonna rule me?

WE CAN DO THIS! LET'S emoticon

  
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-ICANDOIT- 2/25/2010 10:34AM

    You are beautiful!
I think shorter hair looks so stylish!
7 pounds...you know I'm gonna say it...28 sticks of butter! I'm sure it shows!!

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JETSOX 2/25/2010 10:25AM

    OMG...you are stunning! Absolutely beautiful...and your face does look VERY slim. Great pics!

Love the new look of your page, too...very cute!

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CMESPARK 2/25/2010 10:01AM

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

and major YIPPPEEEE for the 7lbs!

Keep Sparking!!!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/25/2010 1:14AM

    You look BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing your picture with us. LOVELY!

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PINKNFITCARLA 2/24/2010 10:34PM

  Wow, what a difference the hair makes! Your face does look much slimmer! Good job :-)

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NANC304 2/24/2010 9:49PM

    Nice haircut!

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-TAMI- 2/24/2010 9:18PM

    You're beautiful!!!!
I noticed a difference in your face too.

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DJS-DEBBIE 2/24/2010 9:10PM

    You look marvelous!

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HEATHERL219 2/24/2010 9:10PM

    I love it!! =) You look beautiful! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENNIFERK2009 2/24/2010 8:13PM

    You look beautiful!!!

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KIMMYCRIS 2/24/2010 8:01PM

    Simone, you are gorgeous! What beautiful pictures of you! You look great!

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EMSMOMME 2/24/2010 7:18PM

    Beautiful darling!! :-)

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LOOZINITNOW 2/24/2010 6:16PM

    Your face is definitely slender! Love it!

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MUNCHIE718 2/24/2010 6:10PM

  Your new cut looks great!

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IMAVISION 2/24/2010 5:14PM

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That is a very becoming hairstyle!

You look lovely!

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CRYSTAL774 2/24/2010 5:14PM

    I love it, your face does look slimmer!

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BABY_GIRL69 2/24/2010 5:10PM

    You look beautiful!! The face is the first thing to slim down.

God bless & keep on moving!

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ALLIE_1969 2/24/2010 5:02PM

    Looking good... doesn't a good hair cut just make you feel so good? emoticon

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DESERTBLOOM21 2/24/2010 4:59PM

    I told you your face looked slimmer! The hair looks great. Your measurements will definitely show results. Keep going!

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 2/24/2010 4:58PM

    Love the pics! You look great!!

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MRSSHANNONC1970 2/24/2010 4:49PM

    great cut! It looks really good on you!


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TRAVELNISTA 2/24/2010 4:46PM

    emoticon You look like a glamorous movie star. Your face does look so much thinner. emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 2/24/2010 4:43PM

    Love the haircut! You look great

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BAILYBOO 2/24/2010 4:43PM

    Cute haitcut I love the top picture you look so cute. emoticon

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Best Laid Plans...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

So today is my day off. I'm ready to enjoy some me time...Exercise a bit, Spark, eat, Spark, read, Spark...you get the idea.

WRONG. DH is off today so this has changed things up a bit for me. My mom is on her way over shortly to, shall we say, "undo" my hair...LOL. Then I was going to workout with hair au natural then after I was done with all that sweating I was going to take my shower and then do some more Sparking. Now I'm going to have share my time and computer w/DH...I know DH had good intentions-he wanted to surprise me-but I wish he would've at least told me last night if not before I took DD to school this morning! Oh well. Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful that we'll get to spend some quality time together. I just have to kind of re-prioritize my day!

Regardless of what the day holds, I will definitely get my workout in. I did weigh my self this morning and I'm down 2lbs-I'll take that. I was going to make it unofficial but decided I will put it on the tracker. If I go down any on Saturday, I will adjust it. My new official WI day is going to be Wednesdays!

I will make the most of this day and all it has to offer!

  
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NANC304 2/24/2010 9:55PM

    Hurray for losing 2 pounds! That's great! I hope your day worked out and you enjoyed it!

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HEATHERL219 2/24/2010 9:13PM

    Congratulations on the 2 pounds! That's awesome! I completely understand where you're coming from with wishing to have been told last night. My bf does that to me a lot. I'll plan my day out, then my plans get side-tracked because he ends up taking off and his priorities are totally different than mine. It's nice to spend time together, it's just like, hey....give me some advance notice..lol. Once again, congratulations on the 2 pounds, you're doing great!! =) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMSMOMME 2/24/2010 7:17PM

    Wonderful!! 2 pounds is 2 pounds! Sorry your day had to be rearranged -- hope it was worth it! :-)

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TRAVELNISTA 2/24/2010 3:25PM

    emoticon 2 more pounds GONE! Maybe you can get DHto exercise with you. emoticon

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MELISSAJUSTINA 2/24/2010 12:51PM

    Way to go on the 2lbs lost!!!

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JETSOX 2/24/2010 12:01PM

    2 pounds!!!!!! I am so psyched for you!!!! emoticon

That is really fantastic! Wednesdays are working out pretty well!

I know what you mean about DH, but now just make the most of it. Good for you getting your workout in no matter what!

I'm so proud of you!

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-TAMI- 2/24/2010 10:29AM

    emoticon on the 2 pounds gone forever! emoticon
Have a great day with your hubby.

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IFLYWTHBRKNWNGS 2/24/2010 10:28AM

    Congrats on the two pounds lost!!

i know exactly how you feel. Dont get me wrong, I love my DH, but sometimes when he just ends up being home when Im not expecting it it really does throw my whole schedule off and it is harder to do things. lol.

I hope you get done at least with some of the things that you wanted.

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LESLIES537 2/24/2010 10:15AM

    2 pounds gone!! emoticon Have a wonderful day!

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JENNIFERK2009 2/24/2010 9:28AM

    Two pound!!! AWESOME!!!! Enjoy your day!

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LINDA25427 2/24/2010 9:25AM

    Congratulations on the 2 lbs gone forever that is great . emoticon emoticon emoticonJob .Keep up the good work . Enjoy your day off. emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 2/24/2010 9:01AM

    Those hubbies do seem to take some of the "me" out of a day off, don't they? lol They can take over the whole day so be careful & at least spark a bit & workout a little.

God bless & Enjoy!

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XFITSTRONG 2/24/2010 8:47AM

    Awesome! COngrats on the 2 lbs!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/24/2010 8:36AM

    Great job on losing 2 pounds! Have a happy day with DH and just enjoy life! Love ya, Dawn

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KARVY09 2/24/2010 8:27AM

    Enjoy your day with your husband! And congrats on your great weigh in!
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Looking Positively At The Future And All Its Possibilities...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I can't believe I didn't blog yesterday. I feel like I'm off or something.

Tonight I'm quite excited as my vacation get away goal for next summer has been changed. Initially it was to be one of my fellow Spark friends, her family, my family and me. Well we decided that we wanted another Sparker to join us so now we've decided to make it a girls week get together. I am so ecstatic about this! What a goal to shoot for! I think it will be quite a blast. I'm excited to go to the West Coast and to get to the beach-LOVE LOVE LOVE the beach emoticon-that's my chair!

I had a slightly stressful day at work today. It's actually reinforced my need to start looking into branching into my deepest dreams. A good friend of mine came up with an idea yesterday. She suggested that I place an ad on Craigslist to be a walking buddy. The only thing, she pointed out, is I'll need to screen the applicants. I told her that she will do that since she wants to be my assistant. I am still trying to figure out the blogging aspect of things. I definitely would like to become a professional blogger. But I would need to wait at least a year in order for it to be profitable. My friend wants to be my assistant after seeing what one professional blogger listed as his income... emoticon

The last few days of traffic have really got me wanting to work from home or at least 15-20 minutes from (in traffic!). I feel stressed by the time I've gotten out of the car. It's time for a change!

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me, what you think about the idea of hiring a walking buddy? Would you pay someone to go walking with you? I hope this doesn't sound too off the wall. The other idea she mentioned was being a buddy at the gym. I know that I always like having someone to talk to when I exercise. It definitely makes the time pass quickly.

I want to experience all life has to offer. There are so many things I want to do with my life. I want to help others so much on this journey. I want to be able to reach them. Having encouragement makes all the difference. I have some other ideas about what I want to do to help others on this journey. They involve The Spark. I just need to figure out how to MAKE IT HAPPEN! But I know if I can accomplish anything I put heart to. If I can dream it, I can achieve it. One baby step at a time.

Let's all take steps to live out our dreams my friends! Shoot for the moon, reach for the stars emoticon

  
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IFLYWTHBRKNWNGS 2/24/2010 7:56AM

    I don't know how those things really work, but all I would say is be REALLY careful about who you allow to be your walking buddy. You can't be too careful in this world!

also, have you thought about maybe finding your state group on here and finding a buddy on here? That way you could find someone who has the same goals as you and you don't have to pay them!

I don't know where you live, but if we lived close enough I'd walk with you!!


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/24/2010 1:11AM

    I can't afford to buy good walking shoes... so paying a walking buddy is definitely out. I think that the idea someone had about becoming a dog walker is better. People definitely pay for that and you'd get a lot of exercise. I love the vacation idea. Love you, Dawn

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CRYSTAL774 2/24/2010 12:51AM

    Ok Simone I love you girl, but what do you guys do over there on the East coast? LOL
I wouldn't pay someone to walk with me, but I have heard of people have dog walking businesses.I think that would be a great idea for you. You get paid for walking peoples dogs. emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 2/23/2010 9:27PM

    Don't get discouraged if it does not pan out. When I 1st read the blog I was like that is an interesting way to find an exercise buddy. Then when I got to the end I am thinking that not to many people would pay for a walking buddy. Don't be shocked if you just get countered to just be walking buddies with no monetary attached What did your good buddy base that idea on? Had she heard of a similar endeavor?

The vacation idea with 2 Spark Buddies sound great. I have been toying with the idea of throwing something out there to do something like that with our team. I have a time share week and the unit sleeps 6 adults. Then there is always blow up mattresses. The condos are beautiful with kitchens and so many amenities. You know I have no problem playing Chef.

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KAJIRA_CALLA 2/23/2010 8:14PM

    Can't say that I would pay someone to walk with me but that is just money is tight for us but having a buddy to exercise with would help some. Probably not me because I am a loner and prefer to exercise on my own although I do miss the extra push competing used to give me. I used to belong to a gym through where I worked and they were forever having contests. Well this one woman used to work her butt off trying to beat me which made me work harder not to lose and I usually won. It wasn't anything big but just knowing I had won was a rush in itself. Good luck on your quest to live out your dreams I know you can do it.

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