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Monday, September 03, 2012

Life is such a journey! I have been spending lots of time visiting with my middle daughter. She is such an excellent example of eating healthily. Once upon a time when the kids were little we only ate from our organic garden and all bread was made at home. Gradually over time, as I started to work more, my diet choices suffered and were not always the best. We still ate from our garden but other foods crept into our lives. Think ores and microwave popcorn and just run of the mill basic JUNK food.
My daughter started me thinking when she said that she felt so fortunate that in her formative years she was exposed to such good food and eating habits. Wow I DID used to have very good eating habits and food choices! What in the world happened!!! Then I decided it would be counter productive to try and figure out all of that! I guess the SHORT story would be LIFE happened! The great part about that is that I can change it back to the way it was before I got side tracked!
ENTER the vita mix blender and green smoothies, trips to the Whole Foods store to supplement what we don't have growing, lots of green veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts and spending a little more time in the kitchen. EXIT the white carbs, processed foods, meats, frozen healthy choice meals and sugar.
Ahhhh I really am returning to my old ways and I am ecstatic! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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PAULAAUTUMN 3/9/2013 7:03AM

    Good plan emoticon and it is nice that your daughter gave you such a wonderful compliment that will spur you on

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CYNTHIUSS 12/9/2012 3:25PM

    One step in front of the other, no need to look back, knowing where you are heading is what matters now, at least you know the difference between good food and junk food! emoticon

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DOINITRIGHT2012 10/4/2012 2:40PM

    I just happened upon this blog and I must say we have a lot in common. However, my health suffered immensely from eating the modern Western way and "dieting" the Western way. Since you've had about a month, I was wondering if you are starting to feel the benefits of eating real foods again. emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/11/2012 1:57PM

    Way to go! Sounds like you have a good plan. I have to avoid Whole Foods or i'll spend my whole paycheck there!

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ANNIESADVENTURE 9/8/2012 6:33PM

    Is this really possible, to go back to the good organic way of eating like we had growing up? I am wondering if my Nutrisystem falls under the processed foods category. I still have to add my own fruit and vegetables. They are sending me way more food than I can eat so I keep moving the delivery dates ahead but boxes keep slipping through. I'm more than ready to go back to my lower carb way that gave me the greatest success with weight loss. I felt better when I ate that way.

You go for it, girl. You'll feel better, too.

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WINGSOFCHANGE 9/4/2012 11:16AM

    Change can be a very good thing. It sounds like you're on track to making yourself a priority. Good for you!! I can relate to your blog and appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I too have a trip to Whole Foods planned, as well as a local organic farm. I recommitted to taking better care of myself too. I wish you the best on your journey!
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APRILLSCOTT 9/3/2012 10:29PM

    I know exactly what you are saying! Life just happened! It is good to get back to the things that were healthy though. I think you are doing a great job of that! At least you had a garden this summer to get your healthy food from. Reverting back to the way we use to do things is not a bad idea sometimes. Obesity is awful and more and more people are getting hit with it because life just happens! The white stuff is every where and so easy to pick up versus staying in the kitchen for just a little while and making something healthy!

Glad you got to spend the time with your daughter! Evidently you showed her the right way to do things when growing up! She has returned to it and so have you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 9/3/2012 9:18PM

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ACIMPEGGY 9/3/2012 4:36PM

    I, too, used to eat better when the kids were small. Now, like you say with our busy schedules, we have resorted to lots of convenience foods. Way too much sodium and additives! But how good are the Chinese entrees (from a famous restaurant) nuked and served over microwavable brown rice, skinless smoked sausage, chips and fruit....you get the idea.

Sigh. Life does go on!

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DEBRITA01 9/3/2012 2:19PM

    Positive change is always good. You seem to be recommitting and reverting back to older, healthier ways of the past. You did it before and your daughter's reinforcement will ensure you keep going. Love it when the kids give us positive feedback that we actually DID some great things while raising them-ha!
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SANDBBAR 9/3/2012 1:55PM

    Sounds like a great plan to me!! I think life does get in the way, but we have to make ourselves and our health the number one priority. Your enthusiasm is going to keep you going... emoticon emoticon

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JUDYHELP 9/3/2012 1:16PM

  emoticon good luck on your,journey back to healthy. Glad that your visit was productive , having your daughter remind you that did make good food choices. Just a little side track along the way. emoticon emoticon Judy

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Green Beans

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

These days I am out in the garden ALOT! Today I realized that the some of the green beans were going to be in danger of becoming chicken food if I didn't address them ASAP. As I pulled up some of the more mature plants an image of my Mom floated in front of my eyes. She grew up during the depression in a small town in southeastern Massachusetts. Like many families in that era the backyard garden and chicken coop was common. My Mom tells of eating greens beans and carrots everyday for lunch and dinner. She ate so many of them that she came to HATE them and when she became an adult never ate them AGAIN!
My Grandfather was the Secretary of the YMCA and in those days the Y was quite a bit different. Middleboro was a town located along the tracks and many a hungry men simply travelled around looking for work. As a result many stayed at the Y. HUNGER there was common place. One day she convinced my Grandmother that they really should SHARE the bounty and even offered to pick and cook them so that those hungry people could have some FOOD! She thought she was pulling the wool over her mother's eyes but I think they were just helping her learn the importance of helping others less fortunate. The funny thing is, today I too, will share the bounty as my husband and I bring our extra vegetables to the senior citizen complex in our town.
Life's circle just continues..........

  
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ANNIESADVENTURE 7/21/2012 9:34PM

    What heartwarming memories. Dad always grew way more than we needed so he could share with other families.

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NANASAMM 7/20/2012 6:49PM

    What a wonderful story. If only there were more people willing to share their blessings. My husband won't eat a lot of fruits and I wonder if it's because he's had his fill as a child.


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REBECCAMA 7/19/2012 9:13PM

  My husband's parents came from the midwest and their big thing when they were poor was to eat corn, corn on the cob. When he was little sometimes a meal would just be lots of corn. They lived in New England by the time he was born but it didn't matter. Anyway, now he hates corn and will not eat it. He will cook it for me but he will not touch it himself.

As far as green beans go... when my daughter was a baby/toddler she LOVED green beans. We could go to a restaurant and order green beans for her and she would need seconds. Now she's 6 years old and won't touch ANYTHING green except grapes. Go figure!

Nice of you to help the folks at the senior center. Wish my garden grew something besides weeds.

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MOMFAN 7/19/2012 6:59PM

    I would love some home grown green beans. Dd didn't get her garden planted this year and we don't do much anymore.

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CINDYSDAY 7/18/2012 10:04PM

    nice

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3016DEBRA 7/18/2012 4:14PM

  Those were the days! In my area, they are starting to do more of that again & I'm so glad!!! emoticon emoticon

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SANDBBAR 7/18/2012 1:57PM

    Heartwarming!! emoticon

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MADAMES 7/18/2012 1:44PM

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REBECCATKD 7/18/2012 1:30PM

    Our local farmer's market takes contributions over to the homeless shelter. If I have extra, I always know I can harvest it on Saturday morning and bring it to the market!

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APRILLSCOTT 7/18/2012 11:54AM

    May the circle go unbroken! I love the idea. I remember our garden as a child. I remember getting up and getting to it early and then I remember why I always buy corn already bagged and fixed. I got sick of having to pull it, shuck it, and clean it etc... So much easier to buy it already done! I guess I am just plum lazy! We just had so much to do and we did appreciate it when the winter set in though! Thanks for the memory lane walk this morning! Have a great day. emoticon

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 7/18/2012 11:35AM

    I am so touched that you are open to share your bounty with those less fortunate.
May you know many blessings.
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RAINBOWFALLS 7/18/2012 9:31AM

    What a wonderful idea! When you started talking about green beans I too had a vision of my mom. She use to make the best green bean and potato soup. Oh, how I miss that soup nad my mom. emoticon

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KKKAREN 7/18/2012 9:24AM

    It's good of you to share!

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Oh DEAR the UGLY TRUTH

Monday, July 16, 2012

Last week I had ONE Green Light Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon What happened? That is a very good question! It was not my exercise because I managed to keep that up - water aerobics 5 times last week. (Since I am being truthful my ST and my Pilates were not as good). Anyway it all had to do with stress and how I handle or in this case DID NOT handle it! I am not going to beat myself up because that will be counter productive! I will just move on. emoticon

Things to work on this week!
1. Maintaining calorie range and drink your water
2. Eat plenty of veggies
3. Do your ST 3 times a week and Pilates 3 times a week
4. Do water aerobics 4 times a week
5. Meditate Meditate Meditate


Clearly I need a plan for when I want to STRESS EAT!

1. Drink some water
2. Meditate
3. Keep the popcorn and pizza out of the house. Find another place for DH's oreos.
4. Spark instead of eat
5. A little more planning couldn't hurt and don't forget the garden!
6. If all else fails REMOVE yourself from the HOUSE! Some how it is harder to eat when you are outside or in the pool swimming!
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Stay tuned I am really hoping for the beginning of a GREEN LIGHT STREAK!

  
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APRILLSCOTT 7/18/2012 11:45AM

    Wow! I love that plan for stress. I always love to look at your goals there is something there I can use all the time. The stress eating plan is one of the things. I am such a thief! Consider it stolen! emoticon I am staying tuned in for the green light streak! I need to have one this week also! Have a great week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNIESADVENTURE 7/17/2012 9:04AM

    I like your red light, green light system. Good visual, but don't let it play with your emotions more than it should. Keep it in proportion. One bad thing in a good day may still be a good day. Are you losing weight and inches? Are you still coming in within your calorie range? Persistence, not perfection.

Measuring snacks into snack baggies might help. On Nutrisystem I have pizza and popcorn and cookies. It's not like diving head first into a steaming hot gooey cheesy pizza from the pizzeria, but it satisfies...and I dont' feel stuffed afterwards.
If it's head hunger instead of stomach hunger, removing yourself works well. Get busy doing something else that consumes your attention. Get up and move. Exercising can change the mood. Sparking helps. You've listed some good ideas.

How is your garden? Without rain, I've given up on growing anything. The roses are the only things doing well. I noticed they seem to do best in adverse weather, like tornadoes or drought!

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REBECCAMA 7/17/2012 8:54AM

  You can do it.

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SANDBBAR 7/17/2012 6:39AM

    Oh Sal, you took the thoughts right out of my head this morning!! I've been stress and boredom eating and I need to stop NOW!! I love your idea of just getting out of the house...I'll try that! Good idea to just move on...keep on "keepin on" as they say... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 7/17/2012 1:45AM

    emoticon I completely relate..stress eating gets me every time! Sounds like you have a good plan of attack in place. emoticon

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REBECCATKD 7/16/2012 9:57PM

    I love your plan to avoid stress-eating and will happily use it as well! As for the oreos, I have my DH put them in the cabinet over the fridge. When I find myself getting a chair to sneak some, I realize how desperate I am...and then I put the chair back and get a water. Good luck!

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MOMFAN 7/16/2012 4:27PM

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Green Light Yellow Light Red Light

Friday, June 29, 2012

So I have to admit fellow Sparkers that I am rather archaic when it comes to all the different technology we have today. I have a I MAC (that I can kind of use) and I text on my cell which is NOT a Smart phone and that is the extent of my knowledge. I have a Facebook page but I can't really figure out how to use it and I keep wishing that the Facebook page could work as easily as the SparkPeople site does!
What I do have and use regularly is an old fashion leather date book that has a calendar and journal pages in it. I have been working so hard to lose weight and inches but so far I have been stymied! I might have lost a pound or two but considering my effort it has been a dismal response. In part that is why I am so excited about the 5% Summer Challenge. Feeling like you are part of a TEAM trying to achieve what a times feels like the unattainable is a WONDERFUL THING!
This brings me back to my blog title - Green Light Yellow Light Red Light ! In order to understand why I have NOT been losing inches and pounds I have come up with a kind of grading that I assign at the end of my day. If I have been able to achieve drinking my water, maintaining my exercise objectives and eating within my calorie range I award myself a GREEN dot. A Yellow dot is given when I feel I did not give 100% to meeting my objectives and a Red dot when I did not met my expectations at all.
I started this system June 1st and it has really opened my eyes. It has taken me almost the whole month to string together 7 consecutive GREEN LIGHT days. As part of my accountability promise to myself I will step on the scale tomorrow and will announce what I hope will be a falling number.
The best part about this is that if I succeed I win and if I don't - I still win because all my emoticons will continue to support me - many offering encouragement and advice that will allow me to keep on emoticon! Stayed tuned!

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ANNIESADVENTURE 7/7/2012 4:29PM

    I love that system of tracking with the red, yellow and green lights (dots). Good visual.

You'll love the challenge. Even though it's a challenge, there's not really as much competition between teams as there is encouragement and camaraderie. Everyone wants you to do well.

I love Facebook, especially the games. I'm on there everyday, longer than I probably should be. When I was at home all the time taking care of Dad, it was a connection with the outside world. I keep up with friends and relatives. Love the updated photos they post. I've come to know my church family better than I would just seeing them on Sundays. I discovered an acquaintance was using Spark People. I've connected with one of my Spark friends via Facebook. If you ever decide to use it, please friend me if you don't mind.
Annie

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CINDYSDAY 7/2/2012 3:49PM

    good luck!


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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 7/2/2012 1:43PM

    Love this system! And do what works for you, I used to write everything down long before internet tracking came along (or I knew about it!)

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REBECCAMA 7/2/2012 9:01AM

  Great idea!

I don't text at all although I have computers, I do not have a fancy phone. Mostly I use my phone to CALL my hubby. :-)

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FINALLYBEINGME 7/1/2012 7:50PM

    I love the idea of stringing together green light days. I'm doing the 5% challenge as well and have just started posting on the thread with my exercise and tracking numbers..it's definitely helping. Hope you're having a great weekend! emoticon

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NANASAMM 6/30/2012 1:46PM

    What a great instant visual. I'm thinking I may just adopt your system.

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SHAPNUP 6/30/2012 7:45AM

    You are always coming up with good ideas. Here's another one! emoticon

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BEATLETOT 6/29/2012 10:36PM

    This is a great system! I just started using a big ol' planner this year. I'm going through purses like crazy with it, because the straps keep tearing from the weight. Any suggestions on that?

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2BEABETTERME 6/29/2012 5:13PM

    What a great system to help you track your progress! I hope all your hard work pays off with that fickle scale. But, remember it is one SMALL, incredibly ineffective at measuring your efforts, piece of the puzzle.


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APRILLSCOTT 6/29/2012 4:26PM

    Sal, I love your system and it seems like you are doing all you can to lose the weight and the inches. This sounds like an excellent way to keep track of how you are doing and look back and see what you need to work on! emoticon for sharing. You have given me a great plan to help with my program!

Wishing you the best on your plan! Keep up the challenge and the good works! emoticon emoticon emoticon the emoticon show the evidence of your hard work!

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MOMFAN 6/29/2012 4:18PM

    Great idea!!

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CTUPTON 6/29/2012 4:03PM

    The traffic light and colors and dots is brilliant! Very creative and easy to know when you are giving your all and when you are not--but not intimidating or blaming. Love it!!!! I used a traffic light system in my health class for foods which are high in nutrition (green) have some nutrition(yellow) but too much fat and/or salt and/or sugar . And the red light was food that ... well you get the idea! I had colored templates of fairly real traffic lights made and had students analyze packages of snack foods. We did a pretty intense data collecting week. By the end we could put all the snack wrappers in order of nutrition on one long line long bulletin board in the hallway. Wow it clearly showed which manufactured snacks were healthy and which weren't! Even my 'special needs' students 'got it.' Some teachers got very competitive about the snacks they were choosing. They'd come up to me and show me their own snack wrappers and point to where thy fit on the chart! They were bragging about their vast nutritional knowledge!

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MADAMES 6/29/2012 2:42PM

    I love the red light/green light self grader....I may do that for my weight loss journey also! My DGD just made it through 1st grade, surviving the red light/green light game !


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DRAGONFLY02 6/29/2012 2:30PM

    What a great idea!!! Love it.

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2BEHEALTHYRME 6/29/2012 1:55PM

    Great idea!! What a wonderful way to really reflect and track your progress!



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GINGERPAWZ 6/29/2012 1:12PM

    emoticon on the green dot streak. Keep up the emoticon work. I like your system. I used to be a emoticon Cat. I am now a emoticon Starfish. Good luck with the 5% challenge. emoticon.

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/29/2012 12:50PM

    I love your system! emoticon keep those green dots coming!

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SANDBBAR 6/29/2012 12:33PM

    What a great system!! By doing this when you have a red light day, your not beating yourself up...you just give yourself a warning! I like it! emoticon
Guess what? I still have a flip phone that I text on! DS once said to DD "have you seen how fast Mom can text on that thing??" LOL! I DREAD getting a Smartphone, but I think that may be next. God help me!
Good luck with your Cats!! I used to be a Cat...great team :):)

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Sal's Simply Superb Sensational Saturday : )

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I thought our heat wave would break during the night and since the house was cool I turned off the AC before I went to bed. I woke up at 4:30 am absolutely drenched - the bedroom was stifling and the air outside still hot and humid. I tried for 30 minutes to go back to sleep and finally gave up at 5 am.
I had been feeling a little under the weather lately and had put off doing my normal chores so I had some catching up to do. By 3:45 pm I had accomplished the following:
Vacuumed, dusted, washed the floors, cleaned the kitchen and the bathroom, did 3 loads of laundry folded and put away, went to water aerobics at 8 am, did my ST 30 minutes and Pilates 25 minutes, took out the kitchen scraps to the hens and weeded the front garden for 2 1/2 hours!
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On top of accomplishing all my to do list TODAY is the FIRST Day of the 5% Summer Challenge!
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/25/2012 2:57PM

    Wow you were super productive!!

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ANNIESADVENTURE 6/24/2012 11:03PM

    Busy and productive day! Surely ALL of it counts as exercise.
I've been leaving the AC on at night, just bumping it up to a higher temperature so it won't run as much. It sure helps with the humidity. No surprise that the electric bill was up this time.
How are you doing on water this week?
Annie

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MOMFAN 6/24/2012 8:39PM

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SANDBBAR 6/24/2012 6:15PM

    Whew what a day!! emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 6/24/2012 5:13PM

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CINDYSDAY 6/24/2012 5:13PM

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BEATLETOT 6/24/2012 4:32PM

    Whoo! Go Starfish!

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SEABREEZE64 6/24/2012 8:17AM

    Good job!!!

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MOMFAN 6/23/2012 11:26PM

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KOKITTY 6/23/2012 11:14PM

    I'm so glad you were able to embrace your early awakening with a positive attitude! Your list of accomplishments is impressive! Way to go! Great way to start the challenge! Yay~! emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 6/23/2012 8:32PM

    Very productive day!

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WIZINTN 6/23/2012 7:39PM

    Then I hope you turned on the A/C and went back to bed. :))))
Sandy

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APRILLSCOTT 6/23/2012 7:15PM

    Wow! Just listen to you go! I guess it is true what they say about exercise! The more you do the better you feel, and look what you accomplished today! You could not ask for a more accomplished day if you tried! So proud of you!

Now I better head out to the park I have worked for 12 hours today and I am ready to walk now! Have a great weekend! Good luck on the challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MADAMES 6/23/2012 7:08PM

    Wow! What a day of exercise!!

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ENCHANTEDBROOM 6/23/2012 6:52PM

    Way to Go!! Look at what you accomplished today, which are all reasons to feel good about life, yourself, and everything in general.

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Love and Light

Anni

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SWAYDE 6/23/2012 5:11PM

    Wow busy day for you! Way to go! Too bad you aren't on my team! But I'll still cheer for ya! emoticon emoticon

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