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First five weeks of bride bootcamp: Done!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I've lost 11 pounds in the first 5 weeks, and I have 9 weeks, 1 day to go! I just keep doing all the common-sense healthy things to do, and they just keep working. Simple. :)

A couple anecdotes:

On an outdoor run a few days ago (I ran to the polls to vote for a new MA senator... this was before it got bitterly cold) I passed by a man who was probably in his 80s. He watched me jog toward him, smiled, and said, "I used to do that when I was little." Cute. :)

My fiance's boss asked me if I was pregnant! Normally this question is highly offensive to someone trying to lose weight, and would make you wonder if your belly was bigger than you thought. But in this case, it was because I was at their work holiday party at the boss's house, and I asked for decaf coffee or tea to drink instead of an alcoholic beverage. I need to develop better responses for when people question my lack of wanting to eat or drink something high in calories. Instead of saying something smooth, I proceeded to tell Jess's boss that I swear I'm not pregnant and I'm on a strict pre-wedding diet and had no room in the calorie budget for a drink! TMI! I probably should have just said I wanted the hot tea to warm me up, and couldn't drink because I was driving. Next time. (Next party - tomorrow! So many parties.)

Hope you're all enjoying this busy, festive time of year!

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HOPERY 12/19/2009 8:27AM

    Wow! Your big day is getting close. 11 lbs? I need to know what you are doing. I've been so stuck.

People can be so nosey!

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HARRINGTON5 12/14/2009 12:04PM

    You are doing so great! Don't you just hate those rude people? What kind of question is that, especially to someone planning a wedding. I like the "I'm driving response" that even gets you some pats on the back. Congratulations on your weight loss, you are going to be a healthy, fit bride!

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CRYSBROWN1 12/14/2009 11:26AM

    You are very well disciplined & congrats on your weight loss! That is a very odd question to ask just because you didn't want to drink though huh?

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BLUEBOOEYES 12/14/2009 9:54AM

    You are doing such a great job! Holiday parties are pretty hard to avoid empty calories, but it seems like you've got it down pat. Woo hoo! Keep up the hard work!

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SKYFYRE 12/14/2009 3:55AM

    Oh God! I have so done the same thing, it's like verbal vomit, I can't stop myself and then I realize that was WAY more than they wanted to know! Oh well, I like the warm me up idea, might steal that myself!

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SEEHOLZ 12/13/2009 9:24PM

    Awesome Susan! Your motivation is always soooo flipping motivating! I can't believe it's only 9 weeks till valentine's day..... I'm super excited for you! I hate that feeling when I think I need to explain myself, like just making MY choice needs extra explanation! I don't drink usually (almost never!) and not due to calorie reason's at all... but I still feel sometimes as though I have to explain myself. It's really no one's business and there are definitely better ways to inquire about your well-being than to ask if you're pregnant-LOL!

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DRAGONFLY180 12/13/2009 10:58AM

    awesome job on the weight loss plan! it is really just doing A and B to get C, but you know that it's the willpower, not the knowledge of what to do, that frustrates people. good to hear that you are motivated enough not to let temptations set you back.

ugh, i hate when i try to just explain a little bit about my lifestyle and someone's eyes glaze over, especially if i let slip too much info. i actually had another teacher roll her eyes right beside me at the lunch table once when another teacher was talking about something being bad for her and i said that it was high in calories. hello, my peripheral vision works just fine!

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FRIZGIRL 12/13/2009 8:28AM

    p.s. what are you doing for your bridal bootcamp program?

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FRIZGIRL 12/13/2009 8:28AM

    LOL, I would have loved to see your response to the pregnant question. It's always weird how often people ask questions that they probably haven't thought through all that well. You are doing great chica!

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MBSHAZZER 12/13/2009 8:04AM

    Awesome job on the weight loss! You're doing great! And you are right... it can be soooo simple - everything in OK in moderation and a few healthy tweaks go a long way. 9 weeks to go, so exciting!!!

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CHASINGTHENOW 12/13/2009 4:39AM

    Congrats, congrats, congrats! Great work! Keep it up!

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CREATINGMYSELF 12/12/2009 11:10PM

    Good job Susan! You are doing awesome.. just keep doing what you are doing and have faith in yourself!

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SPARKNMOM 12/12/2009 10:52PM

    Awesome weight loss!! Wow....WOW!!!

The last time I got the "are you pregnant" question was 2003 - and it WAS because I looked it even tho I wasn't. I'm hoping if I'm ever asked that again it's because of my food choices and not because I look like it!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/12/2009 7:40PM

    congrats on your weight loss

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/12/2009 6:09PM

    Way to go! I know what you mean about saying too much in reaction to inappropriate questions. I'm guilty of that, too. Practice makes perfect, but hopefully noone will be asking again if you're expecting until you actually are.

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PAMELA984 12/12/2009 5:18PM

    It won't be long now - and then maybe later you will be pregnant?!?!??!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/12/2009 5:01PM

    That is awesome Susan-- before you know it , your goal will be met... keep on doing what you are doing!! WHEEEEEEEEEEE!!

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Just Saying Hi :)

Thursday, December 03, 2009

It's been a while, so I thought I'd say hi. Thanksgiving went well here and my plan is very solid right now. Wedding plans are coming along and so am I, toward my weight-loss goal.

Today, right after lunch, I started to feel sick. I stuck it out for a while, but by last period - my free period - I had a steady stomach ache and felt awful. I had to run around the school to find someone to cover my after-school homework club...had to ask several people before I could find someone who was free...but I finally did, and came home, felt disgusting the whole way. I just woke up from a nap though and am feeling much better, so I hope it was just a quick thing. Today will be my first total day off from exercise in a while! Too bad I couldn't work out outside today though, because after a downpour this morning it was ridiculously warm and beautiful this afternoon.

Hope everyone's doing well!

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FRIZGIRL 12/11/2009 1:29PM

    I hope you're feeling better and back at it now! How's the wedding planning?

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CREATINGMYSELF 12/10/2009 10:55PM

    Oh I'm glad to hear that you are doing well! Sorry that you weren't feeling well, but hopefully it was only a little bug or something you ate.

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SKYFYRE 12/6/2009 3:02AM

    Glad things are coming along for you! Sorry you had the ick, hope that stays away for the rest of the season!

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DRAGONFLY180 12/5/2009 2:58PM

    hope you're feeling better! send me some of that warm weather. it snowed here last night, and it almost NEVER snows in MS!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 12/4/2009 7:50PM

    Hey, good to hear from you! Glad that the bug was short-lived, that sucks! I had a similar weird thing this morning. I had just started making breakfast and I had to sit down to keep from fainting! I had to sit down twice while making breakfast. I think it was dehydration, though, I recently read that can cause dizziness, so I chugged a bunch of water and I have been okay since.

Anyway, typical of me to hijack a blog and use it as my personal share time :P.

Glad wedding stuff is going well, and it sounds like your workouts are solid, good for you!

Take care,

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SEEHOLZ 12/4/2009 1:32PM

    I hope you're over it!
It's GOOD to take a day off-- I like to take unplanned days off, too ( not scheduled days)

You are doing awesome! Maybe the nice weather continues today to go outside?

Have a nice week-end Susan and thanks for support on my blog!

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BLUEBOOEYES 12/4/2009 1:22PM

    Oh no! I hate feeling sick to my stomach. It makes every day tasks miserable. As for the working out, there will be plenty more days to get your sweat on, so don't fret.

I hope you're doing well with your wedding plans and weightloss goals. Take care!

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SHEENANASH1 12/4/2009 11:07AM

    Wow, we have a lot in common, I do the after school homework club here at my school! What grade do you teach? You might have told me already but I forget. What are your work out routines like on a typical week?

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TRACYZABELLE 12/4/2009 4:49AM

    Today I felt icky too.. my tummy was icky and I actually drank ginger ale hoping it ould help.. 3 trips back and forth to the bathroom, I felt a little better and I don't want to feel like that again!

What an unseasonably warm December day we had.. kida scary! Before you know it, you will be married and off being an old married lady! lol. I am so excited for you. Hope you are feeling better today.

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KJNE8O 12/3/2009 9:08PM

    Hope you feel better and that it was just something that you ate and nothing else.

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ROGUE_1 12/3/2009 7:19PM

    Feel better soon! Maybe it was your body's way of begging for a rest day??? Take good care of yourself, oh my goodness, your wedding is sooo close! Everything all ready??

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ELFITZPA 12/3/2009 5:35PM

    Ooh hoping it's just a 24-hr bug and nothing more serious! Glad to hear you're doing well with life and wedding planning!!!

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MBSHAZZER 12/3/2009 5:16PM

    Hope you're feeling better!

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PAMELA984 12/3/2009 5:10PM

    Sure hope you are feeling better soon - and one day off of exercise won't hurt - take care of yourself!

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BRUIN2 12/3/2009 4:39PM

    Hope a restful afternoon/evening will serve you well!

I'm home sick on my couch right now...just a sore throat and a cough, but I figure I need to stay healthy for this baby! (I went in for an uber important meeting this morning, and my boss was like "just go home!" - even though if I weren't pregnant I would so have just struggled through it. Anyways, that was a long ramble. Feel better).

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DISTAN 12/3/2009 4:33PM

    Be safe.Get well

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SUNNYGIRL28734 12/3/2009 4:31PM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better! It was beautiful today for sure....we need to enjoy it while we can but unfortunately, winter is coming!

Keep on keepin' on...

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    Take care of yourself!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm posting links to the recipes I will make this weekend, mostly for selfish reasons to make it easy to find these recipes in Internet-land again when I need 'em!

Beef barley stew (I hardly EVER eat beef, but what a nice seasonal treat this will be for the beginning of December!)

Chinese Mixed Green Vegetables (will substitute my own selection of vegetables and will probably add either chicken or shrimp),1618,144178

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SKYFYRE 11/28/2009 7:24AM

    Mmmm stew!

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TRACYZABELLE 11/27/2009 3:37AM

    hope you had a great thanksgiving

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/25/2009 8:24PM

    oooo stew. good cheap meal idea too.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/25/2009 5:01PM

    What a coincidence. I had beef and barley stew for lunch, leftovers from what I made on the weekend. Yummers!


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Ready for some time to myself!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's Tuesday afternoon and I have the next five days off, YAY! (AND we have a teacher-only day on Monday the 30th and a teacher-only afternoon on Tuesday, Dec. 1...these kids have it so good!!)

Even though I stuck to a somewhat normal sleeping schedule all weekend, for some reason I have been so exhausted the past two mornings when my alarm went off. I retired my snooze button as a New Years resolution (in 2008, I think), and unbelievably, it stuck - I now get up on a school day at 6 a.m. no matter what. What a gift to myself that was too...the lack of stress from having plenty of time to get ready in the mornings and never being late to work is totally worth it, and my snooze sleep was never very restful anyway.

So, even though it's been dark and I've been in no mood to get up when the alarm has gone off, I've been suffering through, knowing that a) I'll feel more awake once I get going with my day and b) I can sleep in for the next five days!!

Today has been good, Spark-wise. First, my weight was down a bit this morning. Then, my eating routine really helped me. I've had really weird eating habits in the past, so for me, it's an accomplishment simply to eat normal-sized meals and snacks at normal times. The routine is this: green tea in the morning while getting ready for school, coffee with soymilk during my commute, breakfast (smoothie) when I get to work. I have two mid-morning snacks - walnuts (50g) and an apple. I usually sneak these in between classes in the morning. Lunch this year is at 12:20, which I thought I was going to dread because I was used to having earlier lunch, but I actually love it because of how it naturally delays my afternoon snack (another apple). Lunch is one serving of one of my homemade recipes (like Mexican lasagna today), plus extra veggies (I use Trader Joe's Hodgepodge). I usually have my afternoon apple toward the end of the school day or in the car on my way home, and then dinner is one serving of some other homemade recipe (like pasta bake today). Anyway, just having a routine that works really keeps me on track, and I'm getting pretty comfortable with it.

After school today I went for an outdoor run that was just over 3 miles, and I did it in a little over a half hour, including cool-down walk. I am looking forward to running on a full night's sleep the next few days because it's so much easier then and I can go faster. Last night I was so exhausted by the time I was finally able to do my cardio (after some evening parent-teacher conferences) that all I did was the recumbant bike on an easy setting and I didn't really even break a sweat. My exercise rule though is that I do something every day, so when I need a break a very easy workout is okay, and when I have more energy I can push! Strength training yesterday was back and shoulders, and tonight when Jess goes to the gym with me I'll do chest and abs.

On Sunday, my mom and I never got to work on the wedding invitations... I asked her to meet me at Wellesley College to walk around the pond there. I got there first and had time to jog around the entire pond plus an extra loop around the campus - that was well over a half hour. Then my mom and the dog and I went for a walk around the pond together and it took almost TWO hours!! My mom has arthritis and isn't athletic, but I had no idea it'd take THAT long. Anyway, by the time that was done and we did a couple errands together, we were beat, so we saved the invitations for another day. We did go to a huge shoe store and I didn't see a single pair of shoes I can wear at my wedding, not that I really know what I want... my feet won't really show much, and it's winter, and Jess is only four inches taller than I am, so I'd like something flat and comfortable, and I'm toying with the idea of something totally out of the box like cute white sneakers or even boot, since boots are SO trendy right now that half of the huge shoe store was filled with them - although only three pairs were white! None were appropriate though. One pair was too outdoorsy, one pair was made of a knit material and they were too casual and too off-white, and the third had a ridiculous heel that'd make me twist an ankle. :) I probably need to look in bridal shops.

Then we went to Barnes & Noble for a short time and I started to look at a book on designing your own wedding ceremony, for couples who are having a non-traditional wedding. Since we are leaving religion out of it and my brother is the officiant, we're really going to have to plan it all ourselves. I want to get back and take another look at that book, and a coworker is going to lend me some books with poetry and other readings that might be appropriate.

I really need to make a wedding to-do list and start crossing off some items! I've been stuck so long on music decisions, but I'm too indecisive, ugh. And there's lots of other things that need to get done! I did learn a really useful trick from a magazine last night - to prevent a cry from coming on, clear your throat and then swallow. I had no idea how I was going to make it through my ceremony without crying, so I am so grateful that I found that trick when I did. I'm so sappy that I can practically bring on the tears on demand just by thinking about my wedding, so I tried it and it seemed to work!

Thanksgiving will be an interesting challenge for me because I have TWO Thanksgiving dinners to go to, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. I have motivation on my side though - I am so focused on fitting well into that wedding dress that no Thanksgiving meal is going to deter me. Food-wise, I'll just treat those two dinners as just regular meals, and make small healthful choices. These events will be special in a non-food, family-connecting way instead. This will NOT be easy for me to do, but once I do it I'll be really proud of myself.

Sorry for all the rambling and happy Thanksgiving in advance!

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TERRIANGEL 12/3/2009 8:51AM

    So, how was Thanksgiving?

It's funny, I was picturing exactly where you were (Natick, rigth?) with all those stores. :) LOVE Barnes & Nobel.

Sounds like you are really "on track". You've got such a great attitude, Susan. So excited for you!!!!

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SEEHOLZ 11/25/2009 1:34PM

    You are so on track to look stunning in that dress! I know you'll be strong this Thanksgiving, because you'll be talking about your wedding planning and that'll keep you focused on the price...
It sounds to me that your planning is coming along-- as excited as you are, you'll have everything together, as the deadline will make you choose ( I am so undecisive, too btw!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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FITGIRL15 11/25/2009 8:33AM

    You are so on track, it's great to read!

... a 5 day weeked is awesome, I know you'll get lots of time to catch up on that lacking sleep!

Have a nice Thanksgiving holiday! Enjoy the time with your family, not with food but great conversation and laughter!!!!

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MARATHONER340 11/25/2009 7:13AM

    Enjoy your long weekend! I have confidence in you that you WILL be able to stick to small healthy choices at your thanksgiving dinners. Sounds like you are doing awesome lately and nothing's going to get in your way! You will look amazing in that wedding dress!

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MEGHOUSE 11/24/2009 7:58PM

    I love love LOVE your snooze button resolution - I need to commit to that right NOW! Happy Thanksgiving! And keep up the great work - only 82 days! I'm also getting married on 2/14/10 :)

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MBSHAZZER 11/24/2009 5:28PM

    I like to eat the same thing at the same time everyday also... it just keeps me on track! Sometimes my boss orders us in lunch, but it's always from the same places and there is always something healthy.

Enjoy the wedding planning! Sounds like you are having fun with it and involving your friends and family - that's the best way (in my uneducated opinion) to keep the planning fun and everyone involved!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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Good Mood :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The weather is gorgeous, I got a great night's sleep, and I am just feeling fantastic today. At noon, which is in just over two hours, there's going to be an open house at my condo, so I got up early and I've been cleaning and it smells great in here. :) I still have lots to do, but there's enough time.

I've been eating and exercising totally on track for just over two weeks now, and my wedding is exactly 12 weeks from today!! I've been jogging outside lately and loving the way the crisp air feels once I've started to get a bit sweaty from the exercise. :) Then I go to the gym and don't have to stay nearly as long because I've already done most of my exercise outside, so it feels like a nice treat. My weight went down about a pound and a half this week, but with the daily fluctuations it's really more of looking at an overall downward trend than measuring my weight loss to the tenth of a pound!! I know from past experience, for example, that I always weigh a little more the morning after I've had a really big veggie salad, so I am not in the least bit alarmed that all the weight loss I saw yesterday is gone today. I know I didn't gain any fat.

I listened to all the music several of you suggested for my wedding on YouTube last night - thanks so much for the suggestions!! I feel like I am starting to get a bit of a clue finally, ha! I found a really beautiful guitar version of Here Comes the Bride, but I'm not allowed to use any Wagner music according to my parents because he was supposedly anti-Semetic. Oh well, that just forces me to be more creative. I am considering Bach's Praeludium for me to walk down the aisle to - it's a very (relatively) easy piano piece to play though, and we're having a string trio, so maybe they can come up with a string trio version of it.????? I think it sounds very beautiful and I always used to love playing it on the piano myself growing up.

Today I'm going to my parents' house and we're going to start to plan the invitation design - wheeee. :) It's so insane to me how soon I will be MARRIED... like when we're doing planning at school and there's something coming up after February vacation - I'll have a whole different NAME then! My NAME is going to change, how weird is that? I guess it's not weird at all to those of you who are married, but wow, it's surreal to me. Oh, and my mom and I also might go for a walk in the woods with her dog, too. :)

My fiance has been just beyond sweet lately. I feel happiness running through my whole body every time he refers to me as his future wife, or calls me "Mrs. H*** to be," or introduces me to someone by saying, "This is my fiance, Susan," etc. Yesterday he spent the majority of the day painting my kitchen and dining room for me because my real estate agent thought it needed to be a more neutral color...and he didn't even ask me to help him! He is so gorgeous too and I don't think I've ever mentioned this to you guys but when we're alone he has such a funny, silly side that he shows only me and he makes me laugh so much. My gift to him is going to be a strong, healthy, fit wife for life - he deserves that.

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VIDABELA 11/24/2009 1:14PM

    Have fun designing the wedding invitations! It'd be great to see how they turn out if you're willing to show us! Sounds like a great gift to your future husband...I know you'll be able to give it to him! =)

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SEEHOLZ 11/23/2009 9:52AM

    I love your gift to him! It's great to see someone in love, not taking their partner for granted!
Have a great week!

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FRIZGIRL 11/23/2009 7:51AM

    I can't wait to see a picture of you in your dress! You are goign to be so beautiful! Keep up the good work! 12 weeks WOW!!!!

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SPARKNMOM 11/22/2009 8:52PM

    Awesome!! Just love how excited you are about life....your blog made me smile :)

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FITGIRL15 11/22/2009 1:26PM

    12 weeks to go! How exciting!!!

Enjoy the preparations!

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PAMELA984 11/22/2009 12:54PM

    Sounds so excitin

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DRAGONFLY180 11/22/2009 11:31AM

    it sweet to see how excited you are. i, too, remember how weird it was to be taking someone else's last name. you'll get used to it, though. ;o)

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MBSHAZZER 11/22/2009 11:05AM

    So glad to hear things are going well!! Good luck with the open house! I love to run outside and finish up at the gym, too... makes it seem less like work!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/22/2009 10:38AM

    Love looks good on you!

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