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A Milestone..

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Not that I'm exactly proud to admit this, but I gained 30 pounds after my (Feb. 2010) wedding. Seriously. My low point was 142 the day of my bachelorette party (two days before the wedding - crazy, I know) and I maintained up to around 146 through mid-March. Anyway, starting on St. Patrick's Day, I picked my binge eating habit back up, and that lasted until mid June or so, and in that process I gained up to 172. Ugh. Please, future me... never again!!

I knew I had to change, of course, but the defining moment for me was being in a dressing room (sometime in June) where I could see how I looked in my underwear from all angles. When I saw that back fat I was so disgusted with myself, and I started a new path right then and there... I remember we were going to a Red Sox game that night, and had Japanese for dinner beforehand, and I had some relatively healthy sushi and unsweetened iced green tea for dinner, and that started that right off!

Anyway, as of today I'm 157, and I realized that of the 30 pounds I gained, I have now lost 15, half. A milestone I wish I didn't have to reach in the first place, but I'm glad I did. When I was 172, I bought two dresses - one was a 12, the other was a 14. My most recent purchases have been size 10s and mediums, but I was able to wear an old pair of size 8 jeans yesterday!

I don't exactly have a defined goal in mind...I'm so comfortable with what I've been doing that I'm going to keep it up, and I know I'd like to lose at least a few more pounds to get to the healthy BMI range. If I keep losing beyond that great, if not, I'd be happy maintaining too. Oh, speaking of that healthy BMI range, I had a physical the other day and discovered that I'm 5'5 and a half instead of 5'6", which is a minor difference but it would very slightly impact my BMI range.

Today was amazing. It was the first sunny day we've had in about five days, and I spent all morning and a significant chunk of the afternoon too walking/jogging all over Boston. Man do I love my city. Some highlights were seeing a little turtle, discovering a rose garden in the Fens that I never knew existed, meeting my hubby for lunch at a Moroccan restaurant, feeding the pita I got there to some geese, and seeing a baby yellow lab (love puppies). It was so beautiful out, and it really put me in a great mood. :)

Happy Thursday everyone!

Edit: Some of you asked about my living situation in my last blog. I have a condo in the 'burbs that has been on the market since October. My husband has a condo in the not-nice part of the city, but he needs to keep it for the next 7 years or he'd pay a penalty in taxes or something because of the program he used to finance it. If/when my condo sells (we keep lowering the asking price...gotta happen someday..) we're planning to live in his place for a little while, which will save us tons of money each month, and then buy a house in a mutually agreeable location somewhere between where we both work. :) So far we're stuck on just the selling my place part!

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ROGUE_1 9/12/2010 10:12AM

    Forgive me for being so late on reading your blogs, but I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS and a job well done on reaching this milestone! Way to go! I am so proud of you, and am so glad I read this. I've been gaining and losing the same 5lbs (I know exactly WHY too - I just need to stop screwing off!) and it's quite motivating to read about your success, so thank you for sharing!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/2/2010 5:14AM

    Hey gains happen-- in my first 4 years at my present job I gained 100 pounds-- after my hysterectomy I was up another 40 pounds in 6 months-- 509.8 was not a happy place for me-- this time last year I was 50 pounds heavier but now am 80+ gone-- I intend on keeping on reducing!! It is not easy--- I try not to use the word LOSE because I like to find what I lose! LOL

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JESSICAPAGE 9/1/2010 9:13PM

    Wow, you are doing great! I went to Boston once when I was a little girl. I remember there was this woman that caught my eye and I think I still have a picture of her somewhere, she was wearing some funky outfit and I wanted to be like her...heh I used to walk all the time in NYC, I imagine Boston must be like ny, fun to walk around, see the people and buildings....bummer about the condo situation, hope everything works out.

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MDTWEETY 9/1/2010 11:05AM

    Congratulations on the 15 pounds lost!! Way to go!! :) :) You are doing great.

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STEFANIE822 8/30/2010 6:35PM

    So Im super late on this but congrats!!!! This is a great accomplishment and Im sure it feels fabulous to fit back in those old jeans!

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 8/30/2010 8:03AM

    Wow, you've done wonderfully!!! Every single person gains weight back, so we've all been through similar experiences. Keep it up, girlie...almost back!!

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MBSHAZZER 8/28/2010 11:38AM

    Hey Susan! Great job on being halfway to your goal! I think you have it nailed this time - you are going slow and steady and adopting changes that fit with your lifestyle! Nice job!

Good luck with the condo situation!

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SKYFYRE 8/28/2010 1:21AM

    Susan, awesome on 15 down, must feel good to be getting back into a size 8! Yahoo!

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RAWKNRUN 8/27/2010 2:08PM

  Nice and easy, you got this girl!

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/27/2010 12:31PM

    Yaaaaaaay! Congrats on the halfway mark--that is definitely something to celebrate! :D

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SEEHOLZ 8/27/2010 11:25AM

    Nice milestone Susan!

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MRS.NG.06 8/27/2010 10:20AM

    You have come a long way and should be SUPER proud of it and I'm glad you've looked back on this journey so far and acknowledged all the hard work you've put into it!

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FRIZGIRL 8/27/2010 10:10AM

    Congrats on the 15 lb mark!!!! You are doing it smart this time and it will stay off! I loooooove Boston too. A Moroccan restaurant eh? I need to try that out!

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CARILOUIE 8/27/2010 9:12AM

    Congratulations on the halfway mark! Yahoo!

I love reading good-mood blogs.


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PAPER_WINGS18 8/26/2010 9:36PM

    CONGRATS on reaching 15 lbs. gone and DONE! You are doing fantastic! Try not to stress about the past and just keep pushing forward! New beginnings! and mmm sushi and green tea sounds SO GOOD right now :P

keep up the amazing work!!


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BOOTS1221 8/26/2010 8:27PM

    Yayyy congrats on reaching the halfway mark! How exciting!!! Keep up the great work girl, it seems like you're really finding a great balance!

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LIL_EZZY 8/26/2010 5:27PM

    Congratulations on reaching the halfway mark.

By reading your stats I am exactly where you are. I am 5'5 and also weigh around 157 so lets egg each other on and lose those the last of our weight.

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BRUIN2 8/26/2010 5:12PM



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Oh no!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Last night, my favorite Zumba teacher shared with us that, since the gym is moving, she's going to teach at a different Gold's starting in two weeks.

Okay, BACK UP. My gym is MOVING?? I asked about this, and it turns out that in January or February my Gold's is relocating to a location that'll be about a ten-minute drive for me, almost three miles away. That doesn't sound like a big deal, but the current location LITERALLY takes two minutes to WALK to from my front door. It could not be more ideal and I know the closeness helps me go a lot more regularly. My husband and I can walk over together and leave at different times when we both finish. Or we can both drive and I can walk home if I need a cooldown while he drives. Yes, the current building is kind of run-down, and they told me they're getting all new equipment for the new location, but I don't want them to move!!!

And then there's the fact that my favorite Zumba teacher, who I only just discovered a few weeks ago, is leaving in two weeks. I could go to her classes at the other gym, but it'd probably be a 25-minute drive. Boo!

Then again, I've been trying to sell my condo for almost a year now. My husband says this could be "motivation" for me to sell my place. Um...doesn't work that way. I don't need "motivation," I need a buyer! I love my gym so much though that I sometimes imaged myself still going there even after I move. I'll have to figure something out when/if that ever happens!

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BLUEBOOEYES 8/26/2010 9:15AM

    Just tell yourself, "Change is good. I will welcome change."

Haha. Sorry, I thought I'd try to take a very Zen approach to responding to your dilemma. Not much you can't do in this situation other than accept that change is inevitable. Hope it all turns out all right. I know it will.

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JESSICAPAGE 8/25/2010 5:40PM

    Arrrgghh! That is so frustrating. Just when you get comfortable with something it changes. It is a bummer but perhaps it will be an opportunity for something better to come along, a new experience of something...who knows, sorry you have to deal with it tho! (it's hard being a Pollyanna) emoticon

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FRIZGIRL 8/25/2010 5:18PM

    Sorry that your zumba teacher is leaving to a farther away gym. Maybe you could go once a week to that gym and the rest of the time to the one 10 min away?

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FITGIRL15 8/25/2010 4:07PM

    OH NO! Changes!!! But your hubby is right, this change might be a good thing!!! I agree with him that you can't get a buyer if you don't put the condo on the market! Or is it already up there?

Gym love... I know the feeling! I am currently in the process of wheening myself off of my current gym (where I've taught classes at for over 10 years)... the management has just gone downhill imho and I need a change!

I know you'll figure out a wonderful solution to all of this!!!

Comment edited on: 8/25/2010 4:09:09 PM

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SEEHOLZ 8/25/2010 1:58PM

    Do you live in both places still?

I know how that feels. I've been through a few of very similar experiences and you know what? You'll make it work--- because you'll be even more determined-- trust me, but more importantly, trust YOURSELF!

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MBSHAZZER 8/25/2010 1:30PM

    Wait, are you guys living in your condo? Or in his place?

Anyway, is there another gym you could try that's close as well? I know that for me, it HAS to be close. I don't care what kind of cr@p condition it's in, as long as it's close, I'll go.

Good luck with the condo...

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GYPSYGOTH 8/25/2010 1:03PM

    ugh, my fiance is always talking about getting out of my condo (which he just moved into!) and it's all fine and nice for him to talk about motivation and taking a loss or just breaking even when it's not his money! ha.

sorry about your gym :( i hope you find a good solution! maybe you could bike to the 3-mile-away one? should only take a few minutes... just a thought!

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Week 9

Monday, August 23, 2010

My husband's family had their Cape house up through yesterday, so we left late Thursday night and spent the weekend there. My official weekly weigh-ins are on Saturdays, so again I have no news to report really. I only gained a bit under three pounds this weekend, and with the way I've been living my life lately, I could probably measure my success based on how many pounds I gain on a weekend. Less than three is good. Four is probably average. Five or more is bad. I tend to get back to my pre-weekend weight by Wednesday or so, and then with any luck I go down an extra pound to hit a new low by Thursday before starting the weekend process all over again. But like I said in my last blog, I'm okay with it. It's a slow, rolling weight loss, it's very comfortable, and I can live this way.

I feel like moderation came pretty easily this weekend. On the one hand, I had two margaritas with dinner on Friday night, an ice cream cone after dinner on Saturday night, and snacked on Chex Mix and even a couple Oreos. Oh, and I even convinced my husband to go out for pizza and beer last night after we got home! But on the other hand, I feel like I never, ever overdid it with any of these foods. I ate them when I felt like it, when I was hungry, and I stopped when I wasn't hungry anymore, NOT when I was stuffed to the brim. I also ate my own healthy stuff when I felt like it (and I DID feel like it, plenty of times) instead of the less healthy stuff everybody else was eating. And as for exercise, I bought new running shorts and two new sports bras recently, and I've been loading up my iPod with new music lately, so I was excited about exercise. I went for jogs both days I was there - Saturday I jogged to the beach (3 miles in 34 minutes on very hilly roads) and then when I got there, I tossed my sneakers into the back of my father-in-law's van and went straight down to the beach, where I put on a wetsuit and then started my boogie boarding (in the baby waves we had all weekend).

Anyway, yesterday as we were all packing up, my FIL found one of my sneakers in the back of his van, but the other one got lost in a sea of beach stuff and suitcases, etc. Luckily I have a couple pairs of old sneakers here so I was still able to go to the gym last night. But I miss my other sneaker! I hope it's not lost forever, because it's relatively new and I spent good money on them.

Sorry for the ramble! Enjoy your Monday, Sparklies!

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TRACYZABELLE 8/25/2010 5:59AM

    I think my daughter is making lobster tonight as it is on sale-- I love those kinds of dinners!! Almost like we are on vacation at the cape without leaving home, lol.

You know you will reduce again, you can do it !

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GYPSYGOTH 8/24/2010 2:53PM

    sounds like you're doing great! two steps forward and one back is still definitely progress :D
i like the super-healthy-attitude about the 'junk' food- never over-indulging but never feeling like you "can't". emoticon

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FITGIRL15 8/23/2010 6:25PM

    "rolling weight loss". I like the sounds of that! (Because that's pretty much how it worked for me... until I stopped weighing myself on my typically high weight days ;)

You sound like you are on track... and that is a very good thing!

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MRSSHMOEJOE 8/23/2010 6:04PM

    Love this post! It sounds like you had a great weekend, including all things in moderation - - - including healthy eating and exercise. Way to go! :-)

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LIL_EZZY 8/23/2010 5:36PM

    That sounded like a good weekend. I love new songs on the ipod.

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FRIZGIRL 8/23/2010 5:33PM

    hahaha, your weekend was just like mine! Only I was busy straining my quad and not bathing on the cape in the rain :)

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STEFANIE822 8/23/2010 5:02PM

    I love that you enjoyed yourself and enjoyed yourself in moderation!!!

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SEEHOLZ 8/23/2010 2:22PM

    New songs on my I-Pod totally motivate me, too!

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MBSHAZZER 8/23/2010 2:03PM

    It sounds like a great weekend and a life without pizza and beer is a life not worth living! So I'm glad you're finding ways to include your favorites without feeling like all is lost!

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I Love Summer:)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I went for a nice long walk/jog yesterday through the city... it's nice to not worry about speed, but I am considering signing up for a 10K to force myself to step it up. I'm not sure I want the pressure though?? I know I will feel enormous pressure to beat my previous time, and that was difficult enough.

This morning I woke up to the lowest weight I've seen on the scale in five months - 158.4. I still think there are parts of me that are too wide, but my stomach is flatter and I'm less than four full pounds above a healthy BMI. Then, since I have the whole morning free, I checked my gym's schedule and was happy to see that there was a 9:30 a.m. Body Pump class! It was practically empty, which I really like! It was so empty that I felt brave enough to go and talk to the instructor afterwards - asked her about squatting form, and then complimented her because she looked particularly fit and toned. She said she's been eating really clean this summer, and said something that most of us on Spark have said before - that how you eat makes all the difference. I agreed, and was kind of pleasantly surprised to hear an exercise instructor - in fact the director of fitness at my gym - saying that. If someone who so obviously loves exercise feels that nutrition is even more important, well, it must be true. :)

Now it's 11 a.m. and I still have the whole day ahead of me - and we're leaving for Cape Cod AGAIN either tonight or tomorrow. Probably tonight. My husband's family rented a house in Wellfleet (yes Sharon, that is exactly where we got engaged last year - we even went back to the same spot for a quick & silly re-enactment, hehe) and this is their last weekend there.

Oh, and if I'm going to be using this blog to comment back to people, I'd just like to tell Patty, and everybody else who made similar comments, that I COMPLETELY agree about the lifestyle balancing act! I think I may FINALLY be figuring out how to make the lifestyle work for me permanently - no more super strictness for a few months at a time followed by total off-the-wagonness afterwards. It's really nice to know that I can eat nachos or whatever over the weekend, be totally unphased by the little gains I see on the scale on Sunday and Monday, and KNOW that after a few good days during the week that I am guaranteed to have the little gain disappear, and then some if I'm lucky!

A few weeks ago when I first described this pattern of eating someone wrote on my page that I shouldn't have my "off" times be weekends - it should be whenever I'm hungry. However, in my own defense, my off times are the weekends only because that's when it works out. I'd be just as willing to eat a little off during the week if aworthwhile opportunity presented itself. My point is that I don't want to use eating in private as a way to pass the time like I used to when I'd overeat/binge on a regular basis. Rather, I'd like to have a general template of solid good healthy eating that is my normal eating pattern for a regular day, and know that whenever something fun is going on that I can splurge a little. That's a style I think I can keep up for a lifetime.

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SEEHOLZ 8/23/2010 9:30AM

    You sound really happy and I'm sure you had fun this week-end! And to hear that you're actually feeling better about your body is icing on the cake--- this balancing thing really suits you, I think emoticon

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FITGIRL15 8/22/2010 9:37PM

    I was a very fluffy fitness instructor, exercising more then 5 times a week (1 hour each session) before I changed my weight through diet! Diet truly does account for 80% of the weight management equation. Exercise just keeps all your muscles healthy (especially your heart :)

Congrats on the sweet weigh in! Love that feeling!!!

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 8/22/2010 12:28PM

    Yay for the lowest weight!!! How exciting :)

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SKYFYRE 8/20/2010 6:41PM

    I think your [plan for eating is good! I also think your plan for Cape Cod is good, no GREAT! Have an awesome time, wear your sunscreen!

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CARILOUIE 8/19/2010 7:47PM

    My trainer says the same thing about eating. She looks amazing and she is always stressing how important a good diet is.
I think a healthy lifestyle change is when the "bad days" start becoming fewer and less "bad." Where I used to eat Chinese food, ice cream, and a few glasses of wine on a bad day, my "really bad days" are now only (only! ha!) ice cream and *maybe* a glass of wine. I've been Sparking for over a year and a half, and when I started, I thought I'd be at my goal by now. Do I wish it would go faster? Sure! But the really good thing about taking it slowly like this is that I have never felt like I fell off the wagon. I've had my bad weeks, but I never felt like I couldn't get back into it.

Congrats on your success. Your outlook is very healthy!

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LIL_EZZY 8/19/2010 5:36PM

    Ohh I am jealous. You guys have the warm weather and you are heading off for weekends. No fair.

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RAWKNRUN 8/19/2010 2:07PM

  I love Wellfleet, my ILs live in Eastham. Do you know VR's in Wellfleet? (right on 6) I worked there for a summer as a waitress! LOL

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STEFANIE822 8/19/2010 12:56PM

    Nice job on the scale Susan!!!! I love that you are finding the lifestyle balance. I am slowly learning, too, and I really like the feeling of being able to indulge a little but know that one indulgence isnt going to turn into a week-long binge. Have a great weekend!!

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MRS.NG.06 8/19/2010 11:39AM

    Isnt it amazing that something as simply "eating clean" can change around your whole way of thinking...there is nothing better than good nutrition+exercise=results!! : ) I hope you have a great time in Cape Cod...I wish we could get ourselves back down to the pier in Myrtle Beach that DH proposed at...someday! LOL xoxooxo *HUGS*

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MBSHAZZER 8/19/2010 11:23AM

    Hehe, enjoy the reenactment of the big day! Sounds like you guys have some fun mini-trips happening for you this summer.

I love the new approach. I am a HUGE believer in evertything in moderation. It just makes life so much more enjoyable if you know you CAN have a little of everything IF you want it!

And totally sign up for the 10k. Who cares if you're slower or faster?! Just do it for fun!

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BRUIN2 8/19/2010 11:22AM

    hehe, love the engagement reenactment....

I punched T in the shoulder when he proposed, so we don't reenact that. HA.

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KRITKRIT 8/19/2010 11:18AM


I want to go to cape cod!! Take me, take me!!

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FRIZGIRL 8/19/2010 11:16AM

    Great job at 158!!!!! Wooohoo! You look fantastic too! I hope you have a great weekend at the Cape!

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My First Video Blog...failed

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I don't think I'm doing this right! I tried to post a video clip of me doing karaoke! (and just in case it does work, I do warn you to turn off your volume - I'm a horrible singer, hehe)

Okay, apparently it's going to take FOREVER to load. In the meantime, here's a picture of my hubbsie and me having dinner in Provincetown this past Saturday night!

I give up on the video. I had it uploading for 10 minutes and it got up to 16 percent. You guys luck out, really. :)

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LIL_EZZY 8/19/2010 5:33PM

    Nice pic of you guys..

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SEEHOLZ 8/19/2010 9:58AM

    I don't attempt video blogs... cute pic of the two fo you!

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KRITKRIT 8/18/2010 10:48AM

    Cute picture!

Try again with the video!!!!!

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FRIZGIRL 8/18/2010 10:07AM

    awwww lovely picture of you and the hubsie! So cute!

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MBSHAZZER 8/18/2010 10:01AM

    Awww, you guys are so cute!

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TRACYZABELLE 8/18/2010 12:43AM

    I woulda liked to have seen it really...I will try soon to do one as well :)

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/18/2010 12:11AM

    no vblog, but cute pic of you two! :)

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SKYFYRE 8/17/2010 10:45PM

    I can't even get a photo resized to pout on here! Luckily Briegh gave me some mac tips so I will be trying that on Thursday! You two make a cute match! And how beautiful your surroundings are!

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BRUIN2 8/17/2010 10:36PM

    Yeah, the videos taking for-freaking-ever to upload. Sigh.

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SILLIANGEL 8/17/2010 9:51PM

    Sad =( no workie.

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