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Just Doing It

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Nike has a great slogan, doesn't it?

I mentioned the other day that I'd been doing a lot of private writing about my weight loss, hoping to come up with a grand plan that was going to get me back to a good weight, whatever the heck that might be, and keep me there.

But then I didn't have time to create that plan before I wanted to start (Jan. 1, of course), so I just started doing it. What's "it"? We all know what the healthy choices are. Smaller portions. Fewer processed snacky foods and more fruits and vegetables. Water. Exercise. Duh. My very first meal of 2012 was when I started making good choices again. Why not?

So...I started eating right and tracking my calories on January 1 and have just kept it going on the 2nd and the 3rd. I never had time to write down that grand plan, and that's sort of the point. There isn't always time to do something tricky or elaborate. There are excuses why you can't just do it if just doing it isn't simple. So just do it - just do what you know you need to do, do it consistently most of the time, and if you should happen to slip up, no matter, just start doing it again. Just keep making the right choice - every moment is a new chance to make the right choice.

I am a fast loser when I start. I wish I didn't even have to know this fact about myself - I wish I never had to restart. But I have, often, and I always lose so fast at the beginning. On Sunday I was 169.4. On Monday I was 166.8. On Tuesday (today) I was 164.4. Holy chickens!

I also went to my first Body Pump class in a while yesterday. I had stopped going because during the week the classes are too late at night to fit well into my schedule, and on the weekends I've been too busy working on the house, so I decided that strength traning on my own would be easier to fit in. Unfortunately I still think I'm better off working out at a time of day that works for me rather than bending my schedule to fit in Body Pump classes, but yesterday BP happened to fit into my schedule because I didn't have to work, and I was at the gym anyway when the class was starting, so I went. And BOY OH BOY DO I LOVE ME SOME BODY PUMP! I don't know if it's the music, or the feeling of confidence I get because I know all the moves and am proud of the weights I use, or what, but I get like a happy high every time I go to a BP class! I don't get that from strength training on my own. :(

The other day, when I was "motivator of the day", someone left me a message saying that I would be so proud of myself if I were to stay on track for all of 2012. At first I didn't think much of it, but that note keeps popping back up in my mind. Maybe I was MOD on the last day of 2011 for a reason. Maybe 2012 IS the year I stay on track for a whole year. I should totally do that.

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WATERMELLEN 1/9/2012 8:13PM

    Nutrition tracking is the most important aspect of weight maintenance for me.

Most of us make over 200 food choices a day -- only takes a couple of poor choices to result in weight gain.

And the best trick for me is to track a day in advance . . . so that tomorrow I don't have to make any food choices. Already made them: yesterday!

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SEEHOLZ 1/5/2012 10:05AM

    Off to a great start! Way to go Susan!

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AGREENSLADE79 1/4/2012 1:10PM

    Good for you for just getting right back on it. I think that the fact that you realise your pattern and that you just press on is wicked. You could have regained some lbs and then just given up, but you don't. Very inspiring! :) You can do it (you know that you can! :)

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MBSHAZZER 1/4/2012 8:00AM

    Susan, I am a big believer in just doing it. I do think that people who have an "all or nothing" black or white type mindset will have a harder time than those who realize that a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean perfection. Perfect example is your going to the gym to do strength training on your own because that's what fits in your schedule. You could have said that the classes aren't convenient so you aren't going to do it.... but you didn't!

You're off to a great start!

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ROGUE_1 1/4/2012 12:54AM

    Holy chickens, that IS fast weight loss!!!

I love how you said every moment is a new chance to make the right choice. It's so easy to get down on oneself when A bad decision is made, but that shouldn't be the trigger that sets things going downhill from then on. Thanks for the reminder... i hope i can remember that if i find myself in that position.

As Yoda says, no try only do :) And you are doing it (and motivating so many along the way!)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/3/2012 10:34PM

    Sounds like an amazing start to the year!!

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MEADSBAY 1/3/2012 9:45PM

I USED TO be a fast loser when I started.
The first 10-20 times I did it.
Not so much.


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SPARKNMOM 1/3/2012 9:05PM

    OMGosh....your "holy chickens" comment made me laugh!!! Hee hee hee!!! I, too, restarted, but not until I'm a day behind, but I'm a fast restart loser too (woohoo for losers). I'm down nearly 4 pounds just from bloat and such, but you know what...I am back on track and 4 pounds of bloat loss is better than maintaining the gain, so it's all good. we go.....I'm ready!

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The First Day of 2012!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon

This morning I got on the scale (a little hungover) and saw 169.4. YIKES. I also went clothes shopping for the first time in a long time, which means I saw myself in full-length mirrors for the first time in a long time. I have the legs and waist of an overweight person. No surprise, I guess - I AM overweight.

Tomorrow Jess goes back to work, but I don't go back until Tuesday. So, tomorrow I can really spend some more time thinking through a long-term plan for myself. However, since today is January 1 I wanted to get started, so when we went out for "blinner" (a new word I made up that means we tried to go out for brunch, but got there too late), and everyone else got multiple alcoholic beverages and sandwiches with fries, I had coffee, spinach salad, and chicken vegetable soup. I tend to make pretty healthy choices at restaurants usually anyway - I figure why debate about it each time -just make it a rule, and then I get to eat some nice fresh vegetables (usually salad) prepared by someone else!

Oh, guess case you missed it, I was Sparkpeople's "motivator of the day" yesterday. Pretty funny, since I haven't done anything motivating in a long time! And also, I was chosen once before, and I didn't think I'd get picked twice. I guess it's just totally random though. Anyway, I sure got a lot of messages on my Spark page yesterday!

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MBSHAZZER 1/3/2012 3:35PM

    Sending you all the best for 2012, Susan! The schools here don't go back till next week, by the way... RIDICULOUS! :D

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SPARKNMOM 1/3/2012 2:26PM

    Yay for being recognized as a motivator, as you most certainly are!! Happy New Year!!

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FRIZGIRL 1/3/2012 11:15AM

    great job eating healthy while at the restaraunt. I like your idea of making that a rule. So many times I use eating out as an excuse to eat whatever I want... but then I also cook delicious food, so I suppose making the eating out the mandatory healhty food would be a much better plan! Great job being the motivator even if you don't feel motivating.

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SEEHOLZ 1/3/2012 10:37AM

    You motiveate me Susan- just saying :-) Happy New Year! Funny, I tend to eat really good at restaurants too.

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/3/2012 12:26AM

    you are very motivating. you are honest!

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COWBOYMAMA 1/2/2012 7:28AM

    You can do it!

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MEGSFITNESS 1/2/2012 12:55AM

    Maybe it was just the encouragement you needed to get off to a good start today :D

You can do this--you have all the tools and you know all the tricks so off we go :)

Happy New Year, hun!

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REBECCAMA 1/1/2012 10:30PM

  I did totally miss that you were motivator of the day! Congratulations! Maybe that will motivate YOU for 2012!!!

I love the pictures on your page. Totally wish I could be at the ocean. Reminds me of Martha's Vineyard looking at them. :-)

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HEALTHYCHIC 1/1/2012 8:40PM

    Oh! Congrats on motivator of the day! i was that once a looong time ago. I completely hear you about eating healthy when eating out. Why is eating salad that someone else made for you so much better than onces you make yourself?

So happy to have the fresh state of mind that a new year brings!

Don't sweat your weight. You made good choices today!

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Five Years on SparkPeople and Six Weight Loss Cycles, plus a bunch of Chanukah pictures

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I have been using SparkPeople for about five years now! I just took a look at my weight tracker from the beginning of 2007 to the current time, and found that I have gone through the weight loss/weight gain cycle six full times. (Even more if you count some of my more halfhearted attempts.) Here are my results:

Cycle one: 167 (1/27/07) – 132 (5/27/07)
Cycle two: 168 (4/22/08) – 134 (12/11/08)
Cycle three: 167 (4/6/09) – 144 (8/17/09)
Cycle four: 167 (10/15/09) – 142 (2/12/10)
Cycle five: 171 (7/12/10) – 157 (9/21/10)
Cycle six: 172 (1/9/11) – 148 (5/14/11)
Current: 168

I am doing a lot of private writing about why my weight cycles like this and what, if anything, I can do about it. Maybe if I come to any positive conclusions (just on negative ones at the moment) I'll share them here.

In the end, I leave you with a couple Hanukah pictures from this past Monday evening at my parents' house.

My hubby and me making latkes:

My parents:

Dining room table set:

Jess (hubs), me, Mom, and a friend of my dad's:

Jess, me, Mom:

Here are the latkes we made, drying on paper towels:

Teddy, hoping to eat some latkes:

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WATERMELLEN 1/9/2012 8:10PM

    I love latkes!

And . . . it was the Judith S Beck "Diet Solution" that helped me stop yo-yoing.

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MEGSFITNESS 1/2/2012 12:56AM

    Great photos!

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LILYYELLOW 12/31/2011 10:02AM

    Happy holidays! Thanks for sharing your cycles. I have kept my eyes tightly closed to my weight issues for many years, so I don't have cycles recorded to look back on, but I can see how useful the patterns could be....... You look wonderful and also...I love your sand and grassy dunes background images. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/31/2011 9:17AM

    For many years, when I was younger and still teaching, I would go on whatever fad diet I heard of every Jan and lose 15-20 lbs before going away somewhere warm for April school vacation.
hen I would regain it slowly, and then some, usually, until the next January.- then start all over again.
That is how I have dieted my way up to 190 lbs (my high, I'm 5'3").
Now I'm almost 60 and my metabolism is totally out of whack.
I work out a lot and don't lose wt on 1200 calories.
My advice?
Make permanent changes you can live with and just do it!

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FITGIRL15 12/30/2011 11:09PM

    I like what "KLPEFFERS" said about SADD.
I too suffer from it! (It's become more of a problem as I have gotten older!)
I live in Canada... and we get very little sunshine, even in the summer! LOL You might consider tanning therapy and just see what type of results you acheive, worst that could happen is that it doesn't work... but you'll have a luscious, golden tan that year as a result of trying! :)

Interesting realization about the weight cycles though... I have done a similar study of my own weight through the past 10 years, and it was quite interesting to see that when I did not manage my diet, my weight went up like clockwork by 5 pounds yearly! (Metabolism shifting?) But now since I've started watching my food intake closer and understanding how certain foods affect me, I feel like I have complete control over my weight... something that I never realized was possible before!

I am curious to hear your thoughts on your cycles too.

What is a Latkes? Bread or pastry? Looks yummy!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/30/2011 5:23AM

    I love latkes if only my daughter would make them better! Looks like a fine time was had by all!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/29/2011 8:59PM

    maybe you are meant to be in the 160's? i know we have discussed set weights our bodies tend to want to be at and what our body likes and why are we fighing our bodies before? have we or is that in my head?

you look great as is girl!

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GYPSYGOTH 12/29/2011 2:13PM

    i could have written this post! except i've only gotten down into the 130s once. i haven't even weighed myself lately but i'd guess 168 is about right!
frustrating, isn't it? but awareness is half the battle, right?
the latkes look awesome. happy hanukah and happy new year!

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SEEHOLZ 12/29/2011 2:09PM

    Funny you posted a picture of Teddy, as I randomly thought about him one day, wondering if you still had him-LOL!

As for the weight cycles- the awesome news is that you loose it everytime, much more than I can say for myself. Curious to hear your thoughts about it though.

Happy New Year Susan!

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MIPALADY23 12/29/2011 1:59PM

    Smart IDEA looking for a pattern to see if you can come up with a plan to stop the cycle!

VERY smart lady!

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KLPEFFERS 12/29/2011 12:35PM

    It looks like you gain during the winter months (with the exception of one cycle) is it possible you suffer from SADD (Seasonal Affective Depression Disorder) Just a thought and I know this can be a highly controvercial topic, but I go to a tanning salon 2 times per week for 10-15 minutes throughout January- March as I too get the SADD and the UV light really helps. If I am remembering right you live in my area of WNY and we get some really short sun days during the summer months. Just a thought.

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MBSHAZZER 12/29/2011 12:11PM

    Susan, just a thought - maybe if you post your thoughts, Sparkers will give you some feedback to turn negative into positive?! :D

Hope you are enjoying your break from work!

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One week without treadmill - completed

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Last I wrote, I'd been using the treadmill almost exclusively for my cardio, jogging for up to an hour at a time on it almost every day, and my knees and hips were in pain! I decided last Friday to take a week off, and I'm so glad I did. The hip and knee pain is gone! I have been using the elliptical and stairmaster (the kind that's like a backwards escalator) for my cardio instead. I guess that while I'm this heavy emoticon I'm going to need to avoid the treadmill most of the time. Sure, I could probably use it a bit here and there, but clearly my body was trying to tell me it wasn't working for me.

I am trying to dream up a plan to get my weight back down as a New Years resolution (so cliche...but so desperately needed...). I know I need to count calories in order to get my weight back down, and the counting aspect itself is so tedious that I usually resort to eating mostly just batch-cooked stuff when I'm counting because the calories are already counted, and when I do that I feel so boxed in and unspontaneous and I can't eat meals with my hubby. So I gotta figure out the dinner part. The rest of the day should take care of itself, since people aren't going to be handing me sugary treats all day long in January like they have been in December! And as for the weekends, well, I guess I gotta figure that part out too, but I am wondering if maybe my plan can include not counting calories on the weekends.

Happy holidays everyone. I gotta get ready to celebrate Christmas with my husband's family tomorrow, and Chanukah with my family the next day! After I'm done painting for the day - today it's painting hallway built-ins and trim.

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LIFESANATTITUDE 12/31/2011 11:14AM

    I, too, cycle up and down from 145-170. When I'm down I SWEAR it feels so good that I will NEVER put the weight back on again. I seem to have an "all or nothing" personality. I dont know what I weigh now, only that I dread putting my jeans on after I wash them....I'm either 100% on the program or completely irresponsible with what I eat. I KNOW it's supposed to be a lifestyle change but I keep gradually slipping from the "lifestyle" until the weight and bad habits are the new way of life. Currently, I am back to the point where the misery of my weight is finally greater than my desire to eat...I'm so exhausted by it all....good luck to you (and me!) here we go again....

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HEALTHYCHIC 12/28/2011 7:17AM

    Oh yes..i too get the treadmill aches and pains. Outside feels so great.

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FITGIRL15 12/25/2011 2:23AM

    Merry Christmas, Susan!!
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Have a lovely time celebrating with your family!!!

You have got 2012 in the bag! You will figure something out that works!!!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 12/24/2011 9:47PM

    Way to go!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/24/2011 8:57PM

    It is good u r feeling better!!

Enjoy your family and your holidays~!

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SEEHOLZ 12/24/2011 3:42PM

    I think the TM should be okay if you do cross train, no matter at what weight, but I am so glad you feel better - I would still do the TM if you love it - another idea might be to do 30 min workouts and then go for another 30 on the elliptical or whatever?
As for the eating- that's the $1 million dollar question for me all the time- I cannot "diet" because any kind of "restriction" drives me crazy- the mental aspect just doesn't work for me- at all. I know there is probably a way to get over it, but because of all the past abusive dieting and whatnot, I feel like I just lost that battle and am way too prone to slipping back into the whole binge cycle if I'm not careful= another reason why I don't diet. That does not mean I don't "watch" what I eat. I think I told you that I simply look at my food intake over a 7 day period and carry my calories over. I got the idea from when I went to WW years ago and they had "flex points" -instead of points I have flex calories that I build into the week- so I aim for 14000 calories per week, which is about 2,000 a day- I don't think I should be eating any less than that. Calorie cycling is actually works best for me, even though I told you I barely make any dents into my weight- I did loose weight this year though and I have been sticking to this concept of total weekly calories and it has worked for me really well! I the whole dinner things is an issue, maybe figure out a "range" of dinner calories- a generous range so you don't feel boxed in- and work it into your week? I mean, some days you might be under and if you are over, it might even out or one per week you can make your hubby eat your batch cooked meals?
Just some thoughts here- I hope you know I always love when you talk about what works for you, because even though I cannot picture myself batch-cooking meals, I have been pretty successful eating similar things for lunch and spacing out my meals.

In the meantime Happy Christnukah to you! I hope you enjoy your family gathering and the holidays :-)

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MBSHAZZER 12/24/2011 3:05PM

    Susan, before I met my BF, I usually ate a big lunch and then a very small dinner, like cereal or fruit and yogurt. But obviously, that cut into dinners with him, so I switched it up so that dinners with him are my main meal. A lot of people say that you shouldn't eat a big dinner, but guess what? A calorie is a calorie, and as long as you are not eating and then going directly to bed, it's fine.

Enjoy your holidays!

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LADYJAKE1 12/24/2011 1:06PM

    I have bad knees, but I love to walk and enjoy the treadclimber. I do find that my knees get sore, I am a vet tech and spend lots of time crawling on them at work.

I avoid lunges and that type of workout. I hope you feel better. Have a good holiday. Pamper your knees.

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LILRED75 12/24/2011 1:06PM

  Hooray for ellipticals and stairmasters! I have a treadmill and I don't use mine nearly that long at a time. Maybe you could switch between all three machines and your body wouldn't revolt. Just a thought... Keep up the good work!!

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B-Day Weekend

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy birthday to me! My real birthday is December 19 but we celebrated yesterday.

The above is me, yesterday, blowing out the candles on my rapidly melting ice cream cake, in my new almost-done dining room (the walls, floors, ceiling, etc. are done but no decorating has been done yet, though I did just buy this rug for it today:
which was a bday present to myself!)

That's my puppy, who just turned 10 and lives with my parents, not me, who came over with my parents yesterday to help celebrate my birthday, and my coffee which is always nearby before 1 P.M. or so, and yes I celebrated my birthday in my gym clothes.

Today my hubby and FIL installed two of this light, one at the top of the stairs and the other at the bottom:

The picture in the link doesn't do it justice. It's gorgeous!! But rather dim light.

In a few minutes a friend is coming over with a dinner she made as a birthday gift - she hasn't been here in a few months so it'll be fun to show her the house updates. It's really starting to look good in some areas. The whole foyer/stairs/downstairs and upstairs hallway area was all painted yesterday by my in-laws, with this color:
I know it's impossible to tell what a paint color really looks like on a computer screen, so I'll tell you it's a contemporary medium gray/taupe shade that I LOVE! :)

I am going to try to use my willpower and resist the urge to use the treadmill for a whole week to give my knees and hips a rest. I discovered an elliptical at my gym today that I actually don't hate as much as most, yay. So I will use that. I went to two classes today too, which was nice - I am not doing many classes these days but they're so good for variety because they have me doing moves I'd NEVER do on my own. And it's always nice when the instructor compliments you - in Body Pump today the instructor noticed that I was using heavy weights and called me strong.'s to 34. Hopefully this will be a year of exciting life milestones, as well as good health, happy daily moments, and satisfying professional experiences.


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SPARKNMOM 12/20/2011 11:27PM

    Happy Birthday!! Sounds like it was filled with friends and family - AWESOME!!

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HOPERY 12/20/2011 1:10AM

    Happy birthday!

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FITGIRL15 12/20/2011 12:47AM

    Happy 34th Birthday, Susan!!! I hope you enjoyed your celebration! It certainly sounded lovely!!!


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FITBECKSRN24 12/19/2011 12:49PM

    happy birthday!

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MBSHAZZER 12/19/2011 12:39PM

    Happy birthday!!! Wishing you all the best in the coming year. And I LOVE what you're doing with the house!

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SEEHOLZ 12/19/2011 11:34AM

    Happy Birthday Susan!
I had ice cream cake too yesterday-lol- for my niece's birthday...

Crosstraining rocks and I totally agree on the classes at the gym- variety is awesome for my muscles, too.

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DAMIENDUCKS 12/19/2011 11:23AM

    Happy Birthday! Love that you celebrated in your gym clothes!

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ALLISON145 12/19/2011 8:25AM

    Happy Birthday!!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/19/2011 1:58AM

    My nieces birthday is today as well SO Happy Birthday~

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 12/18/2011 6:59PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And yay for ice cream is the best!

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