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Not Deprived

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I've been reading some great blogs about Christmas eating, abundance, and feelings of deprivation. It is true that when there are many foods to choose it is easy to take too much. Yesterday I ate within my calorie range. I enjoyed my food immensely. I did not feel deprived at all. I cooked big and ate moderately. Many desserts were available. I had one bite and found it was enough.

There is one thing I haven't shared before that might help someone else. I hesitate to call it a strategy or a technique, because I started doing it spontaneously just because of sincere gratitude. While someone else usually blesses the food at our extended family dinners, (and indeed I am grateful that we have sufficient quantity and excellent quality of food), I say a quiet thanks as I feel the satisfaction of the meal come to me. I hope no one is offended by this practice; I think it really has helped me.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/28/2012 5:16PM

    Wonderful idea!

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KANDOLAKER 12/28/2012 3:25PM

    I think that is a superb idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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ANDY_54 12/27/2012 10:11AM

    Gosh, that's a great technique and it really isn't a technique, lol. Just a way of living life--love it and will try to incorporate it into my own life. Thanks much!

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MSLZZY 12/27/2012 8:24AM

    No offense in that. I think it is a splendid idea!

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_LINDA 12/27/2012 12:49AM

    Sounds fabulous to me! But its a reminder to me I should be thanking the food preparer more. I don't think I have ever thanked my Mom for the food she gives me :(( I know you mean a higher power, but for me its my Mom as she has always provided and been there to help out when needed.
I have found Sparkpeople to be the most tolerant community around, but sometimes any religious mention can bring out some bad ones, but I hope they don't find you. Everyone should be allowed to worship and mention their faith and be free from persecution. We actually had some activist protesting the Merry Christmas greeting on our buses just because he thought it was discriminatory to other religions. He was willing to take it to court no less. But I am sure other religions would be allowed their greetings too. This politcally correct business has just gotten so far out of hand..

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BOOKAPHILE 12/26/2012 9:28PM

    Thanks again for your helpful insights. I need less of a focus on my feelings in this instance and more on God's blessings... for which I AM indeed thankful but wasn't paying proper attention to just then.

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RUN4FOOD 12/26/2012 8:33PM

    Rejoice in all things.

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WATERMELLEN 12/26/2012 6:48PM

    What a helpful comment, here and on my "abundance" blog: I'm going to try this. And in fact, right now, having just enjoyed my evening bowl of soup (cabbage and beans with chicken) plus some fresh fruit and fat free yogourt: I am feeling completely satisfied. And I am grateful for that.



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JOYINKY 12/26/2012 5:51PM

    emoticon I am so glad you are enjoying the holidays and staying true to yourself.

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GABY1948 12/26/2012 5:36PM

    Offended? NO...I love that idea...whatever helps...so glad you had a wonderful meal that was satisfying and not overly "overly"! HUGS, Marsha!
Gaye

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PMFISH 12/26/2012 5:25PM

    Never a mistake to talk to God. We need his strength in all we do! Great job on your calorie intake.

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MEXGAL1 12/26/2012 5:17PM

    Sounds really good to me. I prayed before I got out of bed this morning for help with saying "no" to the leftovers. So far so good.
Have a nice evening Marsha.
Sallie

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NATPLUMMER 12/26/2012 5:07PM

    You did very well :-)
Whatever works for you is good...no offense :-)

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/26/2012 5:04PM

    Sounds like a great practice to me.

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Cherish the Moments

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It's noon, but daughter, SIL, and grandkids will be here before too long. This year Santa came to their house, but there are lots and lots of presents to open here, too. Last year Santa came to our house for them, but it is good for a young family to develop their own traditions -- I keep telling myself!!

I won't be surprised if there is a camera for me under the tree! Now, how long it will take for me to figure out how to use it is debatable. Don't hold your breath for me to post pictures, but I will learn it. I promise.

I've been cooking. One thing that turned out really well is some stuffing with no butter or fat in it. Still tastes awesome! I still have some cooking to do, so best I run do it. You and yours have a great holiday! Love each other. Cherish the moments!!

  
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MEXGAL1 12/26/2012 10:07AM

    Hope your Christmas was awesome Marsha! I way overate but will get back on track today.
Have a great day.

Sallie

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MSLZZY 12/26/2012 6:56AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day and I hope that camera was under the tree! HUGS!


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AQUAGIRL08 12/25/2012 8:08PM

    Merry Christmas to you too, Marsha! You are so right about loving others now and cherishing the memories. One never knows what tomorrow will bring or how long you will have each other.

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GOLFGMA 12/25/2012 6:32PM

    Merry Christmas. Enjoy your family! emoticon

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FROSTY99 12/25/2012 5:29PM

    Merry Christmas and hope you had an awesome day with the family.

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MIRAGE727 12/25/2012 3:48PM

    Gianna is coming over soon to spend the night with GrandmaDarren & me! This is a true blessing and I embrace that. Have a wonderful Christmas, Marsha!
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PHEBESS 12/25/2012 3:25PM

    You sound like a wonderful mother/mother-in-law!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/25/2012 2:51PM

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

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WATERMELLEN 12/25/2012 2:32PM

    Cherish indeed: and good for you understanding that need to develop new traditions . . . as well as new recipes for stuffing!

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GABY1948 12/25/2012 2:14PM

    GREAT blog...I have missed you...had internet problems! But have a wonderful rest of Christmas! So glad you "might" get a camera...I know how you have needed it! And glad for new traditions but still glad you will have Christmas there! Hugs to you and Merry Christmas, dear one!

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PEZMOM1 12/25/2012 2:05PM

    Merry Christmas have fun with the family.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/25/2012 1:00PM

    Merry Christmas, Marsha! Good advice about cherishing. There are never regrets later if you cherish NOW! emoticon emoticon

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 12/25/2012 12:54PM

    Sounds like you have a nice day planned! Merry Christmas!

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Bonus Blog: Here's the Graphic

Monday, December 24, 2012

Thanks to ONEKIDSMOM and the snipping tool, I was finally able to post the report I tried to post earlier. Here's a chart of my weight from the time I reset my program in August of 2010 until present:



I shall return!! That is, to my weight of 2011!! Thanks, SparkPeople, for another amazing tool to analyze how we are maintaining!!

  
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KANOE10 12/25/2012 8:34AM

    That is helpful to see yourself on the graph. You can do it!

Have a Merry Xmas.

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SEABREEZE64 12/25/2012 7:25AM

    Great way to share a graph. Glad you figured it out.

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STRIVER57 12/25/2012 4:45AM

    what Nat said!! you can!
me, i'm going to go back to tracking food a few days a week in january. and stay "sage" (well-behaved in French) until then.


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MIRAGE727 12/24/2012 11:59PM

    Nice! I know you will do this! Go, Marsha!
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_LINDA 12/24/2012 10:34PM

    A noticeable upward trend. I can see you need to put the breaks on. I loved using the graphs when I was in weight loss mode. I don't record anything anymore, so don't need them now. The one I like looking at now is the calories burned versus calories consumed -that is usually an eye opener for most people if they are wondering where they are going wrong. But of course, they are only as accurate as the reporting.
Good luck with this goal Marsha, you can do it!!

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JOYINKY 12/24/2012 9:15PM

    Interesting.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/24/2012 9:01PM

    Great graphic!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 12/24/2012 8:55PM

    That is a very cool graph.

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MEXGAL1 12/24/2012 7:27PM

    very cool!

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/24/2012 6:57PM

    Love the graphic . . . . sure helps to be able to review progress.


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MSLZZY 12/24/2012 5:53PM

    Pretty nifty. One day I may play with graphs. Hugs!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/24/2012 5:07PM

    emoticon capturing the image. Now to make the gentle up be a gentle down over the next 12 months!

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NATPLUMMER 12/24/2012 5:04PM

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LANAHAUTH21 12/24/2012 4:44PM

  wow thanks for sharing

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Why I Want to Lose in 2013

Monday, December 24, 2012

I wanted to post a SparkPeople report to show my weight fluctuations over the past couple years. I saved the SP report in my picture files, but when I tried to "add picture" to a blog, it said it was not a valid image. Anyone know how to overcome this problem?

Anyway, what I was trying to show is that although my weight is way below what it was in 1998, and in 2008, and even when I joined SP in 2009, my 2012 weight fluctuated a few pounds above my 2011 weight fluctuations. In 2011 I fluctuated mostly 124-129, while in 2012, I fluctuated 128-133. It may be that a couple pounds of it is accomodation to distance running. As a runner I have stronger bones and tendons, greater blood supply, and greater glycogen stores in my muscles. But my gut tells me that some of the increase is -- well, gut -- or the fat over the gut more precisely.

Will losing 4 or 5 or 6 pounds change my life? Probably not. I'm still a healthy weight. My cholestrol and blood pressure have stayed down. More than 95% of my new clothes fit, although there are a few things that don't look as good as they did in 2011. And I just feel a little flabby about the middle. And that may be partly that I cut back on strength training as I emphasized running. And I always worry that a gain could be the beginning of a bad, bad trend.

So I'm thinking that losing a few pounds and increasing strength training in 2013 will be an improvement. It's definitely a challenge I want to take on.

  
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/26/2012 12:38PM

    Have you had your body composition tested (i.e. % fat, % lean)? The scale doesn't tell you whether the pounds you are losing (gaining) are the right ones. At this stage in your running career, getting leaner should be your goal, even if that doesn't show up as weight "loss" on the scale. Since I have been doing strength training consistently over the past three years, I have gone from 33% body fat to 20% body fat but with no real change to my scale weight. By age 60, I had lost a LOT of muscle over the years. I have regained that weight while losing fat.

I was glad to see muscle weight returning and it has made a load of difference in my strength as a runner. By the way, when I tested at 33% body fat, I was within 5 pounds of goal weight. The scale said I was slim. But it was the wrong weight distribution.

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SEABREEZE64 12/25/2012 7:24AM

    I know I "should" include ST.....
It is the willing part that is missing....

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STRIVER57 12/25/2012 4:58AM

    yes! & i know!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/24/2012 9:00PM

    Great plan!

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JOYINKY 12/24/2012 7:50PM

    I think strength training is a good idea for any reason. Go for it!

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MIRAGE727 12/24/2012 5:25PM

    I know where your head is at, Marsha! I believe it's essential never to stop strength training. At 62, I feel it's critical. Whether I burn that excess totally or not, I'm still going to work at it and see where it leads. I do know I'm adding a few more Halfs and 10Ks to the equation. So y0u're not alone in the 2013 journey!
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WILLOWBROOK5 12/24/2012 3:12PM

    Sounds very logical to me. I am also looking at how feasible it is for me to drop another 3-5 lbs. Mainly, I feel the lighter I am the better my arthritic knees will be. At the same time, I need to not feel like I am constantly restricting calories. All part of figuring out maintenance. Good luck!
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NATPLUMMER 12/24/2012 12:32PM

    Good plan.

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WATERMELLEN 12/24/2012 10:13AM

    It's that Beck "lowest attainable" versus "lowest sustainable" conundrum. I'm not any longer thinking I can "sustain" in the high 130s (lowest achieved) but sustaining maintenance in the low 140s IS doable. And yes, I can feel even a 2 pound fluctuation . . . although I know that's normal.

When I was running a lot in the late 80s and early 90s (10 km a day, 5 days a week) I didn't stick with my balance/core/ST work . . . and the result on my knees and hips wasn't good. I wasn't stabilizing the joints and abs/back with strong muscles.

I think your goals are very sensible and appropriate. When we look "slim enough", we experience a lot of discouragement of the "Why would you need to do that?" variety. But the task of figuring out what's optimal for you is yours.

Merry Christmas, Marsha!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 12/24/2012 10:06AM

    Love your outlook and you new goal. I think, at least for me that age has quite a bit to do with things not tightening up the way they used to. I am just trying to accept that I am getting older. Not that I would continue to try to do the right thing and exercise and eat right. I like feeling light.
I wish there was an easy way to save our exercise logs and food logs forever. I just recently realized that sparks doesn't save them for a long time. I wish I had known this as I like to look back and see where I was years ago. I need to figure out something to keep them.
Merry Christmas Marsha!
Many hugs.
Sallie

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MJREIMERS 12/24/2012 9:52AM

    I agree with all the previous comments. I try to keep my weight fluctuations within about 5 lbs. and I only weigh weekly. Otherwise, I get too obsessed with the number on the scale! emoticon

One question crossed my mind. Could the weight gain be a "natural" process of age and a slowing metabolism? I know mine has slowed down over the years.

Not to sabotage anyone's process, but is there any truth that as we age keeping 5 - 10 "extra" pounds is a benefit? This way if someone is stricken with an illness they have a little extra reserve? Again I don't want to give anyone excuses, but I was just wondering!

Stay healthy!

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SWEDE_SU 12/24/2012 9:44AM

    it's good to start a new year with a plan - i think we all have the same concerns in maintenance, finding that sweet spot that is the right place to be, and staying there. as long as we are thinking about it, and even doing something about it - we're doing what we should be doing. and you have a good plan for the coming year! one i need to follow too...

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MOBYCARP 12/24/2012 8:29AM

    Ah, the maintenance puzzle: What is the right range to maintain in? As Barb points out, there is an emotional component to this as well as the obvious physical component. I hope you can achieve and maintain a range that fits your physical, mental, and emotional needs.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/24/2012 8:24AM

    You sound like your "this year" is much like my "last year". I looked at my paper journal this morning and find I'm about 8 pounds less this Christmas eve than I was last Christmas eve. It *does* make a difference in how I feel.

Both were still "OK" in terms of BMI, but that fear of starting a bad trend, last year? HUGE!

That said? By all means get the strength training back in the mix. I'm trying to do some of the same.

As for converting the report to a picture? It all depends on what kind of file it is saved as. If it is microsoft office file of any sort (Excel Spreadsheet, word document, etc.) you might be able to open it, then do a "Save As" and pick the format "jpeg". This will save it in a form that can be uploaded as a picture. If you are running Windows 7, there is an accessory called the "Snipping Tool" that you can use to directly capture a portion of your screen, and do a direct "Save As" to a jpeg format file.

Good luck.

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MSLZZY 12/24/2012 8:15AM

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NELLJONES 12/24/2012 8:14AM

    It's not the actual weight loss that changes your life, but the process of doing it.

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ONMYMEDS 12/24/2012 8:10AM

    I hear you on all counts. I have the same fluctuations and the same feeling of "too much around the middle". I also think you found the basic issue, cutting back on the strength training while emphasing the running. I was doing a Supreme 90 day workout for several weeks and was definitely looking more defined and keeping the weight off. But I let the workouts slide when I really jacked up my running mileage. It's time to get back to doing both.

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 12/24/2012 8:07AM

    I know how you feel, 5-8 pounds does make a difference. I have been fluctuating in the same range for the last few months. I don't weigh myself but I know that some clothes are snug. I really don't like the feeling of clothes pulling. I like when my clothes skim my body. Most of the clothes I have are fitting, a concious choice on my part after years of wearing mumus.

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Going Up Another Notch

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I just took the plunge and paid for one year of SparkCoach. I am so thankful to SparkPeople for all I have learned here and been motivated to do tha teven if I get nothing out of SparkCoach I will not feel cheated. But I am hoping to take my program -- fitness and nutrition -- up another notch in 2013!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/24/2012 8:58PM

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MSLZZY 12/24/2012 7:21AM

    You will love SparkCoach! It add so much to the
learning process and the motivational tips
really enhance the program. You'll gain so much
from the reinforcement tips. Have a great 2013!

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_LINDA 12/23/2012 6:22PM

    I thought Spark Coach was pretty good when I tried it for that free trial. I am curious, what aspect of a healthy lifestyle did you feel you needed more concentrated focus on? Most of the stuff they talk about I have already read or heard about in this excellent site, as I have read every article, now for the third time over! It will be interesting to hear all about your interaction with this feature! Enjoy!

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PMFISH 12/23/2012 5:39PM

    No stopping you lady! You are like a steam roller headed downhill at full speed. It is so evident in that beautiful smile of yours!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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GOLFGMA 12/23/2012 4:37PM

    I'm sure you will receive good advice and motivation. emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 12/23/2012 4:04PM

    I'll eagerly wait to hear how it is benefiting you!

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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2012 3:59PM

    Perfect gift from you to you!!

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MIRAGE727 12/23/2012 1:30PM

    Be looking for occasional reports on SparkCoach. Best wishes on a new rod in your journey, Marsha!
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KARRENLYNN 12/23/2012 1:12PM

    Stay positive and look for the gold nuggets of coaching. Even if you only learn 1 thing or 1 new idea that helps you, it will have been worth it.

Merry Christmas!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/23/2012 12:53PM

    A great gift to yourself!

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KANOE10 12/23/2012 12:33PM

    Great way to stay motivated for another year. 2013 will be a good one for you.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/23/2012 11:17AM

    Look forward to all the blogs you are likely to write as you "step it up a notch". What a great way to move into a new year, and a great gift to give yourself.

Merry Christmas, Marsha.

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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2012 11:09AM

    I hope it's useful.

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