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What to Display on the Ticker?

Monday, April 01, 2013

If you've been following my blogs you know that I'm working with a running coach following a training plan designed to enable me to run faster. The goal is to beat my 5K time for the Mayfaire 5K on the evening of May 11th. It's almost always hot and the course is designed to be as hilly as can be in this relatively flat central Florida area. My previous time for this race was 29:55 (my PR for a 5K -- a really flat one -- is 28:28). I ran my fastest mile ever this last week. Just maybe I can achieve this goal!

So I have some running goals. But far more important to me is my maintenance goal. I have maintained an 80 pound weight loss (212 - 132 pounds) for over 4 years now. Good, but I want to maintain a weight of 126, an 86 pound weight loss. I have hit 126 a few times, but usually fluctuate up from there pretty quickly. Today I weighed 126.6. I'm not 100% certain that 126 really is a maintainable weight for me, but I think the only way to find out is to try. With that in mind, I changed my ticker today on my SparkPage. I was a little reluctant to do it. I loved that ticker showing 210 weeks of maintaining that 80 pound loss, a constant positive! But I would love it even more if I could consistently show me maintaining my goal weight of 126. So today it shows me .6 over goal. Not bad. Not bad. And maybe I can make it say exactly what I want -- and without affecting my athletic performance! Time will tell.

  
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HAKAPES 4/3/2013 4:17PM

    Me too, I was wondering, if I'm maintaining, could I do it at a lower weight?
Congrats for your success so far!
What is your strategy to improve your speed?

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IAMWINNING 4/2/2013 7:12PM

    Marsha, you have accomplished many great things, emoticon

I'm sure you'll figure out if 126 even is the best place for you or not. CONGRATULATIONS on the run time. Wow! You do so well with the races.

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/2/2013 12:57AM

    Change the ticker to make it work for you! Your loss is impressive and has no doubt inspired others but you can tell your story through your page, blogs, etc. The ticker is there to help you so if that works for you, keep it at maintenance. You can always change it back! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/2/2013 12:20AM

    That is a dilemma to be sure. It will be really motivating for you to try hold that precious 126 with the new ticker, but certainly, the 80 lb loss for 4 years will never be forgotten! I hope that your training and the lower weight will be compatible for you! You are going to rock that 5K!! Your determination can't be beat!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/1/2013 11:04PM

    Can you have 2 tickers?

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/1/2013 9:09PM

    I know you, Marsha. And I believe that YES, you can do anything you set your mind to do!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/1/2013 7:22PM

    You're doing great!

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CINDYW1102 4/1/2013 7:03PM

    emoticon Look how much you have already accomplished! 126 will be next!

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MSLZZY 4/1/2013 2:24PM

    Whatever motivates YOU is what you need to do. Good luck but you are doing great!

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MOM23CUTIES357 4/1/2013 12:50PM

    I am so proud of you and trying to find your "real" comfort zone. I have been thinking about is for the past 6 months. It has been so hard to lose the holiday weight. I still do not regret eating what I ate, but next year I WILL do better.

Keep up the awesome work. I know it will pay off.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/1/2013 12:31PM

    I love that you are using the ticker to motivate you in ways that re-enforce your different goals. Keep up the good work!

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-AMANDA79- 4/1/2013 11:14AM

    I'm trying to PR my 4/20 race. Our hard work and determination will pay off!

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COOP9002 4/1/2013 11:08AM

    Nice job on your run. I am sure that you will achieve your fitness goals.

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BOOKAPHILE 4/1/2013 10:27AM

    The ticker may be the motivational tool you need to get to your goal. Only you know what motivates you most.

You've done well with maintenance and the running goals. You can reach this new weight goal, and then decide whether you want to keep your weight there or whether something else will become the new priority for you. Enjoy the process!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 4/1/2013 9:58AM

    You have been doing an awesome job, especially maintaining your weight loss. I am so impressed.. With all the training you have been doing, I am sure you will beat your 5 k time.

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KJELLYBEAN15 4/1/2013 9:50AM

    I'm sure you are going to do wonderful with your 5k timing. You have been so dedicated and persistent. Kudos to you for all the hard work you have done and being able to maintain where you are for as long as you have. As far as the .6 lbs? I know you want to prove it to yourself but I think you have succeeded regardless. Keep on rocking it my friend.

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Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Here's some pictures from the YMCA's Easter Egg Hunt yesterday:





We had fun.

I'm cooking lunch for extended family today. Some healthy things; some not so much. The lentil veggie soup looks really good. The SparkRecipe, Oven Fries, is well liked by my group. The pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw were by request. The kids are going to their other grandparents' house for supper, so this is not their main meal. But I'm glad to get to celebrate this joyous holiday with them! I better go cook!!

  
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SHRINKINGSHERI 4/1/2013 5:42AM

    Love the pictures!!!!!

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_LINDA 4/1/2013 2:20AM

    Awesome photos! Its nice the children get to see their other grandparents too. Was beginning to wonder if they had any others besides you ;)
Hope you have an enjoyable Easter Monday!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/31/2013 9:37PM

    I hope it was lots of fun!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/31/2013 9:02PM

    Your family is blessed just to have you as a part of it!

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JOYINKY 3/31/2013 8:43PM

    I hope you had a wonderful day!

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FROSTY99 3/31/2013 7:23PM

    Wishing you Easter Blessings!

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FREELADY 3/31/2013 6:59PM

    Beautiful, darling little girls!

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NATPLUMMER 3/31/2013 5:20PM

    Fun!

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MSLZZY 3/31/2013 4:22PM

    I am cooking now and looking forward to healthy choices. I'll let you know how well I did, HUGS!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/31/2013 2:13PM

    Have a great Easter!

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CINDYW1102 3/31/2013 2:09PM

    Happy Easter Marsha! emoticon

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GABY1948 3/31/2013 1:22PM

    emoticon nice to have something like that around you! Have a great Easter, Marsha!

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PMFISH 3/31/2013 12:51PM

    The pictures are adorable. Happy Easter.

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NEW-CAZ 3/31/2013 12:25PM

    Happy Easter Marsha, enjoy! emoticon

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STRIVERONE 3/31/2013 12:01PM

    Have a great day. I hope you can delegate a bit of the workload.
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MIRAGE727 3/31/2013 11:48AM

    Happy Easter, Marsha! Enjoy!
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ONEKIDSMOM 3/31/2013 11:20AM

    Have a wonderful holiday yourself. Cherish that wonderful family! emoticon

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Fitness Paraphernalia

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Yesterday I tried out my new swim goggles. I could not believe what a difference they made! I could see very well in the water even though they are not prescription goggles. It made me feel much more comfortable swimming the crawl stroke. Unfortunately, at the time I wanted to swim the Y was testing lifeguards and there was not a lane open for lap swimming. I swam a dozen laps in the open pool area, but it was less than ideal. So I did 10 minutes easy elliptical and 10 minutes easy stationary bike, after drying off and changing, to finish out my workout. The new swim cap and goggles were a good purchase!

The compression leg sleeves I'm not so certain about. I used them on my easy treadmill workout last Tuesday of 3.5 miles in 30 minutes. For that kind of run the black calf-huggers just made me hot. I thought maybe, though, that on a long run they would be helpful. After my half marathon in November I had terrible calf cramps. I know that often means the runner is dehydrated, but I swear I hydrated the day before and drank lots of water and gatorade during the race. So this morning when I started my group run at 6am it was just 52 degrees. The compression sleeves were a help with the temperature. We watched the sun rise and when we finished before 9am, having run 13.1 miles, it had to be in the 60's. I think the compression sleeves were a bit of a help for my calves, but primarily they are warm. I can't see wearing them in the summer. And we have a lot of summer here in central Florida.

So, win some, lose some when it comes to choosing fitness paraphernalia. But whether we are running, walking, swimming, cycling, or doing whatever our favorite activities are, we are all winning!!

  
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_LINDA 4/1/2013 1:51AM

    I am glad most of what you purchased worked for you! I can't imagine wearing compression anything in the heat you get down there :P. Do you do a brief warm up and then stretch before you do a run? Maybe that would help with the cramps. Also, of course the obvious, do you get enough calcium in a day? Mature women need 1200 mg, and you must take it spread out during the day as your body won't absorb more than 500 mg at a time, and also never take extra calcium with a multivitamin. I used to have cramping problems until I stopped making these errors.
At least you can use the compression stocking on 'cold' or your 'winter' days. I did see Florida sometimes gets down close to freezing -that makes the weather news here, as well as Spark friend complaining how cold it is ;)
Hope you had a great Easter weekend..

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GABY1948 3/31/2013 1:11PM

    It's all a learning curve for sure and you are learning and you are amazing! HUGS

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KBEHNKE81 3/31/2013 12:42PM

    I wondered about those calf compression sleeves. I have GIANT calves, and am afraid they would just cut off the circulation. Not sure the supposed benefits would be realized. I guess it's different for everyone. However, in Wisconsin we do have much less summer than you have, so may they'd be worth a try.

BTW - you look fantasticly fit in you background photo, and your 5k time (28.28) would beat a lot of the high school kids who train near my house. Keep it up! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 3/31/2013 1:22AM

    And you are a winner!

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MSLZZY 3/30/2013 8:38PM

    Thanks for the review on sports equipment. I hope I remember it when I go looking for new things to try. Happy Easter!

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2013 8:11PM

    Do the goggles work over contact lenses? And: what brand did you get?

I completely agree that having the right gear for whatever the activity makes it go much better. For example, loved my new XC ski jacket and pants!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/30/2013 7:53PM

    I wish that I could have gone to the Y yesterday morning to workout with you! I will get back to it as soon as I am finished healing. I'm so glad that your new swimming stuff was helpful. I would guess that the compression sleeves will come in handy on the cooler days next winter or perhaps when your legs are sore. I think you made some great reward choices! Congratulations again on the wonderful job of 4 years maintaining!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/30/2013 7:29PM

    Thanks for the great tips. I'm trying to get over my intimidation of swimming, so the tips help. Way to keep at it!

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-AMANDA79- 3/30/2013 5:28PM

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I've been swimming more and really love it!

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NATPLUMMER 3/30/2013 5:25PM

    The calf sleeves definitely help when it's cool out.

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LEANJEAN6 3/30/2013 4:29PM

    Keep on keeping on--Lynda emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/30/2013 4:08PM

    I used to try to "cheap out" on my fitness gear/wear/gadgets.

Not anymore!

It's easy to justify the expense: our fitness activities ARE our entertainment. We don't eat out, we don't go to movies, we don't go to bars. Actually, in the long run, I think we're SAVING money!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/30/2013 4:03PM

    I had the same experience with swim goggles, non-prescription last year. BTW, when you take them out into open water swimming, to avoid having them fog up on you, remember to (gross as it sounds) lick them before you slide 'em on. DogLady shared that tip with me last year and it worked after my disaster in the open water swim... and I used it for the triathlon, to good effect.

The compression sleeves I have in white, but I can see how in truly hot weather they might be a mixed blessing.

Enjoy... gotta love trying things out!

- Barb

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NEW-CAZ 3/30/2013 3:56PM

    Sounds good to me!
It takes time to suss out what works for us, and what doesn't.

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BOOKAPHILE 3/30/2013 3:40PM

    Sounds like you made some good purchases. Even if it doesn't work the way you hoped, you learn something. Keep the good stuff, and continue looking for solutions in areas your purchases missed the mark.

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Good Run

Friday, March 29, 2013

Yesterday I ran according to my training plan. After a half mile walk and an easy warm up mile run, I was to run at 9 minute per mile pace, three one-mile repeats. I made the first mile in 8:47 which is probably my fastest ever; definitely the fastest mile I ever timed. The next mile I came in at 8:59 and the mile after that it was 9:01, so I was very close to accomplishing the assignment. Then I ran an easy mile (10:45 pace) home followed by a little more walk, some stretching, and the foam roller. Think I'm making progress!

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 3/29/2013 9:15PM

    Looking GOOD, Marsha. Plan the work, work the plan... you're not getting older... you're getting FASTER! emoticon

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    emoticon it's fun to run fast! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 3/29/2013 12:40PM

    Uh, yeah, you nailed it, Marsha!
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MEXGAL1 3/29/2013 10:36AM

    Awesome, good job!
Have a terrific day!

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    Sounds great! Good job! emoticon

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GABY1948 3/29/2013 8:10AM

    Yes, lots of progress!

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ONMYMEDS 3/29/2013 7:50AM

    You are definitely making progress. I see a lot of age group wins in your future.

Great job!!!

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MSLZZY 3/29/2013 7:27AM

    You think? I know! Have a Happy Easter!

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PMRUNNER 3/29/2013 5:43AM

    Well done!

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SEABREEZE64 3/29/2013 4:41AM

    Good workout!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/29/2013 4:25AM

    Wonderful, I'm proud of you.

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STRIVERONE 3/29/2013 1:10AM

    When you first decide to take up running as a sport or fitness tool, it almost seems like you can get a PR every day. That is very encouraging. Once you have established in your own mind that you are a runner and and have have trained accordingly for a while, those PRs become less frequent and harder to obtain. Running your fastest mile ever without having a race to pull you along at this point is more than just a good run. It's an outstanding achievement.
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TRILEMMA 3/29/2013 12:59AM

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MESEATURTLE 3/29/2013 12:51AM

    Rockstar!!!!

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SPSPSP1 3/29/2013 12:50AM

    Good for you! I had to slow my pace down considerably due to piriformis injury. Hoping it'll heal soon so I can work on my speed again.

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Savor the Compliment

Thursday, March 28, 2013

My hubby and I went to senior dancing this morning on this gorgeous sunny day. Dancing always reminds me of all the hours I spent at dances in my teens, embarrassed and disappointed that no one asked me to dance. My hubby was known as an incredible dancer in high school, whereas I got almost no experience and always thought of myself as clumsy and awkward. Of course at senior dancing age 63 makes me one of the younger participants. But nonetheless it is fun now being one of the few really fit people there.

Today a man from Canada was talking to my husband. The man asked Gary, loud enough that I could hear him, if he had found me in Kansas City. My husband looked confused. The man clarified. Isn't Kansas City where the pretty little women are from?

Now is the time to banish the insecurities and embrace the fit and healthy person I am today. And that's a compliment I am going to enjoy and savor!!

  
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MSLZZY 3/28/2013 10:40PM

    emoticon That had to make you feel so special! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 3/28/2013 9:40PM

    Those Canadian men have real discernment!! What a lovely compliment, and so deserved: you' re a very pretty woman!

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FREELADY 3/28/2013 8:52PM

    Lovely! So happy for you! Yes, savor it! Good thing you're blogging these so you can be reminded of them months from now even!

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RUN4FOOD 3/28/2013 7:15PM

    That's one to write down, like you just did.

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/28/2013 7:00PM

    I love it! Enjoy knowing you ARE a pretty little gal!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/28/2013 6:46PM

    emoticon Yes, you are a pretty little woman! How cool to hear it in flirtatious banter, especially when the compliment is delivered to your DH. Reminds me of an old movie... what was it called... Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, and Robert Mitchum... oh, yes: The Grass is Greener.

Savor, savor, savor!

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FROSTY99 3/28/2013 6:06PM

    emoticon Enjoy and revel in that compliment!

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DONNABRIGHT 3/28/2013 5:40PM

    Good for you!!!!!! Just what you should do!

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GABY1948 3/28/2013 5:39PM

    emoticon nothing like a compliment like that to make you feel far younger than 63! Have a great night and it is wonderful that you and your hubby do so much together. My hubby and I are virtually inseparable! I love it!

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    Amen to that! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 3/28/2013 4:17PM

    LOL you gotta love us Canadians! LOL

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NEW-CAZ 3/28/2013 3:52PM

    love it Marsha and you are beautiful!

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KANSASROSE67 3/28/2013 3:44PM

    Lovely compliment! The dancing sounds like so much fun. I married my husband partly because he's such a good dancer. ;-)

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/28/2013 3:28PM

    What a wonderful compliment! So dancing is just one more of your talents. Good for you!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/28/2013 3:20PM

    And you are beautiful!

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MEXGAL1 3/28/2013 3:17PM

    Love it!

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WINDSURFNERD 3/28/2013 3:03PM

    emoticon You enjoy that compliment, you earned it!

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KANDOLAKER 3/28/2013 2:59PM

    Yeah! I must say without even knowing this guy - he is a smart man!

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MIRAGE727 3/28/2013 2:53PM

    Very nice, Marsha!
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NATPLUMMER 3/28/2013 2:46PM

    That is most certainly a compliment :-)
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