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Exciting Vaca!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Having a great time! Wish you and all my SparkFriends were here!!

Here's some pictures at the pool yesterday:







Here's the most exciting thing that's happened so far:

Natalie lost her first tooth! We're going to wait until mommy comes on Thursday night to put it under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy.

I got up and got my training run this morning. I expected to use the treadmill at the Fitness Center, but there was only one working and it was in use. So I ran around the complex, which probably I ended up enjoying more anyway. I had my Garmin, so I knew my pace and distance. It wasn't one of my speedier training runs; perhaps I was worn out from the pool and activities with kids last eve. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my run and am glad I got it done!!

We have a full kitchen and went to grocery store today, so there's no reason for me not to eat well. Having fun and living active. What could be better??

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2013 2:38PM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing such a good job! I can't believe Natalie is old enough to lose her first tooth!

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_LINDA 8/13/2013 12:12PM

    How precious :) Love the photos, Natalie is so photogenic even with a missing tooth! Glad her Mom will be there for that.

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MEXGAL1 8/13/2013 11:23AM

    Looks like so much fun! Love the missing tooth. So nice of you to wait for Mommy to put under the pillow.
Continue to enjoy!
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/13/2013 8:28AM

    Looks like you are having a GREAT time. And glad you're waiting for Mommy to be there when the tooth fairy visits for the first time... some experiences a mom just doesn't want to miss.

p.s. They are growing up SO FAST! I have a few online friends whose once kindergarteners are now teens, and I can't believe it happened so quickly. I'm having the same experience watching Natalie and Gwen over the past couple of years!

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GABY1948 8/13/2013 7:37AM

    emoticon and GO Natalie! How exciting...keep up having the great time! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/13/2013 1:56AM

    emoticon photos! Wonderful looking vacation!

Great job getting your training run done! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/13/2013 12:21AM

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/12/2013 8:06PM

    Sounds like a great vacation! Yeah for the first lost tooth, too!!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/12/2013 7:46PM

    Wow, you really had fun there!

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WATERMELLEN 8/12/2013 7:00PM

    What great pics: Natalie looks so cute!! Like you, I'd rather have kitchen when travelling to make my own food . . . sure beats the greasy stuff at restaurants!!

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PMFISH 8/12/2013 6:58PM

    Nothing better than making memories with the granddaughter.

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FROSTY99 8/12/2013 6:02PM

    Awesome time making memories with the GD!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/12/2013 4:57PM

    NOTHING could be better! emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/12/2013 4:50PM

    Looks like fun! Cute pictures!

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NEW-CAZ 8/12/2013 3:12PM

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MSLZZY 8/12/2013 3:03PM

    No fair-pool time! Sounds like you made the best of it!

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JOYINKY 8/12/2013 2:33PM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 8/12/2013 2:08PM

  What fun!

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Running Happy!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Enjoyed our 6 mile sunrise run this morning. There were 6 women -- I was the oldest -- and our male leader in our pace group. We made it in just about 65 minutes or about 11 and a half minutes per mile. We used 3 minute walk/1 minute run intervals; it was a little cooler than most of our recent runs so we upped it from the 2:30 run intervals we had been using. The pace was comfortable for me most of the way. Again, I found myself at the front of the pack on the downhill and flat areas, but falling back on the inclines. I took about an extra 30 seconds of walk one time on a hill -- right before our potty break -- and I saw how easy it would be for the pack to go on without me. That motivated me to keep up.

We joined with several other pace groups to total about 50 of us runners drinking coffee (and water) outside at Starbucks. Most of those training for full marathons had not returned by the time I left, but I got to see all the other half marathoners. It's just a great group of people!

Next week I'll be out of town at the resort during the group run, so I hope to run the scheduled 7.5 miles on my own. The following week I'll be doing Galloway speed training for the first time. I know it involves 800 meter or half mile repeats on a high school track. Last year I did the half marathon "to finish" training program, so there was no speed training involved. This year I'm doing a half marathon time improvement program, so there is. Hope to benefit from it.

Some people have just joined us in the last couple weeks to train for the first Lakeland half marathon on November 9th. I'm signed up for that one. Not sure I can PR (personal record) as it is quite a hilly and scenic run between lakes, but maybe. I'm still torn as to whether to run the St Pete Women's half on Nov 24th, just 15 days later. I would love to run it again, and see ONEKIDSMOM (whether we run together or not -- she's running with a relative probably faster than I run), but hubby is talking about going out of town. We'll see. I am committed to do the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 23, 2014, just for fun. I've heard it is too crowded to run fast, but again, we'll see. Then it will be time for me to train for faster 5Ks. If I'm injury-free and feeling fast, I might just qualify for the national Senior Games. I'm looking forward to all of it.

You know, I only started running as a way to maintain my 80 pound weight loss and increase my fitness, but I have come to enjoy it immensely!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2013 2:34PM

    I think you enjoy it because you've found your "inner jock"! You are an inspiration to all of us Marsha. Enjoy your trip!

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BLUESKY_321 8/12/2013 8:59AM

    Isn't it wonderful to find something that makes you happy and keeps you healthy!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/12/2013 5:23AM

    You are my hero! I'm trying to get into running but can't seem to get the consistency needed. We are in Colorado now, mostly for the hiking, but we did do Week 4 of the 5K 101 podcast last week. But I think the roads in this new state park are too inclined to run up them comfortably (at 9,000 feet elevation, no less). So the running will probably take a back seat until we get home.

You have some great goals ahead!! The Disney run sounds amazing!!

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GABY1948 8/11/2013 3:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's my girl...wonderful!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/10/2013 10:46PM

    Wonderful!

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JOYINKY 8/10/2013 10:35PM

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WATERMELLEN 8/10/2013 1:49PM

    Gotta say: wish wish wish I could return to running also!! Loved it . . . and miss it . . . and nothing really takes its place.

So glad that you are finding it such a joy.

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DESERTJULZ 8/10/2013 12:58PM

    You are very inspiring, Slenderalla! I recently began adding run intervals to my walks as a way to up the cardio & increase calorie burn. I'm starting to really enjoy the running as well!

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MSLZZY 8/10/2013 12:43PM

    Great day and lots to plan for in the coming months. emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/10/2013 12:24PM

    Great! Sounds like your healthy habits are part of a very enjoyable lifestyle! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/10/2013 11:53AM

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_LINDA 8/10/2013 11:26AM

    You are doing fantastic! Its so wonderful to have found an exercise you can put your whole heart and soul into! The speedwork will definitely help up your stamina and strength to manage those hills. After a tough half involving hills, 15 days until the next one seems rather close, its a case of listening to your body, but unfortunately you usually have to sign up in advance if you want to get in. Would be really nice for you to see ONEKIDSMOM again though.
Hoping you remain injury free and feeling great!
Keep up the great work!

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BOOKAPHILE 8/10/2013 11:21AM

    Your enjoyment shines through your blogs! I hope you have a great trip and see the time improvement results you want in your upcoming half marathons.

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MEXGAL1 8/10/2013 10:24AM

    woo hoo and good for you! I am amazed at how well you have adapted to this whole running thing and that you actually enjoy it so much.
You are awesome Miss Marsha!
good for you!
Have a great week end.
Sallie

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Tomorrow's Run

Friday, August 09, 2013

Tomorrow morning is a 6am Galloway group run of 6 miles. I already have my clothes, shoes/socks, Garmin, sun screen, and fuel belt laying out. Don't need a flashlight this time of year because the sun will be on its way up. Don't think I'll need my hat either, though, because it probably won't be too bright by the time we finish. Last week I found the pace challenging. Think I'll be up for it tomorrow. We'll see.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2013 2:29PM

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MEXGAL1 8/10/2013 10:13AM

    You go girl!!! I live vicariously through you!
Hope it was a great run.
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie

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ROCKLAND2010 8/10/2013 7:50AM

    Enjoy! You are an inspiration to us!
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KELLIEBEAN 8/10/2013 6:40AM

    Good luck today. I hope you have a great run!

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NEW-CAZ 8/10/2013 2:40AM

    Have a wonderful run Marsha and enjoy the weekend emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 8/10/2013 12:40AM

    Wonderful!

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TXPATRIOT 8/10/2013 12:31AM

    Have a great run!

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WATERMELLEN 8/9/2013 8:08PM

    6 at 6: something to look forward to!! I'm betting you're up for it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/9/2013 8:07PM

    emoticon have a great time!

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SLIMLILA 8/9/2013 8:03PM

    YOu go, girl!!! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 8/9/2013 8:02PM

    I think I could run with others now that I'm more educated. I hope tomorrow has nice weather for your run. I may, and should, get out there and run about the same amount of miles. Have a great run!

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SEAJESS 8/9/2013 7:18PM

    That sounds so fun. Thanks for inspiring me with the idea that some day I'll be able to participate in group runs again.

Have a great one!

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Resort Plans

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Going out of town for a week, taking the kids with us. Should be fun. The resort has lots of activities for all ages and free Wi-Fi so I should be able to post, unless I get too into the activities. I can be a bit obsessive. : )

Tomorrow is Natalie's last gymnastics performance of the season. Hubby is going for the first time. Gwen wants to swim again afterward, so we undoubtedly will.

Today's run was good. Our 2 mid-week training runs have gone from 30 minutes (plus warm up and cool down) to 45 minutes. Hope to keep to my training schedule during the resort week. The "long run" is only 6 miles so my Garmin and I should be able to accomplish that alone -- or they may have a treadmill. I will need hubby to do some child care while I run, and he probably will. Taking carrots, fresh fruit, low fat cheese sticks, and powdered milk. Probably will do okay eating out, although the sodium is always an issue.

Even with my shining sink and improving household, it will be good to have a change of scenery. When we return it will be time for the back-to-school routine. As my daughter likes to say, it's all good.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2013 2:26PM

    Hope you're having a great time!

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WATERMELLEN 8/9/2013 8:14PM

    The resort retreat sounds great! I'm sure you'll have a terrific time . . .

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_LINDA 8/9/2013 12:45PM

    Have a wonderful, healthy, active time on your trip with the kids and hubby!! Looking forward to hearing what all you found to do!

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MARGARITTM 8/9/2013 12:32PM

    Have fun!

If you relax a little on your food and/or exercise "it's all good"


Love to read about it when you get back!

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MEXGAL1 8/9/2013 10:57AM

    Sounds like fun. Have a safe and wonderful time. So glad that you get to take the grandkids. I miss ours. I think we are planning a trip at the end of September, beginning of October to visit ours.
Enjoy!
Sallie

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BOOKAPHILE 8/9/2013 10:50AM

    Wi-fi away is always an "iffy" proposition away from home. The last place I was able to get it while camping was so slow it took me an hour to sign in and do the bare minimum on Sparkpeople. I brought a book and read while the pages loaded. 5 days of that was enough!

I hope you have faster access if you want to be online. Have a great time with your family!



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NATPLUMMER 8/9/2013 10:40AM

    Have fun!

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LEWILL1982 8/9/2013 9:05AM

    Have fun, be safe, wear sunscreen! (I sound like my mom, eek)

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GABY1948 8/9/2013 6:46AM

    It IS all good! Have a GREAT week!

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BLUESKY_321 8/9/2013 6:46AM

    It *IS* all good!

Have fun!

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NEW-CAZ 8/9/2013 2:49AM

    Have fun Marsha emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/9/2013 12:33AM

    Have lots of fun. Just make sure to have someone check your house daily. I've seen news reports on people getting robbed while gone. One woman had an App on her phone so she could check her dogs that she'd left alone for a week, and the neighbor was coming over to feed and water, and she got a notice on her cell phone at 5 a.m. from a motion detector in her garage and she saw on her phone that there was a man robbing her house. Her husband called the neighbor and said "Don't go to our house to feed the dogs as someone is in there robbing us." The neighbor thought he was joking, but then they got the neighbor to call the police. The guy had carried stuff outside, but he dropped it and ran when he saw the cops. He got away but they got finger prints and he took nothing. The cops said they were glad for the woman's help in spoiling the robbery.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/8/2013 11:04PM

    Wonderful!

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MSLZZY 8/8/2013 10:17PM

    Yes, you need a change of scenery. The sink will still be there when you get home LOL!

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JOYINKY 8/8/2013 10:13PM

    Have fun!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/8/2013 9:52PM

    The girls are so lucky to have you!

emoticon Have fun at the resort!!!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/8/2013 9:27PM

    Have fun at the resort!!

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Baby Steps and Criss Cross

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Great local SparkTeam dinner this eve! Really enjoyed the lively conversation.

The Flylady Baby Steps are still paying off. She says something like, "You're not behind. Jump in where you are!" Well, that's just the encouragement I need, a mantra of energy and hope as well as acceptance/forgiveness. I'm really fast at making my bed now, right when I get up, even before the bathroom. I put away the clean dishes while my tea kettle is coming to a boil - and then I can put dishes in the dishwasher all day and have clean counters. Why didn't I think of this years ago?? These routines are so helpful. Laying out my clothes the night before, including the shoes, even when I'm not planning anything special, really helps me feel purposeful!

It is so similar to my experience losing weight. When I "yelled" at myself constantly about the way I looked, the way I ate, the way I sat around, I made no progress. When I started focusing on all the little things SparkPeople wanted me to do and track -- the freggies I eat, the water I drink, the exercise I actually do (even 10 minutes), all the good things that contribute to my health, well, success was not far behind. Feeling bad about myself didn't help; recognizing progress did. It's partly that thing that SparkGuy writes about, the criss-cross effect. Start doing good things and the pendulum picks up speed and it gets easier and easier. I'm starting to just occasionally have a positive thought about the house I live in now!! So I can't say I've totally overcome CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) but I sure am making headway. Anticipate some obstacles, but have total faith in final positive result. AND without sacrificing my weight maintenance or my running efforts!!

Yesterday I didn't like my morning weigh in and just gently dialed it back a bit. Down 1.8 pounds this morning. Yes, it's mostly sodium, but I believe if I consistently take early corrective action, I won't end up needing to lose 10 pounds ever again in my life!!



  
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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2013 9:11PM

    Super blog, lots of great ideas and that cross cross thingy reverberates!! That definition of CHAOS also.

I do, however, make my bed first thing, clean off counters as I go etc. etc. So: maybe it would help to begin giving myself a little credit!

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MEXGAL1 8/8/2013 7:43PM

    Great blog and wonderful ideas.
You sound like you are doing just great.
Good job!
Have a terrific evening.
Sallie

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FROSTY99 8/8/2013 3:55PM

    emoticon Like the turtle and the hare, slowly you are getting there!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/8/2013 11:08AM

    Wonderful blog, Marsha! All of your blogs are great so this is saying something! According to our WW leader, keeping a tidy "space" is key to success in weight loss. We discussed this yesterday. A clean space helps you to sleep better and frees you from the stress of knowing that you need to clean but haven't gotten around to doing it. It also removes the guilt associated with not doing what you know you need to do. I find that by putting things back and keeping the house neat, it frees me up to do other things and I'm worry and guilt free in that area. You are doing such a good job - you have every reason to be proud of yourself!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/8/2013 9:00AM

    Great analogy! You are rocking the world!!!

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GABY1948 8/8/2013 8:42AM

    You are still doing REALLY well and REALLY inspiring me! emoticon

You are a winner in my book...no matter if it is as CHAOS overcomer, or Weight overcomer! emoticon

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KLMEIRING 8/8/2013 6:57AM

    Thank you for sharing. I found your comments very encouraging. You give me hope!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/8/2013 6:52AM

    The trick is to use the tools in the new area without slip-sliding in the "maintenance" areas of life... anyway, that's always been my personal challenge as an obsessive type.

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NEW-CAZ 8/8/2013 2:29AM

    emoticon You're doing a great job Marsha
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_LINDA 8/7/2013 11:51PM

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That is the spirit! Sounds like you are really getting it going!
I used to make up my bed always right away, but now I don't, ever, unless I am going away for a few days. I have to use my bed to stretch out on and I don't want to flatten my comforter. I have to stretch when ever I feel the need, both the physiotherapist ones and the normal after exercise ones. Also, I read keeping your bed aired out discourages dust mites, etc. But I don't like the untidy look.
Keep up the great work!!

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MSLZZY 8/7/2013 11:15PM

    That is progress and that is what counts! HUGS!

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TEXASFILLY 8/7/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon Keep up your great momentum! *hugs* BB~

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COCK-ROBIN 8/7/2013 11:01PM

    You're doing great!

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BOOKAPHILE 8/7/2013 10:13PM

    I've been checking out flylady also. I have a sparkling sink! Understanding the logic of the site layout is a bit harder.

Correcting early is a huge part of avoiding the overwhelmed/panicky feelings of being out of control. Congratulations on your great feelings!

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