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A Little Patience is Paying Off

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Good day : good run, good housekeeping, and good eating.

Glad I didn't let the scale discourage me like I have so many times in the past. Yesterday I was only down .2 pounds from vacation (after a very healthy low sodium eating day when I thought I should be down more) and I could have gotten discouraged. But today it was much more than that. Didn't quite get to a middle two, but almost (130.0) as of this morning.

I changed my ticker here on SparkPeople to reflect a maintenance weight of 129 instead of 126. Somehow I was just too happy to have "over 4.0" on my ticker, when I am feeling that I am almost there. I changed the icon to a dove rather than the exuberant looking person, since I am still 1.0 pound over my compromise goal and I'm in the process of making peace with my final goal weight. I am still celebrating 4+ years of 80+ pound weight loss maintenance. I may later try to get down to 126, but for now I'll be happy with a middle two and plenty of energy for running and life!!

Today is a cross-training day. I did two SportsSkool sessions from the cable TV, one pilates and one cardio. Neither one was my favorite, but it is good to try new things.

I also went back to the grocery store and got all the rest of the items and ingredients I need for my week's menu plan. Although it was far more expensive to shop that way, I think I'll have a lot of things left over for next week and it won't work out too bad.

I talked to granddaughter Natalie on the phone last night. Sounds like the visit from the Tooth Fairy was very exciting and that first grade is off to a great start. Tomorrow morning her daddy will be back to work and I'll be taking her to and picking her up from school. I'll have Gwen all day, and unless something unexpected comes up, I'll take Gwen with me to the Y so she can play with other kids while I run.

All in all, things are good here!! Hope your day is going well, too!



  
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JANEWATKINS 8/24/2013 10:38AM

    You are such an inspiration to me. I did take your advice and asserted patience with the scale. After at least three weeks of bouncing between 236 and 237, I finally hit 235 and the next day 234. Who would have thought!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/22/2013 9:35PM

    Hooray for faithfulness in your goals, for trying new ways to plan for success, and for peace in today! Well done!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/22/2013 12:00AM

    Wonderful!

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Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/21/2013 10:06PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/21/2013 9:25PM

    You have a lovely life, Marsha. May that dove and the "making peace" keep you home on the weight range. Sometimes that scale just doesn't seem to give us the results we think it should, does it?

I've been super active, eating at my maintenance range... and it isn't giving up the pounds like it did last year in running season. HOWEVER, and this is huge, even though the scale seems to have settled with 125 as center instead of 122... the waist measure is the same as last year... the pants are fitting again the way they did a year ago... so I have to say at least SOME of those few pounds have to be muscle, right?

Making peace with the body's "natural" weight, not trying to force it. That's my theme right now. Not to "let it slide" but to be content when I know my behavior is solid.

Spark on, my friend!

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OHMEMEME 8/21/2013 7:57PM

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Love the update! I always need to here maintainers think out loud.
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MEXGAL1 8/21/2013 7:54PM

    wonderful!

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GABY1948 8/21/2013 6:55PM

    You are such a busy lady and that in itself is healthy! You inspire so many of ut! Thank you, Marsha! emoticon

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XFITSTRONG 8/21/2013 5:26PM

    You are really an inspiration to me! LOVE reading your blog!

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MIRAGE727 8/21/2013 3:59PM

    You know how I embrace patience, Marsha! Stay strong, listen to your body, and see when it feels good!
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MNNICE 8/21/2013 2:41PM

    My maintenance weight has been creeping upward and it's time to get back to weight loss mode! You are doing so well with your running and exercise - something I struggle with and need to talk myself into. Maybe when I'm retired and have more time I'll enjoy it more when it's not just something I have to try to fit into the schedule! You are doing well -- Keep it up!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/21/2013 2:12PM

    emoticon I am in the same maintenance range and weigh about the same now. My past weight goal was 125 but I am happy now with a middle 2, like you.

Weight went up a bit in the summer but on track to get it back down. emoticon

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BLUESKY_321 8/21/2013 12:12PM

    Love the dove and what it symbolizes for you. You are an inspiration!


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TRAVELGRRL 8/21/2013 11:43AM

    I love the idea of the dove indicating you are at "peace" with your weight. Geez, how many decades does THAT take us???

Watermellen via Judith Beck talks about the "lowest achievable weight" vs. the "lowest SUSTAINABLE weight." Maybe 126 is the lowest achievable vs. 129 being the lowest sustainable? At any rate, 3 pounds is so miniscule, that you must be happy happy happy with either one!

Good job!!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/21/2013 11:12AM

    Great job!

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    Keep up the good work!

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More Running, House, and Eating Updates

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Running
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Warmed up for 10 minutes, ran-walked in 3:1 ratio for 45 minutes with running speeds from 5.5 mph to 7 mph, and then cooled down for 10 minutes. Felt really good.

House
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Did my first Flylady "Weekly Home Blessing" with seven chores to do for 10 minutes each. Six of them went great; the vacuum breaking down was a bummer, though. I was sweeping like mad when I realized said vacuum was depositing as much as it was picking up. May be time for a new one.

I do really, really like living in a cleaner and more orderly house. At one time I thought I had time to exercise OR clean house. NO! I can do them both. I have a little extra time this week to detail clean because son-in-law has some comp. time off work and I have no child care today and tomorrow.

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Doing good so far today and tracking, too. Not as hungry as some times. Just about to fix a good, healthy salmon supper. Went grocery shopping with hubby today and took a week's menus with shopping list to the produce stand and the grocery store. Well, he did his usual thing and was ready to go. I'll need to go back. It's okay. I'm just delighted to have made the commitment to a very healthy week of eating and I'm feeling quite confident I can do it!!

I was hoping to be down a couple pounds from vacation weight, knowing I'd been eating too much sodium. I was down, but only .2 pounds this morning. Oh, well. I truly am not discouraged. The days of letting the scale discourage me are long gone! I'm going to eat healthy and be happy and the scale will catch up!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/21/2013 10:05PM

    I've been having problems with sodium this week too. I'm being very good today and hopefully tomorrow too. I won't weigh in until I get rid of the excess fluid or I know that I'll get discouraged over it. Sounds like you have a good handle on everything. I admit that I'm very impressed with your systematic and organized approach! Kudos to you, Marsha!

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GABY1948 8/21/2013 10:42AM

    SUCH a great report! That is the way to be after vacation! Have a wonderful day, Marsha~

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MEXGAL1 8/21/2013 9:54AM

    Yes, don't get discouraged for sure. Keep up the good fight.
Sallie

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COCK-ROBIN 8/21/2013 12:04AM

    Wonderful!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/20/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon on your run, house cleaning, and planning healthy meals!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/20/2013 9:57PM

    Well done! On all fronts! I love your focus! Keep up the good work!

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JOYINKY 8/20/2013 9:03PM

    You are on a fantastic roll! WooHoo!

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WATERMELLEN 8/20/2013 8:35PM

    Good for you: firing on all cylinders! I just love your confidence and exuberance! That's the real legacy of a great holiday.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2013 8:17PM

    Super! You are firing on all 8 cylinders! Isn't it wonderful not be ruled by the scale? I will get there!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/20/2013 8:08PM

    At least you didn't bring home fresh Wisconsin cheese curds, made daily... LOL... Salmon sounds a lot healthier. I'm eking these out in 1/2 ounce treat portions, over I hope 3 weeks. Or more. But they are good stuff. emoticon

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FROSTY99 8/20/2013 7:38PM

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Back to Healthy Routine

Monday, August 19, 2013

Running
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Yesterday I ran at the resort. Both treadmills were busy, so I ran two miles outside with my Garmin first. Around 7:15 it was starting to get hot and a TM was available, so I did 5.5 more in the A/C. My HM training is on schedule! This next Saturday is group speed work -- half mile repeats. Following Saturday is 9 mile group run. In between I'll get 2 other runs per week for 45 minutes each. My next HM is Nov. 9th.

Home
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Got home around 3pm yesterday. Dog was happy to see us and neighbor kids happy to get paid for caring for her. They fed and walked her for the full week, although Dear Daughter stopped by to supervise for the first 4 days. Fish all survived and the two smallest ones had grown and developed more color.

It was great to come home to beds made, floor mopped, counters clean, etc. Also, while we were gone I had DD go through and take care of boxes and boxes we've been keeping for her since she went to college in 1999. I now have more room for our stuff so that makes organizing easier!! Still have a lot of kids' toys, but we still need them.

Now it is time to get back to Flylady and continuing to improve this house. Also, need new carpet and living room furniture. Soon.

Eating
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Not that I quit Sparkin' on vacation, but it is time to recommit to the healthiest lifestyle I can achieve. Definitely haven't done as well eating as I have running, but it is not terrible. SparkFriends may be tired of reading about me and my middle 3 (weight in the 130's) blues and my middle 2 successes. Well, it's middle 3 today, up 2 pounds from when I left for vacation. (Thank heavens that middle 4 that shocked me at the science museum was just wonky. I kind of knew it anyway, since it showed Gwen as 44 pounds when she's more like 32 and it weighed both girls at 66 pounds when they are closer to 86. The point of the display was to show how people weigh differently on different planets -- not an accurate weight.) I will have a middle two within one week I predict, but if not, I'll keep working on it until I do. May not make it to 126, but definitely will get to 129.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/21/2013 9:59PM

    I'm very glad that you had a good vacation with your family. I look forward to seeing you soon, at the Y.

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_LINDA 8/19/2013 9:36PM

    You did very well sticking to your goals on vacation and that is just awesome you only gained 2 lbsl I echo everyone else it won't take you long to get rid of them!! Its been wonderful to watch your transformation in all ways. Taking pride in an organized, clean house is awesome! You are so careful and diligent with your weight maintenance/fitness that it will only be a matter of time before this spills over to other areas...
Keep up the great work!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2013 7:51PM

    On track for a half sounds good to me! Spark on and "welcome home".

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MEXGAL1 8/19/2013 7:47PM

    I know, doesn't getting home and back into a healthy routine feel so good.
So glad you had a good time.
You will get rid of those nasty two pounds...I know you will!
Have a nice evening.
Sallie

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RUNNERKDB 8/19/2013 6:47PM

    Sounds like you are doing great considering vacation season! Good luck with your upcoming race.

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WATERMELLEN 8/19/2013 4:53PM

    You had a most successful vacation and are now back on planet "home" where your weight will submit to your inexorable will!!

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FROSTY99 8/19/2013 3:56PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and got in your exercise and didn't do badly with the eating - sure you will be back in range!

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GABY1948 8/19/2013 1:28PM

    I have MISSED you! SO glad you are back and no, I don't get tired of hearing about your middle 3's or 2's! I'm especially glad you had such a nice vacation.

And as for the middle 2 I won't even send you a YOU CAN DO IT goodie because I KNOW you WILL do it! So it's as good as done. Glad your pup and fish fared well also.

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MARGARITTM 8/19/2013 11:55AM

    Glad you are on target for the 1/2

I would not worry too much on the minor wieght difference.

When on vaca - you eat out much more and let's face it - although yummy - restaurants use far more salt - butter etc.. then you would ever use at home.

Just getting back to YOUR normal routine will take care of it!

Glad you had a great time. and the pets did well!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/19/2013 10:39AM

    Love being gone, but love being back, too! After 2 weeks in Colorado I am only up one pound. That's a success in my book! Now back to the routine for a few days before we leave again.

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MSLZZY 8/19/2013 10:00AM

    Vacations are fun but getting back to a routine has it's merits. Have a great Monday! HUGS!

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JIBBIE49 8/19/2013 9:56AM

    Having fun is great.

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JOYINKY 8/19/2013 9:50AM

    You never left healthy; you just left routine. Which is healthy! Win/win vacation! Welcome home!

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EMPRESSAMQ 8/19/2013 9:50AM

    Glad you had a good time. So admire you for getting your runs in and coming off vacation with a super attitude.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/19/2013 9:29AM

    Wonderful!

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LEWILL1982 8/19/2013 9:22AM

    Traveling is hard to maintain weight, even if you do eat well. You can get caught without hydration, and if you eat out most meals, you'll still end up with more sodium than you would at home, even if you do eat right. You'll find your two again! Great job getting your runs in, sounds like you had fun!

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More Resort Vacation with Grandkids

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Yesterday we spent the day at the Orlando Science Museum. The Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit was a hit, as was the Dino Diggs, and Dr. Seuss's story of the planets projected in 360 degrees on a 6' ball from the ceiling. Probably the favorite thing of our 2 grandkids was the water play. They could build dams, create whirlpools, and float boats on a pile of rocks waterfall and on a table. I did take some pictures, but haven't downloaded them yet. We went swimming after supper and went to bed late, but the girls were up early anyway.

We went swimming again first thing this morning and then it was 17 holes of miniature golf here at the resort. We played the first 8 holes twice and then finished on hole 9 that keeps your ball. Natalie got the only hole in one!! I had the camera with me, but forgot to take pictures. Oh, well.

I got on a scale yesterday that scared me, but hubby said he weighed 10 pounds heavy on it. Guess I'll just have to get home to see how bad it is. Am trying to be sensible, but for some reason my head isn't quite in the right place for proper maintenance restraint. Hoping it's not as bad as I fear. Whatever, I'm not giving up and I know I will succeed, even withoccasional slips. Having kept off 80 pounds for over 4 years now, some think it should come easy to me now. It doesn't. It's hard, but it is do-able, and it is worth it!

My daughter and son-in-law will be here in just a couple hours and be with us through Sunday. We've never taken a vacation an hour from home before, but it really has worked out well for people coming back and forth. The tooth fairy will come tonight. There is a second loose tooth and it may be 2 for 1 if we don't hurry!! We'll be going to Universal Studios theme park tomorrow for sure and maybe Saturday, too, depending. Natalie starts first grade on Monday. Summer is going fast! Come to think of it, time is going fast and they are just growing so fast. What a blessing that we get to enjoy so many of their days!!

  
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NATPLUMMER 8/18/2013 10:22PM

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AQUAGIRL08 8/17/2013 4:04PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time of family fun! I'm glad that you took a nice camera with you so you could get some digital memories!

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MEXGAL1 8/17/2013 10:37AM

    I am jealous...sounds like so much fun! We had so much fun with our grandkids at all the parks!
Enjoy!
Sallie

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/16/2013 9:52PM

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You are really enjoying vacation!

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JOYINKY 8/15/2013 11:24PM

    What a wonderful time! Treasure it. I know they will! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 8/15/2013 9:50PM

    Sounds like lots of fun for all of you!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/15/2013 9:33PM

    I'm happy for you.

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WATERMELLEN 8/15/2013 7:58PM

    What a great time you are having! I'm sure it was a wonky scale and not to worry. But: I agree with you, it never ever gets easy or automatic!

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GABY1948 8/15/2013 6:52PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/15/2013 6:47PM

    So right about how it never becomes "automatic" but requires vigilance to maintain. Don't know how many blogs you have the chance to read this week, but WATERMELLEN has had some really great (POW vs NOW) blogs this week right up this road.

The Summer has flown by here, too. School started yesterday! Have a Sparkly rest of your vacation and as I KNOW you, I know you are nowhere near just tossing in the towel on the healthy life. It's too much FUN, even if it does take work.

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SLIMLILA 8/15/2013 6:34PM

    Oh Marsha,
you lucky gramma you! Guess I had my days!

Remember you got lots and lots of muscles and they weight more, but you've got it, get it in line before it gets out of line.
Lila

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_LINDA 8/15/2013 4:55PM

    Sounds like so much fun!! Look forward to the photos! Marsha you are on vacation!! Don't stress over the weight, just enjoy and do the best you can. That is all you can do! Anything you might gain will quickly come off again once you are back to your regular routine and away from the onslaught of every sinful treat you can think of! Enjoy the Studios, as a big movie fan I absolutely loved it there!

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NEW-CAZ 8/15/2013 3:42PM

    Enjoy Msrsha!

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/15/2013 3:13PM

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MSLZZY 8/15/2013 2:25PM

    Do enjoy and worry about the scale later. It holds no power over you.

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CREEKLADY1 8/15/2013 2:20PM

  That's great that you are able to spend this precious time with your grandkids. Enjoy them while you can!

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More Resort Pictures

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

We are still playing and having fun!

Kids played on the playground yesterday and today. Their daddy was here for almost the whole day yesterday, too.





Playing on the splash pads this morning:





I did eat a little more than I intended yesterday, but plan to balance it out. All in all, feeling good and having fun!!







  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2013 2:40PM

    I love your vacation photos! Looking like you are having a great time!

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MEXGAL1 8/14/2013 10:35AM

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like fun.
Keep moving to work off those extra calories.
You can do it!
Enjoy!
Sallie

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COCK-ROBIN 8/13/2013 9:45PM

    Wow!

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WATERMELLEN 8/13/2013 9:12PM

    Looks like a great place for the kids: building happy memories!!

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TRILLIUM22 8/13/2013 6:52PM

    Looks like fun

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JOYINKY 8/13/2013 6:10PM

    What wonderful memories you are building for everyone! What a gift to have such a fit Grandma! WTG!

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FROSTY99 8/13/2013 5:38PM

    Special time-making those memories with the girls. This is something they will long remember.

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GABY1948 8/13/2013 4:23PM

    LOV the pics! SO glad you are having such a great time!

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MSLZZY 8/13/2013 2:42PM

    Pure joy! You sound like you are having a great time!


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_LINDA 8/13/2013 12:14PM

    Looks like a gorgeous place! Good to know you can relax and enjoy things without worrying too much about keeping to a strict regimen!

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NKING1982 8/13/2013 11:30AM

    Looks like fun, and way to go!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/13/2013 11:27AM

    Can't beat that last line : "feeling good and having fun"! emoticon

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