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Hitch in My Get Along

Monday, April 19, 2010

Today when I tried to stand up after playing with play dough on the floor with Natalie, I did something. Something not good. I twisted or pulled or strained my left hip. I can walk just fine, but sitting down, getting up, and bending over hurt.

I'm sitting on a bag of ice now. Zumba started 19 minutes ago without me. I'm hoping this affliction will be short lived. I got in over 14,000 steps today before the injury.

I'll just wait and see how it feels tomorrow before I decide what I can do. -Marsha

  
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GATOR12 4/20/2010 11:25AM

    Here's hoping you are going better but still kind to yourself today. I am not kind to myself always and it usually sets me back longer but YOU ARE SMARTER AND WON'T DO THAT TO YOURSELF!!??!!

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ZELLAZM 4/20/2010 10:39AM

    Hope today finds you feeling better!
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JHADZHIA 4/19/2010 9:14PM

    I hate getting those injuries. Do rest it. Take care. I hope you have a speedy recovery. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 4/19/2010 9:00PM

    Oh my, I'm so sorry. Be gentle with yourself and listen to your body's signals. And as Anne said, "keep up the positive self-talk. It's at times like this that you really need it!"
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ONEKIDSMOM 4/19/2010 8:55PM

    Ouch! Hope you feel better soon... be gentle with you! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 4/19/2010 8:36PM

    Marsha,

I know how terrible it is when your hip hurts! Hopefully a little rest and some ice will do the trick. If you need anything or if I can help you, please call me. Feel better!

Hugs,
Cyndi

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MONTY68 4/19/2010 7:05PM

    Marsha
Maybe by the time you see this answer your hip is feeling better. As far as treatment I get conflicting suggestions when I do something One source tells me ice, one says heat and I also have heard alternate. Doeds it hurt to touch, maybe alittle massage. The other day I ask the athletic director about a friend that seemed to hurt something in her arm and she said ice.
Anyhow my thoughts are with you as it starts its healing process.

Monty

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/19/2010 6:39PM

    Ice is good ... I've found sitting on the floor playing doesn't work for me anymore. God bless you with His Healing Hands!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 4/19/2010 6:38PM

    Take care of yourself! I hope your hip is feeling better soon!!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/19/2010 6:06PM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon...Marsha. Please take care.
~Nancy~

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PERSISTANT123 4/19/2010 5:49PM

    Oh Marsha, I hope you heal soon. I know how hard it is for you to stay down!
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WALKINGANNIE 4/19/2010 5:17PM

    Oh Marsha, I'm so sorry to hear this. Healing thoughts heading your way....

I hope it won't be too long before you are back to your usual turbo-charged self.

In the meantime, keep up the positive self-talk. It's at times like this that you really need it.

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WILD4STARS 4/19/2010 5:17PM

    Hope you feel better soon. After you've had that ice on for awhile it sometimes helps to switch to heat. Hopefully nothing serious.

Was great to meet you Saturday. I've already got the next Circle B walk marked on my calendar.

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LAURIE5658 4/19/2010 5:04PM

    Marsha, I am sending many many positive {{{vibes}}} NOW!! Take care, my friend!

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MOM2PACO 4/19/2010 5:03PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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RISSASPIECES 4/19/2010 4:56PM

    Yikes Marsha! I have done that to my shoulder, but never my hip. Hope you heal quickly!

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884 Calories!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Often I enter my food in the nutrition tracker before I eat it. One of the advantages of that technique is then I eat more confidently. Entering the whole day or the whole week ahead of time and adjusting for any last minute changes (Did you eat the last banana, dear?) is a strategy I'd like to try. However, my hubby really likes to choose his meal based on how he feels an hour or two before. So I may never get that organized. But yesterday I had a scare because I chose to enter my food after I had already eaten.

At supper time I was busy trying to get it all on the table hot and I had drop in visitors. Very welcome, but they didn't want to stay for dinner and by the time they left, I was rewarming and just didn't take the time to enter my food first. I wasn't certain how many calories I had left, but thought I could estimate.

After supper I sat down and entered my meal. I was prepared that I might go just a little over my totals for the day. But I was shocked when I saw 2,600+ calories as the total. I wondered what in the heck I had eaten to bring a total way over what I had anticipated. I scanned the list.

There it was. My 1 teaspoon of canola oil was counted as 884 calories. Whew!! I deleted that entry and carefully selected the canola oil in the SparkPeople database for about 40 calories, not the one that had been entered by a member. So then I was just 6 calories over for the day. Much better.

I went back in and reported the error in the database. It is still there this morning, but it is Sunday and I'm sure they will get to it before long. That is a reminder to heed what SP tells you. The nutrition info entered by fellow members may not be accurate.

  
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JOHAL52 4/18/2010 11:06PM

    I have sometimes entered something from a member and not checked the calorie count. Then realized it is way over what I know I ate. Also, I like to see where I am at with protein %s, etc., and sometimes members don't enter all of that information. So I usually do my own entering from boxes and from restaurant calorie sites only go to members' info as a last resort.

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GATOR12 4/18/2010 10:33PM

    That would really be a harsh shock. I'm going to watch closer too. But I can usually be pretty close and know when the numbers aren't right. I have mislogged amts. like instead of 1 tsp butter; one cup!! Lots difference.

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MONTY68 4/18/2010 7:17PM

    Hi Marsha
very interesting. I guess most things I eat, I have plugged in. I have searched on Spark and assumed that it was theirs.
I never used the members food. But I think it is a good reminder for us. One thing I notice that is not disclosed is potassium and we might assume it doesn't have any.
I feel your experience and being aware of what you eat and track certainly allowed you to challenge that figure.
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DONNABRIGHT 4/18/2010 1:49PM

    I had the same experience with a sandwich that had over 8000 grams of carbs - I don't remember where now but that was a shocker!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/18/2010 12:47PM

    What a shock! I've sometimes entered things twice by accident and it's a horrible moment went you see the total!

I usually have a fair idea of the general calorie levels now and tend to track in the late afternoon or early evening and then match the rest of the day's food to the available 'calorie budget'.

Well done on only being 6 cals over.

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JHADZHIA 4/18/2010 12:26PM

    I eat much of the same thing so its no biggie to enter before or after I eat. I only adjust if I know I am going out to eat somewhere. I have noticed a lot of errors in what people have entered. I end up using my own reading from the label. I have to wonder how they can read a label wrong? Also some are too lazy to enter the nutrients and leave everything blank except the calories :(
Also there are sometimes tons of entries for the same food and you have to wade through them one at a time until the nutrients actually match what you see on your own label, very frustrating with a slow connection. They really need to pare down some of those multiple entries! I have got to admit, I have never reported anything because I have heard sometimes American labels differ from the Canadian ones for the same product.

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THERAPIST2 4/18/2010 10:55AM

    Did you ever hit the wrong quantity by mistake- like a dozen eggs instead of one!? I have managed a couple of those blunders and always gasp at the total calories before I see the blunder. It gives me a good laugh

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AMBUDMAN 4/18/2010 10:36AM

    I always enter my own nutrition information from the labels on my products. I have found there are a lot of errors.

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HLTHYETER 4/18/2010 10:21AM

    Thanks for the information--I had noticed members commenting on incorrect nutrition amounts below the recipes, but never realized this could get through due to member submission.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/18/2010 10:02AM

    WTG on 6 calories over! I think that is fantastic!!

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PERSISTANT123 4/18/2010 8:54AM

    I didn't realize you could notify SP when something was that far off. I always check the nutrition value of an item if I haven't already used it in the past. I want the calories to be at least close to what my nutrition label says, and I want all of the nutritional information...not just the calories per serving.

Glad to know that someone's incorrect input was the cause for you to be so far over! Have a great day!
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ZELLAZM 4/18/2010 8:52AM

    That's a good reminder. I hardly ever use member-entered numbers because many of my foods are things I've entered myself. But if there's a Spark number and a member number to choose from, I go with Spark.

You must have been really shocked! I know I've done that when I entered 100 grams of something instead of ten, or made some other error. The joys of tracking!

Thanks for your encouragement, Marsha - have a good Sunday today!
Michelle

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CUBFANGIRL1 4/18/2010 8:46AM

    Wow, I never thought to double check member entries. . . good catch!

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HOPE5764 4/18/2010 8:37AM

    I usually enter all mine in the morning; it makes it easier for me to make sure what I can eat & how much. I do watch to make sure the calories are correct. But thanks for pointing that out; I will be more watchful.

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I Win the Argument!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I ate a little more than I intended to eat yesterday. It was all healthy food and I really know that it isn't a problem. I can rein it back a bit if the scale shows I need to. But my first thought when I woke up today was rather negative. I was telling myself that I deserve to be overweight.

I argued with myself. I said I do not. My body reflects all my food choices and activity over a long period of time. Not just yesterday. And it is a good thing, too. Can you imagine what life would be like if our weight only reflected what we ate yesterday? I'd have mad weight swings and I wouldn't be alone.

I just read a blog that made me stop and think. I am thankful for this body. After years of abuse, it just wants to heal and seek greater health. Such a blessing! And I want to use my self-talk to encourage it to do just that.



  
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ZELLAZM 4/18/2010 7:20AM

    Telling yourself the truth...good strategy!

Blessings today
Michelle

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MONGO2TEN 4/18/2010 5:52AM

    Good job. I needed to hear it as well, so thanks:)

~Nancy

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JHADZHIA 4/18/2010 1:24AM

    Way to go Marsha!
You are showing everyone how its done! Its not just the physical that has to heal the body, you have to be mentally ready to be healthy as well!
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AQUAGIRL08 4/17/2010 10:39PM

    I'm so glad that today is today and yesterday is yesterday! You are doing an amazing job. Adjusting to your maintenance weight may take a little time. Be gentle with yourself.

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JOHAL52 4/17/2010 9:49PM

    Great message Marsha!

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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2010 9:39PM

    Good self-message: you would have had to eat 3,500 excess calories in 1 day to gain even 1 real pound: and pretty sure, that didn't happen!!

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MNNICE 4/17/2010 8:44PM

    When I think of the ways I abused my body over the years I thank God every day that I am in such good health today and that no ill effects have as yet shown up as a result. Great blog - we all need to have a good argument with ourselves now and then!

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MONTY68 4/17/2010 6:16PM

    Hi Marsha
As usual a fantastic blog. It just shows you are so successful. I totally agree with you and I am glad you won the argument. I never quite understood that if we ate within our calorie requirements for 6 days and on the seventh day we exceeded the limit, how could we gain weight. So if one knows and tracks correctly that any weight gain would not be valid. So, don't feel so guilty and remember that what you ate yesterday was healthy and you enjoyed it. emoticon

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ALYFITN 4/17/2010 4:30PM

    Great positive self-talk! I love your blog! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/17/2010 4:29PM

    Good job defeating those negative old thoughts! Keep up the good work - you are such an encouragement to the rest of us!

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WILD4STARS 4/17/2010 4:27PM

    Oh, how thankful I am that my today isn't a direct reflection of my yesterday. I could have some totally nasty, rotten days!

I like to say that my path is one of "progress not perfection."

Enjoyed meeting you today, I'm really going to try to do more of the Team Walks.
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WALKINGANNIE 4/17/2010 4:12PM

    I just love your self-talk Marsha. You express the fears that many of us have and the logical reassurances that we all need to hear.

I'm very grateful for your wise thoughts and for the goodie that you kindly gave me - much appreciated.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 4/17/2010 4:06PM

    Way to go winning the argument! You deserve and are giving yourself a healthy, wonderful life!!

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PERSISTANT123 4/17/2010 4:03PM

    I'm so glad that you won the argument! If we had to be perfect, none of use would be doing this. If we do well most of the time, it will show. Keep on keeping on Marsha!
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More Healthy Rewards

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yesterday I had a check up at my doctor's office. My HDL healthy cholesterol was 55, up from 47 six months ago. That 47 was a big improvement over measures from 2008 and before. The rest of my numbers were all good this time, too.

My doctor pulled out my 2003 report with the 227 overall cholesterol and over 221 triglycerides. She just wanted to make sure I saw how far I have come.

I really had not expected to keep improving on the cholesterol, but it was a well timed reward. Just what I needed. It made me feel great! -Marsha

  
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ZELLAZM 4/17/2010 8:45AM

    More important than the numbers on the scale! WTG on your good progress!

and have a great weekend,
Michelle

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PO_PAZZA 4/16/2010 2:54AM

    Beautiful numbers. Your prognosis is excellent. I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV, but I know good numbers when I see them.

Mary

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MONTY68 4/15/2010 11:21PM

    Marsha
That is fantastic, In the time that I have known you I have been impressed with your beautiful attitude. You are indeed a example of what your hard work and dedication to your life has completed. The scale says one thing- weight, But the new results shows the overall picture of what healthy living is.
Congratulations
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JOHAL52 4/15/2010 10:44PM

    See--I TOLD you that you were healthy emoticon

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PERSISTANT123 4/15/2010 10:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonThose numbers must have really pleased you Marsha. Keep up the good work!
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JHADZHIA 4/15/2010 9:59PM

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That is the best news you can get! well done!!

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MNNICE 4/15/2010 9:58PM

    I can truly say that the good health is more important to me than the physical appearance of weight loss. It is worth all the work!!

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NOTSPEEDY 4/15/2010 9:09PM

    It is amazing what loosing weight, eating healthy, and exercising can do. Your results are great. Time to celebrate.

Yvonne

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Keep up the great healthy way!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/15/2010 7:43PM

    I love seeing those numbers change - I'm sure you do, also.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/15/2010 7:21PM

    Well that definitely rates an "Atta-girl"! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/15/2010 7:13PM

    Very happy for you!!
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IONA72 4/15/2010 5:49PM

    Fantastic emoticon

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RISSASPIECES 4/15/2010 5:21PM

    Woo hoo!

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ETWOLIE 4/15/2010 4:46PM

    Aren't the health benefits of losing weight and exercising fantastic. Congratulations!

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TJMIK22 4/15/2010 4:34PM

    Congratulations!

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So pleased you got this well deserved good news.



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Not Giving Up

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Disappointment. My biggest goal right now is to lose body fat and gain muscle. My eventual hope is to move from the "acceptable" body fat range to the "fit" range. I had my body fat percentage taken yesterday and there is no change. I look at my biceps, my quads, my abs and I see muscles I've never seen before. I was just sure I had made some progress.

The Wellness Coach said that many factors enter into the results and that it isn't terribly accurate. He suggested I wait a week and do it again. I may do that.

What I won't do is quit. I've added four more strength machines to my routine. I am going to keep trying. I suspect it is kind of like the scale in that eventually it will reward my efforts. -Marsha

  
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JOHAL52 4/15/2010 9:59AM

    Marsha, what is your "real" goal? If you are seeing muscle definition in your body, if your medical bone density tests are good, if your BMI is great, if you are eating healthy foods, is the body fat % really all that important??? You look SO, SO, great, you are MY inspiration.
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MONTY68 4/13/2010 10:38PM

    Marsha,
You have done a fantastic job in releasing weight and now starting a maintenance phase. As there were times the scale didn't tell all the story, perhaps today's reading is the same thing. Everything you are doing now will have an effect. The coach said lets wait and do it again. As positive as you are, I am sure you will see results.

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B-FLAT 4/13/2010 5:43PM

    What you see and feel are SO MUCH more important than any number or statistic!!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/13/2010 3:23PM

    Try not to be too disheartened by this Marsha even though you're obviously disappointed.

You clearly felt that you had made progress before you saw the numbers. You could FEEL and SEE the changes.

The numbers don't alter what you felt and saw. Your feelings and sightings are measures in themselves.

I'm sure that the numbers will eventually reflect your efforts, but you're doing so well so please try to give yourself the encouragement that you give to many other people.

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JHADZHIA 4/13/2010 11:35AM

    Marsha,
When I was measured for that I would find something strange consistently. If I lost weight, I wouldn't lose body fat, but if I didn't lose weight, I lost body fat%. This was going on when I was being measured every week for the biggest loser contest. Was kinda of bizarre. One factor in consideration that made a difference is the amount of water you drank before a test. The girls testing us said to always drink lots of water, the more the better for better results. I guess because the machine testing uses electrical charge to measure, the more moisture around the better the signal will be, I am assuming. I am also told anything can affect it, like not gripping it hard enough, or a bend in the elbow, etc. But I found I always had trouble losing body fat%, that I would lose the weight first, but not that. I can't wait to get back to Curves to get tested and measured again. I really miss that.
But what you have to look at is you are toning!! Muscles!! that is a very, very good thing!!
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AQUAGIRL08 4/13/2010 9:35AM

    Marsha,

Chin up! Remember to love yourself as you are now. Yes you'd like to lower your % of body fat but you have to give it time. Plus, you don't know how accurate the method of measuring your % was. Have your doctor do it the next time you visit. His/her measurement tools are calibrated more often than the gym's tools.

Hang in there!
Hugs,
Cyndi

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ZELLAZM 4/13/2010 9:27AM

    How was your body fat measured? With calipers or some other tool? I've heard that the water immersion thing is really the only accurate way to measure. So I wouldn't let myself get discouraged - just keep on keeping on. You know your body well, and you've noticed changes. You're not imagining things! You're making progress even if the numbers don't show it!

Blessings
Michelle

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/13/2010 8:44AM

    Marsha - I went for months, losing weight and not changing on the body fat % charts -- and then BINGO! That started changing, too! Keep your chin up, and keep working those muscles. I'm sure the results are just around the corner. And keep in mind, for many (most??) in our age range, Acceptable would be a huge improvement! Have a nice, fit day!

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