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Feeling the Burn...again

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Today I remembered how I got so much weight off my first year
Yes, I ate healthy most of the time
Yes, I logged my calories
But you know what I did that really helped me?
I exercised by butt off...literally

Today, after a few weeks of getting back into the groove I rediscovered the burn. I cycled 40 miles with my husband. The first 20 were relatively easy, the second 20 I really had to push myself through it and remind myself of why I was doing it. Then I remembered that feeling, of pushing myself past what I know I can do into the zone where I surprise myself. I really like that zone. Yes, I will be sore tomorrow, but it is going to be worth it.

Yeah, I am BACK baby!

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AMY_1217 6/25/2011 7:19PM


That's how I want to feel about working out. I'm slowly getting there. Can't wait for that feeling!!!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 6/24/2011 12:27AM



I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
Mia Hamm


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KITHKINCAID 6/23/2011 11:08PM

    YEY!!! Loving that burn girl!

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ROCKMAN6797 6/23/2011 2:58PM

    Love the burn!
Awesome that you are rekindling your Spark!
Keep on sparking!


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MICHSTATE 6/23/2011 12:08PM


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JSTCHLIN 6/23/2011 10:39AM

    Burn Baby Burn! Love to hear that and now just have to get exercising myself. Take care and stay healthy.

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TADTURC 6/23/2011 10:28AM

    Rock it out!

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FITMARY 6/23/2011 9:15AM

    I've finally figured that out myself. I've been on a plateau forever, and I finally add a pilates class and Zumba and started feeling it!

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ANNE7X7 6/23/2011 8:28AM

    AAAAAWESOME!!! So glad you felt the burn! WOOHOO!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/22/2011 10:28PM

    Wow that's amazing! I can only bike about 6 miles before my butt and shoulders start hating me. Good on you!

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JENNIFERKCM 6/22/2011 10:15PM

    Wow! Awesome!

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FITSPIRATION 6/22/2011 10:05PM

  That burn! It burns the calories, the stress, the guilt.
I have been wanting to go bike riding. Go you! emoticon

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ROXIT22222 6/22/2011 9:41PM

    Isn't that a great feeling! The remembering what it was like last time and how you got there. Funny I got on my bike today too. Didn't go as far as you I only did 15 miles. Great to have you back hope to see more blogs from you. Love your blogs in the past. :)

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No excuses

Monday, June 06, 2011

No excuses
What does that mean?
It means it doesn't matter what has happened in the past 6 months
No excuses
It doesn't matter what number my ticker got set (back) to
No excuses

What matters???
Checking in every day
Eating when I am hungry
Exercise regularly (with vigor!)
Being honest about the things that make me want to misbehave

Today, I realized I don't need excuses
Nor do the people who follow my blog
I just need to get my butt back on track

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FELICE73 6/24/2011 4:39PM

    So true! Every DAY is an opportunity to make the right choices - forget about what you chose yesterday (although some of those choices like to hang around and haunt your body for awhile - *cough* chinese food). Clean slate! Every day!

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BIGMAMAT 6/21/2011 1:09AM

    I like this blog. end of story. I would like to erase the last 6 months of my weight loss journey, but I can't. Time to move forward.! Onward and downward my friend. emoticon

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HEALTHIERTINA 6/11/2011 5:58PM

  Awesome insight. I think we all stall sometimes. It gives us time to reprioritize and figure out a new route. No route is a failure if you learn something from it. Welcome back and best wishes. emoticon

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LOOZNIZGR8 6/10/2011 11:41AM

    Way to go about your journey. You are doing the best you can. Keep the good attitude going. Good to hear you are doing well. Whoo Hoo.
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OVERHAULING-ME 6/8/2011 6:17PM

    YAY, I'm glad you're back! I was missing for over a year and came back this March. You were an inspiration to me when I first started and you still are...Getting back when we've fallen is the best example we could have!


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ANNE7X7 6/7/2011 2:15PM

    "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" (Maria Robinson)

"Don't dwell on the past. It can't be undone. Dwell instead on the present and what it can lead to in the future!"

Just press that giant RESET button and take it one healthy decision at a time! And just like that, you are back on the road to being and feeling your best!!! emoticon

PS: I missed you! So happy you're back! emoticon

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ELENA_DIEM 6/7/2011 1:10PM

    Very important points - "no excuses" is a great mantra!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/7/2011 12:26PM

    You already did it, so you can do it again! Best wishes!

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HHILDE99 6/7/2011 11:56AM

    You can do it! I'm working on getting myself back in the game as well. The resetting my tracker back was a hard one for me to cope with.

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LOOZINITNOW 6/7/2011 11:12AM

    I'm with you! Enough is enough! Let's do this!

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FRENCHTOSD 6/7/2011 9:39AM

    Don't forget to get back with small steps so you don't crash and burn. I'm so glad to see you here, Hollynn. I miss you when you don't check in, so this is good news!

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    emoticon emoticonI'm with you all the way! emoticon

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POOHLA711 6/7/2011 8:31AM

    You can and you will do it!

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JSTCHLIN 6/7/2011 7:22AM

    Well said! Take care and stay healthy.

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ROBYN168 6/7/2011 7:19AM

    Good for you for moving forward and not looking back. I find when I look back it takes longer to move forward....

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ROCKMAN6797 6/7/2011 2:14AM

    Well said Hollynn!
Excuses are only reasons for not succeeding, get rid of them and get back on track, I know that you can do it!

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4SPARKLEKITTY 6/7/2011 12:40AM

    So very true!!! excuses will not fix any problem..
Way to Go getting back on Track!! emoticon

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A Cruise Comparison 2009 vs 2011 (lots of pics!)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I think it is fitting to start this cruise blog with a picture of me in a swimsuit on each cruise, this will give you an idea of where I was then, and where I am now. What follows is a comparison on two cruises, of two lives....

March 2009: Carnival Victory cruise. My husband, father and I were excited to be on vacation!

We chose our excursions based on our current fitness level (low) and things we like to do.
At St Thomas we visited a butterly garden and then went on a "helmet dive" since we did not feel fit enough or have training for "real diving"

In Dominica we hiked a short distance to the beautiful Trafalgar falls

We visited our good friend Sophia in Barbados, relaxing and exploring the island by car

In Antigua we took a bus tour of the port, we went to a small hot springs in St. Lucia, and in St Kitts we visited a small botanical garden and went snorkelling in the afternoon

It was a relaxing cruise. Once back on the ship every night we delighted in singing at the piano bar, drinking whatever the drink of the day was and enjoying the Italian cafe with its cakes and drinks. I had a great time, but at the end of the cruise, I weighed 7lbs more than I started and to be honest, the pictures told a painful truth that I would not be ready to hear until a few months later when I began on the Spark

Fast forward 2 years to February 2011: Costa Atlantica - Once again my husband, father and I set out for a 7 day cruise. 85 lbs lighter than my prior cruise, and now a bit of a fitness fanatic, our goals on the ship were different. Within an hour on board, I had located the gym and signed up for BootCamp, Yoga and Pilates workouts with a trainer. I got on the treadmill and started to run! This was my 4th cruise and the first time I was even aware there was a gym on the ship (who knew?)

Our first stop was snorkelling in the bahamas. We were the last out of the water!
The next day was at sea and we worked out, took boot camp classes and got massages. We focused on eating healthy.

Next up was Tortola in the BVI, we visited the botanical gardens and then went on a Dolphin discovery - loved it!

In the Dominican Republic we went ziplining. My first time because at 199 lbs I am finally under the weight limits

Finally we arrived in Grand Turk and Caicos and went SCUBA diving! It was our 4th time doing SCUBA which we started last spring as part of embracing our new fit lifestyle. It was amazing with huge sea turtles and beautiful colored fish

Again, it was a great experience, relaxing and exhilerating and surprisingly, when I returned home my scale said....minus 6 lbs!

So what was different between the two cruises:
1. Healthy breakfast in our cabin each morning (no tempting buffets) just good cereal and yogurt.
2. We we needed a snack it was fruit, a Clif bar or more fruit!
3. On the first cruise we drank creamy tropical alcoholic beverages all day and all night. On this cruise we had an occasional glass of wine or champage, otherwise limited liquid calories
4. Instead of deck sunning all day, we went to the gym everyday. It was awesome. Great classes, the ability to try new machines and an awesome trainer who worked with us everyday. Side bonus, I actually felt like I deserved the massages later
5. We did a lot of active things: hiking through the jungle, climbing large heights to zipline back down, snorkelling, diving, and hiking around town on foot (instead of in a bus or van)
Yes we sweated, but it was a good sweat!

So if you, like me, fear weight gain on vacation (and I was definitely nervous about it), know that it is possible to be relaxed AND in control of your life at the same time. It was such a great feeling to return home from a cruise and be excited to get on the scale! Hope you enjoyed my comparison. A little more proof that I am not the girl I once was....

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JEANNETTE59 6/26/2011 4:47PM

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DRAMABEAR 6/22/2011 10:45PM

    You have definitely embraced a lifestyle change and started LIVING more!! Congratulations to you on all of your success so far!

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MICHSTATE 6/7/2011 2:36PM

    Wow!!!!! You look great!!!! I just found young blog, and I am definitely impressed!!!!! The recent cruise sounds like more fun anyway!!!!!

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NZGODDESS 5/8/2011 5:36PM

    A fantastic comparison! The pictures definitely help paint the picture! lol You are such an inspiration!

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BRITCHES82 4/16/2011 12:34PM

    Awesome!!! You are a major inspiration!!!

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JENNIFER0807 4/15/2011 12:04PM

    So inspiring! I loved that you took advantage of the gym instead of sunbathing. I love the one cruise i took and this is one change i will be making..thank you!

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KISSIMS19 4/11/2011 8:58PM

    AWESOME! :) Congrats and thanks for sharing your cruise!

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BRIGET66 4/10/2011 8:00PM

    What a great visual reminder of what we can accomplish. It's been years since I've made the sort of changes you have, but I'm back now, ready for round two!
Thanks for helping relight the spark in me...you look amazing!Congrats on your life change.

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FRENCHTOSD 4/10/2011 7:03PM

    Wow, Hollynn -

This is an amazing blog. What an incredible contrast. I've been out of the loop, but still losing and training. Have a great trip to Ghana. Sharon

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OUTKASTCHIK01 4/7/2011 5:50PM

  beautiful!!! keep it up :)

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THEAPPLESASS 4/7/2011 11:45AM

  congratulations on all you've accomplished! you look radiant!

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HIPPICHICK1 4/5/2011 11:39AM

    You are full of emoticon with emoticon sauce on top!

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MOM2MXKE 4/5/2011 11:03AM

    That is SO Awesome Isn't it great when your change of life has great impacts on your life (: Your looking amazing (:

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FUNGIRL81005 4/4/2011 6:51PM

    Awesome Blog!!! You Rock!! emoticon

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 4/4/2011 12:10PM

    I love your pictures. Now I wanna go on a cruise. You look radiant and so happy! What a wonderful vacation. I have noticed from my own experience that its really not that hard to incorporate healthy habits when on vacation.

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KRISTIN74 4/2/2011 11:00PM

  Great blog, thanks for the pics and description of your activities....inspiring!

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    Well that is just DUCKY!!! What a difference... Congrats on your new life! I'm going to Orlando on business next week and am wondering how I'm going to eat healthy.. I'm going to eat healthy because I can.. it may not be easy.. but I can

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POPCORN2011 4/2/2011 7:53PM

    awesome blog! you glow!!!

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FOURTHWALL2000 4/2/2011 4:16PM

    Wow. Great blog! Thanks for posting it.

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VCRUMP11 4/2/2011 8:16AM

    I am so inspired by your post! I'm glad I took the time to read it. Congratulations! You look fantastic!!

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NACHOSMAMA 4/1/2011 3:41PM

    yayayayayay! great job! sounds like you had a blast and stayed true to your health and fitness goals!

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CHIKLETTOMIO 4/1/2011 12:42PM

    What an inspiring blog post! You look great! emoticon

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VINRANCID 4/1/2011 8:53AM

    I don't know what else to write in here that won't get me all uber emotional again but this is what I am striving for. I want to do all those amazing things and I can see that its possible. :) Your an inspiration!

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KLS777 4/1/2011 1:52AM

    Wow, what a huge difference!

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MS.NORTHMAN 4/1/2011 12:54AM

    Just stumbled on this on the popular blog post. I just had to say you are so gorgeous, like Grecian Goddess gorgeous with your long flowy hair. Even in your before pictures.

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MELLYBEANS0919 4/1/2011 12:40AM

    What a difference 2 years makes! Your 2nd cruise looks and sounds like a ton of fun too!

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BEYOURBEST1 3/31/2011 8:43PM

    You look gorgeous! Congratulations and keep up the fantastic work.

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    I'm very jealous of your wonderful trip. I know you had a good time. The pictures really show it.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 3/31/2011 10:06AM

    wowow you look amazing

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THE_FAE 3/31/2011 7:08AM

    Look at you!!! doesn't a life style change just make living better???

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ADELEBETH 3/31/2011 5:51AM

    Wow you are amazing! This is my first time here, I signed up, and I must be on the right track :) Looked at the first two pictures and burst into tears... my fiance looked at me like I was nuts. All I said was "it is possible" lol then laughed at how silly I must have looked to him and explained what on earth I was looking at. Congrats and keep it up!

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NANASAMM 3/31/2011 12:49AM

    Great blog! It makes for a better vacation when you feel better and know you are making healthier choices. I will definitely keep them in mind if I ever go cruising. I've heard horror stories about cruises and weight gains. It's tough when you have all that delicious food for the taking anytime time day or night. Congratulations on your choices...you ARE awesome! emoticon

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MONA_MONA 3/31/2011 12:06AM

    Wow! What a difference a year makes. emoticon emoticon

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EATINGRIGHT2010 3/30/2011 11:35PM

    Awesome blog! What a difference!!

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CURLYGURL68 3/30/2011 10:11PM

    That is fantastic, I'm a cruiser too...I have no comment when I go...but I always get back on track when I return. I love the idea of exploring the gym. emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 3/30/2011 8:49PM

    It is SO great!!!! And what is even better is that hubby is right by your side!! Wonderful!!! Enjoy the journey!

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DWILCZKO 3/30/2011 8:33PM

  great job!

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-H0LY-Y0GA- 3/30/2011 8:10PM

    Whoo-hoo! Way to go! (and thanks for sharing - very encouraging!)

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1982PEACHES 3/30/2011 7:09PM

    Thats awesome!! emoticon emoticon

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BIKE82X 3/30/2011 7:08PM

    Good for you! You make it sound so fun!

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DELGADITA69 3/30/2011 6:50PM

    Awesome blog, very inspirational - love the picture comparison.

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STEPHANIEKAY2 3/30/2011 5:55PM

    I loved this blog! Thanks for sharing all of the great thoughts and pictures. Back when I was thinner, we went on a cruise and I didn't touch any of those fitness activities. I wish I could go back and check out all of the cool things you as a fitter person have. Keep up the great work! Can't wait to see the next cruise photos. (-;

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CATHRINE2010 3/30/2011 5:48PM

    Amazing!! Great job!! What fun!! Looks like you had the time of your life!! memories=motivation emoticon

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SHAYGETSFIT 3/30/2011 4:49PM

    This is the best blog that I have read all day! Go You!!!!

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VA_HILLARY 3/30/2011 4:39PM

    So inspiring! A great way to incorporate you new fitness goals with a fun vacation!

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CBS1959 3/30/2011 4:28PM

  Wow - great job - and what a way to cruise - congratulations!!!!

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CHICAT63 3/30/2011 4:12PM

    Great blog, the difference when taking a healthy holiday is a bonus. You can do and challenge yourself more. Thank you for sharing and of course congratulations to all your accomplishments on your journey so far !!!!

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CPAANSZ 3/30/2011 3:12PM

  I love this blog! It makes me realise that there are too many people who could feel much better about themselves if they started to exercise! You look amazing at the last photo, you're proof that exercising and eating healthier really works!

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Photo Blog Day 16 (Someone who inspires me)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

My friend Shelley inspires me perhaps more than most people I know because she has such a great sense of balance in her life. She is incredibly successful at her job (Associate Dean of a Medical School - one of my long term aspirations), has a wonderful family whom she is close too, and finds time to focus on her own goals as well (health, fitness and daily exercise). She has more energy than anyone I have ever known and I believe it largely comes from her positive attitude and desire to be happy and balanced.

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JENNIFERMSU93 3/29/2011 8:53PM

    Awesome to honor a friend!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/15/2011 6:38PM

    Nice tribute!
Good friends are hard to come by but when you find one that inspires you then by all means keep this person close to you.

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FITSPIRATION 3/13/2011 12:24AM

  It's so good to have someone who inspires you. The old saying is true "You are like with whom you surround yourself." emoticon

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LILPAT3 3/12/2011 8:01PM

    Congrats....such friends are few and far between and you are lucky to have her!

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JEANNETTE59 3/12/2011 4:58PM

  emoticon sounds like your friend would inspire anybody.

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EMTFF376 3/12/2011 4:38PM

    It is wonderful to know someone so balanced. It gives me hope in my own life! :)

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Photo Blog 15 (Something I want to do before I die)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ok so the list of things I want to do in my lifetime is big! Near the top though is my desire to take a journey to see the penguins of antarctica - I would observe them in their icy wonderland. I imagine it would be very peaceful and austere.

Other things on the list:
1. Visit Japan in the cherry blossom season and climb Mt. Fuji
2. Hold a koala bear
3. Compete in an Olympic distance triathlon
4. Tango in Argentina with my beloved husband
5. Walk among the ruins in Angkor Wat, Cambodia
6. Witness a butterfly migration
7. Take a trip on the space shuttle and look down from above
8. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
9. Have dinner with Stephen King
10. Kayak the Colorado River

What do you aspire to do someday?

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    aww #2 is cute!

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DAWNFIRE72 3/28/2011 10:28PM

    I love #9 as I am a HUGE SK fan.

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ROCKMAN6797 3/15/2011 6:36PM

    Awesome list!
Love #7, that might be number one on my list!

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LILPAT3 3/12/2011 8:03PM

    Nice list.....me, I am applying to an Orthopaedic school to become a P.A.

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AMBER32585 3/12/2011 11:23AM

    I too want to see the butterfly migration!

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TURTLE_MOM 3/12/2011 9:51AM

    I live in Texas, so we see the butterflies migrate to Mexico every year! It's wonderful to have them all in our town for the short period of time :)

I love that you have some serious "out of this world" items on there too, why not aim high? :)

That is awesome!!!!

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ANELAKANOA 3/12/2011 9:48AM

  Excellent list! emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 3/12/2011 9:43AM

  Travel light, travel often and spread peace and love wherever you go emoticon

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CALLIKIA 3/12/2011 9:07AM

    EEP! Just promise to take me with you! I have loved penguins since I was too little to even remember. I did every report in elementary school on them, the types, where they lived, their eating habits, etc. ;)

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FITMARY 3/12/2011 8:04AM

    Wow, what a list!!! Good luck! If you even get to do some of the list, it will be

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/12/2011 12:59AM

    Wow, very cool! I love Penguins too! :-) I think I would be too afraid to travel to Africa though...I'm paranoid of all those diseases like ebola and stuff lol. Great list!

I would like to go to Australia and New Zealand one day.
Write a novel & have it published.
Eat gialatto(sp) outside an Italian cafe. lol

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/11/2011 9:06PM

    Thanks for the suggestions! I went to the Cape of Good Hope this past September with my husband and spent nearly all day with the penguins. There are also equatorial penguins in the Galapagos Islands. They are my husband's favorite animal.

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    BTW, if you want to visit penguins in a warm climate, you can go to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and watch them. I was fortunate enough to see them in 1999...worth the trip! I hope you get to do everything on your list! I want to go to Australia before I die. And I would love to see Italy. Will have to think of a few more. Good list!!! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 3/11/2011 8:35PM

    I'm so excited that I get to do one of the things that I aspire to this year! Going on Safari through Kenya & Tanzania in August!

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CAROBEAR1 3/11/2011 8:33PM

    Awesome list....
I've done #2 and #8 in Australia so you can make that a pretty good trip
...but pretty sure I'm jealous as my list only contained going to Africa and you've been/are going? Thought I saw this in a previous blog...
Happy Weekend!

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