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HarmonyBlue - This one's for you! Last Chance Workout

Wednesday, November 21, 2012



So I was minding my own business yesterday, checking in on my Sparkies and I read my friend HarmonyBlue's blog (she is completely awesome by the way peeps). She said that she was planning to do a "Last Chance Workout" today. I couldn't stop laughing - what a GREAT idea! I commented that I thought I might do it too - offset those holiday calories!

So this morning, I check into spark - and there it is, a challenge from Harmony (and she wants a blog too) ... Do a Last Chance Workout today... Anyone who knows me knows I can't resist a good challenge!

(for anyone not aware - Last Chance Workout was made famous by the show the Biggest Loser as their last killer workout before high stakes weigh in...)


So here is my Last Chance Workout:
70 minutes cycling on the trail
75 minutes on elliptical
30 min walking on treadmill
15 minutes rowing machines
10 minutes stretching

WOOT - 3 hours and 20 minutes of fitness baby emoticon Feel the BURN emoticon

Harmony - big kisses - that is at least 1.5 hours more than I would have done otherwise! You are so awesome - thanks for the challenge - yes - I expect a blog from you as well

On a more serious note to all - Happy Thanksgiving! Last Chance Workout or not, enjoy the holiday and don't forget to be grateful for where you are right now

Hollynn
aka SpunkyDucky

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MARTY728 11/22/2012 1:38PM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/22/2012 1:25PM

    THAT's freakin' awesome! You get to eat whatever you want today, right?!? Well done!

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ROCKMAN6797 11/22/2012 8:07AM

    Very nice workout Hollynn!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 11/22/2012 1:19AM

    Awesome & inspiring!

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HARMONYBLUE 11/21/2012 10:00PM

    I totally blogged mine as well. But you ROCKED your Last Chance Workout. I can't wait to see what your next weigh in is going to be! Just WOW!

And on a serious and seriously sappy note I am glad I could inspire you because you totally got me off my butt this time around with your innocent little checking in note on my Spark Page a month or so ago. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Unexpected surprise!

Monday, November 19, 2012



Admittedly, not the best pic of me - but despite my makeup melting and looking like I just got out of a pool, I was so happy when I took this at the gym today.

Here is why I was happy:
My 11:00 meeting ended early
My 1pm meeting cancelled
Yup - 11:30-2pm UNEXPECTEDLY FREE
I walked the mile from work to the gym and hit it HARD!

30 minutes Elliptical
15 minutes Rowing
30 minutes Arc Trainer
15 minutes Jacob's ladder stairs
45 minutes bike

WOOOOT - I earned that sweat!!!

  
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RENZRYD 11/24/2012 12:40PM

    WOW! Way busy workout! WTG!

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PAMATX 11/21/2012 7:53PM

    Awesome! Great use of that unexpected free time!

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KONRAD695 11/21/2012 12:48AM

    You're HOT. emoticon and sweaty. Glad you had a great workout. It looks like you and I have simular routenes. I sub out most of the bike with 4 mph dog walking.

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BALDWINJ_03 11/20/2012 10:36AM

    What a great workout!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

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HARMONYBLUE 11/20/2012 9:25AM

    Yes you did hit it hard! Way to go!

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DRASADAF 11/20/2012 9:10AM

    wow....keep up the good work..

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NUOVAELLE 11/20/2012 1:36AM

    Your smile says it all!
Great job!
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KITHKINCAID 11/20/2012 1:20AM

    Jealous! Sweat looks great on you!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/20/2012 1:10AM

    Way to go--great to get that bonus time for a solid workout!

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ROCKMAN6797 11/19/2012 9:47PM

    Very nice! I love the grin!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 11/19/2012 9:24PM

    Nice!

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MELTEAGUE 11/19/2012 9:17PM

    Awesome! well done!

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PATTY267 11/19/2012 9:16PM

    Congrats! You ARE a Spunky Ducky! Keep up the good work.
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Cycling in November Photoblog

Sunday, November 18, 2012



I *love* cycling! Perhaps the hardest time of year for me is the shoulder seasons between cycling and skiing (and vice versa of course - November and March). One of my goals this month was to try to get outside, regardless of temps and enjoy some time riding.

Earlier this month it was still pretty warm outside, and I even stayed in biker shorts up until this past week. Took mountain bikes up into Pennsylvania and enjoyed the trails near the Youghigheny River. It was about 60 degrees although a bit colder with the wind...



Last week riding required siginificantly more clothing - it was 45 degrees out, so I pulled out my full gloves, long underwear and thermal gear including shoe covers. I could have used a hood - felt like I had been skiing by the time I came in



Finally today was absolutely beautiful - blue sunny skies and 55 degrees. Headed out into the rolling hills in clothing somewhere in the middle



Regardless of where you live, it is still nice outside (in the right gear). Join me!

Hope you enjoyed the pics
Spunky

  
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FITMARY 11/20/2012 8:14AM

    You make it look easy!!! Nice job!!!

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    Great smile! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 11/19/2012 9:56AM

    Good blog, thank you. emoticon emoticon

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FEB_SHOWERS16 11/19/2012 9:42AM

    Oh how beautiful!!! Don't you just love the Fall! Great pictures!

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HARMONYBLUE 11/19/2012 9:26AM

    Its been beautiful cycling weather here in NC lately as well! I am also impressed that you can take pictures while riding. I can't even take a drink while riding!

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DRASADAF 11/19/2012 9:01AM

    Awesome blog...

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/19/2012 8:38AM

    That's awesome! Looks like you had a fantastic time, and the scenery is beautiful! So glad you could get out and enjoy it = )

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ROCKMAN6797 11/19/2012 8:12AM

    It looks like you had an awesome time! Good for you and keep cycling Hollynn!

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NUOVAELLE 11/19/2012 1:25AM

    Great pictures! Keep on enjoying it and motivating us to try it.
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LIBBYL1 11/18/2012 11:51PM

  inspiring

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KITHKINCAID 11/18/2012 11:23PM

    I love your joy with cycling. It's palpable!

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RHEYNKLAW 11/18/2012 10:47PM

    I'm especially impressed that you can take pictures while riding, lol.

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THEEXERCISER 11/18/2012 10:26PM

    very nice

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Let go and move forward...Ticker update!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

So I adjusted my ticker today. I changed it a month or so ago to show the top weight as my current "restart weight" (234) so I would begin to feel engaged with the journey. Now that I am a month into my return to healthy habits I feel so much more connected with where I was before that I changed my start back to where it belongs 286.

When I started this journey in July 20009 - I weighed 286 lbs. I was in complete denial about my health and generated a lot of self hatred over what I imagined people must think about me. In the first year I lost 90 lbs and exercised a 365 day streak. That following summer I completed my first triathlon and I have never (even at smaller weights) felt better in my life. The fall of 2010 I reached a low of 190lbs.

Then things slowly reversed. Details don't matter - life happens and I am a stress binge eater. By March of 2011 I was 215lbs. I maintained at that weight until the following winter when it went up to 225. I still felt good about myself, and frequently tried to "restart" but just couldn't seem to get consistent. Then this summer even exercise dropped off - my weight rocketed up to 234. I saw pictures of myself that were starting to remind me of the "old Hollynn" and my brain started cycling the self hatred. It was clearly time to "stop the madness" and move my focus back to healthy living. Not a diet but a rededication to who I want to be in life.

So October 9th I logged into the spark. I bought a journal and wrote a plan, with short and long term goals. I exercised and imagined where I could be by January 2013. I didn't beat myself up for losing ground. Yes - on October 9th I was 44 lbs higher than I was 2 years ago in October. So what? I decided to move past the whole "I wish I was 190 lbs" and accept myself where I was - hence the ticker reset.

Only a month later I have lost 17lbs. 217 on the scale this morning....
17lbs - just by getting my butt in gear, eating healthy, not binging and exercising consistently. Damn.
So where is my brain now? It is PROUD of me. No part of me is trying to live in the past. So what I was once 190 lbs - today I am 217 lbs and I am sooooooo happy and proud of myself.

If you are living in the past - LET IT GO.
Appreciate yourself right now - no matter where you are and set some goals for the future.
Sometimes you have to let go to move forward

And - finally - I couldn't have done it without all of your support.
Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has left a comment, message on my page, spark goody or even just send warm thoughts my way. Love you!

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GEMINIGEM6 11/13/2012 7:51PM

    Congrats! Great blog...and it is all we have...the here and NOW. So true. :)

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    Great Job!!!

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    I like the long ticker. This is a long term goal, not a couple month count down. That was always my problem. emoticon emoticon

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DESTINYSCHOICE 11/11/2012 1:18PM

    So very, very proud of you!! This blog was awesome and as always an inspiration for me. You are awesome exactly where you are and are only becoming a better version of yourself by sticking with this healthy lifestyle! Spark on!! :-) emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/11/2012 9:39AM

    17 pounds in one month is AMAZING, congratulations! It's so hard to let go and remember how far we've come, even if we've fallen a bit. You're doing great, and we'll always be here to support you *hugs*

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CODEMAULER 11/11/2012 8:53AM

    (I followed BIGMAMAT and HARMONYBLUE) over here, FYI)

What a motivating and ACCOUNTABLE blog. I love your honesty and determination. This was exactly what I needed to read today!!

~ Trish

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/11/2012 8:25AM

    Loved your blog this morning!! I so agree with you, we HAVE to let go of the psst if we want to move on.... Keep on keeping on...



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JSTCHLIN 11/11/2012 7:48AM

    Your awesome! You are kicking butt. Keep up the good work.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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MELISSADALE 11/11/2012 6:02AM

    I just wanted to echo all of the sentiments on this blog. There really isn't much else I can say. emoticon


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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/10/2012 7:15PM

    awesome!

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FRENCHTOSD 11/10/2012 7:03PM

    I'm so happy for you, Hollynn! I'm the same way - if I have a list and a plan I am much better. Thanks for all of your encouragement. I'm slowly recovering and soon will be 100%. I miss you - come back and visit soon. Sharon XO

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BIGMAMAT 11/10/2012 6:14PM

    You are awesome! Congratulations on getting healthy back. emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 11/10/2012 5:35PM

    Wow I love this part of your blog ~ If you are living in the past - LET IT GO.
Appreciate yourself right now - no matter where you are and set some goals for the future.
Sometimes you have to let go to move forward ~ I have been living here for the better part of a year now! Thanks so much for share because IT is time to STOP the madness and get my life back on track!

I am so proud of you and that 17 pound drop! emoticon

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RENZRYD 11/10/2012 3:59PM

    Now I remember why I think you are AWESOME! emoticon

-Renee

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KITHKINCAID 11/10/2012 3:38PM

    Wow, that must feel great. Congrats. And thanks for your comment on my blog too. You are correct. The past needs to be the past. Hugs!

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RHEYNKLAW 11/10/2012 2:33PM

    Amazing, Hollynn! Not just your progress, but your ATTITUDE!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Great words to live by. Thanks for encouraging me!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/10/2012 1:41PM

    That is awesome - congratulations on your hugely successful month! (one month - wow!) And for the record, I don't think it's your fault at ALL that you regained some of the weight you lost. That seems to happen to ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY who ever loses weight. I'm convinced it's biological. The great thing is that you're making all of the healthiest choices you can now, and now is what counts!

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-POOKIE- 11/10/2012 1:29PM

    emoticon great stuff, something to remember, wishing doesn't make things real... WE make it real.

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15 Years of Halloween Costumes - killer photoblog!

Saturday, November 03, 2012



Halloween is my birthday (42 this year in case you are curious!) and my husband and I throw a big costume party every year. Due to Frankenstorm this year, we were limited on outdoor decorations -so we worked really hard to make it plenty scary inside:



Of course, every year it is fun to try to come up with the perfect costume. Here are some of my costumes from the past 15 years - vote for your favorite and tell me what you think I should be next year!


1996 - GoGo dancer (1997 is missing - can't remember what I did that year)


1998: Maleficent and evil henchman


1999: Witch


2000: Queen Amidala & Darth Maul


2001: Musketeers


2002: Vampires


2003- Renaissance lady & Knight


2004: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - another favorite of mine - I am a bit of a Buffyverse fanatic


2005: Corpse Bride - fun costume to make


2006 Snow White


2007 Queen of Hearts with my White Rabbit


2008: Energizer Bunny & Battery


2009: Medusa & Perseus


2010- Proud Peacock - probably my all time favorite costume


2011: 17th century ghosts

And finally - WVU Mountaineers in 2012



So, which costume(s) did you like the best & what should I be next year?
Feedback wanted!

  
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ADVENTURE-GIRL 11/8/2012 6:33PM

    Love all your costumes and decorations. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!

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BIGMAMAT 11/7/2012 9:33PM

    Wow!! I love, love, love your Costumes!!! ESPECIALLY THIS YEARS:):) Wish wvu was doing a little better this year.
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TRAVLNWOMAN 11/7/2012 8:49AM

    The ghosts are magnificent!!!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/6/2012 8:28PM

    Love the peacock!

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CHICAT63 11/6/2012 3:55PM

    Happy Belated Birthday...Great photoblog...Peacock and Ghosts looks like a tie !!!

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ANGIE_1230 11/6/2012 2:19PM

    Happy belated birthday! Your Halloween decorations are awesome! All of the costumes are great, but I love love love the peacock!

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/6/2012 12:36PM

    LOOOOOOOOOOVED IT! I love the 17th century ghosts. how fun!!

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Love all the costumes. I like the 17th century ghosts, that looks really cool!!
Maybe next year you could do a superhero type thing? I'm not good with costumes!

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ELAYNE39 11/6/2012 8:09AM

    Fabulous costumes!

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NUOVAELLE 11/6/2012 2:02AM

    Even though the peacock looks fabulous, I'll vote for the 17th century ghost! It's just more Halloween-spirited. But my most favorite part of your blog were the decorations! Amazing!
Maybe it's a week late but ... Happy 42nd Birthday!!!
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EXCUSELESS 11/5/2012 8:06PM

    Oh my gosh I like so many. I love peacocks so thats probably my fav. I really liked 2012 and I admit I loved the Go-Go Girl. So much fun!

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KITHKINCAID 11/5/2012 2:09PM

    OMG I LOVE THIS BLOG. I love Halloween too. I missed out on our big Halloween party this year because the guys who throw it had some family trouble, so needed to go tend to that.

I can't vote - all your costumes are so great!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/5/2012 12:26AM

    lol - love all the comments - so far the 17th century ghost and peacock costumes are winning - surprised that no one went for the corpse bride! Thanks for all the warm comments - it means a lot to me!

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SIRENSONGS 11/4/2012 9:31AM

    What a fun blog! Looks like you've had some amazing costumes! I think the peacock is my favourite, followed closely by the 17th century ghosts. I wish I had seen this blog before Halloween! I would have been inspired to dress up more, lol!

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CELIAMINER 11/4/2012 9:11AM

    They are ALL good, but I'm with Fitfoodie: century ghosts and peacock are my faves.

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FITFOODIE806 11/4/2012 7:44AM

    Ghosts and peacock are my favorites. Next year... Greek goddess? Superheroes?

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/4/2012 7:38AM

    Awesome! What great concepts!!! I like too many to choose just one!!

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MELISSADALE 11/4/2012 6:13AM

    OMG what an awesome photoblog. I'm partial to the peacock, you only need to see my picture to see why LOL. Anyway they are all great costumes. Did you sew them all?

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-POOKIE- 11/4/2012 3:20AM

    woah, that looks like SO much fun.

We don't "do" Halloween like this in the UK, its very much a thing in the US, would be so fun to experience it one day!

I like the peacock.

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JENNIS7 11/4/2012 1:22AM

    My favourite is the 17th century ghosts. You seem to have a lot of fun over Halloween. Here in South Africa, we don't celebrate the day, but Halloween goodies have slowly made an appearance over the past couple of years, so I guess it's only a matter of time!

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ROCKMAN6797 11/4/2012 12:00AM

    I love the 17th Century Ghost costumes, followed very closely by the Snow White costume.
I vote to dress as a Zombie next year!

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GOING-STRONG 11/3/2012 11:48PM

    Great job on the costumes.. I liked several but the 17th Century Ghosts were pretty cool. Idea wise, my friend won a $400 grand prize in a Halloween Contest with her jelly fish costume. Basically it was a large ring on your head with padded batting type fabric that then draped to the floor with tentacles from about the neck down. She put a rope light (must have been battery powered) on the large ring that also changed colors... very cool and easy!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/3/2012 9:12PM

    Wow, you must have put a ton of effort into these costumes. They're fantastic! You must have been pretty brave to walk around in that Go-Go costume - but you looked great in it!

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ILUVTHE80S 11/3/2012 8:53PM

    I love Halloween and all of your costumes! If I have to pick a favorite it is the 17th century ghost. What a great photo blog!
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JEREMY723 11/3/2012 8:49PM

    I'm so impressed by all of them! I hope that you get a popular blog award for this!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 11/3/2012 7:58PM

    I love Halloween decorations and costumes! My favorite is the 17th century ghost, but I also loved the peacock and Star Wars costumes.
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RENZRYD 11/3/2012 7:56PM

    Peacock

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HLTHYRNRMOM 11/3/2012 7:46PM

    Tie for different reasons 17th century ghost/peacock :)

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BESTMEICANBE51 11/3/2012 7:23PM

    There are SO many that are AWESOME but I like the Proud Peacock the best. You are beautiful in all of them.

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KONRAD695 11/3/2012 7:22PM

    Love the 17th century ghoist, 2nd was peacock. Great photoblog by the way. emoticon

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GLINDAGOODWITCH 11/3/2012 7:22PM

    The old guy with the red cape up at the top looks like my ex father in law!!

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KITT52 11/3/2012 7:20PM

    I vote for the peacock one...very pretty

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ARNETTELEE 11/3/2012 7:19PM

  What a great photoblog! All of the costumes are great...can't pick one over the other.

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JENAE954 11/3/2012 7:17PM

  Wow! You weren't kidding.
Oh! Such talent!!!

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