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Thursday, September 18, 2014




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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 11/3/2014 3:45PM

    You look Simply Mahvelous Dahling!

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MSGRANNYMAE 10/17/2014 11:29PM

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WALLAHALLA 9/24/2014 7:56PM

    nice

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FLORIDASUN 9/23/2014 10:47AM

    There you are Mo...looking cute and saucy! We'll see a new Mo at the end of this challenge...keep at it sweetness! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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DOROTHYBERO 9/21/2014 6:56AM

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SIRIUS2014 9/20/2014 6:42PM

    Nice!

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LIFENPROGRESS 9/20/2014 11:28AM

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OXYGEN9 9/20/2014 10:39AM

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SPARKED2BFIT 9/20/2014 3:18AM

    i was expecting to see godzilla or something worse. emoticon

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SISSYFEB48 9/19/2014 11:32PM

    emoticon Good Luck on this challenge!

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WALKR4LIFE 9/19/2014 11:09PM

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/19/2014 9:03PM

    Lookin' good, dear! May your ongoing healthy habits bring you just the results you hope for. Teddy Bears (and the 5%rs) rock!

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LYNCHD05 9/19/2014 7:48PM

    Good for you Mo. I can hardly wait to see the "after" shot!!! You'll be a babe!!!!

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BECOMEFEARLESS 9/19/2014 3:02PM

    Good luck!

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SHERYLDS 9/19/2014 2:34PM

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/19/2014 11:31AM

    You look so fit already. It will be fun to see the after picture. Good luck on the challenge. emoticon

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SROBINSON20 9/19/2014 10:38AM

    You already look marvelous. Can't wait to see the "After" picture!

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BA5454 9/19/2014 7:53AM

    Is this before the challenge? You are pumped up ready to take this thing! emoticon (and good pic, too!)

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/19/2014 7:02AM

    Nice picture!! I also love your background fall pictures!!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/19/2014 3:12AM

    You look great !

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SOPHIEDO13 9/19/2014 12:27AM

    I wish I looked like that !!

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KALISWALKER 9/19/2014 12:24AM

    Way to go Mo!

You are ready for success!

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Fall Challenge Assignments 9 to 16

Thursday, September 18, 2014

So, heres the more to come I promised. I have read what Spark considers exercise and I will include my daily activites on especially busy days but for most part I will go above that and add intentional exercise. I believe I am ready for success and the spark quiz seems to agree with me.
I have decided to make little post it notes with some motivational sayings on them and post themin various places in my house. Things like Just Do It on my exercise bike, Stronger Is Better
on my Total Gym and this number is not who you are on my scale. I think you get the idea. I am also putting my Spark friends on notice, when I am feeling down or discouraged I am going to be reaching out to you instead of quitting. I hope you all want to be my support buddies!!! I am going to post and be involved on my team. I am going to do the best job I can as OEL. I will read blogs as time allows.
I have taken my measurements emoticon and I will keep those private, a girl has to have some mystery!! I have found out that I am an apple and I have a lot of work to do!!! I will post my weight and other numbers in my weigh in template on my teams weigh in thread.

This is my before picture......please don't be frightened.

I plan to make this my best challenge yet!!!!! I wish everyone the best!!!!!

  
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SICOSH 11/13/2014 7:34AM

    Good Luck I am cheering you on.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 11/3/2014 3:46PM

    Hope you are doing well with the Fall Challenge!

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FLORIDASUN 9/23/2014 10:50AM

    You ABSOLUTELY KNOW we'll keep you on track dear Mo...and the favor returned would be awesome! emoticon I've been saying to myself a LOT lately..."If not now...WHEN?"

On day 4 of my early a.m. walk streak...hope I can keep it going! emoticon emoticon They say it takes 21 days to form a habit...let's HOPE!!!

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BBONET 9/20/2014 6:37PM

    Good luck on your challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKED2BFIT 9/20/2014 3:16AM

    you too gf....to us and the challenge.... emoticon woohooo!!!!!!!!!

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STEVEN2GO2 9/19/2014 6:53PM

    Best of luck with your challenge, they do make sparks intersting and increase motivation!

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SHERYLDS 9/19/2014 2:36PM

    I am a Total Gym fan too. Great piece of equipment emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/19/2014 7:03AM

    Keep on keeping on.... you've got this!!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/19/2014 3:14AM

    Good Luck !

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SOPHIEDO13 9/19/2014 12:29AM

    I wish you the best on the fall challenge... I'm on Tiger Monarchs team.

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/18/2014 11:59PM

    Good luck. Hoping the inspirational messages keep you motivated. emoticon

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Fall 5% Challenge Assignments 1 to 8

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hello, I am am doing the Fall 5% Challenge, I have dusted off my scale and finally got all my daughters stuff out of my exercise area. I have wiped down my stationary bike and total gym now that I can get into the area. I have also dug out a few Wii exercise programs that I haven't done in a while. My exercise plan is basically to get in my 10,000 steps a day and to add different exercises weekly. I will keep switching things around so I don't get bored and my body doesn't get used to a routine. My nutrition plan is to say in the calorie range that Spark has set for me.
I also plan to get in more freggies,also my doctor told me to get a little more lean fiber in my diet. I cleaned out my fridge and kitchen of junk...this was met with stiff resistance from DH and DD. I for see things finding thier way back into the house thanks to them, so I also will get some healthy snacks for myself so I won't cave.
My daily plan is to make sure that I have a healthy breakfast shortly after waking up, this will help keep me from grazing later in the afternoon. I also think a daily to do list would help keep me better organized and open up more time for exercise. Making weekly menus and building a stronger support system will go a long way in helping me achieve my goals.
I want to lose this weight so I can be healthier. Less weights means my heart and lungs won't have to work so hard. It also means that my knees won't have to carry around so much and I have no doubt my lower back would feel a lot better. Then there is the vain part of me who wants to look good. I want a waistline and I don't want my butt and thighs to jiggle. I have a dress that I fit into but Iwould like it to fit where I do not look like a 10 pound bag of potatos in a 5 pound bag.
In order to accomplish weight loss I must also face and admit my triggers. I am an emotional and stress eater. If I feel sad, angry, bored ,lonely are am stressed out I EAT...maybe I should say continously graze. Now I am sure you all know that I don't go running for the celery and carrots, oh no not I. The number one all time best stress food in my world is ice cream.....it doesn't even matter what kind as long as it is ice cream!!!! Chocolate is another trigger food....can't just have one bite. I am thinking riding my bike or stationary bike (if weather is bad) is a better way to handle sadness and lonliness, and my total gym is a good way to handle stress.
My diet and exercise plans have failed before because of..........me. I let things get in the way, my husband or my daughter wants me to do something so I drop workout to do want they want me to do. I change the healthy meal I planned to go to something my family wants because they claim I don't make anything they like any more. I let thier moods affect my self worth. I let........ those are two very powerful words. The first thing I need to do to turn things around is to admit my responsibility for being where I am. I need not to take other peoples bad moods personally or as a sign I have done something wrong. I do not have to change the meal I had planned...I am the one cooking and heck it's better for them also. If I am working out and someone wants something well....they can do it for themselves. The main thing I need to do is to learn how to love me. More to come

  
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FLORIDASUN 9/17/2014 7:25PM

    Mo..you and I....are the poster children for women who always put themselves behind their family and friends.

Just think of it this way...WHAT would they ever do if you got sick and couldn't be at their beck and call? AND how cool would it be for your DD to see her mom as a wonderful role model for high self esteem in taking care of her OWN health and well being??

You are so strong and so beautiful...I'm going to be here for you this entire challenge and I KNOW you will be here for me!

Tell your family that healthy food Is PLENTY tasty and they can eat your meals or they are on their own...then STICK to it.

If you love ice cream look up healthy versions...I love frozen bananas with dark syrup on it. JUST as satisfying and a WHOLE lot healthier. I was on the FAst Metabolism Diet for about 6 months and did really well with it...but it was WAYYY too much cooking for me. I think I'm going to try Paleo this time around combined with Clean Eating...fingers crossed!

Let's do it Mo...you KOW we can! emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/17/2014 5:13PM

    I'm hoping to rock this challenge with you . . . we have to do it for the long haul. We can do this!

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PINKPANTHERS 9/17/2014 3:22PM

    Struck a chord with me there - so easy to fall prey to "want to make family happy" or "don't want to take away from" or "just a little treat wont hurt". Have told myself these things so many times it is scary! You have a great plan - and are aware of what your triggers are. That gives you a great foundation! You can do this!

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DOROTHYBERO 9/17/2014 8:37AM

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/17/2014 8:11AM

    You definitely hit a chord in a lot of us. But we can learn to put some of our needs first - we have to.
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LYNCHD05 9/17/2014 3:48AM

    Boy does this ever sound like most of us women.......Mothers and wives. Why do we think their wants are more important than ours. Good blog and one we all need to think about.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/16/2014 11:47PM

    All so true ! Also how about adding in some FUN hobbies? All work, makes jack a lonely boy.

I wish you the BEST !! Also TY for doing the Leadah Spotlight. That's just an added bonus,, we will all enjoy.

Plz do NOT let DD/DH interfere with ur new life style, of course if they do not see the need for changes,, they will not make it. I ve heard more than once "show me by exrercise
And NOT by nagging,, or tryin to make ME change. I will if I only see a benefit, or the need to".

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MADMANSMAMA87 9/16/2014 10:42PM

    You CAN do it, Sweetheart!!!!
I believe in YOU:) :) :)
Hugs,

Jes

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SIRIUS2014 9/16/2014 9:09PM

    Great blog. We are responsible. Let's stay accountable to do all we can. emoticon emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/16/2014 3:10PM

    emoticon To just put YOU first for the Fall Challenge! Woo HOO! emoticon emoticon
BTW - we have nature trails here that are awesome. The area where we live is quite barren, so having the trails nearby is a real godsend. The corps of engineers recently updated the park and trails here so we blessed. Ride On! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 9/16/2014 1:44PM

    Mo your blog has really inspired me. I will be thinking of it today while I am working. I can relate to much of what you wrote. Come back and read this and you will keep on track.

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MAINEALI 9/16/2014 12:24PM

    Sounds like a great plan. It's got to be so hard when you have to take family members into consideration. My DH eats whatever I put in front of him so no worries there. Good luck with the Fall 5% challenge!

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KATESCAPE 9/16/2014 12:02PM

    Looks like we will be team mates for the 5% Fall challenge...Go Starfish! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 9/16/2014 10:40AM

    You have GREAT reasons to want to be healthier, and a good strategy for getting there. Know there are lots of us right alongside you, cheering you on!

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WILSONWR 9/16/2014 9:35AM

    Sounds like you've got a good strategy, Mo!

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OXYGEN9 9/16/2014 7:52AM

    Those are great goals and very good achievements so far! Keep it up emoticon

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GOLFGMA 9/16/2014 7:16AM

    Great blog and planning strategy! emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/16/2014 5:41AM

    Great job on getting these words down

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SWEDE_SU 9/16/2014 3:57AM

    it sounds like you have a good solid plan, and with the encouragement of the challenge, emoticon

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To All The Fall 5% Challenge Teams

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some of you may have noticed me hanging around your team pages and wondered who I am. I thought it would be quicker to write an introductory blog than to introduce myself team by team.
I am Mo, I am one of the OELs, I am new at this position so please bear with me. I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2008. I have lost track of how many of these challenges I've done, while I have yet to make my 5%, I have gotten stronger both physically and mentally. I also have learned a lot about myself.
I am 55 years old and just recently celebrated my 29th anniversary with my husband and best friend. I am the mother of three grown children, a son who is 38 and two daughters ages 28 and 20. I am also a grandmother of two lovely granddaughters. I look forward to getting to know all of you and wish all the best in the Fall 5% challenge.

  
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IRON_RESOLVE 9/20/2014 1:31PM

    Thrilled you're on our Team,and excited to begin the journey together. Let's DO IT!

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JAWATKINS 9/19/2014 3:07PM

    I really like the energy you've brought to the fall challenge!!
I pray you meet your goals this time!

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DOROTHYBERO 9/17/2014 8:45AM

    We are so simular in so many ways!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/16/2014 11:49PM

    TY Mo, for letting us know morah about ya !

It'll be FUN getting to know you morah. HOP by the Dawggie Team,,,, and watch us have so much FUN as with ALL the teams. Wishing ALL the VERY best !

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MADMANSMAMA87 9/16/2014 10:44PM

    We are so happy to have you, Mo!!!
You rock, Sweetheart:) :) :)
Hugs,

Jes

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/16/2014 2:26PM

    You can hang around all you want, Mo! Always pleased to "see" you! emoticon

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KATESCAPE 9/16/2014 12:11PM

    Hi Mo, I am Kate. It's nice to meet you. I encourage you to check out my page and read up on me and add me as a friend if so inclined. New to the 5% challenge and to some of the abbreviations too, can you educate me on what OEL is? Also, can you direct me to where the assignments are? You mentioned the assignments on your other blog from today, but i am yet to find a thread listed as such. Slightly overwhelmed with this new team, but excited just the same! Thanks and goood luck meeting your 5%...together..... emoticon

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WILSONWR 9/16/2014 9:33AM

    Way to stay involved, Mo!

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ROXYZMOM 9/16/2014 7:42AM

    Nice to meet you!

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NOLAHORSERIDER 9/16/2014 7:41AM

    Welcome Mo! Great to have you on the Team! It is a pleasure to meet you and I wish you well in the up coming challenge! :) emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/16/2014 5:45AM

    Wonderful - thanks for the info

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MARYANNSQUEST 9/16/2014 1:01AM

    Mo! emoticon Great to meet you! Love all the little notes you have been leaving on the my page and the Champions Page. Hope you do well this Challenge!
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TOVEYTWIRL 9/16/2014 12:58AM

    Hello, nice to meet you emoticon . I too didnt do great in the last challenge but I,ve pulled up my sock,s and will give this one my best shot. Good Luck to you too... emoticon...

P.S. I,m a Determined Daisy emoticon .

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KALISWALKER 9/16/2014 12:56AM

    Mo great way to introduce yourself! emoticon

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Not The Best Summer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

So, I did the summer 5% challenge. I started off great, I was watching my food and getting in plenty of exercise. Then I started suffering from overwhelming fatigue, I did keep exercising but no where near the intensity I needed. This lead me to feel frustrated which led me to eat.....and eat...... and not healthy either. I am still feeling fatigued but have decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back on track starting with my food. I will start walking a lot again and then add more intense exercise. I also joined the Fall 5% challenge...... this will really help with my motivation. Anyone want to join me? It is a great way to get fit. lose weight and you have fun while you do!!!! Here Is the link to the challenge.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=63518

  
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BA5454 9/15/2014 8:03AM

    I know this blog is fairly old, but I had to comment--love the spirit that's coming thru here. We all have off days (months?), but it looks like you've made a commitment--here's to the new fall challenge! I, for one, am really looking forward to it emoticon !

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BEVIEANN 9/14/2014 10:51PM

    Thanks for your encouraging comment on my spark page... I to have been suffering with overwhelming fatigue to the point where i quit walking and actually have been very depressed... a lot of family issues to deal with over this past year but am doing better today... i will join you with the healthier eating and getting back to my walks... I always feel better when i can get out for a walk... wishing you all the best in this fall 5% challenge. we need to do this for our health... I need to do this so i can actually do my hour long walks again without suffering so much pain... thanks again

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FLORIDASUN 8/29/2014 10:05AM

    Mo...you are the MOST amazing warrior woman I know! You ALWAYS inspire the heck out of me during our challenges. I have had severe fatigue this summer too. I sometimes wonder if we aren't picking up the stressful vibes of the world. There is SO much to worry about...and being a sensitive you absorb it more like me.

Just do your best to move your body and eat healthfully...you know I'll be cheering you on!

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KALISWALKER 8/25/2014 8:24PM

    August is almost over so hopefully you can relax a bit.

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SOPHIEDO13 8/22/2014 11:22PM

    I did the Summer 5% challenge and didn't lose any weight. But I joined the a Fall 5% challenge and would be happy to Buddy up with you. My problem is getting off the couch ( truly ) !! Here's to a better Fall challenge.

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LYNCHD05 8/21/2014 7:14PM

    Isn't this what it all about. We have our down times but we come back here and keep on trucking!!! Happy to hear you are getting back on track!

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LASARRE 8/21/2014 2:13PM

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ADRIENALINE 8/21/2014 1:43PM

    It is so easy to get tuckered out. I end the day exhausted but I never regret getting my walk in. One step at a time!

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GRACEOMALLEY 8/21/2014 12:24PM

    None of us are perfect, so start with that. Know you've goofed and how you goofed is about 90% of the battle. You're already getting yourself back on track and the next challenge is right around the corner. You know - if at first you don't succeed . . . . Onward toward the Fall 5% and success will be ours!
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PATRICIA-CR 8/21/2014 10:56AM

    It's an awesome challenge! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/21/2014 9:27AM

    You have a good plan!

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JUSTME29 8/21/2014 8:56AM

    Good for you getting back on track! I'm sitting out the fall challenge to focus on other things, but I know that you will be successful. Starting out with walking is a great beginning, I know I always feel better (physically and mentally) after a nice long walk.

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WILSONWR 8/21/2014 8:29AM

    I tell you what, Mo. I'll join you on the food tracking. I am really gaining the weight back since my Colorado trip. Let's support each other on our "friends" page. We can do this!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 8/21/2014 8:21AM

    Have you seen the doctor about your fatigue? I have been suffering from the same problem, but the tests don't show anything .What's really weird is that I went through all of this last summer too, and it resolved to just my regular fatigue after the summer passed.

Good for you for getting back on track, despite the fatigue. We have to keep pushing ourselves forward.

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STEVEN2GO2 8/21/2014 8:14AM

    You don't give up!!! One step back two steps forward!!! I hope the overwhelming fatigue is gone for good! I hope you have fun with the 5% Fall challenge, challenges are awesome motivators and help with accountability too!

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