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Ready

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Iíve been trying to remember back to the time three years ago when I was truly ready to start losing weight. What made it finally click after decades of being 100 lbs overweight? Something in my mind said ďYouíre ready, Erin.Ē And I was.

In a year, I lost 110 lbs and reached my weight goal. I hadnít been 140 lbs since I was 18 years old. My body felt foreign and I couldnít stop looking at my reflection as I passed by store windows. It was as though I had to keep checking to make sure I wasnít imagining the fact that I was now thin.

For over a year I did a pretty good job at keeping the weight off and I relished in the fact that I no longer needed to shop in a special section for clothing. I was able to stop obsessing about how embarrassed and uncomfortable I was because of my weight. I was finally happy with my body.

Well, life took a turn and I allowed depression to get the best of me. I was unemployed, my romantic relationships werenít working out and I eventually even became homeless. It was the hardest year of my life and the weight managed to creep back on.

Iím now 205 lbs and know that something has to give. I canít let this be how my weight loss journey ends. I know what Iím capable of. I know what works for me.

For months I have had all sorts of false starts. My life is still in limbo and I can no longer use that as an excuse.

Like Iíve said beforeÖ It doesnít have to start on a Monday. It doesnít need to be the first of the year or month. I donít have to gorge myself before starting. I just need to start.

Itís 4:30 pm on Wednesday August 14th. Iím ready.

  
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AJDOVER1 8/15/2013 3:31PM

    Today is a great day to make healthy decisions! I wish you all the best.
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LISAW/3 8/15/2013 12:05AM

    Welcome back! Hopefully Spark and its community can help you lose that weight. You've done it, you know what it takes.
I'm sorry to hear of your struggles, but hopefully you are in a place where you can take care of yourself again!


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ERINLINDSAY83 8/14/2013 7:52PM

    This is a wonderful blog. love it. You are amazing. I love that you acknowledge that you are fully capable of doing this..that's a great start! Plus, you already know HOW to do it! (The hard part is the motivation, hehe.) Keep pushing and dont hesitate to reach out for help (to family or friends or SP members!)

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Not Gonna Beat Myself Up...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

For the last six months I have been starting back up on SP and then falling off the wagon over and over. I had come so far in my weight loss journey and had managed to keep it off for more than a year. WHY did I let it creep back on and WHY wasn't I doing something about it?
I know what it takes to lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off. WHY was I choosing to get fatter instead? The fact is... It doesn't matter.
What matters is the fact that I'm doing something about it now. Before ALL of the weight I had worked so hard to lose comes back on.
I'm not beating myself up. I'm not waiting for a Monday or the first of the month to start. All of my ducks don't need to be in a row...
I'm starting now. And I'm going to get back down to my goal weight. End of story.
Go, me! :)

  
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MAMA3MANY1 10/12/2012 1:52PM

    You go girl!
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62NVON 10/12/2012 11:36AM

    Been there, done that.... good for you for getting back on track before it gets more out of hand. And, yes... GO YOU!!!

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KARENGMT 10/10/2012 11:33AM

    I've been where you've been and am where you are now! Let's do this!

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A View From The Finish Line...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Exactly one year later... I've lost 100 lbs., gained a crap load of self-esteem, was inspired by many and have hopefully inspired others, became a much happier person, changed many things in my personal life that have made me feel more comfortable in my own skin, and have learned things about myself that I wish I had known earlier in life.
I'm grateful for SP and the people who have helped me along my journey.
It's not over of course. Many people gain the weight back. Am I worried? No.
I did things the right way this time. The mental part of weight loss is SOO important. I'd say that it's 90% of it.
So, here I am at the finish line. Waiting for my real life to begin. The view ROCKS!
I'll be here, cheering all of you along. Thanks again!



  
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MIMULUSBUG 10/31/2010 4:20PM

    Beautiful!

Thanks so much for posting this blog, for your inspiration and positive words.
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AJDOVER1 9/16/2010 7:23PM

    I hope you feel as great as you look! Best wishes to you.

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CHERKYLE 9/15/2010 1:36PM

    What a fantastic journey! You are amazing!!

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FRANCLYN 9/13/2010 4:20PM

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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JUNEBUG4967 9/13/2010 2:28PM

    You look fab-u-lous dahling!

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THINCPL2004 9/11/2010 7:19PM

    Awesome jpb, you did great!

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ADAMM9 9/11/2010 2:28PM

    Smokin' hot! I remember when you started. So proud of what you've accomplished!

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JULESELLEN 9/11/2010 10:22AM

    How Wonderful! Enjoy your success and your healthy you!

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    You look amazing!
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MISS_VIV 9/10/2010 8:43PM

    YOU LOOK GREAT. WHAT A JOB.
Are you looking to be a model for a fashion magazine ? I think you could.
CONGRATULATIONS.

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ALYFITN 9/10/2010 7:29PM

    Erin, you look awesome! I read some of your blogs. Wow, what a journey. I've enjoyed your hubby's blogs as well. Sooooo wonderful that you have done this thing together. God bless!

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LOPEYP 9/10/2010 7:02PM

    You look great! Congrats on your success!!

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    BEAUTIFUL! emoticon

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LISAW/3 9/10/2010 6:08PM

    Oh, my goodness! You look fantastic! Great accomplishment!
Check out the SP At Goal and Maintaining Team- great support there!

Congrats!

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XTMONT 9/10/2010 6:05PM

    What an amazing accomplishment! Congrats again!

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BATTY30 9/10/2010 6:02PM

    Congratulations you look amazing!

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62NVON 9/10/2010 5:51PM

    I am sooooo proud of you! I know it's been stressful lately, but you overcame it and kept on course.

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_RANDY_ 9/10/2010 5:30PM

    amazing!

you've worked hard and you look great

I'm glad that you sound proud of you ....too.

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Most Recent Before/After Pics

Monday, June 28, 2010

Jan 20, 2009
Jun 11, 2010

  
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SKINNIKKI 7/14/2010 11:23AM

    Holy Moly!!! Wow! You look great. What a great success story! I hope you are doing well otherwise. Hows are you! Miss you on Twitter.

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DOCKO56 7/6/2010 7:35AM

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    Congratulations! Your dedication and hard work certainly show - you look amazing! emoticon emoticon

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    WOW!! That is emoticon emoticon. You are looking great!
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FARMWIFEANDMOM 6/30/2010 1:23PM

    Wow! That is awesome! Congratulations!

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FRANCLYN 6/29/2010 4:59PM

    OH YEAH! THAT'S what it's all about! Great job! Pat yourself on the back, not just because you look so great but because of the strong person it took to get you so far. YOU ROCK!

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_RANDY_ 6/29/2010 4:00PM

    amazing progress!

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RSWIFE 6/29/2010 3:59PM

    Wow! You look awesome! Be proud of yourself- you deserve it!!

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READINESSISALL 6/29/2010 12:41PM

  Wow! That's amazing!!! Congratulations on all your hard work. You look wonderful!

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SHERLYN-WILL 6/29/2010 11:44AM

    What a transformation! I would have been wearing what you were in the top picture.... to show it off. (I think LOL)

You look so great!

PS I am friends with scraphappy so I saw where she commented on this and I came to be nosy!

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GROGGYFROGGY 6/29/2010 11:43AM

    Awesome! Great job. I hope my after pics can compare to yours. Wonderful!

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KITTIKATKITTY 6/29/2010 10:23AM

    LOVE IT!!!! AMAZING

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SCRAPHAPPY94 6/29/2010 9:52AM

    Wow. Wow. Yeah, that's all I got. Wow! Congratulations!

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    WOW!!!

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GIANTOCR1 6/29/2010 9:29AM

    You look incredible. Great job, All the hard work payed off.

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    Yahoo!!!!! You rock!!!! emoticon

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SKATVEN 6/28/2010 11:59PM

    Wow what a difference! You've got to be glad you took those before pictures! Thanks for the motivation I'm coming from the same place heading the same direction!

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NANNER2121 6/28/2010 8:47PM

    WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! You ROCK!!

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    You look fantastic!

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    WOW, what an amazing transformation!!!!! emoticon

You ROCK!!!!

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DECEMBERBRIDE10 6/28/2010 8:04PM

    WOOHOO!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

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CARLA-216 6/28/2010 7:22PM

    Wowza, what an incredible difference! I am so happy for you!
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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/28/2010 7:09PM

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

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KIRSTY1306 6/28/2010 6:59PM

    WOW , what a transformation, congratulations you have worked so hard !!


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CATHYPT 6/28/2010 6:41PM

    Fantastric - you go girl!!!!

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    Hottie! Well done :)

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MIMULUSBUG 6/28/2010 6:19PM

    BEAUTIFUL!

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THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION!

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ADAMM9 6/28/2010 6:13PM

    AWESOME! Way to go!

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CLIMBERCHICK14 6/28/2010 6:00PM

    Holy transformation! CONGRATULATIONS!

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SPARKGIRL32 6/28/2010 5:45PM

    WOW!!!

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    way to go! you look awesome!

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MISS_VIV 6/28/2010 5:30PM

    YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISAW/3 6/28/2010 5:28PM

    WOW! What a difference! You've done such a great job!

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KEEPGOING87 6/28/2010 5:04PM

    that is AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

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    Great work!

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More Before/After Pics.

Friday, January 15, 2010

This is FUN! If I wasn't so gosh darned amazed at the difference, I wouldn't be boring you with more pictures. Plus, the Before pic was taken on 10/26. More than a month AFTER I started here on SparkPeople. So, these are only 11.5 weeks apart. Cool, hu?




  
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MASRITE 3/2/2010 7:59PM

    You look so good. Isn't it amazing what 30 lbs. can do? Keep up the great work. emoticon

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    Looking GOOD!! You're making great progress!
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MIMULUSBUG 3/2/2010 1:16PM

    Erin,

You have so inspired me!!! Thank you for taking the time to post the photos!!!

I am so happy for you and all you've accomplished!! WOW!!!

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TERRIFICLYFIT 2/18/2010 1:54PM

    You are looking good, lady! Way to go!!! Can't wait to see this month's pics, especially after rocking that half marathon walk yesterday!!!

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BATTY30 1/30/2010 10:14PM

    Wow your really doing fantastic! emoticon

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ZENMIND7 1/28/2010 2:17AM

    Wow, look at that waist of yours! Great progress!

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NIKI8911 1/27/2010 11:45AM

    WOOOW! You're shrinking girl!! How exciting! Keep it up! I know I said this on your last blog on before & after.... but I need to post mine too! lol

Your kicking a$$!! You look awesome!

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JUNEBUG4967 1/18/2010 2:52PM

    WOW!~!!! That is super! You can really see the difference in the before and now shots!
Congrats!
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MITEJOE 1/17/2010 10:50AM

    You go go GO girl....these pics are incredible!

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SUPERWOMAN2010 1/17/2010 12:10AM

    So awesome!!! It was a thrilling day for me when I looked at my body profile in the mirror and realized that my boobs came out farther than my belly. Might sound silly, but that is one of the differences I noticed in your pics! Congrats!

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VHALKYRIE 1/16/2010 10:32PM

    Wow, the transformation is striking! Incredible! WELL DONE!

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-FEMALE- 1/16/2010 10:26PM

    WOW!! You look amazing! Incredible work!

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ARIANERA 1/16/2010 9:51AM

    emoticon WOW!!!

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MOMMYSWAMI 1/16/2010 7:41AM

    That is truly amazing. Makes me wonder why I put off losing weight when such a huge change can be made in a few short months. Congratulations!

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BOUDINETTE 1/16/2010 12:56AM

    WHOW!!!!!!!!!!!
WOOOHOOOOOOOOOO.
.... WELL DONE!
This made me want to keep working.

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MCSKINNY_MCSEXY 1/15/2010 10:14PM

    Oh my god! Amazing! You go!! Great for you!!!!!

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WILLOW_1956 1/15/2010 9:14PM

    You ROCK!

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LISAW/3 1/15/2010 5:59PM

    Wow! What a difference! I really wish I had taken some before pictures. Sometimes it is hard to see the difference yourself, but photos really prove it! But I see my weight loss in random pictures of myself since before I started Spark, but nothing like your photos!
Congratulations!

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SCRAPHAPPY94 1/15/2010 4:34PM

    Awesome! What a difference. I'm inspired now;)

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MARIAAGRAMON 1/15/2010 4:14PM

    Awesome progress pics - and totally inspiring. I NEEDED to see these today - they give me hope. Congrats on all you've accomplished thus far.

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CARLA-216 1/15/2010 3:56PM

    What incredible progress you've made! I love seeing the visual. What an inspiration you are!! emoticon

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BATTY30 1/15/2010 3:48PM

    Great idea with the pictures. I so wish I would have thought about doing that when I started. The change is amazing. Keep up the good work.

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SALINA78 1/15/2010 3:09PM

    Great job!!!
Keep up the great work!

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JAMIELOGICAL 1/15/2010 2:15PM

    That is amazing. You've lost weight everywhere, but it's so noticeable around you mid-section. Good for you! And keep it up! I did before pictures, but I really wish I had done a back picture. Don't know why I didn't think of that at the time.

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KITTIKATKITTY 1/15/2010 2:06PM

    Amazing!! Great job!

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KEEPGOING87 1/15/2010 1:56PM

    WOW thats a HUGE difference! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your doing awesome

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MAERETH 1/15/2010 1:50PM

    W.O.W!!

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ADAMM9 1/15/2010 1:47PM

    This blog post is marinated in all kinds of AWESOME SAUCE!!!!

Great job Erin!

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SKINNIKKI 1/15/2010 1:32PM

    You are right! What a difference. I so wish I had done this.

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    Wow that is so awesome! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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NANNER2121 1/15/2010 1:20PM

    Fantastic progress and even better bravery for posting the pics. You may, I repeat MAY, have inspired me to do the same! Good for you and Drew for continuing to follow your plan for health and fitness.
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MISS_VIV 1/15/2010 1:18PM

    GO ERIN...................What great pictures. You are AWESOME.
Keep up the good work (and I love reading your blogs). It must be all that walking ...
Did you say you walk EVERY DAY?



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KRISLEWIS48 1/15/2010 1:13PM

    Erin, you are such a little cutie--and you've sure got some fortitude. Not only are you brave enough to lose that much weight so quickly, you are double-brave enough to take "before" pictures. I have one picture of myself (full body in more ways than one) that "Sparked" me to lose weight. I am not much of an exerciser, so I have only lost 30 pounds in 7 months. It is obvious that you have been doing a lot of exercising. I'm so impressed. Keep it up!

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KIMMAS82 1/15/2010 1:13PM

    Great progress pics!! You're obviously doing something right!!!!

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MAMAEAGLE 1/15/2010 1:11PM

    Yay!!! Great pics! Awesome progress!!!

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SNOWYOWL56 1/15/2010 1:10PM

    Great job, I'm inspired! One of these days I'm gonna have my own pics on here. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CELESTIALAXIS 1/15/2010 1:08PM

    Ow wow! I want my belly and bum to disappear like that! Yay you! Great motivation!

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JENNI329 1/15/2010 1:06PM

    WOW, Erin! That's freaking awesome! You should be SO proud of yourself; I'm proud of you! Keep up the good & hard work, my dear! You're gonna have that rocking 150lb body in NO time!

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62NVON 1/15/2010 1:03PM

    WOW... you GO girl!!! That is so freakin' awesome!!!

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FATBIRD77 1/15/2010 1:03PM

    wow. only 11 weeks well done. only 11 weeks sorry that's amazing. i love seeing before and after pictures, shows me that it can be done with patience which, is unfortunately something i lack. again well done :)

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CHERKYLE 1/15/2010 1:02PM

    That is wonderful! I have not taken my "before"yet, and I am already down a little over 20#, need to do this today!

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MOMGABE 1/15/2010 1:01PM

    Way to go!! You can really see the progress.

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