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Bike Ride with my Hubby to Watson Lake

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

This bike ride happened last weekend, but hey, I've been busy! We got on our trusty bikes and headed up the Poudre Trail bike path all the way out till where it ends at the road to Watson Lake. The bike trail system in Fort Collins is really second to none and if you know of a good one, let me know as I could see us traveling to check them out. From our house it's about a quarter of a mile to get on one of the bike trails and they all follow the river or the stream so they have a nice, natural setting. I think the lake is about 9 miles from our house so it's a good distance but not killer. I burned 640 calories. The Poudre River goes right next to the lake so you have your choice of either a table with a lake view or a bench with a river view. Lots of people fishing. Then we rode about a block to this little coffee shop in the little town of Bellvue and had healthy sandwiches for lunch. Great day!

Here's Randy at about the half way point. That's the Poudre River, it's calmed down considerably since last week. The snowmelt has been record this year.

Watson Lake, CO

The Bellvue Dome hogback towers over the lake. There's an eagle's nest up there.

The coffee shop is in an old general store. Way cute, hadn't been there before but will be our new biking reward spot.

Yours truly, enjoying the day.

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REYVE01 8/8/2011 2:11AM

    emoticon Your looking good.... emoticon

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CHAR1970 8/6/2011 12:08AM

    Another beautiful place in Colorado!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/3/2011 10:35PM

    Looking good, T! Check out the sexy legs! I was jealous to read the blog title, thinking you guys had a chance to do that today during the work week, but was much happier to see that it occurred on the weekend, LOL!

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THEHONESTME 8/3/2011 8:48PM

    WOW How pretty!! It sounds like a nice, fun day with your hubby :) I love those kinds of days! Thanks for sharing your pictures :)

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L3DESIGNS 8/3/2011 4:48PM

    Looks like a wonderful place to ride.

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BECCAJ98 8/3/2011 4:30PM

    Love the pics.......soooo pretty!

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MEGA_MILES 8/3/2011 4:17PM

    Looks like a great place to ride.

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KA_JUN 8/3/2011 2:38PM

    Beautiful pics, looks like a great bike tour!

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TALLGUY42 8/3/2011 2:20PM

    Gorgeous views!

The store looks very neat too.

Congrats on the calorie burn and a great dau out with Randy.

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LISAINMS 8/3/2011 2:17PM

    What a great place to be outside!

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MCLAFLIN 8/3/2011 1:45PM

    You are just trying to make me jealous, aren't' you! emoticon
It is beautiful, and you have SO many options for fitness. You live in an awesome place! TFS

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NYKIMMIE 8/3/2011 1:38PM

    looks like you had a great ride and beautiful scenery

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Rodeo. Who Knew?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We headed up to Cheyenne, Wyoming on Saturday for some rest and rodeo. We have nothing to do with horses, livestock, cowboys, country music or rodeo. But it's so close (35 miles) and they make such a big deal of it we wanted to see for ourselves. They've got a HUGE area and we had to park out at the highway and ride school buses to the rodeo grounds. We sat in the backseat, of course!
There was a big midway with all the good rides and lots of food booths which we mostly ignored. The rodeo itself was amazing. There was always something going on, no lag time between events, so fast paced and entertaining. I was impressed with how organized and geared towards action it was. Never a dull moment, we saw bronc riding (two kinds?), calf roping, barrel racing, bull riding, some weird mommy/baby race where they separated new horsey babies from their moms and whichever stressed out pair reunited first won, and another great race where teams of three men had to saddle and ride a wild horse around the track. That one was hilarious and only three team actually had riders finish. We ended up having so much fun we might go back next weekend. Rode one ride. A hang glider like thing where you lay on your stomach and go up and around. It was fun. (Randy doesn't do scary rides so I didn't get to do the classic fair ride, The Zipper)

Ride 'em cowboy! Bronc riding was the best event.

The place is huge. They said 13,000 were there that day.

This is the start of that wild horse race. They've got to saddle it and then get around the track one time. These guys did it, came in second I think.

Gosh honey, you sure are cute when you're scared.

This is the Indian Village private teepee area.

This old steam engine pulls a train from Denver up to Cheyenne for the rodeo each year. Tickets are impossible to get. We just happened to be leaving Cheyenne when it was. Cool.

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COLUMBINE2 8/5/2011 9:31PM

    Hey...that's my old stompin' grounds! (grew up on ranch 40 miles NE of town). My dad was so proud of attending the Frontier Days final rodeo for 88 of his 92.5 years! (if WWII and then old age hadn't interfered, he would've attended 92 years in a row!)

You might like the Night Show (depending on who the entertainer is) with chuck wagon races, trick riders, etc. And the parades are filled with authentic buggies, costumes, Indians (yep, we still say Indians in Wyoming), etc. When I rode in the parades as Queen of several organizations, my horse (a RANCH horse--not a town horse) wasn't so keen on the cap guns going off & the flags flapping & little kids running out for candy. So my dad rode nearby to keep me company. He used to say he "was the last of the Queens." But he refused to wear a tiara on his cowboy hat like the rest of us Queens --whatta fuddy duddy! Glad you had fun! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/28/2011 6:17PM

    Wow, that is alot of people. Rodeos are popular down here also, but not that big. I can imagine with that many people in attendance they gave the show to end all shows. You are far more adventurous than I am with the rides. I always seem to get a neck ache on those things.

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CHAR1970 7/28/2011 1:47AM

    You've got so many fun things to do! We have a lot of rodeos around this area but we don't usually go to them.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 7/27/2011 1:51PM

    Looks like fun! Cool that it is so close to you :D

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JERZRN 7/27/2011 12:46PM

    Looks like fun!

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LUCYLU22 7/27/2011 12:21AM

    Sounds like you guys had so much fun!! We have our Red Desert Rodeo this coming weekend here in Wyoming, followed by something called "Wyoming's Big Show", a carnival/fair with music at nights, so the kids and I are looking forward to seeing the rodeo on Saturday as well. Awesome pictures.

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K_CHRISTER 7/26/2011 11:04PM

    No reports about food?? Is that not the reason to go to a fair? emoticon

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THEHONESTME 7/26/2011 9:49PM

    The Zipper??? You're crazy! LOL I'll stay on the ground with your husband, thank you very much! I probably couldn't have done the hang glider one either, though - I tend to get motion sick on rides that go round and round :D
Sounds like you had a good time, though, and that's what counts!
The big fair has come to our town this week so there will a rodeo here on Thursday night. I've never been although others say it's fun. We go to the demolition derby instead (my son drives a car in it each year). Funny story - I moved back home with the kids when he was 4 and that first summer we went to the demolition derby with my sister and her boys. Kyle (my son) fell in love with it that year and pronounced that HE was going to be a DEMO MAN when he grew up! We all laughed - laughed about it every year - remember when Kyle said... HAHA! Well, didn't he go and do it and he loves it! Loves fixing the cars up so he can smash 'em up... whatever floats your boat, right? He likes it so we go to support him.
Have a great weekend, hope you get to go back to the rodeo :)

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MCLAFLIN 7/26/2011 9:44PM

    When we were in Cheyenne last summer, we skipped the rodeo because they are fairly common here. Now I wish we had gone. But, one day I will go back there, and hopefully you will still be in Ft. Collins!

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NEWMAC2011 7/26/2011 8:38PM

    I went to a rodeo years ago but don't remember much. I'd love to go to Wyoming because I hear it's so beautiful. Glad you had such a great time!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/26/2011 8:04PM

    Great weekend! Did they have "mutton busting?" I have been to one of the oldest rodeos around in Cimarron, NM. At the end they have an event for kids where little ones under the age of 6 have get to hang onto sheep as long as possible...sort of like bronco riding. It is hysterical.

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WINSLOWGIRLS3 7/26/2011 6:51PM

    That sounds like a ton of fun! I may have to make the trip and go see it also. :-)

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LISAKRISTY 7/26/2011 2:42PM

    Sounds like you had a fun Saturday!!!!
I grew up on a farm/ranch where almost everyone was involved in the rodeo in some form of fashion. So much fun! Love the cowboys...LOL!
Love the pics you posted!

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REYVE01 7/26/2011 1:44PM

    Hey... Did you see any Mutton Riding...lol. It is where they strap kids to scared sheep and off they go. OMG. Travis saw that once and his face was frozen in disbelieve. Then he turned to me and said... "I want to do that." Soooo cute and hysterical with a dose of mommy fear.

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Friday's Royal Arch hike with REYVE01

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I always like meeting fellow Sparkers and so have made an effort to meet as many as I can. I checked out chalk art with Nicole (NWILKER) in Denver, played disk golf with Anne (ANNESNEWLIFE) from Lakewood, did a 5K with Danielle (THISISFORME924) in Windsor and last Friday did an amazing hike with Veronica (REYVE01). It's so good to get together and compare notes and journeys, to share successes and bitch about stuff. SPARK in real life.

Veronica was great fun. She has spunk and determination and she's an awesome mom to Travis. She makes do with what she's got and is striving to improve her life and her sons' by going to school to earn the degree she really wants. She's also quite the hiker and goes uphill non-stop. I was dying! She was calmly asking me if I was OK. She was very open and friendly and I think we were really comfortable talking about anything and talk about anything we did. How nice. Thanks Veronica. Hope we can do this again real soon. You pick next time.

Veronica and me getting ready to head up. Photo credit to Travis.

Travis the trooper. He's a good hiker and made friends with every dog on the trail.

At the arch! It's a really hard hike and there were a few times where my body said, "Quit!" but Veronica and Travis were both doing pretty well so I kept going. Glad I did. This arch is cool and the view is amazing. (Lean your head please, cannot get spark to turn this picture.)

Veronica the Hiker! At the top with beautiful Colorado behind her.

The mountains in Boulder are called The Flatirons and I love the rocky formations here.

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JERZRN 7/30/2011 8:02AM

    Great pictures! Looks like you had a good time.

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CHAR1970 7/28/2011 1:42AM

    Sounds like you guys had fun. It's so awesome that you've been able to meet up with fellow Sparkers!

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MCLAFLIN 7/26/2011 9:47PM

    Have I ever told you I am jealous? lol, I know I have, but you truly live in a beautiful location. Loved the pics, and the fact that you are meeting SO many sparkers. And your legs, my darling, are looking very slim. Hiking and biking looks good on you!

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NEWMAC2011 7/26/2011 8:42PM

    You're so lucky to have met a few fellow Sparkers. This was interesting to read from your point of view since I'd already read Veronica's. You have so many beautiful places to hike. That's something I really love about the West.

Hopefully you'll be adding me to the list at the end of August when you come to Orlando!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/26/2011 8:01PM

    That's so cool that you have Sparkers close enough to meet. Love the pics!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 7/26/2011 5:40PM

    looks like a beautiful hike!

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JMCADE 7/26/2011 3:46PM

    Beautiful place! Great pictures! Great that you caried on even when you were unsure. WooHoo to you!

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TALLGUY42 7/26/2011 2:29PM

    Looks like a great time was had by all.

You ladies are so lucky to have such great hiking spots!

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REYVE01 7/26/2011 1:50PM

    What a great hike.... you did good. There was only that one time you struggled. After you FUELED up, you were good to go....

I still laugh when I think of you sliding down on your bottom and that guy thought you were taking a break in the only spot passable on the trail...lol. "Excuse me" "Excuse me Please"...

That was funny.

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Hike to Blue Lake, CO

Monday, July 25, 2011

I still need to blog about my hike with Veronica (REYVE01) but my husband is in the process of updating my laptop to Lion and those pics are unavailable to me right now. And the rodeo pics too.

We had tried to hike to Blue Lake a couple weekends ago but I had forgotten an important piece of equipment (arch supports! ha ha) and so we tried again yesterday. It's about 10 miles round trip and an elevation gain of about 1600 feet. Not too strenuous but you do feel it, especially with the thin air. It was beautiful and it was quite an adventure. Lots of trees down over the path so we had to scramble over and under them. The scent of pine was really strong, which I love. The snow melt make everything soggy. The streams were full and raging. The path was really, really muddy in parts, in fact, for a lot of the upper part, the path was also a stream bed. So wet and muddy feet. Then we start seeing snow. Not much, not very deep and certainly not fresh. We crossed a lot of it which was funny because our hiking boots were pretty useless and we slid around a lot. No animal sightings but we did see a young male moose on the way home. Here's some pics!

This is the biggest stream on the hike, there's quite a substantial bridge across it.

Pretty, pretty, pretty

Made it up to the lake! First time I experienced snow and mosquitoes simultaneously.

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CHAR1970 7/27/2011 12:26AM

    Snow and mosquitos...sounds like Alberta lol.

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REYVE01 7/26/2011 2:06AM

    Colorado is crazy good for hiking... I've been on so many hikes... never the same one twice, YET, I haven't begone to see them all. My list is getting sooooo long.

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LISAINMS 7/25/2011 11:36PM

    Wow what a great place to hike! I see mom has already been here and voiced her concern about you not eating enough so I'll just leave it at that. Don't do what I did and then spend 6 months trying to reset your metabolism. Burning calories is good. Burning more calories is not more good.

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TALLGUY42 7/25/2011 10:40PM

    Another gorgeous hike. I am definitely envious.

BTW, I love the scent of fresh pine too.

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THEHONESTME 7/25/2011 10:05PM

    Beautiful!! Lucky lady! :)

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ILUVTOTAT 7/25/2011 5:08PM

    Sounds like a really fun hike! I want to know where Blue Lake is, too! I hike Rocky Mountain National Park most of the time.

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CHALLENGER15 7/25/2011 3:56PM


And I hear you about those arch supports! Absolutely need them!

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MELTING2SVELTE 7/25/2011 3:44PM

    Beautiful! Where is BLue Lake? I'm a Colorado gal too ;0)

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KAREN_NY 7/25/2011 3:00PM

    Beautiful! Makes me really miss the mountains too!

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KOFFEENUT 7/25/2011 2:22PM

    Snow AND mosquitos in July - gotta love Colorado!!!

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MCLAFLIN 7/25/2011 1:15PM

    I love these hiking blogs! You are blessed to be located in such a beautiful area!

Now, I spark stalked your hike. You burned 1300 calories, and this is fabulous. But, you only took in 1300 calories. Your body is going to go into starvation mode if you do that often. I know it should be a weekly calorie deficit that matters, but I just wanted to warn you! I told you about LISAINMS, and I know she would scold you, as well! I just don't want my spark friend to derail her efforts. I know you are working SO hard to lose the weight!

Now, can't wait for the next blog. Tell DH to HURRY with that computer!

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Yay! 20 Pounds Gone!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

This not drinking alcohol thing coupled with eating about 200 calories less than I had been plus my renewed weight training vigor is really paying off. I lost weight last week like I never have before.
As of this morning, I am OUT of 140sville!!!!! Woohooo!
And I hit the 20 pounds lost mark, double WoooHooo!
Also, looking in the mirror or just down at my own legs, I can no longer deny that this IS WORKING. Thanks Spark buddies for helping me stay in the game. I acknowledge that I would not have gotten here if it were not for y'all. There's my fat, sitting in a cupboard somewhere.

And now a report from the alcohol-free zone:
My husband and I are drinkers. Not sloppy, loud, losing our teeth kind of drinkers but we do enjoy the cocktails and so enjoy them we did. I had been very proud to find a drink that was just 110 calories (dark rum, diet ginger beer and lime, it's called Dark & Stormy, and is super yummy at the end of a long summer day) and was really, really proud of myself that we seemed satisfied with just one such drink each day. But on the weekends, watch out because it was time to reward ourselves for something- maybe for the work week? Maybe it was just another bad habit?
We would go to dinner and have a bottle of wine. And then we'd go somewhere for desert and have more wine. Sometimes we'd start these evenings with happy hour. Not every weekend but often enough that it bothered me. So, drinking Dark & Stormies during the week, wine on the weekend. I had cut way back due to Sparking but still, too much alcohol! My husband is pretty wise and saw that unless we just quit cold turkey we'd always think of ways to justify so much drinking. (You should have heard some of the stuff we came up with.) So starting the Summer 5% Challenge turned out to be the perfect opportunity for this major shift in our lifestyle. This is our first alcohol-free weekend ever. Last night we went out for dinner. We put the alcohol menu on the extra chair and proceeded to order healthy food and no drinks. We enjoyed dinner thoroughly. The bill was about half what it usually is. Then, we walked around our town, listened to two different live bands outdoors and had a marvelous time. And rode our bikes back home. I have never enjoyed a bike ride so much! I was thinking about how good it felt to be feeling so good, if you know what I mean. We are getting healthier every single day. We aren't afraid of making big changes that we know will support our goals. The temperature was perfect. And I noticed.
I was leery about hopping on the scale this morning because of having eaten out last night but VIOLA! There it was- 20 pounds down. I am getting a new charm for my Spark bracelet. A pear if I can find one because I am pear shaped and I read yesterday that when you lose weight, you can't really change your basic shape, just your size. I am comically pear shaped and reading that kind of took the wind out my sails until hubby said, "That's the shape I like!" So, okay, I will be a small pear.

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WINSLOWGIRLS3 7/25/2011 11:40AM

    Great job on the 20lbs lost!!! That is fantastic! Also good for yoou for embrasing your shape and just deciding to be a smaller version of that shape! You are amazing!!!

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LOTUSBURGER 7/24/2011 9:57PM

    GOOD JOB!!!
MOn petite pear

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ASL191 7/24/2011 3:27AM

    20 pounds down that is great - well done you for making that milestone.

And your night out last night sounds wonderful - a lovely summer evening, a meal, bands and a bike ride, sounds like the kind of night I would love!

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TALLGUY42 7/24/2011 2:29AM

    Congratulations Teresa!

You are doing amazingly well.

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LISAINMS 7/23/2011 11:52PM

    Yay for a smaller pear! Awesome that such a small thing to give up has resulted in such a big success for you!!

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CHAR1970 7/23/2011 11:17PM

    Good for you! You are doing amazing!

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AGRLNKY 7/23/2011 10:42PM

    So excited for you! Great Blog!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/23/2011 9:02PM

    DH doesn't drink (anymore) and so he always teases me at the difference between our restaurant bills when I have a glass or two of wine, versus not. So I could relate!! You guys are doing GREAT!

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JERZRN 7/23/2011 5:57PM

So happy for you!!!!

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REYVE01 7/23/2011 5:27PM

    Awesome..... I think you'll be able to enjoy your cocktails again when you get to maintenance... As long as you keep up the execrise and healthy eating... great job.

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JENBELLE 7/23/2011 4:21PM

    Congrats for 20lbs down!!!! I love the tips about the alcohol and the exchange with your hubbie- how sweet to have such a nice support! Keep it up, Starfish!

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MCLAFLIN 7/23/2011 1:58PM

    That is awesome! I have always been surprised at the calories in alcohol, but it wasn't an issue because I am not a big drinker by any means. BUT, it sounds like you have embraced this new lifestyle, and it is working for you! Congrats on your 20 pound loss! So great! Keep it up! I am sure the 4 pound loss this week will be motivating! (And I am a pear, too!)

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CARLYG8 7/23/2011 1:12PM

    Congrats on a great first week. I wish I was more computer savvy. I would love to be able to take a starfish and kind of morph it into a (small) pear shape. You rock!!!
(I bet Kristen could do that....)

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K_CHRISTER 7/23/2011 11:31AM

    Congratulations, keep it up, and pears taste better and have a nicer shape than apples!!

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NEWMAC2011 7/23/2011 11:13AM

    Pears are just delicious! And better than apple shaped (which is what I am) which is bad for the heart.

I'm so thrilled for you! Isn't this Challenge just great for getting us moving again? You certainly had a great 1st week. Good for you for giving up the alcohol. That will make a lot of difference calorie-wise.

We're ready for week 2! You go girl!

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THEHONESTME 7/23/2011 10:52AM

    Congrats, Teresa on going cold turkey and finding out how good you feel. DH and I also like a drink now and then - him more NOW and me more THEN! LOL This summer I've enjoyed a cocktail much less than other summers and I'm with you - I think it matters a lot! Having said that, Dark and Stormy sounds good - I might have to try that!!

As for you being pear shaped... well, I'm apple shaped and I've often wished I were a pear. We're never happy are we? I like your hubby's outlook, though, and I'll take it! I will settle for a SMALL APPLE

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KJMAZ2011 7/23/2011 10:47AM

    Congratulations on your hard work! I know it can be hard to cut out the things you do to celebrate, but you did it! I really enjoyed the pear bit, very cute :-)

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