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The Story of The Nail

Friday, April 30, 2010

Wanted to share this little story because it has so much to do with us setting our goals and staying on track to lose the weight and lead the healthy lifestyle we so deserve.

THE NAIL

One day a boy and his father went to a pet store to buy a puppy. While in the store, they noticed the owner's dog, a beautiful golden lab, sitting next to him crying with a loud groan. You could tell the dog was in pain. It would just sit there and cry.

The little boy asked his Father, "Daddy, why is that dog crying?" The father asked the store owner, "What's wrong with your dog? Why does he keep groaning like that?"

The owner replied nonchalantly, "Oh, he's laying on a nail."

The father looked puzzled and asked, "Why doesn't he get off of it?"

The owner replied, "It doesn't hurt bad enough. When it does, he'll move."

The moral of this story is, when our nail hurts bad enough, we'll change. We'll charge. We won't let anything get in the way of us accomplishing our goals. We will lead the healthy lifestyle we deserve without feeling deprived. We will find the time to exercise regularly. We will eat to live instead of live to eat. We will not let our emotions get the better of us. We will NOT make excuses.

My question to you is "DOES THE NAIL HURT YOU BAD ENOUGH YET???"

Mine became too painful in December 2008 and I finally GOT OFF THAT DARN NAIL FOR GOOD! If I can do it, SO CAN YOU!

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POSEY440 5/2/2010 3:52PM

    That is reminding me about the frog in a pan of water it never jumps out and cooks.
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MINIUM 5/2/2010 11:10AM

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Have a lovely day!

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SAND15501 5/1/2010 12:24PM

    AWESOME AND MOTIVATIONAL!!!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS BLOG..... emoticon

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PMFISH 5/1/2010 12:16PM

    Great story and so true!

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NEW-CAZ 5/1/2010 3:50AM

    WONDERFUL blog Tia emoticon

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SWTRED65 4/30/2010 9:26PM

    This was a great story and so like people too...health or financial crisis will be the "nail" that causes us to move, more likely than not. Thanks for the vision.

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SHAKENMA 4/30/2010 9:08PM

    This is GREAT! Thanks for the blog today. emoticon

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FITWITHIN 4/30/2010 8:34PM

    Love it! This is why I will not give up. During good and bad days, because I'm worth it. No matter how long it takes I refuse to sell myself short anymore.

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LDY_ALI_79 4/30/2010 8:18PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing! Yes, the nails hurts really bad. I'm sitting her planning my meals out for the next 10 days!

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Checking In...It's Been a While! But All's Good!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I can't believe it's been a month since I blogged last. Guess it's been pretty busy, but in a good way. A few things that have happened:

1) On 4/3 ran my first 5k of the year and placed 3rd in my age group! That was a goal of mine for this year, but didn't expect to hit it so soon. Did my best 5k ever, even beat my time from when I was 28 over 13 years ago.



2) On 4/10, ran a 15k, first one of these since I started my weight loss journey in Jan. 2009. Last Feb, I ran the 15k in 1:51, on a totally flat course and I struggled the entire way. This time, about a third of the course was either bridges or inclines and finished in 1:31 - a full 20 minutes sooner than my previous time! So I was excited!




3) Training for this Figure Competition has been the hardest thing I've done yet. The diet is what's so hard. It's super restrictive, but I've managed to stay on track and my body fat and inches continue to drop. My goal is to be under 20% within the next two weeks. Last weekend I went to see my first competition. My trainer was competing in her first one. It was amazing, and I truly have so much more respect for the work that goes into this.




I've been getting one cheat meal each week, and I'd come to dread it because now my body is so used to unsalted, clean food, that when I try to put bad stuff in, I get sick and don't sleep well. I never thought I'd enjoy eating the same things over and over again, but I'm really okay with it. 5 days a week I eat 16 egg whites, so that's taken some getting used to. I sometimes feel like all I do is shop, chop, prepare and eat! But I'm enjoying the results and feel great. I now know I can do anything I put my mind to!

4) I've recently stepped up my workout, so I'm doing strength 3 days a week by working two body parts for 30 minutes then going into the gym's Just Pump Class for full body, then 30 min of cardio. Doing HIIT cardio 5 days a week. I've gotten to where I can do 30 unassisted pullups, so that's an accomplishment! Going for 40 before the end of this month.



5) Just enjoying the process! Here's me and my precious nephew making a muscle (taken a little over a month ago).

  
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LDY_ALI_79 4/30/2010 8:22PM

    You're just a machine. emoticon

Egg whites is something I had to get used too!

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MSVITALITY43 4/30/2010 1:06PM

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You are truly inspiring! What a difference a year makes Just goes to show 'what the mind can percieve it will achieve'. I'd love to add you as a friend and keep up with your progress and tips to motivate me to stay on track.
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IVYLASS 4/27/2010 12:45PM

    You got some tone there, girl! Keep it up!!

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ANDREA0301 4/27/2010 11:27AM

    Holy smokes!!! Hot, hot, HOT!!! emoticon

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KJS_MOM 4/27/2010 9:30AM

    Wow you are doing so good!

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LORENVER 4/27/2010 6:18AM

    WOW! Those time improvement are AMAZING. Way to go. I'm glad you are enjoying the journey so much, that is what really makes life worth living.

So cool.

Loren

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NEW-CAZ 4/27/2010 4:19AM

    emoticon Tia on all your achievements hun- emoticon

Love all the pics-inspiring
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MINIUM 4/27/2010 2:45AM

    It's good to hear from you!
emoticon on your progress in every field - you're amazing!
When you have the time, I'd be very interested to know what else you eat, apart from egg whites. And how you accommodate your whites!
Keep up the good work!

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MGRIFFITH32 4/26/2010 10:54PM

    Love that last muscle pic with your nephew. Thanks for keeping us posted on your continued journey. You're doing it!

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SHAKENMA 4/26/2010 9:12PM

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Week 3 Training for Figure Competition - Amazing Results!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Well after almost 3 full weeks of eating such bland food with no salt or sugar or (hot sauce), I'm used to the food and have been able to get creative with flavors!

My trainer weighed and measured me on 3/10 and then again on 3/24. I was hoping for SOME results to make me feel good about this crazy diet and intense workouts, and well, here are the TWO WEEKS results:

Weight:
3/10 - 135.8 lbs
3/24 - 137.6 lbs - UP!

Body Fat:
3/10 - 29.6%
3/24 - 26.4% - DOWN!!!

BODY MEASUREMENTS
Shoulders:
3/10 - 42 in
3/24 - 40.75 in - DOWN 1.25 INCHES!!!

Chest:
3/10 - 35 in
3/24 - 34.5 in - DOWN 0.5 INCH!!!

Waist:
3/10 - 29.5 in
3/24 - 27 in - DOWN 2.5 INCHES!!!

Hips:
3/10 - 39 in
3/24 - 38 in - DOWN 1 INCH!!!

Thigh:
3/10 - 21 in
3/24 - 20 in - DOWN 1 INCH!!!

Arm (Bicep):
3/10 - 11.75 in
3/24 - 10.75 in - DOWN 1 INCH!!!

Calf:
3/10 - 13 in
3/24 - 12.75 in - DOWN 0.25 INCH!!!

Needless to say, I was SO happy and very encouraged to keep doing what I'm doing! My body's responding well to the food and training and it doesn't appear I'm retaining water, which is great! It shows with the weight being up but everything else being down, which was initially amazing to me as well.

So I'll suffer through 70+ more days of this to get my dream body and perhaps step on stage to compete!

What's funny is that I've never actually wore a bikini in public, and my first time doing so may be in front of 1,000 people! S-C-A-R-Y, but yet another goal and challenge to conquer! Just had to share because I'm so excited!

And to my running buddies, I ran 5 miles yesterday. That's the most I've run since the marathon less than a month ago. Since I'm training for this competition I can't do nearly as much cardio as i used to, but I had signed up for a 15k before deciding to do this and my trainer cleared me to do it as long as I only do one long run a week, and no more than six miles before the race, which is fine. I'm doing a 5k next weekend, and plan to do at least one a month to build my speed. I normally run by myself, but yesterday ran with a friend who's going to also do the 15k and it pushed me, so I ran much faster than if I was by myself, which was great!

Just enjoying the process!

  
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MINIUM 4/19/2010 10:58PM

    You are very inspiring and I find you very beautiful.
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L3DESIGNS 4/18/2010 8:52PM

    Great progress~ Way to go! Keep it up

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46SHADOW 4/18/2010 8:09PM

    Your so brave emoticon

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NYCOLA44 4/16/2010 4:58PM

    I guess I missed a lot you are entering a fit competition... I cant wait me and Nicole will be front and center. keep me posted.

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MBSHAZZER 4/15/2010 3:28PM

    So neat that you're doing this! I'm excited to see how your progress is coming along!

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JAEBAEBEE 4/7/2010 5:37PM

    Wonderful progress! And I really like your discipline, it really motivates me!

Jae

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LDY_ALI_79 4/6/2010 2:31PM

    Wow, that's cool! So did your trainer tell you what food you can have?

You just inspired to forget about the numbers. I just tried on a pair of jeans that were a size 12 & couldn’t believe it. But I couldn’t celebrate because I let that stupuid scale ruin my happiness. Your blog allowed me to move past the number & continue what I’m doing!

Take care~
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EMPOWEREDRUNNER 4/5/2010 5:28PM

    So glad I found your page again. Congrats on selecting your next challenge. Question: I have a friend who has competed in a few fitness comps. She was instructed to do (2) 1hr cardio sessions. Why are you restricted in your cardio? Or are you restricted in the amount of running? She did alot to try to trim the legs and overall bodyfat.
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JWENZEL723 3/30/2010 1:18PM

    wow!!! look at those losses! you should be proud of yourself, woman!

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KJS_MOM 3/29/2010 3:14PM

    I was right by picking you as a mentor! emoticon

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JUST_JULIA 3/28/2010 10:55PM

    Awesome progress - proof that the scale isn't always the best measurement! Way to go!

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IVYLASS 3/28/2010 5:50PM

    You're packing on the muscle, babe! Keep it up!!

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POSEY440 3/27/2010 2:33PM

    You are doing so great. I thank you for the info you told me too. I am looking forward to the changes, now if I could just do the measuring right. I saw a trainer and I am set for the toning now. Good luck with you I will be watching. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDREA0301 3/27/2010 1:28PM

    You are SO inspiring!! I wish you the ABSOLUTE BEST in this next adventure!

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/27/2010 11:22AM

    That's amazing. Just think of how different the reaction would be if weight were the only measurement you took. It sounds like you are getting very strong and trim!!

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-PAULA 3/27/2010 10:25AM

    You are doing great. Don't you just love those waist results! Definitely an encouragement to keep it up! Thanks for sharing - you are certainly an inspiration!

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NEW-CAZ 3/27/2010 5:00AM

    emoticon Tia, so pleased for you hun- you dun good girl!! emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/27/2010 1:29AM

    Awesome achievement!!

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DEUSMACHINA 3/27/2010 12:55AM

    Wow Tia! That is astonishing!

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NSG4729 3/27/2010 12:28AM

    Great job Tia....you are a rock star!

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MICHARM 3/26/2010 11:37PM

    Good for you on training for a competition...I am going to watch one tomorrow in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. I blogged a bit about it a couple days ago (if you care to look). I have never been to competition but I am hoping to be inspired so I can lose my 20 pounds that I need to lose!
You are an inspiration to me!!!

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PAMTAMYOUNG 3/26/2010 10:04PM

    Wow this is so awesome and it just goes to show me that I do need to add measuring because it really shows. You have done so much and I am truly encouraged by you. Thank you for sharing, It really does my heart good.

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CHAMPIONS NEVER SAY DIE!

Monday, March 22, 2010

This is from one of my favorite self-improvement books called: 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class! There's something for every area of life and each "Secret" is just a page or two. This is my favorite one, I refer to it anytime I set a goal to do something great! It's "secret" #127 and I wanted to share it with my Spark Champions!


CHAMPIONS NEVER SAY DIE!

THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL PERSIST UNTIL THEY BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE. THE UPPER CLASS WILL PERSIST UNTIL IT BECOMES PAINFUL. THE WORLD CLASS NEVER SAYS DIE. CHAMPIONS ARE COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE GROWN SO ACCUSTOMED TO RISK THAT FEELINGS OF VULNERABILITY ALMOST SEEM NATURAL. CHAMPIONS DON’T EVEN BEGIN TO PAY ATTENTION UNTIL THEY FEEL PAIN, WHICH THEY EXPECT TO FEEL ON A REGULAR BASIS. CHAMPION CYCLIST LANCE ARMSTRONG SAYS RACING DOESN’T EVEN GET INTERESTING UNTIL IT BECOMES WHAT HE CALLS A “SUFFER-FEST.” EVEN THE UPPER CLASS CANNOT COMPETE WITH THE WORLD CLASS BECAUSE, WHILE GOOD PERFORMERS HAVE A DEEP DESIRE TO WIN, THE GREAT ONES ARE COMMITTED TO WINNING. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE TWO THOUGHT PROCESSES IS SUBSTANTIAL. FAILURE TO MANIFEST THE VISION IS NOT AN OPTION; CHAMPIONS WILL DO IT OR DIE TRYING. THE MANTRA THEY LOVE TO ESPOUSE IS, “WHATEVER IT TAKES.” THE GREAT ONES ARE MASTERS OF SELF-DENIAL, SUFFERING AND SACRIFICE. THEY DO IT ALL TO LIVE THEIR VISION. IF YOU’RE GOING TO GO UP AGAINST THE GREAT ONES, YOU BETTER PACK A LUNCH – IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG AFTERNOON.

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POSEY440 3/27/2010 2:36PM

    Well I am learning to love the burn to know that it is working on my muscles so I can relate somewhat. emoticon

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CPRENSCH 3/26/2010 1:00PM

    Thanks for the pre-race motivation. By the way, your race background photo is even more motivating! Sure hope my race photo turns out that good. emoticon

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KJS_MOM 3/23/2010 2:03PM

    Ok, well I see the problem. I am a middle class/upper class and we can't have that! I need to start being a Champion! I like that! emoticon

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LDY_ALI_79 3/22/2010 11:26PM

    Thanks for sharing. That's a book I need to invest in, I'm always up for some self improvement!

Take care~

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HELENAWF 3/22/2010 4:51PM

    Thanks for sharing. Love it!

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NEW-CAZ 3/22/2010 3:35PM

    A very motivating blog Tia, as always hun
thank you
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Women Sparkers Must Have a Naked Lady Party!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

From a Facebook post, I was contacted by a local news anchor about doing a segment on this, and I thought, what a perfect thing for Sparkers who are losing weigh and anyone really!

If you haven't heard of it, it's a Girlfriend's Clothing Swap that's called NAKED LADY PARTY. My Sister's been throwing them twice a year for about 4 years now. They've become one of my favorite things!

Here's how it works:

Invite several of your girlfriends (my sister's Evite usually has over 100 people on it), allow them to invite their girlfriends.

Ask each person to bring at least 3 gently worn items that could consist of clothing, shoes, accessories like belts, purses, etc.

Rent or buy wardrobe racks to put clothing on. Arrange clothes by size (get the girlfriends to help). Use couches and chairs to pile clothes on as well.

Ask everyone to bring an appetizer and beverage. There usually ends up being 20-30 people who come, which is perfect.

Let's say the party starts at 6pm, as people arrive they can "preview shop" to see items they'd want. Then at the designated time, usually half hour to an hour later once everyone is there, let the shopping begin! Bedrooms and bathrooms and other rooms are used for changing, but eventually we're changing clothes all over (thus you have "Naked Ladies"). Limit to 3 items to try on at a time.

At the end (maybe after an hour to an hour and half depending on size of the group), do a Show and Tell, where each person goes around and shows the items they picked, and as they're doing so the person who donated each item identifies themself as well. Sometimes we even have people model a favorite item they found. It's also a great time to highlight those who have dropped a size or more!

Some items still have tags on them and I've gotten several cocktail dresses and even suits!

Any items left over get donated to a charity picked beforehand.

I've always been able to come home with practically a complete wardrobe, which is great, plus it's a great time to clean out the closet!

And with so many of us transitioning into different sizes, it's a cost effective way to get clothes for those "in-between" stages. At the Naked Lady Party in October 2008, I was so excited to get a great pair of jeans, size 14. I was always "shopping" in the "large" section of clothes. This last party which was this past Saturday, I was shopping in the "small" section and most items were size Small or 4! Love it!

It's a blast! I just wanted to share, and if you have one, I'd love to know about it!

Below are a few pics of me wearing items I've gotten from the Naked Lady Party, from size 14 to size 4, it's been great and I look forward to the next one!




  
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MICHARM 3/26/2010 11:40PM

    I love this idea too...thanks for sharing!

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JWENZEL723 3/18/2010 1:37PM

    what a great idea!!!

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LDY_ALI_79 3/18/2010 12:19PM

    Wow, I never heard to that! It's something I have to consider in the future!

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-PAULA 3/17/2010 9:07AM

    This sounds like a great idea! I'll have to see if I can make it happen!

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WALKWITME 3/17/2010 6:17AM

    That is a Great Idea, Wish I had knew about it earlier so I could transitioned into some of those smaller sizes. I Just gave all my new and gently new clothes away to my niece and Thrift Stores.

I will definately will be doing this..

Thanks Tia.

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POSEY440 3/15/2010 3:18PM

    I like the idea. Too bad I just cannot do it. I am not around otheres to do it. But I have talked to my friend and she is cleaning out her closet so I can wear her hand me downs. I just hit her weight. But I cannot wait to see if I can get down to an 6 or 8. I may be in that 14 right now. But I was in 20's and XX large now I can wear mediums. So I am getting there. It is a great idea though really like it good idea. emoticon emoticon

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ANDREA0301 3/15/2010 2:39PM

    I absolutely LOVE this idea!! I'm going to print out your blog and get with my 5 daughters to see when they want to "get naked" with me! emoticon

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IVYLASS 3/15/2010 12:57PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun...work recently asked for gently used business attire to donate to women who were trying to enter the workforce, so they'd have appropriate clothing.

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JANEYINMADTOWN 3/15/2010 12:35PM

    OMG...sounds like blast...I am always a day late and a dollar short (as my granny used to say)...I just cleaned out my closets and donated the items to Good Will...Next year!

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KJS_MOM 3/15/2010 12:14PM

    Hey when you have another one let me know. I would love to come!

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SHYTOWN7 3/15/2010 11:30AM

  I like the clothing swap idea. A friend of mine used to do this seasonally b/c we had similar body types and usually when she was dropping weight I'd be in a larger size and vice versa. It's a wonderful cost effective way to feel like you have gotten something new and reward yourself for your weight loss efforts. Thanks for sharing!

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CELEST 3/15/2010 11:10AM

    That is the coolest thing I've heard in a long time and definitely something I plan on trying. Thanks for the super idea.

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NEW-CAZ 3/15/2010 11:09AM

    Great idea Tia and by the way you look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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RENA1965 3/15/2010 10:49AM

    Like the idea, but my workmates in my house oh my goodness...

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OPALMOM 3/15/2010 10:48AM

    Sounds like a fun thing to do!

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REDHATLADY9 3/15/2010 10:45AM

    What a great idea.

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