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45 Days Away and even I can't believe how I'm transforming!!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

It's been an interesting couple of weeks. Workouts have been going strong, eating has been on point. I've just been excited about my results. Mainly because Ruben's been pleased with them and he sees way more than me when I look at my pictures.

I'm starting to order things now, my posing suit, shoes, preparing to start tanning (yes I have to tan, I couldn't believe it either!), mentally preparing for my bikini wax (OMG OMG OMG), and starting to learn to pose. I've lost 4 lbs in the last 9 days, which is incredible! Still losing inches and body fat, all in the right places! So I'm so pleased!

This has truly been an interesting journey. Went to visit my husband's relatives this weekend. They hadn't seen me since this time last year and they couldn't believe how small and in shape I was. It felt really good. Many people struggle with their eating when traveling and since I don't travel much, I knew it would be some work. Especially since we were staying in a very small town in the mountains of KY. So as soon as our plane landed, we immediately found a WalMart and I bought my staple items (sweet potatoes, black beans, canned tuna, mustard, avocados, protein shakes, etc.). I didn't want to have any excuse for not eating right! Fortunately our motel room had a microwave and fridge! Yay!!! So while everyone gave me grief about eating my "healthy food" while they pigged out on fried fish, ribs, cakes, hush puppies, etc. I know what my goal is and nothing was going to stop me.

WITH THAT SAID, I did ask Ruben (via email) if I could have a rib. He said I could have 4 as long as I had my chicken breast too. So here's what the "old" Tia would have done: put my healthy meal on the plate, add the ribs and eat the 4 ribs first. But the "new" Tia ate the healthy food first and only ate one rib. Didn't want any more. I was very proud of myself. Because I stuck with my eating routine, I never really craved much, because I felt like I was always eating. So I stayed on track! I really believe it's so much about preparation. Not just preparing for a trip, but PREPARING TO HIT YOUR GOAL, no matter what that is. People say "good luck" a lot, but I really believe luck is where hard work meets preparation. A friend of mine used to say "The harder I work, the luckier I get." I love that!

Also, while gone, I had planned to bring my Resistance Bands to work out with, but forgot them. The nearest gym was 50 miles away. So I did bodyweight exercises (pushups, squats, lunges, tricep dips, plyometrics and walking uphill). Again, no excuses when you want something!

These results we want aren't supposed to come easy. Nothing truly worth it ever does. But when we accomplish our goals, we can feel so great about ourselves and be able to help the next person to accomplish theirs.

So here's a few pictures:

1) Me May 3, 2009 letting it all hang out, then just last week letting it all hang out again. Ruben wanted me to share this one, though I can't stand either picture. :-)

2) 1st Week Training for Figure Competition

3) 11th Week Training for Figure Competition. NOTE: I bought this bikini in Jan and planned to wear it some time this year. I've never worn a bikini in public before. So I wore it for my Weekly Progress Pictures in Week one but have worn a different one the following weeks. Ruben asked me to wear a solid color and it was the only one I had so I put it on. It was a little big. Ruben said I looked great except for "the Grandma Panties". I about died laughing. When you see how the bottoms are all droopy it is funny. Needless to say, won't be wearing that bikini again!

4) And finally, here's a pic from this weekend of me, my hubby (on the right of me) and his brother flexing for the camera. I've always wanted nice biceps and I'm on my way!!!

Anyway, we're 45 days out and Ruben is THE MAN!!! I hate to sound like an infomercial, but if you're not getting the results you need on your own, maybe you need some coaching like I did! Just having a custom designed meal plan and a trained eye to see even the smallest results or changes that need to be made is worth it all! He's helped so many on Sparkpeople. Ruben's Sparkname is FLEXCHEF. He is AWESOME!!! Thanks again and I can't wait to see what the next 45 days will bring!!!

I'm still enjoying the process! Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! Love you all!

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SWEETLIPS 7/4/2010 10:42PM

    You are incredible.

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CLIMBERCHICK14 6/4/2010 6:58AM

    Look at those freakin' guns! You're packing some arsenal woman! Holy smokes.

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ANDREA0301 6/2/2010 2:03PM

    "I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." - Thomas Jefferson

GREAT quote!!! You're doing AMAZING! Keep up the hard work!

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MISSMEL10 6/2/2010 10:31AM

    You are such an inspiration!! emoticon

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NEWME0519 6/1/2010 12:15PM

    Go Tia Go!

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    WOW!!! That's all I can say...lol. The transformation is just beyond emoticon! And your arms are to die for! I want biceps like that too!!! I so admire your will power & dedication when it comes to eating. That's the one area that I'm a little wishy washy...I do good for the most part, but I have my moments when I know I shouldn't be putting something in my mouth and I still do...Does Ruben charge for his services???

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MINIUM 6/1/2010 11:36AM

    You are and look absolutely fabulous! I can't believe you need a tan, that's funny!
Congratulations for sticking to healthy habits whatever the cirumstances.
In French, there are 2 ways to translate 'Good luck'. The first one is 'Bonne chance', which is the same one, strictly speaking, but I don't like it much because as you said, it's not only a question of luck. It's also a question of how much hard work you put into it, how brave you've been. And the second phrase is just that, about bravery: 'Bon courage'. So I wish you 'Bon courage' rather than 'Bonne chance' because you are definitely brave and that can change everything!
Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MASONK 6/1/2010 11:34AM

    OMG Tia you look amazing. I so enjoy following your journey. The granny panties remark is hilarious!!! Continued success!


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LEAG0628 6/1/2010 11:13AM

    You look really great! I hope to get there one day! Truly an inspiration! Good luck on your competition!

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CANDYGRAM36 6/1/2010 10:23AM

    On your way to having nice biceps??!! emoticon Girl, you HAVE nice biceps!!! You're an inspiration. Keep up the emoticon work!!! emoticon

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TRUNKJUNK 6/1/2010 8:58AM

    Amazing utterly amazing! Tia your hard work has truly paid off. I need to dig within myself and find the determination that I know is in there and fully commit to my program. Now about that bikini wax. It's really not that bad. I was really apprehensive at first. Wondering what kind person would want to do this for a living. My daughter 35 and 32 convinced me to try it. The technician was very good at putting me at ease. She talked to me and told me everything she was going to do. The lighting was low and there was soft music playing. The wax was a little warm but nothing I couldn't handle and then she slathered it on and put a piece of material on top smoothed it out real good with a little pressure and then she snatched it off. It wasn't painful but it startled me. She then finished the whole area and asked if I wanted my crack done. Tia if you can endure all the workouts Ruben puts you through this will be a piece of cake. You might even like the looks and the feel of it and it's possible your hubby will like it as well. I didn't tell my husband I was going to do it and he was pleasantly surprised. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/1/2010 3:23AM

    Your dedication and Ruben's expertise is certainly paying off,
TIA YOU LOOK emoticon emoticon

you will knock em dead girlfriend emoticon

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MGRIFFITH32 5/31/2010 10:52PM

    Tia, you look AMAZING! That Ruben really knows his stuff. Everyone he works with looks great. We are so proud of you! Can't wait to see your posing suit. (It won't be grandma panties, that's for sure! LOL)

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/31/2010 10:48PM

    Your results are amazing and your discipline is admirable. You certainly have your eyes on the prize and not let anything stand in your way. Incredible! I wish you the best of luck w/ your training and eating regiment. You can obviously see the results. I'll be checking in on you Tia. I can't wait to see/read how the competition goes.

Best of luck!

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55 Day Away, starting to see big differences in my body!

Friday, May 21, 2010

This will short, but just 3 weeks ago, Ruben (aka FLEXCHEF on Sparkpeople) started coaching me. He lives 3,000 miles away so we've never met in person. He provides online coaching emails and obviously using Sparkpeople. His services include: I send him weekly pics, he provides meal plans, workouts, etc. I say this because while this is my 10th week training, I see the biggest difference in the last 3 weeks since Ruben's been coaching me!

Attaching a pic, can you believe this is only 3 weeks? I still have a LONG way to go, but I'm definitely making progress and enjoying the process! Thanks so much Ruben!

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NANCYANNE55 5/25/2010 9:45PM

    Yep, Ruben rocks! He's the reason I made the progress I did and finally reached goal weight.

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NSG4729 5/24/2010 5:22PM

    You look amazing! You go girl! Me and Toni are going to be stepping up our game (again - lol) starting today! Wish us luck!

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ADRIENNE29 5/24/2010 11:36AM

    I think you look amazing in both pics! Wish I had the funds to hire Flexchef, my hubby is dead set against it right now, :(

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APRILBLESS 5/24/2010 9:45AM

    Hot mama... a great, big congratulations to you! Wow... emoticon

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KAMINOR 5/24/2010 5:16AM

    Looking awesome!! emoticon emoticon

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SAMANTHAJEAN86 5/22/2010 9:11AM

    OH wow I see a huge change, keep up the amazing work!

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-PAULA 5/22/2010 7:44AM

    You are looking great and will do great in the competition!

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NEW-CAZ 5/22/2010 3:16AM

    emoticon You're really toning up and looking amazing Tia! emoticon

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WYNNEKS 5/21/2010 10:47PM

    You look great!!!! I know you will do great!

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ALESHABEE 5/21/2010 10:31PM

    Whoa hot mama. You have an AMAZING BOD!!! You rock it girl!

Good luck with your competition!

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Figure Competition Date Changed...but it's all good!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Well, I had gotten to the four week mark before the the Competition on June 12th, and it was mutually determined (by me, trainer and coach) that I'll have a better shot at doing the show on July 16th. I could have chanced it for June 12th, but decided, instead of getting on stage HOPING I look good, I want to make sure I look good enough to do this. The only thing that would have been special about the June 12th date was that it's my 42nd birthday, but I can go another 4 weeks. No problem.

My progress has been going well. Workouts getting more intense, but I can handle it. Pretty much used to the diet, so it's just back to countdown time!

One of the biggest things I'm excited about it is that I'm working with a professional coach, Ruben (aka FLEXCHEF on Sparkpeople). He really knows his stuff and has corrected the things I wasn't doing right and enhanced what I was doing right! This is my 3rd week working under his tutelage and it's been AWESOME! Sparkpeople is so great because not only do you meet great people who become friends, but it also opens you up to great resources! Thanks for everything so far Ruben!

I went with a friend to Ann Taylor Loft to do a little shopping and I couldn't even believe it but I was able to put on a Size 2 pair of pants!!! I could button and zip them easily. I couldn't believe it!!! Me? A size 2???

Here's my measurement progress since starting my Figure Comp training:
Weight: 135.7
Shoulders: 42
Chest: 35
Waist: 29.5
Hips: 39
Thigh: 21
Arm (Bicep): 11.75
Calf: 13
Body Fat: 29.6%

Weight: 129.4
Shoulders: 40.5
Chest: 34
Waist: 26
Hips: 36.5
Thigh: 18.75
Arm (Bicep): 11.5
Calf: 12.25
Body Fat: 19.85%

It's almost scary to think what these stats will be in another 60 days when I compete! I'm loving it!

Here's a picture showing week 1 and this past week, 8 weeks later. Now I can tell the difference! Also a picture of me and hubby from a cruise Dec. 2008 just before I started my weight loss journey. Must never forget where and why we start this journey!

Still enjoying the process and now looking forward to July 16th!

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ANDREA0301 5/17/2010 1:58PM

    You're doing AMAZING things!

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NEWME0519 5/16/2010 9:16PM

    Girl, you are looking really good! It's amazing what the strength training is doing to your body. You haven't loss many pounds during the training but you are kicking butt with your measurements!

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    Wow!!You really do look awesome. Cant wait to see your pics in 60 more days. All the best to you!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/16/2010 5:24PM

    You are getting tinier in all of MY problem areas - thighs, hips, waist...you're looking much tighter now. With those four extra weeks you're really gonna kill it!! You don't look almost 42 at all!

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MGRIFFITH32 5/16/2010 4:05PM

    Wow Tia! We are so proud of you! You need to include that picture from March too. It's amazing how much difference muscle makes. It looks like you've lost 20 pounds! I come back here to remind myself that muscle matters! Thanks for letting us take the journey with you!

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HARISHABAD 5/16/2010 4:03PM

    Wow, you look amazing and the difference in your measurements - well, that's truly inspiring!!! I needed to see that today. Competing in figure is a lofty goal, and I wish you great success!!

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NEW-CAZ 5/16/2010 3:15PM

    emoticon what an amazing difference Tia you have a beautiful shape now emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LORENVER 5/16/2010 3:13PM

    Wow, you look great! Having it on your birthday would have been awesome but looking just a little bit better is totally worth the weight... i mean wait!


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MINIUM 5/16/2010 3:12PM

You are SO beautiful (sorry if I keep repeating myself, but that's the way it is!)!!!
Keep up the good work!

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Survived Mother's Day Brunch Buffet!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

First I want to wish all the Spark Mothers out there a Happy Mother's Day!

Well, I knew this would be a little bit of a hard day. Schedule was tight and I had to get my workout in. Gym wasn't open in time before church, I'm not supposed to run (too close to competition) and all the FitTv shows were cardio with weights. So I pulled out my Shaun T's Rockin Body DVD and did the Disco Groove at 7:30am! It was great! I worked up a serious sweat with it! Cardio - DONE!

So we go to Mother's Day Brunch Buffet and they had crab legs, and so much more. But I was good. They said no ordering off the menu, but because I called ahead, they made grilled chicken and broccoli w/no seasoning just for me. I was just as happy. I didn't feel deprived and enjoyed my Seltzer Water with lime as everyone else drank their Mimosa's and Hurricane's. I was really proud of myself today.

Training's going good. "Flex" pics from May 2009, July 2009 and then May 8, 2010. And in July I was already wearing a size 6!

33 Days until the competition. Really hoping my body responds right to the training and diet. I'm doing everything I've been asked to do, so I'm thinking positive that on my 42nd birthday June 12th I'll be stepping on stage for my first Figure Competition.

It's actually getting easier instead of harder, maybe because the goal date is getting closer and I finally feel like I have a shot at getting competition form.

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HARISHABAD 5/16/2010 4:05PM

    Hey, there, you rock, and I know why....we have the same birthday!!! JUNE GIRLS RULE!!!


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    How absolutely motivating you are!! I turned 42 in May on the 1st and I want to get my best bod ever also. I can actually see my abs so proud. Keep up the good work. You are already a winner!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/10/2010 3:21PM

    Looking lean and fit Tia. Keep up the excellent work!

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ANDREA0301 5/10/2010 11:00AM

    Wow!!! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon!! That is awesome that you were able to stay on track at the buffet!! And again, you look AMAZING! wow! I wanna be like you when I grow up...lol..lol..

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MASONK 5/10/2010 9:08AM

    Congrats on staying focused in the midst of "all you can eat crab legs." Girl I don't think i coulda made it.

You look absolutely amazing!!! I can only imagine how good you feel about what you've accomplished.


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MINIUM 5/10/2010 4:12AM

    Gosh, you look SO beautiful! I want a body like yours... I need to train like you - I'm off to a training session right now, you've spurred me on!!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/10/2010 3:53AM

    Tia you look emoticon, that tiny waist!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NSG4729 5/9/2010 9:49PM

    Tia...you look incredible girl! You are just amazing with an awesome amount of discipline...you go girl!

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TRUNKJUNK 5/9/2010 9:35PM

    Tia you look great and your transformation is awesome emoticon

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ADRIENNE29 5/9/2010 9:31PM

    LOOK at that tiny waist!! You look wonderful!!!! I'm excited for you! I am looking forward to living vicariously through you, :)

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6 Weeks until my first Figure Competition - Scared, but I'm going for it!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

So I've been at this training for my first Figure Competition for 7 weeks now. 6 weeks to go and I'm ready to turn up the volume on my diet and workout! I've got to do this! I didn't come this far to fail. Failure is NOT an option! Here are my stats since since this training:

3/10 - 135.8 lbs
4/30 - 130.5 lbs - DOWN 5.3 LBS!

Body Fat:
3/10 - 29.6%
4/30 - 19.3% - DOWN 10.3%!!!
(Has always been a goal to be under 20% - Yay!)

3/10 - 42 in
4/30 - 40.5 in - DOWN 1.5 INCHES!!!

3/10 - 35 in
4/30 - 34.5 in - DOWN 0.5 INCH!!!

3/10 - 29.5 in
4/30 - 27.5 in - DOWN 2 INCHES!!!

3/10 - 39 in
4/30 - 37 in - DOWN 2 INCHES!!!

3/10 - 21 in
4/30- 19 in - DOWN 2 INCHES!!!

Arm (Bicep):
3/10 - 11.75 in
4/30 - 10.5 in - DOWN 1.25 INCHES!!!

3/10 - 13 in
4/30 - 12.5 in - DOWN 0.5 INCH!!!

So 9.75 total inches lost in 7 weeks. Not bad at all. But not good enough! So this week, I'm starting to do 2 cardio sessions per day at least six days a week, including my strength sessions 4 days a week.

I'm pretty used to the diet now. Amazing how much you enjoy eating mustard on chicken for seasoning after a while. On most days I've been eating 16 egg whites, I can't even believe how many eggs I've been going through. Between the eggs and all the chicken I've been eating, have seriously thought about investing in a chicken farm!

But it's nice to hear my husband constantly talk about how great and sexy I look so that's added incentive.

The Figure Competition is on my 42nd birthday, June 12th and it will be here soon enough! So I'm getting to work! I'm so grateful for all the Sparkfriends I've made who have been so helpful, in particular, SLAHDIVA and FLEXCHEF, thank you both so much for your support!

And so the journey continues...

Here's a couple of pictures, one from 5/3/2009 and one from 4/30/2010. I'm not where I need to be, but I've definitely made progress in the last year.

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LJR4HEALTH 5/12/2010 6:36PM

    You look great emoticon you are having much success way to go you rock

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WALKWITME 5/8/2010 6:03AM

    Congrats ! on another milestone

You LQQK Great !

work It Gurl

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ASPEITH 5/6/2010 10:19PM

    That is so awesome that you are doing a figure comp! You look great!

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JWENZEL723 5/4/2010 3:39PM

    wow - what a difference! you are well on your way and sound very determined and motivated to keep on pushing through!

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ADRIENNE29 5/4/2010 12:15PM

    your body is beautiful, sexy, toned.....everything I want to be.....

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    Wow - you look amazing!! I have a friend who's done the figure thing, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for you for doing this! I know this is intense! Congrats!!! :)

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MOMMICOCO 5/3/2010 10:47PM

    WOW! Awesome!

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NEWME0519 5/3/2010 9:43PM

    Girl, you look awesome!

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LDY_ALI_79 5/3/2010 9:23PM

    emoticonLook at them arms! You rock! emoticon

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    WOW!!! Lookin' good mama!!! You are my SHERO!!!!!

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AOGOAE 5/3/2010 5:26PM

    there's no way you're going to be 42! I don't believe it at all. Great job, keep being age-defying!

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JOYINRUNNING08 5/3/2010 5:14PM

    Oh my! You look amazing. :)

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CRYSBROWN1 5/3/2010 4:54PM

    WOW, what amazing progress you've made!

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RUNTRILAUGH 5/3/2010 4:24PM

    Keep going! you look great!!!

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L3DESIGNS 5/3/2010 3:28PM

    You are looking great! Keep us posted!

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KVROMBAUT 5/3/2010 3:20PM

    wow that is AWESOME!

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LOVEDBYGOD2 5/3/2010 12:09PM

    You look SOO awesome!!!
Way to go! I can't wait to hear more about it!

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    Girl you look great! And congrats on the lost inches and weight in 7 weeks...that's AWESOME! You can definitely see the difference from last year to now..WOW! Kudos to you!
Hard work truly does pay off!! You're an inspiration...for real!

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ARISCHAC 5/3/2010 8:45AM

    I have to agree...you look absolutely amazing!!

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JGOLFER 5/3/2010 8:31AM

    You look amazing!
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DEUSMACHINA 5/3/2010 5:35AM

    Oh my goodness woman! No wonder your husband keeps going on about how sexy you are!!!! WOOT!!

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NEW-CAZ 5/3/2010 3:29AM

    YOU LOOK INCREDIBLE TIA emoticon emoticon

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STEELMAGNOLIA10 5/2/2010 9:40PM

    You go girl!!! You definitely seeing the changes happening!! emoticon

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UNVGEE1 5/2/2010 9:16PM

    Congrats, you look emoticon

I'm sure you'll reach your goal with no problems.


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SEPPIESUSAN 5/2/2010 8:09PM

    Your waist has gotten TINY!

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IVYLASS 5/2/2010 7:30PM

    You look fantastic!!

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MINIUM 5/2/2010 5:15PM

    You look beautiful!!!
Thanks for keeping us posted - I admire you!

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MGRIFFITH32 5/2/2010 5:09PM

    You look amazing! Keep doing it and have a fired up week next week. You're going to do great!

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HELENAWF 5/2/2010 5:09PM

    You are doing great! I am soooo rooting for ya!!!

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