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Beckus Interruptus

Thursday, December 04, 2014

It was ambitious of me to think I would keep up my Beck book while getting ready for another trip.

Oh well!

Just three weeks after we returned from Nepal and India we are off again. This time to "wog" the St. Jude Half Marathon in Memphis on Saturday Dec. 6, then we buzz up to Michigan for a week or so to visit family and friends.

VERY busy week ahead; nearly every lunch and dinner accounted for with various folks we don't see enough of.

I'm apprehensive about all the eating out we will do, but I'm taking my Beck cards and will do my best to STAY THE COURSE!

Until later, Sparkfriends!

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NEW-CAZ 12/12/2014 4:34AM

    emoticon Good Luck

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HIPPICHICK1 12/8/2014 11:50AM

    Good Luck and happy trails!

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CINDYSDAY 12/7/2014 10:20PM

    All you can do is your very best!

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AJDOVER1 12/6/2014 3:42PM

    Best wishes to you!
I'll be here cheering you on

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/5/2014 12:56PM

    Good luck with the 'wog' (loving that word, by the describes what I do emoticon ) & staying on course. You can do this emoticon

Enjoy your visit with the family

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GABY1948 12/5/2014 8:54AM

    I plan to have my Beck book with me anytime I go somewhere right there with my Bible....enjoy your trip(s)!

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KANOE10 12/5/2014 8:03AM

    When you get busy the best thing you can do is take your book with you and try your best to stay the course! You are doing great and have fun at the marathon.


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NANCY- 12/5/2014 6:59AM

    You sure do have a lot on going on. WTG on keeping a portion, like the Beck cards. Even that will help keep you mindful.
When do you think you will do the return to Beck?
Wishing you safe travels.

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NANCY- 12/5/2014 6:59AM

    You sure do have a lot on going on. WTG on keeping a portion, like the Beck cards. Even that will help keep you mindful.
When do you think you will do the return to Beck?
Wishing you safe travels.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/5/2014 6:49AM

    I'm with you -- suddenly the holidays, sister moving here and upcoming trip next week have all piled in to blow my good intentions to smithereens. I'll be doing my best to hold it together and picking up any pieces that fall when I'm through this stressful period. According to my program, the goal for this stretch of time is just to maintain my weight. I remain hopeful that I can achieve that much.

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PRETTYPITHY 12/5/2014 12:09AM

    Keeping up with Beck -- even just the cards -- during these circumstances is impressive!!

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KRISTA987 12/4/2014 11:54PM

    Happy Travels!

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KELLIEBEAN 12/4/2014 10:50PM

    How exciting!

Good luck at the half!


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SUGAR0814 12/4/2014 10:43PM

    You will do great! emoticon

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SANDICANE 12/4/2014 6:43PM

    Will misseth thee!

Happy trails and happy Sparking and the happiest of Becking!

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WATERMELLEN 12/4/2014 6:18PM

    You'll be OK -- you've got this! And we'll be here rooting for you when you get back!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/4/2014 5:57PM

    If you truly do the best you can, I'll bet you won't have much fat to lose from this trip. However, if you don't have a sodium bump up on the scale, you are a wizard (in a good way)!!! Bet you'll do fine.

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RICKISMOM1 12/4/2014 5:51PM

    Hope you enjoy your trip!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/4/2014 3:48PM

    Beck will be there when you get back. Enjoy your trip.

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    emoticon I know you will stay focused on your goals. Enjoy the time with friends and family. Hugs

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MYTHMYTH 12/4/2014 3:18PM

    Have a wonderful time!

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MEADSBAY 12/4/2014 2:40PM

    I'm sure you have internalized some of her teachings a,ready and that will help you during your travels.
Good luck in the half!

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KRISKECK 12/4/2014 2:18PM

    Read the chapter on travel strategy! I too am having "Beckus Interruptus" (ha!) and that chapter was helpful!

Have fun!

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No Beck Today...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Today we walked/jogged 13 miles to prepare for the St. Jude's Half Marathon in Memphis next Saturday.

It was a SLOG; we've only been back from Nepal/India for a smidge over two weeks and I had that sinus infection and....we haven't had much time to prepare.

Yes, even though we were hiking, it's NOT the same as doing half marathons, and half marathons don't prepare you for hiking! It seems like we are ALWAYS scrambling to prepare for our events!

So no Beck today, but hopefully I'll be ready to move on in the book tomorrow.

We're still eating turkey, how about y'all? emoticon

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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CINDYSDAY 12/1/2014 10:29AM

    We have some Ham left but the turkey is all gone! I hope that you are able to get it all done!

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GABY1948 12/1/2014 8:34AM

    She even says we can take a day off to work on something. We didn't have turkey so I am good....neither of us really likes the whole turkey thing....I just like it in sandwiches!

Have a GREAT day, Sue!

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KANOE10 12/1/2014 7:47AM

    I am eating turkey still and froze half of it. Good for you getting ready for that event. You are doing great.

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SANDICANE 12/1/2014 7:03AM

    YUM on that turkey...don't cha just love left-over turkey???

Ahhhh, you'll be ready for that 1/2 marathon...and Beck will be there tomorrow...she waits for us to be ready for her....

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NANCY- 12/1/2014 6:49AM

    Thank heavens, here turkey was gone on Saturday!
My son will be in Memphis on Sunday for work, not the 1/2 marathon. You continue to amaze me with your stamina.
You go Girlfriend!!!

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SWEDE_SU 12/1/2014 5:01AM

    that's no mean feat, getting through that slog! emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 11/30/2014 9:00PM

    Yikes you are so amazing!!!!!!

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SUGAR0814 11/30/2014 8:49PM

    Hope your sinus infection gets better soon! Great job on finishing 13 miles! You're ready for the race. You will be amazing!

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AJDOVER1 11/30/2014 8:26PM

    You're my hero! I love the way you and your DH are together in your travels and fitness.

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KENDRACARROLL 11/30/2014 6:30PM

    I just finished a Thanksgiving leftover lunch. Our fridge is so full, I think we'll be eating leftovers until Christmas…

Another half marathon! You guys are really brave!
You're absolutely right - hiking and running are two completely different animals. I've tried this walk/jog thing before, but really didn't have any fun doing flat pavement or track. For me it's hiking all the way.

Got wet (and cold) on today's hike. We cut it short a bit (to 7 miles only), since the weather kept getting worse as we went along. We did however make the first peak we had planned on bagging. Lots of scrambling, lots of fun!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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WATERMELLEN 11/30/2014 6:24PM

    Good for you, getting through the slog!!

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Beck, Chapter 3, Task 3: Make Time for Dieting

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Task 3 is about making time. JB tells us that "to lose weight successfully, dieting should be your top priority for a long time, and maintaining your new habits will always be high on your list if you want to keep off the excess weight for life."

She goes on to say that "Making excuses is a slippery slope that leads to failure."

"No duh," right?

That's it. No quick fix. No "magic" pills or food combinations. No miracle cure promising that the weight will "just fall off." This plan is about making the time, staying focused on developing and maintaining the healthy habits that work.

We all know this, of course.

But in about a month, the holidays will be over and we'll stop being bombarded with food ads and start being bombarded with ads for miracle weight loss plans. They'll all be making promises about how much we can lose in the shortest amount of time.

But we're smarter than that, right?

Yes, of course we need to make time for dieting. We need to make time to read her book, practice our new skills, exercise regularly, plan and prepare our meals. It takes time. It also takes time to get used to this new way of thinking.

What seems to work for me is to get up early in the morning and do some Sparking before breakfast. I read my Advantages & Response cards, some blogs, my Beck book. I decide what I'm going to have for dinner. Then I'm ready to start my day with my intentions firmly in place. After dinner, while tracking my food, I take 15 minutes to go through Sparkcoach. That helps renew my motivation and tends to keep me from "blowing it" with night time eating.

This seems to work for me but I need to work on CONSISTENCY. As much as I hate to (I'm retired, after all!) I may need to set an alarm so I get up early enough EVERY day so I don't find myself making excuses that I don't have the time!

We all have the same 24 hours in every day. If losing weight is truly important to us, we will move it up the priority list and make the time!

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SWEDE_SU 12/1/2014 5:03AM

    i've made the same commitment time wise, for beck, for maintenance, for spark - it's good to see others on the same journey! emoticon

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KRISKECK 11/30/2014 7:54PM

    Yes, I feel like dieting needs to be my first priority if I want to achieve my goals. My hope is that through practicing the Beck program, it begins to become habit and I won't have to think about it too much!

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NANCY- 11/30/2014 1:22PM

    Sounds like a good plan. Sometimes in order to meet our priorities it must be scheduled. yes even if an alarm clock is involved. Is this something that you would want to sustain for life?

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GABY1948 11/30/2014 7:44AM

    You have your days planned well! And thanks for such great blogs....I am loving that so many of us are on here doing brain NEEDS to be bombarded with Beck for a LONG time until it is second nature! Have a emoticon Sunday!

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SANDICANE 11/30/2014 7:11AM

    My have come back home ready to take the world by the tail, girl! Good job with the consistency. Yep, I start every day with Spark too. and what a good idea to do SparkCoach right after supper so you're focused on being "on-plan" for the evening. I'm giving you credit: Great job!! You give yourself credit too!

This Beck program has changed my life....

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AJDOVER1 11/29/2014 10:09PM

    That sounds smart. I haven't been following any plan, but I've been eliminating processed food and making better daily food choices. Each season, I introduce new healthy foods and let ones that don't serve me fall away. It does take time. There's no magic.

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SUGAR0814 11/29/2014 6:59PM

    emoticon No more excuses for me! We can do it! I need to workout in the mornings but I always choose to stay in bed.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/29/2014 3:15PM

    Planning to succeed takes more time than I wish it did, but, like you, I'm retired so I don't really have an excuse not to pursue weight loss with all the ardor of which I am capable.

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Beck, Chapter 3 Tasks 1 and 2

Friday, November 28, 2014

Judith Beck (JB) states in Chapter 3 that in Stage 1 we will start learning and practicing the skills we will need for lifelong weight loss and maintenance.

Task 1 is gathering your supplies.

emoticon A set of 3x5 cards for my Response cards.

emoticon A set of blank business-sized cards. (I'm going to use more 3x5 cards.)

emoticon A digital scale (mine weighs to the nearest tenth of a pound).

emoticon Graph paper (I can copy her graph page out of the book but plan to continue using

emoticon A small box for the box to store positive memories about weight loss milestones. (Did not bother with this the first time, but got it this time around.)

emoticon A larger box to store Distractions (also did not do this the first time but have it this time).

emoticon Multiple sets of measuring spoons and cups. Yup.

emoticon Digital food scale. Yup.

emoticon Smaller plates and bowls, smaller forks and spoons. Yup -- I often use smaller plates and always use a cereal spoon rather than a soup spoon.

Task 2 - Set a Modest Weight-Loss Goal

While I would like to lose 12 pounds, I will start out trying to lose FIVE, as she suggests.

Check, check, and check. These two tasks were very easy but with the Season of Eating just ahead I know my challenges are just beginning! If I can get through the holidays and not gain weight or feel deprived, it will certainly be a huge milestone and a card for my Memory Box!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 11/30/2014 10:37PM

    Sounds like your ready :)

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KANOE10 11/29/2014 9:23AM

    You are ready to go. I know you will have a successful holiday season.

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WENDYDANCER 11/29/2014 9:14AM

    It sounds like you are ready!

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ANNEMARGAR 11/29/2014 7:22AM

    I purchased a food scale way back when (I still use it quite frequently). When I asked the sales lady where the food scale was, she brought me this little tiny thing. I said, "No, I need something to measure my food for my meals - this one is too small". She said that it was the largest food scale they had for sale. My portion size distortion was so great, that I could not imagine that the little scale in front of me was large enough for my food items. I laugh at this now - the food scale worked just perfectly. I also now have a much better understanding of how much of each item I should be eating at each meal. Wishing you success in reaching your weight loss goals!!

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NANCY- 11/29/2014 6:44AM

    "get through the holidays and not gain weight or feel deprived"
You can do this.
Planning healthy meals and stocking your kitchen with healthy choices. Become a food snob. Only the finest will do, that helps keep the crappy carbs at bay.

So glad You are doing Beck, once again I will be living vicariously through you as I follow along. I plan on revisiting Beck in January.

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KRISKECK 11/28/2014 8:05PM

    You're ready to go! I too am interested to hear about the green Beck book. And agree that a 5 pound loss is a good way to start. You can do it!


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WATERMELLEN 11/28/2014 7:03PM

    At this time of the year -- a five pound LOSS is not a modest challenge. But if you decide to do it, I'm sure you can!!

I'm so intrigued by this green Beck!! Following with keen interest!!

(And, I'm sad to say -- I've never got to the point where I don't feel "deprived" -- even when I had permitted myself to balloon up to 90 pounds more than I weigh now!!)

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SANDICANE 11/28/2014 5:22PM

    You can do it!
You can do it!

You know the tools...pre-plan, NO CHOICE, Oh well!!!

Yep, you can do it!

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SUGAR0814 11/28/2014 4:31PM

    emoticon You're focused & prepared!

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Preparing for Beck

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Are you like me?

Have you borrowed/bought multiple diet books only to blast through the opening chapters so you can hurry up and get to the heart of the matter? The actual diet?

And then you follow it for a few days or weeks only to eventually abandon it?

And how's that working for ya? It's sure not working for me!

When I picked up the green Beck book (The Complete Beck Diet for Life) I did my usual thing: I skimmed through the first couple of chapters.

When I got to Chapter 4 on Stage 1 of the diet, I thought, "OK, I'll start here." I made copies of the checklist from the back of the book (so I don't write in my book) and made my Advantages cards, and was ready to move to the diet (Stage 2) but then I realized....

I'm not ready! NO WAY! NO HOW!

In this book Judith Beck discusses FIVE STAGES to weight loss. In Chapter 3 she lists TEN TASKS TO GET READY. (I had skimmed over them and cherry-picked the ones I was willing to do or already doing.)

In Chapter 4, (Stage 1) she lists:

* NINE skills to learn
* SEVEN experiments to conduct
* ELEVEN resistance techniques to adopt

And I thought I could skim through all of this????? Only doing the tasks that didn't seem too hard???

Could this be the reason my weight always seems to yo-yo?

I started Spark in 2009 at my highest weight -- 184 pounds. I got down to about 160 a year later but then put a big whack of it back on and had to start over. I got down to 136 in 2013, but now I am back up to 148!

So CLEARLY I do NOT have this weight loss/maintenance thing down, and CLEARLY I should not be skipping over the Ten Tasks to get ready, much LESS the Nine skills, Seven experiments or the Eleven resistance techniques!

Today I start from the beginning. Today I'm on Chapter 3, "Getting Ready to Lose", Task One: Gathering my Supplies.

I'm going to go through everything just the way the expert has laid it out. I'm going to trust the process.

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NANCY- 11/28/2014 3:43PM

    You are
Yes is it difficult to stifle the McQuick fix. In order it give a recital... one must prepare and practice.
You've got this!

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AJDOVER1 11/27/2014 7:57PM

    best wishes to you!

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SUGAR0814 11/26/2014 11:03PM

    emoticon I haven't tried the Beck diet but I'm definitely guilty of skipping chapters in books. emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 11/26/2014 8:14PM

    Haha! Who hasn't?
You made some good discoveries there. Always good to start at the beginning.
I don't know Beck, but Spark seems to be buzzing about it.
Maybe it's the break you need.
Wishing you much success.

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KRISKECK 11/26/2014 6:02PM

    oh my, you sound like me in so many ways! I tend to yo yo and cherry-pick too, but I've been doing the pink Beck book step by step and really appreciating the way the skills and practices build on each other. Good luck and look forward to hearing about your experience.


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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/26/2014 5:31PM

    Good for you!
And good Luck...will watch for your progress and opinions!

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/26/2014 1:44PM

    I need to start something like this. Does AMazon carry that book, do you know?


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BUTTERFLY-1976 11/26/2014 1:27PM

    I sooo do the same thing..I'm like..yada yada yada get to the good stuff or the stuff I already know..the easy stuff!! And really its ALL important. We NEED to do the boring (reading 3 chapters to get to good stuff) & harder stuff to if we want to make it a permanent change. Its like they say..if it was easy, everyone would do it. Embrace the hard & one day it won't seem so hard :)
You got this!!!

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CINDYSDAY 11/26/2014 9:12AM

    You can do it!!!

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GABY1948 11/26/2014 8:12AM

    As I said yesterday, I have the green book also and will be going along with you and Marsha! This does work and I don't intend to lost it.

SO looking forward to your blogs!

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SANDICANE 11/26/2014 7:40AM

    Yes, I'm exactly like you! And if it weren't for Watermellen dragging me step by step, day by day through the 44 day program, I would have done the same with this book. I own dozens of diet books and refused to purchase the Beck book so I borrowed it from my library. Now that I'm finished it, and know it works, I'm ready to buy it so that I'm prepared for when I need a refresher.

I hear ya girlfriend! I hear ya! This one works! It's a gift, but not a given.

Congratulations on getting ready to lose!!!

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KABMPH 11/26/2014 7:40AM

    Those are some deep insights, my friend. Congrats!! I've never heard of Beck. I thought maybe you were getting ready for a concert! LOL

I'm going to try the Whole30 diet in January. I know it didn't work for you. I'm interested in it mostly for the extreme self-discipline it asks. I like grains and legumes a lot, so avoiding those (which I think are healthy) will be a challenge. I'm already gearing up for it, thinking about what I'm eating now and if it is compliant.

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WATERMELLEN 11/26/2014 7:37AM

    Oh my, I am Just. Like. You.

Wanna rush through it, read about it and not do it . . .because I'm a good reader kinda person.

And I agree -- it's worth taking the time and completing the steps BEFORE the diet. Because the diet isn't the heart of it (or the hard of it either) -- it's changing the thinking. Much harder.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/26/2014 7:21AM

    A wonderful discovery on your own bookshelf. Going through the steps in the order she suggests may be just the thing you need to get to maintenance and stay there.

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RAPUNZEL53 11/26/2014 7:21AM

  Good Luck!

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KANOE10 11/26/2014 7:18AM

    Beck is great. Good luck on your new program. She has excellent tools.
Happy Thanksgiving my friend.


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ELRIDDICK 11/26/2014 7:08AM

  Thanks for sharing

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