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Weigh-In 09.21.2013: Today I weigh 19........

Saturday, September 21, 2013

So the week before last and this week were both pretty hectic. Out a lot in the evenings. Ate out more than I have these past couple of months.

Because I'm so close to my weight goal, but still a good distance away from my bodyfat percentage goal, I've been upping the ante ST-wise.

I'm in a plum position in that the way I'm eating pretty much nixes any major weight gains. If I do start gaining slightly, as I did last week, I just go back to eating the same 10-15 foods a lot, as I did this week. The sugar cravings go down, the water retention stops, the weight comes off.

I'm finally starting to find how to off-set the hungries. Picture those two nephews in high-school/college who are into sports at the Thanksgiving dinner table. You wonder how they are under 300 pounds given how they eat. That's kind of me now.

08.03: (203.0@22)
08.10: (200.8@22)
08.17: (200.0@21)
08.24: (202.4@21)
08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!!
09.07: (198.6@22)
09.14: (199.0@22)

09.21: (197.0@21)

- Down 2 pounds
- Body fat percentage starting to reflect new class I've been taking (will blog about it soon)
- 2 pounds away from my weight goal!

**8 weeks
I think that it will take me about 8 weeks to get to 195. I've been losing weight at a rate of .8 pounds a week (2 weeks). I will almost indubitably hit a plateau at around 195.8 (3 weeks). There will be three weeks where my basic eating will slow down the actual numbers (Like the previous two weeks). That's 8 weeks. It's my best guess anyway.

I am not sabotaging my efforts or deliberately slowing them down. Burning fat and building muscle is really the main event in my life at this point.

That being said, I hope by the weekend before Thanksgiving to be at or below 195. Could be sooner could be later. Would be even happier if I could get a body fat reading of 19% or 20%.

Stay tuned!

-TD Out!

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FITGRL124 9/26/2013 8:53PM

    Hey! Sorry it's been a few days since you posted but I haven't been around much lately. However, I am SO proud of you for hitting 197! Awesome job!!!

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TWEETYKC00 9/22/2013 10:08AM

    way to go!

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STFRENCH 9/22/2013 10:07AM

    Congrats on your success! emoticon

And... "Burning fat and building muscle is really the main event in my life at this point." Yep, yep, yep! I'm so with you on this one emoticon

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PICKIE98 9/22/2013 9:59AM

    It is great to have the tricks to fall back on when you have special events that lead you away for your structured foods. Keep it up!!

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1DERLAND14 9/21/2013 9:33PM

    You are doing amazing! Thank you for continuing to inspire! emoticon

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BLKLILY 9/21/2013 9:13PM

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MEADSBAY 9/21/2013 6:20PM

Very impressive downward trend-
slowly but surely emoticon emoticon emoticon


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BYEBYEFAT. 9/21/2013 2:21PM


You rock TD!


Who cares if it takes 8 weeks... we all know you will get there eventually, and there is no rush to hit 195 :D as long as you are still living healthy thats all that matters!


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BLUENOSE63 9/21/2013 11:38AM

  Just keep doing what you are doing....track everything that goes into your mouth and drink your water will be there before long.

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Hail-Mary Weigh-in (Part 2)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Original Blog:

posted April 02, 2011

It's that weigh-in where I've eaten too much, not exercised enough, usually not slept all that well. Sometimes, like this week, the midweek points to either no loss or a gain. Yet the scale does something totally unexpected.

My weigh this morning was the exact same as the last HM.

This week I was out and about all week. Midweek had me up by about a pound and a half. I ate out every day this week except Thursday. Sometimes twice a day.

Yesterday was the most stressful of them all and most awkward logistically. Seeing as my goose was pretty much cooked (*) weigh-in-wise, I decided "what the heck". Let's see if we can hit 205!!

I got an order of the general's chicken from the local take out place before getting home, went out grabbed a slice of pizza (**) an hour later, and washed it down with a ginger-ale.

It wasn't a question of whether I would be back over 200, it was a question of how much. The scale had a different slant.

08.03: (203.0@22)
08.10: (200.8@22)
08.17: (200.0@21)
08.24: (202.4@21)
08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!!
09.07: (198.6@22) Most worthless weigh-in ever

09.14: (199.0@22) Back abov.......wait a minute. What?

I'm probably the only person on the planet that is wondering whether his scale is broken because I expected a higher number (***)

I've kind of promised this to my sparkfriends. When the summer fruits started going out of season, I would start really striving toward detox mode for beating the sugar addiction. While there are still a fair amount of peaches, strawberries, etc. at my local store, there are far less organic offerings.

Over the next week, I plan to eat a lot of the foods that knocked my sugar cravings to about 400 and then start whittling even further. By early November, I hope to be really close to or at a full detox.

Here's hoping.

the pair of dark grey jeans that has traditionally fit me best when at 210-215 has officially been relegated to the fat pants pile. They fit awfully.

Next week, I plan to be really close to 195, if not there.

Here's hoping.

- TD Out!

(*) I don't know. Who DOES still use that term. See? I can read your mind.

(**) At the place who cuts large pizzas into 4 quarters and calls each a slice

(***) Don't hate him because he's beautiful.

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NEELIXNKES 9/17/2013 3:39PM

    emoticon That means that 195 is most likely doable with a week on plan and eating sensibly. Keep pushing forward!

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GINGERLY4 9/15/2013 5:09PM

    Sugar detox...something I should probably consider.

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BYEBYEFAT. 9/15/2013 5:06PM

    you're doin awesommmme!!

So glad you are still here :D

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BLKLILY 9/14/2013 7:58PM

    Ha...are you? Are you trying to sabotage yourself to stay around here with us on Spark? lol

Great job either way! I think you could have eaten way worse so great job on eating Asian where you are sure to get an order of veggies.

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STFRENCH 9/14/2013 7:04PM

    That's pretty good going considering the week you've had! emoticon
A better week with less stress should yield great results!

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MEADSBAY 9/14/2013 10:51AM

    Hey, that is great news, TD, if pure luck!
Are you trying to sabotage yourself, by any chance?

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FITGRL124 9/14/2013 9:57AM

    Well it could have been worse...maybe next week you will be at 195! Here's hoping!

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Weigh-In 09.07.2013: Most Worthless Weigh-in EVER!!! (fading echo ever ever))

Saturday, September 07, 2013

I have had some significant weigh-ins in my days here at SP. The ones where I went under certain milestones. The **Bam** ones where after stagnating or starting to work out again. I'd lose a battle-shot 3+ pounds. The one where I finally went from being obese to just overweight

I've had some really sobering bad ones as well. Ones where I started gaining weight and went back over certain milestones. Ones where I would weigh-in after a week of really high calorie eating. They spurred me to victory and are as much of a part of my victory as the good ones. But they're not the ones I go back and read to remind myself of the glory days.

This week's weigh-in reflects the perfect storm of all of the factors that lead to neither of the above. I totally ate whatever I wanted last weekend (No apologies or regrets. It was Labor Day. I'm an American and I defend my right to overeat on major holidays).

During the week I ate healthfully, but changed my weight workout drastically. Tried a far more intense pound-wise one with lower reps and targeting different groups each day. As a result, my muscles were extremely sore and my appetite was off the charts. Muscle building leading to increased metabolism to off-set the increase in food intake.

That combined with a desire to become really lean without a care in the world of how any of it all affects the scale numbers short term. This all lead to....


08.03: (203.0@22)
08.10: (200.8@22)
08.17: (200.0@21)
08.24: (202.4@21)
08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!!

09.07: (198.6@22) +0.2 pounds. meh.

Could be either a plateau or just the body adjusting to the new workout. I suspect the later, but don't know.

To be perfectly clear, I'm not upset about this week. I believe that it is as much a part of the journey as the two I described above. It's just a bit of a decrescendo after weeks of going after such a major milestone and finally reaching it

I am definitely living the dream
- Down almost 20 pounds since the beginning of the year
- Down over 15 pounds since returning to SparkPeople
- Below 200!!!
- Lost 5 pounds last month
- 3.6 pounds away from my final weight goal
- My size 38" jeans/trousers have been relegated to the fat pants pile
- My energy levels are much better.
- I can walk around the nearby city for hours at a time without crashing or feeling sore the next day.

I've lost an average of about 0.8 pounds per week since April (including plateaus)

These have been some really exciting times here on SP these past few months.

That being said, this week? ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz...

- TD Out!

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SCRAP317 9/12/2013 5:39PM

    yep - boring me to tears TD - I'll take it! Glad you are playing around with the workouts - it will get figured out - never under-estimate the power of water weight in inflamed muscles!

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STFRENCH 9/10/2013 6:57PM

    I'm thinking you may be right with your body adjusting to your new, more intense workout. Give it a few weeks and assess again. Good luck! emoticon

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BYEBYEFAT. 9/8/2013 7:06PM

    You upped the intensity! Heavier weights.. more muscle building... when you tear your muscles you retain water to help heal them again. +.2 aint no big thang! And I think you know that :)

Doin awesome as always TD!

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1DERLAND14 9/7/2013 11:25PM

    You are putting in the work so I know it will all even out! emoticon emoticon

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PICKIE98 9/7/2013 4:38PM

    You hard-bodies need some adjustment time.. maybe you can get extra workout time by bouncing quarters off your abs!! You are getting so healthy Trent!!

Don't be a-braggin' by walking around picking up cars and such.... your body is resting momentarily..

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BLKLILY 9/7/2013 11:01AM

    Your NSV rock and are so amazing! I agree, this week does not constitute a plateau. There are weeks/days you lose, maintain and gain. I say keep going and don't sweat it!

BTW...nothing you write is boring!!!!!

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NEELIXNKES 9/7/2013 10:30AM

    You are still in Onderland! That is an accomplishment for a week where you went off plan and changed things up. Those last few pounds will come off soon.

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MEADSBAY 9/7/2013 9:48AM

    One week does not a plateau make.
I, the queen of Plateauville, know whereof I speak. emoticon

Also, your new higher wts/fewer reps routine needs more than one week to show results.
Step away from the scale (easier said than done) and give it a few weeks.

You're doing grrrrrrrrrrrreat! emoticon

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REMEMBER_THIS 9/7/2013 9:46AM

    emoticon You're doing great!

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GOINGTOUTAH 9/7/2013 9:12AM

  Sometimes the body takes time to adjust, sometimes it melts off. hang in

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The New Challenge

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

So after 5 days of absolute non-stop eating, and we're not talking the low calorie nutrient dense kind, I was up about a half of a pound on the midweek. So yeah, that can mean only one thing.....

**The Dreamer has been back in the weight room**

For what I'm trying to accomplish at this point, weight loss as I have been executing it, is not going to help me much in and of itself. Even a good numerical body fat percentage, though it won't hurt, won't really help. Last time I was at 15% I liked how I looked in jeans and tshirt, but still didn't hit the beach much.

Next year, I'm going on vacation to a major beach or area with a lot of beaches. I'm looking to be really ripped and chiseled by then. This is a lot more qualitative of a goal than I'm used to. Waist and body fat percentage measurements won't be of much benefit at this point.

According to the A.C.E's website, at 21% I'm already at a good body fat percentage (18-25% is considered "acceptable), so it's not like I can use that as a motive.

This all complicated in that:
(a) My goal, even if it had a number attached to it, is very different than the norm here on SP.
(b) I don't post actual pictures of myself. Even without said pictures, losing and gaining weight or body fat percentage does mean something to anyone reading. This, not so much

When I hit 195, which I plan to in the next couple of months (3.4 pounds to go, Who hoooo!!), I plan to switch my ticker to body fat percentage. Even if it's only part of the picture, it is still something reportable.

I've admitted this to a few of my friends on here, but I'll say it out loud.

**I'm starting to struggle with my relevance here on SP.**

I'm basically a dude who is about 10-15 pounds overweight but is basically healthy. I don't really struggle with my weight. I've got a bit of flab on the midsection, but that can be worked off with the right program.

I'm more of an off-line kind of guy to begin with. I like going out and socializing. I chose SP as an online community because it was free and anonymous (WW wasn't and only kind of was). Online, I really prefer anonymity.

The reality is that if in 2009 I was where I am now, I would never have bothered joining SP. I would have just gone to the gym, gone to classes and found cliques of people doing the same exercises as I.

I believe that as I burn fat and build muscle, I can bless and be blessed for the rest of this year and well into 2014 here.

Late 2014 and 2015, though? I don't know.

I just don't know.


- TD Out!

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_VALEO_ 9/6/2013 1:38AM

    Relevance? Norm? There are so many different members, so many different stories, so many difference weights and goals. SP is not a "Fat Club" emoticon
"Come as you are" to quote McDonald's ad (geezzz... of all companies I had to quote this one! lol)

No matter what our weight is we all fit in here. What matters is not the start weight, the actual weight or the goal weight ... it's not weight actually... it's the journey to health; it's what healthy choices everyone is making; what great tips they share to live a better life.
Gaining back our health and claiming our self-esteem. Being a better version of ourselves--there is no tool to measure that.

On your way to the Playa! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/5/2013 9:52PM

    Really, seriously, to tell the truth...
as a founding member of the TD fan club, may I say I would really really really miss you if you dropped out of the Sparkaverse!
But, of course, I would respect your decision.
And, of course, we would have to throw a big party.
With lots of low calorie, nutrient dense foods.

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BYEBYEFAT. 9/4/2013 10:11PM

    Oh TD.... you aren't leaving. I mean it! :)

If nothing else, it is probably healthy for you to come in here and blog about any frustrations you might have right? ... I know you dont NEED spark, but we need you! :D Either way, I'm super happy that you are doing so great! You are an inspiration!!

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1DERLAND14 9/4/2013 8:10PM

    You are such an amazing motivator and I hope you don't feel you need to leave. :( However, I understand that you need to do what is best FOR YOU! Congrats on achieving your goals!! I hope that you stay in touch :(

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/4/2013 7:36PM

    **I'm starting to struggle with my relevance here on SP.**

!!GASPS!! ... heart sinks ...
Is TD thinking about leaving the land of SP?
I'll support you anyway it goes ... because I believe we all need to follow our own paths and hearts.

By the way .... you'll always be more than that dude who is about 10-15 lbs overweight but basically healthy ... to me. You're support/friendship has been steady and true and I value that.

You are fabulous TD! Looking forward to that ultimate WHOO hooo moment when you hit that 195!!

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BLKLILY 9/4/2013 7:03PM

    Are you going to leave too? You will be the third, fourth person to leave. I cannot say what is right for you in your life right now or the future. Spark will always be around. If you have to take a break or leave all together, I understand as Spark is only part our journey. Your journey can take you into another space away from Spark and I think that is fine. I always wish you the best what ever you do or go!

Keep us posted. I have enjoyed our Sparkship thus far. You are amazing. I too don't have a social life or support system so Spark definitely serves as my latter. I appreciate your support.

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PICKIE98 9/4/2013 5:01PM

    After goal, maintenance is key. As the years go sailing by, we look back and wonder who the he77 stole our tight, lean body while we were asleep.

Trent is a person who sets his goals, lives his life around them and changes things up. Trent is an inspiration to those who may not stick to things or wonder if they will be able to stay with it long enough to see changes.

Trent is the only guy on here that finds ultra-cool media pics to shake us up and let the nostalgia kick in. I man THE ONLY GUY . That being said, if guilt could make a person stick, this is the time.. snork-snork..

When guilt doesn't work, there is always the time-tested and true begging, groveling and sobbing like a hysterical chicka!!!!!!!
PUH-LEEZE DON'T LEAVE US O MAN OF THE MOVIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep us informed of the superheroes(including yourself) out there!!!!!!!

NO kidding aside, I think your new tack for body fat %is a good fit for you.. keep the muscles reined in while you still have the elasticity of youth on your side.. Seriously Trent. the weight will go off regardless, but keeping things toned and not sort of blobby, is a great idea.
Of course, you DO realize that this means you now have to fly to Santa Barbara and go out on that beach with the weights, V-ball and hot bodies to strut it!

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FITGRL124 9/4/2013 11:32AM

    My thoughts are that sparking helps keep me on track and helps by connecting with people who encourage me. I've noticed that when I pull back and stop then that's when things get harder. I am not saying that I "have" to have SP but it is great when you get advice, cheers, and just overall kudos for progress whether that's weight progress, inches, workouts, water, anything healthy!

Keep us posted!!

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JITZUROE 9/4/2013 11:23AM

    Hmm. Well, here are my two cents as to why to keep sparking.
I tend to connect with peeps here on spark since my social life is......Non existent (enter cricket sounds).
I love hearing about how you guys get out and tackle the world. And it's a great place for venting and the occasional whine if needed. Always lots of supportive peeps like you here to nudge, push, or even Billy Blanks Tae-Bo kick my arse back towards my goal.
While you are soooo close to your goal (and dang I am jealous!), I like to read your blogs about your struggles and your triumphs. That gives us all a chance to cheer you on, ya see?
So if, no WHEN you hit your goal, keep us posted. Don't go disappearing, ok?

And congrats on those future vacation plans to hang at the beach!

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Today I Weigh 2........No....Wait a Minute! (Part 2)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Original Entry Posted July 24,2010

08.03: (203.0@22)
08.10: (200.8@22)
08.17: (200.0@21) Sooooo close. Thought I had it
08.24: (202.4@21) Ate out a lot

**THIS WEEK (DRUM ROLL...........)
08.31: (198.4@22)!!!!

-4.0 pounds!

And once again........
- We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Good bye 200's (more like "good riddance)". Hello 190's!
- Many thanks to all of my Spark Friend who have supported me

After eating out every day last week, I knew that the gain was mostly water weight. The day after the weigh-in, I did an informal re-weigh and was just a few ounces over 200.

Last time I went below 200 the weight loss was a struggle, bordering on being a burden. I made tons of small changes but hadn't addressed the most major one which was really keeping the losses slow and uncertain.

Though I was extremely proud of the accomplishment, I always knew and kind of feared that it was going to be temporary and if not, it was always going to be a struggle/burden.

This fear was realized last year when I had a major stressful situation and the pounds started packing back on again. I was less than 5 pounds from my original starting weigh again.

This time it was healthier. I figured out how to overcome the main issue. I'm eating foods that slow down the cravings for sugar and empty carbs. I'm not depriving myself of foods I like, I simply don't enjoy them as much and eat them when I feel like doing so.

I'm not a sugar addict who eats 1000+ calories of candy every day anymore. I'm not a "recovering" sugar addict who has to abstain from eating any sugar, lest I revert back. I'm basically a recovered sugar addict who just eats a few ounces of chocolate each day and enjoys it along with other healthy foods.

It's no longer a religious battle. I don't have "good" days or "bad" days. I don't fall off of and need to get back on any wagons. I have days and weekends where I eat more then usual. I have days/weeks where I eat out more than others. That's not something I feel bad about anymore.....That's just normal living.

I no longer worry about my weight going back up like last time. It probably won't happen. I will probably continue to lose weight. Even if I start gaining, I have the tools/weapons to stop it.


Last time, I was really Victorious!!!

This time, I'm living in FREEDOM!!!

Again, thanks to all of you who have been there for me.

3.4 pounds until the final weight goal.

195, here I come!!

- TD Out!

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1DERLAND14 9/4/2013 8:07PM

    WELCOME TO ONDERLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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    I am SO happy to read this! I knew that you could do this!!!!

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I knew you could do it, TD!

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TWEETYKC00 9/1/2013 5:56PM

    Whoohoo, happy dance time!

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PICKIE98 9/1/2013 5:36PM

    I knew you had it in yer, argggggggghhhhhhhh!! Now outta yer!! Shiver me timbers matey emoticon emoticon

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BYEBYEFAT. 8/31/2013 10:53PM


I'll be honest, I peeked at your tracker before I read your blog, but either way I KNEW this was the week :D


ahhhhh ONDERLAND, how awesome is that? it isn't even 199.99999... its 198.4!

this blog was beautiful :) love that you are living in freedom now and can trust your body! 4 pounds is incredible! love ya td! Can't wait to see you hit GOAL WEIGHT!

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BLKLILY 8/31/2013 6:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so proud of you for not giving up! What a week a difference makes...

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_VALEO_ 8/31/2013 3:02PM

    OMG that's just awesome! I was so hoping that you'll see Onederland happen this week! And you did!!!

Well done! Welcome to Onederland!

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KNYAGENYA 8/31/2013 2:07PM

    emoticon Good for you! Welcome to Onederland. Keep up the good work.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/31/2013 11:13AM


'This time, I'm living in FREEDOM!!!'
*You've come a long way friend. I'm blessed to be on this journey with you. Carry on!!

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