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Tracking is too much trouble . . . .

Saturday, April 21, 2012

. . . . a persistent sabotaging thought that I must persistently confront.

I do track my nutrition every day. Including those random spoonfuls of peanut butter (what a whack o' calories!).

I do track my exercise . . . which just reminds me of how hard it is to burn off the calories!

I tracked my Friday night pizza with TUFFMUFFIN: two slices McCain Canadian thin crust. And a glass of white wine. And was about 300 calories "over" yesterday. Yikes.

Because I know: whether "I" track or not, the ol' body (that would be "me" also) is tracking relentlessly. Persistently. Privately. Publicly. Every calorie in. Every calorie out. No choice. All calories present and accounted for! Never too much trouble for "me". Never.

Oh well. Oh well. Oh well.

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    :) Just started tracking again 13 days ago. No fun, but totally necessary.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/26/2012 11:25PM

    Yup. Tracking is a big pain in the arse.

But it's a whole lot better than what seems to happen when I DON'T track! LOL

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/23/2012 3:57AM

    I must admit it is an essential for some of us.

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JOPAPGH 4/22/2012 10:28PM

    I was in tracking wilderness for a few weeks but I'm back.

Keep up that great focus!

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LISALGB 4/22/2012 7:29PM

    Yes, tracking is a lot of trouble . . . which may be why I'm so bad at it.

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NANCY- 4/22/2012 10:57AM

    Well said!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 4/22/2012 10:26AM

    If we dont track, it tracks us... by showing up as the Great DIVIDE.... the HIPS! Boy do I know it! Its a battle of the BULGES! Hip city! Wappo alley! It catches us unaware! No matter what we think we get away with, we dont in the rear end! lmao! Because I have seen... its... reflection in the mirror! Susana

Comment edited on: 4/22/2012 10:28:20 AM

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/22/2012 7:40AM

    The body: the final arbiter. Never forgets to take it into account. Never. Track on. emoticon

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DBCLARINET 4/22/2012 6:58AM

    Yup, it's a lot of work! It's why I keep playing around with NOT tracking, but I do kind of fall into the mindset of "Don't see it, don't eat it." As in, if I don't see it written down that I ate it, I didn't eat it!

That's why I post my food in my blog now -- it almost keeps me more accountable, because then it's up there for other people to see (I know I don't look at other people's food trackers...). I just try to think of what "model" meals would look like and go for that. It's not tracking, but it's not completely NOT tracking.

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CARRAND 4/21/2012 9:09PM

    You mean if you don't track it, your body still counts it? Yikes, I'm in trouble!

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SALSIFY 4/21/2012 3:22PM

    I just tracked for the entire day for the first time in a long time. I've slowly slipped off the wagon & gained some weight & what you're saying is true.

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PHEBESS 4/21/2012 3:21PM

    Tracking is a chore. Like washing my face or brushing my teeth - not fun, but healthier than not doing so.

At least that's what I tell myself.

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TBANMAN 4/21/2012 2:20PM

    I've never had trouble tracking diligently. My issue has been tracking honestly. It all looks great when I DON'T track those nibbles of chocolate throughout the day, the half-a-doughnut filtched from the staff room, the extra 2 oz of wine that happened to splash into my glass at night. They don't REALLY count, do they?

Then I wonder why I'm not losing or worse, why I'm gaining.

The last two weeks I decided if Ima not gonna track it, Ima not gonna eat it. And I've lost 2.6 pounds. Shocker, right?

As long as we keep telling ourselves the real pain in the ass is losing that WEIGHT that we put on, we'll be OK.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/21/2012 2:14PM

    You are SO right! Tracking is a whole lot of trouble. Part of me thinks it is ridiculous to spend so much time and energy doing it. But then I look in the mirror -- and smile. It is a whole lot of trouble, BUT it is absolutely worth it. The biggest difference between the 8 times I gained my weight back and this time when I'm maintaining is tracking.

Always love your blogs, Ellen. So glad to have my new computer and have it up and running. Plan to again be a regular reader of your wisdom!! -Marsha

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ROSEWAND 4/21/2012 1:57PM

    What has really worked well for me is eat carefully
the week and splurge on Friday night. I pretty much
eat what I want at this one meal. I just make sure
that the calories over the week are just enough to
keep me in maintenance.

This has been my method during the time I was
losing weight and continues now as I maintain.
It eliminates any sense of deprivation and those
pesky feelings of guilt that tend to creep in when
we eat more than planned.

Maintenance is about balance including balancing
our love of eating with our love of health and thinness.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/21/2012 11:35AM

    I am totally with you! No matter what goes on the tracker, no matter what we tell people, the ol' bod shows what's REALLY going on.

Pizza: a food I only dream about! But to paraphrase George W. Bush, "Choices were made." I'm sure you and TM really enjoyed winding down on a Friday night with a pizza and wine. Sounds heavenly, and well worth an extra 3 miles on the treadmill to undo the damage!

Onward and upward! To infinity and beyond!

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Charlie is a Fatloser!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A year ago our vet told me that our beloved golden retriever, Charlie, was significantly overweight. He was having problems with the skin breaking down on his elbows. She said it was because he was so heavy he was essentially slamming himself down on the floor to take the weight off his feet.

He then weighed 43 kg.

Saturday when I took him for his checkup, he weighed 33.5 kg. A loss of about 20 pounds in 1 year.

Our vet was so impressed! And Charlie is, of course, looking sleek. Feeling lively. And no more problems with his elbows!

She wanted to know how we'd done it. I told her: strict chow control. One cup of grain free high protein organic duck dog chow morning and night. In between meal snacks limited to fresh veggies: carrots, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes . . . Charlie loves all of these and sits beside me while I'm making my salads. And: more exercise.

Apparently very few people actually manage to help their dogs lose weight, even though it's vitally important to their well being and longevity. Charlie will be 8 in a few weeks, and we love him very much: "Best dog ever!", we tell him many times a day. Of course I took weight loss for Charlie very seriously indeed and so did everyone in the family.

Interestingly enough, the vet herself (about my age, height and build) would like to lose a few pounds. She asked me a year ago how I manage to keep in shape and I told her: YMCA, SparkPeople.

She asked me again on Saturday (having put on additional weight over the past year), and I told her again -- this time also mentioning fatloser.com.

The vet is an absolutely lovely person . . . so kind, so knowledgeable about animals and about pet nutrition. But she thought that a diet heavy in safflower oil (!) and walnuts (!!) -- (nutritious in and of themselves, of course) -- was appropriate for herself. Even though she knows all about calories in/calories out. Knows all about move more, eat less. Thinking back to my blog a few weeks ago about how overweight works at work . . . . I'm wondering how tough it is for a vet to get tough with owners on their pets' obesity when . . . . yeah.

I'm so proud of Charlie!! We got his "weight loss chart" printed out and posted it on the wall in the kitchen, near his chow bowl! Here's to Charlie! We hope he's got many many more healthy years ahead of him!!

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ID_VANDAL 4/23/2012 5:40PM

    Good for you!! Charlie couldn't have done it without you!!

I know he must feel a whole lot better and I'll bet you notice the difference as well so GREAT JOB!



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SALSIFY 4/21/2012 3:25PM

Well done Charlie!

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MSSNOWY 4/20/2012 11:50PM

    Good for Charlie. I hope he has many many years to enjoy his sleek life! And good for you, too, for helping him. I'm trying to figure out about dogs and metabolism, though. I think there must be something to different dogs burning fat differently or something. We have two goldens, almost the same age. They eat the same food in the same amount, get the same treats, go on the same walks, and are more or less the same size, though one is slightly 'heavier boned, broader chested, etc. He's fifteen pounds heavier than the other one. He was kept very very skinny by his former owner and he's frantic to eat all the time, even though we don't feed him more than recommended. But he is definitely much more food oriented and worried he won't get it. The guy we've had since he was a pup is much more settled and less intense about food. He is also the more wired dog. Hmmmm.

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BD3269PM 4/20/2012 11:55AM

    Way to go!!! I'm going to tell Bailey just how good Charlie did. Maybe she can do the same emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 4/20/2012 11:25AM

    This is so wonderful! You're such a good pet owner. I know it can be hard to keep a dog's weight in check. Luckily with my last dog I never had to worry about -- Killer could eat anything and he stayed so skinny! And mostly he was one of those dogs who just stopped eating when he was full, no matter what it was. If only some of us could learn that, huh?


But I remember as a kid, my dog was very overweight (and so were we) and my mom tried really hard to slim Frosty down -- she cooked her special "diet" meals and everything, and that dog would act like we were starving her! She'd always find a way to get in the garbage, sneak something from outside...sheesh.

So good for Charlie! And kudos to his mom for a job well done. emoticon

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DDOORN 4/20/2012 11:12AM

    Yay Charlie! (and YOU, of course...!)


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NANCY- 4/20/2012 9:26AM

You and Charlie are awesome!

Regarding the Vet, sometimes it is easier to care for others rather than ourselves.

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IMAGINE_IT 4/19/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon WoohOoo...for Charlie emoticon

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KALIGIRL 4/19/2012 9:16AM

    WTG Charlie!!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/18/2012 7:00PM

    Congrats to both you and Charlie!! Well, you even more than Charlie, I suppose. Wouldn't you like to have someone (kind and knowledgable, of course) dishing out all your food?? Well, come to think of it, we don't need that person any more. We can do it ourselves!! Yay!! Hooray!

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CARRAND 4/18/2012 6:46PM

    Good job with your dog. You did him a favor for sure. I hope your vet listened to you about losing weight. Eat less, move more, works for people and for dogs.

I had a cat once that weighed 25 pounds. He was huge. He developed liver problems and had to be put down when he was about 12 years old. I tried to feed him less, but there is really no way to exercise a cat.

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JOHAL52 4/18/2012 4:34PM

    Terrific work on Charlie! That is so great!!!

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ODAYSKI11 4/18/2012 7:39AM

    Wow, your blog is a wake up call to me. My dog Mandy is not overweight, but close, and I know I feed her too many small milkbone "cookies", convincing myself the small makes it ok. I know she loves greenbeans, so for goodness sake, thanks to you, I am going to start feeding her various veg's for snacks!! I want her to live as long as possible!!!
Thanks for your blog, and I'd like to be your "sparkfriend"!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/18/2012 6:01AM

    Well done to Charlie's owners, not easy with those sad eyes looking at you. The vet, well, join the rest of the world, intelligence does not come into it.

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TWEETYKC00 4/18/2012 5:24AM

    Good for Charlie, way to go!

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_LINDA 4/18/2012 12:54AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Go Charlie emoticon GO!
That is an amazing loss! Well done!
Good for spreading the Spark! High Five!

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DONNACFIT 4/18/2012 12:52AM

    Great job..Charlie and of course his family..he couldn't have done it without you!!

Most of our 20+ barn cats are looking very fat!!! oh darn..that's not fat..they're all having kittens!! Will help wilth the mouse and gopher population!!

And thanks for dropping by my blog..our snow has all been washed way with the rain!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 4/17/2012 11:00PM

    May Charlie have another 8 years! Yes Dogs need execise, just ask my lulu, shes outside in the yard running 4 times a day. Having fun! sleeps great and is a very good loving dog too. Pets are just like people just smaller and voicelss. But need to eta and exercise just liek people. (Isnt it somehting Drs and vets forget that!) If you love your self you will love your pets! Charlie has a good parent! Pat yourself on the back for caring! (Love all my pets the same, and want them around a ong time! And healthy so I have them as company as long as possible! Cant live without mine! (My last three pets all lived to be at least 12 years, average). Hope Charlies lives and keeps you company for at least another 8! susana

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TRAVELGRRL 4/17/2012 5:55PM

    Your vet sounds like some of the people you were talking about awhile back: once you mention Sparkpeople they lose interest! They are looking for a "secret", and Sparkpeople and hard work just aren't sexy enough!

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CRYSTALJEM 4/17/2012 11:51AM

    Yeah Charlie!!!! Way to go. Now he'll have the extra energy to love you all the more for hopefully many more years to come. I really liked this blog. You got me to thinking about your approach though. If we all did the same thing, we'd have as much luck. Hmmm.... more "food" for thought.....

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DBCLARINET 4/17/2012 11:40AM

    Yeah, Charlie!

I have heard people claim (purely anecdotal evidence) that nuts will stall weight loss. Sure, they're full of good fats, but I guess yeah, some people need to leave out the nuts until they've lost weight.

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PHEBESS 4/17/2012 10:42AM

    YAY for Charlie! And for you, for being a smart doggie mom!

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JENNNY135 4/17/2012 9:12AM

    Great job.

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DARRLENE13 4/17/2012 8:55AM

    Way to go Charlie!!!

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Runners: are you a ferret or a dog?

Monday, April 16, 2012


The Toronto Globe and Mail has a most interesting article today about how human beings are biologically wired to run. So are dogs. Ferrets? Not so much!!

And as for me? I'm a dog with (sadly) the hips and knees of a ferret!!

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MYLADY4 4/20/2012 2:05PM

    Great article!

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DDOORN 4/20/2012 11:13AM

    Go FERRETS! :-)

Running just ain't my thing...lol.


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SLENDERELLA61 4/18/2012 6:54PM

    Guess I must be a dog. I'll check out that article! Thanks, as always. You find such interesting things. -Marsha

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/17/2012 3:09AM

    Now I know why running never appealed, no kicks for me, Sinuous, graceful, and sleek, yes I don't mind being a ferret.

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PHEBESS 4/16/2012 5:48PM

    Yeah, well, I'm definitely a housecat. Let me lie in the sun on a pillow. Thanks.


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CRYSTALJEM 4/16/2012 2:53PM

    I must have missed that article. Thanks for sharing. It's very interesting. Now... to find that trigger....

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CARRAND 4/16/2012 1:07PM

    Very interesting. I probably never go fast enough to get the rewarding brain chemicals. Oh well, something to aim for.

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NANCY- 4/16/2012 8:03AM

    They pay folks to study this stuff?
I feel great after working out in the pool.
To answer the question.... I'm more like a cat with cattitude.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Loved my first game of golf this year . . . . only nine holes because it was supposed to rain and for that reason I'd been to the gym first to make sure I got some exercise . . . then ran out of steam.

But it was so great to get out on the course! Fuzzy green leaves already. Huge chorus of birds everywhere too: robins, song sparrows, red-winged blackbirds. And spring peepers, which means we can expect herons soon!

DD took a picture of me on the front lawn in my cowboy boots . . . and no, didn't wear that ensemble to the golf course!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/17/2012 3:14AM

    Those boots are made for you, gorgeous.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/16/2012 1:35PM

    Yee Haw.


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TRAVELGRRL 4/16/2012 1:18PM

    Are you SURE you didn't live in Texas in another life, y'all?

You could "walk the line" with Johnny Cash being dressed in all black, and you know he was from Arkansas!

Thanks for sharing a super-cute photo!

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CARRAND 4/16/2012 1:12PM

    Oh, I love the red boots!

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NANCY- 4/16/2012 7:58AM

    Thanks for showing me a different side of golf.

Were those boots made for walking, because you look amazing and should be out strutting your stuff.

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FREELADY 4/16/2012 3:16AM

    Oh I love this photo. You look amazing. I'm looking forward to someday hearing echoes of how your convenience-store fan club admires the boots.

Also I'm drooling over your porch.

Thanks for providing some mental entertainment as I enjoyed relishing the what-if .... picturing you and your red boots spicing up the golf set a bit.

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DONNACFIT 4/15/2012 10:19PM

    Great boots, great picture!! Thanks for sharing!!

I love all the signs of spring here, too :)

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DBCLARINET 4/15/2012 9:56PM

    Wow, those boots look great on you! I don't think I've ever seen a more perfect fit, and the color is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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_LINDA 4/15/2012 9:38PM

    Looking FANTABULOUS!! You would have knocked their socks off if you had worn that to the golf course!! Those boots sure look good on you!!
Wow fuzzy leaves and birds singing!
Enjoy!! Great day for you all around!
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PHEBESS 4/15/2012 8:50PM

    LOVE the boots! And it must be spring up there!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 4/15/2012 8:41PM

    Love the boots! Snazzy! and you look great, not just the boots!! And 9 holes to boot? Great way to get some sun! Wish I could! It was warmer here too, but windy and raining off and on. But a great day! susana

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Bzzy Bzzy Patch O' Life

Saturday, April 14, 2012

OK, short and sweet! Waaaaaay too much to do.

However, must just say that the red cowgirl boots arrived yesterday (after several courier delivery failures and redirect to my office . . . grrrr) and:


Exactly as pictured on the website. Exactly as described in the (overwhelmingly positive) reviews. Great colour, beautiful heel height, perfect toe shape, excellent stitching, comfortable.

Took 'em outta the box. Put them on. Wore 'em all day (with a black business suit, trousers over top, not tucked in). Wore 'em out to dinner. (DH resurrected the fab, and expensive, tan cowboy boots I'd bought him back before we were married: and they looked terrific on him, but not better than mine!!).

OK. Gotta get on with my day . . . which has to include (has to include) a trip to the gym.

Re weight maintenance: I'm sustaining that sense of urgency and mental toughness, just like Steve Siebold recommends at Day 21 of fatloser.com . . . and despite this bzzy bzzy I'm steady at 142. Haven't given up on mid 3 either. Not giving up.

Hey!! Hafta be worthy of those boots, right??

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/15/2012 8:14PM

    emoticon! What a head snapper you are. Go, girl, go! Strut your stuff.

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NANCY- 4/15/2012 8:02AM

    So glad you finally received the boots . You deserve them. Rewards like this serve as a wonderful reminder to take care of ourselves.

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DBCLARINET 4/15/2012 7:02AM

    Wow, those sound like magic boots if they give you THAT much pep!

Third call for photos?

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DONNACFIT 4/14/2012 11:14PM

    Glad you love the boots!!

Have a great weekend..hope you made it to the gym :)

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LISALGB 4/14/2012 9:13PM

    There is nothing better than a great pair of boots!! Enjoy'em!!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 4/14/2012 6:41PM

    yeppers! Yahoo! Glad you got your boots ,... now ....are those boots made for walking or strutting ... or are they meant for dancing, or working out or just kicking up dust by your heels in someones jelaous face? We justw ant to knwo How-do-ya look in ~em? Waiting for ye' all to take a phota of ya self! Cant wait! Maybe at a dance? susana

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_LINDA 4/14/2012 5:52PM

    2nd that call for photos, if you know someone with a digital camera, would love to see you and your hubby stepping out with your boots!
Good for you maintaining in the midst of a busy spell, keep up the great work!!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/14/2012 2:40PM

    It's so fun to hear you so delighted with your new purchase! I don't even LIKE cowboy boots but you almost have me thinking I can't live without a pair!!!! Maybe purple, methinks....

Keep gunning for that "middle 3"...I'm in the last half of my "middle 5" journey and all I can say is AIN'T LIFE GRAND!?!

Have fun today, bzzy bee!

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PHEBESS 4/14/2012 2:14PM

    YAY for the perfect boots!

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    Whaaaa Hoooo! comfy sexy boots - the best of all possible worlds!


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CARRAND 4/14/2012 10:00AM

    The boots sound wonderful!

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