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New furnace and 8 month quit smoking anniversary

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Well after 31 years of oil heat, I have gone with an electric furnace. I know my electrical bill will go up but now I won’t have to come up with $2000 every fall for oil to fill my tanks. I expect the new furnace to heat the house pretty good. It is a 20kw that stages so it doesn’t use all 20kw every time it turns on.

Here are a few pictures of my new electrical service and furnace


the fellows putting in my electrical and furnace


new breaker box


the furnace - it is hanging from the ceiling because our basement floods


old meter on left - new meter on right - big difference!


Yesterday was also the 8th month anniversary of the day I quit smoking! It is such a huge relief not to be smoking those nasty things. You don’t know until you quit how horrible they smell and how badly they make everything else smell. I can smell a smoker from several feet away…the odor is that strong. I never knew I smelled like that!
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I am at 82 pounds lost and will take new measurements next week.

Well for some reason the pictures are not showing now - they were showing earlier...must be something on SparkPeoples end ....edit = they are back now

  
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CAROL_31649731 10/27/2013 12:05AM

    Congrats on the smoking anniversary! Don't ever go back!!! I had quit when I was pregnant with both my kids, but always went back to it. Then I finally quit for good 12 years ago. Best thing I've ever done for my health, but hardest thing I've ever HAD to do, too. I'll never want to go through that again. So again, kudos to you!!!

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_RAEVEN_ 10/23/2013 9:51PM

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Wow, no smoking and 82 pounds gone. That is so awesome!!!! Great job!!!

I'm an ex smoker too and I'm amazed at how awful I find the smell these days. My hubby still likes the smell which I think is a bit odd.
I quit smoking 13 years ago. It was one of the best things I ever did for myself. But I'll admit there are still times I'm tempted. But all I have to do is smell it and the temptation goes away.

Enjoy your new furnace...

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MOVEITMARY 10/23/2013 9:27PM

    Congratulations on becoming and EX smoker! You are doing such amazing changes for yoru health.

Hope the new furnace works like a charm for you.

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MNNICE 10/23/2013 9:25PM

    Hope you'll be nice and cozy with the new furnace! Congratulations on quitting smoking -- I know how hard it is, but how great it feels to be "free" from the addiction! Congratulations also on being able to lose weight and quit smoking at the same time. Keep it up!!!!

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CELLOPLAYER1 10/23/2013 8:13PM

    emoticon on the 8 months of not smoking!

Enjoy your new furnace.

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LETHA_ 10/23/2013 8:02PM

    One of my largest weight gains was the year after I quit smoking. That you could quit smoking and lose weight is phenomenal!
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2HAMSDIET 10/23/2013 5:57PM

    emoticon emoticon on stopping smoking and your weight loss. Have you thought of how much money you have saved besides all the health benefits ? enjoy your new furnace. We use to have to prepay for LP every fall so i really understand your pain.

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KING_SLAYER 10/23/2013 4:53PM

    Grats on the 8 month anniversary, that's great! I hope you enjoy your new furnace and that it does a great job keeping you warm and toasty!

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MOM2ACAT 10/23/2013 4:27PM

    emoticon On 8 months being smoke free!

The new furnace sounds nice!

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LINDA! 10/23/2013 11:34AM

    Happy that you have the new furnace.

Major accomplishments: Losing 82 pounds and giving up cigarettes!! emoticon

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KAREN608 10/23/2013 11:27AM

    Sounds great and congrats on weight loss. My measurements are not changing yet, all weight is from tummy so far!!! But inching on to more healthy so not one complaint here. Keep warm and hope your electric bill is lower than you think. Might report on that come winter. I am paying about 1000$ for propane. Need a new furnace in my house in town that I plan to retire in and need practical ideas of what is best.

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RACEWELLWON 10/23/2013 11:19AM

    Nice Furnace - that will help - yeah , I do know - I quit also !! Congrats - that 's a very hard VICTORY - the mixed emotions , the cravings but you did it - All that Money your are saving by not smoking - Woo Hoo !! Hugs K emoticon emoticon This Plateau will pass !!

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RICKI157 10/23/2013 10:44AM

    emoticon That is AWESOME!!!!!!!
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LKG9999 10/23/2013 10:25AM

    Congratulations on your new heating system! I'm surprised to hear you had to pay for your oil usage upfront. I also have oil heat but I basically pay for each delivery of oil.

I really wish that the previous owners had switched to gas when they replaced the furnace 7 years ago. Now I have a pretty new, very efficient oil burner as well as new oil tank, so it's tough to justify the $$ to switch to gas. OTOH I believe gas is less expensive, plus the gas companies are offering insulation incentives that I could really use for my 1932 house.

82 pounds gone while quitting smoking? You rock!!

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GINGER_BEAR 10/23/2013 9:26AM

    With winter coming soon, that new furnace is so nice to have. Stay warm!

emoticon on losing 82 lbs! That is quite an impressive accomplishment! You are doing GREAT!!

AND... emoticon on emoticon quitting smoking!

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FEMISLIM 10/23/2013 9:12AM

    Great going!!!!

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WHITNEYTEACHER 10/23/2013 8:43AM

    You're doing SO GREAT! I don't know which deserves the bigger celebration, the weight loss or being able to successfully stop smoking. I'm sending you a virual pat on the back and hug emoticon emoticon Great job and definitely something to be proud of emoticon

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WHITNEYTEACHER 10/23/2013 8:43AM

    You're doing SO GREAT! I don't know which deserves the bigger celebration, the weight loss or being able to successfully stop smoking. I'm sending you a virual pat on the back and hug emoticon emoticon Great job and definitely something to be proud of emoticon

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WHISPERINGPINEZ 10/23/2013 8:06AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for 8 months. You are ROCKING IT girlfriend.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/23/2013 7:46AM

    emoticon on the NO emoticon that is great - sorry the pictures are not showing up but glad you got it in and working
Keep up the good work kido
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POUTINGPEGGY 10/23/2013 7:14AM

    Congratulations on your 8th anniversary. I don't smoke but my husband has just started again, even though he has had a stroke. They are so expensive here in UK and his breathing is terrible. You are so right about the smell too. 82lbs is amazing,
Keep plugging away. emoticon emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 10/23/2013 6:21AM

    First off emoticon on quitting those NASTY emoticon I know exactly what you're talking about with that smell, as I lived with parents that smoked. I didn't know that I smelt like that! It just gets into EVERYTHING! NOTHING IS SAFE from that cigarette smoke! I can smell a smoker way before they get to me. My allergies have heighten my sensitivity to smelling ALL things, and I'm deathly allergic to the cigarette smoke! I'm so delighted and tickled pink that you QUIT!!! Now that's one thing that I don't mind saying that people QUIT and GAVE UP ON!!! It's a POSITIVE THING!!!

Your pictures didn't show up in the blog, so I'm trying to envision how in the world does a furnace hang from a ceiling? Having the electric furnace, is a heck of a lot cleaner and to me safer. You'll have a stable bill every month, and not have to fork out BIG BUCKS to get the heat, when you need it or want it. I'm happy that your delighted with the new purchase for your home.

Now, young lady, oh my gosh!!! The weight loss!!! YAHOO!!! You're doing amazing and I'm really proud of you!!! Keep up the good work, which I know you will!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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DALMOM2007 10/23/2013 5:58AM

    emoticon on not smoking! I know what you mean about the stench of people that smoke. There are times it turns my stomach.

emoticon on the 82 pounds gone!!! emoticon

emoticon on the new furnace. I can't believe you were paying $2,000 a year for heat. I have a gas furnace, and I don't pay anywhere near that amount. I think that even with the electric furnace you'll be paying a lot less...if nothing else, it will be a monthly payment which is easier to do then one lump sum.
Sadly, I can't see the pictures....I'd like to show my friend how you mounted the furnace in your basement. Every Spring, her basement floods and wrecks her furnace....she should mount it to the ceiling too.



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NASFKAB 10/23/2013 5:28AM

  so happy for you Congratulations & jubilation its a Cliff Richard song of when I was a teenager am 71 now cant let you know how I appreciate your giving up smoking & 8 months WOW

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KTACKEBE 10/23/2013 5:19AM

    Wow! Way to go on quitting and losing! I'm still struggling with the lbs I gained back. emoticon

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I hate Plateaus

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Here we go again. So far it is a short one – but I dislike it all the same! I have not lost in 9 days – that’s a huge amount of time for me. I have not gained either, so that is a good thing. I get very frustrated when I plateau. I don’t get discouraged really – because I know if I stick to plan it WILL come off. Just irritating that it is not coming off according to the way I want it too! I will stick to my overall plan. It WILL come off!

But I am having another NSV! …I have been able to lower my insulin by 10 units over the last week and a half! My doctor says that to just keep doing what I am doing and I may be able to get off of it eventually!!!

  
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KAREN608 10/18/2013 5:52PM

    Me too, staying at one weight is hard to see but your NSV was wonderful.

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LADYSTARWIND 10/16/2013 9:39PM

    A very big WOW on the Insulin!! Great accomplishment. And...I would suspect as your body readjusts, that is a partial cause of the plateau... As you said, give it time, and It Will Happen. take care,
patti

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FEMISLIM 10/15/2013 7:52AM

    Just keep focused and the plateau will go away. Remain strong. You can do this!

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MOVEITMARY 10/14/2013 4:06PM

    Lowering your insulin is absolutely just as good as losing pounds!

I think plateaus are necessary as the body adjusts to the changes. Be patient with your body, it is HEALING and that includes periods of "recovery time".

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XME501 10/14/2013 10:17AM

    Your decrease in insulin is a very big plus!!! And those are just numbers on the scale - the number on my scales is just the same, but I have had a number of people ask if I have lost weight. And, a neighbor who works as Penneys, brought me a pair of jeans that had been on sale. She said she was not sure if they would fit, since I had lost weight. I did not tell her otherwise.

I have not been exercising as much but am eating much better. I really do not snack much, but do love cheese. That is one item that I have cut back on. And am drinking more water.

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1BEACHWALKER 10/14/2013 1:21AM

    Don't feel frustrated or discouraged if the plateau is longer. I have had some be months long! They happen. NSV's can keep us going during those times! That NSV is fantastic!! Well done!!

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GINGER_BEAR 10/13/2013 10:31PM

    Lowering your insulin intake is one MAJOR NSV!! emoticon emoticon Hang in there, the numbers on the scale will go in the downward direction again. You're doing GREAT!! emoticon

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KATTREE 10/13/2013 9:01PM

    the decrease in the insulin is emoticon weight wise I am in the same boat but my clothes are fitting looser too. How your feeling and the other NSV are great indications on how your doing.

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_RAEVEN_ 10/13/2013 6:28PM

    emoticon That's great news!!! Keep it up. emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/13/2013 3:51PM

    That is a huge NSV!! Congrats on your progress so far on and off the scale.

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MOM2ACAT 10/13/2013 3:51PM

    That is great that you will be able to go off the insulin, I know you can do it!

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LORRAINE10141 10/13/2013 1:14PM

    I know the feeling. :) Have you taken new measurements of yourself yet?

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NYARAMULA 10/13/2013 11:37AM

    Hang in there. Something 's got to give. All the best.

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/13/2013 11:26AM

    That's an incredible NSV!!! emoticon And as far as plateaus? Whenever I hit mine, I change what I am doing but you have been doing this a while and doing well so I know that you will find the way. Your medical progress, though, is just INCREDIBLE!! I am SO proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEMINISUE 10/13/2013 10:36AM

    Insulin going down, that is great news! Focus on that, for now. As you said it WILL come off!

Hugs
Linda

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LKG9999 10/13/2013 10:23AM

    You are doing so well, just keep on going! So many other good payoffs for your hard work. Lowering your insulin is a big win!!

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LETHA_ 10/13/2013 10:14AM

    Hang in there. You are doing wonderfully!
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2HAMSDIET 10/13/2013 10:09AM

    I have been stuck at times much longer then a week try 52 weeks. I found it helps to Just promise yourself that this is forever and it is the new you and you are worth it . emoticon

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JACKIE542 10/13/2013 10:07AM

    Just hate it when that happens. You just hang in there, you have a good attitude, IT WILL HAPPEN. Love your NSV, that is so great!! emoticon

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CHIPLEY_FL 10/13/2013 9:49AM

    Thanks for sharing your frustration. We know they are going to happen, but we all hate them just the same. Keep on keeping on.

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COLOR-BLUE 10/13/2013 8:58AM

    emoticon No more insulin!!!

I understand about those plateaus. I didn't lose a pound for 14 days, and then on the 15th day, I dropped 6 pounds, and I've been going great guns, ever since. Just keep doing what you're doing, and I promise it will come off!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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RACEWELLWON 10/13/2013 8:50AM

    Yeah they are real stinkers - lol but you have a great attitude towards the plateau. Its just your body adjusting - it will pass - no worries - Hugs Karen emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/13/2013 8:38AM

  your weight may be static but you are having plenty of N S Vs so that is cause for relief just keep it up your insulin may be decreased that is something to be happy about all the best

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/13/2013 8:21AM

    I hate plateaus also but you have been doing so well it will go away soon and so glad to hear your DR thinks you will be off your meds soon too - Keep up the good work kido you can do this
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WHISPERINGPINEZ 10/13/2013 8:20AM

  You have been doing an emoticon job. Perhaps adding some more time...in small amounts....to your exercising routine might just give you the extra push that you need to move the scale. The scale is not the only way to measure success. How do you feel in general? How are your clothes fitting you now? Do you have more energy? All these questions are important to ask yourself when you feel like you are at a standstill. emoticon my friend.

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POUTINGPEGGY 10/13/2013 8:11AM

    What is a plateau? Is it just the scales? I know it's frustrating when they dont move BUT you are having so many non scale victories that you can measure your life changes so more accurately without the scales. In a few days you will lose about 3 or 4lb. I wonder what the next non scale triumph will be? It's like magic reading the changes you are making to your life. It keeps me on track. emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 10/13/2013 8:06AM

    Try to remember that it's only a number on the scale - how you feel and how your clothes fit is a much more accurate depiction of how you're doing.

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My brand new NSV – I’m cleaning up NOW

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

No really – I’m cleaning! I have not been able to clean my house for over 6 years. My hubby took care of it….well…he cleaned the middle and kept it looking ok. It really needed a deep cleaning. And purging!!!

I have been de-cluttering since Saturday. I’ve thrown away 8 big garbage bags of stuff and have a couple of others sat aside for a yard sale. And I’ve only done 2 and half rooms! I am slowly working my way around the house. I am for the most part using the Fly Lady methods and doing it in 15 minutes tasks. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish in 15 minutes when you don’t have to set down to rest every two minutes!!

I’ve also been able to start helping cook and clean the dishes. I wasn’t able to do that for a very long time. My husband James had to take care of me like I was a baby. I couldn’t help him at all. Now I CAN!!!!! It has been so satisfying to clean the house. I’m sure I will get tired of it eventually and then wish I didn’t have to clean but for right now I am simply enjoying doing it and watching my house become a comfy and welcoming home once again!

  
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JOANNEHOLL1 10/19/2013 2:05PM

    Saturday is house cleaning day my Mom said long ago. And I just feel like staying here on the internet. . . . . but I'll set my timer 20 minutes to do a start on just picking up. . . . . then if I wish come back here with washer, dryer & dish washer hummin' (We have it so much better than our Moms had it!) and on & on until I feel that thrill of accomplishment. You Spark People really rock! God Bless!
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KAREN608 10/12/2013 1:42AM

    I know Flylady too.
Good deal! Glad to hear of your victories.

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XME501 10/11/2013 3:52PM

    You are amazing! So pray you can reach your weight goal by the end of the year!!
I too use flylady.com - love the daily focuses. It amazing what can be accomplished in just 15 or 20 minutes.

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POUTINGPEGGY 10/11/2013 6:39AM

    What great news. You are de cluttering your life. It feels great doesn't it. I ve lost 25 and already it makes a big difference. I use the 10 minute task, you really can get a lot done by breaking down tasks into smaller bits. Have a great weekend emoticon

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 10/10/2013 10:23PM

    I am so happy for you emoticon emoticon \ emoticon

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LISBETHSALANDER 10/10/2013 5:23PM

    Your progress is an inspiration to me! Not only on the clutter front but also the fact that you've come so far and continue to share and recognize your NSVs. So proud of you and pleased for you. Best wishes.

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AMANDANCES 10/10/2013 8:31AM

    That is AWESOME!!!! You have worked so hard, and now you're reaping the benefits!!!! Congratulations!! Hey, cleaning is the best therapy. It's instant gratification. You see the results immediately, so it makes perfect sense that this would be exciting for you! So how long before you're running races with me :) HUGS and KUDOS to you!!!!!

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CAROL_31649731 10/9/2013 12:57PM

    Really awesome NSV, Kathy! I've heard you mention Fly Lady before, but didn't understand . . . and 15 minutes is so doable--great idea! emoticon emoticon

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WHISPERINGPINEZ 10/9/2013 9:13AM

  emoticon emoticonI'm soooooooo HAPPY for you emoticon . 15 mins. at a time is a great start and very achievable. You sound so excited and I'm very excited for you!

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FEMISLIM 10/9/2013 8:02AM

    That is so great!!!!!!

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MCFITZ2 10/9/2013 12:13AM

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So many important milestones are not related to a number on the scale.
Good for you.

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LJCANNON 10/9/2013 12:08AM

    emoticon What a WONDERFUL Accomplishment for you!! I know James is Happy too!
emoticon It is the "Little" Everyday things that some People take for granted that We will always Treasure.

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KING_SLAYER 10/8/2013 10:44PM

    That's awesome! Look at you, all excited about cleaning house!! LOL

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LETHA_ 10/8/2013 10:20PM

    You are so inspiring to me. You've worked so hard and are reaping the benefits.
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NASFKAB 10/8/2013 9:22PM

  awesome so glad for you

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MOVEITMARY 10/8/2013 9:14PM

    You are CHANGING YOUR LIFE. So glad that you are loving the journey!
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BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY 10/8/2013 8:18PM

    Awesome! It's such a freeing feeling to get cleaning and organizing done. Good for you!
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GINILEE4 10/8/2013 7:44PM

   

I hear you loud and clear. I have only lost 20 lbs and already I am able to do a bit of the housework to take some of the load off hubby. We moved in last week and there is soooo much unpacking to do and I am able to help! It does make me proud and happy. I still want to spend some time talking to you, but as you can imagine I am up to my eyeballs in boxes, literally! LOL. Have lots of fun discovering your home again.


Gini

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/8/2013 7:29PM

    What a beautiful testimony of perseverance and live for both of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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JACKIE542 10/8/2013 7:18PM

    emoticon It is so nice to be able to do things again, doing 15 minute tasks sounds like a great idea too. Hope you have some music playing too. Love that when I clean. emoticon emoticon

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WHITNEYTEACHER 10/8/2013 7:00PM

    This is so great emoticon I even came out of my mini Spark break to congratulate you emoticon Being able to get back to doing the every day things that people often take for granted is wonderful! emoticon

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WANDA68 10/8/2013 6:52PM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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LALMEIDA 10/8/2013 5:52PM

  Wow! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 10/8/2013 4:42PM

    That is the way I tackle clutter too; I usually set a timer for 20 minutes, and tell myself I only need to work on it for that time. Sometimes I do quit after that time, but other times, I feel motivated by what I have accomplished in such a short time, that I just keep working on it for a little bit longer.

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CONNIEDETHOMAS 10/8/2013 4:27PM

    It feels wonderful to be doing something again
When you couldn't for so long. CONGRATS!!!!!

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You are so right about what you can get done in 15 minutes! emoticon emoticon



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SDEHNKE 10/8/2013 4:09PM

    That is really awesome. I used to follow Fly Lady but have run into the same difficulties being able to clean house. That gives me something to look forward to. emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 10/8/2013 3:42PM

    Yeah for you! A great accomplishment!

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KAZZIE531 10/8/2013 3:37PM

    emoticon Kathy....And also you are emoticon ing your way through weight loss. emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 10/8/2013 3:32PM

    Kathy,

Land sakes alive!!! What a coo and a MAJOR NSV!!! Now you and your hubby can clean the house, do dishes, and even cook, side by side. What a neat way to spend time that you never had before, together!!! I actually feel like I'm going through this with you, as I've been there. There is still some cleaning I'm not able to do, because of my leg, now, but we're working on that, too.

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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RACEWELLWON 10/8/2013 3:14PM

    Good for you Kathy - hey who woulda thought that We would start to love cleaning and cooking but you know I understand what you are saying - after I was bed ridden for a year and half from the accident when I could start to move again and accomplish those task that many people take for granted - I was thrilled - even now - Cleaning is great workout - You Rock Kathy !!! emoticon emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 10/8/2013 3:08PM

  Wow you have such energy! Inspires me to clean my house!

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My Story

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Note = this turned out to be a long one – but I really put my heart into it.

A friend of mine… Letha_ ….Says that “Becoming fit and healthy is my full time job and Spark People is my office.”

The first time I read that on her page it just stunned me speechless. I LIVE this statement. I am disabled and therefore do not work outside the home anymore (I worked for 19 years). I spend hours a day on Sparkpeople. I spend 2 hours a day most days working out. (chair aerobics) I spend hours responding to the teams I am a member of and the three teams I lead. I spend from 5 or 6 am in the morning to when my husband gets home at 5pm on working out and Sparking. I do of course have to take time out to take care of my Daddy who lives with us and is fighting small cell lung cancer. That takes a bit of time but my Daddy is worth it. All the time I spend on Sparkpeople is ME time. I love every minute. I realize that most people simply cannot devote that much time to Sparkpeople or their workouts, but for me it simply works. It does not feel like a job to me, but I spend as much time as I would a job. (But no job I’ve ever heard of lets you sit in an easy chair when sitting at the desk gets to be to much LOL) My husband is completely supportive of the time I spend on here. He is very proud of the progress I have made. As of today I have lost 79 pounds this year. I am aiming for 100 lost by years end….I may not make it but I think I will come dang close. 21 more pounds to go and 91 days left to do that in – that’s 0.23 pounds a day or 1.61 pounds a week. Since May I have averaged a 10 pound loss each month so I believe I can keep that up with all of my wonderful friends support. You know – I do this for myself, but it has taken on a life of its own. When I feel down or don’t want to workout the first thing I think of is how far I’ve come and how I don’t want to let myself down. But the second thing I think of is all of you! You’ve all supported me the whole way and with such care and enthusiasm that I could not stand to let any of you down!

I also cannot stand to let my Daddy down. He is so proud of the weight I have lost. He tells everyone that he got sick so I could get well. Even though I started losing weight at the first of the year, it was going slowly and I was not exercising. (At least I was back on Sparkpeople – I’ve been a member since 2006 just never really tried before this year) Daddy got sick in April and in May was in the hospital for 3 weeks. Two of those weeks in a hospital about 2 hours away from our home. My husband James and I went down the first week to stay in a motel to be near him, we had to make sure we had a ground floor room because I couldn’t do stairs very well, and we had to take my mobility cart to the hospital every day because I could not walk from the parking lot to Daddy’s room. I told my James while we were sitting in the hotel room that I was going to have to do something serious and quick because my Daddy needed me. I HAD to start walking to help my Daddy.

Now I walk everywhere, I can stand up for more than just 5 minutes. There are so many things I can do now. Simple things that most people take for granted like taking a shower….James had to help me because I could not reach around everywhere. That was a huge NSV for me the day I realized I could simply go take a shower! Others, like crossing my legs, putting my socks on, putting on a pair of pants without having to sit down to do it. Fitting in chairs that I couldn’t before. Seat belt in our white car fits me without an extension now (red car still needs extension – very short belts!) I can play with my dog again and she loves it. I can help James put away the groceries, heck I even get to help shop for them now that I can walk around the store. (this is huge for me because I am agoraphobic but am working with a counselor and my James to be able to go in public places.)

Well, I’ll close my book now! Sorry this ended up being so long. Thanks for reading
Hugs to all of you my friends!!!!!
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TIGER_LILY_613 12/10/2013 1:59PM

    What a sweetheart you are ! Getting healthier just for yourself, but for your Dad too. Hats off to you lady ! You have my respect.

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NHES220 12/10/2013 11:21AM

    Kathy,
I read your most recent blog - congrats on breaking your plateau and full speed ahead to that first 100 lbs. I came back here to read your story. Way to go for taking charge of your life, taking care of your Dad and making changes and gaining mobility! You are young and the changes you are making will make such a difference for the rest of your life!
Noreen

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CORINNEP01 10/14/2013 12:10PM

    You are truely an inspiration! Thank you

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MARTHA-ANN 10/10/2013 6:02PM

    What a fantastic blog, you are wonderful.
I've been down the same track of messing about and regaining and losing again. Cancer treatment didn't help and neither did this awful liver condition I've had but now I feel as if I'm back on track again.
I'm sure your inspirational story will help me along.
And I'm equally sure you daddy is very proud of you.
I truly believe you'll make your goal.
You inspire me! emoticon

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AMANDANCES 10/10/2013 8:37AM

    You are an AMAZING woman, and your story is SOOOO inspiring!!! You should work for SparkPeople!! Seriously -- as a guest blogger or something. You have been SUCH an influence and inspiration on SO many people!! You have blessed us with your friendship and given us the courage to do things we wouldn't have before. You are amazing, and you are VALUED!!!! You are so important to so many people -- and you'll never know just how important. Thank you for having the courage and strength to BE the person you dreamed. You ROCK!



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POUTINGPEGGY 10/7/2013 5:23PM

    What a wonderful story, there are so many changes in your life, it is unbelievable. You will get to that 100. I am so proud of you.

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LYNNWANNABE 10/5/2013 4:36PM

    Good blog! Love your sparkpage ..very motivational! emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 10/5/2013 10:15AM

    emoticon on all your accomplishments! Your story of determination and courage is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story.

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MPETERSON2311 10/4/2013 12:42PM

    what an inspiring story! way to go!

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LISBETHSALANDER 10/4/2013 12:12PM

    Kathy, you are an inspiration to me and I look forward to your continued progress. Embracing the changes we need for a healthy lifestyle takes time and it also takes up a lot of room in your head. I spend a good part of my day reading about nutrition and healthy habits. Your NSVs sound thrilling to me. I have mine written in a notebook and numbered, and after a year I'm on 110. It's a great pleasure to think of them, note them, and look back on them when I get discouraged. I hope your success inspires you to know that you're worth it, every single exercise minute and every single healthy choice. Best wishes to you for continued success in mind and body.

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LADYSTARWIND 10/3/2013 9:11PM

    Wonderfully written! You are truly amazing.... emoticon

Will look forward to celebrating your 100 pound loss at a later date!
patti

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LETHA_ 10/3/2013 9:28AM

    Your openness and sincerity continue to impress and inspire me. So glad you are my spark friend.
Letha

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/3/2013 8:01AM

    Kathy
that was a emoticon story so glad I got to know you better - you have come a long way and we are here to help you the rest of the way - emoticon just keep up the good work
God's Blessings on you and your family and so glad James is helping you
take care kido
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SAMI199 10/3/2013 2:49AM

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are such an inspiration and I am going to be cheering you on all the way!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 10/2/2013 8:42PM

    Kathy I know exactly how you feel. I used to weigh 340 pounds then I lost down to 304 and that took me a couple of years because I was just doing it here and there. then I found spark people and I loved it. I spent a lot of hours on it. Then a couple of years ago I got two cancers and had a series of operations I lost 90 pounds and could tie my own shoes. Hubby had to do it before. I cried the first time. I could walk without holding on to a shopping cart. Then came chemo and the steroids and I gained back 60 pounds. I was so mad and frustrated that I had lost all that weight and then because of the steroids gained so much back. After I felt better I came back to spark and all my friends. some were still here and some were not. But in all the time I was gone they sent me letters and cards. I will never be able to thank them enough.
Now I have been in remission for 2 years...I thought it was 1 a while back and then realized it had been 2 already LOL. spark and all my spark friends are again helping me to get back on track.
You have lost an awesome amount of weight. I am so proud of you . One day I will be able to say that too. hugs, Pam

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COLOR-BLUE 10/2/2013 5:37PM

    Kathy,

emoticon right back at cha, young lady!!! You've come so far, and I'm so proud of you. All those NSVs are so emoticon I had so many just like you, and one day, I'll be able to do the things that you do, also. You give me hope and encouragement!!! I'm so glad that God sent me to this site, to meet people like you!!! You're one in a million!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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1BEACHWALKER 10/2/2013 3:32PM

    I enjoyed your blog and it is not too long at all! Wow-just really impressed with you! You have turned your life around!! emoticon emoticon
I am the same way about SP, love being on here! It keeps me motivated! Sometimes it takes us awhile to realize what a valuable asset we have here, but once you do it is addictive , not to mention the wonderful people we meet here! emoticon

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CTONYAN 10/2/2013 1:53PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. You help all of us with your commitment and motivation. emoticon

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WHISPERINGPINEZ 10/2/2013 9:01AM

  What a wonderful blog! I'm so very proud of you and how far you have come. You are a true sparker! Hugs to you my dear friend.

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CONNIEDETHOMAS 10/1/2013 11:11PM

    Kathy I have enjoyed reading every single word!!
You have come so far. I know you will reach that
100 pound goal.
Connie in WV emoticon

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DALMOM2007 10/1/2013 9:26PM

    Wow Kathy, you've come a long way. I just loved reading about all the NSV which you have achieved.....taking your own shower would be #1 on my list! emoticon emoticon emoticon But, also working through your agoraphobia...that is just fantastic and I'm sure no small effort.

I'm really proud of you and I'm so happy that I have met you here on Spark. You are a great friend and you are very supportive of others too. That makes you a "Super Sparker" in my book. Looking forward to achieving our goals together. emoticon emoticon emoticon



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TRUE2NDCHANCE 10/1/2013 9:24PM

    Great Blog Kathy!!! You have come such a long way and I truely believe you will make your 100 lb goal by the end of the year! I honestly think you will surpass it!!

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NASFKAB 10/1/2013 9:14PM

  what a great inspirational blog you are doing a wonderful job keep it up

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GEMINISUE 10/1/2013 8:59PM

    This blog is so personable. I enjoyed reading the whole thing. So glad you shared with us so we can cheer you on to your 100 lbs, by the end of the year. You have your plan, you stick to it, am so proud of you.

Hugs
Linda

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FEMISLIM 10/1/2013 8:51PM

    You are great!!!

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KING_SLAYER 10/1/2013 8:49PM

    You've done an amazing job and I guarantee you that your daddy is extremely proud of you! I believe that you can reach your goal of 100 lbs lost by the end of the year, I believe that you have it in you!!

I think it would be fair to say that we here are all proud of you!

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CAROL_31649731 10/1/2013 8:47PM

    Your Daddy is right to be proud of you! And you should be proud of you, too! What an inspiring journey--thanks for sharing it with us. emoticon And when I start to feel down, I'll take a page from your journey . . . and focus on how far I've already come--not how far I have to go. emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/1/2013 8:46PM

    You are an inspiration!! I'm so glad your Father sees how far you've come and is so proud of you! Well deserved!

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/1/2013 8:41PM

    Such an amazing, inspirational blog!! Getting healthy is a full-time job for some of us and why not? Like you said, everyone spends their time how they want. But it does take work and you are DOING IT!! emoticon YOU ARE emoticon emoticon

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KARENKANDO 10/1/2013 8:19PM

    What an amazing journey, Kathy. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. That time you spend on "you" every day? I firmly believe that it is the time invested in YOU that will get you to your goal. You have such a loving, caring, supportive attitude and are as much an inspiration to all of us as any of us are to you. God Bless! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 10/1/2013 7:47PM

    You have come a long way. Keep up the great work!!!
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GINILEE4 10/1/2013 6:56PM

    emoticon

Your story is truly inspiring and I need to spend some time talking to you next week, after we are moved. You sound like you were where I am now. I need your help and I think we can do this together.


You are amazing!!!


Gini

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2HAMSDIET 10/1/2013 6:46PM

    You notes are never too long and such a joy to read. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GARDENQE2 10/1/2013 6:29PM

    Great NSVs.
That's what this journey is all about...getting our lives back!
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MOM2ACAT 10/1/2013 6:25PM

    emoticon Awesome blog by an awesome lady!

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KAREN608 10/1/2013 6:20PM

    I so like success stories!!!

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BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY 10/1/2013 6:16PM

    I love hearing about NSV, sounds like you have some good ones. I can relate to them, and you are inspiring me to keep on track this month. Great job on your weight loss & NSVS! emoticon emoticon

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KITT52 10/1/2013 6:15PM

    great job....it is all worth the hard work it takes....



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JACKIE542 10/1/2013 6:10PM

    So very inspiring, many wonderful NSV!! emoticon
So happy for you Kathy, emoticonJackie

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MADAMES 10/1/2013 5:46PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your very inspirational story. You ARE a superb Motivator in every sense of the word.
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RACEWELLWON 10/1/2013 5:10PM

    Kathy - you made me cry just now , tears of joy when you mentioned that your Father got sick to make you well . What a lovely story of determination and courage . You inspire me - Thanks - Karen emoticon

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KAZZIE531 10/1/2013 4:58PM

    I know you Kathy....so proud of you!!!! These are NSV that beat the scale loss any day. emoticon emoticon

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WHITNEYTEACHER 10/1/2013 4:49PM

    This is all great Kathy - and NOT too long emoticon
You're right, you do have a lot of people cheering for you and wishing you well but even more important is that you've found the inner strength to cheer yourself on and keep going. It's so great that both your husband and your father appreciate that the time and effort you're putting into your weight loss is necessary for your success and are willing to support you.
Just reading the list of NSV's you've celebrated is wonderful! You should be very proud of yourself and your new SparkPeople Job. I'm nominating you Employee of the Month emoticon emoticon

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PRNCSRIAH 10/1/2013 4:42PM

    What great accomplishments! It sounds like your overall quality of life has changed soo much. I don't know you but I want you to know how proud of you I am!

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September 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013



Waist = stayed the same
Hips = lost 8.5 inches
Neck = lost 0.5 inch
Thigh = lost 2 inches
Calf = lost 0.5 inch
Upper arm = lost 0.5 inch
Band size = lost 1 inch
Wrist = lost 0.375 inch

Have lost 78 pounds as of this morning!

I am well on my way to my goal of losing 100 pounds by years end!


  
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LORRAINE10141 10/2/2013 4:54PM

    Awesome!!

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POUTINGPEGGY 10/1/2013 4:23PM

    great news, great stats

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/1/2013 5:41AM

    emoticon keep it going kido
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CONNIEDETHOMAS 9/30/2013 8:11PM

    m emoticonm emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 9/30/2013 4:55PM

    way to go!

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KAREN608 9/30/2013 4:11PM

    Great!!!

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LETHA_ 9/30/2013 12:20PM

    Most Excellent!!
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BETTERHEALTH123 9/30/2013 9:25AM

    I need some of that "stick-to-it-ness".....SEND SOME MY WAY!!!

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WHISPERINGPINEZ 9/30/2013 8:33AM

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NEWTINK 9/30/2013 8:30AM

    You are doing emoticon

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DALMOM2007 9/30/2013 6:30AM

    emoticon You are doing so great! emoticon

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GINNYGIRL1982 9/30/2013 1:01AM

    That is so exciting! Great job! Keep it up!

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NASFKAB 9/29/2013 11:30PM

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KING_SLAYER 9/29/2013 11:00PM

    That's awesome, keep it up!

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MCFITZ2 9/29/2013 9:22PM

    Fantastic !!!!!!!!! You are an inspiration to me. So happy for you. Whooo Hoooo
emoticon you are on target. emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/29/2013 9:19PM

    Way to go!!! You are doing GREAT!!

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KARENKANDO 9/29/2013 6:34PM

    Well look at you go! Almost to goal! I'm so happy for you and super excited!!! Can't wait for the day that you hit 100 lbs lost! And you can do it! Ain't nothing that can stop you now!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE INSPIRATION!!!

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COLOR-BLUE 9/29/2013 3:55PM

    You're really working it, young lady!!! emoticon I'm so proud of you, for taking the bull by the horns and getting it DONE!!! I know you'll have the end VICTORY!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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MOM2ACAT 9/29/2013 3:26PM

    Way to go! I know you will do it!

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RACEWELLWON 9/29/2013 2:36PM

    Awesome - Keep going !!

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JCHIP65 9/29/2013 1:28PM

    Wow That's great! Go YOU!

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WHITNEYTEACHER 9/29/2013 12:53PM

    Congratulations! emoticon I know you've been working really hard to get there, give yourself a big pat on the back emoticon

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LKS2GAB2 9/29/2013 11:17AM

    That is fantastic. You will meet your goal. Keep up the good work.

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/29/2013 11:09AM

    As I have told you before - YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION!! emoticon Thanks so much for working so hard since it helps me know that it is possible. God bless you to have a wonderful week. Keep up the GREAT work you are doing, my friend. emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

P.S. I changed my user name from Ocean_mist. emoticon

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JACKIE542 9/29/2013 11:01AM

    Good job!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SILVER_WOLF1221 9/29/2013 10:54AM

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GET IT GIRL!

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FEMISLIM 9/29/2013 10:27AM

    Woo Hoo!!!

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KAZZIE531 9/29/2013 10:27AM

    And you WILL.............Git 'Er Done!!!!!!!

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