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Getting Serious - Specific Goals

Monday, February 06, 2012

So I've been thinking lately about how to get myself really motivated to get back into better shape.

I'm not bad, I'm still healthy weight, I'm still relatively fit - but I've slacked a LOT lately.

Well - last Friday I turned 29 and one of the things that came to mind was starting to have kids. I would like to have two or three maybe, maybe just one, but I think two sounds good. Anyway, I was thinking of the timing of it all and decided that before I start thinking about this, I want to be in the best shape I can be again.

I don't want to start out the pregnancy bigger than I'd really like to be - I'd like to prepare for the fittest pregnancy I can possibly have by first being my fittest.

I also have been thinking a lot about when I felt my fittest and the happiest with my body, and I have to say, it was when I was lighter. And when I felt my fittest and strongest was also when I was doing a good amount of strength training.

I can start this NOW. I'll be glad when I get the tools of my free gym membership (I hope to get my card to start using it tomorrow, but if not, I want to already have a plan in place and be moving toward my goals!)

I also was eating mostly whole foods - I feel I have the most energy and feel best when I'm eating lots of fresh produce and also making sure I get enough protein.

I went shopping this morning and most of what I bought was fruits and veggies, and some greek yogurt and eggs for protein. We have a lot of other staples at home already that I can use with these items, as well as some things purchase from previous shopping trips that are fresh items needing to be used.

As far as meat goes, I only want to buy local meats and in small quantity. There is a store by us that will fill that need - because they almost only carry local meats and it's expensive so it will self-limit the quantity by price.



1. Return to initial maintenance range of 165-170lbs*
2. Strength Train 3x a week**
3. Burn 1750 cal per week (subject to change, current burn goal!)
4. Track ALL FOOD - except 1 splurge meal a week***
5. Maintain Habits and weight for at least 3months before baby talk.****

*Specifically I have 167 entered for 5/1/2012. That's a 2lb a week loss goal, which I know is aggressive - but! I think I will do better with an aggressive plan right now. With more on the line, and a more aggressive goal, tracking becomes not just a good idea, but ESSENTIAL to ensure I stay within range. I think trying to take the weightloss so slowly before has led me to be too lax.

**I told SparkPeople to make a plan for me with the equipment I have at home. If I get into using the weights at the gym again, I can change this, but for now I think it will be the kickstart I need to have sparks telling me exactly what to do and be able to check off specifics here.

***P.S. one tracked treat a day that is not fruit/etc. - 1 square of dark chocolate OR, when calories allow a different treat -but just ONE. If I have any other sweet cravings, I'm turning to whole foods or gum.

****if I reach my weight goal by 5/1/2012, then I can maintain for May-July and so baby talk begins August at the soonest. I have a goal marathon in November, so that may delay things further, but if we don't get pregnant right away, the right for me to keep trying is to maintain my weight and my healthy habits.

I think having this specific goal reward in mind will make a huge difference in my commitment to regaining the best of my healthy habits. I think also that the reward will also be a better pregnancy, so there's really no downside.

My husband also wants to lose weight before we have kids, so I am hoping that we will be able to be committed in this together. One splurge meal a week is PLENTY, so I can be strong the rest of the time.

My weigh-ins will be Monday mornings! This morning I start things off at 191. I had a wonderful breakfast of oatmeal+greekyogurt+strawberries, and a grapefruit. Very filling and fruitful, and some great greek yogurt protein.

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GINGERROSE5 2/20/2012 9:49AM

    BABIES!! :) I'm in favor of them ;) I've got 7 pounds to go before I am my pre pregnancy weight, and my goal is to be back there before we try for #2 (hopefully sometime over the summer). I am with you all the way, I need to get back on track!

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SKYFYRE 2/9/2012 4:35PM

    Hootiehoo! Lovehte l=plan, love that Henry wants to make a change with you and love that babies are in the further!!! If you maintain your fitness level and activities though your pregnancy there is no reason to stop during pregnancy, my friend who run ran all the way up to 8.5 months! You can do it!

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BRUIN2 2/8/2012 2:57PM

    You can still run the full in November if you get KU in August... You'd just do it slower, and likely with more walk breaks. Still totally doable.

Or you drop to the half, and then all of us will go find your sis and Hope on the full course and cheer them on.

Lots of options!!

I recommend reading Taking Charge of your Fertility. Really good info even before you start trying.

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JOPAPGH 2/8/2012 10:28AM

    Wife and I always joked that we wanted three until we had two, then we wanted one again. In retrospect, two was a good number.

I am down 10 lbs so far this year, so about 2 lbs a week.

I'm just focusing on a day at a a time: logging all I eat, staying in range, getting at least half an hour of exercise a day (walk, run or bike).

I'm also getting my water, freggies, vitamin/calcium and ST from my PT.

We got rid of the junk in the house, which has helped. If we get a craving we will buy something but it will be a small quantity (pint of ice cream, not half gallon). I'll also walk to the store and back to get it.

Having a large breakfast and a smaller lunch has been a huge help, as has decaf tea and gum.

Enjoy the journey. emoticon

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MARLIE13 2/7/2012 11:35PM

    I wish I had been healthy and fit during my pregnancies…leading up to them too of course. Jillian Michael’s recently did a great podcast that talked about preparing your body for pregnancy and all the healthy things you should do. You should check that out. Espesh since it’s free. Very great and healthy information. Oh and a prenatal vitamin…start now!

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LISEIGHT 2/7/2012 10:37AM

    I love your inspirational pictures as the background to your blog!
You now have more to your plan, so you might want to make an additional one with cute baby pictures!
I second the comment about folic acid, and also the one about the benefit to be in good health to help a good pregnancy. Spark does a dedicated site for expecting and breastfeeding babies!
All the best with your plans: i admire your ability to have daily treats: I am finding that when I do that, I then crave the following day, and want more and more as the time goes by! I am trying to readjust. Not sure what my long term plan will be with that issue!!!
Anyhow, Go Girl, looks like a fab and realisitic plan: GO GET IT!

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REEKU731 2/7/2012 10:20AM

    I think you have a great plan set up! I can't wait to see how you progress!! I can relate - I want to make sure I'm the healthiest I can be before we decide to have a little one - and I can't wait to hear all about your continued progress! Keep up the great work!!!


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TRACYZABELLE 2/7/2012 3:27AM

    Sounds like we have an exciting year ahead of us!!

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CURVES_N_CURLS 2/6/2012 10:39PM

    Sounds like a rock-solid plan!

I was rather fit before I had E, and it was a very easy pregnancy and delivery, physically. :)

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    babies sure can be motivating. hmmm. i have nothing really else to add. i'm so helpful??

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/6/2012 1:38PM

    don't forget to take folic acid when you are thinking about pregnancy. there are excellent studies which indicate it helps with the baby's spinal column

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HOPERY 2/6/2012 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticonBefore and after these, you will be emoticon Great goal!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 2/6/2012 11:40AM

    Great plan, Dana! I love that you are hitting it head on right now. You know those signs that say, "If you lived here, you'd be home already"?? That's kind of like the whole, DO IT NOW thing! If you get started right away, in a week, you'll already be a week into it!

Great news that Henry is on board, too. It's so much easier if you are not doing it on your own. Larry is NOT on board right now and it's really, really hard!

Oh, I also wanted to ask you about the workout straps you had? Were they TRX or something similar? When we move to the new place, there will be no gym, so I was thinking of using the strap system and wanted to know what you thought about it.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So my calorie intake isn't really great yet, but I did track the past two days. YAY! :) And I am going to MAKE myself get in the habit, cause I gotta keep on a roll here.

I interviewed at that job this morning - that went well, I think.

Audition last night for Orchestra went well, also.

We'll have to see if the job thing works out since we have one car and everything.

I got the OK to go shop for boots today - YES! I NEED SOME BOOTS!

I slipped and fell on my bum last night. No further injury, just embarrassment. I wish my foot would get better. Bad sprains can take a long time to heal, right? So I don't need to freak out just yet, right?

The location of the pain makes me think it really can't be bone related, but the fact that I'm not bouncing back from this quickly freaks me out a bit. It just happened Monday. It's Wednesday morning. I need to settle down. :P

We're supposed to give talks in church on Sunday AND it's a potluck that day AND I'm supposed to be there early for choir. :P At least all that stuff happens all at once.

As soon as I get a copy of our lease from the property manager, I'm going to go get our VERMONT PLATES and my Driver's license. We're planning to get enhanced licenses so we can pass to Canada without bothering w/ a passport. We want to get passports too... but that takes time and this is easier. And cheaper.

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    Hope your foot continues to heal really fast. Good luck on the job - hope all works out for you. You are just a moving queen by now, right!? I have been trying to catch up on my blog reading - I have been reading your old ones up until this point - you're still such a great inspiration!!

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HOPERY 1/23/2012 10:22AM

    Oh, that reminds me to get my Washington license before my Ohio one expires in Feb. I know, I haven't lived in Ohio in almost 2 years. I am bad.

Sounds like southern girl moving to snow land needs some ice walking lessons.

And after you visit Jen, it is just a half a day drive to see me. Then a day drive to see Amee. Bunny tour?! emoticon emoticon

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MSILVER94 1/20/2012 12:08PM

    Wow all the way in Vermont! Well I hope this moves brings you change in a great way! And yes, I think I will have to track my darn food for life- well at least 5 days a week or something because when I don't...you know the rest.

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TRACYZABELLE 1/20/2012 7:25AM

    at least it was just embarrassment and no injury!!

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AIMLESS07 1/19/2012 7:52PM

    Eek...sorry you hurt yourself. I hate it when that stuff happens. Hope you can heal up soon.

Keep up with the food tracking. That is what works for me.

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SKYFYRE 1/19/2012 2:11AM

    BOOTS! And Sundays, are they suppose to be that stressful, meh, it will be stress that leads to fellowship and thus de-stressing, hopefully, so all worth it is my guess! I hear ya on the intake thing, intact I am not moving and eating like I run as much as Sharon ;/

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MARLIE13 1/18/2012 10:47PM

    YAY for the boots and the enhanced plates. That is a really cool feature. Oh and the boots are amazing! So cute! Sorry about the foot. It sounds like you are keeping super busy though.

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SEEHOLZ 1/18/2012 9:27PM

    I never heard of enhanced licences- that is cool!
Keeping my fingers crossed for the foot- no clue as to what it might be... just hoping that it's gone asap. ( btw, I also fell this morning... my poor wrist)

Hope the activities and more regular schedule are going to help with the eating situation (aka from last blog) That is something I am extremely prone to- it's an engrained emotional reaction of sort, but I know you'll get your eating back on track!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/18/2012 8:22PM

    YeAh you can come to Canada! Drive 3-4 straight days and you can see brįegh. Another day+ drive you can see me.

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KNH771 1/18/2012 3:02PM

    Oof! Sorry about the sprain. And the fall. Take care of yourself and good luck with the job.

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MBSHAZZER 1/18/2012 1:01PM

    That's so neat about the DL's! Hopefully, you take many cool trips to Canada!

I will keep my fingers crossed for you on the job interview and remember to RICE that ankle!

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REEKU731 1/18/2012 10:04AM

    Sorry to hear about your fall!! I picked up a cute pair of boots a few weeks ago and I hope you're able to find a pair as well!

Definitely take it easy with your injuries - you'll be back to 100% in no time!!

You're doing a great job with your tracking! Keep up all the great work!!!

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ZORBS13 1/18/2012 9:49AM

    I can tell you from personal experience that tailbone bruises take FOREVER to heal. And the one time I slipped on ice while running and fell on my butt cheek (the meaty part) even that took a week or 2 before the pain went away, even though there was no visible bruise or anything.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

So... being at home all the time is a tough thing for me with the eating.

I hurt my foot somehow this morning when I fell on my butt? I'm confused by it as well, I don't remember doing a thing to my foot but the HEEL hurts when I step on it.

Jerk foot.

Anyway - no gym membership yet and I can't run.

And I ate... allllll morning.

There you have it blog - confession!

So anyway, I did one set of crunches on my newly recovered stability ball. And I applied to be a front desk person at a gym - It's part time (so keeping stress factor low and time during the day for running) and I would get a free gym membership, so I think that's a win win. We'll see if it works out since we just have one car and whatnot.

Bottom line - spark more. Eat less. Work out. Don't turn into a blob!

Oh and P.S. - I THINK I logged everything I ate this morning if you want to go spy my tracker. It's not pretty.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/18/2012 5:04AM

    Hang in there, it will pass!

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MBSHAZZER 1/17/2012 4:06PM

    Oh, right, I just realized that you are probably not working yet. And the house is probably all set up now. And you can't run. GAH!!! Dana, I just read your earlier blog - you have lost SO MUCH weight and learned so much about maintenance... I know you can get through this, so chin up, fork down!


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SWEETZMIX 1/17/2012 3:49PM

    Spark more...yeah I need to do that too!

Good luck with the job :)

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REEKU731 1/17/2012 8:07AM

    We all have our "off days" - don't stress about it! I think you've got a good plan for the future! Part time job = free gym membership & more time for running! I think that's a definite win!!

This is a tough time of year nutritionally for a lot of people (myself included!) but we can all get back on track and start heading in the right direction!

I think your goals are great and I can't wait to see how you do!! Not turning into a blob is a fabulous one to have!! I've got that one too


OH and I'm sorry to hear about your foot!! I really hope it starts feeling better soon!!!

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WAVEDANCER7 1/16/2012 9:03PM

    So i totally checked the tracker. And you know what I noticed? How you pulled it together for dinner. Veggies, brown rice, and chicken breast. On days when you screw up on meal it is SO easy to just throw away the whole day. You did not do that. So instead of a tsk tsk, I'm giving you a HIGH FIVE lady! You deserve it!

Good luck with the desk job. Sounds PERRRRFECT!

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HOPERY 1/16/2012 7:06PM

    So, I did look at your tracker. What is a Fage? And um, was that all breakfast? It is hard to watch the food at home for me too. Of course, I have nowhere else to go and my kids remind me of food by wanting some every hour. AAGGGHHH!

Job at a gym desk sounds like a good fit for you:)

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/16/2012 4:08PM

    SPARK MORE!! YEAH. i eat at work. i am ok when i am at home. i am at work. emoticon

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

I joined SparkPeople 5 years ago today and I am at 4 years of a healthy weight.

As in the past couple of years, that weight is a little higher than I'd like it to be at my anniversary date, but I'm still here rockin' it.

4A-HEALTHY-BMI posted a great blog recently about the odds of maintaining your weightloss depending on how long you've been maintaining - they go up to 50% at 2 years, and up to 75% at 5 years - so I really need to make this year count and get myself into the good odds category. The work is DEFINITELY NOT OVER once you've lost the bulk of the weight you're trying to lose, and once you're done losing, a whole different journey begins.

Trying to figure out how to make the lifestyle long lasting and keep interesting and allow for real life events... it's a challenge. But we keep growing and the rewards of staying healthy are DEFINITELY worth it.

Here's to another great year with SparkPeople!

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LITTLE_GIRL 1/31/2012 5:20PM

    Awesome! I always come to your page when I need some inspiration. Thank you!

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 1/25/2012 11:40PM

    I like your insight about maintenance. Being very honest and clear to every one about it.

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SEEHOLZ 1/18/2012 9:23PM

    You are an amazing role model! Great annivesary blog- oh and I finally get to use the Spark anniversary emotiocon, hehe. emoticon

Happy Sparkeversary Dana!!!

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WOLFKITTY 1/18/2012 1:21PM

    OUR SPARKVERSARY IS THE SAME TIME TOO?!?!?!?! That's awesome! You have 1 year on me.

Love you, Dana!
Thanks for being such a great example!

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AUNTC321 1/17/2012 1:48PM

    Thanks for sharing your struggles. Your honest evaluation and comments help to keep many people motivated. Congratulations on the Sparkiversary and the great new move.

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/17/2012 11:44AM

    Congrats! Woohoo! So much has changed in 5 years, eh? More positive changes to come!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/16/2012 10:55AM

    Thanx for the shout out and congrats on being here 5 years!
(as well as the 4 years of mainenance, of course!)


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CURVES_N_CURLS 1/16/2012 12:39AM

    My biggest tip is... Don't have a baby. ;-)

Seriously, though. 5 years kicks ass!!! (And 4 of maintaining is AWESOME!!!) Proud of you. :)

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CHARMING_GIRL 1/16/2012 12:00AM

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I started SP in 2004. They don't have an 8 year emoticon, maybe it's this, emoticonlol.

Awesome job!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/15/2012 7:53PM

    Wooty wooty woooooooooôoooooo!

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New Year, New City, New Home - Time to get CRACKING!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I will share some pictures of the new place, but first -

I need to track my food.
I need to run.
I need to strength train.
and DANGIT I need to hula hoop!

:) and yoga sometimes.

OK now that we got that clear - the move went pretty well. There were some hiccups along the way, but nothing disastrous, and now we are really getting settled. I've got the downstairs looking perfect, and today's goal is to get the upstairs closer to downstairs (really I just need to sweep/vacuum/mop so the floors are clear of all the moving stuff in and out crud) and get a run in today.

And track all my food.

I've got a kitchen (MY OWN KITCHEN AGAIN!! WOOHOO!) with healthy groceries, and I've gotten most of the moving in work accomplished, now it's just little things, so it's time to get cracking.

I'd really like to be down around 20lbs I think. 15-20 - we'll see. But I'm feeling super motivated that I've got a strong base to start from here in the new place and in control of my settings and surroundings.

Now for some pictures:

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EUPHRATES 2/8/2012 12:08AM

    VERY nice!!!!!

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MSILVER94 1/20/2012 12:06PM

    Beautiful place!! :)

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KENSINGTONC 1/8/2012 9:38AM

    Wow, SO cute! So much character. I love it.

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SKYFYRE 1/7/2012 2:36AM

    Dana, you ARE settled, holy smokes!!! LOVE love love the new casa! How exciting! And I hear you on the OWN kitchen, it is half the battle! Way to gon on the winter training in the CUTE snow ;) and ahem, shhh... yoga, lol!

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SEEHOLZ 1/6/2012 1:16PM

    I love your place! So cozy and yet your style!!!

Happy New Year Dana- I sure missed you around here :-)

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    Are you sure you just moved in? Hee hee - you inspire me! I just moved in too and have to get on it. Congratulations on your beautiful new home.

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AIMLESS07 1/5/2012 7:21PM

    Nice place!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/5/2012 6:16PM

    Oh my goodness...you JUST moved in and already everything is all set up!!! We moved in August and we still have tons of stuff in boxes! I have a very similar closet under the stairs to yours, so I took careful mental notes about how you set that up. Everything looks fantastic, cozy, and clean!!

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SEESTARS 1/5/2012 4:20PM

    Great place. Enjoy that amazing kitchen!

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    What a beautiful place! Enjoy it!

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KNH771 1/5/2012 2:42PM

    Built-ins and a lovely kitchen! What a lovely home!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/5/2012 2:02PM

    Ooh, looks great. I'll be right over.

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WAVEDANCER7 1/5/2012 1:28PM

    Hahah bunnies think alike. I LOVE THE BEAMS TOO! It makes it very "vermont-y". PS- did you know Ben and Jerry's is based out of Vermont? Dum di dum... pretend i didn't say that.

I didn't see any Zumba on that list of NEEDS. I bet you can find a local class once a week somewhere too! Ya know.. if you are still into that kinda thing ;)

How close are you to ski resorts?

The place is BEEEEEAUTIFUL! And your kitchen looks like it should be photographed in a magazine! YAY for the move!

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HOPERY 1/5/2012 10:57AM

    Beautiful place for a beautiful bunny!

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BRE7482 1/5/2012 10:28AM

    The new place looks fantastic!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/5/2012 10:20AM

    Very cute. Looks like your year is starting off right. Enjoy the run.

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/5/2012 9:45AM

    Happy New Year! The new place looks nice! You took starting anew to another level. *smiles* I'm glad ultimately the move went well. Here is to a great year!

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REEKU731 1/5/2012 9:42AM

    Happy New Year! Your new place looks fabulous! I think you have some fabulous goals and you're going to rock every single one of them!!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/5/2012 9:16AM

    Dana, happy new year and happy new place! It looks awesome! so vermonty and professor-ish!

Best of luck to you and Henry in your new home!

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MARLIE13 1/5/2012 9:14AM

    Saw these on facebook...the pictures...and I just wanted to say that I LOVE LOVE and LOOOOOVVEEEEE the open beams! Just love.

I'm sooo excited for you to be living with open beams. I'm kidding. The new place looks fabulous. You are working so hard. And I'm just so excited with all the newness for you. No place but up and fit for you!

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