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Day 41, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tonight was the finale of AGT (America's Got Talent). I was not pleased with the results but I understand them. Admittedly, this was the very best year for performers. I have watched the show since it's beginnings. I hope that the many very talented acts will get contracts. Surely there are record labels & talent agents that watch.
Today has been a VERY BUSY DAY. I am beyond tired. I delivered Michael to work at 8am. I went to work at 9 & taught 2 hours of classes. Then I took over babysitting the grandchildren when their mother had to be at work at 11am. She came to work, I drove home, grandpapa (DH) was there watching them when I got home. He had to leave for work at noon. I dressed the kids and we went to my monthly SWIM LUNCHEON. We had 20 people there today. My grandson was so funny. When we sat down & everyone was greeting us, he said "WOW Grandmama, you have a lot of friends." Out of the mouths of babes. We had a lovely lunch but I admit that I ate too much. Well, I weighed & measured it and I didn't feel like I ate too much but the calories were very high in the end. I wouldn't take it back, I enjoyed it too much. Then we came home & I did some crocheting before heading back to the Ypool to teach 2.5 more hours of swim lessons. I got both of the grandchildren signed up & delivered to swim lessons as well. The last hour private lesson that I taught, the family invited the grandchildren to swim with them as well because they were going to have to wait for me to be done. It was a lot of fun. When we got home, the pizza delivery car was there. My son bought everyone pizza & fixed me an omelet. Nice. Now I am tired & MUST go to bed!!!! Sweet dreams.... tomorrow is another busy day.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1)I have good friends 2)I respect people 3)I appreciate the true beauty around me

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "The day you stop worrying will be the first day of a new life. New possibilities come with an open heart for change." ~ Anonymous

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon The main message "As I let go of my perfectionism, it becomes easier to treat myself & others with respect." It further goes on to stress "I have an obligation to myself and those around me to speak and act with fairness & consideration."

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories TOO HIGH, net carbs 13
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 377 cardio mins, 30 strength mins
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon crocheting as much as possible today
Daily Phone call: emoticon Sarah
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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Day 40, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Today has been busy & chaotic but productive & happy. It's been rush rush rush & go go go. Tonight we got to settle down as a family & watch the most awesome AGT talent ever. I got a lot of fitness in today. A lot of crocheting done. Took my granddaughter to her first dance class. Had a nice lunch with my grandchildren, DH & 2 pool friends. Got measured for a leg brace because it turns out my femur is actually crushing through the tibia plateau... so this is a good thing. BUSY BUSY BUSY but I am counting my MANY blessings and grateful as I go to bed tonight. Thank you for taking the journey with me. Bright blessings to you all. Sweet dreams.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1)I am hardworking 2)I am good in a crisis situation 3)children like me


Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away." -Sir Arthur Helps

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon I am not afraid to seek the truth, especially about myself.....

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories low/mid-range, net carbs 12
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 213 cardio mins, 30 strength mins
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon about half-way on this afghan
Daily Phone call: emoticon Denise
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon sent out goodies
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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DONNA_VT 9/17/2014 5:08PM

    I hope the leg brace helps and not hinders you in your goals. We watched AGT also and found it to be very enjoyable


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DIASTER 9/17/2014 2:05PM

  40 days! What an accomplishment. Congratulations and thank you for allowing us to follow and join you on this journey.

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BIBS4664 9/17/2014 1:10PM

    The brace...another tool for you. Pain free.
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REALTYLADYLISA 9/17/2014 12:05PM

    Hope that brace will help with the pain management! Dawn, you just keep me so motivated! THANK YOU!!!!

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BARBARAROSE54 9/17/2014 10:48AM

    Really hoping the leg brace does the trick. I got measured for a brace to keep my knee cap in place and it's really helped me, at least the pain is gone.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/17/2014 7:56AM

    Sounds like the leg brace is good news!

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/17/2014 6:32AM

    You are a GO GO GO woman! emoticon

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WISLNDR 9/17/2014 5:28AM

    A good day for you! I hope the leg brace will be a help to you as you move through your always active days!

Enjoy your Wednesday!!

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/17/2014 4:08AM

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EMSSBEARS 9/17/2014 1:24AM

    Great job Dawn you are a Wonder Woman emoticon

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Day 39, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today has been a good day. I'm tired. It's been long. I dropped my son to work at the motel this morning at 7am. Then it was off to work myself at 9am. I taught 2 hours of water aerobics & then headed home to crochet & hang with the grandkids after taking DH to work. Then it was time to pick my son back up & go back to work myself. I taught 2 hours of swim lessons this evening. Oh.. in the spaces in between running the road & crocheting, I was calling & fighting with the Health Insurance folks. UGH. I got hung up on 4 different times but "supposedly" everything is corrected now. I have recommitted to my ketogenic food plan full force. My calories are pretty low & my net carbs are 15. My percentages are not quite what I want but the carbs are 5% and that's a big deal. Tomorrow is another day. Hopefully I'll be even closer to my ketogenic goals. I have more running around tomorrow than I had to do today. Getting people delivered here & there to their jobs... an appointment to get fitted for a leg brace... taking Aurora to her first ballet/tap class... 4 hours in the pool & other things. Of course, the best part of the day will be family time watching AGT. NOW I need to go to bed. I'm pooped!!!! Sweet dreams to all.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon I couldn't think of anything this evening so I asked my husband: Here are HIS 3 positives about Dawn
1) confident 2) friendly 3) inspiring

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "The secret to success in any human endeavor is total concentration." -Kurt Vonnegut

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Deals with letting go of isolation & getting back into the world. Letting go of fear.

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon 1577 calories, 15 net carbs
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 318 mins cardio, 30 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon working on the purple afghan
Daily Phone call: emoticon Selda
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!!!!

  
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REALTYLADYLISA 9/16/2014 3:42PM

    Health insurance is such a double-edged sword...don't want to live without it, but they sure don't help make things easy most of the time! Glad you've got that quagmire straightened out...nothing like a major frustration like that to sap your energy for everything else you've committed to! Bless you!

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DIASTER 9/16/2014 3:33PM

  Your husband is right on, you are truly an inspiration.

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BIBS4664 9/16/2014 1:53PM

    You are keeping om plan. WTG

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/16/2014 11:20AM

    I'm guessing the ketogenic food plan is low carb? I hope it does the trick for you and you feel good on it. emoticon

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DONNA_VT 9/16/2014 7:31AM

    Hope the new diet gives you the results you are lookig for.

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WISLNDR 9/16/2014 5:18AM

    How nice of your husband to help out with the 3 positive things about you!

You're doing a great job keeping everything organized and in order!! Have a great Tuesday!!

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EDLEAR 9/16/2014 2:17AM

    Oh my gosh, I think that I'd simply keel over if my carbs were at 15 for the day! Sometimes I try to keep them below 30, but it hasn't happened yet. Good luck to you.
How fortunate for your GC to have you in their lives!

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KNEEMAKER 9/15/2014 11:37PM

  Marvelous Monday so keep on keeping on! emoticon

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JAMBABY0 9/15/2014 10:50PM

    awesome, keep it up!

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Day 38, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today has been a better day. I got up at 4am & delivered DH to work. Came home & went back to bed for another 5 hours. 9 hours of sleep. Woohoo! Then I got up, picked DH up at work & brought him home & then went to church. I am the greeter this month so I needed to be there a little bit early. The sermon this morning was AWESOME. It was about accepting one another, embracing diversity, loving everyone no matter what & NOT passing judgement or becoming stumbling blocks to others. I felt very blessed. The sermon ran long & I don't think that anyone cared, it was so good. The hymns were awesome as well. After church I drove home, got the family in the van & had them drop me off at the Y so that I could teach my private lessons & they could go over to my "daughter's" house for FOOTBALL. I taught 3 hours of private lessons & it was a good time & workout for me. Once that was done, my DIL & "daughter" came to pick me up, drove over to pick up DH & we all went over to Sarah's house for dinner. YUM. Later, I brought the grandkids home & the adults stayed over & goofed for awhile. The children watched tv & I did a bunch of SPARKING while watching my tv shows. I was able to send out the LIME LEDGER (a team Newsletter that I USED to do & decided to revive this challenge) and to get some goodies sent out to SparkFriends. Now I am getting ready for bed but wanted to be sure to post my blog before I do.

Today I got a special message from my personal Family Doctor. She had read my FB statuses for the past few days. She sent me an awesome message telling me to not DARE allow another doctor make me feel bad about myself. She commended me on the journey that I have been on & told me that she constantly uses me to encourage her other patients to get healthy & lose weight (no names just "stories" shared). She also sends people to my water aerobic classes all the time. She encouraged me to hold my head up & to continue to do what I am doing. It was a wonderful message & one that I needed to receive today.

The good thing is that I had started the morning off with a fervant prayer. Giving it all to GOD and letting go of my fears of failure. Of course, I am human & will take it back again.. but it is my prayer that I will continue to "let it go" over and over. I know all the proper THINGS to do.. drink water, sleep well, track my food & fitness, exercise, eat properly, let go of stress.... only GOD can work with my metabolism & HOW my body reacts to all that I am doing. TOGETHER I'll reach my goals and become the healthy person that I want to be. Thank you for all of your loving support & encouragement. I am so grateful to have so many friends & cheer leaders.

Bright blessings to you all. I NEED to get to bed. I am totally committed to following my ketogenic food plan tomorrow as close to 100% as possible. I am determined. I am committed. I am SERIOUS!!! Tomorrow I will teach 2 hours of water aerobics in the morning. Do some homeschool work & strength exercises in the afternoon. Back to the Y to teach preschool swim lessons in the evening & then do my PT exercises & hopefully some nautilus room cardio if I have time. SPARK ON!!!!

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon
Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1)I'm a good writer 2)I'm a good listener 3)I'm quick to forgive & forget

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Basically today's message is that I am NOT who I have been... I am who I am becoming...

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon 2231 calories (mid-range) net carbs high
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 279 cardio mins, 30 strength mins
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon barely, but I will before bed
Daily Phone call: emoticon Amy
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!!!

  
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REALTYLADYLISA 9/15/2014 8:48PM

    So glad that your own doctor responded so well and with such encouragement. The doctor I have been seeing for the past three years is one in the same practice as my long-time physician who finally retired. The new doc has somewhat less "bedside manner" than what I like to see and has control issues, I think, but she IS competent, so I deal with that, but she tends to get offended if I question her, or tell her I will consider something she says after I do a bit more research...Of course, I am of the belief that my healthcare is a team effort and I am the team leader (it's my body) and generally speaking, I know it better than she does. I have my first check-up since I started my new lifestyle plan on Spark People later this week, so it will be interesting to see how she responds to the changes I've made, and to see how my bloodwork pans out...

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/15/2014 5:24PM

    So glad you had a better day and that your doctor put the other doctor straight. Nobody has the right to make someone feel so bad about themselves, particularly after the amazing progress you've made. emoticon emoticon

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BIBS4664 9/15/2014 12:21PM

    Blessed be.

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/15/2014 12:16PM

    I am so glad you got the acknowledgement you deserve from your family doctor and are feeling better too! emoticon

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DIASTER 9/15/2014 11:55AM

  You have an awesome primary doctor. Hope you have some idea of the positive influence you have on so many of us. Bless you.

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AUNTALICE2 9/15/2014 9:41AM

    I am glad your doctor was so supportive. It does not surprise me. You are a wonderful person! Hardworking, caring and supportive person. You are loved!! emoticon

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DONNA_VT 9/15/2014 9:20AM

    What a great doctor you have to bad there isn't more like her out there. An old fashioned family doctor who really cares about you as an individual and takes the time to let you know how much they care. Have a great day!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/15/2014 8:03AM

    What a wonderful doctor!! I am glad you have that person in your life.

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BARBARAROSE54 9/15/2014 6:54AM

    What a wonderful family doctor you have, great to receive such a positive note from her. emoticon

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WISLNDR 9/15/2014 6:13AM

    I'm really glad that things are looking brighter for you now and am especially pleased that your family doctor took the time to contact you with words of encouragement.

Have a great Monday, full of accomplishments!!

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EDLEAR 9/15/2014 3:27AM

    Oh Dawn, what great timing it was to hear from your family doctor in that way! That story made me smile to hear.
It sounds like you did indeed have a better day, thanks for sharing it all with us. Got in sleep, exercise, family time, me time, everything necessary.
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Day 37, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Today I have not felt well. Not really a physical issue. I have been having a big of a pity party today. Depression is not my friend. ANYWAY... It occurs to me that it is NOT the doctor that I am upset with the fact that I fear that he is correct. Inside my mind is the nagging fear that I WILL fail at losing the rest of the weight I want to lose. I am afraid of being a failure. I am afraid that I'll have to endure this knee pain forever because I will never get to the point that the doctor says that I need to be at in order to have the replacement done. I recall the first orthopedic doctor that I saw, back when I broke the knee in 2007, who told me that I would NEVER qualify for a knee replacement. He said that there was nothing to be done & that I would just have to learn to LIVE with it. The problem is that I NOW realize that I DO NOT have to "live" with it. I have done well, so far. There is no reason in the world for me to accept the belief that I will NOT be able to lose the rest of the weight. I only have 91.8 pounds to go before I reach my goal weight. Maybe I will even move that goal weight down, once I reach it. It may take me longer than I would like. It may take me longer than the doctor would like. But IT WILL HAPPEN. So, my pity party is over. Tomorrow is a new day. I will begin again. I will be all that I can be. I will exercise daily. I will follow the doctor's advice about doing more strength resistance training. I will continue to do my PT exercises. I will change up my cardio exercises to include the rowing machine so that not all of my minutes come from water aerobics. I will also go back to doing more of my chair exercises at home because that will also be a nice change up & I need it. I'm glad that I took today to wallow. Talking to my friends & family. PRAYING. It has all come together and I feel better, stronger than ever. DETERMINED!!!! Thanks for all the encouragement, good cheer & prayers that you have shared with me. Once again, you have lit my "SPARK" and saved the day! Bright blessings to you all.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I get knocked down, but I get up again (do you hear a song?)
2) I can hear a few words & then pull a song out of my memory... so well, that we have often played a "game" doing it.
3) I have a high pain tolerance

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Don't allow negative people to live rent free in your head." -Anonymous

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon The paragraph that really hit me between the eyes today was "For my own peace of mind, I need to forgive even the most damaging transgressions; but forgiveness of others can only come when I have learned to forgive myself."

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories low, net carbs below 50
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 0 cardio mins, 30 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon finished the afghan for my grandson & I started a new one (in purples) for my eldest granddaughter.

Daily Phone call: emoticon Denise

Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!!!!

  
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WISLNDR 9/14/2014 8:19PM

    I wouldn't look at it as starting over but rather as exploring a new path.

It concerns me that you're getting so stressed over what MIGHT happen. When my niece had her brain tumor (she's doing well now!) I had to remind my brother of something important: "Don't get ahead of yourself." Or as one of my favorite scripture verses says:

Matthew 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today." What MIGHT happen isn't necessarily what WILL happen.

You do good things for yourself everyday; at the end of each day, you have many things to be proud of and a lot to build on tomorrow!

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BIBS4664 9/14/2014 5:55PM

    Cheering you onward!!! Girlfriend,you will do this. You are Divinely guided.

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REALTYLADYLISA 9/14/2014 3:02PM

    Yes, the "positive" side of stubborn is PERSISTENT! And anyone who has seen even part of your struggle knows that you have all the persistence that you need to continue on this journey until you have reached whatever you decide your final goal to be! Glad that you have kicked the pity party to the curb and picked up your determination once again. Some day you will see THIS particular juncture in your journey as a gift from God. Without the pain of what is going on with your knees, it could be really easy to fall into a complacency because of how far you have already come....but to God be the glory, He wants you to have a COMPLETE victory and He has provided you the needed impetus to push all the way through!

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BARBARAROSE54 9/14/2014 12:42PM

    Dawn you can do it and you will do it. Never ever take your eye off your goal. emoticon

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DIASTER 9/14/2014 12:17PM

  No doubt, you are one amazing lady. Just think how strong you will be after the surgery with all the muscles you are building now. Keep up the good work.

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/14/2014 5:42AM

    You will do it Dawn because you are so determined and the new steps you are taking will be the continuation of the tremendous progress you have already made. We are all behind you and we are all inspired by the progress you have made and your determination.
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JAMER123 9/14/2014 1:40AM

    Dawn, those are great goals and think of it as not starting over ut picking up where you left off. You won't be starting over as that means you will be going back to the first day you began this journey. Positive thoughts begin with continuing that journey! We are with you!! Keep on pushing!!
Have a great Sunday!
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MT-MOONCHASER 9/13/2014 11:52PM

    Dawn -- You need to kick those thoughts of unworthiness and doubt to the curb. You have SUCCEEDED in losing almost 200 pounds, what makes you think that you won't lose the rest? Yes, you have had discouraging results and even some regain along the way, but you haven't given up. Just show that doctor that you CAN do it!!

And add to your list of positives about Dawn that you are inspirational to others and that you are STUBBORN (yes, that is a positive if it is applied right!).

I think that doing some other exercise besides the water aerobics will probably be beneficial to you. And rowing should also help build up your legs. I am always amazed at what a workout the chair exercises are.

The best to you always --

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/13/2014 10:26PM

    I'm glad you are staying determined, because we all know you can do this- but it won't mean much if you don't know it. (And that I know very well). Hugs dear friend- love you.

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