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7-9-14 - Updates

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Ok so these updates on diet and weight are not great. I gained one pound for the month of June and lost no inches so those stayed the same.
Great month NO!!! Did I learn anything, sort of, I went up and down but maintained basically. That is something but not so great when you want to lose and are trying to do that,without success.

What do I need to change? I am honestly not sure anymore. I had be on a very low carb diet, I didnt mind it, liked parts of it. When i first started in March lost 4 lbs, thought wow nice beginning, but i never thought it would keep up would be glad for 1/2 a pound a week. Not me nope wasnt going to happen for me. I have a number of friends on a similar diet they are doing good for the most part. I dont know why I am not. So changes have to come if I want to lose these last 30+ lbs to get to my goal. The + is because in the last 2 weeks I have gained 2 lbs. Last week I went off the low carb, more back to lowfat. I am trying to figure if I need to redo my exercise. I do basically do the same things weekly. So added a little more strength. This last week I was honestly tired and stressed and didnt exercise the way I wanted to, I am a little disappointed in myself.
Bottom line I am not stopping but just trying to regroup and find a doable healthy path.

My son in the Navy has been visiting the last couple weeks, we have had a nice visit. Didnt do anything major but allowed him to set the pace. I did cook a couple of his favorite things and yes did eat some since I like one dish too. He is leaving tonight heading for VA where he will be stationed for the next couple of years. I probably wont see him again until the holidays, if he can get time off then, will see. He has really grown up since he left here in March and I am so proud of what challenges he has conquered and how is dealing with his life now. Navy is a good thing for him, although as a parent I will always worry, he could be sent to a combat zone at any time, there is no guarantee, really none of us have that today it seems. So will spend the day just enjoying his company and working hard to keep positive for me and him. Change is never easy for some it is harder.

Plans for the rest of July are basically to figure out a plan. right now I am going to be careful and eat sensibly. I think I want to do a fast for a couple day later this week. It is 4 days, you drink a protein shake for 2 meals and then a healthy soup for dinner and one small snack. I have done this before and it is something I dont mind. I eat low calorie for this, but not too low. I want to shake up my metabolism. Then set up a good healthy diet, probably back to the lower fat side for the rest of the month and see what happens. Exercise is well, Curves for the strength 3-4 times a week, Zumba once a week, walking 5-6 times a week and riding recumbent bike 3-4 times a week. Swimming laps on days I can get out and I think adding 10 minutes of strength at home, dvd or something on the days I dont go to Curves. One thing I will have to work on is my calorie range it is always a tough one for me to figure out, maybe this time I will take the SP suggestion on the nutrition page and try that.
There is a way to get these pounds off I do believe I just wish I have a crystal ball and it could show my the way, I would follow and so what needs to be done! I struggle with finding the path.

thanks to anyone who reads this for taking the time. I know I ramble. But this is a nice way to write it all down and think it all out and hope that in this a solution comes and if not at least I know I am trying. Right now that is all I can do.

Smiles and hugs

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MAVERICK59 7/12/2014 4:22PM

    Writing it all down helps us to clarify which helps to make better choices.
A 1 pound gain is so much better than a 5 pound gain!
Hang in there, you got this.


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RENLLY 7/10/2014 12:03PM

    It's funny how your body gets used to things (exercise, diet) so that doing the exact same thing doesn't work after a while. I would pick one thing to shake up a bit - diet or exercise - and go from there.


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GODSCHILD2_2011 7/10/2014 10:15AM

    Through trial and error you are finding your way, what works for you. I think that's great that you are finding ways to mix it up with the eating plan and exercising.

I don't think you are rambling on, you're just writing your thoughts down which will be great later on down the line when you do some reflecting of your journey.

The bottom line is, your putting a plan in place and moving forward .

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/9/2014 10:50PM

    i do think as you go along your body gets used to something- and you have to tweak your plan to get it moving again. Just remember to rejoice in where you are- you are in a pretty awesome place! emoticon

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    Excellent blog my friend. My son is in VA near the naval bases as is my bestest friend. If your son ever needs anything, let me know.
Keep on Sparking. You're doing fine. Love ya!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/9/2014 6:57PM

    That is a great blog. Thanks for the update. Always like
to hear how you are doing. We both had visits from our sons.
I'm glad you had the time with him.

I dont' know what to say to help, other than we are here
for you. Each person is such an individual. I know you
won't give up. Just keep adjusting and eventually you
will find what works for you.

Your exercise is good, keep going. Be strong & continue
to believe!

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    Deb, When you say low-carb, how low carb are you talking? You might have to start off VERY low carb and a protein boost to really get things moving.

Also, I loved Curves circuit training, but just found the intensity wasn't enough to get me into a good aerobic fat-burning range, until I upped my circuit training to a full hour or more. If you haven't changed up your exercise routine, I would start there.

I have been out walking for 10-15 minutes at the briskest pace I can manage, two or three times a day rather than 1/2 hour once a day. Seems to be helping. Good luck!

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6-12-14 - UHG!!! Got a new scale

Thursday, June 12, 2014

OH so hate when I have to do this. Our old scale was getting weird really!

DH researched and bought a new one. Got it today. It is weighing me 2 lbs heavier....UGH!!!!!!
Ok not really shocked since the Curves scale shows weight loss when the one at home doesnt. SOOOOOOOOO Monday will have my weekly weigh in and will see what damages I have to deal with. I know that the weight is the weight, but hate to gain anything when I am working so hard to see it go down.

Will just have to hang in there and then deal with it!!!!

I really hope this is the last scale I will have to buy for a long time......or better yet the last one I will need to use regularly since I will get to my goal weight this year!! Yeah I like that last one best!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/16/2014 7:47PM

    Ah, goal sounds so nice, doesn't it?


I have had the same scale for over 30 yrs. Same batteries, almost
hate to say that... emoticon

It weighs right close to TOPS scale which is digital.

Mine is OLD, weigh's in half pounds & is digital.

Thought about getting a new one. Plan to take this scale
to the store and find one that weighs exactly like this one
does, so I don't have to worry.

Just a thought for now this one is working.

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NICOLERZ 6/14/2014 5:28PM

    I hate when my scale dies and I have to buy a new one. It always leads to a gain because the old scale was so far off..... I read a lot of reviews on amazon before choosing my current scale, so I hope it lasts a long time. You'll get there!

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    Think positive....maybe you won't have any damages to deal with! Keep up the good work!

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    No worries. You are doing great! emoticon

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TATTER3 6/13/2014 4:23PM

    Hate change...unless it really is less on the scale!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/13/2014 10:06AM

    I hate it when I have to change scales. I'll think happy "light" thoughts for you my dear. I know that you are working very hard. Love ya

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/12/2014 8:59PM

    I hate when that happens!

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6-4-2014 - Looking at the BIG Picture

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Yes after my last blog I need to remind myself of this.

Today I got measured at Curves, its something I do monthly. The number were excellent and I was pumped, got home and looked at the paper again and realized that both my coach and myself were just a little off. The month we were comparing was for LAST year....OMG. Do I feel down actually NO. I looked at those numbers from last year and realized YES I have made progress.
I have lost over 18 lbs and 7 inches, 3 each on hips and waist. Now that is progress and something to cheer about.

So Today I realized (again!) to keep looking at the big picture, its really shows progress not daily but over all. I am feeling motivated to keep working and realizing that I will find the path that works for me. Yes I still want to see the scale go down and in fact since Mon I lost .5!!
I am just going to hold to the course I am on for the next couple weeks and see where that takes me. I was so encouraged by the comments on last blog, that I feel stronger.

Today was to be a day off of sorts....LOL well isnt exactly working out that way, done Curves, a walk, laundry, dry mopped hard wood floor and rest of tile in house and mopped all the tile area....sound like a day off. The part that is off is errand running, I am not doing that today since I did it yesterday. Funny that cleaning really makes me feel good to see things nice and neat and I still feel I have had a great morning. This afternoon need to spend some time on menu for next week and grocery shopping for tomorrow, also need to ride my bike. But in all I am feeling and happy.

Hope your day has gone well and if not got to love the fact tomorrow is a new day and we can start all over again and make what changes we need to.

Have a great rest of the week. Keep smiling and believing in yourself. We are stronger than we think and can do more than we realize.

Hugs and smiles

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TATTER3 6/5/2014 10:44AM

    Right on target...lifestyle NOT sprint!!!

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    You are doing so well. I'm really proud of you. Keep up the good work my friend. I am both proud of you AND inspired by you.

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/4/2014 10:25PM

    So proud of your progress, Deb. Keep it up!

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NICOLERZ 6/4/2014 7:19PM

    Way to go! That's wonderful that you've lost inches and pounds!

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6-2-2014 - Frustrated!!!!!

Monday, June 02, 2014

WARNING this is not a happy blog and not sure it is an encouraging blog, I am not sure how this will turn out but I need to write this all down and hope that in the end it will help me deal with my frustrations!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

It has been a very stressful year so far, traveling, son off to Navy, kitchen remodel, more traveling, in all of this I have not been losing weight I am actually right today about where I started in Jan. I have been fluxing up and down in about a 4-6 lb range. Now with all the stuff stated above I am not really surprised, and not gaining in itself is something good. But I need to lose these last pounds to my goal weight, I really need to finish this part of the journey, I am getting tired out, weary of daily struggles and constant battle to keep diet and exercise always in the fore front of my life and yes the time it takes to do all the planning and tracking. This tiredness is mentally draining me of being happy, even doing this blog feels heavy on my mind and heart.
With all that has been going on for the first 3 months I was pretty much on the same dietary plan from last year, hey it worked so why changes, but as time went on and I just hung around that same weight thought a change would be good. A good friend had talked about a very low carb diet, she needed to do for you healthy along with gluten free, there was something in what she shared that hit a chord, I had been lowering my carbs which seemed to help, so in-between 2 trips in March I gave it a try and had a 4 lbs loss....woooohooo, I thought a break through. Well had the 2nd trip and then had to lose that gained weight, started the kitchen remodel and tried to keep to the plan, it was a little harder, also stressing major with concern for son at Navy bootcamp ( had 4 phone calls, each about 5 min or less) and 4 letters in 2 months) really worried how he was doing and if he would graduate on schedule. Ok that all worked itself out by early May when we went to his graduation and got a little time with him. Stress played a big roll in Aprils and early May staying the same, I know that, gain really glad that I didnt have major gain, except for last trip I really havent lost the weight from that now a month ago. I just dont know why honestly.
I think partly is that I never really embraced the low carb diet all the way. I have looked at the Atkins site and realize I have not followed it mostly in the eating the full fat foods. Well thinking about this, 45 years of always hearing low fat, no fat, low calories, lower calories and so on is not any easy thing to readjust. I would eat the lower carb but also eat the lower fat and not really eat the proper calorie range lol too low if you believe that. 2 weeks ago I went to the site and realized how low the calories were and the healthy fat also, so for one week at that a higher cal range about 1800 and didnt worry about low fat just used the full fat foods such as yogurt, cheese and sour cream, and made sure to use healthy fats, olive oil, avacado and some butter. Well result for that week was I didnt gain but stayed the same....good??!!!! I am not sure, so last week tried to reduce calories, result 2 lb gain......bad!!!!!!!!! In both cases kept my carbs about 22-25 range, that is net carbs. I am eating about 5-7 serving veggies a day, please dont think I am being nuts here.

Soooooooo where do I go???????????????????????????????? I am really unsure, I had done my weekly plan a couple days ago, again lowering carb to the 20 a day but that meant the calories were also lowered, well after last week that didnt seem the right way to go. After my weight in this am and going to Curves came home and redid menu adding calories but trying to keep the carbs below 22 for this week. Not sure the end result. I am also going to head over the the Atkins site and setup and weeks menu and see what they say for Phase 1 which is the weight loss beginning. I will sit down with that and see what they say I should be doing, see if I am way off or on the right course. I will probably try there plan for a week. I mean nothing is really working so what does it hurt to keep trying.
I do realize that I tend to keep my calories pretty low and that may be hurting me, since I do exercise about 90 minutes each day, 30 min walking, 30 min biking and 30 min strength. Now that summer is nearly I will be adding swimming to this, since I do love my pool time. Again 45 years of hearing LOWER CALORIES, even when you are more active. Yes I know that is not right and will hurt in the long run, body heads off the starvation mode, LOL me starving like no way , but this crazy body thinks that. Ok one more reminder for me, thyroid, mine is sluggish and I am on meds, so this is another hurdle I deal with daily. Oh yeah I am old well I dont feel old but being 60 means I am old. This also doesnt make it any easier to lose weight. WHY WHY when I work so hard and what this so much, WHY cant my body understand that I am trying to help it be healthier and better and last longer, WHY wont it let me lose these damn last 30+ lbs!!!!!!!!???????????????????????????????

So hear is the FRUSTRATION I am feeling today and I am really so tired and in some ways just want to QUIT IT ALL!!! BUT I wont or better I cant I need to finish this part of journey, I really need to and I want to and somehow I WILL!!!!!!!!! NEVER FEAR I AM NOT A QUITTER.
I wont let myself down, I will keep working and trying and hunting and searching and whatever it take to find a way to get to that goal. Its what I have to do for me. Yet I just wish like now that there was a magic ball to tell me what is the right path, not to magically make the weight go away, just the right way to go for me to make it happen I dont mind the work, I just need to know the right way to go..........right now I am so lost and frustrated that I cant see the way.
But in like there is no magic ball to give me that answer. YOU have to find it, YOU are the one to find the path, YOU can make that difference in your life and YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!

Did this help? Not sure but it didnt hurt to get this all down. I am no less frustrated but I think I know what I have to do and that is just to KEEP TRYING.
This journey is just to important to give up on and I am getting close its been a long journey since Mar of 2009, I have accomplished so much and lost hmmmmmmm 138 lbs, I went from wearing about a 3x to a size 16, I have lost lots if inches, I have learned to like exercise, not love but like, I can do more today than I have even done in my adult life and I think one of the most important things I have learned is to like me where I am today!!!!!! Not so bad when you look at the big picture HUH?!!!!! Actually pretty good.

So June is here and I am not where I wanted to be but I not that far off, so time to hunker down pull up my big girl panties and take a step forward......got a plan for this week and going to give it all I have. Eat what I have planned, keep exercising my 90 min daily with Sunday a little lighter, drink all that wonderful water 10 glasses a day, make sure to get my veggies 5-7 and here is the challenge write daily in my journey how I am feeling. Oh forgot had DH take the scale way last week and it did feel better to not weight daily, going to keep doing that in hopes the stress with lessen. So next week come back here and share results no matter what. Please keep positive thoughts for me, I do believe in them.

Thanks if you read all this and its didnt send you screaming, for your patience and friendship they are appreciated and I am so grateful for my friends here on SP I know you can understand most of what I have written since we are all on the same journey to getting healthier. I am glad I am not alone it sure helps to have friends along side you,

Hugs and smiles to all and hoping your journey is being kinder to you
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DIFROMWYOMING 6/4/2014 10:26PM


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    Have you tried following SparkPeople's suggestions for maintenance? Perhaps just focusing on that instead of on losing more would help. You already have the bulk of the health benefits already, and the rest of the weight you would like to lose is just window dressing. Take a mental break from the struggle, g/f.

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    Hi Deb, Just a thought...sounds like you've had a lot of stressful stuff going on. Don't forget that stress increases your cortisol levels and that will sabotage your weight loss too. I would just add that you make sure you are getting a good night's sleep, and give yourself a little grace for the past six months. Try 5-10 minutes of power breathing a couple of times a day...it can't hurt and it might really make a difference for you. Other than that, hang in there...your determination WILL bring you to success!


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TATTER3 6/3/2014 10:21PM

    HANG IN THERE!!!!! Just keep Sparkin'!!

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    My friend, you know that we've been on this journey TOGETHER since March 2009. It is hard to believe that it has been such a long time. Frustration is understandable. Many of us feel it. We work so hard to lose 5 pounds and it appears that in an instant 10 will pop back on. Just keep on moving forward and doing the next right thing. It WILL happen.
On Feb 25th of this year I started the NO SUGAR/NO STARCH food plan. It's not quite Atkins but very similar. I am finding much success with it. I do not "obey" all the rules. Like yourself, getting the idea of not having to watch my calories or "fat" is difficult. I weigh & measure everything that I eat. It was awkward in the beginning but is second nature to me now. I stay within a set caloric range. When I am too low, my weight loss stalls. When I am within the range, I seem to do well. I have been keeping my carbs at "less than" 30. In the beginning I was doing 20 or less but I LIKE veggies so sitting at 30 or less works better for me. I love that this plan helps me to not feel hungry. I DON'T like that it seems to keep me so focused on the food & on my weight. Like yourself, I have basically hidden the scale. I have made myself the solemn promise that I will only weigh 1 time per week. The same time every week (to coincide with my BLC weigh day). It is helping me to not feel so obsessed. Admittedly, I get VERY frustrated when the scale doesn't move. However... just keep doing the right stuff and it WILL be a successful journey for you. Can you believe that you have come so far? I am incredibly proud of you! You're AWESOME!!!! Love ya

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/2/2014 6:11PM

You have come a long way, Deb. I think you are doing everything you can. Now give yourself a hug, take a deep breath, and just keep moving forward.

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 6/2/2014 5:43PM

    I'm sorry for your frustration. I don't think I have any good advise to give considering I can't even lose any weight at all myself really (without gaining it back). Just know that you have done really well, and don't give up. Go back and look at pictures of yourself at your very highest weight and remember how far you have come, and give yourself a break emotionally. You look beautiful. Don't give up, you will lose more.

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HEYITSLISA 6/2/2014 3:36PM

    emoticon back atcha Deb! Of course I understand what you are going through, I have been floundering myself for the past several months.

The only suggestion I have for you is to give any changes you make more than just one week to show results.

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MARATHONGIRL29 6/2/2014 3:21PM

    So sorry my friend that you are struggling so. You have accomplished very much during this Journey. Keep the faith and you will succeed. I BELIEVE IN YOU. You must also believe in yourself. I think it was good to hide your scale. I know what kind of pressure that creates.

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5-13-14 - Kitchen Remodel All Done

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Well it was a long month but the kitchen remodel and all the fun is done. I offically finished getting everything back into the kitchen Friday late afternoon.
It all started in late February actually. My DH Bob replaced the fluorescent light box and an old fixture in the kitchen prior to our trips to Nacasr races in March.

Here is a view of the new track lighting and to the right the pendant lights, also a nice view of the old kitchen. On
April 3rd the destruction of the old begins. First I cleared all the cupboards and boxed everything, putting most of it in the library until we needed it. Bob moved the kitchen table into out livingroom and made a mini kitchen area out of the dining area.

This area, our grill and my bathroom sink became the new kitchen for the next 30 days or so.
Funny looking back I was not sure I would manage it all the well, but surprisingly it all went fine. I have precooked some meals to freeze and although we stayed on our diet through the whole thing, it was a little limiting on variety. But it was not that bad and we all worked to make the whole thing doable,
My dearest DH did all the work, with only 2 exceptions, the new gas line for the stove and the counter top installation, all the rest was his work. And he did work very hard. It began last year when we decided to do this project and he made plans on what we wanted to change and do.. Then went out or online and found all the components, we have Ikea cabinets which are lovely, new gas stove, his baby, and counter tops that I fell in love with and just had to have. It was fun making those plans. He did most of the demo, but I did get my licks in too.

The nothing but bare walls which were the ugliest color of poopie brown and that included the ceiling where the cabinets ...same horrid color that had been in the family room when he and I got together. Well we just have to paint it all so on with a nice cornsilk yellow the color of the remainder of the kitchen. Yes I know all that was going to be covered but I didnt want to take any chances of the brown sneaking out.
No its time to get the new stuff in, cabinets first, one thing my poor DH had to deal with was that there was not a straight wall or angle in the whole place, but he made sure everything was level an straight, he was quite inventive at times. We also found out that the tile floors came later and that we had to replace some tiles under the new cabinets. To make sure it all came out level and that we would not see bare concrete in places.

And he just kept adding cabinets both upper and lower, the next challenge was the sink area and the plumbing, it really was a jigsaw puzzle, but he conquered that too. On
April 25th the counter tops when in....oh boy was that a nervous day for me. I loved the look of the quartz and really wanted it but I didnt know how it would look. It looked lovely and wow more than I ever dreamt.

We had decided that we would finish each step and although it was taking a little more time than planned doing it right was the correct thing to do. Next was back splash behind the stove.
The layout

Then a trip to Illinois to see oldest son graduate Navy boot camp, spend a very short visit before he was on his way to school, back home to finish the kitchen. Appliances needed to be put in and then the real fun putting away all the kitchen stuff.
On Friday May 9th in the late afternoon, the KITCHEN WAS DONE!!!!!!! And looking so lovely and functional.

I am sooooooo enjoying my new kitchen and I have a great big thanks to DH for all his hard work to bring this dream to reality. He is just the best of the best.

Hope you all enjoyed the journey it was fun but I am so glad it is all done.

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NICOLERZ 6/4/2014 7:20PM

    I like your new kitchen!

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SCOUTMOM715 5/15/2014 8:34PM

    Wow!! You're kitchen looks gorgeous! emoticon

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LISALOSING52 5/14/2014 5:28AM

    WOW So beautiful! All the time aand hard work were well worth it my friend. Enjoy!

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MEOWMAMA3 5/13/2014 9:41PM

    Wow Deb!!!! Can I borrow your DH for a few months? I promise to feed him well. lol!
Really nice! Congratulations on your new space.! It's beautiful! With all the hard work you have put into eating well, you should have a fabulous space to prepare and enjoy your food. Bon Appetit!!!!

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HEYITSLISA 5/13/2014 7:46PM


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    It's gorgeous my friend. What an awesome space to cook all those wonderful healthy meals that you'll be tracking. Love ya

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