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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Most of us have had weight loss success at some time. I'm not saying most have managed to get to goal weight but at least have had a week or two or maybe even months where weight loss has happened. In my lifetime I have gained and lost a few "humans". I know WHAT it takes to make the scale go down. It's the commitment to "doing" it that ebbs and flows.

I have had months of restarts that have failed to build much steam. I really want to lose more weight and admit it's more challenging right now due to some big life changes but it's not impossible. "I" have to commit to doing what I did before to get more weight off.

It's often good to do a bit of Monday Morning Quarterbacking. I know it's not Monday and this isn't a game of football but here are my observations about my personal journey of late and what I must do to have a winning game in the future:

SUGAR - I have let it creep back in mostly in the form of my twice weekly glass of lemonade at a friend's house. I need to say WATER please and stick to it. I have also allowed myself to have dessert twice a week at her house. It's hard not to accept the piece of pie, homemade bar cookie or frozen concoction but I need to just say "cup of tea" please.

LACK of Fruits and Vegetables - When the most frequent vegetable in my diet is a potato there is a problem. I have to drive a bit to get good produce (next county) but I need to learn to eat what's in season and available.

FITNESS - Before our household goods went into storage I was on the elliptical, recumbent bike and/or treadmill daily. I realize they were a big part of my success. We won't be in our new house until Spring so I'm going to see if there is some way we can unearth them in the storage building and carve out a place I can do some workouts.

TRACKING - Again, our rural move has affected that. We have poor internet connectivity and cellular coverage. I have to carry my laptop to town to do posts like these. While I can use a notebook I don't have the ability to look up calories on the internet like I used to. If I had a good connection I would be able to find the calories in a serving of my favorite restaurant food. I need to look for books that give this same kind of information so I don't have to rely on the internet.

ACCOUNTABILITY - I used to keep a chart right on the refrigerator. I quit doing that when I put on 10 pounds. The chart is going back on the refrigerator again today. It's a visual that keeps me "in the game".

MINDSET - I used to have a mindset of weight loss and fitness. I think building the house took over and became a priority but there should be room for both. YES building this house is a HUGE job but if I work it right I should be able to make it be a HELP to losing weight.

GOAL SETTING - I quit setting short term goals. I'm going to set a few new ones to help motivate me forward! Making them realistic is key but having them is essential.

A new month is right before me. Time to make progress.

GOAL #1 - Weigh less on Nov. 30 than on Nov. 1.

GOAL #2 - Be reasonable about Thanksgiving. Plan extra exercise.

GOAL #3 - Do not buy any 1/2 price Halloween Candy.

GOAL #4 - IF I have lost 10 pounds by Nov. 30 get a non-food reward.


Make plans for YOUR healthy November now!

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4RASCALS 10/31/2014 7:04AM

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LYNMEINDERS 10/31/2014 2:37AM

    I too am having bumps in the road and have a 10lb increase to sort out....
We can do this

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GRLTAZ 10/30/2014 9:02AM

    First off... I have to tell you, I LOVE your blogs. You have such wonderful insight to your self and that can be a big battle for some.

" I think building the house took over and became a priority but there should be room for both " There is room for both. I believe you are literally building your house (body and mindset) just the way you would like it to be permanently.

I am not at the stage yet where I feel I could be successful without the support of Spark but I strive to get there... just in case I cannot afford wifi, move, etc. You are still being successful just by seeing what you were doing that you could do better. You are such an inspiration to so many of us so keep plugging along and maybe I will see you at the goal line ! (((hugs)))

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/30/2014 8:17AM

    Great goals!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 10/29/2014 11:07PM

    Your goals seem doable to me. You could order a book from Amazon and it would help you. Your success will depend on how badly you want it. Having goals will help you the most. Good luck to you, Suze. Good to see your blogs back on SparkPeople.

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GOING-STRONG 10/29/2014 10:48PM

    I'm doing a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving... the entrance fee is 5 cans of food and I even got myself a running costume to wear. Should be fun.

When we moved I had issues with the exercise equipment being unavailable for a period of time. That is when I started doing some regular walking outside and when the weather was crummy I did walking videos indoors. Might be something to consider.

Keep up the good thinking!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 10/29/2014 10:22PM

    You've taken account of what needs to be done and I know you will push through- even if you don't see your Spark friends every day, we're rooting for you.

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NASFKAB 10/29/2014 9:57PM

  keep at it

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DIASTER 10/29/2014 8:31PM

  So nice to see you back on track.
Are we going to get to see pictures of your new home going up?

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/29/2014 7:35PM

    You can do it! It's good to see you back on here!

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WILDFLOWERS15 10/29/2014 7:25PM

    emoticon I think the mindset is the hardest of all. I need to get mine back on track but life keeps getting in the way. Best of luck to you and congrats on your new home. It will be worth it when it's done. emoticon

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BEATLETOT 10/29/2014 1:40PM

    Excellent goals! You are an inspiration!!

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LIVINTODAY 10/29/2014 12:49PM

    All good thoughts, Suzanne. I can see why Tracking can be a problem but you KNOW that you generally have a good idea of calories because you are experienced at taking weight off. Just writing everything down in a journal will really help. Looking at the list at the end of the day will give you good information about what needs to be done the next day. Also, writing down your weights and averaging them will give you much better information than just looking at daily weights. Fluctuations can be caused by so many things and those "ups" can be really discouraging. Averaging might help.
I think of you and your house project often. What an undertaking! It will be beautiful when it is done and you can weigh less by then too! emoticon

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Building a House and Building Muscles - Tales from 100 Pounds Down

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

As I have shared before we are building our "forever home" on the farm. It's a BIG job. While we are not physically wielding the hammers I spend time on the job site daily making decisions when changes occur, choosing materials, correcting errors and paying the bills. It can be very stressful at times.

There is a good side to this: I'm on my feet, walking up and down stairs, climbing ladders and upping my activity. I'm not eating (the house site is in the middle of nowhere). I'm learning a LOT about construction and I'm seeing the progress right before my eyes.

The downside to this effort: I have to work hard to get my intentional fitness minutes because I'm so tired when I get home.

The solution was a challenge proposed by a friend to get strength training daily. It's kept me focused and as tired as I am when I get home I make sure to do my squats, curls, push-ups etc. It really helps me stay on the journey.

Strength Training is often overlooked in favor or running, jogging, swimming, walking etc. I think we feel like we are "doing more" when sweating on the elliptical or watching the miles go by as we run. Those exercises are great but they work the same muscles leaving many other muscled unchallenged. THAT'S why we need to do strength training.

I'm seriously hoping this current challenge develops into a habit for me that sees me doing strength training multiple times a week!


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SEAWAVE 10/16/2014 5:45AM

    The house sounds like a lot of work, but it also sounds like you're having a lot of fun. And what a sense of accomplishment it will be once it's all done. Yay on you for keeping up with strength training amidst all the schedule changes and extra work.

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LUVTOBOWL 10/9/2014 9:43PM

    Way to get those fitness minutes in. Can't wait to see the finished product on the house.



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LYNMEINDERS 10/6/2014 5:53AM

    Look forwrd to seeing the end result....
So proud of you keeping up your strength training in the midst of running a project......woohoo.......go you

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/5/2014 5:19PM

    Awesome project and that's a great challenge!

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KALEWINE 10/4/2014 10:10PM

    I've recently started doing more strength training and I love that I feel stronger. I'm also starting to see changes in my body even though the scale isn't going down.

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MYTHMYTH 10/3/2014 5:46PM

    Glad that you are seeing so much progress! Hope that you will enjoy the strength training - as you see yourself growing stronger!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/3/2014 9:39AM

    I am so glad you are onsite. We saved ourselves SO many times from errors because we were actually living on the property in our travel trailer while the house was being built. As it was there were plenty of times a wall needed to be moved or a too-small window changed. It's amazing how hard it is to envision a house from a blueprint!

Way to go on the strength training!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/3/2014 9:39AM

    I am so glad you are onsite. We saved ourselves SO many times from errors because we were actually living on the property in our travel trailer while the house was being built. As it was there were plenty of times a wall needed to be moved or a too-small window changed. It's amazing how hard it is to envision a house from a blueprint!

Way to go on the strength training!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 10/2/2014 10:07PM

    You had good advice. One of the fitness experts has said on PBS, 'if you don't have time for a full workout, choose a strength workout over cardio'. That statement surprised me, because I know she loves aerobics.

Keep pressing, you'll get where you want to be.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/2/2014 9:36AM

    Great job! Beautiful!

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FRANNIEDID 10/2/2014 9:23AM

    You always inspire me, I do need to up my strength training. Hope all goes well with the house!

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BECCA315 10/2/2014 6:44AM

    I love ST, even tho' it's hard due to arthritis. I know it has helped me on my own weight loss journey. Keep up the good work!

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LIVINTODAY 10/2/2014 6:38AM

    I can still sense the fun and excitement amidst your description of all the work involved with this forever project.
Good job on the strength building challenge too!

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CBRINKLEY401 10/2/2014 1:08AM

    Best of luck with your house. That's something we will be doing in the future too, as hubby gets closer to retirement and we prepare to move back to the farm.

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Little Things are Great Motivators - Tales From 100# Down

Friday, September 12, 2014

Yesterday COULD have been a loss. I woke with intense hip pain and I'm itching from my knees down due to turkey mites. If you don't know of this larval stage that produces intense itching just trust me. It's worse than chiggers!

With two issues making me miserable I knew it wasn't going to be a high exercise day. Rather than withdraw into a cave of comfort eating I chose to focus on my nutrition since I was going to be fairly sedentary for the day.

I discovered that taking a little bit of time can be the difference between a healthy 300 calorie meal and a quick, mouth-stuffing 1000 calorie meal. At breakfast I could have gone with a quick carb-loaded meal but instead I took a little time to scramble some eggbeaters and have 4 ounces of juice. At lunch I could have plowed through a bag of cheese puffs but instead I chose to fix a green salad with a "slim slice" of cheddar cut up on top. At dinner I was tempted by the frozen taquitos but chose instead to eat some green beans and roast pork.

Taking a "little" time to make a healthier choice and do a bit of light cooking made the difference in a good day stepping forward rather than a bad day stepping back. The best part about the little choices I made is how I felt at day's end. Granted, my itching was no better and my hip was begging for ibuprofen but I felt accomplished and that MOTIVATED me to get up today and do the same thing!

Success breeds success. When we can string a few days of success together we begin to see progress. After weeks and months we may see HUGE progress BUT it all boils down to those "little things" we do day in and day out that move us along on this journey.

Mind the "little things" today and draw strength from your accomplishments. We CAN do this!

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GRLTAZ 9/24/2014 10:58PM

    Congrats on making great choices and for focusing on your attitude. You set a great example. Thank you.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/19/2014 3:16PM

    Congrats!

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NANHBH 9/18/2014 11:08PM

    "Success breeds success." Love that! Keep up the good work.
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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/13/2014 6:43PM

    I like your choices for b, l, and d. I'm going to copy you. Good ideas.

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SUSIEMT 9/13/2014 2:43PM

    I so agree! Those streaks mean a great deal! Glad you took the time to realize what was happening with your body and mind! Keep up the good work!

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KANOE10 9/13/2014 7:04AM

    Success breeds success. Excellent. I loved the little things that you did to be successful. I am sorry for your pain and hope you feel better.

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KIM22211 9/13/2014 6:01AM

    little things do motivate! I got my new coat and I want it to fit a bit better so that little thing is so so so motivating to me!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/13/2014 2:54AM

    Well done...go you
Trust your itching is subsiding....

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TRAVELGRRL 9/12/2014 3:20PM

    OMG, can't believe there is something worse than CHIGGERS! I never knew what the heck was biting me when we first moved to Arkansas, but I knew they were 1,000 times worse than mosquitoes!

"Taking a little time to make a healthier choice makes the difference in a good day stepping forward rather than a bad day stepping back."

What a great quote, something I'm definitely going to remember. Thanks for blogging, and PRESS ON!

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LIVINTODAY 9/12/2014 12:08PM

    YAY, Suzanne!! Two problems that could have sidelined you but...You didn't eat them!!!

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Looking forward to BTS restart!

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2BDYNAMIC 9/12/2014 11:36AM

    Absolutely practical advice that works ............ Hope something is being done for those awful bites/ itches. I do feel your pain ........... and I once again so admire your winning attitude ........... which is contagious here in Sparks! emoticon

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BEATLETOT 9/12/2014 10:48AM

    emoticon And great job yesterday! I hope that you are feeling better today!!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 9/12/2014 10:39AM

    Hope your itchies get better soon! I'm proud of your progress!!!

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NASFKAB 9/12/2014 10:09AM

  way to go congratulatins

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Just when you get started a SPEED BUMP - Tales from 100# Down

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I am still living with boxes and "stuff" piled up around me in the temporary dwelling we call home while the house is under construction. In our move last week we used all the towels, bedding, mattress covers, rugs etc. as padding for pictures, small pieces of furniture etc. I began doing laundry last night. On the 2nd load I moved a heap of wet towels to the dryer and "crickets". It won't start. It has power (the light is on in the drum) but it just won't start.

Another speed bump but this one, though challenging, will not stall my forward motion. Yes, I have wet laundry and the nearest laundromat is 30 minutes each way. I think I'll go to town and buy some rope and rig up an old fashioned clothes line. Then I will stop and ask my friends at the Farm Supply where to find a repair man in this rural setting.

Is it an unexpected obstacle? Yes. Does it have to derail my progress? NO!

Life is full of speed bumps. We can use them as excuses or face them square on and do something about them.

While I am inconvenienced I am not undone. I've got a job to do and I'll do it even IF I have to step back to my childhood and use a clothesline and clothespins!

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NANHBH 9/18/2014 11:05PM

    Ahh, the smell of laundry dried on a clothesline! Brings back memories. Hope you get the dryer fixed soon!
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 9/11/2014 8:38AM

    Just a speed bump on your way to your next, best adventure!

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4RASCALS 9/11/2014 4:52AM

    emoticon Great thinking. Nothing like the fresh smell from the outdoors.

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CAROLJ35 9/10/2014 9:58PM

    Can't hang our clothes on lines in NC because of ticks, but all winter in FL we fluff them in dryer, then hang them outside. Can't beat the smell of fresh air on sheets and clothes.

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NASFKAB 9/10/2014 9:52PM

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DIANNEMT 9/10/2014 8:13PM

    Worst case--drape the wet towels over bushes! They'll dry!!

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KALEWINE 9/10/2014 6:47PM

    Oh no! Dryer problems are no fun. I love your positive attitude though!

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BECCA315 9/10/2014 4:50PM

    Know all about those speed bumps ~ keep on truckin'!

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SUSIEMT 9/10/2014 3:58PM

    I have been visiting my sister in Montana! She uses a clothesline during nice weather! The clothes smell so fresh! It took me back to my childhood for sure! Good job on not letting life get in your way!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/10/2014 3:23PM

    I'm glad you're settled and ready to be with us more, I missed you and I certain everyone else has missed you also. emoticon

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TRICIALICI 9/10/2014 12:16PM

    That is inconvenient, and I hope you'll be able to get it fixed soon. On the bright side, your laundry will smell so fresh and wonderful when you bring it in from the clothesline!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 9/10/2014 11:06AM

    YOU CAN DO THIS!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/10/2014 10:48AM

    I don't have a clothes line but I probably would use it if I did. I also grew up with one. I can remember hanging those clothes out and how fresh they smelled when brought in. Lots of cardio exercise available, walking, bending , twisting and lifting arms. Hum, maybe it would be good for us? Would be time consuming, and not too great when it is raining or 40 degrees outside. Oh well I had better go in and do a load of laundry. Have a great day.

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MYTHMYTH 9/10/2014 9:44AM

    Seems like it's just one thing after another! Just think of all the extra steps that you are going to get in today as you do everything to get that clothes line set up and then all of the additional steps that will come from hanging and taking in the laundry!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2014 9:42AM

    You have such a great attitude! It's a speed bump, NOT a catastrophe, right?

We have a 93-year-old neighbor who hangs her wash out to dry on a clothesline year round. She moved into her house over 70 years ago and has never had a clothes dryer!

Your are channeling your pioneer ancestors!

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The Big Move - Tales From 100# Down

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Life passages often make us reflect. We just closed on our home in the Chicago suburbs, packed and moved this past week to Central Kentucky. We have been living here since April but our home and most of our belongings were still up north.

We lived in that Wadsworth house for nearly 16 years. It saw many life changes, our son's graduation from high school and college, the passing of both of my husband's parents, the birth of three great nieces, travels across the continent and overseas, times of great illness and times of healing. It also saw me reach my highest weight and work my way down over 100 pounds.

Behind our house I planted a 16" spruce seedling when we moved to Illinois in early 1999. That tree now stands over 15 FEET high and has a HUGE girth. It made me think. I saw "potential" in that $10 seedling from Home Depot years ago. Now it was not going to grow into a massive conifer in a few weeks. It took years and years. I had to water it with a hose one year during a drought. When straight-line winds lifted it's rootball a few years ago we had to dig and move it back in place and support it with guy wires until it re-rooted. All that work over all those years had a pay off. It's a beautiful tree that now stands on the property as a witness to our sixteen years there.

All of us have potential too. True, we can't make drastic changes in a few weeks. Often it takes months or even years but with the same nurturing and care through the "rough patches" we too can see success.

I certainly have not had a "great" year. While I have maintained the bulk of my weight loss the distraction of relocating to another state has made it "easy" for me to put my journey on a back burner. Potential is never "lost". I just pick up my journey and press on.

Now that I'm fully in Kentucky I can continue my progress. It's just a matter of taking another step in the right direction.

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    Kentucky is beautiful and what a great place to continue your weight loss journey! Good luck!

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JIBBIE49 9/11/2014 12:22AM

    I lived in Chicago for a year and at Great Lakes for 3 years and loved it even the cold winters. Grew up in Southern Illinois so I know enough about Kentucky, so that would be a huge change to live there. emoticon

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CAROLJ35 9/10/2014 9:52PM

    Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your new home and call on us if we can help you on the road to the rest of your journey!



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JSEATTLE 9/10/2014 9:00PM

  Good for You! Take a lesson from your little seedling and keep growing. My feeling is that this is what you've done. Fall is a great time for new beginnings!

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MARYJEANSL 9/10/2014 8:06PM

  I like that tree as an analogy for your own move and the putting down of new roots. Best wishes in your new home and in putting down lots of roots!

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    Good luck in your new location. emoticon

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NONNAOF2 9/10/2014 7:20PM

  it is never easy to make a full move, but you did it and now you are somewhere that you can plant new roots! :-) It's nice to have old memories of good times in the past! :-)

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SHERYLP461 9/10/2014 5:20PM

    Beautiful story, I hope you are planting another tree.

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  So Very emoticon And..........I wish you the emoticon in your new home. Are you going to plant another Spruce there too?

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/10/2014 1:12PM

  The tree is a great reminder of this principle.

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CHARTHESTAR 9/10/2014 6:41AM

    I lost track of you- glad to find you again.
Great story about your tree- I can understand how you feel with your move

You should have much better winters now.

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BESSHAILE 9/10/2014 6:27AM

    Yes. we just press on. But I'm really imPRESSed by your maintenance in a year of such a major change. Congratulations. I bet it's good to get your stuff back, too.

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PENOWOK 9/10/2014 6:25AM

    Terrific analogy! Great story...happy new home in Kentucky!

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THEBEV2 9/10/2014 6:17AM

    Great story! Thanks for sharing.

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JAB2010 9/10/2014 5:57AM

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THROOPER62 9/10/2014 5:42AM

    emoticon great blog

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TRYINGHARD54 9/10/2014 5:38AM

    good luck in kentucky. emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/10/2014 2:00AM

    I've missed your blogs, hope you'll be blogging often again.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/10/2014 2:00AM

    I've missed your blogs, hope you'll be blogging often again.

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TREYONE 9/9/2014 11:10PM

  emoticon Great Blog!!!

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KALEWINE 9/9/2014 10:57PM

    Great analogy!

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SNOWYOGA 9/9/2014 10:03PM

    Great blog emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 9/9/2014 9:59PM

    emoticon and you're going to make waves in your new home, too. Those waves will reach out to others, and as the waves return to you, so will your new friends to pass your wisdom, that God has given you, on to them.

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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L*I*T*A* 9/9/2014 9:23PM

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MYTHMYTH 9/9/2014 7:21PM

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4RASCALS 9/9/2014 7:15PM

    Love this blog. Like everything if we nurture it, it will blossom, just like us if we
care enough to take care of ourselves, we will reach our goals. It all takes time, just like your tree. Look at what we can become if we work it.

Wishing you much happiness in your new home.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/9/2014 5:48PM

    Great analogy! With love and care your tree flourished. With the same love and self-care we too can flourish!

Glad you have "both feet" in your new location now. I know you still have a lot going on building the new house but one day at a time, you are getting closer to your dream.

Pressing on!!

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SUSIEMT 9/9/2014 2:39PM

    Well I know you and you can and will do this! emoticon

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