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Bonus Blog: Thanksgiving Squirkey (child's creation)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Natalie's assignment was to take the picture of a turkey her teacher gave her and disguise it. Then write an essay about why the disguised turkey should not be eaten for Thanksgiving.

Natalie created a "squirkey," a cross between a squirrel and a turkey, complete with acorn:



Here's her essay saying that she wouldn't taste good and a little squirrel wouldn't feed a whole family. Also, she can run fast and hide in trees.


Old Dad picked her up from school. After I greeted her, I asked if she got to show her squirkey to the whole class and she said yes, that everyone did. I said I bet hers was the best. And she said it definitely was. They had a contest and she won!!

Wishing you better than squirkey for Thanksgiving. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to all my American SparkFriends!

  
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FROSTY99 11/26/2014 7:51PM

    How cute. Very original and "Different"

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WATERMELLEN 11/26/2014 6:04PM

    How cute is that?

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AQUAGIRL08 11/26/2014 5:28PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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SANDICANE 11/26/2014 4:35PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, my American Sparkfriend!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/26/2014 4:07PM

    Very clever idea! And she is right- squirrel doesn't taste very good no matter what they tell you!

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FUNLOVEN 11/26/2014 3:41PM

    OMG, you should be one proud grandma! What a cute idea. I don't think I could have done that well.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 11/26/2014 3:32PM

    Very creative! Squirkey could be a cute tv cartoon character :)

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GABY1948 11/26/2014 2:27PM

    I LOVE this and that your granddaughters have such WONDERFUL "Old Mom" and "Old Dad" taking care of them and nurturing them so well! If only more kids had that!

I wish the very SAME to you and yours...as Happy Thanksgiving with all the blessing instead of dressing you can handle!

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Change Your Thinking - Complete Beck, Chapter One

Wednesday, November 26, 2014



"Change your thinking, and you can change your behavior permanently." That is the primary promise of The Complete Beck Diet for Life, chapter one.

Chapter one lays out what the book is going to teach you including:
* how to motivate yourself every day
* how to consistently use good eating habits, eating slowly
* how to plan in advance, monitor your eating and stick with 3 meals and 3 snacks daily

She promises you will:
* eat and fully enjoy your foods
* build confidence in your ability to follow a healthy diet/exercise plan
* turn mistakes into opportunities
* maintain your weight loss

She gives examples of how you will change your mindset and learn to strengthen your "resistance muscle", that is, as you become more compliant to your plan you reinforce compliance and it becomes easier.

She promises a lot. Because I've worked her other book and workbook, I already know she delivers on many of these promises. But I know it takes real work on the part of the reader and I plan to master and apply even more of her solution on an ongoing basis.

BTW, the scale was at 131.8 this morning, the first time I've been below my center weight of 132 for weeks. I found 126 too difficult to maintain in the past. I'm wondering if I could do 129?? I'll think about it. I expect Beck's concept of achievable vs. maintainable weight is near the end of the book. I may wait to make a decision until I get there!!

Second BTW, I'm going to a basketball tournament tomorrow at Disney's ESPN complex. I get out of cooking and going to have big fun! We'll be eating out, but don't expect that to be a problem. And - WooHoo - SparkFriend Aquagirl and her hubby are going with my hubby and me!!

  
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WATERMELLEN 11/26/2014 6:01PM

    Nice start to the "new" Beck book -- I am really eager to benefit from your blogs.

And . . . sounds like a fun time for you at Disney!!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/26/2014 5:26PM

    I can't wait! We'll see you tomorrow!

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SANDICANE 11/26/2014 4:39PM

    I'll be following with you as you journey through this new Beck book...I love the promises.... they are ours for the "working for"....



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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 11/26/2014 3:27PM

    I had read her original book and didn't realize there was another. Thanks for your review!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/26/2014 2:49PM

    I'm going to be working through this book too, but I suspect at a much slower pace than you -- I'm MUCH further from my good habits and goal weight than you! Have fun tomorrow!

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FUNLOVEN 11/26/2014 1:23PM

    Thanks for the blog on this first chapter. I have been wondering what this book is all about and I will continue to be interested in what you have to say about it. I am wondering, though, if 132# has been working happily for you for so long why do you want to change that?

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GABY1948 11/26/2014 10:12AM

    I am SO glad to be following you on THIS journey! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAJ73 11/26/2014 9:40AM

    I'm currently reading her other book but put in a request for this one through my library. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Panic Not Necesssary

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Last week when my weight hit the highest point it had been in over 4 years I was kind of panicking. That 137.something on the scale just freaked me out! I reread the Weight Watcher beginner guide, which I have used and modified and succeeded with over and over. But this time I wanted more. Panic. Panic. I got out the Beck Diet Solution, but I wanted a food plan. Panic. I looked at SparkPeople menu plans. I do better with 3 meals and 3 snacks a day; one snack is not enough. I got out my old Curves Member meal plan which has 3 meals and 3 snacks. I even bought some things like turkey bacon that I hadn't had in years. But I know that plan is too high in sodium, so I wanted something else. Panic.

I ordered The Complete Beck Diet for Life which includes a food plan. The idea of doing the Beck plan again in a slightly different format really appeals to me, too. I've done her pink book twice completely and once just the high points. It's almost too familiar now, although the concepts are great and I haven't totally mastered and incorporated them in my life.



I was still panicking though. I enjoyed the Racing Weight book, but found it a little confusing on exactly how to do it. So I also ordered the Racing Weight Quick Start Guide which I thought would stress the basics.



My scale yesterday, before either book came, after just eating what I know to eat, was back to 132.2. And 132.4 today.

Both books came yesterday. I skimmed through both. I've decided I am going to read the Beck book first and try to apply it. Not sure if I will adopt the included Think Thin Eating Plan or not, but will investigate and consider it.

I didn't need to panic. I have not been eating badly even at my recent "worst" but I can tweak it, eat a little better, gain more confidence, and avoid panic in the future.

  
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WENDYANNE61 11/26/2014 4:56PM

    Glad the scales are going down for you with mindful eating - I especially get scared when I am at a higher weight than I like just before the festive season. I then presume that everything is going to go bananas due to high-calorie Christmas treats. My trend is going downwards for a change just now and the sense of relief is wonderful - All the best for some expert survival skills over the next month or so!

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_LINDA 11/25/2014 11:52PM

    All that number on the scale was a wake up call. You were getting complacent and needed a jolt. Having all those tools on hand is great. Review them and cherry pick the ones that work best for you and share them with us so that we may learn a thing or two from a master! I would be curious to know the difference between the two Beck books and which one would be best.
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ONEKIDSMOM 11/25/2014 8:03PM

    I see success in your future, because it's who you are now! I completely understand the temptation to panic, and the desire to "change it up" with a new book/program. If this is what it takes to energize you for the months ahead, go for it! It's my FIRST time through Beck's pink book, so I hope you write about this different wrinkle from time to time. I consider it enrichment.

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FROSTY99 11/25/2014 6:47PM

    I think you are over-reacting because you haven't gone this high in so long but our weight is always in flux. It sounds like you are settling back into your comfort zone so hopefully going forward you won't so quickly go into panic mode.

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2014 6:16PM

    You do NOT need to panic, not ever: you are the maintenance meister!! But all of us need to give a yank on the leash now and again . . .that's part of maintenance. Can hardly wait to hear all about Beck green!!!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/25/2014 5:10PM

    It is good to know that I am not the only one with a dead out panic reaction to the scale. I think it is important to remind ourselves that the scale is just a tool even though somehow we give it emotional power. You did panic but I feel that your reaction was to reach out to a plan that you have had success with in the past. Kudos to you for not throwing in the towel and going on a binge. You are awesome!

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FUNLOVEN 11/25/2014 2:56PM

    Look at you ! WW, Curves, SP, Beck! We have all run the gamit haven't we?! Our minds can do terrible things to us sometimes. emoticon Even though you did a little PANIC dance, in the end you held on and stayed in control. And the scale rewarded you. emoticon

I have a tendency to retain water with just the slightest drip of too much salt or carbs into my diet and so to make sure I don't panic I know that I shouldn't step on the scale after a meal containing such temptations, but that I must wait 2-3 days for my status quo to return.

Hope you share your thought along the way on Beck's little green book.


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DONNABRIGHT 11/25/2014 2:47PM

    The fear of gaining back what you lost is a good motivator!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/25/2014 2:32PM

    Maybe a little panic never hurt anyone - only if it's panic followed by rational reaction like you had. Panic followed by irrational overcompensation would be something I would do ( or what I have done in the past) and that would be bad. I think this blog is a lesson to be studied by maintainers and those of us nearing maintenance. Forewarned is forearmed.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/25/2014 1:29PM

    I have started the green book too -- my weight is up and I know exactly why. I need to re-employ the discipline the BDS provided. Today is day two and I'm already down nearly 3 pounds.

I totally get the panic, but I agree with Sandicane's comment -- better to PANIC than to be like me and let your weight drift up 10 pounds!! You are doing great and I'm going to enjoy your take on the books.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/25/2014 12:42PM

    Sounds like you reached a "scream" weight, not a reason to panic, especially since it's coming off quickly without an special plan.

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SANDICANE 11/25/2014 11:49AM

    Well, perhaps it's good that POWs panic. I'm thinking panic is better than "letting it go"....???!!!!

You did a good job, Sparkfriend!

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GABY1948 11/25/2014 10:40AM

    Marsha, that is one of the books I got when I first got the Beck books....I do hope you share as you go through it on your blogs! It would be such a blessing to me and I am sure so many others!

And I can't even imagine that you panicked...but I guess we all can! But you did EXACTLY what you KNEW to do...ACTION!

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HARROWJET 11/25/2014 10:29AM

    No need to panic. You have it under control. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 11/25/2014 9:57AM

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That scale is a powerful thing. Glad your weight went back down. I wish the scale didn't have such power over us.

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Green vs. Ripe Bananas

Monday, November 24, 2014

Martin and I had an interesting discussion about bananas. He said you should only eat them green. I had read that the yellow with spots are good for you. Well, we are both right. As a type 2 diabetic, he needs to eat only green ones. They don't have much fructose and are processed by the body as a starch (low glycemic index) rather than sugar (high glycemic index). The ripe ones have more anti-oxidants and cancer-fighting properties, though. So I can eat both happily, but know that one a day is the max I set; 5 a week is good target. The Racing Weight book listed bananas as a food the best athletes eat as one of about 40 staples.

www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-health/
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I've only been food tracking a few days - maybe 6?? I weighed 132.2 (target is 132) this morning on my scale even though I ate at the top of my calorie range yesterday. Weightgrapher said I had met my goal. Almost. Feeling great!

  
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_LINDA 11/24/2014 10:21PM

    emoticon for the info! I prefer ripe bananas simply because they are easier to peel.
Here is to emoticon a great fuel up!

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SANDICANE 11/24/2014 10:17PM

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh bananas...nature's fast food! My aging tummy will only accept ripe bananas...green ones hurt tooo much!

And congrats on your weight!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/24/2014 9:18PM

    Love my bananas, and like you, eat them green or yellow... prefer them just ripe, rather than well ripened, though. Not so green as to be woody!

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FROSTY99 11/24/2014 9:14PM

    Right on and a great way to get your potassium

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WATERMELLEN 11/24/2014 6:02PM

    I was expecting a joke about not buying green bananas if my demise is imminent . . . this is interesting info!!

And congrats on your rapid tracking back to goal weight. You have determination.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/24/2014 5:57PM

    Awesome!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/24/2014 3:43PM

    I got off bananas when I was on WW years ago because a banana counted as TWO fruits and I believe in those days you only "got" two fruits/day.

I really should go back to them, I know they are healthy, but I get more oral satisfaction from a pear or an apple....thank you very much for the information!

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LUCYCAN7 11/24/2014 2:56PM

  emoticon great info.Never enjoy them when they are to ripe. emoticon
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HARROWJET 11/24/2014 1:51PM

    If you are feeling great, all is well. emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 11/24/2014 1:31PM

    Who knew? I might get that book, too.

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GLORIAMAJDI 11/24/2014 12:13PM

    I didn't know that about diabetics and bananas, interesting! I think that bananas are such a wonderful food, convenient and so full of good nutrition, but I just can't stand them! I have tried to tell myself it is all in my head and I try to eat them but they just make me sick! Fortunately I love most other fruit so I think it is going to be okay!

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PATRICIA-CR 11/24/2014 12:05PM

    emoticon on getting back to your center weight!

We use totally green bananas cooked and prepared as a 'ceviche' but instead of raw fish, we use the cooked green bananas emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 11/24/2014 11:56AM

    Very interesting about the bananas! Thanks for sharing the info.


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SWEDE_SU 11/24/2014 11:45AM

    interesting info - i prefer bananas on the green end of the spectrum, though best of all are the little apple bananas we get in hawaii! they taste terrific even when thoroughly ripe!

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NEW-CAZ 11/24/2014 11:09AM

    I like mine firm

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WHITNEYLD 11/24/2014 10:48AM

    I eat them when they are kind of half and half, as they have resistant starch which is good for blood sugar as you know. I can not eat them pure green where they can hardly be peeled.

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DONNABRIGHT 11/24/2014 10:19AM

    Interesting info on bananas. We eat them both ways but prefer them light green. It just means we have to buy them often.

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KRISKECK 11/24/2014 10:09AM

    Woo hoo! That is awesome! And love the info on bananas ... I consider them to be a staple pre-run food, one of the few things that sits well while I'm running.

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ROBBIEY 11/24/2014 10:08AM

  Good Information. Good Luck!!!

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PMRUNNER 11/24/2014 10:07AM

    I love bananas too!

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GABY1948 11/24/2014 10:06AM

    emoticon Marsha, and great information, for sure! I never knew anyone at GREEN bananas but makes sense now!

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Enjoying the Active Life and Free Pictures

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I feel really good about my run yesterday. I believe that is the first time I ran over 10 miles that I felt energized and energetic all day after. No soreness in quads or hamstrings. Just a twinge in my left arch, but hardly noticeable. Isn't it cool to be 65 years old and able to really enjoy a 10+ mile run-walk-run?? I walked over 3 miles this morning and just feel great! Will be glad to get my MRI results, but seriously, how could anything major be wrong with me when I feel so fantastic??

Yesterday they posted the free pictures from the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon two weeks before. I updated my SparkPage with 2 of them as you may have noticed. Here nephew Martin and I are at the beginning. The crane with the flag held the singer who started the event with the national anthem where all the runners could see. Kind of neat!



There are about 10 pictures of Martin and I at the finish. He is looking down in every one of them. I know he was exhausted. We ran too fast for him in miles 2-7, but he made it, he is a half-marathoner. He told me when he entered this race (I won him a free entry) he never intended to do another -- just cross it off his bucket list. But now he says he does want to do more. That's a victory!!







Proud to finish with a smile on my face:


Here we are with our official time:


Very glad I stayed with Martin to help him finish. If I had to do it over again, we'd go slower miles 2-7 (when we were running 11 minute miles) and finish stronger. But he told me yesterday his goal is to be able to sustain that pace for the whole HM next time. Very good goal.

And when it comes to life, achieving these kind of goals helps build momentum to accomplish other life goals. Martin is working to become a fire fighter. One of his qualifying tests is to run 1.5 miles in 18 minutes. He can now do it in 13.5 minutes. He says when he loses 20 more pounds he can apply. I'm very excited for him.

There are many other people in my life I would like to influence to live a healthier lifestyle. Just gonna keep enjoying my active life and trying to be a good model. I've now weighed in at Weight Watchers 68 months in a row at or below goal weight! After my run yesterday I weighed 132.2, just .2 over my current target. May not have totally rehydrated. This morning it was 133 even. Not bad. Not bad at all.




  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/24/2014 5:55PM

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HARROWJET 11/24/2014 8:25AM

    Look at that smile. Way to go! emoticon

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CAROLCRC 11/24/2014 8:07AM

    Love the smile! Makes for a great race picture, and obviously a special memory.

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FROSTY99 11/23/2014 10:01PM

    Great pics and I remember when you were hoping to inspire you nephew-so you have been a great role model and a wonderful influence on him.

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_LINDA 11/23/2014 6:57PM

    emoticon Looking fabulous! Go Martin! You are amazing!

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GABY1948 11/23/2014 5:39PM

    You look emoticon in these pictures! Even more great than usual. That smile is so radiant!

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GLORIAMAJDI 11/23/2014 4:37PM

    Glad you had such a great run! And good for Martin - he is awe inspiring himself! And 11 minute miles are nothing to sneeze at - he is doing a great job and I am impressed!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 11/23/2014 4:23PM

    Great pictures! Congrats to the final winner on deciding to do another one!

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KRISKECK 11/23/2014 4:22PM

    Great job, great pix! Like you, I truly believe that achieving these kinds of goal can help us achieve other life goals. Congratulations once again!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 11/23/2014 3:43PM

    I must admit, you look at least 15 years younger!
Great Blog and Beautiful Pictures!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/23/2014 2:40PM

    Great blog! You and my son are the king and queen of looking good in race photos!

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WATERMELLEN 11/23/2014 11:01AM

    What an awesome blog, what a smile on your face -- what an impact you are having on others.

You. Are. Amazing!!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/23/2014 10:22AM

    You are such an inspiration, not only to Martin but your Sparkfriends as well! You never know what's happening with the people you'd like to inspire to greater health...they may be in the "precontemplation" stage of change, so never think you aren't positively influencing them -- how could you not??

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/23/2014 10:18AM

    You ARE a motivator, on Spark and off it! So happy for your nephew AND for you... it feels so good when someone picks up on and runs with your example of living healthy.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/23/2014 10:13AM

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AZMOMXTWO 11/23/2014 10:04AM

  way to go great job

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