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Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

Friday, December 05, 2014



I've been making progress, but it's been slow progress. My biggest focus is on establishing a good routine and sticking with it. I've continued to track my food on a regular basis and I've been loosely following a meal plan, allowing for an AM, afternoon, and late snack if I need them. I've been having success with this and sticking with the plan and it seems to be working well for me. I have also been working to at least meet my step goal every day, but I try to get around 10,000 or more steps whenever I can and I continue to challenge myself whenever possible. I am also working to add in some additional fitness including the elliptical, yoga, Turbo Jam, some ab work, and Yoga Booty Ballet for variety and more of a challenge. I want winter to be as active as possible instead of being a source of inactivity and weight gain. I did a lot of work with the treadmill last winter but I actually am finding the outside walking more motivating this year and the little trail that I've blazed through the yard is rather admirable so I'm having fun with the dog every day. Right now I'm just excited about trying some new things and so I ordered a few sets of Wai Lana yoga dvds as I used to follow the Wai Lana yoga program on television years ago when I first started doing yoga and it was actually how I first learned how to do yoga so I wanted to start following the program again. I thought having some fresh programs would help motivate me, too.

My biggest goals for December are to continue to stay consistent with my food tracking and exercise, keep drinking my water, and give it my best effort to work these new exercises into my routine. I have also been working on eating more fiber to help keep my hunger in check and I've been working on getting more servings of fruits and vegetables. A big goal is to keep my weight going down the scale and not toss the same couple of pounds back and forth anymore which is what I was doing for the past couple of months when I was off track. But, I'm feeling good right now and making good choices and slowly making forward progress and reaching goals so eventually I will get to where I'm going.

  
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BEACHCALSIX 12/7/2014 5:27PM

    emoticon the new exercises are a great idea! I was getting bored of running and am now adding in tae bo and strength training. I want to start swimming again too but...we'll see lol.have a great
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BEACHCALSIX 12/7/2014 5:27PM

    emoticon the new exercises are a great idea! I was getting bored of running and am now adding in tae bo and strength training. I want to start swimming again too but...we'll see lol.have a great
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BEACHCALSIX 12/7/2014 5:09PM

    emoticon the new exercises are a great idea! I was getting bored of running and am now adding in tae bo and strength training. I want to start swimming again too but...we'll see lol.have a great
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GRLTAZ 12/6/2014 10:59AM

    Fantastic ! I like your plan. Very do-able.

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IDICEM 12/6/2014 9:04AM

  Great plan!

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NANCY- 12/6/2014 8:54AM

    WTG on establishing a good routine.
By doing that, when stuff happens you can easily fall back into your routine. Sometimes I have even created backup plans for when stuff happens.

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OSDOWNS 12/6/2014 8:23AM

    You rock!

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THERESE2015 12/6/2014 3:25AM

    Sounds great!
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WHYTEBROWN 12/5/2014 10:12PM

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ICECUB 12/5/2014 5:59PM

    SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE DOING AMAZINGLY WELL. emoticon

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KNEEMAKER 12/5/2014 5:46PM

  Progress is progress! Thanks for sharing. With that said, let's just keep on keeping on!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/5/2014 5:40PM

    Good plan! Yes, sometimes something you want to accomplish takes longer than we'd like, but it's worth it!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/5/2014 5:00PM

    Sounds like you have it pretty much planned out and have a program that works for you. Switching things up is a good idea keeps you from getting bored. I hope you can maintain or lose through the holidays. I'm betting on you.

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Every Workout Counts

Friday, November 14, 2014



I had to make some adjustments to my fitness routine this winter because I'm using the UP24 and the wristband doesn't read movement on the treadmill so I can't rely on that piece of equipment to get in my walking this winter. I can't walk on the road in the winter because it's too icy and dangerous, so my plan this year ended up being to forge a little trail around our yard and getting in my steps by walking the dog multiple times a day. I had to lower my step goal, but today was a little bit warmer and I took Deuce out as often as I could all day for as long as I could and I managed to get in over 10,000 steps so far today so I'm still staying active. I also got back on the elliptical this afternoon. Since I can't walk as much in the winter weather, I decided to start trying to use the elliptical as much as I can and I can always watch episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia while I use it to entertain myself since my machine is positioned right in front of my TV anyway. Getting in the extra activity nets me some extra calories, too, which is a nice cushion if I'm feeling hungrier on certain days. But I feel like this activity today has given me a nice boost in the right direction and I feel back on track.

I've stayed in my calorie range and gotten a food score of 9/10 so far today as well so I'm keeping it healthy. I've also been pushing a lot of water, about 12 glasses a day, which has been helpful, too. I don't always get the food totally right, but I've been consistent about logging it which has helped me to keep things better under control in the long run and I'm getting better at making healthier decisions. With the holidays coming up, I know I want to be fully on track so that I'm prepared and can at least maintain my weight like I did last year. I think with the UP to help me this year, I should be successful. I had the Bodymedia band last year, which was helpful, but the UP is more interactive and supportive and ultimately I think it's a better tool as far as keeping you on track and motivating you.
But, slowly, a little bit at a time, I'm getting more on track and back to where I want to be. I've been getting more active with Spark again and I've been journaling again, which I've found always helps me reach my goals. I've definitely been feeling better now that I've been getting more active and I've been trying to challenge myself wherever I can to do better and more whenever I can.

  
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2BDYNAMIC 11/23/2014 6:05PM

    Nice job on staying focused toward your goals......Thanx also for commenting on my blog.

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 11/16/2014 9:55PM

    I Love the Quotes. and I admire your focus. emoticon emoticon

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LIZMORGAN 11/16/2014 2:26AM

    Awesome! I love how motivated you are :) I'm also trying to get myself on track before the holidays so I don't end up with a gain. I plan on walking/standing/working out as much as possible to counteract and extra indulgent days. I think I'm better off planning to eat a few more calories than usual and preparing for that than pretending I'm going to be able to stay fully on track and within my calorie range throughout the holiday. If I do, that'd be a lovely surprise, but it's not likely and I'm okay with that!

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HONEYBEESBLISS 11/15/2014 11:03AM

    emoticon Awesome on making a way to get exercise in!!! Is there a way that you could manually enter time on the treadmill if you were to still use it? I hate when trackers don't pick up activity, but I love using them though!

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NANCY- 11/15/2014 8:32AM

    Love that Ralph Marston quote. You have definitely taken that to heart and found a way to make it work for you.
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REALITYCHECK86 11/15/2014 1:34AM

    Sounds like you're on the right track! Remember, just because UP doesn't track treadmill steps doesn't mean you can't do it. It's a bit of a pain, but if it's a really wintery day and your options are stay in and treadmill or nothing, it's better to get in the exercise. Elliptical sounds like a great workout idea too though. It's great to see you on Spark again, you are such a motivator. I've been kinda lurking on here on and off, and I've gained a few pounds back in the last month. But I'm starting a new plan and hoping to make it through the holiday season without too many obstacles. Good luck and keep moving forward!
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BEACHCALSIX 11/14/2014 8:08PM

    emoticon positive attitude! emoticon keep it up, small steps add up and add up. My weight loss severely slowed down the past few months but when I add the months together it's a lot of weight coming off! Stay focused and patient! We've got this!
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1CRAZYDOG 11/14/2014 6:49PM

    good job! Yes, the workout routine does change once Winter hits the fan (and it has arrived early here, too!)

I still do walk outside, because my pooch, Mr. Spot the Wonder Dog needs the exercise as well, but it is shorter walks. The rest I do on the treadmill. I also use the jump rope and my portable small stair stepper.

Good luck!

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Renewing My Goals

Wednesday, November 12, 2014



Right now I am relying heavily on my UP24, using it to track my steps so I can focus on meeting my step goal right now to get myself more active again and also using the food tracker to keep track of my calories and keep myself in the right range. I haven't been as active on Spark, but I am working to change that because I know I am the most successful when I combine the UP with Sparkpeople. I am at a comfortable weight right now which is part of the problem, it was too comfortable of a weight and I ended up slacking off for a couple of months because I didn't feel enough motivation to lose more weight and so I just bounced around in a five pound range and didn't count calories and didn't exercise for a while, instead watched a lot of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and then all of the sudden it was acting like winter and I realized that if I wanted to get back on track and get back to 80 pounds lost and indeed get all the way down to 121 (if that's what I really wanted) then it was time to start getting in fitness minutes and counting my calories again. So I've slowly been working on adding more steps to my days and I've been tracking my food although today is the first day that I've finally gotten the calories in the right range, but it seems like I'm finally back on the right track again.

I think the most important thing for me is to stay connected with the UP and with Sparkpeople because when I stop logging things is when I start to falter a little bit with motivation. I'm feeling motivated again to lose weight and decided that I do want to keep going so I'm putting in my best effort despite the fact that I found out my UP doesn't read my steps if I use the treadmill so this winter I'm stuck trekking through the snow so I can get credit for my steps. It will be a lot colder and wetter, but it will be worth it. I had to lower my step goal from 10,000 to 5,500 because three miles is doable in the deep snow and freezing cold every day but six really isn't. And three miles is still a lot better than nothing. Plus 5,500 steps allows me to eat 1500 calories a day which is reasonable.

But overall I've got a good start going and I can work on building momentum from here.

  
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REALITYCHECK86 11/15/2014 1:29AM

    I love Sunny. Funny show. I know you'll get there, it's easy to take time off, and sometimes it's even a good thing. But now you know what you need to do to get back on track and that's all that matters! Good luck, I know you can do it!
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BEACHCALSIX 11/14/2014 8:04PM

    sounds like some great winter goals. I have trouble with the cold and exercising too..the blanket calls to me lol. You can and WILL do it!! emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 11/13/2014 2:25PM

    It's good to hear that you're getting back in gear. emoticon I hope you can achieve all your goals. emoticon emoticon

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HONEYBEESBLISS 11/13/2014 12:32PM

    I had trouble feeling comfortable at my current weight too but really I do want to do a little bit more, but I totally understand how the feeling of comfortableness doesn't really motivate you!!! LOL It's good that I do feel so good but at the same time I do want to reach an even better goal and I know I can! So I recently lowered my goals to make it a bit easier to keep moving forward and that's helped me get back on track to where I want to go too. Sometimes you just have to remember what it is that you really want when you feel so comfortable that you just stay put. At least we get to enjoy where we are on the way to where we want to go! That's a good thing!
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AHAPPYSPIRIT 11/13/2014 8:57AM

    I admire your Focus. emoticon

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    Love your approach and attitude.
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1CRAZYDOG 11/12/2014 3:46PM

    Good for you, Ciara! Do what works for you. That's what's important. HUGS

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Vacation Weight

Wednesday, October 15, 2014



Last month I reached the milestone of losing 80 pounds, right before we left at the end of the month for our trip to Florida. On the trip we ate out a lot and always really high-calorie food, food that I wasn't paying for and I was expected not to waste the food, so I had to eat as much of it as I could, rather than trying to stay as low-calorie as I could, and we didn't do as much walking as I had expected we would, so ultimately it all added up to me gaining nine pounds while on vacation. I wasn't shocked about it; I could tell I'd gained about nine or ten pounds by the way my clothes were fitting. On the morning we left for the trip, my jeans were big enough on me that they were almost falling off; on the flight back my jeans were feeling tight. So I knew without weighing myself how much I'd gained. And then half the month has passed without me really seriously trying to lose the weight. At one point I had lost all of it save two pounds and then I just kind of lost enthusiasm for everything because of other stressors in my life and regained a little of the weight and right now I've settled at 75 pounds lost or 176. So, my one-year mark since I started losing weight is coming up on Sunday and while I won't be able to make it back to 80 pounds, I'll be at 75 and I'm happy with having lost that amount in one year. And I feel ready now to start back to work again, get back to 171 and then beyond it and keep working towards my ultimate goal of 121.

  
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AHAPPYSPIRIT 11/5/2014 10:02PM

    I have been there also. emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 10/25/2014 10:43PM

    Sorry about the gain but I'm happy to hear that you've made up your mind to kick butt again!! emoticon emoticon

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WIFEALF2 10/18/2014 11:10PM

    you can do it,..you rock..

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NANCY- 10/18/2014 11:03AM

    it is all a learning process. You have done so well in making changes and will continue to find that balance. Reading your blog I hear how proud you are of your accomplishment, as wlll you should be.
If you get a chance you may want to check out
FEEDTHEHUNGER's two great blogs recently posted. The Great Mini and The Great Divorce
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REALITYCHECK86 10/17/2014 12:49AM

    emoticon emoticon Set backs happen, and vacations don't usually help that unless you're backpacking the amazon or something. I did lose weight when I did a euro trip in high school, but that is probably the only time ever! I'm going on vacation starting Sunday.. I'll be off work about 10 days and I'm hoping not to go too crazy! Anyway 75lbs is still a huge amount to lose in a year, and it's not the end of the world to gain a little back. You know what to do to be successful! Keep up the good work chika!


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HONEYBEESBLISS 10/16/2014 10:54AM

    Totally understand, I think it's awesome that you got 5 of them back already and are ready to move on again!
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MAPFARMS 10/16/2014 7:22AM

    Celebrate how far you have come! The same thing happened to me this summer. Just forget about the set back and get back on track. emoticon
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MISSLORI5 10/15/2014 11:14PM

    You are definitely within the normal weight gain, the important thing is, don't let it hang on too long!! Those old habits can sneak back on you!! I am so proud of your terrific loss, though, and know you can get back on track and finish this thing strong!!! You are amazing, I can't imagine losing 75 lbs. in a year, let alone what I will feel like when I do! Take care, work hard, and keep up the great attitude!! emoticon


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KAYDE53 10/15/2014 10:54PM

    Vacations can be hard on diets, I know, just got back from one, same deal eating out every meal in a foreign country without many healthy choices. Managed to get mine off, but 1lb. since a lot was water weight due to high sodium & processed foods, but it wasn't easy! Hang in there, it will come off!! emoticon emoticon emoticon You're still doing a super job! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/15/2014 7:44PM

    This time 'round you have more tools at your disposal to use that you've learned along the way. So, with perseverance, you'll be minus those vacation lbs.

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BEFIT014 10/15/2014 7:37PM

    Sorry about the weight gain but I have NO doubt you'll get it back down SOON! At least you had a fun vacation!

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Embrace Your Adventure

Saturday, September 27, 2014

It's been awhile since I did a blog entry, so I wanted to do something quick before I leave for my vacation to Disney World today. A lot has happened this month, but mostly I spent the month being depressed and overwhelmed by a lot of things. I got in less activity than usual and expected to really pay for it, but in the last couple weeks just really started noticing all my brand new size 12 jeans getting looser and looser on me. Well, I've lost 80 pounds now in time for the trip, which makes me feel conflicted because I've been trying really hard for a long time to make it to 80 pounds. I had to lose 70 pounds twice just to get to 80 since I regained those 12 pounds and had to spend all of August regaining ground that I had crossed before, so hitting 80 pounds was really important to me. And now we're off to Florida and I know I'll be eating a lot of good food and likely gaining a bunch of weight so I only got to see 80 pounds for a brief moment! It's not something I should stress about because I know it won't take me long to relose the weight, but I feel like I shouldn't have to. Eating is the part about trips that I hate.

I just recently went from a size 14 to a size 12. I had only had two pairs of pants in size 14 even though I was a 14 for a long time due to regaining those 12 pounds. So, when I went down to a 12, I got kind of excited and went out and got like 9 pairs of jeans or something like that. I figured I'd probably be a 12 for a while, long enough to enjoy wearing these pants at least and I even bought two pairs from Maurice's and they fit perfectly. Well, for a week or so. Now that the month is winding up they look terrible on me. Even my smallest pair of 12's is too loose. So, even though I haven't officially tried on any pairs of size 10's yet, it's my guess that I'm a size 10 now. So again there's some kind of mixed feelings about that. Being a 10 is nice, but some of those 12s were pretty cute so I'll miss them. And wearing pants that are too big on you is almost as annoying as wearing pants that are too tight on you.

I'm also back to fitting into my size Medium winter coat that I wore back in 2011. Last winter I was wearing a size 2XL winter coat. It's just kind of crazy how much progress you can make in a year. It's a little hard to believe I've lost 80 pounds now but I've still got about 50 pounds to go. I actually revised my goal weight, though. I originally chose 107 as my goal weight and I've now settled on 121 instead because I considered it and think maybe 107 might be just a little too thin considering I'm 5'7", but if I get to 121 and I'm not happy with my weight, I can always lose more. But, at any rate, I'm only 18 pounds away from a healthy BMI now so I'm getting excited to reach that point and not be overweight anymore, but nothing was a greater relief than when I wasn't obese anymore. But, definitely being a healthy weight will be the greatest relief, right?

  
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BEACHCALSIX 9/30/2014 2:08PM

    You can maintain your weightloss on your trip! I thought for sure I'd gain on my vacation and I ended up maintaining. You will be walking a lot at disneyworld and that will help you for sure. If you get a churro or treats just take the time and enjoy it. Pay attention to your stomach fullness. Eat half your meal and if you feel like you're still hungry eat more. If not, just save it for later. Hope your vacation is fun!
What great nsvs! You are doing amazing!! I WISH I was 5'7, I'd look amazing right now haha. I'm trying to get under 120 but not sure if that would be too much or not.
Anyways, have FUN!!

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PHEBESS 9/30/2014 5:19AM

    I'm laughing about the jeans, though I know how frustrating that can be - do you know someone who could take them in for you? Just a little dart on each side on the tush can make them fit.

(I usually bought jeans only after losing 2 sizes, just because of the cost.)

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WHYTEBROWN 9/28/2014 12:36AM

    emoticon emoticon on those 12's getting looser!! Have an emoticon time in Disneyland. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/27/2014 11:15PM

    Hang in there and enjoy your trip!

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KAYDE53 9/27/2014 9:21PM

    emoticon emoticon what an inspiration!

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ICECUB 9/27/2014 8:08PM

    WAY TO GO FOR LOSING 80 LBS. THAT IS FANTASTIC. HAVE FUN YOU WILL BE ON VACATION. emoticon PLUS YOU ARE BOUND TO BE DOING A TON OF WALKING. WALKING EVERY WHERE. WHEN YOU GET BACK JUST GET BACK TO BUSINESS. HAVE FUN BE SAFE AND ENJOY.

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HONEYBEESBLISS 9/27/2014 11:45AM

    OH my goodness I totally understand!!!!! There's so many things I've bought that I didn't get to wear very long before I had to send it off too big!!! It's really hard especially if you love it! OY! I console myself with the newer smaller things I love to make up for it but it's still hard!
I'm 1lbs till my healthy BMI goal and then from there I'm going to lose 5lbs at a time to see where I want to stop at and maintain, I'm 5'4 and I know I'm at least medium boned but maybe between medium and large and I do know I have more muscle than most people so I might end up at 135 or so...we'll see, it's more important to at least BE in the healthy weight range than where you stop in it! And it's a learning process as we go! I'm excited for it though!!!
I hope your trip is awesome and that you don't end up gaining too much back but you are right it's not hard to get it back off if you do!!! AND it's so awesome that you are down 80!!!!
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NANCY- 9/27/2014 8:57AM

    I like to think that my goal weight will be my sustainable weight.
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AQUAGIRL08 9/27/2014 8:28AM

    Awesome job! Have fun at Disney World!

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JUSTECROYEZ 9/27/2014 5:34AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!!! emoticon

Wishing you a wonderful vacation at Disney World.
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RASPBERRY56 9/27/2014 5:32AM

    Enjoy your vacay! (I haven't had a real, bonafide OUT OF STATE vacay since '07 :( :( :( )

You know, it *is* perfectly OK to change up your goals if you feel it's necessary ...... I revised my timeframe for hitting my goal (due to my nasty tendency to plateau often)........I'm OK with my choice and no doubt you will be, too! Life happens, ya know.....

Keep up the great work!

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