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Food Picture Tracking - Nov. 13

Sunday, November 13, 2011

BREAKFAST (8:30 a.m.)


Turkey bacon, 2 scrambled eggs, and fresh spinach on toast; apple wedges; a cup of milk


SNACK (3:30 p.m.)


Blue chips


DINNER (5:00 p.m.)


2 chicken legs; collards; brown rice w/sharp cheddar cheese and cilantro


SNACK (9:00 p.m.)


Jamba Mango-a-go-go smoothie (full package)

  
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ERIKO1908 11/15/2011 11:54PM

    yum yum YUM on that breakfast!!

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HIFIGODDESS 11/15/2011 8:09AM

    Yummy!

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GOURMETLOSER 11/14/2011 9:09AM

    Loved that breakfast and dinner looked yum as well.

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MICHSTATE 11/14/2011 8:20AM

    Good job!!!:-)

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 11/13/2011 10:21PM

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Food Picture Tracking - Nov. 12

Saturday, November 12, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:30 a.m.)


Kashi GoLean Crisp Toasted Berry Crunch and milk


LUNCH (11:00 a.m.)


Polaner All Fruit (raspberry) and peanut butter sandwich; apple wedges; Garden of Eaten blue tortilla chips


SNACK (2:30 p.m.)


FINALLY!!! After three tries (at different times) my kale chips came out perfectly! Yummy!

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*NEW RECIPE ATTEMPT*

Classic Baked Acorn Squash (from SimplyRecipes.com)
1 Acorn Squash
1 Tbsp butter (I use Smart Balance Light buttery spread)
2 Tbsp brown sugar (I didn't use brown sugar at all)
2 Tsp maple syrup (I used NY Pure Maple Syrup)
Season to taste with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice

(1) Preheat oven to 400 degree F. (2) Cut acorn squash in half. Scoop out seeds and stringy stuff in center. Score the insides of each half with a sharp knife. Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up. Add about 1/4 inch of water to the bottom on the baking pan so that the skins don't burn and squash doesn't get dried out. (3) Coat the inside of each half with 1/2 tbsp butter. Sprinkle cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg on each half. Dribble a tsp of maple syrup on each half. (4) Bake in the oven for 1 hour - 1 hour, 15 mins. until squash is very soft and tops are browned.

And voila!


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DINNER (6:00 p.m.)


Broiled salmon; collard greens; 1/2 acorn squash (This was my first time every tasting, let alone making, acorn squash! First attempt: a success!)


WATER TOTALS: 6 cups

  
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ERIKO1908 11/15/2011 11:47PM

    the squash looks so yummy!!

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ROWDYWITH4 11/13/2011 4:00PM

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Thumbs of for Healthy Eating!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 11/13/2011 3:36PM

    Thought about you today as I was watching Hungry Girl. She made kale chips. Glad it was a success for you

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GOURMETLOSER 11/13/2011 5:46AM

    So how do you make kale chips? Does it work with any greens or does it have to be kale?

The only time I've heard of them is on your blogs.

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SUZANNE0606 11/13/2011 12:59AM

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/13/2011 12:32AM

    Have you tried collard chips yet? I have some growing in the garden so I'm tempted to give it a try. I saw the recipe in my vegetarian times magazine.

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HALLELUL 11/12/2011 10:10PM

    The colors of your food are pretty. Loving the green. Glad you got the kale chips to turn out right. It's not easy.

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MARYHENNIG 11/12/2011 8:11PM

  Such a healthy day. Great pics.

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Food Picture Tracking - Nov. 11

Friday, November 11, 2011

BREAKFAST (9:00 a.m.)


Oatmeal w/blueberries, NY pure maple syrup, Fage Greek yogurt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg


LUNCH (1:25 p.m.)


Lunch at Wegmans! LOL Greek chicken pita

AND


Carribbean black bean soup (12 oz)


DINNER (6:45 p.m.)


Smoothie (16 oz)

WATER TOTALS: 5 cups

  
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ANHELIC 11/12/2011 4:18PM

    The oatmeal looks really good. I received a new recipe for oatmeal.

APPLE CIDER OATMEAL
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 3/4 cups apple cider
1 tbsp butter
1/8 tsp. salt if needed
In a microwaveable safe bowl, combine oats and cider.
Microwave uncovered for 1 to 2 minutes on high.
Stir in butter and 1 tsp. cinnamon.
This is really good and has a fantastic taste.
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ERIKO1908 11/12/2011 1:18AM

    all of these look so yummy today!!

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GOURMETLOSER 11/12/2011 12:30AM

    Those sandwiches look good enough to eat Yum.
Another good food day!

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POOKASLUAGH 11/11/2011 10:17PM

    I seriously need to try yogurt and oatmeal together. That just looks delicious! Do you make your oatmeal from scratch?

That black bean soup looks fantastic too.

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1NANA4EVER 11/11/2011 9:35PM

    Looks like you are staying focused. All the hard work will pay off.

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THANK YOU! Your Advice is Getting me Through...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you dearest Sparkfriends!! I have to tell you that I appreciate you so much! I thank you for answering my plea and for supporting me during my hour of need. You are the best!

You ALL gave me soooo much encouraging advice for this exercise struggle that I'm in; but there were a few pieces of advice that spoke to me LOUDLY.

They were:

emoticon "Maybe not think about it so much. Maybe just do it. Do something" - LIFEGENESIS

emoticon "...do it in the morning..." - WORDLILY

emoticon "Don't commit to more than you can handle, e.g., once a week long walk that you do vs. 10 min daily that you say you'll do but don't." - GOURMETLOSER

emoticon "Don't try to be perfect, just try to do something." - DRB13_1

I am carrying those words with me...

One Sparkfriend posted a quote in her status recently. It really impacted me so I wrote it down. The quote was:

"We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them." - Abigail Adams

When I read LIFEGENESIS's comment about not thinking about it so much, it reminded me of that quote. I've been thinking about what I want to accomplish in exercise/fitness and blogging about it (for accountability) but I wasn't accomplishing any of my exercise goals. It was taking its toll on me mentally. But, I have to just let it go... not try to be perfect... just try to do SOMETHING... and then CELEBRATE those moments (as another Sparkfriend said).

So, I'm done talking about it. I'm not committing to anything *verbally*. I've decided to just let my actions speak for me. I'll be celebrating in my statuses and logging my success in my fitness tracker.

I hope you'll celebrate with me!

  
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TEMPEST272002 11/12/2011 12:18PM

    You've gotten great advice. The best one for me there is DO SOMETHING. Anything is better than nothing... and work up from there.

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ERIKO1908 11/12/2011 1:17AM

    I'll celebrate with you ANY day!!! Happy to hear it has turned around a bit!!

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SUZANNE0606 11/12/2011 1:00AM

    This is all great advice!!! I'm with Wordlily, too - mornings are best!!

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GOURMETLOSER 11/12/2011 12:25AM

    Will definitely celebrate anything that you share.
Blessings
Margaret

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POOKASLUAGH 11/11/2011 10:18PM

    I love Hannah's advice (WORDLILY). I always feel better if I exercise in the morning. In fact, I still haven't done my 15 mins today and I need to if I'm not going to break my streak...sigh...

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/11/2011 10:16PM

    Celebrate !!! yes, that is a definite goal for you !! Roc
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SUPPORT NEEDED. I'm Headed for the Deep End!!... So Frustrated with ME!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Where is the balance??!!

I'm sooooooooo sick of this!!!

I'm tired of talking about it! I'm tired of thinking about it! I'm tired of not being committed enough to change it!!

I am so out of balance!!!

I know that I'm PMS'ing right now so my emotions may be more raw than usual, but they are REAL. They are not imaginary. They are most definitely mine.

I've just been so frustrated with myself lately!!!

I share all my food consumed, so you guys not that it's pretty much on point... at least for me it is. It's normal. It's the way I imagine myself eating long term... sometimes it's good... sometimes, it's "not-so-good" but it's NORMAL for me... a healthier me.

BUT, what I can't seem to get together is the exercising!!! I am just so frustrated. I have NO EXCUSES.... especially not to get a teeny, itsy-bitsy amount of exercise like 10 minutes in each day. NO EXCUSES whatsoever. I just don't do it.

With me, it's always one of the other (exercise OR eating right). It's like a broken record. Why can't both be aligned?!!

It's not willpower. I know it's not. I have tons of willpower. It all boils down to my level of committment. Anyone who has known me for even a small amount of time here on Spark knows that I definitely have the willpower to do what I am absolutely and completely committed to doing.

I am clearly not committed to exercising. Why is it such a struggle?! I know it's good for me. I actually feel GOOD when I do it. Why do I choose not to do it??

UUGGGHHHHHH!!!!!

I don't know what inspired this rant. Please ignore it if you're not in the mood. I'm just so frustrated. I had to reach out to someone.... to the only folks that I feel truly understand...

I hope you have something for me.... some advice... some words of encouragement... some strategy.... some plan.... what worked for you... what didn't.... SOMETHING. I'm just desperate!

UUGGGHHHHHH!!!!

Sorry again... for the rant. But, I'm not even going to re-read or edit this.... it's just raw.

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ON2VICTORY 11/12/2011 1:00PM

    your frustration is something that is really common. we are all in that battle my friend. nothing unusual or whining about it. we are here for you. you and I just need to put one foot in front of the other and dont look too far forward...

"Give us THIS DAY, our daily bread"..."take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow will take thought for itself, sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.."

almost a quote but I pulled that out of my head so its not exact.

just be concerned with today and leave tomorrow for then. take a small step today.

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_SINGFORLIFE_ 11/11/2011 11:00PM

  I am going to suggest something for you and for me.
Let's try something new, something different.
I am writing something encouraging on your blog, instead of typing my own rant....this is not usually what I do.
I think...woe is me, why am I so broken...instead of being the change that I want to see.
So if you are game, I am game.
Let's schedule some exercise.
We have to eat, we have to pee, and I don't know about you, but I have to go to work.
Let's have to exercise.
Let's have to schedule at least one meal that is healthy.
Then let's do it some more! I am exhausted right now. All I want to do is eat carbs and crash....I don't want to do this anymore. I don't want to be this weight anymore.
Here's to peace of mind and maybe just a little bit of peace...
Linda Lea

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BEATLETOT 11/11/2011 10:45PM

    Hey there!

I'm glad to see that you and so many other commenters have a hard time balancing between the eating and the exercise. If I'm eating well, I'm not exercising. If I'm exercising consistently, I'm eating like crazy. And I'm happy to not be alone in this.

Well, right now, I'm doing the exercising right, so I may be able to tell you...the 10 minutes a day thing WORKS. Because everyone has 10 minutes a day. And most people watch at least one TV show a day. Even on DVR, a half-hour show is 22 minutes. So you can get a 22 minute workout in. Enter some strength training into the fitness tracker and check them off as you do them in front of the telly. Easy!

Good luck to you! I hope you get this figured out...and any advice on eating right, send it my way!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/11/2011 4:35PM

    I know exactly how you feel - for me, I have my "normal" eating pretty much down, too. it's the exercise that takes real motivation, and sometimes, I just don't have it! My best advice for you is to JUST DO IT. Just do the ten minutes, even if you're miserable and hate it because you WILL feel better after, and most of the time, you'll go for longer than 10 if you can get in the groove :) I know it really sounds simple and obvious, but JUST DO IT is what I kinda have to live by because I'm not sure I'm ever going to LOVE exercising everyday. Sure, I love doing certain exercises occasionally, but if I could, I would love to just lay around and be lazy! We can't. It just has to be the priority even if you hate it - like brushing your teeth or taking a shower, sometimes I don't wanna, but I gotta! Same thing with the 10 minutes of exercise!
Ok I think I'm getting redundant - but we can do this!

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PINKBEANBOO 11/11/2011 4:30PM

    There will always be things we don't want to do but we do them because we have to. Going to the docotor. Paying taxes. Not fun things but they do have their benefits.
Tell yourself it is time to pay the taxes & go for a walk, LOL!

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LIFEGENESIS 11/11/2011 11:45AM

    Hang in there sug! :) Maybe not think about it so much. Maybe just do it. Do something! Stretch. Walk around the perimeter of the house. Walk to the mailbox. Do a situp.

Do something.

You're worth it. :D

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/11/2011 10:28AM

    emoticon Hang in there. For me I try to exercise early so it is done and out of the way. And I do it regardless of how I feel. That is the hard part. There are days I DO NOT want to do it at all. Usually if you start it will get better.

You are doing a great job with eating and I know you'll whoop this exercise thing also.

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WORDLILY 11/11/2011 10:23AM

    I think the biggest thing for me, when it comes to actually getting exercise in is that I have to do it in the morning. I've told myself so many times that I'll go when it's warmer, etc., but it never happens. I have to exercise in the morning, or most likely I won't exercise at all. I do allow myself to not exercise first thing, though. I sit with my computer and coffee (or whatever beverage) and catch up, and then, once my husband's off to work, then I exercise, and only after that do I get ready for the day.

You can do it!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/11/2011 9:03AM

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ABETTERSOUL 11/11/2011 8:34AM

    I can't really offer any new advice than what others have already said....except this....
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DRB13_1 11/11/2011 3:11AM

    I struggle to make exercise consistent, and one thing that has helped is having a list of exercises I can do in ten to twenty minutes, or reminding myself that people who are successful are getting their exercise in first thing in the morning. Then when I wake up, I try to go ahead and do it. It starts the day off well, allows me to get going and sometimes get in a longer workout or a second one later in the day, and helps me go to bed earlier which reduces night time eating (empty calories).

Some people have found that putting stickers on a calendar helps them stay motivated - seeing those "rewards" start to add up is really helpful.

So don't try to be perfect, just try to do SOMETHING. A walk, a video, a class, whatever it takes.
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HEALTHYHAPPYDEB 11/11/2011 2:32AM

    I can really relate to your blog and I feel your pain!! I started exercising every day by starting with 10 minutes here and there like you mentioned. The only thing I can offer with that is to just make yourself do it. Rationalize that it is only 10 minutes and then do it. You will start to feel better and you will want to add more time. Keep plugging away at it one day at a time and you'll get to where you want to be.
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SHARON10002 11/11/2011 12:54AM

    I too struggle with the enthusiasm to exercise. I think most of us do.

Find yourself a Spark Buddy, and write each other every day. This holds you accountable.

"The best way to gain self confidence is to do what you are afraid to do." -Unknown

"Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant's into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don't just think it - ink it!" - Unknown

"When you engage in systematic, purposeful action, using and stretching your abilities to the maximum, you cannot help but feel positive and confident about yourself." Brian Tracy

"A great figure or physique is nice, but its self confidence that makes someone really sexy." - Vivica Fox

Also, if you've not tried one of the hundreds of challenges on this site, don't be afraid. Pick one that seems attainable and start there. Success builds upon success, and you just might surprise yourself!
I did!



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JUSTJOSS 11/11/2011 12:33AM

    I just wrote a blog about not knowing where to begin with strength exercising, but truth be told, I am not doing so hot on my cardio lately either.

You are not alone. Keep moving with our PNP Coast to Coast Challenge. Even if you log 1/4 mile or 1/2 mile, that's great. You can do it! We can do it together!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 11/10/2011 11:29PM

    Don't apologize - it's a struggle for balance for everyone. For me, who NEVER liked exercise or sweating, I started at home with the Walk Away the Pounds tapes by Leslie Sansone. They're simple and you can follow it right away - no funky routines where you have to learn the moves, etc. Then I found TKD, which I LOVE. You need to find something you LIKE doing and want to keep doing. It helps to have a group of people who are going through the same things you are too. Find a team on SparkPeople or find an activity in a group. It makes it more fun. Good luck!

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GOURMETLOSER 11/10/2011 11:15PM

    NO need to apologise! I think most of us struggle with one or other or both and I too am better at handling one at a time. I did post as one of my goals for this month to do SOME strength training 6 days a week and even if it is only one exercise I've so far stuck to that. Being accountable certainly helps.
I wonder if the problem is finding exercise that you enjoy.... Can't offer any suggestions as I have no exercise that I LOVE. There are some I don't mind......
SO my suggestions are
1 Find some accountability
2 Find something you WANT to do
3 Don't commit to more than you can handle e.g. Once a week long walk that you do vs. 10 mins daily that you say you'll do but don't
4 Start small(congratulate yourself for doing more rather than beating yourself up for doing less)
5 Find something that you can incorporate into your day. E.g. I walk to work each day. It's 15 mins each way and then if I do nothing else at least I've done something, and it doesn't feel like exercise for the sake of exercise. There is a point to it. On really good days I walk to the shopping centre also (Added benefit is that I don't buy so many things I don't need!!!! LOL) You could walk one way and get a taxi home if you need to buy lots or park a block away, buy a dog LOL etc.

Hope something in there helps. We do feel for you and know that you will succeed.

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2DANCEAGAIN 11/10/2011 11:12PM

    You are safe here! It only came 2 gether 4 me very recently when I started understanding the charts that show U how many calories U ate vs how many calories burned = differential (how much lost or gained). One pound of fat is 3500 calories so when I add up my minus differentials to 3500 I have lost a pound! Makes me want 2 work harder & see the numbers move! I'm thinking about doing 40 more crunches right now!
Ask if U don't get it, I did!
Best of luck sparker!

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IOTRIUMPHE777 11/10/2011 11:05PM

    I know how you feel! Exercising has never been one of my favorite things to do. Having someone that doesn't share my last name hold me accountable has helped a lot. You are worth the effort.

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POOKASLUAGH 11/10/2011 11:02PM

    I wish I had something to offer Vanessa. :( I can really just send you hugs and hope you figure out what it will take to get that committment and balance right.

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ERIKO1908 11/10/2011 10:22PM

    No need to apologize for letting it out...there is nothing wrong with being upset and sharing it in a safe environment...which I fully consider Spark to be! I know what has been working for me lately is to post as my status what my plans are...and then I stick to it. This worked for an entire day one time when I had a bunch of small tasks to get done...I posted...I did it...I let the "world" know that I was done. I'm currently doing it with excercise and no candy days...and it works. I know that if anybody is going to care about the plans I have for being a better me, it is my SparkFriends...(and even when they don't care, I pretend they do and post it anyway!! LOL)

BTW...I'm also one of those people who have trouble with the balancing of doing both food concentration & exercise...I don't know why the combo is so tough!! (but I wish it weren't) I've let the food journal go for now...it just wasn't happening and I was feeling too much guilt over not doing it...that is SO NOT WORTH IT!! The best I can do is what I can do. I will pick up the journal again someday...and try to maintain the exercise as I move towards greater accountabilty in the food area...I just try to make the healthiest choice I can with the options I'm presented with. I did post a blog recently about having one square wheel...I think it was my what I did in October blog...I laid it all out on the table there...it is way better when it all comes together, but we don't always get to have that.

Do not give up on you!!! (That, my dear friend, is an order!!!)

((( HUGS ))) to YOU!!!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 11/10/2011 9:44PM

    Don't be sorry. These are valid feelings and this is a space for you to get it out and a community to offer you support. I wish I had some words of advice for you and me because I find myself slacking on the amount of exercise myself. But in all honestly we just gotta bite the bullet and do it. Like you said, even if it's 10 minutes, that's 10 more minutes that you're putting in to being a healthier and stronger you. You know you have the will power and the discipline now all you have to do is do it. I'm in your corner and rooting for you. Good luck!

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/10/2011 9:35PM

    Maybe if you got a FRIEND to walk with -- or exercise in each other's home -- or go to the gym together .... you need someone that will give you that little nudge that you need .... I got one and the last two months have been marvelous -- I would get bored doing at home alone exercises and just felt the same as what you said above ..... you can do it !! Roc
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