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I Fit in a Costume and Went to a Party for the First Time @ Halloween!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I was actually able to shop and put together a costume. Most of even the plus sizes still didn't fit right or look good on me... short and still overweight, but I managed to pull one together and buy it in pieces! Here is a picture. Here is also a picture of the hubby. I did his make up. I'm an evil nymph/dark fairy and he is an evil jester.

We had fun because I was able to stand and walk this year. I only began walking with a walker in 2009 and got to walking without one in late 2012. So over the last 2 years I have been honing my skills of walking and standing solo. This was a big deal for me!

I participated in a haunted trail where they acted out many of my favorite horror movies. Very fun!


  
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STEPHLOKI 10/23/2014 6:10AM

    emoticon You must have had a blast! I am so happy for you!. And next year you will find all those costumes that are too big for you and you have to make them smaller.... emoticon

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SHEENADEE 10/22/2014 7:43PM

    Fun costumes!

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You are such an inspiration!!

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DDOORN 10/21/2014 9:51AM

    I've toyed with the idea of "doing" Halloween...some folks @ work always throw a party. I haven't bothered to dress up for Halloween since college and tend to be a stick-in-the-mud who struggles to ham it up. The challenge of busting through that has been nagging at me but haven't really done anything about it thus far.

Good for you to rise to that challenge and have a blast!

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FRENCHTOSD 10/20/2014 10:17PM

    You look amazing, Beth. I'm so proud of you for the walking. What a miracle. XO

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KELLIEBEAN 10/20/2014 4:49PM

    I gotta say, I got a little misty reading that you stood by yourself. I am truly inspired by how you have changed your life!

You look absolutely stunning! Love the makeup job on your husband!

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ICECUB 10/19/2014 10:26PM

    YOU LOOK FABULOUS.

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WALNUTT1961 10/18/2014 3:54PM

    Great costumes! Glad you had fun!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 10/17/2014 3:15PM

    Congrats!!!! I am so glad you and your hubby had fun

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 10/16/2014 7:52PM

    You look fabulous! So glad you were able to get out there and try something new.

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SUZMANNIE 10/16/2014 3:12PM

    You look beautiful, and your hubbie looks very evil. emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 10/15/2014 9:25PM

    Beth, you and your DH look awesome! emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 10/15/2014 8:36PM

    emoticon Love the costumes!!!

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MADMARE 10/15/2014 10:27AM

    Great costumes! Your weight-loss journey is changing your life. Keep on moving and eating well, you are getting healthier and prettier day-by- day. emoticon emoticon

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AIMEEPABY 10/15/2014 6:49AM

  Good for you! I read your info page and I just wanted to tell you how I liked a couple of things that you said. One, that life is going on now, not ten pounds from now (paraphrasing). This is so true, but also sometimes so hard to remember and live. And the second thing is the one about weight loss surgery. My mother has mentioned surgery to me several times, as she knows several people who have had it and of course lost a lot of weight. I have always told her that I didn't think it was for me because one, it has always felt kind of like "cheating" to me. And no disrespect to anyone who has had it, it's totally a personal choice. And the second reason I didn't think it was for me is because I like to eat! I like the taste of food and didn't think I could be happy with the eating style you'd have to adopt to keep the weight off long term. But I think you said it best, "It's stomach surgery, not brain surgery!" Thanks for saying so eloquently emoticon Continued success to you!

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SHERYLP461 10/14/2014 10:36PM

    That is wonderful, congratulations! I hope you enjoyed/enjoy the party

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BLUEEYESCANADA 10/14/2014 11:45AM

    Beth you are such an inspiration to so many. I am so happy to see you enjoying all the hard work you have put into making a better life for yourself. You have come so far. emoticon

By the way, you have the most beautiful smile and it makes my day every time I see your picture. emoticon

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CHICAM 10/14/2014 7:36AM

    What a great achievement to be able to not use a walker and stand on your own. You no longer are dependent of that walker. You did it. You always amaze us all. I am so happy for you. You look so much younger and so beautiful. You are such a mentor to us all. You always seem to amaze us all with so much that you have succeeded. Thank you for doing all that you do.

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4RASCALS 10/13/2014 8:43PM

    emoticon Love the custumes

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LINDAK25 10/13/2014 7:24PM

    Fantastic! You look beautiful. Love the makeup and the costumes. You are amazing.

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/13/2014 7:05PM

  You've only been walking solo since 2012, AMAZING !!! Oh thank God!!!!! Hugs.

I'm so freaking happy for you. How is the bike riding doing, where you able to tweak it? emoticon emoticon

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LOLAJO54 10/13/2014 6:39PM

    Best Halloween costumes are the ones we make up

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BABYBARNEY 10/13/2014 5:56PM

    Love both your costumes...I think it's GREAT that you did something NEW & celebrated a step that your weight could not stop you from moving forward. Doing something different to make you HAPPY is an achievement in itself.

Thank you for sharing your journey & your story with us...

Keep up your SPARK,

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JSEATTLE 10/13/2014 4:11PM

  You both look so Spooky! How fun you were able to go to the party and actually have some FUN!! I'm glad you decided to attend and I love your costumes. Good for YOU, Indygirl!!

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SHANTODD420 10/13/2014 3:49PM

    You look great and congrats on your journey.

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MCJULIEO 10/13/2014 3:21PM

    You continue to amaze and inspire us all!

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NONNAOF2 10/13/2014 2:19PM

  You and your husband look so great!! Congratulations on moving forward and getting in the spirit of things for Halloween! You look so pretty and your husband just a tad scary!!! :-)

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GARDENCHRIS 10/13/2014 12:06PM

    wow LOOK at you! I am so happy for you!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/13/2014 11:54AM

  It's difficult to think of you as EVIL when you both look that GOOD. emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 10/13/2014 11:45AM

    LOVE it! And yes, Halloween costumes run very small! Just getting one to fit is a major accomplishment. I normally can't! But I have a great mask and a cape... I also make myself into a crayon one year. The color was what I could get tights and felt to match, a dark teal! It was fun, and I didn't need a mask! Might to that again some time... pretty easy to do..
But YOU look pretty hot in that get-up! Woo Hoo! (and no, I'm not hitting one you! LOL)

Have a great day, Beth! You have accomplished SO much!!!

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LCRUMLEY81 10/13/2014 10:53AM

  Great job

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PEGGYO 10/13/2014 10:51AM

    you both look great

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/13/2014 10:48AM

  Hubby does look evil, you, however look great! Everybody deserves a party! I'm glad you were able to dress up, attend, and have fun!!!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 10/13/2014 10:45AM

    You are both awesome! I LOVE the costumes but I adore the look of happiness on my friends face more emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 10/13/2014 9:32AM

    You are so pretty! Great job on hubby's make up!
I am so happy that you are walking on your own! You worked so hard.
Fantastic news!!

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PATTYCAKE17 10/13/2014 9:26AM

    Very original! The best costumes always are. Another first! emoticon emoticon

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JUST YAY!!! I GOT IT!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

From Wheelchair to Coach in pictures...

  
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    You are absolutely amazing!!! emoticon

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MARYELLEN301 10/4/2014 7:50PM

    Wow! It is amazing what we can do when we set out minds to it, isn't it?! You have done a tremendous job, Beth. Congratulations!

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MCLYMORE 9/25/2014 9:36AM

    Totally awesome; congratulations on your success; you are truly an inspiration. emoticon

You Rock!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 9/24/2014 1:27PM

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TAMMYINPA 9/20/2014 10:41AM

    Congratulations!!

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MASTERPIECE8 9/18/2014 4:28PM

    You are such an inspiration. I want this for myself. In reading your blogs and seeing these pictures, I know I can do it. Thank you!

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GRANNIEC1 9/16/2014 10:53PM

    Absolutely a mind blower!! Congratulations on your weight loss and the achievements you've obtained in your journey!! It's an AMAZING photo layout. I can not even begin to fathom the effort it took to achieve your goals. Again CONGRATULATIONS emoticon

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NETGYRL 9/15/2014 3:41PM

    You ROCK!!

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SUEARNOLD1 9/13/2014 3:44PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SUPERSYLPH 9/13/2014 3:54AM

    That is very impressive!

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DSHONEYC 9/10/2014 1:48PM

    Amazing transformation. Thank you God!

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CHERIJ16 9/7/2014 11:42PM

    A picture is worth a thousand words! Beautiful!! But I love to read what you say as well. You are an inspiration no matter how you spread your message! emoticon

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  emoticon Your story and the story of so many others is why emoticon .

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POLSKARENIA 9/7/2014 5:24PM

    Brilliant! You've come so far and still going strong...

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WOOFERCOALBOY 9/4/2014 10:15PM

    WOW!

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MARYJEANSL 9/4/2014 7:55PM

  Congratulations!!

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NHES220 9/4/2014 2:52PM

    Congrats! Well done!

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 9/2/2014 7:55PM

    You are absolutely fabulous and such an amazing inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us! emoticon

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MYSOTISBLUE 9/2/2014 12:49PM

  You are a walking miracle. And i love you. You are my inspiration. May God bless and keep you. marCy emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 8/31/2014 7:56AM

    I can only repeat the comments on your blog. You are just great! Proud of you for the weight loss and your coaching certification. You will be a great coach! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 8/30/2014 6:08PM

    What a transformation and story to tell! So proud of you! emoticon

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MOJOLO 8/30/2014 11:18AM

    Real proud of you, Beth! Hard work has certainly paid off :)

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GRAMSROC 8/29/2014 10:35PM

  A series of pictures really says a lot about your determination.

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DLYNN1113 8/29/2014 10:35PM

    You are truly the poster girl for a transformation both inside and out. Love the beautiful smiles now. So thrilled for you. You will be an excellent coach, because you have been there and know what it is like. emoticon

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PJC19671 8/29/2014 10:21PM

    Your beautiful. Love the new color and cut.

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PJC19671 8/29/2014 10:19PM

    I wish I could be like you. I have watched you for years and I am so PROUD of you.

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    Beautiful!! Congratulations!! emoticon

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    you are number one!!! emoticon

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16TO10 8/29/2014 6:21AM

    Simply amazing!

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    You are a "HERO"; truly amazing!!!!! emoticon

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EJB2801 8/28/2014 8:04PM

    Congratulations and best wishes for great collaborations!

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IMAMOMTWO 8/28/2014 4:48PM

  Amazing!!! You look wonderful. ..happy and healthy!

Thanks for the insight, inspiration and supplement info. I am so proud of your accomplishments and am greatly encouraged.

I was injured in a horrible accident in July I saved a young girls life but broke my tibia, fibula, tore my ACL, MCL, CL and meniscus. Recovery could be 6 months to a year. Today I am struggling with hunger knowing I am bed bound. I am trying to eat fruits and salad but I am extremely hungry. I had surgery for the torn meniscus two weeks ago Friday. I am going to see dr tomorrow and will take the list of supplements to ensure they are safe with my meds. If I get the ok I want to start on them no one has mentioned any supplements.

Thanks again and let's stay in touch.
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AMARILYNH 8/28/2014 2:44PM

    You are amazing and WONDERFUL and SUCH an inspiration! You are going to be an awesome coach - congratulations!!

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MRSFANCYLADY 8/28/2014 12:46PM

    God bless you for all your success! Thank you for sharing your journey with us here at SP! So inspiring! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon very inspiring!

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DREAMSEEKER9 8/28/2014 9:10AM

    Completely amazing and inspiring. emoticon Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

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JRDUPREE 8/28/2014 12:24AM

  You are such an inspiration. You are Awesome! Great Job! You make me want to do better because I have an example of SUCCESS to follow.

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JAMER123 8/27/2014 10:27PM

    You are amazing and have done a great job. You deserve the coach certificate!!
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LIVELYGIRL2 8/27/2014 9:58PM

  Oh please tell, how long did it take and what does it entail?

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LOLAJO54 8/27/2014 9:39PM

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TJOHNOCONNOR 8/27/2014 9:05PM

    Seldom ever am I to be lost for words. No encomium or accolade could I add to all the fine things everyone else has said but I will try. YOU ROCK GIRL!

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SPEDED2 8/27/2014 8:28PM

    Oh, my! Inspiration is pictures. Your journey is fabulous! Congratulations!!
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Tips To Dropping Weight (over 200 pounds worth!)

Monday, August 25, 2014

I used SparkPeople and ate MORE naturally, in other words, less processed foods. I started by eliminating growth hormones, which can make cows fat (and thus the people who eat and drink from the cows fat) from meat and milk and buying organic. Talk to your doctor about anything I'm about to type next. It is only my opinion and I am writing from my experience.

The LESS Processed food in your diet, the thinner and less hungry you will be. Your appetite will drop like crazy when you get on more natural sources of food. Note: I say MORE and never ALL. ALL makes life a pain in the butt sometimes and can be very expensive, but it is something to strive fore.

Vitamin D is something people who have a lot of belly fat are low in, which has been shown in many scientific studies (see google), so I took it through my weight loss for seasonal affective disorder (depression from sun deprivation) and also because I have a lot of belly fat.

Cinnamon and Chromium 2000 mg cures a sweet tooth for me personally and is something that helps with my diabetes and helped me get off insulin. You can get it at any Walgreens or Walmart and it comes in a green bottle for around ten dollars. It helps with keeping blood sugar from spiking and seems to help me with my binging. I also took this throughout my weight loss and need to get back to it. It seems I plateau whenever I become lax with this one supplement.

B12 I took this throughout my whole weight loss in either shot or tablet form. It helps with energy and pairs well with the other B vitamins for balance, especially b6 and b1.

Protein- I like Nectar Sweets by Syntrax, which you can get on Amazon because it mixes well, isn't clumpy and tastes good. There are a variety of flavors and you don't have to drink 8 ounces at a time! 2 ounces can give you 24 grams of protein for 100 calories! Flavors include my personal faves: cookies and cream, fuzzy navel, double stuffed cookie, chocolate truffle, cappuccino, strawberry mousse, vanilla torte and more.

More tips to come at a later date. That's it for today. Have a great day!

  
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DGOKAY 9/22/2014 3:01AM

  Thanks for sharing your experience. I totally agree with you about vitamin D, cinnamon, cromium and B12. I use them all too, as i am diagnosed with hypoglisemia. Yet, i still have cravings for sweets and would love to hear more about how you overcome with that.

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FROMNDTOGA 9/6/2014 10:13PM

    Interesting you mention Vitamin D - just had a session with my doctor and was very low - so now I'm taking that supplement. I hope it helps me with SAD too.
Thanks - and you continue to inspire me!
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ADVENTURE-GIRL 9/6/2014 7:58PM

    Congrats on all your success! I will have to look into some of these, especially vitamin D, because I have been low in that before.

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NANAB72 9/2/2014 8:20PM

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SOSHIV2011 9/2/2014 10:38AM

  AWESOME, AWESOME achievements! You must write more about your mental framework; how you dealt with temptation. How you stayed motivated and ON TRACK always.
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ACCTNGRRL 9/1/2014 10:59PM

    Stopped and bought supplements on the way home. I have heard before about the benefits of all of them so I'm going to give them a try. Gotta work on the processed food, you make a great point, when I think back about it, I definitely don't feel as full when I eat that stuff. emoticon

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TWEETSMOM 9/1/2014 5:09PM

    thanks for your info on the supplements, i picked up sone cinnamom + chromium & b12,,,,will be starting this week to see if it helps kick-start me.......i certainly need something!!!

congrats o your loss....................you are a real inspiration to me!!!!!

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CLARITY128 9/1/2014 2:10PM

    congratulations! I'm sure you are and will continue to be an inspiration to many!
I'm just getting started and your blog was helpful, thank you for sharing your story.

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BURRRRR2 9/1/2014 1:47PM

  Thank you for your post it is an encouragement to me and my huge weight amount to lose.

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BABAOF4 8/31/2014 4:02PM

  Thank you for sharing your experience, strength , and hope in this health gaining journey. You are an inspiration to so many.

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CICELY360 8/31/2014 12:33AM

  good blog

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MAYBER 8/30/2014 9:45PM

    Thanks for the excellent tips will use many of them
One day at a time
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JONEC14333 8/30/2014 3:14PM

    Excellent info!!

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SNOWBECH 8/29/2014 6:18PM

    Thanks for sharing, I admire your Will power, wish if had more.

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POLSKARENIA 8/29/2014 3:13PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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LITTLELOUIE71 8/29/2014 2:28PM

  Indygirl you are a great inspiration to everyone I was delighted to met you at the rally It has inspired to be consistent I am glad you wrote out the supplements as I would forget what they were Thanks for being you emoticon

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HANNAHSGRAMMIE 8/29/2014 9:40AM

    Thanks for giving information about the supplements.

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BUNERGIRL 8/29/2014 8:19AM

    So you are completely awesome!!!! First time seeing your blog... and the pictures alone 'wowed' me... I'm whinging because I want to lose another 25lbs... thank you thank you thank you (for the reality check). You've helped me gain some perspective.
You are living proof that with deterimation and good choices, this can be done!
You rock girl!!!

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ELLIEJOSIE 8/29/2014 6:35AM

    Thanks, I am researching protein supplements, so this was helpful.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/29/2014 1:51AM

    Thanks for sharing. Eating natural real food is the basis of my weight lose program. Eating real and natural foods helps your from being hungry. All the additives to foods make you crave more. The food industries have it figured out so you will pend more

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FLUTTERBY1979 8/28/2014 10:19PM

    Thank you for the tidbits, I always enjoy your blogs. :)

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AMBER461 8/28/2014 10:00PM

  Thanks for the advice it is very good.

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EJB2801 8/28/2014 8:02PM

    I saw some new and interesting things here. I'm glad you wrote these out along with the advice to talk it over with the doctor.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/28/2014 6:41PM

    thanks
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JERICHO1991 8/28/2014 6:11PM

    Lots of good advice. Thank you.

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SISIS2 8/28/2014 6:10PM

    Wow Congratulations!! I was having a bad day today. Just felt the weight loss was never going to happen for me. And there was your post. Just the encouragement I needed. Thanks for the tips. Thanks again.

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LORNE67 8/28/2014 4:34PM

    Thanks for the tips.

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SCWATERSRNC 8/28/2014 3:20PM

  What an inspiration! thank you for the tips. I have been having trouble getting enough protein. I will definately look in too the supplements you utilized. I have about 150lbs to lose, and any motivation is helpful!

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NONNAOF2 8/28/2014 1:14PM

  I loved your blog and are doing a lot of the same things you are. When I started working with my Nutritionist, she took me completely off of all dairy! :-)

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    emoticon on your weight loss. Your story is very motivational. Great tips.

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PITTER6 8/28/2014 12:19PM

    Great advice. I also take D, b12 with folic acid. I have dropped 60 pounds, still have 60 to go.
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LADYABBY2 8/28/2014 12:00PM

  THANKS A BUNCH!!!

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OI4GOTIT1 8/28/2014 11:01AM

  Thank you for sharing! You look fabulous! Your post is very helpful and would love to know or learn more! My email address is sclifford@kymail.com.

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  Thank you for the advice on the supplements. I would love to correspond more with you. I REALLY need to lose about 50 pounds and seeing your transformation gives me inspiration that I too can do this.

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I Did IT! I Graduated! From Bed-Ridden to Dream!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today I achieved my dream of graduating from coaching school as a certified life coach. Who would have thought that the 460 pound hopeless woman, the queen of can't, who had no faith in herself and less than 0 self esteem could ever get herself up, let alone try to help others up? Well, that's what dreams are for!

Did I wait for magic motivation to hit? No. I started walking down the healthy eating path in baby steps, taking on what I could and leaving the rest.

Did I do rigorous exercise? No. I started with lifting shampoo bottles in bed and worked my way up to using an arm bike because my legs were pretty much useless at the time.

Did it hurt to exercise with all of your conditions and how did you get past it? Yep! I wanted a life so badly that I would have done anything for it. So you have to find that one thing, cause, person, meaning, whatever it is in your life that you would do anything for and go for it. Keep pictures of it everywhere. Visit places that remind you of it. Talk about it. Don't let it go.

How do you keep going? Some days it is very hard! HABITS keep me going. It takes 21 days to undo a habit, 30 to reset one and 6 months to a year to get a new one down. Never take an old habit away without replacing it with something positive. Add positive habits into your life and you have less room for the negative ones.

Then when you start seeing more and more changes, keep sprinkling in the dreams. It isn't just your weight that changes, it's your life. You have to be ready for that, so lose slowly. The metamorphosis if you have a lot to lose can be shocking and scary at times. Those dreams that seem unreachable now have a way of coming true.

  
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PUGLOVER1999 10/9/2014 12:50AM

    YOU ARE AWESOME! You have achieved more than most people dare to dream of! You are my inspiration!

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MOJOLO 8/30/2014 11:50AM

    I've heard of 21 days to make a habit, but I agree, I think it takes way longer! And the same on undoing an old habit.

Long term weight loss is about keeping your focus :) Changing your environment so that you don't fail.


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EVADADIVA 8/29/2014 10:43PM

    Inspiring. emoticon

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FLATLANDER21 8/26/2014 3:54PM

  WOW - congratulations! emoticon

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DONNA_VT 8/26/2014 10:01AM

    Congratulations your are a truly amazing woman.

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FRABBIT 8/26/2014 8:54AM

  Congratulations. What a wonderful achievement.

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/26/2014 4:36AM

    Woohoo, congratulations!!! So happy for you and proud of you!

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/25/2014 11:34PM

    That is awesome! I remember when you blogged about using the arm bike, at the "Y" they call it the sci-fit. But it did what it was suppose to do: help you! And I am so glad for you and very, very proud of you. It's taken a long time but you have done it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYAH150 8/25/2014 1:37PM

    Congratulations and thank you for writing this post!
I have to second about being ready for the changes.....I lost over 100lbs in less than a year and...wow. So much has changed so fast that I have taken a step back and put the brakes on my weight loss journey for a month or so so I can catch up and try to adjust to the changes!
You are an inspiration!

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GRACED777 8/25/2014 9:34AM

    Baby steps are my way to go! Giving up perfectionism, all or nothing thinking, is the most intelligent, liberating thing I can do to remain on track! It works whether I'm dealing with tracking, emotional eating, exercise or...And you are such a great example of that, Beth. Thank you!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 8/24/2014 10:48PM

    you are one amazing woman Beth! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/24/2014 7:29AM

    Way to go!


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LAURENSQUEST 8/23/2014 5:19PM

    Thank you! I have started believing in baby steps too! emoticon

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LAURENSQUEST 8/23/2014 5:15PM

    Thank you! I have started believing in baby steps too! emoticon

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MYLIBERTY 8/23/2014 2:57PM

    I am so proud of you. You are so inspiring. Thanks so much for letting me hear your story. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration to all of us.

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LNISDES 8/23/2014 10:52AM

    Wow. Truly inspiring journey.

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WTG on achieving your dream.

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WALKZWDOGZ 8/23/2014 4:44AM

    You & your blog have long been about the most inspirational thing on Spark. Just teared up at your latest success! You've already been a tremendous inspiration to more people than you can imagine! You'll do great with the added title! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I bet you will make an excellet coach! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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BALTOCHIC 8/22/2014 10:32PM

    Way to go. That is wonderful! You are such an inspiration!

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    Congratulations!
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    That's amazing! Congratulations and respect. emoticon You look fantastic.

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IRISHGAL46 8/22/2014 9:23PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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ALMOMMY10 8/22/2014 5:16PM

    Incredible story about your self. Congratulations for all your accomplishements. I wish you many more healthy years of living ahead of you. emoticon

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ALMOMMY10 8/22/2014 5:16PM

    Incredible story about your self. Congratulations for all your accomplishements. I wish you many more healthy years of living ahead of you. emoticon

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MOUSEKETEER_NAN 8/22/2014 5:04PM

    Thank you so much for this blog! I really needed to hear this today!

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DREAMSEEKER9 8/22/2014 1:07PM

    You rock!!! emoticon You're a true inspiration, and I have no doubt you'll continue to motivate and help many, many people as they lose weight and become healthier.

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Very inspirational!

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RAINBOWMF 8/22/2014 10:54AM

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You never gave up on your dream. emoticon for being YOU!

Mary

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's something to fully celebrate!! emoticon Did anyone tell you you are emoticon ?

You are beyond inspirational!!

CHEERS TO YOU!

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WILMA102 8/22/2014 6:34AM

    Congrats, I think you are an inspiration.

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GOANNA2 8/22/2014 6:11AM

    Congratulations. All the best in your new career.
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123ELAINE456 8/22/2014 3:29AM

  AWESOME!!! Congrats. on becoming a Life Coach. You Did It. You work very hard for it. You are an Amazing Gal. WTG!!1 God Blessings Always. Have a Marvelous Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!Take Care.

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    you are AMAZING!! emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/22/2014 12:55AM

  AWESOME INSPIRING as usual you are truly a role model for all of us

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JAMER123 8/21/2014 11:50PM

    You mentioned the length of time change a habit takes. I don't think I was aware it took quite so long. That's good for me to know. I will work with that as the bad habits have certainly slipped in this summer.

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    emoticon You deserve it! You worked hard! You're such a great inspiration!

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    Thanks for being an inspiration.

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Start Down The Yellow Brick Road

Friday, August 08, 2014

Rode my bike for the third time and fell again, this hurting my knee and shoulder, both of which already need surgery. Also pulled on a hernia, which is now protruding and hurting more. In a few days, I plan to adjust the bike seat lower and go at it again. Why? Because I fell when I first tried to walk after being bedridden. Nothing of value comes easily. Feeling the breeze in your face and the wind dancing in your hair as you ride freely is worth the fight. If it's something you want, NEVER give up on it!

I honestly thought I would weight 460 or more and die in my room. It was that last ditch half-hearted attempt that stuck. Don't wait for some magical stars to align and motivation to hit. Start down the yellow brick road, Dorthy. You will find the Wizard.

  
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URBANAUDREYE 10/17/2014 5:00PM

    Good for you! Never give up! But make sure you take care of yourself also.

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    emoticon Take care of you. Take time to heal.

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My daughters and I went bike riding yesterday. My oldest daughter had not been on a bike in 15 years and was scared initally. She always had problems with a fear of falling, so even as a chld it was difficult for her to even ride back then. She did it, and I'm excited for her too, and the commitment she has made to lose weight. You have been so inspiring to me as I began my journey years ago, I pray that my daughters will gain inspiration as well.
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/16/2014 10:57PM

    FABULOUS job! Keep up the wonderful work!

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RENATA144 8/16/2014 9:44PM

  I AM SO INCREDIBLY PROUD OF YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are one of the most Inspirational a Women EVER.
Thank you for proving that nothing is impossible.
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PENOWOK 8/14/2014 2:03PM

    Oh, you are painfully right!! Hope you are healing by now!!

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    I hope you are feeling better soon!
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UKNOWITNOW 8/12/2014 1:49PM

  Keep up the good work. I remember that about bike riding too. It is so much more enjoyable than a stationary bike. emoticon emoticon

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DIANESKATZ 8/12/2014 1:38PM

    Love your positive attitude Beth! I'm glad you chose a butterfly for your sparkpage too because that is just what reminds me of YOU! You've done remarkably. And, thanks for the encouragement today.
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LOVINGKATE 8/12/2014 10:13AM

  Riding bike for the first time in years is like losing weight. You get back on board and start pedaling. You take care Beth. Thanks so much for sharing. You will get this bike riding down in know time.
You are so inspiring, love you dear one. Have a glories day.
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MARYELLEN301 8/11/2014 10:21PM

    A friend gave me her bike. We are about the same height. The seat was so darn high I could hardly get on it! I asked her about it and found that the serious riders adjust the seat so that your thigh is almost straight down on the down stroke to prevent fatigue. Well, I'm NOT a serious rider so I adjusted it much lower. My feet can actually touch the ground so if I get unsteady I can easily prevent a serious fall. I'm 66 and don't need to be messing around with injuries that I think could easily be prevented by adjusting a seat to a safe height.

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MISSPEACHES3 8/11/2014 10:53AM

    Wow, way to go.
Blessings to you.

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WIREDLADY 8/11/2014 10:46AM

    You are such a inspiration for others! Get back on that bike and keep going Lady!!
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    You are truly amazing and inspiring! You make us all feel like we can do this and are worth it. So, Thank you for taking that first step. emoticon

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IAM_HIS 8/11/2014 9:57AM

    SO NEEDED THIS TODAY! THANK YOU. I AM PRAYING THAT YOU ARE NOT SERIOUSLY HURT FROM YOUR FALL.

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JSTETSER 8/11/2014 7:03AM

    You are my inspiration to get me moving today!
You are awesome!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/11/2014 5:17AM

    I always loved riding a bike, it was so freeing.

Keep it up! You are inspiring us all.

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    Bravo! emoticon

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WRITINGDIVA1 8/11/2014 12:09AM

    Good for you. Love the way you keep moving forward with your progress!

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MABLEMONSTER 8/10/2014 10:57PM

  Good job never give up :)

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CELLA_P 8/10/2014 10:07PM

    emoticon Wishing all the very best to one of Spark's most dazzling success stories! I love your magnificent attitude :)

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    You are such an inspiration!
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    Way to go! Thanks for the positive outlook!

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    Always a positive angle. Thank you!

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  Keep up the amazing attitude!

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    What a great inspiration you are to me. emoticon emoticon

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-LORI-B 8/10/2014 3:16PM

    Amazing! Just watch yourself. It is one thing to keep trying, but don't do more damage then need be.

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  You are so amazing!!

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JANET552 8/10/2014 11:09AM

    You always inspire me!!

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HOMERGYOUNG 8/10/2014 9:12AM

    To quote Sir Winston Churchill, "Never,never Quit!".

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    Just be careful, you don't need to be laid up again with injuries. I care emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINATC26 8/10/2014 8:07AM

    Good luck in getting up and rolling on that bike! Thanks for your words, I really needed them today! You are truly an inspiration..

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SANDRALEET 8/10/2014 6:21AM

    Life is a balance Do nothing to hurt yourself That can put you back more

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Beth, you are so determined, but you must also be careful to avoid injuring yourself. Perhaps you could use a recumbent bicycle until you are stronger. You will overcome this obstacle just as you have overcome so much though your inspiring journey.
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KAREN608 8/9/2014 10:56PM

    You shrink from NOTHING!
I have a semi recumbent trike, Worksman, so no falls but what a leg workout as only 3 speeds and some hills here. Falling is hard on us for sure.

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ANDYLIN90 8/9/2014 10:48PM

    You are a very courageous woman and I'm on the sidelines applauding and cheering loudly. Once you are up and going, no matter how wobbly or slowly, visualize yourself as a rider in the Tour d France...sleek, bent low and passing every other rider with arms raised overhead as you speed across the finish line ahead of all contenders!

Rooting for you, Linda

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