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A Message to Myself

Ever feel like the world just doesn’t understand? Here’s the perfect place to motivate yourself to a new level. Send a short note to “you” congratulating yourself on turning your back on that cookie, ordering a refreshing spritzer instead of a mudslide, and going for a walk with the kids insteading of letting them have an extra 10 minutes of screen time. You can also pen an “I’ll-do-better-tomorrow” message for days when the cookie wins. Let’s begin…”Dear Me,”

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  1. August 9, 2013

    Well, on Wednesday of this week I had a scare at work. It began with dizziness, sweats, vomiting, room was spinning, etc. I was rushed to the Day Kimball ER where they ran tests, blood work, and a brain scan since I was so dizzy. Had no pain at all.
    They diagnosed me with Vertigo, an imbalance in the inner ear. All throughout this episode I was thinking of my son Alex, what would he do without me! Which just made me more anxious.
    I have a follow-up with my primary care doctor this coming week. I believe had it not been for all the accomplishments of this past year, this ride would have ended up very differently.
    I fell off of my activity, but not my diet. This scare has reminded me how good I felt when I was active. After my doctor’s appointment, with his okay, I plan on getting back on track with my walking and going to the gym.

    NE Dept of Health, thank you for all you have done for our small community!

    Jane M Brown

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  2. January 3, 2013

    Well hello,
    Give yourself a kick in the behind and get going! Dust off the cobwebs and stop the boo-whoing. Take back control of your daily food intake and start giving a darn again. It is worth it! You can do it – 2013 will be better than ever! Spring is almost here. 🙂

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    • January 12, 2013

      You CAN do it and let me tell you something…YOU are worth it! Here’s to renewing our committment. See you in an hour for yoga and a walk. Together we can move mountains!!!

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  3. December 4, 2012

    Well you made it through the show feeling pretty sorry for yourself. After hearing the total numbers during Friday’s show you really went off the deep end, talk about having taken the scenic route. It’s time to brush all of this off and get down to business, you didn’t accomplish much in this year but you will in the next one. There maybe some drastic decisions on the horizon and you will go forward with your head high and make them with knowledge that it is the right thing for you. So cut the craps and make it right a lot of people did a lot for you, believed in you and you owe it to yourself and them to do it right. Get your back taken care of and get back to karate, you miss it and they miss you. You are worth it! Your family will just have to come along for the ride like it or not!

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  4. November 27, 2012

    I need to chill.

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  5. October 16, 2012

    Ok…you are stressed right now with your relationship falling apart and ending. DO NOT give in to the temptation to sit in front of the tv with a bag of chips like you used to do!!! Go run some laps at the track. Don’t let this push you off your course. The relationship was starting to be a negative months ago – so ending it was a good choice….keep the good choices going. EXERCISE!!!!! You can be strong – you have come too far to backslide now!

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  6. October 8, 2012

    So the day of reckoning came today. I went to the Generations Clinic to get my final weigh in, measurements, bloodwork etc. I was a wreck. Couldn’t sleep. What if the scale goes up and they don’t see the progress I made? What if my clothes are too heavy? What if I didn’t do as well as I thought I did? I went crazy, getting up in the middle of the night, weighing myself. Actually weighed my pants to wear the lightest ones (like 2.5 ounces would make a difference??). My husband finally made me sit down, look him in the eye, then he asked: How much did you weigh when I met you 10 years ago? on our wedding day? You have gone so far since then. I have never seen you in such good shape, eating right, physically active, new friends, happy all the time. Who cares about the numbers? Then he kissed me, and I knew I would be ok. And of course, the scale, the bloodwork, everything reflected all the hard work of these past months. But for me, maybe the greatest gift, is the gift of knowing I have a husband/coach who really gets it, and has really been there by my side the whole time. And he’ll be watching me flashmob, prance around in a red ball gown, and maybe we’ll even buy a kayak…. I am now an athlete after all. It’s all good. And yes, 15 lbs and 9 inches in 6 months… I’ll take it.

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    • October 11, 2012

      Congratulations! That is awesome!

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  7. September 23, 2012

    Warrior Dash Day: Was up very early. Worked out, stretched, took a nice long shower, and ate a healthy breakfast. Then spent about 5 hours… full of anxiety which included pacing, lots of pacing! Called my “supportive sister”. Called my Mom, who reminded me of Crazy Uncle Benny, who at 78, would be more than willing to take this challenge. Called & texted several other family members. Spent time on FB with my amazing FTF sista Brenda. Somehow got thru all this with deep breathing and talking to myself (glad no one was home)! Finally, I am there, standing in line, with hundreds of others doing the same thing. My heart was pounding!! Nervous…sweating. We start running. It is so hot! “I can do this..Brenda is here with me.” I chanted to myself “Crazy Uncle Benny, Crazy Uncle Benny.” The waiver I signed flashed in my mind…something about death could occur. More chanting…”Crazy Uncle Benny!” Part way thru this race, after going thru some obstacles that I aced, I realized that I am stronger and tougher than I give myself credit for. Why? How did I forget what I am made of? I was that little farm girl that could throw bales of hay with the best of ’em. Did I do this to myself? Did some outside source do this to me? Does this just happen when you get older? Hmmmmm…I think I’m on a new mission! If I can climb walls, jump over fire, and crawl thru mud…I can get a few answers to my questions! Without Follow the Fifty I know I would not be on this journey of re-discovering myself…I will be forever grateful! Welcome back, Chris!

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    • October 7, 2012

      Chris, You ARE a very strong, sensitive, and kind woman. I am so proud of you my ” warrior” FTF sister. Uncle Benny and your family I am sure are SO proud of you, too! Love u <3

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  8. September 20, 2012

    Warrior Dash!? Really? You have got to be kidding! Not too much gets in your way these days, does it? Keep it going and let me know how you do!

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  9. September 12, 2012

    I was so disappointed that I couldn’t make it to the Deary Fun Walk. For the past 2 months I have been pushing myself and my body has been more sore than usual. My mutiple myalgias and neuropathies also escalated and I couldn’t understand why. I have been seeing Dr. Alison Monette for acupuncture to relieve the chronic pain that I have since my cancer surgeries and treatments. About 5 weeks ago, I was telling Dr. Monette that the acupuncture didn’t take care of the pain as usual. After we talked about some of my symptoms, Dr. Monette ordered the blood work for all the Tick-borne diseases. The results showed that I had had a new case of LYME DISEASE so I needed to be treated with an extended dose of doxycycline. The night before the Deary fundraiser I continued to have fatigue, migraine headaches, felt feverish, nauseous, jaw pain, shortness of breath, and body aches, especially in my lower spine and hips. As I quickly climbed the stairs to go to bed, I thought I was going to faint and couldn’t catch my breath. These were the typical symptoms associated with the Lyme. I have been seeing an infectious disease physician in Massachusetts for about a year because I have had multiple cases of Tick-borne diseases over the past 10 years. Besides the Lyme I also have had Ehrlichiosis and my immune system has had a hard time fighting these diseases after my cancer treatments. I continue to take my second month supply of doxycycline for this new case of Lyme and also take other medications including antioxidants/vitamins/minerals to build my immune system to fight any infections that I get along the way. I have never felt this sick in my life, even after my cancer treatments. It has been a very frustrating two months for me and I am slowly starting to gain my strength again. I miss my walks and my time with my FTF sisters but I will get better one of these days and be able to join in one of the longer walks. Tomorrow I have an appointment with my infectious disease specialist in Massachusetts and I will see what she recommends. Let’s see how I survive this Saturday’s program at BMS and I will take it from there.

    I was so bummed out feeling so sick at home for the past two months that I ordered my red gown online and it came in. When it arrived it lifted my spirits because I will be on that stage on November 30 come hell or high water.

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  10. September 7, 2012

    After a month of false starts and stalls, I am finally up and running. The turning point for me was when I attended the triathlon. My intent was just to cheer people on and leave after an hour or two. Instead I ended up flagging for the runners with Kathleen. My husband was thoughtful enough to bring us bottled water (still hadn’t learned to anticipate my own hydration needs at this point). I ended up standing or walking for three hours, which was the longest activity I had done in a month. I slowly restarted at Curves. First only a half session. Now I am fully up to speed. I was able to walk 3 miles at the Woodstock Fair and have already walked 4 miles today, just running errands. It feels good to be moving again. So much support from so many people kept me moving forward. In the process I reached my weight goal early! I had to reset my weight goals. My doctor is very pleased, and her words meant so much. She said she couldn’t think of a better person to be a FTF model. Then she said I need to learn to start thinking like an athlete. An athlete? What the heck is that? Could I someday be an athlete? Never in my life has anyone used that word in context of…me. So now I’m thinking… Could I possibly participate in the triathlon next year? Could I swim that half mile as part of a team? Is this me talking? Me, thinking for the first time in my life… Maybe I can be an athlete. Maybe all I have to do is think like one.

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  11. August 31, 2012

    So, I looked at the picture of me from the March kickoff event…holy crap!!! I can’t believe I let myself go like that. I compared it to what I look like now – big difference. Don’t get me wrong…we still have a LONG road ahead, but what a change in just a few months. I have decided I am really going to PUMP UP the exercise these last couple months before our final event…I can’t wait to see that picture!!!

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  12. August 30, 2012

    It’s been a wild ride this month. While I think sometimes that I’m the one in charge and that I have everything under control, that’s not really the case is it? Jane, my partner, told me I have to blog my recent experiences so here goes.
    I have the reputation of being unflappable and never getting all hyped up about things. I handle everything with such grace I’m told. I never appear to be stressed out.
    Appearances are apparently quite deceiving. 🙂
    If you’ve friended me on Facebook you may be aware that we’ve been waiting for my father in law to die. We took a last minute trip to Texas in July. That was right after putting my eldest on a plane to Basic Training in Georgia. We thought my father in law would be ok and that his cancer would be treatable but circumstances changed and he couldn’t be treated. So, his cancer came back with a vengeance. He was in hospice, my son was due back the 30th, I had to fire someone at work and now we are short staffed and busy, work is hectic, funds are being stretched,and I need to solve the world’s problems.
    So Wednesday, the 22nd I woke with a sore jaw. That went away. Thursday around 4pm I felt nauseous and then exhausted for the remainder of the evening. Friday I thought I was ok, took a shower, ate breakfast and then proceeded to break into a cold sweat with a pain between my shoulder blades and then what was probably a full blown panic attack.
    After playing the 911 call in my head several times I decided to go to the ER. I figured I would grab the hubby (on the way) to watch the little guy, get a quick check and be back to work by noon.
    Not happening. The EKG came back normal so my exuberant ER doc thought I might have a pulmonary embolism because I had said I was short of breath. Next thing I know I have a Heparin drip waiting to go for a CAT scan of my lungs looking for a blood clot and I’m not allowed to get up at all. Blood work is being drawn to look for heart enzymes and lord knows what else. I’ve got wires everywhere and I get to watch my stats for several hours. The CAT scan comes back negative so now it’s determined that I have to stay overnight for observation and a possible stress test in the morning.
    I was wheeled off to the ICU, hooked up to my own personal “six-pack” and had more blood drawn. By now I’m in a tizzy thinking I have way too much to do to be here and oh my God, how am I going to take care of my three year old from the ICU.
    I have nothing but praise for the nurses and doctors in the ICU. The doctor came to talk to me fairly quickly and decided I wouldn’t need the stress test based on my weekly activities (5 miles walking on Monday, hula hoops for 2 hours on Tuesday and a 1/2 mile run with the little guy, Wednesday band class with Amy, etc..,). His official diagnoses was that I was wound way too tight but he’d run an Echo-cardiogram in the AM to make sure that he wasn’t missing anything. He also gave me an Atavan? so I could sleep well that night.
    And then …my husband walks in and says “we got the call”. His dad passed away. So I’m in the ICU at 10pm making travel arrangements for him on my laptop. Do you think I’m wound too tight? LOL
    The bottom line of this story is that I need to realize that I can’t solve it all, this too shall pass and I need to chill out. I took the needed rest that night and left the next day with the assurance that my heart was fine. So I have one less thing to worry about and an atta boy for all the hard work we’ve been putting into making sure our hearts our healthy. Where would I have been if I had not been exercising and eating well?
    I always look around and think, it’s not that bad. I don’t have to deal with what she does or what he does so why bother griping about it? But, it’s not the healthiest way to deal with things either. Yes, sometimes it really isn’t that bad, but sometimes all those things start adding up and stress can really do a number on you. Poster child speaking here. It’s ok to ask for help. It’s ok to just vent. Sometimes it’s ok to just have a good cry. You don’t have to be the rock 24/7.
    All the stress is not gone. Is it ever? But I’m getting through it and I’m talking about it. Hubby will hopefully be home tomorrow (hoping Isaac doesn’t interfere with that), my son will be home tomorrow, (different airports, different times – that’s not stressful huh?) and I have a long weekend to reconnect with me and my family. And I’ll see my primary care doc and talk to him about my stress.
    Another step on the getting healthy road.

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    • August 30, 2012

      Paulette I am so glad you are still here with us and yes ALL the work these last few months you have been doing, has paid off.
      I am also glad that you took my advice and blogged your last month. I bet just by writing about you feel much better.
      Oh, and yes, it IS ok to cry and ASK for help. Rememeber you have a lot of sisters around you who care! You deserve nothing but the best, cause you are a down to earth really good person. Enjoy your family this weekend.

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  13. August 17, 2012

    Ok, my little health crisis of severe dehydration and hypokalemia (dangerously low potassium) is officially resolved, albeit with caution. I keep writing about balance, and keep falling off the balance beam. Balance in life is very difficult. And when you don’t take care, lean to much one way or the other, you fall off. Fall off the wagon, Fall face first, Crash and burn, botch the landing. Either way, it’s time to pick yourself back up and get moving again. Don’t be afraid of what happened, learn from it and keep moving. Get back on the beam, so to speak. Start with the small stuff. The first three laps you walked on Wednesday, the one cycle you did at Curves today. The watermelon you cut up last night instead of eating popcorn. The going to bed a little earlier to get adequate rest, more water, more potassium rich healthy foods. Quit the recent little side trips to McDonalds. Old habits trying to throw you off your game again. (And their food tastes awful anyway). Tonight, it’s homemade chicken and fresh steamed veggies, not quick stuff. No more pity party either. Get up, get moving. Just do it.
    PS: The dress will be fabulous, so long as you don’t go backward.

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  14. August 15, 2012

    Ok Me, we need to talk. You were doing very well and I am still proud of you…BUT, you are starting to revert back to some old habits of yours. You know, like stopping at Xtra Mart for your power ball tickets and walking out with a bag of chips! Or, not making your lunch and eating at Subway and Burger King! Was that soda you were drinking last night? Really? Shame on you!! It kind of feels like you get “scared” when you start to feel “thin”. Like you purposely sabatoge the hard work you have been doing. Why? I know you want to take care of yourself for many reasons, so I am just having a hard time understanding what your doing and why. Please take a little time and see if you can figure this out.

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  15. August 9, 2012

    Okay Toni…I know you had unexpected major surgery in April and your abdomen is still sore and healing from the inside out. So you can’t compare your results to those around you, keeping in mind that this is not a competition but something that you have to do at your own pace. It’s okay to go slower or to fall behind when you walk with others knowing that if you don’t, you will hurt yourself. Look what you did a few weeks ago. You walked the challenging 3.5 Cliff Walk in Newport with some FTF sisters and you survived it. Slow but sure, you finished the walk and then walked another 3 miles around town and back to the beach to pick up your van. You did hurt the next day but you did it! You also finished the trial walk of the Deary fun walk with some challenges but again, you did it! So just remember not to be embarrassed when you have to use your inhaler or your walking sticks or if you have to stop to catch your breath or to rest. Just keep plugging away and before you know it you have walked much further than you ever anticipated. Gotta love my FTF sisters who have been around me during these challenging walks and who have provided their love and support to get me to the finish line. I will be forever grateful to all of you who have been there for me. <3

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    • August 10, 2012

      Toni, you should be very proud of what you’ve overcome and accomplished so far. Best of luck tomorrow. I’ll see you at the finish line!

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    • August 19, 2012

      You are doing great. Keep going at the pace that is right for your body. The results are seen in the long term. When you look back in December, you will be truly amazed at what you have accomplished.

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  16. August 5, 2012

    Lately it feels like stress, pain, and sadness are constant comapnions, but I’m not giving up! I continue to manage my eating; my BP is lower than it’s been in 15 years and I ordered my new FTF shirt a size smaller than the first one. Physical activity has been more of a struggle. I started good but find that for me the good feeling of being active is often followed by days of pain. Still, I do what I can and some weeks it’s all I can do to attend the bands class. I love the bands class…I find it helps with the stress and I get a lot of support from my FTF sisters. Special thanks to Linda for talking me off the ledge a couple of weeks ago. A few weeks back I told someone that I had signed up to walk in the Deary Memorial 5k. Her response was “how are you going to walk a 5k when it clearly pains you to stand up?” With more confidence than I felt I said “once I’m standing walking is easy.” But those words have been haunting me…this morning when I woke it was all I could do to get out of bed, I struggled to put on my pants but couldn’t put on socks and shoes. Those words were again haunting me…instead of crawling back to bed or to the couch I took some Motrin and iced my back. Within an hour I was out the door and walked 4.5 miles! My husband couldn’t believe it! Today I overcame and am so happy and proud of myself.

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    • August 9, 2012

      That is so great to hear Merrilee. I also have issues with chronic pain after my cancer treatments and continuous Tick Borne Diseases that I had difficulty fighting because of my poor immune system. But, thank goodness for the medications that I must take to get me out of bed and moving every day. See you at the finish line at the Deary fun walk fellow FTF sister. We will do it at our own pace but we will be there and we WILL finish!! It will be another happy day filled with pride and accomplishment. It’s for a great cause in our community!

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  17. August 4, 2012

    Did 5 miles today in the drenching humidity. I can do it!

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    • August 10, 2012

      Yes you CAN Jane!! And Kerstin and I will be with you to do it together. I love you guys!!

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  18. August 3, 2012

    Jane just stay on track and focus, focus, focus…

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  19. July 19, 2012

    I made my first mile on the track in July. I started water aerobics. My husband gave up cookies, brownies and junk food. My pants are getting really baggy! My blood pressure is so low the cardiologist may reduce or discontinue my medication in August. My A1c is 5.9. My new red shirt is a size smaller. Am I living it, you bet!

    Life is about making positive changes, keeping a positive attitude and balance.

    The rest falls into place one step at a time. My cardiologist hadn’t seen me in a year. I lost 25 lbs. And I wore my red FTF hat with pride when I told him about our sisterhood. He wrote down the website. It just felt so good to walk into that office with so many positive things to report!

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    • August 10, 2012

      You are doing such a great job Aurele!! At your own pace and speed but it is working so keep it up girl!! You rock!!!

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  20. June 30, 2012

    Dear me,
    Here’s wonderful encouragement from my cousin Jenny – wise words to live (healthily) by!
    1. I always using a small plate at home, that helps me so much!

    2. I have a new passion for vegetables-I use the 2 tablespoons of healthy oil I’m allowed each day (I use olive oil) to either roast or saute a whole lot of varied veggies (favorites are mushrooms, cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, corn, etc) as well as trying some that are not as common. I fill at least half my small plate with them. We are also growing lots of veggies, tomatoes are on fire, which I love with basil and olive oil. When we go out to dinner I don’t use a small plate but I always ask for the veggies as a side and order more even to fill up half my plate. This really helps me psychologically.

    3. For years I’ve thought and said that I have a food addiction (especially chocolate) and somehow that has enabled me to feel that it’s out of my control and therefore I don’t need to do anything about it. Recently I realized that’s not true, I DO have the power within me to determine how my day will go ‘food-wise’ and that every single day is a new day and opportunity to make good eating choices. And I love it when I choose to do that and know I’m in control, such a good feeling!

    4. I’m pretty much a vegetarian these days, eating only chicken and fish and very occasionally beef. I’m finding that as long as my plate is as ‘full’ as everyone else it doesn’t matter what I’m eating, I still feel full and don’t feel deprived.

    5. When I hit a wall or plateau I usually try not to get on the scale for a few days. Then hopefully, I will have a little surprise (a good one) when I do get back on.

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  21. June 22, 2012

    Hi Bonny,

    How proud I am of you. Many overwhwelming difficuties these last few weeks & you didn’t throw it all in. You exercized when you could as well as made the best food choices possible. Watching your mom die last month made you think. She was overweight most of her life & of course, the “gene” gets carried on. I want to end the gene here. I don’t want to die at 75 like both my parents. Especially from diseases that are self destructive as well as preventable (in most cases). Think about it next time some food begs your attention. Is it really worth dying over? I love you and support you all the way.

    PS: Take time to relax. You are too stressed out sometimes.

    In Self-love,
    Bonny

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  22. June 20, 2012

    Keep making smart food choices. Been tough going out to eat, but if I look hard enough there are always are healthy alternatives!

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  23. June 15, 2012

    Last week, you did what you thought was impossible. You certified for CPR with a sore shoulder and back, went to Curves, then spent the weekend walking and running around for a Ruby film…with your cane! “Ok, everyone run down the hill.” I can’t run with my knee. So I come up with the strangest-looking walk/hobble thing imaginable. Let’s do it 5 more times plus jump, cheer, walk, move hoot ‘n holler in the sun. But I did it all, along with 60 other models, coaches and family. It was a very emotional and empowering experience. What made it even more special was that my husband was alongside me cheering me on. And he keeps telling me how proud he is. That means so much to me. I could see it in his eyes. He finally gets why I’m doing this.

    I haven’t done this level of activity since high school or college. Just one step at a time, keep moving forward.

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  24. June 10, 2012

    Hi Gramma self. Grandchildren are a huge part of your life! You get excited when someone asks about them. So many stories to tell! And you get butterflies in your stomach when you know they are sleeping over! Just knowing that they are comfortable enough to crawl in your lap at any moment, for a few minutes of hug time, warms your soul. Now, think of all those times you went way out of your way to make sure they had “goodies” in the house when they visited Gramma. The cakes, cookies, and ice cream! The sugary juice boxes were always a must! How could they possibly survive the weekend without them? Breakfast donuts! They needed breakfast donuts! Wow! Isn’t knowledge wonderful? I mean, you always knew this stuff wasn’t important or healthy. So why did you change? Why did you think that these precious little people in your life needed all the sugar and fat you provided for them? Don’t you think it was like dumping dirt in your gas tank? I am so glad you are involved with FTF. These children need you in so many ways! I honestly think they are liking the new and improved Gramma model! She has fruits & veggies. She has water. And she is outside and active right along with them! And isn’t it cool when they say, “Gee Gramma, you don’t have a lot of food in your cupboards,” that your able to smile and say “that’s because there isn’t any more room, my cupboards are already stuffed with lots of love!”

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    • June 12, 2012

      This is a wondeful message! 😀

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    • August 1, 2012

      Chris, I absolutely, positively love this!! You are such a super-duper Grandma filled with so much love for your grandchildren!

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  25. June 4, 2012

    To Myself,

    Since the kick-off life has been crazy. A new job, with a difficult schedule and lots of overtime. Then…a decision was made for you to go to India for 3 months, away from family, support, and home, in order to train folks that have been hired for the company. Self, you have taken on a lot in the last several years, but make this journey about YOU. Take time to relax, read, think, and most of all EXERCISE. The gym is beautiful where you are staying, you have three months to get on track, stay on track, and fulfill your goals as a FTF model and yourself. When you get off that plane in October your family will know why you went, and it wasn’t only for the financial incentive to benefit your family, it was for YOU…….

    Good luck Cindy, your journey is starting in a couple weeks, and you have so much to look forward to.

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    • June 4, 2012

      Good luck-travel safe-when you get back you may be a whole new person. Not just from the exercise etc., but living in a whole new culture is so cool. Enjoy every minute!

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  26. June 2, 2012

    Ok, Cindy…with this commitment it meant stepping WAY WAY out of your comfort zone. You don’t like to be the center of attention; always in the back row for pictures. Someone in a blog mentioned their red face when exercising and you were kind of laughing because you were thinking, “I will walk with them anytime because we would MATCH! I’m purple-faced by the time I finish.” But you know, you’re thrilled you did this. It’s got its challenges no doubt, and you struggle…but you also need to pat yourself on the back. You even went to one of the Ruby filming sessions and participated (can’t believe it!!) This intiative is about Heart Health, but you know, Cindy, what else it is for you, it’s so much more!!!!

    A Note to my sister FTF models:

    Thank you to YOU ALL who help me just by blogging or posting on FB. I might not know you…but I feel your struggles and your triumphs and it keeps me motivated…

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  27. May 31, 2012

    Dear Me, Today will be better. I will get out of the funk that I’ve been in. I need to lift my head and trudge on. I know it is mind over matter, but sometimes the mind just takes over. Today is a new day, and this funk will pass.

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    • June 2, 2012

      You know it Jane, fight the negative feelings, meet them head on and you will WIN!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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    • June 3, 2012

      Dear Jane: You have been doing a wonderful job! Don’t let any negative self talk derail you. None of us can be perfect all of the time, believe me – I know, but just taking it one day at a time will lead you to your goals! Hang in there girlfriend!!

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  28. May 27, 2012

    Well, things have been going really well, no real setbacks to speak of. You’ve been feeling good, exercising regularly, watching what you eat and the mood has been awesome as you have watched the weight come off! Then today happened….and it stunk! And the first thing you did (when you got out of bed and were done crying) was run to food!! Yup, what happened was unfortunate, but you are only human, and have been so busy trying to make sure everything gets done and is perfect that you made a mistake and missed something. So forgive yourself and move on! This doesn’t have to be a back slide or frankly, even a bad thing. You DIDN’T go for the bag of chips….the crackers were definitely a better choice, and you didn’t eat the whole box!! But more importantly, you recognized WHY you were eating them! That’s not something that would have happened 6 months ago. So pick your chin up, acknowledge and accept what happened and move on…and you know you would be the first one to tell someone else exactly what Rob did…it’s ok to forgive yourself!

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  29. May 24, 2012

    OK Sharon-When you start to feel like you don’t want to do this anymore remember back to yesterday. It started out crazy, having to be in more than one place at a time, and then you went from the frying pan and into the fire when you got to work. Stress! You took those deep breaths and thought good thoughts like they taught in FTF and made it through the day. The old you would have gone home, ate, made dinner, ate, zombied out on the couch, ate and gone to sleep. No one was around to walk/run with you, but you went out anyway- those 3 miles were great-you saw your dear friends sitting on their porch and they cheered you on-you felt good, that healthy feeling Linda talked about. When you got home Paul was there. He looked at you, smiled, and told you he was proud of you; I’m proud of you too. Those 3 sweaty miles were priceless. Keep it up-you need to do this-there is nothing more important. Two weeks until you become a grandmother-you need to be able to play with that child-be there for them. Continue to take care of yourself; you are already feeling better….can’t wait to hear what your cardiologist is going to say on your next visit! I know some things can’t be fixed, but they can be a whole lot better if everything else is working right. NEVER QUIT-remember that smile on Paul’s face.

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    • May 26, 2012

      And think of the smile on my face after reading that post!! I love it! Go, go, go! You’ve got this!

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  30. May 13, 2012

    It is Mother’s Day and I’m super duper emotional…so emotional in fact, I can’t even write this post as a letter to myself, so I’m just going to write. It’s been about two months since my mom’s stroke and every morning I wake up so grateful that she’s still here and that I still have the opportunity to touch her face, see her smile, and notice all the things, great and small, that make me so lucky that this woman is my mom. She is strong, determined and is doing what it takes to get better every day.

    I just wish that I could wallow in this state of “grateful” without that ever present sense of fear and anxiety. Ugh. I actually caught myself muttering “Excuse me Mr. Owl? How many cleansing breaths does it take to get this anvil off of my chest?” If I stay true to that classic Tootsie Pop commercial, the answer is either “Three” or “The world may never know”. I’m hoping for three.

    I love you, Mama!! Happy Mother’s Day.

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  31. May 10, 2012

    Sometimes, patience and rest really does pay off. My knee is feeling better and I’m going back to Curves tomorrow. But there were challenges along the way that tried to push me into defeat. It’s not been an ideal 3 weeks, but tenacity has prevailed. Even with the pain, lack of exercise, and missed FTF events, I still managed to lose 2 lbs. 🙂 I was able to get to the Cape briefly and enjoyed a nice long walk in Hyannis. My car broke down (dead) and I had to have it towed back. But my coach/hubby kept me away from fueling my frustration with junk. We had an entertaining ride home in a huge tow truck. That required me to CLIMB straight up to get up into the cab with my bad knee. But I did it!! Skip shook his head and said he never saw me so determined to do something that I physically can’t do. I used all my arm strength, and pulled a muscle, but still, I DID IT!

    Then on Monday I drove Skip’s big truck (more climbing) to the dealership and bought a new car. Today, it was colonoscopy day…not fun, but very important for everyone age 50+ to do. Now it’s rest time.

    The moral of the story…Take care of yourself in all areas: heart, body, mind, spirit. Balance. Life is about balance. Rest vs activity, busy vs. quiet. You are always so much stronger than you give yourself credit for. You are walking the walk right now, even as you write. Life is an adventure, live it.

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  32. May 9, 2012

    Okay Brenda..it has been a while since you have checked in here. I know you have been feeling a bit discouraged with the ankle issue AND the sciatica. The good thing is that you have been seeing a professional, you have gotten a diagnosis and both issues are not serious and you are already feeling so much better. Be grateful that you have become so active lately. These issues were most likely brewing for a long time, but because you were always so sedentary, you didn’t notice how painful it could be to move. I know you want to get up and moving again, you are feeling restless. At least you have been finding other ways to be active, without hurting yourself. You are giving yourself time to heal and you are almost there.

    I know you are disappointed that you couldn’t jog or even walk in the Jog with Judy. Hearing all of your FTF sisters talk about how happy they were to do it and seeing the pictures of their proud faces has been such an inspiration. You WILL do it too. Just pace yourself. Don’t try to do it ALL at once.

    The beginning of this week has been a bit upsetting to you. Not only do you have to deal with the back and foot issues, you were sick in bed all day, yesterday. Now, you are feeling a bit stiff and very restless. The restlessness is a good thing. Do you EVER remember wanting, yearning, aching to get out and walk, dance or exercise? So…get some rest tonight and start again tomorrow.

    One more thing. I understand that this is an emotional week for you. Sunday, Mother’s Day, is QUIT day. I am sure that as each day passes, you are getting more and more nervous about giving up the cigarettes. YOU CAN DO THIS! Just remember to take deep breaths every time you have the urge to light up. You are strong. You are stronger than those cigarettes. You can beat this! Whenever you start to feel weak, remind yourself of all of the reasons you want to quit. YOU WILL SUCCEED!

    Have a nice rest of the week. Keep up the good work. Love, Me

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    • May 10, 2012

      Dear Brenda-
      You need to know that myself and all the rest of FTF are on your team- baby steps are the best way to move and that is what you are doing.
      Best,
      Betty

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  33. May 7, 2012

    OK….things started great, then you let them slip again. This is what you always do!!! Don’t give in this time! It is only a little over a month into the program. There is still a LONG way to go – you WILL look great in that red dress at the end of this. You are very strong willed when it comes to everyone else – why not for yourself??? NOW is the time. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity….grab on and don’t give up! You have a lot of people in your corner, believe it or not. It is time to let go of the excuses and take care of yourself – before it is too late. You know how scared you were the other day when you were having pains from indigestion…. DON’T let that become pains from a heart attack!!!!
    OKAY…now get out there and do this thing!
    Love,
    ME!!!!

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    • May 8, 2012

      Deanne,
      Everyone slips!! You need to remember that, forgive yourself and move on. I know it’s hard to do, but you can do it! Just go back and think about all of the things that were going well for you and why. Then think about what you were actually doing at that time. You got off to a great start, and you can continue the momentum. It’s imortant that you let go of the past….. even as recent as yesterday if it was a bad day…and focus on today. You can’t go back and change the choices that you made,but you can CHOOSE to make smarter ones from here on out! I’ll be here for ya kiddo….and so will all of your FTF sisters. Let me know if I can help with anything….

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  34. May 5, 2012

    Dear Tasha,

    What a day!! Just this morning you were lying in bed, meticulously thinking of how you were going to tell your friend Leigh Anne that you were going to bail on the Jog with Judy 5K. Zumba kicked your rear on Friday and every joint in your body was creaking and screaming in pain. Your feet and knees were still burning from trying to keep up with all those crazy Latin beats. You wanted to curl up and stay in bed. Then your new voice spoke up…..very LOUDLY. It said, “No, you are not staying in bed! Your body is sore, but it’s all in the name of a healthier, better you! Your knees are cursing you out, but your heart is thanking you. And besides, Leigh Anne is counting on you, so get up, get up, GET UP!” And that’s exactly what you did!

    How amazing did it feel walking, not only with fellow Jog with Judy participants, but with your sisters from Follow the Fifty? You know…those beautiful ladies in the red shirts whose grins got even wider when they saw that you were all in this together! How empowering! And you finished your first 5K ever in under an hour! You never stopped walking, you never gave up, and you crossed that finish line smiling from ear to ear!

    I want to tell you that I’m proud of you. I’m proud that you are tuned into your new inner voice, the voice that is getting louder and louder every single day. Keep listening to her. She loves you and wants to see you around for a very long time. And if you feel tired and discouraged, just remember this: I am depending on you to save my life.

    Now BRING IT, LADY!

    All my love with all my heart,

    Me

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    • May 6, 2012

      Natasha, I love your post! I was also waivering about the Jog With Judy, but I’m so glad I went! I found 2 new walking partners…..we went out walking this morning. And like you, I feel such pride and strength from all of my “sisters” in red. They gave me encouragement just by smiling or sharing a “heart thump” salute!

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    • May 8, 2012

      Tasha,
      What a moving post! I couldn’t agree more about how good it felt to finish that walk, but even more importantly, how good it felt sharing the smiles, the pride and the joy with my FTF sisters! Keep up the great work…because you deserve it!

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    • May 8, 2012

      You’re so amazing Natasha! If I were you, I’d be so afraid of disappointing you! 🙂
      Good for you for listening to that lady in your head who wants everything in life for you! And yes, the muscles are sore after using them. And they wouldn’t hurt if you didn’t exercise…but honestly, you wouldn’t feel anything at all. That’s what not taking care of yourself feels like, absolutely nothing! So take every ounce of pain and know that it means you’re getting healthier, and eventually it won’t hurt anymore. And every single day will feel incredible, because that voice inside will be saying “We did it!”

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  35. May 3, 2012

    Stay strong, push yourself through those days your mind and body don’t feel like pushing it. With my coach and teammate by my side, I know that I won’t quit! Remember not to let your mind take over when your body wants to go. Don’t over think, just do!!!

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  36. May 2, 2012

    Well, here goes nothing:

    Dear Me,

    At what point do you look in the mirror and realize there is no magic wand to wave to make you lose the weight you need- that doesn’t even begin the talk about getting your off rear and exercising. There will always be excuses of why you can’t do it. Guess what, the dust, laundry and cleaning will always be there, but there will come day, soon if you don’t take control of this, that you might not be. Then what? Your selfish choices impacted more than just you. Don’t your kids deserve their mom and your husband deserve his wife? So please, put all into the hands of God, ask him to take this from you, and don’t forget to ask for help and support from family and friends. You owe this to yourself. Your past is behind you unless you hang on to it. Let it go and let God.

    Love,

    Me

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    • May 2, 2012

      In addition, don’t be afraid to ask for support from your FTF family! WE are here for you too. (sisters with other mothers..)

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  37. May 2, 2012

    Dear Me: So, you have suffered a minor setback this week. Chill out! Don’t beat yourself up over it. Just a little pain in my right foot, ankle, hip, etc. (pretty much the whole right lower side). The pain was intense on Monday evening, causing you to sit out most of the exercises with Amy. I know it really bummed you out. You are trying so hard to stay active and fit. I’m sure that being unable to participate made you sad and a bit helpless. Well, you are NOW on the right track. You have seen a chiropractor. She is going to help you to feel better. In order to be HEART HEALTHY…you also need to be WHOLE BODY HEALTHY! This wonderful FTF initiative has been an awakening. You are becoming more aware of the parts of your body, mind and soul that need work and are making the right choices to work on your weaknesses. The next few months are going to be incredible! In December, you WILL unveil an ALL NEW HEALTHIER YOU to your friends, family, casual acquaintances and your new family of FTF models, coaches and cheerleaders! So, in closing, chin up, accept that you may have to slow down some of the exercising, just long enough to give your muscles and joints time to heal. YOU ARE DOING GREAT! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Love, Brenda

    P.S. Next time you are doing some filing, look behind you, so you won’t have another red-face moment sitting on an open metal file cabinet drawer, therefore, breaking your tailbone! (BONEHEAD!)

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    • May 5, 2012

      Getting over our setbacks is part of the challenge! Good for you for getting back on track!

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  38. May 2, 2012

    Dear Me,
    It’s ok to mess up once in a while but don’t make a habit of it anymore, ok!? I’m counting on you to have self respect and want to make these important changes. You know who else is counting on you?? Your little ones at home. They need you to be their example of good health, you can’t expect them to listen to you, to go out and run around or skip the potatoes and eat an extra helping of broccoli if you don’t do it first!!
    I know you are struggling with having three kids and working full time and finding time to exercise, but do it!! Make it happen so you can be proud of yourself…YOU ARE WORTH IT!

    Love always,
    Me

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    • May 3, 2012

      I’m proud of you Lorielle!!!!

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      • May 3, 2012

        Thanks Kerri!! We need to walk soon!

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  39. April 30, 2012

    Hi Me,
    Sometimes, one of the most healthy things for me to do is to say enough. I have such a tendency to keep moving, working, going until I’m exhausted. Then my body shuts down, even when my mind can’t. So tonight I had to make the decision to not attend the FTF event at Tourtellotte High School. Part of me is disappointed, but the exhausted part of me just couldn’t move anymore. After a long week of work, starting a new part time job (2nd job), and working on repairing my house, my body just quit.
    I know I would have a terrific time, and it is a lost opportunity. But I also know I’ll feel physically better tomorrow with more rest. In the end, it’s what is right for me. I’m finally beginning to learn to say no, after only 55 years. Nighty-night, fellow models. 🙂

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    • May 5, 2012

      Going through the same thing! I moved my blog to http://corazondelaluz.com/. We don’t realize how much we abuse our bodies until it comes back to bite us in the butt!

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  40. April 26, 2012

    Me! I am so proud of you! This is what a healthy week feels like! Saturday walked 3 miles at Wolf Den! Rested with family on Sunday! Monday you walked 3 miles at the Putnam track with some wonderful women. Tuesday with your MBH (make believe husband) you fished a bass tournament. Wednesday you worked your butt off at Tae Kwon Do with your grandchildren. Being healthy enough to spar with your 12 yr old grandson is the absolute best! Today is Thursday & you are resting. You did some stretching but also working very hard to toss all that stress you bottle up to the curb! Friday will be zumba! And you plan to start the following week the same way, except for Monday, which you will be spending with all your heart sisters! Now a new challenge…..work on the food choices..Love ya

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  41. April 25, 2012

    Well here it goes….
    Dear Me,
    Every time you feel like putting a cigarette in your mouth remember this one thing if anything…..
    Yesterday, your seven-year-old great-niece Emma was asked to share in her class who she was the most proud of and why…
    Emma got up in front of the class and said “the person I am most proud of is my Auntie Kerri because she quit smoking without using anything….all by herself! I did not like her to smoke so it makes me happy that even with her job that she works at all the time, she still doesn’t smoke. I am so proud of her and I love her!”
    My niece, who is Emma’s mom, called me yesterday to tell me. I can’t explain the way it made me feel to know that even the youngest people in my family are proud that I quit and that my smoking hurt them. I never put my smoking in that perspective until that very moment. It has been over 20 days now and the urge is still very strong but now at those moments I will imagine my little Emma and remember that I am the person she is most proud of and I will keep on keepin’ on!!! My next step will be to get my butt moving with more exercise…I have eating healthy down pretty good and have lost over 6lbs since this all started just by watching what I am eating. Quitting smoking and eating healthy has been somewhat of a challenge because Pringles sound really good to me, so instead I break up Rice cakes so I get the crunch..it’s working. Thanks for letting me share because being told I’m proud of you from everyone has been amazing but hearing that my little Emma shared it with her class made my heart grow 10 sizes~

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    • April 27, 2012

      Mine too! Children are our best teachers.

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    • April 28, 2012

      You should be proud Kerri, congratulations!!! Both for quitting smoking and for being what is obviously such a wonderful role model to your little niece. Not only did she recognize you quit, but she recognized that you “did it on your own” despite life’s struggles. How amazing that such a young person was so enlightened! She apparently sees what a strong, independent woman you are, who is able to make hard choices and positive changes. Good for you and her!

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    • April 29, 2012

      What beautiful incentive! Keep up the good work, Kerri! And remember that you have a HUGE support system behind you in every one of us!

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  42. April 24, 2012

    This is going to feel different writing this type of note but here goes…note to self!
    Dear Me,
    Lately you have been under so much stress with the everyday life as usual. The kids , the business, etc. and the health issues for the last year and a half. All the worrying makes it so you cannot sleep and then you do not feel well. You need to learn where to pick the battles of which issues you are able to fix! You have a few big hurdles to climb that are going to be tough over the next couple of weeks. You need to make sure you are taking the “you” time like the running and the Zumba and walking to help bring the stress levels down. It takes your mind away from the everyday jumble and makes you concentrate on the moves, the music and your body itself like your breathing. Taking the time and not overdoing it as to fit everything in all at once. One step at a time. You are on a good healthly track and need to be strong. A year ago it was a fight to get out of bed and get dressed; never mind the daily routine. You have come so far, you don’t want to be injured by pushing too hard. As for the triglycerides, your level was 1623 over a year ago and slowly but steadily you have been bringing them down 1100 then 585, then 650+ at the kickoff, and now they are 432. they are going to keep coming down with the exercise and running. You eat healthy. Do not get discouraged, and STAY OFF the scale…weight was not a huge issue. You have an awesome husband, friends to talk to, a good coach and a great support group of women behind you all heading for the same goals! It will get even easier as you go; it hasn’t even been 4 weeks. Just think how good you will feel by your 25th anniversary in October.

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    • April 25, 2012

      You are a very strong lady and I know that you can achieve your goal…and when you need some encouragement, call. I will be a cheerleader for you as well:)

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    • May 2, 2012

      Karyn,
      I know you told me about all the things that have happened with your health that have been out of your control. That can be overwhelming. But right now, every day you make choices…and that’s you taking control. That’s you having the power to change your own health, and YOU making it happen. You are beating those struggles you have faced, every single day that you get healthier. Remember that when you have a “down” day…YOU can and will do this. And then you’ll have all of us around you celebrating with you! 🙂

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  43. April 24, 2012

    Dear Me,

    You did well on vacation (losing two pounds) and still doing well (lost another pound) be we have not cracked that all important 200 lbs mark. We must figure our how to integrate two teenagers, a husband that works 2nd shift and exercise time for me…..walking at STORM paractice? Might work. Running with the track team during a meet? Probably not…

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    • May 2, 2012

      Lot’s on your plate and need a quickie workout?…one thing that worked really well for me in any weather was a set of videos called Walk Away the Pounds by Leslie Sansone. It is pretty inexpensive (about 20 dollars) and there are three DVD’s; a one mile, two mile and three mile. The one mile disc is only about 13 min long… and 13 min is better than none!! If you are an externally driven person (“how much longer until I am done?” is my favorite question) it is also great because there is a little bar at the bottom of the screen that shows you your progress and how much further you have to go! Good luck!
      E

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  44. April 23, 2012

    Dear Me,
    Remember the weight – gosh don’t you think now that I’ve made the commitment, it should have the decency to leave a little quicker? Okay…so no…you are patient with everyone and everything else in your life. Now it is time to be patient with me. How does it go? “One sneaker on, second sneaker on, out the door, out the driveway , onto the road…where from here ? There is no stopping now …keep it going…

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    • April 24, 2012

      I am very proud of you:)

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  45. April 22, 2012

    So, this is where I give myself a little pep talk? Here goes:

    Dear Brenda,

    It is okay that you take time for yourself each day, to exercise and concentrate on YOU. Don’t feel guilty about leaving your family behind when you go for walks. They will thank you for it in end, when you are healthy and there for them for the long haul. Also, remember that you are including your family in many of your activities. Joe is your coach and Lily is your biggest cheerleader. IT IS OKAY to take off for an hour in the morning, by yourself, to get in a walk. IT IS OKAY that you are going to be gone on Sunday evenings to take part in a smoking cessation program. You are not only doing this for yourself, you are doing it for those you love and they will love and appreciate you even more when they see what you have done. Keep up the good work!

    Love, Brenda

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    • April 25, 2012

      Glad to be part of your team, Brenda!

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    • May 2, 2012

      Yeah you!!
      You are also teaching your children/child a very valuable lesson in autonomy! You are letting them know that you as an individual are important. What a great lesson… your children/child will feel empowered as an adult to take time for himself/herself without guilt. You are important! You deserve time for yourself… and trust me, the time that you spend with your family after you have given to yourself will be of a higher quality.

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  46. April 21, 2012

    Kerry – pay attention. You need to get serious here! You cannot blame stress for everything, you know! You’ve been slacking on the walking and you know it. As a matter of fact, no reason you can’t toss Kenny in the stroller each evening and hit the pavement. You’ve not been eating so great. Granted, the better you try to eat, the more expensive. You need to make a plan to get the right foods in. And the smoking…what is it that keeps you stuck on it? You do so well for a few months and bam! You start again. We need to work together – the weaker, excuse-making you and me…the one who knows you can do this! Make a meal plan…make an exercise log…and get to the smoking cessation group at the Academy. Do it!

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    • April 22, 2012

      Kerry, as a fellow “FTF sister” and former smoker, I know just how hard it is to stop forever! But you can do it! If I can be of any help, I am here for you!

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  47. April 21, 2012

    Dear Self~~

    I know that you are committed to achieving a healthy happy life. Just try to do it with grace, honesty and perseverance.

    You know all the right things to do- Nutrition, Activity, Balance, Acceptance and Tolerance. Now… take the chance to do it. That said, forgive yourself for lapses and mistakes, make certain to celebrate success and opportunities for new challenges!

    ‘Nough said! To quote a co-founder of Nike…. JUST DO IT!

    Love Me.

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    • May 5, 2012

      Dear Me-
      So you accomplished your first goal of jogging the road race today, but more importantly you chose to remain stress free before, during and after the event. I am very proud of you, keep up the good efforts. Thank you for putting yourself first today and enjoying the ride!
      Love b

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  48. April 21, 2012

    Dear Me,

    Did you know how wonderful you are? Your husband reminds you daily, but you need to remind yourself. You have battled heart disease all your life, along with three family generations of bad habits. You are not your mother or grandmother or aunts, uncles or cousins. Even before FTF you have achieved so much, especially these past twelve years. Do you remember when you were 400 lbs., walked with a walker, and your best friend cried because she thought you would be dead in two years? Look at you now, at the beginning of this FTF journey. You already lost 170 lbs., your diabetes is under good control, as is all the other things that the doctors measure. IT ALL COUNTS!
    So today, when your bad knee flares up, and you can’t exercise the way you want, do you think you failed? Last night, at the make up kick off, you Zumba’d even with a bum knee. You sang, laughed, joked, and shared. That is the real you… Who you are. Let her come out everyday to play. So you can’t do Curves for a few days, do something else. Swim, stretch, make a healthy dinner and eat your veggies. And give yourself some credit for once.

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    • April 24, 2012

      Aurele, just hearing how far you’ve already come is inspiring to me! You can do this….you’ve already proven that. You go, girl!!!!

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      • April 27, 2012

        Thanks! I was having one of those “nothing I ever do is good enough days.” A throwback to my youth, I guess. But I finally have another cane (someone stole the other one out of my shopping cart!). It’s made a difference already. I’m going for a cortisone shot next week, then see the knee surgeon the following week to start the serious start of scheduling my total knee replacement after the Diva show (probably January). In the meantime, I have my free pass to the Plainfield Pool, and hope to get back to Curves by the end of next week. It will all work out in the end! Just gotta stay focused and STAY AWAY FROM CHEDDAR RUFFLES!!

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  49. April 20, 2012

    Dear Deb,

    You have started a new page in your life. This one is for you! You know how to be healthier; now it’s time to do it. You’ve made a good start with being accepted as a model for heart health, something you never thought would happen. Well it did…so now go get it. You have actually made time to exercise in your busy schedule. Feels good going to the gym everyday, doesn’t it? You have more energy and sleep better. Not bad, huh? Ok…so there are going to be set backs but as long as you keep moving you can get through them. Remember, your family is there behind you cheering you on, especially your new granddaughter. And don’t forget all those other women who are travelling this path with you! Keep up the good work! We are doing this together.

    Love Me!

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  50. April 20, 2012

    Heidi, have you noticed that if you are active daily it aids in making good choices ALL DAY long…but if you don’t have activity, you tend to root yourself in the chair and maybe eat not great choices. SO move daily whether it be walking, hiking, biking, and playing volleyball and badminton with the set you just bought for you and Sage to play:) So move…because that is what healthy feels like:)

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  51. April 19, 2012

    Dear Pam,

    You have been working really hard and I know that you are disappointed that the scale is not reflecting your efforts, but I want to tell you to keep up the good work and don’t quit. Living healthy is hard! It is easy to be unhealthy and to not move.

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    • April 21, 2012

      Dear Pam-

      First of all hang in there! and kudos for working really hard!

      Early this winter I was working really hard and not seeing results. Took an opportunity to meet with my physician. He did some great detective work and found one of my hormone levels was out of sync. My treatment plan was adjusted and I have seen the changes reflected in my scale and body shape.

      It might be something for you to consider if your progress remains unchanged.
      Hang in there- I understand how frustrating it can be!

      Betty

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      • April 23, 2012

        Thanks Betty ! I have an appointment in May with my doctor so hopefully by then something will happen otherwise he is not going to be happy with me 🙂

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  52. April 19, 2012

    Hey Kat, here’s the thing…. you’ve known for a long time that you needed to do this.To make YOU a priority. It’s nothing new and certainly not rocket science. The night you wrote the letter to send with your application to Follow the Fifty? Yeah, deep down you never thought you’d actually hear or even read those words again. And really? It was all just a formality, you didn’t think you’d be chosen. But you were! And then you actually were called upon to speak those words, which meant you had to read that letter….that damn letter where you poured you heart and soul out with all of the pain and fears that you’ve been harboring, afraid to let anyone know just how scared you were! But now, in just a few short weeks you’ve re-committed to really making it work this time. You’ve made new friends, all who share common goals, and want the best for themselves, yes, but for you too. This is a crazy, amazing opportunity….yup, there will be ups and downs, no doubt….but YOU’VE GOT THIS! And if by chance you stumble….go back and read that letter…and all the reasons you are doing this! And then if you still need it, remember you have an amazing support system….(just don’t be your usual stubborn self!)

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    • April 21, 2012

      Simply….you inspire me.

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      • April 22, 2012

        Ditto….<3

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  53. April 19, 2012

    Dear Me~
    I am so proud of you today! When you began this journey a couple of weeks ago, you got winded just walking around the school. Today you just finished a 3 1/4 mile walk on the river trail! Keep it up! I know you can do this! Remember that your angel walks with you every step of the way & she is looking down proudly at your accomplishments. Remember too, you are setting good examples for Zach & Taylor. They want you to be around for as long as possible. Try not to beat yourself up when you falter on the path~ tomorrow is another chance to do better! YOU CAN DO THIS!!! <3

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  54. April 19, 2012

    Dear Me,

    You have had a great start and have made some pretty big changes so far! You’ve been fitting exercise into your life every day, making healthier choices, you haven’t eaten after dinner for three weeks (who would have thought it was possible?!) You’ve looked ahead to spot temptations/challenges, and have proactively faced each one. (Don’t tell the ushers at Lisbon Landing that you brought in your own home-popped popcorn!) The numbers on the scale are going down, the blood glucose numbers are going down, too, and you’re seeing success!

    There may come a day when you’re doing the right things and keeping up with the challenges, but the numbers might stand still. When that frustrating time comes, remember that the numbers are numbers, but the choices and habits you make are what matters. It’s not a number, per se, that makes your body healthy or unhealthy, it’s what you DO that makes you healthy or unhealthy! So don’t give up and don’t give in! Remember, the difference between who you are and who you want to be is WHAT YOU DO!!!

    Love,
    Me

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    • April 20, 2012

      Cindy,
      We are off to a great start! And I just wanted you to know that if temptation gets in your way, or you need a little motivation (ie: a kick in the butt) I am here for you! Together we can make this happen…. we will be better than we ever dreamed we could be!

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      • May 2, 2012

        Kat,
        Thanks! I am so thankful to be taking this journey with you! I am here for you too – ANYTIME – to encourage, motivate, share our challenges AND our successes!

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  55. April 19, 2012

    Dear Sherry, Stop whining and go for it! You can only get better, you only have to please yourself. Take time for you, don’t worry what everyone else wants you to do. I have faith you can do it for all the right reasons. Love Me!

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  56. April 19, 2012

    Good Morning “ME!” First off, I would like to know where in the world have you been? Ok, I know you have been extremely busy with the usual stuff like a full time job, family, pets, a home, bills, etc…..but honestly, did you think that was fair? You have a beautiful body that has been crying out for a long time for some attention. What does it take for you to listen? When you see your Mom or your daughter ignoring themselves; stressing, you stop all you’re doing and talk to them or make them some tea and massage their tired shoulders. You thought you didn’t have time for exercise or healthy eating. Na na na boo boo, proved you wrong! This is just the start, but what you have been doing lately is very much appreciated! Please keep it going because…um…ME…I LOVE YOU!

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  57. April 18, 2012

    Dear Me! I like this blog page and the cool idea of writing to myself. I just can’t figure out how to start a letter to myself. Is this my note or a comment? Is it just because I’m staying up too late? If I remember my sleep hygiene, I’ll be more fit and my brain will work better. As Scarlett says, “Tomorrow is another day.” Good night.

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    • April 18, 2012

      Okay, I see how it works… just hit “Add a Comment” to start the note to yourself. Now I will rest easy for the next (almost) 8 hours of sleep.

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  58. April 18, 2012

    Ok Mis…here’s the tough stuff. You’ve been working at being healthier for a year now. You had some success for a while, but you’ve hit a snag. For a while you’ve just maintained, and it feels like failure because it’s not all going in a direction. But life is all about maintaining. It’s finding that consistent way to enjoy life while also staying healthy. You can’t see your weight and numbers drop every week for the rest of your life. You’d disappear!! At some point, it’s about maintaining. So now you’ve figured out how to do that. But if you want to see more progress like before, you’ve got to dig deep, and do something different. Stretch, explore a new option, you did it before…you can do it again. You have not failed just because you’ve maintained! This is what you have to do for the rest of your life, so get used to it! If you want to see more change, than you have to make changes. You can do this, so do it already.

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    • April 19, 2012

      I have to say, Missy, that you have done a wonderful job! I’ve noticed the weight falling off of you and it made me want to catch up with you! Whatever you are doing…it is working. Whenever you are trying to make any major change in life, maintenance is always the hardest part. Lara Logan, author, is quoted “I may be high maintenance, but I’m worth it!” Missy – you are worth it! Keep up the good work!

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  59. April 18, 2012

    Dear Julie,
    I know you read. So pay attention. Follow your plan. Keep your diary. Exercise. Talk to people, communicate. Connect. You are not alone. You have many guides along your path. Just pick one and start moving in that direction. You’re doing this for me.
    Love,
    Me

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