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Friday, June 24th, 2005
8:32 pm

Hi all! Losing the weight is getting easier, as long as I can stay away from pizza and oreo cookies, but I still need more support.

I think I posted the link to my site here before, but it wasn't quite ready for the public eye at that point. I encourage all of you to pay us a visit again and check everything out.


I've been working hard on getting this all up and running, so I would appreciate it if you all could take a moment, check it out, and let me know what you think.

The NEW Realeasyweightloss.com!

-Weight Loss Journals
-New Recipe section!
-More content!
-Weight Loss Newsletter
-More Weight Loss programs than ever!
-Review and comment on any and all programs/stories on this site
-Vote for your favorite prorgams and help others acheive their goals!
-All new forums!
-Much much more!

Roam around the site and let us know what you think and how we can better help you. Also, don't be afraid to share this wonderful resource with others.

Thank you all for your time!

Sorry for the x-post

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
9:50 pm - Woman to Woman Encouragement

Someone will always be prettier. They will always be smarter.
Their house will be bigger. They will drive a better car.
Their children will do better in school.
And their husband will fix more things around the house.
So let it go, and love you and your circumstances.
Think about it. The prettiest woman in the world can have hell in her heart.
And the most highly favored woman on your job may be unable to have children.
And the richest woman you know -- she's got the car, the house, the clothes -- might be lonely.
So, love you. Love who you are right now.
Tell yourself "I am too blessed to be stressed"
Be blessed ladies and pass this on to encourage another woman.
"To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world".


This was sent to me in a forward, I wanted to share it with you. Please feel free to share it on your journal or otherwise.

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Sunday, August 15th, 2004
8:04 pm

Hello! I'm a recent addition to this community. I've been wanting to find a community of awesome women who support other women and I couldn't resist joining this one.

I'm 28 years old, a ballerina, a writer and a traveller. I'm returning to school this week to finish my teaching degree. I'm going to be doing two years on fast track, so hopefully if all goes well I'll finish in nine months. I'm really excited about this. (I'm specializing in montessori education.)

Apart from that I'm recovering from devastating loss - my grandfather (who pretty much raised my sister and I) passed away in the last year and five months ago my ex-fiance (who was pretty much the love of my life) and I broke up. Sometimes I still take it a day at a time.

Well, that's pretty much it. I hope to get to know you all. =)


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Friday, May 21st, 2004
4:03 pm - Hello!

Hello, everyone,

I invite anyone to add me to your friends list! I am 24 years old, and am trying to get inspired to be a 'better me'. I have been down because I was supposed to be engaged, and things aren't seeming to look good. (Long story ..) I have been having a very hard time right now. I really need support right now, and I am willing to do the same for you if you need it!

I realize that being on a diet is not a 'sometimes' thing. One need to change your 'diet' for the good, make it a lifestyle change. I love singing, and that is my goal to be successful, and I do feel that my weight is holding me back some. I have no energy. I am not the biggest girl, but I admit I am overweight and need to change that. It would make me feel _better_ inside and out. I am doing this for myself - finally.

As you can tell on my journal, I am simply on a journey to be better. I will admit my mistakes and be very honest. My writing on my journal will not just be about weight loss but trying to become better and more at peace within, because I will if you cannot help yourself on the inside, and change that for the better, it will be harder to change yourself in other ways.

If anyone ever needs a listening ear, or a shoulder, I am here. I am from Houston, Texas, and look forward to getting to know some of you through LJ.

current mood: calm

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Monday, May 3rd, 2004
9:18 am - Newbie

I came across this group while cruising through some lj's so I decided to join.
My name is Heather, I am 24. I'm married to Doug 27 and we have a daughter named Madison who just turned 1. We live in upstate NY with our two spoiled cats Buddy and Chloe.
Not sure what else to put here for now, but I look forward to getting to know all of you!

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Sunday, January 11th, 2004
10:40 am - At sunshineyjen's request.

For those of us who are working on losing weight or exercising or just being better to our bodies:

Don’t You Quit!!

When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
When you feel like the biggest failure in town,
When you want to give up just because you gave in,
And forget all about being healthy and thin.

SO WHAT!! You went over a bit.
It's your next move that counts so don't you quit!!
It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change,
It's learning the skills to get back in our range.

It's telling yourself "You've done great up til now"
"You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow"
It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal,
You’re still going to make it, just stay in control.

To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, often the strugglers, when losing their grip,
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.

And learn too late when the damage is done,
That the race wasn't over; they still could have won.
Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow,
But facing each challenge will help you to grow.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint in the cloud of doubt.
When your pushing to the brink, just refuse to submit,
If you bite it, you write it.....BUT DON'T YOU QUIT!!

Good Luck Ladies!!

current mood: indescribable

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Friday, November 28th, 2003
11:13 pm - Re: sunshineyjen's Fear Factor

In reading sunshineyjen's entry below, I also decided to write about my experience in facing a fear of my own.

I have been petrified of having a baby for the fear of labour. I believe that it was the unknown more so than the labour, but both ideas where terrifying to me. After being at my sister's side during the birth of her son yesterday, I realize that I no longer fear labour. I know what to expect and what will happen when I have a baby. Now, don't get me wrong I still fear the pregnancy because I have yet to experience that aspect of having a child.

My sister, and every woman that I know who have had children, was very brave. Watching her go through that experience gave me the courage to someday to follow in her footsteps. Just not yet....I'm not that brave! :p

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Thursday, November 27th, 2003
7:47 pm

I am a phenominal woman because today I participated in my first ever sports tournament.
I played in a class volley-ball tournament which for the past 3 days had been making me very very nervous. I am not at all athletic and even after a semester of learning the skills, I'm still not at all good at volleyball. I had thought that the teams were already picked and that I would be on a team of all girls. I was more comfortable with this because the girls in our class tend to be more laid back and the guys very competative.
Anyway, it turned out that it was NOT manditory and that my team would be mostly very competative males. One of which actually said "fuck" when he realised I was going to be on his team :P
I stuck around though and played my darndest. We came in last place and I actually had a blast!

I am phenominal today because I faced my fears and was brave! :)

current mood: brave

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
1:33 am

I just wanted to that you ladies for your inspiration while I was doing up these applications. You all gave me the much needed encouragement to get them done, and do them well. And I'm very grateful for it.

I've just finished the last of my editing and I'll be printing them out tomorrow.

Thanks again, ladies. You're all quite phenomenal if I do say so myself. :)

current mood: relieved

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Saturday, November 15th, 2003
7:15 pm - Have you ever wondered..

what I look like?

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1:01 pm - Family Tree

Here's my family tree. Have a seat and grab a tea.

My name is Andrea (I prefer Drea on LJ) and I'm *cough* 29 years old *cough* but like to say that I'm 25.
My mum and dad separated when I was 2 and my brother Steven was 3 (now 30 yrs) and divorced a few years after. My dad remarried when I was around 10 or so. Attending my dad's wedding was a strange out of body experience. My step mom had a son Garrett who is a year and a half younger than I (28 ish), although I always think that he is much younger than that. About a year after they were married, my dad and step mom had a little girl, my sister Sarah who is know 18 and pregnant with her first child. A couple of years later, my step mom had another girl, my sister Julie who is know 16.
Keep tabs? I'll recap. Real brother Steven, Stepbrother Garrett, Half sisters Sarah & Julie.

My mum has not remarried and swears that she will not remarry unless she finds a man who is old, rich with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. Can we say Anna Nicole? ha ha ha

I married just over 2 years ago to Tim, who has a son Brandon (9 years old). Garrett is almost at the alter with his girlfriend LatDao. Lat has a daughter Katerina who is the cutest little thing. Tim's only sibling Tammy is married to James. They have a son Ryan who is 3 and she is expecting her second child in the new year.

I'm not with child. Just thought that I would clarify that as I'm asked the nagging question "When are you having kids" quite often.

And that pretty much does it. My family tree with all it's branches.

current mood: loved

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Friday, November 14th, 2003
6:33 pm

I almost always feel like a phenominal woman.

Tonight I don't so much. I am trying to write up statements of experience for my teacher's college applications and I'm finding it incredably frustrating. *I* know why I want to be a teacher, but I'm finding it difficult to find the words and write it all out. They say that it's a "written interview" and really, you only get one shot to get it right. There's no chance to clarify anything that you've said and I'm finding it really daunting.

Anyway, tonight, I don't feel so phenominal. I will when I get these done, but until then, wish me luck.

current mood: frustrated

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4:56 pm - My goodness

After many moons of reading this community, I have come to discover that we have new members!

Welcome to everyone! You are all phenomenal woman for joining the community. I look forward to reading and getting to know you all.

current mood: excited

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2003
8:52 pm - me me me me

I don't know anybody else in this community personally, but I feel like I qualify as a phenomenal woman :) It's taken a lot of therapy, but hey that's what therapy is for and everybody needs it even if they think they don't so NYAH.

I'm 26, just had my first baby 6 months ago, I adore him, he's a perfect child. But that's sort of ahead of my story. My parents are divorced, they divorced when I was 15. They were both a couple of great hippies and we lived in the mountains of northern california in a VERY small town. My dad became addicted to heroin when I was in high school and began cheating on my mother which ultimately led to the demise of their marriage and much insanity ensued among my whole family. I have two little brothers and a sister (sister 23, brothers 16 & 19 now) that were affected by the split a lot more than I. I left for college at 16, and thank god because my whole town knew about what had happened and it was terrible just going into the grocery store because everybody stared and whispered. So I feel pretty guilty that I left my siblings to deal with my heroin addicted father, and my newly alcoholic mother. Anyway, went to college in Santa Cruz, learned a lot and then moved to L.A. and got a great job travelling for a book company. After I became sick of southern calif. I moved up to northern california again (still 4 hours from my parents) and met the love of my life, had a baby and now here I am! I just quit my job so I could be a full-time mama, and I love and cherish every second I spend with my son. I have to admit though that I stay awake at night thinking about what our lives will be like and praying that he'll never have to go through the things that I went through and see the things I saw. So, my phenomenalness I believe is due to these experiences and the way they've shaped me into the person that I am at this particular point in time. I do still love my parents because they have come a very long way and have found the strength to fight off some really huge demons.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2003
8:29 pm - Hailey 29m Spencer 7m


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8:23 pm - Help me please!

Why does my body hate me?

I took Depo for 1 cycle. (3 months)
You wouldn't believe all the side effects I experienced, so I'll spare you the details.

But, I went back to my family dr and requested the BC pill. She gave me Alesse, told me I could take 21 pills then not wait 7 days but go onto pack 2 and not get a period. Wonderful I think.

I've just begun pack 2. In fact I'd taken 9 of them. I was VERY surprised to wake up yesterday on my 30th birthday to find my period! I'm now on pill 11 of 21 and I have a heavy period. Not just spotting.

WTF gives?
Why does my body hate me? What should I do get a friggin' hysterectomy?
That'll show me.

Advice? Comments?

The jerk pharmacist was so nice to tell me 'gosh, I've never heard of that happening before'
Yeah, well that helps.

current mood: aggravated

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Thursday, October 16th, 2003
11:51 am - Today.

I am a phenomenal woman because I finally completed a huge assignment for school. Why does that make me phenomenal you ask? It's due tomorrow, and I'm done before noon today. In most cases I would be up really late tonight and working on it to the last minute. It is 21 pages and completely brilliant. It took me a really long time and lots of effort. It was incredibly hard, but here I am, done and basking in the fact that I now have the day to myself and I won't be rushing tomorrow to complete it and get it in on time. I'll also be able to sleep for a full 8 hours tonight since I won't need to rush. What did you do today that's phenomenal? Or any other recent day for that matter?

current mood: productive

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12:26 am

Eleanor Roosevelt once said "You must do the things you think you cannot do".

I think that this is an amazing statement and one that I often think about. There are a lot of days when as soon as I get out of bed I'm thinking up excuses why I can't go do groceries or laundry or homeworkor whatever. I can often find reasons why I think that these things just can't be done.

When you need to get things done [either the mundane household-y kind of things that just really NEED (not want) to be done, or the things that just seem to big to actually achieve], what are some ways that you motivate yourself?

current mood: lethargic

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Friday, September 26th, 2003
10:38 am - Phenomenal Woman

Here's to a phenomenal woman in my life!
She makes me smile when I'm down, and always has something really nice to say.
Here's to mum2hailey, it's been great having you in my life, and here's to many more years!!! :)

current mood: cheerful

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