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Good for you Mandy! I will be cheering you on from Sweden. I too am making a lifestyle change. I have decided that I cannot succeed dieting, it needs to be a permanent change. We are getting married on December 31st and by then need to be back to my pre-baby weight. I can barely walk after my first Body Pump class in 4 years.


Yay!! You go girl. I love the list, I am excited for you just reading it. I can't wait to watch you on this adventure. I hope all of the joy you are putting out comes back at you 10-fold!
Love you!


Hey lady! Great list! Italy is on mine too.
When I decided to do 35 things in my 35th year (meaning to be completed by the time I turn 35 in December) I secretly added lose 35 pounds. I never said it or acknowledged it before, just internally. There is an inherent fear of failure when it comes to weight loss for me. I know I can lose it, it is just a matter of doing it, right? Wrong. Like you, I have food issues. It is something to control in a world where we have so little control, and really control is an illusion anyway. I admire your chutzpah! I admire your willingness to put it all out there. Good luck. Stay focused and you can acheive anything!


This is as exciting as going to Italy! I am so delighted for you. May I come along for the ride and I think I am going to use some of your list,it's a great one. Love you!

Christopher Lembke

Awesome! We are all cheering you on Biz. However, I am a little disappointed that a English lit major would misspell Sweden (item #12 on your list)! C'mon Pady Peepol!

Christopher Lembke

Yay!! You can do it Girl!! I am going to write down my list now too! xoxoxo


PLEASE NOTE: Stoffe did not write the comment directly above - I did. I didn't realize I was signed in to his account. Sorry Stofferman for making you sound like a woman.

Anyway, I am so proud of you Mandy! It takes a lot of courage to share your goals with the world. I know how far you have come in just being able to do that. Cheers, Bravo & PipPip to you, Girl!! xoxo

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Life List: 1.Be a Mother 2.Go to Paris with someone I love 3.Go to South Africa 4.See the Grand Canyon 5.See U2 live and be in the first 3 rows 6.Meet Bono (preferably have a drink with him) 7.Take a hot air balloon ride 8.Learn to garden 9.Own a home 10.Make said home warm and welcoming 11.Parasail 12.Camp out (glamping) at least one night 13.Write a book 14.Become active in a charity 15.Visit Hawaii 16.Throw a masquerade ball 17.Have a good amount of money in savings 18.See the pyramids (in Egypt) 19.Stay at the Ice Hotel 20.Swim with Dolphins (that ones for you Michelle!) 21.Horseback ride in Montana 22.Hike through Zion Narrows in Utah 23.Fall in Love 24.Visit Canada 25.Act again 26.Skinny dip in the Ocean 27.Own a house on the Cape (or Branford) 28.Be the type of person who exercises 5 days a week 29.Eat green and healthy ALL the time 30.Play tennis (well) again 31.Meet Al Roker (Bonus if he interviews me) 32.Go to an opulent, black tie New Years Eve ball and wear a gown worthy of the Oscars red carpet. At Midnight kiss a dashing gentleman. 33.Vacation and gamble recklessly in Monte Carlo 34.Achieve acceptance of my body 35.Go to the Opera 36.Stay for a week on a yacht in the Caribbean and start each day with a swim. 37.Learn to ski 38.Fly first class to Hong Kong
Year List: 1. LOSE 65 POUNDS (DONE, over 80lbs shed!) 2. 30 MINUTES OF WALKING 5 DAYS A WEEK (DONE!) 3 LEARN YOGA (Work in progress....) 4. QUIT COKE (Diet coke, I am beyond addicted) (This may have gotten worse, actually...) 5. DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER DAILY (DONE!) 6. START AND MAINTAIN A BLOG (YAY!) (DONE!) 7. BECOME MORE TECH SAAVY (Ohh boy....) 8. NURTURE MY RELATIONSHIPS (Work in progress but so far so good!) 9. STAND UP FOR MYSELF (DONE!) 10. BEOME FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE (Work in progress but again, not too shabby!) 11. RUN A 5K (Knees disagree, still working on it...) 12. GO TO ITALY (SIGH...one day, just not in 2011.) 13. APPLY TO GRAD SCHOOLS (THIS SPACE UNDER CONSTRUCTION) 14. FIGURE OUT WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT AND HOW TO MAKE MONEY WHILE DOING IT.  (WATCH THIS SPACE!) 15. RAISE $1800 AND WALK 39 MILES FOR THE AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER DONE!!!!

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