Dan Preuett

Racing Red Team

Dan Preuett joined the TinCaps full-time as the Assistant Director of Ticketing and Reading Program Director after spending the 2013 season as the ticket office & reading program intern. Another game day duty for Dan is being one of the four Bad Apple Dancers that perform at the end of the 6th inning of every TinCaps home game. Dan was raised in Randolph, New Jersey and spent many summers at the Jersey Shore before moving to Indiana to attend Ball State University. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing all kinds of sports, watching movies, and going on walks with his wife Sarah and their three dogs. A fun fact about Dan is that he has bowled a perfect 300 game three times, and a 299 three times, but he prefers not to talk about those.


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5/19

Another week of workouts in the books, and I am definitely feeling the most fatigued I have in the program. I don't blame the program for that, this week of workouts just happens to fall during another stretch of home games for the team. And also the fact that yesterday was a 16 hour work day, getting home at 1:45 AM doesn't help matters. But here I am, ready to reflect as we crossed over the half way mark for the program.

Monday started like any other Monday, with a trip to Mari's spin class. Always feel good about starting the week/the last workout before weigh ins being 45 minutes of spinning. The run that afternoon was a hot one, but I was able to get through the 85 degree day out on the ballpark concourse. Weigh in that evening saw me cross back into the 230's, weighing in at 239.0. Another awesome achievement for me, as I am not down 36.4 pounds. The group crushed it this week with weight loss, and it is very encouraging to hear Rick, Tina, and the rest of the crew praise our effort and weight loss.

Tuesday and Wednesday kept us moving in the workouts and the extra love. Some good info was learned and we continued to push ourselves to the next level. Wednesday night was just as warm as Monday, but I felt a lot better about how the run went. It's always motivational to have part of the group together and be able to pace yourself with multiple people. Got in just over 4 miles in 50 minutes and feeling a lot stronger each week as we get closer to the half marathon. Still having some tightness in my Achilles from time to time, but I checked in with Andreas on Monday and he saw no noticeable damage or issues, so the focus is still on stretching it out pre and post workouts.

Tuesday was also my first attempt at this week's challenge of 150 floors on the stairmaster. I was able to get through the workout in 33 minutes flat, which was really good to me considering three weeks ago I did 100 floors in 29 minutes. Thursday in the pool was another step forward. I feel I am getting stronger in my swimming, which in turn means my cardio and my strength are both improving along the way. This morning's workout was difficult due to the 2 hours of sleep, but it felt good to do a good mix of workouts. Learned and completed something I never would have even thought of doing as a workout called the car wash, but we got it done to finish up the week at Spiece!

7 miles tomorrow and a weigh in coming up Monday. 7 miles will be the furthest I have ever done for a workout, so I am excited to get that done. As for my goal this week, I want to get better about the 2nd workouts. After a home game on Sunday the 21st, we do not have another home game until May 30th. Back to normal 8 hours work days means my evenings can be spent on those additional workouts. As long as my Achilles can hold up, I also want to try to get more ballpark workouts in using the 30+ sets of stairs at my disposal here.

 

5/12

A lot to catch up on here, so let's get into it! All went well with the traveling down to Raleigh. Sarah helped me a lot with the meal prep getting ready for the weekend and making a list of what to bring and what to buy. As soon as we got off the plane and got to town we went right to the grocery store to make sure we had everything we needed, and our hotel mini fridge was stocked! I was also able to get my own workout in Friday morning and my run allotment in Saturday morning. I told Tina that the videos and pictures from the Fort Wayne workouts gave me extra motivation to push it a little harder. It was awesome to be able to participate in this program and use what I learned so far while traveling to stand in one of my best friend's wedding. Got back to town late Sunday night, and made sure the alarm was set to get to spin class Monday morning. Followed that up with the sled challenge which went very well! Definitely something I can incorporate into my own 2nd workouts. Quick weigh in showed I lost 6.2 pounds! 242.8 is what the scale said, which meant I reached the goal of now being down 32.6 pounds. My clothes are fitting better and I am really appreciating everyone's kind words about the progress I have made. But we are not even halfway done yet, so this week was no time to let up!

Great info from the Kroger visit with the Red Team. A lot of burning questions got answered, and some new plans were made to proceed forward. This week is a tougher one, because I am writing this blog in the middle of a six game homestand. A lot of time is spent at the ballpark which means meal planning and preparation is vital. Getting away from my desk to move around the ballpark hasn't been the easiest this week, so I have made sure to put in my best effort in the morning workouts, and making another appearance for a full week of Extra Love. Tuesday and Wednesday got us more work with the station training which I am a big fan of. It is a complete workout that you have to stay engaged in the entire time. It keeps us working as a team, while also pushing each other as a group. I walk away learning a few more tips each time as well about how to optimize my workout and make sure I am doing the exercises correctly.

Wednesday's run group was a good reminder of how careful you need to be throughout the entire process. We were encouraged to test ourselves and push it if we wanted, so the group I ran with gave that a try. We learned that while working out harder for a short amount of time might feel ok in the moment, it does not outweigh working out smarter for the length of the program. I have had Achilles pain throughout this process, and continue to do my best to stretch and prepare my body so that this pain is minimal to non-existent. While there was some soreness on Wednesday, it was no where near as bad as it had been in the past. But Wednesday brought a new issue that I had yet to encounter: chaffing! A runner's nightmare, when you're already battling the course you're running and your body holding up, now add in the mix fighting the clothes you are wearing. Talked with Tina towards the end of the run and immediately went to Kohl's/Walmart post run for some compression shorts and glide. Not letting the issue come up again as these runs get longer!

Pool workout on Thursday and Friday both felt like they had the same vibe to them: you get what you put in. Pool days are not off days, and listening to the trainers instructions is very important. At this point we should not have to be told to always be moving in the pool. When CeCe tells us to punch hard, we should do so. I fell victim to not doing both at certain points, and that is something I know I can improve on. Both to show my appreciation for FWSW by giving it my all, and for the results that hard work will provide me. That's my new goal for the upcoming week, is the commitment to push myself further, extend my 2nd workouts so I walk away feeling as tired as I do in the morning workouts. We have been given enough knowledge and shown enough workouts where this is more than possible. Something I have started doing when I am feeling tired or beaten down is to twirl the wedding ring on my finger. It is a two part reminder for me. The first is how far I have come already in these first 7 weeks. Going into the competition I was on the edge of needing to increase my ring size because I could barely get it on and off. Now I can spin it around my finger no problem, and am getting dangerously close to needing to change the size to something smaller. The second reason is because the ring represents the whole reason I applied for the competition. I wanted to get my life back on a healthier track, so that my wife and I can enjoy the most time together possible. Try to eliminate preventable health problems by working out and eating better. Be in better shape so that when we start a family that I can do everything it takes to raise a child and be the support system Sarah will need.

 

5/4

With a crazy weekend upcoming wanted to make sure I got a blog done early! It has been a week of ups and downs. Monday started with the usual Spin class followed by attempt number 2 on the stairmaster challenge. A lot of lower body work to start the day, but I was able to push through both well. Add in the run program Monday afternoon and my body was pretty tired. I lost 3.2 pounds this week and left feeling unsatisfied. I am well aware it isn't always going to be a big number each week, but still felt as if the effort I felt I put in matched the weight loss. But the positive was cracking the 250 pound mark and weighing in at 249.0. I am guessing its been a year and a half or so since I've been below that mark. 26.4 pounds overall, a number I am very proud of.

Made sure I volunteered for extra love this week, and my abs are still sore 48 hours later, which is an awesome feeling. Workouts are only going to get tougher from here. Gotta embrace the pain and trust the process. Enjoyed the Tuesday and Wednesday workouts as well. Had a bit of a concern with the Achilles Wednesday both with the morning workout and the evening run, but Tina and CeCe were quick to act to make sure I don't injure myself more. Lot of time in the program left, I'll be back to full burpee strength in no time.

This afternoon I am flying to Raleigh to be in my friend's wedding. I've meal planned, made a grocery list for arrival, contacted the caterer to make sure we were on the same page, and scouted out my course for the 4 mile run Saturday. This preparation is a big difference from the usual flying experience of normally eating fast food every meal while on a trip. But that fast food isn't even a temptation in my mind. I used to avoid driving down Illinois road on the way to the run group just so I didn't have to see all the fast food places I used to frequently visit. Yesterday I drove down that road for the first time without a care. I had no more desire to stop, no craving for meals I could be ordering. This program is all about those little accomplishments as you prepare for the rest of your life. This weekend away is all about proving to myself that I won't take a step back and resist previous temptations. I've worked too hard, and there are too many people sacrificing for me to be in this program to now stick to every aspect of the program. Looking forward to a great weigh in Monday. Quick and easy goal this week, lets have the total weight loss through 6 weeks be 30+ pounds!

 

 

4/29

Time for the week 5 recap, and it was a great one! Sunday was the 5K and going into the day my expectation was to walk the full 3.1 miles. My ankles/Achilles just hadn't been holding up well during the previous training, but after buying some news shoes and a better round of stretching, I got the green light to go for it. With the help of Ashley pushing us, both Anthony and myself were about to push a pace of 5 minutes walk, 5 minutes run for the whole race. This got us both over the finish line in just under 35 minutes, blowing away my expectations. It was awesome. Carried that momentum into Monday morning with another spin class that I was tempted to sleep through. But I kept reminding myself about the limited time we have this opportunity, and how great I feel after the class. I got myself there and got a better workout done before 6 AM than most do in a full day. Monday night at the weigh in I had my highest single week weight loss in this program with 6.2 pounds lost, making my total 23.2 for 4 weeks. Could not be happier with the progress! The class and information at St. Francis was awesome, helpful, and cant wait to implement some of the info we learned.

I accepted the challenge this week of going for Extra Love before our regular workouts. While I enjoy the warmup of taking laps around the gym, I knew the extra work would pay off in the long run. Tuesday was a good way to start the workouts with some extra sled work. Especially doing this before knowing Friday's sled training was really going to kick it up a notch. Wednesday got a little weight training involved and kept us moving the whole time. I really enjoyed the extra work, and hope my appearances there will continue on my own choosing, not for failing to meet an aspect of the program!

Overall the week of workouts went well. A lot of stations and interval training. Which I really enjoy because its up to you to put in the work to succeed. I wasn't happy with only getting 7/10 stations on our second lap on Wednesday so I made sure to stay after and get the final workouts done. I wanted to know I gave it everything I had this week. Thursday's workout cancellation through off my week a bit, as typically I use that time in the pool to still work out, but take a little pressure off my lower body. I will admit I went back to bed and slept in. But using my goal from last week, I made sure to use the ballpark to my advantage. I got two full laps in of doing squats in one corner, alt. knees in the outfield, jumping jacks in the other corner, and going up and down each flight of stairs to finish the loop. It kicked my butt, but came away feeling good. I also used the ballpark for my Monday run program. I hope to continue this trend going forward. This morning's run group was also another great challenge. This time with the help of CeCe, Anthony and I were about to maintain the 5 minute walk/run pace for the full 5 miles. My body felt great, and it was awesome to see everybody else crushing the 5 miles as well.

A couple cool achievements this week. My belt is now two notches bigger, which also happens to be the last one. Looks like a new belt will be needed soon! I am also in a wedding next weekend and got fit for the tux before the competition began. I decided to go back and get re-measured just in case things have changed, and it turned out I went down a full jacket size! My body is definitely changing and I am really enjoying the results. Starting to hear compliments from family and friends about how I look like I've lost weight only gives me further drive to keep going. So now onto week 6 goal.

This has always been the toughest week of the program in my mind. I am leaving Thursday afternoon for a wedding and will miss the Friday workout and Saturday run group. I have a plan in place to get my running in Saturday, and will do the best workout I can with whatever the hotel gym or surrounding area allows me. So my goal for this week is push myself as much as I would be pushed if I were in Fort Wayne. Push through the voice in my head that tells me its time to stop. Push through the pain and discomfort so I don't get off track from the previous weeks of work. I know I can do this, and the support system will be at this wedding with me to make sure I don't lose sight of what this is all about!

 

4/22

To finish off the rest of the week so far, I wanted to check in again! Thursday was another great pool workout. We got back into swimming laps, and it was a reminder that its doing the exercise right, not doing it fast. I find myself having pretty bad swimming form, so its worthwhile to take a few extra moments to complete the exercise to prevent swallowing the water. Leaving that workout you could get the sense from the trainers that the effort wasn't being seen. Im focused on myself in these workouts and its tough to keep an eye on others, but I know it made me want to push myself more going forward.  Friday's workout was one of my favorites thus far. It was all about keeping yourself moving, and at the end of the day its your accountability how much or how little you did. I made sure to stop at the mats every time one was available, got my runs on the stairs in, worked with the medicine balls whenever possible and made stops even when I wasn't chosen to partake in the exercise. You get what you put in, and there is no benefit to not giving it your all. Friday night I finally gave in to what my body was telling me. I went back to Three Rivers and purchased some new running shoes to replace the 2 year old shoes I was trying to make work. I am confident in the advice I received at the store, and hope this new support can eliminate the issues I am experiencing. Got in a 2nd workout on the machines at Spiece yesterday and now a day of rest today before the 5K tomorrow. I will be walking this one to not risk anymore injury. Looking forward to seeing the FWSW family out there tomorrow. Week 5 Goal: Get more active at work. I find it hard to get away from my desk during the day, and thats not helping anything. I have a ballpark at my disposal that is a 1/3 mile concourse, on top of 15+ staircases. Forecast is great, and I am going to take advantage!

 

4/19

Another 5.4 pounds down! Three weeks in a row over five pounds lost is right where I want to be! Tuesday's workout was about 75% physical, 25% teaching. That was good, because I feel like next time we come back to those exercises it is going to be 100% physical. I look forward to the upcoming weeks of more intense workouts, while also changing up what workouts we are doing. Today's workout gave me more confidence in how my body was changing. I definitely felt stronger and able to push my self just that little bit more. I look forward to that trend continuing. Was hoping for a run outside tonight, possibly in the rain, but mother nature said no go. A good 40 minute session at Spiece as a tune up before the 5K Sunday. My body is fighting me right now on these walk/runs. I hope to be able to run the 5K Sunday, but if I cant I will speed walk with the best of them! Back in the pool tomorrow. 

4/14

Looks like Fridays are my blogging days, well here it goes! Baseball season started, and I am happy to report I did not have one craving during the games. Granted the concourse smelled delicious everytime I went outside with a combination of cheesesteak, burgers, hot dogs, and funnel cakes. But all those food items are a want, not a necessity. I am on a strict calorie count, and there would not be any benefit to wasting 2/3 of my calories on one snack from a concession stand. Ill stick to my pint of milk from the kids meal!

Monday was our third weigh in since the program began. I did my best to kick things up a notch in the workouts with the goal of having a better weigh in. I started the week at 269.6, and weighed in at 263.8. My second consecutive week of 5.8 pounds lost! This brought by total to 11.6 pounds in two weeks, and I feel that is a very sustainable number to lose throughout the program. Starting at 275.4 with an average weight loss of 5 pounds per week would put me right around the goal of having my weight begin with the number 1 for the first time in 10 years.

Workouts were tough this week, but also very different every day. Monday I started out with spin class and immediately followed up with the required run schedule. I made the mistake of going up to the track, and I will be sure to avoid that going forward. I definitely felt the burn in both workouts. Monday's are now for spinning! Tuesday led the red team up the gravity room and I learned how good of a workout I can get just trying to pull my own body weight up and down. Back to back days under Mari's leadership definitely kicked my butt, but in the best way possible. We could hear the rest of the group yelling from upstairs, so we knew they were getting a great workout in as well. Wednesday brought us into the classroom to do some stepping. I enjoyed this workout because it's all about getting into a rhythm and staying locked in. The squats made it a difficult day to sit, but thats worth it. Later that day I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and went golfing instead of going to the run group. I enjoy the flexibility of choosing which run group you want to join, so I could join my coworkers for a post-game 9 holes. No shortcuts taken here, made sure I was walking 9 holes instead of riding in a cart. Take the stairs, park further away, and turn down the golf cart. 

Thursday in the pool brought out so much from our group. We got pushed and we responded. Thats how it needs to be. We had 5 sets of eyes on us making sure we were handling what was being thrown at us, and I felt like everybody brought their best. I feel the overall group getting closer as the workouts go on. FWSW is all about being a family, and Season 10 has embraced that mindset from the word go. Run group that night was definitely a challenge. I started out these groups getting sucked up in the pack and not pushing myself. I changed that last week and pushed even harder this week. Myself, Parker, Anthony and Rose were able to make it 2 full laps around the track up at the Y, totaling somewhere around 3.4 miles in about 45 minutes. Great training for the 5K next weekend! Today was the day the boxing gloves were coming back out. These are complete workouts of your shoulders, arms, chest, core, and legs. At times it's tough to fight through the burn, and I am probably one of the softer punchers of the group, but its all about staying engaged. I am motivated by the fact that the FWSW team is here on their own time to help us get better. When the alarm goes off and snoozing sounds so good, I think of the crew that is getting ready across town to come motivate us and make us stronger. If they can do it, I certainly can!

I've found it helpful to end each blog with a new goal for the upcoming week. This week I want to focus on the fundamentals. Measure everything out, plan meals to hit all the major categories and requirements, workout smart, stretch, and focus on the task at hand. I had to see Andreas this morning for some lower leg pain that luckily isn't something that will hinder my workouts. It sounds like a focus on additional stretching, and getting my body loose will help this issue go away. I can carry this mindset into all aspects of the program. Take the extra time to focus on the basics and fundamentals now, so that over the remaining weeks there will be nothing holding me back!

 

4/7

Today marks the end of the second week of workouts at Spiece, and you could really feel things kick up a notch. It is awesome to hear that the trainers are pushing us harder than other seasons early on because they know we can handle it. I started my week Monday with an early morning workout of 2 miles on the track. That evening was incredible with seeing everyone's results. For a group of 25 people to come together and lose 199 pounds in a week, plus the weight loss by the alumni was inspiring and motivational. All week in work outs I made sure to push myself a little harder because I know my effort level wasn't consistently 100%. Since it was difficult to get out of the car when I got home from the workout this morning, I know I accomplished this goal. I was pushed harder than I would have ever pushed myself in a workout, and that is why I signed up for this program. If it was easy, everyone would do it. And if it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you. If you're not moving, you're not losing. All great motivators as week 2 wraps up. The goal for this upcoming week is get more creative with my meal options. Baseball season is starting for the TinCaps, so that means a lot of good smelling food is being cooked on our concourse. During games I used to get an "appetizer" of 2 hot dogs, wait a bit and get a chicken tender basket with fries and a large mountain dew. Then return later in the game to get some dippin dots or ice cream. Not surprising I got to the weight I am with that kind of meal 70 days a year. Now I will be prepping my own meals for gamedays until I get comfortable with understanding what is acceptable to eat at the ballpark. The issue of choosing food at a sporting venue that some people only have to deal with once or twice a year is now my challenge for the next 6 months. But I welcome that challenge, and know I have the support group behind me that it will soon no longer be a challenge at all. I have gotten some new food ideas from my Fort Wayne Smallest Winner family, and look forward to giving them a try! Looking forward to the walk tomorrow, and another awesome weigh in Monday!

 

3/31

Today we finished up our first week of workouts at Spiece. It was great to see everyone kick it up a notch. Everyone in the room is tired, sore, and hoping the next words said were water break, but everyone powered through. On Wednesday as we were walking up the stairs Abigail asked me what kind of mile time I was hoping for. My answers was that under 12 minutes would be awesome, and I crossed the end line at 11:55.  Followed that up with a morning in the pool on Thursday that left me pretty sore going into the workout this morning. But now here I am feeling better now than I did this morning. One area I know I need to get better at is my arrival time, because I see so many names signed in by the time I get to the book. No reason for me not to be getting the extra work in early and taking full advantage of the blessing this program provides us. That is my motivation going into the weekend and the rest of the program. 

3/28

Between yesterday's weigh in and today's workout, I came away amazed at just how powerful this program is. To bring a group of strangers together each season and build the family that is clearly on display by the alumni support is incredible. Going into the workout I didn't know what to expect my body to be able to handle, but I came away feeling better than I walked in. The toughest part of the day by far was getting started on the meal preparation and planning. It is a reminder of how poorly I have eaten to this point in my life, because the idea of looking at serving sizes and portion control seemed more like a hassle than a necessity. But from leaving Spiece and seeing just how amazing the results are for those that trusted the process, I am all in! Tomorrow brings the opportunity to run a timed mile, something I have not done in close to 2 years. It is an opportunity because as it was described at Orientation, there are dozens of people sitting at home that wish they were in my shoes running tomorrow morning. Anything less than 100% is not fair to myself and the program. Starting weight begins at 275.4, can't wait to see where that number is at July 8.

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  • Thanks for sharing about your work week along with your FWSW program. When people wanna complain or feel sorry for them self, they should be inspired by you. The best part I have never heard you complain or give me any clue that you have had so very little sleep, and so many hours at work. Loved to see the numbers on how much you have improved in your challenges, it will all add up to a great half marathon success for you. Great job to you and the entire Red team this week. Thank you Rick and Tina

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    Another successful 6 miles in the books! Congratulations! I am so enjoying seeing your running progress. You're trusting the process, and it shows! I totally saw a difference in your progress this week in comparison to when we completed the 5K. So impressive. I'm loving your blog...really proud of you for sticking to the plan while traveling. That is no easy feat. Have a great Week 8!

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  • Great blog. That is so awesome all the preplanning you made. Love that you even found a gym! I love finding new gyms and learning new things and meeting new people there when we travel. You seem to be hitting on all cylinders now. The best part is you know this is your new life and you embrace it and love it. Fast food is really not worth it..... Thanks Rick and Tina

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  • Have a great time at the wedding! I missed seeing you this morning--you are doing great!
    Joy

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  • Dan-
    AMAZING BLOG!! WOW love the detail you wrote about your week! Really provides so much insight to what you are doing and going through. Love you set goals for yourself each week! Loved reading you didn't get all the stations complete during the workout so you stayed after to complete=SUCCESS!
    You are doing great with your running and love seeing you know you can go further then you thought. HUGE accomplishment with your first 5K run:) Continue to know the entire team will help you get to the finish line.
    You are focused and determined and with this mindset you can do anything you set your mind to.
    We know you will stay committed to your training while you are gone this upcoming weekend. Think of all the running coaches by your side help push you every step of the way. Make sure to plan your food and stay on track. You can do this, and this weekend will help set you up for planning for the future.
    Week 6 here we come!
    Let's do this!
    Tina and Rick
    FWSW
    BTW-love you have to buy another belt! GREAT problem lol

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  • Dan-
    LOVED your blog! Especially love you finally bought shoes at 3RRC. Socks and SHOES matter as you found out:) So happy you were able to utilize at the 5K today. Glad you listened to your body and did what felt good. OH what an accomplishment. We hope you are so proud of where you are! You are doing GREAT and have no doubt your half will be a huge success!!
    Keep those second workouts coming, we love seeing you at Spiece!!
    OH yeah, utilize those stairs at the ball diamond!! You are blessed you can run those!! OH THE PARTY TRAINS! I WOULD be in HEAVEN!!
    Week 5 here we come!
    Let's do this!
    Blessings,
    Tina and Rick
    FWSW

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  • Guest (Cicely Ware)

    Dan,

    Great job so far in the program. Remember you can do more than you think. Stay positive and it will take you far in the program. Remember: "If it was easy... Everyone would be doing it!" "If it doesn't challenge you ... It doesn't change you!"

    CeCe

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  • Dan-
    We enjoyed reading your blog!! LOVE you really wrote about your week!
    First, loved reading you did not have temptations with the food at the Tin Caps! You have changed your food habits and in time you will not crave those foods anymore. You work way to hard to want those kind of foods.
    We are proud of your weight loss and especially love YOU are proud! WOW 10 years since being under 200! FWSW would love to celebrate with you! Thank you for sharing this fact about YOU!!
    GREAT job talking about your workouts and how you feel. You have set a nice goal for yourself this week. LOVE this idea and have no doubt you will accomplish!!
    Week 4 here we go!!! LETS DO THIS

    Blessings,

    Tina and Rick
    FWSW

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  • Dan, awesome weight-in last night! So proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work :)

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  • Great blog. Well thought out, planning is the key to success and your on the right track. Keep up the great work, you can reflect n show others that it can be done. No excuses. Thanks Rick and Tina

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