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Old 06-17-2018, 11:38 AM   #61
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What a nice trip and a fun reward for all of Abby's hard work!! It sounds like Abby is going to continue being healthy as well!!
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It looks like Abby had a great time at Storyland. She is doing such a great job losing weight and deserved a treat.
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Looks like everyone had a good time at Storyland. Love the photos from the trip and those of then and now!
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Sounds like a wonderful day. I am glad that you all were able to enjoy it and great job Abby for all the hard work.
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What a wonderful trip you had. I'm so glad that Abby had such a good time. You never know how it would be based on long ago memories. After time, things and people change. I especially loved the then and now pictures. They are really special. Abby certainly deserved this trip and I'm so glad it was all she hoped it would be.
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I am so Happy that Abby had a Great time. She deserved it! Some of the rides reminded me of Disney....
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Congrats to Abby on all her progress! Glad you all had a great time st Storyland! Loved the pictures. Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
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What a great trip! The Storyland pictures remind me of trips from my kids' childhoods and MINE! I love your then and now pictures!
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Sounds like Abby had a wonderful time! What a great little trip!
I love the photos of then and now!
Thanks Donna. Abby did have a wonderful time and it was a great trip. Using Google, it was easy to do the then and now - and I thought of it because of my comment "boy how things changed" in the TR

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Abby should be so proud of her progress. She is doing so well! Looks like you all definitely enjoyed the trip. The mini-golf course looked like fun. I love your then and now photos of the Storyland. Again congrats to Abby! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Cam. Glad you enjoyed it. Abby is happy with her progress - for the most part. She has weeks where she's not happy with what she did (or didn't) lose but I've told her she shouldn't ever be disappointed. Even a week with no loss is good as it's not a gain. And there will come a time she might gain but as long as it doesn't happen week after week, it's still all good.

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I recognize many of these rides (tilt a whirl, fish/airplanes, etc) from our own local kids park - Idlewild (Ligoneir, PA). It was nice to see Daniel Tiger & Katarina Kitty Cat (some of my son's favorites). The then and now pics are definitely my favorite. This was such a nice reward for Abby and she totally deserve the great day that she had at the park. Pixies for continued success at the weight loss for all of you. Wish I could do what Abby is.

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Storyland does have some "out of the box" rides but it doesn't take away my enjoyment of them. They're still fun. Is that who the cat was? Daniel Tiger and she are new characters AFAIK - I don't remember them from the last time we went. It was a good reward for Abby as the thought of going back was the ticket to get her to try and lose the weight. She succeeded and she did deserve the trip.

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What a nice trip and a fun reward for all of Abby's hard work!! It sounds like Abby is going to continue being healthy as well!!
It was a nice trip and really an excellent reward for her. She's really doing well stopping and thinking about what she's eating. She's out of school (and has been almost a month now) and instead of eating all day long, she's opting to wait and "save" points to have something for dinner that if she ate all day long, she wouldn't be able to have.

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It looks like Abby had a great time at Storyland. She is doing such a great job losing weight and deserved a treat.
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Looks like everyone had a good time at Storyland. Love the photos from the trip and those of then and now!
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Sounds like a wonderful day. I am glad that you all were able to enjoy it and great job Abby for all the hard work.
It's not easy to watch what we eat and exercise. It's downright work and Abby I think has done an awesome job at it. No matter what I thought at the beginning, she deserved the trip and it was fun

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What a wonderful trip you had. I'm so glad that Abby had such a good time. You never know how it would be based on long ago memories. After time, things and people change. I especially loved the then and now pictures. They are really special. Abby certainly deserved this trip and I'm so glad it was all she hoped it would be.
You're so right. I had hoped we'd go and still have a good time despite the time that has gone by. After we got home, Abby did say she thought we were the only people there that were all adults but I'm not so sure. I saw a couple there with a kiddo that looked to be probably 16 (and I'm thinking maybe on the spectrum as well) but I told Abby truthfully "I don't care if we were. We went and I had a good time. Did you have a good time? If you did, that's all that matters." Abby didn't mention it again. I'm glad because it just didn't matter to me. I paid little attention to others just as they probably paid little attention to us.
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Glad Abby had a great time, she really deserved this trip! Loved the then and now photos!
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Congrats to Abby on all her progress! Glad you all had a great time st Storyland! Loved the pictures. Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
Thanks for joining us Marnie. Abby does deserve congratulations for her achievement . It's not easy losing that kind of weight. Now to keep going and to keep it off long term too. That will be the even harder challenge I think

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What a great trip! The Storyland pictures remind me of trips from my kids' childhoods and MINE! I love your then and now pictures!
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An awesome reward for doing so well on her weight reduction progress! You all looked happy to be there and be together!
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