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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pretty darn incredible. Wake up America!

Are you better off today than you were two years ago?
January 2009
% chg

Avg. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S.

Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)

Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)

Gold: London (per troy oz.)

Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL

Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL

Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. Fob

Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall

Unemployment rate, blacks

Number of unemployed

Number of fed. Employees, ex. Military (curr = 12/10 prelim)

Real median household income (2008 v 2009)

Number of food stamp recipients (curr = 10/10)

Number of unemployment benefit recipients (curr = 12/10)

Number of long-term unemployed

Poverty rate, individuals (2008 v 2009)

People in poverty in U.S. (2008 v 2009)

U.S. Rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings

Present Situation Index (curr = 12/10)

Failed banks (curr = 2010 + 2011 to date)

U.S. Dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate

U.S. Money supply, M1, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)

U.S. Money supply, M2, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)

National debt, in trillions

Just take this last item: In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history. Over 27 times as fast! Metaphorically, speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane 27 times faster . . . It would be doing 1,755 MPH! This is a disaster!


(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. Of Labor; (7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/18/2011 12:54PM

    Just went to buy grocerys and wow did the prices go up since last week! Last week an orange were 33 cents each or a bag of 8 or 9 were $1.98, but this week double that price! Lunch meat stayed the same but all produce went up! All baked good, bread stayed the same but all sweets like pies, the price went up! Whats with that? Does sugar cost more too! Good thing I dont buy sugar any more! I ahrdly buy much of anything canned or boxed but tuna fish went up 25 percent. Chicken was the same if you bought the 10 pound bag of it, $5.98. Dont know what else to buy! I buy just beef and chicken most weeks, and when I go to this one store I will buy haddock fish. But I wonder if the price will go up on that before I need soem. Right now I have enough in my freezer from the last trip for fish. But if it goes on sale you best believe I will buy soem fish!

But what gets me is the price of Gas... it went up from $2.64 a week before last and now its up to $3.39 for regular and $3.61 for premium. I dont know what we will do this summer, but every time I go out in the car I try to do double duty when I am out; shopping all on one day and I try not to go out unless I have to, like Dr appointments. So i do know things have gotten mroe expensive and they tell me the price of things will go up even underwear! Good thing I have enough of them! (I try to buy everything on sale when needed. So i do knwo whats happening! The price of Petroleum goes up, it affects everything else, even produce. Thius summer I am making a garden for sure! I woudl advise everyone to start havinga Victory garden or pay the high cost of gas! AS for me and my house I am glad I was taught to garden when I was a kid! Its oen thing I have taught my grandchildren. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GCHUNG 2/17/2011 7:05PM

    Interesting - I would be curious of those same rates versus 1950

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NOTFATCAT 2/17/2011 4:14PM

    Every day I wonder what the horrible thing of the day will be piled onto the rest of this crap the powers have gotten us into. It never ends.

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/17/2011 2:10PM

    Disaster is putting it mildly. Something has to change and soon!

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LOULOUBELLE2 2/17/2011 1:46PM

    Sad state of affairs...me thinks that somebody pulled the wool over someone's eye's.
Not sure how to turn it around, but I feel so bad for our grand kids and what's being done to them and their education. After all they are the leaders of tomorrow.
I guess, "Pray allot" is all we can do, at least for right now!!!!!!

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BARABOODAN1 2/17/2011 1:39PM

    I'm with you

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There's Still a Lot of GOOD Out There!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Every time we turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper or magazine, we get bombarded with what is going on in Egypt or listen to the Deifying of Ronald Regan.

Sure, what is happening in Egypt IS important to the rest of the world due to the Suez Canal shipping routes, and Ronald Regan did do some good things for our country and the rest of the world.

But where is the news about OUR country?

We have politicians waffling around, even those that were voted in primarily by the Tea Party. Now those same pols are refusing to align themselves with the Tea party. When asked questions, they him and haw and do the usual speaking of lots of words without saying anything. Didn't take them long to learn how to play the game, did it.

We still do not have a national budget, still have a President who is promising all kinds of interest groups and college kids more money, and the nasty, unfounded snide remarks about Sarah Palin continue.

Bill O'Reilly hasn't gotten any more humble or civilized to his guests, Planned Parenthood is blaming the Republicans for their horrific abortion practises with pimps and 14 year old girls, and nobody seems to know anything about our troops.

John McCain is busy kissing up to Obama, Chicago has allowed Rahm Emanuel to run for Mayor, even though he hasn't been a resident for two years in that state, which their law requires.

The Government wants to put rapid transit in all our states, but make the bankrupt states pay for it, despite the people not wanting it. We have spent millions in building bridges across turtle crossings, Christians are still not able to pray in public, and there really isn't anyone to be proud of or to hold up as a true Hero in our government.

It can get downright depressing, can't it. Well, all the news is not bad.

Yesterday I came out of a convenience store while a young man was bringing in a dolley filled with cases of beverages. It was raining, and everything was wet and slippery.

I wanted to get off the sidewalk so I wouldn't block the young delivery man's way, but my foot slipped. and I headed for a nose dive.

That young man immediately dropped his load and rushed to catch me, which he did.

My glasses had fallen off and I stepped on them, twisting them out of shape and making one of the lenses fall out.

He held me until he knew I was steady on my feet, asking "Are you okay, Sweetie"? And then he reached down, picked up my glasses, straightened them out as best he could, and popped the lense back in.

His obvious kindness was a true ray of sunshine on a bleak, wet, rainy day.

I commented on his fallen beverage cases, and he said "Not to worry. YOU are much more important that they are!".

I got in my car, put the key in the ignition, and then stopped. By this time, the young delivery man was inside the store, so back in I went.

I asked him for his name and the address of the company for which he works. He wrote it all down for me, and then another man asked why I wanted it. (The other man had seen everything, and he was expecting me to say I wanted to sue or something, by the look on his face as he glared at me.)

I replied that I was so touched by the young man's kindness that I wanted to write a letter to his company about how he helped me, and how curteous he is.

The young man's face blushed, the other man gave me a hug, and we all taked about how easy it is to call and complain about an employee, but how seldom do people write in about the good service we get from their workers.

You know, that young man could have just gotten out of my way and let me fall. He certainly didn't have to fix my glasses as well as he could, and he could have just been rude or ignoring to me.

But he didn't choose that way of action. He chose instead to help a Senior Citizen from falling, and more than that, he was truly concerned about how I was.

He chose the higher path, and made a very strong impression on me.

I am going to write to Simon's employer, Marine View Beverages out of Port Angeles, and let them know they have a wonderful person in their employ. I hope they put my letter in his file, so when he is due for a review, they will see it and give him the raise in pay he deserves. I hope my letter will bring an increased appreciation of him, and that they see how fortunate they are to have such a fine representative "out there" where the public can see.

There really IS a lot of "GOOD" out there for us to see. It is in finding the good in those we meet. It is in our fellow man.

I hope that someday, I will be as kind, thoughtful, considerate, polite and helpful as that young man.

He made a great difference in my life.

Thank you, Simon. You made all the difference!

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    There are a lot of Simons out there, and they tend to be overlooked. Some quietly step out of the way of those in a hurry or open doors, shift a box away from an edge, etc. It's the "goobers" that get out attention and irritate us. Some days, I let the goobers get me down - but if I make a conscious effort to see the Somins, they're out there, too. Brava for you for making the effort to reward Simon! emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 2/12/2011 12:28PM

    Your story has brought tears to my eyes. You already are the person you strive to be, Sandy. You are one of the most generous and caring people I know.

And, I am glad you didn't fall --- again.

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VAMACKGIRL 2/6/2011 2:52AM

    You know, you are exactly right!! There ARE a lot of Simon's out there, that go unrecognized. I am, as you, one of those people who will go above and beyond to let your employer know what a GREAT JOB you did and how you went out of your way to help me with my needs. Do it all the time. And I, like you, HOPE my letter DOES end up in their personnel file.....We are a lot alike....hahaha...

On the OTHER hand, if you are HORRID at your job, I will also go above and beyond to let your employer know, but that really takes A LOT!!! The last time I had to do that, Doug and I had eaten dinner at UNO'S, at the end of dinner the waitress, who let Doug ad I both run out of tea numerous times, (all we EVER want is to NOT run out of drink) but this gal left us a "Opinion Card" to fill out about the service etc. Well when I looked at it, SHE HAD ALREADY FILLED IT OUT!!!! Saying SHE was "wonderful" and the food was "okay".......talk about going from 0-10 real quick, hahaha. Wrong table to pull that at!!!
I was a waitress many a year in my younger days, when I had balance, hahaha!
So we left and I asked for the manager to meet me out front, which he did and I gave him the card explaining that the terrible waitress had filled it out BEFORE giving it to us. I wonder how many cards told him how GREAT she was? Hahahaha!
What a goober!!! So I am so glad you had a SIMON around when you slipped instead of a goober!!!

Hope you had a great time at the Symphony last night!!!
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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/5/2011 4:26PM

    That truly is wonderful to hear there are kind and considerate people out there in the world! Because your right, so many people a re only selfish and selfcentered they forget to be servants as G*D wants us to be! You touched my Heart Simon to tears! ! Thanks for sharing and I hope your all right! Bless you for sharing! susana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/5/2011 4:08PM

    I'm so glad Simon was there to catch you and then help with the glasses! Good for you in getting the info to send a note to his employers--too often we complain and forget to compliment. I hope his employers take note of his kindness; it certainly made a difference for you and probably for anyone nearby who saw what happened. Yes, there IS still good out there!

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My DOMS and Quilt Club Day

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Today I was very sore upon awakening. My whole body was sore, and kind of "burning muscle" feeling.

Today is also Quilt Club Day.

I was going to work out, but then I saw the article about DOMS. What the heck does THAT mean???

Intrigued, I clicked on the article, and read it all. Now I know.

DOMS is an acronym for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. That is what I have. I have DOMS.

And I have cramps in my muscles too. They started last night.

But now I know. DOMS.

Yep. That's right. I have DOMS.

That means I have really worked my entire body well, and that I have muscle "burn".

I don't know about YOU, but I am sure impressed with having DOMS!!! To me, it means my body is changing. It means my muscles have been worked out.

It means I can go blissfully to quilt club after doing some stretches and not feel guilty about taking a day off from the Heathen Masters of workout DVDs.

It's okay for me to do a "light" day.

I will go to Quilt Club and not even miss that cheerful jumping and stretching and pulling a puffing and panting and glisten running in my eyes and all the ball chasing, the cat hissing, and the lying flat on the floor trying to get my breath.

Yes, indeed. Belonging to a quilt club is a good thing! I will be with my friends who are not yelling at me to do "Just three more! and then we are on to the NEXT moves".

My Spirit sings with joy. I HAVE EARNED MY DOMS!!!

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NOTFATCAT 1/31/2011 6:26PM

    You always find a silver lining in things.
Glad to see you are doing well.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/29/2011 6:30PM

    I hope you are feeling better. Have you gotten to the point yet where your DOMS is not so bad or are you finding new muscles to hurt? That seems to be what is happening with me as I am doing Zumba. Quite a workout for this "ole" lady. Believe me when I say I don't look anything at all like what I am seeing and I have way off on the beats. I am left when she is right and all that!!! lol So glad you got to go to your quilting club. ENJOY!!!
Love and hugs,

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SJESSUP7361 1/27/2011 10:44AM

    Go You! I don't like moving when I'm sore but it sure feels good to have some proof that I'm working out. I always feel thinner when my muscles are sore. My daughter, 13, is in preseason track for the first time. She was complaining about cramping over the weekend. It took me a while to realize that it was DOMS and not female issues.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/26/2011 7:20PM

    if you want to get rid of DOM, just squeeze the juice of a lemon ( and you can add a little pinch of sugar too) to 8 ounces glass of water and within a short time ater drinking it, you will feel better! I learned that sore muscles are due to a build up of lactic acid in the muscles. The best way to get rid of lactic acid is to drink water with lemon juice. Its better quicker results than just water! Its why drinking lemon ade in the summer is so refreshing! Helps the muscles to clena otu the lactic acid which casues the sore muscles! lol

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14JESUSGIRL 1/26/2011 6:43PM

    Cute! I love it!

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GCHUNG 1/26/2011 4:39PM

    You crack me up!!! I thought it may be a new quilting term.

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/26/2011 1:41PM

    You deserve a day off from those brutal workouts! DOMS indeed; I'm not surprised you're feeling that after all your hard work lately, you EARNED a day off and your body will appreciate the (short) break.

I got a couple of the DVDs and tried the arms one last night--those workouts may each be only 10 minutes long, but they do produce a serious glisten, especially if you're foolish enough to do all three in a row like I did last night! Thanks for letting me know they were worthwhile, nice to have some new tools in the arsenal for the battle. Enjoy quilt club!

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NEWNAC304 1/26/2011 1:28PM

    Don't those sore muscles just make you feel so good about what you're doing? I love the feeling!

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ELSEEBEE 1/26/2011 12:54PM

    emoticon I want DOMS. too!!! Me, too! me. too! Actually, I've had it, just didn't know the name. I always give myself a day between ST workouts. I do cardio every day, but those other moves make your body need the rest time. Enjoy your day!

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The OTHER Wal-Mart workout DVD

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My glisten runneth down my face, chest and back. My ribs are wet. My shirt is wet.

Today I did all three of the ten minute workouts on the DVD "Boot Camp My Hips and Thighs" with no breaks in between.

On some of them, I did really well. Others, well, let's say I wouldn't get any gold stars for performance.

But I might get a gold star for TRYING.

AND for not quitting!

There is one complaint I have about these workouts. And that is that there are NO warm ups or Cool Downs. So before you begin these, do the warm up, and once they are over, do your cool down. Those are extremely important to all of us!!! Skipping them can cause VERY serious damage!!!

There was one workout I must tell (or warn) you about. It is using the big ball, and we are supposed to put one foot up on the ball while standing with the other leg straight. Then we are supposed to dip down (I think she called it "lunge", and back up to do it all over again. Then we get to switch to the other side.

I'm game to try it. I get my left foot up on the ball, and already start to tip over.

I grab the stationery bike to prevent the tipping over thing that I am a Master at, and am pleased the bike doesn't tip over.

I have a death grip on the bike and try to do the downward lunge thing on my right side, and I think I got all the way down about three inches.

The ball wiggles and wants to go across the room. I manage to keep it in place, but not lunge down at the same time. Instead, I find myself bending over at the waist.

This is not how it is supposed to be done. So the next time, I bend my knee and go down for another 3 inches.

Wait a minute. She's doing the OTHER side now, all cheerful with herself. I turn around and try bending my left leg while my right foot is on the ball, and maintaining my grip on the bike.

The ball scoots away from my foot. I go across the room to get it back in place, get my foot up on it, grab the bike, and try to kneel down a little further. The ball goes behind me.

I again chase it down, get back in to position, and am ready to do it all over again when I see she is doing something else.

I'm supposed to be lying on the floor holding the ball in the air with my feet. Then I'm supposed to roll my hips back and forth from one side to the other while keeping my shoulders flat on the floor.

YE GADS!! This is one of Nicole's deadly tricks. I have tried this one before, and know that it is a killer.

So okay. I get in to position and give it a try to my right side. By the time I get over to my left side, I am groaning in pain. My abs are killing me.

I manage to get over to the left, and when I swing back to the middle, you guessed it.

BALL doesn't want to do this, so attempts to run out the door.

I get up, chase it down, get back on the floor in position again, and try to do this thing with grace and ease, like the gestapo on the video is doing.

Again, I get to the right side, come back to the center, and POP! Lose the ball again.

I am now getting very good at crawling across the floor after the departing ball.

THIS time I do things MY way. I am on the floor, and I put both heels on the ball. I rotate from side to side. This seems to be working quite well, and the ball and I are in sinc.

Oh, there are lots more workouts to do on this DVD. There's the using of weights and the resistance band, too.

I do recommend it to all of you, with the caveat that you can do things at your own pace and in your own fashion, if that's what you need to do.

The point of this whole thing is to get cardio workouts. To get our hearts stronger, and to feel good about ourselves. We want to be healthy and in shape, right?

The last warning about these DVDs: You might want to wear knee pads so you can crawl all over the place chasing down that ball. I think I will get some new pads and just keep them in the room.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/29/2011 6:22PM

    I laughed so hard at your blog that my ribs are hurting. It is funnier because that is exactly what happens when I am working with the ball on some of the exercises. I thought it was just me...must be the balls. lol Keep up your great work. You are doing an AWESOME job!!!
Love and hugs,

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ELSEEBEE 1/25/2011 8:40PM

    Thank you for making me laugh! I can so relate to what you're saying. I love Nicole's workouts, but find I'm usually about 10 minutes behind her- which is rather rough when it's only a 10 minute workout! emoticon

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PHOENIXK26 1/25/2011 5:30PM

    Your blog cracked me up! I am always having to grab something to help out my balance. Good work on doing three of those in a row!

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NEWNAC304 1/25/2011 2:48PM

    Are you sure that was a strength training workout? It sounds more like cardio to me. Good luck with it!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/25/2011 1:58PM

    No wonder your glisten runneth over--chasing the ball alone is a cardio workout! I am going tonight to get those DVDs, and I will know now to make sure all breakable items and small animals (like my cat) are safely put away for when the ball gets away from me. You are going to be one well toned woman with all the workouts you are doing, my friend well done!!

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The Skinny on the New DVDs from Wal-Mart

Monday, January 24, 2011

Today I opened the package of the "Lose the Baby Weight Fast" DVD purchased yesterday from Wal-mart.

I thought I was in pretty good shape with all the workouts I have been doing on Spark, but this one kicked my butt!

I did two of the ten minute workouts; the resistance band and followed it by the one with the ball.

AGONY comes to mind.


She really gets you moving fast, and I have to tell you about the resistance band one first.

I'm supposed to hook my foot in to one of the handles, but I didn't listen to that part on the first go-round. I put MY foot into the half way mark of the resistance band, and held both handles with the opposite hand.

We are supposed to lift the right leg while holding the handles in the left hand. We are on our hands and knees, then we are supposed to extend the right leg out and up, repeating the movement.

Before I get a good grip on what I was doing, and wow. It was a TRUE resistance the way I was doing it..........she switches over to the left leg and right hand.

I still don't notice I am doing it "the hard way", so press on.

Then we are supposed to squat low on the resistance band, and lift our arms (holding the band, of course, by its handles) up over our head.

Now that doesn't sound too difficult, does it?

Just wait till you TRY it!

I was impressed that I could get my hands up to my shoulders! Ah, we do what we can, right?!

We go through more of the torture, then go backward in order from where we started.

I am amazed that I actually finished this one.

But because we are on Week 4 of the 28 Day Boot Camp, I click on the next workout. This one is using the ball.

I like ball workouts. They agree with me. So I get my trusty workout ball, knowing this will be a snap.

HA! The ball they are using has sand in it; mine does not. But I use what I have, right?

This gal must be who trained Nicole! She is BRUTAL!

She expects me to do lunges with the ball, swinging the ball and lunging at the same time.

Those of you who know me understand that swinging and lunging is not a wise thing to tell me to do. I am one of those people who has trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time, much less swing a big ball and lunge!

I have no idea how to do what she is doing, and I am certain that what I am doing looks nothing like her demonstrations.

She carries us through with lunging, circles, and gets down on the floor with the ball.

I try to do what she says, but it just isn't the same, somehow. I keep dropping my ball, and forget about the lifting of my arms to meet the ball, and when it is time to do the swing thing with the ball, I am sure I can hear snickering in the back ground.

Let her snicker! At least I am getting a lot of workout crawling all over the room chasing down my ball.

My cat enters the room and hisses at me before she stalks out.

I have a firm grip on the ball with my legs and feet, take a look at what she is doing now, and realize I am a "bit" behind.

She is doing this roll out kind of thing, but a different kind of roll out. I am supposed to roll my body out on the ball until I am balancing on my chins and straightened arms.

Then I am supposed to be doing something other than rolling on to my face, which makes me roll off the ball on to the left-on-the-floor resistance band handles.

I try it again, and am amazed that I haven't broken my nose or at the least, given my self a good rug burn on my nose and forehead as I slide too far forward again. This time I fall into the corner of the desk.

Somehow I don't think this is going exactly the way it is supposed to do, but I keep floundering around until the end of the session.

My arms and abs are shaking from the workout. I am glistening. I need to walk slowly to get my heart rate down.

I need to clean up and do some harmless quilting.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/29/2011 6:14PM

    You are doing an AWESOME job just by trying and doing the best you can!!! WAY TO GO!!!

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ARMYMOM46 1/25/2011 10:53AM

    Thanks for sharing this I guess I need to get into doing excerise dvd's again. I thought I was doing pretty good with my water arobics and swimming but after I read this is making me rethink on my workouts. Good luck on it I know you can do it. Let me know how you are doing. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/24/2011 2:06PM

    You really do put me to shame, you know--I guess I'd better get back over and get those DVDs before they're gone if I want to come anywhere close to keeping up with you! Your workout sounds like many of mine; I'm glad I do not have a big mirror to see how I look when I'm doing them as I know I don't look ANYTHING like the women on the screen. Way to go!!

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