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The Weight is Lifted!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The judge dismissed the case! I just stood there looking at him. "you can go Miss". I continued to just blink at him. "get out of here" - I moved. So I lost two days worth of sleep, bit off every nail I had, and worked myself up to the point of crazy - for everything to be dismissed.

My entire time in court was only 10 minutes. We were done and out.

Since we were downtown, we walked over to see the "Bean". I really wasn't all that impressed. Maybe I just don't get "abstract" art. I know it has a name, but to me it was a giant silver kidney bean. Sorry.

We had passes the Cultural Center on our way to the "Bean". They had a banner up for something called "Morbid Curiosities". Sounded like our speed so we checked it out. They had some beautiful pieces and displays. Wonderful "death art" (skulls/skeletons) including Tibetan skull bowls. My favorite piece was the Death of Venus - it was great.

They had a second gallery off the main one that had "war" art. I know they were trying to show the horrors of war by using child-like images in the uniforms and such. Problem is I'm a Dr. Who fan - so I looked at hubby and went "are you my mommy" and we both busted up. Not appropriate but if you understood the reference you and smiling right now. At that point we hustled out of there.

I did reward myself with food - good Polish food and a mixed drink but stayed within calories. I did come home and walk the dog, so even accomplished some cardio.

Now, the stress is off, the nervous energy is gone, and two days of no sleep has caught up. I will get caught up with everyone in the next few days. I promise! Thank you so much for all the well wishes and prayers. I'm too tired to strut right now but with some sleep, I'll be right back at it.


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LIVINGFREE19 7/6/2012 1:49AM

    That is awesome that you are finally done with that and the stress is done also!!

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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/5/2012 10:33PM

    Fantastic News! I told you that you were too nice to deserve all that!

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    Have some good sleep !

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KALANTHA 7/4/2012 1:29PM

    That's GREAT news, Kitty!!

So glad you can finally relax.

Glad you had fun after court (Being part Polish myself, I'm quite jealous that you enjoyed that wonderful food without me.) I'm proud of you for enjoying some great food AND staying within your calorie range!

Then you walked, too!

You are a SPARKSTAR!!!!


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OPTIMIST1948 7/4/2012 1:15PM

    Dear god I love kielbasa! Congrats on having case dismissed. What a way to celebrate!

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MICHELLE_391 7/4/2012 12:42PM

    My little peacock lady - you strut in your sleep. Yeah, you're that fabulous. I'd hardly call it rewarding yourself with food for eating Polish food. You ate something you truly enjoy and stayed within your range. That's a lifestyle change. You don't have to deprive yourself of anything to be an amazing, healthy, woman. You just need to keep it real.

And you sooooooooooo are!

Congratulations on your court outcome - the bright, sunny rays of the universe are shining upon you. And if anyone deserves that kind of love, it's you.

Enjoy the 4th and the heat! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 7/4/2012 11:10AM

    Glad it all worked out so well for you. I get annoyed when I make the effort to go to court and then they dismiss it so quickly - couldn't they have made that decision before I wasted a trip? :-)

I like the Bean for some reason, probably because I enjoy looking at all the different reflections in it. It's funny how so many people are always there taking pictures.

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SACHABEE 7/4/2012 11:08AM

    Happy it turned out well!

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 7/4/2012 8:54AM

    Glad it was thrown out! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/4/2012 5:39AM

    Go get your rest and relax, it's over and you can have your normal life back again.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/4/2012 3:33AM

    emoticon So glad it got thrown out and that you can relax now! The Cultural Center sounds like a cool place to visit! Glad you had a good day and can stop stressing now!


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VIXSTERLU 7/4/2012 12:47AM

    Great to hear! I hope you get a wonderful nights sleep :)

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BEARGODDESS 7/3/2012 11:27PM

    I hate to say I told you so, but I TOLD YOU SO!! Sounds like it turned into rather a fun day though actually! The Cultural Center exhibits sound REALLY interesting.
Glad it turned into a good day sweetie! Get a good nights sleep! emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 7/3/2012 11:10PM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! Such great news! I am glad you were able to take in some scenery as a way to relax after such stress, and enjoyed a good meal!

So glad you can relax and enjoy your holiday!


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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Well, I am certainly up with the cardio this month. I've had two days over 200 minutes. My legs are a bit sore but I am stretching them out. I've just got so much on my mind right now, I need to stay active and not think.

I just have to hope everything goes well tomorrow. I don't want to go into details but I have court over the car accident tomorrow. It's driving me nuts. So I just keep walking. When the dogs can't walk any more, I jumped on the bike. I couldn't bike any further and I'm wandering around with my pedometer.

Nothing works better on stress than constant activity. I ate at the high end of my range tonight. PB&J is just too much of a comfort food. I know I should know better, but I'm staying within range. And with the activity I've put in the last few days, I can use the carbs.

Well, here's hoping I sleep tonight. I'm not working tomorrow, so I'm not going to lay in bed all night again. If I'm not out by midnight, I'll drag Tazzy out for a walk by the lake.

Wishing everyone warm wags!


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LIVINGFREE19 7/6/2012 1:54AM

    Stress is so brutal. I am glad that you channeled your stress so constuctively!

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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/3/2012 6:26PM

    PB & J sounds great! Good job not eating 3 of them lol. Hey thanks for your support with my busy schedule. I really appreciate your kind and encouragin words, it helps me get through my day when things are tough. It's nice that you take time out of your day to help others. I have been thinking good thoughts about your court deal today. I'm sure you will be glad it's over with either way. If you are anything like me, the anticipation kills my stomach! I would rather have bad results and have it over with sometimes. I had a big court case a couple years ago that was facing me with a misdemeanor for something that was absolutely made a big deal over nothing. It happened at work with a customer, but was just ridiculous! I had never been in any trouble and it was drawn out over 6 months and almost killed me lol. The judge threw it out and wouldnt even hear the case... he knew is was BS. I was so relieved, but it was crazy how stressful it was for me. I can relate to your feelings. You can email me if you want to know more deatails, just for a good laugh. Anyway, I hope things go in your favor! You are way to nice to get more trouble!

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KALANTHA 7/3/2012 5:51PM

    I just read this! I hope all went well in court today and that you're able to get a good night's sleep tonight. emoticon emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 7/3/2012 11:31AM

    I hope all goes well for you in court.

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ERINWALKER81 7/3/2012 11:21AM

    Deep Breaths...LOL!

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BEARGODDESS 7/3/2012 10:08AM

    It'll all be over quickly and then you can get your peace of mind back. I know it's hard to get your mind off of things that are throwing your everyday routine off so much. Hope you get it over with fast and get back to normal.

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    emoticon and best wishes.

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MRSTABER 7/3/2012 8:43AM

    I hope all goes well. I will pray for you!

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 7/3/2012 6:59AM

    Ugh! Hope all goes well today. Those stressful times can be terrible but you are tackling it in a healthy way and no matter what the outcome of court is, you'll come out stronger. emoticon

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LYDDIECAT 7/3/2012 6:42AM

    Ugh...there's nothing worse than constant stress and insomnia. I hope this all gets resolved for you. Take care of yourself as much as you can, drink a lot of water and stretch. You don't want to walk yourself into an injury! emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/3/2012 5:31AM

    I hope things work out with court for you. Sending hugs for you.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/3/2012 3:24AM

    When you can't sleep try taking Melatonin or Valerian Root and also try meditating before you go to sleep. Meditating usually helps me to relax and clear my mind. I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow!!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/3/2012 1:09AM

    {{{{{HUGS}}}Try not to worry about it,think positive.It will be what it will be.Wishing it will be in your favor, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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BIGDOG1969 7/3/2012 12:33AM

    Best of luck to you. Don't overdo the walking though...getting injured really sucks.

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JANTWO 7/3/2012 12:29AM

    I hope all goes well for you!!!! emoticon

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July Goals

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I read my Spark Friends blogs and everyone is always sharing their goal/challenges for the month. I've done it before but I'm not certain I've been completely "honest" about setting my goals. I tend to aim low. I've looked back at the last 4 months trackers (I keep a spreadsheet) and I have always achieved my goals with several days to spare. I realize that this is not what goal setting should be about. I know I do that because I have bad days and I don't want to feel like I've let anyone down my not achieving.

So, here's the deal. I'm going to set some goals this month that will really cause me to stretch. If I want the right to strut, I can't keep playing it safe. I am officially upping my goals out of the "safe/can do" range. So here goes:

July goals -

1) 360,000 steps emoticon. That comes out to 12,000 steps per day. I'm averaging about 11,000 right now including my big walks. I have had lots of days under 10,000 but I really can't allow that any more.

2) 270 miles emoticon. That comes out to 9 miles a day. I know that doesn't match my steps but I'm trying to add in some regular bike riding 3 to 4 night a week. The 9 miles is an average. I want 42 miles a week walking (6 miles a day) and 6 miles to 4 days a week on the bike.

3) 102 fitness minutes per day emoticon. I've been over 90 minutes a day for awhile. I need to PUSH the strength training. I do 90 in cardio - so I'm going to force myself to ST 3 days per week.

4) Daily stretching routine emoticon. I tend to blow off stretching until I have pain. Then I make hubby use acupressure to make me feel better. I'm actually LOSING flexibility. I need to be gaining in that too. Hubby knows more stretches than you can shake a stick at. I'm going to get him to spend a few minutes a day teaching me stretches.

5) 10 cups of water per day emoticon. I do all of my cardio outside and 8 glasses is not enough water in this heat. I've been going back to my coffee after hitting my 8 in water. I can't do that and stay properly hydrated now. I need to up the water.

6) Eat my calorie range emoticon. I have a new range (once I was honest with my tracker about what I do). I also have a tendency to pig out one day and then "make it up" the rest of the week. NO MORE! I'm not going to "borrow" calories any longer. I'm going to be on track every day. And (those of you who know me - sit down), I'm going to start cooking! Yes, Kitty will enter the kitchen and use more than "magic box". I have a stove, I know how to turn it on. I will use it.

7) Down time every night emoticon emoticon emoticon. I do very little for myself that is RELAXING. I'm even multi-tasking while watching my movies or using my stepper while talking with hubby. I don't every really let down and I'm certain that is my sleep issue. So 30 minutes before bed, no exercise, no computer, nothing but hubby or girls or bath or meditation. I'm going to relax if it kills me.

So there we go. I'm going to push myself this month. I'm a bit nervous that I won't make all of them. Nerves and excitement feel the same right? Same brain chemicals are responsible. That mean I'm just excited. New feathers for the peacock.


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GINGERPAWZ 7/10/2012 1:55PM

    Those are some emoticon goals. Keep up the emoticon work.


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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/3/2012 1:22PM

    Great goals sis! I think you've inspired me to set my own! :)

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LYDDIECAT 7/3/2012 6:45AM

    wow...12,000 steps a day; I feel special when I hit 10,000! Go, girl!

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MICHELLE_391 7/2/2012 9:25PM

    These are fantastic and ambitious goals! I'd put my money on you succeeding, too. You're just that kinda girl.

Uh-huh. She's a winner. emoticon

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    I am impressed with your goals for the month. Accountability is everything and documenting it is great. Good for you for having a spreadsheet that you fill out. I do the same as well. It helps because I usually have more than one challenge going at any one time so it's easier for me to log everything into the spreadsheet per day and then copy and paste what I need into every different challenge.

Way to go lady!

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VIXSTERLU 7/2/2012 12:00PM

    Great job! Good luck, they are lofty but totally attainable :)

I am on hiatus with goals, but eager to get back to it!

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JESSICAWALKS 7/2/2012 10:37AM

    WOW! You're my hero!!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/2/2012 8:40AM

    Great goals - but with all that cardio, and strength training and stretching, when will you have time to sit down and have any down time? You're superwoman to fit in all that you do in a 24 hour day.

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GMO_JEN 7/1/2012 10:41PM

    Welcome to the July goals club :) you have amazing goals-very hard core. You are going to have a super fit month! emoticon

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Signing the I Will Not Quit Blog

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I Will NOT Quit!
Saturday, June 30, 2012

Share and spread the Spark!

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56

Signed; Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

signed Fran

Signed Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed by Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed by Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed by Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012

Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

Signed Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012

Signed John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Deb (jewelle217) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Kathy (Kalantha) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Lynn (BearGoddess) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Kitty (BigPawsUp) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!

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VIXSTERLU 7/2/2012 11:59AM

    Yeah yeah yeah baby! I am in :)

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    You are an inspiration to us all. This is a dynamite theory and I will be spreading it for you.

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CHEFMOM1199 7/1/2012 5:33PM

  This is great!

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SMILES650 7/1/2012 4:34PM

  On my way to post this too......hope you are well, your dogs are gorgeous too, they sure make life wonderful! emoticon

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SACHABEE 7/1/2012 2:25PM

    I will not quit!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/1/2012 1:19AM

    What an Awesome Idea, emoticon emoticonYes I will too emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/1/2012 2:14:11 AM

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BEARGODDESS 6/30/2012 11:08PM

    Woo Hooooo!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 6/30/2012 10:07PM

    I am resigning today! (June 30) Melissa, JAXMOMMY

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SNAILTURBO2GO 6/30/2012 5:50PM

    Awesome, I'm in! This is great! emoticon

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Best Day Yet!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I LOVED the weather today. I'm in love with sun and heat. We were around 100 today. Yes, this made me want to be outside. I knew it was too hot for Tazzy today, so I decided to walk by myself.

I wanted to take the bike trail by the lake, as I cannot take the fuzzy personal trainer there. Bicycles are her "natural prey item", so we avoid areas with lots of bikes. As it was, the trail was surprisingly empty tonight. I figured since I wasn't going to go as fast as when I have Tazzy with me, I needed to add something to the walk. I decided to use my arms like I had cross country ski poles. Even with nothing in you hand, that motion really works your back. I was really enjoying the heat (clouds were moving in). I could have kept going but I heard some thunder rolling in. It started to rain just as I was rounding the corner for home. I got soaked but it felt good. Unfortunately the rain didn't last long - we need it.

I ended up doing over 4.5 miles and I really could have kept going. I felt good and energized. I was feeding off the heat and just letting my body do it's thing. It was wonderful. If someone had told me I could 4.5 miles last summer I would have laughed in their face. Now I want to do it again.

I'm also back to eating tons of raw fruits and veggies. I've been a vegetarian for 17 years, but I've been living on pasta and cheese. Now my fridge is full of fresh fruit, several types of lettuce, tomatoes, and other veggies. I've found a 45 cal wheat bread I love, and sandwiches seem to take care of my carb cravings. It's wonderful.

I'm just feeling really good about myself. I'm proud or myself. I'm feeling "impish" again. I know that might not sound like much to people but I've always been kind of unique. I lost that quality as I ate myself in oblivion and rooted my a$$ to the couch. The better I eat and the more I move, the more that little spark comes back.

Maybe it's the sunshine talking, but I want to strut and have fun again. I'm getting healthy enough to do it again. I not ever going to give up on myself again. Nope, I'm getting healthy to stay.

And I want all my wonderful Spark friends to join me. You've helped me through May, and my accident. I know there will be times in the future I will need a place to lean and you my Spark friends will be there to hold me up. I love and appreciate that. I want to be there for you too. Most of all, I want you to join me in feeling WONDERFUL about who we are. Let's all strut our stuff!

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SACHABEE 7/1/2012 2:34PM

    Glad you're feeling good! It's a great feeling to be "back". emoticon

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SMILES650 6/30/2012 1:05AM

  I soooooo love the heat and the sun too! Your dogs are beautiful, I have always had big dogs......the one I have now is due to the fact that I could not have anything bigger when my husband and I split up, being that I was in a one bedroom dog now is from that time. I was one of those people that wanted to "punt" small dogs across the room, and yet he has turned out to be one of my favourite companions ever!!! He is a character.....and he makes me laugh.....hope you have a great weekend Kitty, Elle, emoticon

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SEASONS__CHANGE 6/29/2012 9:29PM

    What a great blog and glad to see you had an awesome day.

I always wanted to be a vegetarian since I'm a huge animal lover, but I suck at making vegan foods that actually taste good.

Since I've been HIV+ for 22 years, I'm afraid of eating raw veggies without cooking them first. Do you do anything special with lettuce, spinach or other garden items to kill any germs that may be on them? Over the years, there have been several ecoli outbreaks on veggies, including the organic variety.

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MICHELLE_391 6/29/2012 8:34PM

    You ENJOYED yesterday's weather? Really? See, I thought I was gonna die. I'm in complete awe of your tolerance to heat and humidity.

You are sounding like yourself again and that is fantastic! Let's go strut our stuff together again.

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SNAILTURBO2GO 6/29/2012 7:26PM

    I'm glad you are feeling good about yuorself, its nice when you hit that point. I have been getting a lot of compliments about how good i look lately and it really makes me feel good. It makes you feel like all this health stuff is doable.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/29/2012 5:25PM

    Yea you! so glad things went well today! :)

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/29/2012 4:21PM

    I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling better about yourself in more ways than one. Doesn't it feel great to be able to do things like walk 4.5 miles. I know it may sound silly but my arms still very fatty but I like to feel under all that fat the muscles that I am building. :)

Lynn is right, you make it easy to be there for you because you are here for us and make us feel good about ourselves.

Glad you are feeling better and are able to do your exercising again. WOOHOO!


P.S. Let's go turtles!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 6/29/2012 10:07AM

    You go girl...strut it!!!

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FLEURGARDEN 6/29/2012 6:59AM

    Glad to know I'm not the only one who likes the heat (up to a point). The past few evenings have been wonderful and I've enjoyed being outside while others are holed up inside and complaining about the heat. I bet they wouldn't think it was so hot if they'd quit listening to the weathermen and take a risk to venture outside. It's been so cold in the office I've been wearing a fleece all week, so I've loved being able to walk outside and banish that chill from my bones!

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 6/29/2012 6:50AM

    Yah! So glad you're back doing what you love and taking care of yourself. This blog was very motivational.

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BEARGODDESS 6/28/2012 11:01PM

    Aww! It's so GOOD to hear you talk like this! You're an easy person to be "there" for. You make all of your friends feel special, and that's no small thing. These teams that you and BEAUTY WITHIN have created are fun and very supportive and are a great "thank you" to all of of us.
I LOVE when you walk and walk and still want to walk some more!

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KALANTHA 6/28/2012 10:41PM

    You sound terrific!!! I'm glad you're feeling so much better and that you're back to your regular fitness routine. You walk sounded great! I love the idea of adding the arms to your walk!

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