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One week down and 39 to go... plus measurement time

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Well I have completed my first week of training ......

*****What have I achieved?*****

emoticon I have run - 13.78 miles

emoticon I have swum - 112 lengths (including today)

emoticon I have cycled - 11.39 miles (including today) and done a 30 minute session in the gym

emoticon I have undertaken 477 minutes of strength training (including today)

*****What have I learnt?*****
I have learnt that I need to look at my swimming technique, there should be more 'kick' in my front crawl which will speed me up markedly - but I currently don't have the stamina to do more than 1 length at a time at this improved rate.

While cycling is my weakest discipline I know it is working me out the hardest - I literally come home with drips of sweat falling off me.

*****What do I have planned for next week?*****
emoticon Run my first 10k next Sunday

emoticon Work on the kick by alternating lengths with the stronger kick on my shorter workouts

emoticon Add about 1 mile to my cycle route, and continue to push as hard as I can to cycle as fast as I can.

emoticon I will continue to monitor the amount of strength I am doing, and consider reducing it if the time commitment becomes too much

emoticon Make it to Pilates


And onto my measurements.

At the start of BLC25 we undertook a fitness test comprising of the time to do a mile, your pulse after 3 minute of step, the number of crunches in a minute, and the number of pushups in a minute.

I have repeated the same test week 6 of BLC25, week 12 of BLC25, week 4 of the break and this weekend week 8 of the break. I intend to continue repeating this every 4 weeks, so the results?

Not a steady improvement everytime, but a distinct improvement from the start in most areas

Actual measurements? Well I didn't do them week 1 or week 6 - but the rest .......

Well I am definitely getting smaller, and I think more defined.

And finally at the start of BLC25 I weighed 143lb, on the 20th July, 12 weeks later I weighed 137.6lb, and today 8weeks after that I weigh 133.8lb.

So that was 5.6lb in the first 12 weeks, and 3.8lb in the past 8 - only 0.8lb to my goal and I have 4weeks until my self-imposed time limit - just in time for the next update to the numbers. emoticon

Nuff said - movin' on

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/15/2014 4:44PM

    WOOHOO! You are rockin' it! Love the update. Hope you are having even more fun than it sounds like!

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/15/2014 12:01AM

    Amazing, as always! emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 9/14/2014 11:55PM

    You are doing such an awesome job I only wish I could do half of what you are doing keep up the great work I can hardly wait to see where you will be this time in 39 weeks.


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BIGPAWSUP 9/14/2014 7:01PM

    You are amazing!! Rock on girl!

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COOLMAMA11 9/14/2014 5:34PM are really doing great...wish I could get the dedication to exercise that you have!

Good luck with your race, I am sure you will excel!

~Elaine emoticon emoticon

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but………..

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yes I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what I am going to say next is not in line with commonly held wisdom.

It is not about what you should or should not have for your breakfast.

It is about what breakfast is.

Breakfast is the first meal of the day, but that does not mean it has to be first thing in the morning.
I have spent years making my body do something it rebels against i.e. eating first thing.
That has then given me other issues – a ravenous hunger all day being the most common.

I have now come to the conclusion the important thing is not when you break your fast – that should be in tune with your body clock – but how you break it.

Stop eating on the run because you need to eat something first thing

Take some time

If you don’t have time before you leave the house, create a packed breakfast

Get in touch with your body and listen to it

We are all different, so what works for me might not work for you, but please …….

Choose a nutritious breakfast whether you have it at 6am or 6pm
Remember protein at breakfast time is a good thing
Enjoy what you eat, by taking the time to savour and appreciate it

And as the Doctor says:

Nuff said – movin’ on

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ZELLAZM 9/14/2014 1:19PM

    Good advice. This is why I sometimes pack my breakfast and eat when I get to work. If I have to rush out of the house to catch the train, it's not conducive to good digestions. Once I get to the city, I generally have a little buffer before I have to teach and I can relax in the teacher's room with a big cup of tea... and breakfast.

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BIGPAWSUP 9/13/2014 3:54PM

    Woo Hoo - awesome!! (and ya gotta love the Doctor!)

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ZANNACHAN 9/11/2014 8:34PM

    I really struggle with food first thing in the morning--so this speaks to me. My first meal of the day tends to be after I've been up for awhile and very, very small--usually something small and heavier on the protein, like cheese or yogurt, though i think I'm going to try adding a hard boiled egg to the mix. Then a couple of hours later I eat my first "real" meal of the day, which is lunch.

Sadly, if i eat when I'm hungry, that means I eat very lightly at breakfast (typically ~150 calories) , moderately at lunch (300-500 calories), a decent sized snack (150-300 calories) around 4, and a large, dinner (600-800 calories). Everything I've read says that this isn't the ideal pattern, but that's my hunger pattern. I've read that's pretty common with people who are under a lot of stress, so I'm hoping that if things calm down (knock on wood) that my daily diet will balance out better.

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KATIE5668 9/10/2014 11:13PM

    yep..if we break down the word..Break food for at least 8 to 10 hours...our bodies need something! What that something is varies from one to the hit that on spot for sure!!
Great reminder!!!

keep moving..let no moss grow under your feet!!


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WILDVIOLETS 9/10/2014 10:37PM

    You should always listen to the Doctor! I emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/10/2014 7:47PM

    Great blog. I have to eat within an hour of waking for a couple of reasons, but mostly because I'm hungry! emoticon

It makes sense to do what is right for you.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/10/2014 12:13PM

    If it works for you that's good enough. I can't get through more than about 2 hours after getting up without eating something. I don't necessarily eat first thing in the morning, but it is usually within 2 hours.

'Nuff said. Have fun!

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COOLMAMA11 9/10/2014 8:54AM

    Great photos..I eat a healthy breakfast everyday, I am hungry in the morning so need it, now DH goes on coffee and a bran muffin, like you said it's different for everyone!

Elaine emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENSHAINES 9/10/2014 7:57AM

    They actually just came out with a study that somewhat discounts this, but I am a believer in needing fuel for the day. Also, breakfast is my favorite meal! emoticon Loved the photos here!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/10/2014 7:53AM

    nuff said emoticon

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40 weeks to become an Athlete.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I actually started my training earlier this week, but as the event I intend on competing (I use the word to mean finish in a non-embarrassing time) is in exact 40-weeks I decided to start sharing my journey now.

I haven’t quite finished losing weight, but with 1lb to go as of this morning and just over 5 weeks until my self-imposed deadline, I really can’t get too excited about that.

the first thing I thought of when I realized I had 40 weeks to go was – that’s how long it takes to grow a baby, so with growing as a theme - I want to grow myself into an Athlete.
Here I am at Day 1 of 280:

I took my measurements, but I as share those regularly anyway and next week is official measurement day, so I won’t bore you with them now.

I am going to share my first 4-week plan, this is an experiment, as I am slightly concerned that I might be pushing myself too hard.

The swim-cycle-run relates to distances, the upper-core-lower relates to the pre-saved strength workout I have developed. (Green is completed workouts with actual distances where appropriate)

My weakest discipline at the moment is cycling; I have been running on and off for 3 years, and consistently for the past 4-months; while I hadn’t been swimming in over a year until 3 weeks ago I can now swim 800m in under 30-minutes (as of this am); cycling wise I am struggling – the bike I am using isn’t great, but will have to do until early next year – I am struggling to understand gears – it takes me 30-minutes to cycle less than 4-miles round my neighborhood – on the plus side I can now do the whole loop without having to get off the bike and push it up the hills.

I have identified a couple of milestones I would like to achieve on my journey
21st September 2014 – Walsall 10k Run
15th March 2015 – Longleat Half Marathon
Sometime in March / April I would like to find a Sprint Tri to complete
14th June 2015 – Windsor 25th Anniversary Triathlon

Lastly I would like to ask something of you my friends – please keep me accountable, please help keep me on track, ask me how it is going (but be prepared to be bored emoticon ), if you know about tri’s and have some advice please share it – I might ignore it but as much info as possible will be appreciated.

Well I think that gives you an idea of where I am at now, so Nuff said – movin’ on

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ZELLAZM 9/14/2014 1:20PM

    How is it going? emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/10/2014 6:24AM

    First of all, do some homework on nutrition while training for Triathlons. Its imperative that you fuel clean and also for energy. Hydrate! During a Tri, the rule about 8 oz every 20 minutes becomes more important. You have to replenish your body with vitamins and electrolytes properly. Google "hitting the wall," and check this article out...

Don't be concerned about weight fluctuation 'cause it's going to happen!

And just like in running, a race is just a test of your training. Find a good overall Tri Plan. I would think you are aiming at a Sprint so focus on the distances properly.

My training partner, an experienced Triathlete, told ne to focus on three things for my first Tri!

That has been my mantra since day one! Stay strong, focused, and have fun!

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JENSHAINES 9/8/2014 9:25PM

    Wow, Marg - LOOK at you! And what terrific goals! How many gears does your bike have? Having the gear thing down will make a huge difference. Commuting is *not* the same as tri-racing. You just ROCK! And yes, I'm planning on being very bored. (NOT!) but am planning on tracking your progress!

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PLB0217 9/8/2014 12:57PM

    I LOVE IT!! I like how you have everything planned out...You can do this!!!

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    You're really inspiring me! Great work. You look fantastic.

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/8/2014 6:38AM

    Great blog, as usual. I always love how detailed and motivated you are. Good luck with this, and I can't wait to read more about it. emoticon

PS - You look fantastic!

Comment edited on: 9/8/2014 6:39:07 AM

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ROSEDOLL 9/7/2014 10:42PM

    I wish you all the best on your journey. emoticon It will be so interesting to follow you as you go along.

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CARELLIGIRL 9/7/2014 9:27PM

    Those are awesome and inspiring goals! I look forward to hearing how you progress on this amazing journey. emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 9/7/2014 7:25PM

    OMG I'm exhausted just reading this..way to go girl, You have accomplished so much, keep on keeping on.

Elaine emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/7/2014 7:09PM

    Sounds really awesome! I've always envied those who tri. (Yes, pun intended.) It sounds like you have a good plan in place. Don't stress too much. Perhaps you could find either a biking or tri club to help with getting more comfortable on the bike.

No matter what.. Have FUN!

PS: I'm never bored living vicariously through my friends. emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 9/7/2014 6:05PM

    Sounds pretty awesome! I know nothing about tri's personally though I've known some people who have trained and competed in them. I hope you have a fantastic time on this journey!

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Who is the girl in the mirror?

Friday, August 29, 2014

This is a blog I never expected to write, because I never expected to look in the mirror and see a ... Runner.

I know, I can hear a groan from a number of you, I have felt it myself - the what is it with running, I don't like running, it is dull, I can't see the point etc

I have never liked running, but it is great cardio, so at the back end of 2011 I got to the stage where I could run 5k, in a time of 34:17, then I stopped running - I probably injured myself - I started running again mid-2012, and ran 5ks all through the summer - then I stopped again. At the back end of 2013 my eldest daughter decided she wanted to run a marathon, and I would be her training buddy, I said okay but only to 1/2 marathon distance, and then she was on her own. So we started on Couch to 5k, which we completed. Then on to working towards 10k and although she slacked off I kept adding distance until I injured myself in March this year.

(Anyone see a bit of a trend here - I run then injure myself and rinse and repeat emoticon ).

The shock of how much my fitness dropped in the first 6-weeks of BLC25 got me off the couch and pounding the streets again, and back to running 5ks by July. Part of my birthday present was new trainers, and I have had a few Personal Bests in the past 2 months, but the shock at what had changed in me started 3 weeks ago.

I run an official 5k via an organisation called Parkrun , most Saturdays when I am running (22 runs in 3 years) . This is the UK site, but I know they support 5k runs in lots of countries.

Anyhoo - part of the agreement is that you volunteer at least 3 x per year to marshal at the events, as this helps keep them going and keeping them free, so I decided to volunteer on 16th August ............ only to find out my event was cancelled due to Eid celebrations.

So I decided to look for another local parkrun to run ................ WHAT ........ no lie in ........... no vegging on the couch ............ nope I actively went out and searched out another run ........... not only that, I got up extra early to get to the alternate location, and I went and I ran........

I managed 5k in under 30minutes for the first time (my goal since I started running 5ks), but the buzz I got had me looking for a Parkrun 5k to run while I was on holiday ............. there is only one in Cornwall, and it is an hour's drive from where we were camping ........... so I made sure I had all the details with me, and I found my eyes drifting to the bottom of the start page, which currently declares there are 284 parkrun events in the UK ............ hmmmmmmm

Last Saturday I ran the Lanhydrock parkrun - Absolutely beautiful venue - the grounds of a National Trust Property . Well worth a visit.
As for the run ........ we ran down past the house, then up through the woods, then down, down and more down through more woods, and down to the river, then it was up past a building, along, and up the main drive (I had to walk a little here), across a field (with the friendliest cows in Britain, I am really glad they didn't come close enough for me to find out for sure), then more up, and up (and more walking), finally we crested the hill ran down past the start and finished just in front of the house.

That was the most challenging 5k I have ever run (okay run and walked), and I felt incredible, and turned to my daughter and said 'lets do them all, all 284 and all the new ones that will be added too' .............. yep I plan to do every park run in the country - which is going to take years ............... and I also realised that some time over the past 3 weeks I stopped being a person who runs only for the calorie burn and I became a runner

.......... and part of me said yep but only 5, maybe 10ks - it isn't like I would ever do a marathon .......... then the girl in the mirror looks back at me and winks 'and it's not like you would ever be a runner eh'.

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ENDUROVET 9/5/2014 3:41PM

    Cornwall, holy crap! You may not be too far from my MIL (St Austell)...

Hmmm, guess I've never gotten past the "Run...Injury...Recover...Repeat" stage to consider myself a "real" runner - & w/my crappy ol' flat feet I may never be able to get back into it (I bumped into the corn on my L foot this AM w/office chair, suffered SHARP pain & said a few choice words!), but I see someone even stranger to me when I look in the mirror: an erstwhile yogi !!! Finally gaining some proficiency after literally YEARS of tinkering around w/yoga...
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    What an inspiration to many you are. What a wonderful, funderful obsession! emoticon

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    Congrats on your outstanding accomplishments! I can't ever imagine doing what you've done, but you're very inspiring...who knows. emoticon

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BELLSES 8/31/2014 8:56AM

    This is such a wonderful accomplishment! And so fun too! I know running is said to be addictive....

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PLB0217 8/30/2014 9:36PM

    emoticon on all of your runs!!! This is really cool. I am with you...I am working towards a time goal for my 5ks.....I have three left this summer. You are a true inspiration and a RUNNER! emoticon

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JENSHAINES 8/30/2014 3:26PM

    Oh, Marg - you are a wonder! This was so motivating and it's so COOL!!! You need to connect with our former teammate Lisa - she almost could have written this blog herself. It was the same thing and now she does 5Ks every weekend, I think, and has done a couple of 10Ks. She changed her sparkname, so I'll get you two hooked up. Again... emoticon ! You are emoticon

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ZELLAZM 8/30/2014 6:14AM

    What a wonderful, fun goal! I look forward to hearing more about your adventures!

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EMSSBEARS 8/30/2014 12:36AM

    That is awesome Marg so when can we expect to see you in your marathon?

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KATIE5668 8/29/2014 11:25PM

    Love it!! Just goes to prove that sometimes we make many starts before we really get the program going!!

What a kool idea to hit ALL the park runs!! Good Luck with that indeed!

Thanks for the link..beautiful place indeed!

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SHANTODD420 8/29/2014 2:25PM

    Keep pushing and keep going. You can do it.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/29/2014 12:14PM

    that´s great love and i love the idea of the park runs.where in U.K. do you live.i am from wales even thpugh i live in germany now though i have also lived in parts of england and schottland.i can even see a maraton run in the distance,lol.keep on keeping on you are doing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 8/29/2014 12:13PM

    Awesome! I love this blog, and I love how much you have done and how far you have come! And it gives me some hope because I *hate hate hate* running. I walk, I use the elliptical, I play sports, etc., but running without a purpose other than running *shudder* But maybe there is hope for some day that if my hip ever lets me run again I might learn to enjoy it.

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/29/2014 11:10AM

    Good for you!!

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SCRAPPYGAMBLER 8/29/2014 11:03AM

    Wow! That's awesome! I always wondered what it would be like to be one of the people running (that I so often come across when I am walking). I actually was going to sign up for my second 5K at the zoo...and found out it's at the same time that I will be in Vegas. I felt mixed emotions...I was going to run it with an actual "runner" so I was a bit intimidated...but actually I was disappointed that I will not be able to participate. I am going to have to look for another one! Good luck with all those runs!

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NUTSNUTSGETEM 8/29/2014 9:52AM

    Outstanding! What a goal - 284 different runs! Good luck!

(And, when I was reading your blog, a song came to mind. Not running related. But here in the States, no one ever references Cornwall ...
h?v=tEK7iUfkdTU )

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BIGPAWSUP 8/29/2014 9:44AM

    That is amazing. Congrats on your new healthy obsession.

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COOLMAMA11 8/29/2014 9:17AM

    Congratulations Marg, you are doing so great, you are awesome, a great inspiration to all of us, I have been wavering, but when I see blogs like this it encourages me to try again!

Elaine emoticon

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56 days to go - Reviewing the Numbers

Monday, August 18, 2014

BLC25 finished about 4 weeks ago, and in the intervening time life has continued. I decided that I would retake the fitness test we did during BLC midway through the break (this week just gone) and at the end of the break (14th September).

So how did I do?

From this you can see my fitness has remained pretty static.
My mile was slightly slower, but as I cross 2 roads and the weather was really blowy, plus I have seen other improvements in my running, 7 seconds seem irrelevant.
I did 4 less crunches, my core workout doesn’t include crunches at the moment, so that seems okay to me.
Push-ups (and they are full push-ups) are exactly the same.
My pulse rate was up a smidge after 3 minutes on the step, but I may have push harder this time, as I know my endurance (from running) has improved.

So what was the point?
Well it gives me the opportunity to check that I am still working hard enough to maintain my fitness and watch for any negative trends.

Other numbers from the past 4 weeks are:
Weight – down 2.4lb
Resting heart rate down to 48 pbm
Measurements all down a smidge except chest (under bust) up 0.5”, over all I am down 1.5”
5k time has dropped from 30:35 on 26th July to 29:34 16th August meeting one of my long term goals.

I am still on target to hit my goal weight of 133lb by 13th October (stretch target 16th September and start of BLC26).
I have started my training regime for a triathlon in 2015
I am focusing on toning my body.

I still need to:
• Find out my Body Fat %
• Join the Triathlon Club
• Sign up for the triathlon (probably end of March next year for financial reasons)
• Sort out my bike (it needs new brakes, a bell and lights – yes, I am a hazard on the roads)

Well I go on holiday on Friday and won’t be back until 1st September, so here’s to a health and active vacation ( I am really hoping not to undo any of my hardwork, but no promises)

Nuff said, movin’ on

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ZELLAZM 8/25/2014 6:26AM

    I see you're on break, now as I just get back from mine. Scanning your posts of the past few weeks has been a good motivation to get down to brass tacks and set some goals for myself now that vacation is over.

WTG on getting to goal weight and your other successes since I last visited here! See you in September!

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JENSHAINES 8/18/2014 9:52PM

    Oh, Marg, you just continue and continue to inspire me! You are becoming a lean, mean fitness machine! Have an amazing vacation and ENJOY!

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SUSANELAINE1956 8/18/2014 7:43PM

    You did great. I'd be afraid to take the fitness test now, so good job! Hope you have a wonderful vacation. emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 8/18/2014 12:13PM

    emoticon Enjoy your vacation, BUT not too much lol! emoticon

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SCRAPPYGAMBLER 8/18/2014 11:00AM

    Resting heart rate at 48? That's awesome! I thought I was doing much better and mine is at 54! I am not familiar with BLC25...were do you find out info about it?

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/18/2014 10:50AM

    It sounds like you have things well in hand and going strong. I love that you are so positive and focused.

Have fun on your Holiday!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/18/2014 9:27AM

    wow love i thing you are doing greati ´haven´t bothered renewing the fitness test as i have had my knee replacement inbetween and as i can´t do most of the test and the part i can do will be so slow because of the now crutches i don´t think i will bother either.but i am proud of you that you have done it.great idea.keep on keeping on emoticon

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