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Day 28: Les Mills Hater

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I finally got a chance to go back to my regular pilates teacher and she told us today was her last day. My gym is trying to change almost everything over to Les Mills. So they basically told the normal teachers they could get trained in Les Mills classes for 300 bucks each or go away. But they already had ppl lined up Les Mills trained. So even if they did get trained they are competing for jobs still. I am so pissed off! I love my pilates class. My loose skin on my stomach has tightened up so much in the past 6 months since I started taking Tracey's class and now she's gone. I am scared to stop and now I have no choice. I will probably attempt these flow some crap les mills named it. Ugh all my favorite working mom gym teachers are getting kicked out. Replaced by 21 yr old highlighted hard bodies. If zumba gets renamed to some bullcrap by Les Mills OOOOOh I will be angry! I can't see how that can happen. Our zumba teacher pulls in like 30-40 ppl a class and I have heard that she quotes her own price per class. So way to be strong and hold your ground!

I posted on facebook yesterday about my 120 lb loss and my zumba teacher is my friend on there. She left a comment about how proud she was of me. She's on vacation in Peru and still took the time to leave me a comment, so sweet! Thanks everyone who took the time to do so, means a lot to me!

Last night was stupid again lol I was doing good on calories then Scott comes home with a box of beer. What do I do? Oooh Julie gets a beer too. So I went to the fridge and got one of my girly Berry Weiss. Girly beer is always in the 207 calorie range for some reason. Ugghhh 2500 calories later I was all good for the night.

I read an article recently about runners should make sure they get enough Zinc and Iron in their diets. So I started tracking Zinc and Iron and I was low. So I went to Walmart today and looked at all of the vitamins. I wanted to get something I could chew cuz I hate those huge multi vitamins. If the size is gonna detour me from taking them then I am not gonna buy them. So I found a chewable kids multi vitamin. 80% zinc and 100% on iron. It seemed like these come either really high or really low. So I took one and now my zinc is over for the day lol That is one thing i don't like about multivitamins. I feel like I am getting an overdose of stuff I should already be eating. But yesterday I was low. I guess I could just take it when I am low and not as a "wow I am awake, time to take a vitamin" kinda thing.

A woman in pilates today told me I look like I am getting younger lol Suddenly I wont mind looking younger.

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RLMCCUE 7/20/2010 10:19AM

    Hmm. I never heard of Les Mills, but that totally sucks. I wonder if it will just be a trend or will stick around? You'll have to let us know what you think.

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    I am so sorry about the Les Mills thing. I can relate. I seem to prefer products and services that don't appeal to mainstream America so I'm always seeing my favorites disappear with no suitable replacement. One that comes to mind for me is Seven Seas Creamy Italian dressing. Kraft prefers to supply 20 flavors of Ranch which is sour to me and I won't eat. Also low carb products because I eat very little white sugar. I only buy it for the hummingbirds. I'm sure Les Mills is cheaper or puts money in their pocket in some way. Most places don't care about quality or sutomer satisfaction. They realize that it's either this or nothing.

So cool to go on vacation in Peru!! I would love to see Machu Picchu. And she still cares about her class.

I hate the way that men can drink a beer and not have a problem. I would drink one and gain ten pounds.

My son has not reached the stage yet where he likes looking younger than he is. LOL.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/19/2010 8:26AM

    emoticonGood job on the being the skinniest one in your home. 120 pounds gone - I'm so happy for you. Sorry to hear about the pilates trouble. Fitness instructors are just like hairdressers - when you find one that you like, they don't stay very long and you have to get used to another one or follow them to their new place.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/19/2010 1:50AM

    Oh that is what I forgot to track yesterday-- My glass of wine, lol.. I hope the new instructors are good.. if not find a new gym

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/19/2010 12:27AM

    Unfortunately we don't have any classes here so I'm not sure what those are, but it sucks that you are getting forced out of a comfort zone. I'm sure you'll do fine with this new experience. You can show those hardbodies a thing or two, I'm sure!

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DNJEN471 7/18/2010 11:42PM

    That would totally piss me off too. You get really comfortable with your teachers and them just laying them all off is B.S. I hope your zumba doesn't change. I didn't know that about Zinc and Iron. I will have to watch it a bit more closely.

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/18/2010 11:29PM

    I feel for you with all the change going on at your gym. Here's trusting that things will work out for you. I too, hate those really big vitamin pills. As a matter of fact, I got a bottle of something that's been sitting in the cabinet for several months now because they are too big to swallow! emoticon EVery time I do take one, I feel like I'm gonna choke. So I understand completely. Keep up your good work and slow down on the girly beer! emoticon

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_DASH_ 7/18/2010 11:19PM

    ugh, i hear ya about the les mills classes. so not as impressed as i am with my pilates classes. i hope they dont do that at my gym any time soon!

you can totally keep up with pilates - get some resistance bands and a stability ball and you're good to go. i bet you can find all kinds of stuff on youtube. i know it's not the same as the class, but it could be something. :D

keep up the good work!

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Day 27: Goodbye 120 lbs!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

This has been a really good month. I am not sure if this counting down blog actually helps. Considering I have gone over my calories 3 times when I challanged myself not to. Which I usually go over my calories about that many times in a month. Maybe a few more I donno. Worst I have ever spun out of control lately was 4 times straight thru. I think the lifting is what is helping. Jamie and Amanda had been telling me for months and months I had to lift. I kept pushing away their comments. I just never had anyone at my gym to lift with. So it's been nice lifting with Karen lately. I did the machines in the past and they seem pretty straight foward and fast. I do free weights in classes and I just don't know how much benefit I get from them since I have been using free weights for the past 6 months and only my stomach looks different from pilates. Then I do a lot of water weights in water aerobics and ya i donno if that does anything. I like the social and stress free aspect of it. 300 calories in 60 minutes kinda sucks, but I like the ppl. Anyway I think the more serious lifting is causing my weight loss.

I have lost 6 lbs this month so far and theres still time left. I am gonna try my damnedest to get in the 150's this month. I am gonna really try to make my goal this yr. I know the last 10 lbs are supposed to be super stubborn. But I have a feeling they will only be stubborn if your body doesnt wanna be there and is done losing. How come some ppl get to 120 and others can't get past 140? I think some of our bodies just are not ment to be that low.

I have two fitness friends who just found out they are preggers. I am wishing them all the best fit pregnancies possible! Neither of them are giving up their fitness. So proud of you guys!

And for my really BIG news!!! I AM OFFICIALLY SMALLER THEN MY HUSBAND!!! Yay I am so excited!!! I have been working for this for 2 yrs and 7 months and finally the day has come lol You have no idea how stressful it is having a husband that is 160 lbs without trying.

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RANDOM00B 7/20/2010 3:50PM

    Congratulations, this is GREAT news!

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    emoticon on the big milestones! How cool to be smaller than your husband, I'm jealous! LOL Keep up the great work!

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JMGNIAD 7/19/2010 9:16PM

    see, strength training makes a huge difference. i actually haven't done it in about a month, so tonight i have to go. this is also part of the reason i've gained i think. why do some people get down to 120 and others can't break 140? I wish I knew, because I can't get into the 130s for the life of me. i'm actually way off right now, but way back when there was no way. i just don't think its possible for some people.

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SHERRY257 7/18/2010 8:52PM

    Fantastic!!! emoticon

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MCAUDI 7/18/2010 8:08PM

    Congratulations. I am so excited for you.

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ROBYNXENA 7/18/2010 10:19AM

    Holy Smokes!!!! Way to go!!!! You have really been working hard and your success is showing!!! You are my inspiration Girl!!! Keep up the FABULOUS work, you are getting there!!!

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GOALOFLOSING 7/18/2010 8:38AM

    Yay!!! I'm so happy for you! You will for sure make it in to the 150's by the end of the month!! How exciting!! :)

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SHOSHANADP 7/17/2010 11:08PM

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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DNJEN471 7/17/2010 9:43PM

    Wow hon that is awesome! My goal is the same- to be smaller then Jeff. I will get there.

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*SUNSHINEDAYZ* 7/17/2010 9:30PM

    Woo hoo!!! Way to go!!! emoticon

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    Congratulations on making a big milestone!! I think what really helps you is that you are always changing up your exercise routine and you switched to a vegetarian diet which really helps too. You have your youth on your side too. I'm so glad that you are doing this while you are young and can reap the most benefit. I think you will make goal long before the year is up and will be able to go further if you want to or will be able to do maintenance over the holidays.

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CMRAND54 7/17/2010 8:52PM

    I know exactly what you mean about the 160 pound husband! My husband hasn't varied more than a pound or two in years. And I am very close to weighing less than him for the first time since we were newly weds. Congratulations to you for reaching that goal!

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RIVERCITYTOM 7/17/2010 5:27PM

    Way to go. That is so great. emoticon

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MICHAELB802 7/17/2010 4:34PM

    That's AWESOME!! emoticon

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PSFITMOMMY413 7/17/2010 3:19PM

    Congrats!! First congrats on reaching the 120 pound loss mark and second congrats for passing the hubby. I remember when that happened for me and it was a huge relief...I know it was mental and he could care less, but it was major knowing I was smaller than him.

I agree with your thoughts about the last 10...I think we need to listen to our bodies and it will tell us when enough is enough. Being so close to 145, I know that will not be my final goal (after baby of course). I see the 150s in your near're rocking July!

Keep it up girlie :)

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/17/2010 3:19PM

    Great news! Yes, you will continue to get fit, and lose weight doing some lifting.

I, myself had tried just about everything to lose weight and it's hard work.
So I am doing the elliptical, some machine weights with the arms, (not the legs tho, have back issues), and doing kettlebell with the chiropractor.

With the kettlebell, under the guidance of my chiropractor who is a certified Russian Kettlebell instructor, I am dead lifting 37 pounds and swinging 25 pounds.

Although I have only lost about 1.5 pounds this month, the inches are coming off.

So, be sure that you are doing proper form, and remember, never, ever do crunches, it will ruin your spine for sure!

Have a great weekend and congrats on the 120! emoticon

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MYOWNHERO 7/17/2010 3:17PM

    WOW! You rock!

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TRACI175 7/17/2010 3:17PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Great job! So happy to hear about your success

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Day 26: Late

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Jen and I rode our bikes yesterday 22 miles. She got me to finally cross Veterans. Which was not as scary as it sounded. We went by Gold's gym which I have always wanted to try to do. I donno if I will be riding there alone anytime soon. The busy streets to get there are kind of intimidating still. We rode to the smaller State Farm Headquarters which has the trail going around it. It was really beautiful riding around their little mini lake. There are a lot of fake lakes in this town lol Then we went even further and rode around the piece of trail that is behind my MIL's house. I have always wanted to but u gotta cross some more busy streets to get there. Last night we crossed Main, Center, Veterans and Hersury and live to tell about it LOL Burned 1115 calories.

I am gonna go over my calories this week burned but that's ok. I can eat a little more, not a problem! I am meeting Karen today for a sweatathon. It's usually a single person sport for me lol But hey why not. I am 1 lb away from being at my 120 lb down mark. Today is the day is the day...i think.

I went to bed at 10:30pm last night, 40 minutes before Scott came home from work. He woke me up when he got home with pretty pink flowers. He is the sweetest lately. Maybe he figured if I died crossing Veterans then he could throw them on my casket.

I will report back later! Have a good day!

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JMGNIAD 7/19/2010 9:19PM

    veterans would terrify me

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    Congratulations!! You are doing amazing!!!! I can't imagine biking 22 miles. That is as far as from my house to Centralia!!!

Scott is a keeper. He knows when he has a good thing.

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/17/2010 3:02PM

    Glad that you were able to enjoy riding your bike! emoticon

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MBVMFLUTIST 7/17/2010 1:53PM

    LOL There's nothing scary about crossing streets! YOU'RE the one who taught me a thing or two about traffic safety! I hope we can go that way again, it was a nice ride. :)

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/17/2010 11:56AM

    Congrats on a successful day and emoticon for reaching your GOAL! Awesome!

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RANGERRUNNER 7/17/2010 11:51AM

    I wish I could ride a bike well enough to cross a sidewalk much less a road! I'm so proud of you but a little envious too! emoticon

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DNJEN471 7/17/2010 11:13AM

    Aw- your hubby is so very sweet! Glad you survived the ride. Good luck with your weigh in! I am sure you will achieve your goal!

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FUEL82 7/17/2010 9:10AM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! KEEP UP THE AWESOME JOB!!!! That is so awesome you are 1 lb away from 120 lbs so amazing!!!
Congrats on your bike-just be careful!!!
What's your sweatathon-is that lifting? Sounds fun!
Awww! I'm glad Scott is being so sweet! You deserve it!

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PSFITMOMMY413 7/17/2010 8:57AM

    Still so jealous of your bik rides- maybe after baby comes! I just don't think we have places to ride in our town, but I can't say I've ever really went looking.

Crossing my fingers that you reach that 120 pound loss mark...I am SO PROUD of you!

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Day 25: The Strength of Others

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I keep hearing amazing stories about people. I was talking to this husband and wife in the pool tonight and they started telling me and this other woman that the husband had a heart transplant. He was very active and used to bike Century bike rides and ran a marathon. He got the flu at 50 and it wont go away for 2 weeks and he found out it was his heart giving out on him. He said he never drank or smoked. Isn't it amazing that people can do everything right in life and still their body can give out on them. Then you hear about ppl who smoke all their lives and live to be 80 with no issues. He was telling me about this book he used to train for his marathon and he had gone and seen the author talk. Turned out it was the same book I bought for Scott almost 3 yrs ago completely random cuz I liked the photo on the front. What did I know about training for a marathon 3 yrs ago? It's about a guy who taught a class and said that everyone could run a marathon using his training plan. Everyone in his class except 1 person ran the marathon at the end of the class.

I am really starting to enjoy lifting. I feel like I am seeing a difference in my body already and in my weight. I feel like a bottomless garbage pit today though. Every time I eat, I feel like I am more hungry after, I donno what my deal is. But I am on the verge of another loss so this garbage pit wont be getting full anytime soon.

I am losing my mind lately. Usually I do water class and then lift after. So I go to the gym in a swim suit and jeans and have to bring my workout clothes with. Tuesday I forgot my shoes and I had to lift in birkenstocks LOL Tonight I forgot workout pants. So I had to lift in jeans LOL I left for a job interview this morning without my phone, which was dead and I couldn't find it when I returned. I am so brain dead lately.

I stupidly put my horrible photo job on my resume. The temp agency that interviewed me today asked about the job and I said it was stressful and I only lasted 2 months. They asked if I gave notice and I said yes for some stupid reason. I didn't give notice, I was so angry and sick when I quit I couldn't be there any longer. I couldn't get a day off without a doctors note and with no health insurance I was not gonna see a doctor for the flu.They had me working 7 days straight which is illegal. The only way my boss justified it was they sent me to another location for 1 of the days therefore I didn't work straight thru. So now this place is gonna call that job and I am gonna look bad. I donno if I should tell them upfront or just let it go. I know its not good to bad talk other employers to possible future employers. I am not sure how much this could hurt me getting a job. I donno whats worse leaving huge gaps in your resume or having a horrible reference for a boss who pulled my hair and had no respect for me.

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    My grandma had emphysema and never smoked. Others in the family had cancer who had no risk factors. Some of it has to do with genetics.

I don't think I would tell the agency differently now. If they ask you could just tell them you were confused about the question.

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WINTERWINGS 7/16/2010 1:44PM

    A gap is better than a brief work stint that was a poor fit. In fact, I have even put in a span of time when I did temporary jobs. I did work for a temp agency at one point but I added the dates for a job I didn't like (if I recall correctly) in that date range. It doesn't do you any favours to have a job that wasn't a good match brought up in your resume.

I left a big box store that I'd been at for over a year without notice. I was so miffed with the supervisor they'd brought in who was just trying to be BMOC or something at the new position. Jerk. He was just a freaking sock puppet for this one girl I worked with who was a pain in the butt. He tried to tell me I should be doing a bunch of things that weren't in the job description and I challenged him on it. I also had just put in an availability schedule showing I couldn't work any weekends for two months because I'd been working weekends straight for about six months and had worked Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Years Eve. I left because he needed to learn a lesson about what makes an employee valuable and I wanted him put on the spot. They hadn't been treating me well so eff-em. I am an excellent employee and they didn't get that so too bad for them. Idiots.

I basically had a job the next day for almost twice the money through a temp agency. I got a great contract job after the company bought me out from the agency. I had a great manager, did a great job and got all sorts of perks for being a valuable employee including a special luncheon with the president of the company for completing a special project. Stayed there until I got pregnant.

Sorry I got rambling but the point is, sometimes you need to do stuff like that and it really isn't a reflection of how you are as an employee. Or maybe it is. *lol* I'd rather be confident and aware of my value than be taken advantage of and mismanaged.

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DNJEN471 7/16/2010 10:24AM

    Hi hon! I am convinced that anyone can run a marathon with the proper training. Totally true about the health thing too. My grandpa drinks and smoked for a very long time. He is totally healthy and has no problems. Completely random. I find that when I start really getting into my strength training that my appetite increases as well. Perhaps because of the amount of carbs you burn while lifting? Anyway... you are probably forgetting a lot because you are stressed about finding a new job. Stress makes you very forgetful. As to the resume question.... as I hire people- I would rather see the gap/hole then see something so short as 2 months w/bad references. As an employer I would question anything less than 6 months personally.... Just a thought.

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FUEL82 7/16/2010 9:39AM

    That is great you're enjoying lifting! It is fun once you get into it! :-) Hehe hope your brain gets going right soon! :-) I do that too though. I was at the gym on Wed. and was getting dressed and realized I only brought a tank top and I hadn't shaved in a day or 2! I was like crap! but then I looked in the mirror and nobody would be able to tell anyway(they really couldn't). or I pack my gym clothes and forget my id-the worst is I pack my gym bag and then forget to take it with me when I leave for work lol!

That sucks about the job. I would say you need to tell people that you left that job but put a positive spin on it for yourself. Say I persevered through 2 mos. of working there. I had the strength to endure that job while others around me quit after a couple weeks. Then give your reasons why you had quit. You want it to seem like your a strong employee but that that job really did expect too much. You want to reinforce that your a hard worker and you would sometimes work 7 days straight with no time off. You just want to make it seem like your not going to quit if you have to go the extra mile. You might add that no one from when you started working there is working there now. That the place had a very high turnover rate and that also led to the stress put on the employees. I don't know maybe something like that. I wouldn't leave a gap on your resume unless you think that boss is going to say bad things about you then yes you probably should. I don't think the gap would be too big. You graduated-got married, settled into a new life. That won't look that bad I don't think but these are just my thoughts-I could be wrong.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/16/2010 1:19AM

    It is better to be up front becasue if found out later you lied you could be terminated..maybe being out in the sun so lobng last weekend has fried your brain a little.. I hope you are feeling better with that-- being fair skinned is not fun I am sure.

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Day 24: Cardiorific Day

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rode my bike to and from work today. Walked to the grocery store to get dinner. Then I went for a 5.5 mile run with Scott. It was 89 degrees when we left the house and probably 85 by the time we ended. I let Scott pick the route and of course the only 5 mile way he does was horrific. I am stronger now though and I grabbed the bull by the horns and dealt with the hills. When we were climbing a hill I just relaxed and looked around at the scenery to distract myself. Burned 864 calories on my run! Scott's cross country teacher in hs used to take their group on this road to torture them lol I also wore a sports bra for the first time out running tonight. I felt confident being out with Scott. It was nice to wear so little since it was freaking hot out.

My calories are good today in the 1700 range. I am gonna finish out the 31 days in my calories. No if ands or buts about it.

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    You are doing great!! Everything right and will be rewarded for it.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/15/2010 8:25AM

    I too laughed at the sports bra comment, I was like "seriously" this girl has never worn a sports bra - funny. Glad you are rockin the workouts. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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AIYMI2 7/15/2010 8:17AM

    Great job!! That's gotta be a great feeling to accomplish. Keep up the awesome work.

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/15/2010 7:38AM

    emoticonI'll bet you two looked emoticon Enjoy your youth & strength mi amiga. I am very proud of you for getting out there in that heat. emoticon

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PSFITMOMMY413 7/15/2010 6:49AM

    When I first read that, I was like, the first time you wore a sports bra? LOL- I'm now assuming you meant only a sports bra.

What a great cardio-filled day. Woohoo and WAY to GO!!

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MBVMFLUTIST 7/15/2010 5:58AM

    You have been losing again since you started your 31-day challenge too! Rock on!!!!!! :D

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DNJEN471 7/15/2010 12:42AM

    Excellent job! I have now tracked and stayed within my calories for 4 days in a row. I know that doesn't sound like a lot- but I will make it to 30 plus I am sure.

I am so proud of you- running outdoors with your sports bra! You are so awesome! And have really worked your butt off to get where you are today. Way to go girl! You rock!

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UMUCGRAD 7/15/2010 12:25AM

    Woo hoo! Great day. Keep up the good work and enjoy your sports bra. emoticon

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