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Pushup Challenge Week 1

Saturday, March 10, 2012

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All purshups are military style unless otherwise noted.

Sunday - 4 sets of 20 pushups each
Monday - 4 sets of 20 pushups each
Tuesday - no sets, 25 consecutive pushups in class
Wednesday - 4 sets of 20 pushups each
Thursday - 4 sets of 20 pushups each; in class 35 consecutive pushups, 15 consecutive girl pushups, 7 sets of 5 pushups each during circuits (165 total for the day)
Friday - 4 sets of 20 pushups each
Saturday - 4 sets of 20 pushups each

Total for week - 590

  
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MSDIAMOND600 3/11/2012 10:40PM

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AALIYANA01 3/11/2012 10:21AM

    okay thats awesomely fantastic

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/11/2012 7:30AM

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/10/2012 8:38PM

    Nice work hairball! Goodie enroute

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RUSSELL_40 3/10/2012 8:01PM

    You are an inspiration. I am thinking of doing girl push-ups..lol

Great job. That is a lot of pushups. They getting easier?

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REBECCATKD 3/10/2012 7:53PM

    I'm inspired! Time to begin my own push-up challenge. Send me tips if you have a chance.

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SAFARIBABE 3/10/2012 7:39PM

    Thought we were doing this by sets b/c were all at different levels. emoticon LOL
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/10/2012 6:59PM

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MIQUEY73 3/10/2012 6:58PM

    Wow! That's a lot of push-ups! Keep up the great work. You just might inspire me to do something similar. emoticon

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EMFRAPPIER 3/10/2012 6:50PM

    Woohoo!!! That is awesome!!

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There's a rainbow on my shoulder

Friday, March 09, 2012

And skies of blue above,
I'm shouting so, the world will know
That I'm in love
(Brian Setzer)

Ok, not really, "love" is not the "L" word I had in mind. emoticon emoticon

Today I reconnected with someone I used to work with at another company, who now works for the main division of the company that bought us last year. When we used to work together there was an attraction but we were both married at the time so nothing good could ever have come of that. I eventually left the company, we stayed in touch for awhile but lost contact a few years ago. In one of those twists of fate he wound up at the main division, which was one of my company's parents until they bought out the other parent, and now the 2 headquarters are consolidated into one building and we work for the same company again.

Today we had a "meet & greet" bowling event so all of us in the 2 divisions can get to know one another. Imagine the surprise when we ran into each other. Only now I am single...and so is he, only much more recently. So...we shall see what we shall see as time goes by.

In the meantime Best Buy has lost my daughter's phone that she left with them 2 weeks ago for warranty work. They have no record of it or idea what happened to it. My ex went all pyscho on them last night because he wants his deposit back for the loaner phone they gave her and got asked to leave the store. I was much politer and gave them until Tuesday to locate the phone or replace it before my claws come out. The wrath of FFK is a mighty thing, I hope they do not have to experience it.

I'm making fish with tomato and artichoke for dinner tonight and then off for my long run and ST, which is now much needed as I discovered I truly stink at bowling unless beer is involved; needless to say my 2nd game was much better than my first but now I have extra empty calories to account for. No regrets though and I got my pushups done for the challenge this morning, tomorrow is more light switch and outlet replacing and putting in a new bedroom door for my son's room.

Happy Friday!

  
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INIT2LIVEIT 3/11/2012 7:32AM

    Sounds like you had FUN! Am keeping happy thoughts for you!!!

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DOODIE59 3/10/2012 10:25AM

    Lots of excitement in your life (as usual:)); enjoy all of it ... even the phone thing. As you've said, "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger".

Have a great weekend.
Deirdre

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MCJULIEO 3/10/2012 10:16AM

    Agree with Russell88... save the sober kung fu for when they get uppity(-er...)

Surely they recognize that they never would have given you a loaner if they had not accepted your dtrs phone in the first place? Aaaarrggh!

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VYVIENN 3/10/2012 6:25AM

    Superduper update! I wish my bowling got better with beer... emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/10/2012 12:14AM

    It's late, so I'll just say that I really enjoyed your blog, and I can't wait for an update! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/9/2012 11:04PM

    Yay on the bowling.....don't you know beer makes everyone a better dancer, conversationalist.....and apparently bowler too!

Enjoy the new found "L"......whatever it turns in to.

Be sure to ask him how many push-ups he can do next time you meet!
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SAFARIBABE 3/9/2012 8:33PM

    Can you come over to my place for a bit...I've got a TON of little things that need fixing but I never seem to have to time. LOL I'll get the bagels! LOL As for Mr. L-guy...WOOT!! 'nough said!

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RUSSELL_40 3/9/2012 5:54PM

    Funny thing is.. drinking made me a great pool player, and helped me with darts. I rarely hit people..lol

Should I expect to hear about you on the local news Tuesday?.. I can DVR it, and see if you make it. Just so you know.. beer doesn't make you a better fighter.. emoticon

So if you have to attack the geek squad.. do it sober. Those geeks will never think that you know karate

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RUNNER12COM 3/9/2012 5:46PM

    Don't you love the random craziness of life sometimes? How exciting to see what fun the future may hold!

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The Hills are Alive...

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

With the sound of my curses. I dislike hills.

In addition to changing up my ST routine I've been doing a slight revamp to cardio as well. I actually started this in November but after the end of December when I went on vacation I just didn't really get back on a scheduled routine.

T / TH are typically karate training. Some classes are more of a workout than others but I adjust for that by the number of fitness minutes I claim. I am making it a priority to get to class 2x per week now, plus on Saturdays I assist. I also assist on Tuesdays but there are 2 classes on TUE so I can assist in the first and train in the second. The 1st class is mostly little kids and I seem to intimidate them for some reason. I get a lot more "Yes, Ma'am" than the black belts get of "Yes, Sir". Honestly, I don't set out to scare the short people, maybe it's because I am pretty much the only adult woman training they just assume I must be such a mean person to compete with the men that I'll eat them for dinner or something.

If I can adjust my work schedule I'm going to try to get to yoga pilates on Thursdays as well. The class runs from 5:45 - 6:45 so it is a challenge to get there in time.

M / W / F are running days (and these are also the ST days). I developed a method for my madness, to focus on 3 distinct areas - strength, speed and stamina.

Mondays are my hill days - again under the principle of that which doesn't kill me and all that. I use the hill setting on the treadmill and run the program for 30 minutes at a comfortable speed of 6 mph (10 minute mile). I am up to level 7 this week which increases the hill intervals in sets of 0.9 on the incline. Until the highest incline where instead of a 5.4 the sneaky little devil boosted it to 5.7. Next week I'll repeat the level 7 and see if I can do it without holding on during the 5.7 intervals. Once I can do that I'll go to Level 8 and so on.

Wednesdays are about speed. Until my unofficial running coach starts the track workouts again I'll be doing my version of speed training on the treadmill. My version consists of running at an 8 minute mile pace as long as I can, dropping to a 9 minute pace until minute 20 (or a total of 10 minutes, whichever comes second) and then dropping to a 10 minute pace until minute 30. Example: last week I ran for 8 minutes at 7.6 mph, 12 minutes at 6.7 mph and 10 minutes at 6.0 mph. Each week I'll push to go at least another minute at the 8 minute pace, so tonight will be a minimum of 9 minutes at the fastest pace. If the day ever comes where I can run the whole 30 minutes at the 8 minute pace I'll start all over again with a 7 / 8 / 9 split (don't hold your breath, I'm a LONG way from that milestone and not at all certain I even want to be that fast over distances).

Fridays are for distance. I do my long run on Friday nights when the gym is mostly empty so I don't feel guilty about hogging the treadmill for such a long time. They have 2 treadmills that allow 99 minutes on the timer so that gives me an 8-11 mile run depending on how fast I choose to run.

Saturdays & Sundays are my "free" days with some sort of low impact cardio like the exercise bike or just walking / slow jogging. Or maybe the elliptical occasionally although I don't care for it too much.

If I'm really pressed I can force myself to use an exercise video or a Wii game. OK the Wii is not really forcing myself, it's forcing the kids out of the TV room and generally not worth the hassle.

I've been inconsistent in following the schedule in January & February and am making it a priority this month to get back in the groove.

  
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DOGSTARDADDY 3/8/2012 4:22PM

    You're doing great! I'm lucky the area where I live is pretty flat. Plus I'm doing an erg challenge, so more rowing than running for me right now.

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CK-DUBYA 3/8/2012 1:08PM

    Wow! You are very organized, I should take a lesson or two from your book. I usually try to get my game plan decided while driving to the gym. I decided to try hills on the treadmill a few days ago. I've done slight inclines before, but this program stuck a 10% incline in. After 90 seconds of that I couldn't suck air fast enough! I haven't dared try that again. Good luck!

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RUSSELL_40 3/7/2012 7:18PM

    Congratulations.. the only running I do near hills, is the other direction..lol. I dread hills, and stairs. Probably means I should do extra hill work, but I am lazy..lol. I like going downhill!

I am just excited to be able to run up stairs with being out of breath.. plus my goals are to do a 5K eventually, never a marathon. You rock!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/7/2012 6:20PM

    The BOOGER GUY!!!! OK, one thing I will not tolerate is being referenced in the 3rd person!!!

Good job on your training....one thing I found that worked on the speed thing is to do intervals.....pick a timer period (1-2 minutes) or a distance (1/4 mile) and run that fast, then take a break down to a much more manageable pace.

After doing these once to twice a week for a few weeks, I noticed incredible gains,

Sadly, there isn't a comparable program to help you with your ill-formed, knees on the ground push-ups
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SAFARIBABE 3/7/2012 5:47PM

    You'll do awesome!! And don't forget out little side challenge with the Booger Guy!

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VYVIENN 3/7/2012 2:42PM

    Well, you ARE quite a meanie, you know... emoticon

Actually, your Mondays are also about speed. Hill training is our alternative to running intervals, and the end goal is to be faster on flat terrain. So go, Speedy, go!!!

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BOILHAM 3/7/2012 1:55PM

    When I first started running, I did hill training by accident. My usual outdoor route had some hills in it and I used to get irritated when I came to them, and try to do them as fast as I could from time to time - to let them know they wouldn't get the best of me. :) Later I learned about "training programs" and saw I was already doing some of the training alterations naturally.
Good job on your karate training and the dedication you have! You have my admiration! -Vic-

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TYKXBOY 3/7/2012 1:44PM

    Defeating hills is the best use for them. And they also help build strength and speed.
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KKINNEA 3/7/2012 1:08PM

    Nice work - I should get my hills in gear too!

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DEZZIEJAMES 3/7/2012 12:54PM

    You are so dedicated!!! I hate hills too. Way to go not letting them defeat you!!!

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KAREN_NY 3/7/2012 12:54PM

    Sounds like a fabulous plan! But yeah, I hear ya on the hills... I'm surrounded, lol. I drive to town (about 10 min.) so I can run on the flat on Saturdays. :)

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What don't kill you

Monday, March 05, 2012

Will make you more strong,
You rise, you fall, you're down then you rise again,
What don't kill you'll make you more strong
(Metallica)

Grammatically incorrect but true nonetheless.

In any contest between speed and strength I have always landed squarely on the side of strength. Speedy Gonzalez I am not, nor have I ever been (unless you count driving a car and I have the tickets to prove it). But I have always been stronger than my female peers. Of course, given that many of my peers - Spark peeps excluded - are overweight and out of shape that statement is not quite as impressive as it used to be.

So going with the theory that what doesn't kill me will only make me stronger I have made a change to my fitness routine and entered a push up challenge with GETSTRONGRRR and SAFARIBABE.

Which I will win, of course. FANGFACEKITTY is an elemental force of nature against which mere mortals cannot stand. I have my own logo; there is no way I can lose. I also have zero issues with false modesty or low self esteem. emoticon

The push up challenge is about consistency. A minimum of 3 days with a minimum of 3 sets of a personally challenging number of pushups. Bonuses for 4 sets and / or 4 days. With training for black belt this is a perfect challenge at a perfect time. The more I do the stronger I will become and the more I will be able to do. I needed something external to motivate me to work on them consistently given the deep soul searing loathing I feel for pushups. And being mildly competitive I now have my motivation. emoticon

The other change is in my ST workouts. Previously I had become complacent, doing my 15 reps at the same weight when I actually bothered to do ST, maybe once a week at the most. Time to step it up. I need strength to do pushups and get through testing, and I need to strengthen my legs to avoid potential knee injuries.

I've decided to find my limits on each of the machines and then "hang out" at that level until ready to advance. I now go to 15 reps or failure, whichever comes first. If I reach the full 15 reps then the next time I use that machine I increase the weight by 5 lbs. and see if I can still do the full 15 reps. I've been doing this for 3 days now and am still increasing weights on some of the machines, surprising myself. I'm intending to do at least 3 days of ST per week, exclusive of the pushups.

  
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REBECCATKD 3/10/2012 7:56PM

    Okay, I'm unofficially in and will track on my Other Goals. Thanks!

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KKINNEA 3/6/2012 11:15AM

    Sweet, you will be the champion, Ms. FFK!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/6/2012 9:11AM

    You are doing such a fantastic job of pressing on--even when it ain't fun! emoticon emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/6/2012 8:12AM

    OK, glad to do my part.....and here I am thinking that you're real motivation was for a collection of jingly-jangly Spark goodies!!

So here's the real deal....the competition has no end date....that black belt testing is just another milepost on the road of life...the challenge goes on....

BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!! BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!!



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RUSSELL_40 3/6/2012 4:59AM

    When you have a difficult decision.. Metallica has the answer usually..lol

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/6/2012 4:35AM

    Sounds exciting - maybe after the black belt testing you will find yourself interested in continuing toward body building? I think you could do really well with it!

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VYVIENN 3/6/2012 1:59AM

    Hehe! Good luck on the challenge, though you certainly don't seem to need it. Two things about ST: if you train more than three times a week, be sure to split your routines to avoid overtraining! And if you need to work on knee stabilization, don't just rely on the machines. They can actually hurt your cause if you already have knee issues. Work in some variations of squats and lunges instead. emoticon

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CK-DUBYA 3/6/2012 12:44AM

    Awesome! Good luck in the competition! (Although luck seems misplaced in all the talk of self esteem and modesty :). Who needs luck when you've got skills, right?

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/5/2012 10:49PM

    Sounds like a good plan. Have fun!

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ALLISON145 3/5/2012 10:34PM

    I'm starting to focus more on strength, too. Funny how we always neglect it while the guys like to do it exclusively.

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February Goal Results

Thursday, March 01, 2012

How I did in February:

1) Maintain my weight at +5 / -14 pounds
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I ended the month 1 pound over my range. Iím not obsessing about it but over range is over range so February does not earn a ďGoal MetĒ

2) Become a half fanatic by the end of August.
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Ran the 2nd of 3 HMs last weekend and the final one is on 3/24, the MudDogs in Mt. Pleasant, MI

3) Do some sort of housecleaning or maintenance daily.
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4) Break my dependence on Splenda - reduce to 1 packet per tea cup in February.
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March = trying for no Splenda at all. Iím not sure how this will actually work but my overall goal was to reduce how much I used, which I have done. Once Iím back to maintaining my goal weight range I might start using real sugar instead of Splenda. Originally I didnít want the empty calories from the 4 or more packets of sugar I would have used per cup so I started using Splenda instead, but I think I can live with the 1 packet of sugar now. Iím still going to try for no sweetener this month & decide after I give it a fair try.

5) Finalize my budget by the end of Jan and stick to it to pay off at least 3 loans by Dec.
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Debt #1 paid of in January & stuck to the budget throughout February. I was ready to pay off debt #2 yesterday but the news about the possible new position has put that on hold. All available $$ is now going to finishing as much of the house remodeling as possible so I can put it up for sale if necessary to relocate. This goal will probably be changed for March.

6) Ready to test for black belt by end of June:
6a) 4 techniques approved in February
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6b) Ni kyoso suro no kata approved in February; Bassai kata approved in March
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I actually completed both katas in February!

6c) Make terminology flashcards by end of February; review weekly until testing
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Hard copy flashcards made but I have now found an app and am in the process of transferring them to my iPad too

6d) Assist in 4 classes per month
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6e) Write down basic overall demo plan by end of February; finalize by end of March; recruit volunteers and start practicing by end of April
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I have an idea for the beginning but havenít gotten beyond that. This goal may need to be revamped; if I relocate I will not be able to meet this requirement as stated and will need to substitute something, possible a weapons demonstration.

6f) Keep running so as to maintain ability to run 2 miles in 18 minutes
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6g) Be able to do 40 pushups in February; 45 in March; 50 in April; 55 in May; 60 in June
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And I discovered I can hold a plank for at least one minute!

6h) Start research by end of March; rough draft by end of April; final paper by end of May
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7) Finish replacing all the light switches and wall outlets by the end of March. Then focus on completing 1 room at a time instead of jumping all around the house and never really finishing anything. Complete the 3 in use bedrooms by the end of December. Completing a room involves replacing all moldings & trim, doors, light/ceiling fan and drapes.
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Finished the switches/outlets in my sonís room, most of mine & started on my daughterís. I have a list of all remaining switches/outlets to change and will really focus on finishing them this month.

8) Run my first marathon by October 21.
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I will not even start training for this until after black belt testing, assuming in July. Might have to change or postpone this goal depending on what happens with the potential new position.

9) Other goals as they occur to me.
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Got my sonís (and his GFís) scholarship application submitted; completed the last training classes to get enough continuing education hours for recertification.

10) Have fun and stress less!
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So far, so good. Continuing this in March will be a challenge with the pressure to finish the house ASAP, plus testing for the new professional certification, work travel and all of the normal things that donít go away just because life has gotten busier.

  
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DEZZIEJAMES 3/5/2012 7:10PM

    You are a dedicated and fearless woman!!! I'm psyched to be your friend on this journey!!! You never cease to amaze and inspire awe in me!

I drink my tea w/o any sweetener, but it's usually flavored tea, sometimes when I am craving something sweet, I will put a little bit of honey in , but plain isn't too bad once you get used to it. You've done so many other things... I have no doubt you can also conquer Splenda/sugar!

Good luck on the possible promotion!!! Keep us updated on it!!!

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MIQUEY73 3/1/2012 8:56PM

    Wow. Lots going on but I know you can do it!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/1/2012 7:51PM

    You'll do this with your hands tied behind your back! You already have all the self-discipline habits down, and now we will just watch you go! emoticon emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/1/2012 7:01PM

    You are awesome.....what a great planner (and executor) you are.

Good luck....don't think you'll have any trouble putting DONE next to anything you set your mind to!

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DOODIE59 3/1/2012 6:11PM

    Wow, you are one busy woman. Good luck with the possible promotion:) You are a machine. A machine;) Very impressive.
Deirdre

Have you tried Stevia as a sugar replacement? Keeping in mind that a half tsp of real sugar is only 8 calories ... can you keep it to a half tsp?


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