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Bodyrocking is ALWAYS a challenge :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I'm really enjoying reading all about the 12 Days of Bodyrock Christmas Challenge that it seems all my Bodyrocking friends are doing. I won't be participating, for two main reasons, but I WILL be keeping up with everyone's scores and I might do the workouts here and there, too, unofficially. emoticon

The first reason is that it just kind of started at a bad time for me. One week ago today I did a workout that really just about killed me, no lie. My butt ONLY started to feel better today, I mean I really tore it up. I really should have taken a rest day Friday, but I didn't, and my workouts suffered all weekend. Monday was an exercise challenge, and I did okay, but Tuesday I had to quit in the middle of a workout because I just didn't have it in me. Yesterday I FINALLY took a proper rest day and today, for the first time since Thursday, I felt good and strong and really went in hard tonight. So, this week's been kinda rough for me.

The other reason is that I have always chosen a Bodyrock depending on my mood. For examples...

"I'm really tired, and I want just a quick and dirty 12 minute workout tonight."

"It's raining and the deck is wet, so I need something without any jumping."

"It's nice out, I feel like going out to the sidewalk. I'll choose something with jump rope."

"I haven't done *insert particular move* in awhile, I want to do a workout with that."



So I always like to choose a workout that coincides with how I'm feeling, so I never follow their schedule and I rarely do a workout the day it goes up, unless it looks especially fun. I don't like to feel like I "have" to do a particular workout on any given day.

So! While everyone blogs about Day 3, I'm gonna blog about "You Push Me." Who knows, maybe all my Bodyrock friends will enjoy reading about a different workout other than the one everyone is doing.

www.bodyrock.tv/2011/02/25/you-push-
me-workout/


Knee Hugs
Substituted because I don't have a dip station or anything I can really use for one.
24, 22, 23

Side Jump Lunge
My boyfriend pointed out during the 2nd round that I was holding my breath, and reminded me to breathe. It really helped in the 3rd round. Air is good, folks. Remember that.
42, 33, 38

Reptile Pushup
On knees, actually the first time I've done these properly. I was doing a reptile on my toes, then dropping to my knees for a pushup. But I figured, it was time to progress. These are killer, even from the knees.
12, 10, 7

Sandbag Squat
Too easy, next time I am taking my bucket outside so I can make sure I'm going down deep enough.
22, 22, 22

Jump rope (plain jumping)
121, 122, 129

Well, I do wish all my Bodyrocking friends the best of luck, and to whip Brutus in the behind every day until Christmas. I hope my decision not to participate doesn't make me any less of a BODYROCKER! Take care, everyone emoticon

  
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THELILEA 12/16/2011 4:29PM

    I 100% relate to what you said about BR. I always do things my own days, based on my own mood. And as you know I take it even further and usually make up my own workouts. I think that's been a good breaking in for me. Maybe I'll start trying to follow them more accurately as I think I'm getting a bit stronger in general (squats and lunges are getting to be less scary).
I still think we still count as REAL BR-ers! BR for life!!
(i totally want stock in the gymboss company :P)

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_FITMAMA 12/16/2011 6:35AM

    Awesome!

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EMFRAPPIER 12/16/2011 6:02AM

    I'm with you on choosing workouts based on how you feel. I would love to do the challenge, but with so much going on right now, I barely have time for my usual workouts. You're definitely a bodyrocker :) awesome #s!

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FATHINSN 12/15/2011 10:43PM

    I like the sound of that, choose workouts based on your moods :D And I think you're a true BodyRocker as you can find any of BodyRock workouts that suit your workouts. For me, I still trying to get use with the challenges, finding alternatives for exercises that need to use equipments that I don't have. And I tend to choose BR workouts with jump rope to try first, haha. So, 12 Xmas Workout, going to try do all on 12 days back-to-back even those without jump rope!

Have fun with BodyRock during this festive season!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 12/15/2011 9:15PM

    I love that workout! Great job with it! =] And of course just because you aren't following the schedule or doing the challenge doesn't make you any less of a Bodyrocker!! YOU ROCK GIRL! =] Keep up the great work!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/15/2011 9:12PM

    Cool and ur numbers are scary lol

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IMSMILEY88 12/15/2011 8:40PM

    I am so proud of you! I really want to try these. Maybe while I'm out of town during break? And, for dips I've used my (old) coffee table or the fireplace. You might could even use a chair?

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BLAIZE 12/15/2011 8:36PM

    I'm not following the 12 days workouts either. If they look like something I can do I'll do them. These have really had too much arm work for me, and after a long, painful, shoulder injury, I tend to shrink away from those! emoticon

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PIGSOFGREEN 12/15/2011 7:12PM

    I could NEVER think of you as less of a bodyrocker!! That's the beauty of the site and videos, you can do whatever one you like! I generally go with my moods too, but I love the challenge idea and it works for me this time. Next time? Maybe not, who knows.

Best of luck with your chosen routines too!! Looks like you killed...good tip on the reptiles. I've been dying trying to do them on my toes. I think maybe I'll switch to my knees and see if my form improves. It's not good form to fall over... emoticon

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Bodyrock Mountain Climber Challenge

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tonight I did a Mountain Climber Challenge. 500 mountain climbers as fast as you can.

I chose this because mountain climbers are one of my least favorite exercises ever, in fact, back in kickboxing I remember just hanging my head in despair when we had to do them. And only a few months ago, I couldn't even do 20 at a time. I really can't even tell you how much I hate(d) mountain climbers.

I used to hate jump squats too, because I could only do one and my legs were burning. Now I bang 'em out and they make me feel so strong and powerful! So I faced my fear of mountain climbers head on with this challenge. I was seriously nervous all day, folks. That's how bad they are/were for me.

First I warmed up with 5 rounds of 55 seconds of jumping rope and 5 seconds of rest.

Then I completed 500 mountain climbers in...

9:40!

I was just hoping to suffer under 15 minutes so I am actually pretty pleased with that number and I can't wait to whip my own butt in a few weeks. Think I'm going to try again over Christmas vacation and get that sucker under 9 minutes.

It was a great workout! My arms were more tired than anything. I collapsed when I hit 500 and lay there panting and sweating for a few minutes. It was about 35 degrees out. My boyfriend had come out and counted for me and observed, rather matter-of-factly, "You have steam rising from your neck."

I was so jazzed by exceeding my expectations, I did the 300 thigh squeeze challenge again and went from 5:13 to 4:17!!! WOOT.

Pretty good workout day over here.

  
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THELILEA 12/16/2011 4:18PM

    Okay.
Yer officially a crazy beast now.
Ninja bad ass is beneath you.
"STEAM COMING FROM YOUR NECK"
....
Past impressed, on to speachless.
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ITSTARTSHERE 12/13/2011 5:30PM

    Bodyrock.tv is AWESOME! (been doing the workouts n checking out the site for a few months now, LOVE IT!) And the workouts are no joke! Way to go :) Happy Body Rocking

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BROCOLIJOLI 12/13/2011 5:04PM

    Awesome. I really need to try a Body Rock workout soon!

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MNGIRLIE 12/13/2011 4:08PM

    Nice! So I have a question that I think I already know the answer to... Do you count one mountain climber as a set with kicking each leg forward once? So, do you kick back and forth 1000 times total - 500 times per leg?

I HATE mountain climbers. I think this one might be a good challenge to work on. I have no idea how long it would take me, but at least I'd be able to work on some improvement.

The steam rising off your neck is a nice visual. :)

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VW_STEPH 12/13/2011 3:47PM

    Hahaaa nice comment boyf! :D

Awesome time lady, that is truly amazing! Must have felt so wonderful to have 'climbed that mountain' ! ;) x

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LAUREN_D48 12/13/2011 2:07PM

    I'm gonna try that when I get better! :)

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LAUREN_D48 12/13/2011 2:04PM

    WOWWWWW! Great job! :D

Mountain climbers are the devil and I hate them with the intensity of a thousand suns... I'd rather do jump squats lol

NINJA!

-Lauren

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 12/13/2011 12:21PM

    SUPER IMPRESSIVE! Girl you are turning into a MACHINE! Great job facing your fears and DOMINATING them! You Rock!!!!

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BNSUHAS 12/13/2011 11:45AM

    You are unstoppable! Great job:)

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HOTTEXAN 12/13/2011 11:11AM

    IMPRESSIVE! How about how many peeps have commented on your blog, now up to 11. 500 climbers 11 comments, hopefully both in my future.

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GINAV2 12/13/2011 7:23AM

    FANTASTIC! Mountain climbers are wicked hard - worse than burpees, IMHO. You so rock!

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EMFRAPPIER 12/13/2011 5:58AM

    Awesome!! I actually love mt climbers, but I definitely haven't always. They're super hard! Great work!!

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RASCALRACCOON 12/13/2011 1:38AM

    LOVE! :) "you have steam rising from your neck" BRILLIANT!!!! we doing a hour long fitness test on Sat at training .... i feel the same fear you just described :| well lets give it a go! :) nice work lady :)

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SMILINGTREE 12/12/2011 10:40PM

    I'm just going to have to see how many I can do tomorrow! I did a squat challenge a long time ago and got to like 250...Somehow I'm thinking I'll only be able to get to 5 or 10 mountain climbers. This might be a long term challenge.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/12/2011 8:37PM

    yikes that's a lot of anything ;p

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HONBAD 12/12/2011 8:27PM

    Holy moly! That's awesome! Keep up the hard work and record smashing!

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PIGSOFGREEN 12/12/2011 7:12PM

    WOW. I happen to really like mountain climbers, but I know that my strength isn't there when I try to do multiple sets of them. This is so great to read!! I really dislike leg exercises for some reason, so things like jump squats are miserable for me. I can do about 5 before the burning starts...maybe i should follow your example and start challenging myself on the hated exercises!

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IMSMILEY88 12/12/2011 7:11PM

    That's incredible! And, I hate 'em, too. But, I have trouble with both those & burpees because of some tight muscle problems. I just can't really do them right. On burpees, I have to frog my legs! Maybe after my PT is done it'll be better. But, 500? wow!!!!

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FATHINSN 12/12/2011 7:10PM

    Yeah, I agree, looks like you had a fantastic workout! Wish I can see that "steam rising from your neck", even if just figure of speech, hehe.

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BLAIZE 12/12/2011 7:09PM

    I actually like the mountain climbers! I guess I kind of cheat on them though, because I do them with socks on so I just slide instead of jumping. It works either way! I think they're fun! emoticon

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Not feeling the "spark", as they say

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thursday's Bodyrock really kicked my butt. Literally, my glutes are STILL sore, still tender to the touch. But it was killer in all aspects. I probably should have taken a rest day Friday, actually. Friday's workout was dragging, yesterday I pushed as hard as I could, but didn't really beat my old scores by much, or in some cases, at all.

This morning I just did cardio and even that was hard. Not for the heart and lungs, but my legs are still so tired and they didn't want to move. I did 20 minutes of jump rope intervals, with my handy dandy little GymBoss, as always. I swear I'm going to buy myself another one, because if mine suddenly craps out, I'll go insane.

8 rounds of 15/1:00 intervals (10 minutes total)
Round 1: plain jumping
Round 2: Jump jacks
Repeat until time is up
10 minute walk around the block
Repeat first 10 minutes

So I did 20 minutes of alternating one minute jumping rope and one minute jump jacks with the rope. Jump jacks are tough. If you read my blog Thursday, you might remember I said they really cleaned my clock. They really work your core and your butt, which adds a whole new level of intensity to the already intense cardio. But I stuck a walk break in the middle because I knew I wasn't going to be up for 20 minutes straight. To be honest I'm not even sure I was up for 2 ten minute segments. But I went out there.

Now I'm having some Pomegranate Pizzazz tea and preparing to continue with the bauble-gluing on my grandma's Memory Jar, then later I think I will make her birthday card. Lunch will be two pieces of leftover roasted red pepper, spinach, mushroom and goat cheese pizza with 1 ounce of pretzel sticks and a banana raspberry salad. Dinner is leftover BBQ chicken, salad, and cinnamon apples. Sound familiar? Yeah, I get into food ruts and I love me some leftovers, that's for sure!

Have a great rest of your weekend emoticon

  
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FATHINSN 12/11/2011 7:17PM

    Wow, which BodyRock workout is that? I would love to get more exercises for my lower body as I love using my lower body, hence my love for jump rope, hehe.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/11/2011 7:06PM

    You'll be back soon enough

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VW_STEPH 12/11/2011 2:58PM

    Yup think you needs to give yourself some rest. :)

And i was only thinking the other day, i should buy another Gymboss... because if it packs in, what the heck will i do for a week?! hah!

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Friday and Saturday

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Yesterday was a bit of an odd day for me. It started out great, but by the time I got home, I was tired and just meh. I forced myself to do the Sexy and Jacked Bodyrock workout, but my time was abysmal and I really didn't push it as hard as I could have. But I ate well, stayed within my budget and all, so that at least was good. I had my usual breakfast, a ham hoagie with spinach, lettuce, and yellow mustard with apples and raspberries for lunch. Dinner was roasted red pepper, spinach, mushroom and goat cheese pizza (3 slices) with a banana raspberry salad.

Today I spent most of the day gluing baubles on my grandma's Memory Jar. It's going to be really cute, but I'm frustrated, like I often am when I do a new craft. This is the first time I've used the hot glue gun and it didn't occur to me to wash the jar first, and my baubles keep popping off. Matt says that if I wipe the jar with alcohol, it will remove any grease and whatnot that's causing them to not stick, and to also not dilly-dally with sticking them on- the glue has to be as hot as possible. I wish I had asked him about these details before I started. Oh well. I will post pictures, it's going to be so pretty. Once the baubles actually stay put, that is.

I told Matt to pick a Bodyrock for me, and he picked Hot Warrior. Actually, that's one of my personal favorites emoticon I didn't really kill any of my numbers though... I'm not sure what's wrong with me. I am dragging these last two days. Maybe I need a rest day or something. I'm thinking of just doing cardio tomorrow. I had my normal breakfast, 2 pieces of leftover red pepper pizza and banana raspberry salad for lunch, and dinner is BBQ chicken breast with a spinach salad and homemade cinnamon apples. I noticed that BBQ joints serve cinnamon apples with meals, so I made my own. But with real apples. And no sugar.

So that's what's new over here... hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

  
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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 12/11/2011 10:45AM

    I've seen the Hot Warrior workout a few times but haven't tried it yet! Maybe I should now =]

Sorry you had an off night! Hope you're feeling better now! =] Those cinnamon apples sound DELICIOUS by the way =]

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HONBAD 12/11/2011 9:18AM

    I hear you on feeling a little off. I took a rest day Friday and just did yoga yesterday to see if that helps. Although I did so much baking Friday night and all day yesterday that my body was more sore than after a workout!

Homemade cinnamon apples sound amazing! It's great to make things like that yourself - I don't understand why people add sugar and crap to something that can easily be healthy and still taste good.

Can't wait to see your crafting photos!

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FATHINSN 12/11/2011 4:08AM

    I haven't checkout any of BodyRock workouts lately as I'm still trying to get back to exercise routines, hehe. For now, trying to move myself towards exercises is like forcing myself to get away from chocolate!

I've seen Hot Warrior in the website, the workout looks awesome! I especially can't wait to try that Sleeping Crab but also wondering, which part looks like a crab is sleeping LOL

Hope you have a great weekend!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/10/2011 10:11PM

    Have fun crafting

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BECKYSRN 12/10/2011 7:14PM

    Sometimes you just need a break. Have fun with the hot glue gun!

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GINAV2 12/10/2011 7:02PM

    Mmmm, cinnamon apples... Sounds like you're having a good weekend, off workouts aside. Mebbe you just need a rest day? Good luck with the baubles!

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Down THIRTY Pounds Exactly!

Friday, December 09, 2011

I hadn't stepped on the scale since late October. I got a little off-track and didn't want to see the damage, but today I was like, I have GOT to know where I am.

I thought it said 157.8, and I was like, okay. At least I'm still in the 150s. I haven't gained that much. I can deal with this.

Then I bent over to take a closer look (didn't have my contacts in).

151.8

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Stepped off.

Tried again.

151.8

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Scientist has to test everything in at least triplicates.

151.8

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Starting weight, 181.8
Today's weight, 151.8

I didn't even think I had 30 pounds to lose, so I have mixed emotions about this. I'm super proud of myself, obviously, but also annoyed I let myself gain 30 pounds, well, more than that, I guess. But mostly I am happy! And I know it's fat I'm losing! HOORAY! My size 8 jeans are so close I can taste them. They taste all cottony and delicious.

Have a great day everyone!!!!

  
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BBORDEN86 12/15/2011 10:27AM

    Woohooo!!!! Sorry I missed this exactly news when it happened, but that is MOST excellent!! : ) Keep it up!

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TIGGERJEAN 12/12/2011 9:47AM

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WINNIE1978 12/12/2011 5:28AM

    Congrats on the 30 pound loss! emoticon emoticon

It's kind of funny that my scale said 151.8 this morning too, but I still have another 20-30 pounds to go to get to a "healthy" weight.

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CALIKIKI 12/11/2011 9:13PM

    woo hoo !!

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RASCALRACCOON 12/11/2011 1:33PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that! nothing better than an unexpected surprise like that! congrats *high five*

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EMPTRS 12/11/2011 10:42AM

    WAHOO!!!! THAT IS AMAZING!!! Congrats-and yes, it is crazy in hindsight thinking about how much you have to lose! YAY keep up your great work!

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MISTYBLUE716 12/11/2011 10:24AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats fabulous!

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AIRPEACH 12/9/2011 6:00PM

    Yay! emoticon

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VW_STEPH 12/9/2011 2:34PM

    Woohoo you're doing so well!!

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FINALLYBEINGME 12/9/2011 2:33PM

    I'm so impressed! I really have to say your blogs are motivating - love to hear success stories :). emoticon emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/9/2011 1:09PM

    Wow yeah

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THELILEA 12/9/2011 1:07PM

    HOLY MACARONI!!!
WAY TO GO, Chrissy!!! I'm so proud of you. You've worked so hard and it's really showing. You deserve your success so much. Thanks for being such a great BIFF and fitness inspiration.
This is no a joke, you NEED to get some good update pics up, PRONTO! I DEMAND IT or I'll INTERNET BREAK UP WITH YOU!!!
(okay, i won't, but still, pleeeease? :D :D :D )

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CHEMCHIC2006 12/9/2011 12:08PM

    whoo hoo! Way to go! emoticon

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ERICACEAE 12/9/2011 11:58AM

    Awesome!

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KITTY_WHO 12/9/2011 11:56AM

    Wow that's amazing! I guess it's true when they say that weightloss is a by-product of a healthy lifestyle. You go girl!!

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KKINNEA 12/9/2011 10:24AM

    Ha, cottony and delicious :) Great job!!!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 12/9/2011 10:09AM

    Dang girl!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! 30lbs is freaking amazing!! That's about the same that I've lost =]=] It's amazing what THIRTY POUNDS LESS feels like! No? You are working so hard and you DESERVE it!!!! I am so happy for you that you've found Bodyrock and that it is working so well for you!!! =] Cheers!!! emoticon

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SMILINGTREE 12/9/2011 9:36AM

    You give me hope that abandoning the scale for a few months is a good idea. Congratulations! Enjoy trying on the yummy size 8s!

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HONBAD 12/9/2011 9:16AM

    Woo hoo!!!!! emoticon

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BNSUHAS 12/9/2011 8:53AM

    What a great surprise! Enjoy your victory.. you have worked hard for it :)

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TYGRLILY 12/9/2011 8:50AM

    Haha in my excitement I posted on your 'page page' instead of your 'blog page' - but 30 is worth repeating a congratulations -

*HIGH-FIVE*

hot-damn
, that is AWESOME.... i can only imagine how proud you must be of yourself - and RIGHTLY - every pound that is lost took time, hard work and effort to peel off...!!

give yourself a huge pat on the back, you deserve it!!!

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BBAHONORS 12/9/2011 8:18AM

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MNGIRLIE 12/9/2011 8:02AM

    Wohoo!!!

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GINAV2 12/9/2011 7:18AM

    That's fantastic!!! Congratulations!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 12/9/2011 6:44AM

    Congrats!! I'm anxiously awaiting a size 10.

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EMFRAPPIER 12/9/2011 6:14AM

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PEPIPOI 12/9/2011 6:06AM

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May all your dreams comes true.

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