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very stressful week (no motivation here..sorry)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Do you have a "bad luck day"? You know, a lot of people use Friday the 13th as theirs (my personal good luck day really) Well, if I had to pick a day it would always be the week of August 4th. It just seemed like something always affected me on that week, something out of the ordinary for me or whatever and mostly not good. (Baby Jessica was taken from her adoptive parents on Aug 4...little tidbit of info)

With that in mind, I wonder how the planets got discombooberated to this past week?!

DISCLAIMER: if not interested in private drama, skip past this section on to weight and workout. quick...ready? SKIM!!

My Private drama:

actually. I deleted this. I just couldn't publicly post it. sorry guys! LOL

How about you know...I had a very stressful week and yeah.

ugh!

WEIGHT AND PROGRESS....YOU MAY PRESUME READING HERE.

I didn't hit my 179 goal just yet. Still lingering on the 183 mark. Which I suppose isn't bad for not working out and keeping the eating in check. I will finish my week six of Slim in 6 this week and from there progress to the series of "keep it up"

but I will be able to say (not yet...but sooo close) "I did it"

and oh how good will THAT feel!

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Monday. I love Mondays! the beginnings of a new week, a fresh start :o) Here we go! I still have my Kate's friends here from another state for one more week. Going to try and figure out either a Harry Potter day or perhaps the Fair? hmmm...

after my run of course...the youngest found my earbuds!!


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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/19/2011 9:11AM

    You are almost a slim in 6 graduate!!!!!

I hope that writing it out (even if you needed to delete it) help get rid of some of the stress. Use that emotion in your exercise and you'll be down to 179 soon, I just know it!

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LOSTLIME 7/19/2011 4:44AM

    We all have bad days. So just pick yourself up by the boot straps and keep going. You will get there. The movie or the fair? I like both!! Have a great time!

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ANNIE1114 7/18/2011 8:11PM

  Now if we could just delete our bad days altogether. I hope things get better for you.

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SETAGOAL1 7/18/2011 6:58PM

    You have chosen not to give up on yourself. You have shown you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

You have the power to succeed or fail.

you have chosen to succeed.

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ATINYDANCER 7/18/2011 6:50PM

    I'm glad you found your ear buds. I can't workout with out mine either! I laughed at your deleted personal drama...I've done that on here before too, typed something and then just gone "oh please, get over it" and hit delete emoticon

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RICKEFFEL 7/18/2011 5:17PM

    I vote for the FAIR!!

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AMYMOHIO 7/18/2011 4:44PM

    I got married on Friday the 13th emoticon

I never thought about a bad luck week.. huh.

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LINDSAYB2217 7/18/2011 4:30PM

    We all get in funks, just be happy knowing you'll get through it. You have a great support system on this site and you're doing fantastic work!! :)

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NELLIEC 7/18/2011 4:24PM

    At least you have the positive of your ear buds being found! emoticon

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AUNTIE65 7/18/2011 3:46PM

    Great blog and regardless of what your private a drama is, you keep that sense of humor!

You are going to make your goal.... just keep moving forward one.step.at.a.time!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/18/2011 2:48PM

    You cracked me up when I got to the (missing) drama part. That's what I love about you - you keep your sense of humor, no matter what. Thanks for the warning about that week - I will be on guard!

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TWNOMWE 7/18/2011 2:31PM

    I never connected my bad days with any specific time of the week and/or month.
The revolving planet may be responsible especially for the change in the weather which will affect our moods and I am sure this affect every thing else we are doing.
I am not superstitious and I do not follow horoscopes (my hubby religiously reads his horoscopes and says they are always right on with what happens on that day).
However., it is wise to learn the alignment of the planets as they affect our atmosphere.
Have a great work out and enjoy your visitors.

Molly



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Surprise!? Breathe. Do again.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's weird. When I work out or run I always think about my blog. I think of what to say that could be inspirational or I think of a story I'm going to tell. Then I get here and "blank" goes my mind. I usually end up writing whatever comes to mind and usually for the sake of writing for myself more than anything.

I thought yesterday was going to be rather "uneventful". We had a Trader Joes shopping trip to do. It was the first time I've ever gone there. Loved it.

After the girls and I got home we worked on the house then I don't know what wild hair got up my fanny but I ended up weeding my veggie beds. Let me explain. There were so many weeds in it that it killed all my veggies. I managed to save ONE carrot. emoticon

Anyone who knows me knows I am NOT an outdoorsy type of person. Which probably explains the slight sulk when I have to go boating or camping. So to be out in the backyard weeding and getting dirty in spite of the fears of spiders and snakes....well, that's a HUGE accomplishment. It was nice. the girls were in the pool with little Tuckerman (yorkie) floating on the raft.

As my workout didn't occur in the morning I worked out at 10 pm again. I decided since Jillians Level one was soooooo easy I would do level 2. I spent most of the 20 minutes looking at the tele saying "you want me to do WHAT?!" I'm doing level one again today.

It's those damn lunges!! Only NOW I'm supposed to be able to balance on one leg AND do the weights?! I wish the trainer would come out of the tele and show me what I am doing wrong.

Ugh!!

When I did the Burn it Up I was giving it my all. I know this because the sweat was pouring (literally) off of my face and dripping on our freshly steam-cleaned carpet. My body felt like it was made of lead, but I kept pressing on.

I woke up this afternoon (yup....slept waaaaay in) and could barely move. Something I haven't felt in a loooooong time! and I literally shuffled in pain to the scale after doing the finaggle moves on the toilet ( you know...where you shuffle and kind of wiggle and kerplop yourself on the toilet in pain?)

I look in the mirror butt naked. Hoping to see some sort of progress. I see it but it doesn't thrill me. I am losing my boobies. Poor boobies. Always the first to go and last to arrive.

Anyways...the scale said 181.5

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did it again....181.5.

I closed my eyes. I am slowly but surely breaking the plateu of self sabbatoge. I wanted to hold on to that moment for just a bit.

I want to put it on my tracker but because my weight fluctuates soooooo much on a day to day, well I will wait just a couple more :o) Tuesdays are my official weigh in days anyhows (Biggest Loser days don't cha know?)

2 more pounds...then I will have to argue if I can bring myself to get the tattoo. I'm *ehem* 40 something and have never done anything as daring as body art...I can do it. Heck, if I can get down to 179 I can withstand a little ol' tattoo. right?

But first I have to get there. I have to continue to sweat, work on the stupid lunges that seem to plague my workouts and put the ache in my ankles. I have to continue yelling at my Spark trackers that say "you are working out too much and not eating enough"

emoticon HELLLLLLOOOO That's what got me into this mess in the FIRST place!! Not exercising enough and eating too much!! Make up your mind will ya?? emoticon

crazy tracker dude.

  
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ENDUROVET 7/18/2011 12:18AM

    Ha... I got home to find another one of my tomato plants has bitten the dust (Hubby bought 5 of those fancy topsy-turvy planters; we're now down to 2 survivors). I think I've picked 3 entire tomatoes - w/the withering heat, the poor plants can barely stay alive, let along produce anything!

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SCOTMAMA 7/16/2011 2:08PM

    Wow! It wore me out just listening to all that exercise you are doing!

Well done! I enjoy your sense of humor also.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/12/2011 1:02PM

    Awesomeness on the getting ready to bust the plateau out of the water (hopefully you and me both).

I was going to ask how you are able to work out so late. But since you can sleep it I get it now.

Have a fabulous day and do something to get your sweat on again.

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YOURJONES 7/11/2011 3:00PM

    Way to get out there in your garden. Maybe you'll slowly become more "outdoorsy." I have 2 raised beds: 1 full of strawberries. No fruit yet, they're newly planted. The other bed has 10 tomato plants. Each year I do one more thing so I'm not totally overwhelmed. Next year I'll add a 3rd raised bed.

1st time at Trader Joe's? WOOOOOOW! My first time there was when I lived in L.A. back in 1991. It was the very first Trader Joe's store ever built (in Pasadena). What a fun day that was!

I hate the lunges too but I hate them even more when I'm trying to balance AND Jillian thinks I can multi-task and lift weights at the same time! Doesn't she know I have to focus on one thing at a time? LOL!

You're doing a great job! Congrats on the scale movement. If you keep those workouts up, you'll see 179 in like lickety split!



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ATINYDANCER 7/11/2011 1:17PM

    You can do it girly! Lunges are so damn hard they make me want to lay down and cry actually. Yay for you gettin your fitness on!

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BAKER1009 7/11/2011 7:59AM

    Sounds to me like you're pushing through all kinds of obstacles...awesome! I'm right next to you on the spiders and snakes. I'm suppose to be going camping with my mom Friday (her car broke down, so we're in limbo at the moment) and I love the idea of camping, I love the fire, but then I have this horrible fear of snakes that almost keeps me from sleeping at night!
Anyway, this is not about me, lol! I think you're doing a great job and you need to keep it up girl! The 170's are calling you, and they want you BADLY!

Have a great week! Can't wait to see what Tuesday brings you!

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NELLIEC 7/10/2011 7:18PM

    Hmmmm, we must be related. My poor chest is nothing to brag about and it likes to disappear when I lose weight!

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SCOOBEES 7/10/2011 6:49PM

    Weird coincidence regarding tattoos! I've 'sorta' always wanted one (not close to being brave) and hubs hates them and prefers I never get one. But obviously it's my body and if I REALLY wanted one I would...and he'd get over it. But we were actually talking about tattoos for some strange reason last night, and now I'm thinking I want one again lol! He asked what I would get and where I'd put it...has to be something Scooby...but where - I don't know!

But we ended up laughing...we both know I'd get one dot of ink and end up running outta there anyway.

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Nice job on the workouts!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/10/2011 6:27PM

    you are doing wonderful...I'm thinking tattoo's in the middle of the country. LOL

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JAISLING 7/10/2011 6:12PM

    Great job for doing Jillian and Burn it Up! You're amazing! emoticon

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TRIGFROST 7/10/2011 6:07PM

    emoticon for loosing the Boobies..

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TWNOMWE 7/10/2011 5:21PM

    emoticon on the BIU, I bought Jillian beginner for my daughter and she says she is doing. Yesterday she came with it to my house and I had a peep at it I am not sure I can do all the lunges even with the chair. I thinking to go buy one for myself and see if I can do it.
Well gardening is a good exercise and if you hate/fear spiders and snakes make sure to wear gardening gloves. I hate touching sluggs.
My scale has been yoo-yooing this week to up 2 lb one day and down 2 the next day so I also Always weight until I get the same number 2X in a row and then I post.
You will get to 179 and then say Hello to the tatoo (very brave).
Have a great week and keep moving.
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Still alive..breaking the plateu

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Looking at my stickers my first reaction was glim. I had 16 days left of my six week personal challenge and 11 days to "make up". Usually my 1st reaction is to give up and eventually fizzle out and eventually start over.

I stared at the stickers as if in thought, waiting for the answer to magically appear when I think, all the while it was right there. It's the same advice I give my girls when they start to slack off at schoolwork or their room. "do it right the first time or double the time to correct it"

"......double the time to correct it......."

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Today I started to slack off a bit. I made it a point that no matter what I was going to work out and keep those stickers on my wall. My biggest "downfall" I notice are on weekend or whenever hubby is home. Not sure why but there it is...right in front of me. Crazy stickers of mine...holding all the answers! LOL

So, midnight workout was in order (well, kinda right before, but I still call it that after 10pm)

Burn it up AND as my double up Jillian Michael's Shred. Yup. I took the little heart stickers and put it on a "missed" day. Tomorrow....I'm going to do the same thing.

My biggest goal right now is to build a habit...to actually say "I finished it". I'm getting closer and I think I've definately gone past my 3 week faded fizzled mark. Thank goodness! That means, I'm in the "hey, this might really be possible" mode.

That means "hey, I'm really DOING this" mode!

That means I gotta stay forcused or else mode!

Here's an interesting tidbit. When I first started Slim in 6 Start it Up (basic) I was like "oh man, I'm never gonna get this" I was falling all over and oh so very sore the next few days. Now, here I am doing Burn it Up and not only can I do it, but I can FINISH it....I find myself doing 30 pushups with ease (they are modified, but I couldn't do 10 when I started)...I did level one of Shred and thought "um, this is too easy I didn't even break a sweat"

So, although I don't appear different to me as I stand in front of a mirror, I FEEL different. I feel stronger. I feel more energized.

I can't go to bed without exercising some sort. My legs actually give me grief and I have to stretch before I crash.

I am finding that I run more with ease...like I can control my breathing .... I used to jog a bit and sound like an Popeye on helium.

I am finding that my tastebuds are actually craving more of what I need then what I want...or at least I appear to be noticing it more.

I'm finiding I really want this. It's almost an obsession, but I really really want this. So much that I'm signing up for runs and ordering DVDs and loving the water like I love Starbucks.

OH!!

emoticon a little kudos for me: My sister in law came over for dinner and she says "Corinna, have you lost weight cuz I see it in your face and your upper belly" I almost fell over. I told her "you and my oldest are the only ones who have said ANYTHING!1 You have totally made my day!"

THAT makes me want to keep going!!

okay, so it's past midnight and my mind is frazzled....I know being healthy involves sleep...so I guess I'll set my alarm for um...8ish and do another round of Burn it...maybe get in a run if it's cooler...

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ANNONYMOUSME 7/12/2011 12:03PM

  Great job! Glad to hear you're feeling changes with your body!
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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/10/2011 12:55PM

    If I was there I would be telling you everyday the differences I see in you. I will tell you that I see in you motivation alone that you are on a mission of success this time! You are not letting things change your desire and when you see what is stopping you, YOU are making changes so that your goals are reached.
This is the first weekend that I have not failed in what I have needed to do and I've logged on here each day. Mostly I have told myself that I want perfect attendance so that means I have to log on here...but then there is the new team I joined and that has helped too.

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GEORGIAINVT 7/10/2011 9:16AM

    You go!! Sounds like you and I are at similar points in the journey to a new lifestyle. I also notice that my body craves carrot sticks instead of a cinnamon bun and water instead of coffee. And for the first time in my life, a day without exercise just doesn't feel right.

The stickers are an AWESOME Strategy!

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YOURJONES 7/9/2011 11:05PM

    That's awesome! The more I make myself exercise, the more I want to do it! Like you, I really really really want this!

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LAURAKINS 7/9/2011 10:50PM

    You are rocking it!!! emoticon emoticon

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TRIGFROST 7/9/2011 10:46PM

    I make things hard on my self also...I hate this...

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CAMROLA 7/9/2011 7:38PM

    Keep on going--you're doing GREAT!

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AUNTIE65 7/9/2011 3:08PM

    Good for you! Keep up the keeping up :)

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RICKEFFEL 7/9/2011 8:30AM

    Brilliant !! Put those little stickers on ALL those "missed" daysas you do "make-ups" !! Yes !!

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VIBRANTVIC 7/9/2011 8:16AM

    Yay! Keep it up, it feels good to accomplish goals. Love the little stickers idea....maybe I'll use that for my no motivation to track. emoticon

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MNABOY 7/9/2011 6:48AM

    It is happening! Keep the fire during the challenge. Congratulations.

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Mainly for me blurb

Thursday, June 30, 2011

183.4

Everywhere I look I see words of widsom and encouragement. "The scale doesn't define you" it says "a number is just a number" another one says and they are both absolutely right.

so, why the number? Every day I get up and I strip my clothes off (if there were any on...) and I pee and I get on the scale. Everyone has an opinion on daily scale weighing and that's okay. There are times when I'm frustrated, sure...BUT

I do it because everyday I see more than that "number".

That morning ritual (to me) sets the tone. No matter WHAT that number is I have set the tone to think about it...to own my body. When the numbers go down it motivates me to KEEP going and if it goes up it motivates me to GET going. So either ways I'm setting the tone for the day.

It also helps me with a ritual. I do the morning scale, then I get the coffee (and water) I Spark and get mentally pumped. Then...I take control of the remote. No tele for anyone til momma gets her jiggle on!!

So many times since I began Spark have I been great out of the gate only to peeter out within weeks of givig it everything. Then I see a pic of me and internally bawl and start over. It's a vicious cycle.

So, clearly I'm a visual person. and I think I've finally found what "works for me" (another frequent thing I'm reading lately....I love that we all connect!! LOL)

What works for me:

**my morning ritual. Even on busy days I know to get up and think about it...get on the scale and motivate me to make time for me.

**stickers. Oh yeah...I find myself getting VERY upset that a sticker isn't on my chart. I have a couple make up days from camping, but you know what? There will be a sticker there.

**determination/prioritization. As Yoove's would say "life is a VERB" her newest "your actions define you.." it's true. My family knows I am serious because I work out in front of them (to whereas at first I was too embarrassed!!) I AM the "fat girl running down the street" but, I am running and it FEELS GOOOOOOOOD!!

**Sparkfriends. I had no idea how important this simple step was. I know I'm doing this all on m own, but I'm not doing it ALONE. I like that. I like that I have friends in Philly, NewYork, Vermont, Canada, Ohio, Texas and right in my backyard all with the same fears, questions, motivations, and desires. I like that Spark feels private even though it's so open. I LOVE knowing that when I'm done working out, like my stickers, it's also being logged in so my minutes can grow! I LOVE seeing before and after pics (way to go MommY!!!!) I love seeing pool pics and vacations and running/walking pics! (like the ones up the Rocky Stairs...awesome!!)

All these things keep me focused...and that's what I was missing before.

anyhows...I have to go pick up my daughter. I just thought I'd stop by and I dunnno... share my numbers :o)

here's another one.

1330. That's how many calories to burn in a week.

I gots this.

  
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SCOOBEES 7/7/2011 2:54PM

    I cannot start my day without 'the morning ritual'. Good or bad, I know what I have to do from there.

BUT, I am a STICKER person, too!!!!!!!! emoticon I LOVE giving myself a sticker after a workout - Saturday's stickerless box is bugging me still. :) And to log in those fitness minutes...ahhhhh, it feels sooo good!
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SCOTMAMA 7/4/2011 1:57PM

    I love the morning ritual thing, and if something comes along and I can't do it -- I feel like something is missing all day! Sure there are times when I know my weight is going to be UP, and I know the reason too, just like I'm excited when I'm sure it will be DOWN! Maybe I'm obsessive about it, but even if I am I don't care -- it's my thing!

So do what you have to do to keep yourself motivated, and like you, I agree that the friends on Spark is a BIG THING! Who knew how much fun it would be to have love and support from total strangers! Only NOW they don't feel like strangers at all, they feel like FRIENDS!

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TRIGFROST 7/2/2011 9:16PM

    I cut out a barbie doll and put stars on a Cardboard ...then stamp the stars as I got closer to my weight loss..this works for me ..I need to go back and do another one for me... It is Called:... I see... and I do..........it ....lose...weight...

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/1/2011 8:46PM

    I hear you about the part of being good out of the gate and then the fizzle. I also am just that way...yup we are totally sisters in another life! LOL we are doing this! We Will get to our goals!

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ENDUROVET 7/1/2011 3:10PM

    I don't know whether my obsession w/the scale is healthy or not... but as you say, it's a routine.

How odd today that for ONCE, the scales at my office & at the gym (lunchtime) corroborated each other EXACTLY - I don't remember that ever happening before!

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RICKEFFEL 6/30/2011 9:21PM

    Ritual, predictability, stability...whatever, these things keep the numbers going down for me. No surprises. I haf to be prepared.

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DOGSTARDADDY 6/30/2011 4:31PM

    Thanks for sharing.
You have people watching you, and joining in, that you never knew existed. Keep up the great work.

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NELLIEC 6/30/2011 3:42PM

    Well that 1330 calories burned in a week sounds great! emoticon

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FRAZZLEPOP 6/30/2011 2:08PM

    I'm with you on the morning ritual -- totally sets the tone for the day! If I don't start with the workout video and a healthy breakfast (smoothie, or cereal with fruit and milk..), I'm thrown off for the rest of the day. You keep rockin' on!

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/30/2011 1:59PM

    You know what? I have my morning scale ritual too, and it doesn't cause me stress at all, but makes me pumped up, no matter what. Loved your blog - you are going to rock this thing.

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Til Tuesday

Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm going camping which is my favorite thing in the world! Yes, I am saying that sarcastically, but I'm sure will change tunes once I get there.
I'm just a little bummed about my stickers. WHAT ABOUT MY STICKERS????

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Until then I would like to leave you with some weekend thoughts:

1. Drink plenty of water


www.funiacs.com/funny-pictures/4/How
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but not toooooo much water!!


www.funnrock.com/funblog/2010/08/too
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2. Help others out this weekend.



3. Find your motivation and go for it!!


www.dizzyboy.com/jokes/funny-picture
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4. Eat your fruits and veggies!!


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and lastly,

Have a fantabulous weekend!!



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ENDUROVET 6/27/2011 8:58AM

    Yep I had my own lil' camping trip last weekend - gotta write my post!
Hope you have a great time!

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LAURIE9404 6/24/2011 11:06PM

    LOL! Love it! emoticon

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PASTORRICK2 6/24/2011 5:33PM

    WOW. A fitness center with an escalator?????
Have a good time. Oh, this is Rickeffel. Somehow my husband's page and mine get confused. Don't know how to fix it except to tell the techs here at Spark.

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/24/2011 4:33PM

    I just have to say that I am still ROLLING emoticon over the picture of Richard....I don't think that I will ever look at sweating to the oldies the same again!

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CAMROLA 6/24/2011 1:29PM

    LOVE IT! Have a blast--your tune will change, for sure. Enjoy roughing it for a few days.

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NELLIEC 6/24/2011 1:25PM

    I like the cartoon about hiding the remote! I think a lot of guys need that kind of exercise!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/24/2011 12:18PM

    OH my goodness I want to go camping! I think that I need to fly out just to go camping. Enjoy it for me and just keep track so you can get stickers when you get home.

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