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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.


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...


g'night emoticon

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SWAMP_KITTY 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


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????


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

1. Drink plenty of water


but not toooooo much water!!


2. Help others out this weekend.

3. Find your motivation and go for it!!


4. Eat your fruits and veggies!!


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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Kickin butt for a cookie

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I SAID I was going to run while my daughter was at marching band today. As caffienne hadn't fueled the brain yet at that time Irealized as I was driving her that I was in nice capris and a shirt. Not running material. Noooo problem, as long as I get in a morning run before the heat right?


It was about 9:30 when I got out the door and I was super pleased with myself. I was listening to Suz's podcast for Week 2 of C25 (very good by the way) and Kate Perry's "Fireworks" was filling my mind when something plagued me, like a little naggin voice.


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It was really really REALLY warm outside at 9:30. I kept going and by the 4th 90 second interval of running I was feeling it. My legs began to accumulate lead in them but I kept pushing. My body kept trying to anchor towards shade while my mind kept trying to figure out why there were none. By the time the sixth 90 second interval of running came around I was feeling slightly nauseated but kept pushing on. At this point my mouth was dry and I was wishing there was a way to fit a water bottle in my bra.

When I got home after 30 minutes I looked at the temp in the car. 98 degrees.....at 10am. Are you for freaking real??

turns out it's going to be 106 today...I hate being broke...otherwise there would be a doughboy sitting on the back patio with my happy arse floatin in it.

I went and picked up my daughter and treated the girls to McD's Strawberry Lemonaide. I didn't get one. Not my bag baby.

This left me with one other frog to eat. My Slim in 6 Burn it Up. Oh yea. the hour long torture of every exercise I've ever hated in life. . . . the squats, the lunges, the situps, push-ups, the leg lifts...UGH the leg lifts! I know tho....I WILL complete this round of Burn it. I will complete the six weeks!! Just to say "I did that". So, I stole the tele from the girls and made a deal with myself.

Finish this today and you can have a cookie.

Don't judge me. It's a good cookie. (40 calories)

Finish this week and try Hip Hop Abs on Sat for a variety.

That actually sounds appealing.

So I did

and there are two more stickers on my calendar (one for running, one for Burn it)

and.... I had a cookie.

It was a damn good cookie :o)

courtesy of my daughter

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/24/2011 12:07AM

    emoticon job! You are really committed! Please be careful running in that heat!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/23/2011 7:41PM

    Girl I can totally hear and see you saying "It was a damn good cookie" LOL really your voice just came ringing in my ear! I really think that you need to send me the Slim in 6...I'll trade you for Zumba...oh wait I would have to watch you do Zumba for the laughs...."giggly butt" emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/23/2011 2:38PM

    AWESOME!!! You earned that awesome cookie!!!

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MAGIK0731 6/23/2011 2:35PM

    No judgement here!!!

Stick to your plan and as long as you stick with having just 1 cookie, you will be fine.

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AMYMOHIO 6/23/2011 9:36AM

    I wouldn't even judge you if it were a "bad" cookie! You did what you had to do!!!

You got those feet wide on that band too... emoticon

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RICKEFFEL 6/23/2011 9:29AM

    Great job! You are sooo brave.
I probably would've wimpped out in the heat. I don't do well in the heat at all. Gives me a migraine if I get too hot exercising, or cutting grass.

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MJLUVSANIMALS 6/22/2011 7:16PM

    Make a batch of healthy cookies for treats for yourself and kids. Then that cookie will be worth your while, after a good work out, you may even be able to have two!! It is pretty hard for me to eat just one. So I commend you on that. MJ

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TRIGFROST 6/22/2011 6:53PM

    Cookies taste great...bad for the hips...I know this personally...

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ENDUROVET 6/22/2011 6:16PM

    Ha ha - just like last weekend, when folks were trying to wimp out & say it was too hot to RIDE - I say it's NEVER too hot as long as you keep hydrated!

I bought myself a nice Fuel Belt for my last half; it carries 32 oz of fluids. Or maybe I'll train one of my burros to trot along w/a keg of margaritas ;-)

But seriously, great job!

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TWNOMWE 6/22/2011 2:54PM

    I should be jealous of the hot weather but I will bite my tounge because that is too hot even for me. But way to go on your run!! emoticon
You certainly deserved that cookie for finishing BIU. RIU is short enough and I like the ab routine there than the short one on the BIU. Since it is cool here (more like end of November (I think our high temp is only 15 degree C), I had a good one hour walk at lunch break and I just got a call from my daughter to go walk with her after work (30 min), then I will be ready for the RIU.
Your cookie has 3 less calories than mine. (Lifestyle shortcake cookies, they claim it has no sugar but they taste great). I will stay away from it for today.
I really want to reach the goal of losing 5% of my weight this spring challenge. I am 3 lb short of the goal.
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RED_WRITINGHOOD 6/22/2011 9:23AM

    I know it has been so hot lately! It rained here so it cooled things down but it is supposed to creep back up to 100. I try to walk around 7:30 am hoping it will still be cool. Great job girl!!

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BAKER1009 6/22/2011 8:22AM

    Holy crap, that is hot. It was 92 here yesterday and I thought I was going to collapse in the thick humidity! Go you!!
BTW, you're looking really good!!

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LAURIE9404 6/21/2011 9:16PM

    A 40 calorie cookie is a very good treat especially after your day of working out. I am getting up before work to get my workout in to avoid the heat as well. I'm up around 5am and it's always over 70 in my apartment. How's the Slim in 6? That workout always looked good. And after having gone to a concert this weekend and had to use a porta-potty, I'm never going to say squats are the enemy again!

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YOURJONES 6/21/2011 7:29PM

    Wow! Good for you for making it through your morning run in that heat! I'm going to head out aroune 7:30 tonight and it'll be around 96 degrees. WTF?!? I'm going to give it my best and git it done! I'm hoping the forecast is off and it'll be cooler. LOL!
I've been scouring the internet for a good weight training plan I can do at the gym too. Gotta get rid of this blubber! Seriously! I haven't made any progress since the holidays. I'll lose 2-3, gain 2-3. Ridiculous I say!

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Domestic Goddess Duties and all....

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

and I huffed and I puffed and I blew myself right down!

Hubs took the day off today and normally I would use this as an excuse not to work out. I don't know why that didn't happen today. Is it my motivation to do better? Is it because I want this so badly? Is it because I'm crazy? eh, maybe all of the above. I told him that just because it was his day off that I had to allocate an hour of the day to workout...somehow sometime.


Sooo, while hubby relaxed his day off I got up and drank my coffee, checked Spark, did 4 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, vacuumed the floors, let the bird out (damn bird), cleaned the fridge, washed 3 cars (with help), put the laundry away, got dinner stuff made, decided and made oatmeal cocoa no bake drops and wa-la...it was seven pm


By now, here it was 90 degrees in the house and I knew I wasn't going to run..I didn't fret it. I ate my dinner, did more dishes and downloaded some new podcast to my iPod for my run tomorrow. I have to take my daughter to her new High School 7am tomorrow for band practice and while she does that I will run (with my new bootielicious music!!)

But, as for today...yup

Hubby went to bed around 9 after I kicked his bootie on Wii bowling and I claimed the tele for an hour.

I burned it up.

emoticon I, for some reason, didn't use my iPod for music and worried that come 30 minutes into it I was going to be panting and gasping and needing a ten minute break. Although I worked up a sweat (90 degrees perhaps?) I didn't push so hard I burnt OUT. It was a good "relaxing" workout if that makes sense? So, although my cardio says 600 for calories, I'm guessing it was a 400 burn. It was one of the fastest hours yet. I don't know if it was because there was no music, or if because I was getting used to it, or because I did this at night...it just felt nice. Kind of like the run the other day....Maybe it's because once again, it was just my hour. My hour with my own thoughts and my own body pushing..., It's a sticker...and my smiley is on my Monday!!

okay, so it's 20 minutes to midnight and I'm not sure, but I know I'm tired, which means my blog is probabaly more of a ramble and that's okay...cuz ya know what?

I gots 3 points.


Goodnight and see ya in Sparkville :o)

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TRIGFROST 6/23/2011 7:24PM

    What a Busy Day for You...Sleep Tight...

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TWNOMWE 6/22/2011 3:04PM

    You need extra hours in your day!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVYA04 6/22/2011 8:28AM

    Love it, I have 4 kids and the laundry pile never seems to go away. not to mention the dishes, I tred having my 15 yr. DD do them but the cleanlyness was not up to everyday standards emoticon So opted to wash all the floors and clean the bathroom in exchange for me to do the dishes emoticon
That is Great that you have been keeping up the exercise Yes we do need ME time.

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BRATS4 6/21/2011 7:57PM

    busy,busy,busy.and they say we do nothing.they don't know why we are tried all the time.

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ELLEYKAT 6/21/2011 1:45PM

    WOW. Wanna come be MY wifely domestic goddess? I have a pile of dishes a mile high that I keep eyeing with distaste, and the laundry pile is even higher. =P

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ATINYDANCER 6/21/2011 12:16PM

    Wow...I want to clean my house after reading this and burn 600 (or 400) calories! You go girl! emoticon

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 6/21/2011 10:05AM

    I think you got plenty of cardio in with all your domestic goddess duties you accomplished yesterday. If you're feeling the need to continue the streak, you can always stop by my place next!

Awesome job on the run as well, sounds like things are running smoothly for you. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week.

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/21/2011 9:27AM

    Can you come over and kick housewife butt at my house? LOL I sure do miss our "clean the house Tom is coming home" times. hehehe Boy them were the days! I'm glad that you are finding the time you need to take for YOU...you always worry about everyone else and save you for last. (the sign of a good wife and mother) But I have learned that our ME time is just as needed and to hear you are getting that makes me smile! emoticon

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NOILEDNWAD 6/21/2011 9:05AM

    lol, I love your blog. You should always blog at midnight because it makes me smile :) I think you need to come over to my house now, I have all those same chores you can do all over again if you want to. emoticon

I get the same feeling during my workout hour. Although sometimes my 4 year old insists on running part of it with me. lol Movement feels too good!

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BAKER1009 6/21/2011 7:44AM

    emoticon That sounds like one busy day. I have ya on the 4 loads of laundry, but that's about it, other than cooking dinner, which wasn't much of a chore.
Great job on pushing through. And if you're kicking butt for an hour and having no problems pushing through, well that just shows that your endurance is up and that's awesome!!
Keep up the great work girl!

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