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Hey!! Wait, that's my arm!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

That was me this morning talking to Pepper. A young German Shepherd Dog. Today was the first day we (my sister, her dog Daisy, and I) took Pepper with us on our walks. Pepper is a good dog and a beatiful Shepherd, but she has not really been trained as a walking partner and it was a little bit of a challenge. Being a Shepherd she is a strong dog and she is quite competitive with little Daisy dog, a bichon. Since I was trying to walk Pepper and do some training we definately lagged behind today and that made Pepper a little upset with Daisy. If Daisy got too far ahead Pepper barked and told her to stop. The barking ended up being the only real problem. Pepper was pretty good a cluing in to what we wanted from her and she only tried to yank my arm from its socket a few times when she REALLY wanted to catch up to Daisy. I think a few more walks and Pepper will really have the hang of walking with us. It was a great arm and core workout too!! I was really surprised to find my obliques aching about half way through the walk. The effort of keeping Pepper on "heel" was really giving my core a good workout. Anyone looking for a great cardio and abs workout should get a big dog!! The really interesting part of today was we were still just a tad faster than normal! We shaved one minute off our time despite all the time I was spending restraining Pepper so she couldn't rip my arm off!! It was another great exercise morning! I think when we take Pepper again on Thursday I will tuck some treats in my pocket to help reinforce her good behavior. I still have strength to do today. Today is lower body, including a Butt Blasting workout and some pilates as well as some other misc. exercises!! Hope everyone has a great day!!

  
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NANCYBFULLER 8/12/2009 9:11AM

    I miss my German Shepherd. They are wonderful dogs. I need to get another dog for a walking companion.

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WBOYACK 8/12/2009 1:58AM

  walking my son's big dog hurts my shoulder. I have to lead it up to him.

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CLADY326 8/11/2009 10:58PM

    I used to have big dogs too, rotties, and they were a challenge and a half to begin with. After a few training sessions tho, and a few sore arms, they were a pleasure to walk with. Have fun with the shepherd. emoticon

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KING*GET*FIT 8/11/2009 1:44PM

    Walking my dog is such a workout I make my children or husband do it. I'd rather just go out on my own.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/11/2009 12:17PM

    Sounds fun! I'll bet that made your walk zip by, focusing on the dogs :)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/11/2009 11:58AM

    You definitely got a good workout today! I did day 2 of the 2-week turnaround - woooheee!! My legs!!! LOL

Good job this morning walking the crazy dog!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/11/2009 11:50AM

    What a picture you paint Heather. I can see you being pulled along and trying to control Pepper so well LOL what an image.
Great workout for you though, no crucnhes needed today by the sounds of things.
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Caz
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DAPHNERUNNING 8/11/2009 9:45AM

    Lol, a dog can really work you out! I think getting mine was the best thing I ever did for my exercise, even better than joining the gym. Tomorrow use your other arm!

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Done Girls ROCK!!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Done Being the Fat Girl has been at the top of my favorite teams list since the day I joined!! This team has is goin' on big time!! I loved how the team celebrated birthdays and celebrated the great women who take time to make this a great team by having a Done Girl of the Day and Done Page of the Month. I love to visit the Done Girl of the Day pages and say congrats and see the diverse group of women that make this such a wonderful team. Some Done Girls are young and some are young at heart. Some have met their weight goals and are finding new things to keep them going and some are still working, everyday to meet those goals and get fit. Done Girls are found living all over the world and come in every shape, size and color. It is a great experience to come everyday and find a new friend in the DGOTD. Today, I am here on Spark and it is time to deal with those Sparkmails that I collected over the weekend. First message on the list is Frankiefrog's DGOTD message. "Okay, let's do that first. Who's page do I get to visit today?" I skim along looking for the name, not really reading the introduction and read "ITSHOWYOULIVE". "Okay, go click on the link, hey wait, THAT"S ME!!!" I read it again, actually reading the intro, yep that's me!! Cool!! Did I expect to be Done Girl of the Day?? Not on your life!! Does it totally make my day even that much better, because I was already having a really good day? Yes it does!! Thanks for the love!! Done Girls ROCK!!! Thanks Frankiefrog for all the hard work and Wolfkitty for the birthday announcement and everybody else who makes this team freakin' awesome!!

  
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KING*GET*FIT 8/10/2009 11:31PM

    Sounds like done is fun!

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WBOYACK 8/10/2009 7:58PM

  That is so fun! You deserve it! You inspire me daily. I don't know that team, but I just may need to check it out!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/10/2009 7:24PM

    You so totally deserve it!!! All your hard work is paying off in more ways than one!! YOU ROCK!!!!!

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KARVY09 8/10/2009 12:46PM

    Congrats on DGoTD!
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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/10/2009 12:40PM

    emoticon on DGOTD Heather
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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/10/2009 12:28PM

    Congrats! You totally deserve, you inspire me everyday!

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LITTLEWIND53 8/10/2009 12:28PM

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SARAHCLINE 8/10/2009 10:49AM

    The DONE girls are pretty cool! Congrats on your achievements!

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Happy Monday!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

What a beautiful day!! Today's run took us for the longest time, intervals included, yet. Only 18 minutes total run time today, but a total of 35 minutes including 5 minutes warm up, 5 minutes cool down and 7 minutes of walking intervals between the running. We actually made it back to my sister's house before the program ended and had to walk a few houses past her's to finish the cool down!! It was another great run and completely do-able after Friday's 20 minute non-stop run!!! Started a new strength program today. It works you everyday, but different areas so you work shorter times but everyday. I have done similar programs and really enjoyed them. I think it helps me to stay on track to have a similar program everyday instead of trying to skip a day and then remember to pick it up again. Today was upper body and I am really feeling it! I not only did the new program but I also added the 3 upper body strength exercises from the Sculpting a New You Team I am on!! WooHoo!! For SP New Exercise Challenge I have to try 2 new cardio exercises I am not already doing. One is going to be jump roping, but I still have to do another one, maybe I'll go for a bike ride, it is not a regular part of my work right now. I am already walking, running and hiking, I could hunt down a new video, maybe check one out from the library. We'll see!! Anyway, today was another beautiful morning and it is time to start closing up the house and getting busy. I could swear that somebody up and shifted my town a few degrees northwest!! Normally this time of year we are sweltering even at night-110s and up during the day and low 70s at night, but lately our days have been staying in the lower 90s and our nights have been in the mid-sixties and a tad damp. Don't get me wrong there is no way that I am complaining. It is just strange and wonderful!! It has made exercising in the morning such a pleasure and making me look forward to the time we our days are always like our mornings. I love the cold. crisp fall and usually have to wait until October (sometimes even November) so maybe it will come early this year. That would be awesome!! Hope everyone has a great Monday!

  
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KING*GET*FIT 8/10/2009 11:30PM

    Great job! We are sweltering in the triple digits now and I'm not enjoying it.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/10/2009 7:23PM

    I know it - I am loving this cooler weather! Let's hope it stays around for a little while! LOL

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CLWIROST 8/10/2009 11:27AM

    Good Job!! keep up the good work :) emoticon

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MRSTEHVAND 8/10/2009 10:45AM

    Congratulations on being DGOTD! Woo hoo! You are awesome!

I'm currently doing Ct5K as well and I am loving it so much! Today I finish W6D3 and then on to Week 7! I can't believe how quickly it's going!

Like you, I am looking forward to the weather cooling off. I grew up in Northern California but the Army sent my husband down here to miserably hot Arizona and I can't stand waking up and it being 90, hitting 100 by 10, it staying 100 until about 5pm, and then if we're lucky, it cooling off to the high to mid 70s during the night! Ugh!

I hope you have a fantastic Monday! You are such a great example!

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RMCKEOWN27GATOR 8/10/2009 10:28AM

    Sounds like you are working hard for your gaol.
I hpoe to take that to encourage myself to keep it up.

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Running and hiking my butt off (hopefully literally).

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Sorry I didn't blog this yesterday, but it was a busy day!! Up at 4:00 to go running at 5. And, let me tell you about the running. I was so jazzed and ready for the run I felt like a little girl ready for the first day of school!! We do our warm up walk and before we know it, it is time to start running. About 4-5 minutes in it got a little hard. I really felt like I wanted to stop. But, I told myself "just think how it will feel after you run the entire distance". So, I kept running and I kept running. I played my usual game of "run to that spot", but I made my distances further apart and gave myself a mental image of where I was running to, trying to picture it in as much detail as possible then told myself, you've run to this spot before, it's easy, just keep going. I didn't remind myself that I usually walked some in between where I currently was and were I was headed to-LOL! Before I knew it I was kind of on autopilot, just listening to my music and running along. I checked the time on my pedometer and could see we were getting close to the end of the run and set a goal to get to the "clubhouse"-the community pool and clubhouse in my sister's community-this is roughly the point I usually get to. Just as I reached the clubhouse I saw my sister walking back for me-she always gets farther ahead, and knew the run was over, but by that point I had a new goal and I was going to reach it. At, this point I am running in the street and just a few feet in front of me, painted on the street, is a white line with the words STOP right in front of it. Well, it seemed to be a message just for me-lol! Get here and you can stop!! So I kept going till I got to the STOP. I did it, I did it, I did it!! I ran for 20 minutes plus a little without stopping!! It was sooooo freakin' awesome!! After the run it was time to run home, change my shoes and get the kiddies ready to go back to my sister's where her 15 year old was going to babysit so my sister, my mother and I could go hiking! I had just enough time to get on and change my status, then it was off an running again. Kids got settled with thier cousin and we headed up the mountain. Yesterday was a rare day in our area for August, it was cool and damp in the valley in the a.m., perfect for our run, and then cool and clear in the mountains. It was a perfect day for a hike. My sister, our own personal Jillian Michaels, set a mean pace up the mountain, but it was a plan with a purpose and it worked. We all wear the same pedometer and it registers aerobic minutes after you have kept moving for 10 minutes. Stop before the 10 minute mark and the minutes don't register. So, she kept us moving in 10 minute or more intervals until we reached the trail head. Great plan!! There were only a couple sections of the hike that kicked our behinds so hard we really wanted to stop, but we proved ourselves equal to the task and kept going. We stopped only once on the way down for a water break and finished the 5 miles up and back in 2 hours of actual movement!! Not bad at all!! It was a beautiful hike and we celebrated with some excellent sandwiches from a deli in Idyllwild center and I splurged on a greek salad. I consider it a splurge due to the oil in the dressing, but it was sooooo good. Cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives. It was a great day. Picked up the kids, did my grocery shopping and came home and fell asleep!! I was TIRED!! I pampered myself in the evening though and gave myself a little pedicure!! It was a fun, fun, day full of accomplishment and new goals to reach!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/10/2009 7:15PM

    It was definitely an awesome day!! You are doing such a phenomenal job of reaching new heights!! Glad we are doing it together!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/10/2009 12:26PM

    That just plain ROCKS!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 8/10/2009 6:37AM

    I am jealous of the free babysitter.

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KING*GET*FIT 8/9/2009 9:36AM

    You are amazing!

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SALDRU 8/9/2009 7:44AM

    That is so awesome that your family participates together. I'm envious. All my family wants to do is go for lunch.

You should be so proud of yourself. *pat on the back*

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/9/2009 3:39AM

    emoticon Heather on your run, that is amazing, well done hun and then to hiking emoticon.
I love the sound of the salad except the olives, one thing I can't abide.
So glad you enjoyed yourself
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Caz
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What's your favorite fitness activity?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

I have been a member of sparkpeople since 2005!! You would think I would have reached my goal by now wouldn't you. Well that time includes lots of inactivity on the site. It has been almost 5 months since I came back determined to do it this time!! During those 5 months I have done quite a variety of things. Videos, aerobics classes, strength programs and yoga. 5 weeks ago I started running, something I NEVER thought I would actually do. Every time I envied someone going for a run I told myself, you are too heavy, you are too out of shape, maybe when you are skinny you can run. Well, I am more than half way through Week 5 of C25K, my first 5K run, ever, is less than a month away (I've walked 5Ks before but never at any time did I break into a run). Sparkpeople is introducing me to new, fun things all the time and making me believe I can actually do them. I totally believe that someday I will run a half marathon and be in a triathalon and my ultimate dream is to someday, it might not be anytime soon, but someday, run the Catalina Island EcoMarathon. This marathon is held on trail and is hilly and is a real challenge to real athletes. If I can hang the Catalina Island finishers medal on my wall I will know I can say to anyone, anyhwere, "I am an athlete" and have the evidence to show them. Of course I am hoping by that point my body will speak for itself. But, that is the other thing I am learning, I can be athletic even if my body doesn't reflect that attitude. So, anyway, with C25K a mere 4 weeks and one day away from being over it is time to start thinking about trying other new things. Tomorrow is our 20 minute run AND our hike so cardio is WAAAAY covered, but what can I add in to my routines to make me a more rounded person, athletically speaking that is.
One team has us trying some pilates to blast our hips and thighs. I haven't had a chance to fit it in this week, but I've looked at the video to get an idea of what I will be doing and that looks fun. I love yoga, but I've never really gotten into Pilates so that might be something to try. I know the Pilates rings you can buy at the store look kind of fun!! I've always kind of thought of Pilates and Yoga as being too similar to do both. But I am starting to see that the two are more differnt than I thought and complement each other without being exactly the same.
Jump Rope!! I used to be the Queen Jump Roper in Elementary school. Between myself, my friend Tammy and my friend Kelly we ruled the jumpropes. The three of us could out jump any other kid in our grade. If the teachers had let us we could have probably jumped from the first bell to the last never missing a rotation. Somewhere along the way I totally lost my ability to jump rope. A few years ago, for some reason or another that totally escapes me now, I had to pick up a jump rope and give it a try. It was a miserable failure. I couldn't co-ordinate the rope and my jumps to save my life. Jump rope is such a great exercise I should really learn how to do it again. Until I lose more weight I'll probably use the skipping technique to be a little more gentle on my knees and work up to the regular jumps.
Biking. My sister has been talking about getting a bike, I already have one. Mine is a mountain bike and someday I might want to trade it out for a road bike. But, for now, my bike does the job just fine. It would be nice to get more biking in. I do need to take my bike in and have it fitted. I don't think the guy did it when I bought it and even so, since I bought my bike I have had 3 kids and aged at least 10 years, my body has changed a bit. Last time I rode I noticed my knee "clicking" a little. What do I mean by that? Basically it felt like there was a rough spot on my patella and every time I rotated the pedal, moving from the highest point down, it felt like my knee was catching and sticking just a bit. I am sure if the bike is adjusted so that the seat and handlebars are exactly right that problem will be minimized if not completely done away with. Since my bike has the quick release levers I did keep stopping and making adjustments to the seat until it felt a little more comfortable, but couldn't do anything with the handle bars. So, one goal is to get my bike tuned up and start doing a little more of that.
Balance ball. Used to have one and used to use it occasionally. It made a really cool seat and I would use it more for that than for other things. My kids liked to play with my old one and it eventually passed away due to them using it for all sorts of things. I was in the fitness section of the library recently and saw a book entirely about Balance Balls. It gives beginner, intermediate and advanced level workouts that look really fun. So, time to get a new balance ball. Kids are a little older now and maybe they can follow the rules for ball use now. Because, I have to accept that with three kids in the house and a giant ball there is no way they are going to be able to keep their hands off of it, but maybe they can at least follow the ground rules.
Jillian Michaels. Ugg. I have serious doubts about turning myself over to the most infamous fitness instructor of all time-LOL! Nah, seriously, I have heard such good things about all of her programs so it would be fun to try. 30-day shred might be just the thing to take my fitness routine to the next level.
I am totally open to other ideas too!! What's your favorite fitness activity?

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/10/2009 7:20PM

    I'll let you borrow my 30-day shred video for a week or two so you can try it out! I'll try to remember to have it ready for you tomorrow, but if I don't just remind me and it's all yours for a little bit!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 8/10/2009 6:53AM

    I never watch biggest loser because I don't like watching people getting yelled at but I love all of JM DVDs. She is much nicer on them but really makes you sweat. I have also been listening to her free podcasts. She helps get me well rounded with healthy eating as well as exercise. I also like to buy the fitness magazines and do their printed workout plans. It makes it fun to switch things up. I also like to take classes at the gym.

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KATRINIA17 8/6/2009 3:08PM

    Wishing you the best on your run. As for my fav...I have to say the elliptical.

Hugs-Kat

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/6/2009 11:27AM

    Hi Heather my first love has got to be my weights and multigym but I am so enjoying exercise full stop that what ever I'm doing at the time I put my heart into.
I used to have a stability ball til it got injured on a carpet tac while we were decorating and used it as my computer seat and I swear just rocking on it helped strengthen my core even more so a replacement is on my shopping list 4 THIS WEEK.
As for cardio- love cycling and rowing oh and aerobics and now swimming and jogging again.
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Great blog as always hun
Luv
Caz
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LIFESTOOQUICK 8/6/2009 11:08AM

    Good luck with running the 5K - that's so awesome :)

My favorite fitness activity right now is Turbo Jam! I love it! I'm looking forward to trying ChaLean Extreme as well. I think Chalene Johnson is my favorite trainer I've found so far (and I do a lot of random workout videos, lol). She's just happy and FUN!

I also enjoy playing sports - basketball and softball in particular but I haven't had many opportunities to do these in a long time. I used to swim laps for cardio, but no longer have access to a pool like I used to :(

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DAS92687 8/6/2009 11:03AM

    Congrats on prepsring to run ... I'm thinking about entering a marathon this coming Spring as well. Maybe if I tell enough people, I won't chicken out ;-)

I do think dancing is my favorite activity!
But I also walk 5 miles a few times a week with 2 of my neighbors and it's great because we also can chat a bit as we exercise.


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ADDERCAT 8/6/2009 10:40AM

    Yay on running that 5k! That's my eventual goal, how exciting for you! My favorite exercises right now are both videos -- Turbo Jam and Chalean Extreme. I'm seriously in love with those two. Also got an excellent book from the library called The New Rules of Lifting for Women by, Lou Schuler (I think that's how you spell his last name...). Anyway, great blog! I'd love to get into biking eventually too.


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KING*GET*FIT 8/6/2009 10:14AM

    As usual a great post from the postmeister general, lol. I like mixing my work outs up. I find that too much of a good thing is too much. I like Turbo Jam, biking, swimming, hiking, balance ball work outs, etc. I think we like a lot of the same favorite things. Hey, we should do a work out together, at least a virtual one. lol.

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WBOYACK 8/6/2009 10:09AM

  Right now I'd have to say Nordic walking and yoga.... maybe I'll try something else in the near future and like it too.

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PINKCOCONUT 8/6/2009 10:03AM

    Awesome blog post! I have to say, I HATE The Biggest Loser but I did buy three Jillian Michaels DVDs and surprised myself by LOVING them. I could do them every day if I could. It's a fabulous way to burn calories AND strength train (which has always been a problem for me). I highly recommend it for getting to that next level 'cause it will kick your ass in a great way!

I'm the same as you, though. Never, EVER thought I'd become a runner and now, here I am, with a 10K race in 9 days!

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ASPENCER27 8/6/2009 9:50AM

    Congrats on getting ready to RUN your first 5k! How much fun! I am training for my first half marathon, and it's tough, but a great challenge. I love doing pilates, and I usually do it without any equipment, well, except a soft mat. I definitely need to get back into it again. Congrats on all of the weight loss, you're doing great!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/6/2009 9:49AM

    Favorite fitness activity? Hmmmmmm...well I love to swim, but don't get to do much of that without holding a child the whole time. But i really enjoy walking with my best friend, Jenn. She keeps the pace fast and it just goes so much quickly with her because we can talk and not have to be interrupted by children every 10 seconds! It gets to be kind of breathless at some points, but we still manage :) Jumping rope,,,I haven't done that for years! I tried to hula hoop the other day and man that was a funny sight!!! I used to be the hula queen, and now..yeah not so much :) Good luck tomorrow!

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