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A quick update!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

All is well my dear spark friends! I know many of you have sent me emails and comments wondering how I was doing. Things are wonderful. Michaela is the most precious little angel we could have prayed for. I am spending more and more time outside of the house as she is getting older and ready to do more things. I have gone from being at home and mostly using my laptop to heading out each day and checking emails etc on my phone therefore I am just not online as much. When home we have been spending time as a family. This is a priceless time for me and I do not want to miss out. Having said all of this, I am STILL doing well in terms of my program I just will not be blogging every day as before, instead it will be every week. I am loosing inches but slowly. I guess that is normal as this stage but I can be impatient at times. My husband on the other hand does not mind at all my new shape! He has said numerous times to be that he LOVES my post pregnancy shape! Yes, I am officially in 7th heaven!!! I feel so blessed to be married to such a precious man. He is amazing with Michaela and she is looking more and more like him with every passing month.

Thanks again for the comment and emails checking up on me. So sorry I have not been online as much as I have before but I cannot tell you what a beautiful time this is for my family and I. When I walk into the room, Kayla's face lights up and she giggles with the biggest smile and it makes us long to spend more quality time with her. The runs, strength training and logging all my food each day can wait. I really am seeing life through new eyes, and it is amazing.

Thinking of all my super spark friends! Thanks for all your support and love!


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NUTRIGIRL08 8/19/2010 2:13PM

    emoticonEnjoy the time, it goes by quickly!

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MRS.NG.06 8/18/2010 4:08PM

    Enjoy every moment with your new family, what an amazing time!! xoxooxo *HUGS*

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LIL_FROGGER 8/18/2010 1:56PM

    Ah, thanks for the update! It sounds like you are really taking to being a mom! So glad to hear how things are going for you and it's so nice to have a hubby who likes the way you look even when you question it. I know things would have been a lot more difficult for me after my first 2 if hubby had been a fraction as critical as I was on my figure!

Keep up the good work and thanks for the update!

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SMILES4383 8/18/2010 11:33AM

    Enjoy being a busy mommy.
We'll all be here when you get a minute.....

Glad all is well !!

emoticon Terri

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Turn up the heat! August Challenge!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

July was a great month for me. I lost inches, started running more and vastly improved my nutrition. I am hoping August will be even better!

July Totals....
1. Run/Walk - 48.58 miles (sick this month so mileage is low)
2. Crunches - 1,100 reps
3. Pushups - 155 reps
4. Squats - 1,500 reps

Goals for August!

1. Loose another 2 inches in my waist
2. ST 2 times a week
3. Walk/Run 15 miles a week
4. Consume at least 10 super foods per day
5. Drink 128 oz of water a day
6. Take vitamins and supplements daily
7. Stretch!
8. Make time for my devotionals
9. Pushups - 100 per week
10. Squats - 500 per week

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ALANA1102 8/11/2010 1:37PM

  I just joined SparkPeople and found this blog site that I really like. It's very encouraging. Your goals seem so unattainable for me. I can barely get around the block one time without being exhausted. But I guess you have to start somewhere, one day at a time is how I am going to take it. Where is your list of super foods? I would really like to check that out. Good luck and keep up the good work!! emoticon

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HEALTHYCHIC 8/11/2010 9:00AM

    I know you can do it! How have you been?

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MYTURN11 8/7/2010 2:08PM

    emoticonAbsolutely you can emoticon

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GODDESSOFHOME 8/7/2010 10:09AM

    You are living the good life my friend! Way to go girl!

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AVALONAPPLE 8/4/2010 9:00PM

    This August we are going to soar!! emoticon


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    You are doing such a great job!

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KEEPGOING87 8/4/2010 3:23PM

    your doing awesome!
keep it up

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/4/2010 2:17PM

    That's a fantastic list.

What is your list of superfoods that you typically keep around?

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    You are like Super Mom! I hope I can get all that stuff done once my little one gets here!

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RKBABCOCK 8/2/2010 4:16PM

    Great job on you July successes! You have set great goals for August, and I know you can do it!!

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LP2278 8/2/2010 12:01PM

    I love your super foods goal. I may have to incorporate that into my goals for the month.

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NUTRIGIRL08 8/2/2010 9:58AM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan Jen! I know you will be able to reach those goals. emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 8/2/2010 9:49AM

    I know you will have a VERY successful August! You are doing GREAT!

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SEEHOLZ 8/2/2010 9:43AM

    Rock it out in August girly!

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CCSDESTINY 8/2/2010 9:34AM

    Here's to a GREAT August!

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EGRAMMY 8/2/2010 8:14AM

    You are an inspiration to us Dr. Oz Show Fans. Have a great August.

Copy, past your August goals to our August goals topic thread please. Such a great example for other Sparkers

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KTBUG88 8/2/2010 8:09AM

    you inspire me. i wish i had half of your determination. keep up the great work ! emoticon

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LILPAT3 8/2/2010 7:55AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan and goals! emoticon

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BECKYSKEL 8/2/2010 7:21AM

    You are doing so well! Wish you could bottle up your energy...I'd be sure to buy some!

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YB0511 8/2/2010 7:13AM

    Great Goals.

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DRAMAQUEEN1913 8/2/2010 3:04AM do you make THAT work? I'm in awe.

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FABRICGIRL1 8/2/2010 12:48AM

  You are super focused. You sound like your progress is fabulous.

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JENONTHEROX 8/1/2010 11:59PM

    You constantly inspire me with your goals!

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    Great goals Jen!!


Just don't get so busy you forget to update your page with pictures of our favorite Spark Baby.

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The A,B,C's of Jen....

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Just something fun for this morning.....

A - Age: 33

B - Bed size: King

C - Chore you hate: Dusting

D - Dog's name: Piper, our Sheltie who is 9 years old

E - Essential start your day item: A kiss from my husband emoticon

F - Favorite color: To wear, Black. For decorating, Chocolate Brown and Cranberry Red

G - Gold or Silver: White Gold

H - Height: 5'8"

I - Instruments you play: In elementary school, I played the clarinet and did not like it!

J - Job title: Wife and Mom!!

K - Kid(s): 1 daughter, 4 months old

L - Living arrangements: Happily married for 10.5 years now. He is my life!

M - Mom's name: Edith

N - Nickname(s): Mostly Jen.

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: None, thank God!

P - Pet Peeve: I am not sure really.

Q - Quote from a movie: From Sleepless in Seattle...."It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic."

R - Right or left handed: Left

S - Siblings: My husband and I are both only children.

T - Time you wake up: Depends on when my little girl wakes up but usually 7 am.

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": that bad! LOL!

V - Vegetable you dislike: I like most but if I had to choose it would be cauliflower. Not a favorite of mine.

W - Ways you run late: If Michaela has an accident or will not finish feeding on time

X - X-rays you've had: my knees and chest x-rays every few years because I had a malignant melanoma removed in 2005...too much tanning from those tanning beds and the sun, NOT GOOD!

Y - Yummy food you make: Indian curries along with many Thai dishes that I learned from my mother in law who is from Thailand.

Z - Zoo favorite: Lions, Tigers and Bears...OH MY!! Ok, I could not resist! emoticon

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LP2278 8/2/2010 12:05PM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm going to post my ABC's on my blog. It's always fun to learn more about others.

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IRNGIRL 8/1/2010 7:16PM

    LOVE IT!!

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MOONWOLF58 7/31/2010 10:44AM

    I love are my favorite and most motivating blogger :)

A: Age 52

B: Queen size bed

C: Chore I hate. Cleaning bathrooms!

D: Dog's name. No dog @ present, but had a sheltie named Carly growing up.
Now own 2 cats, Muffin and Tig.

E: Essential start my day item. 16 oz. water.

F: Favorite color. Blue.

G: Gold or silver. No preference.

H: 5' 2.5"

I: Instruments. None...dancing is my passion :)

J: Job. Full time wife and mom. Part-time Pediatric RN.

K: Kids. 2 sons, 12yo and 15yo. My proudest accomplishments!

L: Living arrangements. Happily married 21 years in October.

M: Mom's name. Genevieve. Miss her.

N: Nicknames. Char, Chuck:), Lucy/Gracie (my hubby), and Sis (my dad who I
miss every day).

O: Overnite hospital stay: None other than childbirth.

P: Pet peeve. I'm not sure I have one.

Q: Quote from a movie: "You're a wizard, Harry" :-)

R: Right handed.

S: Siblings, none. I'm an only child also!

T: Time I wake up. 6:15 on workdays, around 6:30-7am otherwise.

U: Ukulele??! Don't know where that came from.

V: Vegetable I dislike. None...I even love brussel sprouts :)

W: Ways I run late...too many to count!

X: X-rays. Ankle once.

Y: Yummy food I make. Lots! Love Italian, low fat versions of comfort foods
like mac'n cheese and I'm an excellent baker...cookies/brownies.

Z: Zoo favorite. Monkeys hands down. Always wanted a pet monkey when I
was a kid.

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MBSHAZZER 7/31/2010 8:48AM

    I'm so glad I am getting your blog notifications again! Patty is right, you ARE a romantic! I had no idea you are so TALL, I am jealous!!

A - Age: 36

B - Bed size: Queen

C - Chore you hate: Grocery shopping

D - Dog's name: No dogs; 2 cats - Wolfie and Coco

E - Essential start your day item: Running. Wait, that's not an item. Coffee!

F - Favorite color: Orange

G - Gold or Silver: Silver

H - Height: 5'5"

I - Instruments you play: I played alto saxophone

J - Job title: Senior Manager, Global Planning & Strategy (zzzz)

K - Kid(s): 2 cats!

L - Living arrangements: Co-habitating in a miniscule apartment with my boyfriend of 6 years

M - Mom's name: Sandy

N - Nickname(s): Shazz, Shazzer, Shazzy

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: None, thank God!

P - Pet Peeve: Just about everything irritates me.

Q - Quote from a movie: Not a huge movie fan

R - Right or left handed: Right

S - Siblings: Older brother, Greg, 40.

T - Time you wake up: Depends on my exercise for the day. Alarm is set for 4:45 if I have a long run; 5:30 if I have a short run and not set at all if I am spinning, in which case I usually wake up around 7

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": Undertow!

V - Vegetable you dislike: Love them all, but would pass on okra if I had to pick one.

W - Ways you run late: NEVER, I am anal retentive about being places on time.

X - X-rays you've had: knees, feet - all running related

Y - Yummy food you make: Eggplant parm with baked eggplant; lentil stew, TVP loaf.

Z - Zoo favorite: Capybara

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SEEHOLZ 7/30/2010 10:07AM

    You are a hopeless romantic Jen! I thought of you when I watched the Love Saga movies... not sure if you like them, but they seemed like something right down your alley.

Have a lovely week-end!

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    Fun!! Here Goes:

A - Age: 47 (YIKES)

B - Bed size: Queen

C - Chore you hate: Dusting and folding socks (give these jobs to my kids whenever possible!)

D - Dog's name: No Dog! DH VERY allergic-even to boutique blend "hypo allergenic" varieties

E - Essential start your day item: COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE! (see my spark page for proof of my love affair with it!)

F - Favorite color: To wear: Black. For decorating, Burgandy

G - Gold or Silver: Yes Please! (LOL) My wedding and engagement rings are circa 1980's so they are yellow gold but I would pick white gold today!

H - Height: 5'8"

I - Instruments you play: In elementary school, I played the clarinet and did not like it! (ME TOO!)

J - Job title: Wife and Mom and CT Technologist (the job I get $ for!!) School Board President (the job I do for free!)

K - Kid(s): Sarah-19, Justin and Joey-13 (will be on August 1), Morgan-10 (soon)

L - Living arrangements: My husband and I will celebrate 24 wonderful years this August!

M - Mom's name: Nanette

N - Nickname(s): Kath, Kathy or Katie (my DH only)

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: appendectomy and tonsillectomy (as a child)

P - Pet Peeve: too many to list!! My kids are arguing as I type-their fighting and bickering drives me crazy but it goes with the territory I guess!

Q - Quote from a movie: Don't have a fave from a movie but my favorite quote in general is "life is an attitude"

R - Right or left handed: Right

S - Siblings: Oldest of 4. Girl, Girl, Boy, Girl

T - Time you wake up: 4:30 so I can get to the healthclub!

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U":'s rained a lot lately!

V - Vegetable you dislike: Brussel Sprouts

W - Ways you run late: I am a very poor time manager-I never give myself enough time. I ALWAYS underestimate how long something will take. I'm also famous for just "folding 1 more basket of laundry", etc...

X - X-rays you've had: chest xrays, knees, various extremities, cervical spine (after a car accident once!)

Y - Yummy food you make: My baked beans are always requested for parties. My kids love my meatloaf!

Z - Zoo favorite: Monkey house because they remind me of my household most days!
(except for the smell)

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HEALTHYCHIC 7/29/2010 2:24PM

    Will copy and do one in my blog! Let's pass it on! I like that it gets us to know each other better!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 7/29/2010 2:01PM

    So cute!

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BRYLIA 7/29/2010 1:43PM

    Jen, I loved this..its great learning more about people here on spark. So I thought you might enjoy the same....

A - Age: 47

B - Bed size: Queen

C - Chore you hate: Dusting, but for the past 5 years DD, Liane has this chore. Guess I have a few years and I will assume it again

D - Dog's name: Teddy, our 13 yr old shih tzu. Our other dog, Bandit pasted away in April... So Sad!

E - Essential start your day item: A kiss and/or hug from my husband

F - Favorite color: color! Decorating.. The red family's, Taupe's, Terracotta & the grey-green family

G - Gold or Silver: Gold, but like both

H - Height: 5' Jen, I am so jealous.

I - Instruments you play: Does a player piano count? LOL. My daughter has the musical talent. She plays clarinet, piano and a little Saxophone

J - Job title: Wife and Mom!! Work PT in the office of our business.

K - Kid(s): 1 son, 18 who's heading off to college in the Fall and 1 daughter, 15

L - Living arrangements: Happily married for 24 years in October

M - Mom's name: "Mom"s name- Frances; Biological mother-Judith

N - Nickname(s): Lisa's pretty short (LOL no pun intended) but occasionally Li

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: None, thank God!

P - Pet Peeve: Cant think of one at the moment

Q - Quote from a movie: HMMM... need to think on this one

R - Right or left handed: Right

S - Siblings: three half siblings that I really don't know that much about.

T - Time you wake up: Usually 6:15am

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": Understanding Dont know why but it just popped in my head
Underwear LOL...That's great!

V - Vegetable you dislike: I like most veggies, even the ones that were not my favorites as a kid..peas and squash. I guess I would have to say Poi which is made from the taro root. Only had it once when we were in Hawaii.

W - Ways you run late: Kids usually or cant find my glasses

X - X-rays you've had: my knee(softball injury), broken ankle (fell down the steps because of a toy the kids left on them ironically the day after giving them a lecture about leaving toys on the steps because someone "would fall down and break their neck"...OK so I got the body part wrong LOLL!); neck (Nodule in my thyroid that was removed and turned out to be benign...thank God) chest x-rays (had pheunomonia this past winter)

Y - Yummy food you make: All...thats the problem Oh wait maybe it's just that I eat them all. Seriously, I like to make the Italian foods. Thai sounds great and I loved the food when I had it, but discovered that I am allergic to the seasonings...blew up like a balloon and looked like the Michelin Man!

Z - Zoo favorite: LOL!!!! Always loved monkeys but have become fond of Giraffes, my daughters fav.

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RONIE11 7/29/2010 12:17PM

    I love that movie... its one of my all time favorites and thats one of those lines that will live on forever... thanks for the reminder...

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 7/29/2010 12:09PM

    emoticon for sharing.....very interesting.

Nancy, co-leader (Gettin' Thin in 2010 team)

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SINGER73 7/29/2010 12:08PM

    I played Clarinet all through high school. I don't play now emoticon

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ISABELLA35 7/29/2010 10:37AM

    I loved reading this. It was fun to read, as well as, learn a little more about you!

I had no idea that you are 5'8! Wow. I'm jealous! LOL. I'm Italian and most Italian people are shorter ~ I'm 5'4.5 but always say that I'm 5'5 so that I can feel taller. LOL.

Thanks for sharing. Keep up the great work. You continue to always inspire and motivate me! : )

Have a great day!

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KARLYNCANDOIT 7/29/2010 10:19AM

    This is great! I thought for some reason you were shorter. You are 1 inch taller than me!! Great survey!!

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BELG64 7/29/2010 10:14AM

    Can't believe Michaela is already 4 months old! Thanks for the fun facts!

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NGCHILD 7/29/2010 10:01AM

    I could read these all day about my sparkfriends!! LOVE IT!!

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PBGWILLIAMS 7/29/2010 9:57AM

    That was cute! I love learning new things about you! Thanks for sharing!

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Day 28 : Family Fit Challenge

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Doing well and staying strong! Sorry for the short blog emoticon To make up for the brief entry here is a new pic of my precious girl!! Let's face it, the photo is far more interesting than my slow run today! LOL!

New totals....

1. Run/Walk - 44.08 miles (sick this month so mileage is low)
2. Crunches - 1,100 reps
3. Pushups - 155 reps
4. Squats - 1,500 reps

Results this week....

Tuesday - 4.26 walk with slow run - DONE!
Wednesday - ST and 4.5 miles - DONE!

Super foods for today...

1. Tumeric
2. Blueberries
3. Strawberries
4. Red bell pepper
5. Oat bran
6. Ground flaxseeds
7. Lentils
8. Broco sprouts
9. Pumpkin seeds and almonds
10. Tomatoes

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JEWLSM 7/31/2010 10:08AM

    Your little one is such a cutie!!!

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AVALONAPPLE 7/30/2010 5:53PM

    What a superfoods list!! Keep up the inspiring work:)


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BIKERCHICK74 7/29/2010 9:04AM

    You are an amazing MOM!!!!!! Miss ya!!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU

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RKBABCOCK 7/29/2010 9:01AM

    You're doing fantastic! Keep up the good work!

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Nancy, co-leader Gettin' Thin in 2010 team

A real cutie!!

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IMARUNR 7/28/2010 7:52PM

    emoticon Cutie Pie!!

And great job to you, too!

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SPARKIN_REESIE 7/28/2010 7:26PM

    You are awesome!

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FIT-AT-50 7/28/2010 7:18PM

    It may have been a short blog, but it was powerful! Way to go!

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ARIANORCHID 7/28/2010 7:04PM

  That's a super superfood list for today. Way to go!

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New week, new goals...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Totals so far for the month...

1. Run/Walk - 39.55 miles (sick this month so mileage is low)
2. Crunches - 900 reps
3. Pushups - 135 reps
4. Squats - 1,300 reps

New schedule for this week....

Tuesday - 4.26 walk with slow run - DONE!
Wednesday - ST with Cathe DVD and 3 mile walk
Thursday - 5 mile walk
Friday - ST with Cathe DVD and 3 mile walk
Saturday - 3 mile run/walk
Sunday - 3 mile walk

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BLAKEKIMO 7/29/2010 7:10AM

    Always motivating, thank you for sharing!

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SEEHOLZ 7/28/2010 1:31PM

    You are doing great Jen!

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HEALTHYCHIC 7/28/2010 10:01AM

    Hi! This looks great. I was wondering where you've been? I can relate to being busy with the little one :).

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CHOSH96 7/28/2010 8:57AM

    Every time I try to get on track and address my weight I read your blog. I feel like It is in me to go all the way. I just have to start. Your story inpires me and I have been reading and watching your spark page on and off for 2 years....yet I have not started my jouney. I am so happy for you that you have your little girl. My daughter is 3 and she is pure JOY. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing so much with us.....It alway motivates me when I see your page. emoticon

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LILPAT3 7/27/2010 9:40PM

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GMEAN2055 7/27/2010 9:27PM

    Great job..Keep it up

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MBSHAZZER 7/27/2010 5:59PM

    I got disconnected from your blog! :(

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    you are rockin'!!!!! big hugs!

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JULIANAM 7/27/2010 5:16PM

    Keep it up! You are doing great!!
and your baby is PRECIOUS :) all your pictures make me smile :)

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MILLEYKIN23 7/27/2010 4:15PM

    Yeah! I love reading your updates! It keeps me motivated :) emoticon

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RKBABCOCK 7/27/2010 2:59PM

    Great plan!

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    You are so good at sticking with your plans.

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HOGFAN79 7/27/2010 2:31PM

    Jen you are doing so good with your goals!

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  You can do this! Gotta make the little one proud!

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