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I Run Because...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I run because one day I felt like I needed a complete jolt. I had counted calories and upped exercise before, but I needed something completely different to keep me motivated. I needed a goal that was not measured in pounds and ounces.

And then I woke up one day and realized I had NEVER run before except a couple of blocks for the bus, or when screamed at by a PhysEd teacher. I was actually angry at myself for never running. See, I had a dream the night before, and I was amongst thousands of people running screaming from the bad guys and thinking to myself, "I'd never survive if that happened to me. I can't run. Consider me dead."

So yeah, I guess you can say, I run because I scared myself.

My first goal was to give it a try, and maybe, maybe I'd run a mile someday. That day seemed very far in the future, even though according to the Couch to 5K Program I should be running that in a few short weeks if I stuck to the interval running/walking schedule. A little under two months later, I watched the numbers on the treadmill tick over from 0.99 to 1.00 and a feeling of pure bliss walked over me.

My success is measured in miles. Not calories, not pounds, not ounces, not inches, not numbers. It's measured by that feeling in my lungs as I push past what I thought was possible.

I run because my body tingles afterwards and it makes me feel as though I've done something somewhat magical.

I run because nobody in my family believes that I run and it is gratifying to defy their small expectations of my athletic ability.

I run because I can see the changes in my body every day. The smaller stomach, the more defined legs, the slimmer waist. As I was running, I caught a glimpse of myself in the window, and couldn't believe it was me standing there.

Finally, I run because of all of you. Because your acheivements . . . your marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks . . . spur me on and get me off the couch when I feel like I'm too tired to run. Because with every small running acheivement I received your goodies, your encouragement, your woohoos! You keep me going. And I can't thank you enough.

  
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RUNWILD64 10/20/2009 11:37AM

    Thank you for sharing your love of running with us. It makes me want to jump up and go for a run right now!

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MDEAL72 10/19/2009 5:53PM

    What an awesome testimonial. I keep running for many of the same reasons as you do, and I feel amazing after every run because each time I run, I know I've gone just a littler further than the last time. Keep running!

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MELB328 10/19/2009 12:08AM

  You just reminded me how much I like running. Tho I'm not always happy while I'm running - it feels so great afterwards. I'm so glad you wrote this post. I WILL run tomorrow. THANK YOU!

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MACGIRRL 10/18/2009 9:57PM

    Can't begin to tell you the cold chills this gave me. emoticon

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OCCUBANITA 10/18/2009 7:10PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MASE72 10/18/2009 1:49PM

    great blog emoticon

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ILOVESP 10/18/2009 6:06AM

    Keep running!

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PHDMAMA06 10/17/2009 10:15PM

    Great blog! I love to run for so many of the same reasons!

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JBDIAS 10/17/2009 11:08AM

    Great Blog.

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VICJUL 10/16/2009 2:20PM

  Great blog !! Truly inspirational.

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BETHANYSAGE 10/16/2009 6:33AM

    you make me feel like running! emoticon

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ZMONEY 10/15/2009 6:48PM

    Great blog!

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HHILDE99 10/15/2009 4:50PM

    Great blog! I am just beginning to run and have the same feelings about it in the past. Keep up the good work!

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SEVENKITTY 10/15/2009 4:11PM

  Great blog! Thanks :)

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MIS2101 10/14/2009 9:40PM

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/14/2009 9:16PM

    Very well said! You managed to put into words the exact reasons why I run too! emoticon

Happy running!

Pattie

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TIME4AFITME 10/14/2009 9:05PM

    Great Blog! You are doing so great! emoticon

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JENNLEIGH78 10/14/2009 8:30PM

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Awesome! I am just beginning to run and this is definitely inspiring!

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LACHELY 10/14/2009 3:41PM

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 10/14/2009 2:41PM

    As always what a great blog. I love what running has done to my body as well, my legs feel firmer and stronger. Keep up the great work, its paying off.

Love,
Timberlee

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RUNWILD64 10/14/2009 2:34PM

    Inspirational blog! I run to clear my head. I run for fresh air and the beauty of nature. And definitely, I run because I can!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/14/2009 2:31PM

    YOU ARE AWESOME!!! YOU INSPIRE ME AND SOOOOO MANY OTHERS!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 10/14/2009 2:24PM

    Thanks so much for the blog! I have a blog entry about why I run too somewhere in my list of blogs. I really enjoyed yours. Mainly I keep on running becasue it gets me high and makes me feel so incredibly strong.

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LADYBEE77 10/14/2009 11:41AM

    Great blog! Thank you!

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AZIUGA 10/14/2009 9:40AM

    Kristina, what an awesome blog! It made me feel empowered just reading it!!!!

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SPIRITRUN 10/13/2009 10:32PM

    And even bigger than all of that...

"We run because...WE CAN!!!"

Great blog, bud!

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REINVENT_ME 10/13/2009 6:10PM

    Great blog! You're an awesome writer!

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WISLNDR 10/13/2009 6:05PM

    And I run because you made me believe it was worth the try!!

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CASADESPONGE 10/13/2009 4:57PM

    AWESOME POST FROM AN AWESOME RUNNING LADY!!!

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LISTLOADRUN 10/13/2009 1:01PM

    Well said! Thank you so mcuh for putting it into words!

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KAYAKKIM 10/13/2009 11:56AM

    I almost wrote a blog with the very same title...but didn't get to it because I was out running!!!

I run in the evening on trails because I love to watch my long lean shadow in the sunset colors.

I run because I can.

I run because my dog loves to go with me and chase shadows.

I run for all these reasons and more- thanks for your inspiring blog!

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/13/2009 9:06AM

  Hey Spark Star!!! Awesome blog and I especially like the depth with which you write. Your postings inspire me more than motivational films because we have a friendship albeit in the virtual world...but it just feels so great to know a wonderful champion and read about how you conquer life!
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(((Hugs))) ~ Maya

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TRAVELNISTA 10/12/2009 10:39PM

    Your blog is excellent. Your enthusiasm and the pleasure you find in running makes your words come alive in this blog. I am so happy that you have found an exercise program that makes you feel so happy, allows you to see immediate results, and does not feel like a chore to you. The fact that you enjoy it so much means it will become habit and you will reap the benefits doing something you enjoy.

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COURTNASTY82 10/12/2009 9:21PM

    couldn't have said it better myself! go girl!

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MANDAO97 10/12/2009 6:56PM

    I loved this blog. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm almost done with week 3 of C25K and I like all the running inspiration I can get.

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LMCGEEN 10/12/2009 2:21PM

    Great blog! I need to think about trying C25K I am scared too.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/12/2009 12:15PM

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Together I feel like us C25Kers are invincible! We are freaking super heroes!!! Way to go and I can't wait to see where we are in another 2-3 months!

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STINA6584 10/12/2009 10:37AM

    This was a great blog. I've got another one to add to it.

I run because there isn't a better form of stress relief in the world.

Keep on running girl!

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ANGELLACOLE 10/12/2009 9:58AM

    You are amazing! I cannot run until I lose some more weight (old knee injuries make it dangerous for me). But I plan to as soon as I am able. You are one of the people who keep me believing that someday I will run!
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FITMAMA1984 10/12/2009 9:17AM

    You are doing a fantastic job running yourself fit and skinny! Every time I feel like I "just can't run today," I think of my Spark friend who really pushes herself and it's paying off so much for her and I give it my all. Thank you for being a motivation to me and so many others on this website.

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GONE2THEDOGS 10/12/2009 8:39AM

    Here, Here! I agree 110% with everything you said! emoticon

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CATCANDLISH 10/12/2009 5:19AM

    This is such an inspiring blog, I'm about to head out to repeat week 5 of C25K cos I haven't ran for over a week! But I'm now really up for it, such a great blog!

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/12/2009 1:23AM

    I love this. and I love you for being YOU and being so darn inspiring.

You rock.

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RAINTHIEF 10/12/2009 12:41AM

    Great blog - keep on running! You keep us running as well!
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JKSTEIN123 10/11/2009 9:55PM

    Good blog, keep up the great work. You deserve to run and enjoy it.

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GRACEISENUF 10/11/2009 9:33PM

    I check almost daily to see if you've blogged because you motivate me.

You let all of us get a glimpse into your life and heart and it inspires us! Thank you friend! emoticon

P.S. So what if your family doesn't believe you run....your Spark family does!!!!!

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TEAM-SARAH 10/11/2009 9:13PM

    Great blog :) There are lots of great ways to lose weight and stay motivated and keep it off but running is the BEST I think. It really becomes about running and all the benefits are just a bonus. So exciting!

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CLEBLOOM 10/11/2009 6:35PM

    Great job on the running! I too, have never been a runner and have recently decided I will run a mile without stopping by the end of the year! Your blog really spoke to me! I can't wait to see the treadmill flip to 1 mile! I can currently run a quarter mile! Good luck in the future! emoticon

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MAMAKNITSSOCKS 10/11/2009 6:34PM

    Xristina! Poli kala! I appreciate you. I appreciate your positivity. I appreciate that you make me not want to complain and moan. Thank you for being you!

Suzanne

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Well, Greece is Out...

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I love traveling, which is why my rewards for my two big goals (Onederland and Losing 100+ Pounds) are trips!

As many of you have commented, yes, the background image on my page is of Santorini, which was supposed to be my reward for dropping 80 pounds and getting to Onederland this spring. Well, turns out my husband's new job has a "blackout" on vacations from June-September for new employees, so our tentative plan to go in July (which happens to coincide with a family wedding in England) is out. We really can't justify the cost of two trips to Europe and we were planning to do a weekend in the UK with the rest of the time in Greece (via Easyjet or some cheapo flight).

Ah well, maybe 2011. Now the plan is to go to England for Presidents Day weekend to see our new nephew and other various family members. It'll be my first time back in London since December 2007, which is kind of sad. I miss my English family! Then in April, my in-laws are going to Florida, so we might stay with them at their timeshare and do the Disneyworld thing. Hopefully I'll be swimsuit ready by then, but it's definitely not going to be a topless beach like in Greece.
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I'm two pounds away from the halfway point to my first goal! I haven't been in the 230s since my last major diet in what, 1999? Wow. I think I made it to 230 before the summer was over and I drifted back into old habits. Sad really- I think I hovered around 240-270 for most of my 20s, and then last year I shot up to 286 and finally scared myself.

The strength training is taking it out of me. Tuesday I ran for 30 minutes (I guess I'm in W9 of C25K, though I'm definitely playing loose with it), did some arm and legwork on the machines and then cycled for another 15 minutes. I felt great, and then I got home and climbed the stairs to my apartment and suddenly I felt like I was going to collapse. I sat down and my head was spinning and I felt nauseous. It wasn't dehydration: I had drunk plenty of water during my workout and on the way home. But I certainly didn't feel like the pork chops my husband was making, so I sat down and drank a Diet Pepsi and started eating some pretzels. The salt made me feel instantly better. Maybe I drank too much water? It was the first time I was genuinely scared something was wrong. I'm back to the gym tonight, and I hope it goes better.

Well, this blog has been quite a ramble!

  
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TIME4AFITME 10/14/2009 9:19PM

    Sorry about your trip to Greece but you will make it there! Maybe we will go the same year and meet up! You are doing so great! Glad you had something and felt better!
Thx for commenting on my blog the other day. You are a great support!

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 10/14/2009 2:44PM

    sorry your trip didn't work out;however 2011 will be here before you know it.

Safe travels
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Timberlee

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MAMAKNITSSOCKS 10/11/2009 6:39PM

    Koukla, when we went to Greece 3 years ago, there were still topless old yuneikas on Santorini sunning their leather skin in late September. Yes, try and get THAT picture out of your head now! I agree with Travelnista, go in the off season. A vacation is a vacation! I can't wait for us to go back to Greece, and it better be before I turn 40!!!

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SPIRITRUN 10/11/2009 7:48AM

    Hey girl, consider your pre & post workout fuels. How bout a scoop of whey protein mixed with water pre & post workout and a little sugar-free powerade after as well (got that out of Oxygen magazine).

Greece will always be there. A trip...ANY trip...would be a wonderful reward. I did the timeshare thing in Orlando two Aprils ago with my aunts and girl cousins and mom. What a fun time we had!!! Loved it!!!

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LITTLEFREEZE 10/11/2009 5:40AM

    Greece would be an awesome reward, but you're right in your last comment here.... you have you're whole life ahead of you. And after you lose the weight, you're life will be even more rewarding~!!

Have a great time in England though.

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/10/2009 6:18PM

    Sorry to hear that you're not going to make it to Greece next year. Hope you'll be able to get there in 2011.

You're doing great and you really are an inspiration to me. I do not have as much to lose and I complain that I haven't lost anything after my first 10 pounds. I really shouldn't be complaining at all.

Thank you for inspiring me and for your great comments on my blog the other day!

Cathy

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JUST-AMY 10/10/2009 1:29PM

    Hey girl...I third the powerade...got to keep the electrolytes balanced. And even after all of that working out, you likely can manage regulalr powerade and not the zero carb kind. The regular would supply about 30-40 carbs. I am insulin resistant and have to watch carbs. You will know better what you can manage.

Sorry you can't get to Greece next summer, but when you do get to go, you will have time to be right at the ultimate goal weight you are aiming for, that is for sure!

Amy


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TRAVELNISTA 10/9/2009 4:00PM

    I love Greece too, every time I visit your page I feel as if I am back in Greece. I love the beauty of the ruins, the beauty of the water, the people, the nightlife at the tavernas, and the food.

The black out time for vacations at your husband's job may work out to your advantage as the prices to travel drop in October and the weather in Southern Greece is still quite nice. You may be able to pick up a last minute trip at 75% off the normal cost for a last minute deal. If you will be staying with family a last minute flight could also be cheaper.

I say still shoot for the reward but just do not take it during the summer months.

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CASADESPONGE 10/9/2009 1:13PM

    Sorry that Greece is out for a bit...but you never know what might happen...don't give up on it just yet. As for the Gatorade...I can't stand the taste of the low-calorie version. BLECH!! But what I do is...I buy the mix itself and then I can control how much of it I put in my water. It really makes all the difference in the world and it doesn't take much at all.

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SWEETSWEETPEA 10/9/2009 11:38AM

    I am glad you started feeling better once you had some salty food in you. It is always a little scary when something goes a little wrong..

I am sorry to hear about Greece, but maybe that can be your goal weight present and have something closer to home (travel wise) that could be your ONEderland prize. I am still thinking of what I would want for ONEderland.. I am thinking a massage... A hot stone massage.. I have never had one and always wanted one...

I just want to say Thank you for reading my blogs and your great comments. I truly appreciate them! Thank you SPARKFRIEND!

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GRACEISENUF 10/8/2009 5:22PM

    Your blog was definitely not a ramble. I'm sorry to hear you cannot make it to Greece, but WOW you are going to be maintaining goal weight by the time you do go.

I know there is always that "sodium scare" out there but I have found I do need some salt in my diet because of my workouts that is for sure. I can remember my Dad working on our farm and sweating and moving hay bales and such...he took salt tablets way back then because of all the water loss sweating.

You are doing a fantastic job losing weight and you inspire me every time I stop on by. XXX


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WHOAMOMMA 10/8/2009 2:29PM

    My husband and I like to watch the travel shows on PBS Create. He says "Hey it's cheaper than going there." But we do like to think of traveling to some of these places. Greece has always looked good and the waters look so inviting. Hope you can make it in 2011. Keep it movin and loosin' emoticon

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FURBALLDTH 10/8/2009 1:29PM

    so sorry Greece isn't happening but it will at some point. Your progress is very inspiring for me. Thanks! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/8/2009 12:59PM

    Well, I'm sure you are bummed about Greece falling through...but I have always tried to have the mentality that if something didn't happen like I wanted - it was for a good reason! So even though it's not happening when you wanted...you at least know that when you DO get there, you are going to have a blast!!! And just think...this just gives you a little extra time to get even MORE sexy and working your hotness!! :-)

Yes - possibly too much water...and I agree with others - perhaps you need to have something handy for post-workout to put in your stomach. Keep up the awesome work you are doing!! You are just AMAZING!!!

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KARVY09 10/8/2009 12:54PM

    Thanks guys, I feel really stupid that I didn't think of something as stupid as Gatorade and electrolytes. Definitely going to grab a bottle tonight!

It's OK about Greece. I have my whole life for it, I suppose. Oh, and I'm not English if I made it sound that way. My husband is though!

Thanks again for your great comments. I don't know what I'd do without you!

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THREADBENDER 10/8/2009 12:46PM

    Bummer about the travel plans.

Your an inspiration on the weight training. I still haven't started. Bought some new bra's today and noticed in the fitting room that I really must do something about that bra bulge in the back.....strength training is the only thing that will do that. emoticon

That little episode after the exercise....maybe time to keep a power bar or a healthy snack in the gym bag or car for the post exercise carbs SP so often recommends?



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COURTNASTY82 10/8/2009 12:44PM

    i second the g2 or powerade zero...i know it helps laura (llbean75), and i always have a powerade zero (no calories...my fave is the blue) after a long run.

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TEAM-SARAH 10/8/2009 12:44PM

    I'm sorry your trip isnt going to work out like you had hoped! At least you'll get some great travel experiences though anyway. You'll make it there eventually, and I'll be jealous! I'm sorry you had such a bad dizziness spell after a workout. If the diet soda and pretzels made you feel better you were most likely just in need of replenishing your sodium. Generally gatorade is a great idea for that as well. Take care!

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MLE102286 10/8/2009 12:14PM

    Oh no! maybe greece next year is a good thing to look forward to. the big thing is to look forward to hitting those goals-- thats the biggest reward!!


I was thinking about how you said the salt made you feel instantly better-- HAve you ever thought of drinking a low-calorie gatorade or powerade? you lose a lot of salt and stuff thru your sweat and the salt and electrolytes in those drinks are meant for people who sweat and work out a ton-- like you!! Maybe keep a bottle in your gym bag from now on for instances like that-- or just take a few sips on your way home so you dont feel like that! I bet thats what it was. If youre overhydrated, I think you'd have to drink like 4 gallons of water a day... like you'd have to try SO hard to do it. I really bet its the electrolyte thing.


Congrats on losing that weight so fast! youre an inspiration!

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FLORIDASUN 10/8/2009 11:56AM

    Hi Sweetie:
Hope you are okay..maybe you are pushing yourself too hard too fast? Remember Rome wasn't buildt in a day...take care of yourself and pace yourself okay, okay?

Greece is the next destination DH and I want to go...I would fit in perfectly being all RAW and all..ha..ha both the food and the beaches..smirk..NEVER on the beaches..hee..hee!

We went to Italy and France..very, very interesting! Lake Como is my all time favorite place in the world to be..prob because George Clooney has a place!

Be careful dear one...we don't want anything to happen to our Sparkster angel!
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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/8/2009 11:42AM

    Awww too bad about Greece, I wanted to hear all about the topless beaches :).

Maybe your glucose level was out of whack? Could you be pregnant? Sounds like how I felt when I was pregnant at times. Anyway, be careful and take care of yourself.


I didn't know you were English, how awesome is that??? I think I just fell in love with you a little more hahah :) That's awesome. Great job on your half-way point success! You are truly rockin it :) Thanks for being an inspiration to all of us.

-Melissa

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DAPHNERUNNING 10/8/2009 11:33AM

    I'm sorry your vacation isn't going to work out the way you hoped it would. But hey, maybe you'll find a different, better, unexpected experience because of this!

Definitely look up the symptoms of over-hydration. It freaked me out to learn that no one running a race has ever died of dehydration, but many have died from over-hydration.

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AZIUGA 10/8/2009 11:31AM

    I would have freaked out if I felt like that and had a panic attack right then!!! How freaky! I am glad you are ok!
Bummer about Greece! I would love to go there myself, and hope that when/if we get married, we will take a cruise to the Mediterranean, visit Italy and Greece.
England sounds awesome too! How great to have family there you can visit!!!! Pack me in your suitcase, ok? Thanks!

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The Salad Experiment

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Before I get into the Salad Experiment, some updates:

1. Feeling better today about family. I can't control anyone but myself, and I'm grateful to have family and friends who DO get me, my great SP community, as well as a terrific partner in my husband. I don't know if anyone here is an Office fan, but people joke that we're like real life Jim and Pam, which in my opinion, is probably one of the highest compliments a relationship can get!

2. House hunting over the weekend went OK, but I have a feeling it's going to be a long process because we're looking for the right mix of bargain and not requiring TOO much additional work before it's liveable. Also, we're looking for a multi-family home which will eventually be an investment property, and some of the landlords, unfortunately, leave their homes in disastrous conditions and then expect to sell them at the same price they bought at in 2005. Well guess what, it's 2009, after the mortgage crisis! You bought an overpriced home and are now expecting to sell in an underpriced market.

3. The scale stayed the same today, but that's OK. I wasn't expecting much after a less than stellar eating Sunday and lagging in the exercise over the weekend. Tonight I go to the gym to make up for it! I'm excited to run again!

And now onto the Salad Experiment!

I had a bagel for breakfast for the first time in weeks, but figured it would sustain me (I was starving when I woke up!) and I'd have a lighter lunch. Well, my body is not used to 60+ carbs in one meal, and I just felt bloated and icky (and yes, full).

So today I decided for the first time I would put NO dressing on my salad for lunch. I have a bottle of low-cal, non-fat dressing in my work fridge, but I figured, I might as well use those 60 calories on something healthier and more substantial. and actually savor the tastes of the veggies. Instead of the dressing, I allowed myself to sprinkle some delicious feta cheese over the veggies and I had a couple of thin slices of chicken breast as well.

MMMM! The feta was just the seasoning it needed. The salt of the cheese brought out the taste of the veggies without overpowering them, and it was nice to actually savor the crunchiness of the lettuce. Eating edamame, sweet potato, red pepper and asparagus without the sugary dressing was also a revelation. These veggies taste a ton better on their own.

So the Salad Experiment was a success, and I'm definitely going to think twice in the future before weighing it down with a sugary dressing with no nutritional value!
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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/12/2009 1:51PM

    You know what I love? Cooked frozen kale with feta, Ken's Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette, and a little garlic powder and freshly ground pepper! Vitamins galore, and the feta/balsamic combo is mouthwatering.

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 10/14/2009 2:48PM

    Your salad sounded super yummy and I am glad that you let the family drama go and didn't let it bring you down!

Love,
Timberlee

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THREADBENDER 10/9/2009 7:27PM

    I asked for an olive oil spritzer in our family name exchange last Christmas. (SIL is a Pamp*r*d Ch*f rep). So dh and I have been spritzing a bit of olive oil on our salads, followed by a sprinkling of good balsamic vinegar.

When I'm eating a salad out, I get the dressing on the side, and just dip my fork into the dressing every 4th or 5th bite to get just the bite of the seasonings.

Then again....I'm not a big fan of salad dressings....

Have a great long weekend!!

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AZIUGA 10/8/2009 11:34AM

    I've been making a 5 bean salad...edamame, black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo, and green beans...and in it, I put apple cider vinegar and canola oil (just a tiny bit of each) and a little onion and garlic. I stir that up in my salad, and get some protein and flavor in one...so delicious! The feta sounds yummy too, I will have to try it. Also, you should try lemon and lime juice, so YUMMY! :)

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ONLY1TAN 10/7/2009 8:22PM

    Try to add just Balsamic. I found some that has been infused with Pomegranate. It is SOOO good! Also you talked about Feta Cheese, well while I was at the store the other day I found Fat Free Tomato Basil Feta Cheese. OH MY what an amazing flavor!! Maybe you can find these items. :)

Tracey

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TRAVELNISTA 10/7/2009 6:56PM

    I personally hate those fat free or even low calorie dressings, all I taste is sugar. Your salad sound absolutely scrumptious!
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CHICAT63 10/7/2009 4:38PM

    Hi, earlier this summer I discovered Arugula. I feel in looove with it, I find the taste nutty with a radish aftertaste. So I've been buying container of Arugula and as you did very often I do not put dressing on my salad because of the Arugula. When I grill my chicken I use a Blue Menu Spice from Loblaws, no MSG, no sodium but still delivers a kick !!!! emoticon

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HEALTHYSASSY 10/7/2009 9:02AM

    The salad experiment sounds like it was a success! emoticon It sounds like a delicious lunch. I've been trying to eat more salad, and eat it without any salad dressings. I agree that salads taste better without the dressing.

Keep up the great work! Have a great day!

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RAINTHIEF 10/7/2009 2:55AM

    Aww... now i'm hungry! But at least it is for good stuff!
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PAPER_WINGS18 10/6/2009 11:07PM

    Ummm your salad sounds AMAZING. I've never had sweet potato in a salad!? That sounds different. ALSO, for the edamame....how do you prepare that? Like do you buy it shelled and steam it? Or do you buy them seperate so that it's just the little beans unshelled?! I'm a new fan of edamame- itused to make me nervous before but now I LOOOVE it lol!

Great job girl!!

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TEAM-SARAH 10/6/2009 4:51PM

    Sounds like a great salad! I may have to have some salad experiments of my own! Glad you're feeling better about everything today!

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ZIRCADIA 10/6/2009 4:41PM

    OOOOH the veggies in your salad sound delicious -- how were the sweet potatoes prepared?

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CURVYCASEY 10/6/2009 3:38PM

    MMM that sounds good! I'll have to try that!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/6/2009 2:29PM

    You have given me courage to go naked myself...naked salad anyways! I love feta cheese and cranberries on my salad so that's it...when I shop this weekend I am going to load up on fresh salad toppings and give it a go!

U R AWESOME!!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/6/2009 2:25PM

    That is awesome, I'm going to have to try that. I got a little burned out on salads the beginning of the summer and stopped them all together because they made me gag I had so many (seriously). But now I think I'm over it and ready to start incorporating salads back in. I will definitely try that!

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GRACEISENUF 10/6/2009 2:19PM

    That is a really healthy choice. I have watched my husband eat his salad without dressing for twenty years now. It's funny I haven't tried it once but Karvy if you say it tastes pretty good I think I'll try it, ha ha! My hubby made soup the other night. I was SO proud of him. Unfortunately he added a quarter cup of chili powder....aye chihuahua that was one spicy soup! He made it so of course he loves it! :)

I think you are wise to look at your property purchase as an investment opportunity. Take your time and happy house hunting! emoticon

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STINA6584 10/6/2009 2:12PM

    I've been using dressing less frequently too. I've been making the Hungry Girl Waldorf Chicken Salad and eating that on spring mix greens. I also use ahi tuna and mix berries on spring mix (my "summer salad") without dressing. With the fruit in those salads it's definitely sweet enough that dressing is totally unnecssary.

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GOLIONS 10/6/2009 2:06PM

    It is amazing. I used to think that I did not use too much dressing until I started to measure. Now one or two tablespoons is often times TOO MUCH (before it was more like 1/4 cup). I am totally on board

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A New Week ... I Need it!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Ever have one of those crazy weekends where you feel like you didn't have a rest? I'm actually glad today is Monday because I'm trying to make a fresh start after an annoying weekend.

Friday, I finished work and planned to run at the track, but by the time I got home, it was too dark, so I went to the gym and combined a 35 minute run with some strength training. I started off really low on the weights because I know I'm a weakling and I'm not ashamed of it, but my arms and legs still *killed* on Saturday and Sunday. Man, I'm weak. But I'm not giving up.

Also, I have one of those big families who gets really angry with me if I don't visit them once in awhile, so Saturday and Sunday were spent with family. The thing is that they want to see me, but some members either give me endless grief over various things (usually me not visiting or being involved enough) OR ignore me in favor of their own boring stories about the trivialities of their lives.

Me: Oh, Grandma, I ran a 5K race last week. Wanna see some pictures?
Granny: Cut your hair and buy some new pants.

That exchange is verbatim, by the way. I did not make it up. My husband mentioned to her that he plans to work overtime during the week, but not on Saturday, because we need a chance to relax and she told a story about the "old Italians" who worked all day just so they could buy pasta, sauce, wine and bread on Sunday. Mmmm, carbs. Apparently we're both expected to work 60+ hours per week and then travel around various cities in Massachusetts to visit aunts, uncles and cousins during our free time.

I also visited my dad, who asked me no questions about my New Orleans trip, my 5K race, or the fact we're investigating homeownership. I did however hear plenty of stories about the fat squirrel who eats all the birdseed, the new carpeting, and a new digital camera.

These family visits always make it tough to stick to my meal plan. I ate in moderation, but still, tons of treats I don't usually eat or drink. I ended up eating about 1200 calories just at lunch, but I *think* I managed to stay under 1700, if not a little over for the day yesterday. Isn't it funny how that "full" feeling makes us feel guilty after months of getting used to being OK with just "satisfied"? In any case, I think I got my fill of treats and want to get on track this week with more freggies and good foods.

As for the week ahead, I'm going to run and strength train tonight! Might take an afternoon off this week to recoup and do some miscellaneous work.

I'm still going to work it.

  
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MOMMAROLEMODEL 10/14/2009 2:50PM

    Got to love family!

We can't live with them or without them!

Love,
Timberlee

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CURVYCASEY 10/6/2009 3:36PM

    I'm sorry you had such a crazy weekend! I hope this one's better than the last. Now go cut your hair and buy new pants. Just kidding!! emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/6/2009 2:27PM

    I couldn't help laughing as you related family life in a big Italian family...my in-laws are Italian so I totally understand - lots of food, lots of drinking, and usually someone leaving with hurt feelings because they just don't think before they speak! LOL Thank goodness for me that they live FAR AWAY! :-)

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GONE2THEDOGS 10/6/2009 8:00AM

    Families...gotta love 'em (or so they say!) LOL

I was actually checking on your page to see how the house hunting went??

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TRAVELNISTA 10/6/2009 6:03AM

    I can see where spending time with the family can certainly add to the poundage and I think you have worked tremendously hard to combat it. I think that if you sat Mom and Dad down and explained just how hard the two of you are working during the week to buy your dream home and that you sometimes need to take time off just to unwind by yourselves you might be able to get away with just a monthly visit. I think that it is time that Mom and Dad cut the strings so to speak and realize that you are grown up and that you do have your own life and you need to live it. It doesn't mean you don't love

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RAINTHIEF 10/6/2009 3:30AM

    Wow, it's like you visited my italian relatives. That is exactly how our visits go.
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STINA6584 10/5/2009 3:17PM

    i'm with you on being glad that it's Monday. This weekend was a busy one for me, and while it was productive, it was definitely NOT productive in the diet/ fitness/ healthy lifestyle arena!

Here's to a rockin week for both of us!

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CASADESPONGE 10/5/2009 11:53AM

    I can totally relate to the difficult family part. My husband's family is totally AWESOME and VERY supportive of me in more ways than I've ever know before. My own family...not so much. All I get is: CALL MORE...WHY DO YOU LIVE SO FAR FROM US...YOU NEED TO VISIT MORE. It's like they think the calling and visiting is all my job. What's that about? :o)

All you can do Sugar...is keep doing an AWESOME job at being you and taking care of you. They'll get it or they won't. If the food is an issue when you go there...next time...take your own. Boy...you'll get some grief about that...but at least you won't have to worry about what you eat while you're there.

Keep all us fans posted about the strength training. I sooooo need to start...but just can't seem to make myself do it. WTG!!

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TEAM-SARAH 10/5/2009 11:18AM

    hehe sorry you had such a crazy weekend with the family. Sounds annoying, and they wonder why you don't come around! Hope this week is better for ya!

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ANGELLACOLE 10/5/2009 11:04AM

    Oh my! I'm so sorry that you aren't getting support or encouragement from your family. But as one of the others already said, we are here for you and WE think you are doing GREAT!

I remember when my husband and I got engaged. We made a point of drive a couple hours out of our way in order to personally tell his great-grandmother. When we arrive she came out to see who was there and my husband says, "Grammy, we have some news for you!" He then holds out my hand so she can see my engagement ring. Her response was, "Yeah, I have one of those too. Want some noodles? I made them this morning." emoticon I think sometimes the older people have lived long enough not to get too stirred up by younger people's stuff anymore. At least that's what I told myself that day!

Great job on the strength training! Those muscles will grow and before you know it you will be amazed at what you can do!
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WISLNDR 10/5/2009 10:44AM

    HA HA HA HA Sounds like my summer family gathering!!

Dad's wife to me: "You didn't say anything about your dad's weight loss."

Me to myself: "You didn't say anything about MY WEIGHT LOSS." Oh, wait, he did say something, the night I skipped birthday cake. "Why aren't you eating any cake? Do you have diabetes?"

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"A Heart Rate Monitor? Are you having heart problems?"

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/5/2009 10:43AM

    Ahhhh the wonders of family! You just have to love 'em. *sorta!* Grandma's are the best, they just say it how they think it. My mom's mom is notorious for saying what's on her mind and doesn't care who it might affect. Gotta love it.

Who needs 'em, you have us. We know you rock, that's completely obvious to us. You are our idol. They will continue to bug you and ask things of you and make you feel guilty. Then you just turn on your computer, come here, and we will remind you of the beautiful, awesometastic person you are :) Have a super week and welcome to the mundaneness of Monday :)

-Melissa

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FITMAMA1984 10/5/2009 10:41AM

    I totally understand your feelings on family. Most of my family has always been pretty uninvoled, so I eventually just stopped trying to visit them... I got the guilt trip of not coming by every day as well and that just gets really old after, ya know, 10 years or something. I ask them now, "How long has it been since YOU have came to see ME?" I always get the same, "We're old, so we don't have to" bit. Anyway, I'm only close with a small portion of those I'm related to.

Anyway... I totally understand feeling bad about feeling "full." Even when it's just from chicken or veggies or something else that is "ok" to eat. I'm having a hard time reaching the bottom number of my calorie range most of the time. Don't sweat it about splurging a little this weekend. It sounds like you will more than make up for it this week!

Hun, we ALL start of as weaklings with weights. I'm so glad to see you are trying! It really doesn't take all that long to build up your strength and the soreness goes away after about 2 weeks. Keep on keeping on and you will be fine!

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DietTribe!

Friday, October 02, 2009

This is my favorite weight loss show, and it was instrumental in getting me serious about my health and weight in January. Season 2 with a new group of friends starts tonight on Lifetime: www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/diett
ribe


What I love about the show is that it's a group of friends that already has strong relationships with each other and whose activities revolve around food. Season 1 showed the group eating massive plates of pasta and fruity drinks at an Italian chain, a Friday night ritual. One member was getting married, another used to be a skinny athlete, another had unsuccessful gastric bypass, and another subconsciously used food as a way to be "less attractive" to men, having suffered a sexual assault. By the end of the show, instead of the Friday night bingefest, they're going bowling and roller skating instead. And all of them, including the heaviest are running a mile by the end of the show.

Also, the diet and exercise plan offered by hottie trainer Jessie Pavelka are realistic to the average viewer and are posted online, so there are no gimmicks involved:
www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/diett
ribe/jessie-pavelkas-workout-plan

www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/diett
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The meal plan the participants use is something people in everyday life can stick to, about 1400-1500 calories per day and it looks a lot like what I try to eat during my journey.

In any case, I'm interested in seeing what this season brings (hopefully shirtless Jessie!) and encourage you all to check it out!

  
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GRACEISENUF 10/3/2009 10:57PM

    I actually read this blog yesterday, watched the show last night and I think I'm already hooked! :) Thanks for posting it...I rarely watch continuing series so it's a nice change.

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CASADESPONGE 10/3/2009 5:41PM

    Thanks for letting me know about the show...I managed to watch it last night and I REALLY liked it. I had given up on the Biggest Loser because they lose so much weight weekly that I always felt like my 1 or 2 lbs was nothing. DietTribe made me feel like I have more in common with them.

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TIFFANYFRIIS 10/3/2009 4:50PM

    Jesse is absolutely gorgeous! He could train me anytime! I loved the episode last season when they took a strip for fit class. I was cracking up cause I could picture me and my friends doing it and cracking up! The footage at Chippendale's wasn't bad either! Show those scenes and Jesse and I think the ratings would skyrocket!

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SFTBLENGNRGRL 10/3/2009 11:36AM

    Thanks for the blog about DietTribe. I had heard about it but never watched it. I will definitely try to catch it in reruns for the first episode.

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TRAVELNISTA 10/2/2009 8:39PM

    I never heard about that show. I am going to have to catch and episode. Thanks for the heads up.

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EMILYBCRUZ 10/2/2009 4:31PM

    Sounds cool. I love shows that motivate. Thanks for the heads up! I will check it out tonight...

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CASADESPONGE 10/2/2009 4:24PM

    Cool! I'm gonna try and make it back from shopping in time to catch it. If I miss it...maybe it'll be on demand soon.

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STINA6584 10/2/2009 4:03PM

    I don't even know what channel Lifetime is on my cable (Clearly, I'm not a big fan.) This definitely seems like something worth checking out though.

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COURTNASTY82 10/2/2009 3:54PM

    i watched dietribe too, and i guess i never really realized it, but i think it really did motivate me too, especially since i started out this journey in january with a good friend. i'll definitely be watching this season!

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FITMAMA1984 10/2/2009 3:34PM

    Will definitely be looking for it in January!

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ZIRCADIA 10/2/2009 2:46PM

    That sounds cool!!! I will have to see if our Tivo has any spare room to record it! :D

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/2/2009 2:45PM

    That looks great, I'm going to try to remember to watch that tonight! Thanks for sharing :)

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AZIUGA 10/2/2009 2:43PM

    Thanks for posting, sounds fun! I will check it out!

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