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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Ugh, my browser crashed and ate my blog before I could save it... I really need to start typing these things in Word... but I'll type out what bits I can remember before I head to the gym.

1. I've missed you guys, but I've been reading SP sporadically from my iPhone and tracking ALL of my food and exercise! I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks to those of you who checked in on me!

2. I am soooo brown and have been surfing and swimming and doing long walks while I've been away from the gym! No running though due to the high temps, but I'm about to head to the gym for a treadmill run now. I feel happy and strong! Dragging out the old surfboard was definitely a good call... I'm doing more planks and pushups from surfing than I've done in like three months! SUMMER IS AWESOME. And I'm so not ready to let go!

3. My nutrition has been maintenancy in the range of 1700-2000 calories, which isn't too too bad but not great either. TOM weight today was 182.4, which I'll take. I honestly don't think there could be any real gain. It's so tough when you have a visitor who is in splurge mode and then when they say they have never had a Boston Kreme donut or blueberry pie because they're not available across the pond... So I had both yesterday and felt the sugar coarsing through my veins and was yawning by mid-afternoon. I could be making better choices, and I vow to do better for the rest of the visit.

And that's about it!

  
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AHAUNTEDPOET 9/10/2010 12:31PM

    I am SO jealous.... both of summer-y goodness like surfing (I'm landlocked) and of the delish Boston Kreme donut that you ate... those are my all time supercalifragalistic happy-dappy favorites and I don't get to have them everyday anymore - more like 2-3 times a year - sigh.

Glad you're having a great time!

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THEQUEENBEE333 9/7/2010 9:10AM

    Sounds like you are really enjoying your summer! That is great! I feel like I missed so much of mine this year! Have an awesome week!

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EKKING 9/6/2010 2:51PM

    Where are you surfing? Aren't you in the Boston area?

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TAMLKING 9/6/2010 8:12AM

    Sounds like you are having a great time! Though we have missed you here!

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MAGSMAY 9/5/2010 5:06AM

    Glad to hear your having a great time, I start my vacation in three weeks and just hope my will power and better eating and exercise practices I've learned over the past few months can get me through without putting back to many lb's. Enjoy the rest of your vacation time emoticon

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MAIA2011 9/4/2010 5:47PM

    You GO, surfer grrrrrrrrl!

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MESEATURTLE 9/4/2010 11:44AM

    glad u r having lots of fun!!!

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INTERSTATEVERSE 9/3/2010 3:32PM

    glad you're having a good time. way to go on the exercise.

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TIME4AFITME 9/2/2010 6:49PM

    sounds like you are having fun!

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LADYSNOWFALL 9/2/2010 2:54PM

    Sounds like you're enjoying yourself!

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CHICAT63 9/1/2010 8:09PM

    Woohoo for surfing that's an awesome workout, I too am on holidays....will need to catch-up later Surfer Dudette !

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/1/2010 7:01PM

    I hate it when Spark does that to my blogs! I'm impressed you can surf...I've tried and can't...my husband does...I just boogie board. You're right about the pushups and planks!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/1/2010 4:48PM

    Glad you guys are having such a great time!!! I miss you so much on here! It's as if we were daily real friends and now you are gone :'( WAHHHHH!

anywho. I'm glad you are bronzing and chowing and gabbing and surfing and can't wait for you to be sparking more again! :D This has been the longest week ever without you! Jus' sayin'. emoticon

hearts you !!!!

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KITHKINCAID 9/1/2010 4:44PM

    We miss you!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/1/2010 3:22PM

    Glad you were able to remember most of you're blog! emoticon emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 9/1/2010 2:18PM

    I'm glad you're having fun!!! We miss you lots!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 9/1/2010 1:43PM

    Jealous, as always, of your enthusiasm, energy, ability and general karviness! Love it!

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GRACEISENUF 9/1/2010 12:14PM

    It is so great reading about your time spent at the beach, surfing, sunning and enjoying every second of your summer. Way to live your life to the fullest!

SURFIN USA!

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LAURIE404 9/1/2010 12:05PM

    Surfing sounds awesome. I bet it burns a lot of calories. Just forgive yourself for the minor slip up with the sweets and keep surfing. YOU've come a long way, baby!!!
Have an awesome September!!

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REDRUNNER82 9/1/2010 11:29AM

    My secret dream is to be a surfer girl - sounds like so much fun and a great workout! Enjoy the rest of the visit - you deserve the fun and the treats!

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CALLIKIA 9/1/2010 10:57AM

    Glad you're having fun! (We miss YOU!!) And swimming and surfing sounds like SO MUCH fun!!!

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FUNFROG79 9/1/2010 10:52AM

    Better being out and doing things then sitting in front of the computer! emoticon

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VALLOUGH 9/1/2010 10:37AM

    I hate the blog monster! But I'm glad you are having a great time-- I love surfing!

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HOSTALADY 9/1/2010 10:35AM

    You are doing fabulous with all that is going on and enjoying every part of this time is great. You're not off the deep end and that is huge. You've got the control and when things settle down once again you will get the ticker moving again in a big way. the best part is you have just really enjoyed this summer and I am so happy for you.

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JUST_SIMONE 9/1/2010 10:18AM

    Oh wow, I just recently decided that I need to learn to surf. It was actually discovering my core strength in Pilates that made me think "maybe I can surf?" I have yet to sign up for lessons but am researching them. How did you learn? Sounds like you're having a wonderful time!

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_TRIXIE_ 9/1/2010 10:17AM

    I agree -- you're out living life and enjoying summer! The rest of us are jealous! Surfing sounds like fun AND a great workout. Keep at it!

And yeah, sometimes you just *have* to have the pie. Hostess duty or something like that. ;)

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PINKCOCONUT 9/1/2010 10:04AM

    I miss you and want you to take me surfing!!!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 9/1/2010 9:48AM

  YAY YOU'RE ALIVE! And more imporantly having fun!

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1BIGDREAM 9/1/2010 9:47AM

    Yay for summer! I don't want to let it go either!

Have fun!!!
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SASXONTHEMOVE 9/1/2010 9:45AM

    Glad that you are having fun!!

Miss you!!

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MBSHAZZER 9/1/2010 9:45AM

    Glad you are enjoying!! Once your visitor leaves, you can go back to normal, so may as well enjoy now! Treats are there for a reason!

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SASXONTHEMOVE 9/1/2010 9:45AM

    Glad that you are having fun!!

Miss you!!

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STORMTMB 9/1/2010 9:32AM

    Sounds like you're having a great time and I'm sure your body is liking the changes in your workout too. I'd love to learn to surf some day. Guess I'll have to start with swimming, though! lol. Have a great day and thanks for checking in with us.

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/1/2010 9:18AM

    Sounds like an amazing time - so happy for you! Be careful of the riptides if you are on the water this weekend (sorry, that's the mom in me coming out!). Have a blast!

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ABETTERBECKY 9/1/2010 9:07AM

    Have a great end to your summer - cannot wait to see updated brown pics :) You are still a rockstar in my book and living life is the way to go!!!

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WISLNDR 9/1/2010 9:00AM

    How fun! I know you'll enjoy yourself; you'll have all winter to repair the damages!

This is my favorite part of the summer, enjoy every moment!

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BURKEBRIZ 9/1/2010 8:55AM

    Sounds like you are enjoying every last minute of your summer! Good for you!

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JENN26POINT2 9/1/2010 8:51AM

    It sounds like you're having a great time that is soooo deserved! Enjoy your break!

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KELLIGIRL523 9/1/2010 8:51AM

    Fun Stuff!!

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SAMSPARK1 9/1/2010 8:47AM

    Would love to try surfing someday! Enjoy the rest of your visit!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/1/2010 8:44AM

    Sounds like you're having a great time and that's all that matters! Miss you!

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KATHLOW 9/1/2010 8:35AM

    wow, sounds like an amazing break! have fun!

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ANNE7X7 9/1/2010 8:31AM

    With all that surfing and walking, an indulgence here and there is SO acceptable! Knowing you, you are still in control, so I do not fear that once you are back home and TOM weight is gone, you'll have actually lost weight! I found that the higher calorie week during my vacation was beneficial to me in the end, because my body knew it was not starving, so it started letting go of the fat!

I am glad you are having a blast, and looking forward to hearing more about it!!!

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COMPASSLOST1 9/1/2010 8:28AM

    Sounds like you've had an amazing summer!!!! It's good to be busy like that with super active things going on. Isn't it funny how we can eat things that we used to, and now it makes us realize how unhealthy they were for us!!!!?? Enjoy the rest of the deliciously warm weather! Keep up the amazing work!

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RUNNINGNP2B 9/1/2010 8:27AM

    Enjoy your time gorgeous!! And get some pics of you surfing.

emoticon Annoyed there's no surfboard emoticons. Here's a nice beach scene though. Enjoy you tan beach babe.

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CUBANJELLY 9/1/2010 8:21AM

    I'm jealous. Live just far enough away from the beach to not be able to go and it's definitely been too hot to run during daylight hours so my tan is NOT! Sadly, I think my bikini days of 2010 summer are over...

You rock, I'm so jealous - you should post some pictures of your tan lines! LOL

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Healthy Fail Day

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I spent all day cleaning up for my sister-in-law's arrival: cleaning out the fridge and finally finally getting my files and office organized. Oh! I guess I can tick that off my list now! YAY!

Well before I knew it, it was time to pick up my grandparents for my cousin's going away to college party and drive over there. So I did not get to the gym yesterday and even worse, it was after a scheduled rest day, so that's two days in a row.

Well what were the choices at the party? Homemade pizza, calzones, fried coconut shrimp and fried raviolis. I tried to prepare for it during the day, but I was STARVING during the day and ate healthy but more than I wanted. And that's how a fail day happens. It can happen to anyone. At least the pizza was homemade and delicious, I guess!

I'm up big time on the scale today and I know it's because of all the sodium, but it's still so depressing. It's been raining straight for three days, which was needed, but I definitely miss the sunshine.

So today, it's lots of water and a long gym session!

  
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MAIA2011 9/4/2010 5:45PM

    Beats my fail month. Oh, well. I'm back, babee!

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SLIMDOWN2010 8/31/2010 8:12PM

    At least you're acknowledging where you went wrong, and not allowing it to spiral out of control even more. Thanks for the blog! I can relate I'm back on it big time.

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IMSMILEY88 8/30/2010 10:01PM

    I hope you have recovered from your 'fail' day and are back on track. I am having lots of 'fail' days right now. Just under stress (start of school) and coping the best I can. Well, I guess I could do better, but I'm still hanging in there.

I hope you have a terrific week!

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TEAWONDERFUL 8/30/2010 3:12PM

    Homemade pizza in moderation shouldn't do too much damage.

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MRSSIBRAT 8/30/2010 8:20AM

    you're doing so great girl, the most important thing is that you had a great time and are already back on track! keep going strong!!

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RIVERCITYTOM 8/29/2010 9:47AM

    Homemade Pizza does not ruin a whole week. A whole week of homemade Pizza may ruin a month. You are probably back on track as I am writing this. You have been so successful do not fret over a little roadblock.

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INTERSTATEVERSE 8/29/2010 8:08AM

    I know what you mean about the sodium, I think that happens to me too.

CONGRATULATIONS on all your success! you've done a FANTASTIC job with SP! yay!! emoticon

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/28/2010 10:53PM

    Yeah, sodium does that to me too! Hope you were able to finaly get to the gym.

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LIBBYFITZ 8/27/2010 3:03PM

    emoticonsounds like a very busy time for you.

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/27/2010 1:54PM

    Get to that gym... do a little extra this weekend and keep moving forward. Life happens to us all at times. Dont let it freak you out. Roll w/it - sounds like you are mostly anyway... :-) Have a great weekend.

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NANASAMM 8/26/2010 11:04PM

    Stupid sodium does a number on me too. It also kills my motivation for awhile. We just have to work through it and keep going. Cooler days ahead will help me a lot. I retain water so easily in the hot weather. emoticon

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ABETTERBECKY 8/25/2010 9:18PM

    I wouldn't consider it a fail day - I'd say it was normal hiccup in the road where you enjoyed food for one night and you got right back on the horse and took a ride the next day, right?!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 8/25/2010 7:05PM

    Even the skinniest people I know have days where they don't eat all that well, and miss few days of planned workouts, so having a day like this must be totally normal. Don't have to be perfect - just do the right thing 80% of the time, right?

You have that covered!

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GRACEISENUF 8/25/2010 5:25PM

    I just read your friend feed and you just went to the gym....fail time is over and you are going to "kick ars" for the rest of the week!

It nearly killed me to have to adjust my weight ticker back up awhile back but it sure motivated me to kick my butt in gear.

WE CAN DO THIS!
(mmm homemade pizza)...sometimes it happens ;)
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NEWYORKORCHIDS 8/25/2010 3:38PM

  At least it was homemade is right. Can you imagine what you're body would be like if you had gotten pizza out? At least double the sodium.

The best thing about you, is that you *get* this whole weightloss thing. You eat it, you own it and most importantly, you move on.

Sweat it out.

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/25/2010 3:37PM

    you are doing great girl! I hope that today is going better for you ! You certainly have a great plan of action! :D And homemade pizza sounds absolutely wonderful right now....lots and lots of cheese :P

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KITHKINCAID 8/25/2010 3:34PM

    Happens to the best of us. You made the choices you could and I have faith that you'll be right back out there today!

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LILMYSTERY 8/25/2010 12:24PM

    I'm in the same boat today. After a super busy and stressful 12 hrs of work I totally ate too much of ALL the wrong things. Now it's lots o' water and the gym tonight!

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MANDA_MICHELLE 8/25/2010 11:53AM

  no worries girl, i wouldn't call it a fail! its real life, and thats sometimes how you have to roll, right?
good luck today, you will be back down before you know it!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/25/2010 11:47AM

    Yeah - think of it as a calorie cycling day instead! LOL :-)

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/25/2010 11:29AM

    Just consider it a high calories cycling day to "confuse" your metabolism!

Since this is a common thing that we all experience-I for one will not believe you had a "fail day"....nope....no sir.....just a day where your body obviously needed more carbs because of all your kick a** running!!!!! emoticon

Hope the sun comes out for you soon and you have a great day!!!! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 8/25/2010 11:28AM

    Yuppers, just start over today! That sodium belly will be gone in no time!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/25/2010 11:26AM

    Another thing to check off your list is having a recovery plan in place...Check! Because you have a life you choose to live in a fun way there will be those days, but you have a recovery plan so way to go! Right back on track and off you go for a wonderful day! If you want sun we have an abundance of it (114 farenheit yesterday), I'll be happy to send some your way ;p! Hope you have a great day.

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FUNFROG79 8/25/2010 11:21AM

    Drink, drink, drink! emoticon I think you did great considering the choices you had and I'm sure you burned off soem cals cleaning!

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REDRUNNER82 8/25/2010 11:21AM

    You've got the right attitude, as always! water water water water water!!

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TRAVELNISTA 8/25/2010 11:16AM

    I commend you that you got on the scale and weighed yourself the next day. I am not sure I would have. I probably would have waited a day or two till my body got rid of the party foods. However, you definitely made the right choice by choosing the pizza. I agree most of it is sodium and I am sure it will come right back off.

You are disciplined enough to just make that one meal off, just that- one meal, and go right back to your new way of eating. Hitting the gym and plenty of water sounds like a sound way to deal with it to me. I know that I also would be eating lots of fruits and veggies probably in the form of salads to knock that sodium out.

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JENN26POINT2 8/25/2010 11:01AM

    Ugh, I hate high sodium days! Flush, flush, flush girl and you'll see yourself back to your "pre junk food day" weight. Get in a good long run and you'll feel better! Yesterday didn't destory or undo your previous efforts, so you're good to go!

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AEBROWNSON 8/25/2010 10:37AM

    One step back, two steps forward!!! Today's a new day, no sense grousing about the past! You've got a good plan, just do it!

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EMM1116 8/25/2010 10:28AM

    Honestly, it sounds like you did the best you could in the situation you were handed. Its not like you sat at home all day on the couch watching reruns and eating ice cream. You were busy, you ate healthy and the day just got away from you. You're awesome, just keep chugging along... day by day!

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HOSTALADY 8/25/2010 10:20AM

    You are so great just knowing and figuring out all this is great. We can't stay on track every minute of everyday as you know that would be boring and our body would revolt too and stop doing it's good things we are working for. So look at this as jazzing up your body. You know mixing it up.
The hardest thing is to forgive ourselves and that you need to do and move forward.
I worked it at the gym this morning now it's your turn!
Have an AWESOME DAY TODAY!

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SEEHOLZ 8/25/2010 10:10AM

    You are right- it happens... and to me, a little too often, but I'm also learning that stepping on the scale the day after is just pure punishment...and why punish yourself? This is a lifestyle- kick this workout up an extra notch, because your glycogen stores are full girl.... and move on! No more guilt, okay?

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MARLIMOO 8/25/2010 10:02AM

    I had a bad day too eating wise. No worries- we all have them. Just move on and get back to it. You can do it and know you can! emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/25/2010 9:46AM

    You can get back on track.... one day isn't going to bust your efforts!

Drink up that H2O and have a great workout today!

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EMLG11 8/25/2010 9:38AM

    Remember progress and persisitence not perfection!! Glad you enjoyed the party!

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THESHRINKINLADY 8/25/2010 9:23AM

    My adversary? A large, large portion of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The damage from water retention from all the carbs? 2 lbs. Tons of water, super strict calorie intake, and looong swimming session today.

It happens to us all girl. You are doing fantastically by spotting it before it gets out of hand. You'll be back down before you know it. Good luck and enjoy your long gym session today!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/25/2010 9:23AM

    I tend to find I have better workouts after high-calorie days...you're still on the right path, doesn't sound like you let this get to you at all!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 8/25/2010 9:20AM

    That's the awesome thing about TODAY, new choices, new opportunities to get you closer to goal. Oh yeah and cleaning SO counts. Just because it doesn't require running shoes doesn't mean it's not exercise. ;) Have a great Hump Day!

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STORMTMB 8/25/2010 9:19AM

    You don't always have healthy options and it's hard when it's out of your control. It's a new day. You'll do great at the gym and be right back on target. Have fun!

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/25/2010 9:16AM

    Like you said - it can happen (and does!) to anyone! I know you'll have any extra weight gone in no time, and I'm sure you're right about it being from all of the sodium. On the plus side, it looks like you got some necessary organizing done ... and that food does sound delicious!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 8/25/2010 9:13AM

    Today is new day, but if you ask me, hard core cleaning is cardio (SP thinks to so to, so track it).

It has to be the sodium, and there really wasn't anything you could do about it. Drink your water and put in a good sweat session today, and I'm sure you'll be fine!



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MBSHAZZER 8/25/2010 9:11AM

    Yesterday was yesterday and today is a new day. Put it behind you and move on. One or two day with less than healthy choices will not derail you! It happens to all of us. I am actually about to share on my blog my "fail" on Sunday / Monday! :D One word... MIMOSAS!

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ANNE7X7 8/25/2010 9:07AM

    There you go, wipe the slate clean and start fresh! As you surely know, sometime high-calorie days help us move forward with our weightloss, so don't worry! I really doubt you ate 3500 calories over your daily intake, so like you said, it's probably water retention!

Have a fabulous healthy day!!

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BURKEBRIZ 8/25/2010 9:07AM

    These things will happen. That's why it's a journey and not a diet!

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WISLNDR 8/25/2010 9:06AM

    It doesn't take long to turn it around! Have a great day!!

(I have to resubscribe to everybody's blogs now! You'll be hearing more from me now!)

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RUNTRILAUGH 8/25/2010 9:05AM

    You are SOOO not alone!

3 slices of Papa Johns pepperoni pizza after my blog yesterday!

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MAMADELIGHT 8/25/2010 9:04AM

    Kick butt at the gym! Enjoy the sweat.

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CHICAT63 8/25/2010 9:04AM

    You are not alone !!!! Same thing is happening to me this week. You can do it, a good double time gym workout is what you need and gallons of water. We can do this. Hurray for your files, ticking off things a major list is rewarding. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAVENSONG37 8/25/2010 9:02AM

    No such thing as fail. You did the best with what you had at the time. Dust off your shoulders and get back at it! Sending you love and some sunshine rays!

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WE_PA_FIT 8/25/2010 9:01AM

    Head up! You have a plan now so stick to it and don't let yesterday use up too much of today ( I got that one from Spark!!!)

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KATHLOW 8/25/2010 8:58AM

    happens to us all! Hope you joyed your pizza and have some happy gymtime today!

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Nine or So Miles, 15K, Something Like That...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

One of the things I love about running is that you never know what you're going to encounter. It is like a mini-adventure! At today's scheduled 9-mile run, I ran into a surfing competition at the 4-mile mark that was also a benefit to raise money for cancer research in memory of a little girl who had died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma mollyrowlee.com/ . Made me mist up a little bit and I was happy that I brought some money on my run to donate. I got a free cup of coffee and sat for like 10-15 minutes and watched the surfers and had a bathroom break afterwards, but heck, I'm still counting it as a continuous run!



Great running weather by the way... Cloudy, about 70 degrees, light breeze...

Gear for the run: light sweat wicking Bondi Band, generic Camelbak I picked up last week, iPod with MapMyRun app loaded, two chocolate ClifShots; in the following order of usefulness...

Chocolate ClifShots: doubt I would have been able to complete the run without them. I bought a big box of these on sale a couple of months ago but have been using them sparingly because I didn't want to fuel with gels unless necessary. Well, they were perfect and I definitely got my second wind when I ate them at mile 3 and mile 6.

Camelbak: I filled it up with 64 ounces of water and it was heavy at the beginning, but I liked it a lot better than the fuel belt and I LOVED having a constant water source. The little bite valve thing is kinda annoying, but I stopped for a few seconds and took it off a couple of times just to get a good sip going. I drank pretty much the whole thing during my run.

MapMyRun: Wigged out on me big time. Basically paused on its own and when I restarted it, it had me running over the ocean because of the GPS so I really didn't have a good idea of how far I had run. I knew it was between 8.5 and 9.5 miles though, so I figured... good enough.

Light-wick Bondi: Yep, it was definitely light sweat-wicking and not good for running, nevermind long runs. I'll stick to the heavy sweat-wicking one in the future and save this one for gym stuff, I guess!

Felt pretty great for the whole run, especially after gulping down the ClifShots. Also, I got lots of stares on this run. Not sure if it was the Bondi or the Camelbak or just my Running While Chunky flavor...
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Well, I just tracked it and it was 9.45 miles, so over 15K! ANNE7X7 did her 9 mile run this weekend too (as did a lot of Sparkers!) and reminded me that it was three 5Ks, which was a little intimidating, but after it's over, it feels great! I don't know how fast I ran because of MapMyRun crapping out, but I was out for about two hours and ten minutes, so considering the bathroom and coffee breaks, I think I ran it in under two hours. Given this, I've pretty much decided to go for the earlier half marathon! I'm excited and a bit crazy, because that would mean that my first three weeks in October would consist of half marathon, Vegas, and duathlon. But I readily admit my craziness and I'm psyched about it!

  
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LAGREBE 8/30/2010 6:45AM

    Fantastic and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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SAMSPARK1 8/26/2010 9:47AM

    WOW! Way to go on these long runs you have been doing!! I should check out the Map my Run Ap! Does it work well?

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 8/25/2010 11:57AM

    YAY!!!!!!!!

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GETFIT_101 8/24/2010 10:12PM

  You're awesome.....just sayin'.
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HOSTALADY 8/23/2010 7:39PM

    You are an inspiration to all of us to reach higher and higher. Sounds like a great run and wonderful experiences along the way. Congrats on a fabulous run. You will do awesome this October. You are mentally there already and physically too!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 8/23/2010 6:37PM

    You are amazing! Your confidence is soaring and it is a beautiful thing to see!

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LAURIE404 8/23/2010 6:18PM

    Wow!!What an inspiration you are!! I cannot imagine running that far. I still can't run a mile. I get too winded, but I just stop and walk. Thank you for your words of encouragement. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/23/2010 5:54PM

    I am hoping to gear up for my first 10K before the season is over, but can't quite imagine doing a 15K. Awesome! I think at some point (ie where you are) fuel becomes a smart option. Keep up the great work!

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LADYSNOWFALL 8/23/2010 4:34PM

    What a great run and an awesome find on your run! Way to go!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/23/2010 4:20PM

    You may be crazy...but I tend to think you are actually crazy...like a FOX!!! LOL Or in your case...a FOXY lady!! :-)

You can so totally do it...no problem!

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FITFUNKYMAMA1 8/23/2010 4:04PM

    So awesome!!! way to go!!!

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ROOT4HOME 8/23/2010 3:09PM

    What a great run & WTG on your upcoming Oct races & Vegas!! emoticon

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KYMMC3 8/23/2010 2:12PM

    Yay!! Super excited you decided to do the first 1/2!! And I was cracking up about going over the Ocean! Needed a laugh today!

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JENELOPE 8/23/2010 1:58PM

    I keep running into fundraising events on my weekend runs, too. I usually only carry a couple of dollars with me on runs, so I find myself saying things like "This is all I have on me" to people. They still seem to appreciate it!

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REDRUNNER82 8/23/2010 1:36PM

    Congrats on your run! Surfing would have made me stop too :)

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MBSHAZZER 8/23/2010 12:55PM

    I'm glad you decided to GO FOR IT!!! You really can do anything you put your mind to. And you know that a HM is only a 5k plus a teeeny tiny bit more than 9 miles...

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/23/2010 11:39AM

    Nice! I ran with my fuel belt for the first time this weekend and I loved it!

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JENN26POINT2 8/23/2010 11:27AM

    Another awe inspiring post from you! I love your blogs. Kudos on being able to donate to the charity while on your run. That's great.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Camelbak! I have the 'real' one thanks to the Army, but it's only a 33 ozer. I also have the 24 oz hard plastic bottle. I like the bite valve. I feel I have more control over the volume of fluid I take in with the bite valve rather than just tipping the bottle up and letting it spill into my mouth.

Good job with the run... I like mapmyrun too, but I don't use it on any of my devices... just go online and map where I was. My Nike+ thing is never accurate enough to use as a definite training tool so I use MapMyRun or the distance tracker thing on the treadmill.

Have a wonderful day!

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MOVINITMORE 8/23/2010 11:11AM

    Great job!! Thanks for sharing.

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CAROLYN1213 8/23/2010 10:43AM

    Thanks for sharing your run! I love hearing the running adventures of others. You do encounter the world differently, don't you.

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WYND10 8/23/2010 10:24AM

    Way to go!!

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JBMT08 8/23/2010 10:12AM

    awesome!!!!! WOW, I cant wait to say that I have run nine miles straight!! emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 8/23/2010 9:41AM

    WOW!! Congrats what a great run!

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/23/2010 9:29AM

    You're awesome, my friend!

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/23/2010 9:23AM

    WOO HOO YOU! Keep it up! Have an awesome week! You inspire me.

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LAUROCHKA 8/23/2010 9:20AM

    yeah sounds like a great run and a nice diversion encoutered emoticon

Well Done!
Lxx

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ANNE7X7 8/23/2010 9:17AM

    Way to go!!! You rocked that 9 miles!! And I am so happy you decided to do the earlier HM! I cannot wait to hear about it (and I might learn a few things in preparation for my first a week after!!)

Keep on running girl, you are SO inspiring!

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BURKEBRIZ 8/23/2010 9:01AM

    Woohoo! You go, girl!

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    Fantatic job! You are working so hard! emoticon

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CARILOUIE 8/23/2010 7:51AM

    Good to know about the Bondi Bands - I have them on my wish list, and I sweat like crazy, so I'll be getting the heavy-duty ones!

I love hearing about your runs - a little coffee break? I love that you don't take yourself and your runs too seriously; you really sound like you love to run and enjoy the whole experience.

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PINKCOCONUT 8/23/2010 7:38AM

    Awesome job!!! I'm so excited for your half!!! This is our year baby!!!

Can you even believe that we're doing 9 milers?!?! Definite craziness!!!

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 8/23/2010 6:24AM

    WOW!!! Way to go!!!! That sounds like a great run, especially since you came across a wonderful event along the way.

I'm trying to pump myself up just to run 4 miles tonight (6.44 km) and... I'm scared. The furthest I've ever run is 5k. But since I'm 10k training... gotta step it up! One day I hope I can report to YOU that I've run 9 miles.

:) Great job!!!

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LAURIETAIT 8/23/2010 2:56AM

    emoticon You rock!Thanks for the BondiBand update. I haven't ordered yet and will adjust accordingly.

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KATHLOW 8/23/2010 2:20AM

    I admire your 'crazyness'!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/22/2010 11:36PM

    Wow 9 miles is awesome!!! I knew you rocked, but I did not know you could run on water!! How awesome is that??! Technology, fun when it works, sometimes funny when it doesn't :)! Good to know about the light wicking, I'd already planned on saving it for fall-winter. 9 miles, my goodness that's a long ways :)!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/22/2010 10:52PM

    Awesome--no doubt in my mind that you can do them all! And thanks for the reviews of what was helpful; I'm nowhere near running far enough yet to need to refuel on the way, but I hope to get there eventually. I have some Bondi Bands on order (a gift to myself for hitting the 50 lbs. lost mark) and I'm glad I opted for the heavy sweat-wicking ones after hearing that--I sweat like crazy when I run or work out!

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YINYANGSJM 8/22/2010 10:43PM

    People are probably staring because when they see you they see a runner and they want to be one too!!! Camelback question for you...does the water get hot?? I have one that I bought a couple of years ago for a trip to Arizona (figured I would use it hiking and never did use it). That's a good idea and much easier than carrying your water elsewhere. Congrats on the long run...sounds like a good day!!

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LISAW/3 8/22/2010 10:40PM

    Congratulations! What a great run- 9.5 miles! I did my longest today- 6 miles. I can't believe I'll be up to 9 in a few weeks! Yikes!
And thanks for the equipment review- always helpful!

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STORMTMB 8/22/2010 10:40PM

    Keep it up! You're doing fabulous! emoticon

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JESSSPARK 8/22/2010 10:27PM

    I'm going to seriously consider a camelbak situation too- I'm getting sick of strategically placing water at places and having to make sure to run by at the right time! :)


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GRACEISENUF 8/22/2010 10:26PM

    Your distance amazes me...WAY TO GO! Tearing up the 'ole asphalt!

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RUNNER_TIFF_07 8/22/2010 10:22PM

    Great run! You go girl!!

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THESHRINKINLADY 8/22/2010 10:22PM

    Thank you for posting this. I'm living vicariously through you right now as I am out of commission with running for a couple of weeks!

Congrats on your first 15K! I'm so proud of you!

And you aren't crazy for the halfer, Vegas, and duathlon...okay, maybe a little but I'm right there with you! I'd rather be THAT kinda crazy than the other kind!!

I'm proud of you! Keep up the fantastic work!

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LADYBUGRUNNER 8/22/2010 10:13PM

    Great job on your run!!! You are unstoppable!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/22/2010 10:12PM

    wowza! What an awesome run lady! :) You are killin' it out there! Boo yahh!

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13-1GIRL 8/22/2010 9:59PM

    you rockstar girl! sounds like a great run!! way to go!

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Twist & Shout on the Charles 4.2 miler

Friday, August 20, 2010

My first night race and my first race with my husband. Jon's training has been sporadic, so to speak, and I don't think he has run in the last two weeks, but I still expected him to beat me. He's 6'1" and has long runner's legs.

Well, long story short, he didn't! In fact I ran a whole mile with him lagging about a quarter mile behind. He did great though, and we ended up finishing together, which was nice. We finished in about 43:59 for a 10:29 minute-mile!!! Ahhh! 216/261 in my age group and 953/1112 overall.

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HAPPY RUNNING GAL!

I can't believe that last year I ran my first 5K in 44 minutes and have added over a mile and am running it in the same amount of time. Crazy!

The weather was probably in the mid-70s with no breeze whatsoever and everybody was just milling around waiting for the race to start and all of a sudden we saw people running and turned the gas on! The plan was that Jon would start "slow" with me and then take off at his own pace around halfway. Well, since the last time we ran together, I got fast, and he was shocked. Despite the lack of breeze, it was a flat course, which was nice and it was pretty to run around the river at sunset. I could tell I was running faster than usual because I was super tired around mile 3 and usually I don't hit the "fatigue zone" til mile 4.5-5. This makes me think that if I really pushed, I could definitely do my 30-minute 5K this year!

Minor race annoyance, I wore my water belt without the bottles but with the pouch because we took public transportation to the race and there really wasn't a safe place to store our things. So the pouch stored my T-pass, a little money, and my iPhone. Well, it wasn't enough to weigh it down because it kept riding up my waist. Ugh. I ended up taking it off mid-race when it fell off as I was adjusting it for the umpteenth time. Jon stuffed the belt in his pocket and I carried the pouch in my hand. So lesson learned that the water belt is NOT a good money belt.

After the race, there was a huge BBQ which was really good! They had chicken, beans, string beans, peas, salad, and beets. And a beer tent and a Beatles cover band! I wish it was on a Friday night so that I could have enjoyed it more, but Jon had work early in the morning so we ate quickly and had to take off. I got to meet RUNNINGELEPHANT though! She has run the other races in this series and this was her fastest one yet. Very cool to meet another Sparker!

Then during the night, our AC decided to kick it, so I was up at 3:30 am to open the windows and coudn't get back to sleep. I kept thinking about how I haven't officially started half marathon training, but I was inadvertently in the last weeks of the training program I was planning to use. I have a 9-mile run scheduled this weekend and depending on how that goes, I might run a half marathon on Oct. 3 before the Nov. 14 that I'm already registered for. It's basically the same flat course that I run every weekend and I just feel ready for it! Is that crazy to do two halfs this fall? One about six weeks after the other?

Oh, and Bondi Band update! I wore the one with silver stars and it worked really well. It was soaked by the time I took it off and I didn't feel one dribble of sweat at all during the race. It was lightweight and it didn't feel like it was squeezing my head. I do feel like I looked like a biker chick and was getting strange looks from people on the subway like I was a hooligan or something. LOL. But it was worth it!

So there you go! Happy Friday everyone! I'm still at 179 today, but it was expected due to some higher sodium and higher calorie days. Gonna have a water fest this weekend and be really good next week and hope to see a loss next Friday!

  
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HEALTHYELEPHANT 8/25/2010 11:56AM

    Whoa - I totally have been MIA - just saw this! :)

I totally think you could rock 2 half-marathons within 6 weeks, if you feel ready for them both! Just make sure you give yourself adequate recovery after the first one.... :)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/23/2010 4:18PM

    Way to go on your race! You are so FAST!!!

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MBSHAZZER 8/23/2010 12:53PM

    HEHEE, you totally rock! I love that you ran this race SO FAST!!

Oh, and you can totally do 2 HMs 6 weeks apart. Esp. since you are already up to 9 miles, it will be no problem for you!

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PAULA3420 8/22/2010 2:48PM

    WTG and i'm sure you cn do your 30 min 5K this year. U R kicking booty and it MUST FEEL GOOD! emoticon

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KATHLOW 8/22/2010 4:31AM

    congratulations! Glad you enjoyed it...

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13-1GIRL 8/21/2010 11:59PM

    WOOOHOO!! Way to go! Great Time!! I love my bondi bands! I know what you mean about the crazy looks! I have one that is black with a silver guitar that says "Rock N Run" from the Seattle Rock N Roll half, kinda felt like I was in the 80's again!! Anywhoo!! Way to beat up that pavement!!

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LADYSNOWFALL 8/21/2010 10:46PM

    Wow! It's been a couple weeks since I surfed over here to check in. (Last couple weeks of visitation with the girls before they went back to their respective other parents, so busy and stressful time). You look AMAZING!

Great job on the race!

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NIMMYT 8/21/2010 10:04PM

    Wow! Just wow!!! Congratulations!!! I'm going to look up Bondi Bands...I've never heard of those.
Keep inspiring us!

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/21/2010 6:04PM

    Congratulations on the race! And thank you for sharing, both about the water-belt-as-money-belt, and about the Bondi bands - I'm in the market for both accessories, and now I know what to look for! :)

Cheers,
Maya

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YINYANGSJM 8/21/2010 3:36PM

    Congratulations on the great race!!! How exciting to do the extra mile in the same time...awesome!!!!

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PAPPHEM 8/21/2010 12:47PM

    Awesome job! Going to have to remember the water belt thing! I think it would be fun to do the second half and just think of it as a training for the original one!

Good luck!!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/21/2010 10:18AM

    Way to go on the race! You did awesome!!! And congrats to the hubby for doing it as well! What an achievement!!!

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LAURIETAIT 8/21/2010 12:30AM

    emoticon Awesome run. Glad to hear the BondiBands live up to their billing. Can't wait to see how much you improve in your upcoming races.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/20/2010 11:02PM

    Whoo-hoo for your speedy race! You give me hope that I can improve my times with more time and practice. My husband runs with me, but he is much faster than me. I am so happy for you running a mile more in less time. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

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LISAW/3 8/20/2010 5:57PM

    Congratulations! Great race AND great time!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 8/20/2010 5:33PM

    Great job, congrats, and even more on being able to work the next day! Whoa!

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HY_PATIA 8/20/2010 4:34PM

  Sounds like a great race! FYI, I went to the bondi band site and ordered a few last night......I actually started running with a do-rag on my head last week, believe me not quite the look for a 42 yo teacher! But, I couldn't stand the sweat, and couldn't quite get myself to put on an 80's headband! I was so excited to hear they work well. Talk @ biker chick, I ordered one with skull and crossbones ;) Not me either, but I like feeling that I'm not me when I run :)

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TEAM-SARAH 8/20/2010 4:16PM

    NOT AT ALL CRAZY TO DO THE 2 HALFS!!! Haha that seems improper like I should say "2 halves" but.... hmmm. haha. Anyway...... Doooooo it! :) I think they say it takes a few weeks to fully recover from a half, so that's totally enough time inbetween. You can do it, you can do it safely, and you seem motivated so I say go for it!!! Way to go on the fabulous time. Sounds like you had some great weather for an evening race! Yaaaay!!

I got a little belt that I wear that I can stick like some money, a bus pass/credit card (should I be having a terrible run I can hail a cab and not be stranded) and it's enough to carry a lil bit of refueling as well. Just gotta get one like that which is made for wearing without water bottles hehe.

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BURKEBRIZ 8/20/2010 2:43PM

    Yea, Kristina! Way to go! I bet it was nice crossing the finish line with Jon at your side. Must have felt really good to have progressed so much! emoticon

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JENN26POINT2 8/20/2010 2:17PM

    Congrats on the great finishing time! Sounds like a great race. I have my first 5k this weekend (technically, it's like my 4th, but first since I started training again).

If you feel ready for the 13 miles, go for it! And 2 in 6 weeks probably isn't too bad of an idea b/c if you were to continue your training, you'd be running 9 and 10, and 12 miles and what not week after week... so I say go for it!

Have a good weekend!! :)

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CHICAT63 8/20/2010 1:25PM

    He,he,he you beat hubby ! Have you no shame *lol* you ROCK !!! emoticon

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LADYINOHIO 8/20/2010 12:59PM

    great blog! And I don't think it's at all crazy to do two half-marathons! Especially when they're 6 weeks apart. I think it sounds like you are getting to know your body really well, and if you feel you're ready, go for it!
Congrats on the great race time!

Keep it up! I must go learn of what this Bondi-Band is, because I am one hell of a sweaty gal when I get going, lol.
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HOSTALADY 8/20/2010 12:52PM

    You and DH did AWESOME and you will do great in all the runs you have planned and might add to your schedule this fall.
YOU GO GIRLFRIEND!

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VICKY31MOM 8/20/2010 12:47PM

    Awesome job. emoticon

About these Bondi Bands? Do they stay in well? Cause I have very fine hair and other headbands always fall out of my hair!!!!!


You are just awesome. Love reading your blogs!

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KYMMC3 8/20/2010 12:10PM

    Ok, so never mind my comment on the last blog post about the bands. LOL! Sounds like a good investement!! And I SO think you can do 2 halfs this fall. Use the first one as your practice. You'll know where you want to pick up or hold back. A good run though on a real one might push you that much more for the next one!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/20/2010 11:56AM

    Awesome time!! Yay for the Bondi Band. Boo for the water belt minus bottles. Spi belt for those shorter runs? If you decide to do both halfs I know you'll do it. The second will probably even be a PR! You rock chicky!! Even if you do scare the people on the subway :)!

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BLK2010 8/20/2010 11:55AM

    Kristina, I love reading your blogs! CONGRATS on such a great time! YOu should be so proud! Glad you kicked Jon's butt too! LOL Hang in there, you'll kick the scale next week. I am runing my first HM on Sept. 19th and thinking about doing another one Nov. 21... 2 months later....I am thinking I'll decide the on Sept. 19th at the first one. I just hope it don't sell out! emoticon Have a great weekend!

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HELLOKITTN 8/20/2010 11:50AM

    I love Spibelts for my bus pass and telly. Great job at the race!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/20/2010 11:49AM

    wootie hooo Kristina beat Jonnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!! Stick that in your book and smoke it! "Formerly Chunky, 5 feet something Woman beats Lanky 6 feet Something Hubby! YOU CAN DO IT TOO!" Boooo yahhhh!


You rock my socks. That is all. Sounds like a great time and I am so happy that you have come so far in just a freaking year!!!!! ahhh! You should be on Oprah or something w/ how damn inspiring you are and all that you have achieved!!! HOORAY my love!!! :)

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GRACEISENUF 8/20/2010 11:45AM

    Sounds like a great race and so glad Jon got to run with you. The food sounded really good too.
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    Sounds like a great race!!! Way to go!!!

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/20/2010 11:32AM

    Awesome job! I've got a night race tomorrow. Any tips on what and when to eat before the race?

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JENELOPE 8/20/2010 11:17AM

    I wondered if you would be wearing one of your new Bondi Bands during the race, and if it would be the tiara (because you're the running queen) or the stars (because you're a total rock star)! I'm glad it was the stars. So excited for you and your kick-butt race! As my college roommate used to say, "Daaaamn, speedy!" emoticon

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MOCOHOLO 8/20/2010 11:12AM

    Great job Kristina! You rock!!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/20/2010 11:08AM

    Completely awesome!!! Yea for PRs!!!!! I have found that every 10lbs I decrease my weight by I knock off half a minute per mile. Which is a big motivator for me as I am truly a long distance runner and it would be nice on long runs to not be gone for like 4 hours some days!!!!

Doing 2 half's might sound crazy but you know your body better then anyone and if you feel ready then go for it!!!!

(Note this is from a crazy, medal fiending, will run multiple races in the Fall and Spring seasons in my quest for a race in every state, runner!!!)...so I might be a little bias! I have found the more half's I do the better my recovery (regardless of my pre-training). I would have recovered sooner from my marathon in June if it were not for my toenails.....but now they are gone so I expect a great Fall running season!!!!!
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NIELSENSLADY 8/20/2010 11:06AM

    LOL! I think it's probably a good thing to look like a hooligan now a days with people acting the way they do. Perhaps wearing the bondi belt will make you immune to strange ppl with no pants! I'm so getting a band now!

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ANNE7X7 8/20/2010 10:58AM

    Way to go, McSpeedy!! You are showing some AWESOME improvement!!! Be very proud of yourself!!

I totally think that you can do the HM in October if you are already at 9 mile long runs! My HM is one week after yours, and I am doing a 9 miler this weekend too.. Thing is, I also included an extra long run of 13 miles (which is not found in most training programs), so you should be TOTALLY fine!! I say go for it!

Once you are done, you can take a rest week or two, and then adjust your long runs according to the number of weeks you have left before your HM!



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DREAMRUNR 8/20/2010 10:35AM

    Congrats on a fantastic race. It is really cool to look back at your races from the previous year and compare. You have really done well and come a long way.

I was thinking about how I am coming up on my anniversary of starting C25K (thanks to you) and got a little misty.

So excited for you. And if you are ready you are ready. I think 6wks is plenty of time to recover between HM. You are amazing. Good luck on whatever you decide.

And tell Jon he better get his game up or you will be smokin him more often than not. hehehe

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SLEEPYDEAN 8/20/2010 10:29AM

    WooHoo! Sounds like a successful race. I've never run a night race, don't really see any around my area.

You are definitely ahead of schedule for the half in November (cause mine is the same day and my longest training run as been under 4 miles). So I say go for the October one as well. Of course, now that I signed up for my November race, I really want to do the Rock 'N Roll in Vegas a few weeks later, but that is cutting it a bit too close. Now, I am looking at races in February '11 for my 2nd half. (I guess I better get going on training for the 1st one though, before I get too confident.)

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JESSSPARK 8/20/2010 10:14AM

    Sounds like a fantastic race, minus the misbehavior waist belt! Awesome pace!

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MANDA_MICHELLE 8/20/2010 10:14AM

  awesome race! fast runner girl!

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 8/20/2010 9:53AM

    hahaha BIKER CHICK :) too cute.
congrats on your running time!!! Thats AMAZING! I hope to be running as FAST as you one day!! (our 5k times are about the same for now so... its good to know that I can be a faster runner!)

congrats, again! And thanks for being a constant inspiration :)

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ADRIBURTON 8/20/2010 9:51AM

    Great job on the race! You are doing awesome.

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/20/2010 9:48AM

    YAAAAYYYY!!! Nice job on the race! It's always fun to look back and see how far you've come. I remember first starting C25K and feeling like I would die even on the first day (the run 1 min, walk 90 sec), and when I decided to do it again not too long ago I was surprised by how easy it was.

You're doing AMAZINGLY!!! And a second half marathon? Psshht, you can do it!

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FUNFROG79 8/20/2010 9:47AM

    Congrats on your race! I find the GO BElT (you can find it on Amazon) to be fantastic. I wore my thru the Flying Pig Half and it was POURING the entire time and my phone, ID and inhalor fit. I didn't even notice it despite the crap I put in it. emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 8/20/2010 9:45AM

    Sounds like you had a great time and glad you got to knock the hubby's socks off! :-) Did you get the A/C figured out or does it need replaced. I don't know about where you are but I'd croak without A/C in this heat. Stay cool baby!

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STORMTMB 8/20/2010 9:41AM

    Nothing wrong with being a biker chic!! emoticon

Congrats on a great race - and kicking your husband's butt! WooHoo! Enjoy your day and your weekend.

Tina

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Holy Freakin' Collarbones!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So I got the BondiBands I was talking about yesterday in the mail. They're really cool and I'm definitely going to wear one to my race tonight because it's freaking hot and I'm gonna be sweaty. Hopefully they will do their job at sweat wicking.

Much more comfortable than I imagined! They're a little pricey at $8 each, but there is a Buy 3 Get 1 Free deal going on (Use "September" at Checkout). The one thing that really bugs me is that they charge $3.95 for shipping and they just used regular first class postage that ends up being a little over a buck. Grr, it bugs me on eBay, and it bugs me more when companies do it too.

But one thing I noticed when I took photos to share with you...

I got some collarbones going on! In my little tiara...




And of course, the ultimate goal...




Anyways, thar ya go! Hehe...

  
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AFITJULIE 9/3/2010 9:27AM

    Holy crap...you have awesome collarbones!!! You look gorgeous.

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LOVELYMRSB 8/25/2010 10:25AM

    WOOHOO!!! That was one of my favorite moments last summer - noticing my collarbones for the first time!! Way to go! My other favorite was when I looked at my back in the mirror and could clearly notice my shoulderblades as a separate thing from the rest of my back, so to speak. Big things, my friend! Woohoo!

Oh, and I LOVE the tiara one. :-D

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/23/2010 4:15PM

    Collarbones are by far one of the sexiest things on a woman! I was so thrilled when I finally got some back and it was seriously one of my goals in losing weight! I find I am quite obsessed with them actually and will find myself collarbone gazing on a regular basis! LOL

Looking smokin' hot, fo sho!!! :-) Rock 'dem bones, girl!

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KATHLOW 8/22/2010 4:31AM

    love the collarbones!

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TEAM-SARAH 8/20/2010 5:03PM

    I got a headband like that at the half marathon expo!! It's hot pink with black polka dots. soooo tacky, I love it haha. I need something to wick sweat from running down my arms and legs too. During the half my pants soaked with sweat then dripped into my shoes. UH OH! you heard of anything for this??

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LIFES_A_DANCE 8/20/2010 1:55PM

    ahh!! Collarbones are my goal!! isn't that funny? Such a weird wish... but thats what I want! lol.
Way to go!

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NATKITA 8/20/2010 1:52PM

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Seeing the collarbones again is an awesome feeling, isn't it?

You go girl!

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KYMMC3 8/20/2010 12:04PM

    Nice Bones girl!! I've been thinking about ordering some Bondibands recently too, but wanted someone eles'e opinion on them first. So??? What do you think??? You look great in em!

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BLK2010 8/20/2010 11:55AM

    Girl you ahve Major Collar Bones!

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DREAMRUNR 8/20/2010 10:28AM

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COLLAR BONES!!!!!!

Looking GREAT.

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RUNNER_TIFF_07 8/20/2010 8:26AM

    Lookin' sexy, girl!! :)

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PINKCOCONUT 8/20/2010 8:24AM

    Nice! Sexeh collar bones!! *whistles*

Glad you like the Bondi Bands, I'll definitely have to scoop up a couple when they (hopefully) get here in September!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 8/20/2010 8:17AM

    Lookin' good there!! :) Was the black band w/ silver stars also a Bondi band? :)

So, SO glad I got to meet you last night!!

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HOSTALADY 8/19/2010 11:46PM

    You look great and yes love the collar bones. Awesome runs and like the Bondi Bands. Never thought to wear one with short hair. I sure could use one though if they would stay on with having short hair. Thanks as always for sharing!

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SACGIRL 8/19/2010 10:32PM

    I love the bondibands...I got the 13.1, "I run like a girl", and a froggy design! They are super cute, lightweight, and they do their job! Congrats on your race tonight!!! And nice collarbones :)

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/19/2010 10:22PM

    Thanks for sharing - I had never seen those... where do you get them? I sweat like an ox so I could use those! Have a great weekend!

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FUNFROG79 8/19/2010 10:14PM

    Thanks for the code! I'm ordering some more tonight!

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LAURIETAIT 8/19/2010 9:44PM

    So are you running as "The Princess" or the hard core runner? I suggest start pretty and finish mean! I definitely gotta get me some of those BondiBands.

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TIME4AFITME 8/19/2010 9:17PM

    yeah for collarbones!

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TRAVELNISTA 8/19/2010 8:38PM

    emoticonWell defined collar bones at that. Your before and after pictures are emoticon I love the new profile pic, what a difference!

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EMILYBCRUZ 8/19/2010 8:28PM

    Collarbones... ahhh... I think I remember those! Even better than hip bones if you ask me. You are going to rock that half girl!

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ABETTERBECKY 8/19/2010 8:24PM

    Yeah for collar bones! Can't wait to rock mine in the strapless wedding dress. I just bought a Sweatyband (sweatybands.com) - super cute, tons and tons of colors/combos and do not slip off at all, great for sucking up sweat. Love the 13.1 one!

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GOGETTERME 8/19/2010 8:01PM

    Gotta love the collarbones! You are rockin' the tiara. My favorite new thing is the nice definition in my arms. I love being strong. Getting thin is something I've done before but getting strong is awesome and new too me.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/19/2010 7:03PM

    Collarbones are most definitely the sexiest part of the body. No joke.

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XHOOSIERLOSER 8/19/2010 6:45PM

    Really, I'm more excited about the collarbones than the bondibands, but then I nearly hollered out during church Sunday, when I reached for the hymnal and saw some kind of forearm muscle or tendon thing raise up out of my arm! Oh the joy of baby step improvements!

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SUGIRL06 8/19/2010 6:06PM

    Very nice! My girlfriend got me one of those but I haven't tried it yet. I never have luck with headbands, they always slide off! Lookin good girl!
~Ang

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/19/2010 6:00PM

    Niiice--I'm looking forward to the day when my collarbones are visible, not just something I can feel and sorta make out! Love the bondi bands, too; I sweat so bad when I run, think I might order some for myself as a reward!!

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RAINTHIEF 8/19/2010 5:53PM

    Hooray for collarbones!!

I will do a happy dance when I get rid of these little fat rolls on my neck. emoticon

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YINYANGSJM 8/19/2010 5:52PM

    Wow! Look at those collarbones..very nice! I'm pretty sure I have some but haven't seen them for years. That's one of the many things I'm looking forward to finding again. Good luck with your run tonight...hopefully the heat will calm down a bit before you start.

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NUTRIGIRL08 8/19/2010 5:51PM

    emoticonGood luck tonight! emoticon

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SLARTYB 8/19/2010 5:31PM

    Collarbones. Victoria beckham has them now everyone wants them! I am not sure I'd look good in the tiara. Make do with swipes across the brow with my wristbands


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AZIUGA 8/19/2010 4:53PM

    YAY!!!! I can't wait until I find mine! :)

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BOURNBABE 8/19/2010 4:51PM

    *wolf whistles* Well, if I could whistle I would. lol. Love those sexy collarbones! Interested see how much you like the bondibands. I need something for my wild a$$ hair but so far everything I find just slides right off. Apparently, I have a really slippery head? emoticon
By the way, that tiarra is da bomb.

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LISAW/3 8/19/2010 4:29PM

    I'm still surprised every day when I feel my collar bones in the shower!
Congrats!

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PAULA3420 8/19/2010 4:21PM

    NICE great looking collarbones!! emoticon

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PAULA3420 8/19/2010 4:21PM

    NICE great looking collarbones!! emoticon

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MNGIRLIE 8/19/2010 4:11PM

    Nice! Looking good!

I'm looking forward to the day I've got collarbones!

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CHICAT63 8/19/2010 4:07PM

    Oooh, love the tiara one - cute ! I downright agree with you on shipping charges on EBAY, plus we have to pay customs on top it at times. Check-out those collarbones !!!! emoticon

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 8/19/2010 3:41PM

    Nice! Lookin' good.

Have fun tonight!

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MOMJMGR 8/19/2010 3:34PM

    wow looks at those sexy collarbones! Very nice!!!

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QCESCADA 8/19/2010 3:33PM

    Lol. Great collarbones:)

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CARLA-216 8/19/2010 3:25PM

    Ooh, I love dem collarbones and your BondiBands!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 8/19/2010 3:18PM

  I want your collarbones!

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CALLIKIA 8/19/2010 3:13PM

    Love it! Let me know how these work..I'm thinking I might want a few (especially considering sweat in your eyes while wearing contacts = OW! and BLURRY! *lol*)

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ERINTHEROCKSTAR 8/19/2010 3:11PM

    Love the collarbones and the tiara!!!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/19/2010 3:07PM

    owww owww!! Gorgeous lady! HOT collarbones! You lookin' so fierce in that last pic; Tyra would be proud!

Have so much fun at your race tonight!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/19/2010 3:04PM

    emoticonCollar bones! emoticon

Love both headbands! emoticon emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/19/2010 3:04PM

    Nice collarbones, hot stuff! I really like the BondiBands! You'll have to let us know how you find them. I've tried to use headbands before but since I have a super gigantic head they don't really stay on me ... maybe these would be different though ... who knows!

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WYND10 8/19/2010 2:54PM

    Woo hoo!!! Collarbones!!!! Gratz! And the bands look great :).

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MBSHAZZER 8/19/2010 2:48PM

    Love the collarbones!! You are rocking them!

And I love the Bondi bands, esp. the tiara! You are the queen of the road! LOL! I bought one at the race expo before the Mardi Gras half in New Orleans. Mine has fleur de lis, so everytime I wear it now, I have a nice reminder of my Sparktastic trip to NO!

Have fun at the race tonight!

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