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October!?! It feels like I just wrote out my September goals...

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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Happy Tuesday! My morning went by pretty fast! October already?! Yikes!
Oh I just noticed - I got 1,000 trophy for September! yes!
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My calves are still so sore. I soaked them in the tub last night for 10 minutes and they were a little better. I did the same thing this morning before my shower. They are now a 6 on the sore scale! My calves are sore in spots I never felt before - like on the outside of my legs! Very strange! I definitely pushed myself to the max during my 5K! Thank you for all of the congrats. I am excited for my next race too!
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So for October... the 5% fall challenge starts on Saturday. I am at 171 right now. I will probably still be at that weight for this Saturday weigh-in. I am still so excited!

Staying On Track in October:
- Stay within the lower calorie range for this 5% challenge!
- Weigh in once a week
- Find a measuring tape and get some measurements!
- Keep up with 5K training & walks
- 5K on Oct 13th. Hopefully I get under 37 minutes
- Zumba once a week! Huzzah!
- Yoga is over, so I need to find a cheaper place to do it or find an alternative to this workout! Maybe a dvd routine at home? I still don't have a TV so I would have to use my computer monitors.
- NO French fries. I also need to cut out tortilla chips if I want to lose 8.5 pounds by Dec 6th!
- No Halloween Candy or cookies - this should be easy for me because I don't normally eat those types of snacks!
- Aim for 1,000 fitness minute trophy for October!
- Continue to do non-workout activities I enjoy even if I go by myself (craft & pet fairs)
- Don't get discouraged if I don't reach all of my goals!

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MCJULIEO 10/3/2012 5:30PM

    How did October get here so fast!???!!!

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ATTACKFATCAT 10/3/2012 3:47PM

    Measurements will help get you through the weeks the scale does not cooperate. Awesome goals for October! Keep it up with those 5Ks! emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 10/3/2012 12:45PM

    Good goals - epsom salt with eucalyptus - Dr. Teals - trust me on legs it works the best for relief. Do you put metatarsal pads in your running shoes? Very inexpensive - Fleet Feet for runners carries this product - helped me alot. Hugs LIL Racer - Thanks for stopping by yesterday :) emoticon

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HHB4181 10/3/2012 9:49AM

    Congrats on 1000 minutes! and sorry to hear about your calves, but they'll get better.
What team are you on for the 5% challenge? I'm on beautiful butterflies.
Spark has a measuring tape on the website. You print it out and then cut and tape it together. It's a little fragile, but free. I printed mine out a while ago and I still have it.
Looks like you're doing GREAT overall!! Awesome job!


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MTNGRL 10/2/2012 7:38PM

    What a great lists of goals. I need to start thinking!

I get some yoga workouts from:

http://www.yogadownloa
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PEPPYPATTI 10/2/2012 6:06PM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations on your 1000 Minute Trophy! I am sure you will do it again this month! Way to go!
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    Everything sounds great! emoticon

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EJENKINSB 10/2/2012 4:22PM

    Great goals! You can absolutely do it!! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/2/2012 3:38PM

    Great job on laying our your October goals! You've put quite a plan out there--it will surely keep you very busy, but that can be a good thing, too. Best to you! Love, Jeannie

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SIRENSONGS 10/2/2012 2:40PM

    You have a great, measurable and achievable list of goals here. I especially like the last one. We all need to keep this one in mind some times! Anyhow, I think you'll do great! :)

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/2/2012 2:31PM

    Fine goals. You'll do it. They're realistic and will keep you focussed.
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LIVINGFREE19 10/2/2012 2:31PM

    You have attainable goals!
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RACEWELLWON 10/2/2012 2:24PM

    Sounds good !

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ALICIALYNNE 10/2/2012 1:03PM

    Great goals!
Sorry you are still so sore though!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/2/2012 12:28PM

    awesome goals!!!

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JEWELMOTI 10/2/2012 11:50AM

    To me, you are a wonderful success already. Your goals are attainable, realistic, and to be admired. You are an inspiration
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    I love your goals!!! I almost want to steal them for myself ;) emoticon

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My first 5K - all the details!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Good morning! Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend.

I got up at 7 yesterday morning and laid in bed for a while trying to relax my mind. The race was only 5 minutes away by car. I thought about walking over as my warmup, but I didn't know how tired I would be after the race, so I drove over instead. I wore capri workout pants, and a workout t-shirt. I also had a sweatshirt because it was really cold! I took off my sweatshirt before the race started because I knew I would be in the sun for most of the race. I walked around the parking lot and back and forth from my car to the starting line for 15 minutes. I had to figure out how to pin my number on my shirt! Before I knew it, the race started!

I knew I would finish, but I didn't know what place I would be in. When I first started, I didn't care if I was in last place or not. As most of the people rushed ahead in front of me, I just wanted to make it through the race. There was a woman in front of me that was jogging at a slower pace than what I am used to. I decided to stay behind her and slow down my pace also. I jogged for so long, and I thought to myself "hey, maybe I can jog the whole thing". Then I saw a big hill and knew I had to go up it. The lady in front of me started walking up the hill, so I did too. I am glad I did! My legs were killing me - then I remembered where I was racing!! In the state park that had even BIGGER hills than the one I just walked up! I passed the woman a few times, and she passed me a couple of times too. I saw a big downhill coming up and got in front of her. I gained a lot of ground in front of her with that hill. Even though I really didn't care if I was in last place, my mind shifted a bit and I got a little competitive. I saw another girl ahead of me that I didn't see for most of the 5K. She was walking too. I picked a good spot and passed her too.

While I was jogging, I had so many thoughts. I was wondering what made me decide to do this race! I kept thinking I was crazy. Then I would see a squirrel cross the path, and I smiled. I would see a pond, and think - where would I be if I wasn't here? What would I be doing if I wasn't jogging? Maybe I will get some music next time. I could of had some, but I wanted to do the race with just me. I wanted to see what I would be thinking - I definitely pushed myself harder than I thought I would! Part of me was wishing I had someone there to jog with, but then I may have been alone anyways if they passed me and ran ahead. So, I was ok with being with myself.

Throughout the rest of the race, I walked a lot less than I thought I would. Some force was pushing me. I randomly told myself I would jog from a point to another random point - like a certain tree or the start of a hill. I kept telling myself... "This will be over soon enough." I was right. It seemed like forever, but then I saw the end of the race. Some random walker who was just walking through the park was coming towards me. At that point I was walking & he said to me "you are almost there, pick up the pace! " He was right. I started jogging again. I saw the time clock and I just saw the first part that said 37. I pushed myself so hard because I didn't want the timer to change to 38 minutes. There were a lot of people clapping and cheering, and it made me smile!

Overall, I am glad I did it. My time was officially 37:37! I wanted to get under 50 minutes, and I definitely did! I got 25th place out of 28 people. I was so happy after I sprinted to the finish line. I walked around a bit right after and had a few tears. I think I was overwhelmed physically and mentally. I never thought I would ever do anything like that, but I did! My legs are super sore today, and my throat feels a bit sore too from breathing so hard. I have yoga tonight! But I don't mind. I know I will have sore days from now on with this new healthier lifestyle I have!

Basically, the race was great. I didn't even finish my 5K training yet! I knew I didn't have the right shoes, I probably would be in last place, and I was going to be so sore the next day... but I still did it. Even if I was in last place, I was ahead of all of the people that weren't there! I did the race for me!

Thank you to everyone again who has supported me. My Mom gave me a big hug after the race and was surprised at my time - I am still surprised! I see my name on the race results with my time, and I still don't believe it. I can't wait for my next 5K October 13th. Hopefully I do a bit better with my time, but if I don't I won't mind. I know every day is different for my body. I will get better in time with more practice!

I put some pics on the bottom -
me after the race smiling
and what I actually felt like after I got back to my car!! =)

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MCJULIEO 10/2/2012 8:11PM

    Echoing all the good things that everybody else on here has said....

"You SO ROCK!"

Well done, my dear, you have inspired us all!

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RACEWELLWON 10/2/2012 2:23PM

    You Rock !! Awesome job !! I am so happy for you- what a fantastic description of your experience. I cannot begin to imagine how you felt when you finished. I had chills of excitement reading your blog. Hugs LIL Racer - you earned the Flag emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/1/2012 10:53PM

    Fantabulous!!! Congratulations on your first 5 km. I did my first 5km run/walk this past summer and can relate to some of those thoughts that went through your mind. How exciting that you finished and in less than 38 minutes. Isn't it amazing what we reflect on while we are pushing our bodies. Keep at it. You'll rock the next 5 km.
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PEPPYPATTI 10/1/2012 6:35PM

    Way to go girl! I so am proud of you! Woo Hoo! You did fantastic!
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LIVINGFREE19 10/1/2012 6:24PM

    Great job!
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ATTACKFATCAT 10/1/2012 2:10PM

    You are my hero. Your first 5K, not even done training, and you still finished it with a fantastic time! Your next one will be even better and we are all so proud of you!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/1/2012 2:08PM

    Excellent!!!! You can not only say it was for first 5k, but that you set a PR (personal record)!

I have the exact same thoughts as you while I'm out running. Why am I doing this....oh, yeah, I would miss all the beauty around me if I wasn't doing it!

Way to go!!!

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HHB4181 10/1/2012 2:02PM

    emoticon Great job, Congrats!!!

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VONBLACKBIRD 10/1/2012 12:20PM

    Wow you did it you did it you did it and learned some things about yourself as well..Someone related a tale about the death march of soldiers in WW2...one who lived through it was asked how he managed the walk and he said he set small goals..he would see a tree and would set a goal of reaching that tree and then on and on until he made it to the camp..and that is exactly what you did..You set small goals to go a little more and a little more and you made it and in good time also...So proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Way to go emoticon emoticon

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TEMPERANCE88 10/1/2012 11:10AM

    Way to go! You did awesome!!!

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KAI_ZEN 10/1/2012 11:08AM

    You are FULLY AWESOME! You did so well! And what a great description of your race.
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SIRENSONGS 10/1/2012 10:56AM

    Congratulations! It sounds like a wonderful experience! I'm so happy for you!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/1/2012 10:47AM

    HOLY CRAP! That is a really really good race time! Congrats!
I've been in four races, and haven't gotten close to going that fast. WOW!
Glad you seem to have enjoyed it.

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POMATOJUICE 10/1/2012 10:39AM

    Wow, congratulations! It seems to be the season for 5ks, and I love reading about everyone's experiences with them. I am thinking for singing up at one held by our local zoo. It's a benefit for the zoo called "The Great Zoo Stampede" or something like that. It's a total alien experience for me! But from what I read here from you, I think I should take a chance and give it a shot :)

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3G1RLS4ME 10/1/2012 10:35AM

    Good job

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Great job! I love it that you already have your next race planned. You're going to do great!!

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One more pound gone, 16 more to go until healthy weight!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday already?! Wow. Even though the 5% Fall Challenge has not officially started yet, I already have my Spark requirements updated. I have been eating less and working out more! I lost a pound since I first was invited to the challenge a week ago!
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I am 79 pounds lighter & 16 pounds away to the high end of my healthy weight for the BMI. Once I reach 155, I will be extra happy! I keep wondering what I will feel like at that moment. I know I am far from Done once I get there. We all have to continue working hard! I have worked very hard over the past year with Spark. I still appreciate every comment from everyone!
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Zumba kicked my butt yesterday even though the hour went by so fast!!! I was still sore from Yoga on Monday & 5K training Tuesday. Even though it was a bit tough, I made it through the whole class, and I felt like I could have done another song!
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I am glad the weekend is almost here! My 5K is on Sunday & I am getting nervous about it. I know I will get through it, but I know I will pushing to complete it! I could easily walk 3 miles with no problem - but the time and others there will encourage me to push a little farther! If I don't get the chance to update after the 5K, I will definitely let everyone know how it went on Monday!

Hopefully everyone has a Spark-tastic weekend! Don't forget to track your weekend meals even if you don't get to it until Monday!

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    You're doing so well!
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    emoticon emoticon on your great progress and your WL! Have a great time at the emoticon Hugs, Jeannie

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KAPELAKIN 9/28/2012 7:08PM

    You are on the home stretch. Have fun on Sunday!

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COWCUTTER05 9/28/2012 3:58PM

    emoticon emoticon You can do it!! Have fun!!

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    Rest ,stretch and focus - keep your eye on the prize - Congrats !! emoticon emoticon

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YOUNG2012 9/28/2012 12:11PM

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and it won't be long at all before you reach your healthy weight!


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ALICIALYNNE 9/28/2012 11:52AM

    Holy cow, you're in the home stretch to your 5k! So excited for you!

And man, only 16 lbs to go until healthy BMI! Woot woot!



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Yippee!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I couldn't think of a title for my blog, so I figured I would put my feeling down instead! I have been so happy the past few weeks. Even though I have a lot of negative things still going on in my life, I am not letting them consume me too much. I need to keep pushing, and I need to move FORWARD.

There is a lot in my past that I still haven't figured out. I know one day everything will become more clear to me, but until then - I need to keep my head high! One day at a time.. and every moment counts!

I have so many new things I never thought I would look forward to! I have Zumba tonight and the 5K race on Sunday. I am going to a game night tomorrow after work & hopefully meeting up with a friend from the past for lunch on Saturday. I would like to go to a fall festival on Saturday too! Apples & Pumpkins & Hayrides, oh my! I get so excited about "little" things - but they are big things to me!

The fall challenge starts Oct 6th, but I already started with the fitness, and new food ranges. Instead of worrying about eating too much, I now worry about not eating enough! I have been having healthier snacks, so they aren't as fattening. I wonder if I should cut back on how much dinner I have, or if I should make more adjustments. I know it will take time, but it still feels strange for me for now!

I still have not gotten Zumba or Running shoes. I NEED BOTH! =) I wanted to get shoes before the 5K on Sunday. Oh well! Hopefully I get one or both pairs soon - before the next 5K (Oct 13th). I am going to ask the zumba instructor tonight about her shoes if I get the chance. I sent her an e-maila bit ago, and she did respond. I want to get a better look at her shoes though.
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The weekend is almost here for me! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! Keep Sparking!

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CAROLIAN 9/28/2012 8:18AM

    emoticon You are doing so well its great to do things and find you enjoy it Have a good weekend Hugs Carol xxx

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CWHEATLEY12 9/28/2012 8:13AM

    So happy to see you enjoying life! I hope you have a great end to your week and good luck with your 5k this weekend! Your positive attitude is very contagious!

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SOULFISH80 9/27/2012 10:57PM

    I can hear the excitement for life in your voice! I also definitely know where you are coming from when you say you have negative things in your life, but you choose to be positive. This is my current life outlook in a nutshell. I have so many things to stress over, and usually I'd be stressing like no tomorrow, but I'm not. I just feel like everythig will work out as it should, and in the meantime I am going to be happy!! Yay to a sparked life, isn't it grand?!

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LIVINGFREE19 9/27/2012 8:25PM

    That is awesome that things are going your way so much!
You are on cloud 9! Awesome!
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FRAN0426 9/27/2012 5:53PM

    All the best on the Sunday 5K. I love going to zumba, what a fun way to exercise I say.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/27/2012 5:15PM

    All the best, with all your exciting activities !
Enjoy !

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RACEWELLWON 9/27/2012 5:00PM

    Have you every heard of the book - Woman who Runs with the Wolves ? Very inspirational but , she explains the importance of keeping negativity away. This book is awesome. I read , read and reread and still learn from. Anyway , I do not cut back at night (might work better for you) but , for me I get a headache? You will figure it all out ! Take pictures of the festival - would love to see. I get excited about that stuff also. Hugs Have a good time tonight !! emoticon

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ALICIALYNNE 9/27/2012 4:50PM

    Glad to see you lovin' life!
Just don't get shoes too close to a race- nothing like some big ole blisters from new shoes.

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More fitness minutes, more & sore!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I can't believe it is Wednesday already! My work day is almost over too!

I did a progress report from the last year showing my fitness minutes. I know I really slacked off when I first started at Spark. Now my monthly goals include getting the 1,000 fitness minutes trophy! I know it is silly to want an electronic trophy, but it is still important to me!



I like exercising now. I haven't gotten to the point where I don't feel like doing it (yet). I am feeling sore in my rib area from my Monday yoga class. I also feel a bit sore in my legs from my 5K training I did yesterday. I jogged on/off for 2.5 miles woohoo. I have Zumba tomorrow & the 5K race on Sunday. I know I won't be able to jog the whole thing, but I know I will be able to finish! I will be proud with whatever time I get =)

I was going to schedule a walk Friday night or Saturday morning, but I don't want to over-do it and be super sore on Sunday. Who knows if I will be sore on Friday after my Thurs zumba anyways!

Although the Fall 5% doesn't start until Oct 6th, I already started eating within the new range of calories! It is tough, but I am doing ok so far. I have been snacking on carrots and grapes and cucumbers. yum. I have been trying to add more to my lunches instead of just a sandwich and one side. I want to get more "full" with healthy items so I am not as hungry before dinner time comes around.

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the day. Keep Sparking!

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KAI_ZEN 9/27/2012 12:13PM

    I love electronic trophies! They can be very motivating! I remember one of the first times I was sore from working out, and it struck me that before working on getting fit, feeling sore would have meant I was sick or hurt and now feeling sore means I did good work.

Looking forward to hearing how your 5K goes. I think you may surprise yourself with how well you do!
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    Great job on eating in the new calorie range!
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MCJULIEO 9/26/2012 9:48PM

    You can do it!

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PEPPYPATTI 9/26/2012 8:17PM

    Way to go on your 5K. So far there has not been one in my area yet. I am sure you will finish in good time! You are doing fantastic!
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ATTACKFATCAT 9/26/2012 5:44PM

    I'm so excited for your 5K this weekend. You are going to do great! It sounds like your training is going really well and I like your workout schedule...I've been mixing it up with Zumba, jogging, and walking as well.

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PERSISTANT123 9/26/2012 4:43PM

    I really like the different activities that you do. I too have not yet gotten to the point that I want to exercise and I doubt I ever will. I guess that's why I choose things that are just fun to me vs. walking 30 minutes on a treadmill. emoticon emoticon

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