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July 2011 Goals

Saturday, July 16, 2011

1) Keep my mileage to 35-45 per week via walking and running.

2) REST on Sundays - when I get an inkling to workout, remember that my ankles, feet and Achilles tendons will happily unleash its wrath when provoked. They are a grumpy bunch and should not to be tested.

3) Have a nice 5 year anniversary celebration with my love. Which means, do not sweat the diet on anniversary dinner. After all, isn't chocolate an aphrodisiac?

4) Multivitamin and calcium supplement every day. I will thank myself in a few years for ignoring the choking sensation whenever I swallow those horse pills.

5) Be nice to the dryer repairman. It is not his fault that he is a jerk. After all, wouldn't you if you had something up your booty all your life?

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DRAGONFLY180 7/16/2011 8:27PM

    hey! glad to see ya back around here! all these are good goals to work toward, especially #5. it really applies to all we come contact with who have things stuck up their booties! *lol* about you 150% commitment comment on your spark page, i totally relate. i also have to strive for healthy balance.

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Me, 26.2?! - 23 Weeks to M-Day

Monday, May 04, 2009

I am such a freak. Consider the evidence:

1. We had FRONT ROW tickets to the Dodger game last Thursday. I should have been excited but I was freaking out about having to skip my evening yoga class! Not only that, but I was 15 minutes late in picking up HB because I decided that I needed to sweat extra hard over the bike and elliptical to make up for it. It did turn out to be a very fun night, even though I gorged on ice cream and french fries. DOH!

2. HB planned the most amazing and romantic weekend for us in Palm Springs. I was excited, but I was worried about what I'd do with all that food there and the temptation to not exercise. Weekend came, I ate myself blind at Morton's, the breakfast/brunch buffets (with chocolate fondue and bread pudding - yikes!), nachos, sushi... Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh.

3. HB wants us to visit Europe in June. Normally I would be jumping up and down, but I was freaking out about marathon training! I think I can handle 3-4 mi runs during the vacation (that would actually be SO cool!), but God forbid if I have a long run scheduled while I'm gone. HB seemed perturbed when I mentioned this ("A marathon is more important than a trip to Europe?!), but I ended up finding a rest week in the middle of June that would be prime... I just haven't told him that we'd have to leave on like a Tuesday or Wednesday instead of a weekend day... Hmm.

SIIIIIIIIIIIGH. I know workouts aren't everything, but I have this fear that taking an unscheduled day off will make me completely inactive again. Plus with this week being a rest week, I'm just not myself.

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NEW DECISION – Choose ONE: Marathon OR Giselle-Bunchen-body. People say that you can’t really lose weight running a marathon and I’m discovering that they’re right! Even though I ate a lot, I was still so darn starved after an 11 mile run; can you imagine what that hunger will be like after a 20 mi run?! I’m also well aware that running long isn’t good for muscle-building so… I had to make a choice, and I made the decision to run the marathon without robbing my body of nutrition and fuel it needs to perform the arduous tasks I am asking it to perform. Of course, this also comes after I discovered that I gained a pound (it could be muscle, but I can see the “puffiness”). SIGGGGGGGH.

FOOD UPDATE – I’m over on my calorie allowances, simple and true. After my 11 mi run on 4/27, something in my body changed, almost like it went into overdrive. Suddenly, it’s taking me a LOT more food to keep me satisfied. Here I was, having eaten a FULL dinner (1.5 cups pasta, veggies, bread) and an hour later I was already experiencing hunger pains. I’m already eating 6 meals a day, maybe I need to stretch to 8? I’m going to listen to my body for now. I’ll continue to eat 200-300 calories every 3 hours and if need be, I’ll just have to eat a 7th or even 8th meal/snack of the day.

ENERGY UPDATE – I feel greeeeeeeeeeat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m sleeping extraordinarily well. My eyelids pop open by their very own selves in the wee hours of the morning and I’m practically going crazy in the mornings before my tea. Woohoo!

HEAD CHECK – After an amazing 11 mile run, 26.2 miles seem almost doable! I am so optimistic that I may officially pay for the marathon this upcoming week. BRING IT!

IN THE TRASH - Is my gluttoneus weekend. I'm back to 113 lbs. Considering that I burned 3700 calories last week, I was most definitely a naughty chica. Oh well, what can you do but push on?

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Workout Update: Apr 27-May 1

emoticon11.01 mi Run, 110 minutes – AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. That is, once I incurred a technological mishap – or errr user error, thanks to a new milestone I reached: having to go to the bathroom while on a run!!!!!!!!!!! Apparently, pressing “stop” during a program on the Garmin only pauses the program for a minute or two. It will not accommodate me having to go the bathroom AND wash my hands thoroughly, buy a new water out of the vending machine to drink and refill, and send pictures of the beach I took to HB. I probably huffed and puffed over the mishap about it for a minute before I decided to just to run the 6 miles I had left straight instead of taking my regular walking breaks after every 4 minute run. It was a beautiful experience! For miles, I was in this zone where nothing mattered but the beats of my heart, how effortlessly my lungs took in air and the break of the ocean waves. I even met a local celebrity, this very tanned and bald 60+ year old man with a beard who can be seen running/walking for miles and miles every day. AWESOME!

►Tuesday, 4/28

emoticonSuper Sculpt Class, 60 min - Super sculpt: emoticon

emoticonBike, TC, 54 minutes total: emoticon

emoticonCore training, 45 min: emoticon

emoticonYoga, 75 min – emoticon I sometimes think this instructor is out to kill!!! - if not us as people, then our egos at least. We were holding difficult poses for so long that I was practically screaming my breaths. I did crack up when a lady hissed "oh gawd!" Even though it was a difficult and sweaty class, I felt more centered that I had been in days.

►Wednesday, 4/29/09

emoticon4 mi Run, 40 minutes - emoticon ACTUAL: 4.3 miles in 40 minutes.
In an effort to do my part in the treehugging business, I decided to take with me hb's pair of jeans that he asked me to drop off at the cleaners last minute. I do have to say, for the 2.25 miles I ran with the jeans rolled up and tucked under my right arm, I did get a few "looks" (and barks too). Showing up sweaty at the dry cleaners with an article of clothing with slightly wet sweat marks? Kinda gross I’m sure but I’m ignoring that possibility for now.

emoticonYoga – emoticon I skipped it.

►Thursday, 4/30/09

emoticonST Class, 60 min – emoticon

emoticonYoga, 30 min – emoticon

emoticonBike, 27 min – emoticon

emoticonElliptical, 30 min – emoticon I decided to try something different today by opting for the Elliptical! My quads got a great workout when I went backwards. Nice.

emoticonYoga, 75 min – emoticon I skipped it so I could get to the Dodger game.

►Friday, 5/1

emoticon4 mi Run, 40 min – emoticon ACTUAL: 4.42 mi in 40 min

emoticonBike, 27 min – emoticon I skipped it... Had to pack for my weekend!

emoticonTreadclimber, 27 min – emoticon Ditto

emoticonYoga, 75 min – emoticon Ditto

MILES MONTH TO DATE: 78.5 (Mar. 29-May 2)
MILES LEFT TO 500 MI (GOAL): 362.2

TOTAL WARM UP/COOLDOWN MINUTES (for running): 46 min
ST MINUTES: 165 minutes
YOGA: 105 minutes (ouch!)
FITNESS MINUTES IN 2009: 8306.54

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[This Week’s Plan]

● 3 mi Run w/1 mile test: DONE! CLOCKED IN 1 MILE AT 7:34
x Yoga (75 min): Skipped
○ Super Sculpt (60 min)
○ Bike (27 min)
○ Treadclimber (27 min)
○ Core Training (45 min)
○ Yoga (75min)
○ 4 mi Run
○ Yoga (75 min)
○ ST Class (60 min)
○ Yoga (30 min)
○ Bike (27 min)
○ Treadclimber (27 min)
○ Yoga (75 min)
○ 4 mi Run
○ Bike (27 min)
○ Treadclimber (27 min)
○ Yoga (75) min

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BLAZINGSWORD 6/7/2010 10:13PM

    People generally do lose weight if they are running a marathon! OMGosh! But you look like you are doing fantastic with everything, including the yoga!!!!! Enjoy your life!

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DRAGONFLY180 5/5/2009 1:57PM

    you are so organized and driven! you inspired me to write out my workouts for the week, something i had been doing but had stopped for some reason.

i agree with muin64, you can rest and enjoy life sometimes. it's okay and won't derail you! with marathon training, you may need to slow down on all the other stuff some anyway. if you're body is always hungry, it is definitely trying to tell ya something.

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MUIN64 5/4/2009 9:47PM

    Moderation, my dear, moderation.

Yes, you love your workouts, and, yes, you're doing amazing things. But you've progressed far enough now that you shouldn't miss out on LIFE for working out. Remember why you work out--so you can live a healthy life, right? So take time to go enjoy that life...and take time out from your vacation to work out, too. You don't HAVE to go to the gym to work out. Take a run, use some fitness bands, check into hotels with workout rooms or gym agreements. And if you miss a day, you'll start again the next day--you WON'T quit forever.

There's your pep talk for the day. I'll expect mine when I am trying not to pig out next week on Southern cooking and the best cobbler around...

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 5/4/2009 7:48PM

    Yikes...I need a nap after reading your blog. You are an amazing dedicated young lady ...and God Bless you for being able to accomplish what you've set out to do. When you go to Europe, please allow yourself and your body to enjoy the trip. Where do you thing you'll be going?
You are doing a great job on your journey!

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Me,26.2?! - 24 Weeks to M-Day

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Food Update: I officially raised my caloric intake this week. I feel SO MUCH BETTER!!!
Energy Update: Last week's tiredness is gone! Glad to know it was only because of a caloric deficit problem.
Optimism Update: This week I was really fretting about the marathon. Did lots of reading on toughening up mentally.

►Monday 4/20

emoticon7.1 mile run- 7 miles is my friend. We’ve met several times, understand each other, and are even friendly, but doing it this Monday felt like 2000 miles! Of course, it didn’t help that it was 86 degrees outside. Since a body’s temperature elevates 15-20 minutes during a run, I was basically running in 100 degree conditions. Not fun, even if it was on the beach (ocean breezes, my booty)! Hence, it took me about 1.5 hours to finish the run (and that includes many breaks, including a time where I just sat in the shade for at least ten minutes and using the shower to cool my head and body) and a few dollars on replenishing my water supply. I knew I wanted to train in the heat this summer, but MAN – easy to say when I was writing my goals in 40 degree weather.

►Tuesday 4/21
emoticonSuper Sculpt, 60 Minutes- The instructor was under the weather, so I didn’t get the best workout I was looking for. Plus, I fell off the ball a few times right on my cushy booty (for once I was happy that my body stores fat there).

emoticonStationary Bike, 27 minutes- I REALLY pushed this one! I’m not sure what helped me to get to higher levels, but whatever episode of Oprah I was watching must have been good.

emoticonTreadclimber, 27 minutes- According to calories burnt, I must have had a ball with this one too!

emoticonCore Training, 45 minutes- Let me just say this… I will NEVER doubt a yoga teacher’s abilities AGAIN! We had a yoga teacher sub and man – I knew we were in trouble when she put us on core boards. I probably sweat out the entire bottle of water I drank.

emoticonYoga, 75 minutes- Confession: Until this day, I hadn’t done yoga in about 5 days. Previous to that, I was practicing about 4-5 times a week, but I was just so tired the week before that I passed on most of my workouts. I could practically see my flexibility wagging its manicured finger at me for not doing even a cat pose for those days.

►Wednesday, 4/22

emoticon4.36 mi Run, 44 minutes – There’s something about the first mile that gets me. Even after a 6 minute warm up consisting of vigorous walking, my muscles feel stuff and my lungs are a little raspy. After about 1.5 miles, however, I am GREAT. That’s probably why I don’t like short runs. It takes me a bit to get into the groove, and just when I do, the run’s over. Anyway, today’s run felt good, which is good because I was deathly afraid that Monday’s run would take a huge toll on me.

►Thursday, 4/23

emoticon2.87 mi Run, 28 min – I don’t usually run on Thursdays; I’m actually supposed to be at the gym starting at 8 am, but some dimwit decided to use their car to (accidently) kill a pedestrian at the bus stop down the street. The police taped off a HUGE and crucial area in my neighborhood as a crime scene and thus there was no way at all I could make it to the gym (which I found out on my own after driving one hour to nowhere! Argh.) I had errands to do that morning though so I strapped on a backpack and ran my routes to finish them – this time non-stop instead of taking my regular walk breaks! I know that the run-walk-run carries the same endurance benefits as running straight, but I was still pleased that this mileage was not a problem for me. Woo!

emoticonStationary Bike and Treadclimber, 54 minutes – Blah blah. Thanks to Oprah and the first ten minutes of Ellen, I am never too bored cycling/walking to nowhere.

emoticonYoga, 75 minutes – I love subs! It’s always extra refreshing to get new style thrown in when you’ve gotten so used to a particular instructor. Another benefit was that there were only about 7 people there, so she was able to correct me a lot.

►Friday, 4/24

emoticon4.45 mi Run, 40 minutes – I was still SO pumped that I ran yesterday’s miles straight that I went for it again, complete with a new form I picked up from a book I bought. I felt faster and more efficient, but my knees were slightly sore at the end. Hmm.

emoticonStationary Bike, 29 minutes – Since HB wasn’t using our very nice bike in the garage, I decided to spend some time with that poor lonely thing. I don’t know what possessed me to jump on the bike after a run, but OMG I have new respect for duathlon-ers and triathlon-ers.

TOTAL WARM UP/COOLDOWN MINUTES (for running): 60 min
ST MINUTES: 105 minutes
YOGA: 150 minutes

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[This Week’s Plan]

● 10.5 mi Run. Done! (Did 11 actually)
● Super Sculpt (60 min) Done!
● Bike (27 min) Done!
● Treadclimber (27 min) Done!
● Core Training (45 min) Done!
● Yoga (75min). Done!
● 4 mi Run. Done! (Did 4.3 miles)
○ Yoga (75 min)
○ ST Class (60 min)
○ Yoga (30 min)
○ Bike (27 min)
○ Treadclimber (27 min)
○ Yoga (75 min)
○ 4 mi Run
○ Bike (27 min)
○ Treadclimber (27 min)
○ Yoga (75) min

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LILHLFPINT 4/29/2009 10:49PM

    (wow. you are amazing. i got tired just READING about your exercise.

i am so proud of you girl, keep it up!)

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/29/2009 9:19PM

    WOW! That's the only word that comes to mind - you have a PACKED schedule there, and we're just talking exercise! I assume you're squeezing all this work around a regular day, too!

Keep it up - you're an absolute inspiration!


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Shameless, I Say, Shameless!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I only did 1.5 small workouts out of my semi-large load of workouts planned today. Why, you ask? Because I’m still tired!, I answer.

Lack of carbohydrates, overtraining, and dehydration, be damned. I’m tired today because while HB was off having a work dinner, I clicked my butt off last night in one of Will Wright’s many crack-like video games! I clicked and clicked and clicked my way through Spore from daylight until I shockingly laid my eyes on the clock that read “11:00 pm”. I really didn’t want to go to bed, but I did. It wasn’t easy, though… Imagine tearing a bag of cookies from a person mid-binge. That was me. Video-game-binging, that is.

So imagine HB’s delight when it came to waking me up this morning. He fully understands that when executing “wakey wakey” business when I have not had enough sleep puts his own welfare in immediate danger, but for the interest of him getting breakfast (and coffee! And kisses! And wishes for a big money-making day!) out of me, it’s a risk he’s willing to take. And so he did. Lucky for him I had a workout class scheduled early in the morning, or I would have hissed and clawed at him in a way that would make the neighborhood alley bullying cat jealous.

Again, I do not operate well when I get less than 7.5 hours of sleep. That should explain why I forgot my purse while on the way to the gym – but don’t worry! I remembered to stuff three pairs of socks into my gym bag (I only need ONE). I also ran over a curb inside the parking structure – oops. Oh yes, and let’s not forget that I must have locked and unlocked my locker FIVE times because I kept forgetting my water… Or how when I had to unlock my locker to get my flip flops, I left my water inside. Or how I had to unlock the locker again to get that water, only to realize when I locked it that I forgot my yoga mat. Etc.

I think I made my decision to take the rest of the day off when I found myself weak and shaky throughout the 1 hour strength training class. Or when I fell off the ball twice when trying to sit on it. (doh!) I think I really really *really* knew to take the rest of the day off, however, when I barely had the strength to do the downward-facing dog pose in the ½ hour yoga class following. Doh! emoticon

I can’t believe the amount of time I took off this week. Really??? I ask myself. I have a rest week installed next week and it just seems so SHAMELESS to rest so much this week instead of pushing through until then. Oh well! If anything, rest is what makes the body stronger. Or that’s what I’m selling to myself, and so far, I seem to be the kind of buyer that is like an Eskimo buying ice. emoticon

In other unrelated confessions, not only am I a carb-aholic, but I am also a peanut-butter-aholic. PB twice a day (melted and dribbling off my warm toast the a.m. and once ruthlessly smeared on my apple in the afternoon) is finally helping to raise my fat intake to a healthy level. My Smart Balance peanut butter, which is endorsed by Best Life! (I love Oprah! Oprah is awesome! Oprah is my hero!) , also has 1000mg of Omega-3’s, and knowing that I need fat *and* Omega-3’s, that is the story I am sticking with. That’s right: no PB rehab for me, folks! emoticon

Now if you’d excuse me, I’d love to write more, but I must rest for a string of fun workouts I have planned for tomorrow. That is, if you consider some extra time spent on destroying other species in the world of Spore… MUAHAHAHAA


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MACBERG 4/17/2009 2:24AM

  first of all, thank you and right back at you.
second, i had a go at spore it is addictive. there's a game for the x-box called crackdown though and that is like the best (and most addictive) game ever. not really the same, apart from the shooting of ppl/things.
i've been really tired lately as well, trouble going to sleep for the last few weeks resulting in such mishaps as when i went to get a cutting board yesterday I opened the fridge. hmm...

hope you got some good rest anyways.
keep up the good work.

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LILHLFPINT 4/17/2009 12:20AM

    (::hugs:: girl, yes, i feel your pain. i am so exhausted that i can hardly think either.

luckily, it's almost the weekend. i hope we can both get some extra hours of shut eye!)

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JESSICA0431 4/16/2009 8:11PM

    You make me laugh. I mean that with all respect.
We are more alike than we are different.
I look at PB I instantly gain 2 pounds.
Apples and PB came straight from God. Even better than caramel apples.
This annoying "tired" thing...bad.
ine...Mah Jong.

Don't stay up to late.

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 4/16/2009 6:50PM

    Annie...the important question...Did you feel better or worse after you wrote this blog and why??? If you felt better, great...if not you probably needed to write more! Its all right to take time off earlier than scheduled...sounds like you needed'll go back stronger and accomplish what you need to, why because I believe in you and so do a lot of other people on this team.
I L-O-V-E peanut butter too...I have the Smart Balance...I have to have DH keep it under lock 'n key, other wise I'd be helping myself to teaspoonful of it everytime I'd go in the kitchen...and I confess I, too am a day a month I want to stuff myself with them...when that happens that is a battle I am slowly winning...
Tomorrow have fun with the exercise routine you have planned...
Jo Ann

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Oh energy, why must you tease?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I woke up this morning feeling like my eyelids were stapled to my forehead, kind of like this: emoticon

Finally, ENERGY!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately the surge of energy came and went; by the time I was done with my run, I was exhausted once again – I was practically crawling home during the cool down walk! I thought long and hard about skipping yoga until I remembered that I left a bunch of stuff in my locker overnight – oops! I zoomed off to the gym, hoping that my purple sticky mat was still there, waiting for me to fetch it (it was!). My eyelids were threatening to shut, but I pushed myself into the yoga class… I was already at the gym, so why not, right? Besides, I hadn’t stepped a foot into yoga in five days and the crickity-ness of my body showed it.

(Creepy yogi lady showed up... Scroll down for report)

So on the doggy dog business, HB says that we can definitely get a dog if we can figure out a way so that our dark hardwood floors (engineered wood) wouldn't get messed up. Oh man, how am I gonna figure THAT one out! "And whaddoyoo mean no dog on couch?!?!"

Speaking of HB, he has a work dinner tonight which means I get the house to myself tonight, emoticon!!!! Lol, kidding! Actually, I’ll probably just play some video games and pass out at 9 pm to my sports nutrition book, and if I’m feeling a little mischievous, I might throw in a facial too. Oh the exciting life I lead!

P.S. emoticon {----- Is this a cop or a French guy?

8:30 am: 4.45 mile Run emoticon
Other than the (frigid) winds, it was a great running day! Cold days are my favorite to run in and today I felt powerful and strong and adequately recovered from Monday’s long run. I did get a little stiff after walking breaks (from the colder temps?) and today opted to blow through a couple of the breaks to combat it without feeling any repercussions. Fun times!

11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Yoga emoticon
I’m letting the creepy lady get to me too much. A different woman plunked her mat next to me (yes!) so that she was between the creepy yogi and me. I was extremely self-conscious during the class and didn’t enjoy the experience. I was so focused on form and paranoid about her watching that I forgot to breathe a bunch of times and fell over at least three times today! I left annoyed with myself. I have a lot of work to do in the “staying in the present” area.

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MACBERG 4/16/2009 4:47AM

  I think it's one of the YMCA guys.

congratulations on your success. you look great.
keep up the good work.

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ANGELICA-AMIE 4/16/2009 2:47AM

  Your vet can get rubber tips put on cat nails - maybe they have it for dogs? My friend's cat has it and it's wonderful because she never needed to be declawed. You do have to keep shelling out for it though because it wears off after awhile. The Boy has a dog at home and it's kennelled at night unfortunately or the doors will look like a zombies attacked. I agree with the ladies below -- maybe once a big pair of eyes stare at him he'll forget the floors!
Sorry the yoga class is becoming anxious -- can you sit in the back and watch her:)
P.S. I think he's a french cop!

Comment edited on: 4/16/2009 2:47:50 AM

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LILHLFPINT 4/15/2009 10:54PM

    (i love to run in the cold, too.

i'm so exhausted this week from so many long, intense hours. i haven't worked out in days. i almost dragged myself to the gym but decided against it because tomorrow will be another long day and i don't want to make myself sick.)

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DRAGONFLY180 4/15/2009 10:25PM

    i've wondered about the mustache guy myself. sam elliot in a beret?
emoticon - Elvis?
get the dog, floor be damned. once he sees how cute the sweetie is, floors and couches won't matter so much. mine is a doggie son, by the way.
i just cannot take walking breaks during my runs anymore. breaks make me want to stop. *lol* you are definitely letting the creepy yogi get to you. maybe you should critique her poses, and then she'd pay more attention to herself in the mirrors than looking at you. i frequently have that falling over problem in yoga. i find myself so relaxed sometimes that i close my eyes and then fall sideways. *lol*

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