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Back to School means morning routine juggling big-time! 52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 4 etc.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Today I was woken at 6.30am by, of all things, a fly buzzing insistently around my bedroom window. By the time I'd dealt with the dratted thing I was too awake to get back to bed, so I was out of the door on my walk by 7am. It was cold! LOL. I had a jumper on, but even so I was shivering as I walked up the road in the brilliant morning sunshine.

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 4,
10 minute walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 21 min mile
Calories: 47
Steps: 1,175
Time: 0:11:00
Distance: 0.53 miles

Because of the Bank Holiday weekend, Dustbin Day is shunted forward twenty-four hours to today, but thanks to the 'fly'-ing start, I missed the trucks entirely! Yay!

It actually (along with a challenge from a few days ago on my Tigger team) got me thinking about how I'm going to work my routine when the kids go back to school. For the last few weeks I've been able to get up when I wake up and get out there without any problems, but from about 7.45am on a school day the pavements are full of kids going to breakfast clubs and school, and the pavements don't calm down again until about 9.15am. Full pavements and mouthy kids (and we have some terrors around here) are not conducive to walking at a steady speed or having a positive experience. I don't like the idea of setting my alarm clock and interrupting my sleep, so I don't know what will happen to my routine in the morning. It is going to take some experimentation to work out what works best for me. Hmmm...

How do my Sparkfriends work round school runs? Enquiring minds want to know. :-)

28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge
Week 3, Day 4
Core while standing. OK except for a couple of the stretches, and the plank, which may never be ok. LOL

Will complete the exercise shortly with a walk to the pet store for the birdseed, and a trip to Waitrose for essentials. We seem to be living in that store these days! :-) I might treat myself to a muffin if they have any left. Yum!

Then it is back to the paperwork! I tried to get a start on it yesterday but didn't get past clearing some space on the table.

I can do this!
I can DO this!
I CAN do this!

Yes, I can! :-)

Have a great day!
Lex xxx
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I thought this was surprising enough

Then I got this through my letterbox yesterday. Honestly, this really got delivered to me in the post...

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BOVEY63 9/2/2010 5:16PM

    I usually start my morning walk about 8:15 a.m. and most kids are already at the school by then. Between kids running, high school drivers and buses, leaving before that make walking pretty darn chaotic.

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KIWINURSE 9/2/2010 4:02PM

    Funny but recently we got something in the mail that had the intentionally blank pages too!
I try to walk in the evenings but that is because I live in Arizona! The evenings are spectacular of where I live and we have a beautiful lake to walk around :) Last year I had a walking group of friends, but they slowly droped out.....now that the warmer weather is coming to an end I am planning on doing it again, even if it is just me and my husband!
Have a great day

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KNITTABLES 9/2/2010 2:33AM

    so glad you got an early start in your day. No idea about Mouthy kids, not too many around here just barking dog and firetrucks.
Good luck with your walking.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/1/2010 3:56PM

    And I thought I was daft as a brush !I don't post odd things to the neighbours though!!! No idea what to do with the gobby schoolkids the ones in our neighbourhood are fine if they are small(I am the lady with the fairy garden and as such accorded respect !!!) it is the ruddy teenagers who need to be run over and their mouths taped shut with gun tape! They avoid morning though so you are safe walking in the morning !

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TWOTIMESS 9/1/2010 1:34PM

Sorry, you're on your own re. the mouthy kids. I'll probably be up for child bashing charges or something if I had to run the gauntlet of these under 5 foot beasties. Good luck, Lex...

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ZURDTA- 9/1/2010 1:27PM


Sorry no idea how to avoid ths gobby school kids - grin & bear it, find another place to walk or change your time... see, not much help!

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CARLA-216 9/1/2010 10:26AM

    So glad you missed the dust bin lorries today! See? Getting up early has its merits! emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 9/1/2010 9:19AM

    I had a fly a couple of days ago, very annoying!! I start back to work on Tuesday, I work in a school cafeteria. So that means I'm going to have to get up at 5:30am to exercise. If I don't do it in the morning I won't do it. It takes a couple of weeks to get used to standing 5-6 hours a day on my feet. That's why I have to exercise in the morning. I do workout dvd's. Good luck to you in September!!

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__KELLY__ 9/1/2010 9:15AM

    I can't say I have any advice for how to get around the school kids because I'm usually up and around them long before they get to school. And I agree with you on Day 3 of the 28 day bootcamp challenge, though I have gotten used to doing the plank, finally...hahaha. I was doing the modified version of it before the challenge, but it was for six weeks beforehand. It's a killer!

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CHRISTURTLE 9/1/2010 8:59AM

    Nothing worse than being woken earlier than necessary, other than by something as pesky as a fly!
Your exercise routine is great! I know if you've been able to work your exercise sessions into your day, you will be able to find a way to get round that 'full pavement' problem. Just think of all those other 'impossible' things you imagined would have you beaten, but you've already conquered them.
As regards that flyer, I wonder how long it took before someone's curiosity got the better of them and they just had to check if the hornet was still there and still just as angry.
Was your 'intentionally blank' page a government issued one? I ask that because I have received several of those pages in multi sheet mailings from various government departments.
Why on earth anyone would feel the need to enclose a blank piece of paper is beyond me, but why they then have to then label them as blank is just ridiculous. Only purpose I can think of is to give us all a good laugh, as you've done for anyone who sees them.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/1/2010 8:46AM


I love that you got off to a "fly"ing start this morning...lol Thanks for the morning giggle! Not nice that it was so early but amazing what we get accomplished when we are up and at things early in the day!

Good job on your walking and bootcamp...your planks will get there all a matter of time!

As for the change in routine with kids back in school. I only have two suggestions 1) Drive to someplace that kids aren't..and walk from there...lol I used to drive down to the lake and then walk down there. or 2) Leave at 9:15 when the kids are all in school and the walkway's are clear again. OR go about the time you did this morning and get home before the kids hit the street!

I am sure you will figure something out like you said a little experimentation!

Have a great day!

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WANDAH3 9/1/2010 7:37AM

    Too funny! Someone has a very weird sense of humor with the page in your mailbox. I wonder if you will get more over the next little while. A new advertising scheme! lol

Have a great day and good luck with finding a morning schedule that works for your walks.


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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 3 etc. A frustrating day but a delish dinner

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today I did:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 3
15 minute walk

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 3
Video 3
Upper Body workout with some weight work

Walked the Waitrose circuit to buy apples and yogurt for Tara's breakfast smoothies and fill in my step count.

All the highs and lows of the weekend resulted in my waking up to a day of zombie-like padding through the motions of most of the day. Most irritating! Silly aches and pains - head, tum, hip, interminable periods on the phone waiting for people to pick up, or listening to piped music while waiting to switch departments. I loathe not getting real people when I use the phone.

The latest bridesmaid dress arrived for Tara to try on. A beautiful dress but too big for her sadly. Bryony loves it though so wants me to take it into town to see if it can be altered, so guess where we are going on Thursday! :-) I wouldn't mind, but Bryony is changing her mind about every aspect of this wedding every five minutes. It would drive me to drink, if I could afford a bottle! LOLOL

It has just been one of those days, one I will be glad to say goodbye to in an hour or two!

On the plus side, I spent a lot of the day catching up on about two weeks of old messages here at SP and elsewhere, as some of you will have noticed. :-) The best news of the day is that Tara ate better today. She is still struggling a bit, but I'll take the small victories where I can find them on a day like this. I also finally remembered to ring a new dentist surgery and get Tara and I put on their books. We didn't like the last one we went to. We are both nervous patients, and this new surgery is supposed to be good with nervy types. We will find out whether this is true in a few weeks. :-) It must have been a bad day for me if a dental appointment being booked is one of the highlights! LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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Hope your days are going well for you all.
Love you guys!
Lex xxx
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Nearly forgot. Had a fab lasagne with loads of celeriac and cabbage on the side for dinner. Om nom nommy!

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__KELLY__ 9/1/2010 1:24AM

    a dental appointment is a highlight? wow... :) hehe! sounds like it was an intense and packed day, so I guess it can be a hightlight! :)

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JHADZHIA 8/31/2010 9:34PM

    Good for you keeping at it! I so hate these new phone answering systems, press one for such and such and when you do its a whole another press this and that garbage. Trying to get a human and live help once, I ended up going through all these press this and that buttons just to end up at the same place I started from! Its enough to make you go down in person and say give me an appointment now.
Hope the bridesmaid dress is a keeper. Good for Tara eating better!
Feel better tomorrow! Get a good night's rest!

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CHRISTURTLE 8/31/2010 8:36PM

    We all have days like the one you've just experienced, but you managed to find positives in amongst all that blah! feeling. That in itself is a real achievement. Days like that I continually tell myself 'I just have to make it thru this hour'... and somehow I do, lol.

Hoping by tomorrow you will be back on top of things and everyone around you will be feeling the same, so you can all enjoy a stress free day together.

Can't go without telling you just how much I laughed at your poor but heroic kitty picture at the bottom of your blog. emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/31/2010 7:27PM

    I hope the dress can be altered AND that Bryony doesn't change her mind on it! Glad Tara is eating better.
I just had a dental appointment yesterday. No cavities! LOL We have sedation dental practices here for the extra nervy type.

Hope tomorrow = a better day for you!


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TWOTIMESS 8/31/2010 6:27PM

    Oooh - Bryony might also turn into a Bridezilla (see Cheririddell's blogs about her daughter's upcomong wedding, LOL!)

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/31/2010 6:24PM

    Yes, not exactly a great day if the highlight is dental appointments booked...lol

Glad to hear that Tara is eating a little better! I am sure feeling zombie will be gone when you wake in the morning. Dinner sounds wonderful...baked pasta here tomorrow night for Dakota's birthday. Hopefully the bridesmaid dress can be altered and then Bryony can no longer change her mind about the dress...lol

Have a great nights sleep!

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KNITTABLES 8/31/2010 5:39PM

    Great blog, hang in there, I hope everything workout with the bridemaid dress. Lvoe the picute at the end.

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A Week in Review: 22nd-28th August 2010 + end of month measurements

Monday, August 30, 2010

So, how did I do? Well, let's see....

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6, 5, 8, 6, 7, 5, 5 = 42/35 = 1 portion up on last week. (record is 49)

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8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8 - 56/56 = Lowest score but consistent at least (record is 67)

Nutrition Basics:
Calories in range 5/7 (New record 5/7)
Yay! This was partly thanks to the Finding and Loving Your Inner Tigger team challenges, that had me juggling one of my days to make everything fit, and it boosted my totals for the week. :-)
Carbs in range 7/7 (record 7/7)
Fat in range 4/7 (record 5/7)
Protein in range 3/7 (record 4/7)
Was also close on two other days.

I had two days this week when all four areas were in range at the same time. Quite a feat for me. LOL


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52-Week Walking Plan
Week 2

Sun: 15 mins
Mon: 15 mins
Tue: 15 mins
Wed: 10 mins
Thur: 15 mins
Fri: Rest Day
Sat: 25 mins

All good, and I am still really enjoying it. I may have had a day where I struggled to get started, but I still went, and I know it is best to do that because the feeling of accomplishment really helps set me up for the day. :-)

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28-Day Bootcamp
Week 2

Did all the videos, plus a bonus video, to work my arm muscles more, which I did twice during the week.

Sun. day 1 - Video 1 - Cardio
Mon. day 2 - Video 2 - Lower Body + bonus video
Tue. day 3 - Video 3 - Upper Body
Wed. day 4 - Video 4 - Core
Thur day 5 - Video 2 - Lower Body
Fri. day 6 - Video 6 - Upper Body with weights + bonus video
Sat. day 7 - Video 4 - Core

I'm really enjoying this challenge, and I'm now halfway through. I'm not sure at this stage whether I will want to do this challenge again after I complete it, but some of the exercises are certainly coming on with me afterwards, whatever I decide. :-)

3500 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps increased to 3600.

Sun: 5,078
Mon: 14,774
Tue: 4,205
Wed: 9,953
Thur: 5,356
Fri: 3,906
Sat: 11,582 (The Tara Tesco Surprise day. :-) )

Total steps for the week: 54,854 (A New Record! Yay!)
Average daily steps = 7836. Yes!!! Thrilled with that! :-) I guess I have Tara to thank for that. *daughter hugs*


Sun: 2.31 miles
Mon: 6.72 miles
Tue: 1.91 miles
Wed: 4.52 miles
Thur: 2.43 miles
Fri: 1.78 miles
Sat: 5.26 miles

Total mileage for week: 24.93 miles (A New Record! Double Yay!!!)
I'll up my minimum weekly target to 16 miles this week.

Total fitness minutes this week: 600, which is 86 minutes per day. Wow!!!
Total calories burned: 2687 Wow! Wow!

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Well, this has stalled. Up a 1/4 of a pound from last week, to 13 stone 5 lbs (187 lbs) The scale is having some fun with me. The day before the official weigh in my weight was 13:3! My weight the day after the weigh-in 13:3 and a half. LOLOL Yep, someone is definitely having a joke at my expense. *grin*

My monthly measurements have also stalled, which did surprise me a bit. Every one is the exact same as last month!

Waist: Was 36". Now 36". Loss - 0
Hips: Was 44". Now 44". Loss - 0
Thigh: Was 24.5". Now 24.5". Loss - 0
Upper Arm: Was 12". Now 12". Loss - 0

I am slightly disappointed about that, but it is still early days, and last months measurements were all improvements, so hopefully next month things will shift slightly for the better again.

So, that was the week that was again. Nothing really bad, and some real boosts to morale! :-)

Roll on next week...
Have a good one everyone. :-)
Lex xxx
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LINDABENEDICT 8/31/2010 9:43AM

    Great job of tracking ! You are sooooo organized !!! And way to keep making progress. You know if the numbers don't change one week, they will the next !!!

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CHEVY63 8/30/2010 12:59PM

    You are doing such an incredible job of tracking everything! I hope you feel really good about your hard work.

I know what you mean about the scale having fun with you. I'm at that point too, but I know that if I keep working at it, pretty soon the numbers will start to go down again. It's just aggravating to have to wait for the scale when you're doing everything right.

Have a great day!

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DCATNAPPER 8/30/2010 12:45PM

You are doing a great job at tracking everything! Thanks for commenting on my blogs so often.

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BOVEY63 8/30/2010 12:19PM

    You're doing great - keep up the awesome job you're doing.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/30/2010 10:38AM


Congrats on setting so many new personal bests!! What a great way to track how far you have come in a short period of time.

It does indeed sound like the scale is having fun with you. Glad to see you are taking it all in stride and not stressed out about it. Keep making these wonderful improvements to your lifestyle and it will all fall into place!

Congrats on such a great week!


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U2CUSE16 8/30/2010 10:30AM

    wow, so impressed with the way you've gone above and beyond for tracking a variety of things. That's really great! The scale/measurements might not have gone in the direction you would have thought it might, but keep up the AWESOME work! emoticon

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 2 etc. and the Emotional Rollercoaster Ride

Monday, August 30, 2010

It has been a very emotional weekend for reasons that are hard to explain, and it was with some trepidation that I went to bed last night, emotionally exhausted, and physically worn out from the lack of sleep the night before, not to mention some pain that suggested the bladder issue was back. But amazingly, in spite of my mind churning butter, I fell asleep in about two minutes, possibly partly because of the painkillers I took, and I slept for a solid eight - count them - eight hours! :-)

And when I woke up, it was to a realisation of why the last few weeks, and especially the last three or four days have been so difficult for Tara. As soon as this lightbulb switched on it was as though an enormous weight lifted from me, and I was eager to leap out of bed and get my day started. Knowing what is going on is half the battle towards fixing it, right?

So, I got dressed, fed Sophie and the birds, grabbed all my stuff, including the pedometer this time, and headed out for my twenty minute walk, and nailed it! I broke my twenty-minute-mile! I came in at a nineteen minute mile! I am so pleased with myself! What a boost to my somewhat deflated self!

This feeling of elation was boosted further, when, after sitting Tara down and explaining to her what was happening, we had more tears and loads of hugs, and she is really relieved to understand why she has been feeling so out of whack herself. We have finally put two and two together and got the correct answer! And that, believe me, is not easy when you are dealing with a teen who is a high-functioning borderline autistic, and extremely sensitive to everything that happens around her.

So, we are hoping for a much easier day today, and in a few days we should be back to normal, or as normal as life gets in this household. :-) This emotion explosion was not how I envisaged the bank holiday weekend going, but that's life, and we will work through and move forward. Phew! *mops brow*

So my 52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 2
20 minute walk

Pedometer stats:
Pace: 19 minute mile (New record)
Calories burned: 96
Steps: 2,407
Time: 0:21:00
Distance: 1.08 miles

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 2
Lower Body workout
Liking this workout a lot. :-)

Topped up my steps using Roo and my aerobic step playlist. :-) Plus I am still using him for the occasional song as it comes up as I go through the rest of the day. More proof that the gloom has lifted. :-) In fact my playlists need an overhaul. We have acquired between us quite a few new CDs since I first put the lists together and I have some songs that would work in one or both of my step and bouncing playlists. It's time to test them out. *grin*

Oooh, and although I am getting the odd twinge in the bladder region, the pain, for the moment, has all but gone. I'll still keep an eye obviously, but I am fairly hopeful that it was the tense way I've been holding myself the last few days that caused the bulk of the pain. I must also remember to ring the surgery tomorrow and get the test results I should have got late last week.

So, feeling very relieved and may the feeling last! :-)
Hope you are all having a great day!
Lex xxx
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You said it sister! *grin*

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TWOTIMESS 8/30/2010 3:20PM

To both of you!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/30/2010 1:12PM

    emoticon on your new record!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm also very happy about your aha moment. Glad you got a good night sleep and you are doing better!!! Have a great day my friend!! Lyn emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/30/2010 11:26AM

    Awesome job on the new walking pace record!
I'm glad you had an "ah-ha" moment regarding your dear Tara. Most of the time those lightbulb moments are a huge relief!
Good thoughts on your test results, and that the bladder is not becoming infected again.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/30/2010 10:46AM


I am so glad that after a good nights sleep you were able to figure out what was happening with Tara. It can be such a wild ride at times but you are amazing with her and while it takes its toll on occasions like this she is so worth it!! Hopefully now that both of you understand she will do well with support and moving past this into something more positive. Nice that you see the end is near! ((HUGS)) for the past couple of weeks of high stress and know that you are not alone!

Great job on the 19 minute mile!! You are doing so wonderful, now don't forget to shake up those play lists to keep you happily moving!!


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LINDABENEDICT 8/30/2010 10:09AM

    YAY !!!! You are getting speedier and speedier !!!

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__KELLY__ 8/30/2010 9:51AM

    woo hoo!!! I'm glad when light bulbs come on and things can get worked out! also, congrats on the new walking record!

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Does Music Make You Exercise Harder - article.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Well, this explains what thousands upon thousands of us already knew. Music helps your workout go with a swing. :-) Nice to see science catching up with us. LOL


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CARLA-216 8/31/2010 11:03AM

    [grumble grumble] But those ear bud thingies won't stay in my ears! LOL

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BUBBLEJ1 8/30/2010 8:21PM

    I listen to music while walking/running. I notice that I go faster if the song is faster!

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DARACOX 8/30/2010 3:56PM

    Music totally helps me exercise harder! Thanks for the link!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/30/2010 3:53PM

    When I walk on the treadmill I always have music on. Actually I have music on all the time!!

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TWOTIMESS 8/30/2010 3:02PM

    Whenever I'm walking and things get a bit tough, I start up a marching band in my head. Good old military marches and they always get me up the hill.

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BOVEY63 8/30/2010 12:41PM

    I always listen to music when exercising - sure makes moving a lot easier. Instead of spending money researching this fact, they could have just asked us for free.

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GODZDESIGN95 8/30/2010 9:39AM

    I always ride my bike while listening to music.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/30/2010 8:24AM

    Amazing what they learn via research....if they just talk to people they could save a whole whack of $$...lol

Thanks for the link Lex!


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LINDABENEDICT 8/30/2010 8:11AM

    Thanks for the link ! And I love your cat pics ! I feel that way some times too !

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