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52-Week Walking Plan Week 6, Day 1 etc. I'm having a lazy day.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wow! Nearly missed blogging today. Logged on and spun the wheel and disappeared again for most of the day. I am having a lazy/tired day, as opposed to a 'don't wanna' day. I am still struggling to get to sleep at night, and consequently struggling to get out of bed in the morning. It was after 9.30 am again this morning. This has to change. I hate losing half the day before I even get breakfast!

CARDIO

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 1
15 minute walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 71
Steps: 1785
Time: 0:15:52
Distance: 0.80 miles

25 minutes on Tigger. Bounced along to a host of different songs on the TV chart countdown. :-)

That was it. And it was fun! :-)

STRENGTH TRAINING
Rest day

Today I discovered a website that has free game downloads of some games I lost when my last computer went belly-up. I have downloaded three or four of them and played a bit with each today, then I spent a couple of hours sewing while watching episodes of One Foot in the Grave and Keeping Up Appearances. Then, due to tired eyes, I cut the plastic canvas wrong and mucked up two days work! *sigh*

I finally got on to Spark about an hour ago and have been catching up with friends blogs and team stuff. That was when I clicked that I hadn't blogged yet, so here I am. :-)

Please let this week be a bit better awake-wise than the last one! I can handle most anything as long as I sleep. I know I'm not the only one struggling with lack of sleep at the moment. I sincerely hope all my sleep-deprived friends also have a better week this week.

I will have to do the week in review tomorrow. I'm hoping for an early-ish night tonight.

To bed, perchance to sleep!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 9/20/2010 10:40AM

    Here's to a week of great sleep!

Love the second pic! Looks like my black kitteh!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/20/2010 1:00AM

    I don't sleep well because of my spinal injuries but I know what you mean it is not fun not sleeping well. You had me walking down memory lane Hyacinth Bucket and Victor Meldrew !We had a dvd of "Are you Being Served" and "Rising Damp" on this afternoon and Kayleigh bless her cotton socks wants to watch "Birds of a Feather" tomorrow ! I might even put a vote in for "The Liver Birds" hugs,Cheri

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BOVEY63 9/19/2010 10:43PM

    Here's to a week with plenty of sleep for you.
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CHEVY63 9/19/2010 10:29PM

    It's the weekend - it's time to catch up on sleep! At least, that's my story. emoticon

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WANDAH3 9/19/2010 8:52PM

  zzzzzzzzzzzz night Lexie. It must be something to do with the seasons, everyone seems to be tired of late.
Hugs,
Wanda

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KNITTABLES 9/19/2010 7:54PM

    Great pictures, I love them. Wishing you a great week of sleep and lots of energy.

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NJMATTICE 9/19/2010 7:00PM

    Perhaps there is something in the air. Getting ready to change seasons or something. I too, am having difficulty in the staying awake department. My sleep cycle is off and it is going to take work to get it back to it's healthiest place. Here's to a restful, quality sleep filled week. Like you said, with proper rest we can handle most anything. I'll encourage you, you encourage me. Deal?
Have a great week.
Love,
Nancy

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CHRISTURTLE 9/19/2010 6:52PM

    Everyone needs a day like that now and then. Glad you got to enjoy it with finding and playing replacements of your lost games. I seem to be having trouble sleeping lately, and even without coffee can't sleep. Lucky to get 2 or 3 hours a night now, where I was getting 7 or 8 most nights.

I understand just how you feel. Hope your tomorrow is a better day after lots of sleep tonight.

Hugs,
Chris.

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 5, Day 7 etc. I'm having a 'Don't Wanna' Day, or am I!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

There are days when it is hard to get out of bed, and when the weather starts to get colder, and I've had a couple of difficult days and sleepless nights, it is often enough for the stubborn lazy me to start talking myself out of what is good for me and into a 'Don't Wanna' day!

This was one of those days. The last couple of days have seen various plans get messed about, throwing my routine through a loop, and me into a mizz. As a result this morning I spent an hour and a half in bed, talking myself into taking a break from my exercising for the weekend, and possibly longer!

It was after 9.30am when I finally dragged my butt to attention, and got down the stairs. I opened the back door to let Sophie out, got the water and bird seed, and stepped out into a cool, bright sunny day with a rare cloudless sky. I stood, there for a moment, soaking up the sunshine and listening to the scolding chatter of the birds in the trees and on the roof as they waited for me to snap out of it and feed them. I could feel the 'Don't Wannas' gradually slipping away from me. :-)

By the time I had fed the birds and walked back into the house I was determined to do my walk, to at least complete this week, even if I did then decide to take a day or two off.

I popped the right clothes on, did my warm up exercises, grabbed my water and a chewy bar 'just in case' and hit the pavement.

For a few minutes I felt great, soaking up the sunshine and heading up the road, but just after the bridge I suddenly started to feel a bit light-headed. This can happen occasionally, and is usually either my iron deficiency playing up or an empty stomach. Thankful that I had listened to that inner voice that had told me to pack that chewy bar, I dug it out of my bag and chomped down. BIG MISTAKE! Chewy bar was solid as a rock because it was so cold. I eventually wrestled a chunk into my mouth, and basically squirrelled it into my cheek and sucked to try and soften it up while trying not to choke cos it was a BIG chunk.

The 'Don't Wannas' at this point, sensing a potential triumph, could be heard whispering, "See, told you. Turn around. Go home. Forget it for today. You know you want to!"

Once I had finally managed to chew and swallow I drank some water then took another smaller chunk, even though I was annoyed with it for being so hard and unyielding. Then, ignoring the 'Don't Wannas', I kept walking. By this point I had reached my halfway mark of my walk, the alarm went off, and I turned around to head home. I was biting down on my third chunk of the bar a minute or two later when it suddenly hit me....

I had walked as far as the Tesco Express shop, turned and headed home, and in all the time I had been walking I hadn't once thought of doughnuts! I hadn't even looked at the shop!

This really put a spring in my step, and I was smiling by the time I reached the bridge again, all the 'Don't Wannas' banished. :-)

I got home, thinking that I had probably messed up the stats somewhat, but they were fine, on a par with last Saturday's 30 minute walk.

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute Mile
Calories: 141
Steps: 3522
Time: 0:31:18
Distance: 1.58 miles

This actually boosted me up enough that I grabbed my yogurt, and then planned my core exercises, and did them!

SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 4): Standing portion

SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 4): Mat & Stretching portion
Did these on my bed. I even got extra steps in running up and down the stairs to see what I needed to do next. The total took me over my minimum for the day! LOL

Crunches (my bed version) 2 sets of 6

Stretch After Strength Training - Did stretches as part of exercises this time
Twist and Toned to 5678 by Steps

So. In spite of my 'Don't Wannas' I did what I needed to do. That is a real victory for me. The 'Don't Wannas' normally have a very powerful hold on me. It would seem that SparkPeople has a stronger hold now though. I hope that this stays the case and the 'Don't Wannas' never get a serious grip on me again!

Have a great day everyone! I plan to Spark and sew today. I'm working on a plastic canvas bracelet design.

Catch you later!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LIFEISSWEET2 9/19/2010 12:12PM

    Wow, I feel like I was right there with you on your walk...and wrestling with the "Don't wannas" too! And you won! How utterly wonderful! If the "Don't wannas" show up at your doorstep again just remember this day!

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CHRISTURTLE 9/19/2010 1:05AM

    How good do you feel???? What a wonderful victory, not only over the 'Don't wannas' but over the donuts, and the comforting bed, and everything else you triumphed over.

I'm trying to get over my 'Dont wannas' myself, except I have the other problem - don't wanna do my housework cos I wanna go Larry(push mower) the lawn or hop back on Charlie (cardio twister). For someone who used to hate even the thought of exercise, I sure have changed. Only trouble is, the house has really suffered, and that has to end TODAY!

Just hope I can do half as well as you did...

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/18/2010 10:21PM

    You inspired me in spite of my tumble I got out and went swimming today and felt better for an hour of swimming !I thought of you and your battle with the doughnuts (if I could walk to a Tesco's there would be some serious battles going on but Edmonton Alberta is devoid of Tesco's and Marks and Sparks which does wonders for my diet !)One small little boy at the pool asked me how I acquired my bruising ,he asked me if I had been in Afghanistan as his Daddy had bruises like that when he came back from Afghanistan.I felt pretty silly admitting I got mine cause I fell off a ladder especially when he said "but you have scars on your legs you shouldn't be on ladders."Trust a four year old to tell it like it is LOL!!!! hugs,Cheri

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KNITTABLES 9/18/2010 8:58PM

    Well done, that is awesome, I am conquering the don't wannas right now. Glad that I got to read your blog. I gonna do it.

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SISSYFEB48 9/18/2010 7:09PM

    Good Job! Keep it up!

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CARLA-216 9/18/2010 2:20PM

    That's so great that you conquered the Don't Wannas!

xoxo,
Carla

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SUNNY332 9/18/2010 1:19PM

    I have days now that I don't wanna do anything until I get my exercise done. You will get there too with this attitude.

Best wishes!

Sunny

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BOVEY63 9/18/2010 1:13PM

    Way to go on not letting the "Don't Wanna" win.
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Have a great rest of the day!
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WANDAH3 9/18/2010 1:01PM

  Woo Hoo, congratulations on putting those "Don't wannas" in their place.

Have an awsome day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 5, Day 6 etc.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Today I have done:

CARDIO

52-week Walking Plan
Week 5, Day 6,
Rest Day

I did, however, walk around to the open space behind our house with Tara, and walk around the outside of the basketball court while she jogged around the inside of it. :-) She did one circuit and decided that was it for her, and we went back home. Well, she had been playing football with the dog before that, and that's enough to tire anyone out. Sophie makes you do most of the running. LOL Well, she is old and loves to play but can't do as much as she used to.

I also walked the Waitrose circuit for a few weekend groceries, you know the sort of thing - milk, apples, yogurt, sausages (for Tara) and some cheese. Out of curiosity I timed the walk. Of course some of the measurements are a nonsense, but it did confirm that it takes ten minutes to get to the store and fifteen to get back doing the circuit. So, ten minutes to the store, 12 minutes in the store, and fifteen minutes to get home, and it said I did a 29-minute mile to cover 1.27 miles! LOL That distance would normally take me 25 mins tops, which is a 20-minute mile.

I really must do that circuit without popping into the store for my next 25 minute walk, and see how big a difference it makes to the stats. It will be nice to have the occasional circuit instead of going halfway and turning round each time. Oooh! I just had a look at my schedule and the next 25 minute walk will be on Monday. Guess I'll be doing Waitrose twice that day, once for the walk and once for the shopping. LOL At the rate things are going I'll be moving into that store. :-)

Hey, at least my pedometer light was green when I got back, so I did the minimum steps today. :-) Plus, my Land's End to John O'Groats walk is nearing Cheddar Gorge now, and I'm hoping for a nice cheese recipe when I get there, which will be Sunday, with any luck. :-)

STRENGTH TRAINING

Upper Body - 20 minutes

Today I did two videos plus stretches:
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 3): Seated portion
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 3): Mat & Stretching portion
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 6): Standing portion
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 6): Bent-Over & Stretching portion
Stretch After Strength Training - Upper Body Video

Let's just say my shoulders and arms know they've been worked. :-)

In other news...

You know the Seventh Stage of the Cycling Tour of Britain

www.tourofbritain.co.uk/_ns_race/

has reached your town when you are in more danger from bikes than cars, and cyclists in full cycle gear are actually peddling downhill! LOL

I was amazed by how many bikes I saw today, and we aren't even on the route. Colchester is playing host to the finish line of stage seven, and there is a huge bike-fest going on in Castle Park today. It is all so exciting I almost want to buy a bike. :-) The problem is that I haven't sat comfortably on a saddle in a lot of years. The other problem is that I can't afford to buy one, but we'll gloss over that. :-) The amazing thing is that I'm even considering this as an option for exercise, but I tell you, the more you get into the Sparkpeople lifestyle the less impossible things of a physical nature seem to be. The day could come when I actually get on a bike again!



Well, you never know. Mind you, I could be a bit wobbly at first.



But one day I might be proud to say:



Have a great day everyone! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx

P.S. I accidentally left this one out of my Wizard of Oz fest yesterday:

  
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CHEVY63 9/17/2010 11:12PM

    I love your pictures! You are doing so great with the exercise - congrats.

I've done some bike riding this summer, and it really does come back to you. It's a very enjoyable way to get in some activity.

Have a great weekend!

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KNITTABLES 9/17/2010 6:25PM

    The pictures are great today, and thanks for sharing them. You've had a busy day, great job.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/17/2010 6:21PM

    Love today' pic's you sure know how to make a girl smile!

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As for the bike seat, this is why I love the recumbent stationary bikes...a nice full seat with back support too! Much more comfortable than a real bike seat...lol

Have a great weekend!
Rhonda

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NJMATTICE 9/17/2010 5:43PM

    Sounds like you had a busy day. I hear you on the saddle comfort issue. Every time I sit on a bike my pelvic bones scream to get off! Got to do some research. Gonna have to sit on some bike seats. Enjoy your weekend, Lexie!
Love,
Nancy

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CARLA-216 9/17/2010 11:27AM

    Nice job today! I think I'd love a bike. But my bum feels as wide as the whole outside after I ride a stationary bike for any length of time at the Y. I fear the same would be true with a real bike. Hmmm...

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 5, Day 5 etc.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Get up and Go reported for duty, for a little while anyway. :-) Better late than never. Part of the problem is that the Tietze's has flared up again, so my chest area is pretty sore today. It was a relief to take the sportsbra off when I'd finished my exercises. On top of TOM and the tiredness, it was just a bit much really. :-(

CARDIO AND LOWER BODY

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 5, Day 5
25-minute walk

I raced a postie! Seriously! As I got out to the Ipswich Road, one of our local posties was on his way home after his shift, and he walks fast! He was striding up the road with his work shorts and shirt on, and his reflective jacket, and we were neck and neck for a couple of hundred yards before he pulled ahead. Over the 7 or so minutes we were sharing the pavement he only got a couple of hundred yards ahead of me. So yes, he won, and I was more an also-ran, but it was fun. LOL

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 116
Steps: 2,899
Time: 0:26:26
Distance: 1.3 miles

To complete my cardio and also fit some lower body in at the same time I did a ten-minute You Tube Step video on Roo. Wow! I hadn't tried that particular video since I got Roo. He truly is a totally different animal from my old step. I was knackered witha capital K after five minutes! I had a real struggle, stopping for water two or three times, and I sweated up a storm but I just about completed it, in a messy kind of way. I am calling that it for today. I am supposed to do Lower Body strength training today, and as far as I'm concerned, I've done it! LOL

I am going to have another go at that video in a day or two. I can do it! I know I can! :-)

As a reward for getting out there in spite of myself, I found a Magpie feather, and it didn't start raining until I got back. Thankyou Universe! :-)

I was so hungry that I ate a slice of multigrain bread with 200g baked beans and a fried egg on it for lunch. I needed the protein. I feel a bit more alert now, and ready to tackle some more paperwork. Go me!

Have a great day everyone.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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The Wizard of Oz - Medieval Version:



Meet the Cowardly Lion:



The True Meaning of the Story:



The Wizrd of Oz: Kittie vershun:

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/17/2010 1:59AM

    I loved this I have faith in you you can overtake that postie no mere mortal can outdistance you!!!!! Now your page looks lovely but Mother Nature (the Wench) seems to have jumped right over autumn here and gone direct to Winter I feel like I have gone through the spare 'oom into Narnia and Everlasting winter .

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CHRISTURTLE 9/16/2010 7:44PM

    Great, exercise filled day!And despite everything that could have made it so easy to just kick back and do nothing. Great work, and dedicated too.

I have a question - one I just HAVE to know the answer to, pleeeeease? Did you and the postie have a conversation while you were trying to outdo his pace? Did he even realise what you were doing? Did you shout after he passed you "You may have won this time, but I'll be back!" Ok, it wasnt one question, but I seriously need to know, lol. Take pity on me, ok?

I love your new background, absolutely beautiful. Autumn photos always seem to look cold, with a hint of what's to follow, but this is so bright and warm and positive. I smiled as soon as that background came up on my screen. Best autumn picture I think I've seen.

Hugs,
Chris.

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NJMATTICE 9/16/2010 7:20PM

    I'm glad you found your get up and go. Nice recovery. I like what you've done to the "place" Nice warm autumn hues. You're rushing it a bit. Couldn't you have waited until Sept. 21st? I'm hanging onto summer (but I live in Texas and the temperature check just said 91 degrees and I just got out of the pool!)
Have a great evening.
Love,
Nancy

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WANDAH3 9/16/2010 6:48PM

  I love your account with the postie! lol, I could just picture the grin on his face as he became aware of your quick stride...either that or the competitive nature of man kicked in and he wasn't going to let any female kick his butt! You really have to keep up the posts of the "competition". They make my day.
Just had a real quick read through your email....more than ever I wish we were closer for that cuppa.
hugs,
Wanda

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KNITTABLES 9/16/2010 6:13PM

    Great job in getting your walking and exercising in. Get some rest and have a great evening.

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JHADZHIA 9/16/2010 1:22PM

    Way to go getting your exercise in in spite of your discomfort.
Good for you sticking with a postie, those guys are in great shape!!
Better take a good rest now.
Enjoy the rest of your day,
Hugs'
Linda

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GLOWORM1963 9/16/2010 11:55AM

    Good Job!

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My get up and go got up and went

Thursday, September 16, 2010



I need to get out there and find it!



App no good. Don't have iphone.

OK, so I was expecting to go into town to pick up the bridesmaid dress today, but when I phoned to confirm it was ready, it wasn't. I don't have a problem with that, given the flood and everything, and I did say that it would be ok to temporarily put the dress on the back burner if it helped.

The problem is that I had planned my day around the dress pick-up, swapping my rest day with tomorrow so I could just do town today and my mind won't let go of the plan. On top of that the last two nights have been low on sleep cos of TOM, so today I feel pretty tired and deflated. I've had breakfast, and now I have to muster the energy from somewhere to do the 25-minute walk I thought I wasn't doing, and I have a lower body workout to fit in too.

But I feel so tired that all I want to do is zzzzz....



C'mon Lexie. You CAN do this! You can go find your get up and go!



OK, I'm off to look for it. Wish me luck!
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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WINE4GIRL 9/17/2010 8:53AM

    Awesome kitty pics. I really love your background pic! Incredible color!

Once you get started - the rest will come. And the TOM will abate for you moving your body! Good luck!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/17/2010 2:01AM

    My get up and go is frozen solid!!!

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ZURDTA- 9/16/2010 2:30PM

    emoticon my get up and go has gone walkabout... without me.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/16/2010 12:36PM

    When you find your get up and go, see if mine's with it - and send it home immediately!
Sheila

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/16/2010 10:08AM

    I think your get up and go is out having fun with mine. They had best not get into too much mischief or we are going to have trouble reigning them in!! A rainy day here which always zaps my energy!

Love the pics!

Rhonda

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CARLA-216 9/16/2010 9:08AM

    Love the pics!


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KATRIONAH 9/16/2010 8:16AM

    It must he that kind of day. Cause MY get up and go is missing in action too. YIKES! IS it an epidemic of it going around? Tee hee hee I LOVE the pictures. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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ANNIE924 9/16/2010 7:54AM

    Love the pictures.
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My get up and go must be with yours. I just can't seem to get going this week. Oh well I feel a bit more energetic this morning, so maybe it's coming back.

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JHADZHIA 9/16/2010 7:34AM

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I actually would like a day of that! Maybe your body is telling you it wants rest and you should listen to it!
Hugs,
Linda

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WANDAH3 9/16/2010 7:26AM

  Love it Lexie...when you find yours...would you see if mine is there too! I'm dragging butt this morning...I've still got two meetings to get through and a funeral today. Oh, how much I'm looking forward to Friday! lol

Hugs,
Wanda

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SCREWIE 9/16/2010 7:03AM

    So funny :)))

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ELLEN0407 9/16/2010 6:50AM

  too cute

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